In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent and The Most Merciful
The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing
The Full Time Islamic School of Greater Lansing
The Greater Lansing Islamic School is
PK-8 elementary school which offers the Muslim children of the Greater Lansing area a comprehensive education which includes mathematics, science, social studies, reading/literacy, Islamic Studies, Quran,
Arabic, Computer training and Arts. The school has over 70 students distributed in five classes:
PK/K, 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8.|
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The Need for an Islamic School|
Anyone concerned with Muslim children in the USA will
realize the need to establish an Islamic School for many important reasons
|The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing is committed to the running of a full-time school that will promote and advance Islamic principles, practices, beliefs, and the pursuit of academic education.|
|Develop a high-quality Islamic school with certified teachers and accredited curriculum that meets the religious and academic needs of the children. Our purpose is to teach skills, thinking processes, and concepts while fostering positive social and emotional growth. We are committed to the belief that all children, regardless of gender, socio-economic status, or previous academic performance can realize their potential.|
|After three years of planning, the school opened its doors in the academic year 1996-97 with kindergarten, first, and second grades. Alhamdulilah, the the school has now reached up to
the eighth grade. The school teaches Islamic and Arabic knowledge from the
best available sources that suit the environment and help preserve spiritual
growth, Muslim character, self worth, self discipline, and ethical and moral
values. In addition to Islamic and Arabic knowledge, the curriculum consists
of regular academic subjects (English, mathematics, science, physical
education, art, etc.) as taught in public schools. All of this insha’Allah will be accomplished in a healthy, clean, Islamic climate conducive to learning.
The school is managed by the Full-time School Committee. The Committee determines the tuition level each year as it prepares its annual budget. Every effort is made to maintain the tuition as low as feasible, to make the school accessible to as many children as possible. In addition to tuition, other sources of income are fundraising efforts, monthly pledges, donations, and contributions from the general revenues of the Islamic Center. A pledge form is included on this page.
contact the school to confirm when the school year begins. There will be a parent teacher conference during each marking period. Students will participate in an annual Qur'an competition, spelling bee, MEAP tests, end of year program and educational fieldtrips throughout the year. Students will also receive after-school tutoring in preparation for the MEAP
The School Day:
The school day begins at 8:15 a.m. School dismissal is 3:45 p.m.
What's new in the coming Academic year and makes us Special
|The school has taken steps toward accreditation by hiring teachers who are certified in the areas that they teach.|
|School Principal||Karen Elsadek||The new principal, Karen Elsadek joined the school last year as teacher of the 1st/2nd class as well as math teacher of the 5th/6th and 7th/8th classes. Prior to that Karen had 17 years of experience as a certified teacher in Vermont, combining teaching and administrative experiences in a one-room school covering K to 8th grades. In addition to her administrative duties, Karen will teach the Pre K/K class for three hours.|
|Certified Teacher||Amanda Wilke||With BA in elementary education from Michigan State University and teaching certificate in K-8, Amanda joined the school last year as part-time teacher. This year she will be full time, teaching the 3rd/4th class, as well as social studies for the 5th/6th and 7th/8th classes.|
|Certified Teacher||Rebekah Ashley||Rebekah Ashley has BA in elementary education from Michigan State University and certified to teach all subjects K-5 and science 6-8. Rebekah will teach the 1st/2nd class, as well as science for the 5th/6th and 7th/8th classes.|
|Certified Teacher||Maureen Marcusse||
Maureen Marcusse has BA in education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and certified to teach all subjects K-5, mathematics and language arts 6-8. She will teach math and language arts for the 5th/6th and 7th/8th classes.
|Quran Memorization, Islamic Studies||Sheikh Abdulkadir Omar||The Imam, who leads the five daily prayers and the Taraweeh prayer in Ramadan, will teach Qur'an. He has been in charge of the Qur'an program for four years.|
|Arabic, Islamic studies||Hafsa Mohamed Ali||With education degree from Um Dorman, Sudan, and many years of experience, Hafsa is a valuable and beloved teacher. Hafsa has been with the school since its opening in 1996 and last year she received the Teacher-Of-The-Year Award. Hafsa will teach Qur'an, Arabic, and Islamic studies for the Pre K/K class and Qu'ran and Arabic for other classes.|
|Quran Teacher||Lul Hassan||The Secretary. She has been with the school form the beginning as a volunteer, parent, part-time aid, and since last year as a full-time secretary. Many people in the community know her as a caring, enthusiastic, and initiative individual who has helped the community in many areas.|
|Arabic, Islamic studies, Quran||Raghda Khatib||While trained as a medical doctor, she is very knowledgeable in Islam and Arabic, including a certificate of tajweed of Qur'an. After many years of teaching in Sunday schools, she has joined our school two years ago. She will teach Islamic studies for the 3rd/4th and 5th/6th classes and Qu'ran and Arabic for other classes.|
|The school day starts at 8:15 with a morning assembly, followed by 8 periods that cover Quran, Islamic studies, Arabic, English (two periods), mathematics, science, and social studies. The students have two breaks, one for lunch and recess and the other for Dhuhr prayer. The day ends at 3:45. On Fridays, the school has a special schedule that allows the students to attend the Jumah prayer and have extra curricula activities following the prayer.|
We strive to keep the tuition as low as possible.
This year the (per student) tuition ranges from a minimum of $125/month
to a maximum of $300/month, depending on the family income. The tuition
is expected to cover only about half the expenses. We strive to raise
the other half from the community through fundraising events, pledges,
and income-generating projects.
|The Greater Lansing Islamic School is accepting applications for Pre-K and Kindergarten. Children who are four years old by December 1, 2005, can apply to the the Pre-Kindergarten class. They will be tested by the classroom teacher to determine their readiness for the school. Pre-Kindergarten children study the same program as Kindergarten children if they are ready. In special cases, Pre-K students may be allowed to proceed directly to first grade the following year, but that depends on what the teacher and parents deem best for the child. Please contact the school principal at 332-3700 for further information.|
|The students continue to perform well in MEAP and CAT tests. MEAP results in reading, writing, and social studies were published in the Muslim Observer in June. Typically, results equal or are better than the state average.|
|The school budget this year is about quarter of a million dollars. Tuition covers about 45% of the expenses and the rest is covered by donations from the Muslim community. The main sources are the sponsorship program, where brothers and sisters pledge monthly or yearly donations, the annual fundraising dinner in April, a fundraising in Ramadan, and other fundraising activities such as food sale after the Jumah prayer.|
|The School Committee School Committee and Members of the Administration|
|In addition to financial contributions, you can help the school by donating your time. You can help in tutoring, extra-curricula activities, lunch, recess, etc. To volunteer, call the principal at 332-3700 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Allah, the school is doing very well on all fronts. With the continued support of the Muslim community and the dedication of the parents and the school staff, we are optimistic about the future. We pray to Allah to give our community the will and the means to finish the expansion project that we have started to improve our facilities.
|Dear Muslim brother and Muslimah sister,|
Don't miss this opportunity to support the spread of Islam in this part of the world. Donate to the school building as much as you can. It is 'Sadakha Jarriah'(continuous reward) that will weigh heavily on your scale Insha'a Allah.
To donate by check, make your check payable to the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing and mail it to :
|The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing
Attention : School Building Fund
920, South Harrison,
East Lansing, MI 48823
|Hadith on Charity: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said the angels once asked God if there was anything in His Creation stronger than the mountains, iron, fire, water, and wind. God replied: "Yes, the son of Adam who gives charity with his right hand while concealing it from his left." (Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 602)|
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE FULL-TIME SCHOOL COMMITTEE- 2003/4
Asadullah Khan (Treasurer)
Hassan Khalil (Chair)
Kashaka Kikelomo (Principal)
Sadiq Mohamed (moved out of town in August)
and Sani Abbas.
School Staff: |
Principal: Kashaka Kikelomo
Secretary: Lul Hassan (also Quranic teacher)
Hafsa Ali (Quran PK/K & 1st/2nd Arabic and Islamic Studies, 3rd-8th Arabic)
Aafiya Contractor (PK/K Homeroom, 5th/6th English)
Karen Elsadek (1st/2nd Homeroom, 5th-8th Math)
Raghda Khateeb (Quran, 3th-8th Arabic, 3rd/4th & 7th/8th Islamic Studies)
Abdul Kadir Omar (Quran, 5th/6th Islamic Studies)
Meghan VanWoert (3rd/4th Homeroom, 5th-8th Science)
Amanda Wilkie (5th-8th Social Studies, 7th/8th English).
Homeroom teachers for grades PK to 4th grade cover English, Math, Science and Social Studies.
Part-time Custodian: Michael Miller/Sister Safia
|Academics: The school has 69 students divided into five classrooms: PK/K, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, and 7th/8th. |
| The school adopts the East Lansing curriculum for English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Certified teachers in all grades teach these subjects. Moreover, the curriculum includes Quranic memorization, Islamic Studies, and Arabic. The school day starts with a morning assembly at 8:15 and ends at 3:45. The students took the MEAP and Stanford tests, but results were not available at the time of preparing this report.
Community Effort: The community continues its generous support of the school through financial donations and volunteer work. This year the school secured the help of many volunteers in all aspects of the school operation (Quranic memorization, classroom help, Parents/Teachers Organization, Backpack Program, Friday activities, tutors). The list of volunteers who have been consistent and reliable include sisters Amanda, Amina, Anna, Awi, Gina, Halima, Jamillah, Miranda, Monica, Nuha, Raheema, Rania, Shereen, and Somer, and brothers Amin, Mahmoud, Shaad, and Tariq.
New Initiatives This Year: Student Council and Parents/Teacher Organization
Building: It was expected that the school would start in the new building in the beginning of September. Unfortunately, classes were still held in temporary locations in the Islamic Center till Friday, December 5, but alhamdullilah the school will move to the new building on Monday, December 8. We appreciate the patience of the teachers, students, and parents in accommodating the temporary classroom arrangement.
Finances: The tuition is about $2000 per student. The cost per student is about $4000. Thus, tuition covers only half the cost, while the community, through various forms of donations, subsidizes the other half. At the end of the fiscal year 2002-2003 we had a deficit of $14,741. This deficit is included as an expenses item in the 2003-2004 budget. To balance the budget for 2003-2004, we need to raise about $100,000. The bulk of this money is to be raised in the annual fundraising dinner in April. May Allah help us reach this goal.
School Budget: 2003-2004
Books & supplies
Telephone & Copy Machine
Deficit from last year
|Disclaimer: Views expressed in this site are those of individuals and not necessarily the express opinion of the Islamic Soc. of Gr Lansing.|
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