Ms. Mary's Class

Class 2C at the Elementary School, ASD, Doha.

Week 32 & 33: May 7th, 2015

Dear Parents,

This coming week is MAPs Testing week, the last one this year. Students in Grade 2 will sit the tests on Sunday through to Wednesday.

As we get ready for Grade 3 there is an important Reading Assessment - please read about it below and refer back to me if you have any questions. I have included some question samples you may want to ask your child at home.

Kind Regards,

Mary Mulqueen

Parent & Counselor Coffee, Sun. June 3 at 8:10.

Join us at the Elementary Cafeteria to discuss the many transitions that your child may be experiencing in the coming months. Topics will range from moving to a new country, school or a new grade level.

Peter Pan

Tickets are now on sale for 10 QR for the ASD musical Peter Pan in the ES Office or CAST. Shows will be on Wednesday, May 13th at 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. Please come and support the arts and see a great show!

Qatar, Then & Now

Questions we will explore....

How has life changed in Qatar from the past to the present?

Does where we live affect the choices we make for needs and wants?

What are the customs, traditions and way of life of Qatar's cultures?

During our exploration, we will gain knowledge about...

The pearling industry was the main source of Qatar's economy until the 1940's.

Fishing was a primary industry in the past.

Qatar has Bedouin tribes who in the past were self-sufficient.

Qatar's economy depends on oil and natural gas and contributes to global society.

New Maths Unit: Repeated Addition - Vocabulary

Array (an arrangement of objects in rows and columns)

Columns (the vertical groups in a rectangular array)

Repeated addition (e.g., 2 + 2 + 2)

Rows (the horizontal groups in a rectangular array)

Tessellation (tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes with no overlaps and no gaps)

Addends (parts of an addition sentence being added)

Equation (number sentence)

Number path

Skip-counting (counting by a number other than one)

Tape diagram

Reading Comprehension Skills at End-of-Grade 2

To obtain a “3” (proficiency) in Reading on their report cards in June, students must be able to independently read a level 28 (M) nonfiction text and answer questions on it, in writing, using their own words. This assessment can be quite challenging. We are working with many of the children 1:1 or in small groups to practice explicit skills that are mentioned below. We encourage all students to read nonfiction texts in class and at home. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Here are some of the skills assessed during the reading assessment:

1. Look at a Table of Contents and ask 3 questions about the chapter titles. Example—a book called “SNOW” and a chapter called “Snowflakes.” Students should turn that chapter title into a question that they wonder about such as: “How are snowflakes formed?” or “Are all snowflakes really different?”

2. Understanding what headings are used for, at the top of a page. (“Why is this heading here? Why do authors use headings?”)

3. Understanding a chart/map/graph (“What does it show you?”)

4. Be able to look at the headings of a NF text after reading and write two facts they have learned under each heading.

5. Interpreting and reflecting on the text (Example: “What was the most important thing you learned from reading this book?” “Why do you think that was important?”)

Questioning for Non-Fiction

International Children's Digital Library

The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children.

Ongoing Extension at home....

  • Please wait until Wednesday to complete Math homework as we often have not completed teaching the Math points until then.
  • Practice 'Accountable talk' with your family during dinner.
  • Be a Math Hero - know all the combinations to 20 by heart! Play Close to 20 game.
  • How many different ways can you show the number that is today's date? (standard form, expanded form, word form...)
Brainpop Junior

Username: asdoha password: dragons

IXL Math

Please encourage your children to practice the Maths concepts we have taught in class on IXL at home; Usernames will always be the child's first name, child's last name, 63 (no spaces), like marymulqueen63, password is dragon.


Username: 25(first name initial)(surname) Password: 123456

Elementary Playground after school

We would like to remind you that the elementary playgrounds are closed until3:15pm. Once the playground opens at 3:15 all students must be supervised directly by a parent or an adult. Thank you for your support.

Absence from School

We kindly request that you contact the Lower Elementary Office Manager, Mrs. Krista Wilson if you know your child will be absent. Her contact information is or you may prefer to call the elementary office at 4459-1550

Important Dragon Band Announcement:

If your child uses their Dragon Band to purchase lunch at school it is important to "top up" the band at the vending machine on a regular basis. Campus Card will send reminders to parents once the card dips below 100 QR.