November 26th-29th

This week in KG-1ECC

This week the children have been doing many activities on the UAE! Rashids mom from Ms Ambers class came and spoke to us about the UAE she talked about the seven Emirates, the Rulers, Money, clothing and the language they speak. In our centers the children used their five senses as they explored items from the UAE, smelt different scents, tasted local foods, touched items and watched a clip on the UAE. They also enjoyed coloring different places in Dubai in their coloring book, building the Burj Khalifa out of clay, building different buildings in the UAE out of blocks and drawing pictures of what they would spend 100aed on.

On Wednesday the children dress in UAE clothing and in colors of the UAE flag. Thanks to our 5 parents (Yashar’s mom, Hannah’s mom, Omair’s mom, Troy’s mom and Richard’s dad) who came and helped out with our UAE centers. They took small groups around different activities. Thank you to all the Emirati familys in Pre-K, KG-1 and KG-2 who brought in UAE foods for us to enjoy. Please see below a short video of what we did this week. There are also lots of photo’s to look at too.

This week the children  enjoyed using Rhythm sticks as we learnt a new song. They did a great job listening and following the actions!!!

Next week in KG-1ECC

Next week we will be reading lots of stories and versions of The Gingerbread Man. We will make Gingerbread cookies on Monday – Would any parent be willing to take our Gingerbread cookies home to bake them on Monday and return them on Tuesday? – If you are able too, please let me know through email! – Thanks

Reminders

No school on Thursday 30th November and Sunday 3rd December – Enjoy the long weekend!!!

The December calendar came home this week – Please note that on the 11th December it says sports day – Unfortunately we will be postponing this event until January.

If you have not done so already please send your child’s portfolio to school on Monday 4th December

Would anyone like to take home our Gingerbread cookies to cook on Monday?

We invite all parents to come to our Winter Celebration on Thursday 8th December at 8am in the school Cafeteria- We will be singing a song and eating together. Please sign up what you will be bringing on this link Children are to come to school dressed on festive party clothes.

National Day

Dear Parents,
To follow-up on the National Day parent information you received earlier today from UAS, we just want to clarify a few things.
PK and KG1 decided not to attend the outside activities that the Emirati Club has organized. Although these students have done a great job, we felt that most of the activities were not as age appropriate for our little ones. So instead we have organized our own UAE Fun Day for Wednesday morning, from 8:30-10:00. It will be packed full of exciting activities and we want to THANK our many parent volunteers for assisting us!
Please allow your child to dress in UAE National Dress or UAE colors (red, green, white and black) for Wednesday. Also, send snack and water bottles as usual.
Thank you so much for supporting our Early Years experiences!
PK/KG1 Teams

November 18th-22nd

This week in KG-1ECC

We read the stories ‘Shark in the Park’ and ‘Shark in the Dark’ as we focused on our sense of sight. The children enjoyed using there telescopes to go on a looking walk around the school.

In learning centers this week:

Literacy- The children worked on different activities for the 7 letters we are learning – created the letters out of wikistick; Matched and stamped upper and lower case letters; and identified and looked for the letter Ee amongst other letters and coloured items that begin with the Ee sound.

Math- The children are learning to sort object in different ways.

Unit of Inquiry – The children explored different items with their five senses; made telescopes and were scientist as they investigated with magnets.

Here is a video of us learning in centers!

 

We have been growing our pumpkin seeds over the past month in the classroom. Today the children took their plants and planted them outside in the garden.

 

The children decorated the Caring Boxes, sorted the items and made Thank You cards. On Thursday we gave the boxes to our wonderful support staff!

This week the certificates went to Lyan and Richard who have done a fantastic job tidying up after centers and free inquiry as well as making sure the classroom is nice and tidy throughout the day. Well Done!

 

Next week in KG-1ECC

We will be learning about the UAE through many different activities as well as attending the   national day celebration on Wednesday.

Reminders

Wow, we have been and continue to be, SO BUSY IN KGI! This time of year there are many wonderful things to celebrate and be a part of. Here’s what’s going on over the next couple of weeks… 
  • Our SWIMMING has officially ended until after Spring Break. The weather has turned cooler and we will take a break until warm weather returns in April. We are proud that so many students have been Risk-takers in their swimming experience!
  • Next Wednesday, November 29, UAS will celebration UAE National Day!!! All students are encouraged to wear UAE colors (red, green, black and white) or UAE national dress. (This is NOT your child’s national/country dress, unless you are Emirati of course). There will be lots of photos on this day!
  • No School on Thursday, November 30 and Sunday, December 3. Enjoy UAE National Day/Weekend with your families!
  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS… Thursday, December 7, we would like to invite all parents to join us for our KG1 Winter Celebration, at 8:00 am in the cafeteria. We will send more information out next week.
  • Handwriting Without Tears– At Parent Teacher Conferences, we gave all parents a handout explaining the proper formation of writing the alphabet. Thursday, we are sending home some “pieces” similar to what we use at school, for you to cut out and practice with your child at home. These include, Big Line, Little Line, Big Curve and Little Curve.  Also, we are sending you a copy of the Picture Cards that will help learn the SOUNDS of each letter. We are excited about this program and thank you for spending time with your child at home, learning together!
As always, thank you for supporting your child’s learning and excitement about school. We appreciate all you do!!! 

November 19th

Reminder… my class will have School Pictures this Wednesday, November 22nd. Your child should wear their UAS polo shirt and either shorts/pants/skirt. You received a picture order form in your child’s folder on Sunday. Even if you are not purchasing photos, please return the envelope as the photographer will scan their name/barcode. Thanks!!!

Also, I am in need of 4 parents to volunteer to help our little ones rotate to the UAE National Day stations outside on Wednesday, November 29 from 8:30-9:30. If you are interested just email me or go to this link and add your name!

November 11th-13th

This week in KG-1ECC

This week was a short 3 day week.

The children enjoy participating in swimming and learning some early swimming skills. Here we are practising holding onto the edge of the pool and kicking our legs.

On Monday we saw the performance of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children enjoyed watching and participating in the show.

The children enjoyed looking through their portfolio books – I hope you are enjoying your child share their learning with you!

Thank you to all our classmates who have brought in items for our caring boxes – The children can’t wait to decorate them and make cards next week!

Next week in KG-1ECC

We will be decorating the caring boxes, making cards, sorting the items and thanking our support staff at school for the wonderful things they do for us! We will have Mr. Fields come in for his monthly lesson. Explore items using our five senses and plant our pumpkin plants out in the garden.

 

Reminders

Thank you parents for attending our Parent Teacher Conferences! It was great seeing you and sharing with you about how your child is doing in KG1 so far this year. You will receive report cards in December.

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Sunday November 19th– Swimming
Monday, November 20th- we would like for each child to bring in either a UAE magazine or UAE/area newspaper. We are using these for a class project and will be cutting out pictures and/or words from UAE and/or Dubai.
Tuesday November 21st– If you plan to purchase books from the Scholastic Book Order Form, please send in the order with the exact cash on Tuesday, November 21. Reading with your child is a great way for you to build literacy skills and spend quality time together.
Wednesday, November 22nd-We will have our class photos taken next week. Please make sure your child wears their UAS polo/collared style shirt and either shorts, pants or skirt.
Your child’s big, black portfolio that was shared with you during conferences, should be returned by Monday, December 4. Make sure you sit down and go through this special book together!
We will be celebrating UAE National Day with a variety of activities during the week of November 26-29. We need a few parents to assist with taking students around to the exhibits on November 29. Please open the link if you can help…  UAE Celebration Parent Sign-Up

Parent Conference – Sign Up

A huge thank you to all the parents who have already signed up for or confirmed their parent-teacher conference time.

To those who have not done so yet, this is the last opportunity to sign up for parent-teacher conferences. They must be scheduled through the Portal ahead of time and cannot take place on other days.

You must sign up for a conference in order to reserve your time. You can do this by logging onto the Portal. Directions for signing up can be found at the bottom of the linked blog post. If you need help accessing the portal, please email the help desk.

Thanks! Looking forward to seeing you there!

November 5th-9th

This week in KG-1ECC

This week we have begun talking and learning about our five senses. Ask your child if they can tell you all five? We did a popcorn sensory observation where we used our five sensory to describe what we saw, heard, felt, smelled and tasted. We played a mystery game where we felt what was inside the mystery box – we had to use our sense of touch to guess what was inside. We played a listening game where we listened to different sounds and had to guess what sound we heard and match it with pictures.

On Thursday we went on our first KG1 field trip to Little Explorers. The children enjoyed exploring the five zones – I Discover Myself, I Locate Myself, I Can Do, I Experiment and All Together.  They also enjoyed a workshop titled “Rhythm and Sound”. We had a truly special and fun-filled day!

In centers this week:

Math– The children have been working on their 1:1 counting through playing math games by rolling a dice and moving the object in pairs. Counting objects and matching it with the number

Literacy– The children used iPads to explore the letters on the starfall app, match upper and lowercase letters together and made letters with big lines and little line – The letter names and sounds we are focusing on are Ll, Ff, Ee, Hh, Tt, Ii and Uu. Can you child name all of these letters?

UOI – The children explore different items using there sense of touch and used words to describe how they felt – smooth, rough, soft, hard, bumpy etc. The children sorted items by their five senses.

Please note: There have been a look of children and myself out sick over the past 2 weeks with high fevers. Please stay healthy and take time to rest if needed.

 

Next week in Kg-1ECC:

Next week is a short 3 day week for us. We will be watching the Jack and The Beanstalk Play in the MPH and reflecting on what our favourite part is. Talking about the items for the caring box and decorating boxes to put the items in.

 

Reminders:

Swimming– On Sunday

Library– We will have library on this Tuesday next week due to the short week. Please have your child return their library book before then so they can take home another book to read.

Literature Bags!!! They came home this week for the first time and the students were VERY excited about them. Some like to call it their “homework”! We encourage you to do the activities each night, again and again! Please return ALL items inside the bag each and every Sunday.

Next Monday, November 13, we will be treated to a Jack and the Beanstalk play by the Lollipop Theatre, in our MPH. We will go promptly after 8:00, so please don’t be late for school. In the event you arrive late, please bring your child to find us in the MPH. Also, please make sure they use the toilet before coming to school.

Next Tuesday, November 14, we would like to have ALL items (Shampoo, lotion, razors, etc) that we requested for our UAS Support Staff Caring Boxes, turned in. We will be preparing the boxes to give to our wonderful Support Staff. We want the students to be able to place the items they bring into each box, so PLEASE let me know if you forgot what your child needs to bring. We want all of them to participate!

Next Tuesday, November 14, UAS is taking time to acknowledge Diabetes Awareness Month. It is estimated that 1 million people in the UAE suffer from this disease. Please have your child WEAR BLUE as a reminder to stay healthy and try to avoid this disease.

Next Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 16, there is NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. These two days are set aside for teachers and parents (no students) to meet and discuss how things are going so far this school year. You have been given lots of information regarding the survey, how to sign up online, sibling schedules and so forth. Please email me asap if you still have questions. If you are having technical issues, please contact helpdesk@uasdubai.ae. Conferences are scheduled for 25 minutes each, which allows plenty of time to chat. I look forward to seeing each of you next week!

KG-1 Announcements

Parent Teacher Conferences
1. If you have not already done so, please click here to fill out the PTC form.
2. To sign up or view your conference time please log into the portal. If you have any issues logging in please contact IT or helpdesk@uasduabi.ae.
Little Explorers Field Trip
1. Please have your child wear his/her class color t-shirts.
2. Bring a disposable water bottles WITH your child’s name.
3. Although our times may change, we will still have snack, so please pack the lunch boxes as usual.
4. If you would like to pick your child up directly from Little Explorers at Mirdif City Center you MUST be at the entrance to Little Explorers no LATER than 11:15. You MUST email your child’s teacher by tomorrow (Wednesday November 8, 2017) to notify them that you will be picking your child up at MCC.

November 5th

Dear Parents, 
 

You received information from UAS Elementary School today on how to access the online portal and how to schedule your child’s Parent Teacher Conference. If you have multiple children in the Elementary School, their PTC has already been pre-scheduled. Please log on to view your pre-scheduled time. Should you have a conflict with that time, it is your responsibility to edit and reschedule accordingly. 

 
Thank you, 
Ms. C-C