v. 41 SEPTEMBER 20th, 2018

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superintendent's perspective

Dear DAA Families,

As part of our governance structure, DAA has a Local Advisory Board called LAB. As outlined in the UAE National Agenda, a major initiative for all UAE schools is to build strong school governance to help create a national education sector with enduring and consistent quality, as we work together towards achieving Vision 2021.

Our LAB is currently comprised of 8 members:

Amr Albialy, Chairperson

Dr. Saliha Alfridi, Inclusion Governor

Alzeta Dhimitri, Parent

Hananah Zaheer, Parent

Stuart Walker, Head of School Gems World Academy

Christopher Marshall, Member from School Support Center

Ben Voborsky, Deputy Superintendent

Tammy Murphy, Superintendent

This year, we have asked our DAA High School Student Government co-presidents to join the Board. We know that having student voice at the table will offer additional perspectives about our work at DAA.

Eman Qadumi, Co-President

Nick Hensel, Co-President

The Board works to understand and uphold GEMS and DAA’s vision and values, monitor, advise and support the school on matters of strategy and policy, assist with monitoring the school’s standards and performance, and support the school and the Superintendent by providing counsel. The members are experienced and skilled individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Our Local Advisory Board holds the important role at DAA of overseeing the achievement of the school’s strategic aims and objectives, greatly improving the school’s performance. The LAB is not involved in financial matters, the appointing of staff, the day-to-day operations of the school, admissions, nor individual issues. The LAB assists with monitoring the activity and performance of the school by supporting the school’s senior leaders to be fully accountable for DAA’s outcomes. Working in partnership with the school, the Local Advisory Board actively collaborates, engages and challenges the school through constructive dialogue.

Last spring, our LAB was selected by KHDA to participate in the production of a Governance video to be shared throughout Dubai Schools. Please take time to view this work as we were honored to have been part of this work that will benefit all schools.

Published on Jun 24, 2018

Meet a few members of Dubai’s school community of governing board members. See them share their feedback on great features of governance, commitment, gratitude, promotion of wellbeing and the notion of volunteering.

We look forward to sharing more with you about our work.

My very best,

Tammy Murphy


from admissions - Important for new families only

Thank you to those of you who have already completed your KHDA registration (Ministry of Education) and signing of Parent-Contract.

School will be open on Saturday 22 September from 9am-2pm for those parents with pending KHDA registration.


Original Emirates ID of 1 parent and student

Mobile phone for SMS one time password

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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. A phased rollout is underway. Unified classroom and parent and student logins are expected to roll out next.

athletics and activities

Our Athletics Season 1 is off to a fantastic start! Academic Games students are putting their heads together, Volleyball teams have started their matches, Swimming Time Trials took place at DAA, and Golf is in full swing!

Follow us on Instagram, #daaleopardsathletics for some great action shots!

Swimmers swam hard at the DAA Time Trials, Volleyball teams were in action against ACS with JV Boys, Varsity Boys and Girls winning their matches will the U14 Boys and Girls and JV Girls competed hard but took it on the chin. Finally the DAA Golf team opened play this year at the Abu Dhabi Invitational at the City Club. Next week is another full week of practices and games for our Leopard teams.

Next week during the Back to School Nights the Athletics Department will be making a short presentation to parents and the coaches of Season One teams will be available to answer any questions regarding their respective teams.

We look forward to more action in the coming weeks.

Scott Hibbard

Athletic and Activities Director


We have had a busy week with our After School Program, with over 50 ASAs started, as well as our Jr EAC Soccer program kicking off on the field.

This round of ASAs will continue for 10 weeks, and all Internal ASAs (K-5) are now closed. Trimester 2 ASAs will begin in January. All External ASAs are still taking registrations, so contact AJ at ESM ( or Jessica at Delta ( for more information. There have been some new classes that have opened up, such as a Chess class on Tuesdays, from 3-4 pm (following the first session of ASAs from 2-3 pm). At this point, it is recommended to also let your homeroom teacher know should you decide to register your child in an External ASA.

Other providers include the EAFL (Emirates American Football League), who is holding an information and open session here at DAA on Friday. For more details please contact them directly.

Please note that ASAs are not held at DAA on ES Parent Teacher Conference Days, or Professional Learning Days. Also, DAA will have early dismissal at 12 noon for Diwali on Tuesday Nov 6. Therefore, all ASAs will commence at 12 noon instead.

Come try out American Football this weekend!. Meet the coaches and get some info at this FREE, non-contact session. Ages 8-18, No experience necessary, all abilities are welcome! No equipment required. Join us on Friday at the DAA fields on Friday 21st September, 5-7pm. Bring a friend!

2018-19 Academy Guide - DAA - T1.pdf

slices catering

Slices September Weekly Menus

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 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

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