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September 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

Assalam Alaikum,

Alhamdulillah! Our school is filled with life and energy again! It’s been such a pleasure to see all the reconnection happening on campus these first months of school.  As we approach the end of the month I want to thank everyone for their dedication to keeping ACA open by following the CDC mitigation guidelines.

It is important to reinforce with your children the importance of wearing a mask when you are on campus. I would also encourage and remind you of the health checks we did last year when we asked parents to not send their child(ren) to school if they have any symptoms. The best thing to do in that case is to call the school nurse and get her to assess what needs to happen with your student. This way we can all stay as safe as possible InshaAllah. If there is a need for your student to be out for a few days, we will be able to handle things very easily from an instructional standpoint. Their classroom teacher will make sure to get all the information and school work to you in a timely manner.

Just a few reminders about pick up and drop off procedures. Please remember to stay in your cars and wait for an ACA staff member to escort your child(ren) to your car. This is for the safety of everyone. If you are dropping your child(ren) off in the morning between 7:20-7:30 they will need to enter the front gate. A staff member will be assigned to greet them and watch them in the masjid until 7:30. If you are dropping your child(ren) off after 7:30 please drop off at their assigned locations (either the front gate or the field gate).  For pick up please make sure that you are using PikMyKid to announce when you have arrived at the school (there are signs posted to let you know when to announce). Once you have announced the assigned staff will move you through the line. Teachers display the pickup list on their T.V. screens, similar to some doctors offices. Teachers only send the students when their status has changed to indicate that they are in the active pick up line. A more detailed email will be sent to describe this process Insha'Allah.

During the early portion of the school year, we do a lot of assessing to see where students stand in terms of their ability and instructional needs. We have already taken the Fall Growth Assessments which will provide us with the necessary data to move forward. Our younger grades are working hard on their reading and math skills and the teachers are implementing some wonderful deeper learning activities to engage the students in exciting lessons. More assessments and data will be taken in the upcoming weeks in order to give us a better indication of where our students stand in terms of their ability and what needs we should address.

In the face of adversity, we will rise to the challenge! Your children are in good care and will learn a lot this year Insha'Allah.

Thank you for your support in all that we do. Please reach out with questions, comments, or concerns.  

Sincerely,

Dr. Christine McGee

 

  Save the Date

* Events will be on-site or web-based depending on the current heath status. Dates are subject to change.

 

September

6 - Labor Day (no school)
15 - Half Day (early release)
 

October

11-22 - Fall Break (no school)

Click to  view the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar: 
https://www.azacademy.org/editoruploads/files/Calendars/21-22_ACA_Calendar.pdf
 

 

  What's New

 
 
ACA Scholastic Book Fair

Save the date! Get ready for our upcoming book fair!
Click here for more information and to shop online!

 
Clothing Drive

Sunday October 24, 2021 | 9 A.M-11:30 A.M
7810 S 42nd Pl, Phoenix, AZ 85042 - Front parking lot


Clothing donations must be new or lightly used.
Items needed: Shoes, shirts, jeans, sweatpants, razor's, travel sized toiletries, jackets, and socks.

All donations will benefit The International Rescue Committee's Welcome Center which provides humanitarian assistance during travel for families in coordination with their sponsors. The IRC and partner organizations provide food, shelter, legal orientation, medical screening, travel assistance, donated clothing, toys, and hygiene items.

 
ACA Uniforms - Show Your School Pride!

School uniforms are in place to promote student unity, equity, responsibility, and school pride. Properly adhering to the school dress code is an important aspect of getting in the right mindset for a successful day. At ACA, it is also a reflection of our standards of dress as young Muslim leaders - reflecting unity, neatness, and modesty. 

Please look through our ACA Student Dress Code presentation and help your student meet these standards.

Our backordered uniform items are finally here! If you paid for any items during parent orientation night, we will deliver your items to your child's classroom.

The items below are available for purchase through ACA. We are selling them online and during second recess (12:00 p.m-1:00 p.m) in our courtyard. Students may bring cash, money order, or check for any amount up to $49. For purchases $50 and more please use this link to pay via credit card.  Online purchases will be delivered to students or they may bring their receipt to the office. 

  • ACA Hijab, PE Shirts & Logos - These items are mandatory and must be purchased by Friday, September 17th. The school hijab is $5. Iron on logos are $3 each, PE shirts $12 long sleeve and $10 short sleeve (check out our school colors).
     
  • School Spirit Shirt - Our school spirit shirt is not mandatory but we will ask the student body to wear these on School Spirit days.  We are excited about our new Empower design created by an ACA student.  Shirts will be sold at $5 for short sleeve and $7 for long sleeve (reduced price due to a small typo).
                                         
     

Uniform Enforcement & Compliance - Uniform guidelines will be enforced strictly starting next week (September 20th).  If you ordered items from Vicki Marsha and they have not arrive.  Please send a copy of the receipt with your student to excuse them.  Any non-school purchased hijabs for girls grades 6-12  must be an identical color to the uniform and approved by the office.

NEW! 6-12 Girls PE Hijab Modification - We listened to our 6-12 girls and have modified our dress code for girls PE. During PE class girls may change into a two-piece Amira type hijab in white or black.  

Prayer Rugs are a Required School Supply - Due to the pandemic and use of the gym for prayer Monday to Thursday, a prayer rug is a required school supply. If students do not have a prayer rug to use by Friday, September 17th, ACA will sell them one as pictured below for $2.  
                          

We appreciate your attention to these important items.  Please understand that our philosophy is that uniform compliance is an important aspect of student success.  We ask that you speak to your child about the uniform importance and guidelines to help them arrive to school in uniform.  We hope to work in partnership with our students and families to instill pride in wearing their ACA uniform.  

 
AZ Private Scholarship Funds

 AZ Private Education Scholarship Funds has awarded $500 in additional scholarship to 4 of our students for submitting a summer essay. They were picked among 200 applicants.

Below are students:

  • Yasmine Awwad
  • Amily Awwad
  • Izabella Zakaria
  • Sammy Zakaria
Congratulations to our scholarship recipients!
 
Purchase  2020/21 Yearbooks Now!

This 2020/2021 Yearbooks are available for sale at the Administration office. Limited quantities are available! The 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  2019/2020 yearbooks from the school's Front Office for a REDUCED PRICE! The cost per book is $25.

 
Registration is Still Open
2021-2022

Arizona Cultural Academy's 2021-2022 enrollment for new and returning students is still open!  Our tuition table is 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 two 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 an opening for an Elementary Homeroom Teacher (Certification and experience preferred)!

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 Pictures!
Check out pictures of our new library and 4th Grade Science project!
 
 
 
 

 Health Updates

Covid-19 Booster Shots 

Starting September 20th, the Covid-19 booster shot will be available nationwide to the fully vaccinated population who received the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna).

Click on the link below to learn more to learn about the booster shot:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

 

Athletics

We hope that you and your families are starting the year off on a good note.  Athletic programs will resume this school year. Stay tuned for more information!
 

  Announcements

  • Masjid Committee Update - In an effort to increase our knowledge and Iman we are starting the following new weekly classes in the masjid after Isha, insh'Allah. Each session will be  15 minutes.

    Below is the schedule:
    Monday - Prophetic Duas* by Br. Umair Khan
    Wednesday - Islamic Spirituality* by Dr. Husam  Mallah 
    Thursday - Reflections on Surah Luqman* by Ustadh Yamen Attasi
    Sunday - Introductory Fiqh/Essentials of Worship* by Yaser Ali

    We will plan to stream the classes insh'Allah on Mxlr or Zoom for those that are unable to attend physically.
     
  • PikMyKid Dismissal App  - Don't  forget to sign up for the PikMyKid Dismissal App! For assistance, call us at ext.110.  A big thank you to the many parents who have signed up and for everyone's patience during our implementation.  Now that PMK is implemented we will be dismissing at 3:20 p.m Monday-Thursday, 2:30 p.m on Fridays.
     
  • Campus Mask Mandates -  We are continuing to enforce  mask mandates on campus, one of the CDC's strongest mitigation factors for COVID prevention.
 
 
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