Tarbiyah Academy Parent Newsletter

Updates, Information, and Reminders for our TA Families

October 14, 2021

Assalamu Alaikum Dear TA Parents and Families!

I hope that this finds all of our families well and in the best of conditions!

As we wrap up our 7th week of instruction here at our school, my heart is grateful for the immense blessings we've experienced and continue to experience each day. Each morning, our students and staff begin the day by reciting Quran, making duaa, and remembering Allah (swt). Together, we reflect on the Learner Profile; this week we've inquired into what it means to be Caring and ways to show Kindness towards others and the planet. Students are sharing their knowledge and research with their fellow students. In classes, students are memorizing Quran as well as reflecting on the ayat they are reading. They are learning stories of the prophets and companions and are building literacy in the Arabic language. Our students are reading and writing on a daily basis, working on specific strategies that will allow them to become stronger, more effective communicators. They are exploring and developing their creativity, conceptual knowledge, skills, and new understandings through the multiple learning engagements they experience throughout the day. The TA team and I are all so proud of how hard our students are working and how quickly they are demonstrating growth as learners. I ask Allah to continue to bless and protect our students, our staff, our school, and our entire community.

As you pray for yourselves, your families, and your children, please remember Tarbiyah Academy in your duaa and pray for our continued success! May Allah help us, protect us, accept from us, and guide us through our challenges and all we do.

Please read ahead for lots of pertinent information at this time for our families. As always, feel free to reach out with any questions.

Thank you and jazakum Allahu khairun.

Hagar Aboubakr

Head of School

No School Tomorrow, Friday October 15

Friday, October 15th is a Professional Development Day for staff. There is no school for students tomorrow, Friday October 15.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Back to School Event!

We hope our families can make it out to our Back to School Event this Sunday, October 17th. Insha Allah, this event will be a great opportunity for our families to connect and get to know each other better, as well as to relax with their families. If you have any questions please reach out to events@tarbiyahacademy.org.
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Lunch, Snack, Water Purchase Concerns & Reminders

We continue to have lunch purchase options available to students Monday-Thursday. Cash will NOT be handled at this time when purchasing lunch. All purchases will be charged to parent TADS accounts.

Please be sure to speak to your child about water, snack, and lunch purchases and ensure that your child knows whether or not they have your permission to make a purchase from the school. Some families have been surprised to find that their child was purchasing snacks or water from the school. We are not able to verify parent permission for student purchases simply due to the high number of students who do make purchases with us, so again, please speak to your child about this. We offer these items here for your convenience only and do not wish for this to become a burden on any family.

**Please note that moving forward, we will charge families on a MONTHLY basis for lunch, snacks, and water. This is to avoid excessive processing fees on TADS.

Zero-Tolerance on Name Calling-Reminder

We continue to adopt a Zero-Tolerance policy on name-calling and the use of unkind and aggressive language. This means that students-under any circumstances-are not allowed to address their friends, peers, classmates, and fellow students using any term that has a negative connotation, even if they use these words and language jokingly, harmlessly, or habitually.

Some children, out of habit, believe it is harmless to use words and phrases such as "stupid," "dumb," "shut-up," etc. We aim to create a culture of excellence, kindness, and caring here at our school and the presence of this language does not serve our mission or vision here at TA, which includes raising leaders and creating a space that is safe for everyone.

Please have this conversation with your child.

In the event that a child is using this language, he/she will be pulled aside to reflect on the behavior (using the reflection sheet) and to meet with a teacher to discuss the resolution. The reflection sheet will be uploaded to the child's behavior log and parents will be notified. If the behavior persists with an individual child, parents will be called for a meeting to discuss problem resolution strategies and potential repercussions.

Overall, I don't expect this to be a big leap for our student body! Our young learners are especially kind and caring, alhamdullilah; this measure is more so to alleviate some isolated instances we've experienced and to prevent this from becoming a part of our school and student culture moving forward, insha Allah.

Learner Profile Attribute of the Month

The IB Learner Profile is at the heart of the IB program. The Learner Profile is a set of 10 attributes that foster and support international-mindedness and global citizenship. You may have already heard your child using Learner Profile "language" at home.

Each month, we select one attribute to focus on school-wide. Together, we inquire into what each attribute means and how we can demonstrate more of it in our lives. This month's focus attribute is Caring. Here is how the IB defines Caring:

We show empathy, compassion, and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

What would you add to this definition? We'd love to hear about how our lifelong learners are inquiring more into what it means to be Caring.

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We have officially kicked off "Socktober-" an annual event that rallies schools and organizations in the action of collecting needed items for homeless shelters. Thank you and jazakum Allahu khairun to those who have started to bring in items for this drive.

Families can continue to bring in items (listed below) through October 29, but furthermore, we would really love for our students to engage in this community action and learn the value of service as part of our Muslim identity! Please support your child in letting their family, relatives, friends, and neighbors know about this effort, and to take the initiative to collect from them.

Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have designed beautiful drop-off boxes for this effort and our 4th graders have also included heartfelt notes to include with the items. May Allah reward them immensely! Boxes are set up in the front lobby for all collected items.

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Family Country of Origin Survey

If you have not already taken the family survey below, please read ahead and use the link below to access the family survey.

In an effort to create a welcoming and warm school environment, we would like to better represent and honor our students' ethnic and language backgrounds in our school's physical spaces through environmental print and other such measures. Kindly take the quick survey below, stating your family's country of origin and languages that are spoken in the home. This information will help us tremendously in fostering a holistic environment here at TA.

Friends of Tarbiyah Academy (FTA)-Final Call!

The Friends of Tarbiyah Academy is a parent-teacher/school organization that is largely managed by parent volunteers who would like to be active with TA in a more involved manner. The FTA, due to COVID, in the last couple of years was suspended, however, we would like to bring back the efforts of the FTA, as they have proven to enrich our experience here at the school. FTA involvement may include:

  • organizing new events for families, with the support of our Events Team
  • working with the Events Team on TA events, including Staff Appreciation Week and social events
  • working with teachers to arrange for guest speakers, experts, and in-house field trips
  • coordinating and organizing volunteer opportunities for parents
  • community outreach and community service
  • supporting our students in community service and action
  • locating potential resources for our school
  • working with our Marketing Intern to capture images and video of our events
  • engaging our parent community in creative ways
  • supporting multilingualism efforts at TA
  • ...and more!

If you are interested in the FTA and perhaps joining as a committee member, please reach out to me at hagaraboubakr@tarbiyahacademy.org. I look forward to insha Allah, reviving our FTA!

Carpool Interest

If any family is interested in connecting with other families for purposes of setting up a potential carpool arrangement, please complete the quick form below.

One email will be sent to all families who submit the form below. The information you share in this form will be shared in the group email so that other families may see where you live and know how to get in touch with you for setting up a carpool. Please complete this by Monday, October 18.

We hope this helps our families with transportation to and from our school and creates ease for our community.

Discovery Day

On Monday, October 18, we will hold our first Discovery Day of the academic year from 10-12 p.m. Discovery Day is a 2-hour Open House event for families interested in our school. Families learn more about the TA mission & vision, the IB program, the admissions process, and lots more information related to our school. Please share with your family and friends who may be interested in enrollment at our school for the 2022-2023 academic school year.

Interested families can register here (please share the link!): https://playpass.com/Tarbiyah/discovery-day-monday-october-18-2021-AY5Qn28

Parent Workshops

I am very excited to offer and facilitate workshops for our parent community on a variety of topics related to the TA approach, mission, and vision. My hope is that these workshops strengthen the home-school connection and allow us all to work more effectively in the upbringing and nurturing of our children. Please take a look below and RSVP if you'd like to attend. These sessions will be held in person at our school. I hope to see you all there, insha Allah!

Managebac Support for Parents

Tuesday, Oct. 19th, 4:15pm

6785 Business Parkway

Elkridge, MD

If any parent would like support with navigating Managebac, I will be available after dismissal to our parents on Tuesday, October 19th for a Managebac Support session. Please bring a device and your Managebac login information. If you do not know your Managebac login information, please reach out to virtualhelpdesk@tarbiyahacademy.org.

Please RSVP below.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Teaching and Learning Math Conceptually

Monday, Nov. 1st, 6-7:30pm

6785 Business Parkway

Elkridge, MD

This is a workshop for parents that will introduce them to the conceptual teaching and learning approach in Math we implement here at our school. This workshop is designed to help parents understand how, in the classroom, teaching is designed to build stronger number sense needed for foundational mathematical understandings, as well as how parents can support Math learning at home. This is for parents of children in grades K-8. Please RSVP below.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

The Learner Profile & Character Education

Monday, Dec. 6th, 6-7:30pm

6785 Business Parkway

Elkridge, MD

This is a workshop for parents that will introduce them to the 10 IB Learner Profile attributes and how the Learner Profile is used to build internationally-minded, global citizens and American Muslim leaders.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Upcoming Important Dates

October 1-October 29: Socktober Collection

October 11-22: MAP Testing for all students, K-8

October 15: No School for Students; Professional Development Day for staff

October 17: Back to School Barbeque; 1:00-6:00;

Cedar Lane Park-East Pavilion

10725 Rt. 108 (directly across the street from DAT)

October 19: Managebac Support Session for Parents

October 22: Raising Amazing Girls; Dads Event

October 23: Raising Amazing Girls Event

October 29: First Grade Bake Sale

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