Tarbiyah Academy Parent Newsletter

Updates, Information, and Reminders for our TA Families

September 28, 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 enter into our 2nd month of the academic year, I am so grateful and feel so blessed to be a part of this community, alhamdullilah. Collectively, alhamdullilah, we worked together to bring back some semblance of normalcy to our school community. This meant complying with new, unusual procedures and policies, as well as rethinking many aspects of our day-to-day functioning. I am very grateful, alhamdullilah, for our parents' support and understanding through this transition!


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 in 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

Extra Curricular Activities-Updates

The registration for extra-curricular activities is STILL open. ECA's have started this week, but families still have the option to register their children. You may use this link to view ECA descriptions and to sign up for ECAs : https://playpass.com/Tarbiyah


Please note!! The time for ECAs is changing slightly to 4:15-5:15 (previously stated as 4:00-5:00). Also, ECAs are open to non-TA students as well, so remember to share with your local friends and family members.

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Uniform Concerns

There have been lots of questions from our parents regarding the school uniform, especially related to boys' pants. We have always asked our families to purchase the pants from Dennis Uniform; this is not a new policy. Khaki pants can vary greatly from brand to brand in quality, color, and overall appearance, and what is considered "khaki" is also interpreted differently from person to person. For this reason, we ask that our families purchase the Dennis Uniform pants, only. With that said, if a family can not purchase the pants from Dennis Uniform due to financial strain or because Dennis Uniform is out of stock/back-ordered, our families may purchase pants of another brand such as from Macy's or French Toast. Please see an image below of what to look for when purchasing.


We understand Dennis Uniform is back-ordered on some other uniform pieces such as Friday ties and some shirts; in this case, please have your child wear similar items until orders arrive (not including the Friday tie).

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COVID Safety and Procedures

I'd like to continue to remind our families of our COVID safety procedures. Please be reminded that students or staff members who are exhibiting any of the symptoms outlined below MUST stay home and in the meantime, have a PCR test conducted. Furthermore, we will send home any student who is exhibiting these symptoms during the school day.


Please do not be alarmed if a teacher is conducting your child's class remotely. This does not mean the teacher has tested positive for COVID. As mentioned, if a teacher is exhibiting any symptom from the list below (such as a sore throat, for example), that teacher will be asked to stay home and get tested. We will always notify our families and keep you abreast of pertinent information.


Symptoms:

  • fever of 100.4 or higher
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever)
  • new loss of taste or smell


There are several, important points to take note of:


  • In the event that a child is sent home due to exhibiting one or more of the symptoms outlined above, we will guide families as to the next steps according to the individual case/circumstances.
  • Remember to take your child's temperature before leaving for school each day, and screen your child for any symptoms before coming to school.
  • Let us know immediately if your child or anyone in your immediate family has been exposed to someone with COVID.
  • Let us know immediately of any traveling that has occurred among your family.
  • For students who suffer from symptoms due to a preexisting condition such as asthma or migraine headaches, you may submit a note from the child's pediatrician indicating such, and that the child's symptoms are not COVID related.
  • The same overall procedures will be followed for staff members who are exhibiting symptoms. In this case, staff members may teach remotely to students (through Zoom) while students are present in the school classroom with supervision.
  • Students who miss school may use task descriptions in Managebac to stay abreast of lessons and missing tasks. Please reach out to individual teachers to learn how to submit tasks and missing assignments, and for any further instructions.

Lunch Purchase Options for Students

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 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.


Please see lunch options below.


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


In addition, snacks and bottled water are available for purchase on a daily basis for $1.

**Correction from the previous newsletter: We will NOT handle cash for snacks and bottled water. TADS accounts will also be charged for all snacks and bottled water on a monthly basis.


Snack options will include items such as crackers, raisins, popcorn, and fruit cups.

Release Form

In the event that we move to a hybrid model of instruction, parents who would choose to send their children to school for face-to-face, in-person instruction will need to complete a release form. Please access the form below, and read & sign electronically.

Zero-Tolerance on Name Calling

Our school is adopting 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 reprecussions.


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.

Slight Change in School Calendar

Please note that Monday, December 6 will be a day off for students. This will be a Professional Development Day for staff members. The IB organization has recently released their professional development and training dates, which all of our staff will be attending, insha Allah from December 4-6. For this reason, we will need to make December 6th a day off for students.


All other events/days off in the calendar will remain the same.

Socktober

Our school will be engaging in "Socktober-" an annual event that rallies schools and organizations in the action of collecting needed items for homeless shelters. Families can bring in items (listed below), 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.


Boxes will be set up in the front lobby for all collected items.

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Family Country of Origin 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.

Managebac Support for Parents

Monday, Oct. 4th, 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 Monday, October 4th 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.

Friends of Tarbiyah Academy (FTA)

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!

Learner Profile Attribute: Risk-Taker

Over the course of this past month, students have been inquiring into what it means to be a Risk-Taker. Risk-Taker is one of the 10 IB Learner Profile attributes. I am very proud of our learners for reflecting on what it means to be a Risk-Taker and sharing how they've demonstrated courageous behavior in their own lives.


Continue to have conversations with your child around courage and bravery, and help them in identifying ways they've stepped out of their own comfort zones and were Risk-Takers. Feel free to share examples with me as well! I'd love to recognize students for this in our morning assembly so that we may all learn from each other.

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Upcoming Important Dates

October 1-October 29: Socktober Collection

October 8: First Grade Bake Sale

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 22: Raising Amazing Girls; Dads Event

October 23: Raising Amazing Girls Event

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