Week of October 31-November 2 – Flag Day picture this Thursday

Hello Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School!

I trust you all had a “family” 4-day weekend and had some fun!  The two professional development days were quite eventful and productive at UAS.  Early Years Program faculty visited 3 other schools’ early years programs and captured many ideas while reinforcing the great program at UAS.  Other faculty worked on GOOGLE certification and curriculum development…overall a quite productive and meaningful time.

Celebrations from Last Week!

  • Thank you all for your family’s participation in the traditional American holiday of “Halloween”.  The parade was quite wonderful as our students modeled their Halloween costumes!  The day itself was mingled with academics and homeroom celebration activities.
  • Mr. Ayman Fayez, UAS Islamic Studies Coordinator, initiated the Prayer Pass system for students in grades 4 and 5 to participate in daily prayers before leaving school for the day.  
  • Grade 2 held an “Artifact Museum” to celebrate the culmination of the PYP Unit of Inquiry.  Students chose any artifact to demonstrate how people and the world change over time, bringing in personal and historical artifacts and explaining their significance…a fun and insightful experience for all.
  • Grade 3 held a “Tug-of-War” pitting homerooms against teachers within their Unit of Inquiry on forces and motion.  Each 3rd grade homeroom developed strategies to overpower the faculty within a rope “Tug-of-War”…each class had two trials.  It was very interesting to observe the students brainstorm their strategy, apply their strategy in the “tug”, reflect upon its success and design a new strategy based upon their reflections.  The students excelled in their brainstorming and came very, very close to beating the adults!

Upcoming Events

    • Thursday, November 2 is UAE Flag Day.  As in past years, all UAS students will meet on the football pitch at the start of the school dressed in assigned color shirts for the school UAE Flag picture.  Please note grade level colors below:
        • Pre-K: (RED)
        • KG1: (GREEN)
        • KG2: (WHITE)
        • GRADE 1: (BLACK)
        • GRADE 2: (RED)
        • GRADE 3: (GREEN)
        • GRADE 4 (WHITE)
        • GRADE 5: (BLACK)
    • Grade 4 will be participating on a larger flag ceremony hosted by Al Futtaim at Festival City Mall.  Students will be transported to the mall area around 8 a.m. to participate in a larger scale UAE Flag Ceremony.  This experience ties directly into their unit of inquiry.  The goal of this event is Creating the largest human flag on Festival Bay in UAE National Colors”.
    • The ES Counselor Coffee has been canceled for this week Thursday, November 2nd due to the Flag Ceremony.
    • The monthly Principal Coffee will be held on Wednesday, November 8th.   A presentation by “The Change Associate” group will be held with the topic parental-child communication strategies.  As children become older, we parents must develop methods of listening and communication that promotes openness and empathy.  Please come join us at 8 a.m. in the ES Library.
    • Upcoming ES Library Events:
      • Magrudy’s Elementary Book Fair Nov. 12-16, open until 4:30 daily, UAS lobby
      • Author & chef Ying Chang Compestine visits elementary students.  Nov. 21-27
      • Meet author & chef Ying Chang Compestine Nov. 22, 3:30, in the elementary library (her website here)
    • The 4th-5th grade ASA choir has an amazing opportunity to participate in a children’s choir festival on December 6th. The festival will be hosted at Kent College (near Silicon Oasis), and elementary school choirs from all over Dubai will be participating. Our choir will sing 2 songs and also perform a mass piece with the other choirs. There will even be a Santa visit! More information will be coming in the following weeks.
    • A message has gone out to faculty to initiate “Healthy Snacks” for students in the afternoon.  Snacks to bring into school should be crackers, fruit and/or vegetables.  The snacks will be consumed during regular academic time as students work within the classroom.


  • Parent-Teacher Conferences held during the day on Wednesday, November 15, and Thursday, November 16 between 8 am and 4 pm  No school for students on those two days.  More information in next week’s ES Blog.


Finally a school request to parents of students in Pre K through KG2.  In order to ensure a smooth transition from students to parents we ask that parents of:

PreK & KG1 students walk with their child to put their book bag in the cubby and proceed to the EC playground. Parents may stay as long as they like on the playground; however, the EY faculty request that parents do not follow their child into the building.  This request reinforces the developmental need for student to gain confidence and independence at school (i.e. saying goodbye to a parent/caregiver, finding their cubby, unpacking their own bag, following the morning routine of the school etc.).

KG2 students will remain on the “ big playground” and say goodbye to their parents at that time.  For similar rationale as above, parents are requested not to follow their child into the KG2 hallway.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

As always, the ES staff feels extremely fortunate to be a part of your family’s educational experience…Thank You for the opportunity!

David Dorn & David Jones

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