summer work

Dear Parents;

The end is near, can you believe it? It seems like it went so fast. We have had a great year. I am so proud of the kids and all that they have done this year. They have grown up so much.

  • Tomorrow dismissal is at 11:30 (11:20).
  • We will go to the MPH for an assembly at 8:00 directly from the playground.
  • We will have snack but not lunch.

Please be sure to do some work over the summer. It is a long time to go without working and we don’t want them to slip back after having made so much progress,  Have lots of fun, relax, play and enjoy the outdoors but also spend some time every day doing a bit of reading and writing. Please find below a list of activities, websites, apps and a review packet that you can download and print for $10.00 US dollars. You can also find lots of other great things on Teacher Pay Teacher, they have review packets for all Elementary grade levels in case you are looking for something for your older children.

Thank you again for all of the love and support you have shown me this year. We had a great year and I hate to see it end. Please be sure to keep in touch by email or stop by my room any time. Have a great summer,

Lois

Universal American School of Dubai   

Summer Learning KG2

Here are some summer activities for students to do over the summer:

  1. READING and being READ to every day!
  2. Writing journal:  Make a summer writing journal and have the students write sentences about the fun activities they do every day.
  3. Websites for kids to use over the summer can be found here.
  4. Having time for physical play- running, jumping, climbing, swimming. (gonoodle.com is a great website for staying active inside when temperatures are hot).
  5. Make playdough together with your child (the recipe can be found here).
  6. Use blocks, puzzles, legos and playdough to build and create with.  Encourage your child to maintain focus on the activity for at least 20 minutes and tidy it up themselves afterwards.
  7. Coloring, cutting, painting, to create their own projects.
  8. Play-dates with other children.
  9. Stay on a good routine and schedule.
  10. For fine motor development: for information and ideas of how to work with your child, click here.
  11. Practice Dolch sight word list- Find the list here.   Practice reading and spelling the words in a fun way. Some examples are found here.
  12. If you are interested in practice worksheets, you can find a good packet here (you will need to purchase, download and print it yourself).

 

 

lunch today

Good morning,

Just a reminder that if your child would like to buy lunch in the cafeteria today they will need to bring 12 dirhams. Lunch choice is rice or pasta. They will need a regular snack and can bring their own lunch if they wish.

Thanks, have a great day!

Last minute things

Oh my goodness, only one more week! Where did the time go? A few notes for the end:

  • Tomorrow is a free dress day. The children may wear whatever they like, it does not have to be fancy.
  • We are combining our end of the year party with all of the KG2 children, so we will not be having parents in. Thank you anyway to those of you that volunteered to help.
  • As a special treat and learning experience in preparation for Grade 1 we are going to allow the KG2 children to buy lunch in the cafeteria on Monday, June 25th. There will be a set menu, the children can choose between rice or pasta (plain or with red tomato sauce) they will get a piece of chicken and salad and a box of juice. The cost for the meal will be 12 dirhams. There will not be any other options available to the children, rice or pasta are the only choices. If your child does not like to eat that or they would prefer not to buy then they are more than welcome to bring their regular lunch from home.
  • We will be having discussions in class about making healthy choices, speaking loudly when they order, getting their utensils and most importantly carrying their tray by themselves to the table. Normally the cafeteria only accepts ID cards. They are making a special exception for us. The teacher’s will collect the money from the children and it will be paid in one lump sum. If your child would like to buy their lunch please send 12 dirhams tomorrow, Sunday or Monday morning so we can give a count to the cafeteria.

I am so proud of your children, they have come so far since the beginning of school both socially, academically and developmentally. Thank you for a great year. You have all been so supportive of myself and the KG2 program.

I hope I get a chance to see many of you before the end of the year. I wish you all the best for a wonderful, relaxing, safe summer. We have a few students moving on and we will miss them. Those of you that are returning, I look forward to seeing you and your big first grader in Sept.

Lois

A few reminders

Dear Parents;

  • Beginning Monday, we will be back to our old time schedule.
  • We will come in the building at 7:40 am.
  • We will be dismissed at 3:00 in the afternoon.
  • We will go back to eating lunch in the cafeteria.
  • We will play outside in the morning recess.
  • We will play inside during our lunch recess.
  • There are no more early release Tuesdays. Tuesday will be a 3:00 dismissal.
  • We are having an all KG2 class party on Thu June 21st. Our class is in charge of bringing sausage rolls and popcorn. I have put a note in your child’s bag. Thank you in advance.
  • I have finished all of the sight word tests. Your child’s test is in their blue folder, unless they had already read all 4 lists.
  • I am halfway done with PM reading tests. I will send you their current level once I have finished everyone. I am so pleased with the progress I am seeing so far!

Thank you. Have a nice long weekend.

Lois

Holiday

Good morning,

It has been officially announced that UAS will be closed for the Eid holiday on Thursday, June 14 and Sunday, June 17.

Enjoy your time off. Eid Mubarak.

Today’s the Day!!

Good morning,

The show will begin at 9:00 sharp. Please be on time. There is a performance before and after ours so we must stick to our time schedule.

Room 300 is located on the top floor to the left of the Elementary library.

See you soon!

latest update

Dear Parents;

We are so excited about our show on Wed. morning, I hope you will all be able to be there. It should last about 40 minutes. Your child should come to school dressed in “pretty clothes”. They have worked very hard learning their lines and songs.

June 12th is moving up day. This means that the children will get a chance to visit first grade. They will spend an hour visiting the rooms and hearing a little bit about First Grade and how it is the same and different than KG.

I will be testing the children on sight word lists A-D and PM reading within the next week or two. PLEASE be sure to let me know if you are not returning after Eid so I can make sure and have all of your child’s assessments done and send home their journals. Report cards will be posted on the portal on June 28th. Be sure to see admissions if you are not returning to UAS in the fall.

June 21st will be our KG2 End of year party. We will be having our party with the other KG2 classes. I will send you more information later.

June 28th is our last day of school (can you believe it?), We will go to an all elementary school assembly at 8:30. Dismissal will be at 12:00.

Have a great day,

Lois

please help

Good afternoon,

Please help your child practice and memorize their line for the end of year celebration.  We are performing in 7 days and most of the children do not know their lines and many act as though they have not practiced at all. Congratulations to the few children that do know their lines! They should continue to practice as well.

Each child will have their turn to shine at the microphone and it would be a shame if they didn’t know it. I will be there to help if they are scared or forget, but they should know what they are supposed to be saying. Memorizing and presenting is an important skill for all children to have.

Thank you,

Lois

lots to remember!

Dear Parents;

Several things coming up:

  • I would like the children to bring a copy of their favorite book next week. We will be doing several different activities with the book. (It does not have to be written in English.)

If they don’t have a copy of their favorite book they should tell me, and they can borrow one of my books or we can try to find it in the library. It will need to stay at school all week.

  • The children have all brought home their line to memorize for the End of Year Celebration on June 6th. Please keep it in a safe place and help them learn their line. The easiest way to memorize something is just to practice every day, even if they seem to know it, continue to practice at least once a day.
  • End of the Year celebration June 6th. Be sure to try to get time off of work for this special time. It should last under an hour. The children should come to school dressed in “party clothes”.
  • There is an all school Iftar on Wed., May 30th at 6:15 pm in the school Cafeteria. You and your family are welcome to bring a dish and share with others.
  • PTSO is collecting food items to donate to others for Eid. We have a box in our classroom. Donated items could be such things as a bag of rice, oil, canned food, or macaroni.
  • KG2LF will have their MAP testing on May 30 and 31st. I know it is Ramadan, but please do your best to see that they have a good night sleep the night before.
  • If you know for sure that your child will not be returning to UAS next year, please be sure to stop in at the admissions office so they can begin to get your leaving papers together.
  • May 27th will be the first day of ART. PE will finish on May 24th.
  • Several of you have asked for extra books for your child to have at home to read. I am almost finished organizing the baskets for them to choose from. I will send them home in a plastic folder. They should keep the books for several days and then they can bring them back and exchange them for new ones. Please help keep track of the books as many of them are my own personal books and I would hate to lose them. Thank you.

 

This is a lot of important information. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Have a nice weekend,

Lois