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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!

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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.

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Corn Harvest Festival at Ardenwood Farm


Fun for the whole family!

Interpretive Staff 10am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11

Enjoy some down home country fun as you help bring in this year’s crop of corn. Wander through a 5-acre field searching for ears of Indian corn and popcorn, and take home a portion of what you harvest. Outside the field, enjoy magic shows, cider pressing, old-time music and historic crafts. Ride a narrow gauge train, visit the pumpkin patch and learn what late nineteenth century life was like on a tour of the beautifully restored farmhouse. Please bring your own bags to take home your harvest. Fee: $10/adult, $8/senior (62+), $6/child (4-17 yrs.) and free/under 4 years. Free parking.

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After-School Activities at Peace Terrace Academy

After-School Qu’ran Memorization and Reading

Grade 1-8

Cost: $100/student/month (4 days) $ 75/student/month (2 days)*

Dates:  September 14th – May 27th 3:45-4:45 (Excludes all school holidays and exam days)

Instructor:  Ustadh Imran Khan

“Seek (beneficial) knowledge,because seeking it for the sake of Allaah is a worship. And knowing it makes you more God-fearing; and searching for it is jihad,teaching it to those who do not know is charity,reviewing and learning it more is like tasbeeh.Through knowledge Allaah will be known and worshiped.”

-Ibn Taymiyyah

Peace Terrace Academy now offers after-school memorization  for students who wish to memorize the Qur’an or additional reading and reciting practice.   Students will learn tajweed rules as well as the etiquette with the Qu’ran.

About the Instructor:
Hafidh Imran Khan was born in Stockton, California. In 1999, he traveled to Pakistan where he enrolled in a traditional Islamic University where he completed memorization of the the entire Qur’an giving him the title Hafidh of the Qur’an. Hafidh Imran also completed courses in Islamic Theology and other Islamic Sciences.

Starting in 2010, Hafidh Imran served as the Imam and Director of Religious Services at the MCYC of Elk Grove, California. He has also taught the Holy Qu’ran at Masjid Omar Farooq in Stockton, California and currently sits on the board of the Islamic Shariah Council of California.

In March of 2014, Hafidh Imran joined Peace Terrace Academy and is the teacher of the full-time hifdh program called “Journey to Qur’an.” Under his guidance and supervision, three students have successfully completed memorization of the Qur’an and seven students are continuing this year. He is well loved by all of his students.

Hafidh Imran is fluent in English, Urdu, Arabic, Punjabi, and Pushtu.

*parents have the option of choosing 4 day memorization or 2 day.  Parents can choose Tues/Thurs or Mon/Wed.  

Public Speaking Workshop

Grades 6-8
Cost: $100/student
Dates: September 9th-November 18th
Day and Time: Wednesdays 3:45-4:45
Instructor: Shaheen Rasheed

As part of most school curriculum, students are asked to make speeches or presentations in front of their classmates and teacher. Many children find the prospect of speaking in front of a group of people to be quite nerve-wracking. It has even been suggested that the reason why so many adults have a fear of public speaking is because they never learned how to feel comfortable in front of a crowd as children.

Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listeners. We will learn various public speaking skills such as voice projection, eye contact, articulation, body position and animation while working on writing our own speeches and delivering them to the class. Three major types of speeches will be covered in class: Impromptu, Persuasive and Expository.

About the Instructor:
Shaheen Rasheed is an educator’s educator. Her passion for a holistic education has driven her 20-year career as a private and public school teacher turned parent homeschooler and education consultant to families (through Kinza Academy) and Islamic Schools, such as Northstar, Peace Terrace and Islamic School of Miami. She pursued her Masters in Education to further her understanding of educational pedagogies and became convinced about the need for a more classical and holistic approach. She has been published in various online and print magazines, she blogs on homeschooling, parenting and alternative education. She also teaches part time at Diablo Valley College. She is a strong advocate to change the current education system to foster a holistic child through the revival of the traditional educational model.

Registration Deadline
Friday, Sept 4th
Once we receive your application for the program you will be forwarded with instructions for the class and policies and procedures.

Payment will be collected this week during office hours.

After-School Soccer Camp

Grades: 1-8

Cost:  $150 (Fall Trimester)

Dates and Times:  September 15th-November 12th

Day and Time:  Tuesday and Thursday 3:45-4:45

Our after school soccer camp is designed to build skills.  Camps are for players of all levels ages 6 to 12. The Classic Skill Camp format dedicates the first 15 minutes of the session to working on basic skills and soccer concepts, and the next 45 minutes  to teamwork and game situations. Game situations are created that will let campers improve their skills while having a lot of fun!

About the Instructor:

Sr. Asia Mohamed is our current PE coach for Jr. High students. She has worked with students of various levels in improving their athletic skills. Asia was an assistant coach for FAME Charter school prior to working at Peace Terrace Academy

To register please follow this link: Programs at Peace Terrace