May 25, 2017

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Reminders

Ramadan hours will begin on May 28th.  For Pre-K and Kg1 the hours will be from 8:30-11:20. Supervision on our small EC playground will start at 8:10 during Ramadan. If you drop your child off before this time, you will be responsible for their supervision.  The buses will depart at 11:30 and After School Care kids go straight to the room and will be dismissed at 1:30 with the rest of the school.

See the school’s message about Ramadan.

We have swimming on Monday.

 

What We Did This Week

This week we read many versions of The Three Little Pigs.  Our favorite was The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig.  At centers, we worked on building a house that will not fall down when the wolf blows on it, letter formation, number identification, identifying how many syllables in a word and acting out stories.  We had FUN DAY on Tuesday.  Thank you to Shana’s, Adam’s, Charlie’s, Omar’s and Isabella’s Mom for sending in treats for us.  We had fun playing outside with the hose and playing Duck, Duck Squirt.

 

What’s Coming Up Next Week

Next week we will be reading The Little Red Hen.  We will be acting out this story, drawing about how we help at home and making our own Little Red Hen books.  We will also be looking at beginning subtraction and working at literacy centers.  We have 4 weeks left of school and it is important that your child continues to behave in a principled manner.  Please talk to your child about continuing to follow the classroom rules especially with listening the first time, listening to the TA and using an indoor voice. It is becoming a problem in the class that a few children need the rules repeated to them many times a day.

 

 


May 18, 2017

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Reminders

Ramadan hours will begin on May 28th.  For Pre-K and Kg1 the hours will be from 8:30-11:30. Supervision on our small EC playground will start at 8:10 during Ramadan. If you drop your child off before this time, you will be responsible for their supervision.  The buses will depart at 11:30 and After School Care kids go straight to the room and will be dismissed at 1:30 with the rest of the school.

Kg1 Fun Day will be on May 23rd.  Your child will need to wear their swim suits under their clothes (blue KG1 t-shirt and shorts) on this day.  2-piece swim suits are best for the girls.  They will also need a towel, swim shoes and a sun hat.

Memory book orders are due by May 22nd. (See previous blog post on May 11th about this)

 

What We Did This Week

This week we continued with our performances.  The children are doing a wonderful job; I am so proud of them. Mr. Fields came to our class on Sunday to talk about the importance of listening and talking about our feelings.  We worked on drawing with detail and writing using inventive spelling.  Inventive spelling is a key skill in learning to read and write.  At centers, we played adding and subtracting games, drew pictures of how we can be caring friends, made puppets, played rhyming games and created the setting for the 3 Pigs story.

 

What’s Coming Up Next Week

We will be continuing with The Three Little Pigs and reading some mixed up fairy tales.  At centers, we will be creating a house that the wolf will not be able to blow down, acting out the 3 Pigs story with props, working on their understanding of 1 more and 1 less, sorting pictures by the number of syllables they have and creating number stories for their friends to solve.

We will have fun day on Tuesday.  Please wear swim suits under the shorts and blue colored Kg1 t-shirts.  Please send in a towel, sun hat and swim shoes as well. 


May 11th, 2017

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Reminders

Drawings by Me is due on May 14th.  Your child’s artwork was sent home with an order form on Sunday, May 7t.  They will be delivered to UAS on June 12th, well in time for the holidays. For further details, you can follow this link to a video about Drawings by Me: Drawings by Me  Important Note: If you wish to provide a different artwork than the one sent home, please make sure it is created on a white A4 sized paper, in ‘Landscape’ orientation, and with your child’s complete information written on the back. Please ensure that you include it in the envelope if you are providing new art work.  

Happy Mother’s Day to all the American, Canadian, Pakistani and Filipino mothers!

This will be the last week for the literature bags.  We have been through the rotations and most kids have taken home almost every bag!

If you want a copy of your child’s performance, please send in a flash drive.  They are too big for me to send.

 

What We Did This Week

This week we read many versions of Little Red Riding Hood.   We re-told this story in our own words, acted it out, sorted characters that are in the book and not in the book and compared the different versions we read. At centers, we worked on building words and identifying the beginning, middle and ending sounds, finding the missing number in a sequence, using 2 color blocks to make many combinations of a number (2 red and 3 yellow, 1 red, 4 yellow, etc. all make 5) and creating patterns. We worked on beginning adding stories.  I am not expecting the children to learn the adding tables; I am expecting them to understand the concept that when we add more the number gets bigger.  The language we are using in the classroom is, “How many do we have all together?”  On Wednesday, a guy from Science Made Fun came in to do some science activities with the children related to the 5 senses.  We read a version of Little Red Riding Hood where the wolf does not want to eat Little Red Riding Hood but wants to eat what she has in her basket (wheat berry muffins).  We followed the recipe in the book and made this special treat.    On Thursday, we watched the Hag El Leila parade and two moms came in to pass out treats to the class.

 

What’s Coming Up Next Week

Next week, we will be reading many versions of The Three Little Pigs.  At centers, we will be making puppets, playing some literacy games, creating adding stories, playing adding and subtracting games, working on number recognition and drawing about how we can be caring and principled.  Mr. Fields will be coming to do a counselling lesson.


Memory Books

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Optional Memory Book Promotion

Students in grades KG1 – Grade 5 will have the opportunity to create a memory book to mark their current time in the journey of life. If you are interested in the Memory Book, please view the slideshow shown below. You will need to sign up online before May 22 and send the required fee to cover the supplies to the elementary office by the same date. Thank you to our volunteer moms for bringing this project forward.

Online Registration Form

Slideshow


May 4, 2017

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Reminders

We have swimming on Monday. Please make sure your child has a swim cap.

If you are leaving early in June, PLEASE let me know ahead of time so I can make sure that all your child’s items will be ready for them.

Portfolios were due today.  PLEASE return them on Sunday as we have a lot more things to add to them. J

Science Made Fun are coming to do some science experiments with KG1 this week.  Our class will be participating on Wednesday!

We are looking for volunteer parents to participate in the Hag El Leila celebration. Volunteers will be assigned to individual classes from PK to Grade 5 that morning to help with distributing the candy to the students in their classroom so everyone can experience the Emirati festive culture first hand. All community members are invited to volunteer!  Please email me if you are willing to be one of our Hag El Leila volunteers. It is approximately a two-hour commitment at 8:00am Thursday May 11th. This can be a learning opportunity for you AND for the children in UAS elementary! Thank you for your support!

 

What We Did This Week

This week we read many versions of The Three Bears.  We worked on using expression and gestures when we perform as well as following the correct sequence of events.  When the children bring home the puppets or stories in the following weeks, please help them to practice re-telling the stories.  At centers we acted out plays, put the pictures from The Three Bears in order, played a beginning adding game, made patterns, worked on our rhyming skills and worked at literacy centers.  We were going to make porridge but could not – ask your child what happened!!! Julia Johnson came on Wednesday and read The Humpy Grumpy Camel.  This was a very engaging workshop and the children really enjoyed it.

We have a new camping dramatic play area set up!  Please remember that your child must be with a teacher to play in this room.

 

What’s Coming Up Next Week

On Sunday, we will be starting our performances.  Please make sure your child is ready on their day.  We will be reading many versions of Little Red Riding Hood. At centers, we will be identifying characters in stories, working on writing cvc words, acting out the story, playing beginning adding games, and creating patterns.   On Wednesday, some people from Science Made Fun will be coming to do some experiments with our class.