1G Weekly News

February 7th, 2016

Notes and Updates

Dear Parents,

Students had so much fun at Sports Day last week. I will be uploading pictures sometime this week to our February folder. I hope everyone will enjoy and do something active this Tuesday for Qatar Sports Day.

Last week, in reading students reviewed different text features such as understanding bold words and reading a glossary. They also worked on how to read a non-fiction story by practicing different expressions. The changed their voice when asking a question or change their volume when something exciting was happening.

In writing, students worked on writing a introduction and conclusion in their books. They also spent time reviewing how to plan and make a new book. Trying to decide the different types of pages is a small adventure in first grade. Finally we worked on elaborating our stories by creating twin sentences. For example: A porcupine has quills. Quills are small spikes used to protect itself from predators.

In Math, we worked on adding 2 digit numbers. We learned how to use base ten block to create a new 10. Then we drew it using quick tens and ones and showed are thinking using the arrow way. We learned how to notate our thinking by decomposing the ones in order to make the two digit number into an easily added 10.

We started a new Science Unit, Plants and Animals. We went on a plant hunt around the school and discovered different kinds of plants. Then we investigated the parts of a plant but cutting up an onion. Finally we compared parts of a plant using an onion and celery.

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


Shannon Keane

Special Announcements

Pre-K Play-Doh Sale!
Please help us build schools in Kenya and Mozambique!
In order to demonstrate the ASD values of compassion and responsibility, the Pre-K classes will be raising money to help the Machakos Education Centre buy land for a new school as well as help with the building of a new school in rural Mozambique. The students will be selling homemade play-dough for 5 QR per bag. The sale will take place during recess times on Wednesday, February 10th and Thursday, February 11th. Please make sure that students have exact change.
Thank you for your support!
The Pre-K Team

100th Day of School

1st Grade will celebrate the 100th day of school on Thursday, Feb 11. Students have the option to bring in 100 items to make a 100 collection during Explore time this week. So far, students have brought in bow-tie pasta, jewels, stickers, and craft sticks, to name a few objects. These can be sent in any day, Sunday - Wednesday, this week.


Our Valentine's Day party will be held on Sunday, Feb 14 from 12:40-1:20. Students should be writing 2 or 3 Valentine cards each day so they are not under pressure to get them all completed the weekend before the party. The purpose of the Valentine is to write something kind and respectful about each students in our class. Students may also create cards for specialist teachers, as well. Cards should be sent in on Thursday, Feb 11 or Sunday, Feb 14 at the latest. We will pass the cards out in the morning of the 14th.


This is just a reminder to please send students with a snack everyday as they are not allowed to buy snack. We recently have had a few students without snacks and it is a long morning before lunch. Also please make sure to send healthy snacks. We have asked a few students not to eat the sweets until they get home. As a school we teach healthy choices and snack is a good way to reinforce the message to your child.

Friendship Festival T-Shirts

If you have not ordered a T-Shirt they will be sold at Gate 5 and Gate 8 the week of February 21st - 25th. This year’s Friendship Festival T-Shirt gives you free entrance to this years Friendship Festival which will be on February 26th.

Lower Elementary Math Parent Drop-in

Our Math Coordinator, Mrs. Carol Little will be holding a Lower Elementary parent drop in / office hour every Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00pm. Mrs. Little will be available at this time every week to assist parents who need further information about our Math program or who would like help / suggestions with how to support their children at home. It will be held in Ms. Mindy Martin’s office.

Upcoming Dates

February 9- No School, Qatar Sports Day

February 11- Elementary Swim Champs

February 11- 1st Grade 100th Day of School

February 14- Valentine’s Classroom Party

February 14-18- Reading Week

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

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A Peek at the Week Ahead

No School Qatar Sports DAy

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 7:30am-3pm

Al Bustan Street

Doha, Doha

I hope everyone has a fun filled and active Qatar Sports Day!

Shannon Keane

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