Hello! Just a few quick updates for you as we are crusing through September!
Job Sites/CBI – We just received our schedule from transportation and we will be working on putting groups together this week. We will begin going out into the community October 2. We will send your students schedule home with them. As you know, some job sites provided lunch last year. At this time, I do not know if that will be the same this year or not, we will let you know.
Phone calls/texts – Thank you so much to those of you who are texing us with your students’ absences. It is so helpful. Just a reminder, if you do need to speak with us, please leave a message. If we are unable to answer that means we are working with the students. Unless there is an emergency, please only call one time. Calling multiple times in a row will not allow us to respond any quicker. We will get back to you within 24 hours, but most likely, within the same day. If there is an emergency, please text the classroom phone when possible (we will see it faster).
Illness – There seems to be a little bug or maybe some allergies going around. Please keep students home if they are sick and we will mark them excused. Students are never penalized for missing school due to illness. Aside from the obvious signs of illness (fever, vomiting, etc.) if your student is too sick to complete classwork or attend a job site, they should stay home. If students are in school, they will be expected to participate in all the activities their peers are participating in.
October 3 – No School, Professional Development
October 10, 17, 24, 31 – Early Release, dismissal 1:50 p.m.
October 27 – 1/2 Day – Dismissal 11:30 a.m.
October 30 – Field Trip to Ford Lanes Bowling Alley – details will be provided later
We are already at the end of the first week! Even if it is a short week, we feel accomplished! If you have a new student in our class, they have made a great adjustment into their new classroom. We are so happy to have them here. Our returning students have jumped back in like they never left. In addition, we have two new paraprofessionals in our room, Mrs. Beydoun and Ms. Maha. They are a wonderful addition to our class already. Overall, it has been one of the best first weeks of school we’ve ever had!
That being said, I know busing has been troublesome. We are in constant communication with transportation, informing them on things that are happening on our end. We are hoping things will be ironed out quickly. If you have any issues, please contact transportation at 313-827-3300. The only way they can help is by knowing what is going on!
On Tuesday, we will begin our healthy lunch program. Students will be competing for points and prizes. Points are awarded for bringing in fruits, vegetables, water, etc. A further explanation will be sent home today. In addition, you will also be receiving a “student snapshot”. This is just to give you an idea of where your student should be, or what they should be working towards, upon completing our program. It does not mean they need to be there NOW – but this will give you a good feel of what we are working towards and what you can work on at home as well.
As always if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Have a great weekend!
~Camp and Cote
September 1-4 – No School, Labor Day Weekend
October 3 – No School
October 10, 17, 24, 31 – Early Release, students dismissed at 1:50 p.m.
October 27 – Half Day – Students dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
It has been great welcoming back the students today! It sounds like everyone had a great summer and are ready to be back! Since our new families are not signed up for the blog yet, I will be sending home a paper note today with a few reminders as well as supplies the students will need. Please have supplies to school by next Tuesday at the latest.
Please be patient with phone calls and texts, as we both have a full caseload this year. We will return messages within the school day, but we may not be immediately available if we are teaching or in the community.
Early releases will begin in October. Students will be dismissed at 1:50. For those of you who have outside appointments/therapies, this is a great time to schedule those appointments so that your student is not missing instructional time.
If you have any issues regarding busing – please call the transportation department at 313-827-3300.
On a final note, for the safety of all, visitors are asked to check in at the front desk before proceeding up to our rooms. Thank you for your understanding.
Another great school year is almost complete! Thank you for the support you give to the students and to us as their teachers. The students have done an amazing job, and we’ve seen a lot of maturity and growth throughout the year.
Thank you for your generosity in donating to our different programs, and most recently, the class picnic. It was a huge success. We had beautiful weather, good food, and good music! Look for pictures on our Facebook page later today. (Dearborn Transition Program)
We’d also like to thank our wonderful parapro’s, we couldn’t do it without them. They are often the ones “in the trenches” with the students, at the job sites and in the community. They care for our students, keep up with their birthdays, and special needs. They help them develop independence and create successes in all that they do. We are very fortunate to have two of the best, Ms. Khadija and Ms. Samia, as well as a wonderful sub, Ms. Sabah.
Congratulations to our students who are exiting this year – Zeinab, Munasar and Aisha. I’ve known most of you since you were in preschool!!! It’s hard to believe! We will miss you so much! Please keep in touch and visit us when you can! We wish you the very best!
Before we go, we want to wish all of you a wonderful summer! We hope you are able to enjoy time with your families and just relax! It’s time to recharge our batteries so we can do it all over again next year. See you in the fall!
So far the weather looks good for our class picnic next week! Of course, we could not do it without your help! Donation forms are coming home today for those who are willing and able to contribute. If your student does not like hot dogs, they are welcome to bring their lunch that day and still participate in all the fun. They can have all the other things we will have – chips, pop and cake! Please review the donation form, select a 1st and 2nd choice, and send back to school by Wednesday. We will send you a confirmation of your donation by Thusday. If you are unable to donate at this time, there are no worries. All students will be included in our picnic regardless!
As a reminder – this is the last full week of school. Next Thursday, June 15th, is our last day of school, dismissal is at 11:30.
Permission slips are coming home today for Thursday’s field day. Please return the slips by tomorrow. If your student is absent today, you can text the classroom phone or send an email giving permission for them to attend. Here are some key points for the day:
We will be in the sun most of the day, please come to school with sunscreen already applied.
If your son/daughter does not want to participate, they may stay home. Please just text us (313-701-7985) and we will mark them excused. It is usally a fun time, but it is not for everyone. There will be no one left back in the room.
Please eat breakfast. We will be leaving at 9 a.m., therefore we will not have much time for a snack before we leave.
Lunch will be provided (halal hot dog and chips)
Students may wish to bring a larger snack or lunch for later in the day
PLEASE DO NOT FORGET WATER BOTTLES and make sure they are labeled with students name.
We will do our best to find a shady spot for students to take a break. We will bring some extra water and a few chairs for those that need it. I am currently checking with transportation to see if there is room on the bus for all students to bring a chair if needed. I will update you tomorrow.
We will not be in the building after 9 a.m. If your student arrives late, there will be no one in the classroom. Please do not drop off late students on Thursday.
We are wrapping up the year! Here are just a few reminders before the long weekend!
June 1 is the annual field day at EFHS. Please keep an eye on the weather and have students come dressed for a day outside. (Don’t forget sunscreen and water bottles!) Halal hot dogs and chips will be served for lunch. There will be lots of walking and we will be in the sun for most of the day. We will try to take a few foldable chairs with us and find a shady spot for those who need it. If your son/daughter does not wish to participate, please let us know and they will be excused for the day.
June 13 – Class Picnic honoring those who are exiting our program. (weather permitting) Once we return from this weekend we will share more information.
June 15 – Last day of school! Dismissal is at 11:30. Can you believe it!?!?! I feel like we blinked and here we are!
Hello! Many of you have started to ask about activities that are available for your student over the summer. Dearborn Specials (located at the Ford Performing Arts building) has many activities – bowling, swimming, dances, bingo, art classes and more! We will be sending home the brochure and the calendar for May – July next week. For more information please follow this link: https://dearbornfordcenter.com/pages/58-dearborn-specials
Field trip permission slips and money are due on Monday! Students may bring additional money the day of the field trip (May 15) for snacks. If you’ve been to the movies lately, you know concessions are expensive. I would suggest students bring $15-$20 to cover the cost of food. That being said, snacks are optional and we will be eating lunch before we go. Students will still need to bring a lunch to school that day.
May 15 – Mario Bros! Field Trip
May 17 – Late Start
May 26-29 – No School – Memorial Day Weekend
June 13 – Tentative Class Picnic
June 15 – Last Day of School 1/2 Day! (27 days left!)
Hello! On May 15th, we will be going on a field trip with Mrs. King’s class to the MJR Westland Grand Cinema to see the new Mario Bros. Movie! The permission slip is coming home today and will need to be returned by May 10th. Students will be expected to be on their best behavior in order to attend.
There are many fun events coming up for the students to participate in as we start to count down the days! Please keep an eye on the blog!
May 15 – Field Trip to Mario Bros!
May 17 – Late Start
May 27-29 – No School – Memorial Weekend
June 1 – Field Day at EFHS
June 13 -Class picnic (weather permitting) – celebrating those who are exiting our program! (Aisha, Munasar, Zeinab)