1G Weekly News

May 7th, 2016

Notes and Updates

Dear Parents,

Don't forget tomorrow Sunday, May 8th is our Writer's Cafe. Students have been practicing and are really excited for you to join us!

Last week we started our new unit in writing, reading, and social studies. They began learning to be actors and think about how characters feel and reread. Then in writing we reviewed the writing process and looked at ways to make our introductions better than in the beginning of the year. Then in Social Studies we worked on learning our vocabulary terms of specialized jobs, goods, and services. Finally, in Math we are continuing to work on place value and greater than, less then, and equal to with bigger numbers.

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


Shannon Keane

Special Announcements

Writers Cafe

Sunday, May 8, at 8:50 - 9:30, 1G will host our annual Writers Cafe. Students will share poems they wrote during our poetry unit and have a special song for Moms. I hope all parents will be able to join us!

A-Z Countdown

Believe it or not, we are in the final 30 days of school! We will celebrate the end of school year with an A-Z countdown of the last 26 days of school. Last week we started on Wednesday, May 4. Each day will be represented by a special activity for each letter of the alphabet. Some days do require some planning from home, so there is a copy attached to the e-mail for your convenience.

End of ASAs

Next week will be the last week of ASAs. Thursday, May 12, will conclude all T3 ASAs and Labs.

End of Year Assessments

This week, students will complete the Gates-McGinitie reading test. Then over the next few weeks, 1st grade teachers will also be completing end of year text reading level assessments, high frequency word reading, writing prompts and developmental spelling assessments. Students have grown by leaps and bounds this year and I am excited to see that demonstrated on these end of year assessments. Be make sure students are getting to bed early, having a good breakfast and are at school daily for these last 24 days of school!

ASD Fine Arts 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.


Tickets for Mulan are on sale in the elementary office for 20QR.

There are two shows: May 11 at 6:00pm and May 12 at 7:00pm.

Come on out and support ASD theatre.

Red Flag Days

We are entering the time of year with potential red flag recesses. Red flag occurs when the heat index (temperature + humidity) is above 38 degrees C. The nurses monitor this and place the red flag in the hallways, when appropriate, approximately 30 minutes prior to recess time. Students have the option of going to the library, signing up for indoor recess options (movement, MPR, building, quiet classroom for drawing/reading/puzzles) or go out to a covered play area. For the students who choose to be outside during recess, we remind them to stay in the shade, drink plenty of water, and to not be running around.

Upcoming Dates:

May 8 Grade One - Writer’s Cafe

May 12 Grade 5 Play

May 12 ASA’s finish

May 17 KG Music Concert

May 22 PD – No Students

May 24 Principals Coffee 8-9am in ESPR
May 24 Full Day of School – Tuesday Morning Schedule

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A Peek at the Week Ahead

Writer's Cafe

Sunday, May 8th, 8:45-9:30am

Al Bustan Street

Doha, Doha

Shannon Keane

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