# Ms. Mary's Class

## Week 35, May 19, 2016

Dear Parents,

Tuesday of the coming week is a full day of school and there will be SWIMMING!

on Monday May 30, 2016 This dinner celebrates all of our community workers at ASD (cleaners, guards, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and monitors, etc.). To support this event, Grade 2 Students will participate in a 'Marketplace' of events for which they will donate QR1, QR2 or QR5. Please send some pocket money with your child on Monday, preferably in small notes (QR1s)

What parents can do...

As part of our service learning project, we are asking for help to support the Shukran committee's donation drive. The money raised helps provide a buffet for all of the dinner attendees. A flier was out on Sunday: simply fill out the bottom portion of this flyer and bring it back with your donation to your homeroom teacher by Monday, May 23, 2016. You may also indicate if the donation is to be deducted from the dragon card.

Our homeroom mum, Manisha, has also been in touch with you to request desserts for this dinner - these may be dropped off in the classroom on the morning of Monday, 30th May.

You may recall that your child set a goal to be achieved by the end of this trimester. I stressed that this was indeed their own goal, not yours and not mine and re-iterated that they need to follow up on the steps needed to achieve that goal. A few students have followed up with me for various resources last week but the majority have not. You may want to remind your child about the goal they set for themselves.

As we approach the fourth last week of the trimester, we are looking closely at some standards that a grade 2 student should have achieved this year, in particular speaking to be understood. Please remind your child about speaking clearly so that everyone in the room can hear and understand what they want to convey.

The final class party will be held on Sunday, June 5th @ 2:20pm.

Kind Regards,

Mary Mulqueen

• Math: Math: This week in math, students used math drawings to represent equal groups, and relate them to repeated addition. They also were introduced to arrays and how to compose arrays from rows and columns and count to find the total using objects.
• Reading: Most students have now been assessed using the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). Part of the assessment is having students write about what they do well as a reader and what they would like to improve. In 2G we worked on these in small groups. The reflection process led to some interesting discussions. Although our unit titled Series Books has come to an end, many students have discovered series they enjoy. Our last unit of the year is an independent project. The project allows students to continue growing their reading skills and working towards their individual reading goals.

• Writing: Our final writing unit this year is a review of all things fiction. Students took part in the ASD common writing prompt and the information gained from this writing activity will help shape our writing lessons for the next 2 weeks. We look forward to building on what we already know strong fiction writers do and even exploring new genres of fiction.
• Science: Students expanded their knowledge of forces this week by learning about magnetism. Instead of using words like push and pull, we tried to use the more scientific language of attract and repel. We learned not every metal attracts to a magnet. We also learned the power of a magnet does not always depend on its size. Wanna play a fun magnet game at home? Check out this site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/7_8/magnets_springs.shtml

## Upcoming Events...

May 22 Professional Development – No School for students

May 24 Tuesday Full Day of School

May 30 Irish Storyteller Visit - Library will provide further details

June 1 2C goes Bowling!

June 5 Step up Day (to Grade 3)

June 7 Full Day Tuesday

June 9 Last Day of School - Student Dismissal at 12:00pm – Report Cards go Home

## Broken Wristbands

Dear Parents,

Over the past few months, we have been keeping track of the amount of Dragon Wristbands that are coming back to us, broken. We have also been looking closely at the normal wear and tear of the wristbands and the actual damage that is occurring.

Closer inspection of the broken wristbands and observation in the classroom has revealed that a high amount of wristbands are being intentionally damaged. This happens when a student has been playing with it, chewing/biting it, picking at the back of the wristband where the magnetic disk is and removing it, cutting it with the clasp part of a lanier, cutting it with scissors, picking the top part of the wristband so that the magnetic disk pops out, stretching it until it snaps, continually snapping it or pulling it, playing with it with friends – a ‘tug of war’ type of scenario, etc.

With the sheer amount coming back to us damaged in this way, we have come to the decision to start charging QR 50.00 to the student’s Dragon Wristband account for a replacement. Of course, we will pre-inspect all bands prior to issuance to verify no faulty or material design flaw is present that has contributed to the wristband being torn or broken. And of course, if a wristband has simply stopped working, the wristband will be replaced at no charge.

The Dragon Wristband needs to be regarded and treated as school property – the same as a library book or school-issued computer/camera, etc. Students have been issued a first wristband at no charge and are expected to treat it with the same care a library book or piece of classroom property. We would like to ask you, as parents, to have a conversation with your child about the importance of taking care of their Dragon Wristband.

Thank you for your kind cooperation and understanding with this matter.

## Tuesday After School Activity Pick Up

Parents picking up students from After School Activities on Tuesdays should enter through Gate 8. A kind reminder to all parents to bring and display your ASD Dragon Card at all times while on campus.

## Playground Reminders

Students are not allowed on the playground equipment at Gate 5 until after 3:15 PM. Children MUST be supervised by an adult at all times. Adults must be present on the playground and be able to see your child(ren). If children are left unsupervised they will be asked to leave the playground immediately for safety reasons.

## Nut Allergies

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 (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.