September 2014 archive

Saturday Sports Academy

Dear UAS Parents,

The start of the first season of the SSA (Saturday Sports Academy) is fast approaching!

Thanks to all those who registered already. We have been receiving an overwhelming number of applications, so we asked the coaches of the three sports ‘providers to add more coaches to accommodate all the students.

If you haven’t registered yet, please do so ASAP. We will be accepting applications up until the first session. Applications are printable from the portal under “Community” and “Scorpions Sports Academy”. Please fill them and drop them at the reception area; or alternatively you can bring your children and the application forms on “the kick off date” Saturday October 11th.

Below are the dates and times:

Real Madrid Soccer Academy: every Saturday 9.00 am to 10:15 am
MPAC Basketball Academy: every Saturday 10:30 am to 11:45 am
Speedo Swimming Squad: every Saturday 1:00 pm onwards
(Depending on the assessment session this Saturday October 4th, students will be divided according to age and skill level. You will receive an email with assigned timing.

Please note: ONLY Speedo Swimming squad coaches will be holding assessment for new swimmers who signed up for SSA program on Saturday 4th October between 1pm and 2pm. Current swimmers need not attend however they do need to sign up to reserve their space on the program.
If you do need an assessment, please arrive on time as we expect it to be busy. The assessment itself will take no longer than five to ten minutes.

NO assessment required for students who signed up for SSA Real Madrid soccer academy and SSA Mpac Basketball academy.


Thank you and hope to see you all at the fields! Parents are always welcome to come and watch their kids playing.


Assem Hamzeh,

Saturday Sports Academy Organizer

PTO Coffee Morning – Sept. 29

Dear UAS- Parents,UAS_PTO

This is to remind you that PTO is holding its first Coffee Morning on 29 September at 7:45 am. Kindly be there and be part of all that is happening in the school. This will give you an opportunity to have an informal chat with the School Director and the Principals and put forward any queries that you may have. At best you could make new friends while enjoying a cuppa with some bites.

See you there!

Mamta Bhattacharyya

Elementary ASA Signups Begin!

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 10.46.57 AMThe session 1 ES ASA descriptions are out! Please click on the picture below to open the full list of Elementary After School Activities for session 1. Once you have reviewed the full list, parents may login to the Parent Portal to register their child(ren) for activities. Please know ASAs will be filled on a first come-first serve basis so please sign up early!

Once you have signed up via the Parent Portal, you will receive an email verifying your requests. You will received a second email on Thursday, September 25th confirming  your child(ren) ASAs. For questions, please contact Ms. Donna.

ASA Session 1


PTO Sponsored Bake Sale

The PTO is looking for volunteers to bring in items for our bake sale this Thursday. Please let us know here on the page if you are able to bring in something or contact one of your PTO members and let them know what you can bring. You may bring in the treats at 2:30 on Thursday to the school or you may drop off items at the school reception desk Thursday morning. Thank you for your help!

Bake Sale

Back to School Night Information – Sept. 24th!

Back to School Night for the Elementary School
September 24, 2014
5:00pm – 7:30pm

Parents are encourage to attend Back to School Night to meet your child’s teachers. This evening is an adult evening where teachers can share information about their classes and curriculum with parents. While this is not an evening to learn about your child’s progress in school thus far, you will learn about how we will continue to share information with you.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 24!

Schedule of Events

5:00–6:00 PreKG-Gr. 1

Parents start in Secondary Library, for a 15 minute meeting, then go to their child’s classroom

6:00–6:30 UAS “Marketplace” (of services and opportunities for students)
Time for parents of students in all grade levels to visit the classrooms of Specials Teachers and to check out information and school services at tables in the foyer

6:30–7:30 Gr. 2-5
Parents start in Secondary Library, for a 15 minute meeting, then go to their child’s classroom

6:30–7:30 Gr. 6 in MPH
Presentation by all four 6th Grade Teachers, Principal, Director, Secondary Assistant Principal, and Specialists

Please remember that traffic and parking on Back to School Night will be a challenge. Please allow yourself enough time to meet the challenge and still arrive before the start time for your child’s level.

The Elementary Times

The latest UAS Dubai Elementary Times is out! The Elementary Times is a monthly newsletter for our supportive parent community where we work to keep you up to date and informed of the events and activities happening at school. Enjoy our first edition of the year – we look forward to sharing more with you throughout the year.

Please click on the picture below to view the full first edition!

ES Times 1

First Week Wrap Up!

Dear Parents of Pupils in UAS Elementary,

Congratulations on a highly successful first week of school! You, your child(ren), and the faculty and staff at UAS Elementary combined efforts to get the 2014-2015 school year off to a great start. Thank you for your many contributions to an outstanding first week.

I will try to make this letter as brief, and practically helpful, as possible:Back-to-school-crayons

  • Please help your child remember “the hat rule.” In September and through October, children must wear a hat if they wish to play in the sun during recesses. Otherwise they will be allowed only to play in shaded areas.
  • A successful new morning drop-off procedure was begun this week using the Gate 2 entrance. Hundreds of parents were able to quickly let their child(ren) off at the curb and drive (carefully) on and out Gate 3. Even Elementary students (grade 3 and older) can easily make their way from that drop-off point to the close, and easily visible, Elementary play area. Dropping off only younger students, with no older students to guide them, should still be done through Gate 4.
  • Our distribution of Portal log-in information to parents this week did not go as well as we had planned. The e-mails to each parent were accurate, but many of the printed forms sent home with children contained errors. (Our computers much prefer electronic communications!) We are working to correct and replace the hard copy log-in forms. We encourage all parents to begin regularly checking the Portal by next week. Watch also for the monthly issue of the “Elementary Times,” sent as a link in an e-mail, which will be a great source for information about UAS Elementary.
  • Please mark Wednesday, September 24, on your calendars for the Elementary Back to School Night. The session times for each grade haven’t been worked out completely, but all elements will be completed between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. It is a great opportunity to hear from your child’s teachers about the plans for the first part of the year and to connect with the PTO and other school resources.

Knowing that at the end of this week more than 5% of the school year will already be behind us, I appeal for collaboration with a sense of growing urgency. To make the most of this year, please work closely with your child’s teachers. We might astound ourselves with what we can do together!

Best wishes,
Eric Webb

Director’s Communication – Parking

September 7, 2014

Dear Community members;

We have had a great start to the school year for over 1460 students this past week. Congratulations to the entire community for engaging in such a positive start!

I have met with many parents during these past few days in hallways, on the streets and in formal meetings. One of the greatest challenges parents face on a daily basis here at UAS is getting their children to school on time. Factors such as new routines and habits of children, traffic patterns here in Dubai and the UAS parking lots can cause great frustration. Thus, we are going to implement a new drop off pattern beginning Monday, September 8, 2014…

Please click on the image below to view the full communication from the Director.

Directors Communication