Literacy Week is COMING!


UAS is getting ready to celebrate Literacy Week from February 28-March 3. Check this calendar of events for some of the key details.
Also note that we are having a book drive! Why?

In order to continue to foster a love of reading and develop reading skills in our students, we are in the process of building our school classroom libraries.

While we have purchased many books for our class libraries, we will also be VERY grateful for book donations that students, parents and families are able to make.

The better our classroom libraries, the more excited our students are to read, grow and learn.

What happens?

Upon donation, a “Donated by…” sticker will be placed in the front of the book recognizing the donor. This will be a fun and important way of acknowledging these generous donations.

There is a box in the UAS foyer for you to place your book donations.

Once all books are collected, we will then ensure that they find appropriate homes in our classroom libraries, ready for the students to learn from and enjoy.

Wondering what to purchase?

Click on this link to see our suggested book titles. The list is full of appropriate suggestions but of course, if there are other appropriate books that you would love to donate, then we will gratefully receive it.

Also note that if you wish to buy multiple copies of a book (up to 4) then this means that we will be able to place a copy of that book in each grade level classroom. For example, if you LOVE the book “The Lightening Thief” by Rick Riordan, it would be a fine idea to buy multiple copies of it so they can be placed in multiple classrooms.

Thank you for any donations you can make.

As a community, we all can support our students to develop their love of reading!

Inspirational Speaker Nick Watson

Inspirational and motivational speaker Nick Watson told his story to UAS Middle School students. His story, speech and video are on our MS Guidance page.

Click here to view.

Thank you to our wonderful counselor Kara Haines for organizing this incredible and motivational experience.

Literacy Week – February 28 – March 3

UAS will be celebrating Literacy Week from February 28-March 3 to promote literacy across the school.  Students, teachers and parents from PreK-Grade 12 will be invited to participate in a range of literacy events and initiatives.  

Key dates:

February 28 – School-wide Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) from 8:15-8:45. Teachers, students, principals, support staff, parents … EVERYONE drops everything and reads!
March 2 – School-wide Buddy Reading 8:00-9:00.  Our high school and middle school students will read with our elementary students.
March 3 – School-wide Dress as your Favourite Book Character Day.  There will also be a parade for elementary students.

There will also be a range of other exciting happenings that include:  A visit by author Steve Swinburne; a poster exhibit to promote literacy; an exciting ‘Read it Forward’ initiative; character monologues; a book drive; a challenge to read 100,000 pages as a school; Scholastic book orders; home language read alouds; musical literacy performances; debates; rap battle competitions; environmental literacy initiatives; a quiz bowl; Skype author chats and more!  Every student in the school will be involved in a literacy activity each day during the week.  

Stay tuned for more information.  Additionally, if you would like to assist during the week, please speak with your child’s teacher.

2 New ASA’s Available

We are happy to announce 2 NEW ASA’s!

Born to Move

The grade 6 and 7 PE classes were very fortunate to have a Born to Move demonstration today. The students had a great time being active and having fun. You can check out some of the videos and photos on Instagram uasathletics.

Born to Move will be offered as an After School Activity on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15pm. The cost of the program is 800 aed for 10 weeks. Classes will begin THIS Wednesday.

Also offering….


Calling all Nature Lovers! Join Ms. Sweeney as we explore the natural world on Wednesday afternoons. Binoculars are recommended, but not required. Each week we will take a walking fieldtrip and together plan a longer trip later in the year. Middle school kids welcome.

Please register here.

Thank you.

Kristen Miller