Young Dragon Runners

Howard School was well-represented at the Robert Cipriano Memorial Cross Country meet on Saturday, October 19th. Congratulations to Amina Ferris, Leila Saad, Zeinab Saad, Erin Moran, Thomas Pastor and Steven Rios for finishing in the top ten in their age category. Also, the 4th grade girls won the team portion of their race. Congratulations!!

Though it was a rainy morning to run, all of our students did well. A big thank you goes out to all the parents for bringing their child to the race and supporting our school.










Second Annual Robert Cipriano Run

Thanks to all the students and parents who came out despite the chilly temps and wet conditions to make the second annual Robert Cipriano Memorial Cross Country Meet a great success!!!!!!!

Big thanks go out to the City of Dearborn for their support, Dearborn Track Club for all their hard work planning and on race day, and to Running Fit for providing the electronic timing system. Thanks to Abe Mashhour and all the Dearborn Public Schools Coaches for making this event work so well.

All the race results can be found on Running Fit web site:

More than 400 photos can be found on the School Life website:

Excellent coverage from WDIV’s Will Jones at:

Detroit News has a great story and photos at:

Thank you to Mr. Haliburda, Jim Moran and Ivan Doverspike for helping with the event. Also, Ms. Martin and Mrs. Wydendorf participated in the faculty run @ 8:30 a.m.

2013 S.M.A.R.T Bond

2013 S.M.A.R.T. School Bond

  • Safety
  • Modifications
  • Additions
  • Renovations
  • Technology and Transportation

November 5, 2013 S.M.A.R.T. School Bond

The Dearborn Board of Education will be asking voters to approve a $76 million bond proposal on the November 5, 2013 ballot. The district will be working with each school to hold informational meetings for parents and community members when school resumes in the fall.

For additional information or if you have questions during the summer recess, please visit the district website,, or contact the Communications Office at (313) 827-3006.

The Development of the S.M.A.R.T. School Bond
During the month of April, meetings were held at each school to solicit input from parents and staff members regarding items that might be included in a bond proposal. Following the meetings, the information gathered was reviewed by a team from the school and architects in order to develop a plan to address the needs of each building.

A final proposal has been reviewed by the Board of Education and is in the process of being approved by the State of Michigan.

An important aspect of the voter approved bond is there would not be an increase in the mill. rate taxpayers are currently paying to retire existing bond debt. This is due to existing debt being paid off and thus the new bond proposal would replace what is being paid off.

Factors that led to the district putting together a bond proposal include the following:

• Parents have asked the district to consider adding a system of remotely unlocking doors and video cameras at entrances of all schools in order to enhance security.

• Over the last 5 years the Dearborn Public Schools has had an 8.1% decrease in the per-student funding amount provided by the state of Michigan resulting in fewer dollars available for general maintenance of the district’s 35 buildings, technology, and busses.

• During the same 5 year time period the amount of general fund dollars the district has been able to commit to the upkeep of facilities has decreased from just over $5 million dollars per budget year to just around $1 million per budget year. The district has 35 buildings with an average age of 58 years. Twenty- three buildings are between 50 and 90 years old with 11 of those buildings being over 80 years old. This aging inventory of buildings has led to increased cost in order to continue to provide students with a safe, healthy, and energy efficient learning environment.

• The district has experienced annual enrollment growth over the past 25 years gaining more than 6,800 students across the district. Although the growth has been good for the district, the additional numbers have had an impact on building capacities and stretched school resources.

• The State of Michigan is moving to a testing model that requires all students to have access to on-line testing. The state has not provided any funding to cover the cost associated with this massive increase in the daily use of technology in the classroom.

• The district has not purchased a new bus for its fleet of nearly 100 busses in 4 years and the average age of a district bus is 9 years old. The aging fleet results in more resources dedicated to maintaining a safe and “road ready” fleet of busses.

• The district has not asked the voters for funds for capital improvements since the 2002 bond. That proposal saw all projects completed on time and on budget. The district has shown good stewardship of tax dollars by refinancing bonds at lower interest rates saving tax payers millions of dollars.

Summer Learning Opportunities

This summer we have a number of learning opportunities for our students:

  1. Study Island – All students at Howard School (Grades 1 to 5) have access to a Study Island account.  This is a great way for our students to review math, writing and reading content.  To access Study Island, go to  If you cannot access your child’s account, e-mail Mr. Denison:  He will help you figure out your child’s correct username and password.
  2. TumbleBooks – Howard student may also access reading materials from a website called TumbleBooks =  The username for our students is ‘howardes’ and the password is ‘books’.
  3. The Howard School media center will be open from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. the following dates this summer:  June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 30, Aug. 6 & 13.
  4. The PTA Read-A-Lottery Program.  Encourage your child to read books this summer.  All books read should be recorded and turned into next year’s teacher in September.  Students will earn prizes for their participation.  The school goal is over 150 student readers who read over 8000 books.  You can do it!

Click on the following links for more information:

Howard Media Center Summer Hours

Howard Media Center Summer Hours (Arabic Translation)

PTA Summer Read- A-Lottery Program

Encourage Summer Learning

Help students improve skills through reading during the summer months. Summer is an opportunity for families to build on the social, emotional and academic gains that their children have made during the school year.  Most students, even those “at-risk,” make progress during the school year. Summer is the time they fall behind. Michigan’s public libraries provide free, voluntary reading programs throughout the summer for families, children and teens. The programs encourage reading through contests and prizes; through onsite and online activities that engage children through their personal lives and interests; and by hosting special performances to motivate children in their communities. Libraries encourage parents to develop family literacy behaviors and provide developmentally appropriate programs for a wide range of ages to create a culture of fluent reading.  In many areas, libraries participate with local social service agencies to bring these enrichment programs to underserved and disadvantaged children.  Your local public library can help your students maintain and even improve their reading skills over the summer with the 2013 campaign. For more information, contact your local public library or go to


While summer school provides some academic support, there are activities that students can engage in that will maximize their growth and help them start the next school year, having made growth over the summer.



Art Games:  Students can design their own abstract paintings, learn about pioneering artists and discover painting techniques.



Marvel Kids Comic Creator:  Students can create their own comic book.  Students can choose from a host of heroes and villains and design paneled comic strips or books.  While this reinforces artistic skill, students experiment with storytelling, writing humor and crafting dialogue.



Wonderopolis: Children are naturally curious.  They have questions.  Each day, Wonderopolis explains a new “wonder” of daily life: why zebras have stripes, etc.  National Center for family Literacy.



Literacy and Language Arts: Word Mover is an application that allows students to create their own poetry based on the work of famous poets.



Nature and Science: iWASWondering:   Inspired by the biography series Women’s Adventures in Science and sponsored by the National Academy of Science, this resource outlines achievements by women in science and provides a timeline , brief biographic info and interactive games such as the virtual telescope, Astroscope.



National Geographic Education:


Young children:



Science Netlinks: Games, podcasts and hands on activities:



Oxford Owl:  Offered by Oxford University Press, there are resources, games and texts for children up to age 11 and math for children 3-7 years old.  There are free ebooks and book construction activities along with games for comprehension assessment and memory.



PBS Kids:  PBS Kids offers an array of fun ways to engage kids, including videos from shows and ability to create comic strips, test drive a space flyer and experiments in Inventor’s Workshop. Kids:  Lots of activities for practice in cryptology and code breaking as well as exploration of the 50 states and much more.



Enjoy the summer and continue the learning.

Summer Reading Program – Dearborn Public Library

Dearborn Public Library
Summer Reading Program 2013
June 17-August 2
Storytime (Ages 2-6): Weather permitting we’ll meet by the fountain for storytime. Join us for stories, songs, & rhymes. All family members are welcome, but storytime is geared for children, 2-6 years old. In the event of rain, storytime will be held indoors. No registration. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.—June 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 1 Mother Goose Storytime (Ages 6-24 months): Babies & toddlers are invited to their first literature experiences along with songs, fingerplays, & movement. One caregiver per child is recommended. Space is limited. Registration required. Fridays, 9:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.—June 14, 21, 28. Registration begins May 31. Fridays, 9:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.—July 12, 19, 26. Registration begins June 28.

Wednesday Crafts (All Ages): Dig crafting? Make and take something new each week. Younger children may need adult assistance. Available while supplies last. No registration. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
June 19 – Gnome
June 26 – Bead Inchworm
July 3 – Yarn Wrap Snakes
July 10 – Burrowing Pet Pop-up
July 17 – Meerkats
July 24 – Treasure & Treasure Map
July 31 – Odds & Ends Scrap Craft
Tuesday Branch Crafts (All Ages): New this year—Esper & Bryant branch have drop in crafts. Younger children may need adult assistance. Available while supplies last. No Registration. Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m.
June 18 – Dump Truck
June 25 – Bookworm Bookmark
July 2 – Shape Snakes
July 9 – Hedgehogs
July 16 – Beach Bucket
July 23 – Dinosaur Finger Puppet
July 30 – Odds & Ends Scrap Craft
Tween + Crafts (Grade 4+): Tweens and older can excavate their creativity. No younger siblings allowed. Space is limited. Registration Required.
June 19 – Grow a Gnome Home. Registration begins June 12.
June 26 – Woven Recycled Bowls. Registration begins June 19.
July 3 – Tie Dye Registration begins June 26. (You must bring your own item to tie dye. Wear old clothes).
July 10 – Make Your Own Mummy. Registration begins July 3.
July 17 – Bottle Cap/Can Tab Jewelry. Registration begins July 10.
July 24 – Embossed Metal Treasure Box. Registration begins July 17.
July 31 – Mosaic Garden Stones. Registration begins July 24.

Please Note: Program registration may be made by phone or in person. Participants arriving more than 5 minutes after the scheduled program time may not be admitted. Children must be the required age on or before the first date of the program. Residents and cardholders are given preference. Individuals with disabilities who require special accommodations, auxiliary aids, or services to attend or participate in these programs should contact their local library or
Registration (starts June 17th)
Using your library card:
1. Click the correct program link from the library website.
2. Enter library card number and PIN. (It is best if each participant has their own library card. If you would like to use a single card for all family members, please see below.)
3. Verify the information provided, com-plete the form and submit.
Using a single card for multiple family
1. Click the correct program for the card holder. (For a parent, register for the Adult Reading program, etc.)
2. Verify the information provided, com-plete the form and submit.
3. Click “Add a Family Member” button.
4. Fill in form and click submit.
Logging hours read/events attended
Using your own card:
1. Click the correct program link from the library website.
2. Enter your library card number and PIN.
3. Click “Add/View Log” button.
4. Enter number of hours read or events attended. (REQUIRED)
5. Choose hours or event attendance. (REQUIRED)
6. OPTIONAL – fill in the rest of the form by adding the title of book/event and a review. You may share these reviews with other patrons and they will appear on the program homepage.
7. Click Save.

Managing Family Members on a single card.
1. Click the correct program link from the library website.
2. Enter your library card number and PIN.
3. Choose the family member to manage from the drop down menu.
4. Click “Manage” button.
5. Click “Add/View Log” button.
6. Enter number of hours read or events attended. (REQUIRED)
7. Choose books or events. (REQUIRED)
8. OPTIONAL – fill in the rest of the form by adding the title of a book/event and a review. You may share these reviews with other patrons and they will appear on the program homepage.
9. Click Save.
For more help, please contact
library staff.

Henry Ford Centennial Library
16301 Michigan Ave.
(313) 943-2345

Bryant Branch Library
22100 Michigan Ave.
(313) 943-41091

Esper Branch Library
12929 W. Warren
(313) 943-4096

Let’s Go to the Movies, Summer Edition (All Ages): Beat the heat and dig into a great movie. No strollers please. No registration, but space is limited. Mondays, 2 p.m.
June 17 – Ant Bully (2006, PG, 88 min.)
June 24 – Secret World of Arrietty (2010, G, 84 min)
July 1 – Atlantis: the Lost Empire (2001, PG, 95 min)
July 8 – Gnomeo and Juliet (2011, G, 84 min)
July 15 – Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, PG, 87 min)
July 22 – Tale of Despereaux (2008, G, 93 min)
July 29 – City of Ember (2008, PG, 90 min.)
Dinosaur Dig (All Ages): Join us for a dino-riffic celebration of all things Jurassic (or Cretaceous or Triassic). We’ll have a craft, games, and fossilize some objects for future generations to dig up.
No registration but space and supplies are lim-ited. Tuesday, July 9, 3 p.m.

TEEN TIME (Grades 6-12):
Hang out, meet new peeps, and have fun. No younger siblings or parents.
June 25 – Down the Rabbit Hole, 3 p.m.
July 9 – Crafternoon, 2 p.m.
July 16 – Karaoke/RockBand, 2 p.m.
July 23 – Mustache Bash, 2 p.m.
July 30 – Classic Teen Movie, 2 p.m.

Kroger Rewards


1. Go to

2. Click on “ Michigan ”

3. Click on “enroll”

4. If you are a new customers and should click on “sign up today.” If you are already enrolled, sign in and skip to step 7.

5. Choose your preferred store. (Note: you may use your card at other stores within your district to earn rewards as well). Enter your email address, create a password and agree to the terms and conditions.

6. A message will be sent to your email address. Click on the link in the email to confirm.

7. Click on “my account” and sign in using your email address and password.

8. Click on “edit Community Rewards information” and input your Kroger Plus number found on your card. Update or confirm your information. (Note: if you normally give your phone number at check-out rather than using your card, please call 877-576-7587 to find out your Kroger Plus number).

9. Enter “Joshua Howard Elementary School PTA and its organization number 84066 and confirm.
That’s it! Now just remember to use your card or phone number every time you shop at Kroger and help the Howard PTA.

Young Fives Program

Dearborn Public Schools “Young Fives” Program

Location: Lindbergh Elementary School 500 N Waverly, 313-827-6300.

The Young Fives program is designed for students who are age-eligible for kindergarten, and who require additional time to develop their emotional, social, physical, and/or cognitive/academic skills.
An eligible Young Five must be able to demonstrate the ability to participate in developmentally appropriate classroom and social activities as well as to attend to personal needs independently. This additional Young Five year will allow students to develop at an individual pace yet provide opportunities to explore all academic and enrichment areas provided to kindergarten students.
At the completion of the Young Five program, children will attend either a full year of kindergarten at their home school or be recommended for 1st grade based on individual growth as determined by the school team working with parents.
The Young Fives program is part of the K-12 state funded public school program. Children attend five full days per week and follow the DPS school calendar.
Students participate in all activities provided for students at Lindbergh Elementary School.

Enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year
All children must be 5 years of age by December 1, 2013 with a waiver on file for children with birthdates after November 1, 2013. Waiver must be filed by June 1, 2013. Special consideration will be given to applicants with birthdates between June 1 and November 1.
Deadline for enrollment is June 15, 2013.

Parent Participation
All families are expected to participate in school and PTA functions as well as to volunteer whenever available. All children are expected to maintain on time and regular attendance at school.

Parents are responsible for transportation to Lindbergh Elementary School. Students accepted into the program will return to their home school to attend kindergarten the year following completion of the Young Fives program.
To apply: Call Student Services at 313-827-3094. Registration information may be completed at the Dearborn Public Schools Administrative Service Center 18700 Audette, or at Lindbergh Elementary School 500 N Waverly, 313-827-6300.

District Parent Meeting – Tuesday, March 12th

Please mark your calendars for the next District Parent Involvement Committee meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, in the ASC Board Room. At this meeting they will be reviewing the important roles parents play in Title I, Advanc-Ed Accreditation, and Strategic planning. As always, a light dinner will be provided and a few other surprises. If you are able to attend, please contact the school office. Thanks!

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