Letter from the district:

 

“Dear Parents,

Technology, the internet, and social media have become a big part of all of our lives. From the moment we wake in the morning to the time we go to sleep, we can be overwhelmed with technology.  That’s why I wanted to take a moment to share with you information about a social media trend that regrettably seems to be reaching elementary age children.

Over the past several years, a common trend on social media or through text messaging is to pose a “challenge” to the viewer of the video or reader of the text message.  Perhaps you may recall the “ice bucket” challenge that was popular a few years back and helped to raise funds for ALS or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Most of the time, these “challenges” are done with the best intentions.

Unfortunately, there are those who choose to create and post “challenges” that can be dangerous and physically harmful.  There have been news stories about the dangerous “challenges” that ask the viewer to consume certain products such as large amounts of cinnamon or even as outrageous as washing machine detergent. I have recently been told there is another one of these “challenge” videos going around that ask the viewer to perform acts of violence to others or to themselves. This is very distressing, especially to know that children as young as elementary age are being exposed to this type of disturbing behavior.

I’m sharing this information with you today not to alarm, panic, or spread of any rumors.  Rather, I share this with you to communicate information that may be helpful to you as parents. I would also like to pass along a few simple tips that all parents can use when helping children safely navigate the internet and social media.

Basic guidelines for parental supervision:

  • Spend time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behavior.
  • Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch and monitor its use, not in individual bedrooms. Monitor any time spent on smartphones or tablets.
  • Bookmark kids’ favorite sites for easy access.
  • Check your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
  • Find out what, if any, online protection is offered by your child’s school, after-school center,  friends’ homes, or any place where kids could use a computer without your supervision.
  • Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange

We know our students are safe at home and we pride ourselves on creating a safe environment for your children when they are here at school.  By working together we can ensure that our school will always be a safe place for learning.”

Below are some resources from yesterday’s meeting:

 

PSAT

Student Progress Report Dates (3rd card marking)

Testing Info Sheet

Additionally, all middle school students attended a PBIS and Response to Bullying Assembly yesterday.  We also  shared some of the same information to the students that was presented to the parents.  i.e., PSAT, grades, etc.

 

4th and 5th grade students will have their assembly on Friday.

Dear Parents,

Today, we had a brief power outage at Salina.  DTE fixed the issue shortly after the power went out and it was restored.

Many of the teachers  and staff assisted to make sure the students were safe.

All is well.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Lawera

District Message:

“Good Morning,
Due to icy conditions throughout the metro Detroit area, all Dearborn Public Schools will be closed today, Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Thank you

This message has been sent on behalf of Dearborn Public Schools.”

District Message:
“Hello,
Due to hazardous conditions caused by sleet and ice, all Dearborn Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
Thank you

This message has been sent on behalf of Dearborn Public Schools.”

District Message:
“Hello All,
Extreme temperatures and wind chills for the area continue to be in the forecast.  All Dearborn Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, January 31, 2019.
The extreme cold is predicted to move on late Thursday and early Friday morning. A decision on the status of school for Friday will be made at a later time and shared with the community.
Please be safe and stay warm!

This message has been sent on behalf of Dearborn Public Schools.”

District Message:

 

“Hello All,
Due to extreme temperatures and wind chills all Dearborn Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
If weather conditions persist as predicted, the district will most likely remain closed. However, a decision on the status of school for Thursday will be made at a later time and most likely shared with the community on Wednesday.
Please be careful and dress appropriately if you are headed outside.

This message has been sent on behalf of Dearborn Public Schools”

District Message:

 

“Greetings,

 

Due to extremely cold temperatures and wind chills, all after school activities for Tuesday, January 29, 2019 are cancelled.  This includes all parent meetings, concerts, athletic competitions and practices.  Adult and Community Education classes will also be closed this evening (1/29/19).

 

Kids Club and All Day Pre-School will remain open until the normal ending hour of 6 p.m.

 

The District will make an announcement later today regarding the status of school on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

 

Take care,

David Mustonen”

 

 

Note:  The Community Center will be closed and there will be no ACCESS Tutoring today after school.