News for April & Looking Ahead

  May 3rd, 2011

Dear Students and Families,

Assalamu-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

The countdown to the end of school is now on! Two months to go before our students say good-bye to school for the summer! Much to do in the coming months; they will be busier than ever! For this newsletter, I will highlight the remaining strands in each of the subject areas. Please read carefully and refer to throughout the term. We will do our best to cover all these areas, insha’Allah.




Oral Communication

reflect on and identify their strengths as listeners and speakers, areas for

improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in oral communication



reflect on and identify their strengths as readers, areas for improvement, and

the strategies they found most helpful before, during, and after reading;


reflect on and identify their strengths as writers, areas for improvement, and the

strategies they found most helpful at different stages in the writing process;

Media Literacy

reflect on and identify their strengths as media interpreters and creators, areas

for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in understanding.

Currently: The students are writing books, using first, second and third drafts in some cases to ensure a great story. We are also preparing our end of year celebration play, which will be based on the story “The Prince who Wrote a Letter.”


Number Sense and Numeration

read, represent, compare, and order whole numbers to 50, and use concrete

materials to investigate fractions and money amounts;

Geometry and Spatial Sense

identify common two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures and sort

and classify them by their attributes;

compose and decompose common two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional


describe the relative locations of objects using positional language;

Data Management and Probability

describe the likelihood that everyday events will happen.

Currently:We are wrapping up our addition and subtraction strategies and will go on to the remainder of the Number Sense strand.


Understanding Matter and Energy: Energy in Our Lives

assess uses of energy at home, at school, and in the community, and suggest

ways to use less energy;

investigate how different types of energy are used in daily life;

demonstrate an understanding that energy is something that is needed to make

things happen, and that the sun is the principal source of energy for the earth.

 Currently: We are beginning this unit now, after wrapping up our unit on Structures.

 Social Studies:

Relationships, Rules, Responsibilities

Construct and read concrete, pictorial and simple maps, graphs, charts,

diagrams and timelines to clarify and present information about rules,

responsibilities in their daily lives.

Use appropriate vocabulary (change, rights, roles, cooperating, courtesy)

Order a sequence of event to show how responsibilities and rules change over

the course of time (school day, new events, etc.)


Islamic Studies:

Know the elements of prayer – timings, wudu;

Reflect on the stories of Prophet Nuh and Sulaiman (A);

Reflect on the story of prophet Yunes (A) and the teachings learned from it.

 Health & Physical Education:

Healthy Living

recognize commonly used medicines and household products;

Fundamental Movement Skills

demonstrate the principles of movement using locomotion/traveling,

manipulation, and stability skills.


Produce two- and three-dimensional works of art that communicate ideas

(thoughts, feelings, experiences) for specific purposes.

 Currently: The students are working on designs for their storybooks.

 Subject Teachers


We are about to finish Surat Al Balad. We will Inshallah be starting Surat Al Fajr.

Please keep in mind that it’s best to practice reciting and memorizing with Shaikh Ibrahim Al-Akhdar (go to and select Shaikh Ibrahim Al-Akhdar, and then choose the Surah). – Tr. Samia



We have talked about school supplies and we learned vocabulary related to this theme . We practised the vocabulary words . Student learned to express their likes and dislikes using simple sentences . We are concentrating our efforts on improving our writing and reading skills . – Tr. Said

 Arabic as a second language:

Students learned new lesson ” Marwah Wa Oussratuha”, new vocabularies, sentences, and how to read and write them in a nice handwriting. They learned as well Madd ” Al-wow”.They did an activity related to their names and they wrote sentences about the family. The Arabic Festival was a success Alhamdulilah , Jazakum Alllahu Kheiran for your excellent job Grade 1 🙂 – Tr. Hoda

 Arabic speakers:

We completed our unit “Ana wa ta’ami” (Me and my food). The students learned the vocabulary related to food, and the etiquette of eating. The students also had a chance to practice reading words and sentences related to food. We practiced by doing many exercises in which the students had to put words in order to make good sentences. Students used the vocabulary in many different ways. We memorized the nasheedsTaaami futuri” (My breakfast meal), “Nam ana?” (who am I?), and “Maa hiya” (What is it?).

– Tr. Salam

 Special Notes

 Congratulations to the Student of the Month:

Rayyan Mojaddedi

 Fundraisng successful – still more is needed! Elhamdullilah we have raised money for a variety of important causes this year – Pakistan, Libya, Sadaqa Food Bank (which continues this week!), and the SK graduation. Keep a look out for the upcoming Toy Sale for the children on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Also, keep a look out for Abraar’s School Fundraising Dinner!

Reading Circle: Sr. Madlien continues to charm our students with weekly storytelling and literacy activities related to “My Father’s Dragon”. Jazak’Allahu Kheiran for your support!

June field trip: We have booked a visit to the Ottawa International Children’s Festival on Thursday, June 2nd from 10:30 a.m. Until 3 p.m. Insha’Allah. The show we will see is called ZooZoo. For more information visit the website:

We will be sending the permission slips soon. We look forward to it! (If another field trip is doable for May, both me and Tr. Asma’a of Grade 1A will send out the info.)

 Jazak’Allahu Kheiran, and may your days be full of remembrance and gratefulness to our Creator!

Tr. Amira



For the long-weekend!

Assalamu Allaykum dear parents!

As mentioned in the homework, this is a link to “My Father’s Dragon” which you can read with your child for the story log. However, please do not ask your child to tell you about it until at least one day later! The aim of the reading is to gauge the children’s comprehension and understanding of the story.


Sorting materials:

Different materials / structures:


Tr. Amira

p.s. We did not have a chance to do our spelling quiz on Wednesday due to the Arabic Festival. We will do that quiz next week along with the new one insha’Allah.

Homework; Spelling Book; Play

Assalamu Allaykum dear parents!

You’ll find the homework with the students, as well as their Spelling notebooks. Please sign the last spelling quiz that they have completed.  All children should make corrections (writing their misspelled word three times) below or next to the words.

We are very excited to be preparing to present a lovely play based on the story “The Prince Who Wrote a Letter”, insha’Allah.  More information will be provided as we progress. The aim is to present it to the entire school….

Many thanks for your support.

Tr. Amira

p.s. Don’t forget to try to make it to next Wednesday’s Arabic Festival (details in the homework folder).

Pre-registration for next year

Assalamu Allaykum dear parents,

Sorry for the many posts, but it is a busy time indeed!

The school sent home important pre-registration forms for next year with all students on Thursday. If your child was absent, or did not bring a form home, please inform me or the office as soon as possible because the deadline for returning the form is at the end of month.

Many thanks for your cooperation.

Tr. Amira

Student-led Conference / Book Fair

Assalamu Allaykum Dearest Parents,

I have received only eight requests for attending tomorrow’s SLC with your child. 

I encourage all parents to make the effort to come and see their child’s work this year. It is important that parents show interest in their child’s academic progress.

If you are unable to make it for reasons that are beyond your control, I invite you to arrange another time after school (between 3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.) Mondays to Thursdays when I can accomodate your visit insha’Allah.

All the students are currently preparing their work for their parents to come and see their strongest pieces, and work they wished they had done better on. It is also an opportunity for students to reflect on their learning, and on their goals.

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Some students will come home with a Scholastic Book Order. Just so you know, there will be a book fair (as mentioned in the school newsletter) on April 14 – 15 so you can either order from the form, or get an idea of the books your child likes and send money with them on those days instead. It is up to you.

Thanks, as always for your time and support.

Have a super day!

Tr. Amira

Jazak’Allahu Kheiran for a great field trip & important notes!

Assalamu Allaykum everyone,

We had a great time at the Sugar Bush yesterday. A very sincere thanks to our volunteers who were very patient and kind to the kids!!

Pictures forthcoming insha’Allah!

Important Notes!

Homework will be sent home on Thursday, insha’Allah (the school’s main photocopier is out of order today!)

Math Help!!! Some students had a lot of trouble understanding number lines today in helping adding and subtracting. You will find their work in their school bags. This is the start of a new and more sophisticated addition/subtraction unit so there will be a steeper learning curve.

Bake Sale this Friday – please send something to sell if you can to help out SK for their graduation. Also, send your child with $2 – $5 dollars.

Report Cards also this Friday – The subject matter has increased in difficulty so you may notice that marks have either remained the same, or in many instances seem to have gone slightly “down” from last term. This does not mean that students are not improving, rather it is only a measure of how they are handling more difficult subject matter. Please remain positive with your child, as he/she is still young and usually trying their best!

Please check out a detailed article I posted last year for my grade two parents (also a useful blog to explore if your kids want some challenging games that are relevant to the Grade 2 Ontario curriculum!) :

Many thanks, and a great day to one and all.

Tr. Amira

Sugar Bush – Wear boots & snowpants!

Assalamu Allaykum dear parents,

My little one was sick today so I was not there to remind the students to please wear snowpants tomorrow (though light jackets will be advisable because the temperature will go above zero insha’Allah)   … and boots.

It will likely be quite muddy, though we hope not too much.

Many thanks and insha’Allah we’ll have a great time!

Tr. Amira

Important announcements!

Assalamu Allaykum dear parents,

Please return the permission slip for next Tuesday’s field trip tomorrow insha’Allah, or latest on Monday . It is at the back of the homework. (We need it, even if you had already sent one for the trip that was postponed).

Also, please note that SK is still collecting toys for a new toy sale. Believe me, any little things around your house that your kids don’t use anymore will be appreciated!  Just take a look!!

Finally, those who ordered JUMP Math workbooks can explore the actual teacher guides for free on the organization’s website. Just create a user account and go to “The Program” for resources. (It should work….)

We have covered addition, subtraction, mass and capacity this past term. You can review relevant pages with your child, as well as the basics in Book 1.

Jazak’Allahu Kheiran!

Tr. Amira

Thank you; Spelling; March Break!

Assalamu Allaykum dear parents!

First of all, a big jazak’Allahu Kheiran for all the treats sent to our class today for a spur-of-the moment party! The students were happy!

Second, most students are returning home with their spelling workbook. Please ensure that all their lessons are complete up until page 68.  The March Break should give them enough time to do whatever is missing.

Finally, enjoy your March Break!  I look forward to seeing our Rainbow Explorers happy and well-rested on March 21st insha’Allah.

Many thanks,

Tr. Amira

Field Trip Postponed!

Assalamu Allaykum dear parents:

As you may have read on the front page of the homework, the field trip to the Sugar Bush has been postponed due to the weather.

Elhamdullilah we were able to rebook the trip for March 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. insha’Allah.

If you are interested in volunteering for that date, please send me a note by email or writing to confirm. If I receive more volunteers than required, I will see if Tr. Asma’a needs any additional help.

Priority will be given to parents who have not yet had an opportunity to go on a field trip with our class, as well as priority on a first come, first serve basis. So please confirm ASAP if you are interested in volunteering on the new date.

Quick reminders: Photo packages and Pizza/Fatayer forms are due by Friday, March 11.

Jazak’Allahu Kheiran and enjoy the March Break with your child.