ES Blog for the week of October 1, 2017 (Edited – Swimming Info)

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School,

This will be a short blog this week due to the upcoming Back to School Night on Monday, October 2nd (previous notification sent electronically last week). Please note families may attend sessions either 1:00 or 5:15 for PreK/KG1 and 3:45 or 5:15 for KG2 through Grade 5; Specialists will be in the library between 4:30 to 6:00. We look forward to seeing you!

Just a reminder ASAs begins this Sunday, October 1st. Families should have received electronic information about their child’s program. If you have not received information, please contact the Ms. Janel at the ES Office.

Lunch Card Information Reminder

UAS provides each child with a lunch card at the start of the school year, starting at grade 1. The cards are stored in the cafeteria and provided to the children when they need to purchase lunch.

On the parent portal, you can signup for notification emails to see what your child is purchasing. You can also select what items what are okay for purchase and set daily spending limits.

You can add lunch funds at the accounting desk by giving your child’s name. The physical card is not necessary for adding funds.

Children are able to purchase items even if the account balance is negative or at zero. This is to ensure every child has a lunch.

Letter from UAS Elementary Counselors

UAS Elementary Counselors Dear UAS Elementary Parents,

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, where across the world schools and communities spend an entire month of education and awareness activities. Our Elementary Counselors, Ms. Jen and Mr. Fields will be busy conducting lessons in your child’s classrooms, grades K2 – Grade 5 using the Bullying Prevention Unit through the Second Step program. The Second Step program teaches children important skills about getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school to be a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn.

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and the behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as age, size, physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once and the person it is happening to has not been able to get it to stop. It is unfair and one-sided.

In these Bullying Prevention lessons, your child will learn specific skills to help stop bullying.

Students will learn how to:

  • Recognize when bullying is happening
  • Report bullying to a caring adult
  • Refuse to let bullying happen to themselves or others
  • Be an Ally who stands up and is part of the solution of bullying

As parents, we need your help too! Get involved in making our school a safe and respectful place by letting us know if you hear about bullying at our school. Make sure your child knows to tell you or someone at school if he or she is being bullied. Ask your child how they can be an Ally at school and give your child the clear message that it is never okay to bully others. Mr. Fields and Ms. Jen will be in attendance at the Parent Coffee Morning on Oct. 11 to provide parents with a more in-depth overview of our Bullying Prevention curriculum and to answer any questions you may have.

We are excited to provide this important lesson to our students in the hopes that it will enrich our school community and make it a safer and more fun place to learn and grow. Please contact either Ms. Jen jstamour@uasdubai.ae or Mr. Fields kfields@uasdubai.ae if you have any further questions.

Kindest Regards,

Mr. Fields and Ms. Jen

 

Letter from Ms. Terry Papov, UAS Aquatics Director

On Thursday Oct 5th after school we will begin tryouts for the competitive elementary swim team.    These practices will occur every Thursday from 3:15 – 4:15 until November. Late Busses will be running.

Tryouts are open to grade 2 – 5.   This team is for students who are good swimmers and can swim 50m without stopping.  We can only manage a maximum of 25 students on the team so there will be cuts made after the first practice. Grade 1 is only by invitation and I have already invited those students in grade 1 who I feel can swim well enough to try out.   Our development team, the Junior Scorpions, will begin in January. I encourage any student who does not make the competitive team, to join the “Junior Scorpions” development team in January.

 I will be at the evening event on Monday in the elementary library to answer any questions parents might have.

Sincerely,

Ms Terry Papov

Swim Instructor

Aquatics Director

UAS

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