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Heritage February 1st, 2013
Rabi ul Awwal 20th, 1434
Al-Rahmah School Technology Drive Faisel Maniar-‐Technology Committee Chair ARS Board of Education
Editorial Al-Rahmah School is among the oldest Islamic schools in the US. We have a long history of getting together and have built this great institute. This is the time to celebrate our heritage and how far we have come. At the same time we need to reflect on our future vision and come up to par to the current needs of Islamic education. In this edition of Heritage you will see the new 25yr logos. You will also see more contributions from our students, especially high school girls. They will be insha’Allah more and more involved in the upcoming editions and will become the voice of Heritage in the near future. Jazak Allah Khair, Zoobia W. Chaudhry (Editor) firstname.lastname@example.org
“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick. As an Information Technology professional, I have seen and experienced firsthand the means by which information is consumed and processed, and how it has evolved over the past decade. We have entered a time where most children have held an iPhone in their hand far earlier than holding their first crayon. The Digital Age has not only changed the way we do our jobs, but has provided an abundance of new methods to inspire and educate our children. In keeping with the theme of providing excellence in education, the AlRahmah School Administration and Board of Education has launched a technology drive to help us equip each classroom with the latest in computing and smart board technology so that our teachers can have innovative and interactive tools at their finger tips for effectively reaching our children. The proposal, available at www.alrahmah.org, will Insha’Allah add another dimension to the learning experience for our students. Our humble request is for each Al-Rahmah School parent and community member to take part and support the Al-Rahmah School Technology drive. With 100% participation from the ISB/Al-Rahmah family, we can Insha’Allah achieve our goal very quickly. Please visit www.alrahmah.org/donate to support our Technology proposal today!
Upcoming Events PTS Reading Night Feb 15th 6-8 p.m. Where: School Gym See details on page 2
Spelling Bee Feb 23
School wide spelling bee competition
Arabic Bee th
School wide Arabic spelling bee competition
Science Fair March date TBD Middle and high school science fair
Spring Break Mar 29th – Apr 5th School reopens April 8th
VOL 2: ISSUE 2
Remembering Sandy Hook Kids th
As-Salaamu-Alaikum, We are at the end of the 2nd quarter of our school year. Students and staff have settled in after a very busy first five months. Alhamdulllilah, we now have 295 students enrolled with enquiries being made weekly if not daily for possible new enrollees. All three levels of the school have grown since last school year with noticeable increases in middle and high school. There were a few initiatives started this year such as two sections of middle school math which is proving to be beneficial, because it allows students, who are ready, to do more advanced study in math during middle school. In addition, our high school students have moved into their newly renovated building and we are looking forward to gaining new spaces next year for middle school. As we approach the third quarter, please be reminded that we must continue to communicate for the good of the students. Most problems at school can be solved by teachers and parents sitting down together to talk, and then come up with solutions to classroom and school-wide issues. Please know that parent communication is always welcomed. Teachers are free and encouraged to meet with parents any day at their prep periods, with or without appointments. However, it is advised, for best results, to schedule appointments through the school secretary for the mutual convenience of parents and teachers. Sometimes, there is a need for parents to express concerns to the Principal/Administrator. Feel free to call, send emails, or make an appointment to talk in person. Unannounced visits are also welcomed from 8:00 to 9:00 most mornings and between 2:00 and 3:30 most afternoons. Lastly, please be direct in communicating with teachers or the Principal. Please come to talk as soon as there is a concern, and don’t wait until situations get worse or become intolerable. We are here to serve the needs of our parents and their children, but we will be hampered in carrying out our duty if the lines of communication are not kept open. May Allah bless us all to continue working together in the best interest of our children. Sr. Laura AbdurRahman
Daniyah Imam-‐ 6 grade
We the students of Al-Rahmah School remember the tragic event that took the lives of the innocent children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School. On Friday, December 14, 2012, a city in Connecticut, Newtown, a school by the name of Sandy Hook Elementary School faced a terrible tragedy. This tragedy was a mass shooting at a school, which was one of the worst mass shootings in the history of the United States. It was not just any shooting, but a shooting that took the lives of so many innocent young children and some teachers. Mainly, they were kids. It troubled us, to see how many innocent young children’s lives were lost. The teachers risked their own lives to protect their students. It was terrible, and devastating. It is mentioned in the Qur’an in Surah Al-Ma’idah (ayah 32) that: “killing one innocent person is regarded as equivalent to killing all of mankind.” In such an incident, as a Muslim, we have to run for safety, of course, but we have to make Dua’ as well. Since Allah is ALMÂNI: The Preventer of Harm and AL-MUHAYMIN: The Protector, it is none other than Him who determines whether or not safety is an option. We should recite Ayat ul Kursi and make Dua’ if there is any harm. We should make Dua’ to Allah (SWT) to keep us safe, and to help us lead a life in which we worship Him alone (Ameen).
13 Orphans in 13 Countries Helping Hand is aiming to help create a better future for orphans across the world with the help of Al-‐Rahmah students. Month long campaign rd ends on Feb 3 with a closing event in the school gym.
PTS UPDATES Reading Night Feb 15th, 2013 PTS is hosting an exciting event; Reading Night with children’s book author Julie Samia Mair. She will be featuring two of her children books, insha’Allah • Amira's Totally Chocolate World • The Perfect Gift The event is geared towards the elementary school children with the older children taking part in organizing and as reading buddies. Some activities include a book swap table, jumping to rhymes, making a paper star, making a book label and creating a family book. J. Samia Mair is a freelance writer whose work has been published in magazines, books, and scientific journals. She writes in several genres, including children’s fiction, short stories, essays, book reviews, scientific articles, and poetry.
PTS monthly meetings are held on first Wednesday of every month (Time varies) email@example.com 2
VOL 2: ISSUE 2
Al-Rahmah Café gets a Make Over
Pictures by Amna Ali – 9 grade
Interview with the new cafeteria manager - Br. Mahmood Sajjad th
Interviewer: Ijaz McCallum – 10 grade
What do you think is your responsibility as cafeteria manager? To create balance. We want to make sure that we provide high quality service in addition to good and nutritious food. What are you excited about most? We have great equipment and very hardworking staff. We just have to train ourselves so can deliver food that serves everyone. What changes have you already made and what changes do you plan to make? I’m not only balancing the taste, food and the nutrition; I’ve also better organized our storerooms to account for the inventory. I met with the vendors and I told them what our expectations are. Mashallah, we have our menus printed and we are uploading all the menus on ISB website.
Can you tell us about your background? I have been involved in the hospitality business right after college since 2001. In addition to running hotels, I worked as corporate trainer. Do you have any background in Health and Nutrition? Yes, I have also completed two years program at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I'm a certified health coach by the American Association of Drugless practitioners and fully authorized to council and coach students, couples and anyone who needs it. You seem to be very passionate about food, what is the reason behind that? I became passionate about food when I was diagnosed with diabetes 8 years ago and was about 230lbs. I reduced my weight naturally with food and lifestyle changes. Alhumdullilah, it worked and I was convinced that I could help others.
Jazak Allah Khair for taking the time to talk to us, we are looking forward to seeing exciting upgrades at the Café.
Building our relationship with the Quran
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan; Shaykh Omar Suleiman; Dr. Altaf Hussain; Ustadh Wisam Sharieff; Dr. Arif Hussain. These are just some of the nationally recognized scholars who have visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore over the past two months for one primary reason – reminding us to build a relationship with the Quran, the last revealed word of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Whether it was Ustadh Wisam advocating Quranic literacy, Ustadh Nouman presenting a linguistic tafseer through ‘Story Night’ or a group of scholars led by Shaykh Omar who spoke at the annual youth conference titled ‘From Darkness to Light’, the Al-Rahmah Quran Academy Board is working hard to cultivate an environment where the love of Quran becomes deeply rooted with all members of our community. Our visiting scholars have eloquently reminded us of the deep importance in connecting with the Quran. These connections can come in many forms; from attending a tafseer (Quran commentary) class to reflecting on an ayah (verse) during your morning jog or work commute. We all need to take a few minutes out of our hectic lives to connect with our creator. What better way to do that then reflecting over His words? As we enter the New Year and look forward to the warmth and beauty of the upcoming spring season, let us take heed to our beloved Prophet’s (may peace and blessings be upon him) supplication: “O Allah, make the Quran the Spring of my heart, the light of my chest, the remover of my sadness and the reliever of my distress.” The Al-Rahmah Quran Academy holds weekday Quran reading/memorization classes and weekend tafseer classes in English, Urdu and Arabic. For more info, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 3
1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization Middle & High School Field Trip
Zahar Mir – 9 Grade
Muslims have made contributions to the world, that are still appreciated and used today, in some of the most technologically advanced societies we know of. The 1001 Inventions exhibit is dedicated to help spreading this message. During this field trip, middle and high school students learned that while most of the modern world was suffering from the loss of knowledge in a period, which we now call the Dark Ages, the Muslim Ummah was excelling in vast areas and subjects. Contrary to popular belief, Ibn Firnas was the one who built the first airplane. Muslims also invented the scalpel, bone saw, forceps, and other modern medical tools. When the word "philosophy” is mentioned, Aristotle comes to mind, we don't think of Ibn Rushad and Ibn al-Haytham, both accomplished philosophers. The Muslims assisted the world from "The Dark Ages" to the "Golden Age".
The Heritage Publication Committee Zoobia Chuadhry (Editor) Laura AbdurRahman Lisette Abdiruhman Donna Khan
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