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UPDATES AND EVENTS FOR OUR DAA COMMUNITY

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Next Update: October 31st, 2019

highlights

Countdown is on! Remember to install the APP and join our 2019 GEMS DAA group! Check out all of the events and activities we have lined up! Check the calendar HERE.

superintendent's perspective

Watch as Mrs. Tammy Murphy highlights our week of self-reflection and observation with visitors from NEASC and CIS.

from admissions

We are pleased to inform you that we have opened Admissions for the academic year 2020-2021. Before we accept external students, we would like to ensure that our existing families have priority for siblings.

Please complete the application by November 1, 2019 to guarantee priority. The admissions office will contact you regarding assessments.

Should you have any questions please contact Gabrielle Keane, g.keane_daa@gemsedu.com.

from operations/security

Lost and Found

The school keeps a record of lost and found items. Items of value found on campus are turned in to our operations/security office and logged. If your child has lost something of value (i.e. ear pods, mobile, laptop) , please have them come in to the operations/security office to report it missing. Their details will be taken down and they will be contacted once the item is turned in. Inquiries regarding lost property can be directed to security_daa@gemsedu.com or to the security mobile number at 0543077457.

There are also multiple lost and found cupboards throughout the school for incidental items like water bottles, lunchboxes and unclaimed uniforms. Locations are noted below:

- In front of Athletics/Activities office (Ground floor)

- Elementary Cafeteria (Ground Floor)

- First Floor hallway leading to the Elementary Reception

- Second Floor Middle School Reception

- Third Floor High School Reception

Our PE teams encourage students to bring along their personal belongings with them to PE lessons so that they are not left unattended. In addition, our middle and high school student are provided with lockers to store items for safekeeping. Where possible we would encourage staff and students not to bring cash and valuables to school. We thank parents for their support.

Safe Driving

Our security team is present every day to ensure the safety of our students during the busy pick-up and drop-off times. We are saddened to hear of an incident in another Dubai school involving the death of a security guard at dismissal time. The Gulf News article can be read here. We urge you to be mindful and patient while on the roads and as you near the campus. Driving aggressively and disregarding the direction of the security team puts everyone at risk. We will continue to remain vigilant, but do encourage you please contact the non-emergency police line at 901 if you witness illegal and dangerous driving.

dubai fitness challenge

The Dubai Fitness Challenge is back!

DFC is an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council. It is a challenge for all residents and visitors to commit to 30 minutes of continuous exercise for 30 days between 18 October and 16 November 2019.

Are you up for the Challenge?

Your participation in the Challenge will contribute to Dubai becoming one of the most active cities in the world, and DAA one of the most active groups taking part!

Registering is simple! Complete this before the Challenge starts so your activity will count!

  1. Download the Dubai Fitness App on your mobile device.
  2. Create an account and complete your profile.
  3. Join 2019 GEMS Dubai American Academy so that all your activity counts towards our collective efforts by clicking HERE on your mobile device.

We have lined up a month of activities for teachers, students and for our parent community.

DAA is IN IT TOGETHER! Let’s do this!

Click HERE For the Full Calendar of Events and check out some highlights below!

Our DAA "Talk with Tammy" series is back! Please join our first Talk with Tammy on Oct. 23rd, which will include a Yoga session led by one of our dedicated parents, Rebia Naim. Our Talk with Tammy series is intended to give parents an opportunity to have informal discussions with our Superintendent about life at DAA. There is no set agenda, but an opportunity to keep our lines of communication open and make our connections stronger. Link HERE to rsvp!
Dear lovely moms,As part of 30 x 30 Dubai fitness challenge and improving Health and wellbeing to our parents. Heat Circuits Dubai, the best in class when it comes to fitness and transformations are offering all moms a FREE WEEK to try out their LADIES CLASS, everyday Sunday to Thursday at 8:30 AM, right after school drop off. They are located behind times square center, click here Please watch this video, the Ladies class is completely private, safe and fun, they help all ladies improve fitness, strength, core and achieve incredible transformations.Visit the website for more info www.heatcircuits.com Please email yalla@heatcircuits.com to avail your free week.

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month at a glance

Community News

We are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year and invite our current families to take advantage of the GEMS Ambassador Programme. If you introduce a new family or friend to the GEMS community, you can earn back a minimum of 4% and up to 100% of your child’s annual tuition fee in the form of GEMS Points which will be redeemable against school fees. Terms and Conditions apply. Do you have a new colleague at work or family friend who is thinking about changing schools or is new to Dubai? You can save and redeem your points against your child's tuition fees if you successfully refer them to DAA!To find out how the process works, please click HERE or ask our front of house staff!
Your GEMS username and Password will allow you access to the GEMS parent portal and to the recently launched GEMS Connect App. You can now pay for school field trips through the App!

To register for lunch delivery (K-G2) or top up your child's account (G.3-12), please click here: https://pay.slices.ae/ . Remember that once you have topped up money in your parent account, you must transfer funds to your child's account.

Questions can be directed by calling 054 792 7509

Technical issues can be processed through the Slices Support ticket page: https://support.slices.ae/ or via email to support@slices.ae

KEY CONTACTS

Dubai American Academy Main Landline: 04 704 9777 Main Email: communication_daa@gemsedu.com
ADMINISTRATIONADMISSIONS - Registrar_daa@gemsedu.com 04 704 9707Director of Admissions, Gabrielle Keane g.keane_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9706
FINANCEfinance_daa@gemsedu.com 04 704 9740 / 04 704 9744
HEALTHhealthoffice_daa@Gemsedu.com / 04 704 9761
PARENT RELATIONSHilda Tabrizi pre_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9730
GOVERNMENT RELATIONSSoheir Mohamed S.MOHAMED_DAA@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9736
SLICES CATERINGMikhail@slices.ae / 054 792 7509https://pay.slices.ae/support/ticket/submit

STS BUS SERVICEKelvin Sicat kelvin.rosario@stss.ae / 04 704 9755

Divisional directory

Early Years Reception: 04 704 9705
Elementary Reception: 04 704 9724
Middle School Reception: 04 704 9722
Middle School Attendance: 04 704 9728
High School Reception: 04 704 9723
High School Attendance: 04 704 9747
Athletics, Activities & Aquatics: 04 704 9842

Athletics: s.hibbard_daa@gemsedu.com

Activities: j.matter_daa@gemsedu.com

Aquatics: m.leclerc1_daa@gemsedu.com