Ms. Reid & Mrs. Hamade GSRP Preschool

Ms. Reid GSRP PreSchool

April–>May–> June!

How is it already mid-April??! I can’t believe it! This year has gone by so incredibly fast. We still have lots to do and look forward to.

We just wrapped up a fun Pete the Cat themed week, the kids had a lot of fun reading the books, counting buttons, painting with their feet, making Pete, etc. Busy, messy week!

The next 2 weeks, we will be focusing on healthy foods and trying new things! We will follow the Regie Rainbow program from the American Kidney Foundation, you will be getting a lot of flyers that contain great info and healthy recipes. The first week will we do foods that are red, orange and yellow, and the following week we will do green, blue and purple. I will send reminders about wearing that same color the day we do the food!

KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP – McDonald + Maples schools on Wednesday April 18th, 8:45-9:45.  McCollough Thursday April 19th, 8:30-9:30. Kid DO NOT need to attend!

The end of next week, we will get some exercise as we walk to the bowling alley, and bowl 1 game of bowling! Chaperones will be chosen via lottery, as I can only bring a handful due to the size of the location.

Our Trike-A-Thon will be Wednesday May 2, kids will bring their bikes (and families) to school at 9:00 on this day, and we will have the parking lot next to the playground blocked off for a NASCAR style bike event! We will combine this event with our end of the year picnic (we are celebrating early due to the Ramadan holiday).

May 3, and May 7-10 PreK ONLY does not have school! We will be conducting home visits during this week, as well as doing the application process for next years incoming Prek kiddos.

May 14th-17th will be our MESSY week! We will be getting into all kinds of messy fun, and I ask that the kids not wear anything that can be ruined this week!

June 7th is the LAST DAY of school for Prek! More info to come on that!

In between all of that, we will be studying caterpillars and butterflies, aunts, flowers, growing grass and beans and much more! As always see me with any questions!

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Good Things Come In 3s!

March has gotten off to a great start! We have been so busy, we are already almost half way through. We have spent a week each on the 3 Bears, the 3 Billy Goats Gruff and now the 3 Little Pigs. Hopefully you have been enjoying hearing your child retell you these stories at home. Today, I am sending home the story of the 3 pigs, story telling pieces, and a house that the children made in order to help them be able to better retell the story. Encourage them to do so for anyone who is willing to listen.

We played a fun color relay race game in the gym today, the kids had lots of fun racing across the gym to collect different colored monkeys for their teams. Great way to get them moving in this cold weather.

The children have also been doing AWESOME with sharing their favorite books. Many have requested that they get to do it again, and we came up with the idea to share them at meal times. So, feel free to allow your child to bring in another book and we will read it at breakfast or lunch time.

For the field trip next week, children are to come to school at 8:05. Parents who are also attending can either stay for the morning, or come back NO LATER than 10:15, as we will be boarding the bus and leaving by 10:30. I strongly encourage all parents to come if possible, it is our last BIG trip, and it means so much to spend that little bit of time one on one with your preschooler. There is NO food court at the Outdoor Adventure Center, so parents please pack yourself a disposable lunch. I strongly discourage the use of the vending machine. A sack lunch will be provided for the kids by the school. When the field trip concludes, children are welcome to return to class.

Conferences are being held this Thursday (no school for prek) and next Thursday (am half day for prek). Please be on time so we can meet with everyone, and not get behind. Thanks so much!

As always see me with any questions or concerns!

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Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

I am so impressed with the kids this week!! We have been working with the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, and they are LOVING it! We graphed 3 different kinds of bears (teddy grahams), we made some porridge (oatmeal), and we have been using puppets and props to act out the story. They have been doing excellent with counting and writing their numbers, the porridge only got about a 50% approval rating (but that’s ok! Everyone tried it!!), and the acting as been phenomenal! The children who tend to be more reserved have been coming out of their shells and it is so great to watch! I will have a ton of pictures posted this evening when I get home. So be sure to check the google photos. It was hard to get pics of the puppet shows, but trust me they did great!

We have also measured with non-standard measurement techniques, where we jumped a frog to see how far it could go. We did a lot of dancing, and turned oursleves into Ninjas with streamers!

The dentist comes to visit tomorrow. She is talking to the kids, she won’t be touching their teeth (I had to promise them!). Parents are invited to stay for the presentation. Dr. Abbass does a really nice job, and shares lots of helpful information. If you can stay please do, she will start right at 8:15.

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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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