Week of June 10-14, 2018

Hello UAS Elementary School Families!

We at UAS hope all is well with your families.  The Ramadan schedule appears to be work and we are gathering data to better inform for a start time for next year’s Ramadan schedule.  Thank you to all families for their support during this celebratory time.

A special thank you to our PreK and KG2 faculty, students and parents…what wonderful celebrations that truly honored both students and parents…well done by all!

A few announcements for the upcoming weeks:

  • There will be no early dismissal Tuesdays after Ramadan.  After Ramadan school will dismiss at normal times.
  • If you are moving to a new school for the 18-19 school year, our counselors and/or teachers will assist in Confidential School Reports.  Once the forms have been completed, UAS Registrar mails that form to the applicant school per UAS guidelines.
  • A reminder that if you are returning to UAS next school year and wish to utilize UAS transportation, please contact the UAS Transportation Department as soon as possible.
  • Grade 5 Celebration for their transition to Middle School will occur on Wednesday, June 13th beginning at 8:15 in the MPH.
  • Please view this YouTube website to view a great video of UAS, our students and our faculty.  You will see the best that UAS has to offer, our students! The link is Youtu.be/jxpVWU6f3RM

 

Ramadan Kareem

David Dorn and David Jones

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.

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.

UAS PYP EXHIBITION

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.