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Mrs. Kaufman & Mrs. Gill

Homework Website

  Check out out Second Grade Homework page here:


Volunteer in our Classroom!

Please be sure that you are cleared through Be a Mentor to volunteer before signing up.  We look forward to seeing you in our classroom and thank you in advance for taking the time to volunteer!


Volunteer to be a guest reader here


Scholastic Book Orders

Dear Families,

This month’s Scholastic Reading Club flyers are now available! Please take a few moments to explore the selection together and let your child help choose books he or she is excited to read.

You can order online at, where you’ll find a wide selection of quality children’s books that are just right for your child’s reading level and interests. Or return your paper order form to me with a check made out to “Scholastic Reading Club.”

Remember, you help our class earn FREE Books and supplies with every order. Thank you for supporting your child’s reading both at home and in the classroom!

PS: Please let me know if your order includes a gift for your child, and I will contact you when it arrives!

Class Code - GKYV6

First Time Ordering Online?

1. Go to

2. Enter our one-time Class Activation Code.

3. Shop and submit your child's book order.

4. Your books will be delivered directly to the classroom.

Developing Good Habits

We encourage that you help your student to develop good habits early in the school year.  Listed below are a few suggestions to help you start the year off right:

  • Establish an appropriate bedtime so that your student is well rested and ready for school each day
  • Set up a quiet work area for your student to do their homework daily
  • Read together daily; this is necessary for your student to develop into a proficient reader
  • Send a nutritious snack for snack recess and a sack lunch, lunch money, or have your student use lunch debit card that you have already placed money on ( )
  • Label all coats, sweaters, etc. with student’s name
  • Help your child keep their desk organized by sending only requested supplies to school

Foundation Website

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!

Classroom Volunteers

Classroom Volunteers

Classroom volunteers are very much appreciated and welcome to help in our class.  However, all volunteers must first ensure they have completed the online volunteer clearance through "Be A Mentor".  This applies to any type of volunteers, even for classroom celebrations. If you have completed a clearance last year, it should still be in place, as long as you have updated your current auto insurance (for driver volunteers).  For parents that have not yet completed the online process, it takes just a few minutes to fill out, via a link on our school website; use the link for volunteer management system.  Our class schedule, for volunteer sign ups, will be available the second week of school. Our class will use the Sign-up Genius system.  I know your time is valuable and I appreciate your support.

Websites and Links for Parents

Holiday Book Exchange
Holiday Book Exchange
Danville Library Field Trip
Danville Library Field Trip

Class Update

January 2019


            We are having a wonderful week back at school!  We hope that you enjoyed the winter break and holiday season with your loved ones!  This week we talked about our New Year’s resolutions.  Students wrote about their personal goals, goals at home, and at school for the year.  Then they made art to go along with their writing, which included a self portrait of them wearing a party hat and 2019 sunglasses. 


            In our Sanford Harmony Social-Emotional Curriculum, we will be focusing on unit 2.  In this unit students will work on having empathy for others and critical thinking skills.  This week we talked about various emotions and how you feel on the inside and look on the outside when you have those emotions.  Buddies were given emotion cards and drew a picture of what they’d look like, say, and feel inside if they felt that way. This will help students identify when others are feeling different emotions.


In reader’s workshop we will start our new unit on “Amping Up Reading.”  Students will practice rereading in their heads and aloud to become expert readers.  As part of this process, we will start literature circle reading groups.  They will all be grouped with other students at a similar reading level and are given an assignment of how much to read and questions to answer on their reading.  Once their assignments are complete, they get together with their group to discuss their answers and reread together.  In writer’s workshop we will start our opinion unit.  Students will read books and write their opinions of them.


In word work we will be focusing on the r-controlled syllable.  These syllables contain a single vowel followed by an r (ar, er, ir, or ur).  The vowel is neither long nor short; it is controlled by the r.  This syllable can be combined with other syllables to make multisyllabic words.    We will also work on dictionary skills.


In math we started unit 5 on addition and subtraction within 1,000 and word problems up to 100.   In this module, students build upon all their previous work with place value.  They extend their work with addition and subtraction algorithms to numbers up to 1,000 and continue to use drawings and models to strengthen their conceptual understanding.



-Our field trip to the Lawrence Hall of Science is on Friday, Feb. 1st.  Notices just went home today.  Please return them as soon as possible.  Please be sure students bring a disposable lunch, booster seat (if needed), and no snack that day.  We will be leaving at 8:45am and keep in mind that the parking lot will be extra busy due to all of second graders going together. 

-Starting this week we will have some therapy dogs in our school.  We believe this program will provide support to our school community.  If you have any specific concerns regarding the presence of therapy dogs in our school, please contact me.


-Purchases totaling $209. were made in the name of Tassajara Hills Elementary School at the Sloat Garden Center during November/December.  This earned our school a $25 gift card to be used for our Garden Club. The next “Growing Up Green” purchase dates are January 11- 20th.  Please mention our school if you happen to shop there during this window.  Thank you for supporting our Garden Club!


-Wednesday starts our Breakfast Book Club for our 3rd-5th graders.  We look forward to hearing our students talk about what they’ve been reading while enjoying breakfast with friends.  Thank you in advance to the parents who will be volunteering at this event.


-Our Art Explosion enrichment class (3rd-5th graders) still has available space.  The session starts Wednesday, January 9th. If you’re interested, pick up a flyer in the school office or download one from the school website.


Upcoming Events:

Jan. 9: Breakfast Book Club & PTA MEETING (8:30 in E4)

Jan 14:  Meet the Masters Assembly (Author: Mary Cassatt)

Jan. 18: Report Cards Sent Home

Jan. 21: MLK, Jr. Holiday

Jan. 26: Winter Ball


CogAT Testing:

The schedule for second grade CogAT testing is as follows:

Jan. 28-Feb. 1: Practice Test

Feb. 4-8: Actual Test (Three days, one day each for Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal)

Feb. 11-13: Make-up Test





Two Teachers, One Awesome Class

Shared Contract? What’s that?

A shared contract refers to the practice of two teachers sharing an employment contract and classroom. The contract split can vary (60/40, 50/50, etc.), but the arrangement allows two teachers to share the contract's benefits, vacation days, hours, and responsibilities.  In our case, we have decided to do a 40/60 split with Mrs. Gill primarily working on Mondays and Tuesdays and Mrs. Kaufman primarily working Wednesdays-Fridays.


Why did you choose to job share?

Mrs. Gill chose to return from maternity leave in a job share in order to have more time to spend with her family as a new mom.  Mrs. Kaufman is also happy to job share in order to have more days to spend with her family, help her elderly parents, travel, and be a new grandma!  We are both so excited to balance our personal time with a career that we love.


What are the benefits to a job share classroom?

Students can benefit from exposure to different teaching styles and the enthusiasm of two fresh, energized educators.  When teachers are able to devote time to both professional and personal responsibilities, it helps increase the success and enjoyment in both areas.  Parents can also benefit from double the knowledge and experiences of two teachers.  You are essentially getting two experts for the price of one! We have set up a consistent work schedule so that students and parents will always know the routine.  If something should come up, we are happy to do our best to cover for the other teacher, which minimizes substitute teacher days.


What are the challenges and how will you handle them?

 Like any classroom, there are difficulties that teachers must strive to work on.  We know that communication will be key in a job share.  We have already set up a plan to communicate with one another daily. Another key ingredient is our relationship with one another and since we’ve already worked together for years, we know one another well and are confident in teaching together nicely and staying organized!  We have already seen that we both have outstanding work ethics and will put in more than 100% effort together.    


How exactly does communication work?

Always feel free to talk to us in person or via phone before or after school hours.  Please put both of us on emails and the teacher on schedule for that day will reply and include the partner teacher.  We will be talking on the phone daily to give updates to one another.


It takes a village to raise a child and we are so happy to be part of your village!  We look forward to an amazing year together! 



Important Dates

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 21-Jan. 7: Winter Break (school resumes Jan. 8)

Jan. 9: Breakfast Book Club

Jan 18: Report cards sent home

Jan. 21: MLK Holiday

Jan. 26:  Winter Ball


CogAT Testing:

The schedule for second grade CogAT testing is as follows:

Jan. 28-Feb. 1: Practice Test

Feb. 4-8: Actual Test (Three days, one day each for Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal)

Feb. 11-13: Make-up Test



Monday Music 9:10-10:10

Tuesday 2:00pm-2:50pm Physical Education with Ms. Erin Halonen - Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing

Wednesday 11:40-12:10pm  Library with Mrs. Rhee- Please return books on or before Tuesday

Thursday 10:30-11:15am Computer Lab

Thursday 9:10-10:00am Science Lab with Mrs. Lynn Ertola

Friday 8:20-9:10am Physical Education with Ms. Erin Halonen  - Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing

Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri Stride for Pride Running the Track



10:00am - Morning snack, drink and bathroom break

10:15-10:30am -  Recess

12:20pm-1:05pm -  Lunch Period

1:50pm - Afternoon snack, drink and bathroom break

Homework Website

Check out out Second Grade Homework page here:

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About Mrs. Sheila Kaufman
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I am excited to start the new school year with your child in my class! Here is a little bit about me.

This is my 20th year teaching at Tassajara Hills, 12 years in Kindergarten! Before my children were born, I taught 3rd grade for 2 years in Long Beach. After staying home with my children for 10 years, I came back to teaching here at Tassajara Hills. My family and I have lived in Danville for 27 years and my children attended schools in the SRVUSD. Michelle went to the University of Washington and Michael went to University of California at Davis. They are 30 year old twins and are in their eighth  year of their careers! Michael is an Operations Manager at Amazon Web Services in San Francisco , Michelle a vice president for AlixPartners in San Francisco, and her husband is a Research Analyst at Franklin Templeton in San Mateo. They are proud parents of their first child Carson, so yes, I am a Grandma! My husband Russ is in his seventh year of retirement from 33 years with Chevron and makes wine ! We have been married for 34 years! We like to travel, walk, read,  enjoy friends and family.

 I look forward to getting to know you and your child this year in second grade!

Sheila Kaufman

About Mrs. Evi Gill

I am so honored to be your child's second grade teacher! I know that we are going to have an amazing year full of a lot of love, fun, and growth! I look forward to getting to know you and the students but in the meantime I'll tell you a little about myself.

I graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Education. After my undergraduate education, I attended graduate school at the University of California, San Diego where I earned my Elementary Teaching Credential and Master's Degree in Education.


I have been teaching for over twelve years and have taught in a variety of grade levels from kindergarten to fourth grade. I’ve taught at Tassajara Hills for several years now.  Last year Mrs. Kaufman and I had a wonderful year team teaching together in second grade and I feel so fortunate to be able to teach together again for another year! 


My husband is a software engineer for Linden Lab in San Francisco and our son will be 2 years old in August! When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy staying busy with yoga, hiking, walks, traveling, moms’ groups, toddler music class, and various other activities with my husband, son, and our dog Maddi. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your child!  Please feel free to contact me for any reason. 

Contact Info

Sheila Kaufman

Second Grade Teacher E-3


Phone Number 925-855-7800


Evi Gill

Second Grade Teacher E-3


Phone Number 925-855-7800

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