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MESSAGE FROM OUR HEAD OF SCHOOL

Raptor Report

May 22, 2022

FROM OUR Head of School


Hello Amazing GAAQ Raptors!


As always, thank you for reading this week's issue of the Raptor Report. Some of you may have already heard my thoughts about the "firsts" and "lasts." I used the "s" to make first and last plural in the previous sentence on purpose because there really isn't just one first or last day of school. My years starts off with the first day on campus for the year. New teachers first in Qatar. Their first day on campus. Returning teachers first day on campus and, finally, our students first day of the actual school year.


Similarly, the ends with many lasts. This past Thursday was the graduating seniors last day of school, so the beginning of the end of the 2021 - 2022 school year is upon us. I was extremely proud of our graduating seniors. They had a lot of fun on their last day, but they did so with pride and humility. They definitely celebrated their last day, but they did so respectfully. On more than one occasion, I told them that they set the bar very high for next year's Seniors. I hope the rest of this school year goes well for all of you as we begin the sprint toward the finish line!


Go Raptors!


Mark Lentz

The Head of School/CEO, GEMS American Academy Qatar

GEMS Education Qatar Country Lead

mr. mark's re-enrollment video

Is Re-Enrollment Really Important?

If you have not paid the re-enrollment deposit yet for the 2022 - 2023 school year, please read the email below:

<< Email from Head of School, Mr. Mark Lentz >>

I know you have already seen a lot of information about re-enrollment from our team. In addition, you may have even seen the link to the video I have made regarding the impact of re-enrollment to our school's plans. If you haven't seen this video yet, please click HERE to view it. Without accurate re-enrollment numbers, it is difficult to properly plan for the education of our students next year. Moreover, re-enrollment ensures that your child has a secured seat for next year. In previous years, GAAQ held waiting lists in most grade levels. This year, we are extremely close to waiting lists in several grades in Lower School and Upper School. As a result, it is more important than ever to secure your seat now for the next school year.

As you know, we have been accepting new students for several months, so if you haven't paid re-enrollment yet to guarantee your child's place for the 2022 - 2023 school year, then you have the option to either click HERE to (1) access the GEMS Parent Portal, (2) pay directly at our School Cashier OR (3) contact our Director of Admissions, Sima Hamadneh, to make your re-enrollment deposit via bank transfer. Please note that your re-enrollment deposit will be used for your child's Term 1 tuition fee payment for the 2022 - 2023 school year.

If you have any questions or concerns about re-enrollment, then I'd be happy to give you a call or meet with you personally. Also, you can email Ms. Sima at s.hamadneh_aaq@gemsedu.com or contact finance_aaq@gemsedu.com for any payment-related issues.

We want to ensure your child(ren) have an amazing year again. Please help us accomplish this by paying your re-enrollment deposit at your earliest convenience.

Kind Regards,

Mr. Mark Lentz

GEMS SPRING PARENT SURVEY - 2022

This week, the GEMS Spring Parent Survey has been emailed to all GEMS American Academy Qatar parents. Typically, the survey is sent to the PRIMARY parent email address on the student's account, so both mother and father should inform each other to complete the survey.

Below, you will find the Net Promoter Score (NPS) table that displays how your ratings are evaluated. In preparation for completing this survey, please review what each NPS score means and how it impacts our school's overall score. Please note that a survey score of 9 or a 10 is the only score that means that you are happy with our school.

Each year, we aim for the PROMOTER score (9 or 10) which means that our parents are happy with GAAQ! So, help us remain as one of the top parent satisfaction-rated schools in the GEMS Education network!

To see our social media post on the importance of the survey and what your survey score really means, please click HERE.


NEW GOVERNMENT DIRECTIVES

as it pertains to GEMS American Academy Qatar

We have some outstanding news!

  1. Families are NO LONGER required to conduct the weekly rapid antigen test (RAT) on their child(ren) each weekend.

  2. Families and students are NO LONGER required to submit the MOE Parent/Guardian Declaration Form every Sunday.

  3. Students from PK - Grade 12 are NO LONGER required to wear a mask inside the school.

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.

REFER-A-FRIEND TUITION DISCOUNT!

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 registrar_aaq@gemsedu.com.

What's Happening Next Week at GAAQ?

Week of MAY 22 - MAY 26, 2022

Sunday - May 22, 2022

  • [TEST] MAP TESTING | GAAQ KG2 - Grade 5 Students will be taking MAP tests this week. No pressure! - this test is a trial run before we administer the first MAP test that officially counts in September 2022.

      • Location: Elementary Computer Lab

  • [TEST] SENIOR EXAMS | Grade 12 Students will be taking their Senior Exams this week.

      • ELA IV

      • Applied Music

Monday - May 23, 2022

  • [TEST] MAP TESTING | GAAQ KG2 - Grade 5 Students will be taking MAP tests this week. No pressure! - this test is a trial run before we administer the first MAP test that officially counts in September 2022.

      • Location: Elementary Computer Lab

  • [TEST] SENIOR EXAMS | Grade 12 Students will be taking their Senior Exams this week.

      • European History

      • Psychology

      • Modern World History

      • French

      • Spanish

Tuesday - May 24, 2022

  • [TEST] MAP TESTING | GAAQ KG2 - Grade 5 Students will be taking MAP tests this week. No pressure! - this test is a trial run before we administer the first MAP test that officially counts in September 2022.

      • Location: Elementary Computer Lab

  • [TEST] SENIOR EXAMS | Grade 12 Students will be taking their Senior Exams this week.

      • Biology

      • Chemistry

      • Physics

      • Environmental Science

      • Islamic IV (Native and Non-Native)

Wednesday - May 25, 2022

  • [TEST] MAP TESTING | GAAQ KG2 - Grade 5 Students will be taking MAP tests this week. No pressure! - this test is a trial run before we administer the first MAP test that officially counts in September 2022.

      • Location: Elementary Computer Lab

  • [TEST] SENIOR EXAMS | Grade 12 Students will be taking their Senior Exams this week.

      • Algebra

      • Geometry

      • Calculus

      • Pre-Calculus

      • Arabic IV

Thursday - May 26, 2022

  • [TEST] MAP TESTING | GAAQ KG2 - Grade 5 Students will be taking MAP tests this week. No pressure! - this test is a trial run before we administer the first MAP test that officially counts in September 2022.

      • Location: Elementary Computer Lab

  • [TEST] SENIOR EXAMS | Grade 12 Students will be taking their Senior Exams this week.

      • Make-up Exams

  • [EVENT] ASSEMBLY | Grade 11 Students will attend an assembly to establish norms and understanding for the 2022 - 2023 school year.

  • [DEADLINE] LIBRARY BOOK RETURN | PK - Grade 12 Students should return their library books as Thursday, 26 May is the deadline.

NEWS & EVENTS

GRADUATION - GAAQ CLASS OF 2022!

Thursday, 2 June 2022 | 6:00 PM @ Radisson Blu Hotel Doha

The time is soon approaching for celebrating our Class of 2022 Grade 12 students and parents.

That's right - our Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony will take place on Thursday, 2 June 2022 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Doha starting at 6:00 pm.


Here are some key details below:

  • Every Grade 12 student that is graduating will receive a complimentary ticket.

  • Also, tickets will be allocated for the parents of each graduates + two (2) extra tickets (4 total tickets per family)

  • For each additional requested tickets, the cost will be 100 QAR. Please contact Mr. Gregory at e.gregory_aaq@gemsedu.com if you need more than 4 tickets for this event.

  • Please note that graduation tickets will ONLY be distributed at graduation rehearsal

      • More details will be emailed to families regarding the date and time of this graduation rehearsal.


PURCHASE YOUR PRÊT-A-PORTRAIT PHOTOS!

Following Prêt-a-Portrait's recent visit to take professional student photographs, a viewing card explaining how you can view and order student pictures was sent home with your Lower School child on Thursday, 12 May. Please note that Upper School children will receive their viewing cards and bring them home on Sunday, 15 May. Your unique Sitting ID is listed on your child's viewing card; you will need this ID to make your photo purchase.


Please ask your children to hand over your viewing card as soon as possible so you have a chance to order school pictures at a discounted price before the Early Bird Deadline of Tuesday, 14 June 2022.


If for any reason your viewing card is missing, please contact Prêt-a-Portrait directly via email at customerservice@pret-a-portrait.net or via phone at +44 1763 878 065 (UK Hours; 9 am - 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday).

GAAQ CoRPORATE DISCOUNTS

2022 - 2023 School Year

For the upcoming 2022 - 2023 academic year, we are happy to announce the continuation of our 10% tuition fee discount for GAAQ parents employed at the following companies:


  • Aljazeera Media Network

  • Hamad Medical Corporation

  • Mannai

  • Microsoft

  • Ministry of Public Health (MOPH)

  • Naufar

  • Ooredoo

  • Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC)

  • Qatar Airways and subsidiaries

  • Qatar Foundation

  • Sidra Medicine

  • Qatar Energy (formerly known as “Qatar Petroleum”) and the direct subsidiaries listed below:

      • Fahes

      • Gasal

      • Gasal Company (Q.S.C.)

      • Gulf Drilling

      • Gulf Helicopters Company

      • N-KOM (Nakilat Keppel Offshore Marine)

      • NAC (Nakilat Agency Company)

      • NDSQ (Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar)

      • NSW (Nakilat SvitzerWijsmuller)

      • Nakilat

      • North Oil

      • Oryx

      • Q Chem

      • Q Jet

      • QAFAC

      • QAPCO

      • Qatar Gas

      • Qatar Shell

      • QATAR STEEL

      • QATALUM

      • Woqod

      • Woqod International

      • Woqod Marine


This discount is available to existing GAAQ families and new GAAQ families that will start with us in the 2022 - 2023 school year. NEXT STEPS: If you qualify to get your 10% tuition fee discount for the next school year, please provide a letter from your Human Resources (HR) confirming your employment with one of the above companies. If your company is a subsidiary, your HR letter must state the name of the parent company. The letter should be dated no earlier than 16 August 2022.


ALSO, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR 4% DISCOUNT: ALL GAAQ Families have the ability to take advantage of our unlimited 4% tuition discount each time a GAAQ family successfully refers a student that enrolls at GEMS American Academy Qatar.


For example, if your family refers a student, the student passes the admissions assessment and then enrolls at GAAQ, then your student(s) is eligible to receive a 4% discount on his/her tuition as a “thank you” for your word-of-mouth advertisement. Tuition discounts from this program is UNLIMITED as you can refer as many students as you want to the school, so feel free to take advantage of this opportunity.


To REFER a family to GAAQ, please share the link below OR have them email our Parent Relations Executive, Mr. Justin Tyler, at j.tyler_aaq@gemsedu.com. He will answer any questions the family has and schedule a personalized tour of the school.


Link: https://www.gemsamericanacademy-qatar.com/en/Get-a-call-back


Thank you for your continued support and have an excellent weekend!


GLOBAL Parents day

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

To celebrate our parents, GEMS Education would like to feature you for Global Parents Day on Wednesday, 1 June 2022. This day offers a great opportunity to salute the moms and dads, caretakers, grandparents, guardians and etcetera in our communities that help our students reach their potential.


In honor of this day, we are kindly requesting for you to email your favorite, happy family photos with your children and parents/guardians with (1) student name(s) , (2) grade(s) and (3) one sentence explaining why this photo means so much to you. For example, the sentence could be:

“We had just survived the fastest roller-coaster in Qatar! Even though we were scared, look at the joyous smiles on our faces.”


Please email your family photo and information to our PRE, Mr. Justin Tyler, at j.tyler_aaq@gemsedu.com. The deadline to submit is Wednesday, 25 May 2022.


Thank you, in advance, for your assistance with this initiative. We can’t wait to highlight YOU!


SUPPORT GRaDE 9 STUDENT GHALIA JUMA'S MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

11 - 13 June 2022

GAAQ Grade 9 student Ghalia Juma is performing in Qatar Foundation’s upcoming production, Showtime 2022.


Qatar Foundation Schools Productions presents SHOWTIME!, a fully-staged musical production that will feature live performances of the most well-loved songs from Broadway and the West End by students and staff from across QF schools, accompanied by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.


Tickets are now on sales, so let’s show her our support! This is a free seating event, so first come is first served.


Please see below for event details as well as a link to purchase tickets:


Dates: Saturday, 11 June - Monday, 13 June 2022

Time: 2:30 pm and onwards

Location: Pre-University Education Theater (Qatar Foundation)

Cost: QAR 100 per ticket

Link to Purchase Tickets: https://q-tickets.com/Events/EventsDetails/9248/showtime-2022


Performance Dates and Times:


Saturday, 11 June: 2:30 pm + 7:00 pm

Sunday, 12 June: 7:00 pm

Monday, 13 June: 7:00 pm

DEADLINE - LIBRARY BOOK RETURN

Thursday, 26 May 2022

The FINAL deadline for returning library books is Thursday, 26 May 2022. Like previous academic years, final report cards and transcripts will be blocked and not issued until all library books assigned to a student are returned.

After the Thursday, 26 May deadline, both of your school librarians will be making individual reminders to students in-person, sending emails to parents, conducting phone calls and reaching out to parents via ClassDojo if your child(ren) needs to return library books.

If you have any additional questions about this policy or want to inquire if your student has missing library books, please email Ms. Puleng (PK - Grade 5 Librarian) at p.ubane_aaq@gemsedu.com OR Ms. Fatemah (Grade 6 - Grade 12 Librarian) at f.khan1_aaq@gemsedu.com.

Lastly, please note that library books will no longer be issued for check-out after the Eid break.

GAAQ Virtual TOWN HALL MEETING WITH ouR HEAD OF SCHOOL

As Qatar and its schools are beginning to "normalize" again, we are excited to share our plans and approach for the next school year. Whether we discuss subjects that range from after school activities (ASAs), sports and field trips to external partnerships with organizations in Qatar, re-enrollment and changes in both Lower School and Upper School, we are excited for the upcoming year! Our Head of School and Parent Relations Executive, Mr. Justin Tyler, will talk extensively about these topics and more. Additionally, they want to hear from YOU, so please have your questions, comments and feedback ready to be answered at the end of the livestream.


Please view our recorded livestream to watch the conversation!

YouTube Viewing Link: https://youtu.be/3eW5qr4AqXc

Facebook Viewing Link: https://www.facebook.com/GEMSAmericanAcademy.Qatar/posts/3221921944751000

2022 - 2023 School calendar

The wait is OVER!

Please click here to view our MOE-approved 2022 - 2023 school calendar!

qatar education voucher


الساده أولياء الأمور.................... المحترمين

تحيه طيبه وبعد،،،،

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

تهدى مدرسة جيمس الامريكية أطيب تحياتها لسيادتكم متمنين لطلابنا عام دراسى موفق وآمن أن شاء الله .

نتشرف بأحاطة سيادتكم علما بأن الطلاب القطريين الذين يلتحقون بمدرسه الخاصه المرخصه في قطر من صف ماقبل التمهيدي الى الصف الثاني عشرمؤهلون للحصول على قسيمه تعليميه من الحكومه.

تبلغ قيمة هذه القسيمه حاليا 28000 ريال قطري سنويا. يتم دفعها على قسطين-واحد لكل فصل دراسي.

يتم أستحقاق الدفعه الأولى عن طريق وزارة التعليم بعد شهر واحد من بداية العام الدراسي على ان يتم سداد الدفعه الثانيه و( الاخيره) في يناير فى حالة استمرار الطالب بالمدرسة.

لأستحقاق القسيمة ينبغى تقديم الاتى /

يجب ان يسجل الطالب بالمدرسة

يجب على كلا الوالدين تقديم شهادة من مكان العمل تفيد بعدم حصول أي من الوالدين على أي بدل تعليمي تحريرا فى اول سبتمبر2021 او اى تاريخ لاحق

يجب تقديم صورة من شهادة ميلاد الطالب

فى حالة أنطباق الشروط الموضحة عالية على سيادتكم برجاء تقديم المستندات المطلوبة سابقا أعتبارا من بداية سبتمبر 2021 وتسديد فروق المصروفات الدراسية بعد مراجعتها مع موظف الصندوق .

صندوق الدفع الخاص بنا مفتوح من الأحد إلى الخميس من 8 صباحا-02:00 مساء و من 02:45 مساء -03:30 مساء.

نشكرك على إلتزامكم المستمر و دعمكم لأكاديمية جيمس الأمريكيه قطر.

نحن نقدر ذلك!

ASA GAAQ Parents:


I trust that this email finds you and your family well.


As you know, Qatari students who attend a licensed PK – 12 private school in Qatar are eligible for an educational voucher from the government. The value of this voucher is currently QAR 28,000 per year. It is paid in two installments – one for each semester. The first payment is made one month into the start of the academic year by the Ministry of Education and the second (and final) payment is made in January if the student is still enrolled.


To receive this voucher, the student must be accepted by the school and both parents must provide a birth certificate and the letter, from their workplace, stating that none of the parents receive any educational allowance.


Thus, to be eligible for the voucher at GEMS American Academy, please provide a hardcopy, signed letter from your HR to our GRE, Ms. Hanaa (h.soliman_aaq@gemsedu.com). Please note that your letter from HR must be dated September 1 or any date afterwards. If you are eligible for this requirement, please submit as soon as possible with our cashier.


Our Cashier is open Sunday – Thursday, 8:00am – 2:00pm and from 2:45pm – 3:30pm.



As always, thank you for your continued commitment and support of GEMS American Academy Qatar. We appreciate it!

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 your ALMA account.

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:

Logging into gems parent portal

Did you know that you can use GEMS Parent Portal to make re-enrollment payments? 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.

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 2021 – 2022 school year. If you are interested or have any additional questions, please contact h.soliman_aaq@gemsedu.com or call 4032 9079 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 2021/2022

أذا كان لديك اى أستفسارات برجاء الاتصال 40329079

h.soliman_aaq@gemsedu.com

TERM 3 PAYMENTS DUE!

To make your Term 3 payment for the 2021 - 2022 school year, please pay with the following options:


Operating Hours: Sunday – Thursday, cash counter will be open from 7:45 am – 1:00 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 favor of “GEMS AMERICAN ACADEMY” and given to the 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, non-enrolled students are not allowed on 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 registrar_aaq@gemsedu.com.

2021 - 2022 SCHOOL Calendar

Please click here for the 2021 - 2022 school calendar.

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Mian St., Al Wukair, Al Wakrah

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+974 4032 9000

j.tyler_aaq@gemsedu.com

Website: https://www.gemsamericanacademy-qatar.com/