# Ms Greenlee's Class

## Dates to Remember:

2 February - ASD Sports Day

4 February - Elementary Swim Championships

9 February - No School

10 February - Photo Retakes

11 February - AMA Bake Sale

14 February - Class Valentine Party

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

• Math: This week students practiced: using manipulatives to represent two-digit addition, representing two-digit addition with drawings, and solving two-digit addition problems using the vertical method. They continue to work to improve their fluency, with sprints, and their problem solving skills , with application problems. After listening to and/or reading word problems, students figure out which strategy would be the best for the situation. We continue to encourage students to identify the question and to realize that the reason for having more than one strategy is that some strategies work well with certain numbers, and another strategy might be more efficient for a different set of numbers. Students also started solving subtraction problems. Please look through your child’s returned work. Because some students work more quickly than others, you might find some unfinished work. It isn’t always necessary for each student to solve every problem, but there are different skills required for some of the problems, so it’s important that your child has attempted the different types.

• Writing: Students continued writing realistic fiction stories. We’ve been noticing how authors show not tell by reading books from the Pinky and Rex series along with other mentor texts (Enemy Pie, Jamaica Tag Along, Koala Lou). Partners have been helping each other by listening to each other’s stories and sharing what they are picturing in their heads while listening. They are also able to offer compliments and suggestions. If a part of the story is confusing, they share ideas about how to ‘fix-up’ a part of the story. We often spend the last few minutes of a lesson listening to one of our classmates share either a part of their story, or time permitting, perhaps the entire story. Some students are working to figure out how to end their story, while others are beginning second or even third stories.

• Science: This week was our last week of our Weather Unit. Students visited the science lab to compete in a Meteorologist Marathon where they practiced reading thermometers and rain gauges. They also practiced identifying clouds, weather situations, and wind damage using the Beaufort scale. The week ended with our weather assessment. We look forward to our next social studies unit which will be Qatar Then and Now.

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.

Friendship Festival T-Shirt Orders

Remember to please bring in your Friendship Festival T-Shirt orders by Sunday January 31st. T-Shirts will be sold at Gate 5 and Gate 8 the week of February 21st - 25th. This year's Friendship Festival T-Shirt gives you free entrance to this year's Friendship Festival which will be on February 26th.

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.

## 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.