Welcome Back Lindbergh families! We missed you!

Well the school year is about to begin!  We are so looking forward to having all of you here at Lindbergh!  There are some new faces at Lindbergh!  We welcome Mrs. Pina Prather, Secretary, Mrs. Liz Golen, Clerk, and Miss Katie Schropp, Young 5’s Teacher!  Please introduce yourselves when you see them!

Our school received a grant from the I AM A LEADER FOUNDATION to support our decision to become a Leader in Me school in June!  Our staff has had 4-5 days of training on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and how it helps us be successful with our work on The Leader in Me.  This was all on their vacation time!  Their commitment to your children and our school is evidence of our success!  We appreciate them.

Attached is a copy of the Welcome Back letter that went home in the mail.  You should have received it already or will soon!

August 26, 2015

Dear Lindbergh Parents,

Welcome back to the 2015-16 school year!  We are all looking forward to a wonderful, productive year! We are so happy to say we are starting our journey to being A Leader in Me school.  More details will come on this exciting announcement.  Our new entrance will soon be complete.  Please be patient with us while we work on the changes for it.

The first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 8th, is a half day of school.  The first bell to enter the building will sound at 8:35 AM with the tardy bell sounding at 8:40 AM.  Dismissal for all half days is 11:45 AM.  Wednesday, September 3rd will be a full day of school.  Regular dismissal time is 3:35 PM.  Please make a note of the school office phone:  313-827-6300.  It is important to call the school every time your child is going to be absent, tardy, or needs an early dismissal from class so that unnecessary calls to you may be avoided.  If your student arrives after 8:40 a.m. (9:40 a.m. on late start days) you must come into the office to sign in your student.

 

We will be having a soft start for Young 5’s and Kindergarten this year.  Students will attend school Tuesday, Sept. 8 to Friday, Sept. 11 from 8:40-11:45 AM.  Parents will be asked to sign up for a time to bring their student to school for another small assessment of their present readiness skills.  It is an exciting time for our new young friends and our staff.

For parents of students new to Lindbergh this year K-5, there will be a short meeting on Tuesday, September 8th in the auditorium shortly after the 8:40 entry bell to introduce our PTA officers and to discuss our positive behavior support system. We are looking forward to sharing our behavior plan with you.  Parents, students, teachers and staff are important members of a team to help our students shine and become strong members of society while attending our school.

There will be three lunch periods again this year.  Grades 1 & 5 will be from 11:30-12:00, Young 5’s, Kindergarten & 4th from 12:00-12:30, and grades 2 & 3 from 12:30-1:00.  We will be talking about the procedures with the students to make for a smooth lunch time.  No one should feel rushed and should be able to get outside daily. The price for lunch is $2.50, reduced lunch price is $0.40, and milk will be $0.50. This year breakfast will be served from 8:15-8:35 AM.  The cost is $1.25 and the reduced price is $0.30.  You can send a check made out to Dearborn Public Schools to prepay for breakfasts or lunches at any time.

Class lists will be posted on the doors on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 4th by 4:00 PM.  If your child’s name is not on any list, please report to the office the first day of school.  The teachers will be coming outside to pick up the students every morning. Please see the following list to see where your student(s) should line up:

South Playground (near Kdgn)                               East Playground (near Café)

1 –*Empty*                                                                             1 – Wilkie – 4

2 – Lorber -2                                                                           2 – Hickson – 4/5

3 – Brechka – 1                                                                      3 – Bush – 5

4 – Wright – Kdgn                                                                  4 – Hornyak – 2/3

5 – Ruselink – Y5                                                                   5 – Polidori – 3

6 – Schropp – Y5                                                                    6 – Lybik – 3

7 – Stetz – Kdgn                                                                     7 – Knaus – 4

8 – Noe            – 1                                                                   8 – Gardner – 5

9 – Robins – 2                                                                          9 – *Empty*

On the nine (7) Late Start days, school will begin 1 hour later with the entry bell ringing at 9:35am and the tardy bell at 9:40 am. Students may come early at 9:15am and purchase breakfast in the cafeteria and will remain there until the entry bell rings. Late start dates are as follows:

Wednesday, October 7          Wednesday, November 18     Wednesday, December 16

Wednesday, January 20         Wednesday, February 10        Wednesday, March 16

Wednesday, May 11

Enjoy the rest of your summer.  We are looking forward to seeing all of you soon.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Pamela DeNeen

Principal

Have a safe and happy summer!

I hope everyone has a great Summer.  Be safe and have a great time!  Please look into the Leader in Me Schools!  We are beginning an exciting journey to becoming a Lighthouse Leader in Me school!  This is great for all people- kids, teachers, staff, parents!  Students will learn 21st century leadership skills working with kindness and respect!   There will be more to come.  40 staff and 4 parents participated in training for The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People on their own time!  Amazing, isn’t it!  Lindbergh is a strong community for learning!   More to come……….

Teacher of the Year information- Nominate your favorite teacher today!

Time Is Running Out To Nominate Your Favorite Teacher!

The clock is ticking and time is running short to nominate your favorite Dearborn Public Schools teacher for the 2015 Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Award. The deadline for submitting applications is Thursday, April 2, 2015.  Entry forms can be found by visiting www.dearbornschools.org or may be picked up at any Dearborn public school and the district’s Administration Office, 18700 Audette.

Hard-copy nomination forms can be dropped off or mailed to the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, 22100 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI  48124, or fax to (313) 584-9818. Adults may assist students when necessary but no more than two teachers can be nominated per student.

Students can nominate new or veteran teachers whom they feel have made outstanding contributions to the teaching profession. Pre-K through second grade students are asked to describe how their teacher makes learning fun. Students at this category can include a nice drawing if they wish but it will not be part of the selection process. Third through fifth-grade students will need to describe how their teacher has created a classroom where learning is positive and fun.  Middle school students (grades 6-8) are asked to explain how their teacher connects classroom learning with everyday life. Students in high school must describe how their teacher is preparing them to be successful beyond high school.

Applications will be assessed on quality of the nomination, not on the number received. Award judges are members of the Dearborn Chamber Education Committee and are not provided with the teachers’ names.

One winner from Pre-K through 2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, middle, and high school will be announced at a special ceremony, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. The Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Award is sponsored by the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce.

Teachers selected to receive the Teacher of Year Award are being recognized as positive role models who consistently provide unique, productive, positive classroom experiences. Teachers selected receive a $1,000 cash prize, a plaque commemorating their achievement, and will be part of a select group of Dearborn teachers who have been recognized by the community for their dedication and passion for teaching.

“Professional, compassionate teachers can be found throughout our district. They are dedicated to their craft and to the academic success of the students in their classrooms. This award is a great way for our students to honor and thank their teachers,” commented Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Mr. Brian Whiston.

Parent talk is coming to Lindbergh! Hope you can join in!

LINDBERGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Presents  Parent Talk Classes

Wednesday’s 2:00-3:30 pm

January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 25,

March 4. Graduation, March 11th, 2015

Classes held in the Art Room

Increase Achievement and Decrease Discipline Problems with Effective Parent Talk.

Parent Talk classes teach an amazing approach to communicating

with your children that will encourage self-responsible behaviors,

self-motivation, and increased effort. Learn practical strategies

to positively effect the social and emotional development of your

children and family. Implement the skills immediately. Attend all

seven classes and graduate with a certificate of completion and

celebrate your accomplishments!

Please fill out the form below and return to the main office by

Monday, January 7, 2015.

Please inform us if you prefer an English or Arabic workbook. Also

stop in the office and sign in and out before and after the classes.

Thank you!

REGISTRATION FORM ____Arabic ____English

NAME_____________________________________________

PHONE____________________________________________

Number of children in the family_______________________

November 24,2014

Please note that the guideline for having outdoor recess, lining up outside in the morning, and having safeties on outside posts has been changed.  If the wind chill is 20 degrees F or above students will wait outside in the morning, will be having outside recess, and corner safeties will be on post.  If the wind chill or air temperature is 19 degrees F or below students will line up inside in the morning, will have indoor recess and no corner safeties will be on post.  There are many students who are being dropped off as early as 7:45 am, which is way too early.  Please be aware that while students are welcome to play outside for a short time before school, there is no school staff supervision of these students.  Also, when it is too cold to line up outside the student lines in the hallway will be supervised  by teachers starting at 8:25 am.  Please do not drop off students early on these “inside” days unless they are going to breakfast.  Breakfast is served in the cafeteria starting at 8:15 am.  The cost is $1.25.  Parents who need to drop students off early can contact Kids’ Club to enroll their children.  This service is available for a fee but then you would know your child is being appropriately supervised.  We want all students to be safe!

Remember there is NO school from Wednesday, Nov. 26 to Sunday, Nov. 30 for Thanksgiving Recess.  Everyone here at Lindbergh wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!

Mrs. DeNeen

November 2014 Successful Parent Teacher conferences tips

5 tips for a better parent-teacher conference

By Carl Azuz, CNN

(CNN) – For many parents and teachers, it’s the first opportunity of the school year to sit down face to face and discuss everything from curriculum to issues that arise in the classroom.  Here are some tips from both sides of the desk on how to make the most of a parent-teacher conference.

Do your homework

Talking to your child before the conference to find out if he has any questions or concerns of his own can give you ideas of what to address with the teacher.  A good next step:  having a physical list of questions.

The National PTA says that the “questions you ask during the conference can help you express your hopes for the student’s success in class and for the teacher.”

It’s an idea echoed by Ryan Koczot, an award-winning middle school teacher in North Carolina.  “Parents should come to the conference prepared (note pad, pen, list of questions) – just like teachers should be prepared (information on the child, progress report, questions for the parent).”  This will help get everyone on the same page.
Join forces

Several teachers have told us that the best results follow when parents and teachers work together.  According to Debbie Geiger of Scholastic.com, “The goal of both the teacher and the parent should be the success of the student, but sometimes parents have a hard time discussing tough issues.”

Geiger suggests starting off by complimenting the teacher on something that he or she seems to be doing right – a piece of advice echoed by the National PTA.  This can set a positive tone for the meeting and help foster cooperation later on.

If there’s a problem that has developed between your child and a particular subject or teacher, look for ways to address it together.  “Be a team player,” suggests New Jersey middle school teacher Donna Spoto.  “Let the teacher know that you are on his/her side.”

Open lines of communication

Divorce, remarriage, foreclosure, moving, a new baby:  These are just a few of the personal issues that can affect a student’s behavior and work on campus.

A 7th grade social studies teacher in Tennessee said that one area where parents fall short is letting teachers know of problems in a student’s life outside of school.  “When parents don’t tell us what’s happening, we can’t adjust accordingly.”

Spoto agrees that “stress and emotional issues definitely affect a student’s work.”  By informing the teacher of possible causes, you will help the teacher better understand the child and be more equipped to appropriately instruct him.

Aim for action

Coming up with an action plan to address academic or behavioral concerns can benefit the parent, the teacher and the student long after the conference is over.  The National PTA recommends establishing a series of steps that both you and the teacher agree on.  A couple ideas to consider:  what your short- and long-term plans are, and how you’ll measure progress.

One of first actions you can take after the conference is going over key points and discussion topics with your child.  “Depending on his age and maturity level, he may need help understanding what problems – and solutions – were covered.  Most kids also want to have a clear idea of what’s expected of the teacher, the parent(s), and, most importantly, from [them],” writes Kristin Stanberry ofGreatschools.org.

Keep in touch

Once an action plan is in place, try to determine how you’ll follow up with the teacher in the weeks and months ahead.  Will it be through written notes, a phone call, or another conference?  Koczot says that an email or phone contact at school can help the parent “check in on their child weekly or in a couple of weeks to see how they are doing.”

And it’s not a bad idea to inform your child that you’re keeping in touch with her school.  “When a child knows parents and teachers are regularly working together, the child will see that education is a high priority requiring commitment and effort,” according to the National PTA.

Posted by Carl Azuz – CNN
Filed under: At Home • Carl Azuz • Elementary school • Five things • High school • Middle school • Parents • Teachers

October 2014

Thank you to everyone who has helped make the Lindbergh Haunted School another great success! We loved having everyone here to make the event special. Please remember we still need your help for our Holiday Boutique on November 8th. Check the PTA website and sign up genius for the areas of need.

Hold Harmless Renewal Will Keep Dearborn Public Schools Programs
In Place

The Dearborn Public Schools will ask voters to renew the Hold Harmless millage on the November ballot. The Hold Harmless Millage generates almost $40 million, or one fifth, of the District’s $180 million budget.

When Proposal A was passed in 1994 in an attempt to equalize school funding across the state and reduce property tax, it changed school funding. It created a guaranteed per-student funding amount for all students across the state. The problem with the new law was that some districts, including Dearborn, received less money per-student than what they were receiving before the passage of the law.

To correct this problem, the state allowed districts to ask voters to approve a Hold Harmless Millage that would make up the difference in funding from the old method to the new method. As required by law, voters must approve a renewal of the Hold Harmless Millage every 10 years.

In 2004, Dearborn voters approved the Hold Harmless Millage, allowing the district to offer new classes, innovative programs and services, and ensure quality classroom instruction. Since then, student success in the district has been recognized many times thanks to the hard work of teachers and the support of the voting community.

Among the recognition the district has recently received:
• All schools are accredited by AdvancED.

• Collegiate Academy received the 2013 Innovative Business of the Year Award.

• Michigan Association of School Administrators named Brian Whiston 2013-14 Superintendent of the Year.

• Dearborn Public Schools was named an Academic State Champion by Bridge Magazine and placed in the top 15 out of more than 500 districts across Michigan.

• Graduation rates at all three high schools exceed state averages and increased by 10 points over the last two years.

• Received Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

• Awarded an Education Excellence Award by the Michigan Association of School Board for the District’s 8-step Plan for improving graduation rates.

• Most dual-enrolled students in Michigan (over 50% of our high school students have taken a dual enrollment class, earning college credit while still in high school and saving on tuition costs.

• New for 2014-15, 6th and 7th grade S.T.E.M. School and the Dearborn Center for Math, Science & Technology (DCMST) now starts in the 8th grade; and addition of the Dearborn Academic Center for Excellence (ACE 8th/9th grade alternative school).

The Hold Harmless RENEWAL will keep the positive momentum and success moving forward. This millage renewal is not a new millage nor is it an increase in what district residents are currently paying. Additional information can be found on a special Hold Harmless Renewal website http://holdharmless.dearbornschools.org/ or by calling the Communications Office at 827-3006.

There are 11 candidates running for 3 seats on the Board of Education.
If you were unable to attend the League of Women Voters candidate forum you can find the complete program on our district cable channel and it can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/user/dpscommdept
You can also attend a live candidate forum being hosted by the Oakman & Fordson Parent Teacher Association. The forum will take place Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Oakman Elementary gym. 7545 Chase Road, Dbn, 48126
The flyer is below:
PTA Election flyer (1) (1)

Happy Summer!

I hope that everyone has a safe and happy summer! Lindbergh will have many construction projects going on over the summer. You are going to see a new playscape going in by Lodge Lane, a new sign and more to be announced. Please use safety when playing near these spots!

Remember our Media Center will be open on Wednesday mornings from 9-12noon. Mrs. Mazza will be our guest Media Specialist over the summer. Please have our students come and read over the summer!

There is still time to sign up for the Summer Science program! This is a wonderful 3 week camp where we will have a lot of fun learning more about Science. The registration form can be found on this website. We would love to have you!

See you all in September!
Mrs. DeNeen

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