November 17, 2015
Dear Parents or Guardians:
We are all saddened by the tragic events that have occurred in Lebanon and Paris. I know for some these events have touched your life on a very personal level. On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to express my most sincere thoughts and prayers for all those who have become victims of these senseless acts.
As we continue to watch how these global events unfold, I want to assure you that our mission, to educate all students to high academic standards within a safe stimulating environment, will not change. Administrators, teachers, and staff will work to maintain an atmosphere conducive to teaching and learning in all of our schools. Current events will not control the school environment but, if applicable, could be part of a classroom discussion that is age appropriate and relates directly to the curriculum.
Please remember that you, as parents, have the biggest influence on your children. What you watch on television, read on the internet, and say in conversation are the thoughts and emotions your children bring with them to the classroom. Be aware of how they are feeling and reacting to the news stories of the day. In our world of twenty-four hour news channels and never ending coverage of tragic events, over exposure, especially in younger children, can be very harmful. Parents know their children best and are the people children trust the most with their thoughts and feelings. However, if you feel your child is overly stressed or emotionally upset about these or other world events, please share that information with your child’s teacher or principal.
I also want to assure parents that in the event of any type of local emergency, each school has developed an emergency plan unique to that school. The plan identifies key personnel, who in times of crisis, will assemble as an emergency management team to carry out an orderly response to any crisis situation. In addition, our district maintains an active relationship with the city of Dearborn Emergency Management department and will continue to follow its instructions and lead in the event of an emergency.
For those who have lived in this city for a while you are familiar with the type of national media attention our area can receive. For those of you who may be new to Dearborn I want to share with you that our city as a whole, is regarded as a nation model of how a community can work together to bring about understanding and build strong relationships.
The professionalism, learning, safety, and caring, that takes place in our schools to support students is our number one priority. By working together we will ensure our schools remain safe and focused on providing quality instruction to our students.
Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D.
Music, Student Performances, Free Prize Drawings at November 17 City-wide Response to Bullying Event
“My future is unlimited. Together WE’RE unlimited!” and “I have the POWER” are some of the key messages that students from elementary through high school will share using music, stories and songs at the 5th annual city-wide Response to Bullying Extravaganza event at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17.
Bring family. Bring friends! All are encouraged to attend this fun-filled, FREE event in the beautiful Michael A. Guido Theater at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
Set to the music and themes from Broadway hit “Wicked,” the event shares the lessons…
- Everyone has a story,
- Sometimes things are not as they appear,
- Everyone deserves a chance to succeed, and
- Friends can help friends change for the good.
“Wicked” tells the “back story” of the two witches in the Wizard of Oz, illustrating that there are two sides to every story. As young girls, the “good witch” wasn’t always so good and the “bad witch” was repeatedly teased, bullied and left out. In the end, the two girls became friends…but not until after they learned the important lessons that words and actions have consequences; everyone has the power to help others; and, working together, people have unlimited potential to succeed.
“Students know as well as adults that bullying behavior causes personal pain and it can happen anywhere or any time,” noted Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Glenn Maleyko. “I encourage everyone to attend the November 17 event to see our talented students use music and dance to share the messages that bullying behavior hurts and everyone has the power to help others succeed.”
A district-wide plan, community partnerships and effective student-driven initiatives to identify and stop bullying behavior over the past four years have made Dearborn’s Response to Bullying Program a successful role model for other groups and organizations across the country. It’s a city-wide effort in which partners work together to reach all community members and build a bully-free culture throughout the city of Dearborn.
Maleyko added, “We’re proud that Dearborn students are an equal partner with our teachers, Board of Education, Mayor, City Council, community groups and other organizations in a community-wide initiative to address bullying across our city.”
In 2012, the Dearborn Public Schools district put into place a policy on bullying behavior 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 conducts anti-bullying training for parents, tracks incidents of bullying behavior, and holds three anti-bullying events each year.
For more information about the Anti-Bullying Extravaganza and Dearborn Public Schools response to bullying initiatives, contact Jacqui Rivait at 313-827-3109 or RivaitJ@dearbornschools.org .
Hi Parents and Friends,
We want to make sure every student gets the lunch you bring! We are asking for your help as it is becoming increasingly difficult for our office staff to make sure that lunches and snacks that are dropped off get into your students’ hands without disrupting the instruction in the classroom. If you drop off a lunch or snack after the school day begins, please label it with your child’s name and teacher and place it in the basket in the office. We are asking teachers to remind students to check the basket if they are expecting that you will be dropping off a yummy snack or lunch for them or if they forgot their lunch.
Similarly, we are often inundated with calls at the end of the day with changes to after school routines. We do our best to get this information out to your student, but sometimes that is not possible. Please make sure your child knows where to go with whom after school and try to save the phone calls for emergency changes to established routines. With almost 400 students, messages are sometimes misplaced or forgotten and we want to be sure your child is not confused at the end of the day!
Thanks for your help with this!
Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 12, Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19. Conferences are typically scheduled in 20-minute time slots between 4:00 and 7:00 PM but we can set up an alternative date or time if you are unable to attend during the scheduled times. We strive for 100% participation, as it is so important that we share your child’s progress with you. Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule a conference time or if you have any questions.
Next Friday, November 13, will be a big day at Snow! I have accepted the PTA’s Principal Reading Challenge and will be “reading my heart out” in the lobby ALL DAY! In honor of this day, all students and staff are invited to wear their pajamas to school in exchange for a donation of one (or more) jar(s) of peanut butter to benefit our Dearborn Blessings in a Backpack program. We did this last year and it was very popular. I know it was my favorite day of the school year!
This is a reminder that there is no school on Tuesday, Nov. 3. It is Election Day. Teachers will be participating in Professional Development all day.
This Friday, Nov. 6 is a half day of school for elementary students. Students will be dismissed at 11:45. There will be no lunch service on Friday.
Enjoy your week!