Emma Otsuji

Emma Otsuji

Room 9 news

March 13, 2020

Dear Parents of Room 9,

What a difference a day makes! All parents should have received an email from the district regarding the "distance learning model" that we will be starting Monday, March 16. The first grade teachers will be meeting starting today to plan for the learning that your student will have to do while they are at home. Please continue to monitor your email to look for information and guidance from the district, the school, and from me. 

There are many resources being shared online on social media sites. I will be sharing any resources that are shared with us, but you already have access to Raz-Kids and IXL. 



Mrs. Otsuji

March 12, 2020

Dear Parents of Room 9,

I hope you are all staying healthy. We are experiencing something that many of us have never experienced in our lives here in Foster City. I have lived here my whole life, and I have never seen anything like this. I was here during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, and that's about it for crises in my life. Needless to say, we are all feeling some new feelings and I have sensed that the children are picking up on it. As we wait for word about "next steps" from the district, I ask that we all do our best to stay calm and reassure our children that we can all protect ourselves by keeping our hands clean, covering our coughs and sneezes, and not touching things outside. Good and proper hygiene is a MUST right now.

Please continue to check your email for updates from the district and from Audubon. As you know, we are not allowed to have parent volunteers in the classroom for the time being. So I will not be able to have any volunteers for Art in Action on March 20th.

Many of you have seen that I am no longer shaking the children's hands in the morning. I still think it is important for us to greet each other in the morning, so I am asking all the children to make sure they make eye contact with me when they say "Good morning!" It feels strange to not be able to shake their hands, but I think they understand it's for their safety and mine. In class, I am having the children use hand sanitizer anytime they touch their faces(really their noses), before and after recess and lunch, and before/after any outside activity (i.e. PMT). If you have any extra facial tissue boxes (also known as Kleenex) at home, I am running low on my supply of that. I have one more large bottle of hand sanitizer. I am hoping stores will replenish their supply of this before I run out. 

Next week, I am looking forward to continuing our Kid Town simulation with the class. We have named our Kid Town. The children came up with different names and voted. We are now EAGLE BAY! The children are busy making products to sell in our stores. We have to finish naming all the stores and make more products! Please continue to send small boxes and items for our grocery store. I think we have enough toilet paper rolls for now, but if you have some collected at home, you can send them to school. Also, if you have craft items, like beads or Rainbow Loom rubber bands or loom sticks, you can send those in so we can make jewelry for our jewelry store. I will label personal items (like Rainbow Loom loom sticks) so they can be returned to their owners. 

I hope you all are staying as healthy as you can. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.


Mrs. Otsuji


March 16-April 3: Distance Learning from home

April 6-17: Spring Break

April 24: Art in Action Project #8 (I will let you know if we can have parents volunteer.)


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Home Activities

-reading: read to self, read to someone, have someone read to you, read using different character voices, sort your books (fiction and nonfiction)

-outdoor activities: create something with chalk, jump rope, ride a bike, swim, practice tying your shoes, count, sort, and organize things, make an obstacle course or treasure hunt, do yoga, garden, animal watching

-indoor activities: play a board game or card game, cook or bake something, count, sort, and organize things, set the table, practice tying your shoes, write a thank you note, make a comic, write a note to a relative, keep a journal, paint, draw, do origami, make a collage 

Art in Action

Next AiA Lesson: Friday, April 24th

Scholastic Book Orders

Class Code - J22F4                              

Order Due Date - April 24th

Scholastic Website: http://www.scholastic.com/readingclub

Remember, all of your online orders make it possible for me to order new books for the classroom. Thank you!!

Happy Reading, Mrs. Otsuji

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