June 17

Reminders

Just wanted to send out a few reminders for this week.

Monday 6/18: Superhero Day – Students come dressed as their favorite superhero.

Tuesday 6/19: End of year celebration @11:30 in the MPH

Wednesday 6/20: Fun Day – Wear orange t-shirt with swimsuit underneath.

Thursday 6/21: Last day of KG1 ūüėĘ

*Please note that PK and KG1 will continue with Ramadan morning schedule, and will leave the playground at 8:30.

June 13

June 10-13

* KG1 participated in Move Up Day on Tuesday. Students had a great time visiting the KG2 classrooms for a little chat of what to expect for next year and engaging in some activities to show how smart they are! The students were broken up into three groups, which means they got to work with friends from other classes. Mrs. Finney, Ms. Daramola and Ms. McCarthy commented on how principled all of our students were! Please click here to view our KG1 students moving up!

*In addition to moving up day, PreK, KG1 and Kg2 all participated in Free Flow this week.

* NO SCHOOL THURSDAY (tomorrow) or SUNDAY for Eid al Fitr holiday!

*This week your child has brought home many different things. They are all yours to keep at home.

* Playground/Morning arrival – Students should continue to bring water bottles with them each morning when they arrive on the playground. We are going to continue staying out until around 8:25 each morning for next week!

* On Monday, the rest of the school will go back to regular dismissal time, which means KG1 bus riders will leave at 12:45, as they did before Ramadan. After School Care will resume normal schedule, unless you notify me otherwise. Parent Pickups are still 12:45 for KG1.

* Monday is Super Hero Day- Students should dress as their favorite super hero and can wear costumes or t-shirts. If the costume is too hot to wear all day, you may send a change of clothes.

* Tuesday is EOY Celebration- We are looking forward to celebrating a successful year of KG1! Next Tuesday students should wear party clothing to school. Parents are invited to come to the MPH around 11:20 to place your food items on the tables and grab a seat. We will start promptly at 11:30! IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND, BUT YOUR CHILD IS ATTENDING, PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY EMAIL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ALSO, IF YOU ARE NOT ATTENDING BUT YOUR CHILD IS, WE WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO SEND THE FOOD ITEM WITH THEM TO SCHOOL PLEASE. FOOD ITEMS MAY BE PLACED ON DISPOSABLE PLATES/TRAYS/ETC. IF YOUR FOOD ITEM REQUIRES A SERVING UTENSIL, PLEASE BRING ALSO, AS WE MAY NOT HAVE THOSE AVAILABLE AT SCHOOL. We will have sign out sheets in the MPH for you to sign your child out, following the program.

* Wednesday is Fun Day- Students are NOT swimming this day, but will get wet! Please have your child wear their swimsuit to school with their Orange¬†class shirt over it, and any shorts they don’t mind getting wet! They are also encouraged to wear a hat, as we will be outside an hour or so! Apply sunscreen before school if needed. Then, send a dry uniform shirt/shorts/underwear/towel and slippers inside a bag, so they can change and come home dry!

* Thursday is the LAST DAY OF KG1 with 12:45 dismissal! There is no school for KG1 the last week of the school year, due to Early Years teacher professional development and planning for the next school year!

*Beginning on Monday June 18th our class will be relocated to the maker space room. Our class will still use our normal cubbies in the morning and afternoon, but pick up will be in room 116. The students will be building projects, exploring and being engineers. Thanks for your flexibility!
Have a great long weekend and see you all on Monday!
June 7

June 3 – June 7

I apologize in advance for the long blog post, but there are lots of announcements for the end of year.

This week we read books by Julia Donaldson. Among them were the Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Stick Man. Our class continued to practice retelling stories. Thank you again for the donation of props. Our class LOVES using them.

CENTERS: In centers we created our own number stories. Students filled in the missing beginning or ending sound in words, created Gruffalo masks, and matched representations of numbers in different ways.

 

BOOK ORDERS: Scholastic orders are due on Sunday June 10th. My recommendations are…

  • -Any of the Dr. Seuss books (Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax)
  • -The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • -The Pigeon books by Mo Willems
  • -Clifford
  • -No David!**** This is a class favorite.
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance and Rumble in the Jungle are also available individually for 36AED if you do not want to purchase the pack. (just write them down on the order form)
  • -Any nonfiction books about animals, space, science

*If you have any questions please email me.

RAMADAN FRIDGE- We visited the Ramadan Fridge this week and filled it with lots of yummy food and drinks for the workers. Thank you for sending in items to support this special activity during the Ramadan season.

LIBRARY BOOKS- All library books should have been returned by now. If your child still has a book at home, PLEASE return to school ASAP, so that fines will not be charged for lost or missing books!

SHOW AND TELL- Next week (June 10-14) is the LAST WEEK FOR SHOW AND TELL.

PORTFOLIOS- Your child will bring home their portfolio next Monday, June 11. These are complete and are yours to keep! We hope you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed making them!

MOVING UP DAY- We will visit the KG2 classrooms, next Tuesday, June 12. We will begin promptly at 8:30, so please have your child at school by 8:15! Your child should WEAR THEIR ORANGE CLASS T-SHIRT. Parents will not attend this.

EOY CELEBRATION- We are preparing for our End of Year Celebration for students and parents, on¬†Tuesday, June 19, starting promptly at¬†11:30¬†in the MPH. We also have a song for Dads, so please try to attend if possible. We realize that some families will not be here as they will be traveling early, and it’s okay. Maybe just have those conversations with your child, that as we practice our songs in class, etc, they will understand that some people will not be in attendance. (It’s just the way it is at the end of the year).

Food for Celebration- We are asking parents to contribute food for the EOY Celebration and we have assigned food lists for each class! PLEASE BRING THE FOOD TO THE MPH AND PLACE ON THE TABLES AROUND 11:20. WE WILL BEGIN OUR PROGRAM PROMPTLY AT 11:30!

  • ¬†I would like for my parents to bring one tray of a main entree. For example: individual size pizzas, chicken nuggets, small sandwiches, etc. NO NUTS!

EID- There has been no formal announcement yet regarding the EID holiday. Most likely we will be off school 1-2 days. We will notify you when we receive the announcement.

LEAVING – If your plans for your child’s last day has changed from what you have told me already, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, so that we can have everything prepared and say our proper goodbyes!

LOOKING AHEAD…

SUPERHERO DAY IS MONDAY, JUNE 18РDRESS AS YOUR FAVORITE!

EOY CELEBRATION, TUESDAY, JUNE 19РDETAILS ABOVE!

KG1 FUN DAY IS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20РWEAR SWIMSUIT TO SCHOOL UNDER ORANGE CLASS T-SHIRT AND UNIFORM SHORTS! SEND A TOWEL FOR DRYING OFF, AS WE WILL GET WET OUTSIDE!

THIS IS A VERY BUSY TIME OF YEAR FOR ALL OF US… PLEASE CHECK THE BLOG, ANY EMAILS AND YOUR JUNE CALENDARS FOR REMINDERS! THANKS!

Have a great weekend!

May 31

May 27-31

HWEO – We finished all of our retelling performances. I am so proud of all of them. They did such a great job. Thank you for practicing with your child. I will send a separate post with our class videos.

CENTERS- We wrapped up our Goldilocks and the Three Bears readings. The students also finished making their crafts. Please have them retell the story to you using their props. We continued learning about addition number stories and solving word problems. Example: Two friends are swimming in the pool. Three more friends join them. How many friends are swimming in the pool altogether? Next week students will create and illustrate their own number stories.

 
SWIMMING- We officially ended our swimming sessions for the year! The children were very brave this year and learned so much about having fun and being safe in the water. I am very proud at how responsible and independent each one has become during the year. Next year in KG2, they will move up to the “big pool” and I know they can’t wait!
 
LIBRARY- This week we checked out our last library book for the year! ALL LIBRARY BOOKS ARE DUE BACK ON SUNDAY. If your child has lost a book, please see Ms. Leslie to pay for it. We will continue to go visit Ms. Leslie until the last week of school.
ORANGE T-SHIRTS- Please continue to wear them the next 2 Sundays (June 3 and 10).
RAMADAN FRIDGES- You received a letter this week with a permission slip attached to the bottom. It explains that we are participating in contributing food/drink items to the fridge next door at Spinneys for the Ramadan season. Your child should bring item/s from the list next WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6. They should only bring what they can carry themselves. WE MUST RECEIVE THE PERMISSION SLIP FOR THEM TO WALK OVER WITH THE CLASS.
CALENDAR- The June calendar came home with your child today. PLEASE read over it carefully as it shows some end of year activities that we are planning, so you can save the dates. We would like all parents to attend the end of year celebration if possible. More details about the end of year activities will go out soon.
Have a great weekend!
May 24

May 20-24

Library– Our class will checkout books for the last time on Sunday May 27th. All library books will be due back the following week, as normal. Please make sure your child has returned any overdue book, so that no fines will be charged from the library!
Centers – This week we began reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will continue this story next week. We are in the process of making our own retelling story set. They also acted out the story with masks. Students became builders and engineers. They had to follow a “blueprint” to construct objects with blocks, tiles or building sticks. It is actually more difficult than it sounds.
How We Express Ourselves– We had a great first week of story presentations. I emailed you all individual videos of your children. I am making a class video of all the performances. I will post the complete class video on next week’s blog. They usually enjoy being little movie stars and watching their friends in the video. If for any reason you would like your child to redo his/her performance, please email me. Make up day will be next Tuesday. We are finishing up next week and look forward to hearing from the following friends…
Sunday – Steven, Alyza
Monday – Minato, Chuandi, Mia D.
Also if you would like to donate your child’s set or any props to the class please let me know.
Free Flow- We are continuing to wear our Orange class t-shirt each Sunday for our Free Flow.
Science Experiment – Our class used dry ice and watched it turn into the different states of matter (from a solid to liquid to gas). When they popped the bubbles a steam appeared. Needless to say they had tons of fun playing with the bubbles.
 
G2 Musical – Our class attended the G2 musical about Harold and the Purple Crayon. They were such a great audience!
Swimming- This week we had Anthony, Aanya, Nia, Nicolas, Laila, Steven, Rashid, and Mia D. get in the big pool. Students who can stand in the big pool, demonstrate swimming skills and/or are confident in the water moved to the other pool. They were so excited to work with Ms. Terry. Students in the small pool continued to practice kicking and going under the water.
Next week will be our last time swimming.¬†Please make sure your child WEARS their swimsuit to school, under their clothes. We do not have time for them to change before we head to the pool. Also, swim caps are required for swimming and there is no guarantee the pool will have extras to loan us. All students are expected to swim unless a doctor’s note is presented.
Ramadan¬†Fridges– KG1 is coordinating food/drink donations for our students to bring in for the Ramadan¬†Fridge, next door at Spinney’s/ Al Aresh. We will send home more details next week¬†and will add it to our¬†June calendar, so you will know what items to send in and what day we are walking over to fill the¬†fridge.
UAS Food DriveРOur PTSO is also sponsoring a Food Drive from now until next Thursday, May 31. KG1 is not planning to collect items in our individual classrooms (because we are bringing in the fridge items) but please feel free to send in items on the attached list if you like. We will make sure your child gets to place their donation in the PTSO boxes in the lobby.
*Flickr is having some technical difficulties, so I will upload to our account as soon as I can.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!
May 23

Early Arrival Tomorrow

Good Morning,

We will be attending the grade 2 musical tomorrow. Because the musical begins at 8:15, students who are here at 8:05 will attend. However, if you would like to bring your child later, they can remain on the playground and enter the building at 8:25. Students staying behind will go to Mrs. D’cruz’ class until the musical is over.

Have a great day!

May 17

May 14-17

RAMADAN KAREEM! Ramadan Schedule began today. Just a reminder that our morning schedule for KG1 has changed slightly. Students may not be dropped off before 7:30, as there is no supervision until that time. We will be staying on the playground each morning until 8:25 since the weather is cooler then. YOUR CHILD SHOULD BRING THEIR WATER BOTTLE TO THE PLAYGROUND WHEN THEY ARRIVE AT SCHOOL EACH DAY. There is no need for you to wait for the whistle to blow, and we will do our attendance after 8:25.

Dismissal/pickup is normal 12:45 time for KG1. Lastly, if your child rides the school bus, remind them that they will be riding a full bus of ALL ages PK-Grade 12.
Also, in KG1 we continue to drink water and have our 2 regular snacks, so please send in as normal.

HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES– Our performances begin next week! We hope that your child has been planning, preparing and practicing for their presentations of re-telling a favorite story. Any props, costumes, books, puppets, etc. should be placed in a bag and sent in the morning of their performance. We will video each performance and send to you via blog or email link. PARENTS DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND, AS WE WILL VIDEO FOR YOU- THANKS!

FREE FLOW SUNDAYSРWe are continuing our Free Flow each Sunday, so please send your child to school in their ORANGE shirt.

SWIMMINGРWe will continue to swim each week, until otherwise notified. Your child should wear their swimsuit to school, under their school uniform. We unfortunately do not have the time to dress them before swimming. After swimming, they are expected to put their school uniform back on (per school guidelines), and please wear or send regular velcro sneakers as flip flops and sandals are more likely to make them fall on the playground. This week in swimming students continued to practice kicking across the pool. We also began to practice going under the water.
 
PARENT WORKSHOPРThank you to all the parents who attended our first KG1 Parent Workshop on Tuesday! We hope you found it helpful and you walked away with a few new tools in your belt.
This was our first time using this format, and we hope to be able to offer these next year on a more regular basis. We will be sending the links to some of the presentations to you via email.

READ ALOUDS– This week we began reading about Cinderella. Students were very familiar with the story, so we spent more time retelling it and acting it out as a class.

 

CENTERS– This week we continued to work on number stories. Students used story mats to tell a number story using the provided pictures. For example, there were 3 goldfish in the bowl and 2 more jumped in. Now there are 5 goldfish in the bowl. Some students practiced identifying the beginning sound while others practiced identifying the ending sound. We are at the point in the year where children are progressing at different paces, so they will be working on different skills based on their individual and group needs.

CELEBRATIONS– On Monday we celebrated Laila’s 5th birthday. Her mom and dad came with cupcakes and treats for the kids. Happy Birthday Laila!

In celebration of the start of Ramadan, Omar and his family brought in special treats yesterday to share with the class. We painted Ramadan cookies and talked about our families that will be fasting. Thank you to Omar and his parents.

May 16

Ramadan Schedule

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Good Afternoon,

Beginning tomorrow and throughout Ramadan we are changing the morning schedule for PK/KG1. We will be staying on the playground until 8:30 because the weather is cooler. There is no need for you to wait for the whistle to blow.
Also, car riders should be picked up at 12:45, as usual. (The carpark will be quite busy as the rest of the school is dismissing at 1:00).
Thank you and Ramadan Kareem,
KG1 Team
May 12

May 6-10

READ ALOUDS- This week students continued to act out the Three Little Pigs, but the nontraditional versions. Check out some of the versions we read this week. The students are getting better at comparing and contrasting the different stories. Students also colored their own books to take home and reread.

SWIMMING- We are continuing to swim each week on Wednesdays. Your child has learned a great deal of independence this year and we are proud of the way they can undress and redress themselves. Remember swim caps are required by each student. Our focus this week for swimming was kicking. We started with holding on the wall and kicking with straight legs. Then students who were ready kicked across the pool with a board.

 

LITERATURE BAGS- Your child brought home their Literature Bag for the last time this week. Since Ramadan begins next week, our work hours are reduced and our TA’s will not have time to prepare the bags each week. We hope you have enjoyed them!

FREE FLOW SUNDAYS- Please remember to have your child wear their ORANGE t-shirts each Sunday.

PARENT WORKSHOP- For those of you who replied to our Parent Workshop survey- Thank you! We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday, May 15 in the Elementary Library. We will serve coffee at 7:30 in Elementary Library foyer on the top floor and will begin by 7:45.

NO SCHOOL ON SUNDAY! There is a school holiday on Sunday, May 13.

RAMADAN- Timings for KG1 actually does not change. Our day will begin at 8:00 and end at 12:45, as normal. If you bring your child to school, you will still drop them at the playground as we will play there for a while since it’s cooler in the mornings. Pickup is still 12:45 and buses will leave at 1:15. You may want to talk to your bus rider about lots of kids being on the bus (elementary, middle and high school), as they are used to only PK and KG1 together.

TEACHER APPRECIATION- For those of you who sent in food for our Teacher Appreciation lunch on Wednesday, thank you so much! We all had a very yummy lunch!