Dearborn Virtual Learning Program

Greetings Parents,  

On Monday, August 10 the Board of Education approved a plan for all Dearborn Public School students to return to school on-line. Students from kindergarten through high school will take classes online at least until sometime around the beginning of October.  The board will reevaluate conditions later in September to see if it is possible for some or all students to begin returning to their classrooms perhaps in a blended model of in-class and on-line learning.

The District understands there are parents who want their children in a 100% virtual learning program no matter what phase the State is in or how other students in the District are attending school.  For the parents who want a 100% on-line option for the entire school year, the school district has created the Dearborn Virtual Learning Program for students K-12.  Parents selecting this option are opting their children into the program for a one-year commitment. 

In order to meet staffing, transportation, and several other components of our new school environment, it is vitally important to know how many students will join the Virtual Program. Parents seeking more information and/or are interested in opting their child(ren) into this program are highly encouraged to visit our school on date and time.

School administrators will be on hand (social distancing, limited numbers, and masks will be enforced) on Date and Time to meet with parents. If you have children at different grade levels and buildings, you do not need to attend meetings at multiple schools.Β  Opt-in forms will be available and parents can opt-in all their children at one location. Here is a link to the complete schedule of schools and meetings.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SdFISdKk-c1Lbkz7Vj5irylxEkqJOKZy2J3HJGvJ_tI/edit#heading=h.e1437s49s5yw.

If you are not comfortable meeting in a safe environment at the school or are unable to attend on one of the scheduled days, please call or email the school so we may discuss this option and begin the opt-in process for your children.

We understand there are many questions, concerns, and uncertainties as we approach the start of the school year.  Our Back to School Reopen Committee has spent many hours considering all of the health, safety, logistical, and educational concerns before making their recommendations. Our Board spent many hours reviewing those recommendations including a six hour Study Session to hear from the various sub-committees and stakeholders.  We are now ready to move forward, together, to ensure what will be an interesting, but great, start to the 2020-21 school year. 

Have a great day, 

Mr. Attee

Principal, DuVall Elementary

Dbn Soccer Club FC Flyer!

Dear Families,

The following is a flyer that is usually distributed to students in their homework folders each spring. Assistant coach Kind (who used to be my son’s coach for three years!) asked if I would post this on my blog and share it with our school community. This is just information for you all, but I hope that some of your little darlings find a home with the Dbn Jags one day if they love soccer. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the organization and what it’s done for Ben and our family.

-Mrs. Ross πŸ™‚

*Flyer From Dearborn Soccer Club*

Why Dearborn Jaguars FC & Dearborn Soccer Club? “Soccer For Everyone”

Programs for players ages 4-19 & all skills levels!

-Directors of Coaching
-Director of Goalkeeping
-40 Select Teams
-55 Recreational Teams
-17 Dearborn Jaguars Staff Coaches
-53 DSC Staff Coaches
-Over 400 Dearborn Jaguars Select Players
-Over 900 DSC Recreational Players
-Over 100 Dearborn Junior Jaguars Players
-Local Facilities that include Dearborn Public Schools, Crowley Park (The Largest Soccer Complex in Dearborn) and 5 Local Indoor Soccer Facilities

Reach out to one of our Directors or visit our website today to learn more about us!

www.DearbornSoccerClub.comwww.MichiganJaguarsFC.com/Dearborn

Mo Hijazi
Dearborn Jaguars Boys Director of Coaching
coachmohijazi@gmail.com
313-471-4916

Trevor King
Dearborn Jaguars Girls Director of Coaching
tkingdsc88@yahoo.com
248-767-3688

Week of 6-8-2020: Reminders!

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Sample of a “Family Porch Photo!”

Dear KDG Families,
As sent out last week, the time has come to celebrate our learning, hard work and summer! This week there will be no new material assigned to students! I will simply be doing report cards up until tonight and still accepting any work that comes my way up until 7:00PM on June 8th (tonight)! To refresh your memory report cards are going to be done differently for this 4th report card. Here are the letters you will see this time and what they mean.
M: Meeting expectations and fulfilling all work since 4/20
P: Working on some remote learning material since 4/20
LP: Limited to no participation since week of 4/20

Thank you for everything you have done for us this year in KDG. To show my gratitude and love for the wonderful year we had together, I would like to make up for a project I usually do while in school! Every year since I began teaching 15 years ago, I have given my students a “reading license.” We have always had a little reading license ceremony and families have always come to help celebrate our hard work and huge accomplishment. Learning our letters/sounds, writing names and stories and reading books is no small feat. This is something I always look forward to and feel sad that we will not have one this year. So, I will come to you πŸ™‚ This is a perfect opportunity for your child to dress in a special outfit, receive their license and have a special refreshment with their family afterwards to celebrate their kdg accomplishments!

Have you heard of local photographers coming to homes and taking “Porch Pictures?” I would LOVE to come to you this week and shoot a mini family photo(s) and drop off a little something from me as well as their “reading license.” No pressure! If you don’t want your pictures taken you do NOT need to sign up. I will simply just drop off your child’s license and gift on the porch during my travels this week.

I know you are all SO busy and working so please take a look at the sign up spreadsheet below and choose a date/time (just simple write your child’s name in a slot) if your child/children or whole family is available for a mini porch photo shoot! I can spend up to 30min. at each location and have left myself 10 minutes to travel to the next home. If your schedule does not fit into these dates/time frames please reach out to me via text 1(313)580-8622 or email rossm1@dearbrnschools.org and I will make different arrangements πŸ™‚ You are all very special and I am really looking forward to it! Thank you again for all the beautiful cards, flowers and gifts you left for me last week and for how you have supported our classroom/remote classroom this year. I will love and cherish my memories with your little ones always.

If you need to request access to the document, please just request and I will be SURE to grant this. I apologize for the extra step! I have also added another date (Saturday) JIC the weather is bad on Wednesday or the weekend is abetter fit for you! Just let me know I am available on the weekend if you need it!

link to sign up:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-fXUX3b11nYrrQmCJvC2EPGpW_Cvie5TPzZhKI4MvNo/edit#gid=0

Have a wonderful final week!
Mrs. Ross πŸ™‚

Week of 6-8-2020

Coronavirus: Front porch photo projects show how families cope
Barrington Front Porch Project brings smiles and lifts spirits ...

Dear KDG Families,
The time has come to celebrate our learning, hard work and summer! Next week there will be no new material assigned to students. As stated last week, I will simply be doing report cards and still accepting any work that comes my way!

However, to show my gratitude and love for the wonderful year we had together, I would like to make up for a project I usually do while in school! Every year since I began teaching 15 years ago, I have given my students a “reading license.” We have always had a little reading license ceremony and families have always come to help celebrate our hard work and huge accomplishment. Learning our letters/sounds, writing names and stories and reading books is no small feat. This is something I always look forward to and feel sad that we will not have one this year. So, I will come to you πŸ™‚

Have you heard of local photographers coming to homes and taking “Porch Pictures?” I would LOVE to come to you next week and shoot a mini family photo(s) and drop off a little something from me as well as their “reading license.” No pressure! If you don’t want your pictures taken you do NOT need to sign up. I will simply just drop off your child’s license and gift on the porch during my travels next week.

I know you are all SO busy and working so please take a look at the sign up spreadsheet below and choose a date/time (just simple write your child’s name in a slot) if your child/children or whole family is available for a mini porch photo shoot! I can spend up to 30min. at each location and have left myself 10 minutes to travel to the next home. If your schedule does not fit into these dates/time frames please reach out to me via text 1(313)580-8622 or email rossm1@dearbrnschools.org and I will make different arrangements πŸ™‚ You are all very special and I am really looking forward to it! Thank you again for all the beautiful cards, flowers and gifts you left for me last week and for how you have supported our classroom/remote classroom this year. I will love and cherish my memories with your little ones always.

Have a wonderful weekend and final week!
Mrs. Ross πŸ™‚

Below is the link to the porch photo sign ups: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-fXUX3b11nYrrQmCJvC2EPGpW_Cvie5TPzZhKI4MvNo/edit#gid=0

*Below is a message from Mr. Attee about next school year. Please read and use the link to fill out the parent survey. Thank you for your help and insight.

School Reopen Committee Parent Survey June 5, 2020

The State, and our District, have begun the complicated and detailed discussion on the possible reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year. These discussions will involve experts in instruction, operations, sanitation, transportation, food service, athletics, and many other areas that are part of operating a school district. Please know that any plans developed by the Dearborn Public Schools will need to adhere to directives and Executive Orders issued by the Governor.

Your feedback is required and valued in leading these plans at the district level. Please respond to the survey by June 12, 2020. Please keep an eye out for additional parent surveys in the near future.

School Reopen Committee Parent Survey #1 :

https://forms.gle/DNx3eN8hcRpXsfSs5

For translation assistance, parents may call 313-580-2532 from Monday June 8th through Friday June 12th 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.  Thank you for your feedback and support!

Robert Attee
Principal,
DuVall Elementary School
(313)-827-2754https://duvall.dearbornschools.org/

Please stay safe and healthy during the current shutdown. Additional district contact information is located below.

General information:  313-827-3006 or communications@dearbornschools.org

Social emotional hotline – 313-827-8500 or dss@dearbornschools.org

Tech support – 313-827-8400

Human Resources & Student Services – 313-827-3068

Special Education – 313-827-7050

Week of 6-1-2020

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Dear Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful week with your family! As the weather gets warmer, it is really nice to get outside a lot and work on planting for me. I am so happy for the kiddos that it is almost summer and they can play play play all day! Here are a few important things to help you plan for this upcoming week:

*June 2nd “Desk/Personal Belongings pick up: I went into the classroom last week and packed up anything left in all the student seat sacks such as personal pencil boxes, 100th Day collections (non food related), file folder of a few cute writing samples! Our time is from 2:20pm-2:40pm. However, if you have a child in Ms. Shapas’s classroom you can pick up that bag at the same time.

*Returning Red Reading Packs: When you come to get your child’s personal belongings on June 2nd this is the perfect time to return your child’s reading pack! I thank you all so much for doing this and don’t worry, your child will remain in my Raz-Kids account all summer until next year begins. So they will have access to hundreds of books.

*Library Check Out Books: One June 2nd when you come to pick up your child’s personal items please bring back any DuVall Media books if your child still has any library books still at home.

*This week’s assignments: This week your child will only be given math and language arts assignments with a due date of Friday June 5th. Although I will not be assigning any new science, social studies and spelling activities I will continue to accept any past due assignments. Assignments are not considered late and still welcome any assignments.

-Math lessons: Eureka lessons 29-31

-LA: Dolphins and Sharks

-Writer’s Workshop: Would you rather be a dolphin or a shark?

Student Belongings Distribution and Return of School Property (Message from Mr. Atee)

DuVall Families,

As our school year winds down, we have scheduled Tuesday, June 2nd as a day to allow families to pick up personal belongings that have been left at school due to the shutdown.  During this time, we will follow the same procedure that was used during the distribution of chromebooks and math materials to allow families to get back personal items for students that were left in desks/coat racks.  Also, we will collect any music instruments, library books, safety vests, and other classroom items that were borrowed prior to the COVID 19 Shutdown.  As learning is still taking place, a future date will be shared when any chromebooks on loan will be returned.  Please hand any returned items to the staff member assisting you and  any items will then be returned to the building.

The procedure allows for parents to drive up to the bus lane on Francis Street near the preschool door (door 4) on Tuesday, June 2nd.  Parents/ Guardians must have a Driver’s ID.  A DuVall staff member will bring the parent the bagged student belongings.  Please follow the schedule of distribution for classes below so that we can have an orderly distribution of the student property  

11:00 – 11:20  Mrs. Courtright

11:20 – 11:40  Mrs. Ranka

11:40 – 12:00  Mrs. Moon

12:00 – 12:20 Ms. Cibasek

12:20 – 12:40 Mrs. Morrison

12:40 – 1:00  Mrs. Alabakoff 

1:00 – 1:20  Mrs. Burke

1:20 – 1:40 Ms. Sims

1:40 – 2:00 Mrs. Grahl  

2:00 – 2:20  Ms. Shapas

2:20 – 2:40 Mrs. Ross

2:40 – 3:00   Last call if you missed your time spot

Thank you for following the above guidelines and schedule for distribution to make this process possible as well as for the DuVall staff members who will be assisting during processing and distribution days.
Robert Attee
Principal,
DuVall Elementary School
(313)-827-2754https://duvall.dearbornschools.org/

Please stay safe and healthy during the current shutdown. Additional district contact information is located below.

General information:  313-827-3006 or communications@dearbornschools.org

Social emotional hotline – 313-827-8500 or dss@dearbornschools.org

Tech support – 313-827-8400

Human Resources & Student Services – 313-827-3068

Special Education – 313-827-7050

Cool Live Mystery Science Lesson this Thursday!

Dear Families,
Here is a message I got in my email from “Doug” that send mysteries! There will be a live one this Thursday if you are interested. I thought I’d pass it along, they are really cool! Enjoy.
-Mrs. Ross πŸ™‚

Hello there, View this week’s mini-lesson LIVE on Thursday! In case you missed it, Mystery Doug invites you to another
LIVE SCIENCE SHOW. Doug is excited to answer kids’ questions with the help of astronaut Jessica Meir, who filmed videos for us while she was in space! (Seriously!) Make this part of your lesson plans.
If you haven’t already shared this with families, forward this email to invite them. Thursday, May 21
10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern
11am Mountain / 12pm Central
mysteryscience.com/live See you on Thursday! – The Mystery Science Team

Week of 5-18-2020

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Dear Families,

This week will be a short week. Because of Memorial Day, we will be doing remote learning until Thursday and pick up again on Tuesday. We will be “off” on Friday May 22nd and Monday May 25th for a nice long weekend with our families. I would like to take this time to thank all of our family members, friends and countrymen for their service to our country.

Thank you all so much for your continued help with all of our assignments. I know it’s tough but I just wanted to remind you that I am here for you. I miss the kiddos so much and am so proud of the quality of work I am seeing. I will continue to reach out on Thursday this week if your child is missing work. If you don’t hear from me then you child has turned everything in. Of course, I will continue to give feedback for all the amazing work I receive!

I know it’s hard for us to keep our little ones sitting still for a long time. This week, Mr. Attee shared an awesome website with our staff called the “Virtual Calming Room” and it looks great! Check it out for breaks your child might need when inside the house! Enjoy and thank you Mr. Attee for sharing,

https://calmingroom.scusd.edu/

This week, I will be video taping another example of writing with our social studies assignment and “gifts from the earth.” However, if you have anything that you have been finding difficult that you’d like me to do a video taped lesson please send me an email or text with suggestions! I will do a second video that has to do with our theme of the week: Friendship!

I hope you all have a wonderful week with your precious little penguins. We are super excited because the kiddos and I moved all of our things back home this weekend yay! Mr. Ross’s floor is no longer a designated covid floor. He will have to continue to wear a mask and be very careful with all his patients, but we are feeling very positive about being back at home. I wish you all a wonderful week with your little ones and loved ones. Remember, I am just a phone call or email away if you need me.

-Mrs. Ross πŸ™‚

Friday Reminders! Let’s Recap

Dear Families,

I hope this message finds you all well! As we finish our week of remote learning here is a checklist of things due today. Remember Friday is our new due date. I send my report at the end of the day each week to Mr. Attee and don’t want to leave any precious work out! I have also included some great examples I have received this week for you to admire! I am so proud of the quality of work I have received. I can’t wait to add more as I receive them! Keep up the amazing work my darlings and have a wonderful weekend.

Let’s Recap: Due Today

LA: Helpers in the community pick 1: pick one of the independent activities!

*Math: Lessons 22-24 in math journal

*Writing Workshop: About a helper in my community

*Science: Take a walk and draw/write about an animal and how they made their home

*Social Studies: Earth drawing and sentence

*Spelling: practice pic/spelling test -of family

Student Examples:

Isla’s 3 Dimensional model of the Earth!
Andrea’s Picture of the Earth!

Week of 5-11-2020

Happy Mother's Day Wishes Images, Quotes: History, Importance and ...

Week of 5-11-2020

Dear Families,
I hope this message finds you well! I wanted to wish all of our amazing mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you are enjoying your special day with your precious babies! My day has been very simple and cozy, just the way I like it. I am really missing my school babies though, so please give them a hug for me and thank them for being so special to me. The work for the week will not post until 5:00pm today! Your work today is to be with your precious babies!

This week we will keep working hard with our remote learning. I just wanted to take a minute though to thank you all for your support and hard work week after week with your children. I know how hard it is. We put our sweat and tears into each and every little masterpiece we do and these are the moments I love and miss as a teacher. I find myself so sad that I can not be a part of the “process” of learning as well as the final moment when we step back, share and admire our ” finished products.” Your children are so special and amazing and I am in awe at the beautiful pieces I am receiving each week. The work is so special and dear to me. I wish I was doing it with them. I miss them so much. At the end of teacher appreciation week I want to make it very clear how much I appreciate you. Thank you for all you are doing to support us.

Big Blue Button update: I have decided not to use the big blue button this year. In order for us to use it, we would have to completely switch our learning platform from google classroom and use ilearn instead. I believe this would be a little too confusing and disruptive to the amazing flow of communication we have already established. However, I will still continue to call, answer, face time with anyone who needs me. I am right here. In addition, I will continue posting a few videos each week so that the kiddos can still see me and enjoy some little lessons πŸ™‚

Thank you once again for the beautiful messages, cards and well wishes last week. I am so lucky to be a part of the DuVall community and your families.

With gratitude,

Mrs. Ross πŸ™‚