Green Cluster (Grades K-1)

Welcome to (Green Cluster)
Christine Nagatsuka and Maren

The Green Cluster Theme:  “Who Am I? Discovering Myself And My World.”

The curriculum focuses on self-discovery and how we are connected to the world around us. During the first part of the year the children begin learning about themselves, their senses, and their bodies. Later we expand this to include their families, their culture, and other cultures of the world community. We end the year by learning about the environment and how we influence and are influenced by it.

As children develop beginning reading skills, math awareness, and problem solving skills, they also develop as learners and friends. Green Cluster emphasizes group cooperation and individual responsibility towards the group. Green Cluster’s activity-based program has many options from which children can choose, encouraging them to become independent, life-long learners. Our emphasis is on early literacy, using a variety of approaches to guide and inspire children to develop a love of reading and learning.

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Green Cluster Sign Ups & Wish List (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Aug 29 (last updated Oct 26)

Weekly Newsletter - November 5, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Nov 6 (last updated Nov 6)

    Our Halloween/ October-November birthday party was a success! Thank you to all of the wonderful families for sending in so many goodies, and for coming to help us with the trick or treat stations on the Green Yard. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you to the birthday moms for bringing popsicles and freeze dancing to the party. It was a Monster Mashing good time.

Weekly Newsletter - October 29, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Nov 1 (last updated Nov 1)

    This Wednesday October 31st from 1-2pm we will be having a Halloween party in combination with the October/ November birthdays. Based on the number of volunteers we have, students will do different activities and trick or treat on the Green Yard. Please check your email from the room parents and sign up on the Sign Up Genius to participate. 

Green Cluster Newsletter - Week of October 22, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Oct 22 (last updated Oct 22)

In math, we are continuing to count our collections. We are adding the element of recording our counting. The students work in partnerships. Each partner counts the collection and agree to the number counted. They then record the number and record a visual representation of what they counted on a sheet of paper. We are also continuing with ST math throughout the week.

Green Cluster Newsletter - Week of October 15, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Oct 15 (last updated Oct 15)

    Last week we had such a wonderful trip to the Los Angeles Zoo and Travel Town.  The weather was beautiful, and we had fun!  Thank you to the all the parents and aunties who accompanied us on the trip!
    We began a writing activity on “What Monsters Can Do,” based on the book “The Monster’s Party” by Joy Cowley. We also worked on how to cooperatively build monsters in small groups. We gave the groups a poster board and various materials, and the children came up with some creative ideas!

Green Cluster Newsletter - Week of October 8, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Oct 15 (last updated Oct 15)

    Last week, some of the students went on a “Pattern Adventure” around the school. We will continue our adventure this week. They will be taking their clipboards and pencils and will be looking for patterns at Open School.
    Last week, we also had our first “Painting with Greenies.” session. In the spirit of Halloween and Fall, the students are painting pumpkins!

Green Cluster Newsletter - Week of October 1, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Oct 1 (last updated Oct 1)


With rain in the forecast, we may have to postpone the field trip for another day. We are watching the weather forecast and will come to a final decision tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

Stay tuned!!

Green Cluster Newsletter - Week of September 24, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Sep 24 (last updated Sep 24)

   We had a wonderful September birthday party with a little hip-hop dancing! Thank you to the parents for organizing the dancing and the goodies. The children had a fun workout! 

    Last week we began the process of signing the students up for ST Math. Once they have mastered their password, they will be able to work on ST Math at home as well. 

Green Cluster Newsletter - Week of September 17, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Sep 17 (last updated Sep 17)

What we have been up to...

Thank you to the wonderful parents who have showered us with band-aids, jump ropes, hula hoops, special glue, Quake goo, Ziploc bags, play-doh tools, and wipes. We are ever so grateful to you! 

Last week, we have been learning various literacy activities which will eventually become stations that the students will be able to work with independently. 

Green Cluster Newsletter – Week of September 11, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Sep 13 (last updated Sep 13)

In Math, we have been extending our knowledge of patterns from the AB to the AAB.  We are continuing to work on place value (tens and ones), counting, and horizontal equations. 

We had our first Share Day with the Giraffes last Friday. We had some wonderful shares such as, Stella W.’s share about Holton’s Heroes (an organization that her parents started). We also had many students share their favorite books. One of which was about King Tut!

Here are the “Share Day” guidelines that we shared at Back-to-School Night:

- Things that your child can teach us about

Green Cluster Newsletter - Week of September 4, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Sep 6 (last updated Sep 7)

We enjoyed seeing so many of you at Back To School Night on Tuesday.  We hope that you are excited about the upcoming year and that we were able to answer any questions that you may have had.
    We began handwriting to learn how to correctly form our letters and we learned how to correctly hold our pencils using an orthopedic grip.  
    During Calendar, for the month of September, we will be  practicing the AAB pattern, and ways to count by
1s, 2s and 5s, 10s and palindromes. We are learning to create our own AB patterns and are doing math activities with patterns.

Green Cluster Newsletter - Week of August 27, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Aug 28 (last updated Aug 28)

**Back To School Night is on Tuesday, August 28, from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.  We are looking forward to seeing all of you to tell you about our plans for the year in Green Cluster.  BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT IS FOR ADULTS ONLY.  PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY CHILDREN. THERE WILL NOT BE ANY CHILD CARE**

Green Cluster Newsletter August 20, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Aug 20 (last updated Aug 20)

Welcome to our new and returning parents.  We had such a busy and productive first week of school.  We spent last week getting to know your children through activities and assessments.  We are in the process of assessing your children in handwriting, fine motor skills, phonemic awareness and reading skills.   

We are introducing many math concepts through our daily Calendar.  We are learning about AB patterns, odd and even numbers, tally marks and place value.

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