Panther Voices

March 2019 - Official Elementary Newsletter GEMS United School

Important Information and Upcoming Events

Teddy Bear Picnic

PreK Teddy Bear Picnic Tuesday, Mar. 19th from 9-10am outside on the covered elementary pitch. Do you know someone with a little one ready to start PreK? Bring your friends. There will be fun activities for the little ones to enjoy !

Popsicle with the ES Principal

Students with March birthdays are invited to pop in for a popsicle on 27th of March, Wednesday at 10:20 AM, during snack time.

Spring Break

March 31st - April 11th

Spring Break is quickly approaching. All classes will be dismissed at 12pm on Thursday (March 28th). Classes will resume Sunday, 14th of April on week B.

Yearbook Survey

The 2018/2019 yearbook will be published and available for purchase by pre-order only. Kindly indicate your interest in buying a yearbook by completing this survey click here .

2018-2019 GUS Yearbook cover design competition. What: A chance for your artwork/design to be featured on the cover of the GUS yearbook.

Who: ANYONE! Students, parents and staff of all ages. When: Submit your masterpiece by Apr. 18th to Mrs. Hamlet at

  • Contest rules: Design must include a panther or panther paws, and artwork related to Dubai and/or the crest of GEMS United School. The design is to be submitted digitally.
  • Mrs. Vavpetic will determine the winner. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Khoury or Mrs. Hamlet.

March 20th, 2019 - 5th Grade field trip

Special Olympics - Dubai Police Stadium

March 21st, 2019 - 3rd Grade field trip

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

March 26th, 2019 - 2nd Grade field trip

OliOli Interactive Children's Play Museum, Al Quoz 1, Dubai

March 26th, 2019 - KG1 field trip

Dubai Butterfly Garden

March 27th, 2019 - 1st Grade field trip

Dubai Mall Skating Ring and Cinema

Caught on Camera

Employee of the Month

The Fruits of Labor from KG1's Kinder Garden

For the unit- Field to Fork, KG1 had planted lettuce, radish and carrot seeds before the December break. A week back KG1 students uprooted radish as they were ready. We took help from our school gardeners and support staff.

Math March Madness for 4th &5th graders

Student Council preparing for their International day presentation

Community Sharing

Celebrating a community that learns together - Go ES Panthers!

Student Leaders - Thank you Kirin and Eli for being the MCs for community sharing.

KG2 performing a song to promote International Day.

Alladin paid us a visit and reminded us to get tickets for next week's show.

International Day

We celebrated GUS International Day 2019 with performances representing nations and food from around the world.

Student Council performed a beautiful song to promote International day.

We had teachers, students and parents collaborated to perform dances of their countries.

Our student performances were a delight to watch.

a pose from our ES Staff

Miral, Trinity and Yasmeen celebrated with US.

Iasmine and Mr Oleksandr representing Ukraine.

Some of our boys from Sweden.

Representing their home countries, Pre-K students on their cute poses.

Counselor Corner

Elementary Sports

WOW! What a awesome season of sport we have had so far and it is not over yet, with some exciting finals to come over the next couple of weeks. Take a look at our results and final two weeks of games/events to get an insight of the exciting events we have coming up before season 2 ends.

Over the last couple of weeks our elementary Aquatics, Track and Field and Basketball teams have being working very hard in training and showing awesome progress while achieving some success too. Congratulations to Frederrikke Momme who won two gold medals within four days with a gold in the 50m freestyle at the DAPSA Swim Cup and gold in the DAPSA Aquathon series. What an awesome achievement! Well done to Adam Linder who picked up Bronze at the DAPSA Aquathon too! Also we are very proud of our first ever elementary competitive basketball team who played their first league games over the past week. We are confident that more positive results will start to turn-out with the awesome perseverance and dedication you are showing in games and practice. We are proud of all of our student-athletes who continuously reach beyond themselves.

Our Panthers always Inspire US and it is with great pride that we share some of the recent outstanding achievements of our student-athletes from both within our school sports program and outside school sports events.

Rohan Roy (Grade 4) won gold in the U11 age-category of the recent Hasan Badr Squash Cup. Rohan’s awesome achievement was recognized in the gulf news! Great job Rohan we are very proud!

Magnus and Lauritis recently participated in the Dubai Tennis Kids day at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships where they and their teammate won all of their singles and doubles games. After the games the boys got to meet some of the professional ATP players and Magnus even had the opportunity to hit a little with Nikoloz Basilashvili. What an awesome memory to have for years to come! Well done boys!

We love hearing these amazing stories from our Panthers community. Please continue to share with US so we can recognize the many wonderful achievements of our community!

This week grade 3—5 students had the awesome opportunity to participate in a sports fair organized by Golfdxb. Students got to explore new activities such as Karate, crossfit and golf which they really enjoyed. Our Physical Education department endeavors to inspire our students to be curious of all physical activities promoting a value a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

Season 2 may not be over yet but we are already looking to Season 3. If you are interested in having your child try beginner/development golf in term 3, please email our Athletic Director Mr. Liam Kirwan on

We would like to wish all of our Panthers the best of luck in their upcoming games/events and also thank you to all the parents for their continuous support!


Field Trips

Flying high with Science

The 4th graders went to iFly Dubai, Magic Planet, and Yalla Bowling, in Mirdif City Center. Students learned about the effects of force, gravity, and transfer of energy. This trip was a preview for their energy unit.

Students also learned about teamwork, peer support, and sportsmanship while flying and playing bowling. This is always an enjoyable field trip for us, as it is loaded with engaging and challenging activities.

The teachers also have a lot of fun, as you can see Mr. Fannin and Ms. Cook are in their element. From what we could tell, a good time was had by all.

KG2's Lego Land adventure

GUS Junior Choir at the Choir

Fest Middle East

Junior choir ASA took a field trip this week to attend the Choir Fest Middle East where they were able to watch other students their age perform.

Student experiences include:

“My favorite part was watching Dubai British School perform the cup song.” -Elsie (3B)

“There were lots of schools that performed canons” -Ayla (4B)

“You can tell the choirs put in months of practice” -Wael (5A)

“It reminds me of the quote by Dr. Seuss: You don’t know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”-Cara (5A)

I am glad our singers had the opportunity to watch these performances and hear feedback from the judges to hear some similar criteria we use in our rehearsals. These moments allow our singers to grasp a better understanding of the choral music culture to then transfer to their future performances.

Shared by: Ms. Kallina Chin

PK trip to Madinat Theater

Fun Facts

Charles Finni

Mr Charles is our Head of Security with the brightest smile and kindest heart. We were curious to know more about him...

Place of birth: Pallisa, Uganda

My favorite song at the moment is... "Marry you" by Ne-yo & Diamond

What do you do when you are not working? I watch documentaries, series, read and talk to my mom back home.

Anything you'd like us to know about you? I am a kind person who likes to make friends. I never keep grudges and I love kids. I respect people regardless of their race or status.

Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, camping, travelling, target practice and running.

Favorite kind or sweet/candy: I don't like sweets that much.

What languages do you speak other than English? Swahili, Luganda, Ateso, Lugwere

Do you have any pets: I have a dog back home. His name is JEEP and he is awesome and friendly.

My favorite sport to play and watch is Football. I enjoy the English premier league -

I am a Arsenal FC fan!

Urmila Rai

Here is Ms Urmila with her beautiful daughter.

Favorite food : Briyani

Favorite sport : Football

Hobbies: Dancing

You migh know Ms Urmila from running in to her in the hallway or seeing her take very good care of our classrooms, but we decided to get to know her a little bit better...

Place of birth: Nepal

What languages do you speak other than English? Nepali & Hindi

Favorite warm drink : Tea

Favorite color:

Parents Association

Everyday needs

March Menus (Gr. 5-12)

Located on our GEMS US website under the Parents tab; you can also click here - March menus

Slices Registration

Want to register for Slices canteen services? Click the parent Sign-Up link below.

Parent Signup


When your child is ill or will not be attending school, you will need to inform the school about your child's absence to the following GEMS US staff member:

Please include your child's name, grade & section along with a day of expected return (if known).

For extended absences , please complete the absence form and return to the appropriate staff member noted above for approval by the Principal.

Digital Learning Experts Available

If you have any wonderings about digital learning and the use of technology as a learning tool please reach out to our resident experts:

  • Ms. Frost can be found in the LaunchPad C Block for support with SeeSaw and educational digital tools used at our school.
  • Jennifer Hamlet in F Block, Room 004. She is available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-4 pm in "A" weeks to help with all things Google.



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