26 June 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.

As we prepare to welcome back all girls to school from 29 June onwards, we will continue to seek the collective effort of all our parents and students to adhere to the measures so that the wellbeing of our staff and girls are taken care of.

ESSENTIAL ITEMS TO BRING

We would like to continue to seek your assistance to get your child to bring the following items when she comes to school:

a) 1 working Oral Digital Thermometer

b) 1 mask in a resealable bag with name and class clearly labelled (for use when the mask your child wears to school has to be replaced)

c) 1 resealable bag with her name and class clearly labelled (for your child to keep her mask in a hygienic manner before the start of physical activities during PE lessons)

d) A face shield (Primary students only) in a resealable bag with her name and class clearly labelled (a simple face shield for easy disinfection and storage is encouraged)

e) 1 small bottle of hand sanitizer

f) 1 pack of tissue paper

g) 1 pack of wet tissue

h) 1 standard-sized prayer mat (may be kept in school with her telekong)

i) 1 set of utensils

WEARING OF FACE MASK & FACE SHIELD

All girls are required to wear a face mask at all times except when consuming food and beverages and during wudhu.

SAFE MANAGEMENT MEASURES

We will continue to ensure that safe management measures are in place to keep our students safe:

a) Daily temperature-taking with visual and verbal screening will continue to be carried out for all students and staff.

b) If your child is feeling unwell (runny nose, sore throat, fever or cough), please seek medical attention for her. She should not come to school.

c) Students are required to log on to SafeEntry when in school.

d) Students will continue to practise frequent handwashing throughout the school day and wipe down of shared equipment after use.

e) Intermingling across levels will be minimised.

f) There will be fixed exam-style seating in classrooms and spaced seating in canteens or alternative venues.

g) The school will continue to stagger dismissal timings to ensure further decongestion.

h) Students taking school vans will be released first followed by students who are picked up by parents and students who go back on their own.

i) We urge parents to come only 5 minutes after the dismissal time. This will allow the school vans to move out of the school compound and ensure the safety of other girls.

j) Parents are not allowed to enter the school compound. Please wait near the main gate and we will release your daughter from there.

k) On rainy days, cars will be allowed to come in after all school vans have left. Please do not get out of your car if you are fetching your daughter.  Our staff will help to bring your daughter to you.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

All after-school activities (remedial, CCAs, enrichment) will continue to be suspended until further notice.

PERSONAL TRIPS DURING MID-TERM BREAK (25 JULY – 2 AUGUST)

Students should continue to defer all overseas travel, in line with the MOH Travel Advisory issued on 18 March unless on exceptional or compassionate grounds.

We deeply appreciate the efforts and support from all our parents. We will continue to work closely with you to safeguard the wellbeing and holistic development of our girls.

Thank you.

Wassalamu’alaikum wr. wb.

Yours faithfully,

Syed Mustafa bin S Ja’afar Alsagoff

Mudir

10 June 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.

Expanded Surveillance Testing for Students with Acute Respiratory Infection

We hope that your child has been adjusting well to the start of Term 3.

Since 2nd June 2020, the government has expanded surveillance testing for COVID-19. We would like to share MOH’s guidelines and what it means for our students.

Parents/guardians should accompany their children who are unwell, with respiratory symptoms like cough, sore throat and runny nose, to see a doctor and be assessed for Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI). If diagnosed with ARI:

  • Students (13 years and above) will be prioritised for COVID-19 testing and referred by the doctor for testing at a polyclinic, designated GP clinic participating in the Swab-and-Send-Home initiative or Regional Screening Centre set up by HPB.
  • Students (12 years and below) will be assessed by the doctor as to whether a test is required, as younger children may require different clinical considerations than older children. Those who do not require a test will be issued a 5-day MC and should stay home. If he/she is still unwell at the end of 5 days, he/she should return to the same doctor for follow-up assessment and may be referred to KKH/NUH for a test subsequently.

Student pass with NRIC/FIN number is required for testing. Please note that there may be exceptions, depending on the professional judgement of the doctor.

Testing will also apply to school staff, complementing the other safe management measures we have put in place in our madrasah to safeguard the well-being of our students.

After taking all the necessary steps and precautionary measures, let us not relent with our doa, and as Mukminin, we must have faith that Allah s.w.t’s protection is still the best protection ever.

Thank you for all your support and kind understanding thus far.

For further enquiries, please contact the school office at 62945909.

Thank you.

Wassalamu’alaikum wr. wb.

Yours faithfully,

Syed Mustafa Alsagoff

Mudir

2 June 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.

Eid Mubarak! We are still in the month of Syawal, the month in which we celebrate our achievements for all the efforts we have made to be closer to Allah s.w.t during Ramadhan. Minal ‘Aidin wal faizin wal maqbulin. May Allah swt grant us the strength and time to continue with all the good deeds that we have performed.

This year, the challenges that we have to face are different due to the pandemic. Let’s continue to pray, seek His forgiveness and do as much sadaqah as we can with the hope that this test will end very soon. Insya-Allah, Allah s.w.t will protect us all from calamities.

In our effort to ensure a smooth beginning for our students, We would like to share with you some of the measures that will be put in place.

WEEKLY SCHOOL SCHEDULE & HBL

Last Friday, we shared with you the latest weekly rotation schedule for Term 3 Week 1 to Term 3 Week 3.  Insya-Allah, we hope from Term 3 Week 4, all students can attend school daily. However, this will depend on the situation.

The same time-table will be used for both in school and HBL. However, the amount of work for HBL will be customised to fit the home learning environment. We will be sending more information on Home-based Learning for our students soon.

WEARING OF FACE MASK & FACE SHIELD

All students are required to wear a face mask or face shield (primary only) at all times except when consuming food and beverages, during wudhu and during PE lessons. Our form teachers will be sharing ways to take care of the face masks and shields with the students when they report to school.

ESSENTIAL ITEM TO BRING

We seek your assistance to ensure that your child brings the following items in her bag when she comes to school:

  1. 1 Working Oral Digital Thermometer
  2. 1 extra unused mask in a resealable bag with your child’s name and class clearly labelled (for use when the mask your child wears to school has to be replaced)
  3. 1 resealable bag with her name and class clearly labelled (for your child to keep her mask in a hygienic manner before the start of physical activities during PE lessons)
  4. A face shield (primary only) in a resealable bag with her name and class clearly labelled
  5. 1 50ml bottle of hand sanitiser
  6. 1 pack of tissue paper
  7. 1 pack of wet tissue
  8. 1 small prayer mat
  9. 1 utensil set (optional)

SAFE MANAGEMENT MEASURES

We will ensure that safe management measures are in place to keep our students safe:

  1. Daily temperature-taking with additional visual and question screening will continue to be carried out for all students and staff. In addition, students and staff who are unwell, or who have adult household members on Home Quarantine Order / Stay Home Notice or have flu-like symptoms such as fever and cough, will be required to stay away from school.
  2. Students are required to log on to SafeEntry when in school.
  3. Students will continue to practise frequent handwashing throughout the school day.
  4. Intermingling across levels will be minimised.
  5. There will be fixed exam-style seating in classrooms and spaced seating in canteens or alternative venues.
  6. The school will continue to stagger dismissal timings to ensure further decongestion.
  7. Students taking school vans will be released first followed by students who are going to be fetched by parents and students who are going back on their own.
  8. We would also like to urge parents to come only 5 minutes after the dismissal timing. This will allow the school vans to move out of the school compound and ensure the safety of other girls.
  9. Parents are not allowed to enter the school compound. Please wait near the main gate and we will release your daughter from there.
  10. On rainy days, cars will be allowed to come in after all school vans have left. Please do not get out of your car if you are fetching your daughter.  Our staff will help to bring your daughter to you.

RECESS

The school will continue to provide food from our kitchen to be consumed in class to minimise intermingling across levels. We have purchased washable food containers for each student as part of our green efforts. All students, except for P1 to P4 students, will bring home their food container to be washed at home. They will need to bring it back to school the next day. Our canteen operator will collect the container during breakfast time. If a student forgets to bring her container, she will have to pay for a disposable container.

PE & CCA

To ensure that our students remain active and keep healthy, we will resume Physical Education (PE) lessons for P1 to P4 when they return to school, with strict adherence to safe management measures. During PE lessons, students and PE teachers will not be required to wear masks when engaged in physical activities. All CCA activities will be suspended until further notice.

These are some of the temporary measures and plans that we are able to share with you for now. If the situation gets better, Insya-Allah, we will send you more updates.

We deeply appreciate the efforts and support from all our parents. We will continue to work closely with you to safeguard the wellbeing and holistic development of our girls.

Thank you.

Wassalamu’alaikum wr. wb.

Yours faithfully,

Syed Mustafa Alsagoff

Mudir

Dear Parents and Guardians

Assalamualaikum wr wb

Minal ‘Aidin Wal Faizin Wal Maqbulin.

With the end of the Circuit Breaker period on 1 June 2020, we will progressively bring our girls back to school Insya-Allah.

From 1 June, our graduating students, Pri 6 & Sec 4, who need additional support, will return to school daily. The other levels will rotate weekly between Home-Based Learning (HBL) and returning to school for lessons from 8 June 2020.

Please refer to the table below for the weekly rotation schedule.

Week In-School Home-Based Learning (HBL)
T3W1 (8 Jun – 12 Jun) P1, P3, P6, S1, S2 & S4 P2, P4, P5, S3
T3W2 (15 Jun – 19 Jun) P2, P4, P5, P6, S3, S4 P1, P3, S1, S2
T3W3 (22 Jun – 26 Jun) P1, P3, P6, S1, S2 & S4 P2, P4, P5, S3

We will share more information on the measures that we will put in place next week Insya Allah. We will continue to partner you in our efforts to safeguard the wellbeing of our girl.

Thank you.

Wassalamu’alaikum wr. wb.

Yours faithfully,

Syed Mustafa Alsagoff

Mudir

27th April 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.

First of all, I would like to wish all our students and their families Ramadan Mubarak. We are currently facing a challenging period but let us all accept this as Allah’s Rahmah for us to focus on Ramadan with our loved ones.

FULL HOME-BASED LEARNING & MID-YEAR HOLIDAYS

Last week, MOE announced that the mid-year school holidays will be brought forward from 5 May 2020 to 1 Jun 2020. This is based on the national school calendar.  As a private institution, we have our own school calendar that is planned to cater to our needs.  Nevertheless, we have still made some adjustments to it in light of the Circuit Breaker.

Madrasah Alsagoff will extend FHBL for another 4 days. This means that school will continue till 8 May 2020. We will also re-open the school one week later on Monday, 8 Jun 2020. This is to allow us time to prepare the school before the new term starts and also to give our Pri 6 & Sec 4 students an extra week for enrichment classes in preparation for the national exams.

We will also move the mid-term break to 27 July 2020 – 2 August 2020. This is to ensure that the prelim examination can still be carried out with minimum interruptions due to Eid Adha and National Day holidays. Here is a summary of the adjusted holidays:

Mid-year School holidays 9 May 2020 – 7 Jun 2020
Start of Term 3 8 Jun 2020
Mid-Term Break 25 Jul 2020 – 2 Aug 2020
End of Term 3 6 September 2020
Term 3 School Holidays 7 September 2020 – 13 September 2020

SUPPORT DURING FHBL

We would like to thank all parents for your support throughout this FHBL period. Without your strong support, the FHBL would not have been successful. We also understand the challenges faced by students and parents during this time. We have sent a short survey to better understand the wellbeing of our girls. Do let us know if you have any other feedback via your child’s form teachers.

We seek your cooperation to ensure that your child is punctual every day for FHBL, and still has the energy to continue with lessons, especially during this blessed month of Ramadan. Please continue to give them a conducive space for learning and ensure they get enough rest. Please DO NOT record any lesson using your other mobile devices and post it on social media. The privacy of our teachers and students must be respected.

Our teachers have been working tirelessly to prepare lessons every day during this FHBL period. They spend between 3-4 hours to prepare for just one lesson. I would like to put on record my sincere gratitude to all of them.  I believe that as parents, you too are appreciative of their efforts. They are the true front liners to our students as they ensure that there is minimal impact on your child’s learning despite the COVID-19 situation. If you wish to thank them, please do so via their personal email or through us at admin@alsagoff.edu.sg.

CANCELLATION OF PROGRAMMES

Due to the Circuit Breaker, we have also made some adjustments to our planned activities. Our annual Haflah and Iftar will be cancelled. Our students who are supposed to receive their awards for their performance in 2019 will receive their certificates of achievement when they are back in school.

We will miss the opportunity to gain support from the public through our annual ‘Tabung Ramadan’ at mosques.  This fundraising effort usually helps us to raise about $100,000 every year. Our operational funds will definitely be affected because of this.  To continue to get support during this period, we are trying to raise an awareness among the public via our online initiatives. Please help us by sharing our videos and poster from our FB page with your family and friends.

SCHOOL FEES REBATE

We understand that some parents are also affected financially due the COVID-19 situation as we have received queries about the school fees, especially on the fee for meals. Please note that there will be some rebate given but at the moment, we are unable to confirm the rebate amount as the situation is still uncertain.

We seek your patience and understanding in this matter.  Kindly continue to pay the school fees on time. However, if you need financial assistance during this period, please do not hesitate to inform us and we will try to provide assistance from the sponsorship we have received so far.

ASSESSMENTS AND EXAMINATIONS

Some parents are anxious about how we are going to assess students’ performance this year. We have been using formative assessment approach for the first semester without CA or SA. We will, Insya-Allah, continue with CA2 and SA2 examinations in term 3. We will provide you with more information in term 3 Insya-Allah. Our Primary 6 and Secondary 4 students will be sitting for their prelim exams in July as mentioned above. We will share the exam timetable soon.

Once again, we would like to thank you for all your support and understanding. We hope we can overcome all these adversities together with Allah’s will. Please continue your doa, especially in this blessed month of Ramadan.

Thank you.

Wassalamu’alaikum wr. wb.

Yours faithfully,

Syed Mustafa Alsagoff

Mudir

10 January 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.

A very warm welcome to you and your child to the new school year! We are sure that your daughter has enjoyed the school holidays and hope that she is ready to continue her learning journey in Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah. We look forward to working with you and your daughter for another exciting year ahead.

STAFF MOVEMENT

We warmly welcome the following teachers to the Madrasah Alsagoff family.

  • Mdm Rubiyah bte Biamin, Maths (Sec) teacher
  • Mdm Nur Ashikin bte Maznan, EMS (Pri) teacher
  • Ustazah Nur Azyani bte As’ari – Admin Assistant

We also bid a fond farewell to the following colleagues and thank them for their contributions to the school.

  • Mr Mohamed Zakaria bin Mohamed Yasin
  • Mr Abbas Khan s/o Abdul Aziz
  • Ustazah Noorsyahidah bte Mohamad Sa’id

BRIEFING SESSIONS FOR PARENTS

In our effort to strengthen the partnership between parents and the school, we would like to invite parents to join the following briefing sessions:

  • Briefing for Primary 5 & 6 parents: 18 January 2020
  • Briefing for Secondary 1 parents: 8 February 2020
  • Briefing for Secondary 3 parents: 22 February 2020

Alhamdulillah, the briefing for Primary 1 parents has been done on the first day of school. For your information, the breakfast session with Mudir will be postponed to a later date.

REPLACEMENT OF CONTINUAL ASSESSMENT 1 WITH FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

As part of our effort to move towards learning for the attainment of knowledge instead of learning for test results, the Continual Assessment 1 component will be replaced with Formative Assessments. The aim of Formative Assessment is to provide richer information that can be used by the teacher, students and parents to improve on specific learning areas. Teachers will also provide qualitative feedback to students to highlight areas where they have done well, and also ways to improve their own learning. Details of Formative Assessment for the respective subjects will be made known to parents at a later date.

SEMESTER 1 SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 2020

We would like to bring to your attention that this year, the madrasah will break the term 2 holidays into 2 parts, due to the last ten days of Ramadan. The first part will be from 16 May 2020 to 25 May 2020. Students will need to come back to school to check exam papers from 26 May to 28 May. Part 2 of the school holidays will be from 30 May 2020 to 21 Jun 2020. To make up for the last ten days of Ramadan break, the school will reopen one week earlier than mainstream schools. Please click here (link to school calendar) and refer to the calendar on our website for more details and updated information.

We strongly advise you to check the school calendar carefully on a regular basis, especially before you plan for your holiday. We seek your cooperation to avoid taking your child away from school during the school days.

ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL

Regular school attendance is critical to a child’s learning. Hence, students must be present for ALL school activities including enrichment and remedial classes, CCAs and events. If your child is ill, she must submit a medical certificate upon her return to school.

Please avoid taking your child from school earlier for non-emergency matters e.g. sending family members off for umrah etc. They might miss important lessons during that time.

Please check your child’s class activities for term 1.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER

Kindly notify the form teacher as soon as possible of any change or addition to your contact numbers, address and other relevant information. This is vital to ensure ongoing and prompt correspondence between the school and parents.

UNIFORM

As stated in the student’s handbook, all students must wear proper attire when they come to school. This includes proper size and length. If you have mistakenly bought for your daughter a uniform of the wrong size, please go to the general office to get it changed immediately. We will advise parents if we notice any student who might be wearing a uniform with an improper size or length.

RESPONSIBLE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND HANDPHONES

Students are expected to adhere to netiquette and respect other users on social media. We would like to seek all parents’ cooperation to supervise your children’s interaction and participation on social platforms.

The school will not be using social media platforms to interact with our students. We have adopted a more age-appropriate platform such as iTunes U for communication and educational purposes.

All students under the age of 13 are not allowed to set up their own Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. If your family has set up a Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram account, we seek your assistance to supervise your daughter’s use of these social media platforms.

Please avoid messaging your child during school hours via iMessage because it might distract their attention during lessons.

We would like all our girls to be responsible users of technology and not to get distracted while learning in school. Students must switch off their mobile phones during all school activities. They can only use their mobile phones at the waiting area near school gates after school hours.

We seek all parents’/guardians’ cooperation in reinforcing the responsible use of handphones among our students.

FEES

We would like to appeal to all parents to pay your daughter’s monthly school fee no later than the 20th of every month as the school fee is essential to run the school. Please pay the January and December fees by 20th January 2020.

You are strongly encouraged to pay your daughter’s fees via internet banking. For your convenience, you may now also use the PayNow to make payments. Please click here for the available modes of payments.

EDUSAVE

We have given a standing order form for Edusave to your daughter, which you have to sign and return to your child’s form teachers by 15th January 2020.

This revised form will allow us to process claims on enrichment programmes attended by your child/ward and it applies for all school years and levels.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Financial commitment should not be considered as a burden when it comes to children’s education. The contribution you make for your family is more rewarding than giving a sadaqah.

Although the madrasah is an independent institution that relies more than 50% of its funding from the community via donations and fundraising activities, we always strive to provide the best for our students despite the constraints that we face.

Hence, if you are facing any financial difficulties at the moment, please feel free to approach your child’s form teachers and discuss how we can help you or channel you to a suitable assistance scheme that is available.  Your child’s form teacher is your main point of contact and should be able to assist you.

SNAC NOTIFICATION

Getting updated information is very important for parents. We would appreciate it if ALL parents could take a few minutes to read every notification sent by the school promptly and carefully.

Currently, we use SNAC as our main communication platform. However, the current service provider will cease operation from mid-March. Hence, we have started exploring other platforms to select one that will best suit our school needs from term 2 onwards. We will provide you with more information on this soon.

We look forward to your support as our partners in education in the holistic development of your daughter.

Thank you.

Wassalamu’alaikum wr. wb.

Yours faithfully,

Syed Mustafa Alsagoff

Mudir