On behalf of myself and our whole team, we are so grateful for the lovely posters, gifts, and messages that we received from students and parents during Teacher Appreciation Week. Your kindness means the world to us. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!
School will not be in session until after Eid. Classes will resume on Monday, May 17th. May Allah SWT accept your worship and your duas in these final ten days of Ramadan, and may your Eid be full of joy and blessings.
On May 20th, the PTC is planning a short eid party for all students, while continuing to manage social distancing inshaAllah. Details will be sent in a separate email.
Teacher Appreciation Week is next week! Our “week” will consist of only Monday and Tuesday, since we will be on Ramadan and Eid holiday starting Wednesday. Please read a special message from the PTC, below, regarding instructions about how we will be celebrating, inshaAllah.
Please also mark your calendars for a school Eid Party for students, also organized by the PTC, which is planned for May20th. Details will be sent as we get closer to the event.
Please remember, we DO have school on Monday and Tuesday next week, but school will be closed from Wednesday, May 5th through Thursday, May 13th.
Assalaamualaikum Noor Academy Families,
Noor Academy PTC would like to inform you that next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Let’s celebrate our incredible Teachers and Support Staff on Monday May 3rd and Tuesday May 4th!
GIFTS: Students are welcome to bring in and give the teachers and support staff gifts of any kind (cards, flowers, candy/chocolates, treats, etc.).
FACEBOOK POST: Teachers love to hear from parents and students both – Please write positive messages from students and parents about the teachers and support staff and have it posted on the ICN Noor Academy Facebook Page. Please email the messages to PTC Lead, Nadia Khan-Awan email@example.com , no later than Tuesday May 4th (please include student’s first and last name and grade in the message).
Students who are remote can drop off the gifts to the school on Monday and Tuesday before 11:30am. All Students can also mail or deliver their gifts to the homes of the teachers and support staff. Please email Nadia Khan-Awan for the addresses or message her on the Whatsapp groups recently created for each grade.
The Teachers and Support Staff have been working extra hard this year. Let’s show them how much we appreciate them.
For any questions or concerns, please contact PTC Lead, Nadia Khan-Awan, through email or Whatsapp chat.
Today was the first fire drill of the year. Al hamdulillah, all students, teachers, and staff knew exactly what to do and where to go. Great job on this very important task everyone!
ATTENDANCE POLICY, PLEASE READIt is very important to remember that although students are back in school, the spread of COVID-19 is still very much a threat. If your child is showing any of the following symptoms (not necessary all of them together), please take them to be tested for COVID-19:
Coughing or wheezing
vomiting or diarrhea
If the test comes back negative, they may return to school once symptoms are gone, and must bring a copy of the negative result. If you do not take them for testing or to the doctor, they must quarantine and may not return to school in person until 10 calendar days. Student absences must be reported in the following way:email firstname.lastname@example.org the following:child’s nameclass teacher’s nameyour name (parent /guardian)reason for absence (if sick, then report symptoms of COVID or respiratory illness) Students who are enrolled as in-person MUST attend in person unless they are sick. Students should be picked up on time at dismissal. Late fees will be charged as follows: $5 per child for every 15 minutes of a late pick up.
BOOK FAIR REMINDERToday is the last day of the online Islamic book fair! Please check out the selection of books and games at https://crescentmoonstore.com and be sure to enter the code NOORACADEMY2021 to make sure our school benefits from your purchase, and to get free shipping. Purchases can be picked up from the office when the orders arrive. Thank you, salaam, and have a great weekend!
Ramadan Mubarak! May Allah accept our fasting, salah, acts of sadaqah, and our duas in this most blessed month. Please watch this quick greeting for our students and parents.Ramadan Mubarak! (click here)
Heads up for a change to this year’s school calendar: The Ramadan/Eid holiday will be May 5th through May 13th, instead of what was previously written. The original dates were based on last year’s projected dates and have been adjusted to the actual dates, now that Ramadan is here. A new copy of the school calendar is attached.
Reminder for Online families: If you have ordered spring pictures from Lifetouch, please pick them up from the school office between 8:30 am and 2pm, Monday through Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend!
The second week of hybrid learning is complete, al hamdulillah. It seems students and teachers are adjusting quickly to the new routines and schedules. School and classroom management are a continuous process, so we are always evaluating our methods for improvement, or to resolve problems. Any success we experience is also a result of the teamwork between the school and family. We thank you all for your responsiveness and making sure your children are prepared for school regardless of being in person or online. Please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have concerns.
SPRING PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
Spring Conferences are scheduled for next Thursday and Friday. Spring conferences are online and by request only, either by teacher or parents. If you would like to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher please email her to set an appointment.
WAITING LIST FOR FALL 2021
We have increased the enrollment cap to 15 students per classroom. Despite this, however, there is a waiting list for Kindergarten and 1st Grade. We are working with ICN leadership to work out ways to accommodate the students on the list in the safest way. InshaAllah, in another week we should be able to provide an update on the wait list status. (Public school cannot refuse a seat for your child, so there is no problem with remaining on ICN’s wait list a bit longer.)
IMPORTANT: MONDAY, APRIL 12
We have just learned that ICN Free Clinic is having a mass COVID-19 vaccination this Monday, April 12th, between 9am and 5pm. The event will take place in the gym. The even organizers have committed to keeping the flow of people limited to the gym and gym entrance only. No bathrooms will be shared with our students or teachers. There will be a partition blocking people from entering the school area.For Noor Academy families it will be a normal school day, however, if you are uncomfortable because of this event you may opt for your child to attend school online on Monday. Please let your class teacher know if you choose to do so.
We look forward to the blessed month of Ramadan. We hope to make it a special month at school, and pray that all our families have a month full of special blessings, and accepted deeds and duas!
We were thrilled to see the students in person yesterday for picture day! Portrait proofs will be sent home with the hybrid students next week, and ordering codes will be emailed to online students, so you may view your proofs online. As before, PLEASE PLACE ALL PORTRAIT ORDERS ONLINE ONLY, directly with Lifetouch, through the link provided with your portrait proofs. Portraits will be delivered to school, and we will contact you they arrive.
Earlier this week, important instructions were emailed regarding the start of HYBRID instruction MONDAY, MARCH 22nd. Please click HERE to view the email again. Your child’s will be hybrid or online based on your response to the survey sent a few weeks ago.
If your child is attending in person starting next week you are required to complete and submit the waiver form that was attached in that email.
To those who have already submitted it, thank you, and please disregard this request.
Once again, we are excited to have many of our students back in person next week. We also ask you for your patience as parents, students, and teachers all adjust to the new schedules and routines. Now that there are in-person and online student needs to consider simultaneously, there will likely be a learning curve for all of us, and some possible glitches here and there, but inshaAllah we will work through it together!
Then, the following week, we can take a little breather and enjoy Spring Break.
This message includes information for remote and hybrid families. It is our pleasure to welcome back those students who are able to return for hybrid learning (and also our pleasure to safely continue online learning for those who prefer it at this time). Monday, March 22nd will inshaAllah be the first day of hybrid instruction at ICN Noor Academy. The switch to hybrid learning will affect all student schedules.
WAIVER Required: Parents of hybrid students, please read the attached waiver, and submit the signed document to the office by March 22 (signed hard copy or signed and scanned via email).
Drop off: 8:15 a.m. Pick up: 12:40 p.m. New class schedules including Quran timings will be sent to you by your teacher, and also published on the “remote learning” page of the school website starting next week. Pre-K students will have all subjects between 8:30am and 12:30pm, including online Quran. Elementary (K and up) students will have all subjects between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm, but Quran class will be scheduled online during the afternoon.
Drop off and Pick up will be via CARPOOL ONLY. On Monday morning when you drop off your child, you will be given your carpool ID card. In order to ensure carpool is safe, timely, and respectful, please observe the following rules:- Follow ONLY the one-way route shown in the attached map. Enter from the traffic light and exit right onto Ogden from the parking lot.- Display or tape the carpool ID card in the driver side window so it is visible to our staff- Install your child’s car seat on the DRIVER SIDE of the vehicle- When dropping off, make sure your child’s backpack and any other items are ready and in reach before the teacher opens the door- At morning drop off time the teacher will ask to see your cleared symptoms screening (see next section on “Self Certification.”)- At pick up time, ICN staff will NOT fasten your child’s seat belt / car seat belt. You must exit the vehicle to buckle your child in, unless your child is able to securely fasten the belt.
The CDC no longer requires symptoms screening be performed on site, however, a self certification must be conducted before leaving home.The self certification app we will use is called CLEARANCE 19. Please download the app onto your smartphone and click the link below and follow instructions to join our school.Clearance 19 Sign Up Link:https://www.clearance19.app/account/register?type=parent&code=QHUXU Follow the instructions to create an account, and add your student.Each morning answer the screening questions and click submit. If your student is cleared, just show the teacher your “clear” screen with today’s date at drop off time.
PRE-K Pre-K Z and Pre-K J students will be merging into one class schedule.Don’t worry, Ms. Zoya, Ms. Jabeen, and Ms. Farah will all still be there to teach and care for your Pre-K children!
The new class schedule will be sent to you by your current class teacher, for both hybrid and online students. We appreciate your attention to these matters. For your information here is a link to the latest health standards from the Illinois State Board of Education. https://www.isbe.net/Documents/Superintendent-RHG.pdf. We look forward to the transition next week, and ask for your patience as we all work together through any wrinkles during the transition.
As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families, There are two important reminders this week:(1) Picture Day is next Wednesday, and(2) Hybrid Instruction is scheduled to begin on March 22nd. Please read on for details about each. PICTURE DAY
The Picture Day form is attached here. Please print the form, and fill it out, then send it with your child on picture day. The schedule of student photo appointments has been sent by each teacher on Class Tag. Instructions for picture day are as follows:- Bring your child and picture day form to the main door at your assigned time slot- You will be asked some COVID self certification questions at the door. Once cleared, your child will be sent to the West Wing to be photographed.- Please wait in the parking lot, and we will call you once your child is ready to be picked up at the door again.- Reminder: There will be no classes on Picture Day.
Note: All Lifetouch orders will be placed ONLINE. The information will be provided within one or two days.
InshaAllah, we plan to welcome students back to school on Monday, March 22nd. Next week, please look out for the following important items:- New class schedule for in-person students AND continuing online students.- Waiver and Release of Claims document for in-person students- Instructions regarding pick up and drop off- Please note: at this time only currently enrolled students have the option of hybrid instruction. Siblings waiting to enroll will be placed on a waiting list while we assess the new procedures during the first few weeks. We pray to Allah SWT for protection and guidance in safely welcoming our students back to school, and we look forward to springtime and the blessings of Ramadan. Have a wonderful weekend!
As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy families, InshaAllah we are excited about the switch hybrid instruction starting March 22nd, and are making preparations. It is required that you indicate your child’s mode of instruction by tomorrow, on the form that was sent to you earlier this week. For your convenience, the form is linked here as well. If you have already submitted this form, we thank you and you may disregard this request. For your reference, the hybrid reopening plan that was sent earlier is also attached. More details will be sent in the coming weeks. Picture Day is on Wednesday, March 17th. There will be no class on picture day. Your child’s (or children’s) appointment time is scheduled with the Lifetouch photographer and will be sent to you by your class teacher via Class Tag, next week. A picture day form will also be sent via Class Tag next week. Please print and complete that form, and send it with your child on picture day. Parent Teacher Conferences are approaching in April. Spring conferences will be on a need basis only. Unless the teacher or parent requests a conference, it will not be scheduled. Registration for Fall 2021 is open, and seats are limited. Registration may be completed on the “Admissions” page of our school website, at https://fts.icnmasjid.org/admissions/
Please click HERE to view the Hybrid Reopening Plan
As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families, We would like to thank all families who completed the Hybrid Reopen Survey last week. According to your responses, the preference to return to hybrid instruction was 60%, while a preference to stay online was 40%. A summary of the reasons that were given is attached below. Since more than half of our families feel it is important for their children to return to in-person instruction in some capacity, the school is moving forward with its proposal to the ICN Board to reopen our doors to students for hybrid learning this spring inshaAllah. Families who feel it is not safe yet will have the option to continue online. We will update you regarding the status and dates, as soon as the board communicates their decision to us. PICTURE DAY is coming up on Wednesday, March 17th. Spring pictures will be taken by Lifetouch and will be on site, at school. Each student will have a scheduled appointment. Parents will be instructed to wait in the parking lot after dropping their child at the door. Parents will not be allowed in the building. Please note that there will be no classes on Picture Day. Please click on the link for a message from Lifetouch. Click here for Lifetouch Picture Day Policy
Finally, we would like to remind everyone that registration is open for fall 2021. At this time seats are limited to 12 per classroom. For questions regarding registration please email email@example.com.