A Message From Mr. 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.

Sincerely,

Mohammad Abdelfattah

Snow Elementary Principal

All Hands On Deck! September 21-25 Week 4

We did a lot of testing for DRA reading levels last week! We have more testing to do in the next 2 weeks! This week I will be calling students into class (three at a time), to do the NWEA reading assessment on the computer. It is required by the state and students usually take it 3 times a year. The NWEA math test will be given next week, after we complete the reading test. I am choosing to call the children into school to monitor them. The older students are doing the test virtually. Please sign up below for this week. If you have a school chrome book, please have your child bring it with them to the test session.

Sign Up Here For September 21-25 Testing With Mrs. Slater

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4ba9ae2eabfe3-nwea

I-Ready Diagnostic test

Last week, I started all of the children on the I-Ready diagnostic test to get them ready for individualized lessons to begin this week. I sent home a letter detailing how to log into I-ready and asked all of the parents to help in completing this diagnostic test at home. Ten students completed the test so far and they are ready to begin their lessons on Wednesday. If your child has not done so, please take time to let them finish this diagnostic before Wednesday. Do a little bit each day, and no helping them please!

Epic Books

Over 500 books have been read on Epic books by my students since we began school! This has totaled over 54 hours of reading! I am so proud of my students! Remember, if you want to read into the evening (after 4:00pm) on Epic books you need to respond to the email invite that I sent to you. This will allow you to read a selection of books for free in the evening. Epic books is usually only free during school hours.

Special Classes

Remember to visit the special class assigned to you each day. You will find the lessons on Schoology. If you are having problems viewing the lessons, feel free to email the special class teacher. You can find their email addresses on the Snow School main website, or email me and I will forward it to them.

Schoology

Please go to Schoology to find the plans for the week and any discussion questions to answer. We are all still learning how to submit answers, so always check to see if there are any assignments in the margin posted for you. I am still learning how to grade and put content onto the platform. You will notice, I put the benchmark materials into a black folder. Soon, I will be assigning leveled books and worksheets from our new reading and math programs for the children to complete.

Get ready for a brand new week of learning for us all!

Smooth Sailing Ahead!

Welcome back to a full week of learning! Everyone is getting used to the virtual zoom lessons. They seem to get better each day! I look forward to seeing my students this week in person during the learning lab times. We will wear masks and socially distance with only 1-3 children with me at a time. I will be DRA testing to determine their reading levels and give them some new books for their bookbags at their levels. Please sign up on the link in my blog for a time and day that is good for you. Only 10 families have signed up at this time. If you are not comfortable with bringing your child into school, please email or call me, and we will work out a plan. The sign up link is below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F4BA9AE2EABFE3-drareading

I hope to get them started on their chrome books with the I-ready diagnostic test. Please do NOT begin this at home. I will start them off and if the children need more time, I will send a note home with directions for them to finish it at home. When at home, please do not help them with the test. The test will determine for each student the lessons that they will need to grow in their learning. If you help them, their lessons will be too hard, and they will get frustrated. The diagnostic test is a tool that places each student on an individualized path of learning.

Schedule for this week

First Grade Plan for Sept. 14-18

Schoology

I am now posting some practice assignments and discussion questions in the ELA-reading folders on Schoology. I am still just learning so please be patient with me. Try to submit your answers and I am learning how to grade them. I also posted the math assignments in the Math folder, but there is nothing to submit, just keep your work in the workbooks. The schedule can be downloaded and printed if you would like a copy. Visit Schoology each day and check the folder to see what to do. Also use Schoology each day to visit your Special Classroom teachers courses. They will be posting their assignments too. Miss Al Saad’s lesson is in my Wednesday assignment folder on ELA Schoology because she was having some problems with the posting site. Below you will find the directions on how to find Schoology.

Epic Books

Great reading this week! Our class has read over 250 books since we began school, with over 27 hours of reading time! There are still 4 students who have not read any books! Please read daily for at least 15 minutes. Yousef is our top reader with 60 books read. Adam and Isaac are tied in second place with 33 books read. Great job! Keep on reading!

In School Reading Assessments

In School Reading Assessment Sign Up

Please use the link below to sign your child up for in school reading assessments with Mrs. Slater next week at a time that is good for you. Once you have selected your time slot, please type your child’s name in the comment box next to the time and date that you have selected. Please bring your school chrome book with you, if you have one, otherwise, you are welcome to send them with their personal one. If you are not comfortable with that, we will provide a chrome book for them to use. After I determine their reading level with the DRA test, I will be starting the I-Ready diagnostic test with them. If they do not complete the test, I will be sending home the directions for them to finish at home. Also, have the children bring their book bags with them. I will try to give them some new books to read at their reading level. These assessments will allow me to group the children for learning labs which will begin on September 21. Please come into school with your child and sign them in, but you will not be able to wait in school for them. Each session is 50 minutes. We will be social distancing in the classroom with only 2-3 students with Mrs. Slater at a time. If you are not comfortable or not able to bring your child in, please email or call Mrs. Slater to make other arrangements. Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F4BA9AE2EABFE3-drareading

Ahoy Sailors!

Welcome back to our virtual learning voyage! Last week we practiced our zoom lessons with moments of rough seas! Meeting all of my families on supply distribution day was the highlight of my week. It was so nice to meet all of you. Thank you for your support!

Schedule for September 8-11

The schedule below is my plan for the week. Our morning zoom begins at 9:00am and will end at 11:45am. Lunch is from 11:45am-12:25pm. We will continue our zoom (same meeting link) at 12:25pm-1:00pm. The afternoon will then be independently done by the students.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://dearbornschools-org.zoom.us/j/81648640465?pwd=UXowY3Nwd2ZEaGtEeHB1R1VNeDZoQT09

Meeting ID: 816 4864 0465
Passcode: read

I have posted Special Classes found on Schoology and independent work for this week.

We will be contacting each family to make individual student appointments to come into school, if you feel comfortable with it, for assessment purposes. The student will be assigned a time to be dropped off at school in the afternoon. They will come in with a mask and be assessed in reading (DRA) and they will take the I-Ready diagnostic on the computer. This should take about 1 hour.

Mrs. Slater’s Lesson Plan September 8-11

EPIC BOOKS

The Epic book code was given to all of my students and I encourage them all to use it regularly. I am able to see the student activity and a log of their reading times and choices of books! Soon, I will be assigning books to correspond with our Social Studies and Science lessons.

Epic School: Students use Epic school during the school, 7am-4pm local time, M-F. During school hours students can log into Epic School from school or home with our class code, and read between 7am -4pm.

Epic Free: Students use after school, after 4pm local time, students can access a selection of books on Epic Free for up to 2 hours/week when parents sign up with an email address. I will be sending you an email invitation. If you would like to use this site after school hours, respond to the invitation using the same email address that I send the invite to.

The class code is the same. The link to this site is https://www.getepic.com/ and the class code is iae0266.

Adam has already read 4 books with a total of 50 minutes reading! Great job Adam!

Please view the following slide show presentation to introduce you to our support staff at Snow School.

Zearn

Students need visit the Zearn website each day to practice the lessons from class. https://www.zearn.org/ is the link. I gave every child a user name and password during our supply distribution day. 15 minutes a day is the minimum time for this activity.

Elyas is already on Module 1 Lesson 3! Great work Elyas!

Closing comments

I have planned a lot this week! We need to build stamina to complete it all. I will adjust the schedule as needed. I am still learning Schoology. I have posted a few things in ELA and Math, just to test it out. Give it a try! Our Art and Gym teachers have also posted some items tp try. Please look at the schedule for daily activities. I am hoping for smooth sailing this week as we continue our voyage into first grade!

Welcome Back 2020-2021

Welcome back! Greetings Snow School Families! I hope you and your family are doing well and you are safe! Although the beginning of this school year will be different than any in the past. All of us at Snow School are anxious to welcome you back to school! Our first week of school is all half days for students.

On Monday, August 31, 2020, I will be contacting all of my students and their families to welcome them and let them know that they are in my class, and hopefully it will give me a chance to speak to each child personally. I will do this by phone and/or email. There are no assignments or meeting scheduled for this day. You may want to take time to watch the orientation below with your child.

I will be using this blog to communicate with you until I learn the program Schoology, which is the new platform that our district has adopted. Please sign up for my blog!

Please download and preview the following slide show presentation:

First Zoom Welcome meetings

Cynthia Slater is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 and Wednesday, September 2, 2020. All students will join the meeting at 8:55 am. To join just click the link below and wait for Mrs. Slater to let you in! Parents, you can assist your child to be sure that their camera is on upon entering the meeting room. We will review the mute and unmute buttons. I will go over some of the virtual meeting rules. I anticipate that our meeting will be about 30-45 minutes long on these 2 days. If you do not have a computer or have difficulties joining this meeting, please email or call me. Chrome books sign out will be available during our Thursday supply distribution day if you need one. Cell phone is 313-460-3769. I will be taking attendance each day during this meeting. Please be patient, this is my first time zooming with 25 students too!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://dearbornschools-org.zoom.us/j/81648640465?pwd=UXowY3Nwd2ZEaGtEeHB1R1VNeDZoQT09

Meeting ID: 816 4864 0465
Passcode: read

BOOK AND SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION

This Thursday, September 3, 2020, I will be at school to meet your child and give them a bag of text books and supplies that will be needed for our virtual classes and learning labs. I will be there from 8:55am until 12:00pm. My table will be set up by the Kindergarten doors and playground on the Culver side of the building. Please follow the social distancing and mask rules. The hardest rule for me to follow is the no hugging my students rule! Since I will be meeting with all of my students in person, there will be no virtual meetings or assignments on this day.

Get ready for a great learning voyage: FIRST GRADE!

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 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.

Summer Learning

Dear Parent/Guardian,

       According to Johns Hopkins University, the effects of summer learning loss can result in nearly a three-month loss in grade-level equivalency in math and a two-month loss in grade-level equivalency in reading. 

 As a result of the school shut down, estimates suggest students will return in the fall 2020 with roughly 70% of the learning gains in reading relative to a typical school year.  However in mathematics, students are likely to show much smaller learning gains and in some grades, nearly a full year behind what we would observe in normal conditions. In order to close the summer learning loss gap in reading and math, students should be reading on a daily basis and or completing math activities. Below are recommended reading list/activities. 

Thank you so much for supporting your child’s development through summer learning.

أولياء الأمور و الأوصياء الأعزاء:

بناءً على دراسة لجامعة جون هوبكنز إن  الانقطاع عن الدراسة خلال الصيف  قد يسفر عن تراجع الطالب بما يعادل فترة زمنية قد تصل إلى الثلاثة  أشهر تقريبا من فترة الدراسة العادية في مادة الرياضيات، و الشهرين في مادة القراءة. تشير التوقعات أنه نتيجة لإغلاق المدارس سيعود الطلاب إلى المدارس في خريف  العام الدراسي ٢٠٢٠  بنسبة ٧٠ % فقط مهارات القراءة مقارنة بالمستوى الذين قد يصلون إليه خلال السنة الدراسية النموذجية / الإعتيادية. بينما من المرجح أن يظهر الطلاب نسبة تطور أقل في مهارات الرياضيات وفي  بعض الصفوف ما يقارب من تأخر سنة دراسية كاملة عما نشهده في الأحوال الدراسية العادية.   التخلص من هذه الفجوة التعليمية التي من الممكن أن تنشأ عن حلول فصل الصيف في القراءة والرياضيات، يتوقع من الطلاب إكمال واجبات بيتية صيفية  قبل عودتهم إلى المدرسة العام القادم.

 شكراً لكم على دعمكم ومساندتكم لأبنائكم في إكمال  الواجبات الصيفية .

Snow Suggested Summer Work by Grade:

(Please follow the grade your child was in for 19-20 school year)

Young FivesRead a book (or listen to a book) 15 mins every day Writing: Practice letter formation for both upper and lowercase letters Practice first and last name Count to 100 (by 1’s and 10’s) Play a math game once a week
KindergarteniReady: 30 minutes per week (optional) Writing: 1-2 sentences three times a week in a journal Zearn: 30 minutes once a week (optional) Read a book for 15 minutes three times a week (or more!) Play a math game three times a week
1st gradeiReady: 60 min per week Zearn: 60 min per week Read a book- 15 min per day
2nd gradeiReady: 60 min per week Zearn: 60 min per week Read a book- 15 min per day

3rd gradeiReady: 60 minutes per week Zearn: 60 min per week Read: 20 min per day

4th gradeiReady – 60 minutes per week Zearn – 60 minutes per week Read – 20 minutes per day
Ava has begun her journey into summer!

Last Day Farewell

Dear Snow Families,

On behalf of the Snow Team, we would like to wish every Snow family a safe and relaxing summer break.  We are so proud of how the whole Snow community came together during this difficult period to support our students. Each child is precious to us and we miss them dearly. 

To help our students continue to make progress throughout the summer break, we will be posting suggested summer work. 

Thursday, June 11 is the last half day of school for students. The Snow staff would like to say goodbye to students for the summer. They will be standing along Culver Street at 11:00 am on June 11.  Staff will be waving goodbye and sending their best wishes to all Snow students.  We are asking any family that chooses to participate, to drive south down Culver at this time and wave to the staff and honk their horns! 

As we receive information regarding the 2020-2021 school year, we will be sure to communicate through the district website and our Snow School blog.  Have a wonderful break!

The Snow Team Thanks you,

Amal Alcodray
Principal Snow School

Violet is ready to explore!
Rebeca has found her adventure in her giraffe book!
Max can’t wait for his second grade adventure to begin!
Layal is proud of her First Grade accomplishments!
Faisal has wheels for his new adventure!
Mazen wanted to share his poster!

I will see you all there!

Mrs. Slater

We’ve anchored down another year! Enjoy your summer!

We made it through our First Grade Adventure! It was a short but wonderful year full of surprises and excitement! I enjoyed working with all of my students and their families. I wish you all the best!

Have a great summer break!

SNOW SUMMER CHALLENGE!!

Dear Snow Families,

According to Johns Hopkins University, the effects of summer learning loss (summer slide) can result in nearly a three-month loss in grade-level equivalency in math and a two-month loss in reading.  

Your child had a great school year and has learned so much!  We do not want the summer slide to occur as we want your child to start off strong next year!  Reading and math skills can be practiced on iREADY and Zearn.

THE SNOW SUMMER CHALLENGE-  1 hour on I-Ready per week and 1 hour on Zearn per week.  This is a school recommendation, not an assignment from me. I will not be monitoring this during the summer. Please continue to encourage your child to read, write and practice their math skills this summer!

Survey about school reopening in the Fall
Please take time to complete the following survey about reopening school in the Fall. For translation assistance, parents may call 313-580-2532 Monday June 8th through Friday June 12th 8:30a.m. through 4:30p.m.    
School Re Open Committee Parent Survey #1 https://forms.gle/DNx3eN8hcRpXsfSs5

Reading Achievements: Our class has read a total of 2281 books on Epic. My students have read for over 226 hours since we began using this site on March 25th. (This does not include the 208 educational videos watched). Our top reader is Violet, with a total of 256 books read. In second place is Adam with 250 books read. Third place is Rebeca with 215 books read and Fourth place is Gretchen with 208 books read. Keep on reading! Epic books will be available in full until June 30th. After that they will be limiting students to 2 hours a week free on limited books and no videos. Visit the library. Be sure to keep reading!

Report Cards: I will be working on report cards this week. They will be available for you to get on line through Parent Connect and a copy of it will be mailed to you by the end of this week.

Student Belongings: If you were not able to pick up your child’s desk belongings last week, please call the office to make an appointment. The engineers will bring your bag of “stuff” out to your car at your scheduled time. You can also email or call/text me too. We will do our best to make sure all of our student’s treasures are distributed by the last day of school on Thursday.

Photos of students who have begun their summer adventures! Send me a photo with your safari hat and giraffe (in your bag of “stuff”) and I will post it during the week. Then I know that you received it.

Hussam is ready with his adventure gear!
Noah is ready to explore!
Natalie is excited to see what second grade will be like!
Adalynn is ready for the next adventure!
Dominic is ready for a summer adventure!
Adam is reading about his next adventure!
Gretchen is ready for her new adventures!

I hope all of my families will have an enjoyable and safe summer break. I hope your voyage in First Grade was as exciting as mine! We can all can use this summer to recharge and get ready for our next voyage in the fall!

Your captain,

Mrs. Slater