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

 

Calendar:

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.

Announcements

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

KHDA 

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.

Announcements

Calendar of Events

Monday, Nov.19  Day A

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Day B, Early Release Tuesday

Wednesday, Nov. 21 Day C, PTSO Thanksgiving feast

 

Weekly Chat

You may remember I define “culture of excellence” as finding ways for students to achieve their personal best.  One way that we have focused on this in the last couple of months is restructuring our Arabic department.  I sent out some information last week but I have outlined the program in more detail here.

 

Announcements

In our November Elementary Principal’s Coffee Morning we will discuss how the UAS Elementary School is using student data to inform instruction. Students take several assessments throughout the year and each one gives teachers valuable information that can be used to personalize learning for your child. During this session we will provide an overview of the assessments (such as MAP, Fountas & Pinnell reading assessment, etc.) and how each is used by teachers to support your child’s learning.  Please come at 8AM this Tuesday, November 13th, in elementary library on level 2.

The parent-teacher booking system is now open on Synergetic. Conferences will take place on Wednesday Nov 14 and Thursday Nov 15 (8:00am-4:00pm). When you login to your portal page here you will see where to click to access the booking system. If you are having technical problems please contact portalsupport@uasdubai.ae

The booking system will close on Sunday Nov 11 at 4:00pm. Once you have made your bookings, please print a copy of your appointments and bring it with you to the conferences.

Also remember that teachers are located in rooms on different floors and in the MPH. When making your bookings, you should keep in mind the room allocations so that you do not need to change floors between each appointment. Rooms beginning with a 1 are on the ground floor. Rooms beginning with a 2 are on the middle floor and rooms beginning with a 3 are on the top floor. Rooms in the MPH will begin with an M followed by a number. Parents who have children in the High, Middle and Elementary should also be mindful of clashes between appointment times.

Please click here for instructions on how to book your appointments.

 

 

Beginning on Monday, Nov. 19th, UAS will be starting practice for our Junior Scorpions Track and Field team.  Like all of our Junior Scorpion programs, the team is free to sign up and all student are welcome to join, as long as they are in grades 4, 5, or 6.  During this program students will learn all of the rules and skills associated with track and field. They will also receive a tremendous amount of fitness in a fun and safe environment.

This program will last 7 weeks and during those 7 weeks there will be practice every Monday and Wednesday from 3:20pm – 4:30pm.  In these 7 weeks the students will also be able to participate in two Jamborees. One will be Wednesday, Dec. 5th at ASD and the second will be Saturday, Jan. 26th also at ASD.

During the jamborees the Junior Scorpion kit must be worn.  If the kit was not already purchased for Junior Scorpions soccer, then it can be purchased at the school store for AED 126, including tax.  The kit comes with a shirt and shorts.

This year we have four coaches for the program.  They are Asha Burton (HS PE), Nick Boucher (MS Learning Support), Briana Thomas (7th Grade Social Studies and English), and Darlene Tezdiker (Substitute Teacher).

Please register your student by using the google form below.

JR Scorpions Track and Field Registration

Please know that Semester 1 tuition should be paid in full by now, as well as any outstanding debts from last year.  Any Middle or High School parent who remains in arrears as of Monday, November 12th will not have access to their child’s reports.  We will also have to restrict student access to our web-based learning platforms including Google Classroom and Class Dojo. We absolutely hate having to disrupt any of our children’s learning.  Please help us continue to support your child by reconciling any unpaid tuition this week.

For families who need to spread tuition payments, I strongly urge you to take advantage of the benefits of the Al-Futtaim Credit Card.  Tuition can be paid in 12 monthly installments, there is no interest for 1 year and you get 5% cash back. It’s a great deal that can make paying your tuition much more manageable.

Congratulations to our elementary swim team!  They did an amazing job at their swim meet this weekend!

Calendar of Events

Sunday, Nov. 11th

  • Day A

Monday, Nov. 12th

  • Day B

Tuesday, Nov. 13th

  • Day C
  • Diabetes Awareness Month-wear blue and dress down day
  • ES Coffee morning 8AM
  • Early Release Tuesday 2PM

Wednesday, Nov. 14th

  • Parent Teacher Conferences-no school for students
  • Director’s Coffee 4:00-5:00pm

Thursday, Nov. 15th

  • Parent Teacher Conferences-no school for students
  • Director’s Coffee 8:00-9:00am

Sunday, Nov. 18th

  • Prophet’s Birthday-no school for students and staff

 

Weekly Chat

Culture of Excellence

Thank you to everyone that participated in the wonderful events at school last week.  Here are some highlights.

Halloween

 

Emirates Flag Day

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Walkathon

 Early Emergent Literacy Program

Announcements

Since the beginning of the school year, we have received feedback regarding the Arabic program in the elementary division.  Some of the concerns I heard were regarding the differing levels of students in the classes, the lack of communication with parents, and the lack of set curriculum in the classroom.  We have heard your concerns and researched best practices regarding Arabic instruction.  We have come up with a solution that we feel will be the best way to teach Arabic to our students.  As a first step, we have decided to regroup the students based on their ability levels. We are also working with the Arabic teachers to create curriculum for each level and assessments to measure students’ progress.  We started with regrouping 2nd/3rd grade students and plan on doing the same for all grades.  Our next phase will be 4th/5th grade students.  Students in grades 2 and 3 may be grouped together based on their ability level.  We will do something similar with grades 4 and 5.  There will be more information to come and you will be contacted by your new Arabic teachers.

Calendar of Events

Sunday, Nov. 4th  

  • Day B

Monday Nov. 5th

  • Day C

Tuesday Nov. 6th

  • Day A
  • Early Release Tuesday

Wednesday, Nov. 7th

  • Day B

Thursday, Nov. 8th

  • Day C

Monday, Nov. 12th

  • PTSO Diabetes Awareness Morning Coffee-7:45am

Tuesday, November 13th

  • Elementary Parent Morning Coffee-8:00am

Wednesday, November 14th

  • Parent conferences-no school for students

Thursday, November 15th

  • Parent Conferences-no school

Weekly Chat

Culture of Excellence

The elementary staff participated in wonderful professional development last week.  The focus was small group teaching strategies and analyzing student data to plan lessons based on students’ needs.  It is critical to understand the importance of  data to drive instruction.  One research study polled parents and teachers to gain an understanding of their knowledge of student data.  You can read more here.  We will be discussing how data drives instruction at our next Parent Coffee on November 8th at 8AM.

Announcements

We will be celebrating Halloween this Wednesday and we encourage students to dress in their costumes.  Please do not allow them to bring any type of  “play” weapons such as swords that may be included with their costumes.

Calendar of Events

  • Monday, October 29, 2018-Dress in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Monday, October 29 – 8:00-9:20-Walk-a-thon – FlyerMap
    • Pink Lemonade sale at lunch – G4/G5
  • Tuesday, October 30-7:30-8:30 amParent Literacy workshop (PK-KG1) with Ms. Lisa on
  • Wednesday, October 31-7:30 – 8:30 amPTSO Halloween Photo Booth on
  • Wednesday, October 31-8:05 – 8:35 am Halloween Parade
  • Wednesday, October 31-11:00 – 11:30 am-EY Halloween Trick or Treating-
  • Wednesday, October 31-3:30-5:30pm-Movie night by Emirati Committee
  • Drawing by me project starts
    • Nov. 1st-Order forms will be sent to parents

Weekly Chat

Culture of Excellence

Thank you to those parents that attended our first parent coffee last week.  We had an amazing time learning about parents’ wishes for their children and getting parent feedback on changes they would like to see in the elementary division.  We also played a game of “Duck, Duck, Goose” and learned how it is used as a great assessment tool in the early years program.  We also received feedback from parents regarding curriculum guides that are being produced to help inform what students are learning in the classroom.  I greatly appreciate all the feedback we received and I appreciate the time parents took to be learn about what their children are learning at UAS!

Announcements

Please read this letter from Ms. Terri regarding Elementary Competitive Swim Tryouts.

Calendar of Events

Sunday Oct.14: Day A

Tuesday Oct. 16

  • Early Release Tuesday: 2PM

Wednesday Oct. 17

  • ES Picture Day

Thursday Oct. 18

  • ES Picture Day

Week Oct. 21-Oct. 25-Professional Development Week-no school for students

Week Oct. 28-Nov. 1

Oct. 30 Literacy by Ms. Lisa

Oct. 31 EY Trick or Treating, PTSO Photo Booth, Halloween Parade

 

 

Weekly Chat

Culture of Excellence

I usually post on Saturday evenings but last night I was on my way back from an amazing IB conference.  I am filled with excitement about the growth of our PYP program. Through its inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the PYP challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.  At UAS, we have laid a solid foundation within our PYP program but I think we can make it even better.  Also, the IB organization has revised the program and will be rolling out the Enhanced PYP next semester.  I will be meeting with our PYP committee in the next few weeks to discuss how we can make our program more enriching with a focus on personalized learning and real life application.

Announcements

 

Calendar of Events

Week Oct 7th-11th:

  • MAP Testing
  • ASA Starts
  • Oct. 10 – Parent Coffee morning

Week Oct. 14-Oct. 18

  • Oct.14 Drawing by me project starts (more info to follow)
  • Continue MAP Testing
  • CAT-4 testing for Grade 3 & 4
  • Oct. 17-18 – ES Picture Days

Week Oct. 21-Oct. 25

  • No School-Professional Development for Teachers

Week Oct. 28-Nov. 1

  • Oct. 30 Parent-Literacy Workshop
  • Oct. 31
    • PTSO Photo Booth
    • Halloween Parade

Weekly Chat

A Culture of Excellence

It is our goal at UAS to teach students skills they can use throughout their lifetime.  One important skill we teach them is how to work in collaborative groups.  This type of learning is so important because it teaches students how to work with each other and learn from each other.  You can learn more about this type of instruction here.

Announcements


Poets and authors Michael Salinger and Sara Holbrook are visiting UAS this week. In the elementary school they will be spending time working with Grades 4 and 5. They will be starting off with a grade level assembly and following up with individualized workshops in the classrooms. The workshops focus on a specific skill so that students can then incorporate these practiced strategies into future work. Some of the workshops being conducted this week include story mapping, observational and sentence buildings skills and looking at narrative structures in poems. We are excited to welcome Michael and Sara to our school!

To ensure students are safe, all 2nd-5th grade students must be picked up on the ground floor near the playground during dismissal.  Students cannot wait in their classrooms to be picked up.  Thank you for making sure all of our students are safe.

Calendar of Events

October 2nd-early release at 2PM

October 4th-Community Fair 12-4PM

Week Oct 7th-11th:

  • MAP Testing
  • ASA Starts
  • Oct. 10 – Parent Coffee morning

Week Oct. 14-Oct. 18

  • Oct.14 Drawing by me project starts (more info to follow)
  • Continue MAP Testing
  • CAT-4 testing for Grade 3 & 4
  • Oct. 17-18 – ES Picture Days

Week Oct. 21-Oct. 25

  • No School-Professional Development for Teachers

Week Oct. 28-Nov. 1

  • Oct. 30 Parent-Literacy Workshop
  • Oct. 31
    • PTSO Photo Booth
    • Halloween Parade

 

 

 

 

 

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