Assalamu Alaikum Dear Parents,
The topic of this week’s newsletter is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education. STEM Education is very trending right now and is becoming more and more popular in most schools.
This approach to education is multidisciplinary and consists of problem-based learning with an emphasis
on students’ collaboration and group critical thinking to try to find solutions to problems. The students take charge of their learning, and no answer is a wrong answer as long as the steps of STEM Education are in place.
Unlike the traditional way of learning where the teacher gives the lesson and students take notes and
reproduce the knowledge with pen and paper, STEM is a methodology where students learn together by
doing. By working on modules adapted to the curriculum, STEM teaches that nobody fails, but rather
rethinks, re-evaluates the work and come up with a new plan.
The good news is that TIA is going STEM starting in the fall of 2022. There is a huge amount of work
that took place to put the program together and is still ongoing. The program requires developing a curriculum, providing STEM professional Development and teacher-training, acquisition of modules that correspond to the current curriculum and quarterly planning on how to roll out the program.
To set the expectations correctly, I would like the parents to be patient and not expect full-blown STEM
starting in September 2022. We will roll out the program slowly to give time to the teachers and
students to adjust to the new STEM curriculum.
I would like to appeal to TIA parents who have the expertise or STEM know-how and who would like to
be involved to reach out to me.
As always, I believe that together, we can make it happen.
Congratulations to our students who participated in the 2022 National History Bee, International Geography Bee, and National Science Bee Regional Finals held at the Brown Middle School in Newton, MA on Saturday, April 2nd. The following students competed in the Regionals:
Grade 5: Leena Aboumahmoud, Aisha Zaheer, Ayan Nafee Grade 6: Abdulmuhaymin Rahman Grade7: Samiha Jaffar Ali, Maryam Bhatti, Rayyan Ahmed
Ahmed Hamad Grade 8: Noor Bhatti
Masha Allah! A special congratulations to the four students who were highly placed in these Regional competitions.
At the 8th grade level, Noor Bhatti is the 2nd place Regional Science Bee winner and is a National Science Bee Qualifier, National History Bee Qualifier, and International Geography Bee Qualifier.
At the elementary level, Ayan Nafee is the 2nd place Regional Science Bee
winner and is a National Science Bee Qualifier.
At the 7th grade level, Rayyan Ahmed Siddiq and Ahmed Hamad were placed among the Top 10 Regional finalists for the Science Bee and are National Science Bee Qualifiers.
Spring Vacation Reminder
Monday, April 18th through Friday, April 22nd is a regular school-week. And Spring Vacation will be from Monday, April 25th through Friday, April 29th.
First Day of Ramadan Celebration
TIA staff and students had a great celebration in welcoming the blessed month of Ramadan to enhance its spirit.
TIA resumed the students' group morning assembly and Alhamdulillah, it is great to watch the students reciting the surahs and the morning dua together.
PK3 - Welcome Ramadan
PreK3 students made their lanterns and had a henna party to welcome Ramadan.
PK4 - Welcome Spring
The students have been taught to pray in Jamaa' and Masha Allah, they were so good following the etiquettes of the prayer.
The students went for a nature walk to enjoy the beautiful weather and did planting to enthusiastically welcome the spring season.
TIA masjid - Dhuhr prayer
TIA also resumed the Dhuhr prayer Jamaa' where students of Grade 5 through Grade 8 perform their Dhuhr prayer together at our TIA musalla.
Message from Student Council
TIA Student Council, provided dinner bags for the needy at Lawrence, MA. Students of TIA from Grade 1 through Grade 8 worked together and made dinner bags. They provided two dinners to them. The bag contained; a fruit, cookie pack, chips pack and an in school-made sandwich. The students worked in collaborations to make this event successful.
Masha Allah! They have done an amazing job and they have proven that they are indeed resilient. May Allah protect them and brighten their future. Our students made over a 200 dinner bags. Student Council members also worked hard to pack and load everything in boxes.
Jazakuma Allah khair for your donations and May Allah accept and reward each donor and supporter.
Farewell to Ms. Saida
Today Friday, the 15th is Ms. Saida Mofid’s last day at TIA. She has been with TIA for over 11 years as the senior financial administrator. Ms. Saida will move on to pursue a different opportunity and
TIA appreciates the many years of service and Ms. Saida’s dedication and commitment to the school and she will be dearly missed. She has impacted TIA’s growth on many levels and has helped so many of our parents with their financial needs. She also worked behind the scenes to make every fundraiser and school events successful.
Even though Ms. Saida will no longer be a TIA employee, she will remain part of the TIA community.
TIA board, school committee, principal, staff and teachers would like to express our sincere gratitude for
her many years of service, for that we say THANK YOU; may Allah (SWT) reward her and guide her in her new role.
We wish her all the best in her new journey!
Upcoming Events / Reminders:
Eid Break: Monday, May 2nd through Friday, May 6th
NEASC Accreditation visit: Monday, May 9th through Wednesday, May 11th
Teacher Appreciation week: Monday, May 9th through Friday, May 13th
Eid Party: Thursday, May 12th
ACT Testing (Grades 3 through Grade 8): Week of May 16th. Click the link below for practice questions: https://success.act.org/s/article/ACT-Aspire-Educator-Resources