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Newsletter #1: Who We Are

Ramadan Kareem

Kindergarten has been celebrating Ramadan with stories, activities and games! Students are super excited as they come each day ready to discover a new story about the crescent moon, or Rafiq and the "Date Palm" and his activities. Students have taken time to think about and share their goals this Ramadan by making hands with each of their goals written inside. These goals are displayed on our class door. Please take a moment to read their beautiful thoughts. Our classroom is celebrating Ramadan with crescent moons and balloons which we pop each day to countdown to Eid-ul-Fitr! Most beautiful is the commitment of the students to fast to the best of their ability and be proud of each others efforts and accomplishments! Alhamdulillah!

UOI # 6 : Who We Are

Transdisciplinary Theme:

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Central idea: Making balanced choices helps maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Key concepts: Function, Causation, Change

Lines of inquiry

  • Daily habits and routines - hygiene, sleep, play, eating
  • Balanced choices
  • Actions to improve health

International Day Celebrations!

International Day celebrations appreciating the diversity of cultures and traditions in our classroom! Everyone was amazing as they prepared for the program. A special thank you to all the families and friends who came and shared delicious foods from their country.

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English Language Arts


  • Students will continue to work on their goals and strategies in small groups, with partners and with with the teacher. We will be researching informational books to ask and answer questions about various topics and distinguishing fact from fiction.
  • Using informational text students will describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
  • With prompting and support, students will learn to identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
  • With prompting and support, students will identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (EX: in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
  • Students will be reassessed on reading levels


  • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (EX: My favorite book is...).

Language :

  • Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities.
  • Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (EX: knowing duck is a bird and learning the verb to duck).
  • Use the most frequently occurring inflections and affixes (e.g., -ed, -s, re-, un-, pre-, -ful, -less) as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word.
  • Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent
  • Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms).
  • Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g., walk, march, strut, prance) by acting out the meanings.


Module 5: Numbers 10-20 and Counting to 100

Continuing with Modele 5 students clarify the meaning of the 10 ones and some ones within a teen number and extend that understanding to count to 100.

Focus Standards for Mathematical Practice:

  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Students represent teen numerals with concrete objects separated as 10 ones and some ones.

  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Students explain their thinking about teen numbers as 10 ones and some ones and how to represent those numbers as addition sentences.

  • Model with mathematics. Students model teen quantities with number bonds, place value cards, and teen numbers.

  • Look for and make use of structure. Students use the structure of 10 ones to reason about teen numbers. They compare teen numbers using the structure of the 10 ones to compare the some ones.

Module 6: Analyzing, Comparing and Composing Shapes

Kindergarten will close the year with another opportunity for students to explore geometry. Throughout the year, students have built an intuitive understanding of two- and three dimensional figures by examining models of shapes and figures. They have used geometry as a context for exploring numerals as well as comparing attributes and quantities. To wrap up the year, students will further develop their spatial reasoning skills and begin laying the groundwork for an understanding of area through composition of geometric figures


Count to tell the number of objects.

  • Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
  • Develop understanding of ordinal numbers (first through tenth) to describe the relative position and magnitude of whole numbers.

Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

  • Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.
  • Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, “Can you join these two triangles with full sides touching to make a rectangle?”

Science: Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle

Students will be introduced to the five food groups and discover the colors associated to that food group. Students will learn the importance of eating foods from all groups and how all groups contribute to being healthy. We will explore healthy choices of food, diet and exercise making connections to a healthy lifestyle, including the importance of sleep, water and hygiene.

5 Food Groups:

  • Dairy Group (blue)
  • Vegetables Group (green)
  • Fruits Group (red)
  • Grains Group (orange)
  • Protein Group (purple)

Vocabulary we will be using and learning about:

Healthy—Foods or physical activities that help build strong bodies that are well, free from sickness.

Nutrition-- is the study of food and how it works in your body

Behavior—The way that you act

Calcium—a nutrient in milk and dairy foods that builds strong bones and teeth.

Bones-the hard skeleton under our skin that protects the inside of our bodies.

Vitamin A—a nutrient found in vegetables that gives us healthy skin and eyes.

B-vitamins—nutrients found in the Grains group that give you energy.

Energy—Power or the ability to be active; foods (like fuel) are changed into energy to make our bodies run.

Protein—Substance found in foods we eat that our bodies need for growth and repair of tissues. –

Muscles—a tissue found in people that builds their strength

Snack—a mini-meal; food eaten between meals

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will use unit vocabulary to explain what they are learning about.
  • Students will plan and carry out systematic investigations, manipulating variables as necessary.
  • Students will interpret and evaluate data gathered in order to draw conclusions.


May Allah graciously bless us during this Holy month of Ramadan, Ameen.

During this upcoming UOI, KG students will be learning:


· Learning the verbs for eating and drinking

· Learning how to say and identify what’s healthy and non-healthy in Arabic.

· Reviewing the parts of the body.

· Reading from appropriate leveled Arabic books.

Arabic vocabulary words for healthy, rights, unhealthy, health, and energy.

أنا أأكل- أشرب- مفيد- غير مفيد- ماء- لبن- عصير- فواكه-خضروات- حلوى


· Surah Aadiyaat and Zalzalah (memorization)

· Students will also work on review to ensure the memorization of previously learned Surahs.

Islamic Studies

What is Ramadan?

Revelations made to the Prophet during the Holy month of Ramadan.

What breaks the wudu?

What does it mean to be Muslim?

The rights of the body (regarding a healthy lifestyle)


Students will create Auto-portrait using acrylic paint and mixed media.

Student will identify facial features and expression.

Targeted MSDE Standards:

Creative Expression & Production:

· Manipulate art media, material, and tools safely.

· Create artworks that explore the uses of color, line, and shape, to express ideas and feelings.

· Identify color, line, and shape in artworks.

Learner Profiles and Attitudes

Risk Taker- We try to do new things.

Balanced- We look after ourselves and others


Independence- thinking and doing things for yourself

Cooperation- working together

Upcoming Dates

  • UOI 6 Summative Assessment- Wed June 13, 2018
  • School-Wide Eid Party- Thur June 28, 2018
  • Last Day of School- Thur June 28, 2018