Greetings once again from the exciting world of your UAS Middle School!!! WOOHOO!!!
As you are well aware Ramadan will begin in the coming week, and I wanted to share some points regarding our daily timetable and what students/parents can expect during the last 3½ weeks of school this year.
The adjusted Ramadan Timetable for the UAS Middle School will be as follows:
|Period||Start Time||Ending Time||Length|
|Homeroom + Break||10:05||10:25||20|
Students who are not fasting will be allowed to eat in the cafeteria, but will be asked to not consume food or water in school hallways/classrooms, or in any outside area. In order to keep students safe from the excess heat and humidity, all outside play areas will be closed beginning May 28, and no students will be allowed to play football on the pitch or basketball on the outside courts. Students will be allowed to be outside if they wish, but they will not be allowed to exercise or play sports. We will make inside air conditioned spaces (classrooms) available for those students who are fasting.
In addition to the time table information listed above, I am glad to share 10 tips/points about Ramadan as presented to the staff by the UAS Islamic and Arabic departments:
- Ramadan is a special month of the year for over one billion Muslims throughout the world, beginning with the sighting of the new crescent moon. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. Muslims think of it as a kind of tune-up for their spiritual lives, and the third “pillar” or religious obligation of Islam.
- The month of Ramadan is a happy occasion; it is the month that the Muslim holy book, the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad PBUH. Muslims are called by their religion to celebrate the month by coming together in worship, fasting each day for thirty days from dawn until sunset.
- During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. This means not consuming food or drink, including water, during the daylight hours. Smoking is also forbidden during fasting.
- Muslims arise early in the morning during Ramadan to have a pre-dawn breakfast meal, known as “Suhoor”. At the end of the day, the fast is completed by taking the “Iftar” meal, which usually includes dates, fresh fruits, appetizers, beverages and dinner. Later in the evening, Muslims attend special night prayers called “Taraweeh” at their local mosque.
- Ramadan is also a time of intensive worship, reading of the Qur’an, giving charity, purifying one’s behavior, and doing good deeds. As a secondary goal, fasting is a way of experiencing hunger and developing sympathy for the less fortunate, and learning thankfulness and appreciation for all of God’s bounties.
- Not only does fasting have spiritual benefits, but abstaining from food periodically will aid the body in cleansing itself from impurities. Fasting allows the body to rid itself of poisonous substances that can lead to serious illness and disease.
- The good that is acquired through the fast can be destroyed by: the telling of a lie, slander, denouncing someone behind his back, a false oath, or greed. These are considered offensive at all times, but are most offensive during the Fast of Ramadan.
- Fasting is not an excuse. Although energy levels might be low, the point of fasting is not to slack off from other duties and responsibilities. Muslims believe they are rewarded for continuing to work during the fast. Therefore, fasting does not excuse students from completing their school work or taking assessments as planned.
- Keep in mind that Muslims are fasting joyously, and in fact, Muslims wait the entire year to celebrate the Holy month of Ramadan.
- After the end of Ramadan, a very festive and joyous holiday is celebrated by Muslims, known as Eid-ul-Fitr, or the Festival of Breaking the Fast. On the day of the Eid, Muslims attend special congregational prayers in the morning, wearing their nicest clothes and perfumes. Muslims greet and hug one another, saying “Eid Mubarak”, which means “Holiday Blessings.” Muslim families visit each other’s homes, and have special meals together. Children are often rewarded with gifts, money, and sweets.
Assessments and Classwork/Homework
The last day of the school year for our students is June 20, and all students across the school will be dismissed @ 12:00. Between May 28 and June 20, there is still curriculum to cover, and learning to measure. While the shorter school days may bring about a reduction in the amount of homework/classwork – at the discretion of the teacher – there will still be assignments given, and assessments assigned. I have asked the MS teachers to advertise assessments dates in advance, so that students (and parents) can plan accordingly.
Students Who Travel
Finally, if parents are planning to have their student leave prior to the end of the school year, please communicate with Ms. Lisa Scott in attendance, Ms. Hana in the MS office, and with individual teachers. If students are absent, it is still their responsibility to complete school work and finish all assessments as assigned. The best plan is to have your student be aware of all subject area assessment dates in order to avoid a mark of Incomplete “INC” on the quarter 4 and/or end of year report card.
I do hope this information is helpful for you and your Middle School student during Ramadan this year. Please take good care and may peace be upon you.