This unfortunately will be the last blog post this year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your cooperation and participation throughout the year in our program. It has been a great fun-filled and busy year! I have enjoyed seeing the children grow so much throughout the year – For me the most rewarding part of being a teacher. I am going to miss returning to UAS after the summer; however I am looking forward to my next journey.
I wish everyone a relaxing summer and safe travels!
This week we had our last Free Flow Free Inquiry for the year. We invited KG-2 to join in the fun with us, this meant the children were able to visit KG-2 classes as well.
We read many Pigeon stories written by Mo Willem such as “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” “The Pigeon Needs a Bath” “The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!” and many more….. The children were artists as they followed step by step directions on how to draw the Pigeon. Check out the video below.
On Tuesday the children participated in Moving on Up Day! The children were split up into 3 groups. The visited 3 KG-2 classrooms and met the all the KG-2 teachers for next year – Mrs. Finney, Ms. Daramola and Ms. McCarthy. You will find out at the beginning of the school year who your child’s teacher will be. The purpose of Moving on Up Day is to give the children a chance to meet all the teachers and help for a smooth transition for the children into KG-2
Next week is the last week for children in KG-1. It has been a fabulous year and as a teacher it is so rewarding to see how much the children have grown since the beginning of the school year. We have lots of things happening next week such as Super Hero Day, End of Year Celebration (EOY) and KG-1 Fun Day – please see the reminders below for more details on each event.
NO SCHOOL THURSDAY(tomorrow) or SUNDAYfor Eid al Fitr holiday!
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 til 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 (Main Dish) 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 PURPLE 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!
The children worked with partners to try and come up with a solution to solve some problems from the Fairy Tales we have read.
What is STEM?
STEM is an exciting approach to teaching that stimulates children’s creativity and draws upon their natural curiosity. Students gain knowledge and experience in science, technology, engineering and math by working on engaging, project based activities.
On Tuesday the children brought in items for the Ramadan Fridge. The class was very excited for this! They carried their own items across the street and placed the items inside the fridge. Thank you for sending in the food items.
The children completed various math centers based on graphing, counting, shapes and measuring.
Next week in KG-1
We will be reading Mo Williams stories and do activities around this. The children will get to visit KG-2 and meet all of the teachers during Moving On Up Day.
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 PURPLE 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 EOY 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, mini hotdogs, 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!
SUPERHERO DAY IS MONDAY, JUNE 18– DRESS AS YOUR FAVORITE!
EOY CELEBRATION, TUESDAY, JUNE 19– DETAILS ABOVE!
KG1 FUN DAY IS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20– WEAR SWIMSUIT TO SCHOOL UNDER PURPLE 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!
Well done to this weeks performers who retold their stories – Richard, Dora, Abel, Tayyab, Daixin, Sheikha and Sara! Over the past two weeks we have all enjoyed listening to everyone retell their stories. So proud of all the effort put into making props, and practising at home.
We have been reading different versions of The Three Little Pigs – We even listened to a story which was from the Wolf’s perspective! We made puppets and the setting and retold to a partner and arranged the story in order.
Next week in KG-1
We will be identifying and problem solving based on the fairytales we have read over the past month. We will use a STEM approach to finding solutions.
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 everyone 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 WEDNESDAY. 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.
CLASS 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 TUESDAY, JUNE 5. 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 this week. PLEASE read over it carefully as it explains some end of year activities that we are planning.
** Super Hero Day – Children can dress up as their favourite Superhero or create their own superhero (be creative and make your own costume)
** End of Year Celebration – Parent’s please plan on attending this event. We will be singing a couple of songs and then having a snack together afterwards
We had a great first week of story presentations. The children were excited to present their stories to the class and each day we looked forward to the three children retelling. Well done to this weeks presenters – Nathan, Simeon, Sarah, Lyne, Yashar, Daniel, Hannah, Troy, Alia, Lyan, Ahmad and Omair. We look forward to listening to more next week!
We have been creating number stories in class. The children use objects to tell and act out a story through groups – for example: “There were 2 cats playing in the garden, 4 more came along, now there are 6”. Through creating number stories children begin to develop a solid understanding of the meaning of addition and subtraction and of the relationship between these two operations. This also helps them to develop a wider range of strategies for solving problems.
In swimming this week the children had fun having a class relay using kick boards
On Thursday we attended the Grade 2 musical in the MPH it was based on the story of Harold and the Purple Crayon
Next week in KG-1
We will be watching the rest of the story presentations. Continue to read and do activities based on the story of The Three Little Pigs.
Free Flow- We are continuing to wear our Purple class t-shirt each Sunday for our Free Flow.
Swimming- Next week will be our last time swimming.
Library– Our class will checkout books for the last time, this coming Wednesday, May 30. 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!
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 you can send in and what day we are walking over to fill the fridge.
UAS Food Drive– Our 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. (See Below)
We will be attending the grade 2 musical this Thursday. 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.
This week we read many stories about The Little Red Hen. We looked for similarities and differences in each version we read.
Ms Lamya Read the story to us in Arabic
We colored and shared Little Red Hen books with our friends and brought them home in our folders on Thursday.
We took the principle about helping each other from the story of The Little Red Hen and used it as we made Butter.
Next week in KG-1
We will be reading many stories and versions of the Three Little Pigs. We have our first 12 students presenting their stories to the class.
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 8:25since 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 SUNDAYS- We are continuing our Free Flow each Sunday, so please send your child to school in their PURPLE shirt.
SWIMMING- We 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.
PARENT WORKSHOP- Thank you to all the parents who attended our first KG1 Parent Workshop on Tuesday! 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.
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).
This week the children finished their “Goldilocks” story bags (it came home on Thursday to share at home) they practised retelling it to a friend and then again in a small group. We acted out the story in small groups to the class each being a character.
We learnt a song about Goldilocks and the Three Bears
On Monday we were in the pool for swimming. The had a fabulous time! Over the next couple of weeks we will be learning and/or practising some swimming skills as well as having some fun in the pool!
A group of Grade 10 students came into the classroom on Tuesday to be our buddy readers. The children enjoyed listening to stories being read to them and sharing their name book and retelling stories.
In centers this week the children listened to a story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the listening center; Math games – working on one to one corresponds and quantifying numbers; retelling; and I spy books – Letter M.
Next Week in KG-1
We will be reading the story of The Little Red Hen. Our activities throughout the week will be based upon this story.
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 we will not have time to prepare the bags each week. The only bag that will come home is the class toy to insure everyone has a turn. We hope you have enjoyed them!
NO SCHOOL ON SUNDAY! There is a school holiday on Sunday, May 13.
SWIMMING- We are continuing to swim each week on Monday
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.
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 in the afternoons.
TEACHER APPRECIATION- For those of you who sent in food for our Teacher Appreciation lunch on Wednesday, thank you so much!
This week we read many versions of the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” The children enjoyed comparing the similarities and differences in each story we read and learning new vocabulary. Our activities in centers this week were based on Goldilocks. The children made puppets and the setting; helped made porridge; watched the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears; and practised our inventive spelling by pulling items out of the Mystery Box to write.
Unfortunately we were not able to swim this week due to the chlorine levels not being ready in the small pool, instead we had some water fun outside with water. We hope to be back in the pool next week for our first “Swim”. The children did a fantastic job getting ready for swimming and getting dressed independently.
On Tuesday we celebrated Hag Al Laila! We watched the Grade 3 come past the classroom and we got given candy treats by Rashids Mom (KG-1AM)
Mr Fields came into the classroom and talked to us about Friendships. What strategies we can try if we are feeling frustrated with a friend and also how to work through different scenarios that my arise. Ask your child what they learnt.
Well done to this weeks Rock Star Lyne for being a communicator with her peers and teachers!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE LOVELY SURPRISE TODAY!
Next week in KG-1
We will continue to read stories of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and we will begin retelling the story with props we have made and also in small groups. We will be buddy reading with a High School class
Sunday – Purple T-Shirt
Monday – Swimming.
Tuesday, May 8 will be the last week that we will send home Literature Bags in KG1. During Ramadan, myself and Ms. Kareen will leave shortly after the students and there is no time for us to organize the bags. We hope you and your child have enjoyed these great books and activities to build many skills.
We want your child to continue using IXL each week throughout the remainder of the school year and even into the summer… They will still have an account! We are sending home one final list for May/June and your child can repeat as many as you think they need to practice.
It won’t be long before we begin our How We Express Ourselves story retelling to the whole class. Please allow your child to practice retelling and acting out the story with you at home, a couple times each week, so they will be comfortable. Any props, costumes, puppets, etc. should also be made at home soon, so they can practice with them. Let me know if you have any questions