Week of May 6 – Grade 5 Exhibition Week and ES Principal Coffee this week

Hello Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School!

A special thanks you to both the High School Emirati Club and the “Moms” of UAS Elementary School for organizing and conducting a cultural celebration on May 1st for Hag Al Laila.  The entire division enjoyed the day of celebratory dress, receiving treats, the cultural awareness tents and the grade 3 parade! A thank you to all the families who supported this celebration with your donations of candy….your generosity was much appreciated.

This week is a busy week at UAS, please review the following updates:


Message from PTSO

The PTSO is organizing a luncheon for our teachers to show our appreciation for their hard work with our kids throughout the year.  This luncheon will be held on Wednesday May 9th, 2018 at school.

Any contribution you can make would be highly appreciated!  You can contribute to this event by providing any of your amazing delicious speciality dishes, whether an appetizer, main dish, dessert or drinks for sharing.  We would also like to ask that if any of the dishes contain nuts, that it be clearly labeled as such.

Please drop off any of these contributions at the school reception area on Wednesday May 9th before 10:00 am.  Appreciating your help in this event where we hope to come together again as the strong community that we have proven ourselves to be!!

For confirmation or more information, please contact us ptso@uasdubai.ae

Areej Hanandeh, PTSO President


From Ms Terry Papov, UAS Aquatics Director

Congratulations to all the elementary swimmers who participated at the MEUC swim meet this past weekend at Hamdan Centre.  There were over 800 swimmers at this event. For many of our young swimmers this was their first time swimming 50m events.

The U8 swimmers were amazing.  Sergey Egorov made the finals in the competitive division for 50m Backstroke, 100m Free, and 50m Free.  This is an incredible feat. Sergey is only 7 and competed against others a year older than himself. Serena Abushakra won a bronze medal in the competitive U8 division for 100M Breaststroke.  100M is a big distance for an 8 year old. Fantastic job Serena. Umme Aiman Bootwala won a silver medal in the development division for her 50M Backstroke. She also made the finals in the U8 50M fly and placed 9th.  Rayyan Dawood, a new swimmer to the team this year, won a bronze medal in the development division for 50M Breaststroke.  James Wagstaff, also only 7 years old, also performed well in the U8 division. James made the final in the 50M Breaststroke in the development division and placed 7th.

The competition was really tough in the U10 division.  Amelia DeCardy-Torris made the finals in 50M fly and the 50M Back where she place 7th.  Zimu Wang made the finals in U10 competitive 50M breaststroke where he placed 8th overall.

All the elementary swimmers posted “best times” in at least one of their events.   Good job everyone. Just a reminder that our year end swim party will be held next Thursday May 10th from 3:15 – 4:30.   We will swim from 3:15-4pm then move to the cafeteria for pizza.


Parent Workshops by UAS Early Years Faculty

The UAS Early Years Program will be conducting parent workshops for Pre K and KG1 parents beginning this week.  The workshop content has been developed based upon information concerning your child’s development, academic skill acquisition, and home school partnerships.

The first workshop is for PreK parents on Sunday, May 6th from 7:30-9:00 am in the ES library and the second workshop is for KG1 parents on Tuesday, May 15th from 7:30-9:00 am in room 300.

Please save the date and join these informative sessions. For more information contact Crystal Hanna at channa@uasdubai.ae


Principal Coffee

The Final ES Principal’s Coffee will be held on Wednesday, May 9th from 8-9am in the ES Library.  Topics will be:

  • Home-School Communication – What do parents want and need from the school and/or teacher?
  • Ms Barbara Dorn will present an overview of student supportive services including progress on the development of a Gifted-Talented Program.
  • Cafeteria – What should our children be eating at lunch?


Spelling Bee

UAS Elementary Division will hold its annual Spelling Bee grade level competition this week on Thursday, May 10th in the ES Library…All spectators are welcome!


No School on Sunday, May 13, 2018

There will be No School for all students on Sunday, May 13th.  This is a calendared 3 day weekend for staff and families alike.


Exhibition Corner

It’s finally here! Please note the schedule for this week’s events:


Sunday, May 6

    Exhibition Evening – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Dubai Festival City Mall – Kid’s Zone

    Parents, families, and the UAS community are invited to attend


Monday, May 7

    Exhibition Day – 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

    Dubai Festival City Mall – Kid’s Zone

    All are invited to attend


Tuesday, May 8

    Exhibition Reflection Day

    (regular school day for G5 students)


Wednesday, May 9 & Thursday, May 10

    Exhibition Individual Interviews

Please note the change:

These two days will be regular school days for G5 students.  Students will attend their Exhibition Interview at their scheduled time while having general classwork throughout the remainder of the day.

Week of April 29, 2018

Hello Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School Students!

As we all have noticed the “Warmer Weather” is settling upon us!  Please ensure that your child brings a hat and water bottle to school for outside recess activities.  Even though UAS has incorporated additional covered areas for recess this school year, the hats are a requirement for students playing in the direct sunlight.  Most importantly, Mr. Jones will be monitoring the temperatures and has a specific plan if/when the temperature is an extreme for outdoor recess.

Hag Al Laila Celebration

This coming Tuesday, May 1st, our elementary school “Moms” in collaboration with the High School Emirati Club will host a celebration for the UAS traditional celebration for “Hag Al Laila”  

Emirati children are celebrating a tradition that is hundreds of years old to mark the arrival of Ramadan, known as Hag Al Laila.  The annual event, which means ‘For this Night’, is one of the Emirati traditional celebrations in the middle of Sha’aban, the eighth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar, which sees children going from door-to door to sing and collect sweets and treats from neighbors, who have been preparing for the occasion throughout the week.

For the UAS Elementary School Celebration, our ES Moms and Emirati Club have organized the following:

  • All ES students are asked to wear traditional “celebratory” clothes to school on Tuesday, May 1st.
  • The Grade 3 students will parade through the elementary hallways singing a Hag Al Laila song as taught by the Emirati Club in grade 3 music classes this week.  All Pre K through Grade 5 students will gather outside their classrooms to observe this parade. (if a family does not wish their grade 3 child to participate, please contact Mr. Dorn).
  • Upon conclusion of the parade both the ES Moms and HS Emirati Club will distribute candy to all ES students within the students’ classrooms.
  • Additionally, the HS Emirati Club has set up festive tents to promote cultural awareness, holiday activities and festive foods that grade 3 through grade 5 students may visit during the school day.
  • To assist with this celebration, UAS Elementary School Moms are also seeking donations of bags of candy (no nuts, individually wrapped) during Sunday and Monday of this week.  If you are so inclined, please deliver to either the ES Office or your child’s homeroom teacher.

This past week UAS ES held two big school events.  First, Grade 4 performed a musical program under the direction of ms Austin, UAS grade 4 music teacher.  The students sang, played Orff instruments and demonstrated their skills with the “Recorder”. The students performed outstandingly!

The Student Voice Group Assemblies

Students from the Student Voice group presented this past week on topics related to issues or needs that students and teachers chose as important topics. The Student Voice Core Team members worked hard and enlisted help from Student Voice Very Important Voice members in creating and presenting their presentation. We’re very proud of their efforts to put on an assembly; they received many compliments from teachers and students.

At the assembly Mr. Jones also discussed the implementation of SUPER Scorpion Tickets, which is one phase of continually improving our already strong school-wide culture and climate. Students will receive a ticket when any adult in the ES building ‘catches’ them doing something that is SUPER. SUPER stands for Safe, United, Principled, Engaged, and Respectful.

Exhibition Corner

PYP Exhibition is now only a week away! Students have been working hard and are going to be spending this week preparing to display their learning at Dubai Festival City Mall. What an exciting week it will be! Be sure to mark your calendars and stop by to show your support for our Grade 5 students next week.


Sunday, May 6 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, May 7 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Dubai Festival City Mall – Kid Zone – just up the escalators near Cafe Nero


Exciting News for Parent Workshops for Early Years!

PreK Parents-Save the date: May 6th at 7:30am-9:00am

PreK Teachers are excited to present the first set of workshops that will contain information, strategies and tips for you as parents to help ensure there is a home-school connection. Workshop topics include: Reading, Toilet Training, Sleep, Separation, Play and Language, Self Regulation & Transition to KG1. Hope to see you all there. Please click here to sign up.

KG1 Parents-Save the date: May 15th at 7:30am-9:00am

The KG-1 Teachers are proud to present the first KG-1 parent workshop with tips and strategies for home routines and keys skills for transitions into KG2. Parents will join groups that show them practical ways to help their child at home with reading, literacy and math. If you have not already signed up then, please click here to sign up.


Finally, this Thursday, May 3rd, is Teacher Appreciation Day.  Our teachers are amazing!!  Please take a moment to acknowledge their dedicated and passionate work with your child with your teacher…they will greatly appreciate your kind words!

Life is FANTASTIC at UAS Elementary School!

Reminder – Student Led Conferences

Dear Parents and Families of Universal American School,


This is a reminder to sign up for Student Led Conferences via Synergetic. The letter with instructions for the sign-up is here.

Please complete your sign up by 2:00 pm on Tuesday.

We are excited to see how your students will be able to describe their learning to you!


Thank you,

Elementary School Administration Team

Week of April 22, 2018 – Student Led Conferences and Book Fair week

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School!

It is almost the end of April….wow, the school year is rapidly progressing. The are several important upcoming events for notification.

Sunday, April 22nd

  • Grade 4 & 5 – Student planned and facilitated assembly

Tuesday, April 24th:

  • Grade 4 Musical Performance at 1:00pm in the MPH (this time was changed to accommodate parental attendance for  the Director’s Forum)
  • Director’s Forum in Secondary Library at 7:45am to 9:00am.  Among the topics will be the UAS Arabic Program.

Wednesday, April 25th, and Thursday, April 26th:

Week of April 22nd

  • Elementary Arts Alive Display – The Art Department and Teachers are pleased to announce that the elementary arts alive is officially on view!  Our KG2 – 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.  Come and browse!!!

Due to the large number of students, only one artwork per student was chosen to be displayed. Parents are encouraged to collect the rest of their child’s art portfolio from the art room during Student Led Conferences.

  • ELEMENTARY BOOK FAIR April 22-25! Readers, start your engines! The spring elementary book fair, sponsored by Bookworm, will take place IN THE ELEMENTARY LIBRARY during school hours, Sunday through Wednesday, April 22-25 (no Thursday hours). Each homeroom teacher will bring students for a preview some time during the week, and students can also visit at any time their teacher allows. (Money envelopes will go home with students this Wednesday, April 18.) Please come by and check out the latest literary offerings, and remember: Readers Are Leaders!

Principal Coffee Held on Wednesday, April 18 Notes

The principal coffee held last Wednesday had 2 agenda items: (1) Parental Dialog about UAS’s Arabic Program; and (2)  Brief overview of UAS ES’s Student recognition Program Phase I.

UAS is committed to continual improvement with the goal to provide our students and families with a quality educational program.  UAS is in a process of examining its Arabic Language Program. Parents in attendance at the April ES Principal Coffee were asked to provide their thoughts on six questions with the purpose of the Arabic Language Program renewal.  Please read the parental insights, suggestions and comments from that meeting – Principal Coffee Forum Notes on Arabic Language Programming

The next Principal Coffee will be held on May 9th with the following topics: Home-School/Classroom Communication Needs; Cafeteria; Overview of learning Support Programs….See you all on May 9th at 8:00am in the ES Library!

Exhibition Corner

Students are diligently working on consolidating their research into a written report and taking action with their group.  As part of their action plans, groups are educating other students at UAS and asking for students to participate in a variety of initiatives. Please help your child participate as much as possible in order for our Grade 5 students to have successful action projects. Several Exhibition groups are collecting items as part of their action, such as picture books, canned food, pencils, and gently used clothes. If you have any of these and would like to donate to a good cause, please send them to school with your child or drop them off in the elementary office.

Have a great week!

UAS Elementary Administrative Team

Blog for week of April 15, 2018

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School,

Principal Coffee

The monthly Principal’s Coffee will be held this Wednesday, April 18th, from 8am to 9am in the ES Library.  The two topics for the meeting will be (1) Parental input into the 18-19 school year Arabic Program; (2) Review of the UAS Elementary School Student Reinforcement Program for 18-19 school year.

Ramadan Hours

Ramadan Hours for school will be 8am to 1pm for PreK through Grade 12. ES students will line-up on the playground to enter the building at 7:50am.

UAS Calendar on hold due to KHDA

Many families, as well as UAS staff members, have been seeking information on the UAS 2018-2019 School Calendar.  KHDA has not released to “calendar guidelines” to date, thus no formal calendar information exists. KHDA sets the calendar parameters for all schools within Dubai, which includes start dates, end dates, etc.  Once UAS have receives information, the 2018-19 UAS Calendar will be developed and communicated to all families.

UAS  Splash & Dash

The UAS Splash & Dash took place this morning. Some pictures and video from the event will be posted on our school Instagram account, follow on Instagram at uasdubai.

Student Led Conferences

Click HERE for information about Student Led Conferences.

Student Led Conferences 2017-2018

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to announce that student-led conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26, 2018. 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 for using Synergetic to login and schedule the time in your student’s homeroom class that best meets your needs. Please note that we will go live on Tuesday at 4:00 pm; there are times available throughout both days, with up to four places for each time period.

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. The time is for your child to share their successes 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 and to observe the Arts Alive display.

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.


UAS Elementary School Administration

Have a great Spring Break!

Dear Parents and Families of UAS Elementary School,

Have a wonderful Spring Break!!!!  We at UAS wish you all a restful, fun-filled and family time vacation.  We will see you all when students return on Sunday, April 8.

A  special Thank You goes out to UAS’s KG1 Teacher Team, KG2 Teacher Team and Ms. Crystal Hana, EY Coordinator, for their outstanding Mother Day Celebration program!  The students sang wonderfully, the student-to-Mom gifts were cherishable and the recognition of Moms special relationships with their children was memorable.

Congratulations to ES’s group of Grade 2 students who performed in UAS’s Wizard of Oz…a great performance was completed by all our students!!

Thanks to PTSO for a very informative and insightful PTSO meeting on March 21st.  The two speakers provided great information…please come and join the next PTSO meeting in April!

Principal Coffee

Please see the attached FAQs from question submitted at the last Coffee.  If any additional questions or clarity needed, please email David Dorn (ddorn@uasdubai.ae) for additional information to be added to the FAQs.     FAQs

The next Principal’s Coffee will be held on Wednesday, April 18, from 8am-9am in the ES Library.  Topics will be school lunch, school-wide behavioral reinforcement plan, parent school-home communication needs, and the PYP program.  See ya all there!

Ramadan Schedule

The Ramadan school day timing have been finalized.  The school day will begin at 8am and end at 1pm for all grades, Pre K through Grade 12.  The actual days of the Ramadan schedule will be published later.

All UAS transport students will be able to ride buses home with buses departing UAS at approximately 1:15pm.  Early Years (Pre K – KG1) who wish to pick-up their child from school, may do so at the normal dismissal time of 12:45pm.

Student Led Conferences

Student Led Conferences will be held on Wednesday, April 25th, and Thursday April 26th.  The intent of these student-family conferences is for the student to showcase the learning that has taken place over the school year.  The goal is for the parent and student to have an active conversation which celebrates the student’s learning experience to date. It is not a time for parent-teacher talk, rather student-parent dialog.  The children very much enjoy sharing their school experience with the parents…it is a unique intimate experience for both child and parent.

More information to include times, sign-up process, etc. will be sent to families the week of April 8th (after Spring Break).  More to come…..

Update on Arabic Staffing for Grades 1, 2 and 3

Ms. Rima and Mr. Mahmoud will be assuming teaching elementary Arabic classes in lieu of the recent substitute teacher. Ms. Rima and Mr. Mahmoud’s teaching skills and knowledge of the Arabic curriculum will be an enhancement to the program.

PYP Exhibition Corner – PYP Coordinator Ms. Sambola

We are very excited to announce that the 2018 UAS PYP Exhibition will be held at Dubai Festival City Mall! We are looking forward to hosting the Exhibition at this new venue where students will be able to share their projects with a larger audience. Please `mark these dates on your calendar and plan to visit and support the grade 5 students and their learning.

  • Sunday, May 6 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Monday, May 7 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Blog for week of March 18 – last week of school before Spring Break

Dear Parents, Families and Students of UAS Elementary School,

Spring Break

It is the week before our 2 week vacation for Spring Break!  The vacation begins this Thursday, March 22nd at 12:00 noon…this is an early dismissal day.  All students, Pre K through Grade 12 will be dismissed at noon on Thursday.  School will resume on Sunday, April 8. UAS wishes a fun and relaxing vacation for all families…a last hurrah before the warm weather sets in within Dubai!

Principal’s Coffee

Last Wednesday the monthly Principal Coffee was held with many parents in attendance.  The meeting focussed on parental input as to their child’s needs for both curricular and co-curricular programming plus the nutritional needs of their children.  Please read the attached minutes of the feedback session; please note the color blue are comments that were quite common amongst all seven groups.

Principal Coffee Parental Input

The ES administrative team will combine the parent input along with feedback from grade 4 & 5 students and ES faculty to design the 2018-2019 daily schedule.  A schedule’s purpose is utilize the resource of time to accomplish the academic mission of the school. Our mission at UAS is to optimize the conditions of learning for all students!

The next Principal’s Coffee, Wednesday, April 18, will focus on a positive school-wide behavioral management plan; parental input on cafeteria foods and communication needs of families from the school.  See you all then!!

PYP Exhibition Corner

We are proud to say that our grade 5 students have successfully begun their PYP Exhibition journey. They have selected topics, gotten to know their group members, and received their mentor assignments. This week they will meet their mentors, narrow the focus within their topic, and begin to research their topic using a variety of sources. If you have an opportunity, talk with a grade 5 student about this learning experience and encourage them to keep working hard.

Mother Tongue Book Drive

Ms. O’Reilly (KG2 teacher) is organizing a Mother Tongue Book Drive to enhance our literature holdings within our students’ mother tongue language.

Please read the Book Drive link for more information.

Upcoming Events

    • Monday, March 19 Grade 5 musical performance in MPH 8:30 – 9:30 am
    • Wednesday, March 21, KG1 Mother’s Day performance at 8:00 am in cafeteria
    • Thursday, March 22, KG2 Mother’s Day performance at 8:00 am in cafeteria
    • UAS Theater, “Wizard of Oz” Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday of this week
    • Student Led Conferences – April 25 and 26…scheduling information to be forthcoming
    • UAS Elementary School Trimester 2 Progress Reports posted on Tuesday, April 10



Blog for Week of March 11 – Principal Coffee on March 14 – 8-9 am

Dear Families of UAS Elementary School,

Thank you all for your support during last week Thursday’s favorite Book Character Parade! How fun it was to see the children dressed up as their favorite book character! In addition to the parade, our students had numerous activities last week to Celebrate Book Week…

Upcoming Events

Principal’s Coffee – Wednesday, March 14, 8-9 a.m. in ES Library


  • Specials Schedule for 18-19 School Year – The ES Administrative Team has very clearly heard parent and student concerns about this year’s “4 week block schedule” for specials.  Thus, a change in schedule will occur for the next school year.  At this meeting the Administrative Team will hear parent thoughts on their child’s needs in relationship to PE, music, art, lunch and recess/snack
  • A student instructional day runs from 7:55 to approximately 3:00.  The following time commitments must be built into the daily student schedule:
    • KHDA Moral Education – 60 minutes per week
    • Arabic Education 40 minutes daily 5 days per week
    • Islamic Education/Reading Club 30-40 minutes either 2 days (80 minutes weekly) or 4 days (120 minutes weekly)  per week
    • Math Curriculum 60 minutes daily
    • Literacy Curriculum 80 minutes daily
    • Specials (art, music or PE) 45 to 50 minutes daily
    • Recess and Lunch/Recess 60 minutes daily
    • PYP (science or social studies) 60 minutes daily
    • Plus the transition times (5 minutes of movement to or from classroom) between classes, recess, etc…
  • Mr. Jones will review and solicit feedback regarding a faculty developed school-wide student behavior reinforcement plan.

Thank you,

David Dorn    David Jones


ASAs and Interactive Reading from Sarah Ghanem

The end of UAS’s season 2 ASA is quickly upon us (see below important dates).  Sarah would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful teachers and outside providers for offering a wide range of engaging and successful activities this year.

There will be no ASA season 3 due to a short time between Spring break and Ramadan.  Plus Ramadan will be 4 weeks during this time period.

ASA Important notes and dates:

  • March 15 ASA season 2  and Interactive Reading will end
  • March 15 last day of scheduled late / ASA buses
  • March 18 ASA season 2 Make up session for only External ASAs Advance Group Tennis, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Easy Peasy coding (as communicated earlier, on that day parents will need to arrange pick up at 4:10pm)


UAS Splash and Dash from Dylan Carter  – Co-Athletic Coordinator/Experiential Learning Coordinator

It’s time for the

UAS Splash & Dash!

We want all our fantastic swimmers and runners to come out on Tuesday April 17th.

The event will take place during the school day.

The Splash & Dash is for any STUDENT, PARENT or TEACHER in Elementary (Grades 2-5), Middle & High School.

You can participate Individually or with a Partner.

Elementary students will SWIM 100m (4 laps in pool) and RUN 800m (2 laps of track).

The cost to participate is 75 AED. Participants receive a T-shirt and Winners receive prizes.

To register for this awesome event, you must sign up by clicking HERE.

The Link can also be found on the UAS website.

Once registered you need to make your payment at UAS Accounts.

Please pay to the SPLASH-DASH Account.

Registration & Payment needs to be completed by Wednesday March 21st at 3pm.

We hope to see lots of students competing and having LOADS OF FUN!

Go Scorpions!