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Spring Break News

Food distribution – We are need dire need of more volunteers for food distribution. Would you mind sharing the link with your members again please? Thank you. 
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/904084ba8a92fa6f85-dpsmeal

Elementary Report Cards for Marking Period 3 are currently being processed and will be available to parents in ParentConnect, Monday, April 6, 2020. Student marks were calculated based on work assigned through March 12.

Following is some information on how parents can access report card 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.

EPIC is now available – EPIC is a new website to find books and videos for kids. I have been told it is like Netflix for books. I had a lot of fun searching it last night. I have added it to Clever on iLearn. The class code is in Google classroom.

Teddy Bear Scavenger hunt – Teddy bears are popping up in windows across the country and students are having to stay at home. Go for a walk and see if you spot any teddy bears in your neighborhood. I have one up at my house! Here are two articles about it:

https://nypost.com/2020/04/03/safe-scavenger-hunts-for-kids-with-teddy-bears-and-rainbows/

Teddy Bear Scavenger hunt

Stay home, stay safe! I hope you all are healthy and safe!! Enjoy your spring break!

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Spring Break Next Week

Google Meet – It was great to see everyone today at our Google Video chat. I was so happy to have 21 students show up! I was only missing 4, 21, 23, and 25. I have made videos to explain what you missed. Please watch the videos and let me know if you have questions:

Where to do I find the new list of work for home?

How do we find the websites we use video

How do I add my new iLearn classes?

Star of the Week – I would like to start up Star of the Week again to finish up the kids who did not get a chance yet. I believe it is Siham’s turn. Instead of making a poster of pictures about your life, please make us a Google slide presentation that I can share with the class. Insead of bringing in show and tell, please make us a video to share of your show and tell. You can also make a video to share your favorite book. Please have your parents write us a letter telling us what makes you so wonderful and special to them.

Next week is spring break – starting at the end of the day we are on break. You do not need to do any online school if you don’t want. If you want to go online I suggest you go to fun website like BrainPop, Encyclopedia Britannica, or GoNoodle. Get outside and take a walk, play in your yard, just remember about social distancing.

Social Studies Class – I am in the process of creating the new social studies class. IT IS NOT READY TO USE. Do not do any work in it yet. I just wanted you to know how to find it when it was ready. I will be hiding it this week so that I can continue to work on it. You may add it now, or after spring break when we start using it.

Have a GREAT break! Have fun and stay safe and healthy!!

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Morning Meeting new link

Some people were having trouble getting onto the morning meeting with the previous link. Try this one instead:

htttps://meet.google.com/qje-kann-fuw

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News this week

Join BrainPop – this is a website with fun videos for students to learn about science and other fun topics.

The Class Code is trail7003 Share the code with any students you want to add to the class and have them:

  1. Go to BrainPOP Jr..
  2. Click Enter Code at the top.
  3. Enter your class code.
  4. Create new account
  5. Explore!

Spelling Test and Writing Homework were due Friday. I see several students didn’t finish. Please make sure to do them if you have not finished.

Spring Break – We will be having our regular Spring Break April 6th-10th. You will not have to do school work that week unless you want to. There will be no new assignments.

Weekly Reading Check-in – I have added a new reading check-in to Class Dojo under portfolio. You make a video of yourself telling me about what you have been reading this week. I have really been enjoying hearing about what you have read!! Keep the videos coming! They are GREAT!

Research, research, research! – When you have finished your regular classwork you should learn more about something you are interested in. Read or watch videos about animals, different countries, poetry, outer space, science experiments, rocks and minerals or anything else. You can make a Google slides presentation showing me what you learned. You can add new colors, fonts, backgrounds, learn how to use the tools in Google Slides. Have fun with it. Share your creation with me. I look forward to seeing what you create! If you have questions about how to do something, send me a message an I can help or set up a Google Hangout with a friend and work on it together.

Report cards – They will not be printed this time, they will be sent to your Parent Connect. They should be coming out sometime next week. I will let you know the date when I have it.

Morning Meeting – I would like to check in with everyone tomorrow morning. Elizabeth and I have something cool to show you! Please join our morning meeting on Google Hangouts. There are some new rules to use the hangout.

  1. We need to have only one person speak at a time.
  2. You must keep your microphone off when you are not speaking.
  3. You need to raise your hand when you want to speak and I will call on one at a time.

Here is the schedule of how we will meet:

9:00-9:20 – Students 1-6

9:20-9:40 Students 7-12

9:40-10:00 Students 13-18

10:00-10:20 Students 19-25

Here is the link to join: https://calendar.google.com/event?action=TEMPLATE&tmeid=NGtnMzV0MW5lOG80NjJhaWNsY29vaHRpMGQga2VlYmxla0BkZWFyYm9ybnNjaG9vbHMub3Jn&tmsrc=keeblek%40dearbornschools.org

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Notes from our Principal

Change in Meal Distributions

On Monday, March 30, Dearborn Public Schools is changing the format of its free student meal distributions.

Meals will now be distributed three times a week, instead of five.  

Meals will generally be distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. However, the week of April 6 to 10, meals will be handed out on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Friday, April 10, is Good Friday and a holiday for District staff.

Fewer meal distributions should make it easier for families to get food while reducing the risk of virus exposure for both our families and our staff. Each food bag will still contain both breakfast, lunch, and milk for a child under 18, but now the bag will have food for each day until the next distribution.

The grab-and-go meals will continue to be handed out between 10 a.m. and noon at the same seven schools.  The Dearborn Schools student does not have to attend that school to be eligible for a meal. A designated person can pick up meals for multiple children.  The student does not need to be present.

The distribution sites are Fordson, Dearborn and Edsel Ford high schools; McCollough/Unis; Salina Intermediate; Smith Middle School; and Woodworth Middle School.

The program is allowing the District’s 20,700 students to continue to have access to healthy food. The meals are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Lunch Program. Dearborn Public Schools already used the federal program to offer all kindergarten to 12th-grade students free lunch and breakfast on school days.

Meal distributions will continue through the state-ordered school closure.  Currently, schools are set to reopen on April 14.

Check firstbell.dearbornschools.org for the latest information on the school closure and the food program.

Playgrounds Closed

The weekend is here and although the weather forecast is calling for rain, we all like to get outside and get some fresh air. This is especially true during this time of year when the temperatures are on the rise and we all have been spending a lot of time inside. 

Many are thinking that it might be alright to get outside and have children play with one or two friends. Unfortunately, this is not something we should be doing at this time. The battle to stop the spread of the COVID 19 virus is on-going and gathering in small groups, even outside at the local park is not something we should be doing. 

During the State of Michigan mandated shut down, all Dearborn Public School facilities, including playgrounds, and athletic fields, will be closed to the public. Please do not attempt to go onto the fields or access the playgrounds.  If you are found on the property you will be asked to leave.  

The Governor has ordered that we all shelter in place.  This is not a recommendation or suggestion. This action is being taken to help in the effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to mitigate the number of people becoming sick. Hospitals in southeastern Michigan are being overwhelmed and are reaching the point where they are unable to meet the needs of those arriving for care. We must all do our part to help slow the spread of this virus and remain at home!  

The Governor did say that it is ok to go for a walk, run, or bike ride. However, we can not gather in groups at local parks or playgrounds.

We look forward to the day, hopefully in the not too distant future, when our facilities will once again be open to the public and we can all return to our regular routines. The District appreciates all of the support that the Dearborn community has shown and the tremendous amount of community spirit that has been demonstrated during this very difficult time.  Together we will get through this, one community, #DearbornStrong!

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News this week

Staff meeting – our staff met on Google hangouts yesterday to discuss updates in the COVID-19 situation. Things are pretty much the same as before the state lock-down. Please remember as we “lock-down” for the next three weeks that your student still needs to get outside and play. Remind them to practice social distancing and stay 6 feet away. Remember the district is distributing food at all the high schools and several other locations if your family is in need. Please stay safe and healthy!

Weekly writing has been posted – Since the writing homework is our only writing it would be great for your students to try to expand on what they are writing and try to develop it into a 2 or 3 paragraph essay instead of just one. They can add slides if they need more room. We want to stay in practice and not let our skills get rusty.

Week 24 Spelling has been posted – they should do at least one spelling activity a day to prepare to take the test on Friday. Make sure that your student has taken Week 23 and 22 spelling tests. Week 22 should have been taken the day school closed 3/13 and Week 23 should have been taken 3/20.

Missing Assignments – Please continue to complete missing assignments this week. You must send me a message to let me know when on is finished. There are too many assignments and students for me to go looking for assignments if you don’t let me know it is turned in late. The marking period ends this Friday 3/27.

Keebler’s 3 Weeks of Work – Here is a link to the 3 weeks of work again. This should be worked on only after completing missing work. Please don’t forget to practice fact fluency every day. 3rd grades need to have all their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts memorized by the end of the year.

Google Hangout – I tried my first small group hangout yesterday. I invited 4 students and only 1 showed up. This week I will try to have you check in with me. If you would like to do a Google Hangout. Let me know and we will set up a time to meet.

Stay healthy and safe – please remember you first priority is to stay healthy and safe. Remember your mental and physical health of you and your children as well. Keep me posted on your progress and wellbeing. I am here to help if you need anything.

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ABC’s of Friendship

Hi Everyone, The book is finalized and I am shipping the box today before the state goes into lock down and midnight tonight. You still have a chance to order if you wish. The online order is now fixed. If you want to order online go to https://studentreasures.azurewebsites.net/preorder.aspx

Then click on Michigan

Then click on Dearborn Heights

Then click on Howe School

You can make online orders until they get the box in the mail. It is being shipped UPS, so they could get it as early as tomorrow. I’m very excited about the book I think it turned out GREAT! If you have any questions please let me know.

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This week

Updates – We made it through one week at home! There have been a lot of changes this week! I hope everyone is safe and healthy. It was great to see a lot of you on the Google Hangout last week. I plan to do those again next week with less people. Please keep me up to date on how you are doing. Let me know if things change in your life or if you are having trouble completing something for any reason. I am here to help so please let me know if there is anyway to help you! Please check the blog and Class Dojo for messages every few days if you can.

Missing Assignments- Our marking period is ending on Friday and I am preparing the report cards now. Please remember to check parent connect for missing assignments or zeros. I have sent home all papers except the few I have at my house and all have been put in the gradebook. If you need help finding any work please contact me. Remember all Eureka math, reading logs and penmanship are on the blog.

ABC of Friendship Book update – The book is finished and I made a preview video to show you. It is on Google Classroom. It is available to order online, however for some reason our school is not showing up on the website. I will be calling them tomorrow to get it fixed and will post when it is ready to order. Here is the order form.

Google Hangouts – This week I will be planning Google handouts by reading group. I will keep you posted.

Raz-Kids Reading assessments- remember when you log into Raz-Kids to check if you have a reading assessment. If you have forgotten your password please send me a message on Dojo and I can send it to you.

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ABCs of Friendship Book

It is almost complete! I am putting on the finishing touches today. I am sending in our payments and the final checklist today. The book will be published on 3/31. You have until then to order it online, if you wish. I am going to try to take a video of the online version so you can see it, by tomorrow if possible. Here is a copy of the order form for the ABC of Friendship book

Cover Art Contest– Thank you for all the students who participated in the cover art contest. We had a lot of great drawings! I will be announcing the winner very soon.

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Need a Chromebook?

Today is the final day to borrow a Chromebook if your child needs one. Mrs. Fournier has extended the distribution window to run from 9-2 today! Pick-up will be from your car by the office in the Ann Arbor Trail parking lot. You may pull up to the curb and they will bring it to you. Reminder: A parent signature must be provided for the Chromebook.

Please contact Mrs. Fournier at fournit@dearbornschools.org or leave a voice message at 313-827-7004 if you have any questions.

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