MCECC Sunday School 2011-2012
Student Hand Book
Table of Contents
· Rules and guidelines
Ø Dress Code
· Attendance sheet
Ø Student conduct with discipline
Ø Masjid Area rules
Ø Homework policy
· Class system
· Other activities
Dear parents, Assalamu Alikum
It is my pleasure to give you a small tour in regards to our MCECC Sunday School. This brief handbook will provide you with all regulations, mission, achievements, classes, improvements and other activities. Please refer to the table of contents when needed.
We have decided to improve our Sunday School system through providing this written policy for both students and parents. We hope that these regulations will provide your child with the best opportunity for learning and education. We have adopted new procedures for a safe and better learning environment for everyone.
Dear parents: we are confident of your cooperation. Your support and understanding will bring about many achievements and success in your child’s Islamic learning career.
I pray to Allah (SWT) that he accept your efforts and struggle in order to educate and bring your children closer to Islam. I also ask Allah (SWT) to bless us with strength to make this semester even better.
Truly your brothers,
Rules & Guidelines
Since one purpose of our school is to train our children to implement Islamic teachings into their lives, we ask all the parents to help us by following our dress policy. All enrolled children are required to dress appropriately in the Masjid. Their dress should reflect upon modesty and respect for the house of Allah (SWT).
§ All boys should wear long pants or if they would like to wear shorts, the shorts must cover the knee.
For Girls under 8 years of age:
§ The dress should cover their entire body.
§ Scarf is recommended
For Girls 8 and above:
§ All girls should cover the entire body.
§ They are required to wear lose pants (if any) and lose shirt which does not describe the shape of the body.
§ Pants or skirts should be lengthy enough to cover the ankle.
§ All girls are required to wear proper Hijab, which covers the head entirely.
§ No one is allowed to wear T-Shirt / short sleeve shirts, which do not cover the whole arm.
§ Excessive makeup is unacceptable.
MCECC Sunday School has designed its study according to semester basis. Their success will be based on regular attendance. We ask our dear parents to please help your child by bringing them on time without tardiness or delay.
*** Low grades and reduction of learning may be the outcome of Absence.
All students must arrive and leave MCECC Sunday School on time. Tardiness to School is not acceptable, because class time is limited. We have also instituted a strict attendance policy. There are some consequences for being late.
Ø Each student is allowed two tardy marks to class during the entire semester.
Ø There will be a sheet of “attendance agreement” kept as a record. If the student is late a third time, the parent must sign in order to bring their child to the next class.
Ø More then five tardies will result in your child’s failure to complete the semester.
MCECC Sunday School cannot provide a baby-sitting program for the children after school is over. Teachers cannot bear the responsibility of looking after children after the school day is over. Therefore, parents are required to pick their children up from the Masjid right at the end of the last class session. Failing to do so may result in paying for childcare at a rate of $10 per 10 minutes.
In our Sunday School, there are minimum days required in order to achieve some improvement in your child’s Islamic and Quranic learning career. Failure to attend on a regular basis will result in the inability to complete the rest of the semester.
Student Discipline and Conduct:
We try our best to keep the Masjid a wonderful place where the basic principles of Islam are applied. Our efforts are not just to teach our children Quran and Arabic, but also to build their character which sometimes requires discipline.
· Students are required to listen to the teacher and show complete respect to the Masjid, teachers, and classmates.
· Students should not talk back to teachers, or be disruptive in the class at any time.
Repeated disciplinary problems (exceeds three times) will result in expulsion from the entire semester.
Rules about Masjid care:
Since the Masjid is the house of Allah, it is our duty to keep it clean. There are some important rules that each student must follow while attending our school or any other program.
· No running at prayer time!
· No playing in the Masjid with water guns, etc.
· There are some rules regarding eating and drinking in the Masjid:
Ø The carpet of Masjid should be cleaned after eating and drinking.
Ø Properly throwing away cups, plates, napkins, and any kind of trash after eating or drinking is required at all times.
We try to keep the number of homework assignments down. However, with the new curriculum, there is a student workbook which is a part of the learning process and which is designed to be completed at home. We encourage the parents to help their children to prepare for the next class by reviewing the lesson at home. Some classes do send a reminder form with the students to let parents know their children’s progress each lesson.
Since this school is focused on learning Islam, Quranic Arabic, Seerah, Morals, and memorizing the Holy Quran, the class time is devoted to improve your child in these areas. We have divided our classes based on age group as well as the individual child’s level of knowledge. Each group will have textbooks issued by semester. The new curriculum is broken down by age as well as school level, i.e. primary, middle, high school. If a particular students level of knowledge is not in keeping with his/her age group, they will be moved to the appropriate class, up or down, in order that each child will achieve the most benefit from the lessons.
Age groups are broken down as shown below, and a brief description of the curriculum is mentioned for those groups.
Group 1: (5-7 years of age)
Group 2: (8-12 years of age)
Focus Aria of Studies:
The first series lays the foundation of the Islamic belief system in a colorful and age appropriate way. The key concept of Tawheed is explained in simple language drawing from the Quran and teachings of the Prophet (PBUH). Seerah, worship, and Islamic manners and etiquette are covered. Fun characters are introduced to the students to Inspire them to learn and important life lessons.
Group 3 and 4: (13-15 years of age; Girls and Boys separate)
Focus Aria of Studies:
These students begin the semester with the same lessons but at an advanced level as the previous group. At this age however, they are ready for more challenging lessons. During the second semester, students transition to the next level of the curriculum which is designed to deepen their understanding of Islam through stories, nasheeds, and thought provoking questions and activities.
Group 5 and 6: (16+ years of age; Girls and Boys separate)
Focus Aria of Studies:
These students will be challenged with more detailed lessons about Islamic principles and character themes taken from the Quran and Seerah. The lessons are presented as stories, related in a captivating and exciting narrative style. Activities and questions are designed to nurture comprehension and analytical skills.
LOST TEXTBOOKS: Due to the high cost of these books, any lost books will be replaced at the parents expense. The cost for the text and workbook is $50.00 and may be paid to MCECC administration.
Learning the Arabic language:
Our educational program will also At this level, students are led through more detailed teach the kids the Arabic alphabet, which is the essential element to learning the Holy Quran. They will practice writing, reading, and pronouncing the Arabic letters.
We are planning fun and exciting activities for the kids along with education such as: trips to zoo, Chuck-E-Cheese, water balloon day, Islamic movie day, Hajj Day, other Islamic days, etc.
** Not allowed list
1) Students of all ages and groups are not allowed to bring toys, cards, or any kind of game devices to any class. If founded then administration will keep them until the end of school.
2) Students may bring a cell phone to school, but they are not allowed to keep there cell phones in the class. They should deposit them either with their teacher or at the administration office.
3) Parents are not allowed to sit in the class of there son or daughter. If the parent believes that there is a special need which must be fulfilled, then please contact the administration office to make these special arrangements.
Ø We are working hard to adapt this new curriculum for our school.
Ø We are also working on preparing a workshop for our teachers.
We look forward to your suggestions, comments and concerns. Please feel free to write it down and give it to School Principal or drop it in the suggestion box.