Reminder: Student Led Conferences

Dear Parents and Families of Universal American School,

This is a reminder to sign up for Student Led Conferences via Synergetic. The letter with instructions for the sign-up is here.

Please complete your sign up by 2:00 pm on Tuesday.

We are excited to see how your students will be able to describe their learning to you!

Thank you,

Elementary School Administration Team

Sunday April 22nd

Another week gone by! So much has been done by our exhibition students and they couldn’t have done it without your support! They are so excited about their actions and making a difference in their community. It’s incredible what 10 and 11 year olds have been accomplishing.  Of course, there are always hiccups such as prioritizing tasks and scheduling (and keeping with the schedule) but the best learning has been in making those mistakes and learning from them.
 This week our Grade 5 exhibition students will be working on the following:
-Completing their action
-Going on field trips to volunteer or meet with an expert
-Starting to work on their 72 ways to show they know.  These are the models, posters, slide shows, plays, dance performances, prototypes, games, quizzes, etc. that they will have on the day of Exhibition.  Please click here for a list of these ideas.
We look forward to seeing you at Student Led Conferences this week.  Please remember this is a time to celebrate your child’s learning over the year. Teachers will be in the classroom, but it will be completely led by the students. If there is anything you’d like to discus with your child’s homeroom or exhibition teacher, please email them to schedule a separate meeting.
Have a great week!

Elementary Arts Alive Display

Elementary Arts Alive Display

April 19 – May 3, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the elementary arts alive is officially on view! Our KG2 – 5th Grade students have worked hard since the beginning of the year to create the many different artworks currently hanging in the front and back lobby.

Due to the large number of students, only one artwork per student was chosen to be displayed. Parents are encouraged to collect the rest of their child’s art portfolio from the art room during Student Led Conferences.

Enjoy all the amazing art!

Student Led Conferences Information

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to announce that student-led conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26, 2018. Our approach to teaching and learning is intended to support our school’s Primary Years Programme core values by empowering our students to be active participants in their education. It is important for students to think critically and reflect on their learning which helps them become self-directed learners. One of the ways UAS accomplishes this goal is through student-led conferences.  

Process to sign up for Student Led Conferences

Click here for directions for using Synergetic to login and schedule the time in your student’s homeroom class that best meets your needs. Please note that the Sign-Up will go live Tuesday at 4:00 pm; there are times available throughout both days, with up to four places for each time.

UAS students put a lot of time and effort into getting ready to celebrate their learning with parents. A student-led conference involves the student and parent in a discussion centred on student achievement. In this format the student takes the lead in the conversation and talks about their learning.

Teachers are present in the room and will offer encouragement and/or clarification as needed. Please note, this is not a time for you to engage in an individual parent-teacher conference. The time is for your child to share their successes and goals in moving forward for the remainder of the school year. During your conference time, there will be other students sharing their learning with their parents as well.

All families are encouraged to visit the student’s specialist and support teachers on a drop-in basis as they are an integral part of each child’s education. You and your child are also encouraged to visit the Book Fair and to observe the Arts Alive display.

If you have additional time or are waiting for another conference, you are welcome to read in the library with your children or supervise them while they are playing on the playground. During conferences, staff will be monitoring the hallway so that siblings may sit in the hallway to wait. We encourage bringing something for the sibling to do while they wait, such as a book to read, a notebook for writing or drawing, etc.

Sincerely,

UAS Elementary School Administration

PDF VERSION OF LETTER: SLC letter to parents 2018-qkx708

ELEMENTARY BOOK FAIR April 22-25!

Readers, start your engines! The spring elementary book fair, sponsored by Bookworm, will take place IN THE ELEMENTARY LIBRARY during school hours, Sunday through Wednesday, April 22-25 (no Thursday hours). Each homeroom teacher will bring students for a preview some time during the week, and students can also visit at any time their teacher allows. (Money envelopes will go home with students this Wednesday, April 18.) Please come by and check out the latest literary offerings, and remember: Readers Are Leaders!

Changes for This Week

NOTICE: Due to a schedule change, Grade 5 will visit Emirates International School’s Jumeirah campus on Tuesday, 17 April.  A permission slip for this trip will be sent home today.  Please return it no later than 7:40 am on Tuesday.  The purpose of the trip is to observe the Exhibition at EIS.

Splash and Dash is also on Tuesday.  The students participating in Splash and Dash will be taken to EIS when the competition is done.  The students will return to school prior to 2:00 for a normal early-release day dismissal.

The math test has been postponed until Wednesday.

Exhibition is well underway!

It hardly seems possible that the May 6 Exhibition date is only three weeks away!  The students have been working with their mentors and experts in school as they prepare to begin their action projects this week.  This week also entails writing the information report portion of the Exhibition project.

What’s coming up?  During this week of action and writing, we are also planning a visit to the Exhibition at Emirates International School on April 19.  Look for a permission slip to come home.

Student-led conferences are the following week on April 25, Wednesday, and April 26, Thursday. There are no regular classes on those days.  Students only come to school for their meeting with you.  Details will be sent to you in about a week.

Exhibition encompasses reading and writing lessons, and math is still being taught!  Fractions are the main focus now.  Look for an assessment on Monday or Tuesday related to fractions, decimals, and percents.