Welcome to Mrs. Fox's 1.2 Website!

Upcoming Events:

November 3-parent/teacher conferences
November 11-OCSI Walkathon/Holiday Market
November 13-OSCI 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 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:

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.