Ms. Mary's Class

Class 2C at the Elementary School, ASD, Doha.

Week 36: May 27st, 2015

Dear Parents,

Many thanks to Mrs. Charlotte Laurentzius (that's Carl's mum) for her inspiring talk as a geologist working in the Qatar oil industry. It gave our children an authentic understanding of what her work involves in relation to oil and it answered many questions we, as adults, also were curious about.

Our focus in Writing currently is on non-fiction so this week we have been creating a flier, like this one, to inform you, the parents, about the Summer Reading Program. Creating the flier in SMORE has been very exciting and most of the students now feel confident searching for images, making and using screenshots, adding photos to documents, adding captions, headers and sub-headers and a few even attached a button and a link to a website! I hope to send you a student sample of the flier in the next few days (See button below for permission slip).

All books have been returned to the library by the deadline and so 2C will enjoy a popcorn party next week - well done all!

No reading books will have been sent home this week but students continue to respond to their reading on the article provided in homework.

Next week on Wednesday we will have Qatar Rotation Day: each of the 7 Grade 2 classrooms will offer a Qatar-related activity and the children will rotate from room to room participating in those activities. This will take up most of the day and should be a lot of fun while at the same time, a cultural learning experience.

Kind Regards,

Mary Mulqueen

Parent & Counselor Coffee, Sun. June 3 at 8:10.

Join us at the Elementary Cafeteria to discuss the many transitions that your child may be experiencing in the coming months. Topics will range from moving to a new country, school or a new grade level.

Qatar, Then & Now

We are looking forward to a presentation by Carl's (and Victor's and Emma's) mum next week on being a Geologist and what her role is in the oil industry.

Questions we will explore....

How has life changed in Qatar from the past to the present?

Does where we live affect the choices we make for needs and wants?

What are the customs, traditions and way of life of Qatar's cultures?

During our exploration, we will gain knowledge about...

The pearling industry was the main source of Qatar's economy until the 1940's.

Fishing was a primary industry in the past.

Qatar has Bedouin tribes who in the past were self-sufficient.

Qatar's economy depends on oil and natural gas and contributes to global society.

New Maths Unit: Repeated Addition - Vocabulary

Array (an arrangement of objects in rows and columns)

Columns (the vertical groups in a rectangular array)

Repeated addition (e.g., 2 + 2 + 2)

Rows (the horizontal groups in a rectangular array)

Tessellation (tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes with no overlaps and no gaps)

Addends (parts of an addition sentence being added)

Equation (number sentence)

Number path

Skip-counting (counting by a number other than one)

Tape diagram

Questioning for Non-Fiction

Ongoing Extension at home....

  • Please wait until Wednesday to complete Math homework as we often have not completed teaching the Math points until then.
  • Practice 'Accountable talk' with your family during dinner.
  • Be a Math Hero - know all the combinations to 20 by heart! Play Close to 20 game.
  • How many different ways can you show the number that is today's date? (standard form, expanded form, word form...)
Brainpop Junior

Username: asdoha password: dragons

IXL Math

Please encourage your children to practice the Maths concepts we have taught in class on IXL at home; Usernames will always be the child's first name, child's last name, 63 (no spaces), like marymulqueen63, password is dragon.


Username: 25(first name initial)(surname) Password: 123456

Elementary Playground after school

We would like to remind you that the elementary playgrounds are closed until3:15pm. Once the playground opens at 3:15 all students must be supervised directly by a parent or an adult. Thank you for your support.

Absence from School

We kindly request that you contact the Lower Elementary Office Manager, Mrs. Krista Wilson if you know your child will be absent. Her contact information is or you may prefer to call the elementary office at 4459-1550

Important Dragon Band Announcement:

If your child uses their Dragon Band to purchase lunch at school it is important to "top up" the band at the vending machine on a regular basis. Campus Card will send reminders to parents once the card dips below 100 QR.