Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Goodbye Dear JK1 Students :-(

ABC Farewell

Author Unknown

A is for the alphabet that we learned to say.

B is for boys and girls at work and at play.

C is for colors—red, yellow, blue, and green.

D is for drawing the best pictures you’ve ever seen.

E is for exercise—it keeps our bodies strong.

F is for the fun we had together all year long.

G is for the many friends we made throughout the year.

H is for happy hearts, filled with love and cheer.

I is for imagination and all the things we learned.

J is for a job well done and the praises we earned.

K is for kindergartners—hip, hip hooray!

L is for learning more and more each day.

M is for minding and showing everyone respect.

N is for numbers—one, two, three—perfect!

O is for the obstacles we learned to overcome.

P is for puppets and for playing rhythms on a drum.

Q is for all the questions we asked throughout the year.

R is for reading stories, even those that brought a tear.

S is for all the snacks that we so bravely tried.

T is for taking and giving—no one was denied.

U is for some of the unusual things we have done.

V is for our volunteers—moms, dads, and everyone!

W is for words—we learned more than just a few.

X is for extra special kids—him, her, and you.

Y is for yes—it sure has been a super year!

Z is for zest—let’s give ourselves a great big cheer!

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Last 3 weeks of school

Re: Fun Last Weeks of School

Date: June 6, 2013

Assalamu Alaikum Dear Parents:
            The school year is almost over, but the fun is never ending in our kindergarten classes.  We have a few activities planned for the next few days, so please stick this letter on your fridge to keep up with all that’s happening in our busy kindergarten classrooms!!
Monday June 10th: Funny Socks Day: The children can wear socks that they think are funny. Try bright colours, bold pictures or mismatching!
Wednesday June 12th: Bubble Day:  Please send a bubble bottle with your child to enjoy outdoors with bubbly fun J
Monday June 17th: Ice Cream Day:  We are looking for your generous help on this day in providing ice cream for the class. If you prefer to send money, that’s great too. (There is a form at the bottom of the letter.)
Wednesday June 19th: Silly Costume/Dress Up Day: send your child to school wearing his/her favourite dress up costume, funny hat or any silly attire.
Friday June 21st: Water Gun Day Please send a water gun with your child to enjoy a splash in the sun (a small towel and a spare outfit is a good idea to send with your child on this day).
Monday June 24th: Strawberry Picking and Water Park Field trip day (tentative): Your child will get to pick his/her own fresh strawberries from the strawberry farm and bring them home for strawberry smoothies, or a strawberry pie! We are planning to head to a water park afterwards insha’Allah.  Please provide your child with a swim suit, towel and an extra outfit.
That will be all for now, 

Tr. Hiat and Tr.Nermin

Monday, 3 June 2013

A Message from Sister Madliene

Assalamu alaikum dear parents;
I pray all is going well Inshallah.
On Wednesday, we read a nice book called " The Gruffalo".
The children enjoyed it a lot. We also colored a fun page
related to the book, and watched a movie as well.
I thought of listing the resources that I found  so that
you can look them up and hopefully enjoy them with your child.

1. " The Gruffalo " Book is available in the public library. 
   you can order it directly from this link:

2. " The Gruffalo " movie is also available in the public library:
3. The Gruffalo coloring page

   http://kidsfunreviewed.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03   /GruffaloColoringSheet.pdf
4. A complete list of material from Early Learning HQ
   (in free downloadable PDF format) which includes:
   * a number of coloring sheets for the main characters
Other useful -downloadable- material can also be found here:

*  http://www.primarytreasurechest.com/popular-book-resources/the-gruffalo.html
 Jazakum Allah Khair.
Sr. Madlien

Monday, 27 May 2013

A Message form Teacher Salam

Assalamu Alikum Dear Parents,
It is almost the end of the school year and this means we have almost completed learning all of the alphabet letters. Students have just finished learning the letter “Meem” through a variety of activities: name and sound of the letter, words that start with the letter, physical activities, and songs. Furthermore, we continue to do ongoing review of what was taught earlier in the year.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

A Message from Teacher Nancy

Dear Parents,
Assalamu Alaikum

I have come across a very interesting article about children and technological devices. To access the article, click here.

Have a great day, inshaAllah.


Monday, 22 April 2013

Spring Presentations Reminder

Please remember to help your children with their Spring Presentations. Today was the teacher's turn to present and give the students an idea of how to do the presentation.

Student's Presentation Schedule













Tr. Nermin Tr.Nagwa
Tr. Norah
Abdulrahman A
Abdulrahman Q

Mohammed s
Mohmed T


Sana A
Sana M

Monday, 15 April 2013

Arabic Festival

Abraar School Seventh Arabic Annual Festival

Arabic language staff at Abraar School cordially invites you to its 7th annual Arabic Festival.

When:Wednesday 17/ 4 / 2013 (9:30 AM)
Where: School gym

Come and watch your children (Arabic speakers and non-speakers) perform their best.

 مهرجان اللغة العربية السنوي السابع

تتشرف أسرة اللغة العربية بمدرسة الأبرار بدعوة سيادتكم لحضور مهرجان اللغة العربية السنوي السابع وذلك في تمام الساعة  :    9:30 صباحا
اليوم     :    الاربعاء 17 / 4 / 2013
المكان   :    ملعب المدرسة

حضوركم يزيدنا تشريفا ويزيد أبناءنا تشجيعا، فتعالوا نشاهد أبناءنا يقدمون أفضل ما لديهم من أنشطة فنية وأدبية.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Latest Updates

(Changing Weather)
Spring presentations are taking place during the last two weeks of April. Please check the presentation schedule that was sent home last Friday.

We covered the letters 'q' and 'r'.
Every week students learn a new letter and below is how we cover it:
First day: We tell a story about the letter, relate the letter to Islam, think of a country that starts with the letter, think of words that start with the letter, think of what is the sound of the letter in Arabic, sound out 3 letter words that start with the letter, learn the sound of the letter with the action and finally shape the letter either with play dough, bingo marker, lacing...etc.
Second day: students practice tracing the upper case letter on the board and then they write it on their journals.
Third day: Students practice tracing the lower case letter on the board and then they write it on their journals.
Fourth day: Students make a craft for the letter and we usually place it on our bulletin board. 
P.S. Letters that are written in the same manner in upper and lower cases will be traced and written on the same day i.e. the letters S, T, U etc... 

-Students practice counting the numbers on the calender everyday. We practice counting backwards as well.
- Students try to give estimates to find out the number of some objects in class. 
- Shapes book will be done after spring presentations.
- We learned how to trace and write the number 13 and sing while tracing. Ask your child about number 13 song.

Ask your child to tell you at least 4 things that happen in spring? How does the weather change? 
-Since we have been talking about spring, students experienced brisk wind and heavy wind in class by putting some light and heavy objects in front of a fan and see which ones fly by wind and which ones don't.
-Students experimented taking a yarn outdoor to see which way the wind is moving. We helped students tie yarn pieces on the branches of the tree!
- Students learned about habitat and worked together to cut and paste animals matching them to their homes. 

- Students made crafts for the letters r and q.
- Students made the weather craft (rainy, cloudy, sunny, snowy days). Placed on bulletin board.
- Students worked as a group to make a big poster for spring that is placed on our JK1 door.

Please remember me, teacher Najwa and teacher Noura in your duaa's.
Jazakum Allahu Khyran

A message from Teacher Nancy

Dear Parents and Families,
Assalamu Alaikum

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school this week! What better way to promote reading to our students than by supporting this important literary event.

We invite your entire family to participate by purchasing the latest and greatest in children’s books. Did you know that for every $10 you spend at the Fair up to $6 comes directly back to our school? Your support of this vital literary event is key in helping us obtain new books and resources for our library and classrooms.

You will find hundreds of quality books at our Book Fair with a wide assortment for all reading levels. On Monday, your child will be bringing home the Scholastic Book Fair flyer that provides a preview of only a FEW of the many books available to purchase at our Fair.

The flyer also contains a special Family Event Draw ballot that parents can deposit during our Family Event. You could win $50 in books – $25 for your family PLUS $25 for your child’s classroom!

Do not forget to mark the Book Fair dates on your calendar! We look forward to seeing you during our Scholastic Book Fair and thank you, in advance, for supporting this great literary fundraiser. Mostly, thank you for believing in books and the importance reading has on your child’s future.


Nancy-Ann Brethour

Book Fair Chairperson

Book Fair Dates: Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12, 2013

Times: 9:00 to 3:30 (both days)

Location:  School Library

We accept cheques made payable to our school. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are welcome, too.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

A message from teacher Nancy

Librarian's Pick of the Week 
Picture Storybooks for Preschool to Grade 1 

1. Brontorina by James Howe and illustrated by Randy Cecil

Brontorina knows in her heart that she wants to be a ballerina. Regardless of her size and the fact that she does not have the right shoes, she is determined to dance.  The picture storybook is beautifully illustrated and is sure to make your little ballerina smile.

2. A Babysitter for Billy Bear by Miriam Moss and illustrated by Anna Currey

Lucy, is the first babysitter that Billy Bear has ever had. Although Billy Bear has a great time with Lucy, there is one thing that prevents him from sleeping...the darkness. He is afraid his mom will not be able to find her way back home in the dark.  Nicely written with short sentences; the illustrations fit well with the story. A perfect story for little ones who have never had a babysitter.

3.  Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.

Velma, a first grader, would like to be remembered at school for being special. After all, her sister Frieda sang "like an angel", and her other sister, Fiona, was a fast runner. What could she possibly do for people to have fond memories of her? In one word... science. Velma enjoyed science. She especially liked butterflies, so she read everything and anything she could find about butterflies. Her most magical moment was when her class went on a field trip to the Butterfly Conservatory. What a gem this story is! I couldn't help but laugh at the way she pronounced the words metamorphosis (metal-more-for-this) and conservatory (can-serve-the-story). The illustrations are beautifully colored and depict very well the emotions that Velma has throughout the story. 

4. How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish.

How does one babysit Grandpa? What kind of activities can Grandpa do? What will Grandpa eat? This story is another little gem. It is a "how-to" story about a little boy getting ready to babysit his grandpa. On every page, there is a "how-to" list of things to do; for example, "Snacks for a grandpa: ice cream topped with cookies, olives served on fingertips, anything dipped in ketchup, cookies topped with ice cream."  It is a sweet story about a grandfather-grandchild relationship. 

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Weekly Update...

Theme: The Prophets of Allah
The Prophets we talked about were: Noah, Ibrahim, Moses, Yunus and Mohammed Peace and blessings of Allah be upon them.


-  Made the letter L craft (L is for lemon, L is for leaf).
-  Learned the name, sound and action of the letter M.
-  Traced and wrote the letter M in upper and lower cases in student’s personal journal.
-  Reviewed sight words (a, to, the, I, you, and).

-      Tr. Salam finished teaching the letter س. Students learned how to pronounce, trace and write the letter.
-      Students are learning new Arabic nasheeds about the Alphabets and the weather.

-      Tr. Said finished teaching the letter H.
-      Students practice saying the class rules, answering simple questions and singing songs in French.
-      Some French educational DVD’s have been shown to students.


-      Students started memorizing surat Quraish with Tr. Hoda.

-         Learned, counted and traced number 9 in student’s personal journal.
-         Started February’s Calendar patterns.
-         Noah’s Ark (displayed on bulletin board).

-         Practiced many movements using hula-hoops, cones and exercise mats. 

Dates to remember:

February 14: Report cards are sent home.
February 15: PDD (No school for students).
February 18: Statutory Holiday (No School for students).
February 22: Student’s Led Conference (Early dismissal for students).

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Updated Wish List

Wish List

1- Pocket Chart 

2- Metal art drying rack

3- Kids indoor maze toy games

4- Sand wheels/toys

5- Paint stand

6- Play dough tools set (Donated)

7- kitchen tools set(Donated)

8- Story books

9- Flat Screen T.V.  (Donated)

10- Dress up customs.(Donated)

Monday, 28 January 2013

Quran Class Update

Assalamu alaikum Dear parents

Please be adviced that your child finished practicing Surat Al-Massad, and now he/she is practicing Surat Al- Kawthar, please help your child at home by practicing the mentioned Surahs.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan for your support

Tr. Hoda

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Weekly Update...

“O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and good on the earth.” [The Quran, 2:168]

Theme: Kids in the Kitchen

Our theme last week was extremely fun. Students were exposed to new materials and tools. They shared their stories about:
The meals cooked at home?  Are they kitchen helpers and how they help? What are the kitchen utensils they use? What they know/ don’t know from the 4 food groups? What do they see in the grocery store? What is healthy and what is not. Lastly, the etiquette of eating taught by prophet Mohammed PBUH.

 'Umar bin Abu Salamah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (pbuh), said to me, "Mention Allah's Name (i.e., say Bismillah before starting eating), eat with your right hand, and eat from what is near you."

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

عن عمر بن أبى سلمة رضى الله عنهما قال‏:‏ قال لي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم‏:‏‏"‏سم الله وكل بيمينك، وكل ما يليك‏"‏ ‏ ‏.‏

-         Finished the letter K craft (k is for kangaroo).
-         Learned the name, sound and action of the letter L.
-         Traced and wrote the letter L in upper and lower cases in student’s personal journal.
-         Reviewed sight words (a, to, the, I, you).
-         Learned the sight word (and).

-         Started our new lesson (Measurements).

-         Students participated in making pasta and vegetable soup using some kitchen utensils.

Parents should get ready for some real help from their mighty Jk helpers. 

-         Look who’s cooking! craft (Name tags for dinner).
-         Chef hat (Students were wearing it while cooking the soup).

-         Please remember the day of your child’s show and tell and send something with them.
-         Please remember to send the library book with your child every Wednesday.
-         - Home work folders are expected to be returned to school even if home work was not done.

Jazakum Allahu Khyran