June 14, 2019

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Well….here we are on the last day of school!   It wont be long until the phone is turned off, computers are shut down and everyone is off to enjoy their summer!  It has been a great year full of growth.  Our new students flourished in their new setting and we look forward to welcoming more next year!  With the excitement of the summer break at our door, there is also some sadness as we say goodbye to some of our favorite people.

Ms. Cathy and Ms. June – Our parapro’s are some of the best in the district, they work hard, love the students and are a pleasure to work with.  We have shared many laughs and good times over the last few years.  A big thank you goes out to them for all of their help and support this year.   However, Ms. Cathy and Ms. June will be retiring to enjoy traveling, time with grand-kids, and all the good things retirement brings.   We wish them the best and thank them for loving our students, and us, throughout the years.  It won’t be the same without them.

Malak Zahr is 26!  She has been a bright spark in our room and will be greatly missed.   She always came to school with a smile, had a kind heart, and great attitude.   We wish her the best!

Yasmeen Maisari is moving!  We will so miss her enthusiasm and persistence!  She was always up for a challenge and loved contributing to our classroom discussions.   It won’t be the same without her!  We also want to thank her family for doing a lot of our fundraising for us.  We couldn’t do many of the things we’ve done without their support!

Nejwa Elghoul and Adullah Mawri – Project Search.  Two of our leaders in the class are ready to move on to bigger and better things.  They will be a part of the Project Search program at Beaumont Hospital.  We are so excited for this opportunity for them but will miss them tremendously.

One last thing….please remember Jamie Rammouni in your thoughts and prayers as she is in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant.  Jamie – we love and miss you and wish you the best!  We hope for a successful surgery and speedy recovery so that you will be back with us before you know it!

Have a great summer everyone!




June 6, 2019

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Today we had our pizza party!  I forgot to remind everyone, and to be honest, I forgot myself – so thank you to those of you who read the blog and remembered!  Students will be bringing their lunches home.

Next week is the last week of school.  (Can you believe it!?!?!?) Wednesday June 12 is our trip to Olive Garden where we will be celebrating those who are leaving us, including two of our parapros.  We are so thankful for the time that we have been able to spend with them.   We have been blessed with wonderful students and staff and they will be greatly missed.  Congratulations on your well deserved accomplishments!

  • Malak Zahr – Program Completion – Age 26
  • Nejwa Elghoul – Project Search
  • Abdullah Mawri – Project Search
  • Yasmeen Maisari – Moving – New School 🙁
  • Ms. Cathy – Retiring
  • Ms. June – Retiring

June 14th – Last Day – 1/2 day of school – 11:00 dismissal


May 23, 2019

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We had a great time bowling yesterday, check out our pictures on Facebook if you haven’t already!  One gentleman told us we had the nicest group he’s ever seen!   I admit, we are pretty lucky!   As we get ready to head in to the long weekend, just a few reminders….

May 28th is the District Field Day at Edsel Ford High School.   It will run from 9:30 – 12:30.   Food will be provided  – halal hot dogs, chips and a drink.   Because the weather has been so unpredictable, we are asking that students come prepared with a lunch that day just in case the event gets cancelled.  There will be no way to know in time to notify everyone to bring a lunch if the event is cancelled.    Right now the weather is calling for thunderstorms on Tuesday, but that can and will change about ten times between now and then.  If you son/daughter is fasting and does not want to participate in the field day, please keep them home for the day and they will be marked excused.  There will not be a group staying back at Hype, so if they attend they will be expected to participate.

  • June 3-5 No School
  • June 6 – we will have our pizza party!  No charge, this is from the man who gave our class money at Leos a few weeks ago!
  • June 12 – End of the Year Celebration at Olive Garden!  Menus will be coming home shortly!
  • June 14 – Last day of school!  Half Day   Dismissal at 11:00 a.m

Thank you for all of your support with the sheet fundraiser!  All of the orders have been placed and should be arriving after the holiday weekend.   I can’t wait to see all the new colors!

Have a great weekend!

May 3, 2019

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Just a few notes for today….

Yesterday while at Leo’s, a kind man gave our class money to pay for the student’s breakfasts.  We had enough left over to provide a pizza party for the students so that everyone can benefit from that man’s generosity.   He said he has been watching us for weeks and it was just something he wanted to do.  So to the stranger at Leo’s – THANK YOU!!!  We will set the date for the pizza party at a later date.  We will wait until Ramadan is over so that everyone can participate.

Our sheet sale is underway and we already have a few orders!  Thank you!  This fundraiser provides many opportunities for our students.   There is no pressure to purchase anything.  Thank you to those of you who share this fundraiser with your family and friends!!!

We have a lot of special activities in May.  Don’t forget to keep an eye on those due dates!  As a reminder:

  • Zumba May 10 – Money due by May 9 ($5)
  • Zee the Cook May 17 – Money due by May 15 ($15)
  • Bowling May 22 – Money due by May 20 ($10)

Evaluations – you will begin to see a series of “Self Evaluations” come home on different subjects.  Now that we are reaching the end of the year, the students will be evaluating themselves in different areas of the program.  A supervisor will also evaluate them and that will be indicated on the other side of the evaluation.  Sometimes the evaluations are quite similar, and sometimes our students see themselves quite differently than a supervisor does.  Overall, the students have done an excellent job this year.

Don’t forget:

May 15 – Late Start

May 24-27 – No School

May 28 – Field Day at EFHS

June 3-5 – No School

June 14th – Last Day of School – Half Day – 11:00 Dismissal





Spring Sheet Fundraiser

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Hello!    We are beginning our Spring Fundraiser with 12 NEW colors!   Sheet sets are $30 per set, and include a top sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillow cases (one for twin).    Extra pillow cases are available for $10/set of 2.

Sizes available:  Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King and Cal King.

Colors available:

White, Light Blue, Chocolate, Cream, Gray, Taupe, Sage, Navy Blue, Camel, Eggplant, Silver, Burgundy, Blue Haven, Cala Green, Rust, Lime, Magenta, Teal, Lavender, Apricot, Mint Green, Mellow Yellow, Coral, Beach Blue

(Colors will be posted on our Facebook page “Dearborn Transition Program” later today)

This fundraiser is the only fundraiser we participate in and provides so much for our students.   We are able to purchase materials for the classroom, provide educational opportunities for our students, it helps keep the cost down on field trips, we host several pizza parties throughout the year, and it completely covers our end of the year banquet  – this year it will be held at Olive Garden.   Your participation is very much appreciated!

Please send orders and payment by May 17th.  Checks should be made out to “Debbie Camp”.  Order forms will be coming home tomorrow, May 2nd.  Thank you in advance for your support!

April 25, 2019

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I will not be in tomorrow so I wanted to make sure I made you aware of a few changes to our schedule:

Zee the Cook has been moved from May 7 to May 17th.  If you have already paid, and know that is a day your son/daughter will not be able to attend, please notify us and we will refund the money.  Likewise, if there is anyone who did not pay for this activity but now is able to come, please feel free to send in your payment.  For refunds,  we must know before we turn in our headcount on May 15th.  Once our headcount is turned in we are not able to refund any money because supplies have already been purchased for each student who R.S.V.P’d.

May 18th – Weekend Activity at Buddy’s Pizza.  This will be our last weekend activity for the year.  Details will be sent home in May.    I am so impressed at those of you who are getting together over the weekend on your own!  WAY TO GO!   Watch for a special Facebook post coming soon!!!!  🙂

Have a great weekend!

April 17, 2019

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Students will be bringing home a note today detailing the events we have through the rest of the year that will involve an extra cost.  (Zee the Cook, bowling and Zumba!)   We wanted to give you the option of paying for everything at once instead of sending home a note every week!  You may choose which your son/daughter participates in or not (some do not attend Zee the Cook), however,  if your son/daughter does not want to bowl, they should stay home that day as we will be gone most of the day and no one will be back in the classroom.  If you would please make sure your son/daughters name is on the form before returning, that would be helpful.  I realized I left that out after handing them out.   Forms are due no later than May 3, but can be turned in starting tomorrow.

Upcoming dates:

April 19 – No School – Good Friday

April 24 – Late Start – DIA

May 7 – Zee the Cook

May 10 – Zumba

May 15 – Late Start

May 22 – Bowling

May 24 – 27 No School – Memorial Day Weekend

May 28 – Field Day at EFHS

June 3-5 – No School

June 12 – End of the Year/Senior Banquet – Olive Garden (Free)

June 14 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!   1/2 DAY!


April 10, 2019

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Hello!  We’ve had numerous complaints about the Trinity Bus Company and we’d like to encourage you to contact our administration when issues arise.   As teachers, there is nothing we can do but pass messages along to them, and it’s much more effective when it comes from parents themselves.  I can’t promise they will be able to fix everything, but if they don’t know about them, they can’t even try.  We STRONGLY encourage you to contact them with issues such as:  length of time on the bus, bus running late or not showing up, behavior concerns on the bus, or if you have any issues with the drivers themselves.  Please contact Ms. Tammy Fournier at Howe:  313-827-7000

Thank you!

March 29, 2019

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HAPPY SPRING BREAK!!!!   It’s all going to fly by now!   We had a great time with Spirit Week this week, be sure to check out our Facebook page for pictures!   Also on the Facebook page is a list of available Summer Camps for 2019.   All kinds of camps are available – day camps, drop in, overnight, weekly, etc.  Check it out!

When we come back:

April 9th – Zee the Cook  – The deadline was today, but please send in money by Monday if you have not done so already.   This is not mandatory, if your son/daughter is not interested, they may stay back in the classroom.

April 19th – No School – Good Friday

April 24 – Late Start/DIA – students should bring a lunch


Enjoy the break!!!!!



March 22, 2019

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Hello!  It’s hard to believe we are almost through March.  One week to go until Spring Break!   I always say once Spring Break arrives the rest of the year goes by in a flash!

We started our new incentive program this week.  Every student brought home a copy of their responsibilities in their blue folders.  Those are the things we are looking for, but are not limited to, for the incentive program.  Students get paid $5 in “Camp Cash” each week.   If we see they are not following through on their responsibilities, they need to pay $1 out of their “wallet”.   At the end of the week, students can use the Camp Cash to purchase the Friday Movie, Leisure activity, movie snack, etc.   Students who do not have enough to pay for a movie or leisure activity will have an alternate activity instead (classwork review).   There will be some growing pains, but so far is has proven to be effective.

Next week leading up the break, we will have a Spirit Week!   On Friday, we will have a Spring Break/Beach Party!!!   Students have a copy in their folders.

Monday – Detroit Tigers Day

Tuesday – Crazy Socks Day

Wednesday – Red, White and Blue Day

Thursday – Hat Day

Friday – Hawaiian Day

Zee the Cook – We have been approved for two more sessions with Zee the Cook, April 9th and May 7th.      The fee is $15 each session.  For the April 9th date, please send money by Friday March 29th, since we will be off for Spring Break the following week.    I hope everyone was able to see the wonderful pictures from our last trip on our Facebook Page.

Zumba – Ms. Susan is coming back for one more round of Zumba on May 10th!  We can’t wait!

Save the Date!   The Prom sponsored by the Fordson Impact Club will be held on May 2 from 6:00-8:30 at Greenfield Manor.   Students will receive printed tickets this year, so be sure to RSVP when the time comes.  More information will be coming home soon!

Upcoming Dates:

April 1-5 No School

April 9 – Zee the Cook

April 19 – No School

April 24 – Late Start/DIA