March 2016 archive

KG1/KG2 Drama Registration Now Open!

KG1/KG2 After School Drama Registration Now Open!

UAS will offer a third session of after school drama classes for our KG1 and KG2 students.Screenshot 2016-03-24 14.00.22

These drama classes take children on fun in-school imaginary trips to fascinating destinations, where children use their imagination to act and explore. Early participation in drama develops confidence, and speaking skills, serves as a wonderful introduction to acting and begins a life-long enjoyment of creative arts.

For KG1: Tuesdays 12:55-1:30 For KG2: Tuesdays 3:15-4:00
DATES: April 12/19/26 and May 3/10/17
COST: 6 sessions for 450DHS
LOCATION: Room 214 for KG1/Room 220 for KG2

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If less than 12 students sign up, then the drama classes will be cancelled and a refund given. Please note that no buses will be available and parents will be responsible for picking up their child at the end of each session.


Elementary Spring Break Camp – Sign Up Now!

UAS in association with StyxGulf Sports is excited to promote an exciting new opportunity for Screenshot 2016-03-20 11.51.54students aged 4-10 (KG1 – Grade 5). This year, for the first time ever, UAS will be offering a MULTI-ACTIVITY SPRING CAMP. Similar to the Multi-Activity Winter Camp, the Spring Camp will offer a variety of activities for our students (Please click here for the schedule of activities).

The Spring Camp will run from March 28th-April 6th and will be held exclusively at the UAS campus. Drop off and sign-in will be from 8:30am-9 am with activities running from 9 am-1:30pm daily. Pick-up and sign out will be from 1:30pm-1:45pm.

The cost of the 8 day camp will be 1500 AED and is payable to UAS accounts once registration has been completed online on the UAS Portal.

Activities being offered will include:


For enquiries, please contact:

A UAS Community Wild Wadi Event!

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Our UAS PTSO has organized a UAS Community Event at Wild Wadi! Tickets go on sale this week and will be on sale until the event on Friday, May 20th.

Purchase the tickets at UAS for this event!

  • March 13-March 24: Tickets are AED 110 @ UAS
  • April 10-May 5: Tickets are AED 160 @ UAS
  • May 8-15: Tickets are AED 200 @ UAS

After this time, tickets can be purchased on the night of the event for AED 250. A portion of all proceeds will go to the UAS PTSO.

Save the Date! Click on the picture below for the full flyer:

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Wednesday ASAs Canceled

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An SMS was just sent out to families letting them know that After School Activities as well as the Grade 5 Parent Exhibition Information session have been cancelled for after school today. We are anticipating longer commutes due to poor weather conditions.

For our Grade 3 – Grade 5 families, if your child was planning on taking the swim test today after school for Aquathon, we have postponed that until Sunday. Please plan on having them complete their short swim test on Sunday, March 13th @ 3:15 in the pool.

Thank you and enjoy your extended weekend!


Patrick Hould and Amanda DeCardy

Please and Thank you for Taking the KHDA Parent Survey!

The Universal American School Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) annual inspection will be on Screenshot 2016-02-29 09.45.20March 21st through March 24th. The school leadership has been working on the contents and findings for the self-evaluation all year, and this past week and this weekend the team worked deep into the night and through the weekend to put the finishing touches on our report. I am very proud of the work that the school’s teachers and administrators have done throughout this school year AND with the development of the school’s KHDA report.

One key component of the DSIB inspection is parent feedback from an online survey.

Please click on this link to complete the online survey.

The surveys give inspectors valuable information. A low rate of return suggests a lack of engagement by our school community. Please help UAS by providing your feedback. The completed the surveys from you not only will help inform the inspection but will also show the DSIB that we have an engaged community.

Please click here to begin the survey:

**Please note: It is important to select the correct school name from the list before answering the question.


Andrew Torris


Aquathon is Coming for Grades 3 – 5!

The UAS 5th Annual Junior Aquathon Charity Event will be held on Thursday March, 17th!

The event is open to grade 3, 4 and 5 students and involves a 100m swim (2 laps) followed by an 800m run. This can be completed individually or as a team where Screenshot 2016-03-05 12.43.41each member swims OR runs. Each competitor will receive a participation certificate. The funds raised by this charity event will be donated to the Dubai Autism Center.

What do I need to do now?

Swim Test: All swimmers will need to complete a swimming test during one of the following ASA’s before being allowed to enter the charity event. Students may complete this swimming test on one of the following dates:

  • Sunday, March 6th 3:15 – 4:15
  • Monday, March 7th 3:15 – 4:15
  • Wednesday, March 9th 3:15 – 4:15

Registration Form and Payment: Complete the registration form and turn it into your classroom teacher no later than Wednesday, March 9th. The Individual Entry Fee is AED 25 and the Team Entry Fee is AED 50. Additionally, students may order a UAS Equation Commemorative t-shirt for AED 25 each.

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Visiting Author Book Orders Due Tomorrow!

Screenshot 2016-03-02 12.32.55Children and adults alike thoroughly enjoyed our Visiting Author, Mr. Steve Swinburne, this week. Mr. Swinburne was greeted by our classes with a song that he wrote as they have been practicing it for weeks! Please see this short clip on Mrs. Baker’s and Conejo’s Instagram page or the full clip on YouTube.

Steve Swinburne’s book are available for our families to purchase – the order form and money are due to school on Thursday, March 3rd. Steve will personally autograph each book that is purchased and the books will be delivered during the month of May. Order forms were sent home with children yesterday and are available for download here.

Thank you all for your support! Our children are still chatting and talking about their new friend, Steve. All ages learned so very much!

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