Asking to do an in-class Presentation on Eid ul-Fitr: A Sample Letter to your child's teacher
Many schools will be reopening in early January following a two-week winter vacation.
This will be the same week when Eid ul-Fitr is expected to occur.
The holiday is expected to fall on Saturday January 8 in North America, so your kids may not need a letter notifying teachers about their absence on Eid day.
However, parents and kids should take the opportunity to educate teachers and fellow students about Eid ul-Fitr.
To do this though, teachers have to be given advance notice asking for such a presentation to take place.
First a letter should be drafted. Then parents should follow up with a phone call if they do not hear from the teacher first. From there, they can make additional arrangements, and then prepare the presentation.
Below is a sample letter you can send to Hussein or Hafsa's teacher, asking that such a presentation be given in class.
SAMPLE LETTER TO TEACHER
Tuesday January 4, 2000
Dear Mr. Jones:
Greetings. I am the father of Hussein Nafees, who is in your fourth grade class.
Hussein has benefited greatly from your help as a teacher so far this year, and I hope he continues to do so under your supervision.
I would like to bring to your attention the issue of Eid ul-Fitr, a Muslim religious holiday, expected to fall on January 8.
As you may know, Muslims were fasting during most of December, which was when the month of Ramadan fell this year. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It is notable for its emphasis on seeking closeness to God through fasting, prayer and charity. This year, Ramadan began on December 9.
During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drink and sex between dawn and sunset each day. Although fasting is not required of Muslims until they reach puberty, many Muslim children may fast as well. They often do this to experience Ramadan with their parents and older siblings. Hussein is an example of this.
Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. It is a time of joy and celebration.
In view of this, we would like to ask if Hussein, with your help, can prepare a presentation sometime next week about this Muslim celebration. It would be short (about 15 minutes), and perhaps it could be fit into a relevant study period (i.e. social studies).
Such a presentation would not only build Hussein's speaking and presenting skills, but would also be a great learning experience for the other children in the class to learn about another religious celebration significant for about 6 million North Americans, who are also Muslim.
I would appreciate it if you could please contact me about this presentation. You can call me in the daytime at my office at (123) 555-7890 or in the evenings after 7 p.m. at home at (123) 555-3456.
Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
Mr. Ahmed Nafees
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