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UPDATES AND EVENTS FOR OUR DAA COMMUNITY

v. 52 March 14, 2019

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highlights

Doors open to the IFF this Friday March 15th at 4pm! No ticket sales at the door!

IB Visual Art Exhibition begins this Saturday and runs until Wednesday! Come by and take a look!

2019-2020 Calendar is ready! Click here for details!

Our GEMS of Kindness continue to pour in! Find the cards in our treasure chest in the atrium or send us an email at GEMSofKindness_daa@gemsedu.com

superintendent's perspective

Re-enrollment is now open for the 2019-2020 school year! Watch Mrs. Tammy Murphy's video message below for more details!

UAE Mother's Day - Talk with Tammy

DAA Celebrates Tolerance

In honor of the Year of Tolerance initiative, DAA’s Zayed Crew has been hosting mini events called Bridges Café which aim to spread and celebrate the UAE’s message of tolerance, respect and cultural exchange. This week, the DAA community defined tolerance in a multitude of languages displayed near the Atrium’s Coffee shop! As we continue to celebrate our Diversity, we are looking for parent volunteers who might be interested in one of the following:

1- Teaching members of our school community about their folk dance in a one-hour session

2- Joining a multicultural band with a mini performance planned for the last week of April

3- Joining a group of DAA artists in creating a DAA Tolerance Collage

If any of the above initiatives sound like something that you would like to contribute to or if you have any additional ideas, please feel free to contact Noha Bishara at n.bishara_daa@gemsedu.com or Cheryl Haney at C.haney_daa@gemsedu.com

Thank you for your continued support.

athletics and activities

There has been so much going on here at DAA with Athletics that if you blink you will miss something. All of teams have gotten off to a great start, including a great win for our Varsity Softball team vs ASD, Badminton winning most if not all of their matches, and the Track team setting personal bests at the ASD Relays. It is great to see the hard work that is being put in at practice coming to fruition on the field, court and track. We even had two firsts in DAA Athletic Department History, the first game ever played in girl's fast pitch softball, a week later the team’s first ever win at fast pitch softball vs bitter rival ASD and U14’s playing their first ever badminton match. Please see some photos from some of the action.

Term 3 After-School Activities Information

Term 3 Internal ASAs (K2-5)

ES Internal ASA online registrations will take place starting Wednesday March 20th. This round of Internal ASAs will be slightly different, in observance of Ramadan timings. These ASAs will run 5 sessions only (for 3 weeks starting immediately after Spring Break, and will be longer than our normal Internal ASAs as they will last 90 minutes. They will not run during Ramadan, but will resume for two weeks only after Eid Al Fitr.

Please find here the scheduled list of Internal Activities for K2-5!

Term 3 External ASAs (K-8)

ES and MS External ASA Registration Fairs take place on campus in the first floor Atrium, on Sunday March 17 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm and Monday March 18 from 7:15 - 8:15 am. Term 3 External ASAs will start immediately after Spring Break, but will continue throughout Ramadan. These ASAs will last for 8 sessions. However, parents have the CHOICE of signing up for 4 sessions, or 8. Please attend the Registration Fairs where you can ask the Providers directly any specific questions.

The ACS Athens Swimming Cup 2019 competition was highlighted by our 5 podium finishes by Emma Cardozo Baglietto (Gold and Bronze), Paige Sagris (Bronze)and Emre Ozer (Bronze and Bronze) but the entire squad performed tremendously during both days. Many of them received personal bests or succeeded in achieving a technical change they have been trying to make.

Well done Leopards!!!

MESAC FORENSICS

As you know DAA is a proud member of MESAC and our students either travel or host events with our partner schools. These tournaments and events are wonderful experiences for not only our students and coaches, but can be wonderful for our community.

We are hosting MESAC Forensics from April 18th to April 22nd and we are looking for parents who would be interested in judging during this event. It is a requirement that the host school has a pool of at least 40 judges, we would like to make sure we reach that goal. While it sounds like a daunting task it is actually easy and all criteria is outlined. We will also host a judging session after the Spring Holiday so you can see how it works. Once the final schedule has been completed it will be published. If you are interested please keep the following days in mind Friday April 19th and Saturday April 20th. You would be asked to make a commitment for up to 4 hours. Those who have public speaking backgrounds would be excellent, but is not necessary. If you are interested please contact me or Yvonne Sidani directly. Email scott.hibbard@gemsdaa.net or y.sidani_daa@gemsedu.com

Elementary Musical - Peter Pan

community news

march calendar

SLICES

reminders from admissions

The GEMS Scholarship program is now open for grades 6-12. The last day for scholarship applications is May 31, 2019. Terms and Conditions apply. Please see our website for further details.

Our re-enrollments for next year are open! If you are leaving Dubai and not returning to DAA next year, please inform our Admissions team and complete the TC request through the GEMS Parent Portal.

For our families who are looking for ways to save on their child's tuition fees, we invite you to take advantage of the GEMS Ambassador Programme. If you introduce a new family or friend to the GEMS community, you can earn back a minimum of 4% and up to 100% off your child’s annual tuition fee in the form of GEMS Points which will be redeemable against school fees. Terms and Conditions apply. To find out how the process works, please click HERE.

SUPERINTENDENT's VIDEO archives

Click here to watch more video messages from Mrs. Tammy Murphy on our DAA Vimeo Channel!

KEY CONTACTS

Dubai American Academy Main Landline: 04 704 9777 Main Email: communication_daa@gemsedu.com
ADMINISTRATIONADMISSIONS - Registrar_daa@gemsedu.com 04 704 9707Director of Admissions, Gabrielle Keane g.keane_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9706
FINANCEfinance_daa@gemsedu.com 04 704 9740 / 04 704 9744
HEALTHhealthoffice_daa@Gemsedu.com / 04 704 9761
PARENT RELATIONSHilda Tabrizi pre_daa@gemsedu.com / 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 kelvin.rosario@stss.ae / 04 704 9755

Divisional directory

Early Years Reception: 04 704 9705
Elementary Reception: 04 704 9724
Middle School Reception: 04 704 9722
Middle School Attendance: 04 704 9728
High School Reception: 04 704 9723
High School Attendance: 04 704 9747
Athletics, Activities & Aquatics: 04 704 9842