• First Grade

  • 2023-2024 Back-to-School Parent Information - With Supply Lists!

    Hey Parents! We know you’ve got a lot on your plate right now. Make things a little easier to get prepared for next year. 


    Order your 2023-24 school supplies online today. Just click and order an EPI pack today. Your supplies will be shipped to our school, and waiting for your child when school starts. 


    Order now with our School ID of SHE001 at https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks/


    Below is the easy-to-read, printable school supply shopping lists for the 2023-2024 school year.


    First Grade Supply List 2023 - 2024


    Please see the link below for wonderful back-to-school information for first grade for the 2023-2022 school year.

    We encourage you also to review our grade level and special schedules on the specials page.

    Shepard First Grade Informational Night 2023-2022

  • Important Announcements & Upcoming Dates (2023-2024)

    General Announcements

    • For breakfast, kids who come in at 7:35 or later are sent to class with their trays to finish in the classroom. Anyone who comes in before that eats in the cafeteria and leaves at 7:40 to go to class. Those kids are not allowed to leave with breakfast items. Breakfast opens at 7:00. If your student plans on eating breakfast at school, please allow them enough time to get their breakfast and eat it in order to be in class on time at 7:40 ready to learn.

    August 2023

    August 9: First Day of School! 

    September 2023

    Sept 4: Student/ Staff Holiday

    October 2023

    Oct. 9 - 11: Student/Staff Holiday

    Oct. 12 - 13: Student Holiday/ Staff Workday

    November 2023

    Nov 7: Student Holiday/ Staff Workday

    Nov. 20 - 24: Thanksgiving Break - Student/Staff Holiday

    December 2023

    Dec. 21: Last day of the semester - Early release at 12 pm for all students. *All students will be served lunch before dismissal*

    Dec. 22 - Jan 5: Winter Break - Student/Staff Holiday

    January 2024

    Dec. 22 - Jan 5: Winter Break - Student/Staff Holiday

    Jan. 8: Student Holiday/ Staff Workday

    Jan. 15: Student/Staff Holiday

  • Schedule Overview (2023-2024)

    7:00 am - 7:30 am Early Morning Drop-Off. During this time, students will be either in the gym or in the cafeteria for breakfast until the 7:30 am bell rings.

    7:30 am - 8:00 am Arrival, Morning Work, Announcements, Morning Meeting/Calendar 

    8:00 am - 10:15 am Literacy (Reading, Writing, Grammar, Foundational Skills)

    • 20-30 minutes- Foundational Skill/Grammar Skill
    • 20 mins- Whole Group Reading Lesson
    • 20 mins- Whole Group Writing Lesson
    • 50-70 mins- Small groups targeted instruction/independent work

    10:15 am - 10:30 am Intervention and Enrichment (I/E) 

    10:30 am - 10:45 am Math (pt.1)

    • 10 mins- Number Talk/Spiral Review

    10:45 am - 11:15 am Recess

    11:15 am - 11:45 am Lunch and Restrooms 

    11:45 am - 12:45 pm Math (pt.2)

    • 50 mins- Whole Group Lesson (some small groups/independent)
    • 30 mins- Small Group Differentiation

    12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Inquiry and Innovation 

    1:50 pm - 2:40 pm Specials

    2:40 pm - 2:45 pm Dismissal







  • What Are We Learning? (2023-2024)

    **Please see the section Important Announcements & Upcoming Dates (2023-2024) for upcoming tests and assessments**

    August 2023

    August Spelling Tick Tack Toe

    Week X Spelling Homework (August X - August X)



    • X


    • X

    High-Frequency Words:

    • X

    Grammar Focus: 

    • X

    Phonics Focus :

    • X

    Writing Checklist


    • X

    Inquiry and Innovation

    Science and Social Studies will be combined into what we call "I&I" time. I&I stands for Innovation and Inquiry!

    • X


    • X

    Homework: *Start Date TBD*

    • Only one spelling activity is due per week. You are not required to complete more than one, but you can if you choose. 
    • We ask that both the spelling and math homework are turned in by Friday.
    • We will be sending and attaching here, the spelling page for each week. The tick-tack toe board does not change weekly. This will be kept for 3 weeks at a time.
    • If you need any sort of supplies, please reach out! We are happy to provide materials.

      1. Every Monday, students should complete one square of the tic-tac-toe spelling page in their green GO folder. 

      2. Every Wednesday, students should complete the yellow math practice paper in their green Go folder.

  • First Grade Reminders

    Wearing tennis shoes is encouraged during Specials and on the playground. 

    Please always label all clothing items, including jackets.

  • Dismissal and Attendance

    To report an absence, please call the Child Safe Line at

    469-752-3100 (option 3)

    If you know BEFORE school that there will be a change of dismissal, please send a teacher note in the morning or email the office so we are aware.

    If you need to change plans AFTER your child is here, you have 2 choices:

    • Call the front office, and they will tell the teacher  –OR-
    • E-mail the teacher, and cc: the school secretary. That way in case the teacher misses it, our secretary will make sure that we know and then a “change in dismissal” card will be sent to notify the teacher.

    If your child is absent, please send a signed note with the reason for their absence or bring a doctor’s note (if you went to the doctor). 

    We recommend calling the school 5 - 10 minutes prior to arrival for pick up, so students have time to gather their items and come to the office. This is especially helpful for when students are at recess, lunch, specials, or in academic services.

    **Must bring a form of identification for pick-up**

  • Snack

    Your child's snack should be:

    • a simple snack that is packaged separately from their lunch. 
    • The snack should be one that they can open easily and manage independently. Please no snacks that require a spoon or a fork.
    • Your child may bring a bottle of water to class. Their name should be marked clearly on the water bottle to prevent your child's water from getting mixed up with that of another child.

    Ideas for healthy snacks can be located on the Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition website

  • Lunch

    Students may bring their own labeled lunch, buy lunch from the cafeteria, or do a combination of both. Each student will have their very own lunch code located on their ID badge. This is a number that is scanned or entered if your child buys anything from the lunch line.

    If sending money to school for lunch, PTA purchases, book orders, etc., please place it in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and put it in your student’s take-home folder. Most of these purchases can be made online.

    Parent Lunch Visitors for 2023 - 2024!

    Parents may visit their child for lunch via the signup sheet below, which is per semester. (August - December & January - May) 

    Many parents like to come to school and have lunch with their child. Luckily, our school has a "Patriot Patio" in the hall outside our cafeteria where students and family members can enjoy lunch together. We have 4 tables per grade level available. We require parents to sign up prior to visiting their child for lunch so that we do not run out of space. All visitors to Shepard must bring a driver's license on their first visit of the school year and be issued a visitor badge. On subsequent visits, we can print badges with the same level of security without the need to scan your driver's license again, but please have it on hand in case there are any questions.

    Fall 2023 Semester Lunch Visitor Sign Up 

    Please feel free to let Mrs. Bishop know if you have any questions.

  • Recess

    During the school day, students have a 30-minute long recess. Recess is usually an outdoor play time if the weather permits. On bad weather days, we will do an activity in our classrooms during this time. On occasion, the students will be permitted an additional recess time. Teachers do not apply sunscreen to children. We recommend applying sunscreen to your child before you send them to school. We go outside every day unless the temperature is below 32 degrees or it is raining.

  • Birthdays

    If your child is celebrating their birthday, their teacher will take the time to recognize their special day and they will also be mentioned on our morning announcements, "The Patriot News." If you wish to bring a treat for the whole class, they will be shared at the end of the day. Some examples of birthday treats are store-bought cookies or donuts. Please, no peanut butter treats. Please arrange this celebration with your child's teachers. Family members are currently not allowed to attend. This will just be for your child and their class. 

    Birthday invitations have to be handed out by students at non-academic times.

  • Field Trips

    Field Trips will be organized based on the school and district schedules in conjunction with the academic goals of the grade level. 

    We will send home flyers about specific field trip information closer to the field trip dates as well as post information about them here in the Important Announcements Section.

  • Volunteer Information

    In order to volunteer at the school, any person must complete a background check form. Please do this now if you think you may ever want to chaperone or help with anything at school. The more the merrier!

          Types of volunteers include:

    • Room Parents
    • Workroom helpers
    • Field Trip Chaperones
    • Watch Dog Dads
    • Fine Arts Day presenters or helpers

    All volunteers must sign in at the front office.

    Please ask for more information if you are interested. You are welcome!

    Plano I.S.D. Volunteer Application and Information

  • School Registration Information


    We have provided here for you the link for information about new student enrollment. Should you have any further questions, feel free to call Shepard Elementary on our mainline and speak with our front office. The direct phone number is (469) 752 - 3100

    New Student Enrollment

  • Team First Grade Logo


    2023-2024 School Year Calendar:

    August 9: First Day of School

    September 4: Labor Day Holiday

    October 9-11: Student/Staff Holiday

    October 12-13: Student Holiday/Staff Workday

    November 7: Student Holiday/Staff Workday

    November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break

    December 21: Last Day of First Semester (Early Release)

    December 22–January 5: Winter Break

    January 8: Student Holiday/Staff Workday

    January 9: Start of Second Semester

    January 15: MLK Holiday

    February 19: Student/Staff Holiday

    February 20: Student Holiday/Staff Workday

    March 11–15: Spring Break

    March 29: Student/Staff Holiday

    April 22: Student/Staff Holiday

    May 26: Last Day of School (Early Release)

Tamara Whitmire
1st Grade