Mrs. Beam's Blog

Universal American School, Dubai KG1

June 21, 2018…

 

WE MADE IT! KGI IS OFFICIALLY FINISHED AND I AM SO PROUD OF EACH ONE OF MY KIDDOS!

WE BECAME PRINCIPLED, CARING, THINKERS AND WE LEARNED SO, SO MUCH!!!

THANK YOU AGAIN TO EACH PARENT FOR SHARING THEIR CHILD WITH ME THIS YEAR!

I WILL MISS EACH ONE OF YOUR SPECIAL FAMILIES, BUT PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH! 

I WILL LEAVE DUBAI ON JUNE 28, TO MOVE BACK HOME TO THE USA. 

YOU CAN EMAIL ME AT khbeam@gmail.com IF YOU WANT TO STAY IN TOUCH!

I WISH EACH OF YOU A HAPPY, HAPPY SUMMER AND A WONDERFUL YEAR NEXT YEAR, WHEREVER LIFE MAY BE TAKING YOU! 

HERE ARE SOME SHORT VIDEOS CLIPS FROM OUR END OF YEAR CELEBRATION ON TUESDAY…

Happy Father’s Day Song

Baby Shark Song

KG1 End of Year Song

 

Mrs. Beam 

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June 20, 2018…

Hello parents! 

 
If you like, you can send your child to school tomorrow in regular clothes and no uniform. Just for fun!
 
It will be a regular school day with dismissal at 12:45 for us! 
 
Also, Mr. Fields came today for a Goodbye lesson… same sort of thing that I have been talking to them about, but PLEASE have those chats tonight IF your child feels the need to talk about it. All year we have talked so much about expressing your feelings and emotions and it’s totally okay to cry or be sad or even angry. But for sure letting them share with you is a healthy thing. 
I will try not to cry too much tomorrow!!! 
 
Thanks and have a great evening… Mrs. Beam 
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June 17, 2018…

A couple reminders for our last week of KG1…

Monday is Superhero Day... dress as your favorite! Normal bus and pickup times of 12:45.

Tuesday is End of Year Celebration in MPH. Students should wear party/celebration clothing. Parents please bring your food to the MPH around 11:20 and we will begin our program at 11:30. Normal bus and pickup times of 12:45.

Wednesday is Fun Day… Students should wear swimsuit under their BLUE class t-shirt and any shorts. Please send in their regular UAS uniform/underwear/socks/shoes to change into after our event. Also, students will need a towel and hat. Normal bus and pickup times of 12:45.

Thursday is OUR LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR KGI (ALTHOUGH YOU MAY HAVE RECEIVED AN INCORRECT MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL LAST WEEK). Our KG1 students will dismiss at 12:45 as normal.

THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO… Love, Mrs. Beam

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June 13, 2018…

WHERE OH WHERE HAS THIS YEAR GONE??? I CANNOT BELIEVE I AM POSTING FOR THE FINAL WEEK OF KG1!!! We obviously have been SUPER busy and we want to make sure you are aware of this coming week.

We said our goodbyes to Jude and Nabeel on Tuesday and Ayla and Kareem on Wednesday. Mrs. Beam has been SUPER sad this week, as this will likely be my last time seeing these sweet faces. But all good things must come to an end, and I count my time here in Dubai a blessing! So, I will dry my tears and enjoy these last days together!!!

    

 

*KG1 participated in Move Up Day on Tuesday. Students had a great time visiting the KG2 classrooms for a little chat of what to expect for next year and engaging in some activities to show how smart they are! Mrs. Finney, Ms. Daramola and Ms. McCarthy commented on how principled all of our students were!

* NO SCHOOL THURSDAY (tomorrow) or SUNDAY for Eid al Fitr holiday!

* Playground/Morning arrival – Students should continue to bring water bottles with them each morning when they arrive on the playground. We are going to continue staying out til around 8:25 each morning for next week!

* On Monday, the rest of the school will go back to regular dismissal time, which means KG1 bus riders will leave at 12:45, as they did before Ramadan. After School Care will resume normal schedule, unless you notify me otherwise. Parent Pickups are still 12:45 for KG1.

* Monday is Super Hero Day– Students should dress as their favorite super hero and can wear costumes or t-shirts. If the costume is too hot to wear all day, you may send a change of clothes. *** PLEASE NOTE… “IF” THEY DECIDE THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, THEN SUPER HERO DAY WILL BE ON THURSDAY, JUNE 21! But for now, we will have school on Monday!

* Tuesday is EOY Celebration- We are looking forward to celebrating a successful year of KG1! Next Tuesday students should wear party clothing to school. Parents are invited to come to the MPH around 11:20 to place your food items on the tables and grab a seat. We will start promptly at 11:30! IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND, BUT YOUR CHILD IS ATTENDING, PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY EMAIL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ALSO, IF YOU ARE NOT ATTENDING BUT YOUR CHILD IS, WE WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO SEND THE FOOD ITEM WITH THEM TO SCHOOL PLEASE. FOOD ITEMS MAY BE PLACED ON DISPOSABLE PLATES/TRAYS/ETC. IF YOUR FOOD ITEM REQUIRES A SERVING UTENSIL, PLEASE BRING ALSO, AS WE MAY NOT HAVE THOSE AVAILABLE AT SCHOOL. We will have sign out sheets in the MPH for you to sign your child out, following the program.

What should you bring? 

I would like for my parents to bring one tray of sweet treats. For example: cupcakes, muffins, doughnuts, individual baked goods, Arabic sweets, etc. NO CAKES please as we need everything to be individual servings. NO NUTS!

* Wednesday is Fun Day- Students are NOT swimming this day, but will get wet! Please have your child wear their swimsuit to school with their BLUE class shirt over it, and any shorts they don’t mind getting wet! They are also encouraged to wear a hat, as we will be outside an hour or so! Apply sunscreen before school if needed. Then, send a dry uniform shirt/shorts/underwear/towel and slippers inside a bag, so they can change and come home dry!

* Thursday is the LAST DAY OF KG1 with 12:45 dismissal! There is no school for KG1 the last week of the school year, due to Early Years teacher professional development and planning for the next school year!

I WILL POST ONE FINAL BLOG POST NEXT THURSDAY TO INCLUDE A LINK TO A MEMORY VIDEO AND OUR END OF YEAR PROGRAM! AND IF I HAVEN’T SAID IT BEFORE, PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH. MY PERSONAL EMAIL IS khbeam@gmail.com. I would love to keep in touch with your family.

Take Care!

Love, Mrs. Beam 

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June 7, 2018…

We visited the Ramadan Fridge this week and filled it with lots of yummy food and drinks for the workers. Thank you for sending in items to support this special activity during the Ramadan season.

Ramadan Fridge Video

All library books have been returned!!! Yay! Thank you so much!!!

Show and Tell– Next week (June 10-14) is the LAST WEEK FOR SHOW AND TELL.

Portfolios– Your child will bring home their portfolio next Monday, June 11. These are complete and are yours to keep! We hope you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed making them!

Moving Up Day… We will visit the KG2 classrooms, next Tuesday, June 12. We will begin promptly at 8:30, so please have your child at school by 8:15! Your child should WEAR THEIR BLUE CLASS T-SHIRT. Parents will not attend this.

EOY Celebration– We are preparing for our End of Year Celebration for students and parents, on Tuesday, June 19, starting promptly at 11:30 in the MPH. We also have a song for Dads, so please try to attend if possible. We realize that some families will not be here as they will be traveling early, and it’s okay. Maybe just have those conversations with your child, that as we practice our songs in class, etc, they will understand that some people will not be in attendance. (It’s just the way it is at the end of the year).

Food for Celebration– We are asking parents to contribute food for the EOY Celebration and we have assigned food lists for each class! PLEASE BRING THE FOOD TO THE MPH AND PLACE ON THE TABLES AROUND 11:20. WE WILL BEGIN OUR PROGRAM PROMPTLY AT 11:30!

I would like for my parents to bring one tray of sweet treats. For example: cupcakes, muffins, doughnuts, individual baked goods, Arabic sweets, etc. NO CAKES please as we need everything to be individual servings. NO NUTS!

EID– There has been no formal announcement yet regarding the EID holiday. Most likely we will be off school 1-2 days. We will notify you when we receive the announcement.

LEAVING – If your plans for your child’s last day has changed from what you have told me already, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, so that we can have everything prepared and say our proper goodbyes! You can remind your child that Jude/Nabeel/Kareem will be leaving us next week. We have been talking about it and making sure we say those goodbyes!

LOOKING AHEAD…

SUPERHERO DAY IS MONDAY, JUNE 18- DRESS AS YOUR FAVORITE!

EOY CELEBRATION, TUESDAY, JUNE 19- DETAILS ABOVE!

KG1 FUN DAY IS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20- WEAR SWIMSUIT TO SCHOOL UNDER BLUE CLASS T-SHIRT AND UNIFORM SHORTS! SEND A TOWEL FOR DRYING OFF, AS WE WILL GET WET OUTSIDE!

THIS IS A VERY BUSY TIME OF YEAR FOR ALL OF US… PLEASE CHECK THE BLOG, ANY EMAILS AND YOUR JUNE CALENDARS FOR REMINDERS!

THANKS! MRS. BEAM 

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May 31, 2018…

    

DRY ICE EXPERIMENTS– Last week (thanks to Mrs. Waldo for organizing), we were able to do some observing and experimenting with dry ice. Mrs. Beam carefully (with gloves) placed dry ice in regular water and also in water with dish soap added. We also were curious to see what metal forks and spoons would do if we touched them to the dry ice… you can see what we discovered here…

Dry Ice Observations

Dry Ice Makes Sounds

WE DID IT… WE WERE RISK-TAKERS AND WERE SO BRAVE… 

We completed our story presentations today, and Mrs. Beam was so, so proud of each one. I actually teared up a little when I reflected on how far each of them have come since September!!! You can find the links to each one below!

Kareem Lion Guards

Xinyi Dragon’s Egg

Karlee Tiny Little Fly

Mohammed Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Alia Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Hao Sharing the Shell

Haya Cinderella

Abdulla Gingerbread Man

Nabeel Very Hungry Caterpillar

Miaohan Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Looking ahead…

SWIMMING– We officially ended our swimming sessions for the year! The children were very brave this year and learned so much about having fun and being safe in the water. I am very proud at how responsible and independent each one has become during the year. Being able to undress and redress is a big accomplishment! Next year in KG2, they will move up to the “big pool” and I know they can’t wait!
LIBRARY– This week we checked out our last library book for the year! ALL LIBRARY BOOKS ARE DUE BACK ON SUNDAY. If your child has lost a book, please see Ms. Leslie to pay for it. We will continue to go visit Ms. Leslie until the last week of school.
CLASS T-SHIRTS– Please continue to wear them the next 2 Sundays (June 3 and 10).

RAMADAN FRIDGES– You received a letter this week with a permission slip attached to the bottom. It explains that we are participating in contributing food/drink items to the fridge next door at Spinneys for the Ramadan season. Your child should bring item/s from the list next WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6. They should only bring what they can carry themselves. WE MUST RECEIVE THE PERMISSION SLIP FOR THEM TO WALK OVER WITH THE CLASS.
CALENDAR– The June calendar came home with your child this week. PLEASE read over it carefully as it explains some end of year activities that we are planning.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IS JUNE 21 for KG1. I know several of you indicated that you will be traveling before June 21. Please confirm your child’s final date with me (if different that June 21) so that we can say proper goodbyes, etc.

Interesting Research on Reading to your Child!

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!! MRS. BEAM 

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Mrs. Beam’s Special Video…

I thought I posted this last week, but I must have forgotten… Sorry! Thanks again to Dina and ALL of the parents for taking the time to video your child for me. This special video will be cherished forever!

Love,

Mrs. Beam 

Mrs. Beam’s Teacher Appreciation Video

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May 24, 2018…

 A SUPER BUSY WEEK IN KG1…
Library– Our class will checkout books for the last time, this coming Tuesday, May 28. All library books will be due back the following week, as normal. Please make sure your child has returned any overdue book, so that no fines will be charged from the library!
Free Flow- We are continuing to wear our BLUE class t-shirt each Sunday for our Free Flow. 
  
Ramadan Fridges– KG1 is coordinating food/drink donations for our students to bring in for the Ramadan Fridge, next door at Spinneys/ Al Areesh. We will send home more details next week and will add it to our June calendar, so you will know what items to send in and what day we are walking over to fill the fridge.
UAS Food Drive– Our PTSO is also sponsoring a Food Drive from now until next Thursday, May 31. KG1 is not planning to collect items in our individual classrooms (because we are bringing in the fridge items) but please feel free to send in items on the attached list if you like. We will make sure your child gets to place their donation in the PTSO boxes in the lobby.  (See Attachment)

Swimming- Next week, Tuesday, May 29th, will be our last time swimming. Please make sure your child WEARS their swimsuit to school, under their clothes. We do not have time for them to change before we head to the pool. Also, swim caps are required for swimming and there is no guarantee the pool will have extras to loan us. All students are expected to swim unless a doctor’s note is presented.  I am including a couple quick videos of our swimming successes from this week…

Boys Swimming

Girls Swimming

How We Express Ourselves- We began our Story Presentations this week and I was so proud of each student. All so different and unique, and all so wonderfully presented! Looking forward to next week’s group too! Below are the links to this week’s Story Presentations…

Sam Mama Saurus

Leonardo Lion King

Nora Gingerbread Man 

Adam The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog

Ayla Gingerbread Man

Jude Rosie Goes to Preschool

Ryan How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

Nadine Bark George

Taha Gingerbread Man

Next week’s Story Presentations- If for some reason your child is absent or sick, they will be expected to present their story the day they return to school. Please email me if you have any questions.

Sunday, May 27- Kareem, Xinyi, Karlee
Monday, May 28- Alia, Mohammed
Tuesday, May 29- NO PERFORMANCES- SWIMMING!
Wednesday, May 30- Haya, Hao
Thursday, May 31- Miaohan, Nabeel, Abdulla
PHOTOS– Mrs. Beam’s Flickr account has not been working properly for the past couple of months. I am not sure what happened and have not been able to post to it since March. So, I will just add a few photos/videos here on the blog each week.
 
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND MAKE SURE YOUR KIDDOS ARE STILL GETTING AT LEAST 10-12 HOURS OF SLEEP. MANY SEEMED A LITTLE SLEEPY OR FORGETFUL THIS WEEK… BUT I SCHOOL SCHEDULE IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT NOW TOO… THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO! Mrs. Beam
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Tomorrow Morning Drop Off/Arrival…

Quick Reminder… We will be attending the grade 2 musical tomorrow. Because the musical begins at 8:15, students who are here at 8:05 will attend. However, if you would like to bring your child later, they will remain on the playground and enter the building at 8:25. Students arriving after 8:05 will go to Mrs. D’cruz’ class at 8:25, until the musical is over. Bus riders will arrive before 8:05 and will not be affected. 

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Regarding Thursday Morning Drop-Off…

 

We will be attending the grade 2 musical this Thursday. Because the musical begins at 8:15, students who are here at 8:05 will attend. However, if you would like to bring your child later, they will remain on the playground and enter the building at 8:25. Students arriving after 8:05 will go to Mrs. D’cruz’ class at 8:25, until the musical is over. Bus riders will arrive before 8:05 and will not be affected. 
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