October 22, 2020 ISSUE (next issue November 5)

Message from Mr. Rinaldo,

Head of School

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After several weeks of preparation, GEMS American Academy has submitted our student representatives for the upcoming SCOPE 2020 climate change conference! Firstly, we want to thank everyone who took action and submitted their applications. It just goes to show that GAA’s mission to develop global citizens who have the confidence and conviction to pursue their dreams and impact the world is truly being achieved!

Congratulations to the following students who are listed here in their respective categories! We know they are going to represent the spirit of GAA in a positive way.

Easels of Earth (Art) Group 1

  • Eshal Siddiqui

  • Minju Shin

  • Sherina Alnuaimi

Easels of Earth (Art) Group 2

  • Raja Nursarah Mohar

The Story of Us (Creative Writing)

  • Ejemen Idemudia

There is No Planet B! (Public Speaking)

  • Annika Van Thiel

SCOPE 2020 Delegation (Debate)

  • Nabel Rodriguez Feo

  • Minseok Oh

  • Rania Fayruza Aziz

  • Aleezah Ahmad

  • Dalal Al Mukhtar

SCOPE 2020 is the School 'Conference of Parties' EXPO – A forum for students' voices and actions against climate change. For further information, and to stay up to date with the conference itself on October 24th and 25th, please access the official SCOPE 2020 website at http://scope.gemseducation.com/

SCOPE 2020 will have several inspirational speakers from the United Nations, climate activists from India and Uganda, the EXPO Team, GEMS Education CEO Dino Varkey and other eminent education leaders joining us at the plenaries.

In order to access the opening plenary as a viewer, please click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/gemseducation

This link will connect you to every event on the agenda which can be seen on the SCOPE website for both days.

The access to each event will be activated 10 minutes prior to the event. You can access all events as viewers using the same link on Saturday, 24th October and Sunday, 25th October, 2020.

YEARBOOK 2020-2021

We can all agree that this year is very unique and our lives are very different than before.

The 2020/2021 yearbook will have a very personal feel to it and will capture the craziness of this school year.

Due to safety restrictions and considering that number of our students are still on full distance learning, we will not have Stu Williamson take student formal photos at school this year. In case things change, we may schedule the photoshoot for March 2021.

This is where we need our Parents and Students' help:

  • For KG/Elementary, we ask that parents send a recent picture of their child doing anything they like, eating, playing, exercising... clear face and good lighting.

  • For MS/HS, we ask that students send us a selfie, that can be funny but appropriate.

Homeroom and advisory teachers will reach out to their students/parents shortly with details. We hope to get the photos before the Winter Break.

Let's make a delicious lemonade out of the lemons, so generously given by 2020!

If you didn't get your copy of Yearbook 2019-2020, it is still available. Contact Ms. Fatma, Parent Relations Executive, at pre_gaa@gemsedu.com for payment details.

  • October 24-25: SCOPE 2020. Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/gemseducation

  • October 27-28: Elementary Dress Down Day. Theme: Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Donations to go to the Red Crescent.

  • October 28 (full school day): Secondary Dress Down Day. Theme: Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Donations to go to the Red Crescent.

  • October 29: Public Holiday

  • November 2-3: National Flag Day celebrations

  • November 3-7: Grade 6 Virtual Art Showcase

  • November 4-5: Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences (no school day for students): please check your emails for booking details.

  • November 8-9: World Kindness Day Celebration: Wear Orange!

October 18 - 22

Hispanic Heritage Week

This week our Secondary students have been presenting different aspects of Hispanic Culture to our students with videos and fun games. We thank our volunteers for their contribution:

  • Iker De Ibar and Andrea De Jesus Pilonieta for Spain

  • Aylin Caballero Ortiz for Mexico

  • Renata Bonesana for Argentina

  • Jose Salazar Carrasco for Peru

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Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy is organizing Beginners and Intermediate courses for this coming weekend:


Friday, October 23rd, 2020 and Saturday, October 24th, 2020: 7:30h to 12:30h


Friday, October 23rd, 2020 and Saturday, October 24th, 2020: 14:00h to 19:00h

NOTE: The Course may need to cancel due to unstable weather condition.

ADSA is also organizing courses on weekdays after 3 pm. Please contact for more information.

Contact Team ADSA:

Hristo Hristov, General Manager / Principal

Mobile: 050 614 1689

Abu Dhabi Sailing Academy, operated by Fairwind Sailing Sports Club

Mobile: 0504047688


2020-2021 Term 1

ESM and DELTA is offering a range of online Sport and Enrichment activities for TERM 1. You can contact academies directly using the information in this brochure.

For general information referring all ESM Academies, please contact:

Faizel Simon

ESM Relationship Manager



ADNOC STEM @ HOME Fall 2020: Energy for Curiosity!

The challenges in this season's ADNOC STEM @ HOME line-up give families an opportunity to practice getting curious about STEM. Experience the power of curiosity first-hand, and fall in love with learning as a family.


  1. Register here.

  2. Visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/adnocstem.

  3. Pick a challenge.

  4. Submit your child’s projects via our online submission form: Click here.

  5. Students who submit a challenge solution through the google form will get a program certificate at the end of the program.

Spread the word

We would love your support in sharing the program with your network.

You can get started now with our first challenge of the fall, Outer Space Mobile! The challenge guide is attached below.





  • Facility to pay by credit card is made available. You can avail fee discounts by paying the whole years’ fees using your FAB GEMS Co Brand Credit Card.

  • FAB Representative Mr. Mark Henry (mobile: 0543144146, email: Mark.Gabrah@bankfab.com) will be able assist, if you wish to register for the above mentioned facility.

  • IMPORTANT!: Coordinate with FAB representative to ensure FAB records GAA tuition payment transaction(s) with the "12 months 0% Easy Payment Plan and no processing fee." Alternatively text "EPP" to number 2121 and FAB representative will be contacting you to arrange for Easy Payment Plan.

  • Use of Bank Points to pay school fees (For Emirates NBD, Citibank & ADCB customers).

  • Over 60+ new offers on the app allowing parents to save from the comfort of their home

  • Apple E-shop, with a curated list of Apple products & accessories for students. Offers great discounts and 8 GEMS Points for every AED 100 spent


Please make sure you have downloaded GEMS Connect parent portal app for your convenience:

  • Pay fees online

  • Track your child's bus transportation

  • School communication (emails, newsletter, etc)

  • Submit requests (re-enrollment, Transfer Certificates)

  • GEMS Ambassador program (refer a friend, get 4% discount on school fees)

  • and much more...

GEMS Alumni App

As the GEMS community, we understand that it is not just mere nostalgia that we associate our alma mater with, it is much beyond that. Our GEMS alumni across 80 countries are doing amazing things and we want to celebrate their successes every step of the way! Download and join the #GEMSAlumni App today by clicking on the links below:

Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…

App Store : https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gems-alumni/id1496962338