As salaam alaikum and welcome to the 2019-20 school year at Masjid Bilal Weekend School. I am excited for our new school year to begin. The first day of classes is Sept 8th. With Classes from 10am-2pm. Please arrive early to help the school, students and teachers start on time. Students are to go upstairs to the morning assembly hall. They will need to check in before entering the hall and receive their name tag. You can find the online registration on the HOME page.
Should your student not be registered please sign him/her in and fill out the temporary name tag. The student will then proceed to the morning assembly. The parent or guardian should go to the Weekend School Office where you will be given application materials.
Jazakallah Khair Mrs. Chrystal Said
Masjid Bilal Weekend School Principal
To kick off the new school year in a sweet way we joined together for an Ice Cream Social and Friendship building Islamic trivia Game.
Juice Boxes or Small Bottles of Water
Individually Wrapped desserts (Snack cakes, fruit cups, etc.)
Bread Products (rolls, pita, naan, etc.)
Individual bags of chips
Fresh Fruit or Vegetables
Paper products (plates, napkins, bowls, cups)
Plastic Wear (forks, spoons, knives)
For the first potluck on September 9th we will also be having an Ice Cream Social to celebrate the start of the school year and Eid ul-Adha. The following changes have been made so that the day is a success for our students:
Ice Cream Toppings (small candies, cookies, chocolate syrup, cones, etc)
Fruit for Ice Cream (Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, etc)
Ice Cream individual containers (any flavor)
10/6 Potluck/Scavenger Hunt
As part of our monthly potluck we will be having a scavenger hunt. Students will answer questions based upon Islamic lessons and follow clues as groups or teams.
10/13 Pink Hijab Day
Pink Hijab Day is an annual event throughout the world to bring awareness for Breast Cancer.
Pink Hijab Day is an initiative that began Hend El-Buri and a group of high school students in Columbia, Missouri. It was intended to remove stereotypes of Muslim women by having Muslims engage in dialogue about breast cancer awareness, joining walks in groups while women wearing pink headscarves and men wear pink kufis (or skull caps), and holding other events promoting awareness and support for the cause. It takes place at many Islamic schools and student organizations throughout the United States.
More details of our event will be posted soon
September 29 Ramadan Recognition, did your student fast during the Holy Month of Ramadan? Please have them fill out the days they fasted and turn in by Sept 22. All Students that fasted one or more days will be recognized.
Did you know that the Masjid Bilal Weekend School has a school library? Yes, our library has books for teachers and parents as well as our students. All books that are checked out are to be returned within two weeks.
We welcome donations to our library including:
Islamic story books
And other Islamic Educational Books
Would you like to write something for the Weekend School News Letter?
Contact the front office to find out more!
The Muslim Ummah is spread throughout the world yet we are all equal in the eyes of Allah. The student population at the Masjid Bilal Weekend School comes from many areas of the world. Therefore, to celebrate the diversity shared by our current and future students we will be using diversity as our theme for the 2019-20 school year. Multicultural education teaches people to acknowledge, embrace, and respect difference. Multicultural education helps teachers come to terms with personal, cultural, and ethnic identity while simultaneously encouraging and providing settings for students to come to terms with their own culture and ethnicity. This will allow for our students to have a strong since of self, understand each other, and teach greater understanding and respect for those that are different from themselves.
Why, greater understanding of the world around us and ourselves reduces tension, ignorance, and stereotypes. Over time it will also lead to a reduction in prejudicial thoughts, actions, and speech. Leading to an overall reduction in bullying and violence. Prejudicial behavior is a learned behavior and can also be unlearned, no matter the age.
Bullying sometimes involves negative comments about a student's personal attributes and how they are different from other students.
These negative judgements can relate to:
· appearance & weight
· socio economic status
· ability & disability
· culture & race
Prejudice-based bullying, also sometimes called bias-based bullying, is bullying related to prejudices that students absorb from the wider social community about the value of diversity in a community.
Students from a culture, race or religion that differs from the main culture, race or religion at the school are also more likely to be bullied.
Student bullying is strongly linked to school climate, including how openly difference and diversity are discussed and how much value is placed on respect for diversity and inclusion. Celebrating diversity in schools is the first step towards improving acceptance within society. Teaching children about difference and diversity builds a strong foundation of understanding and provides a set of values that children can take with them throughout life.
Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month
Learn about Revert Muslims
(Starting with the Ansars)
American Indian Heritage Month
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
African American History Month
Women’s History Month
Arab American Heritage Month
National Deaf History Month
(will include other disabilities)
Graduation (Students are to dress in their family culture)
IslamInSpanish is an educational non-profit organization that was established out of the need to educate Latinos about Islam in the Spanish language worldwide after the devastating incident of 9/11. It is was founded by Mujahid Fletcher, a Colombian convert to Islam who’s need to share Islam with his father and family led to discover that there was no material in the Spanish language. After his father’s conversion 3 months later, both of them and his recently converted wife all worked together to bring about a balanced understanding of Islam within a culturally relevant manner which lead to the creation of the 1st cd produced entitled “La Religion de la Verdad” (The Religion of Truth) which became the means to his wife’s aunt embracing Islam before her death from Cancer.
The production of that first cd became distributed to to Spanish-speakers worldwide with great success of educating and many even accepting the tenants of Islam as their new way of life.
IslamInSpanish original mission was to become the trusted source of Islamic Multimedia resources and products to educate Latinos in the Spanish language worldwide and to date has produced over 500 audio books, 250+ television shows, and carried out 1000s of live events in North and Latin America. As a pioneer and leader it seeks to empower people who will empower their respective communities and bring about a sense of peace and common-good worldwide by clarifying misconceptions of Islam and culturally attaching Latinos to their common Islamic roots historically from Al-Andalus or Andulucia to normalize the notion of Islam to Spanish-speakers while encouraging universal principles of a common human good and diversity.
Is originally from Colombia, South America and grew up in Houston since age 8. He is an Entrepreneur, John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach, International Public Speaker, Multimedia and Film Honors Graduate of the Art Institute of Houston and founder of the global leading Non-Profit Organization IslamInSpanish. He has obtained specialized certifications in Filmmaking from Hollywood’s Screenwriting Doctor Robert McKee and has invited and accepted into Harvard University’s HIVE Global Leaders Network program in Boston. He is a media analyst on Univision, Telemundo, CNN in Spanish, and others. He is one of the few Latino Muslims to accept Islam in the U.S. just months before September 11th. He then studied the Arabic language and Quranic studies in Cairo, Egypt’s Fajr Institute and has learned classical Islamic texts from diverse national and international notable scholars. His most recent accomplishment is opening the 1st IslamInSpanish Centro Islamico in the U.S. a year ago where over 50 people have embraced Islam after experiencing a new standard welcoming, diverse, and inclusive vibrant community striving to normalize the image of Islam in America.
Born in New York and raised in Houston, Isa Parada was an altar boy at his family’s Roman Catholic parish and after converting to Islam he went on to graduate from Madina University from the faculty of theology and is now an Imam.
His family roots from El Salvador allow him to effectively educate Latinos about Islam as one of our IslamInSpanish instructors locally and nationally while serving as a bridge between the general Muslim community and Latinos. He has played a unique role in developing educational programming as an instructor as well as a community counselor.
All students that turn in their Ramadan Fasting Charts with parent signature will receive recognition. Ramadan Charts are located in student folders. If your student needs a new chart please contact the Weekend School Office. Ramadan Charts are due by September 22nd.
Nominations are made by teachers
Nominations are made by teachers, volunteers, students, and parents at the Weekend School Office
Nominations are made by teachers, volunteers, students, and parents at the Weekend School Office
Students will be recognized monthly for perfect attendance