Monday, 30 November 2015

Scholastic Book Fair (Tr. Nancy)

Dear Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum
I hope this email finds you well and in good health.
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school this week, inshaAllah!  For more information about the book fair, please look at our Scholastic Book Fair flyer.
Have a wonderful day, inshaAllah.


Nancy-Ann Brethour

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Class Updates and Reminders!

Assalamu Alaikum,

We had a great day today and yesterday Alhamdulillah.

Read Aloud:  We integrated our learning about reptiles into language by reading two nonfiction books about Turtles. We got to know many amazing facts about Green sea turtles and also learned rich verbs during reading.


Writing We showed our knowledge of Green sea Turtles by writing about them! We made a chart to list all of the valuable verbs we learned from the books, plus a few that we made up on our own! The students then used these to write sentences about turtles. After writing their sentences, students highlighted their verbs. Afterwards, they chose their 6 favourite verbs from their writing to write on their turtle's shell. They did a wonderful job MashaAllah!

Math: We are practicing reading bar graphs using a variety of worksheets. Today we learned the parts of a graph using an acronym called "TAILS" which stands for: title, axis, intervals, labels, and scale.


Reading: Yesterday, Sr. Madlien read us ONE SMART COOKIE! Students learned great vocabulary, and we answered questions about the vocabulary words as a class.


Insha Allah we will be playing vocabulary games, completing vocabulary worksheets, and using the words in our writing classes. Please use these words at home with your child. You can choose one or two words per day, and use them when speaking to your child. (e.g. Masha'Allah you got a point for being prepared today!, I think you should do your homework today, and stop procrastinating.)

The vocabulary words are:

1. Prompt

2. Organized / Unorganized

3. Prepared / Unprepared

4. Compromise

5. Empathy

6. Kindness

7. Listening

8. Contribute

9. Procrastinate

10. Diligent

11. Persevere

12. Arrogant / Humble

13. Ponder

14. Daydream

15. Creative

16. Dishonesty

17. Integrity

18. Curious

19. Inspire

Islamic Studies: We learned what a "Shining Treasure" is. Students learned that the Quran and Hadeeth are shining treasures for Muslims and that we should follow the teachings of these two treasures to be a good human and good muslim.

Social Studies: Yesterday, students started to work on a cooperative learning activity called ' Jigsaw" where they were placed into home groups. Each home group compiled the information about their continent into one sheet. 

  • Students have a spelling quiz on lesson 11 on Monday (long vowel sound e):feed, sea, meet, real, keep, week, deep, easy, beach, clean.
  • Students should also learn the spellings of eleventh, twelfth, ThirteenthFourteenth, and Fifteenth for Monday's spelling quiz.
  • Homework pack is due next Thursday.
  • Fundraising Dinner is this Saturday. Looking forward to seeing you all in shaa Allah!

Have a great evening!

Message from Tr, Sahar

-- السلام عليكم هذه صورة لابنائنا اللأعزاءحول  درس هدى تحضر المائدة حيث قمنا بتحضير مائدة من الالعاب 
وتحدثنا عنها 
Jazakumullahu khairan,
Tr. Sahar,

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Class Updates and Reminders!

Assalamu Alaikum,

We had a great day today and yesterday Alhamdulilah!

Spelling: Students wrote their spelling quiz on the long vowel "O" and the bonus question was to write the definition of a verb.

Today we completed lesson 10 in our spelling books where we learned new list words with the long vowel "E" sound.

Math: We revised the difference between ordinal and cardinal numbers, and students completed a worksheet on them.

Today we started a new chapter on Data Management. Students wrote down the meanings of key vocabulary words on Data Management (Data, Tally Marks, and Graph) in their math journals. Students also worked in their groups to read and answer questions about bar graphs. They did a wonderful job, MashaAllah.

Grammar: We learned that adjectives are describing nouns, and we played games to practice adjectives.

Gym: Today we played freeze tag and duck, duck, goose. We had a wonderful gym class, Alhamdulilah!

Science:  We reviewed  the characteristics of reptiles by making mind maps in our groups. Then, students went back to their seats and filled in a "5 Special Things" worksheet independently.

Estimation Station Activity:
Razi brought the ESTIMATION JAR, filled with mini candy boxes. Students wrote their estimation on sticky notes individually. Akif got the exact estimation which was 27 candy boxes, Masha Allah. Way to go 2B! Akif took home the Estimation Jar to bring it back on Thursday!

  • Students took home a reading stamina track sheet to record their reading stamina at home. 
  • Please review all of Surah Al-Ghashiyah.
  • Please bring your continent info sheet with 5 facts by tomorrow, if you haven't brought it in yet.

  • Thursday is Spirit Day! Wear green and white to show Abraar School Pride.
I hope you have a lovely evening! 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Last Week's Updates and Reminders!

Assalamu Alaikum,

We had a great week last week Alhamdulilah!

Reading: Students maintained stamina while reading to self.

Anti- Bullying Week:On Wednesday, students watched an audio story called "Chrysanthemum" and learned a message. The message was that name calling and teasing hurts people feelings. While listening to the story, each time a child was being mean to Chrysanthemum we crumpled up a heart cut out. After the story students took turns to say something nice to the person beside them and we tried to smooth out the wrinkled heart. The students got the connection that our own hearts feel wrinkled and crumpled sometimes when we don't like what someone says. Words do hurt! We then tried to put band-aids on the heart as a way to show that we can fix our mistakes and apologize.The heart will probably still be wrinkled, but it is healing. 


Students also completed a writing craft based on a picture book called "The Recess Queen". They all did a great job, Masha Allah!                                   

Writing: On Thursday, we started our second component of DAILY 5 which is Work on Writing. We learned the "I Chart" for work on writing, and then we were given a writing prompt,  "What would you do as a Bystander?"  to further extend our understanding on the topic of anti-bullying. Students did a great job maintaining stamina while writing independently!


Math: Students practiced ordinal numbers on a calendar worksheet. On Thursday, students wrote a pop quiz to show what they know about numbers.

 Issra brought the ESTIMATION JAR, filled with mini M&M boxes. This time, students wrote their estimation on sticky notes individually. Razi got the exact estimation which was 31 M& M boxes, Masha Allah. Razi took home the Estimation Jar to bring it back on Monday!

Library/ Project: On Wednesday, Tr. Nancy brought books about insects and birds, and each student chose his/her animal for the project. Then, she talked to the class about how to ask questions and what a KEYWORD is. After that, students started writing questions about their animal, and underline the keywords. (e.g. Where does the snow owl live?/ What does it eat?). 

Science:  We reviewed  the characteristics of reptiles as a class by playing a game "Hot Potato Pass it on" while sitting in a circle. Student  who got on fire had to answer a question about reptiles.Then, students went back to their seats and filled in an "All About Reptiles" worksheet independently.

Gym:We played Freeze Tag and Basketball in our Gym time.

  • Students have a spelling quiz on lesson 10 on Monday (long vowel sound u): those, low, goat, own, coat, go, hope, sold, over, ago.
  • Students should also learn the spelling of sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth for Monday's spelling quiz.
  • French homework was sent home.
  • No homework for this week!
  • Ticket reservation forms for Abraar Fun Night and Fundraising Dinner were sent home.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Class Updates and Important Reminders!

Assalamu Alaikum,

We had a wonderful day today and yesterday Alhamdulilah!

Students sounded beautiful today singing a nasheed called "25 Prophets," Masha Allah!

Reading: Students maintained stamina while reading to self. Alhamdulilah I am done the DRA, and you will be getting your child's reading level next week In shaa Allah!

Anti- Bullying Week:We will be doing anti-bullying activities in this week. Yesterday we read a book called "The Recess Queen" and had a discussion about bullying and its effects.
Then, we completed a Venn diagram where we compared two characters in the story - (Jean and Sue).

Spelling: Yesterday students wrote their spelling quiz on the long vowel sound u and first five ordinal numbers. The bonus was to write the spelling of ten frame!
Today we completed lesson 10 in our spelling books where we learned words with the long vowel sound u.

Math:Students completed word problems in groups and independently about ordinal numbers, and practiced greater and less than by completing a worksheet and on their whiteboards. Today they showed the estimation jar number using WIN and ten frames. Then, they completed page 17 in their math workbook independently.

Yesterday, Battal brought the ESTIMATION JAR, filled with candies. In their teams, students wrote their estimations on sticky notes. The team with the closest estimation got more candies.

Issra will be bringing the estimation jar on Thursday inshaa Allah for more fun!

Science: We learned about what a life cycle is and got to see different life cycles by watching an educational video.
Yesterday we started to learn about reptiles. Students watched an educational video about reptiles and completed a worksheet about it.

Art: Students used markers to colour coffee filters, we sprayed them with water to spread the colours, and we will be making beautiful birds with them this week , in shaa Allah.

Islamic Studies: Students worked independently to answer questions about Habeel and Qabeel in their workbooks, and we took up the answers as a class.

Quran Homework: Practice Surah Al-Ghashiyah Ayah 22-26.

Important Reminders:

  • Students have a spelling quiz on lesson !0 on Monday (long vowel sound u): those, low, goat, own, coat, go, hope, sold, over, ago.
  • Students should also learn the spelling of sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth for Monday's spelling quiz.
  • Students are grouped and named according to continents. Research three interesting facts about your  group continent by Thursday.
  • Please send non perishable food items for Sadaqa Food Bank.

                    PLEASE DONATE GENEROUSLY!   Last day to drop off items: Nov. 25th, 2015.
                                                            For more info please visit:                                                                                             
  • Abraar Fun Night and Fundraising Dinner - Nov 28 2015, ticket reservation forms has been sent home. The class that sells the most tickets will win a pizza party!

Jazakum Allahu Khairun for your continuous support and cooperation!

Have a great Evening!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Class Updates and Important Reminders!

Assalamu Alaikum,

The Academic Athletes of 2B's are working hard and having wonderful days in learning, Alhumdulilah!

Spelling:We completed lesson 9 in our spelling books where we learned new list words with the long vowel u.

Language:We are practicing how to distinguish between a complete sentence and a fragment sentence (incomplete sentence). Students did a sorting activity where they sorted complete sentences and incomplete sentences on a T-chart.

To further practice simple sentences and verbs, we completed an Angry Verb Writing Project in class. Yesterday each student picked their angry bird and wrote a short story about their bird and highlighted the verbs in the story. Today I conferenced with each student to see their rough copy and then they completed their good copy with a coloured picture of an angry bird. They all did an amazing job, Masha Allah!

Math:We completed page 15 in our math books after we figured out how many socks we are wearing altogether by making a T Chart (25 students are wearing 50 socks), students showed the number 50 in 4 different ways.

We also learned ordinal numbers  from first to twentieth by looking at the floors in a hotel. Students each took a hotel worksheet to write the ordinal numbers on each floor, colour the hotel, and attached at the back side of their agendas. In addition to this, they solved some word problems in their math journals on ordinal numbers!

Yesterday, students reviewed the inequalities in numbers (Greater than and less than) by watching a video. Then, they completed a worksheet independently. Today, students practiced greater than and less than on their white boards.

Gym:We did a graffiti activity about the 4 food groups in Gym class. Students rotated in their groups and took turns to write or draw examples of each food group. Then we played freeze tag in the gym!

Library: Yesterday we had a great time in our library lesson, getting to learn the first step of the researching process, and practicing to write questions we need to find answers to, so we are ready to start our project next week.

Insha'allah T. Hoda and I will be assigning the project to students next week, so you will know what your child is expected to do at home, and when his/her project is due. Tr. Nancy will be walking the students through each step of the project isA.

Estimation Station Activity:
Today Reema brought an estimation jar filled with Oreo cookies. Each group estimated the number of cookies in the jar(The Magic Number!) and wrote it on a post-it. At the end of the day, we counted and the group with the closest estimate got to eat more cookies than others! Yum!

  • Students have a spelling quiz on lesson 9 on Monday (long vowel sound u): rule, use, tune, mule, due, true, grew, few, you, cute
  • Students should also learn the spelling of first, second and third for Monday's spelling quiz.
  • Scholastic book order deadline is tomorrow! 
  • Students are grouped and named according to continents. They are required to bring information about their continent. The activity is due on Monday!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Update from Tr, Sahar's Class

Assalamu Alaikum,

Students from Tr. Sahar's class made mind maps on things in their room. Here are some pictures:

Monday, 9 November 2015

Today's Classwork

Assalamu Alaikum,

Today we had a wonderful day Alhamdulilah!

Reading: Students maintained stamina for 25 minutes while reading to self. I worked with students on the DRA.

Spelling: Students did their spelling quiz on lesson 8 today. The bonus was to write as many verbs as they can in 1 minute!:)

Math:  Along with number lines, hundreds charts, drawings, and tally marks, we learned how to count whole numbers, or find tens and ones on ten frames. Students finished a worksheet where they had to count two digit numbers on ten frames and also wrote how many tens and ones by looking at the ten frame of the given numbers. Once finished they did another worksheet in their journals where they used rockets as manipulatives for their ten frames. They did an excellent job, mashaAllah!

Character Assembly:Today we attended a Character  Assembly on Cleanliness. The grade 3 students did a great job in their presentation on Cleanliness Masha Allah!

Social Studies:We showed what we know about continents and oceans!  In their teams, students worked to put together the map of the world with correct positions of continents and oceans on the map.They did a great job Masha Allah!

Estimation Station Activity:

Starting today, two students from our class will be taking an estimation jar home with a parent letter, twice a week. The idea is teach students to make logical, mathematical estimates in a fun way!

  • Please sign and return your child's spelling notebook tomorrow,
  • Practice Surah Al-Ghashiyah Ayah 17-21.

Have a great evening!