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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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Lost Tools of Learning

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“Although we often succeed in teaching our pupils “subjects,” we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think. They learn everything, except the art of learning.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, The Lost Tools of Learning

Preparing children for life is not an easy task during these confusing times. Is the end goal of an education a profession or is the purpose of education something greater than that? Dorothy Sayers’s essay “The Lost Tools of Learning” has been the foundation of many models of classical education and contains deep insight in what the goals of “education” should be. At Peace Terrace, our aim is to revive the lost tools of learning because we believe as Albert Einstein eloquently states, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”

We invite you to partner with us on this journey to educate our youth in clear, ethical, and informed thinking by joining us on April 22nd in support of Peace Terrace Academy and the children in our community.

Keynote Speaker:  Habeeb Quadri


Habeeb Quadri is an educator, author, and youth activist.  He is an Elementary School Principal and part-time staff at Harvard Graduate School of Education professional development programs.  Mr. Quadri was recently appointed to a four-year term at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principal Advisory Board.  He has co-authored five books and published two others.  He is also Board Chair of MYNA (Muslim Youth of North America) and a board member of CISNA (Council of Islamic Schools of North America).

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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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Science Fair: 2017-2018

The annual Peace Terrace Academy Science Fair showcases students who will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians. This annual competition celebrates achievement by our ECE Students, The Grades and Jr. High students supported by their parents, teachers, and school.

Through our annual Science Fair, our students are challenged to go beyond their classroom studies to do independent project-based research. They work independently or in teams to address questions in the fields of , Environmental Science, Earth Science, Chemistry, Biology,  and Physics.

The event is on the 30th of January at Peace Terrace Academy.  This is a student only event.

To sign up to be a judge, contact our Science Teacher, Ms. Tasneem at

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School Tours: 2018-2019

We look forward to meeting you and your family and hope that this will be the beginning of a wonderful educational journey.

We invite you to join us at one of our school tours to learn about Peace Terrace Academy, our programs, and future vision. Our tours provide a wonderful opportunity for you to meet our staff and faculty, visit our classrooms, and learn about our admissions process. Our school tours also provide you with a perspective of how raising children with other parents who share our values adds a unique depth to our community.

Tour Dates

Wednesday, January 17th
Wednesday, January 24th
Wednesday, February 14th
Wednesday, March 7th
Wednesday, April 4th

To Enroll Your Child
Admissions Director
Zolaikha Khaliqi

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Arabic Recital

The Arabic Recital is an event that parents, students, and teachers look forward to each year.  MashaAllah as we watch our students performing plays, singing nasheeds, and making wonderful and meaningful presentation all in Arabic it fills our hearts with so much joy.


The program started with Sura al-Kahf and our Hifdh Program students.

Ms. Sonia welcomed all of the guests and Othman and Hiba from 7th grade were our wonderful MC for the event.  He introduced the 5th grade girls-our opening act!

Our youngest students sing a beautiful song!  Aren’t they adorable, mashaAllah!

The 4th graders perform a play.

The kindergarten class performs a nasheed!

6th graders

The 2nd graders

The 3rd Graders

MashaAllah, thank you to all of the teachers, students, and parents who made the Arabic Recital a perfect way to begin the Winter Break!