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Principal’s Newsletter 6/10/21

As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,


Today is the last day of the 2020-21 school year!  As we pack up the toolkits and yoga mats, and say our good-byes, I reflect on how nervous we felt returning to hybrid instruction this spring.  We were so pleased that our students came back, ready to hit the ground running.  They walked in with smiles behind their masks, and an attitude that said, “I’m ready to learn!”  Barring some internet glitches, this has been one of the smoothest semesters I have ever witnessed, mashaAllah.  A huge part of the credit goes to you – the parents and families – for being patient and helpful when it came to adapting to policy changes, keeping up with the online schedules and assignments, and teaching your kids about safety before they returned to school.  I cannot thank you enough for supporting our school.  This sentiment is something that truly makes our school community feel like a family, and I am ever grateful to you all.


In case you missed the newsletter from a couple of weeks ago, the plan for fall is to return to full in-person instruction.  Our school will have grades Pre-K through 3rd.  Currently enrollment for Pre-K, KG, and 1st grade is full.  To add your child’s name to the waiting list please email ftsadmin@icnmasjid.org.  Seats are still open in 2nd and 3rd grade.  If the Illinois State Board of Education changes the social distancing requirement further, we may be able to add a few more seats to Kindergarten and 1st grade, and will be contacting those on the waiting list in first come first serve order.  We are hopeful for some good news from the the CDC and ISBE this summer.  We will keep all registered families updated as we receive updates.


We had intended on offering a summer camp program, but unfortunately, we have not been able to do so.  InshaAllah, we hope to get an early start in planning for next year so we can offer a great summer camp in 2022!
Finally, this year has certainly been unprecedented, and I am grateful to Allah SWT to guiding us through the uncertainty.   We are hopeful that next fall there will be a better, more informed, more prepared return to “normal,” inshaAllah!  With that, thanks once again to all parents, grandparents, caregivers, students, school staff, and volunteers.  We hope you have a fantastic summer, and look forward to seeing you in August!

With salaam and warm regards,

Principal’s Newsletter 5/27/21

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,
The end of this school year is just around the corner, subhanAllah!  Here are a few dates to keep in mind regarding the end of this year and the outlook for summer and fall.

  • The last day of school is Thursday, June 10th.
  • Kindergarten graduation information will be sent to KG families next week.
  • Report cards will be issued by Monday, June 21st.
  • We may offer a brief summer camp during July, however it is not confirmed just yet. Any dates and details will be published on ICN social media as soon as available.
  • Parent orientation for the 2021-22 academic year will be August 11 through 13.
  • The first day of school for the 2021-22 academic year will be on August 18.

RETURN TO FULL TIME IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION 
A return to in-person instruction is expected in the fall, inshaAllah.  Schools will no longer be required to accommodate online instruction unless a medical need can be proved. The State Superintendent will release a full declaration regarding this after the conclusion of this academic year, in a couple of weeks.
Illinois schools have been told to let our families know that all eligible persons are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  Policies and procedures about self certification and quarantine, etc. will be worked out over the summer as communicated prior to the beginning of school.  Thus far, masks will still be required by Illinois schools in the fall.  Below please a list of frequently asked questions that was published by the Illinois State Board of Education:
FAQ’s regarding in-person schooling

TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT PALESTINE
That latest attacks by Israel on Palestine remind us that this it is important for our children to have a correct understanding about the history and importance of this situation, and why it is especially significant for us as Muslms.  Whereas there are resources available for addressing middle schoolers and up, there are not many for addressing this important topic for elementary students.  One such resource is being offered by Noor Kids.  The discussion is framed around history, identifying what injustice is, and lessons we can learn from the Quran regarding how to help those who are being oppressed.
Noor Kids is hosting a one hour webinar tonight, designed to address children ages 5 to 12, with special guest speaker Linda Sarsour.  The registration link is below, for any family who would like to attend.
Noor Kids Registration link

We pray to Allah SWT, the most Merciful and Loving, to alleviate the difficulties our brothers and sisters are experiencing in Palestine and in all other places, and to free them from their oppressors.
Thank you and salaam,

Principal’s Newsletter 5/20/21

As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,

MashaAllah, we had such a nice Eid party today!  Thanks to Nadia Awan, Sonia Arsalan, Sana Mohammed, and Mehreen Sherwani – the PTC volunteers who made it happen!  We all really enjoyed being able to get together this way.


There are only three weeks left in this school year.  The last day of school is Thursday, June 10th.  Kindergarten parents, please stay tuned for a date and details of Kindergarten Graduation.


There have been some inquiries about a summer program.  There is a possibility that we will be able to offer a short summer program during July.  We will update the community once the details have been worked out, inshaAllah.


Please check out our new virtual open house video.  This will be posted on the new Virtual Open House page of the school website.  The updates to that page are still in progress but please feel free to take a look.

Video: fkhxPXE0aPM

Virtual Open House Page:  https://fts.icnmasjid.org/virtual-open-house-2/

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Wassalaamu ‘alaikum,

Principal’s Newsletter 5/6/21

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,


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.


Thank you, salaam, and have a wonderful weekend.

Principal’s Newsletter 4/29/21

As salaamu ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,


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 nmkhan926@gmail.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.

Jazaak Allah Khairan,

Noor Academy PTC

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Principal’s Newsletter 4/22/21

As salaam ‘alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,


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:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • vomiting or diarrhea
  • abdominal pain

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 ftsattendance@icnmasjid.orginclude 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!

Principal’s Newsletter 4/15/21

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,


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!

Principal’s Newsletter 4/9/21

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!

Principal’s Newsletter 3/22/21

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,


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.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Information and Documents Regarding March 22nd Hybrid Instruction

As Salaamu ‘Alaikum ICN Noor Academy Families,


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).

Please click HERE for the Waiver.


SCHOOL TIMINGS

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.


CARPOOL

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.

SELF CERTIFICATION

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.


Thank you and salaam,