1F Weekly News

What's been happening in the land of learning?

Hello Everyone,

Thank you to all the parents who were able to participate in the student-led conferences, and of course, thank you to all the students for their hard work getting ready to host such wonderful reflections on your year. We have all set goals for the rest of the school year and will be working hard to reach them in the coming weeks.

We have some fun events coming up:

We are starting a new Social Studies, Reading and Writing units this week. Please see the attached unit letters for more information. We will take a closer look at how our community has changed from past to present, how we can better observe the characters in our stories, and we will revisit Personal Narratives and set writing goals for how to improve this time around.

Sunday morning, our Math Coordinator, Carol Little will be hosting a workshop on adding strategies that pertain to our last numeracy unit of the year. It is a very informative session, and I hope many of you will be able to attend.

First Grade invites all parents to our Writer's Cafe on Sunday May 8th. Our class will begin at 8:10. We will be showcasing student poetry as well as saying a special thank you to our Mother's for all their support in the year. Please check your child's green bag this week for an invitation.

On Wednesday, May 4th we will start our ABC Countdown to the end of the year. Each day will hold something special for the students as we approach our final day of first grade. A hard copy of the Countdown Calendar was sent home on Thursday, and you can also find a digital copy posted below.

Lastly, 1F will have its last round of MAP testing this week. Our class was one of two first grade classes randomly selected to pilot the MAP test this year. The data will not be used to judge student performance and will not affect their report card marks in anyway. If you have any questions please feel free to contact myself or our Lower Elementary Administration for more details.


Students participating in the Principal's Earth Day Challenge are encouraged to bring their chart back to class by May 5th so that we can recognize all our Earth Day Heroes.

Signing-Out Students Early

Parents who would like to sign out their child early are asked to sign their child out at the office as well as get a gate pass first. The parent is then asked to present the pass to the teacher which allows the student to then be excused early from class. Students who leave early during a school day must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has received a gate pass from the ES office. No student is permitted to leave school grounds before 2:55 p.m. unless they have a pass in hand. The school nurse may also issue a gate pass to the parent and will inform the ES Office that the student has been sent home for the day.

Pictures from the Week

Grade One Writers' Cafe

Sunday, May 8th, 8am


Our class will begin at 8:10. We will be showcasing student poetry as well as saying a special thank you to our Mother's for all their support in the year. Please check your child's green bag this week for an invitation.

Shukran Committee

The Shukran Committee will be placing large water bottles in the hallways during Student-Led Conferences next week. The money collected will fund our end-of-year dinner for all ASD workers (cleaners, bus drivers & monitors, cafeteria workers, guards, etc., etc...) This is our way to say thank-you for all of their hard work and dedication. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Our final PE Swimming unit has started. Please bring Swimming materials to school each Tuesday and Thursday. Students should wear their PE uniform to school and will change for swimming before and after class. Please label all of their clothes and materials carefully to avoid loss or confusion!!

• Swimming suit (girls-one piece)

• Swim cap – mandatory for all elementary school students. These may be

purchased from most sports stores or from the Booster Club. If students forget

their cap they will be expected to wear one provided by the school.

• Towel

• Plastic bag for wet gear

• Goggles (optional) We do not have goggles for students to use.

Arabic Art Exhibition K-12

While the opening reception has already passed, there is still time to drop into the High School Fine Arts Lobby to see all the best Arabic Art our School has to offer! Artists range from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and their art will be on display for several days.

ASD PK-12 Fine Art Show

Starting May 1st, enjoy 19 days of beautiful student artwork.

Random selections from PreK4-IB art are on display in the ES main corridor and the HS Fine Arts area so you may take a quick glance at what’s happening in the art rooms at ASD.

The students are very proud of the work they have created and we hope you take a moment to explore our galleries.

2015-16 Yearbook Pre-Orders

It is that time of the year to Pre-order the 2015-16 Yearbook ..... we only have 43 days left of the school year! A great way for your son or daughter to remember the school year is with a yearbook.

The Pre-order yearbook sale will start on Sunday 17th of April until April 28th. at ES office. Students and parents can also pre-order the yearbook during student Led Conferences on April 27-28 at LE/UE hallways. The Price of the yearbook is 100Qr. and the deadline for the pre-order is 28th of April. Please note that any order after the April 28th the cost of the yearbook will be 120Qr. and will be sold on a first come first served basis. The a attached soft copy is the pre-order form that was sent home with students today.

Please make sure there is 100Qr. on your child's dragon card. (No Cash)

If you required any further information, please do not hesitate to contact ES office.

Scholastic Book Orders

The last Scholastic Book order will be held from April 25th through May 1st. Catalogs were sent home on Sunday, April 24th. This is a great opportunity to find some great titles for summer reading.

Student library checkouts

The last day for students to check out library books will be May 19th.

ALL student books will be due on May 26th.

May 5th: Earth Day Charts Due

Sneak Peak Ahead

Coming Up


May 1-17 PK to 12 Art Show

May 1-5 MAP Pilot Program Testing

May 5 Earth Day Charts Due

May 8-12 Grade 1 - Gates McGinte Testing
May 8 Grade One - Writer’s Cafe
May 19 Volunteer Breakfast @ 8 am in cafeteria
May 22 PD Day for Teachers – No School for Students
May 24 Principals Coffee 8-9am in ESPR
May 24 Full Day of School

June 5 Step up Day 8:10-8:40

June 7 Full Day Tuesday
June 9 Last Day of School - Student Dismissal at 11:30am – Report Cards go Home

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