MCC Sunday School
January 2023 Newsletter

Inspiring Contributions from Students
spreading light in the community

Ibrahim Nadeem from grade 9 at MCC Sunday school has been teaching high school and college level advance math on an online website called ‘Fiverr’ since 2022. When he started this online tutoring service, he decided to donate 100 % of his earnings towards charity. Ibrahim donated his first earned $100 recently to MCC online charity link towards housing and hunger program. May Allah reward Ibrahim for his effort and put barakah in his income solely dedicated towards helping his community and poor people. Ameen!
Areeba Maryam from grade 5 at MCC Sunday school, as part of the cub scouts activity in Boy Scouts of America, participated in the Food Collection drive during November 2022. As a result of this collection drive, the pack was able to collect 3.5K canned/boxed food items and ~$200 in cash. Areeba not only participated in the collection but also led the sorting and counting activity for the pack.
Hasan Appapillai from grade 6 at MCC Sunday school, has been a regular at MCC pantry every Saturday helping out with packaging and loading cars with grocery and organizing the pantry. He wants to make a difference by contributing towards supporting the poor, needy and refugees.

Importance of proper dressing

Imam Tahir has recently recorded a video message on the importance of dress code on the MCC masjid school premises. Parents and students can refresh the school policy on the topic by visiting the relevant section of handbook

Rab e Zidni Ilma
embedding safety in school operations

The school administration staff received emergency and safety training on their assigned roles and responsibilities. Training provided an insight on what an assigned individual staff member should do when an emergency occurs to help students and teachers. Evacuation map have been updated and posted in each classroom to route students to an evacuation assembly area. CPR training has already been offered to the staff in January 2023.

Selfless Parent Volunteers
walking the talk

We are blessed to have a selfless group of ~25 parent volunteers who had proved to be the backbone of school operations since our return to campus this fall. Majority of them are regular volunteers who are passionate about helping the students and the community. Alhamdullilah, this year is off to a great start bringing back the spirit and vibe of the pre-pandemic era.

Br. Altaf is a passionate and dedicated parent always available to help the community. He has been co-leading MCC Sunday School volunteering activities every Sunday from day one. Each Sunday, he is also one of the first parents to arrive at the school and the last one to leave. His selflessness and willingness to give back to the community is truly appreciated.
Br. Asim and Sr. Shazia (not pictured) are an exceptional parent couple who are driven by passion and purpose. They have exceeded their minimum hour requirement long ago, but they suggested that "We are not counting hours anymore, we are here to help anyway". Masha Allah!. Each sunday, while Br. Asim is engaged in assisting with classroom setup or teardown, yard clean up or traffic, Sr. Shazia is busy assisting teacher(s) in pre-K and other grades.

You cannot miss Br. Kamran!! He is always there at the school entrance wishing you Salam and at times marking some students tardy (which he hates by the way). He does a load of work after that to accurately log the tardy and attendance which is important for student's grading. Thank you for all that you do.

Rahbar spotlight
role models for our future

MCC Sunday school is blessed to have over 50+ teacher and admin staff volunteers. Their dedication and hard work is what makes our school thrive. In this newsletter, we are putting a spotlight on three of them.
Br. Masoud Qazen has been helping the school since its inception. He has been engaged in activities including teaching Quranic subjects, meaning and light commentary. His main source of motivation is the very spirit of obligation towards the community to share a few words from Allah (SWT). Br. Masoud's main message for parents is to preach what you say, model the behaviors instead of telling your kids. For instance, be involved with the center to demonstrate the importance instead of just dropping off the kids at the school. He is also highly supportive of the MCC's efforts to bring in various youth inspirational speakers.
This is Sr. Salma Chaudhry's 12th year of teaching at MCC Sunday school. She has taught grades 6 and 8 in the past and have been teaching level 7 girls Islamic studies for the past 9 years. The main reason for joining the school was to teach and serve the community where she was raising her three children, hence Sr. Salma decided to volunteer at MCCSS while her children were attending the school.
As times are changing and the world of a preteen is becoming more and more complicated, the one constant that she urges her students is to preserve and protect their Islamic identity. In her class, students are encouraged to ask questions with a focus on addressing their challenges as Muslims in today’s environment.  Alhamdulillah, their genuine curiosity of Islam and their willingness to share with Sr. Salma about what is on their minds is what keeps her motivated year after year. It is her goal, Insha Allah, to help these young ladies develop a strong foundation and love of Islam, along with building a confident Islamic Identity to navigate themselves in the future. 
Br. Farooq Hasan joined the Sunday school volunteer team 12 years ago when his son entered kindergarten. In his entire tenure at the school, he has served as the Treasurer and over the years has further taken on additional responsibilities. He is constantly impressed by the dedication of all the teachers and staff to make this school a great educational experience for the children of our community. His message for parents is to partake in the barakat associated with the Sunday school by dedicating some time to volunteer in the program. As the school has always been an institution run exclusively by volunteers, he strongly encourages everyone to pray for all the staff and to be kind in their dealings with these noble individuals. Abu Qatadah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The best of what a man leaves behind are three: a righteous child who supplicates for him, ongoing charity the reward of which reaches him, and knowledge that is acted upon after him.” Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 237

December 2022 Parents Webinar
strengthening partnership through transparency

The school administration held our quarter 4 parents only webinar on December 17th, 2022. The session covered various aspects of recently concluded fall 2022 parents survey in detail and also shared the update on return to campus. The webinar concluded with a very interactive Q&A session with an engaged audience. The slides of the session can be found here

Upcoming Events

Speech Competition Dates: Feb 5th and Feb 11th, 2023

Presidents Day Weekend: Feb 19, 2023

Quranic Assessments for Enrollment (new students ONLY): Mar 11th & 18th, 2023

Ramadan / Spring / Eid Break: Mar 26-Apr 23, 2023

*Dates are subject to change
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The MCC Sunday School offers a rich Quranic & Islamic education experience to over 400 students across Pre-K through High School. The school is in session from 10:45AM-1:20PM on Sundays during August to May.
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