February 25, 2022

Next Issue March 11, 2022



Dear DAA Families,

In the next few editions of SPOTS, we will be sharing exciting news about our plans for the 2022-2023 school year.   This week I am thrilled to spotlight our new Elementary Principal, Mr. Mike Gilmour.  Mike joins the DAA family with over fifteen years’ experience in education, with the last six as an elementary principal in Singapore. He worked at the GEMS World Academy in Singapore and was touted as a student-centered leader, effective communicator and developer of a positive school culture. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Cape and a Master of Education from Monash University.

Please view this short video that Mike has prepared to introduce himself to our community:

M.Gilmour Introduction.mov

Mike published his first book, The Power of Rapport, in 2019.

While we are excited about next year, we must stop and reflect on the incredible leadership of Mr. Craig Cantlie over the last 4 years. Craig has served as a visionary leader that has led the development of an exceptional elementary program that embraces an Inquiry-Based/Design Thinking Model of Learning.  Learners utilize technology as an educational tool and innovative thought is fostered in our Apple Distinguished School.

Mr. Cantlie, you will be missed!

Mr. Gilmour will continue to have the support of our wonderful elementary leadership team of Mrs. Nathalie Salameh, Mrs. Noha Bishara, and Mrs. Tooshna Gandhi.

My very best,

Tammy Murphy

old books for new eyes

In honor of the National Month of Reading, Grade 9 student, Camille Parisot is leading a wonderful initiative - Old Books, New Eyes. The initiative will run from March 1st to March 20th.

Please watch the video below for more information on the Old Books for New Eyes Book Drive.

OBNE Video Camille P.mp4

the holy quran competition

DAA Holy Quran Competition (2021-2022) _.pdf

DAA Expo

The DAA EXPO 2022 Is Now Open For Submissions! 

Join us in celebrating our community's diversity, creativity and talents by submitting an individual or group project/s to be showcased as part of our DAA EXPO 2022 Event. 

Watch our video to learn more about the initiative. 

All participants will receive a certificate of recognition for their contributions. To submit your project, fill out this Google Form and attach your project before March 13th, 2022.  For larger projects, please contact your divisional representative who will be able to support you accordingly: 

Elementary School Ms. Allison Deakin a.deakin1_daa@gemsedu.com  

Middle School Ms. Mariam Siddiqi m.siddiqi_daa@gemsedu.com 

High School Souzan Salah El Din S.Salaheldin_daa@gemsedu.com 

khda - education through the pandemic

Featuring interviews with parents, students, teachers and government officials, KHDA's Education Through the Pandemic offers an insight to how different members of the community responded to the outbreak, and how they came together to ensure children’s education could continue. This Docuseries is divided into 6 videos, which you can view below. Keep an eye out for our Superintendent/CEO, Mrs. Tammy Murphy in Episode 2!

ESM English Language Spring Camp

ESM Registration Guide[48].pdf

gems for life

GEMS Education truly believes in fostering a life-time of opportunities. Our students enjoy access to the best education, opportunities and guidance at school. But why should the support stop there? With GEMS For Life, it doesn't.

The GEMS for Life program will help deliver on this commitment and expand on our world-class support beyond education to all aspects of life for all members of the GEMS community – past, present and future. 

The below website showcases the vision for the program, as well as the 360-degree services being offered to support university transition, careers, alumni and everything in-between:




This is where the GEMS for Life journey begins – and we look forward to giving families and students of GEMS a world of lifelong advantages and lifestyle benefits that are unparalleled.


We are happy to announce that re-enrollment for the 2022-2023 academic year is now open. Please check your inbox for a letter from Mrs. Murphy on how you can re-enroll today.

If you did not receive the letter, or have any questions about the re-enrollment process, please reach out to our Director of Admissions, Mrs. Gabrielle Keane at g.keane_daa@gemsedu.com, for assistance.



We are pleased to inform you that Admissions for academic year 2022-2023 is now open. Our current families have priority for sibling placement at this time. 

Should you have any questions please contact Gabrielle Keane, g.keane_daa@gemsedu.com.

If you are leaving Dubai and withdrawing your child from DAA, please review the withdrawal process by clicking HERE.

Please contact our admissions office at registrar_daa@gemsedu.com immediately if your circumstances and intentions have changed for next year. 


Dubai American Academy Main Landline: 04 704 9777 Main Email: communication_daa@gemsedu.com
ADMINISTRATIONADMISSIONS - Registrar_daa@gemsedu.com  04 704 9707
DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONSGabrielle Keane g.keane_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9706
FINANCEfinance_daa@gemsedu.com 04 704 9740 / 04 704 9744

HEALTHhealthoffice_daa@Gemsedu.com / 04 704 9761
PARENT RELATIONSVictoria Kiely pre_daa@gemsedu.com 
SLICES CATERINGMs. Shevine daa@slices.ae / 054  792 7509https://pay.slices.ae/support/ticket/submit
STS BUS SERVICEKelvin Sicat sde-daa@sts-group.com / 04 704 9755