Mrs. Beam's Blog

Universal American School, Dubai KG1

February 17, 2018…

Dear Parents… Sorry for not getting this out to you on Thursday. Mrs. Beam was super busy organizing our staff picnic for today! Now that is over and I’m back on track ūüôā
We had a super fun week, especially with Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year celebrations this week! I will add pics to my Flickr account later this week… and PLEASE let your child take a look with you…. many of them told me last week, they have never seen their photos.
Thank you again to Sam’s, Leonardo’s, Jude’s, Ryan’s, Nora’s and Nadine’s moms for volunteering to organize our Valentine’s Centers. The Bingo Game, Decorating cupcakes, the Heart beaded bracelets and of course the fun of delivering their Valentine’s to their mailboxes, were all super exciting! They all left school with a box full of goodies on Thursday. Thank you too, for all of my sweet notes and sweet treats! You are so thoughtful!
On Thursday, we learned more about Chinese New Year (this is the Year of the Dog). Thank you again to Hao’s, Miaohan’s, and Xinyi’s parents for sending in such cool decorations and chocolates! We made red and yellow paper lantern and did a bit of Dragon Dancing too!
I LOVE teaching at an International School, where we get to have these amazing experiences together!
So for this week…¬†
  • Don’t forget to wear BLUE shirt tomorrow for Free Flow Inquiry.
  • Last week, we sent home a blank, International Paper Doll for you and your child to decorate to represent your home country. If your child is from 2 countries, be creative and do a mix of both. THESE ARE DUE THIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22.¬†We will be displaying them on our bulletin board! Here are some examples… You can use a mix of paper or fabric, crayons, markers, yarn for hair, etc. etc.
  • No School next¬†Sunday February¬†25, due to Teacher Professional Development.
  • We will be celebrating International Week beginning this week, until next Thursday, March 1, in class. We will be sending home more information, but you can start thinking about what your child will wear on Thursday, March 1 for International Dress Day, to represent their home country.¬†We are also discussing the possibility of food that week???
  • Look for a blog post and email later this week, to invite you to come read to our class for Book Week, that is just after International Day!

Thanks for all you do… Keep working on IXL each week… Read to your child each night and let them practice more and more responsibility of doing things by them self… Thanks again! Mrs. Beam ūüôā

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February 8, 2018…

What a great week of KG1 we had. We continued The¬†Very Hungry Caterpillar book (by Eric Carle) and activities (like counting, retelling the story and reading our individual books we made. We also read The Very Grouchy Ladybug (by Eric Carle) and compared the two stories as well as discussed the way that he illustrates all of his books! Ask your child what “insist” means, from the book!

We continue to learn about our planet, as we read The Earth Book and illustrated and dictated how we can each keep our planet clean and healthy. We are continuing to review the first set of letters (E, F, I, H, L, T and U) and the current set (B, C, D, G, J, O, P, Q, S) and I am happy to say that most of our class is able to name and give the sound of each one! Continuing to practice IXL each week, will also improve their reading readiness!

This past week, we began a 5 minute READING TIME, 3 days each week. Reading? you say… of course! We can READ THE PICTURES! We can READ FROM MEMORY (if they know the book already) and some students are beginning to READ SOME WORDS! Exposure, Exposure, Exposure… please let your child SHOW YOU at home, what they are able to read, with familiar books! Read with them EVERY night… MAKES MY HEART VERY HAPPY!!!

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and we have been busy preparing. We made heart decorations for the classroom, decorated our cereal boxes (that will be used as our Valentine Mailbox this coming week), made hearts for our family members and wrote Feel Better and signed our names for Valentine cards that will be delivered to the Al Jalila Children’s Hospital next week (organized by our UAS PTSO). I have attached the information if you would like to support this wonderful cause as well…

  • We had a super, fun KG1 Sports Day today! We were so proud of how well our students followed directions and participated in all of the activities! They probably were VERY tired when they arrived home… lots of pictures will be uploaded to my FLICKR account today!

  • 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‚Äôs cards that your child has prepared for their classmates. We need these when we return on Monday, Feb. 12.

  • Your child should wear their Regular UAS uniform next week, Feb. 12, 13 and 15. Feb 14 we ask that they wear Pink, Red or White clothing for Valentines’ Day.

  • Thank you to the parents who volunteered to come in on Wednesday to do activities and/or send in a snack. Again, if you are sending a snack, just send with your child… no need to come to school, as this is not a class party- just a snack!


  • We will acknowledge the Chinese New Year on Thursday, Feb. 15. You may have received a message from the school that our students can dress in red and yellow, but KG1 will wear their regular uniform. Thank you to Hao, Miaohan and Xinyi’s parents for sending in a special treat for Thursday!¬†
  • We will send home International Paper Dolls on Feb. 12 with instructions on this parent/child, home activity.
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February 7, 2018…


PK/KG1 Sports Day is TOMORROW!!!

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

Your child should come to school wearing their BLUE 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!!!

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February 1, 2018…

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¬†BLUE¬†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 INSIDE, 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. Thanks so much to the moms who have volunteered already!
  • Our¬†PK/KG1 Sports Day is Thursday, February 8.¬†Your child should come to school wearing their¬†BLUE¬†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.
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January 30, 2018…

Dear Parents, 

The attached letter is regarding our upcoming Valentine’s Day activities. Please email me if you have any questions… Thanks for your help!

Mrs. Beam 

Valentine Activities/ Sign Up Sheet









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January 26, 2018…

IMPORTANT INFORMATION from Dr. Amna, UAS School Physician…¬†

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 or contact school clinic team.


Dr. Amna Ahmed Butt

School Physician

Tel: 04 2326252 E:

Universal American School

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January 25, 2018…

This week in KG1, we began our new PYP¬† unit, Sharing Our Planet. We investigated outdoors by brainstorming and taking a closer look at nature, what is natural and what is man-made and looking at images and books that illustrate our beautiful planet. We painted watercolors of what we love about nature, made books of our Nature Walk and observed what we collected from our Nature Walk. We continued our focus on letters C, O, Q, G, S, J, D, P and B with many activities. We are continuing to review the first set of letters as well. If you chat with your child and see that they are struggling with the first set (E, F, H, I, L, T and U), feel free to support them and practice at home. The IXL site is great for this, as well as ABC Mouse (I use at school) and Starfall (that we use at school). We read The Gruffalo¬†(one of my top 5 favorites) and made adorable puppets that we’ll share with you a little later. Have your child re-tell the story to you and ask him how the mouse was so tricky/clever/smart???

Next week, we will begin an author focus on Eric Carle books, as we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and others. This unit on nature and our planet is so great… if your child wants to send in something they have found outdoors, feel free to do so. I will place a container in the classroom for observing!

  • We had a super fun day at¬†Uptown Mirdif Park¬†yesterday. The students were well behaved and enjoyed learning more about our new PYP unit, Sharing Our Planet. Thank you so much to Leo’s, Taha’s, Nabeel’s and Jude’s moms for helping chaperone our trip… I couldn’t have done it without you!
  • UAS is hosting a¬†Fun Fair, tomorrow, January 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.
  • Scholastic Book Orders¬†were due today, but I am extended them until Sunday. If you are ordering books for your child, please send in order form and correct change on Sunday!
  • 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.
  • 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???
  • 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.


  • PTSO Counselor’s Coffee Morning (see attachment)¬†
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January 19, 2018…

Hello Parents!

We had another very busy week in KG1!

This week… We continued to discuss snow and cold, winter weather. We also looked at all 4 seasons that we may experience around the world, focusing on how it feels and looks.¬†We completed our PYP unit of How the World Works, with some fun volcano experiments, smelling yummy fruit scents, another taste test (marshmallows, pretzels, limes and semi-sweet chocolate), we played hand bells, rhythm sticks, read Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do you See?, Mrs. Wishy Washy and The Napping House. Our most excitement was Thursday when we began our new outside centers. Students rotated to 4 different stations: Sandbox, Water Buckets and Brushes, Bowling Game and and fun Obstacle Course. We also visited the Dramatic Play and Maker Space rooms.

We are continuing to review letters E, F, H, I, L, T and U… while learning new letters O, C, D, G, Q, B, P, S and J. We will work only on these letters until March.

By now, all students should be able to write their first name without assistance. If your child still struggles, please allow 5 minutes each night for them to practice with you.

We will begin our new PYP unit next week about Sharing Our Planet!

Here are several reminders as we look ahead to the next couple weeks:

* KG1 is working hard on their IXL Math skills and now we are able to offer
Literacy Skills on their IXL accounts! Use this next week to explore the site and let
them try some PK Literacy skills. This will also give you an idea of what they will work on for next year in Kindergarten (which we call KG2). We will send you specific lessons to work on, in next week’s blog.

* Mrs. Hanna is now recognizing the top 3 students in each KG1 class for time spent on IXL each week. Congratulations to Sam, Ayla and Nora for this week! Also she presented one class with the most class hours spent on IXL. Ms. CC’s class beat us by about 1 hour… I bet we can earn next’s week’s certificate!!!

* You may have noticed on your class calendar that we are requesting all KG1 students to wear their colored class shirt on Sundays. We are beginning a Free Flow throughout the PK and KG1 classrooms during Free Inquiry time, and this will allow us to keep students organized. 

* Next Wednesday, January 24 we are going to Uptown Mirdif Park for a picnic, nature walk and playground. This will kick off our new PYP Unit of Sharing the Planet. Permission slips are in your child’s folder and should be returned on Sunday! There is no cost, but class shirts, lunch boxes and water bottles are required.¬†

* Scholastic Book Orders and correct change are due to me no later than, January 25. 

* We need your child to bring in a large, empty cereal box by January 29. We will need plenty of time to decorate them for Valentine’s Day. A class list came home today for your child to begin making Valentine’s for their classmates.¬†

* Last but not least, UAS is hosting a special Fun Fair next Friday, January 26, to raise awareness for People of Determination formerly known as special needs. We encourage you to attend this free event and invite anyone else in your neighborhood or workplace. I am attaching the flyer with times and information.  


Thanks for all you do!

Mrs. Beam

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January 11, 2018…

Happy 2018 KG1 Parents and Students! 

We hope you enjoyed your 3 week holiday and we are so excited to begin a new year with you and your child. We are looking forward to lots of fun and successes for the remainder of this KG1 school year!
As I told many of you during Parent Teacher Conferences, January is usually my “favorite”¬† month of the school year! The lightbulb (in the brain) seems to go off for most kids and things that didn’t make sense to them before, is finally coming around! They seem to begin connecting ideas and thoughts about prior learning and really maturing in their manners, their decisions and their thinking skills. I would add that if your child is still not able to write his/her first name (in all capitals OR lowercase) by themself, PLEASE practice with them a few minutes each night. We are now writing our name on all of our work at school. Writing your name is a big deal and I want them to all be confident in this important success!
What have we been up to? 
This week was full of exciting things… We read The Mitten by Jan Brett (many times) and learned how Nicki lost one of his white mittens in the snow. Ask your child what happened to the mitten while it was lost in the snow (hint: 8 animals). We put mittens on our hands to hold ice, we made magical snow (called InstaSnow and I think you can purchase at Virgin Megastore), we played with marshmallows and cotton balls, we laced mittens, colored and cut mittens, made snowflakes, continued our 5 senses exploration, reviewed letters, sounds, numbers and patterns and TODAY we did a science experiment with Skittles and M&M’s! Ask your child about what “prediction” means and what the results of our experiments were!
Looking ahead…¬†
* Books- Your child brought home a library book this week and Literature Bags will start back next week.
* BOTH library books and Literature Bags should be returned each and every Sunday.
* January Calendar- Hopefully you have seen the January calendar that came home in the take home folder this week. The Sundays that are marked for your child to wear their Blue Class T-shirt, is for a whole grade activity that we will be doing on Sundays. It is just to keep our children organized and there is nothing else needed from you. This is likely to continue for several weeks and will always be on Sundays!
* IXL- About half of my class has logged in and completed lots of Math questions on IXL. Please log in with your child and let them show you what they are learning. If they have been logging in their older brother or sister’s account, please let them begin their own, so I can track their progress. PLUS I have begun to print certificates each week for those that are completing the activities. An earlier blog post in December lists the skills we would like for them to review for January.
* Spare Clothes- If your child has had a growth spurt, you may want to send in a different change of clothes to keep at school in case of an accident.
*Student dress code at UAS was mentioned in the elementary blog earlier this week. Please make sure your child is wearing the UAS school uniform to school (T-shirt, Jacket,  shorts, trousers etc). We are noticing many children wearing non UAS uniform clothing, especially since the winter break.  In the Early Years we are happy for children to be wearing plain navy bottoms if need be due to uniform sizing.
* We will complete our How the World Works (5 Senses Unit) next week with more fun experiments!!!
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy time with your family!
Mrs. Beam and Ms. Gen
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December 10, 2017…

Dear Parents,

We are excited to be sending home information for IXL today, a web-based math program that your child can explore and do “homework” at home now. Each child has their own username and login.
We will set monthly goals for them to work on. They can always work on more, but at least try to cover the areas below.
Below are the goals for December and January. The letter in your child’s folder will explain more details.
Thanks! KG1 Team

Count to 10

  1. C.1Learn to count – up to 10
  2. C.2Count objects – up to 10
  3. C.3Count dots – up to 10
  4. C.4Count shapes – up to 10
  5. C.5Count using stickers – up to 10
  6. C.6Count on ten frames – up to 10
  7. C.7Show numbers on ten frames – up to 10
  8. C.8Represent numbers – up to 10

    Flat shapes

    1. K.1Name the shape
    2. K.2Circles
    3. K.3Squares
    4. K.4Triangles
    5. K.5Rectangles
    6. K.6Circles, squares, and triangles
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