June 16th to June 18th

Hello Parents,

We had a wonderful week in PreK. We started the week with our first swimming lesson with Mr. Mac. The children had such as great time in the pool exploring the water.

We continued the fun on Monday with our End of Year Celebration and Graduation. A big THANK YOU to all the parents that were able to come and support their children. We had a great time performing for you. I am so proud of all the progress the boys and girls have made this year.

We wrapped up the week with Fun Day. We participated in water activities and games outside on the playground. The children had a great time playing and fun was had by all.

Looking Ahead:

Moving Up Day- Sunday, June 16th: PreK will participate in Moving Up Day on Sunday, June 16th. From 8:00am to 8:45am the PreK students will visit two KG1 classrooms and participate in some activities. Please make sure to be on time on Sunday so your child can participate in this special activity.

Swimming- Monday, June 17th: Our last swimming lesson will be Monday, June 17th from 8:50am to 9:10am. Please make sure to pack a complete change of clothes, pool shoes, a swim cap, and a towel.

Library- Monday, June 17th: Our last library lesson of the year will be Monday, June 17th. Please make sure to return all library books by this date.

Last Day of PreK- Tuesday, June 18th: The last day of PreK and KG1 will be Tuesday, June 18th. It will be a normal day from 7:55am until 12:45pm.

 

I also just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful year together. I have truly enjoyed being your child’s teacher this year and I couldn’t have asked for a better class to end my time at UAS. I hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday. 

Take Care,

Ms. Lisa

 

June 9th to June 13th

Dear Parents,

Just a reminder that school will be closed June 2nd to June 6th for the Eid holiday.

Swimming: Sunday, June 9th

We will start swimming on Sunday, June 9th. Our session will be from 8:50 to 9:20 as part of our P.E class. Our swimming classes will take place every B day and will change each week. Please keep an eye on our class calendar for the P.E. days scheduled. Our swimming days will be June 9th, June 12th, and June 17th. 

Each child should wear his/her swimsuit under his/her uniform. Girls should wear swimsuits that are easy for them to take off to use the restroom, a two piece is best. Please send underwear in a large plastic ziplock bag each time. When your child takes off his/her swimsuit he/she will put it in the plastic bag. The students all need to have swim caps. Please practice putting on the caps with your child; they will need one each year so this is a good time to practice. Your child will also need a towel and flip flops each week.

Your child needs to:
Wear swimming gear to school
Bring underwear in a bag
Bring a towel
Bring a swimming cap
Bring flip flops

All items need to be labeled with your child’sname (including school uniforms).

It is important that your child practice dressing him/herself so he/she will be prepared on swimming days. It is easiest for the children towear the UAS t-shirt and shorts. Children are also expected to take responsibility in collecting and taking care of their belongings.

Please help your child be prepared each swimming day so they do not miss this wonderful opportunity. If you feel that your child is too sick to participate in the PE class, then they should be kept at home.

We look forward to an enjoyable session of swimming with your child. If you have any questions please send me a message.

End of Year Celebration: Monday, June 10th

Please join us for an end of year celebration on Monday, June 10th from 8:30am until 9:30am. We will have a short performance and certificate ceremony followed by breakfast food and drinks.Children may dress up on June 10th, such as wearing a dress or fancy clothes.

Please sign-up to bring breakfast food or drinks using this link: End of Year Celebration

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me. We hope you will be able to join us for the celebration!

Next Week:

The week of June 9th we will finish our unit on simple machines. Our focus question will be “Who works with simple machines?”. We will learn about and discuss the ways people use simple machines for work and play at their jobs and in their daily life.

The objectives we will focus on are:

  • 12a Remembers and connects experiences: Recognizes and recalls
  • 12b Remembers and connects experiences: Make connections
  • 13 Uses classification skills
  • 16a Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet: Identifies and names letters
  • 16b Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet: Identifies letter-sound correspondences
  • 17a  Uses and appreciates books and other texts
  • 17b Uses concepts of print
  • 18a Comprehends and responds to books and other texts: Interacts during reading experiences, book conversations, and text reflections
  • 20a Counts
  • 20b Quantifies
  • 20c  Connects Numerals to quantities
  • 23 Demonstrates knowledge of patterns

We hope you have a wonderful Eid holiday!

Ms. Lisa

 

 

May 26th to May 30th

Greetings parents!

I was a great week in PreK. It’s hard to believe we only have 4 more weeks together! We continued to learn about simple machines in large group and small group time. This week we looked at different types of screws and how they hold things together.

Next week we will learn about other types of simple machines including pulleys and wheel and axel. Our focus question for next week is “What are other types of simple machines?”. 

The objectives we will focus on next week are:

  • 12a Remembers and connects experiences: Recognizes and recalls
  • 12b Remembers and connects experiences: Make connections
  • 13 Uses classification skills
  • 16a Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet: Identifies and names letters
  • 16b Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet: Identifies letter-sound correspondences
  • 17a  Uses and appreciates books and other texts
  • 17b Uses concepts of print
  • 18a Comprehends and responds to books and other texts: Interacts during reading experiences, book conversations, and text reflections
  • 20a Counts
  • 20b Quantifies
  • 20c  Connects Numerals to quantities
  • 23 Demonstrates knowledge of patterns

Looking Ahead:

Our PreK End of Year Celebration will take place on Monday, June 10th from 8:30 to 9:30. We will have a short performance and a certificate ceremony followed by breakfast food and drinks. Please sign up for bring a breakfast item using this link. The celebration will take place in room 214. Please plan to arrive at 8:20 to drop off your food and we will start at 8:30. We hope you will be able to join us for this special event!

Library:Our last library lesson will be Monday, June 17th. The last day of student and parent check out is the week of June 2nd. All library books are due June 13th.

Finally, the last day of PreK is Tuesday, June 18th. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about any of this information.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

 

May 19th to May 23rd

It was a fun week in PreK! We continued to learn about simple machines, specifically levers. We identified different types of levers and explored using balances to see how levers work. On Sunday, we will attend a Simple Machines Presentation organized by the high school. The children will get to learn about different types of simple machines and explore how they work.

Next week we will continue to learn about simple machines by learning about screws. Our focus question is “How do screws hold things together?”. We will explore different types of screws, screw drivers, and common objects that act like screws.

The objectives we will focus on next week are:

  • 7a Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination: Uses fingers and hands
  • 7b Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination:Uses writing and drawing tools
  • 15a Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates rhymes
  • 15b Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates alliteration
  • 15c Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates discrete units of sound
  • 16a Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet: Identifies and names letters
  • 16b Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet: Identifies letter-sound correspondences
  • 18a Interacts during reading experiences, book conversations and text reflections

We will read the following books:

  • Screws
  • Owen
  • Lola Loves Stories

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

May 12th to May 16th

We had a great week in PreK! We continued to learn about simple machines and inclined planes. Today was Ms. Derhyll’s last day before she goes on maternity leave. We are sad to see her leave but we wish her and her family all the best! Ms. Shara and Ms. Darlene will be joining us for the rest of the school year.

Next week we will continue to learn about simple machines by exploring levers. Some simple examples are levers are seesaws, scissors, and door handles. Our focus question will be How are levers used?” We will be exploring examples of levers and how levers work.

The objectives we will focus on are:

  • 7a Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination: Uses fingers and hands
  • 9a Expanding expressive vocabulary.
  • 15b Alliteration
  • 15c Notices and discriminates discrete units of sound
  • 16a Letter identification
  • 16b Letter sound correspondence
  • 18a Interacts during reading experiences, book conversations and text reflections
  • 19b Demonstrates writing skills: Writes to convey ideas and information
  • 20c Connects numerals with their quantities

We will read the following books:

  • The Napping House
  • Levers
  • Owen
  • B is for Bulldozer

Thank you for a great week and have a lovely weekend!

Ms. Lisa

May 5th to May 9th

It was a great week in PreK! We started our unit on simple machines. So far we have talked about what we know about simple machines and the different types of simple machines.

A special thank you to all the parents that contributed to Ms. Derhyll’s surprise party for her baby boy. Ms. Derhyll will be going on maternity leave on May 9th. We will miss her and wish her and her family all the best!

We will continue our unit next week by exploring inclined planes. Our focus question for next week will be “How do inclined planes help us move things?”. 

The objectives we will focus on are:

  • 11c  Solves problems
  • 15b Notices and discriminates alliteration
  • 15c Notices and discriminates discrete units of sound
  • 16a Identifies and names letters
  • 16b Letter sound correspondence
  • 20b Uses number concepts and operations: quantifies
  • 21a Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes
  • 23 Demonstrates knowledge of patterns
  • 24 Uses scientific inquiry skills
  • 26 Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials

We will read the following books next week:

  • Workshop
  • B is for Bulldozer 
  • One Mole Digging a Hole 

Just a friendly reminder that Sunday, May 5th is the start of our Ramadan schedule. School hours for PreK and KG1 are 8:30am to 1:20pm. Children may be dropped off on the early years playground starting at 8:10am as that is when supervision will start. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

 

April 28th to May 2nd

This week in PreK we finished our unit on insects. We completed our bees, which are hanging outside the classroom. Throughout the unit, the children enjoyed learning facts about insects as well as exploring the insects that live in our school community.

Next week we will start our new unit on simple machines. The central idea of our next unit is  Simple machines can be used for work and play.  We will start our unit by exploring what we already know about simple machines. We will then explore the following lines of inquiry throughout our unit:

  • types of simple machines 
  • how people use simple machines at their jobs
  • how we can use simple machines

The objectives we will focus on for next week are:

  • 4 Demonstrates traveling skills
  • 5 Demonstrates balancing skills
  • 15b Notices and discriminates alliteration
  • 15c Notices and discriminates discrete units of sound
  • 16b Letter sound correspondence
  • 18a Interacts during reading experiences, book conversations and text reflections
  • 20a. Uses number concepts and operations
  • 21a Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes
  • 23 Demonstrates knowledge of patterns

We will read the following books:

  • My Neighbors and Their Simple Machines
  • A Farmer’s Life for Me

 

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

 

April 21 to 25

It was a great week back after spring break. We started our week by attending the play, The Ugly Duckling. The children enjoyed the interactive show. We continued learning about our unit of inquiry, insects, by discussing how and what insects eat. We also started to make bees to hang up outside our classroom. We will finish making our bees next week. Please come check out our work outside our door!

Sunday, April 21st is a professional development day. There will be NO SCHOOL for students. 

Next week will be the last week for our unit on insects. Our focus question will be “How do insects help the Earth?”. We will explore the different ways insects help us and the environment.

The objectives we will focus on next week are:

  • 4 Demonstrates traveling skills
  • 14b Uses symbols and images to represent something not present: Engages in sociodramatic play
  • 15a Notices and discriminates rhyme
  • 17a Uses and appreciates book and other texts
  • 17b Uses print concepts
  • 20a Uses number concepts and operations: Counts
  • 20b Uses number concepts and operations: quantifies
  • 21b Understands shapes

 

We will read the following books:

  • Who lives in Trees?
  • What the Ladybird Heard
  • Why Do Plants Have Flowers?
  • Bees

Thank you for a fun week and have a nice weekend!

Ms. Lisa

March 24th to 28th

It was a fun week in PreK with our field trip to the Green Planet on Wednesday. Thank you to the parent volunteers that were able to join us on the field trip. The children had a great time learning about different insects and animals that live in the rainforest. It was a great extension experience for our unit of inquiry on insects.

Next week we will be looking at how insects grow and change. We will be learning about insect life cycles. Our focus question for the week is How do insects change?”.

The objectives we will be focusing on are:

  • 4 Traveling skills
  • 7a Demonstrates fine motor strength & coordination: uses fingers and hands
  • 8a Listens to and understands increasingly complex language: Comprehends language
  • 9a Uses language to express thoughts and needs
  • 15a Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates rhyme
  • 15b Notices and discriminates  alliteration
  • 15c notices and discriminates discrete units of sound
  • 20a Counts
  • 20c Connects numerals with their quantities
  • 21a Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes: Understands spatial relationships
  • 23 Demonstrates knowledge of patterns
  • 24 Uses scientific inquiry skills
  • 25 Demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics of living things

 

We will read the following books:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Waiting for Wings
  • The Crunching Munching Caterpillar

 

Next week is also the last week before Spring Break. Spring Break is from March 29th until April 13th. School with resume on Sunday, April 14th. Thursday, March 28th will be an early release day for the whole school. 

 

Thank you for a great week and have a lovely weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

March 17th to 21st

It was a short school week in PreK. We started the week with Student-led conferences. Thank you to all the students and parents that were able to attend. The children enjoyed showing what they are working on at school and the progress they have made in their learning.

Next week, we will continue our unit of inquiry about insects. Our focus question for the week is “What insects are in our community?”. We will focus on looking at insects in our surrounding environment. We will also take a field trip to Green Planet on March 20th to learn about different types of insects and animals.

The objectives we will focus on next week are:

  • 8a Listens to and understands increasingly complex language: Comprehends language
  • 9a Uses language to express thoughts and needs: Uses an expanding expressive vocabulary
  • 12b Remembers and connects experiences: Makes connections
  • 15a Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates rhyme
  • 15b Notices and discriminates alliteration
  • 19b Writes to convey ideas and information
  • 20a Number concepts and operations: Counts
  • 21 Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes
  • 23 Demonstrates knowledge of patterns
  • 24 Uses scientific inquiry skills
  • 25 Demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics of living things
  • 28 Uses tools and technologies to perform tasks

We will read the following books:

  • The Grouchy Ladybug
  • Insect Quest: Hide and Seek
  • The Very Busy Spider

Thanks and have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa