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Week of September 24

Upcoming Events:

October 8-teacher work day, no school
October 26-1st/2nd grade field trip ( see note going home this week)
November 30-Christmas program


Bible Verse:

The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household, and go to the land I will show you."

Genesis 12:1




Spelling Words:

1.  bed
2.  fed
3.  red
4.  get
5.  let
6.  pet
7.  men
8.  yes
9.  for
10.  as
























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Week of September 17

Sept. 17-teacher work day, no school
Sept. 20-picture day (8:40 am)
Oct. 8-teacher work day, no school




Bible Verse:

The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household, and go to the land I will show you."

Genesis 12:1

*we will practice this for two weeks


Spelling words:

1.  job
2.  God
3.  mom
4.  hop
5.  top
6.  got
7.  hot
8.  fox
9.  a
10.  and

* Test will be Friday.  In addition to these words, there will be 2-3 bonus words for fun.  The focus will be the short "o" sound.





We love our "word work" time!





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Week of September 10

Sept. 17-teacher work day, no school
Oct. 8-teacher work day, no school







Bible Verse:

"I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."
Psalm 119:11

* We will usually practice our verses for 2-3 weeks, and try to say them by ourselves on Fridays.  I let the students say them as they feel comfortable.







Spelling Words:

1.  am
2.  at
3.  cat
4.  can
5.  man
6.  ran
7.  had
8.  has
9.  I
10.  the

*Our spelling test will be on Friday.  The students will be asked to write the word the teacher says on their paper.  The words will be given in a random order, and used in a sentence.  It is most important that your child just tries to write the letters for the beginning and middle sounds at least.  I tell the students, the purpose of this test is so that I know what we need to work on in class.  Please do not let your child stress over spelling tests!









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Week of September 3

Sept. 3- Labor Day holiday, no school
Sept. 17-teacher work day, no school
Oct. 8-teacher work day, no school













Bible Verse:

"I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."
Psalm 119:11
















Spelling Words:

*No new words this week.

















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Week of August 27


Upcoming Events:

September 3-Labor Day holiday,
no school
September 17-teacher work day, no school
October 8-teacher work day, no school






Bible Verse:

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."
  Genesis 1:1













Spelling Words:

*no new spelling words this week


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Week of August 20


Upcoming Events:

August 21-First day of School
August 24-Back to School/Open House
                (6:00-7:30)
September 3-Labor Day holiday, no school
September 17-teacher work day/no school


Bible Verse:

*no memory verse this week


Spelling Words:

*no spelling words this week


















                   Our teacher assistant/Ms. Fox
9-23-18

Dear families,

We had another good week!  We have been making good progress in all areas, and have gotten used to many first grade routines.  We are already in our last week of September!  Thank you for helping your child return homework consistantly, and for reading with your child at home.  Just a reminder, our library day is Monday, so please return books by that day so your child can check out new books.  On weeks when there is a holiday, we will usually have library on Wednesday instead.

The students looked great for picture day on Thursday.  If you did not order photos, you will be able to see the photos in the yearbook at the end of first grade!

Be watching for a field trip note to come home this week, and make plans to attend if you wish!

As mentioned earlier, if you would like to order from the scholastic book order, feel free to do so.  Please order by September 30 at http://world-schools.scholastic.co.uk/okinawa-christian-school-intl.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox





All dressed up for picture day!












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9-17-18

Dear families,

I hope you are enjoying a great "long" weekend, and taking advantage of the wonderful Okinawa weather!

We had another fun week, and the students all helped to make my birthday special!  Thank you!  

This week we will have our pictures taken.  Please remember, even if you choose not to order pictures, the picture which is taken will be used in the yearbook, so all students will be participating.  Please read instructions carefully, and provide the exact amount needed for your purchase.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox




















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9-10-18

Dear families,

We had another great week, as we welcomed two new students to our class!  Welcome Mia and Tadhg to our class!

On Friday you noticed the red T shirts that went home.  If your child ordered a shirt, please have him/her wear the shirt on Fridays!  If you did not order a shirt, any red shirt would be great!  We will be wearing these shirts on field trips as well.

Snack time went well this week.  If your child would like to bring a snack, please make sure it is a healthy snack.  Thank you!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox








Sharing our writing with our friends!






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9-3-18

Dear families,

We had another great week in first grade!  Many students are getting used to the routine of the day, and are learning to follow directions well.  We are welcoming another new student to our class this week!  Welcome Mia!  We now have 20 students in our class!  

This month we will celebrate some birthdays in our class.  If your child has a birthday during the school year, and your would like to have your child bring a treat to share with the class, you are welcome to do so.  Please note that this is absolutely optional.  Either way, we will acknowledge your child's birthday, and try to make his/her day special! (if your child has a summer birthday, we celebrate the last week of school)

As you may have realized, our library day will be different this week, as Monday is a holiday.  We will go to the library on Wednesday instead.  Please make sure all books are returned by Tuesday.

Finally, you may have noticed the note about snacks sent home on Friday.  Please make sure your child's snack is healthy, if you choose to participate.

Have a blessed week!

Mrs. Fox





















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8-27-18                                        

Dear families,

It was great seeing so many of you at Open House on Friday night!  If you were not able to come, make sure and take a look at the materials coming home in your child's folder on Monday.  In addition, let me know if there is another time you would like to stop by to see your child's classroom!

We had a great first week, and the students are already settling into the routine of things.  Please make sure your child has a water bottle each day, as it has been very warm.  Your child needs to remember to return his/her "take home" folder each day, as there is usually homework and other important information for you to read.

On Monday we will begin library time!  Your child will be checking out two books each week.  One book is a "just right book" (one which he/she should read independently, and one will be a "free choice" book (one which you may need to read to your child, or they may choose to look at the pictures only).  Please return all library books on Fridays each week.

Enjoy some photos from our first week!

Blessings,

Mrs. Fox





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Dear families,

Hi!  My name is DeAnne Fox, and I will be your child's teacher this year!  I'm so excited to be back at OCSI for my fifth year, and looking forward to getting to know both your child and you during this school year.  I have been teaching first grade for quite a while, both in Japan and in the States, but it's always fun to start a new year and watch a new group of students grow!

There are a few things you should know as we begin the new school year.  Please make sure your child brings a water bottle to school each day, as it gets quite warm here in Okinawa!  Your child also needs to bring his/her backpack daily.  Please make sure that all items (school supplies, etc.) are clearly labeled with your child's name.  Your child should know if he/she is a bus rider or not.  If for any reason this changes on a particular day, make sure and notify the school as early as possible. 

Finally, please know that all students line up after playtime before going up to their classrooms.  If your child needs help carrying class supplies on the first day, feel free to come up to the classroom.  Please know however, you will have an opportunity to spend more time in our room on August 24th for Open House!

Looking forward to a great first week!

Mrs. Fox

                      Mr. and Mrs. Fox
Literacy Focus:

During our Daily 5 reading time, we have continued to focus on our comprehension skills.  We have talked about the importance of thinking while we read, so we know what the story is about!  This is a hard skill, as many first graders are focused on sounding out words as well!  Make sure to talk with your child about what he/she is reading!

We were so excited that we were able to build our reading stamina this week.  We actually ead for 20 minutes one day!  We will continue to practice this throughout the coming weeks.

In writer's workshop time, we learned about the importance of talking about our ideas, before putting them on paper.  We practiced touching our papers, while telling our stories.





Math Focus:

In math we have continued to practice our addition facts.  This week we will work on ways to make ten.  Please help your child memorize facts to ten as much as possible.  We will be have an end of unit test sometime next week.




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Literacy Focus:

We had a lot of fun learning about "working on writing," as we started using our response notebooks to write about connections from books we have been reading.  We also shared with each other by "turning and talking" to our friends about our connections (what a story reminded us of).  Finally, we were really excited to start our "Word Work" time, as part of our spelling.  We practiced making our spelling words using lots of different types of letters. (blocks, magnets, whiteboards, etc.)

Writing in our response notebooks!





Practicing our "turn and talk."












Math Focus:

In math we learned about ways to make 4,5, 6, 7, and 8.  We learned about how different combinations of numbers can still make the same number, and practiced doing it with linking cubes.  



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Literacy Focus:

In reading this week, we continued learning about the Daily 5, and focused on Read to Self, and Read to Someone.  We learned about making predictions, in order to help our comprehension skills.  This week we will begin learning and practicing our "work on writing" as we write responses to our stories.  We will also be introduced to "word work" as we make our spelling words with fun objects!


"Read to Someone" time


Math Focus:

In math we will continue working on our addition skills.  We learned a fun number hop counting game this week, as we practiced counting up.  We are continuing to work on practicing our number formation.  You may want to practice this at home as well.




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Literacy Focus:

This week in our class we will continue to practice our "Read to Self."  We will also practice "Read to Someone" which we started last week.  The students had so much fun reading with a partner, and are beginning to learn how to "check for comprehension."  We have been talking a lot about the importance of thinking while you read, so you know what you are reading about!  This is actually hard for many first graders, so we will spend much time focusing on comprehension this year.





We have started "Writer's Workshop" time, and have had fun learning about personal narratives.  We have even had a time to share our stories, and sit in the author's chair!




Math Focus:

This past week in math we worked on number formation, as well as learning about adding numbers.  We talked about the terms part and whole, as we put numbers together to make larger groups.  This coming week, we will continue to do much of the same, focusing on adding.




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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue learning about our Daily 5 program.  We will be focusing on learning how to choose "Just Right" books.  These are books that are not too hard, and yet not too easy.  These are books which your child should be able to read independently.  We will continue practicing building our stamina, as we "read to ourselves."

In Writer's Workshop time, we will begin learning about writing personal narratives.  We will focus on writing stories which are true, and happened to us.





Math Focus:

In math we will be doing some assessment to determine student levels.  We will begin with some basic addition skills with a focus on using the words "part" and "whole" when talking about a group of numbers.  Please make sure to check your child's folder each night for homework.






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Literacy Focus:

This week we will be introduced to the Daily 5, (read to self, work on writing, word work, read to someone, and listen to reading), with an emphasis on learning to build stamina when reading to self.  We will talk about what kinds of books we like to read, and begin learning some simple strategies to use when beginning to read.










Math Focus:

In math we will begin by reviewing our counting skills, and practice writing numbers.  We will practice counting on as we prepare to move into simple addition.