Welcome to MCC FTS
We hope this letter finds you all well and prepping for an exciting school year ahead. As you know, we are nearing the completion of improvements to the new facility, which were required by the Village of Skokie upon the purchase of this space. We had a final meeting with the Village of Skokie today and, per our discussion, we expect to receive the occupancy permit allowing us to legally move into the school by next week Wednesday, August 27.
We are compelled to make the difficult decision to postpone by four days the first day of school for grades Preschool through 5th in order to give our teachers enough time to prepare for welcoming their students to their new classrooms and for our staff to finish final renovations and overall clean-up of the building.
Middle School (grades 6th-8th) will start school on time on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at the 8601 N. Menard St., Morton Grove, IL. However, Early Childhood and Elementary students (grades Preschool thru 5th) will have their first day of school on Monday, September 8, 2014, at the new location at 9301 Gross Point Rd., Skokie, IL. We came to this difficult decision out of concern for our students’ safety and overall well-being, and to make certain we will be able to provide an optimum learning environment from the start. Our priority is making certain our students feel welcome and at ease. We want their first experiences at the new school to be entirely positive and happy, and these extra days will give our teachers and staff the time they need to properly prepare for the arrival of our students.
Please note: This late start will not affect when our Early Childhood and Elementary students will end the school year. Since we always build into our annual calendar a four-day buffer in the event of emergency or snow days, we expect to still end the school year on June 11, 2015, as our calendar indicates, unless any additional unexpected weather-related or emergency days occur at some point during the year.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. We are thankful to Allah swt for the blessings He has bestowed upon our community in giving us this fantastic new facility. InshAllah, our students will thrive in the much larger classrooms, enjoy the beautiful, expansive library and separate computer lab, and have a great time playing on the outdoor playground equipment and spacious field. We are almost there, dear parents. We kindly request your continued duas for a successful dash to the finish line.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me directly at 847-470-8801 or email email@example.com.
MCCFTS (MCC Academy) Principal
We pray you had a blessed Ramadan, a joyous Eid and a fantastic summer break with your children.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever follows a path to seek knowledge, Allah will make the path to Jannah easy for them.”
[Sahih Muslim 2699; Sunan Tirmidhi 2945]
All of us at MCCFTS (MCC Academy) are eagerly awaiting the start of the exciting new school year ahead. We consider it a blessing to have the opportunity to guide and educate your children toward becoming the future of our ummah and great leaders of tomorrow, inshAllah!
To keep you updated on our expansion, we met with the mayor of Skokie on Tuesday this week and earlier today met with the village’s grounds and fire inspectors. AlhumdilAllah, we are on track for our opening date of Tuesday, September 2, 2014. We apologize for the delay in keeping you informed but, as you can imagine, we have been busy working on the improvements and going through the inspection process necessary to meet our completion target. Please make dua for a smooth transition.
As well, our teachers have been busy lesson-planning and prepping their new classrooms. Our staff has been training on our new school management system that will give us a lot of new, beneficial functionality. At the council level, board members have been working diligently with our expansion committee to lead a successful and smooth transition to the new facility.
I wanted to take a moment to relay to you answers to some frequently asked questions we’ve been fielding:
1. When, where and what time will Open House take place?
Middle School Open House will take place Wednesday, August 27, 4pm-7pm, at 8601 N. Menard St., Morton Grove, IL. This will be a regular Open House where parents and students will meet the teachers, see the classrooms, and listen to the principal’s overview of the Middle School program and the expectations the lay ahead.
Early Childhood and Elementary School (Pres-5th) Meet-and-Greet will take place Thursday, August 28, 4pm-7pm, as planned, however the location will be at 8601 N. Menard St, Morton Grove, IL. This will be an opportunity for you and your child to meet the teachers, meet other parents and students, listen to the principal’s overview of both the Early Childhood and Elementary School programs, and get a more in-depth update on the transition to the new facility and expectations for the new school year.
Early Childhood and Elementary School Open House will take place the following week on Thursday, September 4, 4-7pm, at 9301 Gross Point Rd., Skokie, IL. We hope you and your child will stop by this evening to tour the new school, see the classrooms, and get comfortable in the new space. Teachers and staff will be on site to show students their new classrooms and help get them comfortable with this transition.
2. Why attend our Open House?
- Meet your child’s teacher and allow your children to see the school and their new classroom
- Meet your child’s classmates and other parents
- Attend Principal Habeeb Quadri’s annual information session to discover all the new academic and extracurricular opportunities that lay ahead for your child
- Meet our Parent Support Group members and discover ways to get involved with volunteer opportunities
- Pick up your child’s school supplies if you ordered them online via our PSG-sponsored online supply company partner
- Purchase school uniform t-shirts and sweatshirts. For girls in grades 3rd and up, tunics and jilbabs will need to be ordered from www.eastessence.com under the school uniform tab.
- Verify your contact information with our administrative staff so that we are certain to have your updated email, telephone and mailing address on file
3. Do I need to submit updated dental and immunization records?
If you have a new or returning student entering Kg, 2nd or 6th grades, you must submit an official, updated record from both your child’s dentist and doctor indicating they are up to date with their check-ups and immunizations. This is a state law requirement and children whose records are not up to date will not be admitted into the classroom on the first day of school. You can call your child’s dentist and doctor and request these forms be faxed directly to us at 847-470-8873. These are standard state forms your practitioners will have on file.
4. How do I know what school supplies to purchase for my child?
School supply lists were given to parents at report card pick-up in June. School supply lists are also available here on our school Teacherweb. Simply click on the grade you need and select “school supply list” – lists are standard for each grade. Or, stop by the school and we can give you a list.
5. What is the school uniform policy?
School uniform policies depend on the gender and grade of your child.
You can review the policy on our website at www.mccfts.org/uniform.pdf.
For girls in grades 3rd and up, tunics and jilbabs must be ordered from www.eastessence.com under the school uniform tab. You can click here to be directed to the appropriate page. We will not have tunics or jilbabs available to purchase at the school. Please, make certain to order the correct size by reviewing the size chart available on the website. Girls in third grade can wear the tunic as an alternate option to the school t-shirt. Girls in 4th and 5th grade must wear the tunic. Girls in middle school (6th-8th) must wear either the tunic or jilbab. All other students can purchase the school short-sleeve or long-sleeve t-shirt at the Open House. All students can purchase the school sweatshirt and wear over their uniform in colder weather.
6. When will I know who my child’s teacher is?
Your child’s classroom teacher will be contacting you within a week prior to the start of school on September 2 to introduce herself to you. You will be contacted either by phone, email or mail. You can also meet your child’s teacher at the Open House.
7. What is the requirement regarding my child’s completion of a summer workbook?
Children must complete a summer workbook over the summer break that should be turned into your child’s homeroom teacher at the beginning of the school year. This is a requirement for students entering grades Kg-8th grades. The completion of this workbook is worth 100 points. You should have purchased a grade-level appropriate workbook from the list provided at report card pick-up. Or, you could have purchased any appropriate grade level workbook by any of the following publishers: Evan-more, Spectrum, or Frank Schaffer. The key is that students complete a grade-appropriate workbook that will help them keep up with their reading comprehension and math skills.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the office at 847-470-8801. Our summer hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm. We will keep you updated on any further information and developments. Please keep the school in your duas.
JazakAllahkhairun to the local businesses who have signed on to take part in our 2014-15 business sponsorship program. In exchange for their financial support of MCC Full Time School (MCC Academy), we will promote these businesses to our school community and beyond via our school Facebook page, monthly newsletters, emails, and banner in our gymnasium throughout the school year. Stay tuned for news and promotions from these businesses throughout the school year. We are thankful for the support and generosity of these businesses. If you have a business and would like to join our sponsorship program, please contact Jill Alali at 847-470-8801.
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