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My name is Ella Cassidy-Clark and I am a KG-1 Teacher

February 12th-15th

This week in KG-1

The children enjoyed celebrating Valentines this week with many different activities spread out over the week. Here is a video of us in action.

A big thank you to Ahmad’s mom, Omair’s mom, Dora’s mom, Yashar’s mom, Hannah’s mom and Sara’s dad for helping out with our Valentines day centers on Wednesday.

We celebrated Chinese New Years by making lanterns and Daixin, Dora and Richard handed out a special treat to us.

This week Rock Stars are Simeon and Sheikha for using IXL

Next week in KG-1 

We will begin centers on different countries as International week is soon fast approaching. We will also be making Earth superheroes with positive messages on how we can help the Earth.


  • Wear Purple T-Shirt on Sunday for Free Flow Free Inquiry
  • This week a international person came home in your child’s folder. This is due back on Thursday 22nd February.
  • No School Sunday 25th February Due to Teacher Professional Development.


February 4th-8th

This week in KG-1

The children have been learning ‘How to Read’ They can read through using the pictures to tell a story and from memory of familiar books they have been read many times over.  The children select two books from the book shelf and find a place in the classroom to individually “read” these books for  five minutes. At the end we choose 3 children to share what they have been reading. This is a great activity to do at home.

As a class the children helped read the story “Cows in the Kitchen”

In Centers this week we focused on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The children worked on activities related to the story. Colored a book of the story to share at home; drew a picture and dictated their favourite part; measure various objects using caterpillars; retold the story using props and arranging the story in order on a caterpillar; and feeding the hungry caterpillar fruits by rolling the dice, identifying the number and counting out the items.

On Thursday we had our sports day. the children participated in 6 different activities and games. They were an egg and spoon race; yoga; an obstacle course; scooter board relay; ribbon dancing and long jump. Make sure you check out all the photo’s  on the flickr account- Everyone had soooooo much fun!!!!!

Here is a snippet of the fun we got up to….

Next week in KG-1

We will be celebrating Valentines day with lots of fun activities!


  • We will have Library on Thursday due to Valentines festivities on Wednesday
  • IXL- The list of activities that we sent home a couple of weeks ago, are Pre K activities. (KG1 here is the same as PK in the states). So please have them complete the PK activities first, and if successful, feel free to move on to K activities.
  • No School on Sunday, Feb 11. Teacher PD
  • If you have not done so already, please remember to send in the Valentine’s cards that your child has prepared for their classmates. We need these when we return on Monday, Feb. 12.
  •  Feb 14 we ask that they wear Pink, Red or White clothing for Valentines’ Day.
  • We will send home International Paper Dolls on Feb. 12 with instructions on this parent/child, home activity.

Sports Day Tomorrow

PK/KG1 Sports Day is TOMORROW!!!

Your child should come to school wearing their PURPLE class t-shirt and velcro running shoes. No skirts or dresses please!

Make sure they bring their normal 2 snacks and water bottle as well.

This will be a teacher managed activity and no parents are needed. Thank you!!!

Please be on time to school… we will go inside, from playground at 7:50, instead of 7:55.

28th Jan – 1st Feb

This week in KG-1

We were artists – the children drew the other half to their face. Look at their great work!

We made bookmarks and on Thursday we celebrated World Read Aloud Day. We read together many stories through out the day and Mrs. Beam even came and read a story to us!

The children learnt a new song called BINGO.

In centers this week the children looked at pictures of different settings, drew a picture and explained why the picture made them sad; laced around objects; listened and took turns turning the pages to the story – “Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green”; Rolled a dice, identified and wrote the letter and attempted to draw a picture of something that started with the letter; threaded beads onto a skewer; reviewed the letters LL, Tt, Ee, Ff, Uu, Ii and Hh in file folders; drew a picture on what how they can help the earth and explored plants on pebble go.

Next week in KG-1

We will continue to learn about appreciating and ways to help the environment. Sorting shapes by how many sides and have our sports day on Thursday.


Wow, what a quick month January was! Hard to believe February is here and we will be very busy, so it will likely pass quickly too! 
  • You should have received a February Calendar in your child’s folder this week! Please post in a visible space, as we have a lot happening in KG1!!!
  • Your child should continue to wear their PURPLE class t-shirt each Sunday for our Free Flow Inquiry. Ask your child what new things they have explored in different classrooms the past couple of Sundays. This has been a great learning opportunity for each child both socially and academically! 
  • We hope you and your child have your ideas about the Valentine’s Cards that you are making, printing or purchasing! This is a fun time for you to sit with them and work together. Remember that each friend’s name should be written on each card, and your child should WRITE THEIR OWN NAME so the friends will know who gave the card to them. These are due by Feb. 12
  • We sent out a Valentine’s Day Activities and Sign Up sheet this week (also on the blog). If you are able to volunteer that day with an activity OR to send in a snack, PLEASE sign up on the sheet this week.
  • Our PK/KG1 Sports Day is Thursday, February 8. Your child should come to school wearing their PURPLE class t-shirt and velcro running shoes. This will be a teacher managed activity and no parents are needed. 
  • IXL is going very well and when your child utilizes this program, great things happen. It is a great review of what we are learning at school and the results are showing that it works! Please allow your child to login and practice for about 5-10 minutes, a few times each week! 
  • There is NO SCHOOL on Sunday, February 11. There is Teacher Professional Development that day. 


A note from Dr Dr. Amna Butt

Dear Parents,
To prevent spread of infections in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if
they are not feeling well and notify the school on the first day of their absence.
Please keep your child at home and seek medical advice if he or she has any of these

 Fever (greater than 100 degrees and your child may return to school only after
his or her temperature has been fever free, for a minimum of 24 hours)
 Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
 Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough and sore throat
 Vomiting or Diarrhea
 General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
By keeping your child when they are sick you will help prevent others from catching their illness.
To help prevent the flu and other colds, please teach your children good hygiene habits:
 Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away
after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your
sleeve or the inside of your elbow, not your hand.
 Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap
and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
 Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at
home or work, especially when someone is ill.
 Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home
until "fever free" for a minimum of 24 hours. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the
medication for 24 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Your child
should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at
home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.
For further information on flu and other viral illnesses please refer to www.cdc.gov or contact school
clinic team.
Dr. Amna Ahmed Butt
School Physician
Tel: 04 2326252 E: abutt@uasdubai.ae
Universal American School

Janurary 21st-25th

This week in KG-1

This week we started our new UOI into Sharing the Planet. We looked at different photos of different places. We learnt about the words “Environment” and “Nature” We talked about what we can see in different environments eg – classroom environment, outside environment. We are learning about the outside environment and how we can care for nature. We went for a mini nature walk at school and appreciated the things we saw.

On Wednesday we went on a field trip to Uptown Mirdif Park. The children enjoyed riding on the bus, walking around the park, a class picnic and looking for nature and recording what they saw in their booklets through drawings. A huge thank you to Omair’s Mom, Daxin’s Mom, Dora’s Dad and Yashar’s Mom for volunteering and chaperoning on this trip.

In Centers this week the children made a volcano erupt with our science experiment by putting baking soda, vinegar and dish soap together; used ipads to learn more about volcanoes and explored on starfall – letter names and sounds; used letter file folders to identify beginning sounds and practised writing letters; in their I Spy books they found  letter Gg’s and words that begin with that sound; with handbells they played different songs by following the color sequence; explored measurement with different materials; listened to a story while following along with the book.

On Sunday the children had their first experience of  “Free Flow Free Inquiry” – This is where KG-1 and Pre-K classes open their doors during free inquiry time and the children are allowed to go into different classrooms. By doing this it gives children independence and allows them to play with other students in various classes and try new play experiences.

Next week in KG-1

We will be learning about appreciating our environment. Looking at different scenarios. Working on identifying words that start with the letters we are learning (Ss, Cc, Oo, Gg, Jj, Qq, Bb, Dd and Pp)


  • UAS is hosting a Fun Fair, tomorrowJanuary 26, 10:30-8:00, here at our school. The event is to build awareness for our community of People of Determination. This is a free event and if you don’t have plans, stop by for an hour or so to support these special initiatives.
  • Students had a wonderful time this past Sunday, as we began our Free Flow Inquiry into multiple classrooms. We will continue that and ask that your child wear their COLORED CLASS T-SHIRT AGAIN NEXT SUNDAY!
  • If you have not done so already, please send in a large empty cereal box for your child to decorate for their Valentine’s Day. We need these no later than Jan. 29, as we will begin decorating that day!
  • Valentine’s Day is a special day about love and friendships. We hope you and your child have made a plan about the cards that they will give to each of their friends in our classroom. A list of names has been shared with you and ALL CARDS SHOULD BE SENT IN NO LATER THAN FEB. 12.
  • The January calendar states that KG1 Sports Day will be February 1, but it has been changed. Sports Day is now on Thursday, February 8. It will be a regular day for students, but they should again wear their COLORED CLASS T-SHIRT.
  • As stated last week, we are excited that our students can now practice both Math and Language skills on their IXL account, while they are at home. This week, we sent home a list of what we would like your child to practice for Math and Language. Remember they should login as themselves and not their siblings, so we can track their progress. Ms. Hanna recognizes the top 3 students (amount of time spent, not accuracy) each month with a special certificate. Who will be next???

  • PTSO Counselor’s Coffee Morning (see attachment)

Nature Walk Trip

On Wednesday we have our Nature Walk Trip 🙂

  • Children need to wear the class PURPLE t-shirt.
  • The children will be taking their water bottles and snacks with them inside their bag. If your child has a smaller bag that they can bring to school that day to fit just those 2 items in, that would be ideal. If not their school bag is still fine as they will be carrying them themselves. They do not need to bring their folder to school on wednesday.