Announcements

END OF ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017

EARLY YEARS: 15 June 2017

PRIMARY:   22 June 2017

AL ISRA WAL MIRAJ HOLIDAY

20th April 2017

Dear Parents

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has announced that Sunday, 23 April 2017 is an official holiday to mark the ‘Al Isra Wal Miraj’ holiday.

We wish all families celebrating the occasion a blessed and joyous day!

School will resume on Monday, 24 April 2017.

Admin

MID-TERM BREAK

Reminder! No school next week, From 12th to 16th February due to our Approved KHDA Mid Term Break. School will resume on Sunday, 19th February 2017.

WINTER BREAK

Winter Break will start on 18th December 2016. Classes resume on Monday, 2nd January 2017.

PROPHET MOHAMMED’S BIRTHDAY

Dear All,

In celebration of Prophet Mohammed PBUH birthday, school will be closed on Sunday 11th Dec. School resumes on Monday 12th Dec 2016.

AL HIJRI NEW YEAR

School will be closed on 02 October 2016 in celebration of the Islamic New Year. School will resume on Monday 03 October 2016.

UAE READS CAMPAIGN

Dear Parents,

We would like to inform you that following the success of the Year of Innovation in 2015, last month, President Sheikh Khalifa declared 2016 the Year of Reading which aims to inspire more people to read.

The Year of Reading initiative continues the approach and vision of the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which was based on the conviction that nation-building is not just a focus on urban and technological development, but is highly dependable on human development, which is the real cornerstone of success, and is the reason why the UAE has been able to transform itself in a relatively short period of time, becoming a beacon of progress and centre of culture in both the region and the world.

In September His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Arab Reading Challenge, which runs until April.

“Reading opens minds, magnifies hunger for knowledge and instils the values of openness and moderation that define great civilizations,” he said.

The UAE READS campaign aims  to promote, encourage and to spread the habit of reading, which targets both teachers, parents and schools.

The National and Scholastic are accepting entries from reading students and will randomly draw three weekly winners.

The winners will have access to digital collections of books, each month will have a new challenge. Some challenges will require teachers’ or parents’ help.

For registration please follow:

http://www.thenational.ae/uaereadschallenge

“Schools, parents and libraries should work together to improve reading among kids and all people.”

If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact me or the school office.

Ofelia Gulerez,

HEALTHY EATING

Dear Parents and Guardians

 School age is the perfect time for children to learn about food, bodies and activity.

Children need a wide variety of foods for a well-balanced diet.  The amount of physical activity they have in a day determines how much they need to eat.

 Breakfast is important

It is important to encourage breakfast. A good night’s sleep followed by food in the morning helps your child to stay active and concentrate at school. It also means that your child is less likely to be hungry during the morning. Be a role model and let your child see you eat breakfast too. A bowl of cereal with milk and fresh or stewed fruit is a great starter for the whole family.

 School Lunches

Our school canteen offers a range of food choices.  Packed lunch from home is also a great way for your child to learn about healthy choices.

 Foods to limit/ Foods to Avoid

Highly processed, sugary, fatty and salty foods should only make up a very small part of your child’s diet. Foods to avoid in everyday school lunches include:

  • Processed meats such as salami, ham, hotdogs, nuggets and sausages
  • Chips, sweet biscuits, muesli bars
  • Candies, chocolates
  • Muffins, pastries, brownies
  • Cordials, tetra pack juices and softdrinks

 Treats and peer pressure

Peer pressure to eat trendy foods at this age is strong. Let your child eat these kinds of foods occasionally for example, at parties, special events or when the rest of the family enjoys them.

The occasional lolly or bag of chips doesn’t do any harm. However if your child is having them too often you may find:

  • Not enough nourishing food are eaten
  • Children become overweight or obese
  • You are spending a lot of money – it is much cheaper to provide homemade snacks and lunches
  • You are missing a chance to teach your child about healthy eating.

 After – School snacks

Children of this age may have swings in their appetite depending on their activity levels, so allow them to choose how much they need to eat while offering a variety of healthy foods.  Some children will only eat small amounts during their evening meal.

Snack suggestions include

  • A sandwich with a glass of milk
  • Cereal and fruit
  • A bowl of soup or toast

Drinks suggestions include

  • Children should be encourage to drink plain water
  • A glass of milk (or a tub of yoghurt or slice of cheese) equals a serving of dairy. Three such servings are needed each day for calcium.

Exercise and Physical Activity

Physical activity is an important part of good health. Try to encourage your child to do something active each day, such as a hobby, play a game or a sport. Some parents may also worry about their child’s weight.

To increase your child’s level of activity, try to:

  • Limit the amount of time spent watching TV
  • Do something physical or active together
  • Go and watch your child play sport
  • Encourage daily activity, not just exercise
  • Use the car less

Thank you for following our suggestions.  Our school nurse is available should you have any concerns regarding healthy nutrition.

School Admin

CLEAN HAIR CAMPAIGN

We are running a campaign for ‘clean hair’ in the school. Hence, we are encouraging everyone to observe good hygiene especially with washing of your child’s hair regularly and checking your child’s hair and scalp every day.

If notice a lice or nits infestation in your child’s hair or any member of your family, it is very important that it is promptly treated with a good Anti-lice Shampoo/Lotion/Cream.  This will avoid it from spreading.

Please visit your doctor for further advice.

Thank you

School Admin

BASELINE TEST

Dear Parents

Please be informed that students will take part in Baseline tests for all core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies. These are diagnostic tests that must be conducted at the beginning of the year to help us evaluate students’ strengths and weaknesses and allow the teachers to plan lessons to meet with the needs of the students.

Primary
26 September 2016 to 10 October 2016

Foundation Stage
9 October 2016 to 13 October 2016

Please note that students are being assessed on their knowledge of last year and hence there are no revision schedules.
Tests will be conducted during the first two periods of the day and hence students must be in school on time. Children who are late or absent will miss this important diagnostic test.

Diagnosis of children in Foundation Stage has already begun as it is an ongoing evaluation and it will be completed during the dates mentioned above.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school for any further concerns or queries.

Best wishes

Administration

(CAT4) COGNITIVE ABILITIES DIAGNOSTIC TEST

Dear Parents of Year 5 Students

Your child will be participating in the forthcoming (CAT4) COGNITIVE ABILITIES DIAGNOSTIC TEST at school.

Date: 25 September 2016

What is CAT4?
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) is a DIGITAL diagnostic assessment that is designed to help students and their teachers understand how they learn and what their academic potential might be. It assesses how students think in areas that are known to make a difference to learning.
While many tests focus on a child’s attainment in core subjects, CAT4 is designed to give schools a much broader, more rounded view of each child, their potential and how they learn. Results help teachers decide about the pace of learning that is right for a student and whether additional support or challenge is needed.
Tasks involve thinking about shapes and patterns (Non-Verbal Reasoning), words (Verbal Reasoning), numbers (Quantitative Reasoning) and some questions are answered by mentally generating and transforming visual images (Spatial Ability).

Can students practice for CAT4?
We strongly advise against any kind of practice ahead of a CAT4 test as it is not a test of learnt knowledge and it needs to be as unaffected as possible by any external factors, such as practice.
Please be reassured that your child will be supported appropriately at school:
• Prior to the test – children will be explained what the test is about and will be shown some example questions.
• During the test – children will be guided throughout the duration of the tests by staff members who will be present in the room.
Administration

MONDAY CLUB

Dear Parents

Following the success of our clubs last year, we are pleased to inform you that we have planned to run our ‘Monday club day’ activities again this year. Term one will begin next week, Monday, 26 September 2016. As before, the children will be offered a variety of activities to choose from. We have however decided to offer certain clubs to certain age groups. This will help teachers with the planning of the clubs- aiming their objectives at certain age levels.

Weekday: Every Monday (starting 26 September and ending 21 November for term one)

Timings: 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM

All children must participate in the activities, however it is on “First come, first served” basis.
The school day will finish at 3:25 pm on Mondays and the school buses will leave immediately after.

Year 1, 2 and 3 will receive a sign up form this week .Please discuss this with your child and ensure that he/she chooses two activities: first choice and second choice.

Year 4, 5 and 6 will write their choices on the display board.

It is important that your child makes the choices as he/she must benefit from what they do while having fun at the same time.
Every club has a maximum number and hence it is essential that your child has a second choice just in case there is no space available in the activity of their first choice.
Please note that once your child is placed in club, no changes will be made further.

Please contact the school for any queries or concerns.

Thank you

Admin

2016-2017 Safety Processes (For Parents)

Date Posted: August 28, 2016

KHDA APPROVED SCHOOL CALENDAR : AY 2016-2017

KHDA School Calendar

Annual Music Concert

Concert will start at 9:00 AM June 02, 2016
Parents can take their children home right after the Annual Music Concert
Busses will leave at 11:30 AM

Date Posted: June 01,2016

  • Thursday, 12 May 2016 is Polar Bear Day.  All students are encouraged to wear white on this day.
  • We are glad to introduce you our new School Parent Portal mobile apps. Available now in IOS/apps store and Android/google play.
  • To browse via web please click the Parent Portal icon in our school website.

Date Posted: May 18,2016