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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)


  • 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)


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



Thank you for another great week at UAS.  Last week, third grade went to I Fly and 4th grade conducted a Living Museum.  This week, some of our 4th and 5th grade students will be heading to overnight camp.  Experiential learning is so important for our students.  It is defined as “learning through experience”.  Here are some pictures of our students during experiential learning.

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to invite prospective parents to come to feel the pulse of our school and the chance to meet our Primary School and Early Years team, including the Early Years Coordinator and Specialist, Rianne Fox and Elementary Principal, Dr. Stephanie Chattman.  You can learn more about the open houses here.

All parent information sessions include a school tour.

• 20th February, Wednesday: 9am to 10am
• 21st February, Thursday: 9am to 10am
• 23rd February, Saturday: 9am to 10am

Week of February 17th

    Sunday, February 17th- Day A

  • Sing along -EY playground KG1 Alvarez 8:15 am – 8:45 am

   Monday, February 18th- Day B

  • Sing along -KG1 RH 8:15 am – 8:45 am

  • 3rd Grade Carnival ( Forces and Motions)- Big field

    • Families:  8:00-9:15 am

 Tuesday, February 19th- Day C

  • Sing along -KG1 AO (8:15 am – 8:45 am)

  • Ecoventure Trip (G5)

  • Early release Tuesday-2pm

Wednesday, February 20th- Day A

  • Ecoventure Trip (G4)

  • Sing along -KG1 LW (8:15 am – 8:45 am)

  • EY Stay & Play for prospective parents (9:00am -10:00am)

Thursday, February 21st- Day B

  • Sing along -PK-LD (8:15 am – 8:45 am)

  • EY Stay & Play for prospective parents (9:00am -10:00am) Open Morning

  • Grade 4/5  Camps coming back to UAS (end of school Day)


  • Saturday, February 23 EY Stay & Play for prospective parents (9:00am -10:00am)

  • Sunday, February 24 Professional Development Day-No school for students

  • International Day, Friday, March 8th 2pm-8pm

Weekly Chat

Thank you to the parents that were able to come to our parent coffee last Wednesday.  We had a discussion regarding progress thus far and parents had the opportunity to give suggestions/feedback to help the ES division plan for the next school year.  I have included a list of the information gathered here.  Please email me any further suggestions/feedback that you have.


Date Change- International Day!

International Day will take place March 8th 2pm-8pm.


Sunday, February 10th- Blue week

  • No school for students. Teacher PD Day

Tuesday, February 12th- Day A

  • Early release Tuesday-2PM

Wednesday, February 13th- Day B

  • KG2 Author visit- Julia Johnson 12:15pm- 1:15pm.

Thursday, February 14th- Day C

  • PTSO Valentines Day

  • I Fly – 3rd Grade Field Trip 8am- 1pm

  • Living Museum 4th grade 2pm- 2:45p


Sunday, February 24

  • No school for students. Teacher PD Day

Weekly Chat

Since the beginning of the school year, the Arabic department has gone through many challenges:

1)There have been three resignations since September.

2)There have been three new teachers hired for the ES Arabic department.

2)Grades 2-5 were restructured to include Arabic A, Heritage, and Arabic B to group the students in a way they are provided the best instructional practices possible.

3)There was a need for teachers to be more collaborative so they restructured their schedule so they plan daily together.

4)There was a need for more professional development so the Arabic coordinators, administration, and instructional coaches meet with the Arabic teachers weekly to provide professional development regarding best instructional practices including student management and curriculum.

5) Two web resources have been purchased and implemented in all classes to enhance student learning and engagement.

6)All students have been assessed on their Arabic proficiency.

During these transitions, the students have always been our first priority.  Yes, I worry the changes in teachers, curriculum, and classes will affect them but I am confident that we are moving in the right direction.  As an educator who takes pride in ensuring that the very best education is provided to students, I am confident these changes will only enhance student learning not deter it.  With that said, I have now hired the third new Arabic teacher.  Ms. Rabab, a previous teacher at UAS, joined our Arabic team last week.  She will be taking over some classes starting this week so all teachers have a reasonable caseload that allows them to plan quality lessons for all students.  You will be notified if your child’s teacher changes.  I apologize for the late notice regarding this change but it is something that happened very quickly and we did not want to miss out on this opportunity.




This week’s coffee and conversation will be focused on progress we have made this school year and planning for next year.  Please fill out this survey to help us prepare for our discussion.  The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 6th, at 8am in the Elementary library.  I look forward to seeing everyone.

Sunday, February 3rd, Day B

  • MAP Testing (2nd week)
  • Mirzam Chocolate Warehouse- Field Trip – Grade 1MB and some students from 1PM 12pm-2pm

    Monday, February 4th- Day C

  • Mirzam Chocolate Warehouse- Field Trip – Grade 1TT and some students from 1PM 12pm-2pm

    Tuesday, February 5th- Day A

  • Early Release Tuesday:  2PM

    Wednesday, February 6th – Day B

  • ES Coffee Morning-8am-Elementary library
  • Mirzam Chocolate Warehouse- Field Trip – Grade 1KP and some students from 1PM 12pm-2pm


Sunday, February 10th-

  • No school for students. Teacher Professional Development Day

Sunday, February 24

  • No school for students. Teacher Professional Development Day



Weekly Chat

Last week, the school was inspected by KHDA and we received some very positive feedback.  We will be sharing more information with the community once we receive our official KHDA report. In order to move forward with our school and make it an even better place, we have improved our visual culture, held professional development for staff, students are given more choice in their learning, and they are involved in extracurricular activities.  Here are a few highlights:



MAP testing for the Elementary division will be January 27th-February 7th.


Sunday, January 20th- Day A

  • ASA Season 2 Begins

  • PTSO National Popcorn Day

Monday, January 21- Day B

Tuesday, January 22:- Day C

  • Early Release Tuesday- 2pm

Wednesday, January 23: Day A

  • Two teams from Grade 5 competing in Reader’s cup Finals (8:00am – 11:00am)

Thursday, January 24 – Day B

Sunday, January 27 – Day C

  • ES MAP Testing (1st wk.)

Weekly Chat

Welcome Back!  It was so good to be back in school this week with our wonderful students!  It was great to hear about everyone’s holidays but now it’s time to get back to work.  I took the opportunity during the break to reflect on the first semester and the accomplishments that the students and teachers have made. I want to list a few just as a reminder of the wonderful things we are doing at UAS!

1st Semester Accomplishments

  • Introduction of Arabic Heritage classes
  • Writing Workshop and Math professional development training for all teachers
  • Administration of Fountas and Pinnell assessments to determine reading levels of students
  • Implementation of Intervention/Enrichment student groups to encourage personalized learning
  • Learner Profile monthly assemblies
  • Implementation of the House system
  • Super Scorpion system
  • Increased improved parent communication using Class Dojo
  • Implementation of Creative Curriculum (EY)
  • Introduction of Specialists (PreK) and Arabic to KG1



Sunday, January 13th- Day B

Monday, January 14th:- Day C

Tuesday, January 15th: Day A

  • Early Release Tuesday

Wednesday, January 16th – Day B

Thursday, January 17th – Day C

  • PTSO National Popcorn Day

Sunday, January 20th- Day A

  • ASA Season 2 Begins


Weekly Chat

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve had reason to celebrate quite a bit!  Here are a few highlights!


You can access information about the book week t-shirt contest here.

Sunday, December 9-Day A

Scientist Sunday

Monday, December 10-Day B

Matching Monday

Tuesday, December 11-Day C

Tiger Tuesday

Wednesday, December 12-Day A

Wacky Hair Wednesday

Thursday, December 13-Day B

Student dismissal-12:00PM

Report Cards posted in Synergetic

Theatre Thursday

Weekly Chat

This past weekend, my daughter who attends middle school at UAS, participated in the Model of United Nations conference.  It was an amazing opportunity where she was able to take hold of her own learning by researching and debating a topic with other students.  It really made me start thinking about student agency which is a big part of the PYP.  Student agency is the belief that students should be the “drivers” of their own learning. This approach allows students to really own their learning while teaching them critical thinking skills they can use throughout their life.  This is an instructional approach we are striving for at UAS.  You can learn more about student agency here.


It has been announced by the UAE Cabinet that National Day celebrations will take place on Wednesday 28 November and Commemoration Day on Thursday 29 November.

Commemoration Day will see the UAE flag raised at half mast at 8:00am, and a minute of silence at 11:30am, followed by the raising of the UAE flag and the national anthem. Please make the necessary arrangements to mark this day at your school. Thank you.

Best Regards


السيدات/ السادة مدراء المدارس المحترمون،،،

تحية طيبة وبعد،،،

بناءً على تعليمات رئاسة مجلس الوزراء، فقد تقرر بأن تنعقد احتفالات اليوم الوطني السابع والأربعين لدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة يوم الأربعاء الموافق 28 نوفمبر، فيما ستجري مراسم إحياء “يوم الشهيد” في يوم الخميس 29 نوفمبر.

وستتضمن مراسم إحياء “يوم الشهيد” تنكيس الأعلام في الساعة 8:00 صباحاً، والوقوف دقيقة دعاء صامت في تمام 11:30 صباحاً، تليها مراسم رفع علم الدولة مصحوباً بالنشيد الوطني. وعليه نرجو منكم اتخاذ الترتيبات اللازمة لإحياء هاتين المناسبتين الوطنيتين في مدرستكم.

شاكرين لكم حُسن تعاونكم

أفضل الأمنيات

هيئة المعرفه و التنمية البشرية

Calendar of Events

Sunday Nov. 25

  • Day B

Monday Nov. 26

  • EY Field Trip 9:15-12:45pm

  • Day C

Tuesday Nov. 27

  • Emergent literacy workshop with Ms. Lisa 7:30 Elementary Library

  • Early Release Day

  • Day A

Wednesday Nov. 28: National Day; National dress/UAE colors to be worn

  • National Day Celebration 6pm-11pm

  • Day B

Thursday Nov. 29

  • Martyr’s Wall unveiling 5pm at Festival City

  • Day C

Sunday and Monday Dec. 2-3

  • National Day Holiday- No School

Weekly Chat

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend our parent coffee last week.  You can access our presentation here.  We had a great conversation regarding personalized learning.  We even had parents compare and contrast a traditional classroom lesson to a personalized learning lesson.  We are committed to providing instruction that meets the needs of all students.  A personalized learning approach will allow us to do so.  We have begun this journey to personalized learning through intervention and enrichment groups.  Each elementary student participates in these groups at least three time per week.  They work with other students with similar abilities in a small group and focus on specific skills either providing enrichment or intervention strategies.  At UAS Elementary, we take an “all hands on deck” approach to educating students.  During these groups, multiple teachers work with the small groups to lower the student/teacher ratio .  This provides more intensive instruction to each student.  We are very excited about where we are headed with personalized learning and will continue to share information with parents as our programs continue to change.


Calendar of Events

Monday, Nov.19  Day A

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Day B, Early Release Tuesday

Wednesday, Nov. 21 Day C, PTSO Thanksgiving feast


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