This week in KG-1ECC
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
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