ACCESS Back to School Drive

ACCESS is sponsoring a back to school drive-thry bash on Monday August 31st, from 12pm-5pm. They will be providing free backpacks, food packages, lunch for families, oral hygiene kits, giveaways and more. The event is free to the community and participants can attend the entire event from the safety of their car. Access will also be scheduling appointments for free school physicals and immunizations.

GSRP Preschool Applications

Dearborn Public Schools will make applications available for this year’s GSRP preschool programs offered throughout the district on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 10 a.m – noon.

Mrs. Shooshanian and Mrs. Muatafa will have applications available for pick up outside the office doors at the following location:
Becker Elementary 10821 Henson St.

Please be sure to wear a mask when picking up applications.

When you pick up an application, an appointment will be made for your family to return paperwork on September 1st.

If families cannot not make it to one of these locations to pick up an application or if there is currently an application on file and an appointment is needed, please contact Cotter Early Childhood Center at 313-827-6150 before September 1st. 

GSRP will be starting virtually this school year and will follow the direction of Dearborn Schools for returning to face-to-face instruction.

Teachers will be working with accepted families remotely and offering some face-to-face assistance for families able to visit their classroom.

If families have already completed the application process and received an acceptance letter, a preschool teacher will contact the family during the first week in September.

GSRP (the Great Start Readiness Program) is a state sponsored program for families who qualify based on income. The program services low-income and working class families who are below the 250% of the federal poverty guidelines, said Early Childhood Coordinator Amy Modica.

To be enrolled, children must turn 4 years old before Dec. 1, 2020.  Priority is given to students who have birthdays before Sept. 1 because those students will qualify to start kindergarten next year, but the program will take students with birthdays between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1, if space is available.

To apply, students must live with a parent or legal guardian within the Dearborn Public School District.

Thank you!!!

Online Virtual Learning Program Registration Tomorrow

Who: Parents who want to opt-in for online only learning for this school year through the Virtual Learning Program (VLP).

Where: Oakman Elementary Cafeteria door #10

Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

Time: 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00pm

Website for more information: https://vlp.dearbornschools.org/

Virtual Learning Program: students in the VLP are committing to on-line learning only for this school year, or at least for the first semester, which runs into January.  That commitment allows the district to place students both for online and possible in-school learning with the appropriate teachers now and avoid more disruptions later.

Please wear a mask and follow social distancing norms of 6 feet apart.

Dearborn opts to start school year ONLINE, with optional in-school learning labs for more support

The Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education agreed Monday night for the district to start the school year online for all students.

Students from preschool through high school will take classes online at least until the first week of October. The board will reevaluate conditions later in September to see if it is possible for some or all students to begin returning to their classrooms.

“The decision to start online is not for the entire school year, or even for the entire semester,” Superintendent Glenn Maleyko said. “Our hope continues to be to return most students to in-school learning when we feel we can ensure reasonable safety.  We know most students learn better in a classroom.”

Online learning for the fall will be more structured than what students and parents saw in the spring after the emergency school closures due to COVID-19.  Students will be expected to attend live virtual classes with their teacher every school day and attendance will be counted.  Work will be graded on a more traditional scale, unlike the standards used in the spring. Schools will be contacting students with the teacher assignments and more information before class begins Aug. 31.  Parents and students should watch their emails because more  schools may opt to communicate electronically this year instead of mailing back-to-school packets.

While learning is online, the district will also provide in-school learning labs for students. These small groups will offer additional in-person assistance to students for academic and social-emotional issues. Each of the district’s 36 schools will create its own schedule for learning labs.  Most often teachers will recommend students they feel will benefit from the learning lab, but parents and students will also be able to request additional help.

Starting school online was the top recommendation from the district’s school reopening committee.  More than 80 people served on the committee that looked at hundreds of logistical details regarding returning students to school. The committee’s second and third recommendations both involved allowing students to return with blended learning where half the students would be in the building on one day and half learning from home.  The committee’s second choice recommendation was for just elementary students in blended learning while secondary students stayed online, and the third recommendation had all students in a blended learning system.For parents who do not want their student returning to in-building learning this year, or at least this semester, the district has created the Virtual Learning Program.  This online only program is available for district students, but parents must register their child. Families can learn more at vlp.dearbornschools.org.  Students who sign up for the program will still be taught by Dearborn Public School staff using the district’s curriculum.  Families are asked to commit to the program for at least a semester, preferably the entire year.

New this fall, all Dearborn Public School teachers and students will be using Schoology, including lessons taught via Zoom.  Schoology will provide a central hub for students to connect to all their teachers and find and submit all their lessons and assignments.  The secure platform also gives teachers more control over their virtual classroom, including how students interact during live lessons.

The decision to start school online does not directly impact high school athletics.  Those seasons officially start this week; however teams will only be allowed to compete as MHSAA deems it is safe to do so.  Those decisions are made by sport depending on how well athletes can social distance and other factors.  Read more at the MHSAA website.  Athletes will continue to fill out a brief daily health form, including a temperature check, before participating each day.

Like everything else since March, all in-person activities are subject to change as COVID-19 conditions evolve and pending any new requirements from the Governor or state legislature.

“While we are disappointed to be starting schools online this fall, we know that we need to put the safety of our students and staff first.  Even with the extensive precautions planned by the reopening committee, we feel like online learning is the best option for starting school,” Superintendent Maleyko said.

100% Virtual Learning Year Long Option – Register on Wednesday between 9am and 3pm at Oakman Cafeteria

Greetings Parents,  

On Monday, August 10 the Board of Education approved a plan for all Dearborn Public School students to return to school on-line. Students from kindergarten through high school will take classes online at least until sometime around the beginning of October.  The board will reevaluate conditions later in September to see if it is possible for some or all students to begin returning to their classrooms perhaps in a blended model of in-class and on-line learning.

The District understands there are parents who want their children in a 100% virtual learning program no matter what phase the State is in or how other students in the District are attending school.  For the parents who want a 100% on-line option for the entire school year, the school district has created the Dearborn Virtual Learning Program for students K-12.  Parents selecting this option are opting their children into the program for a one-year commitment. 

In order to meet staffing, transportation, and several other components of our new school environment, it is vitally important to know how many students will join the Virtual Program. Parents seeking more information and/or are interested in opting their child(ren) into this program are highly encouraged to visit Oakman Elementary School’s cafeteria on Wednesday August 12 between 9am and 3pm.

School administrators will be on hand (social distancing, limited numbers, and masks will be enforced) on August 12 between 9am and 3pm to meet with parents. If you have children at different grade levels and buildings, you do not need to attend meetings at multiple schools.  Opt-in forms will be available and parents can opt-in all their children at one location. Here is a link to the complete schedule of schools and meetings.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SdFISdKk-c1Lbkz7Vj5irylxEkqJOKZy2J3HJGvJ_tI/edit#heading=h.e1437s49s5yw.

If you are not comfortable meeting in a safe environment at the school or are unable to attend on one of the scheduled days, please call or email the school so we may discuss this option and begin the opt-in process for your children.

We understand there are many questions, concerns, and uncertainties as we approach the start of the school year.  Our Back to School Reopen Committee has spent many hours considering all of the health, safety, logistical, and educational concerns before making their recommendations. Our Board spent many hours reviewing those recommendations including a six hour Study Session to hear from the various sub-committees and stakeholders.  We are now ready to move forward, together, to ensure what will be an interesting, but great, start to the 2020-21 school year. 

Have a great day

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Summer Learning Loss- What you can do!

Dear Parent/Guardian,

       According to Johns Hopkins University, the effects of summer learning loss can result in nearly a three-month loss in grade-level equivalency in math and a two-month loss in grade-level equivalency in reading. 

 As a result of the school shut down, estimates suggest students will return in the fall 2020 with roughly 70% of the learning gains in reading relative to a typical school year.  However in mathematics, students are likely to show much smaller learning gains and in some grades, nearly a full year behind what we would observe in normal conditions. In order to close the summer learning loss gap in reading and math, students should be reading on a daily basis and or completing math activities. Below are recommended reading list/activities.  

Please continue to use all the resources on the district’s CLEVER site throughout the summer. Please also check the school Blog and your teacher’s blogs for additional learning and practice sites to use throughout the summer.

https://www.kidsa-z.com for those whose teachers have set up an account

Thank you so much for supporting your child’s development through summer learning.

أولياء الأمور و الأوصياء الأعزاء:

بناءً على دراسة لجامعة جون هوبكنز إن  الانقطاع عن الدراسة خلال الصيف  قد يسفر عن تراجع الطالب بما يعادل فترة زمنية قد تصل إلى الثلاثة  أشهر تقريبا من فترة الدراسة العادية في مادة الرياضيات، و الشهرين في مادة القراءة. تشير التوقعات أنه نتيجة لإغلاق المدارس سيعود الطلاب إلى المدارس في خريف  العام الدراسي ٢٠٢٠  بنسبة ٧٠ % فقط مهارات القراءة مقارنة بالمستوى الذين قد يصلون إليه خلال السنة الدراسية النموذجية / الإعتيادية. بينما من المرجح أن يظهر الطلاب نسبة تطور أقل في مهارات الرياضيات وفي  بعض الصفوف ما يقارب من تأخر سنة دراسية كاملة عما نشهده في الأحوال الدراسية العادية.   التخلص من هذه الفجوة التعليمية التي من الممكن أن تنشأ عن حلول فصل الصيف في القراءة والرياضيات، يتوقع من الطلاب إكمال واجبات بيتية صيفية  قبل عودتهم إلى المدرسة العام القادم.

 شكراً لكم على دعمكم ومساندتكم لأبنائكم في إكمال  الواجبات الصيفية .