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