12/8 Weekly Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Alta Vistas Character Trait for the Month of December is: Patience

Hour of Code: This week students all over the world will dedicate some time to learn computer coding. There are many fun programs in block coding that young children can easily learn. We will have fun exploring different coding activities throughout the week. Here is a link to the Hour of Code site so you can learn more about this event.
Family Holiday Traditions Assignment: (DUE ON MONDAY) This week we have a special homework assignment about Family Holiday Traditions. Please take some time to talk to your child in detail about some of the traditions you share this time of year. A quick sketch may be helpful in their note taking for each tradition. Students will need 3-5 traditions (with details) for a writing assignment in class next week. 

History Park Field Trip: Thursday, December 12th, our class will be going on a field trip to History Park in San Jose. Students will be learning what life was like in San Jose in the early 1800s. Our class will be leaving school around 8:45 and returning to school by 12:00. Students should wear their Alta Vista t-shirts. 

Holidays Around the World: Over the next few weeks we will be learning about different holiday traditions. If you are interested in coming in to share information about a holiday your family celebrates at this time of year, please let me know, we’d love to have you come in.

Class Gift Exchange/Pajama Day: On Friday, December 20th, we will have a class gift exchange. It is also Pajama Day, students are welcome to wear their pjs, they may bring a stuffed animal if they'd like. More information will be coming home soon.

What We’re Doing in Class this Week

Reading: We will have an RTI aide helping during Guided Reading on Wednesdays and Thursdays to go along with our Daily 5 rotations. Don't forget to read every night for homework!

Spelling: We are using the Words Their Way program to teach spelling. Every two weeks student will be introduced to a new word sort that will focus on specific spelling patterns, vowel sounds, etc. Students will first learn how to sort their words and then will apply them to various word work activities. Students will also be using Spelling City for additional practice. 

Writer's Workshop: Students will continue working on their personal narrative's and are focusing on revising. Students have learned how to add "craft moves" to their writing such as, details, actions, dialogue, comparisons, repetition, and strong word choices. Students continue to work on their spelling and writing complete sentences using appropriate punctuation. Any extra practice done at home would be wonderful. 

Math: Students have begun Module 4. Students will work on fluency in addition and subtraction up to 100. They will also build conceptual understanding of adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers to 200, and will apply their skills when solving problems. Please visit the Eureka Math Support tab on the right of this page for more detailed information on this module. 

Technology: Students will be exploring on their Chromebooks and will use programs such as Zearn as a follow-up to the math lesson. We have also been using SeeSaw in the classroom. We have also begun using the programs Epic, Raz-Kids, and Lexia for reading practice in the classroom. Students will also be learning Digital Citizenship to become empowered to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.

Alta Vista Landing Page: You may access online learning programs at home by clicking here

Music: We have music on Tuesday afternoons with Mrs. Threet

P.E.: We will have PE every Tuesday, as well as, every other Friday with Mr. Thomas 


Library: Our library time is from 2:00-2:30. Students are allowed to check out 2 books each week. Please remind your child to bring his/her library books to school each Friday. If you are interested in volunteering you can sign up on Sign-Up Genius.

Important Dates
Monday, Dec. 9th- Holiday Traditions homework due 
Tuesday, Dec. 10th- Secret Pal instructions come home 
Thursday, Dec. 12th: Field trip to History Park (8:45am-11:30am)
Wednesday, Dec. 18th: Class Holiday Party (8:45-10:30am)
December 23rd- January 3rd- No School (Winter Break) 
Friday, January 17th- No School (Staff Development Day)
Monday, January 20th- No School (MLK Day)

12/1 Weekly Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Alta Vistas Character Trait for the Month of December is: Patience

Family Holiday Traditions Assignment: This week we have a special homework assignment about Family Holiday Traditions. Please take some time to talk to your child in detail about some of the traditions you share this time of year. A quick sketch may be helpful in their note taking for each tradition. Students will need 3-5 traditions (with details) for a writing assignment in class next week. 

Ancestry Assignment: This assignment was due on November 18th. Please bring to school on Monday if you haven't returned it already. Also, please have your child bring photos for their timeline. Students who do not bring photos will draw pictures of each event. 

History Park Field Trip: Thursday, December 12th, our class will be going on a field trip to History Park in San Jose. Students will be learning what life was like in San Jose in the early 1800s. Our class will be leaving school around 8:45 and returning to school by 12:00. Students should wear their Alta Vista t-shirts. 
Please return the field trip permission slip no later than December 4th if you have not done so already. 

Holidays Around the World: Over the next few weeks we will be learning about different holiday traditions. If you are interested in coming in to share information about a holiday your family celebrates at this time of year, please let me know, we’d love to have you come in.

Class Gift Exchange/Pajama Day: On Friday, December 20th, we will have a class gift exchange. It is also Pajama Day, students are welcome to wear their pjs, they may bring a stuffed animal if they'd like. More information will be coming home soon.

What We’re Doing in Class this Week

Reading: We will have an RTI aide helping during Guided Reading on Wednesdays and Thursdays to go along with our Daily 5 rotations. Don't forget to read every night for homework!

Spelling: We are using the Words Their Way program to teach spelling. Every two weeks student will be introduced to a new word sort that will focus on specific spelling patterns, vowel sounds, etc. Students will first learn how to sort their words and then will apply them to various word work activities. Students will also be using Spelling City for additional practice. 

Writer's Workshop: Students will continue working on their personal narrative's and are focusing on revising. Students have learned how to add "craft moves" to their writing such as, details, actions, dialogue, comparisons, repetition, and strong word choices. Students continue to work on their spelling and writing complete sentences using appropriate punctuation. Any extra practice done at home would be wonderful. 

Math: Students have begun Module 4. Students will work on fluency in addition and subtraction up to 100. They will also build conceptual understanding of adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers to 200, and will apply their skills when solving problems. Please visit the Eureka Math Support tab on the right of this page for more detailed information on this module. 

Technology: Students will be exploring on their Chromebooks and will use programs such as Zearn as a follow-up to the math lesson. We have also been using SeeSaw in the classroom. We have also begun using the programs Epic, Raz-Kids, and Lexia for reading practice in the classroom. Students will also be learning Digital Citizenship to become empowered to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.

Alta Vista Landing Page: You may access online learning programs at home by clicking here

Music: We have music on Tuesday afternoons with Mrs. Threet

P.E.: We will have PE every Tuesday, as well as, every other Friday with Mr. Thomas 


Library: Our library time is from 2:00-2:30. Students are allowed to check out 2 books each week. Please remind your child to bring his/her library books to school each Friday. If you are interested in volunteering you can sign up on Sign-Up Genius.

Important Dates
Monday, Dec. 2nd- Holiday Traditions homework sent home
Monday, Dec. 9th- Holiday Traditions homework due 
Thursday, Dec. 12th: Field trip to History Park (8:45am-11:30am)
December 23rd- January 3rd- No School (Winter Break) 
Friday, January 17th- No School (Staff Development Day)
Monday, January 20th- No School (MLK Day)

11/17 Weekly Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Alta Vistas Character Trait for the Month of November is: Gratitude

I will be sending home a field trip permission slip this Wednesday for our field trip to History Park. Please make sure to fill in ALL empty fields for contact information and sign the form prior to returning it to class. I will be sending out a Sign Up Genius for 5 parent chaperones soon. 

Ancestry Assignment: Last week students brought home an assignment which needs to be completed and returned to school no later than Monday, November 18th. Parents, thank you for helping your child with this assignment!

School Wide Food Drive: Starting Tuesday, November 12th and continuing through Thursday, November 21st, our school will be collecting non-perishable food items. There will be big cans in the cafeteria to place your donations.

Alliterative Potluck: On Wednesday, November 20th our class will be having a special “Alliterative“ potluck lunch. Details about this fun event will be coming home on Tuesday. In order for this event to be a success, we will need some volunteers to help at the lunch and some items donated. There will be a Sign-up Genius posted soon.

What We’re Doing in Class this Week

Reading: We will have an RTI aide helping during Guided Reading on Wednesdays and Thursdays to go along with our Daily 5 rotations. Don't forget to read every night for homework!

Spelling: We are using the Words Their Way program to teach spelling. Every two weeks student will be introduced to a new word sort that will focus on specific spelling patterns, vowel sounds, etc. Students will first learn how to sort their words and then will apply them to various word work activities. Students will also be using Spelling City for additional practice. 

Writer's Workshop: Students will continue working on their personal narrative's and are focusing on revising. Students have learned how to add "craft moves" to their writing such as, details, actions, dialogue, comparisons, repetition, and strong word choices. Students continue to work on their spelling and writing complete sentences using appropriate punctuation. Any extra practice done at home would be wonderful. 

Math: Students have begun Module 4. Students will work on fluency in addition and subtraction up to 100. They will also build conceptual understanding of adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers to 200, and will apply their skills when solving problems. Please visit the Eureka Math Support tab on the right of this page for more detailed information on this module. 

Technology: Students will be exploring on their Chromebooks and will use programs such as Zearn as a follow-up to the math lesson. We have also been using SeeSaw in the classroom. We have also begun using the programs Epic, Raz-Kids, and Lexia for reading practice in the classroom. Students will also be learning Digital Citizenship to become empowered to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.

Alta Vista Landing Page: You may access online learning programs at home by clicking here
Music: We have music on Tuesday afternoons with Mrs. Threet

P.E.: We will have PE every Tuesday, as well as, every other Friday with Mr. Thomas 


Library: Our library time is from 2:00-2:30. Students are allowed to check out 2 books each week. Please remind your child to bring his/her library books to school each Friday. If you are interested in volunteering you can sign up on Sign-Up Genius.

Important Dates
Monday, Nov. 18th- Ancestry homework due
Tuesday, Nov. 19th- Dining for Dollars at Super Duper Burger
Wednesday, Nov. 20th: Alliterative Potluck @11:30am
November 25th-November 29th: No School, Thanksgiving vacation
Thursday, Dec. 12th: Field trip to History Park (8:45am-11:30am)
December 23rd- January 3rd- No School (Winter Break) 
Friday, January 17th- No School (Staff Development Day)
Monday, January 20th- No School (MLK Day)

11/10 Weekly Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Alta Vistas Character Trait for the Month of November is: Gratitude

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on 11/4 - 11/14We will have early dismissal at 1:15pm each day. The bell schedule will return to normal on Friday, November 15th. Please click on the link to sign-up. The sign-up sheet is a live form for all parents to edit so be careful not to delete or type over someone else's name. Here is the link: Fall Conference Sign-ups 

Ancestry Assignment: Last week students brought home an assignment which needs to be completed and returned to school no later than Monday, November 18th. Parents, thank you for helping your child with this assignment!

School Wide Food Drive: Starting Tuesday, November 12th and continuing through Thursday, November 21st, our school will be collecting non-perishable food items. There will be big cans in the cafeteria to place your donations.

Hearing Testing: On Tuesday all second graders will have their hearing tested. Parents will be notified if their child does not pass the hearing test.

Alliterative Potluck: On Wednesday, November 20th our class will be having a special “Alliterative“ potluck lunch. Details about this fun event will be coming home on Tuesday. In order for this event to be a success, we will need some volunteers to help at the lunch and some items donated. There will be a Sign-up Genius posted soon.

What We’re Doing in Class this Week

Reading: We will have an RTI aide helping during Guided Reading on Wednesdays and Thursdays to go along with our Daily 5 rotations. Don't forget to read every night for homework!

Spelling: We are using the Words Their Way program to teach spelling. Every two weeks student will be introduced to a new word sort that will focus on specific spelling patterns, vowel sounds, etc. Students will first learn how to sort their words and then will apply them to various word work activities. Students will also be using Spelling City for additional practice. 

Writer's Workshop: Students will continue working on their personal narrative's and are focusing on revising. Students have learned how to add "craft moves" to their writing such as, details, actions, dialogue, comparisons, repetition, and strong word choices. Students continue to work on their spelling and writing complete sentences using appropriate punctuation. Any extra practice done at home would be wonderful. 

Math: Students have begun Module 4. Students will work on fluency in addition and subtraction up to 100. They will also build conceptual understanding of adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers to 200, and will apply their skills when solving problems. Please visit the Eureka Math Support tab on the right of this page for more detailed information on this module. 

Technology: Students will be exploring on their Chromebooks and will use programs such as Zearn as a follow-up to the math lesson. We have also been using SeeSaw in the classroom. We have also begun using the programs Epic, Raz-Kids, and Lexia for reading practice in the classroom. Students will also be learning Digital Citizenship to become empowered to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.

Music: We have music on Tuesday afternoons with Mrs. Threet

P.E.: We will have PE every Tuesday, as well as, every other Friday with Mr. Thomas 


Library: Our library time is from 2:00-2:30. Students are allowed to check out 2 books each week. Please remind your child to bring his/her library books to school each Friday. If you are interested in volunteering you can sign up on Sign-Up Genius.

Important Dates
November 4th-November 14th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Tuesday, Nov. 12th: Alliterative Potluck assignment sent home
Monday, Nov. 18th- Ancestry homework due
Wednesday, Nov. 20th: Alliterative Potluck @11:30am
November 25th-November 29th: No School, Thanksgiving vacation
Thursday, Dec. 12th: Field trip to History Park (8:45am-11:30am)
December 23rd- January 3rd- No School (Winter Break) 
Friday, January 17th- No School (Staff Development Day)
Monday, January 20th- No School (MLK Day)

11/3 Weekly Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Alta Vistas Character Trait for the Month of November is: Gratitude

Library will be on Tuesday, November 5th due to conferences. Please visit Sign Up Genius to volunteer.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on 11/4 - 11/14. We will have early dismissal at 1:15pm each day. The bell schedule will return to normal on Friday, November 15th. Please click on the link to sign-up. The sign-up sheet is a live form for all parents to edit so be careful not to delete or type over someone else's name. Here is the link: Fall Conference Sign-ups 

What We’re Doing in Class this Week

Reading: We will have an RTI aide helping during Guided Reading on Wednesdays and Thursdays to go along with our Daily 5 rotations. Don't forget to read every night for homework!

Spelling: We are using the Words Their Way program to teach spelling. Every two weeks student will be introduced to a new word sort that will focus on specific spelling patterns, vowel sounds, etc. Students will first learn how to sort their words and then will apply them to various word work activities. Students will also be using Spelling City for additional practice. 

Writer's Workshop: Students will continue working on their personal narrative's and are focusing on revising. Students have learned how to add "craft moves" to their writing such as, details, actions, dialogue, comparisons, repetition, and strong word choices. Students continue to work on their spelling and writing complete sentences using appropriate punctuation. Any extra practice done at home would be wonderful. 

Math: Students have begun Module 4. Students will work on fluency in addition and subtraction up to 100. They will also build conceptual understanding of adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers to 200, and will apply their skills when solving problems. Please visit the Eureka Math Support tab on the right of this page for more detailed information on this module. 

Technology: Students will be exploring on their Chromebooks and will use programs such as Zearn as a follow-up to the math lesson. We have also been using SeeSaw in the classroom. We have also begun using the programs Epic, Raz-Kids, and Lexia for reading practice in the classroom. Students will also be learning Digital Citizenship to become empowered to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.

Music: We have music on Tuesday afternoons with Mrs. Threet

P.E.: We will have PE every Tuesday, as well as, every other Friday with Mr. Thomas 


Library: Our library time is from 2:00-2:30. Students are allowed to check out 2 books each week. Please remind your child to bring his/her library books to school each Friday. If you are interested in volunteering you can sign up on Sign-Up Genius.

Important Dates
Friday, Nov. 8th- Ancestry homework sent home
Monday, Nov. 11th: No School (Veterans Day)
November 4th-November 14th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Tuesday, Nov. 12th: Alliterative Potluck assignment sent home
Monday, Nov. 18th- Ancestry homework due
Wednesday, Nov. 20th: Alliterative Potluck @11:30am
November 25th-November 29th: No School, Thanksgiving vacation
Thursday, Dec. 12th: Field trip to History Park (8:45am-11:30am)
December 23rd- January 3rd- No School (Winter Break) 
Friday, January 17th- No School (Staff Development Day)
Monday, January 20th- No School (MLK Day)

10/27 Weekly Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Alta Vistas Character Trait for the Month of October is: Growth Mindset

Halloween Parade and Party will be this Thursday, October 31st. Our parade will begin at 8:30am. Please plan to come and watch. All parents are welcome to stay for our party. Students who wish to wear costumes, should wear them to school. Please remember that costumes cannot have any weapons. Also, fake blood or masks that prevent children from being able to see are not allowed. The parade will be held on the primary blacktop right in front of our classroom. Our class party will begin right after the parade, around 9:00. Please visit our Sign-up Genius to sign-up to help. 


Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on November 4th- November 14th. We will have early dismissal at 1:15pm each day. The bell schedule will return to normal on Friday, November 15th. Please click on the link to sign-up. The sign-up sheet is a live form for all parents to edit so be careful not to delete or type over someone else's name. Here is the link: Fall Conference Sign-ups


What We’re Doing in Class this Week

Reading: We will have an RTI aide helping during Guided Reading on Wednesdays and Thursdays to go along with our Daily 5 rotations.  

Spelling: We are using the Words Their Way program to teach spelling. Every two weeks student will be introduced to a new word sort that will focus on specific spelling patterns, vowel sounds, etc. Students will first learn how to sort their words and then will apply them to various word work activities. Students will also be using Spelling City for additional practice. 

Writer's Workshop: Students will officially begin out Personal Narrative writing unit this week. We will be working on stretching out our ideas for our writing.

Math: Students will finish up Module 3 this week. We will be studying place value and using straws to make bundles of 100 and 10s. Please visit the Eureka Math Support tab on the right of this page for more detailed information on this module. 

Technology: Students will be exploring on their Chromebooks and will use programs such as Zearn as a follow-up to the math lesson. We have also been using SeeSaw in the classroom. We have also begun using the programs Epic, Raz-Kids, and Lexia for reading practice in the classroom. Students will also be learning Digital Citizenship to become empowered to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.

Science: This week we will begin studying bats and seed dispersal.

Music: We have music on Tuesday afternoons with Mrs. Threet

P.E.: We will have PE every Tuesday, as well as, every other Friday with Mr. Thomas 


Library: Our library time is from 2:00-2:30. Students are allowed to check out 2 books each week. Please remind your child to bring his/her library books to school each Friday. If you are interested in volunteering you can sign up on Sign-Up Genius.

Important Dates
Thursday, Oct. 31st: Halloween parade@8:30/Party@9:00-10:00pm
Friday, Nov. 8th- Ancestry homework sent home
Monday, Nov. 11th: No School (Veterans Day)
November 4th-November 14th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Tuesday, Nov. 12th: Alliterative Potluck assignment sent home
Monday, Nov. 18th- Ancestry homework due
Wednesday, Nov. 20th: Alliterative Potluck
November 25th-November 29th: No School, Thanksgiving vacation
Thursday, Dec. 12th: Field trip to History Park (8:45am-11:30am)
December 23rd- January 3rd- No School (Winter Break) 
Friday, January 17th- No School (Staff Development Day)
Monday, January 20th- No School (MLK Day)

10/20 Weekly Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Alta Vistas Character Trait for the Month of October is: Growth Mindset

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on November 4th- November 14th. We will have early dismissal at 1:15pm each day. The bell schedule will return to normal on Friday, November 15th. Please click on the link to sign-up. The sign-up sheet is a live form for all parents to edit so be careful not to delete or type over someone else's name. Here is the link: Fall Conference Sign-ups

Union Middle School Foods Class Field Trip: 
We will be walking to Union Middle School for a field trip on Friday, October 25th. We will be working with Mrs. Peers and her students in her cooking class to create some delicious Halloween treats. We will be leaving school at 9:15am and will return to school by noon. We will need 3 parent volunteers to join us, please email me if you’d like to come with us. Your child's permission slip will come home this Wednesday. Please return the completed permission slip ASAP.

Scholastic Book Fair: There will be a Book Fair set up in the cafeteria from Thursday, Oct. 17th - Wednesday, October 23rd. Please see the schedule below:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (all grades welcome at lunch)
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (all grades welcome at lunch)


What We’re Doing in Class this Week

Reading: We will have an RTI aide helping during Guided Reading on Wednesdays and Thursdays to go along with our Daily 5 rotations.  

Spelling: We are using the Words Their Way program to teach spelling. Every two weeks student will be introduced to a new word sort that will focus on specific spelling patterns, vowel sounds, etc. Students will first learn how to sort their words and then will apply them to various word work activities. Students will also be using Spelling City for additional practice. 

Writer's Workshop: Students will officially begin out Personal Narrative writing unit this week. We will be working on stretching out our ideas for our writing.

Math: Students will finish up Module 3 this week. We will be studying place value and using straws to make bundles of 100 and 10s. Please visit the Eureka Math Support tab on the right of this page for more detailed information on this module. 

Technology: Students will be exploring on their Chromebooks and will use programs such as Zearn as a follow-up to the math lesson. We have also been using SeeSaw in the classroom. We have also begun using the programs Epic, Raz-Kids, and Lexia for reading practice in the classroom. Students will also be learning Digital Citizenship to become empowered to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.

Science: This week we will begin studying bats and seed dispersal.

Music: We have music on Tuesday afternoons with Mrs. Threet

P.E.: We will have PE every Tuesday, as well as, every other Friday with Mr. Thomas 


Library: Our library time is from 2:00-2:30. Students are allowed to check out 2 books each week. Please remind your child to bring his/her library books to school each Friday. If you are interested in volunteering you can sign up on Sign-Up Genius.

Important Dates
Friday, Oct. 25th: Field Trip to UMS (9:30-12:00pm)
Thursday, Oct. 31st: Halloween parade@8:30/Party@9:00-10:00pm
Monday, Nov. 11th: No School (Veterans Day)
November 4th-November 14th: Parent/Teacher Conferences