ELEMENTARY essentials


October 18th, 2018

Dear Elementary School Families,

We look forward to welcoming you into our classrooms for Parent Teacher Conferences / Hopes and Dreams on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Please make sure you have made your conference bookings with your child(ren)’s teacher. You can book here https://www.schoolbookings.net/code?z=zKEGjP and the code you will need is 3bhga. Remember, these conferences are for the parents and the teachers only. Please also remember that there is no school on these days.

The Beginning of the Day

We are very proud of the students for making Wise Choices and showing good character by staying out of the hallways in the morning until the allowed time of 7:25am as requested. The students have also demonstrated great responsibility by walking safely and respectfully to their classrooms and that has been very much appreciated as it helps maintain student safety.

100% Club

Beginning on Sunday, we will be encouraging all students to be in class on-time when the national anthem begins at 7:40am. Beginning Sunday, the 100% Club will take effect. To be a member of the 100% Club students must have no lates (lates will be deemed as arrivals after 7:50am), and no absences. At the end of each term all those in the 100% Club for that term will be recognized. We will also recognize those students who are able to make the 100% Club for the entire year! Being on time and present at school provides the right start to the day and supports the continuity of learning we know is important.

Literacy Learning

Last week we were very fortunate to have professional learning for our teachers across our grades as Erin Kent, a literacy specialist in Reading and Writing Workshop, worked with our grade groups on literacy learning here in elementary at Dubai American Academy. Through our approach to Reading and Writing Workshop our students will have a consistent language in Literacy throughout their elementary learning experience. As Reading and Writing Workshop will be taught with an inquiry disposition in mind, learning will also continue to be seen as a process rather than a particular end result.

Edu-Tech in the Classroom

As a school that strives for innovative learning, we are very proud when our teachers embed edu-tech into their classroom learning in Literacy, Numeracy, the Units of Inquiry and within our specialist classes.

Here are some great examples of what’s happening in our classrooms:

  • The retelling of stories using simple robots like Ozobots, Beebots and Cubetto.
  • Using the augmented reality of HP reveal (Aurasma) to create an interactive timeline of Dubai.
  • Using multiple mediums to create a 3D community and then coding Ozobots to create paths through the display.
  • Using visual tools in Apple Keynote to explain the guiding questions regarding Sheikh Zayed.
  • Students sent on a journey to solve “what city were they in?” in the UAE using the program Bookwidget.
  • In math students are receiving a question and then need to find the missing number and use the Ozobots to follow the math used to get the answer.
  • The digital tool Maker’s Empire is being connected to the curriculum and used to design 3D shapes that can then be 3D printed.
  • Seesaw is being used to document learning in swimming.
  • Student driven podcasting.

Fall Parade

The Fall Parade will take place on Wednesday, October 31st starting at 8:05. Students are invited to come to school in costume (appropriate costumes only please. No scary costumes, blood and gore, or weapons) and will participate in a fall costume parade around the school track. Students, with their classes, will make one full lap around the track and return to class. There will be music playing and we encourage you to spread out around the track to watch your child. We hope to see many of you there…maybe even in costumes!


Please remember, you can always stay informed and “look into our classrooms” through Twitter. Our Twitter handle is@DAAElementary and you can follow the hashtags #FluencyED and #DAAbestyearever for more content across the school.

Have a great weekend.

Craig Cantlie

Executive Principal, Dubai American Academy

Superintendent's Messages to Elementary Families

Nut-Free In Elementary

ES Allergy Letter.pdf

This Sunday October 21st!

This is a first in a series of intimate coffee mornings with Tammy Murphy, our Superintendent. The first session is for KG parents and registration is required to keep our gathering to 15 parents in order to enjoy a more intimate setting. Please click HERE to register!

Homework Help (Tutoring by High School Students)

Little Learners is a service club run by Highschoolers at DAA, in an effort to give back to the school community through spreading our knowledge. With over 70 highschoolers eagerly willing to tutor, we are now in search of willing elementary students in grades 1 - 5 who require help!

We have a dedicated team of tutors who can cover a wide range of subjects and who are ready to help with anything, including daily homework or larger assignments. Participants will be tutored once a week anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, after school on their day of choice. The tutoring session can be held in any of the three libraries present on our school campus, as it gives us a tranquil space to learn.

This is a great opportunity for elementary kids to strengthen their knowledge. They will be working with familiar faces from around the school campus, and this will create a sense of comfort to them while trying to conquer academic challenges!

If this is of interest to you and your child, please fill out the form, by clicking the link below, to provide us with information on what subject your child would like to build on, what days would work best, and so forth. Please proceed to sign up by the deadline of October 25, in order for the tutoring sessions to begin as soon as possible!



Thank you to all of our committed DAAPA parents for making the fall colors come alive in our hallways! We have many creative and talented moms and dads who contribute so lovingly to our community!

Fall is here! DAAPA is pleased to announce the return of the PUMPKIN PATCH!

Pumpkin patch order forms were sent home earlier this week with Kg1-grade 5 students. If you would like to order your very own pumpkin, return this form along with exact change to your classroom teacher by Monday, October 22nd. Kindly note that the pumpkins are sourced locally and vary in shape and color. No pumpkins are allowed on the buses.

MIDDLE / HIGH School students, this year you can order too! If you would like to purchase pumpkins, the cost is AED 45 each. Please bring exact change and collect an order form from your divisional office on Sunday. Select your favorite from the pumpkin patch on October 28 or 29.

Send us a picture of your carved pumpkin and join our PUMPKIN CARVING COMPETITION. There will be prizes awarded to the best carved pumpkins in 4 categories: Early Years, Elementary, Middle and High School.

Kindly take a picture of you with your carved pumpkins and send to stayintouchwithdaapaps@gmail.com.

Library News

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