Thursday is the last day before the winter break. School will dismiss at 12:00. Students are welcome to participate in Pajama Day and wear their favorite PJs. We will be having a small holiday party that will be from 10:45 – 11:45, where students can eat snacks and play some festive games. Parents, can you please bring in one item of food to donate to the class for our party on Thursday! Thank you for all of your support this trimester! I am so lucky to have a great bunch of students and parents! I wish you all a wonderful break and a Happy New Year.
We had a fabulous time last Thursday on our field trip to the farm. The students participated in a lot of hands on learning about our Unit of Inquiry while enjoying a wonderful day outside. Here are a few snapshots from our visit to the farm. Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers that were able to come on the field trip with us!
Junior Scorpion Development Swim Team
We are now accepting registration for the Junior Scorpions Development swim team. This team will practice every Thursday beginning Jan 11 from 3:15 – 4:15pm. Late bussing will be available but may not start until the middle of January so students must be picked up on Jan 11th. It is important to be at the first practice as our first swim meet is Jan 23rd.
Due to the size of the pool, we can only take a maximum of 25 students. Students must be able to swim 25m (a full length of the pool) comfortably to be considered for this team.
Here is a possible list of swim meets we will be attending: Only students ready for competition will be entered. UAS will provide bussing to and from these events.
Tuesday Jan 23 @ American School of Dubai; from 4 – 5:45pm
Friday Feb 16 @ Dubai American Academy; from 8:15 – 1pm
Thursday Mar 15 @ Universal American School; from 4- 5:45pm
Fri and Sat Apr 27/28 at Hamdan (MEUC)
Thursday May 3 @ Gems World Academy; from 1- 4pm (grade 1-3 only)
Monday May 7 @American School of Dubai; from 4 – 5:45pm
Please click on the link below to register.
Our next Unit of Inquiry starts after the break. In January, we will be discussing the theme of how we express ourselves. The central idea is “celebrations bring people together.” I would like to gather pictures of the children and their families participating in different celebrations. We will display the photos in the hallway and around the room, and we will be using the pictures throughout the unit to guide discussions. If possible, please send in between 1-3 photos of your child participating in a celebration, or email them to me and I will print them out. Please send in at least one photo in as soon as possible (to be display on the hallway bulletin board). If you have any questions, please contact me.
News for this week!
This week we have a short, but very busy week of learning taking place. Please remind students to bring their library books back tomorrow as we will be going during our normal library time at 8:15. This week we will be learning the process of how chocolate is made and mapping it out in sequential order. Students will also be investigating more into measurement using nonstandard units and rulers. We will start working on telling time to the half hour, using vocabulary words such as half past ____(hour). In reading and writing we will continue our study on non fiction text. Students will continue to write teaching books and work on using complete sentences with details.
We have a wonderful field trip planned on Thursday, so if your child has not returned their permission slip please encourage them to be responsible in doing so tomorrow. We will be leaving directly at 8:00 on Thursday and arriving back around 11:00- 11:20. Students will be taking their snack and water bottle with them on the field trip. Students will be inquiring knowledge about a farm and using prior knowledge learned so far this unit to guide in making connections and expanding upon existing knowledge.
Next week is the last week before the three week holiday break. Thursday, December 14th will be a half day for the students.
Congrats to our very own Judson for winning FIRST place in the ASA Chess tournament yesterday afternoon! We are so proud of you! 🙂
PARENTS, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
WHEN: Wednesday 29th November 2017
WHY: Supervision of a small group of Grade 1 students while they attend the UAE Day Carnival
WHERE: UAS playground
We would like to have the students in small groups supervised by an adult for the following reasons:
*to be more engaged in the UAE festivities
Please email your child’s classroom teacher by Monday 27th if you would like to assist us and help to make this occasion a great success!
Grade 1 Teachers
Class pictures will be on Thursday at 10:30!
Thank you so much for being apart of Parent/Teacher conferences last week! It was great to see all of you and talk about your wonderful children! As I stated in the beginning of the school year, its a partnership between us and it was great to share the growth that they have made so far this year. Every day that I come to school, I am so happy to get to work with your child! They put a huge smile on my face and teach me something new! I am incredibly fortunate to have such a great bunch! Thank you! 🙂
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