Monday, September 30, 2013

Homework Checklist and other details

Here is the Homework Checklist for the week. Please make sure you child has done all the assignments for the night!


Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday News for Week of Sept 30- Oct 4

Wow! I just can't get over how great each and every one of my students are this year. I love them all so much and they are all so different and special in their own way. I am so blessed!

You probably noticed them bringing home "gifts" from their students or even making their own 'gifts' for their classmates. It started with one student who was going to give a gift to only a few students which I gently urged it would not be so fair if only a few got one. So, this student, went home and made enough for the whole class! This sparked the other students making gifts for their classmates. I am blown away by the love and care that each of these students have for each other. 

We had a wonderful week in 1st Grade. We finished up many Units and are ready to start learning lots of new things.

In Math - we learned how to count pennies and nickels, which is kind of like counting tally's, and it is a very important skill to know as we start to learn more American money. We also had a Math test on Thursday and everyone did very well!

In Reading - we have begun to practice a reading strategy called Read to Someone. We are building stamina as we help our friends become better readers and we also become better readers. We also learned what a character is this week. We learned that it could be a person, animal, or thing that is acting in the story. 

In Bible - we finished learning about the story of Abraham. We learned that God always keeps His promises and that he made some very special promises to Abraham. We are excited to learn about Isaac next.

In Social Studies - we finished up a theme called Me on the Map. We studied our planet earth, our continent Asia, our country Japan, our prefecture Okinawa, and our school OCSI. The students really enjoyed Social Studies. 

Important Information and Upcoming Events
We sent home the annual Walkathon envelope today. Please read over everything and email me with any questions. I am so excited for the Walkathon this year and I hope everyone can come and participate. It will be held November 9th (Saturday).

October 2nd - Picture Day! Make sure to send in the money with the envelope if you would like to order pictures. 

October 14th - No School (Teacher work day)
October 17th - 1st Quarter ends
October 18th - No School (Record's Day - teacher work day again...)
October 24th - PTF Meet and Greet. October 24th at both 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. we will have a "Meet and Greet" for parents to have a chance to meet some of the school's administration and get to know them a little bit personally. There will be fun and food!10月24日、2時~と6時半~の2回、スクールスタッフとご父兄の懇親会を致します。お顔を知るよい機会になります。食事も用意してますのでぜひご参加ください。
October 25 - Parent Teacher Conference - More information soon

Weekly Spelling Words: bed, fed, red, get, let, pet, men, yes, for, as
Bible Memory Verse: "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14

Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Your children may have come home from school today exclaiming that they got a coupon.

Every student in my class has a job. When they do that job for the day they get hole-punch on their card. If they get so many hole-punches, they get a prize. I told them it is kind of like having a job and getting paid. Their reward was a choice from some coupons. Here is the explanation of some of the coupons. 

Use a pen: When they turn in this coupon, they may use a pen on ONE assignment in class.
Show and Tell: Students may bring one item and show off the item to their friends at the end of the day.  They must show their friends and tell everyone about what it is. The item must be kept in their backpack until Show and Tell time.
Sit with a buddy: When turning in this coupon, the student may move their chair to sit near a friend for 1 hour.
Positive Note to Parents: When using this coupon, I will write a note to their parent telling them how good they are doing in school.
Wear a Hat: They get to wear a hat all day to school.
Bring a Stuffed Animal: Students may bring and carry around a stuffed animal all day to school.
Choose your job: Students may choose for the day a specific job they would like to do, for example line-leader, or Teacher's Helper.
Play Live Mathletics: During our computer time, students may play the live Mathletics game instead of their usual activities.

Have a wonderful Thursday night!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Picture Day

October 2nd 

October 2nd is picture day for Elementary Students! Please send your child to school dressed with whatever you would like them to wear for taking the picture. PLEASE SEND A CHANGE OF CLOTHES (着替え)in case you don't want your child to get the clothes messy or dirty. The child may change after we take the picture. EVERY CHILD WILL GET THEIR PICTURE TAKEN.

I sent home a form today about Picture Day. Please read over it. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ORDER PICTURES IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO. 注文したくなければ、しなくでいいです。でもしたければ、今日お家に送ってきた紙をご利用ください。If you want to order though, please fill out the form, include the money and send back to school. Also, send me an email to make sure that I received the money and form. There will be no CHANGE (おつりなし) given so please give exact money. Tape or glue the envelope shut so the money does not escape. 

Wednesday News

*Note on tonight's homework*
I made a mistake on the spelling homework. Tonight is Spelling Maze. Tomorrow is Spelling Word Search. Sorry about that!

I hope everyone received the Progress Report on Monday. If you did not receive a Progress Report to any of your emails, please let me know and I will make sure to send it to you.

A Note about the Progress Report
To let you know - the V is for Very Good, the S for Satisfactory, the N for Needs Improvement. This is just the very first progress report over the first few weeks of school. Some students may have N for various activities, but that does not reflect badly. It was just an observation from one assignement or from the first weeks of school. This means we will work together in class to help the student in the area that they need improvement.

Thank you for your concerns about your child. We will work together to bring your child up to be ready for 2nd grade!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday News

Happy Birthday Kanya Manivan!!

Homework Checklist for the week!

Reading Resources:

Everyday, I would like the students to be reading in English for 10 minutes. If you are unable to find some English books at home, the children may take some of my classroom library books home. They also may listen to online books. I am attaching some good links of online read aloud books. Even though these sites of "safe" still, please monitor your child while they are using the computer to teach them safe computer skills. 

Thank you!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Friday News for week of September 23-27

Sorry again for the late weekly newsletter!
Important Information
  • Progress Reports: They will be sent out Monday, September 23rd. This year, they will go out as an email attachment. Please look for it sometime after school on Monday. 
  • Reminder about Jupiter: This year, all grades are being opened to parents to see at anytime. I sent home a username and password for the parents to use at the beginning of the year. If you misplaced it or would like to have a new one, please email me and I will try to get you a new log in so you can view your child's grades. 
  • Picture Day is coming up on October 2nd. Please stay tuned for more information. 
Week of September 23-27

Spelling words: dad, mad, cap, map, bat, mat, ham, jam, pan, fan, an, all - 12 words this week! 

Bible Memory Verse: "Surely your goodness and love with follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." Psalm 23:6

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday News


Homework checklist for the week

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday News for week of September 16-20

Phew! We all survived the longest week yet. AND we had fun and learned a lot.

Some highlights of this week:
  • We have begun increasing our stamina for reading. This week, we were able to read for 12 minutes without getting, talking to our friends, stop reading. THAT IS GREAT!!

  • We also learned about sequence with a very exciting story written by Ms. Turner.

  • We studied about the continent we live on: Asia
  • In writing, we have learned about using details.
  • In math, we learned sums of 10 and telling the time to the hour. 
  • In Bible, we learned the story of Cain and Abel, Noah's Arc, and the Tower of Babel.
We are so excited for what we will learn next week!

For the week of September 16-20:

Bible Memory Verse "The Lord had said to Abram, 'Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." Genesis 12:1

Spelling Words: job, mom, hop, top, got, not, fox, a, and, God. 

Have a blessed weekend!
Ms. Turner

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thursday - Some things

Hi everyone,

I made a mistake on the homework checklist! So sorry!!

Tonight, there is NO worksheet called "Reading - Sentence, Cut, glue"

Instead is it another Spelling worksheet. It might be a little confusing. It is called Spelling Staircase. Here is an example. 

Tomorrow is Spelling Test and Bible Memory test. Please practice them with your child so they can be ready!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


In Elementary at OCSI, we use a fun math resource called Mathletics

Mathletics is question based, where the students to gather points to complete each level. In first grade, we have been going to the computer lab to do 30 minutes of Mathletics.

The great things is that Mathletics can be done at home! I sent home your child's username and password for Mathletics a few days ago...(I'm sorry I didn't attach a note with it... I think it was on Friday..) If you cannot find it, please email me and I will send you your child's username and password. 

When the students pass all the levels there is a fun certificate that I will print out and send home. The students can also improve their math facts with "Live Mathletics." They can even compete with students around the world!

The link for mathletics is here:

You can also find it on the top tabs of this website.

Please email me with any questions!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday News


Homework checklist for the week

Behavior Calendar

Please leave the behavior calendar in the homework folder so that it gets sent back to school. The students have done "outstanding" every day!

A change with the folders: Instead of sending home a Friday Folder, I will just continue to send home the Homework folder every day, even on Friday's. On Friday, please take out your child's work that they have finished throughout the week and keep it at home. Please keep the Behavior Calendar in the Folder.

The Friday Folder's, instead, will be used for the Music to keep their binder and papers inside.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Friday News for September 9-13

Hello everyone! Happy Saturday! I'm really sorry I am posting this on Saturday instead of Friday... I will try not to let it happen again.

  • We are having LOTS of fun in 1st grade so far!

  • This week we will start weekly Spelling words. They are short a words. Every day there will be Spelling homework to help practice the words. On Friday, we will have a Spelling Test. I will say the word, say it in a sentence, and say the word again. Then the student will write it down. 
    • am, at, cat, can, man, ran, had, has, I, the

  • Bible verse for this week, "Dear Friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." 1 John 4:11

  • Please make sure to have your child leave their library book in their backpack after you use it at night, we will start to use it in class sometimes, as well as we need all the library books back on TUESDAY of every week. Please have your child start reading to you every night!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Computer Use Guidelines for Elementary Students

Hello everyone!

In the homework folder tonight, I have sent home a Computer Use Guidelines for Elementary Students paper. This paper is required for all students to read and understand before using the computers at school. We have read over the paper at school and talked about each one of the points. We want to teach these students now how to be safe digital citizens. Please talk with your son or daughter about using the computers safely.

The students have signed their name to say that they understand (except some of the points are too hard to explain and too hard for me to even understand...) So, parents, please look over it and sign the bottom to show that you agree and understand. After you sign, please cut that part off and send it back to school. 

Thank you for helping me as we train these little ones while they are young. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Homework Checklist Sept 3-6

Bible verse can be found on the Friday news post!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Ooops I almost forgot!!! Tomorrow is library! Please make sure your child sends their library book back to school tomorrow.

Thank you!!!!



I hope everyone had a good Labor Day yesterday. Even though it was really windy and typhoony I still had a nice Monday.

I would just like to let you know of a few things.

1. Because of my mistake, I forgot to print out the new behavior calendar for September. I am working on that now and will give it to the students tomorrow. Sorry about that! Every one did "Outstanding" today as usual.

2. We welcomed a new student today - Shotaro Kido! He has been on my list because we were expecting him, but he jumped right in to our class and it felt like he has been here all along! We're excited to have in him our class.

3. Please continue to send in the Family Information Sheets and the Friendship T-shirt money and order form if you would like to order it. We should have been back before our first out-of-school event!

Thank you and as always, please contact me with any questions or concerns!