This week some of the books we read were No, David! and David Goes to School by David Shannon. The kids LOVED them. I would highly recommend adding them to your home collection. After reading the books and discussing David’s behavior, the students had to retell what happended in the story. This is often a very difficult skill at this age, but the great thing about this book is that it is easy for the students to remember. Students then started to make their very own David’s. They will complete this project next week.
During centers this week we:
- created patterns using dinosaurs
- after choosing a number, used playdough to create a spider with that many legs
- practiced lacing pumpkins and matching nuts and bolts for fine motor
- matching upper case and lower case letters on candy corn puzzles
We watched, read and sang the Five Little Pumpkins. Students then made their own books. We practiced reading it with a partner.
We also went to the dramatic play room for the first time this year. They had lots of fun pretending and dressing up.
After several children asking everyday if we were swimming, it finally happened! They were soooooo excited and had a blast in the pool. Our kiddos followed all the pool rules and everyone was safe!
In celebration of Diwali, our class made paper lanterns.
Mr. Fields came in this week for our first social/emotional lesson of the year. Today’s lesson was how to be a good listener. This year KG-1 has adopted a program that we will all be following for character development.
This week’s ROCK STARS are…
Rashid and Nicolas for being great listeners. Congratulations boys!
This trimester will be focusing on the following letters: E, F, H, I, L, T, U. This week our letter poem was the letter F and our nursery rhyme was Little Miss Muffet.
Next week we will…
- Begin our pumpkin investigation
- Start our new PYP unit How the World Works
Guidance- Mr. Fields visited our classroom this week for our first Guidance lesson. We met his puppet named Puppy and learned how to participate in his monthly lessons. He will teach us many great things about our feelings, emotions, communicating and how to treat others.
Swimming– KG1 began swimming this week! Overall all students did a great job undressing, keeping their clothes organized, keeping up with their pool items (towel, shoes, goggles) and following directions at the pool. There are a couple who are still practicing dressing “after” swimming! The best way to help your child, is to teach them to do it by their self… they can do it!
Halloween Treats Due Sunday– If you have not already done so, please send in 30 small items (individual pencils, sticker packs, small toys, erasers, boxes of raisins, bags of pretzels, etc) by Sunday, October 22. Daiso has great selections of these small items. These items will be given out when they Trick or Treat within the classrooms, and we will provide bags for all KG1 students. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANYTHING WITH NUTS!
Halloween Costume and Parade– On Thursday, October 26, your child is encouraged to wear a Halloween costume to school. We would ask that they not wear face masks or bring weapons, but that this be a fun day. We will enter the building at our regular 7:55 time and ask parents to stay outside. We will then prepare for our Elementary School parade, as we will parade outside, following a designated path, where parents will be able to watch and take photos. Parade should begin after 8:00. If your child wishes to change later, please send appropriate change of clothes.
Teacher Professional Development/ No School for Students– Please remember that Sunday, October 29 and Monday, October 30 there is no school for students, as teachers have Professional Development.
Tuesday, October 31– Students return to school. It is actually Halloween, but students should wear School Uniform, and we will do some Halloween activities and centers in our classroom.
Dubai Fitness Challenge– By now you will most probably have heard about the 30 x 30 Fitness Challenge launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai Government and Dubai Sports Council. This “new initiative sees Dubai aiming to be most active city in the world” by encouraging all UAE residents to commit to 30 minutes of activities daily for 30 days, starting on October 20 until November 18.
We are proud to announce that UAS will wholeheartedly be taking part in this challenge. We will be sending a calendar flyer home with your child. We would like to encourage you to get involved and exercise with your child on a daily basis. Record your activities on the calendar provided throughout the 30 days and then return it to your child’s homeroom teacher after November 18th.
To find out more about the challenge visit the website here.
To read the press release from the Government of Dubai, click here.
As part of this initiative, Dubai Fitness Challenge has partnered with a number of associations that will help you have fun while staying fit. Click here for calendar of events.
If you would like to participate with UAS, please go to this link here and follow the prompts as follows:
- Click on join an existing organization
- Click on register as a teacher or parent
- Complete the form by making sure you select Universal American School in the School Name field
- Stay fit, participate and share away!
If you are on social media and would like to share your efforts with us, please use the following hashtags: #Dubai30x30 #uasdubai30x30 #uasdubai
NEW Swimming Policy and Procedure- PLEASE READ…
The below rules, policy and procedures have been put in place for the safety of your child. We feel that we need to be visible about the procedure and clear to all of you in order to make the swimming program a success. If your child is not swimming because of a doctor’s note then we want to be able to plan ahead and find an engaging place for them to be during their swimming class.
Please read the below rules of the pool and the consequences. The teacher reviews the rules before every swim class and you can help reinforce them at home by also reviewing them with your child.
Prek and KG1 Pool Swimming Policy and Procedures
As per the ES handbook, pupils who are well enough to attend school will swim and take part in the activities with the following exceptions:
PROCEDURE IF A CHILD IS NOT SWIMMING:
If the child has a doctor’s note:
The note gets handed over to the EC coordinator who verifies it with the school nurse and puts an alternative plan into action for that child.
Going and participating in another grade level class
Going and reading in the library with a duty monitor (depending on availability)
Staying in their class and engaging in play with a duty monitor (depending on availability)
If the child has no swim clothes:
The child goes to the swimming pool with the rest of the class and watches in a safe supervised area. The child must not be more than a few arms lengths away from an adult.
For the 1st and 2nd incidents:
For the 3rd incident