We Appreciate Our Teachers!

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We would like to extend our deepest thanks to the staff at McDonald Elementary! Teachers are not “just a teacher”. While your child is at McDonald School, their teacher is their father, a mother, a nurse, a counselor, a friend, a disciplinarian, a motivator, a cheerleader, an educator, and an advocate for children.

Please make sure you and your child give a big THANKS to their teacher!

Upcoming Field Trips

Many classes are going on field trips this spring. Please check your child’s backpack for their field trip permission slip. Students will NOT be allowed on field trips without the permission slip. If parents plan on chaperoning their child’s trip, they must fill out the appropriate paper work in the office.

First Grade-Detroit Zoo 5-8-13
First Grade-Greenfield Village 5-22-13

Second Grade-Greenfield Village 5-17-13

Third Grade-U of M Nature Center 5-9-13
Third Grade-Green Meadows 5-16-13

Fourth Grade-Greenfield Village 5-14-13

Fifth Grade 6-4-13

Please make sure your child has a bagged lunch for their field trip!

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Canned Food & Clothing Drive

McDonald Elementary is joining hands with Zaman International to collect non-perishable food items and gently used clothing. This is an excellent opportunity to teach children about giving to those less fortunate.

Help your child by going through the pantry together and choosing food items to bring in. You can also ask your child to go through their closet with you and pick out clothes that no longer fit so that they can be donated as well.

Donations are being accepted until Friday, March 22nd.

Classroom Teams!

Students and teachers worked together to create their classroom team mascots!  Check out the characters that are up so far throughout the school.  More to come, but leave a comment under this post about which one YOU like the best!!!

Mrs. Morrison's Class
Mrs. Morrison’s Class
Mrs. Saad's Class
Mrs. Saad’s Class

 

Mr. Cook's Class
Mr. Cook’s Class

 

Ms. Kaid's Class
Ms. Kaid’s Class
Mrs. Hansen's Class
Mrs. Hansen’s Class
Mrs. Wagner's Class
Mrs. Wagner’s Class
Mrs. Ali's Class
Mrs. Ali’s Class
Ms. Shaheen's Class
Ms. Shaheen’s Class
Mr. Bazzi's Class
Mr. Bazzi’s Class

 

Ms. Aun's Clas
Ms. Aun’s Clas
 

March is Reading Month!

showcaseThis month is a very special month at McDonald School! It’s reading month! While McDonald students read all the time, March is an extra special month dedicated to reading. Our theme this year is a baseball theme..Reading is a Grand Slam!

Teachers have created lots of fun activities to get the students excited about reading. Teachers will be sending home a reading activity calendar with many activities you can work on at home to make reading more fun.

Classrooms are also taking part in a competition…make sure your child reads EVERY night and that you are signing their reading log. The class that reads the most books by the end of the month will earn a pizza party!

Spirit Week will be March 25th-March 28
3/25 Baseball Cap Day
3/26 Opposite Day–wear clothes that do not match
3/27 Pajama Day
3/28 Sports Jersey Day

We are also asking parents, siblings and other family members to come in and read to their child’s classroom! Please contact your child’s teacher if you are able to read to them.

A note concerning the Connecticut tragedy on behalf of Mr. Whiston

Dear Community Members,

 I know all of us are deeply saddened by the tragic event that occurred in Connecticut on Friday.  As rational people we struggle to understand actions that are totally irrational and try to make sense of explanations that never will.   

 When we see the faces of the innocent children, the victims of this tragedy, we can’t help but see the faces of our own students.  When we hear of the heroic principal and teachers risking their lives to save students, we feel the pain and sympathize with those who knew and worked with these brave individuals.  For all of us our hearts are filled with sorrow and as a community we offer our thoughts and prayers to the families in Newtown.

Our staff does an excellent job of having “the pulse” of their school and over the next few days will be paying extra attention to how the students are reacting to this tragedy.  If any child seems to be overly upset or concerned about this event, please know that we have outstanding resources available in our schools and students can talk with our highly-trained professional team of Social Workers and Psychologists.

 

Throughout our district we will be keeping the following in mind:

 

  • Age appropriate discussion in the right classroom context will most likely occur but should not dominate the conversation of the day. This is especially true in the elementary grades where any in-depth conversation is best left to the parents.

 

  •  With younger students it is important to make sure they feel safe at school; we will remind them:

– That although this was a very tragic event that has made us all very sad, it did not   happen  at one of our schools, it did not happen in Dearborn, it occurred in another part of our country.

 – Although adults and the news are talking a lot about this tragedy, this is rare and    nothing like this has ever happened here.

 – Policemen, parents, teachers, and all school staff are here to keep them safe. 

 As always we want to work with our parents to create the safest possible learning environment.  We ask that parents keep the following tips in mind:

 

  •  Over-exposure to this horrible event at home may lead to students feeling distressed, overwhelmed, and frightened.  It is important to limit the amount of exposure to this event, especially younger children. 

 

  • 24 hour news channels will show the same footage over and over.  For younger children they may not be able to understand that this event happened once and is not happening again and again.

 

  • School is a safe place and we do have security procedures in place.

 

As a district it is important for parents to know that we continually work to ensure the safety of students and staff during the school day.  We have always and will continue to follow these procedures:

 

          All staff must have their ID on them at all times and it should be visible.

          All visitors must sign in at the main office and receive a visitor’s pass.

          Students and staff are not to open any exterior doors for anyone.

          As required, all schools practice their emergency drills throughout the year.

          All schools do have a detailed security/crisis plan in place and it is reviewed each year.

          The district has an excellent relationship with the police department and works closely with them to review security protocol and procedures.

 We have been in contact with the Dearborn Police Chief and he has informed us that there will be a stepped up police presence around our schools over the next few days. 

 In the days ahead there will be much discussion about what we as a nation can do to try and stop these types of tragedies from occurring again. I’m sure that there will also be opportunities to support the families and community of Newtown. I hope that all of us personally, and as a district, can be involved in these activities. Although time may mend the wound that shattered this quiet community, those who were lost will never be forgotten.

 Please know that by working together we will ensure that all of our schools continue to be a safe place for students to learn and achieve.  

 Regards,

 Brian J. Whiston

Superintendent of Schools

Proposed Legislation Will Have Devastating Effects – Take Action Today!

Proposed Legislation Will Have Devastating Effects – Take Action Today!

Dear community member,
– 26 consecutive years of increased enrollment
– Graduation rate up 6%
– Five schools in Dearborn recognized by the state as “Beating the Odds”
– Continuous improvement on local and state tests
– A five year program allowing students to graduate with both a high school diploma and a two year college degree at no cost to parents
– Students earning millions of dollars in scholarships each year
– Districtwide Response to Bullying and Positive Behavior programs ensure a safe learning environment
– Choices for students include magnet programs, Early College program, STEM program, AP courses, and dual enrollment

Download :  Support Material.pdf

Does this sound like a school district that needs to be overhauled, reformed, and taken-over by a state controlled board? I don’t think so, but obviously some legislators in Lansing do.

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