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School Mobile Pantry

The School Food Mobile Program provides nutritious, healthy food for 100 families. The Mobile Pantry may include fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

The free food will be distributed on Friday, April 30th starting at 11:30. It is served on a first come basis.

GSRP applications available starting April 7

Dearborn Public Schools Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) will start distributing applications on April 7 for the 2021-22 school year.

GSRP is a state-funded preschool program students can participate in at no cost to eligible families.  To be eligible, children need to be turning four years old by Dec. 1, 2021.  Preference will be given to students who will be four by Sept. 1, 2021 because those students will qualify for kindergarten next year, but the program will accept students with birthdays between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1, if space is available.

Applications will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 7 or any of the following Wednesdays at the following schools:  Cotter, Becker, Henry Ford, William Ford, Long, McCollough/Unis, McDonald, Oakman, River Oaks, Salina Elementary and Whitmore Bolles,

Please be sure to wear a mask when picking up applications.

GSRP is a state-sponsored program for families who qualify based on income. The program serves low-income and working class families who are below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines, said Early Childhood Coordinator Amy Modica.

To apply, students must live with a parent or legal guardian within the Dearborn Public School District.

Dearborn currently has 512 slots for GSRP students at 12 locations, including Cotter School, Becker, Long, McCollough, Henry Ford, McDonald, Oakman, River Oaks, Salina, Whitmore-Bolles, and William Ford elementary schools and Salina Intermediate. 

GSRP classes are generally 16 students with two adults, including a certified early childhood specialist.  Classes meet for a full school day from Monday through Thursday.  Times vary slightly by building, but are similar to the elementary school schedule. The program meets detailed state requirements using the Highscope Curriculum for how and what students learn. 

“We focus on kindergarten readiness. Our emphasis is on student social/emotional readiness for school,” Modica said.  In addition to learning academics like letters and colors, GSRP students learn how to get along with other children, how to take care of themselves, and other skills they will need to thrive in kindergarten.

Families will be notified over the summer if they are accepted to the program or put on a waiting list.  Those with birthdays from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 will not find out until the beginning of September if they are accepted to the program.

“We encourage interested families to call and learn more and to fill out an application,” Modica said.  To learn more, parents can call Cotter School at 313-827-6150.

Kindergarten Round Up Information

River Oaks Kindergarten Round up is Wednesday, March 24th from 2 -3 p.m. This will be a live virtual meeting. Please click on the link below to get to the meeting. Clicking on the link will take you to the live meeting on March 24th. Please share this with anyone who has an eligible child that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2015. You must live in the River Oaks Boundary in order to sign up for school.

Kindergarten Round Up

Kindergarten Round Up Information

Parents living in the Dearborn School District with students planning to start kindergarten in the fall are invited to Kindergarten Roundups at their local elementary school.  Parents and guardians can also start enrolling now through the district website at www.dearbornschools.org/enroll.

Each of the district’s 21 schools with elementary students is planning to hold a roundup in March or April. With current conditions, most schools are planning virtual events, either live via Zoom or recorded and posted on their website. Kindergarten Roundups provide parents of our future kindergarteners with important information about starting school, the special kindergarten schedule, required student assessments and helping prepare your child for class. Enrolling students in the spring, if possible, also allows the district to have accurate information to make staffing decisions for the fall.

There are many reasons for parents to choose Dearborn Public Schools.  Dearborn Schools 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, and the district maintains a 95 percent high school graduation rate and has been recognized for the high number of students who enroll in college.

To enroll in kindergarten, students must be five years old by September 1 and live within the Dearborn Public School District. 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. 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. 

Space is limited for Young Fives, so interested parents should check for availability at the school they are interested in attending. Young Fives is held at DuVall, Henry Ford, William Ford, Geer Park, Haigh, Lindbergh, Maples, McCollough, Oakman, River Oaks, Salina, Snow, and Whitmore-Bolles elementary schools.  For more information, contact Student Services at (313) 827-3005.  Busing is available only if the student will attend their home elementary and lives in an area where busing is provided.  In most cases, parents will need to provide transportation for their child.

Kindergarten parents should also be aware that Dearborn Schools this year will again use a special schedule for those students.  Kindergarteners will have a soft start, meaning half days of school for the first week of class from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.  There will also be two or three additional kindergarten-only days off school next year to allow for additional professional development for kindergarten teachers.  Those dates have not yet been finalized.

Parents now have the option of completing student enrollment entirely online. Enrollment can be started at https://dearbornschools.org/enroll, but will not be complete until some required paperwork is submitted. To see which school your child would attend, visit our elementary school enrollment map or call Student Services at (313) 943-3005. Kindergarten students are expected to attend the school for their neighborhood, unless they opt into Howe School’s Montessori program.

The Kindergarten Roundup schedule is below.  Check school websites closer to that building’s event for information on how to participate in live sessions or to see posted presentations.  Parents also may contact the elementary school to request more information.  For schools who opt for in-person events, parents will be required to properly wear face masks while at school and to complete a COVID screening tool before entering the building.

 Kindergarten roundup schedule

  • Becker Elementary, 313-827-6950 – March 25, 2-3 p.m., live event via Zoom.  
  • DuVall Elementary, 313-827-2750 – March 18, 6 p.m. video posted on school website.
  • Henry Ford Elementary, 313-827-4700 – March 24, 2:30-3:30 p.m., live virtual meeting.
  • William Ford Elementary, 313-827-6400 – March 25, 2-3 p.m., live virtual meeting.
  • Geer Park Elementary, 313-827-2300- April 13, 2:45-3:45 p.m., live virtual meeting.
  • Haigh Elementary, 313-827-6205 – March 24, 6 p.m., video posted to website.
  • Howard Elementary, 313-827-6350 – March 24, 6 p.m., presentation posted to website.
  • Howe Elementary, 313-827-7000 – April 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m., possibly in-person event.
  • Lindbergh Elementary, 313-827-6300 – March 24, 6 p.m. video posted.
  • Long Elementary, 313-827-6100 – April 22, 4 p.m., virtual meeting.
  • Lowrey School, 313-827-1800 – April 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m., packet pickup.  Virtual presentation will be posted April 8.
  • Maples Elementary, 313-827-6450 – April 14, 1-2 p.m., live virtual meeting also will be recorded and posted to the website.
  • McCollough Elementary, 313-827-1700 – April 14, 8:30 a.m., virtual meeting.
  • McDonald Elementary, 313-827-6700 – March 25, 10-11 a.m., virtual meeting.
  • Miller Elementary, 313-827-6850 – April 7, 9 a.m., video presentation will be posted to the website.
  • Nowlin Elementary, 313-827-6900 – April 22, 6-7 p.m., presentation posted to website.
  • Oakman Elementary – March 18, 1:45 p.m., in the gym following social distancing protocols. Face masks required.  Parents who are not feeling well or who may have been exposed to COVID should not attend. See the screening tools.
  • River Oaks Elementary, 313-827-6750 – March 24, 2-3 p.m., live virtual meeting.
  • Salina Elementary, 313-827-6550 – April 7, 4 p.m., live Zoom meeting.  Meeting will be recorded and later posted to the website.
  • Snow Elementary, 313-827-6250 – April 14, 4 p.m., video will be posted.
  • Whitmore Bolles, 313-827-6800 – April 15, 6 p.m., presentation will be posted.

Important Dates

March 19 Half Day – All Students –a.m. – Students are dismissed at 12:45;

Professional Development Day for staff – p.m.

March 29- April 2 No school – Spring Break 

April 5 No school – Spring Break 

May 12 – 14 No School – EID Holiday

May 28 No school – Conference Release Day

May 31 No School – Memorial Day

June 18 Last day of school for students 1/2 day a.m – Students are dismissed at 12:45.; Teacher Duty Day p.m.

Screening Protocol for students entering the school

As you know, students will begin to enter the school building for learning labs beginning tomorrow. Please be sure to go through the checklist each time before your child enters the school building. Covid-19 English screening tool checklist (Arabic). Parents must screen their children daily to ensure that they are symptom-free following these guidelines. If a student comes to school and has either 1 symptom in box A or 2 symptoms in box B they will be sent home.

Masks, covering the mouth and nose, must be worn at all times. Students will not be allowed to congregate at any time and are expected to follow social distancing protocols. Wearing masks and proper social distancing is required for students to attend in person.

Before coming to school: 

Please take the temperature of all of your children/family members; if a child’s temperature is above 100 degrees your child must stay home.

 In addition if your child is not feeling well or if they have any one of the following symptoms, your child must stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In the event that a student gets sick or starts exhibiting symptoms at school, they will be relocated to the designated quarantine room until their parent or guardian can retrieve them. They will be supervised by a staff member in the quarantine room. 

Parents: Please remind your child while at school to: 

  • Wear and keep his/her mask on while on school property 
  • Practice social distancing while on school property 
  • Pack hand sanitizer (suggestion) 
  • Avoid touching his/her face, especially her/his eyes.
  • Avoid touching other children  (No high fives, hugs)
  • Not to share school supplies or materials with others and vice versa
  • Not to share food or drinks with anyone/or take food or drinks from anyone

Coming back home from school: When your child comes home, make sure he/she cleans and disinfects his/her belongings and wash his/her hands.

We know that this guidance puts added stress on families, and we are grateful for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 313-827-6750. 

I am looking forward to seeing our students!

Mr. Martin

A message from Mr. Martin our school principal

Dear River Oaks Community,

We are so excited to have our Rockets coming back to River Oaks!!! It has been almost a year since our students have been at the building to work on their academic and social development and it is time for them to come back 🙂  At the last board meeting it was decided that we will transition into the “Hybrid Model”. This means that we will have 2 cohorts of students;

  • Group A- comes to school from 9:40am-2:20pm on M/TH (2 days)** Lunch will be provided and we will follow the CDC and Wayne County Health Guidelines.  Group A-students will have their special area classes on days that they are not at school. The whole class will meet remotely on Wednesdays with their classroom teacher.
  • Group B- comes to school from 9:40am-2:20pm on Tues/Friday (2 days)**. Lunch will be provided and we will follow the CDC and Wayne County Health Guidelines. Group B students will have their special area classes on days that they are not at school. The whole class will meet remotely on Wednesdays with their classroom teacher.
  • Important- the classroom teacher will meet with students at home using zoom from 8:40am-9:05am on days that they are not at school. The classroom teacher will go over their content practice for the day, remind students about special area  classes for the day, and answer any questions students may have. Attendance will also be taken at this time for the asynchronous day. 
  • Both groups have live remote lessons on Wednesday with their classroom teacher.  (1 day)
  • River Oaks classroom teachers will post their A-Day and B-Day student schedules on their schoology page each week. 

Preparation for the Hybrid Model has taken place over the course of this school year. Our classrooms have been altered to align with the “National CDC Health Guidelines” and our school district has been working with the Wayne County Health department to make sure we have taken the correct steps to have our schools as safe as possible. 

At River Oaks we have been working extremely hard providing live instruction in the morning and offering learning labs in the afternoon that are specific to our students academic levels. To prepare for the Hybrid model groups, we looked at the following items; placing siblings together in the Dearborn High Feeder on the same days, planning for students that need support services, planning for students that need transportation, balancing numbers in the groups to align with national spacing guidelines, and looking for common levels amongst the students in the 2 groups. This process was very time consuming and making changes can cause a “domino effect”, so we ask that no changes are made during this hybrid transition period. My hope is that the Hybrid Model goes very well and we can be back to a normal 5 day week in the near future. We are all going to have to continue to work together to keep the levels low at our building and our students/staff/ and parents safe. 

Please remember to go over the “COVID Screening Questions- English or Arabic” with your student(s) each day and to keep them home if they have any symptoms.  

Additional resources from the school nurses click here.  

Thank you to all of our parents for everything that you have done over the last year to help with your student’s education! We appreciate your constant support and devotion 🙂

Mr. Martin