Weekly Chat

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend our parent coffee last week.  You can access our presentation here.  We had a great conversation regarding personalized learning.  We even had parents compare and contrast a traditional classroom lesson to a personalized learning lesson.  We are committed to providing instruction that meets the needs of all students.  A personalized learning approach will allow us to do so.  We have begun this journey to personalized learning through intervention and enrichment groups.  Each elementary student participates in these groups at least three time per week.  They work with other students with similar abilities in a small group and focus on specific skills either providing enrichment or intervention strategies.  At UAS Elementary, we take an “all hands on deck” approach to educating students.  During these groups, multiple teachers work with the small groups to lower the student/teacher ratio .  This provides more intensive instruction to each student.  We are very excited about where we are headed with personalized learning and will continue to share information with parents as our programs continue to change.

Announcements

Calendar of Events

Monday, Nov.19  Day A

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Day B, Early Release Tuesday

Wednesday, Nov. 21 Day C, PTSO Thanksgiving feast

 

Weekly Chat

You may remember I define “culture of excellence” as finding ways for students to achieve their personal best.  One way that we have focused on this in the last couple of months is restructuring our Arabic department.  I sent out some information last week but I have outlined the program in more detail here.

 

Announcements

In our November Elementary Principal’s Coffee Morning we will discuss how the UAS Elementary School is using student data to inform instruction. Students take several assessments throughout the year and each one gives teachers valuable information that can be used to personalize learning for your child. During this session we will provide an overview of the assessments (such as MAP, Fountas & Pinnell reading assessment, etc.) and how each is used by teachers to support your child’s learning.  Please come at 8AM this Tuesday, November 13th, in elementary library on level 2.

The parent-teacher booking system is now open on Synergetic. Conferences will take place on Wednesday Nov 14 and Thursday Nov 15 (8:00am-4:00pm). When you login to your portal page here you will see where to click to access the booking system. If you are having technical problems please contact portalsupport@uasdubai.ae

The booking system will close on Sunday Nov 11 at 4:00pm. Once you have made your bookings, please print a copy of your appointments and bring it with you to the conferences.

Also remember that teachers are located in rooms on different floors and in the MPH. When making your bookings, you should keep in mind the room allocations so that you do not need to change floors between each appointment. Rooms beginning with a 1 are on the ground floor. Rooms beginning with a 2 are on the middle floor and rooms beginning with a 3 are on the top floor. Rooms in the MPH will begin with an M followed by a number. Parents who have children in the High, Middle and Elementary should also be mindful of clashes between appointment times.

Please click here for instructions on how to book your appointments.

 

 

Beginning on Monday, Nov. 19th, UAS will be starting practice for our Junior Scorpions Track and Field team.  Like all of our Junior Scorpion programs, the team is free to sign up and all student are welcome to join, as long as they are in grades 4, 5, or 6.  During this program students will learn all of the rules and skills associated with track and field. They will also receive a tremendous amount of fitness in a fun and safe environment.

This program will last 7 weeks and during those 7 weeks there will be practice every Monday and Wednesday from 3:20pm – 4:30pm.  In these 7 weeks the students will also be able to participate in two Jamborees. One will be Wednesday, Dec. 5th at ASD and the second will be Saturday, Jan. 26th also at ASD.

During the jamborees the Junior Scorpion kit must be worn.  If the kit was not already purchased for Junior Scorpions soccer, then it can be purchased at the school store for AED 126, including tax.  The kit comes with a shirt and shorts.

This year we have four coaches for the program.  They are Asha Burton (HS PE), Nick Boucher (MS Learning Support), Briana Thomas (7th Grade Social Studies and English), and Darlene Tezdiker (Substitute Teacher).

Please register your student by using the google form below.

JR Scorpions Track and Field Registration

Please know that Semester 1 tuition should be paid in full by now, as well as any outstanding debts from last year.  Any Middle or High School parent who remains in arrears as of Monday, November 12th will not have access to their child’s reports.  We will also have to restrict student access to our web-based learning platforms including Google Classroom and Class Dojo. We absolutely hate having to disrupt any of our children’s learning.  Please help us continue to support your child by reconciling any unpaid tuition this week.

For families who need to spread tuition payments, I strongly urge you to take advantage of the benefits of the Al-Futtaim Credit Card.  Tuition can be paid in 12 monthly installments, there is no interest for 1 year and you get 5% cash back. It’s a great deal that can make paying your tuition much more manageable.

Congratulations to our elementary swim team!  They did an amazing job at their swim meet this weekend!

Calendar of Events

Sunday, Nov. 11th

  • Day A

Monday, Nov. 12th

  • Day B

Tuesday, Nov. 13th

  • Day C
  • Diabetes Awareness Month-wear blue and dress down day
  • ES Coffee morning 8AM
  • Early Release Tuesday 2PM

Wednesday, Nov. 14th

  • Parent Teacher Conferences-no school for students
  • Director’s Coffee 4:00-5:00pm

Thursday, Nov. 15th

  • Parent Teacher Conferences-no school for students
  • Director’s Coffee 8:00-9:00am

Sunday, Nov. 18th

  • Prophet’s Birthday-no school for students and staff

 

Weekly Chat

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