Wednesday 25 February 2015

French News from Tr. Said

Assalam alaikoum  Dear parents, I hope my email finds you in good health and Eman
This week, your child began a new unit: Le Bistro des animaux.
The play for this unit is based on an original story, Le bistro
des animaux. In this story, the animals are constantly arguing because each believes that
s/he is the best. Louis la grenouille, a character that appeared in a previous story, sees the
animals and wants to help. He visits his friend, Alice, to ask her opinion about this dilemma
and she suggests that they design a common goal for all the animals. They decide to invite
the animals to be part of a project to build a café where eventually all of them will be able
to eat, sing and have fun together. Each animal is approached by either Louis
or Alice and all think that this is a wonderful idea. Initially, they are not told that the other
animals are participating in the project. When they later realize that they are actually
working together, the animals begin to consider the important qualities that each has to
offer and, instead of fighting over their differences, they begin to appreciate them.
In this unit, students continue to expand their knowledge of vocabulary through the
Gesture Approach, which provides students with different learning styles and intelligences
a variety of ways to learn the language. Scripted plays continue to provide an important
context for new and previously introduced vocabulary to be learned and further
consolidated. Students will be provided with greater opportunity to use the language
creatively and further develop their oral storytelling skills. They will have the opportunity
for poetry writing in this unit as well as creative story writing. Learning refinements of the
language (focus on grammar) continues to take an increasingly larger role at this stage of
the program, and the students will be expected to improve in their ability to identify and
self-correct targeted grammatical elements. We continue to balance large-group work with
small-group, partner, and individual activities. Each play is integrated (both in content
and linguistically) with a French song, and music continues to play an important role in
language development. Students are expected to participate in whole-class and partner
cooperative poetry and story writing activities. French is the language used in all classroom
At the end of this unit, your child will make another presentation to classes in the school
and to family members. Once again, at-home video support with the accompanying text
is available for your son or daughter as s/he progresses through this unit.
In this unit, students will:
• view, listen to, and read the play, Le bistro des animaux;
• memorize lines from the story;
• recognize words and their meanings within the context of the play;
• dramatize the play, responding in a personal way;
• read the text to the teacher and each other;
• extract specifi c information to ask and respond to knowledge and comprehensionbased
questions orally and in writing;
• manipulate the language in written form through a variety of structured and creative
written activities;
• manipulate the language in oral form in structured and creative activities as well as spontaneously
with teacher and peers;
• learn to write in rhyme and ensure that rhyming sentences scan correctly;
• compare/contrast and describe characters, settings, and events in the play;
• learn to sing the song Le bistro des animaux and perform the dance;
• identify words and sentences through gesture activities and produce the gestures for the
words from vocabulary levels 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, and 2C;
• demonstrate a good knowledge of associative vocabulary introduced so far
• learn to to identfi fy and produce, orally and in writing, the correct form of double verb
constructions (verb plus infinitive) of verbs introduced so far;
• develop an awareness of and be able to identify and produce le passé composé form of
verbs introduced so far as well as l’imparfait forms of verbs used with high frequency in
this tense;
• learn to identify the correct form of verbs that have irregular plural forms in the
present tense;
• begin to be able to identify other grammatical concepts such as contractions
(au, des, and du);
• demonstrate an awareness of and ability to apply spelling rules in French and to spell
high-frequency words correctly.

Assessment will take a variety of ways, including anecdotal, performance,
and products:
• observation of participation in large- and small-group oral language activities;
• summative assessment of fi nal production of play and dance for an audience;
• ongoing assessment of choral reading and individual reading in small-group
play rehearsal;
• ongoing assesssment of the ability to demonstrate knowledge and comprehension
of the story;
• assessment of structured written language manipulation activities
• assessment of the ability to use the language creatively and with increasing correctness
in spontaneous speech, as well as creative oral and written activities based on the story
for the unit;
• assessment in large- and small-group sessions, of students’ vocabulary knowledge
through their ability to identify individual words and their associations as well as full
sentences, by gesturing and/or naming the word;
• ongoing observation of the development of spontaneous fl uency through daily interactions
in French among peers and with the teacher.
Students will be expected to spend five to ten minutes a night reviewing lines for rehearsal
and performance, reviewing gestured vocabulary introduced during previous lessons, and
practicing the song.
If you have any questions, please contact me.

You find in attachment:

The story : Le Bistro des animaux .
List of vocabulary
All activities .


French Teacher

Monday 23 February 2015

MS Read-A-Thon Reminder

Dear Parents, 
Assalamu Alaikum

Please note that all the MS Read-A-Thon Pledge sheets and money donations need to be brought to school on or before Wednesday, February 25, 2015.  The company that will be picking up the pledges and the money will be coming to school Thursday, February 26, 2015. It is vital that their envelope be ready for Thursday.

Thank you for your help and cooperation in this matter.

Have a great day inshaAllah.


Nancy-Ann Brethour
School Librarian

Math Updates

Alsalamo Alikom dear Parents 

Image result for geometry clip artHope you are doing well and in the best of your health.

InshaaAllah over the coming month, I will be working on Geometry and Spatial Sense strand which is covered in chapters 7,8,11. I decided before I start I will revise everything related to geometry starting from the types of lines, relations between lines, different types of polygons, all about triangles, and characteristics of quadrilaterals, then we will start chapter 7 inshaaAllah .

This will help me to put all the missing foundations for geometry and be sure that all the students are on the same track.

I hope inshaaAllah that this will help students who are facing some challenges in geometry.

Jazakom Allah Khairan for your cooperation

Friday 20 February 2015

Math Test

Alsalamo Alikom dear Parents

Hope you are doing well and in the best of your health.

Alhamdullillah we finished revising chapter 10, so Grade 6 will have their Math test on Monday Feb. 23rd.

Jazakom Allah Khairan.

Thursday 19 February 2015

Student Led Conferences and Early Release on February 20

Assalamu Alaikum,

Student Led Conference - Feb.20
Please note that the annual student led conference will be held on Friday, Feb.20 from 4-7pm. A detailed schedule was sent out for parents to sign up along with the Report Card.

Early Release - Feb.20

We will have an early release on Friday, February 20.  Parents are requested to pick up their child(ren) at 1:30pm.

Jazakum Allahu khairan.

Wednesday 18 February 2015

Islamic Studies Story Due March 9, 2015

Assalamu Alaikum Dear Parents,

As part of our Islamic Studies Unit on Seerah, the Grade 6 students will be producing a children's story on one aspect in the life of the Prophet Mohammed (SAW).  Please note that this is not a biography but, rather, one particular story or incident in the Prophet's (SAW) life.  It must be simplified to be suitable for a child's reading level.  Insha Allah our students will be sharing their written works with our younger Abraar students.  Please encourage your children to submit their BEST WORK in a timely manner.  I look forward to reading their stories!

Jazakum Allahu Khairan,
Tr. Salma

Sunnah #2: Say Bismillah!

Assalamu Alaikum Dear Parents,

Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) used to say Bismillah (in the name of Allah) before doing almost EVERYTHING! 

He said bismillah before eating, changing clothes, putting on his shoes, making wudu’, and leaving & entering his house.

Please encourage your children to say bismillah before doing anything (i.e starting their homework, eating, drinking, opening things, & removing their clothes)

Jazakum Allah khair!

Polar Expressions Short Story Contest

Assalamu Alaikum,

Just a quick reminder that the short stories for the Polar Expressions Contest are due this Friday, February 20, 2015.  I will be mailing the stories over the weekend, insha Allah.  Please ensure that you submit a typed copy of your story by Friday.  Best of luck to you all!

Tr. Salma

Monday 9 February 2015

Notice from Librarian, Tr. Nancy

Dear Parents,
Assalamu Alaikum

We have updated information regarding the MS Read-A-Thon

​ on the school library website​.
 Please go to Upcoming Events for updates.
​Have a wonderful day, inshaAllah.​

Nancy-Ann Brethour
School Librarian

Friday 6 February 2015

Math Test

Alsalamo Alikom dear Parents

InshaaAllah Grade 6 will have a test in chapter 9 "Multiplying Decimals" on Monday Feb. 9th, 2015.
With all the success inshaaAllah.

Jazakom Allah Khairan.