December 16

Security Procedures at Snow School

December 16, 2012

In light of the devastating events in Connecticut on Friday, I thought you might be wondering about Snow’s security procedures and plans. Snow, along with all schools in Dearborn Public Schools, is required to have an updated Crisis Management Plan every year. Our Crisis Management Team (CMT) schedules and conducts fire, disaster, lockdown and evacuation drills so our teachers, staff, and students know what to expect and the procedures to follow if a real emergency occurs. We have already held 3 fire drills and a disaster drill this school year and a joint crisis drill with the Dearborn Police Department is in the planning stages.

We control access into the school by requiring all outside doors to be locked except the front and back lobby doors. These doors are monitored visually by the office staff. Door 4 (near the parking lot) is locked at 8:45 AM each morning. All visitors to the building must check in at the office and sign-in to receive a Visitor’s Pass. Additionally, our Watch DOGS program is designed to have an extra set of eyes patrolling the hallways and playgrounds during high traffic times.

I, along with most child psychology experts, believe that it is a parent’s role to determine how and when to discuss these events with their child. Many experts suggest limiting your child’s exposure to the nonstop television coverage and reminding your child of how rare these events are. Suggestions for discussing what happened with your child can be found at: www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/  or http://assets1.mytrainsite.com/500051/tlcletterctshooting.pdf
I will be instructing Snow teachers and staff to refer all questions from children back to parents so you can respond to them accordingly. If your child is experiencing extreme fears and/or stress, please do not hesitate to contact the classroom teacher, myself, or our school social worker, Mrs. Chubb, so that we can put you in touch with appropriate resources in school or the community.

We will be reviewing our security procedures as a result of the tragedy last week and welcome your ideas and comments. While no security plan can be 100% effective at preventing access to someone who is determined to cause harm, please know that the safety of your children is our utmost concern at all times.

Mrs. Groover

December 11

Proposed Legislation Will Have Devastating Effects – Take Action Today!

Proposed Legislation Will Have Devastating Effects – Take Action Today!

Dear community member,
– 26 consecutive years of increased enrollment
– Graduation rate up 6%
– Five schools in Dearborn recognized by the state as “Beating the Odds”
– Continuous improvement on local and state tests
– A five year program allowing students to graduate with both a high school diploma and a two year college degree at no cost to parents
– Students earning millions of dollars in scholarships each year
– Districtwide Response to Bullying and Positive Behavior programs ensure a safe learning environment
– Choices for students include magnet programs, Early College program, STEM program, AP courses, and dual enrollment

Download :  Support Material.pdf

Does this sound like a school district that needs to be overhauled, reformed, and taken-over by a state controlled board? I don’t think so, but obviously some legislators in Lansing do.

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December 10

Pop Bottle Drive

City Beautiful will be conducting a Pop Bottle Drive on Wednesday, December 12th in conjunction with Snow’s Family Math Night.  the group will be collecting plastic pop or water bottles and pop cans (no glass please!) to earn money to beautify the grounds around the school.  A box will be provided outside the office for the empty bottles and cans all day and through the Math Night activities.

Thanks, Abby Mullen and Jenna Alzoubi, Snow’s City Beautiful Junior Commissioners for heading this fundraiser!

December 3

DuVall wins Peanut Butter and Mac and Cheese Drive

 

At the beginning of school on Friday, November 30th, Mr. Hartling presented Mrs. Groover with a DuVall Penguin shirt to wear for the day at Snow Elementary.  This was the result of DuVall winning the competition.  However, we all had a tremendous victory raising over 1000 items for Blessings in a Backpack.
The final counts are:

DuVall – 725 items (501 M&C, 224 PB)

Snow – 276 items

Grand total – 1001 from both schools!  Amazing!!!

November 30

December 1, 2012

We are rapidly approaching the end of 2012 and 2013 will be here before we know it.  In the meantime, there is lots of learning and fun coming up in the next three weeks!  Be sure to check the school calendar, the PTA newsletter, Scoops, and your child’s classroom blog to stay current on what’s going on.

Two things I specifically want to mention are Math Night and our Watch D.O.G.S program.  Math Night is a fun event for students and families that focuses on math games and real life math applications.  Math Night this year will be held on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:45 – 7:00.  There will be food, prizes and lots of fun activities, so please plan to join us.  If you haven’t already sent in your RSVP, please do so as soon as possible so we can be expecting you.

Our parent involvement program for dads and other father figures, Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is in full swing now. Since the program began in late October, we have had a dad volunteer almost every day.  Students are so proud when they see their dad, uncle or grandpa helping out in classrooms, keeping everyone safe in the hallways or doing lunch and playground duty.  Our dads also have their pictures taken with their child, so check out our “Heroes of the Hallway” bulletin board just outside the Media Center.  We encourage every one of our dads or other father figures to sign up to be a Watch D.O.G. for a day this school year.  Just call the office to sign up!

The last day of school is Friday, December 21.  It is a full day of school.  If I don’t get the opportunity to speak with you between now and then, please know that I wish you and your entire family a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!

 

Mrs. Groover

Principal

November 20

Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program Set to Visit Snow School!

The Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program is a street and floor hockey initiative that began in 2010 to introduce kids to the sport of hockey and encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.  During each visit, the school assembly team opens the the program with a lesson on exercise and healthy eating tips, followed by a fun face-off between teachers and students during a hockey shootout competition.

Snow School will receive two full sets of floor hockey equipment complete with hockey sticks and goalie nets courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, as well as a red Wings folder and a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan keepsake magnet that lists five fun after school activities.

WHO:The Detroit Red Wings School Assembly team

WHEN: Wednesday, December 5th at 1:30 PM

What to Wear: Red and White

November 2

Snow Vs. DuVall-Peanut Butter & Mac ‘n Cheese Drive

Help feed children on the weekends by donating unopened jars of Peanut Butter (24 oz. or less) or boxes of Mac ‘n Cheese to Snow School.  Please make all donations by Tuesday, November 20th.  All proceeds will be donated to Blessings in a Backpack.  The losing school principal will have to wear the winning school’s spirit shirt and visit the winning school.