Madrasa Information and Registration
In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful

(formerly Al-Maqasid Weekend School)

Dear Parents,

As-salamu 'alaykum.
Welcome to Al-Maqasid's new Madrasa program! This year we intend to expand and develop our services, and make them more flexible in order to serve your family's needs, inshallah.

Students may be registered to attend both Qur'an and Islamic Studies on Friday evenings, or may register for Islamic Studies only. This year, Qur'an classes will be held first, from 5-6 pm, followed by Islamic Studies, in order to accommodate families whose children are taking Qur'an classes elsewhere and who wish to bring their children in later. Depending on prayer times, we will also pray Salat al-'Asr and/or Maghrib together, have a break and healthy snack, and a whole-school Closing Circle (Halaqah) before dismissal.

Children who are already taking Qur'an classes elsewhere with other teachers should arrive promptly between 5.50-5.55 for a 6 pm start. Children who arrive before 6 pm will be asked to practice reading Qur'an or a book quietly until the next class or activity (prayer, snack, etc) begins.

Qur'an classes will be organized in small groups according to ability and progress.

Islamic Studies classes will generally be organized according to age and grade, but exceptions can be made depending on the child's ability or special needs. We are using new textbook series' from the UK: the Al-Nasihah "Islamic Curriculum" for elementary classes and the "iSyllabus for Schools" for secondary school classes. These are available for purchase from Al-Maqasid's bookstore through the services of Mecca Books.

The classes will be as follows:

Beginners 1 - ages 6-8
Beginners 2 - ages 8-10
Intermediates - ages 10-12
Senior boys - ages 12-16
Senior girls - ages 12-16

Additional private or semi-private Qur'an classes will also also available for serious students who are committed to doing homework between sessions: on Wednesday evenings from 5-6 pm for boys, Sunday afternoons from 1.30-2.30 for girls, and at other times by special arrangement, in order to help facilitate your child's progress. Extra Arabic classes for beginners who are still learning to read will be available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3.45 - 4.30 pm. The offer of additional classes depends on demand.

In the near future, we hope to offer an exciting series of afternoon and weekend classes for children and young people based on traditional Islamic texts, such as Imam al-Nawawi's 40 Hadith. If you are interested in your child learning a particular text or area of study in greater depth than we can cover during regular Friday evening classes, such as Arabic language, please let us know.

Session Dates
Our school calendar will generally observe the local school district breaks as well as Islamic holidays.

Oct 12, 19, 26
Nov 2, 9, 16, 30th (break for Thanksgiving weekend)
Dec 7, 14, 21 (off for Winter break)
Jan 4, 11, 25 (break for Al-Maqasid Weekend Retreat)
Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
Mar 1, 8, 22, 29 (break for Al-Maqasid Weekend Retreat)
Apr 5, 12, 26 (off for Spring break)
May 3, 10 (final day for School Iftar and Awards on first Friday of Ramadan)

This year no classes will be held during Ramadan.

Our fees structure and payment process have been revised this year to modernize and bring them more into line with other mosque programs. Invoices will be sent by email and you may pay online by card, either in a single payment or installments. The school fees have been set at $3 per hour or $7.50 per session (including the price of healthy snacks and all class supplies except textbooks), with sibling reductions for the second, third and subsequent children, as follows:

School fees
1st child: $195 per year
2nd child: $150 per year
3rd and subsequent children: $125 year

School fees may be paid in a single payment, or divided over 2, 3 or up to 6 installments. All balances should be paid by March 2019.

Book fees
$25 for elementary classes (Beginners 1, 2 and Intermediates - 4 books in total per student).
$32 for secondary classes (Seniors; 3 books in total per student)

Books must be paid for separately, in a single payment during the month of October. Payments will go directly to Mecca Books and may be made by parents using the new card payment system at Al-Maqasid's bookstore.

Due to our already low fees and our program expenses, the fees will be the same whether your child is enrolled in both Qur'an and Islamic Studies, or only Islamic Studies. All students will be provided with healthy snacks and school supplies (notebooks, pens, art materials as needed).

We look forward to serving your family's needs. Please remember the school staff in your du'as.

Ustadha Fatima D'Oyen-Waley

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