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UPDATES AND EVENTS FOR OUR DAA COMMUNITY

v. 56 MAY 16, 2019

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Next Update: May 30th

Ramadan school Timings 8:00am TO 1:00pm *

On the occasion of the Eid al Fitr Holiday, school will be closed June 3rd to 6th.

Classes resume with normal hours on Sunday June 9th.

Superintendent's Perspective

Do you know what's in store for our DAA Arabic and Islamic Departments next year? Find out by watching Mrs. Murphy's Video Message for our DAA Community!

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2019-2020 Calendar is updated!

Click here for details!

ramadan kareem

Assalamo Alaykom, Ramadan Kareem.

Ramadan school Activities:

Good deeds can be practiced any time, and this should be the address for anyone throughout the days of life. The month of Ramadan is one of the best chances for everyone to practice good deeds and get rewarded as well. Ramadan is the month of charity, helping the people around us, it is also a month for family and friends to get together and enjoy each other. As we are in the year of tolerance, Ramadan is one of the chances to instill the values of coexistence and peace in local, and international communities, our Islamic Department has coordinated a series of activities during the Holy month of Ramadan including a Ramadan Competition.

Ramadan Competition: (open to all students and teachers)

Share knowledge and have fun with DAA’s Ramadan Competition!

Each week, five questions about Ramadan will be published in SPOTS and the daily questions will be available on the school screens and heard over morning announcements. Divisional Offices will have the entry forms for you to submit your answers. Our Islamic teachers will collect the answers and announce the daily winners who will be awarded a small gift from our Islamic Department!

Congratulations to our Winners! For a complete list of questions and winners, please click HERE.

Qura'n Recitation sessions: (open to Islamic students and parents)

Based on the request from parents and students our Islamic team will conduct Quran sessions during Ramadan. Timing are as follows:

  • Morning (7:30-7:50) for parents & (MS/HS) students in the conference room.
  • Morning (7:30-7:50) for ES Students in the ES conference room.

Parents / Students Education and Outreach: (open to Parents and students)

Any member of our school community is welcome to visit (Ramadan station), that educate the parent community on what Ramadan looks like at DAA, and provide information about Ramadan. Student will present generated brochures and videos shown on ipads about Ramadan.

The station in the main lobby, throughout Ramadan in the morning 7:30 - 8:30 AM.

Ramadan Assemblies: (students)

DAA has started Ramadan in a great way by conducting 3 assemblies ( 2 in the ES and 1 in MS). What a wonderful way to start The Holy Month as we recognized the winners and participants in the Quran Competition as well.

We would like to thank everyone who supported the Islamic Team for your tremendous efforts.

May Allah bless you All.

DAAPA Elections May 20th @noon

The DAAPA Family includes all of the parents of DAA students!

However, there is a group of parents who plan activities and events for the school community outside of the academic curriculum. These parent volunteers are elected for specific Executive Committee positions, so that planning and implementation of events such as the International Food Festival, the Teacher Appreciation lunch, the Winter Wonderland, the Pumpkin Patch, Movie Nights, Grade 5 and Grade 8 Completions plus many other grade-level events, can provide added fun for the DAA community. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and work alongside each other to provide extra-curricular fun for DAA students, teachers, and parents. The following positions are open and ready to be filled by YOU!

Executive Committee Positions

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Financial Operations Coordinator
  • Primary School Vice President
  • Elementary School Vice President
  • Middle School Vice President
  • High School Vice President
  • Hospitality/Food and Beverage Coordinator
  • Booster Club Chair
  • Publications and PR
  • International Food Festival Chair
The DAAPA Community Iftar has been been cancelled due to logistical issues. DAAPA wishes the DAA Community Ramadan Kareem!

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DAA Parent Connect

Parents, we need you!

We are thrilled to welcome new families who will be joining us this September. DAA Parents, we need you! Do you enjoy meeting new people? Would you like to volunteer your time to help our new joiners feel welcome? Do you want to meet families from your home country and make lasting friendships? We are compiling a database of current parents who are interested to take part in our Parent Connect program. There is no mandatory time commitment. It will only be a reach out to connect with a new family as part of our parent engagement initiative and a great way to show our Culture of Kindness to families who are new to DAA and new to Dubai. If you are open to meeting new DAA families, please fill out this form or send an email directly to pre_daa@gemsedu.com.

You can also join the Parent Connect Program by clicking HERE!

Admissions Reminders

We would like to thank our families who have re-enrolled and paid their deposit to secure seats for 2019/2020. We are in the process of releasing seats to external families at this time. For those who have not completed the re-enrolment process, your child's place will not be held. Our Admissions Team is here to assist if you have any questions. Please do not hesitate to contact registrar_daa@gemsedu.com.
GEMS Rewards is an exclusive programme for our community of students, parents & staff, allowing you to enjoy incredible savings across various experiences and earn GEMS Points that can be used to pay your child’s school fees. Click HERE to learn more!
The GEMS Scholarship program is now open for grades 6-12. The last day for scholarship applications is May 31, 2019. Terms and Conditions apply. Please see our website for further details.
For our families who are looking for ways to save on their child's tuition fees, we invite you 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% off your child’s annual tuition fee in the form of GEMS Points which will be redeemable against school fees. Terms and Conditions apply. To find out how the process works, please click HERE.

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SUPERINTENDENT's VIDEO archives

Click here to watch more video messages from Mrs. Tammy Murphy on our DAA Vimeo Channel!

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 CATERINGsupport@slices.ae / 054 792 7515 / 054 792 7503
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