November 18

WE NEED YOU!

to take a Leader in Me survey.  Please copy and post the link into your web browser and complete the survey no later than Nov. 30:

https://theleaderinmeonline.org/assessments/assessment/04745643e1de1d06

THANK YOU!

November 11

Music, Student Performances, Free Prize Drawings at November 17 City-wide Response to Bullying Event

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“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 .

November 9

Parents – We Need your Help!

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!

November 5

Parent Teacher Conferences

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.

November 5

Peanut Butter Drive/Pajama Day

Good evening!

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!

Dr. Groover

November 2

No school tomorrow; 1/2 day on Friday

Hi Parents,

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!

October 30

School Pictures are coming home on Monday!

Snow Elementary School School Pictures will be sent home on Monday, Nov. 2.

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October 29

Early to bed, ready to learn

While your child is asleep, his or her brain is busy organizing and storing information that has been learned during the day.  Use these guidelines to help your child get a good night’s sleep and improve learning and memory:

  • Elementary school students need 9-11 hours of sleep every night.  Experts recommend a range because some children require more sleep than others.  If your child has a hard time waking up or feels drowsy in school, move to an earlier bedtime.
  • The light from a computer (or any screen) can prevent your child from winding down.  Turn off anything with a screen at least an hour before bedtime.
October 20

Check out what’s happening with Leader in Me at Snow!

Stay up to date with the implementation of The Leader in Me at Snow School by subscribing to the Leader in Me blog by clicking here:

http://iblog.dearbornschools.org/snowleaderinme/

 

Welcome to Leader in Me!

Snow School is excited to begin the journey of being a Leader in Me school this year.  Each new school year brings opportunities for academic growth and growth in all areas of development. Although children must be knowledgeable when they graduate, they must also be healthy, engaged, responsible, and caring people. The Leader in Me provides Snow School with the vision and language to lead the school in a way that addresses all areas of development. As each child discovers and develops his or her unique gifts and talents, they are given opportunities to lead. As leaders, they become active, engaged partners in their own education and their self-confidence, responsibility, and initiative grows. The children quickly understand the benefits of different gifts and talents; they learn to listen to new ideas, work together to achieve results, and motivate one another to be the best. We hope your school enjoys sharing these new opportunities. Together, you will watch each and every child grow throughout the year.

Leader in Me is based off The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. A great way to support the Leader in Me is to use the 7 Habits language at home. As the school year unfolds, the children are learning the language and meaning of the 7 Habits. By hearing the same language at home and at school, you send the children a strong message of what you believe is important and that we are all on the same team—the team that wants to help succeed. When parents and schools support one another, the sky is the limit! Below is a summary of each of the habits:

Habit 1: Be Proactive (You’re in Charge)

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)

Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)

Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen Before You Talk)

Habit 6: Synergize (Together Is Better)

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)

Adapted from the Leader in Me Newsletters by Dr. John and Jan Covey