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Dear TK Parents,

            In the month of February, we will continue our new SEAL unit entitled Our Community. We will learn about what a community is, who helpers in our community are, and why community helpers are important. We will also learn  about the different clothing and tools community helpers use to be able to do their job. If any parents are/or know of anyone who is a dentist, nurse, police officer, mail man, etc., and would like to come talk to the class about their job, please email me or talk to me after school.

            In phonics, we will review the letters Aa-Pp, as well as learn our letters Qq-Ss. We will learn their letter name, 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 and ending sounds. We will also begin to train our ears to isolate words in a sentence, as well as learn about syllables. Our sight words that we will learn this month are “like” and “and.”

            In math, we will learn about the numbers 12 and 13. 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 the month is the ABB pattern. We will continue to learn how to sort objects into their different attributes. We will also complete a fun Valentine’s candy graph activity.

            In writing workshop, we have completed learning how to draw basic settings and orally tell our stories to our writing partners.  We will now learn how to be able to choose our own stories to write about and learn how to label our pictures of our stories. We will continue to learn how to share our stories with our writing partners.

Mrs. Lanoie

Dates to remember:

February 19-23- No School, February Break

February 14th- Valentine’s Day Party



February Kindergarten Happenings:

Ms. McGrady and Ms. Zuanich

We are starting a new SEAL unit this month entitled Living Things.  We will start researching the basic survival needs of living things in various habitats, starting with the city.  We will be sending home a Take Home Project where students will make a city building to bring in to share with the class.  Then we will move on to a farm habitat.

Along with this unit we will be doing a literature study on several books by Eric Carle.  We will be studying characters, setting, story structure, sequence of events, as well as his unique collage illustrations.  The students will be practicing how to write their own narrative with a main character, beginning, middle, and end.  Be sure to read and discuss some Eric Carle books with you child at home, too!

In math, we are also beginning a new unit.  This unit will focus on comparison of length, weight and capacity.  We will also continue to practice comparing numbers to ten. 

On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, we will be having a party.  Each child can bring in valentines to pass out to their classmates.  You do not need to write each student’s name, just fill in that they are from your child.  We will be providing bags for them to collect their cards and take them home at the end of the day. 

Remember, there is no school February 19-23 for February Break.

Keep reading at home every night!

First Grade:  

     In math, first graders are learning how to measure the length of objects and how to talk about (interpret) information from a graph.  Then they will be learning to add and to compare (> greater than and < less than) numbers up to 120.

      In Social Studies, students will learn that people around the world have needs and wants that are similar.  They will learn how resources and climate affect how people meet their needs and wants. They will learn about goods and services and how products get from place to place mainly with a story about a boy who lives on a vineyard. They will learn how grapes get from the vineyards to tables and grocery stores around the world.  (We have a play cash register and hope to have students run a little farmer’s market).  Students will also learn that HOW people meet their needs and wants change over time (examples may include transportation, phones, schools, technology, and entertainment, etc.).

      We will also work on a Vera B. Williams author study. Students will learn how to describe character traits based on actions of characters, not just appearances. We will compare adventures of a family in a trilogy of stories with the same characters. Students will write opinions with reasons and book reviews.  We hope children will be telling you about their favorite books and why they like them!

     And of course, first graders are learning how to read books accurately and fluently with understanding.  Please read to or with your child every night (20 minutes).  It makes a world of difference to hear you read, to read to you and to talk about books together.  A trip to the library can be short but fun.  You are sure to find a book your child loves.  Read and talk together in your home language. Some of you are raising bilingual students ready for the 21st century!



2nd Grade


1st/2nd  Grade Combination Class

 During February, Mrs. Federman’s class is studying fairy tales and folk tales.  They are working on understanding point of view, plot, events, setting and character traits.  Students will be writing narratives that include fictional characters.  We will study biographies of past and present heroes including Roberto Clemente, Barack Obama and others.  There will be time for exposure to poetry as we focus on understanding rhymes, rhythm, vowel sounds, compound words, synonyms, prefixes and suffixes.  In math, students are working to solve addition and subtraction problems with a variety of strategies to 1,000!

2nd Grade

Ms. R’s class is also working on a Biography Study of heroes.  Her students will be studying Roberto Clemente and Francisco Jimenez and others.  Her class is working on problem-solving math addition and subtraction problems within 1,000!  In addition, our class is enjoying art, music and new games for Physical Education.

2/3 Combination Class

Ms. Filipe’s class is studying the impacts of natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes and floods.  The class is engaged in reading, writing and the science of these tops.  Multiplication is a major focus in math. In addition, our class is engaged in music, art and new games in Physical Education.


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 are exploring fraction equivalence and extending this understanding to mixed numbers. Students understanding of fractions will build off of what was taught in third grade. This leads to the comparison of fractions and mixed numbers and the representation of both in a variety of models.  We will also be exploring geometry concepts that include lines, angles and shapes.


During Writer’s Workshop, we are continuing our work in informational writing. The writing prompt that they will be expected to respond to is to write a research report for the local library to inform our local community about the contributions to California of (person/group) during the (time period). This will be taught alongside our Social Studies unit on Westward Expansion.


During, Social Studies, we will be learning about the economic, social, and political life in California from the establishment of the Bear Flag Republic through the Mexican-American War, the Gold Rush, and the granting of statehood. We will also be learning about how California became an agricultural and industrial power, tracing the transformation of the California economy and its political and cultural development since the 1850s.

Fifth Grade: 

In February, the students will be learning about the causes, course, and consequences of the American Revolution.  In the unit, Road to Revolution, students will be able to answer the question: How do decisions, actions, and consequences vary depending on different perspectives and positions of the people involved?  The students will be producing opinion pieces during Writer’s Workshop in preparation for upcoming speeches. We will also begin interim testing on the Chromebooks to help prepare students for state testing in the spring.



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.