Robert Cipriano Cross Country Memorial Run 10-19-13

Robert Cipriano CC Run Flyer 2013

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Place: Ford Field (Brady and Cherry Hill)

Parking is available on the lower level of the field near the baseball diamonds off Brady.

Students will meet near the large shelter, north of the bridge.

There will be 10 races for students and one race for faculty.

The faculty 1 mile run will start at 8:30 am.

The elementary school 4th grade girls run will start at 9:30, boys will follow, etc.

We estimate that middle school races will begin at 10:30.

It is recommended that all elementary school runners be there by 8:45 and middle school runners by 9:45.

The district has ordered 1000 running bibs with timing chips. Each school will be given an allotment based on the population of their school. Allotment of bibs will be determined soon by the physical education teachers as they will be timing students in class. For example, if your elementary school is allotted 40 bibs and you have 50 students who qualify by running a mile under 10 minutes, then your top 40 students get a bib and you will add their names/grade/gender/school to a spread sheet (see below) and the remaining 10 students may still compete however their times will not be recorded. Be sure to tell those without running bibs that their time is not recorded. Bibs will be delivered to your school before the race for distribution.

As mentioned, elementary qualifying time is 10 minutes for 1 mile (both boys and girls).

Middle school qualifying time is 20 minutes for 2 miles (both boys and girls).

The races will be a rolling start time with approximately 15 minutes between each elementary school race and approximately 20 minutes between each middle school race.

Each grade will have a ceremony following the completion of their runs. The 4th grade ceremony will start as the 5th graders are running. When the 5th grade runs are completed, their ceremony will start while the 6th graders are running and so forth. School winners will be announced at the conclusion of all races.

Physical Education teachers will still need to submit their list of participants on the Google share drive. Only those receiving bibs should be listed on the share drive. Remember to add name/grade/gender/school. Please update the list before October 4th. 

Lastly, let me know if you (or someone in your building) will be attending so that we can make arrangements for volunteers to assist.

Tomorrow is Count Day and a Late Start!! ALL STUDENTS TO ATTEND SCHOOL

Important Reminders

Wednesday October 2, 2013 –late Start Kindergarten thru fifth grade. School will begin exactly 9:35 AM. Breakfast will be served between 9AM – 9:25AM. Students having breakfast should not arrive before 9AM; all 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.
Wednesday October 2, 2013 is Count Day: It is important that your child is here on time no later than 9:35.

تذكير مهم
الاربعاء 2 تشرين الاول 2013: تأخير الدوام ساعة واحدة (9:35) لصفوف الروضة- صف الخامس. لا يسمح للتلاميذ بالدخول الى المدرسة قبل الساعة 9:30 صباحا. يسمح بالدخول للتلاميذ الذين يتناولون الفطورالى المدرسة في تمام الساعة 9:00 صباحا فقط. الرجاء عدم توصيل الاولاد قبل الساعة التاسعة.
الاربعاء 2 تشرين الاول:يوم احصاء التلاميذ من قبل الولاية لذلك من الضروري جدا توصيل الاولاد في الوقت المحدد لبدء الدوام 9:35 صباحا.

Michigan Teacher of the Year!

Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY) for 2014-2015

Please help us identify and recognize Michigan’s excellent teachers and the contributions they make to the success of the learning community. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) provides the nomination form that makes it easy for you, school parents, students, and other Michigan citizens to tell a great teacher that her/his efforts are recognized and appreciated.

Press and Guide Article: Oakman Elementary PTA Registers Voters

pta voting

By Katie Hetrick
Press & Guide Newspapers

DEARBORN — Oakman Elementary PTA is bringing social studies lessons home for students by making sure their parents and other community members are registered to vote.

“We were able to register 10 in probably an hour-and-a-half open house,” said PTA Treasurer Amged Monyidden. More than 200 others stopped by to check whether they were registered, she said.

“That was a big accomplishment for us to have more than 200 people,” she said. Oakman Elementary has about 300 students.

Any voter can see if they are registered by visiting Those who are not registered can print a registration form and send it, along with a copy of their driver’s license or state identification, into their local city clerk. Oct. 7 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general election.

Monyidden said the PTA got the registration idea indirectly from Principal Radewin Awada.

“He’s always empowered me that I do have a voice,” she said. Allowing parents to have input in their school and encouraging them to work to make a difference inspired the PTA to ensure their community has input in the elections.

And November could be an important election for the schools.

Dearborn Public Schools is asking voters to approve a $76 million SMART bond to pay for security upgrades, renovations, repairs, technology, buses and other items the district needs.

“Schools can’t tell parents to vote yes, but PTA can,” said Nadia Dakroub, Oakman School’s parent liaison. PTA representatives were hoping to sign up a few more voters at a Title 1 meeting Thursday morning.

Oakman, on Dearborn’s east end, has about 95 percent of students who are English Language Learners and 94 percent from low-income homes, according to the school’s website. Most families speak Arabic at home.

Dakroub applauded Monyidden and PTA Secretary Mahera Jadallah for spearheading the voter registration drive.

“It’s really to get citizens a voice,” Dakroub said.

Monyidden agreed.

She said last November only about 15,000 of Dearborn’s 90,000 residents voted.

“That wasn’t something we like to see, 15,000 people deciding what life is going to be like for 90,000,” she said.

The August primary had 12,000 people cast a ballot out of 61,000 registered voters, according to the city clerk’s office. The Census Bureau estimates the city has more than 96,000 residents.

A few times a year the Dearborn City Clerk’s office gets a packet of voter registration forms from a group registration drive, said Cindy Galea, elections supervisor. The only stipulation for someone registering by mail is that they show up in person the first time they vote, she said. All voters need to show identification at the polls.

Ballots are printed only in English, but citizens can bring a translator with them to help, even if it is a child, she said. She also tries to hire Arabic speaking poll workers for east end precincts so they can help translate for voters.

Oakman PTA’s registration drive is not because of the SMART bond, but an attempt to change the culture and get more eligible adults to vote, Monyidden said.

“Not only our parents, but trying to get our community out and tell them how important the vote is,” she said.

Part of low attendance could be a cultural thing, especially for women, she said. In some Middle Eastern countries women are not allowed to vote.

Oakman fifth-graders hold a mock election every year so students can learn about voting, but that is not enough, Monyidden said.

“We teach our students something, but as parents we lead by example,” she said.

Katie Hetrick covers Dearborn Public Schools. She can be reached at

Target and Avery Boxtops Voting is Over. Thank you!!

What an amazing PTA we have!

The voting has closed and we won $348.00 from Target and $200.00 from Avery boxtops. Wow!!!!!

Thank you to Mahera Jadallah and for alerting us to these free contests online. With just a few seconds of YOUR time on he internet each day we were able to bring in almost $600 from local businesses with no effort at all. How easy was that?

Thank you to the Oakman parents like YOU who took the time to vote each day and each week! This money will go straight back to your children.

This Week 9-30 to Oct 4

Monday:  District’s Anti Bullying Kick Off at the Henry Ford Performing Arts Center on Michigan Ave, also known as the Civic Center.

Oakman students will be performing at 6 pm. They have been working hard. Come and watch the show. It is free!


Wednesday:   Late Start and COUNT DAY

All students must come to school on Wednesday to be counted.

Thursday: School Store

Friday:       Popcorn Sale

MEAP parent meeting at 8:50 am in the gym for all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade parents/students and teachers.

The SMART BOND. Information in Arabic and English.


The Dearborn Board of Education will be placing a $76 million bond proposal on the November 5, 2013 ballot. The revenue generated from the proposal would provide funding for Security, Modifications, Additions, Remodeling, Technology, and Transportation. The bond is being called the S.M.A.R.T. Bond, an acronym for the projects included in the proposal.

A need to provide additional security, increased student numbers, an aging inventory of buildings (35 total with 23 ranging from 50 to 90 years old), state required on-line testing, an aging fleet of busses, and an 8.1 percent decline in funding from the state over the last five years have all contributed to the need for the district to seek a voter approved bond. The district has 19,100 students with over 6,200 of them added during the last 26 consecutive years of enrollment gains.

“This proposal addresses several building issues that need immediate attention in our district, provides funding to meet our current and future technology plans, and will allow us to replace around 30 buses,” commented Brian Whiston, Superintendent of the Dearborn Public Schools.

A voter approved bond project would not increase the current 5.81 mill rate taxpayers are currently paying due to the retirement of existing bond debt.

Community members can find out more information, leave comments, ask questions, and engage in a constructive dialogue at a special website dedicated to providing information only on the 2013 S.M.A.R.T. Bond

مشروع اقتراح السندات الذكي

يطرح المجلس التربوي في ديربورن مشروع ومقترح السندات بقيمة 76 مليون دولارا للاقتراع في 5 نوفمبرتشرين الثاني,2013. يوفر الاقتراح ايرادات لتمويل جهاز الامن في المدارس,اضافات, تعديلات, تكنولوجيا ووسائل النقل.

ان الحاجة الى جهاز امن جديد, ازدياد عدد الطلاب, المباني القديمة (23 مدرسة عمرها بين 50-90 سنة), الامتحانات عبر الكمبيوتر, وسائل النقل القديمة, وخفض اليزانية العامة بنسبة8.1 بالمئة من قبل الولايةعلى مدى الخمس سنوات الماضية ساهمت جميعها للبحث على مشروع السندات. كما ان المحافظة لديها اكثر من 19000 طالب مع زيادة 6200 طالب خلال السنوات ال26 سنة الفائتة.

“يتناول هذا الاقتراح العديد من القضايا مثل المباني القديمة التي تحتاج عناية فورية, تمويل خطط التكنولوجيا الحالية و المستقبلية, واستبدال 30 حافلة نقل” علق المدير المراقب لمدارس ديربورن براين وستون.

من شأن مشروع السندات المطروح للاقتراع عدم زيادة النسبة الضريبة 5.81 التي يتم دفعها حاليا بسبب سندات التقاعد.

ويمكن لافراد المجتمع معرفة المزيد من المعلومات، ترك التعليقات، وطرح الأسئلة، والانخراط في حوار بناء على شبكة الانترنت على الموقع التالي:

Proposed 2013 SMART BOND

The areas that will be addressed in our 2013 SMART Bond include:

· Safety

· Modifications

· Additions

· Renovations

· Technology and Transportation

Factors that have led the district to making a decision on moving forward with a voter approved bond and reasons that now is the best time to pursue this program include:

1. Over the last five years the Dearborn Public Schools has had an 8.1% decrease in the per-student funding amount provided by the state of Michigan resulting in fewer dollars available for general maintenance of the district’s 35 buildings, technology, and busses.

2. During the same five year time period the amount of general fund dollars the district has been able to commit to the upkeep and maintenance of facilities has decreased from just over $5 million dollars per budget year to just around $1 million per budget year.

3. The Dearborn Public Schools has 35 buildings with an average age of 58 years. Twenty three buildings are between 50 and 90 years old with 11 of those buildings being over 80 years old. Two buildings in the district are over 90 years old. This aging inventory of buildings has led to increased maintenance cost in order to continue to provide students with a safe, healthy, and energy efficient learning environment.

4. The district has experienced annual enrollment growth over the past twenty-five years gaining more than 6,800 students across the district. Although the growth has been good for the district the additional numbers have had an impact on building capacities and stretched school resources.

5. The state of Michigan is requiring school districts to move to a testing model that requires all students to have access to on-line testing. The state has not provided any funding to cover the hardware, software, and training cost associated with this massive increase in the daily use of technology in the classroom.

6. New security systems at each school will help create a more secure school environment, an issue that many parents have addressed with the district.

7. The district has not purchased a new bus for its fleet of nearly 100 busses in 4 years and the average age of a district bus is 9 years old. The aging fleet results in more resources dedicated to maintaining a safe and “road ready” fleet of busses.

8. The district has shown good stewardship of tax dollars by refinancing bonds at lower interest rates saving tax payers millions of dollars.

9. The district has not asked the voters for funds for capital improvements since the 2002 bond. That proposal saw all projects completed on time and on budget.

10. A voter approved bond project would not increase the mill. rate that taxpayers are currently paying due to the retirement of existing bond debt.

مشروع السندات المقترح لعام


المواضيع التي يتم تناولها في مشروع السندات هي التالية:

· السلامة

· تعديلات

· اضافات للمباني

· تجديدات

· تكنولوجيا والنقل

هناك العديد من العوامل والاسباب التي دفعت المقاطعة الى اتخاذ القرار بالمضي بهذا المشروع مع الناخبين في هذا الوقت وهي كما يلي:

1. على مدى الخمس سنوات الماضية تم خفض التمويل للتلاميذ بنسبة 8.1 بالمئة في مدارس ديربورن العامة والتي تقدمها ولاية ميشغن مما ادى الى انخفاض ميزانية 35 مدرسة من ناحية الصيانة, التكنولوجيا والباصات(حافلات النقل).

2. خلال نفس الفترة الزمنية ولمدة خمس سنوات خسرت المقاطعة من الميزانية العامة المخصصة لاعمال الصيانة من 5 مليون (سنويا) الى 1 مليون (سنويا).

3. معدل العمر ل 35 مدرسة في ديربورن58 سنة, 23 منها يراوح عمرها ما بين 50-90 سنة, 11 منها يزيد عمرها عن 80 سنة, 2 من المدارس تزيد عن 90 عاما مما حمل المقاطعة الكثير من الانفاق على اعمال الصيانة لمواصلة تأمين بيئة تعليمية صحية وسليمة لجميع الطلاب.

4. شهدت المقاطعة ازدياد في التسجيل والالتحاق بمدارس ديربورن العامة (اكثر من 6800 طالب). على الرغم من ان هذا النمو في عدد الطلاب مؤشر جيد ولكنه اثر على القدرات والموارد في المدارس.

5. تطلب ولاية ميشغن من المدارس الاتجاه الكلي نحو امتحان الطلاب عبر الانترنت ولم تقم الولاية بتقديم التمويل للاجهزة والبرمجة وتكاليف الدورات التدريبية على استعمال الهائل للتكنولوجيا بشكل يومي.

6. سوف تساعد اجهزة الامان بخلق بيئة اكثر امنا في كل مدرسة وهي مسألة تناولها الاهالي مع المقاطعة.

7. لم يتم شراء اي نوع من الباصات(الحافلات) خلال السنوات الاربع الماضية ويراوح متوسط العمر لهذه الحافلات 9 سنوات مما يضاعف مصاريف الصيانة لبقاء هذه الحافلات جاهزة وخالية من اي خلل.

8. لقد اظهرت المقاطعة اشرافا جيدا على الاموال الضريبية عن طريق اعادة تمويل السندات بفائدة اقل مما وفر الكثير من الاموال على المواطنين(الذين يدفعون الضرائب).

9. لم تطلب المقاطعة اي نوع من الاموال من الناخبين منذ العام 2002 لزيادة وتحسين راس المال حيث تم انجاز تلك المشاريع في الوقت المحدد ولم تفوق الميزانية.

10.ومن شأن هذا المشروع عدم زيادة معدل الضرائب التي يتم دفعها حاليا بسبب قانون سندات التقاعد.