Ms Greenlee's Class

2G at American School of Doha

Dates to Remember:

9 February - No School

10 February - Photo Retakes

11 February - AMA Bake Sale

14 February - Class Valentine Party

17 & 18 February - Dhow and Souk Field Trips (more information to come)

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

  • Math: We have really consolidated our addition and subtraction strategies this week, through rigorous practice and close attention to the mistakes we sometimes make. We have several strategies to choose from now! We've been solving word problems too. I very much appreciate your looking over your child's work in the Thursday Folders. You'll be able to see the kind of progress your son or daughter is making. Some students aren't quite able to finish each of the problems, or the problems have been finished, but are incorrect. We make every effort to help students redo problems that have been solved incorrectly. All the work students are doing now is foundational. It's wonderful to see so many students working neatly and lining up digits correctly. This leads to their understanding of place value.

  • Reading: We have been doing amazing work inferring about the characters in our books. If a student believes something about a character, there ought to be evidence in the text that supports their belief. We know a writer gives us clues to infer by showing not telling us how the character(s) think, act, and feel. We have read so many great examples of show not tell, and it’s been wonderful to see how student writers are able to do what their mentors do. Many students are working to learn how to correctly punctuate dialogue and luckily the books we’re reading model this for students.

  • Writing: Students are using information from lessons and following the examples of our authors by taking a telling part of a story and and turning it into showing part. We’ve also had the opportunity to listen to stories written by our peers and students have used those stories as inspiration while writing their own stories. Some students were ready to use their checklists to edit their stories. I’ve a new batch of stories to read from this week and I’m really pleased with the increased production. It’ll be great fun to share these stories with you soon.

  • Social Studies: We began our new unit titled, Qatar, Then & Now. Students watched a video and discussed which parts were from then, which parts were from now, and we thought about whether or not some of the images we saw could be put into both categories. We discussed what we already know about Qatar and what we’d like to learn. We’re looking back 100 years and contrasting 1916 to 2016. We'll be noticing the changes that have occurred in the decades between as well. We looked at Google Earth to figure out the shape and location of Qatar. We will continue to learn more about either our home or host country for the next five or six weeks. If there are any parents who would like to come in and share their knowledge, please contact me.

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 and Swati Korpal 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 or through your son or daughter's classroom teacher.


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

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