Welcome to Mrs. Fox's 1.2 Website!

Upcoming Events:

May 28-Memorial day holiday/no school

June 13-half day; last day of school (end of year party, more details to come)







Bible Verse:

"Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever, wisdom and power are his."

Daniel 2:20






Spelling Words:

This week will be a review of our last six weeks.  Please refer to the paper going home on Monday.  We will be finishing up our spelling book this week!  For the last two weeks, we will be spending time reviewing important spelling patterns and letter sounds.





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Upcoming Events:

May 17-field trip to zoo and wonder museum (9am-1:40)

May 28-Memorial day holiday/no school

Bible Verse:

"The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.  The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down."

Psalm 145:13-14

(review from last week)

Spelling Words:

NO new spelling words this week.
We will be reviewing doubling the consonant and dropping the e, in ed and ing endings.  We will also be reviewing compound words.












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Upcoming Events:

May 17-field trip to zoo and wonder museum (make plans now to attend!)

May 28-Memorial day holiday-no school



Bible Verse:

"The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.  The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down."

Psalm 145:13, 14


Spelling Words:

1.  beehive
2.  airplane
3.  football
4.  into
5.  homework
6.  birthday
7.  bookmark
8.  firefly
9.  wildlife
10.  rainbow
11.  any
12.  number
13.  know


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Upcoming Events:


May 4-Children's day-no school

May 17-field trip to zoo and Wonder museum (NOTE:DATE CHANGE); please come!

May 28-Memorial day holiday-no school


Bible Verse:

" The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made."

Psalm 145:13

Spelling Words:

1.  played
2.  worked
3.  needed
4.  hopped
5.  wagged
6.  stepped
7.  liked
8.  hoped
9.  ruled
10.  skated
11.  their
12.  than
13.  there







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Upcoming Events:

April 27- field day (AM sporting events/PM picnic; all welcome to attend)

May 4 -Children's day-no school

May 10-field trip to zoo and Wonder Museum (please come!)






Bible 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




Spelling Words:

1.  hops
2.  hopping
3.  stops
4.  stopping
5.  hopes
6.  hoping
7.  makes
8.  making
9.  smiles
10.  smiling
11.  right
12.  new
13.  our









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Upcoming Events:

April 20-Kid City  (12:30-3:00)
April 27- field day (am sporting events/pm picnic and play time)
May 4-Children's day/no school







Bible 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





Spelling Words:

1.  hurt
2.  verse
3.  fern
4.  dirt
5.  burn
6.  first
7.  bird
8.  turn
9.  her
10.  girl
11.  great
12.  again
13.  who


       Word work!







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Upcoming Events:

April 20-Kid City (12:45-2:45; parents welcome to come and help!)
April 27-field day (all day)







Bible 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

(we will practice this over the next few weeks)








Spelling Words:

1.  Lord
2.  start
3.  sort
4.  horse
5.  far
6.  chore
7.  more
8.  hard
9.  part
10.  jar
11.  an
12.  were
13.  his





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Upcoming Events:

April 2-6-Spring break
April 20-Kid City (12:45-2:45; parents welcome)



Bible Verse:


Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life.  The one who believes in me will live, even though they die."

John 11:25



Spelling Words:

1.  that
2.  what
3.  this
4.  with
5.  which
6.  then
7.  when
8.  white
9.  where
10.  path
11.  put
12.  each
13.  down

Practicing for conferences!




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Upcoming Events:

March 20/21-student led conferences
March 21-Flea Market
April 2-6-Spring break



Bible Verse:

"For he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters."

Psalm 24:2

*review from last two weeks

Spelling Words:

*This week will be a review from the last 5 weeks.  Please see note going home on Monday.




Upcoming Events:

March 20-21-student led conferences
March 21-Flea Market
April 2-6-Spring break






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Bible Verse:

"For he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters."

Psalm 24:2 (also reviewing last week's verse)





Spelling Words:

1.  wish
2.  child
3.  she
4.  push
5.  shape
6.  check
7.  shell
8.  much
9.  fish
10.  chips
11.  been
12.  now









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Upcoming Events:

March 20/21-student led conferences (be watching for pink sheet for specific times)
April 2-6-Spring break



Bible Verse:

"The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it."

Psalm 24:1

Spelling Words:

1.  star
2.  scat
3.  sleep
4.  skate
5.  space
6.  spell
7.  smile
8.  snack 
9.  swim
10.  could
11.  its




















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Upcoming Events:

February 26-March 2- Reading Week events/activities ( see note that went home in backpacks for specifics)

March 20/21-Student led conferences



Bible Verse:

"Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him, while he is near."

Isaiah 55:6


Spelling Words:

1.  frame
2.  green
3.  brown
4.  dry
5.  prize
6.  trust
7.  dress
8.  crops
9.  trees
10.  pray
11.  from
12.  two







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Upcoming Events:


February 26-March 2- Reading Week (see note for specifics)






Bible Verse:

"Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him, while he is near."

Isaiah 55:6







Spelling Words:

1.  play
2.  close
3.  blue
4.  glad
5.  flags
6.  plate
7.  class
8.  black
9.  fly
10.  bless
11.  some
12.  these 




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Upcoming Events:

February 14-Valentine's day party
February 13-15-Kid's Club activities
February 19-President's Day, no school
February 26-March 2-Reading week!









Bible Verse:

*no new verse due to Bible club activities









Spelling Words:

1.  soon
2.  good
3.  look
4.  took
5.  food
6.  book
7.  zoo
8.  foot
9.  cool
10.  noon
11.  many
12.  he






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Upcoming Events:

February 9-100th day of school celebration
February 14-Valentine's day party
February 13-15-Kid's Club activities
February 19-President's Day, no school





Bible Verse:

"I love you o Lord, my strength."

Psalm 18:1








Spelling Words:

This is a review week.  Please refer to the last 5 week's word lists ( see note sent home on Monday ).  There will be 12 words from the previous weeks.




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Upcoming Events:


February 1-report cards issued
February 9-100 days of school celebration (in classroom)
February 14-Valentine's day party
February 13-15-Kids' Club activities (put on by our high school)
February 19-President's day, no school







Bible Verse:

"I love you, O Lord, my strength."

Psalm 18:1












Spelling Words:

1.  be
2.  me
3.  we
4.  see
5.  seed
6.  feel
7.  meat
8.  meet
9.  weak
10.  week
11.  come
12.  other





Making groups of ten with blocks.




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Upcoming Events:

January 26-Teacher work day, no school (second quarter ends)
February 19-President's day, no school






Bible Verse:

"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Joshua 24:15







Spelling Words:

1.  by
2.  my
3.  ride
4.  bike
5.  like
6.  time
7.  nine
8.  dive
9.  find
10.  kind
11.  them
12.  would









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Upcoming Events:

January 15-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday; No school
January 26-Teacher work day, no school (second quarter ends)






Bible Verse:

" As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Joshua 24:15





Spelling Words:

1. go
2. no
3. so
4. boat
5. coat
6. rode
7. home
8. hope
9. old
10. told
11. give
12. said



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Upcoming Events:

January 8-Kite Day/parent visit day (8:50-9:20/9:30-10:30)
January 15-Martin Luther King Holiday;no school



Bible Verse:

"The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.  He is my God and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him."

Exodus 15:2  (this is a review verse from earlier in the school year)


Spelling Words:

1.  ate
2.  late
3.  made
4.  cake
5.  came
6.  name
7.  rain
8.  sail
9.  day
10.  may
11.  out
12.  more








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Upcoming Events:

January 4- School resumes
January 8-Kite day/parent visit day (8:50-9:20/9:30-10:30)
January 15-Martin Luther King Holiday; no school





Bible Verse:

*review week, no new verse







Spelling Words:

1. ate
2. late
3. made
4. cake
5. came
6. name
7. rain
8. sail
9. day
10. may
11. out
12. more

* NO spelling test until next Friday!



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Upcoming Events:

December 15-Classroom Christmas party 11:00-12:30;
early dismissal (12:30)

Dec. 16-Jan. 3-No school; Christmas vacation

Bible Verse:

"For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."

Psalm 100:5

Spelling Words:

1. boy
2. boys
3. tent
4. tents
5. dog
6. dogs
7. box
8. boxes
9. about
10. how





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Upcoming Events:

December 6-Christmas Program, 6pm; 12:30 dismissal

December 15-12:30 dismissal, classroom potluck Christmas party (NO school lunch)

December 16-January 3-No School; Christmas Vacation

Bible Verse:

"For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."

Psalm 100:5

*due next Thursday, December 14

Spelling Words:

1.  boy
2.  boys
3.  tent
4.  tents
5.  dog
6.  dogs
7.  box
8.  boxes
9.  about
10.  how

*test will be on December 14

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Upcoming Events:

December 6-Christmas Program, 6pm; 12:30 dismissal

December15-1/2 day, classroom potluck Christmas party

December 16-January 3-No School; Christmas Vacation

Bible Verse:

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.  Give thanks to him and praise his name."

Psalm 100: 4


Spelling Words:

* This week will be a review of the last 5 weeks.  Please refer to the sheet going home on Monday for the list of words.


       
Using our chunks charts!






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Upcoming Events:

November 21-Harvest Day 
(morning activities)
November 22-24-Thanksgiving holiday
December 6-Half Day/ Christmas Program 6pm



Bible Verse:

"Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture."

Psalm 100:3

Spelling Words:

1.  ball
2.  call
3.  fall
4.  hall
5.  mall
6.  tall
7.  talk
8.  walk
9.  your
10.  do

* Please note, test will be on Monday!





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Upcoming Events:

November 11-OCSI Walkathon/Holiday Market
November 13-OCSI holiday, no school
November 21 -Harvest Day (more info to come)
November 22-24- No school, Thanksgiving holiday
December 6-Half day/ Christmas program 6pm


Bible Verse:

"Shout to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness;  come before him with joyful songs."

Psalm 100:1-2


Spelling Words:

1.  hang
2.  king
3.  ring
4.  long
5.  sung
6.  sink
7.  wink
8.  bunk
9.  on
10.  but






Scooping out the seeds!









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Upcoming Events:

November 3-parent teacher conferences
November 11-OCSI Walkathon/Holiday Market
November 13-OCSI Holiday, no school





Bible Verse:

"Shout to the Lord, all the earth."

Psalm 100:1






Spelling Words:

1. end
2. must
3. went
4. jump
5. fast
6. sent
7. hand
8. lamp
9. they
10. one









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Upcoming Events:

November 3-parent /teacher conferences
November 11-OCSI Walkathon/Holiday Market
November 13-OCSI Holiday, no school



Bible Verse:

"I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land."

Genesis 28:15

(review from last week)


Spelling Words:

1.  duck
2.  back
3.  neck
4.  sick
5.  sock
6.  pick
7.  kick
8.  rock
9.  or
10.  have





We loved our applesauce!








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Upcoming Events:

November 3-parent/teacher conferences
November 11-OCSI Walkathon/Holiday Market
November 13-OCSI holiday, no school



Bible Verse:

" I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land."

Genesis 28:15


Spelling Words:

1.  add
2.  puff
3.  egg
4.  well
5.  will
6.  doll
7.  kiss
8.  miss
9.  you
10.  live



  Making words on the ipad!





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Upcoming Events:

October 9-No School, Teacher work day
November 3-parent/teacher conferences
November 11-Walkathon/Holiday Market
November 13-OCSI holiday, 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



Spelling Words:

This week will be a review week.  We will have 10 words from the last 5 weeks. (two from each week) Please have your child  review all the words from the last weeks in order to be ready.

 


  Planning story "with hands"








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Upcoming Events:

October 9- No School, Teacher work day
November 3-parent/teacher conferences
November 11-Walkathon





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. in
2. it
3. is
4. did
5. big
6. him
7. rip
8. fix
9. was
10. of 











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Upcoming Events:

September 29-Toguchi Field Trip






Bible Verse:

"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."

Genesis 8:22








Spelling Words:

1. up
2. us
3. mud
4. bug
5. fun
6. run
7. sun
8. cut
9. to
10. are



We are writing lots of stories!







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Upcoming Events:

September 22-Progress Reports
                     Scholastic book orders due
September 29-Toguchi beach field trip


Bible Verse:

"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."

Genesis 8:22

* We will work on this verse for two weeks.

Spelling Words:

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



            Author's chair


   Writing a "connection."










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Upcoming Events:

September 18-Staff Work Day, No School
September 29-Field Trip to Toguchi Beach



Bible Verse:

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

Psalm 119:11

*Due to the short week, we will review this verse.


Spelling Words:

1.  job
2.  God
3.  mom
4.  hop
5.  top
6.  got
7.  not
8.  fox
9.  a
10.  and

    Choosing a "Just Right" book



              Math game














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Upcoming Events:

September 18-Staff Work Day, No School
September 29-Field Trip to Toguchi Beach





Bible Verse:

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

Psalm 119:11




Spelling:

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.  Students will be asked to write (spell) the words I say.  The words will not be in this order.



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Upcoming Events:

September 1-Open House 6pm
September 4-Labor Day Holiday, No School
September 18-Staff Work Day, No School







Bible Verse:

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

Genesis 1:1  (review from last week)










Spelling Words:

* We are continuing to review letter sounds and formation learned in Kindergarten. No regular spelling tests yet.























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Upcoming Events:

August 22- First day of school!
September 1- Open House 6pm
September 4- Labor Day Holiday, No School
September 18- Staff Work Day/No School









Bible Verse:

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

Genesis 1:1







Spelling Words:

* We will not begin spelling words/test for a few weeks, but will spend our time reviewing letter sounds we learned in Kindergarten.









Week of 5-21-18

Dear families,

What a great time we had at the zoo!  Thank you SO much for all of your help.  We couldn't have done it without you! Please save June 13th on your calendar as our end of year party! The students are getting excited for the end of first grade, but let's help them finish strong, by continuing to work hard!

Don't forget, next Monday is an American holiday.  I hope you are able to enjoy a "long weekend".

Mrs. Fox







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Week of 5-14-18

Dear families,

I hope you all had a great Mother's day weekend.  This week will be a fun week as we prepare for our field trip to the zoo.  I am excited that many of you will be able to come.  Please make sure and carefully read the note that went home on Saturday.  If you choose to go directly to the zoo, or take your child home with you from the zoo, please let me know.  We will be entering the zoo at 9:30 as a group.

Let's pray for great weather!

See you at the zoo,

Mrs. Fox

















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Week of 5-7-18

Dear families,

Can you believe it is May?  Wow!  This school year will soon be coming to an end.  This means it is soon time for our end of the year field trip!  We will be going to the zoo.  If you have not done so already, please make sure and read the note with information that went home in your child's take home folder on Monday.  There you will find all the information you need about the trip.  Don't forget to make sure and sign the permission form!

Next Sunday we celebrate Mother's day!  I want to take this time to thank all of you moms for supporting our class and your child!  I hope you have a great week ahead.

Mrs. Fox



P.S.  Don't forget!  Final book orders due the end of this week.  Go to http://world-schools.scholastic.co.uk/okinawa-christian-school-intl if you want to order any books for the summer!




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Week of 4-30-18

Dear families,

Once again I want to thank you so much for coming to our field day/picnic!  The students all had a great time and did a wonderful job.  They were such good sports and seemed to really have fun!

Thanks also to each of you for making teacher appreciation week so special!  I am super blessed to be your child's teacher, and I want to thank you for your gifts, notes, lunch, and kind words! 

As you may have noticed, we had to have a date change for our Zoo field trip.  I hope many of you can come.  This is a special event for the students, and an "end of school year" field trip. The children always have a great time!

Have a blessed week!

Mrs. Fox














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Week of 4-23-18

Dear families,

Thank you all for helping to make Kid City such a success!  I really appreciated your help, and I know the students had fun!  It was great to see them put into practice all we have been learning.  If you were not able to attend this year, please note, it happens again in second grade, with different activities for your child!

This week we are preparing for field day on Friday.  Again, I hope you are able to come, and cheer on the students as they participate in a variety of games.  If you are only able to come to part of it, that is completely fine.  In the afternoon, we will have an all elementary picnic down at the park.  ALL students must bring a picnic lunch on Friday!  After the picnic, if you choose to have your child go home early with you, please make sure and let me know!  Thank you.

Hope to see you Friday!

Mrs. Fox





            We loved Kid City!














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Week of 4-16-18

Dear families,

We had another great week in first grade.  During the first part of the week we had a lot of students absent, but we are thankful everyone is back safely from illnesses and trips!

I hope you all had a chance to look at your child's report card sent out last week.  If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  I am proud of each student and the progress they are making!  Please make sure and sigh and return the blue envelope this week if you have not done so already.

This week is KID CITY!  Thanks to those of you who signed up to help.  If you cannot help, but just want to come and observe for a little bit, that is fine, too.  Please come directly to the gym, after signing in at the main office.  We are going to have a great time learning about  communities.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox




Practicing for Kid City (shopping)!




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Week of 4-9-18

Dear families,

I hope you all had a blessed Easter and a wonderful spring break!  We are down to the last quarter of first grade.  It has been so exciting to see all the growth your children have made this year.

We are preparing for Kid City coming up on April 20.  Please be watching for notes coming home with specific information on how you can help out with this fun event!  In addition, mark your calendars for field day on April 27. The sport activities will be in the morning and we will have a picnic in the afternoon.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox




            Easter graphing fun!






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Week of 3-26-18

Dear families,

It was great to see all of you at conferences last week!  I know the students really enjoyed showing you all their wonderful work.

We are getting ready for spring break.  I hope you all have a restful and wonderful time as you celebrate Easter.  If your family doesn't usually celebrate Easter, feel free to check out any of the churches listed on our school's website!  Many churches will be having special Easter services on Sunday.

When we come back from break, we will be getting ready for Kid City.  Please refer to the note which went home on Friday, and plan now to attend.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox


Taking surveys in math class










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Week of 3-19-18

Dear families,

Last week was a busy week for the OCSI staff as we had an accreditation team from the States come to look at our school.  The  team was pleased with the progress OCSI has made in many ways, including how your children are such great students!

You will have the opportunity to see your child's growth first hand this week, as you attend our student led conferences.  Please make sure and refer to your pink sheet for your time, and remember, your child MUST attend, as he/she will be leading the conference.

I wanted to remind you, if you want to order books from Scholastic, the deadline is this Saturday.  Let me know if you have any questions.

See you at conferences!

Mrs. Fox










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Week of 3-12-18

Dear families,

We had another good week of learning!  In a couple of weeks we will have our student led conferences.  Thank you so much for returning the pink sheets.  Please make sure and come at your designated time as the schedule is very full, and you want your child to have plenty of time to share with you all the wonderful things he/she has been doing!

Thanks for all your continued support of your child's learning!  Have a wonderful week.

Mrs. Fox

























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Week of 3-5-18

Dear families,

What a great "week of reading" we had!  It was so great to see many of you at the character parade and the reading night!  Thank you for your support.  Let's continue to encourage the students with an excitement for reading.

This week we are beginning to prepare for student led conferences coming up on March 20/21.  Please refer to your specific time and make plans to attend.  This is a great opportunity for you to see and hear from your child about what he/she has been doing in school this year.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox









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Week of 2-25-18

Dear families,

I hope you had a great weekend, of those of you who had sickness in your homes recovered well.  Due to the outbreak of the flu in our classroom, we moved rather slow last week, and spent a lot of time reviewing previous concepts.

This week we will have a special "Reading Week" with many special things planned.  Tomorrow your child may bring a stuffed animal to school, as a reading buddy.  On Tuesday we will have our annual "Character Day Parade."  This begins at 8:45 down by the cafeteria, and the students will walk in the halls of the school.  You are welcome to come and watch and take pictures!  Please remember to have your child dress up in a character from a book, and have your child bring the book as well to hold during the parade.  I will be happy to share books with your child if needed.  Please remember no scary costumes!  In addition, on Thursday night we will have a special reading night.  Please come to the cafeteria for fun from 5:00-6:00 that evening.

Happy reading!

DeAnne Fox



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Week of 2-19-18

Dear families,

Last week we enjoyed Kids Club time and celebrating Valentine's day as well!  I hope your children were able to share with you about some of the special activities they were involved in.  Maybe you even heard a new song!

Last week we not only shared Valentines, but it looks like we shared germs as well!  Sadly, a number of our students (and teachers) have come down with the flu.  If you have questions about whether or not you should send your child to school, please make sure and refer to the email sent out from Mrs. Roe this weekend.

Because of our short week, I want to remind you to make sure your child brings his/her library books to school tomorrow for our library time.

Have a good week!

Mrs. Fox











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Week of 2-12-18

Dear families,

We had a great time celebrating the 100th day of school last Friday!  Thanks so much for helping your child remember to bring in 100 items.  We had a lot of fun counting and doing other special things all day.  It tied in so well to our place value unit, and the students have become excellent counters!

This coming week is service week for the OCSI high school.  That means they will be serving our students by doing various activities (crafts, Bible stories, music, and games) with our students.  These activities will take place in the afternoon, so please continue with reading RAH books, and all other work.  Please note that library will be on MONDAY this week, so all library books need to be returned on Monday in order to choose a new book.

This week we will also celebrate Valentine's day as a class.  Please refer to the note that went home on Friday with regards to our party.

Lastly, if you have not registered your child for school next year, please do so as soon as possible.

Have a great Valentine's week!

Mrs. Fox


Celebrating the 100th day of school!







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Week of 2-5-18

Dear families,

I am sorry for the delay in getting out this week's update.  I hope you are all staying healthy and warm in these cool days! Our family has been fighting colds, but I think we are all getting better!

This week we will celebrate our 100th day of school!  That is a long time!  The students are very excited about celebrating on Friday.  Please see the note that will go home on Tuesday about our special day.  I will be asking students to bring in a collection of 100 of something.  Somethings they may want to bring could be 100 buttons, 100 toothpicks, 100 paperclips, 100 pieces of cereal, etc.  Just look for things around the house that come in 100.  We will be counting these items in various ways and doing special activities.  Small items should be brought in a zip lock bag.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox






Making word activities!





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Week of 1-29-18

Dear families,

I hope you are having a great weekend!  As you know, the teachers worked on report cards last Friday, so please be watching for those to come home this week.  Make sure and read them, sign and return the envelope.  As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  I am pleased with the progress of the class.  Continue to encourage your child to work hard!  Thanks for all you do to help your child be a successful learner!

On February 14 we will have a little Valentine's day party.  Please be watching for details about this.  We will not be needing parent help, but I will be asking students to bring Valentine's for their classmates if they wish.

Have an awesome week!

Mrs. Fox

Retelling "The Mitten".









Learning to count coins (dimes and pennies)


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Week of 1-15-18

Dear families,

We had another good week!  Our class has been very blessed in that we have had very little sickness!  We pray it will stay that way!

This week will be a short week, which will allow the teachers time to prepare reports. Can you believe we are half way through first grade!  I always enjoy this time of the year as for many students things begin to "click"!  Please continue to read and practice math facts daily with your child.  This really helps their confidence in class.

We will be completing the Scholastic book order this week.  If you would like to order books for your child you may go to http://world-schools.scholastic.co.uk/okinawa-christian-school-intl.  Make sure when ordering you check out under "Fox 1.2/Fox 2.2".  Thanks for your support!

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox















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Week of 1-15-18

Dear families,

It was great to see so many of you at our open house last Monday!  I hope you had a great time, and learned a lot about what we do in first grade!  Please feel free to ask questions at any time, by sending me an email, if there are things you don't understand or have questions about.  Thanks so much for your part in helping your child be a successful learner!

I'm sorry our class wasn't able to participate in kite day, due to the weather.  I will let you know when we will be doing this again in the future.

Please remember, due to the holiday, we will be returning to school on a Tuesday this week.  Don't forget to have your child return his/her library books!

Finally, this week we welcome another new student to our growing class!  Please help us welcome Hina Endo to our OCSI family!  In case you are keeping track, we now have 12 girls and 10 boys!  

Have a great week and stay healthy!

Mrs. Fox

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Week of 1-8-18

Dear families,

We had a good short week back. We had fun making new year's resolutions, along with special party hats to celebrate the new year! 

This week we were hoping to have "kite day", but we don't know about the weather at this time.  It will be canceled if it rains.  We will still have our classroom observation time from anytime between 9:30-10:30.  (please limit visits to 20-30 minutes during this time, so all may have a turn, and in order to have enough space) 

Next Monday will be our Martin Luther King holiday.  Please plan accordingly.

We look forward to another great week!

Mrs. Fox




   Happy New Year!











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Week of 1-1-18

Dear families,

Happy new year!  I hope you are having a wonderful break and holiday season!  Soon we will be back at school.  I wanted to remind each of you of the upcoming Kite Day on January 8.  This would be a good time to purchase your kites if you haven't already.  On January 8 we will be flying kites from 8:50-9:20.  You are encouraged to come if possible, even if you are only able to come for a short time, as your child will probably need help flying his/her kite.  Your child's kite should be put together and READY to go when he/she brings it to school. It is a fun time for OCSI families to come together and welcome in the new year.

We will also have a classroom visit time in the classroom from 9:30-10:30.  As Mrs. Roe's note stated, please come for a portion of that time, in order to allow many families to participate. Please note that this is a regular class time, and we ask that you come in quietly to keep distractions as minimal as possible. Thanks so much!  

Finally, THANK you so much for helping to make our Christmas party such a success!  The students had a great time.

See you next week!


Mrs. Fox






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Week of 12-11-17

Dear families,

Didn't the students do a great job at the Christmas program!  I'm so proud of them, as I'm sure you are, too!  Thank you so much for helping them and supporting them.

This week is our last week before Christmas break.  I am looking forward to our Christmas party on Friday!  Thanks for bringing food and helping me out.  I'm sure it will be a fun day.

I want to wish you all a very blessed Christmas, and pray that each of you feel God's love during this season.  Thank you for allowing me the wonderful privilege of teaching your child!

Blessings,

Mrs. Fox







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Week of 12-4-17

Dear families,

We are off to the beginning of the Christmas season!  I look forward to seeing you all at the Christmas program on Wednesday night at 6pm.  Students should be dressed and ready to go by 5:30.  Please bring them to the backstage dressing room area. (there will be someone to show you where to go)

Our party will be on December 15.  We are having a potluck.  Please remember there is no school lunch on this day.  School will be dismissed at 12:30.  Please make sure and read the note about the gift exchange game as well.  Thanks in advance for all your help!  It should be a fun day!

Blessings,

Mrs.  Fox










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Week of 11-27-17

Dear families,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to spend time with family and friends! Thank you so much to all of you for helping to make our Harvest Fest such a great day!  The pies were all delicious and I really appreciated your help with the crafts and serving pies!  On December 15 we will have another party which will be a lunch potluck style.  Please let me know if you are interested in organizing this fun event!

You will notice a note coming home regarding our upcoming Christmas program.  Please make sure to read it carefully, and plan to save the evening of December 6th on your calendars!

Thankful for all of you,

Mrs. Fox


        Our paper plate turkeys!






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Week of 11-14-17

Dear families,

It was great to see so many of you at the Walkathon and Holiday Market!  It was a lot of fun.  Thanks for all your support of OCSI!

As you plan ahead, next week we will not have school from Wednesday-Friday, as we celebrate Thanksgiving. I hope you have some nice family time.  On Tuesday the students will be having "Harvest Day" in which they learn about Thanksgiving and have the opportunity to visit different first and second grade classrooms, doing various activities.  Some of the activities may include music, crafts, and games.  In the afternoon the students will get to have some pie!  Parents are welcome to come to all or part of the activities, and help with crafts or serving pie.  In addition, I will be looking for volunteers to donate a pie.  Please contact me if you are interested.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox







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Week of 11-6-17

Dear families,

Thanks so much to all of you for coming to your child's conference!  It was great to meet with each of you, and share with you all of your child's wonderful progress.  Thank you so much for your help in moving them forward to grow each day!  I'm excited to see what the next quarter brings.

Please take a look at the upcoming events.  I hope you all plan to be a part of the Walkathon and/or the Holiday Market.  It should be a great day.  Save December 6 for the Christmas program as well.  The students have already been working hard on their songs.

Finally, I wanted to remind you to take a look at the November book order that went home last week.  If you would like to purchase any books, feel free to do so online, or by using the order form provided.  Thanks to your orders last time, we were able to get a few new books for our classroom!  Orders should be completed by November 15.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox





    Our life cycle pumpkins!








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Week of 10-30-17

Dear families,

Once again I hope you all had a safe weekend!  The weather has been keeping us busy!  We have also been busy in our classroom learning all about apples and pumpkins.  Last week we got a chance to compare them.  This week we will get to carve a pumpkin together to see what it looks like inside!

Please know that at OSCI we do not celebrate Halloween in our classrooms, although we will be doing some pumpkin related activities, tying in with our science unit. Please do not have your child dress up on that day.  Your child will have a chance to dress up later in the year for our storybook costume parade day!  If your child would like to bring a small treat to share on Tuesday, that is fine, but it is not necessary.

This week is conferences!  Please make sure to come at your scheduled time as all my conferences are back to back, and I want to give you your full 15 minutes!  In addition, if you feel you will need an interpreter, please make arrangements ahead of time.  Thank you.  I look forward to sharing with all of you the wonderful things your children are doing!  Please remember, your children are welcome to come!

Mrs. Fox

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Week of 10-23-17

Dear families,

I hope you all had a safe and good weekend!  Last week we had a great week of continuing to learn about apples, as part of our science. We learned about seeds, plants, and parts of a tree. We will continue on this theme as we learn about pumpkins and seasons in general.  On Friday we had fun making and eating applesauce!  I hope you saw the recipe in your child's talk home folder!

You should have received a note about the upcoming conferences.  Please make sure to sign and return the form.  In addition, if you plan on participating in Walkathon, those forms are due tomorrow(10/22) in order to get your items on time.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox


       Making applesauce! 







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Week of 10-16-17

Dear families,

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend last week and had fun listening to your child read his/her RAH books all week.  Please remember to sign the slip each day, as your child gets to enter a drawing to win a small prize for reading lots of books.  If your child wants to keep the book for more than one night, a slip should still be signed indicating they have practiced at home.  Also, if your child forgets to bring home the reading slip, you may write on any small piece of paper!

This week we welcome a new student to our class.  Please help Josie and her family feel welcome as they join our OCSI family!  Welcome to our class, Josie!


Have an awesome week!

Mrs. Fox



Using dominos to help us in our math notebooks!






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Week of 10-9-17

Dear families,

I hope you enjoy your long weekend!  Last week we enjoyed starting something new.  We got to take home our RAH (Read At Home) books.  I hope you have had a chance to read with your child this weekend.  The children will be doing this daily, in addition to their library books, so there will be plenty of opportunities to practice reading as well as discuss books! Don't forget, we come back to school on a Tuesday this week, so make sure your child returns his/her library book!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox



             Small group reading time



   Listen to reading time






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Week of 10-2-17


Dear families,

Thank you so much for helping to make our field trip a great success!  It was wonderful to have so many of you there, and I think the children had a great day!

This week we will continue with our regular studies, but next week will be a 4 day week with a teacher work day on Monday.  Please remember that with regards to library books.

Have a good week!

Mrs. Fox









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Week of 9-25-17


Dear families,

We had another awesome week in first grade!  The students are enjoying reading and writing and sharing ideas with classmates.  We have been working on our oral language skills in both reading and writing.  You may want to spend time talking with your child about our daily activities in class.

I am looking forward to our field trip this Friday!  Please make sure to read the information sheet carefully with regards to water play.  Please note that the teachers will be bringing things for making castles, etc. so there is no need for your child to bring any extra play items.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox

                "Turn and Talk" time





















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9-17-17

Dear families,

I hope you are having a good weekend and staying safe in all this wind!  Last week we continued with all of our regular routines, but we did have a chance to experience rainy day recess!  The students were good at being flexible and played well inside.  

Most of you have filled out the field trip forms already!  Thank you.  Please be reminded that also that if you would like to purchase from the book order form, orders are due Friday.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox 







    Connecting to a book through art!










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9-10-17

Dear families,

We had another great week in first grade!  The students are starting to get used to the routine of first grade, and are becoming better friends.

This week I have had to remind some students of appropriate playground and classroom behavior.  Please remind your child of our four rules at OCSI:

1) Be kind
2) Be respectful
3) Have self control
4) Work hard

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Fox

        "Read to Someone" time


               Author's Chair



            Sharing our writing











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9-4-17

Dear families,

It was great seeing so many of you at open house!  Thank you so much for coming.   I know there was a lot of information, so if you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

We have another great week.  Tomorrow is already library day, so please remember to have your child bring his/her books to school.  

We will be having a field trip on September 29 with the 2nd graders.  We will be going to Toguchi beach for a picnic and water play.  This is a good time to get to meet other families in your child's class.  Plan now to come if you can!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox















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8-27-17


Dear families,

We had a great first week of school!  Thanks so much for all your help at home and for making the transition for your child so easy.  Thanks also for returning all the forms.  If you still have forms to return, please send them with your child as soon as possible.  The T shirt form, along with the money, must be returned by Monday (tomorrow) morning, if you choose to order.

I wanted to share with you a few special things concerning our first grade class.  On Fridays we will be having "Show and Tell."  This is a fun time in which the children are allowed to bring one item to show the class.  The students are asked to tell a little bit about why the item is important to them, and maybe where they got it or why they like it, etc.  This activity helps with oral language, and is a fun way for students to share a little bit about themselves.  My only requirements are that only one item is brought, and it can fit in your child's backpack!

Another special day in first grade is your child's birthday!  We already have a birthday this week in our class!  We will celebrate as a class, by singing and doing a couple of other things as a class.  If you would like to bring a treat, or send a treat with your child, you are welcome to do so, but it is certainly not required.  Please note that we have 20 students in our class, and plan accordingly. 

Lastly,  please do not forget Open House this Friday at 6 pm.  Please go to the cafeteria first for a short greeting/announcements.

See you!

Mrs.  Fox




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8-21-17

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 fourth 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 September 1 for Open House!

Looking forward to a great first week!

Mrs. Fox


Literacy Focus:

For the last weeks of school, we will continue focusing on reading and writing non-fiction books.  The students have selected an animal to research and are excited about writing a non-fiction book!  We are learning how to read for information, and learning how to "take notes" on specific topics.  We also have learned how to use a table of contents, and have learned that non-fiction books do not have to be read from start to finish.








Math Focus:

We are continuing to review learning about shapes and have started learning about fractions as well.  We will soon be moving into our final chapter which focuses on solid shapes.  While we are learning all these new concepts, we are continuing to review our addition facts.









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Literacy Focus:

This week we will move back into reading non-fiction texts.  We will be reading about animals as we prepare for our field trip.  We will also begin our non-fiction writing unit.  The students will be learning how to look for true information in texts, and "take notes".  The students will choose an animal to begin researching.  Hopefully, they will be able to see that animal at the zoo!  This is always a really fun unit for the students.


Math Focus:

The students have really had a lot of fun learning about shapes.  Last week we learned about composite shapes, and this week our focus will be learning about equal shapes, as we move into learning about fractions.  The students have made some great shape pictures, and have been quite creative!  In addition, the students have been working on reviewing addition/subtraction skills, and will continue to do so until the end of the school year.






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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue working on our poetry during writer's workshop, but will be reading stories from some favorite authors during our reading time.  We will again be working on looking for the main idea and details in our reading.  We will be practicing reading for fluency and specifically increasing our speed and paying special attention to punctuation.  In addition, we will begin some end of the year assessments as we prepare for second grade.










Math Focus:

In math we will continue learning about shapes.  This week we will learn about composite shapes and equal parts.  First graders should be familiar with the terms one half, one third, one fourth, and whole.





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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue learning about poetry, in both reading and writing.  We will be talking about fluency again, and how to change our voice according to punctuation marks.  Many of the students have become great readers, and I am encouraging them to pay attention to their voices as they read.  You may want to do the same at home!  In addition, we will be reviewing practicing looking for the main idea and details in a story.  This is still a hard concept for many of our early readers.










Math Focus:

We are jumping into a new and exciting unit this week!  We will begin a unit on two-dimensional shapes and equal shares.  Encourage your child by talking about shapes this week.  You may also want to begin talking about basic fractions as well.






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Literacy Focus:

This week our literacy focus will be on poetry.  We have started learning about poetry during Writer's Workshop time, but we will do a more focused look at types of poetry, and how poems make us feel.  Last week we started by learning about "making an image" in our mind and using our imagination for poems without pictures.  It was interesting to learn that we don't all picture the same thing when listening to text.



Math Focus:

In math we will continue our unit on measurement, with a focus on telling time.  We will be telling time to the half hour.  We will be taking a test towards the end of the week.



















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Literacy Focus:

As you might expect, this week we will continue looking at both fiction and non-fiction books related to jobs and our community.  This week we will focus on reading books about doctors and veterinarians, and continue to learn new vocabulary and practice finding facts in books.

In writing we will be "applying for a job" and tell why we think we would be good at a particular job, as we prepare for Kid City.

   Reading about food!



Math Focus:

In our math unit will continue to learn about measurement, but our focus this week will be on telling time.  Please practice telling time at home.  You may want to review counting by 5s as this will help prepare your child for understanding telling time to the minute later on.  If you do not have an analog clock at home, I encourage you to purchase one for your child to practice with!








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Literacy Focus:

During our Daily 5 time this week, we will be once again thinking about tuning into interesting words.  We will also be looking at new vocabulary as it ties into our Kid City (community workers) unit.  We will practice using both non-fiction and fiction texts to gain information and learn new words!  

In writing we are hoping to begin a poetry unit.  We will begin by reading lots of poems, and discussing the features of poems.  Our main areas of study during this unit will include rhyme, repetition, and rhythm.


Math Focus:

In math we are beginning a new unit!  Our new unit will focus on learning about measurement and time.  Please note that our measurement unit will refer to inches, and we will learn about centimeters at another time.  For this week, the main concepts to understand our "longer" and 
"shorter." Please help your child by practicing telling time at home as well. (to the hour/half hour)










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Literacy Focus:

We finished up our special fairy tale unit last week.  The students really had fun retelling the stories, making characters, and thinking about the fairy tale elements.  Now as we prepare for Kid City we will begin reading stories related to jobs in our community.  This week we will learn about the fire station, and possibly begin learning about the police station, depending on time.  We will be learning once again how to get true information from non-fiction texts, and compare those texts to fictional stories about the same topic.
Making crowns to finish our fairy tale unit!

Math focus:

The students have really enjoyed learning about collection data, as they surveyed each other.  They have been learning to get information form graphs and have learned how to keep track of information by using tally marks.  We will conclude this unit with a chapter test at the end of this week.










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Literacy Focus:

We thought last week would be our last week of fairy tales, but the students have begged for more fairy tales so we will finish this week!  There are so many great stories, and we are enjoying retelling our stories, and learning about character development.

We have been using our writing time to write our own fairy tale "retells", but this week we will move back into letter writing and opinion writing.



Math Focus:

We were so excited last week to begin our new math book!  Our new unit is on graphing and we are learning all about using tallies when counting.  We have learned about bar graphs, picture graphs, and tally marks.  We are learning about taking surveys and collecting data.  This is a fun unit for the students!  They loved asking each other questions (surveying) this week.








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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue our unit on fairy tales.  Last week the students did a great job of thinking about characters in stories, and determined if they were good or bad characters.  We will continue to look at characters in more stories, but will also work, as we have been doing on developing our retelling skills. We will do this in both an oral and written format. We are learning about repeated phrases in fairy tales as well.  











Math Focus:

This week we will finish up our place value unit and take a short test.  We are excited to be beginning our new volume in our math text.  We hope to be able to send home the "old" book this week so your child can practice math at home!  Our new unit will focus on getting information from data, making and reading graphs.  It should be fun!








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Literacy Focus:

Last week we took a couple of days break from our fairy tale unit to do some very special "Dr. Suess" activities.  This week we are going back to our fairy tale unit, with an emphasis on character development, as well as practicing retelling our stories.  We will begin comparing various fairy tales as well, and look for common themes.  the students have really enjoyed reading and listening to fairy tales, so make sure and share your favorite fairy tale with your child!













Math Focus:

In math we will continue working on adding larger numbers, with a focus on place value.  We will also be practicing counting coins.  Students should be able to recognize how many tens or ones are in any number up to 99.













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Literacy Focus:

We finished up our weather unit, and are having fun beginning our fairy tale unit.  We are learning lots about the elements of a fairy tale, and learning about good and bad characters.  Share with your child your favorite fairy tale this week!  

This week, we will also take a few days to celebrate Dr. Suess!  We will be reading many of his books, and focusing on rhyming in order to improve our accuracy skills.

In writing we will continue working on letter writing, with an emphasis on writing question sentences.







Math Focus:

Last week we spent most of our time reviewing, so this week we will continue to work harder on our place value skills.  We are learing how to add tens and ones.









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Literacy Focus:

This week we will finish up our weather/non-fiction unit.  We will be transitioning into our "Fairy Tale" unit as we begin to prepare for "Reading Week" next week.  We will be talking a lot about characters in stories, which will better prepare us for character parade day.  Please begin thinking now about how your child will dress up for this day.  Your child needs to have the book which goes with his/her character for the parade, so let me know if you need help finding a book.  Please remember, we do not want any violent or scary characters, and characters which are age appropriate.

In writer's workshop time we will be working on our letter writing unit.  We will be tying this into our Social Studies unit on community workers (postal workers), as we prepare for "Kid City" later this spring.


Math Focus:

In math we will begin a new unit.  We will continue learning about place value, but will focus on adding larger numbers. (110+20, 210+30,etc.)  We will also continue to review and practice adding/counting coins as well as work on our addition and subtraction facts.



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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue learning about weather through reading non-fiction books during our Daily 5 time.  Our focus will be reading about different types of storms.  Last week we learned about clouds.  Has your child identified any types of clouds recently?

Making clouds, and writing about them!




Math Focus:

In math we are continuing our unit on place value.  Due to our special activities in the afternoon, our math time may be a little shorter, but we will continue to move into learning about "hundreds" place, and review "tens" and "ones".

Counting our collections!






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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue our science/literacy unit on weather.  We have enjoyed learning about weather through reading lots of non-fiction books.  We are learning lots of new words, and expanding our vocabulary!

In writing we will continue sharing our "how-to" books as well as move into a short "letter writing" unit.  You may start getting letters soon!


Sharing our "how-to" books!




Math Focus:

In math we are continuing to learn about place value.  We are reviewing counting by 5s in order to count nickels.  We are also learning about the terms "greater than/less than."  






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Literacy Focus:

We concluded our author study of Jan Brett.  We even got to learn how she draws her pictures by watching a short video!  In addition, Mrs. Roe came to our class and read us another Jan Brett book with great illustrations.  

This week we will begin a new unit on weather.  We will be learning how to read non-fiction texts, and learn various text features. We will continue learning about tuning into interesting words and building our vocabulary. This will be integrated into our science weather unit.

In writer's workshop we will put the finishing touches on our "how-to" books, and prepare to move into a short letter writing unit.

Mrs. Roe reading to our class!





Math Focus:

In math we have had a lot of fun learning about place value.  We have enjoyed using blocks to make groups of ten.  We have also been learning about dimes and pennies, and learning to count them.  Please continue to help your child practice identifying the tens and ones place in any given number.











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Literacy Focus:

This week we hope to complete our Jan Brett unit.  We have had so much fun reading her books, and learning about characters and their problems, and how they solve them.  We will also do a lot of review as we finish our quarter.  We will be practicing accuracy, as we focus on long vowels.  This has been hard for many students, so keep practicing those vowel sounds at home!

Writer's workshop time will be spent finishing up our "How-To" unit.


Some of our favorite books by Jan Brett!



Math Focus:

In math this past week we were introduced to place value.  We had a lot of fun using our tens and ones blocks to learn about place value.  This week will will learn about place value by using dimes and pennies.  This may be a little tricky for some as they may not have had experiences with American coins.  Feel free to practice counting Japanese coins as well!


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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue our author study, by reading books by Jan Brett.  Last week we learned to find the problem and solution in some of her books.  We also compared two of her books, and made an art connection by designing our own mitten after reading "The Mitten".  We will continue to learn about the elements of a story as we read more of her books, and finish our study by learn more about how she writes and illustrates her books.

In writer's workshop we will finish up our how-to writing, by selecting a topic to "publish". We will keep focusing on remembering to use time words (first, next, etc.) in our writing.

Math Focus:

In math we are beginning a new unit on place value.  This is a really important concept for your child to understand in order to be a confident math student.  We will begin by making groups of tens and counting by tens.  We will also be learning about ones, and how to add ones to groups of ten. (see homework this week)




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Literacy Focus:

We will continue with our author focus-Jan Brett this week.  We will continue to read stories and learn about characters, setting, problem and solutions in stories.  We will also begin comparing some of her books.  We will practice retelling her stories with characters we make.

We hope to get back into our writing unit which focused on "how-to" writing. We will review using many of the "time words" (first, next, etc.) we learned earlier, in our writing.





Math Focus:

In math we will continue practicing our subtraction using higher numbers.  Later we will take a chapter test, and then move into learning about place value.









We had fun reading with second grade reading buddies!




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Literacy Focus:

This week we will start a new focus.  We will be learning about the elements of a story, by looking at books by Jan Brett.  Jan Brett is a wonderful children's author/illustrator.  She even visited Okinawa last year!  We will be learning about characters, setting, problems, and solutions in stories.  As you read with your child, you may want to talk about these elements.

In writing, we will be reviewing our non-fiction "how-to" writing, in addition to writing about our winter break.







Math Focus:

In math this week , we will continue to practice our subtraction with a focus on looking at fact families.  Please make sure your child knows his/her facts to 10, and doubles (to 20) facts from memory.  This will really help as we move into larger numbers soon.














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Literacy Focus:

During this special week, we will be spending time reading Christmas stories, and focusing on "checking for comprehension."  We will specifically be identifying who is in a story, where it is happening, and what is happening.


Math Focus:

Our math focus will continue to be working on subtraction with larger numbers.  Students will also continue practicing using doubles facts to help them with subtraction facts as well.
























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Literacy Focus:

The students will work on reading Christmas books and identifying the main idea.  They will also review making connections.









Math Focus:

In math we will begin working on subtraction using larger numbers.  Please continue to practice math facts at home.
















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Literacy Focus:

During our literacy/Daily Five time our focus for this week will once again be on looking at the main idea.  It seems the students need lots of practice in this area.  Please continue to talk about your child's books at home.  We will also continue looking at parts of words (chunks) as a way to help us read new words.  As we do this we will be reading books with the theme of "Friends."  We recently got some new books on this topic, and I am excited to share them with the class!

In writer's workshop time we will continue working on stories which focus on the idea of "teaching" someone "how-to" do something.  We will be taking a little extra time to complete this unit due to our holidays, and practicing for our music program.  Your child may "practice" at home by telling you about things he/she can do, using words such as first, second, next, finally, etc.

Math Focus:

In math this week, we will be completing our Chapter 3 unit on adding larger numbers.  We will be learning how to add three numbers, by adding two first, and then the third.  We will review adding doubles, and doubles plus one.We will be taking our chapter on Thursday.



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Literacy Focus:

During our reading time, our focus will be identifying the main idea of a story.  We will be reading about families, as we look at our new social studies unit.  As we read stories about families, both fiction and non-fiction, we will learn how to use details to support the main idea.

During writer's workshop we will continue practicing writing about things we know a lot about.  We will be learning how to write in a way that "teaches" the reader.  This writing will include both "how-to" writing and informational writing.









Math Focus:

In math we will continue working on adding larger numbers.  Please make sure your child is very familiar with his/her doubles facts, as well as facts to ten.  Knowing these facts helps support new learning.




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Literacy Focus:

This week we will finish up reading stories about seasons, with a focus on fall.  We will be reading both fiction and non-fiction books.  The students have been doing a good job learning about the characteristics of each type of book.

 The focus on non-fiction will help us as we move into learning about writing informational texts during our new Writer's Workshop unit. We will start by learning about telling someone "how-to" do something.




   Sharing our stories!


Math Focus:

In math we will continue our unit on adding larger numbers, by counting on.  Some of you have asked during conferences about the need for your child to learn his/her computation skills.  Please know that we have plenty of opportunities for this, but any extra practice you want to do is great!  In first grade we want to make sure children understand what they are actually doing, as well as learn the math vocabulary.




Counting seeds into groups of ten!

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Literacy Focus:

We will continue learning about pumpkins this week, and will review looking for facts and information as we read non-fiction texts.  We will also continue looking at "tuning into new and interesting words" as we read.  Encourage your child to stop and notice any new words he/she may not understand.  We will be starting our own "word collectors" this week!

We will be wrapping up our narrative unit in writing , and soon move into writing information.(non-fiction) 








Math Focus:

We finished our last subtraction unit on Friday.  Now we are moving back to addition, but with larger numbers.  We will be doing lots of practice counting on to add.  We will also have fun learning about estimating and counting large numbers as we count pumpkin seeds!








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Literacy Focus:

Last week we learned about some of the features of non-fiction books as we read books about apples.  We also learned how to listen for true information(facts) as we read books.  We practiced using our "background knowledge" (what we already know) before reading a book, in order to help our comprehension.  We will do much of the same, as we learn about pumpkins this week.

We will continue writing our personal narrative stories, and will start to do some simple editing and make them into books. (You will see these at conferences!)




Math Focus:

In math we will finish up our subtraction chapter.  Please continue to have your child practice subtraction facts to 10. 


Everyone got a chance to try peeling an apple!






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Literacy Focus:

Last week during our Daily 5 we had a fun time learning about fluency.  We also learned about the "problem" and "solution" in stories.  This week we will be looking at learning how to find facts in non-fiction texts, as we begin a unit on apples/seed and plants.  We will talk about how our background knowledge helps us make predictions in texts as well.

During our writing time we will continue learning about ways to "fix up" our writing, including showing how our characters feel, in our writing.




         Writer's Workshop time!



Math Focus:

Our math time will continue to focus on learning our subtraction facts.  We will be practicing subtracting from 4 all the way to 10.  Encourage your child by using words like difference or fewer, when discussing subtraction problems.






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Literacy Focus:

This week the students will be focusing more on Accuracy and Fluency during our Daily 5 reading block.  In our discussion of accuracy, the students will be learning about looking for "chunks"(word families like -at, -in, etc.)  in their reading.  In regards to fluency, we will be looking at changing our voice as we look for exclamation points and question marks.

We will continue working on writing our personal narratives, and work on "fixing up" our writing by adding details, thinking about our spelling, and working with our writing partners.

  Working with writing partners






Math Focus:

In math this week we our continuing to learn about subtraction.  I have noticed that this continues to be a struggle for some students.  Please continue to practice math facts with your child as you are able.  The students enjoy math and like the challenge of figuring out problems.







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Literacy Focus:

As you may have noticed, I changed our heading for this part to literacy, as I want you to know we do a lot with reading and writing.

This week we will continue to learn about reading strategies during our Daily 5 time.  We will review looking at making predictions, as well as learn about problems and solutions in stories. We will again look at many books by author, Kevin Henkes. We will also continue working on writing personal narratives, with an emphasis on writing about a small moment in time.








Math Focus:

In math we will begin a new chapter focusing on subtraction.  The concept of subtraction is generally harder for students to understand, when compared to addition.  You may want to have your child practice counting back from any given number, as this is one strategy which will be looked at.










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Reading Focus:

This past week we continued learning about connections, and practiced sharing our ideas with our friends, as well as writing about our ideas.  We learned about "text-to-text" connections, as well as "text-to-self" connections. Ask your child to share with you what these mean, and perhaps share a connection from a book you are reading together.

We will continue to do some assessment this week and get into small groups during our reading time.  We will practice doing 4 of our 5 Daily 5 activities at once! We are building stamina, and learning how to focus.

Talking about our connections!








Math Focus:

In math this week we will continue learning about making groups of 10.  We will be learning to find the missing parts of 10 (8+ ? =10).  We will review the terms part and whole, and talk about facts which are true and false.  We will practice our math fluency as we prepare to take another timed addition test.












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Reading Focus:

Last week we really improved in our "Read to Self" time which was fun to see!  We also learned a lot about making connections, and even started writing about our connections in our "Work on Writing" response notebooks.  We will continue to do more of that this week.  In addition to making connections we will learn about how looking for patterns in books can help us with our accuracy.

I want you to know we will begin some basic assessment with your children this week.  This is a new program in our school called the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment), in which I will meet with your child individually and listen to him/her read.  There is no need for your child to prepare for this, as it is very similar to what we normally do in class.




Math Focus:

In math we will continue to work on our addition skills.  We have been going through one or two numbers each day, and practicing making that number in various ways. We will soon spend time focusing on ways to make ten.  This is a very important skill for your child as we move forward in math this year.  Using dominos or games with dice is a great way to improve your child's number sense!








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Reading Focus:

In reading we have been practicing our "Read To Self " and have been building stamina.  We have also had fun learning to "Read With someone."  To help our comprehension we have learned to make predictions.  You may want to practice this at home as you read with your child!  

This week we will be learning about "making connections to texts", in order to improve our comprehension skills.  We will be introduced to the "Work on Writing" part of our Daily 5, as we write about the stories we read.


Math Focus:

In math we will continue our unit on addition.  We will be learning how to make various number groups.  We will use dominos and number lines, as well as dice to help us in our learning.  If you have any of these items at home, encourage your child to use them at home when playing.  You may also want to use terms such as in all, part, and whole when talking about groups of numbers.



Writer's Workshop:

I wanted to let you know we have been having a lot of fun in our writing time.  We are currently writing "Personal Narrative"  stories.  (stories which are true, and about us).  Later we will choose one of these stories to "publish."  the students have had fun sitting in the "author's chair", and sharing stories with each other.



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Reading Focus:

Last week we learned about picking a "just right" book, and continued practicing our "Read To Self" skills by building stamina.  We also practiced "checking for comprehension" by looking to see how much we remembered after we read a portion of a book.  We are learning to "think" while we read.

This week we will continue practicing the things we learned last week.  In addition, we will be working on learning how "making predictions" helps us to become better readers.  We will practice our accuracy skills by thinking about "getting our mouth ready" (sounding out), when we come to new words.








Math Focus:

In math we will continue learning about putting numbers together to find the "whole", as we study addition.  We will continue talking about words such as more, less, in all, part, and whole.  We will be playing various math games to help our understanding of these concepts.

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Reading Focus:

In reading we will continue practicing "Reading to Self" and building stamina this week.  We will do this by being introduced to using our own book bags!  Each child has five books he/she will practice all week independently, and with me from time to time.  We will learn about strategies to use when we come to a word we don't know, including getting our mouth ready(sounding out), and looking at the pictures, as well as others. 

We will also learn about picking a "Just Right" book (a book at our reading level).  We will get to practice this skill as we go to the library on Tuesday.  Your child will have a chance to choose two books.  One will be a "Just Right" book for your child to practice at home, and one will be a "free choice" book, for you to read to your child, or for your child to look at and explore.



Math Focus:  

Our math focus this week will include reviewing the concepts of more/less and the terms before, between, and after in relation to numbers.  We will also talk about part/whole as we get introduced to our new math books.  Your child will begin simple math homework this week.  Homework should be returned in your child's "Take Home" folder each day.  Please note, we do not have homework on Fridays.















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Reading Focus:

In reading this week we will be introduced to the Daily Five program.  This is our third year of this literacy program at OCSI, and some students I'm sure will be ready to jump in eagerly with their reading.  The five components of the program include:

*Read to Self
*Read to Someone
*Work on Writing
*Word Work
*Listen to Reading

Research has show these areas to be the most effective in helping support the reading process.  Throughout the year, you will be learning more about this.  This week our focus will be on developing stamina as we practice "Read to Self."  We will also be looking at ways to read a book, including learning about how pictures and retelling a story help us.

We will be going to the library on Tuesdays, but books should be returned on Monday each week if possible. Later we will also have an opportunity to also take home classroom books to read.

Math Focus:  

This week our focus for math will be looking at developing our number sense.  We will be reviewing the concepts of more/less as well as counting and writing numbers.  In addition, we will practice using the calendar to help us learn more about math concepts.