Principal’s Newsletter 5/13/22

As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,

All the teachers and staff, myself included are touched and deeply grateful for the beautiful outpouring of appreciation during Teacher Appreciation week.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and may Allah SWT reward your time spent and your kindness!

Coming up next is Kindergarten Graduation, on June 8th.  Details about that day will be shared with Kindergarten families soon inshaAllah.

We would like to remind everyone that masks are still required at our school through the end of this school year.  Please remember to make sure your child brings or wears their mask from home every day.  The masks at school are there as spares, and if occasionally someone forgets a mask at home.

ICN Noor Academy is seeking an elementary teacher.  Qualified applicants please send your resume to ftsadmin@icnmasjid.org

Thank you, and have a wonderful weekend!

Principal’s Newsletter 5/6/22

As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy families,

What a wonderful return to school after the Eid holiday!  Al hamdulillah, we all enjoyed the school Eid party this week.  Thank you so much to the volunteers who put everything together to truly make this a fun filled event that was run very smoothly as well!

Next week, remember to stop by at Andy’s Frozen Custard near Rt 59 and 95th Street in Naperville to contribute part of each sale to ICN Noor Academy!  The funds raised are intended to purchase new books for the school library.

The Young Rembrandts after school art class begins on Monday (May 9).  Enrolled students will continue to stay at school between carpool time and 3:30 when the class begins.  Feel free to send an extra (small) snack so they can re-fuel before art class.  Please be here promptly at 4:25 to pick up your children.

Thank you, salaam, and have a wonderful weekend!

Principal’s Newsletter 4/28/22

As salaamu ‘aliakum ICN Noor Academy families,

We hope this newsletter finds you in the best of iman and health during this Ramadan break.  Things are going to get busy once we return to school next week!  Here are some important dates and reminders.

School Resumes:  Wednesday, May 4

School Eid Party for students:  Thursday, May 5

Teacher Appreciation Week:  May 9 through 13

Please see the seesaw announcement and separate email on behalf of PTC, for instructions.

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences:  May 9 and 10, evening 4pm – 8pm by REQUEST ONLY

(Spring conferences will be scheduled only if requested by the teacher or the parent.  If you would like to schedule a conference, please email your child’s classroom teacher.)

Job Opportunities at Noor Academy:  There are two open employment opportunities at Noor Academy.  Elementary Teacher, and Office Admin.  Please see this link for job descriptions. https://fts.icnmasjid.org/contact/employment/ 

Applications can be sent to ftsadmin@icnmasid.org with the title of the job in the subject line.

We look forward to celebrating Eid next week, but last week was a really great week also!  We enjoyed Ramadan Cookie Decoration, as a special gift from Sr. Hend, a first grade parent.  Thank you so much for your generosity in baking the cookies and spending your day with the students last Tuesday!

Our guest from the Naperville Public Library did a fantastic job engaging students in all grades during the Ramadan book readings.  Thank you, Ms. Mehmooda, for coordinating this visit with NPL.

Finally, thanks to the Pre-K parents and many others for the gifts and love that poured in last week for the Noor Academy staff!  May all your duas and ibadaat be accepted this Ramadan!

Have a wonderful weekend, and see you after Eid!

Principal’s newsletter 4/14/22

As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,

Ramadan and Eid break is April 25th through May 8th inshaAllah.  This means next week is the last week of Ramadan at school.  The following activities are planned for next week and the week of our return:

Next week:

Tuesday, April 19th:  Eid Cookie Decorating

Wednesday, April 20th:  Ramadan Read-Aloud with a guest from Naperville Public Library

The week we return:

Thursday, May 5th:  Eid party at school (students only), including a special treat from Andy’s Custard

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK is coming up right after Eid, on May 9th through 13th.  Please be on the lookout for a separate email (on behalf of the PTC) with details.

Thank you, salaam and have a wonderful weekend!

Principal’s Newsletter 4/7/22

As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,

Ramadan Mubarak! MashaAllah, it’s beautiful to see that we now have some students who are old enough, and are fasting along with the adults in their families!  We pray Allah SWT accepts from them, and makes their fasting easy.

In each class, we continue to learn one new Hadith each morning, with the intention to earn Allah’s pleasure and put the lessons into practice.  I thoroughly enjoy listening to the students’ responses and impressive insight, mashaAllah!

Weekly COVID testing will no longer be done at school.  Details were sent in a separate email yesterday.

There will be no change to the Ramadan and Eid Holidays, as scheduled on the school calendar.  In order to focus on worship during the final days and nights of Ramadan, and to celebrate Eid ul Fitr, there will be no school from April 25 through May 3rd.  School will resume on Wednesday, May 4th.  Here is a link to this year’s calendar:  https://fts.icnmasjid.org/calendar/

We have a couple of in-school Ramadan events planned for the students this month!  On Tuesday, April 19 there will be another Ramadan cookie decorating event.  On Wednesday, April 20, there will be special library event in which a guest from Naperville Public Library will come for Ramadan story time.

Thank you, salaam, and have a wonderful weekend.

Principal’s Newsletter 3/24/22

As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,

We look forward to the Welcome Ramadan open house for school families tonight.  Your children will be your tour guides and they have prepared an agenda for you!.  We hope to see you here!

YOUNG REMBRANDTS ART CLASS

ICN Noor Academy is pleased to bring you an after school art class through Young Rembrandts, starting right after Ramadan.  This program is open to Noor Academy students, ages 5 and up as well as siblings.  Seats are limited.  Please see the attached flyer for details and registration.

COVID TESTING

Note:  There was no COVID test done at school this week, as next week there is spring break.

We are requiring weekly COVID screening at school.  Many of our students are not vaccinated, or are not old enough to be eligible.  If you have not, please send in your consent form and insurance information.  According to the CDC and Illinois.gov., insurance companies must cover the cost of testing.  Providers may not charge co-pays, co-insurance, or a deductible, and may not bill the patient.  If you have questions, please contact our rep, Amber at (630)344-2108.

RAMADAN and EID

Our current calendar shows tentative Ramadan and Eid Holidays from April 25th through May 3rd.  Depending on the Ramadan dates announced by ICN, there may be a slight adjustment.  If there is a change, you will be informed via email and Seesaw.

On the afternoon April 20th, the students will have a special Ramadan story time with a guest from the Naperville Public Library.  We are pleased they reached out to us for a visit.

Thursday, May 5th we will have an in school Eid party for the students, including a treat from Andy’s Frozen Custard.

Thank you, salaam, and have a great weekend!

Principal’s Newsletter 3/17/22

As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,

The ICN board has approved 4th grade for next fall, al hamdulillah.  The plan includes converting the current storage room next to the gym into a classroom.  Solutions for the following year and 5th grade will be discussed over the summer inshaAllah.

InshaAllah, Registration for 3rd and 4th grade will be reopened shortly and you will be notified when you can hop on to the portal to complete re-enrollment.  Ms. Farhana is contacting those who were on the waiting list for 2nd grade with status and instructions on registering.

We are excited to offer an after school art class that begins after Ramadan!  We are partnering with Young Rembrandts to try out a seven week class that will be held once a week, right after school, and right here at school.  A flyer with registration information will be sent out in the next couple of weeks inshaAllah.

With COVID metrics finally in the green, we are cautiously opening the doors to a short family event next week.  Welcome Ramadan will be a chance to come to school and let your child show you around the classroom and school.  You can learn about what students have been doing to prepare for Ramadan, as well as the other things they have been doing and learning at school.  Since this is a larger gathering and school event, masks will be required for all.

Please note that the days scheduled as Ramadan and Eid holidays on the current school calendar are subject to minor change depending on the day that Ramadan begins.  If a change is made, you will be notified at the beginning of Ramadan.

There are two changes with respect to weekly COVID testing. (1) The testing company is switching to a different lab after next week, and (2) The government is no longer covering the cost of the tests, starting March 22.

This means that another consent form will be sent for you to sign and return, but this time you will be required to provide your insurance information.  There should be NO co-pay or out of pocket cost to you, however, the testing company will bill your insurance.  A separate email including this information and the new consent form has been sent.  At this time the school will continue to REQUIRE COVID testing, but instead of weekly testing, it will be less frequent.  Please be on the lookout for a separate email with more details about testing.

Finally, we would like to extend our thanks to this week’s picture day volunteers.  Huma Adnan, Mehnaz Hassan, Nilofar Shaikh, Humeera Shaik, Faiza Noman, and Rafiya Quadri, THANK YOU for your help this week!

Principal’s Newsletter 3/10/22

As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,

Ramadan is only a few weeks away!  One of the things we are doing to prepare our hearts for Ramadan is taking a few minutes in each class, each day, to talk about one Hadith. One of this week’s ahadith was about the importance of small good deeds, like meeting others with a cheerful face. Students will be working on sowing the seeds of good habits by daily reflections, goal setting, and some projects in their classes.

Picture Day is scheduled for next Wednesday, March 16th. Please check your child’s backpack for Picture Day forms, which will be sent home today.

Carpool Safety: In order to keep the line moving without gaps, and to ensure you are aware of your surroundings when in the carpool lane we request parents to refrain from using cell phones when in line.

ICN Noor Academy is looking to enlist 1 or 2 substitute teachers. If you have relevant experience and interest please contact ftsadmin@icnmasjid.org

Thank you, salaam, and have a great weekend!

Principal’s Newsletter 3/3/22

As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,

Spring is almost here!  Along with the season, our calendar also springs into action around this time of the year.  Here are some important reminders and upcoming dates.

MASK MANDATE:

The CDC and ISBE recently announced that masks are now optional for schools. ICN Noor Academy will continue to adhere to its policy of requiring students and teachers to mask.  We will review our policy in the upcoming weeks and communicate if there are any changes, however at this time we plan to take things very slowly.

PICTURE DAY:

Wednesday, March 16th will be spring Picture Day with Lifetouch.  No uniforms!

RAMADAN:

Ramadan is just around the corner.  To spiritually prepare, and to stir up enthusiasm for this most blessed month, we have some special things planned! 

REGISTRATION

Al hamdulillah almost all PK through 3rd seats for next fall are full at this time.  A very limited number of seats are available in Kindergarten.  Current parents who wish to re-enroll their child into Kindergarten should contact ftsadmin@icnmasjid.org

Thank you, salaam, and have a great weekend! 

Principal’s Newsletter 2/24/22

As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy,

Open Enrollment began last Monday, February 21st.  This means that applications – whether internal or external, will NOT be automatically approved.  Below is the status by grade:

Pre-K:  Full, with waitlist

KG:  some seats open

1st:  very few seats open

2nd: On Hold (capacity for a mixed 2nd and 3rd grade has been reached)

3rd:  On Hold (capacity for a mixed 2nd and 3rd grade has been reached)

4th:  Pending Board Decision, mid March

Enrollment through the parent portal has temporarily been put on hold.  For questions please email ftsadmin@icnmasjid.org and we will respond as soon as we can.

Thank you and have a great weekend,