ICO Weekend SchoolBackground
Statement of Objective
School Timings and Attendance
Our Children are the most important asset. Future of Islam in North America is directly dependent on how much time and effort we invest today on their Islamic and intellectual growth. Islamic Center of Omaha recognizes the importance of this crucial task, and has made basic education available to them thru Weekend School in the Masjid. The goal of the Weekend school is to give basic Islamic education to our children.
The school's program reflects a commitment of teachers, staff, and administrators to address the needs of each and every student. We welcome parents' ideas and support in our efforts to serve the young and growing Muslims of tomorrow. As parents bring their children to school, we want to work with them in the spirit of a true partnership in making this investment of time, effort, and resources fruitful for children, satisfying for parents, and rewarding for all those at the school.
The Islamic Weekend School is focused on providing the basic Islamic education and Islamic values to our children. Since the school meets only once a week, it is not possible to focus on a lot of areas, plus, the children are only available for less than 4 hours. Therefore the curriculum is focused on three areas:
3. Islamic Studies
We have a set program and well-defined curriculum. Our dedicated and talented staff of volunteer teachers follows the curriculum, and also include topics related to the Islamic Calendar during the school session. The Quran and Arabic classes are conducted by the Arabic speaking teachers, whereas the Islamic Studies are taught by combined Arabic and non-Arabic speaking teachers.
Statement of Objective:
1) We want our children to be the true and practicing believers of Islam with the proper and right knowledge of the teachings of Islam.
2) We want our children to develop character, better manners and a respectful demeanor.
3) We want our children to represent our community and be able to relate Islamic beliefs and teachings to non-Muslims in a coherent and compelling way.
Any changes in the school timing due to the Day Light Savings or additional holidays will be communicated to the parents thru notice.
The school will be conducted every Weekend. It is essential that the students maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and Islamic behavior. Any act of misconduct or disrespect may be a cause for student warning or dismissal from the school. Parents are urged to emphasize the importance of education, respect for teachers, and the need for spiritual and physical cleanliness, decency in dress, and Islamic behavior. For example, chewing gum or listening to headphones during classes will not be allowed. Food items, toys, radios, or non-related books are not allowed in the classrooms. Children should abide by the school dress code that is outlined below:
1. All girls are strongly encouraged to wear their Hijab at all times.
2. Shorts and slippers are not allowed.
3. Caps (sport) are not allowed.
4. Any clothing materials displaying inappropriate images are not allowed.
School Timings and Attendance:
Attendance is very essential in order for progress to be achieved. Considering that the classes are held only once a week, time is of essence. Three or more consecutive absences require a meeting of the teacher and parent to discuss the situation.
School Hours/Class Structure (Timings effective Nov 27th - Jun 14th)
From Nov 27th, School 10:00 AM to 12:45PM
Dhuhr Salah: 12:45 PM - School dismissed after Dhuhr Salah
Usually a Weekend Islamic School has a structure for the classes it holds as "age-group" based. A better scheme might be to divide the children up into knowledge ability levels, which we will label "Mastery Levels".
Here is how our procedure will work:
Give an entrance exam to the students when their parents bring them to register for the Weekend School. This test will determine how much they know about Islam. Then, place them in Mastery Level 1, 2, 3, up to 6. "1" being the kindergarten level class and "6" being geared towards advanced studies.
The exact knowledge and subject matter for each class will vary according to their level. One of our goals should be to give the students something to look forward to. They should expect that something different would come as they advance through the grades. This is only possible if the students have a similar level of knowledge. Then the teacher can build the instruction from there.
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