v. 46 NOVEMBER 29, 2018

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No School Dec. 2 & 3
Congratulations to Kuzey Ali Karakey G.7 and Aishwarya Uday G.12 who have made the finals in the Best of the Best 2018 GEMS Vocal Competition
Afterschool Activity External Providers Fair December 9 & 10 (K-8)

superintendent's perspective

Dubai American Academy is so fortunate to have dedicated parents and educators that serve on our Local Advisory Board (LAB). This year we have added student voice to the Board by adding our two HS Student Government Co-Presidents to the Board.

Our diverse and thoughtful team is comprised of the following members:

- Amr Albialy, Chairperson

- Dr. Saliha Afridi, Inclusion Governor

- Alzeta Strazimiri, Parent

- Hananah Zaheer, Parent

- Ghadeer Alsayouf, Parent

- Eman Qadumi, HS Student Government Co-President

- Nicholas Hensel, HS Student Government Co-President

- Tammy Murphy, DAA Superintendent/CEO

- Ben Voborsky, DAA Deputy Superintendent

- David Stegall, GEMS Vice President of Education

- Stuart Walker, GWA Superintendent/CEO

The LAB functions primarily as an advisory board and holds an important strategic role in overseeing the achievement of the school’s strategic aims and objectives. The LAB will:

· Understand and uphold the school’s and GEMS vision and values

· Monitor, advise and support the school on matters of strategy and policy

· Help monitor the school’s standards and performance

· Support the school and the Principal and seek to provide wise counsel.

Members are a group of experienced and skilled individuals from diverse backgrounds, who add a great deal to improve the school’s performance. Members are mindful of the role and responsibilities of the Principal, and understand and appreciate the relationship of GEMS to the school.

The LAB is not involved in financial matters, appointing staff, the day to day running of the school, admissions, individual issues or grievances, or any other matters which are the remit of GEMS or the school’s leadership.

On Monday, November 26th, some members were able to tour classrooms and interact with our students to see our strategic goals in action.

How many schools are fortunate enough to have a golf simulator?

High School students clearly able to articulate their learning.

Thinking deeply in middle school science stations on the lab.

We were impressed by the writing in the elementary Arabic A class.

DAA is grateful for the commitment and diverse viewpoints that strengthen the learning of our students!

My very best,

Tammy Murphy



Wishing our DAA Community a happy UAE National Day! Some highlights from this week's celebration at DAA courtesy of our Arabic/Islamic Department and our Emirati parents and students. Thank you to all who worked tirelessly to make this celebration a success!

athletics and activities

After-School Activities Important Dates

The second cycle of ES ASAs (Internal AND External) will begin the week of January 13th, and run for 10 weeks until Spring Break.

Internal Sessions run from 3 - 3:45 pm, on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, and External Sessions run primarily from 3-4 pm on all days, but also include different timings during the evenings and weekends.

The ES Internal ASA schedule will be emailed home to parents at the end of next week. Online registration through will be open Sunday, December 9th at 9 am, and continue until ASAs are full. Final class lists will be sent to teachers on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.


External ASA Registration Fairs will be held in the First Floor Lobby, at the following times:

December 9 from 2:15 - 3:15 pm AND

December 10 from 7:15 - 8:15 am

These External providers offer a variety of ASAs and classes, to students in ES AND MS, and are provided by ESM and Delta Learning.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (internal)

January 10: Schedule of Activities emailed to Parents

January 13: Online Registration of Internal Activities through

January 20: Activities begin

These sessions run for one hour, for a six week period until right before Week Without Walls.


Winter Decorating! DAAPA invites you to join us on Tuesday, December 4th to decorate the Lobby and Elementary School for the winter holidays! If you have some time to spare then meet us at the Slices Cafe after drop off on Tuesday. Share the spirit and make new friends! All are welcome.

The much anticipated International Food Festival will be coming soon! Planning will begin as soon as we return from Winter Break. We look forward to sharing the culture and traditions of the many countries that together form our wonderful DAA community. If you are interested in being a country rep, then please contact Connie Chelas on Traveling over the holidays? It's a great time to bring those special items from home.

Islamic Art Competition

Assalamo Alaykom,

Our Islamic Education Department would like to thank all parents and students who participated in the Islamic Art Competition for their great and creative art work, and we are delighted to announce the winners in the competition:

PS: Surra Al-Qaseer

ES: Rayan Bin Rawan

MS: Hamad Obaid

HS: Noor Al-Bastaki

Parent: Zeina


community news

SM Holiday Camps will be running their Winter Camp at GEMS Dubai American from December 16 – 3 January 2019 (Excluding Dec 25th & 1st Jan) for children aged 4 – 12 years old.Your children will have a chance to kick back, learn something new and have some fun, while being active.As parents you want to have peace of mind that your child is well looked after and enjoying the camp experience. REGISTRATIONRegistration and payment for the Winter break is now open.To avoid disappointment, click the link to book: TIMINGS:Drop off from 8.15 – 8.45amActivities start from 9 – 1.30pmPick up from 1.30 – 1.45pm DISCOUNTPlease do note that only online registrations and payments make you eligible for the discounted rate. We are offering up to 35% weekly discount if you book all 3 weeks.To avail a 30% (1-2 weeks purchase) or 35% (3 weeks purchase) Discount on the regular weekly rates, use the code: WCGEMSIf you do pay on the day, regular fees will be charged. BUS TRANSPORTATIONWe do offer bus transportation for the half term break but only to the closest venue to where you live. Please see the door to door pick-up and drop-off areas for each school.Please do note that you HAVE TO register and pay for the bus service a week in advance, transportation closes the Monday 10th December at 2pm for the following weeks schedule. SCHOOL NAMEAREA THAT CAN BE COVEREDGEMS Dubai American AcademyAl Barsha, Tecom, The Greens Looking forward to seeing our young campers soon. If you have any questions, please do connect with us and we’ll help you as soon as possible, for more information please email us on See you soon ESM Holiday Camp Team
GEMS Music Hub activities Term 2Music Hub offers a variety of musical activities and opportunities for GEMS students including:One to one instrumental lessons during the school day at some schoolsGroup beginner lessons on a Saturday (please see the attached flyer)GEMS ensembles (please see the attached flyer for Saturday activities)Competitions and events which this term include the following:Young Musician of the YearAspiring Musician of the YearApprentice Musician of the YearFor more information:Contact us on or 04 403 5084Visit our website at or deltalearning.aeVisit our Facebook page (GEMS Music Hub)





Dubai American Academy Main Landline: 04 704 9777 Main Email:
ADMINISTRATIONADMISSIONS - 04 704 9708/ 04 704 9707Director of Admissions, Gabrielle Keane / 04 704 9706 04 704 9740 / 04 704 9744 / 04 704 9761
PARENT RELATIONSHilda Tabrizi / 04 704 9730
GOVERNMENT RELATIONSSoheir Mohamed / 04 704 9736
SLICES / 054 792 7515 / 054 792 7503
STS BUS SERVICEKelvin Rosario / 04 704 9755