Al-Amal School: 2011 Newsletter

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in this issue

International Poetry Winner      Medtronic Program                      Miscellaneous News                      Q1 Principal's List


School Leadership

Principal:                                   Mrs. Audrey Zahra Williams,  M.Ed.

Vice-Principal:                           Dr. Dido Kotile, Ph.D.


Upcoming Events

Parent's Night                          12/19/11                                      6:00 PM - 9 PM
Picture Retake Day
Winter Break
Dec. 26 to Dec. 30

Al-Amal Student Wins International Poetry Competition

Al-Amal 10th grader Fatuma Qorane won the International Islamic Writer' Alliance 7th Annual Islamic Poetry Contest in the Youth category.  She was the only winner from the USA.


Have you seen the clothes I wear

While you go buy more, even though there isn't the slightest tear

I only have one pair don't you know

Have you seen where I live

While you have a nice home; yet you forget to give

I have no place to live don't you know

Have you seen the place I sleep

While you buy beds as soft as the fur of a sheep

I sleep on the floor, hard like a rock don't you know

Have you seen the way I appear

While you buy make up; my cries don't you hear

I have no lotion for my dry face don't you know

Have you seen the way I walk

Or the way I talk

I walk crookedly and I've got no voice don't you know

Have you seen the food I eat

While you go buy more, even in the harsh heat

I have little food don't you know

I'm a little girl in Palestine

Who's dying of hunger in a place that's not fine

Everyday I see people dying

"Will I die today" I wonder

When will I stop suffering

Will you ever answer my crying

I'm here awaiting you, don't you know


Al-Amal's Students Enroll in Medtronic's Exploring Post

Thirteen students from Al-Amal School have enrolled in Medtronic's much sought-after Exploring Post program for the year 2011-2012. They are part of the 80+ students who have enrolled in this program from 22 schools. Al-Amal's group is the 2nd largest to join the program.

Exploring is a worksite-based program. It is part of Learning for Life's career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old.

Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.

Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.

The following is a list of topics that Al-Amal students will learn until March 2012. All these bi-weekly sessions are lead by Medtronic scientists and subject experts.

  • Introduction to the Exploring Post  
  • Introduction of Officers & Medtronic Product Tour
  • Chemical Technologies & Biomedical Engineering
  • Neuro Gastro/Uro Night
  • Heart Failure; Biventricular pacing; CV anatomy
  • Cardiac Surgery Night
  • Leads Technology & Anatomy
  • Software Engineering & Neurological Drug Delivery Therapy
  • Visible Heart Lab (University of Minnesota)
  • Sensors and Micro Circuit Lab
  • Neurostimulation Therapy; Pain & Parkinson's Disease
  • The History of Microbiology and Bioterrorism
  • Diabetes Night
  • Northern Star Council Recognition Dinner
  • Heart Valves Night

Areas covered include: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Microbiology, Software Engineering and Anatomy/Physiology 


Miscellaneous News

Student Council 2011-2012 Elected
President           -  Fatuma Qorane (10th Grade)
Vice President   -  Hafsa Guled (10th Grade)
Secretary         -  Zachariah Crutchfield (9th Grade)
Treasurer            -  Yousuf Siddiqui (7th Grade)

Donuts for Dads / Muffins for Moms Program   

Al-Amal School has initiated a program called "Donuts for Dads" and "Muffins for Moms" program. This program is aimed at working closely with a small group of randomly selected parents every week to ensure the success of their child and to encourage two-way communication.  

The program will continue throughout the school year to keep parents as stakeholders in the loop with administrative updates, decisions and policies.  Administration looks forward to meeting fathers and mothers in a continuous effort to improve the school.  

Program for Teens 

A program has been started in high school focusing on learning survival skills. This program is based on the book, Top 20 Teens, Discovering the Best Kept Thinking, Learning and Communicating. Secrets of Successful Teenagers. This program is for 7 - 9th graders, and is conducted on Mondays (7th and 8th grade boys and girls alternate weeks) and Fridays (9th grade).  

Fridley Fire Department Poster Context 

Al-Amal School 4th grade participated in the Fridley Fire Department Prevention Month Poster Contest in October.  Congratulations to Ayaah Alnizami, 4th Grade, for placing as runner up for the competition.  The theme of the posters was "Protect Your Family From Fire."  Ayaah reminded everyone with her poster that everyone should stay away from fire, and stop, drop and roll.

Al-Amal Students Help Habitat for Humanity

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The first quarter Principal's list showed strong performance across the grades. Students must received all "A's" with a maximum of one "B" to enter the Principal's list.

A total of 108 students achieved this distinction. The first grade had a whopping 71% of the students who made it to the list.

The list can be read here in its entirety.