Mrs. Russell's Second Grade Class Blog


Want to do some artwork during the break???


Please share this with your child for the break!

Dear students,

This year’s Book Week theme is Escape to EverywhereThrough books, we can escape to all sorts of places:  Hogwarts, Narnia, the Hobbits’ Shire,  the bottom of the sea or even outer space.  When we have the chance to escape into a book we are instantly transported into a different world and it feels like we are actually alongside the characters.  Perhaps you can hear the hoot of an owl, smell the home cooked meal in Bag End or hear the thunder of hooves approaching.  We can also escape to real worlds too where we learn the rules of football or how to grow crystals.  

Your task is to design a T-Shirt around this theme.  What does Escape to Everywhere mean or look like to you?

Your design must include:

  • UAS Book Week 2018 for the front of T-shirt

  • Theme title: Escape to Everywhere

  • Design for the back of T-shirt

  • Your name and grade

If you are interested in participating in this competition, please create your design on an A4 paper.  Designs must be submitted to Ms Fraser in the ES (Room 322) by Thursday the 11th of January at the latest.  All students across all grade levels may participate and the winning design will be printed onto T-Shirts to be sold in celebration of this year’s Book Week.  Attached are some ideas for inspiration.

Good luck!

Weekly Updates!


Hello Parents,

The newsletter is posted on the blog. The homework is a fun holiday bucket list with some math sheets. That is sent home with your child already. Enjoy your holiday break with your families!

Today there is a festive market put on by the PTSO! Come by and take a look.

Wednesday, December 13 is ‘Ugly Sweater Day’! Have your child wear a sweater this day.

Thursday, December 14 is Pajama day! Roll out of bed and into the classroom 🙂 Your child can bring their favorite stuffed animal as well.

Thursday, December 14 is our December birthday party from 10:15-10:45am. Yuki’s parents are sending in a treat.

We will also have a holiday party on Thursday combined with the birthday party. Please send in one item. Chips, Donuts, Fruit, Juice etc. Please reply to this post and tell me what you will be sending in so we don’t have repeats. Thank you!! I appreciate your help and support.

That is all I have for now. Thanks again.

Mrs. Russell



December Birthday Party


We only have one December birthday so we will celebrate it on Thursday, December 14 at 10:15-10:45am.

Thank you.

Fun happenings next week!


PJ Day

Please look at the flyer above about next week. Details are also below!

THURSDAY​ ​ ​DEC.​ ​14th Pajama​ ​Day (all​ ​ES​ ​kids)  ​& Santa​ ​Visit (PK-G2)

On​ ​Thursday​ ​the​ ​14th​ ​of​ ​December,​ ​kids​ ​are​ ​free​ ​to​ ​dress​ ​in​ ​their pajamas​ ​and​ ​bring​ ​a​ ​stuffed​ ​animal.​ ​

Prek​ ​-​ ​Grade​ ​2​ ​will​ ​be​ ​participating in​ ​classroom​ ​winter​ ​activities​ ​and​ ​will​ ​have​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​Santa​ ​as​ ​a whole​ ​class.​ ​The​ ​PTSO​ ​have​ ​purchased​ ​candy​ ​canes​ ​and​ ​Santa​ ​will​ ​be giving​ ​each​ ​child​ ​one.​ ​A​ ​class​ ​photo​ ​of​ ​the​ ​kids​ ​with​ ​Santa​ ​will​ ​be​ ​taken and​ ​posted​ ​on​ ​the​ ​teacher’s​ ​blog.

Please​ ​remember​ ​that​ ​Thursday​ ​14th​ ​is​ ​a​ ​half​ ​day​ ​and​ c​hildren​ ​are dismissed​ ​at​ ​12:00.​ ​No​ ​lunch​ ​will​ ​be​ ​served​ ​in​ ​the​ ​cafeteria​ ​on​ ​Thursday the​ ​14th.

We​ ​wish​ ​you​ ​a​ ​wonderful​ ​safe,​ ​winter​ ​holiday.​ ​Enjoy​ ​your​ ​time​ ​with​ ​your family​ ​and​ ​may​ ​2018​ ​be​ ​filled​ ​with​ ​peace​ ​and​ ​love​ ​across​ ​the​ ​globe! We​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​seeing​ ​you​ ​back​ ​in​ ​UAS​ ​on​ ​Jan.​ ​7th​ ​2018!

Other important dates for next week:

Monday, December 11 is the PTSO Festive Market. Come see all of the goodies!

Wednesday, December 13 is Ugly Sweater Day! Have your child wear their ugliest sweater if they have one!!

Thursday, December 14 is Pajama Day with a stuffed animal. We will also be going to see Santa!


Weekly Updates


Hi Parents,

Homework and Newsletter are up on their pages.

Math Unit 3 Test is on Wednesday. I sent home the pre-assessment today for your child to study with for next two days.

Spelling test is on Sunday, December 10.

This week is Playful Paws week! That means:

Tuesday, December 5 is Dress As Your Favorite Animal Day if you pay 5 dirhams!! Please let your child know about this opportunity!

Wednesday, December 6, we will write poetry about animals in the classroom!

Thursday, December 7 is Adoption Day! If you would like to adopt an animal, they are 500 dirhams to adopt.

That is all I have for now. Thank you!

National Day Celebrations!


Dear Parents of 2BR,

Please make sure your child wears Emirati Flag colors–green, red, black or white OR wear traditional Emirati clothing!

Tomrorow is the UAS national Day celebration sponsored by the UAS Emirati Club. These young men and women have done outstanding work in designing, organizing and preparing for this special day of UAE recognition; the UAE is fortunate to have such developing young leaders!

Please note the UAS Family Celebration will occur from 5pm to 10pm with lots of food, activities, music and pageantry…come join our school in celebration of the UAE’s National Day commemoration.

Please note the information below:

Date: Wednesday, November 29th
School Times: 8:30am to 3:00pm
Dress:  Emirati Dress or UAE flag colors (red, green, white, black)
Family Times: 5:00pm to 10:00pm

ES FUN Carnival Schedule for grade level classes to have “Fun”
KG1 & KG2 – 8:30 to 9:30
PreK & G1 – 9:30 to 10:30
G2 & G3  – 10:30 to 11:30
G4 & G5  – 11:30 – 1:00

ES Lunch/Recess Schedule
KG2: 11:00-11:25 -sharing Emirati lunch with PreK and KG1
G2 & G3: 11:30-11:50 – as typical lunch within the cafeteria
G1: 11:50-12:10 – as typical lunch within the cafeteria
G4 & G5: Lunch outside via Pizza Truck Vendor while at Carnival or may purchase lunch in cafeteria and eat outside

The Emirati Club’s Activities for the School Day
The food companies that will be available during the school day are:
Ice Lab (students pay company for their food)
Gamat ‘sweet emirati doe-balls”  (free of charge)
Ragag Bread (free of charge)
Cotton Candy (10 dhs) *** Students will need to have money
Popcorn (10 dhs) *** Students will need to have money
Pinza Pizza Grade 4 & 5 ONLY (G4/5 students pay company for their food)

Activities available during the school day are:6 different inflatables (5 will be available for Elementary Students):

– Bull  (No ES students)

– 2 slides (age appropriate)
– Wipeout (age appropriate)
– Wrecking ball (age appropriate)
– Jousting (age appropriate)
Henna (not charged) 
Face Painting (not charged)
Photo Booth (not charge)


Thank you!!

Weekly Updates


Hello everyone,

Homework and Newsletter are on their appropriate pages.

We are going on a field trip tomorrow. Thank you for sending in money and forms in a prompt manner, much appreciated. If your child brings in lunch, they do not need to because we eat on the field trip. Please still send in 2 snacks for the day. Thank you.

**Students need to wear UAS uniform for the field trip tomorrow. Just make sure the shoes are comfortable.  A UAS PE T-Shirt is just fine with shorts. Thank you!

UAE National Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at UAS. Please have your child wear the UAE national colors (red, green, black, white) OR dress in Emirati clothing! This will be a fun day of learning about the beautiful country we live in!

  • I will have more details about National Day in a day or so and will post a blog post about this day.

Please remember to send in a healthy recipe to be included in our class recipe book. We do not need anymore healthy food to be sent in, thank you to all that participated in this! It was delicious. Please make sure you send in a healthy recipe The healthy recipe can be typed up or written out with pictures.

Thursday, Nov. 30 AND 3 will be school holidays in celebration of UAE National Day. No school for students and teachers! Enjoy the 4 day holiday!

Unit 3 Math Test on Place Value will be next week. I will try to send home the pre-test to help you prepare for it this long weekend. The test will be on Tuesday, Dec. 5 for 2BR. The Unit 3 IPP will be sent home week of Dec. 10.

That’s all I have for now. Thank you. Have a great week.

Mrs. Russell signing out….




Weekly Updates


Hello everyone,

Homework and Newsletter are on their appropriate pages.

Come and join UAS PTSO in the cafeteria starting at 3:30pm today for a special Thanksgiving lunch. Bring a dish to share! 🙂

Author Ying Compestine will be here this week to work with our students. Wednesday, Nov. 22 3:30-4:30pm will be a Author visit for anyone! Take your child to the Elementary Library to see her! How exciting!

Picture day for 2BR will be on Thursday at 12:10pm. Please make sure your child wears their UAS Polo shirt for the picture. Thank you!

Grade 2 is going on a field trip on Monday, November 27 to Flip Out. We will celebrate our unit of inquiry for health and well-being and get active on the trampolines! No parent chaperones needed, we have enough teachers going. Please send back the bottom part of the form signed and the money for it. We appreciate it!

More info on National Day celebrations to come soon. There will be a UAS celebration all day on Wednesday, Nov. 29 during and after-school.

***No School Thursday, Nov. 30 AND No school Sunday, Dec 3. UAS will open again on Monday, Dec. 4. Thank you!

That is all I have for now. Take care.

Mrs. Russell

School Pictures next week!


2BR will take our school pictures on Thursday, November 23 at 9:40am. This will be before PE so they need to wear their white collared UAS polos. They can just wear those to PE or bring a change of UAS T-Shirt for PE if you prefer. Thank you.

Mrs. Russell

P.S: Parent-Teacher Conferences were great! Thank you all for your support.

Thanksgiving Feast!


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