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Welcome to El Paso’s Full-time Islamic School – Palm Tree Academy!   Our Vision: To shape our new generation of leaders where the spirit is united with the tools of Islamic knowledge and the intellect to meet and overcome the challenges that society presents.   Our Mission: Palm Tree Academy is committed to the development […]

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Scholastic Book Fair 2020

PTA’s Scholastic Book Fair is going on now through Feb. 15th; before/after school. Family Night Event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15th, 5:30-7:30 PM. Jungle Theme- so dress accordingly! Come Join the Fun, Food, and Shopping!

Fundraiser – December 13

Fundraiser – Saturday, December 13, 2019 Guest Speaker – Sheikh AbdulRauf Alkhawaldeh from Dallas

Welcome 2019-2020

WELCOME NEW & RETURNING STUDENTS! School Starts August 14, 2019

Calendar Reminder – Winter Break

NO SCHOOL – WINTER BREAK December 24 – Jan. 7 Early Dismissal December 21 @ 1 PM

November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
Back To School 2018-2019

First Day of School for Students is August 13th. First Day for New Teachers is August 3rd First Day for Returning Teachers is August 6th

Job/Position Openings for 2018-2019

Two (2) Positions Open for 2018 – 2019: Science and Social Studies Teacher; Part-time 8 AM – 1:30 PM; Monday through Friday; extra duty- PE/Extracurricular Coach; see attachments for more details. Science_JobPosting 2018 Social Studies_JobPosting 2018  

End of Year Wrap-Up

  Date: May 31, 2018 @ 10 AM Awards, Certificates, and Honorable Recognitions Graduation for PK, KG, and 5th-8th Grade Students Saying good-bye to our 5th-8th graders will be bittersweet! We will miss you!

School Activities

  Awards & Recognitions Dr. Seuss – Read Across America SCIENCE – Working with Dry Ice 2nd Grade – STEM Project – Scribble Bots KG & 1st STEM Project – Create a floating device PK Breakfast with Parent

Orientation/Meet & Greet Teachers – Friday, Aug. 18th

Meet the Teacher Parent/Student Orientation  

First Day for Students- August 21st

    Classes start at 8:15 am  

PE Volunteers Needed for 2017-2018

SEEKING volunteers to provide physical education classes for 2017-2018 SY UTEP students are welcome. Volunteers should be responsible and committed to fulfill at least one semester. Monday – Thursday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm  or 2:15 – 3:30 pm   Contact the office (915) 229-2190 OR email: palmtree143@gmail.com

El Paso Water Company’s ‘Willie’ Comes to Visit

Learning About Taking Care of Our Water AND Meeting ‘Willie’

Martial Arts – New for PTA Students

Br. Saeed offers classes at PTA for students!  

Family Dinner Night – April 27th (Thursday)
PTA Cancer Awareness Walk/Run

  Walk/Run & Donate All funds collected will be turned in to the American Cancer Association. 

Parent Webinar- January

Positive Parenting Solutions – Get Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling…. January webinars available.

Pre-K Learning & Fun

   

MS Field Trip – Mobile Learning Lab

7th Graders Visit the Abiomed Mobile Learning Lab @ UTEP Inspiring Moment? Insha’Allah

Student Council Promotes Recycling
Annual Fundraiser – February 10th
Scholastic Book Fair Update

Alhamdulillah – we earned $429.00 from our Book Fair! Thank you all for participating!

Box Tops for Education Campaign

Help us earn cash for Palm Tree Academy. Download the Box Tops for Education app, register, and select Palm Tree Academy as your school. Shop and Scan! We are always in need of PE supplies/equipment. Thank You!

Dawah Training for Youth

Students in 4th – 7th grades participated in dawah training. Str. Sina’a assigned Khutbah topics for this group that included: Why is it haram to eat pork? The importance of wearing hijab Prophet Muhammad’s best friends Benefits of saying ‘Salalahu alaihi wa salam’ Importance of prayer Prophet Muhammad’s appearance Muslim manners in school Cleanliness in […]

Scholastic Fair News

Alhamdulillah! We are at $430 in our book fair profit! JazakumAllah Khayran to all who participated in our fair; students, parents, volunteers, and staff!

Scholastic Book Fair Coming Soon – Nov. 7th – 11th

    Family Night – Wednesday, Nov. 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 pmBook Fair will be open daily before and after school.

Students! You Can Do This – Story Share Contest

PTA Students – Check Out This Story Share Contest. We encourage you to sign up! Story Shares Contest  

Newsletter Team

Str. Rasha’s 7th Graders Lead the Newsletter Development

PK- ‘N’ is for Ninja Turtles
Movie Day for Positive Behavior Incentive

Every month we get to have ‘Movie Day’ as long as we hold on to our ‘letters’.

Our Own Elections at PTA – Student Council

Students presented their speeches to get their peers to vote for them as representatives of Palm Tree Academy. Ms. Sanchez provides instructions on how the student council works. Voting took place today!

People Skills – Parent Involvement Workshop

Using creative ways to make connections … Topic: Positive Discipline Communication Organization Belonging & Significance A Message from Mr. Castaneda – ‘Bring Fun Back Into the Home”

Professor Egghead Science Academy

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Picture Day – October 20th

October 20th

Parent Presentation – Positive Discipline

People Skills presenter Ruben Castaneda Monday – October 24th 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ICEP Library Family and Friends Are Welcome!

Welcome to 2016 – 2017 School Year

  First Day of School August 22nd  

Ramadan Kareem
Reminder- Arabic Reading Competition

Thursday- April 28, 2016 9 AM

Islamic Pride Week

Activities throughout the week were promoted to encourage manners and behaviors that earn Allah’s (SWT) blessings. During this week, students… learned about the Prophets (AS) and gave oral presentations; collected baked goods and food items, and delivered them to our neighborhood firefighters; brought gifts to give one another; participated in Earth Day activities; and used […]

Family Breakfast Day

Parents, Families, Faculty, and Students Enjoy a Breakfast Together JazakumAllah Khayran Str. Soheir, Str. Sahar, and Str. Jamila!

NASA Visit to the Guppy

PTA students visit the El Paso NASA

Read Across America

Our annual Read Across America activities! Always Fun!

Culture Day

A HUGE Success! Students went all out to show off what they learned about different countries… Russia, France, China, Indonesia, Spain, and South Africa Oral Presentations, Food, Dress, and Language

Connexus/Connections

  All work and no play…. right!

Science Fair

Annual Science Fair – February 26, 2016 Exciting, new, and creative projects! Congratulations! Sweepstakes – PK: Ibraheem   2nd Gr: Ayah, Hussam, Hamed, Jehan 3rd Gr: AbdulBaari, Laith  4th Gr: Mustafa   6th Gr: Aishah 1st Place – PK: Noor  KG: Erica   1st Gr: Aiden   2nd Gr: Ahmed 3rd Gr: Salma, Asmaa   […]

Spring Break: March 7 – 11

Enjoy your break!

Career Day – What Do You Want To Be?

PTA parents presented a glimpse into their professions/careers–a computer engineer, mechanical engineer, doctor, nurse practitioner, homemaker, and our Imam (religious leader). Students were full of questions. Of course, the most asked question was, “How long did it take you to learn your job?” An important lesson – We never stop learning no matter how old […]

Book Fair Wrap Up

Alhamdulillah! One of our best years for book fair sales, and family fun. Shout-Out to Str. Norma & family, Str. Mona, and Str. Slape for their creativity and dedication to making the fair a success!

It wasn’t a dream

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to […]

Inspiring

The quick, brown fox jumps over a lazy dog. DJs flock by when MTV ax quiz prog. Junk MTV quiz graced by fox whelps. Bawds jog, flick quartz, vex nymphs. Waltz, bad nymph, for quick jigs vex! Fox nymphs grab quick-jived waltz. Brick quiz whangs jumpy veldt fox. Bright vixens jump; dozy fowl quack. Quick […]

Upbeat

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic […]

Armour-like Back

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to […]

Found Himself Transformed

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to […]

One Morning

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to […]

A Very Short Film

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic […]

Far Far Away

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic […]

The quick, brown fox

The quick, brown fox jumps over a lazy dog. DJs flock by when MTV ax quiz prog. Junk MTV quiz graced by fox whelps. Bawds jog, flick quartz, vex nymphs. Waltz, bad nymph, for quick jigs vex! Fox nymphs grab quick-jived waltz. Brick quiz whangs jumpy veldt fox. Bright vixens jump; dozy fowl quack. Quick […]

Box Tops – Support for School

  Save Your BOX TOP Coupons for Palm Tree Academy! Send them to the PTA Office

Scholastic Book Fair

2nd Floor February 8th – 12th: Before and After School Family Night – Wednesday, February 10th 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Parent Invitation – Workshop

Topic: Turning Conflict into Cooperation Tuesday- Jan. 26th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Tonight)

We Can Never Stop Learning – Teacher PD

Teachers participated in professional development offered by Lizette Saucedo, our PTA Consultant. This session’s topic was ‘Motivation in the Classroom’. Teachers listened, shared, and participated in a team activity.

Students Raise Money for PE Equipment/Materials

Students Have a Say! Using the responses from student surveys, the school realized students want more P.E. (physical education) equipment and materials. So, we listened. Students/parents/staff all participated in the World’s Finest Chocolate sales. Sales generated profits of over $550.00! 2nd/3rd grade class won an ice cream party for selling the most chocolates. Part of […]

Free Books – Grant by LifeUSA

PTA was a recipient of a grant through LifeUSA, and received 140 books and 10 technology flip charts for centers.

Spelling Bee School Winner

PTA’s school winner goes on to El Paso Times ‘Bee’ try-outs in March. GOOD LUCK!

Traffic Timelapse

The quick, brown fox jumps over a lazy dog. DJs flock by when MTV ax quiz prog. Junk MTV quiz graced by fox whelps. Bawds jog, flick quartz, vex nymphs. Waltz, bad nymph, for quick jigs vex! Fox nymphs grab quick-jived waltz. Brick quiz whangs jumpy veldt fox. Bright vixens jump; dozy fowl quack. Quick […]

Behind The Word Mountains

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic […]

DJs flock

The quick, brown fox jumps over a lazy dog. DJs flock by when MTV ax quiz prog. Junk MTV quiz graced by fox whelps. Bawds jog, flick quartz, vex nymphs. Waltz, bad nymph, for quick jigs vex! Fox nymphs grab quick-jived waltz. Brick quiz whangs jumpy veldt fox. Bright vixens jump; dozy fowl quack. Quick […]

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We are at Independent Schools Show

The Workshop focused on Dr. Templeton’s The Jareks, adapted by Edward Ford and brought to the stage by Nathan Xavier.

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Double Olympian makes waves at our school

The Schools’ Club works with 40 schools across London for the duration of the Theatre’s season.

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High School students share Shakespeare’s stage

Every kindergarten through sixth grade student enjoys a core syllabus of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

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Fall Parents Meeting Day

Our focus on providing individual attention and a well rounded curriculum has helped us become known as one of the best private elementary schools in San Diego county.

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Drawing and Painting Lessons

Each class is taught by a Master’s degree-certified teacher. Children with hearing loss receive additional services from a licensed Teacher of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

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Preparing to Christmas

Considering a private elementary school for your child? Del Mar Pines School is one of the best.

No School: Nov. 26th – 27th

  BE SAFE – ENJOY YOUR BREAK!

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Field Trip!

PTA’s annual field trip–FUN, FUN, FUN! Yes, we got lost too!

October Character Theme- Respect

Brother Yehia jump-starts this month’s ‘Respect’ trait during the school-wide assembly.

Arabic Dual Language Immersion Program

Palm Tree Academy will initiate El Paso’s first dual language immersion program for Arabic. The pilot program will be phased in beginning with Pre-K and Kindergarten for the 2015 – 2016 school year, and fully established for fall of 2016.   ENROLL YOUR CHILD TODAY TO BE PART OF THIS WORLD INITIATIVE!

‘Eid Mubarak
NEW for 2015-2016!

Student Transportation Service for East and West Side Residents Will Be Available – Fee Based Before and After School Service Will Be Available   SEE Tuition & Fees Schedule 15-16

4th & 5th STEM Project: Bird Feeder Attraction
3rd Grade STEM Project: Catapult Shooter
2nd Grade STEM Project: Hero Engine
1st Grade STEM Project: Jumping Bugs

  CLICK Below to watch video of the 1st Graders STEM Project:  https://animoto.com/play/zKBbDX7LdCpcuhxqyLnQvw?autostart=1

PreK & K STEM Project: Mag-Nificent Breakfast Cereal
Bazaar – Friday Night Following Student Presentation

Please come!

Study Island Blue Ribbon Winners

Enhanced STAAR-aligned curriculum using Study Island for which students can earn blue ribbons upon successfully completing assignments. Congratulations Aisha and Salma!

Read Across America at Palm Tree Academy

A full week of activities to celebrate READING with Dr. Seuss! Events included: Pajama Day and breakfast with “green eggs and h…jam!” Some of the students just couldn’t bring themselves to eat the green eggs (made with a little added food coloring) but had a great time with their PJ’s and reading in the tent. […]

Science Fair 2014-2015

Students in Pre-K through 5th, and our Connections Academy online students, showed off their projects and impressed our judges (UTEP students). CONGRATULATIONS SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS!     Science Fair Photos    

100th Day of School!

Students had a blast with 100th day activities. Here’s a sampling of our “We Are 100 Days Smarter” photos.

Scholastic Book Fair – ‘Under the Sea’ Fun

Thank You All for Joining Us at the Book Fair. Proceeds earned the school $390 in scholastic dollars! JazakumAllah Khayr Str. Asiyah, Str. Norma, and Str. Slape for all your hard work in making this a beautiful fair! 

Scholastic Book Fair – Community Event

Palm Tree Academy’s Annual Scholastic Book Fair When? Feb. 9th – 13th  Daily – Before and After School Sunday – After Sunday School @ 12:45 p.m. 2nd Floor – PTA PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT LITERACY AND OUR SCHOOL Family Night – Wednesday, Feb. 11th @ 6 p.m. Join Us for Family Fun ‘Under the Sea’!

Positive Discipline – Parent Workshop

Topic: Positive Discipline When: January 28, 2015 Where: ICEP Library Time: 9:00 a.m. Guest Speaker Mutual respect. Adults model firmness by respecting themselves and the needs of the     situation, and kindness by respecting the needs of the child. Identifying the belief behind the behavior. Effective discipline recognizes the reasons       kids […]

School Fundraiser – Thank You ALL

JazakumAllah Khayr from All of us at Palm Tree Academy!

STEM Projects – Engineers in the Making

After many Fridays working on projects… PK, KG, and 1st graders did projects on animals. They researched different animals, added pictures, and described their projects in English and Arabic. 1st graders did a WONDERFUL job utilizing all categories and presenting a complete STEM project. They went to the library to check out books on their […]

Picture Day By Lifetouch

Thank you Lifetouch for the wonderful job working with our students on picture day! The pictures turned out beautifully!          

Professional Development Opportunities
Science MiniCAST – Teacher Moment

Teachers enjoy the annual miniCAST 2014 – Science for the Next Generation. It was an event to remember!

Palm Tree Academy Raises $707 for Gaza

Collecting for only two weeks — Palm Tree Academy raises just over $700 for the Gaza Fundraiser! Students present funds to Islamic Relief for the people of Gaza. While all students are winners for their efforts, the 1st and 2nd graders win the collection competition. Thank you parents, students, and staff for encouraging this noble act […]

School Calendar Change – ‘Eid ul-Adha Observance

Palm Tree Academy Announcement – 9/25/2014  Due to the change in the Islamic calendar that was used to plan the PTA holidays, there is a change in the ‘Eid Observance holiday.   School will be closed Friday (Oct. 3rd) through Tuesday (Oct. 7th). Students and staff will return on Wednesday (Oct. 8th). The student Hajj […]

Accreditation Process is Underway!

Palm Tree Academy is well on its way through the accreditation process–Alhamdulillah! The Board met with an AdvancED Accreditation representative who recommended PTA’s continuance in the accreditation process.   Look for updates in the spring!

School Starts August 25, 2014 – ENROLL TODAY!

Welcome! Get ready for the new school year. First day of work for teachers – August 18th First day of school for students – August 25th

Partial Scholarships Available for NEW Students

  JazakAllah Khayr to the brother who is sponsoring five (5) partial scholarships for NEW students transferring to Palm Tree Academy.  Priority is given to grades 1 – 5. Scholarship Application Packet APPLY BY JUNE 15, 2014 CLOSED – ALL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED  

Pre-K: Our Islam
End of Year Activities!

The 2013 – 2014 school year comes to a close with lots of FUN! A week filled with activities from a scavenger hunt to a wet n’ wild water day, and a visit from Station 22–El Paso Firefighters. Thanks to Str. Villa and Str. Slape for planning this spectacular end-of-year week-long event.

Intercom System in Action

JazakAllah Khayr Br. Edmundo for installing the intercom and bell system! Works wonderfully!

Beautification Day

Islamic Center of El Paso’s Annual Beautification Day is this Saturday, April 19th. Planting, Painting, Cleaning — Let’s work together to beautify the Masjid and School!

Read Across America Events (March 3rd – 7th)

Palm Tree Academy students participate annually in the Read Across America Day. Our school makes it a week-long event. Check out the Event Calendar for daily activities. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program.

Scholastic Dollars Earned

Alhamdulillah! Our Scholastic Book Fair generated over $500 in scholastic dollars to expand our library selections.   JazakumAllah Khayr! Thank You ALL!

THANK YOU!

Thanks to all of our supporters, teachers, and volunteers who helped make Fiesta Night a success! Special thanks and recognition goes out to our TEACHERS & STAFF who put in so much time and effort to help make things fun for our kids– Str. Slape, Str. Villa, AND Str. Norma! And –Special thanks and recognition […]

Professional Development/Training Session

When: February 17, 2014 Where: Palm Tree Academy- Room 202 Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Topic: Crash Course on Making a Difference Audience: Palm Tree Academy and Weekend School Faculty

REMINDERS

  Early Dismissal -February 17th @ 11:45 a.m.

Wish List

JazakumAllah Khayr To Our Supporters!   Amazon.com: Palm Tree Academy: Palm Tree Academy’s Wish List

Kids Meet the FireFighters

Above all other things, the one thing that I found to benefit a person most in this world and the Hereafter is a suitable brother (friend). —Sufyān al-Thawrī [d. 161H/778CE]

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