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The Pow-Wow

A pow wow is a social gathering held by many different Native American communities. A modern pow wow is a specific type of event for Native American people to meet and dance, sing, socialize, and honor their cultures. It is an opportunity for tribes to gather, share stories and pass on traditions.

After learning about various native tribes in the month of February we had a pow wow of classes joining together to share things they have learned throughout the month.

Students arrive and gather!

The 7th graders shared poems that they had written about Native life.

The 6th graders presented information about culture, home, food, and traditions of our local Ohlone Tribe.


The 5th graders shared the hardships of the Navajo Nation during The Long Walk.

The 4th graders presented a story about the day and the night and sang a song about a Chumash Boy and Chumash Girl.

The 3rd graders presented facts and stories from the Trail of Tears and the Cherokee Tribe.  It was an emotional presented as we all thought about families being displaced from their homes.

The 1st and 2nd graders presented a lullaby and a song.

The Kindergarten class presented a song about the rain.

Nursery and Pre-School Presented a wonderful songs with instruments they made in class.


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Native American History

Over the course of the past month students at Peace Terrace Academy have been learning about the lives of Native American’s in North America.  Students learned about Native culture, lifestyle, beliefs, traditions, and arts.

Each class selected a tribe to study and on Friday, March 9th we had a Pow Wow of all of the tribes.

Although we understand that the representation of the tribes may not be completely authentic and accurate, the past month gave our students an opportunity to think about the contributions of the Native tribes to the United States and get a deeper sense of some of the injustices that took place and continue to take place in their fight for autonomy.

4th Grade students build a diorama and learn to weave baskets like the Chumash tribe. The Chumash ancestors lived in large, dome-shaped homes that were made of willow branches. Whalebone was used for reinforcing and the roofs were composed of tulle mats. The interior rooms were partitioned for privacy by hanging reed mats from the ceiling. As many as 50 people could live in one house. With platform beds built above the ground, the Chumash used the area under the platforms to store personal belongings.

The Pre-School representation of the Hopi tribe.  The Hopi tribe were villagers and farmers. Their villages were located in the lofty plateaus of northern Arizona. The Hopi tribe have kept their culture intact due to living in such isolated areas. The name Hopi means “peaceful ones” which aptly describe the members of this ancient American Indian tribe. Each Hopi village was divided into clans that is governed by a chief, who is also the spiritual leader of the village. The Hopis became noted as stockbreeders and skilled weavers, potters, and silversmiths.

Kindergarten represented the Miwok Tribe.  The Miwok tribe were a California tribe of Native American Indians who were hunter-gathers and fishers. They lived in north-central California, from the Pacific coast to the west slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Miwok tribe are highly distinctive due to the tattoos and paint they used to adorn their bodies.

The 5th Graders represented the Navajo Nation.  The 5th graders presented a summery of The Long Walk as their presentation at the Pow Wow on the 9th.  The Long Walk of the Navajos is a prominent history in Navajo life because it officially established Navajoland upon the release of the Navajos from Bosque Redondo, New Mexico where they were incarcerated in January 1864. Navajo were forcefully removed from their land due to continued conflict with settlers moving on and surrounding their land.


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The Art of Leadership

Our Student Council are a group of students who come together each year to represent the student body at Peace Terrace Academy.  This year there was quite a bit of interest in in all of the positions available.

Winning Votes:  Students made posters that adorned our hallways, gave speeches, and spent quality time with students to try and win votes.

Voting Day:  Students from each grade got a chance to vote for their favorite candidate.

The BIG announcement everyone was waiting for.  Lots of excitement in the air!!


….aaand we present the 2017-2018 Student Council…..


Student Council Advisor:  Ms. Fawzia  ~Jr. High Social Studies

President:  Maryam B. ~6th Grade

Vice-President:  Safa M.  ~7th Grade

Treasurer:  AbduRahman A. ~7th Grade

Secretary:  Idris M.  ~7th Grade

We are looking forward to an exciting year!!


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Fall Book Fair

Book Fairs give children an opportunity to engage in their learning in a wonderful way.  A book is a portal to new worlds!  This year we had books from Barefoot Books and Rumi Bookstore with a great selection of books from the East and the West!!

Our book fair provide a wide selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

Truly, a book is a dream that we hold in our hands!  We hope the children enjoy their new books and we would like to thank all of our parents for supporting the school with this endeavor.

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Back to School Night

Back to School Night is a special time of the year at Peace Terrace.  Parents are welcomed into the school to learn about what each teacher plans for the year.  Their are discussions and general building of a strong, loving community.

Thank you to all of the parents that attended this year.

Our ECE classes.  Don´t you just love the special little reading corner in Nursery?

MashaAllah the teachers put in a great deal of effort in creating comfortable and cozy places for our students.  Students spend a great deal of time at school and school should feel like a home away from home!

During the Town Hall meetings parents and staff discussed the impact of screens on children and the importance of discussing such matters as a community.

This was a wonderful gathering.  We are looking forward to the remainder of the year, inshaAllah!


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Hifdh Program Dedication Ceremony

The Hifdh Program at Peace Terrace Academy is truly a unique opportunity for students who are enrolled in our school program. The program is designed for students to finished memorizing the entire Qur’an in three years with an added year of review along with the experience of being enrolled in a full time school.

Program Offerings:

  • Students join their Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education classes.
  • Students arrive at 7AM instead of 8:00AM
  • Students join our regular lunch and recess programs
  • Students join all school field trips
  • Students spend five educational periods in memorizing the Qur’an
  • The annual tuition for hifdh students is $6,500/annually

All students who wish to join the Hifdh Program will go through a two week assessment period in order for us to determine if they will be able to handle the rigours of the program. During the assessment period they will be given homework assignments for memorization, meet with the principal for a one-on-one interview, and must maintain a B average in all their academic grades.

MashaAllah the students who have completed the assessment period were fully enrolled in the program this past Friday, September 20th.

May Allah grant them success in all of their endeavors and guide them through life.  May Allah continue to instill a love for knowledge and the book of Allah in their hearts!  Ameen.