This week we continued to work on our new unit of inquiry about water by looking at different sources of and uses for water. We read the book What Shapes the Earth: Water. We then discussed the different uses of water. We also read The Flying Bath, which highlights the importance and uses of water. During free inquiry we made rain and wind process art projects. The children used paint and water droppers to make it rain on their paper. They then used straws to blow wind on the paper. In addition to discussing the uses of water, we started to talk about animals that live in the water. This week we read both The Rainbow Fish and Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale. We then created underwater scenes using water colors and oil pastels.
We also started a water experiment this week. I showed the students some water beads, which look like very small plastic beads. I then asked the children what they thought would happen if I put the beads in water. Some of the children guessed they would change shape or change into something else. We then put the beads in water and we will watch what happens over the next few days.
Sunday we also celebrated Noor and Yousef’s 4th birthday! Happy Birthday Noor & Yousef!
Wednesday we had a Tasty Treat from Dr. Amna, the school doctor, and Ms. Daramola, KG2 teacher. The tasty treat was homemade hummus with sliced cucumber and carrots. Most of the children tried and enjoyed the hummus. We sent home a copy of the recipe if you would like to make the hummus at home.
I will be away from April 19th until the 23rd attending a professional development. I will be back in school on April 24th. I will be reachable via email if you have any questions or concerns.
Student-led Conferences: Student-led conferences are on April 25 & 26. Please click on the following link for information on how to sign up for student-led conferences. For Information on student-led conferences click here.
Elementary Book Fair: The spring elementary book fair, sponsored by Bookworm, will take place IN THE ELEMENTARY LIBRARY during school hours, Sunday through Wednesday, April 22-25 (no Thursday hours). Each homeroom teacher will bring students for a preview some time during the week, and students can also visit at any time their teacher allows. (Money envelopes will go home with students this Wednesday, April 18.) Please come by and check out the latest literary offerings, and remember: Readers Are Leaders!
Artist of the Month for April: We will be creating artwork inspired by Jackson Pollack on April 29th. Please have your child wear old clothing on that day as it will be a messy project.
Purple Day: Purple Day will be April 30th. Your child may come to school wearing purple or bring a purple item for show & tell.
Swimming Starts May 1st: Our first day of swimming will be TUESDAY, May 1st from 10:15-10:45am and we will swim EVERY TUESDAY at this time. If you have questions, please email me at email@example.com
Ramadan & The End of the School Year: The month of Ramadan is quickly approaching. The predicted dates for Eid-al-Fitr on our UAS calendar are June 14-16; however please note that the exact dates will officially be announced by KHDA. Pre-K and KG1’s last day of school for the school year is Thursday, June 21st. It is a regular day ending at 12:45. Today we will send home a form for you to indicate the last day your child will attend school. In order to plan for instruction and final activities, please fill out the form and send it back to school as soon as possible.
Our first day of swimming will be TUESDAY, May 1st from 10:15-10:45am and we will swim EVERY TUESDAY at this time.
Please have your child wear their swim suit to school so we have more time to get things done before swimming. It will be necessary to have them wear only 2 piece suits for easy toileting. Please do not have your child wear a 1-piece body suit or girl’s 1 piece swim suit. They must bring a swim cap. They are available for purchase in the school uniform shop but they can wear any kind.
They can wear their uniform or just any t-shirt and shorts over their suits on the day of swimming. They should also wear sandals, flip flops or crocs for the day as well. Please bring a separate waterproof bag with a towel, swim cap and underwear, to change into after swimming.
The pool is only a few feet deep and they will be closely supervised, so it is not necessary to send in water wings or floating toys.
It is in a covered area but we may do water activities beforehand outside, so please apply sunscreen before they come to school.
Please read and discuss the following rules with your child.
- Walking feet only-No running
- Use an inside voice (table talk)
- Wear swimming caps
- Sit and slip into pool
- Gentle play only
They must listen and follow the rules during swim time to participate. If you have questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check out our Flickr page for pictures from this week!
Thank you for a great week!