May 2015 archive

May Elementary Times is Out!

The May edition of the Elementary Times is out!  You have three choices to view MAY ETthe newsletter. The first is via the school’s new ISSUU site which will allow you to view the newsletter online. The second version is via iBooks which is available to those of you with iOS devices or Macintosh computer. The third choice is via a downloadable PDF file.

Watch for the June Newsletter slated to be published on June 16th!


Please follow the directions below for each version:

Choice 1: View in ISSUU Online

Click on the following link:
UAS Elementary Times May 2015 on ISSUU

Choice 2: iBooks Newsletter with Video

This option is available to those of you who have an iOS device and/or a Macintosh computer/laptop. Click on the following link in the iBooks store.

 iBooks Version of the May Elementary Times

 Choice 3: Downloaded PDF file

Click on the following link:
UAS Elementary May April 2015 in PDF

FAB, The Broadway Revue DVD Available Now!

The much awaited FAB, The Broadway Revue DVD is here! 

You can purchase it from the school store for 40dhs. 

There are 100 copies available for sale. When those run out, we will take orders by email through for a limited time only. 

Please pay 40dhs at the UAS accounts under FABC and pick up your copy, while supplies last, at the school bookstore. 

**Please note: the DVDs are being sold at no profit to FABC or UAS. 

Fit and Fun Summer Camp Inforamtion Available!

Fit ‘n’ Fun Summer Camp

Are you looking for a way to keep your kids busy this summer? Do you want your kids to enjoy a passion for healthy and active living?

Sign them up for Fit ‘n’ Fun Summer Camp; hosted right here at UAS.

This camp is for children in grades 1 through 6. They will participate in an assortment of different fitness games and activities, while learning how to cooperate, be leaders and love active living!

What: Fit ‘n’ Fun Summer Camp

When: 21 June – 25 June, 2015 from 9am – 2pm Daily

Who is it for: Children in Grades 1 – 6 currently

Who are the providers: UAS teachers (Dylan Carter, Gillian King & Jennifer Starling)

Where: Universal American School

How Much: 1000 AED for an individual or 800 AED each for siblings. Payable at UAS Accounts department.

How to Register: Email or click on the link here:

Additional Information Provided on the UAS Website!

We look forward to seeing you in June!

Kind Regards,

Dylan Carter
Camp Director

Class Placement: Optional Parent Input Closing Soon!

Dear Parents,
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As pointed out in the Director’s email last week, we are now accepting input from parents regarding class placement for next school year. Please download the attached letter and form. Once you complete the form, send it into the Elementary School office by Wednesday, May 20th.  You may send in a paper copy or email a digital copy to Ms. Hana in the elementary office. Please see the form Ms. Hana’s email address.

Thank you!

Class Placement Form in Word Format

Class Placement Form in PDF Format





Celebrating UAS Communicators!

Today our amazing counselors brought together their monthly Lunch Bunch. This month we Communicatorrecognized students who were nominated for showcasing the PYP Communicator Learner Profile trait!

Communicators, as defined by IB, understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. (IB Learner Profile Booklet, 2009)

Parent Pointers:

Here are some activities to help promote and support the Learner Profile of Communicator with your child:

  • Encourage your child to stay in touch with relatives and friends who live in other countries, states, and cities by writing letters, using the phone, or sending email.
  • When working on math homework, encourage your child to explain his answers to you orally and/or by drawing a picture.
  • Ask your child thought provoking questions and encourage your child to discuss them with you. For example: “Should you do chores around the house? Why or why not?”
  • Help your child improve their listening skills. Being a good listener is an important part of communicating with others. I like to use the old adage that we are born with two ears and one mouth – let’s practice actively listening twice as much as we talk!
  • Catch your child being a communicator. Make sure your child knows they have done something good. Expressing your approval through praise is a powerful way to reinforce the Learner Profile of Communicator.


Thank you to the Counselors for organizing the Lunch Bunch, to the kids for being such great communicators and to  St. Helena Unified School District for contributing to the Parent Pointers!

The Director’s Forum Presentation

Mr. Andrew Torris hosted the Spring Director’s Forum in the Secondary Library today for the parents of UAS. Mr. Torris shared important information about the direction of the school, the Leadership of the school and the re-organization of the secondary school into two distinct divisions. Mr. Patrick Hould followed Mr. Torris’ discussion with important information about the induction of the new middle school division at UAS next school year.

While the slides do not completely share the full amount of information conveyed to parents during the 90 minute presentation, nor the fruitfulness of the question and answer time afterwards, they will give you an idea of what was discussed at the Forum.

This is a condensed version of the presentation that contains only the schoolwide and middle school Powerpoints. We know that our Elementary community is most interested in the schoolwide direction as well as the new middle school program in which our elementary students will eventually be moving into over the next few years.

As always, we invite you to come to school to be part of the conversations about OUR community!


Support Staff Picnic Highlights – Thanking our Community

It is important to pause.

It is important to pause and say thank you.

Our very own UAS PTO and Support Staff Welfare Committee organized a spectacular Support Staff Appreciation Picnic at Mamzar Beach Park over the weekend. This was a small way that parents, teachers, administrators and students could say thank you to our support staff for making our school a better place. Our students are safe, happy, and learning individuals who benefit from our Support Staff every day. Thank you to all of those who were able to join us for the picnic! If you missed us, please enjoy the highlights AND join us next time as we pause to appreciate our team!



Registration Open: After School Activities – Session III

ASA3The Elementary school is running a Session 3 ASA program commencing on May 3. The sessions are held Monday – Thursday 3:15pm – 4:15pm.

Spaces are limited in each activity and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is now open and will remain open through the first part of the week. Please promptly complete ASA signup forms for each of your Elementary children by following the link to the Signup Form on the Parent Portal Page.

Please keep in mind that families will need to arrange transportation home for their children as there are no ASA busses for this final session.

Thank you for your continued support of the UAS ASA programs.