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 (www.dearbornschools.org), school website (https://oakman.dearbornschools.org) 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 awadar@dearborn.k12.mi.us.  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 awadar@dearborn.k12.mi.us .


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


NFL’S Back to Football Rush

Oakman Lions had a great football day on Friday, Sept 17th. Enjoy the pictures!



Press Release #04/10-11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2010

Contact: Christine Rosbury, Math Coordinator (313) 827-1529 rosburC@dearborn.k12.mi.us

               Dana Addis, Math Coordinator (313) 827-8123 AddisD@dearborn.k12.mi.us

               David Mustonen, Communications Coordinator (313) 827-3006 mustond@dearborn.k12.mi.us




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.
















To all those observing the Eid, I wish you all a Eid Moubarak and year of health and prosperity!

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of Oakman students, a friendly reminder to complete both salmon colored emergency cards and Free/Reduced Lunch Application for your child ASAP, as both forms contain critical information needed by the school office.  Completely fill out emergency card, include a minimum of two working phone numbers, physicians information and working email address.  If your child has any type of medical condition please make sure to note this on the emergency card.  Free lunch applications and emergency cards need to be returned to the classroom teacher no later than Friday September 17, 2010.

Thank You!

Welcome Back School Begins September 7, 2010



Oakman Elementary

Home of the Owls

 Welcome Back!

August 25, 2010

 Greetings Parent(s)/Guardian,                                                                 

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones in good health and spirits.  As we approach the beginning of the 2010 – 2011 school year I would like to take a moment and review a few procedures assuring a safe and smooth start to the new school year.

First Day  

  • September 7, 2010 school begins promptly at 8:40 a.m. and will be dismissed 11:45 a.m.  Students should plan on arriving 10 minutes early to verify classroom assignments. 
  • Class rosters will be posted at the entrances near the southwest playground.  Staff will be assisting children in identifying their assigned teacher with the exception of kindergarten
  • Students will meet the teacher at their assigned area (yellow line) identifiable by room number.
  • Students will be escorted to the classroom by the teacher.  Parents please refrain from entering the building at this time, with the exception of kindergarten parents.
  • We ask all kindergarten students be escorted to and picked up from the classroom by the parent(s).  Kindergarten parents will be asked to use door #4 to enter and exit the school during kindergarten drop off and pick-up.
  • Students will bring home informational packets containing emergency cards, lunch application, insurance documents and other relevant information, please take time to review and completely fill out necessary documents.  Documents need to be returned to your child’s teacher no later than Friday – September 17, 2010.
  • We are asking parents to remain outside the building as students will be escorted outside by their teacher, this will be less confusing and easier for both students and parents.  I strongly recommend parents designate a common meeting place to pick up their child.


  • Consistent and timely attendance to school is of the utmost importance and considerably enhances your child’s educational experience.  If possible avoid removing students from the classroom during the school day.  When this is inevitable make sure to sign out student in the office prior to exiting the building.   
  • First bell rings at 8:35 a.m.; teachers will escort students to class and instruction begins at 8:40 a.m.  Children entering school after 8:45 a.m. must be accompanied by a parent and sign-in at the main office.  Students will not be allowed to enter class without a parent signature. 
  • If your child is unable to attend school please contact the school office at                (313) 827 – 6500.  When calling, parents should give the following information: student and teacher name, grade, reason for and length of absence. 
  • If a child must leave school early or arrive late parents must come into the school office and sign their child into or out of school. 
  • When the student returns to school, it is his or her responsibility to check with teachers for missed work.  If a student will be absent for more than two days please contact the teacher to make arrangements for homework to be picked up from the office.  Homework will be ready for pick up the following school day by 3p.m.
  • All Visitors must check into the office upon entering the school NO Exceptions!

 Health Matters

  • Elementary age children require a minimum of ten hours of sleep per day; it’s a good idea to begin sending the little ones to bed a little earlier this week so they may acclimate to earlier bedtimes.
  • Make sure students eat a healthy fortified breakfast before coming to school each and everyday. 
  • Review the importance of regularly washing their hands using soap and water throughout the school day i.e. before and after lunch and during bathroom breaks.  
  • If children are ill please keep them home.
  • Children requiring medication throughout the school day are required to have a completed Medical Authorization Form on file in the office.  At no time are children allowed to self administer or dispense medication during the school day.
  • Gym clothes should be washed regularly.

Dress Code

  • Students must dress appropriately in a manner that is not distracting or disruptive to the learning process and weather suitable. 
  • Skirts, shorts, and skorts must come to the tip of the longest finger in a natural stance. 
  • Writing-logos are not permitted across the seat of a students garment.  Mutilated clothing (cut, torn, written on etc.) safety pins as decorations, chains, writing on clothing or skin is not permitted. 
  • No outerwear (jackets, coats, hats, bandanas, etc) may be worn in classes; however, some hats or scarves required for religious reasons are permitted.  No jerseys may be worn unless accompanied by a t-shirt underneath it.  No tank tops or sleeveless shirts with the exception of gym class.  No spandex or tight fitting clothes.  No fishnet or transparent clothing is permitted. 
  • No undergarment (bras, underwear, boxer shorts, etc.) should be showing, nor should pajamas be worn to school. 
  • Clothing, jewelry, symbols, or other things denoting gang membership are not permitted.  Clothing displaying offensive or inappropriate pictures or writing, which includes but is not limited to topics of sex, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, is not permitted.   
  • Flip-flops, slippers or any other shoe wear that does not have a back strap are not permitted.  In order to prevent serious injury socks or pantyhose must be worn at all times.
  • Makeup is not permitted. 

We appreciate your full cooperation with these set standards.  Failure to comply with Dearborn Public Schools Dress Policy will result in parents being called and/or student being sent home.


The safety of all citizens is first and foremost.  Exercise the following precautionary measures when dropping off or picking up your child.

  • Allow adequate travel time and observe the posted speed limit.
  • Do not park and/or leave your car unattended in the drop off zone.  Do not make U-TURNS in the middle of the street it is illegal and dangerous.
  • Make arrangements with your child to pick them up in the same place everyday.
  • Encourage your child to use the crosswalk when crossing the street.
  • Do not stop in the middle of the street to drop off your child.  Please pull all the way over to the right when dropping off your child.

Important Dates

  • 9-07-10          School Resumes ½ day All Students
  • 9-09-10          No School Ramadan Moubarak        
  • 9-10-10          No School Ramadan Moubarak
  • 9-23-10          Oakman Open House/Parents Meet Oakman Staff
  • 10–06–10       Late Start, All students start school one hour later 

Oakman’s Professional Learning Community thanks you in advance for your cooperation and looks forward to working as a team, ensuring your child receives the finest education.  Please take time to review the following policies and information with your child.  Any questions or concerns please call the office.   


Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today. James Dean 




 Radewin Awada                                                                                


7545 Chase

Dearborn, MI 48126

Oakman Elementary                                                                                                 Phone: (313) 827-6500

Fax: (313) 827-6505

Home of the Owls!