September 28

Acting Principal at Snow

Hi everyone,

Starting tomorrow, Sept. 29, I will be out for a couple of weeks for surgery and healing.  Mr. Dan Blessing will be the Acting Principal while I am gone.  Mr. Blessing is currently the Assistant Principal At McCollough-Unis K-8 school in Dearborn.  You can contact Mr. Blessing by calling the Snow office at 313-827-6250 or by emailing him at blessid@dearbornschools.org.  I expect to return on October 17 and will miss all of you!

Dr. Groover

A message from Mr. Blessing:

Dear Snow Learning Community,

Dearborn Schools is truly one big family and we always team up when support is needed.  As you know, I have been called upon to step in to serve as the acting Principal at Snow School while your principal, Dr. Groover is recovering from surgery. We are all hoping that Dr. Groover has a speedy recovery, and wish her the very best!

I look forward to working with you to ensure that Snow School remains on a positive path toward our shared goal of creating the best learning opportunities for all  students.  I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as your leader, and look forward to being part of this wonderful learning community!

Sincerely,

Dan Blessing

Acting Principal

Snow Elementary School

September 21

Students do a great job practicing indoor line up.

Today all of the students and teachers practiced what to do in inclement weather/winter by lining up in the gym and saying the Pledge of Allegiance and school pledge together.  The students did a great job lining up because they know what to do outside. We hope we don’t have to have an indoor line up anytime soon but now we are prepared for it!

September 20

Attention All ‘DADS’ of Snow School Students!

Fathers and Father-figures,

On Wednesday, September 28 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm we will be having our 4th annual ‘Dads and Kids’ Pizza Night at our school.  You will meet here at the school cafeteria at 6:00 pm for FREE pizza and drinks.  At 6:30 we will have a presentation about our WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students) ProgramWATCH D.O.G.S.®  is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.  Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role model and to provide an extra set of eyes and ears.

Dads, granddads, uncles, step-dads and adult brothers . . . this is your chance to have a night out alone with your student in a fun atmosphere at school.

In order to participate, you need to do two things:

  1. Print and fill out the bottom portion of this slip and return it with your student (ASAP) saying that you will attend the pizza night so we’ll have an accurate head count for the food.  (These forms were also sent home today.)
  2. Mark your calendars, and we’ll see you Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

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September 12

Parents/Staff invited to participate on Task Force for arrival and dismissal procedures

Good morning,

It seems that there are many complaints and some confusions about our new arrival and dismissal procedures. We absolutely don’t want students walking through the parking lot at arrival or dismissal for obvious safety reasons. I encourage parents who have concerns to discuss them with me as I believe that everyone who has approached me with an issue we have been able to accommodate with a solution.

Just for the record, this is not something that is being mandated by the Superintendent or the Board. It came about as a result of parent and teacher complaints about the lack of orderly arrival and dismissal procedures, particularly last year. After reaching out to other principals, including observing their arrivals and dismissals, and talking to our staff, I decided to try this approach. As some have noted, many of the other Dearborn schools, particularly on the west side, do it this way. We also experimented with it at summer school.

It has only been 4 days and this is a pretty big change. We announced some tweaks to the procedures on Friday in order to address a couple of problems. I anticipate that we will make more as we all settle in to the routines.

I would like to convene a Task Force of interested parents and staff to work with me to develop solutions that will work for everyone. Once I get some volunteers, we can find a meeting time that would work one evening this week or early next week. Please email me at groover@dearbornschools.org if you’d like to participate in the Task Force.

Enjoy the beautiful weather and we’ll see you tomorrow.

September 9

Join us Sept. 20th for a College Fair

Dearborn Public Schools is pleased to host the

Dearborn Schools MACRAO College Fair

September 20, 2016
6:30pm-8:00pm
Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn 48126

Representatives from more than 60 different post-secondary schools will be available to talk with students. This event is open to all Dearborn schools and surrounding districts!

college-fair-graphicJust a few of the participating educational institutions include:

  • Central Michigan
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Eastern Michigan
  • Grand Valley State
  • Henry Ford College
  • Kettering University
  • Lawrence Tech.
  • Michigan State
  • Northern Michigan
  • Oakland University
  • Saginaw Valley
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Windsor
  • Harvard
  • University of Illinois- Chicago
  • Columbia College- Chicago
  • Savanna College of Art & Design
  • Syracuse University
  • Gannon University

Plus many other

  • Universities
  • Trade Schools
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Colleges
  • U.S. Armed Forces

For more Information e-mail:Welmerg@dearbornschools.org

September 9

Arrival & Dismissal Changes

Hi Parents,

Thank you for your patience as we work out our new Arrival and Dismissal procedures.  Effective Tuesday, Sept. 13, the following changes will be in place:

Kindergarten – Line up on the Culver side of the school.  Kindergarten classes will enter and exit the building through the doors in the kindergarten wing.

1st grade (including Mrs. Grizzell’s 1/2 class) – Line up on the Culver side of the school.  The classes will continue to enter and exit the building through Door 1.

2nd grade – Line up on the Houston side of the school.  The classes will enter the building through Door 11 as they have been doing but will exit the building through Door 10 (the back lobby door).

3rd, 4th, 5th grades – No changes.  Line up on the Houston side of the school.  Enter and exit through Door 11 unless other arrangements have been made with the teacher or through the office.

If you need to have an older student pick up a younger sibling, we have made arrangements for Safety Patrol students to walk your older child to exit at Door 1 or Door 10 but we need to have that request from a parent.  Please contact the office or teacher in writing (email or note) to let us know if you need us to include your child.

Have a wonderful long weekend!