February 28, 2022

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Hello! Instructions for our virtual day are being sent home today. There is a full schedule for the day, please look at it carefully and make sure your student is following the schedule. The link to log on is located on the instruction sheet, as well as located on the blog under “Class Info”. Students should log on at 10 a.m. and attendance will be taken. We do understand that some people have a hard time logging on due to work obligations or poor internet connections, etc. Please make sure your student follows the schedule and completes their work regardless of whether they are able to log on or not. Work should be returned on March 2, 2022.

Heads up: One of the assignments for tomorrow is a cooking assignment to be done with a parent or guardian. It is a simple recipe for apple crisp. Most people will have the ingredients in their house already, but you may wish to look at the ingredient list tonight to make sure you have the groceries on hand. Please complete the recipe review and return with student work.

Upcoming Dates:

March 9 – Late start

March 18 – Half Day – dismissal at 11:30 a.m.

March 28-April 1 – No School – Spring Break


February 23, 2022

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Hello! I hope everyone enjoyed their break! Just a few short messages for our sort week this week.

Mask Update – It seems as if everyone got the memo! Masks are now optional in the classroom. They are still mandatory on the bus. . Please make sure your son/daughter has their facemask for the bus rides to and from school, as well as to and from work or CBI groups.

Utensils for Lunch and Snacks – More and more students are bringing foods that require a fork or spoon to school, but they are not bringing the actual fork or spoon. We are happy to supply the occasional utensil when we have them, but we do not have a cafeteria here to supply these items. Usually they are only available if one of the teachers has an extra on hand.

Supplies – Almost every student is low on colored pencils and glue sticks.

Goodwill Workers – will be going to Bellacino’s again this Friday. To save on cost, we will be ordering large cheese pizza and splitting it instead of placing individual orders. Students should bring in $5 to cover their pizza and a drink. (Why do we do this? When the Goodwill store has a 50% off sale, they don’t have as much work for us to do and they don’t want us working on the floor at that time. It’s a perfect opportunity to make use of our time in the community.) (Shaima, Khadija, Fatimah, Hiba, Deraa)

March 1 – District Wide Virtual Day

Other Upcoming Dates:

March 9 – Late Start and CBI to Target and Leo’s.

Target – Giuseppe, Shaima, Khadija, Tarek, MiMi

Leo’s – Samiah, Ali H., Thakara, Hiba, Aisha

March 18 – Half Day – 11:30 dismissal

March 28-April 1 – No School – Spring Break


February 17, 2022

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Hello! Today is the last day before the mid-winter break! Students will return next Wednesday, February 23, 2022. We hope you enjoy this time off! Looks like we’re going to start with some snow!

Just a reminder to send in your Chromebook so we can update them and return them. Some of them look to be in rough shape. I was told today that the district will assess and may charge a fine for damaged Chromebook’s, so please take care of them like your own. Every Chromebook that has been sent in has been updated and will be sent home today.

Students are also coming home today with a “How Your Student Is Doing” assessment. This is a general assessment and not geared towards their IEP goals, but rather a gauge as to how they are handling themselves in the classroom. If your student was marked “below expectations” in age appropriate behavior, that is where you can help at home. While some behaviors are cute when they are little, they tend to be not so cute when they are adults. Having high expectations for our students and expecting them to act like their same age peers is important. Also, giving students responsibilities at home can help increase their maturity level. We want people to see our students for their abilities, not their disabilities! If you need help with this, just let us know!

Upcoming Dates:

March 9th – Late Start

March 18th – No School

March 28- April 1 – No School Spring Break


Corrections

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Hello!

Chromebooks: Please send borrowed Chromebooks to Hype instead of Howe. You can send them in anytime between now and Feb 16th. Once they are updated we will return them to you for use on March 1.

Late Start – Apparently I missed the memo that late start was moved to next week due to count day. Wednesday February 16th will be the new late start date. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused!

Leo’s/Target – Due to the change in late start dates – Leo’s and Target has been moved to next week as well. We will hold on to everyone’s money and shopping list and pass it back out next week. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience.


Chromebooks and Misc.

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Hello! The district is requiring all borrowed Chromebooks to be returned in order to update them, and return them for the March 1 district wide remote day. Please return chromebooks to HOWE SCHOOL by Wednesday, February 16, 2022. (Please do not return them to school with your son/daughter) If you need to make arrangements for a drop off time, please call Howe School at 313-827-7000. Again, please do not send them to school with your son/daughter, we are not in the building where they need to be returned. Thank you!

Modern Greek/Paradise Point Students: Students in either of these two work groups do not need to bring a lunch on Monday/Tuesday or Friday’s. The owner is providing lunch for these students as a thank you. Students working at Goodwill and Howe still need to bring a lunch daily. Each student brought home their assigned job site, but if you have questions please feel free to ask!

Valentine’s Day: Next Monday we will have donuts in the morning before work. If students would like to bring in candy to pass to the class in the afternoon – please make sure they have enough for each student – approximately 30 in the class when everyone is here. It is not necessary but some students enjoy it.

Upcoming Dates:

February 9 – Late Start

February 14 – Valentine’s Day – Donuts before work

February 16 – Chromebooks due to Howe School

February 18-22 – No School – Mid Winter Break


January 28, 2022

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We had a great day today! Pizza and treats for everyone! Next week we will be back on our regular schedule – back to work sites and a tighter schedule in the classroom. Reminder – everyone needs a lunch next week EXCEPT those working at Modern Greek!

We are working on computer skills more heavily this semester. All students are invited to bring headphones in a large ziploc bag, so that they can complete assignments and have computer time on their own. The headphones can be left in the classroom or they can keep them in their backpacks. The computers can only use wired headphones, wireless headphones, like airpods will not work.

Upcoming Dates:

Feb 9 – Late Start

Feb 18-22 – No School

March 1 – Remote Learning for District – due to a special election in Dearborn. (Students will NOT report to school)

March 9 – Late Start

March 18 – No School

March 28-April 1 – No School – Spring Break


January 27, 2022

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Hello! We will have a pizza party this Friday! It will be a nice way to kick off the new semester – as new job sites start on Monday! Students will need to contribute $5 towards the pizza and bring something to drink. Students can bring in the money either Thursday or Friday, whichever works best for you. We will have a movie at the end of the day and students are welcome to bring a snack if they choose. If your son/daughter does not want pizza, they can continue to bring their own lunch.


January 24, 2022

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Good Morning,

Just a quick note to let you know to check your son/daughters backpack today for their updated work assignments. Some work assignments provide lunch for the students, others do not, so this will also let you know whether to send in lunch on work days. As you know, we had to make some last minute changes, so please disregard anything you may have received previously about work sites and lunch. If your student does not have an assignment in their backpack, they have been assigned to Hype, and they may work as a sub for the Goodwill and Howe job sites if it is appropriate for that student. New work sites begin January 31, 2022. Progress reports are also in their folders if they are on my caseload (Mrs. Camp).

Also, I just saw that some buses may be delayed this afternoon due to the snowy conditions. We will be in meetings this afternoon, please call the transportation department if you have any questions. 313-827-3300

Have a great day!


January 21, 2022

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Hello! It’s been great seeing all of the students returning and we are almost up to a full class again! As you may have heard, the quarantine guidelines have changed, and students are able to return quicker as long as they are fever free and symptoms are improving. Please continue to notify us if your son/daughter tests positive, and we will give you a return date. We will notify you when a positive case has been identified in the classroom, but we are no longer doing contact tracing. (The email will come from administration, not us personally.) If you do get a notice, please monitor your son/daughter for symptoms and keep them home if they become symptomatic. We do have to continue to send students home if they have TWO or more symptoms.

Today and Monday are half days for the students. Tuesday is a full day. If you are looking at the district calendar – we follow the elementary schedule because we are a part of Howe School. I will always put our calendar in the “Upcoming Dates” portion of our blog as well.

We’ve had a few changes to our job site schedule as recently as last night. Red Lobster will no longer be able to host our class. We are so thankful for the opportunities we had there, but due to staff shortages, they aren’t able to do what they originally promised the students. However, when one door closes, another one opens! The owner of Modern Greek also owns the restaurant next door, and he wants our students to work there as well! We will begin new job sites January 31st. This means, all students need a cold lunch for the week of January 24th. (Those going to Modern Greek are used to having lunch at the restaurant.) Once the schedule is complete I will let everyone know where they are working.

Upcoming Dates:

Monday January 24 – Half day – 11:30 dismissal

Tuesday January 25 – FULL DAY

February 9 – Late Start

February 18-22 – No School – Mid Winter Break