Music Concert by 4th and 5th graders

Oakman students and parents enjoyed a music concert on Monday, March 7th @ 10am. Thank you to Ms. Green and Ms. Ventura for preparing the students for a wonderful presentation.

Book Fair 3-7 to 3-11 March is Reading Month

Hello Parents, 3-4-11

Monday is the first day of the Book Fair and we have very inexpensive books, posters and fun things to sell. We ask that each child purchase books to support our March is Reading Month goal and the PTA. . We will be open all day in Rm.106 before school, at lunch time and after school. You can send money with your child to purchase when his/her teacher brings them down as a class. Ms. Beydoun needs one hour volunteers this week. Please call her at 768-5262 to give your time. WE NEED YOU. One hour is not alot to ask this week.

Thank you for your support,

Oakman School and the PTA

Drastic Budget Cuts Are Coming.

English and Arabic:

Oakman School Community,

Did you do it yet? Did you write and call. We need your help.
We are in trouble again. We need you to write to the Governor. Please pay attention to the note coming home and help us out. Read it carefully and write, call and protest these drastic cuts. This means there will be less help for your child next year at Oakman School. HELP US PLEASE!

From the Office of the Superintendent

Dear Supporter of Education,

Now that Governor Snyder has presented his budget proposal, the debate in Lansing will continue for several weeks as legislators work out the details. In order to better understand how this plan will impact our classrooms, I would like to take a moment to provide the following summary of the key components of the Governor’s budget proposal.
Impact on District
Per-student funding reduced by $470/student $8,695,000
31a At-Risk funds eliminated $4,900,000
Section 41 Bilingual funds eliminated $435,000
Total $14,030,000

In addition to these cuts in revenue, the district may face as much as a $5 million increase in the amount paid to the State’s pension fund.

As concerned community members, it’s important that you voice your opinion on the Governor’s cuts. Every parent, business owner, home owner, and community member should contact Governor Snyder at:
Governor Rick Snyder
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-3400
Rick.snyder@michigan.gov

Explain to the Governor that:
 Reductions in funding at this level will be devastating to our classrooms.
 Dearborn students across the district will see reductions in staff, resources, and services.
 These budget recommendations hit Dearborn harder than other district due to the elimination of needed funds for “At-Risk” and bilingual students.
 Reductions in funding will mean fewer resources, human and material, needed to help students achieve the new state mandated college-ready test scores.

I highly encourage you to contact the Governor’s office and explain the impact these cuts will have on our students, your children.

Fortunately our representatives in the state house and senate are aware of this situation and are working to help Dearborn students. We thank them for their support and caring about our students.

Despite several years of declining state revenue, the Board of Education and the administrative team have remained committed to timely budget planning and being fiscally responsible to the citizens living in our district. Working with our staff and community, the district will continue to take a proactive stance on budget issues and maintain our commitment to devote available resources that meet the academic needs of students.

As state lawmakers move through the budget process, we will continue to provide you with information on any changes that could impact funding for Dearborn Public Schools. Although school districts do not have the ability to raise revenue locally or control spiraling state retirement costs, we will work to preserve quality instructional programs so that all students will continue to be successful in the classroom.
Sincerely,

Brian J. Whiston
Superintendent of Schools

الى كل من يدعم قطاعي التربية والتعليم,

لقد تم تقديم عرض تخفيض الميزانية في المدارس من قبل حاكم الولاية ريك سنايدر. يقوم المشرعون بدراسة وبحث التفاصيل المتعلقة بهذا المشروع في الاسابيع المقبلة. المزيد من المعلومات على النحو التالي:

• تخفيض 470 دولارا من ميزانية التلميذ الواحد, اي ما يعادل 8,695,000 دولارا على مستوى المحافظة
• تخفيض برنامج ميزانية ثنائي اللغة, ما هو مجموعه 4,900,000 دولارا على مستوى المحافظة
• تخفيض اخر لبرامج تعليم اللغة للمبتدئين, ما يعادل 435000 دولارا على مستوى المحافظة
_____________________________
المجموع 14,030,000

بالاضافة الى ذلك, تدفع المحافظة خمس ملايين (زيادة عما يتم دفعه) لصندوق الدولة للتقاعد.
انطلاقا من هذا المشروع, يجب علينا جميعا الادلاء بارائنا والتعبير عن مخاوفنا من هذا التخفيض في الميزانية. الرجاء الاتصال او المراسلة على العنوان التالي:
Governor Rick Snyder
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-3400
Rick.snyder@michigan.gov

تسطيع ان تشرح وتعلق بما يلي:
• سيؤثر هذا التخفيض في الميزانية على الصفوف بشكل سلبي
• هذا يعني مزيدا في التخفيض في عدد الموظفين والخدمات في المدارس
• تتاثر مدارس ديربورن اكثر من غيرها من المدارس بسبب التخفيض في ميزانية برامج ثنائي اللغة للمبتدئين
• ان مدارس ديربورن تتحمل خسارة الكثير من المواد والمصادر المهمة التي تساعد على نسبة نجاح الطلاب في البرنامج الاكاديمي المطروح والذي يزيد التوقعات لتحضير الطلاب للدخول الى الجامعات

– انني شخصيا اشجع الجميع الاتصال بمكتب حاكم الولاية ريك سنايدر وشرح تأثير هذا التخفيض في الميزانية على نجاح الطلاب. كما يسعى ممثلي ولاية ميشغن الى مساعدة اولادنا في مدارس ديربورن الرسمية.
– على الرغم من تراجع عائدات الدولة في السنوات الماضية, ثابر مجلس التربية والتعليم واعضاء الادارة على التخطيط والموازنة بشكل مناسب والشعور بالمسوؤلية تجاه المواطنين في المدينة.
– بالتعاون مع المعلمين والمعلمات وسكان مدينة ديربورن, سوف نقوم باخذ الخطوات الاستباقية لمعالجة مشكلة التخفيض المالي الذي يواجه المدارس كما سنعمل على الابقاء على جميع المصادر والموارد التعليمية والاكاديمية المهمة واللازمة لنجاح اولادنا.
– سوف نقوم باعلامكم باية معلومات او تغيرات قد تحصل في مدارس ديربورن. اننا في مدارس ديربورن لا نستطيع زيادة او استرجاع اي عائدات مالية لكن سنسعى ونبذل قصارى جهدنا للابقاء على المستوى الثقافي والبرامج التعليمية المطلوبة لضمان نجاح الطلاب.

شكرا لكم,

براين ويستون
المدير العام لمدارس ديربورن

Four Free Parenting Classes at ASC starting 3-2-11

This evening at Dearborn Public Schools Administrative Center you can take these free parent talk classes and graduate from the program.

Free Parent Talk Classes at ASC in Boardroom
March 2, 16, 23 and 30th 2011
Graduation April 6th
Wednesday’s 6:00-8:00pm.

Verbal Skills for Parents:
How to Increase Achievement and Decrease Discipline Problems with Effective Parent Talk

These Parent Talk classes will teach an amazing approach to communicating with your children that will encourage self-responsible behaviors, self-motivation, and increased effort. You will learn verbal skills and practical strategies to positively effect the social and emotional development of your children and family. Classes are designed to prepare participants to implement the skills immediately. Attend all ten classes and receive a certificate of completion

Please fill out the form below and return to Margaret King Ahmed first day of class.

REGISTRATION FORM
NAME_______________________________________________________
PHONE___________________________________________________________
Number of children in the family._______________________
Childcare and beverage will be your responsibility.

Bake Sale and Fun Friday 2-25-11

Oakman’s PTA Fun Family Night

Dear Parents,
Please join us this Friday, February 25th from 4-6pm at Oakman School for Family Fun Night. We will be playing volleyball and basketball in the gym, doing Family Math Games in the Art Room and enjoying Book Bingo and food in the cafeteria. Pizza will be sold in the cafeteria for $1 per slice.
To help us with goodies for Family Fun Night we are having a bake sale on Friday as well. It will be during the event from 4-6pm. Please send in your donations of CUPCAKES, COOKIES, Juice boxes, and baked goods on Friday morning. Make sure to sign in outside of Ms. Dakroub’s office. Every child that donates will get a token from the PTA. They bought new treats for the children this week!
Join the Oakman family for a wonderful, fun-filled evening. See you there!