Our Week

Our Week:

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.

 

Looking Ahead:

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 ldornan@uasdubai.ae

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.

 

Housekeeping:

Swimming Reminders:

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 ldornan@uasdubai.ae

 

Please check out our Flickr page for pictures from this week!

Thank you for a great week!

Ms. Lisa

 

Ramadan

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. 

Thank you

Ms. Lisa

 

 

Book Fair April 22nd- 25th

ELEMENTARY BOOK FAIR April 22-25!
Readers, start your engines! 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!

Our Week

Our Week:

Welcome back to school! We hope you had a nice break and we were happy to see everyone back from the break.

This week we started our new unit of inquiry, How the World Works: Water. We started our unit by reading the story A Cool Drink of Water.  I then asked the children if they could guess what our unit was going to be about.  We had many interesting guesses and the children were able to figure our that we were going to learn about water.  As the week progressed we continued reading stories about water including: All the Water in the World, The Water Princess, and Water.  We also brainstormed ideas we had about water.  We come up with that we use water for drinking, bathing, and cooking and that some animals live in water.  

In this unit, we will study the properties of water, the water cycle, and different animals that live in fresh and salt water. To learn more about our new unit, check out the unit page on this blog.

This week we also focused on our monthly concepts.  Our new nursery rhyme is Hickory, Dickory, Dock. Our color of the month is purple and our shape of the month is a diamond.  Please practice these concepts at home to help reinforce connections.

Looking Ahead:

I will be out of town for a professional development course from April 19th and returning to school on April 24th.  Ms. Thelma and will be joined by Ms. Guy Guy in the classroom. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  

Purple Day is April 30th.  Your child may come to school dressed in purple or bring something purple for Show & Tell.

Swimming Starts May 1st!: We are excited to announce that Pre-K classes will begin swimming in our small UAS pool!

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 ldornan@uasdubai.ae

We look forward to this great chance for the children to have fun, stay cool and learn to appreciate the water!

 

Please check out our class Flickr page for pictures from this week.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

Our Week

Our Week:

We continued learning about different emotions through our unit of inquiry about feelings. This week we focused on feeling scared. We started the week by reading the story Everybody is Scared Sometimes. We then had a discussion about what it feels and looks like to be scared as well as what makes us scared. We made a poster showing this information. We also talked about what to do when we feel scared. The children agreed that when they are scared it is a good idea to find mom, dad, or a trusted adult to help them feel better. We also read a few books about characters that are scared or worry, including the stories Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend and Wemberly Worried.

In addition to our unit of inquiry, we also learned about our artist of the month, Pablo Picasso. Picasso is most famously known for co-founding the cubist movement. We looked at some of Picasso’s works involving portraits. We then made self-portraits in the style of Picasso.

This week we also spent time preparing our Mother’s Day cards and presents.  Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms and we hope you liked your cards and presents.

Looking Ahead:

Tomorrow, Thursday March 22nd, is an early release day.  PreK students will be dismissed at 11:45.

Spring Break is from March 25th until April 7th. School will resume on Sunday, April 8th.

Swimming: Starting May 1st 

We are excited to announce that Pre-K classes will begin swimming in our small UAS pool after spring break!

Our first day of swimming will be Tuesday May 1st 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 1piece 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. LABEL ALL CLOTHING AND CAPS PLEASE.

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 #2 voice (inside voice)
  • 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.

Please check out our Flickr page for pictures from this week.

Thank you for a great week.  We hope you have a wonderful spring break and we look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday, April 8th.

Ms. Lisa