Mrs. Holmes - First Grade

Everything is awesome when you are in FIRST GRADE!-Inspired by The Lego Movie

Hello, my name is Mrs. Holmes and I teach first grade at Akers.  I am a graduate of Fresno State University and attained my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching through Fresno Pacific University. I am proudly celebrating my 11th year of teaching and I look forward to continuing my career in education. This will be my 3rd year teaching first grade at Akers. I have a passion for teaching and learning. I chose to be a teacher because there were teachers who made a difference in my life; I hope to do the same for the students who walk through my classroom door. I look forward to making this a successful year, thank you parents for your dedication and support.

Daily Schedule

Every Monday 8:00am-1:00pm
Tuesday-Friday 8:00am-2:10pm
*Snack and morning recess: 9:00-9:15am
Lunch and afternoon recess: 11:20-12:00pm
*If you would like your child to have a snack please provide a healthy snack for them. They also have the option of purchasing second chance breakfast during this time. (Only if they did not purchase the morning breakfast before 8am)

Extra-curricular activities 2018-2019

P.E.: Mondays 12:30-1:00pm and Thursdays 12:30-1:15pm
Art: Every other Wednesday 12:30-1:15pm
Library: Fridays 1:00-1:30pm
Fitness Room: Tuesdays 1:00-1:30pm
Music: Once a month on Friday
4th Grade reading buddies: Thursdays 1:30-2:00pm

Flexible Seating
Students will have the opportunity to use various seating choices each week. Currently, we have the following choices: yoga ball, camping chair, wobble cushion, floor rug and lap trays.

School Supplies List/ Class Needs
On the first day of school all students will be provided with a pencil box and basic school supplies: pencils, scissors, glue stick, crayons, etc.
In addition all folders and writing paper will be provided. The only items a parent may consider purchasing are the following:
-*Headphones or earbuds 
-2-3ply Kleenex
-Baby wipes 
*The school will provide one set of headphones per student, however most headphones do not last the entire school year. ** I have some stylus from last year but not a full class set. 

Class Expectations

Our 2017-2018 Respect Agreement
This is an agreement created by the class, each year the class and I work together to create our "classroom rules".

1. Be a good listener. 
2. Keep your hands to yourself. 
3. Be kind and helpful.
4. Take care of school materials.
5. Try your best. 

Behavior Management

In class each student will have their own behavior chart. Behavior will be documented daily using the Class Dojo application. Parents will be asked to download this application during the first week of school. Students start every day at "ready to learn" (+1 point). They can then clip up to "good day" (+2 points), "great job" (+3 points) or "outstanding" (+5 points). Each time a student clips up they receive positive praise and points. Points are then converted to eagle bucks at the end of each month. 

The following steps are taken for students who choose to break our respect agreement. 
1. Warning-verbal reminder and counseling with the teacher.

2. Student will clip down to "think about it". (-1 point)
3. Student will clip down to "teacher's choice". (-2 points)
4. Student will clip down to "parent contact" (-3 points). Parents will be contacted over the phone or via Class Dojo, if needed a parent meeting will be made. Student success is a priority for each student, my goal is to find what works best for your child. 

Creating a successful environment for your child is a team effort. You know your child best, if a meeting is needed it is only to create a plan that will best support a positive learning environment for your child and their classmates. 

*At any time if a student has severely broken our class respect agreement and/or school-wide rules, the student will be issued a ticket (referral) and/or suspended depending on the level of behavior.


  • Eagle Bucks will be given for turning in homework on time and good behavior. Once a month students will have the opportunity to spend their eagle bucks at a student store. The student store is nicely stocked each year with items such as: sports equipment, school supplies, games and electronics. 
  • Student of the Month and Character Counts Awards: a student is chosen for each category according to their behavior, integrity and quality of work. Each trimester an assembly will be held in the cafeteria. Each teacher is allowed 3-5 awards per trimester. 
  • Five Eagle Award recipients are chosen for overall growth each trimester.
  • Fun Fridays: students who complete their classwork and homework may participate in  "Fun Friday" activities. These activities will include cooperative learning games, educational iPad activities, etc. Occasionally, I will host themed parties such as "flashlight party", "chalk party", "bubble party", etc. 
  • Smiles and Praise: I like to smile and thank students for their great work and positive behaviors in and out of class. I encourage students to take ownership of their learning experiences, which will assist in building responsibility, positive relationships and confidence.
  • School-wide trimester awards for good behavior: students who do not receive a referral will have the opportunity to participate in trimester awards such as movie day and swim day. 

Each student has been provided with an orange homework folder, inside you will find a reading log, a spelling list and math review assignments. The reading log is for you to document free choice reading with your child daily. This could be a book you read to them before bed or a book they read to you. The reading log will have a variety of comprehension questions.  These can be asked out loud and/or your child could complete the entries.  Completing the entries is optional. For spelling, it is your choice how to practice these words each week. My suggestion would be to give your child a pretest and practice the words they misspelled. A spelling test will be given each Friday in class.

Math homework will normally come in three pages: the first two pages are completed in class with the teacher, the third page is the homework page. 

In the black folder, you will find their reading mastery/DISTAR homework. This homework supports our district-wide reading program. Parents will listen to their child read two passages and sign each night. Each passage is given in accordance to their reading level and checked by their reading teacher daily. (This should take 3-6 minutes).

Your child will be assigned homework Monday through Thursday. All homework reinforces the concepts and skills we have learned in class. It also prepares students for upcoming assessments and it develops good study habits. In addition, it allows you as the parent to assess your child's abilities and monitor growth and weaknesses daily. 

I am aware that special events or circumstances occur. I am flexible in excusing your child from homework assignments or altering their assignments so they feel successful. I ask that you contact me so that we are all on the same page.

Basic Curriculum Information/CSCC (California State Common Core)

As our school transitions into the new phases of Common Core Standards feel free to review the links below for more detailed information. Some of the activities I am promoting in class to prepare students for the new standards include items such as: iPad presentations, online portfolios (Showbie), interactive video conferencing, number talks and cooperative group learning environments. Video conferencing offers our classroom virtual field trips and experiences with outside experts from other cities and states.

English Language Arts


Personal Goal

It is my personal goal to ensure all students are taught the standards according to their level of learning, as well as, teach students how to be productive leaders in their community, reflective of their actions and lifelong learners. This year will be fun and productive!
If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to contact me. Send me an email, write a note or contact me at school (559) 998-5707 ext. 2337.