December 9, 2021

Dear DAA Middle School Families,

It’s hard to believe that winter break is already upon us!  Our students and staff have worked very hard this semester and deserve to enjoy some time to recharge.  I hope you are able to spend some quality time with your family and friends over the next couple of weeks.

As you have heard, we are shifting along with the public sector of the UAE to a Monday to Friday Schedule. That means we will now have a full day of school on Tuesday and have a noon dismissal each Friday. Please stay tuned for more information regarding after school activities, sports, and any other considerations that will need to be made as we shift to the new work week.  As we worked through the changes, we were very protective of our academic time.  As you can see by our timetable below, your children will still be receiving quality academic time in classes on Fridays that you have come to expect at DAA Middle School.

Following winter break, school will resume on Monday January 3.  As of now, there are no specific KHDA guidelines for families who will be traveling in December; KHDA are confident that the DHA guidelines for travel will safely cover schools in Dubai.  That means that students do not require any quarantine or PCR test to come back to campus on January 3.  If your family will still be traveling after January 3, please let us know your child will be absent by emailing msattendance_daa@gemsedu.com

Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Dates

For all events, click here for the K-12 Academic Calendar.

Week without walls

Students have now been allocated their trips and the real excitement is starting! Later in January students will begin to meet during CREW time to discuss ideas, plan their experiences, and design their T-shirts!  Please remember that payments are due by January 6 to ensure your child’s place is reserved.  Please follow the directions to make payments below:

1. Go to https://www.gems.ae/

2. Click Parent Portal

3. Login using your username and password

4. Click the Activities Box (the green box)

5. You will see the activity for WWW (Please select student-assigned activity)

If you need help with your username and password please contact receptionist_daa@gemsedu.com.

If you have any further questions please email s.velasquezbar_daa@gemsedu.com

winter wonderland

We’d like to thank our DAAPA volunteers for helping make our office area festive this holiday season!  We appreciate your hard work and dedication to promote our positive environment in the middle school!

expo trips

Our students had a great time at Expo this week!  We visited the Sustainable Planet and other pavilions in the vicinity.  We had wonderful weather to get out and learn about some wonderful sustainable practices that are here in Dubai.

from the library

Middle school staff directory

Would you like to contact a middle school teacher or staff member?  Please see the list of email addresses here.

technical issues

If you are still having technical troubles, please make sure to raise a ticket if the teacher is unable to help your child with a fix.  Send an email to studenthelpdesk@gemsdaa.net and they will help resolve the issue.

I hope you all stay well,

Dr. Justin ReynoldsPrincipal, DAA Middle School

Counselors Corner

counselor's corner issue 14.pdf


key contacts

MS General Email: 



Sonal Gandhi s.gandhi_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9722

Middle School Attendance: 

msattendance_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9728

Middle School Counselors

Grade 6 - Mrs. Christina DeMers - c.demers_daa@gemsedu.comGrade 7 - Mrs. Mira Nasr - m.nasr_daa@gemsedu.comGrade 8 - Mrs. Pushpa Dasari - p.dasari_daa@gemsedu.com
MS Principal: Justin Reynoldsj.reynolds_daa@gemsedu.com
Assistant MS Principal: Maggie Moffat Baxterm.moffat1_daa@gemsedu.com
Assistant MS Principal: Sean McGarveys.mcgarvey_daa@gemsedu.com