Parental Input Form Link Updated

We apologize for the error on the link; it has been updated and should work now.

2018-2019 Class Rosters

It is that time of the year that the administrative team in partnership with classroom teachers begin the process of establishing class rosters for the upcoming school year.  As in the past, parental input concerning the learning needs of your child is welcome. Please access this link to a Google Form, Parental Input, to record your needs.  This form is in lieu of the “card” process that had been utilized the past few years.

Please be advised that specific teacher requests will not be honored.  Because there will be fewer homeroom sections at each grade level due to a lesser enrollment for next school year, student “friend” placement will be extremely difficult.  Thus, this item will not be on the Parental Input form (please note the counselors will have significant input into the placement process to ensure students will be socially and emotional successful).

2018-2019 class roster are expected to be posted during the week of August 27th.

Week of May 27

Hello Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School!

Ramadan Kareem!

2018-2019 Class Rosters

It is that time of the year that the administrative team in partnership with classroom teachers begin the process of establishing class rosters for the upcoming school year.  As in the past, parental input concerning the learning needs of your child is welcome. Please access this link to a Google Form, Parental Input, to record your needs.  This form is in lieu of the “card” process that had been utilized the past few years.

Please be advised that specific teacher requests will not be honored.  Because there will be fewer homeroom sections at each grade level due to a lesser enrollment for next school year, student “friend” placement will be extremely difficult.  Thus, this item will not be on the Parental Input form (please note the counselors will have significant input into the placement process to ensure students will be socially and emotional successful).

2018-2019 class roster are expected to be posted during the week of August 27th.

ELEMENTARY LIBRARY BOOKS DUE June 3-7

All library books checked out by from the Elementary Library (by students AND parents) are due back to the Elementary Library the week of June 3 so that the library staff can complete inventory and prepare the library for the summer. If a book is lost, we ask that you pay the cost of the book (to the library) before you or your student leaves school for the summer. Thank you for your support of the Elementary Library and for reading with your child all year long!  We appreciate your “business”!

Ms. Leslie, Ms. Rania, and Conejo

Attendance During Ramadan (rerun from last week)

Even though UAS would like all students to remain in school until the last day of school, June 28; we do understand that family circumstances may arise during this time.  School will run as “normal” through June 27th with classroom celebrations and goodbyes slated for the ½ day on June 28th.

If a family chooses to leave early, the student will not be penalized for absences regarding grade promotion.  Though the Progress Report for Trimester 3 may reflect missed assignments, missed assessments, missed classwork, etc.  Please keep both the ES office and homeroom teacher apprised of any change in your child’s school attendance during Ramadan.

MAP Testing Continues and Concludes This Week

Just an update that the first week of MAP testing is complete….students have done quite well!  Thank you parents for your assistance in readying your child for the MAP!

This information is utilized in a variety of manners:

  • The MAP information is utilized by the next year’s teacher to establish academic goals for the beginning of the school year.
  • The assessment provides the school with feedback as to individual student’s performance and potential academic interventions that may be appropriate.
  • A review of the assessment data by grade level teams and school-wide faculty assist UAS in reflecting on its successes and needs for curriculum improvement.
  • This data is utilized in UAS’s KHDA Self Study that provides our school with its KHDA school rating.

We ask that families talk with their child about the upcoming MAP test and promote their child to perform at their best for the assessment.

Grade 2 Musical Class Performance

Grade 2 conducted its musical performance last week…the children were magnificent!  The songs, musical instruments and choreography were fun to see….Great work Ms Worling, Grade 2 Teachers and, most importantly the stars, Grade 2 students!

UAS is a great place to be!!!

 

David and David

Week of May 20, 2018

Dear Families of UAS Elementary School Students;

Ramadan Kareem!  The UAS ES staff wish you and your family the best during Ramadan.

Attendance During Ramadan

Even though UAS would like all students to remain in school until the last day of school, June 28; we do understand that family circumstances may arise during this time.  School will run as “normal” through June 27th with classroom celebrations and goodbyes slated for the ½ day on June 28th.

If a family chooses to leave early, the student will not be penalized for absences regarding grade promotion.  Though the Progress Report for Trimester 3 may reflect missed assignments, missed assessments, missed classwork, etc.  Please keep both the ES office and homeroom teacher apprised of any change in your child’s school attendance during Ramadan.

Giving to Others during Ramadan….from a UAS ES Parent

We were very happy to learn that Dubai Festival City/AFGRE has taken the initiative to place 2 Ramadan Fridges in the DFC area, one of which is right outside of Spinneys at Al Areesh. The Ramadan Fridges initiative in Dubai is a great community building project that has been extremely successful over the past few years in helping to provide food and drinks to those who could use it, and AFGRE has reached out to UAS to see if he school community could be involved in this by helping to keep the fridges stay full.

The basic food needs are packaged food, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and drinks that can be placed within the Fridges, please no cooked foods.

Several UAS ES teachers have already expressed interest for their class to participate within this service project.

Grade 2 Concert

Grade 2 under the direction of Ms Heather Worling will conduct a musical performance this Thursday, May 24 at 8:15 am in the MPH.

Spring MAP Testing Begins This Week!!

This week Tuesday begins the spring MAP assessment which will last for two week for grades KG2 through grade 5.  This is a very important assessment as it measures the progress of our students within reading, language arts and math from the fall through the spring of this school year.  This information is utilized in a variety of manners:

  • The MAP information is utilized by the next year’s teacher to establish academic goals for the beginning of the school year.
  • The assessment provides the school with feedback as to individual student’s performance and potential academic interventions that may be appropriate.
  • A review of the assessment data by grade level teams and school-wide faculty assist UAS in reflecting on its successes and needs for curriculum improvement.
  • This data is utilized in UAS’s KHDA Self Study that provides our school with its KHDA school rating.

We ask that families talk with their child about the upcoming MAP test and promote their child to perform at their best for the assessment.

Have a great week!

 

David and David

Week of May 14, 2018

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School!

The Ramadan Schedule will go into effect once the Ramadan timing is formalized.  An email will be sent to all UAS families to confirm the start of the Ramadan School Schedule.  A reminder that the school day will be 8:00 am to 1:00 pm for all UAS students (PreK-G12). At the ES division students will be escorted from the ES playground to their homeroom at 7:50 am every morning.

Thank you all for your support!  Last school week had several culminating activities that demonstrated the active engagement students possess within their learning at UAS.

  • PYP Grade 5 Exhibition – Grade 5 students demonstrated their personal knowledge, passion and accountable “action”.  After each group presented earlier in the week to the public at Festival City Mall, the individual group members debriefed their learning “takeaways” with two school faculty members.  What an amazing experience for both the students and faculty!
  • Grade 4 conducted the end of PYP Unit of Inquiry with students presenting a “Living Museum” of their historical person of choice.  The students conveyed the biographical and historical information with the passion and perspective as if they were that person.  The student work was outstanding!
  • ES Annual Spelling Bee took place on Thursday…the competition was exhilarating!
    • Ms. Fox, Spelling Bee Coordinator, congratulates all the participants and finalists who ALL did an amazing job! The Spelling Bee winners were:
      • Grade 3 Winner: Ibrahim Elias 3GK
      • Grade 3 Second Place: Rayyan Dawood 3GK
      • Grade 4 Winner: Khalid Alzaml 4AJ
      • Grade 4 Second Place: Ali Al Shouli 4AT
      • Grade 5 Winner:  Mariska Nettikaden 5SS
      • Grade 5 Second Place: Aya Fadlallah 5EY
      • Overall Winner: Mariska Nettikaden….Congratulations!  And the winning word was HALLUCINATIONS!!

Overview of Principal Coffee held on Wednesday, May 9th

  • Ms Barbara Dorn, UAS SEND Coordinator, gave an overview if the school’s student support programs, individual student support process and the status of UAS’s Gifted Talented Program development.
  • David Jones, Assistant Principal, held a dialog regarding student eating habits at lunchtime within the cafeteria.  David presented pictures of current student choices for lunch which generated much discussion of nutritional needs of our children.  David will continue this discussion with parents in the coming future.
  • Parents in attendance held a dialog concerning Home-School Parent Communication Needs.  Parents gave their ideas on platforms for communication, frequency of communication and types of information desired. This information will be incorporated into next year’s procedures for Home-School communication.  
    • The types of information requested were the following:
      • Unified information amongst all ES teachers
      • More specific details of classroom curriculum, student work/expectations on a weekly basis
      • Post pictures of work completed in class
      • More postings from special classes (art, music, and PE), Arabic and Islamic Studies

On behalf of the UAS ES staff, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work with your child…as one can tell, your child is actively engaged within their education at UAS!

David Dorn and David Jones

Week of May 6 – Grade 5 Exhibition Week and ES Principal Coffee this week

Hello Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School!

A special thanks you to both the High School Emirati Club and the “Moms” of UAS Elementary School for organizing and conducting a cultural celebration on May 1st for Hag Al Laila.  The entire division enjoyed the day of celebratory dress, receiving treats, the cultural awareness tents and the grade 3 parade! A thank you to all the families who supported this celebration with your donations of candy….your generosity was much appreciated.

This week is a busy week at UAS, please review the following updates:

 

Message from PTSO

The PTSO is organizing a luncheon for our teachers to show our appreciation for their hard work with our kids throughout the year.  This luncheon will be held on Wednesday May 9th, 2018 at school.

Any contribution you can make would be highly appreciated!  You can contribute to this event by providing any of your amazing delicious speciality dishes, whether an appetizer, main dish, dessert or drinks for sharing.  We would also like to ask that if any of the dishes contain nuts, that it be clearly labeled as such.

Please drop off any of these contributions at the school reception area on Wednesday May 9th before 10:00 am.  Appreciating your help in this event where we hope to come together again as the strong community that we have proven ourselves to be!!

For confirmation or more information, please contact us ptso@uasdubai.ae

Areej Hanandeh, PTSO President

 

From Ms Terry Papov, UAS Aquatics Director

Congratulations to all the elementary swimmers who participated at the MEUC swim meet this past weekend at Hamdan Centre.  There were over 800 swimmers at this event. For many of our young swimmers this was their first time swimming 50m events.

The U8 swimmers were amazing.  Sergey Egorov made the finals in the competitive division for 50m Backstroke, 100m Free, and 50m Free.  This is an incredible feat. Sergey is only 7 and competed against others a year older than himself. Serena Abushakra won a bronze medal in the competitive U8 division for 100M Breaststroke.  100M is a big distance for an 8 year old. Fantastic job Serena. Umme Aiman Bootwala won a silver medal in the development division for her 50M Backstroke. She also made the finals in the U8 50M fly and placed 9th.  Rayyan Dawood, a new swimmer to the team this year, won a bronze medal in the development division for 50M Breaststroke.  James Wagstaff, also only 7 years old, also performed well in the U8 division. James made the final in the 50M Breaststroke in the development division and placed 7th.

The competition was really tough in the U10 division.  Amelia DeCardy-Torris made the finals in 50M fly and the 50M Back where she place 7th.  Zimu Wang made the finals in U10 competitive 50M breaststroke where he placed 8th overall.

All the elementary swimmers posted “best times” in at least one of their events.   Good job everyone. Just a reminder that our year end swim party will be held next Thursday May 10th from 3:15 – 4:30.   We will swim from 3:15-4pm then move to the cafeteria for pizza.

 

Parent Workshops by UAS Early Years Faculty

The UAS Early Years Program will be conducting parent workshops for Pre K and KG1 parents beginning this week.  The workshop content has been developed based upon information concerning your child’s development, academic skill acquisition, and home school partnerships.

The first workshop is for PreK parents on Sunday, May 6th from 7:30-9:00 am in the ES library and the second workshop is for KG1 parents on Tuesday, May 15th from 7:30-9:00 am in room 300.

Please save the date and join these informative sessions. For more information contact Crystal Hanna at channa@uasdubai.ae

 

Principal Coffee

The Final ES Principal’s Coffee will be held on Wednesday, May 9th from 8-9am in the ES Library.  Topics will be:

  • Home-School Communication – What do parents want and need from the school and/or teacher?
  • Ms Barbara Dorn will present an overview of student supportive services including progress on the development of a Gifted-Talented Program.
  • Cafeteria – What should our children be eating at lunch?

 

Spelling Bee

UAS Elementary Division will hold its annual Spelling Bee grade level competition this week on Thursday, May 10th in the ES Library…All spectators are welcome!

 

No School on Sunday, May 13, 2018

There will be No School for all students on Sunday, May 13th.  This is a calendared 3 day weekend for staff and families alike.

 

Exhibition Corner

It’s finally here! Please note the schedule for this week’s events:

 

Sunday, May 6

    Exhibition Evening – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Dubai Festival City Mall – Kid’s Zone

    Parents, families, and the UAS community are invited to attend

 

Monday, May 7

    Exhibition Day – 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

    Dubai Festival City Mall – Kid’s Zone

    All are invited to attend

 

Tuesday, May 8

    Exhibition Reflection Day

    (regular school day for G5 students)

 

Wednesday, May 9 & Thursday, May 10

    Exhibition Individual Interviews

Please note the change:

These two days will be regular school days for G5 students.  Students will attend their Exhibition Interview at their scheduled time while having general classwork throughout the remainder of the day.