A new round of free Parent Talk classes are returning to Snow School. Parent Talk teaches communication skills to increase student achievement and decrease discipline issues. The system empowers children and encourages self-responsible behaviors, self-motivation and character development.
Parent Talk sessions will be on Fridays in the Snow School Media Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on February 1, 8, 22 and March 1, 8, 15 and 22. Certificates of completion are given to parents and caregivers who complete the course.
Click here to see the flyer and registration.
Snow PTA is running another Box Tops competition through Feb. 14. The winning class will get a pizza party. Bonus points if you bring the Box Tops in already in bags of 50. See the flyer for all the details.
Hello young runners, the Martian Marathon returns to Dearborn on April 13. The organization is already taking registrations for all the races including the kid’s marathon. See http://martianraces.com/ for all the details. If Snow has at least 10 students sign up, we will get a discount.
For those who are not familiar, students work on their own to log 25 miles of running before the marathon. On that day, they run the last 1.2 miles and get cool swag including a medal.
For those who like to know ahead, Snow PTA’s meeting date for next month was moved to Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. We are experimenting with different dates and times to find one that works well for parents.
Hope to see you then! We meet in the library.
The next Snow PTA skate night is Jan. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lincoln Park Skating Center. Tickets are $7 in advance or $9 at the door. To buy ahead, please send your order to school with a note with your child’s name, teacher’s name, how many skate tickets you want and payment. (Cash or check to Snow PTA.) The envelope or bag should say PTA Skate Night.
Please submit orders by next Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The January Snow PTA meeting was moved to Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 4 p.m. At the meeting, we will decide who we want to honor during the citywide Founders Day dinner in February. We are taking nominations for Distinguished Service Awards. Typically Snow PTA recognizes two or three people – parents or staff – for their devotion to Snow students. If you would like to nominate someone, please write up a short explanation of why and email it to Michelle Giles by Tuesday (Jan. 8).
PTA Council is also looking for nominations for Mentor of the Year and Above and Beyond the Call of Duty awards. For more on those, see the council’s Founders Day 2019 Award Guidelines.
The PTA meeting will also include discussion on getting a bike rack, planning for the end-of-year picnic and more. See the Meeting Agenda.
Dearborn Schools is starting a community task force to look at the Read by Third Grade law.
The law, officially known as Public Law 306 (October 2016), will require that third grade students who are more than a year below grade level on the English part of their M-STEP be recommended to repeat third grade. Retention recommendations will start with the current second graders.
The district has been planning for the new law since its passage, including extra training for teachers, additional small group instruction for lagging students, extra summer school and tutoring programs, and more.
Now, the district is inviting parents and community members to join the district task force to strengthen the planning process and to ensure that the community is informed and engaged in the success of every student.
If you would like to participate, please complete the survey. The first meeting is Jan. 10 at 4 p.m.
For more information on the law, visit the district blog at https://edsa.dearbornschools.org/michigans-read-by-third-grade-law-public-act-306/. You can subscribe for blog updates, too.
Congratulations to the four students who won the Reflections art contest at Snow School. We were allowed to pick two from lower elementary and two from upper elementary to progress on to the city judging. Winners at the city level move to the state and from there could go on to nationals.
The Snow winners are Zeinab Bazzi, 1st grade, Ms. Slater; Leah Kumm, 2nd grade, Ms. Chase; Ayah Saleh, 4th grade, Ms. Guadiana; and Bayan Khashafa, 5th grade, Mr. DeSantis.
This year’s theme was Heroes Around Me.
Santa Shop runs tomorrow through Thursday at Snow School. If you would like your child to shop, be sure to send them with money or – new this year – buy a gift certificate online for them to use at the store!
The shopping schedule is:
- 9:00-9:25am Sherlock 5th
- 9:30-9:55am Preschool PRE
- 10:00-10:25am Shene 4th
- 10:30-10:55am Massey K
- 11:00-11:25am Slater 1st
- 11:30-11:55am Majetic 3rd/4th
- 10:00-10:25am Barakat K
- 10:30-10:55am Cullip Spec Ed
- 11:00-11:25am Chase 2nd
- 11:30-11:55am Grizzell 2nd
- 1:00-1:25pm Sandakli 3rd
- 1:30-1:55pm Fleming K
- 2:00-2:25pm Alsaad 2nd
- 2:30-2:55pm Charara 3rd
- 9:00-9:25am Sabellico 1st
- 9:30-9:55am Kearney 1st
- 10:00-10:25am DeSantis 5th
- 10:30-10:55am Bowdell/Dumke/Krawczyk Spec Ed
- 11:00-11:25am Guadiana 4th
- 11:30-11:55am LAST CALL SHOPPING
Thank you to all the parents who stepped up to volunteer and make sure we can hold the holiday shop this year! If you too are available to help, we still have openings. Check out the Sign Up Genius.
Book bingo is Friday. Doors open at 6:15 and calling starts at 6:30. Tickets are $3 for a pack of four. Pizza and baked goods will also be for sale. We are looking for baked sale donations to sell at the event. Please drop them in the rack outside the office during the school day.
Remember to wear red and green for our festive bingo!