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American Academy

In Al-Mizhar



2012-2013







Kindergarten &
Elementary School

PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK








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Table of Contents

Principals Letter .................................................................................................... 4
Assistant Principal's Letter ...................................................................................... 5
Our Mission Statement ........................................................................................... 6
Aims of AAM .......................................................................................................... 6
Non Discrimination Statement ................................................................................. 7
An Environmentally Friendly School ......................................................................... 7
The AAM Team .....................................................................................................10
Support Services at AAM........................................................................................12
Counseling Office...............................................................................................12
Learning Support ...............................................................................................12
English as an Additional Language ......................................................................12
The Library Media Center ...................................................................................13
Attendance Policy..................................................................................................14
Tardiness ..........................................................................................................15
Academics at AAM.................................................................................................17
Report Cards and Grading ..................................................................................17
Parental Involvement .........................................................................................17
Report Card and Conference Schedule ................................................................18
Academic Probation ...........................................................................................18
Retention and Re-admission Policy ......................................................................19
Student Behavior at AAM .......................................................................................20
School Code of Conduct .....................................................................................20
Bullying and Other Forms of Interpersonal Abuse.................................................21
Plagiarism .........................................................................................................22
Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Policy Statement .......................................................22
Other Types of Unacceptable Behavior ................................................................22
Consequences of Major Incidents of Misbehavior .................................................22
1. Suspension of Student .................................................................................23
2. Probationary Enrollment ..............................................................................23
3. Counseling ..................................................................................................23
4. Financial Reimbursement .............................................................................23
5. Expulsion ....................................................................................................23
Procedure for Suspension ...................................................................................23
Health and Safety .................................................................................................24
Clinic ................................................................................................................24
Bus Safety Rules................................................................................................24
Rules to Follow Whenever Riding a Bus: ..............................................................24
Emergency Procedures ..........................................................................................25
Other Things You Need to Know! ...........................................................................26
Arrivals and Dismissals .......................................................................................26
Parents Visiting the School during the day ...........................................................27
Student Textbooks and Supplies .........................................................................27
Communication Books ........................................................................................28
School Lunch and Snacks ...................................................................................28
School Uniform ..................................................................................................28
Homework ........................................................................................................29
Activity Program ................................................................................................30
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Houses .............................................................................................................30
Elementary Productions......................................................................................31
Birthday Party Policy ..........................................................................................31
Hall Passes ........................................................................................................31
Lost and Found .................................................................................................31
Money and Valuables .........................................................................................32
Student Cubbies and Lockers ..............................................................................32
Telephone Calls/Mobile Phones ...........................................................................32
School Assemblies .............................................................................................32
Change of Address.............................................................................................32
IT Policy for Students (2012-2013) .........................................................................33
Student Accounts & Home Drives........................................................................33
Use of USB & Data CDs ......................................................................................33
Music/Videos .....................................................................................................33
Email, Chatting & Network Websites ...................................................................34
Personal Files ....................................................................................................34
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Principals Letter








September, 2012

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to the 2012/2013 academic year! I do hope that the summer vacation has
left you rested and with new energies, ideas and enthusiasms for the exciting year
ahead!

At AAM, we believe in high standards for our students. We believe that the learning
process should emphasize the education of the whole child and recognize that students
learn in different ways. Therefore, the teachers will be designing and delivering classes
that target a range of learning abilities and styles.

AAM has a warm, nurturing, safe, and fun environment where parents, teachers, staff,
and students work together to create a family-style atmosphere that we feel is an
integral part of our philosophy.

Beyond the classroom students will be provided with opportunities for participation,
responsible action and involvement in decision-making. In learning how to make an
impact upon the quality of their own education at the school, students will acquire
invaluable insights into leadership and team-building skills.

I encourage all AAM students to make friends, get involved in after school activities-
clubs. Take advantage of all that is offered at our school.

I wish you all a good school. If there is ever anything I can do to assist you, please
just ask.
With warm regards,
Delice A. Scotto
Principal
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Assistant Principal's Letter


Dear Parents and Students,
September, 2012



Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year at AAM. I hope that everyone has had a
restful and happy summer. As a staff, we have been busy preparing for a very
successful eighth year of the Al-Mizhar American Academy.

To our returning families, I think it is a positive testimony to all that we do at AAM that
you have chosen to re-enrol your daughters with us. The school has grown together
over the past eight years and I look forward to your continued input and support. We
truly offer a distinctive educational experience in Dubai. Our warm and nurturing
approach suits the needs of girls from all nationalities. We are a diverse community,
yet we all share the same goal; to develop strong, poised and inspired leaders. Our
success can be recognized as we take our place as a highly regarded school for
students.

You will see some new faces this year. As we continue to grow, our administrative
team actively recruits highly qualified staff that shares our vision of offering a broad
program of academic offerings that meets the needs of our diverse community of
learners. Please take the time to introduce yourself to our new teachers and welcome
them to the AAM family.

To our new families; the warmest welcome. At AAM, we want to actively involve you
in your childs educational experience. Expect to hear from us and be invited into the
school to see your childs accomplishments. My door is always open. I believe you will
find that I am a good listener, problem-solver and welcome your suggestions. I would
love to hear from you!

Please read the following handbook carefully with your child. It contains a lot of
information pertaining particularly to Early Years and elementary students. We ask
you to sign the last page, tear it out and return it to the school to acknowledge that
you have read and understand all the new policies and procedures.

I look forward to working with you to make 2012-2013 another rewarding school year
at AAM.

Sincerely,
Assistant Principal
KG and Elementary Schools
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Our Mission Statement

American Academy in Al Mizhar is committed to meeting the needs of families with an
international outlook who have chosen an American education. By offering a co-
educational early childhood program for dual language learners leading to a single
gender college preparatory school for girls, our mission is to promote intellectual
curiosity, independent and critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills,
a lifelong passion for learning, and an exposure to and a respect for cultural
diversity. By expecting academic excellence, we inspire personal growth and develop
intrinsically motivated global citizens who are committed to being leaders in
community service and environmental responsibility.




Aims of AAM

At AAM we will:

Create a climate that reflects an atmosphere of respect, trust, high morale,
cohesiveness and caring among all members of the AAM community.

Encourage our students to become independent and co-operative global
citizens.

Respect all cultures represented in our school community and maximize the
opportunities provided in our local setting.

Infuse in our students a sense of personal accomplishment, self-confidence and
an enduring love of learning

Develop skills essential to the learning process such as creativity, inquiry,
critical thinking and sound decision-making

Enthuse, motivate and inspire students with our innovative approaches and
high expectations

Enable our students to achieve beyond their previous limits and expectations

Welcome parents and communicate with them as equal partners in their
childrens education

Set learning goals that are meaningful, authentic, and connected to the real
world

Provide a secure, calm and healthy physical environment that is conducive to
learning and promotes self-efficacy which lays the foundation for developing
leaders
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About AAM
AAM is a dynamic American school that aims to be at the leading edge of educational
innovation and excellence. Our curriculum is based on the best US National Standards.
It is enriched by the addition of a Middle East component and is delivered utilizing best
pedagogical practices. We supplement our programs with host and foreign language
teaching and a full program of athletics and co-curricular activities and opportunities.
AAM has full membership in the Council of International Schools (CIS). AAM was
accredited jointly by the CIS and the New England States Association of Schools and
Colleges in spring of 2011.


Non Discrimination Statement

AAM admits students of any race or nationality and extends to them all rights and
activities of the school. We see the diversity of our student and staff population as one
of our greatest assets, and we make every attempt to give each and every student full
access to our learning programs. We will give careful thought to the definition,
implementation and review of policies to promote inclusion, including policies to tackle
abusive behavior, such as racism and bullying. We will ensure that students themselves
have a prominent voice in all matters that affect them, and we will act fairly and
decisively in dealing with any behavior that is contrary to our inclusive ethos.


An Environmentally Friendly School

We recognize the importance of environmental sustainability, and we are committed to
becoming a Green School, operating as far as possible in harmony with the natural
environment, and furthermore to becoming a model school in the region in this
respect. We therefore expect teachers to model environmental responsibility and to
take every opportunity to help students develop an awareness and understanding of
environmental issues.

A few years ago, we started an initiative to cut down on our reliance on plastic water
cups. Every child brought in a reusable water bottle or canteen that was left in their
classroom. These were used throughout the school successfully and we did not use
plastic drinking cups at all. It was a small act, but it made a huge difference in the
amount of waste we created as a school. This year, we will ask that parents again
send in reusable drinking bottles for their daughters to use.

Additionally, AAG GONE GREEN was initiated in 2008 by our grade 7 class. We now
have a full recycling program in operation at AAM. Families are encouraged to send in
their rinsed out plastic containers, aluminum soda cans, and paper to be recycled as
part of this commitment to a sustainable earth. Commencing in the 2010-2011 school
year, all correspondence with parents was paperless (ie, via email, sms or EDLINE).
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Our Song

The Path of Roses
Music and Lyrics by Lynda Chmarny
Scoring by Tatjana Sremac



We walk the halls of learning
Our minds are full of yearning
Well always have teachers and friends
To guide us through until the end



And as we take our steps into the world beyond
We are given opportunities to grow and become strong. Our
strengths are challenged day by day by those we admire And
well face the bright tomorrow
Knowing our dreams will transpire




Our journey starts as rose buds do
Were nurtured here to leave in bloom We
will have flowered and will have grown
Well be prepared to stand on our own



We believe in excellence, peace, love and harmony
We will clarify our vision through strength of unity.
And as our lives move on when we must leave this place behind
Well strive only to be the best leaders of humankind.
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The AAM Team




THE AAM TEAM


DELICE SCOTTO PRINCIPAL

Barbalee Blair Curriculum Coordinator & Assessment
Selah Sprinkel Elementary Assistant Principal
Elementary Counselor Dia Ordhani
Laila Krayem Pre -KG
Andria Marino KG 1 A
Krystyna Maciejewski KG 1 B
Shahla Jassim KG 2 A
Jennifer Farhat KG 2 B
KG 2 C
Diana Pacheco Grade 1 A
Maria Borrelli Grade 1 B
Nailah Stamp Grade 1 C
Kelly Sutton Grade 2 A
Kim Palmer Grade 2 B
Janet Jackson Grade 2 C
Laura Hartley Grade 3 A
Yanique Michaud Grade 3 B
Andrea Taylor Grade 3 C
Katherine Lum Grade 4 A
Laura Cianfrini Grade 4 B
Laurie Burnham Grade 4 C
Melissa Davis Grade 5 A Math and Science
Cheryl Hall Grade 5 B Language Arts & Social Studies
Melissa Burnell Grade 6A Math and Science
Alison Burrows Grade 6B Language Arts & Social Studies
Charelle Matheny Teacher Assistant Pre KG
Nahla Mohsen Teacher Assistant KG 1 A
Hala Mehrez Teacher Assistant KG 1 B
Lubna Kaoud Teacher Assistant KG 1 C
Luchie Plucena Teacher Assistant KG 2 A
Asma Sohail Teacher Assistant KG 2 B
Dagyl Larson Teacher Assistant KG 2 C
Shazia Siddique Teacher Assistant Grade 1A
Pinar Gulec Teacher Assistant Grade 1B
Bismah Butt Teacher Assistant Grade 1C
Neda Modiri Teacher Assistant Grade 2 & 3
Amani Khalil Teacher Assistant Arabic

SPECIALISTS
Candace Lewis Librarian
Swati Kumar Librarian Assistant
Safaa Mrawed Librarian Assistant
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Dareen Rabah ICT
Samar Adwan Lab Supervisor
Susan Offerdahl Art/ Fine Arts Department Head
Nadene Jennings Art & Design Tech Elementary
Tatjana Sremac Music
Lynda Chmarny Music & Drama/Head of Student Life
Michele Slade PE/Department Head
Susan Skiff PE/IT
Rebecca Savage PE
Gianina Mitre Life Guard/PE TA
Nikita Shroff French
Lani Walker Learning Support
Ma.I-li Espedilla Learning Support Assistant
Nancy Tibbitts Learning Support/Head of Support Services
Elena Holmes EAL
Kristy Lewis EAL
Nabila Sameer EAL Assistant
April Dahlquist Reading & Writing Specialist
Samira Sarafandi Arabic & Islamic /Department Head -Arabic
Saliha Alzaidi Arabic & Islamic
Faten Al Zohaily AFL
Maysa Bader Arabic & Islamic /Department Head- Islamic
Najah Samour Arabic & Islamic
Suzan Al Siksik Arabic & Islamic
Maha Lulu Arabic & Islamic
Ilham Mabrouq Arabic & Islamic
Amal Sunjuq AFL
Wissam Al Omar Arabic & Islamic
Fatima Hussein Arabic & Islamic
Ilham Staali AFL
Rafaa Suleiman Arabic & Islamic
Amenah Hijazi Arabic & Islamic

ADMIN SUPPORT STAFF
Sireen Freiwat PA to Principal
Lina Al Daqqaq Arabic Secretary /HR Officer/Registrar
Sharon DSilva Receptionist/Bus Manager
Randa Fahmi Receptionist
Lara Nasih Admissions
Maria Cherrub Elementary Secretary

Secondary Secretary
Darihun Pimenta Accountant
Pralhad Salvi Network Supervisor/IT Support
Firoz Khan Facilities Manager
Ismail Valiya Kandthil Driver
Evelyn Jaen Nurse
Adeyela Bennett Director of Development and Admissions
Jacqueline DSouza PR/Marketing Officer

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Support Services at AAM

Counseling Office

Our elementary counselor has her office on the first floor. She is available for both
parents and students who wish to discuss any personal or academic problem with her.
Parents wishing to make an appointment to discuss their child should call the school
receptionist and book an appointment. Students wishing to see her may ask their class
teacher for a Counseling Request Form. The counselor will see your child as soon as
possible. If children ever feel uncomfortable speaking to a particular adult, they can
come see the counselor directly with a hall pass. Remember our policy is that no
problem is too small if it is disturbing you or your child.

Alternatively, students and parents may ask for an appointment to see the Assistant
Principal, if you have any concerns regarding any issue in the Early Years and
Elementary Schools.

Learning Support

The Learning Support Department consists of teachers who hold qualifications in
Special Education as well as Support Assistants. The LS staff assist students who have
a special learning need and require differentiation of the mainstream curriculum. LS
staff also work closely with class teachers to develop Individual Education Plans
(I.E.P.), provide resources and support to ensure the needs of all students are being
met.

English as an Additional Language

The goal of the English as an Additional Language (E.A.L.) Department is to support
students who require language skills while studying in English. These students must be
able to function at a high academic level in English in order to be successful in their
studies. Many of them will have come from a multi- lingual environment or one where
English is not their mother tongue.

The format for assistance can be within the regular classroom setting or scheduled
E.A.L. class as required. It is the role of the E.A.L. teacher to identify EAL students and
to continuously asses their progress. In addition, we also assist classroom and subject
teachers in developing strategies within the mainstream class to help the students
access the curriculum and perform to their fullest potential.
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The Library Media Center

The following explains how our library/media center will work:

The Library Media Center creates and supports an environment conducive to reading
and research. The library boasts a vibrant collection of English language materials and
a growing Arabic, French, and Spanish collection. In addition, our students have
access, through the Library's computer, to student-friendly research databases and the
World Wide Web.

Elementary students participate in a Library Media Program which includes a book
exchange. Middle and high school students visit the library for information literacy
workshops, book exchange and research.

The Kindergarten students and Elementary students have their own reading room with
age appropriate books, periodicals, and computers. Middle and high school students
also have access to print and electronic resources in the main library media center.

Various reading events are scheduled including an Accelerated Reader quarterly
competitions, Childrens Reading Month, book fairs, book signing and workshops
delivered by authors.

Elementary Library Hours (2012 - 2013)

For independent reading and research

Before School:
Morning Break:
Sun-Thurs
Sun-Thurs
7:30-8:00
9:43-9:53
Lunch Break: Sun-Thurs 11:40-12:20
After School: Sun- Wed 3:00-4:00(Main library only)
Thurs 3:003:30(Main library only)


Students visiting the library for independent reading and research require a Library
Media pass from their homeroom teachers.

Borrowing Privileges:

KG Students

Number of Books: One
Loan Period: One week
Loan Renewal Period: One week
Grades 1-6

Number of Books: Three (two from English
section, one from Arabic, French or Spanish section)
Loan Period: Two weeks
Loan Renewal: Two weeks

Lost or damaged books must be replaced or paid for and report cards may be
withheld in lieu of this.
No eating or drinking is allowed in the library.
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Attendance Policy

The attendance policy and procedures at AAM have been developed in accordance with
the Ministry of Educations Private Education Law. Student absence will be recorded
and monitored by the administration of the school.

The school principal or designate is entitled to make a decision with regard to excused
and unexcused absences. As per Article 48 2A: If the student is absent from school
for no reason or for an unacceptable reason for 20 consecutive days or 25 non-
consecutive days during one school year, the student may be expelled from school.

Excused Absence is any absence for an acceptable reason. This will be considered in
the following cases.

1. Absence due to sickness which must be confirmed by a parent note when the
student returns to school. Any absence of 3 or more days must be confirmed
with a medical certificate.
2. Absence for 1 or 2 consecutive days and with a maximum of 7 days during one
academic year upon the written request of the parents.
3. Travel abroad to accompany one of the parents or one of the brothers/sisters
for more than 2 days and not exceeding 1 month under a prior permission from
the school principal. If the absence exceeds the specified period, the
acceptance may be denied or accepted provided travel documentation is given
as proof upon return.
4. Death of a relative: 3 days only.
5. Appearance before an official body that is proved by documentation with the
reason for the summons and the time spent before this body.
6. Transfer to another school within the state for a period of no more that 2
weeks.

All requests for absence from school must be received in writing prior to the
absence. If the absence is accepted, the request and its acceptance will be retained
in the student file at school.

If the student fails to attend one class period or more for one day or more:

1. The absence days for an acceptable reason will not be calculated into the total
absence which could lead to expulsion.
2. School administration must record student absence for each lesson of the day.
3. Three tardy arrivals to school are equivalent to 1 day of unexcused absence.

Students who accumulate 5 or more unexcused absences in any quarter will be placed
on probation and will not be eligible for:

1. Participation in sports teams.
2. Field trips
3. School events outside of the regular school day
4. School trips outside of the UAE

for the duration of that probationary quarter.
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A probation meeting will be convened for any student who is placed on probation for 3
consecutive quarters and the students eligibility to return to AAG for the next
academic year will be determined.

Attendance Procedures:

1. Attendance will be reported by the classroom teacher at the beginning of each
day.

2. Administration will keep daily attendance records on file. Absences with prior
administrative approval will be noted on the system with the term of the
absence that has been approved noted. For absences without prior approval,
records will be updated as excused or unexcused when the student returns
from an absence with a note. Notes from parents/guardians will be kept on file.

3. Teachers will be able to access a copy of attendance records on the shared
drive to determine a students eligibility to make up a missed test or submit a
late assignment using the policy on missed tests and late assignments.

Parents will be informed via SMS and letters to keep them up to date about
accumulated unexcused absences.

If your child is going to be absent, please notify the school receptionist by 8:30 each
morning. If a call is not made, our receptionist will attempt to contact you to confirm
the absence.

If a brief absence or an early dismissal is expected during the school day, the parent
will need to contact reception or send a note to the homeroom teacher in the morning.
Students will be sent to the reception area at the allocated time and wait for a parent
or guardian to pick them up in the foyer. Parents are not allowed to collect the
children from the classroom during the day, as this causes disruption to the lesson.
The children will be signed in and out of the school by the receptionist.

School scheduled activities, such as a sports day or field trips are considered part of
the educational program. If a student chooses not to attend a field trip or sport's day,
she will be counted as absent.

A student absent from classes is not allowed to participate in after school activities or
sports as a participant or spectator on the day of their absence.


Tardiness

The bell rings in the courtyard at 7:50 and students are expected to be at school by
that time. If they enter the school building past 8:00 they will receive a late slip from
the receptionist. They will not be permitted to enter their classroom without this late
slip. Tardies are recorded in our school attendance program and are noted as detailed
above.
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Research shows us that children learn best first thing in the morning; after a healthy
breakfast. We have carefully planned our program to ensure we are offering our
students the best opportunity to be successful. Most KG and elementary classes begin
the day with a literacy block at 8:10am. The bulk of important teaching for reading
and meaning occurs during these first few periods of the day. If your child is
consistently late in the morning, he/she is missing crucial instructional time that may
hinder future learning. For this reason, consistent tardiness that has not been resolved
with parent meetings may prevent your child from being re-admitted to AAM for the
following academic year.
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Academics at AAM

Report Cards and Grading

In the KG and elementary schools, our grading is skills based. Our curriculum lays out
specific skills at each grade level that students should be able to master by the end of
the year. Our marking is authentic, on-going and focuses on the work that the children
produce each day. Although your child may have small unit tests and quizzes
throughout the year, this is a small portion of his/her final mark. As educators, we
believe that continual assessment of all your child's accomplishments offers a more
holistic report of his/her academic success.

Elementary Grading Scale

Equivalent to Equivalent to

Exceed Expectations

Level 4
A+ 98-100
A 93-97



Meets Expectations



Level 3
A- 90-92
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82

Approaching
Expectations

Level 2
C+ 79-77
C 73-76
C- 70-72

Below Grade Level

Level 1
D+ 67-69
D 63-66
D- 60-62
F 0-59

The academic year is divided into approximately four ten week quarters. Your child's
progress will be reported in a formal report card at the end of each quarter.




Parental Involvement


At AAM, we strongly believe that parents are integral members of the education
process. For this reason, we strongly encourage parents to be involved in monitoring
and assisting in their child's progress. Constant communication between teachers and
parents is encouraged, and we require that you check your child's communication book
daily. Teachers will send home weekly notes and bulletins detailing weekly homework
or projects currently being worked on. Parents may be asked to attend special
meetings throughout the year to help us identify and meet the needs of their child.
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As well, parents are formally invited to the school at the end of each quarter to meet
with their child's teachers. Some of these quarterly conferences are mandatory for
parents, and report cards will not be released until a parent or guardian attends the
conference.


Report Card and Conference Schedule

Following is the report card and conference schedule for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Quarter Report Cards Sent Parent Conferences/Student Led
Conference

*Q1
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parents must attend a conference to receive the report card.
Appointments will be booked.

Q2


Report cards will be available on this day and parents or
teachers may request appointments with any of their childs
teachers. Additional meetings with the assistant principal
may be scheduled at this time.
*STUDENT LED CONFERENCES
Wednesday February 12
th
, 2013

*Q3

Parents must attend a conference to receive the report card.
Appointments will be booked.

*Q4
Wednesday June 26th, 2012
Final Report Cards will be ready to be sent home on
the last day of school.
*Parents required to attend a conference before they will receive their child's report card.

Academic Probation

In the Early Years and elementary schools, academic probation does not occur as it
may in the older grades. As our report card is based on levels, a failing grade does not
exist. That stated, however, a student that is identified as consistently struggling to
cope with material taught will be referred to either the EAL or Learning Support
department. Accommodations will be made and parents will be involved in formulating
either an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan), an Academic Growth Plan or a
Behavioral Plan. Your child's classroom teacher will actively differentiate the lessons to
ensure that she is meeting your child's need. As well, the plan may recommend out-of
class support from either the EAL or Learning Support departments. Additionally,
outside counseling, academic or psychological assessments, and medical observations
may be required.

Identification of learning or behavioral difficulties that are impeding your child's
academic achievement will be recognized early in the school year. You will be involved
at every step of the process as we work to identify and meet the needs of your child.
Goals and targets will be set, and as an educational team we will do all that we can to
ensure that your child meets these standards set for him/her. Your role will be to
monitor his/her progress and to support us in developing good work and study habits
at home. His/her progress will be reassessed each quarter and the IEP, Growth Plan,
or Behavioral Plan will be altered to acknowledge areas of growth.
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Retention and Re-admission Policy

At the beginning of the final quarter (April), if a child's maturity, behavior, or academic
level has not improved to ensure success in the next grade, despite support and
accommodations, a meeting will be requested with parents. The educational team,
working with parents, will determine a course of action for the following academic
year. A proposal may be made at this time that the child should repeat the year. In
rare cases, it may be determined by the educational team, that AAM cannot meet the
needs of the child and the parents will be asked to look for an alternate school for
September. The situation will be monitored during the fourth quarter.

In early June, a final decision will be made. Parents will be invited to the school for a
meeting. Parents may be informed that AAM will not be re-admitting their child for
September. Alternatively, if retention is still recommended by the academic team,
parents will be asked to agree with this decision and sign a letter allowing the school to
re-register their child in the same grade for the following year. Failure to support this
decision may result in the child not being re-admitted at AAM.
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Student Behavior at AAM

Students are expected to behave appropriately at school, on school grounds, at school
sponsored activities away from school, on a school bus, and within the vicinity of the
school campus. Good discipline helps to make a good school. It is our goal at AAM to
help children develop a sense of responsibility, self-discipline, integrity, and respect for
themselves and others. Children must understand that in both school and life, they will
be responsible for their behavior and any consequence for inappropriate behavior.
Therefore, rather than punish inappropriate behavior, we choose to help students learn
how to make better choices.



School Code of Conduct

o Be truthful: communicate honestly.
o Be actively engaged in learning: ask questions, listen to others, and
work together.
o Be caring, friendly, helpful and polite to others.
o Be responsible for personal property and for the property of others.
o Be respectful and sensitive to the needs of others.
o Be respectful, polite and courteous to all people in the building.



Positive Behavior Supports

Last year we initiated a school-wide behavior plan. The plan is three-fold: the use of
consistent vocabulary for teachers to use when describing student behavior, a
systematic plan of consequences for inappropriate behavior and a system of rewards
for demonstrating positive character. A committee made up of teachers, students and
parents was formed in 2011 to look at student behavior throughout the school.
Together they developed an outline for the plan to be used. The seven words that will
describe student behavior will be called Keys. Teachers throughout the school will be
using these words so that all girls understand the expectations for behavior.


KEYS TO SUCCESS: OPENING MINDS AND HEARTS
! Caring
! Global Citizenship
! Fairness
! Peacefulness
! Respect
! Responsibility
! Trustworthiness



Students will be recognized in a variety of ways for demonstrating the KEYS TO
SUCCESS. In the Early Years and Elementary school the students will be given an
eagle feather that will have their name on it, their classroom, which key they
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demonstrated and what house they belong to. These feathers will be counted by the
homeroom teacher and students will be recognized for receiving these feathers. Points
per feather will be awarded to the individual girls house each quarter.

Students will also have consequences for breaking the key. Each grade level will
determine what these consequences are so that there is consistency throughout the
elementary school.

Bullying and Other Forms of Interpersonal Abuse

All students have a right to learn in a safe environment without fear. Bullying can
undermine and even prevent students from progressing academically and socially, and
it can have negative consequences, both for the victim and the bully, for life. We
therefore have a zero tolerance policy regarding bullying. All students involved in
bullying will be disciplined and will receive appropriate counseling and support from the
school. Responses to the bullying incident will depend on its severity. However, even
minor incidents, like teasing, can have lasting harmful effects on a child's self-esteem.
For this reason, if bullying becomes a persistent issue (occurs more than three times)
and numerous interventions, disciplinary actions, and counseling sessions have not
improved the behavior of the student; an in-school suspension will be given and
parents will need to attend a meeting before the child will be allowed to return to the
classroom. Any following incidents will be dealt with severely and may include; out of
school suspension, expulsion and failure to be invited back for the next academic year.

A note about B*U*L*L*Y*I*N*G*

Bullying has become the buzz word on the playground. The girls are now using this
word incredibly loosely. Small squabbles, arguments and pushing in line are often
termed bullying, which has led to the perception that bullying is a huge issue.
Although we remain committed to always addressing incidences of true bullying at
AAM, we need to be clear what the definition of bullying is.

According to Dan Olweus (creator of Olweus Bullying Prevention Program)

A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative
actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty
defending himself or herself.

Additionally, Bullying includes three important components:
1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.
2. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
3. Bullying involves an imbalance of power and strength.

In the elementary school, acts often labeled as bullying are simply children occasionally
being unkind to each other or having common friendship issues. We need to guide
children to find solutions and problem solve independently when appropriate.
Additionally, we need to help them develop the skills necessary to maintain positive
relationships. Our favorite statement to children in the elementary school is, you do
not have to love all of your classmates, but you always have to treat
EVERYONE with respect and kindness.
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We appreciate parents supporting this philosophy at home. Our school community is
diverse. In order to maintain a safe and nurturing environment; cultural, religious and
national differences must be respected. You are your childs most important role
model. If you model acceptance, they will follow.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism - copying or getting someone else to do the work - is a form of cheating.
We insist students:
o use quotation marks for all quoted material
o revise paraphrased material so that it appears in their own writing style
o ensure that others do not copy their work
o ensure that work they submit is actually their own

If a student is caught plagiarizing or cheating on a test, the work will not be
recognized, and a zero grade will be given for the assignment.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Policy Statement

The use of alcohol, tobacco or any drug by any student while on school property, or at
events sanctioned by the school, is prohibited. This includes all times spent on field
trips, sports and social events and school-supported extracurricular activities.
Furthermore, should the school discover that a student engages in the consumption of
alcohol, tobacco or any drug outside school property, the school reserves the right to
take appropriate action including counseling, suspension or, in severe cases, expulsion.




Other Types of Unacceptable Behavior

We will take prompt and consistent action for minor or major incidents and will assign
clear and appropriate consequences for students, as well as providing specific support
to help students avoid or modify the behavior in the future. Classroom teachers will
handle minor disciplinary issues based on their classroom rules. Major issues will be
dealt with by the principal or assistant principal. Positive support in the form of
counseling or target setting through a behavior plan may be recommended, and
parents will be advised accordingly. Parental support of this plan at home will be
expected.


Consequences of Major Incidents of Misbehavior

Where a student has failed, after sustained intervention by teachers, to modify
unacceptable behavior, a conference will be held, involving parents, teachers, assistant
principal and principal, as well as the student herself. The principal or assistant
principal may then resort to one or more of the following actions:
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1. Suspension of Student

Consistently unacceptable behavior or serious infringements of the rights,
safety or welfare of others may result in an in-school or out-of-school
suspension. A suspended student may not return to school until a conference is
held between the principal and the student, parent(s) or guardian. A student
will normally be referred to the student counselor on returning to school. Work
missed during suspensions must be made up.

2. Probationary Enrollment

A student shall be placed on probationary enrollment as a consequence of
behavior that is judged to be so serious that repeated similar behavior will
result in automatic expulsion. An exceptional, formal written contract between
the school, parents and student may be required in these situations.

3. Counseling

The school may require a student to undergo professional counseling and/or
diagnostic evaluation as a requirement for continued enrolment.


4. Financial Reimbursement

A student and parents may be required to reimburse individuals or AAG for
damage to or destruction of property.

5. Expulsion

Very serious and/or chronic offences may lead to expulsion, resulting in a
student being removed from the school roll.
A student can expect to be expelled in the following cases, if during school, or
while attending school-sponsored events, or on the school premises:
o A student commits a serious offence in relation to theft or property damage
o A students actions and attitude demonstrate that his or her presence in the
school has been or may be detrimental to the safety and well-being of others
o A student repeatedly engages in serious breaches of discipline


Procedure for Suspension

In the event of a serious breach of discipline, suspension will take effect immediately,
and the principal will call together the Disciplinary Committee, which consists of:

The School Principal
The School Assistant Principal/Coordinator
The Guidance Counselor
A Teacher Advocate
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Health and Safety

Clinic

Our school nurse is available at school throughout the day. If your child is not feeling
well, he/she needs to let her teacher know. One of our teaching assistants will bring
him/her to the clinic for a consultation. The nurse will determine the nature and
degree of the illness. If the nurse decides to send a student home for illness, parents
will be telephoned and requested to come to school to pick up their child.

When children return to school after an absence of three or more days due to illness,
they must bring a sick leave certificate from a medical doctor. This note and the
student must be seen by the school nurse before returning to classes. The nurse can
only administer medicine to students with written permission from parents. Any
prescription drug that is required during school hours should be registered with the
nurse. She will then ensure that your child takes his/her medication at appropriate
times and doses. Our nurse sends home a health questionnaire at the beginning of the
year. Please ensure that you take time to fill this form carefully. Allergies and other
common problems need to be documented so we can ensure the health and protection
of your child.

Bus Safety Rules

Transportation of students to and from school is the responsibility of parents. However,
bus services are available from a private bus company who has a representative at
school. Arrangements can be made for this service. Please check the website for more
details.


Rules to Follow Whenever Riding a Bus:

o Students must remain seated at all times.
o Students must not stick heads, arms, or hands out of the bus windows.
o Seat belts should be secure at all times.
o Students are not permitted to throw anything around or out of the bus.
o Noise should be kept to a minimum.
o There should be no horseplay on the bus.
o No pets or animals are permitted on the bus.
o Students and parents are responsible for any physical damages caused to the bus.
o Students reported to the Principal for any violation may lose the bus privilege. In
this case, it will be the responsibility of the parents to provide transportation.
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Emergency Procedures

Intermittent Siren - External Hazard - Safe Haven
Continuous Siren - Internal Hazard Evacuate the Building

In case of fire or emergency evacuation, every student is to leave the building as
quickly and as quietly as possible. Students should assemble in an orderly fashion in
designated locations. Evacuation procedures are reviewed on a regular basis and are
posted in each classroom.

In the event of an emergency in which evacuation is not considered prudent, students
will receive instructions from their classroom teachers. Throughout the school year
there will be drills to review actions and behavior suitable to several possible
emergency situations.



School Lockdown Procedures

In the event that an emergency should occur requiring a lockdown of the
school, the following procedures should be followed:

1. Lockdown will be initiated by an announcement over the PA system.
2. Classroom doors should be locked.
3. Lights should be turned off.
4. Students need to be placed in a position within the room where there are no
sight lines from windows or the door.
5. Students in classrooms with desks should fashion a barricade placing desks on
their side in a circle. Students sit in the center behind the barricade. Students in
a room without desks should sit against a wall out of sight lines.
6. Everyone must maintain absolute silence until the all clear is given. Students
and staff will not respond to any alarms, such as a fire alarm, or to any
direction unless given by the police or the principal or her designate.
7. Mobile phones should not be used unless it is to contact the principal or
designate for information regarding an intruder. The principal or designate will
coordinate with police authorities and emergency services personnel.
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Other Things You Need to Know!

Arrivals and Dismissals

The following are general guidelines that should be followed when dropping off and
picking up your child.

Arrivals

The Elementary drop off area is at the far side of the school (gate 2). It will
open at 7:30 am when our staff have arrived for their morning duty. Children
dropped off prior to 7:30 will not be supervised by AAM and we will not be
liable for any incidents that may occur.
All Preschool students and KG students must be walked into school using Gate
1 at the front of the school. If elementary parents choose to park and drop off
their child personally, please do so outside of Gate 1. There is sufficient
parking area in front of the school.
Children will play in their allocated area (field or playground) until 7:50am. At
this time, the bell will ring and the children will be picked up by their classroom
teachers and escorted to their classroom. Children are not allowed in the
school hallways or classrooms before 7:50am.

Departures

The day ends for KG and Elementary at 3:10 pm.
Parents/nannies will not be allowed in the KG and grades 1-3 hallways until the
bell rings at 3:10 pm. Parents/nannies must pick up their grades 4-6 daughter
in the canteen. Please wait in the foyer until the allotted time. Parents/nannies
often queue up around the classrooms at the end of the day and this disrupts
the dismissal procedures and end of day activities for our KG and Elementary
students.
If you need to pick up your child before 3:10 pm, please see the attendance
section for procedures.
As we are training our students to be independent and responsible citizens, we
ask that nannies and parents refrain from packing and carrying our students
bags. We need the children to learn how to organize themselves and take care
of their belongings. Rolling bags are an excellent option to relieve any weight
that the bags may have.

Note:

Our staff goes above and beyond their duty to ensure that your children are kept safe
during arrival and dismissal. They check to make sure children are wearing seatbelts
and exit the vehicles in an organized manner. For the younger children they often help
lift bags and children out of the cars to keep the system flowing smoothly and
efficiently. They often do all of this in extreme heat and weather. We will not tolerate
any abuse or rudeness aimed at our staff. Traffic in Dubai can wear down everyones
patience, but we ask you to bear with us and abide by the procedures and guidelines
we put in place. We have the best interests of the children at heart.
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Parents Visiting the School during the day

At any time during the year, you have the right to speak to your childs teacher, the
counselor, assistant principal or principal. We ask you to call ahead and book an
appointment as we may not be able to accommodate you without prior notice.

On arrival at school, you must:
Check in with security and take a visitors badge
Proceed to reception and inform them who you have an appointment with.
Reception will notify the person and ask you to take a seat in the foyer.
The person you have a scheduled appointment with will collect you in the foyer
and take you to the appropriate office/classroom for the meeting. At the end of
the meeting, you will be taken back to the foyer and be asked to return your
visitors badge to security.

Safety and a consistent learning environment is our main goal. Children are easily
distracted by the presence of visitors in the hallways and classrooms. For this reason,
parents will not be allowed into the Early Years and Elementary hallways during
instruction time without an escort. Parents are not allowed to observe classes without
specific permission from the classroom teacher and assistant principal.


Student Textbooks and Supplies

Textbooks will be provided for your child by the school on a loan basis. Students are
responsible for returning them at the end of the year in reasonable condition. They
may not write in them or cover them with permanent covers. Cloth covers can be
bought at many stationary stores and these are a great option for keeping the texts in
good condition. The average cost of replacing a lost textbook is 300 Dirhams.

For the younger grades, some books are consumable. The children will be able to
write in these soft covered books and they will be given to the students at the end of
the year. If a child loses these books, a replacement will need to be purchased at the
cost of the parent. Your daughter's classroom teacher will guide you in identifying
which books are consumable and which are loaned textbooks. As well, students will
receive AAM notebooks and a communication book from the school. If they lose any of
these, parents will be responsible for the replacement cost.

Regarding textbooks, it is important for parents to understand that the material
covered in our textbooks is NOT our curriculum. We have a set curriculum from the
United States. No textbook can meet all the needs of a curriculum. For this reason,
textbooks at AAM are used as resources. Teachers incorporate many different
resources throughout the year to ensure that the standards are covered. Please do
not panic if whole sections of the textbook are not covered, or if your daughter's
teacher does not follow textbook topics in a sequential order.

Children will be responsible for bringing most other stationary items. A list will be
provided by your child's homeroom teacher in September. Alternatively, some
teachers will assist you in this by offering to purchase the items necessary and ask for
you to reimburse them the cost of the supplies.
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Communication Books

At the beginning of the year, all students will be given a communication book. This is a
tool for parents, teachers and students to communicate. As well, students will use this
book to record all assignments given to them. At the back of the communication book
is your child's Reading Log. He/she should be reading with an adult or older sibling
every evening for at least 15 minutes. Every time someone reads with him/her at
home, the reading log must be signed to get credit for the reading done at home.
The communication book will be checked daily by the class teacher. Parents will also
be required to check this book at home each evening. Using this communication book
will help your child develop good organizational skills. Lost communication books will
need to be replaced immediately. Replacement communication books cost 30dhs.


School Lunch and Snacks

KG and Elementary students have one snack break in the morning as well as a lunch
period. During the past few years, the elementary school focused on instilling healthy
eating habits in our students. We would like to continue this behavior and ask parents
to support us in this endeavor by:

! Sending a healthy snack each day. These may include fruit, vegetables,
cheese and crackers, granola bars, sandwiches etc.
! Sending a sizeable healthy lunch (sandwich or main course, juice, milk or
water, plus a snack).
! Ensuring that whoever is packing your child's lunch understands what
constitutes healthy food.
! Not sending cookies, chips, chocolate bars or fizzy and sugary drinks. Each
Thursday, students may bring in ONE treat that they may have during their
lunch time.

Elementary students may also purchase their snacks and lunch from the canteen.
Healthy options will be provided daily.


School Uniform

KG and Elementary students must be in proper school uniform at all times. There is a
new uniform this year. Detailed information about the uniform can be found on
EDLINE.
Girls must wear plain black loafers or oxfords on their feet. Sneakers are not permitted
except during PE class. Boots or shoes with colorful designs are not permitted. Zaks
has several school shoe designs available for purchase. As well, only plain white socks
should be worn with the uniform. Plain white or gray stockings (that cover the feet)
may be worn under the skort/skirt. No other tights or leggings may be worn under the
skort/skirt, as students now have the option to wear trousers. As the school has
central AC, when your child feels cold, he/she may wear the AAM sweater or fleece, or
a plain gray or plain white non/AAM sweater. Parents may purchase the long sleeved
blouse instead for the winter months. AAM sun hats will be required for children to be
permitted to play on the field during break times. Please label all of your childs
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uniform pieces. Zaks can provide you with iron on labels for this purpose. As well, all
uniforms have a name label that can be marked with a permanent marker.
Throughout the year, we accumulate many lost or forgotten items. Labeled clothing
almost always gets back to the proper owner. The school uniform can be purchased
through Zaks. Please check their website for further information www.ZAKSstore.com.

In regards to jewelry, girls may wear one small necklace, one wristwatch or bracelet,
one ring and a small pair of stud earrings. No dangling earrings. Avoid wearing
expensive jewelry to school. Hair bands, barrettes and hair clips must be small,
discreet and the colors of the uniform (white, black, gray and purple). Colored nail
polish is not allowed. Girls who cover with a head scarf must wear plain black, gray or
white with no decoration.

The PE uniform consists of an AAM white t-shirt and gray shorts or track pants. They
are also permitted to wear the AAM Eagle merchandise for PE classes. These are
available to order in the first two weeks of school. Students must have white trainers
with a non-marking sole. On days that your child has PE, girls in KG to Grade 3 may
come to school in their PE uniform. Grades 4-6 must come in their normal uniform and
change into their PE uniform during PE class. Swimming suits must be one-piece and
plain navy blue. These are available at ZAKS. Girls must wear a swim hat, and these
can be any color or design. The children must not wear their swimming suit under their
uniform if they have PE after the morning break. The PE lessons are not often
scheduled until later in the day and it is not healthy for girls to be wearing their suits
as underclothing. As well, girls must change out of their wet suits after the lesson.
Due to safety concerns, all hair must be tied back and your daughter is not permitted
to wear any jewelry during her PE lessons. She will be asked to remove any of these
items and the school will not be held responsible if they are lost or misplaced.


Homework

In the elementary school, we feel that children spend a very large portion of their day
in structured lessons at school. When our students leave school, they need the
opportunity to be children; to play and socialize with friends and family. For this
reason, homework is sent on an "as need" basis. Although there may be daily tasks
children are asked to do (reading, memorizing multiplication facts etc), the remainder
of the homework sent will be meaningful. Below is a description of the types of
homework your child may be assigned.

o Practice assignments reinforce newly acquired skills; students review and practice
what they have learned. These assignments may be differentiated for students
working at different levels.
o Preparation assignments help students get ready for learning activities that will
take place in class; students may be asked to read something, or to carry out some
research on the internet.
o Extension assignments are long-term projects that parallel class work. Students
must apply previous learning to complete these assignments, which include
projects and essays.
o Revision of previously learned content, for an exam or test.
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o Even if you have not been given a homework assignment, we encourage students
to spend time each evening reading a book of their choice.

The following are homework time guidelines:

PK-KG Grades 1-3 Grades 4-6
There will be very little
homework assigned to PK
or KG students other than
reading daily with parents.
Homework assigned should be able to be completed
by your daughter independently.
If she is having difficulty with a task, please note this
in her communication book so her teacher can follow
up with her.
If your daughter is consistently spending more time
than specified below on assignments, please note this
in the communication book. The teacher can then
differentiate the homework to meet your daughter's
needs.
No more than 15 minutes No more than 45 minutes
(Arabic and English combined)
About one hour.
(Arabic and English combined)

Activity Program

These extra sessions give children the opportunity to meet and socialize with students
outside of their class, as well as explore an activity that interests them. Once a
selection has been made for a session, children are expected to attend for the duration
of the session and are not able to switch activities mid-session.

The elementary exploratory activities will run every Monday from 12:56 1:38pm.
They will be a part of the regular school day.

More specific information about the activity program will be shared in September. It is
important, however, for parents to keep in mind that our teachers run these sessions.
They choose activities in which they have a special interest or talent. Although we
make every attempt to provide a variety of activities, we cannot guarantee that a
particular activity will be offered.

Houses

All of the students and staff at AAM are divided into three houses Camels, Falcons or
Arabian Horses. These houses were chosen as they form the trilogy of Arabian Gulf
animals.

Upon joining the school all students are allocated a house and they remain in the same
house until they graduate. Any student who has siblings in the school will be put in the
same house as her sibling(s).

Throughout the year students will be able to collect points for their houses through
inter-mural sports, spelling bees, math quizzes, Accelerated Reader quizzes,
demonstrating exceptional behavior and attitude or producing outstanding pieces of
work. Negative behavior could result in receiving minus house points.
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Each year two major cups are awarded:

Sports Day Champions - awarded each year to the winning house on sports day

House Champions - awarded at the end of each year to the house which has
accumulated the most points


Elementary Productions

Each year, our students perform in a musical production for parents and guests. The
theme varies each year, but usually reflects a culmination of the topics in the music
program. Participation in the performance is mandatory for all students, as
performance is a part of the grading for music. We do our best to ensure that local
customs are honoured and are careful to choose songs and pieces that reflect both our
curriculum and a respect for cultural differences.

As we have continued to grow, space has become an issue. For this reason, PK-KG,
Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-6 will have separate productions this year. This will allow us
to develop specific and age-appropriate material for each group. As well, it will ensure
that there will be enough seating for our expanding audience.

Birthday Party Policy

As AAM has continued to grow, we have faced new challenges. Birthday parties have
become more taxing each year as the increase in students has led to more and more
days being interrupted by birthday celebrations. The academic integrity of the KG and
elementary section is being compromised by so many of these events. As well, our
request to keep these celebrations small and unobtrusive has not always been followed
by parents. As a result, valuable time and energy is wasted by teachers and
administrators trying to enforce our policy. For these reasons, Birthday
celebrations are not permitted at AAM. Birthday cakes, take -out food, gifts for
classmates etc. that are sent to school will be returned to parents. AAM can no longer
facilitate parents in planning parties for their children. All celebrations must take place
outside of school hours and off school property.

Hall Passes

Students must have a HALL PASS every time they leave a class room, the playground,
the library etc.


Lost and Found

Lost and Found items should be turned in to and claimed from the elementary glass
area on the ground floor.
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Money and Valuables

Although our school community is like a family and we should respect each others
property, students are advised not to bring money, valuables, or objects of sentimental
value to school. We cannot be responsible for the loss of your child's valuables.


Student Cubbies and Lockers

A cubby will be provided for all students. These are located in the hallway. Your child's
lunch and book bag will be stored in this cubby during the day. He/she will be
responsible for emptying this bag in the morning of all items needed throughout the
day. As well, students will be responsible for ensuring that all items that they need for
home are re-packed at the end of the day. Students are expected to keep their
cubbies neat and tidy and ensure that their belongings are not left on the hallway
floor. Grades 4-6 will be given lockers. Grade 4-6 girls will be responsible for keeping
their lockers neat and orderly. We will be developing responsibility and organization
skills in our Grade 4-6 girls throughout the year to help ease their transition to middle
school. For this reason, lockers keys will not be issued and lockers will remain open.


Telephone Calls/Mobile Phones

School telephones are for school business. However, in case of an emergency, children
may use the telephone with the permission of their teacher. Students may not use
mobile telephones in the school. KG1 through Grade 6 do not have a locked cubby or
locker, so they should not bring mobiles phones to school as there is no place to leave
them securely. Failure to comply with this rule will result in confiscation.


School Assemblies

As a PK-KG and Elementary school, we will hold monthly assemblies. Classes will have
opportunities throughout the year to prepare and perform skits, songs or other
demonstrations for their peers. As well, students will be rewarded based on that
month's theme at a separate assembly.


Change of Address

Please notify the school immediately of any changes to your address, telephone
number, or email.
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IT Policy for Students (2012-2013)

This policy is in addition to the IT Policy which will be sent to parents in the first week
which allows students access to computers and the internet at AAM.

Student Accounts & Home Drives
" Students Accounts: All students (Grade 1 and above) will be given their own
accounts to access the computers at AAM. Students must login using their own
usernames. If a student is found using another students username she will lose
her account privilege.
Students who do not take up ICT as an elective subject are required to get their
username from the Network Supervisor or one of the ICT teachers.
" Home Drive: Students will have 5 MB allocated to them on the server to save their
work. Students must save all their work on the Home Drive. This Home Drive is
backed up, so the students will not lose their work. The Home Drive is personal
and only the student herself can access it. ICT teachers can access this as well for
grading projects.
- The student will be responsible for the content of this Home Drive.
- The student will manage the 5 MB so as to store all the required files
and projects for that academic year. No extra space will be provided.
" At the end of the academic year, all files and projects will be deleted. However, if
the student wants, she can get a copy of her projects and files for the academic
year by burning a CD. The CD can be burnt only by the teachers at the end of the
year or when the student leaves the school.

Use of USB & Data CDs
" Bringing Files from Home: If a project requires students to work at home, students
can email their work to the subject teacher. The email addresses are available on
Edline.
- If the files are too big for email, the students can use a USB in school.
- The students must scan their USBs on the designated PCs before using
them, under the supervision of a teacher. If a virus is found, the student
should notify the teacher and not use the USB again.
" If a student is caught using a USB with a virus, or copies a corrupted file (with a
virus or worm etc) on the network, it will result in disciplinary action. Corrupting
the network via a virus is considered vandalism.

Music/Videos
" Students cannot listen to music in school or watch videos (online or otherwise).
" Music Projects: If a student is taking Music classes at AAM and needs to research
for a project, she must have permission from either of the music teachers (Ms.
Lynda or Ms. Tatjana) that allows her to:
- listen to music
- download music
- have music files in her Home Drive.
" If a student has music/video files in her Home Drive without authorization, it will
result in disciplinary action.
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Email, Chatting & Network Websites
" All internet email and networking/chatting websites are blocked. These include (but
are not limited to):
- Yahoo
- Hotmail
- Facebook
- twitter
- You Tube
- MSN & Yahoo messenger
" Students using any of the websites not allowed by the school will face disciplinary
action.


Personal Files
" Students are not allowed to have personal files in their Home Drive, or anywhere
else on the network. This includes (but is not limited to):
- Music files e.g. mp3
- Video files
- Personal pictures of self, family, friends etc. If such pictures are required by
a project, they must be removed after use. The student must also have
permission from her parents to bring these pictures to school and copy
them on the network.
" Any personal files found on the Home Drive will automatically be deleted and the
student will face disciplinary action.
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