Remember to come in on Fridays from 9 to 12 and get a book to continue your summer reading!
The Dearborn Public Library has just published its summer reading list for elementary and secondary students. Please take a look a the books recommended to find a wonderful summer reading book. The theme this year is “Fizz Boom Read” incorporating science and reading together.summer-reading-booklist-children2014
For more information about “Dearborn’s Got Talent” call 827-3109
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!
Remember, February Break starts on Monday. There will be no school the week of Feb. 17- Feb. 21. Enjoy the time off and don’t forget to read everyday. See you back in class on February 24, 2014!
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 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.
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.
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.
As we begin the second half of the year, I want to
praise you for the work you are doing with your child
at home. Working with your child at home increases
their learning abilities so much. It is amazing how
much faster they learn.
It is never too late to begin working with your child at
home on homework or helping them learn more
information using games and other fun ways to
learn. If you need help on how to do this or want
some ideas, please call me or your child’s teacher.
We would enjoy talking with you regarding how best
to make learning at home fun.
The weather continues to be cold so please continue
to dress your child warmly.