The Value of Experiences, not Things

Hello Parents,

This has been a very popular topic in the parenting world.

It is important to teach our children the value of experiences, not materialistic items. 

We tend to think we are helping our students by buying them something they want, or giving in to their pleads at the stores. Sometimes we think that the best solution in a tough situation is to give them a toy in order for them to listen.

But instead what we are really teaching our children is to value materialistic things. They begin to focus their worth on the stuff they have or judge others for the things they don’t.

When in actuality, if we reward our children with experiences together as a family, we then can show them the value of time together. They become more confident in their self worth, feel loved by their family, and are able to better express themselves.

Here are some articles that further explain as well as show research into the topic:


Andy Warhol Artist Study

Hello Families,

This week the children explored painting like Andy Warhol using the technique of stamping to create pop art. This was a three step process for the children to create their masterpieces. First, they created their own stamp using glue and a piece of paper. While letting the stamp dry, the children selected the four colors they wanted to use for their stamping piece. Finally, they dipped their stamp into paint in order to press the piece onto their base.




Kindergarten Round Up

2018 Kindergarten Round-Up

The Dearborn Public Schools will hold a Kindergarten Round-Up meeting this spring at every elementary school in the District to give parents the opportunity to find out about their neighborhood school and enroll their child for the fall semester. The schedule of dates, times and locations is listed below.

All parents who have a child who will be five years old by September 1, 2018 should plan to attend a Kindergarten Round-Up at their neighborhood elementary school. The Kindergarten Round-Up provides parents with the opportunity to find out about their neighborhood school and enroll their child for the fall semester.

The District’s 2018 Kindergarten Round-Up schedule is listed below.  Parents should call to let the school know they will be attending the Kindergarten Round-Up so that information packages can be prepared and they can be notified if the presentation date changes due to unforeseen circumstances. However, parents should still attend even if they are not able to call in advance.


Dearborn Public Schools 2018 Kindergarten Round-Up Schedule


School              Date                             Time                        Phone                   Principal

Becker              Wednesday, March 21     2:00-3:00 p.m.          827-6950       Rima Hassan

DuVall              Thursday, March 15        6:30-7:30 p.m.          827-2750       Robert Attee

Henry Ford        Wednesday, March 21     9:00-10:00 a.m.         827-4700       Adnan Moughni

William Ford     Wednesday, March 28     9:00-10:00 a.m.         827-6400       David Higgins

Geer Park          Friday, March 23           1:00 – 2:30 p.m.        827-2300       Lamis Srour

Haigh                Thursday, March 8         5:00-6:00 p.m.          827-6200       Zachary Short

Howard             Thursday, April 26         5:30-6:30 p.m.          827-6350       Dan Blessing

Howe                Monday, April 23           5:30-6:30 p.m.          827-7000       Tammy Fournier

Lindbergh          Wednesday, March 21     6:00-7:00 p.m.          827-6300       Zainah Tiba

Long                 Thursday, April 12         6:00-7:00 p.m.          827-6100       Veronica Jakubus

Lowrey             Thursday, April 19         8:30-9:30 a.m.           827-1800       Rima Younes

Maples              Wednesday, April 18      8:45-9:45 a.m.           827-6450       Donna Jakubik

McCollough       Thursday, April 19         8:30-9:30 a.m.           827-1700       Chadi Farhat

McDonald         Wednesday, April 18      8:45-9:45 a.m.           827-6700       Amy Biolette-Modica

Miller               Friday, March 16           12:00 – 1:00 p.m.       827-6850       Radewin Awada

Nowlin              Wednesday, March 14     6:00-7:00 p.m.          827-6900       Joshua Tynan

Oakman            Thursday, March 15        9:00-10:00 a.m.         827-6500       Mahmoud Abu-Rus

River Oaks        Wednesday, March 21   6:00-7:00 p.m.          827-6750       Joseph Martin

Salina               Friday , March 23          8:10-9:10 a.m.           827-6550       Susan Stanley

Snow                Thursday, March 22        8:00-9:00 a.m. and

6:00-7:00 p.m.          827-6250       Amal Alcodray

Whitmore-Bolles Thursday, April 19        6:00-7:00 p.m.          827-6800       Kristin Waddell


Jackson Pollock Artist Study

Hello Families,

Yesterday your children participated in our third artist study, this time on Jackson Pollock. The students were able to create their own paint color, read the text Action Jackson, and observe an artist recreation at an art museum. Then they were able to explore painting in a similar manner.

Preschool Key Developmental Indicators through this activity:

Initiative: Children demonstrate initiative as they explore their world.
Planning: Children make plans and follow through on their intentions.
Engagement: Children focus on activities that interest them.
Reflection: Children reflect on their experiences.

Community: Children participate in the community of the classroom.

Cooperative play: Children engage in cooperative play.
Gross-motor skills: Children demonstrate strength, flexibility, balance, and timing in using their large muscles.
Fine-motor skills: Children demonstrate dexterity and hand-eye coordination in using their small muscles.
Body awareness: Children know about their bodies and how to navigate them in space.

Art: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through two- and three-dimensional art.
Appreciating the arts: Children appreciate the creative arts.
Drawing conclusions: Children draw conclusions based on their experiences and observations.

History: Children understand past, present, and future.

Outdoor Play, Imagination, and Scientific Observations

Hello Families,

This week of significant weather changes provided our students with scientific provocations during their outdoor play.

When playing in the snow, the children discussed or experimented with the following:

-The steps to make a snowball

-How rolling a snow ball in the snow makes it “grow bigger”

-Hand eye coordination when throwing the snow ball

-Cooperative play techniques when building a snowman with peers

-Snow on the slide makes the surface more “slippery”


The children were able to notice the significant change in the weather during our Outside Time on Thursday. While playing in this new environment, many discussions, questions, and creative explorations took place.

Observations included: 

-“The sun took the snow”

-“It’s warm, the snow is melting!”

-“Look the snow, it turned to water”

Questions that arised:

-“How did the mud come?”

-“Where are the worms?”

-“Where did the cold go?”

Imaginative Play: 

-Students participated in a cooperative play involving a mud puddle. At first, the children were adding left over snow to the puddle to make “chocolate milk”. After some time exploring, they began to discuss “the alligator under the swamp”. The students began to make more chocolate milk in order to tempt the alligator to come out of his hiding spot. They used the twigs to stir the milk, shovels to scoop out the mud, and waited for the alligator to appear.

Although it appears to be just a messy activity, it was a very though provoking activity for the children and covered the following Preschool Key Developmental Indicators:

Initiative: Children demonstrate initiative as they explore their world.

Engagement: Children focus on activities that interest them.

Problem solving: Children solve problems encountered in play.

Use of resources: Children gather information and formulate ideas about their world.

Cooperative play: Children engage in cooperative play.

Pretend play: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through pretend play.

Observing: Children observe the materials and processes in their environment.

Experimenting: Children experiment to test their ideas.

Predicting: Children predict what they expect will happen.

Drawing conclusions: Children draw conclusions based on their experiences and observations.

Communicating ideas: Children communicate their ideas about the characteristics of things and how they work.

Natural and physical world: Children gather knowledge about the natural and physical world.

Tools and technology: Children explore and use tools and technology.

Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Tuesday 🙂

Ms. Stafiej and Mrs. Abdellah

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