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  • Important Change to School Calendar!
    As'salaamu Alaikum!
    Friday, April 3, 2020 is now a school day (previously scheduled as a teacher workday)
    Monday, April 13, 2020 is now a teacher workday (no virtual school for students)
    (Teachers and administration will use this day to finalize 3rd quarter grades and prepare progress reports)
    Don't forget!
     Spring Break is April 6 -10
    No virtual school during spring break
    AFA Virtual School Resumes April 14th
     Thank you for your attention!
  • Community Mtg. Video & Slides 4/1/2020

     

    THANK YOU...

    AFA Parents for participating in our Community Meeting this past Wednesday.  We shared tips and ideas for maintaining wellness at home. 
    Here is the video of Session 1.
    Here are the slides from the presentation.
    Look for a survey coming to your inbox to help us best plan and respond to any concerns you may have. Your feedback and questions are appreciated and valued!
    AND.....
    In case you missed it - April is National Poetry Month!
    Emaan in 3G Purple wrote a poem as her class is exploring the wide world of poetry with Ms. Rania.
     
    Can you see what word she used for her acrostic poem? And there's our school building! Send us your thoughts to share!
    #WeAreInThisTogether   #AFAVirtualSchoolRocks   #AFAStudentDeepThoughts
  • Community Meeting Video & Slides 3/25/20

    Thank you AFA families and students!

    ‘Al-Ḥamdulillāh, many of you joined our second Zoom Parent Community Meeting sessions last Wednesday.  We appreciate the feedback and support that was offered through your comments and questions. 

    For those of you who were unable join us, you may access the Session 1  Video here (with a slide on questions from the second session) And the shared slides are here.

    Please don't hesitate to reach out to any member of our leadership team with questions and concerns.

    We're ready to help!

    Al Fatih Academy Administration Team

  • AFA-VS: Looking Back & Moving Forward
    Dear AFA Community - As-salāmu ʿalaykum!
    Insha Allah everyone is in good health and spirits. Please find here a recap of the first week of AFA’s Virtual School experience and a peek into what you can expect for the remainder of this week. 
    We welcome your feedback. Please plan to join us for our next Parent Community Meeting on March 25 12:00pm or 6:00pm via Zoom. The topic is “How Are We All Adjusting?”  Send us questions beforehand that you’d like addressed, or come to the meeting with them!
    VA Governor’s Latest Orders
    Earlier today, VA Governor Northam announced orders which include closing all VA schools through the end of the current school year.  
    Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24 VA Department of Education is expected to issue recommendations and guidance to schools on how best to move forward in response to the extended school closure.  We are in contact with the Virginia Council for Private Education which helps independent schools navigate such mandates. 

    Summarizing Week 1!

    Our first week of AFA-Virtual School is complete!!

    Alhamdulillah, it was a very productive week as teachers, administrators, and counselors worked diligently to gradually begin the on-boarding process with parents and students
    AFA administration continues to closely monitor these sources to determine how these orders will impact our school functions and plan moving forward.
    Teachers/Counselors:
    • Sent emails and/or videos sharing vital information, getting parent and students ready for AFA Virtual School experience
    • Email/video messages prepared & introduced parents to:
      • Schedules
      • Online platforms
      • Apps & websites
      • Login account information
    • Provided information for group as well as individual counseling sessions.
    • Reviewing curriculum and developing lessons for the coming week.
    Administration:
    • Sent regular emails sharing overview of the transition and implementation plan 
    • Hosted two online Zoom community parent meetings, giving parents an opportunity to understand the plan and ask questions. Video and slides were shared afterwards and are also on AFA’s site here
    • Created a page on AFA website to house parent resources AFA-Virtual School 
    • Created and shared first of regular admin video messages addressed to students
    • Guiding and supporting teachers as they plan units/lessons
    • Creating a schoolwide schedule of lessons, live sessions, videos, office hours, etc.
    Parents:
    • Reviewed teacher and administration emails
    • Logged into online apps and websites
    • Prepared a quiet area for their children to study
    • Attended an Admin hosted Community Meeting

    Looking Ahead to Week 2!

    We were excited to launch the first live Zoom sessions with our students this morning!
    It was wonderful watching students & teachers reconnect! We have a lot planned for this week.  Read below more for details.
    Teachers: 
    • Deliver first live sessions with students, with goal of orienting students to the Zoom platform (Grade PS-8)
    • Begin to conduct individual student check-ins using Zoom (Grades PS-5)
    • Email instructional resources for parent-guided and self-guided learning
    • Share links and activities that will allow students to practice and review past content
    • Begin limited hifdh live sessions at 8am Monday-Thursday morning
    Administration: 
    • Monitoring notification and guidance from VDOE/Governor’s Office/CDC
    • Providing support to teachers as they begin live sessions
    • Available to meet with parents by appointment between 9am-5pm.
    • Will host Community Meeting #2 on Wednesday March 25 at 12pm and 6pm [Let us know if you have questions you’d like us to address before then]
    Accessing Resources:
    • Visit www.alfatih.org select Academics select AFA Virtual School scroll down to access technology resource materials
    • Click here to view a video tutorial on how to access class specific Teacher Resources/Materials on RenWeb. 
    Supporting Parents on Tech:
    • Basic tech needs for virtual school include access to either a desktop, laptop, or tablet device with internet access.  Access to a basic printer is recommended. 
    • Any family needing access to a device may reach out to administration.

    Inspirational artwork by 8th Grader Jia

    As we mentioned during Wednesday’s Community Meeting, we are all in this together and with our concerted efforts we can meet the academic, emotional, psychological and mental wellness needs of our children insha Allah.  

  • Zoom Community Meeting Slides 3/18/2020

    al-Salamu 'Alaykum AFA Parents!

    Thank you to those parents that were able to join us on Wednesday, March 18 for our two Virtual Community Meetings. For those of you who were not able to attend, below you will find the link to the video as well as the slides that we shared.

    Click here to view the video.

    Click here to download the slides.

    As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

    AFA Administration

     

     

  • AFA- Virtual School - Let's Get Started! Week 1

     

    We Are in This Together

     
    Here at AFA we are deeply aware that these times are difficult on many fronts; we are all struggling to understand how to manage our lives at home in the coming weeks with stressors for adults and children alike.
     
    But we know that we must support one another as we move ahead with compassion, understanding, and trust. Insha Allah, we plan to share as many resources as possible for maintaining our spiritual, mental and emotional well being besides being concerned about our physical health.
     
    We also know that we might have to make changes in our daily lives that are outside a familiar norm but ultimately necessary for the greater good. Our obligation as Muslims is to faithfully believe Allah (s) has the wisest plan and what may be perceived as bad for us may in fact benefit us eventually. Alhamdulillah, we get some downtime family bonding and a slower pace to our lives! 
     
    We pray that we each are given guidance from Allah (s) to do what is best for ourselves, our families, and our world. 
     
    Overview of AFA-Virtual School Plan
    Virginia Governor Northam's latest order shutting down all K-12 VA  schools for two weeks includes specific guidance that impacts school functions during the closure and possibly beyond and it is explicitly understood that the Governor’s orders apply to private schools as well. 
     
    AFA, recognizing an effective transition to virtual school will take time and careful planning, has decided to use these two weeks to gradually orient and onboard parents and students to online learning, without introducing new content. This will allow us to focus on creating a strong foundation and streamline processes for an optimal experience for the third week and beyond. It’ll give us a chance to work out the kinks! But with patient perseverance and our best efforts forward insha Allah we’ll do great together!
     
    This approach also takes into consideration the possibility of additional school closures that may require us to provide virtual schooling for a prolonged period of time. Inshallah, we will be well-positioned to implement a more structured instruction plan that is being developed by AFA staff and teachers.
     

    Parent Involvement is Key!
    For the success of AFA’s Virtual School, we expect parents to be as involved as possible. 
    Parents and students with AFA email accounts must check emails daily for updates from teachers and admin in order to fully participate in the virtual schooling experience. 
     
    Teacher Office Hours
    • Teachers will communicate with parents how best to connect. 
    Admin Office Hours 
    • Admin will be available to meet with parents virtually (phone, email, video-conference) by appointment between 9am-5pm.  
    • Parents may email appointment requests directly to an admin team member.
    Please get to know Zoom here!
     
    Supporting Parents on Tech
    • Basic tech needs for virtual school include access to either a desktop, laptop, or tablet device with internet access.  Access to a basic printer is recommended. 
    • Any parent requiring assistance with online platforms, apps or IT related to AFA-Virtual School Plan should reach out to their child’s teacher or admin to request support. 
    • Any parents able and willing to help other parents with these should let their child’s teacher or admin know.
    Please see all updates on our website.
  • AFA E-Learning - Getting Ready! 3/12/2020
    Dear AFA Parents,
     
    As-salāmu ʿalaykum
     
    We appreciate the support and cooperation you have shown thus far and ask for your patience as we work through necessary details moving forward. 
     
    We understand some of you may have concerns and questions as we begin this next phase of our response related to COVID-19. This is to be expected as we’re all in somewhat new territory together!
     
    Teachers and administration are working diligently to create a comprehensive E-Learning Plan that will provide the best online education possible for each of our students. This curriculum will include most of what we do in school - the core subjects of math, language arts, science, social studies (both integrated and stand alone) as well as Arabic, Quran, Hifdh, PE, Art, and Guidance/Counseling. 
     
    We anticipate facing some hurdles as we get started with students, parents, teachers and admin adjusting to new and unfamiliar platforms, timelines and interactions. But ‘Al-Ḥamdulillāh we are confident in our collective ability to use this opportunity to grow skills and understanding that will enhance the learning experience for our students. 
     
    Parents can expect that this experience will look different for different age students. Some students will require more parental support while others may be able to work more independently. In younger grades teachers will communicate expectations and instructions to parents to be relayed to students while in upper grades teachers will be in direct correspondence with students with parent oversight.   Initially, all parents will play an important role in setting up and supporting the process.
     
    Basic Tech Needs for E-Learning Curriculum: Access to either a desktop, laptop, or tablet device with internet access.  Access to a basic printer is recommended.
    Any families that require assistance with access to tech are asked to email their administrator who will work to ensure students have what they need to continue learning.
     
    General timeline you can expect with more details forthcoming:
     
    Today Thursday March 12
    • Teachers and students will gather all school related materials required for home learning to be taken home today.  
    • Teachers will not arrange to send materials home with relatives.
    • The materials of absent students will be gathered, labeled, and placed at the front lobby for pick-up:
    • Friday, March 13th between the hours of 8am - 4pm
    • Monday, March 16th between the hours of 8am-5pm
     
    Friday March 13: Teacher Prep for E-Learning
    • Teachers prepare E-Learning procedures and expectations. 
    • Parents please refrain from reaching out to teachers during this time to allow them time to concentrate and focus on their preparations.
     
    3/16-3/20 Week 1: Preparation and Communication of E-Learning
    • Parents can expect gradual roll-out over the week including basic communications regarding expectations, logistics, scheduling, technology requirements, e-learning platforms, apps, grading, assessments/tests, group projects, etc.  
    • Teachers will begin to make contact with students and parents as their plans solidify and not all classes will be contacted at same time. 
     
    3/23-3/27 Week 2: E-Learning Instruction Continues
     
    3/30-4/3 Week 3: E-Learning Instruction Continues
     
    4/3-4/12 Week 4: Spring Break
     
    Thank you for your attention and cooperation.  Please be assured that we will continue to communicate vital details and information throughout this process.  Please don’t hesitate to reach to your administrator with questions and concerns.   We will do our best to respond in a timely fashion.
     
    Wa ʿalaykum as-salām 
     
    AFA Administrative Team
     
    cc: Sent via email to all parents 3/12/2020
  • AFA Closed Friday, March 13 - COVID-19 Parent Notice 3/12/20
    al-Salamu 'Alaykum AFA Parents,
     
    Al Fatih Academy Administration along with the school board has made the determination to close the building beginning on Friday, March 13, 2020.  Expected return date as of now is April 13 after Spring Break. 
     
    Teachers and staff will spend today preparing students emotionally for the big change and gathering school materials and items that will be needed at home for online learning.
     
    Starting the week of March 16th classes will begin the transition to online learning. Parents can expect more detailed information regarding this transition and expectations from teachers during that week. 
     
    It is imperative that parents demonstrate a balanced and mindful approach to the current COVID-19 pandemic for children to likewise remain calm. We are responsible for alleviating their anxiety and giving them a sense of security and well-being. AFA counselors and admin will share more information and guidance on this aspect in the coming days. 
     
    May Allah (s) protect us all, give us good health and well-being, and guide each of us to be strong in our faith and fortitude. 
     
    Al Fatih Academy
     
    Administrative Team & School Board of Directors
     
    LINKS FOR AFA SPECIFIC AND GENERAL INFORMATION
     
    Al Fatih Academy Coronavirus COVID-10 Notices
     
    cc: Sent via email to all parents on 3/12/2020
     
  • COVID-19 AFA Parent Notice 3/11/2020
    As salamu Alaykum AFA Parents,
     
    Please note that due to the evolving nature of the Coronavirus COVID-19  situation, AFA continues to monitor daily local, state, and national health and educational agencies to determine best practices and responses to mitigate its spread and impact. 
     
    In addition to previously adopted and communicated measures, the following adjustments to our daily activities and schedules have been put into place .  
    Some of these measures specifically allow us to prepare more concertedly for the possibility of distance learning in the event of a school(s) closure.  We strongly suggest parents explore childcare options if needed during potential school closures. 
     
    In the case that an emergency school closing becomes necessary, parents will be notified by text alert and email.
     
    SCHEDULING CHANGES
    Early Dismissal: Friday, March 13th @ 12:30:
    • No jum'uah prayer at school
    • No afterschool activities 
    • Teacher/staff prep for online instruction during possible school closure 
    School Closed: Monday, March 16th
    • No Hifdh classes
    • No afterschool activities
    • Teacher/staff prep for online instruction during possible school closure 
     
    ADJUSTMENTS TO OUR ROUTINES & PRACTICES
    Daily Dhuhr Prayer
    • As of today (3/11) we are suspending congregational Dhuhr prayer in the musallah until further notice and students will pray in their classrooms.
    • Prayer rugs will be provided and these will be sprayed daily and washed weekly. 
    • Prayer will be conducted consistent with regular congregational practices.
    Field Trips
    All field trips between now and Spring Break are suspended and evaluated on a case by case basis.
     
    Market Day March 12
    • As a precautionary measure we are asking that any food contributed for tomorrow's Market Day be store-bought and individually pre-packaged. 
     
    ONGOING PROTOCOLS
    Preventive Hygiene Practices
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
    • Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Tissues are easily accessible in every room; students and staff are encouraged to cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Hand sanitizer is available in every room in the school and students are encouraged to utilize it as needed
    Building Cleaning 
    • Our facility is professionally cleaned daily, this includes sanitizing all surfaces and touch points.   
    • Disinfectant wipes are located in all classrooms and teachers wipe down surfaces and touch points throughout the day.
    • Teachers encourage and give students ample time to wash hands thoroughly throughout the day.  
    • Disinfectant spray is applied to toys, materials, pillows, rugs daily.
    Attendance Reporting
    • Any student who is not feeling well should not come to school until they are symptom free without the use of medication.  
    • Students exhibiting signs of illness will be sent home to recover as needed. 
    • Parents must report all absences to the school. In cases where parents are unsure of what the cause of illness is, they should contact their health care provider.
    • We request that all attendance related notices be emailed to  attendance@alfatih.org.  
    • Please be sure to include your student’s full name, grade, homeroom section (green/purple), and the reason for the absence in your email.
    • Families planning or returning from travel are required to inform school administration.
     
    May Allah (s) protect us all from harm, give us all afiya/health,  and guide us through these difficult times. Ameen. 
     
    Wasalam.
     
    AFA Administrative Team
     

    LINKS FOR AFA SPECIFIC AND GENERAL INFORMATION

     
    cc: Sent via email to all parents on 3/11/2020
  • COVID-19 AFA Parent Notice 3/10/2020
    March 10, 2020
     
    Dear AFA Families,
     
    As salamu Alaykum.
     
    This weekend, Virginia and Fairfax County Departments of Health  announced the first of several presumptive cases of COVID-19 in our area. Alhamdulillah, according to State Health Officials, affected individuals have had minimal contact with the general public and risk of contracting coronavirus in our area is still considered low.
     
    As this situation continues to evolve, Al Fatih Academy is  proactively preparing and responding to ensure a clean, healthy, and safe school environment for our students and staff.  Protocols we have in place are based on recommendations made by the CDC and local health officials. Please read below to learn more about what has been put in place.
     
    Cleaning Protocols:
    • Our facility is professionally cleaned daily, this includes sanitizing all surfaces and touch points.   
    • Disinfectant wipes are located in all classrooms and teachers wipe down surfaces and touch points throughout the day.
    • Teachers encourage and give students ample time to wash hands thoroughly throughout the day.  
    • Disinfectant spray is applied to toys, materials, pillows, rugs daily.
    Prevention Measures:
     
    Precautions that are recommended for avoiding colds, flu and other respiratory illnesses also apply to the coronavirus. Students and staff continue to adhere to the following preventive measures:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
    • Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Tissues are easily accessible in every room; students and staff are encouraged to cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Hand sanitizer is available in every room in the school and students are encouraged to utilize it as needed throughout the day.
    • Students and staff are required to remain home when sick.
    • Students and staff must not return to school until all signs of illness have passed. 
    We want to emphasize that anyone who is not feeling well should not come to school until they are symptom free without the use of medication.  
     
    Students exhibiting any signs of illness will be sent home to recover as needed. 
     
    We are both proactively and responsively engaging students on their understanding and knowledge of coronavirus related issues. This includes clearing up misinformation and reassuring them of what is in place for their safety and wellbeing. 
     
    Planning for possible school closure:
    AFA Administration has generated a comprehensive  response plan based on possible scenarios as related to the coronavirus.  These plans include how best to continue teaching and learning should an outbreak cause school closure with the goal of mitigating the impact on our students, staff, and families. 
     
    Our teachers are currently identifying online resources and creating action plans that will allow them to deliver content to our students should school closure become necessary.  Teachers will work with students to orient them to these various resources. 
     
    We continue to monitor the situation and will notify staff and families immediately of any interruptions to the school schedule. We appreciate your patience and cooperation, as we know this is a serious matter of concern to all.
     
    For updates and more information about coronavirus:
     
     
    May Allah (s) protect us all from harm and guide us through these difficult times. Ameen. 
     
    Wasalam.
     
    Pervin Divleli
    Head of School
     
    cc: Sent via email to all parents on 3/10/2020
  • AFA Preparedness Update: Coronavirus 2/27/2020
    February 27, 2020
     
    As salamu Alaykum AFA Families,
     
    As news of the coronavirus spreads and concern grows we wanted to share information regarding how best you can protect your families from the virus and what we at AFA are doing to ensure that the school environment is as safe and healthy as possible.   
     
    Al Fatih Academy strives to ensure a clean and healthy school environment.  The AFA school facility is cleaned on a daily basis by our cleaning service.  In addition, our teachers and staff regularly utilize disinfecting wipes throughout the day. Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom and students are instructed to use it as often as necessary.  Teachers and staff conduct daily health observations to assess the general health of each student, helping to identify students that may be unwell and need to remain home to recover. 
     
    As an added precaution, this weekend, AFA administration arranged to have our cleaning service conduct a “deep cleaning” that included sanitizing all surfaces throughout our entire school facility. We also arranged to have our cleaning service representative train our staff and teachers on how to maintain and disinfect items, toys, and other materials on a regular basis that are frequently handled by students.
    Al Fatih Academy Administration is closely monitoring both local/regional and national health agencies for the latest coronavirus related updates and recommendations.
     
    Alhamdullilah, currently, there are no cases of coronavirus infection in Fairfax County or in Virginia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), risk to the U.S. public is considered low at this time.  The Fairfax County Health Department has prepared this handout about coronavirus. Also, the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus outbreak can be found on the CDC website.
     
    Currently, Al Fatih Academy administration is actively involved in generating response plans based on possible scenarios as related to the coronavirus.  These plans include staying informed and adhering to any new recommendations that may be released.  The plans also include how best to continue teaching and learning should an outbreak cause school closings with the goal of mitigating the impact on our students, staff, and families and allowing for continued learning. 
     
    As a reminder, during the winter season, other viruses that cause respiratory illness are common. Precautions that are recommended for avoiding colds, flu and other respiratory illnesses include:
     
    • Washing hands with soap and water frequently
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose,  or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Coughing/sneezing into the crook of your arm
    • And most importantly keeping students home when sick so as to avoid spreading illness to others 
     
    For updates and more information about novel coronavirus:
     
     
    Thank you,
     
    Pervin Divleli
    Head of School
    Al Fatih Academy
     
    cc: Sent via email to all parents on 2/27/2020

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