Since school has been canceled the past 3 Wednesdays, we have not been able to hold the tryouts. I would like to hold tryouts this Friday after school. If for some reason you can’t make it, please see me to make other arrangements. We will start right after school and will end at 4:45. If you would like to stay with your child after dismissal, I will try to fit you in first so you can take your child home. Please make sure to arrange pick up by 4:45. If music and/or props are needed, please make sure your child has them at tryouts. The tryouts are only open to fifth graders. No more than 4 students may be in a single act. I will send a list to the fifth grade teachers on Monday of the students who were selected to participate. Any questions, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for your generous donations for our annual Pumpkin Raffle!! My STAND students, Howard teachers and staff, and my teacher cohort, worked very hard to decorate the pumpkins, collect and count the money, and help with the raffle. We raised $542 dollars for the animals at the Dearborn Animal Shelter!!! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!
Pumpkin Raffle Wednesday and Thursday
Howard teachers and staff will be decorating pumpkins to raffle off for Halloween. Tickets will be sold on Wednesday and Thursday during lunch. Each ticket is $1.00. Please send money in an envelope or baggie. Proceeds will be used to purchase fleece to make blankets for the animals at the animal shelter. If your child wins a decorated pumpkin, it will need to be picked up on Thursday after school or Friday.
Howard STAND students will be selling Santa hats tomorrow (Thursday) for $2. The hat will be personalized with your child’s name on it. We are asking that all hats remain at school until Friday so that students can wear them to the Howard Sing-Along. One hat per person, please. All proceeds will be used to purchase fleece to make animal blankets for the Humane Society.
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The talent show will be rehearsing tomorrow immediately after school. If your child is participating, he/she needs to bring all props, clothes, and music required for his/her skit. Please make sure that you pick up your child promptly at 4:45. Please pick your child up in the rear entrance of the building (parking lot by track.) If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Lippert.
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.
We will have a dress rehearsal tomorrow, Thursday, right after school. All STAND students and participants must attend. Please make sure that if your child is performing, he/she has all necessary items (music, props, etc.) tomorrow. Our rehearsal will end at 4:45. All students must be picked up by 4:45 in front of the school.
This talent show is fast approaching. Mrs. Lippert and her STAND students will be holding the show on February 2. This is the PBiS reward for January. Fifth graders will be demonstrating their talents for the entire school! If your fifth grader would like to try out for an act in the show, please see below:
When: Thursday, January 14th
Where: Howard gym
Time: 3:45-4:45 student needs to arrange for transportation home after tryouts (no buses will be provided for your child to get home.)
Who: Fifth graders (1-4 people per act)
What to bring: If the act requires music, tools, props, etc., they must be brought to school on Thursday.