Friday, December 16, 2011

Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau`oli Makahiki Hou

Aloha Parents,

Mahalo for your help and cooperation which helps to ensure that your child has success in school.

This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!
-- D.M. Dellinger

A hui hou,
Mrs. Lee

Making Connections Through Skype

We were so excited on Tuesday when we heard a ringing sound from our computer.  That was Mrs. Langston and her 1st grade class from Ohio calling us through Skype.   They asked us several questions and we had a few for them.  We wondered what it looked like outside since the weather was much colder than Hawaii. They were all dressed in long sleeve shirts, long pants, and even scarves. We showed them our t-shirts and shorts. There was a huge evergreen tree and a few other  trees with bare branches right outside of their class window. When it snows, they have fun sledding. We wondered what it was like riding a sled down a hill.  Next time we'll ask them.
We shared some of our class work with each other.  They worked on really nice Santas and we showed our decorated paper plate Christmas trees.
They asked if we saw sharks in the water.  Most of us raised our hands.  Because of some problems, Mrs. Lee couldn't take any photos of their class because they would be too blurry. When we Skype with Mrs. Langston and her class next time, we'll take a few pictures of them.

On Wednesday we Skyped with Mrs. Poulin and her  Kindergarten class from Massachusetts.  We both shared songs, artwork and questions.  Our homes don't have chimneys so Santa probably walk through our door to deliver presents, but  most of Mrs. Poulin's students said they have chimneys for Santa to come through.
Our Kindergarten friends are really hard workers.  They  illustrated and wrote about  a winter adventure they'd like to have with us.  We will treasure this book!  We sent them a Christmas Book Aloha Bear  and they sent us the picture book  Owl Moon.  They also sent us Maple Candy which was so ono.

Skype is a great way to talk to  other students in different places around the world.  We are excited to  learn how we are the same and different.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

How Santa Lost His Job

Santa has the best job in the whole world!  Sometimes things get too busy and he is a little late. Muckle, one of Santa's elves, decides to invent the 'Deliverator', who will deliver all the presents on time. That left Santa without a job! You'll need to read the story to discover the surprise ending.
We cut and pasted paper to create elves and wrote about their job with Santa.

How Santa Lost His Job on PhotoPeach

Friday, December 9, 2011

Reminders for Parents

Aloha Parents,

Your children were so excited and proud today when you  attended their Winter Program and Family Craft Activity. They were all smiles and full of life.  They performed well under the direction of Mrs. Ellis and Saito Sensei. We are very grateful to those two Resource teachers who are so passionate about their teaching.

Book Shares are  a wonderful opportunity for your child to bring a picture book and show their classmates an illustration from the story that is appealing to them. Some students have shared a book for the month of December.  The other students have until Thursday, December 15th for their turn to share with their peers.  Please help them to practice at  home.

On Friday, December 16th  the students will play  holiday games in the class and  goodie bags will be distributed in the recyclable bag.  If your child wishes to share any goodie bags, please bring them in by Thursday, December 15th.  Kindly remember dismissal is at 11:30am.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.
-- Helen Keller

Mrs Lee

Winter Fun

Today was a wonderful day.  We sang very well at the Winter Program. Everyone clapped really loudly at the end of our performance. 
Having our parents work with us on the Snowman frame was fantastic.  I think they enjoyed the time with us a whole lot too. Thank you  for coming!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

We listened to a  wonderful story called How the Grinch Stole Christmas  by Dr. Seuss. The Grinch  is a creature with a heart two sizes too small.  He lives on  a high mountain just north of Whoville, which is the home of merry and kind Whos. The Grinch hears all the noisy Christmas festivities from Whoville.  Very annoyed, he enters a home through the chimney and removes their Christmas presents, roast 'beast', and decorations, preventing Christmas from coming.  However, he learns that although he 'stole' the Christmas presents and decorations from the Whos, Christmas  comes just the same. He realizes Christmas is more than just gifts.  Because of this, his heart grows three times larger.  He returns all the presents and trimmings.  The community of Whos welcomes him wholeheartedly.
After listening to this story we wrote how we could make the Grinch smile.  How would you the Grinch smile?

What is Christmas?

What is Christmas?  It means so many things to us.  Besides receiving gifts, decorating the tree,  and dreaming of Santa, we  know that our family and friends enjoy receiving love from us.  Christmas is also a time to share and be nice to everyone.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Reminders for Parents

The holidays are upon us and the keiki are excited!!! The next few weeks will be filled with Literature and Math lessons as well as seasonal activities. However, please continue to encourage your children to read  as it is part of the foundation needed to help them through life.

Dates to remember:
  • Monday, December 5th - Foster Garden Walking Field Trip form due.
  • Wednesday, December 7th - Please have your child bring in an 8" square piece of Christmas wrapping paper  on or before Wednesday, December 7th for a holiday project . 
  • Friday, December 9th - Winter Program, Social Hall, 8:30am. Please refer to the handout ( on yellow copy paper distributed on Friday in their Homework Folders) for more information.  A parent - child craft activity will follow in K-1.

See you on Friday,
Mrs. Lee

Our Favorite Pictures

We have so many things to appreciate in our world. These pictures show things we liked and the best part was we took the pictures with Mrs. Lee's camera.