The City of Dearborn’s 36th annual Homecoming festival takes place Aug. 7-9, 2015, at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill. For more information, visit the City of Dearborn’s website.
HOW TO AVOID SUMMER SLUMP
Regardless of other activities, the best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer. Studies suggest that children who read as few as six books over the summer maintain the level of reading skills they achieved during the preceding school year. Reading more books leads to even greater success.
The best predictor of whether children read is whether or not they have access to books. In addition to MyOn, and the Dearborn Public Library, remember that Dearborn elementary media centers will be open this summer. Check with your child’s school for times!
HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY BRAINS
Soon summer will be here, which means more time spent outdoors. We want everyone to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine, but we also want everyone to stay safe and sound. Summertime health tips include wearing plenty of sunscreen, watching out for bug bites, remembering to make healthy food choices (lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, for sure), and, especially important – drinking lots of water!
We all need extra water when it’s warm outdoors. We need to keep our bodies hydrated – and our brains, too. When our brains don’t get enough water, they start to shut down. We don’t notice as much, we don’t think as clearly as usual, we don’t respond as fast as we normally would – results which can lead to all sorts of problems. So be sure to keep plenty of water on hand – and enjoy the great outdoors!
SUMMER READING TIPS FOR PARENTS
Children of all ages benefit from personal home reading spaces. These are places where kids can post their reading interests and track their progress. All they need is a designated area on a chalkboard or a wall, a tabletop or a shelf. Children can use construction paper, large Post-It notes, chart paper, charts and stickers, masking tape, boxes, drawers, closets, corkboards, posters, wall calendars, shelf paper, or whatever works in your home to share their favorite books and authors, interesting words and ideas, and personal reading goals. Children can also include drawings, cartoons, and bookmarks. And one more idea – talk to your kids about books and reading! Ask them questions – and ask for plenty of details. Remember – whoever’s doing the talking is doing the learning!
SUMMER MATH TIPS FOR PARENTS
- Before the school year ends, start asking to see your child’s daily math work. Ask them to tell you what they’ve done. If you don’t understand something, ask them to explain it to you.
- If you don’t understand your child’s math assignments, or don’t understand what’s happening in the classroom during math instruction, ask for help before summer comes! Talk to your child’s teacher, check teacher blogs, school websites, and other school resources. Get help before it’s too late.
- Keep these conversations going during the summer. Many schools will send home summer work packets. Or ask your child’s teacher about free online resources that you can use at home over the summer.
- If your child has struggled in math, check to see if the school offers extended year (summer school) math help.
- Use every-day, real world connections and opportunities to reinforce math learning, such as playing games, compiling sports statistics, measuring, cooking, creating schedules and calendars, or shopping and paying for items.
- Make sure to attend any Family Math Nights or other parent sessions that your school offers.
CALLING ALL PARENTS – GET INVOLVED!
Decades of research show that when parents are closely involved with their child’s education, students have:
- Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
- Better school attendance
- Increased motivation and better self-esteem
- Lower rates of suspension
- Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
- Fewer instances of violent behavior
This is true, whether your child is in elementary, middle, or even high school. So get involved and stay involved – our schools welcome you!
All students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Unis Middle School who are NOT attending summer school must complete Dearborn Public School’s Summer Learning Program. This program is meant to help students maintain their current knowledge and help them develop new skills in reading and math. Attached are the information sheets parents and students need to get ready for the online summer program. Students will use iLearn and MobyMax to complete these requirements. If your student does not have access to the internet or a computer over the break, the media center will be available from 11-2 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The State Superintendent’s Office has posted an official statement and a frequently asked questions document to inform families about the Michigan Child Protection registry. Please read the quick description below and then review the posted documents for more detailed information.
What is the Michigan Child Protection Registry?
The Michigan Child Protection Registry was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 2004 as a do-not-contact service for Michigan families. The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free, state administered program that allows Michigan’s families to protect their households from adult-oriented messages.
What types of adult-oriented messages are my addresses protected from?
Family’s sign up their addresses are protected from messages that advertise pornography, tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol, and gambling. The newest effort for these types of companies is to text their ads to any cell phone numbers they can find.
There wil be no late start tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14th due to M-STEP testing. The following activities will be taking place tomorrow:
M-STEP testing for 3rd & 8th Grades
Field trip to Greenfield Village for 6th Graders
We look forward to seeing our McUnis students tomorrow at our usual start time.
McCollough-Unis is celebrating March is Reading month by hosting our Annual Reading Activity Night on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Once again we will have our popular Bingo for Books, basket raffles, balloon animals, face painting, and a cakewalk to help raise money for PBIS and 5th grade camp. We will have a special guest author visiting to read his book with us to start the night. Please join us starting at 5:30.
Please read the information below to learn more about MyOn
What? MyOn is an online library with over 8000 books for preschool through high school
Who? All Dearborn Public Schools elementary students and their families
How? www.myon.com (You can access with a computer, phone, tablet, iPad, at home, school, or on the road)
Click on Log–in
School Name: Type in your school
User Name: Type in your student number
Password: Type in your birthdate as mmddyyyy (March 5, 2008 = 03052008)
Click Sign In
When? Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year, all day, every day!
Why? Great books from award-winning authors, fiction and nonfiction selections, picture books, graphic novels, Lexile levels, recommended reading lists, interactive audio and video, quizzes, tracking logs, contests, literacy tips and reading statistics. How many books can YOU read?