v. 44 NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018

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Diwali is November 7th and will be a noon dismissal for all students
November 8th 6-8pm
See Divisional news for booking link and code. Please note, link will open Nov. 8 @ noon.

superintendent's perspective

Dear DAA Families,

DAA marked Flag Day in the UAE with a proper all school celebration. Flag Day marks the anniversary of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan becoming the president in 2004 and is an occasion to reflect on the achievements of the era of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as a day to express gratitude to the UAE’s founding fathers Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid. Every year people in the Emirates celebrate this national occasion by reaffirming their allegiance to the UAE flag, which is a symbol of the country’s unity and greatness and represents aspirations for a better future. It is a day when the national spirit is renewed!

On Thursday, all students gathered on the back soccer pitch waving their UAE flags. The UAE flag represents meanings of justice, peace, tolerance, power and moderation.

Two of our fifth-grade students explained the history and meaning of Flag Day in Arabic. Nouf Al Raeesi and Saeed Hamed Al-Bastaki showed such grace and poise in front of the entire student body.

Two high school students in grade 11th, Rashed Alkhoori and Yousef Al Fardan read the English version of the history and meaning. Lastly, a HS Senior, Abdulla Almarzouqi, the oldest Emirati student raised the flag as the National Anthem played.

Living in the Emirates, it's no surprise then, to see the flag raised high in the sky on homes, skyscrapers and pillars across the country. They are also proudly adorning DAA!

My very best,

Tammy Murphy

Please note: Talk and Walk with Tammy will move to November 20th at 8am as November 18th has been declared a holiday for the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). School will be closed on Sunday November 18.


Our GEMS photographer will be on campus to capture our student learning in action on Nov. 7th. We ask that students arrive in their complete regulation uniform (including neckties/bows/scarves) and be mindful not to wear colorful hair accessories. Elementary students who have PE, can remain in their PE uniform. We thank you for your cooperation.


Every adult on campus must be wearing a colored lanyard. Parents, your lanyards are yellow. Parents who are not displaying a yellow lanyard will be asked to sign in at security and given a visitor (green) lanyard.

Cold and Flu Season

Please do not children to school if they are unwell or exhibiting the signs of the flu. A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows your child the opportunity to rest and recover.

DAA Libraries

Is your child searching for information for a class assignment or project? Though GOOGLE is often tempting, we have a “one stop shopping” resource for you that will provide quality, reliable information. is the place to find books, databases, and resources that will meet your every information need. Once you open the link, click on the DAA library that your child uses. Within that link, on the HOME tab, you will find a list of age appropriate databases.(The login/password information is located along with the database link.) If you are wanting to search for library books, choose the CATALOG tab and as a guest, you can search by title, subject, or author. We are very fortunate here at DAA to have this extensive list of information resources, which is equal to that of many universities. We also have four fully accredited librarians in our libraries. Please do encourage your child to visit the library and seek guidance from our professional librarians!

Dubai 30X30 Fitness Challenge 2018

Let's get moving! Thanks to those who kicked off the 30X30 Fitness Challenge by participating in our Fun Run. Another Fun Run will take place this Sunday November 4th from 7am -7:30. Come and run a few laps to kick start your week! Everyone is welcome! Let's show some Leopard pride and get involved!Throughout Dubai there are a variety of events, classes, carnivals and villages around the city. This week we had spike ball, yoga in the library, and even a staff dance class!
We would love to see more families get involved! Remember to download the Dubai Fitness App, create a profile and join the DAA group OR use this link to register as part of the DAA group. any parents would like to lead a session, please get in contact with Jillian Clegg @jillian.clegg@gemsdaa.netHere are the events lined up for the next two weeks!


We hope you had an amazing halloween celebration! Remember to send us a picture of your carved pumpkin and join our PUMPKIN CARVING COMPETITION. There will be prizes awarded to the best carved pumpkins in 4 categories: Early Years, Elementary, Middle and High School.

Kindly take a picture of you with your carved pumpkins and send to

The deadline is Monday 5th November 2018.

We would like to thank all of the wonderful volunteers who helped to make the fall festival celebration so special in the Elementary and Middle School. The students had a great day filled with fun and laughter.

Mark you calendar for our first Elementary School (Kg1-Gr. 5) movie night. Come along with your favorite blankie or bean bag and enjoy a movie under the stars on the outdoor field! Please note that students must be supervised at all times!

athletics and activities

What a great MESAC weekend for our Leopard Teams! Congratulations to all students, and coaches, as all your hard work throughout the season paid off. Please see below the results of all our teams.

GOLF Varsity

4th Place

Tiar Sarsensov 5th place overall


JV Girls 2nd Place

JV Boys 6th Place

Varsity Girls 2nd Place

Varsity Boys 4th Place

SWIMMING 2nd Place overall

JV Girls 3rd Place

JV Boys 5th Place

Varsity Girls 2nd Place

Varsity Boys 2nd Place


Junior Varsity 1st Place Academic Bowl

Varsity 2nd Place Academic Bowl

Junior Varsity 1st Place Academic Olympiad

Season Two is now upon us! Throughout the season parents and students can find important information from these four sources:





Below you will find all the information to get yourself started:

Practice Schedules for Cross Country and Tennis

* Please note there are tryouts before school (06:00-07:15), after school in 2 blocks (15:00-16:45, 16:45-18:30)

* Please note once tryouts conclude for Basketball and Soccer, a practice timetable will be posted and each respective team coach will inform their players.

* Please note there are tryouts on November 7th which is a half day of school for Diwali. Please make sure you are aware of the tryout schedule for that day.

Please find the links to the Informational Letters for all Sports. For Senior Fine Arts the students are kindly requested to speak directly with the teacher in charge.

We look forward to your participating during Season 2!

community news

The Global Innovation Challenge invites teams from around the world to generate technology-rich solutions addressing the world's most significant challenges, positively impacting hundreds of millions globally. Top teams in each category receive seed funding, learning workshops and mentorship by industry experts, Singularity University and GEMS X. The challenges/categories include energy, environment, food, shelter, space, water, disaster resilience, governance, health, learning, prosperity, security, and learning. Three top teams and their teachers travel to Silicon Valley to exhibit and pitch their ideas to investors, futurists and industries at the Singularity University Global Summit in August 2019.
During the 2017-2018 school year, over 40,000 students from across the network participated in hack-a-thons, clubs, and courses exploring how exponential technologies can improve our world. Teams from this and previous years are in the process of acquiring patents, fostering relationships with public and private partners and developing their solutions further.
The GEMS Xcelerator Programme is a 2-month startup and youth business aimed to develop the skills and capabilities of student inventors and innovators from “project” to “customer-driven, revenue-generating business around the value provided”. Teams are paired with select industry experts, relevant to the team’s product and undergo intense workshops on design thinking, business planning, marketing, pitching to investors and more. The Programme ends with the teams presenting to a panel of judges of investors and serial entrepreneurs. The winning team receives a cash prize and 12 months support to refine and bring their product to the market.
Save the Dates! November 8th – Online information session at 5:00PM via Twitter @cecilwmack or @shafaque_r #GEMSGIC November 12th – In Person information session at DAA at 4:30PM for all GEMS community, RSVP here: November 25th - Registration opens (schools internally select best projects to represent school with a total of 24 potentially) Applications sent to find the Global Challenge Categories projects with 12 entries for Juniors (1st-8th) and 12 entries for the Seniors (9-12th) January 15th – Deadline for application for both GIC and GEMS Xcelerator February 9th – Global Innovation Challenge Finals at GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai Students will be presenting on this date to a panel of judges with a visualized prototype or concept design May 1st – GEMS X Innovation Awards at Dubai American Academy
International Emerging Artist Award is showcasing school kids' best work of art on Elevision Media, all curated by one of our DAA parents! This is an incredible chance for young visual artists to get exposure at such level.
Dubai American Academy is inviting all parents to submit their children’s work of art to the Junior edition of The International Emerging Artist Award, Dubai’s international contemporary art award dedicated to uncovering visual artists, founded and curated since 2011 by our DAA parent, Rebia Naim.
Selected artwork will be rotating weekly on Elevision Media, a network of 700 digital screens installed in 180 residential and business towers across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, representing over 200,000 viewers daily!
This is an incredible chance for young visual artists to get exposure at such level. The terms for entry are very simple: Parents are invited to send a clear picture of their child's work of art (min 3mb) and to email it to: Kids aged 4-17 years old are invited to participate· Submission is free· Deadline: ongoing - showing a selection of three junior artists every week. · Information required: Name and grade (nationality is optional) · Small description of the artwork (meaning medium and support used. Ex: acrylic on canvas)You can follow the selection on social media on Instagram @emergingartistaward and FB @InternationalEmergingArtistAward

The STEM (an acronym of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Olympiad will bring together creative minds and get them to solve mathematical and science related challenges over a three-part event. The details of the topics and events timeline are on the website: REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 15th of November 2018 Participation fee: 125 AED per student (Onetime payment inclusive of tax) Make sure you register through this link: Once registered, student(s) will be eligible for 3 hours of STEM learning courses along with other exciting prizes. For more information and queries on registrations, please contact us on any of the following Maloy- 055 3663900, Shaffaf- 056 934326 or Nabeel 052 5378415

calendar (updated)


New Classroom Delivery Menu is now available online. Click here to see the Flyer.

Slices is also working with Koita and happy to announce that delicious organic milk will be now available at school.


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