Ms. Reid & Mrs. Hamade GSRP Preschool

Ms. Reid GSRP PreSchool

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 



Child Initiated Writing

Happy Friday everyone! We had a great week, even though it was a short one. I am super proud of the children this week, as they have picked up on using the writing utensils I have throughout the room. I try to make writing an option all over the room, so that it can easily and naturally become part of their play. Our bakery is still going strong, and we have bridged the writing gap, by writing down our orders and handing them to the “worker” who then goes and fills the order. A clipboard or a notebook does wonders for sparking their interest in writing. A few of the children found the envelopes (finally!) and asked if they could send their friends a note. My reply, absolutely! The children decided to grab the class name tags, so they could be sure to spell their friends names correctly. They first drew a picture or wrote a note, and then put their friends name on the outside, and hand delivered it. They were SOOOO excited to give their friends some mail! As the teacher, I was there to help facilitate and to encourage/coach with some of the letters, etc. but I was also SOOOO excited to see all the learning that was happening with this simple act of letter writing! Fine motor, writing, reading, letter practice, environmental print, cooperation, and building friendships (all initiated by the children!!!). Be still my heart! Make sure you have writing tools available to your children at home, you may surprised at what they can do!

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are happening during the next 2 Thursdays. The schedule is below for your reference. Please be sure to look at your child’s calendar, we have a lot of no school days, and a half day in November! Please see me ASAP if you need to change your appointment!

Thursday November 9th

Preschool meets in the morning only! 8:05-11:00

Conferences in the afternoon

12:00 Adam

12:30 Saleh

1:00 Zainab

1:30 Mahmoud

2:00 Razan

2:30 Reham

Thursday November 16th – No school for PreK all day

8:00 Omar

8:30 Nour

9:00 Mahdi

9:30 Tony

10:00 Cecilia

10:30 Mawada

12:00 Batoul

1:00 Sadek

1:30 Yahya

2:00 Lamya


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Fall fun! 🎃🕸🍁

What a fun couple of days, and there’s still more in store! Here’s a quick run down of what we have been up to!

Monster faces- we used play dough and pattern blocks to talk about shapes and make monster faces.

Spider webs- the children used fine motor skills to lace a “spider web” onto a paper plate and even got a spider to go with itty children can sing itsy bitsy spider or Little miss muffett when they use the spider 🕷 

Balloons 🎈- we played some large group games with balloons and lunch trays! It was a great way to use our bigger muscles and burn some energy! 

Pumpkins 🎃- the children chose their “toppings” and got free reign to decorate their pumpkin how they liked. They turned out so cute! 

Cider and doughnuts 🍩- Kroger and Tim Hortons donated a special snack!

Big pumpkins! – Ms. Reid brought in a couple of large pumpkins, the kids have been hammering golf tees into them and will until we can’t anymore. Yay for hand eye coordination! We also opened them up and investigated the guts! Finally we sampled some of Ms. Reid’s homemade pumpkin seeds and they were a fan favorite! 

Critter guy is visiting tomorrow! 

See the Google Photos album for pictures! Wayyyyyyy to many to post here! 

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Dearborn Fire Department Visit!

We had a BLAST with the firefighters today! We got to see their truck and all their tools, as well as hear them talk about how they can help in an emergency. Firefighter Dan put on all his gear, so the children would know what they look like when they come to a house fire. He scared a few of us, but in the end we were all glad we got to see it!

Here are some highlights from the presentation:

-Make sure your house has working smoke detectors

-Make a fire escape plan and designate a meet up place outside your home

-Call 911 in an emergency

-If you catch on fire STOP, DROP and ROLL

Review your family emergency plan with your child so they know what to do!

Family Fun Event! The Pumpkin Patch at the fire station on Outer Drive north of Michigan Avenue will be open two weekends in next month to raise money. The patch is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26. All pumpkins are $5. Free hot dogs, cider, donuts, hot chocolate and coffee will. There will be plenty of family activities on site, including opportunities for children to climb on a fire truck, get their face painted, visit with a clown and see Sparky, the department’s mascot. For more information, please call Steve Worden at (313) 478-6761.


District Survey

This survey consists of two questions to collect parent feedback on the possibility to pilot year-round school concept in one or two elementary schools. One of the arguments for year-round schooling is that children will have better knowledge retention versus having too much of a mental break in the summer. School calendar would be extended to include additional four weeks in the summer. Please click on the link to share your feedback:
يتألف هذا الاستقصاء من سؤالين لجمع آراء أولياء الامور بشأن إمكانية تجريب مفهوم المدرسة على مدار السنة في عدد صغير من المدارس الابتدائية. إحدى فوائد التعليم المدرسي على مدار السنة هي أن الطلاب يحافظون على متابعة التحصيل العلمي خلال الصيف. إذا قمنا بتنفيذ هذه
الخطة سيتم تمديد التقويم المدرسي ليشمل أربعة أسابيع إضافية في الصيف
   :يرجى النقر على الرابط لإكمال سؤالين حول مفهوم المدرسة على مدار السنة
Fatme Faraj
Director- School Improvement/Leadership Coaching

Dearborn Public Schools | Students First: Inspire, Educate, Celebrate.

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Bakery is open! 🍩☕️

Thank you to everyone who found some boxes for our house area! I do have to give a special shout out to Mrs. Jacobs, also known as “Tony’s Mom,” she supplied the class with the materials to make a mini bakery ala Tim Hortons in our classroom. The kids loved it! It was a busy area today, I think as time goes we will see some great imagination come from these added materials! Thank you all! 💗

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