Week of 9-8-2020

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Wow! That was such a great first week of school. It was SO amazing to meet your child last week and have our first online zoom meeting. Thank you all for your partnership and patience as we navigate this virtual start to the school year. It made my heart SO happy to see all the smiling and excited students I have the pleasure of working with this year. Next week, we will begin using Schoology for all our zoom meetings and communication. This weekend, I posted written and a video how to log in tutorial with information, reminders and communication in our schoology classroom. I am working on putting material into our class site, however all your child needs to do for Tuesday’s morning zoom meeting is click the link. Remember this is our last blog post on my school blog. From now on I will be blogging on our schoology site. I also sent an email with the same info on it (tutorial video and zoom link) JIC you have not subscribed to the blog.

Have a wonderful Memorial weekend!

-Mrs. Ross πŸ™‚

Here is a step by step process to get to your child’s schoology classroom:

*Written Directions to get to child’s Schoology from a DuVall DPS Chromebook:

  1. Turn on your fully charged DuVall student computer and log in using your child’s personal student ID number@dearbornschools.org
  2. Enter your child’s numerical birthday password: MMDDYYYY
  3. From the DPS “Student Portal” page click on “Schoology” button (either on the button right under student portal at the top of the page OR accessible under the Schoology title under the online learning tools.
  4. Woohoo! You are now IN your child’s Schoology program. You should see that you are now looking at the “recent activity” section of our class. This is now our new communication/iblog forum right inside the schoology site. I will be posting weekly newsletters, descriptions of our kdg lesson plans/objectives, helpful technology tutorial videos and reminders.
  5. To get to zoom meetings, click on “courses” and then click on the “zoom link” Zoom with Mrs. Ross 106! I will be waiting for you at 9:00am to start the day.

Schoology Tutorial Video: Here is a link to a video I made (with permission from Mrs. Modica to log in as if I am our friend “Samantha” to show how you and your child will find and navigate through our Schoology class each day:


*As always, please continue to email me if you have any questions or concerns as you try and get set up for schoology! I am available daily and will always get back to you within a timely matter during our school office hours. Our daily zoom meeting will begin at 9:00 am. I have created a reoccurring zoom link that will make our meetings much easier to access at the click of a link!

Here are a few reminders concerning daily attendance:

*Students are required to participate in our virtual zoom meetings daily. I will take attendance after our whole group reading and writing zoom sessions in mistar each day.

*If a child is NOT in attendance they will be marked “absent” for the day. unless the child has been called in “sick” through the school office (not teachers email).

*Sick children not attending school for the day must have a parent call the DuVall office (313)827-2520 and speak to an office staff member.

Message From Mr. Attee: Physical Education Waiver!

Dear Families below is a copy of Mr. Attee’s recent DuVall Blog post! In order for your child to participate in physical virtual activity this year we must complete the following form online. Thank you very much. If you do not belong to Mr. Attee’s DuVall blog here is the link to sign up:


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Physical Education Waivers

Robert AtteeClass News

Dear DuVall Families,

The Dearborn Public School District and our schools need your help.  In order to participate virtually in physical education this school year, parents and students will need to sign the DEARBORN PUBLIC SCHOOLS PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WAIVER/RELEASE FOR INJURY AND/OR COMMUNICABLE DISEASES INCLUDING COVID-19.  Please read and sign the waiver by Friday, September 11th by clicking on this link.  

Good Morning! Zoom Meeting :-)

Good morning room 106! I am SO excited to see you all at our first zoom meeting today!! I will click the meeting to “start” at 9:00 am and we will begin with attendance and practicing “clicking” the mute button off to say hello and then muting it again. Please have your child bring their new materials I passed out yesterday at the distribution day. We will briefly go through each one together instead of me doing a tutorial. I have some activities planned for the meeting, and we will get to as many as we can today. Each day we will meet online and work to increase our minutes and stamina as a whole group. The goal today is to get acquainted with our first zoom meeting and meet each other with our big smiles! See you soon:

Mrs. Ross πŸ™‚

Meeting: 9:00 am 9/3

First Day Self Portraits!

Dear Kdg Families,

It has been such a pleasure talking to all yesterday and I am so lucky to be working with your child and family this year. I hope your children are enjoying our little stories and I know I am loving their pictures. I wanted to post all of the pictures that I have received so far (and will continue to update as they come my way)! PLEASE let me know if I missed anyone. I am so proud of all your hard work boys and girls and thank you once again moms and dads for all your support already. Thank you in advance for your partnership and patience in these early weeks and this year. We are doing great already! I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 11:00 AM outside the preschool entrance on Frances Street!


Mrs. Ross πŸ™‚

Eleanora Self Portrait!

Day 2 Theme: Always Do Our best!

Dear Kindergarteners,

This year you are going to have such a wonderful time. Together, we are going to learn SO much! This story is about a little boy named Henry and how he is getting ready for Kindergarten. Henry discusses all of the wonderful things he knows how to do already. He also talks about the exciting things he hopes to do and learn in school. After you listen to the book, share some of the wonderful things you know how to do/hope to learn how to do in kindergarten this year. Be ready to share one of these things with Mrs. Ross when you pick up materials on Wednesday at 11:00am! I can’t wait to see you tomorrow my shiny little penguins. I also included a copy of the story from YouTube so that your child can see the story very close. Enjoy!


Mrs. Ross πŸ™‚


Thursday’s Zoom Meeting!

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Dear Kdg Families,

Below is the link to our very first zoom meeting as a whole class! We will meet each other live and I just can’t wait! I would LOVE for you to have your favorite stuffed animal from home ready to share with me and your new friends. I can’t wait until Thursday.


Mrs. Ross πŸ™‚

Margaret Ross is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Mrs. Ross Kindergarten
Time: Sep 3, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 857 6611 6088
Passcode: 582871

Week of 8-31-2020 First Day Kdg Orientation!

Dear Families,

Hooray Hooray it’s the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! I am SO excited to have your child in room 106 and want to welcome you all to DuVall Elementary School. This year your shiny new penguin and I will experience a love for our classroom family and education together. Although we are beginning virtually, I want you all to know that I am right here with a huge heart, personality and love for teaching the young child. I have just finished teaching summer school virtually and we had a blast each day working together as a team so I promise you it is not only possible, but enjoyable for the kiddos! Below I have prepared a few videos for your child and family to watch today and one little assignment. Your child will watch the read aloud and draw a picture (with your help of course!) of how they feel today on the first day of school. Of course I would LOVE to see it and share with the class. So, if you would like to show your child how you will send in a picture of their work this year snap a pic and reply to our post! They will be so excited to see they are famous! Enjoy the videos and I will share more fun activities each day at 8:55am sharp! Remember, I will be available each day from 8:45am-4:00pm. The first week of school, I will be calling each family to say hello and check in, greet your child and family and make sure that you have the materials you need. We can also troubleshoot any issues we encounter with technology! Looking forward to it.


Mrs. Ross πŸ™‚

  1. Monday’s Orientation Video: https://www.loom.com/share/c17bdb3512d54eff8abd1799b4f15680
  2. Monday’s First Day Read Aloud: https://www.loom.com/share/432198e2a16c4888b42054b941706c0e
  3. Monday’s Activity: Picture of your smiling self on first day of school! Don’t forget to share by replying to this post OR emailing the picture to rossm1@dearbornschools.org I can’t wait to see them!
  4. Mr. Attee’s Blog post about Material’s Distribution and second Chromebook distribution: https://duvall.dearbornschools.org/2020/08/30/welcome-back-some-important-information-for-the-upcoming-week/

*Tutorial About Chromebooks: Here is a video that might help give more information about navigating the Chromebooks! I hope this is helpful but please reach out if you have any issues and I will be here to help πŸ™‚

*Link below is to Dearborn Student Learning Online, Chromebook Care / Usage Handbook 2020-2021. This document is also one of the “pages” above on the blogs main page so that you can access the information all year whenever you need it!


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.


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!


Mo Hijazi
Dearborn Jaguars Boys Director of Coaching

Trevor King
Dearborn Jaguars Girls Director of Coaching

Week of 6-8-2020: Reminders!

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:


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