John Baldwin Elementary School

Meet Your Teacher

Hi!  I am Karen Lepke and I am looking forward to another great year at JB.  I earned my BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado in Boulder.  I then returned home to Los Angeles and began teaching preschool.  This began my love of working with young children.  I decided to return to school and earned by Masters Degree in Human Development and my California Teaching Credential.  My first "real" teaching job was working at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Glendale.  I taught kindergarten, first, second, and sixth grade during my nine years with GUSD.  I then took time off to begin my family.  I have two children.  My son is 12 and my daughter is 9.  Five years ago I returned to work here in SRVUSD and was fortunate enough to become a part of the John Baldwin staff.  This is an amazing community to work with!


Contact me:

Karen Lepke

(925) 855-5200

Mrs. Lepke First Grade Room # 502


Welcome to First Grade!


Early Workers 8:30-2:10 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Late Workers 9:20-3:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Wednesday 8:30-1:50 All students 


Minimum Days not on the districts calendar: September 14, October 31 and April 24.  

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First Grade Curriculum

Readers Workshop

  1. Building Good Reading Habits
  2. Word Detectives Use All They Know to Solve Words
  3. Learning About the World: Reading Nonfiction
  4. Readers Get to Know Characters by Preforming Their Books
  5. Readers Have Big Jobs to Do: Fluency, Phonics and Comprehension
  6. Meeting Characters and Learning Lessons: A Study of Story Elements
  7. Reading Nonfiction Cover to Cover: Nonfiction Book Clubs

Writers Workshop

  1. Narrative: Small Moments-Writing with focus, details and dialogue
  2. Procedural: How to Books
  3. Information: Nonfiction Chapter Books
  4. Opinion: Review Writing
  5. Realistic Fiction: From scenes to series
  6. Poetry and Song
  7. Writing Like Scientists


  1. Sums and Differences to 10
  2. Introduction to Place Value with Addition and Subtraction within 20
  3. Ordering and Comparing Length Measurement as Numbers
  4. Place Value, Comparison and Addition and Subtraction to 40
  5. Identifying, Composing and Partitioning Shapes
  6. Place Value, Comparison and Addition and Subtraction to 100

Character Development 

  1. Empathy Training
  2. Identifying Emotions
  3. Assuming Others' Perspectives
  4. Responding Sensitively to Others
  5. Impulse Control and Problem Solving
  6. Anger Management



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Specials Schedule

Physical Education: Tuesday 10:30-11:20 and Wednesday 1:00-1:50

Science: Thursday 12:15-1:05

Music: Friday 10:30-11:20

Art: Friday 1:05-1:55

Library: Friday 9:35-10:00


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