1G Weekly News

December 5th, 2015

Notes and Updates

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all of you who came out for the 1st Grade Holiday Concert on Tuesday. Weren't they adorable? They were so proud of their performance! Click Here to access the video of the entire concert.

Students enjoyed eating Stone Soup for lunch on Thursday. I was happy to see that everyone tried it and some even ate their whole bowl. Thank to Jennifer who organized, helped set up and clean up. We could not have done it without you! A huge thanks to all who sent in sandwiches, drinks, muffins, cookies, and tableware.

On Thursday you received an e-mail with a link to your child's report card. Please have a look, read over the comments and let me know if you have any questions.

In math, students practiced RDW; read, draw, and write. When they solve word problems they need to read it and understand the important information. Then draw a picture that matches the story with labels and an equation. Then they write a sentence answering the question in the problem. Next students worked to understand the equals sign and whether equations are true and false. For example. 9+5=20-6 is true and 9+5=10-5 is false.

In reading, students began to dig deeper into learning about their characters by discovering character traits both inside and out.

In writing, students are writing about the time something happened to them. Typically, these stories are centered around a feeling - the time I was surprised, the time I was sad, nervous, etc. We worked on small moments vs. bed to bed. Small moments are one event such as a roller coaster ride at Disneyland and a bed to bed is similar to one day at Disneyland. You can support your child with this writing by talking about times/events that your child might like to write about. "Do you remember that time that you..."

In social studies, we started a new unit called "The World Around Us." There was new vocabulary for most students and they were able to inquire into some pictures of different ecosystems to figure out what the word means. Once we understood the word we began investigation 4 different ecosystems; the desert, rain forest, tundra, and grasslands.

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


Shannon Keane

Special Announcements

International Week

International Week will be held Dec 7 - 10. Here's the schedule:

Monday | Opening Ceremony |National Costume Dress

Tuesday | Sports Jersey Day

Wednesday | International Buffet | Qatar National Dress

Thursday | Closing Ceremony | International Week T-Shirts

If you did not order an International Week t-shirt and would like one, they will be for sale in the MS/HS office before and after school daily during International Week.

International Week Homework

Discuss a country that is special to you and your family. What makes it special and different from other countries? What are some of the traditions from that country? What does traditional clothing look like? During explore students will design an artifact that represents that country and share with classmates.

International Buffet - Wednesday, Dec 9

1st grade will visit the buffet at 9:30 during recess/snack time. If you would like to come and help students fix their plates you are welcome to do so. As we attend so early, all students will need to bring a lunch from home on that day.

  • ALL families are asked to contribute food (No sign up)

  • We need TONS of servers (sign up link in Sahifa)

  • Information poster is in Sahifa (see photo below)

  • This event is not a family event. It is for the students of ASD in conjunction with International Week

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!

Pajama Day Rescheduled

Due to the lovely weather last Wednesday we are going to have Pajama day on December 17th our last day of school.

A Note from the Director

To make up for the instructional time lost to Wednesday’s school cancellation, the PACT Tuesdays on December 15 and January 5 will be converted to full instructional days.

We thank you for your understanding and support of the school closure on Wednesday last week, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to school tomorrow.


Tom Hawkins, Director

Library Relocation

The Elementary Library will be moving temporarily to the rectangular portion of the Elementary School Cafeteria. Students will be able to check out double the amount of books for the next week and library classes will be held in students classrooms during this transition.The library will be operating on a smaller scale for the remainder of the school year. We thank you for your patience and understanding while our brand new library is being built.

Playground Reminders

Students are not allowed on the playground equipment at Gate 5 until after 3:15 PM. Children MUST be supervised by an adult at all times. Adults must be present on the playground and be able to see your child(ren). If children are left unsupervised they will be asked to leave the playground immediately for safety reasons.

Dates to Remember

Week of December 7-10 International Week

Thursday December 17 Pajama Day and Christmas class party

December 18 - January 2 Winter Break

A Peek at the Week Ahead

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International Buffet

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 9:30am

HS Gym

Shannon Keaane

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