Al Fatih Academy

Al Fatih Academy Al Fatih Academy is a nonprofit, full time school serving Northern Va since 1998. Al Fatih, which means an opening, strives to open its students' hearts to the love of Allah and their minds to the wonders of the world.

Jumu'ah Mubarak!We are so very excited about Ramadan starting on Monday!We've been decorating and celebrating the coming...
05/03/2019

Jumu'ah Mubarak!

We are so very excited about Ramadan starting on Monday!

We've been decorating and celebrating the coming of this blessed month in all sorts of ways - from moon phased cookies, color patterned lanterns, crescent hats, to bookmarks for keeping our place in the Quran during special Ramadan reading.

Don't forget to join us tomorrow for

Grandparents Tea from 3:30-4:30 and

Welcome Ramadan event at 5pm

featuring musical artist Raef and AFA student performances!

Bring finger food to share and take home some baraka from being together in remembrance of our beloved Prophet's practices during Ramadan.

Jumu‘ah Mubarak!We had a FANTASTIC Field Day at AFA!The theme was "20 Years of Playing to Learn"!Thanks to Ms. Sabah, ...
04/26/2019

Jumu‘ah Mubarak!

We had a FANTASTIC Field Day at AFA!

The theme was "20 Years of Playing to Learn"!

Thanks to Ms. Sabah, beloved PE teacher, our day was full of friendly competitions, skill building, strategizing, teamwork, and artistry. Look at all those personalized spirit shirts! (Red Hot Chili Peppers made an appearance 🌶 )

The Opening Ceremony had us all cheering for one another and sharing some unique chants...ending with an impromptu floss-off! Teachers showed their talents in a high stakes hot potato game...with students giving comforting hugs to those who got stuck with the potato 💚

And at the end a sweet surprise- ice cream truck rolled in just in time to close off a memorable day!🍦

Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped us make this happen today!

Getting ready for Field Day/Friday FunDay tomorrow!It will be @ AFA because of the expected storm but will have non-stop...
04/25/2019

Getting ready for Field Day/Friday FunDay tomorrow!

It will be @ AFA because of the expected storm but will have non-stop activites all through the day and some great fun surprises! (Pssst....includes a truck with freezers that plays some irresistible tunes! 🍦)

Come in your Field Day t-shirts, be ready to flex your muscles and show your team spirit!

Please see email with more details.

04/23/2019
04/22/2019

Spring Portrait Day is scheduled for tomorrow Tuesday, April 23rd.

*All students will be getting their Spring Portraits taken *Students are not required to wear uniforms and can wear school appropriate clothing of their choice.
*Siblings that attend AFA can have pictures taken together upon request.
*Parents select ONE favorite pose and background on the form and return before or on Picture Day before 8:45am.
*After Picture Day, families will receive a portrait package for review and purchase.

We hope everyone is having a wonderful Spring Break! Can't wait to hear about your vacation or stay-cation adventures ne...
04/20/2019

We hope everyone is having a wonderful Spring Break! Can't wait to hear about your vacation or stay-cation adventures next week insha Allah.

In the meantime, here are some great reminders as we wrap up this important focused family time.

We model respect and mercy just as the Prophet Muhammad (s) taught us and so our children will practice the same.

04/12/2019

Jumu'ah Mubarak!

AFA Pre-Kers are always up to something good!

As part of incorporating STEAM related activities into the daily curriculum, students made butter for their snack this week, experiencing the process of liquid turning to solid.

Besides very important skills of practicing patience, perserverance and taking turns, students were introduced to concepts of timing, measurement, chemistry and good nutrition.

We know young children learn best through their senses and this enhances science, math, language arts and social skills. Tasting is a great way to experience the world!

AFA 2019 Innovation Convention work is underway!  Final showcase on May 17!Students have begun to brainstorm what proble...
04/08/2019

AFA 2019 Innovation Convention work is underway! Final showcase on May 17!

Students have begun to brainstorm what problems they can address in their daily (or someone else's) lives through an innovation or invention.

We are curious, creative, and concerned about our world. Knowledge allows us to solve problems, try various ways to make things better, and work with others to make an idea come to life. We put our curiosity and knowledge together to create innovations that help us as individuals, our community or our world.

What is Invention/Innovation?

Many times things work as they are but could work better. Or there are ways to bring two or more things together for a new way to be used. Taking risks and sometimes even looking at failure as “fuel for innovation” can help the process of making new ideas work. If an idea does not work, we can learn from it, and then modify and try again.

Inventions are innovations, many times they can be built or sometimes they are ideas or a process.

What are inventors and innovators like?

*Keep an open and curious mind about the world around them.
*Acquire as much information as possible about an idea, a problem, or a future invention before beginning to invent.
*Continually use trial and error as they engage in problem solving.
*Continually strive to improve upon an idea or design after finding a solution.
*Are dedicated, persistent, and most of all, optimistic about finding a solution.

Jumu'ah Mubarak!This month's theme is stewardship/khalifa. Here's a fun chart to help families take care of our planet t...
04/05/2019

Jumu'ah Mubarak!

This month's theme is stewardship/khalifa. Here's a fun chart to help families take care of our planet together!

Send us photos of however your family shows some Earth Love!

Here's the link from below: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/

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04/05/2019

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AFA 1st Graders took their turn yesterday to visit with residents at a local senior assisted living home. They spent tim...
04/03/2019

AFA 1st Graders took their turn yesterday to visit with residents at a local senior assisted living home.

They spent time telling stories, created guessing games and sang together. Some played the piano beautifully!

This is a monthly activity that involves one class from our school visiting the home each month. We learn so much from one another and brighten each others' days!

Jum'uah Mubarak!This past Wednesday 8th graders visited Capitol Hill in DC to meet elected officials, tour historic buil...
03/29/2019

Jum'uah Mubarak!

This past Wednesday 8th graders visited Capitol Hill in DC to meet elected officials, tour historic buildings, view archived documents, and understand firsthand how the lawmaking process works.

They brought up their concerns about gun control laws with Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, our area representative as well as talked with Representative Rashida Tlaib about how advocacy works with active citizen participation.

Students were also able to hear Democratic Whip (second highest ranking position among the Senate Democrats) Senator Dick Durbin speak on the floor about the DREAM Act and related immigration issues.

At AFA, we are convinced that young people become more optimistic and hopeful when they see for themselves that people do make a difference, both at the polls and in the halls of government local and national.

And knowing more about the process empowers us to be more engaged now and in the future!

This Thursday, March 28th will be an AFA Day sponsored by the Al Fatih Academy Student Government Association (SGA)!The ...
03/27/2019

This Thursday, March 28th will be an AFA Day sponsored by the Al Fatih Academy Student Government Association (SGA)!

The theme for the AFA Day is “Wacky Tacky Day”!

Come wearing your most mismatched, silly, wacky-looking outfit!

03/26/2019
Our newest student initiated after school club!
03/25/2019

Our newest student initiated after school club!

Jum'uah Mubarak!Last week AFA hosted a panel discussion on mental health for Middle School students. This was a student ...
03/22/2019

Jum'uah Mubarak!

Last week AFA hosted a panel discussion on mental health for Middle School students. This was a student initiated and facilitated conversation with Imam Muhammad Magid, Counselor Rafee al-Mansur, and psychology student Sarah Estwani .

Student leaders Rahma and Muhammad brought up why mental wellbeing is essential for our lives and why we must have these important conversations.

Panelists helped us understand how to recognize in ourselves when things may not be going well and shared some tools to maintain our mental well being. These include making sure we surround ourselves with positive and helpful people, seek help when we feel disconnected, and also build up our relationship with Allah (s) in small but consistent ways.

We are thankful to AFA students who organized and led the panel with the guidance of Ms. Muzna, MS Counselor and Ustadh Ismail, MS Principal.

Here's one dua Imam Magid reminded us of and we interpreted for this conversation :

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْهَمِّ وَالْحُزْنِ وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَالْجُبْنِ وَ غَلَبَةِ الدَيْنِ وَقَهْرِ الرِّجالِ

‘O Allah, I take refuge in You from feeling anxious and sad, from being unmotivated and stingy, from fear of the unknown, from the burden of debts and from being overpowered by others.

Come glow in the dark @AFA Art Night!And see all the ways AFA students express themselves through art!Starts at 6pm$5/fa...
03/21/2019

Come glow in the dark @AFA Art Night!
And see all the ways AFA students express themselves through art!

Starts at 6pm
$5/family

03/18/2019

Before dhuhr prayer today, AFA Middle School students and teachers gathered to recite Surahs Yasin and Al Fatiha for those who returned to Allah (s) this past Jumu'ah in Christchurch, NZ.

Without specifics or details about what happened, we talked about the sunnah of reading this surah with the intention of sending peace to those who have passed away as well as to those left behind.

We also talked about the meaning of ‘Innā lillāhi wa ‘innā ‘ilayhi rājiʿūn as meaning that we belong to Allah (s) and we return to Him as a natural part of being His creation.

We highlighted aspects of Surah Yasin that help us remember all who return to Allah's Compassion are welcomed with salam/peace. Also the importance of understanding that when Allah (s) wants something to be, it becomes as He wills it. We talked about Allah's attributes of being the Most Powerful, the Most Protecting, and the Source of all Peace.

Some students made duas out loud in the group - mainly to ask that Allah (s) give everyone peace, protect everyone from harm and from doing harm, and some asked that we appreciate and connect more with one another.

Alhamdulillah, we have a school community that is close-knit and seeks ways to bring solace to one another while making sense of the world. We plan to continue to be responsive at school and we encourage you to listen at home to your children.

We also strongly advise you to monitor their intake of information especially online as they may be exposed to details that they are not sharing with you and do not know how to process.

While we mourn and pray for the loss of lives through the heinous act of hate in Christchurch, we've been receiving mess...
03/15/2019

While we mourn and pray for the loss of lives through the heinous act of hate in Christchurch, we've been receiving messages of love from AFA neighbors, known and unknown, all through our own blessed jum'uah.

We are saddened by the tragic event that took place during Jum’uah prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand. Inna lillahi ...
03/15/2019

We are saddened by the tragic event that took place during Jum’uah prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand. Inna lillahi wa inna illahi rajioon. May Allah (s) embrace those parents, children, friends, and neighbors granting them mercy and give their families patience, strength, and peace.

Alhamdulillah there is no specific issue or threat for our school related to this event, but as proactive measures for increased security and safety we have put into place the following:

*An additional security officer will be present today during Jum'uah and after.
*Informed the local police department for increased engagement and patrols

Also as is our practice, staff and teachers will:
*not proactively engage students on the information about this event
*listen carefully and attentively to student conversations and concerns raised between them and be responsive as needed
*reassure students that adults are responsible for their safety and security and are taking appropriate measures
*look for signs of distress or anxiety through behavior or non-verbal expressions
*create an open space for older students to share their concerns and thoughts
*contact parents of students that express or show signs of distress

Our school counselors are available for check-ins with teachers and students.

Parents- please be mindful of how children take in the news, your reactions, and discussions among adults surrounding them.

American School Counseling Association recommends the following for families:
*Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
*Limit exposure to television and the news.
*Be honest with children and share with them as much valid information as they are developmentally able to handle.
*Listen to children’s fears and concerns.
*Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.

Again, we do not foresee issues at our school in relation to this incident and will monitor the situation to consider any further actions necessary.

Here is an AFA guide to Talking to Your Children About Current Events.

http://www.alfatih.org/editoruploads/files/How%20to%20talk%20about%20current%20events%20AFA.pdf

Our Annual Art Night is here! 🖌Make sure you save the date and join us for a celebration of the Arts at AFA!
03/14/2019

Our Annual Art Night is here! 🖌

Make sure you save the date and join us for a celebration of the Arts at AFA!

AFA students helping students! Great way to connect and learn from each other!
03/14/2019

AFA students helping students!
Great way to connect and learn from each other!

A great reminder any day and for every age!
03/11/2019

A great reminder any day and for every age!

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03/10/2019

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Spread the word! Open House for new prospective families March 22 & 23.Go to www.alfatih.org to reserve a spot today!
03/09/2019

Spread the word! Open House for new prospective families March 22 & 23.

Go to www.alfatih.org to reserve a spot today!

What an amazing time we had at our 20th Year Gala on Sunday! Lots more to share from the evening coming soon!But in the ...
03/04/2019

What an amazing time we had at our 20th Year Gala on Sunday! Lots more to share from the evening coming soon!

But in the meantime, today at school we celebrated with everyone!

Those temporary tattoos really got to our heads!

We can't wait to see everyone later today to celebrate! The weather is doing its part to make it a beautiful evening ins...
03/03/2019

We can't wait to see everyone later today to celebrate! The weather is doing its part to make it a beautiful evening insha Allah!

#powerofdua

Thank you, Shalimar Kabab, for supporting AFA's 20th Anniversary Celebration and your generous donation of chaat for app...
03/02/2019

Thank you, Shalimar Kabab, for supporting AFA's 20th Anniversary Celebration and your generous donation of chaat for appetizers for the evening!

Thank you to Center for Islam in the Contemporary World (CICW) our Silver Sponsor for supporting our gala!Al Fatih Acade...
03/01/2019

Thank you to Center for Islam in the Contemporary World (CICW) our Silver Sponsor for supporting our gala!

Al Fatih Academy appreciates your sponsorship!

Thank you to Amana Mutual Funds Trust for supporting our gala!Al Fatih Academy appreciates your sponsorship!Interested i...
03/01/2019

Thank you to Amana Mutual Funds Trust for supporting our gala!

Al Fatih Academy appreciates your sponsorship!

Interested in sponsoring our 20 Year Celebration? Contact us at [email protected] for more information!

AFA is excited to launch an online auction in coordination with our 20th Anniversary Celebration!A HUGE THANKS to Humera...
02/27/2019
Al Fatih Academy Gala: Celebrating 20 years

AFA is excited to launch an online auction in coordination with our 20th Anniversary Celebration!

A HUGE THANKS to Humera Rahman for creating, coordinating, collecting, and organizing for this tremendous opportunity.

Every single item was donated and all proceeds come back to the school!

You don’t have to attend our 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala this Sunday, March 3rd to be able to bid!

*All winning bid items must be picked up the night of the event or by March 8th from the school. Items will not be delivered or shipped.*

Items are still rolling in so check back every day to see what’s new!

https://www.32auctions.com/AFA2019

02/26/2019
AFA is enrolling now for the 2019-20 school year!Prospective New Families Open House  Friday March 22  9:00am-11:30am  S...
02/25/2019

AFA is enrolling now for the 2019-20 school year!

Prospective New Families Open House

Friday March 22 9:00am-11:30am
Saturday March 23 2:00-4:00pm

Please share with your friends and family!
Call today to reserve spots!

Thank you to our Silver Level Sponsor for supporting our gala!Mirza, Mona Malik, Kareem, Jamal & Salma BaigAl Fatih Acad...
02/25/2019

Thank you to our Silver Level Sponsor for supporting our gala!

Mirza, Mona Malik, Kareem, Jamal & Salma Baig

Al Fatih Academy appreciates your support!

Interested in sponsoring our 20 Year Celebration? Contact us at [email protected] for more information!

Pick Up Some Trash! A Story of AFA Community ConnectionsHere at AFA, picking up trash is part of how we teach. And you k...
02/25/2019

Pick Up Some Trash! A Story of AFA Community Connections

Here at AFA, picking up trash is part of how we teach. And you know, we kind of like it.

When we first started, we knew that to teach and learn in the most compelling way, we had to connect to our surroundings, our neighborhood, and our community.

And sometimes “connecting to community” can happen in the least expected ways.

To practice our AFA core value of stewardship, we decided to commit to keeping the street in front of our school clean. It started informally but quickly turned into a commitment that was etched into a sign reading “This street adopted by Al Fatih Academy”.

We registered with VDOT, so they placed the sign, gave us neon vests to wear, bright orange trash bags and gloves to make us official trash collectors. We had to record what we collected and turn in these reports.

Some parents were concerned at the time, saying that they didn’t want their children to pick up garbage. After all, there were other people responsible for this job. Our children should concentrate on their studies.

We argued that this practice was a most essential part of their education. It was full of life lessons. Be responsible for your surroundings, be mindful of how we affect the environment with our actions, be aware of what we otherwise pass by.

Also, there was science - classifying what was found; social studies - considering why and who was leaving the trash; math- creating a patterned understanding of what we found, language arts- writing about the experience all integrated into the practice.

So we donned the vests, put on gloves,
and filled the bags. We talked about what we picked up. How these pieces reflect our lives collectively, and how we didn’t have to wait for others.

And that this practice builds our confidence about goodness in the world because we do have control in parts of our lives.

It is our job first and foremost to be the change. We heard from students who came back from vacations talking about the many places they picked up trash on their own.

Shortly after we adopted our street, we needed to go to the town council to present our proposal for expanding the school. It was going to be a challenge since many townspeople were against the idea of any development, wanting to keep the town’s historic buildings from changing.

We made our case to the Town Council in a hall full of people.

When our proposed expansion was up for discussion, the mayor asked if anyone wanted to comment on the proposal. We held our breath as people lined up to speak at the podium. One by one people took the microphone.

“I live one block from the Academy. I am in favor of this expansion because these kids keep the street clean in our community."

“My store is across the street from this school. I want the school to be here because they helped plant in the community during Arbor Day.”

“The school is important for our community because they volunteer at the free after-school tutoring program for young people who cannot afford help otherwise”.

As each person spoke, we witnessed people, many of whom we did not know, step up to give support for our expansion project that would otherwise have been impossible in the historic town.

And it started with the recognition that we pick up trash.

We got that expansion and with it, expanded our love for the community. It also helped us further emphasize that *how* we teach our children is just as important as what.

And what we don’t expect as ripple effects will ultimately make our community connections filled with even greater blessings.

This practice, begun almost immediately when the school first started, is an integral part of the vision of Al Fatih Academy still.

Besides the physical act of cleaning, it helps center the idea of ownership and community connections for an institution that has sustained itself for 20 years by creating a special place in many hearts.

Our AFA community owns the responsibility to impart lessons in ways that stick, inside and outside the classroom.

And we recognize that it is with the support of those who stand up for this vision that we will continue to thrive now and in the future.

So look for the big blue sign on Pinecrest Rd. that has AFA’s name. It lets people know we take our job of being active community connectors very seriously today and for many days to come.

This is part of a series of stories about connections AFA has experienced over the last 20 years and the lessons we've learned from these blessed encounters.

We hope to see you for our 20th Year Celebration Gala March 3!

Address

12300 Pinecrest Rd
Reston, VA
20191

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(703) 437-9382

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