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The morning assembly starts at 7:50AM. Arrival after 8:00AM is considered tardy.

(Please review handbook for consequences for excessive tardiness.)

Students are brought to the gym at 3:15PM for dismissal.

(After 3:30PM, the students who have not been picked up will be charged late fee because they are now considered to be part of after-school care program. The Asr Salah is at 3:25PM. The students waiting for pick up by parents will stay in the gym, and WILL NOT be sent to Musallah. As per school policy, DU teachers are to keep the students in the gym till 3:30PM for handover to parents or after school program/care, after which they are sent to the office.)

September, 2017

September 27, 2017—Hot Lunch (Harold’s Gyro Wrap)
September 27, 2017—1st-3rd Grade Fieldtrip to Glen Oak Zoo, 9:30-12:30PM
September 28, 2017—Pre-K1 Bakesale
September 30, 2017—ICP Open House
October 4, 2017—Hot Lunch (Papa John’s Pizza)
October 5, 2017—Box Top$ Collection
October 5, 2017—Bookmobile
October 11, 2017—Hot Lunch (Harold’s Chicken Tenders)
October 14, 2017—ICP Open House
October 11, 2017—Hot Lunch (Masala Cafe)
October 19, 2017—Parent Teacher Conference (NO SCHOOL for students)
October 20, 2017—Teachers' Institute (NO SCHOOL for students)

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Box Top$

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for our school. Box Tops are each worth 10 cents and they can quickly add up to hundreds of dollars. A collection sheet was sent home on Friday in Friday Folder. Please glue the cut Box Tops on the collection sheet, and send them to me. The first collection is Thursday, October 5th. The class with the most Box Tops collection will get a party and free uniform. 

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Insha Allah, on Wednesday, Sept. 27 we will be going on our first field trip to the Peoria Glen Oak Zoo along with 2nd and 1st Grade. We will, insha Allah, leave at 9:30am. Jazakullah khair to the parents who signed up to be chaperones on this trip. It would be greatly appreciated it they could be here in school by 9:15am. We will return, insha Allah, by 12:30pm. It is a uniform-free day, but students are still required to dress Islamically appropriate. Please keep in mind that we will be outdoors and walking. Therefore, appropriate footwear (preferably closed) is required. Please do send snack with your child. The students will have their hot lunch after we come back to school. Those students who didn't sign up for that day's hot lunch, please bring lunch too. No gadgets are allowed. I still do not have permission slips for a few students. Please make sure that I have them by Monday, otherwise the student will not be able to accompany his/her class.

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For Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Islamic Studies, Participation accounts for only 5% of the grade. It is still important since it gives you (the parents) an idea of how your child is behaving in class. It is scored using 16-point rubric. The following link contains the rubric which shows you the criteria used by me to evaluate any student. This is a school-approved rubric.


Homework & Study Skills Series

I have two sets of 'Homework & Study Skills Series (Ideas to Help Children Do Better in School)' by The Parent Institute. Each set comprises of 4 small booklets covering various topics. They are an older version, but the information in them is still very helpful. I have only one copy of each set, therefore I can only loan them to you one set at a time for 3 days only. After which I would appreciate it if you would send them back to me. If interested email me, and I'll send the set home with your child. Please take good care of them. It is first come first get basis.

Set # 1

Getting organized for Schoolwork & Homework
Why study... & How Much Should Parents Help?
Making the Most of Learning Styles
Better Note-Taking, Listening & Reviewing

Set # 2

Tackling Large Assignments
Studying for & Taking Tests
Making the Most of Learning Styles
Better Note-Taking, Listening & Reviewing

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These last several days I have been noticing that the students are wearing watches/ gadgets like fitbit and other digital watches to school. They are causing a distraction since the wearers are engrossed in them (trying to figure out various functionalities they have), but they are distracting other students too. Moreover, a few times I have found them on the floor (good thing too other wise they could have been damaged or lost). Please I request that such things are not to be worn to school. Any accessory or shoes that either violate school's uniform code or cause distraction will be confiscated and returned to parents to be kept at home.

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It seems as if more and more students are walking around with untied shoelaces. Untied or dangling shoelaces are a major safety hazard as students can trip due to them and seriously hurt themselves. If your child cannot tie shoelaces, please don't purchase such shoes till they can. If the laces are long, please cut them to a more manageable length. Your child's safety is my primary concern. If untied shoes is a chronic issue, I may ask them to remove their shoes. I would much rather they walk around in their socks than in shoes which are a major tripping hazard.  Shoes that students wear to school should be comfortable as well as something students can handle themselves. Please keep in mind that students have a very active day at school and they have to take their shoes off before they can enter Musallah for Duhr Salah. Shoes with glitter, sparkles, lights, or wheels violate school uniform policy.

WINTER SHOES: Winter will be soon upon us insha Allah. That means that many students will chose to wear boots to school. Boots are not allowed for PE. I would recommend that the day your child wears boots to school due to weather (rain/snow), please send in their regular shoes with them. In school, they'll be asked to change in appropriate footwear.

Jazakullah Khair.

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Insha Allah, the first visit by the Peoria Public Library's Bookmobile is on Thursday, Sept. 7th. Henceforth, the visits are every other Thursday. I have already received library cards from the office. I announced in class as well as posted a list of students for whom I have library cards. I informed those students I didn't have library cards for that they needed to get one from any branch of Peoria Public Library. Without the card, they will not be able to check out any books. There is limit of two books check out per student. Bookmobile is an excellent resource, but there are a few points  would like the parents to remember:

1. Students and parents are responsible for the books. The school merely provides this facility for the benefit of the students. I would highly encourage parents to set up an on-line library account so that they can keep track of the books (renewals, fines, etc.).

2. I request the parents to review the books checked out by their children. We have 15 minutes in which to go to the bookmobile, browse, check out books, and then return to class. There is simply not enough time for me to review each and every student's selection. I also have a high respect for what parents determine appropriate and inappropriate for their child. If your child brings home something that you think is inappropriate, please do have a conversation with your child about it and let me know as well.

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A student is considered a 'Super Star' if for 5 consecutive days he/she has
 been consistently at the top of the behavior chart. He/she demonstrates exemplary model behavior. He/she is always respectful, on task, and does his/her work to the best of his/her ability. He/she follows all the rules and doesn't need many reminders. He/she has shown that he/she is very responsible... so much so that he/she is no longer needs the behavior chart. These students are the pride of 3rd grade. We should all be very proud of them. Keep it up! 

I hope to see all 3rd graders on this list! 


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