City Hall is Moving!!

The City wants you to know if you need the any services at the City Hall it will be moving:

City Hall services and departments are moving to the:

Dearborn Administrative Center (DAC)
16901 Michigan Avenue (two miles west of the current City Hall building)

 
City Hall and services offered at that building will close to the public on noon, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 and will remain closed until 8 am, Tuesday, Sept.23, 2014.
 
All City Hall services will resume at 8 am Tuesday, September 23 at the new Dearborn Administrative Center (DAC). 
 
Any questions regarding the City Hall move should be directed to the City of Dearborn, Department of Public Information, (313) 943-2285

Dearborn’s Got Talent! May 13th at 6:30pm

City wide event will showcase only the best high school talent in town!
Talented high school students from across Dearborn will compete for top honors at the first-ever “Dearborn’s Got Talent!” show on Tuesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.Tickets are on sale now! Tickets for general admission seating are $5 advance. Prices on May 13 are $7.

For more information about “Dearborn’s Got Talent” call 827-3109

Music Program

Come join us for an afternoon of music in the

Henry Ford Elementary Annex Cafeteria!

 

Thursday, May 29th: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Performance

Friday, May 30th: 4th and 5th Grade Performance

 

Both concerts begin at 2:00pm.

Please see Ms. Groosbeck or Ms. Holmes with questions!

District Policy on Snow Days

Snow Days: How Dearborn Public Schools decide

With the possibility of more snow in the forecast, and the fact that it is not uncommon in Michigan to have snow as late as April, this seems like a good time to once again describe the district’s process for deciding whether to close school and evening events because of inclement weather.

Many people would like the District to establish a certain temperature or snow amount as a guaranteed cut-off point to close school. It is important to have guidelines and criteria to guide the decision to close but to simply make a decision based on a pre-set number removes all thinking and common sense from the decision. Each time the district makes the difficult decision to close all factors must be considered.

The first priority is always safety. However, please keep in mind that in the southern states 2 inches of snow can be considered unsafe while in northern Michigan or Wisconsin it may take 12 or more inches before safety becomes an issue. In other words, there is not a hard and fast definition of what is safe and what is not. That is why the district must take in to consideration several conditions such as:

1) What are the current conditions, not forecasted conditions.

2) Will District staff be able to clear parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks in time for school?

3) Will busses be operational and running on time?

4)Will conditions allow safe bus operations and ability to navigate narrow neighborhood streets?

5) How are the conditions in other districts? The Superintendent talks with neighboring school districts to see if their conditions are similar to ours. This gives a better picture of the overall situation and its impact on commuting staff members and busses traveling to other locations.

Many times the decision to close school depends on when the snow falls. Twelve inches of snow over the weekend may have no impact on closing while six inches falling in the middle of the night may result in a very different decision. The Superintendent will always try to make the call prior to 5 am and will only go past that time if the situation requires further consideration.

Please keep in mind that no matter what decision a superintendent makes, whether it’s here in Dearborn or in some other community, someone is not going to like it. Missing work to stay home with a child, not being able to arrange outside child-care, or simply feeling that the District doesn’t care about the safety of children are just a few of the many reasons parents often site for agreeing or disagreeing with a school closing decision.

The district will post snow closing information on all major television and radio stations, on the district’s website (www.dearbornschools.org), district facebook page, twitter, district cable Ch.19, and an automated call will also be sent to all parents. We highly encourage everyone to monitor at least one of the many sources available to find out if schools will be closed.

When schools are open, we remind students to wear proper clothing for winter conditions. Hats, gloves, proper shoes, and warm coats should be part of everyone’s wardrobe, especially since we all live in a cold weather state.

Winter Break

Winter Break will begin at the end of the school day on December 20th, School will resume January 6th.  All of us at Henry Ford Elementary would like to wish you a safe and restful winter break and we look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.

Parent E-mail Survey

Thank you for taking the time to fill out the following information, as part of our green school initiative we are trying to reduce the amount of paper we use and your help is invaluable. Please make sure to click on the submit button on the bottom of the page when you are done.

Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Henry Ford and elementary schools all over Dearborn will host parent teacher conferences. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday November 14th, 4:00-7:00

Wednesday, November 20th, 4:00-7:00

Thursday, November 21st, 4:00-7:00

Please remember that conferences are by appointment only. We look forward to talking to parents about their students progress and appreciate all families arriving on time for their scheduled conference. You should receive a reminder note of your scheduled time, and feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you are unsure when you are scheduled to attend.