ES Principal’s Update: April 30 – May 4, 2017

Dear Families and Friends of UAS Elementary,

What an wonderful week we’ve had at UAS! After the celebration of learning at our Student Led Conferences, we are looking forward to the learning and community celebrations that will be happening the month of May. See below for the GREAT things that are happening around UAS over the next few weeks….


Hag El Leila Parade Preparations:
Last school year we started a new tradition at UAS as we celebrated Hag El Leila! This year, a group of parents are organizing an Emirati traditional celebration for Elementary students called ” Hag El Leila ” which is celebrated on the eve of 15th of Shaaban (8th month of the lunar calendar) in the UAE encouraging children to ring in the fasting month of Ramadan with the spirit of joy and giving. Last year’s parade can be seen below:

Traditionally , the children roam their neighborhood door to door asking for their “right of the night” (Hag el Leila) which is a cup of assorted candies and nuts poured out from a basket and into each of their bags. At UAS, the celebration will occur on Thursday May 11th at 8:15 am in the ES hallways, as a few students walk in a parade singing the traditional song for the celebration and volunteers fill small bags with candy in the each of the classrooms.

We are looking for volunteer parents to participate in this celebration. Volunteers will be assigned to
individual classes from PK to Grade 5 that morning to help out with distributing the candy to
the students in their classroom so everyone can experience the Emirati festive culture first hand. All community members are invited to volunteer!

Please email your child’s classroom home teacher if you are willing to be one of our Hag El Leila
volunteers. It is approximately a two hour commitment at 8:00am Thursday May 11th. This can be a learning opportunity for you AND for the children in UAS elementary! Thank you for your support!

Ali Khichi – 2016 Champion


Spelling Bee: 
Our UAS ES Spelling Bee will occur all day on Wednesday, May 3. Each class in grades 3 – 5 have already
completed their first round of the Bee and have put two names forward to complete in the grade level spelling Bee. We are looking forward to a Busy Bee kind of day and celebrating the hard work of our spellers!


Drawings By Me:
Back by popular demand! A hearty thank you to our two fabulous art teachers for promoting the Drawings by Me project for all of our elementary school children in their classrooms. Both teachers started the project in their classrooms over the past week. We’ll send order forms home next week so that you can order your coffee mugs, calendars, notebooks or cards with your child’s artwork taking center stage. Keep an eye out for the order forms on Sunday and watch the teacher blogs for more information!


Elementary MAP Testing Begins Soon:

Many of you with middle school children noted that MAP testing began this week for middle school students. Elementary MAP testing will begin next week on Wednesday, May 11th and last for nearly two weeks. Please watch the teacher blogs for specific information on testing dates for your child’s class. Remember that the best preparation is a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast!


A Note a Trial Arabic Reading Program: 
The Arabic department is  pleased to inform you that they are putting an action plan in place that includes the implementation of a literacy improvement effort. The literacy action plan will include a data driven literacy program. The department is exploring the option of subscribing to an interactive online reading program “ireadarabic “ which is an Arabic reading platform that will support our Arabic language learning objectives.

All Arabic teachers have received training with this program and have been given a 2-week trial period to use the program with a small group of students. The small groups will be selected randomly. Based on feedback gathered and data collection, the Arabic department will decide wether or not to move forward with the program for all students next year. We will keep you posted and informed as we move through the implementation process!


Thank you all for your continued support of UAS and the elementary school and we hope you have a wonderful week!


David and Amanda

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