News from 1C

May 12, 2016

A Note from Mrs. Thexton

Dear Parents,



Thank you to all of the parents who came for our Writer's Cafe and Mother's Day celebration! The children loved having you visit our classroom and getting to share song and poems with you! I appreciate your participation in your child's education!

Today we had the pleasure of watching the 5th grade play, Mulan, Jr. It was an amazing performance and the students absolutely loved it! It was the talk of the classroom the rest of the day!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take time to read all of the newsletter today. The last weeks of school are super busy and it will be easy to miss important events. Mark you calendars in order to help your child be ready for the days events.



Swimming

1C will be starting their aquatics unit during regular PE lessons starting the week of May 15th. This unit will go for 4 weeks finishing on June 9th.

We are fortunate to have excellent instructor/student ratios so you can expect your child to be in a small group with students of similar ability. The pool is well heated/cooled to maintain a comfortable temperature.


Students need to have the following equipment:

·Swimming suit (girls-one piece)

· Swim cap

· Towel

· Goggles (optional) - We do not have goggles for students to use.

· Plastic bag (for wet gear)

It is very helpful if students know how to tie their own laces or have Velcro straps. Students are not allowed to wear flip-flops or Crocs to school. If students will bring goggles please adjust them at home and have students practice putting them on and taking them off.


Children who forget their swimwear, cap and towel will be required to use a laundered school set. This is so they do not miss learning opportunities. Children should continue to wear their PE uniform on PE days during the swim unit. Please ensure their T-shirts and shorts are labeled with names or initials to prevent loss or mix up.


If you have any questions or concerns please email me at mpratley@asd.edu.qa


Mike Pratley

Lower Elementary Physical Education Teacher


End of ASAs

Trimester 3 ASAs are now finished. Those students who participated this trimester will now be dismissed at 3:00.


End of Year Assessments

This week, students were administered the Gates-McGinitie Reading Test, which measure phonics, word reading, and reading achievement. Over the next few weeks, 1st grade teachers will also be completing end of year text reading level assessments, high frequency word reading, writing prompts and developmental spelling assessments. Students have grown by leaps and bounds this year and I am excited to see that demonstrated on these end of year assessments. Be make sure students are getting to bed early, having a good breakfast and are at school daily for these last 19 days of school! Attendance is critical these last weeks of school for these assessment purposes. Please ensure that you child is at school, unless they are truly ill. Thank you in advance!


A-Z Countdown

Sunday - H is for Hats (wear a favorite hat)

Monday - I is for Illustration (illustrate books and other illustrating activity)

Tuesday - J is for Joke (learn a joke to share with the class)

Wednesday - K is for Kick of Your Shoes (go barefoot or bring your slippers!)

Thursday - L is for Letter Writing (we will write a letter to a future 1st grader)


Homework

Regular homework has now ended. On Sunday, students will bring home a sheet that will be good for the rest of the year. During these last weeks of school, students should read daily, either books from home, or from Raz-Kids or Myon. You can choose a game from the math game book or select a skill to practice on IXL. On the back of the homework sheet you will find List D of 1st grade high frequency words. Select 5 words to practice using the Word Study tic-tac-toe board that was sent home earlier in the year. This is a good practice to continue throughout the summer, as well.


Returning Books from School

Please make an effort to return all books that belong to school on or before May 26. Library, Book Room and Classroom Library books are all due on that day. Classes that return all books will earn a popcorn party!


Red Flag Days

We are entering the time of year with potential red flag recesses. Red flag occurs when the heat index (temperature + humidity) is above 38 degrees C. The nurses monitor this and place the red flag in the hallways, when appropriate, approximately 30 minutes prior to recess time. Students have the option of going to the library, signing up for indoor recess options (movement, MPR, building, quiet classroom for drawing/reading/puzzles) or go out to a covered play area. For the students who choose to be outside during recess, we remind them to stay in the shade, drink plenty of water, and to not be running around.


Dragon Card Top-Up

Parents can top up their child Dragon Account at our Campus Card Website.

Your username with be your Family Number located on your Parent ID badge and your password will be the same number. Then you just click on E-Account and Online Account Top Up.

There is also another option of topping up the account on campus through our kiosks located at the main administration and the high school cafeteria.


Signing-Out Students Early

Parents who would like to sign out their child early are asked to sign their child out at the office as well as get a gate pass first. The parent is then asked to present the pass to the teacher which allows the student to then be excused early from class. Students who leave early during a school day must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has received a gate pass from the ES office. No student is permitted to leave school grounds before 2:55 p.m. unless they have a pass in hand. The school nurse may also issue a gate pass to the parent and will inform the ES Office that the student has been sent home for the day.

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Coming up Next Week

Professional Development - NO SCHOOL

Sunday, May 22nd, 8am-3pm

Al Bustan Street

Doha, Doha

Principal's Coffee

Tuesday, May 24th, 8am

ASD ES Presentation Room

Full Day Tuesday - Tuesday Morning Schedule PE for 1C

Tuesday, May 24th, 8am

ASD

Kelli Thexton

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.