Northstar School’s annual “Gifts of Hope” fundraising event brings together Northstar friends and supporters to celebrate the work of the school and all that we can accomplish when we align our resources in support of our children and the future of our community.

We are cordially inviting you to join us for our Gifts of Hope event, lending your hand of support to our generation of resilient learners toward excellence. During these most difficult times of the pandemic, Northstar has stayed completely committed to our students by maintaining a robust educational program, both for distance learning and onsite learning. In a time of financial hardship for many, Northstar made no tuition increases to our already very low fees, and awarded an unprecedented amount of financial aid in this past year.  We hope to complete our fundraising prior to this event, so please make your contribution below.

Strive to Thrive
Sunday, December 5, 2021, 5:30 pm

with Imam Mikael Smith and Ustadh Rami Nsour

All guests must register below to gain online access to wonderful Gifts of Hope event on Sunday, December 5th at 5:30pm.

Questions? Please email Michelle Lee at

  • The Messenger of Allah (sallalahu alayhi wa salam) teaches us that,“The best of you are the best in character.” In partnership with our school families, we share high expectations that students will act with respect, courtesy, kindness, and consideration towards others in accordance with our Prophetic tradition. As a school, we are committed to working towards providing a positive learning environment for all students. With the understanding that this is a partnership, we ask our school families to support these efforts by committing to the guidelines of the Social Contract below.    

    I understand all Northstar Students must:

    • Display good character
    • Be respectful to schoolmates, teachers, and adults in the school
    • Limit media exposure and screen time (internet, television, gaming, hand-held devices, social networking sites) 
    • Practice proper bathroom etiquette (istinja and washing of hands) 
    • Practice healthy eating habits as specified in the Parent/Student Handbook
    • Dress in proper uniform
    • Complete daily assignments including classwork and homework

    I understand as Northstar Parents, we must:

    • Match the home environment to the values taught at school
    • Bring students to school on-time and pick students up on-time
    • Be attentive and open to discussion if their child is disciplined at school
    • Attend mandatory parent meetings
    • Complete the required number of volunteer service hours
    • Abide by the school health and safety policies regarding my child’s well-being including but not limited to Covid-19 policies

    I understand the following are not allowed on the Northstar School Campus:

    • Use of inappropriate language
    • Inappropriate behavior including bad manners, hitting, or intentionally hurting others
    • Video games, toys, electronic devices, and cell phones
    • Media and gaming related items including backpacks, shoes, binders, and school supplies

    I understand all families are subject to a 40 days probationary period in which both the parents and the school assess if Northstar is a good match for their family. Northstar has the right to dismiss a family for violation of any of the above written rules during this time. I have read the above guidelines and have discussed the expectations with my child(ren).

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Speaker Biographies

Shaykh Mikaeel Ahmed Smith (Michael V Smith) is an instructor at Qalam. He is a faculty member at the Qalam Seminary. He gives lectures and conducts various classes for the community. You can listen to him regularly on the Qalam Podcast. Shaykh Mikaeel previously served as a resident scholar at the Islamic Society of Annapolis and the Islamic Society of Baltimore. He grew up in a deeply spiritual Christian home in Buffalo, NY. At the age of 18, he embraced Islam after reading the Qur’an and the Autobiography of Malcolm X. He then enrolled at the Dar ul-Uloom al-Madania in Buffalo, NY, where he completed his memorization of the Qur’an. He continued his studies in Jami’a Abu Noor in Damascus, Syria. In 2012, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic Studies at the Dar ul-Uloom Canada in Chatham, Ontario. He is the author of With the Heart in Mind, a book exploring the moral and emotional intelligence of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. He currently resides in Dallas, TX with his wife and three children.

Ustadh Rami Nsour is a scholar, counselor, public speaker, teacher, and translator of Islamic texts. Spending seven years in Mauritania studying Islamic studies at some of the foremost Islamic colleges, Shaykh Rami received licensure (ijaza) to share his wisdom with students. Further enhancing his extensive study of fiqh, Nsour completed an extraordinary ‘in-residence’ experience, allowing him to research questions (fatawa) of Islamic faith, law, and practice.

Rami Nsour co-founded the Tayba Foundation, the first organization in the United States to offer a distance-learning program in Islamic Education to incarcerated men and women.  Shaykh Rami has extensive experience in curriculum development, specifically in character (akhlaq), and holds a B.A. in Human Development with a focus on Early Childhood.  He also obtained an M.A. in Educational Psychology.  A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, he lives with his wife and three children.


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