Monday 29 September 2014

A Note from the School Librarian

Dear Parents,
Assalamu Alaikum

Last Wednesday, the students at Abraar Elementary School participated in the Terry Fox National School Run. I must say that it was a success, MashaAllah! Everyone from grade one to grade six participated either through walking or running. It was heartwarming to see the students participate in such large numbers. In addition, I want to share something incredibly sweet with all of you. The JKs and SKs were not able to run, so they decided to do something to help out. The teachers started "A Toonie for Terry" where each child brings two dollars to help in Terry's cause. I was overjoyed to see the amount of toonies raised.

Pledges are starting to come in, MashaAllah! Please note that all pledges need to be returned to school by October 7, 2014, inshaAllah.

I would like to give a big heartfelt thank you to everyone for their participation and generous donations. Jazakum Allahu Kharain.
Have a wonderful day, inshallah.

Nancy-Ann Brethour
School Librarian

Thursday 25 September 2014

Monday 22 September 2014

Homework Updates

Assalamu Alaikom,

Math H.W. for today is workbook p. 6

Science : Package p. 7-9 (due Wednesday)

Thursday 18 September 2014

Welcome Letter from Teacher Hadia (Quran Teacher)

Sept. 19th, 2014.


Dear Parents,

Assalamo Allikum.

My name is Hadia Arabi Katbi. I am your child’s Quran teacher. In this welcoming letter, I ask Allah Almighty to make this school year a successful one, and to help us make the Quran reach our children’s tongues and hearts. My utmost goal in my classroom is to make your child learn how to read the Quran properly Inshallah. Also, your child will be memorizing some Suras of the Quran.

I will keep you informed of your child’s progress in memorization and learning through the student agenda which will be the main communication line between me and the parents. On a weekly basis, you will find in the agenda the ayas we plan to study and memorize and when the ayas are due for testing. Please do check the agenda at least once a week to check on your child progress as I will write notes and comments in case your child is not progressing.

Inshallah, with your help, support and feedback, you will notice a big difference in your child’s Quran reciting. Please feel free to contact me through the school number or my email.

Wassalamo Allikum

Hadia Arabi Katbi (Quran Teacher)

Sept. 19th, 2014.



Math H.W

Math H.W.: Workbook p.5

Wednesday 17 September 2014

The National School Terry Fox Run Day

The National School Terry Fox Run Day

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Assalamu Alaikum

Abraar School is pleased to be hosting the annual National School Terry Fox Run Day.  This year, it will be on

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

All monies raised through our event will be forwarded to The Terry Fox Foundation to further the cause of cancer research.  In addition, our walk/run will be on school grounds. Teachers and supervisors will be on hand to supervise and assist students along the way.

In addition, a permission slip and pledge form will be sent home with the grades 1 to 6 students on Friday, September 19, 2014. All students are encouraged to take part.  Let us keep Terry’s dream to find a cure for cancer alive. For more information, please visit 
Thank you for your support in this crucial fight against cancer.
Jazakum Allahu Khairan

Tr. Nancy,
Event Organizer

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Math H.W.

Assalamu Alaikom Dear Parents,

Math H.W. for today is workbook p.4


Monday 15 September 2014

Math H.W

Math H.W.: Workbook p. 3

Please bring calculators to math class tomorrow.

Thanks and best regards,

Tr. Marwa

Message from Tr. Amina (French Teacher)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014      


Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu!


Dear Parents,


My name is Madame Amina Ould-brahim and I am your child French this year. I have been at Abraar School since 2008 and each First Day of School is a new exciting day for me and this year is no exception.

I am looking forward to a very successful year, Insha’a Allah, and I know you are too. I have high expectations for your child and I will do all what I can to help him / her to meet these expectations, Insha’a Allah!


Here is how you can help. I will be expecting all work assigned in class to be completed. Of course, all children do not work at the same pace. Some children will get their work done in class and some will not. Whether or not your child gets his or her work done in class has no effect on their grade. If your child does not complete an assignment in class, he or she will be required to complete it at home. The way you can help is to ask your child every school day if any schoolwork needs to be done, and if so, make sure your child completes the assignment.

Class rules and rewards/consequences

During French class, we have set the following rules in order to promote and maintain a safe learning environment.

Rules during French class: 
My goal is to do the best I can in everything.
1.       I respect myself and others.
2.       I keep my hands and my feet to myself.
3.       I raise my hand and wait for permission to talk.
Rewards: To encourage good behaviour, students are rewarded according to the class reward system.
Once students accumulate enough vocabulary, a reward system will be implemented for speaking French in French class.
Consequences: To allow opportunities for behaviour improvement, we follow the discipline manual system throughout one week:
1.       First occurrence, student gets a warning.
2.       Second occurrence, student writes  a reflection sheet
3.       Third occurrence, contact to parents. ( reflection sheet sent home for signature and returned to me signed for student to join the class)

 Students are allowed to talk in French during French class with their friends except during instruction time. No whispering is allowed throughout the whole period.


Students are also expected to have the following supplies:

·         One (2) pockets folder.
·         Two notebooks
·         Pencil, eraser, sharpener, ruler.

 French Curriculum:


In the New Ontario Core French curriculum, the expectations are organized into 4 strands corresponding to the 4 main areas of language use. These strands are listening speaking, reading and writing.

The difference with the previous curriculum is that oral communication is split into listening and speaking and weights 50% in the curriculum instead of 33%.

Aim language approach helps students to:

  1. Be able to communicate in authentic situation and to develop spontaneous oral communication through repetition of the vocabulary.
  2. To learn word-meaning relationships through gesture without relying on English translation.
  3. To connect emotionally to the content of their French as a Second Language course through familiar stories.
  4.  To develop an awareness of language conventions (syntax and grammar) through gesture.

Please check the following websites for more details.

During September, we will focus on oral communication to enrich and to review our vocabulary so students can interact in class discussions in French and we will review some grammar concepts.


This year, Insha’a Allah, students will have:

  1. One spelling test each month.
  2. Reading a book and completing a book report each other month.
  3. Grammar worksheet based on the lesson covered.

Class work is expected to be completed in class and on time. However, because students do not work at the same pace, any uncompleted class work must be finished at home. If for any reason, it is not done; students are given a last chance to finish it during recess time.

You may help me in checking your child’s agenda and the class blog on a daily basis to encourage him/her to do the homework regularly as your child has only one long recess where he/she can enjoy the fresh air and play with his/her friend.

As I am going to emphasize that only French is spoken during French class for all grades, students may find it challenging at the beginning but Insha’a Allah, as they will acquire more vocabulary, they will gain confidence in using it spontaneously in class and outside the class.

The French Long range Plan will be posted in your child class ‘blog as soon as it becomes available.

The success of this program cannot be achieved without your cooperation and your support. You may help by staying involved in your child’s education and emphasizing for him/her the importance of speaking only French in French class. Engage your child in conversation about his/her French class while understanding that students are not always able to articulate their experiences.

Finally, I want you to know that one of my most important goals this year is to keep the lines of communication open with you Insha’a Allah. To keep you updated, I will post French News in the class’ blog. I will also send you a note in your child agenda or an email or call you whenever there is very important information to be shared.


 Should you have any questions or concerns during the year, please feel free to contact me by:


 Sending a note in your child‘s agenda, or Calling the school at: 613- 226 - 1396, or

Sending an email.


Jazakum Allah Kheiran for your cooperation and your support.


Dr.Amina Ould-brahim,
French teacher and Science Coordinator

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Friday 12 September 2014


Assalamu Alaikom,

Math H.W : Workbook p.2

Islamic Studies: Workbook p. 94

Thursday 11 September 2014

Classroom updates

Islamic Studies H.W.: Workbook p.94 (due Monday Sept. 15th, 2014)

Scholastic book orders are due tomorrow (Friday Sept. 12th, 2014)

Language and Social Studies Update :)

AS Salam Alaikum Parents,

       My name is Tr. Seher and I will be your child's Language and Social Studies teacher. Here, I will be posting updates on weekly homework and announcements. Here is a rough idea of what we will be learning in term 1.

Language: Focus on Habitats
Monday: Spelling
Wednesday: Grammar
Friday: Spelling Tests

Social Studies: Political and Physical Regions of Canada

Islamic Studies: "Character is key"
We will be reading variety of stories and informational texts related to the importance of good character in Islam.

Reading: Focusing on the RAZ-KIDS program
(Raz-Kids  is an online account where your child can sign in and can read, hear, record, and answer questions based on the book they read. They have access to hundreds of eBooks! We will be using Raz-Kids weekly and students will be administered online assignments each week. It is highly recommended that students buy a microphone headset where they can hear and record themselves reading).


             Tr. Seher

Wednesday 10 September 2014

First Week of School

             Welcome to our sweet Classroom (Grade 4A)
Assalamu Alaikom Dear Parents,
Alhamdullelah, we have made it through the first week of school, and our class seems to be off to a great start. I was excited to see familiar faces and a few new students who I am sure will help make our school even better. I know we are going to have a super year.
Throughout the last week, we’ve worked to build a respectful classroom environment, have finished discussing our classroom rules, and are currently involved in taking care of our classroom.
As the year is just starting I have included a few details in this note to help us get going.
We have two nutrition breaks during the day (09:55 – 10:00, 11:35- 11:55). Our classroom is a nut-free room. The following website offers good tips for lunches:
Please talk to your son or daughter about good food choices and about what they like to eat. Be sure to talk about whether or not they have enough food for the two breaks. Kids are often very hungry by the second break.
Thanks for bringing your supplies. Generally, everyone seems to have everything they’ll need for the first part of the year. Throughout the year, please ask your son or daughter if they need more pencils or erasers. Indoor shoes that fit and stay properly on the feet are important for their safety.
Student agendas are a great way to communicate between home and school. Students will write in important events and reminders as well as any homework they might have. Please feel free to write notes to me using the agenda. I ask that an adult look over the agenda each night and sign it. Use the agenda as a discussion point with your son or daughter.
Students will list any homework in the student agenda. Please take the time to sit and review homework with your son or daughter. I encourage you to ask them to talk over what they are doing as this will help them to review and understand the material.
Look over their work for accuracy, neatness and completeness. It is important that your son or daughter see you involved and interested in their learning. Let them see that you have and input in helping them be successful students.
I am looking forward to a wonderful and successful year insha’Allah.

Math H.W. (Sept.10, 2014)

Math Workbook p.1

Saturday 6 September 2014

Welcome to Grade 4A

Grade 4A Newsletter

September 2014

Dear Parents:

Welcome to Grade 4A at Abraar School! My name is Ms Marwa and I will be your child’s teacher this year.  I am a certified teacher, my teachable is mathematics. I also have a master’s degree in Education from University of Ottawa. I love to teach mathematics! I could teach it all day!

We are looking forward to a great and successful school year in which all of our children will reach their full academic, social and emotional potential.

A good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. Throughout the year, we will communicate through the school blog, e-mails, reports, and parent/teacher interviews. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can e-mail at I believe that this year will be one of the best yet with your support and partnership. 

At Abraar School, our code of conduct for our children is the following:

1.      Be conscious of Allah (SWT);

2.      Arrive on time and prepared to learn;

3.      Treat others, as you would like them to treat you;

4.      Work hard to be successful;

5.      Respect others.

This September is bound to be a busy time for all of us as we settle back into the routine of school after summer. On the following page are some helpful bits of information and requests to help smooth the transition from summer to school. Please keep them handy for easy reference.


·        RUNNING SHOES: All students must have indoor shoes to be left at school.  This helps to keep our classroom floor clean and dry. For safety reasons, please make sure your child’s shoes are the proper size.

·        TISSUE BOXES: Your child needs to bring TWO tissue boxes to be left in the classroom.

·        CHAIR SLIPPERS: Please send to school 4 chair slippers with your child. They look like tennis balls with a slit in them.  Chair slippers will help protect the chairs and reduce noise in the classroom. 

·        OUTDOOR CLOTHING APPROPRIATE TO THE WEATHER: The children go out for recess everyday unless it is raining or extremely cold. Please keep this in mind. Label all other clothing (coats, boots, gloves, hats, scarves, snowsuits, rainwear, etc). This helps to avoid confusion and lost articles. PLEASE do not send umbrellas. They can be very dangerous.
·        A HEALTHY SNACK: At Abraar School we promote a healthy, active lifestyle.  It was found that healthy food choices improve concentration and success in the classroom. For that reason Abraar School has adopted a no junk food policy. Students should bring a nutritious snack with them each day. Chocolate bars and chips will be sent home again as they are not healthy. Please ensure all reusable containers or water bottles are labelled with your child’s name.

Here is a list of simple and healthy snack ideas:

-          Raw vegetables, such as celery, carrots, cucumber, broccoli, green pepper or cauliflower.

-          Fresh fruit in season, cut in slices or halves, such as apples, oranges, bananas, peaches, grapefruit, grapes, melons, pears, plums or strawberries.

-          Dried fruit.

-          Non-sugared dry cereals.

-          Yogurt with fresh, frozen, or canned fruit (remember to pack a spoon).

-          Cheese and crackers.

-          Granola bars (check label carefully).

-          Arrowroot biscuits.

-          A sandwich

Thank you for your support and I look forward to a wonderful and successful year with you and your special someone insha’Allah.

Ms Marwa Ahmed, OCT
Grade 4A Homeroom Teacher