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Reminder –

Today Thursday June, 4th is the last day to come pick up your child’s belongings from their desk and locker. The hours are from 12:00 -2:00 p.m. Fifth graders have their special TShirts from the PTA and a folder full of their certificates they have earned. We also have extra yearbooks to purchase for $10.00 each. Please see Ms. Sandi if you would like to purchase one.

Please also remember to bring back and library books, classroom books or materials and instruments. We will collect them.

Be sure to check inside the bags if you purchased a yearbook back in the fall it will be inside the bag with your stuff from your desk and lockers.

Hope to see everyone this afternoon.

5th Grade Pick Up

All 5th graders be sure to come to school on Wednesday June 3rd or Thursday June 4th to pick up your personal belongings. We have a folder of certificates for all 5th graders and your 5th grade River Oaks T Shirts compliments of the River Oaks PTA. Be sure to spread the word so everyone comes to pick up their stuff.. Pick up time is from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday and Thursday.

Personal Belongings from lockers and classroom desk pick up

Students can come pick up their personal items from your lockers and desk on Wednesday or Thursday June 3rd or 4th from 12-2 pm.  It will be a drive through system.  Please bring any library books, LLI books classroom books that you have at home they can be returned at that time.  

Everything has been bagged up with your name on the bag. It will be a drive through system for pick up.

Updated Registration Information

Although Dearborn Public School buildings are currently closed, the District is enrolling for
next school year. Parents and guardians who have a child who will start Dearborn Public Schools in
the fall are encouraged to start enrollment now at http://www.dearbornschools.org/enroll . Enrolling
in the spring, when possible, helps the District ensure we have proper staffing and supplies when
the new school year starts Aug. 31.
During the building closure, the District has modified its process to allow families to complete
enrollment electronically. Before the closure, parents or guardians needed to visit the District
offices or their child’s future school to submit certain paperwork and complete enrollment.
Dearborn Public Schools only accepts enrollment from students living in the District, which
includes almost all of Dearborn and a small section of Dearborn Heights.
For those who prefer not to enroll online, District staff can also mail paperwork for families to
complete and return to enroll a new student. Anyone with questions about enrollment can call 313-
495-4004 during the closure. Please be aware most employees are working from home. Callers may
need to leave a message, but someone will return the call.
The District was forced to modify its enrollment process after schools were abruptly closed in
March to slow the spread of COVID-19. Traditional Kindergarten Roundups at our elementary
schools had to be canceled as a result of the school closure.
To enroll in kindergarten, students must be five years old by September 1. Waivers are
available for students who will turn five after September 1 but before December 1. For parents
already living in the district, the waivers need to be submitted by June 1. See the District website at
https://dearbornschools.org/enroll for the waiver and more information.
Dearborn Public Schools also offers a free Young Fives program for students who will turn
five between June 15 and December 1 this year. That all-day program is offered at select schools
and follows the kindergarten curriculum. Young Fives is held at DuVall, Geer Park, Haigh, Henry
Ford, Lindbergh, Maples, McCollough, Oakman, River Oaks, Salina, Snow, Whitmore-Bolles and
William Ford elementary schools. The extra year allows those children to better develop the
academic and emotional skills they need to succeed in school. The following year they would enroll
in kindergarten at their neighborhood school. Parents interested in the program will need to enroll
their child in the District and can contact Student Services to learn more.
The District is also accepting registration for paid programs for the fall, including preschool
programs and before and afterschool childcare. Parents interested in those programs can learn more
by visiting https://iblog.dearbornschools.org/earlychildhood/ . Scroll down on the home page to find
a list of programs and prices for next school year. Registration forms are available under a separate
tab and can be printed and mailed in to reserve your spot. Children in paid programs do not need to
reside in Dearborn Public Schools.

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Parents interested in the state-sponsored GSRP preschool can sign up to receive more
information about registration when it becomes available at https://cotter.dearbornschools.org/ . The
Great Start Readiness Program is not accepting official applications yet while awaiting more
direction from the state. GSRP is open to low-income and working-class families at no cost to the
family.
There are many reasons for parents to choose Dearborn Public Schools. The District is proud
to offer one of the lowest teacher-to-student ratios of any district in Wayne County, with an average
classroom size of 22 students in kindergarten through second grade and 23 for third through fifth.
Dearborn students show above average academic growth each year as measured on national tests.
Dearborn Schools also maintains a 95 percent high school graduation rate and has been recognized
for the high number of students who enroll in college.
Situations are constantly changing during this COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information
about Dearborn Public Schools, please visit the website at http://www.dearbornschools.org

Virtual Spirit Week

Hello students and parents.. Just checking in to see how everyone is doing… If you are participating in the virtual spirit week please take pictures and send them to Ms. Sandi at merrows@dearbornschools.org I will upload them on our blog.. Any pictures of you learning at home with your siblings or just of yourself please email me those as well.. Let’s blast our blogs with picture of all of us so we can see each other. Teachers feel free to send me picture too… Stay safe, I hope to receive pictures this coming week. Ms. Sandi

Message from the Superintendent

Recent media reports indicate that within the next few days Governor Whitmer will most likely announce the closure of all school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  This news has raised questions, concerns, and a variety of emotions from parents, students, and staff in the Dearborn Public Schools. 

The District will wait for official word from the Governor before taking a position regarding this news. Governor Whitmer is a strong supporter of public education in Michigan and we are confident her plan will provide details allowing school districts to address questions and concerns at the local level.  

I want to assure our community that since the State closure of schools on March 16, we have been working on both short and long term plans to address how the district will operate for the remainder of the school year.  Graduation, SAT testing, eligibility for special programs, the third grade reading law, and kindergarten round-up are just a sample of the topics that have been part of our planning and discussions. 

We understand the emotions this uncertainty has created over these past few weeks. Although we are limited on the decisions we can make at this time, and much of what we can respond to depends on the actions coming out of Lansing, we hope that by providing continuous communication our stakeholders will be assured that we are planning for the future of the district and the educational needs of our students.