Hello Parents, Families and Students of UAS Elementary School!
One has to enjoy the rain and cool Dubai weather! Last week, the students enjoyed the days of light rain as they relaxed during recess time! They love the feel of the rain, catching drops on their tongue and playing in the wet sand…the joy of life as a young person experiences it!
This weekend the UAS ES staff was sent an article from the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) that focused on a student’s prior knowledge as a significant force within their literacy (both in reading and writing) development. In summary, the article stated that reading comprehension, deep thinking, and an individual’s creativity strongly rely on the person’s wealth of background experiences, an understanding of those experiences and the application of that prior knowledge to a future learning opportunity. Your home is a significant place of learning for your child; as your family talks about the rain, challenges of the UAS Sports Day or your family’s travel experiences, please note that these are real educational opportunities – especially for future learning.
Last week was the Elementary School’s Annual Sport’s Day competition amongst like grade levels. Wow, all had fun! Mr. Calandra and Mr. Chip, UAS ES PE teachers, designed and facilitated a slew of fun and physically motivating activities that promoted sportsmanship, gamesmanship and individual competition. By the end of each day, the grade levels that participated within that day were quite tired and happy…it must have been a quiet evening at home that night!
Also last week, the 4th grade had a two-day outing for their overnight camp experience. Ms. Ryan, Ms. Davy, Ms. Deborah and their students enjoyed researching the mangroves, completing a ropes course and evening camp activities, plus much more.
A special event for this week within UAS’s celebration of Literacy Month is Dads and Donuts for first and second grades! Your child’s teacher’s blog should have the day and time for the classroom invite.
Life is good at UAS ES!
David and Amanda