What we are Learning: February and March

February and March Learning Expectations

Dear Parents,

Congratulations! We have made it to the middle of the KG2 school year. Here are details regarding what we are focusing on for the next few weeks.

Math- In math we are transitioning from Date and Measurement to Addition and Subtraction. Students should have a strong foundation in counting objects and writing numbers. We will begin our focus on problem solving using fingers, pictures, and songs. For those kids who are ready, we will extend into number stories, and sentences.

Please – Sign in to IXL Math to help review these skills. 

Reading- In Reading we are transiting from learning about super powers to reading books using our superpowers. In our new books, we have new words, longer words, challenging sentences, and surprise endings. For those kids who are ready, we are asking comprehension questions, asking about story elements, and requesting students retell the story to us.

Please- Read to your child and let them read independently EVERY NIGHT.

Writing- We have transitioned from basic pattern writing, to story telling about moments in our day. Students are first asked to come up with a list of ideas to possibly write about it. We are using checklist to see if our writing is complete, we are asking friends to read our writing, and using pattern sentences to help writing our stories. We are also encouraging students to include sight words and CVC words from their short word family books in their sentences.  For those who are ready we are looking for sentences with transition words, speech bubbles, and various punctuation used appropriately.

Please- Practice sight words with kids, try saying the word, having them write the word, and spelling it correctly. They can also tell you  sentences with the words in them. 

Handwriting- Students will begin to learn about the proper formation in handwriting, Tall letter, short letters, and falling letters. We will also write to 100 and correct and number reversals or wrong number formation.

Please- Practice writing their names, numbers, and anything. Correct them when you notice wrong formation. 

In UOI We can describe our environment. We can explore like a scientist does. We can explore the environment around us. We can tell apart living and non-living things. Students began the unit studying weather patterns at school, we then created wind chimes, and finally made predictions about the weather. We now are moving on to describe the environment we live in, and comparing it to other habitats in the world. We will compare the rainforest, ocean, savannah and desert habitat with online explorations, videos, books, and creating posters and writing pieces.

Please- Ask kids about what they see around them, how our field trips went, and what things they are curious about learning. 

This is just a brief over of everything we are planning to do! I hope this helps you with working with your kids at home.

Best,

TD

Upcoming Events

Good morning!

Sports Day Tuesday, February 20th at 8:30am on the UAS track and field

Sport’s Day will begin around 8:30 am on the track and field. We should  finish around 11am. You may take your child home with you once we are finished, if you do this please make sure you inform Rozalia in attendance when you leave. Please don’t to make signs and cheer your kiddos on!

 

Cookie Sale – Thursday, February 22, 2018

Make-A-Wish cookie sales are 5 Durham per cookie. Please send in money by Thursday.

No School, Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Sharjah Arabian Center Field Trip, Monday February 26th 2018 at 8:00 am

If you are interested in going with us specifically to the Sharjah Arabian Center, please let me know.  This is an all day trip, we will leave at 8:00 am and return by 2:00pm.

 

 

Updates for Next Week!

Good morning!

Its Thankful Thursday! This week I am thankful for the sweet treats and even sweeter cards the students brought and passed out to their peers this week. I hope you have an amazing weekend with the kids.

Here are the upcoming events for the week!

 

  1. Tuesday February 20th, 2018 – Sports Day! WEAR RED! Please come and support your students. Be their  personal cheerleader. It’s important to watch and see how well they do in the different events too, just so you know which sports to put them in and keep them active! Make signs! Make noise! Make your presence felt! Take pictures and treat them with a nice lunch date afterwards!
  2. Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 – Make-A-Wish Cookie Day! The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to terminally ill children. KG2-12th grade students are encourage to participate in raising funds by purchasing cookies. Cookies are 5 AED each and KG2 students are allowed to purchase 2 cookies! If you would like to participate please send in either 5 or 10 AED and they will get the cookies on Thursday!

Desert Field Trip Details

Good evening,

We are going to the Desert tomorrow! Here are a few answers to questions I’ve received regarding our upcoming trip.

 

  1. Do we pack a normal lunch? Yes! Please bring a snack and a lunch. We will eat a quick snack at 8:00am then we come back to school for lunch.  Students will take water with them to the desert.
  2. What should students wear? Student can wear the UAS PE shirt, and shorts. Please wear socks and closed shoes, like sneakers.
  3. What time do we get students since it is early dismissal? Students will be dismissed at 1:50 . We will dismissal at the normal Tuesday times.
  4. Can I volunteer to be a chaperone for an upcoming trip? Yes! Please send me an email regarding which trip you would like to volunteer.

If you have any other questions please send me an email and I will answer them accordingly!

 

Best,

TD

Updates for the upcoming week

I am so thankful for you as parents, this year would not have been the same without your support and awesome kiddos! Look out this weekend for the intros to the students community helper presentations on instagram (Ms. Daramolas Minions)

 

Here are updates for the upcoming week. Please note the change in our Desert Field Trip Day. I resent out the field trip form with the highlighted days we changed.

 

Sunday February 11th, 2018 – No School

Monday, February 12th, 2018–  Turn in homework bingo, new homework goes home

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018-Desert Field Trip.

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018– Valentine’s Day and Friendship Party (You can begin sending your notes for the class. The kids can put them in the Love Bags now 🙂

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018- Library Make-Up Day: We will miss our Tuesday slot

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration

 

 

Remember to Read Every Day and Enjoy the Long Weekend!

 

TD

Class Supply Request

Good morning,

I hope this email finds you well.

We are gearing up for a few surprises in KG2TD.  To make this as memorable as possible, we need a few crafting and science supplies. Modge Podge and Borax! If anyone could bring these in that would be awesome.

 

Thank you,TD

February: Updates

Sunday, Feb 4th Homework Bingo goes home
Sunday, Feb 4th R.E.D. Folders go home.
Monday, Feb 5th Sight Word Post Test
Sunday, Feb 11th No School (Return Homework on Monday)
Monday Feb 12th Desert Field Trip
Wednesday Feb 14th Class Friendship Day Party
Tuesday Feb 20th  Sports Day
Sunday Feb 25th  No School for Elementary Students
Homework Begins!
It is February and we are preparing students for the rigorous changes that will occur next year in first grade. Students are beginning this transition by starting weekly homework. Simply choose three activities or more to complete each week, color in the respective box, and return the following Sunday.
Read Every Day (R.E.D) Folders
R.E.D. folders contain books that students are able to read or interested in reading on their own. Students went book shopping in class as selected books that appealed to them.
Students should practice reading on their own each night, independently. I would encourage you to set a specific time for them to read each night so they get into the habit.
An ideal schedule for students would be
4:45 pm- Eat a snack, drink water, use the restroom.
5:00 pm – Complete one Bingo Homework Box for 6 minutes (the number of minutes should correspond to their age.)
5:10 pm- Read one book independently.
5:15pm – Read the same book to a parent or guardian
I hope you have an excellent day,
XoXo
-Tolu Daramola

Class Mother/Father + Community Helper Projects

Good morning!

I hope this email finds you well. Thank you for bringing in Library books, because of MAP testing we were rescheduled to go  to the Library  on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018.

If possible, I would like to ask for a class Mother to be the official “mom” for KG2TD. Who ever is interested please send me an email. Once I get the email I’ll let you know so you do not have to reply.

Finally, the community helper presentation is due tomorrow, January 31st, 2018. If you need an extra paper, please let me know and I will send it home today.

 

Best,

TD