Wednesday, 17 December 2014

New Show & Tell Schedule

Arabic Update

S.K. Arabic Update

Our students in Arabic were

  • introduced to new alphabet: jeem, ha, kha, and dal;
  • read these new letters with al-fatha, al-dama, and al kasra;
  • learned vocabulary starting with each new letter; and
  • engaged in fun exercises to practice this material.
Students are now capable of
  • recognizing the letters from alif to dal;
  • reading each letter with al-fatha,al-doma, and al-kasra;
  • writing these letters; and 
  • recognize words that start with each letter too!
In Arabic,we are proud of our students; enjoy your holidays and happy new year. 


Friday, 12 December 2014

Quraan Competition

Abraar 6th Annual Quran Competition
Assalaamu Alaykum                                                                                                         
Dear Parents/Guardians
·         It is with great pleasure to inform you of our 6th annual Quran CompetitionThe first round will be held inFebruary 2015 Inshallah. (The final round will be first week of  April 2015).
·         The Competition is optional and is open to all Abraar students. It will be divided into the following Grade- Surahgroups:

Al Fateha, Annass, Al Falaq,and Al Ikhlas. (4Suras)
Al Fateha, Annass, Al Falaq, Al Ikhlas, Al Masad, Annasr, Al Kawther, Al Asr,  Al Feel and Quraish. (10 Suras)
Al Asr, Al Feel, Quraish, Al Kaferoon, Al Maoon, Al Homaza, Attakathor, Al Qareah, Al Adiat and Al Qadr. (10 Suras)
Al Zalzala, Atteen, Al Qadr, Al Alaq, Ashareh, Adduha, Allail, Ashams, Al Balad and Al Fajr. (10 Suras)
Al Gashia, Al Alla, Al Bayyana, Attariq, Al Borooj,AlInshiqaaq , and Al Mutafifeen . (7Suras)
Al Mutafifeen, Al Infitar, Atakweer, Abasa, Annaziaat, Annaba Al Mursalat, and Al Insan. (8 Suras)
 Al Insan, Al Qiama, Al Mudather, Al Mozzamel , Al Jinn and Nooh (6 Suras)
 Al Jinn, Nooh, Al Maarej, Al Haaqa Al Qalam and Al Mulk  . (6 Suras)
Al Qalam, Al Mulk, Attahreem, Attalaq, Al Monafiqoon and Attagabon. (6 Suras)
Al Hasher, Al Momtahena, Assaf, Al Jumoaah, Al Monafiqoon and Al Tagaboon. (6 Suras)
Surat Almujadalah and Surat Yaseen.
  • Registration: All entries must be registered with your Quran teacher in January. This email only to inform you with the competition requirement so you can practice during the winter break.
  • Judging Criteria: Students will be judged based on memorization, rules of recitation (Tajweed), voice quality, and voice clarity.
  • Prizes: First and Second places in each age group will receive valuable prizes Inshallah.
  • More details and information will follow and for any questions please contact Tr. Hadia on Abraar’s phone or

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Updates & Coming Up

Assalamu alaikum!

Our SK's are now experts at solids, liquids, and gases masha'Allah.  To celebrate our accomplishment we will be turning a liquid into a solid by making strawberry jelly inside the classroom tomorrow insha'Allah.  We are now talking about the properties of things that are living, and non-living.  

In language we have learned the following letters and sounds so far:  s, a, t, i, p, n, ck, e, d, h, r, m, g, and o.  Alhamdulillah we are learning to sound out words, and to read our morning message with very little help from the teacher.

During Show & Tell the students are learning to present with confidence and ease masha'Allah.  They are also asking and answering some very interesting questions from their peers as part of their presentation.  Keep up the amazing work masha'Allah.

In math we will be starting our geometry unit after the break insha'Allah.  Right now we are working on odd/even, keeping count using tally marks, and  recognizing what number comes before a number, and what number comes after. (i.e. the number 4, what comes before it? 3 what comes after it? 5) You can practice this skill with your child at home insha'Allah.

In Islamic Studies we have memorized our 4 monthly duaas mashallah!  We are also talking about the character trait of "patience", and how we can display patience in the classroom, and at home.

In art class we have been exploring different materials such as paint chips, wool, markers, and paint. Insha'Allah we will be completing an art project with our grade 4 reading buddies today!

In gym class the students took part in a very energetic yoga class in the classroom, masha'Allah! It was very nice to see the students following along so intently.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan for your constant support and work with your children.

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher
Abraar School

Monday, 8 December 2014

Updates and Coming Up

Assalamu alaikum!

Alhamdulillah we had an amazing Pyjama Day last Friday.  The students and teachers really enjoyed coming in with their nice and cozy pyjamas, stuffed toys, and flash lights.  We had the chance to design our very own PJ's, we also listened to spooky stories in our huge classroom tent!  The kids really enjoyed Robert Munsch's new story Pyjama Day.

Last week we really worked hard on reading, and sounding out.  We read our mini story "Red Hen", the SK's know all the sounds in the story, and should be working on sounding out the words.  Please help them practice this at home insha'Allah.

In math we introduced the concept of odd-numbers, and even-numbers at a kindergarten level.  We are still working on reading and writing numbers using numbers, tally marks, and words.

In science we explored what happens to water bottles when they are left in freezing cold Ottawa temperatures over night, thank you to those of you that sent in frozen water bottles :)

In Islamic Studies we are reinforcing our monthly character theme of Patience, we will be talking about our prophet Muhammad PBUH and how he exemplified patience.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan to all of you that sent in snacks for our snack bank.

Looking forward to a busy busy week insha'Allah.

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher
Abraar School

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Busy busy SK2s

Assalamu alaikum!

In language today we worked on our journals and wrote about our favourite liquids!  We are also focusing on beginning sounds and ending sounds of words, this will help the students sound out words once they are ready to start writing independently insha'Allah.

In math we are working on number words, and using tally marks to keep count. We also counted by 2's all the way to 60 today!

Yesterday we had the chance to visit our school's very own science fair masha'Allah.  The children got to learn about many different animals from the grade 4, and 6 students.

This morning the children had lots of fun while learning, they were involved in fun learning centres that involved counting, rolling dice, and matching numbers to number words.

It was lots of fun seeing all the striped objects students brought in.  Jazakum Allahu khairan for your participation and support.

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher
Abraar School

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Monday Science

Assalamu alaikum!

Yesterday we had an amazing fun filled day.  

We did some science experiments involving changing a liquid to a solid, and a solid to a liquid. We also poured blue water into different containers to see how the shape of the liquid changes according to the container it is in.  The students brainstormed ways of melting ice, some ideas were: "put it under a warm blanket", "put it in the microwave", "light fire under it", and "crush it!".

In Islamic Studies we review the story of prophet Adam (AS), we also introduced our new du'aa for the month of December.

In Language we worked on rhyming words, and beginning sounds in our Phonics Book 2.

Looking forward to an amazing week insha'Allah!

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher
Abraar School

Book Fair & Pajama Day

Dear Parents,

Assalamu Alaikum!

1- Tomorrow there will be a book fair at Abraar School.  If you would like your child to purchase some books or other book fair items please send in $5-$20 in a small ziploc bag with them so that they may purchase items.  Part of the profits will go to the Abraar School library insha'Allah.

2-Friday December 5th, is Kindergarten Pajama Day at school.  Please send your child to school on Friday in pajamas! We have planned some nice pajama day activities for the children. Here are a few things your child can bring for the pajama day fun (Please label all items with your child's name):
-a stuffed toy
-comfortable slippers

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher
Abraar School

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Updates & Reminders

Assalamu Alaikum!

In language, we took the letters Dd, and Mm.  We practiced sounding out, and had lots of fun with rhyming words!  We wrote "I am a buddy, not a bully" in our journal.

In math, we are learned to recognize number words "one" and "two".

In science we are discussed that matter comes in three forms: liquid, solid, and gas.  The students brainstormed examples of each, and insha'Allah we will continue to work and experiment on this unit for the next two weeks.

In Islamic Studies we are learning about the prophets in Islam.  We learned the story of the first prophet, Adam (AS).  This coming week we will be learning the story of prophet Nuh (AS).  We also learned the steps of wudu', thank you so much to all of you that have been sending in hijabs and prayer rugs with your children.

In gym class the students have gotten really good at following gym rules, and routines.  We played many different games and challenged ourselves with different warm ups! 

In art the students had their chance to create their very own unique dinosaur out of the letter D!  They are now hanging beautifully in our hallway masha'Allah.

During our computer class the students got a chance to visit some of their favourite educational websites.  *Please remember to send in headphones with your child if you haven't done so already.*


***If you are planning on travelling during the winter break and your student child will be away from school please make sure you notify me as well as the school office.***


- From now until mid-April students should ALWAYS come to school with the following items: snowpants, waterproof mittens/gloves, hat, neck warmer, and boots!  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure all items are clearly labelled with your child's name. 

- This week's show & tell is "something striped".

- This week's hot lunch will be pizza insha'Allah.

Thank you all, and have a great week insha'Allah.

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher 
Abraar School

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Quraan Update

Quraan Update

Masha'allah SK 1&2 finished memorizing Surat " Al -Massad" and they are memorizing and applying tajweed rules for surat " Al- Nassr", and our next surah is " Al-Kawthar" insha'Allah. 

They are doing a great job in nasheed altajweed, where they memorized 9 Tajweed rules through their nasheed.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan for your support at home.

Tr.Hoda Harb

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Short but productive week :)

Assalamu alaikum everyone!

We had a very short but productive week this week alhamdulillah.

Today the children had the wonderful opportunity to watch a delightful puppet show that talked about having compassion for each other.  The wonderful characters and puppeteers made it fun and easy to learn.  Thank you to teachers Fatima, and Seher for organizing this masha'Allah. Unfortunately the time of the puppet show overlapped the time of our library class and so we had to miss library for this week.

In language we took the letters Hh, and Rr.  We learned the sound, and the action that each of these letters make.  We are constantly reviewing the letters that we learned this far, and the students are sounding out small words masha'Allah!!! Today in writing class, the children got to write about their favourite thing to do in the snow.  

In math we are learning to count by 2's, 5's, 10's, and 1's.  The children are practicing this on a daily basis as well as patterning and comparing numbers or number stories.  

In art the students practiced cutting, pasting, and painting wintery scenes.  The outcome of these beautiful masterpieces is hanging in the hallway outside of our classroom.

In Islamic Studies we are talking and role playing the concept of respect.  The students talked about different ways they show respect to their parents at home.  Masha'Allah we have memorized the November du'aa, ask your child to recite the du'aas they have learned so far.

In Gym class the students practiced doing some somersaults, as well as doing some yoga type exercises.  We also learned a new game called "PAC-MAN", ask your child to tell you all about it.

The students did an amazing job presenting their show & tell this week.  We have acquired a little "stage", and the children get to stand on it while presenting.  This seems to be making a little bit of a difference with some of the shyer students.  Thank you so much to all of you that are keeping up with our schedule and sending in items that go along with our designated theme.


-November 24th is Photo Day.  Please make sure your child comes to school ready for a photo on this day :)   
- Show & Tell: Something Round


*** Tomorrow dismissal is at 12:00 PM this is to accomodate for the parent teacher interviews that will take place from 4 to 8.  Please make sure you are on time for your interview, I will be using my classroom timer in order to stick to the schedule :)

**** Friday is a PD day, I hope you enjoy the 3-day weekend with your children.

***** It is really important that your child has proper winter gear with them every day.  This includes water-proof gloves or mitts, hat, neck warmer, snowpants, and winter boots.

Thank you to all of you that sent in snacks for our snack bank.  Jazakum Allahu Khairan :)

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Friday, 14 November 2014

Friday, November 14th UPDATES

Assalamu Alaikum everyone,

In SK2 we have had a very busy weeks masha'Allah!

In language we are practicing reading, and sounding out words.  We took the letters: Cc, Kk, and Ee.  We practiced writing in our journals, under the topic of RESPECT. We really enjoyed being read to by our grade four reading buddies!!!

In mathematics we finished writing in our 1-10 booklets, and will start focusing on the number word formation for each of these numbers.  We also started comparing number groups with using the terms "fewer", and "more".

In science we will be talking about the three states of matter: liquid, solid, and gas.

During library period, our librarian Tr.Nancy read us a story, we sang our library songs, and then we got to check out our very own books!  (Please make sure your child brings the library book in the book bag provided.)

In Islamic studies we discussed the important topic of respect, and how this can be practiced at school and at home.

In physical education, we practiced some yoga as well as some gymnastics!


- The Ottawa winter weather is kicking in, please make sure your child has the following items:  mittens (it would be preferable to attach them to your child's jacket), warm winter hat that covers the ears, neck warmer (rather than scarf), layers of clothing, and appropriate outdoor shoes.

- We are now accepting extra snacks for our snack bank once again, jazakum Allahu khairan for those of you that have sent items in.

- If you have not sent in headphones for your child, please do so as soon as possible.  Every Friday we will be having a computer lab period.  During this period the children get to visit educational websites such as:, and to practice different curriculum related concepts.

- Show and Tell for next week is SOMETHING WHITE.

- Next week there will be an early dismissal on Thursday, and a PD day on Friday.

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Friday, 7 November 2014

Friday update :)

Assalamu Alaikum!

Today we had an amazing day alhamdulillah.

We started the day by doing our morning quraan, followed by our ad'ia that we have memorized so far.

In computer class, the students learned how to navigate the website.  It seems to me that some students have not used a desktop computer with a mouse before, they were looking for a touch-screen type component to the computer!  If you haven't sent in headphones for your child, please make sure you do so before next Friday.

We read our morning message, and did our usual calendar routine.  We read the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  The students took turns acting out different characters in this story, mashallah we have some really talented actors among us!

In art class we had an amazing time building our own bear cookies out of: digestive cookies, chocolate icing, banana slices, and blueberries!  After making their bears, the kids really enjoyed eating them all up.

It was a wet day today, so the students stayed inside for recess.


-Please make sure your children complete their homework on time.

- When sending fruit with your children, please make sure it is cut up and ready to serve.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan,

Safiah I.Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Thursday, 6 November 2014

November 6, 2014

SK2 Blog Update – November 6th
Assalamu Alaikum

Alhamdulillah these past few days we have been very busy learning and practicing the things we have learned.

In Gym class we divided our class into 6 teams, we are learning to listen to one- and two-step instructions.  We worked on different types of movement including: walking backwards, walking like a bear on all fours, and shuffling sideways.  We also played a nice game of pizza, and ant tag!

In math class we worked on counting, and using one-on-one correspondence.  We have practiced correctly forming our numbers up until the number 6.  We are practicing our counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s.

In language we worked on sounding out simple words such as: sat, sit, nap, nip, pan, pin.  These are some of the many words that you can make with the first seven letters from the Jolly Phonics curriculum.  The Jolly Phonics curriculum is a language tool that focuses on teaching the letters and sounds in non-alphabetical order.  The reason the letters are taught in a specific order is so that the children are able to form words as soon as they are finished learning the 6 letters in the first book.  To read more about the Jolly Phonics system, please visit

In Islamic studies we learned the Five Pillars of Islam through the song “One, one only one”.  Ask your child to sing you the song, with the actions! Insha’Allah tomorrow we will be having our Friday Islamic Studies circle and prayer time where we will be focusing on the monthly theme of RESPECT. 

In science we talked about the properties of different materials such as plastic, metal, wood, glass, ice etc.  We compared the properties of: wooden blocks, and sponges.  We did a science experiment that involved pouring water over sponges, and blocks to see what would happen.  The students were able to predict the outcome, and we discussed our findings together.

GOOD NEWS: Alhamdulillah we have a new play structure in our play yard! The students are really enjoying going up the climbers, and down the slides.

*Please remember to send a hijab/prayer rug with your child tomorrow.

** Please visit our Flickr account later on today for some of our most recent pictures.

Thank you,
Tr.Safiah Aghliw

SK2 Teacher

Monday, 3 November 2014

Coming up + Reminders

Assalamu Alaikum!

Insha'Allah this week we will be:

Language: Finishing off our Phonics book 1: Ss-Aa-Tt-Ii-Pp-Nn.  We will be working on the exercises at the back of the book to reinforce the beginning sounds.   In writing the students will have a chance to write and illustrate in their journals.

Math: We will be sorting different objects according to different properties, as well as working on our counting and 1-1 correspondence.  (You can practice these two activities with your child at home! Have them count shoes, count books in the bookshelf, spoons int he drawer etc they can also help you sort the utensils out of the dishwasher! )

Science: We will be finishing off our bear theme, and we will also be discussing some of the properties of different materials such as: wood, plastic, glass, metal etc.

Art: We will be using our culinary skills to make some yummy bear cookies on Friday insha'Allah.  We will also be using our drama skills to reenact the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Islamic Studies: Insha'Allah we will be talking about the very important topic of: Respect (respecting our parents, what does that mean?).  We are also memorizing our du'aa for the month of November.

Gym:  We will be having fun while exercising our gross motor skills playing the following games: Bear, Bear, Fish and Ant Tag.

SHOW & TELL: Free day, the students get to select any item that is of interest to them!

HOT LUNCH:  This week the hot lunch is pizza!

FRIDAY PRAYER: Please send in hijab/prayer rug every Friday.

HOMEWORK: Due every Wednesday, please take the time to help your child complete their homework.  Remember that you are establishing habits and routines that will stay with your child for their entire academic life! 

WINTER WEATHER:  Please make sure your child comes to school every day with weather appropriate gear.  The weather is getting colder and colder! Make sure you child comes to school with the following items: hat, mittens, neck warmer, and a winter jacket. 

Jazakum Allahu Khairan,

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher
Abraar School

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

October 28th - Updates

Assalamu Alaikum everyone!

The SK2 class is working really hard on making good choices throughout the day.  We are teaching their children that all their actions, and words are their choice.  Therefor they need to make many good choices, and not so many poor choices! The children each have a "Good Choices" card that has the numbers 1-20 on it.  Once they reach 20, they get to choose a special reward from our reward board.  Rewards include: ride on teacher's chair, have lunch at teacher's desk, use classroom tablet, computer time, or have lunch in another class.  Masha'Allah the students are working really hard and trying their best to make good choices.

In language we have taken the letters and sounds that the following letters make: Ss, Aa, Tt, Ii, and Pp.  We are teaching the children the correct formation of the letter in capital form as well as lower case form.  

Our mini-theme for these two weeks is: bears.  Students are learning all about bears, we read the story "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?".  We had a fabulous writing class, where the students got to hunt for 10 words, and they were able to copy these words down on their "hunting sheet".  I was really proud to see their enthusiasm and hard work masha'Allah!

In mathematics we are working on ABAB, AABB, and ABC patterns.  We are using patterning blocks to experiment with patterns.  We are also working on counting by 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's. 

In science we are learning about primary colours (red, yellow, blue), and secondary colours. 

In Islamic studies we learned about the hijra and we reenacted the migration of the prophet from Mecca to Madina by walking around the school gym 28 times each!  At times we were taking big steps (walking on mountains), and other times we were bopping up and down as if we were on camels.  We are working on memorizing the nasheed "tala'al badru alaina", and our du'aa for the month of October.  "Allahumma allif baina qulubina, wa asleh thata bainina wa ahdina subulassalam".

In art the students had a chance to be creative and produce their very own unique creation.  We provided them with different art, and building materials and the students designed and created their very own masterpieces!  

Proud teacher of amazing students,

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Mix & Match Day

Assalamu alaikum everyone,

this coming Thursday is our second spirit day of the year!  Below are the details:

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Assalamu Alaikum everyone,

Alhamdulillah we are having a very productive week so far.

Thank you to all of you for reminding your children to bring in the requested items on their Show & Tell day.  The SK2 students are getting better and better at projecting their voices, describing their object, and looking at their audience.  This week's theme was "something blue", we got items such as cars, decorative items, a plate, a stuffed elephant, a clock, and different kinds of dolls.  It is interesting to see what the children have selected :)

We are learning how to count to 30.  We are also working on our patterning, and sorting.  The students had the chance to count to 30 using a voice patter of deep voice-squeaky voice- deep voice- squeaky voice.  Speaking of the number 30! We just finished our 30th day of school mashallah.  We are counting down to 100 days of school.  Once we get to 100 we celebrate with a huge 100 day themed party :)

We played the game of "pizza", and "ant tag".  Ask your child about these two games.

We are learning the following sight words (a-am-the-I-see).  We are reading our morning message, and other classroom literature that corresponds with our weekly theme.  Today we took the letter Tt, and we brainstormed 10 words that begin with the letter Tt.  Ask your child about the sound and the action for the following letters: Ss, Aa, and Tt.

On Monday we played a really good game of "I Spy", we also played a visual memory game.  This was done to reinforce some of the things we can use our eyes for (sense of sight).  We also use our calendar time to discuss the temperature (your child may be asking to see the temperature on your phone or hearing it on the radio).  We are teaching the children that we need to get dressed according to the weather report.  If it is 0 degrees, then we will need a hat and mittens, if it is 7 degrees we need a light jacket....etc.

We are learning about the story of the migration of the prophet PBUH (hijra) from Mecca to Madina 1435 years ago.  The students then got a chance to recreate a scene from the hijra using construction paper, plastic straws, and camel cutouts.  We are learning the words to the song "tala'al badru alaina".  This is the song that was sung to the prophet PBUH when he arrived to Madina.


1- Please make sure your child is dressed properly for Ottawa weather.  We will always go outside unless it is raining or below -20 degrees Celsius.

2- Our snack bank is running dangerously low! We are accepting healthy no-nut snacks for our snack bank to help us replenish our bank.

3- Please send in empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls (the inside cardboard tube).  

4- Homework is due on Wednesday, and library books are due on Tuesday.  *Please make sure your child returns their library book in the designated library book bag.  This bag is designed to help protect the book and return it to the right person if lost.

5- Quraan class has changed from 4 periods 20 minutes each to 2 periods of 40 minutes each.  This has been done to help ensure that the children are getting the most out of each quraan period.

Jazakum Allahu khairan,

Safiah Aghliw

SK2 Teacher 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

SK2 Classroom Updates

Assalamu Alaikum,

We had a very busy week last week alhamdulillah!  

Some of our highlights included:

MATH: Patterning ABAB patters using different common features found in the children in the classroom.  example) wears glasses, doesn't wear glasses, wears glasses, doesn't wear glasses. or girl, boy, girl, boy, girl, boy.  etc.  

LANGUAGE: We used our language skills to help learn new sight words - the, see, and, is, and a.  We did some shared reading of the following poem:

I see a red apple.
I see a green apple.
I see a yellow apple.
I see an apple with different colours.
Thank you Allah for giving us apples.

We also started our Jolly Phonics curriculum, starting with the letters Ss, and Aa.  Students learned the sound and action that goes with each letter.  They also learned the correct formation of the letter.  

SCIENCE: We completed a KWL (know, want to know, learned) chart on apples. Students learned that apples grow on trees (not bushes, or plants), they contain seeds, and that they are a fruit.  They also learned that there are many different kinds of apples.  We also learned what goes into apple sauce and worked together to cook up some amazing cinnamon apple sauce. Jazakum Allahu khairan for sending in apples with your children :).

ART: We created beautiful Ss-Snake puppets, as well as pattern apple prints.  Alhamdulillah the children had lots of fun dipping apples into paint to produce beautiful apple patterns.

ISLAMIC STUDIES:  We watched a short video on the 5 pillars of Islam.  We will be working on this theme for the next few weeks insha'Allah.  We will also be talking about the hijra (migration) of our beloved prophet (PBUH), and how he traveled from Mecca to Medina.  The students enjoyed taking part in our weekly Friday prayer and they are improving daily masha'Allah.

GYM:  We practiced throwing and catching a ball, and two different types of throws.  Every class the student take part in warm-up exercises, followed by one or two games, then a warm-up.

WRITING: The students are now writing in their journals, mashallah I already see so much improvement in the students' penmanship. The students also went on a Word Hunt, this is an activity where the children walk around the classroom and copy any word they see.

READING: We have started our Reading Buddies program with the grade 4A class.  This program will take place every second week insha'Allah.  The children really enjoyed being read to by their older peers.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Arabic Update



Last month we studied the letters ( أ – ب - ت ) ,the name of harakat (fatah, kasra , and dama) and how to read the letters studied with them; this has been accomplished though a number of activities, such as songs, games, stories and competitions. The children have found these activities to be exciting and fun.

Tr.Salam Beseiso

Quraan Update

             SK1 &2 Quran Class          

Masha'Allah SK students are memorizing and applying Tajweed rules on Surat: Al Fateehaa, Annaass, Alfalaq, and Alekhlasss. They learned " Nasheed Ahkaam Al-Tajweed" with the sign for each rule, so they can easily remember the Tajweed rules applied.
Each student is motivated to memorize Quran and apply Tajweed rules and pronounce the Arabic letters properly, they are collecting " star in the Jar" for each good work the perform.

Jazakum Allahu khairan for your help at home, please keep on encouraging your children to memorize Quran.

T. Hoda Harb ( Quran Class)

Monday, 13 October 2014

Thank you :)

Assalamu alaikum, 

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your wonderful contributions to our Eid-ul-Adha party.  Alhamdulillah the children had so much fun serving their friends, watching an animated movie, and playing musical chairs!

Please do not forget this week's show & tell theme is favourite shirt.  Tuesday group presents tomorrow, and Wednesday group presents on Wednesday.

Please remember to send in hijab/prayer rug for your child to wear on Friday during our practice prayer.  This practice prayer time is meant to help prepare the children for when they enter first grade and start praying thuher prayer with the rest of the school insha'Allah.

I'd like to thank our wonderful volunteers for our Cosmic Adventures field trip, you helped make this trip extra special.  Jazakum Allahu Khairan.  Please try to participate as a volunteer in at least one of our field trips, this will ensure that we have the right number of volunteers on future field trips.

This week we will be starting our Jolly Phonics curriculum, ending our 5-senses science theme, starting to talk about the 5-pillars of Islam, and in math we will dive into our patterning unit.

Thank you, and I hope everyone has a great week insha'Allah.

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher
Abraar School

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Preparing for Eid and learning about Hajj

Assalamu Alaikum everyone,

As you walk into our school you can probably hear the beautiful sound of takbeer echoing in our hallways.  For the past 5 days we have been filling our idle time with takbeer and tahmeed.

I would like to start off this post by thanking our dear friend Sarah L-B. and her family for a wonderful hajj presentation, may Allah swt reward your efforts.  Sarah brought in a detailed poster that includes the different steps of hajj, some zamzam water for the children to share, and a beautiful replica of the ka'ba.  
Replica of Ka'ba made by Sarah's family

We had a very successful Red Day today, the students brought in a mountain of non-perishable food items mashallah.  Students learned how to spell the word r-e-d, and got to present their red show and tell item.  Thank you to all of you that sent in food donations for the Sadaqa Food Bank, and a big THANK YOU to our wonderful teacher Heba Reyad for arranging for this event.

Mountain of food donated by the Abraar School Elementary School for the Sadaqa Food Bank

Jazakum Allahu Khairan,

Safiah Aghliw
SK Teacher
Abraar School

Friday, 26 September 2014

French Post from Monsieur Said

Assalam alaikoum Dear parents,

You find below what we did in the French class :

1-Introducing a few language forms used to describe oneself (je m’appelle ,  je suis un garçon – je suis une fille- j’ai 5 ans )

2-Improving the pronunciation of ( A – avion – arbre - ananas )  , and  B- (bananes , ballon-  bicyclette. )

3-Learning a song  - Bonjour mes amis -  aujourd’hui c’est lundi , mardi ….

4-Gesture teaching : bonjour, tout le monde, comment ça ca? Ça va bien – Il fait chaud , froid .

5-Reviewing  numbers 1 to 10 .


Teacher Said

French Teacher coordinator.

A visit from a little pet :)

Assalamu alaikum everyone,

yesterday was a special day in SK2 :) we had a visit from our friend Abdallah's pet guinea pig.  The children had the opportunity to learn about guinea pigs, and they got to pet him and see him sniffing and exploring our classroom.

Thank you so much to Abdallah's family for brightening up our afternoon with this lovely visit.

Duaas, nasheeds, and other resources used in class

Assalamu Alaikum everyone.

Every day the SK2 class goes through various routines.  Here are some of the routines and some of the duaas (supplications) used at different times of the day.

We start off the day by reciting surat Al-Fatiha, Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq, and An-naas.  Followed by the following duaa:

"Asbahna wa asbaha almulku lillah, wal hamdulillah.  Allahumma inni as'aluka fi yaumi hatha 'ilman nafi'an"

Before eating snack or lunch, one of the students (the duaa leader), leads the class in the following duaa:

"Allahumma barik lana, feema razaqtana, wa qina 'athaab annaar,  bismillah"

Duaa of the month: 

اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنِي لأَحْسَنِ الأَعْمَالِ وَأَحْسَنِ الأَخْلاَقِ
Allahumma-hdinee li ahsanil-a`maal wa ahsanil-akhlaaq
" O Allah, guide me to the best of deeds and the best of manners"

During snack time, and lunch time, we ask the students to eat in silence for the first 5-10 minutes.  This is done to ensure that the children have enough time to eat, and so that they do not choke on their food.  To help enforce this "silent time", we have been using a visual classroom timer so that the students know when their silent time is over.  This timer is a fun and kid-friendly way to keep track of different activities.  You can find it online at:

During transition times, we've been enjoying several nasheeds (Islamic songs) in the classroom.  Your children may be humming these songs at home!  Here are their links for your listening pleasure:

Dawuud Wharnsby's "Colours of Islam":


Dawuud Wharnsby's "Al-Khaliq":

Jazakum Allahu Khairan for your support and cooperation :)

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher
Abraar School