Holiday Party!

           On Friday, December 22th Mrs. Donelson’s class will be having brunch together in the classroom. We will be serving pancakes, fruit, bagels, milk and other delicious treats. All parents and younger siblings are welcome to attend this special brunch. Brunch will be served around 10:30am. (Please do not feed your child a huge breakfast before school.) Following brunch, the children will complete a few winter crafts and play some games.  Immediately after the craft and games, the children will be watching Frosty the Snowman. The children are invited to wear their pajamas this day so as to be comfy and cozy for this fun event. If you would like to donate some candy canes or small chocolates for the party you may send them in this week.


Thanks for all your support!

Mrs. Donelson



Attention to all future Pre-School Parents

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.

انتباه : إلى من لديهم أطفال بسن مرحلة الحضانة / الروضة و سوف يبلغون من العمر أربع سنوات في الأول من كانون الأول ٢٠١٧ . هناك فرصة فورية للتسجيل في برنامج حضانة روضة بدوام يومي كامل مجاني مع بداية كانون الثاني ٢٠١٨   في مدارس ديربورن الرسمية ( الشهر القادم). سيتم قبول العائلات تبعاً لعوامل الخطورة و عدم كون الطفل طالباً في برنامج الاستعداد لبداية عظيمة. بإمكان العائلات المهتمة الحصول على طلب التسجيل من مركز كاتر للطفولة المبكرة ، الواقع على ١٣٠٢٠شارع أوزبورن. أو الاتصال بالسيدة نادية بيري على الهاتف رقم ٦١٥٠ – ٨٢٧- ٣١٣.

نرجو منكم الاتصال بنا بأسرع وقت ممكن فالاماكن محدودة .

نرجو منكم تمرير هذه الرسالة لجميع أولياء الأمور مع أطفال بعمر الرابعة.

November PBIS –Turkey Bowling


Dear families,


Our November PBIS celebration is almost here and we are celebrating with a few games of TURKEY BOWLING! The party will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 29th. Students will be bowling with a rubber bowling ball to try and knock down three “turkey pins”. They will also be challenged by trying to knock the pins over while bowling backwards, hopping on one foot, blindfolded, and other fun and silly tricks.


Students will participate in this event if they have demonstrated positive behavior throughout the month of November and have less than 5 card flips.


Thanks for your support,

The PBIS team


**In the spirit of the holidays and to keep our turkey theme, 5 turkeys will be donated to the Salvation Army Food Bank in Dearborn Heights funded by the Haigh Spirit committee.

Retelling Ropes

Today your child will bring home a new reading tool in their book bag – their own retelling rope! Their rope consists of 8 colored beads tied onto a shoelace. This tool is used to help students with reading comprehension of a fictional story. Children know that comprehension happens when they understand what they read. I can test their comprehension using their retelling rope. If they can successfully retell a story to me (using their retelling rope) without going back to their book for help, then I can say they comprehended their story.

Retelling ropes are to stay 0n your child’s book bag and are to go home every night and come back to school every morning. Please listen to your child retell their fictional story using their retelling rope. They are very excited to use them and have been doing a great job with them so far 🙂 Because this is our new focus for the second half of the school year, you will not be seeing as many Reading Response Journal questions. For now, anytime your child brings home a new book, their homework is to read the book three times and then use their retelling rope to retell their story to someone at home.

For your reference, here are the elements of a retelling that the children must use. They start at the top (light blue bead), say the title, and move down the rope as they complete each task.

Retelling Rope

(Yellow) = Title

(Orange) = Characters  

(Pink) = Setting

(Blue) = First…

(Red) = Next…

(Green) = Then…

(Purple) = Last…

(Silver) = Favorite Part and Connection

Happy reading and retelling!

Mrs. Donelson

**Retelling ropes are not used with non-fiction texts.

Reading Assessments

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Dear families,

Today and Monday I will not be meeting with reading groups so that I can individually assess each of your children and see their progression for the month. I strongly encourage you to continue to read each and every night with your children. Thank you for all your continued support!


Mrs. Donelson



Field Trip Reminder

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  • We are asking that all first graders dress appropriately for Thursday’s weather. It is supposed to be in the low 50s, so a warm jacket and a hat is a good idea.
  • All children must pack a snack, lunch and a drink for a picnic lunch at the zoo. All bags and containers MUST be disposable.
  • Children need to arrive at school on time. The bus will leave promptly at 9 a.m.


Please come into the school with your student in the morning (do not just go right to the zoo, we need to take attendance and assign you your group before we get there). We will all leave together. Most parents follow the bus.

As a reminder, you are responsible for your own transportation to and from the zoo, along with driving your child. Parking is $7 per car. Carpooling is a great idea to help save money. Ms. Otto will collect parking money and pay for the number of cars parking before we enter the zoo.

You will be assigned a group of students while at the zoo. If you would like to take your child home right from the zoo, please see your child’s teacher to sign them out.

We also recommend bringing a backpack to carry your group’s lunches and coats.

Thank you! 🙂

Mrs. Donelson


Money and permission slips for our field trip to the zoo are due TOMORROW (Monday, the 16th). We will go to the zoo this week to purchase the tickets in advance to get the group rate pricing, so I will not be able to accept any money or permission slips after tomorrow. 

Thank you for your help 🙂

Also, if you have already signed up to chaperone, please make sure you have a current background check on file with our front office. Thanks!

Mrs. Donelson

First Grade Parent Meeting

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I just wanted to remind everyone that our First Grade Parent Meeting will be this Thursday, the 12th, from 3:45-4:30 in the library.

The purpose of the meeting is to inform parents and family members of the first grade expectations, daily curriculum, standardized tests, etc. We also want to familiarize you with our daily routine and practices that we are using the classroom. This is also a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

I look forward to seeing you there 🙂

Mrs. Donelson

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