Cat food drive

good morning,

There is a grade 5 exhibition group that is collecting cat food for stray cats. Ask your child about it. If you would like to send in a package or 2.with your child it would be greatly appreciated. Maybe let your child pick it out so they feel as though they are helping to contribute.

Thank you, have a nice weekend,

Lois

Reading

Good afternoon,

I have completed my PM reading assessments. I am proud to say that all 21 children moved up a level in their reading books. I sent a certificate home with the children today so they could show you and be very proud of themselves in their reading accomplishments. The reading levels are for you so you know where your child is reading at this point. Please don’t ask other parents or your child what level their friends are on. This is not a competition and children all progress at different rates. We have children of all ages, languages, and previous schooling. No matter what their level, please be sure to heap lots of praise on them. They are all making great progress and should all be very proud of themselves.

For your information the children are considered reading “on grade level” at the end of KG2 when they are reading Level 6 or above. Please remember that reading is more than just reading words on a page. It includes answering comprehension questions, both literal and figurative. They should read with fluency and expression as well as much more.

I hope to finish up the sight word testing at the beginning of next week. I look forward to seeing many of you at the student led conferences Wed and Thu.

Have a nice weekend,

Lois

Homework

Good afternoon,

Due to PM reading testing and sight word tests there will not be a homework menu this week. Please take the time to read with your child, have them play Razkids or IXL, draw or write.

Thank you,

Lois

Dear Parents;

Wow! What a fast week. We had a good first week back and I am so happy to be back with the children.

Please see the dates below. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Sunday, April 15th. Beach fieldtrip. Your child will be bringing home a letter today. Please be sure to check their blue folder so you know what they should wear and bring.
  • I will be testing your children on their sight words and PM reading levels next week. Please review their sight words with them before Monday. I am amazed how well they are doing with their reading. Remember they only need to read the words, not spell them.
  • Student-led conferences will be on April 25th and 26th. You will receive notice from the school soon about how you can sign up for your time slot. Remember that this time your child comes with you to the conference.
  • There will be a book Fair April 22-25th. More info later.
  • Ramadan is expected to begin May 16th. Ramadan hours will be 8:00-1:00. (morning whistle will be at 7:45) We will ask that the car children in KG2 be picked up at 12:50 in order to help with traffic flow and the whole school being dismissed at the same time. Bus children will be put on the buses at 1:00, leaving UAS at 1:15. I will send more information as time gets closer.

Have a great week-end,

Lois

Beach trip Sunday

Dear Parents;

The beach trip is on Sunday, April 15th 8:30-11:00. I need 3 parents to go with us. If you are free and would like to go with us, please email me.

I will send out more information later but just so you are aware, the children are NOT swimming. They are only able to go into the water up to their knees.

Thanks,

Lois

Welcome Back!

Dear Parents;

Welcome back! I hope you had a nice holiday. According to the children it sounds like many of you were very busy and had lots of fun.

I am glad I was able to go home and be with my mother through this difficult time. She is doing well and I am confident she will be fine, it will just take some time. Thank you for your support and understanding during my absence. A big thank you to Naoemi for taking charge while I was away.

I am very happy to be back. I really missed the children. It’s hard to believe it is April already.

Tomorrow we will be going to the Dubai Aquarium in the Dubai mall. We will leave at 9:15 and look to return no later than 1:00. I would like to take two parents with me. I know this is short notice but if you are able to come with us I would really appreciate it. The Aquarium has a set program for us so we stay together as a class and it is simply helping to keep the children moving together. We will be having lunch at the Rainforest Café. It is a set menu of chicken strips, a slice of cheese pizza, fries and a drink. You have already paid for the Aquarium and lunch with our fieldtrip form so no need for any money tomorrow.

Upcoming news:

Report cards will be posted on Tue. April 10th

Beach trip Mon. April 19th (I will need 3 parents for this trip)

Book Sale begins April 22-26

Student-led conferences April 25th and 26th.

 

It is getting quite hot outside now at playtime. You may want to send a jacket for your child to wear in the classroom for when they come into the AC. They can leave their jackets at school if this is easier for you. Also, check with your child and ask them if they have a hat at school and if they are happy with it. They must wear their hats every day when we play outside.

 

Thank you,

Lois

leave

Dear Parents;

I received a phone call today that my father passed away this morning. I will be leaving tomorrow to go to the States for the funeral and to spend time with my mother. My father was a wonderful man, married to my mother for 63 years! He led a good life and died peacefully but it never makes it any easier. I told the children at the end of the day that I would be away as I need to go home to visit my family.

I will be away until after the spring break. Please know that I have done all of the planning for the next two weeks and your children are in very capable hands with Ms. Naoemi and Ms. Nisreen, whom the children are familiar with.

I am sad that I will miss the Mother’s Day presentation. I am sure that it will be beautiful. The children are very excited.

If you need anything while I am away you can email Ms. Naoemi at nignacio@uasdubai.ae or speak with her directly. You can also speak with Mrs. Hanna channa@uasdubai.ae

  • Remember tomorrow is the storybook character dress up day. There will be a parade at 8:00. You are welcome to come and watch.
  • Don’t forget to send in your 100 day collection, any time before March 12th.
  • Mother’s Day is on Thu. March 22nd at 8:00 am in the cafeteria. Your child should wear “pretty clothes” on this day.
  • Dismissal is at 12:00 on Thu. March 22nd.

Thank you for all your understanding and support. I look forward to seeing you all again in April.

Lois

Clarifications

On Sunday all the children should wear a t-shirt, any t-shirt they want that has words on it. It doesn’t matter what it says or what color it is. We want to celebrate reading!

Thursday is the storybook character dress up day and parade. Your child may wear any costume or be any character they want. The list I sent earlier is just a list of suggestions, we just wanted to help with some ideas in case you needed some without spending a lot of money.

When you come to International Day on Saturday be sure to pick up a UAS Passport for your child. They can get a stamp at the various countries that they visit! I can’t wait to hear about all of the places they go!

Have a nice weekend.