Weekly Chat with Dr. Chattman-January 12-16

The first week back was very busy!  It was great hearing about what students did during the holidays.  I walked the halls last Sunday around 8am and all teachers and students were engaged in instruction.  It was like we never had a break!  I’m so glad to see that teachers and students were refreshed and ready to get back to work. 

This week, we welcomed Maija Ruokanen from Modern Environments for Learning.  She is an interior design consulant who is in the process of assessing our learning spaces.  Based on research, moving to more flexible learning spaces will incur better learning, better access and a better student experience.  Thank you to the parents that met with her, she valued your input.  I will send more updates as we move through this very exciting process.  


F & P reading assessments will be conducted during the month of January.

The winter MAP administration will be the week of January 19-23.


Sunday, January 12: School closed due to inclement weather

Monday, January 13: Day C 

  • Arabic A students Exhibition  MPH from 8am – 9am

Tuesday, January 14: Day D

  • Early Release Tuesday-students are dismissed at 2pm

Wednesday, January 15 : Day E

  • Elementary in Action PK-5 for Prospective Parents for 20/21 School Year 8am-9am ES Library

Thursday, January 16: Day F

  • ES Assembly 8am-8:45am


ES MAP (January 19 – 23, 2020)

Sunday, January 19: Day G

  • ASA Season 2- begins
  • MAP Testing begins
  • PTSO National Popcorn Day  (students bring 5-10dhs) 11:00am- 3:30 pm

Monday, January 20: Day H

Tuesday, January 21: Day A

Wednesday, January 22: Day B

Thursday, January 23: Day C

  • ES SEM 1 Report Card issued
  • PTSO Chinese New Year Celebration  7:15 am – 9:30 Main Reception
    •  Students will wear red

Weekly Chat with Dr. Chattman

We had a very busy short week!

Thank you to Ms. Austin for preparing for and performing with the choir.  

KG2 went on their field trip to Kidzania.  4th grade went to the Emirates Soil Museum to study Erosion. 

We also celebrated our VIPs for being Thinkers and we sang some great holiday songs during our monthly assembly! 

December 8:  Day A

December 9:  Day B

  • KHDA Emirati visit Day 2
  • G3 Performance-8AM
  • G4 and G5 Parent Camp Meeting (G4 9-9:30 in room 314, G5 10-10:30 in room 320)
  • PreK Field Trip to Dig It – (8:45-12:30)

December 10: Festive Dress Day C

  • Santa visit 10:00 am-2:00 pm 
  • EY Winter Fair 10:00-11:00 
  • Festive Fair 11am-2:00pm (KG2- Gr.5)

December 12:

  • ½ Day-students are dismissed at noon
  • Winter Holidays December 15th – January 4th








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)


Wednesday Nov.27th 

  • Friendsgiving (Early Years Program-Field)
  • Thanksgiving Potluck (PTSO) (3:30pm – 6:30pm in MPH)

Thursday Nov.28th

  • UAS National Day Celebration

December 1, 2 and 3

National Day Holiday – No school


Weekly Chat with Dr. Chattman

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 



Weekly Chat with Dr. Chattman

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

  • UAE Flag Day

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

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)


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


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