Welcome to Mrs. Fox's 1.2 Website!

Upcoming Events:

June 6-Author's Share/End of year party 2:15, room           206. (please see email from class mom)
June 8-last day, early dismissal 12:30
           Make sure your child brings a home lunch.

Bible Verse:

No memory work this week.  We will be continuing learning about the miracles of Jesus.

Spelling:

No spelling words this week.  During spelling time, we will be reviewing many of our vowel sounds this week, and word patterns (chunks)






























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Upcoming Events:

June 6-Author's Share/End of year party 2:15 PM
           (please see email)
June 8-last day, early dismissal 12:30
           home lunch ONLY



Bible Verse:

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

I John 1:9


Spelling Words:

Review the last six weeks words.  Please see the note sent home.





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Upcoming Events:

May 30-No school, Memorial Day
June 6-Author's Share/End of year party
          (details to come)
June 8-Last Day of school



Bible Verse:

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins, and purify us from unrighteousness."
I John 1:9

Spelling:

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




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Upcoming Events:

May 30-No School, Memorial Day
June 8-Last day of school

Bible Verse:

"But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage!  It is I.  Don't be afraid."

Matthew 14:27

Spelling Words:

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





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Upcoming Events:

May 13-Zoo/Wonder Museum Field Trip
May 30-No School, Memorial day holiday
June 8-Last day of school

Bible Verse:

"He changes times and seasons, he sets up kings and deposes them.  He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning."

Daniel 2:21
(we are reviewing last week's verse)

Spelling Words:

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





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Upcoming Events:

May 5-No School; Children's Day
May 13-Zoo/Wonder museum field trip

Bible Verse:

"He changes times and seasons,
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning."

Daniel 2:21 (continuation from last week)

Spelling Words:

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






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Upcoming Events:

April 29-Elementary Field Day
May 5-No School, Children's Day
May 13-Zoo/Wonder museum field trip



Bible Verse:

"Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are his."
Daniel 2:20

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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Upcoming Events:

April 29-Elementary Field Day

Bible Verse:

"The Lord is faithful in all his promises and toward all he has made."  
Psalm 145:13 (review)

Spelling Words:

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






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Upcoming Events:

April 8-Kid City, early dismissal (12:00) NOTE time change. NO school lunch;bring lunch from home
April 6-7-TerraNova tests
April 11-15-No school, spring break

Bible Verse:

Due to TerraNova testing and the short week with Kid City activities, there will be no new verse this week.

Spelling:

Due to the TerraNova testing, there will be no new spelling words this week.  Please review long and short vowel patterns at home, to prepare for the phonics portion of the TerraNova test.
















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Upcoming Events:

April 1-student led conferences, no school
April 8-Kid City, early dismissal (12:30)
April 11-15-No school, spring break

Bible Verse:

"The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving towards all he has made."
Psalm 145:13

Spelling Words:

This is a unit review week.  We will have our test on Thursday.  We will have 12 selected words from the last six weeks.  Please refer to the list going home on Monday, or look back on the website from the weeks beginning with February 15.











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Upcoming Events:

March 21-No school, records day
March 24-Family Reading Night (6:30-8:00)
March 25-No school, Good Friday holiday
April 1-student led conferences, no regular classes
April 8-Kid city
April 11-15-No school, spring break

Bible verse:

Due to the short week, we will have no new Bible memory verse.

Spelling:

Due to the short week, we will have no spelling test, but will be reviewing short and long vowels during our spelling time.
















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Upcoming Events:

March 14-Missions Week/Kids Club
March 21-No school/records day
March 25-No school, Good Friday holiday
April 1-conferences, no regular classes
April 8-Kid City
April 11-15-No school, spring break

Bible Verse:

Due to our special missions week presentations, there will be no regular Bible verse memory this week. 

Spelling Words:

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





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Upcoming Events:

March 21-No school, records day
March 25-No school, Good Friday holiday
April 1-No regular classes, student-led conferences ( students must be present at his appointed time-info to come later)
April 11-15-No school, spring break

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


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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Upcoming Events:

March 4-Bazaar Prep after school
March 5-OCSI Bazaar
March 7-OCSI holiday;no school
March 21-No school, records day
March 25-Good Friday holiday;no school

Bible Verse:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding."
Proverbs 3:5


Spelling:

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







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Upcoming Events:

Feb. 27-Bazaar Prep Day
March 5-OCSI Bazaar
March 7-OSCI holiday;no school



Bible Verse:

"Oh Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
Psalm 8:1




Spelling Words:

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





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Upcoming Events:

Feb. 27-Bazaar prep day
March 5-OCSI Bazaar




Bible Verse:

"For he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters." (add to last week's verse)
Psalm 24:2


Spelling Words:

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









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Upcoming Events:

Feb. 12-Valentine's Day Celebration
Feb. 15-No School, President's Day
March 5-OSCI Bazaar


Bible Verse:

"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it."
Psalm 24:1

Spelling Words:

This week is a review of all long o words, and plural words from the last 5 or so weeks.  Please refer to the list going home on Monday.  12 word will be chosen from that list.

















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Upcoming Events:

Feb. 5-Spelling Bee
Feb. 12-Valentine's Day Celebration
Feb. 15-No School, President's Day
March 5-OCSI Bazaar

Bible Verse:

"Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon."
Isaiah 55:7

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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Upcoming Events:

Feb. 5-Spelling Bee
Feb. 12-Valentine's Day Celebration
Feb. 15-No School, President's Day
March 5-OCSI Bazaar

Bible Verse:

"Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts." 

Isaiah 55:7a

Spelling Words:

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

















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Upcoming Events:

Feb. 5-Spelling Bee
Feb. 12-Valentine's Day Celebration
Feb. 15-President's Day holiday, no school

Bible Verse:

"Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near."
Isaiah 55:6

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

* Continue to practice spelling bee word list as well. The in-class spelling bee will be this week, on Thursday.  This will determine which three people participate in the all-lower elementary bee held on February 5. Good luck to all!





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Upcoming Events:

January 11-Kite Day; 10:00-10:40
January 13-Character Parade Day; 9:15-10:00
Week of 1/11-15-School Spirit Week (see Friday note)
January18-No School, MLK Day

Bible Verse:

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

Psalm 18:3
( this connects to the last two verses we have been learning)

Spelling Words:

This week we will be focusing on the word list which was sent home earlier, and again last Friday for the spelling bee.  We will be learning how to do a spelling bee, and practicing having class spelling bees.  Please have your child practice at least 5-10 of the words each night!






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Upcoming Events:

Jan. 4-teacher work day, No school
Jan. 11-Kite Day
Jan. 18-Martin Luther King Day, No school


Bible Verse:

"I love you , O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer."(review)
"My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."
Psalm 18: 1-2

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

            Thanks moms, for all your help!






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Upcoming Events:

December 17-Christmas potluck party;
                     Early dismissal
December 18- Winter break begins!
January 5-School resumes
January 11-Kite Day 10:00 AM
January 18-MLK Day, No school

Bible Verse:

"Today in the town of Bethlehem a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."

Luke 2:11


Spelling:

No spelling test this week.













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Upcoming Events:

December 17-Christmas potluck party;
                     Early dismissal
December 18-Winter break begins!
January 5-School resumes

Bible Verse:

But the angel said to them,"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be to all people."

Luke 2:10


Spelling Words:

1. boy
2. boys
3. box
4. boxes
5. dog
6. dogs
7. tent
8. tents
9. about
10. how
* Christmas (Bonus word!)

















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Upcoming Events:

Dec. 2-Christmas Program, early dismissal, program at 7pm
Dec. 17-Christmas Party
Dec. 18-Jan. 4- Winter Break

Bible Verse:

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

Matthew 1:21

Spelling Words:

This week we will review the words from the last 5 weeks.  Please refer to the note going home on Monday, which will list all the previous test words.  The test will be ten words from our past tests.










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Upcoming Events:

November 24-Harvestfest
Nov. 25-27 No School;Thanksgiving break
Dec. 2-Christmas Program, early dismissal

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









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Upcoming Events:

Nov. 14-Walkathon 9am
Nov. 16-No School
Nov. 24-Harvestfest 
Nov. 25-27-No School;Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 2-Christmas Program, early dismissal

Bible Verse:

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


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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Upcoming Events:

Nov. 14-Walkathon
Nov. 16-No School

Bible Verse:

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

(same as last week, as it was a little long)

Spelling Words:

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





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Upcoming Events:

Oct. 30-Potato Digging field trip
Nov. 14-Walkathon
Nov. 16-No school

Bible Verse:

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

Exodus 15:2

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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Upcoming Events:

Oct. 23-Parent Teacher Conferences (no school)
Oct. 30-Potato digging field trip 
Nov. 14-Walkathon
Nov. 16-No school

Bible Verse:

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

Spelling:

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








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Upcoming Events:

Oct. 23-Parent Teacher Conferences
Oct. 30-Potato digging field trip (no parents needed)
Nov. 14-Walkathon
Nov. 16-No school

Bible Verse:

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise his name."
Psalm 100:4

Spelling Words:

This week we will review all of the words we have had so far.  Please check the list going home with your students or refer to previous week's website news.





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Upcoming Events:

Oct. 12-No School/Teacher Dev. Day
Oct. 23-Parent/Teacher conferences
Nov. 14-Walkathon
Nov. 16-No School

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













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Upcoming Events:

Sept. 28-Picture Day: 8:40 AM
Oct. 12-No School/Teacher Dev. Day
Oct. 23-Parent/Teacher Conferences

Bible Verse:

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

Spelling Words:

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








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Upcoming Events:

Sept. 21- Progress reports
Sept. 28-picture day


Bible Verse:

"I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing."
Genesis 12:2

Spelling Words:

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







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Upcoming Events:

Sept. 17-Toguchi Beach field trip

Sep. 18-No School, records day for teachers

Sept. 28-Picture Day

Bible Verse:

Because of the short week, we will review last week's verse. (Genesis 12:1)

Spelling Words:

Due to our short week (Thursday field trip and Friday, no school) we will not be having a test with new words.  We will however, be reviewing the short a sound (as in "cat"), and the short "o" sound (as in "hop").  We will be practicing building rhyming words from one word, and looking for "chunks" in words. 















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Upcoming Events:

Sept. 17-Toguchi Beach field trip

Sept. 18-No School, records day for teachers

Sept. 28-Picture 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


Spelling Words:

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









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Upcoming Events:

Sept. 7- No School, Labor Day

Sept. 18-No School, records day for teachers

Sept. 28-30-Picture Day



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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Our first day!

Upcoming Events:

September 7- Labor Day Holiday, No School


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

Spelling Words:

1. red
2. yellow
3. green
4. blue
5. purple
6. orange
7. black
8. white
9. pink
10. brown


*Please note our spelling test will be a "practice" test this week.  I will be looking for understanding of beginning, middle, and ending sounds, to get an idea of where students are.  Next week we begin our regular tests with phonics based focus. Both Bible memory and spelling tests will be on Fridays.





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Mr. and Mrs. Fox



Upcoming Events:



First Day of School-Tuesday, August 18

Open House- Friday, August 21st 6pm

Week of June 6

Wow!  I can't believe the end of the school year is here.  It is with humbleness and deep gratitude, I thank you for the opportunity to teach your children this year.  They were an amazing group of students, and you are amazing parents!!  I am blessed.  They have grown so much, and please know, they couldn't have done it with out your support.  Always remember YOU are their first and best teachers!  Each child is unique and has special gifts.  Find your child's special gift and encourage that gift!

This week we will be cleaning up, reviewing, and sending home many things, including your child's report card on Wednesday.  As mentioned, our party will be at 2:15 on Monday, as that is our last day with our whole class.  The students are anxious to read their outstanding books to you!  We will read, and then have a time of refreshments.

On Wednesday please have your child bring a home lunch.  If your child wants to bring anything special to share on this day at our picnic, that is fine. (no peanut products please!) We will eat outside at 11:00.  Parents, you are welcome to come and join us if you would like!

Finally, I have really enjoyed praying for you this year!  During our prayer times each day, your children have shared things they would like prayer for, including your families.  We have prayed for moms, new babies, sicknesses, travel safety, and many other things.  Please feel free to email (deannefox@ocsi.org) me during the summer if you have any family needs or prayer requests, etc.  Lets all remember to  pray for the Smith family and Ganganath family as they prepare to move.  Transitions are tough on kids, and their friends left behind, but we know God goes with us. May God be with each of you.

Thanks again for everything!

DeAnne Fox


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Week of May 30

Dear families,

I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend.  As many of you know, I was quite sick last week.  Thanks for your prayers!  I am doing better now.

We are getting down to the last days of school.  Please be aware that you will be receiving an email regarding the party on Monday celebrating our learning this year.  We will also be having a picnic lunch on the last day of school, so please make sure your child brings a lunch from home on that day.

Please know that many papers will be coming home each day.  Your child should bring a backpack to school each day.  All students should bring water bottles as well, as it gets quite warm during recess!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox




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Week of May 23

Dear families,

I hope you are having a good week.  I am sorry for the delay in getting our weekly news out.  As many of you know, I was gone on Monday, as I took a personal day to be with my daughter who is visiting from the States.  The students did a great job in my absence, and started the week well!

This week we will continue to spend much of our time reviewing and preparing for second grade!  Please remember to return all library books as we are doing end of year inventory. The students will continue going to the library for stories, but will no longer be checking out books to take home.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox












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Week of May 16

Dear parents,

Thanks to all of you who came on the field trip!  I really appreciated your help. We were so blessed to have great weather.  the  students were really happy to see many of the animals they are researching!

We are continuing to move towards the end of the school year.  Many of our learning will focus on mastering various topics, in order to be better prepared for second grade.  Please make sure your child continues practicing math facts, spelling words, and reading each day.

If you are planning on sending your child to summer school, please be sure to register as soon as possible.  All paperwork, including fees need to be turned into the main office.  If your child will be missing the last days of school, for any reason, please let me know.  We are in the beginning stages of planning an end of year party!

Have a great week!

DeAnne Fox



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Week of May 9

Dear parents,

I hope you had a great day on Children's day, and moms, I hope you were treated extra special on Mother's Day!  Like I have said before, I think the 1.2 moms are the best!

We are getting very excited for our field trip coming up on Friday.  Please refer to the information that was sent home earlier about the specifics.  Let me know if your child will be going home with you after the trip and/or if you and your child will be meeting us at the zoo in the morning.  If you are mot coming, please make sure your child has a lunch and a water bottle.  Please know that student should not bring extra money for the gift shop. We are looking forward to learning more about animals, and especially the ones we are researching!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox










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Week of May 2

Dear parents,

Wow!  It's May already!  We had a great time at field day.  Thanks to all of you who came out to cheer us on, and enjoy the picnic.  Your children did a wonderful job and had fun.

This week we have a holiday on Thursday, May 5.  Please remember, there is no school on that day.  Enjoy celebrating Children's Day!

Last week you received notices about summer school.  Please remember that this is a first come, first serve registration for all invited students.  Required students should get their forms returned as soon as possible.  Please look carefully at the green sheet in the stapled packet to see the status of your child.

Due to high school tests, and library availability, we will have library on TUESDAY both this week, and next week.  Please make sure your child returns his/her book by Tuesday this week.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox


*If you have not returned the zoo field trip note, please do so, as soon as possible.


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Week of April 25

Dear parents,

I hope you have been enjoying your weekend. Last week was our first week after spring break.  Although it took us a few days to get used to being in school again, we ended the week well!  With the warmer weather, and summer just around the corner, it is easy for the students to have a hard time staying focused.  Please encourage your child to finish strong, and remember all of our school rules.  This will be really important as we prepare for Field Day this week!

Please refer to the note which went home last week with regards to Field Day.  Please know that you and your younger children are welcome to join us and cheer the students on.  In the afternoon we will have a picnic in the park.  Please make sure your child has plenty of water, sunscreen, and a lunch on that day!Your child needs to wear his/her OSCI orange class shirt or an orange shirt if possible.

Looking ahead, we will be having a field trip to the zoo on May 13.  We will be needing plenty of parent support for this trip.  Please save the date if you think you will be able to join us!

Have a great week! 


DeAnne Fox





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Week of April 18

Dear parents,

We had a great time at Kid City!  Thanks to all of you for your help.  It was great to see the students using the skills they had practiced in "real life" situations.  Make sure and check out the OCSI blog which mentions Kid City this time!

This week we are beginning our countdown to the end of the school year!  The students have been making such good progress all year, and have really formed a great team of learners.  Please continue to read with your child often, and practice math facts (especially subtraction) as we prepare for second grade.  We will also be putting a greater focus on writing during these last months, as we prepare for second grade.  Any practice your child has at home both in handwriting, and writing sentences or stories is great!

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox





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Week of April 4

Dear parents,

It was great to see so many of you at the student led conferences.  The students did a great job!  You should be proud of all their hard work this year.  It was exciting to see their growth!

This week we have another opportunity for students to show what they have learned, through the TerraNova tests.  This is a standardized test, in which students are compared to other students at their grade level, throughout the United States.  This helps us as we look at how best to serve the needs of OCSI students.  Please make sure your child gets plenty of sleep on those days.  Please note that students will be allowed to bring a healthy snack to eat during our test break times.

Friday will be our Kid City day.  Please refer to the note sent home earlier about how you can help. (donations, prep work, or help on the day of Kid City). School will be dismissed at 12:00 on that day.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox





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Week of March 28

Dear parents,

I trust you had a great Easter weekend!  I enjoyed kicking the weekend off by seeing many of you at the "Spring into Reading" event held on Friday night.  Lets continue reading with our children!

This week we will be preparing for student led conferences.  Please remember to return your confirmation note, if you have not already done so.  Please also remember that because this conference is led by your child, they MUST be present!  This is a time for your child to share with you what he/she has been doing at school, as well as what he she thinks his/her strengths and weaknesses are. 

Next week will be our TerraNova testing. (Tuesday-Thursday)  In order to begin preparing for this, we will be spending much of our time reviewing our past learning.

Last week many students at OCSI were sick!  I hope everyone is better this week!

DeAnne Fox


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Week of March 21

Dear parents,

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  I think spring is finally here, and we are enjoying some warmer weather!  The students had a great time at last week's "Kid's Club" activities.  Thank you so much for your donations to the food shelf!  Did you hear, our class won, by donating the most items!  Thank you for your kindness!  We were told the homeless shelter had never received so much food before!  Our students enjoyed ice cream as a treat for bringing the most donations.

This is a short week, as teachers prepare report cards, and we prepare for Easter.  I pray you all have a blessed Easter, and have time to reflect on God's goodness in our lives.

Blessings,

DeAnne Fox

Enjoying our Dr. Suess books from this month!


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Week of March 14

Dear parents,

This week begins another special week at OCSI.  For the  high school students, it is their missions week, in which they all go out and serve in the community and around the world!  Some students are going to serve the elementary students by presenting a "Bible Kids Club."  The students will be involved in special activities in the morning, and will be doing our regular reading and math in the afternoon this week. Make sure to ask your child all about it.

Please note that we will have our regular library time, so make sure to continue reading each day!  We will also spend some time on Thursday learning about St. Patrick's Day, and how he told others about God!  (fits in perfect with our missions week!)

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Fox









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Week of March 7

Dear families,

Wow!  Thanks so much for all your help and hard work at the OCSI Bazaar!  It was a great success.  The lupia tasted delicious, and we sold it all!  

Last week was not only special because of Bazaar, but also because of some fun activities we did relating to Dr. Suess. We will continue with a few more this week.

This Friday we will be spending most of our day involved in "Culture Fair."  This is where we get "passports" and learn about various countries as we go to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms throughout the day.  This will help us prepare for Missions Week beginning March 14. Please remember, due to the culture fair on Friday, ALL students must bring their own lunch that day.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox











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Week of February 29

Dear families,

This is an exciting week at OCSI, as we prepare for Bazaar on Saturday.  Thanks SO MUCH to all of you who came out on Saturday to help us make lumpia, and thanks to all of you for volunteering to help this week at the bazaar, and with the prep time.  Thanks also for your donations and financial contributions to make this possible.  Because of this, you will see more books, and new supplies at school!  This  week we are blessed to have new tables in our classroom and in our computer lab, just to give you an example of the blessings from last year's bazaar! 

We will be welcoming a new student to our class this week! Please make Adrianna Anderson, and her family feel welcome at OCSI!

Please continue to pray for the health of all our students and teachers.  Many have been struggling with ongoing colds and sickness.  Pray that we would all be well, and would be able to stay healthy for our special week!

Blessings,

DeAnne Fox







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Week of February 22

Dear families,

I hope you had a great weekend!  We have been having a number of students who have been sick with bad colds and the flu recently, so I am hoping and praying that everyone will be well soon.  Just a reminder to please keep your child at home if he/she has a fever or severe cough, as we don't want to spread germs!  Thanks!

We are getting ready for the OCSI Bazaar.  This is a fun event, but does take work.  I REALLY appreciate all who signed up to help out at this event.  Just so you know, the money raised at this event goes back into the school, for purchasing needed supplies such as books, technology, etc.  In other words, your children benefit directly from your hard work!  

Have a great week and I will see some of you on Saturday to make lumpia!

DeAnne Fox












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Week of February 15

Dear families,  

I hope you are enjoying the long weekend, and had a nice Valentine's Day!  The students had a fun day on Friday celebrating.  We will be learning about President's day on Tuesday, due to the Valentine day activities last week.  

Thanks to those of you who are already helping us with preparing for the OCSI Bazaar!  Please be watching for a note coming home this week in regards to how you can help!  This is a fun day, but does take everyone's help to make it a success.  Mark your calendars now.  In addition, remember, this is a great way to get rid of extra things around the house!  Donate them to the Bazaar!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox 
















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Week of February 8

Dear families,

We had a good week last week, and enjoyed celebrating our 100th day of school!  The students have worked hard and made a lot of progress in all areas.  We continue to press forward, as we move towards being ready for second grade!

This week we will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Friday.  Please see the note which will go home on Monday with the list of student names to use as you help your child prepare Valentine's.  This is an optional activity, but just remember to include all students in the class if you choose to participate. We will be exchanging Valentine cards and/or treats towards the end of the day on Friday, and doing Valentine related activities throughout the day. 

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox









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Week of February 1

Dear families,

I hope you all had a good week.  We had a few students and teachers who were sick last week, so we are praying for good health for all!

This week begins a new month!  We will be celebrating the 100th Day of school on Wednesday.  We will do lots of things on that day, centered around the number 100.  I have asked the students to bring 100 of something to school that day for a math activity we will do. Some ideas might be 100 pennies, 100 mini marshmallows, 100 paperclips, 100 toothpicks, 100 small cereal pieces, 100 buttons, or anything else you can think of.  The items should not be too big, and should all the same.  Happy hunting! 

Friday will be our Spelling Bee. Good luck to our 1.2 contestants!

Blessings,

DeAnne Fox















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Week of January 25

Dear families,

I hope you are all staying warm this weekend!  I have to admit, although I am from Minnesota, the wind has felt cold!  The weather ties in perfect however to our theme, which as you may remember is weather! (more about this in our reading focus area)

Thanks to those of you who came to our after school Bazaar kick off meeting last Friday!  Please be watching for more information to come about this event.  You will be contacted about ways you can help in the days to come.  In the mean time, please keep March 5 open!  As you do your spring cleaning, don't forget to set aside items to donate to the Bazaar!

The students all did a great job in our class spelling bee.  Isabella, Anuhas, and Teresa will be moving on to the competition on March 5. Sedona is our alternate.  Congratulations to all, and good luck 1.2!

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox













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Week of January 18

Dear families,

We had a fun week last week, celebrating school spirit week!  Thanks for your help in making it a success!  the students loved character day, and it was wonderful to see so many great costumes. Kite day was fun as well!

This week we will start the week by learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, in honor of our Monday holiday.  We will then move into a new unit on weather, and say good bye to our fairy tale unit!  

Since this is a short week, please don't forget those library books on Tuesday!  

Have a great week,

Mrs. Fox

















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Week of January 11

Dear families,

This week will be a fun week as we celebrate our school in a variety of ways!  Although your child does not need to participate in each activity, please make sure your child brings a kite to school on Monday.  If you can come to help your child fly his/her kite, that would be great! All parents are invited. Also, parents are welcome to come to the character parade, to take pictures. You may come between 9:15 and 10:00.  If your child needs help putting his/her costume on, you are welcome to come a little earlier if you wish. Don't forget to have your child bring the book that the character comes from to share on that day!

Hope to see many of you tomorrow!

DeAnne Fox









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Week of January 4

Dear families,

Happy New Year!  I hope you are all enjoying the holidays with your families!  We are ready to start school again, but first let me thank you all once again for a great Christmas party, and a wonderful first semester with your children.  We have had a great year so far, and are going to continue to move forward!

A few reminders.  Please remember to return library books on Tuesday, as that is the day we do our AR tests.  Please also note that we will now be having 12 words on our spelling tests.  We will also be working on having practice spelling bees in the classroom, as we prepare for a spelling bee in a few weeks.  More info will be coming about this later. Finally, please keep January 11 in mind as we will be having Kite Day on that day. (please refer to the note that was sent home earlier) Students should each bring their own kite to school on that day.

Have a blessed week,

DeAnne Fox


                        
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Week of December 14

Dear families,

This week will be a fun week as we prepare for Christmas!  We are looking forward to our Christmas party on Thursday. Remember parents are welcome to attend! (food will be at 11:30) There is NO school lunch provided that day. Please don't forget that we have a 12:30 dismissal time as well.

This week some winners were announced for last month's walkathon.  Our own Kai Kobayashi and Lisa Hasegawa were winners for endurance in the lower elementary section. Congratulations!

Have a great week and a blessed Christmas!

DeAnne Fox












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Week of December 7

Dear families,

Thank you so much for coming to the Christmas program, and thanks to those of you who helped with many decorations, etc. I hope you enjoyed it!  We are into the last few days of school before Christmas break. Please be watching for information about the upcoming Christmas party. 

Have a great week!

DeAnne Fox













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Week of November 30

Dear families,

I hope you are all enjoying your Thanksgiving break.  We had a great time celebrating during Harvest Day!  Thanks so much to all of you for your help.

As you know, the students have been working very hard on the Christmas program.  Please make sure to have your student at the hall by 6:30. We look forward to a great time together!


















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Week of November 16

Dear families,

Thanks to all of you who came out to support the Walkathon.  Although it rained part of the time, we had a wonderful day. I hope you get to enjoy the Monday off this week!

We are getting ready for Thanksgiving, and preparing for Harvestfest.  Thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to help us out.  Please let me know if your child will be absent, as that will help us in our planning. 

We are also getting ready for the Christmas coming up on December 2. Please make sure to read the note sent home last week about the program, and return the permission sheet as well. ( It was on the second sheet of two stapled papers) Don't forget. ALL students need to bring a lunch on Dec. 2

Have a great week,

Mrs. Fox  







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Week of November 9

Dear families, 

I hope you all had a great week and are enjoying the weekend.  Last week we enjoyed continuing our plant unit, and will continue to learn about plants, as we read more non-fiction books, and look at seeds.  We have also been reading and learning about seasons, and how plants change, depending on the season.

Thanks to all of you who returned your walkathon info and pledges!  Please know that although the last day was Friday, you may still come if you would like and register at the "door." Please come to the cafeteria on the day of the Walkathon. Let's pray for great weather that day.  Remember, there will be fun activities for young children to do in the afternoon as well.
Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox










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Week of November 2

Dear families,

We had a great week as we began our unit on plants! It was so much fun to go to the potato farm field and dig for sweet potatoes.  I hope you enjoyed the potatoes, or enjoy them soon!  The students really enjoyed their day, and some even told me they want to be farmers when they grow up!

Just a reminder that the Walkathon is coming up soon.  Please turn in forms by November 6th, in order to be a registered walker!

Have a blessed week!

DeAnne Fox












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Week of October 26

Dear families,

Thank you so much for coming out to conferences!  It was great to meet with each of you.  I know our time was short, so if any of you have further questions, please feel free to email me at any time!  I am so proud of all of the students and how they have been growing.  Thank you for your work with them!

This week we will have our potato digging field trip.  As I mentioned to many of you, will will begin a unit on plants, so this fits in perfectly. We will be reading stories about plants and how they grow, as well as seasons.

Just a reminder, if you have not turned in your walkathon permission slip, and plan to participate, please do so.  Thanks for your support of OCSI!

Blessings,

DeAnne Fox










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Week of October 19

Dear families,

Wow!  We have completed the first quarter of school already!  As you know, this week we will have conferences on Friday.  Please make sure to come at your scheduled time, as there are many families to fit in!  Thanks for understanding. I am excited to share with you all the wonderful things your child is doing in first grade.  Please know that in our class, your child is welcome to join us for the conference.

Just a reminder, please remember to return the potato digging field trip permission slip, as well as the walkathon permission slip as soon as possible.  Thank you! 

This week your child will be bringing home his/her "Friendship Friday T shirt" , if you ordered one. We will be wearing these shirts on Fridays, as well as on field trips, and other special days.

Have a blessed week.  See you Friday!

Mrs. Fox







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Week of October 12

Dear families,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend.  I have been working on the student's report cards, and am happy with the progress I have seen from all students!  I look forward to sharing this information with you at conferences next week.  If you have not returned the conference note, please do so as soon as possible.  

As you know, our walkathon is coming up in November.  Please refer to the walkathon packet for more information about this event.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox 







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Week of October 5

Dear families,

Wow!  It's October already!  I hope you all had a great week.  In school we are continuing to learn about getting along and making good choices.  Thank you all for signing the "Behavior Plans."  This week we practiced some good behavior strategies with Mr. Jernberg, as he talked to our class.

As you can see conferences will be coming up soon.  Please plan on leaving that day open to come to school, to hear about the wonderful things we have been doing in first grade!  Specific notes with times will be going home soon.

Have a great week!

Mrs. Fox



















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Week of Sept. 28

Dear families,

We had another good week!  This was the third week in a row that the students have ALL remembered to return their library books on time!  Thanks for helping your child to be responsible.  The students have also been remembering to return homework, which has been great.  Please remind your child to put his/her name on his/her homework!

This week we plan on taking the "STAR" reading test again.  This will help once again to determine reading levels for your child.  Please note that if books seem "too easy" for your child, it is because they are still working on comprehension skills.  Have your child practice retelling his/her book to you.  Your child should be reading the AR book each night to develop fluency.

Please remember ALL students will have pictures taken at 8:40 AM on Monday morning!

Have a safe weekend!

Mrs. Fox






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Week of Sept. 21

Dear families,

I hope your children had a great time on the field trip!  I know I did!  What a great way to end the school week.  The children have been enjoying getting to know each other better, and I was happy to have time to visit with each of you as well.  Thanks to all of you for coming and helping to make the day a success!

As you know, progress reports will be available for you on Monday after school online.  Please remember this is just a progress report, NOT the actual report card.  This is just a way for you to keep updated with where your child is so far.  If you have any concerns or questions about your child, please feel free to contact me.

Blessings on your week!

DeAnne Fox











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Week of Sept. 14

Dear families,

We had another great week in first grade!  We even got to change our seats, and are getting a chance to work with more friends.  The students are doing a great job of learning the school rules, and are learning to be respectful to others.

This week we are going on our first field trip!  We will be going to Toguchi Beach.  Specific information will go home on Monday.  The purpose of this trip is to build community among our students and families.  I am looking forward to having more time with each of you as we enjoy each other and the park together.  For those of you that are not new to OCSI, let's welcome our new families!

Finally, let me thank you for helping your children be responsible students.  We all brought back our library book this week! Remember to return them on Tuesdays, so they are ready for check in before Wednesday.  Students have also been doing an awesome job of returning homework each day! Thanks!

DeAnne Fox








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Week of Sept. 7

Dear families,

We had our first five day week and did a great job!  We are getting used to the classroom rules and routines, and even did a good job during our practice fire drill on Friday.

For your information, we will generally have a short math homework sheet each day.  For reading homework, it is expected that your child read his/her AR book each night a few times, and discuss it with you.  Your child is also expected to be practicing the spelling words each night as part of his/her homework.  

There has been some mix up over understanding the AR  library book system.  Although our library day is Wednesday, please remember to return library books on TUESDAY so your child can take his/her AR test, and books can be checked in.  Thanks!

Have a great week!

DeAnne Fox













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Week of August 30

Dear families,

We had a great second week of school! We are all adjusting to the routines, and have made new friends!  A few things to remind you of; please remember to let me know or the school now if your child will be absent, or late to school.  We also need to know if your child will go home a different way than his/her normal way. Please send a note, or call the school. This is for the safety of your children. Thanks!

Last week we started library time.  If you have not returned all the permission/info sheets, including the library form, please do so as soon as possible.  I also wanted you to know that students will be checking out two books starting this week.  The AR (Accelerated Reader/blue sticker) book needs to be returned on Mondays, as they are tested on this book.  The "fun" book must  be returned by Wednesday, our library day. Thank you!

Blessings,

Mrs. Fox











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Week of August 24


Dear families,

It was great to see so many of you at Open House last Friday!  Thanks for coming.  I look forward to a great year with your children.  Thanks also to those of you who signed up to volunteer.  As events come up, I will be contacting you.  If you have decided you would also like to volunteer, and did not get a chance to sign up, feel free to email me.  I have one parent who would like to be a "class mom", but would like someone to help her with this job. Let me know if this is something that interests you, or if you have questions about what this means.  If you did not get to come to Open House, please look for information and forms to fill out in your child's take home folder this week.

This week we will begin our "special" classes.  Please make sure your child has returned his/her library form, so he/she will be able to check out books on Wednesday! If your child has not brought a music folder, art supplies, and/or PE shoes, please make sure he/she has these as well. (our inside shoes our fine for PE)

Just a reminder, please fill out all forms, and return them as soon as possible.  Please remember to check your child's homework folder each night for homework and notes.

Have a safe and blessed week!

Mrs. Fox




Practicing "Read To Self"







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August 17

Dear families,

Welcome to a new school year and welcome to first grade at OCSI.  If you are new to OCSI, a special welcome to you.  I look forward to a great year with each of your wonderful children!  I also look forward to meeting each of you at Open House this Friday.

This week our focus will be on getting to know each other, and learning our class expectations and what to expect in first grade. Please remember that you will not see a lot of homework during the first couple of weeks, as we want to make sure the students get plenty of sleep as they adjust to many new things.

Please know that I will be updating this website weekly, and it is a great way to get information throughout the year.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call, write a note, or email me at deannefox@ocsi.org.  Although I do not read and write Japanese well, I would be happy to speak with you in Japanese if you prefer.

Blessings,

Mrs. Fox 
Reading Focus:

Review and Author Share!!!!







Math Focus:

Review and finish up!!!


































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Reading Focus:  

We will finish up, and practice reading our non-fiction books!  We will review many reading strategies we learned this year!









Math Focus:

We will review many math concepts and take a tow day math end of year test.









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Reading Focus:

Our reading focus will once again be working on editing our non-fiction books, and practicing reading non-fiction.  The students are doing such a great job of writing and illustrating their animal books, and are getting excited to share them with you!

Please continue to have your child read his/her "RAH"(read at home) book each night.  Although your child will not be taking home library books anymore, we will be continuing to take home books from our classroom library to read.


Math Focus:

This week we will be reviewing fractions.  We will also review counting money and telling time to the quarter hour, as we prepare for an end of unit test on Friday.  Please review these concepts with your child at home.












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Reading Focus:

During our reading time this week, we will finish up our research on the various animals we have chosen.  The students have really been enjoying doing this, and loved doing research at the zoo as well!  We will moving into editing and illustrating our books.  Many students need to continue to remember to begin sentences with capital letters, and put periods at the end!


Math Focus:

During our math time we will be looking at using a number grid to help us add and subtract larger numbers.  We will look for patterns in numbers.  We will also review fractions.  The fraction portion of a recent test seemed hard for many students, so we will continue with more practice!












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Reading Focus:

This week we will continue our reading of non-fiction books about animals.  We will be looking especially at finding facts in non-fiction texts about habitats, how animals move, and their food (prey).  As students research his/her animal, they look for specific information each day.  We will continue to learn about taking notes on a particular topic, as we write our "rough drafts."  The students are really enjoying this writing and research activity.


Math Focus:

This week we will continue to spend time reviewing the math concepts covered so far.We did not have time to do our unit test last week, because of the holiday, so we will take our test on Wednesday this week.  We will then move into a unit focusing on number sense and learn about adding two-digit numbers.  We will spend time looking at patterns in numbers, and will be using a number grid again to help us see those patterns, as we think about larger numbers.  One of the fun activities we like to do , which you may want to try is to have your child think of all the ways to make a particular number.  For example on May 16, we will think of all the ways to make the number 16 (17-1, 15+1, 8+8, etc.)  The students love to do this with larger numbers as well!


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Reading Focus:

This week we are moving into our non-fiction unit.  Our focus will be learning how to read non-fiction books.  We will look again at the features of non-fiction books, as we prepare to write our own non-fiction books!  During this last full month of school, we will be beginning to learn how to research animals!  Each student will be choosing an animal to research, and will be writing his/her own special book!  It will be so much fun!  This will tie into our animal unit, as we prepare to go to the zoo!




Math Focus:

In math we will be continuing our study of fractions, and reviewing counting larger amounts of money.  We hope to take a unit test towards the end of the week, if we are ready!  Please continue to practice identifying equal parts/fractions at home.  It is always good to practice counting money as well.  









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Reading Focus:

We will continue learning about poetry, as we both read and write poetry!  This week we will focus on looking for interesting language when we read poetry, as well as try to use interesting words in our writing of poetry!  We had so much fun writing list poems and color poems last week.  If you don't know what this means, make sure and ask your child!  We have also learned that many poems have one of three features; rhyming words, repetition, and/or rhythm.  Our phonics focus this week will be the r-controlled vowel sound. (see spelling words)


Math Focus:

In math we will continue to practice using larger amounts of money.  Last week we practiced adding amounts of money together.  We will practice counting up, to make change.  We will also be learning more about fractions, and equal parts.  As I have said before, the kitchen is a great place to practice this skill with your child!















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Reading Focus:

April is national poetry month.  We will be focusing on both reading and writing poetry during this week.  We will start off by looking at what poetry is and will talk about different types.  We will begin learning how to write "list" poems.  You may wan to share with your child some of your favorite poems or poets.

Math Focus:

We are beginning our unit 8 in math this week.  We will be reviewing money, and counting larger amounts of money.  We will also be learning about fractions.  These are both areas which you can practice with your child at home.  Spending time in the kitchen, dividing things into equal parts is a great way to do this! 












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Reading Focus:

Our reading focus this week will be preparing for and then taking our tests.  Please make sure your child continues to practice reading each night at home.  This will help them prepare for the tests.  We will continue our focus on reading non fiction books about insects.  We will be learning how to find information from texts.

Math Focus:

In math this week we will continue reviewing math concepts, and taking our tests.  Please review addition, subtraction, counting money, and telling time.  Practicing telling and solving word problems would also be a good idea!



















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Reading Focus:

As mentioned earlier, we will begin preparing for our tests next week.  In reading we will be focusing on our comprehension skills, and phonics skills, as we review.  We will specifically be reading non-fiction books, and practicing identifying information in books.  We will also be again looking at our long and short vowel sounds, as well as blends in words.


Math Focus:

In math we will review all of our units covered so far, as we prepare for next week's tests.  We will be reviewing our computation skills, counting money, telling time, and figuring out story problems.  Any review you do at home, will be helpful to your child.  I would suggest practicing math facts, both addition and subtraction to 12, and counting money.  This would be helpful to all students.  Making sure your child understands place value (hundreds, tens, and ones) would benefit your child as well. 






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Reading Focus:

As you might expect, this week will be spent doing much review, as well as some assessments as we come to the end of another term.  The students have made much progress in their reading, and we will continue to work on comprehension skills.  As mentioned earlier, we will also be reviewing all of our vowel sounds.  We will continue our read at home (RAH) program, so please keep reading with your child daily.  You will also have the chance to read with your child at the upcoming reading night on Thursday!  Make sure to read the note that went home about this.  Bring a book, and come at 6:30 to the OCSI cafeteria! 


Math Focus:

In math we will continue learning about shapes, symmetry, and patterns.  We will have a chance to use tangrams, and be looking at things that are symmetrical.  We will identify solid shapes and flat shapes as well.










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Reading Focus:

This week we will be continuing to review many of the strategies we have been working on.  The students have become good at learning the blends, and noticing patterns in words.  We have also spent time learning to identify the "main idea" and details in a story.  Please continue to ask your child to identify the main idea of a story as you read with him/her.  Our phonics focus this week will be the "sh" and "ch" sounds.  (see spelling words)



Math Focus:

In math this week we will continue our unit on geometry.  We have been learning about shapes, including many types of polygons, and will be introduced to solid shapes this week.  Have your child practice identifying shapes around the house!  Towards the end of the week we hope to be ready to take a unit test.  Please make sure your child reviews counting coins, and telling time, as these seem to be tricky concepts for many students. (they should know the quarter hour for time, and counting combinations of coins including the quarter-25 cents)





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Reading Focus:

As was mentioned earlier, we will be finishing up our author study of Dr. Suess.  We will continue to focus on the area of accuracy in our reading as we look at word patterns and rhymes.  We will specifically be learning about the s-blend (see spelling list).  We will be reviewing our study of main idea as well, and looking at using story maps to help organize our thinking.







Math Focus:

In math last week we completed our unit on measurement and counting money including quarters.  Please continue to have your children practice these important skills.  This week we move into a new unit in which the focus will be geometry.  Please encourage your child to identify shapes around the house, including solid shapes, such as cubes, spheres, and prisms. 










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Reading Focus:

During the past few weeks we have been having an opportunity to review many of the strategies we have been working on.  We have also been starting to focus on particular authors.  Last week we read books by Jan Brett, and learned a lot about making predictions in order to help us better comprehend texts.  This week we will be celebrating Dr. Suess' birthday, and will be reading many of his books.  Our focus will be on accuracy, and using rhyming words and patterns, as a way to help us figure out new words.  We will continue to learn about blends in words with a focus on r-blends.( see spelling list)

Math Focus:

In math we will be continuing to practice counting money, including using a quarter.  This will be good practice as we prepare for "Kid City" in April.  At this event, students will be expected to count money on their own as they go through our pretend community.  We will continue to work on measuring using the centimeter and will practice our addition and subtraction facts to 12 using the fact triangles.  Be sure to have your child use the fact triangles he/she has at home to practice, as we will be having a unit test towards the end of the week.








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Reading focus:

Our reading this week will focus on reviewing many of the strategies we have been working on all year.  We will go back to talking about the importance of stopping to check for comprehension, in order to make sure we understand what we are reading.  We are also going to look carefully again at picking "just right" books, as some students have been choosing books that are either too difficult, or too easy for them.

The students have really been doing a great job of reading their "RAH" (read at home) books.  We will probably continue this until the end of the year, as they are very motivated.  Please continue to listen to your child each night and sign the slip, so your child may choose a new book the next day.

Math focus:

In math this week we will be introduced to the quarter (25 cent coin).  We will also be learning about digital time and 5 minute intervals on an analog clock.  Please continue practicing telling time at home, as well as counting by 25s. 










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Reading Focus:

This week will will continue to focus on "Expanding our Vocabulary."  We will learn how to really pay attention to, or "tune into" interesting words.  The students will practice noticing new words in their own books, and be encouraged to pay attention when they don't understand a word, and learn how to make meaning of the new word. Other strategies we will learn about include developing accuracy skills through making predictions of what a new word might be. (looking at context and grammar)

Keep reading the RAH books with your child at home!  They are really enjoying reading more and more each day! Don't forget to sign the slip for your child each day, to indicate you have listened to your child read. Thanks!



Math Focus:

We have started a new math book!  We are developing our computation skills, and will place a little more focus on subtraction this week.  We will also learn to use "fact triangles."  Be watching for these to come home.  We will also be introduced to the centimeter as a form of measurement.









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Reading Focus:

This week we will continue our "Read At Home" focus (RAH). Thanks to all of you for reading with your child, and signing the slips!  The students are so excited to be able to read even more books, and are challenging themselves as well in their reading.  Please continue the great work!

During reading time we will continue to read books about weather.  We will be talking about using our background knowledge to help us predict, and figure out meanings of new words.  We will also be working on making text to text comparisons of similar books.  Students will be introduced to using a venn diagram, to show their thinking.

Math Focus:

We are so excited to be starting a new math journal.  We will be focusing on mastery of math facts, and moving into learning about fact families.  Please continue to have your child practice his/her addition and subtraction facts to 12 often, and in a variety of ways. 








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Reading Focus:

As you know, we have started a unit on weather, and have been reading weather related books.  Last week we had a lot of fun "checking for chunks."  We were surprised to find so many spelling patterns in words we read each day! We will continue reading weather related books this week, and will again be focusing on looking for new and interesting words, to help us expand our vocabulary. Our phonics focus will be the long e sound. (see spelling words)

February is "I love to read month" across the United States.  We will be having a special reading focus this month, which will include taking books home to read!(this is in addition to the AR/library books your child takes home)  Please read with your child each night (2-3 times for shorter books) and sign the little paper in the zip-lock bag.  When your child returns a signed slip, it will go in a basket at school.  Winners will be chosen each week from those who have read books and returned their notes! Happy reading!

Math Focus:

The students are so excited!  We are finishing up our first math journal this week!  Towards the end of this week, we will have a unit review/test as well as a mid year assessment.  Please help your child review place value, telling time to the quarter hour, addition and subtraction facts to 20, and counting combinations of coins using pennies, nickels, and dimes. 



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Reading Focus:

We have started a new unit during our reading time, in which we are reading stories about weather!  Last week most of or stories centered around the theme of cold weather.  We read books such as "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats, and "Snowden" by Nancy Carlson.  We learned about "flipping the sound," as a strategy to use to help us read more accurately. We also began to think about and tried to "tune into interesting words," as we expanded our vocabulary.  This week we will continue to look for new and interesting weather words, and add them to our chart.  You may want to help your child pay attention to new and interesting words he/she doesn't understand as you read together.  Our phonics focus will be the long i sound (see spelling words)





Math Focus:

In math this week we will be focusing on becoming more automatic with our math facts.  We will be looking specifically at our doubles facts, and our doubles plus one facts.  Later in the week, we will be introduced to a new concept called "What's My Rule?" Please be watching for a note about this later in the week.  In the mean time, you may practice doubles math facts with your child using the game sent home last Friday!




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Reading Focus:

We have really enjoyed learning about fairy tales, and all the elements of this genre, but it is time to move on.  We are now going to be looking at books which center around the theme of weather, as we tie our stories into our science unit.  We will be reading both fiction and non-fiction, and exploring the differences between them.  We will again be looking at accuracy in our reading as we practice our long vowel sounds. We will be learning about identifying "chunks" in words (sound patterns) and learn to "flip the sound." (practicing using a different vowel sound, when one doesn't make sense).






Math Focus:

In math our focus will be on learning to find the "difference."  We will be looking at subtraction in number stories.  We will continue to have many opportunities to practice our place value skills, as we work with our base ten blocks.








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Reading Focus:

As you may have expected, our focus for this week will be looking at "Characters."  We will learn about good characters/ bad characters in fairy tales.  We will talk about how characters sometimes change during a story. We will practice changing our voices as we read, to become various characters.  As you read with your child this week, you may want to have him/her identify the characters in books as you read.  We will be finishing up our fairy tale unit this week.




Math Focus:

This past week we had so much fun learning about place value, and practiced making numbers with our base ten blocks!  We will continue to develop this skill, and working on identifying greater than and less than numbers using math symbols (<,>,=). Have your child practice telling you how many "tens" or "ones" are in any given number.  You may also want to play a game where your child must write a number with a certain amount of "tens" or "ones."

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Reading Focus:

In reading we will pick up where we left off in our Fairy Tale unit.  We will be reviewing understanding the main idea, as well as retelling by looking at characters, setting, the problem and solution in a story.  We will also be introduced to the long vowel sound for the letter "a". ( see spelling words)







Math Focus:


In math we will begin a new unit which will focus on place value.  This is a very important concept for students to understand when looking at numbers.  You may want to practice with your child by asking for example, "How many tens are in 37", or "How many ones are in 42?", and so forth. Your child should be able to add or subtract ten with any number on the 100 chart.

                               
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Reading Focus:

During our reading time this week, we will take a break from our fairy tale unit, as we read Christmas stories.  We will be talking about the main idea in stories, and again practicing our retelling skills, by focusing on characters, setting, problem, and solutions in texts.

Math Focus:

In math this week we will be reviewing our telling time skills, measuring skills, addition facts, and counting money skills, as we prepare for our unit test on Thursday.


















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Reading Focus:  

This week we will continue to be focusing on retelling fairy tales.  We will be finishing up The Three Bears, and learning about The Three Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, and others.  Share with your child your favorite childhood fairy tale.


Math Focus:

In math we will continue to practice our measuring skills!  We will also be learning about telling time to the quarter hour.  We will be practicing counting on to numbers past 100, and looking for number patterns.





 Using a measuring tape was fun!





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Reading Focus:

In reading this week we will be beginning a new unit on fairy tales.  We will be focusing on retelling the events of a story.  We will also be comparing the fairy tale genre, or type of book to other books.  We will be looking at the characteristics of fairy tales. We will start with the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."  Share with your child your favorite childhood fairy tale this week!

Math Focus:

In math we will be continuing to learn about measurement.  We will be using inch rulers as well as measuring tapes. We will also review telling time to the half hour, and talk about parts and whole in a number sentence.










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Reading Focus:

In reading this week we will be learning again about the "main idea."  This is part of our comprehension practice.  We will be using various types of graphic organizers to help us record our thinking. We will be thinking about what sorts of details in a story, help us determine the main idea.  You may want to ask your child, as you read to tell you what a story is "mostly about." Then ask, what details help them come to that conclusion.

Math Focus:

Our math focus for this week will again be looking at various types of measurement.  We will be learning how to use rulers, and will have a chance to measure many things.  Please note that at this time we will be using inches.  Later on we will also be learning the metric system.  Have your child practice measuring items around the house! Also have your child practice guessing how many inches long something is before he/she measures. 








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Reading Focus:

We have really enjoyed learning about the difference between fiction and non-fiction books.  We have learned how to share facts, and have begun to find various features in non-fiction books.  This week, although we will continue to look for true information and text features as we read our books about plants, we will be looking at another reading strategy.  We will focus on looking at characters, setting, and be looking for a problem and a solution in a story.  This is a great way to learn how to summarize a story.  You may want to try asking your child questions about his/her story's characters, etc.

Math Focus:

In math we will be reviewing our unit and taking a test in which we will be reviewing telling time, counting money (dimes, nickels, and pennies), looking for patterns, and making groups of ten.  You may want to practice these skills with your child at home.  We will be moving into a new unit which will focus on measurement.  We will start off by learning about inches as well as reading a thermometer.






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Reading Focus:

This week we will again be focusing our learning on non-fiction books.  We will continue to look at the features of non-fiction texts, and try to learn how to get true information from non-fiction books.  As your child reads non-fiction books during his/her AR time or RAZ kids time at home, you may want to ask him/her to tell you something he/she learned from the book he/she is reading. This is a good way to encourage your child to tune into what they are reading about.

Math Focus:

In math this week we will continue to look at patterns in numbers, as we practice using the "what's my rule" game. We will also be introduced to counting dimes.  Please have your child count coins as much as possible at home.  Remember, it is okay to practice with Japanese coins as well.  We will also be learning about line plots during math, as we make a graph.









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Reading Focus:

This week we will be reading some non-fiction books as we prepare for our unit on plants and our field trip.  We will be learning about non-fiction as a "genre" or type of book.  We will begin to look at some of the features of non-fiction books, and will learn how reading non-fiction books is a little different than fictional stories.  We will also be learning to "expand our vocabulary" as we learn new plant words!

Math Focus:

In math this week we will be learning to tell time to the half hour.  We will also be learning the "frames and arrows" tool to help us with our counting on, and counting back in order to add and subtract.  Please be looking at your child's homework, as this will probably be a new approach for you as well!  It is a way to help students see patterns in numbers, and gain an understanding of addition and subtraction skills.













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Reading Focus:

Our focus during reading this week will continue to be on developing our comprehension skills and accuracy skills.  We will be reviewing how to make connections in our reading.  We will be learning to ask ourselves if the text we read reminds us of anything that ever happened to us.  We will also practice writing about our connections.  In addition, we will be practicing developing our accuracy skills, by becoming more fluent with our sight words, and noticing "chunks" or word families.  One of the ways we do this is through reading poetry. Share with your child a favorite poem, nursery rhyme, or song this week!






Math Focus:

In math we will continue learning about patterns.  We will be looking at how patterns are found in numbers.  We will also be learning how to use the number line as a tool to help us with our addition and subtraction. Your child should be familiar with the terms "counting on" or "counting up", as well as "counting back." 





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Reading Focus:

This week during reading we will continue to focus on developing our comprehension skills.  One of the ways we will do this is by learning about the main idea of a story, the characters, and the setting.  These are all things you may discuss with your child as he/she reads his/her AR book.  Please remember, all students are at different levels of understanding, and always encourage your child in this process of learning to read.

Math Focus:

In math this week, we will begin a new unit.  The focus of our unit will be looking at patterns, both around us in the world, and in numbers.  Please help your child notice patterns around the house! (on tiles, fabric, household items, etc.)






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Reading Focus:

Last week in reading we learned about making connections in our reading.  The students loved practicing this strategy! We also learned about making predictions as a strategy to have better understanding of a text.  This week we will be reviewing these strategies, as well as talking about other ways to really improve our comprehension.  We will also continue to look at finding "chunks" or parts of words (ex: -it, bit, sit) as a way to improve our reading accuracy skills.

Math Focus:

In math last week we had fun learning to count money!  We are working on counting combinations of nickels and pennies.  If you do not have American coins, feel free to practice at home with 1 and 5 yen coins.  Next week will will continue to review counting money, and will also be practicing making "Number models" (number sentences), with both subtraction and addition.  We will take and end of the unit assessment on Friday. Students should practice counting money, telling time to the hour, and basic addition and subtraction facts to ten, in order to be prepared for the test.











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Reading Focus:

This week we will be introduced to another reading strategy to help us with our comprehension skills.  We will be looking at making connections as a way to improve our understanding of a text. We will be asking ourselves if something in a book reminds us of something that happened to us, which we refer to as a "text to self" connection. Research has shown that the more connections we can make in our brain, the better our understanding of something is!


Math Focus:

In Math this week we will continue learning about clocks and telling time.  I hope you have been able to have some conversations with your children about clocks and telling time.  You may want to ask your child things like, "If we leave in one hour, what time will that be?"  Help your child to notice and think about time and what it means!  We will also be introduced to counting pennies and nickels.  Please make sure your child knows how to count by fives! 









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Reading Focus:

In reading this week we will continue to focus on learning skills in regards to helping us develop our comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and vocabulary.  We will specifically be looking at working at accuracy in reading sight words, and making predictions as a strategy to help us with our comprehension.







Math Focus:

In math we will continue looking at ways to make ten, and work on our addition skills.  We will also start learning about analog clocks and looking at telling time to the hour.  It is important for your child to start becoming aware of analog clocks and telling time.  You may want to start pointing out time related concepts at home, as you go about your day!









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Reading Focus:

In reading this week, we will continue working on developing accuracy in our reading.  We will also continue practicing our comprehension skills as we work on "checking for understanding".  As you read with your child at home, make sure you stop after a few pages, and ask your child to tell you what he/she just read about.  Often children are so focused on sounding out words, that they miss the meaning of the text. We will also be introduced to the F and the E of our "CAFE" menu, standing for Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary.







Math Focus:

We are beginning a new unit in math this week.  We will be focusing on using a number grid to help us count forward and back.  We will also be looking at "ways to make 10" in a new game we will learn.  Make sure your child continues practicing counting up and back from any number, as this is a skill used in addition and subtraction.  In addition, continue to practice counting by 2s and 5s all the way to 100. Finally, we will work on number formation as well. 



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Reading Focus:

This week in reading our focus will be on developing accuracy.  This, as you remember is one of the key components of our CAFE system.  This is especially true for beginning first grade readers. We will be looking at looking carefully at asking if words look right, sound right, and make sense as we read them.  Students will also begin learning about looking for "chunks" as they read.  This happens when two letters come together to make a sound pattern. (-at, as in cat, pat, mat, etc.)

Math Focus:

In math we will spend time reviewing our unit, as we prepare for a math test on Friday.  In order to prepare, we will be practicing counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s.  We will also practice counting back from any number. We will be reviewing the concept of more than and less than, as well as after, before, and between. We will again practice number formation and making tallies.   















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Reading Focus:

This week we will continue learning about, and practicing our Daily Five reading skills.  We will be introduced to the specific elements of our program (CAFE).  These components include Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary.  We will be mostly learning about ways to comprehend stories, and ways to read accurately.


Math Focus:

In math our focus will be on reviewing our number sense, and practicing number formation.  We will learn about tallies, as a way of counting and continue to look at numbers which are more than and less than.  We will be introduced to various manipulatives, and students will be participating in some individual assessments as well.




















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Reading Focus:

This week our focus in reading will be on continuing to develop our independent reading skills through practicing our "Read To Self".  We will be trying to build our stamina, by adding more minutes to our chart!  We will also be introduced to the IPICK system when selecting books.  This is a skill we will be working on all year, as we learn to choose books which will help us grow as readers.  The IPICK system is based on the following:

I select a book, and look over it.
Purpose: Why do I want to read it?
Interest: Does it interest me?
Comprehend: Understand it?
Know: Know most words?


Math Focus:

In math we will be starting our math journals! (workbooks)  We will be spending time working on number formation and developing number sense.  We will be stressing the concept of more than and less then.  We will be learning the game, "Top It", in which a child selects the greater of two numbers.  Playing a game such as "I'm thinking of a number between_ and _" is a great way to build number sense at home.  Talking often about the calendar is also a way to help your child grow in his/her understanding of numbers.


Learning a new number line game!















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Reading Focus:

This week our focus will be on learning about our DAILY 5.  This is a new program at OCSI this year.  We will be looking at the 5 parts of the Daily 5 this year including:

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

Research has show students who have consistent practice in these areas, become successful readers.  This week our focus will be on practicing "Reading to Self" and building stamina when doing so.

Math Focus:

This week, as in reading, we will be introduced to many new materials and routines in math. Much of our time will be centered around counting activities, calendar math activities, and practicing using math manipulatives. Math homework will not begin until next week.