Tassajara Hills Elementary School

Debbie Edgell

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March Brings Leprechauns!


Last Year's Lindsay Wildlife Trip

Weekly Schedule

Monday Science:  9:25-10:15

Tuesday - P.E:  9:25-10:15

 (PE shoes & water bottle!)

Wednesday - Music:  8:45 - 9:45

(split class w/Mrs. Williams)

Thursday - Computer Lab: 1:10-2:00

(helpers needed)

Friday - P.E.:  9:25-10:15

(PE shoes & water bottle!)

              Library:  11:35-12:05


Welcome to Spring!


Our Wonderful 1st Grade Class News!

~ March & April News ~

It’s so hard to believe it’s already Spring!  We only have a few months left of school, and still so much more fun and learning to do! This past month has been soooo busy it seems to have flown by!

WE began with Read Across America, celebrating Dr. Seuss.  What a fun day wearing our PJ’s and reading with our friends. What was your student’s favorite Dr. Seuss story?

Leprechauns came to visit our class last weekend, and what a mess they made. It was a great joint effort to clean up, but everyone worked together to get the job done quickly! YEAH TEAM! We even found the missing shoe Patrick left behind. ;)

We also had our final Meet the Masters assembly about Vincent Van Gogh, and did our class project, creating our own “Starry Night” picture.  They look so beautiful!  Thanks to Mrs. Widmer for all her hard work to get everything ready for us!

I hope you had a wonderful time if you were able to attend our fantastic TH Annual Auction!  Thank you to our Foundaton, and you, for all your support in making Tassajara Hills such an incredible place to work and go to school!  Hopefully you had an opportunity to bid on our class “Ice Cream Party with your Teacher” item.  Our 2 lucky classroom winners will have fun celebrating with the other 1st grade winners during lunch on Wed., April 18. YUM!

We had our Multi Cultural Night on March 15th.  It sounded like another incredible evening!  Several  P-1 families participated, including our own classmate Dominic, showing off his great Tae Kwon DO skills! Awesome job!

Last Thursday we had our class field trip to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.  The kids, AND parents, loved seeing and learning about animal characteristics, all the different animals they have there.  Not sure which was the favorite: owl, snake, tarantula, Guinea pig or dove!  You’d have to ask them!


READING – We will be finishing our unit on Fluency, Phonics & Comprehension.  They’ve done a great job on this unit, and especially with reading with voice and expression. Be sure to ask them about the “GoNoodle – Read with Expression” video!

Our last unit will be on Meeting Characters & Learning Lessons.  In this unit we’ll be really “jumping into the characters” so we can sound, act & think like them. Just like people, characters can change a lot during a book or even chapter. What happens to make them change?  How does the author talk about the characters, and give hints without specifically saying. We have fun enjoying many chapter books, like Cam Jansen, Mr. Putter and Tabby, Walter & Iris, Magic Tree House and Fluffy.  Frog and Toad is always a class favorite! What super star readers!


 UNIT 12 -  This unit focuses on multisyllabic words, & that each syllable needs a vowel. Breaking these syllables apart is a SUPER tool for spelling more challenging words.  We’re also making our own “compound word” books.

UNIT 13 -  The addition of “es” suffix ending can be tricky! We’ll practice this in the unit.

Unit 14Review of all that we’ve learned over the year. J

WRITING We are working on our “Opinion” writing unit.  What is the difference between an opinion and a fact?  How can we convince someone of our opinion?  What reasons do we have to back up our opinion? Do we have a good opening and ending to our writing? We’re also practicing our “editing” skills, remembering to check our spelling on the word wall, in our dictionaries and with our Wilson phonics rules.

MATH  -   We have just finished Module 5, learning about shapes, fractions and telling time. In our last module, we’ll be working with larger numbers to add/subtract and compare.   Keep  practicing those +/- math facts to 20 over the summer for speed and accuracy. ( So... no "fingers" are needed for help.)  J

Please use the link on the “Parent Resources” section on the right if you ever need additional assistance or explanations. Use the “Eureka Parent…” link, click on the  “1st Eureka Videos” (on right side). Find the Module & Lesson to see a video of the lesson being taught. Hopefully this will be helpful!

Over the summer, use the  Eureka/Engage NY ”Summer Packet”  and the Student workbooks from our last few Modules that contain the homework pages.  (They didn’t pull out nicely!)  They are great for skill review over the summer. Also, Zearn.org!

SCIENCE -  The focus for this unit in science lab and in our class is learning about Sound and Light. Where does light come from?  What’s a reflection and how is it made? How does sound work? Be sure to ask your student what “ROYGBIV” is!



Contact Information

Debbie Edgell
Tassajara Hills Elementary
School phone: (925) 855-7800
Cell phone: (925) 323-5481
Email: dedgell@srvusd.net

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