Thursday, January 24, 2019

Friday News for the Week of January 22-25

Happy Friday!

This Week:
Reading - We thought about Mental Image. Mental Image is the ability to see a picture in your brain. This week we read some picture books with very descriptive words and we tried to see a picture in our brains. On Friday we read a really funny poem but we stopped half way and drew the picture we saw so far. Then we finished the poem and we were all surprised!!

Math: We are zooming through subtraction strategies. This week we learned fact family and related facts. It’s so interesting that numbers have a family too! Next week we’ll finish this chapter and get into Place Value.

Writing: We are developing our opinion writing. This week we looked at an example first graders work and we used a checklist to see how they were doing. Then the students pulled out their own writing and fixed it up and made it even better!

Science - We are continuing to learn about sound!

Bible: We finished up the unit on Joshua and learned how the Israelites conquered Canaan. God was with their every step of the way and gave them amazing victories!

Next Week:
Spelling Words: be me we see seed  feel meat meet weak week come other
Bible Memory Verse: “I love you, O Lord, my strength.” Psalm 18:1

This week is Spirit Week for OCSI. Elementary students are invited to join! If you would you like to dress up next week, you are welcome to, but it is not mandatory:

Spirit Week Themes (スピリットウィーク テーマ)
Monday (1/28)- Mathletes vs. Athletes (勉強家 VS アスリート)
Tuesday (1/29)- Twin Day (双子デー)
Wednesday (1/30)- Crazy Hair/Mismatch Day (クレイジーヘアー /ミスマッチデー)
Thursday (1/31)- Throwback Day (昔に戻ろうデー)
Friday (2/1)- School Color Day; Red (学校カラーデー;赤)

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Upcoming Events:
  • 2/1 (Friday)- Report Cards to be emailed home
  • 3/21: Student Led Conferences - no classes
  • 4/8-12: Spring Vacation - no school
  • 5/3: Golden Week Holiday - no school
  • 5/27: Memorial Day - no school
  • 6/12: Last day of classes, early student dismissal at 12:30

Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday News for the Week of January 14-18

Happy Friday!

We had lovely weather for Kite Day on Monday! Thank you to the parents who came out to watch and help! Here’s some pictures:

This Week:
Reading: We learned about Problem and Solution. Almost every book has one more more problems and usually at the end, there is a solution. We realized this week that Problem and Solutions connect to our real life. PROBLEM: my pencil broke SOLUTION: get a new pencil! I hope these students grow up to be Problem Solvers!

Math: We are working hard in subtraction strategies such as count back, use a number line, and use doubles facts.

Writing: We are having SO fun in writing! This week I showed the students many “collections” of items and the students had to pick the WINNER and explain their opinion why it should be the winner. Today the students brought their own collections to judge!

Science: We are also enjoying learning about sound. Today we made a book fiddle.

Bible: We are enjoying following the stories of Joshua and the Israelites as they prepare to go into Canaan! Today we learned the epic story of the battle of Jericho. We watched a video to review when Joshua and the Israelites won the battle of Jericho.

Next Week:


Spelling Words: by my ride bike like time nine dive find kind them would
Bible Memory Verse: "As for me and my household we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

Upcoming Events:
  • 1/25 (Friday)- Last day of 2nd quarter/1st semester
  • 2/1 (Friday)- Report Cards to be emailed home

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Scholastic Book Order

This last Friday, you may have received something that look like this:

If you would like to order some books for you or your child, you can!

You can order Online!

Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to to browse the latest books and order online. For every $1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20¢ in Scholastic Rewards.
Please place your order online by February 1st, 2019.

I followed through a few of the steps to show you if you wanted to order online with a credit card.

1. Select what books you want and add them to your basket. When you are finished, press "Go to Checkout"
2. Type in your email address, press "next"
3. Schools - Make sure it says Okinawa Christian School, press "next"

4. Deliver Option. Make sure it says OCSI and my name, Ms. Turner's 1.1 Class and select "Dispatch Order to School."

5. Child Details - Enter your child's name and the class (ex. 1.2, 2.1)

6. Choose Payment Method - enter Credit Card information and select "Pay Using this Address" 

7. The last step should be confirm! You should get an email about your confirmation and Scholastic will also send me a confirmation email. 

THIS CURRENT Order is due by February 1!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday News for the week of January 7-11

Happy Friday! We had a great week back to school after 3 weeks off!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas break! I went to Seoul for 4 days with my mom, then went to Tokyo and spent a few weeks with my parents there.

We had a week of reviewing procedures and getting back into the swing of school with some New Years activities!

Reading: We did a review week to focus on the CAFE Reading strategies. We use the board kind of like a cafe menu, if we’re stuck while reading, we can look at it and it will give us different strategies on how to read! We’ve already practiced a lot of strategies but we still have more to learn! On Friday, I had each child pick one (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary) to see which one they need to work on the most for the rest of the school year.

Math: We finished up Chapter 4! We learned some good and handy addition strategies to help us with some harder addition facts. We had a test today! Next chapter will be subtraction strategies.

Bible: After a review of everything we’ve learned so far, we jumped back into the story of the Israelites after they left Egypt with Moses. God told 12 men to go spy out their homeland, Canaan, but 10 came back with a bad report, “The people are too scary we can’t go!” and 2 came back and said, “It’s ok, God will help us, let’s go!” The people listed to the 10 men’s report and as a result, God was unhappy and he made the Israelites wonder around the desert for 40 years! Wow!

Spelling: We jumped into long vowel sounds this week!

Writing: We did a fun New Year’s Resolution writing this week as well as started Reviews and Opinion writing!

Next Week:
Spelling Words: go   no so  boat coat  rode home hope  old told give said
Bible Memory: “Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Monday: (1/14) Parent Observation and Kite Day! Please refer to this schedule below! Make sure you check in at the office before coming up to the classroom. :) Excited to see you there!

Upcoming Events
  • 1/21 (Monday)- NO SCHOOL
  • 1/25 (Friday)- Last day of 2nd quarter/1st semester
  • 2/1 (Friday)- Report Cards to be emailed home