1F Weekly News

What's been happening in the Land of Learning?

Dear Parents,

The children had some fun this week completing a survey, meeting an African Penguin named 'Princess', and finishing off our units: Opinion Writing, Measurement and Data, and 'Plants and Animals Science' Unit.


The children had fun collecting data during Math this week, asking questions to their peers. Some of the questions entailed such as 'Would you rather have a pet dog, cat, bird or fish?' or 'Would you rather play a piano, guitar, drums or tambourine?'. You can see some of the photos during their data gathering time below.

Penguin Science

Today in 1F, together with 1D, the children were able to have a Skype call with an education officer at SANCCOB, and learned a little about African Penguins. It was fascinating to hear from Ms. Tamlyn about these handsome animals. We met 'Princess the Penguin' who is about a year old. It would be great if you could ask some questions about the discussions we've had and what they have heard. To assist your conversation, I include a photo I have taken to from the talk today.
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New Units

We will be embarking on three new units next week! There is nothing slowing down these learners - albeit a little tired.


Please find the links to the letter introducing the units below, along with the photo images of the letters for your convenience.

We will be starting a new Writing Unit on Poetry.

We also will be starting our mathematical journey on Geometry and Fractions (unlike the image below, there are a number of pages in the document, and a paper copy has been sent home for your reading pleasure).

And finally, we will be embarking on a new Science Unit on Matter.


Sharing a poem or two with your child, identifying everyday objects with 2D and 3D shapes, as well as simple cooking in the kitchen would assist your child in making connections to the things we will be learning in class.

A note from the Office - Dragon Bands

Dear Parents,

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.

Field Trip to MIA

Sunday is our field trip to the Museum of Islamic Art. Please remember to send in with your child:


  • Snack
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Hat and wear sunscreen
  • Wear comfortable close-toed shoes


Students will be responsible for their own belongings. We will be leaving school at 8:30am and will be returning around 1:00pm for afternoon specials. We are excited for a great trip!

Book Club Books

The technical glitches in using the iPads have been cleared and we now have the links to the two groups' audio/visual books on The Human Body and Soccer & Ice Hockey.

Reports

The report for Trimester Two is available on email. If you have any questions, I am happy to speak with you. Kindly let me know.

Homework in the coming week

As the spring break approaches, the Grade 1 team decided to not issue homework this coming week. The children have been working hard and have been learning over the past trimester. If you wish to give something for your child to do, Raz Kids and IXL should be sufficient. Please take the time to speak with your child to boost their speaking opportunities and to have quality time playing with friends and/or family members.

Farewells

Next week will be last day for Marva :( We want to wish her the very best as she transitions to her new location/home - Indonesia. We will be missing her in the class, as she brought much joy and artistic work to the class.


Unfortunately, next week is also my last week. Due to personal reasons that I cannot avoid, the short week straight after the spring break will be covered by another teacher. The following week after that, the children will welcome Mrs. D back to school. I thank you for all the support and encouragement you have given me in the past weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Ms. Cat

Sneak Peak At The Week Ahead

This Week

March 17- Report Cards sent home electronically

March 25-April 4- Spring Break


Coming Up

April- Poetry Month

April 5- Full-day of school, 3 pm dismissal

April 21- Arabic Concert, 7:30 pm

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, 3 pm dismissal

May 26- Assistant Appreciation Lunch

June 5- Step-Up Day

June 7- Full-day of school, 3 pm dismissal

June 9- Last Day Assembly

June 9- Last Day of School, Report Cards go home

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