Great week in KG2LA. Ms Hanna was so impressed with the behaviour of KG2LA on the trip to the desert. I was very proud of them all!

This week we have been learning…

  • We have been focusing our writing about all the things we saw in the desert, labeling and writing sentences about our trip.
  • We have continued reading our leveled books, taking care to sound out our words and use our sight word knowledge to increase fluency. Please can I remind all parents to bring home reader books to school each day so I can read those books in guided reading sessions with groups.
  • In maths we have been using our rulers to measure various items around the school. We have also introduced the balance scales and children have been comparing the weight of two items.
  • We celebrated Valentine’s day by making some crowns and cards for our loved ones. We shared a beautiful story called ‘Somebody Loves You Mr Hatch’- here is the online link…
  • https://youtu.be/AGAS_Aj85cA
  • We also celebrated Chinese New year by reading a Chinese story and making Chinese lanterns.

Notes and Reminders…

  • Art starts on Sunday
  • On Tuesday 20th is Sports day. Please send your child to school in yellow clothing and sports shoes. Sports day will kick off around 8.30am and once we are due to finish around 11am. You may take your child home with you once we are finished, if you do this please make sure you inform Rozalia in attendance when you leave.
  • There is a cookie sale happening on Thursday 22nd Feb after the children have eaten lunch. Cookies are 5 aed each and all proceeds go to ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ in Dubai. Please send any money in an envelope with your child’s name on.
  • If you are interested in volunteering for the Arabian Wildlife Farm trip on Monday 26th of February, please email me directly,

Thanks!!! Have a great weekend.

Dear all,

I hope you had a lovely long weekend!

Tomorrow is the trip to Al Khawaneej Desert. The senior management have decided that I will not attend due to the soft sand and that I’m quite big now! Ms Hanna will take my place. We have two spaces on the bus if any parents would like to join. Please let me know ASAP. The buses leave at 8.15am and return at 11.30am.

Have a good day!


This week we have been focusing on our PYP unit. We have been learning about living and non-living things and thinking about what living things need in order to survive. Linked to this we have been continuing our fantastic art projects based on four different habitats. The children have worked hard on these projects building their independence and creativity.

We have also linked our writing to our art projects, writing about how we made these habitats and which materials we used.

We have been continuing to practise our reading skills and learning our sight words. The two sight words we learnt today are ‘was’ and ‘saw’.

In maths we have been making our own ‘non-standard’, ‘camel rulers’ and beginning to measure items in our classrooms.

Reminders and notes:-

  • There is no school on Sunday 11th of February
  • The school trip to Al Khawaneej Desert is on Tuesday 13th February. Please make sure if you have not brought in the SLIP and MONEY, you do so by Sunday at the latest.
  • Children can continue making Valentine’s gifts at home and can put these in the children’s Valentine’s bags which are on their cubbies.
  • On Wednesday 14th of February children can have a dress down day and either wear red, pink or purple for Valentine’s Day or red and yellow in celebration of Chinese New Year.

Have a great weekend!



Please can I ask you to send the home reader books in the children’s bags each day. I often use them to do guided reading sessions with the children.

Many thanks!


Please note that the first field trip to Khawaneejah Desert has been moved to Tuesday 13th of February.

Tomorrow you will find a letter in the folders with dates for my upcoming maternity leave.


Morning all,

Here is a schedule of which ‘specials’ the children are having and when…

ART- Feb 18th-March 15th

MUSIC- 18th March- 26th April

PE- 29th April- 24th May

ART- 27th May- 28th June

I would also like to note that Rawida has stepped down as class parent, thank you for initially stepping up to this role. Please, as usual send any questions/concerns to me.


Dear Parents,

I hope you had a great week. Here is some of the learning KG2 LA has been up to this week:-

  • We have been using ‘Pattern Power’ all week to help us read books and predict what the end of the story might be.
  • We have set up a ‘book shop’ in class where children get to shop for books (for free!) each week and read their chosen books during readers workshop.
  • We have been learning about writing on special handwriting paper, which letters are tall (stretch up to the top line e.g. ‘h’ and ‘d’), small (sit between the narrow lines e.g. ‘a’ and ‘e’) and fall (hang low below the line e.g. ‘g’ and ‘j’). We have also been writing down all our design ideas for our new art project.
  • We have been learning about ‘og’ and ‘ot’ word famililies e.g. ‘dog’, ‘log’, ‘dot’ and ‘pot’. Brainstorming and writing these words.
  • In maths we have been gathering information and putting it in bar graphs. We went out to the carpark in small groups to count the number of different coloured cars and then we presented the information in bar graphs.
  • We introduced our new UOI and looked at various environments/habitats. We thought about which animals live in these different environments and why. We are starting an exciting art project, where children are designing and creating a habitat on large pieces of cloth.
  • The children did a fabulous job presenting their homework to the class all about their community helper.

Some notes and reminders…

  • MAP testing took place this week. The children concentrated well. As of now I still have not received any information on how individuals have done.
  • On Sunday the first official homework will be sent home and will be due back on the following Sunday.
  • Reader books will be sent home next week. Please read the book with your child and return to their folder.
  • Next week we will retest the sight words.
  • Many teachers have received some questions about the role of the ‘Class Parent’. The Class Parent can assist with organisation of school organised parties or days e.g. Valentine’s Day, National day etc. If you are organising your child’s birthday  party you can still contact me directly to organise. If all parents have questions on one subject e.g. needing clarification about homework you can contact your class parent however any other questions can still be sent to me.

Have a great weekend!

Please see email from School Doctor below…

Dear Parents,

To prevent the spread of infections at school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if they are not feeling well, and ask that you 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. 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 at home when they are sick, they will get the proper bed rest they need, and 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 mouth with 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 upon 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 www.cdc.gov or contact school clinic team.

Dr. Amna Ahmed Butt
School Physician

Tel: 04 2326252 E: abutt@uasdubai.ae

Universal American School

This week in KG2LA we have been learning all about…

  • In maths, tally charts and making pictograms. The children gathered information about their favourite animals and fruit.
  • Brainstorming all we know about dentists and using our brainstorming words to write full sentences.
  • All children have been practicing their reading on a one to one basis with me. They have also been choosing their own books to read with a partner and deciding how they are going to share and read the books.
  • The children have been learning about how to take care of their teeth and brush them so that they are left nice and clean!
  • The children practiced how to use the i-pads ready for the MAP assessment next week. They did a great job!

I am pleased to announce Rawida (Clara’s mother) will be our ‘room parent’ for the duration of the year!

Have a great weekend!