14th December, 2017

Hi Moms and Dads,

It has been a whirlwind of a trimester! Thank you all so much for your support so far this year. It has been very busy with field trips, activities, national day, Eid and now the early holidays. We hope that 2018 will be as productive.

In January we will finish our science unit ‘How the World Works’ and we will begin a new unit in the middle of January which will be ‘How We Express Ourselves.’ In this unit students will be learning about expression through art.

The children will be going to Ecoventure camp on 13th February until 15th February. If you want your child to attend the camp there is a google form that needs to be filled in please find the link here

The itinerary is here Grade 5 Itinerary at Ecoventure Camp. The cost of the trip is 1575 AED and should be paid into the accounts department. When you pay for the camp can you please tell the accounts department:

  1. Name of your child
  2. Class your child is in
  3. Payment is for Grade 5 Ecoventure camp

The kit list for the camp is on the last page of the itinerary. Have your child read through it carefully and see which items they already have. Your child will be expected to pack and be responsible for all of their own belongings so it will be be best to just pack the necessary items rather than any extra things.

You are encouraged to sign up and pay the accounts department by the end of January.

Have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year. Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate.

Grade 5 Team.

Ecoventure Presentation for Students & Parents

Dear Parents,

On Sunday, 10th December at 2.15pm, Jennifer Dunsford will be coming into school to talk to the children about their trip to the Ecoventure Camp in Ras Al Khaimah on February 13th-15th, 2018.

You are also invited to attend the meeting at this time so you can listen to the presentation and ask any questions you may have.

When: Sunday 10th December at 2.15pm.

Where: Room 300

Thank you from the Grade 5 Team

Christmas Movie Night

UAS highschool will host a movie night for elementary and middle school children on Thursday, 7th December at 3.30 until 5.45pm. Children will need to be picked up afterwards from the secondary library.

If you would like your child to attend please fill in the permission slip for movie night. 

Then your child should return it to their homeroom teacher by tomorrow.


Grade 5 Team

What’s Your Angle?

Congratulations to all of the Grade 5 students who were asked by Ying Compestine and their teachers to read their stories at Ying’s final presentation on Wednesday!  You all worked so hard, and it was a challenge to select only a handful of students to present!

Geometry is the new math unit after we finished exploring multiplication, estimation, and decimal addition and subtraction. If your child has not yet purchased a geometry kit (protractor, compass, straight edge), then please do so!

Our visit to Green Planet was a hit, with students learning a lot on their guided tours about the emergent layer, canopy, understory, and forest floor in a rainforest. The biodiversity of this ecosystem will help them understand the movement of energy and matter within a biome.

We’re connecting our UOI with reading and writing as we learn to read and interpret the main idea of non-fiction texts.  We’ll use those non-fiction texts to learn to write factual pieces.  To incorporate technology, the students will do their research writing in a website they create.

You’ve heard about our KHDA visit coming in January, and there is an important survey link that was emailed to you by the school.  Please take care to complete it.

On Wednesday, our choir students will perform at Kent College.

Students are invited (with a permission slip) to watch Home Alone in the MS/HS library after school on Thursday.

Animal Adoption Week will be in full swing with a bake sale on Monday, Dressing up as Your Favorite Animal (for Dhs 5) on Tuesday, Poetry writing on Wednesday, and Cat Adoption on Thursday.

Thursday 23rd November

Grade 5 has had a very interesting and jam packed week once again! We are really excited about our visiting author, Ying Chang, and the stories she is helping us to write.  It’s amazing how much creativity is being demonstrated amongst our young writers!  Grade 5 are learning how to hook a reader in and to develop an interesting plot with in depth character descriptions.  Next week we’re going to get into our exciting endings and revision process.  Ying has really focused on the importance of critiquing each other to make our writing stronger and more powerful for our readers.  We can’t wait to celebrate our stories next Monday!

In Language, we are continuing to explore non-fiction texts and applying this knowledge to research and write our own information reports about an animal or ecosystem.  Students are to include sub-topics and arrange their report in a clear and creative format.

In Math, we have finished Unit 2 and wrote our test this week. Everyone was well prepared to show off what they’ve learned throughout the unit.  Next week will begin Unit 3 which has a strong focus on geometry including the measurement and drawing of angles.  Students will also identify, compare and draw different types of triangles and will describe the properties of polygons.

In Unit of Inquiry, we will make connections between our knowledge of ecosystems and matter and develop an understanding of the flow of energy throughout an ecosystem.  Our trip to Green Planet on Tuesday will reinforce these understandings and grade 5 will learn about the interdependent relationships of the rainforest.

Important Notices:

  • Field Trip on Tuesday 28th November.  If you need another permission slip, click here. Permission slips must be returned by Monday the 27th.
  • Parents who wish to volunteer as chaperones may sign up by clicking here.
  • National Day next Wednesday 29th November. Students can wear the national dress of the UAE or colors of the UAE flag.
  • Next Thursday 30th November there is no school.



Thursday, 16th November

Hi there,

Hope you are all having a relaxing weekend. Thanks to all the moms, dads and guardians that came to our parents’ conferences over the last few days. It is wonderful to see how supported our students are in their learning careers. Over the last few days I have put up a number of posts about different things – skiing trip over spring break, the PTSO Thanksgiving dinner and Junior Scorpions track and field registration and details. These are all contained in previous. See the link to the post about track and field here

In math this week children will begin to revise all of the concepts from Unit 2. This was heavy unit with some revision from last year but also estimate and multiplication of decimals. The children should use their pretests to help them review what they have learnt. Later in the week we will begin Unit 3 which is a mainly geometry unit about angles and shapes.

In Readers’ Workshop the children will begin a new unit which is all about tackling complexity in nonfiction texts. Some classes finished their book clubs last week and had celebrations to mark the occasion. There will be book clubs again later in the year. This week the children will get to meet our visiting author Ying Chang Compestine who has written several books – fiction and nonfiction. Children were given order forms if they wish to purchase any of her books. Our visiting author will also conduct some writing workshops with all of the Grade 5 classes, we are very lucky to get this opportunity. In our Writers’ Workshop lessons this week children will be beginning to plan their information book/website about their chosen animal.

In our unit of inquiry lessons this week children will continue to do mystery science investigations. Last week we all had a lot of fun figuring out how to find out if something is an acid or not. Children also got to test mystery liquids.

Important Dates:

November 19th – PTSO Thanksgiving dinner 3.30pm in the cafeteria

Class photos – Wednesday 22nd November and Thursday 23rd November (please remind your child to wear their shirt with the collar on the day their class will get their photo taken)

Tuesday November 21st – Grade 5 will meet the author Ying Chang Compostine

Wednesday 22nd November – meet the author event at 3.30 in the library.


Junior Scorpions Track and Field  Registration & Information

Junior Scorpions Track & Field Program

What is it?

In order to provide organized, competitive athletic opportunities for our younger students, UAS will participate in the Junior Emirates Athletic Conference (JEAC). JEAC offers students in grades 4 – 6 an opportunity to have fun, participate in and learn the fundamental skills of Track & Field. The focus of JEAC is to reinforce the value of sportsmanship, respect, teamwork and self-discipline through healthy and fair competition.

How does it work?

  • There are 2 practices per week from on Sundays and Wednesdays from 3:20pm– 4:20pm.
  • The season begins Nov. 22nd – Jan. 27th (JS Track & Field Schedule)
  • There will be a final jamboree tournament hosted on Saturday, January 27th.
    • Grade 4/5 @ UAS
    • Grade 6 @ DAA

What we expect?

  • Students must commit to attending every practice
  • Students who repeatedly miss practice will not be eligible for the end of season jamboree
  • Students must bring a positive attitude and participate in a cooperative manner
  • Parents commit to collecting their children promptly between 4.20 – 4.30pm.  
  • Students who currently ride the school bus may use the After School Activity buses, which depart at 4.30pm. Please indicate this on the registration form.

What to bring?

  • Comfortable, Athletic Clothing (Students can wear their P.E. Kit)
  • Running Shoes or Athletic Shoes
  • A Reusable Water Bottle

How to Register?

Be sure to use the following links to complete the registration process and find

Junior Scorpions Track & Field Registration

Junior Scorpions Track & Field Schedule 2017-2018

Medical Release Form

Once registration is complete, students should show up to the UAS Track for the first Practice on Wednesday November 22nd, 2017.

Skiing Trip


Ski, snowboarding and Switzerland… oh my!   Stay and ski or snowboard at Anzère, Switzerland during Spring Break.  

(Can you say that 3 times fast?)

But I live in Dubai… I don’t have winter clothes…   No problem.    They provide them!

But I don’t know how to ski or snowboard…            No worries.     You can learn them!

When?            March 24-March 31

How much?   11,000 aed

Who?              Grades 4, 5, 6, and those students in grade 7 who went last year only

What’s included?

    • Full-board accommodation at Chalet Chamossaire

  • All meals and snacks

  • Ski/ snowboard equipment and clothing rental

  • Lift passes

  • Instruction

  • Evening activities

  • Visa

  • Transportation (flights + buses)

— Kevin Fields

School Counselor PreK-1