September 13

Dearborn Schools Offering Free Lunch, Breakfast To All Students

Dearborn Schools Offering Free Lunch, Breakfast To All Students

-All students except preschool now eligible for free meals under special federal guidelines

Dearborn Public Schools is expanding its free lunch programs to all students, regardless of family income.

The District was recently informed by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) that it was eligible to offer free meals across the district based on criteria in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school meals program.  Previously, free meals under CEP were offered to all kindergarten to 8th grade students at 14 schools in the district.   Free meals across the rest of the district started the week of September 10, 2018.

“Any time we can provide our students with resources that will help them be successful in school, such as a nutritious breakfast and or a healthy lunch, that’s a positive that we cannot pass up,” said Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.

 

Studies show that good health, including good nutrition is important to student success.  

 

While students will not need money to buy meals, most schools will continue to offer individual items for sale in their cafeteria such as extra milk, snacks, or a second lunch.  Children would need money in hand or in their student account to buy those items.  

 

The CEP program will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year.  Students who already paid for lunches will have that money refunded to their student accounts or might be eligible for a refund.   Any refund details are still being considered, and details will be shared with schools as soon as they are available.

Even with the expansion of the lunch program, the district will still ask families to fill out information about household income, although on a different form.  This information is needed for schools to be eligible for other programs, including federal Title 1 funding. Dearborn Public Schools received more than $12 million in such funding last year. Dearborn Schools will also have to occasionally survey selected families to see if the district still qualifies for CEP.

 

While not all of Dearborn’s schools qualify for CEP on their own, the district used a provision that allows it to average schools together to meet the threshold for all its 36 kindergarten through 12th grade schools.  The program is not available to preschool students, so it will not be offered at Cotter School. (Students enrolled in the GSRP program at Cotter can qualify for free or reduced lunch under other federal programs.) Students will also be able to get free breakfasts in the buildings that offer the CEP program.  Across Michigan, 652 schools participate in CEP.

 

CEP was designed to allow schools or districts with a higher percentage of low-income families to streamline the free lunch process.  To qualify for the program, the area needs to have 40 percent of students automatically identified for free lunch. Typically, that means the family already receives some other type of assistance such as food stamps or Medicare.

 

The schools that were already enrolled in CEP include Becker Elementary, Henry Ford Elementary, Lowrey School, Maples Elementary, McCollough Elementary, McDonald Elementary, Miller Elementary, Oakman Elementary, River Oaks Elementary, Salina Elementary and Intermediate, Unis Middle, William Ford Elementary and Woodworth Middle.

September 10

Open House this Thursday, September 13, from 6-7:30 pm

Open House will be held at Snow this Thursday, September 13, from 6-7:30 pm.

Also, Snow PTA is planning a bake sale for open house on Thursday, Sept. 6.  Donations can be dropped off before or after school that day on a cart near the office.  Items will be for sale during the open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m.   They also will be taking PTA membership forms and answering questions.

We hope to see you there!

August 4

2018-2019 Snow School Suggested Supply Lists by Grade

Dear Snow Families,

We are looking forward to a great school year.  Many exciting things are planned to ensure quality learning experiences.  To get off to a good start, we would like your help.  This suggested list of items by grade will be beneficial for your child to bring to class. 

Kindergarten:

  • 1 full size backpack (no wheels please) with name on it *EMPTY*
  • 8 Expo dry erase markers
  • 8 glue sticks
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 box of crayons (24 count)
  • 1 plastic pencil box, labeled with your child’s name
  • 4 cans of Play-Doh
  • 2 one-subject, wide ruled spiral bound blue notebook
  • 1 box golf pencils
  • 2 two-pocket folders with prongs

Each boy should bring:

  • 4 boxes of Kleenex
  • 1 container of Clorox wipes

Each girl should bring:

  • 1 package of pencil top erasers
  • 2 packages of colored pencils

1st Grade:

  • 1 box 24 crayons
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • 5 glue sticks
  • 12 sharpened Ticonderoga (preferred) pencils
  • 1 PINK eraser or pencil tops
  • 2 blue pens
  • 2 red pens
  • 2 dry erase markers  EXPO-BLACK-low odor
    2 spiral notebooks (70 count wide ruled)
  • 1 highlighter
  • 1 pair of child safety scissors
  • 4 two prong pocket folder (blue, red, green and yellow) no designs please
  • 2 black and white composition books wide ruled
  • 2 packages white copy paper
  • 1 box facial tissue
  • 1 package of loose leaf wide ruled paper
  • 1 box Zip Loc bags – gallon size
  • 1 box Zip Loc bags – sandwich size
  • 1 plastic pencil box

2nd Grade:

  • 4 large spiral 1-subject notebooks
  • 1 composition notebook (black and white cover)
  • 1-inch black binder
  • 12 pack of pencils
  • Box of 24 Crayola Crayons
  • Erasers
  • 1 Highlighter
  • Box of 12 thin markers
  • Box of 12 colored pencils
  • Small pencil sharpener with container
  • Dry erase markers (Expo)
  • 1 red, blue and black pen
  • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer or liquid soap
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex
  • Glue sticks (5)
  • 1 Spacemaker pencil box
  • Clorox or Lysol wipes
  • 1 pair of child-safe scissors
  • Sandwich size Ziploc bags
  • Gallon size Ziploc bags

3rd Grade:

  • 1 box of crayons
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • 4 glue sticks
  • 12 sharpened pencils
  • 1 small pencil sharpener (child-safe with blade covered)
  • 1 big eraser
  • 3 red pens
  • 3 blue or black pens
  • 3 dry erase markers
  • 5 spiral notebooks (70 count wide ruled)
  • 2 highlighters
  • 1 pair of child safety scissors
  • 1 supply box to keep in desk
  • 4 two pocket folder (any color, not plastic)
  • 2 black and white composition book
  • 2 package white copy paper
  • 2 boxes facial tissue
  • 1 packages of loose leaf wide ruled paper
  • 1 three ringed binder
  • A backpack to carry items to and from school

4th Grade:

  • 1 box of crayons
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • 4 glue sticks
  • 12 sharpened pencils
  • 1 small pencil sharpener (child-safe with blade covered)
  • 1 big eraser
  • 3 red pens
  • 3 blue or black pens
  • 3 dry erase markers
  • 5 spiral notebooks (70 count wide ruled)
  • 2 highlighters
  • 1 pair of child safety scissors
  • 1 supply box to keep in desk
  • 4 two pocket folder (any color, not plastic)
  • 2 black and white composition book
  • 2 package white copy paper
  • 2 boxes facial tissue
  • 1 packages of loose leaf wide ruled paper
  • 1 three ringed binder
  • A backpack to carry items to and from school

5th Grade:

  • 4 Elmer’s Glue bottles
  • 1 Boxes of 24 Crayons
  • 4 Packs of 12 #2 pencils
  • Scissors (blunt tip)
  • 1 pack of Eraser Caps
  • Plastic Pencil Box
  • 1 Pencil Sharpener
  • 1 Box of colored pencils or washable markers
  • Ruler w/ Inches and Centimeters
  • Highlighters
  • 1 Pack of Multi- Color Expo Markers
  • 3  Packs of Copy Paper
  • 5 Spiral Notebooks (wide Rule)
  • 2 Black Composition books
  • 5 Pocket Folders (no prongs) Red, green, yellow, blue, black
  • 4 Boxes of Kleenex’s
  • 1 Bottle of Hand- Sanitizer
  • 1 pack of blue or black pens
  • 1 pack of red pens
  • 2 Clorox wipes bottles