December 12

Argumentative Essay Update

Hello Families,

Students have an argumentative essay due on Tuesday, December 17th. The topic of our essay is: Should people be bored?

Last week we worked on annotating sources that discuss the positive and negative effects of boredom in order to prepare us for our essay. This week, students are writing their rough drafts and the week before break will be used to work on grammar, punctuation, and voice. 

The essay is due on December 17th so that students who are absent or who require extended time will have this offered to them prior to break. It is essential that students complete their essay on time, so we may assess them and provide students with the necessary time to make corrections once they return from break. This will ensure corrections are made before the end of the semester.

Please encourage your child to complete any additional research they may need to do over break as well as check in on them periodically to make sure they are caught up on their essay.

If your child needs any help with their essay, Smith offers after-school tutoring on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 3:00-4:30 and Ms. Timpf is one of the tutors in that program. This means students can receive additional one-on-one time if needed to ensure their essay is completed and effective.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns,

Ms. Timpf & Ms. Schafer

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December 4

Argumentative Essay

We have been working on analyzing our rubric for an argumentative essay. Students will continue to explore writing a strong thesis statement, and collecting evidence through different sources. Our goal is to have students research, write, and revise their argumentative essays by Tuesday, December 17th. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns.


Ms. Timpf & Ms. Schafer

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December 4

App lets parents check student records and report absences

December 4, 2019 by Lori Keveney

Parents can check grades, report absences via app

Dearborn Public School parents can now report their child’s absences and check student grades, attendance and more from the convenience of their phone or tablet.

Parents can download the Q Parent Connection app via Google Play or iTunes and set it up with the same ID number and password they use for Parent Connection online.  Q Parent Connection, via computer or the app, allows parents and guardians to check their child’s attendance and grades as that information is entered at the school. Adults can also look at their child’s food service balances, if children opt to buy items instead of or in addition to the free lunch and breakfast.

New with the app is the option for a parent to report a child absent without calling the school office.

“We know that increasingly parents are using phones, instead of computers, to do everyday functions from checking the weather to managing their finances,” said Troy Patterson, Dearborn Public Schools director of technology and media services. “This app allows them to use their phone to do the important job of staying in touch with their child’s school, from making sure homework is turned in to reporting absences.”

Students can also access information such as grades and attendance through the Q Student Connection app, which provides the same information as their online Q Student Connection account.  Students cannot report their own absences.

The District website has the technical details for setting up Q Parent Connection.  If a parent or guardian needs a Parent Connection login, they should call the District at (313) 827-2800.

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December 2

A Message from the Smith PTSA


WIN SOME EXTRA CASH THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!!! The O.L. Smith PTSA has you covered! First place can win up to $500 with our Holiday 50/50 raffle, 2nd place wins $200 and 3rd place wins $100!! Students have $20 worth of raffle tickets to sell, and each ticket cost $2. Completed ticket halves with money are due to the Main Office by Wednesday, December 4th. Drawing takes place December 5th. Good Luck!

Cyber Monday- Don’t forget to shop Amazon Smile and register to support O.L. Smith! We can earn a significant amount of money to support student programs with just a little help from you!   

Shopping for Christmas at Five Below this week? You have an easy way to help the O.L. Smith PTSA!  Flyers were sent home last week and are available on this site.  Bring the flyer with you on your shopping trip to the Allen Park or Dearborn Five Below stores any day through Friday, December 6th.  For any sales made with a printed flyer that week, O.L. Smith will receive 10%!!! (You can also show the flyer on your phone and the cashier will write down the information.)  Please print the flyer and share with family and friends!  Support student programs at your school!  Thank you!

* Allen Park and Dearborn Locations only

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