Spelling Bee Time

This year’s Grade 3-5 Spelling Bee will take place on Thursday 10th, May! Yay!

Please encourage your child to be a risk taker and try out.

Two representatives will be chosen from each class and those two will face off with the representatives from the other class.  Then, two will be chosen to represent 3rd grade in the finals.

The spelling words, vocabulary list and spelling bee rules will be in the 3rd Grade Google Classroom. Please download them and begin to practice with your child.

Have a great spring break!!!!






Splash and Dash

It’s time for the UAS Splash & Dash!

We want all our fantastic swimmers and runners to come out on Tuesday April 17th.

The event will take place during the school day.

The Splash & Dash is for any STUDENT, PARENT or TEACHER in Elementary (Grades 2-5), Middle & High School.

You can participate Individually or with a Partner.

Elementary students will SWIM 100m (4 laps in pool) and RUN 800m (2 laps of track).

The cost to participate is 75 AED. Participants receive a T-shirt and Winners receive prizes.

To register for this awesome event, you must sign up by clicking HERE.

The Link can also be found on the UAS website.

Once registered you need to make your payment at UAS Accounts.

Please pay to the SPLASH-DASH Account.

Registration & Payment needs to be completed by Wednesday March 21st at 3pm.

We hope to see lots of students competing and having LOADS OF FUN!

Go Scorpions!

International Day

We are the World”

In preparation for our 11th annual International Day celebration at UAS, which is hosted by the PTSO on Saturday March 3, students are invited to wear clothes to school that represent their country – International Dress-down Day. The dress-down day will be on Wednesday, February 28! Students will be engaged in cultural activities within their classroom instead of a parade.

Cultural Breakfast

February 20, 2018


Dear Parents and Families,

As a celebration of our inquiry into Cultural Identity, the Grade 3 classes will be sharing a cultural breakfast on Wednesday, February 28th at 8:00 am in the cafeteria.  Each child will be asked to bring in some type of food that is specific and important to their culture (meat, vegetable, dessert, bread).  

Students need to:

  • write the ingredients and draw a picture of the food on the bottom of this page.  
  • bring in their cultural dish on Wednesday, February 28th 
  • come to school hungry so that we can enjoy the delicious meals.

Due to allergies and cultural diet restrictions, we please ask that all food be prepared without nuts and that all ingredients are listed (please fill out the ingredient list below).  We want to proceed with caution on this special day.  

Food items can be brought to school in the morning with the students.  Please bring only a serving that would be enough to feed a regular sized family as students will be given very small portions so that they can sample as many different foods as possible.  During the Cultural Breakfast, children will be encouraged to try new foods from different cultures and to share their own food and culture with their friends.  

Parents are invited at 8:00 am to enjoy the breakfast in the cafeteria with your child.  If you can help set up for this event, please inform your child’s teacher and plan to meet at 7:45 in the cafeteria.  We would also appreciate any wonderful parents who would like to help us clean up at 9:30.  The Grade Three students and teachers are very excited about this event and thank you in advance for your help and support.   

Notes: Please send a labeled serving spoon with your dish. Make sure all Tupperware or serving bowls are labeled.  Unfortunately we do not have the facilities to wash dishes, so please be advised that any non-disposable or recyclable dishes will be sent home “as is.”


Please make sure this is sent with your dish.  


Culture:                                                                          Name of Food:   


Ingredients (please list all):



Cultural Importance:


By:                                                                                       Class:


Sports Day


This Wednesday, February 21st, 3rd graders will take part in the annual Sport Day.  We ask that you each child have a water bottle, hat, and sunscreen as they will be outside all day.

Each class is asked to wear a tee-shirt with their “class colors”.

3NK – White

3AVD – Blue

3GK – Black

3ER – Red

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your classroom teacher.

Thanks 3rd Grade Team

Culture Interview

Today your child will be bringing home some interview questions that pertain to your/their culture.  Please take time to have a conversation with them and include as many details as possible.  This activity will really help the kids in understanding the elements of  their culture. This assignment will be due on  Wednesday, February 14th.

The questions will be posted in their homework menu as well as on this blog. Your child should complete the first 6 by this Wednesday and the rest will be due by next week Sunday.

What languages are spoken?

What are traditional foods?

What are some of your cultural rules?

What are traditional clothes/shoes people wear? When would you wear these?

What are some ways to greet each other?

What does your culture do for special occasions?

Are there special dances or music?

Is there a  main religion? What is it?

What is an item that represents your culture? What does this tell about your culture? Has this item changed over time?

Does your culture have similarities with cultures nearby?

What are some customs/traditions?

What are famous cultural monuments, artwork, or people?

What makes your culture unique?

Wednesday,February 14th will be a dress-down day for Elementary School. Students can wear Red or Yellow in celebration of Chinese New Year, or Red, Pink, or White in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Viral and other Illnesses-Message from School Doctor

Dear Parents,

To prevent spread of infections in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if they are not feeling well and notify the school on the first day of their absence.

Please keep your child at home and seek medical advice if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees and your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been fever free, for a minimum of 24 hours)
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough and sore throat
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches

By keeping your child when they are sick you will help prevent others from catching their illness.

To help prevent the flu and other colds, please teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Cover your nose and mouthwith a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or the inside of your elbow, not your hand.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects.Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home or work, especially when someone is ill.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours.  A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours.  A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 24 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school.   Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school.  Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

For further information on flu and other viral illnesses please refer to www.cdc.gov or contact school clinic team.


Dr. Amna Ahmed Butt

School Physician

Tel: 04 2326252 E: abutt@uasdubai.ae

Universal American School