Lighthouse Readiness!
by Uzma Said, Elementary School Director

New Horizon, Irvine recently underwent a
visit from our Leader in Me Coach, and
completed a successful Lighthouse
Readiness Check! During the visit, our
mentor, Kathy Leeser, was able to see how
our students conduct a student-led
assembly to start our day. This was
followed by a campus tour conducted by
student ambassadors who showcased our
campus and discussed how the 7 Habits
have impacted their learning and
personal goals. A parent panel discussed
the positive outcomes that have resulted
in their homes from the program’s
implementation. The day ended with an
in-depth discussion with our school’s
Lighthouse Team as we self-evaluated
areas of strength and growth. At the
conclusion of the meeting, the team and the coach
determined that New Horizon is ready for the formal Lighthouse Review, which will take
place in May, insha’Allah.
In preparation for the formal visit, faculty members and students are focusing on the
recommendations that were generated during the Readiness Check and implementing
some key elements to further enhance the program’s implementation. Becoming a
Lighthouse School is a unique recognition schools earn because they have produced
outstanding results in student outcomes through successfully implementing The Leader
in Me process! Of nearly 3,000 schools who are currently utilizing the Leadership
program, only 290 schools around the world have received the coveted Lighthouse
School recognition and only six in California. 

Habit #6: Synergize
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others,
even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other
people’s ideas because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better
solutions than what any one of us could alone.

Set in the midst of fancy
THANK YOU cars, delicious food, and
TO OUR unique auction items
the 2017 Spring Gala
2017 SPRING GALA was one for the books.
SPONSORS! Held at the Marconi
Automotive Museum,
the evening
commenced with a
Visionary stroll past the
Eletreby Foundation
DeLorean used in the
“Back to the Future”
Dr. & Mrs. Burak Ozgur movies followed by a
step onto the red
The Saleh-Eletreby Family
carpet for a glamor shot. Guests perused
the silent auction items while enjoying passed hors
With a rumbling car engine over the speakers, guests were
ARZ Engineering signaled to enter the museum itself to be seated and begin
the program.  The program began with a beautiful Quran
Dr. & Mrs. Ahmed El-Bershawi
recitation by those students who have or will have
Dr. Nabil Eletreby memorized Juz ‘Amma by the end of this school year.
Mr. Khalil Farhat After dinner, New Horizon’s Board co-Vice Chair, Dr. Burak
IRA Capital Ozgur, took the stage to talk about the importance of the
Upper School Campus, its role as a community center, and
Markah Legal PC then introduced  the keynote speaker Omar Hamoui. In his
The Law Office of speech “Building an Ecosystem”, Mr. Hamoui emphasized
Yasmine O. Abedel-Aal
the importance of American Muslims working together to
Dr. Ahmed Samad build a lasting future and legacy here in the United States.

Spectrum Construction The evening ended with a live auction and paddle raise
followed by coffee and dessert.  By the end of the night, New
Community Partners Horizon reached and exceeded its goal, with the support of
the entire community, by raising $244,042!
Camp Izza

Egypt Cancer Network USA Thanks to all our sponsors, advertisers, and donors who
made this event such a success.  A special thank you to the
Islamic Center of Irvine (ICOI)
Gala Committee, led by Dana Asad, for putting together an
Islamic Relief USA enjoyable evening for all.

Muslim Public Affairs Council If you missed out, there are still a few auction items available
(MPAC) for purchase.  Please visit http://nhgala2017.gesture.com
Pillars Academy and encourage others to check out remaining items.  We
hope to see you all at the 2018 Spring Gala, insha Allah!
A Special New Horizon.
to Those Who The Campaign for New Horizon Irvine’s Upper
Have Served School Campus
on the
Gala Committee:
New Horizon School,
Dana Asad, Committee Chair Irvine founding family
Ghada Aly members Dr. Mahmoud
Raghad Atari & Dr. Zeinab Abdel-
Ivette Chornomud Baset graciously opened
Deena Elsherif their home and hosted
Haseena Gaffoor a luncheon for the
Hadia Khoudari Soaring to New Heights
Hulya Peker capital campaign.
Asma Saad
Rania Sultan
Firasat Tar Dr. Mahmoud & D
r. Zeinab Abdel-Ba
welcomed New Hor set graciously
izon guests into he
share in their enth r home to
usiasm for the futu
School Campus re Upper
Preschool Summer
The Abdel-Basets opened their
Are you interested in enrolling into home the first time in 2001 to
our preschool program or do you host a fundraising event for
know someone who has a New Horizon prior to the
opening of the Irvine campus. 
preschooler? Through their generosity and the
generosity of many other founding families, New Horizon
If so, join us during the summer stands today as one of the premier independent Islamic schools
for our preschool summer in the nation.  Many in attendance at this recent event also
playgroups at New Horizon! This attended the first one in 2001, and they had an opportunity to
is a great opportunity to learn hear about the school’s progress including accreditation, Blue
more about our program and the Ribbon, and matriculation of alumni to the best universities
across the U.S. 
enrollment process for the
2017-18 school year.  The luncheon included speeches from alumna and current
Quran teacher Janna Soliman, as well as Dr. Gasser Hathout, on
Please email the importance of an excellent Islamic education and upbringing
admissions@newhorizonirvine.org  – especially amidst the current socio-political climate.
or call 949-552-5411 to secure To learn more about the capital campaign or if you are
your spot with our Admissions interested in hosting an event, please email the Development
Department! Office at development@newhorizonirvine.org or call
949-552-5411 ext. 215.
Preschool Spotlight & Important Dates

1st - 5th
Teacher Appreciation


SLC Spirit Day- Sports Day

NHPA General Parent Meeting

Preschool Family Picnic

In preschool, the Islamic their daily actions. For 27th
Studies curriculum highlights example, preschoolers Ramadan Begins
the foundations of the faith in learned the value of 29th
broad and age-appropriate respect and were shown Memorial Day (No School)
manner. Students learn the connection between
concepts about our Creator, respecting Allah during June
Allah (SWT), the five pillars of prayer time and respecting 2nd
Islam, and stories of the God’s words while reciting Faculty Work Day (No School)
Prophets (peace be upon and listening to the Quran. 
them).  In addition, In addition, they were Last Day (Minimum Day)
preschoolers are taught the taught to begin with the
universal values of end in mind and put first 14th
Graduation (KG & 6th )
responsibility, respect, things first as they
kindness, generosity, and self- prepared for prayer – 25th
restraint through the seerah making wudu beforehand.  Eid Carnival
and hadiths of Prophet
Muhammad (pbuh). Another way Islamic Studies
integrates with students’ daily As this school year comes to a
The Leader in Me program lives is through connection close, these students have
was integrated this year into with holidays and other made incredible progress in
the Islamic Studies curriculum events.  As we celebrated learning Islamic concepts,
making connections between Earth Day, preschoolers monthly values, the 7 Habits,
the 7 Habits and the monthly discussed the many ways that and integrating them into their
values. The overall objective is they could help protect the daily actions and interactions
not only for our preschoolers environment, respect and care with others.
to know the concepts but to for Allah’s creations, and
also actively practice and enact synergize to showcase their
the values and manners in ideas. 
Maryam Edah-Tally is an innovative, career driven business woman and
the youngest CEO of all New Horizon alumni! Edah-Tally is a member
of New Horizon, Irvine’s class of 2011, and cites her New Horizon
education as a primary reason for her belief of Islam and her
confidence in her American Muslim identity.
Since graduating from New Horizon, Edah-Tally has developed the
premier international e-commerce business to sell hand-crafted silk
flowers for horses known as Fleur À Cheval. She has recently been
named 2017 Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) Teen
Entrepreneur. Edah-Tally, a Business undergraduate student, currently
works as a TCVN Marketing and Administrative intern. Edah-Tally
started business pitch competitions at the age of thirteen with
Chapman University and UCI. She then progressed to graduate high
school at 16 years old, which is when she successfully launched Fleur
Maryam Edah-Tally À Cheval, now an internationally recognized company with 25+ global
New Horizon Class of 2011 brand ambassadors. Edah-Tally will be attending the Merage School of
UCI Class of 2020 Business at the University of California Irvine in the fall of 2018.

As a student, Edah-Tally says New Horizon challenged her that helped
her to become the entrepreneur she is today. “The push of
academics, the struggles, the success, failures, all of it fueled my
to see success today and helped me to be the American Muslim young
“Although I don’t get entrepreneur that I am today.” She also credits New Horizon for her
nds often
my New Horizon frie connection to Allah and her deep faith in Islam.
and we
I know we are family
left off
can pick up where we When asked about advice Edah-Tally would give to current students,
. We are she says to “be confident in your own skin and maintain your
like nothing happened relationship with Allah. I love that New Horizon is an incubator for
t I love
family and that’s wha Gen-Z students to be the future. They need to stand up and be proud
about New Horizon.” of who they are. Don’t ever let anyone run you down.”
-Mar yam Edah-Tally

Spirit Day! Popsicle Fridays!
Sports Day on Tuesday, 5/16 The SLC Snack Shop
Dress up in your favorite will be selling
sportswear or show your Popsicles on Fridays
support for your favorite during the month of
team! Wear your “Sports May! Students may
Day” clothes to show your purchase a popsicle
school spirit! #GoHawks! for $1 during the last
ten minutes of

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the
service of others. – Mahatma Gandhi President:
Haseena Gaffoor

Vice President:
Dema Abdo

Shadia Ahmed

Diala Elqanni

Gala Committee Chair:
Dana Asad

Board Members:
Laila Ghaibeh

Ghada Seilawi

Souheila Al-Jadda

Deena Elsherif

As another school year draws near to the end we all tend to look back and Maysa Farhat
reflect upon the events having taken place in what seems like a year that just
Rania Sultan
began. We at the NHPA become bittersweet as our unique connection with
New Horizon will change as well.  Why did we join the group? Were we able Rosa Zaidi
to contribute in any way? Did we benefit from it ourselves?

There are always different reasons for coming on board the NHPA. Mostly it is
to keep the connection with our children in school.  To collaborate with the teachers and administrators. Be
an intermediary between parents and the staff.

Our contribution to the school may not always be obvious to many. We helped with the school fundraising
efforts through our Barnes and Noble and Dinner Night Out Program. The NHPA reached out to local
vendors and set up a wonderful Bazaar for “Islam Around the World Day”. Our General Meetings featured
interesting guest speakers. Teacher appreciation is the cornerstone of our mission. Along with monthly treats
our year culminates with a week-long celebration for all our staff at New Horizon. We delighted when our
nominee Ms. Mona Hijazi was chosen to be one of OC Parenting Magazines Teachers of the Year.

What we got in return was far more than what we gave. We made new friends, discovered each other’s
talents, and learned how appreciated and loved we are by the students and staff of New Horizon. What we
have here is a unique sense of community that positively influences our children. At the helm of such a group
is its leader, Haseena Gaffoor. Her sweet disposition and organized and proactive approach made all NHPA
activities run smoothly.

Parents are their children’s first teachers. By volunteering, whether in school, mosques, or charities; parents
can be better role models for the youth. If you want to enrich our community please join the NHPA next

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Smaili & Associates PLC

Amana Mutual Funds

WestBanc Corp

Spectrum Construction

Dr. Ahmed Elgazar

Markah Legal

Irvine Orthodontics

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Brain Balance Centers NHPA Book Club! YOUR NHPA
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To reinforce the principles of positive parenting, AT WORK
NHPA hosted a discussion on the book "positive
parenting in the Muslim home". The book's
authors, Noha Alshugairi and Munira Lekovic April
Ezzeldine, attended the discussion to offer their Personalized Floral
insights. After a successful book launch event Wreaths
that was hosted by NHPA on January 10th, the  
"Irvine Ladies Book Club" voted for the book
Follow us on for their  February reading. Since the book's May
positive techniques are in line with the school's Teacher Appreciation
methods and approaches, NHPA invited the Week Events:
book club members and the school parents to Monday - Car Wash
discuss the book in the presence of the
Tuesday - Movie Tickets
authors. The discussion included a funny skit,
nh_irvine & Treats
case studies, and Q&A which turned the
discussion into an interesting beneficial and Wednesday - Luncheon
n profound one.  Thursday - NH Canvas
Bags & TJ Gift Card

Next NHPA Friday - Target Gift Card

May 17th, 2017