It’s been a busy two weeks!

Weekly Chat

The students have only been in school two weeks but they have gotten so much accomplished.  The teachers have been busy teaching them daily routines and assessing their ability levels. We have already started to plan how we can differentiate instruction to meet all students’ needs.  Thus far, we’ve had two student assemblies and one parent meeting.  This week is going to be exciting because we are hosting our Back to School Night and all parents are invited.

A Culture of Excellence

Each week, I will highlight one way our school exhibits a culture of excellence.  I define this as finding ways for students to achieve their personal best.  This week, I would like to feature an article I recently read.  It cites a study recently conducted which found that greeting students at the door sets a positive tone and can increase engagement and reduce disruptive behavior.  I have challenged all the teachers to take time to greet students when they first walk in the classroom with a smile and a positive attitude.  We want students to know they are loved and cared for by all of our staff.  For further reading, you can access the article at



Dear Families of UAS Elementary Students,

On Wednesday, September 19, the elementary school will host a Back to School event for all families of our Elementary students.

At the end of August, the elementary school held a Parent Meeting hosted by the ES Leadership Team. At that meeting the leadership team was introduced, the goals for the year were reviewed, various ES procedures were reviewed with families and a question/answer period was held as well.

For the Back to School event, the intended purpose is for families to meet their child’s classroom teachers, receive an overview of the classroom goals for this school year and to provide an opportunity for teacher-family interactions to enhance the school-family relationship. This night is not intended for individual teacher-parent conversation about a student, rather an overview of the class program and the opportunity to get to know each other. If you would like to speak with the teacher specifically about your child, please feel free to schedule an appointment with the teacher for a different date.


Families may choose to attend the following sessions on Wednesday, September 19. Session 4 will be a repeat of previously held sessions for those parents who might not have been able to attend the first sessions or have students in multiple classes or grade levels:


1:00 to 1:45 pm-PreK and KG1 only


3:45 to 4:30 pm-KG2 – Grade 5, Arabic A, Arabic B, Islamic


3-4:30 to 5:15 pm-Mix & Mingle in Elementary School Library

(refreshments will be served)

– Dr. Chattman (ES Principal), Mr. Jones (ES Assistant Principal), and teachers will be available for conversation
– Specialists Teachers (Art, Music, PE, Counselors, Librarian, English Language Learners (ELL), and Learning Support will have informational tables
– ASA providers will have informational tables

KG2 – Grade 5, Arabic A, Arabic B, Islamic


5:15 to 6:00 pm-PreK – Grade 5, Arabic A, Arabic B, Islamic


Based on feedback from last year, we are pleased to announce that we will offer childcare for students during these sessions. Ms. Sambola (IB PYP Coordinator) and Ms. Fox (Early Years Coordinator) will coordinate the child care for this event.  If you need child care during the event, it is important you fill out the attached form here:

Child care will be available as follows:

PreK & KG1

– Option A

12:45 – 1:45
Cost: Free

– Option B

12:45 – 1:45 and 3:10 – 4:30 pm
Note: no childcare is available from 1:45 – 3:40 pm
Cost: Free

Option C

– 12:45 – 1:45 and 3:10 – beyond 4:30 pm

Pizza, juice, and a treat will be provided between 4:45 – 5:15 pm
Note: no childcare is available from 1:45 – 3:40 pm
Cost: 20 AED

KG2 – Grade 5
Option A
3:10 – 4:30 pm
Cost: free

Option B
3:10 – beyond 4:30 pm
Pizza, juice, and a treat will be provided between 4:45 – 5:15 pm
Cost: 20 AED

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Elementary School Administration

Junior Scorpions Soccer

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a great first two weeks of school so far and that everyone is enjoying their classes.  Starting the week of September 23rd, we will once again be starting up our Junior Scorpions soccer program for grades 4, 5, and 6.

Junior Scorpions is a developmental program offered by UAS which gives students the opportunity to participate and learn the fundamental skills of soccer in a fun and safe learning environment while also staying fit.  Any student is free to join no matter their experience or skill level.  This program takes place after school on the field at UAS.

Our program is part of the JEAC conference which includes other international schools in the UAE.  The focus of JEAC is to reinforce the value of sportsmanship, respect, teamwork and self-discipline through healthy and fair competition.  During competitions against other schools all students will receive equal playing time and scores will not be kept.  The emphasis we put on this program is learning and fun.

This year we are going to have students purchase a Junior Scorpions uniform that includes a top, shorts, and a water bottle.  The uniform is required and can be purchased from the school store for 120AED.  The same uniform will be used for all sports (soccer, track and field, basketball) and will only need to be purchased once even if the child participates in all three.  These uniforms can be used the following school year as well, as long as they still fit.

If you would like to register your child for the Junior Scorpions soccer program please click the link below and fill out the google form.

Junior Scorpion Soccer Registration Form

You must also submit these three forms for your child before they are able to participate.  Once these are handed in your child will be covered for the entire school year.

Medical Release

Insurance Form

UAS Athletic Participation Form

This year, there will be no weekday single games.  Instead, each team will have two jamborees, one midseason and one at the end of the season.  Here are the practice schedules and Jamboree schedules for each grade:

Grade 4 Boys

Practice: Mondays and Thursdays (3:20pm – 4:30pm)

Jamborees: Wednesday, Oct. 17th at ASD (4:00pm) and Saturday, Nov. 10th at ACS Abu Dhabi (9:00am)

Grade 5 Boys

Practice: Sundays and Wednesdays (3:20pm – 4:30pm)

Jamborees: Wednesday, Oct. 17th at Dunecrest (4:00pm) and Saturday, Nov. 10th at Dunecrest (9:00am)

Grade 6 Boys

Practice: Sundays and Wednesdays (3:20pm – 4:30pm)

Jamborees: Wednesday, Oct. 17th at UAS (4:00pm) and Saturday, Nov. 3rd at DAA

Grade 4, 5, and 6 Girls

Practice: Mondays and Thursdays (3:20pm – 4:30pm)

Jamborees: Wednesday, Oct. 17th at DAA and Saturday, Nov. 3rd at ASD

We hope to see many students signed up by the week of September 23rd.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact to me.

Thank you,

Rob Calandra

K-12 Athletic Director

Weekly Calendar

September 17-PTSO Morning Coffee-7:45-8:45am MS Library

September 18-Early Release Tuesday-2PM

September 19-Elementary Back to School Event



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