October 13, 2017


Hello Families!

Next Thursday, October 19th will be our second parent meeting of the school year. This meeting is MANDATORY and will take place in our classroom (#106) at Cotter. Our meeting will begin at 9am and last for about an hour. Ms. Thabet and I will be doing a short presentation at the beginning and then you and your child will be participating in several fun and interactive activities! Yay! We are looking forward to seeing everyone all together next week!


These past two weeks we launched the Read to Self portion of Daily 5 in our classroom. We are working on building our stamina for reading individually, as well as practicing the three ways to read a book; look at the pictures, retell a familiar story, and recognizing common sight words.


Have a great weekend!

~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet

September 22, 2017

Hello Families!

The first week of school flew by and we have been exploring all areas of the classroom and learning about the preschool routine. On Wednesday and Thursday children investigated the House Area and the Art Area. We talked about the many different items in each area and brainstormed some ideas for ways to use the materials. The children were then able to test out their ideas during small group time!

Here are the children hard at work in the Art and House Areas:


We also finished off the first week of Daily 5 -Listening to Reading with a dramatic reading of Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney in Arabic by Ms. Thabet!


Next week begins full days of school for the children; drop off will be 8:40am and Pick up will be 3:20pm. Please continue to talk with your child about how they will be sleeping at school, even the bravest child can become nervous and/or scared when sleeping in an unfamiliar place for the first time. Here are some ideas for things to talk about: Ms. Thabet and Mrs. Stortini will keep you safe while you’re sleeping, teachers will wake you up when nap time is over, moms and dads will pick you up at the end of the day to come home.


A few reminders for next week:

-If you have not already done so please send in a small blanket for your child to use on their cot during rest time.

-Please give yourself plenty of time to find a space in the parking lot at drop off and pick up time. Courtesy will prevent accidents!


Have a great weekend and we can’t wait to see everyone on Monday!

~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet

September 19, 2017

Hello Families!

We survived the first day of school in our classroom with no tears! Today we continued to become familiar with being away from home and began to learn the school routine.

This week are focusing on the morning portion of our schedule:


Greeting Time

Daily 5 (listen to reading)

Outside Time

Small Group

Large Group


During daily 5 time we built our stamina for Listening to Reading while reviewing Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney. The children talked about how Llama missed his mama at the beginning of the school day, but as the day went on he began to play with his friends and have fun. We also discussed how Llama’s mama came to pick him up at the end of the day just like our moms and dads will!

Later, during small group time the children explored two more areas of our classroom; the toy area and the block area. Children were able to make their choices of the materials they wanted to use from these areas, and then at the end of small group time used the pictures label on the bins to put their materials away independently.


Please enjoy these pictures from our first day of school:



A few Reminders:

~If you have not already done so please send in an extra set of clothes and a small blanket for your child for nap time.

~Drop off- 8:40am, Pick up: 11:30am


Thank you!

Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet

September 18, 2017

Hello families!


Ms. Thabet and I are so excited for the children to begin school this week!

Our first parent meeting will be Monday, September 18, 2017 at 10:30am. Please come to school with your child and plan to stay for about an hour. We will do activities all together in our classroom for 30 minutes and then children will stay in our room while parents go to the gym for an informational meeting with Mrs, Lamberti, Mrs. berry, and Officer Aaron (our school resource officer).

Beginning Tuesday the children will have half days for the rest of this week. Drop off will be at 8:40am and pick up will be at 11:30am.


It’s going to be a great week!

~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet

July 12, 2017

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve been having a good week!

Our class reunion is still on for tomorrow so let’s meet by the Splash Pad at Hemlock park at 11am.


Can’t wait to see everyone!


~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet

July 10, 2017

Hello Families!

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer vacation so far, my family just got back from a week at Camp Dearborn and we had a blast. It was my first time staying there and we will definetly be going back again! Ms. Thabet and I want to see everyone’s faces and hear all about the adventures you have been having this summer, let’s meet up at Hemlock park for a class reunion!


Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet’s Class Reunion

Hemlock Park

Thursday, July 13th



I’ll post later in the week to let you know where to meet us at the park, comment below to let us know if you can come!


~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet



June 6, 2017


Hello Families!


Tomorrow is FIELD DAY! Yay! This year our theme is “Mother Goose Olympics.” The children will be participating in 8 different games all themed to nursery rhymes such as; Humpty Dumpty, Jack Be Nimble, One Two Buckle My Shoe, and Jack and Jill! Please make sure to dress your child for the weather as we will be outside for a large part of the morning. GYM SHOES ONLY PLEASE!

Have a great evening!

~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet


June 5, 2017



Hello Families!

Our third annual Trike-A-Thon was held at Cotter last Thursday morning. With summer vacation quickly approaching children will be outside playing so we took this opportunity to discuss bike safety. The children participated in four lessons through out the week; 1. Always wear your helmet, 2. Watch out for driveways, 3. Never ride in the street, 4. Look where you’re going.

At the end of the week children were able to practice what they learned by riding tricycles in the circle drive of our school! When our turn was over we celebrated with popsicles and stayed to cheer on other classes in our school! It was a fun morning and the weather was beautiful. Please enjoy these pictures form the trike-a-thon!



Can’t wait to see everyone at our end of year celebration on Thursday at 1:30pm in our classroom!


Have a great day!

~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet

May 31, 2017

Hello Families!

For the last 6 weeks our class has been participating in a nutrition program sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Each week the children followed our broccoli super hero Regie Rainbow on his adventures through islands of different colors. At each island we tried different fruits and vegetables to earn our “power stripes”  and participated in exercises to make our bodies strong. The program culminated this week with a visit from Regie himself!

Regie came to our school to read the children a story and talk about making healthy choices for food and exercise. Regie even had time to join us for a bit during work time!

If you are interested in learning more about the Regie Rainbow program please check out the link posted below:

Regie’s Rainbow Adventure

If your children would like to see Regie again he will be at the Allen Park Meijer store this Saturday! Make sure to check it out!



Have a great day!

~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet



March 22, 2017

Hello Families!


It’s home visit week, yay! Ms. Thabet and I are so excited to visit with everyone and talk about the growth your child has made during the school year. We will also be discussing strategies to utilize over the summer with your child in preparation for Kindergarten. Appointment time reminders went home Thursday afternoon, if you are unsure of your time please check your child’s folder for the note or email me at stortij@dearbornschools.org.

Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend and we will see everyone back at school on Tuesday, May 30th!



~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet