100% Virtual Learning Year Long Option – Register Thursday, August 13 between 9 AM and 2 PM at Maples

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 until at least the beginning of October.  The board will check conditions in late September to see if it is possible for students to begin returning to in person learning. It could begin as a blended model of both in-class and on-line learning.

The District understands there are parents who are not comfortable with their children returning to in person learning for this school year.  For these 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 Maples on Wednesday August 13 between 9 AM and 2 PM.

School administrators will be on hand (social distancing, limited numbers, and masks will be enforced) on August 13 between 9 AM and 2 PM to meet with parents to sign up students for the virtual learning option.  Opt-in forms will be available and parents can opt-in all their children at one location.

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 (827-6450) or email @ jakubid@dearbornschools.org Wednesday or Thursday 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. 

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.

Summertime!

The entire Maples Staff wishes all our students and parents a restful summer break! We appreciate the help of all our families with remote learning the past 3 months. It was definitely a time of learning for all of us!

At the end of June, teachers will be contacting students for summer learning. We have purchased books for all our students and the teachers will be meeting once a week for book talks! This will begin July 6 so watch for a message from your teacher!

Thank you Mrs. Whitford for creating this!

Can you fnd your teacher?

Mrs. Reed’s Duet

Mrs. Reed had a little bit of fun with another music teacher from Dearborn. Mr. K. and Mrs. Reed played a recorder duet while social distancing. Mr. K. recorded the drum part and his recorder part and emailed the file to Mrs. Reed. Mrs. Reed recorded herself on recorder and then spliced it all together into a video. We hope you enjoy our performance.

Preschool Sign Up

ATTENTION All FAMILIES WITH A FOUR YEAR OLD CHILD

Dearborn Schools offers a Free Preschool Program

GSRP is a free program for all eligible families and is designed to give a high quality preschool experience prior to Kindergarten. 

 Eligibility is primarily based on family income (federal poverty level), life experiences and child’s age.   If your child’s birth date is between December 2, 2015 to December 1, 2016, your child may qualify for this program.  

If you would like to be sent information about registration for the 2020-2021 school year please fill in the GSRP Interest Form 2020-2021 and someone will contact you as we start the registration process. 

If you have any other questions please email Amy Modica modicaa@dearbornschools.org

بلاغ إلى جميع الأسر التي لديها طفل يبلغ من العمر أربع سنوات

 مدارس ديربورن تقدم برنامج  البداية الرائعة الاستعدادي المجاني

  برنامج  البداية الرائعة الاستعدادي هو برنامج مجاني لجميع الأسر المستحقة ويهدف إلى إعطاء تجربة دراسية – قبل الروضة – للأطفال. 

 تعتمد أهلية القبول في هذا البرنامج في المقام الأول على دخل الأسرة (مستوى الفقر الفيدرالي) ، وتجارب الحياة وعمر الطفل.   إذا وقع تاريخ ميلاد طفلك بين ٢  كانون الأول / ديسمبر٢٠١٥  إلى ١  كانون الأول/ ديسمبر ٢٠١٦  ، فقد يكون طفلك مؤهلاً لهذا البرنامج.  

إذا كنت ترغب في استلام  معلومات حول التسجيل للسنة الدراسية ٢٠٢٠-٢٠٢١  ، يرجى ملء  نموذج  GSRP 2020-2021 وسيتصل بك أحد كوادرنا عند بدء عملية التسجيل. 

إذا كانت لديك أي أسئلة أخرى ، يرجى إرسال بريد إلكتروني إلى  السيدة إيمي موديكا modicaa@dearbornschools.org

P-EBT Benefit Cards

All families in Dearborn will be receiving the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) food assistance benefits. It will go to Michigan families with students ages 0-26 that are eligible for Free or Reduced-Price School Meals. This includes families currently receiving Food Assistance Program benefits, as well as those not currently enrolled in the program. No application is necessary for eligible families to receive P-EBT benefits.

If you have any questions, please contact 1-833-905-0028.

If the student was already receiving SNAP benefits, they will automatically receive the P-EBT benefits on their card.

If the student is eligible based on a Free or Reduced-Price Meal the pre-loaded P-EBT card will come in the mail and will be in the oldest school aged child’s name, not the parents name. Keep the card for ongoing benefits you may receive. MDDHS is processing cards in batches thru mid-May.

The combined benefit amount for March/April is $193.80 per child and will be available by the end of April.

The combined benefit amount for May/June is $182.40 per child and will be available by the end of May.

To activate the card call the phone number on the back of the card. You will need the EBT card number on the front of the card, your zip code, and the date of birth of the oldest child in your household. You will need to set a four-digit pin number.

Special Area Report Card Marking

Art, Music, Technology and PE teachers are working hard to provide lessons for students weekly. Please remember those areas will be marked on the June report card as well. The following grading scale will be used in special areas:

M (Meeting – all assignments completed)

P (Progressing – most assignments completed)

LP (Limited Participation – some or no assignments completed)

Students can use the weekend to catch up on special area assignments!

2nd Graders ROCK!!!

Thank you parents and 2nd graders for working so hard for the past 6 weeks! YOU ROCK!!!!!

Mrs. Chahine’s Class

Omar Elghandour
Ruba Abolhom
Abdulnafea Baroudi
Raneen Alaboudy
Aya Ballout
Youssef Farhat
Lian Aboumarah
Ilias Almahdi
Sulaf ElrawajihElbgoom
Ruba Ginah
Aisha Ababneh

Mrs. Gagnon’s Class

Saaja Alswaychet
Jadd Amro
Maiar Baaj
Fatima Dabaja
Solina Farhat
Jenna Jouni
Lamees Kdouh
Maher Mawri
Ariam Saleh
Hameed Saleh
Kassem Shemman
Naveen Souidan
Saeed Wais
Rukaya Zabaibah
Adham Aldakhin


Mrs. Lee’s Class

Fatima Abdulsamad
Hussein Ajrouch
Kawtar Alataby
Layyal Alkhaili
Kawthar Alshabany
Ridha Alshahmani
Mhamad Altalb
Noor Haidar
Ruqiah Kenan
Elaina Naamani
Manar Odeif
Issa Omar
Nadine Said
Abdulwali Saif
Rana Saleh
Ali Sobh
Shahd Sofyan
Alielreda Yassine

Ms. Restum’s Class

Yousef Altairi
Zakarya Ali
Yasmina Alyawi
Madiha Balol
Waleed Gaafar
Mohamad Haidar
Lara Harb
Hawraa Mkalled
Elaina Mohaidly
Mila Moukalled
Zein Mrad
Aymen Qamhan