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

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.


UAS Elementary School Administration

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


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.

International Day is Coming!

Congratulations to 5EY for their Sports Day win!

Whew!  Have you recovered from a GREAT Sports Day?!  That was a ton of fun, and we’re looking forward to more fun in the next few weeks before our spring break.

Burj Cup winners from 5SR!

Scooter mania!

5SS pulls to victory!

This week we expect to wrap up our division work in math–look for revision work before an assessment on early next week..

Take some short showers! We’re looking at water sources and uses in our Unit of Inquiry.  What an eye-opener our graph of fresh water, frozen fresh water, and salt water was: only about 1% of the planet’s water is fresh water.

With Exhibition work beginning very soon, we’ll continue to focus on reading non-fiction texts and writing non-fiction pieces.

Look for a new Home Learning menu on your teacher’s Google Classroom soon!


We have a library lesson on Thursday.  Please remember to bring your library books to school so you may select new ones.

WE ARE THE WORLD In preparation for our 11th annual International Day celebration at UAS, which is hosted by the PTSO on Saturday 3 March, students are invited to wear clothes to school that represent their country – International Dress Day. The International Dress Day will be on Wednesday, 28 February!

The PTSO’s 11th annual International Day celebration is THIS SATURDAY at UAS.  Look for Mr. Yates at the Million Solar Stars booth when you get thirsty–fresh water will be available for when you get hot and thirsty!

Next week is Book Week at UAS, and there are many activities throughout the week including author visits, a raffle to attend the Emirates Festival of Literature with Ms. Leslie, reading challenging puzzles in an escape room, and dressing up as your favorite book character for the 8:00 am character parade on Thursday, 8 March.

Home Safe and Sound!

We had an amazing three days at camp!  The kids were so independent as they engaged in team building and and exciting adventures!  Please be sure to check the photo drive with your child over the weekend as they regale you with tales of all the challenges they took on and the fun things they did at camp:

Teamwork helps when climbing Jacob’s ladder!

Luxury accommodations for desert survival!

Great shirts!

Please also check all the items that came back home.  Double check they belong to your child, especially sleeping bags as some were not packed in with their luggage.  If anything does not belong to your child or something is missing please let me know and we’ll sort it out over the next week.
It was a pleasure being with your children at Ecoventure.  They were enthusiastic, brave, and good-humored through chilly waters, dizzying heights, and hilarious “yachting” excursions on kayaks and rafts.  They may be exhausted, but they earned the chance to sleep in!
We’ll see you all on Sunday, February 18, for a normal week of school.
There is no school for the elementary students on Sunday, February 25.

Day Two is Done!

Our second day was an active one with full-on activities from dawn ’til dusk.  Were the campers tired?  NO WAY!  They worked into the evening tidying up and packing their bags after an “eggciting” night of jokes, skits, and perilous egg drops off the roof.  We even celebrated a birthday!

Tomorrow we wake up early to squeeze in the last two fun sessions of activities before enjoying a boxed lunch on the bus ride home to UAS.  We expect to return to UAS between 2:30 and 3:00.

The Google folder has been reorganized a tiny bit.  If you do not have immediate access to the Day 1 and Day 2 folders for photos, here are the links for them:

Day 1 Photos

Day 2 Photos

Happy Birthday!

Squid dissection isn’t as gross as it sounds!

MD rises to Kayak Challenge 5: Standing and Paddling!

Quick, we’re stuck in the desert–build a shelter!

Ecoventure Day One is Done!

The Grade 5 students laughed, climbed, splashed, and swam all afternoon at Ecoventure in Ras Al Khaimah today.

Snorkeling, team building, running the obstacle course (including the much-anticipated “Jacob’s Ladder,” snorkeling, and raft-building were all on the agenda this afternoon between a filling lunch and delicious dinner.

Wrapping up the evening was a campfire with toasted marshmallows, some free play time, and all the silliness of a sleepover with all your classmates as the kids wound down for the evening.

We’re looking forward to a thrilling day tomorrow!

To see all of the photos teachers and Ecoventure staff members are taking, please visit the links that were sent to you in an email from your child’s homeroom teacher.