Traffic Day 3 – Morning

Happy Friday!

Traffic this morning went very smoothly.  For parents who got caught in a little bit of a back up, the slow down was a result of so many cars pulling up to the school at the same time (8:35 am).  Prior to 8:35, there was a lot of space along the drop off lane.  Just a reminder, students should already be out of the cars and walking into the school at 8:35 am to help classes get started on time.  Go Team!!

Traffic- Day 2 Morning

Good Day to All!

Our Day two arrival went very smoothly.  While it may feel like it is taking longer because it is one moving line, in actuality, it took less time today.  On an average day, there are still cars lined up for drop off at 8:43 am.  This morning, the majority of the cars were cleared by 8:38 am which means that more students were in class on time!  Thank you again for the great support.  

The efforts that will help with morning traffic:

  • Leave the house a little early so that we are not all rushing to arrive at the same time
  • Consider dropping students off between 8:10 and 8:25 so they can enjoy a free breakfast in the warm cafeteria with friends where they will remain in the building until its time to line up

A few reminders:

  • The entrance bell rings at 8:35 which means students should be arriving at school earlier than that.  This also gives them a chance to socialize, chatting with friends before entering class where they can engage in conversations sharing things that happened the night before, prior to entering class.  As a result, they will have gotten out some wiggles and will have increased readiness to begin their academic focus at a more relaxed pace.
  • The TARDY bell rings at 8:40.  This means that instruction begins at 8:40.
  • When the “real feel” is below 20 degrees, students come inside for line up.

Traffic- Day 1 Afternoon

Positives:

  • The streets were cleared by 3:43 which means the process took exactly the same amount of time as a two way traffic pick up (8 minutes)
  • While traffic was backed up, the flow of traffic was smoother and cars were not squeezing by each other or ending up in a bottle neck.
  • Teachers who worked in schools where this was attempted said that the process worked better after one day here than it did after one year of trial at that school-Kudos to the parents for their cooperation
  • Student safety was improved immensely

Challenges:

  • The bus coming down Lawrence contributed to the traffic backup – This was addressed and the bus driver will use a different street tomorrow to stay out of the way of car traffic.
  • Some parents thought that utilizing the front door for pick up was mandatory – Please see the Valet handout and blog post.  If you use the side streets where parking is permissible, a different door for pick up, or your students bus or walk, you are free to continue to do so.
  • Some parents were frustrated for being stopped far away from the door – Please be patient as we cannot move traffic before the bell rings. As soon as the students came out, traffic did flow more smoothly.

Overall, please keep in mind:

  • We are doing this for the safety of your children
  • Today was not perfect but we need to remember, this was the first day
  • Change takes time
  • We are constantly working to improve the plan, it is fluid and not set in stone.  If something is not working, we will work to address it.
  • If you have additional suggestions that will help make things better, please voice them in a positive way

 

Traffic – Day 1- Morning

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr. Seuss

Thank you so much to this great community for coming together in order to work to ensure the safety of students.  There is nothing more difficult in life than change.  It takes time for the kinks to be worked out before things run smoothly, but when its for the safety of our students, we can all agree that it is worth it.  We met with our School Resource Officer after arrival and are going to improve communication at the corners to help and avoid the few back ups that happened this morning.  Aside from these small hiccups, it was comforting to see that students were not running across a car jammed street outside of the crosswalks or between cars and were instead being dropped off right onto the safe sidewalks.  As mentioned before, we will keep working to get it right but I would have felt like I was letting the students down by not trying anything at all.  

Some tips on helping to improve arrivals:

  • Leave the house a little early so that we are not all rushing to arrive at the same time
  • Consider dropping students off between 8:10 and 8:25 so they can enjoy a free breakfast in the warm cafeteria with friends where they will remain in the building until its time to line up

As stated earlier, we have started a preliminary plan to start moving things in the right direction and in addition to safety, address the many complaints that come to the office regarding this issue.  If you have any additional suggestions that we have not thought of, we welcome and encourage you to contact us through the blog and email.

One-Way Traffic Tomorrow

For Wednesday, January 9, 2019:

The staff and students at Howard Elementary thank you in advance for your cooperation in following the traffic guidelines.  We appreciate your dedication to the safety of the students, and your contribution to improving convenience for all through more efficient traffic flow around the school for our families.  Mostly, we appreciate your demonstration of respect to school rules and school staff, you are setting a great example for the students and serving as role models to them by exhibiting commitment to our Core Value of the common good.  By following these guidelines, you are confirming your fidelity to the best interest of the students at Howard Elementary and for that we give you our deepest gratitude.

In order to assist in the one-way traffic during dismissal time at 3:35, please see the attachment regarding “Student Valet” for those who pick up on N. York at the main doors.

STUDENT VALET

School Traffic Safety

Howard Elementary was originally opened as York School in 1946, as a five-room school house.  The streets around the school at this time were unpaved and the neighborhood was only just developing.  Since that time, our school and the neighborhood we serve have developed tremendously.  We now house roughly 420 students in 20 classrooms.  With this growth has come challenges as neighborhood schools built and located for students who used to walk have become commuter schools where parents are driving students in.  The sheer volume that is expected to be handled by school traffic daunting.  While the dismissal traffic is cleared consistently in 8 minutes, the school has heard your concerns over the arrival and dismissal traffic.  Through coordination with parents and the police department, we have devised a plan that we hope will alleviate your concerns while decreasing driver frustrations and increase the safety of our students around the school; which has been my overwhelming worry.  The link below will take you to the guidelines of this first phase plan which we will be enforcing starting Wednesday, January 9, 2019.  A map is also depicted after the listed guidelines.  We hope that the first phase will be resolve most issues so as to avoid more drastic changes.  A printed copy of this plan and additional information will be coming home with your students tomorrow.   I cannot express to you enough the importance of traffic safety and following traffic ordinances.  Driving is a great responsibility and trying to squeeze through traffic or park too close “just today” may not seem like too big of a deal but when student safety is concerned, every little detail is important.

The staff and students at Howard Elementary thank you in advance for your cooperation in following the traffic guidelines.  We appreciate your dedication to the safety of the students, and your contribution to improving convenience for all through more efficient traffic flow around the school for our families.  Mostly, we appreciate your demonstration of respect to school rules and school staff, you are setting a great example for the students and serving as role models to them by exhibiting commitment to our Core Value of the common good.  By following these guidelines, you are confirming your fidelity to the best interest of the students at Howard Elementary and for that we give you our deepest gratitude.

Howard Traffic Flow for 2019

Back to School

I hope that everyone had a restful and love filled break.  The holidays have a way of reminding us to hold our loved ones even closer and remembering the importance of living in every moment, making and cherishing memories, and reflecting on all of our blessings.  I am so blessed to have gotten to know and love the Howard community during the first half of this school year and look forward to growing those relationships during the second half of our school year together.  I look forward to seeing all of the students back at school tomorrow.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Lazar

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.

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