Thursday, October 31, 2013

Friday News and Info for Nov 4-8

Thank you to all the parents who came out last week for the Parent Teacher Conferences! I had a very good time getting to know you and sharing about how wonderful your children are. I am so blessed!

Also, it stinks that we were unable to go Sweet Potato Digging today, but we did reschedule it for November 13th so we will try again!

This week as the first week of 2nd Quarter:

1. Reading - We began practicing our independent reading work. Every week we will alternate doing "Read to Self," "Read to someone," "Work on Writing," and "Word work." We choose which one we wanted to do, practiced getting the supplies, gaining stamina, putting the supplies away, and choosing another thing to do. The students did a great job! They will be well prepared next week when we put it into session.

Reading Strategy for the week: 1. Get your mouth ready. 2. Does it make sense?
Writing Strategy: Good writers use transition words like next, after, then, finally.

2. Math - This week we introduced the DIME! Our American money is getting harder as the students have to exchange pennies and nickels for dimes, as well as count pennies, nickels, and dimes.

3. Bible - We are continuing to study the life of Joseph. Even though sad things happened to him, God was still with him!

Upcoming Events:
November 9th - WALKATHON - If you haven't turned in the permission form and money yet, please do so soon so you can be registered for the Walkathon. For K-2 students, they need an adult (you!) to walk with them. It is a 17K walk, but for younger students they are able to take a bus half way so to only walk 8.5K. 

November 11 - NO SCHOOL! OCSI Holiday

November 13 - Rescheduled Sweet Potato Digging

November 23 - PTA Christmas Fair

November 27 - Harvest Day

November 28-29 Thanksgiving Holiday

Today we also sent home a Scholastic Book Order Form
- I am trying to work out the details of ordering from that so please stay tuned. For now, please do not send in any money or return any forms until further notice. Thank you!

Spelling words for next week: add, puff, egg, well, will, doll, kiss, miss, you, live

Bible Memory for next week: 
"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before Him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture."
Psalm 100:1-3

AND a video to help remember it!

Sweet Potato Digging - RESCHEDULED

Because of the rain today, our Sweet Potato Digging Field trip was cancelled. It will be rescheduled for November 13th, Wednesday. Pray for good weather!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Homework Checklist and Sweet Potato Digging

Sweet Potato Digging NOVEMBER 1st, FRIDAY:

1. Your Orange Friendship Friday T-shirts were delivered today! Please make sure to wear it to school on Friday for the field trip.

2. Please make sure you have a small shovel for Friday.

3. Remember, parents are not allowed on this field trip (Sorry!) because of limited space, so I will take lots of pictures for you and put it up on the website.

4. The students will also bring home a bag of potatoes for you all to enjoy!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Friday News for Week of October 28-November 1st

We were safe inside all day from the winds and the rain outside! Phew! Don't blow away!

This week:

Bible - We started learning about Joseph! Even though lots of bad things happened to him, God was still with Joseph!

We also loved listening to our Bible Memory verse as a video:

Math: We started learning "Frames and Arrows." It is helping us in skip counting. 

Reading: We started working on Word Work - building letters with our hands to help with reading, writing, and spelling! We also read a story called "All That Corn." Today we even tasted some popcorn!

Parent Teacher Conference
Tomorrow is that day!
  • Please come 5 minutes before your scheduled time. Because we only have 15 minute slots, we need to keep everyone else on track. 
  • It is your choice if you would like your child to attend.
  • I will give you your child's report card at the conference
  • Please come prepared for any questions and to see how well your child is doing in school!
Here is the schedule for the day:

Next Week
Spelling Words (Review): cat, man, had, has, God, hop, not, mom, bed, get, let, yes, sun, cut, bug, us, did, big, him, fix

Bible Memory: "Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; Come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God." Psalm 100:1-3a

Monday, October 21, 2013

Homework Checklist and other news

Here is a note from our room moms!

Dear 1.2 Parents,
Our children will have some events throughout the year.
We want to make these events meaningful for them, and we will need your help.
We will need some parents to contribute their time -- bringing in treats, helping with activities.
The events:
・Harvest Day (November 27)
・Christmas Party Event (December 19)
・Bazaar (March 15)
・Field Trip (in May)
And Ms. Turner welcomes parent volunteers.
・Reading a story to the class.
・Coming to help in the classroom - (1 hour).
The events will be a lot of fun!
On Parent Teacher Conference day, we will be circulating a sign-up sheet at the classroom for parents interested in volunteering their time and participating in our children's festivities.
The first is Harvest Day!!

Your Room Parents,
Yumiko, Sawwandy and Rika

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Friday News for Oct 21-14

Please remember NO SCHOOL tomorrow. Today is the end of 1st Quarter - so that means report cards are being made, so tomorrow is Record's Day for teachers to get their grades and comments done. 

On Monday will be the start of 2nd Quarter. Wow! This year is already going by so fast!

This week was a super short week of only 3 days! We did many review activities during the week

1. Today we played a short game of bingo using clocks. We have so far learned how to tell time to the hour and the half hour. 

2. We enjoyed a very funny book read by Mrs. A in the library. 

3. For Bible, we made a small Art project using star stickers and REAL sand, showing how God kept his promise to Abraham. 

Some Important Information

- Tonight, I send home some Math and Phonics games to the students to play over the week. Since we don't have school tomorrow, if you could make sure your child plays the games a few time. Please try to keep all the pieces of the game together. Have your child bring it back to school on Monday. Have fun playing them!

- We sent home 2 IMPORTANT papers today in their Folder. One is the Parent Teacher Conference sheet. It has your scheduled time. Please sign it and return it back to school so we can confirm the scheduled time. Another is the Sweet Potato Digging flyer. This is a field trip for K-3. I'm sorry but, parents are unable to come because of limited space. Please sign the permission slip and send it back to school.

Next week:

Spelling Words: in, is, it, did, big, him, rip, fix, was, of

Bible Memory Verse: "Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness." Psalm 100:1-2

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Homework Checklist Oct 15-17

No School on Friday!!!

*Change for the week: Even though we do not have school on Friday, I will still assign homework. The blank lines are for individual assignments at students own levels that I will assign. 

Please also make sure to send a change of clothes (着替え)with your child to keep in their backpack incase of an accident!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday News October 15-17

After a crazy typhoon on Monday, we had 4 wonderful days in 1st grade this week.

We learned:

1. We read the book Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion. We talked about the different character traits of Harry. 
2. We learned about the Number Line. We learned that a number line can go any direction. Also, we can figure out addition and subtraction problems using a number line.
3. We learned that on a compass and on a map, there is 4 directions: North, South, East and West

Important Information:

Please send your child to school with a change of clothes. We have had lots of students need a change of clothes and there is not enough clothes in the office to use. Even if it just underwear, please keep it in your child's backpack incase they need it. 

Upcoming Events:
October 14th - No School - Teacher Development Day
October 18th - No School - Records Day
October 21st - 2nd Quarter begins
October 25th - Parent Teacher Conference

November 1st - Sweet Potato Digging

Bible Memory: "Shout for joy to the Lord, all the Earth." Psalm 100:1

Spelling: High frequency words - I, the, and, for, as, to are, an, one, a

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


We had a Walkathon Kickoff Assembly today where every student, K-12, gathered in the gym to get excited about the Walkathon. Please talk with your child and decide if you would like to participate together. We would love for everyone to attend and participate.

A few weeks ago, we sent home the information about Walkathon.

The permission slip:

And the collection envelope:

To register to walk, you must send back the Permission Slip, Brown Envelope, and ¥2000. Also, if you would like to raise more money, such as ask friends and family to donate, you may. +¥3000, a total of ¥5000 is a free Walkathon T-shirt.

Also 1st graders MUST walk with an adult. Please register and plan to walk with your child.

The Top 3 classes who raise the most money will get a Pizza Party. The students all seem very excited and I hope everyone can participate. Please ask me any questions you have!

This year's Walkathon theme. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Homework Checklist

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I am getting stricter about their homework these days... If one of their homeworks is not checked for the night, I am making them stay in from their Morning Recess to finish it, even the read for 10 minutes. Please encourage your child to finish all their homework at home. If you are unable to find books for them to read, please let me know and I can send home books from my own classroom library.

As always, I'm here for any questions!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday News for Oct 7-11

What a windy day, eh? We had a fun and crazy Friday here at school today.

Some highlights from the week:
Math - We learned all about patterns this week! Patters in clothes, patters in our classroom, patterns on a number grid. We designed our own pattern square too!

Bible - Continued on in the story of Isaac and retold the story of Jacob and Esau using little finger puppets.

Reading - Read a super interesting book called Tikki Tikki Tembo. We stopped in the middle of the book and drew our prediction to how we thought the book would end.

Important Announcements and Upcoming Events:
Please check the OCSI website for any announcements about school closure because of a typhoon. I think the administration tries to make the decision by 6am. So continue to check after that time. I will also try to put it on my website whenever I get the news. If anything else happens and we are unable to get the word out, we will use the phone tree that our wonderful room moms have made for us.
Also, OCSI follows the military weather advisory that follows a scale called TCOOR. If we are in TCOOR 1 for a typhoon there is no school. You can check for yourself here -

October 14th - No School - Teacher Development Day
October 18th - No School - Records Day
October 21st - 2nd Quarter begins
October 25th - Parent Teacher Conference

Spelling Words for the week - up, us, mud, bug, fun, run, sun, cut, to, are

Bible Memory Verse (repeated from last week) - "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

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Room Mom's and Phone Tree

Last year, when one of the large typhoons came to Okinawa, the school lost electricity for a few days. As a result, we were unable to communicate to the families about a school closure. To try to help with that, I asked my Room Mom's to help me make a phone tree. This was sent home today. Please keep it and refer to it in case of an emergency or for an important message.

Here is a message from the Room Mom's:

Dear 1.2 Parents,

We/Yumiko, Sewwandi and Rika will be this year's Room Parents, and we are looking forward to a good year.
We are planning to have First Coffee Social for the parents near the future, and will announce the details later.

Thank you,
Your Room Parents
Yumiko(eito's mother), Sewwandi(Selini's mother), Rika(Shuhei's mother)

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