June 30, 2022

Dear Elementary Families,

On behalf of the elementary staff we would like to end the year by thanking you for your continued support of the school. We strive everyday to challenge and support your children to be their best academically, artistically and athletically. 

As you know this is my last SPOTS, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything over these past four years. Thank you for your trust and confidence in our school. We have an incredible group of students at Dubai American Academy and though we take great pride in how we help them grow, our success is based on the foundation you build with them at home. Over the past four years we have developed and utilized our i3 framework to ensure continuity, consistency, excellence and a culture of Leopard Pride that will continue to be a basis of success for years to come. I leave DAA very proud of what we have accomplished and I know that through the work of the staff and elementary leadership, even greater things are ahead for the school.

We wish you a safe and wonderful summer holiday ahead! If you are moving on to new destinations, we wish you safe travels and a smooth transition to your new homes and schools. For those who are returning, here are dates to keep in mind for you plan your return to school in August.



Craig Cantlie

Executive Principal of Elementary


August 12, 2022: New Student Orientation Day (KG2 - Grade 12) & KG1 Parent Welcome

August 29, 2022: First Day of School (KG2 - Grade 12) & KG1 New Student Orientation

August 30, 2022: KG 1 First Day of School


KG1 Learning

Book Fair

Father's Day

Oli Oli

kg2 learning

The time has come to say goodbye, each day has been filled with fun.

Always extremely busy, but our time together is done. 

We have read such a lot of stories, and sung many different songs.

From start to finish, so many weeks, what an adventure we’ve come along. 

The endless choice of activities has simply been so good. 

But now the time has come, we really must say goodbye.

On to your next adventure, I must let you spread your wings and fly.

I would like to wish you happiness and well in all you do!

Remember all you have learned this year,

And your teachers are proud of you!

Lots of love,

Ms. Freny and Ms. Reggie


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key contacts

Should your child(ren) need to be away from school due to illness or appointments, please contact our School Secretaries.

KG1 - Grade 2: Shirley Vas  s.vas_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9705

Grades 3-5: Rene Botha  r.botha1_daa@gemsedu.com /04 704  9724

General Elementary Inquiries:  elementary_daa@gemsedu.com

Craig Cantlie 

Executive Principal of Elementary (K - Grade 5)c.cantlie_daa@gemsedu.com

Nathalie Salemeh   

Elementary Principal, Grades 4 and 5n.salameh_daa@gemsedu.com

Noha Bishara              

Assistant Elementary Principal, Grades 2 and 3n.bishara_daa@gemsedu.com

Tooshna Gandhi          

Assistant Elementary Principal, KG1, KG2 and Grade 1t.gandhi_daa@gemsedu.com