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Salaamu Alaikum Families,

Today was the 12th Annual United Nations Association’s Global Classrooms Model United Nations Conference, held at the U.S. State Department, for our team of twelve students who have been learning all about their assigned country’s policies on either World Heritage Site Conservation, Fair Trade and Sustainable Supply Chains, The Situation in Syria, Climate Change, or Nuclear Non-proliferation. Armed with Model UN skills of public speaking, empathy for others, problem-solving and conflict resolution, diplomacy, and bridge-building techniques, our students presented their countries’ views on the issue at hand and worked with other delegates to reach resolutions. The terminology and formalities of the Model UN were beyond impressive as the experience is supposed to simulate the actual UN tasks and responsiblities. Our students looked sharp, prepared, confident and eager to offer their solutions to these global issues. You will be happy to know they represented their deen, their parents, and their school well. At the end of the day-long event, students Erfan Jahanparast and Mohammadreza Salimi, representing the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Non-proliferation Committee were awarded honorable mention and student Hassan Zaidi, in the same Committee representing Afghanistan, received the Outstanding Delegate Award.

Thanks to Br. Salahuddeen these students now have a toolkit of skills they can rely on in everyday life.They have learned to feel for others, handle conflicts and speak their minds. There will be a phrase they will hear later on, or an article they will read or a global issue they will hear about when they can say “I know what that’s all about.” or “we discussed this in MUN”, or “I know how that issue will be discussed in the actual UN,” that makes you all champions today. You chose to be aware of the global concerns, and the world will be a better place because of that. Be sure to give these students a pat on the back for representing their school and families so well today. Their task was not a light one and was much more intense than the MIST competitions that just past, requiring all interested students to be ‘up to par’. We are proud, yet again, of their accomplishments and congratulate their teachers and parents for their time spent preparing these children – it all paid off. This was our first year participating, but hopefully not our last.
Have a good weekend and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the IEC fundraiser.

– Sr. Somayyah Nahidian
April 9, 2016 12:08AM
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As-Salaamu Alaikum MCS/AA Families,

Alhamdulillah, after months of planning, practicing, rehearsing, reviewing, creating, filming, writing, and basically, going above and beyond regular school work to compete in the DC MIST competitions, it all came to fruition last night in what turned out to be a HUGE night for MCS indeed! We could not be any more proud of our students who you will be happy to know represented their deen, their families, and their school within and above the high standards we hold them to. While we still wait to hear about 4th and 5th place awards, and will share them with you as we learn of them, it is important you understand exactly what happened last night on the campus of GWU in a crowd of about one thousand people – 700 of them the student competitors themselves.

Are you ready to hear this?

There were 62 total teams of Muslim students from different schools and home-school groups who have been competing in all sorts of competitions since Friday evening and up until 5:30 PM yesterday. The number of winners from each school is tallied throughout the weekend. Winners are not just those who compete the best, although that is the biggest part of it, but also includes how the students behave, dress, interact with other teams, and follow MIST rules throughout the weekend. All of this is closely monitored by the many MIST volunteers and organizers who I have to say, run a very efficient, worthwhile, and as organized as possible program. Out of 62 competing teams, MCS ranked 3rd place due to the number of awards and recognitions we received! Never in the history of MCS competing in MIST have we had so many winners. We are now qualified to compete in the MIST finals to be held in Toronto!! I know of 11 placements so far, but as I said, will wait to see the entire list of winners before sharing them with you.

So stay tuned for the details of what went down last night. We thank those parents and teachers who came out to the awards ceremony and shared in the celebration. The parents of the MIST competitors owe Sr. Mais, Sr. Shadi, alumni Sara Salimi and Naseeb Riaz, as well as those who provided transportation to and from IEC throughout the weekend, a huge thank you for caring for and supervising their children throughout this weekend, watching them like true hawks. We all owe students Bashier Baten and Mohammadreza Salimi our gratitude for organizing our team this year and helping them through the registration and competing process.

This email cannot end without mentioning the special award given last night to two of the 700 competitors (one girl and one boy) which we can’t wait to share and that was the Most Influential Youth Award given yet again to another MCS student – Erfan Jahanparast! Congratulations to his parents and teachers who have shaped him into a role model Muslim. May he continue to influence in a way pleasing to Allah.

Be sure to congratulate our MISTers who may show up to school today wearing our hot pink color. We hope this year’s fun and excitement encourages others to participate and share their talent next year, iA. Enjoy the picture and stop by the office to see our 3rd place trophy. It seems MCS needs to now look into purchasing a trophy case!!

Was-Salaamu Alaikum,
Sr. Somayyah Nahidian
April 4, 2016 8:14AM
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As-Salaamu Alaikum Families,
The best update I can give is actually one sent out by one of our competitors, 9th grade student Mohammad Ali Kazemi. So if you were looking for something to do this evening, join us at the Awards Ceremony in the Lisner Auditorium at GWU. It’s looking like our students did very well in what’s mentioned below and we don’t even know about many other competitions performed yesterday and to be done today!!
Reporting from GWU,
Sr. Somayyah – Read on….

Salam to all!!
I’m sure everyone had a wonderful, hyped, and MISTified day. Since we had most of our competitors competing today, I just wanted to let everyone know of the placements we’ve gotten/know of as of now:

1) Photography: BASHIER HAS PROVEN TO BE AWESOME, YET AGAIN, and has advanced in his competition. (YOU ROCK BASHIER!!!!!)
2) Scrapbook: Congrats to Melika and Fatimah for advancing in their competition, with their awesome scrapbook, which was loved and praised by all! Good job guys!
3) 3D Art: Erfan has claimed his rightful position and been placed as one of the top 15 competitors in his competition.
Good job to everyone, even if they did not advance in their competitions!!

[If we advanced in anything I didn’t mention, plz say it. Also, if i missed anyone in the email list, plz forward this to them.]

I hope we achieve greater heights tomorrow and get MISTified even more!!!
Wa Salam. (good luck everyone!)

April 3, 2016 7:50AM
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As-Salaamu Alaikum MCS/AA Families,
Excitement is in the air as the countdown to MIST reaches its final moments. This year there are 62 teams and 685 competitors – all Muslim students in our local area competing at this year’s Muslim Interscholastic Tournament about to begin in 4 hours at GWU and to continue through this weekend ending with the Awards Ceremony Sunday night.
Alhamdulillah, 19 of those students are from MCS, competing in a wide range of competitions – Poetry, Short Film, Extemporaneous and Prepared Essays and Speeches, Photography, Islamic Knowledge Tests, Quran Memorization, Debate, Science Fair, Math Olympics, 2-D and 3-D Art, Scrapbooking, and Nasheed!!
We appreciate all of those who helped us reach today, projects in hand, ayat memorized, and minds ready to compete with confidence gleaming on our students’ faces. A special thanks to students Bashier Baten and Mohammadreza Salimi for serving as our MIST advisors this year. Their special care and attention to our competitors resulted in that confidence we see today.
Parents, please go to the following link to stay tuned to the latest news from DC MIST. We encourage all of our parents to attend the Awards Ceremony this Sunday evening (6:00 – 10:00 PM) at the Lisner Auditorium to cheer on the accomplishments of all local Muslim students, not just our own. It promises to be a night to remember as we get to see the winners in the above categories and more. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at GWtickets.com for $10 each.

http://www.dcmist.com/live/

We wish our students a wonderful weekend. They are all winners already and we ask our parents to do a small prayer for them wishing them the best.

Fi Amanillah,
Sr. Somayyah Nahidian
April 1, 2016 1:06PM
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Salaamu Alaikum MCS/AA Families,
Calling all Campers! MCS/AA SUMMER CAMP registration is now open, and you can take advantage of the early bird registration discount that is available for Mad Science camps (through Jan. 31st) and for Alim Academy camps (through Feb. 8th). Both offer $20 off every full day camp, and $10 off every half day camp.

Camp information will be available on the school’s web site within a few days.

Please review the attached flyer and camp guide. The registration form for Alim Academy camps is also attached (on page 11 of the Summer Camp Guide) and may be completed and emailed to camp@mymcs.org, or dropped off at the MCS/AA office. Any questions may also be sent to the same email address.

In case you missed how much fun last year’s campers had, please view our camp video: https://vimeo.com/151417429.

Was-Salaamu Alaikum,
Sr. Somayyah Nahidian
Jan 25, 2016 12:40AM
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Salaamu Alaikum 8th through 12th grade Parents and Students,
It is that time of year where we start to get ‘Mistified’ with the MIST competition on the horizon. We thank student Bashier Baten for heading the MIST team and sharing all of the information needed to have a great experience again this year. We wish him and his apprentice, Mohammadreza Salimi, great patience and success in any and all things MIST. Please see Bashier’s attached letter that was sent previously as well.

MIST is open to students in the 8th grade and above. These must be students who are behaviorally and academically strong. It all starts with parent permission to participate in the actual event scheduled this year for April 1-3 at the George Washington University, as well as submitting necessary work on time and participating in all MIST meetings.

Parents, please read the attached letter and reply to this email with a YES or NO as to whether or not you allow your child to participate. Visit the website for more information to help you decide: www.getmistified.squarespacecom. If you grant permission, please reply with your child’s email address as well. Email will be our main method of commmunication.

An important note***Students in concerning academic standing, including students taking online courses who have too much work already to be done, will not be allowed to participate in MIST. *** Please take that into consideration before granting permission for your child to participate. Just as a guage – all online students must be 100% done with all semester 1 work by mid-January. If they are not, they are behind and participation in MIST will only further delay their completion. For all other students, grades of C’s and D’s are a good indicator that MIST is not for you. Maybe next year, InshaAllah.

Another important note***With MIST being held this year at GWU, and not UMD as we are used to, there is a greater need for parent support in the supervision and transportation of the students. If we do not feel sufficient in these areas, we may not be able to participate. To rely on one or two teachers/parents for all of the above, is too much for a campus as wide-spread and difficult to drive to (and park) as GWU.***

Having said all that, we really do want to encourage our students (who can) to participate and give it their all. As Bashier said, it’s not just the competitions, it’s the whole experience that makes it one we never forget. GO MCS HAWKS!!

Please respond by Thursday, December 24th with your permission to participate.

Wishing everyone a wonderful winter break,
Was-Salaamu Alaikum,
Sr. Somayyah Nahidian
Dec 22, 2015 4:18PM
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Sr. Somayyah Nahidian

AsSalaamu Alaikum MCS/AA Families,
These past days have marked the beginning of the lunar year as well as the commemoration of the stand and ultimate sacrifice the grandson of the Prophet (SAWA), Imam Hossain (AS), made as he saved the true Islam he knew from his grandfather from being distorted and misrepresented. He and his companions serve as our role models in that we too have the obligation to represent and encourage justice be it in how we treat our neighbors, help those less fortunate or become the voice of those whose suffering goes unnoticed. We hope that in whichever way you spent your three-day weekend, it was beneficial and inspiring.

Attached is the November menu which can also serve as a calendar of upcoming events.
November Menu 2015

More specifically:
– And not on the calendar, is this Friday’s (October 30th) PSAT Exam for all 9th graders in the auditorium, beginning at 8:30 AM;
– This Saturday’s MUN Meeting (October 31) from 9:00-11:00AM;
– Sunday, November 1st, is the Community Meeting and PTO elections. We encourage our able-parents to step forward in serving on our PTO.
– Monday, November 2nd, school is closed for students while teachers finalize their first quarter grades and prepare for Parent/Teacher Conferences in the afternoon;
– Picture Day is Wednesday, November, 11th. Students can come dressed in whatever manner the parents please, within Islamic guidelines;
– Saturday, November 14 is another MUN Meeting from 9:00-11:00;
– Tuesday, November 17 is the MUN Training Conference in DC. Details with be forthcoming;
– School is closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27.

May Allah continue to bless us with the ability and energy to continue to have months full of memorable and fruitful activities and events for our children, iA.

Was-Salaamu Alaikum,
Sr. Somayyah Nahidian
Oct 26, 2015 11:26AM
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Salaamu Alaikum MCS/AA Families,
We want to express our deep gratitude to the Sheriff family, especially Br. Hassan Sheriff, who comes every Monday morning with disposable gloves on, ready to disinfect our stairwell railings, classroom door knobs, and other high traffic surfaces, freeing our school of virus and bacteria carrying germs. We send our prayers of great health and happiness to him and his family and cannot say thank you enough for the care and concern he has for our children and our school. Be sure to share your warmest appreciation to him, if you happen to see him.

Also, if you care to send in more containers of disinfecting wipes, please do so. We hope to continue this practice for as long as Br. Hassan can, and then pass it on to others, the moment he is no longer able to.

Wishing everyone a healthy fall and winter season,
Sr. Somayyah
Oct 5, 2015 11:49PM
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Salaamu Alaikum,
This is just a reminder that tomorrow the entire school will be served lunch from Sadaf Restaurant (thank you for your donations!) from 11:45 to 12:15. There will be a program from 2:30 to 3:15 which will include a skit and cake. This is in commemoration of the event of Ghadeer Khum, also known as Eid-ul-Ghadeer by some. Parents are welcome to join us for both lunch and the program. Students are free to come to school in traditional Islamic clothing, or their school uniforms. But please keep in mind it is a PE day and clothing must be such that participation in that class can happen easily.

Have a good night,
WasSalaam,
Sr. Somayyah
Sep 30, 2015 10:05PM
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As-Salaamu Alaikum MCS/AA Families,
We are inviting you to attend a program to be held this Thursday, October 1st, for the occasion of Eid-Ul-Ghadeer. We plan to serve the entire school a tasty rice and kabob lunch beginning at 11:45 and have a program for this event in the auditorium beginning at 2:30 PM where there will be a brief presentation, a skit and cake will be served as well. Attendance at the program is optional.

If you are asking what you can do to ensure a good program, that would be: make a donation to help cover the cost of lunch, donate items such as small water bottles (about 150), large and small plates, napkins and table covers. Please join us this Thursday, InshaAllah.

Was-Salaamu Alaikum,
Sr. Somayyah Nahidian
Sep 29, 2015 2:56PM
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Salaamu Alaikum Families,
We wish all of you a happy Eid. School will be closed Wednesday through Friday and we hope it will be an enjoyable and relaxing break for all.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday,
Kulu ‘Aam wa Antum BeKhair,
Was-Salaamu Alaikum,
Sr. Somayyah
Salaamu Alaikum Families,
Sep 22, 2015 3:27PM
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Salaamu Alaikum Middle and High School Students,
Since we have not yet finalized the MUN Club members, we will just send this to all of you for now:
The dates for the first two MUN Club meetings have been set. They are:
Saturday, October 3rd – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, October 31st – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
These two meetings should suffice to prepare you for the November conference. Further dates to help prepare you for the April conference will be decided at a later time.

Again, payment of $150 is due to finalize your membership. We need the payment by Monday, September 21.
– Sr. Somayyah
Sep 18, 2015 2:44PM
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Salaamu Alaikum MCS/AA Families,
What a better way to stay healthy than to use natural, raw honey whenever you can, especially as we approach the winter season. As you know, Allah says about our honey bees: “Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down for you. There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.” So give some thought to purchasing some honey and helping our school at the same time. We have orange blossom, cranberry, natural raw and natural western clover honey flavors in the office ready for your purchase at $10 per bottle.

Along the lines of wishing you great health, we have had a variety of illnesses spreading among our children – mostly sore throats, stomach flu, and head colds. As much as we love to see the children come to school daily, if a child is not feeling well, it is in their best interest, as well as that of all the others who will be in contact with them, to stay home and rest, where they will recuperate much faster and keep such illnesses from spreading to others. Your cooperation is appreciated.

And finally, if there is a parent who can disinfect our stair railings, door knobs and areas of frequent human contact (like the water fountains) with a quick rub down with disinfecting wipes, we would like this to be done each Monday morning. It may take half an hour of one’s time, but the benefit of healthy children far outweighs the workload.

Wishing everyone great health and iman always,
Sr. Somayyah
Sep 17, 2015 2:24PM
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Salaamu Alaikum MCS/AA Families,
We hope all is well, iA. We look forward to tomorrow’s Mini-Hajj Event. Students will have their first class tomorrow morning, so homework for that class should be completed tonight. We anticipate starting our program around 9:15. We thank those of you who have sent in your $5/family to help cover the cost of tomorrow’s pizza lunch.

Next week, we are ready to begin our hot lunch program, thanks to the Green Apple and Pizza Palace restaurants. Attached you will find a menu for the remaining September days. A few important changes to this year’s lunch program we wish to inform you of are:

1) Lunches will be based on a Use It or Lose It basis. Credits will not be tracked from one month to the next.

2) The pre-ordered price is $4 a day. This means you have returned your menu, with payment, the day or two after it gets sent home. The days you plan to eat are circled and the amount is calculated.

3) To order lunch on any other day (called Same Day Order) costs $6. If there is a need to order lunch that day, it must be placed in the office by 9:00 AM.

Please print out the menu attached, circle the days you are pre-ordering lunch, multiply that number by $4 and return that same menu, with payment to school tomorrow morning. Participation in the hot lunch program is optional. We reserve the right to change the menu and/or stop the lunch program if participation is low.

On a final note, mark your calendars for the upcoming Eid Break – Wednesday, September 23 through Friday, September 25. School and Daycare will be closed.

Thank you,

Was-Salaamu Alaikum,
Sr. Somayyah Nahidian
Sep 10, 2015 10:39AM
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Salaamu Alaikum All Families,
We are inviting you to attend this Friday morning’s Mini Hajj event – pushed forward one week so we could have it hosted by Sheikh Jalil who will be leaving for actual Hajj the next day. This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to go through the motions of the true Hajj with explanations offered at each station, giving them a better understanding of the components of Hajj. If the children come dressed in white, it further adds to the experience. We will begin around 9 AM in the masjid and end with a pizza lunch at 11:00 AM. All families are welcome to join, however, please let the office know if you plan to stay for lunch so we can order the appropriate amount of pizza. In order to help cover the cost, we are asking for $5 per family, to be dropped off in the office before Friday. Finally, school will end once lunch is eaten and children are to go home at 11:30.

We thank our parents who have agreed to assist with the set up for the day, and those who will step forward to help with the clean up, and pray that the reward of a true Hajj be granted to them all, insha-Allah.

Was-Salaamu Alaikum,
Sr. Somayyah Nahidian
Sep 8, 2015 (12:40PM)

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As-Salaamu Alaikum Middle and High School Students and Families,
The Model United Nations (MUN) is an educational simulation and/or academic competition in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. The MUN involves and teaches research, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. Participants in MUN conferences are referred to as delegates. They are placed in committees and assigned countries to represent. Each committee has a specific topic (a current social issue) that will be debated by the delegates on behalf of the countries they represent. Students/Delegates are presented with their topics before the annual conference takes place in April 2016. This affords them sufficient time to prepare (read, research, note-take, practice and sharpen their debate skills…) for the conference with an aim of formulating a persuasive, fact-based position representing the country they represent.

To succeed in this club, members must be willing to study their chosen topic and selected country seriously. The MUN program is not for students who are not serious and committed to the research/preparation process which requires hours of study. Students/Club members who do very well during the conference are students who are passionate about the topic they select and country they represent. The April 2016 conference topics have been selected by the local MUN organizers/sponsors (Global Classrooms DC, Global Education United Nations Association of the National Capital Area). I should add: Sometimes a topic may have to be changed consequently, flexibility and an ability to make adjustments if and when needed is a character-quality members need. These are the topics as of today (9/8/2015):

1. Nuclear Non-Proliferation
2. Climate Change
3. Environmental Security and Conservation
4. Access to Vaccines
5. Fair Trade and Sustainable Supply Chains
6. Situation in Syria

Once MCS/Alim Academy completes the registration process, students can select their topic and begin their research. They will not be able to select a country until later perhaps in January if not before. The most important thing to focus on after joining the club is: 1) Selecting a topic that is interesting and important enough to sustain serious study and research. 2) Selecting a country to represent as that country’s delegate during the conference. Again, country choices come later on. There will be plenty of time to thoroughly prepare for the conference.

Finally, to prepare for the April 2016 conference, there will be a training conference for all club members taking place November 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. During this training conference, delegates (student club members) will discuss/debate only one topic: Access to Vaccines. This training session is being organized by the World Health Organization Committee. I do hope your child is interested in becoming a MUN club member. There will be at least 12 ninety-minute preparation sessions that will be scheduled and coordinated by myself, MCS’s/Alim Academy’s MUN coordinator. The sessions will be scheduled on a regular weekly basis (most likely on Saturday mornings). The starting date will be determined once students join the club. The cost to join is: $150.00 per student. This fee covers the cost of attending both conferences (November 2015 and April 2016).

We would like to finalize our list of MUN Club members by next Monday. A sign-up sheet for those interested and ready to put in the effort is on the office window. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have while you give some thought to participating in this rewarding experience.

Wa Salaamu Alaikum,
Sep 8, 2015 11:18AM

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Salaamu Alaikum Middle and High School Students,
We would like to thank Br. Salahuddeen for taking the initiative in exposing our students to the multi-faceted benefits of participating in the Model UN this year. Br. Salahuddeen has several years of experience with this project and has been very successful at it with his former students. We have presented the idea to our students and need a reply from them as to whether or not they wish to join the MCS/AA Model UN Club. Please note there is a fee of $150 per student which covers various fees. The benefits for sure outweigh the quoted cost and we encourage our students to give it serious thought and let us know of their intentions upon return from the three-day weekend. The sooner we can get our team established, the more options in terms of choice of countries to represent, are available to us. Please be on the lookout for more information on the MUN and just like we encouraged participation in MIST and the Montgomery County Science Fair last year and did very well, we are confident this experience will be an enriching one too – not to mention how nice it looks on a college transcript and resume.

Enjoy your weekend,
Sr. Somayyah
Sep 4th, 2015 2:34PM

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As-Salaamu Alaikum Middle and High School Students and Teachers,
Part of the start of a new school year always includes a quick evaluation of how things are going – are there glitches in the schedule, are kids arriving to class on time, do we fit in the lunch room for Morning Assembly (which we almost don’t)…One concern some of you have shared is the amount of homework being too much. We want you to know your concerns have been heard and discussed and here’s the plan:

1) Beginning next Tuesday, print out a copy of the homework log (attached).

2) When you sit down to complete homework Tuesday night, make note of the subject you are about to work on and your start time.

3) Work for 30 minutes, or until you complete the assignment – whichever comes first. Do not count snack breaks or social media breaks in the 30 minutes. Save that for after your 30 minutes.

4) You will stop working on that particular assignment after spending 30 minutes on it – finished or not. If you were not able to finish the assignment, you will need to let your teacher know why. Perhaps write a small note on your assignment, but follow each teachers’ request in this regard.

5) Record your stop time.

6) If needed, take a short break and continue on with other assignments in the same fashion as above.

Do this every night next week. At the end of the week, we may ask you for your logs so we can evaluate how well this system is working. Ultimately, we want you to have a successful year, which we know home practice helps reinforce what was taught at school, but at the same time, we want you to have priceless family time and time to participate in other extra curricular activites like sports, MIST, Model UN, etc. InshaAllah in this way we can find a nice balance for all of the above to take place.

Wishing you all a great year,
Sr. Somayyah
Sep 4, 2015 12:57PM

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As-Salaamu Alaikum Families and Staff of MCS/AA,
While we work hard to ensure a safe and secure school experience for all of us, we had our first fire drill today and Al-Hamdulillah we got the entire student and staff body at our safe location in 3 minutes and 11 seconds! We congratulate our students for following directions well. More such drills will continue throughout the year as we work closely with an officer from the School Safety and Security Department in Montgomery County.

Furthermore, Sheikh Bahraini has informed me of a meeting he had this morning with our neighbor police station and its Lieutenant, Daniel C. Pickett, who has agreed to step up their presence around the school. The document summarizing their meeting, is attached. So if you see more police presence, don’t get alarmed, but appreciate their dedication to helping us maintain our safety.

Along these same notes, we want to remind our middle and high school families that we currently do not have an after school supervised program for them. This is clearly stated in our handbook. Our Daycare cannot accommodate such a range of ages per our license. It is best for all students to get picked up as near to 3:15 as possible. Do not assume stepped up police presence equates to daily after school supervision for this age group.

We thank Sheikh Bahraini for his constant worry and concern for our children. We appreciate him taking the time to meet with Lt. Pickett and hope that we will never need their services, inshaAllah.

Fi Amaanillah,
Sr. Somayyah
Sep 4th, 2015 12:27PM

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Salaamu Alaikum Families,
This is a reminder for you to make the best of your three-day weekend. Spend it with friends and family since Monday school is closed.

Friday, September 11, we will celebrate the upcoming blessed month of Hajj with our Mini Hajj event, led by one of our Islamic Studies teachers, Sheikh Jalil. We will inform you of the plans for lunch but it is a half day of school, with children leaving after lunch (11:30 AM). Parents and siblings are welcome and encouraged to join. We recommend students wear as much white as possible to symbolize the ihram, but do not expect our families to go through any trouble acquiring such clothes. The event will begin at 9 AM and end at 11:30. We have moved our event up one week so we can benefit from the presence of Sheikh Jalil who will be leaving to attend the real Hajj. We wish him a safe journey filled with many barakah, inshaAllah.

Please make note of these items on your calendars.

Was-Salaamu Alaikum,
Sr. Somayyah
Sep 4, 2015 9:29AM

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As-Salaamu Alaikum Parents, Students and Teachers of MCS/AA,
We would like to inform you that we are working on our hot lunch program. Today, the office will be sampling food from an additional halal restaurant and figuring out the logistics of having it delivered, yet stay within a price range our families prefer…Our hope is to begin the hot lunch program this month and we appreciate your patience and understanding while we give it all the thought and planning it needs. Stay tuned for changes in how we will handle the ordering and payment for lunches this year – much different than last year.

Was-Salaamu Alaikum,
Sr. Somayyah
Sep 3, 2015 9:15AM

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As-Salaamu Alaikum Parents, Students and Teachers of MCS/AA,
With one week of school behind us and most of the bumps and wrinkles that accompany those days, ironed out, we are ready to get our SGA up and running. As you may know, the purpose of the SGA is to allow our students to have a voice, to serve as a model government and be given an opportunity to develop their leadership skills. Each elected member of the SGA (elected by the middle and high school students) agrees to embody the values and principles of our school, and therefore, Islam, inshaAllah. They help build school spirit and pride by sponsoring an array of activities and events our students can look forward to. Our SGA is in need of an adult adviser who can attend and monitor their weekly meetings, advise them when needed, and serve as a liaison between our SGA and the administration. If this sounds like something you can commit to, kindly let the office know by the end of tomorrow’s school day.

We look forward to another year of a successful SGA,
Was-Salaamu Alaikum,
Sr. Somayyah
Sep 3, 2015 8:37AM

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Salaamu Alaikum MCS/AA Families,
May this find all of you in the best of health and iman. Allow us to share a few reminders:

1) Signatures of students and parents indicating that the handbook has been read and understood were due today. Be sure to take the time tonight to review it if you have not done so. The deadline has been extended.

2) Continue to send lunch to school until further notice. We are exploring our options for a hot lunch program and need more time to finalize the details.

3) Please read carefully and abide by the dress code of the school. Specifically, pay attention to the following: no flip flops, no jeans, no fingernail polish, no headphones, no cell phones.

4) Parent drivers, please refrain from turning right into the ‘fountain-side parking lot’. Again, as explained in the handbook, driving in reverse to exit that area is too dangerous. Pick up and drop off at the IEC ramp or steps is the rule. Stay alert and within the speed limit (5 mph) at all times in our parking lot.

We thank the seven (7) students who returned their signature portion of the handbook. We look forward to the remaining 80 to do so tomorrow.

This is a good time for our parents to mobilize and create our PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization). We have some parking lot pick up and drop off issues we need your help to solve. We have upcoming events, namely Mini-Hajj Day, that cannot happen without your support. In the past, the PTO has played a critical role in giving the school a backbone in these areas and many more, and we are calling on our parents who are ready to identify themselves as ‘ready to serve, assist, support, and share in the blessings’ to please step forward.

And finally, your donations of spoons, forks, and paper plates is greatly appreciated as these items are being used at a high rate during lunch.

We wish everyone a productive week,
Was-Salaamu Alaikum,
Sr. Somayyah Nahidian
August 31, 2015 3:18PM

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Salaamu Alaikum MCS/AA Families,
We hope this reaches all of you in high spirits and good health. We thank Allah for allowing us to start our year off well, beginning with the attentive, hard work of our teachers for the past couple of weeks dusting off books, shelves, and designing their classrooms in a way to enhance our children’s learning and sense of belonging here – their second home. As many of you saw during the Back-To-School event, they have put in many hours visualizing how your child’s time will be spent while under their nurturing and supervision, developing syllabi and policies that will result in the maximum amount of knowledge gained. We had a ‘full house’ in attendance for our first Morning Assembly of the year with Sheikh Jalil advising us on how knowledge is more valuable than wealth as it can never be lost, taken from us, or decreased.

With everything on ‘cruise control’ we would like to keep it that way so we have attached the new and improved Student Handbook with its Student Conduct Addendum at the end. We will review the Student Conduct portion with our middle and high school students today, and ask the elementary students to review the handbook with parents. All families must indicate that they have read and understand the handbook by signing the last page and returning that portion only to school by Monday, August 31st.

Many thanks to Miss Yeater and Sr. Mais for their dedication to renewing our handbook over this past summer.

Thank you,
Keep our school in your du’a,
Was-Salaamu Alaikum,
Sr. Somayyah Nahidian
Principal
Aug 27, 2015
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Salaamu Alaikum Seniors and Parents,
Mrs. Hitchcock will be in today at 2:30 for those who need her input about the Online-Course(s)-Of-Your-Choice option this year. I will be meeting with the seniors very briefly today during their lunch to get an idea of what some of them are thinking, which may help those who are undecided as well. A follow up with Mrs. Hitchcock later in the aftrenoon works out perfectly.

If you wish to meet with Mrs. Hitchcock, let me know.

– Sr. Somayyah
Aug 27, 2015

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Salaamu Alaikum MCS/AA Families,
Attached is the academic calendar for the 2015-16 school year we are about to embark on: Academic Calendar 2015-2016. Please make note of next Tuesday’s Back-To-School Night where families can stop by school from 5 to 7 PM to meet the teachers and drop off school supplies. Teachers will leave promptly at 7 PM, so please arrive no later than 6:45.

We trust everyone is in receipt of Sr. Zahra’s email regarding tuition payments and those who wish to avoid the $100 late fee will come by school Monday or Tuesday to take care of all necessary paperwork and payments. We are open Monday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Tuesday from 11:00 AM to 7 PM.

In case you missed it, the first day of school is Wednesday, August 26th, 8 AM in the auditorium.

We look forward to seeing everyone in the coming days,

Sr. Somayyah
August 21, 2015
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Salaamu Alaikum MCS/AA Families,
We are sending out the supply lists (Pre-K through 12th grade) as an attachment and wanted to clarify about the uniforms.

For our elementary girls: either the navy blue jumper, similar to last year’s, will work, or the vine green plaid jumper from the target website. Both should include a long-sleeved white shirt underneath.

For middle and high school girls: uniforms must be purchased from the eastessence website, but try one on at school to know which size to order.

For all boys (elementary, middle and high school): We have some size XS to 18 of the royal blue polo shirt from the French Toast website at school. If families have already ordered the light blue versus royal blue, that is fine as well, since that was a mistake on our part. The school also has some pants for the boys as well.

We apologize for the confusion. We understand that students may not receive their uniforms in time for the first day of school, so it is expected that those students will come dressed Islamically appropriate (without skinny-fit pants and with long, loose shirts for the girls) until their uniforms arrive.
We look forward to seeing our families at Back-To-School night from 5 to 7 PM, Tuesday, August 25 and then again, bright and early, Wednesday morning for the first day of school. Students are welcome to drop off their school supplies Tuesday night.

Fi Amaanillah,
Sr. Somayyah
August 20, 2015
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Salaamu Alaikum MCS/AA Families,
Welcome to the Back-To-School season. We hope you are getting excited for the new year. We wanted to remind our families of the uniforms for each level:
– *NEW* for elementary girls – we will be switching to the vine colored jumper available online through Target. Please see the link below. Students can wear a white shirt underneath and navy blue or black pants underneath.
– Middle and High School girls’ uniforms must be purchased through the eastessence.com website. HOWEVER, they do not accept returns, so it is important that our girls come to school to try on the samples we have to decide which size is best, and then place the order. Hijabs (required for grades 3 and up) must cover all hair, neck and ears and can be of any color or style. Pants must be loose-fitting (no skinny pants or jeans whatsoever) in navy blue or black. On PE days, girls are allowed to wear loose-fitting exercise pants, but only on PE days (Tuesdays and Thursdays).
– All boys will wear the long-sleeved, light blue shirt and either navy or black pants (no skinny pants or jeans whatsoever). Please see link below. On PE days only, boys can wear navy blue or black exercise pants.

We do not require uniforms for our young students in grades Pre-K and K, however they are welcome to be like the others if they choose.

Next on our to-do list is to send out the supply lists for each grade. Stay tuned…

Was-Salaam,
Sr. Somayyah
August 17,2015