"THE PRICE OF SUCCESS IS HARD WORK, DEDICATION TO THE JOB AT HAND, AND THE DETERMINATION THAT WHETHER WE WIN OR LOSE, WE HAVE APPLIED THE BEST OF OURSELVES TO THE TASK AT HAND." VINCE LOMBARDI
Message from the Principal
Dear Kindi Families,
It is hard to believe that we are already half way through the month of February and the month of January is already a memory. As we move into the second half of the 2017-2018 school year, we want to welcome the families who are new to Kindi and trust that you will find yourselves to be part of an outstanding and supportive learning community.
In looking ahead, students are back to school full swing and we want to ask our families to be mindful of consistently establishing the necessary routines to ensure that your students are in attendance and on-time each morning to get each school day off to a great start. As always, we appreciate your support as our teachers and students strive to maximize their instructional time shared each day. For the month of February and onward, I would like to focus on proper everyday etiquette with all of our wonderful students. I would like to emphasis the importance of saying “thank you”, “excuse me”, and “Please”. These and many more proper ways of speaking with others is a way to create a kind and caring environment, it is also a great way to raise positive and eloquent citizens of the future. Please talk to your children about proper behavior everyday, this is an ongoing Home-School-Community project.
Please help me in welcoming our new(ish) assistant teacher Ms. Sidra Meah in 6-9 classroom, as well as Ms. Surbhi Gupta in our 3-6 classroom (room 102), finally our new gym/Karate instructor Mr. Joe Garvey. We are happy to welcome them to our Kindi family. In closing, we want to thank all of our families for all that you do in supporting our students and teachers as we look forward to an outstanding second semester here at Kindi!
Rania Sadeq, Ed.D. Principal
Winter Celebration for our Toddler Class
Winter Celebration for our 3-6 Students
Winter Celebration Lower Elementary (6-9)
Upper Elementary and Middle School Winter Celebration
Parents met in their child's homeroom for an interactive and fun time. The teachers, parents, and students were part of a variety of exciting events in 4th-5th, 6th-8th, and the science room. Parents also enjoyed yummy ethnic food while speaking in Arabic with the Arabic class students.
Happenings in the Science Room
The science classroom has been abuzz with activity this winter! Science Fair which is happening after Spring Break in April is well underway as our young scientists prepare to start experimenting and our researching information about their selected topics. We have some exciting experiments in psychology, physics, biology and more to look forward to. Talk to your students about what due dates are coming up as we have broken it up into small sections to make it manageable!
4th graders are studying the exciting world of weather including how to predict weather, read a weather map and more. They are keeping a month long weather journal and are building weather related projects including an anemometer. 5th graders are studying the stars. We are working on the constellations, the stories behind them and recognizing in the night sky. We have built a constellation night light and a nebula in the bottle. I think the students are really interested in the mysteries of dark holes that are the left overs from large mass stars! Biology has made it through 3 body systems so far. The studied the skeletal and muscular system with a dissection of the chicken wing. We have spent two solid weeks on the circulatory system including learning how to take our pulse and how to manually take blood pressure. To wrap up the unit we will be doing a dissection of a sheep heart before moving on to the respiratory system. Chemistry is finalizing their work on their Bling Projects, in which they are designing a coin or medallion as the final project for unit two. As they work they are studying hydrocarbons. This includes an in-depth study our usage of fossil fuels and the impact on our planet. We will be making biodiesel from corn oil and have already completed a lesson to learn about the specific heat of water and the molar heat of combustion of paraffin wax. It is a challenging unit but so engrained into our societies reliance on precious fossil fuels.
Study skills are an important theme this semester. Breaking studying into small 10-15 minute chunks instead of cramming is a major lesson. Using flash cards to study in the car or when you have a few extra minutes will help drive home content and vocabulary. These are life long lessons that are valuable to all grade levels!
Toddler Room News (15 months-3yrs)
Dear Toddler Families,
Now that the second semester is in full swing, collectively, the children are calm, collected, and engaged positively with their fellow classmates. We have been working on new language cards, new building blocks, new books, new practical life activities, new mathematical numerical works and new Montessori materials. Additionally, the children are very happy to learn different shapes, and create their very own Shape Books!
In January, our goal was to introduce new vocabulary to the children during our circle time and story time. A popular activity during our circle time is engaging with rhythm sticks, and we have loved exercising our new vocabulary during this time.
In regards to playing outside, we have been trying to go outside as much as we can, weather permitting.
A few reminders:
Send your children with easy-to-wear clothes and shoes (During potty-training, we encourage children to independently take their shoes and clothes on and off to build positive reinforcement and confidence).
Send your children with snow-boots, snow-pants, snow-gloves, and hats. (We try to go outside as much as we can for fresh air, and want to make sure our children are warm!)
Additionally, please join us in welcoming Aliya to our toddler class!
And please join us in wishing Aalimah and Abdullah a very happy farewell as they graduated from our class and are now joining the 3-6 class! We will definitely miss them, but wish them so much success and growth in their new class!
Thanks all, Love, Toddler Team
News From The Montessori 3-6 (Preschool to KG)
Dear Kindi Families,
In preparation for our winter performance, our students from all 3 classes, gathered together in the gym for practice. They worked on learning the lyrics to our songs, the melody, and choreography. This calls for much self-control and focus in such a large group! They all displayed their tremendous progress in these challenging areas. The kindergartners proved additional dedication with memorizing their lines and perfecting their roles for The Lion and the Mouse. We are so proud of all 3 classes for giving their very best eforts. They were a smashing success! A special thanks to Sakina Akbar and Nora Eldewek (5th grade) for their participation in helping our program. They were eager to help and did an excellent job! Thanks girls!
We would also like to point out what a lovely job Ms.Kim, Ms.Lina, Ms. Hieam, and Ms.Nareman did in the foreign languages. S-P-E-L-L-C-H-E-C-K In early December, the kindergarten children took on an additional challenge to be a part of the Spellcheck Contest. We want to commend their showmanship for studying their words and taking the written challenge!
Thursday, January 11, we had our annual oral Spelling Bee in each class. Kids did a great job! CELEBRATING DIVERSITY In our efforts of appreciating different ethnicity's and cultural celebrations, the Lubert Family gave a presentation on their Christmas tradition. They read a story on it's origin and history, and provided stations such as gingerbread making and tree decorating. The kids were given treats at the end and had much fun!
A BIG thanks to Brandon, Amanda, and Ryker! PJS& POPCORN To conclude our first semester, and to celebrate all of the hard work your children have accomplished, we had a pajama day, made popcorn, and had a viewing of the movie Sound of Music on our last day of school before break. Great fun!
Kids had fun with Mary Macaroni through music and movement. They danced, jumped, and learned about friendship.
Ms. Sujata - Ms. Katie - Ms. Brooke "Love generously, Praise Loudly, Live fully."~ Elias Porter
News From The Montessori 6-9 (1st-3rd Grade)
Dear Parents, February has arrived and we are enjoying another busy month. We have celebrated: African American History Month, President's Day, Maria Montessori Week and Dental Health Month.
We would like to thank the entire First through Third grade parents who baked delicious treats and also volunteered for our bake sales in the past months. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
We are proud to announce the birth of Ms. Madiha's Baby Boy: Yaqoob Harris Hassan was born on January 11, 2018. Both mother and son are doing well. We wish Ms. Madiha all the best in her new journey into motherhood and can't wait for her to bring Baby Yaqoob to school.
During Ms. Madiha's maternity leave, we have Ms. Sidra joining the 6-9 Montessori Classroom. Ms. Sidra is a recent graduate from Benedictine University with an Elementary Education degree. We are very excited to have her in our classroom and working with the students.
On February 26, 27, and 28th, we will be going on our annual NCI (nature's Classroom Institute) Overnight field trip. Students who will not be attending the trip will still have school those following days. There will be teachers in the classrooms and regular teaching will follow.
Our class will begin Junior Achievement for all three grades in the coming weeks. Junior Achievement is a set of free classes offered to students funded by the state and businesses. Its mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
The First year students this month have been working on: President's Timeline, map skills, Parts of a Bird, Parts of a Fruit, Fundamental Needs of People, time, fractions, measurement, money, descriptive writing, and research of a famous African American for Black History Month. The Second year students this month have been working on: President's Timeline, map skills, Africa country research, planet research of Jupiter, fractions, measurement, descriptive paragraph writing, and research of a famous African American for Black History Month. The Third year students this month have been working on: President's Timeline, Ancient Civilizations, Asia country research, GCF-Greatest Common Factor, decimals, protractor usage, animal and plant cell, map skills, and research of a famous African American for Black History Month.
We entered the second half of the school year, and we are very excited about the new presentations that we will be presenting to our students. Please do not take your child out of school for family vacations at this time. Students are feverishly learning new material at a voracious speed and to remove your child from the learning environment would be a great disservice. We want what is best for the child, therefore, let's work together and put the child first. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
As always, your child's well-being is our priority. If there are any concerns, please contact the teacher immediately.
Sincerely, The 6- 9 Years Montessori Teachers
News From Upper Elementary (4th-5th Grade)
Despite the chilly weather, the Upper Elementary class has been writing up a storm! The 5th graders wrote and sent business letters to various corporations. It has been exciting to receive the responses and share them with the class. 4th graders wrote formal letters and practiced the skills of using formal language and addressing an envelope.
The students were so excited to create holiday letters for our troops. They wrote encouraging words for the men and women serving in our army, who were away from their families for the holidays. The letters were sent to a close friend of Ms. Cortney and were much appreciated!
Before winter break, students were also given the opportunity to pursue a passion and present their knowledge to the class. Topics ranged from bears and falcons, sports, the human body and so much more!
News From Middle School (6th - 8th)
The new semester has been rolling for a little over a month now, and middle school social studies has been exploring some fascinating periods in history. The 6th graders are currently studying the Great Depression and the New Deal, looking at how the United States dealt with the worst economic crisis in our history. Their next unit will be on World War II, which many of the students are excited to learn about.
For the 7th and 8th graders, we have just finished our unit on the Roman Empire, and are currently studying the Byzantine and Russian civilizations. This semester’s exploration of world history will focus on the medieval period, with a detailed study of topics such as medieval Europe, the Vikings, the rise of the Islamic empires, the Renaissance, and the Reformation.
For our grammar classes, all grade levels are finishing up their study of prepositions and proper sentence structure. We have been focusing on this for most of January, but will soon be transitioning to a deeper look at sentences and clauses. We also study 20 new vocabulary words every two weeks, with a spelling and definition test every other Friday. As of early February, the students are just finishing unit 10 in their vocabulary books and are making great progress.
Feburary is shaping up to be a busy but productive month for learning. We look forward to seeing everyone at parent-teacher conferences on Friday, February 16th.
-Mr. Ron Chernobrov, Middle School Teacher
We have been busy in English reading an assortment of genres and authors. In 6th grade, we started our semester with the iconic horror tale--The Telltale Heart--by Edgar Allan Poe; followed by Joy William’s fairytale— Baba Laga and the Pelican Child. The 7/8th graders read the southern gothic works of Flannery O’Connor and Doris Lessing. We continued with poetry by William Wordsworth and some Native American authors. The 7/8th graders are reading The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka; while the 6th graders journey through TheHobbit by Tolkien. We have been busy writing weekly pieces, including fairytales, descriptive passages, and our very own poetry! Please check out our poetry board in our hallway. We will continue with writing travel essays. We also have been writing weekly literary analysis assessments, where students work to interpret and go beyond the page. We continue to work diligently on paragraph editing to develop into master editors! Students are also reading articles on readworks.org and their monthly AR book selections.
Arabic Classes of our younger students
Al-Salam Alykom Parents and Guardians, We are continuing to learn our Arabic letters. We completed the letter ( د ) and enjoyed the Roaster - ديك - story. Also, learning the letter ذ and eating some (ذرة ) corn with our friends and classmates.
We reviewed our letters after winter break. Our 3-6 classmates love singing & dancing with the colored scarfs to the song (ألوان ) which means colors. 1st graders played a game with the Letter (ع). They played find the matching spoon game for the Arabic letters in their different forms. Our other focus was on fruits( ف) for (فيل )- elephant, (فراشة)- butterfly, (فواكه ) Ms. Nareman
News from Arabic
We enjoyed our unit about clothes. Students in different grades had fun learning about clothes in Arabic and are working on structuring sentences to describe, buy, and sell clothes. We invited Kindi staff members to our classroom to buy and sell from our Kindi Makeshift store to practice our Arabic.
Spanish with Ms. Kimberly Jara
The 3-6 yr. old Spanish class has been learning food vocabulary and voting on their favorites! This unit heralds some of the kids' favorite songs of the year: "Chocolate" and "Soy Una Pizza."
First grade Spanish has learned a variety of clothing vocabulary. In December, together with the rest of the lower elementary wing, they learned the beloved Spanish song "De Colores."
Second grade Spanish has been digging into calendar vocabulary and expressing their plans. Using forms of the verb "ir" (to go), they have been writing sentences to answer "¿Adónde vas?" (where are you going?) and "¿Cuándo vas?"(when are you going?)
¡Tengo frío! (I'm cold!) This phrase has come in very handy in the months of December and January as third grade Spanish has been learning to express how they feel using "tener +noun" phrases.
Spanish 2 with Ms. Amelia Mendez
Spanish Class News!
In upper elementary, students have been hard at work this month working with the seasons and how to talk about the weather. Activities have included making a calendar to keep track of the weather this month and oral practice with the use of flashcards. To put into practice the verbs that we have learned throughout the year, we have used them to talk about activities that can be done in each weather condition as well as the clothing that can be worn. On the other hand, students have learned to use adjectives which is a very challenging part of Spanish grammar. They sketched their own clown and described its features.
Middle school has also been very busy adding many new words to their vocabulary! They have learned about rooms in a house, the furniture in it and the placement of the furniture. This vocabulary has also been practiced by reading scenarios from our textbook. Also, we have continually been addingverbs to our project: the verb organizer!
“There is nothing like an inspiring story that would sink in a child’s mind and be reflected in her/his actions. “ السلام عليكم
This is the first newsletter for Quran class for 4-5 and 6-8 grade students. We finished the first surah for this year’s curriculum, Surat Abasa for 4-5 and Surat Al-Qalam for 6-8. The curriculum of the Quran class focuses on the understanding of the body of the surah and how it relates to the students daily life to reach their pure minds and hearts. The students did hands-on activities to boost understanding, class engagement, and lifelong memory.
We focused on Surat Abasa (Frowned) and Surat al-Qalam (The Pen). To better understand the stories in the Quran, each student wrote the story from her/his perspective by choosing one of characters in the story. All the students beautifully tailored the story, and shared it with the class. The stories will be available in the Arabic department library, please ask the front desk to check out and read them.
Sincerely, Rema Elagha
Art with Ms. Zahra
Upcoming Events - February 26, 27, and 28th- Nature's Classroom Institute (Overnight Field Trip)
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