"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
Dear Kindi Community,
I hope this message finds you well and filled with excitement as we embark on a brand-new school year at our beautiful new campus! It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I extend my warmest congratulations to you and your family.
As we settle into this larger and more dynamic space, it's hard not to marvel at the endless possibilities it offers for our students. The gymnasium and outdoor playground provide not just recreation but avenues for physical development and social interaction. It's a space where friendships are forged, skills are honed, and memories are made.
This new chapter also opens up exciting opportunities for us to nurture and unlock the full potential of each student. With expanded resources and modern facilities, we're better equipped to provide a well-rounded education that goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. The journey of learning becomes more enriching, and the horizon of possibilities broadens for every child.
However, let's not forget that the success of our school is not solely defined by its infrastructure and curriculum; it is, in fact, deeply intertwined with the support and involvement of our wonderful families. In this regard, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you who actively contribute to our school community. Your engagement, whether through volunteering, attending events, or simply being there for your child, is a cornerstone of our success.
It's crucial to recognize that family plays an integral role in a child's educational journey. Your encouragement and active participation make a significant impact on your child's enthusiasm for learning and their overall well-being. Together, as a collaborative force, we can create an environment where each student thrives academically, socially, and emotionally.
As we go through this journey together, I'd also like to extend a warm welcome to our new teachers and families. Your presence enriches our community, bringing fresh perspectives and diverse experiences that contribute to the vibrant tapestry of our school.
Here's to a year filled with growth, discovery, and shared achievements. May this be a time of flourishing friendships, exciting challenges, and memorable moments for both our students and their families.
Thank you for being an essential part of our school family. Your commitment to education and your child's journey is truly commendable.
I congratulate you for choosing Kindi Academy for your child’s education. You gave them the gift of success. We are humbled and they'll always be grateful. Thank you!
Wishing you a fantastic school year ahead! Warm regards,
Hatem Elagha Executive Director Kindi Academy
Message from the Dean
Welcome to Kindi Academy - the greatest place to learn and grow! I am proud to serve as your Dean of Students again this year. This is my fourth year here at Kindi Academy and I am looking forward to another great year with all of you!
This school year has gotten off to a great start. Students are working hard in all of their courses, creating wonderful projects (check out the Van Gogh exhibit that Ms. Gazi has put together with her 5th grade Art class), taking great field trips, and more! Our teachers are working hard getting to know our students and working with them to achieve their full potential. We really have a great team here at Kindi Academy!
This year, our theme throughout the school is “Team Kindi”! I am a firm believer in the following quote by Helen Keller, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." This is the special recipe that makes Kindi so great! Teachers, students, administrators, and families are all on the same team- working together to ensure our children are successful and ready to take on the world. At the heart of every team, there is mutual respect, understanding, and kindness. This is what makes every team SOAR to Success! We will be emphasizing these values and reviewing our schoolwide SOAR Expectations with our students in the SEL classes beginning this month, taught by myself and Ms. Radhika Shah.
Henry Ford once said, "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." Let’s keep moving forward and working together to ensure all students reach their full potential.
As always, please reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.
Thank you for choosing Kindi Academy! It’s ALWAYS a Great Day to be an Eagle!
My best to you all,
Sevim Memisovski Dean of Students Kindi Academy
News from our 3-6 Classrooms
“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period of birth to the age of six.” ~ Maria Montessori Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! September has been a busy, exciting, and fun month! We started the year by coming up with classroom rules with our students. Among other things, we practiced rolling rugs, walking around a rug without stepping on someone’s work, and overall grace and courtesy (i.e., being polite, sharing, taking turns, waiting patiently). We have discussed the importance of taking care of our environment, the classroom, and the materials as well as taking care of ourselves. We wash and sanitize hands and surfaces regularly to keep our classroom environment safe and clean for everyone! The children have not wasted any time and are working on sounds, numbers, practical life, art, word building, and so much more! Being a Montessori child focuses on independence and personal growth, both academically and emotionally. We encourage children to try things on their own and help only if needed. By doing this, children are given the opportunity to build confidence, self-pride, and self-motivation.
September is when we talk all about apples! Children learned about the parts of an apple and its life cycle. They also listened to a story about Johnny Appleseed and learned what he did to help others and how he got the name, “Appleseed.” The children had a wonderful time exploring All Seasons Orchard on their first field trip! They enjoyed climbing on tractors, a wagon ride to the apple orchard, learning about bees and pollination, and visiting the petting zoo where they fed goats, chickens, and ducks! Everyone received a bag of fresh apples and apple cider donuts to take home! YUM! We look forward to going to Brookfield Zoo for our next field trip!
~3-6 Montessori Program
Updates from Our 6-9 Classroom
"Free the child's potential and you will transform him into the world" Dr. Maria Montessori
Fall is quickly upon us and our school year is in full swing! Our students have been very busy and excited about their learning. Everyday brings a new joy to the children for their accomplishments.
Our First year students stepped into a new level of independence where they are immersed in learning how to construct sentences with proper structure. We are working on penmanship and reading with spelling rules simultaneously. They are on the road to develop their Math concepts using the unique and scientific Montessori Materials, which will enhance their mathematical mind and organizational skills. They are building relationships and connections to the math concepts They are taking pride in making their solar system booklets. They are learning about cardinal directions and concepts of Botany and Zoology with small projects.
Our Second year students are refining their skills of writing descriptive stories. Word study is the major part of developing their understanding for further advanced work. They are enthusiastic to use a Dictionary and Thesaurus. Creating and constructing sentences with correct use of punctuation marks is an integral part of their work. They have started to analyze the sentences with the function of parts of speech. They have been introduced to write 2, 3 and 4 times tables and advanced concepts of multiplication and division using the Stamp Game, a very unique Montessori material. The concept of addition of fractions with like denominators has been introduced with Montessori materials. Social sciences are an integral part of their learning and they are taking pride in creating projects. Students are learning geometrical concepts and integrating with art and design.
Our Third year students are diving into paragraph writing using proofreading strategies. Higher level of grammar and word study has been introduced to strengthen their writing skills. Advanced levels of multiplication and long division problems have been introduced to strengthen their precision using the Montessori materials. They have been introduced equivalent fractions. Students are excited to learn the lowest common multiples which will serve as the basis of addition, subtraction of unlike denominators. Students will be taking timed, times table tests using their working memory. Children are demonstrating a high level of work in producing social sciences projects.
We are excited for the upcoming presentations of students' autobiographies, which is a beautiful way to connect to their lives.
Our first field trip to All Seasons Orchard farm was a huge success! Students had a great time.
Children are well settled into their class routine. We are enjoying and celebrating their everyday accomplishments, academic collaboration and teamwork.
Our children are practicing and learning acts of kindness and sharing with their friends. This activity will encourage them to use kindness in their words, thinking and actions.
We look forward to a wonderful year!
Warmly, 6-9 Teachers Team
Updates from 4th Grade
4th Grade - Ms. Victoria English Wow! Has time flown by? We have been in the class for 2 months already. Students have settled into a steady routine. Students have learned about Genres of Literature and elements of a Fictional story through Jack and Rump, and we have begun writing our 1st figurative language- a simile. We have also worked on vocabulary for the books as well as parts of speech. Students have also written their first personal narrative on a time they were hurt. In this process, students learned to use vivid descriptive words in their writing and not to use vacation words.. Our next novels in class will be How to Steal a Dog and The Tale of Desperaux. These books fit in with the theme of family and friendship.
4th Grade - Ms. Sameena English We started off the academic year with rules and regulations! The students read short stories and passages to enhance vocabulary and literary elements. They learned definitions of words and a variety of messages related with life! Students enjoyed reading Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit. They improved their readability and understood the importance of life cycle and it’s essence. They presented the details and illustrated their imagination with vibrant colours. The concept of immortality was discussed and fictitious characters were understood to absorb the differences and a blend of personalities! Our super students identified abstract nouns and used them in sentences. The word wall words were exemplified and explained for a better understanding. They punctuated paragraphs and wrote summaries sharing their opinions and opted for different endings!
4th Grade Social Studies/World Regions Students have been learning about landforms and bodies of water. The students were able to create their own islands with landforms and bodies of water. Students are learning about Culture and Map Keys. Students are learning the States and Capitals of the location of the state on the map. We are also learning about our first region which is the United States.
4th Grade Technology Students have been learning to send emails, use the home row keys, and make slideshow presentations on inventors. Soon students will be introduced to using Google Drawings. Students also practice typing on various platforms. Students are learning to type by not looking at the keyboard.
Battle of the Books This year 4th and 5th graders were assigned 6 books to read for a reading battle. Students had to read various genres and learn about different characters in the books. Battle Begins October 16th. So excited to see all the students' reading knowledge come into play.
4th Grade Science We started the school year by observations to understand what scientists do, and to get familiar with the scientific method and the different tools and instruments used in science. Students tested the Scientific Method with a bubble gum experiment and used 6 different variables for our gum. We also made paper airplanes and tested them and collected data. We learned the heavier the base of the airplane the farther the airplane flew
Happenings in the Science Room
5th Grade The 5th graders started the year by learning all about the five Earth's spheres. As we wrapped the lesson they made dioramas depicting what they had learned.
6th Grade During September, the 6th graders were introduced to cells and the different parts and organelles. To understand the cell membrane structure and how it works, they created a model where they got to label its parts. 7th Grade We began the year learning about matter, and how it is classified as pure substances and mixtures. As we progressed to the lesson, the students had opportunities to experiment and do activities that emphasized the different concepts we were learning about. 8th Grade In 8th grade, the first part of the year is dedicated to physics. We began with Mechanics, so the students had opportunities to test the concepts learned and Newton's first law of motion.
9th grade In 9th grade we cover Honors Biology. We started getting familiar with microscopes and how to mount slides. Once they knew how to make slides, they had a lab where they got to create microspheres and coacervates. We covered evolution and moved through the classification of species.
10th Grade - Honors Chemistry -Separating a mixture by physical means Separation techniques to isolate the three components and determine the weight percent of each in the mixture and calculate percent yield .
News from our Middle School
4th, 5th and 6th Grade English Language Arts and Reading - Ms. Ashley We are two months into the school year and our students have already accomplished so much! Fourth grade has read two novels- My Side of the Moon and Sing Down the Moon, in addition to creating and designing their own projects respectively. Fifth grade students have read the Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary and are finishing Esperanza Rising, as well as writing creative, short fictional stories using Sadlier’s vocabulary words. Sixth grade students read a selection of short fictional stories and are finishing the novel The Outsiders. They also completed character traits projects for The Outsiders in which we focused on the character's inner dialogue, actions and values/beliefs. Additionally, all English classes have written narrative essays in which we focused on story telling, using proper grammar and punctuation.
5th Grade English - Ms. Sameena The superb students understood the importance of rules and regulations and read thematic stories and meaningful passages to learn about elements of literature and the significance of creative language! The expressive learners read a variety of short stories and illustrated their perceptions in a beautiful manner! They also read Tuck Everlasting and presented the details to enhance the skills. Their interest to know about the characters helped them to portray changes in situations that taught them to be flexible and fair! The curiosity of students led them toward an enlightening experience. Recently, they did an amazing job on changing the adjectives to adverbs and formed structured sentences!
6th Grade English - Mr. Aukst We spent the month covering Freytag’s Plot Pyramid with students plotting short stories. We concluded the section with a test and an 800-word narrative paper using Freytag’s Pyramid. We began TheOutsiders and completed the first three chapters with end-of-chapter activities. Currently, we are concluding a reading theater script. We also have weekly vocabulary words and tests, and weekly paragraph writing assignments.
6th Grade English - Ms. Sameena My awesome students have read beautiful stories and wrote dialogues with illustrations! They identified the problems and narrated their own stories with different endings. Students prepared posters and changed the characteristics to bloom new ideas! They have formed sentences with different parts of speech like abstract nouns, verbs, adverbs and collective nouns! Few days ago they presented their writing on Holes as it is being read in the class! Students enacted by picking favourite characters and played scenes of their choice to improve themselves! Students prepared posters and added colors of their imagination to express the thoughts and ideas! :)
7th Grade English - Mr. Aukst We spent the month covering more complex work on Freytag’s Plot Pyramid with students plotting short stories. We concluded the section with a test and a 1000-1200 word narrative paper using Freytag’s Pyramid. We began Chasing Lincoln’s Killers and completed the first five chapters with end-of-chapter activities. One of the activities included a video newscast of Lincoln’s assassination using facts from the book. Students also completed chapters 1-4 quiz. We also have weekly vocabulary words and tests, and weekly paragraph writing assignments.
8th Grade English - Ms. Melissa In 8th grade, we have had a great start to the year in ELA. We began with a literary unit focused on short stories that shared the theme of suspense. Students also began practicing vocabulary with the Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop program. This consists of a week of in-class and homework assignments with a set of 20 words, and a test at the end of 10 days. They have been doing great so far! The Short Stories read by students included “Button, Button” by Richard Mattheson and “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe. Their culminating project was a movie poster in which students illustrated and wrote about which elements of suspense their selected film utilized.
We are currently finishing up our second unit of the year, on Animal Farm by George Orwell. We have had some great discussions in class as the topics in this work include the dangers of absolute power in society and satire. The students are completing essay-style written assessments based on the themes of the novel, and a project where they incorporate writing, artistic expression, and research skills! Next, we will be studying Twelfth Night by Shakespeare. We are hoping to organize a field trip to Navy Pier to see a live performance later in the semester, once the unit is complete!
9th Grade Honors English - Ms. Melissa The ninth-graders began the year with a unit of short stories. All of these had a common theme of conformity and how our behavior can change when we are part of a group. The unit focused on class discussions, which were very lively! We also viewed the film version of some of the texts, such as “Harrison Bergeron,” which is set in a dystopian future. At the end of the unit, the students wrote a literary analysis essay comparing the different types of conformity, using examples from the texts that were read in class.
We are currently working on reading Homer’s The Odyssey. Students are using a current translation which has the epic poem in iambic pentameter. We will also be starting weekly vocabulary practice using the Sadlier text. Once The Odyssey is finished, students will complete a project that displays Odysseus’ epic journey to his home in Ithaca.
10th Grade Honors American Literature - Ms. Melissa In 10th grade, students also began the year with a unit centered around short stories. The texts all had the common theme of growing up and coming of age. Midway through the unit, students wrote a personal narrative detailing a time in their lives so far that was a growing experience for them. They did an outstanding job! The class also completed a digital media assignment in which they did some research into how teens process information and how much the brain changes and develops during adolescence. Students also did a literary analysis essay as their culminating assignment for this unit.
We have also just completed the Native American novel The Marrow Thieves. Students are also completing the reading of another text, Ceremony, independently. The class will have a culminating research assignment to complete as well as a project tied to the Ceremony text. We will also watch a film that deals with similar themes - chosen family, shared culture and traditions, and growing up - as both texts. Next up, we will be starting our study of The Crucible by Arthur Miller! This should be a very enriching text to work with, as it goes along with the study of colonial America that students recently covered in AP US History.
Updates From Social Studies
5th Grade Ancient World History - Mr. Aukst We spent the month focused on the major Mesopotamian civilization. It included Sumer, Akkadian, Babylon, and Neo-Babylon, Assyria, Phoenicia, and Persia. Students did several worksheets, maps, and we had group discussions on each civilization. We concluded the unit with a project that required students to make an artifact of their assigned civilization.
6th Grade World Geography - Mr. Aukst We spent the month covering the Five Themes of Geography, contents and oceans, and major geographic landforms. Students have taken three test and completed a project on geographic landforms. We also completed the first section of United States Geography. It covered major rivers, lakes, mountains, and physical regions of America.
AP US History Our APUSH Students have been hard at work the past few months. We’ve just finished our 3rd unit which covered the American Revolution and Early Republic. We’ve read multiple primary source documents and analyzed them…just like a historian does! Students also got the chance to create their own advertisement posters to convince those still in the “old world” to make the jump to the New World. They’ve also created their own pamphlets in the style of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense…to convince others to join the side of the patriots or the loyalists.
AP Human Geography Our AP HUG students have finished their unit on Population and are learning about Migration Patterns and Processes. We’ve been analyzing population pyramids and growth rates and spent a great deal of time learning about the Demographic Transition Model. Students were now assigned a country and are tasked with creating an infographic that displays many of the demographic data that we’ve been learning about in class. We will soon be finishing this unit and moving on to culture- where students will get to present information about their own culture to the rest of the class.
7th grade U.S. History - Ms. Ashley Seventh grade Kindi students have been hard at work diligently studying the colonial history of the United States and The American Revolution which has helped lay the foundation for the Constitution examination which will occur in November. Students have made real world connections to the Declaration of Independence by conducting research on the United States current immigration policy and sharing their family’s own first hand accounts.
8th Grade Social Studies 8th grade began their study of modern world history with the Italian Renaissance and the European Reformation. We discussed what sparked this period in Europe, and worked with primary sources such as an excerpt from The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. We have also completed our study of the Muslim empires during the 14th through 19th centuries. We covered the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals, and students were able to mark the commonalities and differences between the three groups. Currently, we are discussing the European “Age of Exploration” which tied in nicely with the recent Columbus Day holiday! This current chapter also covers events in China and the isolation of Japan during this time period. An argumentative writing project will be part of our next unit, which will focus on the Atlantic World and the Columbian Exchange.
6th Grade Technology Our 6th Graders have been working hard in technology class. They’ve reviewed the different Google Apps that we use in the school, including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings. We learned about the practical uses of each of these as well as some more creative projects, such as using conditional formatting to recreate a “Battleship” Game on Google Sheets; made our own Vision Boards and created Subway Art using Google Drawings. Students also learned about coding and how to program their own app about a certain topic. We are now learning about video production and editing using WeVideo. The kids will record their own cooking show entry video as well as commercial for a product.
7th Grade Creative Expression - Theatre For the first elective of the year, 7th grade practiced the art of public speaking in the form of acting and performing. The first project consisted of a short group performance that the students wrote the script for themselves. The kids each played one of their classmates and did a great job! We have also done short assignments on the history of theater and public speaking. The second project consisted of a performance where the script was provided to the students. They had to memorize lines, block the scene, and provide the emotion for the lines. Finally, the students are currently hard at work on their final project - designing full costumes for a fairy tale-inspired play. This quarter has been an enriching learning experience for all!
Art 5th grade art first quarter started off strong, producing amazing artworks! We began with the introduction of the 7 Elements of art which consist of Lines, colors, value, shapes, forms, space, and texture. They created a drawing in which they implemented each of these elements and were taught the importance of familiarization with them as well. We also touched base on pencil sketching and learning the different types of grades of lead. The sketches were outstanding! In addition, the 5th graders were launched into the world of art history! They were given multiple artworks to study each week along with a summary of the historical context of the piece such as the artist, time period, etc. It was impressive to see the interest grow with each passing week! We focused on Vincent Van Gogh…his life and painting style. The amazing 5th graders painted replicas of five different world-famous Vincent Gogh paintings! We hope you had a chance to visit our “Tribute to Vincent Van Vogh” exhibit in the Art Hall. To end the quarter they were introduced to master of modern abstract art himself “Jackson Pollock” His technique of drip art was exhilarating for the kid’s to create and the results are true masterpieces!
Updates from PE
Gym has been a blast! Only 2 months into the school year and students have indulged in a plethora of activities challenging them both physically and mentally.
Kickball, handball, dodgeball, volleyball, beanbag tic tac toe, blob tag, capture the flag and much more. High school students also ran an entire mile! So much done in with much more to come.
Updates from our spanish classroom
Spanish with Maestra Maria: ¡Hola Familias!
I can't believe it's already October! It's been over a month and a half since we started the new school year! I'm very happy with all my students' work, and I'm delighted to meet the new school families.
With the students in the 3-6 program, we've started by reviewing the basic concepts of Spanish using songs, Montessori presentations, games... The topics we've covered since the beginning of the school year include colors, seasons, weather, big-small, basic geometric shapes, numbers from 1 to 10, the alphabet, and animals. So many things! The truth is, I see that the students are gradually learning, and I'm very happy with their progress.
With the students in the 6-9 program, we've begun working in their notebooks, reviewing the writing of colors and seasons. On the other hand, we are working on a story project called "Me gusta viajar con Calamito". The students have learned the necessary high-frequency words to work on the story using TPR (Total Physical Response) and by creating a map in their notebooks. Today, I started telling the story to one of the 3rd-grade groups, and throughout this week, I will do it with the rest of the 3rd-grade and 2nd-grade students. The 1st-grade students need more time, so we will probably tell the story throughout October. After telling the story, we will do all kinds of activities such as role-playing, reading, writing, games, working with a mini book... to complete the work with this first story of the course.
In addition, the students have worked on creating their Identity Suitcase, where they address aspects such as their name, their likes, hobbies, the languages they speak, or special celebrations they have with their families. This suitcase will serve as a basis for each child to be the "special person" in the class each day and explain to their classmates what they have written in their suitcase.
The 4th-grade students are doing a fantastic job. We started the course by working on basic questions like: What's your name? How old are you? When is your birthday? What's your favorite color and animal? Today, they had a speaking test with many of these questions and the content of Unit 0, and they did very well. We have finished Unit 0 of the book "Viva el español." In the next session, we will begin working on Unit 1 related to the classroom.
The 5th-grade students have also worked on basic questions. In addition, we have been reviewing from Unit 0 to Unit 4 of the book "Viva el español." We have just started Unit 5, focusing on the study of weather, seasons, and the verb "gustar." In this class, there are many new students who are gradually acquiring the basic concepts of Spanish.
And that's it for my newsletter; I hope you liked it. Let's go for the month of October! See you soon!
Spanish with Maestra Alicia:
Dear Parents, We hope this letter finds you well and ready to embark on a fantastic new school year. We are thrilled to share the exciting progress that your child has made in their Spanish class. 5th. Grade. Over the past weeks, our fifth graders have been engaged in learning and practicing the Spanish language. Here's a brief overview of what they've accomplished: Our young linguists have successfully grasped the names of all twelve months in Spanish. They have not only learned the pronunciation but have also discovered how to use them in sentences. Through fun and interactive exercises, students have developed the ability to talk about their likes and dislikes.They can now express what they like and don't like doing during different months which showcases their growing conversational skills. In class, students have engaged in conversations where they describe who is doing various activities and how often they do them by using frequency adverbs “nunca”(never) “siempre” (always) “a veces” (sometimes) This practice has helped them construct more complex sentences and become more adept at communicating in Spanish.
6th. Grade In our initial weeks, we dived into the introductory lessons of Avancemos 1, focusing on the fundamental building blocks of Spanish communication. Here is a glimpse of what our students have learned so far: Our sixth graders have mastered the art of greeting people; saying goodbye "¡Hola!" (Hello)” ¡buenos días!”(good morning) and "¡Adiós!" (Goodbye) “¡ and Hasta luego”! (see you later) with confidence. They can now greet their peers and teachers warmly and bid farewell with a friendly smile. Your children have gained the ability to introduce themselves in Spanish, sharing their names and perhaps a bit about themselves. They've also learned how to introduce others, which has been a fun way to foster camaraderie in the classroom. We've been practicing how to ask someone's name in Spanish and even more impressively, how to spell names correctly. This skill will be invaluable as they continue their language journey.
Our young linguists have started discussing the weather in Spanish, using vocabulary and phrases to describe different weather conditions, such as "Hace sol" (It's sunny) or hace frio (it's cold) The progress our students have made in such a short time is truly commendable. Their enthusiasm and dedication to learning the Spanish language has been inspiring. I am confident that with their continued hard work and our engaging curriculum, they will achieve great success throughout the school year.
7th/8th Grade This year, our Spanish class embarked on a fantastic journey starting with Unit 5 of our textbook, Avancemos 1. Here are some of the key topics and skills that your children have been exploring: Describe a House and Household Items: Our students have learned to describe various aspects of a house, such as rooms, furniture, and household items. They can now communicate effectively when it comes to discussing their own homes or describing other living spaces. Indicating the Order of Things: We've covered how to express the order of items or actions using ordinal numbers. This skill is not only useful for describing everyday activities but also essential for giving and following directions. Describing People and Locations Using "Ser" and "Estar": The concepts of "ser" and "estar" can be challenging, but our 7th and 8th graders have been making great strides in understanding when to use these two important verbs. They can now describe people and locations with greater accuracy..
9th and 10th Grade We are excited to share with you the latest updates on what your children have been learning in their Spanish class, specifically in their journey through Avancemos 2. As a preliminary lesson, our students have started with a comprehensive review of Avancemos 1. This ensures that they have a strong foundation in the fundamentals of the Spanish language before delving deeper into new concepts. Over the past few weeks, students have been focusing on vocabulary related to identifying and describing people. They have learned how to describe physical appearances, such as hair color, height, and clothing, as well as personality traits. This knowledge has allowed them to engage in conversations about themselves and others with greater fluency and accuracy. In addition to describing people, students have been practicing how to express emotions and feelings in Spanish. They have learned a variety of emotion-related vocabulary words, allowing them to discuss their own feelings and understand the emotions of others. This is an essential skill for effective communication and empathy. Furthermore, the students have been exploring the likes and dislikes of people. They can now express their preferences when it comes to hobbies, sports, food, and more. This enables them to engage in conversations about their interests and engage with Spanish-speaking peers in a meaningful way. In the upcoming weeks, we will continue building on these foundational skills, delving into more complex grammar structures and expanding their vocabulary even further. Our goal is to provide your children with the tools and confidence to communicate effectively in Spanish. Thank you for your continued support and involvement in your child's education. Sincerely, Mrs. Alicia
Updates from our Arabic Room
Arabic and Islamic Studies
Quran and Islamic Studies: In the past month Kindi students celebrated the birth of our beloved Prophet Muhammad with the appreciated cooperation of our wonderful parents by enjoying listening to Islamic Nasheed (While tasting some of the admirable foods to our Prophet. In class students are working in improving their pronunciation for the Quran while memorizing and understanding the meanings in simple Tafseer. We are blessed to a have a good number of Hafez of Quran (completed memorizing the Holy Quran), those wonderful students leads the Zuhr prayer and Friday’s Khutbah, may Allah put his Barakat on them and all our lovely young Muslims.
Arabic: Fall is a wonderful month full in color and nature magic. Most of our classes were studying the Fall season in Arabic with vocabulary to their level. Lots of projects and hand on activities had been done. Songs, Kahoot and games were applied in reaching our goals in Arabic. Our Arabic starter’s groups are learning the basic skills in reading and spelling. Meanwhile, they are building their Vocabulary by learning the everyday calendar words, days of the weeks and colors. Lots of fun and games are experienced in our classes.
Ms. Hayat Al-Quttub Head of Islamic and Arabic Department
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