1G Weekly News

November 15th, 2015

Notes and Updates

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

In math, we worked on decomposing and composing numbers through addition. Students learned how to make 10 by decomposing one number and adding it to another. Then adding the remainder to the 10. We got to use our 10 trains and cubes to help us understand.

In reading, students are learning how to retelling using a retelling rope. They are beginning to understand the problem and solution in a story. We even watched a small clip to learn that a problem is the part the is going wrong and the solution is how they fix the problem.

In writing, students continued to work on How To books. They worked on revising by adding powerful verbs. Then they added an introduction and conclusion to their writing. An introduction can start by telling an interesting fact, asking a question, encouraging the reader to read more, or telling what the story will be about. A conclusion is an ending to your story in which we can use transition words like "finally."

In science, we went to the science lab. We learned how to make bricks out of earth materials! We also went on a rock hunt to discover what things around our school are made with rock. Then we played a game on the computer to find things made from rocks.

Scroll down to read about what we will be learning next week and important dates and information for next week.


Shannon Keane

Special Announcements

Library Relocation

The Elementary Library will be moving temporarily to the rectangular portion of the Elementary School Cafeteria. Students will be able to check out double the amount of books for the next week and library classes will be held in students classrooms during this transition. The library will be operating on a smaller scale for the remainder of the school year. We thank you for your patience and understanding while our brand new library is being built.

New Dismissal Procedures

Starting Sunday Lower Elementary Students will be dismissed from the round portion of the elementary cafeteria. Please look for your child classroom teacher and stand clear of the door ways so that students will be able to enter safely and quickly. Upper Elementary students will be dismissed outside of the cafeteria in the tree court yard. We ask that parents continue to walk around the outside of the buildings to get to the cafeteria.


Classes will be starting their aquatics unit during regular PE lessons starting tomorrow. This unit will go for 3 weeks finishing on November 25th. There will be another 5-week unit later in the year.

Aquatics is part of the Physical Education curriculum. The aim of the Lower Elementary aquatics program is to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

 Water entry and exit (including jumping and diving)

 Breath control and underwater skills

 Buoyancy (Floating)

 Swimming

 Safety & survival

We are fortunate to have excellent instructor/student ratios so you can expect your child to be in a small group with students of similar ability. The pool is well heated/cooled to maintain a comfortable temperature. Although it may be cool in the morning when students leave home it is usually warm when students have swimming later in the day. If it is particularly cold at any time we usually decide not to swim.

Students need to have the following equipment:

 Swimming suit (girls-one piece)

 Swim cap

 Towel

 Goggles (optional) - We do not have goggles for students to use.

 Plastic bag (for wet gear)

It is very helpful if students know how to tie their own laces or have Velcro straps. Students are not allowed to wear flip-flops or Crocs to school. If students will bring goggles please adjust them at home and have students practice putting them on and taking them off. Children who forget their swimwear, cap and towel will be required to use a laundered school set. This is so they do not miss learning opportunities. Children should continue to wear their PE uniform on PE days during the swim unit. Please ensure their T-shirts and shorts are labeled with names or initials to prevent loss or mix up.We have increased supervision during swimming classes. The assistant teacher from your child’s class will be on hand, as well as the male and female aquatic staff, to assist and supervise students during changing times. We would like to develop our students’ independence in this area and encourage them to take responsibility for their belongings. Therefore we ask that parents refrain from accompanying their children to swimming lessons. In the past we have felt that children whose parents have attended swimming lessons, have been more distracted than others and that they have not shown as much independence as their peers. We would greatly appreciate your support with this.

If you have any questions or concerns please email me at mpratley@asd.edu.qa

Mike Pratley

​International Week T-Shirts​

On Monday students will be bringing home International Week T-Shirt order forms. Please fill out these forms and return them to your child's teacher by ​Tuesday November 17th. ​

PTA Latin Dinner Dance - Friday, November 20th 2015

The PTA are excited to host our annual dinner dance with this year's theme being a colorful and fun Latin night. Tickets for this event are QR350 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the main administration.

Upcoming Important Dates

November 20 PTA Gala Dinner
November 24 Full Day of School – Regular Tuesday morning schedule
November 25 Grade One Stone Soup
November 25 End of Trimester 1
November 26 Thanksgiving – No School

December 1 Grade One Music Concert

December 3 Report Cards Sent Home Electronically by Office

A Peek at the Week Ahead

Shannon Keaane

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.