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Raptor Report

April 22, 2021

Head of School Message


Hello Amazing GAAQ Parents:


Thanks for reading this week's edition of the Raptor Report. Please make a special note that our calendar for next year has finally been approved and has been uploaded to our website. Speaking of the website, if you haven’t checked it out in a while, it is definitely worth looking at. Our PRE, Justin Tyler, and his team have put a lot of work into it and it looks great. And why shouldn’t it? It simply shows off what an awesome school we are and how amazing our kids are!

I really hope these last two weeks of online schooling have been productive and beneficial for your students. As I’ve previously mentioned, we had a lot of positive support about our fully online program last year. That said, we’ve had a whole year of blended learning to learn from and we want to do an even better job this year. Even though the end of the school year is in sight, we know that we still have eight more weeks of online learning and we want them to be the best they can be. As a result, please click here to complete our short parent survey of our online learning program. Your input will really help our teachers continue to improve, so please provide us with your feedback.

Ramadan Kareem,


Mark Lentz

The Head of School/CEO

GAAQ ONLINE LEARNING - PARENT SURVEY

Please click here to complete this short, but important, online learning survey. As always, we value your feedback and responses so we can improve upon our education delivery for the benefit of our students and families.

GAAQ's ONLINE LEARNING PLAN

The purpose of our online learning plan is to outline the actions and approach GEMS American Academy Qatar (GAAQ) will put into action in the event of a school closure.

At GAAQ, we are committed to delivering our high-quality education for our learners even in the event of a campus closure. The success of our online learning plan (OLP) rests in the partnerships we have already formed as a learning community; these circumstances provide yet another opportunity to explore innovative learning methods that only enhance our educational approach.

Click here to download and read more about GAAQ's Online Learning Plan.

TIME FOR RE-ENROLLMENT!

For our parent community to secure their student's seat for the next academic year, families must pay the re-enrollment fee for each child (this deposit will be deducted from your student's Term 1 tuition and, as such, is not an additional fee).

As Mr. Mark has mentioned, "we are now accepting new enrollments and cannot guarantee your child's seat for next year unless you pay your re-enrollment fees. We hope that you decide to be part of the GAAQ family again next year. If you intend to re-enroll and haven't already paid, please pay your re-enrollment fee as soon as possible."

Re-enrollment Fee: 3,000 QAR per student

The deadline for submitting payment for re-enrollment was Monday, April 12th.

We value and prioritize our current families, so we are actively looking to secure re-enrollment in order to accurately project teacher and student numbers for the 2021 - 2022 school year. However, please note that your child's seat is no longer secure for next year at this time, so please make your re-enrollment payment as soon as possible.

Facts to understand about the re-enrollment process:

  • Re-enrollment fee will be used as a deposit that will be deducted from your student's Term 1 tuition for the 2021 - 2022 academic year.

  • The re-enrollment fee is NOT an additional fee.

  • Re-enrollment needs to be done separately for each sibling.

  • If you have any questions about re-enrollment payment methods, please email finance_aaq@gemsedu.com.

  • If you have a question for the Registrar, please email a.stenman_aaq@gemsedu.com.

Logging into gems parent portal

Did you know that you can use GEMS Parent Portal to make re-enrollment payment? Please click below to find the step-by-step payment method.

RESET YOUR GEMS PARENT PORTAL PASSWORD

Don't know your Parent Portal password? If you know your Username, follow the steps below to recover your password, log into Parent Portal and pay.

EARN 4% TUITION DISCOUNT EACH TIME YOU REFER-A-FRIEND!

As a friendly reminder, please take advantage of our Refer-a-Friend Program.

How Does It Work? Introduce a new family or friend to the GEMS American Academy community and earn back a minimum of 4% and up to 100% of your child's annual tuition fee redeemable against school fees (if the referred student is successfully enrolled and starts in our school).

Once the referred student passes his/her assessment, please let the family know to write down your name on the registration form (at the question that asks "Who referred you to the school?").

There is no limit to the amount of students you can refer! This program has been a BIG success and we want to make sure all of our families know about the opportunity.

For more information, please contact a.stenman_aaq@gemsedu.com.

WEEKLY PARENT UPDATES

Lower School NEWS

Click below to receive updates about Lower School.

Upper School NEWS

Click below to receive updates about Upper School.

What's Happening Next Week at GAAQ?

Week of APRIL 25 - APRIL 29

Sunday - April 25, 2021

  • All students are attending school ONLINE

Monday - April 26, 2021

Tuesday - April 27, 2021

  • All students are attending school ONLINE

Wednesday - April 28, 2021

  • [EVENT] SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY

    • "AUTISM AWARENESS DAY" - Please wear the color BLUE to support autism awareness in our community.

  • All students are attending school ONLINE

Thursday - April 29, 2021

  • All students are attending school ONLINE

UPCOMING NEWS & EVENTS

GAAQ 2021 - 2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR

The long-anticipated wait for next year's school calendar is finally here! Therefore, please click here to view our new, Ministry of Education (MOE) approved school calendar for the 2021 - 2022 school year.

THE lower school library is open!

Guess what?!

Lower School has decided to open the library to parents to come borrow books! GAAQ is all about reading and literacy and this opening allows to deepen the bond between student and parent.

Please see the details below in regards to parents borrowing books, effective Sunday, April 25th.



Parents, the schedule to visit the library is below:

Sunday - Thursday

9AM - 11AM; 12PM - 1PM

MEET THE HEADS OF SCHOOLS OF GEMS EDUCATION QATAR

This past Tuesday, we had a great livestream on our Facebook and YouTube pages learning more about of Heads of Schools of GEMS Education Qatar, Mr. Mark Lentz (GAAQ) and Mr. David Wilson (WSQ). Take a look at the Facebook livestream below to learn more about their respective journeys at GEMS Education, their lives as Heads of Schools, who inspires them and how much COVID has impacted school operations, among other topics.

GAAQ ACHIEVEMENT @ THIMUN QATAR GLOBAL ACT WITH IMPACT AWARDS (GAIA)

Our student-led, teacher supervised Eco Club worked diligently for months to film and edit their THIMUN GAIA application video which resulted in earning 2nd place overall in this year's 10th Annual THIMUM Qatar GAIA (Global Act with Impact Awards) event.

Additionally, we are pleased to announced that our Eco Club student president, Roha Ali, won this year's THIMUN Qatar Youth Service Award for her years of dedicated service to our Eco Club, to THIMUN and to our school community!

Lastly, our Eco Club will be making a long-awaited donation to the Thirst Project to help build wells in South Africa with the money they have raised over the past 3 years. On behalf of the GAAQ community, we are simply amazed by their solidarity, diligence and trust in each other to truly live out a purpose greater than themselves. Lastly, special recognition goes to Upper School Science Teacher, Ms. Christina Balint, for her supervision and guidance of Eco Club activities throughout the last three school years!

FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM - The Holy Month of Ramadan

On Tuesday, April 13th, American parent Eman Mohammad presented a Facebook livestream on "The Holy Month of Ramadan." She discussed the significance of the holy month, benefits of fasting, Ramadan meals, do's and don'ts of Ramadan, Taraweeh prayer and Eid.

Below, take a look at this livestream and make sure to like the video on our Facebook page!

TRANSITIONING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL AT GAAQ

Learn more about how Grade 5 students transition to Grade 6 by selecting Upper School courses, understanding the academic schedule, learning Google Classroom, adjusting to more self-advocacy and listening to our middle school teachers speak about life in Grade 6 and beyond!

PRe-ORDER YOUR VERY OWN GAAQ MASK!

Dear GAAQ Parents:

The time has now come to show your #RaptorPride! Below, you will find the pre-order form for your very own GAAQ embroidered Raptor mask:

Mask options include:

White Raptor Mask (for Parents, Students and Staff) - S, M, L and XL sizes

Red and Blue Raptor Masks (for Lower School students) - S and M sizes

Red Hawks, Black Ravens, Golden Eagles and Blue Falcons Masks (for Upper School students) - M, L and XL sizes

All masks start at 40 QAR. If you want to customize your mask with your name or initials, the price is an additional 5 QAR. All proceeds will go toward GAAQ student programs!

For any questions, comments or concerns regarding mask orders, please direct your emails to pa_aaq@gemsedu.com. A GAAQ Parent Association member will respond to your inquiry.

Thank you, in advance, for your #RaptorPride!

THIS WEEK AT GAAQ!

Photos and videos of our school in ACTION

Check out the fun happenings at GEMS American Academy Qatar.

SCHOOL DEPARTMENTS

COUNSELING & CHARACTER EDUCATION

ARABIC DEPARTMENT

GAAQ PARENT ASSOCIATION

SCHOOL NURSES / CLINIC

Athletics Department

Check out the wonderful world of GAAQ Athletics!

Performing Arts Department

Take a look at developments in our Performing Arts Department

GET CONNECTED WITH ALMA

What is ALMA?

ALMA is a secure, easy-to-use online system that brings important school information and tools together in one place.

  • What is ALMA used for?

      • ALMA offers a parent and student portal to help families stay informed and on track with student learning and activities including attendance history, grades/report cards, administrator notes and scheduled classes.

  • Why is ALMA important?

      • ALMA is the main source of communication with our parents and students in UPPER SCHOOL. In addition, an activated ALMA account is vital for BOTH LOWER SCHOOL AND UPPER SCHOOL parents to access their child’s account.

  • Where Is This Used?

      • ALMA is used in both Lower and Upper schools.

It is essential for ALL PARENTS to log-in to ALMA to follow along with your child's academic and student progress. Please watch the videos below to understand how to create and/or log-in to ALMA.

ALMA ACCOUNT

FOR ALL PARENTS

Parents typically receive an ALMA email from school during the first week of school. This video will show you how to create your ALMA account.

ALMA LOGIN

FOR ALL PARENTS

Parents will receive an ALMA email to create an account. After your account is created, this video will show you how to login to your new ALMA account.

For any inquiries about logging into ALMA, obtaining your login username or resetting your ALMA password, please email Ms. Maureen or Ms. Shobana at:

BACK-TO-SCHOOL INFORMATION

Information that will help new GAAQ families and refresh the memories of our current parents

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL INFORMATION

ARRIVAL PROCEDURE

**We are seeking clarification from the MOE and MOPH; information below is subject to change

  • Students can start arriving on campus at 7:10 am. Instruction begins at 7:30 am.

  • Arrive to campus wearing mask (with a 2nd mask in backpack).

  • ONLY adults will show Ehteraz application - must be GREEN color.

  • Temperature is taken via thermal scanner upon entering.

    • If temperature is higher than 37.5 C, then person waits in the holding area for re-testing and further action.

  • Students will sanitize hands.

  • Students will go directly to classrooms. Students are NOT allowed to linger in the Atrium area.

DISMISSAL PROCEDURE

On SUNDAYs, TUESDAYs and WEDNESDAYs starting Sunday, September 6th

2:00 PM

Pre-K – KG2 BUS Riders will be escorted to their designated buses.

2:10 PM

Grade 1 – 12 BUS Riders will go to their designated buses.

*Buses will leave campus at 2:25 PM

2:15 PM

Student Group: Grades 6 – 12

Parent Pick-Up Location: (Facing school) Right side of the front steps leading to our school entrance.

How to Pick-Up Your Child:

· Send text message to your child that you have arrived. Teachers will approve the message and then dismiss the student.

· If your student does not have a phone, send an email to your child’s last period teacher. Teachers will approve the email and then dismiss the student.

*Oldest siblings can go to classroom to pick-up younger sibling(s)

Student Group: Grades 3 – 5

Parent Pick-Up Location: (Facing school) Right side of the front steps leading to our school entrance.

How to Pick-Up Your Child:

· Send text message to your child that you have arrived. Teachers will approve the message and then dismiss the student.

· Text message your child’s homeroom teacher on ClassDojo. Teacher will release the student and they will walk to you at the parent pick-up location.

Student Group: Grades 1 - 2

Parent Pick-Up Location: Side entrance area near last palm tree (in the front of the school)

How to Pick-Up Your Child: Teacher/staff member will release child to appropriate parent/guardian.

Student Group: Pre-K – KG2

Parent Pick-Up Location: (Facing school) Left side of the front steps in front of Parent Café window

How to Pick-Up Your Child: Teacher/staff member will retrieve your child and bring them to the appropriate parent/guardian outside.

2:30 PM

All students should be dismissed from school at this time.

2:35 PM

At this time, all remaining students will be escorted to the gym. Students will sit in a sanitized desk waiting for their dismissal. Staff will ensure proper dismissal procedures are followed.

BUS PROCEDURES

BUS PROCEDURE

We highly encourage parents to use personal transportation.

If using the bus service:

  • Be ready and waiting for the bus earlier than usual in the morning.

  • Temperature will be taken before the child enters the bus.

    • If temperature is above 37.5 C, entry will be denied.

    • If this occurs at the end of the day, the child will be isolated and his/her family contacted.

  • Students will sit socially-distanced at 50% (or less) capacity on the bus.

  • Please review the bus transport guidelines and protocols: Bus Safety Guidelines

Specific bus questions can be directed to transport_aaq@gemsedu.com.

SCHOOL UNIFORMS

Our uniform store is located within our school.

  • Starting September 1st: our school store will be open from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm and 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm due to school entry restrictions.

  • Saturday Operating Hours: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    • September Saturdays: 26th

  • Things to Know:

    • Bring latest pair of trousers and a shirt to purchase the correct uniform size.

    • Trying on clothes and returning purchased uniforms is NOT allowed for safety concerns.

SCHOOL DEVICES

Please review this PDF that outlines suggested device options. School Device Suggestions

It is imperative for each KG2 - Grade 12 student to bring their device and headphones to school.

FOOD AND WATER

Note: Students MUST bring food and water FROM HOME, as the lunch canteen and water re-fill stations are closed until further notice.

HISTORICAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

APPLY FoR THE MOEHE Education Voucher!

Recent Letter to Qatari Families

As a reminder, GAAQ is under MOEHE approval for the education voucher. If your family submitted for the voucher last year, you must renew and submit again this year to get the voucher for the 2020 – 2021 school year. If you are interested or have any additional questions, please contact h.soliman_aaq@gemsedu.com or call 4032 9000 for more information.


للتذكير

GAAQ حيث ان مدرسة جيمس الامريكية تطبق نظام القسائم الدراسية للطلاب القطريين من وزارة التربية والتعليم العالي

إذا قدمت عائلتك للحصول على القسيمة في العام الماضي ، فيجب عليك التجديد وتقديم المستندات مرة أخرى هذا العام للحصول على قسيمة العام الدراسي الحالى 2020/2021

أذا كان لديك اى أستفسارات برجاء الاتصال 40329079

h.soliman_aaq@gemsedu.com

TERM 2 PAYMENTS OVERDUE!

To make your Term 2 payment for the 2020 - 2021 school year, please pay with the following options:


Operating Hours: Sunday – Thursday, cash counter will be open from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm and 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm due to school entry restrictions.

· Payment Options:

o At School: Pay directly at our cash counter. Social distancing will be maintained. Cash or credit cards are accepted. Checks are drawn in favour of “GEMS AMERICAN ACADEMY” and given to school cashier.

o Credit Card Remotely: Online payment via https://oasis.gemseducation.com or GEMS Connect (app)

o Bank Transfer (Bank charges to be borne by remitter):

§ Account Name: GEMS AMERICAN ACADEMY

§ Bank Name: DOHA BANK

§ Bank Address: Mian Branch, Grand Hamad Avenue, PB# 3818, Doha, Qatar

§ Account Number: 202/344540/1/10/0

§ Swift Code: DOHBQAQA

§ IBAN: QA35DOHB020203445400010010000 (in case of direct bank transfer, please communicate to us by email - finance_aaq@gemsedu.com - the full name and student ID to keep the student ledger reconciled and updated)

o Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are not allowing children under 12 years of age to enter the campus.

Please email finance_aaq@gemsedu.com if you have any additional questions about school/fee payments.

EARN BACK UP TO 100% of YOUR CHILD'S ANNUAL TUITION FEE!

As a friendly reminder, please take advantage of our Refer-a-Friend Program.

How Does It Work? Introduce a new family or friend to the GEMS American Academy community and earn back a minimum of 4% and up to 100% of your child's annual tuition fee redeemable against school fees (if the referred student is successfully enrolled and starts in our school).

Once the referred student passes his/her assessment, please let the family know to write down your name on the registration form (at the question that asks "Who referred you to the school?").

There is no limit to the amount of students you can refer! This program has been a BIG success and we want to make sure all of our families know about the opportunity.

For more information, please contact a.stenman_aaq@gemsedu.com.

2020 - 2021 SCHOOL Calendar

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