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Dear TK Parents,

            In the month of May and June, we will complete our SEAL unit entitled Our Earth. Our gallery walk is scheduled for May 11th from 8:00-8:15 in room K1. Once our Earth unit is complete, we will spend the rest of the school year in our last SEAL unit entitled Life on a Farm.  We will learn that a farm is a place where plants are grown and animals are raised. We will look at the different stages that plants and animals go through as they grow, as well as why plants and animals need each other to survive.

In phonics, we will review the letters Aa-Xx, as well as learn the letters Yy-Zz. We will learn their letter names, words associated with each letter, how to correctly write each letter, and work on art projects for each letter. Once we have learned our last two letters, we will spend the rest of the school year focusing on our 15 TK sight words. We will learn how to read all 15 sight words, write them, and identify them.

In math, we will continue to learn about the number 18, as well as learn about the numbers 19-20. We will recognize the numbers, orally count them from 1, and write them. Our pattern for both months will be the ABC pattern. Once we learn our last two numbers, we will spend the rest of the school year learning about simple addition and subtraction.

In writing workshop, we will continue to write simple sentences using our sight words, but add on writing more than one sentence for our stories. We will also look closely at sentence structure (i.e. capitol at the beginning of a sentence and a period at the end of a sentence) and review drawling our pictures like an illustrator.

Mrs. Lanoie

Dates to remember:

May 11th: SEAL Earth gallery walk at 8:00

May 21st: Professional Development Day, No Students at school

May 22nd: Miner Celebration at 6:30

May 25th: Happy Hallow Field Trip





Greetings Kindergarten Families!  

Kindergarten classrooms will be participating in a new unit of study entitled “Good Citizens and Legends from the Past and Present.” In this theme students will be learning about the importance of standing up for personal beliefs, perseverance, determination and how these character traits shape who we are as individuals.  We will also discover how our actions have an impact on each other and can make a difference in our society.

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.

Dates of Unit

April 23 - June 1, 2018

Enduring Understandings

   (Why it’s important)


Essential Questions

Good citizens act in certain ways and possess common characteristics.

  • What are the characteristics of a good citizen?

A legend is someone who is admired for a positive impact on society.

  • What does it mean to be a legend?

Good citizens and legends have a positive impact on society.

  • How do good citizens’ and legends’ beliefs and actions impact the society?

Key Vocabulary students will be learning


















Important Dates for Family Participation:

May 22nd  School Community Celebration 6:00 to 7:30

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 (perseverance, determination, resilience and Ruby Bridges, Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Barack Obama, Celia Cruz, Pablo Picasso, Pelé )  

·        Research online and find videos about this topic (character traits, heroes and legends)

·        Make connections to which heroes and legends are important to your family and culture

·        Visit the San Jose Museum of Modern Art, Biblioteco Latinoamericano Branch Library

·        Contact the teacher if you have experience or knowledge on this topic that you would like to share




First Grade:  


First graders are learning about how the features of animals help them to grow and survive.   In May, we will study the blue morpho butterfly and learn about its life cycle.  We have our field trip to the Academy of Sciences to see their rain forest exhibit. In Math, we are learning about geometric shapes, problem-solving and addition and subtraction fluency.  In addition, children are learning to research and write informative reports about animals.  They will also orally present facts to each other about an animal (poison dart frogs, piranhas, toucans or harpy eagles) they research together in a team. And of course, we read and discuss many books! As teachers, we are certainly proud of the growth we have seen in our first graders this year!





2nd Grade


In second grade, students are learning about Solids, Liquids and Gases and the states of matter.  Children are learning about interpreting graphs, telling time, and solving problems with coins. Of course there will be end of the year assessments in all subject areas.  We are delighted by the growth we have seen in the students this year.


In the 1st and 2nd grade combination class, students are learning about two habitats in Africa – the savannah of Tanzania and the rainforest of Madagascar.  They are learning about how behaviors and features of animals help them survive.  They are learning about the interdependence of plants and animals.  Lemurs and Elephants will be our main subjects and students will write an informational report about an animal.  In math we are learning to interpret graphs.  Of course there will be end of the year assessments in all subject areas.  We are delighted by the growth we have seen in the children this year.


In the 2nd and third grade combination class, third graders are taking their first online State assessment exams.  Students are learning about  various biomes and how humans can affect the environment and make it a better world!  In math, we are learning about data and interpreting graphs.  Students will write an informational report about an animal and its biome.  We are delighted by the growth we have seen in the students this year.



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:

Students in the 3rd-4th and  4th grade classes are finishing their unit on Energy. They are in the process of planning and creating models of energy-efficient homes. Students will write a Procedural (How-to) piece to detail the steps they took in creating the model and will make group presentations to our classes.


The next unit is on Government.  This unit will focus on the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens as well as studying the Constitutions of California and the U.S. The evening news will be used to teach concepts!


The focus on math for the remainder of the year is revisiting multiplication, division, fractions, word problems, geometry, and decimals. As always, knowing the multiplication facts helps students in all these areas.


Fifth Grade: 


 May will be a busy month in fifth grade, as we will finish up state testing, have our last open house and begin family life. Our social studies unit this month will be “Expanding our Nation”. Students will  trace the colonization, immigration, and settlement patterns of the American people from 1789 to the mid-1800s, with emphasis on the role of economic incentives, effects of the physical and political geography, and transportation systems.


Sixth Grade: 

For the month of April, sixth graders will extend their knowledge of histograms and stem and leaf plots to represent and compare data. Students will use measures of central tendency to solve real life problems.  In Language Arts/Science students will explore how bridges have influenced the development of civilizations, identify how geometry affects bridge design and function and apply that knowledge to the design and construction of a bridge.