1G Weekly News

February 13th, 2016

Notes and Updates

Dear Parents,


I hope everyone had a wonderful Qatar Spots Day last Tuesday. I myself went out and played some tennis and enjoyed my day off. This Sunday is Valentines Day. I have not received everyone's valentines so please make sure to send them in on Sunday. Also this week is Reading Week! We are going to have drop everything and other events to celebrate reading week. Make sure to ask students about their reading this week!


Last week, in reading students were discovering how to determine importance in non-fiction stories. They were trying to remember important parts by using the text features such as bold words and headings. They also were remembering things that were new and interesting. Then we tried to differentiate between the main idea and details to determine importance. Finally on 100th day we tried to read books about 100th day and read 100 words.


In writing, students continued to work on their books. They learned how to write comparisons, and bold words. Then we reviewed how a table of contents needs to match the headings in your book in which students made some revisions. Finally on 100th day students wrote about themselves and what they think they would be doing if the were 100 years old.


In Math, students worked on learning how to subtract two digit numbers using base 10 blocks, quick tens and ones, and the arrow way. Then we started working on problem solving and using a tape diagram. Finally students practiced using a 100's chart and played a game during 100th day.


In Science, students created an experiment in which they put celery stalks into colored water. We discovered that the stems of the celery carried the colored water to the leaves in which the water changed the color of the leaves and some of the stem. Then they made observational drawings and described the function of them stem. They also started an experiment with bean and put them in a bag with water. This week we will find out what happened!


Scroll down to read about what we will be learning next week and important dates and information for next week.


Cheers,

Shannon Keane

Special Announcements

Valentines

Our Valentine's Day party will be held on Sunday, Feb 14 from 12:40-1:20. Students should be writing 2 or 3 Valentine cards each day so they are not under pressure to get them all completed the weekend before the party. The purpose of the Valentine is to write something kind and respectful about each students in our class. Students may also create cards for specialist teachers, as well. Cards should be sent in on Thursday, Feb 11 or Sunday, Feb 14 at the latest. We will pass the cards out in the afternoon of the 14th.


Reading Week is here!

Elementary Used Book Sale

Monday February 15 - Thursday February 18

Location: Small Breezeway Between the Library and Music Rooms

Time: 7:40-8:00 AM, Morning and Lunch Recess and 2:45-3:30 PM


Dress As Your Favorite Book Character Day

Wednesday February 17

(Lower Elementary Students Only)


Snack

This is just a reminder to please send students with a snack everyday as they are not allowed to buy snack. We recently have had a few students without snacks and it is a long morning before lunch. Also please make sure to send healthy snacks. We have asked a few students not to eat the sweets until they get home. As a school we teach healthy choices and snack is a good way to reinforce the message to your child.


Friendship Festival T-Shirts

If you have not ordered a T-Shirt they will be sold at Gate 5 and Gate 8 the week of February 21st - 25th. This year’s Friendship Festival T-Shirt gives you free entrance to this years Friendship Festival which will be on February 26th.


Lower Elementary Math Parent 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.


Upcoming Dates

February 14- Valentine’s Classroom Party

February 14-18- Reading Week

February 23- 2nd Grade Concert

February 26- Friendship Festival

February 28 LE Activity Day

March 6-10 Trimester 3 ASA Signups

March 7-13 World Language Week

March 10 AMA Bake Sale

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

A Peek at the Week Ahead

Valentine's Party

Sunday, Feb. 14th, 12:45-1:30pm

Al Bustan Street

Doha, Doha

Please make sure to bring in your Valentines Cards as we will be passing them out, having a treat and reading what kinds words our friends wrote.

Dress Up as Your Favorite Character

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 8am-3pm

Al Bustan Street

Doha, Doha

Shannon Keane

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.