Al Yasmina School Primary Newsletter 31st May 2012 Issue 34 - 2011/12Dear Parents,Al Yasmina School Summer Music Concert Al Yasmina School will be presenting its summer music concert on Monday 25th June, at 6pm. The concert will feature performances from the Senior Orchestra, Al Yasmina Singers, the Senior, Junior and Intermediate Choirs, the Junior String Orchestra, Senior and Junior Brass Ensembles, the Senior and Junior Flute Choirs and solo pianists. This will be a very special celebration of another year’s hugely successful music-making at Al Yasmina School – so please come along and support our hard-working and talented musicians!! SAVE THE DATE!!From the School NursesReminder to parents:If your child has been diagnosed, by a doctor, with a contagious illness please inform the schoolclinic. The school nurses will then be able to notify parents of children with whom your child hascome into contact with, so that parents may observe their child for similar symptomsSore throatsA sore throat can be the result of an infection by a virus orbacteria. It may occur as a single symptom, or be one of anumber of symptoms relating to a wider illness, such as flu.Signs of a sore throat:• Pain in the throat and difficulty in swallowing.• Pain may spread to the ears.• The throat is red and the tonsils are swollen and may be coated.• Possibly a high temperature.• Swollen lymph nodes under the jaw and in the neck may occur.
Treatment:• Allow your child to rest.• Warm drinks and soft food may ease swallowing problems.• Drink plenty of fluids (no sodas).• Give Calpol (paracetamol) 4 to 6 hourly OR Nurofen (ibuprofen) 6 to 8 hourly for pain and / or fever.• Use salt water gargles, or over-the-counter preparations from a pharmacy, such as sprays containing antiseptics and anaesthetics to numb the sore area, or antiseptic gargles.Advice:• Viral infections of the throat usually improve in two to three days without treatment.• If signs of a sore throat persist for more than a few days or are severe with marked difficulty in swallowing, high fever, a rash or vomiting, then your doctor should be consulted.• Antibiotics may need to be prescribed by the doctor. Your child will no longer be contagious after being on an antibiotic for twenty four hours.• It is important to take a complete course of antibiotics, even if your child is feeling better.For more information on sore throats check out the website:http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Sore-throat/Pages/Introduction.aspxThere is good advice regarding the usage of antibiotics on the Health Authority Abu Dhabi website:http://www.haad.ae/HAAD/Portals/0/Health%20Authority%20Parents%20Guide%20Eng.indd.pdfMessage from Friends of Al Yasmina (FOY)FOYvegOrders are now being taken for June. The deadline for orders and payment is Monday 4th June andfirst delivery is Wednesday 6th June. There are 4 weeks of delivery in June. The price is 30Dhs perweek for the 2.5kg box and 55Dhs per week for the 5kg box. Please put your money in an envelopewith your name and phone number clearly printed on the front, and put it into the FOYveg box whichis now located opposite the nurses room.Primary End of Year Discos - Sunday 17th JuneIts that time again for the end of term Disco, boys get your hair gel and girls get your dancing shoesready!!! Venue - Primary sports hallYears 1,2,3 : 4.00-5.00pmYears 4,5,6 : 5.30-7.00pmEntrance 15dhs to be paid at the door (includes drinks and a snack).Last year’s event was a huge success, however we need helpers to make this event possible.For more information or to volunteer to help on the day, please contact Gaynor Ball or BeverleyStanley at firstname.lastname@example.orgNext FOY Meeting - Monday 18th June at 8am in Meeting Room 2This will be the last of the academic year - everyone is welcome.Lost PropertyAs an initiative, Reception at Al Yasmina School are endeavoring to email parents regarding namedlost/found property to be collected after 1.30pm weekdays.There will be a plastic box with unnamed items which parents are welcome to rummage through.
Foundation Stage 1 (FS1)FS1 have had an exciting week learning all about Amazing Aeroplanes! In Green class, Josephbrought in his aeroplanes from home and told us all about all the different parts. We talked aboutwhere we have been on an aeroplane and we pretended to be cabin crew! We sorted lost luggageand made boarding passes for our friends and we practiced writing numbers and letters when wemade Arrival and Departure boards. We looked at pictures of Abu Dhabi taken from the sky and wecould recognise many by noticing features of the buildings!Well done to our Stars of the Week!Luca Aveta – White classCambell Sellar- Yellow ClassAditya Raj Duggal- Blue ClassZayed Al Hammadi- Red ClassZeina Badawy- Green ClassFoundation Stage 2 (FS2)‘The wheels on the Abu Dhabi Tour Bus go round and round....all day long.’ FS2 found this out whenwe started off our week with an exciting visit from the Abu Dhabi Big Bus Company. Each class had aturn to explore the bus and go on a tour of Khalifa city. The children loved spotting familiarlandmarks from the top deck. The visit from the tour bus helped us to write some fantastic storiesabout going on a journey and we have also designed some new tour maps for the company.
What is your favourite 3D shape to eat? In Jade Class we found out that spheres were the tastiest.We also quite liked cones, however cylinders were the least favourite!FS2 have loved learning all about 3D shapes this week and we have been trying hard to rememberall of their names and properties. Tasting food that was actually the same as a 3D shape helped usto do this! Congratulations to last week’s stars of the week!Year 1WOW! What a week we have had in Year 1. In literacy we have continued to look at a variety ofpoems, we even had a go at writing our own acrostic poems. We have used rhyming words andfollowed the structure provided to share our own ideas. Our toys topic is now well under way with thechildren learning about toys from other countries and toys from the past. We have looked at toys thatused to be played in the UAE during our Social Studies this week, and had a go at playing themourselves. In science we have been thinking about how toys move and what forces we use to makethe movement along with how to make them stop again!
The Year 1 teachers would like to remind parents that the deadline for returning consent forms andcontributions for our visits to the Build-a-Bear factory in Dubai later in June is SUNDAY 3rd JUNE 2012.We have to confirm transport for the visits. Please make sure you have returned the requireddocuments by the above date. We are still looking for parent helpers for some of the visits, if you areable to help us please indicate this on your reply slip. Thank you.Year 1 Sparrows class will be saying goodbye to one of their class members thisweek. Alexa will be heading off to live in New York next week. Alexa has been acheerful class member always making us smile and laugh. We will miss you inSparrows class but we would like to wish you good luck for the future, we hopeyou will keep in touch. Our superstar learners in Year 1 this week are: Wilma Sundt in Robins, Alex Vliegen in Sparrows, Breeana Duruba in Doves, Jad Haddad in Larks and Zoya Sameer in Cuckoos. Well done.Year 2Let us begin by saying a big thank you and well done to all the childrenfor making our Princes and Princesses day last week so memorable! Weenjoyed sharing our wonderful castles with the other children in theschool, and sharing our magical kingdoms and puppet shows to ourfriends in the classroom. The highlight of the day was when all the nobleknights, princes, princesses and fairytale characters gathered for amighty feast! Well done and many thanks for all parental support!This week we have learning about our new topic: The World Around Us. The children have beenlearning where different foods come from, while also looking at different countries and continentsaround the world. Throughout the topic each class will be focusing on a particular country ready forour end of year production which will be shown in the Year 2 classrooms and shared area on Tuesday26th June.
The children have been solving some tricky 2 step real life problems in class for maths. In science wehave been continuing with our Electricity unit of work and the children have enjoyed making theirown circuits!Well done to last week’s Stars of the Week!Flamingos- Neil GaleaHerons- Anya Jansen van VuurenSandpipers- Matthew HileStorks- Mackenzie KenyonSpoonbills- Ryana HanafiehYear 3 This week we have been having a ‘blast’ in Year 3. The children have been launching their rockets high into the Earth’s atmosphere using a bicycle pump and our own special rocket launcher! In Literacy we have been working primarily on Speaking and Listening, taking part in Hot Seating to get to know character’s thoughts and feelings and putting on a sketch of the well-known fairytale Goldilocks and the Three Bears.In Maths the children have been learningcoordinates and angles. We have had a lot of funmapping out coordinates and giving our partnersdirections. Why don’t you have a practice at homeby giving your child directions to find some ‘hiddentreasure’?This week’s science has had us investigating theeffect light/the sun has on shadows and howdifferent materials cast different shadows. Congratulations to our Stars of the Week – McKenzie Venus, Fred Atkins, Taylor Pharoah, Niamh Hickey and Fatma Al Mazrouei. Year 3 Notices: We have begun our new topic, All the Worlds a Stage. During this topic, the children will be building a stage with a MOVING PART. Please can you discuss this with your child so they can begin to gather ideas on how it would work, such as, a turn table, moving curtains, moving scenes etc.
Year 4 Wow, how fast are these weeks going? Well done to another amazing week Year 4. The teachers have been so impressed with how much extra work you are putting into the Rainforest topic! So many children are completing additional PowerPoint presentations and quizzes at home, well done! The teachers and Classroom Assistants are really enjoying the challenge of the quizzes! The children have been really inspired by how animals use camouflage in the Rainforest to create some fabulous art work. We are running out of wall space to display all of them!In Literacy we are beginning to studying adverts so please bring in an advert from a magazine ornewspaper.Stars of the Week!Well done to our new Stars of the Week! You amazed yourteachers with your outstanding effort and behavior.Miss Gaywood (on behalf of Sand Grouse!) Sacha PujolWarblers, Halle Evans Pipits, James Raisbeck Sand Grouse,Obad Al Jaberi Wheatears and Haziq Mohamed RasidinWagtails.Big big big congratulations to Super Sandgrouse who wonthe first ever class award from the Classroom Assistants!Sandgrouse always have super behavior around theschool, fabulous manners and shirts tucked in! Which classwill win next week????Year 5Year 5 have nearly finished their topic on Native Americans and we have had some fantastic postersand information displays about all the different tribes. It is wonderful to see such a high standard ofwork from the children. In school, we have also been looking at creating adverts and usingpersuasive elements to make our adverts stand out. The children have created some interestingadverts for drinks, thinking carefully about their audience and who they are targeting the drink at. Thiswill build into our new topic next term all about theOlympics.Congratulations again to our Stars of the Week!!
Year 6This week in Year 6 the children have been slogging through their SATs.However all of the pupils have risen to the challenge and they have tackledeach test with their usual effervescent aplomb. The staff of Year 6 would like tosay just how proud we are of each one of the children, who have come intoschool with their usual hard working and happy attitude, all of this despite thestresses of the SATs.The teachers are already busy marking and checking the papers, because asfrom next week our attentions turn to our production Petra Pen – The Girl Who Couldn’t Grow Up.We would like to remind parents of the Year 6 Pool Party on the 14th June. This celebration of thechildren’s hard work and forth-coming graduation into Year 7 is being organized by the parent reps,who have asked for a donation of 30AED to cover the cost of refreshments. We ask that this money isbrought into school as soon as possible in order for the reps to calculate the numbers.Well done to Last Week’s Award Winners (The Final Week of the Weekly Awards) Behaviour Award Progress Award Volcano Of Victory Award Jordan Youlten (Kestrels) Abdulla Al Junaibi (Kestrels) Will Smith (Kestrels) Mehek Mathur (Eagles) Ali Al Haddad (Eagles) Katy McVicar (Eagles) Haysam Shakeel (Ospreys) Dana Said (Ospreys) Declan Ball (Ospreys) Jad Nasser (Owls) Genna Al Zaabi (Owls) Adel Audhali (Owls) Alanood Al Ameri (Falcons) Max Gutierrez (Falcons) All the Pupils of Year 6, for all their hard work building up for the SATs. (Falcons)Year 6 End of Year Pool PartyOn Thursday 14th June the Year 6 Teachers and Class Reps will hold the 2012 Year 6Leavers’ Party which will be Lunch and a Pool Party. It will run from 12:00 until 2.15pm.It will be a supervised event with a chance to swim, play games and enjoy sometime with Year 6 friends before moving onto the delights of the Secondary school.There is a charge of 30dhs to cover food, snacks, drinks, and activities.All the children will need to bring is their swimming costumes, some Caribbean themed clothes tochange into, a water bottle and their best limbo moves!We would be delighted to receive any help from parents (please see invites).Please check schoolbags for invites/return slips and send monies in a named envelope toclass teacher by Sun 3rd June. We look forward to seeing you and the children there.
Dates for your DiaryThursday 14th June - Year 6 Leavers’ Party – 12pm – 2.15pmSunday 17th June - Primary End of Year Disco (Year 1/2/3 & Year 4/5/6)Monday 18th June - FOY Meeting at 8amThursday 21st June - FS1 Performance at 1pmMonday 25th June - Summer Music Concert at 6pmTuesday 26th June - Year 2 Year end ProductionAl Yasmina SchoolTel: 02 5014888email: email@example.com