Category Archives: Class newsletters – Grade 5

Bi-weekly updates!

Assalamu Allaykum parents & Students!

Grade 5 Language:

Lots of work on The Cay Reader which we have completed reading now. We will continue with comprehension and new vocabulary words.

We’ve also worked on Communication Skills with a focus on irregular verbs.

More LA Grammar practice and Noble Brother vocabulary as well.

We are writing letters to participate in a Canadian Mail Race which encourages students to send letters to each other across Canada.

Finally, we completed listening to each other’s speeches and received coaching on how to delivery strong, convincing ones!

Grade 5 Islamic Studies

We’ve wrapped our unit on Prophet Salih (allahyi al Salam)

Grade 5 Art

We will continue with our Greek artwork. We will need a lot of newspapers/ paper flyers for paper mache this Friday. Please send along with your son/ daughter on Friday.

Grade 6 Language

We continue with EQAO preparations, by reviewing our questions and learning how to “beef” up our answers with strong evidence from text, as well as our ideas.

We were fortunate to receive a surprise visit from a two-time Martial Arts World champion originally from Iraq which provided a perfect opportunity to practice asking questions and we are now going to write a news article based on his visit. Perfect timing!

Underground to Canada reader is ongoing with comprehension exercises and vocabulary. Noble Brother vocabulary has also been assigned in order to enlarge the students’ language toolbox.

We also completed our speeches and learned a lot about fantastic subjects that are timely and relevant to all of us! Great work to one and all.

Grade 5 & Grade 6 Social Studies will resume next week, as speech competitions took up much time.

Grade 5/6 Arabic as a second Language:
Students learned new lessons in Arabic Class, ” Khadeejah bint Khowailed ( R)”,  they learned new vocabularies, and how to read and write the new lines,  and they are doing exercises related to the lessons. Students had vocabulary and nasheed test.Masha’Alalh they did wonderful job in Arabic Festival.                                                                                                                                                    –       Tr. Hoda
More updates on other subjects will be posted as they are made available insha’Allah!
Upcoming events:
Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre was postponed to Tuesday, May 8 at 8:45 – 9:45 a.m.insha’Allah.
Fundraising Dinner May 13
Talent Show May 18
Best wishes!
Tr. Amira

Grade 5 November Newsletter

*this newsletter was sent last month in hard copy form. This is for your references online* 

Grade 5 Tr. Amira

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

10 Muharram 1433

Dear Students and Families,

Assalamu-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

Wonderful term so far! We’ve done so many things that even students are having a hard time summarizing all we’ve been up to. From writing letters to politicians, to creating lovely pieces of art work for our own homes, it’s been another full month. Read on!



Students became politically active through a letter-writing campaign to city, provincial, and federal politicians about saving the South March Highlands.

Following a detailed rubric, and much in-class guidance, students also turned to parents for tips and support on how to write about their community concerns. Letters were mailed in the final week of November! Let’s see if we hear back from area politicians.

Our field trip guide, local botanist Martha Webber, wrote this about our class’s efforts:

“Yours is the only school in the Ottawa area that has been out with us. I know that organizing a field trip takes planning and work, but schools run them for sports and music, etc. What you are teaching is the scientific method: do the research, then you add reviews and civic responsibility with follow-up activities. I wish my kids had been in your classes.”

We have continued to practice our structured writing with an emphasis on topic sentences, and three supporting details for every paragraph written. Students have created little booklets citing their experiences so far in Grade 5. These will be posted on our bulletin boards shortly, insha’Allah.

Health/ Phys Ed: Grade 5/6 Boys finished their projects on healthy eating and cooking for their moms. In Gym, students are playing hockey and soccer.

Math: We are working on division – dividing multiple digit numbers by one digit numbers. Grade five students need to be very comfortable with time tables for them to be comfortable with division. Because of the long time we are taking for division, I will be using one Science period toward Math. Once we are back on track, that period will go back again for Science. Please help your child with memorization of the timetables. Jazakum Allah Khayran.  Tr.Heifa


Science:  We finished the “Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms” unit. Next we started the “Human Body” unite. We talked so far about cells, organs, body systems and many more. Now we are in the middle of exploring the Digestive System. As you child about the journey that a food bit takes in our body!! Tr.Heifa

Social Studies: We continue to look at various levels of parliament. We looked at municipal and federal levels this month, including an open-book quiz on the various aspects of the federal government. We received two different resources on this topic from the federal government, including a lovely coloured book detailing the elements of Parliament in an exciting and dynamic way. We’ll be looking at this more closely in the weeks ahead.

We also marked Remembrance Day with various activities to familiarize students with this Canadian memorial.

Islamic Studies:  We wrapped up our unit on the Names of Allah (SWT). We had two tests, quiz shows, and a culminating project that had students writing up the 99 Names of Allah in Arabic and with an English translation. These posters should be displayed at home to help students remember these names, and to recall the meanings. We have embarked on the unit exploring the meanings and varieties of shirk.

Subject Teachers

Qur’an: Alhamdullilah, Grade 5 are enjoying memorizing surat Nooh. Please use this site: (Shaikh Ibrahim Al Akhdar) for practicing on the given surah.

Best reciters of the month:

1.Abdurahman H.   2. Raghad A.

3. Zackarya H.    4. Nadine A.

5.Fatima J.

– Tr. Samia

French:  During this month, we did many activities in reading and writing like”choisis le bon mots”, “les mots en ordre” and we read in different setting: whole class, group and individual using the puppets. We took also a reading comprehension test “choisis le bon mot”. Alhamdullilah, so far students are improving in French and gaining proficiency in speaking,masha’a Allah. –Mme Amina


Arabic learners (Tr. Hoda)Students learned new lessons in Arabic Class, ” Abu Bakr Assedeeq” 2 parts on both Arabic Books, they learned their new vocabularies, and they did the questions related to the lessons. They learned new poetry ” Allahu Rabbi”, they listened to the CD that belongs to the Arabic program, and finished the work related to it afterwards. Please make sure to read every day for 15 minutes from your Arabic Books. -Tr. Hoda

Arabic speakers (Tr. Amal): In reading, the students finished studying (The story of El Tofilieen) and (The Computer). Students have memorized a poem as well. In grammar, we reviewed previous lessons. During our writing sessions, the students wrote an essay about Eid. We also did dictation and a reading test – Tr. Amal

Special Notes

Congratulations to the Students of the Month (Responsibility): Jalal Ramadan & Abdalrhman Hilal.

Next month, I will look for the student who shows Gratitude.

Parent Volunteers needed!

Do you have spare time to share with our class? I am looking for parents to regularly volunteer their time for the following tasks:

– Organize field trips

– Decorate bulletin boards

– Language support in-class

– Book lists/ book and other supplies

Please email me only if you can commit regularly either once a week or once a month at least.



If not, it means I still do not have an accurate email address for you; or your son/daughter has joined the school recently.  If you fall into one of these two categories, please email me ASAP so I can update my parents list! Send to my email please.


How are we doing?

Please send any feedback about how the school year is going via email, or in a note.  We welcome all comments, concerns and suggestions. Jazak’Allahu Kheiran




Don’t forget to check out our classroom blog – lots of great language games are linked there, too!

Grade 5 A-Club Newsletter for October!

8 Dhul’ Hijja 1432 * (a similar hard copy version of this newsletter was sent home today) More photos here!

Assalamu-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

Eid Mubarek to everyone! Wonderful to be celebrating all together. But before we get to the festivities, let’s check out what has been happening!


Language / Social Studies: A big focus this month has been on the student elections. It was a great way to combine Social Studies and Language. Students learned about campaign brochures, making inferences, campaign speeches and the art of politics! Students were very motivated, and led themselves in this unit.

We’ve also been drilling into the students the need for proper writing structure with introduction, conclusion and strong body paragraphs that include supporting details. Through regular writing exercises, students have become familiar with mapping out ideas using graphic organizers, and putting it all down in organized paragraphs.

We continue to read“Noble Brother” every Friday which the students are enjoying immensely!

Islamic Studies: We continue to work on understanding the 99 names of Allah Subhana’wa Taala using study notes, Quiz Shows, and teamwork to build and understand our knowledge. We have also had a wonderful time decorating our class bulletin board with a visual representation of the steps of Hajj. The students worked in teams to create the colourful map (see more pictures at the end!)

Art: Sr. Madlien came to our class to coach us on creating water colour fish portraits that know decorate our classroom. We also continued with our tree unit, and will be doing more in this inspiring unit on nature.

Math: We are half way through Chapter 6 (Multiplication and Division). I am encouraging the students to review their timetables since they need that very much during this chapter. A test about multiplication was done. Another test about division will follow soon. After that we should be starting a new unit – Measurements. Please make sure that your child does all assigned homework to maximize the benefit, insha’Allah.  – Tr.Heifa

Science: We are at the end of the “Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms” unit. A project was assigned to the students and will be due on November 14th, insha Allah. A test on this unit will be done very soon. Next we will start on the Human Body unit which should be very interesting for the students. Please help your child to keep track of the new science vocabulary as this will help them during assessment.

– Tr.Heifa

Subject Teachers

Qur’an:Alhamdullilah, we finished surat Al Jinn and we are going to have a memorization test on the whole surah. After that we’ll start surat Nooh inshallah. Your can use this site: (Shaikh Ibrahim Al Akhdar) for practicing the given surah.

Best reciters of the month:

1. Mohammed R.    2. Jalal   3.Mohamed A.

French: We read our story “Un jour bizarre” and we watched the play on DVD. We started also our first writing work entitled “Choisis le Bon Mot”. So far, students are gaining confidence in speaking French in and out the classroom. We did also Eid activities and learned vocabulary related to our celebration and “Tout le monde est très Excité”. I wish you and your family EID MUBAREK. -Tr.Amina

Arabic Learners Group 1 (Tr. Hoda): Students learned new lessons: “Assalamatu fee Albayt”, according with the new vocabularies. In Grammar they learned about “Asmaa’a Aleesharaa” and how to use it with Feminine and Masculine. They did their reading test, and they learned new poetry “Raddu Assalam”. Please read Arabic daily at home for 15 mins.from student books you have. – Tr.Hoda

Arabic Learners Group 2 (Tr. Amal): The students finished two lessons, learning new vocabulary and working on their comprehension. In grammar, students finished learning about prepositions and they had many drills. In writing, the students wrote two essays and had dictation. Also they memorized one poem. The students were working very hard and enjoying the lessons. Thank you for cooperation. -Tr.Amal

Health (Tr. Mustafa):

Our gym teacher taught us how to shoot a puck really hard. Some students are really progressing well. We are also about making healthy choices for nutritional eating.- Sindeed, Grade 6

Special Notes

Congratulations to the Students of the Month (Caring):

Ayesha, Sarrah M., and Zainab.

Our November theme is “Responsibility”.

Congratulations also to our new Student Council Reps: Sara S. and Mohammed R.!

The Long-Range Plan is posted here on the blog. Check out whenever you like!

Our bulletin board (great work students!)

Our map of the Hajj rites!

Lovely camels carrying their riders.

Hajjis getting their hair cut after successfully completing the Hajj!

Tawaf around the Kaaba! Zam zam water on offer!

And a stop at the Jamarat after Arafah! Eid Mubarak to one and all! – Grade 5

Grade 5 October Newsletter


Grade 5 – Teacher Amira

6 Dhul’ Qada 1432

Dear Students and Families,  Assalamu-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

It’s been delightful getting to know this year’s fifth grade students, otherwise known now as the A-Club! We have spent the first month learning important rules and routines.  It promises to be a fun-filled year full of lots of discovery, insha’Allah!  Special thanks to all those parents who were able to attend our Teacher’s Night. I look forward to meeting those whose circumstances prevented them from attending.


 Language:  We started the school year with the Grade 4 End-of-Year Writing Task from the Ontario Ministry of Education.  I used the task to determine the students’ abilities based on last year’s learning. From there, I was able to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses, and to begin to plan lessons around the abilities and requirements of the class. 

We are fortunate this year for having access to an updated and ministry-approved Literacy curriculum from Pearson Canada.  This guide includes brand new student books for in-class use that will help to teach students relevant concepts, insha’Allah, and represents the school’s ongoing commitment to high-quality instruction in the key areas of literacy.

We are reading from a wonderful book called “Noble Brother” which has set the Prophet’s life story (may peace be upon him) to poetry.  The students are enjoying reading and listening from this book. 

Social Studies: We have embarked on our social studies unit on Government that will offer students the opportunity to “earn” citizenship badges. This means students will be encouraged to embark on a wide variety of activities and initiatives towards learning about citizenship. So far, they have voted in the school’s student election – after grilling the candidates during the speech campaigns – and they have written about Canada without laws to realize the importance of government.  We will be marking Local Government Week later in October, and certainly, students will be convincing parents to exercise their civic duty in voting in the Provincial Election on October 6th.

Islamic Studies:  We have learned about the three types of Tawheed, and the various benefits of this critical Islamic concept. The students have greatly enjoyed the process of taking detailed notes of the textbook material, preparing for our regular Quiz Shows where students are divided into teams and are required to use only their notes to respond to questions about the material.  We have also received workbooks which will help cement knowledge, insha’Allah. We have already begun studying Chapter 2 in the textbook which will examine the Ninety-Nine names of Allah Subhana’wa Taala.

Art: Inspired by the famous Canadian artist, Emily Carr, we have used different tools to express the beauty of trees in our first Art unit.  We have made chalk drawings of landscapes, gone outside to sketch our favourite trees, as well as painted large posters in groups in order to work together for a common artistic goal.  We will explore other themes and topics as well.


Math: We have started the Number Sense and Numeration unit. I decided to teach this unit in two terms,  insha’Allah. In the first term we will cover the sections of chapters 2, 4, and 6 that relates to whole numbers. Then in the second term we will revisit these chapters to talk about decimal numbers. So far during the past month of September we finished Chapter 2 and are almost done with Chapter 4. Please make sure that your child does all assigned homework to maximize the benefit. – Tr.Heifa

Science:  In science we started on the unit “Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms”. In this unit students learn about the different types of forces, their uses and their impact on structures and mechanisms around us. Please help your child to keep track of the new science vocabulary as this will help them during assessment. – Tr.Heifa

Subject Teachers

Qur’an:  We reviewed all the previous surahs learned in Grade 4. We then started memorizing Surat Al Jinn. The students are enjoying the class and insha’Allah we’ll have a successful year. This month, the best reciters are Yumna and Abed.  –Tr. Samia

French:  In French, we have started a new curriculum ” Aim Language”. For September we worked mainly on our oral communication skills and specifically on acquiring and using  as much french vocabulary  in authentic classroom context. We are reinforcing the  “Je parle seulement en Français” rule to encourage the expression in French language. Alhamdullilah, so far students are using more French in class and expressing themselves with complete sentences. We will be starting our first story “Un jour bizarre” and we will have the opportunity to act out the play which will enable students to gain confidence in speaking French. Jazakum Allah for your support and cooperation. Mme Amina

Arabic as a second language: Welcome back to a new year every one, we are looking forward to a suuccessful Arabic year together Insha’Allah. Students learned a new poem titled “My Mother” and a lesson related to the same topic, new vocabulary, and how to read and write new sentences. In grammar, students reviewed the Verb/ Noun/ Letter and they picked them from a given paragraph. Jazakum Allahu Khairan for your efforts.  – Tr.Hoda

Fluent Arabic speakers:  During the past month we reviewed grammar and had a new lesson on ‘Sentence Parts’. In reading we took two lessons and we had many activities related to them. The students also did dictation and wrote a composition. – Tr.Amal

 Congratulations to the Students of the Month (Respect):

Mohammed R., Maha, & Zackarya.

Next month, the theme will be “Caring”.

FIELD TRIPS NEED YOU! Please consider volunteering for our upcoming field trips!

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Jazak’Allahu Kheiran, and may your days be full of remembrance and gratefulness to our Creator!