November 19, 2020 ISSUE (next issue December 10)

Message from Mr. Rinaldo,

Head of School

Dear GAA Families,

I hope that you are all safe and well, and thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate through these uncertain and sometimes difficult times.

As an update, I am happy to report that the faculty member and student that initially tested positive for Covid-19 have since tested negative on two occasions. Both have not been in school since October 28th. Of equal importance, their identified close contacts have also tested negative.

We are working with ADEK to develop and finalize our return plan, and more information will be sent as soon as we know more.

The need to be back on campus is clear and obvious to us all. With the recent news from ADEK announcing the return of grade 6-9 students in January, 2021, I remain positive and optimistic that we are on the path to providing the student opportunities that are characterized as an integral part of a holistic American style education.

Student participation in the visual and performing arts, athletics, leadership, values, cultural and service activities will have a definite impact on school spirit, and create a greater sense of belonging, and a more cohesive and supportive environment. Excellence in co-curricular efforts must become as important a part of the GAA experience as the outstanding and dedicated work being done in the classroom. Academics, art, music, sport, service, this is what we do, this is the GAA experience. As a student-centered institution that firmly believes in the life-long skills that are developed through participation in all the school has to offer, we will continue to advocate for every student to be involved.

Now more than ever we must prioritize our student’s physical, emotional, social as well as intellectual development. As an example, please scroll down in this GAAzette edition to find information on an upcoming wellness event (Wellness Wednesday VOLKSMARCH) on November 25th. All are welcome!

As we work our way out of the pandemic, we will stay committed to offering opportunities for our students to cultivate their creativity and explore and find their passions. Thank you for your continued partnership in our efforts to build confident and prepared students for the future.

Regards,

Robert Rinaldo

Head of School

IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK

Updating Consent Form

Please remember to update the Data Protection and Consent Form, through:

Oasis Parent Portal or GEMS Connect App

For more details and clarifications, please read below letters from Mr. Rinaldo

Letter to Parents DPL.pdf
Clarification of Updating Consent.pdf
Montegrappa English v2.mp4

Write a letter to express what you want to say to a book character! The key to a good letter is not only in the words and tone you use, but also in the penmanship, the choice of paper, and most of all, the feeling it evokes in its recipient!

How to Enter:

  • On a single side of an A4 sheet of paper, write your letter to one of your favourite characters from a book with your best handwriting.

  • The word limit is 200.

  • Entries should be handwritten using a fountain pen or any other type of ink pen, such as a rollerball or ballpoint pen. No other mediums allowed.

  • Complete all sections of the online entry, attaching your scanned handwritten letter as a PDF.

  • Entries can be in Arabic or English.

  • You should submit under the appropriate age category (Primary: Ages 9 -13 and Secondary: Ages 14 – 18), which relates to your age on 22 November 2020.

  • Participants must be residents of the UAE.

  • The deadline to submit your letter is 22 November 2020.

Click here for more details!

Enter the competition here.

YEARBOOK 2020-2021

ORDER FORM 2020-21.pdf

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.

WORLD KINDNESS DAY CELEBRATION AT GAA

For the past two years, the upper elementary students have participated in Dance for Kindness. This has been a wonderful event to promote a kindness culture at our school that coincides with World Kindness Day. This year KG and Elementary celebrated on Sunday, November 8 (A day students), and Monday, November 9 (B day students).

Here is the video with highlights:

Dance for Kindness 2020.mp4
  • November 25: Volksmarch at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, 6:30pm-8:30pm.

  • November 25-26: KG and Elementary Dress Down Day. Theme: UAE National Day Celebration

  • November 26: Half-Day. School dismisses at 12:00. Secondary Dress Down Day. Theme: UAE National Day Celebration

  • December 1-3: Commemoration Day and National Day: NO SCHOOL

  • December 10: Half-Day. School dismisses at 12:00.

  • December 13 - January 2: Winter Break

  • January 3: School Resumes

VOLKSMARCH!

We would like to invite GAA staff, students, and family to the Grand Mosque this coming Wednesday November 25 for a Wellness Wednesday Volksmarch in order to help promote fellowship, wellness, fitness, and Wildcat pride! It is a nice public track with breathtaking views of the Mosque.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Volksmarch Flyer.pdf

EXCITING AFTER-SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES

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

Beginners:

Friday, November 20th, 2020 and Saturday, November 21st, 2020: 7:30h to 12:30h

Intermediate:

Friday, November 20th, 2020 and Saturday, November 21st, 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

ONLINE WINTER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

VIRTUAL MUSIC CLASSES

SAVE ON SCHOOL FEES

  • 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

USEFUL APPS AND WEBSITES

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

IT DEPARTMENT:

Secondary School related:

Sandeep Pavithran, ext 284, email: s.pavithran_gaa@gemsedu.com

Elementary School related:

Miguel Angelo S Bernabe, ext 230, email: m.bernabe_gaa@gemsedu.com

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