November 2014 archive

UAE National Day Art Exhibition

ArtThe Art Department at UAS is pleased to announce that the annual student UAE National Day exhibition is currently on view.
This show features works in watercolor by our Grade 10 art students based on the theme “Change” featuring changes in Dubai
in the style of famous UAE artist, Abdel Qader Al Rais.

This year’s exhibit will also highlights the accomplishments of our Grade 8 students presenting their foil art project inspired
by cultural Hamza Hand as well as, works by our Grade 7 students creating scenes from old Dubai in the media of oil pastel.
The works remain on display from November 24th till December 7th at the reception area for viewing.
Thank you very much for your support,

Zari Etemadi
Leo Lefort
Secondary Art

PTO Coffee Morning and MAP Testing Presentation

Dear UAS Parents,PTO Facebook

Tomorrow 24th November, is the Day for the PTO Coffee Morning. We sure hope you take out some time to come and have a coffee and chat with us.

As usual we meet in the elementary faculty room at 7.45 AM to start at 8 AM and following is the planned agenda:

Start at 8.00 AM to 8.20 AM: Presentation on student learning and data with MAP! (MAP Testing) by Ms. Amanda DeCardy.

8.20 AM to 9.15 AM International Day Format and signups. Please note that the date for the international Day 2015 has been moved from the previously planned 31st January to 7th March, 2015, as Mr. Andrew Torris, UAS Director, is unavailable before that. This being his first year with us here in Dubai it would be nice to have the biggest event for the school with his presence.



The “PTO Books & Disk Bazar” starts today and would run for the current week. Location is near the school Doctor’s office on the ground floor, next to the school reception. Most items would be available for Dhs. 5 only!! Please do not miss this opportunity to stock up on your children’s and your favorite books and DVDs and Music CDs, as there are items that would suite all age groups.

This is a PTO fundraising event and helps PTO raise funds for various events, prizes and helps support other groups at the school.

Looking forward to see you on the 24th Morning.

Please feel free to contact us at or via our Facebook page,

Thank you for your support and “Be Involved.”


Kapil Sachdeva

PTO, UAS Dubai


MAP Student Reports Available for Download!

Dear Parents,

As noted in the Director’s Update of October 12th, the Universal American School Dubai administers the MAP achievement test to students in grades KG2-Grade10. The fall MAP testing session has come to a close and MAP reports are now available for all parents to access via the portal. Once you are logged into the portal, please click on the link to access student reports and then select Standarize Tests.


Please click HERE to view the letter explaining how growth is measured. Additionally, Universal American School has put together a website that will give you information on the MAP test, on reading your child’s test results, and answers most questions you may have concerning MAP testing and test results. Links to other resources for parents are also available on this site. The address for this site is:

If you have any questions about MAP, we will discuss Understanding MAP Scores at the next PTO meeting on Sunday, November 24. Additionally, we will host short information sessions during parent conferences in the libraries. As always if you have any questions please feel free to contact me or your divisional administration.


Amanda DeCardy

MAP Coordinator


November Elementary Times is Out!

The November issue of the Elementary Times is out! Please click on the picture below to access information about our school, our students and their learning! You will find the following information:

  • Notes from the Principal
  • Calendar of Upcoming Events
  • Counselor’s Corner and a Parent Coffee Morning Dec. 15th
  • ASA Updates
  • Annie the Musical is Coming!
  • Playground and Cafeteria Expectations
  • MAP Testing Information
  • Grade 3 Musical a Success!

ES Times

Sign Up NOW for Conferences

Dear Parents of UAS Elementary Students,

We are getting closer to Parent-Teacher Conference time, November 26 and 27. You can now sign up for a conference time on the Portal, reserving a 15 minute time on the afternoon of Wednesday the 26th or the morning of Thursday the 27th. Many of you have signed up for conferences before on the Portal and know how to proceed; others will want to check the  instructions below to help with the process.

If you have not already done so, please make sure to check your child’s Progress Report, posted on the Portal. Please click on the picture below to view the instructions if you are not sure how to review the Progress Report.


Looking forward to seeing you next week during the Parent-Teacher Conference days!


Eric Webb
Elementary Principal
UAS Dubai

Elementary Progress Report Available Online!

Progress reports are currently available to all parents via the Parent Portal. The progress reports are a midterm check in for your children where teachers communicate your child’s progress to date. Please login to the Parent Portal to view the reports for your child(ren).

Information will become available about conferences from tomorrow. We look forward to seeing you later this week at parent teachers conferences!

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T2 Diabetes Awareness Day

BlueCircleUniteTomorrow is Diabetes awareness day in school and students can accessorize or wear blue.

Students may buy their choice of healthy breakfast items which will be served from 7:30 am to 11:00 am in the school cafeteria.

Nursing staff from Al Garhoud Private hospital will be joining us to support the event and check fasting (ideally over night or else minimum 2-3 hours) glucose level for UAS staff and secondary school students.

Act today, to change tomorrow!

Curriculum Night Presentations for Parents

Thank you to the parents who attended the UAS Dubai Elementary Curriculum Night in October. For those who were unable to attend, we have compiled the presentations in this blog post so that you may view them at your leisure. Of course, if you have any questions, we invite you to contact the school to make an appointment with one of your presenters. Thank you to the presenters as well for staying at school late into the night for parent community!

Learning through a Unit of Inquiry
Presenters: Erin Spring and Devon Kirk


Assessing the Common Core in UAS Elementary Math
Presenter: Amanda DeCardy


Introduction to Reggio Emilia in the Early Primary Years 
Presenters: Crystal Hanna and Rachel Rastin

Arabic for Mother Tongue Arabic Students – Click on the picture below.
Presenters: Mahmoud Ali and Rima Wehbi

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ES School Photo Days!


Please note that the school individual & class photos will be taken next week onPicture Day

 November 9 and 10 (Secondary) &

November 11, 12 and 13 (Elementary)

All students should wear their school uniforms (white polo shirt) for the pictures.

If they have PE, they can change into and out of their PE uniforms during their scheduled PE class.

Further details regarding prices and packages will be forthcoming.

Parent Digital Citizenship Workshop – November 5, 2014

Today’s parent workshop focused on raising digitally safe kids. The following is a recap of the presentation and resources that were shared during the workshop. Thank you to all who attended the workshop. If you missed this workshop, please watch this site and open those emails from the school as we plan to offer more workshops throughout the year.

This is the presentation in video format. Feel free to “fast forward” or “pause the video” as you see fit.

This is the presentation on Slideshare. You may treat this like a Powerpoint and click to the next slide.

Links to Resources:

Common Sense Media
Connect Safely
Entertainment Software Rating Board
Facebook Privacy Settings for Kids
Net Family News

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