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From the Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,
Welcome back!  We hope all our families enjoyed a fun, safe, and healthy winter break.  I would like to pause at this mid year point to express gratitude for the blessings, successes and even challenges that have helped us grow together as a team of parents and educators.  I hope and pray that you feel equally a part of this special team, and that Allah blesses us with unity and many successes in the months to come.  With these sentiments we begin the second semester of the school year.  There are lots of events coming up so hold on to your hats – It’s going to feel fast!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Wednesday, January 16:  Open House
     – Information about changes in Pre-K program (mixed age, 2-year program, additional classroom at ICN 75th St.)
     – Registration opens for Fall 2019
     – This event is open to the public, so you may invite anyone you know who is considering preschool and Kindergarten for their children
     – Facebook Link:        https://www.facebook.com/events/287886208597900/
Friday, January 18:  Kindergarten Muffins With Mom
Monday, January 21:  NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 22 through Friday, January 25:  SPIRIT WEEK.  Stay tuned for details
Thursday, February 14:  Pre-K Bake Sale
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
 
Thank you for keeping your children home if they are sick or possibly contagious.  Please keep school health guidelines in mind as we continue going through cold and flu season.
There have been no reported cases of headlice since returning to school after winter break.  However, because there was a report a week prior to the break, I am sending a reminder to check for lice and nits as a precautionary measure.  Although head lice do not carry disease, nor are they caused by “dirty” hair, they can be a nuisance.
Center for Disease Control information on headlice
 
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!
Muniba Ali
Principal
ICN Full Time School

From The Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,
Al hamdulillah, our first parent event of this year was wonderful last week!  We are glad that so many dads made it to Pre-K’s Doughnuts with Dad, and we look forward to all the parent events coming up in the next several weeks.  Today, we welcome the Pre-K Moms!  We also have some more excitement this month.  We hope to have some samples of FTS spirit wear t-shirts and hoodies that can be ordered before we go on winter break inshaAllah (and can be worn during Spirit Week in January).  And, don’t forget the hat/glove/sock drive — as we talk during assembly about the importance of doing good things for one another, please help your child put that into practice by bringing in these winter items.  The collection bin is in the foyer, labeled with a flyer.  Below are the latest events and reminders.  Have a wonderful weekend!  Was salaamu ‘Alaikum.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, December 14:  Kindergarten Doughnuts with Dad
Friday, December 21:  Preschool Doughnuts with Dad
December 24 through January 4:  NO SCHOOL – Winter Break
January 16:  FTS Open House (more information to come)
January 22 – 25:  Spirit Week
IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
FTS Winter Hat / Glove / Sock Drive:  Collecting until December 17th – please donate new items, and spread the word!
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From the Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,
We hope everyone enjoyed the snow day this week!  I apologize for the delayed emails that have caused so much confusion lately.  My group emails have been getting stuck somewhere in the cloud, to be delivered two days late.  Thank you for your patience as we work to get this resolved.  In the mean time, I have asked Ms. Farhana to forward my messages to all of you.
December will be busy but in a good way, with lots of parent events!  We hope Dads and Moms will be able to join the fun on their special days.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, November 30:  Pre-K Doughnuts With Dad
Friday, December 7:  Pre-K Muffins With Mom
Friday, December 14:  Kindergarten Doughnuts With Dad
Friday, December 21:  Preschool  Doughnuts With Dad
Monday, December 24 through Friday, January 4:  NO SCHOOL – Winter Break
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
ICN Community Dinner (7 p.m.) and Town Hall Meeting (After Isha / 8 p.m.) this Friday, November 30, 2844 W. Ogden Ave.
Thank you and have a great weekend!
Muniba Ali
Principal
ICN Full Time School

From The Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,
We hope everyone can take advantage of conferences this week.  Please feel free to browse the book fair while you wait, or to drop in on the Quran, Islamic Studies, PE, and Art teachers, for a walk-in conference.
Next month we look forward to the first bake sale of the school year.  Kindergarten parents are flexing their bake sale muscles to raise funds that can be used to benefit their classroom!  Pre-order forms will be coming home soon.
If you’re looking for something exciting to do on October 31st, ICN Al Falah Academy has opened up their Family Fun Night to the community.  Click on the link below to register for an evening of bowling, laser tag, pizza, and more at Main Event.
And if Main Event doesn’t have enough halal food options for you, then save the date on November 10th for a fundraiser at Al Quds Restaurant, right across the street from ICN! Our own PTC parents have coordinated this event, and 10% of all sales will come right back to ICN Full Time School.  Just mention “ICN Fundraiser”.
Please remember, no classes tomorrow.  Have a wonderful long weekend!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, October 26:  NO SCHOOL – Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, November 8:  Kindergarten Bake Sale
Saturday, November 10:  ICN Full Time School Day at Al Quds Restaurant
Thank you and salaamu ‘alaikum,

From the Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,
We had the first fire drill of the school year today, and al hamdulillah, everyone made it out of the building safely, calmly, and in good time.  Thanks to the teachers for preparing all week, and thanks to you all, who may have covered the topic at home.
Parent teacher conferences are next Thursday and Friday.  Although these conferences are brief, they provide the best chance to get together for a one on one with your child’s teacher and talk about your child’s progress and goals.  This teamwork is essential to each student’s success at school, so we hope to see you all next week, inshaAllah.
During conferences, the Islamic Book Fair will also be going on, so please feel free to browse the books and games from IQRA, while you are waiting for your conference appointments.  Remember that specials teachers will also be available to meet on a walk-in basis in the conference room.
Thank you and have a great weekend!  Wassalaamu ‘Alaikum.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Thursday Oct 25 and Friday, Oct 26 – Parent Teacher Conferences and Islamic Book Fair
Friday, Oct 26 – NO SCHOOL – Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, November 8 – Kindergarten Bake Sale
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
For anyone who has not turned in immunization records (and vision and dental for Kindergarten) please complete these and submit them to the office right away.  FTS will withhold all transfer of student records, unless these documents are submitted.

From the Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,
Al hamdulillah, it looks like everyone had a good time at the field trip — cold, but good nonetheless!  We are grateful to the chaperones and non-chaperone parents who joined in so we could all have a safe and enjoyable trip together.  This field trip was actually the first of our events in October.  Next week we plan to talk about fire safety and have a fire drill, and the following week are parent teacher conferences.  Please read on for details!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26
Fall Parent Teacher Conferences – Invitations to sign up have been sent via email.  Conferences for special subjects, including Quran, Islamic Studies, Art, and P.E. will be on a walk in basis during conference hours.
Islamic Book Fair – While waiting for your conference appointments, you can browse books and games at the book fair which will be open Thursday morning through Friday afternoon.
Friday, October 26
No School – Parent Teacher Conferences from 8am until 12pm
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Fire Drill
Next week we will be talking about Fire Prevention, and will have a fire drill at school.  Please reassure your children that a fire drill is not a real fire, but simply a time when we practice getting safely out of the building.
Thank you and have a great weekend!
Muniba Ali
Principal

From The Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Parents,
Autumn breezes have started blowing!  Get ready to breeze through this fall because we have a lot of things coming up.  Field Trip, Conferences, Bake Sales — it’s going to feel fast!
Rain or shine, we’re all set to go to Johansen Farm next week inshaAllah!  Please remember the deadline to turn in permission slips and fees is tomorrow (sorry, no exceptions).  If your child is not attending the field trip, please do not send him or her to school that day.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Monday, October 8:  Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL
Thursday, October 11:  Field Trip to Johansen Farm (Permission Slips due Fri, Oct 5)
Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26:  Parent Teacher Conferences.
– Invitations to sign up will be sent next week
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
– As a courtesy to Dads who bring their preschoolers in the mornings and may have to take them to the bathroom, we ask our preschooler Moms to use the two ladies bathrooms on either side of the family / handicap bathroom, so any Dads can use the family room without feeling awkward.  Thank you for being considerate of our school family.
Salaamu ‘alaikum,, and have a great long weekend!


Muniba Ali
Principal
ICN Full Time School

 

From The Principal’s Desk

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As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Parents,

Permission slips for the field trip went home today and mashaAllah we already have a lot of parents who are interested in being chaperones!  Please be aware of the following sign up procedures and guidelines of being a chaperone:

  • Kindergarten will be assigned 3 chaperones, Pre-K will be assigned 4 chaperones, Preschool will be assigned 3 chaperones
  • Chaperones are taken on a first come, first serve basis.  Permission slips that are turned in completed, signed, and with payment will be accepted as chaperone requests.
  • Chaperones may not bring siblings or other children in their care.
  • Because our students and teachers may fill up the bus to capacity, we may ask chaperones to drive to the farm and meet us in the parking lot.
  • Parents who simply want to join the fun are welcome to go through the main entrance and meet our group inside the farm.  Please note, that you would enter through the main gate and pay entrance fees independently.  If coming independently, you may bring siblings.
  • If you would like to sign your child out, you may request this of your classroom teacher (not the chaperone parent).  If you sign your child out, you will be responsible for your child’s safety, and transportation, but you would also be free to walk around with the school group.

We hope to have a safe, fun day at Johansen Farm — students, teachers, chaperones, guests, and all inshaAllah!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, October 3:  Bus Drill

There is a state mandated bus evacuation drill for all students (regardless of whether or not they are regular bus riders) that is scheduled for next Wednesday morning.  This will be conducted by the trained staff of First Student, our bus service provider.  It takes about 20 minutes per class.

Monday, October 8:  Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL

Thursday, October 11:  Field Trip – Johansen Farm

Thursday, October 24:  Fall Parent Teacher Conferences – sign ups will begin about two weeks prior to conferences.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Nappers’ sleeping bags were sent home today.  Please wash them and send them back on Monday

Please observe the traffic pattern and go around the second lane at morning drop off time.  Parking is not allowed in the handicap spaces or in the spaces with traffic cones.

Thank you and have a great weekend!  Wassalaamu ‘Alaikum.

From the Principal’s Desk

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Families,
It is beautiful to see the students, especially our new friends, making themselves more comfortable at school, al hamdulillah!  Remember this is a big step for our little ones, so it’s ok to go through a little discomfort as we learn to understand and deal with new feelings and surroundings.  MashaAllah, though, they’re coming right along!
The following are upcoming events and reminders.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Friday, September 7:  PTC Meeting & Coffee Social
PTC is a great way to work together to enrich our students’ school experience, and also create some lasting bonds between students and parents as well!  You are welcome to join us, even if you forgot to fill out a PTC form.  We will meet at 10 a.m. in the conference room.
Friday, September 14:  Deadline to turn in immunization, dental, and vision records
Thursday, September 20:  Picture Day by Lifetouch.
No uniforms required – dress up fancy-schmancy!  Forms for picture day will be sent home next Thursday inshaAllah.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Please be vigilant about parking lot safety!  If you are driving, please watch your speed and drive around to the second lane when turning into the parking lot.
Please walk your child all the way to the door and open it for them.  Do not let your child walk through the parking lot by him- or herself.
Thank you, Salaam, and have a great weekend!
Muniba Ali
Principal
ICN Full Time School
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From The Principal’s Desk

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum FTS Parents,
It has already been almost 3 weeks since school started mashaAllah!  But don’t let that fool you — we still haven’t completed a full week of school yet!  Our children are still just getting to know their new teachers, new environments, new classrooms, and new routines.  Each child is different – some are slow to warm up, some choose to quietly observe at first, whereas some jump in right away.  Something that plays an important role in helping your child feel more secure at school is when they bond with their teacher.  When parents encourage their children to trust that their teacher is looking out for them, and is glad to have them in her class, it goes a long way toward starting a healthy classroom relationship.  Below is an article about student and teacher connections during the first several weeks of school.
 
Upcoming Events
Sept 3:  No School – Labor Day
Sept 20:  Picture Day – No uniforms (reminders and forms will be sent closer to picture day).
Important Reminders
Deadline to submit immunization records to the office is Friday, September 14
Parking Lot: Please be extra careful at pick up and drop off time by driving slowly and following the designated route through the parking lot.
Thank you and have a great long weekend!
Muniba Ali
Principal
ICN Full Time School