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


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Friday News for the Week of March 6-10

Happy Friday!


This week:


We continued reading famous Folk Tales/ Fairy Tales such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, 3 Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and the Magic Wish. The students were enjoying all the read-alouds this week. After we read the famous Fairy Tale, I read a “Fractured Fairy Tale” where the story is a little different but the same base fairy tale. The students enjoyed those as well! Some fun ones were Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, Three Ninja Pigs, and Ninja Red Riding Hood.


The students are continuing to write their own Fairy Tale. The students are so creative! We are learning that the process to write a story is difficult and takes a long time. I can’t wait until the students see their final work!

In Spelling we did a spinner game with s blends!











In Math, we started Chapter 7 which is all about graphs! We learned that a survey is a way to find data by asking the same question to different people. We learned that data is the information we collect from a survey. We also learned about a tally chart and how to make a table. These students are quickly becoming mathematicians!

In Bible, the students are learning that God always keeps his promises. Saul who was a good king at first, later turned not-so-good and stopped trusting in God. He died in a battle against the Philistines and now finally, David can be king! God picked David when he was young because God saw his heart, because “The Lord looks not at what men do. Men look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7


Student-Led Conference: The students are working hard on their Student-Led Conference Portfolios. They have filled it with work from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarter and they are excited to show you! Did you receive the invitation to the conferences? March 20th, there is no school, instead, you are invited to come at the time listed to listen to you child share about their progress!


Math Books: We finished our first math book! The students will be bringing it home today. Feel free to look through it to see what we’ve done! There are also some extra pages that you can rip out to do with your child. If you don’t need the math book and want to recycle it, feel free to send it back to school and we’ll add it to the school’s recycling! :)







Next Week:
Spelling Words: wish  child  she  push  shape  check shell  much  fish  chips  been  now
Bible Memory: “The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving towards all he has made.” Psalm 145:13


MONDAY - NO SCHOOL! OCSI HOLIDAY!


3/17: Culture Fair (K-2nd students will listen to the 3-5gr students explain their country reports!)


Upcoming Events:
3/20: Elementary Student-Led Conferences (Please send the form back to school this week to let me know if you can come or not!)
3/24: 3rd Quarter Ends
3/27: 4th Quarter Begins
3/29-31: Achievement Testing (grades 1-8)
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, Jr/Sr Banquet
5/4: Progress reports
5/5: Children’s Day - no school

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Friday News for the Week of Feb 27- Mar 3

Hello everyone! Happy Girls Day!

This Week:
Reading: Our focus was “Fairy Tales.” These stories are super fun to read!
This week we read, Rumpelstiltskin, The Princess and the Pea, 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, 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: This week we started writing our own Fairy Tale! We used a graphic organizer to write down some ideas we have including good and bad characters, setting, magic, problem, solution, and beginning, middle, and end! The students are so creative with their stories! I can’t wait until they are finished!


Math: We are flying through Chapter 6 which is about double digit addition. The students are working so hard at double digit addition especially at understanding the place value of the 10’s. We are adding and subtracting by 10’s as well as we even tried double digit addition with regrouping.


Bible: We are finally introduced to our favorite Bible character of David! Saul disobeyed God and will not be king for very long. Instead God chooses David to be king. David is just a young shepherd guy but God sees his heart and chooses him. One of David’s most impressive thing is his battle with the giant Goliath. With God on his side, David fought a 9ft tall giant with only 5 stones and a slingshot. David also played the harp and wrote many of the Psalms that can be found in the Bible, including our Bible verse this week! On Thursday the students got to fight Goliath with pompoms and spoons!



Thursday was Dr. Seuss’ birthday! We celebrated by reading The Cat in the Hat and doing a Cat in the Hat 100’s grid coloring challenge. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


Next Week:


Spelling Words: star, scat, sleep, skate, space, spell, smile, snack, swim, stop, could its


Bible Memory Verse: “Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b


Upcoming Events:
3/13: OCSI Holiday - No School
3/17: Culture Fair (K-2nd students will listen to the 3-5gr students explain their country reports!)
3/20: Elementary Student-Led Conferences
3/24: 3rd Quarter Ends
3/27: 4th Quarter Begins
3/29-31: Achievement Testing (grades 1-8)
3/31: Report Cards Issued

4/3-7: SPRING BREAK - No School

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday News for the Week of Feb 21-24

Happy Friday!


This Week:
Reading: We focused on Fables. Fables are stories where usually animals are the characters and they can teach us a lesson. We read some fun ones this week including The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Stork, The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Mouse and the Lion, The Ugly Duckling, and The North Wind and the Sun. The students did a great job thinking of the lesson that we can learn from those stories. Next week we will focus on fairy tales!



Math: This week we worked up to trying double digit addition. We first focused on understanding adding double digits by using our base 10 blocks.

Then when we were comfortable with that, we learned that normal way of adding. The students are doing so well understanding double digit addition! I hope they get quicker and smoother at addition! We also did a fun problem solving lesson on Thursday with a question like this. That was challenging but fun!



Maya’s family also let us borrow their tangrams sort of shapes. We used it for math time and for our Fun Friday today!



Bible: This week we continued to follow the Israelites through their ups and downs. We learned that Samuel was a good judge and prophet of God, but the people continued to disobey God. As a result, the Philistines were attacking them and were winning so the Israelites decided to bring the Ark of the Covenant into the battle. The Philistines captured the Ark and placed it in their temple of Dagon, an idol. In the morning, the idol Dagon had fallen on the ground! The Philistines picked it back up but then the next day, Dagon had fallen on the ground AND the arms and head had fallen off. The Philistines knew how powerful the real God was so they got scared and sent the Arc back to the Israelites. No idol  can stand before our God! In today’s story, the Israelites look at their neighboring country and want a human king! But wait! They have God as their king. They will soon reject God as king and God will allow them to have some good kings and some very bad kings.


Social Studies: We have been learning about the 3 different types of communities: Urban (like a city), suburban (like a neighborhood), and rural (like farms and open land). We are having a fun time to try to figure out what kind of community we live in.


Next Week:
Spelling Words: frame, green, brown, dry, prize, trust, dress, crops, trees, pray, from, two
Bible Verse: “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not be in want.” Psalm 21:1


Library Books: Please make sure the students bring their library books on TUESDAY!!!


Scholastic Book Orders: They were sent home today. If you’d like to order, you can do so online or send in US dollars with the form. The deadline will be March 10th to order.


Upcoming Events:
3/3 Parent Seminar regarding ADAD. Sera En across from OCSI. 6:45-8:00pm. English and Japanese
3/13: OCSI Holiday - No School
3/20: Elementary Student-Led Conferences
3/24: 3rd Quarter Ends
3/27: 4th Quarter Begins
3/29-31: Achievement Testing (grades 1-8)
3/31: Report Cards Issued
4/3-7: SPRING BREAK - No School

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday News for the week of February 13-17

Happy Friday!


This week was a little bit different because for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we had Kid’s Club in the morning. We learned that God’s love helps us to stand strong, prayer helps us to stand strong, and trusting God helps us to stand strong. The students sang songs, did crafts, and played games. This was all a part of the High School Service Week, where the High Schoolers lead the students in these activities. It was a great week all around!


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This week we also had a special presentation by real life Kung Fu Masters! They came and showed us some Kung Fu and Taichi and also taught us! Enjoy the videos:










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For the rest of the week, we learned…
How to retell a story (a very important skill!)
Fun Valentine puns

Some fun idioms
How to add 10’s
About the birth of Samuel and how God called Samuel
About transportation and construction in a community
Adjectives
Decorating a heart to write adjectives describing the heart



We took…
A Chapter 5 Math Test
A Chapter 1-4 Benchmark Test
A Spelling Test
A Bible Memory Test
AR Book quiz on our Library book


Next Week:


NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY!!!
Feb 21 - Progress Reports emailed home


Spelling Words: play close blue glad flags plate class black fly bless some these
Bible Memory Verse: “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6


Upcoming Events:
2/21: Progress Reports
3/13: OCSI Holiday - No School
3/20: Elementary Student-Led Conferences
3/24: 3rd Quarter Ends
3/27: 4th Quarter Begins
3/29-31: Achievement Testing (grades 1-8)
3/31: Report Cards Issued
4/3-7: SPRING BREAK - No School