Madison Crossing Elementary

Mark Of Excellence

Mrs. Hester's Class

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School Phone Number: 601-898-7710

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Welcome to 1st grade!   We are have a fantastic year with you and your child.  We have many fun and exciting activities for your child to learn and grow. 

About the Teacher

My name is Lela Hester.  This is my 19th year of teaching.  I am originally from Carthage, MS.  I received my Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Mississippi State University.  I became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2002.  My husband,  Robert and I  have two wonderful  children, Carter (7), who is a second grader at Madison Crossing and Mary Ella (4), who attends Assissi Early Learning Center at St. Francis.  I love spending time with my family and friends.  I love college football and tailgating at Mississippi State games! 
Carter and Mary Ella    
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September 9 – 13, 2013


Theme:  Amazing Animals


Spelling Words:  with  his  they  I  had  mad  made  kit  kite  dad


Math Skills:  Domino Addition/Turn-Around Facts/Addition Strategies/

 + 4’s and + 5’s facts (Test Friday)


Language/Phonics Skills:  Review Short/Long Vowels with magic e/Common and Proper Nouns/-ad chunk (had, adding, Madison, etc.)


Homework:  Study the spelling words every night.  If your child comes home with a book, please return your Book-in-a-Bag the next day. Study the addition facts every night.


Homework:  Comprehension page; Place Value & Addition Facts Review



·        We are excited about our new unit “Amazing Animals”!  We have many exciting activities planned. To prepare for these, please save and send any large shoe boxes (the bigger, the better), toilet paper and paper towel rolls you may have. 

·        Mark your calendar for our special animal day on Friday, Oct.18th.  More information will come home closer to time.

·        “Fun Thursday” will be this Thursday.

·        The Maverick Round-Up Community-wide pep-rally and parade celebrating GHS Homecoming will be this Thursday at 5:00 at GHS.

·        GHS Homecoming Game is Friday night at 7:00.


*Please practice the addition facts we are learning with your child at home. These facts MUST be fluent (able to recall in a snap or quickly). This is a skill that will be assessed on the first report card. We will assess all addition facts with sums (answers) to 10.