Sunday, April 15, 2018

Week 32: April 15th - April 19th

Thank you so much for reading our weekly news. We have another fun filled week ahead of learning, reading and writing celebrations and enjoying our hour host country, Egypt with our Egyptian Festival at the end of the week.

From the Curriculum Corner:

READING WORKSHOP: Dramatizing Characters
The Essential Questions Are:

- How do you bring characters to life?
- What is the role of the director?

This week readers will work with their reading partners to have conversations about their characters behaviors in their books. They will discuss patterns of behavior they notice over and over and talk about why this might be so by making inferences based on different parts of the book as evidence. Readers will also have the opportunity to act out different scenes from their books with their partners by becoming their characters and imitating their expressions, sounds, and gestures.

WRITING WORKSHOP - From Scenes to Series: Writing Fiction

The Essential Questions Are:

- How can I use what I have learnt from other authors to help me?
- When I want to tell my story to other people, what steps can I take to revise my first draft to make it better?

This week writers will be preparing for their writing celebration by revising and editing their books they have created within their book series. The students will also have opportunities to create their own author page and comment on what they are most proud of during this unit of work. Our writers are very excited to share with you all their amazing and creative stories on Wednesday during our celebration.

MATH:  Place Value, Comparison, Plus and Minus to 100
The essential questions for our mathematicians in this unit are:

-What are efficient ways to count?
- How does counting by tens and ones help you count larger numbers?
- What is place value?
- How does a digit's position affect it's value?
- How can numbers be expressed and compared?
- In what ways can numbers be composed and decomposed?

This week student will write and interpret two digit numbers to 100 as addition sentences that combine tens and ones. Students will identify 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, and 1 less than a two digit number within 100. Students will use the symbols <,>, and = to, to compare quantities and numerals to 100. They will count and write numbers to 120 and use hide zero cards to relate numbers 0 to 20, 20 - 100, and 100 to 120.
To end our week students will count to 120 in unit form using only tens and ones. They will represent numbers to 120 as tens and ones on the place value chart.

Please click on the link for parent tips for Module 6 Topic A

Please click on the link for parent tips for Parent tips Module 6 topic B

SCIENCE Matter Manipulations: Solids and Liquids

Last week students in all three classes had fun exploring what would happen when we mixed Mentos with diet coke. Students made predictions before hand about what they would see and many students were accurate with their Here are a couple of pictures of our experiment:

Essential Questions:

1) How and why do scientists change matter?

As we continue learning about matter we will focus on the essential question, how and why scientists change matter? Students will continue to learn how to use the scientific method, questioning, making a hypothesis, observing and writing results and a conclusion. Students will observe a reaction and think about how the ingredients have changed.

Experiment 3 Question : What will happen if we mix baking soda, dish soap, food coloring and vinegar together?


1C Unfortunately this week we miss our Community Circle because of the Egypt Festival on Thursday. In our morning meetings we will begin to discuss our Core Value of the month - COURAGE

1M This week in 1M we will work on collaboration. In a team, we will try to make one alphabet letter with our bodies by working together. This activity promotes collaboration, discussion, problem solving and taking roles.

1S This week students are working on building strong relationships both within the classroom and outside in the playground. Students will have discussions and activities to build on these positive relationships and how to solve problems with positive outcomes for all involved.

Egypt Festival Day: Thursday, April 19th

We are very excited to be celebrating our host country this Thursday, April 19th. We encourage all the students to wear Egyptian styled clothing to immerse themselves into the spirit of the day. Students will have time during the day to buy bread and other items from different vendors. If you would like to be present during this time to help your child buy something then you are more than welcome to come to school at their scheduled 'shopping time' to help them buy something. Otherwise we suggest your child bring to school no more than 50 LE in a sealed and named envelope.

Here is a letter from our EC team:

Dear Parents,

Mark your calendar for our annual Egypt Festival on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Parents are invited to join us as we celebrate our host country, Egypt through music, dancing, food and grade level activities connected to the Egyptian Culture themes.

To add to the spirit of the day we invite you to wear a galabeya or perhaps clothes that reflect Egypt. You can purchase a galabeya on the 17th from 2:00 - 5:00 and on the 18th and 19th from 7:30-5:00 p.m. Our morning assembly will open the festivities for the day in the theatre and you are welcome to join us from 7:55 AM - 8:45 AM.

Our Egyptian lunch is for all elementary students, parents, teachers and staff and will be held during lunch/recess times between 11:00 - 11:30 for PreK, 12:00 - 12:30 for Kg, Grade 1 & 2, 12:30 - 1:00 for Grade 3,4 & 5 in the ES Hall. You will sample a variety of Egyptian dishes including freshly baked baladi bread (from our very own mud brick oven).

The bread will be on sale for PreK - 12 students during their recess. A loaf costs two pounds and last year our students loved the fresh bread for morning snack.

The school will be covering the cost of the lunch and all entertainment. Students have pre paid 40 LE for their grade-level activity at the beginning of the year.

Parents are an important part of our Egypt Festival. We would love you to come and enjoy the Hassaballa morning welcome, opening ceremony, learn crafts from our vendors, the Tanoura closing ceremony, and we would appreciate your support by volunteering at either lunchtime or bread selling. Please sign up to help us if you can.

Parent helpers

We are looking forward to you joining us to celebrate our host country, Egypt and thank you for your support.

Elementary Egyptian Culture/Arabic Team

Our Grade One Schedule for this day is as follows:

7:45 - All students need to be at school ready to walk over to the theatre with their classroom teacher. Please meet at the ramp where students will place their bags.

7:55 - All students need to be seated in the theatre with their teacher. Parents are welcome to attend this opening assembly.

8:45 - 12:00 - normal classes

12:00 - 12:30 - Shared Egyptian lunch in the ES Hall, parents are welcome to attend this.

12:30 - 1:00 - Playtime

1:00 - 1:35 - Egyptian Culture activity, parents are welcome to attend this at the back of the ES building.

1:30 - 1:45 - Recess (Photo booth times: 1M 1:40 - 1:45, 1C 1:50 - 1:55, 1S 2:20 - 2:25)

1:45 - 2:15 Normal Class

2:30 - 3:00 Closing ceremony closing ceremony, parents are welcome to attend.

Times for Parents to come to school to help buy things for each class:
10am - 10:20am 1M will have the opportunity to buy from vendors
10:20am - 10:30am 1M will have the opportunity to buy bread

11:00am - 11:15am 1C and 1S will have the opportunity to buy vendors
11:20am - 11:30am 1C and 1S will have the opportunity to buy bread

Used Book Sale:

We are getting ready for our annual used book sale, this year from May 8th - 10th. We welcome donations of used books for all ages in salable condition. This is a good time for departing families to dispose of books before packing. We will soon have a donation box at the front gate.

Talent Show Updates:

Our ES Talent Show date has been moved to April 30th. We are supporting our wonderful PTO with this change of date. Thank you all for your flexibility.

Please find below important dates and information regarding this year’s ES Talent Show:
  • April 15th and 16th Acts will perform for the ES Talent Show team. They will come during their lunch/recess time to the Drama Room. Any Act that is not performance-ready will not participate in this year’s Talent Show.
  • Sunday, April 29th is the mandatory rehearsal in the CAC Theatre from 3:15 - 5:15. All students must have a way to go home; the late bus service is not available. Students will be dismissed from the CAC Theatre at 5:15.
  • All Choir students will attend the Choir rehearsal on Sunday, April 29th, then come directly to the CAC Theatre for the remainder of the rehearsal.
The Talent Show will be for ALL ACTS beginning at 5:30 - 7:30 on April 30th. The Show will end by 8pm. ALL ACTS must come to the Theatre at 5pm, performance ready.

ES Talent Show
April 30th, 2018

Tickets - 30LE per seat

Performances: 5:30-6:15
Intermission: 6:15-6:30
Performances: 6:30-7:15
Show ends 7:30pm.

Thank you for your continued support. Please contact Ms. Dolly for any further clarifications or questions.

ES Talent Show Team

Important Dates to Remember:

April 18th - Writers celebration in your child's classroom 2:30pm - 3pm

April 19th - Egypt Festival students are encouraged to wear their own Galabeya or other Egyptian clothing.

April 30th - ES Talent Show 5:30pm - 8pm

If you have any other questions or concerns about this week, please don't hesitate to contact your classroom teacher.

Your Partners in Learning,

Taryn Carr (
Gaby Morales (
Charlie Saunders (

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