Last day of MEAP Testing


Dear Parent(s)/Guardian,

Thank you for supporting and preparing Oakman students for MEAP testing.  Wednesday October 20, 2010 will be the final day of testing; fourth grade will complete Day 2 of writing while fifth grade will complete the science portion.  I’m confident Oakman students will perform exceptionally well as they have rigorously been preparing over the past year and their efforts were exceptional throughout the testing period.  MEAP results should be available after the Christmas break; again I want to express my gratitude for your patience and support over the past two weeks. 

As for the weather please make sure your child is wearing adequate clothing as the weather will be dropping into the 30’s by Friday.  Have a great evening!

Support the Education Foundation

For Immediate Release                                                      October 21, 2010

Contact:  Eddie N. Fakhoury, Executive Director

Dearborn Education Foundation

18700 Audette, Dearborn, MI 48124

313.827.8790 –

Pizza Day Is Back!

The Dearborn Education Foundation’s annual Pizza Day program is back. 

For years this campaign has been successful in helping to raise awareness and dollars for the Foundation and local pizzerias.  Over the summer the team of Foundation volunteers worked hard to bring this back and make it even better.  This year the effort has been extended to each Wednesday throughout the month of November.  This change adds value and efficiencies for the proprietor and the Foundation.  A minimum donation was requested up front with many contributing more, and in return those who signed up will be promoted during the month of November throughout the entire school district. 

“We understand that small business owners are hit most in these economic conditions and their time and resources should be respected.  For that reason this year we made some changes that provides added value and benefits for everyone that participates”, stated Eddie N. Fakhoury, Executive Director of the Foundation.

The Education Foundation is a licensed 501c3 non-profit organization that helps enhance the education that students receive from Dearborn Public Schools through grants to fund technology, equipment and innovative programs not funded by the school district’s budget.  Since its inception the organization has funded more than $1,200,000 million in grants.

All funds raised by the Foundation go to fund teacher grants that are submitted throughout the year. 

Show your support for our schools and our community pizzerias starting on Wednesday, November 3rd and place your order at one of these outstanding participating businesses:

Antonio’s 26356 Ford Rd, 48128 278-6000
Dearborn Italian Bakery 24545 Ford Rd, 48128 274-2350
DeMarco’s Pizza 24943 Ford Rd, 48128 562-6770
Dino’s Pizza 2801 Monroe, 48124 274-1750
Jet’s Pizza 3945 S. Telegraph, 48125 359-5387
Jet’s Pizza 23541  Ford Rd, 48128 274-2600
Joe & Renos 2311 Monroe, 48124 274-9810
Little Ceasar’s 18500 Outer Dr., 48128 565-3505
Paisano’s 5511 Schaefer, 48126 581-4000
Pizza Papalis 22022 Michigan Ave., 48124 724-7722
Pizza Hut 2941 S. Telegraph, 48124 562-0549
Pizza Kitchen 15264 Michigan Ave., 48126 582-8500
Roman Village 9924 Dix, 48120 842-2100
Sarieni’s Pizza 3313 Greenfield, 48120 441-1500

3rd – 5th Grade Students MEAP Begins Tuesday October 12th

What can YOU do to get your child ready for the MEAP?

Throughout the school year:

Be involved in your child’s education! 

  • Provide your child with lots of books. Read to your child every night or have your child read to you!
  • Establish a daily family routine. Provide a quiet place for your child to study, be firm about bedtime and have dinner together.
  • Monitor out-of-school activities, such as setting time limits for TV, checking up on the children if you aren’t home.
  • Model the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work.
  • Express high, but realistic expectations for your child’s achievement at school. Set goals and recognize your child’s talents.


Before the MEAP :

  • Talk to your child about why he/she is taking the MEAP.
  • You can tell your child that the MEAP is a way to learn about your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Tell your child that he/she won’t “fail” but that it is a way for the teacher to know how to help the child be better at school.


At Home You Can:

  • Make sure your child is getting plenty of sleep.
  • The day of each test, give your child a healthy breakfast which will help your child stay alert and perform well.
  •  After school, praise your child for trying his/her best and allow your child to take a break, read a book, or play outside.
  • Teach your child what you learnt today to help them become a better student.


كيفية تحضير التلاميذ لامتحان الميب


على مدار السنة:

  • ·        المشاركة بالنشاطات المدرسية
  • ·        توفير الكتب  الجيدة والقراءة مع ولدكم كل يوم
  • ·        توفير مكان هادئ للدرس, تحديد موعد للنوم, وتناول العشاء معا
  • ·        مراقبة جميع النشاطات (خارج المدرسة) مثل مشاهدة التلفاز وزيارة الاصدقاء
  • ·        التاكيد على ضروروة التعليم, التهذيب والسلوك الحسن, والعمل الجاد
  • ·        اعداد وتحديد توقعات واهداف  تعليمية عالية لاولادكم.  تقدير ومعرفة مواهبهم.


قبل امتحان الميب:

  • ·        شرح اهمية هذا الامتحان لاولادكم من حيث تحديد نقاط الضعف والقوة لكل منهم
  • ·        كذلك التنبيه على ان امتحان الميب هو وسيلة للمعلمالمعلمة لمعرفة كيفية مساعدة التلميذ في المدرسة بشكل افضل واسرع


كيف يستطيع الاهل المساعدة في البيت؟

  • ·        التاكد من ان ولدهم ياخذ قسطا كافيا من النوم
  • ·        تناول الاولاد فطورا صحيا في يوم الامتحان
  • ·        بعد الدوام, الاثناء على محاولة ولدكم لتقديم الافضل في الامتحان
  • ·        تعليم اولادكم ومتابعتهم لتقديم الافضل  

October 6, 2010 Late Start – This Wednesday – No School kindergarten ALL DAY. Grades 1-5 School Begins at 9:40

October 4, 2010

Dear Parents:

During the 2010-2011 school year, kindergarten teachers, and all teachers across the district, will participate in professional development. There are six full days of learning for kindergarten staff. On the following days, there will be no school for kindergarten students:

October 6, 2010            November 3, 2010           December 1, 2010

February 2, 2011           March 9, 2011                   April 6, 2011

(Please note the above dates apply to kindergarten students only; older students will attend school on these days, but one hour later.)

In addition there will be district-wide, late-start professional development days for all teachers, including kindergarten teachers.  The late-start dates for students are as follows:

November 10, 2010       December 8, 2010            January 5, 2010             January 12, 2011            February 16, 2011           April 13, 2011

May 4, 2011                   May 11, 2011

On these late-start days, kindergarten students, and all elementary students, will start school at 9:40 a.m. (one hour later than their regularly scheduled time.)

All of these professional development opportunities provide time for teachers to work collaboratively as they address the needs of students and perfect their teaching skills.  Teachers have found these days to be invaluable.  They report that this time has increased the quality of their teaching and student learning.  

Please mark your calendar.  We look forward to the 2010-11 exciting school year with you and your kindergarten child!

Very truly,

Norma Jean Sass

Associate Superintendent of Elementary Education                                             

Cc:      Brian Whiston

Gail Shenkman

الى اهالي صف الروضة ,


سيشارك معلمي ومعلمات صف الروضة وعموم معلمي ومعلمات مدارس ديربورن في اجتماعات مهنية وثقافية تطويرية خلال سنة 2010-2011 لذلك ستقفل المدرسة ابوبها لطلاب صف الروضة في الايام التالية: 


6 تشرين الاول – اكتوبر 2010         3 تشرين الثاني – نوفمبر2010   1 كانون الاولديسمبر2010

2 شباط- فبراير  2011                 9 اذار – مارس 2011                  6 نيسان- ابريل2011


الرجاء من الاهل الملاحظة بان هذه التواريخ لصف الروضة فقط.


كما سيكون هناك اجتماعات ثقافية وتطويرية لكل معلمي ومعلمات مدارس ديربورن بما فيها صف الروضة.  لذلك سيبدا الدوام المدرسي بتاخير ساعة واحدة في الايام التالية:


10 تشرين الثاني-نوفمبر 2010    8 كانون الاول-ديسمبر 2010

5 كانون الثاني-يناير 2011   12 كانون الثاني- يناير 2011       16 شباط-فبراير 2011

13 نيسان-ابريل 2011        4 ايار-مايو 2011                     11ايار-مايو 2011


سيبدا جميع الطلاب من صف الروضة وحتى صف الخامس في هذه الايام الساعة 9:40  ما يعني تاخير ساعة عن الدوام الرسمي.


بذلك تمنح الفرصة لجميع المعلمين والمعلمات للاستفادة من هذه الساعات لتطوير وتحسين مهارتهم التعليمية واستعمال احدث الطرق والوسائل. 


الرجاء الاخذ بعين الأعتبار هذه الاوقات ووضع الاوقات والتواريخ التي سلف ذكرها على المفكرة او الرزنامة اليومية.  نامل ان تكون سنة 2010-2011 سنة ممتعة لكم ولولدكم.



نورما جين ساس

مساعدة مدير مدارس ديربورن

للمرحلة الابتدائية






 October 1, 2010

 Dear Parent(s)/Guardian:

I extend a warm welcome to all Oakman Elementary families and thank you for making the beginning of our school a special one.  All efforts at Oakman Elementary will focus on maximizing your child’s educational and social experiences.  This year brings many new and exciting changes and we look forward to partnering with each of you in realizing your child’s goals.  Oakmans Professional Learning Community is committed to using technology resources as the main means of communicating with all families.  Regularly visiting our district website (, school website ( and each staff member’s blog will ensure you remain informed of all district, school and classroom events.  As a Green School Oakmans staff is committed to cutting down on the use of paper and will be sending a majority of school and district communications home via email and school website beginning with our November newsletter.

Each newsletter will highlight important dates, school events and PTA news.  All questions and concerns please direct to the main office or email the principal at  I thank you for your continued support and hope together we make your child’s academic and social experiences at Oakman Elementary a memory that will last a lifetime.

Important Dates:

  • October 6, 2010 – Late Start Day 1st thru 5th Grade, school will begin at exactly 9:40 AM. No School ALL DAY for kindergarten students. Breakfast will be served between 9AM – 9:25AM.  Students having breakfast should not arrive before 9AM; all other students should arrive no later than 9:30AM.  As there will be no supervision of students before 9AM, it is critical you refrain from dropping off your child before 9AM.


  • October 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, 2010 – Parent Talk by Chick Moorman, presented by Mona Farroukh and Margaret Ahmed.  Learn effective discipline strategies for those critical behavior moments where nothing seems to work with your child.


  • October 11th, 2010 – All Frankenmuth Fundraiser orders and monies are due.


  • MEAP October 12th, 2010 – MEAP testing begins, please make sure your children receive adequate sleep, water and food the night before as it will directly impact their performance.  Explain to them that there is nothing to worry about and they need to try their best when taking the MEAP.  The schedule for testing by grade/subject is attached.  A separate MEAP reminder will be sent home when we near the MEAP

October 12th – 13th Reading 3rd – 5th Grade

October 14th – Day 1 Writing 4th Grade Only

October 19th – Mathematics Grades 3rd – 5th

October 20th – Writing Day 2, 4th Grade Only and Science 5th Grade Only

  • October 15th, 2010 – PTA Popcorn Sale – Need PTA volunteers, contact Mrs. Beydoun at   (313) 768 – 5262.
  • October 22nd, 2010 – PTA MEETING 3:30 PM in the Cafeteria.
  • October 26th, 2010 – 2nd Grade Parent Meeting, all second grade parents are cordially invited to attend an informational curricular meeting in the cafeteria at 9AM.


  • October 29th, 2010 – All k-2nd grade students will be attending a field trip to Wiard’s Apple Orchard.  Chaperones will be needed please contact your child’s teacher for more information.


  • October 29th, 2010 – PTA Bake Sale, please donate your baked goods to the PTA. 


  • October 29th, 2010 – Halloween Boo Bash, All Oakman families are cordially invited to attend the Halloween BOO Bash.  Lots of food, fun, games and prizes – costumes required stay tuned for more information.


  • Proper Attire: Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for weather conditions. 


  • Student Safety: I would like to thank you in advance for adhering to school protocol and refraining from entering the building during entrance and exit procedures.  All visitors entering Oakman are required to sign-in at the Office and obtain a Visitor Pass.  In order to preserve critical instructional time parents needing to consult with a teacher are asked to call and make an appointment.  Talk to your child about following directives from Crossing Guard, Service Squad and Safeties  when walking to and from school as they are there to assure students remain safe and out of harms way.   Students are not allowed to ride their bikes on the playground.  Students are not allowed on the playground after school unless accompanied with a parent.


  • Traffic: Please follow ALL traffic rules and regulations when picking up or dropping off your child.  This includes: refraining from parking in the school drop off zones during school hours, being courteous and patient, driving cautiously at all times, refrain from making illegal U-turns and most importantly obeying posted speed limits.  Safety of all Oakman students is our number one priority and can only be guaranteed by working together.


  • Health: In an effort to keep us all healthy, please model and review proper physical hygiene procedures with your child.  Talk to your child about washing their hands regularly using soap and water and refraining from sharing personal belongings with other students.  When your child is exhibiting signs of illness (prolonged fever, vomiting, coughing etc.) please keep them home until a physician has been consulted.  If students are ill please keep them home until they are completely well.
  • Attendance: The Board of Education requires all students to attend school regularly and in a timely manner in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan. The District’s educational program is predicated upon the presence of the student and requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation. The regular contact of students with one another in the classroom and their participation in a well-planned instructional activity under the tutelage of a competent teacher are vital to this purpose. Please be sure to drop off and pick up students in a timely manner.  
  • Please support our PTA, sign up today in the office with a $5 donation, make a difference!



 Radewin Awada


Oakman Elementary

اهالي مدرسة اوكمن الكرام,


أود ان اجدد ترحيبي بكم مع بداية هذه السنة بداية موفقة ومميزة.  ستحمل هذه السنة الكثير من التغيير والتحسين بما يخص تعليم وتثقيف اولادنا اجتماعيا وثقافيا وذلك بمشاركتكم الفعالة انشاء الله.  كما يهمنا ان نحيطكم علما بان مدرسة اوكمن مهتمة باستعمال التكنولوجية الحديثة للتواصل معكم في جميع الاوقات.  زوروا موقع المدرسة ومواقع جميع المعلمين والمعلمات لمعرفة ما يجري من احداث في المدرسة عامة والفصول خاصة.  وبما ان المدرسة تحمل لقب مدرسة خضراء, اننا كمربيين تعهدنا بان نقلل من استعمال الاوراق والاعتماد على استعمال البريد الالكتروني وموقع المدرسة وذللك مع ابتداء شهر نوفمبر – تشرين الثاني. 

سنركز نشرة المدرسة  الشهرية على المواعيد, التواريخ المهمة, احداث المدرسة, واجتماعات مجلس الاهل.  للمزيد من المعلومات بهذا الشأن, يرجو الاتصال بالمدرسة  او بالمدير عبر البريد الالكتروني .


تواريخ ومواعيد مهمة:


  • ·        6 تشرين الاول-اكتوبر : بدء الدوام المدرسي بتأخير ساعة  من صف الاول وحتى صف الخامس اي الساعة 9:40 صباحا. اما صف الروضة فسيكون هذا اليوم يوم عطلة .  الرجاء عدم احضار تلاميذ صف الروضة الى المدرسة في هذا اليوم.
  • ·        سيقدم الافطار صباحا بين الساعة-9:25-9:00 في هذا اليوم.  يجب ان يحضر جميع الطلاب في تمام الساعة 9:30 . 
  • ·        7, 14, 21, و28 تشرين الاول- اكتوبر: محاضرة تثقيفية للاهل تقدمها منى فاخوري ومارغريت احمد لتعليم احدث الوسائل والطرق لمعالجة السلوك المعقد لدى الاولاد.
  • ·        11 تشرين الاولاكتوبر:  ينتهي برنامج بيع الحلوى والشوكولة (فرانكن موث)
  • ·        12 تشرين الاول اكتوبر: بدء امتحان الميب. نرجو من الاهل ان يهتموا بنوم, وتغذية الاولاد. 
  • ·        12-13 تشرين الاول اكتوبر: امتحان القراءة لصفوف الثالث, الرابع, والخامس
  • ·        14 تشرين الاول اكتوبر: اليوم الاول للامتحان الكتابة صف الرابع فقط
  • ·        19 تشرين الاولاكتوبر: امتحان الرياضيات لصفوف  الثالث, الرابع, والخامس
  • ·        20 تشرين الاولاكتوبر: اليوم الثاني لامتحان الكتابة لصف الرابع فقط وامتحان العلوم لصف الخامس فقط
  • ·        26 تشرين الاولاكتوبر: بيع الذرة من قبل مجلس الاهل نرجو التطوع للمساعدة. للراغبين الاتصال بمس بيضون على الرقم 7685262
  • ·        26 تشرين الاولاكتوبر: اجتماع الاهل لصف الثاني وذلك الساعة التاسعة في الكافيتريا
  • ·        29 تشرين الاولاكتوبر:سيقوم جميع طلاب الروضة, الاول, والثاني برحلة الى بستان التفاح
  • ·        29 تشرين الاولاكتوبر: بيع الحلوى. الرجاء المساهمة
  • ·        29 تشرين الاولاكتوبر: حفلة الهلاوين لجميع اهالي اوكمن. (مطلوب لباس تنكري) سنوافيكم بكل التفاصيل قريبا.


  • ·        الرجاء من الاهل التاكد من ان اولادهم يرتدون اللباس المناسب مع التغيرات في الطقس


  • ·        سلامة الاولاد:  اشكر جميع الاهل للتقيد بقوانين دخول المدرسة في مواعيد صرف الطلاب او دخولهم الفصول في الصباح. كما اود ان اذكر بأنه من الضروري جد ابان على كل زائر ان يعلم الادارة عند دخول مبنى المدرسة ووضع اشارة زائر. كذلك للاجتماع بالمعلمين والمعلمات, الرجاء تحديد موعد لذلك. 


  • ·        ارجو من الاهل شرح كل ما يتعلق باتباع الارشادات من قبل الطلاب والاشخاص المسؤولين عن سلامة عبورهم الطريق .


  • ·        من غير المسموح بان يقود الاولاد الدراجات في ملعب المدرسة كذلك لا يسمح للاولاد بالتواجد في الملعب بعد دوام المدرسة الا برفقة الاهل. 


  • ·        حركة المرور:  من الضروري جدا التقيد بقوانين القيادة في الصباح وعند صرف الاولاد مع نهاية الدوام


  • ·        النظافة  الشخصية:  الرجاء متابعة هذا الموضوع مع اولادكم وشرح ضرورة غسل اليدين باستمرار وعدم استعمال اي شىء ليس لهم. في حال مرض ولدكم, الرجاء ابقائه في البيت ومراجعة الطبيب


  • ·         يطلب المجلس التربوي في ديربون ضرورة الحضور بشكل دائم ال المدرسة كي لا يؤثر ذلك على عملية التدريس ومستوى الطالب العلمي. 


شكرا لكل اهالي مدرسة اوكمن


مدير مدرسة اوكمن

رضوان عواضة




Press Release #04/10-11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2010

Contact: Christine Rosbury, Math Coordinator (313) 827-1529

               Dana Addis, Math Coordinator (313) 827-8123

               David Mustonen, Communications Coordinator (313) 827-3006



Games, Snacks, and Family Fun

 Are Part Of The Equation At Math Night

Take a break from the daily routine, join your neighbors, and bring your kindergarten through sixth grade student to an evening of game playing fun! The Dearborn Public Schools K-12 Math Committee will host the 1st Annual Family Math Night on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, in the Board Room of the Administration Building, 18700 Audette, Dearborn 48124. The fun starts at 6:30 pm.

Teachers, parents and high school honor students will host parent/student game tables at this carnival like event.  Those attending will play fun and educational games that help kids learn and master critical math skills. The games are aligned to the Everyday Math Curriculum and the Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE).  Families who win or purchase math games will leave knowing how to play the games so the fun and learning can continue at home.  

“Gone are the days of rote memorization with flashcards and multiplication charts. The evidence is clear, games help learning soar,” commented Christine Rosbury, District Math Coordinator.

The K-12 Math Task Force is charged with preparing every Dearborn student to be successful in Algebra 2 as a graduation requirement.  This goal helps to prepare tomorrow’s graduate for success in recession proof fields such as health and technology.  While Dearborn teachers have been hard at work implementing strategies aimed at reaching every learner, one of the biggest mental shifts for all stakeholders is creating learning environments where students take risks, grapple with problems, and view errors as learning opportunities.

Today’s student needs computational fluency and problem solving skills. Math games represent an enjoyable way to help students master facts while thinking critically.  The Everyday Math Program requires at least 15 minutes of skill practice with games daily. A 2008 study published by Carnegie Mellon University concluded that exposing children to board games produced large and lasting gains in their math skills.