Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I am looking forward to a rewarding learning year getting to know and work with your student. During the first week of school we will be spending time getting to know each other and learning classroom routines. It is important that we create a safe learning environment for all students so learning becomes easier to achieve.
I have put together a useful informational sheet to help you and your student become familiar with my expectations for the school year. Please take some time to read through the information.
My name is Nesreen Najm and this will be my 7th year of teaching at Nowlin Elementary. I was born in Dearborn, MI and I am a product of Dearborn Public Schools myself! I attended Wayne State University where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I then went on to receive my Master’s Degree in Education with an English as Second Language endorsement from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Last spring, I received my Administrative Certificate. This fall, I will be taking my last course in the Educational Leadership doctoral program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. I am very excited to be teaching at Nowlin Elementary. It is a very special school and I hope I get to know you as the school year progresses.
Everyday your child will be bringing home a homework folder that includes a reading log. The homework that will be given is an extension of the learning that we taught in class that day. Reading is the key to your child’s success in all areas of learning, so I expect them to read five days a week for 20 minutes. Parents are required to sign their child’s reading log daily. Reading logs will be collected on Fridays along with spelling homework for the week. New spelling words will be sent out on Mondays and students are to complete one spelling activity each night Monday through Thursday. I will be collecting them on Fridays.
Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school daily. Research shows that keeping ourselves hydrated helps our brains work better!
Dearborn Public Schools supply all students with basic school supplies to use in the classroom. However, students do lose, break, and wear out many supplies. A suggested supply list has been sent home with each student. It would be greatly appreciated if parents were able to donate these materials to both your student and our classroom.
It is encouraged for students to bring in a healthy snack daily. We have long mornings and our brains need nourishment. Please do not send chocolate snacks, candy, or chips for snack time.
I enjoy making the classroom interesting and fun, as well as teaching your child the basic needs of becoming a successful student. I have an open-door policy and I am happy to meet with you anytime. If we work together as a team, then your child will have a very successful year!
If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. My email address is NAJMN@DEARBORNSCHOOLS.ORG.