Big Shot 50/50 Raffle

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DEARBORN PUBLIC SCHOOLS EDUCATION FOUNDATION BIG SHOT 50/50 Raffle

  • Only 100 tickets being sold
  • $500 each ticket
  • Buy one for yourself, get friends to join in on one, buy one for your favorite charity or school!
  • Drawing will take place on March 4, 2014 during the annual Mardi Gras event
  • The best chance to win $25,000

For more information contact Eddie Fakhoury:  fakhoue@dearbornschools.org

After School Events for Wednesday, February 5th

All after school events (Extended Day classes and 4th and 5th grade Winter Music Concert) at Howard Elementary School on Wednesday, February 5th have been cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

Extended Day classes will resume on Thursday, February 6th.  At this time, I am not sure that we will be able to reschedule the Winter Music Concert.  That determination will be made by Mrs. Ventura and Mr. Denison at a later date.

In the meantime, please make sure that you drive safely and stay warm.

Message from the Superintendent – Snow Days

The following statement was released by the superintendent of Dearborn Schools regarding snow days on Tuesday, February 4, 2014:

Snow Days: How Dearborn Public Schools decide

With the possibility of more snow in the forecast, and the fact that it is not uncommon in Michigan to have snow as late as April, this seems like a good time to once again describe the district’s process for deciding whether to close school and evening events because of inclement weather. 

 

Many people would like the District to establish a certain temperature or snow amount as a guaranteed cut-off point to close school.   It is important to have guidelines and criteria to guide the decision to close but to simply make a decision based on a pre-set number removes all thinking and common sense from the decision.  Each time the district makes the difficult decision to close all factors must be considered.

 

The first priority is always safety.  However, please keep in mind that in the southern states 2 inches of snow can be considered unsafe while in northern Michigan or Wisconsin it may take 12 or more inches before safety becomes an issue.  In other words, there is not a hard and fast definition of what is safe and what is not.  That is why the district must take in to consideration several conditions such as:  

 

1) What are the current conditions, not forecasted conditions.

 

2) Will District staff be able to clear parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks in time for school? 

 

3) Will busses be operational and running on time? 

 

4)Will conditions allow safe bus operations and ability to navigate narrow neighborhood streets?

 

5) How are the conditions in other districts? The Superintendent talks with neighboring school districts to see if their conditions are similar to ours.  This gives a better picture of the overall situation and its impact on commuting staff members and busses traveling to other locations.

 

Many times the decision to close school depends on when the snow falls.  Twelve inches of snow over the weekend may have no impact on closing while six inches falling in the middle of the night may result in a very different decision. The Superintendent will always try to make the call prior to 5 am and will only go past that time if the situation requires further consideration.  

 

Please keep in mind that no matter what decision a superintendent makes, whether it’s here in Dearborn or in some other community, someone is not going to like it.  Missing work to stay home with a child, not being able to arrange outside child-care, or simply feeling that the District doesn’t care about the safety of children are just a few of the many reasons parents often site for agreeing or disagreeing with a school closing decision.

 

The district will post snow closing information on all major television and radio stations, on the district’s website (www.dearbornschools.org), district facebook page, twitter, district cable Ch.19, and an automated call will also be sent to all parents.  We highly encourage everyone to monitor at least one of the many sources available to find out if schools will be closed. 

 

When schools are open, we remind students to wear proper clothing for winter conditions.  Hats, gloves, proper shoes, and warm coats should be part of everyone’s wardrobe, especially since we all live in a cold weather state.

Spirit Week (January 27-31)

Spirit Week is returning to Howard School from January 27-31.  The student council has organized an exciting week for our students.  Encourage your child to participate to show their Howard School spirit.

Monday = Movie & Popcorn Day (Student Council will provide the popcorn)

Tuesday = Hippie Day

Wednesday = Class Color Day (Each class will pick a color for everyone to wear)

Thursday = Sports Day

Friday = Pajama/Crazy Hair Day & Birthday Bash (Come to school in your comfy pjs and with crazy hair.  For details about the ‘bash’ check with your child’s teacher and/or homeroom parents.

PTA Basketball

The PTA is pleased to announce that Basketball Night has returned. PTA Basketball is scheduled to begin Friday, January 10th. The program will run until March. There will be no basketball on days that school is not in session. The cost of the program is $8/child with a maximum of $16/family. In order for your child to participate, you must be a member of the Howard School PTA. You may join the PTA at any time.

Kindergarten & 1st Grade = 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
2nd & 3rd Grades = 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
4th & 5th Grades = 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.

For more information about the program, please contact Dawn Hansen at db13hansen@hotmail.com.

Howard School Food Drive

Thank you to all members of the Howard School community for participating in our annual food drive sponsored by the Student Council. This year, 2172 cans of food were donated to Gleaner’s Food Bank of Southeast Michigan. The donation of 1943 pounds of assorted food will provide approximately 1613 meals to hungry neighbors in need. Outstanding job!

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Howard Elementary School Shop

If you are interested in purchasing new Howard spirit clothing, please visit newly created Howard School Spirit Shop tab on Howard School blog site. All clothing can be custom made, purchased on-line and shipped directly to your home. A few staff members have already purchased new clothing from this site (MyLocker.Net). In addition, a portion of the money spent for these items is returned to the school (10%-20% commission for each item sold).

Giving Tree

The PTA is inviting the students at Howard School to participate in our “Giving Tree” this holiday season. Hats and mittens will be placed on the “Giving Tree” in the lobby and then donated to ACCESS. Items will be collected until Friday, December 20.

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