"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
Greetings from Dr. Sadeq
Greetings, Kindi Families!
Our school year started on a strong and optimistic note. It has been lovely to reconnect with our returning students and get to know all of our new students. We are in full swing and our teachers, staff and students are on a roll. I am thankful for the tireless efforts of our teachers, who have worked and continue to work around the clock, to make this year start off successfully.
I welcome and value our parents’ positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children. All signs point to a productive and fun school year.
Each year brings positive change. This includes a few new additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Ms. Radhika in Room 103 and Ms. Tahany in room 101. We are all thrilled to Have Mr. Chernobrov back with us this year teaching Social Studies and World religions to our Middle Schoolers. Ms. Jami, Ms. Harpreet and Ms. Sashi form a power team in the 6-9 program (1st-3rd). We have added Ms. Sabreen as our 4th-5th grade teacher assistant. We also welcomed our new 4th-8th Spanish teachers, Ms. Alicia and Mr. Capalbo. Finally, we welcome back Ms. Nareman our Preschool Arabic teacher. We are fortunate to have all the amazing returning staff members and all of our new teachers. Please help me in welcoming them to our Kindi Family.
Special Thank You
I would like to send out a special thank you to Mr. Millner for taking on gym classes. And a shout out to Ms. Gazi for all she does around school and her wonderful art classes. Finally, I would like to acknowledge Ms. Maaria Muzaffar. Ms. Muzaffar is a mom to three of our wonderful children. She has taken on the task of teaching a leadership class to our 6th-8th grade students. Finally, I would like to thank you for your continued involvement, investment, and collaboration! It is through our partnership with our parents and our community that we are able to continue to provide an excellent education for all our children!
Sincerely, Rania Sadeq, Ed.D Kindi Academy – Principal
News from our 3-6 Class
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Montessori education is preparing a child for life.
In our 3-6 program, we start preparing children with daily life skills. The practical life area is our most important area to help children develop these skills. There are many activities like pouring, spooning, using tongs, scrubbing, food preparation, cutting and gluing. The activities in this area include care of self and the environment. Each activity is practiced regularly to help children develop the basic life skills. These activities firstly focus on gross motor development and later in year to fine motor skills. The practical life area is also a foundation for developing academic progress. Through many activities in the practical area, the children develop eye – hand coordination, concentration and independence. The children in the classroom are well settled and are working to develop independence in their activities. The practical life area is buzzing daily with young children trying out news skills and kindergarten children mastering the same activity.
We have introduced classroom rules and the children are learning to learn and follow these rules regularly. We are enjoying many songs and movement in the class. We are working on a fun, loving, caring and a safe environment.
I want to thank you for coming to the curriculum night. If you did not attend, a document was sent home for all parents to review.
Sincerely, Ms.Sujata & Ms.Tahany
Hello and WELCOME to the 2019-2020 school year. It was wonderful to welcome back so many of our students as well as meeting the new students.
We always start the year introducing and reviewing grace and courtesy. We spent time talking about how to roll a rug, what our rug is used for and how to respect our rugs as our workspace. We are sharpening our fine and gross motor skills in practical life by learning how to pour, spoon, tong, etc. We have talked about how we take care of ourselves (wiping our nose, washing our hands, going to the bathroom , etc.), our classroom, and our environment. The children take pride in knowing that it is their responsibility to help maintain the classrooms beauty.
We adapted our courtyard to fit the gross motor needs our children had by placing log slices for them to walk or jump to.
Montessori education doesn’t end when your child leaves the grounds. To meet the end goal of inspiring children to be independent, there are many things you can do in your own home. We offer a few ideas here, there are many resources online to help you extend the Montessori environment into your home.
Primary level students benefit greatly from having their own space with things within their reach. Allow your child to choose their own clothing — if a lower clothes rack is not an option, select two or three outfits and let them decide what they want to wear every day. Create a “snack box” for your child with healthy choices and let them prepare their own snack.
Older children can help choose from options for meals and assist in food preparation. Include them in the level of clean up that they are ready to perform, whether it is just clearing the table or helping to wash the dishes.
As your child grows, so should their options and their responsibilities. The Montessori child is shown to take care of their surroundings and replace items after use. Ask your child to treat your home in the same respectful manner.
Give your child choices, the right to make mistakes, and the freedom to learn from the paths they choose whenever possible.
Montessori Guides Have Five Basic Goals: -To awaken the child’s spirit and imagination; -To encourage his normal desire for independence and high sense of self-esteem; -To help him develop the kindness, courtesy, and self-discipline that will allow him to become a full member of society; -To help children learn how to observe, question, and explore ideas independently; And, having created a spirit of joyful learning, to help the child to master the skills and knowledge of their society.
We are looking forward to a fantastic year!
Sincerely, Ms.Katie & Ms.Teri
Our classroom is well underway! The children are busy settling into their routines, and they’re enjoying meeting/seeing their friends at school. We have been practicing classroom procedures, transitions, and overall grace and courtesy. It is our goal as Montessorians to create an environment known as the “The Children’s House.” We are teaching them to care for their environment (classroom), their materials, their friends, and themselves. Any task that the child can attempt on their own gives them the opportunity towards confidence, accomplishment, and autonomy. The children are learning cubby care/routine, working on rugs, food prep, clean-up, lining up, and much more. They are doing a fantastic job!
September units include learning about the seasons, the life cycle of a seed, living/nonliving, nature walks, the world map, and daily academics. Our field trip to Honey Hill Orchard Farm will be on Wednesday, September 11th at 9:15am. Thank you to all the chaperones who will be coming along. We believe it will be a great time and lots of fun! We would like to thank all who attended our Curriculum Night this past Wednesday. We enjoyed meeting all of you and hope we discussed all of your concerns. Those of you who were not able to make it, we have a hand-out of everything we covered that night so please let us know if you need one. Upcoming Happenings: Sign-up for Reading Parent will be starting in October Homework packets for some students will start next week Kindergarten spelling lists Class Dojo (please sign up if you haven’t already)! Welcome again to room 103. We have an amazing, energetic group of children and families this year! We look forward to a great year!
Sincerely, Ms. Radhika and Ms. Brooke
Updates from Our 6-9 Classroom
Welcome to our Lower Elementary 6-9 Montessori Classroom! We have been in our classroom for more than three weeks now! It was wonderful seeing our returning students and our brand new first grade students.
Thank you for attending our Orientation and Curriculum Night. We enjoyed meeting our new and returning parents. We appreciated your time and enthusiasm in your child's education.
During the past two weeks we were busy helping the students to learn about their classroom chores, daily schedule and the rules related to a peaceful environment for all. It is our priority to make the students feel comfortable in the classroom before we pick up the pace in teaching. Our third grade students are role models and they are doing an excellent job. We have introduced the work plan to our students. They are aware that the work plan is a contract given to them on Monday morning and it has to be completed by Friday. On Friday, we evaluate their work plans. Our second and third graders have been spending time recapping last year’s curriculum. This is to ensure that they will be adequately prepared to continue building on their knowledge in the coming weeks.
Our classroom is designed to help each child develop academic and social skills. We spend a good amount of time everyday to discuss rules, moral values and character building. We are emphasizing grace and courtesy in our classroom. We are reminding the children to use “please,” “thank you” and “sorry” in their conversation. Your children are working hard to take turns during the discussions and listen to the person presenting the information. Respecting individuals is promoted at all times. Please continue these skills at home. Studies show that if there is parental reinforcement and affirmation of the activities and practices done in school, the child is far more likely to embrace these skills.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children. We look forward to a great school year! Sincerely, Ms. Kala, Ms. Ayat, Ms. Jami, Ms. Sashi, and Ms. Harpreet
Updates from Upper Elementary Classroom
Welcome back to a new year at Kindi! Ms. Sabrine and I are excited to welcome our returning 5th graders and to get to know all our new students.
We have literally jumped right in to lessons and begin our mornings in the gym (from about 8:00 am to 8:15 am) jumping rope. It is not only a great warm-up for the day, but is also a way to integrate all our old and new students. Ask you child about some of our jump rope challenges.
On Monday mornings we begin our day with a Spelling pre-test for the new lesson of the week. Any student that misses 4 or more spelling words will be given a Spelling packet to complete by Friday. Friday morning we have our Spelling test that gets recorded in Sycamore.
If you have not looked up your account on Sycamore, please take the time to do that this week. If you have any questions about grades or classes, please let me know. If you find that you are having difficulties logging in, please contact the office.
The class has begun the year reading the novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg. Imagine spending the night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City! Claudia and her brother Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that may be the work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo. Students are asked to read about 20 minutes every evening and will have a work packet that is handed out every Friday that is due back on the following Friday.
Grammar is a daily staple in class. We are reviewing subjects & predicates, direct & indirect objects, and possessives.
Sincerely, Ms. Diane and Ms. Sabreen
Happenings in the Science Room
Sixth graders are learning how to work with a microscope by observing the different organisms that live in pond water.
Fifth graders work on the Five Spheres Project as they are learning about Earth science.
News from our Middle School
Social studies classes are off to an exciting start here at Kindi for the 2019-2020 school year. 6th graders are studying ancient civilizations this year, and our first unit covers early humans, prehistory, and the invention of farming. As part of this first unit, students have been analyzing artifacts from early humans, and even looking at the cave paintings that some of these first people left behind. This introduction will then lead us into a study of the first civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt. In 7th grade, the students are studying world geography. Throughout the year, students will learn about each continent around the world, looking at both the people and the physical features of the various places around the world. Currently, the students are finishing up an introductory unit on the basics of geography, learning about landforms, climate, population, economic systems, and other fundamental concepts that will lay the framework for understanding the rest of the course. Once this introduction is complete, we will begin studying our first region of the world - the United States and Canada. In 8th grade, the students are taking Modern World History. This course looks at the history of the world from approximately 1600 up through the present day, with a focus on landmark events in history such as the French Revolution, Industrialization, the World Wars, the rise of Communism, and so forth. Currently, students are in the middle of our first unit on Absolute Monarchy, introducing them to the major nation states of Europe (Spain, France, Britain, etc), and how those nations began to form in the early modern period. This will set the stage for our study of the French Revolution which is coming up soon. Elsewhere in the middle school, we are pleased to announce the launch of two new classes. All middle school students are now taking an introductory technology course. This course is currently focusing on keyboarding, where students are expected to learn to type quickly and accurately. We have also launched a World Religions course as an optional elective - where students will learn about each of the different religious traditions from around the world, comparing and contrasting the differing belief systems Regards, Mr. Ron Chernobrov
English 1 - 6th Grade It’s been an awesome start to the school year in English 1 for the 6th Graders. The first few weeks have been a combination of getting to know one another and getting to know the classroom and expectations for what English class looks and feels like in the Middle School. We have already begun our 5-A-Day Language Review for topics ranging from Grammar to Vocabulary and we are also beginning to look at the different types of personal writing that are used during our lives. We have had several class discussions about the benefits of keeping a journal and creating graphic organizers to arrange our thoughts and ideas on the page. Students are all also reading a Personal Novel, which they selected, that they will soon create a Book Report project to go along with completing the novel. These Book Reports will range from the students inventing a cereal and cereal box associated with the novel and even create a game that we can play in class that articulates the themes, characters, and ideas from their novel. We are looking forward to continuing our journey through English and Language Arts, as well as our lead up to our first class novel of the year, Among the Hidden. Stay Tuned!
English 2 - 7th/8th Grade We have had a lot of fun getting to know one another better in English 2 for the 7th & 8th Graders. The first few weeks have been a combination of getting to know the classroom and expectations for what English class will be for this combination class of 7th and 8th graders. We have already begun our 5-A-Day Language Review for topics ranging from Grammar to Vocabulary and we are also beginning to look at the different types of personal writing that are used during our lives. We have had several class discussions about the benefits of keeping a journal and creating graphic organizers to arrange our thoughts and ideas on the page. We also got a preview of what our Book Club discussions will look and sound like when we had small group discussions about the benefits and drawbacks of writing personal letters. Students are receiving many opportunities to both voice and write about their own thoughts and opinions on a wide-range of topics. Speaking of topics, students are also selecting their own “topics” for an upcoming Book Report, where the students also had the chance to choose their own novel. These Book Reports are going to range from creating a Cereal Box that relates to the novel or even Creating a Game that is associated with the ideas and themes of the novel. We are looking forward to continuing our journey through English and Language Arts, as well as our lead up to our first novel of the year, The Outsiders.
Mr. Millner Language Arts Teacher
Updates from our Arabic Room
Marhaba from Ms. Hayat, Our students through out the school are having fun working with hands-on activities in our Arabic class! We look forward to a productive school year.
Salaam, Arabic Department
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