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From The Principals Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,
SubhanAllah, how quickly the last days of school have arrived!  This is the final newsletter of this school year.  I would like to thank each of our families for being part of our community this year.  We have had some great times with the children getting acquainted, laughing, and always learning from each other.  Truly, it has been a privilege.  Even as we end this school year, an adventure is around the corner as we venture into the elementary grades this fall, inshaAllah.  Thank you to the parents who were the catalysts and supported all of us to get this initiative off the ground at last.
Another bit of exciting news is that starting with the 2019-2020 school year, our school is getting a new name and a new look!  Introducing, “ICN Noor Academy!”  Our new logo is attached below.
For families who are moving on from FTS, we wish our students a future full of successes in both deen and dunya, wherever life’s journey may take you next.  For returning families and students, we’re so glad you’ll back, and we look forward to seeing you in August and continuing our journey together inshaAllah.  Have a wonderful last week of school, a blessed Ramadan and Eid, and an amazing summer!  Wassalaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu.
Muniba Ali
Principal
ICN Full Time School
UPCOMING EVENTS
Wednesday, May 22:  Last Day of School (this is full day)
Thursday, May 23:  Kindergarten Graduation (10:30 a.m.)
Sunday, June 16:  ICN FTS EID PARTY! (12:00 – 3:00 pm, ICN gym)
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
– Today by noon is the last day to turn in yearbook orders (5/17).  Yearbooks are scheduled to be delivered on Wednesday, May 22nd
– Registration is open.  Please stop by to enroll for fall 2019
– Please submit all outstanding balances at this time including library book fees, late pick up fees and tuition.
– Report cards will be sent out on May 28th

From The Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Parents,
I can’t believe there is only a week and a half of the school year left!  Everyone’s schedule must be busy with the rush of spring time activities and Ramadan as well, so this newsletter will just serve as a brief reminder of important items and dates.  Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Wednesday, May 22:  Last day of school
Thursday, May 23:  Kindergarten Graduation, 10:30 a.m. (KG families only)
Sunday, June 16:  ICN FTS Eid Party (details to follow)
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
– InshaAllah ICN FTS is starting first grade this fall (2019).  We have a roster of registered students and are preparing for this exciting journey already. Please spread the word.
– Registration is open for grades Pre-K through First.
– Yearbook order forms and fees are due on or before May 17th – these may be turned in to your teacher or to the office.  We hope to have the yearbooks available on May 22.
– Progress reports will be send via email on May 28th
– There will be no more hot lunch or library.  Please return any over due library books and fees to the office.
Wassalaamu ‘Alaikum,
Muniba Ali
Principal
ICN Full Time School

From The Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Parents,
Thank you for such a heartfelt Teacher Appreciation Week!  We are all touched by your sentiments and so many gifts, and our rooms are bursting with flowers mashaAllah!
If you find yourself feeling a bit sentimental as the year comes to a close (we certainly are), then please consider ordering a yearbook so you can look back at all the great memories!  The order forms will be sent home in the Thursday folders today iA.
With most school events behind us now, inshaAllah we can focus on the blessings of Ramadan, and end the school year on a joyous and peaceful note.  Heads up, however, for one more school event in June.  Our PTC is planning a school Eid party for FTS familes on June 16th — after things calm down.  More to follow soon, but here is what’s going on in the next few weeks of school.
UPCOMING EVENTS
– Wednesday, May 22:  Last Day of School
-Thursday, May 23:  Kindergarten Graduation (only KG parents)
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
 
– May 8th is the last day of hot lunch this year
– Yearbook order forms sent home today (5/2).  Orders due on or before Friday, May 17th.
– The last day of Library is tomorrow, May 2nd.  Books may no longer be check out, but please return any overdue books you may have at home.
– Registration for Fall 2019 is open.
Thank you and have a great weekend!

From The Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Familes,
Ramadan is only about a week and a half away!  May Allah bless us to reach and complete Ramadan with accepted deeds and prayers.
There is a little Ramadan activity book that caught our attention, and we thought it might be a good idea to make it available to our families.  It includes simple activities to do throughout the month and is geared towards ages 4 though 10.  Next Thursday, May 2nd, these activity books will be available for purchase in the main foyer at drop off and pickup times.
The Ice Cream Social was very exciting and very successful mashaAllah!  We would like to thank the Kindergarten class for setting a good example by helping people around the world to fight hunger and poverty.  We mentioned in the assembly that this is part of the core values from surah al Asr – to enjoin each other in doing what is true and right (al Haq).  We pray that our children grow up to be living examples of these virtues.
Remember, there is no school tomorrow, so enjoy this great weather, and have a great weekend!  Thank you and Salaam.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, April 26:  NO SCHOOL – School Improvement Day
Wednesday May 22:  Last Day of School
Thursday, May 23:  Kindergarten Graduation.  10:30 a.m until 12 p.m.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Don’t forget to register for fall while spots are available.  It’s also one more thing you can check off your list iA!
Wassalaam Alaikum,
Muniba Ali
Principal
ICN Full Time School

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,
The Kindergarten class has taken on a special project mashaAllah!  Its’s called the “Us Against Hunger” campaign.  Our students are teaming up with Zakat Foundation in raising awareness and funds for the campaign against hunger, worldwide.  The KG class had a discussion about what they could do to help solve this problem, and they decided to try having an ICE CREAM SOCIAL.  A flyer with details is attached.  Please come out and support them as they take what they have learned about charity and sadaqah, outside of the classroom and put it into action.  Please check out the short video in the link to find out more about Zakat Foundation’s program.  https://www.zakat.org/en/join-us-against-hunger/
Please be on the lookout for a pink letter from the Parent Teacher Committee.  You may find it in your child’s take home folder and if not, please pick them up from your child’s teacher during conferences.  It is about Teacher Appreciation Week.
Regarding the security discussion from last week, I would again like to thank all the parents who voiced their concerns and suggestions last week.  I presented your messages to the board at the last meeting, and I think it helped bring this issue onto the radar, so to speak.  InshaAllah I will keep everyone informed of any progress made in this regard.
Thank you for signing up for parent teacher conferences.  No classes tomorrow (April 12) – have a great weekend!
UPCOMING EVENTS:
Thursday, April 18:  Preschool Bake Sale
Friday, April 26:  NO SCHOOL – School Improvement Day
IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
Please support us in matters of security by doing the following:
– Drop off your student on time between 8:15 and 8:30 every day
— Use only the main door to enter and exit the building
– call in early pick-ups ahead of time
– do not enter the building before dismissal time to use the bathroom for yourself or  younger children
– please ask authorized pick up persons not to be offended if the teacher asks their name.  Not all teachers or substitutes will know or recognize each child’s parents.
– if someone else is picking up your child, please email ftsattendance@icnmasjid.org or call the school ahead of time to let us know.
– report any suspicious vehicles or persons to myself or Ms. Farhana.
Thank you, wassalaamu ‘alaikum.
Muniba Ali
Principal
ICN Full Time School

From The Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,
Welcome back from spring break!  I hope you all enjoyed your vacations and “stay-cations” last week.
I asked your input about security at our school this week.  Thank you for responding with your honest feedback and your suggestions.  InshaAllah I will convey your messages to the board this weekend.  Allow me to also tell you the measures we currently take toward security.  FTS has an active shooter policy.  We receive ALICE training (and refreshers) from the Naperville Police Department.  We do our best to monitor who enters and exits the building during school hours,and try to enforce that Musallis come during Salah timings only, however, since the property is used as a masjid as well as a school, we must be extra cautious in monitoring this.  Again, I will take your questions to the authorities, who will better be able to address cost implications, logistics, community needs, etc.
We also ask you to support us in matters of security by doing the following:
– Drop off your student on time between 8:15 and 8:30 every day
– call in early pick-ups ahead of time
– do not enter the building before dismissal time to use the bathroom for yourself or  younger children
– please ask authorized pick up persons not to be offended if the teacher asks their name.  Not all teachers or substitutes will know or recognize each child’s parents.
– if someone else is picking up your child, please email ftsattendance@icnmasjid.org or call the school ahead of time to let us know.
– report any suspicious vehicles or persons to myself or Ms. Farhana.
We pray that by Allah’s mercy and protection we never have to face an active shooter situation, and in the event that we do, May Allah protect us and guide us to take the necessary steps to protect those under our care.
Have a great weekend, wassalaamu ‘Alaikum.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Thursday, April 11:  Parent Teacher Conferences, Evening (Sign ups have been sent)
Friday, April 12:  NO SCHOOL – Parent Teacher Conferences, Morning
Thusday, April 18:  Preschool Bake Sale (pre order forms will be sent home today – please return them by next Thursday)
Friday, April 26: NO SCHOOL – School Improvement Day
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Open House for those interested in the 75th Street Location is next Tuesday evening.  We request that anyone who plans on attending registers via the following link:
Enrollment for Fall 2019 is open.  Registration fees for currently enrolled families can be deferred until June.
Muniba Ali
Principal
ICN Full Time School
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From The Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,
The students are all ready and very excited for the All School Program tonight.  The stage has been set, and we are looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Among the other events that are coming right up, is one that I would like to highlight in particular.  ICN’s School District Engagement Committee invites you to meet the school board and school board candidates for districts 203 and 204, next Friday, March 15th, at 75th Street.  Please RSVP to district_engagement_chair@icnmasjid.org.
Parents are encouraged to submit questions for the candidates and board members using this same email address.  Dinner is included but please RSVP to help the organizers with accommodations.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, March 15: Meet the School Board Members (flyer attached)
Tuesday, March 19:  Spring Picture Day – no uniforms
March 25 – 29:  NO SCHOOL – Spring Break
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
We have had some near misses with traffic during morning drop off time!  Please be vigilant about entering from the second (farther) parking row when you come to drop off your children in the mornings.  We realize the traffic cones blocking the bus entrance can be inconvenient, but remember this is for the safety of our own children.  We request exiting the parking lot from the “right only” exit that goes out to Ogden Ave.  For reference the original traffic map is attached.
Thank you and Salaam,

Muniba Ali
Principal
ICN Full Time School

 

From The Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,
It still feels like winter, but spring is just around the corner, and so are so many events and activities!  Did I mention it was going to feel fast?
The All School Program is next week, and we need some help in setting up the backdrop and art work.  We are hoping for some dedicated dads to please step forward to volunteer.  If we can get 2 to 3 dads to help us out next Thursday evening after Isha prayers, we would truly be grateful!  Please email me at mali@icnmasjid.org if you can help us.
 
On March 15th, ICN’s School District Engagement Committee is hosting a “Meet the School Board” event, as mentioned in last week’s newsletter.  So who are school board members, and what do they do?  Please attend to find out.  This is relevant to all of us who have students who will enter districts 203 and 204.  Some of our students already have older siblings in these districts, so it is all the more relevant.  The invitation is open to everyone in the community.  RSVP’s can be sent to district_engagement_chair@icnmasjid.org   It would help in making sure there are enough seating and dinner accommodations.
 
There is no school tomorrow due to County Institute Day, so enjoy the weekend, and see you on Monday!
Thank you and Salaamu ‘Alaikum.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, March 1:  NO SCHOOL – Institute Day
Friday, March 8:  All School Program (flyer attached)
Friday, March 15:  Meet The School Board (@ICN  on 75th St. — flyer attached)
Thursday, March 19:  Spring Picture Day by Lifetouch
March 25 – March 29:  NO SCHOOL – Spring Break
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Attendance and dismissal:
Please use the email address ftsattendance@icnmasjid.org for reporting attendance / late arrival / early pick up / non-parent authorized pick up.  We request that you inform the office ahead of time when picking your child up early, and also ask that anyone who picks up students outside of regular dismissal time wait in the office for a teacher to bring the student to you.
Security:
Please plan to stay in your vehicle until the doors unlock at dismissal time.  The bathrooms may be used after the doors are unlocked, at 2:50 p.m.  Thank you for helping us in our efforts to maintain security protocols.  You may also feel free to inform community members to try to stick to ICN’s scheduled jamaat timings when requesting to enter the building during school hours.
Muniba Ali
Principal
ICN Full Time School
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From the Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,
This week I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at School District 204’s PDAC meeting.  PDAC stands for Parent Diversity Advisory Council and is an organization that includes school board members, administrators, educators, and community members of the public school district.  This month’s topic was about the positive impact that parental involvement can make in our children’s lives throughout school and even beyond.  Being involved in your child’s education can include volunteering at school, but there are many more ways that can also have a lasting impact, and one of them is to be involved at the planning and policy level.
Enter ICN’s new initiative:  The School District Engagement Committee.  The mission is to advance our community’s representation in local school districts by participating in their diversity outreach programs.  The first event that this committee (of which I am also a member) is planning is a “Meet The School Board” event on Friday, March 15th.  It is important to know and have a say in choosing the people who make the policies and oversee the administration that is responsible for our children.  I encourage you to attend.  Please see the attached flyer for details.
Thank you and have a great weekend!

Muniba Ali
Principal
ICN Full Time School
UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, March 1:  NO SCHOOL – Institute Day
Friday, March 8:  All School Program – please save the date and reserve the timings in your schedule!
Thursday, March 19:  Spring Picture Day by Lifetouch
March 25 through March 29:  NO SCHOOL – Spring Break
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
EARLY PICK UP:  If you are planning to pick up your child early, please remember to let us know in an email to ftsadmin@icnmasjid.org
When you arrive, please wait in the office and a teacher will bring your child to you.  Please also inform any family members or caregivers to also wait in the office for your child.
REGISTRATION:  Enrollment for Fall is open!  We are accepting registration for two locations:  Ogden and 75th Street.  Please spread the word to anyone you know who has preschool and kindergarten aged children.  Current families may defer the registration fee until June.  Thank you.

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From The Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,

We are already half way through February, and looking forward to the All School Program in March, so please mark your calendars.  Boxed dinners are available for ordering, if you wish to stay around for a little while and eat after the show.  Please save the date for Friday, March 8th, from 5:45 pm until 7:30 pm.  The program will be in the school gym.  The RSVP / dinner order form was sent home in today’s folders, so please be on the lookout for it.

A big thank-you goes out to all Pre-K parents and volunteers this week, who sponsored or made the items for the bake sale, set everything up, and managed the sales all day today.  The fresh dosas were a hit mashaAllah!  Next week we look forward to the winter field trip to the Dupage Children’s Museum inshaAllah.

It seems a bit early to think about summer right now, but Naperville school district 203 has asked us to forward some registration information about their summer programs in case any of our district 203 residents are interested.  The programs range from Kindergarten through high school.  Below are some registration links.  Their deadline to register is May 24th.

Registration information can be found at:   https://www.naperville203.org/Page/6521

Online registration can be found at:  https://www.studentquickpay.com/naperville203/

Thank you and have a great weekend!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Monday, February 18:  NO SCHOOL – President’s Day

Thursday, February 21:  Field Trip to DuPage Children’s Museum – Pizza will be served for hot lunch after the field trip (this is a make-up hot lunch for the one we missed because of the snow day a couple of weeks ago).

Friday, March 8:  All School Program

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2019-20 IS OPEN.  Students are enrolled on a first come first serve basis.  For currently enrolled families the registration fees can be deferred until June, so all you need to do it complete and submit the forms to lock in your child’s seat.

The deadline to submit dinner orders for the All School Program is Tuesday, February 26th by 2:50 p.m.

Wassalaam,

Muniba Ali

Principal, ICN Full Time School

 

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