Welcome Back Letter

August 13, 2019 by Hala BerryMiller-Elementary Welcome-Back-2019-2020Download

August 13, 2019

Greetings Miller Community,                                                                  

Hoping Miller Families and loved ones are well, in good health and enjoying the remaining days of summer, nothing more rewarding than spending quality time with family, friends and loved ones.  The Miller Community looks forward to another exciting school year and extends a warm welcome to our new and returning families.  Our strength as a school community remains strong and continues to thrive and flourish one child at a time because of teamwork; we look forward to strengthening our parent partnerships ensuring every child meets their full academic, social and emotional potential.

Education and safety remain priorities at Miller Elementary, established processes and procedures preserve the safety of all members of our community.  To promote a safe and productive learning environment all members will be held to a high standard and expected to follow established processes governing our professional learning community.

At no time in the history of Public Education have stakes been higher for our children’s future success.  Parent’s active engagement at school and home is absolutely necessary for establishing the building blocks and foundations for learning.  Attached are: copies of 2019-2020 school calendar, Traffic Map and Open House Conference Schedule, please review and save for future reference.  As we begin another amazing school year, the excellent, proud and humble Educators at Miller Elementary look forward to partnering with parents and maximizing students’ educational experiences as we begin a wonderful and amazing school year.     

Miller Kindergarten Jump Start

  • Mandatory ALL kindergarten Students Attend
  • August, 20th & 21st, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., students will be eating breakfast and lunch with their teacher. 
  • Miller kindergarten students will be introduced to their new classroom / school in a stress free environment absent any other students.  Kindergarten students will be the only students in the building and engage in Gym, Art, Music, Science and Media classes in addition to having breakfast and lunch with their teacher.  They will interact with other students and begin building relationships with Miller Staff.
  • Kindergarten Parents drop off and pick up students in the classroom.

Monday August 26th, 2019 – First Day All Students (1/2 Day)

  • Classroom assignments posted on the front of the building Friday, August 23, 2019.
  • Supply List by Grade level posted on school Blog, miller.dearbornschools.org
  • School begins 8:35 a.m. and will be dismissed 11:45 a.m. (1/2 Day). 
  • Students should plan on arriving 10 minutes early to verify classroom assignments.
  • All 1st – 5th Grade students will meet their teachers in the Gym/Cafeteria at their assigned area (yellow sign). Kindergarten students are to be escorted to the classroom by their Parent. Kindergarten hallway is located to the left upon entering through the main entrance; Miller Staff will be assisting parents in finding assigned classroom teacher.
  • Kindergarten Parents please plan on staying for a 30 – 60 minute informational meeting when you drop off your child. 

Kindergarten Soft Start Tuesday – Thursday, August 27th – 29th 

Kindergarten Soft Start : ONLY kindergarten students have ½ day Monday – Thursday August 26th – 29th, parents are required to drop off and pick up kindergarten students at 11:45 a.m. daily.  First FULL DAY for kindergarten students is Tuesday September 3rd, 2019.

There will be no busing for kindergarten students during the first week of school, busing for kindergarten students will begin Tuesday September 3rd, 2019.

Busing will be provided for eligible 1st – 5th Grade students on the first day of school beginning August 26th, 2019, NO BUSING for kindergarten students until September 3rd, 2019.      

Attendance

  • Consistent and timely attendance to school is critical and enhances your child’s educational experience while vastly improving their chances of success.  Avoid removing students from the classroom during the school day.  Avoid making doctor and dental appointments during the school day.  Sign student in/out in the Office prior to exiting the building and when students arrive late.  
  • First warning bell rings at 8:32 a.m.; teachers will escort students to class and instruction begins at 8:35 a.m.  Children entering school after 8:45 a.m. must be accompanied by a parent and sign-in at the main office.  Students will not be allowed to enter class without a parent signature. 
  • If your child is unable to attend school please contact the school office at:

 (313) 827 – 6850.  When calling, parents should give the following information: student and teacher name, grade, reason for and length of absence. 

  • If a child must leave school early or arrive late parents are required to sign students in and out in the school office. 
  • If a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to check with teachers for missed work.  If a student will be absent for more than two days please contact the teacher to make arrangements for homework to be picked up from the office.  Homework will be ready for pick up the following school day by 3p.m. Weekly lesson plans and daily homework are posted on the teacher blog/parent connect. 

Health Matters

  • Elementary age children require a minimum of ten hours of sleep per day; it’s a good idea to begin sending the little ones to bed a little earlier this week so they may acclimate to earlier bedtimes.
  • Students require a healthy fortified breakfast before coming to school each and every day.  Breakfast at school is served between 8 -8:25 a.m.  Students eating breakfast at school should not arrive before 8 a.m., Cafeteria breakfast is not served after 8:25 AM.
  • Review the importance of regularly washing their hands using soap and water throughout the school day i.e. before and after lunch and during bathroom breaks.
  • If children are ill please keep them home.
  • Children requiring medication throughout the school day are required to have completed a Medical Authorization Form on file in the office.  At no time are children allowed to carry, self-administer or dispense medication during the school day.
  • Students need to bathe regularly and clothes washed daily.

Dress Code

  • Students must dress appropriately in a manner that is not distracting or disruptive to the learning process and weather suitable. 
  • Skirts, shorts, and skorts must come to the tip of the longest finger in a natural stance. 
  • Writing is not permitted across the seat of a student’s garment.  Mutilated clothing (cut, torn, written on etc.) safety pins as decorations, chains, writing on clothing or skin is not permitted. 
  • No outerwear (jackets, coats, hats, bandanas, etc) may be worn in classes; however, some hats or scarves required for religious reasons are permitted.  No jerseys may be worn unless accompanied by a t-shirt underneath it.  No tank tops or sleeveless shirts with the exception of gym class.  No spandex or tight fitting clothes.  No fishnet or transparent clothing is permitted. 
  • No undergarment (bras, underwear, boxer shorts, etc.) should be showing, nor should pajamas be worn to school.
  • Clothing, jewelry, symbols, or other things denoting gang membership are not permitted.  Clothing displaying offensive or inappropriate pictures or writing, which includes but is not limited to topics of sex, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, is not permitted.   
  • Flip-flops, slippers or any other shoe wear that does not have a back strap are not permitted.  In order to prevent serious injury socks or pantyhose must be worn at all times.
  • Makeup is not permitted. 

We appreciate your full cooperation with these set standards.  Failure to comply with Dearborn Public Schools Dress Policy will result in parents being called and/or student being sent home.

Traffic

Great news, Cotter pre-school has changed their start time and will begin at 8 a.m.  This will significantly reduce traffic congestion during drop-off and dismissal.  Following established traffic patterns, working together and placing citizen safety first ensures we all remain safe.  A map of traffic flow is attached, please review and follow carefully throughout the year so we may preserve the safety and timeliness of all citizens. 

  • No Parking in the Bus Drop Off Zone – (South of the Miller Sign)
  • Allow adequate travel time and observe the posted speed limit, SLOW DOWN!
  • Do not park and/or leave your car unattended in the drop off zone. 
  • Do not make U-TURNS in the middle of the street it is illegal and dangerous.
  • Make arrangements with your child to pick them up in the same place every day.
  • Encourage your child use the crosswalk when crossing the street.
  • Do not stop in the middle of the street to drop off your child. 
  • Please pull all the way over to the right when dropping off your child.

Summary Important Dates

  • August 20 & 21st, 2019 – All Kindergarten Students, “Jump Start” 9 a.m.  – 12 p.m.
  • Monday – 08-26-2019: 1st Day of School – ½ day All Students, 11:45 a.m. dismissal
  • Tuesday – 08- 27 thru 8-29-2019 Full Day for 1st – 5th Grades dismissal 3:35 p.m., kindergarten dismissal 11:45 a.m., NO Busing for kindergarten students until Tuesday September 3rd, 2019.
  • NO SCHOOL Friday and Monday 08-31 and 9-02-2019, school resumes Tuesday 09- 03-2019, Full Day ALL students.
  • 09-12-2019 Open House, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • 09- 20-2019 Half Day, students dismissed at 11:45 a.m. 
  • 09-25-2019 – Late Start school start time delayed until 9:35 a.m.

Miller’s Professional Learning Community looks forward to providing your child with the finest educational experience.  Thank you for the continued support and commitment to our partnership.  Please take time to review the following policies and information with your child. Questions please call the office, looking forward to seeing you soon.

Radewin Awada, PrincipalCategoriesSchool NewsPost navigation2019-2020 RECOMMENDED SUPPLY LIST

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