SAIS Stay Connected Newsletter
What's Happening at Sharjah American International School!
Message from the Principal
Dear SAIS Shj Community,
November is an important month in the school year. The end-of-term exams usually start in the last week of the month, so students need to plan and prepare early for those exams.
Attached in this newsletter, you will find the Exam Schedule. Kindly, plan your study time accordingly.
November is a month full of activities. So far, we have celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness, Flag Day and career day. Our students have participated in a Math Day at the University of Sharjah and won accolades. Coming up are more activities: Anti-Bullying Week, Tolerance Day, World’s Children Day, our own Math Fun Day, and Character Day.
On November 30, our students will take a break from exams and celebrate the 50th National Day. This occasion celebrates the accomplishments achieved so far and ponders on the planned enterprises for the future. The National Day celebrations will begin at 8:00 AM in the morning and will run until 12:00 noon. Buses will leave at 12:15 PM.
Preparing for Exams – Tips
Parents are partners in their children’s education. We would like to ask them to help our younger students prepare for the End-of-Term Exams. Following are some tips that could help students in all grade levels. (For more details, check www.topuniversities.com)
- Give yourself enough time to study - Do not leave it until the last minute. Set up a timetable for your study. Start with the Exam Schedule and organize your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams more study time than others, based on the level of challenge they present to you.
- Organize your study space - Make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Try and get rid of all distractions, and make sure you feel comfortable and able to focus.
- Use flow charts and diagrams - Visual aids can be helpful when revising. At the start of a topic, challenge yourself to write down everything you already know about it. This will show you where the gaps lie. Closer to the exam, condense your revision notes into one-page diagrams. This can help you to quickly recall everything you need to know during the exam.
- Explain your answers to others - Explain an answer to a question to a friend or a family member (Mom, brother, etc.). That will help you to get it clear in your head, and to improve your answer.
- Organize study groups with friends - Plan study sessions with friends. You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. As long as you make sure you stay focused on the topic, this can be one of the most effective ways to challenge yourself.
- Take regular breaks - While you may think it is best to study for as many hours as possible, this can actually be counterproductive. Studies have shown that for long-term retention of knowledge, taking regular breaks helps.
- Snack on brain food. Keep your body and brain well fueled by choosing nutritious foods that are proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt and blueberries. The same applies on exam day - eat a good meal before the test.
- Plan your exam day - Make sure you get everything ready well in advance of the exam. Do not wait to the day before to check what you are supposed to bring. Check all the rules and requirements a few days earlier.
- Drink plenty of water - Remember that water is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day.
We wish all our students success on their exams. And we hope that November will continue to be a fun month for everyone.
- CAT4 test Grade 3 November 22nd - students must being a fully charged device on this day.
- End of Term Assessments for Arabic subjects KG - Grade 4 will be in the week of November 14 - 25
- End of Term Assessments for English subjects for KG - Grade 3 will be in the week of December 5 - 9. Students will stay in school for the full day.
- Final Exams Schedule for Grades 4 - 12 is attached below. Students will be released on the exam day by grade at 10:30 a.m.
- UAE National Day Celebrations will take place on Tuesday, November 30th; Students will be released from school at 12:00 p.m. on this day. Buses will leave by 12:15 p.m.
- KG National Day Program will take place in the gym 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Parents are invited to the gym celebration with alHosn application to show proof of vaccine and/or updated PCR within 2 days.
- ES National Day Program will take place in the gym 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, December 1st - Thursday, December 2nd is a public holiday in observance of Commemoration Day and UAE National Day. The school will be closed. Classes will resume on Sunday, December 5th.
- The last day of Term 1 for K - 12 is December 9th WINTER BREAK for Students: December 12 - January 1.
- WINTER BREAK for Teachers / HODs / Admin: December 19th - January 1.
- First Day of Term 2 for Students January 2nd
REGISTRATION is OPEN - KG1 & KG2!
We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2021-2022 academic year is still open for KG1 & KG2.
Now that students will be back in classes at full capacity, we have been approved to increase the class size on KG by an additional 5 students per class. Please use the link below to complete the online application for each student you wish to register.
The registration office is open Sunday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
If you have any questions about your application, please contact Ms. Reem at EXT. 124 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Dear SAIS Community,
We are happy to inform you that this academic year 2021-2022, we have reinstated our Special Educational Needs Department under the bigger umbrella of Student Support.
We are excited to share with you information regarding the mission of the SEN department, service offered, resources available, and members of the department we have on board.
The Special Educational Needs (SEN) department at SAIS aims to promote inclusion and work towards transitioning the school into a fully inclusive one. Ultimately, our goal is to provide tailored support as per every student’s needs while maintaining an inclusive environment for our diverse student population.
- Conducting school-based diagnostic assessments
- Creating individualized education plans (IEPs) or individualized behavioral plans (IBPs) with differentiated goals as per student needs
- Provision of one-to-one classes for students who require extensive intervention (Tier 3)
- Releasing regular progress reports to concerned stakeholders (parents, teachers, and student coordinator)
- Possibility to differentiate assessments depending on student’s needs
Members of the SEN Department
Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo): Ms. Hanan El Halabi
Phone number: 06 538 0000 ext. 110
Office Hours: Tuesdays @8:00 AM – 9:00 AM or by appointment
Mrs. Hanan is available for virtual as well as face-to-face meetings by previously scheduled appointments.
Final Exam -Term 1
Dear Parents and Students,
As the term is reaching to an end, we would like to remind you to check the final exam schedule.
All students even those with an exemption need to be in school to take the final exam.
We wish all our students the best of luck in their exams!
Math is on December 6
English is on December 9
Additionally, the Arabic test that is posted for Grades 1- 4 next week is is considered as the Final Exam for Grade 4. This day will be a normal school day.
UAE Flag Day
Flag Day, the event, which was conceived by Sheikh Mohammed to celebrate the accession of Sheikh Khalifa as President of the UAE in 2004, was first marked in 2013.
The day is marked by schools, government offices, businesses and individuals, who hang the national flag outside their homes and workplaces.
Spots of SAIS students' participations during the Flag-raising Ceremony in which the national anthem is played marked the occasion.
The students and staff joined at the flag at 11:00 to raise and observe the flag. They sang the UAE National Anthem in unison.
Thank you to our scouts for their participation in the program.
Thank you to the UAE SST teachers for preparing the program for each section.
Please click the links to watch some of the videos that were shared to the school's Instagram and Facebook pages:
How to Boost Literacy at Home!
Due to the recent pandemic, many of our students have fallen behind academically. At the root of what most students need is literacy.
Promoting literacy at home can have a huge impact on a child’s learning.
Teaching a child to read can be challenging, but there are some really simple ways to encourage a positive relationship with reading.
Here are some easy ways you can boost your child’s literacy skills at home:
Reading to your child is the best way to help children develop literacy skills. Children who are read to by their caregivers see numerous academic benefits. Kids who are read to have stronger early literacy skills, which makes learning to read easier. Reading to your child also helps them to develop a larger vocabulary. Simply reading books with your child every day will have a huge impact on their literacy skills.
2. TEACH CHILDREN RHYMES AND SONGS
Nursery rhymes are not just cute songs children love to recite. They play a crucial role in language and literacy development. Rhymes help children develop an understanding of the patterns of language and understand the sounds and blends that are the building blocks of words. Teaching and practicing nursery rhymes will lay an important foundation for literacy.
3. MODEL READING BEHAVIOR YOU WANT TO SEE
If you want to encourage literacy at home, make sure to model that behavior at home. Set aside time to turn off distractions like the television, mobiles, or video games and sit down with a good book. This type of modeling will be powerful as children get older and are able to read independently. They’ll see how they can incorporate reading into their daily lives even as other activities demand their attention.
4. TURN ON THE CAPTIONS
Reading doesn’t just have to be with a book. We all watch online videos, television, and movies. Promote literacy by simply turning on the captions. It will help kids make a connection between the words they are hearing and the words they’re reading on the screen. It’s also a great way for them to identify any new vocabulary they hear. Next time they read that word in a text, they’ll be more likely to correctly identify it.
5. TALK TO YOUR KIDS
Speaking to your children is a great way to increase their vocabulary. Many in education point to a “word gap,” or a difference in vocabulary between children when they enter school. There are many causes for this gap, but one thing researchers have found is that children who get regular conversations with adults learn more words. Don’t be afraid to use “big words” when talking to children. You can always explain their meaning, and the more often kids hear new words, the more likely they are to pick up on their meaning through context.
6. PRACTICE STORYTELLING
A simple way to promote literacy at home is to encourage your child to tell you stories. This will help them gain a better understanding of the rhythm of narrative storytelling, which will benefit them as they grow and read more complex fiction. They can tell you real stories about their lives or make up stories and flex their imaginations.
7. CONSUME NONFICTION TO HELP BUILD BETTER READERS
Many adults shy away from nonfiction for young children, believing the topics and vocabulary are too complex for little minds. But creating a strong knowledge foundation is one of the best things you can do for your child. Children who have more background knowledge have an easier time learning new concepts. Since you’re spending so much time reading together at home, mix in nonfiction about history, culture, and science.
8. PLAY WORD GAMES
For younger kids, these games can be informal, like naming a word that rhymes with another word. You can play these kinds of games anywhere, such as riding in the car or while taking a walk. There are also a lot of fun board games that promote literacy for kids of all ages. Some great ones are Zingo, Quiddler, Bananagrams, and Rory’s Story Cubes.
9. MAKE READING EASY FOR YOUR KIDS
The fewer barriers to reading, the better. Make sure books are readily available to your child in whatever spaces they spend the most time. Have books in their bedroom, in the living room, in the kitchen, and even in the car. It’s also helpful to give you child a mixture of familiar and new books. Keeping books accessible at all times will encourage your kids to read.
10. ENCOURAGE ALL FORMS OF READING
Make sure you don’t dismiss certain forms of reading. Graphic novels, comics, audiobooks, and picture books are all valid forms of reading regardless of your child’s age and ability. We know the best way to improve literacy skills is to read more, so families should encourage children to read whatever they like. Favorite picture books long past a child’s “reading level” can provide comfort. Graphic novels can keep reluctant readers engaged. Audiobooks are an accessible way to access the same content as a physical book. Trust that your child is reading grade-level material at school and let the at-home reading be truly their choice.
Fire Safety Week
We would like to give a special thank you to the Civil Defense for visiting out school for a workshop for Grades 1-4 and a fire truck show for KG - Grade 4.
Mathematics Day By University of Sharjah
The Math Department in Sharjah American International School – Sharjah Campus proudly announce that two of the high school students (Abdullah Al Amiri – Grade 11 & Rahsed Al Bannay – Grade 12) were chosen of the top 5 students amongst 120 participants from a different private and public schools in the math competition that was held in the University of Sharjah.
Regular Attendance Is A Key to Success in HS
In order to be successful in meeting the high expectations in HS and meeting Graduation requirement, it is imperative that students come to school on a regular basis and maximize their time in school for learning. There is a positive correlation between regular attendance at school and academic success.
SAIS has an obligation to expect regular attendance and punctuality to school and class. Students have a responsibility to come to school on a daily basis and to be on time to school and to all of their classes.
Whenever possible, medical and dental appointments should be scheduled outside of the school day. Students requiring regular appointments during the school day should have these scheduled as to avoid missing the same class each time. We need to maximize the time we have in school for instructional purposes.
Breast Cancer Awareness Day!
The Alcove area at SAIS recently turned pink to raise awareness for breast cancer.
Wear it pink! Students and staff wore pink shirts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
Throughout the event, ES, MS and HS students were engaged in activities to spread awareness and information about cancer, support the fighters, admire the survivors, and remember the angels.
Go PINK, PINK is the way, wrapped up in PINK, Never Give Up, Never Ever Give Up Hope, and PINK is power are some of the posters and sayings around the school.
TIPS OF SUCCESS in HS
So you are a HS student. Great! High School is a magical time when students have opportunities to learn, grow, work on creating academic habits to carry with them in their future, and most importantly succeed. Here are some tips to enjoy success in HS:
Can you find your books, your homework? Can you keep your locker organized? If this is a tough area for you, go through your stuff on a regular basis to put loose papers where they need to be. Also, clean out your locker on a regular basis, and take home things you don’t need to store at school.
In HS, you will start getting more long term assignments than you are used to. It may help to break these bigger projects down into smaller chunks and use a time map to plan how you are going to complete them. Make the most of your time by accomplishing some work each day instead of leaving it all until the end.
Do you want to make the honor roll? Are you striving for 90’s in Math? Identify what you want to achieve (long term goal) and make a game plan for getting there. Write down the steps you will need to get to your goal (these are your short term goals). Keeping your goal in mind will help keep you motivated as you continue to make strides towards reaching it.
Find Your Best Study Method.
It is easy to get distracted and not study, or not study effectively with all of your attention. Develop whatever method of study works for you, whether that means rewriting your notes, using a flashcard app like Quizlet, or talking through the concepts with a study group. Figure out what your learning style is before you get to university.
The Seniors’ Space
I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to all parents of our Senior Students; and to our new parents that have joined SAIS family this year. And to start by congratulating the Class of 2022 as they prepare to move on to top class universities all over the world including, The Senior Students have made a wonderful start to the academic year, and I am very impressed by how our students are continuing to adhere to rules and regulations. Senior year has been a very interesting experience so far, as we got to transition back to in-person school for the first time in over a year.
When I was young, I always looked up to the higher grades and thought about how they learned all that complicated stuff that, when looking at, at that time, felt like rocket science. Now that I’m here, in my senior year, where I was always scared to reach but dreamt about, I would like to tell those similar to my younger self that it isn’t what we feared it would be; we simply didn’t know what was going on!
Maitha Al Ahmad , Class of 2022
My high school experience felt unrealistic because I spent the majority of it online, but now that I am in my senior year and we have officially returned to face-to-face learning, it feels surreal because we have begun to experience senior student life. Although I am excited to start the next chapter of my life, it is bittersweet knowing that I will part ways with my classmates and teachers. However I will definitely keep in touch with them, as they have been an important part of my daily life for the past 5 years. My high school years were nothing short of spectacular. I had the best days because I was with the best people. My senior year will undoubtedly be filled with exciting experiences. We are doing things we have always wanted to do at the perfect time. And I'm thrilled about it.
Reem Mohammed, Senior 2022
Universities around the world recognize Advanced Placement (AP) when making admission decisions, course requisites, and awarding university credit.
Qualifying AP Exam scores earn university credit in nearly all universities in the United States and Canada and are recognized in 60 other countries worldwide. Scores of 3 or 4 on AP Exams fulfil admission requirements in many universities in UK and Europe.
Taking AP classes can help students:
Ø Build skills and confidence.
- AP students learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.
- They dig deeper into subjects that interest them and learn to tap their creativity and their problem-solving skills to address course challenges.
Ø Get into college.
- Students who take AP courses send a signal to colleges that they’re serious about their education and that they’re willing to challenge themselves with rigorous coursework.
- 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.
Ø Succeed in college.
- Research shows that students who receive a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers.
Ø Save time and money in college.
- Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time which means they avoid paying for, for example, a fifth year of tuition.
- Most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. This can mean:
- Fulfilling graduation requirements early.
- Being able to skip introductory courses or required general-education courses.Each college and university determines its own policies regarding AP Exam scores.
For detailed information about the AP recognition policies of universities, use the searches below:
Global: Search AP credit policies
Outside the U.S.: Search AP recognition policies (admissions, credit/placement, and scholars
The 2022 AP Exams will be administered in schools as paper-and-pencil exams over two weeks in May: May 2–6 and May 9–13 as per the following schedule.
Class of 2020 Visited Our Campus
On October 26, we had a visit from our Class of 2020. Shaikha Al Muheiri, Anood Al Marzouqi, and Latifa Al Numaimi are enrolled in Sharjah University to pursue their dreams. They took a tour around the building and reminisced about their senior year and memories as they left their classes on March 20, 2020 and never came back to their classes as COVID threatened their graduation ceremony. WE WERE GLAD TO SEE THEM!
The Sharjah Documentation and Archive Authority visited our school and conducted four workshops to groups of students in Middle and high school. Another workshop is scheduled for the Elementary section in late November.
The goal of the authority was to explain the importance of collecting documents that present sound material about the history of the emirate in particular, and the history of the state through all the ages, in general.
The Center preserves and archives those documents, and facilitates their study.
The workshops that our students participated in increased awareness about the Emirate and also explained to students the importance of archives and documentation as it leads to further discoveries within scientific research and artistic creativity while contributing to the development of human civilization.
Antibullying Week @ SAIS Nov. 14th – N0v. 18th
The objectives of the Antibullying week are to
- raise awareness of bullying among our students and the community,
- to teach students ways of preventing bullying, and
- to send a positive message for the victims of bullying that they are not alone. As we all know, it takes the collective responsibility of students, teachers, staff, and parents to stop bullying.
Anti-bullying focus week are important to SAIS so that we can continuously encourage students to express themselves and celebrate their uniqueness.
One highlight for this week will be the issue of cyberbullying. Online abuse cases are increasing due to the increased usage of social media and websites among children. By reporting the abuse, we can take steps towards creating a safe environment for our students.
Hate speech is unacceptable in all online platforms.
SAIS has a zero-tolerance policy for hate speech and any form of bullying.
Below is an outline of the week's events.
Tuesday, Nov. 16th: Kindness Day
The purpose of Kindness Day is to “highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness, which binds us.”
Wednesday, Nov. 17th: Cyberbullying Awareness
The purpose is to raise the awareness of antibullying among the SAIS community.
Thursday, Nov. 18th: Antibullying Awareness
To acknowledge the causes that lead to bullying and, how to stand up against it. As well as, facilitating an environment where students can express their concerns and feelings in a safe environment.
A Message from the PTA Liaison: Raising Parents' Awareness of Safe Drive Inside and Around the School
One of the most critical components of school safety is road safety inside the school premises and around the school's community. The Safety Committee at SAIS urges all motorists to drive safely and hopes there will be zero car incidents on or around the campus.
Most recently, we have experienced some irresponsible behavior inside and around the school when it comes to picking up or dropping children.
"We as parents, motorists, and road users must display the safest driving behavior and road behavior around schools. It is all about teaching our children the right and safe behavior and to be role models for them."
We urge all motorists to be extra alert and careful when driving inside or close to the school. We might experience a lot of traffic around the school, especially in the mornings and during dismissal time.
- Watch out for extra traffic guidance and follow the directions of our school traffic guides.
- Drivers dropping or collecting kids must not obstruct traffic. Take care for other motorists.
- Park your vehicle safely, and a few feet away from the school.
- Parents should be aware of time management. Leave early as there are frequent traffic delays around schools.
- Be a role model fro road safety. Parents are requested to educate their kids about proper road safety conduct around schools and in general. Please do not encourage them to walk or run between cars.
- Be mindful of the speed limit around the school zone. In our school zone an appropriate speed is 30 kmph outside of the school's gates unless there is traffic. Inside the school's gate the 15 kmph or slower depending on the flow of traffic.
To help support the guidelines for imploring a safe school community we have welcomed the Sharjah Police Department to the campus in the mornings and during dismissal. We are happy to report that in the few days we have already seen a tremendous improvement.
" We applaud the efforts of all involved stakeholders to raise awareness for safe conduct that will help us to achieve higher levels of road safety in the SAIS Shj School community."
We Value SAIS Alumni
On May 30, 2021, the SAIS Alumni Committee released its first SAIS Alumni Newsletter, “WE ARE SAIS" | S'more Newsletters. WE ARE SAIS was the first step in our Alumni plan to bring all SAIS Alumni together.
In the last few months, we have been able to connect with former SAIS students who were proud to share their stories with us. We are in the process of planning our first alumni meeting soon! We hope to see many alumni and hear some more stories of SAIS!
Kindly fill in your information using the following link to keep you updated about our events.
Tell Us Your Story
Wherever life takes you, be sure to let us know where you are and what you are up to. Stay connected with your fellow classmates, growing your career network, and helping others. Got a story? Won an award? Wedding bells? New baby? Job promotion? We would like to hear what is happening with you in your life. If you would like to share your story with us for your next newsletter, please email us at email@example.com .
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Parent & Student Support Contact Information
Communication between SAIS and our parents is vital. We are constantly monitoring the most effective ways to communicate with our parents. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey that is linked above (only one per household) regarding communication practices by the school. If you have an interest in volunteering or conducting a workshop or activity with our staff and students, inform us in the form as well. Your participation is greatly appreciated.