1E Newsletter: Week of March 20th

What's going on in 1st grade!

This Week...

Sunday: FIELD TRIP to MIA, World Language, Library

Monday: MSArabic/Explore Time, PE, Music

Tuesday: (no specials due to Field Trip on Sunday)

Wednesday: PE, World Language, Technology

Thursday: Art, Music

Field Trip on Sunday to MIA!

Sunday is our field trip to the Museum of Islamic Art. Please remember to send in with your child:

  • Snack
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Hat and wear sunscreen
  • Wear comfortable close-toed shoes

Students will be responsible for their own belongings. We will be leaving school at 8:30am and will be returning around 1:00pm for afternoon specials. We are excited for a great trip!

Report Cards Emailed Today

Report Cards for Trimester 2 will be emailed home today. Please be on the look out for them and let us know if you didn't receive one. I am very proud of everyone's achievements in the class.

No Homework This Week

With Spring Break coming up there will be no homework assigned this coming week. We encourage students to continue reading each night and work on any skills they may need extra practice with during this week.

Dragon Band Parent Letter (sent home previously from the office)

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 as a library book or 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.

ASD

Science

We are starting on a new unit on Matter:

  • What are solids
  • What are words that describe solids
  • Where do we find solids
  • What can we use solids for

Math Geometry Unit Parent Letter

A hard copy of the math parent letter for the Geometry Unit will be sent home today photocopied on blue paper. While we try to go green and send things electronically we felt it was important to send home a hard copy of the math unit letter as there are strategies and vocabulary that may email with the incorrect formatting. We will email what we can electronically, and others may be sent home in paper form.
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New Math Resource for Parents

Our Math Coordinator, Carol Little, has been working to develop a site to house parent resources for math. In particular, it has the videos, parent packet, and parent packet answers for the parent sessions she has been hosting. She also has posted parent strategy letters for the individual units and a packet of Common Core aligned fluency games.


This is a new site and definitely is a work in progress. Mrs. Little started the site in January and is working forward with the units as we complete them. Therefore, materials from Units 1 and 2 may not be available until later this year. In addition, videos can be a little tricky to upload and may or may not always work! Here is the link to that site.

Lower Elementary Math 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.

Gate 12 is Open! (emailed home from the office)

Great news! Sunday March 20 will see the opening of pedestrian Gate 12 (opposite the Doha Rugby Club) for middle school and high school drop-off and pick-up. This valuable addition boasts two swipe entry/exit turnstiles and a manned guard gate similar to Gates 2 and 8.


Gate 12 will cater to the drop-off of middle school and high school students between the hours of 7:30 - 8:30am and pick-up from 3:00 - 5:00pm. This zone has been specifically designed for pedestrian traffic due to the limited parking in the immediate vicinity and will assist with alleviating traffic congestion at other gates.


Parent and visitors should continue to use Gate 8 to enter and exit the campus at all times except for evening activities where Gate 12 may be used.


Gate 12 was built in part due to a generous grant by the United States Department of State to enhance campus security and provide greater ease of access.


The American School is truly committed to ensuring that your child has a safe and secure learning environment. We not only look forward to reporting on the completion of the state-of-art greenhouse in the upcoming issue of the Sahifa, but also other campus projects in the near future.


Please do not hesitate to contact communications@asd.edu.qa if you have any questions.

Class Birthday Party Reminders

There have been concerns brought forward by parents regarding the amount of sugary treats being served in the classrooms during birthday parties and class celebrations. Just a gentle reminder to encourage students to eat their healthy snacks before sugary snacks are enjoyed.


We will be touching base with our homeroom parents regarding this concern. However if you find that there are too many "unhealthy" choices being brought to your class parties please bring your concerns to your homeroom parent and encourage healthier snack options.


We thank you all for your continuous support in this matter.

Collecting Cardboard for Explore Time

We are still collecting cardboard boxes such as cereal boxes/pasta boxes/etc. and toilet paper/paper towel rolls. The students love to build and create things with them during explore time and we are going through them pretty fast. A big Thank You to everyone who has sent items in-- we are still looking for more! Please send in your unwanted cardboard packaging so we can create with it in class!

Upcoming Dates

March 17- Report Cards sent home electronically

March 25-April 4- Spring Break

April- Poetry Month

April 5- Full-day of school, 3pm dismissal

April 8- ASD Fun Day

April 21- Arabic Concert, 7:30pm

April 26-28- Used Book Sale

April 27-28- Student-Led Conferences- Portfolio Day

May 1-17- PK-12 Art Show

May 3- PTA Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch

May 8- 1st Grade Writer’s Café

May 12- 5th Grade Play

May 17- KG Music Concert

May 19- Volunteer Breakfast

May 22- No School for Students, Teacher Professional Development

May 24- Full-day of school, 3pm dismissal

May 26- Assistant Appreciation Lunch

June 5- Step-Up Day

June 7- Full-day of school, 3pm dismissal

June 9- Last Day Assembly

June 9- Last Day of School, Report Cards go home