February 11, 2022
Dear DAA Middle School Families,
after school activities
Many After School Activities (ASAs) began this past week in the Middle School and any students interested in participating are encouraged to contact Mr. Murphy (email@example.com) or the assigned teacher leader of the activity.
middle school map testing
With MAP testing wrapping up in the next couple of weeks, students are reminded to stay focused and do their best on each and every test. Students should also continue to remember to bring their fully charged iPads to school each day and get plenty of rest each night.
Have a look at this article from NWEA for information on the importance of learning comprehension and how you can support at home.
The Middle School Fine Arts department is delighted to present the talented and creative artworks from our grade 6 Quarter 2, and Semester 1, Grades 7 and 8 student’s Unit 2 projects. Currently the actual artworks are displayed in the commons area and on the screens around the school, but so the wider DAA community can view the artworks we have created this digital exhibition for you. We hope you enjoy. Congratulations to all of our students for making this happen.
Music Performance celebrations
It was a pleasure teaching your child in Semester 1 Music Class. I am very proud of their growth throughout the semester, and I hope they enjoyed learning new things. Because our January 24th Music Concert was canceled, the students instead performed in class and I created a class video montage for students and parents to enjoy. You will see that some students have been playing their instrument for a long time while others are just beginning to learn their instrument. Therefore you will hear a variety of instrumental levels and music presented. In addition, some students were not able to perform due to Remote Learning from home without access to their instrument.
As parents, your role in keeping our students safe is crucial. If your child is showing any COVID-19 symptoms at all, you must not send them to school. From January 31, students who are symptomatic would be marked as absent, and are not able to access online learning as we wish for your child to fully recover prior to returning to campus. If your child is COVID positive, or is a close contact, they will be able to access online learning.
Technology dominates all our lives, and more so for our young learners who often carry up to 3 devices on them every day. So it’s about time we learnt how to say ‘No’ to unnecessary tech usage and engage with the people around them. This Friday, as part of our Safer Internet Week, we are asking students and teachers to observe a dopamine fast in the form of a tech free snack break. Even though it's just 15 minutes, this could set the trend for students to learn that it's OK to be away from technology. NoMoPhobia is a real condition amongst many people today and we hope this Tech Free Friday students can begin a longer journey on recovery from this. #TechFreeFriday
week without walls
Thank you for your patience while we waited for guidance from KHDA regarding activities and trip options for our Week Without Walls trips this year. All trips have been finalized and all students have now been placed into their groups!
This week, students met with their trip leaders and collaborated to create a T-shirt design for this year’s Week Without Walls! After all votes were cast, we now have our official T-shirt for this year!
Students on the “ES volunteering” or “School Stay” trips that have indicated that they want to purchase a t-shirt will need the fee of 50 AED to be paid on the GEMS parent portal no later than 12pm on Sunday, 13th February. Here are the steps for payment:
Go to https://www.gems.ae/ 2. Click Parent Portal3. Login using your username and password4. Click the Activities Box (the green box)5. You will see the activity for MS – T shirt
If you need help with your username and password please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child is on another trip, the cost of the t-shirts was factored into the cost of their experience.
Students have received a copy of the behavior contract to review at home and bring signed to our next meeting.
If you have any further questions please email email@example.com.
Middle school staff directory
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and they will help resolve the issue.
MS General Email:Middleschool_daa@gemsedu.com
Secretary:Sonal Gandhi email@example.com / 04 704 9722
Middle School Attendance:firstname.lastname@example.org / 04 704 9728
Middle School CounselorsGrade 6 - Mrs. Christina DeMers - email@example.comGrade 7 - Mrs. Mira Nasr - firstname.lastname@example.orgGrade 8 - Mrs. Pushpa Dasari - email@example.com