Welcome Back!!! I hope you had a great long weekend. I was here at school. 🙂
Just a few quick things you need to know for this week, but first a HUGE THANK YOU to the three moms who volunteered to do activities with our kids today. I will post pictures on Thursday’s blog.
The 75AED and signed form for the Little Explorers field trip is due TOMORROW.
Please have your child wear a solid green t-shirt for Flag Day on Thursday. We will be going straight from the playground over to the field first thing in the morning. If you are running late please meet us there
We continued with our pumpkin investigation. The children have enjoyed taking part in the different activities. This week we cut open two pumpkins, all children were risk takers and took a turn to put their hand inside, most of them did not like the feel of it! Together we estimated and wrote the number of seeds we thought were inside. We counted the seeds and there were a total 139!!!!
We tasted and tried pumpkin seeds – Most of the class enjoyed eating them. The children designed their own Jack-o-Lanterns on paper and together we decided how Ms. C-C and Ms. Kareen would carve the pumpkins for the classroom.
The children counted out pumpkins seeds, put them inside a tissue and sprayed them with water before putting them inside a snaplock bag and hung them on the window. We will observe what happens to the seeds over the next few weeks.
In Centers this week the children were focusing on
Literacy – The children were introduced to ‘Mat Man’ and learnt about the shapes that make letters – Big Line, Little line, Big Curve and Little Curve.
Math – The children quantified numbers with play dough mats and with halloween buckets, rolling a dice and added spiders to the web and made simple (AB) patterns
Gross motor – Threw eyeballs inside the monsters mouth
Fine motor – created google monsters and jack-o-laneterns
HALLOWEEN was in the air today as we celebrated with amazing costumes, a parade and Trick or Treating! Your child should have brought home a treat bag with lots of fun toys and candies today. We asked them not to eat any candy until they returned home. Thanks for sending in treats to make our event so much fun!
Well done to Sarah and Nathan for recieving certificates for trying hard to remember to raise their hand, wait for thier turn to answer a question during discussions.
Next week in KG-1
On Tuesday we have three moms coming in to run Halloween Centers. We are working on the letters: E, F, H, I, L, T and U over the next several weeks. Ask your child to tell you what they are learning and let them practice at home with you, ask them what sounds and letters they are!
October 29 and 30… Please remember there is NO SCHOOL this coming Sunday, October 29 and Monday, October 30. Teachers will have Professional Development training.
October 31… Students return to school and should wear their regular school uniform. It is Halloween day and we will celebrate with some Halloween Centers, but students should NOT dress up again. Thank you to the parents who have agreed to come and assist in some fun activities/ centers next Tuesday. We are looking forward to seeing you!
November 1– Field Trip permission and money due! You have received a Permission Slip in your child’s folder regarding our first field trip. We are going to Little Explorers at MCC on November 9 and we need the permission slip signed and returned, along with 75 AED (please send correct change). * We are allowed to take only 2 parents along with us, so if you are interested, please make sure you mark the permission slip accordingly. We will notify you if you are going.
November 2– Flag Day… more information to come as we receive it.
We will send home the November calendar on Tuesday 31st October.
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! This was an enjoyable session in the school pool for them as they played and swam alongside their classmates.
This week the children have been learning the story/song and actions of The Five Little Pumpkins. They also read the story to one another.
We begun being scientist as we started our Pumpkin Investigation. The children used magnify glasses as they looked and described what they noticed about the pumpkins and how they felt. We predicted whether the pumpkin will sink or float followed by observing what we saw. We estimated and measured the pumpkins. The children have come up with what they would like to do with the pumpkins in our investigation which will be ongoing next week also. Have a look at our bulletin board outside our classroom to follow along on what we discover!
This week in centers we worked on the following
Math– Identified numbers through rolling a dice and matching the number 1-10; coloring a picture by number; making spiders with number cards and adding that many legs and exploring patterns.
Literacy– Making Five Little Pumpkin Books and working towards identifying upper and lower case letters.
Fine motor– Unlocking locks and putting together nuts and bolts.
Exploration– Halloween I spy search.
On Thursday we made lanterns to celebrate Diwali
Well done to Omair and Daixin for receiving certificates this week. The have been showing the learner profile of being principled in the classroom by following the rules and doing the right thing!
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.
Next week in KG-1ECC
We will continue with our Pumpkin Investigation; Halloween themed centers and working towards recognising the letter and sound of these 7 Letters – Ll, Ff, Ee, Hh, Tt, Ii and Uu
Halloween Treats Due Monday– 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. Diaso 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.
Swimming on Sunday
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.
Walk feet only-No running
Use #2 voice
Wear swimming caps
Slip in pool
If the child does not follow the rules they will be told to sit out of the water.
If during the swimming class they continue to not follow the rules, they will not be allowed to swim for the remainder of that day’s class.
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:
Cast on an injured or broken limb
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.
Alternative plans could be:
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:
the teacher emails the parents
the teacher documents this in their records
For the 3rd incident
the teacher will inform the EC coordinator
EC Coordinator will make a phone call to the parents to discuss
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
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, on Thursday October 19th, children can come to school dressed in pink clothing or adding something pink to their clothes eg: pink ribbon or make a heart from construction paper.
Every morning we read the morning message together, which tells us about what we will be doing that day. Each day we have a new calendar helper who helps us with this lesson – We talk and sing about the days of the weeks and the months in the year. We count the calendar and add the next number to our pattern – this month it is spiders and ghosts. We also count how many days we have been in school. We look at the calendar helpers name, talk about their first letter, the sound it makes, count how many letters and clap how many syllables are in their name. Below is a video of us singing the months of the year song.
This week in our unit of inquiry we have been talking about how we are the same and different. We read three stories about skin colors.
The children mixed red, yellow, black and white together to make their skin colour and painted a picture of themselves.
On Wednesday and Thursday we did an Apple investigation. We used our hands and eyes to describe what our apples looked and felt like. We sorted them into piles of appearance by color. The children were excited to see the apples roll and wanted to see what would happen if we threw it outside. After throwing one apple in the air watched it land on the ground and the apple broke in half. We were able to see what was inside the apple – they were surprised to see it turned brown after time. We tasted a green apple and a red apple and graphed which one was our favourite. We used the apples to make apple sauce.
Learning experiences in centers this week:
Math – The children explored the numbers 1-10 and matched the numbers using stamps. Used 1:1 correspondence as they played the cookie game. Sorted items by color. Used different shapes to build structures.
Fine motor – The children are working on correctly holding scissors and cut different lines – straight, curvy and zigzag. Worked on drawing people using details through following direction cards.
Literacy – Used playdough to make their name. Identified classmates names and matched photos together.
This week the children have been working towards being good communicators – Listening to what the teachers are saying and following directions. Well done to Yashar and Ahmad for receiving the certificates and attending Rockstar Recess this week. Next week we will be looking for two children who are being principled- ‘doing the right thing’
Next week in KG-1
We will be conducting a pumpkin investigation and Halloween inspired centers over the next two weeks. The children will have their first swimming in class on Sunday.
Halloween Parent Volunteers
I am looking for 4 parents who would be willing to come in for 45 minutes on Tuesday October 31st at 8:15 am to work with a small group of children (5 at a time; 4 groups) doing a Halloween activity. In the past parents have done decorating cupcakes/cookies for Halloween, read a story, sing a song, play a game, do a craft, etc. all related to Halloween. You can be as creative as you like with the activity you would like to do. The parents who volunteer will be responsible for getting the activity ready and doing it in the classroom with the children. Pinterest has some great ideas as well – www.pinterest.com. The activity should last for around 10 minutes. Click here to sign up
Your child brought home an ORANGE note in their folders this week, regarding our Halloween celebration and Trick or Treating. Please send in 30 small items (individual pencils, stickers packs, erasers, boxes of raisins , bag of pretzels, etc) by Sunday, October 22. 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 in a pumpkin or container.
All KG1 classes will begin swimming next week. Our day is on Sunday at 11-11:35am! Please refer to the Swimming Letter that was sent home at the beginning of this week, in your child’s folder. We need your child to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE getting dressed INDEPENDENTLY, at home with you. They need to WEAR swimsuits to school, with SCHOOL UNIFORM on top. Bring towel, swim cap (mandatory) and swim shoes, inside a separate swim bag. Goggles are optional.
Thanks for all you do to support your child and their learning experiences in KG1
We have been revisiting, learning and exploring shapes. We have been focusing on how many sides each shape has and ways to describe the shape eg- A rectangle has two long sides and two short sides. We read the story ‘How the Shapes Became Friends’ the children created their own pictures using different shapes
The children enjoyed playing shape bingo and identifying shapes using a fly swatter.
We sung and danced to the “Hokey Pokey Shape’ Song using different shapes.
We used circles to create artwork inspired by the artist Kadinsky – The master pieces are displayed on our bulletin board outside our classroom.
Can your child name all the shapes we have been learning about this week? *hint the grey shape is called a cresent.
In centers this week:
PYP unit of Inquiry – The children drew pictures – they looked in the mirror to draw themselves, They had to think about and choose a crayons that matched their skin tone, hair and eye colour and draw different features they saw. They also created faces using different manipulatives.
Fine Motor – They worked on strengthening their fine motor skills through lacing cards and balancing marbles on top of golf tees.
Math – Exploring numbers 1-10 through different math activities and rolling a dice to recognise and count the number followed by an action card. Sorted by shape and matched shapes to make numbers.
Next Week in KG-1ECC
We will be talking about our families – who is in them, how many people in each family – are they the same or different? Drawing pictures of them. We will continue to act out different social situations and discuss different ways to approach them. We will be exploring apples; we will sort them by colour, taste them, find out if they sink or float, make a graph and something to eat!
Thank you to all the parents who came to our Back to School Information Sessions held on Monday. Here is a link to the slide presentation if you wish to review what was talked about.
Library books need to be brought back before our next Library class on Wednesday. Once your child has finished with their book they are welcome to return it in the classroom and they will put it in the Library container in the classroom when they unpack their folders in the morning.
On Sunday the children no longer wear their purple class t-shirt they now where the UAS uniform.
Thank you to the parents for filling out and returning the literacy/ take home bags. These will start going home the first week of November. – this is optional
We will be starting swimming the week of the 15th October. More information will be coming home on Sunday.
We hope you are enjoying reading the class books that have been coming home this week. Please remember these books are for one night only.
On Wednesday please bring in a whole apple in a snapback bag. It can be of any color or size as these are things we will be looking at. Please remind your child to unpack them with their folders that morning.
The PTSO will be hosting a Community Fair tomorrow at UAS. The event will run from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the school’s main reception area and elementary lobby and exits. There will be a variety of booths selling cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream, pizza and sandwiches. There will be service booths as well (including: ASA vendors, beauty salons, health and fitness services, accessories and more).