Thursday 31 January 2013

Homework Updates

Tests and Quizzes:

Science Project and Presentation due tomorrow
Social Studies Chapter 4 Test Monday
Math Chapter 7 Quiz on Tuesday
Science Chapter 11 Quiz Thursday

Homework for Tonight:

French: Final Story due tomorrow

Language: chapter 15 and 16 questions

Social Studies: Chapter 4 Quiz Review questions

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Field Trip - Canadian War Museum

Field Trip to the 

Canadian War Museum 

Grade 7: New France and the Clash of Empires
The lives and roles of various individuals at the time of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham come to life with a hands-on investigation of primary and secondary historical sources. Using dramatic events, firsthand accounts and varied perspectives on the Seven Years’ War, your students will explore the conflict that defined daily life for the people of this period, and discover how it changed Canada - and the world - forever.

Grade 8: Conflict and Confederation in British North America, 1775–1867

Students will explore how the American Revolution and the War of 1812 shaped life in Canada 200 years ago, and how these events continue to have an impact on Canada today. Through hands-on exploration of artifacts and historical documents, students will piece together the lives of Loyalist and Iroquois settlers after the American Revolution, and Canadian soldiers and civilians during the War of 1812. Students will gain a better understanding of how these and other conflicts on our soil ultimately led to Confederation in 1867.
Please return forms by Monday Feb. 4th, 2013

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please contact me if you are available!

Today's Homework: Reminders

Science Project: Science presentation and models are due this Friday.

French:  Finish writing the story - final copy is due Friday.

Math: Textbook page 247 #7 and 10.

Science: Textbook page 383 #3, 4, 5, 10

Language: Students should be up to date with the Hatchet comprehension package. Students should have completed up to Chapter 14. If you have not, please see me during lunch to catch up!

This Week's Library Research

Dear Parents,
Assalamu Alaikum

In library class today, we worked on Information Seeking Strategies and discussed the databases that the students had chosen as one of their resources.  For next week, the students will need to complete the Print and Website Evaluation Sheets that was handed out to them today.  The two sheets are to be used as templates and used with all of their resources.

Next Wednesday, we will be looking at the third step in the research process, which is Location & Access. They need to bring all their print material with them (nonfiction books and Canadian historical magazine) that deals with their topic, "Confederation" and their Print and Website Evaluation Sheets.  Please make sure that they get the required resources.

If you have any questions or comments,  you make contact by phone or via email.

Nancy-Ann Brethour, Librarian

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Today's Homework: Reminders

Library Research: A book and a website about New France topic for tomorrow's library class.

Science Project: Science presentation and models are due this Friday.

Math: Workbook page 70 due tomorrow

Language: Students should be up to date with the Hatchet comprehension package. Students should have completed up to Chapter 14. If you have not, please see me during lunch to catch up!

Other Notes:

Science Fair Information was  dueon Monday. Please see Tr. Amina if you have not already.

Sign all returned rubrics and bring back to class!

Friday 25 January 2013

Library Research Project - Books for Wednesday

Dear Parents,
Assalamu Alaikum,

Your child is in the process of a research project in Library class.  We have tackled the first step in research (Task Definition).

This week, we are working on Information Seeking Strategies. For next Wednesday, they will need to find resources that will help them answer their questions. They will need the following: nonfiction books dealing with their topic, magazine articles found in a Canadian historical magazine, websites and databases. I have already given them a list of databases that are found at the Ottawa Public Library.  They need to circle the databases that they feel will help them in their quest to find answers to their questions.

They need to have all of their resources for next Wednesday, inshaAllah because they will evaluate and select the ones that they feel are relevant to what they are looking for.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan for your help in this matter.

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Ottawa Regional Science Fair - Tr. Amina

Ottawa Regional Science Fair

Assalam Alaikum Dear Parents:

I would like to give some updates regarding the Ottawa Regional Science Fair. This year the Ottawa Regional Science Fair will be held on Saturday April 6th, 2013 at Carleton University. Set up will take place on Friday April 5th from 4:00 to 6:30 PM.
The registration and confirmation process must be done online following the instructions provided on our web site: Again this year, a firm registration deadline will be implemented before March Break
Additional details can be found at: Please check it often to ensure that you are aware of any updates.

Summary of Dates/Deadlines
Registration Opens:          Saturday January 1st, 2013
Registration Closes:          Friday March 8th, 2013 - forms must be POSTMARKED by this date
Project Setup:                    Friday April 5th, 2013, 4:00PM - 6:30PM at Carleton University
Fair:                                   Saturday April 6th, 2013 Carleton University

Tr. Amina

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Boys' Lock-in Forms are due Tomorrow!

Reminder: Middle School Boys' Lock in is coming up on January 25th. Forms are due by tomorrow at the latest!

Quran Competition - Reminder

January 15, 2013.

Dear parents and guardians,

Assalamu Allikum

This is a reminder of the deadline for participating in the Abraar Fourth Annual Quran Competition which is approaching soon Insha Allah (31st January 2013).

Also, for the students who have submitted registration slips for the competition, please be advised that the first round of the competition will start at the beginning of February and will last until the beginning of March, so be prepared for this round according to the following dates:

Week 1 (Feb. 4 to Feb.8 )                  JK, SK and Grade 1.
Week 2 (Feb.11. to Feb. 14)              Grades 2 and 3.
Week 3 (Feb. Feb. 22)              Grades 4 and 5 .
Week 4 (Feb. 25. to Mar.1)               Grades 6, 7 and 8.

Lastly, Jazakum Allah Khairan to the parents who made contributions towards the Quran
competition and we are still waiting for your generous donations as we are about $1500 away from our target.

Wassalamu Allikum

Samia Tarbah
Quran Teacher

Monday 21 January 2013

Homework Reminders - Monday

Language: Hatchet journals were due today. Please hand in if you haven't.  Read Chapter 13-19. We are now working on the Hatchet dictionaries. Please bring your novel to class everyday.

SS: Chapter 3 Critical thinking questions were due today. Please see me if you haven't finished.

Quran: Ayah 1-2 test on Surah Mumtahinah is tomorrow - Practice, practice!

Math: Workbook page 65-66

MS Readathon!

Dear Parents,
Assalamu Alaikum

Tomorrow is the Multiple Sclerosis Read-A-Thon kickoff!

The assembly will take place in the gym from 9:00 to 9:30.  Please visit for more information on this very important event.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan.

Friday 11 January 2013

Homework Reminders - Friday

Tests and Quizzes (on Monday):

  • Social Studies - Quiz on Chapter 3
  • Math - Quiz on Chapter 6
  • Quran - Test on all of Surah As-Saff

Homework (due Monday):
  • Language - Hatchet "Brian's Diary" Extension given to Monday
  • Math: Page 205 TB Questions #3, 5, 7, 9, and 11
  • French: Finish rough copy of your story and sign the French test

Quran Test this Monday on Surah Al-Saff

Quran: Update from Tr. Samia

Alhamdullah we finished reciting and memorizing surat Assaff  and  we will have a test on the whole surah MondayJanuary 14th Insha Allah . This test will be on Tajweed rules, reading rules and memorization of the whole surah , so please practice with your child using this website and go to Sheikh Ibrahim Alakhadar:  

Congratulations to the best memorizers  and reciters of the month 
of December

1.Bisma S.
2.Mataab B.
3.Bassima R.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan for your cooperation.

Tr. Samia

Thursday 10 January 2013

Science Fair Announcement

Dear Parents,

Assalam Alaikum,

Your child has been invited to take part in the Abraar School Science Fair scheduled for Wednesday, February 20th, 2013. This exciting event encourages students to think like young scientists. In the next few weeks, your child will design a science project using the scientific method to solve a problem. In this activity, students will have the opportunity to develop skills in creative thinking, problem solving and communication (oral and written).

Your cooperation is appreciated in encouraging your child and monitoring his/her progress along the way. Your support is the key to a successful project, but please do not allow your involvement to extend any further in order to assure equity and promote student learning. Guide your child whenever and wherever you can. It is important that the final project reflects student individual effort and design. Keep in mind also that a successful project can be completed for under $15.00

Students will be given instructions and guidelines (handouts) during class time as well as help during the various stages of their projects. Although most of the work will be completed at home, students will be able to use the science lab whenever possible. For suggestions on helping your child through this process, see the website at

Although participating in the event is already a reward in itself, we like to offer recognition (in the form of a prize) to the top 3 students for their excellence. We would appreciate your generosity in this regard by helping us cover the cost of the prizes. If you are able to help with a financial donation, you may give it or send it to Sr. Naida or to myself.

May Allah reward all of you for your generous contributions and support!

For any question, please email me.

Jazakum Allah Kheiran for your cooperation,

Amina Ould-brahim

Abraar Student Council in the works...

Participation forms for the Student Council were given out today. 

If you are interested, please submit your "Permission to Run" application form by Tuesday January 15th, 2013.

Homework Reminders - Thursday

Language Arts: 

  •  Read Chapter 7 of Hatchet if you have not done so already.
  • Brian's Diary is now due on Monday
  • Workbook page 60-61 due tomorrow
Social Studies:
  • Review notes on Chapter 3 to prepare for the Chapter quiz on Monday.
Note: Boys' Reading Brochures are due! I have only received projects from two students.

Tuesday 8 January 2013

Until I See You - A Poem

Here is an interesting poem that someone wrote about what the Prophet means to him. Watch it and use it as inspiration as you decide on what theme to focus on for your collage art. 


Time to Re-Focus!

As-salamu alaykum Dear Parents,

I hope that you have all had an enjoyable and restful Winter holiday. Amazingly, we are already working toward the end of our second term. How times flies!

We have a lot of hard work ahead of us. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you to please stay up to date with the class blog and student agendas. I ask that you follow up on homework by continuing to sign the agendas at the end of each day once the homework is completed by your child.

As always, please feel free to email me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Some Reminders for this Week:

-Girls' Swimming on Wednesday
- Students should have submitted a 1-2 page draft of their short story. These stories will be peer-edited and teacher feedback will be provided before the final draft is submitted.
- Hatchet Diaries are due on Friday
- French assignment on descriptive language using Madame Souris part 1 due Wednesday
-Social Studies quiz coming up on Chapter 3 - Monday January 14th, 2013.

It is a pleasure to be working with you.

Jazakum Allahu khayran,

Tr. K

Sunday 6 January 2013

Welcome back from Winter Break!

I hope you all had a wonderful Winter break! Welcome back. We have a lot of fun and a lot of work ahead of us as we wrap up our second term of school.

Ready, set, bismillah!