March 25

March 25, 2020

I set up a zoom meeting yesterday, I had two students who were able to meet at that time: Ada and Adam (and Adam’s cousin). It was good to catch up and see what they were doing. I am sorry if I missed you!

We will meet again on Friday, check your email for the information, I am thinking morning this time. If you want to contact me, use your school email.

Today is going to be a beautiful March spring day, get outside and play because tomorrow it rains.

I can see some of you are keeping up with each day’s assignments and some of you have been ignoring what was suggested. Please work on each site each day, you have tons of time to play online every day. Don’t forget to read.

If you need more reading material, check out the link below.

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-tools/home.html

March 20

March 20, Morning Updates

Today is the final day to borrow a Chromebook if your child needs one. Mrs. Fournier has extended the distribution window to run from 9-2 today! Pick-up will be from your car by the office in the Ann Arbor Trail parking lot. You may pull up to the curb and they will bring it to you. Reminder: A parent signature must be provided for the Chromebook.

Please contact Mrs. Fournier at fournit@dearbornschools.org or leave a voice message at 313-827-7004 if you have any questions.

March 19

3.18 Thursday Morning Updates

https://docs.google.com/a/dearbornschools.org/document/d/1XLfLFqDJ6szbDuIT8f-DPUd90rDHCuqTeH4be2JoHck/edit?usp=drive_web

Do You Need A Chromebook?

Teachers have provided daily on-line enrichment activities for students to complete while we are out of school. It has been brought to my attention, that we have some students who do not have access to a computer, tablet, or phone device to participate in these activities. With support from Dearborn Schools, we are extending an opportunity for our students with this need to borrow a Chromebook from Howe School until we return from the shutdown.

Chromebooks will be made available for drive-through pick-up on Friday, March 20 from 9:00-11:00 under the Ann Arbor Trail canopy at Howe School.

At this time we can only provide 1 Chromebook per family to be shared by all Howe students in the family.

You will need to have access to wireless internet or a hotspot to use the Chromebook in your home

A parent MUST be present and sign a copy of this form to receive a Chromebook. The form will be provided at pick-up. Please read for more information.

To reserve a Chromebook:

If you would like to borrow a Chromebook, please complete this form. This will help us to facilitate the process and ensure availability. Remember, you will need to have access to wireless internet or a hot spot to use the Chromebook in your household.

If you have questions regarding Chromebook Lending contact Ms. Fournier at fournit@dearbornschools.org.

Also, please subscribe to Sarah Puchala’s blog, our Howe Interventionist, I’ve also added her to our links.

https://iblog.dearbornschools.org/puchals/

March 18

I’ve Moved Assignment Location

The assignments page has moved to google classroom, it can be reached there. I will be sending out blog posts and any more assignments or changes to assignments will be found on google classroom.

https://classroom.google.com/c/NDI1NDg4MjUwNDda

Class Code:zi3jodx

Ms. Harden and Ms. Dudek’s blogs are listed below, which you can find information and things to do. Scholastic Magazines is also listed below for students to have another online resource (free) to keep their minds busy.

https://iblog.dearbornschools.org/hardens/

https://iblog.dearbornschools.org/dudekh/

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

March 13

3 Weeks of Work

As of right now, I am unsure how everything will play out. I will continue to update everyone as I receive new information. For now, I feel it is  important to keep our kids engaged in learning activities to provide some normalcy to our days. Please follow the daily/weekly schedule or learning activities provided. In addition, students can continue to work on their goal work.

If you have any questions regarding log in information please email me at polstel@dearbornschools.org or on classdojo.

I am here for you and look forward to seeing everyone when we are able to return to our buildings.

Take It Easy,

Mrs. Polster

March 10

Important Dates!

Friday, March 13 – Half Day of School. Montessori will dismiss at 11:45.

Wednesday, March 18 – Late Start. All programs will begin 1 hour later.

March 18-March 20 – Spring Book Fair

March 25 – Science Fair

March 27 – Spring Picture Day

March 3

Symphony Field Trip

If you would like a chance to play with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, practice Ode to Joy on your recorder. Play Ode to Joy on your recorder for Ms. Harden tomorrow in Music, and you MAY have a chance to play in front of all the district 4th graders on March 19.

Practice tonight!!

March 2

Dear Howe Parents,      

The March is Reading Month theme this year will be “Books from Around the World”.  Each classroom will choose a book from a country and read it. Classrooms will visit each other to hear other teachers read new stories to them. We will have a map to color for each country visited.  Each room will also decorate their classroom door with the book theme and country. The winner of the door decorating contest will get a party paid for by the PTA. We will also have a Reading Participation Contest too!  Students are expected to:

  • Read 20 minutes each night. 
  • Fill out a reading log passport and send the log in each Monday.  The teacher will stamp the reading log. At the end of the month, all students that participated will get a small prize.  They will also get a participation ticket and be entered into a drawing. The Montessori student prizes will be one girl and one boy bike. The participation winner for Center Based will receive an appropriate prize for that specific student.
  • The classroom with the most participation will also earn a party.

Other events happening this month include the Scholastic Book Fair on March 18, 19 and 20, as well as a Book Swap towards the end of the month. More information to come home soon about these.  We will also have an assembly at the end of the month to announce the winner of the bikes, Center Based prize, door decorating contest winner and the class with the most participation.

   Happy Reading,  Howe Staff

We will be having a Parent Meeting this Thursday at 3:00 pm.

As many of you know, the Edsel Ford High School Performing Arts Department will be presenting our production of Disney’s “Freaky Friday – A New Musical” in May 8-9 and 15-16.
Mr. Doyle will be opening up our ensemble to students from grades 5-8 who attend one of our Feeder Schools or have siblings at EFHS. There is also one principal role for the younger brother, Fletcher.  (Actor to play 7-10 yr old)  He must be able to sing and use two different hand puppets. 
Auditions will be held on Thursday 5 March from 4-6 pm.  Interested students who can not attend during that time need to contact me directly (doyler@dearbornschools.org). Audition materials will be taught at the audition. Students should be prepared to read from the script, sing, and dance.Students do NOT need to have previous experience, only a willingness to commit to working on the show and learn. 

Module 3 Test is coming home today.

March 2

Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Student Choice Awards

Hello Everyone,
We just wanted to send a quick reminder that nominations are now open for the Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Student Choice Awards.   Four awards will be given out on April 23 – one each for preschool to second grade, third through fifth grade, middle school, and high school.  These awards recognize classroom teachers.  (Impact Awards, which recognize any of our other great staff members, will start taking nominations later in the Spring.)
We would love to see Teacher of the Year nominations from Howe families, so please help us spread the word to all students!  (Hint, hint, especially to those of you with school-related blogs or social media.)   Nominations are due by March 9. Students can go directly to the online nomination form at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DWpEQWTFrJg_Uoq2Fou-FjSbhN89Wu4V4Dsy3pk8zWc/viewform?edit_requested=true
You can read more about the award at https://firstbell.dearbornschools.org/2020/02/10/nominations-now-open-for-alberta-muirhead-teacher-of-the-year-awards/
Thanks for your assistance, and to the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce for providing this award!

February 14

Reminders

Mid-Winter Break – 2/15-2/23 – No school

I’m green with envy of all of you who are traveling this coming week. EVERYONE be safe but have fun and relax!

Your child needs to have his/her data by 2/24 for science project, look on science fair page, and use the information there for help.

Check your child’s planner, their homework is written down, and remind them to review their module 3 notes, so they can complete/make corrections on Monday during Math.

Parent Helper Needed – we will be having a door decorating contest for March is Reading month. We have been asked to find a parent helper to create the door decorations based on the classroom book and theme. If you are able to help please let me know right away. We will be decorating the door as soon as we return from break, so it is ready before March 1st. Thanks!