AMSR Principal, Br. Jafar Baraka’s Message to the Community / 3rd Quarter Newsletter

Principal Jafar N. Baraka

As Salaam Alaikum Al Madina Family,

It is hard to believe how quickly the school year has passed and we are now in Ramadan! May Allah bless the Ummah to benefit fully from this blessed month, Ameen!

 As the end of the school year nears, our minds and hearts are filled with all the wonderful achievements we’ve accomplished together at Al-Madina School.  This school year’s theme   “Time for strengthening the Family Bond” allowed us to begin the work of transforming our school focused on the following:


  • School Culture and Climate
  • Systems Management
  • Academic Program Development

 We thank our parents for their trust, and commitment to the mission and vision of Al Madina School.  It is their belief in the Islamic education values that help us to sustain our school. Every parent, teacher student and stakeholder worked together to ensure we had the best school year ever!  Our family partnership played a great role in making our school year a success.  We accomplished so many things, yet we still have a long way to go. But along the way, Allah (SAW) blessed us with an opportunity to plant the seeds for school transformation.  Now that the seeds have taken root and are blossoming this spring, Alhamdulilah!

  • Increases in Student Achievement-School Wide
    • Math (+7.2%)
    • English/Reading/Writing/ELA (+8.9%)
  • Loving and Supportive Environment
    • Monthly Staff and Student Celebrations
    • Student Government-Town Hall Meetings
  • Systems Building for Increased Student Success
    • School Based Management Team
    • Aligned School’s Instruction and practices to Virgina Standards of Learning(SOL’s)Notable Increases in Student Achievement (Winter Testing Results)
      • 13% increase in Reading for Kindergarten (83%)
      • 7% increase in Math for 1st Grade (93%)
      • 24% increase in Reading for 1st Grade (93%)
      • 5% increase in Reading for 2nd Grade (99.5%)
      • 14% increase in Reading for 3rd Grade (86%)
      • 5% increase in Science for 3rd Grade (100%)
      • 8% increase in Science for Grades 6-11(91.2%)
      • Favorable recommendation for academic accreditation thru AdvancED and CISNA

Please read about Al Madina’s School Culture & Climate, Systems Management & Academic Program Development in my entire Principal’s Message in our 3rd Quarter Newsletter below!


Br. Jafar N. Baraka

Feel Free To Browse Our Spring Newsletter Below! (You may enlarge by clicking the [ ] icon or download for offline viewing by clicking the down arrow below).

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It is with great joy that I send you words of peace and greetings as we begin the 2nd Semester at Al-Madina School-Richmond.  

     What a wonderful school year it’s been so far! I have been reflecting on the many wonderful learning experiences that are occurring in our building. Our teachers and staff have wholeheartedly dedicated themselves to supporting our mission of “strengthening the family bond” and we are reforming our instructional practices to meet the needs of our students. Enclosed in this newsletter is but a snapshot of the many stories, positive activities and student-centered initiatives currently under way at our school.

     We continue to modify our instructional program and implemented many changes to our teaching pedagogy; focusing on the “7-Step Lesson Plan” and using data to personalize and drive teaching and learning. Our instructional work is student-centered and inquiry based. Simply, we’re planning our lesson development around the Virginia Standards of Learning and our understanding of our student’s need based on their performance on the M.A.P. assessments.  We’re using this data to drive our instruction in the classroom. This focused approach is -organically- cultivating an environment of buy-in from our teachers and has taken root throughout our school community.

     From a spiritual standpoint, we continue to be firmly focused on strengthening our relationship with Allah and His Messenger to deepen our understanding of Islam. This month’s theme is “Fairness and Justice” and we are using those beloved tenets to anchor and support our student’s spiritual development.

     As always, we have an open door policy at Al-Madina School and we value communication between our staff and families. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions and concerns related to your child’s experiences at Al-Madina School- Richmond. 

Check back for the Spring Announcement in April, after the end of our 3rd quarter! (4/29/18)!


Br. Jafar N. Baraka

It’s Autumn at Al-Madina School!

It’s hard to believe but it’s that time of year where the leaves on the trees are changing, there’s a chill in the air and Fall Break is right around the corner. When we hit this point on the calendar, there could be frost on the ground in the morning and short sleeve weather in the afternoon.  Make sure your child arrives to school with a jacket, or sweater on.  When a student is either too hot or too cold they can’t do their best learning and Al-Madina School strives to provide the best possible educational experience available for our children.

The last few months of school have been exciting and there have been a lot of positive changes at Al-Madina School-Richmond.

As you know, we believe that it is “Time for Strengthening the Family Bond” at Al-Madina School and our work this year has been defined around the following themes:

  • Systems Management
  • Academic Program Development
  • School Culture and Climate Development


All Madina has completed its 1st quarterly marking period.  Instruction is in full swing and our students are learning great things. Our quarterly newsletter is designed to highlight our success and provide our parents and families with an update of our work and progress toward our themes.

Parents we need your support! Our partnership in this work is essential and with Allah’s blessing; through an effective partnership, we can transform Al-Madina School into one of the best Islamic Schools in the region!

Check back for the Winter Announcement at the end of our 2nd quarter! 1/29/18!


Br. Jafar N. Baraka

Al Madina School-Richmond

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Fall Newsletter 2017-2018:

Winter Newsletter 2017-2018:

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