May 27th-31st

This week in KG-1

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.

Reminders

  • 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

May 20th-24th

This week in KG-1

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.

Reminders

  • 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)

Thursday May 24th – Grade 2 Musical

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.

May 14th-17th

This week in KG-1

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.

Swimming

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.

Reminders

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. 

Ramadan

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

May 6th-10th

This week in KG-1

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.

Reminders

  • 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!

April 29th – May 3rd

This week in KG-1

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

Reminders

  • 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
  • No School on Sunday 13th May