Ms Greenlee's Class

2G at American School of Doha

Dates to Remember:

February 23 Grade Two Music Concert @ 11:30

February 26 Friendship Festival

February 28 LE Activity Day

March 6-7 Visiting Authors Fleming and Rohmann

March 6-10 Trimester 3 ASA Signups

March 7-13 World Language Week

March 10 Trimester 2 Ends

Brief Subject Updates -- Click on buttons below to open parent letters for each subject

Math: Students continue to consolidate their addition and subtraction strategies and to practice the vertical method in more challenging situations. This rigorous practice and close attention to the mistakes we sometimes make has made us better mathematicians. When comparing strategies, we realize that having different strategies to choose from allows us flexibility, and often the strategy chosen is dependent on problem.
Reading: Next week students will begin kicking off their new unit with an immersion in folktales and fairytales. We'll be discussing these tales noticing that these make believe tales usually have a good and an evil force in them, that they often include magic and that sometimes there’s a lesson to be learned from them. Students will notice clues that help us to learn more about the characters in these tales. We are looking forward to understanding more about our characters; feelings and thoughts so that we can step into their shoes and role-play them with our peers.
Writing: We began the unit by sharing a book. In the book, there is an offer made to children that whoever could tell which power is most important would become the next prime minister. Opinions were expressed. Is it technology, money, love, kindness, intelligence, life... We now know that we have reasons for our opinions and we're learning how to share our reasons, so that possible we can use our writing to persuade others to believe what we believe!
Social Studies: Our field trip helped us to better understand the concept of needs and wants as we traded the spoils of a pearl diving trip (cash from the pearls) with the purchase of a necessity like bread for the family. Prior to the field trip, our Souq Simulation helped students realize that life as a pearl diver (hauler or shop owner) was not very lucrative and that workers were usually preoccupied with providing for the needs of their families. The Nakhuda or Pearl Trader were also providing for their families, but their situations, economically, were quite different.

Additional Information

Important Information from the LES Office

Nannies and Drivers are not allowed on campus until 2:45pm daily. If you are sending a driver or nanny to pick up your child throughout the school day for an appointment or other reasons you need to let the Elementary Office know by email. Please email Deb Fenley dfenley@asd.edu.qa and Swati Korpal skorpal@asd.edu.qa the following information: Who will be picking up your child, what time they will pick up and the reason for picking the child up and family ID Number which is located on your ID badge.


Gate 5 Entry Update

  • After 8:00am parents can enter through Gate 5 on days when there are Principal Coffee Mornings, Counsellors Coffee or Workshops and Let’s Do Math Workshops.

  • Parents picking up sick students can enter through Gate 5, the ES Nurses will leave the parents name with the Guard House for easy and quick access.


Lower Elementary Math Parent Drop-in

Our Math Coordinator, Mrs. Carol Little will be holding a Lower Elementary parent drop in / office hour every Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00pm. Mrs. Little will be available at this time every week to assist parents who need further information about our Math program or who would like help / suggestions with how to support their children at home. It will be held in Ms. Mindy Martin’s office.


National Foreign Language Week, March 7 – 13, 2016 (All the World language team and classes)

  • Pass it forward: world language students will teach the community a word they have learned

  • Selected students will say hello in different languages each day over the intercom

Change to logging on to NVS

To improve the security of student accounts we are going to change the students' NVS passwords from 12345678 to a unique number for each student. Next week, or soon after, you will get an email containing the new password. This password should be used from then on when you log onto NVS. If you have any problems or questions please feel free to contact me directly by email at pblacklock@asd.edu.qa or through your son or daughter's classroom teacher.


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As we are currently studying place value, please try the lessons listed under Place Value heading. Be aware that in grade two, we're working with numbers up to 1,000. A good place to start is M.1

www.kidsa-z.com

A library available wherever you have an internet connection.

Information From Our Nurses

There are students in your child’s class who have nut allergies. A child with nut allergy can develop mild or severe reactions if they come in contact with the said allergen. Please take note of the following measures:

· Please be considerate of your child’s classmates when sending in snacks (if possible, to avoid sending any nuts or nut products)
· Children should be encouraged to wash their hands before and after lunch, prior to returning to the classroom to avoid any cross-contamination.
· For any special occasions, please be reminded that any food brought in to the class should be nut free.

Please contact the nurse office or your homeroom teacher if you have any questions or concern. Thank you for your cooperation