March 21

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!!! Thank you to all the moms who came to celebrate this special day with their child. They worked so hard on making your presents and practicing their songs. The video was too long to post, so I created a google folder with all the pictures and the videos. You can also upload any photos or videos that you have taken. You will notice several class selfies that were taken as we waited for the rest of the class to return. (P.S. Your children did make necklaces too, but my oven is a little funny and I burned them. SORRY! We will definitely make something for the end of the year.)

KG-1AM Mother’s Day Folder

Our students are starting to make new friends during free flow Sunday. It is great to watch them practice their social skills. We also visited the airport for the first time. I had fun listening to the students make travel plans and choose destinations.


In centers this week we played the math movement game and got lots of exercise. We also watched Mo Willems stories online, read the Knuffle Bunny series and continued to practice identifying the beginning sounds in words.

Ms. Leslie did a lesson about penguins in the library. She used pebblego to make the lesson more interactive. Don’t forget the school has a pebblego account that you can access at home.


I presented our top IXL users a certificate for all the time they spend practicing and growing their brains. Congratulations to Minato, Miya Z., Mia D., Aanya, Karina, and Nia A.

Happy Birthday Alyza!!!

Lastly, Spring Break is finally here!!! YAY!!!! I have created a google photo album for you to upload pictures of what you will be doing over the break. Whether enjoying the beautiful weather here in Dubai or traveling across the world, please share what your littles ones are up to. Thanks!

KG-1AM Spring Break Album

KG-1 Announcements

-School will resume on Sunday April 8th.

-We will be starting swimming the week of April 29th. Please practice allowing your child to independently undress and dress him/herslef in preparation.

-Items needed for each child for swimming are:

  • swimsuit (girls 2 piece for easy toileting throughout the day)
  • Swimming cap
  • Towel
  • Flip flops/crocs
  • UAS uniform labeled with student’s name

Have a wonderful Spring Break and safe travels!

March 20

Mother’s Day Tomorrow

Good Evening Mothers,

We are looking forward to our Mother’s day event tomorrow!

Here are some notes for our event tomorrow:

  • The children are invited to dress in clothes from home for the celebration
  • In the morning, please drop your child off at the playground and head over to the cafeteria by 7:50.
  • We will start promptly so please do not be late. We will be singing a song first.
  • There will be a photobooth in the front lobby after the event for moms and their children so feel free to go afterwards to take your picture.

Looking forwared to tomorrow! 

March 17

March 11-15

This week we began our author study of Mo Willems. This week we read the Pigeon series, as well as Elephant and Piggie. Next week we will read the Knuffle Bunny Series.

Our class has learned to play cooperatively with other classes during free flow.

In centers we practiced writing our numbers and letters. We also continued to practice identifying beginning sounds, as well as quantifying numbers. I began recording some of the video of the letter rhymes that they have been practicing (to be posted soon).

In outdoor centers our class played with the parachute, went fishing, drew pictures and hunted for treasure in the sandbox.

Happy Birthday Rashid and Anthony!

KG-1 Announcements

-Book week t-shirts are finally in. If you ordered a t-shirt or asked for a refund, it was placed in your child’s folder. You can wear the book week t-shirts on either Free Flow Sunday or Thursday.

-Wear orange or book week t-shirt for Free Flow Free Inquiry.

-Mother’s Day Celebration at 8am in the school cafeteria. Children are expected to dress up for their mommies for this event. No uniforms please. Please be sure to be on time to school.

-Thursday March 22nd is early dismissal at 11:45am. 

-Please click here to view the flyer for the Mother Tongue Book Drive.

-Please see the flyer below for information about the Wizard of Oz play. Please click here to view the video.

Have a great weekend!

March 8

March 4 – March 8

Happy Book Week!!!! Shout out to all of our wonderful moms and dads. We had 13 parents come to read to our class. You made this week so special for our kids!

This week was all about books, books, books! Check out what we did in our class!

We had mystery readers…


An author visit…

Dates with Dad…

Reading at the beach…

Book Character Day…


and centers based on Dr. Seuss and the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Happy 5th Birthday Mosawer!!!!

Congrats to Mia and Nia for being our Rockstars this week!

KG-1 Announcements

Earlier this week I sent home a letter rhyme with your child. Please practice that rhyme with them. My hope is to record each child saying their letter rhymes and post it on the blog before spring break. Please return the cards by next Thursday March 15th. If your child knows the rhyme before then, feel free to send it back early.
We sent a personal email out to the dad’s last week regarding a photo. If you have not yet emailed it to me, PLEASE  do so as soon as possible.
Mother’s Day invitations went home today and we are preparing for a special day on Wednesday March 21st at 8:00 am. Our hope is that ALL moms can attend, but if not, PLEASE email me and let me know. (I need to be able to prepare your child if you are not in attendance). We work hard on this program and they get SUPER excited to celebrate YOU!
Continue to have your child wear their ORANGE class t-shirt on Sundays for Free Flow.
Scholastics Book orders are due on Thursday, March 15, for those ordering books.
My recommendations this month are The Pigeon series by Mo Willems, The Cat in the Hat and Where the Wild Things Grow, Curious George Visits the Library, I Spy Pack and the Discover More Pack. Please remember that these are just my recommendations, so buy what your child is interested in reading. Orders must be in by the due date. I will be ordering them that afternoon to ensure that they arrive in time for Spring Break.
Have a great weekend! Check out our Flickr for individual photos of Book Character Day!
March 7

Quick Note

Hello parents!

First, a big THANK YOU to all the dads that came to read to our class!

Secondly, a quick reminder that tomorrow is dress as a Book Character Day! Remember… this does not or should not be a “costume” like for Halloween. It can be something that you have created at home… THINK ACCESSORIES and not full costumes! Students are ENCOURAGED to bring the book that they are dressed as, but it is not required. The parade will begin at 8am tomorrow morning.

Lastly, don’t forget that we need a family photo or a photo of mom and child. Please email that to us as soon as possible.

See you tomorrow at the parade!

March 1

February 25 – March 1st

Happy International Week!


This week we continued to focus on learning about different countries and cultures from around the world. Our class learned about Greece and France. Each student also colored flags from their home countries. The image above represents all the flags from countries that the children are from. It was fun for them to hear their classmates talk about where they are from. In one of the centers this week students made a paper collage of the Earth. This tied into both our PYP unit and international day. They also matched paper dolls with the correct clothing from around the world.


For show and tell, the class brought in items from their countries to share. We had children sharing books, food, toys and flags. Again, this was such a great learning experience and every child was excited to talk about themselves and was beaming with pride.

Wednesday was International Dress Day. Our kiddos were so cute. Please visit our Flickr account for more pictures.

Our class began learning about syllables this week, as well as listening for the beginning sound. We will begin rhyming next week. Students will come home with nursery rhymes to practice.

We tried a tasty treat yesterday and the recipe was sent home if you would like to try it.

We finished the week with outdoor centers.

KG-1 Announcements

  • Don’t forget that Saturday is the International Day Festival from 11am-5pm.
  • Next week is book week. Please refer to the calendar sent home for more details about each day. Sunday students can wear a t-shirt with words or their orange class shirts.
  • Book Character Day is next Thursday March 8th. The parade will be at 8am.
  • An order form went home yesterday. If you would like to purchase books from the visiting author, please send in the money no later than next Monday March 5th.
  • Our Mystery Reader starts on Sunday. There are still slots to sign up to read to the class.
  • A Date with Dad is next Wednesday. Please click here if you would like to sign up.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you at the fair on Saturday!


February 22

February 18-22

This week we began learning about different countries around the world. Our class traveled to Ms. C-C and Ms. D’Cruz to learn about New Zealand and China. Upon returning to class, each student drew a picture in their journals about what they had learned about each country.

We celebrated two birthdays this week…Ms. Magz and Mia D. Happy Birthday!!!!

In centers, our class used special skin tone paint to create a portraits of ourselves.  We also worked together to complete a floor puzzle of the world.


Students were happy to participate in free flow inquiry again this week. They also visited the dramatic play room.


*Don’t forget to visit our Flickr account for more photos.

KG-1 Announcements

  • This week we began to explore different countries, leading up to our International Day. Ms. Amber is teaching about France, Mrs. Beam about Greece, Ms. CC about New Zealand and Mrs. DeCruz about China.
  • There is No School this coming Sunday, Feb. 25, as teachers have Professional Development. 
  • For Show and Tell next week, we are asking children to ONLY bring something from their Home Country (small flag, poster, photo, object, OR food to share – must be individual pieces for each student). Sunday Show and Tell students, can bring on Monday
  • UAS Elementary will celebrate International Dress Day on Wednesday, Feb 28. Your child should wear their national dress or colors of their flag! This is different than the calendar first stated, and this year there is No Parade. Rest assured we will take LOTS of photos to post on our blog and Flickr accounts!!! 
  • You should have received an earlier post from us this week, regarding a Parent Volunteer opportunity to be a Mystery Reader or a Date with Dad. Please sign up here. This is the week of March 4-8
  • If you ordered a t-shirt for Book Week, the deadline was today and t-shirts “should” come home with your child nextThursday, March 1.

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!

February 20

Book Week Events

Book Week T-shirts

An order form went home today for book week t-shirts. This is completely optional, however, if you would like to order a shirt please return the form with the money by this Thursday February 22nd. Your child can wear his/her shirt during book week.

Mystery Readers

Week of March 4-8th

We would like some parents to come and read to our class as part of our literacy week activities. We would like for it to be a surprise for the class and your child. Please sign up here if you would like to participate.


A Date with Dad

Wednesday March 7th, 8:05-8:20 am

Dads, you are invited to come into the classroom on the morning of March 7th for our annual event A Date with Dad.  Please bring 2 books to the classroom to read to your child and some others. If you would like to “borrow” a book from me, please add beside your name. Click here to sign up.


Book Character Dress Day

Not to overwhelm you, but just wanted to send a reminder that book character day will be on Thursday March 8th. Please don’t feel the need to go and buy a costume. There are plenty of homemade ideas on Pinterest. I will be Ada Twist Scientist, and using items from home. Get creative and have fun. If you need ideas please see below. Remember to send the book or a print out of the cover to school with your child.

Book Character Ideas
Fancy Nancy – dress in fancy clothes with a lot of jewelry
Go Away Big Green Monster – make a green monster mask and dress in green
Gruffalo – make a gruffalo mask and dress in brown
Clifford – paint your face red and add some floppy ears
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – make some beautiful butterfly wings from paper
The Grouchy Ladybug – dress in red with black spots and put on your own grouchy face
Five Little Monkeys – brown clothes and a tail made from fabric or tights
Little Red Riding Hood – a red cape and a basket
Brown Bear Brown Bear – There are many animals to choose from in this story
Pinkalicious – dress all in pink
Pete the Cat – Dress in blue with cat ears and whiskers
Goldilocks – dress as Goldilocks or as one of the bears
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – Make some mouse ears and a paper cookie
Rhyming Dust Bunnies – dress in the color of one of the dust bunnies
Jack and the Beanstalk – carry gold coins and a paper plant

The Gingerbread Man- Brown clothing with colorful buttons
Mortimer- Wear your PJ’S

February 15

February 11-15

This week’s focus and activities were centered around two holidays.

For Valentine’s Day our centers were matching letters and sounds on hearts, counting out hearts and matching the number, and we read a ton of Valentine’s Day books. The kids loved it! Of course their favorite part was yesterday’s activities. Thank you to the moms of Anthony, Mia, Zhenglin, Nia and Laila’s dad for giving up their time to help our class celebrate. A special thank you also goes to the mommies of Rashid, Aanya and Chuandi for bringing in treats for our special snack. We even had a special Valentine’s Day picnic.



We practice being readers every day. This week we shared our opinions about the book with a partner. Some friends even shared with the whole class.


恭喜發財   Happy Chinese New Year    恭喜发财

Our class is forunate to have such a diverse group of students. We have students who are Emirati, Lebanese, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Afghani, American, Greek, Romanian and Mexican. We try our best to embrace every culture and make sure each child feels proud of his/her traditions and heritage. With that said, if there are holidays or traditions that you would like to share with the class please let me know!

In honor of Chinese New Year we made red and yellow lanterns and read a Chinese Folktale. Some of our Chinese families brought in treats to share with the class. Nia and her mom made dumplings. Zhenglin and Chuandi made treat bags for the class. Thank you for sharing your culture and traditions with us!

We also had outdoor centers today, which included tossing and catching a ball. We worked on our hand-eye coordination.


KG1 Announcements

  • Wear Orange T-Shirt on Sunday for Free Flow Free Inquiry
  • This week an international person came home in your child’s folder. This is due back on Thursday February 22nd.
  • No School Sunday February 25th Due to Teacher Professional Development.

Happy Chinese New Year! Have a great weekend!

*Check out our Flickr for more photos.

February 8

February 4-8

The major event of the week was of course sports day, but they did a lot of other things too.

They read several books about Valentine’s Day. I even read them a book about Valentine, the man the day is named after. The class also decorated their Valentine’s Day box covers.

In centers, the class learned more about natural resources on pebblego. They practiced measuring using insects and writing down the number of items it took. They also had to cut and sort shapes, as well as explored 3D shapes. I continued to demonstrate how to read the pictures of a book. Many of them are beginning to pick it up. Please try to practice this at home, along with IXL. Speaking of IXL, we have had several students with more than 100mins a week. Congratulations to Mia D., Nia A, Chuandi, Anthony and Sally.

Many of our activities involved The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The students loved this book. They had to draw their favorite part, retell the story in order and even colored their own books.

Alas, it was Thursday…and boy were they excited. Please visit our class Flickr account to view all of the photos.


KG-1 Announcements

  • We had a super, fun KG1 Sports Day today! We were so proud of how well our students followed directions and participated in all of the activities! They should sleep well tonight!

  • IXL- The list of activities that we sent home a couple of weeks ago, are Pre K activities. (KG1 here is the same as PK in the states). So please have them complete the PK activities first, and if successful, feel free to move on to K activities.

  • No School on Sunday, Feb 11. Teacher PD

  • If you have not done so already, please remember to send in the Valentine’s cards that your child has prepared for their classmates. We need these when we return on Monday, Feb. 12.

  • Your child should wear their Regular UAS uniform next week, Feb. 12, 13 and 15. Feb 14 we ask that they wear Pink, Red or White clothingfor Valentines’ Day.

  • We will acknowledge the Chinese New Year on Thursday, Feb. 15. You may have received a message from the school that our students can dress in red and yellow, but KG1 will wear their regular uniform.
  • We will send home International Paper Dolls on Feb. 12 with instructions on this parent/child, home activity.
Have a great 3 day weekend!