Parent Informational Meeting

Posted by Danny May on October 16, 2018 in Class News |
Thursday is our parent informational meeting for Eureka math. There will be one session at 8:45 and another at 3:45. Both sessions will be held in the media center. The session should last about 30 minutes depending on attendance and questions.


Room Parent

Posted by Danny May on October 4, 2018 in Class News |

Become a Nowlin Room Parent!


Nowlin Elementary School is looking for volunteers from each classroom to act as Room Parents. Room Parents will be helping our school community and making a positive impact on our school culture by giving 1-3 hours per month of their time to our school.


Responsibilities may include:

  • Reading with students one-on-one or in small groups
  • Assisting with classroom parties
  • Helping the teacher coordinate the classroom bake sale, book fair, and end-of-year celebration
  • Working on projects around the classroom (i.e. hanging up work, laminating papers, preparing materials, organizing the classroom library)
  • Helping to coordinate with other parent volunteers for class events


To sign up, simply let your child’s teacher know you are interested!


Parent Talk

Posted by Danny May on September 26, 2018 in Class News |



With Margaret King Ahmed


Increase achievement and decrease discipline issues with effective Parent Talk. Learn communication skills that empower, encourage self-responsible behaviors, self-motivation and character development. Learn practical skills to positively effect the social and emotional development of your children and family. Certificate of completion is awarded to participants who complete the course.

Classes are Friday’s 1:00-2:30pm in Media Center


            October 5, 12, 19, 26. November 9, 16, 30

                      Graduation: December 7, 2018.


Book Bingo

Posted by Danny May on June 4, 2018 in Class News |


5th Grade Human Growth and Development Permission Slip

Posted by Danny May on April 24, 2018 in Class News |

Please download letter and return by April 27th.  As well, let me know if a hard copy of the letter is needed.

Human Growth and Development


So what’s the big deal with math facts? 

Posted by Danny May on February 14, 2018 in Class News |

Why in today’s day and age – with calculators and computers – do our kids really need to rote learn their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division?  Isn’t this just ‘old school’?


Math facts fluency refers to the ability to recall the basic facts in all four operations accurately, quickly and effortlessly.  When students achieve automaticity with these facts, they have attained a level of mastery that enables them to retrieve them for long-term memory without conscious effort or attention.


So why focus on math facts?


Through automaticity students free up their working memory and can devote it to problem solving and learning new concepts and skills.  Quite simply, a lack of fluency in basic math fact recall significantly hinders a child’s subsequent progress with problem-solving, algebra and higher-order math concept.


Math facts are important because they form the building blocks for higher-level math concepts.  When a child masters his/her math facts, these concepts will be significantly easier and the student will be better equipped to solve them faster.  If the child spends a lot of time doing the basic facts, he/she is more likely to be confused with the processes and get lost in their calculations.


In later elementary, students have longer and more complicated computations to complete to check their understanding of various concepts.  At this stage, if a student does not have his/her math facts committed to memory, he/she will spend a disproportionate amount of time figuring out the smaller calculations and risk not completing the test.  This not only affects their performance in math class, but will also in other subjects, such as science and geography.



Parent University

Posted by Danny May on January 25, 2018 in Class News |

Hello Parents of infants and toddlers, 6 months to 4 years of age. Don’t forget to sign up for a FREE 6 week session of Parent University on Friday from 9-10 beginning February 2nd.  FREE books and resources. See flyer for times and locations.

Parent University


STEM event at the University of Michigan for girls grades 4-6

Posted by Danny May on January 22, 2018 in Class News |



Guidelines for Dearborn Public Library During Finals

Posted by Danny May on January 18, 2018 in Class News |


Below are the revised guidelines for Dearborn Public Library during finals.

In the recent past, the library has dealt with inappropriate behavior during the two weeks prior to final exams (January and June). Students have been excessively loud, disrespectful, and destructive, causing considerable stress for both staff and other library patrons. Because of these issues, we are putting new guidelines into effect in an attempt to deter this behavior.

During the period of January 16 – January 26, 2018:

  • All students between the ages of 13-17 are required to have either in-building parent/guardian supervision or a parental/guardian-signed agreement that the student will abide by the Library Code of Conduct while in any library building.
  • If parent/guardian remains in the building: If a parent/guardian elects to remain in the building, they may supervise up to 4 students.  They will be required to sign a form listing the students’ names and agreeing that they are responsible for that group.
  • If parent chooses to leave the building: If the parent chooses to leave the building, they will be required to sign a form providing accurate, personal contact information as well as the contact information of an alternate person authorized to pick-up the student if deemed necessary by library staff.  Library staff decisions are binding.
  • Additionally, all students must show school ID or other valid photo identification upon entering the building.To enforce this, the Library will post staff at the public entrance doors to greet people as they enter the building.
  • Children under 13 years of age are not allowed to remain in a library building without direct parental supervision at any time of year.
  • Any information collected will not be used for the purpose of creating a library record but, should a disciplinary situation arise, may be shared with law enforcement, school officials, the student’s parents and library staff.


Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

Posted by Danny May on December 6, 2017 in Class News |

A word from Dr. Jill Chochol, Executive Director of Student Achievement

Attention: Families with Preschool age children who are 4 years of age by December 1, 2017.  There is an immediate possibility of free full day preschool beginning in January 2018 in the Dearborn Public Schools (next month). The family must be eligible based on risk factors and not currently enrolled in a GSRP program.  If interested, families may pick up an application at the Cotter Early Childhood Center, 13020 Osborn or call Nadia Berry at 313-827-6150.
Please respond immediately as slots are limited.
Families must live in the city of Dearborn.

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