ARS Updates!

ARS Updates

As Salaamu Alaykum, Parents, Caretakers, and Staff,

Al Hamdulillaah for His Mercy! We pray that you had a blessed Ramadhaan and were able to reap the benefits of the month.

Report Card Distribution and Mailing

The Al Rahmah School office is back open after being closed for two weeks, and the school Leadership Team is back in place. This year, because of the timings of Ramadhaan and ‘Eid, our normal end-of-the-year timeline had to be modified. Currently, we are in the final stages of the report card review and printing. We hope to have all reports and summer instructional recommendations ready for pick-up (in the main office) by this Friday at 11 AM, in shaa Allaah. Any report cards not picked up by 3 PM will be mailed, in shaa AllaahPlease let the office know if your mailing address has changed. We thank you for your patience.

Note: Included in the report card packet will be the 2018 – 2019 school supply lists, individualized reading recommendations, and other important information.

ARS Summer Office Hours

Walk-in/Public Hours (For testing, school or job applications, interviews, donations):

  • Monday – Friday 10 AM – 1 PM

Other times, by appointment only. 410-719-0921

Summer Office Staff 

  • C. Islaah Abd’al-Rahim, Principal
  • Donna Khan, Office and Programs Manager
  • Kirin G. Smith, Executive Assistant
  • Lisette Abdiruhman, Upper School Director
  • Diery Gningue, IT Support
  • Hannan Williams, Secretary
  • Mehnaz Fatima, Lower School Coordinator (part-time)

ISB Summer Camp

ISB Summer Camp is in session and will run until August 3rdin shaa Allaah. There are still opening for campers. Please contact Sister Noureen Javaid (Nursery School Director) if you are interested.


Unfortunately, many families ended the school year without completely settling their accounts. In shaa Allaah, please settle any delinquent tuition, fee, or overdue pledge accounts. The school relies on the revenue from these sources to fund salaries and operations. Please contact the ISB office to arrange for payment ASAP.

May Allaah bless all of us with the resources we need to meet our obligations.


Bullying and suicide ideation is on the rise nationally. A sequel to a popular Netflix show, Thirteen Reason Why, that discusses suicide graphically, recently debuted. Critic have stated that the show does not do a responsible job of handling the topic. See:

Please do not let your child view this show without previewing it first.  Talk to your children about ways they can cope with stress and pressure. And please keep our children in your prayers.

Important Dates

July 2: ARS Office Reopens

July 4:  Independence Day – ARS Offices Closed

Aug. 3: Last Day for ISB Summer Camp

Aug. 11: Muslim Food Fest

Aug. 16 – 17:  New Staff Orientation – New staff members report

Aug. 20 – 22: Eid ul  ‘Adha Holiday (School Closed)

Aug. 23: Current Staff Returns

Aug. 23 – 24, 27 – 31: All-Staff Professional Development Institute (7 Days)

Sept. 3: Labor Day – School Closed


Sept. 10 -14: Schoolwide MAP Testing

*What is MAP* and what does it measure? You may be familiar with paper and pencil tests where all students are asked the same questions and spend a fixed amount of time taking the test. MAP is different. MAP is a computer adaptive test, which means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions get harder. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions get easier. By the end of the test, most students will answer about half the questions correctly. MAP can follow students wherever they are starting from, regardless of the grade they are in. For instance, if a third grader is actually reading like a fifth grader, MAP will be able to identify that. Or, if a fifth grader is doing math like a third grader, MAP will identify that. Both things are incredibly important for a teacher to know, so that they can plan instruction efficiently. MAP covers reading, language usage, and math. ARS will be analyzing MAP data to plan for differentiated instruction, in shaaAllaah.