Saturday 25 April 2015

Weekly Update (April 20-24)

Theme: في المزرعة  Farm Animals

قال تعالى"أولم يروا أنا خلقنا لهم مما عملت أيدينا أنعاما فهم لها مالكون"71 سورة يس
Do they not see that We have created for them of what Our Hands 
have created, the cattle, so that they are their owners.

Arabic Language اللغة العربية:
- We started talking about farm animals and the life cycle of the chick. Tr. Hiat, Jazaha Allahu Khyran, purchased us the fertilized eggs. Students placed them in the incubator and they observing them everyday. They can not wait for them to hatch!

- We have been singing the farm song in Arabic في المزرعة. Please check the link below for the song:

- The “At Home” book was sent on Friday.

- We are done learning the letter ق (قرش، قطة، قطار، قلب، قرد) I was amazing with the amout of words students came up with that start with the letter ق. Right after we learned the letter students started coming up to me saying:” ق ق قدمان، ق ق قطعة، ق ق قارب، ق ق قِف”. Others came saying: “فاروق  has the letterق  in it, لينا قطان has ق  in it,  مقصhas ق  in it…etc.”  Alhamdulillah, I am really pleased with the students academic achievement in the Arabic Language.

- Students are getting more freedom in doing their work. They are free to choose the spot and position they desire. Some sit on the floor, some on the chairs, others on the carpet...etc. It makes them enjoy doing work!

- We had fun with the Abraar Day Care visit. Students moving to JK on September came to visit our classroom to experience what to expect in JK.

- Reading Buddies is a program where students from another grade visit another grade and read them a book. Usually it is an older grade reading to a younger one. This year Tr. Sahar and I were thinking of making it in Arabic. Tr. Sahar brought the Grade 3s and they read to our students story books in Arabic. It was really beneficial for both grades, Alhamdulilah.

- Show and Tell: Jazakum Allahu Khyran Maham and Tsnim for a great Show and Tell.

Science العلوم and Arts الفنون:
-          Earth Day: A big Jazakum Allahu Khyran to Tr. Saffiah for arranging the day for the whole school. And for all the parents who put the effort in making us all look environment friendly.

-          We discussed the 3 Rs and how to take care of our planet.

-          Students participated in painting their FEET around the big picture of planet earth. We Also asked them to print their feet on a construction paper for you to keep as a memory. It will be great if you can frame the picture!

Gym الملعب:
The Starr Gymnastics & Fitness Satellite School Experience is coming to the school!

Alhamdulilah PST has been able to arrange for Starr Gymanstics to come in on April 29-30. Please be reminded that the students should be wearing comfortable clothing (no skirts or dresses).
Students from JK-Grade 3 will be participating in the Starr Gymnastics & Fitness Satellite School Experience on April 29-30, 2015.

The workshop is an opportunity for students from Kinder to Grade 3 to experience tumbling, jumping, spatial orientation and fitness challenges in a 40 minute dynamic and engaging presentation. The program is delivered by one of Starr's Master Instructors, who brings a trailer full of equipment, sets up and takes down all of the stations over two days.

The workshop was created following the OPHEA Guidelines and is suitable for all grades and fitness levels. There are challenges for everyone, and there is always a high level of participation. Even students who tends to be shy during regular DPA or phys-ed are known to really "jump in" to the workshop.
For additional information on Starr Gymnastics, please visit the website -

The schedule for the 2 days are: *Note: Jk-Grade 1 will participate twice, Grade 2-3 will participate once:
Schedule for STARR Gymnastics Program:
Wednesday, April 29
Thursday, April 30

- Since JK girls are not interested in playing hockey, we decided on dividing the gym to two sides. One half for the boys to play hockey, and the other half for the girls to play basket ball.

- New sand toys have been purchased for outdoor play.

Thanks to:

- Brother Adel (School's Custodian) for his great hand writing. He never hesitates writing posters for us whenever we need. The Hadith in the picture above was done by him. 
-          Lina Al-Kattan for lending us her cute cat for the story of the letter ق. Students liked her a lot.
-          Adam A’s mother for providing a cake to the class in recognition of Adam’s recovery, Alhamdulilah.

Coming up:
-          Starr Gymnastics April 29-30.
-          Field Trip to the Farm on May 8.
-          Bike Rodeo on May 26.

Jazakum Allahu Khyran

Tuesday 21 April 2015

A Message from Teacher Nancy

Dear Parents,
Assalamu Alaikum
I hope this message finds you well and in good health.
Please visit the school library website under Read With Me  for updated information for the week of April 20, 2015.
Have a wonderful day, inshaAllah.
Nancy-Ann Brethour

Sunday 19 April 2015

Weekly update (April 13-17)

Theme: At Home في البيت

عن أبي موسى الأشعري رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم:

((مَثَلُ البَيْتِ الذي يُذكَرُ اللهُ فيه، والبيت الذي لا يذكرُ الله فيه مَثَلُ الحيِّ والميِّت))

[أخرجه البخاري ومسلم عن أبي موسى الأشعري]

Our next theme is "Farm Animals" since we are taking the students for a field trip to the farm and they are going to see chicken eggs hatching in our classroom. We will focus more on baby animals, life cycle of a chicken, farm animal products...etc.

Arabic Language اللغة العربية:
- Alhamdulilah we finished our theme في البيت (At home).
- We are done learning the letter ف: فيل، فأر، فراشة، فراولة، فاروق
-Alhamdulilah our field trip to the Museum of History was very exciting and fun. Students participated in two workshops, helping hands and bakery, as well as watching a documentary about the flight of the butterflies.

- Our swimming field trip to the boys and girls club was fun. Students had so much fun in the water and for the first time could not argue about nap time. Everyone slept for almost an hour!

(An e-mail will follow with all the student's pictures, Insha'Allah)

- A very big Jazakum  Allahu Khyran to the Arabic team for arranging an outstanding Arabic festival. Everyone enjoyed the student’s performances.

- Students have been hooked to MO Williams books we have been reading in Arabic in class. Ask your child about knuffle bunny, knuffle bunny too, and there is a bird on your head…

- Please check JK2 YouTube channel for new Arabic learning videos.

Arts الفنون:
-  We are working on making a booklet titled at home with all the pictures of different rooms of the house.
-  Students worked on coloring different rooms of the house and pasting it on a Bristol board to make a big house (displayed on JK2 bulletin board).

Thanks to:
-     Teacher Hiat for arranging the JK field trips, and for ordering the fertilized eggs for our classroom.
- Farouk’s mom for purchasing the incubator for our classroom. Alahmdulilah, it is working very well.
- All the parents who volunteered in the two field trips.
- To brother Abu Mohammed and sister Om Aya for sharing the field trip pictures.

Coming up:
-        Field trip to the farm on Friday, May 8, Insha'Allah.

Jazakum Allahu Khyran

A Message from Teacher Nancy

Dear Parents,
Assalamu Alaikum
I hope this message finds you well and in good health.
This is just a quick note to ask you not to put the reading log sheets in the homework folder, please. Your child's teacher does not always verify the homework folder until the Thursday or the Friday. As a result, I receive the reading sheets past the deadline.
Thank you for your help, and have a wonderful weekend, inshaAllah.
Nancy-Ann Brethour

Sunday 12 April 2015

Latest updates

Theme: At Home في البيت

And Allah has made for you from your homes a place of rest

Spring is here!
Please make sure to provide your child with rain boots, rain coats, rain pants, and extra clothes. No umbrellas are allowed in school as they are not safe for students at this age.

Arabic Language اللغة العربية:
- We are working on finishing our theme في البيت (At home). Students should be able to use a vocabulary tied to home. غرفة النوم، غرفة الجلوس، غرفة الطعام، المطبخ، الحمام، حديقة البيت(Bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, washroom,  backyard…etc).
- We are done learning the letters:
 ظ: ظفر ، ظبي، ظرف، ظهر
ع:  عنب، عنكبوت، عمر، عبدالرحمن، عثمان    
غ:  غراب ، غزال، غادة، غمامة، غابة            
-          We are expected students to bring items related to “ at home” theme for show and tell.
- Masha’ Allah I am very pleased with the outstanding work the students do when they are chosen to be the teacher’s helper.

Math الحساب:
- Students learned the number 7.
- Learned to identify the diamond shape “المعين”. Students tried to make the shape with their bodies. Students should be able to identify the circle, square, triangle, rectangle, heart, oval, star, and diamond shapes by now.
-Working on one-to-one correspondence.

Islamic Studies التربية الإسلامية:
- Students are learning a new Duaa’ الحمد لله الذي أطعمنا وسقانا وجعلنا مسلمين to be said after eating.
- In relation to school’s trait: Cleanliness, we are talking to individual students about the importance of having a clean tongue and how to maintain it clean by saying استغفر الله العظيم.

Science العلوم:
-          We talked about the signs of spring and how the weather is changing. We focused on the migration of the geese and made a nice experiment to hear the voice of the quacking geese. You can make it at home too:

Bring a paper cup (not foam, not plastic).
Make a slit at the bottom.
Tie a wool thread to a paper clip.
Insert the paper clip from the slit at the bottom of the cup.
Pull the thread out of the cup.
Bring a wet sponge, close it around the thread, and pull from the top to the bottom of the thread.
You will hear a goose voice.

Arts الفنون:
-          We are working on making a booklet titled at home with all the pictures of different rooms of the house.

Great news:
-          Alhamdulilah our dear student: Adam Aboalsamh is back to the classroom after being away for quite some time. May Allah complete his recovery, Insha’Allah.

What is new? الجديد:
-          -We purchased new Arabic story books from, and from an Arabic book fair.
-          -We purchased a new educational center “construction center”.
-          -We purchased a set of dress up clothes for our dramatic play center.
-          -We purchased new sand toys for outdoor play.
-          -We are ordering a sand/water table with some live sand.

Thanks to:
-         - Abraar School for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Kindergarten conference in Toronto. I really got benefit from a whole lot of new ideas and teaching strategies.
-         - Thanks to all parents who participated in the hockey game and potluck night. Thanks for your generous food contribution. I hope you enjoyed everything. Please send me some pictures of the night if you are able to.
-          -Special thanks to Yaseen’s mother for donating a $1000 to our classroom. We used it to purchase most of the items mentioned above.
-        -  Thanks to Tr. Naaz for fixing our listening centre.
-        -  Big Jazakum Allahu Khyran to all the JK team (Tr. Nagwa, Tr. Heba, Tr. Hiat, Tr. Manal, Tr. Sahar, Tr. Said, Tr. Nancy) for all their amazing hard work. May Allah reward them all.

Coming up:
-         - Field trip to the Museum of History tomorrow Monday, April 13. I regret to inform you that only 4 volunteers are allowed on the school bus from my class and another 4 from Tr. Hiat’s class.
-         - Swimming field trip to the boys and girls club Thursday, April 16. An e-mail will follow regarding how to prepare your child for the trip.

Jazakum Allahu Khyran

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Potluck and hockey night!


Potluck and Hockey night!

Our Class is having a potluck and hockey night on Friday, April 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Get to meet with the junior Kindergarten parents, Junior 
Kindergarten team and the school administration in an informal setting. You will have a delicious fun doing it!

We’ll enjoy a friendly potluck dinner, a hockey game between the JK2's boys and girls, and a presentation from the JK2 class.

Please contribute a home-made dish to be shared among the group.

Please get your child dressed for the game. Boys are to wear blue tops and the girls are to wear pink tops.

We hope you will come!