May 19, 2021

Dear Elementary Families,

This week was a great reminder of how international our school community truly is. As a proud American curriculum school, we are blessed to learn within the diversity of a broad international student body. Learning alongside classmates from over 100 different countries adds incredible value to our students’ cognitive development as they are exposed daily to global perspectives and ideas. Having an understanding, appreciation and experience of world cultures is an incredible opportunity that will serve our children well as they grow into successful adults. Thank you to DAAPA for organizing our Virtual International Fair and to our teachers for their sharing of the international experiences taking place in their classrooms

This week our Fine Arts team showcased the learning of our Grade 4 students. Throughout the week Grade 4 artwork and music has been shared in the Atrium for all to see. It has been wonderful to see the pride our students have taken in having their artwork shown, and the appreciation the community demonstrated by taking the time to enjoy the artwork. 

Coming up! 

Finally, the next few weeks will be busy ones for the school. As you will know from Ms. Murphy’s SPOTS posts, on Sunday we virtually welcome our CIS (Council of International School) Evaluators who will be here for the final component of our accreditation process. We are looking forward to the Evaluators virtually visiting our classrooms, speaking with our staff and students and having an opportunity to experience our wonderful learning community. In two weeks our students begin our Spring MAP testing. We have worked very hard, in very different learning conditions, to ensure our students will meet, and surpass their MAP goals for this school year. We look forward to our students demonstrating their excellence and thank you for supporting their success by having them at school on-time, being at school everyday and ensuring they get enough sleep and a proper breakfast every morning. As a community we will ensure our students have the tools and conditions to be their best.

Thank you for your continued support and have a fantastic weekend.


Craig Cantlie

Executive Principal, Elementary 

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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: Jessica Oppermann  j.oppermann_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