Thursday, 30 October 2014

Spelling Test - Tomorrow

  1. well 
  2. puff
  3. smell
  4. spill
  5. unless
  6. mass
  7. cliff
  8. miss
  9. fill
  10. guess
  11. stuff
  12. grill
  13. chill
  14. fall

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Math home practice

AA dear parents,

The third graders have already finished 3 lessons in the second Chapter "Numeration". We have started working on these links in our lab period, but 40 min is not enough to finish them all. Please let your child practice at home.

Here are some practice links for each lesson:

Lesson 1: Representing Numbers:

Lesson 2: Renaming Numbers:

Lesson 3: Modelling Numbers/Place Value Numbers:

Here is also another link to practice regrouping numbers:

Your help is highly appreciated.
Tr. Hajer

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Arabic Update - Tr. Amal

أولياء الأمور الكرام / السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

يوم الخميس  سيكون اختبار قواعد في تصريف الفعل الماضي إلى الضمائر ( المتكلم - الغائبة - والمخاطبة ) 

- الجملة المثبة والمنفية .

- الجملة التامة والناقصة.

- أقسام الكلام ( اسم - فعل - حرف ) 

ملاحظة :- عند المراجعة للاختبار الرجوع إلى الكتاب  المدرسي ص 11 و ص 17و إلى دفتر الواجب الخاص بالتلميذ ,و الورق المصور الذي بحوزته.

شكرا جزيلا لتعاونكم 

 المدرسة أمل

Monday, 27 October 2014

Language Update - Tr. Fatima

AA Parents,

Spelling Spectrum Workbook pages: 28, 29, 30, 31 are due on Friday.

You will find the Spelling List words on page 31 in the blue box. Spelling Test Friday

Students brought home their language folders. I have marked Spelling tests and Journal Entries. Please take a look at your child's work and sign it. There is a rubric attached.

The students are responsible for bringing in their language folders tomorrow (Tuesday).

Thank you for all your efforts.


Islamic Studies Update - Tr. Fatima

AA Parents,

Students have an Islamic Studies Test Next Week WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 5th. The test will cover material that has been discussed since the beginning.

Major Topics

1. What is Iman/Pillars of Iman

2. The Pillars of Islam

3. The stories of Prophet Ibraheem (name of chapters)
- Ibraheem searches for Allah
- Ibraheem's Iman made him brave
- when fire does not burn
- prophet Ibraheem travels to Mekka
-  The Hardest Test
- Building Al-Ka'bah
- Hajj: the Fifth Pillar

Best way to study is to review the End of Chapter Questions "Study Questions"


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Language Update - Tr. Fatima

AA Parents,

 I hope that you are having a restful weekend inshalla. I wanted to update you about a few things that are happening in our Language Arts class.

With regards to Writing we looked at the importance of choosing a strong idea for writing. A strong idea should be specific and clear. Following a strong idea should be a topic sentence. In class, we explored ways to start writing our paragraphs by reviewing what a main idea is. A main a idea tells the reader what a piece of writing is mostly about. The main idea is expressed in what is called a topic sentence. Students used a web to plan their topic sentences and supporting sentences. Students did this very well in class. 

Next steps for our writing is using the "5 Ws" to add details. Details are ideas that make our writing more interesting.

In reading I will introduce RazKidz to students next week inshalla. Razkidz is a dynamic website where kids go for engaging reading practice. With Raz-Kids, students can listen to, read, and even record themselves reading literary and informational eBooks anywhere they have Internet access. Make reading fun for your kids. I hope to give out usernames and passwords next week as well.

It is also always helpful to encourage your child to read everyday for about 20-30 minutes.


Friday, 24 October 2014

Math Work

AA dear parents,

Your kids went home with their workbooks and extra practice worksheets. They have to do p 10 in their workbook (lesson 2: renaming numbers). The worksheets are extra practice for the first Chapter. We will in sha'Allah redo the math test on Monday. Students need to practice more to improve their "end of chapter tests' marks.

Tr. Hajer

Thursday, 23 October 2014

New Math Chapter (Numeration)

Assalamu Alaykom dear parents,

Over the next three weeks, your child will be working with numbers from 0 to 1000. The students will represents and describe numbers such as 894 in a variety of ways and situations. Relationships among numbers and among digits in numbers will be emphasized as students rename, round, compare, and order numbers, explore number patterns, and develop number sense. Your child will also work with money to estimate, count, and write money amounts up to $10 and work with bills up to $100.
Throughout this time, you and your child can practise some at-home activities such as the following:

  • You and your child can play a game using two sets of number cards labelled 0 to 9. Shuffle the cards and, without looking, choose two cards to form a 2-digit number. Ask your child to say the number, and to write the number in expanded form with words. For example, 75 can be made from two cards numbered 7 and 5. In expanded form, it is written as 70+5 and in expanded form with words, it is 7 tens 5 ones. After your child had lots of practice with 2-digit numbers, you can play the same game with 3-digit numbers, using three sets of numbered cards.
  • Say aloud various 2- and 3-digit numbers and ask your child to find the cards to make the numbers.
  • Choose a book with a large number of pages. Open the book to a random page and ask your child to tell you the numbers 1 greater than, 1 less than, 10 greater than, and 10 less than the page number.
  • Your child can count out the amount of money required when making a purchase in a store with you.
We really need your help at home so our students strive for success.
 Jazakum Allah khairan,
Tr. Hajer

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Islamic Studies - Tr. Fatima

AA Parents,

Students took home their Islamic Studies Text to finish their Questions. On page B37 questions 1-7 and on page B45. It should be complete sentences. Title, date, questions, and complete answers.

Students need to bring back their Islamic Studies Textbook and Notebook MONDAY.


Quran Update - Tr. Ibtisam

Assalamu Alaykom,

This is a partial translation of surah Al-Infitar :

   The righteous
   The Wicked
        A Soul


The sky
The stars
The seas
A soul



Created you




French Update - Tr. Amina

News from the French class

News from the French class

Assalamu Alaikum Dear Parents
Time is just flying by and we are already in October.
So far we are working on our daily vocabulary, using it in sentences, questions and answers. Al Hamdulillah, students are starting to gain some confidence in speaking French in class.
We are working on our first story “Les Trois Petits Cochons”. Students were given the photocopy of the story today.  This week, Insha’a Allah, we will start the reading comprehension activity related to the story “Choisis le bon mot”.
·         Tuesday, October 28, we are having the 1st French test: spelling and vocabulary.
·         The spelling list for Tuesday is:
1.       froid
2.       chaud
3.       un peu
4.       beaucoup
5.       lundi
6.       mardi
7.       mercredi
8.       jeudi
9.       vendredi
10.   samedi
11.   dimanche
12.   une semaine
·         The vocabulary comprehension section is related to the daily vocabulary we drill in class and students   familiar with this activity.
Important note: Please note that only one photocopy of the story and of any written activity will be given to the student. It is his/her responsibility to keep it safe in the folder and to have it in class. If for any reason, the document is misplaced or lost, student will have to rewrite it. If you wish to have a copy for home, you may make one copy for this purpose.
Jazakum Allah Kheiran for your cooperation and your support.

Dr Amina Ould-brahim,
French teacher
Science coordinator

Monday, 20 October 2014

Language Homework 3A - Tr. Fatima

AA Parents,

Language Homework for the week

The Spelling Spectrum Workbook pages 22, 23, 24, 25 all due on Friday

Students are to work on them gradually throughout the week.

**Words on page 25 in the blue box are the ones the students will be tested on.


Friday, 17 October 2014


Assalamu Alaykom dear parents,

Students took their math workbooks home. The following pages are their homework:
P 6, p 7, and p 8 (pages 7 and 8 are test review)
You can also check the math's last blog for extra practice.

Math test on Monday (10/20/2014) 
Science test on Wednesday (10/22/2014) in sha'Allah

Students have also taken their science journals home to review for the test. Can you please make sure they bring them back to school on Monday. 
Jazakum Allah khairan.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Arabic Update

أولياء الأمور الكرام/السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

أود أن أضع بين أيديكم  ما تم تدريسه في  اللغة العربية لهذه الفترة الدراسية , وما سيتم تدريسه لاحقا
القراءة  : تم تدريس موضوعين : 1- مكتبة المدرسة   2- أيام الحج

التعبير: تعبير شفهي وصف المشاهد المعروضة أمام الصف , وتعبير كتابي بكتابة جمل معبرة عن الصور
الأملاء :-   منظور, وآخر اختباري   مناقشة القاعدة الإملائية الخاصة  بأل الشمسية والقمرية والتنوين .

وفي الفترة القادمة  - إن شاء الله - سوف نغطي في المنهج الدراسي ما يلي:

 القراءة : 1 -علبك أن تنظم وقتك   2- مرحبا بك يا جدي
القواعد:- 1-  أقسام الكلام   2- الماضي المثبت والمنفي
النصوص: حفظ نص عن الخريف.

ملاحظة : سيكون في كل شهر اختبار  شامل لكل ما درس في القراءة, والقواعد , والإملاء  وسوف يتم إعلامكم بذلك مسبقا .هذا إلى جانب الاختبارات اليومية القصيرة  , والأعمال المنزلية.

جزاكم الله خيرا وكلنا أمل أن نتعاون معا  للنهوض بمستوى أولادنا الأعزاء في لغتنا الجميلة.

المدرسة : أمل

Improve Writing ! Great Ideas to Help you at home

As Salam Alaikum Parents,

        I received a lot of requests regarding writing strategies to help your child improve. The best way to improve your child’s writing is to have them write more.  I was reading an article online called “Put it to Paper: Tips for Parents to Improve a Child’s Writing Skills" by Audrey W. Prince, and she has a lot of great writing ideas that can be implemented in the family home from day to day. Here are a few ideas I took from the article and would like to share with you. The activities are quick and easy that students deem as fun and not as a chore.  
Send a Message - Frequently leave notes on pillows, desks, mirrors, wherever. Have yourchild write you a note in return. A family chalkboard or message board is a great tool forencouraging your child to write messages.

Letters - Make letter writing a habit for your child. Have your child write letters to family and

 “Year in Review” Notebook - Keep an ongoing record of your family’s life. Every family member can add to your family’s story. Include important events that happen during the year. On New Year’s Eve, sit down and read through your “Year in Review” and start a notebook for the next year. To add to your story, include family photos whenever possible.

 Postcards - Have your child write and mail postcards on family vacations or special outings.

 Say “Thank You” - Let your child get in the habit of writing “Thank You” notes for gifts or whenever it is appropriate to do so.

 Journals – As a gift, give your child a special journal. Encourage your child to
write in his/her journal as often as possible.

 Make a Menu - Let your child design and write the menu for a family dinner. This is a great activity that will keep a child busy while mom or dad is cooking. If some of the words are difficult, write them down on a separate sheet of paper for the child to copy.
 Be Creative - Encourage your child to write and perform skits or puppet shows. Set aside time for other family members to see the performance.

 Travel log - When you go on vacations, trips, or special outings, have your child record new sights and experiences from his/her journey.

Copy - If your child likes a particular song (nasheed), have him/her copy
the lyrics. Children can also copy their favorite poem, quotation, or short book. encourageneatness for legibility.

InshAllah these activities will help your child’s writing and keep you updated on their progress. Make sure to encourage your child and focus on the content and understanding at first rather than the grammar and punctuation.  It also creates a bonding experience among the family which is truly valuable at most JazakAllah-Khairan for your support and I truly hope you try a few of these activities.

Prince, A. (2008). Put It to Paper: Tips for Parents to Improve a Child’s Writing Skills, 148, 1-3. Retrieved October 16, 2014, from Writing Skills.pdf

Thursday October 16 2014 Homework 3A

AA Parents,

Students need to complete

1. spelling sentences and word writing 5x in their spelling notebook.

2. Spelling Spectrum Workbook page 18, 19, 20, 21

This is good practice for their spelling test tomorrow.

* Some students were able to complete this in class

Math Update - Tr. Hajer

Assalamu Alaykom dear parents,

Below are some links for Patterns unit (the six lessons). These are meant to help the students to review for the coming math test in sha'Allah.

The links below Have some activities using manipulatives:

Tr. Hajer

Hajer Ben Abid, B.Ed., M.A.
Grade 3B homeroom teacher
Abraar School: Islamic Education for the Next Generation

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Science and Math Update - Tr. Hajer

Assalamu Alaykom dear parents,

Grade 3A will have a science test next Wednesday (10/22/2014) in sha'Allah. I will be giving them their notebooks and their folders to review.

We will also have a math end of unit test next Monday (10/20/2014) in sha'Allah.


-Students took their math mid chapter test home. Please sign it and send it back to the class no later than tomorrow.
-The CTBS test will start tomorrow in sha'Allah.

Jazakum Allah khairan,

Hajer Ben Abid, B.Ed., M.A.
Grade 3B homeroom teacher
Abraar School: Islamic Education for the Next Generation

Canadian Tests of Basic Skills (CTBS)

Canadian Tests of Basic Skills (CTBS)
AA Parents 

Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be writing their CTBS Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Morning this week.

The Canadian Tests of Basic Skills (CTBS) are trusted group assessment tools that will enable you to identify student achievement in major curriculum areas including vocabulary, reading, language, mathematics, and science.

How will Canadian Tests of Basic Skills (CTBS) help ?
With the results from CTBS, teachers will be able to:

• Identify at-risk and gifted students
• Make decisions for grouping students
• Plan instructional emphases
• Measure growth of learning
• Evaluate effectiveness of instruction
• Report back to parents on student progress

For more information

Arabic Update

أولياء الأمور الكرام / السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

كل عام وأنتم بخير أود أن أخبركم بأنه سيكون هناك اختبار كتابي في القراءة  يوم الجمعة 

الموافق17 كتوبر .   في درسي
1- مكتبة المدرسة                        2- أيام الحج

ماذا في الاختبار ؟

اسئلة فهم    -  معاني مفردات       -      ملء الفراغ  

المدرسة   أمل الجلاد         وسحر أحمد

Spelling Update - Tr. Fatima

AA Parents

The Spelling this week will focus on The long e sound which can be spelled e, ee, ea, y, or ay. We will also be looking at long i which can be spelled i-consonant-e, y, or igh

Spelling Words 

  1. high
  2. wheel
  3. smile 
  4. lucky
  5. might
  6. mile
  7. area
  8. easy
  9. busy
  10. street
  11. wipe 
  12. between
  13. twice 
  14. equal
* Spelling test this Friday Inshalla 

** thinking at home - try to come up with your own long i or e sound words

Monday, 13 October 2014

Islamic Studies - Tr. Fatima

Review from last week: Story of Prophet Ibraheem 


  • Retell the events of prophet Ibraheem 
  • Know the type of society he lived in
  • understand that humans cannot be Gods
  • what made Prophet Ibraheem brave?

What does is mean when someone is brave?
How was the Prophet being brave? 
  • He stood up for what he believed in
  • fearless from the King 
  • willing to say the truth, even though it may risk his life 
  • He tried to prove that there is only one Allah
Some Vocabulary
  • Temple 
  • Num-rude 
  • Babylon
  • Idols 
  • unjust 
  • carpenter 
  • Iraq 
  • Brave
  • courage 
Some health living Tips that we can practice 
  • always look for the truth 
  • always say the truth politely 

Thursday, 9 October 2014


AA Parents

Students will be bringing home their DRA reports identifying their independent reading levels and those asked to schedule a meeting will be given a meeting slip after the long weekend Insha'Allah. 


Social Studies 3A + 3B - Think about it Task

AA Parents

In social studies we have been talking about communities and the types of communities found in Urban and Rural areas. We have also talked about Needs and Wants that people should or should not depend on to survive. There are also many needs in a community that people would find hard or impossible to do alone, such as build a house or build a car.

We have also looked at simple maps with legends showing rural and urban communities. Students have also looked at some transportation used in both types of communities.

Weekend Task

Please encourage your child to go outside with your permission to observe their neighbourhood. Things to look for:

  • Your house (the size, attached to another, town house, separate, building)
  • Is your street busy? What is the name of your street?
  • do you have stores near you (which ones)?
  • which services do you have nearby (barber, tailor)?
  • Which restaurants do you have near by?
  • gas stations?
  • many houses near your house?
  • many cars?
  • many people?
  • mosque or church near by?
  • school near by?
Please allow your child to brainstorm their ideas on a piece of paper. They should bring it in NEXT THURSDAY - that's one week from today.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Language Homework Wednesday Oct 8

AA Parents 

Please note that students need complete the following things 

1. finish page 16 and 17 in spelling work book 
2. in spelling notebook please write sentences for each of the spelling words
3. write each word five times in the spelling workbook.
4. spelling test tomorrow 


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Language - Tr. Fatima

AA Parents,

I hope you have had a nice restful Eid with family and friends.

Last week both Tr. Naaz and myself were able to complete DRA reading assessments with the students (both 3A and 3B). In the upcoming days I will be sending home and posting more information to further your understanding about DRA.  A letter will be sent home to each parent identifying the DRA reading level that your child is at.

I have also completed a spelling diagnostic test for the students. Each student will be identified by colour (Green, Blue, Yellow and Red).

There is a spelling test this Thursday inshalla

  1. goal
  2. away
  3. done
  4. chose
  5. coach
  6. vote
  7. scale
  8. fail
  9. most
  10. awake
  11. crayon
  12. raise
  13. locate
  14. police 

Students will be receiving their weekly class dojo reports. Zunairah is the winner for last week - congrats!

Mathematics - Tr. Hajer

AA dear parents,

We have finished lesson 5 (Communicate about Patterns) and most of the students finished page 5 in their workbooks. If your child has brought his/her math workbook home, please make sure that he/she finishes all the exercises on page 5. Here is also the link for this lesson's homework:

Reminder: The math mid-chapter quiz will be on Thursday from 14:05 to 14:35 in sha'Allah.

Tr. Hajer

Hajer Ben Abid, B.Ed., M.A.
Grade 3B homeroom teacher
Abraar School: Islamic Education for the Next Generation

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Mathematics and Science Update - Tr. Hajer

AA Parents 

Our first month is alhamdulillah over. In math we are in mid-chapter one (Patterns). After Eid, students will have their first mid-chapter test (Thursday October 9th) in sha'Allah. As for science our coming lessons will be magnetism; What can a Force do?; Gravity; Muscular Force; Balanced forces; using a balance; Direction and speed; slowing movement; and Friction.

Hajer Ben Abid, B.Ed., M.A.
Grade 3B homeroom teacher
Abraar School: Islamic Education for the Next Generation

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

EQAO - Brochure

AA Parents,

Please note that EQAO information brochures were handed out today. If you are looking for more information please visit

thank you


AA Parents,

I hope that everyone is in good health inshalla and are ready for the upcoming Eid Celebrations.

Please note that Thursday (tomorrow) our class will have an EID PARTY (last 2 periods of the day)

We are having a healthy party with very minimal junk food.
Here are some options

Fruit Platter
vegetable platter with dip
fatayar (cut in two)
If you bring in homemade foods please write the ingredients down on a piece of paper

Please note that our class is nut free. Also note that we have a student allergic to wheat/gluten.