Green Cluster (Grades K-1)

Welcome to (Green Cluster) from Cathy Furer and Christine Nagatsuka

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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Growing With Green - March 5, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Mar 5 (last updated Mar 5)

In two weeks, we will start our Parent Conferences. We have attached the dates and times that you signed up for in the fall. Please return the confirmation slips as soon as possible. 

Please review the following schedule for conference week:
- Monday, March 19: regular day - 2:30 pm dismissal
- Tuesday, March 20: regular shortened day - 1:15 pm dismissal
- Wednesday, March 21: minimum day - 12:50 pm dismissal
- Thursday, March 22: minimum day - 12:50 pm dismissal
- Friday, March 23: minimum day - 12:50 pm dismissal

Growing With Green - February 26, 2018 (Article)

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

This year’s Readathon was a tremendous success!  We beat the all-time reading minutes of past readathons. The children at Open School read 683,777 minutes!  There will be a schoolwideparty to celebrate, this Thursday after lunch.  Yay for reading!!!!

Last week we continued our next science lesson learning about the blood vessels. We role-played and pretended that we were part of the blood flowing through veins and arteries.  They are all becoming little doctors!  Ask your children about what they have learned:
- What is the job of the heart?

Growing With Green - February 20, 2018 (Article)

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

Last week was a very busy week.  On Wednesday we held our Valentine’s Day celebration with fun activities. We played Heart Bingo, made dancing hearts, and also learned how to make symmetrical hearts for our lovebirds. We delivered our * cards to each other and had a wonderful day! A special thank you to Eva Rose’s parents for donating the beautiful heart mailboxes! **

Growing With Green - February 12, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Feb 12 (last updated Feb 12)

A big shout out to all of you who came in to help us with our “100th Day of School” celebration! 

On Wednesday, February 14th, we will have yet another celebration.  We will  be celebrating Valentine’s Day with plenty of fun activities. If you are sending in Valentine cards, please remember to SIGN ONLY YOUR CHILD”S NAME. Please do not address the cards to specific children, as this makes passing out the cards extremely difficult. Please make sure to send in 47 cards - one for each student.

Growing With Green - February 5, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Feb 5 (last updated Feb 5)

We celebrated Open School Day on Tuesday, January 30th. It has been a tradition for many years to celebrate the diverse cultures of our Open School family. The children’s experiences were rich and a lot of fun!It was truly an amazing day!  Thank you to the parents and grandparents for creating such wonderful activities for us. Another special thank you to all the bakers, chefs, and good food shoppers for sending in all the DELICIOUS food!  We had enough for an army! 

Growing With Green - January 29, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Jan 30 (last updated Jan 30)

All of the children were introduced to Math Packets and many of them are working on their packets during free time. This week we will be introducing the letters “Tt” and “Uu.” “T is for Timothy Tiger,”  while “U is for Umber Urchin.”  We will be learning the sight words “me” and “my.”

Growing With Green - January 22, 2018 (Article)

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

We are writing a special edition newsletter this week to prepare for our FABULOUS Open School Day!  

Thank you, so far, to all of the parents who signed up to help on Tuesday, January 30th for Open School Day. 
The schedule is as follows: 

    8:00 - 8:25 - Breakfast

    8:30 - 9:15 - Special multicultural assembly in the auditorium

    9:20 - 10:20 - Activity rotations in Green Cluster

    10:20 - 10:50 - Snack Recess

    11:00 - 12:00 - Activity rotations continue in Green Cluster

Growing With Green - January 16, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Jan 16 (last updated Jan 16)

This week we are continuing to work on our “Label Booklets” during Writing Workshop.  We are learning to pick topics/ themes and then add details.  Some of the children’s interesting themes were:  “My Favorite Kinds of Days,” and “My Angry Sister.” 

Growing With Green - January 8, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Jan 8 (last updated Jan 8)

We hope that you all had a wonderful Winter Break.  We are looking forward to an exciting 2018 in Green Cluster!  This week we will be continuing our Writing Workshop unit, “Label Booklets.” We are continuing our homogeneous reading groups in both literature, phonics and whole language development.  The children are making a lot of progress and expanding their sight word vocabulary.  They are becoming more familiar with using their book as a resource and learning to sound out words using their word attack skills.  We will be working on the letter sounds “Mm and Nn.” “M is for Missy Mouse” 

Growing With Green - December 4, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Dec 4 (last updated Dec 4)

We now have two weeks before our three-week Winter Break!  Our Winter Program will take place on Wednesday, December 13. Green Cluster will be performing in all three programs. The programs will begin at 8:45am, 11:00am, and 1:10pm.  For the Green Cluster Winter Program we will be singing “Jingle Bells,” and “Omedetou Kurisumasu (The Japanese version of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas).” We have been teaching and practicing the songs, and we are sending home the words for you to practice with your child. The children are doing a fantastic job and already know most of the words!  

Growing With Green - November 27, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Nov 29 (last updated Nov 29)

We had such wonderful parent-teacher-student conferences with all of you.  We loved celebrating the progress of your children!  

Growing With Green - November 6, 2017 (Article)

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

We had such a busy week! Our Halloween Party was a smashing success!  A special thank you to Naomi (Theo’s mom) and her team for organizing such a spectacular event!  The children loved the trick-or-treating at stations on Green Yard. Thank you to all of the wonderful families for sending in so many goodies, coming in to run the activities and trick-or-treat stations.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

Growing With Green - October 30, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Oct 30 (last updated Oct 30)

Our doctors had their second lesson on the skeletal system learning the names of many of the bones, and dancing the "Skeleton Hokey Pokey.”  The students are busy working on ST Math in class and most of the students have also been working at home.  If you haven’t yet started ST Math at home and would like to, all you need to do is log in using from any computer or iPad.  The students all know their passwords and are able to open up the program.

Growing With Green - October 23, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Oct 23 (last updated Oct 23)

Green Cluster authors had a wonderful time adding details to their “Zoo” stories.  Details make a story more interesting.  We counted across our fingers and made sure that we had at least five elements in our story.  We always end our writing session by sharing our stories.  The children did a wonderful job enriching their stories this past week.  

Growing With Green - October 16, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Oct 16 (last updated Oct 16)

This week we will continue our Columbia Writing Workshop.  The children will tell a story by “counting across their fingers” and include five ideas.  They will write down their ideas through an illustration.  The children learn to do this through extensive teacher modeling.  They will learn to write their name and date on their stories.  Next week we will be talking about how authors edit their work and add details to make the story more interesting.

Growing With Green - October 9, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Oct 10 (last updated Oct 10)

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 grandparents who accompanied us on the trip! 

Growing With Green - October 3, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Oct 3 (last updated Oct 3)

We are looking forward to our field trip to the Los Angeles Zoo and Travel Town on Wednesday. The weather should be cooler this week.  Please send a labeled LUNCH for your child.  YOU WILL NOT NEED TO SEND A SNACK.  WE WILL BE PROVIDING JUICE AND GOLDFISH SNACKS FOR THE CHILDREN.  

Growing With Green - September 25, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Sep 25 (last updated Sep 25)

 We have been reading up a storm!  All of the children worked in homogeneous groups using the Wright Group series, literature, and/ or phonics readers. We are learning to use our book as a resource to complete follow-ups to what we have read.  They are reading to their friends for additional practice. 

Growing With Green - September 18, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Sep 18 (last updated Sep 18)

Last week we completed our “apple” activities.  We analyzed the data on the apple graph and the students came up with some interesting observations.  We learned about how apples grow and completed our apple booklets.  In Math, Mr. Boze has been teaching the children how to log on to ST Math with their passwords.  Almost all of the children already know their beginning passwords, and the rest of the class will learn them this week. This week we will be working on the AAB pattern. We extended our sorting activities by sorting ourselves and a collection of buttons. 

Growing With Green - September 11, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Sep 11 (last updated Sep 11)

Last week, we learned about how apples grow, other facts and created a little booklet. On Friday, we juiced all of the apples and enjoyed a glass of fresh apple juice. This week we are continuing our “apple” activities.  We will make a class “Apple Graph”  with the varieties of apples that the students brought in.  

Growing With Green - September 5, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Sep 5 (last updated Sep 5)

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.

 Last week we all received our utility boxes with supplies and our own labeled bins.  We also began handwriting to learn how to correctly form our letters and we learned how to correctly hold our pencils using an orthopedic grip.  We say, “Put your thumb on the star and pinch.”

Growing With Green - August 21, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Green Teacher on Aug 23 (last updated Aug 23)

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 are in the process of assessing your children in handwriting, fine motor skills, phonemic awareness and reading skills.  We went on a Bear Hunt in order to introduce the different areas of our school campus.  We all had so much fun. 

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