April 21

Letter from Mr. Short

**See below for the letter Mr. Short sent out to the community. Please note there will be one more day for a chrome book pick up, next Monday, the 27th. Please make sure to fill the survey out beforehand so we know you’re coming to get one. **

Afternoon Haigh Community, 

  Last week Dearborn’s Remote Learning Plan was approved by the state of Michigan. This plan asks for students to continue to practice their content and special’s work during these next 7 weeks. Students, parents, and  staff have worked very hard this school year and we want to continue to work together to ensure that every student is ready for the next grade level. We know that remote learning has its challenges and that the balance between work responsibilities, sharing technology, student work, and other family obligations can make each day difficult. We ask that you look at the assignments each week and do your best to have your students practice these activities (suggested content practice minutes are listed below). Our classroom teachers will be providing recorded/live lessons, have office hours to answer questions, and will provide the essential skills that your student(s) need to practice during this time. Please continue to check your classroom and specials teachers’ blog, dojo, seesaw, remind, or google classroom each week for updated materials. Please also do not hesitate to reach out for help with content, social and emotional needs, or if your family may need help with food. We are here to help our Haigh Community!

For the 4th card marking your students will receive a report card. This report will look different than the traditional report cards that had a 1-2-3-4 scale. The updated report card will have the following marks aligned to the Dearborn Remote Learning Plan: Meeting, Progressing, and Limited Participation. Each week classroom and specials’ teachers will be looking at each students’ practice and accuracy with the shared activities. At the end of the term they will then be given an overall grade of “Meeting, Progressing, or Limited Participation”. 

To help with technology, we will have additional chromebook pick up days. The first day is scheduled for Monday, April 27th from 1:00-3:30pm. Any family that is interested needs to complete the survey below in order to receive a Chromebook . This survey provides us with the number of Chromebooks that our volunteers will need to clean and prep. We are very pleased to be able to offer this technology for your families! CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE TECHNOLOGY SURVEY. Future chromebook pick up days will be shared on our school and classroom blogs. (teachers may also have content packet pick up days to coincide with these chromebook days)

Overall, the most important thing is for our families to stay safe and healthy during this time away from Haigh. Please have your students practice their content activities with the schedule that works best for your family each week. Thank you for all that you do for your children! Please let us know if we can help in any way 🙂 


 Mr. Short

Principal-Haigh School 

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  • Any updates from Haigh are found by clicking on the “school news” button ( these are announcements from Mr. Short)
  • Specific classroom updates and specials’ classes are found by clicking on the “staff button” and  then by clicking on the teacher’s website. Some of our staff also use “class dojo” for assignments and updates.  
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April 19

Remote Learning Week 5

Hi Parents!

Here is the schedule for this week. The only changes you’ll see for this week as opposed to previous weeks is less work. For each day, I have given short, simple assignments for Spelling on Seesaw, one Writing topic per week, with a final draft due on Friday, Reading assignments, whether it’s just i-Ready for 15 minutes or short Seesaw activity, 2 Math lessons per week, 3 Science or Social Studies activities (short passage, video, craft). I have also added the Special teachers’ blogs to my schedule as they may have weekly assignments for your child to complete as well. Your child is required to complete these assignments to the best of their ability, as I will be checking on Fridays to give grades (complete or incomplete). I am available through Dojo or email from 9am-3pm for any questions each day M-F.

You’ll also notice that I would like Math and Writing assignments turned in through Google Classroom. Please see my previous blog posts to join our Google Classroom. The recommended time a child in 2nd grade should spend working at home is 45-90 minutes a day (min/max.) If you would like your child to do extra work, I have added the links and an extra website with fun activities at the bottom of the schedule.

We will be meeting 1-2 times a week using Google Meet. Please note I have listed these times into the schedule in place of Reading and Science for 2 meetings. We will meet on Wednesday at 1pm, and Friday at 11am this week. I will post the invitation for Google Meet on Tuesday.

As always, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate. I know it may seem overwhelming and stressful, I feel those things too. I will be teaching my kindergartener and 1st grader at home, on top of my 23-second graders. I don’t know how I’ll do it, but I know I’ll get it done, just like I know all of you will. We will try our best and that’s all that matters. If you’re unable to complete work on days please just message me, we will work something out 🙂

Schedule Week 5:


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April 17

Google Classroom Code, Video, and Tutorial

In order to access our class, Izbicki 2nd grade, you will be prompted to enter this class code:


Google Classroom Help For Parents

If some are interested in holding a parent tutorial on the use google classroom, here is a good resource.

Parent and Guardian Intro to Google Classroom (English)

Our Special Teachers have been using Google Classroom as well, so if you have already signed onto their class, then all you’ll need to do is enter my class code.

Here is an informative video to watch if you’re having trouble logging in or using Google Classroom.

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April 17

Remote Learning Next Week

Good afternoon parents!

We had a great Zoom meeting today and the kids did a great job finding and even writing their own poems to share out today! I shared the poems I read and one that our classmate, Rayanna, wrote on Dojo if you haven’t yet seen them. We’ve had a very productive 4 weeks! I’m so very proud of all the work, student participation, learning, and teaching taking place at home! THANK YOU, parents, for being my partner in education.

Beginning next week, students will be held accountable for completing weekly assignments. I won’t share out what the grading looks like just yet, but it’s something along the lines of meeting/not meeting. It’s really just about completing the work and making sure they are continuing to learn at home so our students don’t experience a “slide”.

There will be some slight changes as we move forward, one being as I mentioned above, grading based on the completion of weekly assignments. Because of this, one new tool I am going to add is the use of Google Classroom. Submitting some assignments through Google Classroom makes it easier for me to read, check, and give grades back. We will mostly be utilizing this to turn in writing and math assignments. Google Classroom is awesome because it lets the kids create docs and slides right through it. Before we left on break, the students created their first doc where they typed a 5 paragraph compare and contrast on frogs and toads and inserted pictures. So, they are familiar with the use of Google Docs a bit. Not everything will be done here, some still on Seesaw, but some now using GC.

Also, there will be a lighter workload. It is recommended that students in Grade 2 spend a minimum of 45 minutes on school work a day, with a max of 90 minutes. You will see only 1 writing assignment a week, that I will pace out daily for them. I want them to spend time brainstorming, organizing, writing a rough draft, editing, revising, and publishing. You’ll now only see 2 Math lessons a week, with watching the video lesson one day, to completing the Problem Set/Homework the next day, with Zearn as optional enrichment time on these days. The lessons are lengthy therefore I’m breaking it up.

Lastly, I will be switching over to Google Hangouts instead of Zoom beginning next week. I love Zoom, but the district prefers us to use Google instead. When I create the next meeting I will give instructions on how to access and use.

So, these are some of the changes, I hope for the better! I will try to add in as much fun as I possibly can throughout these next weeks and schedule Google Hangouts so we get a chance to see each other’s faces and have group discussions. I am going to send you the code on Dojo to join Google Classroom, if you could join sometime before Monday would be great! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to message me on Dojo or send me an email.

Thanks again for your partnership, I know this isn’t easy, I too have 2 boys to teach at home and it’s been a struggle. It’s hard to find the balance and we are all learning this new way of life. It will never be the same as being in school and it’s a hard adjustment on our kiddos. I appreciate you all and if there’s anything I can do to help, I will always try my best.

Stay Healthy and Take Care,

Mrs. Izbicki

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April 15

2nd grade chat- Friday!

Erika Izbicki is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Izbicki 2nd Grade Chat
Time: Apr 17, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 987 2681 3966
Password: 7cNEWD

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April 13

Technology Survey Round 2

Haigh Community, 

In an effort to continue to help with online learning our school district and Haigh are collecting additional information about technology at home. These results help us plan for our instruction and will also allow for an additional chromebook pick-up day in the future.  These results are confidential to the school and will be shared with the necessary classroom and resource teachers and administrators only. Please complete this survey as early as possible. Thank you.

Mr. Short


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April 13

Remote Learning Schedule Week 4

Happy Monday parents and students! I hope you were all able to enjoy family time, the outdoors, and relax over Spring Break. I know a lot of us were unable to keep our plans that we had for vacation or what not, but I’m thankful we had sunshine and warm weather a few of the days here. I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe at home.

Now that we have heard that school is cancelled for the year, which makes me beyond sad and upset, we are waiting to hear the plan for remote learning for the remaining school year. Things may change or look different in the next couple of weeks, just waiting on word from the district. For now, we are sticking to our usual plan and weekly schedule. Please know that I will do my very best to provide you with the resources and looking for ways to reach and teach your child while we are not in the classroom.

For this week, Week 27 Spelling Words are linked on the schedule and there is a Seesaw activity to do, along with the daily tic-tac-toe board. For Writing, I have created 2 Narrative writing activities on Seesaw for the first 2 days, then your child will use an Opinion blueprint to write about “What 3 Things they miss the most about the classroom?” For Math, we are moving on to Module 6- multiplication and division. I have linked videos and the link to Module 6 workbook. I’m hoping that if things calm down, there will be a day to pick up your students’ workbooks and other supplies, it will make our lives much easier once we have these resources. For now, if you’re able to print or just use loose-leaf paper to solve the problems on is fine. For Reading, going on i-Ready daily is a great way for your child to review and learn the 2nd grade standards. Also, reading every day for at least 20 min is highly encouraged. For Readworks, I have added Science and Social Studies passages that pertain to the 2nd grade standards. There are comprehension questions that I check daily.

Don’t forget to have your child take time to visit the Music, Art, Media, and Gym blogs and do some of those fun activities. Please remember this is a suggested schedule 🙂 If you have any questions, never hesitate. I will set up another Zoom meeting for later in the week.

Here is the schedule for this week:


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April 3

Report Cards Available Monday

The Elementary Report Cards for Marking Period 3 are currently being processed and will be available to parents in ParentConnect, Monday April 6, 2020. Following is some information on how parents can access report cards data in MIStar ParentConnect. Please note that if you have more than one child, you should be able to see data for all your children and you do not need separate logins for the different schools (if your children attend more than one school).

How do parents login to ParentConnect? To login to ParentConnect, parents need their PIN and password; this is how it is obtained: Parents go to the Dearborn Schools’ website (dearbornschools.org) and then the ParentConnect link. If they don’t know the login info, they click (Need Your Login Information) link and it will prompt them to enter their email address (as provided to the school and entered in MIStar), and then click Submit. This process emails them their PIN and Password. After logging in, click on “report card marks” module.

If you need further assistance, please feel free to reach out.

Hope you are staying safe and healthy,


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