Welcome Letter 2019-20

Asslamu Alaikum parents,

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I hope that you have enjoyed a restful and relaxing summer! I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning students, families, teachers and staff. As I begin my third year at FEA, I am particularly grateful for the blessing of this community of staff, students and families, and I am eager to see you again on the first day of school, August 13th, 2019. During my tenure at FEA, we have had many hours of good discussion about how staff and families can work together to ensure that our students are receiving an education that supports and empowers them as they strive to reach their full potential as young men and women of faith, intelligence and goodness.

We have been working hard to strengthen and enrich our academic program and put systems in place that will facilitate teacher/family communication in every classroom. We are proud and excited to launch the 2019-2020 school year with our incredibly talented and dedicated teaching staff and your ongoing support and partnership. This year we have added two new teachers to our dedicated staff, Tr. Zahida Ghafar is our 5th grade teacher and Tr. Harjot Chohan is our 1st grade teacher, both come to FEA with the necessary degrees and experience that is sure to enrich our school. This year also brings the addition of 6th grade and the inception of the STEM program. It is our objective at FEA, that our youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions. These are the kinds of skills that our students will develop in science, technology, engineering and math—disciplines collectively known as STEM.

I believe that each child has his or her own special gifts and talents waiting to be discovered. I look forward to seeing those gifts emerge as we progress through another exciting year. My wish for the 2019-20 school year is that we can move learning from our students’ heads, to their hearts and through their hands, to make learning come alive for them in ways they never imagined.

Below please find some important notes and reminders about the start of the school year.  Thank you in advance for your attention to the many details.

Morning Procedures: 

Doors open at 8:10 AM, assembly begins at 8:30. And classes begin at 8:45 AM.  In order to ensure a productive start to the day and maximize learning time, please have your student present at assembly. Any student arriving during/after assembly will be considered tardy. Parents and guardians are welcome to join our school during assembly. (Please refrain from speaking during Du’a and Quran recitation)

Pre-K families will continue to drop their students between 8:10 AM thru 9:00 AM. Please ensure that your student is signed in and out daily as per CCLD regulations. Please know that if your student is not signed in, we will ask you to come back and sign them in.

Students in Grades K through 6th will report directly to their classrooms when the door opens at 8:10 AM

  • Afternoon Procedures: School is dismissed at 3:30 PM each day
  • Students who are picked up will meet their families in their classrooms.  
  • Students who remain after-school will be escorted by their teacher to the afterschool room, where they will receive homework support. After-school hours are 3:45 PM till 5:30 (Please pick-up your student promptly no later than 5:30).u

School Supplies/ text books: At the beginning of each school year, FEA will provide your student with school supplies and text books. Parents, you do not need to purchase any school supplies for your student.

School Uniforms: All students are required to wear a uniform. Uniforms may be purchased at Amazon.com, Khols, and Target. 

  • Girls: Navy blue long sleeve jumper/ skirt
  • Navy blue tights/ leggings
  • White blouse
  • White Hijab for Assembly, Islamic studies and Quran classes (please write your Student’s name with a sharpie on Hijab) 
  • Plain black, brown, navy, or predominately white shoes
  • Boys: Navy blue pants
  • White shirt/ polo
  • Plain black, brown, navy, or predominately white shoes

Purchasing uniform for FEA – While FEA does not endorse any specific uniform vendor, here is a list of popular choices parents use:

Lunch and snack: Pack a healthy lunch, water bottle and a peanut free snack daily. Please don’t send glass containers, and we don’t have the capacity to heat lunches. 

Parking/Traffic Flow: students must be dropped off/ escorted by an adult to the school.  Please don’t drop your student off in the middle of the parking lot or on the side of the road. 

Tuition Reminders: Tuition is due the 1st of every month. Starting August 13th. Parents are required to provide the school with postdated checks (August thru May) that will be processed monthly. 

Early Pick-up: Please let your student’s teacher/ administration know if you are picking your child up before dismissal.

Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the success established by FEA by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners. We will focus on character education initiatives, Common Core skills, the use of data to drive instruction, and to provide consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can continue to increase all of the students’ achievement.

All of us at Folsom Educational Academy are eager and excited to begin what promises to be an amazing year, insh’Allah. This year we will continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections.  As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-teachers, students and parents-are excited to be here!  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.  My door is always open and I welcome your input.  Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year.  

 

Jazakum Allah Khairun,

 

Amira Elmukhtar, M.Ed

FEA Principal

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