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v. 40 SEPTEMBER 6th, 2018

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superintendent's perspective

Dear DAA Families,

It is both my honor and privilege to introduce to you the Dubai American Academy Senior Leadership Team for 2018-2019. Our team of dedicated professionals collectively have over 300 years in education. This experience, knowledge and dedication in their field makes them beyond outstanding! Each brings their unique expertise to our school and collectively we promote a growth and continuous improvement mindset.

We look forward to building relationships with you and the students this year. Please join us for divisional coffees and other venues where we can get to know one another and make connections around our shared work.

My best,

Tammy Murphy

Superintendent/CEO

senior leadership team

SUPERINTENDENT/CEO

TAMMY MURPHY

Tammy is excited to begin her second year at GEMS Dubai American Academy after spending the previous 12 years in California as the Superintendent of both Ross and Montecito Union School Districts. Originally from the East Coast, she spent most of her 33-year career in education at the Cherry Hill Schools in New Jersey, USA. There she served as an elementary teacher and principal, middle school principal, and assistant superintendent of instruction for over 12,000 students and 19 schools. In each of these learning communities, she focused on both academic achievement and character development. At Montecito, she collaborated with a committed staff in helping them to be recognized as one of the five US schools honored as an International Habits of Mind School of Excellence. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and has completed extensive doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership at Rowan University.

DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT

BEN VOBORSKY

Ben will be starting his second year as Deputy Superintendent of GEMS Dubai American Academy. He joined DAA from GEMS American Academy in Abu Dhabi where he held the position of K-5 Elementary Principal. Prior to joining GEMS, Ben served as an Elementary Teacher in American Curriculum and American Overseas Schools around the world. Ben holds a Bachelors from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, a Masters in Special Education from the University of Southern Queensland, and a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Advanced Educational Leadership from the University of New England in Maine. His focus when developing schools has been on systems thinking, school culture, innovation, inclusion, and the professional learning of teachers. Ben is passionate about continuous school improvement and creating the best educational experience for each student. He is an active Council of International Schools and Middle States Association Evaluator.

HEAD OF TEACHING, LEARNING & INNOVATION

LISA RAMSHAW

Lisa joined GEMS Dubai American Academy in August 2018 as the Head of Teaching, Learning & Innovation for the 2018/19 academic year. She joined GEMS Education in January 2009 as a PE Teacher and Professional Development Leader at GEMS World Academy. In 2011, Lisa moved to the Professional Learning and Development (PLD) Team at GEMS Corporate Office (now TELLAL Institute) and has been immersed in school based teacher and leader development since then. As part of the TELLAL Institute, Lisa continued to work closely with all GEMS schools and partner universities with reference to initial teacher training, professional learning and development, and school leadership and management. Lisa holds a Masters in Leadership and Management in Education from Manchester Metropolitan University in England and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western University in Canada.


HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

MARC STARR

Marc joined GEMS Dubai American Academy in 2013. He served as IB Coordinator from 2013-2017 and graduated his first class as High School Principal in May of 2018. Prior to joining DAA, Marc was the IB Coordinator and university guidance counselor at the Academia Britanica Cuscatleca (British School) in El Salvador, a position he held for seven years. Marc has also been involved with the International Baccalaureate in several different capacities, including authorization visits, a consultant, an examiner as well as a workshop leader. Marc has also taught in Kuwait. Originally from British Columbia in Canada, Marc has a BA in History and Geography from Simon Fraser University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Victoria. He is joined in Dubai by his wife, Eugenia, who teaches in the Primary School and their two youngest children. Their oldest, who is an IB Graduate just completed his studies at the University of British Columbia. When not in Dubai, their time is divided between Canada and El Salvador.

ASSISTANT HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

TAMMY JOCHINKE

Tammy joined GEMS Dubai American Academy in 2017. Prior to joining DAA, Tammy started her career in her native NYC as a High School Earth Science and Biology teacher, 6-12 Literacy coach and Assistant Principal of an IB High School. A career opportunity for her husband brought her to Dubai in 2014, and she joined GEMS Al Khaleej National School as the K-12 Director of Academic Standards and Curriculum, a position she held for 3 years. Tammy has a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Secondary Education and Masters Degree in GeoScience and Educational Leadership. Her focus is on the development of the curriculum, rigorous and ongoing assessment practices and supporting teacher and leaders in their own personal development as educators. Tammy’s son will attend Little GEMS for the 2018-2019 academic year and will join KG1 at DAA next year. Tammy and her family split their time between NY and Australia, her husbands home.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

HARRY HOULIS

Harry was born into an international life at a young age travelling and living in Belgium, South Korea and Greece before he turned 12. Harry comes to Dubai from St. Petersburg where he has served as the K-12 Principal since 2014. Harry has been a Principal in Russia since 2010, and has also lived and worked in Croatia, Poland, Spain, Morocco and Kuwait. Before he became a Principal in 2006, he taught science and math in both High School and Middle School. Harry received his Bachelor of Science in Education/Biology from Florida Institute of Technology, his Master of Science in Education/Biology from State University of New York and his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the College of New Jersey.
His passion is in working and growing school communities with a focus on building student agency. He loves working with Middle School students and teachers in a rich learning environment in which both holistic and academic growth are encouraged, and modelled, by all stakeholders.


Assistant Middle School Principal

AIMEE FLEMING

Aimee has been a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the DAA community for the past 9 years. During her time at DAA Aimee has successfully carried out multiple roles including; a teacher in the High School, Head of Department, K-12 Director of Curriculum and most recently the Middle School Assistant Principal. Aimee’s passion to work in education began in New Zealand where she graduated with a B.Ed and graduate diploma in teaching and learning specializing in physical education and geography. This, along with some teaching experience, provided a great springboard into the UK where Aimee taught for a couple of years, whilst travelling the globe. In 2009 Aimee arrived at DAA where she developed a passion for educational leadership, launching the IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science program and graduating with a M.Sc. in educational leadership and administration. As a leader in education Aimee always endeavors to lead with passion and good moral purpose that ensures the teaching and learning occurring in the classroom fills students with a sense of wonder, curiosity and enthusiasm. Aimee believes and values that the unique and outstanding characteristics of DAA encourages students to pursue a lifelong love for learning, leading them to a bright and successful future. Although a proud Kiwi from New Zealand, Aimee is now happily married to a British Cypriot with whom she has two beautiful children, Olivia 4, and Ruben 2.

Executive Principal K-5

CRAIG CANTLIE

Craig is the Executive Principal of the Elementary School at GEMS Dubai American Academy. Prior to joining Dubai American Academy Craig spent four years as the Principal of Caulfeild iDEC (inquiry-based digitally enhanced community), a highly regarded K-7 Elementary School in the highest performing school district in Canada. In his time as Principal, the school team was nominated for the Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education for the team’s work developing a Program of Inquiry based on the Future Fluencies, completely redesigning learning spaces across the school to reflect approaches to modern learning and fostered a strong sense of community values amongst all stakeholders.
As a teacher, Craig has experience in a number of educational systems as he taught in British Columbia, England and Tokyo, Japan where he worked within the Primary Years Program. Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Education from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Victoria. Throughout his eighteen years as an educator, Craig has strongly valued inquiry-based learning, collaboration, innovation, pursuit of each child’s personal excellence and the capacity building of educators. Craig believes in inspiring those around him and spent five years as the licensee and curator of TEDxWestVancouverED, an event designed to challenge and inspire our ideas and practices as educators.

Principal of Learning Gr.1-5

ANITA SIMPSON

This is Anita’s second year at DAA, having joined the team last year. She is from Tiny, Ontario, Canada and, after graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada, she performed for seven years in film, stage, television and radio.
After being inspired by the children in the cast of Anne of Green Gables, she returned to school and began her career in education as a Drama and English teacher. From there she became an Arts Consultant, Vice Principal, Principal, Principal of Program and, for the last seven years, a Superintendent of Program and Innovation, where she facilitated modern learning for over 50,000 students in 107 schools.
Anita is proud to have earned the ORION K-12 Leadership Award for Innovation in 2017 for the province of Ontario. She was also the Canadian Cluster Lead in a global deep learning lab for three years, led by Dr. Michael Fullan, where she worked closely with cluster leads from Finland, Netherlands, Uruguay, USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Anita is passionate about leadership, learning, innovation, the arts and creativity.She’s joined by her husband, Michael, a Canadian actor.

Principal of Culture & Organizational Systems Gr. 1-5

NATHALIE SALAMEH

Nathalie is thrilled to begin her eleventh year at GEMS Dubai American Academy. This is her second year in the role of Principal, prior to which she served in the capacity of Homeroom Teacher, Team Lead and Assistant Principal. Before joining GEMS, Nathalie held the position of Elementary Teacher at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon for seven years . In both communities, she focused on educating the whole child, being mindful of the importance of both the academic achievement and social and emotional development of all students. At DAA, she collaborated with a dedicated team to help develop and apply evidence-based strategies & systems to increase social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students within a positive school culture and climate that promotes risk taking and doing one's best. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in School Guidance and Counselling from the American University of Beirut and has completed a certification in International School Leadership through The Principals' Training Center.

Assistant Principal KG1/KG2

TOOSHNA GANDHI


Tooshna is excited to begin her ninth year at GEMS Dubai American Academy, and fourteenth year with GEMS Education. This is her second year in the role of Assistant Principal, prior to which she served in the capacity of Homeroom Teacher, Team Lead, Learning Support teacher and Early Years Coordinator. Prior to working at DAA, Tooshna taught at GEMS Wellington International School for five years. She has also taught in India for a number of years at St. Columba’s School, New Delhi. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Delhi, India, a post graduate certificate in education from the University of Sunderland, UK, and is completing her dissertation towards a Masters degree in educational leadership from the University of Leicester, UK. Tooshna and her family have called Dubai home for more than thirteen years, and both her children have been part of the DAA family since they were little. Her daughter graduated from DAA this year, and her son is a Junior at the school. Tooshna’s professional interests include early childhood education, inclusive education, curriculum and assessment. She believes in educating from the heart, and also believes that schools are learning cultures that are built on respect, trust, relationships, and a growth mindset. Tooshna feels privileged to be a part of the DAA community where teachers, parents and students work towards making education a positive, dynamic, and progressive experience for all.

Director of Learning Early Childhood KG1/KG2, Arabic & Islamic K-12

NOHA BISHARA

Noha Bishara is the new Director of the Early Years in addition to Arabic and Islamic Studies (K-12) at GEMS Dubai American Academy. Noha joined the DAA team as an Innovation Coach working with teachers and students of various ages, on promoting innovative learning strategies, creativity and the development of higher order and computational thinking skills. In addition, Noha has been actively involved in curriculum writing and review, in line with the school’s vision.Prior to her current role at DAA, she served as the Kindergarten Lead at GEMS Nations Academy. With her team, Noha helped develop and deliver a unique Reggio inspired creative curriculum, which was geared towards aiding students with understanding and utilizing the Future Fluencies and incorporating robotics and coding in the Early Years Program.Throughout her 10 years of employment with GEMS Education, Noha contributed to the professional development of numerous colleagues, through her role as a TELLAL workshop leader and a presenter in international education conferences such as Edu-Tech Middle East.Noha’s interest and commitment to international mindedness in education, led her to become a certified visiting team member for the Council of International Schools. This role enabled her to interact and work with fellow educators from across the globe, while enriching her own knowledge of best practice and creative teaching approaches.Noha received her Bachelor of Education degree from York University in Ontario, Canada and her Masters of Education degree from Murdoch University. She consistently attends and participates in renowned educational conferences such as Constructing Modern Knowledge 2016, Global Education and Skills Forum 2017 and Carnegie Mellon University’s GEMS Robotics Conference 2017 to list a few.

Athletics Director

SCOTT HIBBARD

Scott is extremely excited to start his first year at DAA as the Athletics and Activities Director, and looks forward to making a great program even better. Scott is passionate about sports and activities and how to involve students. He firmly believes in providing opportunities for students to participate in the program.
Scott will be starting his 25th year in international school education, which has spanned 6 schools and 5 countries. He started his teaching career in 1993 at the Frankfurt International School as a substitute teacher and sports coach. In 1996 he took his first full time position at the International School of Frankfurt-Rhein Main where he started and developed the Physical Education and Athletics programs. Scott is credited for helping create the German International Schools Sports Tournament League (GISST), which is a 10 school sports league for German International Schools. In 2004 Scott moved to Bogota, Colombia and to the Colegio Anglo Colombiano where he was the Head of Sport and Physical Education. There he led the program in an extensive re-build of the PE curriculum and Athletics Department. These foundations he helped build at both schools are even felt today. In 2008, Scott moved back to Europe and was the Athletics and Activities Director at the American International School of Bucharest. At AISB Scott led the department as it expanded to include new activities and sports teams, as well as, introducing new policies and procedures for students, coaches and parents. In 2016 Scott took on a new challenge by moving to Africa and to Tanzania. Here he worked at the International School of Moshi as the Head of Sport, Physical Education and Life Skills. Here he worked on improving the athletic facilities, and setting firm expectations for participating students.
Scott holds a Bachelors of Science in Education from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and a Masters of Science in Athletics Administration from Grace College and Seminary in Indiana as well as a Certificate of Athletics Administration from the NIAAA.

IB Coordinator

JIM ATKINSON

2018 will be Jim’s 6th year at DAA and 15th Year in Education. Jim’s background is in the Natural Sciences and has a Bachelor of Science majoring in marine science from Southern Cross University, Australia. Upon completion of his Diploma in secondary education from the University of Western Australia, Jim taught across a range of educational systems including Australian, English, American as well as being involved in the International Baccalaureate programs. Jim’s passion for travel and education led him to complete a Masters in international education from Bath University, UK. Jim has held a number of leadership roles over his 16-year career in education from KS3 coordinator, Head of Department, to IB coordinator, his interest in education and bringing the best out of students prompted Jim to begin a second Masters in educational leadership and management from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Jim’s professional interests focus on developing students approaches to learning, building high quality learning environments, assessment practices and international mindedness. Jim is joined at DAA by his wife Mandy who is the ES librarian and his two children Oakley (3) and Zoe (1).

Director of Inclusion

Zachary Hill

Zachary is excited to begin his second year as the Director of Inclusion at DAA after spending the previous 4 years as a Learning Support Teacher in the DAA middle school. Before DAA, he spent 6 years as a Special Education Teacher at Wayne Central School District in western New York State. He has spent his entire 10 year career working with students of determination and considers it to be his main purpose in life. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in both History and Adolescent Inclusive Education from Nazareth College of Rochester in New York State.

Director of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

SREEJIT CHAKRABARTY

Sreejit will be starting his second year at GEMS Dubai American Academy and his first as the Director for Robotics and AI. He is from Mumbai, India and was part of the team at GEMS Nations Academy where he was the Manager for Robotics & Training. Before joining GEMS, Sreejit worked as an external consultant supporting schools in implementing Robotics and STEM-based solutions; including curriculum development, research, training, and Professional Development. He has also worked extensively with the Ministry of Education in UAE, Oman, Qatar, and India in developing strategies for incorporating STEM and Robotics in their respective curriculums, and has trained ministry teachers across the region. Sreejit holds a Bachelors of Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University, a Masters in Business Administration from MGU and several professional recognition from Harvard, IIT (Mumbai) and Carnegie Mellon University in Robotics and Maker Centered Learning. His passion for researching emerging technologies and finding ways of extracting educational benefits out of them is what gets him excited. Sreejit is also working closely with GEMS X and is the TELLAL Network Leader across GEMS for Robotics, STEAM, and AI.

Director of Innovative Learning Systems

ABHISHEK SINGH

Abhishek(Abhi) will begin his 13th year in Education at GEMS Dubai American Academy(DAA). This is his second year at DAA where he moves into his new role of Director of Innovative Learning Systems after teaching IB CS, ITGS, Robotics and IT for a year in High School. Before moving to Dubai, he was teaching at GEMS American Academy, Abu Dhabi since August 2013 teaching IT, IB Computer Science and Math Studies and also Vedic Mathematics. Prior to joining GEMS, he was teaching at the American School of Bombay where his responsibilities included Computer Science, Programming, Graphic Design, Robotics and Game Design to Secondary School students. Abhi holds a Bachelors from Mumbai University in Mumbai, India; Masters in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction from Boston university in Boston, Massachusetts and Masters in Information Technology from Queensland Australia with a focus on Databases and Enterprise Systems. He also has many other professional certifications in Software Engineering, Information Technology, Google Suite and Microsoft that demonstrate his love and passion towards Technology. He is extremely passionate about continuous improvement and innovation in systems in order to provide the optimum learning experience for students and an innovative working environment for staff. Abhi is also a coach and loves coaching Badminton and Cricket and has coached many successful seasons of Varsity and Junior Varsity Badminton over the last 10 years.

Academic Data Coordinator

ANNA GOMEZ

Anna is excited to begin her second year as Academic Data Coordinator at GEMS Dubai American Academy. She is also looking forward to her second year in Dubai and exploring the region more. Before moving to Dubai, Anna lived in Singapore where she worked in Education Technology.Prior to that Anna was International Program Consultant for ASCD, supporting curriculum and professional development initiatives in schools and educational organizations around the world. She has worked extensively throughout Asia with both corporate and education sectors training and development initiatives, in operational and consultative roles. An accomplished speaker and presenter, she has also facilitated numerous workshops in many countries around Asia. Anna has also spent several years teaching at an International School.
A graduate of George Mason University in Virginia, Anna received a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She earned a B.A. in Human Resource Management from De La Salle University in Manila. She holds a Virginia Teaching License and an IB PYP Certificate. She looks forward to continuing her commitment to lifelong learning as she pursues her Certificate in School Management and Leadership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Admissions Director

GABRIELLE KEANE

Gabrielle is from New York and has lived in Dubai for the past 9 years. She has opened two new schools in Dubai, most recent was Clarion School, Progressive American where she was Operations Director for the first 2 years then Director of Development and Admissions. Prior to that she opened Uptown School, IB as well as supporting American Academy for Girls AlMizhar, Taaleem Group. She lives here with her husband and son.

Manager of School Operations

JEMMA LEWIS

Jemma Lewis is the Manager, School Operations (MSO). Having completed her Honors degree in BSc Sports Science from the University of Gloucestershire (UK) Jemma Immediately entered the world of Leisure Management. Her success with John Nike Leisuresports the UK’s largest winter sports providers soon captured the attention of Emaar, one of the UAE’s leading developers. Jemma joined Emaar in 2012 as an Operations Manager for Dubai Mall before joining GEMS as part of the New School Pre Operations team in 2015. This will be Jemma’s 3rd Year at the campus overseeing all non-educational aspects of the building management.

HR Manager

VALENTINA SAUCHELLI

Valentina Sauchelli has eight years of HR and administrative experience in the UAE and worked in construction, manufacturing, trading industries before she found her passion for HR in Education industry.
She joined GEMS Education in 2015 and worked in the pre-operations team and then in GEMS Nations Academy and GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail before joining GEMS Dubai American Academy in December 2017. Valentina earned the Bachelor Degree in International Relations from Tomsk State University and MBA in Finance from Canadian University Dubai and holds a professional CIPD qualification in HR Practice.

key dates september

DAA's Student Information System powerschool

PowerSchool is our new DAA all-school Student Information System. This is our main database of student information, including grades, attendance and schedules. The parent portal access is a gateway to information giving parents visibility to this information in addition to receiving bulletins and information from the school. Student schedules are currently been adjusted and stored in the platform. A phased rollout for parent accessibility to the system is expected to be launched in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for further information.

athletics and activities

Middle and High School Season One registration for sports and activity teams has started and has generated a lot of enthusiasm with over 300 students involved. Teams have begun tryouts and selections of teams will be taking place in the next week. The coaches and the Athletics and Activities Department are really excited to kick off the new sporting year!

after school activities registration begins on sunday!

Next week will be a busy time for parents to sign up for After School Activities! Depending on the age of your child(ren), and the activity in which they are interested, there are different programs and different ways to register. Please refer to our Athletics / Aquatics / Activities Information Booklet as posted on our DAA website, for an overview of all programs. Internal ASAs will run from 3:00 to 3:45, while Jr EAC and External ASAs will run from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Locations of ASAs will be sent out next week.

Specific information for next week:

On Sunday, September 9 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm, and Monday, September 10 from 7:00 - 8:30 am, DAA will be hosting the External ASA Provider Registration Fair. This will include over 28 vendors who provide paid instruction classes at DAA (immediately after school as well as evenings and weekends), or off-site (ie culinary arts, water / beach activities, etc). Parents will register with, and pay directly to, these providers. Please note - these providers primarily offer ASAs to students from KG1 to Grade 5, but also for Grade 6 and above. The Fairs are open to all DAA parents. Please see below the list of Delta and ESM paid providers.

Also on Sunday September 9, the DAA Internal (teacher-led) ASA registrations, for KG2 - Grade 5 parents will go live, online at 11 am. Parents will click on the link below for the Schoolbookings.net login, and enter the code fmngf.

You will only be able to register for an ASA if it is not full. If you are successful, you will receive an email confirmation. Please only choose an ASA which is offered to the same grade level as your child. The Internal ASA and Jr EAC bookings will be open most of the week, but please sign up early to avoid disappointment, as the activities will fill up quickly. Parents may sign up for one Internal ASA (per child) only, but can also sign up for Jr EAC, and as many External ASAs as you wish.

Check out the Schedule of Trimester 1 Internal Teacher-Led Activities below and sign up via this link:

use this code:

fmngf


Schedule of Trimester 1 Internal After-School Activities (updated Sept. 8th)

ES ASAs Tri 1 2018-19 - ES.pdf

JR EAC (FOR GRADES 4, 5 &6)

Our Grade 4, 5 and 6 Jr EAC Soccer teams are also taking registrations on Sunday. Please click on the link to fill out the Google form:

EXTERNAL (PAID) ACTIVITY OFFERINGS

Science & Experiment by Mad Science

    • Fun Robotics
    • Mandarin (Native & Non Native ) by Think First
    • German, Spanish , French , Russian by Headway
    • Creative Art by Aufuq Alebdaa
    • Engineering for Kids
    • Coding by coded Minds
    • Musical Theatre by DPA
    • Ballroom dancing by Crystal Dance
    • Chess by International chess center
    • Art programme by Young Rembrandts
    • Mini theatre by Impact
    • Equestrian Club – Sustainable city- Horse-riding
    • Water cooled – Sailing
    • Fairmont culinary art
    • GEMS Music Hub will also be on hand to answer questions

ESM Providers at DAA

· Absolute Gymnastics

· Basicball

· FC Barcelona

· Turning Pointe

· Hamilton Aquatics

· UAE Shaolin Kung Fu

· Ultra-Sports MMA/Boxing

· Budo Juku Karate

· Parkour DXB

· Divers Down

· EAFL (Football & Cheerleading)

· DLL - Dubai Little League

ESM @ DAA Trimester 1 2018 2018.pptx(1 page).pdf
2018-19 Academy Guide - DAA - T1.pdf

gems music hub

Dear Parents, I am delighted to inform you that the GEMS Choir is looking for new members for the 2018-2019 school year. The GEMS Choir is for dedicated vocalists from GEMS schools all over the area. Members vary in range from 7-18 years of age, are skilled singers, and are committed to all rehearsals and performances. This prestigious group performs at sophisticated venues and will have the opportunity to work and perform with the London Concert Orchestra Show Band and Capital Singers under the direction of renowned conductor, Jae Alexander. This ensemble, of course, provides a fantastic opportunity for some of the talented singers in GEMS schools. As many students and parents realized last year, however, such an ambitious project with such prestigious outcomes requires a significant amount of commitment from students (and their parents) and the schools themselves: Students who are accepted into this choir will be required to:- Commit to Saturday rehearsals at WSO throughout the school year (please see below)- Commit to the rehearsals and performances for the Jingle Bell Favourites at Dubai Opera in December 2018.- Commit to rehearsals and performances in March 2019 at the GESF (probably at the Atlantis Hotel)- Commit to rehearsals in school time each week with the GEMS school music team- Commit to other rehearsals as required in advance of the performance dates- Commit to performance dates and times as these are announced- Commit time to practice the pieces and learn lyrics outside of scheduled rehearsal time Saturday rehearsals will take place at Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis from 9am – 11am on the following dates: Term 1Saturday 29 September 2018Saturday 6 October 2018Saturday 13 October 2018Saturday 3 November 2018Saturday 10 November 2018Saturday 17 November 2018Saturday 24 November 2018Concert: Saturday 24 November 2018, 6pm at WEK Term 2Saturday 19 January 2019Saturday 26 January 2019Saturday 2 February 2019Saturday 9 February 2019Saturday 2 March 2019Saturday 9 March 2019Saturday 16 March 2019 Term 3Saturday 27 April 2019Saturday 4 May 2019Saturday 11 May 2019Saturday 18 May 2019Saturday 25 May 2019Saturday 1 June 2019Saturday 15 June 2019Concert: Saturday 15 June 2019, 6pm at WEK Jingle Bell Favorites at Dubai Opera Rehearsals:Wednesday 12 December 2018 (times to be confirmed)Thursday 13 December 2018 (times to be confirmed)Performances:Thursday 13 December 2018 at 8pmFriday 14 December at 11am, 3pm and 8pmSaturday 15 December at 2pm and 7pm Students who are interested in being part of this group must first audition for the DAA MS Music Teacher, Ms. Sara Hall. Students must prepare one of the following songs and arrange an audition time with Ms. Hall next week. Then, there will be a second audition at Wellington Academy, Al Khail on Monday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 18. Auditioning students must prepare one of the following songs: Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of OzReflection from MulanI Believe I Can Fly by R. KellyRun by Leona Lewis Students must learn the lyrics and the backing tracks will be provided. The backing tracks can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3mo4lawfvu8adj4/AACs-3jtV2UKy-3nrPFOva0ia?dl=0 For any further questions about the audition procedure or the GEMS Choir, please contact Ms. Sara Hall at s.hall_daa@gemsedu.com Yours sincerely,The GEMS Music Hub
GEMS Music Hub offers:- One-to-one instrumental lessons during the school day at some GEMS Schools- Saturday Music Activities at GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis including:o One-to-one instrumental lessons on some instrumentso Group beginner lessons on some instrumentso Ensemble rehearsals (include the GEMS Choir, Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble and Orchestra) for established musicians For more information:- Please see the attached posters- Come along to our Coffee Concerto on Saturday 15 September, 10am – 2pm, at Wellington Academy, Al Khail- Visit our website: http://www.gemseducation.com/enrichment-programmes/performing-creative-arts/gems-music-hub/- Email: musichub@deltalearning.ae- Call: 04 403 5084 We look forward to enriching your child’s musical experience and journey.

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Slices September Weekly Menus

SEP 2018 MenuDubai.pdf

Please note that Slices will no longer issue Slices cards to students. Students (in grades 3-12) will receive DAA issued ID cards which they can use in the cafeterias. Students will receive their cards through classroom distribution. The student Slices account will be linked to the student's DAA student ID number. Bus children have already received their IDs and can use them for identification in the cafeteria.

Please note that payment and registration for Slices is not processed through the GEMS OASIS portal, but via the www.Slices.ae website.

Students in KG1, KG2, Grade 1 and Grade 2 will be having lunch in the classroom this year. This means that if you intend to use the services of Slices, you must register online and pre-order the meals that will be delivered to your child’s classroom. This pre-order does require 48 hour notice, so if you have not made these arrangements, it is suggested that you please send lunch with your child. For questions and registration information regarding Slices, please find more information, including the Frequently Asked Questions on our DAA website.

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Dubai American Academy

Main Landline: 04 704 9777

Main Email: communication_daa@gemsedu.com

ADMINISTRATION

ADMISSIONS - Registrar_daa@gemsedu.com 04 704 9708/ 04 704 9707

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