Important Dates

Dates to Remember

Thursday 2nd November: Flag Day Photograph: All students in Grade 5 should wear black 

Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th November: Parent teacher conferences 

Upcoming Special Events in the library: 
Nov 12-16          MAGRUDY’S BOOK FAIR in lobby 
                           Nov 21 (Tues)  large groups visit with the author at the library Grade 1 – Grade 5 
                           Nov 22  “meet the author”, library, 3:30
                           Nov 22, 23, 25, 26   grade 5 writing workshops with the author

Monday, 30th October, 2017

Hi there,

Flag day is coming up!

Grade 5 students should wear a black t-shirt to school on Thursday morning 2nd November for annual flag day photograph.


Grade 5 Team.


Saturday, 28th October

Thanks so much to all the moms, dads, brothers, sisters and friends that came to watch the Halloween Parade at UAS on Thursday morning. The children really enjoyed their ‘paparazzi’ moment in the spotlight. We had a great Halloween celebration in Grade 5. In my class, the children listened to some hair raising stories and then told me some of their own stories. In Miss Schricker’s class the children learnt how to write Halloween madlibs. In Mr. Yates’ class the children made mini catapults in order to get candy into a jar as part of a STEM activity. All the Grade 5 class had a little party in the afternoon. Thanks again to the moms and dads and families that donated items to the class, it was very much appreciated by everyone.

This week …..

Well, it’s going to be a short week as the children do not have school on Sunday and Monday due to teachers’ professional development time. The children return to school at the normal time of 7.40am on Tuesday, 31st October. We hope they have a relaxing and fun long weekend. Don’t forget to remind your child to fill out their Dubai Fitness Challenge booklet over the long weekend – it’s a perfect time and temperature for them to get out and do some exercise.

Language Arts

This week the children will finish their personal narrative writing unit. They will work towards writing the final draft of their stories and then publishing their work. In Readers’ Workshop children will continue to read their novels in their book clubs and work towards being able to write an interpretation of their book.


Children will continue with Unit 2 which focuses on addition and subtraction of decimal numbers including money. There is a large problem solving aspect to this unit – children will solve one and two step problems. Children will also revise how to round decimals and then make estimates for decimal multiplication.

Unit of Inquiry

Children will begin their new unit which is a science based unit under the theme ‘How the World Works.’

Halloween, Health, and Homework

This week Grade 5 focused on addition and subtraction of decimals as we moved into Unit 2 of Mathematics.  Going shopping or out to eat?  It’s a great opportunity to practice adding and subtracting decimal numbers with your child.  Keep asking your child multiplication and division facts too.  Coming up are estimation and Imperial units of measurement.

Our readers have been looking closely at the language writers use to show, not tell, readers a story.  Analyzing characters and events through this lens has been our focus this week, and we’re using examples like the writing of Katherine Applegate’s Home of the Brave to to improve our own personal narratives in writing.

We began our book clubs this week with a look at how a book club runs, and we’ll begin reading our book club books next week.

Technology is everywhere in our classrooms as we use the MacBooks to research explorers, build our explorer presentations, start our new blogs, and work on math and reading.

The Home Learning Menu can be found here. Five blocks a week are recommended, and the menu is good for two weeks.

In other news;

The Halloween Parade will be Thursday–details should be in the Elementary School Blog Sunday. Grade 5 will hold a short party Thursday afternoon.  Look for details next week.

UAS is participating in the Dubai Fitness Challenge!  Here are some details from our 30×30 Coordinator: Kristen Miller:

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 October 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

Kristen Miller
Middle School Physical Education

Wearing Pink and MacBook Reminders

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

This Thursday, October 19th all UAS students from Grades 2-11 will be walking a lap around the campus in support of Breast Cancer. Please make sure your child comes to school wearing Pink in support of this cause.

Additionally, we are using our MacBooks every day, so it is imperative that the students come to school with a fully-charged device.  Please plug the computer in the night before or send your child to school with his or her charger.

Finally, please be sure your child has a set of headphones to use at school.. An inexpensive pair that can be left at school may be a good choice.

Kind Regards,

The Grade 5 Team

Thursday, 12th October, 2017

Grade 5 have had a great week! In Unit of Inquiry, we learned various research techniques and applied these while researching our lines of inquiry. Students collected and organized data and will decide how to represent their research next week. This could be in any format the students choose, as long as they apply their skills of time management in order to complete it in time. This could include a google site, a poster, powerpoint, video, etc.  It will be a busy week in UOI!

In Math, students completed their summative test for Unit 1 and pre-test for Unit 2.  Next week we will go full swing into unit 2 by starting with multi digit addition and subtraction and applying these skills to solve word problems.  We will explore estimation and find how this supports our ability to do mental arithmetic.

In Writers’ Workshop, Grade 5 have been honing their writing skills by taking a seed idea and letting it grow and develop through rewrites, editing and reviewing to ensure they’ve raised the level of their personal narratives.  Next week we will continue to develop our narratives, celebrate our successes and highlight areas for improvement.

In Readers’ Workshop, we have been using our knowledge of writing in order to critically analyze fictional stories. We are doing so by comparing and contrasting, ranking parts of the story, investigating emotions and finding evidence to support our ideas and opinions. Next week we will begin our Book Clubs. Students will investigate what makes a meaningful and helpful discussion, they will discuss their exceptions of their book club members and consider the importance of accountability.  Students will agree on how much will be read of their novel each night in order to have a meaningful discussion the following day in Readers’ Workshop.

Map Testing

Children will have their Science make up test next week.  This is for students who were out on Sunday or did not finish. Please remind them to make sure that their macbook is fully charged when they come to school.

Bullying Prevention

This week Grade 5 completed Lesson 2 of 4 of the Second Step Bullying Curriculum and the focus was on Bystanders and having Empathy.  Please have a look here to discuss at home.

Important Dates

Sunday October 15th – Home Learning Due

Thursday October 26th – Halloween Parade


Thursday, 5th October, 2017

Thursday, 5th October

Grade 5 had a really lovely day doing the scavenger hunt at Ibn Batuta Mall. They learnt about the famous explorer, had fun with their friends and then ate a lovely lunch. If any children want to go back to finish the scavenger hunt in their own time with their parents – they can get a copy of the quiz from their teacher.


Children will finish off Unit 1 by doing revision of the different concepts taught in it. Children will do their end of unit test next week. They will begin Unit 2 later next week. Unit 2 deals addition and subtraction of decimal numbers, multiplication and place value to the billionth place.

Language Arts

Children have been working on writing about reading through using various strategies. They will continue this work next week. Please remind your child to fill in their reading logs every evening. They can do this on their mac books.

In writing workshop they will continue to learn how to write a personal narrative. Children will be flash drafting next week and then going back and editing their writing.

Unit of Inquiry

All of the children chose an explorer to research. They will start to learn how to research effectively next week. They will be researching their explorer along three different lines of inquiry. Children will choose how they would like to present their findings. This work will carry on until the end of the unit.

Map Testing

Children will have their Science Map Test on Sunday at 10.15. Please remind them to make sure that their macbook is fully charged when they come to school.