Weekly Newsletter (Week of Jan. 15th – Jan. 19th)

The Week in Review

We celebrated two more birthdays last week! Happy Birthday Mohammad and Taibah!


Dates to Remember:

The dates are different for KG/PreK and Grades 1-4.

Dates for KG and PreK:

Tuesday, January 17th is KG/PreK Cultural Dress Day

Wednesday, January 18th is KG/PreK International Day

Thursday, January 19th is a regular school day but with a 12pm dismissal time.  Please arrange to pick up your child at 12 on Thursday.

Dates for Grades 1-4:

Sunday, January 15th is Grade 1-4’s Cultural Dress Day

Thursday, January 19th is Grade 1-4’s International Day with a 12pm early dismissal time.


What We Are Learning

Unit of Inquiry: Sharing the Planet

We will inquire into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things. The central idea of this unit is that conservation protects the environment.

Students will inquire into the following questions:

  • How is our Earth healthy? (Function)
  • What do humans do to harm/protect the environment? (Causation)
  • Why is it important (for you) to protect the Earth? (Reflection)


Unit summary:

  1. Explore healthy environments and the living things that live there
  2. Explore the ways in which humans harm healthy environments (deforestation, land, air, and water pollution)
  3. Explore how humans can protect/conserve the environment: reduce, reuse, recycle


Summative assessment task:

  • Students will create an All About book/poster/video about ways to conserve and protect the environment (ocean, marine life, trees, air quality, etc.).


Inquiry into Literacy

Phonics focus and handwriting practice:

The Letter “Oo”

Writer’s workshop:

Topics: ‘Our Weekend’

Introduction to ‘How To’ Books


Literature Study: (International Books)

Tikki Tikki Tembo

The Story of Ferdinand


Isabella – Girl on the Go

Guided Reading:

Various books according to reading level

CVC Word Practice:

Introduction to word families. Example: ‘ot’ family –  cot, lot, dot, got, hot, not, pot

Literacy Centers:

Various centers will include the following: phonics work, CVC word practice, quiet reading, writing practice

Sight words study:

who, where, what


We are inquiring into the basic formation of letters. We are also writing the alphabet and writing left to right. We are working on details when we speak, draw, and color. Students have begun Writers Workshop. They have focused on “What good writers do.” This week the topics will include: writing about their weekend. In math we will be measuring and recording our measurements.

    • Think
    • Draw
    • Add Details
    • Label and/or write a sentence
    • Color
    • We are also modeling simple sentences such as: “I went to Hawally Park.” We are practicing the following with our sentence writing:
  1. Begin each sentence with a capital letter.
  2. Put finger spaces between our words.
  3. Put a period at the end of each sentence.

What You Can Do to Help Your Child

  1. RAZ Kids! We have recently started an at-home reading program for our KG2 kids. It is called RAZ kids. It is an excellent reading program for all levels of our readers. Please make sure your child is reading for about 10 minutes each night. Start reading with books on the “aa” reading level. Some books they may be able to read on their own, others they may need your help. These books reinforce what we are doing in the class and will greatly assist in your child’s reading progress. If you have any questions, please let me know.
At-Home Reflective Writing Journals – Please begin having your child write at home for a few minutes each night. It can be just a plain notebook. They can write about anything in English or Arabic. Encourage your child to keep a reflective journal. Students can write anything. The most important thing is that they are WRITING!
  1. Practice sight words with your child. Remember they only need to read them. So far we have practiced the following words: we, at, is, the, it, to, I, am, a, play, an, in, go, like, can, and, in, see, so, do, go, no, me, you, she, he, went, this, are, have, my, big, goes, who, what, where. Play a game with them. For example, put each word on a card or paper. Hold up each card one word at a time. If they can read it, they keep the card. If they cannot read it, you keep the card. The person with the most cards wins the game. (This is a game I don’t mind losing!)
  2. Practice CVC Words also known as ‘word families’: such as, cat, sat, mat, rat, hat, fat, pat. For more information regarding CVC words, please see the following link:


Inquiry into Math

Number Decomposition – Practice decomposing the number ‘5’
Counting numbers – Up to 100
Writing numbers – Up to 20
Number representation – Up to 20
Measurement – Length, height and weight
Shapes(2D/3D) – Identifying and describing the following shapes: square, circle, triangle, rectangle, hexagon, cubes, cones, cylinder, sphere


What You Can Do to Help Your Child

At-Home Writing Journals – Please begin having your child write at home for a few minutes each night. It can be just a plain notebook. A math journal, or problem solving notebook as they are sometimes referred to, is a book in which students record their math work and thinking. They can be used to:

  • Practice drawing shapes.
  • Practice decomposing numbers

Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. Thank you all for following our blog! 



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