Grade 1d News

10 January 2016

Happy New Year!

I sent my previous newsletter at the end of December, so this is my first chance to wish all of the 1D community a happy new year. It is good to have the whole class back now and I hope you are all refreshed from the winter break.

Photos in this week's photo folder include two birthdays and some of the model housing that students have been constructing to suit the environments they are learning about. More photos to follow this week.


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Coming Events in 1D and Lower Elementary school


January 10-14 AMA Arabic Book Fair

January 19 - Full Day of School
January 21 - No School
January 24-28 - Visiting Artist – Danny Gregory

February 2- ASD Sports Day

February 4- Elementary Swim Champs

February 9- No School, Qatar Sports Day

February 14- Valentine’s Classroom Party

February 14-18- Reading Week

February 21- 1st Grade 100th Day of School (Date TBC)

February 23- 2nd Grade Concert

February 26- Friendship Festival

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

Changes to Entry Gate Rules

Dear Parents,

Starting January 17th, 2016 there will be some changes for students and parents entering the ASD Campus​ supporting student safety.​

​All students will be required to scan their Dragon Wristband entering and exiting the campus. It is recommended that you remind your child to wear their wristband daily. Replacement Dragon Bands may be purchased at the front desk of the Administrative entrance for 50 qr. Wristbands will be sent home with Lower Elementary Students from Thursday, January 14th. Your child’s dragon band will be labeled with their name by a key tag. We kindly ask parents to keep this label on the wrist band for easy identification. Thank you for establishing a routine for the Dragon Bands at home.

Parents and domestic staff will not be permitted through Gate 5 for morning drop off.​ ​S​tudent​s​ may enter through Gate 5 using their wristbands and teachers will be there to supervise starting at 7:40 AM. Parents wishing to accompany their children to classes are asked to enter through Gates 8 & 10. ​

Pick-up procedures will remain the same, parents will be able to enter and exit the campus through Gate 5 from 2:45 - 4:15 PM. Pick up procedures for PACT Tuesdays and our Pre-K Students will also remain the same, parents will be able to enter through Gate 5 at 12:15 PM.

We kindly ask parents and guests to enter through Gate 8 during the school day.

Upon arrival at school, students will store their Dragon Bands for the day. They will be available for lunch. Please be sure to discuss with your child if he/she is purchasing lunch each day. Thank you for going over the importance of being responsible for these bands.

We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we work to keep our school safe and continue the improvements to the ASD campus.


ASD and 1st Grade Teachers

Let's do math together

Dear Families,

Let's Do the Math Together is returning. Please join Carol Little to practice the strategies of adding within 40 your child is learning in class.
See the flyer and form in your email inbox to sign up.

We hope to see you there!

Grade 1 Team


Celebrate Our Learning!

Readers reflect on all that they have learned and share what they know to celebrate their growth!

  • Reflection writing

  • Think about a portfolio piece

  • Goal set for next unit


Big Idea: students pick a finished book to publish

  • Revise and Edit

  • Publish and Celebrate

  • Reflect and Evaluate


Counting large collections of things.

Big Ideas:

  • identify two digit numbers as 10’s and 1’s or all 1’s
  • record and name 10’s and 1’s on place value chart
  • begin to use ‘expanded form’ addition sentences

Social Studies

Clothing around the world

  • Children plan a vacation and pack a suitcase full of clothing appropriate for their ecosystem. (desert, grassland, tundra, rainforest).
  • Work on Project.

Math Parent Letter


Dear Grade 1 Families,

In Unit 3: Place Value, Comparison, and Addition within 40, the students will study, organize, and manipulate numbers within 40. They will compare number quantities, using the symbols for greater and less than (>,<). They will work with adding and subtracting tens and will begin to add two-digit numbers.

Words to know:

Greater than: shown by the symbol >, e.g. 10 > 4

Less than: shown by the symbol <, e.g. 4 < 10

Equal to: shown by the symbol =, e.g. 36 = 30 + 6

Place value: quality represented by a digit in a particular place within a number, e.g. the “1” in the number 17 represents a ten

How you can help at home:

  1. Practice counting up to 40 or beyond

  2. Ask your child to compare two different quantities, using the language “greater than” and “less than”

  3. Ask place value questions such as, “What does the 2 represent in the number 29?”

  4. Continue to have your child solve simple oral story problems


The First Grade Teachers