November 2015 archive

UAE National Day Celebrations!

National Day at UAS LOGO[2]We head off for the official UAE National Day holiday this week, but before we do….

UAS ES students began their National Day celebrations last week when we gathered for our annual human flag photo. We will continue our classroom celebrations today, tomorrow, and into next week to celebrate the 44th National Day  of the UAE.

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Children are invited to wear traditional Emirati clothing tomorrow, Monday, November 30th to help commemorate the day. Additionally, we will participate in the flag raising ceremony at 11:30a.m. Parents are always welcome to join us!

Thank you to all of the parents and students who spent their time at school over the weekend setting up for UAE National Day!


Gr. 2 and Gr. 3 Musical Performances

Over the past week, UAS Elementary has had the pleasure to host two grade level musicals. We have been fortunate to secure a video camera so that we can begin to record these performances so that you can share them with family and friends around the world.

Join us in congratulating the wonderful music of our grade 2 students under the direction of Mrs. Jo Sadler and our grade 3 students under the direction of Ms. Rebecca Layton. We are grateful for our talent that can tap into the talent of our young ones!

Grade 2 Performance

Grade 3 Performance:

Upcoming UAE ES Flag Day Photo!

UAE National Day is fast approaching! A Universal American School tradition in the elementary school is to take a photo of all students and all faculty wearing the colors of the UAE flag. We will take our 2015 UAE Flag Photo on Wednesday of this week – please send your child to school in their designated grade level color as we begin our UAE National Day Celebrations!??????????

PreKG/KG1/KG2: red shirts
Gr. 1/2: white or uniform shirts
Gr. 3/4: green shirts
Gr. 5: black shirts

Faculty and staff will wear black clothing

PTSO Workshops Recap: Presentations for the Community

Thank you to the UAS Parent Teacher Student Organization for offering the forum for today’s workshops. For those of you unable to attend, we’ve included the presentations in this blog post to keep you informed.

Workshop 1: Dr. Hamden shared a very well received presentation titled Giving Your Child the World.
Giving your Child the World by Dr. Hamden from uasdubai


Workshop 2: Ms. DeCardy shared an informative presentation about Measures of Academic Progress test results.
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PTSO Parent Workshops: MAP Data and Psychologist Guest Speaker

As noted in the school-wide weekly newsletter, the PTSO is sponsoring two parent workshops tomorrow morning in the MPH from 8:00am- 9:30am.

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The PTSO has invited Dr. Raymon H. Hamden, a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, to give a presentation about Giving your Child the World. Parents will be given information to help their children build positive character traits.

Parent Workshop #2: 

Immediately following the first workshop, Ms. Amanda DeCardy will share information about the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. MAP reports will be made available to parents on the school’s portal for the Elementary, Middle and High school divisions during the first few weeks of December. Join us for this informative presentation about understanding MAP data.

Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences Now!

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 25th and the morning of Thursday, November 26th. Please be sure to login to the portal as soon as you are able to do so to ensure you get your first choice for a timeslot. We would like to see 100% of our parents attending conferences as this is one of the best opportunities for communicating with your child’s teacher and for helping your child do well in school. If you do not know your parent portal password, please email

Elementary parents may sign up for a conference time with their child’s homeroom teacher. Our Arabic, Art, Islamic, Music, and Physical Education teachers will be in their classrooms for drop-in visits. As a result, parents do not need to schedule an appointment with the specialist teachers on the portal.

Once you login to the portal, please click on the link to arrange the time for conferences. You should then click on the Interview tab in the system to set the times. You may toggle between all of your children on the right side of the screen if you have more than one child in the school.

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Quarter 1 Report Cards Available Now!

Quarter 1 reports are now available on the portal. Please login to review communications for your child’s teachers to stay informed about their progress. If you do not know your parent portal password, please email

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Family Education has written an excellent article about talking to your child about report cards. Please refer to the article for roadmap about the conversation you should have with your child prior to conferences next week.

A child’s report card can bring feelings of joy, excitement, and pride; it can also cause concern, frustration, and uncertainty. In either case, the reporting period marks a new beginning to set goals as well as reflect on past work habits, achievements, and hardships. Most important, it is a time for parents to communicate with their children and determine a path for future academic enrichment and social/emotional growth. Read more on FamilyEducation

Junior Scorpions Track and Field Program

Universal American School participates in the Junior Emirates Athletic Conference,images which offers students in grades 4-6 an opportunity to participate in an organized competitive athletic program.

Junior Scorpions Track & Field for Grades 4-6 will begin on November 23rd. The season will run for 7 weeks and finish with a Saturday Jamboree Track Meet on January 23rd. This is an excellent opportunity for your child to be introduced to exciting Track & Field events. The junior athletes will practice running events, long jump, high jump, shot put, javelin, and many more. This is a great chance for your child to be active, stay fit and learn a wonderful new sport.

If you would like for your child to register, please sign up on the portal and then have your child attend the first practice on Monday, November 23rd.

The practice schedule can be found here.

The Developing Child Center Partnership with UAS

We are pleased to inform our parent community about a partnership between Universal American School and The Developing Child Centre. For the 2nd year in a row, UAS is working with TDCC to provide occupational therapy for children in need of this additional support.

What is TDCC and What do they do?

TDCC specialists work in partnership with families to improve the academic/social/emotional and behavioral health of children. Designed to use positive IMG_7377language and to break the taboos associated with additional support, the program offers

easy access for families to specialist support within the school environment.

This program is optional for families and not all children need this type of additional
Over the next couple of days, an optional questionnaire will be sent home to parents. If you are interested in the program or if you have questions about TDCC, please contact our Early Childhood Coordinator, Ms. Crystal Hanna for further information.

I-Succeed Program Overview


Student Learning Assemblies Success!

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4-SD shares their learning about all things Halloween!

On Thursday, six of our grade levels shared their learning at their student organized
assemblies. Thank you to all of the parents who attended the assemblies and celebrate learning with their children. If you were unable to attend, we’ve included a few snippets from the presentations. Additionally, their are photos of the assemblies on our school Flickr account.

Keep your eye on our ES School Calendar for upcoming assembly dates!

KG2-SP: The students shared a song about their works with numbers. Notice the pictures in the background promoting a tactile approach by using shaving cream to write letters!


KG2-SD: Students became Scientists as they investigated pumpkins last month. Our little scientists measured the pumpkin, counted seeds and discovered all there was to learn! They ended their presentation with the following song :


1-CC: Students in Ms. Caine’s class are ending their Sound and Light Unit of Inquiry and decided to lead out on a flash mob about light. Nearly all grade 1 students were on their feet, dancing to the beat!


2-DO: Students in Mrs. O’Sullivan’s class learning about communities and careers in the PYP Unit of Inquiry about How We Organize Ourselves. The students dressed in their dream career attire which was reminiscent of a 1978 classic song.


3-EM: Students in Ms. Machacek’s class are learning about inventions in their current Unit of Inquiry about Where We are in Place and Time. As a class they made a digital book and shared their learning and the book at the assembly.


5-JH: Students in Mr. Hemstead’s class celebrated their achievements in literacy. 5JH READS! Each student shared how many books, how many pages and how many minutes they have read since the beginning of the year. Watch their video to find out how much that adds up to for the entire class!