Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday News for week of February 3-7

Happy February! This week 2nd quarter came to an end and 3rd quarter has started. I can't believe how fast the year is going by!!

This week was a weird week with a holiday in the middle of the week! We still did lots of fun things and learned a lot.

Today was also the 100th day of school!!! 
We are 100 days smarter in first grade. Today we did a variety of activities such as 100 athletic exercises, predicted how many of something we could do in 100 seconds, and realized that we have had 132 spelling words since the beginning of school. WOW! We also designed a picture hiding the number 100 inside. 

Reading - Our friends from the HS psychology class came back one more time to read to us a book they had made for their class project. It was called "Why Not Me?" talking about a story of a potato who was ugly and no one picked him at the store. Finally, a girl picks him and he was delicious. The story taught us not to judge others by their outward appearance, because it's really the heart of a person that's important.

Math - We took our Unit 5 Test this week and everyone did well! We are really close to finishing the Volume 1 of our Math workbook - only 2 pages left!! It's really sinking in that school is halfway over.

Science - We took sometime to learn the life cycle of a chick this week. We thought about the riddle, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg." We pulled out the Bible and discussed whether the first chicken that God made was a grown up chicken or an egg. It was a fun discussion. We also watched a video on an egg hatching. The students were so intrigued! We also had a resident chicken expert, Carol, who had many live chicks and chickens at home. 

Bible: We finished most of the main stories of the Judges and have now moved to the story of Ruth. The students could relate to her story of how she had to move to a new country, because most of my students have moved sometime in their lives as well. I'm excited to show them next week how God used Ruth, a foreigner, to be a part of the lineage of Jesus Christ!

The end of 2nd quarter came to close our weekly Computer Class that we had, and instead we started back up Music and Art. In Music, the teacher will start to teach them more music notation and percussion instruments so I'm excited to see how well they do. 

Next Week:

2/13 - Food Corner Meeting for Bazaar. For any mom's or dad's interested, there will be a meeting on how to prepare the food corner at Bazaar. You are welcome to attend if you are interested. 3:15 in the cafeteria on Thursday 2/13

2/14 - Valentine's Day! On this day, if you would like to, students are welcome to make or give gifts or cards to their classmates. If you would like to do this, please make sure to not leave anyone out. On this day, the Report Card will also be sent home. Please sign the blue envelope and return it back to school. You may keep the Report Card.

2/17 - There will be a Japanese Culture Event at 2:00pm. Parents are not invited, but would like to inform you of the event. Students will participate in some Japanese cultural events such as pounding of rice 餅つきand other events. Should be lots of fun!

2/19 - X-Ray day. For those who had a note sent home, and those who would like your child tested at school. This will be the day.

2/26 - Picture Retake Day - For anyone who was not at school on Picture Day or for anyone who did not like the picture taken of your child, this is the day for the retake. For those who didn't like their child's picture, need to send back the originals ordered, UNCUT, in good condition. If you have already cut the pictures out, then you cannot do a retake. Please let me know if you are interested in a retake. 

Bible Memory: "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

Spelling Words: by my ride bike like time nine dive find kind them would