30 x 30 Fitness Challenge

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

Halloween Party Sign Up Sheets

Next week is our Halloween celebration!  We will be celebrating on Thursday, October 26.  We start off with our school parade at 8:05.  Students then will be trick-or-treating around the first grade classrooms.  After that we will start our individual class party and activities.  Students are encouraged to wear their costumes (please make sure they are school appropriate) to school.  I have attached a google doc sheet that is a sign up for parent volunteers to run activities, decorate the classroom, and bring food items.

Sign up sheet


Thank you!

Thank you for the beautiful cards, gifts, and delicious cupcakes that were brought in last week for my birthday.  It made me feel so special to get celebrate with everyone.

Thank you to the parents who came in today to watch the student created video over respect.  The class has been working hard on it for the past two weeks and were thrilled to share it with you!  They have done an excellent job showing respect in the classroom and around the building.  I am so proud of what they have accomplished so far this school year.  I will be emailing the video out instead of posting it on the blog, due to the file being large.


You’re invited to view our movie called Respect!

You’re invited to come view our movie called Respect this coming Sunday, October 15th at 10:30 in the library.  The students want to share it with other first grade classes and you!  We will start the movie at 10:30 and it will be about 10 minutes.  Hope you are able to make it! If you have any questions, please let me know.

Community Faire is tomorrow!

The PTSO will be hosting a Community Fair tomorrow at UAS. The event will run from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the school’s main reception area and elementary lobby and exits.  There will be a variety of booths selling cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream, pizza, and sandwiches. There will be service booths as well (including: ASA vendors, beauty salons, health and fitness services, accessories, and more).
If you have any questions, please reach out to Areej our PTSO president (president.ptso@uasdubai.ae).

Back to School Night Resources

Good morning! I hope that everyone is having a great start to their Wednesday! I just wanted to say thank you to all of the parents that were able to come attend my session at Back to School Night.  I am thrilled to have your child in my classroom and get to share all the wonderful things we are doing this year to support them along their educational journey.  For parents who were unable to attend, I will be sending home hard copies of the documents that were handed out on Monday night.  I have also attached them, along with the slideshow below:

PM Reader Letter-2dou450   *This letter is a permission slip allowing me to send home PM readers to help support their learning during guided reading.  It states that if the books get lost or damaged then you will be responsible for paying to replace them.  Please sign and send back.

Reading at Home-29udvd0. * This is a flyer describing ways that you can help support your child with reading.

1KP BTSN-1e0q88j. * This is my presentation from Back to School Night.  If you have any questions about any of the content, please let me know and I would gladly sit down with you and discuss.

* I will be sending home with them sheets about handwriting.  We are working our way through the alphabet right now, but I have included all numbers and letters for them to practice at home.  In their pink folder, they will have a journal coming home.  This journal has the correct handwriting paper for them to practice on.

Main bullets that were pointed out:

* Read everyday for 20 minutes!

* Communication is a key part in helping your child have a successful year.  Please do not hesitate to call, email, or stop by if you have any questions or concerns.

* Encourage your child to do their best, each and every day.

Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

The counselors at UAS are amazing! Please check out their blog, which is under General Links to the right.  They have a letter about what they will be doing in the classroom during the month of October.

I have attached the Home Link Worksheet, which is a great resource to use with your child after Mr. Fields does his first lesson.  He will be coming in every Tuesday from 10-10:30 to complete a lesson for the month of October.

Bullying Prevention Lesson 1- Home LInk (G1)-27fky4t



  • This week is Back to School Night!  It will be held on October 2nd.  You may choose to attend one of the two presentations, either 3:45 – 4:30 or 5:15- 6:00.  We will be going over the curriculum, classroom procedures, and I will be able to answer any questions you have. Hope to see you there!
  • ASAs start this week. Non-fee classes will not run on Monday, October 2nd due to Back to School Night.
  • Tuesday is early release.  Dismissal time is 2:00.
  • The second UAS Community Faire will be held on Thursday, October 5th from 12-5.

Partner Reading

Last week we continued to practice reading with partners.  The students got the chance to read with Mrs. Yates’s class.  They had a blast doing this and were engaged in their books!



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