Wednesday, 28 November 2012

I'm done my homework...what should I do?


Early Dismissal for PTI Night


Students will be dismissed from school at 1:15 pm
this Friday to prepare for Parent-Teacher Interviews.

Marble Jar Party Thursday!


Congratulations on filling the Marble Jar Grade 7 :)

Arabic Speakers - Update from Tr. Amal

أولياء الأمور الكرام السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
بدأنا الفصل الدراسي الثاني بعون الله وسنبدا بالتقويم المستمر كتابة ومشافهة ففي يوم الخميس الموافق 29 نوفمبر سيكون هناك امتحان قواعد في (الفاعل المفعول به المفعول المطلق المفعول
لأجله المضاف إليه الجملة الاسمية  وفي يوم الاثنين الموافق 3 ديسمبراختبار نصوص (الحفظ - الإلقاء المعبر- الفهم والاستيعاب لمعاني النص وأساليبه)
في 5 ديسمبر اختبار قراءة كتابي في درس الزي المدرسي والتلوث نحن نتظر مساعدتكم وتعاونكم معنا
                                                                                                                                            شكرا لكم جهودكم وتشجيعهم

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Upcoming Projects for Grade 7

Please be advised of the following upcoming projects:

1. Girls Reading - Book Brochures are due today (Tuesday - students who have not submitted them must do so by the end of the week to recieve a mark!)

2. Social Studies: New France Brochure is due Monday December 3rd, 2012.  Here is an excellent online resource to help you in your research:

3. Language Arts: Edgar Allan Poe Author Study due Wednesday December 5th, 2012

4. Arabic (Non-Speakers - Tr. Hoda): Please memorize the duaa for entering the house and leaving the house found on page 29 in your book.

5. Other Announcements: Please sign and return all tests (LA, SS, IS, Math, Science, French) to the teacher by the end of the week.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Girls Health - Part 2: Creating your own Healthy Alternative!

Once you have completed part 1 of the project (analyzing two junk foods and comparing the ingredients to recommended amounts), you will now use this knowledge to create your own healthy food alternative!

What should you include in your research?
- Product name and slogan
- List of ingredients and why you chose these ingredients
- Health benefits  for the ingredients you have chosen (research these facts!)
- Who is your target audience?
- What is your marketing strategy?
- What makes your product unique? (Remember, your product should not simply re-name a product that already exists!)

Have fun and get creative!

Note: Please remember to bring in cereal boxes, tissue boxes or any other small cardboard boxes for next week when we will begin to create the packages for your products.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Edgar Allan Poe Author Study Instructions

Edgar Allan Poe Author Study
 The purpose of this assignment is to better understand the connections between an author’s life experience and his or her writing. As you learn more about Edgar Allan Poe’s life, the more you will begin to understand why he wrote the type of stories he did.
Here are some questions to guide you along:
-Who was Edgar Allan Poe?- What was his childhood like?- How big a part of his life was filled with sickness and death?- When did he publish his first written work?- What was his most significant work?- What themes from his life are evident in his work?- Why was his death a mystery?- What was Edgar Allan Poe’s impact or influence on the world (i.e. in literature or on other famous writers?)
You are not limited to answering these questions, feel free to include any additional information that you find important. You will present your work on an online poster using the website
Special thanks to Sibgatullah for finding this great website for us to use!
Note: Each student is expected to submit their own author study. Remember to be creative in your display and always spell check for spelling and grammar errors before you publish. Happy creating!  

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Today's Updates

Just a few reminder for tonight:

- Islamic Studies Test (covering Chapter 1-3 in Unit A) is moved to tomorrow (Thursday)
- Science Unit Test (covering  WB 14-17, 26-29, and 42-45) is this Friday!
- Reminder to those students who have not yet printed out their Group of Seven artwork - please do so by tomorrow!

Note: Many students have misplaced their IS study questions. Here they are:

Chapter 1-3 Review Questions
1.      State one ayah of the Qur’an that explains the Muslim’s attitude to all Prophets and Messengers. (Arabic or English is fine).

2.      In which surah does Allah mention the names of 18 prophets? Find ayat and record their names.

3.      Which 3 prophets are the only ones who spoke the Arabic language among those mentioned in the Quran?

4.      Name some of the trails faced by the prophets in their lives. Why do you think the Prophets had to endure such hard lives?

5.      What two methods did Allah use to communicate with His prophets? Give an example for each type.

6.      Describe the 4 general characteristics of the prophets and give a clear example for each.

7.      Why do you think Allah chose only humans, not angels, to be prophets and messengers?

8.      What is the one message that every prophet came with to his people?

9.      What is the difference between  “nabiy” and “rasool”? Explain clearly.

10.  What was the main responsibility of a messenger?

11.  Why were books revealed to messengers even though other books were revealed before?

12.  What should a Muslim believe about current holy books that exist other than the Quran?

13.  Which ayah in the Quran tells us that the original message of the Injeel told the people about the coming of Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa salam).

14.  Why is it necessary for someone who is memorizing the Quran to memorize it in Arabic and do their best to memorize it with tajweed?

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Request: Tissue Boxes

With the arrival of cold weather, tissues are in high demand!  As a result, we  are running low on our supply of tissue boxes. If you can donate a box or two to our classroom, it would be greatly appreciated!

Weekend Homework - Reminders

A few homework reminders for this weekend:

Math: Math quiz will be on Monday

Social Studies: Chapter 2 test covering "The Society of New France" will be on Monday

Quran: Remember to review for the Quran test on Surah al-Jumooah 

Note: Girls Reading Project is moved to next Monday November 26th, 2012

Friday, 16 November 2012

French Class - Updates from Tr. Amina

Assalam Alaikum Dear Parents,

In French, through our story *Le Bistro des Animaux*, we are working on building fluency in oral communication and reading. We have daily kinesthetic vocabulary review using gestures as stated in Aim Language curriculum. We focus particularly on the use of verbs. These help students to acquire and / or to enhance the oral use of French language in their daily life.
We have also almost daily reading. We focus on the correct French pronunciation and on the expression.

We are of course working on our writing; so far we did many activities (related to the story) that combine reading and writing:
1.       Choisis le bon mot: The sentence is written with a space and a word bank is provided. Students read the sentence and fill up the blank with the correct word from the bank.2.       Les mots en ordre: Students have to put the words in order to form a sentence and write it.3.       Les phrases coupées: Students match 2 parts of a sentence and write the complete sentence. 
4.  Les mots qui riment: Students match the rhyming words provided. After that, they look for the rhyming words in the story. 
5. Les questions totales: In this activity the complete answer is in the question, students cross out all the extra vocabulary and the question mark. They write the answer using capitalization and the period at the end of the sentence.
6.The plural of the verbs : il/elle  fait, ils/elles font; il /elle va, ils/elles  vont;
7. The contraction : la  école ----˃ l’école
8. Double verbs  construction
9. The opposites
All the activities are modeled in class several times before any homework is assigned.
In any communication, oral or written, students are expected to use complete sentences. They are also required to speak only in French during French class.

For French tests, students have spelling words, an activity we have worked on and a grammar question. For the evaluation, the activity and the grammar have more weight than the spelling.
The purpose of the spelling is to help students to become familiar with the French orthography in order to prepare them for the creative writing activity we are having at the end of the unit.
If you have any question you can contact me by calling the school or by email.

Jazakum Allah Kheiran for your cooperation
Tr. Amina
French Department

Quran Updates from Tr. Samia

Alhamdullah we finished reciting and memorizing surat Aljumoaah. We will have a test on all of the surah on Monday November 19th Insha Allah , this test will be on Tajweed rules, reading rules and memorization of the whole surah. 

I will send a Quran rubric of this test with your child  Insha Allah, so please sign it and send it back. 

To practice the surah with your child please  use this website and go to Sheikh Ibrahim Alakhadar:  

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Don't forget to wear light blue tomorrow!

In honour of Anti-Bullying Week, all Abraar School students and staff will be wearing blue. Blue is the colour symbolizing "peacemakers". Middle School students already have their light blue shirts, but girls are encouraged to wear light blue hijabs if possible.

Remember, any act of goodness is a chance for reward and any act of harm you prevent is also a chance for reward. Don't let the opportunity for reward pass you by - if you see something, speak up!