PTA Meeting – Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The next PTA Meeting/Parent Meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 13th @ 7:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Howard School media center.  During this meeting Mr. Denison will be sharing information about the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  Please plan to attend this meeting to find out more about ways you can help your child be successful at school.

Mardi Gras 2013

The Dearborn Education Foundation is hosting its annual Mardi Gras fundraising event on Tuesday, February 12th from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Dearborn Hills Golf Course. All proceeds will be returned to Dearborn Public School classrooms for items that promote student learning and achievement. The cost for the event is $20/person in advance or $25/person at the door. Advanced ticket purchases can be purchased from Mr. Denison before the event.

Every attendee of Mardi Gras will receive a doubloon they can give to the school of their choice. The school will be divided into categories: High Schools, Middle Schools and Elementary Schools. The school in each category with the most doubloons at the end of the evening will receive a grant. Attendees will also have the opportunity of purchasing additional doubloons. The winning schools will be presented with the checks at the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year Award in May.

Elementary School = $250

Middle School = $500

High School = $1000

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Needs and Wants Project

Our first grade students at Howard Elementary put their Social Studies lesson into action this year. As they studied their unit on basic Needs and Wants they decided to help provide the basic need of clothing to someone less fortunate. The first grade students from Mrs. Adams’ and Mrs. Korte’s classes collected over 150 new warm hats, gloves and socks for homeless men and women in the Detroit area. These items will be distributed next week at a facility that will be housing and feeding the homeless for a week. The students have shared from their hearts and are excited to know that they are able to put their learning into action in such an important way. Thank you, first grade families!

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Hats and Gloves

Howard students contributed two large boxes of hats and mittens during the month of December.  These items were donated to ACCESS and will be given to children who need a warm pair of mittens and a hat.  Thank you for thinking of others.


Gleaner’s Food Drive

In December, the Howard School students participated in the annual Gleaner’s Canned Food Drive.  After one week of giving, students had donated over 2,200 cans of food for people in our community.  They did a great job and helped a lot of people.  Thank you to the Student Council, Mrs. Caito and Mrs. Fleming for organizing and coordinating the event this year.  The Howard School community is the best!!!

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Tragedy in Connecticut

Office of the Superintendent

December 17, 2012

Dear Community Members,

I know all of us are deeply saddened by the tragic event that occurred in Connecticut on Friday. As rational people we struggle to understand actions that are totally irrational and try to make sense of explanations that never will.

When we see the faces of the innocent children, the victims of this tragedy, we can’t help but see the faces of our own students. When we hear of the heroic principal and teachers risking their lives to save students, we feel the pain and sympathize with those who knew and worked with these brave individuals. For all of us our hearts are filled with sorrow and as a community we offer our thoughts and prayers to the families in Newtown.

Our staff does an excellent job of having “the pulse” of their school and over the next few days will be paying extra attention to how the students are reacting to this tragedy. If any child seems to be overly upset or concerned about this event, please know that we have outstanding resources available in our schools and students can talk with our highly-trained professional team of Social Workers and Psychologists.

Throughout our district we will be keeping the following in mind:

• Age appropriate discussion in the right classroom context will most likely occur but should not dominate the conversation of the day. This is especially true in the elementary grades where any in-depth conversation is best left to the parents.

• With younger students it is important to make sure they feel safe at school; we will remind them:
– That although this was a very tragic event that has made us all very sad, it did not happen at one of our schools, it did not happen in Dearborn, it occurred in another part of our country.

– Although adults and the news are talking a lot about this tragedy, this is rare and nothing like this has ever happened here.

– Policemen, parents, teachers, and all school staff are here to keep them safe.

As always we want to work with our parents to create the safest possible learning environment. We ask that parents keep the following tips in mind:

• Over-exposure to this horrible event at home may lead to students feeling distressed, overwhelmed, and frightened. It is important to limit the amount of exposure to this event, especially younger children.

• 24 hour news channels will show the same footage over and over. For younger children they may not be able to understand that this event happened once and is not happening again and again.

• School is a safe place and we do have security procedures in place.

As a district it is important for parents to know that we continually work to ensure the safety of students and staff during the school day. We have always and will continue to follow these procedures:

– All staff must have their ID on them at all times and it should be visible.
– All visitors must sign in at the main office and receive a visitor’s pass.
– Students and staff are not to open any exterior doors for anyone.
– As required, all schools practice their emergency drills throughout the year.
– All schools do have a detailed security/crisis plan in place and it is reviewed each year.
– The district has an excellent relationship with the police department and works closely with them to review security protocol and procedures.

We have been in contact with the Dearborn Police Chief and he has informed us that there will be a stepped up police presence around our schools over the next few days.

In the days ahead there will be much discussion about what we as a nation can do to try and stop these types of tragedies from occurring again. I’m sure that there will also be opportunities to support the families and community of Newtown. I hope that all of us personally, and as a district, can be involved in these activities. Although time may mend the wound that shattered this quiet community, those who were lost will never be forgotten.

Please know that by working together we will ensure that all of our schools continue to be a safe place for students to learn and achieve.


Brian J. Whiston
Superintendent of Schools

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