Final Week Of School

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Well what can I say, other than this year has been amazing.  Your children made my job easy.  They were well behaved, hard working and so passionate about learning.  I loved coming to work everyday!!  They are truly a reflection of good parenting and for that I thank you immensely.  I am so proud of how much growth and maturity I witnessed this year.  It’s so hard to say goodbye, but like I told them, I will only be across the hall next year 🙂

Our class picnic was a huge success!  The weather cooperated (not too hot!!) and the kids had a fun time.  Mrs. Caito and I were commenting on how this was one of THE BEST picnics we have had in regards to student behavior.  All three classes got along well, played together and enjoyed each other’s company.  That truly warms our hearts.  Thank you to all of the parents who organized and sent in food items or games for the picnic.  We are very fortunate to have you.

Report cards will be coming home on Wednesday.  We will also be taking things home bit by bit this week, so you may want to check and empty your child’s backpack and take home folder daily.

Today your child has his/her summer reading log.  I told my students to put that reading log on a safe place, record their reading all summer and return it to their teacher in September.  Your child is also bringing home information about the district’s iread website.  It’s a great place to have them go and read this summer.

If you have any questions at all before the year ends, please stop by and see me or email/call me.


Heidi Martin

Reminder- Picnic

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Just a reminder:

Tomorrow is our 3rd grade picnic at York Park.  We will be walking toward the park at 11:30 and stay there until 1:30.  Although there will be fruit, dessert and snacks provided, each child needs to bring a lunch and a drink of his/her own.  Please make sure your child is dressed comfortably as well.  They are calling for warmer temperatures.  Feel free to join us if you can!! 🙂

Week Of June 5th

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It’s June already!!!  As we head into the last two weeks of school, I want to again say how much I’ve enjoyed being your child’s teacher this year.  This is a truly GREAT group of kids and I will miss them 🙁

As I try to tie up loose ends, get everything graded and recorded in the computer and work on report cards, I will NOT be giving formal homework or spelling tests for the next two weeks.  I do encourage you, however, to have your child continue to READ every night at home and review multiplication tables with either flash cards or one of the many web-sites they have gone on this year. It’s so important that this practice continues so the facts are not forgotten.

Our picnic is this Friday from 11:30-1:30.  Please click on the link below to get details 🙂


Our PBIS reward for May is tomorrow.  The Dearborn High jazz band is coming to hold a performance for the kids.  🙂  We also had our first annual PBIS town hall last week!!  What a great event!!  So many of our kids were recognized  for following the Howard School core values of respect, safety and responsibility!!  Your child brought home a Gold or Silver certificate on Friday if he/she stayed on Green the whole year (gold) or got less than 5 yellows during the year (silver).  We also had a bronze certificate for the most improved 🙂

I will continue to update you via this blog as things come up in the next 10 days.

Week Of May 22nd

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The kids had a lot of fun at field day on Friday!!  It’s hard to believe it was a bit chilly because on Thursday is was almost too hot!

Just a few things to report:

I sent home the last book order of the year.  They will be due by next Wednesday.  You can send the order in to school with a check  (no cash please) made out to Scholastic Books or you can order online with my class code HCCDM.

Tuesday is our last library day.  ALL library books are due back on this day.

Our math chapter 9 test will be on Thursday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tiger Baseball Day!!!

Field Day 🙂

Field Day Tomorrow!

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Just a reminder, tomorrow is field day!!  Your child will be outside enjoying the festivities from 1:15-3:15.  It may be warm, so please dress them accordingly.  They are also encouraged to bring a throw-away water bottle (so I can write their name on it), like DeSani or Ice Mountain.   Our first station is halal hot dogs, so if your child plans on eating a hot dog, please only pack a light lunch.  You are welcome to come if you’d like 🙂

Week Of May 15th

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Well we made it through M-Step testing!  The kids did an awesome job staying focused and putting forth effort.  I feel horribly that our children are so over-tested 🙁 but I am proud of each and every one of my students for trying so hard these past few weeks!! Thank you for being such a supportive group of parents.  It shows each and every day in your child’s attitude toward school and learning.  I can’t thank you enough.

We had a busy week in addition to all the testing. 🙂  It started with the Clean-Up parade on Tuesday and our field trip on Wednesday.  The kids had a great time at their first ever Dearborn Clean Up Parade!  I hope the tradition continues.  We received so many kind comments from the staff at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford home about our children!  The staff said they were not only courteous and polite, but very smart as well.  🙂  A huge thank you to our parent chaperones, Mrs. Hamka, Mrs. Wright-Kleczynski, and Mrs. Obeid.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

This week on Monday the children will get to see an opera production of Rumplestiltskin right here in our gym!  We also have field day this FRIDAY, MAY 19th in the afternoon.  A request for parent volunteers went home in your child’s take home folder.  Let’s hope for great weather!  We will also get our PBIS reward (for April) on Thursday.  The kids get to watch some of the Tiger’s home game at 1:00 pm.  They are allowed to bring a can of pop, juice or water, and a SMALL SNACK SIZE bag of chips for the game.

Because testing is over, homework will resume as normal this week.  Planners must once again be signed each night and there will be a spelling test on Friday.  A few kids are still taking multiplication tests on Wednesday.

Finally, we have 2 new students of the month for the month of April.  They are Celine Hamka and Erik Xhaferrllari.  Both students are very hard workers and I’m so proud of them.

I hope all of the moms had a wonderful Mother’s Day!  Have a great week.

Clean Up Parade

Week Of May 8th

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First of all I’d like to thank each and every one of you for an amazing week!  I have never felt so appreciated 🙂  I wanted to share some pictures of my awesome bulletin board in the hallway, created by Nour’s mom, Mrs. Hamka, and Mrs. Beatty.  It is truly wonderful.  Tuesday we had a delicious luncheon, Wednesday was flower day and I received so many beautiful flowers!  Friday, Mrs. Hamka brought in yet another gift, a certificate to OM Spa and a Tim Horton’s gift card.  I am SO blessed.  Thank you for sharing your kindness and your beautiful children with me. 🙂

This week on Wednesday we will go to the Edsel Ford Mansion in Grosse Pointe.  The children are learning about the role manufacturing played in Michigan economics and since Fairlane Manor (home of Henry Ford) does not give tours anymore, we are going to his son’s home!  Thank you to Mrs. Obeid, Mrs. Hamka and Ms. Wright-Kleczynski for chaperoning!  Your child will need comfortable walking shoes, a jacket (for outdoor walking), a bagged lunch and disposable drink.

The M-Step test went very well last week!  This week we will finish Math Day 2 on Tuesday, Math Day 3 on Thursday and Math Day 4 on Friday.  Then we will be completely done with testing! YAY!  Please make sure your child eats a good breakfast and brings a snack to school this week.

Again, we will not have a spelling list or test this week and will only have homework on Monday.  There is no need to sign planners until next week.

Thank you

How Lucky Am I!!

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Teacher Appreciation Week should also be called Parent Appreciation Week!!  I am so very fortunate to be able to come to work everyday and teach your wonderful children.  They are a direct reflection of your parenting and you should be so proud of the job you are doing, because I have a truly sweet, kind, and smart group of students in my class.

The kids did a great job on M-Step today!  Thank you for having them in school, well-rested and well fed.  It makes a difference!  I know that we are currently battling all manner of upper respiratory illnesses, from allergies to colds.  If you feel your child is too sick to come to school for testing, I completely understand and your child will be tested on the make-up days. I you need to send allergy medication in with your child, please do so!  You just need to check it in with Mrs. Jumaa in the office.

Your child should have brought home a field trip notice today.  If you didn’t see it, please check his/her take home folder.

Just a reminder: we are still collecting cans and bottles for school beautification.  You will also be receiving information regarding our clean up parade next Tuesday afternoon.

I wanted to share some pictures that I didn’t get to post last week due to technical difficulties!  They are of our birthday bash and our Martian Marathon runners 🙂


Week Of May 1st

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I wanted to give you a heads up as we head into next week.  It’s so hard for me to believe it is May already!  I have been enjoying your children so much this year, I truly do NOT want this year to end!

3rd grade M-Step testing will be starting May 2nd.  This is a rigorous state test, but we will do our very best to make it as painless as possible!  Your child will be tested as follows:

Tuesday, May 2nd  9am-11am  Reading Day 1

Wednesday, May 3rd  9am-11am  Reading Day 2

Thursday, May 4th  9am-11am  Math Day 1

Tuesday, May 9th  9am-11am  Math Day 2

Thursday, May 11th  9am-11am  Math Day 3

Friday, May 12th  9am-11am  Math Day 4

As a parent, to prepare your child for the test, just make sure they are getting adequate sleep and a good breakfast on testing days.  I will not be giving homework during this test.  We don’t need to stress them out by piling on too many demands 🙁  We will still be doing our regular classwork as much as possible, but obviously at a slower pace and decreased load.  There will be NO spelling tests or other tests during this time either.

That being said….we do have a fun field trip coming up!  It will be on Wednesday, May 10th.  Information will come home with your child on Tuesday.

We are also collecting cans/plastic soda bottles for our school grounds beautification.

If you have any questions regarding testing or anything else, please feel free to email me 🙂