1G Weekly News

January 18, 2015

Notes and Updates

Hi parents,

It was another full week in first grade. Last week we launched our new Math unit and are gaining a deeper understanding of tens and ones. We also continued to dig into our non-fiction Reading and Writing units. Students are learning more non-fiction features such as glossary and bold words as well as, reviewing how to include a introduction and conclusion in their writing. Finally, we continued our Social Studies unit by exploring how your ecosystem, climate, and culture affect the clothes that are worn there.

We have a few exciting things coming up next week, including no school on Thursday and a full day schedule on Tuesday. Read more information below to see more exciting events.


Shannon Keane

Special Announcements

Dear Parents,

Arabic Book Fair

The Arab Mothers Association would like to invite you to attend the Arabic Book Fair January 18th-21st from 8:00am-3:30pm in the Elementary Presentation Room. Students who are enrolled in AFL or MSA will have a chance to visit the book fair with their classes. Please feel free to send money with your child to purchase books. Parents are also welcome to stop by and browse the selection of books for sale. For more information you can contact the Lower Elementary Office Manager at kwilson@asd.edu.qa

Compassion 4 Critters Fundraiser

The 4th grade classes are raising money for the World Wildlife Fund to help animals around the world. They are currently learning about how humans have put animals in danger and would now like to support efforts to protect them. They will be collecting money in the breezeway during snack and lunch recess every day next week.

Donating students will be entered into a drawing for 'symbolic adoptions' for every 5QR they donate. Winning students will receive a stuffed animal, photo, adoption certificate and species information card for the animal they 'adopted.'

Scholastic Book Oder

Dear Parents,

Purchasing from Scholastic allows our classrooms, library and students to benefit from Scholastic rewards. It also provides ASD parents and students access to an ever-changing selection of books.

Due to increased customs fees, you will be charged a 10% administration fee. This covers the cost of orders entering the country.

There will be an option at check out to choose your child’s grade level order. If you have children in multiple grades, you can make one combined order for all children, or individual orders, one for each child.

How to order online

1 Visit http://world.clubs-school.scholastic.co.uk/american-school-of-doha

2 Select the books that you’d like to order and add them to your basket by entering the catalogue code (item number in catalog) in Shop Search.

3 When you checkout, choose your child’s grade level open order (ie. Grade One order, Middle School order, etc.). Please add their class too! (ie. 2A)

4 Checkout and choose the ‘school delivery’ option.

If you have difficulties ordering online, please contact Lauren Elliott at lelliott@asd.edu.qa or Karen Genest at kgenest@asd.edu.qa

Order will be OPEN Tuesday, January 27 until Monday, February 2 at midnight

We hope that you enjoy browsing through the leaflets and the website – it’s a great way to encourage your child to widen their reading experience.

Kind regards,

Lauren Elliott and Karen Genest


Friendship Festival T-Shirt Orders:

Order forms were sent home last week in each child's folder. If you would like to order, please fill out the form and send it back to class along with the exact cash payment in a sealed envelope. Please write your child's name and class on the envelope. Orders are due by January 29th.

A Peek at the Week

Tuesday Full Day

Tuesday, Jan. 20th, 8am-3pm

Al Bustan Street

Doha, Doha

Students will have the same specials as they do every Tuesday in the morning but in the afternoon they will have another art class.

Arabic Book Fair

Sunday, Jan. 18th, 8am to Wednesday, Jan. 21st, 3:30pm

Elementary Presentation Room

Look above for more information.


Sunday, Jan. 18th, 8am to Wednesday, Jan. 21st, 3pm

Al Bustan Street

Doha, Doha

Look above for more information.

No School

Thursday, Jan. 22nd, 8am

Al Bustan Street

Doha, Doha

No School! Enjoy the three day weekend.