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Arabic Online Learning Pilot Program

Based on the feedback we received from the Shura meeting, we have initiated several measures to address parent's concerns related to learning and conversational Arabic.  ACA has partnered with Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program to implement an Arabic Online Learning pilot program. We will accept the first 20 students from grades 6-12 and provide one year of online learning access for a fee of $100. This program is geared for beginner level and basic conversational skills.
 
Spring Book Fair
 
The Spring Book Fair was a success! We even had a visit from “Clifford The Big Red Dog”! Alhamdulillah, we reached our goal of over $2600.00 profit, giving teachers the opportunity to spend $100 each in scholastic dollars on books for their classrooms all the way from Montessori to 12th grade! Thank you all who came and showed your support! Below are some pictures from the event!
 


 

  Health

Lack of Sleep in Teens and Increased Risk of Heart Disease
 
Teens are getting less sleep these days and it could make them more likely to suffer from heart disease as adults.

In a study published in the Pediatrics  journal , researchers found that those who got less sleep had higher “metabolic risk scores.” They were more likely to have belly fat, high blood pressure, and abnormal blood lipids, as well as insulin resistance, which also increases the risk of diabetes. 

To read more about this article click on the link below:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/teens-are-getting-less-sleep-which-raises-heart-disease-risk-2018062614130 
 
 

 Athletics

  • Ramadan Preparations - We are preparing students for the month of Ramadan. Parents must ensure students have proper and adequate nutrition. Drink plenty of water as the weather starts to warm up as it will help the body adjust to the changes.
     
  • After School Sports - We are working on a new After School Sports program for the upcoming school year. Stay tuned for more details!
     
  • Upcoming  Wolves Games - Click here to view information on upcoming games!

 
 

  Events & News

  • PTA Events - Check out our PTA Events page on the school website for  more details on this event and upcoming events. 
     
  • Volunteers - Parents who are interested in volunteering for PTA events, please send an email to aca.pta@azacademy.org
 

   Upcoming Events

APRIL  2019:
  • Mid Quarter Break - No school on Monday, 22nd.
  • Mentorship Fun Day - Wednesday, 24th.
MAY  2019:
  • First Day of Ramadan  - Monday, 6th (tentative).
  • MAP Testing (Grades1-5) -  Monday, 6th to Friday, 10th.
  • Pre-K Promotion Ceremony - Thursday, 16th.
  • Kindergarten Graduation - Friday, 17th
  • Senior Graduation - Saturday, 18th.
  • Grades 5-8 Promotion Ceremony - Thursday, 23rd.
  • Last Day of School - Thursday, 23rd.
Click here to view our school calendar.
 

   Congratulations!

Qu'ran Competition
We had our Qur'an Competition on April 2nd, 2019! Well done to all of the students who competed. Below are the name of the winners!

Group 1 -
Boys:
1st: Raihanullah  shah
2nd: Mouhamed Nadir
3rd: Elmourad Ould Ahmed

Girls: 
1st: Aisha Safdar
2nd: Asiya Kabir
3rd: Isra Khan

Group 2 -
Boys: 

1st : Noah Baranski
2nd : Muaz Mallah
3rd: Burhan shah

Girls:
1st: Asha Omar
2nd: Leen Abdelsalam
3rd: Noor Abdelmomin

Group 3 -
Boys:
Sami Allabban ( Recognized for high performance in his group)

Girls: 
1st: Sumaya Bade
2nd: Falak Asif
3rd: Zayna Kabbani
 


AZSEF Science Fair
Our 2018-2019 Science Fair  1st, 2nd. and 3rd place winners submitted their projects to the Arizona Science & Engineering Fair (AZSEF) held at the Phoenix Convention Center on April 4-5, 2019. Here are some pictures from the event!
 
 

Arabic Spelling Bee

The Arabic Spelling Bee for students grades 8-9 was held after the Spring break.
Below are the names of the winners!

8th grade:
First Place: Yasmin Ghandour
Second Place: Mohga Talib
Third Place: Abdilmaajid Ahmed

9th grade:
First Place: Aisha Sadaat
Second Place: Mohamad Ghannam
Third Place: Rana Baranski
 

 
 

 Announcements

  • Teacher Appreciation Initiative - Draw a large heart on your favorite color of construction paper, cut the heart out, and write a few sentences or words on it about what you love and enjoy most about your school. These hearts will be placed on a wall in school during National Staff & Teacher Appreciation Week between May 6th to 12th, 2019. Students and parents are welcome to participate! Hearts will be collected from Monday, April 15 to Friday, May 3rd, 2019. You may give your hearts to Muaz Mallah in 5th grade or to Ms. Neelofar in room B102. 

                     
     
  • NEHS Copy Paper Drive -  ACA has been doing our best to conserve paper including replacing print publications with electronic communication, re-using paper, double-sided printing and general reduction in use overall. However, we are always in need of copy paper and we need your help! If you would like to participate please bring in a ream or more of copy paper between Monday, April 15th to Monday, April 29th, 2019. You may drop it off in the second grade classroom  (B102) in the morning or after school. The NEHS students will count the reams of paper from the drive and deliver them to the office. Thank you for supporting our school!
     
  • ACA to Host State Qur'an Competition - We are pleased to host the 16th Annual State Qur'an Competition at ACA! The event will be held on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 @ ACA Masjid from 1:30 a.m to 3 p.m. Click here to view the flyer.
     
  • ACA Iftar Facility Rental - The ACA gym will be available this Ramadan for private rentals for Iftar. If you would like to host your Iftar at ACA, please make a reservation by clicking here:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18aRS3e_-Rwe77LM77xwqzi_HqJVGbCpfhAxABmSyssk/edit#gid=0

    Please contact our Facility Director, Ms. Sekar Cortes at 602-573-4423 for further inquiries.
     
  • ACA 2019 Summer Camp 
    Come join our Summer Program this year! Full and Part-time schedules are available. ACA and non- ACA students at all grade levels are welcome! Boost your academic performance and GPA! 

    Our Summer Program  begins on Monday, June 10th to Wednesday, July 12th, 2019. Classes and dates will open based on number of enrollments. To register or for any other inquiries please contact us at  communication@azacademy.org. Stay tuned for more details!
     
  • ACA Spring Open House -  ACA's premier admissions event is here and open to the public every Friday in April. Come take a tour of our purpose-built five acre campus, visit classrooms, and receive information about ACA’s academic programs, financial aid, and admissions process. There will also be a Q&A session with our school administration.

    We look forward to sharing more about the benefits of joining the ACA family and several significant  improvements we have made! Click here to view the flyer!

    Available Dates:

    Friday 04/12/2019 
    Friday 04/19/2019
    Friday 04/26/2019

    Click here to sign up or call  602-454-1222 to reserve your spot today! This event is for parents considering new enrollment at ACA. Walk-ins are also welcome!

  • ACA Fundraising Iftar - Save the date! This event will be held on May 11th, 2019 at 7 p.m. Get your tickets now to avoid a price increase by $5 per person and $50 per table if purchased after May 8th, 2019.  We look forward to seeing you there! Click here to view the flyer and buy your tickets!

    Ticket Price:
    Adult - $35
    Child - $15 (Babysitting & Meal)
    Staff/Alumnus - $20
    Table - $300
     
  • Ramadan School Hours Survey - As Ramadan approaches we are exploring ways in which ACA may be able to make some modifications to the school day. Please take a moment to give us your input on how we might change our school hours. Complete our survey here to indicate your preferred option by April 17th. 
     
  • Summer Food Program - Click here to view the flyer!
     
  • High School Student's Drug Compliance - We are pleased to inform that we have completed our testing process and all high school students are in compliance.
     
  • Umrah Fundraising - Help raise funds to send our senior students on an Umrah trip once a year! Stau tuned for Fundraisers and much more! Interested in donating funds or sponsoring a student? Contact christine.mcgee@azacademy.org for more information.
     
  • Donate to ACA - Support ACA and help us continue to improve our academic and athletic programs! Please visit www.acadonation.com to make a donation.
     
  • Tag Us! - If you are not already following us on social media, click on the links on the footer of this newsletter so we can connect. Tag us at #azacademy or #ACA when you attend events or if you have pictures from events at ACA! Add us on social media to get latest news and view photos and videos of our school events! We are now on Instagram! Follow us @acaazacademy

                   
     
  • PSP (Parent Service Program) - We are looking for volunteers to distribute Open House flyers at local mosques in the valley. Parents can also sign-up as a volunteer in advance through our PSP page on our website for school events. Click on the event of interest and enter your name and time slot you would like to volunteer through sign-up genius. If you have other ways you would like to contribute, please contact us at communication@azacademy.org to discuss how we can work together.
 

    Multimedia


We have our latest event videos and photos posted on our school website, YouTube and Facebook!

Be sure to click on the links below or on the footer of this newsletter  to view our multimedia and follow us on Social Media for latest updates on events and news!

ACA Website:
https://www.azacademy.org/about-aca/media-gallery.cfm

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrTRVuE0BAzd5DSrGtIgTUQ

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Arizona-Cultural-Academy-College-Prep-156253127750663/

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/acaazacademy/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/AcademyArizona
 
 

 A note and quote shared by the Principal...

We have a few more weeks of school left! Let's give it our best effort and finish strong!

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family" - Kofi Annan
 

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