NWEA Testing

Greetings from Ms. Sandakli

This document will help you prepare your child to take the MAP Growth test. Please be available at the following times to support your child’s testing: 

Week of September 28, from 10:30-11:30 am
What is MAP Growth?

MAP Growth helps teachers understand what students know today, so goals can be set to improve growth throughout the year. Students cannot pass or fail this test.

This test will not affect grades. In fact, it’s normal for students to only answer about half the questions correctly. Please don’t help them!

Given the challenges of learning from home, MAP Growth test results are especially helpful for us this year. These results will help us know what students are ready to learn.

Test Preparation

Prior to Test Day

  1. Make sure your device has an internet connection 
  2. Disable pop-up blocking on your internet browser
  3. Make sure your device meets testing requirements using the Workstation Diagnostic Tool
  4. Watch the MAP Growth introduction video 
  5. Practice the test at practice.mapnwea.org
    (Username: grow, Password: grow) 

On Test Day

  1. Minimize distractions for your child as much as possible
  2. Provide a quiet testing environment 
  3. Allow the teacher/proctor to open the session first
  4. Log in at test.mapnwea.org
  5. Make sure you have a way to communicate with the teacher/proctor during the test
  6. Follow any additional instructions from the teacher/proctor

أعزاءنا أولياء الأمور الكرام،

سيساعدك هذا الدليل على كيفية إعداد طفلك لأخذ اختبارات MAP Growth – الرجاء الاستعداد في الأوقات التالية لمساعدة طفلك لبدء الاختبار:

Week of September 28, from 10:30-11:30 am
ما هي اختباراتMAP Growth ؟ 
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نظرًا لتحديات التعلم من المنزل، فإن نتائج اختبارات MAP Growth مفيدة بشكل خاص لنا هذا العام. ستساعدنا هذه النتائج في معرفة مستوي كل طالب وما هو على استعداد لتعلمه.
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لن يؤثر نتيجة هذا الاختبار على درجات الطالب في المواد الدراسية. في الواقع، من الطبيعي أن يجيب الطلاب على حوالي نصف الأسئلة فقط بشكل صحيح.  من فضلك لا تقدم المساعدة اثناء الاختبار!

تساعد اختبارات MAP Growth المعلمين على فهم وتحديد ما يعرفه الطلاب في وقت اخذ الاختبار في مادتي الرياضيات واللغة الإنجليزية. وبالتالي يمكن تحديد الأهداف التحسين النمو لكل طالب على مدار العام.  اختبارات MAP Growth ليست اختبارات نجاح أو رسوب.
الاستعداد للاختبار
يوم الاختبارقلل من مصادر الإلهاء لطفلك قدر الإمكانوفر بيئة اختبار هادئةانتظر حتى تتلقي اسم جلسة الاختبارSession ID و كلمة السر  Session Password من المعلم او المراقب أولاًقم بتسجيل الدخول في رابط الاختبار test.mapnwea.org تأكد من وجود طريقة للتواصل مع المعلم او المراقب اثناء الاختبار اتبع أي تعليمات إضافية من المعلم او مراقب الاختبارقبل يوم الاختبارتأكد من اتصال جهازك بالإنترنتقم بتعطيل النوافذ المنبثقة Pop-ups في متصفح الإنترنت تأكد من أن جهازك يتوافق مع متطلبات الاختبار باستخدام هذا الرابط Workstation Diagnostic Toolشاهد فيديو مقدمة عن اختبارات MAP Growth تدرب على الاختبار من خلال هذا الرابط practice.mapnwea.org
Username: grow – Password: grow

Introduction Letter: Principal Mohammad Abdelfattah

Dear Parents/Guardians of Snow Elementary,

It is with great pleasure and an honor to serve you as the new principal of Snow Elementary School beginning October 1st of this year. I look forward to meeting all of you and working alongside the community.  I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich legacy of success and so many points of pride. I have dedicated my career to the students of Dearborn for the last 16 years. I started my career as an elementary classroom teacher then moved on to an elementary resource teacher/instructional coach at Salina intermediate. I then moved on to be a middle school bilingual resource teacher and have spent the last four years as Assistant principal at Woodworth Middle School. I am eager to dedicate my skills to the Snow community. 

As all of us embark on the upcoming school year we do so for the first time with high levels of uncertainty due to the current international crisis we all know as Covid-19. This has affected all of us in so many ways. Our students and community as a whole have had to encounter many hardships as a result. However, this will not deter our mission to make this school year the best one ever. I plan on working with parents, teachers, students and the entire Snow community to ensure that our students are safe and learning at high levels. Together we will continue to provide experiences that are rigorous, relevant and with relationships based on trust to prepare them for their future endeavors. As your new principal it is important to me to greet everyone who enters the school with the utmost respect. I have an open door policy and value every stakeholder’s opinion. Please feel free to contact me to discuss any concerns you may have or any points of pride you would like to share. 

I look forward to our work together in the years to come and establishing a team committed to the Snow community. Please stay safe and have a great school year.


Mohammad Abdelfattah

Snow Elementary Principal

DRA and iReady Testing


Hello Parents.

We will be testing (DRA and iReady) 3 students at a time (practicing social  distancing). Please choose the time/date your child can come in (THE LINK ABOVE). Write the name of your child in the comment section of an available slot.

You will be dropping your child off at the main entrance (door 10) and sign a waiver form for COVID screening. Your child will meet their teacher in the lobby. Please have your child go to the building with their chromebook and a pair of headphones.

Please stick to your scheduled time to keep everyone on track. Also, make  sure your child is wearing a mask. If you have any concerns, please email  me at sandakl@dearbornschools.org.

Thank You.

Zoom Meeting Tomorrow Morning

Hello 3rd grade parents and students!

We will have our first Zoom meeting tomorrow (Thursday, September 3rd) at 9:00 a.m.  The meeting should be less than an hour long. If you’re okay with using Schoology, the link is already up. Or, use the link to join the Zoom meeting that is listed below:

Lana Sandakli is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Sandakli’s Zoom
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 878 3202 1129
Passcode: 9FHYns

Students should know their Username to log on:  (student number)@dearbornschools.org.  Passwords are the same as last year.  If your child is new to Dearborn schools, their password is their birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY).

Welcome to 3rd Grade!

Happy first day of the 2020/2021 school year. I hope everyone has a restful and joyous summer! My name is Ms. Sandakli and I want to say that I am so happy to be your child’s teacher! I have been looking forward to meeting everyone all summer. We are going to have an AWESOME year in 3rd grade together, I promise!

I’m sure everyone has many questions, as so do I, but I don’t want to inform you that this is what many families are experiencing. I am committed to work diligently to make this school year the most successful all year long.

Today is the first day of school, and you’re probably all wondering what your child is expected to do. We will be having a ‘soft start’ with the first week being half-days (Monday August 31 – Thursday September 3, from 8:55-12:00). I will be spending the first week making phone calls to get to virtually meet my students and their families, distributing student materials, becoming familiar with Schoology and Zoom, and connecting with my students.

What is Schoology?

Schoology is the source that the district will be using as our virtual classes. To check out parent resources for Schoology click on this link: Schoology Resources. I will also try my best to help students and parents navigate the new platform as the week goes by. Attached is a step-by-step guide on how students login.

  • Please take the time this week to get yourself and your child familiar to the Schoology platform. Teachers are still under training and trying to know their way around the platform as well. We thank you for your patience!

Meet and Greet / Supply Distribution Times

Below is an attachment for the Meet and greet/distribution pickup scheduled for Wednesday September 2nd. For everyone’s safety, we ask that you and your child wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines (6ft). Tables will be set up on Houston St. (back side of school)

I feel so blessed to be a part of this 3rd grade group! Your involvement and enthusiasm will help make this a wonderful year of growth for us all!

Welcome Back to School

Welcome Back!

Greetings Snow Community,

I would like to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year.  Although this is an extraordinary start, I am optimistic that together we will make this a great and successful school year!  I will work to get Snow off to a positive start before I transition to the Human Resources Department in October when the new principal will take over.

In this letter, I will attempt to answer some questions that I have received thus far.  I will continue to communicate information as I receive it on the school blog.  It is imperative that all Snow families subscribe to the school blog for fast and accurate information as things may change throughout the school year. I urge all families to stay connected! https://snow.dearbornschools.org/.  


If your child is still not registered, please be sure to get registered immediately.  Here is the district link to registering.     https://dearbornschools.org/services/enroll/  Please contact the Snow school office if you have any questions at 313-827-6250.

For students who opted-in for the Virtual Learning Program (VLP), please remember that this is separate from Snow but will be facilitated by highly qualified Dearborn Teachers.     

School Year Calendar

Below is the link to the 2020-2021 school year calendar.  The first week of the school has been amended to all half days to provide teachers with additional planning and collaborative time.  https://dearbornschools.org/services/district-calendars/


Start and end times have been amended for remote learning.  The new times for remote learning are 8:55am-3:50pm and from 8:55am-12:00 pm on half days.  Students are expected to be online where they will be live with their classroom teacher at 8:55 am daily. Please communicate with your child’s teacher regarding potential absences.

Student Placement & Orientation

To ensure social distancing, we will not be posting student rosters on school doors as in the past.  Instead, you will receive a welcome email from your child’s teacher on Friday, August 28th.  It is essential that your email is accurate in ParentConnect to receive important communications.  If you need to update your email, Login to ParentConnect and change it under the ‘My Account’ option.  If you cannot login to ParentConnect, please contact Snow school and we will update this for you.

The Snow team has worked extremely hard to create well-balanced student rosters while taking into consideration the needs of all students as a whole and individually.  If you would like to share specific information about your child’s needs, please contact their teacher.  Our dedicated teachers are accommodating and understand that this is a difficult time for all of our families.  Please stay tuned for more information (including date/time) regarding orientations as it will look different this year.  

Remote Start Learning

As you may know, we are starting this year with 100% online learning until at least the week of October 1st. At this time, the Covid situation will be reassessed by the district.  Traditional grading will be implemented.

  • Chromebook distribution and supply distribution will happen the first week of school.  Details will be posted on the school blog.
  • Platforms: Schoology and Zoom, more information will be shared when available
  • Online Hours: full days 8:55 am-3:50 pm

half days 8:55 am-12:00 pm

  • Schedule: a consistent & structured schedule will be shared during the first week of school. The schedule will include live instruction/breaks/learning labs & independent work times embedded in the school day.
  • Learning Labs: will be virtual and/or optional in-person support, both 1-1 & small groups beginning 9/21/20, stay tuned for more information regarding logistics and protocols 

Important Reminders & Dates

  • Subscribe to the Snow blog! https://snow.dearbornschools.org/
  • We highly recommend that each student have a device to utilize for online learning.  Please assess whether or not you are in need of borrowing a school device. We will announce a distribution date soon.
  • Week 1 (8/31-9/3): all half days from 8:55am-12:00pm, it will be a soft start with the first week.
  • Please establish routines with your child that include consistent bedtime and morning practices and inform them that they will need to be online daily at 8:55am for live instruction with their teacher.  I also encourage you to identify/create quiet spaces/work stations for your child(ren) to support online learning.

Remember, this is a global pandemic and an unprecedented time.  We will work to support all students. Together, with patience, communication and collaboration, we will get through this!

Thank you,  

Amal Alcodray


Return to School Plan

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 K-12 will take classes online at least until October 1.  At this time the board will reevaluate conditions 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/children in this program are highly encouraged to visit Snow Elementary School on the Culver side on Friday, August 14 from 9am-2pm. School administration and staff will be on hand for enrollment/questions. (This will take place outside with social distancing and masks will be enforced).  If you have children at different grade levels and buildings, you do not need to attend meetings at multiple schools.  Opt-in forms will be available and parents can opt-in all their children at one location.

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. 

Thank you.