Tassajara Hills Elementary School

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Student Links

Tassajara Hills Home Page
Google Apps Login
Social Studies Text Book Online

Studies Weekly
Typing Club Login
Ed1 Stop Login

*usernames and passwords can be found in your child's planner

Student Math Resources

Module 1 Videos
Module 2 Videos
Module 3 Videos
Module 4 Videos
Module 5 Videos
Module 6 Videos

Zearn Math

Zearn is website we use in class for extra Eureka Math Practice. The lessons are designed to teach the math concepts and provide precise feedback.

An adaptive math support we will use to challenge and differentiate. The lessons are designed to challenge the students while supporting the areas they need.

Apps and Websites

Girl at Computer.JPGThroughout the year, students will be using the following Apps and Websites.

Comic Book, Pic Collage, Google Apps for Education, RAZ-KIDS PuppetEDU, RazKids, Edmodo, TenMarks, Khan Academy, Social Studies Website, Science Website, Typing Club,  StoryWorks Website, and USA Studies Weekly Website, Zearn, Dreambox.

Foundation & PTA

The Tassajara Hills Foundation and PTA work hard to help supplement and support the staff and students at Tassajara Hills! Many of our fabulous programs are funded by Foundation and supported by PTA!

Check out the Foundation Website or PTA Website to find out more about these groups!

Did you know that in the Foundation will spend approximately $600 per child to help supplement their education in the 2015-2016 school year? Click here for more "did you knows" about foundation!

Did you know that we have Family Fun Events planned this year sponsored by PTA?  


Veteran’s Day Assembly Coming Up, Getting Ready for our Heritage Reports, Thanksgiving Break Approaching… I can’t believe it is already
NOVEMBER! Where has the time gone?! We’ve been so busy in class learning a ton of new things! I can proudly say that our students are definitely getting the swing of fifth grade! They are totally stepping up to the plate and working like the upper grade students that they are!


Math: We just finished the module 2 where the students applied the patterns of the base ten system to mental strategies and the multiplication and division algorithms. The students used place value charts and area models to help strengthen their understanding of multiplication and division. Currently, we are beginning Module 3 which is about the addition and subtraction of fractions. We’ll begin the module with equivalent fractions, move to adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, and then look at fractions greater than 1 and explore their relation to larger whole numbers and the number line. Finally, we’ll end the module with word problems which encourage the students to recognize part-whole relationships with fractions.

Math Resources: In order to help the students, grasp the new concepts, the students are asked to watch the video for the lesson they’ll learn the following day, for homework. This gives the students some prior knowledge of the lesson. Also for homework, they are also asked to complete a few problems from the lesson we studied that day. This is to ensure that they’re practicing and grasping the concepts. Please remind your child to bring home their math journal. There you will also find examples from the lesson and how it is being taught. Another helpful resource for the Eureka program is the zearn.org website. The lessons in Zearn go hand in hand with the lessons we’re working on in the Eureka program. Lastly, the module parent tip sheets are a good place to help parents with our math program as well.
Check out Dreambox- a program that adapts to each student’s strategy and solution, and adjusts pace and placement so the students are receiving the challenge that they need.

Reading: We’ve just started our third core literature book, Bridge to Terabithia. This is a novel about Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke, two fifth-graders who become friends and create an imaginary land called Terabithia, where they can go to forget about their problems. Our New York Reading Project workshop is in full swing and we are working on our Nonfiction unit, “Moving up the levels of Nonfiction.” This unit focuses on tackling complex texts with strong literal comprehension.  We continue to read silently in class and at least 15 minutes each night at home.

Science: We’re continuing to use the online resource, Mystery Science to study the “Web of Life”.  This unit on ecology helps students develop the idea that plants, animals, and fungi form a system of interdependent parts, with each part dependent on the other parts for its material nourishment.

Social Studies: Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus and Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Who were these explores and what did they find? This month’s social studies unit is all about the Explorers. We’ll be looking and the silk road and the goals of explorations, as well as the European discovery of America. Once we get to America we’ll check out what explorations were made by land and where in the Americas did European countries claim land. This unit will end with an in-class explorer project where each student will research and report on the explorers as well as the exploration of the New World.

Writing: Our writing program is underway and we are just beginning our second unit, informational writing. We are currently learning how to write an information piece. This unit is going hand in hand with our Explorers. The students are learning how to write with the lens of a reporter. They are posing questions and researching information to back up their thinking. They are looking at multiple sources to gather their information. We’re finishing up our rough drafts and then will arrange our writing to look like a magazine article as a final draft.  Our students are really blossoming as writers!

Technology: We continue to use our Chromebook cart daily!  Through the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, each student in our class has a Google Apps account. We’re using Google docs for our writing and as tool for sharing and collaborating work. We are in the process of researching our explorers and taking notes into our Google doc account All of our writing from idea gathering to final copy has been done using Google Docs. We’re also using Typing club, Dreambox and the Zearn math website daily in our classroom!

As you can see in just a few months, we’ve had a ton going on! I’m so proud of our FABULOUS fifth graders!


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Classroom Resources

Parent Links


Use the links below to view a PDF of helpful tips to help your 5th grader complete their Eureka Math assignments. 

Parent Tip Sheets - 5th
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Module 5
Module 6

Common Sense Media
A website that has educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  You can type in the name of the media you’re looking for and it will give you the age that it is appropriate for as well as why.

Finding My Media Balance Family Tip Sheet
You Won't Believe This Family Tip Sheet
Beyond Stereotypes Family Tip Sheet
Digital Friendships Family Tip Sheet
What's Cyberbullying Family Tip Sheet
Reading News Online Family Tip Sheet

About Common Core
SRVUSD Webpage
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Important Dates & Info...

Jul 30 ** Office Opens
Aug 10 ** Registration
                      New Families- 1- 2:30p
                      Returning Families: 2-4p
Aug 13 ** First Day of School!
                      8:20 - 12:10
Aug 16 ** Back to School Night 6:30p
Aug 31 ** Minimum Day
Sept 3 ** Labor Day Holiday
Oct 5**  Teacher Work Day
Oct 8 - 12 ** Conferences- Minimum Days

Oct 31** Halloween - Minimum Day

**Parking Lot Procedures** Please remember to be both responsible and courteous when picking up your children. You are asked to not use your cell phone, and please respect and follow the directions of the teachers and staff that are on duty. If you prefer to park and walk over to pick up your child, please use the crosswalk near the stop sign. More and more parents are crossing through the traffic which is dangerous for everyone and slows down the pick up line.

** Box Tops- Please collect and send in your box tops! They raise money for our school!
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D1 Wish List

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HP 96 Black Ink Cartridge

HP 97 Color Ink Cartridge

Disinfectant Wipes

• Kleenex

   • Glue Sticks
• Jolly Ranchers

Chromebook x 32

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