Tarbiyah Academy Parent Newsletter

Updates, Information, and Reminders for our TA Families

August 30, 2021

Assalamu Alaikum Dear TA Parents and Families!


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


We are so excited to kick off the new school year with all of you, alhamdullilah! It was wonderful seeing all of our families and young learners this morning, alhamdullilah! While we are full of joy and excitement, we are also cautious, vigilant, and highly aware of the new day-to-day approach we must successfully adopt and strictly implement in order to keep our environment and community safe for all students and staff.


May Allah always envelop our community in His protection and in safety and security. May He facilitate a successful and fruitful year for our learners and families, filled with immense blessings and meaningful experiences.


Please read ahead for lots of pertinent information at this time for our families. Continue to stay tuned for other relevant information that arises in the coming days and weeks as we kick off the school year, insha Allah. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to me with any questions.


Thank you and jazakum Allahu khairun.


Hagar Aboubakr

Head of School

Uniform Information-Important Updates

Uniforms are mandated for all students, including the Formal Friday and PE uniforms.

The following items MUST be purchased through Dennis Uniforms:


  • Boys Khaki Pants
  • Girls White Shirts; both Long Sleeved and/or Short Sleeved
  • Girls Formal Friday blouse
  • Ties for both boys and girls
  • Boys Red Polo Shirts; both Long Sleeved and/or Short Sleeved
  • Girls Jumper/Skirt
  • Middle School Blazer
  • Boys white formal Friday shirt
  • Sweaters


The following uniform items may be purchased from outside Dennis Uniform:


  • Girls' leggings-white or black only-no socks; girls must wear leggings
  • Shoes-must be closed toe and soft sole
  • PE pants-black, blue or gray


All students must be in full compliance with the uniform policy. There are several students today not in the correct uniform. We will allow a one-week grace period until Friday, September 1. Thereafter, all students must have the correct uniform items and students must come to school in the uniform as described above.


The following PE Uniform items MUST be purchased from the school:


  • TA hoodies
  • short or long-sleeved shirt


For the PE Uniform, students have the option, as well, to wear the following in place of the standard PE shirt:


  • any TA shirt from past events that are imprinted with the TA logo
  • last year's spirit gear: note: spirit gear may NOT be worn on non-PE days


PE uniform purchases must be completed by this Friday, September 1. Use the link below to place your order.


Families who ordered the PE uniform will not receive the uniform for another 2 weeks or so. Until then, students may wear any regular solid colored shirt, preferably blue; no writing or designs.


If you ordered uniforms from Dennis Uniform online and will not receive the uniform for several more weeks, please cancel or return your order, and visit the store in person to purchase the uniform. You can call the store beforehand at (410) 869-4682 to ensure that the items and correct sizes are in stock.


Dennis Uniform is located at 1110N Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228

PE Schedule

See below for each grade level's scheduled day for PE instruction:


Tuesday

KG

1st Grade


Wednesday

4th Grade

5th Grade


Thursday

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

Middle School

VIRTUAL Back to School Night

Please join us for Back to School Night and Parent Orientation this Thursday from 6-8 p.m. We will hold this event virtually. Stay tuned for a schedule of Zoom links for all sessions.
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Join Your BAND Group!

We use the BAND app as a communication platform for quick reminders and to share quick snippets of happenings during the school day. Please join your appropriate grade level BAND group(s), as well as the All Parents BAND group using the links below.

Follow us on Social Media!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, as well, for more community engagement and highlights!

Lunch Purchase Options for Students

We will 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 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.


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

Nut Free Policy

Please remember that we are a NUT-FREE school. We have several students who have severe allergies to nuts, so it is imperative that we maintain a nut-free environment. Students are not to bring in any food items for lunch or snack that contain any form of nuts as ingredients. Please be sure to read all ingredients/labels thoroughly before sending in packaged items in your child's lunch or snack and ensure that lunches are nut free as well.
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Student Water Bottles

All students are required to have a full water bottle each day. Ensure that your child has a minimum 16 ounce water bottle. Students are not permitted to use the water fountains at this time. We will have water bottles available for purchase for students that request one. In order to avoid excessive charges for bottled water, please ensure your child's has a full water bottle each day.

Prayer Rugs

Please ensure your child brings a prayer rug with him/her to school each day. At this time, we are NOT congregating for prayer; prayer will be conducted in the classrooms or common area (one cohort/class at a time) on individual prayer rugs, so it is important that each child has his/her own rug to pray on a daily basis. Thank you!

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival


Our doors will open at 8:30 for students. At this time, and in order to minimize the number of people in the building, we ask that parents do not enter the building beyond the front lobby.


Parents may drop off their child at the front or rear entrances of the building (see diagram below for back entrance route).


Each child's temperature will be taken before they enter into the main building. Any student with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will be sent home.


Students that arrive after 8:40 must enter through the front entrance of the building, and are marked as tardy.


**Carpooling families-determine your arrival assignment location by the OLDEST child in the group.


Dismissal


Dismissal will begin at 4:00 p.m. Please read ahead carefully.


FRONT Dismissal: Students in grades 4-8th, plus their siblings in K-3rd grades will be dismissed at the front entrance of the building. Families will need to park their car and pick up their child.


BACK Dismissal: Students in grades K-3 that do NOT have siblings in 4-8th grades will be dismissed from the back of the building. Parents are to come through the back entrance of the school through Roosevelt Boulevard and remain in their cars, following the direction and guidance of staff (see image below).


Important!!


  • For families picking up at the back of the building, please ensure that your driver's side is clear for students to enter your car into. If you have an infant or toddler, please place their car seat on the passenger side of the car, so that your student may enter into the driver's side of the car when being picked up from school. Students are NOT allowed to go around the car and enter through the passenger side; this creates a major safety hazard for students and staff.

  • Please do your best to keep dismissal moving along efficiently; do not chat with staff/teachers at dismissal or get out of your car at this time. If you need to discuss a matter with your child's teacher, please reach out through email.

  • Families will be issued a car tag to display for staff when picking up their child for dismissal. This car sign will indicate your family name and grade levels; using these signs will facilitate the dismissal process. Signs will be issued during the Meet & Greet. Please ensure that when picking up your child from school, that your sign is clearly displayed for staff.

  • At this time, we will keep all students inside the building during dismissal and call students out as parents arrive for pick up.


  • If families coordinate a carpool together, you MUST authorize another person to pick up your child in writing. We will NOT send a child home with anyone who is not officially authorized to pick up the child. In this case, please complete the "Pick Up Authorization Form" through TADS. If you are coordinating with another family for just a day you may send an email to our office stating your child's name, your child's grade level, and the name of the families who are authorized to pick up your child from school that day. Please send this email to our office staff, Ms. Siddiqui and Ms. Elkordy:


zsiddiqui@tarbiyahacademy.org
gelkordy@tarbiyahacademy.org
See back entrance route in diagram below. Families are to enter through the back parking lot from Roosevelt Blvd, in the direction indicated below.
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Before & After Care

Before care will be available from 7:30-8:30 a.m. After care will be available from 4:15-6:00 p.m.


Please note there are additional charges for Before and After Care.


Space in Before and After Care will be limited. If you will regularly be using Before and/or After Care, you must register your child(ren). To register for Before and/or After Care and to view fees, please visit our school’s website here: https://tarbiyahacademy.com/academics/after-care/

Multi-Layered Protection Strategy

Please see below our multi-layered protection strategy, as outlined by the Chair of the Tarbiyah Academy Board of Directors, Dr. Saleem Farooqui, previously communicated through a community announcement.


  1. Universal masking: All students, teachers, staff and visitors will correctly and consistently wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Limited and temporary exceptions to indoor masking will occur during lunchtime, ablutions for prayer (Wudu), and during school supervised mask breaks (more specific protocols may be in place during these times). Outdoor masking will be instituted during periods when the likelihood of prolonged or close contact with others is high.
  2. Physical Distancing: In accordance with CDC guidelines, students will maintain a 3-foot physical distance from each other whenever possible. A distance of 6 feet will be in place between students and teachers/staff. Whenever optimal physical distancing is not possible, other precautions will be in place to ensure safety and protection (such as, but not restricted to: universal masking, barrier protection, upgraded ventilation and air purification, handwashing and respiratory etiquette). Mask use by all students, teachers, staff, and visitors is particularly important when physical distance cannot be maintained.
  3. Screening Testing: The school has access to COVID-19 test kits and select designated staff are trained in administering these via nasal swab. Periodically the school will perform screening testing on asymptomatic students and employees according to protocol, after obtaining consent. The school may also require screening testing after international travel, for example, prior to returning to in-person learning.
  4. Ventilation: All classrooms have been fitted with air purifiers, and HVAC maintenance has been performed over the summer with attention to airflow and filtration in particular.
  5. Vaccination: TA strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible students and close family members, in accordance with guidance from the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Maryland Departments of Health and Education. All TA employees will be fully vaccinated by the start of the school year or will undergo weekly screening testing.

In the Event of School Closure

As we are all aware, new concerns surrounding the current pandemic have arisen in recent weeks. We are creating a contingency plan in the event that we need to convert to a hybrid or fully remote model of instruction. In order to plan properly and to be fully equipped and ready should the need arise, there are several items parents will need to complete. Please see below and tend to these items by Friday, September 3.

1) 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.

2) Cohort Preference 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 instruction, will need to state their preference for the days their child would come to the school building for in-person instruction. Parents who would opt for fully remote instruction must also state so in the Cohort Preference Form, linked below.


Here are the Cohort Assignments:


Cohort A: Monday, Tuesday (students come to school on these days)

Cohort B: Wednesday, Thursday (students come to school on these days)

Friday: Fully Virtual

3) Student Logins

Microsoft Teams will be our designated platform for potential virtual instruction. All students will need to know their Tarbiyah Academy username and password in order to log into Microsoft Teams. If you are not sure what your child's username and password is, please email virtualhelpdesk@tarbiyahacademy.org for assistance. Be sure to include your child's name and grade level in your email.

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