Halloween Preparations

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Hi,

Yesterday we sent home papers asking each parent to contribute something specific to our Halloween party. Just to clear things up, the candies for trick or treating are to be brought in by SUNDAY but the party food doesn’t need to be brought until the day of the party (Thursday). Also, the halloween treats should just be a big bag filled with individually wrapped treats (you don’t need to make treat bags). The teachers will distribute the treats to all KG2 during trick-or-treat time. Thank you!

Have a great weekend,
Michelle


Wear Pink Tomorrow!

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Hi again,

Tomorrow will be a free dress day at UAS. The children can wear pink to help support and bring about breast cancer awareness (boys can wear red if they don’t have any pink clothes). We will explain to the children that we are wearing pink to help support a group that is raising money to help sick people. Thank you!


Reminders

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Hello,

Just a few items to catch you all up on

1) Next week we will be starting PE. Please make sure your child is wearing running shoes (trainers) as well as clothes that are easy to run around in (ex: shorts). Swimming will be over after tomorrow (Thursday)

2) RAZ Kids – you have all been sent your Raz-kids ID. If you have any questions about the program, please let me know. I ran a center this week showing them all how to use it on our i-pads. They all seemed to really like using it and were encouraged by the star rewards. It is a fairly independent program so once you log them on, they should be able to do it all themselves. Even using the program just once a week would really benefit their reading skills!

3) Still looking for volunteers for Halloween :). We have 2 volunteers so far (thank you!) and we are still looking for 3 more to help run our Halloween centers and our class party. You don’t have to prepare anything to do this, just show up and we’ll tell you what to do. Thanks again!

Best regards,
Michelle


Looking For Some Halloween Volunteers :)

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Hello,

Next Thursday (October 26) from 1:30-3:00pm, we will be having our classroom Halloween Party and we are looking for 5 parent volunteers to help run some Halloween centers. We will provide you with the material so all you have to do is run the center (Bingo, pin the nose on the pumpkin, etc). If you are interested, please email me (mmccarthy@uasdubai.ae). Due to class size, once we have our first 5 people that will be all we need, however, there will be more opportunities for parents to volunteer in the future! Your assistance is so appreciated!

Many thanks,
Michelle


Pattern Day Fun

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Pattern Day was a huge success!! The students had a great time making pattern kebabs, pattern cereal necklaces, pattern crowns, making outdoor chalk patterns on the ground and reading books written in a pattern. We really appreciate the contributions of every parent  – thank you for sending in the requested food item AND sending your child in their pattern clothes. The class was full of awesome energy all day and the kids were super excited to make so many different kinds of patterns.

Also, another HUGE thank you for the amazing birthday surprise – it was totally unexpected and I was so touched that you made such a great effort to make my day special. I’ll never forget all of your thoughtfulness!

Just a reminder that next week we will still be swimming every day. Next Thursday will be the last day of swimming.


Getting into the KG2 Groove

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Hi all,

We have been super busy in KG2MM! It’s amazing seeing how much growth the students have shown already and also to see how many great friendships have been formed so far. They are all quite keen on trying new things and are willing to take on new challenges!

In math, we continued on with our pattern unit. Now that we have learned various types of patterns, the students were excited to create a bunch of patterns on their own using various manipulatives and pictures.

 

 

For Reader’s Workshop we have focused on thinking about what the book might be telling us by looking at the pictures. We learned how to effectively read with a partner and also looked for WOW pages in non-fiction books to show to our friends.

 

This past week our focus in Writer’s Workshop has been to try our best and to make sure our work is complete. At the carpet, the students helped me by giving me ideas on how I could draw and write about doing a handstand. They drew the person doing the handstand and also tried their best to write the word “balance” using their knowledge of phonics. They did a pretty good job!!

 

Just a reminder that SUNDAY we will begin swimming! Please make sure your child has a swimsuit, swimming cap, goggles (optional), a towel, flip flops or crocs, and a plastic bag for their wet swimsuit. We will be swimming every day for the next two weeks.

Another reminder: TUESDAY is PATTERN DAY! Please send your child to school in patterned clothing (ex: stripes, polka dots, etc) with their assigned food item. We really appreciate your contribution to this fun day! If you have any questions about it, let me know!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Take care,
Michelle


What’s new?

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Hello,

Just a few things I wanted to inform you all of (especially for those that can’t make it to Back to School Night).

Library: Our library is on Thursday from 2:15-2:45. Please make sure your child has their library book ready to return by Thursday.

Swimming: Next Sunday (October 8) we will begin swimming. Our swimming time is at 9am so we ask that you send your child to school with their swimwear under their clothes. Swimming will be for 2 weeks (ending on October 13).

Cafeteria: We started eating in the cafeteria yesterday! Everything went well and the students seemed well adjusted. KG2 cannot purchase lunch so please make sure you child has enough to eat for both snack and lunch.

As always, thank you so much for all that you do! We really appreciate you all!

Take care,
Michelle



Back to School Night

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Hello,

In your child’s Home Folder we have sent information about next week’s Back to School Night. It will take place on Monday, October 2nd. There are 2 sessions offered (3:45 and 5:30) and you can choose which time works best for you. Please make sure you read it and return it to me to let us know if you will be attending the 3:45 session or the 5:30 session. If you have any questions please let me know! Looking forward to seeing you all!

Take care,
Michelle McCarthy


Our First Week Together

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A big congrats to all students (and parents!!) who finished their first week of school! It was so nice to finally have everyone all together! There was an instant buzz in our class as the KG2s started pouring in…we have lots of old friends and some new ones too!

This week we got straight to work and these kids are super hard workers! We began our Writer’s Workshop and the writing ideas have been bouncing off the walls. I can tell that the students are eager to share their ideas and put them on paper. Even though they’re not exactly writing full sentences yet, they are trying their best to convey their ideas in writing with a few words/letters on the page. Gaining confidence is key to becoming a great writer!

We’ve also begun our Reader’s Workshop. We toured around the classroom and school keeping in mind that we can try our best to read as long as we look and think! Using visual aids (pictures, labels on items in the room), the students were pretty excited that they could read labels around us.

We have begun learning about patterns! We worked as a class to make so many different patterns using color, shape, size and type. Our class quickly picked up on this concepts and they were able to make patterns with friends and individually.

Our “All About Me” bag presenters have all done a great job so far! I’m impressed with how much courage they’ve had when speaking in front of the class. Everyone seems quite comfortable with each other – an indicator of an amazing year to come!