November 14, 2019

Dear Parents

It was wonderful to see so many of you during this week’s parent/teacher conferences. We trust you and your Middle Schooler found the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress valuable. It was wonderful to see so many beaming students who were clearly proud of the feedback they received due to the effort they have applied to their studies. Many students are able to highlight their target for the remainder of Semester 1 to continue to make good progress in their learning.

If you have questions or concerns or did not have the opportunity to attend this week’s conference please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

Unfortunately, as we have had many students and staff absent over the past few weeks due to illness, our make-up MAP testing will continue next week. When the testing window has closed we will be able to provide you with your child’s most recent MAP report.

Over the next few weeks we have many community events including a visiting poet SPOZ, a National Day assembly and celebration, our Thanksgiving dessert buffet and the School of Rock performance. Further details can either be found in this week’s SPOTS or will be posted on next week’s grade level newsletters.

We greatly appreciate your feedback. If you have not yet had an opportunity to complete the parent survey you may access it here.

Enjoy the week ahead.

Kind regards


Counselor's Corner

from the library

Dubai American Academy is excited to announce our first author visit of the school year. On November 17th and 18th, Spoz, will be working with our middle and high school students to promote creativity through writing and poetry. All middle school students will have a chance to see Spoz in action during a general assembly. Students are then encouraged to sign-up for one of his lunchtime workshops where he will work closely with students and their writing. Parents, if you would also like to attend a workshop and get your creative juices flowing we invite you to join us on Sunday, November 17th from 3pm-4pm. This workshop is open for students as well.

This is a great opportunity for our DAA community to work with an award winning author.

Parent sign up HERE. See you on Sunday.


Open to girls and boys in Grades 6 – 8

Greetings everybody that would like to sign up for our after school football club. We are two senior students who created this football club for all middle school students to enjoy, have fun and improve in football. If you are thinking of signing up understand that this is an hour and a half weekly commitment which will last for four weeks. If you choose to sign up you are agreeing to attend and be present at every session unless excused by one of the supervisors. Students will also need to follow every rule stated at the end of the form.


There is a minimum of 20 students maximum of 40 students. Students who sign up after the maximum is filled will either not participate or may join at a later session if a student fails to attend. Sessions are every Sunday for 4 weeks from 3 pm to 4:30 pm, starting on Sunday 17th of November. Students will need to bring appropriate clothing and shoes in order to participate (shin pads not required). Students will need to change in the changing rooms and we will meet in the main field.

Students who have a bus pass will be able to use the late bus but students without it will need to have a parent or guarding pick them up.


- Students must attend sessions unless excused

-Students who fail to bring water bottles will not play

-Students must be respectful to others and coordinators

-If a student shows disrespectful behavior he/she will be removed from the club

-Just have fun and improve your football skills :)

Ronaldy and Mathias

Form link:



Click the GUIDE for instructions on how to set up your account!

PowerSchool is our student information management system which houses grades and marks for middle and high school.

If you have not yet received an email with your child's Access ID and Password for your PowerSchool account, or if you are having any difficulty logging in, please email psparenthelp@gemsdaa.net.

key contacts

Middle School Secretary:

Sarah Hole s.hole_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9722

Middle School Attendance:

Ariadni Nerkizoglou a.nerkizoglou_daa@Gemsedu.com / 04 704 9728

Middle School Counselors

Mira Nasr M.NASR_DAA@gemsedu.com
Frank Becvar f.becvar_daa@Gemsedu.com