Last Day of PreK

Dear Parents,

I just want to thank you for such an amazing year. I have loved every minute of school and having such a wonderful opportunity to work with each of your children. I am so grateful for all of your help and support this year, I definitely see that as being one of the reasons why our class worked so well together, thank you very much.

Please keep in touch, I’d love updates on everyone on how their transition into KG-1 goes.

Thank you again for this wonderful year, I will miss you all!

  Look at how we have grown this year! 

Happy Father’s Day

Dear Dads,

Here is a special video from your child.

Have a great Father’s Day!

Dear Parents,

Here are the updates from this week.

On Sunday was Moving On Up Day! The children experienced what it was like to be in KG-1. They visited and explored 4 different classes and met the teachers. On Monday they got to go visit the other Pre- k classrooms and explore what was in Mrs. Lawrence and Mrs. Waldos class.

The children created a special gift for their dad’s to celebrate Father’s day which is celebrated on Sunday June 18th. The gift will be going home on Sunday so stay tuned!

Next Week:

Unfortunately as the school year is almost coming to an end, our last day of school is on Tuesday 20th June. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe summer vacation (for me I will be headed back to the United States before starting my new position in Houston, Texas. Please make sure to stay in touch!) It has been a pleasure to teach your child this year and it is always wonderful to see them grow so much over the course of the year. I really can’t believe how fast this school year has gone by, I have truly enjoyed this year!

Reminders:

Tuesday 20th June is the last day of school – This will be a longer school day with us finishing at 11:45am
Please see this very important blog post about Supply Lists and Important Dates for the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year.

2017/2018 Important Dates and Supply Lists!

Dear Parents,

Here are the updates for next week, please let me know if you have any questions or if you will be travelling early.

UPDATES FOR NEXT WEEK:

RAMADAN HOURS: 8:30-11:20. Please make sure you are here by 11:20! 

SUNDAY-LIBRARY DAY-Mrs. Leslie and Ms. May just could not say goodbye to our class just yet, so this Sunday will now be our last library visit.

FATHER’S DAY-Dear Moms, we need your help with our Father’s Day craft that we will be making. Can you please send in 3 photos of your child with their dad by SUNDAY, JUNE 11th please.

MONDAY, JUNE 12TH-RAINBOW DAY! This will be our last color day of the year. Please help your child dress in as many colors as possible!

PORTFOLIOS-WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14TH-We will be sending home all of your child’s work from this year including their portfolio.

 

 

Dear Parents,

I’m so sorry I forgot to post this last week on Thursday! Here are the updates for this week, please let me know if you have any questions, or if you will be travelling earlier than June 20th.

UPDATES FOR NEXT WEEK:

RAMADAN HOURS: 8:30-11:20. Please make sure you are here by 11:20! 

SUNDAY-LIBRARY DAY-This will be our last library with Mrs. Leslie and Conjeo. Please help your child remember to return their library book.

THURSDAY-SWIMMING DAY– June 15 will be our last swim day at school. Please help your child remember all of their swim gear for this week. They will still need to bring a towel, change of clothes, swim cap and sandals. If you can, please apply sunblock before they arrive to school as it is quite sunny out now.

MONDAY, JUNE 12TH-RAINBOW DAY! This will be our last color day of the year. Please help your child dress in as many colors as possible!

FATHER’S DAY-Dear Moms, we need your help with our Father’s Day craft that we will be making. Can you please send in 3 photos of your child with their dad by JUNE 11th please.

Thank You

Dear Parents,

Thank you all so much for supporting your child during this exciting week in PreK by coming to our End of the Year celebration! I was so proud of all the children, they have worked so hard practicing and were all such risk-takers by getting up on the stage to perform the three songs for everyone.

 

UPDATES FOR NEXT WEEK:

LIBRARY-Please make sure to return your Library book on Sunday as we will have our weekly lesson with Mrs. Leslie and Conejo.

RAMADAN HOURS-(Revised) I am so sorry parents, this just arrived from Mr. Torris today. The schedule has changed slightly for pick up and bus riders during Ramadan. Please note that 11:20 is the new pick up time for your child.

Pre KG and KG1 – 8:30 AM to 11:20 AM (buses depart at 11:30 AM)

Please note – morning bus pickup times have changed.  Please contact the UAS transportation department if you have not received notification.  We will be monitoring the bus pickup and departure times and may adjust them based upon traffic patterns.

SWIMMING DAY- We will still have swimming on Thursday at the same time 9:50-10:30. Please continue to help your child bring their swimming costume, towel, sandals and swimming cap.

THANK YOU-I just wanted to express how truly thankful and lucky I am to have had such wonderful students and parents in my class, especially as this is my last year at UAS. I was beyond surprised by the beautiful gift and so glad that you all could come to our party. So sorry for the tears today, but I am so grateful that we still have one more month left to make more amazing memories. I will be teaching in Houston, Texas this next school year, so please keep in touch. I would love to hear from of all the children and pictures too! I will be sending out my contact details to everyone, so please don’t forget to send updates.

Dear Parents,

Here are the updates for next week. Please take a look and make sure to mark down on your calendars our PreK performance!

 

UPDATES FOR NEXT WEEK: 

LIBRARY-SUNDAY, MAY 21

May 28-June 1   Last week of student (and parent) book checkout

June 4            ALL student (and parent) books due

THURSDAY, MAY 25TH– END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION

We hope that you all can attend our PreK celebration with this party. We will be singing/dancing three songs that we have been practicing in class, and will be handing out certificates to the children for all their hard work. Please also remember to bring in a breakfast food item to share!

RAMADAN HOURS 

Once Ramandan begins we will be starting a shorten day schedule. There will be supervision on the playground starting from 8:10am and classes will be held from 8:30-11:30.

 

IN CLASS THIS WEEK WE…

One of our art activities this week was to practice tracing our names using all of our fingers. First we sang “Where is Thumbkin?” before this activity to warm up our finger muscles. Then each child took a turn using all of their fingers to trace their name. This activity is really great to help strengthen the muscles in the fingers, which will help them with other pre-writing activities.

 

IN SCIENCE WE…

We continued to explore the different properties of water and this time we looked at ice and how is it made. First I posed a question to them saying, “how can I turn my water into ice?” and they had some really great ideas. Ryan suggested “maybe shake it 100 times”, then Bowen said “maybe roll it 5 times” after we tried all of the guesses I asked them to think about where at home they can find ice. They all agreed in the “fridge” is where ice can be found. Then we took a walk to our school kitchen to take a look at the freezer and see if we put water in there, if ice would be made. They all agreed that it was cold and that it needs to be cold for ice. When we came back to class each of the children were give some flowers, water and a cup to make an ice wreath. Then I asked them how long it will take before our water turns into ice. Here are the responses:

Fares: 5 hours                              Minato: 100 minutes                     Mia: 117 hours

Maryam: 4 hours                         Xavier: 100 minutes                      Bowen: 14,605 hours

Nia: 4 minutes                             Ryan: 15 hours                                 Danna: 5 minutes

Mark: 15 minutes                        Leonardo: 16 hours

Kareem: 1 hour                           Aanya: 120 hours

 

The next day we checked in on our water and it had transformed into beautiful ice wreaths!

The children then watched as the ice melted back into water. I was very impressed with how they inquired about the ice the next day and even came up with an idea to do it again and freeze the water.

 

Along with our inquiry into water properties this class seems very fascinated with sharks. Today in class we made shark puppets and we even made salt-dough shark teeth earlier this week. We just finished those up this afternoon by painting them. Here are some pictures of the children trying to form their shark teeth. I must also add that I noticed a lot of helping friends and team work when they made these teeth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TASTY TREATS:

Today we also had a Tasty Treat Day with Dr. Amna and Ms. Tolu and they made Fruit Rockets. The recipe went home today and almost everyone either tried the fruit or ate all of it.

Dear Parents,

Here are the updates for next week and please check out some of the photos from our inquiry into sea animals and from our field trip to the Dolphinarium.

 

UPDATES FOR NEXT WEEK:

 

SUNDAY, MAY 14TH-LIBRARY

May 28-June 1   Last week of student (and parent) book checkout

June 4            ALL student (and parent) books due

June 11-15         Last week of library lessons

 

THURSDAY, MAY 18TH-SWIMMING DAY & BLACK AND WHITE DAY!

For BLACK AND WHITE DAY please have your child either wear or bring in something that contains both of those colors.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 25TH– END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION

We hope that you all can attend our celebration of the PreK children with this party. We will be singing/dancing to three songs that we have been practicing in class, and will be handing out certificates to the children for all their hard work.

 

RAMADAN HOURS 

Once Ramandan begins we will be starting a shorten day schedule. There will be supervision on the playground starting from 8:10am and classes will be held from 8:30-11:30.

 

THIS WEEK IN CLASS WE…

Inspired by our very fun field trip to the Dolphinarium we did some creative dance inspired by the dolphins at the show as well as some unique style of painting. Please take a look at all the fun we had this week.

DANCING LIKE DOLPHINS! 

One of the dolphins in the show.

Here we are balancing a bean bag on our faces while trying to dance!

Super impressed with how hard they tried to keep the bean bag from falling to the ground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some even became creative and put the bean bags on the top of their head to keep the bean bag balanced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOLPHIN PAINTING…don’t worry they each had their own clean brushes!

Here one of the dolphins painted a very pretty picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some other photos from our field trip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

Here are the updates for next week, please take a look as we have made some revisions to the schedule.

UPDATES:

HAG AL LAILA PARADE-Thursday, May 11th will be the parade at 8:15-8:40 ( we are not participating in the parade.)

RAMADAN HOURS: Once Ramandan begins we will be starting a shorten day schedule. There will be supervision on the playground starting from 8:10am and classes will be held from 8:30-11:30.

DOLPHINARIUM: Monday, May 8th we will be going to the Dolphinarium! The children have so been looking forward to this field trip. Please have your child wear their BLUE school t-shirt that they wore at the beginning of the year. If you no longer have that shirt please send them in their school uniform.

BLACK AND WHITE DAY: Thursday, May 18th will be our color of the month day at school. Please have your child either wear or bring in something that has either black and/or white.

END OF THE YEAR PRE-K CELEBRATION- We will now have our celebration on THURSDAY, MAY 25th.

All Pre-K classes will come together from 8:15-9:15am to acknowledge the children, perform some songs, and eat some food together.

FOOD-We need your help bringing in breakfast themed food such as eggs, fruit, veggies, croissants, sausages-please NO food with pork or nuts. You may bring your food that morning and place it in the cafeteria.

FANCY– You child may come dressed in nice dress clothes.

FAMILY– All family members or friends are welcome to come!

FUN– You may proceed to the cafeteria to bring your food and get a seat once you drop off your child in the morning by 7:55am. The classes will come to the cafeteria and begin the performance portion at 8:15am. Once the performance and acknowledgements are over everyone will eat and socialize!

We hope you can all join us on this special morning,

 

THIS WEEK IN CLASS WE…

The children have shown a lot of interest in the different properties of water and in class they had an opportunity to go fishing, paint with ice, break ice with hammers, and build with ice and cars.

 

Yesterday in class I asked them what they would like to learn more about for our How the World Works inquiry such as the different kinds of water or the animals that live in the ocean. After a very close vote the majority of the students decided they would like to spend more time investigating sea animals. First we made a list of all the animals that can live in the ocean/waters. They came up with 15 different types of animals such as fish, dolphins, crabs, and sharks.

Then we watched a few live camera videos from the Monterey Bay Aquarium located in California. (They have some really cool videos if you have a time to check them out at home.) They said they would be very brave and watched the shark, jelly fish and sea otter video and we watched how they moved their bodies, what they ate (mostly fish) and how they interacted in groups.

Afterwards, during group time I brought in a fish for the children to touch and we explored what a fish looks like up close. They noticed from their observations that the fish felt “cold” and was very “smelly”. Then we did a form of Japanese art called Gyotaku and made fish prints using black or blue paint to represent the ink. They were all such risk takers and had so much fun painting the fish to make their print.

Our first observation of the fish. We went around the circle first smelling the fish, then touching the fish and examining it’s scales, eyes, and tail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

Thank you all so much for coming to our Student Led Conferences yesterday. It was really great to see all the children moving around the classroom showing off all their hard work that they have done so far this year.

UPDATES FOR NEXT WEEK:

PURPLE DAY-Sunday, April 30th will be Purple Day. Please have your child come to school wearing purple. If you don’t have any purple clothes then your child can bring in an item that is purple to show their friends.

LIBRARY DAY-We will return to Sunday for our library times with Mrs. Leslie, so please help your child remember their book.

DOLPHINARIUM-If you have not yet done so please return the field trip form by May 4th with the 100 dirhams and tick the box for your child’s meal. This is such a fun field trip and the children are now so excited to go!

SWIM DAY-We will have swimming this Thursday so please have your child come to school in their swim suits under their school uniform. Please make sure they have a swim cap (this is mandatory to swim), towel, sandals, an extra set of underwear to change into.

END OF THE YEAR PRE-K CELEBRATION- May 18th all Pre-K classes will come together from 8:15-9:15am to acknowledge the children, perform some songs and eat some food together. We need your help with bringing in some breakfast themed food such as eggs, fruit, veggies, croissants, sausages-please NO food with pork or nuts. Once the performance is over the children and parents will get an opportunity to eat and socialize in this really fun atmosphere.

THANK YOU– I just wanted to add a big THANK YOU to all the children and parents for my wonderful birthday celebration and gifts, I truly felt so special and loved! Thank you also to Maryam and her family for bringing in such a delicious cake that we could share with all of the classes.