ELEMENTARY essentials

FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

January 10, 2019

Happy New Year Everyone!

We had a fantastic first week back to school and look forward to an exciting rest of the school year.

As we start the year we would are focusing on elementary school life and the expectations around being a student at Dubai American Academy.

Mr. Cantlie's 100% Club

We know being on-time and present at school are two keys to a great learning experience so we are excited to be celebrating these achievement. This week the names of those students who made it to school everyday and were always on-time were put up in the office. There were a lot of proud children coming by and finding their names! The new term of Mr. Cantlie’s 100% Club began on Tuesday and goes to Spring Break so everyone gets a fresh chance to “join the club”.

If you want to know more about the 100% Club, please see the little video we have shared in the past.

School uniforms

We are very proud of our school and want to ensure our students take pride in all they do, including the wearing of their uniforms. With that our staff will be verbally, and in writing, reminding students and parents when uniforms are not being worn as per the school expectations. You have made a significant investment in your child’s school clothes and we want our students to look their best.

Please note that these are the expectations:

KG1-Grade 2:

  • Regulation Dubai American Academy red polo;
  • Regulation blue shorts or slacks for boys;
  • Regulation blue skirts, slacks or skirts for girls;
  • White, black or navy socks;
  • a DAA sweater or hoodie;
  • Black or White Activity shoes (trainers) with non-marking soles, dress shoes may be needed for school presentations. For safety reasons, no sandals please;

School caps for outside activities

Grades 3-5:

  • Regulation blue shirt with logo for 3rd to 5th grade students;
  • Regulation blue shorts or slacks for boys;
  • Regulation blue skirts, slacks or skirts for girls;
  • Regulation elementary school tie (long ties for boys and collar ties for girls);
  • White, black or navy socks;
  • a DAA sweater or hoodie;
  • Black or White Activity shoes (trainers) with non-marking soles, dress shoes may be needed for school presentations. For safety reasons, no sandals please;

School caps for outside activities

Physical Education (PE) Uniform

  • Regulation Dubai American Academy polo shirt (or Dubai American Academy t-shirt).
  • Regulation blue shorts (Solid navy blue cotton shorts may be purchased elsewhere; no logos or baggies permitted)
  • Regulation swimming suit (personal suits are fine – one piece tank type suit for girls).

Seasonal Wear

1. Regulation cotton blue sweatshirt with school logo;

2. Regulation cotton blue sweater with school logo;

3. Other outerwear may be worn to and from school and kept in the student’s locker/cubby. Students will not be allowed to wear non-uniform items during school

Students Spotted Being Role Models

Beginning on Sunday we will be starting a new PAWS initiative to recognize individual students for acting in a respectful and responsible manner that represents the excellence we value at DAA.

Here is How it Works

  1. Staff will give out PAWS Certificates to students displaying PAWS behaviors. As they are given out, the staff member will let them know the reason they received it.
  2. Students will put their own name and class on the the certificate (as well as ticking the reason) and put it into their grade level box by Ms. Grace for ground floor classes and Ms. Rene for first floor classes.
  3. Each Sunday morning we will pull a certificate from each grade box and celebrate those students.
  4. Each Sunday morning we will also hand back the certificates to the classes to give to the students to take home.

How You Can Help

Celebrate the certificates when they come home. Put them on the fridge, make a big deal of it and let them tell you why they got it. Any positive conversations you have at home will help reinforce the importance of PAWS at school.

We have created a little video to help explain this initiative a little more.


LEARNING WALLS

The Learning Walls for Term Two are UP!

The purpose of these wall is to create opportunities for everyone to know what each grade and subject are learning about this term. Even better, if you have an expertise or passion in an area you can see our students are engaging in this term, we would love parents to share their experiences and knowledge with our classes (it does not even have to be your own child’s class). There is always excellent learning in the classrooms of Dubai American Academy and the Learning Wall helps keep us all reminded of that.

Again, welcome back. We are looking forward to a great term ahead!

Craig, Anita, Nathalie, Toosha and Noha

Craig Cantlie, Executive Principal

Elementary Parent Morning - January 20 @8am

"In order for you to understand why your child acts the way s/he does, you need to better understand the characteristics of her/his age group."

Parenting Coach, Irini Girgis will lead a session on Jan. 20th, 2019 to help you identify whether the challenges you see are expected milestones for your child's age, or, if necessary, to be looked at from a different perspective. She will also give you practical techniques that will help you deal with these challenges and leave you more empowered as a parent. This one hour session will address parenting strategies for children aged 4-11 .

We hope that you will join us!

Early Years Administration

From the ES Library

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key contacts

Should your child(ren) need to be away from school due to illness or appointments, please contact our School Secretaries.

KG1 - KG2: Grace Ajib (04) 704 - 9705 / g.ajib_daa@gemsedu.com

Grades 1-5: Rene Botha (04) 704 - 9724 / r.botha_daa@gemsedu.com