Thursday, 13 November 2014

Looking Back: The First Few Months of School

Assalam Alaikum,

Tomorrow, the students will be receiving their first progress reports for this year. Alhamdullah, the students learnt many things in all subjects areas. They can tell you that throughout these past months, they  may have been challenged and worked really hard. However, they persevered and had many opportunities to celebrate their dedication and hard work. I just wanted to share some photos of the GRADE 8 experience thus far:

Perfect smiles :)

Bowling !!!
Ahh... my favourite game, "Silent Ball"
Boys will be boys!
Best Friends
Eid Al Adha Party 2014
Casual in-class dining :)
A good soccer game, as always.
Loving the Experimental Farm!
 Most Respectful Student of the Month-September and October

Nice to be out in the sun :)

Character Trait for the month of November: Respect
 Intro to Poetry Lesson #1
Lines of Poetry

Monday, 10 November 2014

UPDATE: Grade 8 Social Studies

Assalam Alaikum Respected Parents,

The students are finishing the first chapter of Unit 1. We have spent quite some time looking at the Political, Social and Economic factors that led to the Confederation of Canada. We have written essays and paragraphs comparing Canada then and now. We also have an upcoming field tip on the 27th of November to the History Museum where a special exhibition will be held on the Confederation. This will be an excellent opportunity for the students to extend their  learning of a very important part of our history.

NOTE: We are still looking for 1 more volunteer to make this trip possible! Please email me at ASAP if you can make it. Jazkullah khair.

CHAPTER 1 TEST: There will be a final summative assessment of this chapter on Monday, November, 17th. Students have been given the opportunity to prepare for this test with key question related to the chapter posted on the board every morning, along with a study package to work on at home.  Additionally, the  essay,  written assignments , the homework, in class work, discussions and related materials, charts and information provided this week and the in-class review will be all the need to study and prepare for the test, InshAllah,

All the best,

Hajar Amira Boutaleb

UPDATE: Language Arts Grade 8

Assalam Alaikum Dear Parents,

The students have worked very hard to complete and outstanding Poetry Anthology for the first unit. We also had Dr. Saleem and Teacher Saima visit for an open-house where the students had the opportunity to share their creativity with their peers, and present their favorite written poem to the class. It was a wonderful activity and an excellent way to celebrate their accomplishments as a class. Well done!!!


We have now begun to look at Science Fiction and Short Stories. Students will be completing most work in-class, with the exception of any assigned readings. Each student has been given their own brand-new text book. They will be responsible for it so I hope they can take good care of a very important resources for this unit :). Also, we will start working through the Grammar 8 Communications workbook. Students will be assigned various pages for homework a few times a week.

POLAR EXPRESSIONS CONTEST: I have handed out the required forms that students need to enter in the contest. Also, students who were very eager provided me with their personal email where I sent out an email with additional information just in case they misplaced their forms. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to submit their poems is NOVEMBER 14TH, 2014. I do encourage the students to send a PHOTOCOPY of their work. I will be handing back portfolios by the 12th of November, InshAllah.

Please remind your child to bring in a READING MATERIAL (novel is preferable) to class everyday. Anyone who is finished with the in class portion of their assignments is required to sit and read until the entire class is finished.

Jazakuallah khair :)