Monthly Archives: August 2020

Schoology

Students and Parents will be using Schoology as the place to start. Students can log in being Monday morning. (Parent accounts will be coming soon). Students should log in using their Google Accounts. Students who have borrowed a Chromebook from the district should have two tabs load upon sign-in: the district student portal web page and their Schoology page.

Within Schoology, students should find the links and instructions that they need. Links to Zoom meetings will be added by teachers.

A message about next week…

Hello Geer Park families, 

We are writing to inform you about the upcoming week. The first day of school is Monday August 31st, 2020. The first week of school is considered a soft start because it is a half day everyday.

Due to changes from the Virtual Learning Program, our teachers will be receiving their class lists today. Next week, on Monday teachers will be calling or emailing you to let you know they are your child’s teacher. They will inform you of any expectations they have. Please make sure to check your email/child’s email and look out for a phone call. They will also be scheduling your virtual or in-person one-on-one appointments for orientation. Teachers will also let you know when to come pick up your child’s materials for the new school year. We thank you for your patience during this time. We will all get through this with the support of one another.

Thank you

مرحبا عائلات جير بارك ،

هذه المكالمة لإبلاغك بالأسبوع القادم. أول يوم دراسي هو الاثنين 31 أغسطس 2020. يعتبر الأسبوع الأول من المدرسة بداية سهلة لأنه نصف يوم كل يوم.

نظرًا للتغييرات من برنامج التعلم الافتراضي ، سيتلقى مدرسونا قوائم فصولهم الدراسية اليوم. في الأسبوع المقبل ، سيتصل بك المعلمون يوم الاثنين أو يرسلون إليك بريدًا إلكترونيًا لإعلامك بأنهم معلمي طفلك .سيبلغونك بأي توقعات لديهم. يرجى التأكد من التحقق من البريد الإلكتروني / البريد الإلكتروني للطفل والبحث عن مكالمة هاتفية. سيقومون أيضًا بجدولة موعدك الافتراضي أو الشخصي في مواعيد واحدة للتوجيه. سيعلمك المعلمون أيضًا بموعد حضور طفلك للحصول على مواد طفلك للعام الدراسي الجديد. نشكرك على سعة صدرك خلال هذا الوقت. سوف نتغلب جميعًا على هذا بدعم بعضنا البعض.

شكرا جزيلا

Dearborn to continue free weekly meal pickup, but student information will be required


Food service workers stand by a long row of tables covered with paper bags full of food.

Dearborn to continue free weekly meal pickup, but student information will be required

Press Release #08/2020-21

Dearborn to continue free weekly meal pickup, but student information will be required

Free weekly meal distributions will continue after school starts online this month and will expand to more school locations.  However, the program will have some changes, including requiring proof that the recipients are Dearborn Public School students.

Thursday, Sept. 3, will be the first day for the new school-year program.  Parents or other adults still will be able to pick up a week’s worth of lunch and breakfast items for students.  The adult, though, will need to provide the name, school, and student ID or student number for each student receiving a meal pack. Parents are encouraged to pre-order meal pickup through the Nutrislice website or app.  This will allow them to enter the student information once for the year.  The software will remember the information the next time the adult goes to pre-order.  If they don’t pre-order online, the adult will have to provide the information at pickup.

The meals will continue to be free to Dearborn Public School students.  After the first week, weekly meal packs will be distributed on Fridays, starting with Friday, Sept. 11.   

With the restart of school online, the district is also doubling the number of locations where student meals will be distributed.  Meals will be available for pickup from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each week at Bryant Middle School, Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford High School, Fordson High School, Henry Ford Elementary, the Dearborn Heights Campus (Howe/STEM/Berry Center), Lowrey School, McDonald Elementary, Maples Elementary, McCollough-Unis, Miller Elementary, Salina Intermediate, Smith Middle School, Stout Middle School and Woodworth Middle School. 

At most locations, adults will be able to stay in their vehicles and pull up to have food loaded in their car. Families that pre-order will be able to use a special designated line. Student meals can be collected from any building, even if the child attends a different school.

Dearborn Public Schools began offering free food distribution in March just days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered schools to close to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Food distribution was initially funded under emergency provisions of the School Lunch Program.  Food distribution continued over the summer through a separate federal summer nutrition program, which will end in Dearborn with the distribution on Aug. 27.  Neither of those programs required the district to collect student information.  With the restart of school, though, Dearborn Public Schools now is required to link each meal to a district student in order to be reimbursed through the National School Lunch Program.  Each meal pack will contain a breakfast and a lunch for each day of school that week.  Most packs will have 10 meals (five each of breakfast and lunch), but some weeks may be smaller due to days off school.

The district has been distributing more than 60,000 meals a week and has handed out more than 1.25 million meals since the shut down in March.

“We are glad Dearborn Public Schools is able to continue to distribute free nutritional meals to our students,” said Jeff Murphy, director of food services.  “We know this service is important to many of the families who participate.”

https://firstbell.dearbornschools.org/2020/08/26/dearborn-to-continue-free-weekly-meal-pickup-but-student-information-will-be-required/

Welcome Back!

Greetings Geer Park Families!

I hope you and your family are doing well and you are safe!  Although the beginning of this school year will be different than any in the past, all of us at Geer Park are anxious to welcome you back to school!  As you know, Geer Park Staff and Dearborn students will return to school online on Monday, August 31st.  I understand you may have many questions.  If after reading this you still have questions, feel free to contact the main office at 313-827-2300.

Classroom Rosters and Assignments:

In the past, Geer Park has posted rosters on office windows.  Due to our “online” start to the school year, this will not take place this year.  Instead, classroom teachers will be contacting each family by phone or email to inform them of their child’s placement as well as provide some important information for the first week.  Expect this contact by Friday, August 28th.  Calls and/or emails will occur later in the afternoon.

Classroom Orientation will look different than in previous years.  Rather than having a parent meeting at school for the whole class, teachers will be scheduling individual or small group orientations within the first week of school.  These orientations will be very important!  Some classroom materials will be distributed, daily schedules, log-ins for technology, introductions, and much more will be shared during the orientation. 

Chromebooks:

Last spring, we had six chromebook distribution days.  We also had a chromebook distribution day this week as well.  Chromebooks are to be used by our students!  The need for reliable technology at home is critical for students to complete work and interact with the classroom teacher.

For the 2020-2021 School Year, we are recommending that every enrolled student has a Chromebook, laptop or an electronic device to use. If you need one for your child, please contact the main office.

Additional updates for the beginning of the 2020-2021 School Year:

Please check the new school calendar as there are some changes, specifically for the first week.  https://dearbornschools.org/services/district-calendars/  Monday, August 31st through Thursday, Sept. 3rd will be ½ days.

School start and end times have been changed a little to accommodate for the remote learning.  New elementary school time will be from 8:55am-3:50pm.  Half days will end at 12pm.  Attendance will be taken, as well as tardies for not being available to the teacher by 8:55.

All Dearborn public schools will be using Schoology and Zoom for our online learning. 

This year will look much different than the Spring.  Students will be expected to be available and ready to learn from the start of the day at 8:55 until the end of the day at 3:50.  Please continue working with your child(ren) to set up routines and areas for them at home.  We will continue to work together and do our best to provide the best educational opportunity and experience for your children.

There will be live lessons every day and set schedules to help with consistency.  There will also be small group opportunities; online and “face to face” at school.  See below.

Learning Labs:  Learning Labs will be an opportunity for staff to offer additional support (academically, socially and emotionally) to a small group of students face-to-face.  Decisions regarding who, when and how often will be made as a team to ensure we are meeting the needs of our students.  Learning labs will not begin until mid-September.  Your child’s teacher will share more information on the labs soon.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the school office.  Although the beginning of the year will bring questions and uncertainties, we WILL get through the opening of the year.  Your patience and support is always appreciated.

-Geer Park Team

GSRP Application Pick Up this Wednesday at Cotter for Geer Park Families

“Dearborn Public Schools will be making applications available for this year’s GSRP preschool programs offered throughout the district on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 10 a.m – noon which is tomorrow. Applications will be available for pick up outside the office doors at the following locations:

  • Cotter Early Childhood Center 13020 Osborn St.

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

When you pick up an application, an appointment will be made for your family to return paperwork on September 1st.

If families cannot not make it to one of these locations to pick up an application or if there is currently an application on file and an appointment is needed, please contact Cotter Early Childhood Center at 313-827-6150 before September 1st. 

GSRP will be starting virtually this school year and will follow the direction of Dearborn Schools for returning to face-to-face instruction. Teachers will be working with accepted families remotely and offering some face-to-face assistance for families able to visit their classroom.

Dearborn Schools schedules town hall meeting to discuss how returning to school online will look

Dearborn Schools schedules town hall meeting to discuss how returning to school online will look


Dearborn Schools schedules town hall meeting to discuss how returning to school online will look

Press Release #07/2020-21

Dearborn Public Schools is inviting parents and the public to learn more about how starting the school year online will look during a special virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m.

Viewers can tune in to the meeting via the district’s Facebook pageYouTube Channel or on its cable television channel.

Among the topics to be discussed are an overview of what technology the district will be using, how the student’s daily schedule will look, how services will be provided to special needs students, COVID-related cleaning procedures, how COVID-19 cases in students and staff will be handled, and other frequently asked questions. Questions can also be submitted during the event via Facebook or through an online form at http://bit.ly/DbnTownHall8-26-20.

“We know opening school this year online is like no other return-to-school our community has experienced.  That is generating a lot of questions and some anxiety for parents and students, and we hope to use this forum to answer as many of those questions as we can and in turn calm their fears,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.

Dr. Maleyko will be joined at the town hall by other staff, including representatives from administration, school nurses, and the operations and technology departments. Those speakers will help answer the most pressing questions in the community.  The district has published some of the information on its Back to School website.

Dearborn Public Schools is starting the school year with online classes until at least Oct. 1.  The Board of Education will reevaluate conditions in September to decide if the district can start bringing more students back to the schools. During online learning, the district will also offer learning labs, which are small group face-to-face sessions for  students recommended by their teachers.

To ease families into the new online learning method, the first week of school will be half days for students.  School starts Monday, Aug. 31. Teachers will use the afternoons that week for additional professional development.  Many schools will also use that first week to hold events to distribute class materials to students.

“We ask parents for their patience and understanding that this system of educating students is new to us, too. We know there will probably be hiccups as we bring more than 20,000 students back to class in a way that has never been done before in Dearborn.  The first week will be a phase-in period for all of us,” Dr. Maleyko said.  “While we still hope to return most of our students to in-person learning this year, in the meantime we are carefully planning and working to make the most of online learning across the district.”

Chromebook Distribution Today – 10 am – 12 pm.

Dear Parents,

We will be offering another Chromebook distribution day next Monday, August 24 between 10 am and 12:00 pm. If you need a chromebook for your child and did not pick one up in the spring, please stop by the school to get one.

You will be asked to fill out a form when you arrive. The drive-up chromebook pick up area will be located in the parking lot like before.

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Other Chromebook Information:

Chromebooks at Home

Here is a link to a presentation helping parents connect their Chromebooks to their home internet. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1921JHUnVXcyUKArC0vYiKfTcU-hKbdkr/view?usp=sharing

Chromebook Troubleshooting

If you have checked out a school Chromebook and are having issues connecting try the steps listed below.

1. Turn off the Chromebook (holding the power button is okay)

2. Turn the Chromebook back on.

3. Connect to your home WiFi.

4. You should see a screen that says “Sign in to your Chromebook”. Leave the Chromebook on this screen for 5-10 minutes.

5. Restart the Chromebook again.

إذا قمت بسحب جهاز كمبيوتر محمول في المدرسة وكنت تواجه مشكلات في الاتصال ، فجرّب الخطوات الواردة أدناه.

قم بإيقاف تشغيل الكمبيوتر المحمول (مع الاستمرار في الضغط على زر الطاقة)

أعد تشغيل الكمبيوتر المحمول.

الاتصال بشبكة واي فاي منزلك.

يجب أن تشاهد شاشة تقول “تسجيل الدخول إلى الكمبيوتر المحمول”. اترك الكمبيوتر المحمول على هذه الشاشة لمدة 5-10 دقائق.

أعد تشغيل الكمبيوتر المحمول مرة أخرى.

Chromebook Distribution Date – Monday, August 24th between 10-12

Dear Parents,

We will be offering another Chromebook distribution day next Monday, August 24 between 10 am and 12:00 pm. If you need a chromebook for your child and did not pick one up in the spring, please stop by the school to get one.

You will be asked to fill out a form when you arrive. The drive-up chromebook pick up area will be located in the parking lot like before.

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Other Chromebook Information:

Chromebooks at Home

Here is a link to a presentation helping parents connect their Chromebooks to their home internet. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1921JHUnVXcyUKArC0vYiKfTcU-hKbdkr/view?usp=sharing

Chromebook Troubleshooting

If you have checked out a school Chromebook and are having issues connecting try the steps listed below.

1. Turn off the Chromebook (holding the power button is okay)

2. Turn the Chromebook back on.

3. Connect to your home WiFi.

4. You should see a screen that says “Sign in to your Chromebook”. Leave the Chromebook on this screen for 5-10 minutes.

5. Restart the Chromebook again.

إذا قمت بسحب جهاز كمبيوتر محمول في المدرسة وكنت تواجه مشكلات في الاتصال ، فجرّب الخطوات الواردة أدناه.

قم بإيقاف تشغيل الكمبيوتر المحمول (مع الاستمرار في الضغط على زر الطاقة)

أعد تشغيل الكمبيوتر المحمول.

الاتصال بشبكة واي فاي منزلك.

يجب أن تشاهد شاشة تقول “تسجيل الدخول إلى الكمبيوتر المحمول”. اترك الكمبيوتر المحمول على هذه الشاشة لمدة 5-10 دقائق.

أعد تشغيل الكمبيوتر المحمول مرة أخرى.

GSRP Enrollment

Please click on the link below if you would like more information on enrolling your preschooler in Dearborn GSRP.

https://firstbell.dearbornschools.org/2020/08/20/gsrp-enrollment-forms-available-for-pickup-on-aug-26-submissions-accepted-by-appointment-sept-1/

Supply Lists

Please click on each link below to view suggested supply lists for each grade for the upcoming school year. Providing supplies for your child is not required. Click on the link for the grade level your child is in to view a supply list. All lists are optional. Classroom supplies not needed or requested until face to face instruction begins.

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade