Tips for a Successful Spring Break

Hello parents, and greetings to you from the UAS Middle School!!!  WOOHOO!!

It is unimaginable to think that we have reached the end of quarter #3, but in fact, Thursday, March 23 is the final day of this term.  Time surely does fly when you are having fun!!!  With the much anticipated, and long awaited spring break starting on Friday, I thought it worthy to use this space to stop and reflect about my previous experiences during spring break when my own children were in school.

I am extremely blessed and proud to be the father of two amazing children.  Though they are both adults now, I truly enjoyed my years as a parent when my kids were in Middle School. As a result of that experience, I want to share some suggestions to help you and your middle schooler enjoy a more fruitful and enjoyable spring break. Especially considering your child will not have the same routines from March 24 through April 8, I feel these points are timely for you and your family. I hope you appreciate these tips and you and your middle schooler have lots of fun and quality family time during the upcoming break.

One of my fondest memories of when my children (who are now 33 and 30) were pre-teens was reading books aloud together.  For example, as a family, we read the entire Harry Potter series aloud to each other over a 4-week period of time!  It was simply magical – and I’m not talking about Hogwarts and Harry Potter!  The time we spent together, and the conversations we had regarding this captivating story were absolutely priceless. It was some of the finest time I spent with my children during the summer of 1997.

Let’s face it, technology is here to stay. And make no mistake about it, social media has certainly changed the way our kids communicate with each other, and how we as adults communicate with each other and with our kids.  That said, I believe a significant practice you and your child should experience during this break is to shut off your technology for periods of time, and ask your child to do the same.  Once upon a time, we didn’t have mobile phones or IPads that now make communication fast and efficient.  But just because our communication is faster and presumably more efficient, it doesn’t mean it is personable or friendly. When I was a kid, we communicated the old fashioned way: we talked to each other. Perhaps this spring break could be a great time to stop using technology – if even for a small amount of time each day – listen to your child, and talk with them about what’s happening in their life.  What do you really know about the life of your middle school student?  Perhaps some face to face time will be the recipe to learn what’s new with the pre-teen that lives under your roof.

One of the fondest memories I have of my childhood was gathering together for dinner nearly every night as a family. This “old fashioned” tradition was where the foundation of my personal values were first formed.  In this day and age, with the busy schedules we all keep – parents and kids alike – it is very difficult for everyone to sit at the same table and share stories about their day/life.  I strongly urge you to make some time during this spring break to have dinner together with your family – multiple times if possible. Whether you choose to eat at a restaurant, or at home, may I suggest the phones are switched off during the time you are eating. I assure you the break from technology will be good for you and your whole family, and the golden opportunity for your family to meaningfully communicate will be irreplaceable.

As I look back on the years my children were growing up, I still believe the best gift I gave both my son and daughter was the gift of time.  The truth is, you can ever replace these impressionable years your children are currently experiencing.  My wish for you during this years spring break, is that you manage to re-connect with your child/children, and rejoice/celebrate their gifts and talents.  Your child is unique in this world, and I am lucky to be their principal.  I am confident you feel even luckier to be their parent.  The time you spend with them will undoubtedly be time you and they both cherish for the rest of your life. May you be able to make the most of the opportunity.  Good luck!

If you do something fun with your child during the break, or you have a grand adventure together, please feel free to share your experiences.  I would love to hear your stories!

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Important Dates and Activities:

March 23: Last day of quarter #3

March 24 – April 8: Spring Break

April 9:  Day 1 of quarter #4

April 13:  Principal Coffee: Topic will focus on Week Without Walls student presentations and the significance of experiential learning

April 16:  NO school for students and staff – School Holiday

Until our paths cross again, please take good care, and please remember, Middle School students matter!!  May peace be upon you.

Welcome to International Day 2017!

Hello parents, and greetings to you this fine day from your UAS Middle School!!!

There is excitement in the air this week because International Day has finally arrived! WOOHOO!!  Students, staff and PTSO parents have been preparing for this event for weeks and we truly look forward to an international extravaganza on Wednesday, March 15.  Please note that a schedule of the day’s festivities was previously published on the Directors Blog.  That said, please be aware that the Middle School will be hosting country museums within each of the homeroom classrooms.

The MS museums will be available for public viewing from 2:00 until 3:10, and we hope you can visit our 12 museums to sample the culture from around the globe! For your information, the diverse countries represented in the Middle School museums include:

  • Grade 6:
    • Pakistan – room #1119
    • Ireland – room #1118
    • Tanzania – room #1117
    • Brazil – room #1115
  • Grade 7:
    • Sweden – room #1109
    • New Zealand – room #1108
    • Columbia – room #1107
    • Finland – room #1106
  • Grade 8:
    • Chile – room #1105
    • Kenya – room #1104
    • Cyprus – room #1103
    • Philippines – room #1102

For your information: As part of the International Day celebration, students have been encouraged to wear the colors of the country their homeroom is representing.

Parents should note that although school buses will run at the usual timing (bus departure is planned for 3:25) our students will experience a revised school day.  Most classes will run for approximately 45 minutes in length, there will be a lunch period, and students will be dismissed at 2:00. Students wishing to depart for the day via parent or by driver are welcome to leave at that time. However, we sincerely hope many parents and students will join in the fun during the late afternoon and into the evening!  International Day event will conclude at 7 PM.

Please be aware that during the course of the early afternoon, our students will have nearly an hour to access all of the International Day festivities available on campus. There will be entertainment, country booths, games, and food trucks! Because a variety of food will be available, students are encouraged to bring money with them to school.

UAS student performances will be provided from 2:00 to 3:00, and PTSO sponsored entertainment will begin at 3:30.  It will truly be a fun and festive occasion for our entire community! I do hope you can plan to join us!

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Important Dates and Activities:

March 15: International Day

March 16: NO School for students – Professional Development day for teachers

March 23: Last day of quarter #3

March 24 – April 8: Spring Break

April 9:  Day 1 of quarter #4

April 13:  Principal Coffee: Topic will focus on Week Without Walls student presentations and the significance of experiential learning

April 16:  NO school for students and staff – School Holiday

Until our paths cross again, please take good care, and please remember, Middle School students matter!!  May peace be upon you.

UAS Aquathon Returns

The UAS AQUATHON is back! We want to see all our fantastic swimmers and runners come out on March 23rd to compete.

In the Aquathon you will SWIM 200m (8 laps in the pool) and RUN 3km (around AL Badia). You can do this INDIVIDUALLY or WITH A PARTNER. This is for any student in Grade 6-12.

The cost to participate is 75 AED and you will get a cool T-Shirt. All the money from the event will go to the Red Crescent Society and a NEW School Scorpion Mascot!

In order to register for this awesome event, you must sign them up by clicking HERE or on the MS Blog.
Once registered you must make your payment at the UAS Accounts desk. Please pay to the UAS AQUATHON Account.

Registration needs to be completed by Tuesday March 14th at 3pm.

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

Go Scorpions!