Minds under construction
Mr Mac's Musings
I began writing this earlier in the week during one snack time. I was having fun listening in on conversations about Mom and Daddy Pretzel, and another one about a character called Evil Potato. Children's imaginations are alive and well in 1D, and there was a happy buzz across the room.
Congratulations to this week's Brag Tag recipients. The theme for this week was 'Follow Directions Quickly'. This is a crucial skill area for our class to develop, so that we can maximize the opportunities for learning and for fun. I will be looking to reward this behavior at the end of next week as well, so it would be great if you could encourage your children to work on this during the week as well, please.
There are two new units beginning at the moment in First Grade, so you will find their respective unit letters at the bottom of this newsletter as well.
I hope you find a chance to enjoy the improving weather this weekend. I had a lovely time wandering around and enjoying the breeze in Souq Waqif last night.
Ongoing - November 10 Trimester 1 ASA’s
October 20 Last day for ASA Calendar Pre-Sale
October 23 Principals' Coffee 8 am in the Presentation Room
October 24 1D visits the Pumpkin Patch market
October 25 Full Day of School - Tuesday Morning Schedule
October 26 PD Day - No Students
October 27 No School
October 31 Halloween Class Party - 40 minutes
November 2-3 Parent-Teacher Conference
November 3 Conferences - No School for Students
November 22 Full Day of School - Wednesday Schedule. End of Trimester 1 (59 days)
November 23-24 No School - Thanksgiving
Swimming is starting in PE classes
Classes will be starting their aquatics unit during regular PE lessons starting the week of October 16th. This unit will go for 3 weeks finishing on November 3rd. There will be another 5-week unit later in the year.
Aquatics is part of the Physical Education curriculum. The aim of the Lower Elementary aquatics program is to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
· Water entry and exit (including jumping and diving)
· Breath control and underwater skills
· Buoyancy (Floating)
· Safety & survival
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. Although it may be cool some mornings when students leave home it is usually warm when students have swimming later in the day. If it is particularly cold at any time we usually decide not to swim.
Students need to have the following equipment:
· Swimming suit (girls-one piece)
· Swim cap
· 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.
The assistant teacher from your child’s class will be on hand, as well as male and female aquatic staff, to assist and supervise students during changing times. We would like to develop our students’ independence in this area and encourage them to take responsibility for their belongings. Therefore, we ask that parents refrain from accompanying their children to this class. In the past we have felt that children whose parents have attended aquatic lessons, have been more distracted than others and that they have not shown as much independence as their peers. We would greatly appreciate your support with this.
If you have any questions or concerns please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lower Elementary Physical Education Teacher
Junior and Senior Parent Committee's Annual Pumpkin Patch
Make sure you grab your Halloween decorations, pumpkins, toys, candy and baked goods at the Junior Senior Parent Committee’s annual Pumpkin Patch. This is an event not to be missed!
1D will visit the Pumpkin Patch on Monday October 24. Information is also being sent home in the green folders.
Items can only be purchased by DragonBand and we kindly ask parents to ensure that there are sufficient funds available on their bands on Monday October 24 to avoid disappointment.
You can top up your account by using one of the kiosks located in the MS/HS Cafeteria, in the main reception area (where the sales will be held) or online.
Username: With your family number found on the front of the parent ID card minus the last letter eg: FM001361M
Password: Is the same as the username
Students will need to return the below permission form completed by the parent to purchase Halloween treats with their DragonBands.
We thank you for your support and we hope you have a happy Halloween!
Pre-sales for the very popular, and very useful, 2017 calendars is underway. These calendars showcase the beautiful sights and culture of Qatar and our ASD community. Many of the images have been submitted by our students, parents and teachers so it is very personal production. At only QAR 50 for either a desk or a wall calendar they make excellent gifts and certainly help schedule the busy lives we all live. For information on the calendars and how to order please contact Ola at email@example.com. The pre-sale period will run up to 20th October.
Attention All Photographers Students and Parents!
The 2017 ASD PTA Calendar Competition is on!
We need your photo submissions for our annual ASD Calendar. Show us your talent and your favorite places in Qatar. The winning photo will displayed on the front cover of the calendar, and the student with the winning photo will receive a prize!
A color photo in RGB in 12 mega pixels (3000 x 4000)
Name and current grade (for students)
Deadline is October 13th, 2016
Please send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
This Week's Teaching Points:
Reading & Writing
Big Idea: Readers Use All We Know to Help Us Read - Word Attack Skills
Big Ideas: Say It, Support It - Opinion Writing With Purpose
Big Ideas: Subtraction Word Problems
Big Idea: Describing & Sorting Rocks