Sports Day tomorrow!

Dear Parents,

A reminder that tomorrow is sports day, so our class should wear GREEN t-shirts to school. Students can wear sunblock and bring a hat and a water bottle to school. Parents do not have to come to this event, and we will be finished at 3pm approximately so it will basically be a normal pick-up routine. Please send me an email at dosullivan@uasdubai.ae if you have questions.

Thank you!

Mrs. O

Grade 2 Newsletter, Feb. 18 – 22

Reminders:

  • Sunday, Feb. 25 is a student holiday.
  • Grades 2 and 3 will have Sports Day on  Wednesday, Feb 21st. 2DO will be wearing green t-shirts that day.
  • March 3rd will be International Day. Please watch for information about this day from the PTSO. You can talk to PTSO about being a volunteer at one of the booths.
  • We have started a new unit of inquiry on Community Helpers. We will be looking for parents to be presenters where students can ask you questions about your job(s). Please contact me to book a time to present your job/career to our students.
  • On Thursday, February 22nd, the Middle School Student Council will be holding its annual cookie sale to raise funds for the UAE Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The students get to ice and decorate their own cookies. Cookies are 5 AED each and students can buy up to 2 cookies at one time.  This will happen during their break time at lunch in front of the cafeteria under the shaded area with the picnic tables (middle/high school side).  Please let your students know – this is a great cause and we’ve been doing it for 6 years now!  All profits go to local children with terminal illnesses and help make a wish come true for them.  Thank you for your support!

 

Language Arts

Reading: We are beginning a new unit of study, Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power. Students will be challenged to choose a reading voice to suit their text; read with fluency and expression; and use the meaning to match their voice.

Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we will learn to write about our reading; reporting on the elements of our texts and author’s purpose. The first thing we are learning to write are letters.

 

Math for the week:

Sunday: – Unit 5 Review

Monday: –  Unit 5 Review

Tuesday: – Unit 5 Test

Wednesday: – Unit 6 Pre-Test

Thursday: – Math Fluency/Review

Unit of Inquiry:

We have begun our new unit of inquiry, Workplaces. Students will understand different jobs, the tools needed, training and interconnectivity in our community. In this unit, we will be asking parents to come to school to talk about their job. Please contact your teacher if you can come in to talk to the students. Thank you for your support.

Some useful links:

Science information: http://easyscienceforkids.com/

Spelling homework: http://softschools.com/language_arts/worksheets/word_search_maker/

 

Grade 2 Newsletter, Feb. 12 – 15

Reminders:

 

  • Feb. 11 and Feb. 25 school will be closed for students.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14th, students can come to school dressed in red, yellow/gold, pink or similar in celebration of Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year.
  • Grades 2 and 3 will have Sports Day Feb 21st. 2DO will wear green t-shirts for the day
  • March 3rd will be International Day. Please watch for information about this day from the PTSO.
  • Our Community Helpers unit will begin next week. We will be looking for parents to be part of a career fair where students can ask you about your job(s). Dates and times TBA soon.

 

Language Arts

Reading: We are beginning a new unit of study, Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power. Students will be challenged to choose a reading voice to suit their text; read with fluency and expression; and use the meaning to match their voice.

Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we will learn to write about our reading; reporting on the elements of our texts and author’s purpose.

 

Math for the week:

Sunday: –  no school

Monday: –  Symmetry

Tuesday: – Review

Wednesday: – Fluency Practice

Thursday: – Shape Review

Unit of Inquiry:

We are beginning our new unit of inquiry, Workplaces. Students will understand different jobs, the tools needed, training and interconnectivity in our community. In this unit, we will be asking parents to come to school to talk about their job. More information will follow about this event.

Some useful links:

Science information: http://easyscienceforkids.com/

Spelling homework: http://softschools.com/language_arts/worksheets/word_search_maker/

Online stories: https://www.storyjumper.com

Maths: https://www.mathplayground.com

 

Al Jalila Foundation

Dear Parents,

Please see the message from the PTSO below.

AS PTSO is delighted to partner with Al Jalila Foundation to give our UAS community a unique opportunity to contribute towards covering the cost for the medical treatment of a child! Cards starting at 5 DHS will be available at reception Feb 6-14 at 2.30pm (Tuesdays at 1:30pm)

Grade 2 Newsletter, Feb. 4 – 8

Reminders:

  • Feb. 11 and Feb. 25 will be a holiday for students. No school for students either day.
  • There will be an Islamic Field Trip for Grade 2. Only a few select students will be participating. They will be told by their Islamic teachers.
  • Grades 2 and 3 will have Sports Day is Feb 21st. 2DO will wear green t-shirts for the day.

 

Language Arts

Reading: We are continuing our unit on Becoming Experts. We will grow our knowledge by rereading difficult parts of our book to make sure we understand all of the text. Please also encourage your child to read some non-fiction books at home, on Raz-Kids or any books you might have at home. We will focus on finding information from non-fiction text, developing our researching skills.

Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we are  wrapping up our Lab Report unit. We will conduct our final experiment and do a Lab Report to reflect our understanding of all of the different features of a Lab Report.  

 

Math for the week:

Sunday:: 5.3 Parallel Lines

Monday: 5.4 Polygons

Tuesday: 5.5 Quadrangles

Wednesday: Fluency

Thursday: Review

 

Unit of Inquiry:

We are beginning our new unit of inquiry, Workplaces. Students will understand different jobs, the tools needed, training and interconnectivity in our community. In this unit, we will be asking parents to come to school to talk about their job. More information will follow about this event.

Some useful links:

Science information: http://easyscienceforkids.com/

Spelling homework: http://softschools.com/language_arts/worksheets/word_search_maker/

World Read-Aloud Day

Dear Parents,

I am looking for one volunteer to come and read aloud to our class Thursday, Feb. 1 at 1h10. You can read a book of your choice and it should be something age appropriate with engaging pictures. If you would like to volunteer, please send me an email.

There will be other opportunities to read to our kids the first week of March which will be Literacy Week at our school.

Thank you and best regards,

Mrs. O

Grade 2 Newsletter, Jan. 28 – Feb. 1

Reminders:

  • MAP make up tests will happen Monday, Jan. 29. Any students who haven’t completed their tests will have a chance to finish them with Miss Amanda.
  • Lots of students have been leaving their water bottles in our basket at the end of the day. Please ask your child to bring their water bottle home so it can have a good wash.
  • Please read the information about sickness at the end of this newsletter.

 

Language Arts

Reading: We are continuing our unit on Becoming Experts. We will enjoy researching and explore non-fiction books. Please also encourage your child to read some non-fiction books at home, maybe on Raz-Kids or any books you. We will focus on finding information from non-fiction text, developing our researching skills.

Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we are  wrapping up our Lab Report unit. We will conduct our final experiment and do a Lab Report to reflect our understanding of all of the different features of a Lab Report.  

 

Math for the week:

Sunday:: 5.1 Identifying Shapes continue

Monday: 5.2 Making lines

Tuesday: 5.2 continued

Wednesday: Review

Thursday: Review

 

Unit of Inquiry:

We are into our fifth and final week Of our ‘How the World Works’ Unit.

Students have conducted MANY experiments. We will be conducting our final experiment this week for the Unit and sharing our Lab Report.   

Useful Link:

Science information: http://easyscienceforkids.com/

 

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 symptoms:

  • 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 mouthwith 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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Amna Ahmed Butt

School Physician

Tel: 04 2326252 E: abutt@uasdubai.ae

Universal American School

 

 

Mid Week Notes

Dear Parents,

A couple of items have come up this week:

  1. You can follow the link below to see the schedule for the Fun Fair at UAS this Friday

http://www.casatuas.com/fun-fair

 

2. Some students are concerned that they may have to redo their MAP test. Once we have looked at the results of their tests, we will determine if their results do not look plausible and have them redo the test in a week or so. Please let me know if you or your student have further questions about this.

Thanks and have a great day!

Mrs. O

Grade 2 Newsletter, Jan. 21 – 25

Reminders:

  • MAP testing this week. Sun – Math; Tues – Reading; Thurs. – Language Usage. Make sure your child gets lots of rest and has a healthy snack and lunch at school.
  • Science Made Fun will present to our class Sun. Jan. 21. Students will be experimenting with different phases of matter.
  • Friday, Jan. 26th will be a Fun Fair at UAS in support of Special Needs Students.

Language Arts

Reading: We are continuing our unit on Becoming Experts. We will enjoy researching and explore non-fiction books. Please also encourage your child to read some non-fiction books at home, maybe on Raz-Kids or any books you. We will focus on finding information from non-fiction text, developing our researching skills.

Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we are getting pretty good at writing the lab reports to write a good scientific lab report. We are conducting LOTS of experiments and learning the different parts of a lab report. We are working on developing our Hypothesis and writing detailed procedures for our experiments.

Math for the week:

Sunday:: Unit 5 Pre-Test

Monday: 4.3 Measurements

Tuesday: 4.7 Measuring Lengths with Different tools

Wednesday: 5.1 Identifying Shapes

Thursday: Review

Unit of Inquiry:

We are into our fourth week Of our ‘How the World Works’ Unit.

Students are excited and stimulated by the experiments that we have done, and will do. We are encouraging them to use scientific vocabulary when giving explanations. This week we are having Scientists from “Science Made Fun” conduct experiments with our students related to changing solids, liquids, and gases.

Some useful links:

Science information: http://easyscienceforkids.com/

Spelling homework: http://softschools.com/language_arts/worksheets/word_search_maker/

Maths – Interactive thermometer for reading temperatre: https://www.mathsisfun.com/measure/thermometer.html

Maths – part part total: https://www.mathplayground.com/PartPartWhole.html

Grade 2 Newsletter, Jan 14 – 18

Reminders:

  • Term 2 ASA’s begin today. I will be outside our classroom today to make sure our students get to the right spot for each ASA.
  • January MAP testing will begin next week. We will write our Math test Sun., Jan 21, Language Usage Tuesday, Jan. 23 and Reading Thursday, Jan. 25. Please make sure your child has enough sleep and a healthy meal around our test timings.
  • For our PopArt display, students will need to bring a cereal box (or another similar size box) to Ms. Elizabeth if they have not already done so.
  • Our last art lesson will be Jan. 18th. We will begin Music lessons Jan. 21.

 

Language Arts

Reading: We are continuing our unit on Becoming Experts. We will enjoy researching and explore non-fiction books. Please also encourage your child to read some non-fiction books at home, including Raz-Kids or books you own. We will focus on finding information from non-fiction text, developing our researching skills.

Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we are getting pretty good at writing the lab reports to write a good scientific lab report. We used the ‘Coke and Mentos experiment’ as our writing stimulus, as well as the ‘Float and Sink’ investigation to accurately write about the experiments that we conduct in class looking at the form and function of the components of the lab report, specifically referring to scientific vocabulary.

 

Math for the week:

This week we will continue working through unit 4, with a review and then take the unit 4 test by Thursday. Concepts covered will be part and total number stories, reading temperature and noting changes in temperature, solving shopping problems using money and addition revision. We will work on Math fluency.

 

Unit of Inquiry:

We are into our third week Of our ‘How the World Works’ Unit.

Students are excited and stimulated by the experiments that we have done and will do. We are encouraging them to use scientific vocabulary when giving explanations. This week our focus is on solids changing to liquids and we will be observing how this happens.

Some useful links:

Science information: easyscienceforkids.com

Spelling homework: http://softschools.com/language_arts/worksheets/word_search_maker/

Maths – Interactive thermometer for reading temperature: https://www.mathsisfun.com/measure/thermometer.html

Maths – part part total: https://www.mathplayground.com/PartPartWhole.html