Mrs. Beam's Blog

Universal American School, Dubai KG1

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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Repost for December 7, 2017…

I am not sure that my post from Thursday posted correctly, so I am reposting again. Hope this helps! 🙂

Here’s a quick snapshot of our busy week… We began our investigation into the Gingerbread Man! We read books, watched short video clips, colored/cut/pasted gingerbread men, cut playdough cookies, traced gingerbread men, made little books and other activities related to the story. There are many versions of this old tale and we are comparing and contrasting several of them. We will continue next week with some experiments, making stick puppets, mixing/cutting/decorating our very own gingerbread man cookies and a few other things!

This past week, I assessed letters/sounds/numbers/counting/sorting and several other standards and skills… WOW!!! MY HEART IS MORE THAN HAPPY AT THE RESULTS THESE LITTLE ONES ARE

PRODUCING!!! This is the time of year, where the magic begins to happen, light bulbs go off, and just like that, they begin to understand and put all the pieces together!

We have just begun the next set of letters (that you have on your green sheet from conferences). We will spend January and most of February on these next 9 letters. We are continuing math skills in regards to bigger numbers, writing our numbers, more advanced patterns and sorting a variety of ways. Over the holidays, PLEASE let your child practice as much as they want with letters and sounds, as three weeks will be a long time!

Looking ahead to next week… 

  • Five Senses Show and Tell- Your child should bring ONE item related to seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing or touching, next week on their regular scheduled day. “If” they choose to bring an item for tasting, please remember no nuts and that individual pieces for 20 students should be prepared.
  • Literature Bags will not come home next week, due to the long Winter Break.
  • Library books will not come home this week either.
  • Thursday, December 14th is another special celebration day! Please allow your child to wear pajamas to school and bring their favorite stuffed animal. We recommend that students wear normal school shoes, as we will still play outside on the playground. Here is a letter to explain more… ​

     PJ Day (3).pdf

  • Thursday, December 14th is our last day of school for 2017. Students will be dismissed at 11:45. We will see you back on Sunday, January 7, 2018. If your family is traveling earlier than the 14 or later than January 7, please notify me via email.
  • Thank you again for your contribution and time to our Winter Celebration on Thursday. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Have a wonderful Winter break!!!

Snowflake Song Clip

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December 7, 2017…

Here’s a quick snapshot of our busy week… We began our investigation into the Gingerbread Man! We read books, watched short video clips, colored/cut/pasted gingerbread men, cut playdough cookies, traced gingerbread men, made little books and other activities related to the story. There are many versions of this old tale and we are comparing and contrasting several of them. We will continue next week with some experiments, making stick puppets, mixing/cutting/decorating our very own gingerbread man cookies and a few other things! 

This past week, I assessed letters/sounds/numbers/counting/sorting and several other standards and skills… WOW!!! MY HEART IS MORE THAN HAPPY AT THE RESULTS THESE LITTLE ONES ARE

PRODUCING!!! This is the time of year, where the magic begins to happen, light bulbs go off, and just like that, they begin to understand and put all the pieces together! 

We have just begun the next set of letters (that you have on your green sheet from conferences). We will spend January and most of February on these next 9 letters. We are continuing math skills in regards to bigger numbers, writing our numbers, more advanced patterns and sorting a variety of ways. Over the holidays, PLEASE let your child practice as much as they want with letters and sounds, as three weeks will be a long time!

Looking ahead to next week… 

  • Five Senses Show and Tell- Your child should bring ONE item related to seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing or touching, next week on their regular scheduled day. “If” they choose to bring an item for tasting, please remember no nuts and that individual pieces for 20 students should be prepared.
  • Literature Bags will not come home next week, due to the long Winter Break.
  • Library books will not come home this week either.
  • Thursday, December 14th is another special celebration day! Please allow your child to wear pajamas to school and bring their favorite stuffed animal. We recommend that students wear normal school shoes, as we will still play outside on the playground. Here is a letter to explain more… ​

     PJ Day (3).pdf

  • Thursday, December 14th is our last day of school for 2017. Students will be dismissed at 11:45. We will see you back on Sunday, January 7, 2018. If your family is traveling earlier than the 14 or later than January 7, please notify me via email.
  • Thank you again for your contribution and time to our Winter Celebration on Thursday. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Have a wonderful Winter break!!!

Snowflake Song Clip

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December 4, 2017…

Dear Parents,

This is a reminder that this Thursday is our KG-1 Winter Celebration that will be held at 8am in the school cafeteria. Children are to come to school dressed in festive party clothes. Please sign up to bring a food item.

We will be singing a song followed by a shared breakfast – it should last no longer than 8:45ish.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

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November 30, 2017…

WOW… WHAT A BUSY WEEK LEARNING ABOUT THE UAE!!!

This week the children did many activities about the UAE! We created a UAE coloring book, painted camels, palm trees and mosques, made UAE bracelets, built mini Burj Khalifa’s from clay, drew pictures of what we would spend 100 AED on and so much more!!! Mohammed’s mom came and spoke to us about all the changes that Dubai has seen over the years and how it looks so different than when she was a little girl! We learned that the UAE is a combination of 7 Emirates and learned words like abaya, ghutra, kandora, burqa, falcons, dates, etc.  In our centers, the children used their five senses as they explored items from the UAE, smelled different scents, tasted local foods, touched items and watched a video clip on the UAE. We also tried our best to learn the UAE National Anthem!

On Wednesday the children dressed in UAE national clothing and in colors of the UAE flag. Thanks to our 3 parents (Leo’s mom, Nadine’s mom and Jude’s mom) who volunteered to help out with our UAE center rotations. They took small groups around to the 14 different activities. Thank you to all the Emirati families in Pre-K, KG-1 and KG-2 who brought in UAE foods for us to enjoy. There will be LOTS of photos to come!!!

    

NEXT WEEK IN KG1…

 

Next week we will be reading lots of stories and versions of The Gingerbread Man. We will make Gingerbread cookies on Tuesday – Would any parent be willing to take our Gingerbread cookies home to bake them on Tuesday and return them on Wednesday? – If you are able too, please let me know through email! – Thanks!

Reminders…

No school on Sunday 3rd December – Enjoy the long weekend!!!

The December calendar came home this week – Please keep in a special place as there are several important events taking place these next 2 weeks!!!

If you have not done so already please send your child’s portfolio to school on Monday 4th December

We invite all parents to come to our Winter Celebration on Thursday 7th of December at 8am in the school Cafeteria- We will be singing a song and eating breakfast together. Please sign up for what you would like to bring on this link .Children are to come to school dressed in festive party clothes.

As always, thank you so much for reading the blog… we are learning so much and making wonderful memories this year in KG1… Mrs. Beam 🙂

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November 28, 2017…

Dear Parents, 
 
To followup on the National Day parent information you received earlier today from UAS, we just want to clarify a few things. 
 
PK and KG1 decided not to attend the outside activities that the Emirati Club has organized. Although these students have done a great job, we felt that most of the activities were not as age appropriate for our little ones. So instead we have organized our own UAE Fun Day for Wednesday from 8:30-10:00. It will be packed full of exciting activities and we want to THANK our many parent volunteers for assisting us! 
 
Please allow your child to dress in UAE National Dress or UAE colors (red, green, white and black) for Wednesday. Also, send snack and water bottles as usual. 
 
Thank you so much for supporting our Early Years experiences! 
 
PK/KG1 Teams
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November 22, 2017…

Wow, we have been and continue to be, SO BUSY IN KGI! This time of year there are many wonderful things to celebrate and be a part of. Here’s what’s going on over the next couple of weeks… 
  • Our SWIMMING has officially ended until after Spring Break. The weather has turned cooler and we will take a break until warm weather returns in April. We are proud that so many students have been Risk-takers in their swimming experience!

 

  • Tomorrow we will give our Caring Boxes to our Support Staff! We have been so excited decorating our boxes and bags, making cards and sharing ways that we can be CARING!!! Thanks to all of you who sent in the items to make this event possible! Look for pics on the blog this weekend!!!
  • Next Wednesday, November 29, UAS will celebration UAE National Day!!! All students are encouraged to wear UAE colors (red, green, black and white) or UAE national dress. (This is NOT your child’s national/country dress, unless you are Emirati of course). There will be lots of photos on this day!
  • Also, on Wednesday, November 29, our class will be going outside to enjoy the Emirati presentations and fun day. We are asking for 4 parents for each of our KG1 classes, to assist us that morning for about an hour. If you are available and have not contacted your child’s teacher, please email her or add your name in this signup sheet… UAE Day Parent Volunteers Signup
  • No School on Thursday, November 30 and Sunday, December 3. Enjoy UAE National Day/Weekend with your families!
  • Student Portfolios are due back next week. We hope you have enjoyed looking at these together with your child. We will add more items to them throughout the year!

CELEBRATION

  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS… Thursday, December 7, we would like to invite all parents to join us for our KG1 Winter Celebration, at 8:00 am in the cafeteria. We will send more information out next week.
  • Handwriting Without Tears– At Parent Teacher Conferences, we gave all parents a handout explaining the proper formation of writing the alphabet. Thursday, we are sending home some “pieces” similar to what we use at school, for you to cut out and practice with your child at home. These include, Big Line, Little Line, Big Curve and Little Curve.  Also, we are sending you a copy of the Picture Cards that will help learn the SOUNDS of each letter. We are excited about this program and thank you for spending time with your child at home, learning together!

As always, thank you for supporting your child’s learning and excitement about school. We appreciate all you do!!! Mrs. Beam 
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November 20, 2017…

Reminder… my class will have School Pictures this Thursday, November 23. Your child should wear their UAS polo shirt and either shorts/pants/skirt. You received a picture order form in your child’s folder on Sunday. Even if you are not purchasing photos, please return the envelope as the photographer will scan their name/barcode. Thanks!!!

New After School Care Program Available

Also, I am in need of 4 parents to volunteer to help our little ones rotate to the UAE National Day stations outside on Wednesday, November 29. If you are interested just email me or go to this link and add your name!

Parent Volunteers for UAE Nov 29

Thanks!!! Mrs. Beam 

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