September 28

Week September 24-28

This week we had our first library class. Ms. Leslie read “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.” The students then practiced proper library etiquette and how to find a book. Beginning this Sunday, students will begin checking out books to bring home. The books will be due back every Sunday.

                                               Click on any photo to be taken to our class flickr account.

This week we read “Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes.” Students loved singing the song. Our class then made our own Pete the Cat books. Those went home today. Please read them with your child. Click here to watch the short video and sing the song with your child. You can also view last weeks song and video here.

                                                                                                                                                              Click on any photo to be taken to our class flickr account.

We also read the book Ten Black Dots. We then used our imaginations to think of things we could make with black dots. Students were able to use up to 10 black dots for their creations. I was so proud of how hard they all worked.

                                                                                                                                                              Click on any photo to be taken to our class flickr account.

Our Letter of the week was A. Our nursery rhyme of the week was Mary Had A Little Lamb. You can click on each image to listen to the letter and nursery rhymes.

 

During centers we practiced:

  • cutting straight lines
  • fine motor- using tweezers and stringing beads
  • using blocks to create numbers to 10
  • sorting by color using pasta and balls
  • how to use glue
                                               Click on any photo to be taken to our class flickr account.

Next Week…

  • Next week we will be reading books my Laura Numeroff, the author of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Then we will make cookies as a class. Our class needs 1-2 parents to volunteer to take our trays of cookies home to bake them. Please email me if you are able to help.
  • We will continue to work on identifying and counting numbers to 5.
  • We will also begin activities to help students recognize their own names.
  • We will be learning shapes, including a rhombus, trapezoid, octagon and parallelogram. Don’t worry…I do not expect mastery in one week. The goal is simply to start exposing students to the vocabulary and help them to begin recognizing these shapes around them.
  • Show and tell will begin on Sunday. Please click here for the schedule.

Announcements

  • Back to School Night is Monday October 2nd at 1pm and 5:15pm. If you have not already done so please sign up for a time.

Have a great weekend!

September 20

Week September 17-20

Happy 1st week KG-1AM!!!! I enjoyed getting to know each child even better this week. More importantly, they enjoyed getting to know one another. I have already seen such great friendships emerge.Our class excels at playing together and sharing. I was quite impressed.

To kick off our PYP Unit: Who We Are, this week we read books about our feelings and how each person is different. Students then drew a picture of how they were feeling. As a form of free expression, students painted whatever they wanted using water colors.

During learning centers, students matched shapes, worked on fine motor skills such as using tweezers and scissors. During morning circle time we discussed the days of the week, counted and learned a nursery rhyme.

Reminders:

  1. Class quilt square is due on Monday September 25th.
  2. Thank you to the families that have sent their family photo. I only have 7 pictures. Please send in a photo for our board.
  3. Click here to view more photos and follow our class on Flickr.

Have a great holiday! See you on Sunday!

September 18

Birthday Policy and Reminders

Good Afternoon,

There are a few reminders that I need to send out.

  1. Please NO shoes with laces.
  2. If you have not already done so, please send in spare clothes for your child.
  3. UAS is a nut free school. This includes peanut butter.
  4. No chocolate for snack. This includes chocolate milk.

EC Birthday Policy

This is a time for your child to celebrate their birthday with classmates. It is our EC policy that  parents are allowed to bring a healthy snack (fruit kebabs, popcorn, fruit cups etc) and/or cupcakes or mini doughnuts. Please, no cakes or treat bags.

You will need to make arrangements with your child’s teacher a week in advance for planning purposes. Unfortunately due to fire regulations, we are not allowed to light any candles and would also appreciate no birthday decorations or party horns.

We would also like you to know that siblings, cousins or friends from other classes may not join the class celebrations.

September 17

Reminders

I have a few quick announcements, but I would like to start by saying that we had ZERO tears today!!! YAY!!!!

  1. In your child’s folder is a super hero flag. Please answer the questions with your child and have him/her color it. If your child is able to do so, please have him/her cut it out (if they are struggling please cut it for them).
  2. There is NO early dismissal for PK/KG-1. Tuesdays will be normal dismissal at 12:45.
  3. Your child’s orange shirts were sent home today.
  4. Show and Tell will begin next week. I will send home a schedule later this week.
  5. If you have not already done so, please email or send in a family picture for our wall.
  6. There is no school on Thursday September 21st.
  7. Please see the late procedures message from Mrs. Hanna below.
Every day PreK/KG1 children are dismissed at 12:45. Please be on time and pick your child up at their classroom. Both the TA and teacher have scheduled meetings, planning and lunch to eat!
 
We do acknowledge that there might be the odd occasion that puts you behind schedule. Here is what that procedure looks like:
*Notify your child’s teacher when you are able to do so but remember that while they have children in their care, they do not check emails.
*Your child will stay with their teacher until 12:55.
*At 12:55, the TA will take your child to the lobby by the main bus doors.
*The TA will sign them over to one of our duty monitors.
*Your child will sit and wait for you in this area.
*The time your child is picked up will be documented.
 
Thank you for your cooperation on this important matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
 
Sincerely,
 
Crystal Hanna
Early Childhood Coordinator
September 8

Welcome to KG-1AM

WELCOME TO

UNIVERSAL AMERICAN SCHOOL’S

KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

We are so pleased to have your child join us this year.  The early years of education are critical ones that lay the foundation for your child’s future.  Here at UAS we are working hard to ensure that your child has a meaningful start.  It is our goal to see your child grow in all areas (social, emotional, intellectual, and physical) this year so they can develop a life long love of learning.

HOURS: 7:35 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

The school doors open at 7:30 a.m. for students to go to the kindergarten playground.  Your child should put his or her backpack into their cubby before going directly outside. Children should not be left in the hallway or in the classroom. Parents are not permitted to stay in the hallways – please bring your child out to the playground.  There will be Kindergarten teachers and assistants outside supervising the younger children before school. Teachers will line the children up and bring them inside at 7:55 a.m.

We know it is hard to leave a reluctant child but separation will be easier if the goodbyes are brief.  Typically, a child will not cry for long once the parent is out of sight.  By working together we can help your child to become more independent and make his/her adjustment to school a happy one.

Dismissal for Pre-K and KG-1 students is at 12:45 p.m.  Car riders are to be picked up at the classroom door. Please be on time to pick up your child each day, so your child does not become anxious or worried. If you anticipate a late pick up please phone the school. Any changes from the normal pick up arrangement will need to be made in writing and given to both the teacher and the bus driver.

UNIFORM

Children must wear uniforms to school everyday. All items can be purchased at the school store.  Your child will need to have a UAS jacket (the zip up ones are best).  No other jackets or sweaters will be permitted. Please label all uniform items with your child’s name. Children must wear proper shoes for playing – no sandals are allowed. Please do not buy shoes with laces – Velcro is the best for this age group for ease and independence. 

PLEASE NOTE – From September 11th  – October 5th the children are required to wear their orange class t-shirts. These shirts will also be worn during field trips during the year.

PLEASE LABEL ALL ITEMS SENT TO SCHOOL   (Click here for the KG-1 supply list)

SNACK TIME

Your child will have two snacks each day.  Please send only healthy snacks such as sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, etc.  Gum, candy, chips, donuts, and all chocolate items are NOT allowed. We are a nut free school. Please no do not send nuts in your child lunch. We encourage you send your child’s food in reusable containers. The KG-1 classes will not be using the cafeteria so you will need to send enough food and water for your child.  Water bottles are used through out the day so a large bottle is advisable. Please no glass items.

PARENT COMMUNICATION

I am more than happy to talk with you and intend to keep you well informed of your child’s progress and the activities in the classroom.  If you have concerns or questions about your child, please arrange for an appointment.  I am in the classroom every morning by 7:30 am and at school until at least 3:30 each day. You can subscribe to my blog to keep up to date about what is going on in our classroom. http://sites.uasdubai.ae/amcclinton/

Please feel free to email me at school – amcclinton@uasdubai.ae.  I would love to hear from you. Keep in mind that I am unable to check email during the hours the children are present, but I do check each afternoon after 1 pm. Any very important communication for that day, like a transport change, will need to be sent by note or by phoning the school.

More information will be given at Back to School Night on October 2nd.

We are very excited to begin the year and look forward to working together with you to make it a very special one!

Ms. Amber McClinton

Ms. Magnolia Hernandez