1G Weekly News

May 22, 2016

Notes and Updates

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a wonderful 3-day weekend. Don't forget Tuesday will be a full day.

Last week students enjoyed learning how to visualize and make stronger connections during reading time. In writing, students worked on using colors for emotions and adding stronger verbs. Then in math we continued to work on strategies to show our thinking when solving two digit equations. Finally in social studies they continued to analyze books to discover specialized jobs, goods, and services.

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


Shannon Keane

Special Announcements


Students need to have the following equipment:

·Swimming suit (girls-one piece)

· Swim cap

· Towel

· Goggles (optional) - We do not have goggles for students to use.

· Plastic bag (for wet gear)

It is very helpful if students know how to tie their own laces or have Velcro straps. Students are not allowed to wear flip-flops or Crocs to school. If students will bring goggles please adjust them at home and have students practice putting them on and taking them off.

Children who forget their swimwear, cap and towel will be required to use a laundered school set. This is so they do not miss learning opportunities. Children should continue to wear their PE uniform on PE days during the swim unit. Please ensure their T-shirts and shorts are labeled with names or initials to prevent loss or mix up.

If you have any questions or concerns please email me at mpratley@asd.edu.qa

Mike Pratley

Lower Elementary Physical Education Teacher


Regular homework has now ended. During these last weeks of school, students should read daily, either books from home, or from Raz-Kids or Myon. You can choose a game from the math game book or select a skill to practice on IXL. On the back of the homework sheet you will find List D of 1st grade high frequency words. Select 5 words to practice using the Word Study tic-tac-toe board that was sent home earlier in the year. This is a good practice to continue throughout the summer, as well.

Returning Books from School

Please make an effort to return all books that belong to school on or before May 26. Library, Book Room and Classroom Library books are all due on that day. Classes that return all books will earn a popcorn party!

End of Year Assessments

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 19 days of school! Attendance is critical these last weeks of school for these assessment purposes. Please ensure that you child is at school, unless they are truly ill. Thank you in advance!

Second Grade - Shukran Committee

Did you know about the annual Shukran Dinner on Monday May 30, 2016?

This dinner celebrates all of our community workers at ASD (cleaners, guards, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and monitors, etc.). As part of the second grade service learning project, we are asking for help to support the Shukran committee's donation drive. The money raised helps provide a buffet for all of the dinner attendees. You will be receiving a flyer this week. Simply fill it out and bring it back with your donation to your homeroom teacher by Monday, May 23, 2016.

A-Z Countdown

Sunday - No School Professional Development Day for Teachers

Monday - M is for Music Day (you can bring a favorite CD for us to listen to)

Tuesday - N is for Neat Handwriting!

Wednesday - O is for Older Self Day (Dress up like what you want to be when you grow up!)

Thursday - P is for Paper Airplanes

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 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

Principals Coffee

Tuesday, May 24th, 8am

ASD ES Presentation Room

Full Day Tuesday

Tuesday, May 24th, 7:30am-3:30pm

Al Bustan Street

Doha, Doha

Tuesday they will have Art and IT as the specials.

Shannon Keane

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