April 2017 archive

ES Principal’s Update: April 23 – 27, 2017

Hello Parents, Families and Students of UAS Elementary School,

Dubai has definitely moved into the post spring weather as noted by the increase in temperature, humidity and length of daylight within the day! With the increase in the heat index and length of day comes the possibility of adverse learning conditions for students at school. Please ensure that your child has a water bottle for school and they are knowledgeable regarding the need for a continual intake of water through their busy school day. In addition, healthy snacks (i.e. fruit, vegetables, protein items etc.) have a positive effect on a child’s cognitive functioning as well as hydration. As important a factor as water and healthy foods are on successful learning so is sleep! Children need a sound 8-10 hours of sleep per day to be successfully rested for the school day, which may be difficult as the sun keeps the sky bright late into the evening. In addition to the amount of sleep is the impact of a consistent time schedule and routine for bedtime; a necessity for the successful functioning of the child’s internal clock system. Many factors influence a child’s learning experience at school with hydration, healthy foods and good sleep being the foundation of successful learning.

Grade 4 Concert: Tuesday @ 8:15
Grade 4 will perform their musical program this week on Tuesday, April 24th at 8:15 in the MPH. Ms. Rebecca, ES Upper Grade Music Teacher, and the entire 4th grade student body have been practices for several weeks…please come and join us for a spectacular show!

Student Led Conferences and Book Fair:
Also this week Wednesday and Thursday are the UAS Student Led Conferences. Your child’s homeroom teacher will have established a schedule for your family to the upcoming conference; if you have not received a time and day, please contact your child’s teacher to establish a meeting time. The purpose of the Student Led Conferences is for the student to share with his/her family their educational experiences, work and learning! Your child will be the conference facilitator and “talker” as he/she walks you through their classroom learning. Just a quick reminder that students’ school day dismisses at noon on Wednesday with no student contact day on Thursday. We look forward to seeing you on this week at conferences and at the Book Fair in the lobby!

Sprit Week Success:
Last week was the UAS ES’s Spirit Week. The Student Voice Committee designed, advertised and supported this event! What a successful and fun week for all students and staff due to the hard work and planning of this group of students.

Girl Scout Service Learning and Bake Sale
Please don’t forget that the Girl Scouts and Brownies are still collecting lightly used backpacks and school supplies for their service learning project. The donation boxes will be available through Wednesday at school in the lobby. Also they will have a bake sale on Wednesday to support their efforts.

Class Placement Input Due Thursday
Last, but not least, if you would like to complete the Class Placement Input Form, please do so my Thursday of this week as that is the deadline for input from parents.

Thank you for your support and have a great week!

David and Amanda

Class Placement Process 2017/2018

Student Information for 2017-2018
Elementary Classroom Placement
Optional Parent Form

April 17, 2017

During the upcoming weeks, the elementary school will begin creating class lists for the 2017-2018 school year. When planning classrooms for next year the Class Placement Team will divide the children into balanced groups. Class lists will then be posted the day before the first day of school.

Creating well-balanced, heterogeneous classroom groups is our comprehensive goal at UAS. Some, not all, of the more important factors in creating that balance include:

  • balanced number of boys and girls
  • strong English skills vs. less developed English skills
  • a mix of students from varying academic levels
  • a good social blend of students
  • representation from various nationalities

We want your child to flourish while attending Universal American School and your input as our partner in education is important.  This optional online form is where you can provide additional information to assist the school in the class placement of your child for the 2017-2018 school year. If you choose to provide input for the class placement process, please complete the online form no later than Thursday, April 27th. The information you provide will be shared with the Classroom Placement Team, which includes the current and future grade level teams, counselors, and administration.

We respectfully ask that parents not make requests for a specific teacher. As the school grows, teachers shift grade levels, some leave, and new teachers arrive, the best way for you to provide input into the process is via this feedback form. UAS is committed to employing teachers who are well qualified and able to meet the needs of all students enrolled at the school. Requests for a specific teacher will not be considered, as all UAS students should be able to be successful in any one of our classroom communities.

UAS is committed to providing an excellent teaching team and will ensure that your child is placed into a well-balanced classroom. We will consider the information you provide when placing your child, however the information provided does not guarantee placement in a specific teacher’s classroom.

Thank you for your continued support,

David Dorn
Elementary Principal

Amanda DeCardy
Elementary Assistant Principal



ES Principal’s Update: April 16 – 20, 2017

Dear Families of UAS Elementary School Students,

What a great week our students and staff have had being back from spring break! The school’s daily attendance has been increasing each day meaning more students are returning from their vacation, 5th grade students are actively engaged within their PYP Exhibition Project, 4th grade students are polishing up for the musical performance next week, 3rd grade students had a “wet and wild” day during a field trip to the Aquaventure Waterpark, Grade 2 had a fun time at LEGOLAND and KG2 had an underwater experience at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo while the PreK students splashed and played in the UAS swim pool. We ended the week by inviting a local theater company to school to share a performance of Snow White with students in grades 1 – grade 5. A truly busy and fun filled week for many of our students!

Parent Coffee Notes
At the Parent Coffee held this past Tuesday, Ms. Amanda conducted a presentation on the use of the MAP assessment. Ms. Amanda and the parents in attendance had a very fruitful and insightful dialog as to the purpose, MAP scores and parent informational reports. Please see the presentation information here. The final MAP assessment for this school year will be from May 10th through May 23rd.

Nurturing the Student Voice Continues
This week, Dr. Quaglia will be here to continue his work within the UAS initiative “Student Voice”. Dr. Quaglia will continue to consult with students, teachers and UAS administration to enhance our students’ education experiences. In conjunction with Dr. Quaglia’s visit, the ES Student Voice Committee has planned an Elementary School Spirit Week. Please note the below “Spirit Week” Dress-Up schedule:

SPIRIT WEEK for G1-G5 brought to you by Student Voice!

April 16: School Holiday- No school

April 17: Career Day- Dress as what you want to be when you grow up!

April 18: Reverse Day- Students dress as teachers and teachers dress as students!

April 19: Twin Day- Pick your favorite friend and wear the same outfit!

April 20: Crazy Hair Day- Get wild and crazy with your hair today! And complete 1 act of kindness towards the Earth in lieu of Earth Day! 


SPIRIT WEEK for Pre-K, KG1, & KG2 brought to you by Student Voice!

April 16: School Holiday- No school

April 17: No Dress Up—regular day!

April 18: Reverse Day- Students dress as teachers and teachers dress as students!

April 19:  No Dress Up—regular day!

April 20: Crazy Hair Day- Get wild and crazy with your hair today! And complete 1 act of kindness towards the Earth! 

Recess Requirements and Home Lunches
Dubai’s weather is truly amazing; the days and evenings are so beautiful! Though it appears that we have moved from “winter” into “summer” daily temperatures. Please remind your student to bring a hat and water bottle to school to utilize on the playground during recess times. If the temperatures reach a “real feel” 45 degrees, student recess will occur within the air-conditioned classrooms. In addition, UAS ES has put in place a lunch transport system to have all student lunches transported to the cafeteria to be stored in an air-conditioned setting while students are on the playground prior to lunchtime. This new process will ensure the safety of lunches within the warm weather.

More Information…

  • 2017-18 school year class placement process will be communicated this week via the ES Principal’s blog
  • Elementary teachers will be sending home your assigned time for Student Led Conferences early this week.
  • Please view the Ramadan school schedule here. Please note that transportation anticipates a 2+ hour turn around time from PreK/KG1 buses to return to UAS for the older student end of school bus routes; thus the posted timings for early childhood student dismissal
  • Phone calls to home by UAS Registrar will be made this week to verify next year’s school enrollment

Thank you all for your support and trust in UAS!!! Life is very, very good because of our students and families!

David and Amanda

Important Dates: 

  • April 17 – 20, 2017: ES Spirit Week
  • April 17 – 26, 2017: Girl Scout Fundraiser for School Supplies
  • April 20, 2017: PTSO Popcorn Day
  • April 23, 2017: No School: Lailat Al-Meiraj Holiday
  • April 24 – 27, 2017: Book Fair in the UAS Lobby
  • April 25, 2017: Grade 4 Concert @ 8:15 in the MPH
  • April 26, 2017: Half Day of School: Student Led Conferences Conferences
  • April 27, 2017: No School: Student Led Conferences

ES Principal’s Update: April 9 – 13, 2017

Welcome back from what we hope was a relaxing Spring Break for you! As a community, we were thrilled to return to school to continue the learning that has been happening all year. We were also thrilled to see the Fine Arts Booster Club’s Bridges of Color project taking hold of our trees and buildings. Our campus looks beautiful and it’s wonderful

Squares from former Assistant Principal Jen Stockbridge in the Dominican Republic.

to see so many teachers, administrators, teachers, former teachers, students, and parents participating in this project.

We have lots of activity in the elementary school this week and we invite you to be a part of it!


Elementary Principal/Parent Coffee – Tuesday, April 11th @ 8am
Please join us in the MPH for coffee and snacks for the ES Coffee. Amanda DeCardy will share a presentation about how the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test fits into our assessment portfolio. Parents will walk away with knowledge of how to read the results, how we use the results in school, and will have a few resources shared with them.


Elementary Vaccinations Reminder – 
This is a gentle reminder that vaccinations for students in the elementary school are scheduled on April, 11th. These vaccinations are provided free of cost by Dubai Health Authority for students six years old and above. If your child is due for vaccination you should’ve already received an email from the school doctor, Dr. Amna. Please send duly signed consent form along with your child’s vaccination record to school clinic if you would like to have your child vaccinated in school. Originals can be collected a week after the vaccinations.

If you do not wish for your child to be vaccinated at school or he/she has already been vaccinated, the health authority makes it mandatory to complete and return the refusal form along with an updated copy of vaccination record.

For more information please contact the clinic staff on clinic@uasdubai.ae , abutt@uasdubai.ae or 042326252.


Spirit Week Next Week!

Help your children plan ahead for Spirit Week next week! Each day will have a different theme – see below. We look forward to seeing UAS spirit!


Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, April 13: ASA Term 3 Registration Deadline
Sunday, April 16: No School
Monday, April 17: Spirit Week Begins
Monday, April 17: UAS Girl Scout Fund Raiser Begins
Thursday, April 20: PTSO Popcorn Day
Sunday, April 23:  No School Lailat Al-Meira Holiday
Monday, April 24 – April 27: Elementary Book Fair in the Lobby
Tuesday, April 25: Grade 4 Concert @ 8am in the MPH
Wednesday, April 26: Half Day of School – Student Led Conferences
Thursday, April 27: No Classes: Student Led Conferences