December 2

December 2, 2022

Picture Day is Tuesday December, 6th!

When? ⏰

Picture day for Preschool classrooms will be Tuesday, December 6th. (This is picture retake day for the rest of the school, older children already took their school pictures earlier in the year when we were on our field trip) We will be taking our pictures in the morning, so have your child wear their picture day outfit to school. Please remember we will still be going outside to play in the morning and the afternoon, so make sure your child has comfortable shoes to wear on the playground.

How do I pay? 💵

Online

The easiest way to pay is online through the mylifetouch.com website. You can choose your package, background, and pay online using a credit card ahead of time! Then on picture day you do not need to send in any money or envelopes.

website: mylifetouch.com

Picture Day ID: EVTSB7K97

Check

Write a check payable to LIFETOUCH for the EXACT AMOUNT and send it to school with your child in the picture day envelope. Please make sure to write your child’s name and mark which package you are purchasing on the envelope.

Cash

If you are paying with cash please send EXACT CHANGE to school in the sealed picture day envelope. The office, photographers, and I WILL NOT be able to make change at school. Please make sure to write your child’s name and mark which package you are purchasing on the envelope.

Late Start-Wednesday, December 7th

Our next Late Start day will be Wednesday, December 7th. Drop off will be 9:35am at Door #5 and Pick up will be 3:20pm at Door #5.

taking a photo

A Look Into Our Classroom…

A Look Ahead…

Monday 12/5Tuesday 12/6Wednesday 12/7Thursday 12/8Friday 12/9
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
PICTURE DAY!📷

Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
LATE START!!

Drop off- 9:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
No School for Prek on Fridays

November 11

November 11, 2022

Parent-Teacher Conferences: How to Increase Productivity and Attendance -  Really Good Teachers™ Blog and Forum | A Really Good Stuff® Community

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you to everyone who has joined us for Parent Teacher Conferences so far! It has been lovely being able to sit down and talk about all of the hard work your child is doing in the classroom during the school day. I am so proud of all of the growth I have seen in the last 5 weeks of school! Our final evening of conferences will be Wednesday, November 16th from 3:30-7:00pm.

DateChild NameConference Time
11/16/22Mariam Al-Futini3:30pm
11/16/22Eyad Alsaidy4:40pm
11/16/22Eman Qayed-Alhamati5:30pm
11/16/22Rawan Almuraisi6:15pm
14 best snowsuits to keep babies and kids warm this winter

Winter Clothes

It’s warm outside right now, but winter weather will be here before we know it! Please make sure your child has a winter coat, hat, snow mittens, snow pants, and snow boots to wear for outside time. We go outside two times everyday even if it is snowing as long as the temperature is 19 degrees or warmer. If you would like to keep your child’s snow pants at school you can send them in and I will put them in their locker until we need them.

Winter Coat

London Fog Boys 2T-4T Colorblock Puffer Jacket with Fleece Hat – S&D Kids

Winter Hat

Women Winter Hat Thermal Windproof Hat Ribbed Knit Chunky Lined Beanie Hats  - Walmart.com

Snow MIttens

Snow pants

Toddler Snow Bib - Cat & Jack™ Navy Blue 7 : Target

Snow Boots

Amazon.com | Northside Frosty Winter Boot (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid),Black/Charcoal,Size  5 Medium US Toddler | Snow Boots

A Look into Our Classroom…

we can do it ourselves! We’ve been talking a lot about how our classroom is like our house and we need to work together as a family to make sure it is a safe and fun place for everyone to learn. This week we had “company” coming over after school for conferences so we worked together to clean the classroom to make it shine!

During Small Group we read a story called “Good night, Gorilla” where Mr. Joe the zoo keeper uses a flash light to check on all the zoo animals before he goes to bed. Afterwards we turned off the classroom lights and used flashlights to practice writing and tracing letters with lights.

School Calendar - Orca K-8 School

A Look Ahead

Monday 11/14Tuesday 11/15Wednesday 11/16Thursday 11/17Friday 11/18
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
No School for Prek on Fridays
Monday 11/21Tuesday 11/22Wednesday 11/23Thursday 11/24Friday 11/25
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
No School
Happy Thanksgiving!

thankful for you
No School
Happy Thanksgiving!

thankful for you
No School
Happy Thanksgiving!

thankful for you
October 31

October 31, 2022

Trunk or Treat!

The playground was too wet to play on this morning so we went for an umbrella walk to explore the 4th/5th grade playground and the track. We saw an entire flock of geese stop to rest and eat before flying south for the winter!

The rain stopped just in time and the children had a fabulous time Trunk or Treating in front of the school. Sending a huge thank you to the PTA for organizing this event for the whole school. 😁

October 28

October 28, 2022

Environmental Interpretive Center | University of Michigan-Dearborn

Field Trip Fun!

Our first field trip of the school year was a success! Thank you so much to all the parents who came and explored the walking trails with us.

Set-up for Trunk or Treat — Community Lutheran Church

PTA Trunk or Treat- October 31st

Henry Ford Elementary PTA will be holding a Trunk or Treat event in the school parking lot for all students during the school day on Monday, October 31st. Only parents who signed up to sponsor a treat car will be allowed to attend. I Promise I will take pictures for everyone!

Children can choose to wear a costume or orange/black clothing to school on October 31st, and will walk from car to car in the parking lot with their teachers to collect treats and goodies to bring home. Children are not required to wear a costume, if you are not comfortable with this event you may choose to have your child not participate.

All treats the children eat will be put in the backpacks to be opened at home, I let all the children know we will not be eating any of the candy/treats during the school day.

If your child would like to wear a costume to school please make sure that…

  • They wear it to school in the morning, we will not have time to change before the event begins.
  • They can take it off to use the bathroom by themselves. (Teachers cannot go into the bathroom stall with children to help)
  • No masks
  • No weapons
School Calendar - Orca K-8 School

A Look Ahead…

Monday 10/31Tuesday 11/1Wednesday 11/3Thursday 11/4Friday 11/5
Trunk or Treat!
Wear your costume to school if you want

Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
No School for Prek on Fridays
Monday 11/ 7Tuesday 11/8Wednesday 11/9Thursday 11/10Friday 11/11
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
No School!
Election day

Don’t forget to vote!
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #5
No School!
Parent Teacher Conferences all day by appointment
No School for Prek on Fridays
October 21

October 21, 2022

Welcome to our class blog!

This is where I will share class information, important dates, and photos of what we are working on in our classroom. I try to post two times a month, but it might be more or less depending on school vacations, etc.

Children and Colds - HealthyChildren.org

Colds, Allergies, and Attendance

October is here and with it comes colder weather, colds, and allergies! There has been a lot of runny noses and coughing in our classroom the past few weeks. Please have your children practice blowing their noses by themselves at home as well as coughing into their elbow. This will help your child to feel more comfortable as well as keep germs from spreading to other children in the classroom.

If you think your child has an illness that is more than a regular cold or allergies, please keep them home so they can rest, and return to school when they feel better. If your child is going to be out sick, please message me on remind so that I can put their absence in as excused. If a child is out sick for 3 or more days a doctors note is required before they can return to school.

To return to school children need to be fever free without medicine (tylenol, motrin, etc) for 24 hours.

Gehringer, Leah: Nurse / When should my child stay home from school?
Environmental Interpretive Center | University of Michigan-Dearborn

Field Trip!

Our first field trip of the year will be Monday, October 24th. Parents and children will drive together and meet at the U of M – Environmental Interpretive Center by 9:20am. DO NOT come to school first! Teachers will meet parents and children at the Environmental Center at 9:20am. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult and siblings cannot attend.

Parking

Parking is FREE is available on the 3rd floor of the visitor parking structure.

  • Enter the U of M- Dearborn North Entrance off of Evergreen Road, and stay in the far right lane to go straight.
  • Continue going straight back until you see the U of M sign that says visitor parking.
  • Turn right onto the street with the parking structure and park on level 3.
  • After parking, walk down the stairs and back to the road you drove in on and walk to your right. Keep walking down the sidewalk until you come to the Environmental Interpretive center. Teachers will be outfront to meet you!

Clothes

This is an OUTDOOR field trip, so please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes! We will be taking a nature walk through the woods to see plants, animals, birds, etc. that live around our community!

Some ideas of clothes you and your child might need:

  • Jacket
  • hat
  • Gloves
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Boots
Set-up for Trunk or Treat — Community Lutheran Church

PTO Trunk or Treat- Monday, October 31st

Henry Ford Elementary PTA will be holding a Trunk or Treat event in the school parking lot for all students during the school day on Monday, October 31st. Preschool classrooms will be participating this year! I will be sending home more information next week, but for your planning purposes here is a brief overview:

Children can choose to wear a costume or orange/black clothing to school on October 31st, and will walk from car to car in the parking lot with their teachers to collect treats and goodies to bring home. Children are not required to wear a costume, if you are not comfortable with this event you may choose to have your child not participate.

If your child would like to wear a costume to school please make sure that…

  • They wear it to school in the morning, we will not have time to change before the event begins.
  • They can take it off to use the bathroom by themselves. (Teachers cannot go into the bathroom stall with children to help)
  • No masks
  • No weapons
Counseling & Career Center / Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences – November 7, 10, & 16th

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held in our classroom on November 7, 10, & 16th and will last about 45 minutes. Children do not need to attend with parents. Please click the link below to choose the conference date & time that works best for you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050D4BA5A82DA2FD0-mrs3

A look into our Classroom…

So many things have been going on in our classroom these past few weeks it has been difficult to get pictures of it all! The children are working hard on being comfortable at school and learning the daily routine.

May 13

May 13, 2022

Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village Rides - Historic Vehicles & Trains

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our field trip to Greenfield Village! We couldn’t have asked for a more sunny and beautiful day. It was wonderful to see families walking around, enjoying the village, and learning a little bit about our country’s history. Finishing the day with Frozen Custard was an extra special treat!

No School For Prek- May 16th and 17th

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS! – September 27th | Westerly Creek

Don’t forget: There will be no school for GSRP Preschool Monday, May 16th and Tuesday, May 17th. Teachers will be at Cotter registering incoming preschool children for next year.

School/Home Visits

Home Visits | Learning for Justice

We will have our end of the year conference/wrap up meeting in our classroom on Wednesday, June 8th and Thursday, June 9th. There will be no school for children this day. One parent and One child will attend together, and appointments will last about 45 minutes. Appointment Reminders will be going home in child folders in the next two weeks. I will have the appointment schedule available at drop off and pick up next week for any families who did not make an appointment with me at spring conferences.

A Look Ahead…

Schedules / Academic Calendar

There are 5 weeks left of school, so we are in the home stretch to summer vacation! Please make sure to check the calendar each week to stay informed of special events and schedules.

Monday 5/16Tuesday 5/17Wednesday 5/18Thursday 5/19Friday 5/20
No School for Prek

Preschool registration for next year @ Cotter
No School for Prek

Preschool registration for next year @ Cotter
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
No School for Prek
on Fridays!
Monday 5/23Tuesday 5/24Wednesday 5/25Thursday 5/26Friday 5/27
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
No School for Prek
on Fridays!
Monday 5/30Tuesday 5/31Wednesday 6/1Thursday 6/2Friday 6/3
No School
Happy Memorial Day!
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
No School for Prek
on Fridays!
Monday 6/6Tuesday 6/7Wednesday 6/8Thursday 6/9Friday 6/10
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
No School for Prek
School/Home Visit Appointments
*see schedule
No School for Prek
School/Home Visit Appointments
*see schedule
No School for Prek
on Fridays!
Monday 6/13Tuesday 6/14Wednesday 6/15Thursday 6/16Friday 6/17
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Last day of school for Prek
Enjoy your summer vacation!
Last day of school for K-12
Enjoy your summer vacation!

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see everyone on Wednesday morning!

Mrs. Stortini

April 29

April 29,2022

Eid Mubarak! No School May 2nd-3rd

Eid al-Fitr 2022: When will Meethi Eid be celebrated in India - Hindustan  Times

Eid Mubarak to everyone who is celebrating this weekend! Enjoy the time with your families, and we will see everyone back at school on Wednesday, May 4th.

Greenfield Village Field Trip

Greenfield Village Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan. Greenfield Village  Railroad, train, and water tower] | Library of Congress

Thursday, May 12th will be the preschool field trip to Greenfield Village!

Permission slips will be sent home in your child’s folder on Tuesday, May 4th and are due back to Mrs. Stortini by Tuesday, May 10th. All children must be accompanied by an adult to attend this field trip. If your child will not be attending they would stay home from school on this day.

Transportation: Parents will drive their cars to event and meet teachers at the Greenfield Village entrance.

Cost of Field Trip: FREE for preschooler and parent!

Extra family members (5yrs+) $10 each (cash only to Mrs. Stortini)

Children 4 and under are free.

Duration of Field Trip: We will meet at the Greenfield Village gates at 9:30am and depart at 3:00pm.

Lunch: Families may request a meal from school for their preschool student, pack a lunch from home, or purchase food at Greenfield Village. If you would like the school to provide lunch for your child please make sure to check the box on the field trip permission slip before turning it in so I can have an accurate count for the cafeteria.

This is a really fun day, and a great opportunity to spend quality time with your preschooler! I look forward to spending the day at Greenfield Village with you and are children. 🙂

Have a great Weekend!

Mrs. Stortini

April 8

April 8, 2022

Preschool Applications for the 2022-2023 School Year

Camas Elementary School

Children who will be 4 years old by December 1, 2022 are eligible to attend preschool next year. Henry Ford families can pick up applications in the school office or call Cotter Early Childhood Center at (313) 827-6150 for more information.

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week. We will be talking about the growth we have seen in your child since we last met in November, as well as talking about what to expect for next year. Conferences will be in our room #111 at Henry Ford. I will be sending out appointment reminders next week on remind and in your child’s folder.

A Look Ahead…

Our schedule next week will be different due to conferences. Children will have a full day of school Monday, a half day of school on Tuesday, and then no school for the rest of the week. We will return to our regular schedule on Monday, April 18th.

Monday 4/11Tuesday 4/12Wednesday 4/13Thursday 4/14Friday 4/15
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
1/2 Day
Drop off – 8:35am

Pick up- 11:40am
@ Door #3
No School
Conferences in the
Afternoon
No School
Conferences all day
No Prek on Fridays!
Monday 4/18Tuesday 4/19Wednesday 4/20Thursday 4/21Friday 4/22
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
No Prek on Fridays!

Mrs. Stortini out on Monday

Chronic Teacher absences: A real problem!

I will not be at school on Monday, April 11th because my father is having knee surgery. Please make sure that the person who is picking your child up from school has their driver’s license or state ID with them, as the substitute will not know families by sight. I will be back at school on Tuesday, April 12th.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Stortini

March 25

March 25, 2022

Spring Break

Happy Spring Break | Richmond Hill Middle School

Dearborn Public Schools will be closed Monday, March 28th- Friday, April 1st. Enjoy the week off with your families and I will see everyone back at school on Monday, April 4th!

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences will be held at Henry Ford in our classroom #111 on April 12, 13, and 14th. Please review the appointments and choose the times that best works for your family. Conferences will take about 45 minutes and children do not need to attend with parents. Ms. Chalhoub will be joining us for conferences and able to translate for all appointment times unless otherwise noted on the sign-up sheet.

Please click the link below to sign up for a parent teacher conference appointment.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050D4BA5A82DA2FD0-stortini

A Look Ahead…

Have a great spring break!

~Mrs. Stortini

March 12

March 11, 2022

Parent/Child Meeting- Thursday, March 17th

Parent Meeting Tonight! | St. Eugene School

Our parent/child meeting will be in-person this month, yay! There will be two, 45 minute meeting times to choose from. This is NOT a normal day of school. One adult and One child will come to our classroom and participate in activities together. Once the meeting is over children and adults will go home together. This month we will be celebrating the end of March is Reading Month with literacy activities as well as playing bingo for books!

Click the link below to choose a meeting time that works best for your family. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, March 17th!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050D4BA5A82DA2FD0-mrs2

Kindergarten Round-Up – Tuesday, March 22nd

Kindergarten Round Up - Oakwood Elementary School

Mark you calendars!

Kindergarten Round-up for Henry Ford Elementary will be held in-person on March 22, 2:30-3:30pm. This meeting is for all families who have a child entering Kindergarten during the 2022-2023 school year.

For more information please visit the school website or contact the school office.

Henry Ford Elementary, 313-827-4700

Guest Readers

A huge thank you to Dr. Chochol – Executive Director of Student Achievement for visiting our classroom and performing a dynamic read aloud of the story Mousetronaut by Astronaut Mark Kelly!

Mousetronaut: Based on a (Partially) True Story (Paula Wiseman Books):  Kelly, Mark, Payne, C. F.: 8601421453004: Amazon.com: Books

After listening to the story, the children discussed their favorite parts of the plot and what was happening with the main character Meteor the Mouse! He loved floating back and forth and upside down in zero gravity, so many children chose to take an upside down picture of their drawing.

This Week in our Classroom

We have been focusing on geometry and the study of shapes over the past few weeks. The children used popsicle sticks and playdoh to make shape sculptures, as well as pattern blocks and playdoh to create their own shape pizzas. When the pizzas were done children practiced counting, one to one correspondence, and writing skills by making a list of the ingredients and toppings they used on their pizza.

The rain doesn’t stop us! Even though it was too wet to play on the playground, we took our science lesson outside and explored our school grounds after a rain storm one day. During work time children made observations through the classroom window about puddles growing in the rain, how the color of the ground was changing, and the number of people they saw walking along the sidewalk. When the rain stopped, we put jackets and boots on to see the changes up close. One child noticed the clouds were still gray and was worried it might start to rain again. We discussed this concern as a class and one child suggested we could share umbrellas to make sure everyone stayed dry!

Wacky Wednesday is a classroom favorite every year! Many children choose to wear wacky clothes like two different shoes, crazy hair, and wild color combinations. During the day we made wacky faces, built wacky buildings, and did some wacky dancing!



Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences | Reynolds School District - Oregon

Mark your Calendars!

Spring Parent Teachers conferences for GSRP Preschool will be held April 12, 13, and 14th. A sign-up sheet will be available at the parent meeting on March 17th.

A Look Ahead…

Monday 3/14Tuesday 3/15Wednesday 3/16Thursday 3/17Friday 3/18
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Bingo for Books
Parent and Child Meeting
s
9:00am
OR
10:00am
(See Schedule)
Please come to Door #3
No Prek on Fridays!
Monday 3/21Tuesday 3/22Wednesday 3/23Thursday 3/24Friday 3/25
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
No Prek on Fridays!

Have a great weekend!

-Mrs. Stortini