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Volume 1, Issue 1 1/2/2011


Welcoming Message

January 29, 2011 Dear Parents, Welcome to our first edition of the "RAIS Monthly Newsletter." What an honor to have your children with us at Rowad Al Khaleej International School. Thank you for choosing us. It is hard to believe that the first semester is almost behind us. We are already looking forward to the second semester with wonderful learning opportunities and fun activities for students. In our first semester, we had a wonderful "Career Day" thanks to the support of parents and staff. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our parents and staff for making this day a special learning experience for our students: Teacher - Our very own Technology Teacher Radiologist Businessperson Doctor ­ Pediatric Cardiologist Artist Country Manager Health & Safety Manager The students were thrilled to have parents at school and asked many in-depth questions that contributed to their learning. Our Kindergarten students are now attending Arabic three times per week. We are excited that they are advanced enough in English to move into Arabic. We know that they will have a solid foundation in Arabic and in English as they transition into grade one. We will end our first semester with "All School Assemblies". In these assemblies, students will be recognized for Academics, Respect and Attendance. In the months ahead we will continue to have assemblies once a month to celebrate students for kindness, honesty, fairness and perseverance. Special event days will continue to take place once a month where we can have fun and also celebrate others. After school activities will start on February 13th with the following activities: Homework Club, Arabic Club, Karate, Cooking, French and Movement. Once again, thank you for choosing us and for allowing us to provide your children with a quality educational program. Sincerely, Dr. Fullerton

Inside this issue:

Welcome! Spelling in First Grade Improving Reading in Second Grade Fitness in Third Grade KGII KGI & Pre-K 1 2



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Arabic and Islamic Studies




SKYWARD Library Corner

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Spelling in First Grade

In first grade, we are learning many new spelling patterns. Each week, your child has a new spelling list that focuses on a new spelling pattern and reviews spelling patterns learned in past weeks. It is important for your child to practice the spelling words each night. the words on paper.

"Instead of just writing the spelling words over and over, use different ways like: printed, crayon, marker, colored pencil, squiggly lines, puffed letters."

Squirt a bit of shaving cream on the table and allow your child to write the words in the shaving cream. Using dry-erase markers, your child can write his/her words on the windows. Rainbow-write the spelling words. Write words three times. Each time use a different way of writing. Some ideas: printed, crayon, marker, colored pencil, squiggly lines, puffed letters, paint or upside down. Write a story using all the words on the list.

Spell words with alphabet macaroni (can be glued to paper) or alphabets cereal (yummy to eat!). Spell words with magnetic letters on cookie sheets. Use alphabet stamps and stamp out

Improving Reading in Second Grade

Begin reading with "consonantvowel-consonant" words. Once your child knows his letter sounds, he is ready to begin reading. Beginners do best with trying to read words that have a consonant-vowel-consonant pattern, such as CAT or DOG. Create flash cards or obtain books for beginning readers, and walk your child through sounding out each letter to figure out the word. Children become excited when they are able to "decode" a word on their own. Practice reading daily. Once your child starts sounding out words in the consonant-vowel-consonant pattern, she is officially reading. The child will need lots of practice, so collect numerous books for beginning readers from the bookstore or library so your child can practice reading. It takes a long time to go from sounding out each letter in a word to learning sight words and on to fluent reading, but it all comes with practice.

Fitness in Third Grade

January was an interesting and exciting month....our 3rd grade students learned so much in all their academics....but we have added a new twist (if you pardon the pun) to their schedule routine ...for the last two weeks we have included in their P.E. schedule line-dancing. This is a unique style of dance where the students dance as a group that enhances coordination and gross motors skills as well as developing and improving auditory and directional skills. The students had a great time performing The Cha-Cha Slide for their families.

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February is coming up fast and will be here before you know it. This is the start of our second term...after our Winter Break February 5thFebruary 11th. New and exciting adventures are happening....first we are starting after-school activities....that includes the Homework Club, Cookery, etc. , so be sure to look them up and sign up ASAP. Also, 3rd grade will be starting a new fitness program that will include classes in nutrition and exercise; designated to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle. We are looking forward to adding new opportunities for our 3rd graders in the months to come.

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Kindergarten II

Kindergarten I and Pre-K

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Parental Recommendations for Healthy Kids

Parents play an important role in providing a healthy life style for their children. By teaching your children healthy eating habits, you can keep them at a healthy weight. Also, the eating habits your children pick up when they are young will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are adults. Healthy life style including healthy eating habits and increased physical activities will prevent obesity among kids in the future. Here are some parental tips to help you encourage your kids eating healthier food and staying fit. 1. Remember that you are modeling food habits ­ When you are eating out with the kids, follow healthy eating guides yourself! Kids are much more likely to do as you do, not as you say. 2. Encourage your children to eat slowly. A child can detect hunger and fullness better when eating slowly. 3. Eat meals together as a family as often as possible. Try to make mealtimes pleasant with conversation and sharing, not a time for scolding or arguing. If mealtimes are unpleasant, children may try to eat faster to leave the table as soon as possible. They then may learn to associate eating with stress.

Help your child learn which foods are good for him/her.

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