1G Weekly News

October 11th, 2015

Notes and Updates

Dear Parents,

It has been a busy week in 1G!

This week in math, students surprised me with how well they know their doubles facts! After one day of practice, we were able to move right on to Doubles +1. We also started working with subtraction and counting back.

In reading, we continuing to work choosing just right books during book shopping and learning how to work with our reading partner by reading various ways and using accountable talk. This week, we also worked on using 3 important word attack skills: Get your mouth ready for the first sound, look at the picture and think about what would make sense. Looking at the picture is a great strategy for our young readers. It helps them to think about the story and remember - reading is meaning!

In writing, students practiced adding text to their illustrations in the form of labels, speech or thought bubbles, and how color can help convey meaning to their story. We also worked on when to use a capital letter.

In social studies, we continue to learn about the ASD values of respect, responsibility, honesty and compassion and how we can apply the values in our classroom and beyond.

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


Shannon Keane

Special Announcements

PTA Book Fair

The PTA is excited to bring the opportunity for students, parents and teachers to buy new books in the Elementary Presentation Room. There will be lots of fantastic titles not available in Doha. Prices rage from 15 QR to 80 QR

Our class will be going to the book fair tomorrow Monday October 12th from 8:00-8:20

Please note, kids will have to use cash to purchase books, we cannot use the Dragon Bracelets at the book fair.

Monday October 12th and Tuesday October 13th are reserved for class visits, but Wednesday October 14th and Thursday October 15th the Book Fair will be open to all parents from 7:40am - 3:30pm or until quantities are gone. We will have parent volunteers available to help kids pick out books, answer questions and guide them through the books.

Halloween Information
Classroom Party

Our classroom Halloween party will be held on Tuesday, Oct 27 (Thursday Schedule) from 1:30-2:10. Please contact Jennifer at jeldesouki@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out.

Students may wear their costume to school that day, but remember - that will be a PE day and they will need to be able to switch into their PE clothes before the end of the day.

Halloween Carnival
This year our SPOOKTACULAR Halloween Carnival will be held at ASD on Tuesday October 27th from 5:30-7:30pm. All students Pre-K - Grade 5 are invited to attend. We need parent volunteers! If you interested in helping please fill out the form sent home with your child or contact mmartin@asd.edu.qa

Tickets will be sold BEFORE the carnival. Ticket forms will be sent home Thursday October 15th. This event is for ASD students and their families ONLY.

Pumpkin Patch

The annual Pumpkin Patch will be held in the Administration Foyer from Sunday, October 25th - Tuesday, October 27th from 7:30am-3:30pm. This is a cash ONLY event that everyone really enjoys and is a great opportunity to do some Halloween shopping. Items include fun gadgets, yummy treats, pumpkins and decorations.


I want to make sure that everyone is clear on homework and the difference between book bags and home folders. Maybe this will help:


Return Green Pouch and Green Folder to School. Homework packet will be in Green Pouch. Please remove it and KEEP AT HOME.

Blue Book Pouch goes home with Just Right Books – RETURN TO SCHOOL next day.

Monday and Tuesday

Read from Blue Book Pouch – RETURN TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY.

Wednesday - students read library books. Blue Book Pouch stays at school.


Return homework packet to school in Green Pouch. Read from Raz-Kids or read books from home.

Green Home Folder comes home with work and important notes.

If you have any questions or concerns about this routine, don't hesitate to e-mail me!


Students will have logins for several of the websites that we use for homework. You will find their login information for Raz-Kids, IXL Math and NVS e-mail account information on the front of their green home folder and on a card in their blue book bag.

Changes in Dismissal Routines

I know that at times plans change for transportation at the end of the day. Please make sure you e-mail Krista Wilson (kwilson@asd.edu.qa) and copy me with any dismissal changes. I wouldn't want to miss a note if I happen to be absent or away from the computer. Thank you!

Upcoming Important Dates

October 11-14 PTA Book Fair
October 21-22 Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:40-7:20 and 7:40-12:00

October 22 No school for students
October 27 Halloween Classroom Party - 12:50 - 1:30
October 27 Halloween Carnival
October 27 Full Day Tuesday – Thursday Schedule
October 28 PD Day – No Students
October 29 Day Off!!

A Peek at the Week Ahead

PTA Book Fair

Monday, Oct. 12th, 8am

ES Presentation Room

Shannon Keaane

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