Ms Greenlee's Class

2G at American School of Doha

Dates to Remember:

14 February - 18 February Read Week

14 February - Class Valentine Party

14 February - Dress as what you love day

15 February - 18 February Elementary Used Book Sale outside the elementary library - before and after school

17 February - Dress as your favorite book character day (Lower elementary students only)

17 & 18 February - Dhow and Souk Field Trips

23 February - Grade 2 Musical Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (please be seated by 11:25) Location: ASD Theater.

26 February Friendship Festival

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

    • Math: We have continued to consolidate our addition and subtraction strategies this week, through rigorous practice and close attention to the mistakes we sometimes made. We have been examining our partner’s work and the work of others in order to understand all the strategies better. We have a many strategies to choose from now! We've also been playing games that require us to solve word problems.

    • Reading: This week we explored how characters change throughout the story and what a character says or does to show us their feelings and how they may have changed. In particular we were keen to see how mentor authors used dialogue.

    • Writing: We then applied this to our writing where we took a ‘telling’ part and changed it into a ‘showing’ part, portraying feelings, thoughts and actions, as we did final revisions to our realistic fiction stories. In the editing stage we paid particular attention to how we decided if there should be a period or not and when is it one sentence or two. We will publish and celebrate our successes in this unit at the start of next week.

    • Social Studies: We began the unit on Qatar by exploring the life of a pearl diver and writing journal entries that told of the equipment used, the other people involved and the economics of the industry. This week we learned about the importance of pearl diving to Qatar’s past and the tools a pearl diver might use. Looking ahead, we will explore how those pearls were traded and how other goods were traded at traditional Souks. By week's end we were looking at how Qatar has changed since the discovery, and more precisely, the sale of oil and gas. Further journal entries next week will detail a day in the life of a chosen oil rig worker. Lively discussion followed these explorations, with children realizing why their families had come to Qatar and how their parents' jobs fit into the overall economy.

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