Week of January 28, 2018

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School!

This week grades 3-5 began a new lunch schedule.  This new schedule allows students to eat first in a less crowded cafeteria environment and go to recess after eating.  In addition after recommendation from the UAS Elementary School Student Aspirations/Student Voice Group, students in grades 4 and 5 have “Open Seating”; they no longer to have to sit within their homeroom, rather they have choice within their seating arrangement with friends.  After the change in schedule, Mr. Jones and I have noted more active student participation during the lunch recess than before; it appears that eating first has provided the students with much more energy in which to have fun!

Another action of the Student Aspiration Group was to establish a “Co-Ed” Football area during recess.  The decision was in response to a letter received from several female elementary students who desired to play, learn to play or enhance their skills within the game of “football”.  Since its designation, each day more and more students are playing together on this court…it is really fun to watch!!

This is why UAS ES is such a great place to be…our students!!!!

The March Principal Coffee will have a session devoted to parental feedback and input into the specialist schedule for the 18-19 school year.  The school has received much feedback, both positive and constructive, regarding this year’s specialist schedule.  As part of the development process, the administration and schedule committee will receive input from parents, students and faculty in order to create the “best fit” solution to meet the academic needs of our school.  This year’s schedule met the needs established by the faculty last spring: (1) designated and productive collaboration time without the use of substitute teachers; (2) less student transition times, thus more focused academic behavior; (3) a drop in discipline referral, especially during the academic day; (4) better connection for planning and communications with specialist teachers.  In addition, the schedule met parental needs of limiting the use of substitutes/teacher out of class time for teacher meetings.

Please read the following information from ES Counselors Ms. Jen and Mr. Fields:

Learning about personal safety is an important part of your child’s development. In February, children in grades KG2-5 will learn about stranger safety during their monthly classroom counseling lesson. During the lesson, students will view and discuss the video, The Safe Side – Stranger Safety: Hot Tips To Keep Cool Kids Safe.

In the video students will learn some vocabulary about strangers:

  • Safe Side Adults” – these are usually the child’s parents and any other adult you, as the parent, know and trust for your child to go with (e.g. driver, nanny, friend’s parent etc.)
  • An adult who is unknown to your child is a “Don’t Know” and they should never talk to or go with that person unless they are with their “Safe Side Adult.”
  • A “Kind of Know” is an adult they don’t know well, such as a coach or an adult from the school that isn’t their teacher. Children should only go with a “Kind of Know” when given permission from their “Safe Side Adult.”

From Terry Popov, UAS Aquatics Director:


On Monday Jan 22nd the UAS elementary swim team competed at ASD.   This was the first competition for grades 4 and 5 and the second for grades 1-3.  For many students this was their first competition ever.

A special congratulations to the following swimmers who placed in the top 10 of their event:

  • Rosa Hanna Al-Shaikh came 2nd in U8 backstroke and 4th in U8 freestyle.
  • Sergey Egorov came 3rd in U8 backstroke and 3rd in U8 freestyle.
  • Amelia DeCardy-Torris came 2nd in both U10 backstroke and freestyle.  Amelia’s time for 50m freestyle was an amazing 39.50.
  • Hyejin Jegal placed first in the U12 girls 50m freestyle.
  • Arina Sdobnova placed 4th in U10 backstroke and 10th in freestyle.  
  • Alice Borrero Schulle placed 5th in U10 backstroke and 4th in freestyle.
  • Sophia Kalaff, who was swimming in a higher age division, placed 6th in U10 backstroke.
  • Aliza Furman placed 7th in U10 50m freestyle.   This was Aliza’s first meet.
  • Umme Bootwala placed 7th in both U8 backstroke and freestyle.
  • Serena Abushakra placed 9th in U8 freestyle.
  • Rehan Ahmad placed 6th in U8 backstroke and 9th in freestyle.
  • Peter Zou placed 9th in U10 backstroke.
  • Jean Colliers placed 8th in U10 freestyle.

40 UAS swimmers took part in this meet.   We are looking forward to our next meet in February.  

From Dr. Amna, UAS School Physician:

Dear Parents,

To prevent spread of infections in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if they are not feeling well and notify the school on the first day of their absence.

Please keep your child at home and seek medical advice if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees and your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been fever free, for a minimum of 24 hours)
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough and sore throat
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches

By keeping your child home when they are sick, you will help prevent others from catching their illness.

To help prevent the flu and other colds, please teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or the inside of your elbow, not your hand.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home or work, especially when someone is ill.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours.  A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours.  A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 24 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school.   Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school.  Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

For further information on flu and other viral illnesses please refer to http://www.cdc.gov or contact school clinic team.


Dr. Amna Ahmed Butt

School Physician

Tel: 04 2326252 E: abutt@uasdubai.ae

Universal American School


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