Assalam O Alaikum Warahmatullahe Wa Barakatohu,
My name is Serene Al-Kassem. I am pleased to be your child's teacher. I have great passion for teaching and I make sure that my students feel relaxed and excited to be in my class.
Our classroom is carefully designed to promote "active learning". Active learning means that the students spend most of their time in "hands-on" activities, dialogue and discussion constructing their own knowledge and understanding of the world around them through meaningful and rich activities.
Each child has an homework agenda that will be sent with him/her . We will be having a Spelling test every Friday. They will have occasional homework, whether it is extra work to improve their skills or work they did not have time to complete in class.
Every week, your child will take home a readers level book to improve their reading. The book is also a coloring book that they can color on their own free time. If you feel that the book is too easy or hard, please let me know.
You can always email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or write a note in the agenda.
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the important activities that will take place on a weekly basis in our classroom. I would like to share with you some of the routines being established in our room.
Gym: Our official gym days are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has proper running shoes for these days.
Playground: Our official playground days are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please ensure that your child has proper shoes, a jacket, scarf and gloves if necessary.
Lunch Bags and Agendas: Everyday the child is to bring their agendas and place them on my desk first thing in the morning, and their lunch bags and water bottles on the table against the wall on the left. I hope to instil a sense of responsibility for belongings and foster some independence with this routine. It has been very successful in the past.
Reading: The expectation for Grade One is that students will read each night for at least 10 to 15 minutes. We are doing a whole period of reading everyday. The kids are reading to each other and reading to me as I assess their reading skills. Some students have excelled to the next level, and others are still practising the pronunciation of some words. There has been a huge improvement since the beginning of the year.
Lunches and Snacks: Please continue to send enough food and drinks for two breaks throughout the day. We remind the students to eat their healthy items first at each break and ensure that they have sufficient food remaining for the second lunch break. In warmer weather (particularly), children are encouraged to bring in a water bottle to access from the classroom as needed. Litter-less lunches are encouraged.
THERE WILL BE SCIENCE FAIR ON THURSDAY MARCH 23. I HAVE ATTACHED THE BOOKLET BELOW EXPLAINING EVERYTHING.