Michigan Child Protection Registry

Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and schools and can be located at www.ProtectMIChild.com.

As a strong supporter of this registry, I would like to encourage you to sign your entire family up for the registry and inform your friends and colleagues about how they can protect children and families from unwanted adult advertising. To sign up only takes seconds. Just go to www.ProtectMIChild.com and keep your family safe.


Peace Day Event

On Friday, September 19th, the Howard School staff and students celebrated The National Day of Peace by gathering around the Peace Pole.  We sang about peace and thought about ways to make our community a peaceful place for everyone.  Thank you, Mrs. Ventura, for helping us with the song.  Also, thank you to Mrs. Thomas for helping us create these beautiful pinwheels.


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Information Regarding Enterovirus D68

What is Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)?

Enteroviruses are very common viruses. There are more than 100 types of enteroviruses. It is estimated that 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States each year. Most enterovirus infections in the U.S. occur seasonally during the summer and fall. In fact, enteroviruses are the second most frequent cause of “the common cold.”

EV-D68 infections occur much less often than other enterovirus strains, but like other strains, EV-D68 spreads through close contact with infected people. EV-D68 starts out like the common cold but can quickly turn serious – especially in children with asthma. This is a lung virus that causes mild to severe respiratory illness.

Fact Sheet Enterovirus D68 English

Arabic Fact Sheet Enterovirus D68

Birds of Prey @ Lake Erie Metropark

Meet Birds of Prey at Lake Erie Metropark’s 25th Annual Hawkfest


Lake Erie Metropark’s 25th Annual Hawkfest will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.at the Lake Erie Metropark Marshland Museum and Nature Center in Brownstown, Mich. This two-day festival celebrates the annual migration of birds of prey – hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures.


Programs include discussions on birds of prey, osprey updates and raptor rehabilitation with representatives from the Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine and biologists from the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.  Members of the Michigan Hawking Club will bring hawks and discuss falconry. Live birds of prey will be brought out during special programs by the Leslie Science and Nature Center on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  and Joe Rogers on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also, on Sunday, Reg Pettibone’s Native American Hawk Dancers will perform traditional eagle dances at 4 p.m. Kids can play educational games and make crafts. An optics tent from Wildbirds Unlimited will be available all weekend.


Each September, tens of thousands of broad-winged hawks pass over the park, which is designated as an important bird area and one of the premier hawk watching sites in North America. All together, at least 16 different species of migrating birds of prey fly overhead during the fall migration season. Hawk watchers will be counting migrating raptors, and their spotting scopes can be used to take a peek at birds in the sky. Typically, 200,000 birds of prey migrate over Lake Erie Metropark from September through November on their southward journey.


Registration is not required, and the EVENT IS FREE with park entry. For more information, contact the Lake Erie Metropark Marshland Museum and Nature Center at 734-379-5020.


GENERAL INFORMATION: Located along the Huron and Clinton rivers, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks provide a natural oasis from urban and suburban life as well as year-round recreational activities and events. A regional park system, the Metroparks consist of 13 beautiful parks covering 25,000 acres, ten spectacular public golf courses and two marinas on Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair. The parks also offer scenic nature trails, breathtaking beaches, educational activities and exciting winter sports.

For persons with special accessibility needs or who have limited English proficiency, please contact the park facility of your choice at least 72 hours in advance of your visit. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is only $30 annually for regular admission, $20 for seniors (62 and up), or $7 daily. General information can be found atwww.metroparks.com or by calling 1-800-47-PARKS.

Dearborn City Hall is Moving

City Hall services and departments are moving to:

Dearborn Administrative Center (DAC)
16901 Michigan Avenue (two miles west of the current City Hall building)

City Hall and services offered at that building will close to the public on noon, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 and will remain closed until 8 am, Tuesday, Sept.23, 2014.
All City Hall services will resume at 8 am Tuesday, September 23 at the new Dearborn Administrative Center (DAC). 
Any questions regarding the City Hall move should be directed to the City of Dearborn, Department of Public Information,(313) 943-2285

The NED Show!

The NED Show visits 2.5 million students every year across the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.  They have performed at the White House eleven times and will visit 6,000 schools this year.  This 45 minute character education assembly promotes positive attitudes and encourages students and staff to do their best every day.

The NED Show will take place on Thursday, September 11th at 9:00 a.m. in the school gymnasium.  We will be selling NED product before school (8:10) from September 12 through September 18.  Proceeds from the sale will go directly to the PBIS school store.  For more details, please refer to the parent letter that was distributed at the end of last week.

NED stands for:  Never Give Up!  Encourage Others! Do Your Best!

Weapons in Schools

The Board of Education prohibits students from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon at school, on school property, on school buses, or on the way to or from school. The term “weapon” means any object which, in the manner in which it is used, is intended to be used, or is represented, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, as well as endangering the health and safety of persons. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, guns of any type whatsoever, including soft air and gas-powered guns (whether loaded or unloaded), knives, razors, clubs, electric weapons, metallic knuckles, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and explosives.

This policy also prohibits look-alike items like toy guns, false fire alarms, bomb threats, or intentional calls to falsely report a dangerous condition. The consequences for bringing a toy gun to school are the same as bringing a real gun to school—possible expulsion and referral to the police.


Parent Letter – Weapons In Schools

Welcome Back Picnic

Hello Howard Parents-

We will be kicking off the school year with our annual Welcome Back Picnic on Tuesday, September 9th from 4:30-7:30 PM. This years picnic will include pizza, salad, drinks, 50/50 raffle and unlimited bouncer rides. We will be asking for $6 donation ($5 with PTA Membership) per person at the door.

The picnic is a great way for students and parents to meet their new teachers and classmates within the first week of school. At this time we are looking for volunteers to help before, during, and after the event. Here is a list of the following areas where we will need help:

– Set Up (3:00-4:30 PM)
– Food Servers (5:00-6:30 PM)
– Beverage Servers (4:30-7:30 PM)
– Bounce House Supervisors (4:30-7:30 PM)
– Admission Table (4:30-7:30 PM)
– 50/50 Ticket Sales (4:30-7:00 PM)
– Clean Up (7:00-8:00 PM)

If you are available and would like to volunteer for one of these positions please contact Amy McKelvey by email amyemckelvey@yahoo.com or call/text (313) 689-9905. Please indicate your name, email, telephone, and position you would like to work. All volunteers and appreciated and greatly needed!! Please forward this email along to other Howard parents that you feel may be interested in helping with this event. A letter will also be sent home from school.

I will send out a complete volunteer list with your assignments on Monday, September 8th.

Thank you,
Amy McKelvey
Carmen Bronson
Picnic Co-Chairs

Media Center Closed – Tuesday, July 29th


The Howard School media center will be closed on Tuesday, July 29th so the carpets can be cleaned and other general maintenance performed by Mr. Elia and his crew to that area.  The media center will re-open on Tuesday, August 5th (9:00 – 11:30 a.m.).  Thank you for accommodating this adjustment to the schedule.

Mr. Denison

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