Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday News for the Week of April 9-13

Happy Friday! Today was a bitter sweet day because we said good bye to our sweet Lucy. She and her family will be moving to the States. We will miss her a TON but we are excited for their new adventure in the States. We love you Lucy!!!

Can you believe we are in the 4th quarter? EEK! There is only like 5 more weeks of school left! Last stretch! Report Cards were sent home on Thursday. Please review it, keep all the papers inside and return the blue envelope signed at the “3rd quarter” line.

This Week:

Reading - We read through all of Harry Allard books about Miss Nelson. Those books are just so great!

We also practiced a very important accuracy strategy of Flip the Sound. If a word sounds funny, it’s an important strategy for the students to flip the vowel sounds or some of the consonant sounds which will probably help them figure out the word!

Math: We started a new unit on Measuring. We compared measurements with words such as “short” “shorter” and “shortest” and we also used cubes and other objects as unit of measurement. The students really enjoyed walking around the room and measuring everything they saw!

Writing: We finished the Fairy Tale writing units!! I complied all the students stories into a book and read it aloud to the students today. I’m so proud of them for writing their own stories!

Bible: After Spring Break, we returned to the story of Solomon, King David’s son. God asked Solomon what he would like and Solomon asked for wisdom! Not money, or fame, or a long life! God was so pleased with his answer that he gave him wisdom AND all the other things! Solomon also build the temple for God. It took 7 years and he used the finest materials to finally make a dwelling place for God in Israel. Today we learned the story of when Queen Sheba came to visit Solomon to see if he was for real! He surpassed all of her expectations and she went away amazed at Solomon! We talked about the importance of wisdom and how we need to ask God daily for wisdom in our own lived.

Social Studies - We are gearing up for Kid City! We have learned about the Post Office, Fire Station, Store, Restaurant, Library, Bank, City Hall, Police Station, Hospital and we have one more to learn for next week - the Vet! THEN FRIDAY IS KID CITY!! WOOHOO!!

I also moved the desks around for the last quarter!

Next Week:

Spelling Words: hurt, verse, fern, dirt, burn, first, bird, turn, her girl, great, again, who
Bible Memory Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

FRIDAY - KID CITY!!!!! Please bring a wallet and a little bag on Friday. Parents are invited to come and help or just come and watch!

Upcoming Events:
  • 4/27 Field Day

  • 5/4: Golden Week holiday - no school
  • 5/28: Memorial Day - no school
  • 6/13: Last day of classes

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Friday News for the Week of March 26-30

Happy Friday!

Today was Culture Fair where we got ‘passports’ and we traveled around to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms to learn about different countries.

We also got to eat lunch outside!

This week for reading we did a Reader’s Theater!
The title was Did You See Chip? The students had fun playing their parts with the costumes and reading the scripts.
We also practiced speaking clearly and smoothly.

Here are the videos:

Writing: This week we were writing fairy tale stories. We didn’t quite finish, but I’m excited to finish them after spring
break and share them with you. :)

Math: We finished Chapter 7 on graphing! The students and I had so much fun on this unit. We took surveys in class
and made tally charts, bar graphs, and picture graphs. Way to go 1st graders!

Bible: We took a break from David and jumped to the story of Jesus’ last days on earth - the Holy Week, or some people call it Passion Week. It’s a very intense story of what lead to Jesus’ death on the cross,
and though it seems like the story ends there in heartbreak - it doesn’t, it was so wonderful to tell the students
how Jesus resurrected (was alive again!) and defeated death, returned to heaven and is still there!

This Sunday is Easter Sunday - if you have a chance, I’d like to invite you to an Easter church service. Here’s some around Okinawa:

Keystone Nazarene Church -

 Koza Baptist Church 686 Noborikawa, Okinawa City, JP 904-2142 -

Calvary Chapel Ginowan: 〒901-2205 Okinawa Prefecture, Ginowan, Akamichi, 1-3-5

Calvary Chapel Okinawa 8:30AM* & 10:30AM*
134-1 Noborimata
​Nakagusuku-son, Nakagami gun
​Okinawa, Japan 901-2421
沖縄県中頭郡中城村登又 134番地1

It’s Spring break time!! I hope you all have a
wonderful week spend traveling or enjoying time
with family and friends.

See you back at school on April 9th!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Friday News for the Week of March 19-23

Thanks for a great week of conferences! I enjoyed each and every conference with you! I was SO VERY proud of my students as they shared what they are good at, what they need work in and shared all what they learned this year so far. I know you all were so very proud of them too!

This week:
Reading: Our reading strategy was Fables which are stories with animals in them that teach a moral or a lesson. We read some familiar ones such as “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Little Red Hen” and the students were able to see the lessons and we realized many of the lessons were to be KIND, or HARD-WORKING, or RESPECTFUL, or SELF-CONTROLLED! (sound familiar :)

Math: We are cruising through graphs! We learned about bar graphs this week and now we can connect tally chart, picture graphs, and bar graphs!

Writing - We started writing our own fairy tales. This week was all about brainstorming our stories of a setting, good characters, bad characters, magic, problem and solution, and beginning middle and end!

Bible: We learned about David’s life as king this week then took a little break from David to go back to the life of Jesus. We learned about his many miracles and amazing things that he did while he walked on the earth. Next week we’ll talk about the events leading to Jesus’ death and resurrection!

Next Week:

Spelling Words: that   what this   with which then   when white where path   put each down
Bible Memory Verse: “He is not here; he is risen, just as he said.” Matthew 28:6a

Friday - Culture Fair - the 1st and 2nd grade students will be going around to the 3-5th grade students to listen to their country reports. Normal day, normal lunch schedule :)

Upcoming Events:
March 30 - End of 3rd Quarter Culture Day for 3-5th grade
April 1-8 - SPRING BREAK!
April 9 - Classes start back
April 12 - Report Card Issued
April 20 - KID CITY! More information soon
April 27 - Field Day
May 5 - No School

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday News for the Week of March 12-16

We had another great week at OCSI. The weeks are starting to fly by! According to our calculations we
we have been in school for 125 days and we have about 55 days left!

This Week:
Reading - Fairy Tales - This week we read multiple versions of The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and
the Three Bears - which was WAY too fun! We read a version of the Three Little Pigs that was from the
perspective of the wolf. We also read a Goldilocks version written by our favorite Mo Willems (that had
secret pigeons in it!!!). We did a little work on comparing and contrasting the two Goldilocks and the
Three Bears books together, which is a great (but hard) reading strategy. The students did awesome!

We also worked on seeing where we can find “sh” and “ch” words as well as how we can use “be”
“being” and “been.”

Writing - We have been writing opinion letters all week. Everyday the student received a “letter” from a
teacher at school that asked the 1.1 students their opinion on various things. On Thursday the letter was
from me asking the students their idea for a class pet. The students had to think of good reasons and by
giving good details. Writing opinion letters are hard but the students worked really hard.

Math: GRAPHING! We are rocking through the new Math unit of making graphs. We have so far
learned about a tally chart and a picture graph. The 2nd graders even came into our class to ask our
class a survey. Some students even started making their own survey in their free time! Here’s a picture
of the students asking each other some survey questions.

Bible: Our Bible stories have been full of excitement lately with the story of Saul’s final battle and
David finally becoming king. It continues next week with the rest of David’s reign and some problems
that arise.

Next Week: 
Spelling Words: took, food, foot, soon, play, class, fly, glad, pray, dress, trust,
frame, smile, stop, sleep, snack, wish, shape, much, child
Bible Memory: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."
Mark 11:9b

Here's the schedule I have for Student Led Conferences! If you'd like to adjust a time, please let
me know!

Please arrive 5 minutes before your time so that we can start right on time!

Please be prepared to ask your child some questions at the end. Here are some samples:
  • What is your favorite part of school?

  • What is your favorite subject?

  • What subject is the hardest?

  • How can I help you at home?

Upcoming Events:
March 30 - End of 3rd Quarter Culture Day for 3-5th grade
April 1-8 - SPRING BREAK!
April 9 - Classes start back
April 12 - Report Card Issued
April 20 - KID CITY! More information soon
April 27 - Field Day
May 5 - No School

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Friday News for the Week of March 5-9

Happy Friday!

Reading: Our focus was “Fairy Tales.” These stories are super fun to read!

This week we read, Rumpelstiltskin, Jack and the Beanstalk,
Hansel and Gretal, and Rapunzel. We tried to look for
common themes throughout all Fairy Tales including a good
opening (Once upon a time…) a good ending (and they all
lived happily ever after), royalty (kings, princesses),
love, magic, good characters, bad characters, and special
numbers or repeated phrases. Some Fairy Tales have all of
those and others only have some of them. The students
enjoyed all the stories that we read! Next week we’ll
continue with some other common Folk Tales.

Writing - We were learning about letter writing and writing
opinions. We will continue that next week.

We also did some spelling review and here is a picture
of the students working together to solve spelling riddles.

Math - We finished Chapter 6 with a test today! Double digit
addition seems scary at first, but all the students tried
their best and finished strong. Next week we’ll start
learning about graphs!

Bible: We continued to learn about David being chased
by King Saul. David and Saul’s son, Jonathan, became best
friends and Jonathan helped David escape. David even ran
to hide in the Philistine territory because he knew Saul
wouldn’t come there to look for him. One time David was
in the back of the cave, and Saul went into the cave to
rest. David crept up to Saul and cut off a piece of his
robe to show Saul that he doesn’t want to hurt him even
though he could have. Saul realized how wrong it was for
him to chase David, but soon Saul went right back to
chasing him. Next week we’ll finish the story of Saul
and move on to David as king!

Scholastic - Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running!
Go to
to browse the latest books and order online. Please place
your order online by March 23rd, 2018.

Next Week:

Spelling Words: wish  child she push shape  check shell much fish
chips  been now

Bible Memory: “May the words on my mouth and the meditation of my
heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord my rock and my
Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

Please return the pink form for Student Led Conference
sometime next week!

Upcoming Events:

March 21 - Student Led Conference Day and NO SCHOOL
March 30 - End of 3rd Quarter Culture Day for 3-5th grade
April 1-8 - SPRING BREAK!
April 9 - Classes start back
April 12 - Report Card Issued
April 20 - KID CITY! More information soon
April 27 - Field Day

May 5 - No School