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            In the month of January we will wrap our SEAL unit entitled All About Me and My Family. Our gallery walk is scheduled for January 19th at 8:00 AM. We will begin our next SEAL unit entitled Our Community the week of January 22nd.

            In phonics, we will review our letters Aa-Nn, as well as learn our letters Oo-Pp. We will learn their letter names, letter sounds, words associated with each letter, how to correctly write each letter, and work on art projects for each letter. We will continue our study of beginning sounds and add ending sounds. Our sight words that we will learn this month are “the” and “see.”

            In math, we will continue learning about the number 10, as well as learn the numbers 11-12. We will recognize the numbers, orally count them from 1, count them one-to-one, be able to explain the number, and write them. Our pattern for this month is the AAB pattern. We will also begin to learn how to sort objects by their different attributes.

            In Writing Workshop, we have completed learning how to draw different types of weather and are now moving on and learning how to draw basic settings for our stories. We will also begin to learn how to orally tell a story through our writing.

Mrs. Lanoie

Dates to remember:

January 15th- No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 17th- No School, Teacher Planning and Conference Day

January 16-26- Winter Conferences

Jaunary 19th- Gallery Walk

January 29- No School, Teacher Professional Development Day

January 31st- I will be out all day for a TK meeting



Greetings Kindergarten Families!  

Kindergarten classrooms will be participating in our next unit of study entitled “Weather All Around”. In this theme, students will be learning about the different types of weather and how they affect the Earth’s surface. We will also focus on how to prepare and respond to a variety of weather conditions.


The children will be working on describing the characteristics of weather and classifying the different types of weather, their effects on Earth’s surface and how living things respond to and prepare for them.


Below is some basic information about this unit of study. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or interest in helping. We strongly encourage you to share information you know related to this theme with your child.


We are a community of meteorologists conducting a study/research about weather.


Dates of Unit

November 27 – February 1               

Enduring Understandings

  (Why it’s important)


Essential Questions

·        Different types of weather affects the earth’s surface over time and varies by location.

·        Living things prepare and/or respond to different weather conditions in different regions.

·        Living things build structures to minimize or maximize the effects caused by weather conditions.    


·        How does weather affect the Earth’s surface?

·        How do structures minimize/maximize those effects?

·        How do living things prepare and/or respond to different weather conditions and regions?

Key Vocabulary students will be learning

temperature                            climate                                  prepare

meteorologist                          condition

observation                              gust

forecast                                    effect

Important Dates for Family Participation


Gallery Walk (In-class visit): Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 8:00 am.

List of ways parents can help

·        Complete Bridging Home to School Projects as a family

·        Go to the library and read books together about this theme

·        Converse with your child about the types of weather they are studying and the effect it has on living things and our Earth.



First Grade:  

First graders will continue to study holiday traditions in January.  We will study the Lunar New Year and New Year celebration in America.  We are learning to compare and contrast traditions.  We are also learning to express and write our opinions with two reasons.     In math, we are continuing to practice adding and subtracting within twenty.  Children are learning that numbers in the teens are 1 ten and some leftover ones (For example 19 = 1 ten +9 ones).  We continue working on counting to 120.



2nd Grade

In January, Mrs. Federman’ first and second grade classroom children will continue studying cultural diversity.  We will read family immigration stories and learn how to make a timeline of our own.  We will read stories and discuss how they are alike and different. 

 In Language Arts, we are working to understand synonyms by using a thesaurus. We are also learning map skills like directions using a compass rose, the names of continents and major oceans.   In reading, we are making sure we can flip vowel sounds when reading – understanding short and long vowel sounds and common pairs like ai, ay, ee, ea, igh, oa, oo, and y as long e (Valery) or long I (by).  We have already worked on words that end with e and how they often change vowel sound (e.g. cap to cape). 

In math, we are practicing using a variety of strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems with 2 and 3 digits.  They are using tape diagrams, number bonds, 120 charts, place value charts, number lines and “mom and dads’” way.  Regrouping is a challenging concept but students are gaining confidence as they figure out their own best strategies for solving problems.  Math fluency – adding and subtracting numbers within 20 quickly is also a goal.  Games with dice, cards and dominoes will be coming home soon.


Mrs. Filipe’s second and third graders are learning to be poets and learning comprehension strategies as they become better readers.  Mrs. Filipe is impressed with the students’ word choices as they explore a variety of poetry types.

 Students are studying states of matter, the water cycle and weather in Science.  Children will discover how water impacts weather. 

In math, multiplication and division strategies are the major focus.  Students are also learning about quantification charts.


Ms. R’s second graders are comparing and contrasting culture of the pasty to the present.  They are also studying their own family histories and timelines.  Students are learning about family traditions, reasons for immigrating to the United States and cultural contributions to our nation. 

Students are also studying long vowel patterns and how to use a thesaurus.

In math, students have been working very hard learning a variety of strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems with 2 and 3 digits.  They are using tape diagrams, number bonds, 120 charts, place value charts, number lines and “mom and dads’” way.  Regrouping is a challenging concept but students are gaining confidence as they figure out their own best strategies for solving problems.


Third Grade:

Third graders are busy investigating how our democracy works.  They are discovering the history of our government and what rights and privileges our citizens have in the USA. They work in groups, partners, and independently to learn the foundations of our government.


Writing workshop is underway with students writing daily to build stamina and expertise in the  habits of writers. We are currently focusing on Narrative writing. Students perform each of the steps in the writing process, from collecting ideas in notebooks to final publication.


Math studies revolve around number sense, multiplication, and problem-solving. Students work to strengthen their sense of growing understandings and to celebrate mastery of new skills.


Fourth Grade:



During Math, we will start off the month of January with a focus on double-digit multiplication. Toward the end of the month, we will then focus on fractions. Students understanding of fractions will build off of what was taught in third grade. Students will be exploring fraction equivalence and extend this understanding to mixed numbers.  This leads to the comparison of fractions and mixed numbers and the representation of both in a variety of models. 


During Writers' Workshop we will be integrating our knowledge of how to write an informational essay with our knowledge of what we have been studying during science. Students have been working hard at identifying plant and animal species, and the adaptations they have that help them survive in their region. Students will be producing an informational essay, in partners, on one specific animal that will require further research and investigation.


During Science, we are continuing with our unit on Internal & External Structures of plants and animals. As we near the end of this unit, students will be participating in an in-class project. With a partner, students will be researching a region of California and finding out as much information as possible to learn about plants, animals, climate and landforms. They then will use that information to “discover” their own animal. This means they will be creating a futuristic, fictional animal that will have to survive out of its natural habitat. They will be encouraged to be creative with materials and challenged to draw, sculpt and create this “new species” of animal.



Fifth Grade: 

We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable break.  January will be a busy month for 5th grade. We will jump right into a science unit on matter.  We will be taking our 3rd field trip of the year on January 10th to LEVI Stadium for activities related to technological advances in the game of football.  Continued work with fractions, decimals, and volume with be part of our math focus.  We will move from opinion writing to informational writing.  



Sixth Grade: 

For the month of January, sixth graders will continue to learn how to multiply fractions by examining portions of fractions and decimals. Students will also be learning how to find the areas of different shapes by rearranging them into rectangles. During our integrated Language Arts and Social Studies, students will be completing their historical narrative project that explains the life of an ancient Egyptian citizen. Science Camp forms are due on Wednesday, December 20th plus a $50 deposit. Please make sure to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.