March 23, 2021

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SUPERINTENDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

This week, our principals discuss Personalized Learning for our students.

Did you miss the second edition on Student Wellbeing? Click here for to watch.

need to know

This Thursday March 25th will be a noon dismissal for all students. STS bus dispersal from campus will be at 12:15pm.


School will resume on April 11th for all students. For MS/HS who are on the blended learning program, Group B is expected on campus on Sunday April 11th.


Wishing our families a safe, healthy and restful spring break.

SPRING BREAK TRAVEL?

In order to ensure the continuous wellbeing of the School community, as per the current prevention and control policy of COVID-19, Dubai Health Authority requires you to provide information regarding history of travel. Watch THIS and read the SPOTS DHA Page for details! DHA has also updated it's Parents' Guide to COVID19. Read it here.



RAMADAN MUBARAK

Message from DAA's Islamic Education Team

Ramadan is a month of giving, spirituality and personal growth. Although a big emphasis is normally placed on fasting from food and water, Allah says in the verses of the Quran, "Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness" (Q 2:183). This verse brings clarity to the purpose of Ramadan - which is to grow in piety and righteousness. How fitting is it that during this year, Ramadan falls during the time of quarantine? A time we have been forced to reflect on our current ways and be challenged to reconsider how we live our lives?

This year, approximately 1.8 Billion Muslims will be observing Ramadan, many of them directly or indirectly affected by the COVID-19. During this year, we will not see the Ramadan tents that are so famous in the UAE, where the less fortunate Muslims used to gather for a meal provided by the government and kind gestures of others, or the bustling sounds of Taraweh prayers in the mosques and the big gatherings of families and friends around the Iftar tables.

…..This year, Ramadan is different…..

As we come to terms with the short and long term effects of what the COVID-19 will have on us, it is only fitting for us to reflect on all the blessings that have been bestowed on us of which many others have been challenged with.

Sarah Ferguson recently wrote, “Mother Nature has sent us to our rooms… Like the spoilt children we are. She gave us time and she gave us warnings. She was so patient with us. She gave us fire and floods, she tried to warn us but in the end she took back control. She has sent us to our rooms and when she is finished clearing up our mess. She will let us out to play again. How will we use this time?”

… and the question that asks itself, how will we use Ramadan this year?

The prophet SalaAllah alayhi wa sallam said, “Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) and Abdullah ibn `Amr reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede on behalf of Allah’s servant on the Day of Judgment: Fasting will say, “O my Lord! I prevented him from food and desires during the day, so accept my intercession for him.” And the Qur’an will say, “O my Lord! I prevented him from sleeping by night, so accept my intercession for him.” The intercession of both will thus be accepted. (Ahmad and authenticated by Al-Albani)


The DAA family would like to wish all our extended families a prosperous and reflective Ramadan. One that will be filled with hope and regrowth.

LEADERSHIP UPDATE

After more than a decade in Dubai, Dr. Lisa Ramshaw, our Head of Teaching, Learning & Innovation at DAA will be returning home to the UK at the end of this academic year.

Lisa has been instrumental in the growth of our learning community and we will miss her more than words could ever express.


While she will be hard to replace, we are fortunate to have some amazing finalists coming from the US who have applied for a Deputy Superintendent position at DAA. After 20 candidates were brought forward from the Search Firm (over 40 applied), we narrowed that down to nine. These nine were interviewed by a Committee of six that resulted in five moving forward.


Those five candidates were interviewed in round #2 and this week, we had our top two finalists here at DAA. They were interviewed by all stakeholders, including principals, teachers, heads of departments, DAAPA, our Local Advisory Board and also our students. We hope to share with you the results of our search soon.

HAVE YOU CREATED YOUR CONTENT?

Spring break is a great time to create some content to represent your country during International Week. Are you traveling to your home country? Put together a short vlog! Are you staying in Dubai? Cook your favorite cultural dish and get it on video! Play a traditional song on an instrument or do a traditional dance. Now, with the tech tools available, you are only limited with your imagination. Be sure to check out the DAAPA Page for details and upcoming information sessions.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Dubai American Academy Scholarship Program will be available to students entering grades 6-12 in 2021-2022. The application window will open on April 1st and will close on May 31st, 2021. Terms and Conditions apply. Please see our website, or the Scholarship Program Guidelines for further details.


Admissions and Finance

Re-enrollment is open for the 2021-2022 School Year. You must indicate your intentions to re-enroll either through the GEMS Parent Portal or the GEMS Connect App using your GEMS parent username and password. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it on the login page. If you have difficulty, please send an email to receptionist_daa@gemsedu.com and we will assist you.


Remember to please complete the entire re-enrollment process for each child.


For any questions on the re-enrollment process, please contact our admissions team at registrar_daa@gemsedu.com.


During Spring Break, our admissions and accounts office will be open 8am -2pm Sunday through Thursday.

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Best,

The Expo School Programme team

Parent Engagement - Community connections

If you are a current DAA parent and wish to help our new joiners feel welcome, we encourage you to submit your interest to connect with new parents by filling out this form!

Community news

They shouldn’t be left out and all kids in UAE should join their peers in distance learning from home whenever needed.

Support this cause.


Donate new or used devices such as laptops, tablets, or desktop computers on TOYIT.TODAY

In collaboration with Dubai Cares, part of their “Education Uninterrupted” initiative.

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KEY CONTACTS

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 RELATIONSHilda Tabrizi pre_daa@gemsedu.com
GOVERNMENT RELATIONSSoheir Mohamed S.MOHAMED_DAA@gemsedu.com
SLICES CATERINGMs. Shevine daa@slices.ae / 054 792 7509https://pay.slices.ae/support/ticket/submit
STS BUS SERVICEKelvin Sicat kelvin.rosario@stss.ae / 04 704 9755