April 2018 archive

Week of April 29, 2018

Hello Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School Students!

As we all have noticed the “Warmer Weather” is settling upon us!  Please ensure that your child brings a hat and water bottle to school for outside recess activities.  Even though UAS has incorporated additional covered areas for recess this school year, the hats are a requirement for students playing in the direct sunlight.  Most importantly, Mr. Jones will be monitoring the temperatures and has a specific plan if/when the temperature is an extreme for outdoor recess.

Hag Al Laila Celebration

This coming Tuesday, May 1st, our elementary school “Moms” in collaboration with the High School Emirati Club will host a celebration for the UAS traditional celebration for “Hag Al Laila”  

Emirati children are celebrating a tradition that is hundreds of years old to mark the arrival of Ramadan, known as Hag Al Laila.  The annual event, which means ‘For this Night’, is one of the Emirati traditional celebrations in the middle of Sha’aban, the eighth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar, which sees children going from door-to door to sing and collect sweets and treats from neighbors, who have been preparing for the occasion throughout the week.

For the UAS Elementary School Celebration, our ES Moms and Emirati Club have organized the following:

  • All ES students are asked to wear traditional “celebratory” clothes to school on Tuesday, May 1st.
  • The Grade 3 students will parade through the elementary hallways singing a Hag Al Laila song as taught by the Emirati Club in grade 3 music classes this week.  All Pre K through Grade 5 students will gather outside their classrooms to observe this parade. (if a family does not wish their grade 3 child to participate, please contact Mr. Dorn).
  • Upon conclusion of the parade both the ES Moms and HS Emirati Club will distribute candy to all ES students within the students’ classrooms.
  • Additionally, the HS Emirati Club has set up festive tents to promote cultural awareness, holiday activities and festive foods that grade 3 through grade 5 students may visit during the school day.
  • To assist with this celebration, UAS Elementary School Moms are also seeking donations of bags of candy (no nuts, individually wrapped) during Sunday and Monday of this week.  If you are so inclined, please deliver to either the ES Office or your child’s homeroom teacher.

This past week UAS ES held two big school events.  First, Grade 4 performed a musical program under the direction of ms Austin, UAS grade 4 music teacher.  The students sang, played Orff instruments and demonstrated their skills with the “Recorder”. The students performed outstandingly!

The Student Voice Group Assemblies

Students from the Student Voice group presented this past week on topics related to issues or needs that students and teachers chose as important topics. The Student Voice Core Team members worked hard and enlisted help from Student Voice Very Important Voice members in creating and presenting their presentation. We’re very proud of their efforts to put on an assembly; they received many compliments from teachers and students.

At the assembly Mr. Jones also discussed the implementation of SUPER Scorpion Tickets, which is one phase of continually improving our already strong school-wide culture and climate. Students will receive a ticket when any adult in the ES building ‘catches’ them doing something that is SUPER. SUPER stands for Safe, United, Principled, Engaged, and Respectful.

Exhibition Corner

PYP Exhibition is now only a week away! Students have been working hard and are going to be spending this week preparing to display their learning at Dubai Festival City Mall. What an exciting week it will be! Be sure to mark your calendars and stop by to show your support for our Grade 5 students next week.


Sunday, May 6 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, May 7 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Dubai Festival City Mall – Kid Zone – just up the escalators near Cafe Nero


Exciting News for Parent Workshops for Early Years!

PreK Parents-Save the date: May 6th at 7:30am-9:00am

PreK Teachers are excited to present the first set of workshops that will contain information, strategies and tips for you as parents to help ensure there is a home-school connection. Workshop topics include: Reading, Toilet Training, Sleep, Separation, Play and Language, Self Regulation & Transition to KG1. Hope to see you all there. Please click here to sign up.

KG1 Parents-Save the date: May 15th at 7:30am-9:00am

The KG-1 Teachers are proud to present the first KG-1 parent workshop with tips and strategies for home routines and keys skills for transitions into KG2. Parents will join groups that show them practical ways to help their child at home with reading, literacy and math. If you have not already signed up then, please click here to sign up.


Finally, this Thursday, May 3rd, is Teacher Appreciation Day.  Our teachers are amazing!!  Please take a moment to acknowledge their dedicated and passionate work with your child with your teacher…they will greatly appreciate your kind words!

Life is FANTASTIC at UAS Elementary School!

Reminder – Student Led Conferences

Dear Parents and Families of Universal American School,


This is a reminder to sign up for Student Led Conferences via Synergetic. The letter with instructions for the sign-up is here.

Please complete your sign up by 2:00 pm on Tuesday.

We are excited to see how your students will be able to describe their learning to you!


Thank you,

Elementary School Administration Team

Week of April 22, 2018 – Student Led Conferences and Book Fair week

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School!

It is almost the end of April….wow, the school year is rapidly progressing. The are several important upcoming events for notification.

Sunday, April 22nd

  • Grade 4 & 5 – Student planned and facilitated assembly

Tuesday, April 24th:

  • Grade 4 Musical Performance at 1:00pm in the MPH (this time was changed to accommodate parental attendance for  the Director’s Forum)
  • Director’s Forum in Secondary Library at 7:45am to 9:00am.  Among the topics will be the UAS Arabic Program.

Wednesday, April 25th, and Thursday, April 26th:

Week of April 22nd

  • Elementary Arts Alive Display – The Art Department and Teachers are pleased to announce that the elementary arts alive is officially on view!  Our KG2 – 5th Grade students have worked hard since the beginning of the year to create the many different artworks currently hanging in the front and back lobby.  Come and browse!!!

Due to the large number of students, only one artwork per student was chosen to be displayed. Parents are encouraged to collect the rest of their child’s art portfolio from the art room during Student Led Conferences.

  • ELEMENTARY BOOK FAIR April 22-25! Readers, start your engines! The spring elementary book fair, sponsored by Bookworm, will take place IN THE ELEMENTARY LIBRARY during school hours, Sunday through Wednesday, April 22-25 (no Thursday hours). Each homeroom teacher will bring students for a preview some time during the week, and students can also visit at any time their teacher allows. (Money envelopes will go home with students this Wednesday, April 18.) Please come by and check out the latest literary offerings, and remember: Readers Are Leaders!

Principal Coffee Held on Wednesday, April 18 Notes

The principal coffee held last Wednesday had 2 agenda items: (1) Parental Dialog about UAS’s Arabic Program; and (2)  Brief overview of UAS ES’s Student recognition Program Phase I.

UAS is committed to continual improvement with the goal to provide our students and families with a quality educational program.  UAS is in a process of examining its Arabic Language Program. Parents in attendance at the April ES Principal Coffee were asked to provide their thoughts on six questions with the purpose of the Arabic Language Program renewal.  Please read the parental insights, suggestions and comments from that meeting – Principal Coffee Forum Notes on Arabic Language Programming

The next Principal Coffee will be held on May 9th with the following topics: Home-School/Classroom Communication Needs; Cafeteria; Overview of learning Support Programs….See you all on May 9th at 8:00am in the ES Library!

Exhibition Corner

Students are diligently working on consolidating their research into a written report and taking action with their group.  As part of their action plans, groups are educating other students at UAS and asking for students to participate in a variety of initiatives. Please help your child participate as much as possible in order for our Grade 5 students to have successful action projects. Several Exhibition groups are collecting items as part of their action, such as picture books, canned food, pencils, and gently used clothes. If you have any of these and would like to donate to a good cause, please send them to school with your child or drop them off in the elementary office.

Have a great week!

UAS Elementary Administrative Team

Blog for week of April 15, 2018

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School,

Principal Coffee

The monthly Principal’s Coffee will be held this Wednesday, April 18th, from 8am to 9am in the ES Library.  The two topics for the meeting will be (1) Parental input into the 18-19 school year Arabic Program; (2) Review of the UAS Elementary School Student Reinforcement Program for 18-19 school year.

Ramadan Hours

Ramadan Hours for school will be 8am to 1pm for PreK through Grade 12. ES students will line-up on the playground to enter the building at 7:50am.

UAS Calendar on hold due to KHDA

Many families, as well as UAS staff members, have been seeking information on the UAS 2018-2019 School Calendar.  KHDA has not released to “calendar guidelines” to date, thus no formal calendar information exists. KHDA sets the calendar parameters for all schools within Dubai, which includes start dates, end dates, etc.  Once UAS have receives information, the 2018-19 UAS Calendar will be developed and communicated to all families.

UAS  Splash & Dash

The UAS Splash & Dash took place this morning. Some pictures and video from the event will be posted on our school Instagram account, follow on Instagram at uasdubai.

Student Led Conferences

Click HERE for information about Student Led Conferences.

Student Led Conferences 2017-2018

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to announce that student-led conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26, 2018. Our approach to teaching and learning is intended to support our school’s Primary Years Programme core values by empowering our students to be active participants in their education. It is important for students to think critically and reflect on their learning which helps them become self-directed learners. One of the ways UAS accomplishes this goal is through student-led conferences.  

Process to sign up for Student Led Conferences

Click here for directions for using Synergetic to login and schedule the time in your student’s homeroom class that best meets your needs. Please note that we will go live on Tuesday at 4:00 pm; there are times available throughout both days, with up to four places for each time period.

Student-Led Conferences: A Celebration of Learning at UAS!

UAS students put a lot of time and effort into getting ready to celebrate their learning with parents. A student-led conference involves the student and parent in a discussion centered on student achievement. In this format the student takes the lead in the conversation and talks about their learning.

Teachers are present in the room and will offer encouragement and/or clarification as needed. Please note, this is not a time for you to engage in an individual parent-teacher conference. The time is for your child to share their successes and goals in moving forward for the remainder of the school year. During your conference time, there will be other students sharing their learning with their parents as well.

All families are encouraged to visit the student’s specialist and support teachers on a drop-in basis as they are an integral part of each child’s education. You and your child are also encouraged to visit the Book Fair and to observe the Arts Alive display.

If you have additional time or are waiting for another conference, you are welcome to read in the library with your children or supervise them while they are playing on the playground. During conferences, staff will be monitoring the hallway so that siblings may sit in the hallway to wait. We encourage bringing something for the sibling to do while they wait, such as a book to read, a notebook for writing or drawing, etc.


UAS Elementary School Administration