Monthly Archives: September 2010

Jazak’Allahu Kheiran!

Assalamu Allaykum Dear Parents,

For those of you who were able to make it out to Teacher’s Night I would like to say thank you. I am sure it means a lot to your child to show off their classroom, and a lot to you to find out what is happening there every day.

If you were unable to attend the event, I will send home the class timetable, resource list, Long-Range Plan (Term 1), with your child this week, insha’Allah.

Quick updates of most commonly-raised issues:

How is your child doing?: A brief summary of your child’s level in Reading, Writing, Oral, and Numeracy capabilities will be sent home shortly.

Homework: will be assigned from next week; this will also help you see your child’s strengths and weaknesses. It will be assigned on Wednesdays, to be returned the following Tuesday.

Books: Textbooks and workbooks from the core subjects will remain at school, unless a student is required to complete work at home. If this happens, he / she must return to school with the textbook.

Full Curriculum: Can be viewed at the following website:

Other Important Notes:

Green Thursday: See previous post.

Abraar Literacy Night: Very exciting! Award-winning children’s author Rukshana Khan will give a special workshop for the parents only on how to instill a love of reading in every child.  Monday, October 11, 2010, 6-7:30 p.m. Please try to attend as it promises to be a worthwhile evening.

Volunteering: Volunteer forms are available in the office, in the case you would like to help out with this or any other class, insha’Allah.

Internet Games/ Activities: Please look on the left-hand side of the website to find links to games. I will be adding more as the year progresses. These are literacy, math and Islamic games that, insha’Allah, will appeal to the children as well as reinforce concepts from the classroom.

Thanks for your attention. Please don’t hesitate to email me at anytime, or phone me at anytime.

Tr. Amira

p.s.  I had promised some of the students that I would post the recipe for a little treat we shared this week. Here it is:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup of oil (or use 3/4 cup oil, with one small container of fruit yogurt)

1 cup of sugar

2 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

3 cups of flour (I use 2 cups whole wheat, 1 cup white flour)

1 cup of chocoloate chips (or raisins, carob chips, etc.)

Mix, and roll into small balls and slightly flatten on greased cookie tray. Bake for about 10 mins on 350 degrees. (Check for browning around the sides on top. Once slightly brown on edges remove and cool.)

Bon appetit!


Latest News

Assalamu Allaykum Dear Parents,

We’ve had a very busy ten days since the last posting.

Quick Summary:

The students have received their science and mathematics workbooks. The review period is now complete, el Hamdullilah, and within the next little while I will be updating you on your child’s level in Reading, Writing, Oral presentations, and Mathematics, insha’Allah.

Me Boxes : We have been enjoying sharing and listening to the children’s feelings about their Me Boxes.  We hope to hear from everyone by Friday Insha’Allah.

Terry Fox Run is on Thursday. A few students still need to send in their permission slips. Please start raising money with your child through friends and relatives. Every small amount will help the search for a cure for Cancer,insha’Allah, a very noble cause.

GREEN THURSDAYS:  Also on Thursday, and every Thursday for the remainder of the school year —- Litter-less day. That means parents should try to pack lunches without ANY ensuing garbage. For example, send food in tupperware only, no plastic or paper wraps. Drinks in bottles, not in cartons, cutlery that can be reused, and cloth napkins………..It is important to teach our children to help protect the environment and to remain healthy.  All garbage goes home with the student so be sure there isn’t much that can come back!!

Teacher’s Night: Finally, I am looking forward to seeing all of you Wednesday night. You can bring your children with you, however, please do not allow them to be disruptive or messy in the classrooms you visit. Parents will have the opportunity to visit with all of their student’s teachers, see the classrooms in more detail, and get an idea of the books used and the space their children inhabit for seven hours each day!  Please note that I will not be able to offer any specific comments about any student, as this is meant only as a general visit.

Please feel free to email me or phone with any questions or comments. Homework will start being assigned next week, insha’Allah.

Many thanks for your cooperation and enthusiasm.  Thank you to those of you who sent tissue boxes, we always appreciate them, especially in the sniffly season!!!

Wa’Salamu Allaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Captain of the Rainbow Explorers, aka Teacher Amira

Eid Party a huge success!

In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Kind,

Assalamu Allaykum dear parents,

El Hamdullilah, we had an excellent time together on Friday! The students worked hard all day (with nutrition games, a visit to the library, an audio book and French and Arabic classes)!

El Hamdullilah, we even had enough money to purchase two pizzas, cupcakes and juice at lunch!

After Jummah prayer, we had our party. The children had free play, made Eid cards, watched a movie and ate the remainder of our snacks. Any food left over, in unopened packages, will be saved for future parties, or for when someone forgets to bring their snacks to school.

A sincere Jazak’Allahu Kheiran for everyone’s contributions! We had a lot of healthy food choices!  And el hamdullilah, there were no nut products, because as you remember, we need to keep a nut-free classroom, insha’Allah!

Tr. Amira

Update & Eid Party Preparations!

Bismillah Al Rahman Al Rahim,

Assalamu Allaykum dear parents!

Just to let you know how things are going in this first week:

We’ve done shared reading, role play, number games, letter tracing and building, drawing and writing activities to help me to begin assessing the students’ capabilities, as well as giving us a chance to get to know each other and become familiar with classroom routines.

There has been free play, dvd films, a picnic and playground time as well.

Today, we also began studying nutrition, and I would hope your child is excited to try eating from the four main food groups that we have started to talk about (grains, meats, fruits & veggies, milk).  They loved sharing information about their morning and lunchtime meals. Please encourage them to make healthy food choices, as well as to eat from the four main food groups! We’ll be exploring this throughout the term….


Eid Party on Friday!

To give the children a chance to celebrate Eid with their friends, the school will be encouraging classes to hold parties in the last two periods of the day. Parents can help by sending delicious (healthy) food choices to the class — okay, cookies and treats will be allowed, but we’ll also be hoping for fruits, cheeses, crackers, etc.

If you have no time to prepare food, you may also send along $3 with your child and we will use the money to purchase yummy snacks for the children from a nearby store so that it is ready for the children at the designated time.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Jazak’Allahu Kheiran!

Tr. Amira

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Assalamu Allaykum dear parents!

You’ll notice a space to fill out your email address at the left of the blog. Please do so as that will ensure you receive updates of new blog postings.

So Day 2 is done, and we’ve been having a lot of fun, el Hamdullilah! I hope that your child is enjoying the start of the year as much as I am.

Teacher Amira

Welcome to Grade 1B!

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In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Kind,

Assalamu Allaykum dear parents and students!

I am very happy to welcome you to Abraar’s Grade One.  My name is Teacher Amira, and I am glad to be your child’s teacher this year, insha’Allah.

Last year, I had the honour of leading the second-graders to Grade 3, and I am looking forward to preparing our bunch for next year, all while enjoying the learning journey.

This is the first of many blog posts, as this will be my primary means of communication, along with email.

Eid Mubarek and I look forward to meeting you and your child.


Tr. Amira

p.s. Remember, school begins at 8:20 a.m. and is done at 3:30 p.m. Please be sure your child arrives and departs on time! Many thanks!

Today’s Back-to-School Tip: Always pack a healthy snack and lunch for your child that includes foods from the main food groups: