Announcements/Reminders
After School Activities begin (sign up sheets were sent home with your child)- March 27
Scholastic Book orders due- March 31
Student Council movie event- March 31
Science Fair grades 4-8 – April 13, 3:30-6:00
Spring Break – April 15-23
Spelling Bee for grades 1-8 (rules and word lists sent home with your child) – May 3 and 10

From the Office
Hello Parents,
We hope you are all doing well. As the climate continues to change we have had a lot of students with cold and flu symptoms. If your child is sick please keep them home, even if they would like to come to school. If a child has a fever the night before or in the morning, giving them medicine may reduce the fever, however, they should not come to school as they will still be contagious to others. Keeping your sick child at home allows them to rest and recover quicker and also protects the other students and staff from getting sick as well.
There have been a lot of questions to the administration about the TLC Behavior Code and the policy on cheating in particular. We would like to take this opportunity to clarify the policies. We have attached the entire behavior code to this message for your reference. The section on cheating is:
CHEATING and/or PLAGIARISM on examinations or classroom assignments – FIRST OFFENSE = student will get an automatic zero on the assignment or test and have detention. SECOND OFFENSE = student will get an automatic zero on the assignment or test, parents will be notified and student will have a 3 hour weekend detention. THIRD OFFENSE = Student will have in or out of school suspension, at the discretion of the director. High School has a zero-tolerance policy for cheating at TLC, and could result in expulsion from the program.
As you would expect, the Behavior code becomes more and more strict as the students become older. A student in kindergarten who is dishonest with their teacher will not receive a detention just as a student in second grade who copies off of a friend’s paper on three occasions will not be expelled. The Behavior Code is used for students beginning in upper elementary. The high school students, as expected, are held to a much higher standard than the younger students. In high school, the students are older and can better understand the consequences of their actions and we are required to enforce the rules of the University of Nebraska. The high school policy is explained to middle school and high school students frequently throughout the year. At the beginning of each year, the high school parents and students all sign a copy of the policy which explains that the students receive one warning before expulsion. The first time a high school student gets caught cheating/plagiarizing, the parents are contacted and the student is required to complete a course on Academic Integrity during three weekend detentions. The student and parents are also notified in writing that this will be the only warning and that if it happens again they will be expelled from the high school program.
If you require further clarification or if you have questions or comments on any of the TLC policies, please contact the office for an appointment. We appreciate parent feedback and suggestions in order to continue to grow and improve for all of our students.
تذكير وإعلان
انشطة مابعد الدوام المدرسي (تم إرسال الاوراق) تبدأ يوم 27 من مارس
إعادة طلبات الكتب المدرسية، آخر اجل 31 من مارس
العروض العلمية من الصف 4 حتى 8 يوم 13 من ابريل من الساعة 3:30 حتى 6:00 مساءا
العطلة من 15 حتى 23 ابريل
مسابقة التهجئة من الصف 1 حتى الصف 8 (تم إرسال الكلمات والقواعد مع الطلاب للمنزل) من 3 حتى 10 من مايو

من الإدارة
مرحبا آباء التلاميذ
نامل ان يكون الجميع بخير. مع استمرارية تغير المناخ لدينا الكثير من الطلاب الذين اصيبوا بأعراض البرد وانفلوانزا فإذا اصيب طفلكم يرجى بقاؤه في المنزل حتى وإن اراد الذهاب للمدرسة. إذا كان الطفل قد اصيب بالحمى خلال الليل اوالصباح فستعمال ادوية الحمى ربما يخفض الحرارة فقط ولاكن يبقى الطفل معد لباقي الطلبة. إبقاء الطفل في المنزل يساعده على الراحة والتعافي بسرعة ويساعد كذلك في حماية باقي الطلبة من العدوى وطاقم التدريس.
لقد وردنا الكثير من الاسئلة حول قانون السلوك الداخلي للمدرسة وخصوصا مايتعلق بالغش ونود ان نستغل هذه الفرصة لتوضيح القوانين. لقد ارفقنا مع هذه الرسالة كتاب القوانين الخاص بالمدرسة ليتمكن الجميع من مراجعة قوانين الغش.
. العش في الأمتحانات او التمارين: للمرة الأولى: يمنح صفر في المادة ويعطي عقوبة الحجزبعد الدوام المدرسي. للمرة الثانية- يمنح صفر في المادة و يتم إبلاغ ولي الأمر ويتم ايضا فرض 3 ساعات حجز يوم السبت. للمرة الثالثة يتم تعليق الطالب داخل او خارج المدرسة (يقرر المدير نوع التعليق). الثانوية: لايتم التساهل إطلاقا مع اي حالة غش في المرحلة الثانوية وينتج عن ذلك طرد من البرنامج.

وكما هو المعتاد فإن القواعد تصبح اكثر صرامة كلما كبر الطالب. فعلى سبيل المثال لا يحصل طالب في الحضانة على عقوبة الحجز إذا كان غير صادق مع الاستاذ كما ان طالب في الصف الثاني لا يحصل كذالك على عقوبة الطرد إذا غش للمرة الثالثة. القوانين التاديبية موجهة بالدرجة الاولى للطلاب الأكبر سنا مما يعني ان الطلاب الثانوية معنيين بتلك القوانيين اكثر من بقية الطلاب حيث يمكنهم إدراك العواقب ونحن مطالبون بتطبيق قوانين جامعة نبراسكا. لقد تم شرح هذه القوانين مرارا لطلاب الصف الإعدادي والثانوي خلال العام الدراسي وعند بداية العام تم توقيع نسخة من القانون من طرف اولياء امور طلاب الصف الثانوي والطلاب انفسهم، هذه النسخة تبين ان الطالب يحصل على إنذار واحد قبل الطرد. عندما يتم إثبات ان الطالب (من الصف الثانوي) مارس الغش للمرة الاولى يتم إعلام ولي الأمر ويفرض على الطالب تكملة مادة مقررة حول النزاهة الأكادمية وذالك خلال 3 عطل نهاية اسبوع. وقد تم كذالك إعلام الطلاب واولياء الامور كتابيا ان الطالب يحصل على هذا الانذار مرة واحدة وإذا اعاد عملية الغش يطرد من البرنامج الخاص بالثانوية.

إذا كان لديكم اي استفسار او ملاحظة حول قوانين المدرسة يرجي الإتصال وتحديد موعد. نحن نرحب بجميع الاقتراحات والملاحظات من اولياء الامور لتطوير وتحسين المدرسة.

Preschool
Hello from Preschool. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and hope you always remember that, “nothing can be compared to a mother’s love” and you deserve a very special day.
In our class we have introduced our new theme, Terrific Tools. We are learning how tools are important because we need and use them daily and they help us do our work easier and faster too. We are also learning to know the different kinds of tools we can find at school and even at home, names of the different tools, and the people who use different tools for their work. We have explored different writing tools and have had fun using them.
We are also learning the Numbers: 6 and 7; Colors: Pink and Yellow; Shapes: Heart and Diamond. In Science we are learning the three states of matter: Liquids, Solids and Gas. I want to remind parents to please ensure that their children are brought into the classroom when they come in rather than leave them by the school gate or in the hallway as they tend to wander off to the playground or run around the school with no adult supervision. Sometimes we are out of the classroom doing physical education or in the language class and they are really too young to know where to find us. I have had cases of children just wandering off because they were dropped off in the hallway by parents or Nannies.
Thank you.
Ms. Pat

Prekindergarten
Prekindergarten: “Make it, Build it” is our new theme for this month. We have been exploring shapes and colors focusing on how things are made and built. The children have been reviewing all the shapes we have learned. Our book, “Shapes of Things” showed them many examples of things made from shapes. We have been looking for objects or pictures made with the different shapes both in and out of the classroom. The children have made many things with shapes such as: houses, cars, trains, trees, etc. They also enjoyed playing the game, “Guess the Shape”. They have reviewed all the colors learned. They had fun painting by mixing colors, identifying colors in their clothes, and playing the game, “Find the Color”. They made a color chart by cutting out pictures from magazines of things that are a particular color and pasting them under a matching colored stripe. In addition they are learning to recognize and write the numbers 9 and 10 and learning to count backwards from 10 to 1.They have been describing shapes and learning the song “I’m a Square”. We have also discussed that a square has four sides, a triangle three and that a circle has no sides or corners. They compared pairs of shapes using bigger or smaller. Concerning phonological awareness rhey are learning the letters Aa and Bb, and they explored words that begin with both letters, they sang the songs, “The Ants Go Marching One by One” and ate Apples, and they learned the song “Baa Baa Black Sheep” and ate Bananas. They have also enjoyed the “Loud and Soft Sound” game where the students say the name of the shape loudly if it is big and whisper if it is small. They have also been clapping the syllables of color and shape words. In science, we planted seeds. They learned what seeds need to grow and how to take care of plants. We also experimented with mixing some colors and describing the changes the see. Additionally, they are learning the opposites: Tall and Short. We are busy preparing for our market which will be held next Thursday, March 30 and we are looking forward to seeing you there. Thank you for your help and support.
Have a great weekend!
Ms. Fatiha

Kindergarten
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Hello! I hope everyone is doing fine. It is time again to update all of you about the recent activities and lessons we have done. I just want to remind you to please come on time so that there will be no student who misses out on a fun-filled learning experience for the day. Class is from 8:00 am to 3 pm. Students should arrive between 7:45and 8:00. I have noticed that these last few weeks many of the students in Kindergarten have been getting sick. Please, if your child is not feeling well with a cold and cough allow the child to stay at home and rest until he/she has fully recovered. I do believe that the children love to go to school and do not want to miss a lot of school, but even if they insist on coming to school please assess the child first so that they can fully recover and not spread their sickness around the school. Please continue to encourage your children to eat healthy foods, especially fruits and vegetables, to help improve their immune system; water is also essential. It is better to buy a reusable bottle for your children that they can use for a long period of time than buying a plastic bottle from the boutique everyday; it is cheaper and you can also help reduce waste. Please ensure your children wear the proper uniform – for girls with leggings or tights use only plain light blue or plain navy blue colors; no sparkles or prints. Thank you for supporting and attending the Authors’ Tea, it was a huge success. Your children were very happy to see you and to share their work. Here are the list of lessons and activities we have covered these past weeks:

Literacy:
– Know and learned about Ms. J (Jingle Jingle Jacket), Mr. C (Colossal Cap),
Ms. K (Kaboom Kick) and Ms .Y (Yodeling Yawn)
– Learned the songs and sounds
– Read decodable books: The Jog and Jump, My Cap, Stop That Dog, and Did
you Nap Yet?
– New sight words: said, that, this, and no
– Reviewed Letter People that we had (songs and sounds)
– Learned words with initial and ending Jj, Cc, Kk and Yy
(e.g. Kite, Book, Yawn, Key)
– Practiced how to make a sentence using words with Jj, Cc, Kk and Yy
– Learned how to write uppercase and lowercase Jj, Cc, Kk, Yy
– Learned when to use C or K in spelling words

Mathematics:
– Simple problem solving using objects or shapes
– Identified three-dimensional shapes
– Matched numerals with amounts
– Learned to make a Venn diagram
– Learned how use standard and nonstandard units of measure
– Learned to estimate size
– Learned to rank order by size
– Learned to make a name graph
– Learned to count in Spanish numerals from 1 to 10, counting forward and
backward

Science:
– Learned about street and passenger safety
– Learned about safety signs and signals
– Learned about push and pull concepts
– Learned about comparing and contrasting
– Learned to experiment with sounds

P.E.:
– General fitness
– Stretching
– Soccer ️
– Hula hoop

Social Studies and Arts:
– Understood transportation systems
– Learned about land/water on a world map
– Learned to act out school pickup safety rules
– Explored each and everyone’s shyness
– Learned how to build self confidence
– Learned about kindness
– Learned about individual’s similarities and differences
– Learned about countries far away
– Explored different languages

Thank you for entrusting your children to TLC International School. You will be hearing from us again soon in the upcoming newsletter. Have a nice a day!

Ms.Joyce

Grade 1
Dear Parents,
Earth Week is just around the corner! During our Read Aloud, the first graders have been introduced to our beautiful Earth and are currently brainstorming ways to keep it cleanand to keep it a safe place to live. The first graders have been doing a great job! Keep it up!
In Social Studies, we are continuing with the unit of Wants and Needs. The students will understand that communities have varying needs and wants based on their purpose and resources. The students are currently learning about the needs and wants of their family.
In Reading and Spelling, we are currently learning about the long o: -oa, and -ow, and the students have been practicing reading words with -oa, and –ow in their stories. Please make sure your child reads the stories. The stories are sent home every day. This will help your child’s reading skills. The students will also be having their spelling test on Friday, March 24. There are many fun ways to help your child study the spelling words at home such as: painting the words with their fingers, writing the words on the sand, organizing a spelling bee at home with the family, and so much more. Be creative and make learning fun for your child!
In Grammar, the students are currently learning about adjectives that tell about sizes. The students are also applying their grammar skills in their writing. The students continue to work on writing pieces and have been applying the writing process as well as applying writing strategies taught in the classroom such as sentence starters (builders): First, Next, Then, and Last. Write On!
In math, the first graders are learning about geometry (solid figures and plane shapes), fractions, and telling and using time.
Thank you,
Ms. Celine

Grade 2
In mathematics classes, we finished a unit on measuring are progressing in our number work by incorporating three-digit numbers into our problem solving. This involves addition and subtraction.

In Language Arts during reading centers, our differentiated groups are moving onto more sophisticated texts as we develop our vocabulary and reading skills. Following the Authors’ Tea we have now moved on to more creative writing, and more stories are in the making.

Social Studies unit on Maps and Globes is now concluding with the students having designed their own town plan or a perfect place to live.
In Physical Education, we have just finished our unit on basketball and we are now moving onwards to further develop our skills and teamwork at baseball and other team games.

Thank you,
Mr. Nick

Grade 3
Dear Parents,

We have started the third trimester, and consequently our new Social Studies topic: Ancient Egypt. Students will discover this civilization, and learn facts about its geography, the pyramids, old traditions and much more.

In Spelling we have been learning about words with prefixes and will soon start sounds /j/ and /k/. Our grammar focus for last week was irregular verbs; we will soon move on to singular and plural pronouns. We are about to finish the fourth lesson in our Wordly Wise.

In Math we finished our division chapter. Nevertheless, I would like to encourage students to review these a couple times a week at home. We reviewed multiplication and division during our math centers too. We have started geometry and students are learning about different kinds of polygons, such as: triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons…

Students are assigned spelling and math homework every day, and sometimes grammar. Part of this homework is also reading and practicing IXL online. Please, encourage your child to read every day to meet their reading month goals. As usual, IXL tasks will be assigned on Mondays and students will have a whole week to complete these and it will be graded as part of their weekly homework.

Thank you for all your support,
Ms. Patricia

Grades 4/5
Dear Parents/Guardians,
I hope all is well. Here is an academic update for Grades 4/5.
Mathematics
The recent lessons focused on Greatest Common Factors. A final test was given during the week of 13 March 2017. Currently the focus is centered on making, analyzing, and interpreting graphs.
Language Arts
We recently completed lessons involving Alliterations. A test was given during the week of 6 March 2017 concluding this lesson. The current lessons focus on rewriting sentences using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Short stories are still the focus for reading comprehension. Several of such stories are read and discussed weekly. Upon completion, reading comprehension questions are given. Wordly Wise lessons and activities are an ongoing part of the curriculum. A Lesson 11 test will be given soon. Lastly, handwriting activities are a continued activity taking place this trimester.
Science
The Science unit, Physics of Sound started this month. Several class and homework assignment were given.
Please check Renweb for all academic results.
Mr. Gaston

Grades 5/6
Dear Parents,
I hope you have all had a chance to review your child’s second trimester report card and had an in-depth discussion with your child about his/her progress in class. I have scheduled a meeting with some of you to discuss further steps we can take to make your child’s learning more successful for this final trimester. Please be sure to sign and return the meeting form.
Language Arts
In grammar, students are working on learning how to use singular and possessive nouns in sentences. They are also mid-way into their Wordly Wise vocabulary curriculum. In writing, students have been learning how to identify and use citations for online research. They have been learning about the MLA citation process and how to translate quotes into their own words. This practice has proven helpful to them for their science fair project, in which they are required to produce citations of research they are doing and provide a final bibliography page for their research work. In Reading, the class has started a new whole class novel called Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark. It is a story about the Underground Railroad and a friendship between a runaway slave and a girl whose family is helping fugitives escape to Canada during the slavery era in the U.S.

Social Studies
Students have been learning about the Ancient Empire of Mali and its history. They have been learning about notable figures in the Mali Empire such as Sundiata Keita and Mansa Musa and are currently conducting group research to delve deeper into the history of the Empire and its growth in the Western African region. They have also been making connections between the various tribes and languages during the era of the Empire of Mali and how they are related to the current tribes and languages that exist in current day Mauritania, Mali, Senegal, and other West African regions.
Math
In Math, Grade 5 students have just completed their unit on Probability in which they learned how to collect data from various types of surveys. In this study, they use survey data to create bar, line and circle graphs, as well as plot stem-and-leaf tables. They also learned how to find the Mean, Median and Mode of a set of data and how to list and predict outcomes in certain events. Grade 6 students have been learning how to use negative and positive integers on a T-graph. They learned how to plot negative and positive coordinates on a y- and x- scaled axis. They also learned how to graph equations and to flip or ‘translate’ plotted lines and shapes on an axis.
Science
In Science, students have continued to learn about their environment. They have been learning about Ecosystems and how living and non-living organisms interact within ecosystems. They have read and explored various food chains and food webs, and how plants and animals depend on each other in the cycle of life.
Ms. Dibba

Grades 7/8
Greetings from Middle School! Our students are hard at work in all their classes, and as you have noticed they are working hard at home on their Science Fair projects. Each student is currently completing the experimental phase of their science fair and should be nearing the end of the experiment in preparation for the science fair in April. Each student took home a schedule of due dates, and it would be appreciated if you helped in ensuring that they are staying up to date with all activities.

In our Social Science Unit, the students are in the midst of a historical unit that examines the history of African colonization and independence.

In English and Language Arts the students are working on their Poetry Unit and soon to begin the poetry writing portion. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Mr. Schilling

Both 7th and 8th grade students have just finished their chapter 7 test and are now in the middle of chapter 8. In 7th grade, chapter 8 focuses on percents. Section 8A is about understanding and estimating percents. Section 8B is about problem solving with percents. In 8th grade, chapter 8 covers Geometry and measurement. In section 8A, students learn about customary and metric units of measurements, precision, and significant digits. In Section 8B, students learn about lines, angles, parallel and perpendicular lines.

High School
Greetings Everyone,
The high school students have a busy schedule these next few weeks. Here is what we have planned:
Physical & Earth Sciences: Electricity and magnetism, transmitting electrical energy, fossil fuels, nuclear energy, renewable energy sources
Biology: Invertebrates: Sponges, cnidarians, flatworms, roundworms, mollusks, annelids, introduction to arthropods
Physics: Reflection, refraction, dispersion, lenses, interference, lasers and holograms
Precalculus: Periodic variation, graphing by ordinates, solution sets, inverse functions
Advance Placement English Literature & Composition: William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Regards,
Mr. Chidester

Hello Parents,

This is a very busy time of year for the high school students as we are right in the middle of most of our courses. I am demanding a lot from the students at this time as we make our push to finish these courses before Ramadan. This means that they are having projects due,
tests approaching, and evaluations to submit. I know this may be stressful, but ideally the students should be getting AT LEAST seven hours of sleep per night. Anything less than this is unhealthy and will make their school days more stressful and difficult than they need to be. Thus far, I have been encouraged with the effort the students have been giving, but they need to be getting adequate sleep.

We have SATs fast approaching. The registration deadline is April 7th and the exam will be given at the US Embassy on May 5th. Please make sure to register prior to the deadline and please pay off any existing debts if there are any.

Thank you for your continued support.
Mr. Porras

Dear Parents,
Students have been busy. Some classes have already finished their first evaluation/test and are moving on to the next chapter.
In Geometry, students submitted their first project and progress test. They have just finished Chapter 10 on extending perimeter, circumference, and area of different polygons and composite figures and are currently working on the third evaluation. They will soon start chapter 11 on spatial reasoning.
In Algebra , students have just submitted their first project and progress test. They are now in the middle of chapter 9. Chapter 9 is about multiplying and factoring polynomials. Students study the different types of polynomials and memorize rules for finding squares of binomials.
In Sociology, students just finished their first evaluation and progress test.They are finishing chapter 5 which focuses on the adolescent in society. The next section focuses on the challenges of adolescence. Students will start the second evaluation and project when they finish the next two chapters.

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