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Hi Families! We hope everyone is staying healthy!

On Monday, August 10 the Board of Education approved a plan for all Dearborn Public School students to return to school online. Students from Pre-K through high school will take classes online at least until sometime around the beginning of October.  The board will reevaluate conditions later in September to see if it is possible for some or all students to begin returning to their classrooms perhaps in a blended model of in-class and online learning.

The District understands there are parents who want their children in a 100% virtual learning program no matter what phase the State is in or how other students in the District are attending school.  For the parents who want a 100% on-line option for the entire school year, the school district has created the Dearborn Virtual Learning Program .

For all students who attended pre-K last year, please be sure to check with the elementary school where your child will attend kindergarten this fall. For most of our group that will be Miller Elementary.

Individual school websites will have more specific information regarding your kindergarten student from this point on.

As for pre-k here at Cotter, we will be following the district and returning online. I will post more information specific to PreK as we know more.

Thanks. Again, we hope you are all well and enjoying this beautiful weather!


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We just wanted to post today to say hello to everyone and we hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying their summer as best they can! We’ve all been spending time at home and social distancing, and hopefully all our hard efforts and sacrifices will pay off sooner than later!

We just wanted to remind everyone that we do not have any definite information about the reopening of schools. The District is preparing for all options with committees meeting throughout the summer. However, there is not a definite plan as of yet and much of the district’s decision will be based on the state of our State, and what the Governor sets forth.

Once we know something we will definitely pass along the information through this blog.

You can always check on the District website, and since most of our students will be going to Miller Elementary it may be a good idea to check their website as well. If your child is not going to Miller, you should check with the website of the Elementary School he/she will be attending.

I wish we had information for you that would help you better prepare but we just don’t know the specifics at this point.

We will keep in touch and if you have other questions please do not hesitate to email myself or Mrs. Dara.

We are all in this together! Thank you!

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Mrs. Mazzei and Mrs. Dara

It’s officially the end of the year…

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Sabreen sent this picture today and I think she speaks for all of us! We all have been missing our friends, our teachers and our school families! It’s definitely been quite a year! Mrs. Dara and I are so proud of all of our students and families! Thank you for supporting education and staying involved during quarantine! We know it was a challenge. You all worked soooo hard!

We will continue to stay in touch and please anytime you have a question or just want to talk don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mrs. Dara or me.

Students will be getting something in the mail from us soon, so please be sure to have them check the mailbox with you!

Even though we don’t have any more school activities, I wanted to share some summer activity calendars. These are of course optional but a good way to keep learning fun until the new school year. I will send another out in July and August…

Does anyone recognize this classroom?!

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Just wanted to send this picture so that children can see our class is all cleaned up and all the toys have been put away! This may help children understand that preschool is closed, but they can look forward to their next classroom which will be KINDERGARTEN!

I’m sure they will have many feelings after seeing this picture. Be sure to acknowledge their feelings and remind them that schools closed so that we could all stay safe and healthy! Encourage them to think about next year and how they will be moving on to KINDERGARTEN!

Here is a fun book about a boy named Henry getting ready for Kindergarten!


Activities for Thursday June 4, 2020

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It’s your choice for learning today… pick 1 or 2 or 3… remember everyday experiences offer our children so much!



5 to 10 MinutesPlan for Work Time (playtime):  Build your child’s ability to organize their time by having them make a “plan” with you about what they would like to play with.  Children do this every day with us at school.  It helps children learn to organize their thoughts.
Kids will tell you what they are planning to do/want to play with/how they will use toys at home. 

1 hr.
Work time/Kids play WITHOUT ELECTRONICS  Kids can use toys to pretend play, build, and create.

15 min
Clean Up:  Kids clean up the mess they have made while playing. If you notice your child making too big of a mess during play, it’s ok to remind them to clean up what they have already finished using before they move on to the next part of their plan.

5 to 10 min 
Recall:  Build your child’s memory of events by having your child tell you what they did while they played (ask “tell me how you did that” or “what did you do next?”)

Learning activities for Wednesday June 3, 2020

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Let’s do a letter K scavenger hunt. Have fun looking for letter Kk objects. Send me a picture of the things you find.

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Math Activity

Today we are going to play a math game using your sidewalk chalk and the hose. Have mom or dad help your write the numbers 0-10 on the sidewalk with your chalk. Then have mom or dad say a number, you will need to find the number on the sidewalk and use the hose to erase it away. Watch the following video as an example.

Challenge: Play the game using the numbers 10-20

Movement Activity

I wonder if you can think of some other actions that weren’t mentioned in the song. Have fun with this! Get your whole family involved!