"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
Your beloved school, Kindi Academy, is getting ready for make its move to its new location in Lisle. The new building is a previous school building that became vacant by the Lisle School District after they built their new Lisle Elementary School at the Meadows, where Kindi operated previously for numerous number of years. Going back to Lisle has been our plan all along for the past few years since we moved to Darien.
The new location is located at 1736 Middleton Road. It will be a place where Kindi can expand as well as implement some of its dream projects and programs. Our move will be after this current school year ends in May. We are looking to start the Summer Program in the new location. In the meantime, we are working on some transportation options for families living in the proximity to the current location to facilitate dropping off and picking up their children at Lisle.
The move will give us the ability to start a more rigorous STEM program since we are planning on building an “Ingenuity Lab” over the next two years. We will expand and upgrade our Physical Education program and afterschool sports available as we are planning on hiring a fulltime Athletics Administrator to oversee this plan. We are planning on upgrading our Fine Arts program to include areas such as Pottery and Ceramics among other improvements. We are also planning on adding 9th grade this coming school year and add a grade up each new year. This will be the initiation of our College Prep program in full force. Those are only some of the major developments we have on the table for your children. All my teachers and I are very excited about this move and we see an amazing potential for Kindi and its students in the coming years. We will keep advancing our programs and offerings in years to come. We only see a wonderful journey ahead and we ask you to be our partner through it all.
I wish everyone a wonderful time and see you back in April! Hatem Elagha Executive Director Kindi Academy
Message from the Dean
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller
Dear Kindi Family,
I always end my newsletters with “It’s a Great Day to Be an Eagle”, and that phrase has never been more true! There are always so many exciting things happening in and around the school. Our Spring Celebration is quickly approaching and everyone is working so hard to make it a wonderful production and great night for all! Many field trips are happening, our Middle School Girls Volleyball team is doing amazing, STEAM Club is in full swing…so many opportunities to come together as a community. School is not just about academics- it’s these opportunities we provide our kids that make a difference!
It all comes down to one thing- teamwork, our theme for March! Working as a team is what makes this school great. A team of dedicated teachers, wonderful and hard-working students, and caring and dedicated families…this is the special recipe to success that makes our school so wonderful! Our SEL Classes this month will emphasize the necessity of working collaboratively as a team…with some fun team building activities to do so.
Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success”. I am so proud and honored to be here in this community, working together to make our students ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow!
As always…it truly is a Great Day to be an Eagle!
My best to you all,
Sevim Memisovski Dean of Students Kindi Academy
Eagles Of The Month
February 2023 Eagles of the Month Theme: Tolerance
2nd Grade Emaan Yadullahi Rahma Gazanfer Ahmed Raja
4th Grade Tayseer Khan Haniya Omar Ziyad Issa
5th Grade Haneen Siddiqi Abdullah Bhuiyan Zareena Apichai
6th Grade Abdurrahman Hoda
7th Grade Reem Adhami
8th Grade Asma Hussaini
News from our 3-6 Classrooms
"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. It was nice speaking with all of you about your child’s progress. We are very happy with how hard your children have been working. Earlier in February, we had a visit from Shirin Shamsi, an author who shares stories from her heritage, in hopes of inspiring others to appreciate and learn about diversity that is present in our world. She read a few stories to our students and answered questions that the children had. She taught the children the difference between an author and illustrator and how she became a writer. At the end of her visit, she passed out personalized signed copies of her children’s books to those who ordered them in advance. It was a special visit for everyone. Another highlight in February was the puppet show that the children watched, which was performed by Mark Nichols. He presented “The Magic Onion” to the 3-6 program, and they enjoyed it very much! Our next in-school field trip will be a visit from singer and entertainer, Mary Macaroni, who has been a crowd-pleaser in the past so we know the children will love seeing her! With March on the move, the spring program is quickly approaching! We have been practicing singing and dancing with all the 3-6 children on a regular basis. They are looking forward to putting on a wonderful show for their families! The lyrics and links to each song have been shared with you on ClassDojo, so please continue to practice with your child at home! With spring comes new life, so we will also start introducing the life cycles of many different living things, such as frogs, chickens, ladybugs, butterflies, and more. Since spring break is only a few weeks away, the month of March will surely fly by too! ~3-6 Team "The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth." ~Maria Montessori
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. Building simple machines was fun.
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. Exploring the microscope planted a seed of of becoming young scientists.
Updates from 4th Grade
4th Grade English Language Arts and Reading Students have been enjoying reading nonfiction books to better understand the past. Students were split into two different groups but both groups will be centered around the same major event, The American Revolution. Nonfiction books are not only great because they help students with their reading comprehension but it helps students understand historical events. Students are also making sure to practice their grammar and writing throughout the week. Writing has been a focus for fourth graders as they have been working on creating paragraphs and learning about different types of paragraphs. 4th Grade Social Studies/American History New year and new semester means students are still traveling the globe learning about different regions of our earth. Students have learned about Central America, the Caribbean Islands, and South America. Students learned about the culture and histories of these lands. Students also learned about the environmental and economical issues. Students got to learn the difference between real pirates and pirates from the media. Students pretended to be a pirate crew and came up with a story for the crew's history. Students have fun not only learning about history but also acting it out.
Art- Intro to Art 4th grade students are now picking up their paint brushes and oil pastels to learn about art. Students learned about the Color Wheel and color theory. Then, students created their own color wheel coming up with a theme of their choice. Now students are learning about oil pastels and the different techniques they will be executing. Students are having fun expressing themselves through art.
Happenings in the Science Room
4th Grade After having learned about static electricity, the 4th graders experienced its effectiveness and built a static electricity sensor. As part of the electricity unit, they also got to built circuits, both, series and parallel, using switches and SnapCircuit boards. Also they made a lemon battery after having learnt about the parts of a battery and how it works.
5th Grade In 5th grade we closed the unit on earth science by having learned about volcanoes, types and formation. After having chosen a volcano type, they researched, created a model and presented their reports. 6th Grade So far in 6th grade we have covered the skeletal and muscular systems. To wrap them up, students researched and presented different diseases and conditions for each of the systems.
7th Grade & 8th Grade For the last month the 7th graders have been learning about redox reactions, specifically single replacement reactions, and in 8th grade we covered the cell organelles in depth, specially the cell membrane passive and active transport systems. To see how osmosis works in cells, they carried out an experiment with eggs, where they dissolved the shell to expose the inner membrane, and then used different solution concentrations in order to see osmosis in action.
News from our Middle School
5th Grade Students completed Unit 6 in their vocabulary lessons. Students will continue working with definitions and the different word forms. Students are encouraged to use the vocabulary terms in other class assignments so that they become familiar with using the words in everyday situations. Students were given the opportunity to revise their Unit 5 Vocabulary Quiz. This helps students to understand their mistakes and reinforces that learning is an ongoing process.
Students continued their grammar instruction and learned about common, proper, and possessive nouns. They also worked on the writing strategies of developing & supporting arguments on IXL. Students completed their final projects for The Watsons Go To Birmingham Unit and watched the 2013 movie. They also engaged in a class discussion about segregation, civil rights, discrimination, and the concept of "othering".
Students were allowed to revise The Watsons Go To Birmingham final assessment. This helps students to understand their mistakes and reinforces that learning is an ongoing process. Students reviewed their elements of fiction, literary devices and figurative language notes in preparation for the Short Story Unit. Students learned new vocabulary words from “The Necklace” by Guy De Maupassant and "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros. They also engaged in class discussions about the many themes from the stories. Students completed text-based questions and charted the elements of the plot in each story.
Students read the non-fiction text “Celebrating Cinco De Mayo” by Sanjana Chetia. They completed a journal comparing and contrasting aspects of “Celebrating Cinco De Mayo” and “Eleven”.
Students went on a roller skating field trip to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park & Family Entertainment Center. They completed a corresponding assignment based on their experience.
6th Grade Students completed Unit 6 in their vocabulary lessons. Students will continue working with definitions and the different word forms. Students are encouraged to use the vocabulary terms in other class assignments so that they become familiar with using the words in everyday situations. Students were given the opportunity to revise their Unit 5 Vocabulary Quiz. This helps students to understand their mistakes and reinforces that learning is an ongoing process.
Students finished reading The Giver by Lois Lowry and engaged in whole-class discussions. They also watched the 2014 movie of the same name. Students began working on their final projects and took the comprehension quiz for the unit. Students were also allowed to revise The Giver final assessment. This helps students to understand their mistakes and reinforces that learning is an ongoing process. Students continued their Daily Oral Language instruction, which focuses on punctuation, spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and capitalization. Students took the first assessment and were allowed to revise it. This helps students to understand their mistakes and reinforces that learning is an ongoing process.
Students practiced with the word roots: -sequ, -sec, -pel, -pul, -mens, -met, and -scrib. They also reviewed personal, possessive, interrogative, and indefinite pronouns, and pronoun and antecedent agreement.
Students attended an assembly in which author Shirin Shamsi read excerpts from her novel, The Moon From Dehradun.
Students were given the opportunity to revise their Unit 5 Vocabulary Quiz. This helps students to understand their mistakes and reinforces that learning is an ongoing process.
Students finished reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and completed the text-based questions for The Sieve & The Sand and Burning Bright sections. They also took the Burning Bright comprehension quiz.
Students worked in small groups to complete a figurative language & symbolism activity for Fahrenheit 451 and then shared their findings with the class and engaged in whole class discussions and debates.
Students watched the 2018 version of Fahrenheit 451; they also chose and began working on their final project for this unit.
Students continued their Daily Oral Language instruction, which focuses on punctuation, spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and capitalization. Students took the second assessment and were allowed to revise it. This helps students to understand their mistakes and reinforces that learning is an ongoing process.
5th Grade Technology Our 5th Graders are working hard in Tech Class. We worked more with Google Sheets and entering and analyzing data…with some help from M&M Candies! The kids worked in groups to count their M&M Colors, enter the data on the spreadsheet, create charts/graphs, and use formulas to find sums. We also worked with Google Drawings and some of the practical uses of it…including brainstorming using Web Diagrams. We also discussed Digital Citizenship, focusing on phishing scams and how to avoid them. We played Blooket to review Digital Citizenship and the kids will have an assessment in the coming weeks on the different Digital Citizenship lessons from class.
6th Grade debate Students worked on building teamwork by doing group debates. Students showed what they have learned by going against one another in a debate on topics involving healthcare and environmental issues. Students did a great job doing research and finding arguments that backed up their claim.. Students also defended their claim by doing a great job on their rebuttals. Debate is a great skill for students to learn,
7th & 8th Grade Financial Literacy Students have been working very hard in Financial Literacy class. We’ve been learning about Savings and Interest, as well as Investment opportunities. Students created infographics to summarize what they learned about Investing and the pros/cons of the different methods. We also learned about insurance and the benefits (and necessity!) of having different insurance policies. We are now learning about other topics that affect our financial future, namely how to get a job, interviewing tips, resume writing, and conversations about hard and soft skills. Before the end of the course, students will learn about a career of their choice and create a brochure about it, as well as learn about the cost of college education.
5th-8th Grade Social Studies News from Mr. Memisovski
5th Grade Ancient World History 5th Graders have been hard at work in our unit on Ancient Greece! They did a terrific job on their Greek Gods/Goddesses Research Projects and presented them to the class. I love seeing the creativity come out with their life-size posters, too! We then dived more into Ancient Greece with a look at the Persian Wars and City States. Students made comic strips about the Persian Wars and Advertisement Posters, trying to convince Ancient Greek citizens to move to either Athens or Sparta. We are now beginning our next unit on Ancient Rome…and the kids are excited to build Roman Aqueducts in our STEM Challenge!
6th Grade World Geography 6th Graders are “traveling” around the world…as we just finished our unit on North Africa and Southwest Asia. We created infographics on different countries in Southwest Asia and presented them to the class. We had some great discussions on different topics in the region as well. We are now beginning our unit on Sub-Saharan Africa as we look at the regions and cultures, as well as the history behind Africa. We will begin our 4th Quarter Research Projects in the coming weeks…it’s surely going to be a fun time to be a 6th Grader!
7th Grade US History The 7th Graders have just finished our units on American Imperialism and the Progressive Era. Students wrote their first DBQ Essay on whether or not imperialism is a just and legitimate policy for nations to follow, and were given feedback to better improve their argumentative writing. We will practice this throughout the next few weeks with other topics. We are now beginning our unit on World War I…and students are looking forward to our Trench Warfare simulation in a few weeks! We will begin our 4th Quarter Research Projects in the coming weeks ahead.
8th Grade Modern World History 8th Graders have just finished our unit on World War I and wrote wonderful DBQ Essays on the Causes of the war. We are now looking at the Inter-war period and the developments happening around the world, including the rise of totalitarianism and communism, as well as the Great Depression. We will begin our 4th Quarter Research Projects in a few weeks as well, where kids will research a topic of their choice from the course.
Updates from our spanish classroom
Spanish with Maestra Maria: ¡Hola Famillias! I can't believe we arealready in March! The spring celebration is very close, and all the children are very excited, looking forward to the day to show you all the work done in the Spanish class. During the month of February, we spent a large part of our time preparing their songs. In the 3-6 program, we have worked on the expressions "I like" and "I don't like”, working with the food´s vocabulary. In addition, we have worked, through the movement, with The Opposites focusing on “big-small”, “up-down”, “inside-outside” and “on-under”.We've also reviewed colors, numbers, weather, farm animals, and vocabulary from our Spring Celebration song “Soy unataza,” (I´m a cup) related to kitchen items. In the 6-9 program, we have worked on the calendar focusing on concepts such as "Today", "Yesterday" and "Tomorrow", in addition to reviewing the days of the week, the months of the year, and writing the numbers from 1 to 31. We have also worked on the expressions "I like" and "I don't like", learning the food´s vocabulary. They have worked very hard on learning the song "La Yenka", we have worked with different activities to learn the correct pronunciation and the lyrics, such as games and even a contest in which some students have obtained a diploma. It's a fun song, full of rhythm and with lyrics that are difficult to learn, which I hope you will love. My 4th and 5th-grade students are working on the first part of Unit 3 of our book. This unit is focused on “The calendar” and places in the city. The students are working with questions such as “Where are you going?” and “When are you going?”, in addition to knowing the months of the year, the days of the week, and expressions such as “This week” or “Next week”. Every Friday we have worked on the song “Color Esperanza” (Hope Color). It is a song with a very positive message of fighting for your ideals to achieve a better world. We are excited about everything we have prepared for the spring celebration; all the students have worked with great enthusiasm and I am proud of all of them. ¡Hasta pronto! Maestra María Spanish with Maestra Alicia:
4th Grade 4th-grade students have successfully completed Unit 3 of their Spanish language curriculum, "¿Adónde vamos?" (Where are we going?). This unit focused on teaching the students how to ask and tell where they are going on a certain day or week, as well as asking and telling when they are going, all in Spanish. Throughout the unit, our students engaged in various activities that aimed to develop their language skills and fluency. They learned new vocabulary, practiced sentence structure, and improved their pronunciation. They also participated in role-playing activities that helped them apply what they learned in real-life situations. We are so proud of our 4th graders who have been working very hard on their performance of the song "Color Esperanza". They have been practicing diligently, and we can't wait for you to see their hard work pay off during our spring celebration. I am very proud of the progress our students have made so far, and I look forward to their continued success in the rest of the school year.
5th. Grade I wanted to update you on our students' progress in Spanish Class. We are pleased to announce that our students have successfully completed our last Lesson of unit 4, where they learned how to use words to describe performance such as "muy bien" (very well) and "mucho"(a lot). With this lesson, our students can now confidently ask and tell how well they do an activity and how much they do an activity using the appropriate vocabulary. For example, they can say "Yo pinto muy bien" to indicate that they paint very well or "Yo estudio mucho" to convey that they study a lot. This vocabulary will be extremely useful for our students as they continue to learn and improve their skills. In addition to our regular classwork, the 5th graders have been practicing the song "Color Esperanza" for the spring celebration. They have been working hard to perfect their performance, and I am confident that they will do an excellent job during the celebration. This has made the month of February a busy but rewarding time for our class. 6th. Grade I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to inform you about the progress of our 6th graders in their Spanish class. As we continue with Unit 3, our students have been introduced to new vocabulary words, including family members, months, and numbers. They have also been learning about the grammar rules surrounding possession, using "de" to show possession and possessive adjectives. Thanks to these new concepts, your children can now talk about their families and ask and tell ages with ease. They can also express possession confidently. Our students are doing very well in class, and they seem to be enjoying the new challenges that come with learning a new language.
7th, 8th. Grade I am pleased to inform you that our 7th and 8th graders have completed their new vocabulary lesson, which focuses on planning a party, chores, and responsibilities. This unit is named "Una fiesta en casa," which translates to "A Party at Home." During this lesson, your child has learned new Spanish vocabulary related to party planning, such as invitations, decorations, and food. They have also learned about the different tasks involved in hosting a successful party, including cleaning, cooking, and organizing. To reinforce their learning, we will be organizing a small party in class where the students will have the opportunity to put their newly acquired skills into practice. They will work in groups to plan and organize the party, assign tasks, and take responsibility for their roles. I encourage you to continue practicing these vocabulary words and phrases with your child at home. You can also engage them in discussions about the importance of taking responsibility for their tasks and working as a team to achieve common goals.
Updates from our Arabic Room
Salam from Arabic and Islamic Studies
Marhaba, أسعد الله آوقاتكم, This month had started with a lot of activities running in our Arabic department. For the middle school we are studying Home and furniture. The students learned the basic of drawing home plan, and they were challenged to draw their home floor plans and label rooms and furniture, While in the upper -elementary classes we were studying about jobs and places of work. Everyone in our school is excited to the coming spring celebration and we are in full gear and looking forward to show our students talents in singing in Arabic.
SalaFrom Allah to all, This Month our school had arranged the annual Quran Competition, all classes had been eagerly participating.We are proud of our preschoolers how accepted this challenge and showed a wonderful effort. Also, we are proud of each and every students who took from their time to memorize and participated this year.
Mean while, the 7 th and 8th Graders were studying the History and the detailed family of the prophet. They were working in creating the family tree of our beloved Prophet from his 5th grad parents. They were able to target the relation between our Prophet and the 4 righteous Caliphs in preparation for the next unit in Islamic Studies. We will be covering the political Khilafah system and the life of the Righteous Caliphs, inshallah. Beside that, our schools excited to prepare for the whole month of Ramadan, May Allah bring it with peace and accept from us our worship.
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