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COVID-19 Case Identification

DATE: May 5, 2021

TO: Staff and Families of Howe Elementary School

FROM: Ms. Fournier, Principal

RE: COVID-19 Case Identification 

A confirmed case of coronavirus (Covid-19) has been identified at school. The positive person was on school grounds May 4-5 2021. We are working closely with Wayne County Health Departmentto identify exposures and prevent further cases. This letter is informational only; no further action is required for you at this time.

I want to thank all staff and students for following in through social distancing measures and adhering to all other guidelines, like wearing masks at all times and not being in close contact with anyone for 15 minutes or more. I want to also remind all staff and students that we need to respect everyone’s privacy at all times. Your safety and privacy are important to us. Again, we thank all of you for adhering to all guidelines. 

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are less than six feet from each other for at least 15 minutes. A person who is a close contact of someone who is infected with COVID-19 may experience COVID-19 symptoms typically within two to fourteen days after a person is exposed. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. Symptoms can include Fever (>100.4oF), cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny or stuffy nose, loss of taste or smell, abdominal pain. 

There are many things that can be done to keep our schools, homes, and communities “COVID-19 free” and protect ourselves and our loved ones: 

  1. Children and adults should stay home when ill. 
  2. Washing hands often with soap and running warm water for at least 20 seconds. 
  3. If a handwashing station is not available, use hand sanitizer properly. Gels, rubs, and hand wipes must contain at least 60% alcohol. Dispose of wipes in the trash after use. 
  4. Practice Good Respiratory Etiquette (cover a cough with elbow versus hand). 
  5. Follow the guidance for wearing a face covering and social distancing. 

If you have questions, please contact Wayne County Health Department at 734-727-7078.

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First Bell Message

Nominations have now opened for the 2021 Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Students Choice Award.  

This annual award is sponsored by the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce and presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group. The nomination deadline is Friday, May 28, 2021 at 5 p.m.  The online nomination form can be found at http://bit.ly/DbnTOY2021.

Paper nomination forms can be printed from here or picked up at any Dearborn Public School or the District’s Administrative Service Center, 18700 Audette St., Dearborn.  Completed forms can be dropped off or mailed to the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, 22100 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48124 or faxed to (313) 584-9818.  Adults may assist students in completing nominations when necessary.  No more than two teachers may be nominated per student.

Although the district appreciates all the hard work that parents have done this past year to be an active part of their child’s education, this award honors our Dearborn Public Schools teachers.  Students may nominate any new or veteran teacher whom they feel has made an outstanding contribution to the teaching profession. Preschool through second grade students are asked to describe how their teacher makes learning fun.  Students in this category can include a nice drawing, if they wish, but it will not be part of the selection process. Third through fifth grade students must describe how their teacher has created a classroom where learning is positive and fun.  Middle school students (grades 6-8) are asked to explain how their teacher connects classroom learning with everyday life. Students in high school must describe how their teacher is preparing them to be college and career ready.

“In a year where every teacher is deserving of this award, I hope many of our students will take a few moments to nominate their favorite teacher.  Nominating a teacher for this award is a great way to honor them and show appreciation  for  the work they have done to create a meaningful educational experience in the virtual, hybrid, and in-person classroom,” said Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Glenn Maleyko. 

Applications will be assessed on the quality of the nomination, not on the number received.  Award judges are members of the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee and are not provided with the teachers’ names. One winner from each category will be announced at a special ceremony to be held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 4:15 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce delayed this year’s nominations and celebration hoping COVID conditions will improve to allow for an in-person awards announcement in the fall. 

Teachers selected to receive the Teacher of Year Award are recognized as positive role models who consistently provide unique, productive, positive classroom experiences. Winning teachers receive a $1,000 cash prize and a glass award commemorating their achievement. They also will join a select group of Dearborn teachers who have been recognized by the community for their dedication and passion for teaching. 

“I want to thank the Chamber of Commerce and all the sponsors for once again providing this event,” Dr. Maleyko added. “Our district is very fortunate to have so many great community partners.” 

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Summer Program

Hello Howe Families!

We would like to announce that we will be offering Summer School June through August!

Please see the flyer below for details:

Please complete our Summer School Interest form. 

Summer programming until 5:00 may also be available. 

For more information, please contact Mrs. Fournier, Mrs. Verrier, or call the main office at 313-827-7000.

Thank you!

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A note from Mrs. Fournier on Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week | Irvine Hebrew Day School

Please join me this week in thanking our amazing Howe Staff for their hard work and dedication. We are very appreciative of all they continue to do to support our students and help them learn! Whether you take a moment to send an email, drop a note, draw a picture, or send a flower or small gift, it will go a long way to help them feel appreciated! Mrs. Fournier

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Reminders for this week

We are taking the M-Step ELA portion on Thursday and Friday.

Bring a water bottle and a couple of extra masks.

Remember, school pictures are Monday and Friday too.

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Parent Meeting

Hello Howe Family!

This is a reminder that we will hold a Parent Meeting this afternoon!

Friday, April 30th from 3:00-3:45 p.m.

Parent Meeting April

The zoom link for the Parent Meeting is:

Parent Meeting Zoom Link 4/30/21

Our Parent Meeting will start promptly at 3:00 p.m. and last until 3:45 p.m.

We hope that you can make it and look forward to our continued partnership!

Stay safe and healthy!!

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Reminders

Picture Day

Mark your calendars! Picture day will be held on Monday, May 3 for Group A and Friday, May 7 for Group B.

Please click here for information about ordering.

Computer Science Fun Night

I am Amira Said, a current student at the Dearborn Center for Math, Science, and Technology and the secretary for Hack Club/Girls Who Code, a student organization that focuses on the advancement of computer science-related topics and learning for high school youth at the Berry Center. 

We have created a Dearborn Schools Computer Science Night, an event that will be hosted by current DCMST computer science students focusing on the introduction and development of interest in the field of computer science. We want to bring an informational and fun event featuring workshops and events such as favicon making, intro to coding using Minecraft, and a day in the life of a Computer Science student/professional, in an effort to draw interest to the field and help provide a potential spark in students. 

Here is the sign up link to classrooms so students may sign up for the event, at the link here. https://forms.gle/7jqzJYDgkivgzfdV7

Parent Meeting –

We will hold a Parent Meeting next Friday, April 30th from 3:00- 3:45 pm to learn about behavior modifications.

Click below to find out more information about the topic that we will be discussing:

Parent Meeting April

A zoom link will be posted on the morning of Friday, April 30th for the Parent Meeting.

We look forward to seeing you then!

Stay safe and healthy!

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Computer Science Night event

Hello all,
Just a friendly reminder that our Computer Science Night event will be this Friday at 5:00 PM, and we still have many spaces available for student sign-up. We have six confirmed workshops run by dedicated DCMST students who are excited to introduce the youth of Dearborn Public Schools to computer science. Registration will be closing very soon, and unfortunately, we cannot run the event without more students registered. Here is the registration link for your reference, please let your students know to fill in this form as soon as they can if they are interested:  https://forms.gle/7jqzJYDgkivgzfdV7

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to sharing the excitement of computer science with your students!

Best,
Lena Elkoussy
DCMST Hack Club/Girls Who Code President
Advisor: Kimberly Shawver  

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News for Week of April 12

Returning to school – We are back to our Hybrid schedule this week. I would like to assure you that we will continue to follow all the CDC guidelines to keep your child safe. Please do your part by completing the Covid-19 Screening Tool each morning before sending your child to school. If they are feeling sick in any way please keep them home. Please remember if you were traveling over spring break to get your child tested for COVID before returning to school. We can work together to get through this safely.

Zoom in the Room – We will be trying something new this week. It is called Zoom in the Room. When students are at home they will be Zooming with the students who are in the classroom. I have updated the schedule on the main page. If this works will continue this schedule, if it doesn’t we will go back to the regular schedule next week.

Ramadan Fasting – many students have indicated that they are interested in fasting for Ramadan, please complete the Google Form if you wish give your child permission to fast. Students who do not have permission with NOT be fasting.

Standardized Testing – The 3rd graders will begin testing the first week in May. M-STEP will be May 6-7, 20-21, 24-25. NWEA testing will be May 17-18, June 1 and June 3. Students who practice their skills on MobyMax tend to get better scores on their tests. Please have your child practice on MobyMax for at least 15 minutes each day.

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Happy Spring Break

Spring Break starts today – we will return to school on Tuesday, April 6th.

Report Cards – went home yesterday and today, they are in a white envelope in your child’s backpack.

Easter Bunny – the Easter Bunny came to school yesterday and today. I posted pictures on Class Dojo.

Class Dojo – the students have been earning points on Class Dojo for class participation and completing the work. Each Friday they can redeem a prize if they have earned enough points for the week. If your student didn’t earn a prize, please remind them to complete all the work on asynchronous days, I give 1 point for every assignment completed at home. If you have not joined as a parent yet here is the link again – Class Dojo Parent Link

Zoom in the room – Since the A group is missing class on Monday, April 5th we will try Zoom in the Room on Tuesday, April 6th. This means the A group will sign on at 8:40 for our morning meeting and then come back at 9:40 for the class lessons. They will work on zoom while we work in class. If this works well we might try it again. I have sent home the materials A group will need on Tuesday. Please make sure they have their new benchmark magazine and math book ready to work Tuesday on Zoom.

Moby Max Contest and Missing work – Be sure your student is practicing on MobyMax everyday and complete any missing work. We will begin spring standardized testing not to long after we return from break.

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