Sports Day and MS Cookie Sale Fundraiser – updated with Book Week information

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School,

What a great week we had last week!

  • Students participated in a dress-down day to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year; this was also a way to connect to current and previous learning.
  • Grade 4 and Grade 5 students went to EcoVenture camp and had a fantastic time! All students made it home with stories to tell to their families who were anxiously awaiting their return.
  • Grade 3 performed for their families and peers on Monday and did a wonderful job showing us “Where the Wild Things Are!”

This upcoming week is sure to be busy as well, and of course will be packed with fun.

  • ES Sports Day is this week!
    • Students will be asked to wear a certain color for their class to show their team spirit as they perform sports-type activities.
    • KG2 and Grade 1 will participate on Tuesday, February 20 at 9:00-10:45 on the field.
    • Grade 2 and Grade 3 will participate on Wednesday, February 21 at 9:00-10:45, and again at 12:35-2:45 on the field.
    • Grade 4 and Grade 4 will participate on Thursday, February 22 at 9:00-10:45, and again at 12:35-2:45 on the field.
    • Parents are welcome to come support your students as they have fun.
  • The Middle School Student Council is having their 6th annual Cookie Sale fundraiser for the UAE Make-A-Wish Foundation this Thursday, February 22.
    • Students can buy a cookie and then decorate it and eat it after their lunch time on Thursday.
    • Each cookie costs 5 dhs, students can buy up to two cookies at a time.
    • All profits go to local children with terminal illnesses and help make a wish come true for them.

Coming Soon!

  • International Day Saturday, March 3 – you will want to be there!
  • Book week March 4-8
    • T-shirts (designed by Grade 8 student) will be for purchase via pre-order form for 28 dhs
      • The t-shirt will be displayed in the library, and are same size as the PE t-shirts
    • Authors will be visiting throughout the week, please see teacher blogs for more information
    • Sunday, March 4 – Wordy t-shirt dress-down day
      • Students may wear t-shirts with words on it.
      • The words/phrases may be in any language but must be appropriate for school.
    • Thursday, March 8 at 8:00 – Book Character Parade Day
      • Parents are welcome to come to watch the parade (same parade route as Halloween Parade)

Have a great week!

David Dorn and David Jones

 

More Amazing Results From Our Elementary Swimmers!

Last Monday Feb 12th UAS competed against DAA in a dual swim meet.  We had many successful swimmers.   

In the 8 and under division:

  • Umme Aiman Bootwala came 1st in Freestyle, 2nd in backstroke, and 3rd in both breaststroke and fly.
  • Serena Abushakra came 1st in breaststroke and fly, 2nd in freestyle, and 3rd in backstroke.
  • Noura Furman placed 3rd in freestyle
  • Sergey (Phelps) Egorov placed 1st in all his events; freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and fly.
  • James Wagstaff placed 3rd in freestyle.

In the 10 and under division:

  • Amelia DeCardy-Torris placed 1st in Freestyle and Butterfly, 2nd in backstroke, and 3rd in breaststroke.
  • Aliza Furman placed 3rd in freestyle
  • Arina Sdobnova placed 3rd in backstroke
  • Peter Zou placed 3rd in backstroke
  • Zimu Wang placed 1st in Breaststroke and 3rd in butterfly.

In the 12 and under division:

  • Alice Borrero Schulle placed 2nd in freestyle and backstroke, and 3rd in breaststroke.
  • Hyejin Jegal placed 1st in breaststroke and 2nd in butterfly.

New to competition were  Zihan Lei, Jodi Hassanein and Maria Mangawang.  All three of these swimmers placed in the top 10 of their freestyle event.   

We are now looking forward to the swim meet here at UAS on Thursday March 15th.

Blog for Week of February 12, 2018

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School,

We had a busy and fun week this past week! We’re so proud of our students and the growth that we see in them. Thank you for supporting your students, and for supporting UAS to be the best that we can be.

Last week students participated in multiple activities, including:

  • Islamic Field Trips for Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5
  • Sports Day for PK and KG1
  • Grade 3 students participated in Dress Rehearsal for their Musical on Monday morning

This week has already started great! We had a day off of school yesterday (Professional Development for teachers and staff), and this morning Grade 3 students put on a wonderful performance in the MPH!

The remainder of this week will be exciting as well!

  • Grade 4 and 5 students go to EcoVenture Camp this week.
  • Wednesday, February 14 will be a dress-down day for students to participate in different celebrations taking place this week. Students can wear red, pink, or white in recognition of Valentine’s Day, or students can wear red or yellow in celebration of Chinese New year. Students have recently learned about these celebrations and more, and/or will learn more about those celebrations this week.

Thank you!

David Dorn and David Jones

From our fantastic PTSO, “UAS Gives Back” Fundraiser:

Last week was WRAD!

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School,

We had another great week culminating in World Read Aloud Day – students will tell you that it was WRAD! An announcement was made at 8:15 for everyone to ‘drop everything and read.’ Students enjoyed reading with their teachers and some guest readers who came to read with them throughout the day.

Posh Paws came to visit with students in Early Years. Many students were able to see and interact with several types of animals – a great experience for all!

MAP testing is nearly completed. At this Tuesday’s Early Release day teachers will begin using this data along with other data to help make decisions about how to best support our students in their learning.

A few reminders:

  • To help with student transitions and minimize possible distractions, please:
    • Drop your students off at the playground area in the morning by 7:40 so they can walk with their peers to class. If students aren’t with their class when the anthem plays, they need to report to the Attendance office to get a blue late slip.
    • Avoid going to the classroom in the morning so students can get started right away. If you need to inform the teacher of something, please inform the Elementary office, and we will inform the teacher.
    • In order to best facilitate afternoon pick up, please adhere to the following times per grade level. This will help both with traffic and the number of people in the hallways.
      • KG2 students are released at 3:00.
      • Grade 1 parents please wait until 3:10 to pick up your student.
      • Other grade levels, please wait until your student comes to you.
      • Additionally, we are asking that students not play sports while waiting to be taken home.
  • Attendance concerns:
    • Please follow Dr. Amna’s advice – keep your child at home if they’re sick, and notify school of the reason for their absence.
    • You may receive communication from us regarding your student’s attendance in the form of automatic letters, phone calls, or requested meetings, depending on the number of absences. Please contact djones@uasdubai.ae with any questions.
  • No school on February 11, 2018 and no school on February 25, 2018 – both are for Teacher Professional Development.
    • This also means that there will be no ASAs and no Interactive Reading groups those days.

Let’s have a great week!

David Dorn and David Jones

Week of January 28, 2018

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School!

This week grades 3-5 began a new lunch schedule.  This new schedule allows students to eat first in a less crowded cafeteria environment and go to recess after eating.  In addition after recommendation from the UAS Elementary School Student Aspirations/Student Voice Group, students in grades 4 and 5 have “Open Seating”; they no longer to have to sit within their homeroom, rather they have choice within their seating arrangement with friends.  After the change in schedule, Mr. Jones and I have noted more active student participation during the lunch recess than before; it appears that eating first has provided the students with much more energy in which to have fun!

Another action of the Student Aspiration Group was to establish a “Co-Ed” Football area during recess.  The decision was in response to a letter received from several female elementary students who desired to play, learn to play or enhance their skills within the game of “football”.  Since its designation, each day more and more students are playing together on this court…it is really fun to watch!!

This is why UAS ES is such a great place to be…our students!!!!

The March Principal Coffee will have a session devoted to parental feedback and input into the specialist schedule for the 18-19 school year.  The school has received much feedback, both positive and constructive, regarding this year’s specialist schedule.  As part of the development process, the administration and schedule committee will receive input from parents, students and faculty in order to create the “best fit” solution to meet the academic needs of our school.  This year’s schedule met the needs established by the faculty last spring: (1) designated and productive collaboration time without the use of substitute teachers; (2) less student transition times, thus more focused academic behavior; (3) a drop in discipline referral, especially during the academic day; (4) better connection for planning and communications with specialist teachers.  In addition, the schedule met parental needs of limiting the use of substitutes/teacher out of class time for teacher meetings.

Please read the following information from ES Counselors Ms. Jen and Mr. Fields:

Learning about personal safety is an important part of your child’s development. In February, children in grades KG2-5 will learn about stranger safety during their monthly classroom counseling lesson. During the lesson, students will view and discuss the video, The Safe Side – Stranger Safety: Hot Tips To Keep Cool Kids Safe.

In the video students will learn some vocabulary about strangers:

  • Safe Side Adults” – these are usually the child’s parents and any other adult you, as the parent, know and trust for your child to go with (e.g. driver, nanny, friend’s parent etc.)
  • An adult who is unknown to your child is a “Don’t Know” and they should never talk to or go with that person unless they are with their “Safe Side Adult.”
  • A “Kind of Know” is an adult they don’t know well, such as a coach or an adult from the school that isn’t their teacher. Children should only go with a “Kind of Know” when given permission from their “Safe Side Adult.”

From Terry Popov, UAS Aquatics Director:

CONGRATULATIONS ELEMENTARY SWIMMERS!!

On Monday Jan 22nd the UAS elementary swim team competed at ASD.   This was the first competition for grades 4 and 5 and the second for grades 1-3.  For many students this was their first competition ever.

A special congratulations to the following swimmers who placed in the top 10 of their event:

  • Rosa Hanna Al-Shaikh came 2nd in U8 backstroke and 4th in U8 freestyle.
  • Sergey Egorov came 3rd in U8 backstroke and 3rd in U8 freestyle.
  • Amelia DeCardy-Torris came 2nd in both U10 backstroke and freestyle.  Amelia’s time for 50m freestyle was an amazing 39.50.
  • Hyejin Jegal placed first in the U12 girls 50m freestyle.
  • Arina Sdobnova placed 4th in U10 backstroke and 10th in freestyle.  
  • Alice Borrero Schulle placed 5th in U10 backstroke and 4th in freestyle.
  • Sophia Kalaff, who was swimming in a higher age division, placed 6th in U10 backstroke.
  • Aliza Furman placed 7th in U10 50m freestyle.   This was Aliza’s first meet.
  • Umme Bootwala placed 7th in both U8 backstroke and freestyle.
  • Serena Abushakra placed 9th in U8 freestyle.
  • Rehan Ahmad placed 6th in U8 backstroke and 9th in freestyle.
  • Peter Zou placed 9th in U10 backstroke.
  • Jean Colliers placed 8th in U10 freestyle.

40 UAS swimmers took part in this meet.   We are looking forward to our next meet in February.  

From Dr. Amna, UAS School Physician:

Dear Parents,

To prevent spread of infections in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if they are not feeling well and notify the school on the first day of their absence.

Please keep your child at home and seek medical advice if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees and your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been fever free, for a minimum of 24 hours)
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough and sore throat
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches

By keeping your child home when they are sick, you will help prevent others from catching their illness.

To help prevent the flu and other colds, please teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or the inside of your elbow, not your hand.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home or work, especially when someone is ill.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours.  A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours.  A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 24 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school.   Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school.  Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

For further information on flu and other viral illnesses please refer to www.cdc.gov or contact school clinic team.

Sincerely,

Dr. Amna Ahmed Butt

School Physician

Tel: 04 2326252 E: abutt@uasdubai.ae

Universal American School

 

Blog for Week of January 14, 2018

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School,

What a week!  UAS had its annual KHDA Inspection and all went very well.  The Inspection Team thoroughly enjoyed their visit and in-depth look into UAS’s educational programs.  The Inspection Team’s feedback was very complimentary of our teaching staff, our curricular programs, our student progress towards academic attainment and school safety.  The most important take-away was the sense of “Community” that parents, students and staff felt exemplified UAS as indicated through interviews and surveys.  This sense of Community is key for a positive learning environment for our children!

This week will be an additional inspection week facilitated by our accreditation bodies of International Baccalaureate (IBDP and PYP), Middle States Association and Council of International Schools.  The informational feedback gained from these groups will reinforce UAS programmatic strengths and provide a guideline for continuous program improvement as well.

An important meeting for parents in Grades 4 and 5 will take place on Tuesday at 7:45 am in room 300.  This will be the second meeting with Eco Adventure to discuss the upcoming grade 4 and Grade 5 Camp experiences scheduled for February.  At this meeting the camp experience will be reviewed including educational activities, sleeping arrangements, teacher chaperones/supervision and address any parental questions.

Junior Scorpions Track and Field Information

This is just a quick note to remind all students in Grade 4, 5, and 6 who have signed up for Junior Scorpions Track and Field that practices have resumed and are being held at their regular scheduled times (Sundays & Wednesdays 3:15 pm-4:15 pm). Also, ASA buses will be back up and running starting on Sunday January 14th.

Finally, if you are a Jr. Scorpion Track and Field Athlete and you wish to participate in the upcoming Meet at ASD on January 15th, please be sure to have your parents sign up using the link below.

Register Here for ASD Meet-January 15th

If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to contact Mr. Trottier (ktrottier@uasdubai.ae)

ASAs Begin Sunday, January 14th

Second Term ASAs being this Sunday!  Throughout the week, Homeroom Teachers will inform students of the ASA day/time as a reminder for their students.  In addition they will share the post ASA transport information as well.  For questions and/or information, please contact Sarah Ghanem, UAS ASA Coordinator (SGhanem@uasdubai.ae).

Welcome back! Happy New Year!

Welcome Back Students, Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School!

Happy New Year!!!  We hope your winter break was fun, family oriented and restful.

This week will be the Annual KHDA Inspection.  UAS will showcase its academic growth, quality teaching and engaged student learning!  Next week will be UAS’s accreditation visit by International Baccalaureate, Middle States Association and CIS; these visits provide UAS another avenue to showcase its school’s programs, students, faculty, and community.  The two weeks will be quite busy, though the feedback from the visits will benefit our school’s continual progressive development.

We are asking for your support and assistance with student dress code.  Over the last few weeks of the school year, we have noted a drop in student compliance with dress code expectations (not the Dress Down days).  Please review the excerpt below with your child.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Welcome back and Happy New year…this will be a great year at UAS!

 

David Dorn and  David Jones

 

Excerpt from UAS Elementary School Handbook:

UAS students wear a school uniform to be in line with our school’s core values of respect, responsibility and excellence. As a school located in the United Arab Emirates, our UAS uniform is designed to respect our host country’s culture.  The UAS uniform promotes respect and responsibility for self and our school community.

The UAS student uniform consists of navy blue trousers or full length skirts, 1 piece dress, (elementary students may also wear UAS shorts) and a white polo shirt or navy blue sweatshirt with the UAS logo. The physical education uniform consists of blue UAS shorts and a white UAS T-shirt.  For elementary students, the P.E. uniform may be worn all day on the days on which students attend physical education. T-shirts worn under the school shirt must be plain white.   Shoes should be good quality for recess play (e.g. not sandals) and must be velcro or slip on until they are able to tie their own laces.

All uniforms are school issued and need to be purchased from the school uniform shop.

All clothing, shoes, accessories, hairstyles, etc. should not be disruptive to the learning environment. If there is a concern, the final decision will be made by the appropriate administrator.  On dress down days, students may not wear clothing that is revealing, exceedingly tight, too short, or containing inappropriate language or pictures.

For students in Prek, KG1 and KG2, all children must have a complete change of clothes at school. Accidents do happen and the child  needs to have a set of clean clothes inside a ziplock bag.   All the items should be labeled clearly with your child’s name.

Welcome back! Happy New Year!

Welcome Back Students, Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School!

Happy New Year!!!  We hope your winter break was fun, family oriented and restful.

This week will be the Annual KHDA Inspection.  UAS will showcase its academic growth, quality teaching and engaged student learning!  Next week will be UAS’s accreditation visit by International Baccalaureate, Middle States Association and CIS; these visits provide UAS another avenue to showcase its school’s programs, students, faculty, and community.  The two weeks will be quite busy, though the feedback from the visits will benefit our school’s continual progressive development.

We are asking for your support and assistance with student dress code.  Over the last few weeks of the school year, we have noted a drop in student compliance with dress code expectations (not the Dress Down days).  Please review the excerpt below with your child.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Welcome back and Happy New year…this will be a great year at UAS!

David Dorn and David Jones

 

Excerpt from UAS Elementary School Handbook:

UAS students wear a school uniform to be in line with our school’s core values of respect, responsibility and excellence. As a school located in the United Arab Emirates, our UAS uniform is designed to respect our host country’s culture.  The UAS uniform promotes respect and responsibility for self and our school community.

The UAS student uniform consists of navy blue trousers or full length skirts, 1 piece dress, (elementary students may also wear UAS shorts) and a white polo shirt or navy blue sweatshirt with the UAS logo. The physical education uniform consists of blue UAS shorts and a white UAS T-shirt.  For elementary students, the P.E. uniform may be worn all day on the days on which students attend physical education. T-shirts worn under the school shirt must be plain white.   Shoes should be good quality for recess play (e.g. not sandals) and must be velcro or slip on until they are able to tie their own laces.

All uniforms are school issued and need to be purchased from the school uniform shop.

All clothing, shoes, accessories, hairstyles, etc. should not be disruptive to the learning environment. If there is a concern, the final decision will be made by the appropriate administrator.  On dress down days, students may not wear clothing that is revealing, exceedingly tight, too short, or containing inappropriate language or pictures.

For students in Prek, KG1 and KG2, all children must have a complete change of clothes at school. Accidents do happen and the child  needs to have a set of clean clothes inside a ziplock bag.   All the items should be labeled clearly with your child’s name.

Last week of school for 2017!

Dear Families of UAS Elementary School,

The Elementary School will host a special guest for our students in Pre K through Grade 2 this coming week!  Yes, Santa Claus is coming to the ES Grotto this Thursday morning.  Santa will be visited by all classes PreK through Grade 2 within a tight schedule on Thursday morning; students will be able to talk to Santa and a class picture will be taken with Santa, as well.  A hearty “Thank You” to our PTSO for helping Santa find his way to UAS…our students will very much enjoy his visit.

A reminder that UAS Elementary ~School Trimester 1 Progress reports will be posted on the “Portal” by 4pm on Wednesday, December 13th.

A couple more important notes for this coming Thursday, December 14:

  • Thursday is a Pajama Day dress down event!  Students are welcome to bring their favorite stuffed animal as they wear their PJs throughout the day!
  • All students PreK through Grade 12 will be dismissed at 12:00 noon on Thursday, December 14 for the start of the Winter Break.  School will resume on Sunday, January 7, 2018.
  • There will be no lunch for ES students on Thursday due to the early dismissal.  Snack time will occur as normal in conjunction with morning recess.
  • Please note your child’s classroom blog for Thursday classroom festivities.

Last week was quite a busy and action filled week at UAS Elementary School:

  • Wednesday the ES ASA Choral under the direction of Ms. Austin performed at the Kent College Musical Festival.  Not only did our students sing extremely well, but Ms. Austin was a featured soloist as well!  UAS shined brightly that evening.
  • On Wednesday 6th, the monthly Principal’s Coffee took place with Mr. Jones facilitating an insightful discussion about student behavior needs at UAS ES.
  • On Wednesday grades 3 through 5 had the fantastic opportunity to attend the Middle School matinee of Alice in Wonderland.  A great performance was displayed by our middle school actors!
  • On Wednesday and Thursday the UAS Grade 1 took a field trip to a local farm.  The students, parents and faculty had a great time feeding fish, observing animals and having discussions on how a farm works….a great learning experience for our students!
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Grade 2 students participated in yoga and mindfulness activities as part of their health and wellbeing unit of inquiry..
  • KG1 students sung a winter song with actions for their parents before we all settled down to a delicious breakfast hosted by our KG1 parents. Thank you to all who made Thursday morning a truly memorable experience for us all!
  • Finally, on Thursday the High School Student Council sponsored a movie night for our elementary students.  Home Alone was the featured film… food and fun was had by all!

Upon the school’s return in January, KHDA will conduct its annual school inspection.  The Inspection Team will be at UAS from Monday, January 8th through Thursday, January 11th.

Finally, on behalf of the UAS staff, we wish you and your family a wonderful winter break with a prosperous, kind and happy new year!  See you all next year!

 

David Dorn   and   David Jones

Welcome to December!

Dear Families and Friends of UAS Elementary School,

We hope your National Day Celebration and the 4-day weekend was an enjoyable family time!  Thank you all for your support with the school’s celebration of National Day last Thursday.  The students came all “decked out” in National Dress or Emirati Flag colors…it was fun to see!  A special note of thank you to the UAS High School Emirati Club for the organization and vision for a UAS national Day Celebration…the evening was superb.

Last week, Mr Torris received notification of UAS’s KHDA inspection.  The KHDA inspection visit will occur January 8th through the 11th.  A team of teachers and administrators will be working diligently over the next 2 weeks of school to prepare the proper documentation for the upcoming inspection.  As a school we anticipate a very positive response from KHDA as to our school’s rating.  Good things have been happening at UAS with the fruit of those labors coming to bear on this report.

Also last week, it was announced that Mr. Sealy, current High School Principal, will be the new Director for UAS beginning the 18-19 school year.  We wish Mr. Sealy a warm congratulations and expect the school’s growth and students’ services to continue to blossom under his leadership.

Upcoming Events at UAS ES:

  • Wednesday, December 6th, and Thursday, December 7th, a Grade 1 field trip to a local farm
  • Wednesday, December 6th Principal’s Coffee from 8am to 9am in the ES Library with the topics of our Student Aspiration Group, Review of Student Management Data to date, and ask for feedback on a school-wide Student Climate process
  • Wednesday, December 6th from 1:20 to 2:30 a Middle School Drama Matinee, Alice in Wonderland, for grades 3 through 5
  • Wednesday, December 6th, our ES Choral Group will perform at the Festival of Choirs at Kent College in Dubai
  • ES Movie Night, Home Alone, sponsored by the UAS High ~School Student Council from 3:30 to 5:30 held in the Secondary Library on Thursday, December 7…by Parent Permission slip only
  • Trimester 1 Progress Reports posted to the portal for parent review on Wednesday, December 13th by 4 pm
  • Thursday, December 14th school will be dismissed at noon to begin the 3 week winter break.  School will resume on Sunday, January 7th

Have a great week!!!

David Dorn  &  David Jones

Celebrations from last week!

Our Elementary Choir did a wonderful job performing this past Thursday at the DFC Mall for the lighting of the Christmas tree!

Our students also competed at a Swim Meet at GWA this past week. All of them did very well, and Sergey and James got medals!

A couple quick reminders about this week:

  • There’s no school on Thursday, November 30 and Sunday, December 3.
  • We will celebrate National Day this Wednesday, November 29!

Have a great week!