Incoming Young 5s and Kindergarteners!!!!!

Welcome to Lindbergh future Flyers! I hope your summer is going well! I wanted to remind you that we will be having a Soft start for the first week for all Young Five and Kindergarten students. They will be dismissed at 11:45 AM each day. Students will be invited back for brief assessments from the teachers by appointment. For those families who need childcare, there is an excellent pay to participate program available through our Early Childhood department. I am attaching the flyer information for your convenience. Please call them to reserve your spot!

Soft Start Childcare Program
The Early Childhood/Kids Club program at your school is offering the Soft Start Childcare for Kindergarten students participating in the Soft Start Program. Care begins immediately after Soft Start and ends at 3:35 when the school regular day is over.
Your child will:
• Eat lunch – please bring lunch the first day and then send lunch or lunch money for school lunch.
• Have outdoor recess (weather permitting)
• Enjoy age appropriate crafts, activities, games with a highly qualified, licensed childcare provider.
• Pre-registration and pre-payment is required so please call 827-8350 or email the Early Childhood Programs office at stovers@dearbornschools.org for more information or to receive a registration form.

Summer News

Hey Lindbergh flyers!
Don’t forget about the summer library program at Lindbergh! Tuesdays from 9-12 and Wednesdays from 1-4, through August 19. Join up for book checkout, reading, science experiments, crafts, games and to hang out with friends. (Computers are available too for our summer Moby Max practice, and I’m thinking of all those going-into-6th graders that need to work on Moby Max, iLearn and Khan Academy!)

Mrs.DeNeen got an email about what schools are using moby max. Many schools are going on more than we are. Let’s get busy and show them we can do more!!!

Stranger Danger Reminder

April 26, 2016

Dear Lindbergh families-

Just a reminder!
Spring is the time of year when we hear of strangers approaching children in neighborhoods, parks, shopping centers and around schools. It is important for you to please use this opportunity to remind your children of the danger of talking to strangers and to always be alert and aware of their surroundings.

Police are investigating incidents where someone in a blue focus (?) has approached and talked to students. I sent home a note on stranger danger earlier in the month and we want everyone to continue to be aware and alert.

Our school has always been and will continue to be a safe haven for your children. Working together we will keep our neighborhoods safe and crime free.
Thank you!

Mrs. DeNeen, principal

Teacher of the Year Nominations Press release!

Nominations for Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Awards Are Now Being Accepted by the Dearborn Area Chamber
For More Information, Contact:
Ron Hinrichs, Director of Events & Media Relations
Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 313-584-6100
E-mail: rhinrichs@dearbornareachamber.org
Nominations for Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Awards Are Now Being Accepted by the Dearborn Area Chamber

Nomination Form Online: https://docs.google.com/a/dearbornschools.org/forms/d/1DWpEQWTFrJg_Uoq2Fou-FjSbhN89Wu4V4Dsy3pk8zWc/viewform

Nominations for the 2016 Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Awards, presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group, are being accepted from Dearborn Public Schools students for the 2015-2016 school year. Students are encouraged to recognize outstanding teachers who have made significant contributions in their educational experiences. Nominations can be mailed or faxed to the Dearborn Area Chamber offices and can also be downloaded online at www.DearbornAreaChamber.org. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm. Four winning teachers will be recognized, one each from Pre-K through 2nd grade, 3rd through 5th grade, middle and high school at a unique awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 beginning at 4:15 pm at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.

“We are very excited to once again have the opportunity to recognize some tremendous educators in the Dearborn Public Schools district,” commented Dearborn Area Chamber Education Committee Chair Phil Emma of Global “E” Group. “Teachers make such a positive impact in the lives of our children, and as a result we expect to receive nearly 1,000 nominations again this year.”

Kindergarten Round up Date Change

Our kindergarten round-up is now April 12 at 6:30 PM. We will be sending a letter soon to those students we know are on our list. Please feel free to call the Lindbergh Main office at 313-827-6300 to be sure to add your name if you think you might not be on that list or simply want to verify that you are.
We will be discussing both Kindergarten and Young Fives that night. Students must be 5 by September 1st to be eligible for Kindergarten. Young Fives are eligible to sign a waiver up to
Dec. 1st to attend!

Final Recommendation to the Board River Oaks-Haigh-Lindbergh Boundaries

Recommendation to the
Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education- March 14, 2016

Subject- Return of the original River Oaks Elementary School boundaries.

Background Information-
In 2003 voters in the Dearborn Public Schools passed a $150 million bond proposal to be used to build four new schools, additions at three high schools, and technology infrastructure upgrades throughout the district. Upon completion of the new schools there was a need to create new boundaries across the district to balance enrollment numbers at elementary, middle, and high school.

In order to relieve overcrowding at River Oaks the community task force, charged with developing the new boundary plan, recommended to the Board of Education a section of the River Oaks attendance area attend Haigh and Lindbergh Elementary School. Parents living in this attendance area did not want to leave River Oaks and the Board agreed to return the attendance area to it original boundaries at a future time.

Current Situation-
Upon passage of the $70 million 2013 SMART Bond, the Board approved a six classroom and gymnasium addition at River Oaks. This increase in capacity at the school allows River Oaks to return to its original attendance area.

The Process-
Meetings were held with parents living in the attendance area that will be returned to River Oaks but currently sends students to Haigh and Lindbergh. At the meetings District staff members collected feedback submitted by the parents. There was plenty of engaging dialogue, sharing of ideas, and constructive conversation at the meetings. Approximately ten different written forms of communication were received from parents. A summary of comments and ideas shared include:
· The opening of a STEM school at River Oaks in lieu of moving students back.
· A permanent “grandfather” provision for any residents that own property in the impacted attendance area prior to 2016.
· Do not change the attendance area and continue transporting students to Haigh and Lindbergh.

Administration Recommendation to the Board-
The Superintendent met with the three principals involved in the boundary area change and several Cabinet members to consider all ideas, options, and parent input. The following is the recommendation the Administration will make to the Board of Education for their approval:
· The River Oaks boundary lines will revert back to their original state prior to the changes made in 2005; this includes students living north of Ford Road. (Please see map).

· Allow for a grandfather provision, where any student that currently attends Haigh or Lindbergh as of the 2015-16 school year may choose to remain at those schools.

· Eliminate transportation for anyone that chooses the grandfather provision. Transportation would only be provided to River Oaks Elementary in the new boundary area.

The administration feels this plan will start the process of transitioning students back to River Oaks while still being fair by allowing those students who currently attend Haigh and Lindbergh to continue at those schools. In addition, parents always have the right to go through the normal school of choice and boundary line exemption process if they choose to do so.

This plan also fulfills the promise made by the Board of Education several years ago after the 2003 bond.

Reminder:

Any suggestions for the Lindbergh/River Oaks boundary plan need to be submitted to Mrs. DeNeen and/or Dr. Maleyko by next Tuesday, February 9th. Thank you to everyone who came to the meetings to hear the present plan and share their thoughts!

February News

February 2016

Welcome to the second semester of school! The students have had a very busy year and we are looking forward to a productive second half of the year.
NOTE: Over the counter medications cannot come to school with the students or be dispensed by the office without a doctor’s note.
Please remember we are recycling inkjet cartridges, cell phones, egg cartons, batteries and paper items including newspapers. Collection bins will be located by the cafeteria. Help us go green!

WINTER WEATHER
Students will go outside at lunch for a short time when the temperature/wind chill is 20 degrees and above. Students should dress for the weather in warm coats, hats, gloves, boots, etc., and are expected to stay on the blacktop unless they have on winter boots and snow pants. NOTE: There will not be any recess or safeties on post when the temperature/wind chills are below 20. Please watch out for the safety of all children at all times but especially when they may be crossing the street on their own. It is against school rules to throw snowballs. This is a safety issue. There can be ice shards in the snow from plowing the blacktop areas and sidewalks. Please discuss this with your children to help them understand why it may differ from home rules. Thank you!

OTHER NEWS another reminder is that having cell phones in school is against District Policy for Elementary Students. Please remind students to leave them at home if possible. We do know there are some unusual circumstances and if arrangements are made with the office, students can leave their cell phones there in the morning for the day and pick up as they leave school in the afternoon.

We have received some calls from the neighbors about traffic concerns again. Please remember to drive courteously and safely around the school building. You should not be stopping in the crosswalks or the middle of the street for any reason. You will be ticketed if you are blocking the crosswalks, fire hydrants or parked too close to the stop sign or in the bus lane. Remember to pull to the curb in a safe area to drop off or pick up students. The staff parking lot and driveway off Myrtle are not to be used for drop off or pick up either. Thanks for your support and care for all Lindbergh students.

PTA NEWS
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 2nd at 7pm. Please check out the PTA board or the PTA website for volunteer needs. Involved parents help students see the value in education.

Thank you also to everyone who helped with another successful Bingo for Books on Friday, Jan. 29th. We had a very large crowd for falling on a half day. Thank you Mrs. Ruselink, Mrs. Stetz and Mrs. Pina for helping to call BINGO. We are always pleased to see a fun way of putting books in the hands of children and teaching the joy of reading.
Another book fair is going on this week in the media center.

Kindergarten Round- Up
Lindbergh will be having their Kindergarten Round up on Thursday, March 22th at 6:30 PM. Students will need to be 5 by September 1st. If you do not receive your invitation by March 1 please call Ms. Pina in the office at 313-827-6300 to make sure your child is on the list.

Physical Education News
Lindbergh Elementary will be participating in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart program this February during PE class.
Please consider registering online by visiting our website “http://honor.americanheart.org/goto/lindberghjumps” and click on “Join Team” to get started. You can create your own web page that can be emailed to friends and family. Students who register online and send out 4 e-mails will receive a strawberry scented pencil. Information will be sent during the first week of this month with your child after gym class.

The Leader in Me and PBIS and Response to Bullying
As we are on our journey as a Leader in Me school, we are working on leadership roles both in the classroom and in the school. Students have applied and interviewed for two special school positions. Students now lead the Pledge and Morning announcements and we have Computer Gurus who work to get the computer lab ready for students in the morning and close it down for the end of the day. We are also having “First Class” where all students mix across the grade levels to go over the lesson of the month for our work on Habit development. Please do not forget we have a Leader in Me blog on the school website that lists the habits for you. A parent meeting will be held in the next couple of months to go over our work. We do hope that you are hearing the students refer to the 7 habits at home as well.
We are continuing our work to help us teach students positive approaches to behavior expectations. One of the ways is to make it very clear what the expected successful behavior looks like. The Lindbergh Behavior Matrix can be seen outside of the office. Students will be talking about doing things “The Lindbergh Way”. Our motto is the Lindbergh Flyer – The Spirit of Success! This month students should be on green 16 of the 19 school days. Please talk to your children about their day and continue to encourage the positive behavior choices.

MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
4:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Dearborn Hills Golf Course
1300 S. Telegraph Rd., Dearborn, MI 48124
The Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation will be awarding grants to the Elementary, Middle, and High School with the highest level of participation in the DOUBLOON COMPETITION! Every attendee of Mardi Gras will receive a doubloon they can give to the school of their choice. The schools will be divided into categories: High Schools, Middle Schools, and Elementary Schools. The school in each category with the most doubloons at the end of the evening will receive a grant. Attendees will also have the opportunity of purchasing additional doubloons. The winning schools will be presented with the checks at the
Dearborn Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year Award.

The winning school, in each category, will receive a grant for:
Elementary School: $250
Middle School: $500
High School: $1,000
Advance tickets are available at all Dearborn Public Schools for only $25 or at the door for $30. Ticket prices include: a drink ticket, food & entertainment! There will also be many great prizes, 50/50, a tin can raffle and silent auction.

Have you signed up lately to be a WatchDOG?
Dads we are talking to you! That’s right you are a Dad of a Great Student. Don’t forget you too can come to school for the day and help out in classrooms, lunch and recess. Students get so excited to have their parents come to help at school. They are especially happy to have their dad. You just need to have a current background check on file, check your schedule and sign up. You can sign up in the office or by emailing watchdogs@dearbornschools.org. If you would like more information on the program, you can check out WatchDOGS at www.fathers.com.

SUPPORT LINDBERGH SCHOOL
There are several ways you can continue to support Lindbergh and the Lindbergh PTA in your everyday shopping. Select Lindbergh for your Kroger Card. We can still use www.schoolmall.com for your online shopping. Just select Lindbergh there too. Shoparoo is an APP you can download and scan in receipts once you have selected Lindbergh to help as well.
Schoola has gently used children’s clothing that you can purchase in Lindbergh’s name also (www.schoola.com). If you go through Amazon, go to Amazon Smile, select Lindbergh and continue shopping. A percentage of your purchase goes to our school.

IMPORTANT DATES
Late Starts – Feb. 10, Mar. 16,
May 11
• Book Fair Feb. 1-5
• Mid-Winter Break: Friday, Feb. 12th and Monday, Feb. 15th
• March 22th – Kindergarten Round-Up, 6:30 pm
• Spring Break: March 25-Apr. 3
• No school – May 27th