Thursday, December 6, 2018

Friday News for the Week of Dec 3-7

Happy Friday!

Today we did something very fun - we did an HOUR of CODE! The students did an hour of coding and they did so great! I heard different students say, “this is so fun!” You can continue to do it at home as well. Here’s the link: A password was sent home today, so the students can use that!

This Week:
Reading: We learned about prediction! It was so fun to read a book and think and guess, “What is going to happen next?’

Writing: We finished up our HOW TO books today! We will read them next week to our classmates. I will save the book for the Student Led Conference folder and the students can show the parents then!
These are just a few of the wonderful pieces!!

Math: We are learning some great additions strategies such as counting on, using a number line, and using doubles facts! Please make sure your child has memorized the doubles facts to 10!

Bible: We are learning about the Christmas story this week. We are using envelopes with some pictures in it to help tell the story. We are enjoying singing the Christmas program songs as we learn the stories!

Science: We are learning about animals. We thought “I wonder how some animal parents help their young group up?” We read some books and wrote in our Wonder Journals.

Next Week:

Friday - 12/14 12:30 Dismissal and Christmas Party! (No lunch served in the cafeteria)

This week, our room mom, Mrs. McPhillips sent out and email for our Christmas party! Thanks to all the parents who already responded! I’m looking forward to some yummy food!! If you haven’t yet, and you want to provide some food, please RSVP to the sign up website! 日本語の説明はここをクリック

Sometimes, students provide a tiny gift for their classmates, you don’t have to do it at all, but if you would like to, please make sure it’s a little gift and one for every students in the class. (We have 20 students). But again, it is not necessary, just something fun some kids like to do!

This is our schedule for Friday's party:
11:00- Parents arrive, play some games and do a craft together
11:30-Eat Lunch together
12:00 - Play one more game, pass out gifts, clean up.
12:15 - Get ready to go home

All families are welcome to come!

Spelling Words: boy, boys, dog, dogs, tent, tents, box, boxes, about, how
Bible Memory Verse: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

Upcoming Events:
1/7 (Monday)- Back to School for teachers and students
1/14 (Monday)- Teacher Observation & Kite Day - more details on Monday!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Friday News for the Week of Nov 26-30

Happy Friday! Everyone ready for the Christmas Program tonight?? I’m so excited!!!

Please make sure you take into account the bad traffic in Okinawa on Friday nights and please arrive at the hall before 5:30! If you have any problems getting to the hall, please email me. I will have my phone on me and will be checking my emails.

This Week:

This week we had a LOT of Christmas Program practice. The students worked hard and sang their hearts out.

Reading: We talked about making predictions
Writing: We fixed up some of our “How to” writing pieces.
Bible: We talked about Moses and the plagues and the 10 commandments.
Math: We finished up Chapter 2 with some review and the test!
Spelling: Learned some -all and -alk words.

...and much more!

Next Week:
Spelling Words: (review) puff, well, miss, will, back, pick, sock, duck, hand, went, fast, jump, long, hang, wink, ring, talk, fall, tall, your
Bible Memory Verse: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

Upcoming Events:

12/14 Last day of school before Christmas Break. 12:30 Dismissal. Class Christmas Party! We will have a potluck in the classroom! Stay tuned for more information from our class mom!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Monday News

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving Break!

I went to Tokyo with Ms. Engbers and Ms. Guiles to visit my parents and to go to Tokyo Disneyland! :)

This week is an exciting week - the week of the Christmas Program!!

Spelling Words: fall, ball, hall, walk, mall, talk, call, tall, your, do
Bible Memory: “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” Psalm 18:32

11/29 On Thursday, students need to arrive at school at regular time with a home lunch and a water bottle. The students will go to their classrooms then board a bus to the Uruma Hall. We will practice at the hall until 1:30 and return to school. Please make sure you have sent back to permission slip!

11/30 On Friday, school will be dismissed at 12:30. Regular school lunch. If your child rides the bus, please calculate what time the bus will arrive when it departs OCSI around 12:40. 

PLEASE ARRIVE AT THE URUMA THEATER BY 5:30! Your child should be wearing dresses or nice clothes! After you arrive at the hall, the student will go backstage and the parents can find a seat in the Hall. If you are sitting in the audience looking at the stage, my class will be standing on the left side of the stage. The Program will be done around 7pm. 
金曜日の夜にうるま市民芸術劇場 へ5:30にとうちゃくしてください。子供はドレスアップしてください。子どもたちがバックステージに行ったあと、ご父母はホールに座ってください。客席に座ってステージを見れば、1.1のクラスは左側に立ちます!7時ぐらいにおわります。


〒904-2226 Okinawa-ken, Uruma-shi, Nakamine, 175
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday and week of Thanksgiving!

We had a very fun Harvest Fest and Pie Day! The students did a Thanksgiving story scavenger hunt with Mrs. Hewitt, made a turkey puppet with Mrs. Fox, make a thankful pumpkin with Ms. Guiles, and played Thanksgiving games with Mrs. Lyons.

Afterwards we did some thanksgiving fun together in the classroom, went to library, ATE PIE, and had Christmas program practice.

Thank you to the parents who came and helped and who provided pies!

No school from tomorrow until 11/25!

Upcoming Events:
Nov 29 - EVERYONE NEEDS A HOME LUNCH! We will be going to the hall to practice for the Christmas Program!
Nov 30 - 12:30 dismissal for all students - Christmas Program at 6pm in Uruma!

Dec 14 - 12:30 Dismissal for all students - class Christmas party. Beginning of Christmas Break!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Short Friday News!

Happy Friday! Short update today: Longer post will come on Tuesday 11/20 after Harvest Fest and Pie Day!

Thanks for the parents who said they could help and bring pies. We have enough parents AND enough pies! Please send the pie with your child in the morning and we’ll put it in the fridge until pie time.

This week we had a great short week learning about Thanksgiving, Moses, related facts, gadgets, ending blends, and making a connection.

Spelling Words and Bible Verse continue until 11/19th

Thank you for all the parents that help send in items for the Operation Christmas Child!! As a school we collected 21 boxes! I know it will be a blessing to a child somewhere in Asia!

Upcoming Events:
Nov 21-25 Thanksgiving Break
Nov 29 - Practice at the Uruma Hall for 1-5th grade students - ALL STUDENTS NEED A PACKED LUNCH!! お弁当がひつようです!
Nov 30 - 12:30 dismissal for all students - Christmas Program at 6pm in Uruma - Students need to dress up! :)
Dec 14 - 12:30 Dismissal for all students - Class Christmas Party. Beginning of Christmas Break!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday News for the Week of Nov5-9

Happy Friday! We had a fun filled week in first grade!

Today we had a special guest come to our school, Ace the Dog! He is a certified emotional therapy dog through the red cross. His owner read us a story and we got to pet Ace. It was so much fun!

This Week:
Reading - We learned about the Beginning, Middle, and End of a story. It’s an important comprehension skill where the kids can retell the important parts of a story. We read some fun books and thought hard about the beginning, middle and end. Today we picked a book from our book folder and wrote the B, M, and E!

Math: We are cruising through subtraction. Students are doing great!

Science - We are learning about how a plant grows. We read some beautiful books this week and watched some videos about a lima been growing. We even got to examine a succulent and a black bean.

Writing - This week Mrs. Hewitt modeled some fun How To writings such as “How to Brush Your Teeth” and “How to Make a Peanut Butter Sandwich.” The students did great trying to write How To stories themselves.

In Bible we finished up the unit on Joseph and got to learn about how God kept his promises throughout Joseph’s life and though his brothers meant everything to hurt Joseph, God used it for the good to save the Israelites from famine - WOW!

Spelling - This week we played some fun spelling games!

Next Week:
Spelling Words: long   king ring   long sung sink   wink bunk on but
Bible Memory Verse: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1


For next week, we will see Tuesday 11/13-Monday 11/19 as one full week. Our spelling test will be on Monday 11/19

11/20 is Harvest Fest
A message from the Class Mom: Hi Grade 1 Parents! Harvest Fest/Pie Day is coming up on Tuesday November 20!! Ms. Turner would love some help from the parents on that day from 8:30-10:30am. We are looking for 4 parent helpers for each classroom during the school day and 5-6 pies for each class to eat. The schedule should be out soon for the classroom activities. If you can help in the classroom (1) in the morning (2) in the afternoon or (3) donate a pie that would be great! Please let me know or contact Ms. Turner directly if you can help!
Harvest Fest Schedule
8:30-8:55 Session 1 
9:00-9:25 Session 2
9:30-9:55 Session 3
10:00-10:25 Session 4
10:45-11:10 Lunch
11:15-11:45 Recess
11:45-12:15 Thanksgiving Fun
12:15–1:40 Classroom time, EAT PIE!

1:40-3:00 Christmas Program Practice

Upcoming Events:
Nov 21-25 Thanksgiving Break
Nov 30 - 12:30 dismissal for all students - Christmas Program at 6pm in Uruma
Dec 14 - 12:30 Dismissal for all students - class Christmas party. Beginning of Christmas Break!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Operation Christmas Child

Hi everyone!

I'm sorry there has not been that much information about Operation Christmas Child!

Operation Christmas Child - We are going to do a great thing together as a class! Together we are going to pack a shoe-box for a child in need around the world! Last week we talked about it and each child decided what they would like to include in the box. I sent home a form on Monday - you are welcome to get that item OR another item - it’s completely up to you! If you can’t supply an item, that is completely fine too.

Ideas include:
Soccer ball with pump, Stuffed animal, Toys (puppets, trucks, etc.), Doll (baby, Barbie, etc.), Musical instrument, Outfit, Shoes, toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.


ペン、鉛筆、鉛筆削り、クレヨン、マーカー、ノート、シール、お手紙セット、電卓、ぬりえなど、ボール (大きい場合は空気を抜いて/空気入れを添えて)、ぬいぐるみ、人形、笛、ハーモニカ、ヨーヨー、縄跳び、光や音が出るおもちゃ、(電池が必要な場合は予備の電池も添えて) 歯ブラシ、くし、ミニタオル

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Please send your item to school by November 14th. 11月14日までに提出してください。

Please be careful not to bring in these kinds of items!

Please let me know if you have any questions!