December 10

Dear Parents,

We are excited to be sending home information for IXL today, a web-based math program that your child can explore and do “homework” at home now. Each child has their own username and login.
We will set monthly goals for them to work on. They can always work on more, but at least try to cover the areas below.
Below are the goals for December and January. The letter in your child’s folder will explain in more detail.
Thanks!
KG1 Team

Count to 10

  1. C.1Learn to count – up to 10
  2. C.2Count objects – up to 10
  3. C.3Count dots – up to 10
  4. C.4Count shapes – up to 10
  5. C.5Count using stickers – up to 10
  6. C.6Count on ten frames – up to 10
  7. C.7Show numbers on ten frames – up to 10
  8. C.8Represent numbers – up to 10

    Flat shapes

    1. K.1Name the shape
    2. K.2Circles
    3. K.3Squares
    4. K.4Triangles
    5. K.5Rectangles
    6. K.6Circles, squares, and triangles
December 7

December 3-7

“Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!”

This week’s centers were focused on the Gingerbread Man. We read several different versions of the story including the The Gingerbread Girl.

We went on another sensory walk and recorded what we observed.

In science we are learning about birds. We went bird watching outside and listened to the different sounds.

We wrote letters to Santa and put them in Santa’s Mailbox.

 

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you for making today such a special day for our kids. They were soooooo excited to perform for you. Here is a video from today. If you have any videos or photos that you would like to share please add them to this shared google folder. To view more photos please visit our class Flickr.

KG-1 Annoucements

Looking ahead to next week… 
  • Five Senses Show and Tell- Your child should bring ONE item related to seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing or touching, next week on their regular scheduled day. “If” they choose to bring an item for tasting, please remember no nuts and that individual pieces for 20 students should be prepared.
  • Literature Bags will not come home next week, due to the long Winter Break. Also, we will not be checking out library books due to our long break.
 
  • Thursday, December 14th is another special celebration day! Please allow your child to wear pajamas to school and bring their favorite stuffed animal. We recommend that students wear normal school shoes, as we will still play outside on the playground. Click on the letter to find out more.

  • Thursday, December 14th is our last day of school for 2017. Students will be dismissed at 11:45. We will see you back on Sunday, January 7, 2018. If your family is traveling earlier than the 14 or later than January 7, please notify me via email.
 
  • Thank you again for your contribution and time to our Winter Celebration on Thursday. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Have a wonderful Winter break!!!
November 29

November 26-29

This week was all about the UAE. Today’s post is short and sweet. To view photos please visit our class Flickr account (UAE Week Album and UAE National Day Album). There were too many photos to post on the blog.

On Sunday Ms. Suha (Rashid’s mom) did a special presentation about the UAE.

On Monday Ms. Nancy (Anthony’s mom), Ms. Andrea (Laila’s mom), Ms. Nicole (Nia’s mom) and Ms. Suha (Rashid’s mom) came in to our classroom and did UAE centers with our class. They made bracelets, read Arabic books, made an edible UAE flag and completed a cut and paste activity of important UAE facts.

Tuesday we continued our UAE centers.

 

Wednesday was our fun day! THANK YOU to all of our parent volunteers that took children around and cooked food. More importantly, thank you for being so flexible as the plans for today kept changing.

KG-1 Announcements

There is NO SCHOOL on Thursday November 30th and Sunday December 3rd. School will resume on Monday December 4th.

Our Winter Celebration will be next Thursday December 7th at 8am. Please click here to sign-up for an item to bring to share.

Please enjoy your long holiday!

November 28

UAE National Day Update

Dear Parents, 
 
To followup on the National Day parent information you received earlier today from UAS, we just want to clarify a few things. 
 
PK and KG1 decided not to attend the outside activities that the Emirati Club has organized. Although these students have done a great job, we felt that most of the activities were not age appropriate for our little ones. So instead we have organized our own UAE Fun Day for Wednesday morning, from 8:30-10:00. It will be packed full of exciting activities.
We want to THANK our many parent volunteers for assisting us! If you are interested in volunteering there is still room to help out, especially with the activities. Please email your child’s teacher.
KG1-AM Volunteers
Andrea
Nicole
Nancy
Suha
Anzla
Fang
 
Please allow your child to dress in UAE National Dress or UAE colors (red, green, white and black) forWednesday. Also, send snack and water bottles as usual. 
 
Thank you so much for supporting our Early Years experiences! 
 
PK/KG1 Teams
November 23

November 19-23

We had a full and very busy week.

During centers we continue to practice identifying both the sound and name of the letters E, F, H, I, L, T and U. We also practiced sorting objects by shape, color and category. We also continued to explore our 5 senses. This included using microscopes.

This week was our last week swimming until the spring. We all had a blast in the pool together.

In honor of Thanksgiving, we discussed what we were thankful for and created our own thankful trees. We had a little difficulty understanding the concept of being grateful, but we did our best.

 

Our nursery rhyme of the week is Hey Diddle, Diddle. Don’t forget to check out the nursery rhyme and letter pages.

In preparation of UAE National week, we read the book The Camel That Got Away. Then we designed our very own camels.

Finally, all of our hard work paid off. We presented our support staff with our kindness boxes. The students were so proud of themselves. They brought in the items, placed them in the boxes, painted the boxes and made cards for each person. Our class was able to fill 8 boxes for support staff. Thank you to the parents for bringing in those items. The students then told everyone thank you and handed them the boxes.

This week’s rock stars are Sally and Laila for being kind friends. Congratulations girls!

KG-1 Announcements

Wow, we have been and continue to be, SO BUSY IN KGI! This time of year there are many wonderful things to celebrate and be a part of. Here’s what’s going on over the next couple of weeks… 
  • Our SWIMMING has officially ended until after Spring Break. The weather has turned cooler and we will take a break until warm weather returns in April. We are proud that so many students have been Risk-Takers in their swimming experience!
  • Today we gave our Caring Boxes to our Support Staff! We have been so excited decorating our boxes and bags, making cards and sharing ways that we can be CARING!!! Thanks to all of you who sent in the items to make this event possible! Look for pics on the blog and Flickr!!!
  • Next Wednesday, November 29, UAS will celebrate UAE National Day!!! All students are encouraged to wear UAE colors (red, green, black and white) or UAE national dress. (This is NOT your child’s national/country dress, unless you are Emirati of course). There will be lots of photos on this day!
  • Also, on Wednesday, November 29, our class will be going outside to enjoy the Emirati presentations and fun day. We are asking for at least 4 parents for each of our KG1 classes, to assist us that morning between 8:30 and 9:30. If you are available and have not contacted your child’s teacher, please email her or add your name in this signup sheet… UAE Day Parent Volunteers Signup
  • No School on Thursday, November 30 and Sunday, December 3. Enjoy UAE National Day/Weekend with your families!
  • Student Portfolios were due back today. If you have not returned your child’s portfolio, please do so on Sunday. We hope you have enjoyed looking at these together with your child. We will add more items to them throughout the year!
  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS… Thursday, December 7, we would like to invite all parents to join us for our KG1 Winter Celebration, at 8:00 am in the cafeteria. We would also like to do a center rotation (like we did for Halloween) and have 4 parents volunteer to do winter activities with the children. We will send more information out next week.
  • Handwriting Without Tears– At Parent Teacher Conferences, we gave all parents a handout (green packet) explaining the proper formation of writing the alphabet. Today, we are sending home some “pieces” similar to what we use at school, for you to cut out and practice with your child at home. These include, Big Line, Little Line, Big Curve and Little Curve. I would recommend laminating the pieces so they will last longer. Also, we are sending you a copy of the Picture Cards that will help learn the SOUNDS of each letter. We are excited about this program and thank you for spending time with your child at home, learning together!

As always, thank you for supporting your child’s learning and excitement about school. We appreciate all you do!!! 

 

November 20

Midweek Announcements

I will try to make this short as possible.

  1. Picture day is this Thursday. Even if you are not purchasing pictures, please bring the form back. It has your child’s barcode that will be scanned for their photo.
  2. Our class needs parent volunteers for next Wednesday’s UAE Celebration. Parents will be assigned 3-4 students (depending on how many volunteers) to take around the fair to the different activities. KG-1’s outdoor time is 8:30-9:30. If you can volunteer for that hour please click here to sign-up. Thank you!
  3. If you would like to come in on Monday November 27th to help us celebrate the UAE please send me an email. Some suggestions would be to read a story in Arabic and English, do a presentation about the UAE, a special activity or even bring in Emirati food.

After-school Care.

Dear Parents, We are pleased to announce that our ASC program (now called CARING​ ​HANDS​) for Pre-K and KG-1 children is full and we have a waiting list. This has prompted us to relook at our program and expand it to accommodate our UAS community. We now will be using 2 rooms to run the programs. One​ ​program​ ​will​ ​run​ ​from​ ​12:45​ ​until​ ​3:15​ ​and the​ ​2nd​ ​program​ ​will​ ​run​ ​from​ ​12:45​ ​until​ ​4:15​. For more information click here.

November 16

November 12-14

I hope you all had a great conference and walked away feeling positive. I enjoyed getting to chat with you about your wonderful children and how much progress they have made so far. We have come a long way. I am so proud of how much they have grown and matured in such a short amount of time. Thank you all for working with me and trusting me with your precious little ones.

I want to quickly tell you about a two new pages I have added to the blog. You can now view and listen to the letters and nursery rhymes that we will be learning this trimester.

We had a short week, but it was pretty jam packed with activities.

Sunday was all about books! We went to library with Ms. Leslie AND visited the book fair in the lobby.

On Monday we saw a play about Jack and the Beanstalk. We then did a sequencing activity based on the story.

Everyone wore blue on Tuesday in honor of national diabetes awareness. We ran around the track (yes even me) and then had a picnic in the grass.

KG-1 Announcements

Thank you parents for attending our Parent Teacher Conferences! It was great seeing you and sharing with you about how your child is doing in KG1 so far this year. You will receive report cards in December.

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MondayNovember 20, we would like for each child to bring in either a UAE magazine or UAE/area newspaper. We are using these for a class project and will be cutting out pictures and/or words from UAE and/or Dubai.
The Scholastic Book Order Form will go home on Sunday November 19th. If you would like to purchase books, please send in the order with the exact cash by Thursday November 23rd. Our calendar says the 26th, but in order to ensure you receive your books before the long weekend the order needs to be placed on the 23rd. Reading with your child is a great way for you to build literacy skills and spend quality time together.
We will have our class photos taken next week. Please make sure your child wears their UAS polo/collared style shirt and either shorts, pants or skirt.
Here is the schedule for KG1…
Wednesday, November 22

-KG-1ECC

-KG-1LD

Thursday, November 23

-KG-1KB

-KG-1AM

Your child’s big, black portfolio that was shared with you during conferences, should be returned by Thursday November 23rd. Make sure you sit down and go through this special book together!

We will be celebrating UAE National Day with a variety of activities during the week of November 26-29. We need a few parents to assist with taking students around to the exhibits on November 29. Please open the link if you can help…  UAE Celebration Parent Sign-Up

Have a great weekend! See you on Sunday.

November 9

November 5-9

Today was field trip day!!!! What a blast! All of our kiddos were ROCK STARS today! I am so proud of how well they behaved and listened today. A special THANK YOU to Ms. Meera (Ghaith’s mom), Ms. Nancy (Anthony’s mom) and Ms. Lulu (Karina’s mom) for coming with us today.

Don’t forget to click on a photo to be taken to our class Flickr where you can view MANY more photos.

This week we took advantage of the beautiful weather. We had a picnic outside and enjoyed the fresh air.

We continued to work on our five senses by reading books like “My Five Senes” by Aliki. We also practiced sorting using senses in centers. Our class practiced making letters and learning the sounds of our focus letters (E, F, H, I, L, T, U). We matched numbers to 5 with pictures and played a racing game to learn 1:1 correspondence.

 

We went on a senses walk around the school. We used our eyes, ears, noses and hands to observe and take in the things around us. We smelled the flowers, saw different color plants, listened to the birds and felt the bricks.

 

Minato celebrated his 5th birthday with us this week. His mom brought in a healthy snack for us to share.

 

KG-1 Annoucements

Dear Parents, these next few weeks are super busy. Please read everything and let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for supporting your child’s educational experiences!
 
Today we went on our first KG1 field trip to Little Explorers. The children enjoyed exploring the five zones – I Discover Myself, I Locate Myself, I Can Do, I Experiment and All Together.  They also enjoyed a workshop titled “Rhythm and Sound”. We had a truly special and fun-filled day!
 
Literature Bags!!! They came home this week for the first time and the students were VERY excited about them. Some like to call it their “homework”! We encourage you to do the activities each night, again and again! Please return ALL items inside the bag each and every Sunday.
 
McGrudy’s Book Fair is coming to school next SundayThursday. A small envelope came home today with your child, but you do not need to return it. In KG1, we walk the kids over for a preview, but no shopping. We would rather you come shop with your child and select items yourself. You can also shop on your own before or after your Parent Conference next week!
 
Next Monday, November 13, we will be treated to a Jack and the Beanstalk play by the Lollipop Theatre, in our MPH. We will go promptly after 8:00, so please don’t be late for school. In the event you arrive late, please bring your child to find us in the MPH. Also, please make sure they use the toilet before coming to school.
 
Next Tuesday, November 14, we would like to have ALL items (Shampoo, lotion, razors, etc) that we requested for our UAS Support Staff Caring Boxes, turned in. We will be preparing the boxes to give to our wonderful Support Staff. We want the students to be able to place the items they bring into each box, so PLEASE let me know if you forgot what your child needs to bring. We want all of them to participate!
 
Next Tuesday, November 14, UAS is taking time to acknowledge Diabetes Awareness Month. It is estimated that 1 million people in the UAE suffer from this disease. Please have your child WEAR BLUE as a reminder to stay healthy and try to avoid this disease.
 
Next Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 16, there is NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. These two days are set aside for teachers and parents (no students) to meet and discuss how things are going so far this school year. You have been given lots of information regarding the survey, how to sign up online, sibling schedules and so forth. Please email me asap if you still have questions. If you are having technical issues, please contact helpdesk@uasdubai.ae. Conferences are scheduled for 25 minutes each, which allows plenty of time to chat. I look forward to seeing each of you next week!