1 – First Grade

During Gakko 2022 Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades will be combined.  Please see Kindergarten – 2nd Grade webpage for up to date information.


Note from Sensei:

Nori Murakami – My first teaching assignment was at Anzar High School where I taught social studies. In 2010, I moved to Watsonville High School and began teaching special education. I am currently working as a mentor for the New Teacher Project. I have been co-teaching first grade at Gakko since 2015, and my oldest just graduated from the program last year. I enjoy reading and being outdoors.

Michelle Momii – I got my start in teaching as a special education teacher in Milpitas for K-8 students. For the last 21 years I have taught 1st-3rd in general education for the Cupertino Union School District. Since 2015, I have co-taught first grade at Gakko. I enjoy reading, traveling, baking, hiking, and making crafts on my free time. Interestingly, my mother, Sandra Momii, taught 2nd/3rd grade when Gakko began and I was a student volunteer in her classroom.


Fish and Paper


  • Please provide snack and water for child daily.

Supply List:

  • Colored Pencils
  • Plain pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Plain white t-shirt
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Pen set
  • Watercolor set
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Glue stick
  • 1 Sharpie
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Eraser
  • Tape
  • Pencil Box (Labeled with above items in it)

Mon (Japanese Family Crest):

White t-shirt for art project:

Konichiwa!  We look forward to learning Japanese language and culture while making projects inspired by fish and paper.  We will fish print (gyotaku) on paper and a t-shirt.  By Monday, July 2nd, please send in a plain (no logos or patterns) white t-shirt that is labeled on the collar with your child’s name.  Domo arigato goziamasu!

Open House Performance:

  • Please have children wear fish-themed or ocean-themed t-shirts or long sleeved shirts; solid color pants or skirt.
  • Performance Song/Script can be found on Music Program page.