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Weekly Chat

Last week, I outlined the accomplishments we have made this year in the elementary division as well as mentioned some exciting changes for next year.  Another important aspect I have not mentioned yet is where teachers will be teaching next year.   We have taken into consideration the needs of the students and strengths of the teachers.  We have also hired some wonderful new teachers as well.  I am very excited to present to you the list of teachers for next year.

Pre-K-Elizabeth Tyrrell

KG1-Leala Waldo, Lauren Alvarez, Reema Hanna

KG2-Maria Braun, Kendra Murray, Louise Azode (new)

Grade 1-Thao Tozin, Nadine Kidane, Kimberly Jackson (new)

Grade 2-Brenda Cinque, Kristen Prideaux, Kaveri Gour, Simeet Syeed (new)

Grade 3-Maggie Gleason, Finola de Paor (new), Vaanya Alwani (new)

Grade 4-Coleton Tillett, Kelsey Sumner, Alicia Perkins

Grade 5-Amie Jones, Richard Bird, Katherine Potter (new), 

Music-Betsy Austin

Art-Alina Nistor

PE-Pete McManus

ELL-Nancy Salem, Deborah O’Sullivan

Learning Support-Brittany Wilson, Pam McManus, Tina Wolter (new)

Please email me at schattman@uasdubai.ae if you have any requests regarding next year.  I cannot guarantee your request will be granted but I will make  every attempt to ensure all students are set up for success.  I will not be changing class placements once school has started.

We are pleased to announce that the Elementary Arts Alive is officially on display! Our PreK – 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. Every student is represented by one of his or her own masterpieces!

Sunday, May 12 Day C-2

   Monday, May 13 Day A-1

  • Grade 1 writing celebration 8:30 am-9:30 am

Tuesday, May 14 Day A-2

Wednesday, May 15 Day B-1

  • Director’s Coffee 9:00am- 10:00am

Thursday, May 16 Day B-2

Sunday, May 19 Day C-1

Monday, May 20 Day C-2

Tuesday, May 21 Day A-1

Wednesday 22 Day A-2

Thursday 23 Day B-1

 

 

Exciting things are happening at UAS!

Dear Parents,

I am writing to inform you of the exciting things happening at UAS.  I would first like to highlight some of our accomplishments thus far and then discuss preparations for the next school year.  This year we have made many enhancements in the school. First, we have improved the Arabic program in the following areas: assessment, placement and performance. At the beginning of the school year, all students were assessed and grouped in classes according to their ability levels.  This allowed us to create smaller class sizes, teach to their ability levels, and create a Heritage program for students that needed extra support in Arabic A. Also, Arabic teachers have received intensive training regarding best teaching strategies from the instructional coaches and Dr. Farah, our Arabic coordinator, throughout the school year.  Another accomplishment I’m very proud of is all of the teachers have received year long training on how to teach writing using the Lucy Calkins workshop model and best instructional practices for math from world renowned instructors. I have seen significant growth from the teachers as well as the students because of these efforts. This comprehensive training has better prepared our teachers to reach students where they are, help develop personalized lesson plans, and to facilitate continuous growth. We have also implemented the Creative Curriculum in PreK and Kindergarten.  This has been strong resource for us because we can track each student based on the objectives in the program which focuses on academics as well as social and emotional growth targets. All of our teachers and teaching assistants have been trained on this program. Another project we are currently working on is remodeling our Early Years playground and classrooms. We have started these efforts but they will continue on throughout the summer and should be enhanced by the beginning of September. I understand with all the improvements, enhancements, and elevated performance there is still work to be done because the pursuit of excellence is never complete.  In order for us to take the next step, I look forward to leveraging a partnership with parents and others in the UAS community to maximize our potential.

We also have exciting plans for next year as well.  We will be offering an optional full day program for PreK and KG1.  We will also offer a personalized after school program, LEAP, for students from PreK through 5th grade.  It will involve academic assistance as well as students will have a choice of extracurricular activities.  The program will run from 3:10-6:00 PM and will be supervised by teachers and teaching assistants. We are also offering a new math curriculum which will allow for us to better differentiate instruction for all students.  We will also be changing how we report progress to parents by sending more frequent reports home based on what students learn in their PYP units of inquiry. There is a lot of work to be done before next year but we are very excited about all of these changes which will enhance students’ learning opportunities.    

In conclusion, I would like to encourage you to take advantage of the great opportunities at UAS by re-enrolling your student.  Please try to do so by May 9th. I will be personally reaching out to those of you that have not re-enrolled yet to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  Don’t forget about our refer a friend program or the Al Futtaim card you can use to pay for your tuition. I look forward to continuing to build partnerships with all parents, improving our community, and pursuing excellence together.  

In Partnership,

Dr. Stephanie Chattman

Weekly Chat

This year, we have invested heavily into professional development for our teachers.  One of our big initiatives is using Lucy Calkins writing workshop in the classroom.  This model allows us to differentiate instruction based on each individual student’s needs.  We have been working with educational expert, Erin Kent, on an ongoing basis all year.  Thank you to all the teachers for the great work that was completed while Erin Kent was here last week. We are so fortunate to have such expertise in the building. She was very impressed by the abilities of our students and we look forward to building on the work that was done throughout the week. 

We are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week this week!  Please let your teachers know how much you appreciate them!  Thank you teachers, for all you do!

Dear UAS Parents,

Thank you for the many of you who returned the intent of reenrollment form, the information provided is vital for the effective planning of the exciting year ahead. We are writing to inform you that we are now open to receive the reenrollment fee.  We would appreciate it if you could settle the amount payable to the Accounts Department no later than May 09, 2019.

To view the amount required for your child’s grade level, kindly check the attachment here.

The reenrollment payment is credited towards the first semester tuition fees for the 2019-2020 academic year. Payment can be made online or in the accounts department by cheque, cash or credit card.

Should your plans change and you will be moving out of the Emirate of Dubai before the start of the school year, the reenrollment fee is fully refundable.

Kindly disregard this message if you have already settled the reenrollment fee.

Note: At the end of the academic year, if you have not paid your final installment for school fees, your reenrollment will be adjusted against the outstanding school fees balance and the place for 2019-2020 will be withdrawn.

Kind regards,

UAS Administration

Dear Families,

As we approach Ramadan, the elementary school would like to give you a few updates about what to expect during the holy month. It’s very important to us that there is two-way communication between families and homeroom teachers about personal Ramadan expectations. As a school, we want to respect the holy month and support families.

The Ramadan Schedule will go into effect Sunday, May 5th. Please notify your child’s homeroom teacher if they will participate in the fasting tradition.

School Hours:

  • PreK – Grade 5: School hours will be from 8:30 – 1:30 each day during Ramadan.
  • Children are allowed to arrive on campus at 8:00 in the morning as that is when supervision is available.

New Bus Timings

The Transportation Coordinator will send home new bus pick up and drop off times to each family this week via email. Please contact Mr. Louie Garcia if you need further information.  His email is: transportation@uasdubai.ae

Specials and Arabic Schedule

We will be using a modified Specials and Arabic schedule. Your child’s teacher will send a message via ClassDojo by Thursday of each week to inform you which Specials and Arabic classes your student will have the following week.

Recess and Lunch

All fasting students will remain in the building under supervision during lunch. All other students will be in the cafeteria for a typical lunch time. Fasting students will have the option to stay inside during recess times in an assigned, supervised space. This will be a quiet and reflective space where students can relax. Please notify your child’s teacher if you do not want your child to play outside. Otherwise, your child will have the option to stay inside or play outside.

Water Consumption

Students have been instructed to to follow the protocol of not drinking water in public; the school will do its best to honor the intent of Ramadan in this matter. Students in early childhood will continue to have access to water in their classrooms. Students in grades 2-5 will keep water bottles in their cubbies and access them during short breaks throughout the day. Water bottles will be allowed outside during outdoor recess times or in assigned non-fasting rooms.

Monday, April 29 Day C

  • Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children presentation 8:00am – 9:00am
  • UAS Spring Choir Concert (Gr.3,4,5) 6:30pm- 8:30pm

Tuesday, April 30 Day A

  • EY Parent Literacy workshop 7:30am – 8:30am

Wednesday, May 1 Day B

Thursday, May 2 Day C

  • ASA Season2 Ends
  • PTSO Teacher Appreciation Day

Sunday, May 5-Ramadan schedule starts

Weekly Chat

It was a great week back at school!  I was so excited to see the students and hear about their spring break adventures! During spring break, our Early Years playground got a boost with more exciting things to come.  This past week was also very busy.  Early Years and 3rd grade students watched the play, the Ugly Duckling, and learned a valuable lesson about being kind to each other.  Fifth grade students met with middle school counselors and their parents attended a transition night to discuss their move to middle school.  Also, we celebrated Hag el Leila to end a great week!

Dear Parents,

As the Head of Elementary School at UAS, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to our information session which will be held at our school on the 24th of April from 9am – 10am.

We believe it is important to understand the differences between the nursery experience and an American Curriculum school for your 3-year-old.

We would, therefore, like to support you in making this decision and would encourage you to take advantage of this free information session.

Joining our panel will also be Erin Kent, Literacy strategist and Rianne Fox, Early Years Leader at Universal American School.

We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Regards,
Dr. Chattman
Head of Elementary School
Universal American School


Sunday, April 21 – PD Day (No School for students)

Monday, April 22 Day A

Tuesday, April 23 Day B

  • Grade 5 Music Concert 8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Early Release Tuesday- 2pm

Wednesday, April 24 Day C

  • Why Your 3 Year Old Should Go to School not Nursery presentation-Elementary Library 9:00 am -10:00 am

Thursday, April 25 Day A

Upcoming events:

Monday, April 29 Day C

  • Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children presentation 8:00am – 9:00am
  • UAS Spring Choir Concert (Gr.3,4,5) 6:30pm- 8:30pm

Tuesday, April 30 Day A

  • Parent Literacy workshop (PK-KG1) 7:30am – 8:30am
  • Early Release Tuesday- 2pm

Wednesday, May 1 Day B

Thursday, May 2 Day C

  • ASA Season2 Ends

Weekly Chat

I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break! I spent time with my family and reflected about the school year.   We have accomplished so much thus far and we want to end the school year very strong.  We are also beginning to plan for next school year. As we are moving more towards personalized learning for our students, we would like to get some input from them.  We have created a personalized learning survey that I would like each student to complete.  Please complete it at home with your child this week so we can gain valuable insight from them in order to meet their individualized needs.  The link to the survey is here.

Sunday, April 14 Day B

Monday, April 15 Day C

Tuesday, April 16 Day A

  • Early Release Tuesday-2pm

Wednesday, April 17 Day B

Thursday, April 18 Day C

Sunday, April 21 – Professional Development day-no students

Monday, April 22 Day A

 

 

 

 

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We had another outstanding musical last week.  Thank you to Ms. Austin and Ms. Worling for all their hard work putting the musicals together. Thank you also to the parents that were able to attend.  Thank you to the KG2 parents that were able to attend the Mother’s Day event on Thursday.  It was a beautiful, emotional, and heartfelt event!

 

Trimester report cards will be posted in Synergetic at noon on Thursday, March 28th.  As a reminder, the following are the report card descriptors.  Please refer to these when reviewing your child’s report card.  

UAS Elementary

Report Card Descriptors

The student has made limited progress with their understanding of the key concepts, processes and transdisciplinary skills. The student undertakes tasks with a great deal of assistance.

The student generally demonstrates a basic understanding of the key concepts, processes and transdisciplinary skills. The student undertakes tasks with some assistance.

The student consistently demonstrates a good understanding of the key concepts, processes and transdisciplinary skills. The student is able to apply this knowledge effectively and produces high-quality work without assistance.

The student consistently demonstrates a thorough understanding of the key concepts, processes, and transdisciplinary skills. The student is able to apply this knowledge effectively in a wide variety of situations and produces work illustrating higher levels of thinking independently.

Monday, March 25 Day A

  • Grade 5- Field Trip- Emirates Soil Museum 8:15am – 2:15pm
  • HS Musical 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday, March 26 Day B

  • Early Release Tuesday-2pm
  • HS Musical 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Wednesday, March 27th Day C

  • Senior Parade & Cap n Gown 9am-10am

Thursday, March 28th Day A

  • Director’s Coffee- Arabic focus at 8am in secondary library
  • Students dismissed at 12:00pm
  • Trimester 2 Reports posted at Noon.

Spring Break! March 31 – April 13

Upcoming:

Sunday, April 14 Day B

  • EY and Grade 3 The Ugly Duckling Performance in MPH 8:30am

Monday, April 15 Day C

Tuesday, April 16 Day A

  • Photo makeup day
  • Early Release Tuesday-2pm

Wednesday, April 17 Day B

Thursday, April 18 Day C

Sunday, April 21 – Teacher Professional Development Day-no class for students

Monday, April 22 Day A

Tuesday, April 23 Day B

 

 

Weekly Chat

We had great feedback from our Student-Led Conferences this week. Thank you for coming to listen to students present their work.

The grade 3/4 musical showed how we differentiate in the classroom while teaching students to love music.  The ES Swim team came in 2nd during their swim meet this weekend!  Way to go, UAS!  
International Day was a huge success!  

Our author visit, Nick Arnold, was so much fun!

KG2 and Grade 1 celebrated 100 days of school with some really creative activities, great job making learning so much fun.

 

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Monday, March 18th Day B

  • TIMSS testing – Grade 4 (8am -11:30am)

Tuesday, March 19th Day C

  • Music Concert Grade 1 and 2 (8:15am -9:15am)

  • Early Release Tuesday- 2PM

Wednesday, March 20th Day A

  • KG1 Field Trip to Green Planet (8:15am-11:45am)

Thursday, March 21st Day B

  • Mother’s Day
  • KG2 Mother’s Day performance 8am-9am-playground
  • FABC Soup for Lunch- 12:30pm-3:00pm
  • UAS Film Festival Bake Sale

Sunday, March 24 Day C

  • UAS Blood Drive 9:30am – 1:30pm
  • HS Musical 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Monday, March 25 Day A

  • Grade 5- Field Trip- Emirates Soil Museum 8:15am – 2:15pm
  • HS Musical 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday, March 26 Day B

  • Early Release Tuesday-2pm
  • HS Musical 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Wednesday, March 27th Day C

  • Senior Parade & Cap n Gown 9am-10am

Thursday, March 28th Day A

  • Last day before Spring Break
  • Students dismissed at 12:00pm
  • Trimester 2 Reports posted at noon

Spring Break! March 31 – April 14.

Upcoming:

Sunday, April 14 Day B

Monday, April 15 Day C

Tuesday, April 16 Day A

  • Photo makeup day
  • Early Release Tuesday-2PM

Wednesday, April 17 Day B

 

 

 

 

Weekly Chat

Thank you to everyone who participated in Book Week!  We had a fun filled week of reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was also a very exciting week because UAS had the opportunity to participate in a school and nursery show in order to meet parents that are looking for a school for next year.  Some of the staff also got to participate in panels to discuss the future of education.  Exciting things are happening at UAS!

The Director’s Coffee was also a huge hit this week.  It was so good to hear the school leaders discussing now, next year and the future at UAS!

INTRODUCING LEAP!

Dear Parents,
I am very excited and proud to introduce LEAP – an extended day program that UAS will be offering for the 2019-20 school year for students in PreK to grade 5! LEAP will provide students with a personalized program that is based on academic needs and student choice of extracurricular activities.
The program will provide academic and social benefits for students and flexibility for families.For more information please click here to download the LEAP program (hard copies were also sent home with your child earlier this week).
I am also happy to inform you that we will be holding two in-depth information sessions next week, when I hope you will be able to join us and discover what the program is all about.
Kind regards,
Stephanie Chattman
Elementary School Principal
YOU ARE INVITED!  We are keen to give you the opportunity to learn more about the LEAP program by inviting you to one of the two information sessions we will be holding next week.  Session 1: March 13 at 8 am Session 2: March 16 at 1 pm

 

Sunday and Monday March 10th and 11th:

  • Student Led Conferences
  • Magurdy’s Book Fair

Tuesday, March 12th: Day A

  • Gr.3/ 4  Musical Rehearsal (7:55 – 8:45am)
  • Author’s Visit Nick Arnold

Wednesday, March 13th: Day B

  • ES Coffee Morning & LEAP Information session (8:00am-9:00am)

Thursday, March 14th: Day C

  • Grade 3 and 4 Music Concert 8:30-9:30

Upcoming:

Saturday, March 16th:

  • LEAP Information Session 1-2pm
  • International Day 2pm-7pm

Sunday, March 17th: Day A

  • TIMMS Test- Grade 4 8:00-11:30am

Monday, March 18th Day B

  • TIMSS testing – Grade 4 (8am- 11:30am

Tuesday, March 19th Day C

  • Music Concert Grade 1 and 2 (8:15am-9:15am)
  • Early Release Tuesday-2pm

Wednesday, March 20th Day A

  • KG1 Field Trip to Green Planet (8:15am-11:45am)

Thursday, March 21st Day B

  • Mother’s Day
  • KG2 Mother’s Day performance 8am

 

 

 

Weekly Chat

Thank you to everyone that participated in last week’s activities.  Ms. Dornan, our PreK teacher, presented another informative session regarding Emergent Literacy.  She discussed the importance of reading aloud to your child everyday.

Sports Day was a huge success!  Thank you to Coach Pete and Erika for organizing such a wonderful event!!

Mark your calendar!  International Day will be March 16th from 2-7pm.


We are pleased to announce that student-led conferences are scheduled for Sunday, March 10 and Monday, March 11, 2019. Our approach to teaching and learning is intended to support our school’s Primary Years Programme core values by empowering our students to be active participants in their education. It is important for students to think critically and reflect on their learning which helps them become self-directed learners. One of the ways UAS accomplishes this goal is through student-led conferences.

Process to sign up for Student Led Conferences
Click here for directions to login to Synergetic and schedule the time that best meets your needs. Please note that the sign-up will go live at 8 am on Sunday, March 3; there are times available throughout both days, with up to four places for each time.

Student-Led Conferences: A Celebration of Learning at UAS!
UAS students put a lot of time and effort into getting ready to celebrate their learning with parents. A student-led conference involves the student and parent in a discussion centered on student achievement. In this format, the student takes the lead in the conversation and talks about their learning.

Teachers are present in the room and will offer encouragement and/or clarification as needed. Please note, this is not a time for you to engage in an individual parent-teacher conference. This  time is for your child to share their successes since the beginning of the school year and goals in moving forward for the remainder of the school year. During your conference time, there will be other students sharing their learning with their parents as well.

All families are encouraged to visit the student’s specialist and support teachers on a drop-in basis as they are an integral part of each child’s education. You and your child are also encouraged to visit the Book Fair during these two days.

If you have additional time or are waiting for another conference, you are welcome to read in the library with your children or supervise them while they are playing on the playground. During conferences, staff will be monitoring the hallway so that siblings may sit in the hallway to wait. We encourage bringing something for the sibling to do while they wait, such as a book to read, a notebook for writing or drawing, etc.

Sunday, March 3rd – Day B

  • Emirates Festival of Literature-  Grade 3-Field Trip (10:00am – 12pm)

Monday, March 4th- Day C

  • All School, Parent/Counselor’s Coffee Morning (8:00am – 9:30am)-Secondary Library

Tuesday, March 5th –Day A

  • Early Release Tuesday – 2pm

Wednesday, March 6th Day B

Thursday, March 7th- Day C

  • Book Character Parade (8:05am – 8:35am)
  • Director’s Coffee Morning (8:30am – 9:30am)

Upcoming:

  • Student LED Conference- March 10 – 11
  • Magrudy’s Book Fair (ES Library)-March 10 – 11
  • ES Coffee Morning (ES Library) March 13-8am in the Elementary library
  • Grade 3-4 Music Concert – March 14
  • International Day- March 16 (2:00pm – 7:00pm)

 

 

 

 

Weekly Chat

It was an extremely busy week across the Elementary division. Some of our Grade 4 and 5 students went to camp.  Some of those that chose to stay at school, learned about another part of the world.  Grade 3 had an amazing Forces and Motion Carnival and PreK and KG1 held sing alongs everyday.   We also held 3 “Stay and Play” events for prospective parents.  Speaking to parents about our school reminded me why our school is so special.  It is the learning we provide, the people that teach, the students that learn and the parents that are partners.  I feel so fortunate to be part of this team!

 

UAS International Day will be held on March 16th 2pm-7pm.

 

Dear Parents,

Starting February 24, 2019, all students that have a cafeteria card with a negative balance of AED 250 or more will be blocked from making further purchases.  Of course, we would never allow our kids to go without food!  Students with a negative balance will be provided with a cheese sandwich and a drink.  We ask that you kindly login to the online payment facility to recharge your child’s lunch card.  Through the online portal, you can also pay for tuition, transport, after-school activities, Week Without Walls, and any other upcoming school trips and activities.  You can directly re-charge your child’s lunch card through the online gateway using your credit or debit card. Click here: online payment link to view the guidelines on how to use our online portal. This saves your time from having to come and wait in a queue for making the payments at school.  

Best regards,

UAS Administration

Sunday, February – 24th – PD DAY (NO SCHOOL)

Monday, February 25th- Day C

Tuesday, February 26th- Day A

  • Parent Literacy workshop (PK-KG1) 7:30 am– 8:30 am

    Wednesday, February 27th- Day B

  • ES Sports Day (PK-G1)

Thursday, February 28th- Day C

  • ES Sports Day (G2- G5)
  • UAS Skate Jam-6:00pm-8:30pm (MPH)

Upcoming:

  • Book week March 3rd
  • Director’s Coffee March 7th at 8:30am

 

 

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