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  • NEW AFA Spiritwear Line Launched!
    As-Salāmu ʿAlaykum AFA Families!
    We are excited to launch our NEW 2021-2022 SPIRIT WEAR line!!
    Check out our Spirit Wear options HEREMake sure to click on each item to see color and size options!
    The DEADLINE TO ORDER IS MONDAY, OCTOBER 25th at 11:59pm.
    WHY SHOULD I GET SPIRIT WEAR? Guidelines and Expectations
    Spirit Wear refers to customized clothing and apparel that incorporates the school name and logo to help build a sense of unity, pride, and teamwork at the school. Our new spirit wear line includes the updated AFA logo, and offers additional styles and colors. 
    Spirit Wear outerwear may be worn in the school building during school hours on a daily basis. 
    A regular school uniform must be worn under school outerwear. 
    All other outerwear is not permitted in the classroom and will remain in the student's cubby or locker during the school day.
    Spirit Wear t-shirts may be worn on spirit days, certain field trip days (when planned inshaAllah), and for Physical Education grades 4th-8th grade.
    Spirit Wear sweatpants may be worn on spirit days, certain field trip days (when planned inshaAllah), and for Physical Education grades 4th-8th grade.
    Spirit wear t-shirts and sweatpants will be the only acceptable PE Uniform for students who chose to change for PE in 4th through 8th grade beginning November 29. If a student is not in school uniform or school spirit wear for PE, they will not be able to participate and they will not receive a grade for that class period.
    Can I still wear my spirit wear from previous years? YES! As long as the items fit, are in good, clean condition, and meet all uniform expectations, spirit wear from previous years may be worn to school.
     All uniform expectations apply to students, even when in spirit wear.
    WHEN DO I NEED TO ORDER?
    NOW! :)
    All Fall spirit wear orders are due no later than Monday, October 25th at 11:59pm.
    Only one bulk order will be placed for the Fall. If you miss this opportunity, the next order will be placed in February 2022.
    AFA will not be storing any extra inventory at school. All items are prepaid and pre-ordered.
    Items are expected to arrive the week of Thanksgiving break (week of November 22, 2021)
    Thank you to Ms. Zainub and the PTO for your work in identifying a reliable and cost-conscious local supplier.
    Are you interested in sponsoring spirit wear for students who may not be able to participate in the Fall order? Reach out to Ms. Farah, Ms. Amina, or Ms. Zainub to find out more information on how to help.
    SCHOOL UNIFORM UPDATE AND EXPECTATIONS
    All students Kindergarten through 8th grade must adhere to the AFA School Uniform Policy on all regular school days. 
    Al Fatih Academy Administration will begin enforcing the school uniform policy on Monday, October 25th. All French Toast and Land's End delays have been addressed and families have had sufficient time to supply school approved uniforms.
     
    Thank you for your support of our school programs and policies. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need assistance with ordering. 
    Wa ʿAlaykum as-Salām,
    Al Fatih Academy Administration

    cc: Sent via email to all families on 10/19/2021

  • Dismissal Updates
    As-Salāmu ʿAlaykum AFA Families!
     
    DISMISSAL TIME - Thank you to everyone following parking lot expectations and guidelines. AlhamduliAllah The dismissal routine has been consistent and efficient. Therefore, we will now begin enforcing the pick-up window and late pick-up fees.
    • Starting Monday, October 11, dismissal time will end at 3:45 on Mondays through Thursdays and 1:45 on Fridays. Students not picked up by 3:45 (1:45 on Fridays) will be brought to the school lobby to be signed out.
    • If you arrive after Dismissal ends, you will be asked to park in the front parking lot and come up to the main doors to sign out your child(ren). Parents/Guardians will be required to complete the Late Pick Up form by scanning the QR code posted on the front door. Children will be dismissed once the form is submitted and they are officially signed out.
    LATE PICK-UP INFORMATION -
    • Late fees will be charged beginning Wednesday, October 13.
    • If a student is picked up after 3:50 (Mondays – Thursdays), or after 1:50 (Fridays) the parents will be charged a late fee. All fees are paid directly to the Business Manager through FACTS.
    • Half-day Pre-Kindergarten students are to be picked up from school at 12:30 pm.  If a parent / guardian is delayed in picking up a student after 12:45 pm, that family will be charged the AFA Late Pick-Up Fee.
    • Fees are accrued at a rate of $5.00 for the first 1 to 5 minute period, then $1.00 for each additional minute delay. (Fees begin at 12:45 pm for PreK half-day families, at 3:50pm, and 1:50pm Fridays for full-day students)
    • These pickup times apply to all Safety Patrol Officers as well. Please plan on picking up your Patrol at 3:45 (1:45 on Fridays). We thank them for their service. Dismissal has been so much more efficient since they started!
    If you find you need further clarification about these expectations please reach out to the leadership team.  We are happy to discuss and clarify the expectations.
    Wa ʿAlaykum as-Salām,
    Al Fatih Academy Administration

     

    Sent via email to all parents on 10/8/21

  • Onsite COVID Testing This Friday 10/8
    As-Salāmu ʿAlaykum,
    In order to help keep our school community safe while COVID transmission rates are very high in the region, all students and staff are required to participate in regular COVID testing, regardless of vaccination status. For convenience, AFA has arranged for onsite testing to occur regularly (refer to the table below for dates and further information). AFA's next onsite testing through Capital Diagnostics is this Friday, October 8th! 
    If you have completed your COVID test onsite with AFA previously (either on September 8 or August 20), you do not need to register again. No Further Action Required.
    If you are new to AFA, have updated health insurance information, or have not participated in onsite testing with AFA this school year, you must do one the following by no later than 2:30pm Wednesday, September 22:
    PRE-REGISTER USING THE LINK sent via email on 10/6 to participate in onsite testing.
    • ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED by Thursday, October 7th at 9am.
    • Parents/Guardians must register as the student, not as themselves.
    • The site-specific code is ALFATIH.
    • Testing will be conducted between 9:00-11:30am.
    • Half-day or 2-day PK students notify Admin and plan on coming during this time or plan on completing testing independently.
    If your child(ren) will not participate in the onsite testing coordinated by AFA, complete the form sent via email on 10/6 no later than Thursday, October 7th by 9am to communicate your ALTERNATE TESTING PLAN.
    • This form will need to be completed for each onsite testing date. Please only complete the form for the upcoming test date.
    • See FAQ from Capital Diagnostics below to help you decide which option works best for your familyReasons for alternate testing plans are: your family's health insurance does not accept testing from third-party providers, the child is in 2-day PreKindergarten, your child needs additional parental support to complete testing, or your child is temporarily exempt due to previous COVID exposure.
    • Please note:
    • Alternate Testing must occur between Friday, October 8 - Sunday, October 10.
    • Printed results will be submitted to AFA staff on Monday, October 11th at morning drop-off.
    • PCR testing must be conducted by a medical professional at a testing site. PCR tests are preferred. Home tests will not be accepted.
    Here are some frequently asked questions that we shared with Capital Diagnostics and their responses:
    QIs there typically an insurance threshold or limit as to how often tests can be covered?
    A: For right now and as long as the state of emergency is in effect, insurance is required to cover COVID-19 testing and we have had good experience with testing being covered no more than 1x per week per person. The current expiration of the state of emergency is October 18th, but with the delta variant it is expected that will be extended, but extension is still unknown.
    QWe do not want our teachers or parents to run across issues with being charged out-of-pocket for regular testing.
    A: If a teacher or parent is charged out of pocket costs, please let us know and we will reach out to the insurance company.  Unfortunately, insurance companies try to get away with charging people when they should not be.  A quick phone call from the provider to the insurance company has worked well in solving this issue.
    QAre there ways to support families who do not currently have insurance?
    A: Yes, they can choose the option "no insurance" when they register for testing and the Federal COVID fund will cover the cost of testing.
    QWe have some students who attend with financial scholarships and/or do not have access to health care. How are those cases typically handled?
    A: The legal guardian of the student must register the minor for consent. Again, they will chose the option "no insurance" when registering. It is also not known for sure how long the funds in the federal COVID fund will last but it is likely they will also expire when the state of emergency officially ends.
    QDo you work with Kaiser Permanente?
    A: Yes, we work with all American-based insurance companies. (AFA Staff and Admin have called and spoken to Kaiser and verified that testing done through Capital Diagnostics is covered, but it is always the responsibility of the insured to call and verify with their plan and membership ID.)
    Upcoming Required COVID Testing Schedule
    Please mark your calendars for the scheduled required COVID testing dates.
    All onsite testing (Fridays) will be conducted between 9-11:30 am.
    There are some test dates that will require families to be tested independently/offsite (see chart below).
    Note: This schedule is subject to change in response to community outbreaks.
    Dates highlighted and in bold represent parent responsibility to have students tested.

     

    Thank you for your cooperation in helping to ensure that we continue to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff, inshaAllah.
    Wa ʿAlaykum as-Salām,
    Al Fatih Administration

    Sent via email to all parents 10/6/21

  • Important Dates, COVID Testing & Reminders
    September 3, 2021
    As-Salāmu ʿAlaykum AFA Families!
    Labor Day Holiday - Friday , September 3rd and Monday, September 6th are school holidays. AFA Admin Offices will also be closed. We will see you back in school on Tuesday, September 7th, inshaAllah!
    Mandatory ONSITE COVID Testing, Wednesday, September 8th -  AFA will be conducting regular onsite testing throughout the year (future dates TBA) through Capital Diagnostics. Our first onsite PCR testing is scheduled for all students and staff this coming Wednesday. If you participated in testing at our Meet & Greet event, you do not need to register again. If you have not registered or do not remember, use the link sent via email on 9/2 to pre-register. 
    • ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED by Tuesday, September 7 at 12pm. 
    • Parents/Guardians must register as the student, not as themselves.
    • The site-specific code is ALFATIH
    • Testing will be conducted between 1:30-3:00pm. 
    • Half-day or 2-day PK students must notify Admin and plan on coming during this time or plan on completing testing independently.
    Parking Lot Safety - We hope that you have noticed that our drop-off and pick-up process has settled in for this school year, Alhamdulillah. Parents and students are adjusting to this routine, remembering their dash numbers, and assigned routes. This has helped in significantly reducing wait time and increasing traffic flow. AFA Administration has identified some additional areas of improvement and we request your complete cooperation and adherence to parking lot safety reminders below. Do note that there are traffic violation fines associated with all infractions. 
    • Maintain a speed limit of 10mph in the business park. We have received complaints about speeding parents in the mornings and in the afternoons from our neighbors. We have asked them to document the cars' make and models and/or dash numbers so that we can follow up with parents individually.
    • Hands must be device-free. It is Virginia state law that drivers use "hands-free" devices if they must use their phones while driving. This is the expectation in our drop-off and pick-up lines as well.
    • Stay alert and follow all staff guidance. You may now know the routines for drop-off and dismissal but there may be times when there are changes to the route due to traffic obstructions or safety concerns. ALWAYS be alert and look to the AFA staff stationed outside for guidance and instructions. Do not pass cars unless you have been instructed to do so.
    • Only use routes approved for AFA. When entering the parking lot, families should immediately turn left and drive around the business park. Under no circumstance should AFA families be going straight down the middle or turn right into Kiddie Academy. If you come down the middle or through Kiddie Academy during drop off or dismissal, not only will you incur a fine, AFA staff will instruct you to return to the front of the business park and follow the approved route - only delaying your time in line. 
    We hope that you have a safe, healthy, and restful holiday weekend! We will see you on Tuesday!
    Wa ʿAlaykum as-Salām,
    Al Fatih Academy Administration

    cc: Sent via email to all parents on 9/2/21

  • Welcome the First Week of School at AFA!
    August 22, 2021
     
    As-Salāmu ʿAlaykum AFA Families!
    We had a great turnout at Open House last Friday! We would like to thank all parents, students, and teachers for coming together with such enthusiasm and excitement for the coming year. We look forward to seeing everyone on the first day of school tomorrow, Monday, August 23rd! We understand that some families were unable to join us due to travel and scheduling. 
    Please refer to some important information below to get the school year started successfully!  
    We look forward to seeing you all Monday morning, ‘In shā‘ Allāh!
    COVID Mitigation Protocol Checklist
    Refer to email sent to all parents last week (Subject: IMPORTANT COVID-19 Mitigation Information from Al Fatih Academy - August 17, 2021)
    Daily Health Screening Form - completed before 8am (prior to 7am for Hifdh students)
    Covid Test Results - Bring a PRINTED copy of negative test results on the first day of school
    Safety Pledge
    Disclaimers
    Masks - school approved masks must be worn at all times indoors, bring extra in a sealed bag
    AFA is a Nut-Free Facility
    This includes peanut butter, almond butter, Nutella and Nutella/hazelnut snacks, and almond milk. Please use caution when preparing meals to avoid cross-contamination and read labels carefully.
    If there are students in your child's classroom that have additional food allergies, the classroom teacher will share that information in upcoming classroom newsletters.
    Health Forms and Medications
    Students with incomplete medical paperwork or medication on file will not be able to begin classes until their medical paperwork and medications have been processed. Parents may bring the medication and paperwork to AFA as early as 8:30am but students will not be permitted to go to class until the file has been cleared.
    Uniforms
    We understand that several uniform items are backordered or have been delayed in shipping from Lands End and French Toast due to supply chain challenges. Students are allowed to wear uniform items from other vendors (Target, Walmart, Old Navy) temporarily as long as the style and colors of the uniform items match the uniform items listed on the school website. This exception will be in place until September 2, 2021. Administration is in touch with Lands End and French Toast and will reevaluate as appropriate closer to the end of next week.
    Water Bottles
    Please provide your child with two filled labeled bottles of water every morning to help maintain a healthy classroom environment.  School water fountains are not available for use at this time. Administration is in the process of setting up water jugs for students to refill individual water bottles within each classroom. 
    Hifdh
    The AFA Morning Hifdh Program begins Monday, August 23 for students already enrolled. There are no additional openings at this time. Families may pre-register to show interest in the program. To do so, please go to Family Portal > School > Web Forms > Al Fatih Academy > Scroll to bottom to select Hifdh - AY 21-22. Administration notify families if space becomes available.
    Pizza Mondays begin September 13!
    Complete the Google Form to register and make payment through FACTS.
    Important Dates - Link to School Calendar
    August 23 - First Day of School!
    August 23 - Safety Pledges and Disclaimers Due
    Students arrive to school with negative COVID test result printed
    August 27 - First Friday Dismissal - Reminder: All students PK-8th grade dismissed at 1:30. (Half Day PK dismissed at 12:30)
    September 3 - School Holiday
    September 7 - Labor Day, School Holiday
     
    Wa ʿAlaykum as-Salām,
    Al Faith Academy Administration and Faculty

    Originial email sent to all parents on 8/22/21

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