ELEMENTARY essentials


August 27, 2020

We look forward to welcoming our students, on campus and virtually on Sunday. 

Please watch the Blended Learning Protocol video created by our ES Senior Leadership Team and a Welcome Back Video for our students.   We look forward to welcoming our students, on campus and virtually on Sunday. 

A Welcome Back from our Teachers! 

Student iPads

All Group A students will receive their school iPad on their first day of school Sunday, August 30th. Group B students have collected their iPads today.  

For families who are not currently in Dubai or if you were unable to pick up the iPad today, our IT department has sent parents an email with the student credentials to log in from a personal device for the time being.  Group B students who were unable to pick up the iPad will receive on Tuesday.  For IT issues, please raise an IT ticket through the following link: https://support.zoho.com/portal/daastudenthelp/en/newticket

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

We have finalized our Arrival and Dismissal procedures for all students K-12. This is coordinated to ensure the social distancing of all our students, and allows our youngest learners to have a sense of safety and security by allowing a parent to walk them to class. Please see below for details regarding your child’s grade level.

KG 1 and Grade 1 Arrival and Dismissal

KG2 & Grade 2 Arrival and Dismissal

Grades 3 - 5 Arrival and Dismissal

All KG1 to Grade 2 students will access their classrooms from the outside. As such, one parent of KG1, KG2, Grade 1 and Grade 2 children will be able to access the campus for a maximum of ten minutes at the beginning and end of day to drop off and pick-up their children. 

Class Assignments

Our teachers have sent welcome emails to their new students. We trust that this information has provided you with information about them as educators and other information students will need for a seamless transition into their new school year.  If you have not received an email from your child's teacher or if you have not received an email regarding your child's grouping, please reach out to: 

As a staff we have worked extremely hard to ensure class placements that create the best learning environments for all students. Academics, relationships and learning styles have all been considered. We are confident that our class placements will ensure learning excellence for all. Given the need to group our students into A and B we again considered all factors to the furthest extent possible. We appreciate your understanding that all students are placed and no changes can be made.

Reminder of School Days and Hours

Thank you for your patience and support through this interesting time and thank you for being part of the Dubai American Academy community.

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: Grace Ajib  g.ajib_daa@gemsedu.com /04 704 9705

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

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