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Mrs. Edgell

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Nice to Meet You!

     Hi, I'm Mrs. Edgell, and I'm so excited to be your child's new 1st grade teacher. Currently I live in Rio Vista with my husband Garry, and our 2 adorable pups, Bella and Mia.  I've been teaching 1st grade for 23 years, and at Tassajara Hills since we've opened. Prior to teaching, I stayed home with my children and had a licensed family day care for 13 years. So.... I've always loved working with children!

     While teaching is one of my “loves”, I also treasure the time I spend with my family.  Garry and I have 3 grown children, Jamaica, Loren and Gavin. The boys are both graduates of Monte Vista, as well as my husband, (graduated MV’s 2nd year). Loren has 3 delightful children and is getting remarried this upcoming May. Gavin and Tara were married last September and just bought a new home. Jamaica recently returned to the Bay Area and is enjoying her new life with her 2 kitties. Sooo thrilled! We are incredibly fortunate they all live within an hour away, and life is always on the go! When we do have spare time though I love relaxing by working in my garden, cooking, reading and doing crossword & jigsaw puzzles. We also love to travel to Europe when we can! :)

School Website & Forms

Weekly Schedule

Monday - Computer Lab: 10:20-11:10

Helpers needed! (1-2) email me

Tuesday - P.E:  9:10-10:00

(PE shoes & water bottle!)

Music: 10:15-11:15
Wednesday -Library:  9:20-9:50

Thursday - Science:  9:10-10:00

Friday - P.E.:  11:40 - 12:30

(PE shoes & water bottle!)




Happy Fall!

P-1's Fantastic 1st Grade News!

Hi P-1 Families,


We have had a very busy past few weeks!   We started our Early/Late worker schedule, the Family Fun Night,  and Wacky Wednesday.   We've also begun our Star Student celebrations.  Weekly a different student will be selected to be our Star Student.  The poster will go home on Fridays with a letter to explain the activities for the following week. In short:  Wednesdays,  share the poster. Fridays we'll write a class book to go home the following Monday. :)  So far our stars have been Krish and Michelle!  Tomorrow will be A'Dantae.


This past week was " Ability Awareness Week".  We read books and had class discussions.  Wednesday was our annual wheelchair assembly and fundraising kickoff.  It was heartwarming to watch a video celebrating the delivery of new wheel chairs to people in need in other countries.  Last year our school was able to raise enough money to supply 17 chairs.  Each chair cost about $150.00.  This year our school goal is 18 chairs.  Maybe you and your student could think of some ideas to help support this worthy cause, like doing some chores around the house. We'd love to help our school reach or exceed this goal.  :)  More information will come home tomorrow in a letter, so please check the homework folder. Thank you in advance for your support.


Along with our assembly, we got the opportunity to meet some sweet "guide dogs in training" for the blind, and one with their blind owner.    The kids were able to pet the dogs and ask lots of questions about how they are trained and what kind of jobs they can do for those who are blind.  Be sure to ask your student what they learned.


Academically we've also been working hard.  In math we are continuing to work on addition and subtraction strategies to help learn the facts to 10. Some of these strategies are:  counting on from the larger number; using fingers to help; using "dot" cards; looking for double or +1 & +2 facts. We're also working daily on "application" problems, the old "story problems", showing all our work to explain the thinking behind our answer. This is always challenging, and a skill we work on throughout the year.  At home, continue playing games that reinforce these skills.  (You can use dominoes, dice, & decks of cards to practice adding and subtracting.) Also, you can ask questions such as:  how do you know that's the answer; how did you solve this; what helped you figure this out; what strategies did you use that helped you;  can you explain what you did to me so I could do this myself.  


In reading our focus has been building our stamina to read more, reading more smoothly, and expanding our sight word vocabulary.  The next 2 weeks in phonics our focus will be consonant digraphs (2-3 consonants that make a new sound - sh, th, ch, wh & ck).  We'll use these new skills to read and spell in our "small moment" stories as we continue to use "quick sketches",  zooming into the moment and adding more  detail and dialogue to bring our stories more to life. 


Science has been fascinating, learning about plant parts, how they grow and their needs. Be sure to ask about what they've been doing in the lab with Mrs. Ertola. To culminate the unit we'll be going on a field trip to Alden Lane Nursery on October 16. It's a wonderful educational tour, AND a beautiful nursery! (One of my favorite places to go!)


Enjoy the cooler weather! Have a wonderful week!



Schedule & Important Info:



Please remember to bring book bags and homework folders daily.


RazKids & DreamBox login information =  Will go home tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 23, in the homework folder!  Please keep in a safe spot.


Birthday Treats =  We are beginning to have birthday celebrations in our class. PLEASE NO FOOD ITEMS TO SHARE WITH THE CLASS.  Goodie bags are fine, but not necessary. (pencils, erases, etc.)  Please remember we have some food allergies, and we want everyone to be safe.


Thursday, Oct. 3 =  Minimum Day Thursday (8:20-12:10)



Conference Week - Oct.  6-10 = Minimum Days all week, 8:20-12:10.   Please be sure to sign up if you haven't already.  I look forward to sharing with you about your student.  I'll be sending home a questionnaire to complete and return prior to our conference so we can address any questions or concerns you might have.


Meet the Masters & Clay Projects - Thank you to Shadi Ghazi (Ella's mom) and Jessie Klaus (room parent & Saafi's mom)  for volunteering to be the lead for our projects. I'll be coordinating times for doing the projects, but will be reaching out to you for help too.  Be on the lookout for upcoming sign ups as our first Meet the Masters assembly is tomorrow. The artist is Joan Miro.   No experience needed to help!!!  Thanks in advance!


Class Phone Directory - I would like to finish this to send out to everyone this week.  I'll send out a separate email with more information tomorrow.  Please respond so I know you received the email, and your preferences.  :)


SNACK : Please remember to pack a quick, healthy snack daily. We plan to eat snack about 10:15-10:30, while listening to a story.

Oh, so many things to look forward to!  I can’t wait! See you Tuesday!

Classroom Donations

Classroom donations ($125) cover the cost of many items that help to run a great 1st Grade program (construction paper, art supplies, printer ink for photos, etc.). Checks can be made out to Tassajara Hills or you can donate online on the school website (Store - classroom donations - Edgell). We appreciate your donations so much - they truly help!

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Contact Information

Debbie Edgell
Tassajara Hills Elementary
School phone: (925) 855-7800
Cell phone: (925) 323-5481

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Appreciated Classroom Supplies:

We would greatly appreciate:

* HP ink cartridges:

* 902XL - cyan, magenta & yellow

* 902XL - black

2019-2020 wishes:

* Kleenex

*Purell Hand Sanitizer

* "Double Shutter" game - (2-3)



Thank you!


Volunteer Opportunies

If you'd like to volunteer, we'd love to have you.

For All Sign-Ups together:  will be posting soon


In the meantime - be sure to sign up through "Be A Mentor" so you are cleared to help us.


The kids especially love you here!

We look forward to your help!

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