Weekly Chat with Dr. Chattman-October 13th Edition

 

 

 

 

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

  • CAT4-grades 1, 3, 4

Monday Oct 14  Day E

  • Photo Makeup Day

  • Grade 5 Field Trip (Kite Beach 8am – 12:30pm)

  • CAT4

  • ES Book Fair Oct.14-17

Tuesday Oct 15 Day F

  • Extended Deadline for Drawing By Me order

  • ERT-students dismissed at 2pm

Wednesday Oct 16- Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)

Thursday Oct 17- Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)

Upcoming:

Professional Development Week October 20 – 24, 2019 (No School for students)

 

Weekly Chat with Dr. Chattman

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

Coming up: 

Oct 7th: Counselor Coffee Morning-8am

Oct. 9/10-School photos

Weekly Chat with Dr. Chattman

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

  • Early Release Tuesday: Students dismissed at 2PM

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

Coming up:

  • Oct 1st: ASA starts
  • Oct 3rd ES Assembly
  • Photo week: Oct. 9/10 Elementary Photo Days

 

 

Weekly Chat with Dr. Chattman

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.  

 

Sunday 15:

  • Day H
  • MAP Testing begins

Monday 16:

  • Day A

Tuesday 17:

  • Day B
  • Early Release Day-Students dismissed at 2PM

Wednesday 18:

  • 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

Thursday 19:

  • Day D

 

 

Weekly Chat

 

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

  • LEAP begins

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

 

Weekly Chat-Back To School Edition

Welcome Back! 

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.

New Staff

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. 

Student Placement

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 transportdis@maverickrental.com if you still need to schedule bus services.

Announcements

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:

  • EY Orientation
  • 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

Weekly Chat

 

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 schattman@uasdubai.ae 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.

K-2 guide

3-5 guide

 

Weekly Chat

In preparation for the 19-20 school year, there are several reminders and notifications that I have included this week.  I want to ensure all students are set up for success and prepared for the school year!

You can access 19-20 supply lists here.

 

REGISTER NOW TO SECURE YOUR CHILD’S PLACE

You can access the LEAP registration form here.   Forms can be returned directly to the Admissions Office or by email at admissions@uasdubai.ae
During the 19-20 school year, we will be offering two options for PreK and KG1.  The first will dismiss at 12:45 and the extended day option will dismiss at 3:00PM.  Please fill out which option you will choose in the Extended Day survey.

Technology has become an essential part of education across our world. UAS is committed to providing its students the tools necessary for them to be competitive in the ever-changing job markets. We have selected Apple iPads for our Elementary students and Apple Macbooks for Middle and High school students as these best suit the needs of our students and enable UAS to focus on teaching and student centered learning instead of having to learn how to use the technology.

All students enrolled in Grades 5 through 10 are asked to bring an Apple MacBook and case on a daily basis, as part of their normal school supplies. Grades 3 to 4 will be required to bring an iPad with a keyboard case. Our Apple Education partner, JTRS, has worked with us to provide families with a discount for Apple products chosen by UAS. This discount is available for the entire UAS community though, not just students in grades 2 through 10. All models of Apple laptop (MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro) not older than 3 years and currently sold are acceptable for use at UAS if the hard drive/SSD drive is 256GB or greater. Parents may purchase a student MacBook directly from our Apple Education Partner, JTRS, and receive an educational discount or may also choose to purchase from another vendor as long as the minimum criteria is met.

Parents may go to the below link and choose from a number of UAS approved MacBooks and iPad. Once the form has been filled out with selections and payment completed, parents will receive an email with further details. Students will be able to collect their new MacBook on student orientation day at the start of the new school year or from the IT office during the school year.

We would encourage you to place your order before July 15, 2019 in order to guarantee receipt of your device by September.

Parents can go to the link below to access instructions for ordering the device.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UkFytpoOrox82jWH7b0NkAzpzftcfK46/view

Please use the below link to access the JTRS website and store.

https://www.jtrs.ae/

If you have any queries please e-mail the IT Department at portalsupport@uasdubai.ae.

 

Early Childhood Orientation

September 2 Student orientation-PreK, KG1, KG2 with surnames A-H

  • A time for families and Teacher to meet- appointments will be scheduled in August

September 3 First full day for PreK, KG1, KG2 surnames A-H

September 4 Student orientation PreK, KG1, KG2 with surnames I-Z

  • A time for families and Teacher to meet- appointments will be scheduled in August

Sept 5 First full day for PreK, KG1, KG2 surnames I-Z

Sept 8 First full day for all of PreK-KG2

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessments

September 2 and 3: 1st-5th grade students

  • A time to assess all students on their reading levels-Appointments will be scheduled August.

Sept 4-school starts for 1st-5th grade students

For more information, please call the Elementary office.

 

Re-enrollment-link in Synergetic

 

Sunday, June 16 Day A 

Monday, June 17 Day B

  • MAP testing
  • Health Expo 2019 (8:00am-2:30pm) 

 Tuesday, June 18 Day C

  • Last Day PreK and KG1
  • MAP testing
  • Early Release Tuesday-2:00

Wednesday, June 19 Day A

  • Grade 5 PYP Exhibition (June 19/20) @ DFC 8:30 – 11:30 am.

Thursday, June 20 Day B

  • Grade 5 PYP Exhibition (June 19/20) @ DFC 8:30 – 11:30 am

Week June 24-27 (Last Week Of School!!)

Sunday, June 23 Day C

  • Grade 5 PYP Exhibition Interviews

Monday, June 24 Day A

  • Grade 5 PYP Exhibition Interviews

Tuesday, June 25 Day B

  • Early Release Tuesday-2PM
  • Grade 5 Field Trip- Bounce (9:20am – 1:15pm)

Wednesday, June 26 DayC

  • Trimester 3 Ends
  • 5th Grade Finale 8:15am @ MPH

Thursday, June 27 Day A

  • Dismissal @ 12pm for students
  • Trimester Reports posted in Synergetic

 

 

 

Weekly Chat

In my last Weekly Chat, I listed all of the teachers for next school year.  I realize that some are new and you may not know some of our existing teachers so I have compiled a list of personal teaching philosophies for all teachers.  You can access them  here.  You can make requests for next school year but they are not guaranteed and you must be re-enrolled already.

During the upcoming weeks, the elementary school will begin creating class lists for the 2019-2020 school year. When planning classrooms for next year the students will be divided into balanced groups. Class lists will then be posted before the first day of school.

Creating well-balanced, heterogeneous classroom groups is our comprehensive goal at UAS. Some, not all, of the more important factors in creating that balance include:

  • balanced number of boys and girls
  • strong English skills vs. less developed English skills
  • a mix of students from varying academic levels
  • a good social blend of students
  • representation from various nationalities

UAS is committed to ensuring that your child is placed into a well-balanced classroom.  Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TECHNOLOGY UPDATE FOR 19-20 SCHOOL YEAR

Technology has become an essential part of education across our world. UAS is committed to providing its students the tools necessary for them to be competitive in the ever-changing job markets. We have selected Apple  iPads for our Elementary students and Apple Macbooks for Middle and High school students as these best suit the needs of our students and enable UAS to focus on teaching and student centered learning instead of having to learn how to use the technology.

All students enrolled in grades 5 through 10 will be asked to bring an Apple MacBook and case on a daily basis, as part of their normal school supplies. Grades 3 to 4 will be required to bring an iPad with a keyboard case. Our Apple Education partner, JTRS, has worked with us to provide families with a discount for Apple products chosen by UAS. This discount is available for the entire UAS community though, not just students in grades 2 through 10. All models of Apple laptop (MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro) not older than 3 years and currently sold are acceptable for use at UAS if the hard drive/SSD drive is 256GB or greater. Parents may purchase a student MacBook directly from our Apple Education Partner, JTRS, and receive an educational discount or may also choose to purchase from another vendor as long as the minimum criteria is met.

Parents may go to the below link and choose from a number of UAS approved MacBooks and iPad. Once the form has been filled out with selections and payment completed, parents will receive an email with further details. Students will be able to collect their new MacBook on student orientation day at the start of the new school year or from the IT office during the school year.

Parents can go to the link below to access instructions for ordering the device.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UkFytpoOrox82jWH7b0NkAzpzftcfK46/view

Please use the below link to access the JTRS website and store.

https://www.jtrs.ae

Sunday, May 26 Day B-2 

Monday, May 27 Day C-1

Tuesday, May 28 Day C-2

Wednesday, May 29 Day A-1

Thursday, May 30 Day A-2

  • KG2 Field Trip (The Green Planet- 8:15am – 11:30am)
  • Grade 5 Buddy Day (9:00am-1:00pm)

Weekly Chat

Last week, I outlined the accomplishments we have made this year in the elementary division as well as mentioned some exciting changes for next year.  Another important aspect I have not mentioned yet is where teachers will be teaching next year.   We have taken into consideration the needs of the students and strengths of the teachers.  We have also hired some wonderful new teachers as well.  I am very excited to present to you the list of teachers for next year.

Pre-K-Elizabeth Tyrrell

KG1-Leala Waldo, Lauren Alvarez, Reema Hanna

KG2-Maria Braun, Kendra Murray, Louise Azode (new)

Grade 1-Thao Tozin, Nadine Kidane, Kimberly Jackson (new)

Grade 2-Brenda Cinque, Kristen Prideaux, Kaveri Gour, Simeet Syeed (new)

Grade 3-Maggie Gleason, Finola de Paor (new), Vaanya Alwani (new)

Grade 4-Coleton Tillett, Kelsey Sumner, Alicia Perkins

Grade 5-Amie Jones, Richard Bird, Katherine Potter (new), 

Music-Betsy Austin

Art-Alina Nistor

PE-Pete McManus

ELL-Nancy Salem, Deborah O’Sullivan

Learning Support-Brittany Wilson, Pam McManus, Tina Wolter (new)

Please email me at schattman@uasdubai.ae if you have any requests regarding next year.  I cannot guarantee your request will be granted but I will make  every attempt to ensure all students are set up for success.  I will not be changing class placements once school has started.

We are pleased to announce that the Elementary Arts Alive is officially on display! Our PreK – 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. Every student is represented by one of his or her own masterpieces!

Sunday, May 12 Day C-2

   Monday, May 13 Day A-1

  • Grade 1 writing celebration 8:30 am-9:30 am

Tuesday, May 14 Day A-2

Wednesday, May 15 Day B-1

  • Director’s Coffee 9:00am- 10:00am

Thursday, May 16 Day B-2

Sunday, May 19 Day C-1

Monday, May 20 Day C-2

Tuesday, May 21 Day A-1

Wednesday 22 Day A-2

Thursday 23 Day B-1

 

 

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