Tarbiyah Academy Parent Newsletter

Updates, Information, and Reminders for our TA Families

November 22, 2021

Assalamu Alaikum Dear TA Parents and Families!


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


We are very excited to wrap up our first academic term of the year and begin planning for and embarking on Term 2, starting on Monday, December 6th, insha Allah. Back in August, when we started to transition into full-time, in-person learning, we encountered numerous challenges and navigated unfamiliar territories that educators never expected to face, but I am truly proud of our entire community for the patience we had and the strides we've made since, alhamdullilah. This includes our students, parents, teachers, and staff and the collaborative efforts put forth by everyone to make the TA experience successful for our students. I appreciate you all so much. May Allah continue to guide us, bless our community, and help us in all matters, big and small.


As always, please do read ahead with pertinent announcements, updates, and reminders, and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.


Thank you and jazakum Allahu khairun.


Hagar Aboubakr

Head of School

No School Wednesday, November 24-Friday, November 26th

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no school for students from Wednesday, November 24th through Friday, November 26th. We hope you enjoy the break and that our families are able to spend quality time together during these days off!

Re-enrollment for Current Students Now Open

Re-enrollment for the 2022-2023 academic year is now open. All current families should have received an email from TADS with this information. The email subject line is, "Tarbiyah Academy Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 Re-Enrollment for [child's name & grade]."

You may use the link below to re-enroll your child on the TADS website.


Enrollment for siblings of current students will open on December 6th.

Hijab Day!

Jazak Allahu khairun to our Arabic, Quran, & Islamic Studies Coordinator, Ms. Hagar Ibrahim, for organizing our first ever Hijab Day! We hope it encouraged our girls to wear hijab in a fun, encouraging, and motivating way. We're very proud of them all, masha Allah! May Allah protect our children and instill modesty and love for Islam deep in their hearts, both our boys and girls.


Stay tuned for future Hijab Days!

Jazakum Allahu Khairun to Our Parent Volunteers

This past term, we were blessed to have 4 of our parents volunteer their time, efforts, and skills to conduct an Extra-Curricular Activity (ECA) after school hours with our students and the wider community. We are so grateful for you and we appreciate you! Jazakum Allahu khairun to the following parents:


Junaed Siddiqui for leading the Coding ECA

Afeera Haque for leading the Cooking ECA

Ehab Hassan for leading the Speech & Drama ECA

Laila El-Haddad for leading the Speech & Drama ECA


If you would like to conduct an after-school ECA during Term 2, one day a week (from 4:00-5:00), please contact Ms. Elkordy at gelkordy@tarbiyahacademy.org.


If you are interested in volunteering at our school in other ways, please reach out to our Events Team who are always in need of volunteers at events@tarbiyahacademy.org.

Vaccine Clinic at TA-Wednesday, December 1st

In collaboration with the Howard County Health Department, we are very excited to hold a vaccine clinic here at TA for our families. Caplet Pharmacy will come out to our location on Wednesday, December 1st from 1:30-3:30 p.m. They will offer the following vaccines for our community:


  • Pfizer Pediatric; 5-11 years old
  • Booster Shots for Adults (Moderna, J&J, Pfizer)


To receive a vaccine for yourself and/or your child, please register by clicking on the link below.


When you click on the link, a pop-up box will appear. Click on "Avoid Long Wait in Lines...Click Here." From there, you will fill out the required form, entering December 1st as your appointment date. Please do reach out to me with any questions about this.

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences Next Week!

Please see a message from Ms. Elkordy below (sent out earlier today), regarding Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences.


Assalamu Alaikum Dear Tarbiyah Academy Families,

In shaa Allah everyone had a great weekend and I hope this message finds you all well and in the best state of Iman!

Term 1 Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up soon. Conferences take place onsite Wednesday, December 1st and Thursday, December 2nd, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please note, both days are half days for students, and dismissal will be at 1:00 pm. Parents and students will get a chance to schedule a time to meet with their child’s Homeroom teacher, AQI teacher, Middle School Subject Teachers and Visual Arts Teacher (at separate times). Choose the correct ‘Tab’ with the teacher’s name when registering. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with dates and times.

For Term 1, Three-Way Conferences will be conducted, and students must be present. For more information on Three-Way Conferences and to register, please click on this link:

https://tarbiyahacademy.com/academics/international-baccalaureate/ptc/

**Please note, registration will be available starting TODAY, Monday, November 22nd, and will close one day before conferences start. Any changes after registration closes must be communicated through the school. We will do our very best to accommodate requests; however, time slots are expected to be limited by that time.

Lastly, due to the current pandemic situation, masks must be always worn in our school building. Also, we will be limiting the number of people in the front lobby and common areas. We ask that you remain in your car until your conference times.

Always feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

Tarbiyah Academy Need-Based Scholarship Announcement!

We are so excited to announce our very first Tarbiyah Academy need-based scholarship opportunity! Please take a look using the link below to access all relevant information regarding this scholarship award and feel free to reach out to me with any further inquiries.


We hope that all qualifying families will participate in this opportunity!

Water & Mask Reminders

We've had a very large number of students requesting water bottles and masks at the front office. Please do remember to send your child to school with a refillable water bottle each day, as we don't wish to excessively charge families for water.


Also, please do ensure your child has extra masks on hand as well, in case they break or get dirty.

Restaurant Night-December 2

Please do stop by Peri Peri Original in Laurel on Thursday, December 2nd for our Restaurant Night. Let them know you're from Tarbiyah Academy and a percentage of proceeds will be put towards our school. Restaurant Night is a great way to take a night off from cooking and to raise some funds for our school at the same time! We hope you'll participate!

Date: Thursday, December 2nd

Time: 5pm - 9pm

Location: Peri Peri Original, 15101 Baltimore Ave, #105, Laurel

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Essay Panel Competition

I'd like to share information on the annual Essay Panel Competition (EPC), organized by Mafiq Foundation. The theme for the competition is "Islam and Mental Health: Keeping a Sound Mind and Sound Faith”. This competition is a wonderful opportunity for learners of all ages to reflect on how our religion serves our mental health, and how we can draw from the teachings of our religion to navigate the obstacles, big and small, that we encounter in our lives. See below more information, provided by Mafiq Foundation, as well as a link to their website with even more detailed information.


WHAT: Annual EPC (Essay/Panel Competition) Event

WHEN: Saturday, January 15, 2022

WHERE:

  • Diyanet Center of America (Lanham, MD) - In person for Metro DC area participants
  • Virtual for overseas and non-DMV area participants.

HOW: Submit Essay, Poster, and Multimedia content

Discovery Day

Please let your friends and families know about our next Discovery Day on Monday, December 13th from 10-12 p.m.


Discovery Day is a 2-hour Open House event for families interested in Tarbiyah Academy for their children. During the Discovery Day event, families learn more about the TA mission & vision, the IB program, the admissions process, and receive 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-december-13-2021-AdxnEmX

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Spirit Week

Our first Spirit Week of the year is approaching and will run from December 13th-17th, insha Allah. Spirit Week is a fun way to send our students off on winter break, and to show our love for TA and our school spirit! See details below for our Spirit Week. If students choose to not participate, they must come to school in the school uniform.


Thank you to our Events Team for organizing Spirit Week!

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Morning Assembly

I'd like to remind all families that you are welcome to join us for our PYP (K-5) morning assembly via Zoom every morning from 8:40-9:00. During our morning assembly, we recite some Quran and say morning athkar/duaa. In addition, we discuss the Learner Profile, inquire into skills, make announcements, and share student presentations, among other activities. The morning assembly is a way for our elementary school to come together and engage together as a community.


On a side note, our middle school students do have their own advisory/homeroom morning meetings, for the same purpose, although each grade level meeting is conducted within their homeroom classes, so it is not streamed via Zoom.


Use this link to join our morning assembly at 8:40:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83204215637?pwd=NFVTakk2KzJFSUdYMGlIbTA1YnE2UT09

Meeting ID: 832 0421 5637

Passcode: Assembly

TA Correspondence

We have multiple ways here at TA for our parents to stay informed and updated. I wanted to take a moment to outline for you the main sources of communication for our families.


BAND: Each grade level has a BAND group; BAND is mainly for sharing snippets of teaching and learning with parents; here is where teachers post pictures and sometimes videos of learning engagements. Teachers update BAND groups on a weekly basis. There is also a Parent Band group for all parents for posting reminders and sometimes, for sharing pictures and other information. If you are not on your child's grade level BAND group(s) and/or the Parents Band group, and would like to join, please contact Ms. Elkordy at gelkordy@tarbiyahacademy.org.


Email: Parents receive email updates from individual teachers about every 1-2 weeks. Email is also used by teachers and other staff members to send requests, updates, reminders, announcements, etc. to parents.


Head of School Newsletter: This newsletter is sent to parents about every 2 weeks, or as needed, and contains school-wide updates, announcements, and reminders for parents. If you are not receiving the Head of School newsletter, please contact me at hagaraboubakr@taribyahacademy.org.


Events Team Newsletter: The Events Team newsletter is written by our Events Team, Ms. Fatima Rafique and Ms. Munaza Khan. It is sent to families about once a month and contains important information around upcoming school events organized and led by the Events Team. If you are not receiving the Events Team newsletter, please contact Events@tarbiyahacademy.org.


Counselor Newsletter: The Counselor Newsletter is written by TA's School Counselor, Ms. Fatima Khan. It contains relevant information on the Social-Emotional Learning program here at TA. If you are not receiving the Counselor Newsletter, please contact fatimakhan@tarbiyahacademy.org.


Managebac: Managebac is the platform used by parents to view descriptions of lessons as well as grades and comments by teachers on your child's performance on some tasks. Managebac is updated weekly by teachers with grades and tasks. Managebac also has a feature where teachers can choose to alert parents when a grade has been posted. Some teachers may use this feature, so parents may also receive emails from Managebac as well, alerting them that a grade has been posted. Finally, Managebac is also used for behavior logs and for publishing report cards. Again, parents may receive alerts from time to time from Managebac alerting them of updates or postings. If you do not know your Managebac login information, please contact virtualhelpdesk@tarbiyahacademy.org.


Although not an official mode of communication for our TA families, we also have social media accounts managed by our Marketing Coordinator, Ms. Amina Jamil, where we share snippets of TA life and happenings with the wider community. If you are on social media, please do follow our pages as follows:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TarbiyahAcademy

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tarbiyahacademy


Please do support our posts on social media, if you see something you like and are so inclined!

House System

In case you missed it in a correspondence several weeks back, I wanted to reshare information about our school-wide House system with our families. See below some information that was previously sent in correspondence to parents via email (with some adjusted dates).


As you may be aware, our school has implemented a House System in an effort to foster a student culture characterized by motivation, enthusiasm, community, school spirit, and excellent character. Every student and staff member is “sorted” into one of 4 Houses, and they remain in this house year after year, and for the entirety of their association with our school. The Houses are honored and named after the 4 Rightly Guided Caliphs, and their noble qualities. Each House is assigned a color as well.

Throughout the week, students earn House points for displaying excellent behavior.


About every 2 weeks, we hold a school-wide House meeting and assembly where House points are announced and Houses are also given tasks to complete together, in the spirit of healthy and fun competition. House meetings are a lot of fun and we all look forward to them!

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 22, insha Allah, we have a House meeting. Students may bring in an item the color of their House to represent their House during our meeting tomorrow, if they wish. This could be a scarf, beads or headbands for girls, pom poms, hat, etc. I want all families to know that students do NOT have to bring an item for House meeting, so please do not scramble to look for something. We have a House meeting every 2 weeks, so insha Allah, students can bring an item at any House meeting, and do not have to worry if they do not have anything tomorrow.


(Below) We keep a running tally of points earned by each house in our common area. This makes for healthy, fun competition among students and staff!

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Now Accepting Cash for Lunch, Snack, and Water Purchases

We are phasing out of charging TADS accounts for lunch, water, and snack purchases. Moving foward, please remember to send cash to school with your child if he/she will be making any food purchases.


As a reminder, snacks and water cost $1. Here are the lunch options with corresponding prices:


Mondays/Wednesdays; provided by Flip’s Pizza

  • Pizza by the slice - $2
  • Mozzarella sticks (5 sticks) - $5
  • Medium fries - $3
  • Small garden salad - $5
  • Grilled cheese sandwich with fries - $5


Tuesdays/Thursdays: provided by Columbia Café (thabiha options)

  • Chicken burger with fries - $6
  • Beef burger with fries - $6
  • Chicken tenders (3 pcs) with fries - $6
  • Chicken nuggets (6 pcs) with fries - $6
  • Fries $2

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 our upcoming workshop on The Learner Profile. This session will be held in person at our school. I hope to see you all there, insha Allah!


Stay tuned for more parent workshops in the future, insha Allah.

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

November 24-26: No School for Students and Staff

November 29-December 3: Scholastic Book Fair

November 30: Term 1 Report Cards Published

December 1: Vaccine Clinic

December 1 & 2: Half Day for Students: Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences; Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

December 2: Restaurant Night

December 6: The Learner Profile Parent Workshop

December 13: Discovery Day for Prospective Families

December 13-17: Spirit Week

December 20-January 2: Winter Break; No School for Students and Staff

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