Thank you to the counselors for all their efforts for our Anti-Bullying week.
We held our first Early Years in Action event of the year on Wednesday. Please contact the Admissions office if you know of any new students who want to enroll in PreK, KG1, KG2 for next year. Spots are filling up fast!
Many of us attended our second Adaptive Schools training on Friday. Staff members are learning how to work collaboratively together.
Sunday Nov. 17- Day F
Monday Nov.18- Day G
- Speak Tolerance Celebration at UAS- MPH (6:30pm – 9:00pm)
Tuesday Nov.19 – Day H
- ERT-Students dismissed at 2PM
Wednesday Nov.20- Day A
Thursday Nov.21 Day B
- Grade 3 Field trip ( The Culture Center)
- Grade 1 Friendsgiving (EY Playground 2:15pm – 3:00pm)
- Friendsgiving (Early Years Program-Field)
- Thanksgiving Potluck (PTSO) (3:30pm – 6:30pm in MPH)
- UAS National Day Celebration
December 1, 2 and 3
National Day Holiday – No school
The last couple of weeks have been so busy at UAS Elementary! A special thanks to PTSO for the wonderful Halloween celebration!
Thank you also to Captain Compassion who came by to talk with the students about being kind to one another at our last PYP Assembly.
We also celebrated Flag Day at school and at Dubai Mall with some of our students!
Week of Nov. 10-14
Sunday Nov. 10th – Day A
Monday Nov. 11th- Day B
Tuesday Nov. 12th- Day C
- ERT-Students dismissed at 2PM
Wednesday Nov.13th- Day D
Thursday Nov. 14th – Day E
- Grade 1 Field Trip to Green Planet- 8:20am- 11:30am
It has been a great first two months of school. I have already seen a lot of growth with students and I am very happy with their progress. Many parents came to me at the beginning of the school year concerned about the times for lunch. We have assessed the schedule since the beginning of school. We feel the students have adjusted to the schedule well. Although, some parents report that students are very hungry after school.
Another challenge we have faced this year is ensuring that students have enough time to be active. Due to the weather, we have not had the opportunity to play outside in the afternoon. Since the temperatures are cooling down, we wanted to find some more time to take them outside.
The Elementary leadership team has collaborated with the teachers and we have found a way to change the schedule so the students can eat at a later time and have more time to play outside. This will not interfere with instruction and in fact, I think it will improve instruction.
Starting Monday, November 4th, students will begin a new daily schedule that will maximize instructional time, allow students to have a small morning snack, have a morning recess, eat lunch around noon, and then have time to play outside pending good weather. Teachers will send parents their new class schedules and answer any questions you may have.
Week of Nov. 3-7
Sunday 3 Day D
Monday Nov. 4: Day E
Tuesday Nov 5: Day F
- Early Release Tuesday-students dismissed at 2pm
Wednesday Nov 6: Day G
Thursday Nov. 7: Day H
Don’t forget to sign up for conferences by Monday, October 14th at 10am. Conferences will be held this Wednesday and Thursday, October 15th and 16th from 8am-4pm.
Week of Oct. 13 -17
Sunday Oct 13 Day D
Monday Oct 14 Day E
Tuesday Oct 15 Day F
Wednesday Oct 16- Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)
Thursday Oct 17- Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)
Professional Development Week October 20 – 24, 2019 (No School for students)
There was a super turnout at the iPad Parent and Student Orientation. Thank you to all that were able to attend.
Thank you also to 4th and 5th grade parents for attending the camp presentations this week. We are excited about our new camp providers, Adventure Centre.
Week Sept 29-Oct 4
Sunday 29: Day B
Monday 30: Day C
Tuesday 1: Day D
- SLAB Coffee morning 8am-Elementary Library
- ASA starts
- Early Release Tuesday-students dismissed at 2PM
Wednesday 2: Day E
Thursday 3: Day F
- Drawings by Me orders due
Oct 7th: Counselor Coffee Morning-8am
Oct. 9/10-School photos
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Back to School Night. It was a great night of collaboration between teachers and parents.
Week Sept. 22-26
Sunday 22: Day E
Monday 23: Day F
Tuesday 24: Day G
Wednesday 25: Day H
- G5 Camp Meeting – 9:30-10:00am – Room 320
- G4 Camp Meeting – 3:00-3:30pm – MPH
- iPad Parent and Student Orientation
- Grade 3 and 4 3:30-4:30pm – MPH
Thursday 26: Day A
- Oct 1st: ASA starts
- Oct 3rd ES Assembly
- Photo week: Oct. 9/10 Elementary Photo Days
Thank you to all of the parents who attended the parent coffee regarding our new math program, Bridges. Mrs. Sambola will be sending out the information to all parents this week in case you were not able to attend.
Back to School Night takes place this Wednesday, September 18th. There will be two sessions; the first beginning at 6pm until 6:30pm and the second at 7pm until 7:30pm. We will hold a 30 minute mix and mingle session in the library at 6:30pm until 7pm. Specialists (including music, art, library, PE, Arabic and Islamic teachers) will be there as well as LEAP and PTSO. External After school providers will be set up in the lobby as well.
- Day B
- Early Release Day-Students dismissed at 2PM
- Day C
- Back to School Night
- Session 1: 6:00pm-6:30pm
- Mix and Mingle: 6:30pm- 7:00pm
- Session 2: 7:00pm-7:30
It was such a great week back at school. Thank you to the parents for bringing students to school for their orientation and reading assessments.
September 11th at 8am to discuss our new math program, Bridges, for grades KG2-5 in the secondary library.
Thank you for being patient as we transition to our new dismissal system. We want to ensure all students are supervised as they are dismissed in the afternoon. Please ensure that your child/children are picked up by 3:35 everyday. If they are left after that time, we will send them to LEAP and parents will be responsible for paying the daily rate of 100AED. Thank you.
Map testing will be given during the week of September 15th students in grades 1-5. Please make sure students eat a hearty breakfast, get a good night’s sleep, and get to school on time.
Back to School Night is scheduled for September 18th at 6PM and 7PM. We will have two sessions for those parents that have two or more children.
Congratulations to the following students for meeting the summer challenge of 800 minutes or more in math, reading and language arts.
- Nikita Neogy
- Farah Soweid
- Adam Naem
- Mohamed Abdelazim
- Ayla El-Khalil
- Adam Nader
- Zeina Lahham
- Mira Safa
- Simeon Popov
- Aser Naem
- Suhail Raffik Basha
- Ettore Pagliarani
- Zihan Lei
- Danial Al-Hennawi
- George Belot
- Jason Jarrouche
- Nidal Naysee
- Chris Alex Noujaim
Week Sept. 8-12
Sunday 8: Day C
Monday 9: Day D
Tuesday 10: Day E
- Early Release Tuesday-Students dismiss at 2PM
Wednesday 11: Day F
- Parent Coffee Morning-8AM Bridges Overview in the secondary library
Thursday 12: Day G
- Exact Path Celebration with 4AP and 4KS
Sunday, 15: Day H
- MAP Testing starts
- Counselor Lunch bunches begin
Monday 16: Day A
Tuesday 17: Day B
- Early Release Tuesday-Students dismissed at 2PM
Wednesday 18: Day C
- Back to School Night 2 sessions (6PM, 7PM)
Thursday 19: Day D
I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.
All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is planning and preparing for your child(ren). Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard working maintenance staff have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.
Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Louise Azode to KG1, Xiu Zhang to KG1, Ruth Argueta to KG2, Kimberly Jackson to Grade 1, Simeet Syed to Grade 2, Finola de Paor to Grade 3, Vaanya Alwani to Grade 3, Katherine Potter to Grade 5 and Tina Wolter to Learning Support Services. We are so excited to have them here to share their knowledge and skills with us.
A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2019-2020 school year. Careful consideration was given to input from staff and families as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities. Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. All of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for All students. Universal American School is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life.
Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher. Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to ensuring that Universal American School remains a celebrated and successful school is inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal. Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.
First Day of School Reminders
- All parents are encouraged to walk their children to class on the first day so you can help them find their class and deliver their school supplies. Students and parents can come to class between 7:30-7:50AM on the first day. We ask parents to exit the building by 8:00AM so we can start our instructional day. Most of the time it is harder for parents to leave their children than for their children to be left in school. Don’t worry, we will take the best possible care of everyone.
- PreK and KG1 Students will be dismissed at 3PM, and Grades KG2-5 will be dismissed at 3:10PM. Please make sure the teacher knows how your child is getting home.
- Please remember to pack a snack for each student and pay for school lunches through the accounting department.
- Please contact Maverick transportation at +971 55 8893817 or email email@example.com if you still need to schedule bus services.
We are excited to introduce the LEAP program to Elementary this school year. LEAP is a personalized after school learning program for grades PreK-5. The cost is 10,500 AED per year. The hours are 3:00pm-6pm Sunday-Thursday but parents may wish to pick their child up early. On Early Release Tuesday LEAP hours are 2pm-5pm. A hot meal from our cafeteria provider Abela will be provided each afternoon. You can access the registration form here to sign up. Please see a representative in the elementary office for more information and view our flyer here. LEAP begins September 8th.
ASA information will be sent to parents on Back to School night September 18th including details about offerings and links to sign up.
ASA Season 1 begins: Oct 1st -Dec 5
ASA Season 2 begins: Jan 19- March 19
Dates to Remember
Tuesday, Sept 3rd:
- First school day for PK, KG1, KG2 (half class)
- Grades 1-5 F&P assessments
Wednesday, Sept. 4th:
- First school day Grades 1-5
Thursday, Sept 5th:
- First school day for PK, KG1, KG2 (half class)
Sunday, Sept 8th:
- All Elementary students on campus
- LEAP starts
Wednesday, Sept. 18th:
- Back to School Night 1st session-6PM, 2nd session 7PM
Your child/children continue to have full access to their Personalized Learning Paths within Exact Path during the holidays, developing skills within Maths, Language and Reading ahead of their return to school, preventing the risk of any summer learning loss. Setting aside just 15 – 30 minutes a day for students to read and learn during the summer break will encourage their development of reading and maths skills within Exact Path as well as prepare them for their Diagnostic Assessment at the start of the new school year.
This summer, we are setting an exciting student summer challenge within Exact Path!
Each child will be challenged to complete a minimum of 90 minutes a week working within their Personalized Learning Paths, throughout the summer holiday. The children who have completed this when we return to school will receive “ your chosen reward” We look forward to seeing and sharing the success of our students once we return to school. Please email Dr. Chattman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding your login and password.
To access your child’s Exact Path account click https://login.edmentum.com/ and input their unique username, password along with the school’s Account Login UASDUBAI
I have included a helpful guide that takes you through how to access your child’s Learning Paths within Exact Path as well as how to view their progression and success.
Have a lovely summer break and we all look forward to seeing you when you return.