Flag Day- November 2nd

Greetings Parents,

Thursday, November 2nd is Flag Day.  As part of flag day, the school will be taking a UAE flag picture.  The prekindergarten classes will be wearing RED for the picture  Please send your child to school wearing a RED shirt on Thursday, November 2nd.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks!

Ms. Lisa

 

 

Our Week

Our Week:

Happy Halloween!  The children really enjoyed the Halloween parade and trick or treating.  As a class, we went around to PreK and KG1 classes and trick or treated.  Each child is coming home with a bucket of goodies and a few small items.  The buckets contain mostly small toys and a few small pieces of candy.  Thank you to all the parents that sent in toys and treats for Halloween.  It really made the day extra fun.

In preparation for Halloween, we have been investigating pumpkins.  We had a great week using our inquiry skills to learn about pumpkins.  This week the children explored measuring the weight and height of our pumpkins.  We also explored estimation by guessing the number of seeds inside a pumpkin.  The children used their predication and observation skills to decide if a pumpkin would sink or float in a bucket of water.  Last, we planted pumpkin seeds in plastic bags and taped them to the window to watch them grow.

Looking Ahead:

There is no school for students on Sunday, October 29th or Monday, October 30th.

Tuesday, October 31st is Orange Day.  Your child may wear orange or bring in something orange to share for show and tell!

Thursday, November 2nd is Flag Day.  More information is will be posted soon.

We have finished our first unit of inquiry, Who We Are.  We will be starting our second unit of inquiry in the next few weeks.  The topic of our next unit is homes.  We will be exploring different types of homes as well as why we need homes.  Please check the Unit of Inquiry page in the next few weeks to learn more about this unit.

On November 15th and 16th there will be parent-teacher conferences.  More information about conferences will be posted soon.

Housekeeping:

Our library day is Thursday.  Please send back your child’s library book every Thursday morning and place it in the bin marked ‘Library Books’.

Pumpkin Investigations

In conjunction with our discussions on fall and Halloween, this week we have been exploring our three pumpkins.  So far we have guessed and measured the height and width of our pumpkins.  We have also explored the outside and inside of one of our pumpkins by using plastic hammers and nails to puncture a pumpkin.  We then cracked the pumpkin open to explore the inside! Check out our investigations below!

How Tall are Our Pumpkins?

We used unifix cubes to measure the height of our pumpkins.

How Wide are Our Pumpkins?

We used string and a measuring tape to check the width of our pumpkins.

What Is Inside Our Pumpkins?

We used plastic hammers and nails to crack open a pumpkin and then investigated the inside of the pumpkin.

We will continue to explore our pumpkins by investigating if they sink or float, how many seeds they have, and by carving one of our pumpkins into a Jack-o-lantern.

Our Week

Our Week:

It’s been a fun-filled week in PreK.  We continue to focus on our unit of inquiry.  We read several books about being independent and talked about things we can do on our own.  Some ideas the children came up with are- we can get dressed on our own, brush our teeth, wash our hands, play, color, draw, and write.  We read I Like Myself, All By Myself, and I Can Do It.  We also continued to work on making Mat Man.  This week the children made their own Mat Man out of construction paper.

This week we started guidance lessons with Mr. Fields.  Mr. Fields will be visiting our class on Mondays to teach a lesson about social-emotional health and development.

We also started talking about fall and pumpkins in preparation for Halloween.  The children continue to work on learning our monthly nursery rhyme, Five Little Pumpkins.  We made paper plate pumpkins and purchased three pumpkins for the class.  Next week we will take a closer look at the pumpkins and complete some investigations using the pumpkins.

Looking Ahead:

Halloween-

On October 26th Pre-K and KG-1 classes will be trick or treating from class to class. As part of the American Halloween tradition, the children will receive something when they knock on the door and say, “Trick or Treat!” We are trying to encourage less chocolate and candy and MORE small treats (pencils, erasers, rings, stickers, plastic jewelry, tattoos, rubber balls, small toy cars, etc). Daiso and The Party Store have a lot of fun treats like this. We would also like to encourage healthy snacks – fruit snacks, raisins, pretzels, breakfast bars, etc. In order for us to have this special celebration we will need each child to bring in individualized wrapped treats for at least 30 children. (No need to make goodie bags since we will be combining all the items to divide up equally.) Please DO NOT send any small hard candies or jelly cups (heart candies, mints, etc.) as they pose a choking hazard. We have several children who have severe allergies to nuts so please do not send any products that contain nuts. The children will not be eating the candy at school so you will have a chance to check through it before your child eats it. We are encouraging them to share what they receive at school with their families.  Please send the items to school by Sunday.

On October 26th, your child may come to school dressed in a costume that is easy for your child to go to the bathroom on their own, is comfortable, not scary and not too hot. Please do not allow them to bring weapons as part of their costumes. At 8:05am they will participate in an elementary school parade. If you would like to watch, please stand outside on the big playground in the designated area. To make this easier on your child, please continue to let the line move quickly. If you think they may be upset by seeing you, perhaps you should wait for the pictures that we will post on the blog.

Tuesday, October 31st is Orange Day.  Your child may wear orange or bring in something orange to share for show and tell!

Housekeeping:

If you have not done so, please continue to send in baby pictures. You can either email me a copy or send a hard copy in.

Our library day is Thursday.  Please send back your child’s library book every Thursday morning and place it in the bin marked ‘Library Books’.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

30 X 30 Challenge

By now you will most probably have heard about the 30 x 30 Fitness Challenge launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai Government and Dubai Sports Council. This “new initiative sees Dubai aiming to be most active city in the world” by encouraging all UAE residents to commit to 30 minutes of activities daily for 30 days, starting on October 20 until November 18.

 

We are proud to announce that UAS will wholeheartedly be taking part in this challenge. We will be sending a calendar flyer home with your child. We would like to encourage you to get involved and exercise with your child on a daily basis.  Record your activities on the calendar provided throughout the 30 days and then return it to your child’s homeroom teacher after October 18th.

 

To find out more about the challenge visit the website here.

To read the press release from the Government of Dubai, click here.

As part of this initiative, Dubai Fitness Challenge has partnered with a number of associations that will help you have fun while staying fit. Click here for calendar of events.

 

If you would like to participate with UAS, please go to this link here and follow the prompts as follows:

  1. Click on join an existing organization
  2. Click on register as a teacher or parent
  3. Complete the form by making sure you select Universal American School in the School Name field
  4. Stay fit, participate and share away!

If you are on social media and would like to share your efforts with us, please use the following hashtags: #Dubai30x30 #uasdubai30x30 #uasdubai

Our Week

Our Week:

This week, we have been looking at making healthy choices and taking care of our bodies.  We continued talking about healthy food and made an art process project by stamping with paint fruits and vegetables onto paper.  We then had a fruit and vegetable tasting, which was a big success.  Most of the children tried different fruits and vegetables.  Please check your child’s folder for a list of fruits and vegetables they liked.

We also talked about staying healthy through learning about germs and how to wash our hands.  We read Germs Are Not for Sharing to learn how not to share our germs.  When then finger painted with some germs (glitter) and learned how you have to wash your hands really well to get rid of all the germs.  We also talked about going to the dentist and brushing our teeth.  The children used a large model to practice brushing.

Looking Ahead:

Tuesday, October 31st is Orange Day.  Your child may wear orange or bring in something orange to share for show and tell!

Halloween-

On October 26th Pre-K and KG-1 classes will be trick or treating from class to class. As part of the American Halloween tradition, the children will receive something when they knock on the door and say, “Trick or Treat!” We are trying to encourage less chocolate and candy and MORE small treats (pencils, erasers, rings, stickers, plastic jewelry, tattoos, rubber balls, small toy cars, etc). Daiso and The Party Store have a lot of fun treats like this. We would also like to encourage healthy snacks – fruit snacks, raisins, pretzels, breakfast bars, etc. In order for us to have this special celebration we will need each child to bring in individualized wrapped treats for at least 30 children. (No need to make goodie bags since we will be combining all the items to divide up equally.) Please DO NOT send any small hard candies or jelly cups (heart candies, mints, etc.) as they pose a choking hazard. We have several children who have severe allergies to nuts so please do not send any products that contain nuts. The children will not be eating the candy at school so you will have a chance to check through it before your child eats it. We are encouraging them to share what they receive at school with their families.  Please send the items to school by October 18th.

For part of our celebration, we will be making treat baskets.  Please collect and send in one kg yogurt containers with a handle (see picture below).  Please send in the yogurt containers by October 18th.

On October 26th, your child may come to school dressed in a costume that is easy for your child to go to the bathroom on their own, is comfortable, not scary and not too hot. Please do not allow them to bring weapons as part of their costumes. At 8:05am they will participate in an elementary school parade. If you would like to watch, please stand outside on the big playground in the designated area. To make this easier on your child, please continue to let the line move quickly. If you think they may be upset by seeing you, perhaps you should wait for the pictures that we will post on the blog.

Housekeeping:

If you have not done so, please continue to send in baby pictures. You can either email me a copy or send a hard copy in.

Our library day has moved to Thursdays at 9:15.  We checked out books today.  Please return library books every week on Thursday morning.

Thank you and have a great weekend.

Ms. Lisa

Fruit and Vegetable Tasting

On Wednesday. October 11th we will have a fruit and vegetable tasting.  Please bring in a some fruit or vegetables to share.  The children will get the opportunity to try and learn about new foods.  We have 16 students in our class.  Some examples of fruit and vegetables to bring are: carrots, apples, kiwi, cucumber, banana, olives, pear, watermelon, blueberries, dates, corn, orange, strawberry, broccoli, plum, celery, and lettuce.  Please sign up to bring something using the link below:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10J-8F3xutaJQh7cGa3doapHzmc4NsNBLm_rEqY7-704/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you!

Ms. Lisa

Our Week

Our Week:

October is off to a great start.  The children are feeling more comfortable and confident in the classroom as we continue to practice routines and transitions.

This week we have focused on our unit of inquiry Who We Are- I Can Do It, Yes I Can by looking at making healthy choices and healthy foods.  This is something we practice every day by discussing healthy foods at snack time but we have taken a closer look at making healthy food choices this week.  We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and talked about which foods in the story were healthy foods and which foods were ok to eat sometimes, or ‘sometimes’ foods.  We also read Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables form A to Z, which introduced the children to some new fruits and vegetables.  Later the children looked through grocery store circulars and cut out healthy foods.  They then glued them onto a plate and identified a healthy food they like to eat.

We started our October nursery rhyme Five Little Pumpkins.  The color of the month is orange and the shape of the month is a square.  We have also been practicing reciting our ABCs and counting to 20.  We will continue to work on identifying our names and the letters in our names.

Looking Ahead: 

Next week we will continue to focus on making healthy choices as well as taking care of our bodies.  We will talk about going to the dentist, how to take care of our teeth, and how keep ourselves clean.

On Wednesday. October 11th we will have a fruit and vegetable tasting.  Please bring in a some fruit or vegetables to share.  The children will get the opportunity to try and learn about new foods.  We have 16 students in our class.  Some examples of fruit and vegetables to bring are: carrots, apples, kiwi, cucumber, banana, olives, pear, watermelon, blueberries, dates, corn, orange, strawberry, broccoli, plum, celery, and lettuce.  Please sign up to bring something using the link below:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10J-8F3xutaJQh7cGa3doapHzmc4NsNBLm_rEqY7-704/edit?usp=sharing

Halloween:

On October 26th Pre-K and KG-1 classes will be trick or treating from class to class. As part of the American Halloween tradition, the children will receive something when they knock on the door and say, “Trick or Treat!” We are trying to encourage less chocolate and candy and MORE small treats (pencils, erasers, rings, stickers, plastic jewelry, tattoos, rubber balls, small toy cars, etc). Daiso and The Party Store have a lot of fun treats like this. We would also like to encourage healthy snacks – fruit snacks, raisins, pretzels, breakfast bars, etc. In order for us to have this special celebration we will need each child to bring in individualized wrapped treats for at least 30 children. (No need to make goodie bags since we will be combining all the items to divide up equally.) Please DO NOT send any small hard candies or jelly cups (heart candies, mints, etc.) as they pose a choking hazard. We have several children who have severe allergies to nuts so please do not send any products that contain nuts. The children will not be eating the candy at school so you will have a chance to check through it before your child eats it. We are encouraging them to share what they receive at school with their families.  Please send the items to school by October 18th.

For part of our celebration, we will be making treat baskets.  Please collect and send in one kg yogurt containers with a handle (see picture below).  Please send in the yogurt containers by October 18th.

On October 26th, your child may come to school dressed in a costume that is easy for your child to go to the bathroom on their own, is comfortable, not scary and not too hot. Please do not allow them to bring weapons as part of their costumes. At 8:05am they will participate in an elementary school parade. If you would like to watch, please stand outside on the big playground in the designated area. To make this easier on your child, please continue to let the line move quickly. If you think they may be upset by seeing you, perhaps you should wait for the pictures that we will post on the blog.

Housekeeping:

Starting Sunday, October 8th please send your child to school in a regular school uniform.

If you have not done so, please continue to send in baby pictures. You can either email me a copy or send a hard copy in.  We have received 10 photos so far.

Our library day has moved to Thursdays at 9:15.  When we start to check out books, please return library books every week on Thursday morning.

Thank you and have a great weekend.

Ms. Lisa

Check out our weekly photos and Flickr page for more photos from our week at school.