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April Newsletter

We are ACA. We empower our community with knowledge, spirit, and service. My Lord, increase me in knowledge”


"وَقُلْ رَبِّ زِدْنِي عِلْما"

Principal's Message

Asalaam Alaikum,

It is hard to believe that we are entering the last month of the 2020-2021 school year!  It is both a busy and an exciting time as we begin to celebrate the end-of-the-year achievements of many of our students.  We are just winding up the last round of MAP testing and I would like to express my gratitude to all that are involved in the process this year including the parents, students, teachers, and support staff.  We know there have been struggles, but we feel confident that our instructional platforms, our student and family outreach, and our health protocols are working well, alhamdulillah.  I personally would like to thank our students, parents, and community members for all of their support during this challenging school-year. As we continue to move forward, we encourage parents to remain vigilant in monitoring your student's well-being and course grades through RenWeb/FACTS.  

In order to ensure the safety of all students and staff, we ask that students continue to practice health protocols without exception.  Students must wear masks properly, practice physical distancing, wash and disinfect hands, and take the screening process seriously each and every day.  Safety is our top priority!

I would also like to extend a big thank you to everyone who helped contribute to the first activity in our Ramadan Project- Feed the Hungry.  This first activity was a huge success with our students creating 300 meals for the hungry, MashaAllah!  I look forward to seeing what we can do for the remaining two activities: Non-Perishable Food Drive and the Support Bangladesh Project.

Ramadan Mubarak to you and your families.

- Christine McGee

 

  Save the Date

* All  on-site events are cancelled until further notice and web events will  be scheduled.
Dates are subject to change.

 

April

28- Virtual Qur'an Celebration Day
 

May


2-8 - Teacher Appreciation Week
3-7 - ACA Diversity Week
13 - Eid-Ul-Fitr (tentative)
10-14 - Eid Break (no school)
19 - Seniors last day
21 - Last day for Daycare and Pre-K Graduation
22 - Seniors Graduation
24 - Last day for K/Graduation
21-26 - Final Exams (Grades 6-12)
24-28 - Early release (12 p.m)
28  - Last day for Grades 1-11 and  early release

Click to  view the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar: 
https://www.azacademy.org/editoruploads/files/20-21_ACA_Calendar.pdf

 

 What's New

Ramadan Door Decorating Contest Winners

Masha'Allah, all of our participants did an amazing job decorating their doors and really getting into the spirit of Ramadan. The competition was stiff and the judges had a tough challenge determining the winners!
After much thought and debate the judges have declared the following winners:

  • 1st Place - Grade 5B
  • 2nd Place - Grade 2A
  • 3rd Place - Pre-K 2
Congratulations to the winners and participants and Ramadan Mubarak to all!
 
ACA's Qur'an Celebration Day

Our most celebrated event of the year! Event will be held on Friday, April 28th, 2021 at 9 a.m.
Stay tuned for more information!

  • Kindergarten Wednesday, April 28th - 9:00 am -10:00 am.
    In the Masjid for on Campus students (Ms. Sadaf's class).  
    Online students will be virtual from 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Ms. Wassila's class).

  • Grades 1-5  on Thursday, May 6th   8:00 am-10:15 am in the Masjid and virtual.

  • Grades 6-12 on Friday, May 7th 8:00am -10:00 am in the Masjid and Virtual.

Please note - for kindergarten students this is a Quran Celebration Day, students will all receive a certificate of participation.  For grades 1-12, this is a competition.  To preserve the competition environment, only participants will be allowed in the Masjid or in the online webinar. Our participants will be excused from classes during the competition.

We encourage all students grades 1-12 to come on campus for the competition, but they can join the Zoom webinar if unable to attend in person. A Zoom link will be shared prior to the event.  Unfortunately, for safety reasons our campus is still closed to parents.  We will share the competition results as soon as they become available insha'Allah.

 

 
Give and You Will Receive

Alhamdulillah, recently ACA students have packed more than 300 PB&J sandwiches, carrots, celery, oranges & water bottles for the homeless people at Jaycee Park, Tempe. Our students were filled up by the joy of service and keep asking us to do this event again!

This week (April 26-30), we are shifting our focus to two other projects: 

  1. The Food Drive 
  2. Drive for our Rohingya Muslim Brothers and Sisters in Bangladesh & India

1) The Non-Perishable Food & Hygiene Supplies Drives
This is a non-perishable food drive.  Please label which class it's from and write "Food & Hygiene Items Drive" on it as well. 

2) The Drive for Bangladesh & India
We are collecting quality and gently used clothing and school supplies.  Please label which class it's from and write "Bangladesh/India Drive".

All items should be placed in a container and dropped off at the ACA's back gate every Friday between 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The last collection is on Friday, May 21st at 2:30 p.m.  This is a competition and the class with the highest number of items is the winner.

If you have any further inquiries, please contact Sister Sekar (sekar.cortes@azacademy.org).
May Allah bless our beloved community and keep us in ever in the service of humanity.

 
ACA Hybrid Honors Program

The ACA Hybrid Honors Program is a partnership between ACA and ASU Prep Digital, providing our academically gifted students the opportunity to enroll in core courses.

For more information, click here.
To complete an application, click on this link.

 
Thank You for Your Support

Thank you for attending and supporting ACA's Ramadan Fundraiser! It's not too late to help us reach our fundraising goal for the year! Click here to donate!

 
Purchase  2020/21 Yearbooks

This year's Yearbooks will be arriving on campus May 14th, 2021.
Limited quantities are available! Price per book is $50. You can pick up and pay for your Yearbooks at the front of office. Thank you to all the students, parents, teachers, and staff who have helped capture all the highlights from our year's events!

Purchase last year's yearbook now from the school's Front Office. REDUCED PRICES!!! The cost per book is $25.

 
Registration is Open
2021-2022

Arizona Cultural Academy's 2021-2022 enrollment for returning students is now open!  In preparation for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, please take time now to complete your child's reenrollment for next year.  We will be opening new student registration on April 5th insha'Allah.  Don't miss out on an opportunity to save a spot for your student!

To complete our online reenrollment process, please start here.  All students must make a $150 deposit at the time of enrollment.  The first $100 is non-refundable and $50 will be applied to  tuition.  All students must make the full first installment payment before May 15th.  A 5% Early Bird discount will be applied to any payments made before May 15th.  Our tuition table for next year is now also available online.

Your application is not considered complete until you have completed the APESF scholarship application and the Greater AZ scholarship application (if you are in the lowest 2 income brackets).  ACA has many other scholarship opportunities available, 

Proof of AZ residence is required.  All Daycare and Preschool students will also need to submit an ADHS (AZ Department of Health Services) Emergency Information form.  

We look forward to assisting you with any questions or concerns you may have, please do not hesitate to contact us at 602-454-1222 Ext:102 or email our Registrar's office at aca.registrar@azacademy.org.  We look forward to seeing you next school year insha'Allah!

 

 
We're Hiring

We have openings for multiple teaching positions!

Visit our website to view our vacancies and submit your application.

 
ACA Partners with Noor Academy

Take advantage of ACA's exclusive discount for Noor Academy 8th grade graduates. You will receive a 15% tuition discount on your first transfer year (9th grade). 

Click on the link below to sign up for more information:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSct9a2tNgRo_Q_EtcuHsEx1un3FPImYd7Il5MlIqFxLA9dh4A/viewform

 

 
Join the School Council!

Join our School Council and be part of an elected body representing all ACA stakeholders, providing consultation in support of ACA's operations and academics! 

For more information and to join, visit:
https://www.azacademy.org/our-team/school-council.cfm

 
Tell Us How We're Doing!

The ACA Administration and Board is collecting monthly feedback from our parents.

Please take a minute to complete this short satisfaction survey. Your comments and feedback help us to make improvements and continue to strive for excellence!

TAKE SURVEY
 

  Multimedia

New Multimedia Added
We've added all of the amazing videos that our students and teachers made during our Fundraiser and photos from our Art Show. Click on the link below to view the videos/photos from our events!
 
 
 
 

  Announcements

  • Taraweeh Prayers -  Starts at 8:15-11:15 p.m every night, 20 raka'ats, 1 juz per day.  Babysitting program is available for $5/child including snacks every Friday and Saturday nights during the month of Ramadan.
     
  • AZ Leadership Scholarship (opens April 15th, 2021) - We highly recommend ACA families to apply for the AZ Leadership Foundation scholarship. Families with students K-12 and especially in the two lower tuition brackets should apply. The application period is from April 15th-June 15th.  To learn more please contact our Registrar at aca.registrar@azacademy.org or apply@arizonaleader.org. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at (602) 454-1222 for further assistance.
     
  • 2021-2022 Supply List Package Available Online - For your convenience, school supplies for the 2021-2022 school year may be purchased through ACA.  If you have already registered your student, you can purchase a supply package by May 15th, 2021. Students enrolled after this date will have two weeks after their enrollment date to purchase their package. Click here to get started.  
     
  • Fiqh Ramadan Course - Every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m before Ramadan starts, Ustadh Yamen Atassi will be delivering Fiqh Ramadan courses.  Click on the link below to join:
    tinyurl.com/acafast.
     
  • Ramadan Schedule - During the holy month of Ramadan, ACA will be modifying its school day and dismissal will be at 2:30 am every day. Students will have the same schedule but each period will be slightly shorter.  ACA has limited capacity for some after dismissal care until 3:20 pm Monday-Thursday.  Slots will be allotted on a first come first served basis.  If you would like to reserve a spot for after-dismissal care, please contact our Registrar's office at aca.registrar@azacademy.org. We wish all of our families a blessed Ramadan and May Allah accept your fasting.  
     
  • IBE Scholarships - The 2021-2022 school year applications are now available! Families may complete their application online by logging into their profile at www.ibescholarships.org or completing the PDF version found online. This year, the Disabled/Displaced (D/D) application is now included in the same application both online and in the PDF.  Just a reminder that Recommended Fund payments for the 2021-2022 school year begins in July. Please let us know if you have any questions or are in need of assistance.  You can reach us at aca.registrar@azacademy.org.
     
  • Free Meals for ACA students - The USDA has extended Free School Meals for all students for the rest of the school year.  If your child attends ACA, they can receive free breakfast and lunch.  No application needed and/or income requirements. If your student(s) attend ACA on-campus classes, their meal will be provided to them with no order required.  If your student(s) are not on campus and attend ACA's Digital Academy you may arrange to order and pick up your meals by contacting yan.helen@azacademy.org.
 

  Health Updates

Covid-19 Vaccinations

The Covid-19 vaccine is now available for people ages 16 and up.

Click this link to help guide you in choosing a pharmacy based on your location and preference.

 

Athletics

We hope that you and your families are having a safe and blessed Ramadan. Athletic events are still on hold indefinitely. We hope to resume as soon as it's safe for all. We are planning to have a Field Day at the end of the year Insha'Allah. More details to come!
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