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Important Dates:

4/25 Campus beautification

5/1 *field trip Mitchell Canyon

5/9 *field trip Bedford Gallery

5/14 Open House 6:00-7:00pm

5/28 No School~Memorial Day

6/1 Second Grade Play 

6/7 Last Day of School

Scholar of the Week

Our scholar this week 4/23/18:


Each student will have a turn to shine! They will share all about themselves and even their knowledge for college!


Mon:Share your poster

Tue:Show and Tell

Wed:Favorite book

Thur:Family photo

Fri:Knowledge for college

Scholastic Book Club

B7 Class Code is Q8YCM. You can order online now using the Scholastic link below. A flier will be sent home soon, but you can order online anytime.


Social superhero life skills & powers


Lifeskills: Personal Best & Critical Thinking

Power of Getting Help


Lifeskills: Integrity & Sense of Humor

Power: Good Choice

Congrats to Joshua & Matthew


Lifeskills: Perseverance & Compassion

Power: Trash can power

Congrats to Drew & Lucy


LifeSkills: Courage & Organization

Power: Speak up

Congrats to Maham & Olivia


LifeSkills:Flexibility & Caring

Power:Positive self-talk

Congrats to Sebastien & Daniela


LifeSkills:Initiative and Gratitude

Power: Walk away/Look away 

Congrats to Rachel & Dylan


LifeSkills:Responsibility and Friendship

Power:Kind words

Congrats to Vishvak & Mariya


LifeSkills:Safety and Respect

Power: Closed-mouth & Awareness

Congrats to Eimon & Ava C.


Mrs. Asselin's Resources

PPT, Word, Excel Viewers [Go]
Acrobat Reader [Go]

Brain Pop Jr

To login to BrainPOP Jr: 

  • click link above
  • hover: School Help
  • click: BrainPOP Jr 
  • click again, login
  • Username: montegardens_stu
  • Password: mountainlions
  • click: enter
  • click: ok.
  • click again

Winter Social 2017

Super Second Graders

STEM Lab fun!

B-7 News 4/23/18

We are still in need of ONE parent to help with the Junior Achievement Program. Thank you to Amanda Hernandez for starting us off with the first sessions. Please let me know if you can help. It is a very fun opportunity to be in the classroom and work with your child's class. The schedule is flexible; I will try to accommodate a day/time that works best for you.Please email me if you are able to help. Thank you!


April book reports came home and they should be reading Poetry this month. They can choose a book of poetry, a collection from different authors, or by one author. If you are unable to print a copy for the report, your child can bring me their book and I can make a copy for them.


Field Trip info:

  • Tuesday, May 1st @ Mitchell Canyon. Bring a lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, and antihistamine for allergies.
  • Wednesday, May 9th @ Bedford Gallery Bring walking shoes and a lunch.
  • Chaperones, please let me know if you cannot attend so that I can find a replacement.


SAVE the DATE: Our production is now on the calendar for June 1st. Our second grade will be participating in our first production of "Pirates of Grammar Island". Students have been assigned parts to study throughout the next two months.


From the Office:  

Ballots will be going home over the next couple of weeks voting for DBPC board member positions. Currently we have nominees in all positions except Ways and Means. If you are interested in being on the board please let me or Ann Nelson know at


Classroom environment input forms for 2018-2019- Will be available in the office 4/16. These forms are a way for parent/guardians to provide input on the type of classroom environment that their student will be most successful in. Specific teacher requests can not be made or granted.


Pick up and Drop off concerns: Please make sure that you are following traffic laws and carpool procedures that are outlined in our Parent Handbook. Parents need to be respectful of our neighborhood and community while bringing students to school and modeling good citizenship for students.

  • Do not park in neighborhood driveways or block any section of driveways.
  • Do not move garbage cans to park, this causes neighbors to miss their garbage pickup.
  • Do not park in Sunrise/Shadelands staff parking or traffic circle to drop off or pickup.
  • Do not drop students off in street as this is dangerous.

To help with traffic, remember that supervision is provided starting at 7:45 am. and students may be dropped off then.

At Monte Gardens we work together, staff and parents, to help students succeed. Please continue to work with us and support our school by following procedures outlined above.


Attention, Monte Gardens families: The DBPC Executive board is preparing for an Online Auction and we want you to know all about it! The auction will open on May 1st and you will have until May 16th at 10pm to bid on our amazing items and to get tickets for exciting opportunity drawings. On May 17th you can bring your family to Open House for dinner (purchased from a food vendor), classroom visits, dessert (provided free by DBPC), and to pick up your auction winnings. If there are any MG families who would like to donate an item or service for the auction, please contact Jennie Smith at or 925.586.7649. She would love to hear from you!


Please remember that on P.E. days, Mondays and Wednesdays, students must wear proper foot attire and be dressed for physical education. We are required to provide P.E.minutes and need students ready to move. Even if it is a rainy day and you would like them to wear boots, they should bring a change of running shoes for PE. In case of rain, we move our class into the MU and expect students to be able and ready to get fit. Rain boots and sandals are not safe for many activities. Thank you for your help with this. 


Junior Achievement. Room B7 needs a parent to volunteer to come in and work with our class on Junior Achievement. Please, please, please consider taking this role. Without a volunteer, our class will not get to experience this opportunity. Thank you!


Memory Book: Please share your photos with Seena Larkin for the memory book. You can email her at We will have another performance in the spring so stay tuned for details and volunteer opportunities.


Spirit Wear: Orders are now online and sent home periodically.


Parents, please continue to help keep our school a safe environment by following the school rule of not entering the hallways or blacktop during drop off and pick up times. Parents should remain in the flagpole area, outside of carpool gate or the back gate for drop off an pickup times.



Please click on the sign-up link below to volunteer! 

  • Monday Envelopes (Mondays)
  • Library (Fridays.)
  • Centers (Wednesdays)

*All volunteers must be fingerprinted and TB tested to work in the classrooms. The office is checking all volunteers are updated and cleared by the district. Please be sure your TB has not expired. It is only good for four years. Thank you for your support.


Homework: Math facts: Thank you for working with them and ensuring they are practicing. Please be sure your child is reading, practicing math facts, and doing spelling, (when applies.) When the entire class has one week of all homework complete, they receive a letter to spell the word HOMEWORK. 


If your child brings work home to complete over the weekend, it will have a small orange sheet attached to indicate that this was unfinished class work. If your child is bringing class work home to finish, they are needing extra time to complete the assignment. I do not want them to fall behind, nor do I want to take away their recess time. If they do have work, their folder will be in their bag on Friday. Please let me know if you have any questions.


iReady and Raz-Kids is all set to go. These are great tools to use at home and to get those nightly minutes for homework. On Raz-kids, I have made some adjustments to your child's reading level. If the passages seem too hard, let me know so that I can adjust and assess if they are working at the appropriate level. Happy Reading! 



Please draw a Quadrilateral on your homework page. 


This Week We Are Working On:


Reading Theme 5: Let's Make a Difference

Focus Question: Review

Genre: expository text

Phonics: review  

Grammar: review

Vocabulary: review

Writing: writing process

Comprehension: review

Math: problem-solving, geometry, measurement 

Practice those math facts!

Dress Code Policy

Assuming the weather will be changing(getting warmer), please read the school dress code and be sure students are dressing accordingly:

The Dress Code is based upon district policy, which requires safe, sensible clothing appropriate for classroom and

playground activities. Students are expected to arrive at school neat and clean and on time.

The Diablo Basics Program has a written dress code that all K-5 students are expected to follow. The dress code

requires safe, sensible clothing, appropriate for classroom and playground activities. Some clothing that may be

appropriate for wear away from school will not be acceptable to wear at school. Students are expected to arrive

at school neat and clean. Parent volunteers are expected to dress appropriately when working at the school.

1. Students are expected to practice good personal hygiene at all times.

2. Clothing must conceal undergarments at all times. Skirts must be no shorter than the student’s middle

finger when arms are fully extended. Shorts must be thumb length when arms are down, fully extended

at your sides. Leggings must be covered by shorts, skirts, pants or a top or dress that meets the above

length parameter.

3. Clothing having suggestive slogans, pictures, symbols or words is not allowed.

4. Halters, tubes, spaghetti-strap tops, crop-cut blouses, mesh material tops and “attitude" T-shirts are not

allowed. Tops with holes are not permitted. Boys are to wear sleeved shirts (no tank tops).

5. Shirts must be long enough to cover the torso during all activities.

6. Hats are to be worn only on the playground.

7. Student footwear must be appropriately fitting so that students may engage safely at recess and in

physical education- closed toe shoes- tennis shoes or flat hard sole (no sandals, heels or slip on,).

8. No sagging pants or shorts. No holes in the pants. No items are to be hanging down from the waist

(example: chains, lanyards).

9. Clothing, jewelry and hair styles should not be distracting to the student or to their classmates.

10. Make up is not allowed. (Colorless lip balm is allowed.)

A staff member will contact a parent/guardian if a student’s attire or appearance is determined to be

inappropriate or distracting. Parents will be asked to come to school with appropriate attire if necessary.

Students dressed inappropriately lose valuable class time waiting for appropriate clothing to be brought to

school. Final judgment of the dress and appearance of a student rests with the school administrator or designee.

Nature and Technology

Creating shapes and sorting in STEM Lab

Erosion. How does a canyon form?


This year we are using Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; you'll only see posts created by your child.

Please Sign Up Now if you have not done so.

  1. Click on this link:
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at

Thank you for supporting your child's learning!


P.s. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the 'Sign in' tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.


Did you know your child has access to our leveled math and reading program through i-Ready? Your child's login is attached to their homework folder. They can work online from home to improve their skills in reading and math. Please let me know if you need help signing in from home. This will also give them practice with using the program that prepares them for the diagnostic and state testing for next year. Please be sure your child logs in once a week from home.

Raz Kids

Your child should be using the Raz-Kids online reading program at least once a week at home. This is a great way for kids to practice their fluency and comprehension while working toward their 20 minutes of nightly reading. Each child has his/her own private profile to keep track of their progress. The login and password information sheet is attached to the inside of their homework folder. Please try to use the program at least once a week. It is a great way to see how they're doing. 


Please click on the link and sign up to volunteer for centers and Monday Envelopes. Thank you for volunteering!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on

About Me

This is my 15th year as an educator and my second year at Monte Gardens. I taught previously in nearby Pittsburg Unified for 13 years. I am really enjoying my new home here at MGE. I also get to share my school year here with my three children; Ben is a fifth grader, Frances is a fourth grader, and Grace is a first grader. It is a real treat to be able to share and invest in a school community as a parent, and also a teacher. My husband, David and I are both proud Concord natives. I attended Cal State Hayward, (before it changed to East Bay,) and Chapman University. I am a life-long learner and love to integrate technology into my classroom. I am always striving to learn new and better ways to engage, challenge, and inspire learning! 


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My Family

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Daily Schedule

Monday:  STEM Lab (2x month,) Computer Lab, P.E.   

Tuesday: Chromebooks, Character Education

Wednesday: Computer Lab, P.E., Centers

Thursday: Computer Lab, Music

Friday: Library, Computer Lab 

Little bit of love

Spreading the love
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Current Assignments


STEM Lab activities

100th Day of school!

100th Day of school!

Science: Why is sand at the beach?

Science exploring how a river flows and STEM Gumdrop Challenge

Our Volts