As salaamu alaikum! Please read this post in its entirety. You will find information regarding:
- New Tuition Policy
- Family Survey Deadline
- Online Welcome Form - Must be completed by each family
- Parent Orientation Workshop - Attendance is mandatory
- School Supply List
- 2016-2017 Calendar
New Tuition Policy
Since its establishment in 2001, Islamic School of Trenton has always tried to keep tuition affordable. Being a non-profit organization, the school relies on donations and annual tuition fees to cover the cost of providing quality education to its students, hiring staff, and maintaining general upkeep of the school building and its facilities. We are indebted to everyone who has supported the school along the way, jazakumAllahu khayran!
Beginning in 2016, tuition for the entire school year will be due at the time of registration so as to ensure a smooth and on-going operation of the school. Families who cannot meet this obligation may pay the tuition in two installments instead: the first half at the time of registration, the remaining in January. A late fee of $10 per child will be applied to payments made past the 5th of the month, and for each additional week thereafter until the balance is paid. Three consecutive late fees will require that the family meet with the board of directors to resolve the matter.
Families who want to pay on a monthly basis must enroll in the school’s automatic payment system, which will be set up by the school for a small fee.
Family Survey Deadline
If your family meets the income eligibility guidelines outlined in the Title 1 Family Survey (page 10 of the registration application), your child may be eligible to receive aid from federally funded educational programs. Please ensure that you fill out and give this form (page 11) to the school office as soon as possible, as it needs to be submitted to your district's Board of Education when funds are allocated for the school year. All information provided will remain confidential.
For more information on Title 1 programs, please visit the U.S. Department of Education's website regarding the Title 1 Grant, as well as the aims of its Basic Program.
Online Welcome Form
Please help IST facilitate the enrollment process by filling out the Welcome Back form regarding the points below.
1) Update Contact Info
If you have had a change in residence, phone number, or email address in the last six months, please help us update our records by filling out the Changes in Contact Information part of the form.
2) Tuition Payment Option Please select the payment option your family intends to enroll in for the 2016-2017 school year.
3) Gym Shirt Orders
Students partake in physical education (PE) twice a week and are required to wear gym uniform on PE days. The school will provide long-sleeve light blue shirts with its logo on it, priced at $10 each. Navy blue sweat pants may be purchased at any department store; students are also required to wear sneakers on gym days. If you would like to purchase gym shirts, please complete the GYM Shirts Order section.
4) New Pre-Hifz (Nazira) Class
IST is excited to offer a new class this year for students expected to enroll in our full-time Hifz program next year. This Pre-Hifz, or Nazira, class is open to students in third grade and above, with the aim of helping each student develop and achieve the skills needed to succeed in the Hifz program.
Students will sit in for their regular academic lessons, and take the Nazira class in lieu of the daily 45-minute Qur'an class. Please let us know if you are interested in enrolling your child for this class by filling out the Welcome Back form!
Click here to complete the form now, jazakumAllahu khayran for your cooperation!
Upcoming Events at IST
Mandatory Parent Orientation Workshop
New school year, new faces, new ideas! Our school was founded on the needs of the community and we would like to honor this foundation by maintaining a strong line of communication between the parents, administration, and board of directors. Please join us on Thursday, September 1st, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a presentation on our goals for this school year, meet other parents, the administration and board members, and answer any questions you may have about our school policies and programs. This workshop is for parents only and will count as two parent-duty hours. Refreshments will be served.
Students will be dismissed early on this day from school.
School Supply List
The school supply list for the upcoming year is now available online.
Please note that these are the minimum items required for students to bring to school. Individual teachers may request additional supplies throughout the year based on projects and activities related to subject learning.
Here is a link: http://www.islamicschooloftrenton.org/supply-list.html
Arts & Crafts
Looking to put your recyclables to good use? You can help IST by sending the following recyclable items for arts and crafts activities that the students engage in throughout the year:
- Empty Kleenix tissue boxes (square or rectangle)
- Empty paper towel rolls
- Empty toilet paper rolls
- Empty cardboard cylinder tubes with lids (Pringles containers, for example)
- Cardboard or styrofoam egg cartons (not plastic)
JazakumAllahu khayran for your help!
2016-2017 School Calendar
The complete school year calendar is available on the website. Please note the following extended school closing periods:
Sept. 12-14 (Eid al Adha holiday)
Nov. 24-25 (Thanksgiving recess)
Dec. 26-30 (Winter recess)
April 17-21 (Spring recess)
Teacher in-service meetings are the first Thursday of every month, unless otherwise specified; students will be dismissed at noon on those days. The tentative last day of school will be May 31st, 2017, provided that there are no emergency closings. The school must be in operation for 180 days, par New Jersey education laws. Any days that require the school to close, must be made up at the end of the year.