September 2015 archive

Eid Mubarak and ES Updates!

School will resume on Sunday, September 27th after the Eid holiday. Between now and then, we have a few updates to share with you about:

  • ASA Session Confirmations
  • Saturday Sports Academy Addition

ASA Session Confirmations:

After School Activities will begin on Sunday, September 27th. Parents will receive an email before the weekend, confirming the ASA title and day for their child(ren). Please note that in order to stay after school, children must be registered for an ASA. If you have any questions, please contact our Elementary ASA Coordinator, Alison Backous.

Saturday Sports Academy Registration Addition

As shared with you earlier in the week, Saturday Sports Academy registration is now open on the portal. We are pleased to share an additional activity with you that is specifically for our little ones in PreK, KG1 and KG2. Groovy Kids Yoga has now been added as a registration option. Please click on the flyer below for more information.

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Wishing all of our families a safe and relaxing holiday break! May peace and joy fill your life during this holiday season!

Eid Mubarak!

Saturday Sports Academy Registration Open!

The Universal American School’s Athletics Department in association SSAwith StyxGulf Sports is excited to promote the start of another season of sports at our Saturday Sports Academy. This year’s first session is scheduled to run as a 10 week session (with one week being offered as a makeup session) running on Saturdays from October 3rd-December 12th.

The below programs are currently being offered and are open to all students from KG2 and up. Students of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come out and participate in these SSAs and they will be grouped according to age and skill level within their sessions.

Programs on Offer

Football Club Barcelona (FCB):
Timing: Saturdays from 9:00 am till 10:15 am
Place: UAS soccer field
Fees: 900 AED (includes FCB shirt)

Basicball Academy (BASKETBALL):
Timing: Saturdays from 10:30 am till 11:45am
Place: UAS Gymnasium
Fees: 900 AED (includes shirt)

Dnan Swim Academy:
Timing: Saturdays from 12:00 pm till 2:00pm
Place: UAS swimming pool
Fees:750 AED

Places may be limited, so don’t miss your chance to get registered on the parent portal and complete payment at UAS Accounts BEFORE the beginning of the first session on October 3rd. Prorated fees for missed sessions, are not available and the registration process is only considered complete AFTER payment has been received by the accounts office at UAS.

Deadline for submission is Thursday October 1st, 2015.

Please signup here

If you have any questions, concerns or need clarification, please do not hesitate to contact Kurtis Trottier at:

The UAS Hajj Parade 2015

IMG_6237Congratulations to our UAS Islamic Department for organizing a meaningful and celebratory Hajj Parade. The UAS Hajj Parade is an annual event hosted prior to the Eid holiday. The children in our Islamic education classes changed into their Hajj themed clothes (Kandoora and Hijab) in the morning and gathered for the parade. All of our classes lined the hallways to join in the celebration before the parade made its way to a representation of the Kaaba. The children then wrote good wishes on balloons and released them outside to conclude the event.

Please enjoy the short video recap of the event!

Hajj Parade and UAS Dress Down Day!

ES Grades 2-5 Hajj Parade

Thursday, September 17th marks this year’s ES Grades 2-5 Hajj Parade. Islamic students are invited to participate in the morning parade. Children who have dressed for the parade will meet and gather for a 9:00am parade start. Children not participating in the parade will remain in their scheduled classes and then line the hallways during the parade to join in the celebration of this event. Parents are welcome to attend.
UAS Dress Down Day

Thursday, September 17th marks the first school-wide UAS Dress Down Day. All children may come to school in their normal weekend wear. For students dressing for the Hajj parade, they may change into their “dress down” clothes after the parade. As an elementary school, we may link future Dress Down days to a meaningful fundraising efforts supported by our Student Council but for now, dress down and show some school spirit!

ASA Sign Ups Now Open!

Elementary After School Activities registration is now open for parents. ASA 1Please login to our parent portal to register your child for this term’s optional After School Activities. Parents will need their portal username and password to complete the registration process. If you need assistance with your portal username and password, please contact

You may view the Elementary ASAs here or you may view them on the portal.


Back to School Night – This Wednesday!

Back to School Night is an event that many of our parents look forward toBTSN attending so they may connect and learn more about the school. This is an adult oriented evening where parents are invited to school to meet their child’s teachers, hear about our program and get a sense about their child’s day to day activities at UAS. There will be an optional Grade 5 Parent Information Session at 5:15 in the MPH, but we will officially begin at 6:00 for all grade levels (PreK-5) in the MPH with the administration, PTSO and teachers. This opening session will be followed by a specialist meet and greet as well as presentations by homeroom teachers. If you have more than two children in the elementary division, you may want to consider bringing a spouse/partner or team up with a friend to “divide and conquer.”


5:15 – 6:00

Parent Information: Optional Grade 5 Parent Information Session – All parents of 5th grade children are invited to attend this optional meeting at 5:15 in the MPH prior to the official kick-off of Back to School Night at 6:00. The UAS Technology Coordinator, Mr. Michael Gilliland, and our Elementary Technology Coach, Ms. Leah Fischer, will provide an overview of the BYOM program in grade 5 and will discuss safety/security at school and at home. Additionally, we’ll share information about the upcoming Parent Technology Workshop.

6:00 – 6:25

Parent Information: Back to School Night Begins in the MPH – All parents of Prek – Grade 5 parents should join us at 6:00 pm in the MPH. The administration will share important information about goals for the school year and information about staying connected with everything happening at UAS.

6:25 – 6:45

Parent Information: Prayer Break in the MPH along with Refreshments and Specialists Meet and Greet in the Secondary Library – For our Muslim families, two prayer rooms will be identified in the MPH prior to the break. Once prayers are complete, please join us in the Secondary Library. For our non-Muslim families, please follow the Student Scorpion Ambassadors to the Secondary Library on the top floor of the main building to enjoy refreshments while meeting our specialist teachers.

6:55 – 7:25

Parent Information: Homeroom Classroom Presentations in Individual Classrooms – All families should be in their child’s classroom by 6:55 as presentations will begin at 6:55 pm. Teachers will share information about their class, including a Yearly Overview of the first Unit of Inquiry, the math program and literacy program. Additionally, teachers will discuss how they will share information for you through the year. A Question and Answer time will end each session.


Parent Information: Elementary Back to School Night Ends for 2015 – 2016.