Ramadan notes

Beginning tomorrow and throughout Ramadan, we are changing the morning schedule for PK/KG1. We will be staying on the playground until 8:30 because the weather is cooler. There is no need for you to wait for the whistle to blow.
Also, car riders should be picked up at 12:45, as usual. (The carpark will be quite busy as the rest of the school is dismissing at 1:00).
Thank you and Ramadan Kareem

Week of May 10

This week: We have enjoyed reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood and making our own puppets to act out the story.  The children make puppets out of paper and popsicle sticks, which is one idea for their HWEO presentation.  We read nonfiction books about wolves and boa constrictors that the children were interested in after the books we read.  The children enjoyed reading Down by the Bay, hearing the song played on the piano, and listening for the rhyming words in each line.  During independent reading time, the children focused on using their “linger finger” to slow down and notice details on the page.

Work coming home:  The children colored characters from the story while listening to it being read.  They are also bringing home the puppets they made in class.  Ask your child to act out the story using puppets for you!

Next week:  Please continue to be working on preparing everything for your child’s How We Express Ourselves story retell!

  • Sunday – NO SCHOOL
  • Monday
  • Tuesday – no more book bags! We hope you have enjoyed them this year 🙂
    • Parent Workshop – For those of you who replied to our Parent Workshop survey- Thank you! We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday, May 15 in the Elementary Library. We will serve coffee at 7:30 in Elementary Library foyer on the top floor and will begin by 7:45.  It’s not too late to sign up, if you haven’t already!
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday – swimming! Please remember to send swim caps and shoes.

RAMADAN- Timings for KG1 actually does not change. Our day will begin at 8:00 and end at 12:45, as normal. If you bring your child to school, you will still drop them at the playground as we will play there for a while since it’s cooler in the mornings. Pickup is still 12:45 and buses will leave at 1:15. You may want to talk to your bus rider about lots of kids being on the bus (elementary, middle and high school), as they are used to only PK and KG1 together.

Week of May 3

This week:  As we read different stories of the Little Red Hen this week, we acted it out, sequenced the events in the story, talked about where our flour comes from, and made our own bread in class today! They liked it so much that they asked me to share the recipe, which can be found here.

We learned about the letter VWXYZ and have now completed the whole alphabet! The children thought of words beginning with those sounds and practiced making them using big and little lines.

Other activities for the week included using the linger finger to slow down when looking at the pictures in a book, labeling Good Night, Gorilla with sticky notes, and practicing the position words of on, above, beside, and next to.  We also enjoyed our Hag-el-leila candy and sitting inside an Emirati tent.

Work coming home: The children sorted the characters in the book and not in the book, and they began to color an emergent reader.  As you look through this book together, allow your child to tell you the story in their own words.

A scholastic magazine came home on Wednesday! This is the last magazine of the year.  Please send in the order form and money, and your books will arrive shortly.

Next week:

  • Sunday – please return book bags
    • wear green class tshirt
  • Monday
  • Tuesday – please return library books
  • Wednesday – Scholastic magazine order forms due
  • Thursday – swimming! Please remember swim shoes, swim cap, and an extra change of underwear.

It won’t be long before we begin our How We Express Ourselves story retelling to the whole class. Please allow your child to practice retelling and acting out the story with you at home, a couple times each week, so they will be comfortable. Any props, costumes, puppets, etc. should also be made at home soon, so they can practice with them. Let me know if you have any questions.

Reminders

Two reminders:

  1. We are hosting parent workshops on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:30 am.  Please register here if you are interested in attending.
  2. Please send in your child’s story for their How We Express Ourselves performance.  Below are some ideas of stories that we have read in class if you are looking for ideas.
    • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
    • Jack and the Beanstalk
    • The Paper Bag Princess
    • The Napping House
    • Knuffle Bunny
    • The Gruffalo
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    • The Rainbow Fish
    • Caps for Sale
    • The Mitten

KG1 Parent Workshop sign-up

The KG1 teachers are proud to present our first KG1 parent workshop with tips and strategies for KG2 transition and summer activities.  Please click here to sign up.

We hope to see you there!

Week of April 24

This week:  Our short week was full of learning and preparation! We read Where’s the Big Bag Wolf? and contrasted the story with the traditional Three Little Pigs stories that we’d read.  The children are learning strategies for making inferences based on the pictures.  They can use these strategies when reading independently in class and at home.

We also had an assembly put together by the Student Voice committee about respect.  The children each drew a picture about how they can respect others – they understand what it means to treat others kindly.

I look forward to seeing you all at student-led conferences today and tomorrow! Your child is so excited to show you everything in the classroom.  You will be taking the portfolios home to show to talk about together as well.

Next week:

  • Sunday – please return book bag
  • Monday
  • Tuesday – Hag-el-leila celebration; students should wear Emirati or celebratory clothes
  • Wednesday – please return your child’s portfolio after looking through it together
  • Thursday – first day of swimming
    • Please remember to have all uniform and clothing items labeled
    • Your child should wear his/her swim clothes to school under the uniform.
    • Your child will need extra underwear, towel, swim cap, and flipflops.

How We Express Ourselves rubric

On the rubric sent home today for the How We Express Ourselves presentation, I forgot to write each child’s performance date.  My mistake! The dates for performing are listed below:

Sunday, May 20 – Alya, Bowen, Siriana
Monday, May 21 – Anna, Kabir, Tia
Tuesday, May 22 – Aryam, Murtaza
Wednesday, May 23 – Danna, Noah
Thursday, May 24 – Dantong, Omar

Sunday, May 27 – Jenny, Mira, Shayan
Monday, May 28 – Jumana, Xavier
Tuesday, May 29 – Liyana, Yousef

Week of April 19

This week:  We enjoyed delving into the story of the Three Little Pigs this week.  The children enjoyed the repetitive language and learned the dialogue from the story.  We talked about how to use props for acting, and they designed their own props in the maker-space room to use when acting out.

We have been practicing rhyming words this week.  They do a great job with finding rhyming words for their names, and listen for rhyming words in Rhyming Dust Bunnies.  Other centers included handwriting practice for letters KRAMN and sorting items by beginning sounds.

Thank you so much to those who filled out the survey regarding parent workshops.  We are using your information to plan our seminars.  More information will be coming soon!

Work coming home:  Some children glued numbers to paper strips during morning centers.  We also sent home a recipe for hummos that we tried yesterday for Tasty Treats.

A slip of paper came home in your child’s folder this week regarding your plans for their last day of KG1. With Ramadan, Eid and many families traveling, we are trying to plan ahead. Please return that slip of paper on Sunday of next week.

Reminders:

  • Sunday – please return literature book bags
    • please wear green class t-shirt
  • Monday
  • Tuesday – please return library books
  • Wednesday & Thursday – Student-led conferences.  There is NO SCHOOL over these two days.
    • Thank you to those who have reserved your times already. If you have not, please do so by Sunday, April 22, so we can make plans accordingly. YOUR CHILD must come with you to the conference.
As mentioned last week, we have begun our final PYP unit, How We Express Ourselves. You and your child will receive a letter on Sunday, explaining the requirements for a final performance/presentation that will conclude our unit. This is an exciting unit and if you have any questions after reading the letter, please email me.
Your child is encouraged to continue using IXL each week. Even 10-15 minutes during the week, will help support and enhance their learning!
Elementary Arts Alive Display
April 19 – May 3, 2018
We are pleased to announce that the elementary arts alive is officially on view! Our KG2 – 5th Grade students have worked hard since the beginning of the year to create the many different artworks currently hanging in the front and back lobby.Due to the large number of students, only one artwork per student was chosen to be displayed. Parents are encouraged to collect the rest of their child’s art portfolio from the art room during Student Led Conferences.Enjoy all the amazing art!

Student-led Conference sign-ups

Student-led conferences are coming up soon, and sign ups begin today at 4 pm!

ALL PARENTS MUST SIGN UP FOR A CONFERENCE TIME.  To access the registration, please click on this link to learn more.

Parent Workshop Information

Good afternoon! The Early Childhood Department is planning to host parent workshops, and we want your input! Please fill out this survey regarding what workshop topics would be most helpful for you.

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