Thanksgiving

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During this time of Thanksgiving, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the families at Howard.  On behalf of myself and the staff here at Howard, thank you for the support that you provide in creating strong partnerships to support our students.  We are thankful that you continue to trust us with your most valuable possessions and for working with us hand-in-hand in order to advocate for and be a partner in your child’s education, safety, and well-being.  We are grateful for the opportunity to serve such a strong and caring community.

We wish you all a Thanksgiving full of laughter, friends, and family and reading 20 minutes a day except on Thursday Image result for winking emoji

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday, November 25 as we continue our 2018/19 school year adventure.                                                                                        Have a wonderful break!  Howard-Pride/Dragons-Achieve!

With Sincere Gratitude and Appreciation,

Mrs. Lazar and the Howard Staff

Proud Night for Dearborn Schools

Last night was a proud night for the Dearborn Public Schools family!  Dr. Glenn Maleyko was honored as the Superintendent of the Year.   The Michigan Superintendent of the Year is recognized for strong leadership, creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students, communication skills, professionalism, community involvement, and student success.  It has been a privilege to work with a leader like Dr. Maleyko, a leader who views education as a passion and not just a job.  Congratulations!

In addition, STEM Middle School was also recognized as the only middle school in Michigan to receive the Distinguished Blue Ribbon Award!  Congratulations to the hard working team of parents, staff, and students that work hard try their best everyday demonstrating excellence in citizenship and achievement!

It was a privilege to be present to see both of these awards honored last night.

Let it Snow

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It is that time of year again!  The first snow of the season is upon us.  Here are a few reminders about recess and line up policy for the winter season.

Image result for snowflakeAs long as the real feel is 20 degrees (F) or above and not actively snowing, students will be going/lining up outside.  Please see the following websites for information on the benefits of children playing outside in the winter:

https://www.fix.com/blog/keep-kids-playing-outdoors-in-winter/

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/children-winter-cold-health-safety/40982792

https://www.med.upenn.edu/antibiotics/newsletters/2017_5.1_January.pdf

Image result for snowflakeChildren will be allowed to play on the snow provided they have the proper attire.  This includes snow pants, boots, gloves/mittens, hats and scarves.  These  items should be worn on a daily basis in the winter to ensure students are appropriately dressed for the weather.  If students are dressed properly, they can enjoy the fun that this season can bring.  Remember layers!

Let’s get ready for another Michigan winter! Bundle up and warm up the Hot Cocoa Image result for cold smiley face

Student Leaders

Our first step in establishing the student council initiative has begun at Howard Elementary.  Today, student leaders went into all classes 1-5 grade to let them know that the student council initiative will be starting soon.  Through this initiative we will be providing the opportunity for students to have a voice in the school.  Our Council will be comprised of a 5th grade president, 4th grade vice-president, and senators from each classroom.  We are very excited to be able to build this initiative.  Ms. Szalai will be serving as the student council adviser.  Stay tuned for more information in the next few weeks!

 

Battle Against Hunger

The student leadership teams at DHS, EFHS and FHS are working jointly to fight hunger again. Howard Elementary is joining in to support to fight hunger locally via the Battle Against Hunger in order to help assist these student leadership teams.  This year all cans and money raised will support Zaman International and Amity. Our collective goal is 30,000 cans and $7500. The Battle Against Hunger will begin on Monday the 12th of November and end Friday the 16th of November.  We are kicking off this Battle with a Turkey Trot at Ford Field on Saturday, see the attached Flyers for more information.

First Annual Turkey Trot

Battling Hunger Flyer

DFT Book Raffle Winner

Students who attended Dearborn’s Homecoming were able to enter a raffle sponsored by the DFT to win books for their entire class. Howard 5th Grader, Jack, was the Elementary School winner! The DFT representatives came to visit the class with a great selection of books for the students to choose from.  Thank you to the Dearborn Federation of Teachers.

Halloween Night Safety

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Here are some tips from the National Safety Council (https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/autumn/halloween)  to stay safe tonight!

Costume Safety

To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list ofHalloween safety tips. Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won’t cause safety hazards.

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

When They’re on the Prowl

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street

Safety Tips for Motorists

NSC offers these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

Halloween Parade

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We will be having our annual Halloween Parade tomorrow at 1:40.  We are asking for your support and cooperation to ensure that this event will be a positive and fun event for our students.

Please ensure that costumes do not include scary masks or “weapons”.  These items will be taken away if brought to school.  Appropriate masks include characters that are child friendly like Super Mario, Cartoon Characters, Star Wars, and Doc McStuffins.  A Scream mask is not acceptable.

Students will not be released from school for make-overs and costumes should be manageable by the child independently.  This is intended to be a light and fun event.

In case we have inclement weather, I have shared an indoor parade route with the staff.  As part of this route, parents will be asked to stand around the perimeter of the gym and will have the opportunity to watch the students come through the gym on their parade route.  Due to limited space in the hallways, please assist us in making room for the ghosts and goblins to come through by staying in the gym area.

Have a great Halloween Eve!

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