Thursday, December 19, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hello everyone! Merry Christmas!
Phew! We made it to the end of school in December. I have enjoyed every moment of teaching your child in 2013. I am so excited for 2014 and all the learning that will take place. Please everyone have a very safe and very fun Christmas break. I know many families are traveling and some are also staying home. Please make lots of memories with your family during this time. :)

THANK YOU to everyone who brought food and supplies for the Christmas Party. It was ALOT of fun!!! Yummy food, fun times, I was so happy all day. Here are some pictures:

I will also be sending you the pictures taken in Mrs. Gosin's room with the combined party. 

Some things to remember for January:

1. Today I will be sending out the 2nd Quarter Progress Reports by email. Please look for them and let me know of any questions you have. 

2.  Spelling Bee -
I'm sorry that I have not let you know about this sooner. On Wednesday, I sent home the Spelling Bee list for everyone. In January, we will have a class Spelling Bee from the words that I sent home. The top 3 students will who win will be able to advance to the school Spelling Bee with the 2nd graders. From there, we will decide a winner. If you can, please study the words during the holiday. We will have our class spelling bee in the week January 13-17. It is a lot of fun and a good way to become better spellers! I will attach the words to my website. Click here and here

3. Kite Day -
When we get back to school on Jan 13, it will be Kite Day. During New Years, many kites are being sold. Please buy one to be ready on Kite Day. 

See you in 2014!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday News for December 16-19

This week felt very long after a few week in November of lots of Christmas Program practices. But it was a very good week - we learned a lot and caught up on our studies.

Reading - We read 2 super fun books, Miss Nelson is Missing, and Miss Nelson is Back. We talked about the characters, learned about setting and tried to summarize the story. What if Ms. Turner doesn’t come to school and instead a scary mean teacher comes instead... :)

Math - We finished up Unit 4 with learning to tell time to the quarter hour (It’s really difficult!) I even had a hard time with “a quarter to 9” or “a quarter after 10.” We are also learning the other way to read time with 10:15 and 11:45 as well. We also learned about timelines, as well as the average height of a student which is  47 inches and 49 inches.

Today we had fun being Math Facts Superheros. I taught the students how important it is that they know their math facts because that will help them when they grow up!

Bible - We have had a great time learning the Christmas Story. This year I had 10 envelopes hanging on my whiteboard. Each envelope contained an object or picture to help tell the Christmas story. After teaching the story, the students also received this object or picture and got to keep it in their own envelope. How neat that God’s own son was born on earth in a stable and was visited by lowly Shepherds! What a humble king!
We visited the Manger scene on campus!


Christmas Party - Thursday, December 19th. Last day of school. 
All the parents are invited to come to our Christmas Party. Here is the schedule:
8:30-10:00 - Students in classroom with Ms. Turner
10:00-10:15 - Recess

10:15-11:00 - Parents are invited to come and we will go to Mrs. Gosin's room for a Christmas Party. We will do different activities such as decorating cookies, making a craft, coloring, and taking pictures.

11:00-12:00 - Lunch in Ms. Turner's room with 1.2 students and parents, recess if extra time. 

Thank you for signing up to bring food on the last day of school. If you would like to, you can send the food with your child on the bus or car. Or, if you want to bring it, you can bring it when you come or before 11:00am.  Thank you!


No Spelling Words

Bible Memory - Same from last week, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

Christmas Giving Opportunity
Christmas time is a wonderful time to remember all that we have been given, and also a good time to remember those people who do not have their daily need. As a class of 1.2, we will start a collection box for any unnecessary food you may have in your kitchen. Traditionally, we do a "o-soji" during this time, so if you do and find you have some unopened food that you do not use, please send it to school with your child and we will donate it to welfare office in Okinawa city, (governmental office). Some ideas are canned food, dry noodle, rice or pasta. You do not have to spend any extra money, just a chance to give to someone who may not have anything this winter season.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Homework Checklist 12/9-13

Don't forget to bring your library books tomorrow!!!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Week of December 9-13

Hello everyone! Merry Christmas!

Thank you for coming out to support our students at the Christmas Program on Friday night. Didn't they do fantastic? I hope you enjoyed watching your child perform and were touched by the songs and message.

I'm sorry that this is late in getting to you, but I was so exhausted after the Christmas Program, that I am only now getting around for planning for next week.

December 9-13 will be a regular full week. 

Spelling Words: hang, king, ring, long, sung, sink, wink, bunk, on, but

Bible Memory Verse: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests." Luke 2:14

December 19 - Last day of school. Christmas Party. 12:00 Dismissal. Please stay tuned for more information about the Christmas Party.

If you are leaving town before the last day of school, please call the office and let them know that your child will be absent! Thank you! 学校が終わる前にどこかに行くのであれば、オフイスまで連絡くをしてください。

Coming up in January - 
Jan 7th - First day back to school.
Jan 13th - Kite Day - If you would like to go ahead and purchase a kite, sometimes they run out in the stores in January! Parents are invited to come this day to fly kites with us. Stay tuned for more information.
Jan 20th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Homework Checklist and other news!

I'm SOOOO sorry about the confusion about the Homework today. I didn't plan ahead and missed the chance of getting the homework ready. So please make sure your child reads tonight. I told them if they read extra, they would get a special prize tomorrow at school. Homework should continue on the same for Thursday night.

Christmas Program:
We have been working SUPER hard everyday on the Christmas program and it is coming together really well! 

Tomorrow December 5th - Students will practice at the hall 9:00-10:30
Friday December 6th - Students will practice at the hall 9:00-10:30, students will come back, eat lunch, and then be dismissed at 12:10. If your child rides the bus, please calculate the time it takes to ride the bus and pick your child up at that time from your bus stop. So if it takes and hour, then 1:10.

THAT NIGHT!!! Program starts at 7:00pm. Please bring your child to the back stage before 6:30. After you drop your child off, you may go in and wait for the program. During the performance, we will be standing on the left side if you are looking at the stage. It is at the Yomitan Cultural Center. Go toward the Yomitan City Hall, turn into the city hall and then keep going. It is the next building over.  

It is the place marked "E"

Please email for any questions! :)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday season. I have many things to be thankful for, and one of them is you and your child. I am so thankful that God has put everyone one of your children in my classroom. They are all so special and amazing in their own way.

Some important news:

December 2-6 - Christmas Program Practice
Everyday this week, we will have Christmas Program Practice for part of the day. Monday and Tuesday it will be in the gym, but starting on Wednesday, we will travel to the hall for a full practice. Please return the permission slip to allow your child to go. Please email me if you need another one. Please arrive to school before 8:45. We will leave at 8:45 to go to the hall and return by lunch time.

Friday, December 6 is a half of day - NOON DISMISSAL. Christmas program is that evening at 7pm!

I will not be at school on Monday, December 2nd, as I will still be traveling back from visiting family in Tokyo for Thanksgiving break. The students are in wonderful hands with a great sub. I will see them all back on Tuesday. I will miss them!!!

Please email me with any questions, as always,
-Ms. Turner