PE and swimming class from April 29!!!

Dear Parents,

Please note that from next Sunday (April 29th) we will begin PE as our special class. We will have regular PE on SundayTuesday and Thursday. The children should be wearing their PE clothes and sports shoes.

On Monday and Wednesday, we will be swimming. Be sure to send a change of clothes, pool shoes, a towel, swim cap and goggles if they want them.

We will swim on the following PE days:

  • April 30
  • May 2
  • May 7
  • May 9
  • May 14

We will not swim during Ramadan.

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!

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

Last week’s highlights!

Hello Parents!

It was a busy week in KG2LA last week, I know that we all enjoyed the beach trip as the children couldn’t stop talking about it the whole week.  Also, I will be finishing the PM assessments in a day or so and the children will receive the updated leveled home reader books from next week. .

Few of last week’s highlights………….

  • Last week was the beginning of our new UOI topic “Books Alive”. In this topic we will be covering most aspects of books. We mostly focused on how we should take care of books and why books are so important.
  • In phonics we learned “r” blends, as in words starting with br, cr, fr, gr, tr etc.
  • In our writing activities last week we focused on writing our beach trip reflection, where the main focus was on sight words and handwriting. The children are also learning to write “How-to” books i.e., how to write simple instructional book using the first, next and last steps.
  • In math, we are focusing on learning the concept of number bonds up to number 10. Eg. how many ways can we add up number 6? 1+5=6, 2+4=6, 3+3= 6 and so on.

Student Led Conference FYI:

  • When: Wednesday or Thursday from 8-3pm (No school for students these two days.)
  • Where: KG2LA Room 106
  • What: Students will show you how well they have progressed throughout the school year.
  • Why: Student take more ownership in their learning when they can show the people they love how well they are doing.
  • Who comes: You bring your KG2LA student and yourself!
  • How to Sign Up: Follow this LINK 

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES DO’S AND DON’T

DO

  • DO ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENT TO TALK ABOUT THE STATION THEY ARE AT
  • DO ASK STUDENTS QUESTIONS REGARDING WHAT THEY ARE DOING
  • DO ROLE-PLAY AS A STUDENT AND GO ALONG WITH THE FUN
  • DO VISIT MUSIC AND ARABIC CLASSES

DO NOT

  • DO NOT COMPARE YOUR CHILD TO ANOTHER STUDENT IN THE CLASS
  • DO NOT ASK THE “TEACHER” ABOUT YOUR STUDENTS PROGRESS
  • DO NOT TAKE PORTFOLIOS HOME

Thank you!!! Have a great week!!!

Student Led Conferences!

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.

Student-Led Conferences: A Celebration of Learning at UAS!

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

Beach Trip on Sunday!!!

We will be going to Mamzar beach to explore with what we have been learning about the ocean. We will NOT be swimming. The children may stand in the water no further than their knees. We are taking plenty of adult supervision as well as a certified life guard.

Your child should wear:

  • Any shorts, T-shirt and a hat.
  • Sandals, flip-flops or crocs.
  • sunscreen before they leave home.

They should bring:

  • A change of clothes UAS uniform (including underwear and socks).
  • Snack in a separate bag. We will eat snack at the beach but not lunch. Bring lunch as usual.
  • A beach blanket or a towel to sit on for snack. Please make sure your name is on it.

We will be leaving UAS at 8:20 am. Please be on time!

Hats please!!!

Dear Parents,

It’s time for the children to bring in hats to school for recess time. Even though most of our play area is shaded, we still have to walk to the cafeteria for lunch everyday. Please send in a hat with your child’s name on it and we will keep them in our classroom for everyday use.

Thank you!!!