Smoke on the Grill


Thursday, September 27 2012


Does your school need new playground equipment?  Would you like to provide more field trip opportunities for your students?  The Dearborn Goodfellows have teamed up with the Dearborn PTA Council to provide the easiest fundraiser imaginable!  Just purchase a ticket to this event through your PTA/PTSA and then enjoy a great evening of fun, food and fabulous prizes.

At least $25 or your $30 ticket price will be returned directly to your school’s PTA.  Your ticket includes grilled chicken, ground round, corn on the cob, salads and an open bar of beer, wine, soft drinks and water (all meats are halal). Children’s tickets are $10 each again with most of the proceeds going back to their school.  Children’s tickets include chicken strips, french fries, ice cream and soft drinks.  Entertainment and children’s activities also provided.

With the tremendous support of many local businesses you are offered the opportunity to win Thousands of dollars in prizes.  Go to to see a list of our sponsors and to get more information on this event and the important work that The Dearborn Goodfellows do year around to help children in need.

We’ll see you under the big pavilion at Dearborn’s Ford Field on Thursday, September 27 from 4:00-7:00pm.  Rain or shine!

Open House – Thursday, September 20th

Please plan to attend Open House on Thursday, September 20, 2012.  Open House is a great time to meet your child’s classroom teacher and other teachers who work at the school.  Open House is not a time to get an update on the academic progress of your child.  That needs to take place at a separate time.

The classrooms will be open from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. followed by an all-school address by Mr. Denison.  At the parent meeting you will learn more about the state of the school and about the transition to Title I.  During the presentation we will review school data and present the School Improvement Plan.

The class with the highest participation in Open House this evening will award each student with a ticket to The Festival of Lights.

District Announces 2nd Annual Response to Bullying Kick-Off Event

The Dearborn Public Schools is excited to announce that they will be starting a “Chain Reaction” against bullying behavior at their second annual Response to Bullying Kick Off event! All are welcome to attend this free event being held on Monday, October 1, 2012, starting at 6:00 pm. at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn.

“Our community knows that bullying behavior can happen anywhere or anytime; in the classroom, at the park, in the mall, or on-line. This is the reason our Board of Education took on this project and why we have had such great support from our Mayor, City Council, community groups and organizations,” commented Dearborn Superintendent Mr. Brian Whiston.

Last year’s kick-off was a huge success with more than 700 community members in attendance. This year’s celebration should prove to be even more entertaining as students from around the district will have their talents on display. Student-made videos, songs, dance numbers, and other talents, all revolving around the theme of bullying, its effect on the victim, and how to be an Up-Stander, will be included in this sixty minute variety show kick-off event. Inspirational words from Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly and Dearborn Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston will highlight the program.

New district policy on bullying behavior includes language that requires all Dearborn staff having any contact with students to participate in annual anti-bullying professional development on how to prevent, identify, respond to and report bullying behavior. In addition, each school will hold annual anti-bullying training for parents, track incidents of bullying, and hold three anti-bullying events each year.

Chain Reaction

Anti-Bullying Extravaganza

Monday, October 1, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.

Ford Performing Arts Center

Everyone is welcome!  Words of inspiration from Superintendent Brian Whiston and Mayor Jack O’Reilly.  Music, singing, dancing and tons of fun, so be sure to wear your dancing shoes!  Student made videos – Poster contest winner “Upstander Man” t-shirt sale.

Questions? Contact Jacqui Rivait –

PTA Meeting – Wednesday, September 12, 2012

For those who were able to attend the first PTA meeting of the year, thank you for coming!  A number of important items were discussed at the meeting.  The following items were presented by the principal, Mr. Denison:

  • Thank you Chuck Irish for assisting in the Environmental Study Area this summer.
  • Michigan Accreditation (Focus Schools, Reward Schools, Priority Schools)
  • Title I Targeted Assistance is coming to Howard
  • New School Improvement Plan 2012-13
  • New Kindergarten Teacher – Ms. Christina Benedict
  • PBIS
  • Translating Documents
  • Open House – Thursday, September 20th (6 – 8 p.m.) – Class visits and presentation of Title I plan.
  • Next PTA meeting is Wednesday, October 10th @ 7:00 p.m.

Parent Survey

In an effort to improve system practices, the Dearborn Public Schools are conducting a parent survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.  In order to complete the survey, please go to:

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  Your honest opinion is appreciated.  Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

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