It is with great pleasure and an honor to serve you as the new principal of Snow Elementary School beginning October 1st of this year. I look forward to meeting all of you and working alongside the community. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich legacy of success and so many points of pride. I have dedicated my career to the students of Dearborn for the last 16 years. I started my career as an elementary classroom teacher then moved on to an elementary resource teacher/instructional coach at Salina intermediate. I then moved on to be a middle school bilingual resource teacher and have spent the last four years as Assistant principal at Woodworth Middle School. I am eager to dedicate my skills to serve the Snow community.
As all of us embark on the upcoming school year we do so for the first time with high levels of uncertainty due to the current international crisis we all know as Covid-19. This has affected all of us in so many ways. Our students and community as a whole have had to encounter many hardships as a result. However, this will not deter our mission to make this school year the best one ever. I plan on working with parents, teachers, students and the entire Snow community to ensure that our students are safe and learning at high levels. Together we will continue to provide experiences that are rigorous, relevant and with relationships based on trust to prepare them for their future endeavors. As your new principal it is important to me to greet everyone who enters the school with the utmost respect. I have an open door policy and value every stakeholder’s opinion. Please feel free to contact me to discuss any concerns you may have or any points of pride you would like to share.
I look forward to our work together in the years to come and establishing a team committed to the Snow community. Please stay safe and have a great school year.
On Monday, August 10 the Board of Education approved a plan for all Dearborn Public School students to return to school on-line. Students K-12 will take classes online at least until October 1. At this time the board will reevaluate conditions 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 on-line 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 students K-12. Parents selecting this option are opting their children into the program for a one-year commitment.
In order to meet staffing, transportation, and several other components of our new school environment, it is vitally important to know how many students will join the Virtual Program. Parents seeking more information and/or are interested in opting their child/children in this program are highly encouraged to visit Snow Elementary School on the Culver side on Friday, August 14 from 9am-2pm.School administration and staff will be on hand for enrollment/questions. (This will take place outside with social distancing and masks will be enforced). If you have children at different grade levels and buildings, you do not need to attend meetings at multiple schools. Opt-in forms will be available and parents can opt-in all their children at one location.
If you are not comfortable meeting in a safe environment at the school or are unable to attend on one of the scheduled days, please call or email the school so we may discuss this option and begin the opt-in process for your children.
We understand there are many questions, concerns, and uncertainties as we approach the start of the school year. Our Back to School Reopen Committee has spent many hours considering all of the health, safety, logistical, and educational concerns before making their recommendations. Our Board spent many hours reviewing those recommendations including a six hour Study Session to hear from the various sub-committees and stakeholders. We are now ready to move forward, together, to ensure what will be an interesting, but great, start to the 2020-21 school year.
ALL AGES SUMMER READING 2020Starting June 1, patrons of all ages are invited to participate in the Dearborn Public Library’s summer reading program Imagine Your Story. Babies, children, teens, and adults can earn prizes by logging reading times and completing activity challenges. Visit https://dearbornlibrary.beanstack.org to get started. This year’s program will run through August 22. With current limited library services, prize winners will be contacted with instructions on how to pick up their prizes at a later date. Dearborn/Dearborn Heights residents who need library cards can apply for a temporary library card while the buildings remain closed in order to gain access to the library’s digital materials and databases. For more information on the library, please continue to check our website and follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Family Fun All Summer LongPrograms for your whole family.Read to Me (Birth-Kindergarten)♦Earn a free book for every 25 books read (limit 4)♦Complete literacy activities to earn raffle entries for gift cardsReaders (Grades 1-6)♦Earn a free book for every 5 hours read (limit 4)♦Complete activities to earn raffle entries for gift cardsTeens (Grades 7-12)♦Earn a free book for every 5 hours read (limit 4)♦Complete activities to earn raffle entries for gift cards Adults (Ages 18+)♦Earn a free book for every 5 hours read (limit 4)♦Complete activities to earn raffle entries for gift cards Virtual Family Book Club The Dearborn Public Library is hosting its first Virtual Family Book Club for children ages 5-12 and their families, through the social media platform, Flipgrid from June 1-July 2. Book club participants will be able to interact with each other by viewing and responding to video posts. All posts must be approved by the host librarian before they can be viewed by the rest of the book club members. Time spent reading for the book club will count for the summer reading program. To receive the Flipgrid password, families should fill out the registration form. COVID-19: Save Your Story ProjectThe COVID-19 crisis has affected every person in our community. As we live through this historical moment, we hope to save and preserve our community’s personal stories, experiences, and artwork related to Coronavirus, social distancing, and quarantine. We invite you to share your story with us. There is a separate submission form for Youth (Ages 5-13), Teen (Grades 7-12), and Adult (Ages 18+). Stories and artwork may also be added to the Library’s digital collection or displays. Entries can be submitted anonymously by putting the word “Anonymous” in the name field on the submission form. Submissions will be accepted through October 1, 2020. At the end of this project, we will submit all entries to the Library of Michigan and the Dearborn Historical Museum to provide future historians, researchers, and students with information and data on life in Michigan communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit dearbornlibrary.org for more summer reading fun!
According to Johns Hopkins University, the effects of summer learning loss can result in nearly a three-month loss in grade-level equivalency in math and a two-month loss in grade-level equivalency in reading.
As a result of the school shut down, estimates suggest students will return in the fall 2020 with roughly 70% of the learning gains in reading relative to a typical school year. However in mathematics, students are likely to show much smaller learning gains and in some grades, nearly a full year behind what we would observe in normal conditions. In order to close the summer learning loss gap in reading and math, students should be reading on a daily basis and or completing math activities. Below are recommended reading list/activities.
Thank you so much for supporting your child’s development through summer learning.
أولياء الأمور و الأوصياء الأعزاء:
بناءً على دراسة لجامعة جون هوبكنز إن الانقطاع عن الدراسة خلال الصيف قد يسفر عن تراجع الطالب بما يعادل فترة زمنية قد تصل إلى الثلاثة أشهر تقريبا من فترة الدراسة العادية في مادة الرياضيات، و الشهرين في مادة القراءة. تشير التوقعات أنه نتيجة لإغلاق المدارس سيعود الطلاب إلى المدارس في خريف العام الدراسي ٢٠٢٠ بنسبة ٧٠ % فقط مهارات القراءة مقارنة بالمستوى الذين قد يصلون إليه خلال السنة الدراسية النموذجية / الإعتيادية. بينما من المرجح أن يظهر الطلاب نسبة تطور أقل في مهارات الرياضيات وفي بعض الصفوف ما يقارب من تأخر سنة دراسية كاملة عما نشهده في الأحوال الدراسية العادية. التخلص من هذه الفجوة التعليمية التي من الممكن أن تنشأ عن حلول فصل الصيف في القراءة والرياضيات، يتوقع من الطلاب إكمال واجبات بيتية صيفية قبل عودتهم إلى المدرسة العام القادم.
شكراً لكم على دعمكم ومساندتكم لأبنائكم في إكمال الواجبات الصيفية .
Snow Suggested Summer Work by Grade:
(Please follow the grade your child was in for 19-20 school year)
Read a book (or listen to a book) 15 mins every dayWriting: Practice letter formation for both upper and lowercase lettersPractice first and last nameCount to 100 (by 1’s and 10’s)Play a math game once a week
iReady: 30 minutes per week (optional)Writing: 1-2 sentences three times a week in a journalZearn: 30 minutes once a week (optional)Read a book for 15 minutes three times a week (or more!)Play a math game three times a week
iReady: 60 min per weekZearn: 60 min per weekRead a book- 15 min per day
iReady: 60 min per weekZearn: 60 min per weekRead a book- 15 min per day
iReady: 60 minutes per weekZearn: 60 min per weekRead: 20 min per day
iReady – 60 minutes per weekZearn – 60 minutes per weekRead – 20 minutes per day
On behalf of the Snow Team, we would like to wish every Snow family and safe and relaxing summer break. We are so proud of how the whole Snow community came together during this difficult period to support our students. Each child is precious to us and we miss them dearly.
To help our students continue to make progress throughout the summer break, we will be posting suggested summer work.
Thursday, June 11 is the last ½ day of school for students. The Snow staff would like to say goodbye to students for summer time by standing along Culver Street at 11:00am on June 11. Staff will be waving goodbye and sending their best wishes to all Snow students. We are asking any family that chooses to participate to drive south down Culver at this time and wave to staff and honk their horns!
As we receive information regarding the 2020-2021 school year, we will be sure to communicate through the district website and our Snow blog. Have a wonderful break!
When this year’s 5th-Grade class was dismissed on March 12th, little did they know they would be saying goodbye to their elementary school, along with many of the ‘lasts’ that were yet to come.
With the help of the school staff and the PTA, let’s come together and celebrate them and their years at Snow with a sign for their yard! Each sign is only about $5. You can donate at the secure link here. Congrats class of 2020!
Dear Snow families,For those celebrating, we wish you and your loved ones a Ramadan Kareem! Hoping everyone is staying safe and healthy. Enjoy this short video made by the staff: https://youtu.be/V5Dyfi0raMg