April 20, 2018

Hello Families!

Thank you so  much for joining us for our Dental Heath and Nutrition parent meeting yesterday in our classroom! It was wonderful to hear the conversations and questions everyone had for Ms. Kassandra Bowden, our guest dental hygienist from Convenant Community Care in Detroit, MI. Please enjoy these pictures from yesterday!


If you did not sign up for a home visit appointment at yesterday’s parent meeting please make sure to do so Monday during pick up or drop off time. Home visits for our classroom will be May 3rd, 9th, and 10th.


Have a great weekend!

~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet

April 11, 2018

Hello Families!

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Spring Break last week! Before our vacation I sent home the April calendar with the date for our next parent meeting, but there was no time listed.

Our next MANDATORY Parent Meeting will be Thursday, April 19th at 9am in our classroom. We will have a presentation by Covenant Community Care (a community service that provides dental services and education) and well as exploring the nutrition program we recently began in our classroom titles “Regie’s Rainbow Adventure.


Have a great week!

~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet

March 28, 2018

Hello Families!

Daily 5 bags will be going home today in your child’s backpack. Please keep these bags at home during Spring Break next week and read together every night. Book bags will be returned to school on Monday, April 9th.



~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet

March 25, 2018

Don’t forget:

Bingo for Books is tomorrow (Monday, March 26th) afternoon at Cotter!

Time: 4:00-5:15pm

Place: Cotter multi-purpose room

Who: GSRP families

Come play bingo and win books as well as other fabulous prizes!

See you there!


March 23, 2018

Hello families!



Thank you Rana Zeineddine (Maya’s mom) for being our guest reader Thursday morning!

The children have really been enjoying March is Reading Month and listening to all of the stories shared by our guest readers. If you would like to be a guest reader there is still time! I have openings next week at drop-off and pick-up time, so check the schedule next to the sign-in sheet to see if there is a time that works for you.


We launched Work Work in our classroom this week during Daily 5 time. During this part of our day children work independently while focusing on letter recognition and building familiar words such as the names of friends and family or areas/materials in our classroom.

To begin children choose one of four centers in our classroom; wiki stick names, building letters, playdoh and letter stamps, and writing the room.


The children are then free to move to their center and begin working on the lesson of the day.

Writing letter and names using wiki sticks and name tags.

Building letters on the carpet using straight and curved lines.

Using stamps to write words in playdoh.

Writing around the room using clip boards and posters hung around the classroom.


A few reminders for next week:

~ Bingo for Books at Cotter! Monday, March 26th 4:00-5:15pm

~Pajama Day- Thursday, March 30th

~Spring Break- March 30-April 8th


Have a great weekend!

~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet



March 9, 2018

Hello families!

We kicked off March is Reading Month by learning about a “cool groovy cat” named Pete! All month we will be incorporating Pete the Cat books into our lessons as we explore the many ways to read a book.



Thank you to Aseel’s mom Ms. Salahiddine for being our first guest reader of the month! The children loved listening to the story about Pete the Cat’s big lunch and thinking of ways that they might share things with their friends like Pete did.


This week in our classroom we launched Word Work during Daily 5 time. This is a portion of the day where children focus on taking letters that they recognize and using them to form familiar words such as their names, the names of friends and family, mom, dad, etc. We used straight lines and curves to build letters on the rug and  letter stamps to make words in playdoh,



We are lucky to have a practicum teacher from Baker College this semester, and the children have really been enjoying having Ms. Johnson in our classroom on Tuesdays. During small group time Ms. Johnson taught a science lesson using paint where the children used ice cubes to explore cause and effect and color mixing. The were so interested in how the paint changed as the ice began to melt, and had many observations and ideas about why their colors were changing and what was causing the paint to mix together.


A few reminders for next week:

-If you have not already, please send your child’s snow pants, boots, snow gloves, and hats to school with them on Monday. We will still be going outside to play twice a day, and having warm clothes means we will be prepared for the unpredictable Michigan weather.

-Monday, 3/12/18 Our class will say the Pledge of Allegiance at the Dearborn Public Schools board meeting. We will meet at the ASC/Ten Eyck building at 6:30pm and the children will be dismissed around 7:30pm.

-Thursday, 3/15/18 There will be no school for children this day, Ms. Thabet and I will be holding Parent/Teacher conferences all day. Appointment reminders will go home in your child’s folder Monday afternoon, and I have updated the conference tab at the top of the blog with the schedule as well.


Have a great weekend!

~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Thabet