December 2015/January 2016
WOW, the school year has flown by for all of us. I hope your family is enjoying the learning experiences for the children. I know we are all growing together as we learn more about the 7 Habits and being stronger leaders in the classroom and the community.
As always I want to thank the families that help with the events held at the school. Lindbergh is truly a center for the community. We are pleased to see such strong liaisons being developed. Your children understand the importance of school and community involvement through watching your actions!
The Holiday Boutique and the Santa Shop were amazingly successful because of the strong family involvement. I love seeing former Lindbergh families returning to participate in all of our events!
Thank you also for your support as we strive to have continued safety of all the Lindbergh children such as locking outside doors and not using the parking lot or drive way for drop off or pick up. Please be careful when driving your students to school and remember to park a safe distance from the crosswalks. Cars are allowed to park 30 ft. from stop signs and 20 ft. from the cross walks. We do ask that students do NOT cross in the middle of the street but walk to the crosswalk to come over to the building. The police will be doing random checks on the safety of parent drivers in our community.
Students are expected to wait outside in the mornings (except for inclement weather) until the bell rings at 8:35 AM. Teachers are finishing instructional preparation and are not here for supervision of the children before that time. Inclement weather would include rain, storms, ice, wet snow, and actual or wind chill temperatures under 20 degrees.
Parents-please remember to sign in the visitor book when you come to school
during the day for any reason. We do not allow anyone to walk through the building or join in on the playground during the school day without signing in at the office. We have special volunteer badges for you to wear so everyone knows you are here to help. We want you to feel welcome to visit but signing in allows us to locate you in case of emergency and is another facet of the safety concerns for the school. It is appropriate to make an appointment with your child’s teacher if you would like to observe in the classroom or discuss your child. Teachers cannot leave the rest of the class to have this type of discussion in the morning or during time of instruction.
Speaking of safety, are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and schools and can be located at www.ProtectMIChild.com.
As a strong supporter of this registry, I would like to encourage you to sign your entire family up for the registry and inform your friends and colleagues about how they can protect children and families from unwanted adult advertising. To sign up only takes seconds. Just go to www.ProtectMIChild.com and keep your family safe.
We hope your children will be able to attend school every day. However we know that illnesses occur. Please be sure to call the attendance line 313-827-6301 or the office at 313-827-6300 to report your child’s absence by 9:00 AM. You may leave a message 24 hrs a day. We will be calling anyone who has not called in. This is essential for the safety of our children. Also please try to schedule doctor or dentist appointments for the children after school or on days off.
We hope you are checking the monthly menu to make your lunch plans with your children. Remember you can send in checks for prepayment for breakfast and lunch. Checks should be made payable to Dearborn Public Schools.
Our goal is to go outside during lunch every chance we get. The weather is changing and it is important to check the
weather in the morning for the day. Students should be dressed appropriately
for the weather. It is important to discuss what you want your children to do about warmer clothing. If coats are sent, we will be encouraging the students to wear them. Please label all clothing with your student’s name.
The PTA has some important events coming up that I felt warranted reminders. First, our Holiday Boutique was Saturday, November 8th. It was a fabulous success! Thanks to all that worked! Second, the Santa Shop was also a huge success. Our next PTA meeting will be held on January 5th at 7 PM. Please do not forget we are still collecting Box Tops for Education and Campbell’s Soup Labels. Keep them coming. Target Red Card and Kroger school reward programs are still helping our school! We are participating in the school mall online shopping program again this year. https://www.schoolmall.com/sm/SMHomePage Search for Lindbergh Elementary. Then shop as you normally would online. We get a percentage of the proceeds. Many businesses also have script available for us to receive funding more than one time.
MY LEARNING PLAN
We all want students to feel the ownership of their learning. We are working along with all of Dearborn Schools to create a My Learning Plan for all students. Students here at Lindbergh have always set goals for Daily 5/CAFÉ and for math as well. We are helping students become aware of the learning targets from their assessments. Teachers and students have started to create these goals and went over them with you at Conferences.
Remember to ask your children about The Leader in Me. We have regular discussions in classrooms and school assemblies. You can go to the blog at http://iblog.dearbornschools.org/lindberghpbis/ to learn even more about our work. As the students about their class mission and what habit we are working on. We now have student leaders taking care of the morning announcements and the pledge every day. It is a great leadership event.
Parents, students and staff make up a strong team to support student achievement and general all around positive growth. Thank you for working with us to make your children successful!
LOST and FOUND
The Lindbergh lost and found is located on a table right outside the office. When you are here visiting, please be sure to look for any familiar items. They are filling up quickly with mostly coats.
We will try to clean out the lockers twice a year and will donate any unclaimed items to a local charitable organization.
CITY BEAUTIFUL REPS
This year our City Beautiful Representatives are Nicholas Maziarz and Charlotte Karoub. Miss Polidori is the faculty representative. We attended the All School Breakfast at Performing Arts Center for them to meet with the mayor and other important officials. The Team will be sending notes home later to explain the ideas for Lindbergh and our clean-up campaign.
Dec. 16 – Late Start 9:40 AM
Dec. 18 – Last day of school in 2015
Dec. 21-Jan. 3 –Winter Holiday Break
Jan. 4 – Welcome back in 2016
Jan. 18 – NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Day
Jan. 20 – Late Start
Jan. 29 – 11:45 AM dismissal, end of card marking