May 25, 2023

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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!

Have a great weekend!


Dearborn Specials

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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

Reminder! Prom RSVP’s are due today. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet please do so as there will be no exceptions for late comers: https://ameliasprom2023.rsvpify.com

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.

Upcoming Dates:

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!)


May 3, 2023

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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!

Upcoming Dates:

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)



April 18, 2023 – Important Medicaid Information

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Medicaid to again require annual renewals

During the pandemic, Michigan stopped requiring families to annually renew their Medicaid benefits.

Michigan will soon restart Medicaid eligibility renewals and certain waived policies that were in place during the pandemic. The first renewals begin in June and each family has a different renewal month. Renewals are time sensitive and urgent for families to update in order to maintain their Medicaid coverage.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is starting to mail notifications to families about the renewed renewal requirements.  The department is asking for help to tell families to watch for this important paperwork and to make sure they complete and return the required forms.

Families who do not complete the forms by their deadline will lose Medicaid coverage.Learn more on the MDHHS website.


Special Needs Prom Information

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Hello, below is the email from Ms. Naura regarding “Amelia’s Prom”. If you have any questions, her contact information is provided. While we would love to be able to help you, we are not involved in the planning of this event, we are only passing along the information to you so your son/daughter can attend! You must use the link provided to RSVP. There is a strict deadline to RSVP by May 5th.

Hello,

It is with great honor and excitement that I am able to share the details for Amelia’s Prom, 2023.  The Fordson Interact Club and The Amity Foundation hope to continue our tradition of offering our most special students a night filled with laughter and memories.

Below is the link to RSVP for this year’s Prom.  PLEASE NOTE, EVERYONE MUST RSVP BY FRIDAY, MAY 5, OR YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND PROM.  We apologize but there will be no exceptions to the RSVP rule this year.  Last year we had 50 unexpected guests attend. In order to continue to offer you a wonderful experience, we have to know how many guests to expect.

This year’s Amelia’s Prom information is as follows 🙂

Theme: Hollywood Red Carpet

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Location: Byblo’s Banquet Hall (7528 Chase Rd, Dearborn 48126)

Pricing: We are honored to still invite Special Needs students and 1 guest FREE of charge.  One additional guest is welcome to attend for $30 (the cost of their meal).

RSVP Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2023RSVP LINK: https://ameliasprom2023.rsvpify.com

Please do not share this link with students/families outside of the Dearborn and Crestwood public school systems unless they have previously attended one of our Proms.  We love that this is a community event and would like to continue this tradition.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me (naurae@dearbornschools.org).


April 10, 2023

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Hello and welcome back from the long weekend! We wanted to let you know that we received word this morning that Ms. Laurie, one of our parapros, has decided to retire and will not return to the classroom. The students did not get a chance to say goodbye, so some of them are sad. They will have the opportunity to send a card to Ms. Laurie and we will make sure she gets it. We want to thank her for all the help she’s been and wish her the best in her retirement!

Upcoming Dates:

April 20-21 – No School – Eid

April 26 – Late Start

May 17 – Late Start

May 18 – Prom (details to follow)

May 26-29 – No School – Memorial Day Weekend

June 15 – Last Day of School – 1/2 Day


April 6, 2023

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Work Uniforms: Students who are new to working at Modern Greek/Paradise Point (and those who needed a replacement) will be coming home with their uniform t-shirt today. They should wear it every time they are scheduled to work, and it should be washed after every wear. If your student serves as a sub, it can be kept in his/her backpack since their schedule can be unpredictable.

Personal Hygiene: Students should be showering daily and wearing a clean outfit every day. Some students are wearing the same outfit day after day and some have not showered in quiet some time. This can be typical for our students, but it is important to teach them the responsibility of taking care of themselves. Poor hygiene will ultimately affect the way our students are perceived, it will affect their ability to find and keep employment as well as making and keeping friends.

Upcoming Dates:

April 7 – No School – Good Friday

April 20-21 – No School – Eid

April 26 – Late Start

May 17 – Late Start

May 18 – Special Needs Prom – details to come

May 26-29 – No School – Memorial Day Weekend

June 1 – Field Day at EFHS

June 15 – Last Day – 1/2 Day Dismissal (11:30)


April 3, 2023

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Hello! We hope you all enjoyed the break! We are in the home stretch, with 11 weeks to go and it’s going to go fast! I’m not wishing time away, but I am looking forward to warmer days and more sunshine! Here are just a few reminders for this short week:

Phone: I just turned “read receipts” on our classroom phone, which will let you know (in most cases) we’ve seen your texts. When you text to let us know a student has been dropped of late or will be picked up early, you can now see that we’ve seen your message and are expecting your student to arrive or we are in the process of sending them down to you. For other matters, we will respond as soon as possible, typically within the hour.

Also, we still have some families calling our paraprofessionals on their personal cell phones. Per district policies, all communication should be through the classroom phone at 313-701-7985.

Grocery Ads: All students should bring in 1-2 grocery ads by Thursday 4/6 , in order to complete an assignment. If you have extras, or happen to run through the grocery store and can grab a handful, it would be greatly appreciated. We use grocery ads all the time to teach food groups, shopping, sale prices, dollar up, etc. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates:

April 7th – No School, Good Friday

April 20, 21 – No School, Eid

April 26 – Late Start

May 17 – Late Start

May 26-29 – No School, Memorial Weekend

June 15 – Last Day of School, half day dismissal


March 20, 2023

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Good Afternoon,

There seems to be a bug or two going around in our room. Last week we had many students out (close to half the class!) due to illness, and it looks like we are continuing this week. Several students have already gone home today and one more is waiting to get picked up as we speak. This is just a friendly reminder that sickness happens, and to please keep your son/daughter home when they are not feeling well. We also understand that students can feel fine in the morning and start feeling sick once they are here – that is o.k., there is no judgement here! Additionally, we know that some students will insist on coming to school, but we ask that you stand firm and keep them home when they are sick. It’s very difficult when a student is not feeling well and they have already made their way to a job site, or when we have to stop instruction to make multiple calls home. We like to remind everyone that we will have your student for approximately eight years (that’s a long time!) …..they will have everything they need by the time they exit our program. Taking time off when they are sick will not hurt their progress and will help to keep everyone here healthy as well! Thank you so much for your understanding.