Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday News for Week of November 25-27

This week in 1st grade:

Reading Strategy: Use your senses! When you read a book, use your 5 senses: hear the story, smell the story, taste the story, see the story, feel the story in your head!

Writing Strategy: Dialogue. Can you write a story where the characters are talking?

Math: We continue to study measurement. We are using a 6 inch ruler to measure things around our room. We also learned about estimation. We guessed before we measured. 

Bible: We are continuing to study about the amazing life of Moses. We learned about the 10 plagues that God sent to the Egyptians because Pharaoh did not let the Israelites go free. We also heard the miraculous story of when God parted the waters of the Red Sea so the Israelites could cross on dry ground. 

Next Week in 1st Grade
November 25-27 - Only 3 days of school:

Monday and Tuesday will be regular days but Wednesday will be Harvest Festival!
This will be our schedule for Harvest Festival. The students will rotate to 1.1, 2.1, 2.2 during the day for different sessions. I have a few moms who have already offered to help. If you are not helping, but would like to come, then please come at 2:00pm. You can stay until the end of the day with us and enjoy some pie and fun activities. 

Lunch will also be provided for all the students in the cafeteria! Turkey and veggies!

Harvest Day Schedule   
        8:30-8:50  Bathroom, rules, get ready
              8:50-9:20  Start Session 1 with your class
9:25-9:55 Session 2
        10:00-10:15 Morning Recess
10:20-10:50 Session 3
10:50-10:55 Get ready for lunch
11:00-11:30 Lunch
11:30-11:55 Lunch Recess
        12:00-12:15  Story time/bathroom
  12:20-12:50 Session 4
      1:00-3:00 Session 5- watch movies, eat pie, free time
                                                              Happy Thanksgiving!

No Spelling Words

Bible Memory: All of Psalm 100!
"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. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues to all generations."
Psalm 100

The song! Click here: Psalm 100

Traffic Patterns: If you have been on campus any time soon, you would have noticed that we are going under construction. As a result, we need to change some of our traffic results. We will start practicing for it on Monday November 25. Please make sure you look at the below photos and get familiar with the new patters. Anyone coming to campus now, needs to park in Zone 1 or 3 NOT in the visitor’s parking lot. 

Upcoming Events

November 23: Christmas Fair. Please come out from 10-2 to support your PFT!

November 27: Harvest Festival (see above information)
November 28-29: Thanksgiving break. 

December 6th: Christmas Program. On this day, school will be dismissed at 12:10. Christmas Program will be that evening at 7. Please plan to arrive and drop your child off at the hall by 6:30. The dress is FORMAL attire. Girls wear dresses and boys wear nice shirts and slacks. 

On December 4, 5, and 6, we will be going up to the hall to practice. We will leave at around 8:45 and return to campus by 11:00am. Please keep that in mind if you need to pick up your child from school. 

BRING YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS ON MONDAY!!! We will have library on Tuesday next week instead of Wednesday. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


We had some extra time on Monday in the computer lab, so the students enjoyed some time on a website called Abcya. Here is the link:


Monday, November 18, 2013

Homework checklist

Ahhh I forgot to change the dates again. Sorry! This is for November 18-22

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Monday, November 18th

PLEASE BRING YOUR LIBRARY BOOK ON MONDAY! Because of an assembly on Tuesday, we need to take our AR quizzes tomorrow instead of Tuesday, so please make sure your child brings their library books tomorrow.

Also, anyone missing any gloves??

They are left from Sweet Potato Digging. Please email me if they are yours!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Friday News and Information for November 18-22

  • Happy Saturday! I’m sorry that this is being sent on Saturday not Friday. Last night, I was working really hard on the Friday news and it was nice and beautiful and then it DISAPPEARED and I lost it!!! Ahhhh so I didn’t have the energy to do it again, so now it is Saturday and I am doing it!

This week in 1st grade:

Bible: We have been learning about the life of Moses. We are excited to see how God is going to use Moses to save the Israelites from Egypt.

Reading: Since the students absolutely are enjoying the Pigeon books by Mo Willems, one of the moms offered to check out more of his books from another library. So now our classroom has 25 Mo Willems books! We are having a blast reading them. Together as a class we have discovered that Mo Willems books all share similar characteristics:

  • Talking bubble or thinking bubbles for the dialogue.
  • Squiggly line when angry or mad
  • BIG LETTERS when shouting and small letters when embarrassed.
We are excited to see what else we will find out about the Mo Willems books!

Here is an example of one of his book:

Math: We have started a unit on measurement. We started out talking about measuring temperature with a thermometer. On Friday we used our body to measure different things around the room such as using our finger, our feet, our arms to measure our desk, the whiteboard etc. 

Upcoming Information

November 23 - PTA Christmas Fair. Come out and enjoy some local Yomitan crafts and yummy sweet from the PTF. 10am-2pm in the gym.

November 27 Harvest Festival!

  • On this day 1st and 2nd grade student will rotate around the classes to do various crafts and activities relating to Thanksgiving. On this special day, all students will be provided with a school lunch of turkey and vegetables. So if you bring a home lunch to school everyday, you do not have to send one on this day. (If you child does not want turkey, then you can still send a home lunch) この日に全生徒は給食をたべれます。七面鳥と野菜です。

  • This day is also Pie Day! I have asked a few parents to donate some pies, so that after the Thanksgiving celebrations, we can all enjoy a slice of pie. 

November 28-29 - Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL!

December 6th - Christmas Program. School will be dismissed at 12:10. The Christmas program will be that evening at 7pm. More information later. 

Next Week:

Spelling Words: end, hand, sent, went, fast, must, jump, lamp, they, one

Bible Memory Verse: 
“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. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
Psalm 100

The song! Click here: Psalm 100

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Portrait Photos

Hello everyone,

To everyone who ordered Portrait Photos, most of them were sent home today. They all look beautiful and handsome! 

Some things to remember:

If you want a re-take (やり直し), save the photos in the package until re-take day and then bring them to the photographer on re-take day. DO NOT use or cut the photos, throw them away, give them back to the teacher, or give them back to the office. 

Also, if you haven't done so already, please try to keep a change of clothes (着替え)in your child backpack. If it is too heavy, I can store it in the classroom. We have had a few incidents of students who have had "accidents" before they went to the bathroom. Also, please remember that the office does have some change of clothes, but they do not have underwear. So even if it is just underwear, please keep it in their backpack, or send it to school and I will keep it. 

Have a wonderful Thursday night!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sweet Potato Digging

Well… we TRIED going Sweet Potato Digging today, but it rained on us…

We all wanted to go sooooooo badly so we all got on the buses, and rode to the field. Some classes were already there and they had begun digging, but as soon as we were walking onto the field, it started pouring rain! So we all had to turn around and go back home. We were very wet, but we all changed into dry clothes and turned the heater on in the room and warmed up. (If your child is wearing some clothes from school, please wash them and return them back to school later. Thank you) We enjoyed a yummy warm lunch and stayed inside for the rest of the afternoon. 

Everyone did get to bring some potatoes home to eat!! Enjoy them!!!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday News and Info for Nov 12-15

What a fun week in first grade!

This week we read two very very funny books together. Both written by Mo Willems titled, "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late" and "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus."

The students have enjoyed these stories so much that they began writing their own stories about the pigeon and drawing the pigeon. We are also planning on making a class movie from this character, but that's still a secret… (shhhh) :)

We also finished the story of Joseph! What a neat story! I really enjoyed teaching it to this class as they sat on the edge of their seat until the end of the story. We clearly saw how God was with Joseph every time in his life, and how God is with us too!

In Math we finished unit 3 with a test. We have covered telling time to the half hour, counting dimes nickels and pennies, skip counting by 2's and 5's and well as identifying patterns.

This Saturday is the Walkathon!! If you have registered to walk here are some good reminders. Please arrive at school between 8:00-8:30 so you can be checked in and ready to walk by 9am. For K-2 walkers, if you think they are unable to walk the whole 17km, you can choose to take a school bus from OCSI to Zampa and then walk back to school. This way, the student can still get enough stamps AND cross the finish line to get their prize. If you think they can walk the whole 17km, they are welcome to but it they are unable to complete all the checkpoints, they will not get a prize at the finish line.

It would be a good idea to bring a water bottle, hat, a rain coat just in case, a towel, some snacks, and anything else you think they will need on the way.

I will be waiting for you at the finish line where everyone is invited to celebrate with a Finish Line Fun Festival with games. It will be a lot of fun! Looking forward to seeing you there!

No school on Monday, November 11 - OCSI HOLIDAY
Information for Week of 12-15

November 11 - No School
November 13 - Sweet Potato Digging rescheduled. Please send shovel, bag, dirty clothes this day.
November 23 - Christmas Fair
November 27 - Harvest Day
November 28- December 1 - Thanksgiving Holiday NO SCHOOL!

Spelling Words: back, neck, kick, pick, sick, rock, sock, duck, have, or

Bible Memory Verse: "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. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." Psalm 100:1-4

Student of the Week:
We would like to start a new fun bulletin board titled, "Student of the Week!" I started it this week with my own spotlight. I decorated a paper and added some pictures. Each student who does this will also get to Show and Tell their spotlight and pictures with their classmates on the following Friday. This week, I gave it to Luka. I'm excited to see what he'll bring back!

Here is the example of mine. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Scholastic Book Orders

Last Friday, your child received a book order form from Scholastic. This is a world-wide book ordering company. If you would like to order some books from the catalogue, please follow the instructions. It would be a good opportunity for Christmas presents. The more books that get ordered, the more I as the teacher am able to get free books for my students as well.

1. Fill out the back of your order form by writing the quantity next to the book. On the bottom of the form, please write the total quantity of books and the total cost. (Please make sure you are NOT calculating the British £ sign. Please use the $)

I can only accept money in American dollars (no ¥). If you do not have dollars, please exchange some at a nearby exchange place. If you would like to write a check, please make it out to OCSI.

2. Turn the order form and the money into Ms. Turner.

All done! So easy! I will order the books and turn in the money and we should receive them back in a few days.

This months Scholastic order form and money need to be turned in by Friday, November 15th. 

If you have any questions please ask me anytime!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Homework Checklist for Nov 4-8

WALKATHON is this SATURDAY!!! If you have not registered yet and you would like to attend, please do so!

If you have registered - please be at school between 8:00-8:30 so you can check in and be ready to walk by 9am!