Monday 8 December 2014

Update on Language Arts and Social Studies

Assalam Alaikum Dear Parents,

Please find below an update on LA and S.S

Langauge Arts: We are done with our short story unit alhamdolelah! I have sent home the unit rubrics. These grades are a reflection of everything that we have done throughout this unit.  Please sign the rubrics and send them back tomorrow.

Social Studies: We are done chapter 3 and students will receive a quiz inshAllah on Wednesday.

Jazzakom Allah khairan,

Ms. Heba Mohamed

Monday 17 November 2014

7A & 7B Social Studies and Language Update

Assalam Alaikum,

Here is an update on what we have been in doing in Language Arts and Social Studies as well as what to expect this week inshAllah.

Language Arts

The students have been working very hard on their short stories over the past week.  Both grades have been working at different schedules.  This week we will be working on telling personal anecdotes and designing posters.

  • 7A short stories were due today.  
  • 7B short stories are due on Wednesday, November 17.
  • 7A and 7B: The students will work on presenting a personal anecdotes to the class on Wednesday, November 19.  I have already spoken to the students about the expectations for this assignment. They were also given the rubric to help them succeed as they plan their anecdotes.  This is meant to be a fun presentation that should only last for about 3 minutes.  
  • 7A and 7B Posters: I will provide students with clear instructions, rubrics as well as poster paper. They will be given time in class to design/brainstorm their posters and to receive feedback from their peers.  The final posters are due Monday, November 24.  Please note that no late posters will be accepted without a parental note.  

Social Studies

Alhamdolelah we are done with chapter 2! Students have submitted three HW assignments for a grade and will have their test this Thursday, November 20 inshAllah.  I have also given students a review sheet last week.  We will spend one review session in class this week.  Students who have completed their HW as well as their review sheet should have no problem doing well on the test inshAllah.

Its getting cold and snowy!  Students are still showing up in only sweaters, not hats, no boots and no gloves. Please have your child dress appropriately for the weather. Students also need to bring in door shoes or our class will become wet, slippery and muddy.

Girl's Gym
A friendly reminder that the girls have swimming this Wednesday inshAllah.

Jazzakom Allah Khairan,
Ms. Heba Mohamed

Monday 10 November 2014

Update on Language and Social Studies

Assalam Alaikum Dear Parents,

Language 7A and 7B: Over the past week we have started writing short stories in class.  Most of the work will be done in class but I may ask students to complete certain portions at home if we run behind.  I look forward to reading all the stories once they are done!

Reminder: If your child would like to enter the Polar Expressions poetry contest they must hand in their admission forms and poems no later than this Friday, November 14, 2014.

Social Studies 7A and 7B: We are almost finished with Chapter 2 in our New France unit!  This means that a test is coming up soon.  Unfortunately due to the high rate of incomplete HW, I have now started collecting and grading social studies HW.  Please ask your children to show you their social studies work in order to track their progress through the unit.

Anti-bullying Week: Next week is anti-bullying week.  We have already discussed the bullying circle in class. We will doing a school wide activity in which students will write how they can help someone who is being bullied on a leaf or a flower.  Students in both grade 7 classes have already received the templates and should submit them as soon as possible inshAllah.  The leaves and flowers will go up on our anti bullying tree.


  • We are down to our last few boxes of tissue paper in the class.  Please send a tissue box to class with your son/daughter as soon as possible.  With the flu season upon us we will be using more and more tissue in class.  
  • HW: Although most of the language work is done in class, students should be reading for at least 20 minutes a day.  After all, good readers make good writers!
  • Healthy snack and lunch: students are bringing in a lot of junk food for their snack and lunch. Healthy food is very important for their growth and brain development.  Children should be packing plenty of fruits and vegetables, dairy and healthy lunches.  Please note that in order to help students pack a healthier lunch, the following items will not be allowed (except on special occasions):
    • Chips, chocolate and candy
    • Pop and other high sugar juices and drinks 
    • energy drinks
    • doughnuts
    • Burgers and hotdogs should not be packed on a daily basis

Jazzakom Allah khairan,
Ms. Heba Mohamed

Friday 24 October 2014

Class Work and HW

Assalam alaikum,

Classwork and HW for grades 7A and 7B in language and Social Studies

Language Arts
This week we started our new unit on short stories called Find Your Own Path.  I have returned the final unit mark for Poetry to students in both classes.  Please check and sign the rubrics and discuss the mark with your child.

HW: Communicating skills pages 2, 3, 61, 68

Social Studies
We have started chapter 2 in History this week and are learning more about new France.


  1. 7A & 7B I have returned the journals that students were assigned to write. Although most of the students did very well alhamdolelah there are a few that did not follow the expectations.  Those students will have can rewrite their assignments correctly and hand them in for assessment on Monday inshAllah.
  2. 7A Students need to complete unfinished classwork
  3. 7A students need to read pages H31-H32 and take notes on each section. Due next Thursday.

Arabic (From Tr. Hajar)

Assalam Alaikum,

This is a reminder that the Grade 7's will have a test on Chapter 1 of their Arabic Text on MONDAY OCTOBER 27th, 2014.

The students have been told in-class what to review for.

A note about snacks and lunch
It is very important that students eat healthy at school in order to help them remain healthy and focused.  I have noticed that a lot of students are eating junk more than anything else. Please encourage your child to eat a balanced snack and lunch at school.  Also, please remember that we are a nut free school. Students are also not permitted to bring any sesame or food made with sesame, such as tahini and hummus, due to the serious allergies that we have in school.

Jazzakom Allah khairan and I hope you have a great weekend inshAllah.

Assalam alaikum,

Ms. Heba Mohamed

Thursday 16 October 2014


Assalam Alaikum Dear Parents,

Grade 7A and 7B Langauge Arts HW

  • Several rubrics were returned to the students today. Please sign and return the rubrics tomorrow.
  • 7B: The 7B's were assigned a Media Literacy assignment that was mostly finished in class.  This assignment is due tomorrow. 

Social Studies HW
The students have been assigned the last assignment for chapter 1.  This assignment includes the following:

  • A graphic organizer explaining their preferred choice of life style 
  • A historical journal sheet
  • A poster (size A4) that explains why they chose that group and that tries to convince others to join that life style.  Please note that this portion of the assignment has not yet been explained to 7B but inshAllah I will do so tomorrow. 
This assignment is due next Wednesday for grade 7B and next Thursday for grade 7A.

Have a lovely afternoon inshAllah.

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Wed. October 15, 2014

Assalam Alaikum Dear Parents,


Today the students started writing the CTBS test.  InshAllah they will continue writing the test for the next two days.

Social Studies: I have returned the social studies tests to grade 7B.  Please sign the test and send it with your child.  A comparing life style graphic organizer and journal has also been assigned. Students started working on their assignment in class. This assignment is due next Wednesday inshAllah.

Grade 7A will receive this assignment and tests during our Social Studies period later this week.

Jazzakom Allah kheer,
Ms. Heba Mohamed

Thursday 2 October 2014

Eid Mubarak!

Assalam alaikum dear parents,

Eid Mubarak and I wish you all a blessed eid. Please read below for an update on grades 7A and 7B Language Arts and Social Studies

Language Arts
We are currently exploring Media Literacy and poetry.  This will take us several lessons inshAllah but our unit is coming to an end soon. I am working on grading all of the poetry that students have submitted so please expected rubrics to come home this weekend and next week. Please look through your child's work for a better understanding on how they were graded.  Rubrics need to be signed and returned.

Here are some photos of students collaboratively working in Language Arts

Social Studies
Alhamdolelah we completed our first chapter on New France. We also reviewed in class and the students will have a test on chapter one on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.  The test will be composed of a vocabulary and short answer sections. 

  • Our Eid trip, class party and gift exchange for both grades 7 will be on October 7 inshAllah. Please send healthy items with your kids that are nut and sesame free. We also need someone to bring in napkins, plates, spoons, forks and juice. 
  • Updates on Math and Science can be found on Tr. Dina's blog. 

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Tuesday September 30

Assalam Alaikum,

Language Arts 7A and 7B

Today in language arts the students were assessed on poetry reading.

HW: Read for 30 minutes
7B need to complete a response sheet related to the poem they read in class.

Social Studies HW

The students received questions last week that are to be answered by tomorrow for 7B and Thursday for 7A.  These questions also serve as a review for the upcoming social studies test on Chapter 1.

Eid Celebration

InshAllah the students will be going on a bowling trip on Oct. 7 to celebrate Eid. We will also hold a class party that day. Students in 7A have already picked what they would like to bring. Since this will be their lunch that day our focus will be on healthy eating.  The party for 7B will be organized by Tr. Dina.  We will postpone our gift exchange to Oct. 7 inshAllah since it will be more fun that way.

Tr. Heba

Friday 28 March 2014

Speech Competition Updates

Dear Parents,

The Speech Competition is fast approaching. All students in Grade 7 and 8 have been busy working on researching and drafting their speeches during their Language Arts classes. In-class presentations will take place on Thursday and Friday next week (April 3rd and 4th). 

The rubric used to evaluate the speeches has been provided. Each student should review the rubric before their in-class presentation.   

Three finalists will be selected to represent each class in the Speech Competition. Finalists will be notified on Friday April 4th, 2014.

Thursday 6 March 2014

Happy March Break Grade 7

Have a great March break. See you on March 17th insha Allah

A few notes from Teachers:

Quran: Aya 1-2 of Surah Al-Hashr test after March break
Science: Study page 97-136
Islamic Studies: Review pages D2-D41

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Updates from Tr. Kherta

Dear Parents,

Here are a few updates on our progress in Language Arts and History:

In Language Arts, we have completed our study of short stories with an author study on the life of Edgar Allan Poe. Students engaged in research and used a variety of sources to learn about one of the most interesting authors of the 19th century. Currently, students have begun a novel study on Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. During this unit, students will be working on comprehension and analysis skills, reflective writing through journaling, and focusing on oral communication through the preparation of oral presentations.

In History, students have been learning about the British takeover of New France and the consequences of this takeover on the social and political structure of Canada. As we progress in this unit, students will research about the various groups that came to settle in Canada at that time, namely the Loyalists and the impact they had on the development of the colony at that time.