February 2018 archive

International Day is coming!


In preparation for our 11th annual International Day celebration at UAS, which is hosted by the PTSO on Saturday March 3, students are invited to wear clothes to school that represent their country – International Dress-down Day.

The dress-down day will be on Wednesday, February 28! Students will be engaged in cultural activities within their classroom instead of a parade.


Sports Day and MS Cookie Sale Fundraiser – updated with Book Week information

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School,

What a great week we had last week!

  • Students participated in a dress-down day to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year; this was also a way to connect to current and previous learning.
  • Grade 4 and Grade 5 students went to EcoVenture camp and had a fantastic time! All students made it home with stories to tell to their families who were anxiously awaiting their return.
  • Grade 3 performed for their families and peers on Monday and did a wonderful job showing us “Where the Wild Things Are!”

This upcoming week is sure to be busy as well, and of course will be packed with fun.

  • ES Sports Day is this week!
    • Students will be asked to wear a certain color for their class to show their team spirit as they perform sports-type activities.
    • KG2 and Grade 1 will participate on Tuesday, February 20 at 9:00-10:45 on the field.
    • Grade 2 and Grade 3 will participate on Wednesday, February 21 at 9:00-10:45, and again at 12:35-2:45 on the field.
    • Grade 4 and Grade 4 will participate on Thursday, February 22 at 9:00-10:45, and again at 12:35-2:45 on the field.
    • Parents are welcome to come support your students as they have fun.
  • The Middle School Student Council is having their 6th annual Cookie Sale fundraiser for the UAE Make-A-Wish Foundation this Thursday, February 22.
    • Students can buy a cookie and then decorate it and eat it after their lunch time on Thursday.
    • Each cookie costs 5 dhs, students can buy up to two cookies at a time.
    • All profits go to local children with terminal illnesses and help make a wish come true for them.

Coming Soon!

  • International Day Saturday, March 3 – you will want to be there!
  • Book week March 4-8
    • T-shirts (designed by Grade 8 student) will be for purchase via pre-order form for 28 dhs
      • The t-shirt will be displayed in the library, and are same size as the PE t-shirts
    • Authors will be visiting throughout the week, please see teacher blogs for more information
    • Sunday, March 4 – Wordy t-shirt dress-down day
      • Students may wear t-shirts with words on it.
      • The words/phrases may be in any language but must be appropriate for school.
    • Thursday, March 8 at 8:00 – Book Character Parade Day
      • Parents are welcome to come to watch the parade (same parade route as Halloween Parade)

Have a great week!

David Dorn and David Jones


More Amazing Results From Our Elementary Swimmers!

Last Monday Feb 12th UAS competed against DAA in a dual swim meet.  We had many successful swimmers.   

In the 8 and under division:

  • Umme Aiman Bootwala came 1st in Freestyle, 2nd in backstroke, and 3rd in both breaststroke and fly.
  • Serena Abushakra came 1st in breaststroke and fly, 2nd in freestyle, and 3rd in backstroke.
  • Noura Furman placed 3rd in freestyle
  • Sergey (Phelps) Egorov placed 1st in all his events; freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and fly.
  • James Wagstaff placed 3rd in freestyle.

In the 10 and under division:

  • Amelia DeCardy-Torris placed 1st in Freestyle and Butterfly, 2nd in backstroke, and 3rd in breaststroke.
  • Aliza Furman placed 3rd in freestyle
  • Arina Sdobnova placed 3rd in backstroke
  • Peter Zou placed 3rd in backstroke
  • Zimu Wang placed 1st in Breaststroke and 3rd in butterfly.

In the 12 and under division:

  • Alice Borrero Schulle placed 2nd in freestyle and backstroke, and 3rd in breaststroke.
  • Hyejin Jegal placed 1st in breaststroke and 2nd in butterfly.

New to competition were  Zihan Lei, Jodi Hassanein and Maria Mangawang.  All three of these swimmers placed in the top 10 of their freestyle event.   

We are now looking forward to the swim meet here at UAS on Thursday March 15th.

Blog for Week of February 12, 2018

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School,

We had a busy and fun week this past week! We’re so proud of our students and the growth that we see in them. Thank you for supporting your students, and for supporting UAS to be the best that we can be.

Last week students participated in multiple activities, including:

  • Islamic Field Trips for Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5
  • Sports Day for PK and KG1
  • Grade 3 students participated in Dress Rehearsal for their Musical on Monday morning

This week has already started great! We had a day off of school yesterday (Professional Development for teachers and staff), and this morning Grade 3 students put on a wonderful performance in the MPH!

The remainder of this week will be exciting as well!

  • Grade 4 and 5 students go to EcoVenture Camp this week.
  • Wednesday, February 14 will be a dress-down day for students to participate in different celebrations taking place this week. Students can wear red, pink, or white in recognition of Valentine’s Day, or students can wear red or yellow in celebration of Chinese New year. Students have recently learned about these celebrations and more, and/or will learn more about those celebrations this week.

Thank you!

David Dorn and David Jones

From our fantastic PTSO, “UAS Gives Back” Fundraiser:

Last week was WRAD!

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School,

We had another great week culminating in World Read Aloud Day – students will tell you that it was WRAD! An announcement was made at 8:15 for everyone to ‘drop everything and read.’ Students enjoyed reading with their teachers and some guest readers who came to read with them throughout the day.

Posh Paws came to visit with students in Early Years. Many students were able to see and interact with several types of animals – a great experience for all!

MAP testing is nearly completed. At this Tuesday’s Early Release day teachers will begin using this data along with other data to help make decisions about how to best support our students in their learning.

A few reminders:

  • To help with student transitions and minimize possible distractions, please:
    • Drop your students off at the playground area in the morning by 7:40 so they can walk with their peers to class. If students aren’t with their class when the anthem plays, they need to report to the Attendance office to get a blue late slip.
    • Avoid going to the classroom in the morning so students can get started right away. If you need to inform the teacher of something, please inform the Elementary office, and we will inform the teacher.
    • In order to best facilitate afternoon pick up, please adhere to the following times per grade level. This will help both with traffic and the number of people in the hallways.
      • KG2 students are released at 3:00.
      • Grade 1 parents please wait until 3:10 to pick up your student.
      • Other grade levels, please wait until your student comes to you.
      • Additionally, we are asking that students not play sports while waiting to be taken home.
  • Attendance concerns:
    • Please follow Dr. Amna’s advice – keep your child at home if they’re sick, and notify school of the reason for their absence.
    • You may receive communication from us regarding your student’s attendance in the form of automatic letters, phone calls, or requested meetings, depending on the number of absences. Please contact djones@uasdubai.ae with any questions.
  • No school on February 11, 2018 and no school on February 25, 2018 – both are for Teacher Professional Development.
    • This also means that there will be no ASAs and no Interactive Reading groups those days.

Let’s have a great week!

David Dorn and David Jones