September 2016 archive

UAS Ski Trip: Parent Information Session

This year, UAS will be organizing a ski camp in Switzerland for skistudents in Grades 4-8 during the first week of Spring Break, March 25-April 1. Students who attended last year reported that it an excellent trip – they had fun with their teachers, peers and learned how to ski through the process!

UAS will hold an important information session in the ES library on Tuesday, October 4th @ 6:00pm.. Click here for more information or see below!


Open to grades 4 to 8
UAS contacts:

The daily itinerary includes skiing/snowboarding all day with counselors, followed by dinner and evening programs that may include a disco, movies, mini-Olympics, skits, awards, swimming, etc.

The estimated price of 11,000AED is inclusive of 6 days lift passes, 6 days of full lessons, equipment rental, air travel, all taxes, lodging, meals, busing, evening entertainment and accident insurance.

Arrangements are provided by Viamonde, a company that specializes in providing ski camp programs for international schools. We will be located at Anzère, in the French-speaking canton of Valais.

Oct 4 : Initial meeting with students and parents – ES Library @ 6:00pm
Oct 15 : Deposit and registration due (3,000AED*)
Dec 1 : 2nd payment due (4,000AED)
Jan 12 : Balance due (4,000AED**)
March : Pre-departure meeting
March 25 : Depart for Switzerland
April 1 : Return to Dubai

*This deposit is non-refundable.
**This amount is an estimate at this time. Change in airfare, number of participants, etc. may affect price.

Principal’s Update!

Hello ES Families!

Concentrating on MAP!

Concentrating on MAP!

Concentrating on MAP!

This is an amazing time of the school year! It is a time when the foundations and instructional goals for the year become very prominent in our school-wide conversations. The ES is in their second week of MAP testing for grades KG2 through Grade 5. We assess in the areas of reading, language usage, math and science. Once the assessments are complete, the faculty will review the MAP information/data to determine the strengths and areas of growth for our students, grade level teams and the school at large. This disaggregation and in-depth review process will yield short-term instructional goals that will be reassessed in late December to determine progress towards the instructional goal attainment. This information will be an integral component for the November Parent-Teacher conferences as well.

The ES needs family help to ensure your child’s successful school day. A key to a successful daily learning experience is the beginning ritual of the school day. It is a time for the teacher to greet, chat and warmly welcome your child to school, a significant factor in building trust, rapport and focus for the instructional day ahead. The morning classroom formalities set the learning atmosphere and learning conditions for the day. It is very important that all children collectively experience this in order to “set” the learning for the day. When a child comes into the classroom later than their class that child is not as physically, mentally and emotionally prepared for the school day as their classmates.

Therefore, it is critical for students to be at school within their designated classroom line-up spots by 7:35 every morning. Your family’s help is a critical part of the school-home partnership. Our goal (families and school) is to provide your child with a quality educational program that allows her/him to attain their academic potential. The start of the school day is a critical component for realization of our goal.

A few informational items:

  1. KHDA has not set the holiday schedule for the Islamic New Year yet. Once posted, the school will publish this information to all families.
  2. A reminder to place money on your child’s cafeteria card this week.
  3. The Elementary School cannot release classroom family emails to fellow classroom families. This is a confidential and privacy issue.
  4. An Elementary Parent Coffee will be Wednesday, October 12th…more information to come…
  5. Come visit our ES Library…Ms. Leslie has made significant improvements to better serve both our students and families!

We at UAS Elementary School greatly appreciate the trust and confidence that you have placed within us. We are proud to serve your child and family!

Have a fantastic week!

David Dorn, Elementary Principal

Amanda DeCardy, Elementary Assistant Principal

Registering for the ASAs

September 20, 2016

Dear Parents,

After School Activities (ASA) Registration for elementary, middle school and high school will open at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Registrations will close on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

We are happy to offer more than 23 ASA choices in the elementary school, 20 in the middle school and 23 in the high school during this first session. Thanks to the hard organizational work of Alison Backous, Kristen Miller and Asha Burton, our kids are so lucky to have such amazing choices! We have tried to provide a nice balance of no-charge options as well as options where there is an additional charge.

You can find detailed descriptions of the ASA activities in these locations:
Elementary School

Please follow the steps below to register your child for an ASA activity:

Log on to your parent portal page here.
Follow the link to view the descriptions and choose the ASA Activity.
After submitting the form, you will receive an immediate confirmation email.

If you register your child for a paid activity, kindly pay accounts promptly and bring your receipt to the school office. Please note that the registrations for paid ASA activities is not complete until full payment is made and without payment ASA assignments will be given to other children.

The supervising teacher will send a follow-up email by September 24th to confirm your child’s participation. Please note that spaces are limited in some activities and enrollment will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have any questions about the activities, please send an email to:
Elementary School:
Middle School:
High School:

For portal support please email

Thank you for your continued support in the ASA Program,

Andrew Torris

Principal’s Update: Back to School, MAP Testing and More!

Dear Families of UAS Elementary School,

Welcome back to school from your Eid Holiday! The ES staff is excited to begin the third week of school.

This week will be a quite busy week for students, school and families; please note the following important dates:

  • Back to School Night – Monday, September 19 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • MAP Testing – Begins on Tuesday, September 20 through Monday, October 3
  • After School Activity (ASA) Sign-Ups

Back to School NightBTSN 2016
The purpose of this evening is to provide an opportunity for the student’s family to gain an overview of their child’s educational program for the new school year. Homeroom teachers and specialty teachers will provide families with information concerning the curriculum, daily routines and the opportunity to share of themselves. This is not a time for Parent-Teacher Conference; those times will be set for later in the fall or by appointment.

The program will begin at 5:30 within the UAS MPH with an introduction and welcome by the ES administration followed by a brief overview of the specialty programs. The evening will proceed with 3 – 30 minute sessions that will provide families with the opportunity to spend a session with their child/children’s homeroom or specialty teacher to understand their child’s school day.

Please come and join us on Monday evening!

MAP Testing
Later this week, students in KG2 – grade 5 will complete their fall MAP assessments (Measures of Academic Progress). Because of the extended Eid holiday, the ES Principal’s Coffee was cancelled last week. However, we’ve uploaded the planned presentation about MAP for you to review.

MAP Parent Presentation 2016 from uasdubai


Please ensure that your child(ren) are present on their scheduled MAP testing day. Additionally, a good night sleep and healthy breakfast go a long way with helping your child(ren) do their best.

We look forward to sharing with you the fall baseline results once they become available. The information is sure to provide a roadmap for educators and families this school year as we support each child to become the best version of themselves.

We have created a MAP Resource page on the Elementary blog for parents. Please feel free to visit the page for further information. The page can be found here:

Testing will begin on Tuesday, September 20 and conclude on Monday, October 2. Please check teacher blogs for specific dates for each class.

ASA Sign-Ups
Information will be sent home this week on the ES Blog regarding ASA opportunities and the sign-up process.

Welcome back to school! We look forward to seeing you at our Elementary Back to School Night this week!


David Dorn, Elementary Principal

Amanda DeCardy, Elementary Assistant Principal

Save the Date: Elementary Back to School Night!

Dear UAS Elementary School Families,BTSN 2016

The ES staff wishes you and your family a very Happy Eid and hope your family time is enjoyable and restful!

The second week of school has been a FUNTASTIC Week! The Islamic Studies Department held the annual Haj Parade and celebration, UAS successfully hosted the first annual Community Faire on Wednesday evening, the ES restructured after school student pickup for grades 1 and 2, CAT 4 assessment occurred with 4th grade classes, AND our students had an outstanding week of classroom experiences!

On Monday, September 19th, the ES will host our annual Back to School Night.

This night is designed to provide our families with the opportunity to gain an awareness of their child’s educational programs including curriculum, special programs and services provided. In addition, it is a time to meet the student’s teachers, get to see the classroom setting and share in their child’s school experiences. The purpose is not to conduct parent-teacher conferences; rather there are dates later in the fall for this special purpose and/or appointments may be made with the classroom teacher for such purposes outside of the Back to School Night.

Back to School Night will run from 5:30 to 8:00 the evening of September 19th. The program will begin at 5:30 within the MPH with an introduction of the school leadership team and a hearty welcome to our families. The format will have 3 thirty-minute sessions to allow parents to attend multiple classroom and specialist presentations. A printed schedule and map will be available that evening with a follow-up note on Sunday, September 18th.

We look forward to seeing you on our back to School Night and thank you for the honor of educating your children.


David Dorn, ES Principal

Amanda DeCardy, ES Assistant Principal

Sports Information for Grade 3-6 Families

Elementary Competitive Swimming

Attention students in grades 3, 4 and 5;swim

UAS is proud to offer our elementary students in grades 3, 4 and 5 a chance to try out for a competitive swim team.  This team will compete in several swim meets in Dubai throughout the year.  To be selected for this team students must have good basic swimming skills. This program is different than the Junior Scorpions program which is a developmental program for all students.

Students will practice every Sunday and Wednesday from 3:20 – 4:20 beginning Wednesday September 21, 2016.

Any questions can be directed to UAS Aquatics Director, Ms. Terry
Please click on the link to register! Elementary-competitive-swimming

Junior Scorpions Soccersoccer

All Grade 4 – 6 Boys and Girls interested in playing soccer are encouraged to register for our Junior Scorpions Soccer teams. This is a fun program where students learn the FUNdamentals of soccer. All students who register will be accepted, and there is no payment necessary. Students will be coached by our amazing UAS soccer coaches and Varsity Student athletes.

To find out more information and key details about our Junior Scorpions Soccer Program, and to complete online registration please click here: Junior Scorpions.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the UAS Athletic Department by emailing

Grade 1 and Grade 2 Dismissal Procedures Update

Dear First and Second Grade Parents and Families,images

The Elementary School staff has discussed the end of day student dismissal process at length. We have listened to parent comments, observed the process, monitored the weather, and had staff discussion concerning the dismissal process. Amanda and I much appreciate all the voices heard and the support the school has received within our endeavors!

Based upon family and faculty input, the following will be the new dismissal process beginning Wednesday, September 7 with a review of the process in mid-late October. The process will be as follows:

  • Grade 1 and Grade 2 Families will pickup their children from their child’s classroom between 3:10 – 3:20 Sunday through Thursday.
  • The family must make contact with the classroom teacher acknowledging child pick-up before leaving the classroom with the child.
  • In order for teachers to monitor student leaving the classroom with their family, teachers will not engage in a one-on-one parent-teach conference at this time. This would be a time for social and casual conversations. Appointments may be set for more in-depth school-home discussions.
  • Parents will be permitted to access the first floor classrooms after 3:10, not before. This timeframe is to ensure that teachers and classes have the maximum instructional time for the educational program. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
  • Due to faculty after school professional commitments (i.e. After School Activities, faculty meetings, etc.), students will be found in the ES Office after 3:20 for parent pick-up.

I apologize for any confusion on Tuesday’s dismissal. Amanda and I were concerned about the rising temperature and did not want to put children in heat distress; thus the late decision to keep Grade 1 and Grade 2 students within their classrooms.

If you have any questions and or concerns, please drop me a note.


David Dorn, ES Principal

ES Weekly Update!

Dear Elementary School Families and Students!

What a great start to the 2016-17 School Year! On behalf of the ES Staff, I thank you all for your support, trust and commitment to our students’ educational experiences. As I walked through the morning and after school playground as I talked to various parents, it was readily apparent how successful UAS’s opening of the school year through the comments, happy faces and family-child-teacher interactions. It was a FUN week.

School-Home Connection
Parents are warmly welcome and strongly encouraged to visit their child’s teachers after school. Please take advantage of the UAS communication process of after school visits, emails and teacher blogs in order to strengthen the school-home partnership. After school when you pick-up your child, please feel free to come into the school to visit your child’s classroom. If you anticipate a longer conversation, please be sure to make an appointment with your child’s teacher.

This collaborative and communicative partnership is the base of providing your child with a quality educational experience that truly meets their needs; your insights and knowledge are an integral part of UAS designing the most successful experience for all children.

Coming This Week!
This week the school will continue to reinforce the creation of teacher student relationships, reignite the previous school year’s learning and to establish school-wide routines. The staff’s goal is to foster as much instructional time throughout the school day as possible. In addition, 4th grade parents will receive school notification and assessment information of a KHDA required 4th grade assessment, CAT 4. If any questions arise about the CAT 4, please email Ms. Amanda DeCardy or myself.

A couple of important school-community activities this week at UAS:

  • PTSO General Meeting on Tuesday, September 6th in the MPH @ 8am
  • 1st Annual UAS Community Fair on Wednesday, September 7th from 4pm to 7 pm Please come and join us for the first school-home-community social gathering of the school year!!

Thank you again for a great week. Please take advantage of the ES school’s strong commitment for positive home-school partnerships…come on in and say “Hi”!

David and Amanda, UAS ES Administrative Team