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Weekly Chat

Thank you so much to those of you that attended our Back to School event.  We had a great time getting to know everyone and learning about all the wonderful things happening in the classroom. Please take a moment to fill out this form so we can plan an even better event next year.

A Culture of Excellence

This week, I am highlighting how we communicate with parents.  From the feedback I have received, parents would like to know more about the learning objectives for their children.  I am working with the teachers this week on how we can effectively communicate what students are learning and how they are progressing in class.  Research indicates parent involvement is a key factor in a student’s success in school.  You can read more here regarding the impact of parent involvement.  This school year, we are striving to create a strong partnership between parents and school staff because together we are better!


ASA Registration

We are happy to inform you that the Elementary After School Activities (ASA) Season 1 Registration is now open on the UAS Parent Portal.

Please note these important dates:

  • ASA Season 1 will start Oct 7, 2018
  • ASA Season 1 will end Dec 12, 2018
  • ASA Season 1 Registration & Payment Deadline: Sept 29, 2018
  • Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday pick up time: 4.15 PM
  • Tuesday pick up time: 3.10 PM

You can find the ASA Brochure with a full list of activities here.

Please follow the steps below to register your child for an ASA activity:

  1. Log on to your parent portal page here.
  2. Follow the link to choose the ASA Activity.
  3. After submitting the form, you will receive an immediate confirmation email that you have requested to register your child for an activity.
  4. If you register your child for a paid activity, kindly pay accounts by the due date of September 29

Please note:

*Please note that an ASA activity might not run due to low registration numbers or due to KHDA regulations.

*For paid ASA activities, the payable amount must be settled by the due date in order for the registration to be valid.  If the payment was not made by the due date the selected ASA may be given to another student.

*Spaces are limited in some activities and enrollment will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

*We will be organizing late buses for the registered bus riders.

*Children who are being picked up should be collected either from the ASA location or from the main school lobby.

*If your child cannot attend an ASA for which he is registered, please inform the Elementary School office.

If you have any questions about the activities, please send an email to the ASA Coordinator, Sarah Ghanem at

For portal support please email

Literacy Workshops

We are excited to announce that we will be holding a series of workshops about emergent literacy in the early years. The workshops will take place on the last Tuesday of each month. The timing, based on your feedback, will be from 7:30 to 8:30am in the Elementary Library. The first workshop will be Tuesday, September 25th.

Please fill out this form to indicate if you are able to attend. The form also contains a short survey about at home reading habits. The information gathered in this survey will be used to tailor the workshops to meet our community’s needs.

Weekly Calendar

September 23-Day A

September 24-Day B

September 25, Day C, Early Release, 2PM

September 26, Day A

September 27, Day B



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



We had a grand start to the school year!

It was a wonderful week of school meeting students and parents!  Thank you for your participation this week by walking your students to class on the first day, purchasing school supplies, and getting your children to school on time.  It was very good getting to know parents’ views on education and their concerns about UAS Elementary during our first parent meeting.  I think we can all agree that UAS is a great community where students and parents feel welcome.  I think we can also agree there is some work to be done to ensure UAS is meeting the individual needs of all students.   I am confident we can meet these needs and help students’ reach their personal best.  I assure you I will be in classrooms everyday observing instruction, getting to know students, and giving feedback to teachers.  Please let me know if you have any question or concerns.  You can make an appointment with me by contacting Rania Eldanaf at

In Partnership,

Dr. Chattman, UAS Elementary Principal

A Message from Admissions

Dear Parents,

As a school we are required to register all students with the Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA). As such, all parents are required to bring both their child’s and their own original Emirates IDs to school where we will scan the ID’s and transfer the information into the KHDA system.

Once your child’s details are registered into the system, we will be able to download your Parent School Contract which you will have to sign. For your information, the contract includes all relevant information pertaining to the school, including school fees and transport fees.

In order to complete the registration, you are kindly requested to attend the Admissions Office, from 8.00 am to 4.00 pmSunday to Thursday and no later than Thursday, September 27. If the registration is not done by this date, students will not be able to request or receive any official documentation required from the school, such as report cards, enrollment letters, etc.

Thanking you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.


Hania Kabbara-Zaghloul, Director of Admissions/KHDA Liaison

A Message from your Assistant Principal, Mr. Jones

Dear Parents,

We know the Specials Schedule Rotation could be confusing so we have a calendar for you for the remainder of the month. Click HERE for the calendar.
We will share out a calendar for each month that has the Day A, Day B, and Day C listed. At the bottom of the calendar is a space for you to write in the Specials class that always coincides with the Day listed. Your homeroom teachers will ensure that you know which Day goes with which Special.
Thank you,
David Jones, Assistant Principal

Early Release Tuesdays

In view of the fact that the Hijri holiday will be observed on Thursday, September 13, there will now be school on Tuesday, September 11. We would like to remind you that, as of next Tuesday, September 11, and every Tuesday hereafter (unless otherwise specified) students will finish school at 2:00 PM.

Early Release Tuesdays allow teachers valuable time to collaborate, plan and improve instruction within their discipline. Leading schools across Dubai and the world have implemented this program, and we truly believe this is key to the academic and social success of our students.

Calendar of Events

September 9th-First full day for all PreK, KG1, and KG2 students (PreK and KG1 until 12:45pm, KG2 until 3:00pm)

September 11th-Early Release Day-students released at 2PM

September 13th-Hijri holiday

September 19th-Back to School Night 6:30PM

I arrived in Dubai on August 4th and since then, I haven’t stopped!  I have spent time getting acclimated to the culture, adjusting to the heat, and getting to know the wonderful staff at UAS!  Our senior leadership team has devoted time to the staff to share the focus of UAS, which is teaching and learning. We will always put students first and in order to do that, we must provide all teachers with professional development which prepares them to provide quality instruction for our students.  This is what we have focused on for the last two weeks.  Now, we are prepared and excited for the students!

Just a few notes about the first day of school……

Our Director, Mr. Sealey, has confirmed that we will be selling uniforms and running buses on the first day of school.  Please email if you have any questions regarding bus routes.

We will have people on hand to help guide you to your new classrooms on the first day of school.  Parents should have already received an introductory email from their homeroom teacher so they know where to go.  Please email if you did not receive an email.

Important Dates to Remember…..

  • September 2-New Elementary Student Orientation – 8-9:30AM
  • September 2-Elementary Parent Meeting 7-8PM
  • September 3-Scheduled conferences for PreK, KG1, and KG2-(½ class Students with Surnames beginning with A-H: Appointments were sent via email)
  • September 4-First Day of School Students Grade 1-5 (full day – no early release)
  • September 4-PreK, KG1, and KG2: (½ class Students with Surnames beginning with A-H)-School until 12:45pm for PreK and KG1 Until 3:00 for KG2
  • September 5-Scheduled Conferences: Students and Parents meet their Teacher-(½ class Students with Surnames beginning with I-Z: Appointments were sent via email)
  • September 6-PreK, KG1, and KG2: (½ class Students with Surnames beginning with I-Z) School until 12:45pm for PreK and KG1 Until 3:00 for KG2
  • September 9- PreK, KG1, and KG2: All students attend for full day (PreK and KG1 until 12:45pm, KG2 until 3:00pm)
  • September 11-Islamic New Year (possible day off school – KHDA to confirm)
  • September 18-Tuesday Early Release Days begins
  • September 19-Elementary Back to School night 6:30-8:30PM

 We look forward to seeing everyone.  Please email me at if you have any questions.

Come meet the elementary leaders on Sunday, September 2nd from 7-8PM

Dr. Stephanie Chattman, Elementary Principal

Dr. Chattman has been dedicated to serving families for the past twenty-five years. She is a native of Alabama and served as a social worker there for ten years specializing in children and family services.  Throughout this time, she realized the most effective and impactful way to empower children was through education. She then decided to move to Atlanta to become a special education teacher at Hawthorne Elementary in the DeKalb County School District.  During this time, Dr. Chattman took on positions of leadership including curriculum designer, professional learning facilitator, and director of the after school program. She was then appointed Assistant Principal of Laurel Ridge Elementary and served in that position for three years.  As a result of her performance in the district, she was promoted to be the the principal at Evansdale Elementary where she has served for the past four years. While there, Dr. Chattman and her team developed one of the first dual language programs in Georgia while also designing and implementing a STEM program where they received AdvancED STEM certification.  Eager to meet the next challenge in her career, Dr. Chattman has been given a tremendous opportunity to become part of the UAS team. She wants to prepare students to compete on a global level and be prepared for college and their career no matter where they decide to go.

Throughout her career, Dr. Chattman has positioned herself to be a professional educator.  In order to stay ahead of current trends in education, she continuously educates herself, encourages team members to do the same and sets a standard of excellence for herself, her staff, and students.  Initially, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham majoring in Sociology. Once Dr. Chattman decided to dedicate her life to education, she went on to earn her Master’s, Specialist, and Doctorate advanced degrees in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.  She is certified in special education in Kindergarten-12th grade, Educational Leadership and Gifted education.  She is also certified in the Orton Gillingham phonics program, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS).  Dr. Chattman also currently served on AdvancED teams which conduct reviews for educational institutions to determine accreditation. She was awarded the distinct honor of Teacher of the Year for Hawthorne Elementary in 2009.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and watching movies with her husband and three children. Dr. Chattman is very excited to be joining the UAS team.

Mr. David Jones, Assistant Principal

David Jones has been an educator for 10 years, gaining experiences through multiple roles and with students from multiple backgrounds. David started his career in education in a Support Staff role after graduating from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s in Math and Spanish. His love of teaching and supporting student success drove him to return to Northern Kentucky University to pursue a teacher certification. After two years as a Spanish teacher and three years as a Math teacher, David received a Master’s degree for Principalship after others encouraged him to become an administrator. He was promptly hired as an Assistant Principal where David spent three more years, completing a total of nine years at Florence Elementary. Looking for new challenges and continued growth, David accepted a position as Vice Principal at Conner Middle School, a high-performing school of distinction.

David’s goal as an educator is to develop an intrinsically motivated desire within each student to succeed at their highest possible level. His objective is to create a safe, collaborative, and innovative building environment where teachers are supported and each student gets instruction tailored to their individual learning styles and needs.

Outside of school duties as an administrator, David enjoys playing sports (especially soccer and basketball), exercising, and woodworking.

Mrs. Sabrina Sambola, PYP Coordinator

Sabrina Sambola is in her second year as the UAS IB Primary Years Programme Coordinator. Sabrina calls New Orleans, Louisiana home and brings thirteen years of experience in education, including eight years in international education and the IB PYP. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Louisiana State University and received her educator certification in the state of Texas. After a couple years teaching in the Rio Grande Valley, she returned to New Orleans as a founding teacher at Langston Hughes Academy. Sabrina has also worked at the American International School in Abu Dhabi (AISA), where she was a classroom teacher and then a physical education teacher while earning her Master’s Degree in Physical Education Teacher Education from West Virginia University. For four years, Sabrina was the PYP Coordinator at AISA, focusing on improving the collaborative structure and curriculum in the PYP. She has spent her first year at UAS working with the leadership team and teachers to strengthen the UAS Program of Inquiry based on our American standards as well as provide opportunities for collaboration amongst teachers in the school.

Sabrina considers herself a life-long learner and is always eager to explore new ideas and tackle new challenges. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling to new places, playing sports, enjoying the outdoors (but not during UAE summers), or relaxing in front of a good movie or show.

Mrs. Rianne Fox, Early Years Coordinator

Rianne Fox has taught at UAS for the past 7 years. This year will be her first year as Early Years Coordinator. She is very excited to take on this new role and is committed to providing an engaging and positive start for children on their life long journey of learning. She has a passion for the early years, a love of literacy and is motivated to encourage and promote mother tongue.

Rianne was born and raised in Ireland. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree she traveled to Spain and taught English in Madrid. She returned to Ireland and completed a Postgraduate in Education. She taught in Ireland for 4 years before making the move to Dubai and joining the UAS family.

Outside of school Rianne and her husband spend most of their time running after their little boy Hunter! She enjoys reading, walking (once the weather cools down!) and spending time with her family. She is thrilled to take on a new challenge this year and can’t wait to build relationships with the students, parents and teachers in the early years and beyond.

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