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FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS, A BLESSED, JOYOUS, RESTFUL AND PEACE-FILLED 
C H R I S T M A S !

                            
         My husband and I, my daughters and their spouses and our newest addition!!!



CHRISTMAS IS SPECIAL 

 A quick visit at the office to view the Christmas decorations the office ladies had set up for all to see!


Our class Christmas picture


Children keeping their hands to themselves as they viewed the manger and other decorations!
What self control they had to have stayed so calm as we made this short visit! 

Pre-K4 Class 2017-18

FUN OUTDOORS AND INDOORS THROUGH PLAY

OUTDOOR PLAY TIME

Children may play briefly with a teacher from time to time, but our priority is to be watchful over your children while they play so they have fun and are safe! So if you need to talk to us but we are on duty, kindly wait until the teacher is available,  unless it is a very urgent matter.  Better still,  make an appointment to meet with us after school when you come to get your chidlren from the classroom.  Thank you so much for your support!


We welcome a new girl in class this week-Lillia! 
She is getting into the class routine and making new friends. 
Please help us welcome her and her family to our Pre-K4 team!



 A time for 
creative play
  fun time of interactions/effective communication
 to release their energy/frustrations,inspirations
large motor skills development 
stimulate creative and critical thinking
 and just be themselves!

  

  


  




 

                                 Individual or group play, children have fun in the playground!


  


Our swings are very popular among the children!! They even patiently count to 20 in order to get their turn in a line of waiting students! They do quite well taking their fair turns!



  We have another new girl in class and she is getting to know a few of the children in class each day! Let`s welcome her and her family to our Pre-K4 team!
                                                      
                                                                   INDOOR PLAY



               
  Children have fun expressing their creative and critical thinking using classroom toys
                                                                       
  
                                                 role playing

             
                                      creating shape structures

  
                                    big blocks for construction
 

  
                                       foam blocks for towers

 
                                     more  spontaneous role playing

  
             fool around a little bit as we think of more shapes to build

                                         foam blocks for towers

   
                    connecting tubes to make pretend snake friends

     
                                     collaborative puzzle solving          


dress up corner fun moments


The girls involving our new friend during indoor play time!

LANGUAGE ARTS/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES/BIBLE

We are in the second quarter and for December, our emphasis was on the WINTER season and CHRISTMAS!  We are preparing for our CHRISTMAS activities and working hard to make projects for this time of the year!




For Mathematics,  we are continuing practicing one-to-one correspondence counting,  recognising and randomly naming numbers 1-13.  Mrs. Rulida has been on top of heading activities to sharpen their understanding of these numerals. 


For BIBLE, we covered the life of Jesus, from His birth normally celebrated at CHRISTMAS time until the three wise men found him and offered gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, gifts only fit for a king!
They are also learning Christmas songs for their own retention of the true Christmas story based on the Bible, God`s Word, and also in preparation for the CHRISTMAS program on the 15th of this month!

In Music class, Mrs. Reasoner has been concentrating on getting the children learn the lyrics and melodies of various songs for the program. 

In Physical Education class, children have been enjoying practicing skipping and galloping through various activities led by Mr. Meredith, their P.E. teacher. 

Mrs. Meredith has been coming during Library class days, to read Christmas and winter story books to the children and also bring several books for individual free-choice reading times. 

For Language ArtsSocial Studies, we learned about proper behaviour when practicing and when on stage to perform before an audience.  
We are still to cover more of winter season as it comes around and also about different jobs that people do. And also proper attire during winter season! 

For Language ArtsScience, we are still observing some of the thing that the children are curious about-how to keep plant cuttings alive in water, examining shells, corals, rocks and different surfaces of things-smooth and rough! 
We will also discover more about winter happenings-snow, staying healthy and personal experiences about winter season after the December break!

     
                                           
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IMPORTANT MATTERS 

1. It is important that your child wears his/her name tag to school everyday!  
When they get lost, please purchase a new one immediately or I can help you purchase that for you, just let me know, or I can write you a note  

2. Book bags/back packs needed everyday! Wear socks to school everyday-children will not be allowed to play in the play ground with out socks on. 
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3.  Regular class attendance is very important-a healthy habit that is great to develop at this young age.  When late to school, ( later than 8:30 AM ), please go to the office to get a late slip before going to the classroom. In times of absence, please call the office to inform us and the reason behind it. 

4 . Sickness-child should stay home when he or she has a fever of 37.5 degrees C or 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit or higher; hard and continuous coughing, runny nose.

5. School lunch- child has to eat at least one bite of each item in the school lunch menu.  

6.  Behaviour Management-please read these from the web site when you can so you know of our expectations. 

7.  Academic  Conferences-attendance highly requested-20 minutes

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE TWO IMPORTANT  ACADEMIC CONFERENCES! 
November 3- Parent-Teacher Conferences for first quarter 
March 21- Student-led Conferences for third quarter

7. Have a regular study time at home-at least fifteen minutes daily (practice conversational English for second language learners, play educational games, read story books to your children, draw pictures, make arts and craft projects,  learn to recognize upper and lower case alphabet letters, practice name writing correctly, watch an educational video, etc.)

8. Parents are invited to most of our field activities-please try to come as much as possible! Children`s permission slips will be sent home most of the times, and need to be signed by parents or guardians then sent back to the teacher as soon as possible.


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Our ON LINE STUDENT INFORMATION -PHILOSOPHY, POLICIES, etc. was made for you to read thoroughly so you will be familiar with:

-the  kindergarten philosophy
-how these apply to our teachings
-the different programs we offer in this department
-holidays
-progress and report cards
-summer school requirement (mostly for Japanese)
-after school program-limited number of students
-typhoon procedures
-parent teacher conferences
-parent Involvement
-office policies on enrolment, tuition, withdrawal, visitors,
 health requirements
-main school events-Fall Walkathon and Spring Bazaar
-class rules, safety regulations  and policies-food, 
 attendance, name tags, 
school preparedness, nap time, 
 clothing, behaviour management, use 
of language, school hours
-other procedures-drop off and pick up, bus riding, special arrangements
-supply list

                KINDERGARTEN STUDENT HANDBOOK- A USEFUL TOOL 
                                          ( visit our school`s website )

- type in Okinawa Christian School International
- click on Student Hand Book 
- and click on places where kindergarten informations are listed. 
            
Also, OCSI is on Facebook, so please visit this social media and look for fun things about OCSI activities, accomplishments, schedules and your children`s pictures from time to time!  
            
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SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR PRE-K4 PARENTS FOR YOUR SNACK DONATIONS TO  THE Pre-K4 and KG. MINISTRY TO THE ELDERLY IN THE YOMITAN NO SATO (HOME FOR THE ELDERLY)!  

There were smiles on many of the elderly faces, enjoying the songs, the warm hand shakes and hugs from the children and the teachers. and the gift givings.  We were surely blessed to be part of their day!  We thank God for the opportunity we had to love on these residents at this time of the year!  



                                                                                               

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Our students collaborated as they worked on decorating their tables for the CHRISTMAS PARTY!  They had great ideas, cutting, coloring, gluing and drawing pictures of different sorts.  Thank you class for your big help in getting our classroom ready for December birthdays, especially of Jesus Christ, the reason for CHRISTMAS





 THANK YOU SO MUCH PRE-K4 PARENTS FOR COMING OUT AND SUPPORTING YOUR CHILDREN AS THEY PRESENTED THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS THROUGH SINGING! 

What wonderful time in their lives to know what true CHRISTmas is about and we pray, they will remember and grow with this message in their hearts forever.   


               CHRISTMAS PARTY A HUGE SUCCESS, THANKS TO YOU, PARENTS!

We TRULY appreciate our well celebrated  CHRISTMAS party complete with your donations of yummy food and wonderful fellowship!  Thank you also for reaching out to one another especially at this time of the year! 

We had 100% parents` attendance...HOORAY TO YOU, PRE-K4 CLASS.  YOU GUYS ROCK AND I THANK GOD FOR EACH ONE OF YOU!!!


      

Thank you, too, for joining in the celebration of our two December students, Rumi and Kai! 





                           


       Pre K4 and Pre-K3 classes practicing for the Christmas Program coming up in December 15, Friday (1/2 day of school day of school, 12:30 dismissal!). 

              This will be led by our Music teacher, Mrs. Linda Reasoner!



                                              One of our December memory verses!


                                   SEE YOU ALL IN JANUARY, THE 4th, 2018!!            


                                                    NEW STUDENTS IN JANUARY

We are excited to have three boys come to our pre-K4 class starting in January, two on the 4th and one on the 16th!  They are Jacob, Matthew and Kyozo!  However, we were sad to see Mari leave our school.  But we all know, God has great plans for her in her new school. 

Again, when you see these new faces when you return to school in 2018, please make them feel welcomed as you always do!  Thank you for your continuing support.  


PLEASE SPEND PLENTY OF TIME resting, relaxing, recreating, as well as exploring something new wherever you may be during this vacation time!  Be safe and know that you will all be in my prayers! 


SEE YOU IN 2018, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14TH, AND KNOW YOU WILL ALL BE ON OUR PRAYERS! GOD`S BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL! 


                                     


               
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