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					                                                         Volume 3, Issue 19 February 4, 2010


                          From the Principal’s Desk !!

        ell... actually, it’s another quick note from the Counselor’s Desk while Mr. Deakin is
        away recruiting. He tells us he’s had to dig out some warmer clothes while in chilly Boston, and
is looking forward to returning on February 10th. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact me in his
absence.

       ith Quarter 2 report cards being sent home last week, we welcome requests for conferences to
       discuss your child’s progress with their teacher. We kindly ask that you make an appointment to
see them; either by arranging through email or leaving a message with Ms. Heather at reception.

      uarter 3 is well underway - this is normally an opportunity to see a big progress jump in our
      students! It’s a consistent period in their learning, with very little disruption in their normal routine.
And, speaking of routines, without a major holiday, there’s a tendency for some of our students to get a
bit tired as the expectations of their grade level increase. I encourage you to ensure your children are
getting enough rest for optimal learning. Even a small disruption in their usual sleep pattern can affect
their learning the next day, and make for some less-than-chipper kids coming through the gate in the
morning!

     nd on that note - following the overwhelming response to our Parent Engagement Workshop -
     Parenting Made Easy, Dania Shammah and Isabelle Amatoury will conduct Part 2 of their
session on Saturday, February 20th from 9:30 - 11:30 in the library. Please come along!

Have a great weekend,
Ms. Jill
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                                   Family Portrait Sittings at GAA
In response to parent enquiries, we have arranged for our school photographers, Pret-a-Portrait, to
offer family portrait sittings at the weekend on Saturday 20th March.
This is a half hour studio sitting with a photographer for the whole family (mum, dad, kids, Grandma
etc.) The cost of the sitting is AED275 which includes a free 7 x 10 print. Go to www.pret-a-portrait.net
to look at the portrait products and prices (which are different to school prices).
                      To reserve a slot please contact Heather in the School Reception.


                           2010/2011 Re-registration Reminder
Current families who will be returning next year, but have not returned their Re-registration form to the
Admissions Office by Monday, February 11th may not be added to the registration list for the
2010/2011 academic year. Please note that at the end of February we will be offering available seats to
families on our waiting lists.

                                           Next week at a glance
  Sun,        Mon,         Tue,              Wed,
  Feb 7       Feb 8        Feb 9            Feb 10
                                                                         Thu, Feb 11                Weekend

                                             Day 4
                                     2:00pm Soccer Friendly
                                                                NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
                                      Teacher V’s Students
  Day 1       Day 2        Day 3                                  GEMS Staff Professional            Enjoy !!
                                                                     Development Day
                                    2:45 pm Movie Afternoon
          Each week we spotlight a GAA staff members by asking 12 quick questions
                       12 things you didn’t know about...
     Name: Mr Andy Tyson          Position: Music Teacher

1. Where did you grow up? Walpole, New Hampshire. It’s a small
town in the northeast of the United States. We had about 3,000
people and there is not a single traffic signal in the town (but we
have stop signs and cows).
2. What was your first paid job? I was a paperboy. In the winter,
the Saturday paper had to be delivered by 7am. There was a
blizzard one time and my eyelashes froze together and I couldn’t
open my eyes.
3. What do you enjoy doing outside of school? Playing music and travelling.
4. What’s your favorite food? My mom’s enchiladas. Runner up is pizza from a place called
“Everything but Anchovies” in northern New Hampshire.
5. If you could invite 2 people to dinner, who would they be and why? I would invite my friend
Joey who lives in Madrid and my friend Rich who lives in Cairo. Joey is very pragmatic and
thoughtful. Rich is clever and crass. When the three of us sit down together, we have some
thoroughly enjoyable conversations.
6. Who has had the biggest influence on your life? My parents.
7. What is your favorite childhood memory? Playing outside all day during the summers. It was a
small town and everyone knew everyone else, so my brothers and I would be out the door after
breakfast, all over town during the day, and then back by dark and in time for dinner.
8. Best birthday present you have ever received? The most unique present I ever received was a
money tree. I was given a small tree with quarters taped to all the branches by a friend of mine.
With that being said, iTunes gift certificates are pretty awesome too…
9. You have just won a million dirhams, how do you spend it? I would start my own performance
company.
10. Down to your last 10 dhs, how do you spend it? At the craps table in a casino trying to make
it back to the million dirhams from the previous question.
11. Favorite holiday destination? My favorite trip in the past seven years was to Prague. On the
top of my list of where I want to go next are Venice and Istanbul.
12. What advice do have for students? Listen to your parents and teachers, always do your best,
and have fun.
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            Another swim success of Anouque Berghuis 7th grade
Like last summer, Anouque competed in the Dutch National Swim competitions. She took time
off from school in January to compete agains the best swimmers in the Netherlands in the cold
North of Holland.
After having qualified for 7 swim events, she managed to achieve 7 top 10 placings amidst a
fierce competition. Out of those 7, she managed to win a bronze medal for the 400 freestyle and a
bronze medal for the 200 butterfly. All her training is paying off, congratulations Anouque.
            Look out for Anouque’s interview for the GAAzette’s ‘Rip it Up section’, next week !!

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                      Character Coupon Recipients for January
                    Congratulation to the following students, recognized for showing
                             great character during the month:
        Nicolas (Gr 5), Masha (Gr1B), Sky (Gr4A), Birgitta (4A), Habeebah (4A)
     Reminder: Thursday, February 11 GEMS Professional Development Day
                                       NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

          Important
Third Quarter                  Upcoming Dates                                    Assemblies & Monthly
Wednesday, Feb 10 Soccer friendly (Students V’s Teachers)
                                                                            Our school-wide monthly themes
Thursday, Feb 11        GEMS Professional Development Day           give direction to our assemblies and special
                        (No school for students)                    events and have the whole community
                                                                    focused on GEMS Core Values.
Sunday, Feb 14          Olympic Torch tour
Friday, Feb 19          Terry Fox Run (Corniche)                    •   February - Heart Healthy Month
Mon, Feb 22             Sports Day                                  •   March - Literacy Month
                                                                    •   April - Earth Month
Tue, Feb 23             Sports Day
                                                                    •   May - All About the Arts Month
Thursday, 25 Feb        Assembly - Healthy Heart Month              •   June Looking Forward & Thinking Back
Sunday, Feb 28          School Holiday
                                                                     A the beginning of each month we hold a
Wednesday, Mar 17 Last day of Quarter                                   ‘kick off'assembly to update students.
Forth Quarter
                                                                          At the end of the month we hold an
Sunday, March 21        First day of fourth quarter                       assembly for the entire community!!
Wednesday, Mar 24 Parent Teacher Conference
                                                                        Parents are encouraged to attend !!
                        (No school for students)


                                      School Classroom Hours
        7:15 am:      building doors open
        7:30 am:      students can proceed to the classroom
        7:40 am:      students are expected to arrive at school at and be in their classrooms by 7:45 am
        2:45 pm:      students dismissed from classrooms


                              ASA Update - We have another new additions !!
                                                Photography Club is here !!
                       Do you like taking pictures? Then join the photography club and learn the many differ-
                       ent ways you can snap the perfect picture! You are encouraged to have your own
                       camera digital camera to join this club.

 Day: Monday (from March 8th to May 17th) Teacher: Ms. Insiya Fee: Free Grades: 3 and up
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                 Activities planned for HEALTHY HEART MONTH (February)
    Sunday 7th…………………Heart Healthy Challenges in PE classes
    Wednesday 10th ………… 1:55 pm Staff-student soccer game - teachers invited to play, students
                                 selected from teams
                 th
    Sunday 14 ………….……… Olympic torch tour - time TBA
    Sun 14th to Thu 18th ……...Olympic activities in classes
    Friday 19th …………………Terry Fox Run Central Corniche Run starts10am
    Mon 22nd-23rd ……… Sports Days - times TBA
    Thursday 25th …………….. 8:00 am Closing Ceremonies Assembly Gr2 to wrap up
                                    GAA SPORTS PAGES…
                              Upcoming Girls Soccer Team game
                                     Monday, February 8th
Good luck to our Under 9 girls soccer team who will travel to Al Yasmina School to play a round
robin tournament. This will be their first real test of the season where they will take on the Brit-
ish School Al Khubairat and Al Yasmina School.
                                  Let’s GO GAA U-9 GIRLS!!
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                         U11 Girls Soccer Team Undefeated
GAA’s U11 girls soccer team finished the season with a 2-0 win over the American
International School. The girls finished the season with 4 wins, 2 ties and 0 losses.
Only two goals were scored against the team this season!!
Hard work and enthusiasm from the girls produced a very successful season.
                            Congratulations girls !!
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          GAA Soccer team (students) V’s Staff - Soccer Friendly
                           2:00 pm - Wednesday, 10 February, 2010
GAA is hosting a friendly match between staff and our student soccer stars to promote “Healthy
Heart” month !! We’ll be inviting the whole school to watch the game (and of course our parents
are welcome too!!)

                                 Our teacher team will be...
Mr Bryan (Gr 4), Mr Dave (Gr 6), Mr Deakin (Principal), Mr Jeff (Librarian), Ms Kat (KG1), Ms
Katie (Gr 1), Ms Miranda (Music & Movement), Mr Reel (PE), Mrs Reel (Gr 4), Ms Stephanne
(Gr 2), Mr Tyson (Music).
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                     2009-2010 Gazelle Boys Football Teams
A BIG congratulations goes to our Boys soccer teams. All teams finished the season on a high
with a win for the Under 11A’s in their last game and a draw for the Under 11B’s in their game.
                Under 11A team            Under 11B Team           Under 9 Team
                Hamdan Al Zaabi           Vasco Contreras          Stijn Boerstra
                Rayan Antonios            Jalal Thomas             Guglielmo Izzo
                Pedro De Silva            Kyle Dawelbait           Ahmed Sweifi
                Pepe Dlamini              Koen Boerstra            Eugene Cha
                Afonso Contreras          Liam Fjelstedt           Joachim Sjodin
                Nicolas Bardh             Ian Keli                 Sebastian Bardh
                Shakboot Al Nayan         Jan Meijer               Yousif Hamed
                Adam Dawelbait            Sky Lee                  Malak Atwani
                Hamdan Al Fahim           Allen Arriola            Devon Morais
                Zubair Darr               Chan U Park               Ivan Keli
                                          Brandon Serre            Jhong Min
                                      AROUND THE GROUNDS…

                             KG2 field trip to PartiPerfect
                          This week, KG2A and KG2B visited Parti-
                          Perfect in Khalidiya as part of STeM
                          month.
                          The kindergarten classes used this activity
                          as a way to understand that math, technol-
                          ogy and science occur in our everyday
                          lives! The students participated in measur-
                          ing ingredients, mixing batter, rolling
                          dough, breading and frying chicken nug-
                          gets, decorating cupcakes and… eating
                          the fruits of their labour!
                          The classes went in small groups of nine
                          children per day to maximize the hands-on
                          time of each student. The team of chefs at
                          PartiPerfect were fantastic hosts and not
                          only did the students learn a lot, but really
                          enjoyed their mornings of cooking!




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 Grade 4 Field trip to Special Care Centre
The Fourth Grade was given the special opportunity on
January 20th to attend an Annual Sports Day for the Spe-
cial Care Center (SCC). Our students were able to add
support and celebrate the accomplishments of all of the
participants. There was some disappointment that GAA
students could not participate, however, they did recognize
how proud and happy the SCC students were when they
finished an event.
                                         At the end of the events all schools who were in
                                         attendance were recognized with a special certifi-
                                         cate of gratitude. Our Fourth Graders, in turn, gave
                                         the Principal a large card they had made with eve-
                                         ryone’s signature.
                                         What a wonderful experience our students were
                                         able to have that day. Hopefully it is just a begin-
                                         ning of strong partnership between our two
                                         schools.
COMMUNITY NEWS
                   COMMUNITY NEWS (cont...)




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                    Looking for an Arabic Tutor After School?
           My name is Ahmad Abdelwahid and I am an Arabic tutor. I am fluent in both
           English and Arabic and I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture. I have re-
           cently moved to Abu Dhabi with my wife, Courtney (the ELL teacher for
           grades 1-3) and I am very interested in teaching. Arabic is a difficult lan-
           guage to master so I am willing to offer any help that I can.
                        Please feel free to call me at 056 107 3167
                         or drop by grade 2B to meet me in person.
                             I look forward to working with you.
________________________________________________________________________
                                         PURELY PEARLS

                   The perfect gift for any occasion (including Valentines Day!!!!!!)
                      For your purchases and for info regarding hosting a party
                                     (great benefits for the hostess!!)

                                 Please contact Cindy (050 908 1597)
                                                              TERRY FOX RUN
                                                     Date:         Friday, February 19th, 2010
                                                     Location:     Corniche, Abu Dhabi
                                                     Registration: 8am
                                                     Fun Run:      10am

                                  Calling GAA families !!
What Is the Terry Fox Run?
•
                  !        "     #      $        $!
•                % &         #
    All money raised is given to the Faculty of Medicine at the U.A.E University to fund world-
    class, innovative cancer research. The research is done by UAE-based researchers and
    scientists and focuses on the needs of UAE citizens and residents.

What can you do?
• Take a step to help finding a cure for cancer, join us on February 19th, 2010 on the Corniche!
• Registration is from 8am.
• Our run starts at 10am.
• Let’s get as many GAA community members out as possible (even Kg1s!). You can walk, run
  or rollerblade. Pushchairs and wheelchairs are welcome! Thousands of people of all ages, all
  nationalities and all levels of fitness will be keeping Terry’s Marathon of Hope going in Abu
  Dhabi. We hope you will join us.
• There is no fee to participate, but all donations are gratefully accepted. Every dirham raised
  goes directly to help fund international-standard cancer research.
• You can buy a t-shirt and wear it with pride! 30 dhs per t-shirt. Proceeds will go towards
  cancer research.

     Please contact Ms Miranda if you have any questions: mrose@gaa.sch.ae
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                            ORDER YOUR T-SHIRT TODAY!!!
         Please complete and return it to the school reception, with the exact amount by
                                    Monday, 8th February

                       ()))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))                   ( )))))
            T-Shirts Size          Quantity           Cost                Sub Total

       Child small                                  30 dhs

       Child medium                                 30 dhs

       Child large                                  30 dhs

       Child x-large                                30 dhs

       Adult small                                  30 dhs
       Adult medium                                 30 dhs
       Adult large                                  30 dhs
       Adult XL                                     30 dhs
                                                   Total cost
              •   Recital
              •   2nd and 4th Grade Updates
              •   International Music Institute



Mark your calendars! The first recital of the new year will be
on Thursday, March 4th at 3pm in the music room!

As always, the recital is open to all students who are currently
enrolled in private music lessons. If you would like to perform,
email Mr. Tyson at atyson@gaa.sch.ae


                                                    #
                                           It’s never too late to start taking music
Fourth graders are                         lessons!! If your child is interested in
in the middle of                           playing an instrument, take a look at the
composing        their
                                           International Music Institute.
own pieces of music. Each student
is composing an eight measure              Several GAA students take lessons at
piece of music. The first drafts are       this location and are very happy with
done and students are now learning         their classes. The institute offers instruc-
to play their compositions. Next, stu-     tion in the following areas; piano, strings,
dents will change any notes they           wind instruments, brass instruments, per-
don’t like the sound of. The compo-        cussion instruments, music theory, and
sition project will culminate with an in   voice training.
-class performance by the end of the       The institute is located in the Khalidiya
month.                                     neighborhood on Zayed 1st Street in the
                                           Bin Haiyai Building (opposite Grand
                          !                Stores).
                         "                 Telephone: 6211949 / 6211299
                Second graders are         Registration Fee: 100 dirhams
                working with macro         30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute les-
                and micro beats (we        sons are available.
                are calling them big
                beats     and   small
beats) and are on their way to cor-                 $     %
rectly identifying the difference be-      What is the name of this
tween duple and triple meter. Stu-
dents will choreograph their own           instrument?
dance moves to demonstrate the dif-
ference between the macro and mi-          Bonus Question:
cro beats in a song. A grade level
                                           What family of instru-
music video with student choreogra-
phy will be completed before the hu-       ments does it belong to?
midity comes back to town!
                                            woodwind family.
                                            saxophone and it belongs to the
                                            Answers: The instrument is a
                                                           s
                                      Hey GAA kids, what' up? The other day I went outside my villa, took two steps, and was sur-
                                      rounded by smelly pollution! The man that cleans our street must be on vacation! We really have to
                                      stop polluting and clean the planet, or there won’t be any planet left! Here are a few things that you
                                      can do to help; you don’t have to be superman to save the world!

                                      Turn things off! TV’s, computers and video game units all draw power, even when turned off. By
                                         attaching your electronic devices to power bars & turning them off when not in use, you’ll help
                                         reduce your impact on the environment.
                                      Be an energy detective! Is valuable air conditioning escaping from your home? Saving energy
                                         saves money! Maybe your parents will buy you a new toy with the money that you saved!
                                      Is bigger really better? Generally, larger cars use more gas and create more pollution than
                                         smaller ones. Learn which types of cars and trucks use less gas and share what you’ve learned
STUDENT NEWS, VIEWS AND INTERVIEWS




                                         with your parents before they buy a car. (Get rid of the Hummer, and your two car parking spot
                                         will now fit two cars in it).
                                      How do you get around? Use kid power! Walk, bike, skateboard, scooter or carpool to get around.
                                         You’ll have fun and get some exercise too!
                                      Express yourself! Write, paint, draw or make a video – use your imagination to express how you
                                         feel about nature, convince your friends and family to try these things too!
                                         ____________________________________________________________________________
                                                             What shade of green are you? Here is a quiz to find out!

                                                                                                                 START
                                                                                                                 HERE !

                                                       Lime Crime                                Shady Jadey                              Keen-o Green-o
                                                               Start in the middle, and move right, left or stay depending on your answers.
                                     1. How long are you in the shower for?                    2. How often do you recycle?              3. On a really hot summer day, you:
                                     A. 5 minutes, no more! (Right)                            A. All the time! (Right)                  A. Go to the beach and have a swim (Right)
                                     B. Half an hour! I need my shower time (Left)             B. Whenever I can remember to! (Stay)     B. I lie down in the A.C. (Left)
                                     C. About 10 minutes (stay)                                C. Never. It’s too hard! (Left)           C. I swim in my pool! (Stay)


                                     4. What do you think about Green Peace?                   5. Would you ever wear fur?               6. The idea of camping sounds like:
                                     A. Tree-Hugging hippies! Whatever! (Left)                 A. No way, never! (Right)                 A. A Nightmare! You’ll never take me alive!
                                     B. Great guys, they are! (Stay)                           B. Only if it was fake fur! (Stay)        (Left)
                                     C. I LOVE them! (Right)                                   C. YES!!! I LOVE IT!!!! (Left)            B. Fun! I LOVE the outdoors! (Right)
                                                                                                                                         C. Okay, as long as I don’t have to set up


                                     If you’re in ‘Lime Crime’                                 If you’re in Shady Jadey                  If you’re in Keen-o Green-o
                                     You need to start being more environmentally              You’re halfway there! Why don’t you try   Hello Captain Planet! It looks like someone
                                     friendly! You don’t have to change your life              and pick up some trash around your        has been bitten by the enviro-bug, big time!
                                     style, just do little things like turning off the T.V     local area?                               Try to encourage others to be as good as
                                     and radio when you’re not using them!                                                               you!

                                                                                  Hummer Jokes!
                                      You Know You’re Driving a Hummer if… ..
                                      ...other cars quickly scatter out of the way when they see you in their rear-view.
                                      ...police and highway patrol pull you over just to ask you questions about your car.
                                      ...an entire class period can be disrupted by simply driving it into the school parking lot.
                                      ...the drive-thru lane at McDonalds is wider now than when you had entered.
                                      ...complete strangers appear from nowhere and invite you on hunting trips.
                                      ...Jeep owners avoid looking at you.
                                      ...you now find khaki and camouflage clothing fashionable.
                                      ...it' larger than your friend' apartment.
                                           s                        s
                                                                                             Buy for now, but not for ever;
                                                                                                  by Lia Karabatsos

				
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