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Mommy and Me Tea

Our ECE teachers and parent volunteer Siely Hassas really outdid themselves today by creating a wonderful Mommy and Me tea experience for our ECE students and mothers.

We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth” (46:15).


A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet (PBUH) said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your father. (Bukhari, Muslim)

No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star. ~Edwin Hubbell

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ~Abraham Lincoln

Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: ‘My Lord! bestow on them Thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood’ “(17:23-24).

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Arabic Fest 2016

This year the ArabicFest had a special meaning for all of us at Peace Terrace because it coincided with our ‘Celebrating Sirah’ month.  What a great opportunity for our students to learn about Sirah of the Prophet, peace and blessings upon him while they learned about his noble life through plays, nasheed, and stories.

Students and teachers worked for months; writing plays, practicing lines, and selecting the best nasheed to perform.  The outcome of their hard work was AMAZING to say the least.




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Why Compromise? Safeguarding Innocence


Imam Malik’s mother exhorted her son as he was about to embark on a journey of learning from the renowned scholar Imam Ar’ Rabiah to “Study from his manners before you take from his knowledge”.

It is not a coincidence that teachers are the most important factor in a student’s success, both in the deen and dunya.  Teachers are caregivers, mentors, supporters, facilitators of learning, counselors, –nothing short of modern day heros!

Please join us in celebrating this noble profession and help us to enhance the nurturing, supportive, and collaborative environment for our teachers because when we stand together and enable the best of our community, we all thrive!

To purchase tickets visit our website at

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Critical Thinking Workshop

Peace Terrace Academy Presents

A Critical Thinking Workshop for Educators


Peace Terrace Academy invites you to join us an interactive session with Dr. Linda Elder on teaching critical thinking skills to children and youth.. You will have the opportunity to expand and deepen your teaching strategies to promote critical thinking in your classroom or teaching context.

January 30, 2016


Register:  Eventbrite

Cost:  $50 per participant


The Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique and the Foundation for Critical Thinking — two sister educational non-profit organizations — work closely together to promote educational reform. We seek to promote essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fair-minded critical thinking.

 Critical thinking is essential if we are to get to the root of our problems and develop reasonable solutions. After all, the quality of everything we do is determined by the quality of our thinking.


Peace Terrace Academy, in partnership with our families and community, provides a rich dual-curricular education in Islamic studies and academic knowledge that encourages ethical decision-making, critical thinking, and a lifelong love of learning.

We inspire our students to become active, dedicated, ethical, and informed leaders who are committed to the example set forth by Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him, sound Islamic traditions, and excellence through knowledge.

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God Loves the Beauty Makers

What an honor to have such a talented and special person visit our school.  Haji Noor Deen is a renowned master of Calligraphy.

Born in 1963, in Yucheng, Shandong Province in China.  In 1997, Haji Noor Deen was awarded the Certificate of Arabic Calligraphy of Arabic Calligrapher in Egypt, becoming the first Chinese person to be honored with this prestigious award.

In 2000,  Noor Deen initiated and taught the first regular and systemic Arabic Calligraphy course at the Zhengzhou Islamic College in China.  In 2005, a piece name “The Ninety Nine Names of God” was acquired and displayed by The British Museum and will be displayed Permanently in the gallery of Islamic Art.

Our students enjoyed their session with him very much and learned a great deal about the ease that comes with hard work.  “He makes the writing seem so easy that you think you can do it until you try for yourself, then you realize how hard it is.”  -A Peace Terrace Student

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Cell Biology with Schmahl Science

This year we have the wonderful educational scientist team of Schmahl Science will lead monthly workshops at Peace Terrace for our Jr. High students.  How Amazing is this!!

Our first workshop about understanding cell biology with the 7th graders, alhamdulillah.

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Here is a little history of Schmahl!

Like many start-ups in Silicon Valley, Schmahl Science Workshops (SSW) began in a garage in 1996. Today, SSW provides fun and engaging science workshops to 150 schools serving 32,000 Bay Area students each year that do not have the resources to include science as a regular part of their instructional program.

SSW has created & thoroughly documented over 600 original science lesson plans that meet Common Core/Next Generation Science Standards. The lesson plans are supported by contextual & inspirational essays that help SSW instructors weave in exciting background perspective with the fun of learning. The classroom program has an average of 30 hands-on workshops for each grade level. In preschool, 32 workshops are linked with 96 pieces of children’s literature. The literature provides background knowledge, vocabulary, & excitement for students as they learn foundational scientific concepts. The elementary program not only links science concepts to grade level standards, but also links workshops to language arts. Middle & high school workshops support science teachers by bringing in workshops at key times during each unit of science instruction & providing students with hands-on activities & experiments that are not otherwise readily available.

SSW currently has three key components, all related to developing a love of science in youngsters of all ages –pre-k through grade 12:

  • Classroom & After School
  • Homeschool & Camps
  • Student Research Program (Fundamental & Advanced)

SSW has been locally & nationally recognized as a leader in science education. Our programs inspire & empower youth to become young scientists, pursuing & developing their interest in STEM fields through hands-on experiences that become opportunities for career advancement. In eighteen years, hundreds of young scientists working with SSW have received awards. Many have gone on to pursue college majors in STEM fields. Of the students we touch, even those that do not pursue science as a career, from their SSW experience they take away valuable skills in critical thinking, collaboration & problem solving as well as a lifelong appreciation for science.