Tarbiyah Academy Parent Newsletter

Updates, Information, and Reminders for our TA Families

December 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!

Alhamdullilah, we've achieved a huge milestone of the academic year with the completion of Term I, including our parent-teacher-student conferences and the publishing of our first report cards of the year. By Allah's Mercy and Blessings, we've been able to achieve so much and our students are demonstrating their learning each day in many, amazing and inspiring ways. We are so proud of them for the strides they are making and the manner in which they are flourishing. As always, we thank you for your continued support and partnership!

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

Email Security Concern

We continue to have email security concerns that prevent all of our staff from sending emails to parents and families or anyone outside of the Tarbiyah Academy network from our email accounts (I am able to send this newsletter because I am using a 3rd party to do do). We expect this to be resolved in the next day or so. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we get this issue resolved. Jazakum Allahu khairun.

Winter Vacation-December 20-January 2

Our winter break will begin on December 20 and continue through January 2.

Students will return to school on Monday, January 3.

For any families traveling internationally over the break-your child MUST receive a negative PCR COVID test before returning to school on Monday, January 3. This test MUST be conducted upon arrival in the United States, even if your child received a negative PCR test before traveling to the United States. Students will not be permitted to attend school until they have taken a COVID test and submitted the negative results to our front office.

Staff Changes

The Tarbiyah Academy Teaching Team has some new changes!

Mr. Yassine Agoud will join the TA Team as our Physical Education teacher starting on Tuesday, January 4.

Mr. Aziz Ahmed has moved over to our Middle School, full-time, taking on Middle School Social Studies instruction for 6th-8th grades and continuing, as usual, with his Inquiry & Skills class.

Ms. Mahvash Ahmed will be moving over to our PYP (elementary school) full-time as a Support & Intervention teacher.

Finally, I would like to share with our parent community that Ms. Hala Salama will be resigning from her position with TA. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors. May Allah reward her for all the hard work, dedication, and care she has manifested for her students since she joined the TA team. It is always very difficult to see a teacher resign, but we know that she is always a part of the TA community and family.

Mr. Hesham Hassanein will be taking over Ms. Salama's position. He has started the onboarding process with us and will take over classes fully on Monday, January 3, insha Allah. Mr. Hesham Hassanein will be teaching 5th grade as well as 7th/8th grade Arabic Quran, and Islamic Studies. Mr. Yousaf Seyal will take over Arabic with our 4th graders (currently Ms. Salama), and continue with 6th grade Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Studies.

Bios and more information on our new staff are forthcoming. In the meantime, please make duaa for all of our new and current staff who have been Risk-takers by taking on new roles here at Tarbiyah Academy. May Allah bless them in all they do and reward them for their efforts!

Re-enrollment for Current Students + Siblings 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.

We are also very excited that the 2022-2023 admissions application is now open for siblings of current Tarbiyah Academy students. You may use the link below to begin the admissions process for TA siblings at this time. Admissions at this time has been prioritized exclusively for our current families. Please do not share the link below with families outside of the TA community. The admissions application will open to the general public on January 10th. Thank you and we look forward to a continued partnership with your family!


Vaccine Clinic at TA-Wednesday December 22

In collaboration with the Howard County Health Department, we are very excited to hold a second vaccine clinic here at TA for our families. Caplet Pharmacy will come out to our location on Wednesday, December 22nd from 1:00-3:00 p.m. They will offer the following vaccines for our community:

  • Pfizer Pediatric; 5-11 years old, 1st and 2nd doses
  • 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 22nd as your appointment date and selecting a time between 1:00-3:00. Please do reach out to me with any questions about this.

Spelling Bee

Our annual Spelling Bee is coming up! See below the dates for the in-class and school-wide Spelling Bees and use the links below to access accompanying word lists for the In-Class Spelling Bee. KG Families-Ms. K. will be sharing the Kindergarten word list with KG families, insha Allah.

Parents at this time can begin having their child practice the Spelling words from his/her grade level for the in-class Spelling be on January 6. If a child exhausts the words from that list, he/she may move on to the next grade level words.

The top 3 winners of the in-class Spelling Bee will move onto the School-wide Spelling Bee on February 3. The first-place winner from the School-wide Spelling Bee will move onto the Howard County Spelling Bee in the Spring.

January 6: In-Class Spelling Bee

February 3: School Spelling Bee

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences-Thank You!

Thank you to those families who were able to make it out to our Parent-Teacher-Student conferences. It was incredibly heartwarming to see our students speak on their experiences and share their goals, learning, areas for improvement, and reflections with their families. I am so proud of them! We look forward to Student-Led conferences upon the completion of Term 2, insha Allah.

Tarbiyah Academy Need-Based Scholarship Announcement!

This is a reminder about our first 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!

Discovery Day-Monday January 10

Please let your friends and families know about our next Discovery Day on Monday, January 10 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-january-10-2022-AcXcKFq

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Spirit Week

Our first Spirit Week of the year is underway and will run for the duration of the week, insha Allah. Spirit Week is a fun and exciting 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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Parent Workshops

The Learner Profile & Character Education

Wednesday, Jan. 12th 2022 at 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.

Teaching and Learning Math Conceptually

Wednesday, Feb. 2nd 2022 at 6-8pm

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.

Parent Book Club

In an effort to foster the home-school connection and genuinely work together and streamline our efforts in the upbringing of our children, I am excited to announce that Ms. Fatima Khan, our School Counselor, will be holding a book club for parents, focusing on communication with children.

Our first book selection for the book club will be based on the book, "How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk" by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.

The first book club meeting will be held in January, insha Allah (final date TBA). In the meantime, if you're interested in attending this book club meeting and taking part in a conversation on how to communicate more effectively with children, please do acquire the book and begin reading! This book can be purchased, used, on many online sites, or checked out from the library. We hope you will join our first TA Parent Book Club!

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Learner Profile Attribute Focus-Communicator

Each month, our students select a Learner Profile attribute focus for reflecting on and inquiring into further as a school community. Our students in K-8th grades have voted on Communicator as the Learner Profile attribute focus for the month of December.

The Learner Profile is a set of 10 attributes that characterize an internationally-minded, global citizen.

Here is how the IB defines being a Communicator:

"We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups."

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Essay Panel Competition (Repeated Reminder)

I'd like to remind all families about the annual Essay Panel Competition (EPC), organized by Mafiq Foundation. Essays/Poster/Multimedia must be submitted by January 7.

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


  • 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

Morning Assembly (Repeated Reminder)

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:


Meeting ID: 832 0421 5637

Passcode: Assembly

TA Correspondence (Repeated Reminder)

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!

Now Accepting Cash for Lunch, Snack, and Water Purchases (Repeated Reminder)

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
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.

Upcoming Important Dates

December 13-17: Spirit Week

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

January 6: In-class Spelling Bee

January 12: The Learner Profile Parent Workshop

January 14: 5th Grade Bake Sale

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