1G Weekly News

December 12th, 2015

Notes and Updates

Dear Parents,

International Week has come and gone and it was a wonderful week of learning about different countries. Students enjoyed creating artifacts that represent their special country and presenting it to the class.

In math, students reviewed their addition and subtraction strategies. We focused on the 10+ way to solve problems by breaking apart numbers to make 10, then adding the remaining numbers to 10. For example if you have 9+3, you break the three into 2 and 1 then add 9+1=10 and 10+2=12. Finally we reviewed how to label our picture during problem solving to show our thinking. Labeling helps our students understand the meaning of the numbers and helps the organize the information.

In reading, students continued to learn about their characters by discovering how characters feelings can change over time. We read "Stellaluna" and discovered the different feelings she had throughout the story. Then they practiced on their own. We aslo reviewed making inferences.

In writing, students worked on how to describe feeling by showing and not telling. They have to think of the physical reaction they had and facial expressions. Then they also reviewed how to make an introduction to a story using dialogue, a question, describing the scene, or a flashback. Finally the were introduced to punctuation.

In social studies, students began to learn how to research. They each have a research notebook and worked on looking in books and online. We used pebblego to discover more about an ecosystem. Pebblego can be found on the elementary library home page.

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


Shannon Keane

Special Announcements


No Homework this week!!!

Optional Activities

Over the break I always give students the option to practice the skills they have learned at school. I have informed them today that if they choose to do so they can make a book of their holiday and then present it when they come back. They also have the option to read books from home or on razkids and record what they read in their 100 readers recording sheet. Finally they can practice their math by playing a game from the packet given on Thursday. This is completely optional for you and your child and the purpose is to enhance your holiday fun.

Math Packet

On Thursday a binder of math games was sent home in your child's home bag in a brown envelope. Some of these are games we have played before, and many we will be playing in class after the new year. Please feel free to use these as a fun way to keep your child's skills sharp over the break. The cards needed for each game are included with the packet on yellow card stock. Please keep this game binder because we will be using them as part of the homework assignments.

Mark Your Calendar

We would like to remind you that Tuesday, December 15 and Tuesday, January 5th will be FULL school days with dismissal at 3 pm for students in KG – Grade 12. This is to make up for the lost day (instructional time) on November 25.

Fair Trade Sale

Grade 5 will be selling hot cocoa and treats for Fair Trade on Monday and Tuesday Dec 14 & 15. Prices will be between 5 & 30 QAR.

Qatar National Activity Day

Tuesday, Dec 15 will be Qatar National Activity Day for Lower Elementary. Students will spend time with principal, specialists and coordinators to learn more about our host country, Qatar. There will an assembly, sing-a-long, concert, and a song and dance. Students will enjoy Qatari stories, art, and games all with science, math and literacy components. This is a very special day for students!

Winter Rotations

Wednesday, Dec 16 will be another special day in 1st grade. Students will rotate between the other 1st grade classrooms participating in fun winter activities, including holiday read alouds, crafts and play.

Pajama Day Rescheduled

The student council pajama day originally scheduled for the flood day has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec 17. Students may wear PJs and bring a favorite stuffed animal. They will need to bring athletic shoes, as we have PE that afternoon. If Thursday is canceled they can wear PJs on Wednesday

Christmas Party

Our Christmas Party will be held on Thursday, Dec 17 at 1:30-2:10. Please bring the food on Wednesday December 16th in order to be better prepared in the event that Thursday becomes the National Day Celebration. I will store the food in the staff refrigerator and continue the party as planned on Thursday until further information is told to me. If you are interested in helping, please contact our homeroom parent Jennifer at jeldesouki@gmail.com.

ASD 2016 Calendars FOR SALE! ​

​The 2016 ASD Calendars will be for sale in the Elementary Office starting Sunday December 6th. These make great gifts for friends and family, get yours today!

Extended Absences

We know that often holidays extend either before or after the designated school closure dates. If you know that your child will be absent either before Dec 17 or after Jan 3, please let me know. Be sure to fill out the pre-arranged absence form if your child will miss several days either side of break. Thanks!

Dates to Remember

Thursday December 17 Pajama Day and Christmas class party

December 18 - January 2 Winter Break

A Peek at the Week Ahead

Winter Party and PJ DAy

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 1:30pm

Al Bustan Street

Doha, Doha

Winter Break NO SCHOOL

Monday, Dec. 21st, 7:30am to Saturday, Jan. 2nd 2016 at 3pm

Al Bustan Street

Doha, Doha

Enjoy your Holiday!

Shannon Keaane

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