"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 Director
While we’re all impatiently waiting for Spring to uncover its face, we are preparing to receive it with open arms and a joyful Spring Celebration. Our teachers and students are working extra hard to prepare the students for the different performances they have. The children are all excited about the event and can’t wait to show off their skills to family and friends.
I strongly believe that attending Kindi is an experience. Not only we offer unparalleled academics both in content and delivery, but we provide an environment in which students can express themselves and get engaged in projects and activities that sharpen their life skills. Our sixth grade students read the Refugees book and started the Afghan Refugees Drive all on their own initiative. With support from teachers and school staff, the idea became reality. Own Students Council initiated a few projects, such as the Candy Grams running now, and some that will come your way soon. All run by the students. Our younger students auditioned hard to be part of the play and showed up on weekends and worked in teams to bring Peter Pan to life. Our 3-6 children are memorizing songs in foreign languages and showing amazing excitement and enthusiasm. They are all having a great Kindi Experience!
Kindi provides an environment for children to thrive and soar high. We receive many calls from other schools that our students transfer to commending the quality of the pupils they received and asking “how do you do this?!” They admire the academics but more importantly the leadership aspects of Kindi students. My answer as always is all goes back to the community we build and the Kindi Experience they live throughout the school.
The next couple of months will be extremely busy and vibrant. We will announce our Summer Program soon for ages 3 to grade 3, start our re-enrollment and new enrollment process, get the Wisconsin Overnight Trip going, prepare for the graduation of our KG, 3rd, and 8th grade students, and make final decisions about the move to the new school in Lisle. This is only a fraction of what’s on our plate. It’s going to be a high-speed chase with time soon! Hold tight and enjoy the ride!
Hatem Elagha Executive Director Kindi Academy
News from our 3-6 Class
Ms. Radhika & Ms. Heathers Class, "The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth." ~Maria Montessori
The days are getting longer and spring is around the corner! February went as quickly as it came, but it was still a great month! We would like to thank all of the parents for a successful parent-teacher conference event. It was nice speaking with all of you and talking about your child’s progress. We are very happy with how hard your children have been working thus far.
Our kindergarteners worked over five months on their body project, which they finally completed at the beginning of February! They talked about each body part, the skeleton, and each organ as well as created a beautiful life-size poster of themselves. The poster portrayed the body in these three layers. In addition, the children wrote facts about every part they learned about; the end product was amazing, to say the least!
One of the highlights in the month of February was the puppet show performed by Mark Nichols. He presented “Hansel and Gretel” to the 3-6 program, and the children enjoyed it very much! Our next in-school field trip will be a Bubble Show, which has been a crowd-pleaser in the past, so we know the children will love it!
With March on the move, the spring program is approaching quickly, and we have been practicing singing songs with movement every day with the kids. The lyrics and links to each song have been shared with all of you on ClassDojo, so please continue to practice with your children at home! We will also introduce the life cycles of a butterfly, chicken, and ladybug as we dive into spring. Since spring break is only a few weeks away, the month of March will surely fly by!
~Ms. Radhika & Ms. Heather
Ms. Krystyn & Ms. Nosheen's Class,
In classroom 102, we started February off on a high note with learning our recital songs! They also had a blast deciding on movements together as a class. Everyone is doing a great job learning the words to the songs and putting it altogether. We also sang happy birthday to Layla and Camilla this month. Layla turned five and Camilla is four! The children found out it was my birthday and insisted on singing to me while I blew out the classroom candle! Another highlight this month was the “Handsel and Gretel” puppet show performance, which was a big hit! Next up is the Bubble Show!
The kids are throughly enjoying art class every Tuesday. This month they all made cute hand penguins. They practiced their skills of tracing, cutting, and gluing. Aside from being fun, art is also a great way to work on fine motor skills. Fine motor encourages pincher grip for holding a pencil and strengthens muscles in the hand for writing.
February started off on a cold note with some snow days for Kindi. I’m sure we all appreciated time off to make a snowmen and play in the snow! The kids have also enjoyed our winter themed activities in the classroom. In math, we have a roll-a-snowman work with dice. In language, they have been matching beginning winter sounds or winter blends with words. In addition, many kids are starting or advancing into the Bob Book series along with word building.
Another highlight of February was getting a chance to see all parents face to face! I enjoyed sharing in observation of the growth and hard work the children have accomplished. Our classroom is a wonderful community, and I am grateful for the continuous open communication with parents. The children are finishing up their South America maps and we will be discussing Europe soon. They really enjoyed learning about the different people, cultures, animals, and food from other countries. When we start our lesson on Europe, I will share homemade crepes with the class! With spring around the corner, we will be discussing life cycles of animals and insects as well as the germination of a seed. We look forward to warm and sunny days!
Ms. Brooke / Ms. Sabera / Ms. Huda's Class,
“Follow the Child.” -- M. Montessori
Dear 103 Families,
Greetings! Welcome back to our monthly news and updates. Thank you all for a fruitful and enjoyable “Parent Teacher Conference.” It was a pleasure discussing your child’s progress and goals for their continued success. The next few months are an exciting but important time of year, as we see the child’s acquired skills blossoming. Montessori students acquire strong learning foundations that build throughout the year. These acquired skills allow for advanced learning and abstract concepts. It is a joy to watch this unfold!
This month we celebrated Presidents’ Day with a unit study on past presidents and their roles. Students made booklets on George Washington as we discussed his life, face on the penny, and dollar bill. This led to a new math lesson on currency. We identified coins, learned values, and performed simple operations. It is much easier to carry the $1.00 bill versus 100 pennies! KG students are having an introductory lesson on Book Reports. They are learning to identify the author, illustrator, characters, and main idea. We have expanded our classroom library with a plethora of books printed from Raz Kids. They are enjoying the many choices and all students are showing an interest!
Our spring recital is almost here! The class is practicing lyrics, positions, and choreography in the gym every morning at 8:30 am. The class is doing an excellent job on format and participation. We will be creating our own props for the performance this week. In addition, our Arabic and Spanish teachers have been rehearsing songs with them as well. The class is showing amazing progress and will be ready to shine for lights, camera, action!
Thank you all for your continued support
Ms. Brooke Ms. Sabera Ms. Huda
Updates from Our 6-9 Classroom
“The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence.” “The first essential for the child's development is concentration.”-- Maria Montessori
Our First year students have been enthusiastic about their new descriptive writings. They are creative in producing their work and demonstrate the power of their intelligence in learning new concepts of word study. They are enjoying learning about adjectives and the noun family. Advanced concepts of money have been introduced and they are taking a step ahead in abstraction for addition and subtraction. Measuring in inches and half inches will serve as scaffolding for higher concepts. In the social sciences animals and plant kingdom, physical science experiments and working with landforms are continuously building their knowledge.
Our Second year students are demonstrating a positive energy in understanding advanced concepts. The continuity of their hard work is shown in their desire to learn. They are creating sentences applying their knowledge of all parts of speech. Exercises of building vocabulary are integrated in their writings with correct punctuation and spellings. Ongoing reading comprehension exercises will help them apply analytical skills. Students practiced with 2-digit multipliers and 4-digit multiplicands with the checkerboard. Word problems are enhancing their brain power. They are excited to practice times tables and understand the correlation of math concepts. Students are continuously enjoying learning the map skills and their projects of Fundamental Needs of Humans. Additionally, they are researching planets and writing interesting facts.
Our Third year students continue to show responsibility and passion to enhance their critical thinking skills. Continuous practice of reading comprehension builds their critical thinking skills, interpreting and applying their knowledge on how to follow directions has planted a seed to polish their independence. They are becoming proficient in creating stories across different genres. Editing, proofreading, and ongoing grammar work are a continuous practice to improve their writing skills. Students have been introduced to the abstract multiplication and division concepts to solidify the concrete learning. Geometrical concept of measuring angles and use of protractor is developing their understanding for future studies. They have explored measuring units of length with Metric and US Customary units. Students have been introduced to the concepts of physical science with experiments. Children are demonstrating a high level of work in producing social sciences projects.
-6-9 Teachers 2nd and 3rd Grade Coding Class
The Coding Classes have been off to an awesome start! The kids are getting used to using the Chromebooks, logging into their accounts, and are having a blast coding! The look of excitement the kids have when they solve a puzzle and get the programs to work is amazing to see!
2nd Graders are currently finishing off the unit on Sequencing with Angry Birds, and will move into debugging codes the next few weeks. 3rd graders have been working hard with Sequencing, Debugging, and Events on Code.org. We will be continuing those skills the next few classes and they will program their own Star Wars themed game.
Thank you for your support!
Best, Sevim Memisovski Technology Teacher
Updates from upper elementary classrooms
4th Grade English Language Arts and Reading Students have been enjoying using books to help them understand the past. First, students read two nonfiction books Who was George Washington? and What was the Declaration of Independence? These books are preparing students to better understand our next book Johnny Tremain. Johnny Tremain is a historical fiction book that takes place in Boston during the start of the American Revolution. Students are also making sure to practice their grammar and writing throughout the week. Students are putting their knowledge to the test by writing paragraphs.
4th Grade Social Studies/American History
Students continue on to learn about the beginning of America. Students learned about the explorers who came to this New World. Students also learned about the early settlements that started in America. Ranging from the Lost Colony of Roanoke, to the controversial Jamestown, and finally to the pilgrims of the Mayflower. Students also had to separate fact from fiction when it came to Pocahontas.
Middle School Creative Expression Middle School students have been learning about how to be great debaters. Students were assigned different arguments that they had to research and study. Then, they had to present their claims with dignity and knowledge. They had to defend their claims from counterarguments. Students worked really hard and did a fantastic job with their debates.
Happenings in the Science Room
The 4th graders are continuing to learn about different forms of energy. At the beginning of the month we started with thermal energy and how it is measured. They created simple thermometers to see the effect o that temperature when measuring hot and cold liquids. A they also learned about the different ways heat is transferred through conduction, convection and radiation, and which materials are conductors and insulators.
5th graders have been learning about constellations and how ancient people created them by “connecting the dots”. They used to explain phenomena that they couldn’t explain otherwise, and incorporated mythologies which helped make sense of the world around them. Fifth graders created their own constellations and wrote mythological stories about them.
They also got to make their own planisphere, so they can actually locate constellations in the northern hemisphere!
One of the body systems that the 6th Graders have been learning about is the skeletal system. They have been studying the different tissues and bones that make up the skeleton, as well as diseases, disorders, and conditions that affect it.
The 7th graders have been balancing equations and learning how it relates to reactions!
The 8th grader have been learning more in depth about the different mechanisms cell membranes use to control what goes in and out of the cell. They got to observe osmosis in action after they dissolved the egg shells of their "cells". They placed the eggs in different solutions through out the week and saw how the different concentrations affected the morphology of the eggs.
News from our Middle School English Classroom
Hello from Kindi English! We have survived the snow and are all looking forward to hopefully warmer weather coming soon!
The 5th Graders have finished reading the novel The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963. They worked hard analyzing characters, learning about segregation during the 1960's and how it affected people of different races in different ways. The students worked hard and have just finished their second formal essay for the year. It's awesome to see the improvement from their first essays. Be sure to ask them to share their writing and I think you will be impressed.
The 5th Graders have also been working with this month's Scope magazines and have read a version of Beowolf and learned about JFK's military past. They are also continuing to practice with RAZ to improve their reading skills.
Coming up, we are focusing some of our time on practicing for the upcoming play. It's looking good and the kids are all working hard! Our next book is going to be The Chronicles of Narnia and we will be starting it after the play is finished.
The 6th Graders have finished reading the book Refugee and they all really liked it. They heard about Afghan refugees staying at local hotels and decided they wanted to help them. I'm so proud of all the work that they have put into getting the donation drive ready. They have made posters, flyers, videos, and written letters requesting donations from local businesses. Stay tuned for an email that shows their video that can help publicize the drive.
Looking forward, the students will be continuing the theme of learning about refugees by reading the book Of Beetles and Angels. It's about a refugee from Ethiopia, and will lend yet another perspective on the refugee crisis that we have in our world.
The 7th and 8th Graders have also finished reading their book, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. They have explored the ideas of racism, equality, and fairness. They had fun playing board games that they made based on their books and also finished the unit by writing an essay about the relationship between fear and respect. Additionally, they all had practice taking the SATs and they did a great job! Be sure to ask them about their scores.
Looking forward, our class has just started a high school prep unit focused on note taking strategies. We are reading many news articles about current events, and also using the social studies textbook (the chapter about The Cold War) to practice taking notes in different ways. The students are making connections between history and today, and it's been very interesting to hear their thoughts. The discussions that we have already started having with the students are amazing! They are all very interested in the current situation in Russia and Ukraine and are bothered by the treatment of various refugee groups throughout the world. I look forward to hearing their thoughts as we finish out this unit by reading a graphic novel about a Chinese immigrant (Natural Born Chinese).
PE NEWS: GRADES 1 -3 This month, students continue to participate in gross-motor challenges to develop a deeper understanding of spatial awareness and relationships to objects and people. We are also building our cooperation levels as we work with other students to share space or objects while developing sports skills. This month we practiced aiming and tossing objects with Ladder Toss. Students practiced safety and listening skills while they put a new spin on the classic game of bean bags! Students took turns, counted and tracked points/kept score, while tossing a ball to land on a sports ladder. Next month, 6-9 students will get to engage in a friendly Ladder Toss competition!
PE NEWS: GRADES 4 -8 Through team building games and sports we work cooperatively with others to accomplish a set goal in both competitive and noncompetitive situations. This month 4-8th Graders enjoyed the new game of Ladder Toss as well. Students enjoyed taking turns and competing for the highest score- first to 21 points wins! Much like a game of Bean Bags, Ladder Toss, follows a similar format. Students practiced aiming and keeping score. We are now beginning new games such as Spike Ball, Wall Ball and Flat Tennis using soft tennis balls to sharpen our focus and our skills at aiming, throwing, and catching smaller targets.
ART NEWS: 3-6 Students This month, students have had very helpful hands! Students worked with Ms. Jackie to trace their hand to make playful penguins! We practiced tracing, gluing, and following directions. You can see our penguin parade by the front doors! Next month we will study the color wheel and make our very own color wheel ostriches along with a listening lesson to create Silly Spring Monsters.
ART NEWS: 6-9 Students This month, students have had very helpful hands! Students worked on creating zebras and tigers simply by tracing their hands! Students practiced listening and following directions to make their zebra and tigers really look fantastic. These will be on display near the front door soon! Up next we will be making 1-point perspective aquariums.
ART NEWS: 4 - 8th Grade This month 6-8th grade art students took selfies for our study of photorealism. Students are being challenged to make and complete a grid drawing of their own self-portraits which they took. These will be displayed around the halls of Kindi once completed. 4-5th Grade students continued to practice decorative line weights while practicing precision with tracing hands. Look for these too! This coming month students will start to design their own unique album cover as they learn about balance, color, composition, and symbols that have special meanings for their own lives. With Ramandan fast approaching in April, students will reflect, then add symbols to their album cover of things and ideas they are most thankful for. With our album cover designs, students will think about gratitude and inspirational media.
5th-8th Grade Social Studies News The students have been working very hard in Social Studies class! We have now crossed beyond the halfway point of the year and I know the kids will keep doing great as the year progresses!
5th Grade Ancient World History students finished our unit on Ancient Greece. They did a tremendous job creating Comic Strips on the Persian Wars, they made their own advertisement posters to get Greek citizens to move to either Athens or Sparta. We are now beginning our unit on Ancient Rome, which will include an awesome STEM project where they will build and test their own aqueducts.
Our 6th Grade Geography students have finished their unit on North Africa and Southwest Asia. The kids enjoyed learning about the different countries in the region. They did an awesome job creating digital posters on a country in Southwest Asia. We are now beginning our Sub-Saharan Africa unit.
7th Graders finished the Constitution Unit and are now beginning our first unit in American History. We are currently studying Industrialization and understanding life at the turn of the 20th century. We will soon be studying American Imperialism, the Progressive Era, and World War I.
8th Grade Modern World History students have finished our unit on the Industrial Revolution. Students wrote their first Document Based Question (DBQ) Essay, where they argued using primary source documents whether or not the Industrial Revolution should be remembered as a positive or negative time period in World History. The young historians did a tremendous job! We are now finishing up a unit on Democratic Reform Movements in Europe during the 1800s before starting our next unit on Imperialism in the coming weeks.
I am continually impressed with the hard work of our students. Thank you for your continued support.
Best, Sevim Memisovski Social Studies Teacher, Grades 5-8
4th-8th Grade Technology News
The students have been hard at work in Technology Class! All classes have continued working with Typetastic to build strong keyboarding skills and have continued Coding using code.org.
The 4th Graders finished their Kindi News Projects and they did an amazing job presenting on different events happening around Kindi and interviewing some pretty well-known people around the halls of our school! They are now working on a research project, researching a specific U.S. State and using Google Slides to organize their research. We will then take our research and use it to create a collage using Canva or Google Drawings.
5th Graders did a great job on their President's Projects! They created websites using Google Sites to showcase important information about their President. They also worked to create a Visual After-School Schedule using Google Docs, and we talked about time management. Our next project will be using Google Slides to create animations.
The 6th-8th graders have also been hard at work in class, progressing through our Coding curriculum. The kids have learned about sequencing, events, and Sprites. They’ve also written and recorded their own podcasts about overcoming struggles. They did a tremendous job! Our 6th graders will now be moving into creating videos and animations, while the 7th and 8th graders will be using a digital art/photo editing software called Krita to create different projects.
Keep up the great work, Eagles!
Best, Sevim Memisovski Technology Teacher
Updates from our spanish classroom
Spanish with Maestra Maria
I am Maestra María, the new Spanish teacher at Kindi Academy. I am from Spain and I have a lot of experience working with children in their first years of education. I am a Certified Montessori Teacher in early childhood. I am excited to be part of this project and to start a new journey with your children in learning the Spanish language.
The 3-6 year old classes have reviewed colors, numbers 1-20, and family members. We have learned new songs and read books in Spanish. In addition, we have worked on the seasons of the year, especially with concepts such as winter and snow. We have worked with opposite concepts such as hot-cold, big-small and up-down. On the other hand, we have worked with farm animals, and we have learned about zoo animals in a session on yoga postures.
The 6-9 years old Spanish students are very interested in learning Spanish. We have worked on similar concepts to those of students aged 3-6, but focusing intensely on reading and writing in Spanish. With songs, books, coloring, games... we have reviewed the seasons, the months of the year, the days of the week, the weather, the numbers, the colors, and the family. In the speaking part we have learned to answer questions like: what is your name? and how old are you? In addition to expressing how they feel. My goal for all of them is to increase their ability to express themselves in Spanish. It has been a fantastic month! Muchas gracias.
Spanish with Maestra Alicia
4th Grade These fourth graders overall did a TREMENDOUS job on their classroom objects presentations “El salon de clase”. They incorporated all the vocabulary we have learned in Unit 1 Lessons 1-4, and worked super hard to make it not only neat, but clear for their classmates to understand. The students learned the question's words: Que es? Que son? Quien es? Quienes son? to identify people and objects in the classroom. Very soon we will learn the names of colors and shapes.
5th Grade Students have been learning to use singular and plural forms of ser to tell time, after and before the hour. Students had a great time playing “bingo” to identify times. They also revisited the question words: Cuando? Cuanto? and Que?. Fifth Graders are becoming very familiar with asking and telling what time it is.
6th Grade The 6th Graders have learned how to express what people like to do using the verb “gustar”. Also, the personal A + noun/pronoun was introduced. The kids really enjoyed sharing their likes and dislikes in the target language. This verb helped students and myself discover our personal likes and dislikes.
7th,8th Grade Students in 7th and 8th grade have been working very hard learning “de” to show possession and practicing possessive adjectives. Now they can express possession and talk about their family members in a more comfortable way. I introduced comparatives such as: mas … que (more…than) menos …. que (less…than) tan…. como(as…as). I am excited to hear how they will be able to describe themselves, their family, and friends.
- Ms. Alicia
Updates from our Arabic Room
Dear Parents, مرحبًا وأهلاً بكم
Our Arabic classes this month, were fully energetic learning and practicing Arabic. In the upper grades 6-8, we covered a tale from Tanzania in Arabic, going around the world learning about maps, places, and topography.
In 5th Grade our students were studying about their daily activities, reading, and telling time. 4th Graders completed their amazing families.
The lower grades are fully engaged in developing their vocabulary with hands on activities in full swing all around our Arabic classes.
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