UPDATES AND EVENTS FOR OUR DAA COMMUNITY
v. 44 NOVEMBER 1ST, 2018
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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,
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.
Cold and Flu Season
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.
http://daa.follettdestiny.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
- RESPECTIVE TEAM COACH
- SPOTS NEWSLETTER
- ATHLETICS OFFICE BULLETIN BOARD
- ATHLETICS OFFICE GOOGLE CLASSROOM (CODE: k69f0a)
Below you will find all the information to get yourself started:
* 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!
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.
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!
http://www.dubaistemolympiad.com/registration 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
Slices is also working with Koita and happy to announce that delicious organic milk will be now available at school.
ADMINISTRATIONADMISSIONS - Registrar_daa@gemsedu.com 04 704 9708/ 04 704 9707Director of Admissions, Gabrielle Keane email@example.com / 04 704 9706
FINANCEfinance_daa@gemsedu.com 04 704 9740 / 04 704 9744
HEALTHhealthoffice_daa@Gemsedu.com / 04 704 9761
PARENT RELATIONSHilda Tabrizi firstname.lastname@example.org / 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 Rosario email@example.com / 04 704 9755