November 30, 2022


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Welcome from our sUPERINTENDENT, dR. ETHAN HILDRETH

Dear DAA Community,


What a wonderful National Day celebration we enjoyed on November 29! Our students delighted in many activities and events, from the national anthem played by our brilliant school band to camel rides, petting zoo, beautiful décor, a delicious array of food, and much more. Today November 30 is another special day as DAA participates in Commemoration Day 2022, observing the national minute of silence with related commemorative activities to honor those who have given their lives to keep the flag of the UAE flying high. This follows our spectacular FUNtasisa event last week and our festive holiday dinner for colleagues, hosted by our high school students and staff in a splendid environment. In addition to the amazing Thornton Wilder play put on by our drama department and the upcoming musical production of The Music Man, as well as continuing good work in academic classes, these final weeks before the winter break are replete with hallmarks of our community events, celebrations, and spectacular learning experiences that make DAA such a special place. We look forward to the holidays as well as to the broad horizon of learning experiences and community events in the months ahead. Many, many thanks to all members of our community who work so hard and with such joyful community spirit to bring such splendid events to our students and school!


In this same spirit of school community and care for our students, we continue to pull together for the wellbeing of our children. Our WISE Foundation supports the wellbeing, inclusion, safeguarding, and emotional-social safety of our students. As an American curriculum school, DAA puts extraordinary emphasis on the growth and development of the whole child. This is exemplified in our recent meeting of stakeholders including parents, team members from all divisions, and our Local Advisory Board to support this week’s National Bullying Prevention Week and the corresponding effort by the School Health Section to raise emotional resilience in young people. As a team, we press forward with our comprehensive efforts to provide effective social supports for all our students. To this end, we have established a team to develop additional measures supporting emotional growth, further addressing student misconduct such as bullying, and promoting kindness in keeping with the driving ethos of our remarkable school, our Dubai American Academy. Together, we continue our proactive work focused on care and kindness.


Our DAA school community is a special place, providing a rich and outstanding learning environment because of you, our community pulling together time and again to give our students the gift of exceptional education and exemplary community. Thank you, Dubai American Academy!


With kindest regards and respect,


Dr. Ethan Hildreth

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The DAA Times

Middle School student created newspaper

November-December Newsletter.pdf

UPCOMING DAA EVENTS

Tickets go on sale from November 22, for only 20aed, with all proceeds going to the GEMS-approved charity, Dubai Cares. You can purchase tickets (cash only) in the DAA Atrium during drop-off and pick-up. Remaining tickets will also be on sale at the door before each performance. Don’t miss out on being a part of the audience for this spectacular show!

51st UAE National Day Celebrations

Thanks to our incredible Emirati parents and Zayed Crew volunteers that helped make our National Day celebrations so successful.

Our students had the opportunity to enjoy:

  • Arabic calligraphy

  • UAE fashion show in Middle School

  • Arabic play in Elementary School

  • Music and dance performances

  • Acrobatic performances

  • Petting zoo

  • Local animals

  • Henna

  • Festive salon services

  • Full Emirati buffet

  • Shawama station

  • Dukkan treats

commemoration Day Assembly

We celebrated the honor and loyalty of the UAE martyrs, in recognition of the sacrifices made for their country. DAA participated in the nationwide minute of silence in memory of the martyrs who have given their lives to keep the flag of the UAE flying high, as they performed their duties in the homeland and abroad, within the civil, military and humanitarian fields.

Message from our WEllness Team

Stress During the holiday.pdf

HEALTH OFFICE reminder



Kindly be reminded, if your child is feeling unwell please keep them at home, Thank you.


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KEY CONTACTS

Dubai American Academy Main Landline: 04 704 9777 Main Email: communication_daa@gemsedu.com
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