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Week of June 2

Upcoming Events:

June 4-Awards assembly; 2:20

June 12-last day of school;
pot luck lunch/author share celebration (11:00-12:30)
*note-NO school lunch, 12:30 dismissal






Bible Verse:

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control."

Galatians 5:22





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Spelling Words:

1.  don't
2.  he's
3.  she's
4.  wasn't
5.  haven't
6.  you'll
7.  paper
8.  pencil
9.  table
10.  skip
11.  write
12.  dance
13.  hop

Week of May 27



Upcoming Events:


June 4-Awards assembly 2:20 
June 12-last day of school/pot luck lunch; author share ( see note going home this week) 


Bible Verse:

"Come follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."

Matthew 4:19




Spelling Words:

1.  can't
2.  I'll
3.  they'll
4.  didn't
5.  it's
6.  I'm
7.  couldn't
8.  that's
9.  they're
10.  aren't
11.  isn't
12.  we're
13.  I've 







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Week of May 20

Upcoming Events:

May 27-No school

June 12- last day/ pot luck lunch; author share (details to come)

Bible Verse:

"Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within."

John 7:38


Spelling Words:

*Please review the words from the last 6 weeks.  I will be selecting 2 from each we with additional sight words as well.  (please refer to the list sent home on Monday)


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Week of May 13

Upcoming Events:

May 27-no school/Memorial day holiday

June 12-last day/half day


Bible Verse:

"The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love."

Psalm 145:8


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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Week of May 6

Upcoming Events:

May 10-Zoo/Wonder museum field trip

May 27-no school

Bible Verse:

For it is written:  "Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only."

Matthew 4:10

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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Week of April 29

Upcoming Events:

May 3- No School
May 10-Zoo Field Trip


Bible Verse:

"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men."

Luke 2:52


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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Week of April 22

Upcoming Events:

May 3-No School
May 10-Zoo field trip

Bible Verse:

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind."

2 Timothy 1:7


Spelling Words:

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

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Week of April 15


Upcoming Events:

April 19-Kid City (12:45-2:45)




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.  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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Week of April 1




Upcoming Events:

April 5-Field Day/picnic ( all day)
April 8-12-Spring break






Bible Verse:

"For He is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed."

Daniel 6:26






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
















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Week of March 25

Upcoming Events:

March 26-good bye party for Ms. Folz (3:30-4:30)

April 8-12-Spring Break


Bible Verse:

"For He is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed."

Daniel 6:26


Spelling Words:

* review week/see last 5 weeks' word lists






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Week of March 18


Upcoming Events:

March 21-Student led conferences/flea market

April 8-12-Spring break



Bible Verse:

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

Psalm 145: 13



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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Week of March 11


Upcoming Events:

March 15- Culture fair for upper grades (we visit) NO school lunch 

March 21-Student led conferences/no school

April 8-12-Spring break




Bible Verse:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

Proverbs 3:5-6









Spelling Words:

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






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Week of March 4



Upcoming Events:

March 4-8-service week (activities begin 3/5 for first graders)
March 21-student led conferences/ flea market





Bible Verse:

*no new verse, due to service week







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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Week of Feruary 25

Upcoming Events:

March 1-picture retake day
March 4-8-service week for high school ( special activities will be provided for the elementary by the high school students)



Bible Verse:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6


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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Week of February 18

Upcoming Events:

Feb. 18-22 "Week of Reading" activities 
Feb. 19- Character Parade day (8:45-9:15), parents welcome, please meet outside the cafeteria
Feb. 21-Family Reading night 5-6 pm




Bible Verse:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not persish, but have eternal life."

John 3:16



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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Week of February 11

Upcoming Events:

February 14-Valentine's Party
February 15-100th Day
February 18-22-Week of Reading activities 


Bible Verse:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life."

John 3:16


Spelling Words:

*No new words this week.  This is a review week.  Please see word lists from the last 5 lessons, as well as the note going home on Monday.  12 words will be chosen from our previous lessons.







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Week of February 4

Upcoming Events:

February 14- Valentine's party





Bible Verse:

"Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power."

Ephesians 6:10









Spelling Verse:

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







Sharing our "how-to" stories!










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Week of January 28

Upcoming Events:

January 28-February 1- High School Spirit week (participation optional; see Jupiter email for specifics)

February 14- Valentine's Day party (more info to come later)


Bible Verse:

"Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power."

Ephesians 6:10









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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Week of January 21

Upcoming Events:

January 21-No school, MLK day
January 25-End of quarter






Bible Verse:

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

Joshua 24:15

*no new verse, due to short week





Spelling Words:

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












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Week of January 14

Upcoming Events:

January 14- Kite Day (9:00-9:30)/ Observation Day

January 21-MLK Day, no school


Bible Verse:

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

Joshua 24:15


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

*long a focus








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Week of January 7

Upcoming Events:

January 14- Kite Day (9:00-9:30)/Observation Day

January 21-MLK Day, no school


Bible verse:

"The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation."

Exodus 15:2


Spelling Words:

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








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Week of December 10

Upcoming Events:

December 14-early dismissal (12:30), class Christmas potluck party (11:00-12:30). 

December 17-January 4-No School, Christmas break

January 11-Kite day, parent observation (please see note which went home on Friday about specifics)

January 25-end of second quarter/first semester


Bible verse:

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Matthew 1:21


Spelling Words:

*This is a review week.  Please review words from the last 5 weeks.  Refer to the sheet going home on Monday, and/or scroll back to previous weekly blogs.




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Week of December 2

December 14-Christmas pot-luck party, 11:00-12:30. Early dismissal
December 17-January 4-Christmas break, No school
January 21-MLK Day, no school


Bible Verse:

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Matthew 1:21



Spelling Words:

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


            Christmas art!
















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Week of November 26

November 29-Christmas program practice at hall
November 30-Christmas program! 6pm
December 14-Christmas party-11:00 (plan now to attend!); early dismissal (12:30)
December 17-January 4-No school, Christmas break







Bible Verse:

*no new verse








Spelling Words:

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





    Turkey puppets!











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Week of November 19

Upcoming Events:

November 20-Harvest Day 
November 21-23-No School/Thanksgiving break
November 30-early dismissal; Christmas program-6pm
December 14-Christmas pot luck; early dismissal


Bible Verse:

No new verse this week

Spelling Words:

No new words this week

Word work time is fun!




             Reading group time.








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Week of November 12

Upcoming Events:

November 17-Holiday Market
November 20-Harvest Day (pie day)
November 21-23-No School/Thanksgiving break
November 30-Christmas program; early dismissal



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:

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







Students were asked to "Turn and Talk" to classmates about what they have learned about how plants grow.




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Week of November 5

Upcoming Events:

November 17-Holiday Market
November 20-Harvest Day (pie day)
November 21-23-No School/ Thanksgiving break
November 30-Christmas program







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 (same as last week)






Spelling Words:

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

















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Week of October 29

Upcoming Events:

November 1/2-parent-teacher conferences
November 17-Holiday Market
November 30-Christmas program

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

(This continues from our last two verses!)


Spelling Words:

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

(Our focus is double consonant words)











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Week of October 21

Upcoming Events:

October 25-1st/2nd grade field trip
November 1/2-conferences (flea market)
November 17-Holiday market (10am-2pm)
November 30-Christmas program




Bible Verse:

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

Psalm 100:1-2







Spelling Words:

*This week we will be reviewing all the words from the past 5 weeks, with a focus on all of the short vowels.  Please refer to the sheet going home on Monday with your child, or scroll back to the previous weeks' words.  There will be around 2 words chosen from each word list, with an additional 3 bonus words.









Connecting science and literacy; working with our friends to organize information!











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Week of October 14

Upcoming Events:

October 25-1st/2nd grade field trip
November 1/2-conferences
November 30-Christmas program






Bible Verse:

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth."

Psalm 100:1



*due to our last weeks being shortened, we are moving on to this new verse, and are not being tested on the verse from last week.








Spelling Words:

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














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Week of October 8

Upcoming Events:

October 25-1st/2nd grade field trip
November 30-Christmas Program


Bible Verse:

"I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you;  I will make your name great and you will be a blessing."

Genesis 12:2





Spelling Words:

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


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Week of October 1

Upcoming Events:

October 8-teacher work day, no school
October 25-1st/2nd grade field trip
November 30-Christmas Program





Bible Verse:

Due to short week, no new verse





Spelling Words:

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

*test for these words will be next week (10/12)


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Week of September 24

Upcoming Events:

October 8-teacher work day, no school
October 25-1st/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
6-3-19

Dear families,

I can't believe we are entering the last full week of first grade!  Let me first say, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your child's life each day for the last 9 months or so!  It has been such a joy to watch each of them grow in so many ways!  

Please plan now to come to our end of year celebration, even if you can only come for a little bit.  Please don't forget that students are dismissed at 12:30 on that day. (June 12)

Finally, during the next few days your child will be bringing home many things.  Please make sure he/she has his/her backpack each day!

Mrs. Fox




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5-27-19

Dear families,

I hope you are enjoying your long weekend.  Last week the students continued working on their non-fiction books, and did a good job with in my absence.  Thank you for your support.  As you know, I went as a chaperone on the fifth grade Osaka trip.  Some of the students were my former first graders!  I couldn't help but think about how fast the years will go by for your children!  Make sure and enjoy each stage your children go through!

Be looking this week for a note to go home about our end of the year pot luck and author share.  We will be celebrating the end of the school year on June 12.  

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox









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5-20-19

Dear families,

I hope you were able to enjoy the fantastic weather last weekend!  This week we will continue with our regular school routines in the classroom.  Please note, however, that I will be gone on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, to help with chaperoning the 5th grade trip to Osaka.  Please encourage your student to follow the directions of the substitute teacher as I am gone!  Thanks for your support!

Have a wonderful week and long weekend!

Mrs. Fox






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5-13-19

Dear families,

I hope you are all enjoying a good Mother's day weekend.  Happy Mother's day to all the moms!  Thanks for all your work with your children and your love and care for them!

Thanks to all of you who helped out with the field trip.  We had a great time and the children loved seeing the animals and learning about how things work and the wonder museum.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox



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5-6-19


Dear families,

Can you believe it is May already?  We are getting so close to the end of first grade!  It also means it's time for our zoo field trip!  We will have a lot of fun learning about animals this week, and will have fun at the wonder museum as well.  Please fill out the forms sent home on Friday, so we can prepare for the trip.  Thanks so much.  I hope many of you can join us.  As always, if you are only able to join for a portion of the time, that is fine as well!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox


* I hope you all had a chance to look at the "Seesaw" note and program information.  This is a fun way for you to keep up to date with your child's work!






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4-29-19

Dear families,

We had another good week.  Thanks to all of you for your kindness during teacher appreciation day!  I truly enjoy working with your children each day!
We will not have school on May 3 due to Children's day.  Enjoy your day with your child!  In addition, May 10 will be our field trip to the zoo.  More  info will come soon.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox













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4-22-19

Dear families,

We had such a great time at Kid City last week!  Thanks to all of you who helped to make it possible.  The students had a great time and learned a lot!

This week we will be getting back into our regular routines again.  We will be going to the zoo in May, so you may want to mark your calendar now for this May 10th field trip. (more specifics later)

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox












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4-15-19


Dear families,

We had a great week.  Although it rained and we didn't get to have field day outside, we were able to enjoy some fun activities in the gym.  My favorite was watching the parents join their children in the tug-of war!  Thanks for being good sports!

This week we will have another special activity, Kid City.  The students have been learning all about communities and practicing counting money.  They even "applied for their jobs" last week!  Even if you can only join us for part of the time, we'd love to have you.  If you are able to help, great.  If not, and you just want to observe, that's fine, too!  If you have not returned your form, please do so as soon as possible.  Thanks.

On Sunday, April 21 many families will be celebrating Easter.  I hope you are able to connect with a church and celebrate the new life we find in Jesus Christ because of his death and resurrection!

Happy Easter!

DeAnne Fox









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4-1-19

Dear families,

I hope you had a good week.  We had a week of "good-byes" last week, as we said good-bye to both Miss Folz and Ruiya.  We will miss them both!

This week is field day!  Please make sure to have your child bring a water bottle, wear a hat and his/her red shirt, and wear running shoes.  You are welcome to have your child bring a towel and an extra shirt, as there will be water games.  Children should also wear sunscreen.  The activities will begin at 8:45.  You may meet us at the soccer field, and stay for as much of the event as you are able.  At 11:00 we will walk down to the park.  ALL students must bring a home lunch.  If your child goes home early with you, please let me know before you leave!

Have a great week and I hope to see you on Friday,

Mrs. Fox









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3-25-19

Dear families,

Thank you so much for coming to your child's conference!  The students did a great job of sharing all they have learned.  Please continue to help them remember their goals as we move toward the end of the school year!

We are sad to be saying good bye to Ms. Folz, but are so thankful for her time with your children.  The students learned a lot under her teaching, and will miss her.  If you have time, don't forget to join us on Tuesday after school. (as short or long as you are able)

Have a wonderful week!

Blessings,

Mrs. Fox



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3-18-19

Dear families,

We had a good week and enjoyed the culture fair last Friday.   This week we are preparing for conferences, and your child is looking forward to presenting his/her portfolio to you.  Please come prepared to discuss your child's progress in first grade.  Remember, this will be a time for you to listen to your child present his/her material.  After your child is done, you will have a chance to comment and ask questions.  You will want to help your child think about a goal to work towards for the end of first grade.  In addition, please remember to come at your specific time.  Please note some of you will be meeting with your child at the same time as another student, so please go ahead and come into the room at your scheduled time.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox







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3-11-19

Dear families,

I hope you had a good weekend.  The students had a fun week during service week, and enjoyed all the activities prepared for them by the high schoolers.  

This week we will begin preparing for student led conferences.  Please make sure to sign up for a time if you have not done so already.  (see email via Jupiter from Mrs. Roe)  Please also remember, since these are student led conferences, your child must come with you.  He/she will be leading the conference, and sharing with you what he/she has been doing in first grade during the past months.  It is a time to celebrate your child's growth, and together set goals for the end of the school year!

We have really enjoyed having Ms. Folz here during this quarter.  She will soon be finishing up her time here.  This week we will be doing a lot of team teaching, as she prepares for some of her final requirements of student teaching.  For your information, her last day will be March 27.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox






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3-4-19

Dear families,

We had a great week of reading fairy tales, and celebrating two classmates birthdays, as well as Dr. Suess' birthday!  We read special books, and made special hats.

We will be having "Kids Club" this week, with special activities happening all afternoon.  Some of the things we will do include crafts, games, music, and Bible story time.  We will have our regular reading/math classes in the morning.  Please remind your child to be respectful to the guest teachers they will have this week when they go to the special activities!

Soon we will be having student-led conferences.  If you have not done so already, please sign up as soon as possible.  Remember, conferences will be on March 21. (no regular school)

Blessings,

Mrs. Fox








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2-25-18

Dear families,

We had a great week of reading!  Thanks for helping your child participate in all the events!  We had such a fun time reading!  We enjoyed reading with buddies, listened to a guest reader, read with our stuffed animals, and of course dressed up as a fun character!

This week will be a "regular week" in first grade.  Miss Folz continues to do a great job of teaching our class, and your children are learning lots of things!

Blessings,

Mrs. Fox


















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2-18-19

Dear families,

We had such a wonderful time celebrating Valentine's day and the 100th day of school!  Thank you for all the treats and for helping your child gather 100 things!  We had a great time learning about 100, and also learning about the love of Jesus on Valentine's day.

This week will be another fun week as we focus on our "week of reading".  Please don't forget to help your child participate each day. 
 
Monday-bring stuffed animal 
Tuesday-dress as a storybook character and bring the book
(I can help students find books)
Wednesday-hat day
Thursday-wear a shirt with words
Friday-pajama day


Happy reading!

Mrs. Fox







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2-11-19

Dear families,

This will be a special week in first grade!  We will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Thursday.  Please refer to the note that went home earlier with specifics.  If your child chooses to participate, make sure he/she brings Valentines for each classmate.  The Valentine's may be a small treat/and or card.

On Friday we will be celebrating our 100th day of school!  We will be doing special activities centered around the number 100.  We will not be having regular show and tell, but rather be bringing in 100 of something!  We will doing lots of counting activities with our items.  Please see the note going home for specific information.

Happy celebrating!

Mrs. Fox







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2-4-19

Dear families,

We had another great week of learning in first grade!  The students have been learning about the post office and other parts of a community, as we prepare for Kid City in April.

We enjoyed going to our fifth grade buddies' classroom, to read and listen to them present their biography projects to us.

This week Miss Folz will begin her full time teaching for a few weeks.  The students have been enjoying lots of wonderful lessons!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox



Acting out our Bible story! (Boaz/Ruth/Naomi)





Learning about light during science!
(opaque/translucent/transparent)




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1-28-19

Dear families,

We had a good week and enjoyed learning many new things!  We have enjoyed many fun lessons with Miss Folz who is beginning to teach more subjects in our classroom!  We also spent some time in our class finishing up our quarter, and completed some assessments.  All the students have made good progress as first graders.  Please watch for the report cards to be completed this week.  Let me know if you have any questions, or are looking for ideas to help your child grow in his/her learning.

Blessings,

Mrs. Fox




Learning about place value with blocks!

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1-21-19

Dear families,

It was great seeing so many of you at Kite Day, and for our classroom observation time!  The students had such a fun time, and I hope you enjoyed yourself as well!

This week we are finishing up our second quarter.  Next week you will be receiving your child's report card.  I'm proud of all the progress the students are making.  Thank you for your support in helping them with their reading and math each night.

Miss Folz is continuing to get to know the class, and is taking over more and more responsibilities each week.  Last week we enjoyed some special spelling and Bible activities!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox














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1-14-19

Dear families,

We had a great first week back, and enjoyed getting to know Miss Folz, our student teacher!  

We look forward to seeing you all at "Kite Day" tomorrow.  Please make sure your child brings a kite to school.  You may meet us on the soccer field at 9:00 when we will begin flying our kites!  We will do this until 9:30.  At that time you are welcome to come to our class and see what we do each day.  Due to parents wanting to go to more than one child's class, we ask that you do not stay more than 20 minutes, so other parents may have a chance to observe as well.  Please remember, this is a regular school day for us, and we want to have as little distraction as possible, so kindly limit conversations with other parents while in the classroom.  Thank you so much!

I hope you enjoy seeing a little of what your child does each day!

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox





  Miss Folz read us a new story!





*We loved learning about light and shadows during our science time!



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1-7-19

Dear families,

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful break!  The students seem like they had a great time with lots of fun experiences.

Thank you so much for all of your help to make our Christmas party a success!  Everyone seemed to enjoy it, and I couldn't have done it with out all of you!

This week we welcome a student teacher, Marissa Folz from the United States!  We are so excited to have her here!  She will be in our class until the end of March.  Please know that as the weeks progress, she will be having more and more responsibilities as a teacher, and students should regard her as such.  

Please don't forget to have your child come to school with a "prepared kite" next Monday!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox






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12-10-18

Dear families,

We had another great week in first grade!  It was fun to get back into our regular routine, after having worked so hard to prepare for the Christmas program!  We are getting closer to the end of the term, and the students are spending time reviewing skills they have learned over the last quarter.

This week we will have our Christmas party.  Although the party is from 11:00-12:30, please feel free to come at any time, even for a short while.  We will start with games, and a story.  We plan to eat at 11:30, and end with our gift exchange game!

I pray you all have a blessed week ahead!

Mrs. Fox














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12-2-18

Dear families,

Thank you so much for a wonderful week, and for helping us have a great Christmas program!  The students did a wonderful job, and you should all be very proud!

We only have two weeks left until we break for Christmas vacation!  As much as possible, please remind your child, we are still in school, and working on learning many things!  

I want to remind you of our upcoming Christmas pot luck party on Friday, December 14.  You will be getting a sign up sheet this week.  Please sign up as soon as possible, and plan to attend if you are able.  This is a great time to get to know other families in our class.  Younger siblings are welcome!  We will also have a gift exchange.  Please make sure and read the note concerning this.  We will be asking for a wrapped gift worth no more than 500 yen, for our Christmas exchange game.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox







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11-26-18

Dear families,

Thank you to all of you who helped out by providing pies and help with crafts!  We really appreciated it.  Looking ahead, we will be having our Christmas party on Friday, December 14.  This is always a fun time, in which we all have a pot luck lunch together.  Please make plans now to attend.  All families, including younger children are welcome to attend.  Please remember, students are dismissed at 12:30 on that day.

This week is the big Christmas program!  The students will be spending much of our week preparing, so you may notice our schedule will be a bit different.  Please make sure to have your child to the hall in plenty of time on Friday.  Students should be "dressed up" for this event!

See you all Friday night!

Mrs. Fox

      Christmas program practice!








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11-19-18

Dear families,

It was great to see many of you at the Holiday market!  I hope you and your family had a fun time!  Thanks to those of you who helped to make this event possible.  This week we will have more fun as we celebrate American Thanksgiving.  Again, thanks to those of you who are helping and/or bringing pies.  Please remember you are welcome to come anytime between 8:30-10:30 (crafts, games, etc.) and 12:30-1:00 (eating pie).

I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoy time with your families.  I'm thankful for each of you and your wonderful children!

Mrs. Fox


    Operation Christmas Child!  Thanks for your domations!







We like show and tell time!








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11-12-18

Dear families,

I hope you have all had a great weekend!  With this wonderful Okinawa weather, it's hard to believe we are getting close to the holiday season!  Please join us for the Holiday Market on Saturday.  Also, make sure you have saved November 30th on your calendar!  The students are working so hard, and will be very excited to sing for you.

This week we enjoyed having "Ace", a therapy dog, visit our school.  We were able to learn a bit about dogs, and learn how dogs are used to help people.

Don't forget to let me know if you would like to donate a pie, or come and help during our craft time on Harvest day.  Be watching for a note on Monday about specific ways you can help.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox







Story time with "Ace"!











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11-5-18

Dear families,

It was so wonderful meeting with each of you last week!  Thank you so much for taking the time to come.  I am so proud of the progress all the students have made, and you should be, too!  Thank you so much for your support in your child's learning.

We are getting closer and closer to the time of the Christmas season.  Make sure you are making plans to attend the Holiday Market and the Christmas Program.  In addition, please remember we are sending a "shoebox" to the needy children in the Philippines again this year.  Please support this effort as you are able.  (refer to the sheet which was sent home earlier)

Hope your weekend is wonderful!

Mrs. Fox











Counting our pumpkin seeds!
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10-29-18

Dear families,

It was great to see many of you on the field trip!  We had such a good time.  I look forward to seeing the rest of you at conferences this week.  Please make sure and come at your specific time, as most of my conferences are set up back to back, and we don't want to miss out on our time together!  I'm so proud of the progress all the students have made.  I encourage you to please bring your child with you, as your child wants to show you his/her work!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox









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10-21-18

Dear families,

I hope you were able to enjoy our beautiful Okinawa weather this weekend!  Let's hope and pray for more good weather this week, as we go on our field trip this Thursday.  Thanks to those of you that have offered to help, and to those who are coming.  We want all students to have a fun time and remember to be kind, respectful, hard-working, and self controlled on our trip, as we are guests at the park.  Please remind your child of this, as we prepare for our trip.  Please also remember to have your child wear his/her red OCSI shirt.  If your child does not have a shirt, any red shirt will be fine. (your child does not need to wear the shirt on Friday)

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox














Finding facts in non-fiction books!












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10-14-18

Dear families,

I hope you had a good week and weekend.  We had so much fun learning about apples, and making applesauce last week.  We also had fun reading our rough drafts to our friends, and deciding together which story to publish! ( we will be working on this for a while, and hope to have our stories ready to read to you at conferences!)

If you have not filled out the conference form on line, please do so as soon as possible.  (you should have received an email form Mrs. Roe regarding this)  In addition, if you have not returned the field trip note, please sign and return as soon as possible so we can make plans.  Finally, pleases make sure your child returns his/her library book tomorrow, as we are back to having library on Monday tomorrow!

Thanks to all of you who contributed to the  "coin wars!"  We will find out who won, this week!

Have a blessed week!

Mrs. Fox








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10-7-18

Dear families,

Another strange short week!  I hope you all are recovering well from the storms, and have been able to enjoy some family time.

This week we will try to get back into the routine of things!  Thanks to all who have already contributed to the "coin wars."  We will continue collecting coins throughout this week.  Thanks also to those of you who ordered books.  They should arrive by next week.

If you have not already, please sign up for a conference time.  (check email from Mrs. Roe concerning specifics)  I look forward to meeting with each of you and your child.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox








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10-2-18

Dear families,

Wow!  I hope you all stayed safe in the storm!  As many of you know, I had to go out of town, and was able to make it safely to mainland.  Thank you for your prayers.

We are so thankful to have power and water again at OCSI.  We will have classes again tomorrow.  Please note our spelling test will be tomorrow, as we were not able to do it last Friday.  There will be NO test on new words this week. 

We will not have library until next Monday, so feel free to keep books at home for a few more days.

For your information, clubs will start tomorrow as previously planned.

Have a blessed week,

Mrs. Fox










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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:

We will be reviewing lots of skills this week, and be reading a variety of stories.  We will continue learning about contractions, and will also learn about nouns and verbs.  We will review our fluency skills and retelling skills as well.






Math Focus:

This week we will be introduced to fractions, and will be looking at equal parts.  We will also be introduced to solid shapes as we finish up our math book!







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Literacy Focus:

We will be putting on the finishing touches to our non-fiction books.  The students have been working very hard, and have some really nice books to share with you!

This week we will also be learning about contractions.  We will practice putting two words into one word by using an apostrophe.


Math Focus:

In math we will continue learning about shapes.  We will also begin learning about equal parts as we start to learn about fractions.  The students have really enjoyed using pattern blocks and geoboards to make shapes!





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Literacy Focus:

We have been working so hard on our non-fiction book writing projects.  We are learning lots about various animals.  We are also illustrating our books, and will be excited to read them to you!  As you know, in spelling we will be spending a lot of time reviewing all the concepts we have learned the past few weeks.


Math Focus:

In math we have started a new unit on shapes.  We are learning about sides and vertices, and are learning all the shape names as well.  The students are learning how to identify shapes in various real world places.





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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue to learn about non-fiction and begin to write our own non-fiction books!  We will be writing facts about our animal and begin to do our own research!  We will also be learning about compound words during our spelling time.






Math focus:

In math we will be finishing up our unit on measurement and time.  We will be reviewing and then taking a test in the middle of the week.  We will be moving into geometry and learning about shapes next.







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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue reading non-fiction books, with a focus on ocean animals and animal habitats.  We will begin learning how to use the text features to help us do research, as we prepare for our end of the year animal research projects!  This week your child will choose his/her animal!  In spelling we will continue learning about endings, with a focus on "ed" endings this week.

Math Focus:

In math we will continue learning about time.  Please note that the first grade expectation is for students to be able to tell time to the hour and half hour.  Keep practicing at home!  The students are doing a great job!



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Literacy Focus:

This week we will be once again reviewing reading non-fiction texts as we prepare for moving into our non-fiction research writing.  We will be learning about features of non-fiction texts, and learning how to find facts from those features. (headings, diagrams, table of contents, etc.)  We will be reading books about dinosaurs this week.


Math Focus:

In math we will begin learning about time.  We will be looking at both analog clocks and digital clocks.  We will learn to tell time to the hour and half hour.  You may want to practice this important skill at home as well!







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Literacy Focus:

Our literacy focus this week will be once again looking at poetry.  We will be finishing up our poetry unit in both reading and writing.  You may want to share a favorite one of your childhood poems or songs with your child!








Math Focus:

In math we will continue our unit on measurement.  We will be continuing to compare lengths of objects, and will also using units and rulers to measure.  You may want to practice measuring things at home for fun!





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Literacy Focus:

We will continue learning about poetry during our writing time this week.  We will also be reading stories that relate to the theme Easter and spring.  We will be learning about the "bossy r" sound, as we practice our spelling words.










Math Focus:

We will start a new unit to do with measurement!  This should be a fun unit for the students as they learn to compare sizes.  We will be focusing on the words longer than and shorter than this week.











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Literacy Focus:

We will spend our week continuing to learn about poetry.  We will be reading and writing poems.  We will be learning about making a mental image in order to help our comprehension.  We will be starting to write list poems and continue learning about acrostic poems.









Math Focus:

The students have had a lot of fun learning about picture graphs and taking surveys.  This week we will be learning about bar graphs.  We will continue to practice reading graphs and taking surveys.























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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue learning about cause and effect.  We will be reading stories, and learning how various events cause other things to happen.

We will also be beginning a unit on poetry in writer's workshop.  It should be fun for students to listen to and write poems!




Math Focus:

In math we have begun a new book!  The students had so much fun interviewing their classmates and filling out surveys.  They learned about tally marks and collecting data.  This week we will learn about picture graphs and bar graphs. 



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Literacy Focus:

This will be be a shorter week in literacy as we will have no school on Thursday.  We will be reviewing many of the strategies covered so far.  We will be talking about and learning about "cause and effect".  We will also review finding the problem and solution in stories.  You may want to review these skills with your child as you discuss your child's RAH (read at home) book with him/her.

We will finish up learning about opinion writing and letter writing.  The students were so excited to receive a letter from their "pen-pals" in Singapore!  I hope you had a chance to read them!






Math focus:

In math we will finish up our place value unit and take a test.  We will begin a new unit soon on graphs and data.  We will be taking surveys and learning how to compare data.  It should be fun!



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Literacy Focus:

This week during our Daily 5 time, we will be reading a variety of stories.  As we have finished up our fairy tale unit, we will be reading both fiction and non-fiction books, and reviewing strategies to improve our comprehension skills.  We will also be continuing to work on learning our s-blend sounds as we work on our accuracy.  Finally, we will be continuing to work on opinion writing during our writer's workshop time.








Math Focus:

In math we will be finishing up chapter 5!  We will conclude our study of place value, and be taking a test towards the end of the week.  The students have done a good job of learning about tens/ones, and even the hundreds place!  Soon we will start a new book, and will be learning about data and graphs.











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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue learning about fairy tales.  I hope you were able to see your child's 3 Bear characters and Goldilocks in their folders last week.  Students had fun retelling the story with their characters, and using their "settings" (the house picture).

We will read more stories, and begin comparing them.







Math Focus:

In math we are starting a new chapter.  We are continuing to learn about place value.  We are going to be learning about the 100s place!  Students have had fun trying to see how far they can write their numbers!



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Literacy focus:

This week we will continue our fairy tale unit.  We will be reviewing all the features of fairy tales.  We will begin comparing fairy tales by looking at the same fairy tale written from a different perspective.  We will all so look at similarities between all fairy tales.  Thanks for sharing your favorite fairy tale with your child!







Math focus:

In math the students will continue working on learning about place value.  They will take their chapter test focusing on tens and ones, and begin the next chapter in which they will learn about the hundreds place.



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Literacy Focus:

This week we will be focusing on fairy tales.  As we read and learn about fairy tales, we will be looking at characters and problems and solutions in fairy tales, in order tohelp our comprehension skills.  Take this week to share with your child your favorite fairy tale growing up!









Math Focus:

In math we wil continue learning about place value.  We will be continuing to learn about greater than and less than, and review the symbols <,>, and =.  We will also be moving into learning about the hundreds place.  You may want to practice at home, by asking your child what "place" a particular digit is in.  






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Literacy Focus:

This week in literacy (Daily 5), we will be reading books that connect to our communities unit.  We will also be reading special Valentine books and 100th day books.  Our focus while reading will be learning about the "author's purpose".  We will be learning how an author writes a book to either pursuade, inform, or entertain.






Math Focus:

In math this week, we will continue to learn about place value.  This will tie in perfectly to our 100th day of school!  As mentioned earlier, we will be doing lots of special activiies centered around the number 100.  There will be no math homework on Thursday.  Please use this time to prepare your child's 100 collection.






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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue reading stories that tie into our Kid City/Community unit.  We will be learning about the fire station/firefighters.  We will read both non-fiction and fictional stories and be comparing the features of each.  We will be expanding our vocabulary once again as we learn about the fire station.

It has come to my attention that some students have been forgetting to read their RAH (read at home) books at home.  Please read with your child as much as you are able, as this really helps them with their fluency practice.  I would like to also remind you that we have library each Monday, and books should be returned weekly.

We are moving into a letter writing unit during writing time.  The students are even writing to other first grade students in Singapore!  You may want to encourage your child to write letters/notes at home for fun!



Math Focus:

In math we will continue to practice learning about tens and ones.  This has been a bit challenging for some.  We will be moving into learning about the 100s place as well.  We will spend a few days using what we know about tens and ones to practice counting money!  Although we will be introduced to American coins, please feel free to practice counting using Japanese money as well!


 
Counting tens and ones and learning to "regroup."





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Literacy Focus:

Last week we had so much fun learning new words and "expanding our vocabulary."  We even acted out some of our words in order to help us remember them!  We read many stories with interesting words and learned how to record them in our "word collector."

This week we will continue learning more words, but will also look again at learning how to determine the main idea of a story.  Since we will also be looking at some non-fiction books, we will be looking at features of non-fiction texts.  Our theme this week will be reading stories about the post office and letter writing, in order to prepare for "Kid City" in the spring. (more about this later).  We will also be beginning a letter writing unit in writer's workshop.




Math Focus:

This week in math we will continue our unit on place value.  We will be learning about tens and ones, and be using blocks to represent various numbers.  












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Literacy Focus:

This week we will complete our Jan Brett author study.  We have enjoyed learning about problems/solutions, characters/setting, and making predictions.  We have also practiced our "retelling" skills.  This week we will reveiw each of those comprehension strategies, and also expand our vocabulary, by learning new words!




Math Focus:

In math we will be finishing up our unit on subtracting larger numbers.  I have noticed that some students still need practice with their doubles facts to 20.  Please practice at home, as you are able. (both addition and subtraction)  We will have our unit review on Tuesday, and chapter test on Wednesday.  Our next unit will be on place value.






















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Literacy Focus:

This week we will continue our Jan Brett author study.  We really enjoyed her books last week, and especially enjoyed reading about the character, Hedgie.  This week we will continue to learn about characters in books.  We will also begin learning about the long a sound, and will practice looking for and listening for that sound in books we read.



Math Focus:


In math we will continue our unit on subtracting larger numbers.  We have been learning how to use a number line, and how to use our doubles facts to help us subtract.  This week we wil be using "fact triangles" to help us with our subtraction practice.  Towards the end of the week, we will be reviewing for our unit test.













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Literacy Focus:

Our focus this week will be looking at books by Jan Brett.  We will be learning about parts of a story including identifying the problem and solution in a story.  We will be reviewing making predictions as well.


Math Focus:

In math we will start a new chapter.  We will be learning subtraction strategies to 20.  Some of these include counting back and using doubles facts to help us.  We will also be practicing using a number line.



















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Literacy Focus:

Our focus for this week will be continuing to work on our comprehension skills.  We will do this by thinking about the "main idea" of a story and "details".  We will continue to build and expand our vocabulary as we have been doing by noticing new words in our books.  Thank you for continuing to help your child with his/her RAH book reading at home.  The students have all made great gains in their reading!






Math Focus:

In math we will be finishing up our unit on addition skills to 20.  Please help your child continue to practice his/her doubles facts.  Students should also be practicing counting on from any number.  We will be even learning how to add three numbers this week!










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Literacy Focus:

Our focus this week in reading will be a review of our comprehension skills and strategies covered so far.  We will try to also look again at expanding our vocabulary as we read many Christmas themed books.
In writing we will continue our "how to" writing unit.  We will be learning how to write using "time words" such as first, next, etc.




Finding "chunks" in words.



Math Focus:

In math we will continue our unit on addition strategies.  We will keep practicing counting on and will also practice memorizing our doubles facts to 20.















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Literacy Focus:

This week we will spend most of our time focusing on "accuracy" as we learn new ending blends.  We will also be learning about "characters, setting, problems, and solutions" as we begin to read some Christmas themed stories!


Math Focus:

In math we will be reviewing our subtraction, and then moving into a new unit where we will learn strategies for adding numbers up to 20.  One strategy your child may want to practice is counting on from any given number.











         Yummy pie!









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Literacy Focus:

With such a short week, this week we will be spending lots of time reading stories, and reviewing rhyming words.  We will also be listening to  Thanksgiving themed stories, and be practicing checking for comprehension, as we retell the story.





We got to read with our 5th grade buddies in their classroom this week!


Math Focus:

In math we will be reviewing our addition and subtraction skill during this short week.


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Literacy Focus:

In reading this week, we continued learning about non-fiction books, and specifically focused on learning about plants.  As we read our books, we learned how to "tune into interesting or unknown words."  We started a "word collector" and hope to expand our vocabulary all year!

We also started our RAH! (Read At Home) program.  Thanks to all of you for encouraging your child with his/her reading.  The students also enjoyed getting into reading groups, and working on all areas of our "Daily 5."  In addition, we met with our 5th grade reading buddies again on Friday which was a lot of fun.


Math Focus:

In math we are continuing to learn about ways to subtract.  We also learned about related facts and fact families.  We will continue to review our subtraction facts to 10 this week, and prepare for our subtraction unit test.  Please encourage your child to practice subtraction facts at home.


















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Literacy Focus:

In reading this week we will continue to read more books about plants.  We will read both fiction and non-fiction, and be focusing on looking for new words and expanding our vocabulary.  We will also be beginning the Read At Home (RAH) program.  Please make sure and listen to your child read each night, and don't forget to spend time talking about the books!


Math Focus:
 
In math we will continue our subtraction unit.  Thank you for supporting your child!  The students are doing a great job learing their facts.  You may want to use words like difference, fewer, or compare, as you talk about subtraction at home.  Encourage your child to practice counting back as well, in order to help with subtraction.










Fun time reading our personal narratives to our friends!













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Literacy Focus:

We will continue to learn about non-fiction books.  We will be looking at specific features of non-fiction books, including things such as table of contents, diagrams, headings, etc.  Specifically, we will be reading books about pumpkins, and learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Last week we enjoyed starting our 5th grade reading buddy time.  As part of our Daily 5 "read to someone," we will be reading to a special 5th grade buddy each week.  We hope to later do other special things with our buddies as well.






Math Focus:

We have been getting better with our subtraction facts, and are continuing to practice our subtraction facts to 10.  We will also be learning about "related facts" soon.  (if we know 2+3=5, then we know 5-2=3)





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Literacy Focus:

In reading this week, we continued learning about finding information in both fiction and non-fiction texts.  We intergrated our science with our literacy, as we learned about how animals use their bodies for doing various things. 

This week, we will continue to read non-fiction texts.  We will also be doing some basic reading assessments, looking at the wonderful progress all the students have made already!

We will be finishing up our personal narrative stories as well.  We are getting excited to share them with you at conferences.




Math Focus:

In math we will continue to learn about subtraction, as we practice our facts to ten.  We will be looking at counting back as a strategy to subtract.  We will use a number line to help us with our counting.  You may want to practice counting back from "any given number" with your child.  

This past week we had fun using dice to help us practice our subtraction! (we subtracted the smaller number from the greater number)




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Literacy Focus:

In reading we will be focusing on reading non-fiction texts, as we continue to read science related topics.  We will be learning how to look for facts in books, and will be comparing fiction and non-fiction books about a similar topic. 

 As part of our "work on writing", we will begin our "Wonder Journals", and learn to ask questions before reading texts.  Specifically, we will move into thinking about how animals and plants live and grow.










Math Focus:
Last week we took our math test, and the students did great!  We are moving into subtraction now, and will be learning about how to find the difference in numbers.  Students should be working on subtraction problems to 10.  Students will all so learn about using counting back as a subtraction strategy.





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Literacy Focus:

This week we will complete things we were not able to do last week.  We also hope to move into reading non fiction books related to plants and animals.  We will be learning some of the differences between fiction and non-fictions texts.

We will also begin choosing the personal narrative we want to "publish" and begin our final drafts.








Math Focus:

In math we will complete our first chapter and have a chapter test on Wednesday.  (we will review on Tuesday)  This will be a test covering addition facts to ten.  Students should also review math vocabulary. ( see review sheet sent home on Wednesday in take home folders)



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Literacy Focus:

This week will will be reviewing our comprehension and accuracy skills as we read some new books by "David Shannon".  The students will focus on making connections as well as practice checking for understanding as they read.

In writer's workshop time we will begin finishing up our drafts of personal narrative stories, and begin to choose one to publish!



Math Focus:

In math this week we will review our math facts to ten, and be taking a math test on Thursday.  The students have been doing a great job.  Thank you for working with your child to help him/her learn the math facts!












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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.