Happy New Year!!! A couple of announcements….

Hello Families!

I wanted to update you on my return, and share other news:

I see my doctor on Monday.  I am hoping to be cleared to return to work next week. Fingers crossed.  I truly miss the students every day I’m away from them.

Margaret King-Ahmed will begin her Parent Talk classes this FRIDAY at 8:45 in the cafeteria.  Please see Nathal or Val about signing up.  I have participated in her parent talk series and it’s truly life changing.  Please consider joining us this Friday.  Refreshments will be provided.

Thank you all for your generosity over the past few months.  Whether it be donations to classrooms, gifts for staff, helping a family in need, or bringing food/supplies for the needy, the families of Howard demonstrate altruism and genuine concern for the well-being of others.  Please know how much you are appreciated and valued.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies Have Arrived!

Nasreen Hider is at school now sorting the orders.  You may come pick them up, or if you are unable to do so and wish that your child brings home the order in his/her  backpack, please call Nasreen at 313-598-1166.  Please note that orders need to be picked up by the end of the day because they need to remain frozen.  Any orders not picked up will be left outside as we do not have ample freezer storage.

Way to go, Ali Beidoun!!

 

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Four Dearborn Elementary School Students Awarded For Their Outstanding Writing at the 2016 Young Authors’ Festival

Four students from Dearborn elementary schools received awards for their writing at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Mardigian Library’s 4th annual Young Authors’ Festival. The half-day event was held in the Mardigian Library on Saturday, November 12. Around 120 young writers from grades 3 to 5, parents, and teachers listened as the award winners read their winning entries aloud. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell stopped by to congratulate award winners and encourage students to read and write. Winners received Barnes & Noble gift cards as awards.

3rd Grade, 2nd Prize: Owen Strieff (Lindbergh Elementary) for “Families,”

3rd Grade, 3rd Prize (tie): Hussein Mansour (William Ford Elementary) for “Family Memories,”

4th Grade, 3rd Prize: Nameh Sharif (Henry Ford Elementary) for “My Life, My Everything,”

5th Grade, 3rd Prize: Ali Beidoun (Howard Elementary) for “Big Dreams.”

The 2016 Young Authors’ Writing Contest received around 260 entries from children in grades 3 to 5. Entries were judged by UM-Dearborn pre-service teachers.

At the festival, young writers learned tips on what it takes to be an author from Newbery Medal-winning author and special guest speaker, Christopher Paul Curtis.  Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan and is a graduate of UM-Flint. Curtis is the author of the highly acclaimed books, “Bud Not Buddy,” “Elijah of Buxton,” and “The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963.”

He told the eager audience to be observant and listen, and encouraged them to use what they see and hear in their everyday lives in their stories. He gave an example about how writing can be a collaborative process through the challenges he faced when writing a book from a girl’s perspective. He got a lot of advice from the girls and women in his life to help him shape his character’s personality and voice. Curtis also took time to autograph books and have pictures taken with the children attending the event.

Children also participated in 11 fun, educational writing workshops conducted by UM-Dearborn pre-service teachers. While the children were in workshops, their parents were getting tips on how to inspire their children to continue writing and reading. Workshop topics included: collaborative group writing, how to create a picture book, creating a story to accompany a piece of music, a bookmaking workshop, and more.

This event is sponsored by the College of Education, Health and Human Services; the Mardigian Library; the Salloum Family in honor of Abdallah & Leila Salloum; Mrs. Judith Smith; the Metro Detroit Book and Author Society; the Hub for Teaching & Learning Resources; the Office of Metropolitan Impact; and the UM-Dearborn Barnes & Noble College Bookstore.

Incidents with sub on Friday

Hi Families!

On Friday, there was a substitute in the building who did not speak to students with kindness or regard.  When the students reported her interactions with the office, she was immediately dismissed.  Mr. Iavasile, Ms. Burch and Mrs. Mosallam stepped in as substitute gym teachers for the afternoon!  Thank you for your feedback regarding the unfortunate situation with this substitute.  She will not be returning.  Thank you for your continued support.

Children with Hair Loss

Ponytail Cutting and Howard Elementary

School Sing Along

  • When:  Friday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Where:  Howard Elementary School’s Gym
  • What:  We are cutting and collecting hair that is at least 8 inches in length (gray, color-treated, and highlighted is fine).

If you are interested in having your ponytail cut, please contact Mrs. Clark at Bryant or Mrs. Schug at Howard.

No more card flips (light changes) for homework

Parents,

The PBIS committee has determined that teachers will no longer flip cards/change lights for homework.  In reviewing our data over the last few years, we realize that an extraordinary amount of students are being flipped for not completing homework assignments.  There has been little change in the behavior as a result of the practice of flipping the cards (changing the light), so we have abolished the practice.  PBIS endorses the teaching and reteaching of expectations, reflection on and correction of undesired behaviors, and a 4 to 1 positive to corrective feedback interaction.  The PBIS model also promotes NATURAL consequences for chronic, undesirable behaviors.  The natural consequences for not completing homework assignments are lower homework grade and losing certain privileges because that time is spent completing homework.  This is what students can expect to see in middle and high school.

The teachers have discussed and understand that homework is for PRACTICE, so that students are able reinforce the learning from that day ON THEIR OWN.   They may also be asked to complete classwork at home if they were unable during the time allotted.  Please email me with any questions.  HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!!!!

 

-Mrs. Burch

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