January 12

Zoom Parent Meeting- January 13th

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When:

Thursday, January 13th at 9:00am, 9:45am, 10:30am, 11:15am. 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 today 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 Monday.

Meeting Times and Zoom Link:

Please check the table below to confirm your child’s scheduled Parent Meeting time. If you did not choose a time, an appointment was randomly assigned to you.

9:00am9:45am10:30am11:15am
AlyaVincentMahmoudBashir
NoorFarahRahef Lamar
BattalYousefOmarAriana
JenaHusseinJudyYasmeen

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

January 7

January 7, 2022

Welcome back!

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It has been wonderful to see everyone this week! I hope you all had a wonderful New Year,, I am looking forward to enjoying 2022 with the students.

Illness and Absences

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for letting me know when your children or close family members are not feeling well. It is my (and the district’s!) goal to keep everyone who enters our school safe and healthy. Please continue to keep your children home when ill, and message me on remind. You can always message me after school hours, I will see it in the morning and put the absence in as excused. If necessary, I will forward on any important information to the school nurse. Your family’s information is always kept confidential, and will not not shared with the school at large. If you are uncertain if you should keep your child home, please refer to the district Illness/COVID protocol below.

IMPORTANT!! Zoom Parent Meeting- January 13th

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In an effort to limit families exposure to germs, we will be meeting on ZOOM this month for our parent 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 four 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-january

Enjoy your weekend!

Mrs. Stortini

December 16

December 16, 2021

Winter Fun Parent Meeting

Mrs. Stortini's Preschool Class News – Dearborn Public Schools

Thank you to everyone that joined us for our Winter Fun Parent Meeting! It was lovely to see everyone and celebrate the upcoming new year. I hope you enjoy the break with your families and have time to relax and recharge.

This Week In Our Classroom…

It has been quite a busy two weeks in our room! The children read the story “The Gingerbread Man” and made prediction about what would happen to the Gingerbread Man when he got close to the fox. In some stories the Gingerbread man runs away, and in other versions the fox tricks the Gingerbread Man and eats him! During our STEM lesson the children used building materials to make a trap to catch the fox.

During our literacy lesson the children wrote and published their own version of the Ginger bread Man Story! Click the link below for a video of me reading our class book, “The Gingerbread Class.”

During our Nutrition lesson Ms. Zahraa talked about the importance of eating healthy snacks and “eating the rainbow.” The children were able to look at and touch many fruits and vegetable of different colors and learned about the importance of trying lots of different foods before saying ,”I don’t like it.” Ms. Zahraa also talked about the importance of exercise and active play to keep our bodies strong and healthy. Later during large group time the children crawled, climbed, and skipped trough an obstacle course in our classroom!

For our Pajama Popcorn Party Ms. Chalhoub brought in her guitar and the children practiced strumming while singing familiar songs like ABC’s, Twinkle Twinkle, and Itsy Bitsy Spider. We talked about the importance of rhythm and counting while playing/singing music, and how to use gentle hands to touch the guitar. We also had a pajama parade round the school and had an indoor snow ball fight!

A Look Ahead

December

Monday 12/20Tuesday 12/21Wednesday 12/22Thursday 12/23Friday 12/24
No School
Winter Break
No School
Winter Break
No School
Winter Break
No School
Winter Break
No School
Winter Break
Monday 12/27Tuesday 12/28Wednesday 12/29Thursday 12/30Friday 12/31
No School
Winter Break
No School
Winter Break
No School
Winter Break
No School
Winter Break
No School
Winter Break

January

Monday 1/3Tuesday 1/4Wednesday 1/5Thursday 1/6Friday 1/7
School Reopens!
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 restful winter break, and Happy New Year!

~Mrs. Stortini and Ms. Chalhoub

December 3

December 3, 2021

This Week in our Classroom

It snowed! The children were so excited to play in the snow on Monday. Snow balls, snow angels, and snow tag were the top three favorite games during outside time.

Ms. Zahraa from LAHC joined us for the first of 6 lessons about staying healthy! We talked about germs, and the differences between washing with soap and water and using hand sanitizer. Soap and water washes the germs away, while hand sanitizer “puts the germs to sleep.” This is why it is important to wash our hands often during the day even if we are using hand sanitizer. Afterwards, the children made a healthy snack to try and we voted to see how many of the children liked the snack.

Letter of the Week

During writing time and small group the children have been working on forming the letter Ff. During large group time we went on a letter hunt and found many letter F’s in our classroom and around the school!

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Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes- Tomorrow

Fall picture retakes will take place on Tuesday, December 7th. If your child was absent on picture day or you would like your child to have their picture retaken please let me know Tuesday Morning so I can send them to the school photographers. If you purchased a photo package you must return the ENTIRE package with all the pictures back to me. You will not receive your child’s new photos if the original pictures are not returned.

Winter Fun Parent Meeting

11 Fun Things to Do in Winter

On Thursday, December 16th we will have our Winter Fun Parent Meeting. Like our previous meetings, there will be two meetings with 8 families each. We’ll be doing super fun activities to celebrate the last day before winter break! The meetings times will be 9am and 10am. One parent and one child only please!

Click the link below to choose a parent meeting time:

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

A Look Ahead…

Monday 12/6Tuesday 12/7Wednesday 12/7Thursday 12/8Friday 12/9
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 12/13Tuesday 12/14Wednesday 12/15Thursday 12/16Friday 12/17
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Picture Retakes

Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

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

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Winter Fun
Parent and Child Meetings
9:00am
OR
10:00am
(See Schedule)

Have a Great Weekend!

Mrs. Stortini

November 28

November 29, 2021

An advisory message from the Dearborn School Nurses

  • If your child and/or anyone in your household have been exposed over Thanksgiving Break to Covid, please keep your child home from school and contact the school office for further guidance.
  • If your child and/or anyone in your household h​ave ​any symptoms of illness or have tested positive for Covid, please keep your child home from school and contact the school office for further guidance.
  • If your child and/or anyone in your household are unable to pass the Daily District Screener, please keep your child home from school and contact the school office for further guidance.
  • If your child and/or anyone in your household have a Covid test result that is pending—either rapid or PCR, please keep your child home from school and contact the school office for further guidance.

We need every individual to follow this advisory message to help us mitigate the spread of Covid-19 within our school community.

Sincerely,

The Dearborn School Nurses

November 24

November 23, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

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There will be no school Wednesday, November 24th – Friday, November 26th for ALL Dearborn Public Schools. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you back at school on Monday.

Washing School Things

laundry day

Please take some time over the next five days to wash your child’s blanket, hat, gloves, jacket, shoes, and backpack. We play outside twice a day and sometimes our things get dirty! This will also help reduce the number of germs coming back to our classroom after the long holiday weekend. This is also a good time for your child to practice putting their mask on by themselves!

When Should I Keep My Child Home?

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As we enter the winter season please be aware of any new or worsening cold or flu symptoms. Below are the guidelines provided form the district for when to keep a child home sick. These guidelines apply to ALL ILLNESSES, including COVID-19. It is better to be cautious and keep children home until they have been cleared by a doctor to return to school than send your child to school sick and accidentally spread germs.

If your child or someone in your family tests positive for COVID-19 it is essential you let me and the Henry Ford School Office know. We can then notify other children/families if they have been exposed. Your family’s name will be kept confidential and I promise I will not be mad at you. We just need to make sure all families can take the steps necessary to stay healthy!

This Week in Our Classroom

We’ve been busy this week! As the seasons change the children have been noticing many changes on our playground. During small group one day we took our science lesson outside and took a nature walk around the school. The children observed that the leaves on the trees were changing colors as well as falling off the branches. We noticed that the flowers and vegetables in the school garden were wilting and beginning to go to sleep for the winter.

During large group children explored the letter Ee, and practiced using their fingers to make straight lines and curves. Afterwards we used flashlights to go on hunt for letter E’s in our classroom. The children found SO MANY letter Ee’s! There were E’s on the floor, on the walls, on the toys, on the computer, on the screen, and even on our clothes!

Welcome Ms. Chalhoub!

Ms. Chalhoub will be the long term associate teacher sub in our classroom for this school year. Ms. Chalhoub has been a noon aid and substitute at Cotter for the past 3 years. Welcome to our class!

A Look Ahead…

Monday 11/22Tuesday 11/23Wednesday 11/24Thursday 11/25Friday 11/26
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



No School
Happy
Thanksgiving!
Bitmoji Image
No School


Monday 11/29Tuesday 11/30Wednesday 12/1Thursday 12/2Friday 12/3
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
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

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

Happy Thanksgiving and have a great weekend!

Mrs. Stortini

November 19

November 19, 2021

Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes- Tomorrow

Fall picture retakes will take place on Tuesday, December 7th. If your child was absent on picture day or you would like your child to have their picture retaken please let me know Tuesday Morning so I can send them to the school photographers. If you purchased a photo package you must return the ENTIRE package with all the pictures back to me. You will not receive your child’s new photos if the original pictures are not returned.

Drop-Off, Pick-Up, and Absence FAQ

FAQ - Hastings High School

I have had a few questions about drop-off and pick-up time, so I figured I would answer here incase other families had the same questions!

  • Preschool Drop-Off – 8:35am at door #3; Rain or Shine, Sun or Snow. I am at the door from 8:35-8:45am for children to be signed in for the day. Please make sure to give yourself and your child plenty of time to get to school and walk to door #3. After 8:45am the door is locked and you must come in through the main office door. ALL parents entering the school after 8:45am MUST check in with the office and wear a mask. NO EXCEPTIONS! This is a State of Michigan requirement. If you do not have a mask you will not be able to enter the building to drop off your child.

  • Preschool Pick-up – 3:20pm at door #3; Rain or Shine, Sun or Snow. I am at the door from 3:20-3:30pm for children to be picked up at the end of the day. Please make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to school and walk to door #3, our parking lot is small and there are a lot of families waiting to pick up children. ALL children MUST be picked up by 3:30pm. NO EXCEPTIONS! Preschool children cannot wait for older Henry Ford siblings to be dismissed in the office.

  • Preschool Absences – If your child is going to be absent from school please send me a message on remind to let me know. I can then put the absence into the computer as excused.

This Week in Our Classroom

Last week I introduced the classroom job chart, and this week the children have become pros at using it! I am so proud of how each student is remembering what their job is for the day, as well as helping other students complete their jobs. Currently the most popular jobs are; line leader, door holder, song book helper, bell ringer, and folder helper. It is wonderful to see the children being so independent! We also read the story “Good Night, Gorilla” and used blocks to build a zoo for the animals! When the children were done building we counted how many blocks they used altogether for their zoo, as well as used unfix cubes to measure how tall their structure was.

A Look Ahead…

Monday 11/22Tuesday 11/23Wednesday 11/24Thursday 11/25Friday 11/26
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



No School
Happy
Thanksgiving!
Bitmoji Image
No School


Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Stortini

November 12

November 12, 2021

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thank you or joining me for Parent Teacher Conferences this past week! It was lovely to have time to sit and talk about all of the hard work your children are doing in the classroom.

Guest Teacher on Tuesday, November 16th

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I will not be at on Tuesday, November 16th. My good friend Mrs. Maliszewski will be the guest teacher in our classroom for the day! Mrs. Maliszewski is a lead GSRP Preschool teacher at Cotter, and has been with Dearborn Public School for 7 years. I am so excited she is able to join our classroom for the day!

A Look Ahead…

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

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
Mrs. Maliszewski Guest Teaching Today!

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!
Monday 11/22Tuesday 11/23Wednesday 11/24Thursday 11/25Friday 11/26
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
Happy Thanksgiving!
No School Happy
Thanksgiving!
No School
Happy
Thanksgiving!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Stortini

October 29

October 29, 2021

This Week in Our Classroom

This week the children experienced their first Fire Drill! During morning messages and large group time we have been practicing what to do if we hear the fire alarm go off. I played a recording of the sound for the children and talked about how we need to line up quickly and walk to our safety spot outside. Then I played the recording of the alarm again and we lined up as a class and walked to our safety spot so the children would know where to go. On the way we counted the number of fire alarms and smoke detectors we could find in our hallway. Later in the week we had our first official fire drill! I was so proud to see our class lining up and walking safely like we had been practicing. Preschool and Kindergarten even got a complement from our Principal Ms. Srour for how well they were behaving!

Two new materials were introduced during small group time; water color paint and hole punches. Children used their hand muscles to punch holes in thick paper while counting how many times they squeezed the handles. Many children mentioned how “hard” it was to squeeze or that the hole punches “hurt” their hands. This is a sign that children’s hand muscles are in the developing stage. Exercises like squeezing hole punches, cutting with scissors, and using playdoh help children to improve muscle tone. Strong hand muscles are essential for children to be able to hold a pencil correctly and write letters. Using paint brushes helps children develop hand-eye coordination which is another important tool for developing writers.

Homework

This weekend’s homework is to continue practicing putting on jackets independently. As the weather gets cooler we are wearing jackets more frequently. Over the new few days give your child to practice putting on their jacket by themselves. At school we have learned two ways; Superhero style and tag to toes. Here are two videos to help you when working with your child.

No School- Tuesday, November 2nd: Election Day

Genoa-Hugo School

All Dearborn Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, November 2nd for Election Day. Enjoy the day at home with your children and remember to go Vote!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on the following days:

  • Thursday, November 4th – 4-7pm
  • Tuesday, November 9th – 4-7pm
  • Thursday November 11th – 9am-3:30pm

Conferences will be held In-Person at School or Virtually on Zoom depending on family preference. If you choose an in-person conference only parents/guardians will be able to attend. Due to Covid-19 Protocols I will be unable to accommodate extra family members or siblings in the classroom.

Please plan for your appointment (virtual or in-person) to take about 45 minutes. We will be discussing how the children are adapting to the routine at school, the results of your child’s beginning of the year assessment, student goals for the upcoming school year, as well as ways to support your child’s academic development at home.

I will be sending out Conference time reminders in your child’s folder and on Remind Monday afternoon. If you cannot make your appointment for any reason please make sure to send me a message on Remind so I know not to wait for you.

Week of November 1 -November 5th

Monday 11/1Tuesday 11/2Wednesday 11/3Thursday 11/4Friday 11/5
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3
No School-Election Day
Don’t Forget to Vote!
Full Day
Drop off- 8:35am

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

Pick Up- 3:20pm
@ Door #3

Evening Conferences by Appointment
4:00-7:00pm
Enter through main Office
No School on Fridays
Have a great weekend!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Stortini

October 22

October 22, 2021

Picture Day- Monday, October 25th

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Picture day for our school will be Monday, October 25th. Order forms were sent home in your child’s red folder last week. I have had a few questions about how picture day will work.

How do I pay?

Credit/Debit Card

The easiest way to pay is to go the Life Touch Website, select the package/pictures you would like, and then pay with a credit/debit card. This way you do not have to send money or an order form to school.

How to Pay Online:

  • Go to mylifetouch.com, enter Picture Day ID: EVTJNNPBH

Click the link below for step by step instructions on how to order pictures online.

Cash or Check

You can also pay by cash or check. COMPLETELY fill out the picture day order form, place EXACT AMOUNT (cash or check) in envelope, and seal closed. All picture day forms must be filled out COMPLETELY before being turned in. I CANNOT make change or fill out envelopes for children. Picture Day order form envelopes can be sent to school in your child’s red folder.

Checks need to be made payable to: LIFETOUCH

How Does it Work?

Our class will be assigned a time during the day for pictures. We will go together as a group and come back to our classroom when everyone is finished. ALL children will have their pictures taken even if parents are not purchasing them. These will be used for yearbooks and class composites.

What Should My Child Wear?

We all want to look our best for school pictures, so children can wear what ever they choose to. I will not plan any “messy” lessons for that day (paint, glue, water, etc.) but please keep in mind we will still be playing outside on the playground twice. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND having your child wear gym shoes with their picture day outfits.

What if My Child is Sick on Picture Day?

If your child is sick on picture day DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL. There will be retakes for all children that are absent on Monday, October 25th. Any children who are sick should stay home until they have been symptom free for 24 hours without medicine.

This Week in Our Classroom

Homework

The children have been experiencing many new things as they enter their first year of school. Besides being away from home and meeting new people, they are also encountering foods they have never eaten before. New foods can be frightening for a young child and often times when they say, “I don’t like that” what they really mean is, “I don’t know what this food tastes like and that makes me nervous.” Meal times in the classroom are not just an opportunity for children to nourish their bodies, but also to experience new tastes and textures. Introducing new foods in a low-risk environment (ex. saying: “Let’s try one bite, if you don’t like it you can leave it on your plate.”) is key to encouraging children to be well rounded eaters.

Assignment: I Can Try New Foods!

  • Take a picture and/or video of your child tasting the new foods.
  • Ask them their opinion about the food. Ex. “What do you think of this new food?” “How does it taste? Is it spicy or Sweet? Would you eat this food again?
  • Send Mrs. Stortini a picture and/or video of you child tasting the new foods on remind and tell me what they said!
  • Due Monday, October 25

Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on the following days:

  • Thursday, November 4th – 4-7pm
  • Tuesday, November 9th – 4-7pm
  • Thursday November 11th – 9am-3:30pm

Conferences will be held In-Person at School or Virtually on Zoom depending on family preference. I will be contacting families this week to choose a virtual or in-person conference. If you choose an in-person conference only parents/guardians will be able to attend. Due to Covid-19 Protocols I will be unable to accommodate extra family members or siblings in the classroom.

Please plan for your appointment (virtual or in-person) to take about 45 minutes. We will be discussing how the children are adapting to the routine at school, the results of your child’s beginning of the year assessment, student goals for the upcoming school year, as well as ways to support your child’s academic development at home.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Stortini