The NED Show!

The NED Show visits 2.5 million students every year across the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.  They have performed at the White House eleven times and will visit 6,000 schools this year.  This 45 minute character education assembly promotes positive attitudes and encourages students and staff to do their best every day.

The NED Show will take place on Thursday, September 11th at 9:00 a.m. in the school gymnasium.  We will be selling NED product before school (8:10) from September 12 through September 18.  Proceeds from the sale will go directly to the PBIS school store.  For more details, please refer to the parent letter that was distributed at the end of last week.

NED stands for:  Never Give Up!  Encourage Others! Do Your Best!

Weapons in Schools

The Board of Education prohibits students from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon at school, on school property, on school buses, or on the way to or from school. The term “weapon” means any object which, in the manner in which it is used, is intended to be used, or is represented, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, as well as endangering the health and safety of persons. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, guns of any type whatsoever, including soft air and gas-powered guns (whether loaded or unloaded), knives, razors, clubs, electric weapons, metallic knuckles, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and explosives.

This policy also prohibits look-alike items like toy guns, false fire alarms, bomb threats, or intentional calls to falsely report a dangerous condition. The consequences for bringing a toy gun to school are the same as bringing a real gun to school—possible expulsion and referral to the police.


Parent Letter – Weapons In Schools

Welcome Back Picnic

Hello Howard Parents-

We will be kicking off the school year with our annual Welcome Back Picnic on Tuesday, September 9th from 4:30-7:30 PM. This years picnic will include pizza, salad, drinks, 50/50 raffle and unlimited bouncer rides. We will be asking for $6 donation ($5 with PTA Membership) per person at the door.

The picnic is a great way for students and parents to meet their new teachers and classmates within the first week of school. At this time we are looking for volunteers to help before, during, and after the event. Here is a list of the following areas where we will need help:

– Set Up (3:00-4:30 PM)
– Food Servers (5:00-6:30 PM)
– Beverage Servers (4:30-7:30 PM)
– Bounce House Supervisors (4:30-7:30 PM)
– Admission Table (4:30-7:30 PM)
– 50/50 Ticket Sales (4:30-7:00 PM)
– Clean Up (7:00-8:00 PM)

If you are available and would like to volunteer for one of these positions please contact Amy McKelvey by email or call/text (313) 689-9905. Please indicate your name, email, telephone, and position you would like to work. All volunteers and appreciated and greatly needed!! Please forward this email along to other Howard parents that you feel may be interested in helping with this event. A letter will also be sent home from school.

I will send out a complete volunteer list with your assignments on Monday, September 8th.

Thank you,
Amy McKelvey
Carmen Bronson
Picnic Co-Chairs

Media Center Closed – Tuesday, July 29th


The Howard School media center will be closed on Tuesday, July 29th so the carpets can be cleaned and other general maintenance performed by Mr. Elia and his crew to that area.  The media center will re-open on Tuesday, August 5th (9:00 – 11:30 a.m.).  Thank you for accommodating this adjustment to the schedule.

Mr. Denison

2014-15 Staffing

Over the past several weeks, I have been working to finalize teacher assignments for the 2014-15 school year.  One large piece of the puzzle that needs to be completed is finding a replacement teacher to replace the retirements of Mrs. Raschke and Mrs. Adams.  In the next few days, a committee of teachers and I will interview transfer candidates for the open position.

Presently, I have tentatively staffed the building accordingly:

Ms. Smith = Kindergarten

Ms. Mohamed = Kindergarten

Mrs. Korte = 1st Grade

Mrs. Lippert = 1st Grade

Ms. Benedict = 1st Grade

Mrs. Sawyers = 2nd Grade

Mrs. Turk = 2nd Grade

Ms. MacDonald = 2nd Grade

Mrs. Caito = 3rd Grade

Mrs. Minier = 3rd Grade

TBD = 3rd Grade

Mrs. Picshke = 4th Grade

Mrs. Schug = 4th Grade

Ms. Martin = 4th/5th Grades

Ms. Albertson = 5th Grade

Mrs. Dearth = 5th Grade

Student assignments are being finalized and will be posted the Friday before Labor Day weekend on the front doors of the school.  Should you have any questions about the information above, please contact me so we can have a conversation about your concerns/opportunities.


Mr. Denison



Media Center Summer Hours

Big News! Every Tuesday morning during the summer from 9:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M., our Howard Elementary Media Center will be open for math games, science experiments, tinkering, reading, computers and more!  On 6/17, 6/24, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, and 7/29, the Howard Elementary Library will be open for our students because we care about our students.

We will be partnering with the Dearborn Public Library for Fizz, Boom, Read. Click below for more information and don’t forget to sign up for a library card.  It’s so important that students read and learn as much as they can over the summer.  Walt Disney once wrote that “there is more treasure in books that in all the pirate’s treasure on Treasure Island.”  

Big Read Celebration

Soon, the Dearborn Public Library will present a Big Read Wrap Up Party at 16301 Michigan Avenue.  Join others for a celebration at the Henry Ford Centennial Library to wrap up Big Read Dearborn.  Real sled dogs will be there.  Students can do gold panning.  There will be an old-time photo booth.  There will be popcorn, a children’s craft, doggie soccer, and more.
Library: Henry Ford Centennial Library
Location: Auditorium
Event Type: Family
Date: 5/17/2014
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
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