January 28, 2018

We had a great time last week investigating different artists and their art forms.  Students have been inquiring into what constitutes art and how art reflects the context in which it was created.  The grade 5 students have enjoyed looking at social issues as a particular context and how art can bring about awareness of certain issues in society.  Last week they created their own artwork to do just this and used the artwork of Norman Rockwell as inspiration.  This week, students will be examining this concept more closely which will support them in getting ready for Grade 5 exhibition.

In literacy, students are examining news articles, how they are structured and will be writing their own to report on the unit thus far. In reading they are investigating social issues and the actions their characters take in reaction to the situation they find themselves in. This again will support the students getting ready for exhibition by exploring the different types of action people can take to bring about change.

In Math, we are reviewing division and word problems.  Students have been looking into how to solve math problems that involve division and other operations, both one and multi-step.  This week we will look at larger numbers and how to tackle them in a division problem.


  • MAP testing will take place this week from Sunday to Wednesday.  If your child is absent, they will be given make up time at a later date.
  • Room assignments for Ecoventure will be given out by end of this week.

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 mouth with 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

Grade 4/5/6 Junior Scorpions Track End of Season Jamboree-Hosted by DAA on January 27th, 2018

Grade 4/5/6 Junior Scorpions Track End of Season Jamboree-Hosted by DAA on January 27th, 2018
Believe it or not, the end of the Jr. Scorpions Track and Field season is upon us. Athletes and coaches have worked hard throughout the season and have shared many laughs and have made many memories together along the way.
This year’s end of season Track and Field Jamboree for Grades 4,5 & 6 is being held at DAA on Saturday January 27th and is scheduled to run from 10am-1pm. (See attached schedule) and it promises to be a day filled with fun and friendly competition.
Please note that students who are not registered by Thursday January 25th, will not be able to participate in this event.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.
Kurtis Trottier
Co-Athletic Director
Universal American School

Ecoventure Roommate Requests

Grade 5 students are invited to request roommates for the Ecoventure trip.  Please visit your teacher’s Google Classroom site for a link to an online form that you can use to make your requests.

Week of January 21, 2018

Whew!  UAS has completed two weeks of inspections with KHDA and CIS, and the comments from our visitors were complimentary.  The students were kind and welcoming as our guests sat in on classes, observed us in action, and asked questions.

We continue to forge ahead in our new PYP Unit of Inquiry: How we express ourselves.  If you have a penchant for artistic expression from music to photography; poetry to interpretive dance; or painting to pantomime, please let us know.  We would love to have you share your talent and thoughts about your vocation or avocation with the classes.

Look for Maths unit three IPPs to come out later this week.  We begin a short look at long division this week.

Since our UOI is about artistic expression, and many artists use art to comment on social issues, we will start “social issues book clubs” this week in reading class.

Writing will continue to include a review of essential grammar elements as we learn how to write like journalists–just the facts.  This will be helpful to the students as they near their work on Exhibition.


Please SIGN UP for the Ecoventure three-day and two-night trip by CLICKING HERE before January 23, 2018.  This is the itinerary.

The FUN FAIR is at UAS on January 26.

Check your teacher’s Google Classroom page for the Home Learning Menu.  Remember: it is valid for TWO WEEKS, so the one that came out on January 14 is good for one more week.

Junior Scorpions Track and Field Information

Junior Scorpions Track and Field Information
This is just a quick note to remind all students in Grade 4, 5, and 6 who have signed up for Junior Scorpions Track and Field that practices have resumed and are being held at their regular scheduled times (Sundays & Wednesdays 3:15pm-4:15pm). Also, ASA buses will be back up and running starting on Sunday January 14th.
Finally, if you are a Jr. Scorpion Track and Field Athlete and you wish to participate in the upcoming Meet at ASD on January 15th, please be sure to have your parents sign up using the link below.
If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to contact Mr. Trottier (ktrottier@uasdubai.ae)

January 14, 2018

Happy New Year!  We hope you had a wonderful and restful holiday!

After a busy week back with KHDA and finishing up our unit on how the world works, the kids got back into the full swing of things quite quickly and quite impressively! We had a wonderful week of science experiments, math explorations, website creation and much more.

This week we will begin to tune into our new unit, ‘How We Express Ourselves’.  Students will explore what constitutes art and how we can express ourselves through art.  In language, we will be focusing on our writing conventions through a variety of writing tasks.  In math, we will finish up unit 3.  The kids will bring home a blank copy of the unit 3 pre-test to study over the next couple days.  We will also post the responses on our individual google classrooms for checking answers.

Please note, that if you have not done so already, please sign up for our Ecoventure trip and pay the accounts department by January 23rd, at which point we will start assigning rooms.  As mentioned during our Ecoventure meeting, students will be given the opportunity to let us know who they would like to be in a room with.  We will ensure they are with at least one person on their list.

On a final note, the grade 5 team would like to send out a warm welcome to Ms. Darlene Tezdiker as Ms. Ryan’s long term substitute.  She has proven to be a great asset to the grade 5 team this past week and it is clear she has her students best interest in mind.  Please feel free to drop by and say a quick hello to welcome her to grade 5.

Have a great week!