Principal’s Newsletter 5-14-20

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,
As the end of this school year approaches, our thoughts turn to what will happen with school this fall.  At this time there are many unanswered questions for educators and parents alike.  In an attempt to provide some clarity, I’d like to share with you where we are in the planning process.
What is happening in Illinois:
Governor Pritzker has issued a 5 phase approach to reopening our state.  The link to the full publication is  HEREBelow is each phase with respect to school:

  • Phase 1: Rapid Spread.  Strict stay at home and social distancing. Schools and daycares are closed or on remote learning.
     
  • Phase 2: Flattening.  Face covering required.  Schools continue with remote learning. (We are here.)
     
  • Phase 3: Recovery.  Face covering and social distancing a norm.  Gatherings of 10 or less allowed.  Schools continue with remote learning.
     
  • Phase 4: Revitalization.  Face covering and social distancing a norm.  Gatherings of 50 or less allowed.  Schools reopen under department of health guidelines.
     
  • Phase 5: Full reopening.  Schools reopen with new safety guidance and procedures
     

Illinois is currently in Phase 2, which means in-person schooling is still suspended.    At any time, we must be prepared to move back into a previous phase based on health metrics.
According to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), a timeline and guidance for returning to school is “based on the Governor’s Executive Orders and the Restore Illinois plan (above), which sets forth a Public Health Approach to Safely Reopen Our State.  As Illinois continues to make headway against this virus and transitions to other phases in the Governor’s plan, ISBE will provide updated guidance on what is allowable for schools. While we do not know when the public health conditions for resuming in-person learning will be met, ISBE is in the process of developing recommendations for when the time comes to transition back to in-person instruction. That guidance will be released as soon as available.” [refernence: www.isbe.net/Documents/FAQ-5-8-20.pdf]
What is our school leadership team doing?
As we wait for state level guidance, we will be working on reopening plans based on several scenarios.  Some options, or combinations thereof, we face are the following:

  • Delayed opening
     
  • Opening in stages
     
  • Blended remote and in-person school to reduce the number of people in the building
     
  • Open in brick and mortar tradition with new health guidelines

We are staying in touch with public schools, the Illinois Coalition of Nonpublic Schools, and meeting as a coalition of the Islamic schools in the Chicago area to share information and work out solutions for each Islamic school based on our varying student populations, programs, and buildings.
InshaAllah we will keep you updated with regard to any developments.
We hope that the break during the final days of Ramadan will provide all of us with a time for personal refocus and reflection, and we will return after Eid, a bit re-charged inshaAllah, for the last few days of school.  May Allah accept our deeds and supplications.  Please keep our school and masjid in your duas.
Wassalaamu ‘Alaikum,

Muniba AliPrincipalICN Noor Academyfts.icnmasjid.org

Principal’s Newsletter 5-7-20

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,


Only one more full week of classes left before we break for the final week of Ramadan and Eid!  Below are the important reminders for the end of the year.


May 18-22:  No School:  Ramadan and Eid HolidaysMay 25:  No School:  Memorial DayMay 26, 27, 28:  Return for last three days of schoolMay 29:  Kindergarten Graduation


The Scholastic Virtual Book Fair is open through May 17th.  Purchases made will earn points for our school toward free books from Scholastic!  This book fair is for everyone, so please go ahead and share the link with family and friends.  
Please click HERE to access the book fair.


Kindergarten Graduation is tentatively scheduled for May 29th.  This will be in the form of a no-contact, social distancing compliant vehicle procession.  This event is for Kindergarten only.  Details and instructions will be sent to Kindergarten parents.


Last week an email was sent regarding important end-of-year information. For your convenience, you can access that information by clicking here.
The 2019-2020 Noor Academy Yearbook will be available for purchase in a few weeks inshaAllah.  An order form will be shared with you soon inshaAllah.

Thank you and salaamu ‘alaikum,


Muniba AliPrincipalICN Noor Academy

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Principal’s Newsletter 4-30-2020



As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,

The school year is coming to an end so quickly!  Please read the email that was sent yesterday so you know what to expect with regard to report cards, etc., as the academic year comes to a close.
Have you thought about Eid gifts or stocking up for summer reading?  Our school is having a VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR by Scholastic!  We would like to thank Zainab Azam, PTC parent from Kindergarten who is taking the lead on this event.  A separate email will be sent with additional information.  The dates of the book fair are May 4 through 17.

ICN is having a QURAN COMPETITION, which includes age groups 5 to 6 years old and above, so many of our students are eligible to enter.  Please see the flyer for information about registration and dates. Please click HERE to register for the competition.
Finally, a reminder that today is the last day of the early bird discount for fall registration.  Please click HERE to register
Have a wonderful weekend!


Thank you and salaamu ‘alaikum,


Muniba AliPrincipalICN Noor Academyfts.icnmasjid.orgPlease click HERE to access school’s book fair page

 



Principal’s Newsletter 4/16/20

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,

We are all touched by the outpour of affection during Teacher Appreciation Week!  Thank you for the beautiful pictures and video messages from your children, and for your heartfelt comments, posters, not to mention the calligraphy gifts we all received in the mail.  You make us all feel proud to work in this community.  A special thanks to Nadia Khan, Nida Adil, Faiza Noman, Rabiah Awan, Rafiya Quardi, Saima Haider, Sana Ghassan, Sanae Jameel, Sonia Arsalan, Suyammya Mohammed, and Zainab Azam, who coordinated all these things.  JazakumAllahu khair!
In other news… Introducing ONLINE REGISTRATION.  Registration for fall 2020 can now be completed on line through our school website at  https://fts.icnmasjid.org/admissions The early bird discount still applies through April 30th.  Seats tend to fill up quickly.
Our school has been doing our best to conduct remote learning in a manner that reaches as many of our students as possible, and helps keep them engaged with their teachers and friends.  Our goal is to support parents at home with developmentally appropriate suggestions in the form of worksheets, activities, and games, while maintaining some continuity in learning from where we left off in mid March. However, we still like to hear from you about how it’s going, so this weekend please check your emails for a short survey about remote learning starting from April 6th.
There is a special event this Friday about supporting mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This virtual event, hosted by ICN’s School District Engagement Committee,  is open to everyone, so please feel free to share it with anyone who might benefit.  The flyer and instructions to join are below:

Muniba AliPrincipalICN Noor Academyfts.icnmasjid.org


Please click HERE to join the webex
Join by phone+1-408-418-9388 United States TollAccess code: 969 076 544
If you have any specific questions for the Therapist please click HERE to send.



 
Please click HERE to register

Principal’s Newsletter 4/10/20

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,

Whew — week one of live remote school meetings is complete, al hamdulillah!  Thank you for the feedback and suggestions some of you have sent our way as we continue to iron out any wrinkles.  If there are any changes to the routine next we will update you before Monday inshaAllah.  Presently, we do not know when or if school will revert to a traditional format this school year.  InshaAllah we will keep you informed of any developments.

The Parent Teacher Committee would like to remind you that Teacher Appreciation Week is next week.  For questions on how you can join the celebration, please contact Nadia Awan at nmkhan926@gmail.com
Have a wonderful weekend!– 

Muniba Ali

PrincipalICN Noor Academy

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Principal’s Newsletter 4/2/20

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,
I hope this newsletters finds you all well, by the grace of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.  The past month has been, without question, unpredictable, and forced us all to adapt our entire lifestyles in ways we did not expect.  All of us here at school are so grateful for all of you, who have stuck with us through it all!  I pray that Allah SWT brings us closer together as a community by placing His special mercy and affection between our hearts, ameen.

In an attempt to make classes more interactive, we will be including live classroom sessions via WebEX starting this Monday, April 6.  The following will be the modes of communication:1) Daily scheduled live class times for each classroom via WebEx (iA, the sessions will be recorded as well)2) Daily list of assignments via Class Dojo will continue as they did last week3) Emails will include any necessary documents as attachments4) Quran teachers will continue to listen to recordings of students reciting via Whatsapp, in order to work with each student.

In addition to live sessions, your classroom teacher will contact you to set up one on one conferences with your child, once per week if you feel they are needed.

Details of the schedule will be sent to you in a separate email.  Your classroom teachers will send out invitations via email for your class sessions, as well as any additional details respective to each class.

I will also take this opportunity to remind everyone that registration is open and seats are filled on a first come first serve basis.  We are accepting enrollment from Pre-K through 2nd grade, and will be extending the early bird discount through April 30 inshaAllah.

Thank you, be safe, and try to get out and enjoy the sunshine!  (Just not in groups lol!)

Wassalaamu ‘Alaikum,

— 
Muniba AliPrincipalICN Noor Academyfts.icnmasjid.org

Principal’s Newsletter 3/26/20


Muniba Ali
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Thu, Mar 26, 5:50 PM
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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,

When I first realized we would be required to move school to an on line platform, I was very worried about losing that sense of connection and community.  However, over the past two weeks I have seen our school family light up Class Dojo by sharing not just homework, but all the fun things that are going on at home, too!  Thank you for sharing your recitations, your baking endeavors, your academic accomplishments, greetings, and things you did just for fun!  And thank you also, to those of you who also might have shared questions and concerns.

Next week is Spring Break, and while families take a pause, teachers and staff will plan for what is ahead.  InshaAllah, starting the following week, assignments and other communications will continue to be shared on Class Dojo, and in addition there will be scheduled live sessions for each classroom using Webex.  We ask for your patience once again, as we work through any technical glitches we may initially encounter.
The first of these sessions will be tomorrow morning.  Please be on the lookout tonight for WebEx invitations from your classroom teachers tonight.

 I would also like to take a moment simply to recognize all our teachers and TA’s.  They, like everyone else, were given the notice of a few hours to adjust their entire set of lesson plans to a remote format, learn new technology, make and send homework packets, and begin planning for Monday.  As much as I am grateful to all of you for your patience and cooperation, I am also grateful to them, for rising to the occasion.
Hope to see you on line tomorrow ان شاء الله!
Thank you and salaam,
— 
Muniba AliPrincipalICN Noor Academyfts.icnmasjid.org

Principal’s Newsletter 3/19/20

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,
I hope this email finds you all in good health and good spirits. One week of “remote” learning is almost complete.  Seeing students doing activities at home has been the most heartwarming part of our week!  Our sincere thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic response, turning in homework tracking sheets, and the adorable student photos and videos you have been sending.
That said, we know that this sudden change brings different challenges for each family.  Balancing work or work from home, having children at home, doing homework, adjusting to the requirements of social distancing — all may look different in each household.  Please know that our teachers are facing these challenges also, and are doing the best they can to provide some continuity of learning amid these circumstances.  They continue to plan lessons, adjust them for a new format, check student work, and respond to communication from parents as needed.
I would like to remind you that assignments that are sent home are not being graded, and there is no expectation that parents will replace the role of teachers or be expected to introduce new topics.  The work is only being tracked for completion.  Please try not to take remote learning as a stress.  Especially at this young age, I would recommend encouraging your children to show you how much they have learned and just helping them do the best they can.  And play.  Play with them and have fun!
There is still some uncertainty about what will happen in the next several weeks.  InshaAllah I will do my best to keep you informed regarding school plans to reopen, extend remote learning, or other possibilities.  As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions.
Thank you and salaam,
— 
Muniba AliPrincipalICN Noor Academyfts.icnmasjid.org

Principal’s Newsletter 3/12/20

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,

Noor Academy is aware of the increasing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus and what would be the best course of action at this time.
We would like to assure you that we continue to work with the Illinois State Board of Education’s non-public schools department, the state and county health departments, as well as Indian Prairie School District 204, to monitor the situation and take appropriate action.  We would like to be cautious in our approach and consider the full implications of each of our options.
If there is a reported case of Coronavirus in a school family (child or adult), then we will make the decision to close school or pursue remote learning for a period of time. Likewise, if IPSD204 makes the decision to close or pursue remote learning, our school will also follow.
At this time, the Illinois Department of Public Health does not advise school closings or event cancellations.  Here is a link to their website.

That being said, if we do decide to take a more conservative route, we will notify you immediately through all school social media channels.
Also attached, for your reference, is the letter that was sent to all families this Tuesday regarding the same subject. Please click HERE to view the letter.
As for now, the All School Program is still on, as scheduled.
Thank you, wassalaamu ‘alaikum.
UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, March 13:  All School Program
     
  • Tuesday, March 17:  Spring Picture Day
     
  • March 30 – April 3:  NO SCHOOL – Spring Break
     

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • Picture Day forms are being sent home today – please check your child’s folder!
     
  • Pre-K M Bake Sale forms are being sent home today – please check your child’s folder and note the order deadline!
     
  • NO BUS SERVICE on Monday March 16, and Tuesday, March 17.
     
  • EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT FOR FALL REGISTRATION ENDS ON MARCH 31ST.
     

Sincerely,Muniba Ali Principal ICN Noor Academy