Grade 1d News
17 March, 2016
This week in 1D
This week has involved completing our 'Opinion Writing' and 'Animals and Plants' units. We have also finalized a short unit on Measurement and Data in Math. In this week's photo folder you can see students enjoying surveying each other about their preferences and opinions, amongst other things. You can also find the work your children have produced in bookclubs, organizing information from other sources into illustrated books, which they have narrated onto videos. Enjoy!
No homework will be given this week, due to Spring Break. Please feel free to continue with RAZ-Kids or IXL math, though.
Don't forget, 1D will travel to the Museum of Islamic Art on Monday 21st March, so students will need to come to school prepared on that day. It should be a great day.
Coming Events in 1D and LES
March 21st - 1st Grade Field Trip to MIA
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
Your child will need:
· Water bottle
· Packed snack
· Packed lunch
· Comfortable close-toed athletic shoes
· Wear sunscreen
On the trip, students will need to take their snacks and their lunches. Students are not allowed to purchase food or any items at the museum and the school will not be providing lunch. Students should bring hats, wear close-toed athletic shoes (as we will be walking around outside (weather permitting), and wear sunscreen. Each student will be responsible for his/her belongings on the trip. We will have a basket to hold onto the belongings at the museum.
Dragon Bands - A Note From The LES Office
Over the past few months, we have been keeping track of the amount of Dragon Wristbands that are coming back to us, broken. We have also been looking closely at the normal wear and tear of the wristbands and the actual damage that is occurring.
Closer inspection of the broken wristbands and observation in the classroom has revealed that a high amount of wristbands are being intentionally damaged. This happens when a student has been playing with it, chewing/biting it, picking at the back of the wristband where the magnetic disk is and removing it, cutting it with the clasp part of a lanier, cutting it with scissors, picking the top part of the wristband so that the magnetic disk pops out, stretching it until it snaps, continually snapping it or pulling it, playing with it with friends – a ‘tug of war’ type of scenario, etc.
With the sheer amount coming back to us damaged in this way, we have come to the decision to start charging QR 50.00 to the student’s Dragon Wristband account for a replacement. Of course, we will pre-inspect all bands prior to issuance to verify no faulty or material design flaw is present that has contributed to the wristband being torn or broken. And of course, if a wristband has simply stopped working, the wristband will be replaced at no charge.
The Dragon Wristband needs to be regarded and treated as school property – the same as a library book or school-issued computer/camera, etc. Students have been issued a first wristband at no charge and are expected to treat it with the same care as a library book or classroom property. We would like to ask you, as parents, to have a conversation with your child about the importance of taking care of their Dragon Wristband.
Thank you for your kind cooperation and understanding with this matter.
Math Drop In
Mrs. Little will continue to host her Lower Elementary parent drop in / office hour every Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00pm. She 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.
Parent Letters for new units
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This week we continuing to work on our word attack and monitoring strategies to fully comprehend what we read:
Readers always do whatever it takes to understand the books they read. Readers always check in with themselves, asking, ‘Did I get it?’ If you find yourself not 'getting it' —on a page, in a part, or even at the end of the whole book—you reread to make sure you understand the whole book better.
Partners can help each other do their very best smooth reading. Partners can say to each other, ‘Why don’t you go back and read that part again?’ or ‘Let’s read that part together and make our voices really smooth.’