Kindergarten Round Up Dates


Monday, March 18, 2019

9:00-10:00 a.m.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

6:00 p.m. Registration 6:30-7:30 p.m. Program

Geer Park

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

Henry Ford Elem.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00-10:00 am

William Ford Elem.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

9:00-10:00 am


Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

5:00-6:00 p.m.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

5:30-6:30 p.m.


Monday, April 22, 2019

5:00-6:00 p.m.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

6:00-7:00 p.m.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

6:00-7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

8:30-9:30 a.m.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

8:30-9:30 a.m.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

8:30-9:30 a.m.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

8:45-9:45 a.m.


Tuesday April 23, 2019

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

6:00-7:00 p.m.


Thursday March 28, 2019

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

River Oaks

Tuesday March 26, 2019

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Salina Elementary

Friday, March 22, 2019

8:10-9:10 a.m.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

5:30-6:30 p.m.


Monday, April 22, 2019

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Field Trip Info

Hello families!

As long as we have school today our field trip is still on!

Parents will drive children to the Henry Ford Centennial Library at 9:30am. Parents and children will stay together at the library from 9:30-11:30am. Ms. Abdellah and myself will still be at school our regular time if you would like them to stay with us from drop off time until 9:15 when you return.

We will have a normal day of school to follow the field trip.

Henry Ford Centennial Library

16301 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126


Parent Talk at Cotter Early Childhood Center

Hello Families,

Parent Talk will be offered at Cotter in the Media Center with Margaret King Ahmed.

Mrs. Abdellah and I highly recommend these classes to ALL parents. Many parents of previous classes have been so thankful for the information learned during these sessions. Parenting can be very challenging and it is so great to have a supportive group of people to share ideas, as well as receive information to help with difficult behaviors at home.

Parent Talk classes are to help parents “learn communication skills to 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.”

The sessions are being offered on the following Wednesdays from 8:45 until 10:45:

  • January 23
  • January 30
  • February 6
  • February 13
  • February 20
  • February 27
  • March 6
  • Graduation and Certificate Awarded on March 13!

These classes are offered for free thanks to the Bilingual Department and the Dearborn Public Schools.

Please call Cotter’s Main Office if you are interested in attending these sessions at (313) 827-6150.

Here is more registration information ParentTalkRegistrationForm2019

50 Better Questions to Ask Your Child than “How Was Your Day?”

We constantly hear how difficult it can be to carry a conversation with students after a long tiring day. When we ask “How was your day?” I often overhear “Good” or “Fine”.

Here are some great open ended questions to help carry the after-school conversations:

What made you smile today?
Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
Was there an example of unkindness? How did you respond?
What was the book about that your teacher read?
What’s the letter of the week?
Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?
Did anyone cry?
What did you do that was creative?
What is the most popular game at recess?
What was the best thing that happened today?
Did you help anyone today?
Did you tell anyone “thank you?”
Who did you sit with at lunch?
What made you laugh?
Did you learn something you didn’t understand?
Who inspired you today?
What was your least favorite part of the day?
Was anyone in your class gone today?
Did you ever feel unsafe?
What is something you heard that surprised you?
What is something you saw that made you think?
Who did you play with today?
Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
What is something that challenged you?
Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.
Did anyone get in trouble today?
How were you brave today?
What questions did you ask at school today?
Tell us your top two things from the day (before you can be excused from the dinner table!).
What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
What are you reading?
Teach me something I don’t know.
If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
(For older kids): Do you feel prepared for your history test?” or, “Is there anything on your mind that you’d like to talk about?” (In my opinion, the key is not only the way a question is phrased, but responding in a supportive way.)

What made your teacher smile? What made her frown?
What kind of person were you today?
What made you feel happy?
What made you feel proud?
What made you feel loved?
Did you learn any new words today?
What do you hope to do before school is out for the year?
What is your least favorite part of the school building? And favorite?
If you switched places with your teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?

Week Sixteen: Writing Skills and Reading to Someone

Hello Families,

This week was getting readjusted to the classroom routine and making more progress in their academic skills.

Below you can view pictures of the students in our classroom Reading to Someone during Daily 5 time.

In the pictures below, you can view one of our students writing his story for Writing Time. His story included how he was bit by a spider and turned into Spiderman. His friends Ironman and Hulk came to help him defeat Venom and the Green Goblin.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. A reminder that next week we have our Classroom Parent Meeting on Thursday at 8:45!

Ms. Stafiej and Mrs. Abdellah

Free Entry to the Henry Ford Museum on 1/21 for MLK Day!

The Henry Ford Museum is a wonderful place to take the whole family and explore all the exhibits they have to offer. The museum will be open from 9:30 until 5.

“Come celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the many ordinary people who had the extraordinary courage and commitment to ask for more from their nation on civil rights. Bring your family and friends, we open Henry Ford Museum to the community on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day absolutely FREE. That includes free admission and free parking, activities and dramatic presentations.”


Week Fifteen: Winter Fair

Hello Families,

This week we explored snow paint, had the Parent/Winter Fair, and enjoyed the Polar Express with some popcorn.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week and enjoyed the fair. If you have any pictures from Parent Fair, please feel free to share them and send them through Remind 101.

Have a wonderful break and see you January 7th!

Ms. Stafiej and Mrs. Abdellah

Week Fourteen: Process Art

Hello Families,

We have had another exciting week in preschool. This week our focus was on process art. The first set of pictures we used different rollers to experiment with the paint. Students were predicting and observing what would happen when they rolled their tool on the paper.

This next set of images show the students using unifix cubes to explore paint. The students were discussing patterns, colors, numbers, and identifying squares in their pictures.

Our featured writer this week!

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