Ms. Reid & Mrs. Hamade GSRP Preschool

Ms. Reid GSRP PreSchool

Teacher of the Year Nominations

Press Release #18/2017-18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2018

Contact: David Mustonen, Communications Director

(313) 827-3006


Students First-

Inspire, Educate, Celebrate

Time To Nominate

Your Favorite Teacher!

It’s time for students to nominate their favorite Dearborn Public Schools teacher for the 2018 Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Students’ Choice Award, sponsored by the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, and presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm.  An on-line nomination form can be found on the District’s website ( or directly at:

Printed nomination forms may be picked up at any Dearborn public school and the District’s Administration Office, 18700 Audette. They can be dropped off or mailed to the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, 22100 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48124, or faxed to (313) 584-9818. Adults may assist students in completing nominations when necessary, but no more than two teachers can be nominated per student.

Students may nominate new or veteran teachers whom they feel have made outstanding contributions to the teaching profession.  Pre-K through second grade students are asked to describe how their teacher makes learning fun. Students in this category can include a nice drawing, if they wish, but it will not be part of the selection process.  Third through fifth grade students must describe how their teacher has created a classroom where learning is positive and fun.  Middle school students (grades 6-8) are asked to explain how their teacher connects classroom learning with everyday life.  Students in high school must describe how their teacher is preparing them to be successful beyond high school.

“Nominating a teacher for this award is an outstanding way for students to show their teachers how much they appreciate and value the job they are doing in the classroom and the positive impact they have on their life. We have so many excellent teachers who are deserving of this recognition, and I hope all of our students will take a few moments to nominate their favorite teacher,” commented Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.

Applications will be assessed on the quality of the nomination, not on the number received. Award judges are members of the Dearborn Chamber Education Committee and are not provided with the teachers’ names.  One winner from each category will be announced at a special ceremony being held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 4:15 p.m.

Teachers selected to receive the Teacher of Year Award are being recognized as positive role models who consistently provide unique, productive, positive classroom experiences. Teachers selected receive a $1,000 cash prize, a glass award commemorating their achievement, and most importantly will be part of a select group of Dearborn teachers who have been recognized by the community for their dedication and passion for teaching.

“I want to thank the Chamber of Commerce and all the sponsors for once again hosting this event,” Maleyko added. “Our district is very fortunate to have so many great community partners.”



19 Teacher of Year Applications 2018

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February updates

I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone again for their support the last couple of weeks. We made it! I truly appreciate how amazing you have all been with us helping the new room and my poor broken foot!

Thank you all for coming to the parent meeting, and for your participation. I think the kids had a lot of fun building with you. If you take anything away from the meeting, I hope it is reading to your child before bed every night.

We spent yesterday afternoon planning for March. Since March is Reading Month, we will be spending time with some classic stories, making crafts, and retelling them in a variety of ways. This is one of my favorite months to teach preschool because of all the great stuff we have coming up! We will end the month with a Dr. Seuss spirit week! Please be sure to hang onto your March calendar to keep up with everything happening in the room.

3/21/18 We go to the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, 1 parent per child is welcome to attend, and I strongly encourage you to do so! This will be our last big trip, so if you want to come along request it off of work or find a sitter for younger siblings now! 🙂

Enjoy Mid-winter break! I strongly encourage you to read with your child, practice scissor skills, and to play with them (inside or outside!) over the next 10 days!

As always, see me if you have any questions or concerns!



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The next 6 school days ….

I need to give everyone a quick update about our classroom. I didn’t get to see everyone in person today, and I want all of us to be on the same page. As you may or may not know, we are opening a 5th prek classroom at McU, right next door to our classroom. The children in this class will start on Monday 2/5, unfortunately, their teacher cannot start until the following the Monday 2/12. I know what you’re thinking, so what? Well, because of the need for a teacher in the new classroom, I have been asked to help start the new classroom. SO, this week Wednesday and Thursday, and next week Monday-Thursday, I will be out of our classroom, helping to get the new room up and running. As you all know, Mrs. Hamade is out with a bad case of the flu, and will be out for the remainder of this week. We will have substitutes in the room to cover the both of us. Mrs. Nasser {Mrs. N} has been with us a few times this year, and has been with us all week, she will continue to be in the room for the remainder of the week to help keep things as normal as possible for the kids. Thursday Ms. Lakatos {Ms. L} our student teacher will also be in the room to help keep things normal. Other than this Thursday, I will be in the building, and able to check in on the kids, etc. I know it won’t be smooth sailing for the kids, and I do apologize. Please know I have taken every step to make sure they will have as normal a day as possible. They are in good hands, as I have handpicked the substitutes who will be in the room {minus tomorrow}, Mrs. Yassine will be in for me from Thursday-Thursday, she is a familiar face in the building, and she is very familiar with preschool. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know. I am posting a schedule below to help make it a little easier to understand. Thank you for being supportive, and positive with the children through this next week. We got this!

1/31 Weds  Mrs. N + sub teacher

2/1 Thurs Mrs. N + Mrs. Yassine

2/5-2/8 Mon-Thurs  Mrs. Hamade + Mrs. Yassine

2/12 Ms. Reid and Mrs. Hamade and all the kids reunited and back together again! 😊

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Updates & Field Trips

We have finished most of our mid year testing, and I am so impressed with how the kids have grown! I will be sending home results soon. In the mean time, please keep working on letters and their sounds, numbers and counting, shapes, and your child recognizing their own name (1st and last, as well as the letters). I can’t wait to see where they end up!

The next few weeks are going to be BUSY! PLEASE PLEASE hang onto your calendars and pay attention to them!

1/30 Tuesday – Library Field Trip, ALL children are to be picked up from school at 1:00, we then meet at the Henry Ford Centennial Library at 1:30

2/13 Tuesday- Detroit Science Center Field Trip! This is a regular school day as far as times go. Parents who are chaperoning need to be at McCollough at 9:00.

    Parents attending:

Mahmoud’s mom 

Zainab’s mom

Cecilia’s mom

Yahya’s mom

Mahdi’s mom

Tony’s mom

Omar’s dad 

If you can no longer chaperone I need to know asap, so I can give the science center the correct count. Thanks! This will be a FUN trip!

2/14 Valentine’s Day – Children may bring in valentine’s for their friends (NO candy please!), DO NOT put a “TO” on the card, just leave it blank. The “FROM” can be signed by your child. We have 16 students in our class. This makes passing them out 7589437850X easier. 🙂

2/15 Parent Meeting- 9:00 Literacy, this is also an optional picture day, you are welcome to take your child down for pictures after the meeting concludes.

2/19-2/23 No school- Mid Winter Break

Have a wonderful weekend! See you on Monday!


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Welcome back!

Welcome back everyone! We are rocking and rolling already into the New Year!

The children were all so excited to be back to school, and we were so happy to have them back! We have spent this week, reading “The Snowy Day”, by Ezra Jack Keats, (if you went to Cotter for the parent fair, you know this one!). We have also been able to get outside in the snow and do all the same things that Peter does in the book! We have been reviewing letters and their sounds, and will begin to reassess what we know in the next couple of weeks.

We have added a student teacher to our class, Ms. Lakatos (Ms. L), will be with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays until May. She is a senior at Baker College, and is excited to get to know the children, and learn how teaching preschool works.

We have also revamped our woodworking area, and it is more of a maker space. You will see all kinds of random things coming home, that will be glued/taped/tied together. Your child has crafted this themselves from recyclables, and other materials I have provided for the space. They will mostly look like a mess, BUT I implore you to ask your child about what they made, how they made it, what it can do, etc. You will be AMAZED at what they come up with!


Monday is MLK Jr. Day there is NO school on this day

Parent meeting next week on Thursday! We will be talking about math and playing some math games! I look forward to seeing you all there. As always, leave siblings home if at all possible so you can have this time to spend one on one with your child.

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December in Review!

I can hardly believe winter break is already here! Time sure flys when you are working hard and having fun in Prek! Notice I how use the word FUN all the time?! It’s because that is what I truly believe school should be for kids. They should be learning through play! The proof is in the pudding, these kids have already grown so much from late September, I can’t wait to see where they end up over the next few months!

December was a blast! We read about,tasted and graphed gingerbread men. We had a great turn out at our Parent Fair at Cotter. Thank you to everyone for braving the weather and coming out for a FUN event! I loved seeing the kids look of excitement when they “found” me in a new place. We had out first SNOW DAY! Think about that, for these kiddos it was their very first one! So exciting! We played with snow inside and outside the classroom. The children enjoyed climbing on the big snow hill that was made outside on the playground. We talked a lot about melting, freezing, ice, water, etc. We even did our own little science experiment with the process. We celebrated our first 2 birthdays, and now have 2 FIVE year-olds in our class! We enjoyed hot cocoa, and made designer pj self portraits on pajama day. On Thursday, we made a pudding parfait from “scratch”. The kids got to help smash the graham crackers, and mix up the pudding. We had some FUN squirting the whipped cream on top too! Please click on the google link to see TONS of pictures of our adventures!

Relax and have fun with your child over the break! Complete the Winter Break Bingo if you can! I have a small prize for anyone who does it over the break. It will also help me to keep your child “on track” with such a long break. As always THANK YOU for all of your support, it is greatly appreciated! I will be spending the rest of today cleaning up the room, and prepping for a FUN January! (Our 1st field trip is coming!!) Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing all of you in 2018! Cheers!

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Know any more 4 year olds?

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.

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Help for Parents!

Let’s face it, parenting is tough work! Want some help or advice? Staring in January Cotter school is going to be offering FREE Parent Talk Classes. I will be sending the flyer home on Monday. Mrs. Margaret King Ahmed teaches the class, and she is AWESOME! The preschool staff took a similar course with her, just Teacher Talk instead of parent, and it was very, very helpful. Please see me if you have any questions about the classes! I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone interested!

Parent Talk Classes Information 

Tuesday 9:00-10:00 in the Cotter Library 

January 9, 16, 23, 30 

February 6, 13, 27 

March 6, Graduation March 13 


Looking for a fun way to read with your child? Look no further! is an easy online resource for your child to get exposure to new books that are age appropriate and can be listened to in both English and Arabic!! How cool is that?! You can use the link here, or I have put it on the side of the blog for easy access as well. Happy reading! 

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Mat Man

We have been introducing the kids to Mat Man (also girl) this week. Mat Man is our class sidekick. He is how we teach the kids to make the lines and curves needed to draw basic pictures, and most importantly to write letters and numbers. Mat Man is a simple stick figure that we will write about in our journals throughout the year. The kids will learn to write and draw using him, and will get to make up lots of creative stories about his adventures! Stay tuned! I’m attaching just a sample of pictures of the Mat Man I made vs the one some of the kids made. They did so good! I never expect theirs to look like mine, I want them to do what they can/want to. Now when your child sings about Mat Man or talks about him you will know why!

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Odds and Ends

Happy Friday everyone! 

Thank you all for coming to our parent-teacher conferences. I appreciate you all being on time, asking questions, and being an active participant in your child’s education. It means a lot, not only to myself and Mrs. Hamade, but to your child as well. 

We have some exciting news! Not only did we end up doing awesome with the book fundraiser I told you about (we are getting over $200 in books for our classroom!!!) but I also received a grant that will allow me to purchase and keep snow mittens, and water proof trail suits in the classroom! This will help to keep the kiddos warm and dry throughout the winter! Yay! I was approved for 13 trail suits, and am hoping we get the last 3 funded. Cross your fingers for us! 🙂 

Many of you asked how you can help out the classroom. If you would like to come in during our work time to either read with kids, or play a learning game with one or two at a time let me know. Our work time usually goes from about 9:30-10:30. If you are interested let me know, and we can work out a schedule. 

We are also going to do a bottle drive to help raise money for a few field trips we want to take. If we can raise a minimum of $5 per family in bottle returns, we will be able to go on 2 different field trips. So, if you are interested in helping, you can either bring in your bottles (anyone want to help me return them?!), or bring in your bottle slips. No one is required to donate bottles, it is just an easy way for us to fund raise money for the field trips without collecting actual money. Let me know if you have any questions! 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

🙂 Ms. Reid 



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