Ms Greenlee's Class

2G at American School of Doha

Dates to Remember:

January 17-20 - MAP Testing

January 18 - 8:10-9:00 Let’s Do Math Grade 2 strategies presentation - sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iqL1voq9BlbnmhN8UGcvSRRdalicd7aVEV3mjijxYIM/viewform?c=0&w=1

January 19 - Full Day of School

January 21 - No School

January 24-28 - Visiting Artist – Danny Gregory, visiting artist

January 28 - Spirit Day: Dress as Your Future Self

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

  • Math: New strategies for notating mental math were taught this week along with review of those previously learned. Students practiced decomposing numbers into tens and ones, with number bonds, in order to add by place or make the nearest ten. The arrow way notation was practiced with addition and subtraction allowing students to add up or count back at their comfort level. If you have a chance to attend the interactive information session this coming Monday, Carol, our math coordinator, will be demonstrating the addition and subtraction strategies taught in this unit.
  • Reading: Similar to how students warm-up for sport, they also ‘warm-up’ for reading by previewing the story. Earlier this year students learned about sneak peeks and we continue to practice. We’ve been peeking into realistic fiction books with characters who give us something to talk (and write) about. Students have also been capturing their ideas on Post-its or in their reading journals. While listening to books read aloud, students are thinking about why they think the way they do about a character. We’ve been practicing supporting our thinking using sentence frames: I think Character’s name is _________ because ______________________. No matter which fiction book your child is reading, there will usually be a who, wanting something, acting a certain way for a certain reason. The discussion part is often based around ‘why is the character behaving that way?’ We’ve had some wonderful discussions this week!
    Writing: Authors develop characters through various techniques to allow readers to connect/empathize. Students have been noticing and/or practicing using dialogue in their own stories. They have also been succeeding or attempting to write about character's actions that 'show-don't-tell', and making characters believable to readers through their actions, motivations, struggles, etc..Many students have planned and drafted a story, and are beginning another story. Some are working on various parts of their story, and each student is learning more about what is required to write this type of story.
    Science: This week students were introduced to the concept of seasons around the world. While some places have 4 distinct seasons others may just have 2, a dry and wet season. Students also learned that seasons are different in the northern and southern hemisphere. Take a moment to talk about the seasons in your home country with your child and decided how many seasons there are.

    New Entry to Campus Procedures

    Starting January 17th, 2016 there will be some changes for students and parents entering the ASD Campus​ supporting student safety.​ ​All students will be required to scan their Dragon Wristband entering and exiting the campus. It is recommended that you remind your child to wear their wristband daily. Replacement Dragon bands may be purchased at the front desk of the Administrative entrance for 50 qr. Wristbands will be distributed to Lower Elementary Students next week by their teachers. Your childs dragon band will be labeled with their name by a key tag. We kindly ask parents to keep this label on the wrist band for easy identification.


    Parents and domestic staff will not be permitted through Gate 5 for morning drop off.​ ​Students​

    may enter through Gate 5 using their wristbands and teachers will be there to supervise starting at 7:40 AM. Parents wishing to accompany their children to classes are asked to enter through Gates 8 & 10. ​


    Pick-up procedures will remain the same, parents will be able to enter and exit the campus through Gate 5 from 2:45 - 4:15 PM. Pick up procedures for PACT Tuesdays and our Pre-K Students will also remain the same, parents will be able to enter through Gate 5 at 12:15 PM. We kindly ask parents and guests to enter through Gate 8 during the school day. We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we work to keep our school safe and continue the improvements to the ASD campus.


    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