Thursday 23rd November

Grade 5 has had a very interesting and jam packed week once again! We are really excited about our visiting author, Ying Chang, and the stories she is helping us to write.  It’s amazing how much creativity is being demonstrated amongst our young writers!  Grade 5 are learning how to hook a reader in and to develop an interesting plot with in depth character descriptions.  Next week we’re going to get into our exciting endings and revision process.  Ying has really focused on the importance of critiquing each other to make our writing stronger and more powerful for our readers.  We can’t wait to celebrate our stories next Monday!

In Language, we are continuing to explore non-fiction texts and applying this knowledge to research and write our own information reports about an animal or ecosystem.  Students are to include sub-topics and arrange their report in a clear and creative format.

In Math, we have finished Unit 2 and wrote our test this week. Everyone was well prepared to show off what they’ve learned throughout the unit.  Next week will begin Unit 3 which has a strong focus on geometry including the measurement and drawing of angles.  Students will also identify, compare and draw different types of triangles and will describe the properties of polygons.

In Unit of Inquiry, we will make connections between our knowledge of ecosystems and matter and develop an understanding of the flow of energy throughout an ecosystem.  Our trip to Green Planet on Tuesday will reinforce these understandings and grade 5 will learn about the interdependent relationships of the rainforest.

Important Notices:

  • Field Trip on Tuesday 28th November.  If you need another permission slip, click here. Permission slips must be returned by Monday the 27th.
  • Parents who wish to volunteer as chaperones may sign up by clicking here.
  • National Day next Wednesday 29th November. Students can wear the national dress of the UAE or colors of the UAE flag.
  • Next Thursday 30th November there is no school.

 

 

Thursday, 16th November

Hi there,

Hope you are all having a relaxing weekend. Thanks to all the moms, dads and guardians that came to our parents’ conferences over the last few days. It is wonderful to see how supported our students are in their learning careers. Over the last few days I have put up a number of posts about different things – skiing trip over spring break, the PTSO Thanksgiving dinner and Junior Scorpions track and field registration and details. These are all contained in previous. See the link to the post about track and field here

In math this week children will begin to revise all of the concepts from Unit 2. This was heavy unit with some revision from last year but also estimate and multiplication of decimals. The children should use their pretests to help them review what they have learnt. Later in the week we will begin Unit 3 which is a mainly geometry unit about angles and shapes.

In Readers’ Workshop the children will begin a new unit which is all about tackling complexity in nonfiction texts. Some classes finished their book clubs last week and had celebrations to mark the occasion. There will be book clubs again later in the year. This week the children will get to meet our visiting author Ying Chang Compestine who has written several books – fiction and nonfiction. Children were given order forms if they wish to purchase any of her books. Our visiting author will also conduct some writing workshops with all of the Grade 5 classes, we are very lucky to get this opportunity. In our Writers’ Workshop lessons this week children will be beginning to plan their information book/website about their chosen animal.

In our unit of inquiry lessons this week children will continue to do mystery science investigations. Last week we all had a lot of fun figuring out how to find out if something is an acid or not. Children also got to test mystery liquids.

Important Dates:

November 19th – PTSO Thanksgiving dinner 3.30pm in the cafeteria

Class photos – Wednesday 22nd November and Thursday 23rd November (please remind your child to wear their shirt with the collar on the day their class will get their photo taken)

Tuesday November 21st – Grade 5 will meet the author Ying Chang Compostine

Wednesday 22nd November – meet the author event at 3.30 in the library.

 

Junior Scorpions Track and Field  Registration & Information

Junior Scorpions Track & Field Program

What is it?

In order to provide organized, competitive athletic opportunities for our younger students, UAS will participate in the Junior Emirates Athletic Conference (JEAC). JEAC offers students in grades 4 – 6 an opportunity to have fun, participate in and learn the fundamental skills of Track & Field. The focus of JEAC is to reinforce the value of sportsmanship, respect, teamwork and self-discipline through healthy and fair competition.

How does it work?

  • There are 2 practices per week from on Sundays and Wednesdays from 3:20pm– 4:20pm.
  • The season begins Nov. 22nd – Jan. 27th (JS Track & Field Schedule)
  • There will be a final jamboree tournament hosted on Saturday, January 27th.
    • Grade 4/5 @ UAS
    • Grade 6 @ DAA

What we expect?

  • Students must commit to attending every practice
  • Students who repeatedly miss practice will not be eligible for the end of season jamboree
  • Students must bring a positive attitude and participate in a cooperative manner
  • Parents commit to collecting their children promptly between 4.20 – 4.30pm.  
  • Students who currently ride the school bus may use the After School Activity buses, which depart at 4.30pm. Please indicate this on the registration form.

What to bring?

  • Comfortable, Athletic Clothing (Students can wear their P.E. Kit)
  • Running Shoes or Athletic Shoes
  • A Reusable Water Bottle

How to Register?

Be sure to use the following links to complete the registration process and find

Junior Scorpions Track & Field Registration

Junior Scorpions Track & Field Schedule 2017-2018

Medical Release Form

Once registration is complete, students should show up to the UAS Track for the first Practice on Wednesday November 22nd, 2017.

Skiing Trip

UAS SKI TRIP

Ski, snowboarding and Switzerland… oh my!   Stay and ski or snowboard at Anzère, Switzerland during Spring Break.  

(Can you say that 3 times fast?)

But I live in Dubai… I don’t have winter clothes…   No problem.    They provide them!

But I don’t know how to ski or snowboard…            No worries.     You can learn them!

When?            March 24-March 31

How much?   11,000 aed

Who?              Grades 4, 5, 6, and those students in grade 7 who went last year only

What’s included?

    • Full-board accommodation at Chalet Chamossaire

  • All meals and snacks

  • Ski/ snowboard equipment and clothing rental

  • Lift passes

  • Instruction

  • Evening activities

  • Visa

  • Transportation (flights + buses)

— Kevin Fields

School Counselor PreK-1

Friday 10 November 2017

Grade Five has been busy this week investigating non-fiction writing and reading, blogging, and changes in matter!

We all know how important reading is–30 minutes a day at least!  In class we’re looking at non-fiction texts and important features in those kinds of books.  Parts like the table of contents, glossary, index, headings, captions, sidebars, and boldface text are all elements we’re looking for in a wide range of non-fiction books in the classroom.  At home, you can point these out with your child in everything from the IKEA catalog to Lonely Planet travel guides to books about Knights and Castles.

Is your child an expert at something?  Next time you’re in the car, eating dinner, or queuing-up, talk about what he or she knows about a favorite topic.  The students will begin writing about their favorite things during our short week.

Going shopping together?  It’s a perfect opportunity to practice some of the estimation and multiplication skills we’ll be practicing.  Is that package of three liters of Persil for AED 54 a better deal than buying bottles separately at AED 17.75 each?

Have you noticed that your salt and vinegar has disappeared from the pantry?  Our students have become little alchemists as they try to remove copper oxide from copper coins.  What other chemical changes await?  The students also modeled molecular motion on scooters in the MPH–a hilarious way to learn about the structure of solids, liquids, and gases.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday and Thursday for conferences.

Your children will visit the Magrudy book fair this short week: Sunday visits for 5SR and 5EY; Monday for 5SS.

HOME LEARNING: Look in the left column or Google Classroom for the Home Learning menu.

The annual UAS ski trip to Switzerland is coming soon.  Here is a message from Ms. Ashwin about it:

UAS SKI TRIP

Ski, snowboarding and Switzerland… oh my!   Stay and ski or snowboard at Saas Grund, Switzerland during Spring Break.

(Can you say that 3 times fast?)

But I live in Dubai… I don’t have winter clothes…   No problem.    They provide them!

But I don’t know how to ski or snowboard…            No worries.     You can learn them!

When?            March 24-March 31

How much?   11,000 aed

Who?              Grades 4, 5, 6, and those students in grade 7 who went last year only

What’s included?

  • Full-board accommodation at Hotel Rodania

  • All meals and snacks

  • Ski/ snowboard equipment and clothing rental

  • Lift passes

  • Instruction

  • Evening activities

  • Visa

  • Transportation (flights + buses)

 

How?  Register here.   Non-refundable deposit of 3,000dhs by Dec 12.

 

More details at the parent information session this Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30-11:50,  ES library.

 

Have an adventure!  Have fun!  Have new friends!  Have real snow!

Friday, 3rd November 2017

What a short but action packed we had! We finished up with Art this week, presenting our final projects to other classes in the school, and will now begin our 4 weeks of Music lessons.  Students need to bring in their recorders everyday starting this Sunday. This week we also started our new unit by tuning into our central idea, ‘Matter changes.’ This unit falls under the transdisciplinary theme of ‘How the world works’ and is our first science unit of the year! We have lots of Mystery Science experiments that will get well under way starting next week.

In Literacy, we will begin to explore informational texts. We will inquire into the different features of these texts and how we can begin to apply our knowledge to create our own.  Our writing for the next 6 weeks will be directly linked to our Unit of Inquiry.  We will continue our book clubs this upcoming week and dive into developing theories and debating our opinions related to themes we’re uncovering in our novels.

In Math, we will continue to work with double digit multiplication and check the reasonableness of our answers by rounding and estimating. We will also review addition and subtraction of decimals and apply problem solving skills to solve and create our own real life math problems.

This week Grade 5 completed their last Bullying Prevention lesson of the Second Step Bullying Curriculum and the focus was on Cyber Bullying.  Click here for your home link.

Important Reminders:

-Recorders need to be brought in every day for Music class starting this Sunday

-All school supplies (laptops, headphones, water bottles, pencil cases, etc.) need to be labelled with your child’s name and homeroom class.