February 2016 archive

Literacy Week Book Drive and Activities!

UAS is getting ready to celebrate Literacy Week from February 28-March 3.  Check this calendar of events for some of the key details across the entire school and, specifically, for the elementary school.

Also note that we are having a book drive! Why?

  • In order to continue to foster a love of reading and develop reading skills in our students, we are in the process of building our school classroom libraries.
  • While we have purchased many books for our class libraries, we will also be VERY grateful for book donations that students, parents and families are able to make.
  • The better our classroom libraries, the more excited our students are to read, grow and learn.

What happens when you donate? 

  • Upon donation, a “Donated by…” sticker will be placed in the front of the book recognizing the donor. This will be a fun and important way of acknowledging these generous donations.
  • There is a box in the UAS foyer for you to place your book donations.
  • Once all books are collected, we will then ensure that they find appropriate homes in our classroom libraries, ready for the students to learn from and enjoy.

    Wondering what to donate? 

  • Click on this link to see our suggested book titles. The list is full of appropriate suggestions but of course, if there are other appropriate books that you would love to donate, then we will gratefully receive it.
  • Also note that if you wish to buy multiple copies of a book (up to 4) then this means that we will be able to place a copy of that book in each grade level classroom. For example, if you LOVE the book “The Lightening Thief” by Rick Riordan, it would be a fine idea to buy multiple copies of it so they can be placed in multiple classrooms.

    Thank you for any donations you can make.

    As a community, we all can support our students to develop their love of reading! 

Grade 5 Sculpture Exhibition

artThe fifth grade students are excited to exhibit their paper mache sculptures on Thursday, February 25th from 2:00 – 3pm. Students across the school and parents are invited to participate in an art walk which will take place in the fifth grade classrooms and Ms. Jones’ art classroom. The students will also be showcasing the time lapse videos shown below of their work from start to finish.

Please join us and interview our artists as we are merging art and literacy through reflection! Congratulations to our 5th graders for a job well done!

Time Lapse Video 1: Balloons to Bears

Time Lapse Video 2: Hungry Yet?

Time Lapse Video 3: Leaving… on a Jet Plane!

Semester Reports – Don’t Forget to Check the Portal!

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From the Director’s Weekly Update February 1st

Several of you have already logged into the UAS Portal to check Semester Reports! With the three day weekend upon us, take this time to look over the report WITH your child. Now that we are at the beginning of the second semester, this is an ideal time to identify what is going well and what goals we would like to set with our children for the remainder of the school year.

For the conversation with your child, setting goals and taking time to reflect on past goals is an important part of the learning process. Be sure to celebrate at least one positive action your child has taken over the past semester and refine or set new goals which are academic, social or health related.

Log in to the UAS Portal today if you have not had a change to do so… and enjoy the learning conversation with your child!


Junior Scorpions Swimming Program: Grades 4-6

Junior Scorpions Swimming Program

What is it?
In order to provide organized, competitive athletic opportunities for our younger students, UAS will participate in the Junior Emirates Athletic Conference (JEAC). JEAC offers students in grades 4-6 an opportunity to have fun, participate in and learn the fundamental skills of swimming. The focus of JEAC is to reinforce the value of sportsmanship, respect, teamwork and self-discipline through healthy and fair competition.

How does it work?
• There are 2 practices per week on Sunday & Wednesday from 3:20 – 4:20 pm.
• The season begins Feb. 28th – May 6th.
• There will be a fun swim meet with other Dubai based schools to introduce the students to swimming competitions at the end of the season.

Swim Test
• Even though this is a developmental team, in order to provide adequate support for the swimmers and maintain safety we can only accommodate a maximum of 25.
• Swimmers will need to complete a Swim Test in order to make the squad
• The test will consist of: Swimmers will have to swim 50m without stopping and be able to swim 200m in total (breaks at each end in between) along with treading water for 30 seconds.

What we expect?
• Students will commit to attending every practice unless unable to due to a medical reason.
• Students who repeatedly miss practices may not be eligible for the end of season meet
• Students will bring a positive attitude and participate in a cooperative manner
• Parents will commit to collecting their children promptly between 4.20 – 4.30pm.
• Students who currently ride the school bus may use the After School Activity buses, which depart at 4.30pm.

What to bring?
• Swim Suit & Towel
• Googles & Swim Cap (Scorpions Cap can be purchased at UAS Store)
• A Reusable Water Bottle

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• Registration is through the Parent Portal
• Please click on the link that says Junior Scorpions Swimming.
• Once registration is complete, students should show up on the practice day: Swim Practice Schedule

Any further questions please email Co-Athletic Director, Dylan Carter, at dcarter@uasdubai.ae.


Dylan Carter

Grade 4 Camp Underway!

Our grade 4 camp experience is underway! This morning, teachers, parents and students gathered to send off our large group of students heading off to camp. The students have all arrived at their destination and are embarking on a learning experience with their peers and teachers.

Students will partake in ropes courses, archery, wadi walks and star gazing during camp. We’ll add more photos as they become available, but in the meantime, enjoy the send off pics below! Students will return to school tomorrow by the end of the school day. IMG_9424 IMG_9425

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Book Orders and Assemblies!

Book Orders Due Today (Thursday, Feb. 11th)!

Please don’t forget that Scholastic Book Orders need to be done online today in order for your child to receive their February books before Literacy Week! UAS has partnered with Scholastic Books so that it’s even easier for youScreenshot 2016-01-30 14.06.55 get more books in the hands of your children. Parents of students in grades PreK-8 can go online and order books at discounted prices. Once the order is placed, the books will automatically be delivered to the school and given to your children to take home. The deadline to order is today!

Student Learning Assemblies Today (Thursday, Feb. 11th)!

Students in grades KG2 – Grade 5 will have their Student Learning Assembly today. The Student Learning Assemblies give the students an opportunity to reflect on and demonstrate the components of their learning over the past month at school. Please join us on Thursday, February 11th at the following times in the MPH:

KG2 – Grade 1 Learning Assembly: 10:45 – 11:25

Grade 2 – Grade 3 Learning Assembly: 11:45 – 12: 25

Grades 4 – Grade 5 Learning Assembly: 1:15 – 1: 55


Literacy Week is Approaching UAS!!

aWe are pleased to share with you that UAS will be celebrating Literacy Week from February 28-March 3 to promote literacy across the school. Students, teachers and parents from PreK-Grade 12 will be invited to participate in a range of literacy events and initiatives.

Key dates:

February 28:
School-wide Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) from 8:15-8:45. Teachers, students, principals, support staff, parents … EVERYONE drops everything and reads!
March 2: 
School-wide Buddy Reading 8:00-9:00. Our high school and middle school students will read with our elementary students.
March 3:
School-wide Dress as your Favorite Book Character Day. There will also be a parade for elementary students.

There will also be a range of other exciting happenings that include: A visit by author Steve Swinburne; a poster exhibit to promote literacy; an exciting ‘Read it Forward’ initiative; character monologues; a book drive; a challenge to read 100,000 pages as a school; Scholastic book orders; home language read alouds; musical literacy performances; debates; rap battle competitions; environmental literacy initiatives; a quiz bowl; Skype author chats and more! Every student in the school will be involved in a literacy activity each day during the week.

Stay tuned for more information. If you would like to assist during the week, please speak with your child’s teacher. Thank you for your support!