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Technical Support by phone and email for DPS Families

The district has placed a wealth of information on the Back to School page of their website. This page is well worth spending some time on and may answer many of your questions. Even as an employee, I’ve learned a lot just skimming through the page links!

Included on this page is a Student Online Learning Handbook for the 2020-21 school year. One piece of information from the handbook that you’ll want to make note of is the creation of a Help Desk line for parents. If you are having login difficulties, Chromebook issues or any other type of technical issues please call 313-827-8400. You can also email them at parenthelp@dearbornschools.org .

For questions about content, scheduled Zoom meetings, etc. you should still contact your child’s teacher.

We are off for the holiday weekend, but if you have any questions you can call the school office at 313-827-6800 on Tuesday between 8:00 and 4:30.

Letters from your Teacher being emailed today!

If you have a valid email on file in Parent Connect, you will be receiving a welcome email from your child’s teacher this afternoon or early evening (by 9PM.) The email will provide their blog and email addresses, along with other introductory information.

If you do not receive an email today, please visit Parent Connect to verify that you have an email address on file. Please email malynd@dearbornschools.org to let me know if you have added/corrected your email address and I will send the letter out to you, probably on Sunday.

You should also be receiving a phone call from your child’s teacher today or Saturday to set up an orientation appointment for next week. At the virtual or face to face appointment, they will give you and your child an overview of Schoology, the software that is the umbrella under which all of our virtual learning will be taught. They will also distribute chromebooks to every student that needs one, as well as math and language arts workbooks.

Trust me, we know how anxious parents and students are for information. We definitely empathize. We just wanted to make sure our information was as accurate as possible before we passed it along to you, especially when identifying your child’s teacher. From this point forward, the information flow should be much more steady.

Please call us at 313-827-8700 if you have any questions. Take care.

Welcome Back Letter from Mrs. Waddell

Hello Whitmore families. Below is a link to the information packed welcome back letter from Mrs. Waddell that we emailed out on Wednesday, 8/26. If you did not receive the letter, please check that you have a valid email address on file with us. (Parent Connect is not available today (8/28) due to district updates, but will be back available to parents Saturday morning.)


If you have any questions after reading the letter, please call the office at 313-827-6800 between 8:00 – 3:00 pm this week. Next week we will be in from 8:00-4:30.

2020-21 School Year Info Will be Sent by Email Next Week

Hello Whitmore-Bolles families and welcome to the 2020-21 school year! The office is now open daily and our hours will be 8-3 until the first day of school. On August 31 we should be resuming our regular hours of 8-4:30 (subject to change).

We are currently working on class lists. Due to circumstances this year, we will be emailing parents next week to let them know what teacher their students will have, a welcome back letter from Principal Waddell and other start of school info.

Please do the following by Wednesday, August 26 to be sure you receive the information:

  • Log in to Parent Connect for each child
    • Update your emergency contact card information
    • Enter a valid email address for at least one parent if there is not one already on file

We are not able to let you know who your child’s teacher is by phone or any method other than the Welcome Back Email, so it is very important that we have your email contact information on time.

If you have other questions about the upcoming school year, we will be happy to try to answer them. Some information may not be available yet, but we are doing our best to answer parent questions as we approach this unique school year. The office phone # is 313-827-6800.

Why Dearborn Jaguars FC & Dearborn Soccer Club? “Soccer For Everyone”

Programs for players ages 4-19 & all skills levels!

-Directors of Coaching
-Director of Goalkeeping
-40 Select Teams
-55 Recreational Teams
-17 Dearborn Jaguars Staff Coaches
-53 DSC Staff Coaches
-Over 400 Dearborn Jaguars Select Players
-Over 900 DSC Recreational Players
-Over 100 Dearborn Junior Jaguars Players
-Local Facilities that include Dearborn Public Schools, Crowley Park (The Largest Soccer Complex in Dearborn) and 5 Local Indoor Soccer Facilities

Reach out to one of our Directors or visit our website today to learn more about us!

Mo Hijazi
Dearborn Jaguars Boys Director of Coaching

Trevor King
Dearborn Jaguars Girls Director of Coaching

A heartfelt thank you to our SODA neighbors!

Our 5th graders and their families were thrilled to see so many neighbors out to cheer for them during their Dream Cruise promotion ceremony today. We were deeply appreciative for the support of our SODA neighbors as we strived to make this day special for our students.

The 5th grade promotion ceremony is a rite of passage that our students look forward to long before they enter 5th grade. In a year where there have been a lot of “new normals” for our students to adjust to, our teachers worked hard to find a way to make this a day to remember for them with the Dream Cruise concept.

Our staff lined the WB parking lot to wish our 5th graders continued success and kick off the Dream Cruise. Cruising the rest of the route without an audience would not have been as nearly as wonderful for our students as today’s experience of seeing neighbors lining the SODA streets to congratulate and encourage them as they move on to middle school.

From our Whitmore-Bolles family to yours, thank you for your support SODA neighbors.

Kristi Waddell, Principal

Join us on June 11 for the 5th Grade Dream Cruise promotion celebration!

Our 5th grade teachers had to get creative this year to find a way to celebrate the promotion of our 5th graders and they succeeded!

On Thursday, June 11 at 1:00 pm we will hold our first ever Whitmore-Bolles mobile promotion ceremony – the 5th Grade Dream Cruise. Fifth graders and their families will drive the perimeter of our parking lot, stopping at stations where teachers will hand them certificates and other items through the window. Families will the follow a designated route through the neighborhood. (See map below for route)

We’re hoping Whitmore families and neighbors will come outside along the neighborhood route to cheer our fifth graders on to successful middle school careers. We anticipate they will be cruising the route from 1:00-2:00. Feel free to make signs or banners with positive messages for our fifth graders or decorate your yard or car in any other way that is appropriate to recognize their accomplishments. (Only Whitmore-Bolles staff members will be allowed in the parking lot.)

Fifth grade families are encouraged to decorate their cars as well so that they are easily recognizable as they drive through the neighborhood. We are requesting that only parents or other adults drive the students and that everyone maintains a safe speed in the parking lot and through the neighborhood. We’re pretty sure your students will want you to go extra slow so that they can enjoy the positive attention they will recieve!

Your input needed! Please complete a survey concerning school re-opening for the 2020-21 school year.

The District’s School Re-Opening Committee will be looking for parent input through periodic surveys. Please respond so that your voice can be heard and included as the Committee works through possible re-opening plans.

The first survey can be accessed by clicking the following link. School ReOpen Committee Parent Survey #1 Please complete the survey by June 12th.

 For translation assistance to complete the survey, parents may call 313-580-2532 Monday June 8th through Friday June 12th 8:30a.m. through 4:30p.m. 

We appreciate your participation in the process! Please keep an eye out for future surveys as well. Thanks.

Pennies for Patients Fundraiser wrap up

Thanks so much to all who participated in our fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this year. Our campaign was interrupted by the school closure, but many students brought their coin collection boxes to the belongings pickup Tuesday. Teachers turned in any boxes that were found in student desks.

If you still have coin boxes at home, you can either make a donation online to your student’s account, or call the office at 313-827-6800 to make arrangements to drop off the money. I am here today until 2:30.

We’re hoping to wrap things up this week and will be announcing fundraising totals as soon as we get everything counted. It’s a joy to work in an environment with such caring and generous students, families and staff. #whitmorestrong

Medication & Student belongings pickup today for all students, 9am-1pm! Also, please return library books. GSRP applications will be available.

Picking up student belongings

The day has finally arrived when parents of our preschoolers (ECSE, GSRP) – 5th graders can pick up their student’s favorite hoodie, winter coat, 2 pairs of shoes, assortment of little toys, broken pencils, secret diaries, fresh as a daisy lunch boxes or any other wonderful items left in their desk or locker!

(Hope we all have at least a little sense of humor left at this point!)


Teachers have bagged up student items and we are ready to go! We will have tables set up by grade level on the sidewalk outside the office, next to the parking lot. (We’ll be in the vestibule if weather is bad.)

There will also be a table with items from the lost & found and GSRP applications will be available for pickup.

Here are the ground rules:

  • A parent, guardian or family member over the age of 18 with a photo id must pick up the items.
  • If your student has medications that need to be picked up, a parent or guardian must be present to sign for them. Any meds not picked up Tuesday will be disposed of.
  • Anyone coming to pick up items must be wearing a mask.
  • Social distancing of 6 ft must be observed while waiting your turn.
  • No one will be allowed to enter the building

Returning school materials

This will also be the time for students to return items to the building. There will be bins at each grade level station where items should be placed. Students should return:

  • Media Center books
  • Classroom reading books
  • Reading bags
  • Any other items borrowed from teachers or the building (Except Chromebooks. We’ll be collecting those later.)

Yearbook Update

Lifetouch is partially on shut down, so our Yearbooks have not been shipped yet. We expect to receive them sometime in late summer and will be sure to get them to everyone who paid. Thanks for your patience!

Class composite photos will be available on June 2 for those who ordered fall pictures.

We miss you, so we hope all families will take advantage of the opportunity to bring a bag load of student goodies home for the summer. As we do with lost & found items at the end of each school year, any items not picked up on June 2 will be donated or discarded.

If you know you are unable to come on June 2, please contact Mrs. Waddell before Tuesday to work out other arrangements. Email at waddelk@dearbornschools.org or leave a voicemail at 313-827-6004. If we hear from you, we’ll hold on to items until the arranged alternative pickup time.

Take care Whitmore families! See you soon.

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