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

February 25

March 1st-Virtual Day for All Grades

Virtual Day- March 1st

Tuesday, March 1st will be a virtual day for all students pre-k through 12th grade. Below you will find our schedule for the day. Preschool students will be logging into zoom once in the morning and once in the afternoon for live lessons. I will need to take attendance on this day so it is important you and your child come to both meetings to be marked present. There will be activities for your child to complete during the remainder of the day, materials for these activities will be sent home in child backpacks on Monday, February 28th.

Materials for Virtual Day

Virtual day materials will be sent home Monday in your child’s blue book bag. Please keep these materials safe until Tuesday. All materials (blue book bags, story books, homework assignment, and check list) need to be returned to school on Wednesday.

Virtual Schedule

Below you will find your child’s virtual schedule for the day. Click the link next to each item to join the zoom meetings or watch a video with directions for how to complete the activity. If you have any questions please message me on remind or email me at stortij@dearbornschools.org.

Message Board رسالة المجلس
JOIN US LIVE AT 9:30 AM!

Join Zoom Meeting:
 https://dearbornschools-org.zoom.us/j/85348893448?pwd=Y0hrbWNKcTlZbXR2YkFoUFp3SzNxZz09

Kids: Bring 1 item (fav toy, food, etc.) with you to our Zoom to show the class! 

Activity with my Grown Up
10:00 a.m.        Letter + Number Sorting

Help your child cut up the letters + numbers, and then they can sort + glue them into the correct categories. 

Click the link below for directions on how to complete the activity:
https://youtu.be/kXGuLCkGfPI 

They will bring this with them to our pm zoom!  
one!      
10:20 a.m.     Planning Time التخطيط: 

Grown ups:
Ask your child- What will you play with today? What might you do? How will you do it?

Kids:
Draw a picture of two things you plan to do today without electronics!

Click the link below for directions on how to complete the planning time activity.
https://youtu.be/7NJYrAvib54
10:30 a.m.     Work Time: لعب الاختيار الحر
You will play without electronics for at least one hour or more! Use your toys to pretend play, build, create. Have Fun! 

Multicultural children preschool Stock Video Footage - 4K and HD Video  Clips | Shutterstock

11:30 a.m.      Clean Up Time: نظف
Be sure to put away all the toys and supplies you used during work time! 
5 Strategies to Teach Your Children to Clean Up •
11:40 a.m.       Recall Time تذكر

Adults:
Ask your child- What did you do during work (play) time? What materials or toys did you use? How did you use the materials/toys? What did you do 1st, next, then, finally? 

Kids:
Roll your die and talk with your grown up about what you did during work time. We know you were very busy working!
Click the link below for direction on howe to complete the recall time activity:
https://youtu.be/YzctD9SwHVY

     11:45 a.m.  Story Time وقت القصة   and      Lunch

Guest Reader JJ – Every Little Thing
https://youtu.be/FRaLyEDnyy8

Dr. Seuss ABC
https://video.link/w/oIcdd

12:20 p.m.     Rest time         وقت الراحة
17 Nap Time Tips for Daycare Centers - Paper Pinecone Blog
1:30 p.m.      Outside Time في الهواء الطلق
Put on your coat and go outside to PLAY; Ride your bike, play in your back yard, go for a WALK!

If you cannot go outside, click the link below for a fun and active number game!
https://youtu.be/m7qM5nOsQUs

1:45 p.m.  Music and Movement

Song: 5 Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2jnqUyxck0

Movement:  Pop See Ko https://youtu.be/OPLWyZMRNn0
2:20 p.m. Use Restroom and get ready for Zoom time with your teacher!

2:30 – 3:10 p.m.   Large Group Time     وقت المجموعة الكبيرة     

Zoom with your Teacher   
 https://dearbornschools-org.zoom.us/j/85348893448?pwd=Y0hrbWNKcTlZbXR2YkFoUFp3SzNxZz09

Bring back your activity from the morning to share with everyone 
February 16

Zoom Parent/Child Meeting – February 17th

What is Zoom? How it works, tips and tricks and best alternatives |  TechRadar

When:

Thursday, February 17th at 9:00am, 9:430am, and 10:00am. This is NOT a regular day of school!

Where:

On Zoom! Click the link at the bottom of the post at your scheduled time to join the meeting from a computer, tablet, or smart phone. Each meeting will be about 30 minutes long, and will be a parent-child shared activity led by the teachers. When your meeting is finished your child is done for the day.

Materials:

Resources For Literacy

Meeting materials were sent home Tuesday in child backpacks. Please keep them in a safe place until the meeting so your child is ready to learn! Materials need to be returned to school on Wednesday, February 23rd when we return from winter break.

Meeting Times and Zoom Link:

9:00am9:30am10:00am
JenaFarahAlya
BattalOmarMahmoud
HusseinArianaNoor
RahefLamarBashir
JudyVincentYasmeen
Yousef

Click the link below to access the zoom meeting at your child’s assigned time:

https://dearbornschools-org.zoom.us/j/85348893448?pwd=Y0hrbWNKcTlZbXR2YkFoUFp3SzNxZz09

Looking forward to seeing everyone virtually tomorrow!

(remember, there is no in person school tomorrow for our classroom.)

~Mrs. Stortini

February 10

February 11, 2022

IMPORTANT!! Zoom Parent/Child Meeting- February 17th

What is Zoom? How it works, tips and tricks and best alternatives |  TechRadar


In an effort to limit families exposure to germs, we will be meeting on ZOOM this month for our parent-child meeting. Each meeting will be about 30 minutes long, and will be a parent-child shared activity led by the teachers. Materials will be sent home prior to the meeting. Please keep them in a safe place until the meeting begins so your child is ready to learn! You will be able to access the ZOOM meeting from any phone, tablet or computer. If you do NOT have a device to use, please let us know asap as Cotter has a few Chromebooks that can be lent out. 

There will be three options for meeting times, please click the link below to choose the meeting time that will work best for your family.

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

Thank you!

Mrs. Stortini

January 28

January 28, 2022

Boots and Shoes for School

Arctic Shield Warm Insulated Waterproof Durable Easy On/Off Winter Snow  Boots (Toddler/Kids) - Walmart.com

Please make sure to send your child to school with snow boots AND shoes. They can wear their boots to school and put shoes in their backpack to change into. Children remove their wet boots/shoes and put them in their locker when we come inside to keep the classroom and hallway floors from being slippery and unsafe. Many children have had to walk around in their socks all day because they did not have shoes to change into.

This Week in Our Classroom

We’ve been focusing on recognizing letters and counting 1-10 this week. During small group time children used magnetic straight lines and curves to make letters on the whiteboard. During work time children were using bean bags and baskets play a tossing game. Children tossed beanbags into the baskets while counting out loud.

Parent/Child Meeting- February 17, 2022

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Mark your calendars! Our next Parent/Child meeting will be Thursday, February 17th. We will be talking about ways to support your child’s literacy development at home. I will have more information on location and times as the date gets nearer.

A Note About Valentine’s Day

We will not be having a party in our classroom on Monday, February 14th. Please DO NOT send candy or treats to school in your child’s backpack.

A Look Ahead…

Monday 1/31Tuesday 2/1Wednesday 2/2Thursday 2/3Friday 2/4
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 on Fridays!
Monday 2/7Tuesday 2/8Wednesday 2/9Thursday 2/10Friday 2/11
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 on Fridays!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Stortini

January 21

January 21, 2022

Half Day, Monday, January 24th

Lockeland PTO - Half Day

This Monday, January 24th will be a half day for all Henry Ford students. Dismissal for our class will be 11:40am at door #3.

Book Bags

Blue book bags went home in children’s backpacks today. Please take some time this weekend to read the two stories with your child and play number bingo. We have been working on number recognition and counting this week, playing bingo together will help your child to recognize numbers and know the names of numbers.

This Week in Our Classroom

Nutrition

We had our last two nutrition lessons with Ms. Zahraa after winter break. We brainstormed ideas for exercises we could do inside with our families during cold winter days. Some of the ideas were:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Push ups
  • Squats
  • Dancing
  • Jumping

Afterwards the children made two healthy snacks; Apple Grape “go go” cars and Healthy Celebration Pizza! Each child received a cook book to take home with recipes for simple and healthy snacks to make at home.

Math

We have been focusing on number recognition and counting this week. Number recognition is when a child sees a number and knows it’s name. (Ex. a 2 is called “two.”) Counting is being able to tell how many objects there are while saying numbers in order. (Ex. “1,2,3,4,5. I see 5 things!” The children used counting mats to roll out the matching number of playdoh balls. We also played a game using number cards and pom poms. Each child pulled a number card out of an envelope, and placed that many pom poms on their plate. When their plate was full we counted how many pom poms they had all together.

A Look Ahead…

Monday 1/24Tuesday 1/25Wednesday 1/26Thursday 1/27Friday 1/28
Half Day!
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 11:40am
@ 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 on Fridays!