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Food Schedule Change

On Monday, March 30, Dearborn Public Schools is changing the format of its free student meal distributions.

Meals will now be distributed three times a week, instead of five.  

Meals will generally be distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, the week of April 6 to 10, meals will be handed out on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday, April 10, is Good Friday and a holiday for District staff.

Fewer meal distributions should make it easier for families to get the food while reducing the risk of virus exposure for both our families and our staff. Each food bag will still contain both breakfast, lunch and milk for a child under 18, but now the bag will have food for each day until the next distribution.

The grab-and-go meals will continue to be handed out between 10 a.m. and noon at the same seven schools.  The Dearborn Schools student does not have to attend that school to be eligible for a meal. A designated person can pick up meals for multiple children.  The student does not need to be present.

The distribution sites are Fordson, Dearborn and Edsel Ford high schools; McCollough/Unis; Salina Intermediate; Smith Middle School; and Woodworth Middle School.

The program is allowing the District’s 20,700 students to continue to have access to healthy food. The meals are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Lunch Program. Dearborn Public Schools already used the federal program to offer all kindergarten to 12th grade students free lunch and breakfast on school days.

Meal distributions will continue through the state-ordered school closure.  Currently, schools are set to reopen on April 14.

Check firstbell.dearbornschools.org for the latest information on the school closure and the food program.

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Helping Young Kids Through the Coronavirus

As we know young children often cannot express their worries to us verbally. Instead they cry, whine, have temper tantrums and change normal everyday habits.

This article below gives some tips and suggestions on how to handle and talk to your child about all their worries.

A couple of helpful tips it gave was to play outside, have virtual playdates (so they see their friends and family).

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Reading with Dearborn Staff for March Is Reading Month

March is Reading Month

Dr. Maleyko shared the previous March is reading month Links. Your students will love to hear these books read by Dearborn Public Staff. Click on the links below to view the videos.

My favorite is No Pirates Allowed by David Mustonen, but shhhh don’t tell Dr. Maleyko.

Dr. Maleyko and the Snow Day Dance.

Otter Out of Water by Dr. Chochol

Moose on the Loose by Dr. Groover

He’s been a monster all day by Maysam Alie-Bazzi.

No Pirates Allowed by David Mustonen.

The Legend of Sleeping Bear Dunes by Marget King-Ahmed

March is Reading Month Montage

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Fruit Loop Fun!

On of our goals in math is to count from 1-20. Let’s make it fun by using fruit loops to count, sort and then practice patterning.

A white plate with multiple color fruit loops on the plate
Start with a bowl or Plate of Fruit Loops with NO MILK

Have your child count as how many Fruit Loops are on the Plate

Have your child sort by color… “which has most?” “Which has least?” (Eat those)

A white plate with fruit loops sorted by color showing small groups of yellow, red, purple, blue and green fruit loops

Pick two colors and make a pattern 

A white plate with a small group of blue  fruit loops and small group of yellow fruit loops.  Then a line of patterned fruit loop yellow, blue, yellow, blue, yellow, blue

(if I know they need additional activity)
Try making this pattern 

A white plate with a pattern of orange and green fruit loops.  Patter is one orange, two green, one orange, two green

 

or a pattern with three colors 

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My Family

During mealtime, talk with your children about who is in their family. Have them either look at a family photo or start discussing about who about family members.

Ask questions such as:

Can you tell me about the people in our family?

What are the names we use in our family? Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents etc.

Have your child draw a picture of their family! Send the picture to their teacher.

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COVID 19- District Social Support Hotline

The Dearborn Public Schools is offering an emotional support hotline in order to provide support to students/families who are experiencing anxiety, fear, and stress in this time of crisis.

Families contacting the hotline by phone or email will recieve a follow up contact by a social worker, school counselor or psychologist.

Families can contact the hotline at:

313-827-8500 or by email at: dds@dearbornschools.org

Please call 911 in event of an emergency.

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Retell a Favorite Story

Talk to your child about their favorite book. You might say,

I am thinking about a book that has 3 bears in it. It also has a little girl with blonde hair. Let’s see what we remember from this story The Three Little Bears.

Have them tell you about another book from home or school. Other books they may know:

Caps for Sale, Going on a Bear Hunt, There’s an Alligator Under My Bed, Pete the Cat, Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Then have your child draw a picture from the book you talked about

*This activity prompts oral language skills, writing skills and retelling a familiar story.

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Free Breakfast and Lunch Pick Up For Students

Dearborn Public Schools is offering free pickup lunch and breakfast for students while
school is closed for the mandatory shut down over the next three weeks.

Families will be able to stop in and pick up a bag with both breakfast and lunch for each child in the family.  Pickups will run daily from 10 a.m. to noon starting today, March 17 at Fordson, Edsel Ford and Dearborn High schools, McCollough-Unis, Salina Intermediate, and Woodworth Middle School.

Signage at each site will direct parents and students where to enter the building. Food will be near entrances to minimize the amount of time community members spend in the facilities.

Please note, meals are available to anyone age 18 and younger.  Students do not need to be present, and the Dearborn School student does not need to attend at that building.  A designated person can collect meals for multiple children.  Meals for Saturday and Sunday can be picked up on Friday.

The program will allow the District’s 20,700 students to continue to have access to healthy food.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week ordered all Michigan schools closed from March 16 through April 3 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus and cases of COVID-19.  Dearborn Schools is scheduled for spring break April 6 to 10, so school will not resume in the District until April 13.

The grab-and-go meals will be served at least through April 3.

Superintendent Glenn Maleyko praised the District’s food service team for quickly implementing this drastic change in service to meet the needs of families.

“We appreciate the patience of our families and community as we all try to adjustto this sudden change from closing schools,” Dr. Maleyko said.  “More than three quarters of our students qualify for free or reduced priced school meals.  We realize this food is important to our families, many of whom may be facing additional financial hardships from the sudden economic changes related to COVID-19.”

Check the Dearborn Public Schools website at http://www.dearbornschools.org for any updates or changes to the meal program or for other issues regarding the school closure.