October 15

Fall Festival

Please join us on Friday, October 25th at 6:00 p.m. for our Fall Festival. We have many exciting activities planned including:

*Giant obstacle course

*Game booths

*Cake walk

*Tin can raffle

*Haunted house

*Pumpkin decorating contest


*Food and much more!

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September 24

Narrative Unit

Last week we began our narrative unit in Language Arts.  Students took a pre-assessment  and reflected on their scores today in class.  Tomorrow, we will create a foldable, which is a multi-dimensional graphic organizer that can be used to organize information on narratives and reinforce skills taught in class.  We will also start taking notes on the narrative elements and the plot diagram.   A Plot Diagram example is shown below. Next week, students will read the short story “The Elevator” and plot the story events on the plot diagram.

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September 12

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Concert Description:

See below- a free family event for all!

On Sunday, September 22 at 3 PM, the DSO will give a free performance at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation. Across all of its 2019-2020 programming, the DSO celebrates the centennial of Orchestra Hall, built in 1919 as the first permanent home of the orchestra. From 1941-1951, Orchestra Hall became the Paradise Theatre, a celebrated venue for jazz and blues artists. The 2019-2020 season also marks the 20th anniversary of the DSO’s Paradise Jazz Series, which takes its name from Orchestra Hall’s ten-year history as the Paradise Theatre.

Join conductor Jacob Joyce as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra celebrates the centennial of Orchestra Hall, featuring works performed during the Orchestra’s first season at Orchestra Hall. The DSO pays tribute to the hall’s jazz roots with a performance of Duke Ellington Fantasy, a nod to the Paradise Theatre’s earliest concerts, which included a date featuring Duke Ellington just four weeks after the venue opened.

Here is a link to reserve tickets:


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September 3

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

A picture of Mrs. Schafer's meet the teacher newsletter.

Hello OL Smith Family,

My name is Megan Timpf and I teach 8th grade English Language Arts. Mrs. Schafer will be co-teaching with me during first, second, and sixth hour classes. If you would like to learn a bit about us, please see the “Meet the Teacher” newsletters pictured above. You will also receive essential school information, such as the syllabus this week. Please keep an eye out for it!

Summer Learning

Students were expected to read three books over the summer and will have an opportunity to present one book in class tomorrow. We reviewed the expectations for the report in class last week. There will be a written and an oral component.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Please ask your child to bring home a free and reduced lunch form. Even if your child received free and reduced lunch last year, you must complete the form every year. If you are unsure if you are eligible, fill the form out any way! There is no penalty for doing so. You only need to complete the form once for all children in the family. If you have any questions, please contact the main office at (313) 827-2800.


Planners were passed out in advisory last week. Your student is expected to have a planner with them at all times during the school day. The planner contains all school policies, procedures, their passes to leave class, and students are expected to write their assignments down every day. All children get ONE free planner. If it is lost, your child may purchase a new planner in the office for $5.

Picture Day, IDs, and Yearbooks

Picture Day was last Thursday, August 29th. If you order pictures online, please keep a record of your order! Last year, the company did not send a list of who ordered yearbooks and it caused some confusion and frustration. Having a record will decrease the confusion and frustration should this company error occur again this year.

All students present on Picture Day received their picture ID last Thursday. Should your child lose their picture ID, they can purchase a new ID card in the office for $5.

We know that is a lot of information at one time, so please email us with any questions or clarifications. If we do not have an answer, we will try to point you in the right direction. Ms. Timpf’s email is timpfm1@dearbornschools.org and Ms. Schafer’s is schafej@dearbornschools.org. Feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Please remember to include us both in all communications, so we are on the same page. This information, as well as a bit more about us, is provided in the newsletter attached to this email.

We look forward to working with you this school year!

Megan Timpf and Jeanette Schafer

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