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Apr 1, 2021

Dear Parents and Friends,

Today was a fruits and veggie day all over campus and I am so proud of the creativity of the
teachers, students and parents. The PE staff of Narsisa and Marko (aka. Ms. Avocado and
Mr. Carrot today!) set up a fabulous obstacle course and challenged children all week in
sports activities. They also included 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade students who are “Sports
Captains’ to help mentor and guide all the other students in the physical challenges. This
effort enabled us to creatively deal with not being allowed to have a traditional whole school
sports day (due to DHA protocols); instead, it was a WEEK of activity.

We also had several visits from nutrition specialists and doctors to speak about health to
students and to parents on zoom. There is a link further down in the newsletter of the
parent’s coffee chat from Tuesday where Ms. Aneta Naciemento gave parents loads of
information about nutrition for kids. Our school nurse and doctor also are featured in this
newsletter.

Clarion went ‘all in’ to ensure that this week was special and I thank everyone involved in
this effort.

Grade 1 Economics Study and Donation boxes: A note from the teachers Ms. Donna,
Ms. Louise and Ms. Helena:

Hi everyone,

Grade 1 students have been learning about economics and the ethics of trade. The
objective of the lesson was to know that in the world of economics we have to trade things.
We do not get things for free. We need money to buy things or we trade goods. The Grade
1’s decided on what a fair trade would be and created an art piece to trade with their
parents. They then thought about places in need in Dubai and found two different animal
shelters (Friends of animals and Animals and us in Fujairah) that are in need of help.

They decided to extend the project beyond the Grade 1 classrooms to the whole school.
They would like to invite the whole school to donate. The Grade 1 classes have created
posters which are placed around the school. They have also made videos and scratch jr
animations to advertise the need for the donations.

If you would like to give a dry dog/cat food, donation bins will be available in the street, gym
and courtyard. We would like to tie this in with the spirit of giving during Ramadan. We
would be very grateful for donations after the spring break.

Donations will be distributed two weeks after April 22, please have any donations in before
this date.

All I want to add that you can drop off donations over the break at the front gate and when
we return on the 11th as well! Thank you Grade 1 team!

Grade 5 special projects and how this relates to next year in Grade 6:

Yesterday, I and the administration team had the chance to visit Grade 5 and to learn about
their ”Energy and Matter Flow through Ecosystem” Science projects. Through student
agency, each student was enabled by Ms. Joy, their teacher, to design a presentation that
could include models, posters, wall charts, video, power point, QR codes…you name it one
of them did it!

I watched them work on this from afar over the last several weeks as they made videos and
practiced their crafting, and their presentations are outstanding. Everything they did was
produced by them – all student designed and made. I spoke with the Grade 5 today and
promised them that we will do even more of this next year in Grade 6, and not only in
Science but also in Social Studies, which we do through their Units of Inquiry at Clarion.
Our theme for Grade 6 will involve various units wrapped around “Human Migration”, a very
apt area of study for a country like the UAE which is 90%+ migrants in one way or another.

After School Activities will start the first day of Ramadan; more information is later in
the newsletter.

Technology Integration:

A note from Ms. Elham, our Technology Integration teacher:

Our students in Grade 3 have been studying and researching the UAE Natural Features and
they created amazing videos to promote these wonderful places. We encourage you to pass
by the student’s poster on the black board next to K2E (gate 3), scan and watch their
wonderful videos. Spring break is approaching and their work will give you ideas to plan
your break.

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