Picture slide show


Just in case I missed someone, here is the link to the slide show!

Parent survey – please complete! Thanks!

Dear Parent/Guardian,


Cotter Early Childhood Center and all Dearborn Schools are involved in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which parents and guardians are an integral part. Cotter Early Childhood Center is using the AdvancED Parent Survey as a means to elicit your opinions to help target areas for the school system to improve and areas to continue to be effective. Your opinion is important to us, and we ask that you take the time to complete this survey. The online survey will be available from 5/9/17 to 5/31/17. In order to complete the survey, please click on this link: https://goo.gl/gZl7de

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous and your honest opinions are appreciated. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact your school principal at lambern@dearbornschools.org or visit the link to Frequently Asked Questions. Thank you in advance for supporting Cotter Early Childhood Center improvement efforts.

Your cooperation and support in completing the parent survey will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely,

Nadra Lamberti, Principal

أولياء الأمور الكرام ،


مدرستنا وجميع مدارس ديربورن في عملية تطوير و تحسين مستمرة و دائمة ،يعتبر خلالها الأهل  والأوصياء جزء لا يتجزأ و جوهري لسيرها. نستخدم استطلاع رأي متطور و خاص بالأهالي كوسيلة للاطلاع على آرائهم التي من شأنها المساعدة في استهداف المناطق الفعالة والمؤثرة على سير العملية التطويرية للمدرسة. رأيك مهم بالنسبة لنا،لذا نرجو منكم الاجابة على الاستطلاع  لإتمام هذه الدراسة. يتوفر استطلاع الرأي عبر شبكة الإنترنت من 5/9 _5/31 . من أجل إكمال الدراسة، يرجى الضغط على الرابط التالي : https://goo.gl/gZl7de  

نؤكد أن مشاركتكم و اجاباتكم حول هذا الاستطلاع سرية و لن يتم معرفة شخصية من قام بالاستطلاع، و أن آرائكم الصادقة هي موضع تقدير. إذا كان لديكم أي أسئلة حول هذا الاستبيان، يرجى الاتصال بمكتب المدرسة عبر البريد الالكتروني التالي <<lambers@dearbornschools.org شكرا لكم مقدما على مساندتكم ودعمكم  لعملية تطوير و تحسين المدرسة .

نقدر تعاونكم ودعمكم في إكمال هذا الاستطلاع و لكم جزيل الشكر.


May/June Wrap up and events!

Pictures are going to be on hold, so I have some to surprise you with on the last day of school! Speaking of the last day, it is FAST approaching, and we still have so much going on before we get there!

Calendar of Events 

Thursday May 18th, 9-11am, Trike-a-Thon and Family Picnic — bring your child’s bike (and helmet!) to school at 9am, younger siblings who can ride on their own are welcome to ride too. Parents you are in charge of your children! Children will spend time riding their bikes, and then we will have a family-style picnic lunch to celebrate another great year! Please see Ms. Reid or Mrs. Hamade to sign up for a dish to pass if you haven’t already! Bring a large blanket or collapsible chairs for you and your family! Children may stay at school for the remainder of the day.

May 22-25th NO SCHOOL for PREK ONLY – Home visits will occur this week!

June 6th – Field Trip to the U of M Interpretive Center @ U of M Dearborn for Pond Study –We will meet at McCollough and ride the bus over. PLEASE NO FOOD on this trip! Children need to wear comfy shoes! An adult is required to attend with child for participation in this trip! The trip is designed to be a parent(adult)-child activity. Sorry, no siblings. Children may stay at school for the remainder of the day.

June 8th- Last Day of School, End of Year Celebration! – Join us for a fun look back on our school year, and celebrate all the success the children have experienced this year! We will have a little ceremony,sing some songs, etc. It is an event not to be missed! 🙂 Children typically “dress up” for this event, but it is NOT required to do so!

Please see me with any questions!


We have been working hard on getting the children as ready as we can for Young 5’s/Kindergarten! We have been focusing on counting, letter id and sounds, good classroom manners, and problem solving. Please continue to work on these things from home!
We have also been following a program from the National Kidney Foundation called Regie Rainbow. Each week we read about Regie’s adventure’s and try new fruits and vegetables that Regie brings us. Hopefully you have seen the flyers, and your child has talked about this with you. Keep encouraging them to try new things, it works!
As you know, their homework this weekend is to learn their street and house number. I told the children I would need them to draw me a picture of their house, with the numbers, so that I could find their house for my home visit. Knowing their address is an important thing, should they even end up lost, having to call 911, etc. Thank you for helping me with this! The children were excited about it, so hopefully I have them hooked enough to learn it.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mother’s in our room! You have all trusted us with your children, and we hope we have done well for you! Enjoy your special gifts, (the kids worked hard on them) and have a great weekend!


We had a fun morning spent bowling at Mercury Lanes! Our walks there and back were quick and easy thanks to Police Officer Mockbil, he made sure we crossed all the streets safely. Also a BIG thank you to the moms who were able to go with us today, it was super helpful having extra hands to hold, and adults to keep the kids taking turns at bowling! The children had a lot of fun. They were very excited about it when we came back, they were all talking about their points, and how fun it was watching Officer Mockbil bowl. We wrote in our journals about the trip, and it seemed pretty clear that everyone enjoyed it. We were busy most of the time, but we were able to sneak in a few pictures. We tried to get everyone! Enjoy!


Scientists at work! 🚧🌱🌼

The week before last, we planted grass seeds, and wildflower seeds. To start we read a few books about plants, and we made predictions about which we thought would grow faster. Added some water and sunshine and let nature do the rest. Today we came back and our grass was super long! The flowers have sprouted but no blooms yet. We observed their growth and recorded what we saw in our writing journals. After we finished our observations, it was time to give the grass a fresh cut! We will let the grass grow a little more, and send it home later. Once your child brings it home, it’s a great chance to keep the process going! Find a sunny spot, give it some water when it needs it, and allow your child to “cut” the grass as it needs it! We will keep an eye on the wild flowers and see how the grow and change for a little while longer! 🌱🌼


We took advantage of the warm, wet weather and went on a worm hunt this morning! We found TONS of them! We collected them, and then brought them into the classroom for observation. Needless to say, the kiddos LOVED it! I love capitalizing on the kids interests and adding in some nature exploration whenever we can. Makes for great learning and memories! 

Building a worm! 🙂

We found so many!

Dr. Seuss Week!

What a busy, fun week! We kicked off our week on Monday with a hat day! We read about the Cat in the Hat, and the children all got to design their own hat. On Tuesday we read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish! We did a lot with colors on this day! We graphed the colors we were wearing (our favorites!), and we made group color collages with our small groups! The children had a lot of fun with these, as they were “racing” the other group to fill up their collage first. Wednesday we celebrated with Wacky Wednesday! This is always one of the best days of the year! We did a wacky photo shoot, we had a silly dance contest, we colored using our feet, elbows, etc. The children were challenged to NOT use their hands! We also colored like Michelangelo, and laid on the floor and colored under the table! The children thought this was hilarious! We had a surprise visit from a Dearborn Police officer, who showed off his car to the children, lights and sirens too! We read LOTS of great, classic Dr. Seuss books, and then wrapped up our week with pajama day! Phew! It’s amazing what we can pack into just a few days. Thanks to everyone for their participation this week, the kids really enjoyed it! Have a restful spring break! Get out and do something fun with the kiddos! I for one, am hoping it warms up so we can enjoy some sunshine! See you in April!

🎶 Rockin’ Readers! 🎸 

The children rocked March is Reading Month!! They each had a day to share their favorite book, and they loved being the center of attention! We got to hear a lot of new stories, and learn about our friends too! Thank you to everyone for participating! 📚 

The 3 Pigs 🐷🐷🐷🐺

We wrapped up our classic tales with The 3 Little Pigs. This story is always a fan favorite, mostly because of all the huffing and puffing. 😁 The children made their own piggy house, and used paper cutouts to retell the story. We also used puppets, and told the story together in large group. Repetition is key in these early years of literacy. Hearing the same story multiple times helps the children to be able to predict, build fluency, learn vocabulary, retell, practice using voice, and get a good sense for how a story should flow. Many of you commented to me about how your child was telling you these stories at home, nothing could make me happier! 

I’ll huff and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down!

Making the houses

Finished products! 🏡


Little pig, let me in!

Field Trip Fun! 

What a great day! Thank you everyone! 

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