Ms Greenlee's Class

2G at American School of Doha

Request From Art Teachers

Grade Two students will shortly embark on an exciting new art project using a re-purposed tin can. Please can each student bring a cleaned can( with the label removed) to their next art class.

Dates to Remember:

17 October 2G Swims during PE

24 October 2G visits the Pumpkin Patch (see note below)

31 October 2G Halloween Class Party

2 and 3 November Parent/Teacher Conferences (see LES News for details)

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As we are currently studying place value, please try the lessons listed under Place Value heading. Be aware that in grade two, we're working with numbers up to 1,000. A good place to start is M.1

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A library available wherever you have an internet connection.

Brief Subject Updates -- Click on buttons below to open parent letters for each subject

Math - In math this week students finished up their unit on measurement, and we had the final assessment. The assessment was sent home today. We have now started a new unit: Numbers to 1000. A letter detailing strategies from this unit will also be going home shortly. Students completed a pre assessment and counted a massive amount of straws making the discovery that counting by tens and hundreds is faster and more efficient. Please ask your child about counting efficiently with 1s, 10s, and 100s.

Reading - This week we practiced many strategies to improve our reading fluency. We examined how we should read the punctuation inside a sentence - dashes, commas and semi-colons. We learned to pay attention to speech marks and to read using the character’s voice. We began to master the skill of reading some words while at the same time scanning ahead to the following words. We know that improved fluency will help us to better comprehend what we read.

Writing - While we had the freedom to write in any genre of our choice this week (narrative, poetry, comic strips, information books, etc) we focussed on improving that writing by paying attention to our new writing goals. These goals included ‘Elaborating in my writing’, ‘Paying attention to punctuation’, ‘Checking the spelling of the word wall words’, ‘Adding dialogue to my writing’.

Science - The Story of a Seed's Needs is the name of our new unit. Students shared what they already knew about parts of plants and what plants need. They also made labeled diagrams of a flowering plant. I'll attach the letter for parents next week.

Swimming Unit Reminder

Classes will be starting their aquatics program during PE beginning the week of October 16th, and will go for 3 weeks finishing on November 5th. There will be another 5-week unit later in the year.
This is part of the Physical Education program; therefore your child will be swimming on their scheduled Physical Education days during their regular P.E. class.

Students need to have the following equipment:
• STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR FLIP-FLOPS OR CROCS TO SCHOOL.
• 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.

Children who forget their swimwear will be required to use a school set. This is so they can still participate. The school suits and towels are washed and dried after use. Children should continue to wear their Physical Education uniform on PE days during the swim unit.

Please ensure their T-shirts and shorts are labeled with names or initials.

The aim of the Elementary Aquatics Program is to give all students the opportunity to learn and/or build on skills and knowledge in the following areas:
• Water confidence
• Buoyancy/floating
• Propulsion
• Safety
If you have any questions or concerns, or you are interested in helping with your child’s swimming lessons, please email Mr Pratley mpratley@asd.edu.qa.


Information From Our Nurses

There are students in your child’s class who have nut allergies. A child with nut allergy can develop mild or severe reactions if they come in contact with the said allergen. Please take note of the following measures:

· Please be considerate of your child’s classmates when sending in snacks (if possible, to avoid sending any nuts or nut products)
· Children should be encouraged to wash their hands before and after lunch, prior to returning to the classroom to avoid any cross-contamination.
· For any special occasions, please be reminded that any food brought in to the class should be nut free.

Please contact the nurse office or your homeroom teacher if you have any questions or concern. Thank you for your cooperation

Junior and Senior Parent Committee's Annual Pumpkin Patch


Make sure you grab your Halloween decorations, pumpkins, toys, candy and baked goods at the Junior Senior Parent Committee’s annual Pumpkin Patch. This is an event not to be missed!

Elementary classes will have the opportunity to visit the Pumpkin Patch and homeroom teachers will send home more information about the visit in the coming week

Items can only be purchased by DragonBand and we kindly ask parents to ensure that there are sufficient funds available on their bands on Monday October 24 and Tuesday October 25 to avoid disappointment.

You can top up your account by using one of the kiosks located in the MS/HS Cafeteria, in the main reception area (where the sales will be held) or online.


Visit dragoncard.asd.edu.qa

Username: With your family number found on the front of the parent ID card minus the last letter eg: FM001361M

Password: Is the same as the username

Students will need the return the below permission form completed by the parent to purchase Halloween treats with their DragonBands.

We thank you for your support and we hope you have a happy Halloween!