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Week of May 22

May 29-Memorial Day, no school
June 9-Last Day of School; 12:30 dismissal

Bible Verse:

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

John 3:16

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 15

May 18- Zoo field trip
May 29- Memorial Day, no school
June 9- Last day of school, 12:30 dismissal


Bible Verse:

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

Daniel 2:20       (review)



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 May 8

May 18-Zoo Field trip, parents welcome
May 29-Memorial day, no school

Bible Verse:

"Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are his."

Daniel 2:20


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 May 1

May 5- Children's Day, no school
May 18-Zoo field trip, parents welcome
May 29-Memorial Day, no school


Bible Verse:

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

Psalm 145:13



Spelling Words:

No new words this week, due to short week.  We will review all the r-controlled vowel sounds, as the students all found this difficult.








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Week of April 24

April 28-Field Day
May 5-Children's Day-no school



Bible Verse:

" My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching."

Proverbs 6:20

(same as last week/review)


Spelling Words:

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






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Week of April 17

Upcoming Events"

April 21-Kid City (12:30-2:45)
April 28-Field Day
May 5-Children's Day-No School


Bible Verse:

"My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching."

Proverbs 6:20

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 10

Upcoming Events:

April 11-Open House
April 14-12:30 dismissal, Good Friday
April 21-Kid City (12:30-2:45), parents welcome to come and help!

Bible Verse:

"He is mot here; he has risen, just as he said."
Matthew 28:6

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 27


March 29-31-TeraNova testing 
April 3-7-spring break, no school
April 21-Kid City (12:30-2:45), parents welcome



Bible Verse:

No new verse due to testing.



Spelling Words:

No new words due to testing.  Please practice letter sounds, including short and long vowels.



















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Week of March 20

April 3-7-spring break
March 29-31-Teranova testing
April 21-Kid City (12:30-2:45), parents welcome


Bible Verse:

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

Proverbs 3:5-6  (review)


Spelling  Words:

Review week.  Please refer to the list that went home on Tuesday.  We will be reviewing words from the last 5 weeks.








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Week of March 13

March 13- OCSI holiday, no school
March 17-Culture fair, students bring lunch from home
March 20-conferences, no school
April 3-7-spring break, no school

Bible Verse:

"In all your ways, acknowledge him and he will direct your paths."

Proverbs 3:6

Spelling Words:

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








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Week of March 6

Upcoming Events:

March 13-OCSI holiday, no school
March 17-culture fair for upper elementary; all students bring lunch from home
March 20-conferences, no school
April 3-7-spring break, no school

Bible Verse:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding."

Proverbs 3:5


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 February 13

Upcoming Events:

February 14-Valentine's Day
February 14-16-Service Week
February 20-No School; President's Day

Bible Verse:

"I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies."

Psalm 18:3
(continued from last week)

Spelling Words:

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
















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Week of February 6

Upcoming Events:

February 10-Reading Night 6:30-7:30
February 8-100th day of school
February 14-Valentine's Day party
February 20-No school, President's Day

Bible Verse:

"My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation." 
Psalm 18:2

(review verse)

Spelling Words:

This is a review week.  Please see the review sheet which will be coming home in your child's take home folder on Monday.  We will review words from the past 5 spelling tests, focusing on long vowel sounds and plurals.






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Week of January 30

Upcoming Events:

February 10-Reading Night 
February 14-Valentine's Day party
(students only)
February 20-no school, President's Day


Bible Verse:

"My God is my rock, in who I take refuge.  He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."

Spelling Words:

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




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Week of January 23

Upcoming Events:

January 26-report cards go home
February 20-no school, President's day

Bible Verse:

"I love you oh Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer."
Psalm 18:1

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 16

Upcoming Events:

January 16-No school
January 17-Pajama day
January 18-Hat and/or silly Hair day
January 19-Character parade day 9:10-10:00
January 20-No School

Bible Verse:

No new verse due to short week.

Spelling Words:

No new words or test due to short week.  Please review long o sound at home as in bone, boat, no, and so.


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Week of January 9

Upcoming Events:

January 9-Kite Day;bring a kite to school!  
(10:00-10:45) Parents are welcome to join us!
January 16-No School; Martin Luther King Day
January 19-Character Parade Day
January 20-Teacher Work Day, no school

Bible Verse:

"As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."  
Joshua 24:15

Spelling Words:

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





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Week of January 2

Upcoming Events:

January 9-Kite Day; bring a kite to school! (10:00-10:45)
January 16-No School; Martin Luther King Day

Bible Verse:

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

Exodus 15:2  (this is a review verse)

Spelling:

There will be no new spelling words this week. We will be reviewing the ways to make a long a word (ai/a_e), as this was hard for many students.  Please help your child practice spelling our words from two weeks ago, as well as any other long a words you can think of (cake, bake, rake, lake, hail, sail, rain, etc.).










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Week of December 12

December 16-Class Christmas party 11:00 am
12:30 dismissal

December 19-January 3-Christmas break, 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 form their sins."

Matthew 1:21

Spelling Words:

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





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Week of December 5

Upcoming Events:

December 16-Class Christmas party (potluck);11:00-12:30 ,12:30 dismissal
December 19-January 3-Winter break, 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. 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 November 28

Upcoming Events:

December 2-12:30 dismissal; 7pm Christmas Program
December 16-Class Christmas pot luck; 12:30 Dismissal



Bible Verse:

No new Bible verse this week, as we will be preparing for our Christmas program.  Students should focus on memorizing the songs for the program instead.


Spelling Words:

This will be a review week (from the last 5 weeks).  Our test will be on Thursday, due to the half day on Friday.





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Week of November 14

Upcoming Events:

November 14-OCSI holiday
November 19-Holiday Market 10am-2pm
November 22-Harvest Day/pie Day
November 23-25-No School, Thanksgiving
December 2- Christmas program


Bible Verse:

This week we will be trying to put all of the previous verses together and say all of Psalm 100. (5 verses) There will be no individual testing of verses this week, as students are focusing on learning all the words for the Christmas program.


Spelling Words:

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

*Please note, our spelling test will be on Monday of next week due to the short week this week.












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Week of November 7

Upcoming Events:

November 12-Walkathon
November 19-Holiday Market
November 22-Harvest Day/Pie Day
November 23-25-No School, Thanksgiving                       

Bible Verse:

" For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations."
Psalm 100:5


Spelling Words:

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






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Week of October 31

Upcoming Events:

November 3-Parent Teacher Conferences
November 12-Walkathon
November 19-Holiday Market

Bible Verse:

Due to the short week, we will continue practicing Psalm 100:4 

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

Spelling Words:

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

























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Week of October 24

Upcoming Events:

November 3-Parent Teacher Conferences
November 12-Walkathon


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. 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 17

Upcoming Events:

November 3-Parent /Teacher conferences
November 13-Walkathon

Bible Verse:

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

Psalm 100:3



Spelling Words:

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






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Week of October 10

Upcoming Events:

October 14-Parent math night;6:30-7:30

Bible Verse:

"Shout to the Lord with joy, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs."
Psalm 100:1-2

(last week we just did verse 1)

Spelling Words:

This week is review week.  We will review words from the last 5 weeks.  Two words will be chosen from each week, for a total of 10 words. ( see note going home on Tuesday)






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Week of October 3

Upcoming Events:

October 10-No School; teacher Work Day

Bible Verse:

"Shout to the Lord with joy, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs." 
Psalm 100:1-2

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 September 26


Upcoming Events:

October 10-No School, Teacher Work Day


Bible Verse:

" I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land."
  Genesis 28:15

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 September 19


Upcoming Events:

September 16-Progress reports
September 19-No School, Teacher Work Day
September 21-Picture day
September 23-Toguchi Beach field trip


Bible Verse:

"I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore."

Genesis 22:17

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 12



Upcoming Events:

September 16-Toguchi Beach field trip
(alternant day Sept. 23, in case of rain)

September 19-No School, teacher work day


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 12:1-3


Spelling Words:

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
























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Week of September 5


Upcoming Events:

September 16-Toguchi Beach field trip



Bible Verse:

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

Psalm 119:11



Spelling Words:

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
































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Week of August 29


Upcoming Events:

September 5-No School, Labor Day holiday


Bible Verse:

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.God saw all that he had made, and it was very good."

Genesis 1:1, 31

(We are adding to last week's verse)


Spelling Words:

No spelling test yet!  Keep practicing letter sounds at home!




















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Week of August 22



Upcoming Events:

August 26-Open House 6pm, meet in cafeteria
September 5-No School, Labor Day holiday





Bible Verse:

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




Spelling:

This week we will be reviewing the sounds the letters make.  We will not have a formal spelling test, but will practice writing letters which correspond to a particular sound.  Regular spelling tests will be on the Friday of each week.








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Week of August 15



Upcoming Events:

August 18-First day of school!
August 26-Open House
September 5-No School, Labor Day holiday






Bible Verse:

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, That we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"   I John 3:1

*Since this is our first week, we will not be memorizing this verse, but rather talking about what it means.







Spelling:

This week we will be introduced to our spelling book and will review the sounds letters make.
5-22-17

Dear families,

Thanks to all of you who came to the zoo and Wonder Museum last week!  The students had a great time, and learned a lot.  Thanks for your help.  I couldn't have done it without you!

We are getting down to the end of the school year.  I recently had students take a reading test, and they all did a great job!  Everyone has improved, and it is so much fun to see their excitement in reading!  Please continue to have your children read all summer, in order to be ready for second grade.

Please remember that next Monday will be a holiday, as it is Memorial day.  Also, the last day of school is usually a home lunch day, with a dessert pot luck for our class.  I will be giving you more info about this later, but please leave that day open if possible.

On a personal note, I am sad to say I will have to miss school next week.  My father is in critical condition, and I need to be with my mom in the States right now.  I will be leaving on Monday, May 22, and am not sure when I will be able to return.  I would appreciate your prayers.  Thank you for understanding and helping your child during this time of my absence.

Blessings,

Mrs. Fox 






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5-15-17

Dear families,

I hope you had a great week.  We are having lots of fun in first grade learning about animals and their habitats.  We are excited to learn even more about animals when we go to the zoo this week.  The students have each chosen his/her  animal to "research" and will be learning all about a particular animal, and writing a non-fiction book about it!

If you plan on joining us for the field trip, please make sure you are at the zoo by 9:30, near the main entrance.  Make sure your child has all they need for the trip!  Please refer to the detailed letter which went home on Friday.  Thanks to those of you who are joining us!  Let's pray for great weather!

Finally, let me wish all moms a very special mother's day!  You are all loved so much by your children, and do a great job with them!  The students LOVED making your gift and card, and I have to say, I loved reading them!  I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Blessings,

Mrs. Fox






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5-8-17

Dear families,

We had another good week in first grade!  I hope you are enjoying the weather.  Just a reminder to please send a water bottle with your child each day, as the days are getting warmer.

As you know, we are preparing for the field trip to the zoo on May 18.  If your child has not returned his/her permission slip, please do so as soon as possible.  Also, I would really love to have a few more parent volunteers.  Your job would be to assist small groups of children walk around the zoo, as it is hard to have a group of 18 all looking at the same animal at one time!  If you would like to help in this way, please sign the sheet by the volunteer section.  Thanks so much.  It should be a fun day.

I want to remind those of you who received information about summer school to please fill out the registration forms as soon as possible as the deadline is next week.  Thank you.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox


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5-1-17

Dear families,

It was so great seeing many of you at our picnic and field day!  The students did a great job, and all were good sports.

It is May already, and we are getting closer to the end of the school year!  Please make sure and encourage your child to stay strong till the end.  Also, if your child has been invited to summer school, please make sure to return your registration forms as soon as possible.

This week there will be no school, due to the Children's day holiday.  On Thursday, May 18 we will be going on a field trip to the Zoo and Wonder museum.  I will be needing parents to assist with this trip.  Please let me know if you will be able to help on this all day field trip.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox




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4-24-17

Dear families,

I hope you had a great weekend!  I want to thank all of you who came out to help us with kid city!  The children had a great time and enjoyed learning about communities during these last weeks.  They also started improving their money counting skills!  Thanks so much for all the snacks.  We will use the left overs at our upcoming field day this week. 

 I hope to see many of you again on Friday, for field day!  It should be a fun day. We start right away at 8:45.  After the morning activities, we will have a picnic lunch down at the park.  Please make sure your child has his/her own lunch that day.  After the picnic, your children will be free to play.  You may take your child home with you from the park, but please make sure to let me know!  Thanks.

Mrs. Fox














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4-17-17

Dear families,

I hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend.  The students had a good time celebrating last week and learning about how Jesus died for us, and rose again so that we might live forever with him!

We have been spending time getting ready for Kid City happening this week!  Please make sure and refer to the note sent home earlier.  We would LOVE to have you come and help us out on Friday.  Your jobs would be to help stamp student's cards after they complete a station, or help them count money or read their cards which tell them where to go next.  As mentioned earlier, if you would like to donate wrapped cookies, senbei, small yogurt drinks, or mikans (clementines), you may send them with your child any time this week.  We will use them in our "restaurant." 

Finally, I want to thank you all for the kindness you showed me (and Miss Fox) during the teacher appreciation week!  We enjoyed reading the student's notes, and loved the gifts. Thank you so much.  We love working with your wonderful children!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox





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4-10-17

Dear families,

Welcome back from spring break!  I hope you all had a good week off, and the children enjoyed some family time.  We are in the last quarter of first grade!  Please continue to encourage your child to stay strong to the end, just as you have been doing.  The students worked very hard during last week's TeraNova testing.

Please remember to pick up your child by 12:30 on Friday, as we will be having a half day Easter/Good Friday holiday.  This week we will be doing Easter related things, and the students will be celebrating Easter on Friday morning.

As you know, we will be having an open house for our current families this Tuesday.  Please remember that this is an adult only event, and is for observation only.  We ask that you watch quietly, and save questions for another time. If you need to leave the room in order to observe another class, you are welcome to do so.  We want to have the students stay in routine, as much as possible.  Thanks for understanding.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox






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3-27-17

Dear families,

This week we will be taking our TeraNova test. The students will be tested in the areas of Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Math (computation and word problems), Science, Social Studies, and Bible.  Please make sure your child is well rested and arrives at school on time. (tests start promptly at 8:40)  Students who arrive late will be asked to wait in the office until the first test is completed.  Please remember these tests are really for the benefit of all of us, so we can better serve the students grow in their learning.  All children grow at a different rate, and God has given each one unique abilities and gifts.  Let's remember to let this be the focus, so each child will be able to do his/her best!  Also, remember that this test is only one measure of your child's ability.

As you can tell, this week will be spent reviewing and taking the test, and then it will be spring break!  I hope you all have a blessed break!

Mrs. Fox











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3-21-17

Dear families,

It was so great meeting with you all over conferences.  The students are doing a great job, and were very excited to share with you all the things they have been learning. 
 This week we are beginning to prepare for our Kid City, happening on April 21.  The students will participate in a pretend city, where they will have various jobs, and learn about how communities work.  This is will the final project on our Social Studies unit on communities.  This week we are having fun learning about the grocery store and restaurant.
Next week we will be taking our Tera Nova tests from Wednesday-Friday.  Please make sure your child is well rested and comes to school each day on time.  More information will be coming to you later about this.


Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox





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3-13-17

Dear families,

I hope you had a good week.  We had fun continuing our fairy tale unit which we started while I was gone. 

On Friday our class will be visiting the Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade classes to learn about various countries.  Please make sure your child brings his/her own lunch on that day, as the cafeteria will not be available for school lunches.

 This week we will be getting ready for our student-led conferences.  The students will be practicing sharing their portfolios with you.  In this you will see much of the work your child has been doing throughout the school year, and will be able to see his/her growth!  Please make sure to return the slip which was sent home on Friday, regarding your conference time.  Please note your child needs to come with you to the conference, as this counts as part of his/her oral language grade.  I look forward to seeing you all!

Mrs. Fox









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3-6-17

Dear families,

It is good to be back!  Thank you for all your good wishes and prayers while I was away at my daughter's wedding.   Everything went well, and we had a safe trip.  The students all seemed to do a good job with Mrs. Bailey while I was gone, so thank you for helping your child during that time.

We had a great week, celebrating the author Dr. Suess, and did many special activities centered around his books.  The students had fun practicing rhyming words, and listening to funny stories.  

Please remember that there will be no school next Monday.  Also, there will be conferences the following Monday.  You AND your child should come to this conference, as it is a time when your child will show you what he/she has been doing in school.

Finally, please have your child bring a home lunch to school on March 17.  The upper grades will be using the cafeteria for their culture fair luncheon.  During the day, our class will visit all of their classes and learn about various countries.

Mrs. Fox










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2-13-17

Dear families,

This past week we had a lot of fun learning about clouds and storms, as we read books about weather!  We also celebrated 100 days of school and had fun counting our 100 collections, and making our 100 day papers.  The  students are becoming great counters, and loved finding out all the ways we can count to 100!

I wanted to let you know that this week will be a special week in first grade as we celebrate service week.  The OCSI high school students will be serving us as they share Bible stories, crafts, and special games.  I am sure the students will have fun.

I also wanted you to know that I will be gone from 2/17-2/27 as my daughter is getting married, and I need to go to the States.  Please welcome Mrs. Bailey during this time!  If you have any questions, you may contact the school office. I am sure the students will have a good time with Mrs. Bailey, but please be patient if things are a little different during this time.

Thanks for all you do!

Mrs. Fox










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2-6-17

Dear families,

This past week we welcomed a new student, Alyssa to our class.  Sadly, next week we will be saying good bye to Donatello.  Let's remember to be praying for each student and families during this time of transition.

On Friday we will be having our Reading Night at OCSI.  I hope you have been reading lots of books with your child this month!  We are also preparing for our 100th day and Valentine's Day.  Please make sure to read the notes that went home on Friday about these special events.

Blessings,

Mrs. Fox










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1-30-17

Dear families,

I hope you enjoyed the weekend!  We had a great week, and the students are making good progress in all areas.  Please remember to return the blue envelopes for the report cards.

This week we will welcome a new student to our class.  As you know, it is almost February, and that means time for Valentine's day.  I will be sending more information about what we will be doing in our class soon.  In a couple of weeks we will be having a reading night at school.  Please be sure to look over the information that was sent home on Friday.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox










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1-23-17

Dear families,

I hope you enjoyed the Character Parade day.  I know the students did.  Thank you for helping your child participate in all the spirit week activities, as we celebrated OCSI!

This week you will be receiving your child's second quarter report card.  Please make sure and take time to read it.  The students are all making good progress and I am proud of them!  Please sign and return the blue envelope, and you make keep the report card for your records.  As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Fox


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1-16-17

Dear families,

This is a short week!  We will be celebrating school spirit week by doing various activities related to dressing up!  Please see the list to the left.  Thursday is Character parade day.  I hope your child is ready!  If you need a book for your child to carry to go with the character you have chosen, just let me know!   See you Thursday morning.  Don't forget your camera!  The parade will begin outside of the cafeteria.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox




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1-9-17

Dear families,

We made it through our first week back!  It was fun to hear from the students about all of your great holiday activities.  This week we will kick off the new year by celebrating Kite Day!  Please have your child bring a kite to school, ready to go with the string, etc. tomorrow.  Please join us if you can, from 10:00-10:45, for as long as you can, to help your child fly his/her kite!  Younger siblings are welcome to join us as well.  Our lunch time is at 10:45, so you will be free to leave at that time.

Please make sure and look ahead on our calendar, as we have a couple of upcoming days off for the students.  We also have a special Character Parade day coming up.  This is a chance for your child to dress up in a costume.  Your child should dress up as a character from a book.  Your child will be parading through the school, carrying the book which his/her character comes from.  If you do not own the book, it may be checked out form the library for this event.  Start planning now! Parents will of course be invited to come and take pictures!  (it will be in the morning of 1/19)

See you tomorrow!

Mrs. Fox


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1-2-17

Dear families,

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years holiday! Thank you SO much to all of you for helping out with our Christmas party.  The students had so much fun.  Thanks also to each of you for your kind words and the Christmas gifts.  I am privileged to work with your children each day! 

 Now it is time to get back to work, and for the students, that means back to the routine of school and learning.  This week we will have no new spelling words to practice, and much of our reading time will be review, but please continue to read with your child each night and work on math homework.

Next Monday will be our kite day celebration, to kick off the new year!  Please have your child bring a kite to school on this day.  Make sure the kite is "ready to go" (put together, with string attached). Parents are welcome to join in the fun! (meet on the soccer field at 10:00)

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox






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12-12-16

Dear families,

I hope you had a good week!  We have been having fun getting ready for Christmas and reading lots of fun stories.  Classmates have been taking trips, and some have even moved, so we have been going through some changes, but everyone has continued to work hard.

Please remember that this Friday is our Christmas party and potluck  lunch.  Your child should not bring a lunch to school that day, but should bring the food item to share, if you will not be attending.  Thank you so much to all who signed up to bring food, and to help!  We should have a fun day.  Please remember, school is dismissed at 12:30 on Friday.

Have a wonderful Christmas, and a blessed new year, too!

Mrs. Fox



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12-5-16

Dear families,

Thank you so much for coming to the concert, and supporting your children on Friday night!  They did an outstanding job!  I was proud of each one of the, and you should be, too!  They worked very hard and had a lot of fun.  Remember, you are able to order a DVD if you would like.  Please contact the main office for details.

This week we are sad to say good-bye to one of our classmates.  Sadie will be returning to the States, and we will say our good byes on Wednesday.  Please join me in wishing them well, and praying God's blessing as Sadie goes to a new school. We will miss you, Sadie!

On December 16 we will be having a Christmas party and pot luck luncheon.  Since we do not have a "room mom" this year, I will be trying to organize this event.  Be watching for more information. (If anyone would like to help organize and plan the party, please email me!)

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox






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11-28-16

Dear families,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Day weekend!  We have so much to be thankful for!  I am thankful for each of you and your wonderful children.  Thanks also to each of you who brought pies, and to those who helped out.  The students had a lot of fun on "Harvest Day."

This week we are preparing for the big Christmas program.  Please make sure and have your child at the hall by 6:30, and ready to go! Your child should be dropped off back stage.  After the program, you will have a chance to take pictures.  Please make sure and come up to the stage to get your child!  Please also remember that Friday will be a 12:30 dismissal.

See you Friday night!

Mrs. Fox






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11-14-16

Dear families,

What a great day we had for Walkathon!  Thank you so much for your support!  It was great to see all of you.  

This week we will be getting ready for Thanksgiving.  Please be watching for a note about Harvest Day on November 22.  You will have an opportunity to help out in our class by either bringing pie or helping with a craft or other activity.  

The students have been working hard, practicing for the Christmas program.  Please make sure to keep December 2 free on your calendar, as the program will be in the evening.  You won't want to miss it!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox







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11-7-16

Dear families,

It was so great to see all of you at conferences! Your children have been working so hard, and it was fun for them to show you what they have been working on!  Thank you for your part in helping them grow!

Next Saturday is the OCSI Walkathon.  I hope to see you there.  I will be at the first check- point passing out water!  Remember, if you decide to come but haven't registered, you can come and register on the day of the Walkathon as well.

The children did a great job with the poster contest.  If your child forgot to bring his/her poster on Friday, they may bring it on Monday.  Don't forget about the Holiday Market!  It is always lots of fun.

Have a fantastic week!

Mrs. Fox










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10-31-16

Dear families,

I hope you had a great weekend.  We had so much fun last week learning all about pumpkins!  I hope your child was able to share with you some of the things he/she learned.  We especially enjoyed carving the pumpkin, estimating the number of seeds, and counting the seeds!  Did you ask your child how many seeds there were?

I look forward to meeting with each of you during conferences.  I am excited to show you all the wonderful things your child is doing! Please make sure and check your time carefully, as all conferences are back to back and I do not have any extra slots. As you saw, on Friday there was a note going home which encouraged you to think about goals for your child.  This is only a guideline.  If you have difficulty with this, don't worry about it.  We will talk together at conferences.

See you Thursday!

Mrs. Fox












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10-24-16

Dear families,

I hope you had a good week.  We had so much fun this week learning all about apples, as we think about fall.  We even got to try making and eating applesauce!  Maybe you can try this at home.  Make sure to ask your child to share something he/she learned about apples this week with you. Next week we will learn about pumpkins.
  Some of you have asked about Halloween at OCSI.  Please know that we do not celebrate Halloween, but if your child would like to bring a treat to share on Friday, the 28th, or Monday, the 31st he/she may. Please DO NOT have your child dress up for Halloween.  We will have a dress up/costume day later in the school year. As mentioned, we will be learning about pumpkins, and doing some pumpkin related activities in class.

Happy fall!

Mrs. Fox


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10-17-16

Dear families,

We had a good week at OCSI, and I hope you did, too!  We are continuing to work hard in our reading and math.  As you may know, the students have started practicing for the Christmas program already!  Please make sure to keep December 2 on your calendar.  Another day to save is November 14.  We will be having our OCSI Walkathon.  Please make sure and read the packet which was sent home on Friday with your child.  If you have further questions, please contact the main office.

Have a wonderful week!

DeAnne Fox













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10-11-16

Dear families,

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend.  Last Friday your child should have received his/her OCSI t-shirt.  Please have your child wear his/her shirt on Friday this week, and each Friday to come!

Once again, because it is a short week, please remember to have your child return his/her library book on Tuesday!  Your child should know his/her book well enough to take a test on the book on Tuesday. 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox








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10-3-16

Dear families,

I hope you had a good week.  The students have continued to progress in all areas.  They are getting better at all routines, and becoming more responsible!

Please remember to watch the news and check emails concerning school closure incase of a typhoon.

On October 10 there will be a teacher work day, and no school for students.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox














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9-26-16

Dear families,

I hope you enjoyed your time at Toguchi Beach!  Thanks to all of you who came.  We are thankful for the nice weather we had.

This week we will have a regular 5 day week.  Please remember to have your child return his/her library book on Tuesday of this week.  Your child will take an AR test on Tuesday, and a star test to check his/her current reading level.

Thank you for helping your child with homework each night.  For your information, your child should practice his/her spelling words and Bible verse each night, and read from the library book, as well as do a math homework sheet.

Thanks for your help!

Mrs. Fox













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9-19-16

Dear families,

We had another good week.  We were sad that we weren't able to go to Toguchi beach this week, but hopefully will get to go next week!  Please remember there is no school on Monday, due to teacher meetings.

We have gotten into the routine of checking out our AR books at the library and going to the computer lab to take our test.  Please remember to have your child return his/her book on Tuesday each week.  (this week that will be our first day back at school, so don't forget)  Please make sure and discuss your child's AR book, as some students had a hard time with their AR tests last week.  Your child should be able to tell you about the book he/she is reading.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox


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9-12-16

Dear families,

I hope you had a good week.  We had another good week of learning, and with the rain got to experience inside recess!  We are praying for good weather this Friday for our field trip.  We will let you know if we need to change the date, as we get closer to Friday.  Please remember to have your child bring/wear beach shoes.  We will not be swimming, but mostly playing/wading in the water. All students need to bring a lunch as well.

Last week we celebrated Teisuke's birthday and Sadie's birthday!  If you wold like to have your child bring a treat to share on his/her birthday, you are welcome to do so, but it is NOT required.  We usually have the birthday treat at the end of the day.  If your child has a birthday on a day without school, you may chose another day to celebrate with the class.

Hope to see you on Friday!

Mrs. Fox




















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9-5-16

Dear families,

We had another great week!  The students are settling into the routine of things, and are beginning to show a greater amount of independence in their work habits!

As you know, we started library last Thursday.  Please make sure to read with your child each night, and have your child return the books to school by Tuesday each week.  On Tuesdays we will be taking tests in the computer lab, about the book your child has been practicing.  Your child has two books.  the test is on the book which is the AR book.  (this is the one which is at an easier reading level; check the numbers on the book and look for the lower number)

Please make sure and read the note which went home on Friday about the upcoming field trip.  This is a good opportunity to get to know other parents in our class as we begin the year together! 

Have a great week!




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8-29-16

Dear families,

     Thank you so much for coming to open house!  It was great to meet so many of you!  You have wonderful children, and we had a great first full week of first grade. As I said at open house, if you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.  I also want you to know, I will be sending home a hard copy of our schedule this week for you to keep on hand.  Most importantly, please remember to have your child return library books on Tuesday each week.  
     Thank you for returning all the forms and the t-shirt money.  The orders will go in this week, and shirts will arrive in 4-6 weeks.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox






















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8-22-16

Dear families,

     We had a great first two days of school!  I am so excited to have your children in our class!  Last week we spent much of our time learning the classroom rules and routines.  We will continue to do this for the rest of this month, as it usually takes first graders lots of practice!  
     Some ways you can help your child are by checking his/her backpack each night.  Your child will have a "take home" folder is his/her backpack with daily homework or notes.  Next week you will also begin to notice library books coming home.  Please return them by Tuesday each week.  Another way you can help your child is by sending a water bottle, and making sure your child has all school supplies, including indoor shoes.  
     On Friday night we will have open house at OCSI.  I am looking forward to meeting each of you!  At that time you will get a chance to see your child's classroom and learn more about what your child will be doing all year!  You will also have a chance to ask me questions.  Please make sure forms are returned by Friday as well.

Looking forward to meeting you all!

Mrs. Fox






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8-15-16

Dear families,
     Hi!  Welcome to first grade! My name is DeAnne Fox. I am happy to be back at O.C.S.I. this year, and am excited to be your child's teacher. I am starting my third year at O.C.S.I. along with my husband, Mr. Fox who teaches second grade.  Madeline Fox, our daughter also works at O.C.S.I. as a teacher assistant.
     Please check this website weekly to get information regarding current classroom events, memory verses, spelling words, and other news.  I look forward to a great year together!  If you have any questions of concerns, please do not hesitate to  contact me at deannefox@ocsi.org, or send a note along with your child.  Please be watching for a letter which will be coming home with your child on the first day of school.  this will give you some more information about what to expect in first grade this year.  I look forward to meeting each of you at open house!

Blessings,

DeAnne Fox


Reading Focus:

This week we will continue our non-fiction books.  Our focus will be looking up information about animal babies, animals' enemies, animal actions, and special features.  We will also learn about the table of contents, and make an "All About the Author" page.  The students are doing a great job, and are excited about what they are learning.









Math Focus:

In math we will be taking  a few tests, and will be finishing up our unit on geometry.  Our focus will be learning about equal parts, and later move into learning about solid shapes.  As we finish up the year, thank you for continuing to have your child practice math facts.
















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Reading Focus:

This week our reading will be closely tied to our writing as we learn to read books for information.  The students will be learning how to look for facts, and take notes about specific topics.  We will be doing this to go along with our animal research writing projects.

We will also spend time doing some end of the year assessments.  The students are improving in their fluency and retelling skills!  It is fun to see their growth.  Please continue to read with your child ALL summer, so they don't forget these great skills!



Math Focus:

In math we will be continuing our unit on shapes.  We will review composite shapes and soon be moving into learning about fractions.  Please spend time identifying shapes around the house and talking about equal parts (fractions).  I have noticed that all students need continued practice with math facts as well.  It appears subtraction facts remain hard for many students.  Please continue to practice at home, in order to be ready for second grade! 







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Reading Focus:

In reading this week, we will continue our unit on non-fiction books, with an emphasis on animal books.  The students have been learning about various habitats, as we incorporate our animal science unit.  Soon your child will be selecting an animal to research for an animal book he/she will be making during our Writing Workshop time.  We have enjoyed learning about how non-fiction books teach us facts.  






Math Focus:

In math our focus will continue to be geometry, and shapes in particular.  We will also be looking at how putting shapes together can make a new shape.  The students have been enjoying this new unit of study, and have been finding shapes all around.  So far we are working on one dimensional shapes only. (see your child's homework sheets for specifics)





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Reading Focus:

This week we will begin a new unit on reading non-fiction texts.  We will be specifically be reading books related to animals, as we prepare for our field trip to the zoo.  We will be talking again about features of non-fiction texts, and will begin to learn how to take notes from non-fiction books in order to prepare for doing our own research projects!




Math Focus:

In math we will begin a new unit in which the focus will be shapes/geometry.  We will be looking at various shapes and talking about the attributes of each shape.  We will learn about both solid shapes and flat shapes during this unit.  Have your child practice identifying shapes at home!






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Reading Focus:

This week we will continue to work on learning about poetry.  We will be reading lots of poems, and practicing writing poems as well.  We will also be focusing on developing fluency in our reading (speed and tone).  Please encourage your child to read his/her library book a few times, until he/she becomes fluent.



Math Focus:

In math we are continuing our unit on telling time.  We are practicing with both digital and analog times, to the hour and half hour.  Please continue to practice at home.  Your child should become familiar with using the term "half past" to indicate 30 minutes after.


















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Reading Focus:

This week we will begin learning about poetry.  We will be reading many poems and learning about the features of poetry including rhyming, repetition, and rhythm.  We will even begin practicing writing our own list poems.  In addition we will learn how "making a picture in our minds" helps us understand poems.









Math Focus:

In math we will continue our unit on measurement.  The students will continue measuring objects.  We will also be moving into learning more about time.  Please continue to practice measuring and telling time at home.














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Reading Focus:

This week we will be reviewing all of the reading strategies we have been working on over the last few months.  We will be specifically working on expanding vocabulary and listening for the main idea in a story.  We will be reading fictional stories thinking about the characters, and what they do and how they act.  As you read AR/library books with your child, you may want to talk together about new and interesting words in the book(s), and discuss the main idea, or what the story is mostly about.

Math Focus:

In math this week, we will continue our unit on measurement and telling time.  Students should be able to tell time to the hour and half hour on a digital clock and analog clock.  Students will be asked to measure using an inch ruler at this time, and should be able to compare lengths as well.  Please take time to practice telling time at home and measuring.  It helps your child to see how math is used in everyday life!













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Reading Focus:

Although we will be spending much of our time preparing for the tests, by reviewing our phonics skills, and practicing our various strategies, we will be focusing in on finding the main idea and details in our reading.  Part of the reading test will be answering questions about a story.  Please practice at home by having your child tell you about his/her library book, and asking him/her questions about the story.

We will as mentioned, practice listening for particular vowel sounds, and find the matching vowel sound.  For example, students may be asked to identify the word that has the same middle sound as cat (man, dog, or fish).  The answer would be man, as man has the same vowel sound, or middle sound.

Math Focus:

In math we will again be reviewing computation skills as we prepare for the test.  I encourage you to use the volume one textbook sent home a few weeks ago to practice with.  In class we will also be looking at our new unit which focuses on measurement and telling time.  You may want to practice these concepts at home as well.









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Reading Focus:

During reading time this week, we are finishing up our fairy tale unit by looking at making text to text connections.  The students will be comparing various fairy tales, and even deciding which ones they like best. 
 We are also working on looking for chunks in our reading, as a strategy to use when reading a new or unfamiliar word.  The students have enjoyed using highlighters as they look for spelling patterns, or "chunks" in words.




Math Focus:

This week we will be finishing our unit on surveys and graphing.  We will be beginning a unit on measurement and time.  Please look at your child's homework to get a better idea of what areas we will be covering specifically. 








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Reading Focus:

In reading this week, we continued our fairy tale unit.  We had fun comparing various fairy tales, as we learned about the elements of fairy tales.  We also learned about good and bad characters in fairy tales, and wrote about what we would do if we had a magic wand. (after reading "Cinderella")  This week we will finish up our fairy tale unit.  We will again be comparing fairy tales, and looking at how other authors have "retold" fairy tales in their own way.

Math Focus:

In math we completed our first math book, and are on our second book!  We started a unit on graphing, and collecting data.  This is a little challenging, as it requires students to think about the wording of questions, and the math language used.  We are having fun making our own graphs, and taking surveys.  This week the second graders came to our class to survey us and help us learn about making tallies, and surveys!












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Reading Focus:

After having some fun last week with Dr. Suess books. we will return to our Fairy tale theme.  This week we will continue to talk about characters and setting, and look specifically at good/bad characters in fairy tales.  We will be practicing retelling fairy tales, and be comparing many of our stories.  You may want to ask your child what a fairy tale is, and share your favorite fairy tale with him/her.

Math Focus:

In math we will be taking our chapter 6 test.  Please have your child look over the review paper going home on Monday, in order to prepare for Tuesday's test.  Our focus is adding and subtracting tens and ones (two-digit numbers).  On Wednesday we will begin a new unit focusing on making and reading graphs. 













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Reading Focus:

This week we will finish up our non-fiction unit study about weather.  We have learned a lot about features of non-fiction texts, and have learned how to find facts in non-fiction books.  Our next unit of study will be fairy tales!



Math Focus:

In math we will continue to work on place value.  We will be learning about numbers greater than one hundred, as we learn about the "hundreds place".  Please continue to practice adding ten to any number with your child.  You may want to begin adding multiples of ten as well!
















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Reading Focus:

We have had SO much fun reading our non-fiction books about weather!  We have learned about the features of non-fiction texts, and have learned how to use a table of contents. We are getting better at writing true facts from our books as well. Last week we learned all about clouds, and even made our own! This week our focus is learning about different types of storms.

Math Focus:

This past week we learned about place value.  This is a very hard concept for many students, and we will be continuing to practice using tens and ones counters.  We are also learning about counting pennies, nickels, and dimes.  In addition, this week we will do many things centered around the number 100, as we celebrate the 100th day of school!  Don't forget to have your child bring his/her collection on 100 things to school on Wednesday! 






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Reading Focus:

In reading we have begun a unit on weather. We are reading lots of non-fiction books about weather, and have had fun finding facts about clouds.  This week we will be recording the types of clouds we see.  Has your child been talking about clouds at home? 
 We will soon be starting a read at home program (RAH) program in our class.  Be watching for more information about this soon.

Math Focus:

In math we will continue working on place value.  For many students this is a hard concept to understand.  Please continue to look over your child's homework, to make sure you know what we are working on.  As always, your child should continue to practice addition and subtraction facts to 20 at home as well. 










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Reading Focus:

As we finish up our Jan Brett author study, we will be moving into reading non-fiction once again.  this time our unit of study will connect to our science theme of weather.  We will be reading many weather related books, and be learning about the features of non-fiction books.  Just as we practiced with our seasons/pumpkin theme, we will once again practice learning how to find true facts in non fiction books.


Math Focus:

As mentioned last week, we have moved into our new chapter which focuses on place value.  This is a very important concept for children to understand.  Please practice counting by tens at home.  This week we will also practice counting dimes.  If you don't have dimes at home, you may want to practice with ten yen coins.  Please know, however your child will be expected to identify, and count US coins in our math program.





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Reading Focus:


This week we will continue to focus on the elements of a story (setting, character, problem, and solution).  We will practice retelling stories by Jan Brett.  Please make sure your child is continuing to read his/her AR book each night.  Make sure your child knows what happens in the book, so he/she is prepared for taking his/her test each Tuesday.

Math Focus:

In math we are beginning a new unit on place value.  Your child will be learning about the tens place and the ones place.  Your child should be able to count by tens to 200, and recognize the pattern.


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Reading Focus:

Our reading focus this week will be continuing to look at parts of a story.  As you know, character day is coming up, and we will be continuing to look at characters in stories, as well as setting, problems and solutions.  We will continue to read stories by author/illustrator Jan Brett, and make connections in her books.  While you listen to your child read, you may want to ask your child to identify the characters or the setting in a story he/she is reading.


Math Focus:

In math we are continuing to look at various strategies to help us with our subtraction skills.  Some of the strategies include looking at fact families and finding missing addends.  For example, if we know 7+3=10, then we know 10-7=3, etc.  Continue to practice subtraction facts to 20 at home each night.  We will take a chapter test at the end of this week.











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Reading Focus:

During our reading this week, we will be looking at books by author and illustrator, Jan Brett.  We will be learning about parts of a book including learning about the setting, author, illustrator, characters, problem and solution.  We will be making story maps to help us in our thinking.  As you read with your child this week, you may want to start asking him/her to tell you who the characters are, as well as the setting.


Math Focus:

In math we will be reviewing strategies used to subtract.  Some of these strategies may be a bit tricky to your child. (see homework for Thursday)  Please have your child continue practicing math facts, especially addition facts to ten, as students will be learning this week how knowing addition helps their subtraction skills.













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Reading Focus:

During reading time we will continue to read Christmas stories, and focus again on tuning into interesting words.  The students have been excited to work on expanding their vocabulary.  The students have also become very good at making connections in their reading as well.  We will continue to work on our accuracy, as we look in particular at the long a vowel sound.  (see spelling words)  This is a very hard concept for students, so please spend time practicing the spelling words this week!

Math Focus:

In math this week we will begin a new chapter.Our focus will be subtracting to 20.  We will be looking at various strategies which can be used to help us subtract.  You may want to continue to have your child work on his/her doubles facts, and practice counting back to subtract.  Please note that because of the shorter week, we will just be beginning these strategies, and you may continue practicing subtraction with your child over Christmas break.








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Reading Focus:

As we prepare for Christmas, we will be continuing reading stories about families and Christmas.  We will also be learning about how Christmas is celebrated in other parts of the world.  We will be learning how to expand our vocabulary, as we "tune into interesting words."  In addition, we will continue working on our "accuracy" as we learn about how to make words become plurals. (please see our spelling words)






Math Focus:

In math this week we will continue chapter 3.  We will be reviewing adding doubles, doubles plus one, adding three numbers, and making groups of ten.  We will take a chapter test on Thursday.  Please continue to have your child practice addition facts at home, up to sums of 20.









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Reading Focus:

This week we will be continuing to read stories about families.  We will be focusing on looking for the main idea in a story, and be practicing our checking for understanding.  Students will be reviewing their accuracy skills, as they look for rhyming words in a poem about families.


Math Focus:

In math this week we will be working on ways to add to ten, by using a tens frame.  We will also be learning about "turn around facts" and how to add three numbers.  Please make sure to look at your child's homework each day, to better understand the concepts we cover each day in class.  










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Reading Focus:

This week we will be reading stories about families, as we get ready for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  We will be learning about how to find details in a story, and identify the main idea.  If your child works on RAZ kids (kidsa-z) at home, he/she should notice this is one of the questions on quizzes. It is very important for your child to be able to tell you what a story is mostly about, or the main idea.  Please make sure and take time to talk with your child about all books he/she reads.







Math focus:

In math this week we will be continuing to look at various strategies we use when adding numbers.  Our focus will be specifically on adding doubles (4+4,5+5,etc), as will as doubles plus one or two (4+5, 5+7).  Please practice doubles facts with your child at home!









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Reading Focus:

Last week we continued reading many books about plants and seeds.  We will be moving into reading books about seasons, and specifically fall.  We will be comparing fiction and non-fiction again.  As we look at fiction books, we will again be practicing making connections, and writing about books we read.  Our phonics focus will include looking at words that end in -ng. (see spelling list)






Math Focus:

We finished chapter 2 last week!  the students have been improving in their subtraction facts, so keep practicing at home.  We begin chapter 3 this week and will be looking at various addition strategies.  Some things we will learn about include learning how to count on from any given number, using a number line, counting pennies, and learning our doubles facts.  These are all things you can practice at home.  Make sure to look over your child's homework each night to get a better idea of what we are practicing.   






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Reading Focus:

We again had a week filled with reading non-fiction books, and learning lots of facts!  We learned all about pumpkins, as we learned about features of non-fiction texts.  This week will continue looking at non-fiction texts, as we learn about trees and fall. 











Math Focus:

In math we are finishing up our subtraction unit on Wednesday we will taking our end of the unit test.  Your child should practice his/her math facts this week in order to be prepared for this test.









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Reading Focus:

Last week we learned all about reading non- fiction texts.  We had so much fun learning all about apples, and how to find facts in books.

This week we will again read some non-fiction books as we learn about pumpkins.  We will continue to practice identifying the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book.  We will also be learning about the features of a non-fiction book. (table of contents, glossary, etc.)






Math Focus:

In math we will continue to learn about subtraction.  The students have been working on understanding the terms difference and compare.  Your child should continue practicing his/her math facts at home. Your child may want to practice "Fact Dash" at home on the computer. ( see note sent home earlier with password, etc. info)



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Reading Focus:

Last week we worked on becoming better at making predictions.  We learned how our background knowledge helps us make better predictions.

This week we will be introduced to reading non-fiction texts (informational reading), as we read books connected to our unit on seeds/plants/seasons.  We will read stories about how apples and pumpkins grow.  We will learn how to find true information in books.  We will continue with our phonics practice as well, focusing on reviewing our vowel sounds as well as ending double consonants in spelling.

Math Focus:

In math we will continue looking at ways to subtract.  We will be reviewing the terms difference, subtraction, and compare.  We will be learning how to subtract from numbers less than ten.  We will be tacking a minute timed quiz of subtraction math facts, as well.






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Reading Focus:

In reading this week we will be reviewing our prediction skills, which help us with comprehension.  We will specifically be learning how our background knowledge helps us with our prediction making. (using what we already know helps us make good guesses)  We will continue to practice reading accurately by looking at "chunks" in words. ("at" in cat, hat, bat,etc.)


Math Focus:

In math we will continue our unit on subtraction. We will be learning how to find the difference between numbers, and practice the part of a whole.  Your child will also be practicing writing subtraction number sentences.  






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Reading Focus:

In reading we have been learning about how to become a more accurate reader.  This week we
will once again go back to focusing on our comprehension skills.  In addition to looking at finding the problem and solution in a story, we will be looking at how backing up and rereading helps us become a better reader.  Students will be encouraged to notice when they don't understand something, and back up and look for more clues to help his/her understanding.

Math Focus:

In math we are moving into subtraction.  Once again the students will be using manipulatives to model subtraction stories.  Students will be learning new math vocabulary, such as difference, take away, and minus in this unit.  Help your child by asking him/her subtraction stories at home!











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Reading Focus:

Last week we started focusing on accuracy in our reading.  We are going to continue to focus on this area.  We are learning that there are five things that help us read the words accurately.  They are: 
1) Looking at the pictures
2) Getting our mouth ready (sounding out)
3) Checking for chunks (rhyming words)
4) Backing up, and rereading
5) Checking to see if it makes sense

Our focus for this week will be on checking for chunks, or rhyming words.  We will also be looking at problems and solutions in stories, in order to help our comprehension skills.


Math Focus:

In math we will be finishing up our unit on addition.  On Wednesday we will be taking our chapter test. this test will be on addition facts to 10.  We will then be moving into subtraction in our next chapter.  You may want to spend some time practicing addition facts with your child at home this week.  There is also a section for word problems on the test.  You may want to make up story problems for your child to practice at home like the ones you see on the homework each night. (remember you can go online for more information about our math at connectedED.mcgraw-hill.com.














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Reading Focus:

Last week we learned about making predictions as we read books.  This is a good activity for you to do with your child as you read together.  We learned that making predictions, helps our comprehension skills.

This week we will be learning about "Accuracy" in our reading.  We will be focusing on looking carefully at pictures and letters to help us figure out new words. We will also be spending time looking at rhyming words and letter patterns as we figure out new words.  Our spelling will focus on the short e sound, which is often quite hard for students.  Make sure and help your child practice his/her spelling words!

    
        Word work time!


Math Focus:

In math we will continue to work on our addition facts.  We are focusing on ways to make 8, 9, and 10. We have been using dominos, linking cubes, and counting beans, to help us with our addition skills.  We have been playing a number line game as well to help us with our counting and adding. Please continue practicing math facts to 10 with your child. 











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Reading Focus:


Last week we learned about "Working on Writing" as one of our Daily 5.  We also learned how making connections helps us with our comprehension skills.  You may want to try this strategy at home.  As you listen to your child read his/her AR book, ask your child if something in the book reminds them of anything that ever happened to them.  This is called a "text-to-self" connection.

This week we will be learning more about developing our comprehension skills by making predictions.  We will also be introduced to "Word Work" and "Listen to Reading."


Math Focus:


In Math this week we will continue learning about addition.  We will be practicing ways to make various number groups.  We will continue to focus on how to apply our addition skills to real life problems.  We will look for ways to help us answer story problems.  We will also be starting math groups.  We will do a variety of things each day such as:

M - Math workbook
A - A+ games (math games)
T - Teacher time
H - Hands on activities (using math manipulatives and math notebooks)









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Reading Focus:


Last week we continued to build stamina during our read to self time.  We learned that it is important to stop and "check for understanding" to improve our comprehension skills.  We practiced stopping while reading a story, and talking with our partners about what was happening in a story.  We also practiced "read to someone" (partner reading) which was fun!

This week we will continue with what we have been learning.  We will also be introduced to "work on writing" time, in which we write about a story we have read. We will talk about "making connections" as another strategy to help us with our comprehension skills.

      "Read to Self" time

Math focus:

In math we have been learning about basic addition skills.  We have been focusing on learning how to put parts together to make a whole.  We are learning about number sentences and symbols used such as the plus sign and the equals sign(+,=). We will continue to use counters to help us with these skills and apply our addition skills to real life story problems.  Please remember to check your child's folder for homework each night. (no homework on Fridays)


       
Math number books!


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Reading Focus:

We had a great time beginning our reading time by practicing our "Read to Self."  We are trying to build stamina to be able to read for longer amounts of time.  

This week we will also be introduced to "Read to Someone" (partner reading).  We will focus on the strategy "checking for understanding."  This is a strategy we use where we stop reading during a story, and talk about what has happened so far.  You may want to try this at home.  As I said during open house, talking with your child about what they are reading is one of the most important ways to help your child become a successful reader.

We will also be continuing to review and practice our letter sounds this week, as well as writing our letters.  




Math Focus:

This week we will begin our new math curriculum!  We are very excited about the new program, and hope you will enjoy following along at home.  This week our focus will be on how we add numbers.  For some students this will be a simple introduction.  Please know that the math skills presented will continue to become more difficult, even if they seem easy this week!  The new program focuses on math vocabulary, which will be important for all students.








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Reading Focus:

We had a great start last week to our reading time!  The students listened to many stories, and spent time practicing reading and talking about books.  This week we will review the three ways to read a book.  These are:
*Look at the pictures
*Read the words
*Retell the story

We will be introduced to building our stamina during our "Read to self" time.  We will also learn about choosing "just right" books.  It is important for all students to know that we each grow differently, and learn to read in different ways.  Please help your child remember this all year, and encourage your child to select books which are neither too hard or too easy, but "just right."


Math Focus:

In math this week we will continue to do some beginning assessments.  The students will focus on counting forwards and backwards.  We will be learning words like more than, less than, next, before, and between.  You may want to practice with your child, by asking "What comes before/after 6?", for example.  We will also begin bringing home some simple homework, in order to help us get in the habit of practicing math at home. (we do not have homework on Fridays)




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Reading Focus:

This week we will be learning about "Daily Five."  This is the reading program we will be using this year in our classroom.  We will focus on five areas in order to grow in our reading.  They include: 

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

Our primary focus for this week and next week will be practicing our "read to self."

         
           

Math Focus:

We are excited to have a new math curriculum at O.C.S.I. this year!  It is called MyMath.  We will be spending time this week with some assessments, as we prepare for our first unit of study of addition.  We will spend time practicing using the manipulatives in the classroom, and review writing our numbers.