It is hard to fathom that March 1st is upon us – the school year seems to be flying by! As February comes to an end, March is coming in like a “lion”! This month holds many school-wide activities to celebrate and embrace our students’ education.
Last week began the designated celebration of literacy with “Literacy Month”. Even though everyday is a literacy day, the intent of this selected month is to create patterns of behavior and awareness concerning reading and writing for all. At times, as students become older, the habit of “recreational reading” falls away for many reasons. Therefore, the celebrations of Dads & Donuts, Moms and Muffins, Read-It-Forward, Drop Everything and Read (DEAR), Favorite Character Parade (this Thursday morning at 8:05), are designed to bring back “literacy” into our daily lives, conversations and sit-downs with our children. There is nothing as special as sitting and reading a book with your child as it opens the opportunity for parent-child sharing!
The week of March 5th brings UAS’s annual KHDA visit and school audit. To ready for this inspection UAS has been preparing a “Self-Study” that allows the school to investigate and reflect upon our practices over the past year. Persons from KHDA will come to our campus, observe classrooms, talk to students, parents, teachers, and administrators and give us feedback regarding our self-study. The inspectors will give the school a rating based upon established KHDA criteria; this feedback will generate both celebrations and an action plan for improvement. Last year, UAS was noted for proving a good quality educational program for its students. The elementary division was found to have very good progress towards academic attainment, a strong personal and social development program for students, a very safe campus and a school environment effectively supporting creative learning opportunities. This inspection provides UAS an outstanding opportunity to enhance our students’’ educational programs and we look forward to the visit!
Most importantly on March 15th, UAS will hold the Annual International Day Celebration! Our students and staff have been working since January creating ways and communication tools to celebrate the diversity at UAS and within Dubai. Information for the day’s specifics will be communicated through the UAS Newsletter. Your child’s Homeroom Teacher is in need of assistance in preparing and facilitating this event; please contact your child’s teacher if you would be willing to donate your time to assist our students in this celebration during the day. This opportunity provides another great opening to share within your child’s educational program and life at UAS!
Last but not least, take a few moments to login to the parent portal as the latest MAP results are now available for your child. This was a mid-year check-in and the teachers are already using the data in their planning of lessons to meet the needs of the students. You will receive If you have specific questions, you may contact your child’s teacher. Additionally, CAT4 results are available for our grade 4 parents. The CAT4 report gives both you and your child insights into how they learn best.
Thank you for being a positive part of amazing community and enjoy the rest of your week!
Last week Ms. Cor, ES primary grades music teacher, and the 2nd grade performed an excellent musical program about our environment, “The Planet”. The students did an absolutely fantastic job within their performance! The audience comprised of parents, family member and UAS students thoroughly enjoyed the show. We took a side view video of the performance if you would like to share it with family and friends. You can access it here. This Tuesday, February 7th at 9 a.m. in the MPH, the 1st Grade will perform their show, Squirm”. If you are free, come and join us!
Parent Coffee Recap:
Last week Thursday, the monthly Parent Coffee was held. The topic was UAS PYP Programme with Ms. Larisa Sharifi, PYP Coordinator, as the presenter. The parents and Ms. Larisa engaged in a very good dialog about PYP, IB and educational practices. It was a fun time! If you have any questions or wish to chat about the PYP Programme, please contact Ms. Larisa; she would be very happy to talk with you.
Grade 5 Camp:
This week, our 5th grader will leave for their 3-day camp experience. Expect to see updates on the Elementary Principal’s blog once a day. Additionally, be sure to check the teacher blogs on Tuesday morning for emergency contact information. Keep in mind that the information shared is for emergencies only as we want all our students to bond with their counselors, teachers and peers during their camp experience. 4th grade students will be up next week!
All this week, students in KG1 – Grade 2 will have a check up with a dentist! Students had a Healthy Teeth/Healthy Gums Assembly early in the week and check-up visits are planned for the rest of the week. Look for the dental screening update to go home with your child on their scheduled visit day.
Sports Days Next Week:
Each of our classes will have a class color for our upcoming Sports Days! Please have your child wear a t-shirt in their assigned color on their Sports Day. Along with the assigned colored t-shirt, be sure your child brings a water bottle, a hat and wears a bit of sunscreen. The weather is perfect and we’re excited for our students to get out and be healthy! You can find the class color assignments here.
Arabic Book Fair Next Week!
In support of our upcoming UAS Literacy Month, the elementary library, in partnership with Sara Book Shop, will sponsor our first elementary Arabic Book Fair on February 12-15! The fair will offer quality fiction at various elementary levels. It will take place in the 2nd floor hallway outside the elementary library. Envelopes will be sent home later this week so that money may be sent back to school if you wish for your child to purchase a book. The suggested amount is AED 20-40. Alternatively, parents may join their children at the book fair as it will be open every day until 4:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
Thank you all for your support of our students and of UAS! We are proud to have you be a part of our community!
Have a great week!
David and Amanda
Information for a Parent Workshop
ALLCHILDRENINCLUDED – Presents a series of Open Meetings exploring different aspects of an integrative approach to a child with special needs
First Meeting on Wednesday 8th February
Authenticity Offices, Pinnacle Building, Sheikh Zayed Road.
7 – 9.30: Talk and Discussion
Dr Zeinab Ibrahim Alloub, Consultant Pediatrician Neurodevelopment Al Jalila Medical Centre
Dr Bariah Dardari M.D, ABP, FAAP
Head of Pediatric Department Al Zahra hospital Dubai
‘What we wish every Parent knew about children’s assessments’
Topics being covered:
• The range of things looked at in an assessment
• Defining the problem
• Deciding the needs.
• What comes from all the assessment?
• Key issues – for Parents
• Key Issues – for supporting Professionals
Please RSVP via message to Margi on +971 55 8420434
In UAS ES, we are focusing on supporting all of our students and families through their upcoming transitions. All students are transitioning this season. Some are moving away to experience a different part of this amazing world of ours and some are just moving down the hall to a new grade level. The bottom line is that transitions can create a mixture of joy, anticipation, a bit of trepidation and butterflies in the stomach. Adults and students alike are human – we like to know what lies ahead.
Our incredible counselors have been meeting with the students who will be moving school next year. The transition meetings have been celebrations where they work through the feelings that go along with moving and celebrate this chapter. For our returning students, they participated in our UAS Elementary Moving on Up Day!
KG2 Moving on Up
During Moving on Up, students in grade PreK – Grade 5 visited the the classrooms they will be in next school year. Our grown up Pre K students sang songs with the KG1 teachers, our grade 1 mighty readers visited with with their grade 2 teachers and shared how principaled they can be. Our amazing grade 2 students, moved up to grade 3 and learned about how they will organize their inquiry work in Google Drive. Our grade 3 students moved up to grade 4 and, my oh my, they are very excited about camp for next year. Our grade 4 students visited the grade 5 classrooms and learned more about their new role as the leaders and role models for the elementary school. Finally, our grade 5 students visited with the middle school counselors to begin scheduling their first middle
Grade 4 Moving on Up
The excitement through the school during Moving on Up was inspriring. As we close down this year, it’s special gift to see more anticipation in the eyes of the students than trepidation. It’s almost summer, but we are all looking forward to Moving on Up next school year!
Quarter 3 reports will be available on the portal after school today between 3:30 and 4:00. Please login to review communications for your child’s teachers to stay informed about their progress. If you do not know your parent portal password, please email email@example.com
Family Education has written an excellent article about talking to your child about report cards. Please refer to the article for roadmap about the conversation you should have with your child prior to conferences later this week.
A child’s report card can bring feelings of joy, excitement, and pride; it can also cause concern, frustration, and uncertainty. In either case, the reporting period marks a new beginning to set goals as well as reflect on past work habits, achievements, and hardships. Most important, it is a time for parents to communicate with their children and determine a path for future academic enrichment and social/emotional growth.
We look forward to seeing you and your child at student led conferences later this week!
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 25th and the morning of Thursday, November 26th. Please be sure to login to the portal as soon as you are able to do so to ensure you get your first choice for a timeslot. We would like to see 100% of our parents attending conferences as this is one of the best opportunities for communicating with your child’s teacher and for helping your child do well in school. If you do not know your parent portal password, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Elementary parents may sign up for a conference time with their child’s homeroom teacher. Our Arabic, Art, Islamic, Music, and Physical Education teachers will be in their classrooms for drop-in visits. As a result, parents do not need to schedule an appointment with the specialist teachers on the portal.
Once you login to the portal, please click on the link to arrange the time for conferences. You should then click on the Interview tab in the system to set the times. You may toggle between all of your children on the right side of the screen if you have more than one child in the school.
Quarter 1 reports are now available on the portal. Please login to review communications for your child’s teachers to stay informed about their progress. If you do not know your parent portal password, please email email@example.com
Family Education has written an excellent article about talking to your child about report cards. Please refer to the article for roadmap about the conversation you should have with your child prior to conferences next week.
A child’s report card can bring feelings of joy, excitement, and pride; it can also cause concern, frustration, and uncertainty. In either case, the reporting period marks a new beginning to set goals as well as reflect on past work habits, achievements, and hardships. Most important, it is a time for parents to communicate with their children and determine a path for future academic enrichment and social/emotional growth. Read more on FamilyEducation…
We are pleased to inform our parent community about a partnership between Universal American School and The Developing Child Centre. For the 2nd year in a row, UAS is working with TDCC to provide occupational therapy for children in need of this additional support.
What is TDCC and What do they do?
TDCC specialists work in partnership with families to improve the academic/social/emotional and behavioral health of children. Designed to use positive language and to break the taboos associated with additional support, the program offers
easy access for families to specialist support within the school environment.
This program is optional for families and not all children need this type of additional
support. Over the next couple of days, an optional questionnaire will be sent home to parents. If you are interested in the program or if you have questions about TDCC, please contact our Early Childhood Coordinator, Ms. Crystal Hanna for further information.
We are excited to welcome our new families to UAS this morning for the Grades 1-5 Orientation! Below is the Keynote presentation for the New Student Orientation. Everybody is welcome to review it as the information contained is a wonderful reminder for everybody!
As Grade 5 families prepare for the school year, we would like to take this opportunity to remind families about the UAS Bring Your Own Mac Program in grades 5 – 8. Please see the letter below from Director Andrew Torris and Mr. Michael Gilliland, UAS Technology Coordinator about the required specifications and software for the computers.
The last edition of the Elementary Times is out! You have three choices to view
the newsletter. The first is via the school’s ISSUU site which will allow you to view the newsletter online. The second version is via iBooks which is available to those of you with iOS devices or Macintosh computer. The third choice is via a downloadable PDF file.
Please follow the directions below for each version: