v. 58 JUNE 20, 2019

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This is the last issue of SPOTS for the

2018-2019 Academic Year.

Next Update: September 2019

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Mrs. Tammy Murphy shares her final video message with our DAA Community for the 2018-2019 academic year. Watch as she highlights exciting future plans for our campus as we move forward in our journey of becoming the most innovative school in the world.

Operations & security/ lost and found

This year, we have had 105 valuable lost and found items returned to their rightful owners.

Our lost property still contains many items including the listed ones below. If you think these items could belong to you please see DAA Security/Operations teams.

  1. Five headsets with different brands (wireless and with cord)
  2. One Casio calculator
  3. Two sunglasses
  4. One Apple wrist watch and a child’s wrist watch
  5. Fashion ring and necklace
  6. One fashion ring for child
  7. Apple earbud charger
  8. Money purse
  9. Eyeglasses casing

Next week as we do every term all lost and found item will be put on display at the front of the school for parents to have one final check. Items left unclaimed by June 27th will be donated.

Unfortunately this year we have had several items reported missing, believed to be theft. The school keeps records of these incidents to see if a pattern can be determined and reviews CCTV surrounding suspected incidents. Should our CCTV provide any conclusive evidence, the authorities will be contacted. Changing rooms cannot be covered by CCTV. 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. Our cafeterias have a cash free option as well. Should bringing cash and valuables into school be unavoidable please do not leave them unattended. We thank parents for their support.

Student IDs

Keep the student IDs in a safe place over summer!

All students in Grades 3-11 were issued student ID cards this year which they were able to use in the Slices cafeterias. It is important that you keep these IDs in a safe place over the summer as they will remain valid at the start of the school year and until such time as new IDs are printed and issued.


There are new KHDA guidelines in place that now require all students who are moving to another school within Dubai to obtain a transfer certificate (TC) from their current school in order to complete the registration process in their new school. For those leaving Dubai American Academy, please ensure that you have requested this TC from our Government Relations Office. There is a 120AED fee that must be paid at accounts and proof of payment must be submitted to our Government Relations Executive Soheir Mohamed. Ms. Mohamed will notify you once the leaving certificate is ready for collection. All TCs are expected to be available for collection by mid-July. In order to ensure that we process and issue your Transfer Certificate and there are no undue delays, kindly ensure that you clear all outstanding accounts with the school. For further questions regarding the transfer certificate process, kindly contact Soheir Mohamed at

ATHLETICS and actvities

save the dates!

As the school year closes the Athletics Department look forward to the new school year of 2019-2020. We are quite excited as our program continues to develop and grow. Our main goal is to provide our students with the opportunities to participate, and we hope these new offerings will do just that. More news about these offerings will be available upon our return after the holiday.

Here are some important dates regarding athletics, activities and aquatics for the beginning of next school year.

August 25th to August 29th


Registration begins for U14, JV and Varsity Season 1 teams

Open Gym Sessions for MS and HS students (each day at 16:15)

September 2nd

Information for KG2 to Grade 8 Activities will be available

Season 1 Try-outs begin

September 5th

External Activities Fair and Registration

September 8th to 12th

KG2 to Grade 8 Activities Registration

Here are two great articles relating to youth sports that I encourage parents to read.

Finally, please click the link for the full 2019-2020 Athletic and Activities Calendar.

We wish everyone a restful and relaxing holiday and we will see you when you return in September.

Go Leopards!

Scott Hibbard,

Athletics Director


Summer CAMPS & programs

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and StryxSports, one of the UAE’s leading sports providers, announced that the second NBA Basketball School camp will be held at the Dubai American Academy in Al Barsha from Friday, June 28 – Friday, July 5. Former Boston Celtics guard Greg Minor will attend the week-long camp to provide on-court instruction alongside Jeff Christiansen, NBA Basketball School Dubai Technical Director and former Reno Bighorns (NBA G League) assistant coach.

The tuition-based basketball development program, which debuted in Dubai in March, includes skill-based sessions and stations focusing on the fundamentals of the game.

Registration for the camp is now open by visiting

It is that time of the year again when ESM Holiday Camps will be running their Summer Camps at GEMS Dubai American Academy from the June 30 – 22 August 2019 (excluding the EID week 11 – 15 Aug) for children aged 4 – 11 years old.

Your children will have a chance to kick back, learn something new and have some fun, while being active indoors taking part in our multi activity camp during the hot summer months.

As parents you will have peace of mind that your child is well looked after and enjoying the camp experience.


  • Drop off from 8.15 – 8.45am
  • Activities start from 9 – 1.30pm
  • Pick up from 1.30 – 1.45pm


  • Registration and payment for the Summer Camp is now open.
  • To avoid disappointment, click the link to book:


  • Please do note that only online registrations and payments make you eligible for the weekly discounted rate, there are no discounts on daily bookings.
  • To avail a 30% Discount (1-3 week booking) and/or the 40% Discount (4-7 week booking) on the regular weekly rates, use the code: SUMGEMS
  • Bookings: 1-3 x weeks with discount code = AED662/week, 4-7 x weeks with discount code = AED567/week)
  • There will be an additional 10% siblings discount on weekly bookings for the second, third and fourth child
  • Weekly and siblings discount is not valid for daily bookings
  • If you do pay on the day, regular fees will be charged.

If you have any questions, please do connect with us and we’ll help you as soon as possible, for more information please email us on

The SPACE EXPLORER camps will take place from 7 July to 1 August for two age groups (11-14yr) and (15-18yr)Each Camp is 5 days long (day camp) where students will learn about Satellites, Rocketry, Robotics, Electrical soldering, Mars and more.The Camps are open to all nationalities.o (Boys 11-14yr): 7 July - 11 Julyo (Girls 11-14yr): 14 July - 18 Julyo (Boys 15-18yr): 21 July - 25 Julyo (Girls 15-18yr): 28 July - 1 August· Location: Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre· Price: 1,200 AED· Registration and for information:



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ADMINISTRATIONADMISSIONS - 04 704 9707Director of Admissions, Gabrielle Keane / 04 704 9706 04 704 9740 / 04 704 9744 / 04 704 9761
PARENT RELATIONSHilda Tabrizi / 04 704 9730
GOVERNMENT RELATIONSSoheir Mohamed / 04 704 9736
SLICES / 054 792 7515 / 054 792 7503
STS BUS SERVICEKelvin Sicat / 04 704 9755

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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