Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday News for the Week of April 17-21

Happy Kid City Day!


Wow! Did your children have fun today? I hope they came back with lots of fun, exciting stories from Kid City today. They all did GREAT!!! And thank you to the parents who helped! We couldn't pull it off without you! Here’s some pictures!




















This Week:
We focused on Kid City most of the week in dialogue and what to do at each station. We practiced with money and shopping at the store as well as how to visit the doctor and bank.


Math: We also learned how to tell time to the hour and half hour. This includes learning how to say, “Half past 9” for 9:30. It’s a little tricky but we’ll practice more!


Bible: We jumped back to the Old Testament with the story of Solomon. God said he would give anything to Solomon and guess what he asked for? Not money, not fame, not glory - he asked for wisdom! Wow! Because of that God gave him riches, fame, and glory! He was very wise as he lived and he also build the temple for the Lord. Our prayer is for wisdom like Solomon too!


Next Week:
Spelling Words: hurt, verse, fern, dirt, burn, first, bird, turn, her girl, great, again, who
Bible Memory Verse:“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” Psalm 8:1


FRIDAY - FIELD DAY!
Parents you are invited to come to Field Day! If it is sunny, we will be outside on the soccer field. If it is raining, we will be inside the gym. It will start from around 9:00am. Come cheer on your child!


Every student needs a HOME LUNCH お弁当that day! You can bring your lunch too BECAUSE at 11am, after field day is done, we will all walk down to the Sera-en park right under the school to have a picnic.


After the picnic, we will stay and play at the park until 2pm. If you come and join us, you are welcome to take your child home anytime after 11am. Please let me know if you want to take your child home. The rest of the students will come back to my classroom at 2pm to rest until 3pm for dismissal.


Please make sure your child has a: WATER-BOTTLE, SUNSCREEN, HAT, ORANGE T-SHIRT, and  Home LUNCH!


Upcoming Events:
TO BE ANNOUNCED next week: 1st Grade FIELD TRIP TO THE ZOO
5/4: Progress reports
5/5: Children’s Day - no school
5/29: Memorial Day - no school
6/2: HS graduation
6/9: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! CLASS PARTY (12:30 Dismissal for Students)

Friday, April 14, 2017

WOW! Thank you SOOOO much for all of your lovely snacks, school supplies, cards, gifts, flowers and SO much more for Teacher Appreciation Week! I am so blessed to be able to be your child’s teacher. Thank YOU for raising such amazing children!! It is my pleasure to teach them!

This Week:
Reading: We worked on the strategy “Flipping the Sound.” This is a great strategy to read harder words. When you come to a word you don’t know, it’s a good idea to try the long and short sounds for the vowels to see if you can figure it out.
Writing: We started writing poetry this week! We learned that poems are fun to listen to and pretty to listen to. Poems are where you get to play with words. This week we wrote -ing poems and color poems. The students did great!





Spelling: This week we worked on “th” and “wh” words!




Math: We started our new unit on time and measurement. This week we learned about measuring, length, unit, short, and long. On Wednesday, we used cubes to measure things around the room.
Bible: This week we learned the Easter story, the story of Jesus’ last days on earth. Jesus entered Jerusalem, celebrated the Passover feast with his disciples, but then Judas, one of his own disciples betrayed Jesus and Jesus got arrested by the leaders. Jesus was then convicted to die even though he didn’t do anything wrong. He was told to carry a cross to the top of the hill and there he was crucified. Before that, Jesus was beat, kicked, spit on, and so much more worse things happened to him. After a few hours on the cross, he died there. Some of his friends put Jesus in an empty tomb and sealed the door with a big stone. 3 days later, his friends went to his tomb to find the stone rolled away and no Jesus inside! An angel told the friends, “Jesus is not here, he has risen! Just like he said!” Jesus was alive! Jesus appeared to his friends many times before he returned to heaven. Why did Jesus go through with dying even though he was God and he could have saved himself? Because, he loves each and everyone of us SO much, that he died in the place of our own sin. Thank you Jesus for dying for us! That’s why I love this time of Easter so much! If you’d like to go to an Easter service, here are some churches and some of their times:

Keystone Church of the Nazareneキーストンナザレン教会:
1198-2 Aza Yoshihara Chatan Cho Okinawa Ken, Japan
904-0105
Easter Service at 10am


Koza Baptist Churchコザバプテスト教会: 686 Noborikawa Okinawa City, Okinawa, JP 904-2142
Easter Service at Saturday, April 15th at 6:00pm or Sunday, April 16th at 8:00, 9:30, or 11:15am


Calvary Chapel Okinawa: 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
Sunday Morning 8:30am or 10:30am

Next Week:
Spelling Words: Lord  start  sort  horse  far  chore  more  hard  part  jar  an  were  his
Bible Memory Verse: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Proverbs 1:7

Tuesday: We need parents help for Kid City! If you have time, please come to room 208 from 3:15-4:00 to help us get some things ready for Kid City!

Friday: KID CITY!!! Please come and watch or help out as the 1st and 2nd grade students do Kid City!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday News for the Week of March 27-31

Happy Friday!


Parents, can I just tell you that your students did AMAZING on the Terra Nova tests?!?! It was a lot of tests for 1st graders but they followed directions, had a great attitude, and did their best work. I know you are very proud of them too, just like I am!


We took tests such as Reading, Math, Math Computation, Vocabulary, Word Analysis, Bible, Social Studies, and Science. For most of the questions the students showed what they learned and knew, but there were a few questions about things they hadn’t learned about yet.


For each test we finished taking, we popped a balloon with a piece of paper inside. On the piece of was something FUN that we would do in the afternoon. And boy, did we have fun! We practiced for Kid City, had read-alouds, cleaned out our writing folder and HAD FUN!


Tobin's Grandparents came to read!

paper airplane challenge!


On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we did lots of practice things for Terra Nova. We took a practice test to get used to how the test works and reviewed some reading and math things.


Today there are so very important documents going home with your child such as the 3rd quarter report cards and the Spring Packets. Please make sure to look over them. If you have any questions, please ask me.


Starting on Saturday is SPRING BREAK until April 9th. If you are traveling or staying in Okinawa, please have a safe wonderful time with your family.


When we come back…
April 10-17
Spelling Words: that   what   this   with   which   then   when   white   where   path   put   each    down
Bible Memory Verse: “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” Matthew 28:6a


Upcoming Events:
4/14: 12:30 dismissal for students
4/21: 1st and 2nd grade Kid City
4/28: Elementary Field Day
5/4: Progress reports
5/5: Children’s Day - no school
5/29: Memorial Day - no school
6/2: HS graduation

6/9: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! CLASS PARTY (12:30 Dismissal for Students)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday News for the Week of March 21-24

Happy Friday!


Thank you for a wonderful Student Led Conference! I hope you were proud of your child and their growth this year! I sure am proud of them!


This week we read the Fairy Tales that the students wrote. They did a fantastic job!


We also focused on Letter Writing! We learned the different parts of a letter and how you should ask some questions first, then tell about yourself. We wrote a letter to Joshua (who was in our class the first 3 weeks of school!) then they got to pick who to write a letter to. We are also learning how to write our own address to prepare for Kid City.


Math - We finished up Chapter 7 with learning how to read graphs. We did some center work on Thursday. We even had some second graders visit our room to take a survey on our class!





Bible - This week we are taking a break from the Old Testament to review some of the stories from Jesus in the New Testament. We are going through the children’s Bible to learn about Jesus’ miracles and teachings. Jesus is amazing! The blind people can see, the people who can’t walk can walk, and people who are dead are raised back to life!


Today 3rd quarter ends! One more quarter to go!


Next Week:
No homework on Tuesday-Friday
No Spelling Words
Bible Memory Verse: The same as last week


Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - Terra Nova Test! Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest these three nights! They can also bring a healthy snack to eat in the morning to help with their brain power. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Report Cards will be sent home on Friday, March 31st


Upcoming Events:
4/3-7: SPRING BREAK - No School
4/14: 12:30 dismissal for students
4/21: 1st and 2nd grade Kid City
4/28: Elementary Field Day
5/4: Progress reports
5/5: Children’s Day - no school
5/29: Memorial Day - no school
6/2: HS graduation

6/9: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! CLASS PARTY (12:30 Dismissal for Students)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Friday News for the Week of March 13-17

This week in 1st grade:


Friday was Culture Fair! The 1st grade students enjoyed going to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms to learn about countries from Africa, South America and Asia. We learned about the food, money, clothing, toys, houses and so much more about the countries. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students did a great job!


















This week we focused on practicing for the Student Led-Conference and finishing our Fairy Tales.


In Math, we are deep in the middle of learning about all different kinds of graphs! Picture graphs, bar graphs, tally charts, oh my! We’ve also done some surveys in our own class and it’s fun to figure out the information we can learn from the different graphs.


In Bible, we are continuing through the stories of David. David has finally become king and he brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. David was so happy he danced before the Lord. There was peace for a while, but David’s son Absalom started to do some not so good things and even declared himself the king. David continued to trust in God and His promises. Finally, Absalom lost and David continued to rule over Israel for 40 years. We will take a break from learning about David and jump to the New Testament for a little while.


For Social Studies, we are starting to learn about the different places of a community in preparation for Kid City. This week we learned about what happens at a Police Station and a Fire Station. We are so thankful for policeman and fireman who keep us safe!


Next Week:
Monday: Student Led Conference - Here's the schedule if you forgot your time. Please try to come 5 minutes early so we can stay on schedule! This is time for your child to share with you about their progress.


Spelling Words (Review): took, food, foot, soon, play, class, fly, glad, pray, dress, trust, frame, smile, stop, sleep, snack, wish, shape, much, child
Bible Memory: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6


Upcoming Events:
3/24: 3rd Quarter Ends
3/27: 4th Quarter Begins
3/29-31: Achievement Testing For these three days, please send an extra healthy snack with your child every day. Example, sembei, fruit, cheese, crackers, etc. Please make sure your child gets enough sleep everyday and make sure they are not late to school, as we will start the test first thing in the morning.
3/31: Report Cards Issued
4/3-7: SPRING BREAK - No School
4/14: 12:30 dismissal for students
4/21: 1st and 2nd grade Kid City
4/28: Elementary Field Day
5/4: Progress reports
5/5: Children’s Day - no school