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UPDATES AND EVENTS FOR OUR DAA COMMUNITY

v. 57 MAY 30, 2019

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Next Update: June 20th

Wishing our families an early Eid Mubarak as we head into the holiday break. Classes will resume with regular hours on June 9th. Reminder that students are not obliged to wear their ties/scarves from June 9th until the end of the school year.

have you completed the parent survey?

If you have not yet completed our Spring 2019 Parent Survey, please take two minutes to help us understand your experience at Dubai American Academy. Whether you wish to commend our efforts this year or suggest improvements, we appreciate hearing from you.

Please use this link to access the survey: http://bit.ly/gemssurveymay2019

We look forward to receiving your feedback.

Operational Health & Safety

Operational Health & Safety

We are saddened to report that in recent days, DAA has received multiple complaints about dangerous driving outside of our campus. Our security team is present every day to ensure the safety of our students during the busy pick-up and drop-off times, however we have seen individuals driving aggressively and disregarding the direction of the team. These actions put our students, parents and staff at great risk. Our school’s number one concern is the safety of our students, and therefore fully support the reporting of such dangerous driving to the authorities. We will continue to remain vigilant, however we kindly ask for our entire learning community’s support in stopping this unacceptable behavior.

If you see an instance of dangerous driving, please contact the non-emergency police line at 901.

We thank you for your continued support with this important matter.

daa staff talent show

THE WAIT IS OVER!

After a 4 year break the DAA Staff Talent Show is back! One show only on WEDNESDAY 12th of JUNE at 3:30pm, so mark your calendars!

We have a big cast of teachers, support staff and admin who will be showcasing their talents in a one off spectacular performance.

Tickets are only 20aed and can be purchased at the Athletics or Accounts offices and in the Atrium during pick-up.

Don’t miss out, as this show sells out!

ramadan kareem

Assalamo Alaykom,

Ramadan Competition:

The Islamic Education Department would like to thank our DAA families for their great contribution in our Ramadan competition. We hope you all enjoyed it and gained more information about the Arabic and Islamic culture. A special thanks to all Islamic Education team members for organizing the competition. For a complete list of questions and winners, please click HERE. Congratulations and many thanks for your participation and we look forward to another successful round of Ramadan competitions next year.

Holy Quran Morning sessions:

Special thanks to Mr. Mohammad Abu Redwan (Our HS Islamic Teacher) who has been so dedicated, and extremely supportive to our students as they attended the daily morning Quran reading.

HS Arabic and Islamic Education Department Iftar & ES Ramadan Care Packages for Support Staff:

Many thanks to the HS student government along with the Arabic and Islamic department for the great organization of the support staff Iftar in appreciation of their invaluable services to the DAA community. Many thanks to everyone who participated in the amazing event and special thanks to the ES parents, students and teachers for preparing Ramadan Care Packages .

Ramadan Care Packages also prepared with love and delivered by ES students and teachers to the Support Staff of our local partner Dubai National School and Al-shafei Model School.

Eid Ul-Fitr Celebration

Assalamo Alaykom (Peace be with you)

As all of you know that next week insha’Allah, Muslims around the globe will have a very special occasion that marks the celebration of Eid ul-Fitr. The Islamic department in DAA is delighted to share some information about the main occasions that Muslims have in their culture. Muslim festivals are held generally according to the dates determined by reference to the Islamic Calendar. This calendar is a lunar one, having twelve months, which are calculated from the day on which the new moon is sighted to the next sighting.

Muslim Celebrations

Muslims have two major annual celebrations called Eid, which means ‘recurring happiness’: Eid-ul-Fitr (Eid of Fast-Breaking) and Eid-ul-Adha (Eid of Sacrifice).

Eid-al-Fitr: Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, when Muslims break their month-long fast. The date of Eid-al-Fitr, is determined by the confirmed sighting of the new moon.

How is Eid ul-Fitr celebrated?

In Muslim countries, Eid ul-Fitr is a public holiday that involves, prayers and family gatherings. The Eid day begins with a special call that people are used to hear on that occasion normally, followed by the Eid prayer. Families and Friends visit each other and exchange gifts. People share food and money with the poor so that they can take part in the celebrations.

Eid Mubarak to everyone. May you all have a very happy and blessed Eid.

Enjoy your holiday

Best Regards

Islamic Department / DAA

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library book return - June 13

Please note that all Library books for all divisions will be due Thursday, June 13th. If you have any books in your parent account, please return these by this date as well. If you can’t find a book, please remember to check the lost and found, backpacks, and lockers or cubbies as soon as possible. Thank you in advance!

Admissions Reminders

GEMS Rewards is an exclusive programme for our community of students, parents & staff, allowing you to enjoy incredible savings across various experiences and earn GEMS Points that can be used to pay your child’s school fees. Click HERE to learn more!
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.

community news

It is that time of the year again when ESM Holiday Camps will be running their Summer Camps at GEMS Dubai American Academy from the June 30 – 22 August 2019 (excluding the EID week 11 – 15 Aug) for children aged 4 – 11 years old.

Your children will have a chance to kick back, learn something new and have some fun, while being active indoors taking part in our multi activity camp during the hot summer months.

As parents you will have peace of mind that your child is well looked after and enjoying the camp experience.

TIMINGS:

  • Drop off from 8.15 – 8.45am
  • Activities start from 9 – 1.30pm
  • Pick up from 1.30 – 1.45pm

REGISTRATION

  • Registration and payment for the Summer Camp is now open.
  • To avoid disappointment, click the link to book: http://bit.ly/2VT3fKs

DISCOUNT

  • Please do note that only online registrations and payments make you eligible for the weekly discounted rate, there are no discounts on daily bookings.
  • To avail a 30% Discount (1-3 week booking) and/or the 40% Discount (4-7 week booking) on the regular weekly rates, use the code: SUMGEMS
  • Bookings: 1-3 x weeks with discount code = AED662/week, 4-7 x weeks with discount code = AED567/week)
  • There will be an additional 10% siblings discount on weekly bookings for the second, third and fourth child
  • Weekly and siblings discount is not valid for daily bookings
  • If you do pay on the day, regular fees will be charged.

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 holidaycamp@esm.ae.

A wonderful opportunity for our early years parents to attend a talk at Little GEMS pre-school! Your invited on June 11th to hear from Dr. Shola Faniran, paediatrician with over 20 years experience. Click HERE for their location.

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HEALTHhealthoffice_daa@Gemsedu.com / 04 704 9761
PARENT RELATIONSHilda Tabrizi pre_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9730
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SLICES CATERINGsupport@slices.ae / 054 792 7515 / 054 792 7503
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