Tuesday 28 May 2013

Weekly Preview

As-Salamu Aleikum dear parents,

Science: We are listening to student presentation this week.

Language Arts: Students will practice their writing in our new weekly writing workshop where a topic is given and they are to write several paragraphs about it and share their thoughts on the subject.
Grammar: Students are learning about using paragraphs. We are using the analogy of a juicy hamburger with the topic sentence and concluding sentence being the bun and the 3 details are the topings.

Math: We are finishing up our unit on the introduction to multiplication, division and fractions. 

Gym: Students are mostly practicing for the end of year performance during the gym time in order to use the stage. We are using some time for active games as well.

Art: Students are brainstorming and making rough drafts for their Eco-friendly t-shirt designs. They will then use fabric paint and markers to bring their design to life on their t-shirt. Jazakalakhair for sending in the shirts.

Social Studies: We have focused on Science this week.

Islamic Studies: Students are learning what tafsir is. We are beginning to go through the tafsir of Surah Al-Fatiha. They learned the 7 names of Surah Al-Fatiha and that it was revealed in Mecca. They are beginning to learn more about each ayah and what they mean.

Computers: Students will be encouraged to log into Bookflix in the computer lab this Thursday. They can read stories or watch the audio stories as well.

Swimming this Thursday

As-Salamu Aleikum Parents,
a quick reminder that there is swimming this Thursday. So make sure to let your child wear their swimming close under their uniform and bring a towel. As always volunteers are needed insha'Allah please let me know if you are able to come.
Tr. A'isha

Friday Fieldtrip to MacSwimming Outdoor Education Centre

As-Salamu Aleikum wa Rahmatullah,

Al-humdulilah the students had a good time on Friday's fieldtrip even considering the weather was a little rainy. As the day went on, it warmed up and the sun even came out as well.

When we arrived at the centre which is run by the Ottawa Carleton District School Board certified teachers we were greeted by our guide Karen. She brought the students to a nice wood caben that was heated with a wood stove. There we discussed what animals need to survive and also what we were going to be doing. Students had a snack and a chance to use the outhouse (outdoor toilet) which was a new experience for many students.

We then had a chance to plant some milk weed seeds. Milk weed is one of the main sources of food for butterflies so we also talked about the life cycle of the butterfly. We then visited the pond and used nets to collect various specimens. Students use charts to find the names of the different insects and organisms they found. Students enjoyed this, some finding water scorpions and beetles.

After this we played a outdoor game (rabbits and foxes) and then we had lunch. After lunch we then went on a forest exploration and students had to be very quiet to observe and find the things that did not belong in the forest. Various animal toys (cow, wolf) had been placed around the forest and students found this quite funny to find these animals out of place.

Then students enjoyed making their own birds nest using all sorts of different natural materials. They then played a competitive game where they had to find and collect food using only their beaks (close pins) and guard their nest from predators. They also were given eggs for their nest. Lastly they  played an outdoor Bingo game where they had to find various things throughout the forest which they also really enjoyed.

A big jazakalakhair to all parents and volunteers who helped make this trip a success.

Tr. A'isha

Monday 27 May 2013

Computers and Email Working!

As-Salamu Aleikum Parents,
as you are aware the computers and email was not working because of a virus. Al-humdulilah they are up and working.
I will send home a short homework package today due on Friday, May 31st.
Jazakalakhair and I apologize about any inconvenience.
Tr. A'isha

Thursday 16 May 2013

Spelling Books Sent Home to Sign

As-Salamu Aleikum Parents,

I have sent home the spelling books. Please take the time to review and initial each page.

Please send back tomorrow, Friday. Jazakumalakhair,

Tr. A'isha

Wednesday 15 May 2013

Week Preview

As-Salamu Aleikum dear parents,

Science: We are learning about conservation of water and reduction in pollution.

Language Arts: Students will practice their reading in our buddy reading program. They are practicing their writing in their journals as well.
Grammar: Students are learning all about prefixes and suffixes.

Math: Students are being introduced to multiplication, division and fractions.

Gym: Students are mostly practicing for the end of year performance during the gym time in order to use the stage.

Art: Students created sidewalk art using various coloured chalk. They really enjoyed this.

Social Studies: We have focused on Science this week.

Islamic Studies: Students are learning what hadith is. We listed to a song about hadith as well as did a jigsaw activity where each group of students read their hadith to the class and explained in their own words its meaning. (The hadith were from An-Nawawis 40 Hadith.)