Sunday, December 17, 2017

Friday News for the Week of December 11-15

Happy start to Christmas Vacation!

We had a great last week before Christmas break in 1st grade!

This week we tuned into Interesting Words. We read a variety of books and stopped at the words that
sounded fun, long, or words we didn’t know what they meant. The students even got their own set
of “sticky notes” to stick inside books where they found interesting words. We read a lot of books by
David Shannon this week too and they had LOTS of interesting words!

Math: This week we continued to look at different subtraction strategies such as making 10 and using
the addition addends to help subtract. On Wednesday, we did a fun math game where the students
worked in partners to figure out Christmas word problems. All the students got a prize because they all
worked so hard!

Bible: We continued the story of the birth of Jesus! We learned how the shepherds came to visit him
as well as the Wise Men from the east who followed the star. It was fun to compare the Christmas
Program to the real story of Jesus’ birth and I think it meant a lot to students after they learned the

We did a lot of Christmasy things this week including crafts and writing. We even got to visit Jesus in
the manger with our writing about what kind of gift we would bring to Jesus.

Christmas Party - Thanks to all the parents who came and for all the food you brought!! We had so
much fun playing games and eating food. I enjoyed chatting with everyone!

I hope everyone has a very wonderful Christmas break, a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!See you on January 4th when school starts back!

Upcoming Events:

January 8th - KITE DAY and Parent Observation Day! - Make sure to buy your kites over the break!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday News for the Week of December 4-8

Happy Friday!

Only 5 more days until Christmas break!

This week was a tiring week with the Christmas Program right in the middle, lots of practice and a late night on Wednesday - BUT the students all did AMAZING!!!! Here’s some pictures from the night:

Everyone did fabulous!!

Reading: This week we read some fun books by David Shannon and talked about reading books with lots of expression. That means using the periods, exclamation points, and question marks well.

Math: We learned some great subtraction strategies such as counting back, using a number line, using doubles to help us subtract, and writing subtraction number sentences. The students are doing great!

Bible: We started the story of Christmas this week! We have 6 envelopes with a picture in it. As I tell the story, I open an envelope and use the picture to tell the story. The students also all have a envelope that they put the same picture in to help tell the story.

Hour of Code: This week, the whole school participated in some thing called the Hour of Code. For 1 hour, the 1st graders did CODING?!?! Like actual computer coding in a fun Star Wars game type! Some of the students caught on real quick and I could see them grow up to be computer engineers! Here’s some pics:

The students can continue to do this at home!

Have them visit:

Find their name and click their secret picture. Have fun coding!

Science - We started learning about the 4 seasons.

Next Week:
No Spelling Words

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

Friday December 15th Last day of school before Christmas Break and Class Party!

Next Friday, December 15th school will be dismissed at 12:30 and no lunch will be served in the cafeteria. So instead, let's have a Christmas party! Could you bring some food to share with the 1.1 class for lunch? (For about 20 people) We need finger foods, desserts, fruits, drinks, plates, etc.
Some ideas are finger sandwiches, chicken nuggets, finger size foods, meatballs, cheese and crackers, fruit etc.
Could you let me know what foods you would be able to send in? You can reply to me and I will update what everyone is bringing on my website so you can check it to make sure we don't have double of something.
Parents you are invited to come at 11am to start our Christmas Party. We will play a game, do a craft and eat together. You can bring the food with you then, or if you can't come, please send the food with your child in the morning.

12月15日は12:30に学校が終わります。その日はカフェテリアでの給食もありません。ですので、皆さんで食べ物をクラスに持ち寄ってパーティーをしませんか?皆さんが食べやすいもの(20人分ぐらい)を学校まで送って頂けますか?フィンガーフード:サンドイッチ、チキン、フルーツなど食べやすいものでお願いします。何を持ち寄って頂けるか決まりましたら、私に連絡をください。Ms. Turnerのブログで皆さんが何を持ってくるかを書いて、同じものがないようにします。それを確かめてください。

Thank you!
I hope to see you on Friday!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Party Food

I'm looking forward to a fun Christmas Party next week! :)
Dec 15 11:00am

Here's what people are bringing:

Vegetables and dip- Woolery
Crackers and tea - Sakaguchi
Mini corn dogs - Mitsuya
French Fry - Ohno
Crispy Chicken - Teruya
Fruit - Rusanescu
Onigiri - Hayata
Fried Chicken - Koike
Juice and fruit cups - Yukawa
Mini croissants - Sharpe
Tamago-yaki (Fried Eggs) - Miyake

Thanks everyone! :)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday News for the week of Nov 27-Dec 1

Happy Friday and 1st day of December!

This Week:

Reading: We have been learning about the sequence of a story. Stories have to be read in the right order or they don’t make sense! We learned some key words such as, “first, next, then, finally” to help tell the story. We read Mercer Mayer stories all week to help us out with the sequence of a story.
Today, I gave students a cut up story and they had to put it in the right order.

Math: We finished Chapter 3 with strategies to help us with adding numbers to 20. The students all worked super hard to use the different strategies.

Writing: We continuing to work through How to teaching books! I’m so proud of all of the students! We will edit and publish one of the books in the next few weeks.

Bible: This week we learned about the 10 Commandments that God gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai. Those are good rules for everyone to live by! We also learned about the building of the Tabernacle. God had Moses send 12 men to spy out there new home Canaan, but 10 came back and said that the people there were scary and that they would lose if they went to conquer the place. 2 of them came back to say, “God can help us fight!” Because of the grumbling of the Israelites, God banned them from going in to their Promised Land for 40 years. Even Moses himself, disobeyed God and he wouldn’t be allowed to go home to Canaan. Wow! When God speaks, it’s best to obey EVERYTHING he says! Next week we’ll learn about the Christmas story!

Next Week:

Spelling Words: boy   boys  box   boxes  dog  dogs  tent  tents  about   how
Bible Memory: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11


Wednesday is a half day. School will be dismissed at 12:30! Car riders, please be picked up at 12:30, or match the time to pick up your child from the bus stop according to the time it would be after leaving OCSI at 12:30.

Please go to the Yomitan Bunka Center (Yomitan Cultural Center) DRESSED UP and ready by 5:30pm on that night. The Christmas Program will be from 6:00pm. Girls should wear dresses and boys nice slacks and shirts. Please stay for the whole performance. 1.1 students will be on the right side of the stage as you look at the stage.  Here’s a map to the center:

Upcoming Events:

December 15th - 12:30 Dismissal. Class Christmas Party! Look for an email about the party soon!

Christmas Break - December 16 to January 3rd

January 4th - Classes start back