December 8, 2012

Hello Families!


We love the snow! The children were so excited to put on their snow pants and play in the snow yesterday, we caught snow flakes and made an igloo with a parachute while singing ring around the rosie.


This week during small group time the children went on a number hunt around the school and practiced recognizing numbers using numeral dot cards.



Our letter of the week this week was S. Throughout the week we made a list of words we knew that began with the letter S, as well as focused on the sound it makes. The children then created a page for our letter S book which was added to our book area.


Have a great weekend!

~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet

Important Update!

Attention: Families with Preschool age children who are 4 years of age by December 1, 2017.  There is an immediate possibility of free full day preschool beginning in January 2018 in the Dearborn Public Schools (next month). The family must be eligible based on risk factors and not currently enrolled in a GSRP program.  If interested, families may pick up an application at the Cotter Early Childhood Center, 13020 Osborn or call Nadia Berry at 313-827-6150.
Please respond immediately as slots are limited.
Families must live in the city of Dearborn.

November 6, 2017


Hello Families!


Don’t forget:

Tuesday, November 7th – No school, election day!

Thursday, November 9th- Half day for students in the morning. (Drop off 8:40am, pick up 11:30am) Parent-Teacher Conferences in the afternoon.


If your conference is this Thursday reminders are going home in your child’s folder today. You can also check the conference link at the top of the blog for the complete schedule.


Have a great day!

~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet

October 27, 2017


Hello Families!


I have updated several pages on the blog . The lunch menu, classroom menu, district calendar, and conference schedule has been added to the tabs at top of the page, so please take a look around!


Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet

District Wide Parent Survey

This survey consists of two questions to collect parent feedback on the possibility to pilot year-round school concept in one or two elementary schools. One of the arguments for year-round schooling is that children will have better knowledge retention versus having too much of a mental break in the summer. School calendar would be extended to include additional four weeks in the summer. Please click on the link to share your feedback:


يتألف هذا الاستقصاء من سؤالين لجمع آراء أولياء الامور بشأن إمكانية تجريب مفهوم المدرسة على مدار السنة في عدد صغير من المدارس الابتدائية. إحدى فوائد التعليم المدرسي على مدار السنة هي أن الطلاب يحافظون على متابعة التحصيل العلمي خلال الصيف. إذا قمنا بتنفيذ هذه
الخطة سيتم تمديد التقويم المدرسي ليشمل أربعة أسابيع إضافية في الصيف
   :يرجى النقر على الرابط لإكمال سؤالين حول مفهوم المدرسة على مدار السنة


October 22, 2017

Hello Families!


Thank you so much for joining us at last Thursday’s parent meeting! Ms. Thabet and I enjoyed spending time with you and your children together in our classroom. Here is a short recap of the topics we covered:

Along with learning academic skills such as letters, numbers, and name writing, another important skill children learn in school is how to be independent.

We teach this important skill at school in several ways:

  • Consistent routine
  • Labeling with words and pictures
  • Encouraging self-help skills


Some ways to help children learn a new skill:

  • Teach how to do skill (hand over hand, talk them through it)
  • Provide opportunities to practice
  • It doesn’t have to be perfect!
  • Spills happen. It’s not an emergency, we just clean it up!
  • Encourage their efforts


Please enjoy these pictures from our parent meeting yesterday:


~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet

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