ES Principal’s Update: Jan. 22 – 26, 2017

Dear Parents, Families and Students of UAS’s Elementary School,

Life is Good at UAS!

Continuing this week are the mid year assessments of MAP, writing and reading. Please have a conversation with your child about the assessments, the importance for the student to be able to goal set for the remainder of the school year and to recognize the growth they have accomplished this year to date. From chatting with teachers and students about the reading assessments, many classroom celebrations will occur due to the significant growth of students since the beginning of the school year. It is a joy to see the “light bulb” light up in a child’s eye and listen to the excitement within their voice as they share their growth…it is what being an educator is all about! The MAP mid-year reports will be sent home for parents during the first few weeks of February.

As a parent of older children, I very much miss the evening times I had with my children when they were of elementary school age. Danielle, Jessica and I would sit and read together…we would take turns reading aloud our book of choice. We would preview the book by its cover and pictures to make “guesses” about the plot, characters and setting. As we read, we would check our comprehension by asking each other questions about the story…sometimes I think they were checking to see if I was awake! It was a great time to enhance vocabulary, develop conversational language, and share story interpretations and mainly, just to have quality family time. I would encourage all families to participate in such an activity with their children; Moms and Dads are truly the best teachers!

ES Students Enjoying the Basketball ASA!

Upcoming reminders and event information:

  • A 3rd grade field trip occurs this week to the Dubai Museum and Gold Souks
  • The PE Department and Ms. Amanda will continue to be planning for Sports Days in February. More information to come within next week’s blog.
  • On Thursday, 2nd grade will hold a Career Symposium in the MPH beginning at 1:00 pm.
  • Ms. Cor is readying her 1st and 2nd grade students for their upcoming February performances that have been advertised within her music class blog.
  • We are entering the 2nd full week of second trimester ASAs!
  • 5th grade camp registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 23. Please see the teachers blogs for details!

Thank you all for your continued support of UAS! Have a great week!


ES Principal’s Update: Jan. 15 – 19, 2017

Hello Families, Friends and Students of UAS Elementary School!

One has to take some time to truly appreciate the January weather in Dubai…it is remarkable!

This week begins the ES mid year student assessment process. ES will begin both the mid year MAP testing and open the administration window for the ES Writing Assessment. This collective information will be utilized by the classroom teacher to guide and direct instruction of the course of the next few months.

This “Winter” MAP testing session is an important part of our assessment practices at UAS. The information gained from this assessment lets us know how our students are progressing towards their predicted end of year goal. UAS teachers and administrators will review the assessments once the testing window closes at the end of January and help the students update their learning goals for the remaining of the year.  If you would like to review information about the MAP  assessment and what it entails, please click here or visit the UAS MAP Parent Resources Page.

The Parent Coffee was held last week with the ES Counselors, Ms. Jen and Mr. Fields, conducting a presentation. Their presentation consisted of an overview of the UAS ES counselor roles and an in-depth informational dialog about student conflict versus student bullying. Their presentation PPT is shown below for your review. Please contact either Ms. Jen or Mr. Fields with any questions and/or concerns. The next Parent Coffee will be held on Thursday, February 2nd. Ms. Larisa Sharifi, PYP Programme Coordinator, will conduct a presentation of UAS’s PYP Programme.

The 3rd grade classes performed in a concert playing a variety of songs with their recorder’s last Thursday. Under the direction of Ms. Layton, 3rd grade music teacher, the students performed for parents and staff. The students did an amazing job…it was a great listening and music appreciation session! What budding musicians!

Also this week begins the 2nd trimester ASA program. Ms. Sarah Ghanem will be the new ASA Coordinator. She has done a remarkable job in a very short period of time to organize the start of the new ASA cycle. Ms. Sarah will have posted ASA student rosters with room assignments throughout the ES wing…if you have any questions please contact Sarah or Ms. Janel, ES Administrative Assistant.

On behalf of the ES staff, Ms. Amanda and I thank you for the trust you have placed in UAS ES! Your children and your partnership make Life Very Good for All at UAS!

David and Amanda

G4/G5 Camp: Updated Parent Information Session Timings


As mentioned in previous blog posts, UAS is gearing up for our Grade 4 and Grade 5 camps coming in February. Students met with EcoVenture earlier this week and now it’s time for the parents to have their information session. Please note the new time for grade 5 below: 

Grade 4 Parents: Wednesday, January 11 @ 3:15 in the Music Room

Grade 5 Parents: Wednesday, January 11 @ 4:00 in the Music Room

The form to sign up will be sent after the EcoVentures presentation on Jan 11th

If you are unable to make the parent information session, we’ve posted the main presentation for you online that the EcoVentures staff will discuss in further detail on Jan 11th.

Please come to the Jan 11th meeting if you want to know more! We look forward to seeing you there!



ES Principal’s Update: January 8 – 12, 2017

Hello UAS Elementary School Families!

January is a busy month at UAS!

January is the month that UAS completes mid-year assessments of our students. These mid-year assessments will assist classroom teachers in designing the 2nd trimester and 3rd trimester scope of skill based instruction. Over the next 3 weeks, ES students will complete a writing assessment, a reading benchmark assessment and the mid-year MAP assessment. The teacher and grade level team will integrate these three assessments coupled with your child’s classroom performance into an academic skill based focus for instructional purposes. This information is crucial to enable staff to design differentiated instruction, meet individual student needs and provide a student engaged learning environment. In next week’s ES Blog, Ms. Amanda will share information concerning MAP interpretation.

ecoParent Informational Meeting for Camp!

Also this month, 4th and 5th grades begin planning for their February Camp experiences with the Ecoventure Camp. Our 4th and 5th grade students met with Ecoventure on Sunday of this week and now it’s time to meet with parents. Please join us for Grade Level Parent Meetings with Ecoventure this week on Wednesday, January 11th:

  • 4th Grade this Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 3:15 pm in the ES Music Room
  • 5th Grade this Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 4:00 pm in the ES Music Room

Sports Days Coming in February!

Ms. Amanda and the ES Physical Education staff will begin planning for next month’s elementary sports days! These days are a fun time for each grade level as they compete and have fun in a variety of physical activities and games. More information will follow in upcoming blog posts!

New Playground Equipment!

recessThe students of UAS starting the new year off with special assemblies led by our physical education teachers which showed them all of the new equipment we have on the playground. Students learned about new games and what we all can do to ensure we respect each other and our equipment. The kids are already trying their hand a tetherball, foursquare, basketball, soccer and jumproping. They are ready to be health and move!

ASAs Begin on Sunday, January 15th!

2nd Trimester ASA’s will begin on Sunday, January 15th. Information will be posted throughout the school beginning Tuesday of this week. All our teachers are involved in after school activities either through direct sponsorship, supervision of activities with outside providers or through the coaching of our students. We are lucky to have such a dedicated faculty!

Parent Coffee this Wednesday!

On Wednesday, January 11th at 8 a.m. in the UAS MPH will be the January Parent Coffee. This week, ES counselors Ms. Jen and Mr. Fields will join us for a discussion about the UAS ES counseling program and other topics.

Also, don’t forget that on Sunday, January 15th MAP testing will occur for 2 weeks. Please see your classroom teacher’s blog for exact testing times.

On behalf of the ES staff, Ms. Amanda and I thank you for your support…we believe we work with the best kids and families in Dubai!

David and Amanda

ES Principal’s Update: January 2 – 5, 2017 – Happy New Year!

Dear Families, Students and Friends of UAS Elementary School,

Welcome to 2017… all of us at UAS wish a warm and prosperous new year to all!

Yesterday was our first day back from break and it was absolutely fun to rekindle student-family-school relationships after the two-week break. This week is a 4-day school week with students and teachers, alike, hitting the instructional arena as though time had stood still. It is great to be back!

A couple of informational reminders for this week:fullsizerender-12

  • Lost & Found– a table is placed on the ES playground with lost & found items from last year; please go through to see if any of those items belong to your family. We have lots of sweatshirts, water bottles and hats! After Sunday of next week, all remaining items will be donated to a charity.
  • A Parent-Principal Coffee will be held next Thursday, January 12th from 8 am to 9 am. The topic will focus on ES Counseling Services.
  • Parent Information Session: Grade 4 and Grade 5 Camp: An important informational meeting for all 4th and 5th grade parents concerning the upcoming Camp outing will be held on January 11th after school. Please join us in the grade 4/5 music room (Room 214) at the following times:
    • Grade 4 Parent Information Session: 3:15 – 3:45
    • Grade 5 Parent Information Session: 3:45-4:15map-testing
  • Winter Session MAP Testing: The 2nd administration of the MAP assessment will begin on January 15th. Please see the classroom teacher’s blogs for information on exact testing dates for your child’s class. Next week’s blog will provide an informational update as to the use of this information. Please remember that this is not a assessment to study for ahead of time. The best preparation is a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast!
  • ASA Sign Ups Open! 2nd trimester ASA sign-up will end this Thursday, January 5th. Please see this blog post for information about offerings and sign ups.

Have a great start to the new calendar year!

David and Amanda

ASA Winter Session Registration Now Open!

Dear Parents,

After School Activities (ASA) Registration for elementary, middle school and high school are now open on the UAS Parent Portal. ASAs

We are happy to offer more than 35 ASA choices in the elementary school during this winter session!

Please note these important dates:

  • Winter ASA Term: January 15 – March 15, 2017
  • Winter ASA Registration Deadline: January 5, 2017
  • Winter ASA Payment Due Date: January 8, 2017
  • Parent Registration Confirmations Sent Home: January 9, 2017
  • Winter ASA Term Begins: January 15, 2017

You can find detailed descriptions of the ES ASA activities here:

Please follow the steps below to register your child for an ASA activity:


Log on to your parent portal page here.
Follow the link to view the descriptions and choose the ASA Activity.
After submitting the form, you will receive an immediate confirmation email that you have requested to register you child for an activity.

If you register your child for a paid activity, kindly pay accounts promptly and bring your receipt to the school office. Please note that the registrations for paid ASA activities is not complete until full payment is made and without payment by the above deadline, ASA assignments will be given to other children.

Please note that spaces are limited in some activities and enrollment will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have any questions about the activities, please send an email to:
Elementary School:
Middle School:
High School:

For portal support please email

Thank you for your continued support in the ASA Program!

ES Principal’s Update: December 11 – 15, 2016

Hello Parents, Families and Students of UAS’s Elementary School!

Welcome to the last week of school prior to the Winter Break! Today, Santa Claus meets and greets grades Pre K through Grade 3 sponsored by pajama-daythe UAS PTSO! The PTSO and UAS teaching assistants have decorated Santa’s Grotto and have a special place for he and our students to meet, chat and share in the holiday festivity. Also this Monday’s, PJ Day is a welcome celebration for the entire ES division…should be a fun and sleepy day!

Last Wednesday evening, the Monthly Parent-Principal Coffee was held. The group discussions were extremely insightful with an open exchange of ideas, thoughts and impressions. Topics touched upon ranged from EC parent support program to Parent-Teacher Conference feedback to a discussion about bullying to a discussion of UAS’s social science program to incorporate the study of students’ home country to 17-18 school year scheduling to informational access. Approximately 6 parents attended this meeting that allowed for a very rich discussion. Based upon the numbers of parents able to attend either the morning or evening Coffees, it is determined that future coffees will be from 8-9 am. The next blog will post the day of the month for Coffees after the ES coordinates with both the high school and middle school events.

Last week our 4th grade class had a special treat. They took a trip, free of cost, to Lego Land! UAS was offered the opportunity to participate in a public relations picture opportunity. The kids and faculty had a “blast”. Also last week was the Gingerbread Man performance PreK through Grade 1 and a KG2 field trip to Kidzania…it was an action packed week!

This Thursday, December 15th, begins the Winter Break with a noon student dismal. School will return on Monday, January 2nd.

As a reminder, ASA Session 1 ended last week. ASA busses are not in operation this week, but do look for information later this week about ASA Session II registration! Our teachers have been busy putting together some wonderful opportunities for Session II which will begin at the end of January.

On behalf of all the staff at UAS, we wish you a very Happy New Year!

See you all next year!

David and Amanda

ES Principal/Parent Coffee This Evening!

cofeePlease join us this evening in the UAS Multi-Purpose Hall for our monthly ES Principal/Parent Coffee. The meeting will begin at 6pm and last for an hour. Our parent coffee timings alternate between morning meeting times and evening meeting times so that working parents can stay involved in our elementary school. Please take this opportunity to meet and chat with other parents, have a coffee and learn about a range of different things at UAS ES!

Thank you for supporting UAS Elementary!

ES Principal’s Update: December 4 – 8, 2-16

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School Students!

Wow, what a week last week! A weeklong celebration of UAE as planned by a group of high school students, facilitated by our ES Faculty and thoroughly UASenjoyed by our ES students! We hope you had an opportunity to visit the campus during one of the many activity days or able to join us at the Tuesday evening celebration! It was a week to remember…the fun fair, horse rides, cotton candy, the mechanical bull, lessons in UAS history, the UAE all school flag picture taken by a drone, the parade of the UAE Flag though our hallways, diving for “pearls” and on and on…the week was full of fun, educational and informative activities.

A reminder of upcoming events:

  • 1st Trimester ES Report Cards will be posted to the Portal after school on Sunday, December 4th at 5:00pm
  • Parent-Principal Coffee will be held this Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 pm in the UAS MMPH…please come and join us!

Amanda and I are asking your support in a couple of student management areas:

  • We ask that students be at school no later than 7:40. Students who arrive tardy miss the opening of the school day with their teacher and classmates…this is probably the most important time of the school day. The day’s schedule is reviewed, personal contact between teacher-students and student-student, which creates a sound readiness for the school day.
  • Roller Shoes – due to safety reasons, we ask that children not wear these types of shoes to school…thank you for your assistance.
  • Pokemon Cards – due to disruptions on the playground and in classrooms, we ask that these cards not be brought to school by students. Please keep them safe at home.

Ms. Hana Malek, longtime UAS ES administrative assistant, will be moving to the UAS Middle School this week. Hana’s service for both UAS and ES has been outstanding for the past 10+ years; all will sorely miss her parent relationships, school knowledge and student relationships! Ms. Hana has courageously chosen to expand her professional knowledge and experiences by becoming the Middle School Administrative Assistance…on behalf of us all, we wish her the best of luck in her new venture. Hana will be missed!

Ms. Janel Blackney will be replacing Ms. Hana as the ES Office Administrative Assistant. Ms. Janel held a similar position in the United States and will bring that experiential knowledge to her new role her at UAS. Please give a warm welcome to Ms. Janel! Please stop in the office and say “Hi”.

The ES is in the process of firming up activities for the next 2 weeks of school. Once these act ivies are confirmed, an email and blog post will be sent to update all ES families.

Please have a great week!

David and Amanda

Parent Teacher Conference Feedback Sought!

Dear Parents,

Thank you for attending Parent Teacher Conferences at UAS. We are seeing your feedback about elementary conferences as we are continuously looking to improve our communication about student growth. We thank you in advance for taking a few moments to complete this short survey. Please complete survey by Sunday, December 4.

Thank you!

The UAS Elementary Administrative Team