About cassidyclark

My name is Ella Cassidy-Clark and I am a KG-1 Teacher

15th – 19th October

This week in KG-1ECC

KG1 began swimming this week! Overall all students did a great job undressing, keeping their clothes organized, keeping up with their pool items (towel, shoes, goggles) and following directions at the pool. There are a couple who are still practicing dressing “after” swimming! The best way to help your child, is to teach them to do it by their self… they can do it! This was an enjoyable session in the school pool for them as they played and swam alongside their classmates.


This week the children have been learning the story/song and actions of The Five Little Pumpkins. They also read the story to one another.

We begun being scientist as we started our Pumpkin Investigation. The children used magnify glasses as they looked and described what they noticed about the pumpkins and how they felt.  We predicted whether the pumpkin will sink or float followed by observing what we saw. We estimated and measured the pumpkins. The children have come up with what they would like to do with the pumpkins in our investigation which will be ongoing next week also. Have a look at our bulletin board outside our classroom to follow along on what we discover!

This week in centers we worked on the following

Math– Identified numbers through rolling a dice and matching the number 1-10; coloring a picture by number; making spiders with number cards and adding that many legs and exploring patterns.

Literacy– Making Five Little Pumpkin Books and working towards identifying upper and lower case letters.

Fine motor– Unlocking locks and putting together nuts and bolts.

Exploration– Halloween I spy search.

On Thursday we made lanterns to celebrate Diwali

Well done to Omair and Daixin for receiving certificates this week. The have been showing the learner profile of being principled in the classroom by following the rules and doing the right thing!

Mr. Fields visited our classroom this week for our first Guidance lesson. We met his puppet named Puppy and learned how to participate in his monthly lessons. He will teach us many great things about our feelings, emotions, communicating and how to treat others.

Next week in KG-1ECC

We will  continue with our Pumpkin Investigation; Halloween themed centers and working towards recognising the letter and sound of these 7 Letters – Ll, Ff, Ee, Hh, Tt, Ii and Uu


  • Halloween Treats Due Monday– If you have not already done so, please send in 30 small items (individual pencils, sticker packs, small toys, erasers, boxes of raisins, bags of pretzels, etc) by Sunday, October 22. Diaso has great selections of these small items. These items will be given out when they Trick or Treat within the classrooms, and we will provide bags for all KG1 students. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANYTHING WITH NUTS!
  • Halloween Costume and Parade– On Thursday, October 26, your child is encouraged to wear a Halloween costume to school. We would ask that they not wear face masks or bring weapons, but that this be a fun day. We will enter the building at our regular 7:55 time and ask parents to stay outside. We will then prepare for our Elementary School parade, as we will parade outside, following a designated path, where parents will be able to watch and take photos. Parade should begin after 8:00. If your child wishes to change later, please send appropriate change of clothes.
  • Teacher Professional Development/ No School for Students– Please remember that Sunday, October 29 and Monday, October 30 there is no school for students, as teachers have Professional Development.
  • Tuesday, October 31– Students return to school. It is actually Halloween, but students should wear School Uniform, and we will do some Halloween activities and centers in our classroom.
  • Swimming on Sunday
NEW Swimming Policy and Procedure- PLEASE READ…

Dear Parents,

The below rules, policy and procedures have been put in place for the safety of your child. We feel that we need to be visible about the procedure and clear to all of you in order to make the swimming program a success. If your child is not swimming because of a doctor’s note then we want to be able to plan ahead and find an engaging place for them to be during their swimming class.

Please read the below rules of the pool and the consequences. The teacher reviews the rules before every swim class and you can help reinforce them at home by also reviewing them with your child.


  • Walk feet only-No running

  • Use #2 voice

  • Wear swimming caps

  • Slip in pool

  • Gentle play

    • If the child does not follow the rules they will be told to sit out of the water.

    • If during the swimming class they continue to not follow the rules, they will not be allowed to swim for the remainder of that day’s class.

Prek and KG1 Pool Swimming Policy and Procedures

As per the ES handbook, pupils who are well enough to attend school will swim and take part in the activities with the following exceptions:

  • Ear infection

  • Cast on an injured or broken limb

  • Uncontrolled asthma


If the child has a doctor’s note:

The note gets handed over to the EC coordinator who verifies it with the school nurse and puts an alternative plan into action for that child.

  • Alternative plans could be:

  • Going and participating in another grade level class

  • Going and reading in the  library with a duty monitor (depending on availability)

  • Staying in their class and engaging in play with a duty monitor (depending on availability)

If the child has no swim clothes:

  • The child goes to the swimming pool with the rest of the class and watches in a safe supervised area. The child must not be more than a few arms lengths away from an adult.

  • For the 1st and 2nd incidents:

    • the teacher emails the parents

    • the teacher documents this in their records

  • For the 3rd incident

    • the teacher will inform the EC coordinator

    • EC Coordinator will make a phone call to the parents to discuss

Dubai Fitness Challenge– By now you will most probably have heard about the 30 x 30 Fitness Challenge launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai Government and Dubai Sports Council. This “new initiative sees Dubai aiming to be most active city in the world” by encouraging all UAE residents to commit to 30 minutes of activities daily for 30 days, starting on October 20 until November 18.

We are proud to announce that UAS will wholeheartedly be taking part in this challenge. We will be sending a calendar flyer home with your child. We would like to encourage you to get involved and exercise with your child on a daily basis.  Record your activities on the calendar provided throughout the 30 days and then return it to your child’s homeroom teacher after November 18th.

To find out more about the challenge visit the website here.

To read the press release from the Government of Dubai, click here.

As part of this initiative, Dubai Fitness Challenge has partnered with a number of associations that will help you have fun while staying fit. Click here for calendar of events.

If you would like to participate with UAS, please go to this link here and follow the prompts as follows:

  1. Click on join an existing organization
  2. Click on register as a teacher or parent
  3. Complete the form by making sure you select Universal American School in the School Name field
  4. Stay fit, participate and share away!

If you are on social media and would like to share your efforts with us, please use the following hashtags: #Dubai30x30 #uasdubai30x30 #uasdubai

October 8th-12th

This week in KG-1

Every morning we read the morning message together, which tells us about what we will be doing that day. Each day we have a new calendar helper who helps us with this lesson – We talk and sing about the days of the weeks and the months in the year. We count the calendar and add the next number to our pattern – this month it is spiders and ghosts. We also count how many days we have been in school. We look at the calendar helpers name, talk about their first letter, the sound it makes, count how many letters and clap how many syllables are in their name. Below is a video of us singing the months of the year song.

This week in our unit of inquiry we have been talking about how we are the same and different. We read three stories about skin colors.

The children mixed red, yellow, black and white together to make their skin colour and painted a picture of themselves.

On Wednesday and Thursday we did an Apple investigation. We used our hands and eyes to describe what our apples looked and felt like. We sorted them into piles of appearance by color. The children were excited to see the apples roll and wanted to see what would happen if we threw it outside. After throwing one apple in the air watched it land on the ground and the apple broke in half. We were able to see what was inside the apple – they were surprised to see it turned brown after time. We tasted a green apple and a red apple and graphed which one was our favourite. We used the apples to make apple sauce.


Learning experiences in  centers this week:

Math – The children explored the numbers 1-10 and matched the numbers using stamps. Used 1:1 correspondence as they played the cookie game. Sorted items by color. Used different shapes to build structures.

Fine motor – The children are working on correctly holding scissors and cut different lines – straight, curvy and zigzag. Worked on drawing people using details through following direction cards.

Literacy – Used playdough to make their name. Identified classmates names and matched photos together.


This week the children have been working towards being good communicators – Listening to what the teachers are saying and following directions. Well done to Yashar and Ahmad for receiving the certificates and attending Rockstar Recess this week. Next week we will be looking for two children who are being principled- ‘doing the right thing’

Next week in KG-1

We will be conducting a pumpkin investigation and Halloween inspired centers over the next two weeks. The children will have their first swimming in class on Sunday.


  • Halloween Parent Volunteers

I am looking for 4 parents who would be willing to come in for 45 minutes on Tuesday October 31st at 8:15 am to work with a small group of children (5 at a time; 4 groups) doing a Halloween activity. In the past parents have done decorating cupcakes/cookies for Halloween, read a story, sing a song, play a game, do a craft, etc. all related to Halloween. You can be as creative as you like with the activity you would like to do.  The parents who volunteer will be responsible for getting the activity ready and doing it in the classroom with the children.  Pinterest has some great ideas as well – www.pinterest.com. The activity should last for around 10 minutes. Click here to sign up

  • Halloween Treats

Your child brought home an ORANGE note in their folders this week, regarding our Halloween celebration and Trick or Treating. Please send in 30 small items (individual pencils, stickers packs, erasers, boxes of raisins , bag of pretzels, etc) by Sunday, October 22. These items will be given out when they Trick or Treat within the classrooms, and we will provide bags for all KG1 students. Please do not send in a pumpkin or container.

  • Swimming

All KG1 classes will begin swimming next week. Our day is on Sunday at 11-11:35am! Please refer to the Swimming Letter that was sent home at the beginning of this week, in your child’s folder. We need your child to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE getting dressed INDEPENDENTLY, at home with you. They need to WEAR swimsuits to school, with SCHOOL UNIFORM on top. Bring towel, swim cap (mandatory) and swim shoes, inside a separate swim bag. Goggles are optional.

Thanks for all you do to support your child and their learning experiences in KG1




October 1st-5th

This week in KG-1ECC

We have been revisiting, learning and exploring shapes. We have been focusing on how many sides each shape has and ways to describe the shape eg- A rectangle has two long sides and two short sides. We read the story ‘How the Shapes Became Friends’ the children created their own pictures using different shapes

The children enjoyed playing shape bingo and identifying shapes using a fly swatter.

We sung  and danced to the “Hokey Pokey Shape’ Song using different shapes.

We used circles to create artwork inspired by the artist Kadinsky – The master pieces are displayed on our bulletin board outside our classroom.

Can your child name all the shapes we have been learning about this week? *hint the grey shape is called a cresent.

In centers this week:

PYP unit of Inquiry – The children drew pictures  – they looked in the mirror to draw themselves, They had to think about and choose a crayons that matched their skin tone, hair and eye colour and draw different features they saw. They also created faces using different manipulatives.

Fine Motor – They worked on strengthening their fine motor skills through lacing cards and balancing marbles on top of golf tees.

Math – Exploring numbers 1-10 through different math activities and rolling a dice to recognise and count the number followed by an action card. Sorted by shape and matched shapes to make numbers.

Next Week in KG-1ECC

We will be talking about our families – who is in them, how many people in each family – are they the same or different? Drawing pictures of them. We will continue to act out different social situations and discuss different ways to approach them. We will be exploring apples; we will sort them by colour, taste them, find out if they sink or float, make a graph and something to eat!


  • Thank you to all the parents who came to our Back to School Information Sessions held on Monday. Here is a link to the slide presentation if you wish to review what was talked about.
  • Library books need to be brought back before our next Library class on Wednesday. Once your child has finished with their book they are welcome to return it in the classroom and they will put it in the Library container in the classroom when they unpack their folders in the morning.
  • On Sunday the children no longer wear their purple class t-shirt they now where the UAS uniform.
  • Thank you to the parents for filling out and returning the literacy/ take home bags. These will start going home the first week of November. – this is optional
  • We will be starting swimming the week of the 15th October. More information will be coming home on Sunday.
  • We hope you are enjoying reading the class books that have been coming home this week. Please remember these books are for one night only.
  • On Wednesday please bring in a whole apple in a snapback bag. It can be of any color or size as these are things we will be looking at. Please remind your child to unpack them with their folders that morning.

Community Fair Tomorrow

Community Fair Tomorrow (Thursday 5th October)

The PTSO will be hosting a Community Fair tomorrow at UAS. The event will run from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the school’s main reception area and elementary lobby and exits.  There will be a variety of booths selling cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream, pizza and sandwiches. There will be service booths as well (including: ASA vendors, beauty salons, health and fitness services, accessories and more). 
Thank you, 

September 24th-28th

This week in KG-1ECC

This week has been a busy week in KG-1. We have been working on learning our friends names through games, songs, books and each morning this week the children have been recognising their name written on an envelope for morning mail – they have been looking inside their envelope and naming who is on the picture. We have been investigating our names – Decorating names, recognising names, building names, counting how many letters are in our name and graphed to see who has the most, least and the same. Also they identified letters that are in their name and NOT in their name.

We read the book, watched the song  Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? we even sung the song in class. On Monday we made cookies with the children helping to make the mixture and thank you to Ahmad who took the cookies home to bake them and brought them back for us to eat on Tuesday. We have made a class book based on the book and song.


The children have been enjoying learning some new songs. One of their favourite songs is Slippery Fish – Watch them do an amazing job. They have learnt the song and actions so quickly!

In centers this week the children have been working on many skills

  • Exploring letters with stamps and stencil rubbings
  • Gluing number and letters
  • Sorting pasta and pom poms by colour
  • Developing on their fine motor skills through using golf tees to make holes and threading beads onto pipe cleaners
  • Using scissors to cut straight lines

Cookie Recipe (ANZAC Biscuits)


  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried shredded coconut
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 125grams of butter
  • 2 Tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tspn baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp boling water


  • Preheat oven to 18o degrees celcius. Lightly grease the tray or use baking paper
  • Combine the oats, flour, coconut and sugar together in a large bowl
  • Melt the butter and golden syrup together
  • Dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water and add to the butter mixture.
  • Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix together
  • Roll into balls and flatter on tray allowing room for them to spread
  • Bake for 12-15mins, cooking one tray at a time.

We have made many class books over the past few weeks. These books will be coming home to you over the next couple of weeks. Please enjoy reading these stories with your child. It is a great way to see if they can recognise and name all their classmates names and who they like to play with at school. Please remember to have these for one night only so another child can take it home the following day. Here are the titles so far we have made 6!

Next week in KG-1ECC

Next week we will learn to be prepared for what to if there is a fire at school. We will read stories and practise what to do and where we need to go.  We will be learning about shapes that are around us and model different ways to be a kind friend – sharing, using kind words, being caring and helpful. We will  visit the Dramatic play room.


  • Today the October Calendar went home in your child’s folder – please take the time to look at what will be happening through out the month.
  • Back to School information session on Monday Oct 2nd please make sure you have filled out the form if you have not done so already . There are two sessions one at 1pm and again at 5:15pm. I highly recommend attending this information session.
  • We will begin show and tell next week – Please make sure your child only brings and shares on their day. Its a great idea to practise what they might say when they share with the class. Here are some ideas – What is it? What do they do with it? Where did they get it from? Why is it special?
  • Scholastic orders due on Wednesday 4th October – I will send home the brochure on Sunday and talk about this at Back to School Information Session.
  • UAS community fair 12-5pm October 5th

September 17th 20th

This week in KG-1ECC

WOW the children have completed 4 full days with all of their classmates! So far in the class we have 17 children – 9 Boys and 8 girls. We have been busy playing many different name games throughout the week to help us learn the names of all our friends in the class.

The children have been learning how our center rotations work in the classroom. Over 2 days the children complete 4 different activities so they complete a total of 8 over the course of the week. The children work in small groups where they wear a colour necklace to represent the group they are working in. Ask your child what colour group they were in this week? The children will change groups each week and so they are working with different children in the class. This week the children were working on in centers:

  • Developing their fine motor skills by feeding animals food using tweezers and picking up pom poms with different utensils.
  • Learning how to use the glue and ripping up paper as they glued it to the first letter of their name
  • Learning how to correctly hold scissors and cut playdough.
  • Being creative using different shapes to make things – We saw people, trains and much, much more.
  • Learning how to use the water paints.
  • Used whiteboards to practise drawing pictures of themselves.
  • Matched objects by their shape.

On Sunday we made playdough as a class, each child helped to add an ingredient. You will find the recipe below if you would like to make it at home.


We read the story “Pete the Cat – I Love My White Shoes” The children then coloured in their story with different colour according to what Pete stood in. They then retold the story to the teacher or a friend.

On Monday we read the story “Little Blue and Little Yellow”  The children then used blue and yellow playdough and mixed it together until they made the colour green.

On Tuesday we read the story “Harold and the Purple Crayon” with red, blue and white paint the children mixed it together to make their own shade of purple and painted with cotton buds


On Wednesday we used cotton buds to paint their name using dots.

If you would like to see more picture from throughout the week please click on more photos under the title Flikr photos on the right hand size of the blog. It will take you to my school flikr account. As you go through the photos each week, it is a great idea to do this with your child. They can tell you about the different activities they have done and who their classmates are.

Playdough recipe

2 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup salt
3 tablespoons cream tartar
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons oil
couple drops of food colouring

Mix flour, with salt and cream tartar in a bowl.
Add boiling water and oil plus a couple drops of food colouring.
Mix quickly then knead until firm. Add extra flour if sticky.
Store in an airtight container.


Next week in KG-1ECC

We will be reading the story “Who Took the Cookies From the Cookie Jar” and we will made cookies in class (If a parent is willing to cook the cookies at home – please let me know as we don’t have an oven at school) We will continue to work on learning our friends names, the classroom routines and rules at school. We will have our first trip to the Library on Wednesday. We will be doing a Name Investigation throughout the week.


  • No school tomorrow (Thursday)
  • If you haven’t done so already – Please send in your child’s folder or email me a family picture so we can add it to our class map wall.
  • A felt square came home on tuesday – Please decorate it with a picture and name. – this is due back on Monday 25th Sept
  • Back to school night will be held on October 2nd. Please try to attend this. I will send out more information about this next week.
  • Please remember no chocolate food item in lunches – Thanks!
  • We will begin Show and Tell the first week of October – I will send home a note next week with your child’s day.


EC Policies

Please read the following EC polices for Birthdays and Late Pick-UP


This is a time for your child to celebrate their birthday with classmates. It is our EC policy that  parents are allowed to bring a healthy snack (fruit kebabs, popcorn, fruit cups etc) and/or cupcakes or mini doughnuts. Please, no cakes or treat bags.

You will need to make arrangements with your child’s teacher a week in advance for planning purposes. Unfortunately due to fire regulations, we are not allowed to light any candles and would also appreciate no birthday decorations or party horns.

We would also like you to know that siblings, cousins or friends from other classes may not join the class celebrations.


**Late Pick-Up**

 Every day PreK/KG1 children are dismissed at 12:45. Please be on time and pick your child up at their classroom. Both the TA and teacher have scheduled meetings, planning and lunch to eat!
We do acknowledge that there might be the odd occasion that puts you behind schedule. Here is what that procedure looks like:
*Notify your child’s teacher when you are able to do so but remember that while they have children in their care, they do not check emails.
*Your child will stay with their teacher until 12:55.
*At 12:55, the TA will take your child to the lobby by the main bus doors.
*The TA will sign them over to one of our duty monitors.
*Your child will sit and wait for you in this area.
*The time your child is picked up will be documented.
Thank you for your cooperation on this important matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Crystal Hanna
Early Childhood Coordinator

First Full Day

Your child this week has completed their First Full Day of KG-1ECC! We have had a fantastic start with all smiles so far. I am looking forward to having the whole class together on Sunday.

I would like to update you on one change in the classroom. Ms Amira will be taking over the After School Care program at UAS so i would like to introduce Ms Kareen who will be working with your child and myself in the classroom this year. Ms Kareen has been working as a Teaching Assistant in KG-1 at UAS for nearly four years. So we are lucky to have her with us! When you see her, please say hello and introduce yourself.

Update on the T-shirts. As of this stage the PURPLE t-shirts have still not arrived. Please send your child to school wearing the UAS uniform. If we have them on Sunday morning we will change the children into it.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Please see attached a notice regarding the Early Dismissal in KG-1

Dear Parents of PreK and KG1 Students,

Thank you for your support and flexibility this past week during Student Orientation.  The Early Childhood (EC) staff feels it has been a great success!

EC Classes being on Sunday, September 17th.  We look forward to kicking off the school year with your child and family!

Tuesday, September 19th is the UAS’s first Early Dismissal Tuesday.  Based upon EY family feedback, EY classes (PreK and KG1) will have a regular schedule on Early Dismissal Tuesdays.  Classes will be dismissed at the usual 12:45 time.


Crystal Hanna, EC Coordinator   David Dorn, ES Principal