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Dear TK Parents,

            In the month of March, we will continue our SEAL unit entitled Our Community. We are learning about four community helpers (doctor, police officer, dentist, and firefighter) and why they are important in our community. We will also begin to look at what kinds of vehicles are in our community and why it is important for communities to have different modes of transportation. We will also have our big family transportation project due this month.  Our gallery walk for our SEAL unit will take place on March 23rd.

            In phonics, we will review the letter Aa-Ss, as well as learn our letters Tt-Uu. 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, ending sounds, and syllables. Our sight words that we will learn this month are “is” and “to.”

            In math, we will continue to learn about the number 13, as well as learn about the numbers 14-15. 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 will be the ABB pattern. We will continue to learn how to sort objects by different attributes and begin to study simple addition.

            In writing workshop, we will continue learning how to label our stories, as well as how to color a detailed picture. We will begin to learn how to write a simple sentence using the sight words that we have learned in class.

Mrs. Lanoie

Dates to remember:

March 12th and 28th- Out for TK planning

March 16th- Wear green for St. Patrick’s Day

March 23rd- Gallery Walk




Greetings Kindergarten Families!  

Kindergarten classrooms will be participating in a new unit of study entitled “Living Things”. Our Science and Social Studies standards will guide us as we learn about different habitats and how they impact our environment. We will focus on what nutrients living things need and how their environment supports their survival. During the unit, we will do an author study on Eric Carle. During the next ten weeks please make sure you are conversing with your child about the different habitats that they are studying and the affects people have on them. Throughout this unit we will be sending home family projects. These are projects for you and your child to complete as a family. We are looking forward to starting this interactive unit. Thank you for all your continued support!

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

February 5th-April 20th

Enduring Understandings

   (Why it’s important)


Essential Questions

·        Living things need nutrients (food, water, light) to survive.

·        Living things change and impact their environment.

·        Living things live in different environments to meet their needs.


·        What do living things need to survive?

·        In what ways to living things affect their environment?

·        How do different environments support survival needs?

Key Vocabulary students will be learning

food, water, light, air, land, change, compare, contrast, impact, describe, location

Important Dates for Family Participation:

Culminating Project

Author Celebration

Gallery Walk: In the morning of April 19th

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 (plants and animals that live and survive in the different environments – farm, ocean, city, forest)  

·        Research online and find videos about this topic (farm, city, ocean, forest)

·        Make connections to the different environments and which ones your family has lived in

·        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:  

    In March first graders will celebrate Dr. Seuss books.  We are also studying workers and how people around the world have the same needs but meet those needs in a variety of ways depending on the climate, location and resources available.  Students will learn the differences between consumers (buyers) and producers (makers of something to sell), goods (things) and services, needs and wants.  We are also learning about how needs and wants have changed over time. We introduced this concept with presidents of the past.  In math, students are learning a lot of vocabulary as they work with numbers over 30.  They need to know greater than (>) and less than (<), more and less, least and most.   For any number 1-120, they should be able to answer what number is 1 more, 1 less, 10 more or ten less.  This is not always as simple as it seems.  Keep practicing.  Also learning to add and subtract to ten quickly is a standard that they also need to practice.  They are learning to count numbers by making ten groups and ones.  



2nd Grade

Mrs. R’s second graders are learning about plants.  They are studying the economy and learning about consumers and producers.  In math, the students are learning the foundations of multiplication and division.


Mrs. Federman’s ½ combination class will be studying plants.  The will learn about pollination and germination.  Next they will be Earth Scientists exploring landforms in our National Parks.  They will learn about erosion and weathering.  They will learn to make models of how Earth changes gradually or very quickly.  In math, the second graders are learning the foundations of multiplication and division.


Mrs. Filipe’s 2/3 combination class is learning about the water cycle and computing the area of shapes in math.




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:



On Friday, March 2nd, both Ms. Upton’s and Ms. Margozzi’s 4th grade classes, as well as Mrs. Morgan’s ¾ combo class, will be going on a field trip to Levi’s Stadium. Bus departs @ 8:15am and is expected to return @ 2:00pm. Students need both a school permission slip signed and a separate permission slip to Levi’s Stadium signed in order to attend the field trip. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in chaperoning.


On Friday, March 9th, 4th graders will start to have music class with Ms. Jeannine McCoy. This will occur once a week/40 min class.


During Math, we are moving into addition and subtraction of fractions. Students will be introduced to this concept by working with fractions that share common denominators. It will then lead to having to convert fractions with unlike denominators to create equivalent fractions. We will also be exploring geometry concepts that include identifying angles and triangles.



During Writer’s Workshop, we are continuing our work in informational writing. This month, the focus will be on students interviewing an immigrant. An interview template will be sent home for students to record their answers during their interview with the person they choose. Based off the information they learn from the immigrant interview, they will then compare and contrast the hardships and triumphs to what immigrants faced during the time period of the Gold Rush. 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).


During Social Studies, we will be studying Irish, German, Chinese, and Mexican immigrants who came to California in the mid-1800’s. We will be learning the motivations, method of travel, and hardships that were faced by each of these immigrant groups, as well as the contributions they have made to making California the most diverse state.

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 March, sixth graders will be extending their knowledge about operations to include division with fractions. In Language Arts/Social Studies students will learn about the different aspects of ancient China, including; religion, government, and geography. Sixth graders will be on their way to Science Camp on Tuesday, March 6, please pay camp dues. Your child will need to be picked up at 1:30 on Friday the 9th, unless they are going to Boys and Girls Club.