Tassajara Hills Elementary School

Shannon Lechner

Halloween TYNKER



10/31 Halloween Parade and Party

          minimum day


        in service for teachers


         Veteran's Day

11/19-23 Thanksgiving Break

12/17 Oakland Zoo fieldtrip

12/21-1/7 Winter Break

1/29 Old School House fieldtrip

3/5 Rancho Macedo fieldtrip

4/18 Forest Home Farms


4/20 3rd grade musical

STEAM Paper Chain Challenge

Dreambox Math



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Code.org link


Here is a list of the Apps that we use in the classroom:

3rd Grade Splashmath

Math Kid

Math Express


Meerkat math

Ace Multiply

Math Bingo


Pic Collage



Scholastic Book Order Video

What I am... featuring Wiil I Am and Seasme Street



October 26,  2018


In math we have finished up Module 2 and students took their test today. This week we read the information packet about California Indians. Students will use this information as well as what they learned on our Shadow Cliffs fieldtrip to begin the next page of our Danville timeline. We also read from our Social Studies workbook and learned about how California Indians lived in their climate and how they had to adapt to the weather/climate of their area. For Writer’s Workshop we did a research project about spiders. Students were paired to work together finding spider facts using the Chromebooks and iPads. They had to find 8 facts. They took the information they found and turned it into a paragraph about spiders. In Reader’s Workshop students learned about how stories follow a story mountain where the character encounters different problems (the uphill climb on the mountain) with the largest problem occurring when the character faces their biggest challenge. They then go down the mountain once they have resolved the problem. This week for computers, students practiced coding skill on 4 different Halloween Tynker coding activities. On Monday, students did their first Meet the Master project. They copied the still life style of Frida Kahlo by drawing a colorful parrot and different fruits using oil pastels. We did our final Mystery Science in our Force and Motion unit. Students learned about magnets and engineering. Ask them about cow magnets and how you can unlock a door using magnets.  Students will be bringing home their science journal to study for the end of unit test. This will be an open note test where they will use their science journals as an aide when they take the test We had a fun Halloween themed STEAM today. Students poured water and oil in a water bottle. They observed how the 2 liquids separated. Next we added some food coloring and a spider. The final step was to drop an Alka Seltzer into the water bottle. This caused a Halloween “lava lamp” to occur

MEET THE MASTERS: Our class needs someone to lead the next Meet the Masters art project. Please let me know If you would be interested in doing this.

HALLOWEEN: Our Halloween parade will be at the beginning of the day at 8:30 on October 31st. Our class party will be at 10:30. We will play a few fun games and have some yummy Halloween snacks. Thank you to all who signed up on the class Sign Up Genius. Also remember that school gets out at 12:10 on that day

BOXTOPS: Send in General Mills Boxtops for Education. This is a quick easy way for our school to earn some money. In the past it has helped us buy benches, trees, and technology supplies.

NUT ALLERGIES: We do have some students with nut allergies in our classroom. Please be mindful of this when you send in any kind of food for birthdays or on holidays.

REGISTER WITH FUTURE FUND: Register with FutureFund & Order Your Spirit Wear by September 15! If you have not already done so, please be sure to complete your online registration at the Tassajara Hills FutureFund site.  There you can make your classroom donations and your annual donation to Foundation, as well as buy PTA membership, yearbook, directory, calendar and Spirit Wear!  You can also sign up for volunteer opportunities. If you have already registered but still want to donate or do more shopping, please go directly to the Tassajara Hills FutureFund Store.


MULTIPLICATION FACTS: Students should be working on memorizing their multiplication facts. At a math training I attended the instructor recommended leaning the facts in this order:

-     2,5,10

-     0,1,11

-     3,6,9,12

-     4,8,7

A great way to do this is divide flash cards into these groups. Work on the first 3 numbers. Once those are memorized, move onto the next group. When you student memorizes those, add them to the first group. Do this until you have worked through all the groups. Hope this tip is a helpful one J

AMAZON SMILE: Do you shop at Amazon.com? Did you know that 0.5% of your purchases could be donated to support all the programs that the PTA provides and funds? Here is how:

-          Go to https://smile.amazon.com and log into your account.

-          When prompted to select a charity, enter Tassajara Hills Elementary PTA.

-          Now all purchases you make from smile.amazon.com (instead of amazon.com) will donate 0.5% to our PTA! Simply remember to do it from smile.amazon.com!

If you shop from your iPhone or iPad, you will need to do the following once on each device:

-          Delete the old Amazon app.

-          Open Safari and type smile.amazon.com in the web address field.

-          Touch the share button (looks like a box with an arrow).

-          Touch Add to Home Screen.

-          Touch Add.

-          Now you have an icon on your iPhone or iPad where you can purchase from and support all the programs our kids enjoy at school!


Amazon Smile Supports THE

A Great Fieldltrip at Shadow Cliffs

The Giving Tree

Here are some things we would appreciate in the classroom:


Epson 125 ink printer cartridges (Black,Cyan, Magenta, Yellow)


gallon ziplock bags

sandwich ziplock bags


Below is the link to sign up to volunteer for Math Stations, Computer Lab, Correcting spelling/Filing. Thank you for all the in class help. It is greatly appreciated!


Volunteer Sign Up Genius


email address - slechner@srvusd.net

school number - 855 - 7800


About the Teacher

Hi! I am excited to be your 
child's teacher this year. 
I was born and raised in 
I went attended 
Chico State University and 
received my teaching credential 
from St. Mary's University in Moraga. 
This will be my 23nd year teaching 
22 of which have been here at 
Tassajara Hills. During my free time 
spend time with family and
friends. I have 2 children, Gabe is 
19 and starting his junior year in college
 and Jalyn who is 17 and will be a 
senior at Monte Vista. I love to read 
and travel. I like running.
I try lots of different races. 
My husband Adam and I 
have two Shipoo dogs
named LOLA and Foxy, and a Bulldog 
named Bonita. We also have a tortoise,
 rabbit, 2 cats and a chinchilla.
Yes we do live on a farm! You hear 
will lots of stories about their 
antics throughout the year.
It was a  great summer! We spent
time in the Tahoe seeing Keith
Urban for our anniversary. We also
spent time in Anaheim where Jalyn 
had a dance competition, so of 
course we had to visit
Disneyland! I look forward to 
a wonderful year with you and 
your child.


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 $560 per child to help supplement their education in the 2010/2011 school year? Click here for more "did you knows" about foundation!

Did you know that we have SIX Family Fun Events planned for next year sponsored by PTA?

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