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UPDATES AND EVENTS FOR OUR DAA COMMUNITY

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Next Update: February 20, 2020

superintendent's perspective

Watch and hear from our Academic Data Coordinator, Anna Gomez as she explains our students' impressive results during the recent round of PISA assessments.

HEALTH & SAFETY

GEMS has been working closely with the UAE authorities to ensure that we provide a consistent and accurate message. We wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate the requirements from the Ministry of Education, related to China travel.

For those students, staff members and family members who have recently returned from China, could we ask that you inform the school administration team of this. Please note, that in line with MOE requirements any such persons will need to be exempted from school for a period of 14 days from arrival.

The safety and welfare of our school communities are of the utmost importance.

highlights & QUICK LINKS

MS & HS Parents whose children are registered for overseas WWW and HSC trips, please remember to check your inbox and complete the TRIPS survey by 12NOON Sunday Feb. 9th.

Upcoming calendar of events

February 9th - ES and MS MAP testing begin

February 9th - Unifrog Session for HS Parents (2 Sessions Available - 8am-9am or 6:15pm-8:15pm), Auditorium

February 9th - Athletic Season 3 Tryouts

February 10th - DAAPA International Food Festival Meeting 7:45am.

February 11th - Professional Learning Day - No School for Students

February 12th - MS Parent Coffee morning with Dr. Saliha Afridi, 8am, First Floor Conference Room

February 13th - DAAPA ES Movie Night 6pm, Sports Field

February 13th - Middle School Sports Day

February 16th - Week of Elementary Class Photos

February 17th - Junior College Night, 6pm, Auditorium

February 23rd - High School Higher Level Service and Careers Week

February 25 -27th - Grade 5 Overnight trips

DAA’s Goal of becoming a Green Flag ECO-SCHOOL

DAA’s Eco-School Committee is a committee that is made of our students from Elementary, Middle and High-School as well as members from our Administration team. As a committee we have discussed our school’s water, electricity and paper usage, waste management and raising awareness of environmental issues affecting our earth.

Our goal of becoming a Green Flag school cannot be done without your help. Discussing local and global environmental issues with your children at home helps to solidify the learning they are receiving in school about how they can play a part in protecting our environment from further harm.

Many people do not realize that almost all of the water from our taps has been through a desalination process that requires an incredible amount of electricity. That is why it is so important to reduce our water wastage. This can be done at home by installing water conservation devices on taps and shower heads. Reducing the amount of time spent in the shower also has a huge impact.

Thank you for your support.

DAA’s Eco-School Committee

Would you be willing to share your expertise in your profession with one of our amazing high school students?

From February 23-27th 2020, we will hold our annual Work Experience for many of our high school students. During this week, students learn more about their chosen profession in the hopes that their future path to university and beyond becomes more clear. They will also learn about the workplace, workplace etiquette and have the opportunity to develop self-management skills. While a great number of our students have been successful in securing a placement, we are still in need of more opportunities.

If you would be so kind to accept one of our high school students as a volunteer during the week of February 23rd-27th 2020, please fill out the form linked here:

DAA Parents offering Work Experience Placement.

Thank you so much. Your support in this program means so much to the students and their future success.

Sincerely,

Josh Doubleday

Dean of Students, High School

from admissions

If you are leaving Dubai and intend to withdraw your child from DAA, please note that you are required to inform our Admissions team and complete the Transfer request through the GEMS Parent Portal or GEMS Connect App using your GEMS Username and Password. For more detail on the withdrawal process, please visit our Website or reach out to our Admissions team at Registrar_daa@gemsedu.com.

Now, pay fees and for field trips now through the GEMS Connect App. Use your GEMS Username and Password or contact receptionist_daa@gemsedu.com for support.

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 daa@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