1E Newsletter: Week of February 7

What's going on in 1st grade!

This Week...

** No ASAs this week (some sports programs and Destination Imagination continues)**

Sunday: World Language, Library

Monday: MSArabic/Explore Time, PE, Music

Tuesday: Qatar Sports Day- No School

Wednesday: PE, World Language, Technology

Thursday: 1st Grade 100th Day of School!, 100th Day Rotations! (activities relating to 100), Art, Music, ES Swim Champs Meet

Please return all school books that you are done with... :)

Thank you for remembering to return school reading books back to class each week so I can switch them out for new ones. I can't return a set and get new ones from the Book Room until the set is complete. Please take a look at home to be sure all books have been returned :)

Personal Narrative Published Writing- Please sign and return

We are still looking for the students' published Personal Narrative books and rubrics. They were sent home a few weeks ago on yellow paper attached to a book with a pink back cover. Thank you for reading them and taking a look to see how your child is doing. Please sign and return the rubric to school along with the book, which will go in the portfolio.
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Valentine's Day Project

**Send in Valentine's Day Projects when they are ready! Our party is Sunday, February 14th**

Please continue to work on the Valentine's Day Project. Students are asked to write compliments as Valentines to their classmates. Supplies have been provided and an updated class list was sent home on Monday. The Valentines will be exchanged on Sunday, February 14th, so they are due that day at the latest. If they are finished earlier we will happily store them at school in preparation for the party on the 14th. It is a very fun and successful project we do each year in first grade. The class and I talked about being fair and including everyone, as well as trying to keep our Valentines similar in order to avoid hurt feelings in class. Thank you for your support with this fun project at home.


This week we are looking at the functions of the stem and leaves in plants:

  • celery experiment; bringing colored water to the leaves
  • observing and looking for leaves

Lower Elementary Math Drop In

Our Math Coordinator, Mrs. Carol Little will be holding a Lower Elementary parent drop in / office hour every Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00pm. Mrs. Little will be available at this time every week to assist parents who need further information about our Math program or who would like help / suggestions with how to support their children at home. It will be held in Ms. Mindy Martin’s office.

Important Information

Nannies and Drivers are not allowed on campus until 2:45pm daily. If you are sending a driver or nanny to pick up your child throughout the school day for an appointment or other reasons you need to let the Elementary Office know by email. Please email Deb Fenley dfenley@asd.edu.qa and Swati Korpal skorpal@asd.edu.qa the following information: Who will be picking up your child, what time they will pick up and the reason for picking the child up and family ID Number which is located on your ID badge.

Gate 5 Entry

  • After 8:00am parents can enter through Gate 5 on days when there are Principal Coffee Mornings, Counsellors Coffee or Workshops and Let’s Do Math Workshops.

  • Parents picking up sick students can enter through Gate 5, the ES Nurses will leave the parents name with the Guard House for easy and quick access.

Friendly Reminder: Homework Routine

Thank you to everyone who has been following the homework and folder routine. Please remember the following:
  • Sunday: sent home- green homework folder with homework, mesh zippy pouch with home reading books
  • Thursday: return to school- green homework folder with completed homework, mesh zippy pouch with home reading books completed

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Collecting Cardboard for Explore Time

We are still collecting cardboard boxes such as cereal boxes/pasta boxes/etc. and toilet paper/paper towel rolls. The students love to build and create things with them during explore time and we are going through them pretty fast. A big Thank You to everyone who has sent items in-- we are still looking for more! Please send in your unwanted cardboard packaging so we can create with it in class!

Upcoming Dates

February 9- No School, Qatar Sports Day

February 11- ASD Elementary Swim Champs, 1st grade 100th day of school!

February 14- Valentine’s Classroom Party

February 14-18- Reading Week

February 23- 1st Grade 100th Day of School

February 23- 2nd Grade Concert

February 26- Friendship Festival

March 10- Trimester 2 Ends

March 17- Report Cards sent home electronically

March 17- St. Patrick’s Day and Shamrock Shamble

March 25-April 4- Spring Break

April- Poetry Month

April 5- Full-day of school, 3pm dismissal

April 8- ASD Fun Day

April 21- Arabic Concert, 7:30pm

April 26-28- Used Book Sale

April 27-28- Student-Led Conferences- Portfolio Day

May 1-17- PK-12 Art Show

May 3- PTA Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch

May 8- 1st Grade Writer’s Café

May 12- 5th Grade Play

May 17- KG Music Concert

May 19- Volunteer Breakfast

May 22- No School for Students, Teacher Professional Development

May 24- Full-day of school, 3pm dismissal

May 26- Assistant Appreciation Lunch

June 5- Step-Up Day

June 7- Full-day of school, 3pm dismissal

June 9- Last Day Assembly

June 9- Last Day of School, Report Cards go home