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Food Drive – Sept 26

School Mobile Pantry

The School Food Mobile Program provides nutritious, healthy food for 100 families. 

The mobile pantry includes 30 lbs. of  fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.

Each family also receives healthy recipes and nutrition education.

يوفر برنامج “الغذاء المحمول” غذاءً مغذياً وصحياً لـ 100 عائلة.

وتشمل خزانة المؤن النقالة 30 رطلا من الفواكه والخضروات الطازجة والحبوب الكاملة والبروتين الخالي من الدهون.

تتلقى كل عائلة أيضًا وصفات صحية واشادات غذائيًة.

The distribution is located at:

Lowrey School

6601 Jonathon St, Dearborn, MI 48126

Friday September 18th

10-11:30 am

Distributions are subject to change. Please contact Zahra Ahmed at (313) 827-1800 to confirm mobile pantry distribution. 

Change means student information not yet required for free student meal distributions

A change from the federal government on Aug. 31 is streamlining how Dearborn Public Schools will distribute free student meals this school year, starting with the distribution on Thursday, Sept. 3.

Parents now will not need to provide student information to collect a meal, which also means they do not need to pre-order meals through the Nutrislice app.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced schools would be allowed to continue distributing free meals to all students through the end of December or until funding for the program runs out.  The program that allowed for blanket meal distribution was set to expire as school resumed in Dearborn.  Without the expanded program, all schools needed to link any meal they distributed or served to a particular student. Most districts would have also needed to know which students had to pay for the lunch or breakfast and which were eligible for free meals.  Dearborn Public Schools already offers free lunch and breakfast to all its students.

“Even if the announcement came very late, we are glad we are able to continue a more robust meal distribution program for our community, at least for now,” said Jeff Murphy, Director of Food Service. “Now we need to get the word out to the community that the meal distribution process will be the simpler, familiar process they have seen in one form or another since March.”

Monday’s announcement means Dearborn can continue to hand out free meals for any child under 18, even if that child is not a student of this district. Dearborn Schools will not yet start collecting student names and their student ID numbers, though that could change later in the school year depending on the requirements from the USDA. The district was preparing to start collecting student information for all the meals it distributed.  District parents were encouraged to gather their student’s information and use the Nutrislice app to pre-order meals to streamline the pickup process. Nutrislice pre-ordering will be suspended for now since the district does not currently need the student information to hand out meals. 

Any adult or older student can come to one of the distribution sites and pick up a week’s worth of lunch and breakfast items for their students.  The student does not need to attend that school or be present at pickup.

Thursday, Sept. 3, will be the first day for the new school-year distribution program.  After the first week, weekly meal packs will be distributed on Fridays, starting with Friday, Sept. 11.   

With the restart of school online, the district is also doubling the number of locations where student meals will be distributed.  Meals will be available for pickup from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each week at Bryant Middle School, Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford High School, Fordson High School, Henry Ford Elementary, the Dearborn Heights Campus (Howe/STEM/Berry Center), Lowrey School, Maples Elementary, McCollough-Unis, McDonald Elementary, Miller Elementary, Salina Intermediate, Smith Middle School, Stout Middle School and Woodworth Middle School. 

At most locations, adults will be able to stay in their vehicles and pull up to have food loaded in their car.

Dearborn Public Schools began offering free food distribution in March just days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered schools to close to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Food distribution was initially funded under emergency provisions of the School Lunch Program.  Food distribution continued over the summer through a separate federal summer nutrition program, which ended in Dearborn with the distribution on Aug. 27.  Neither of those programs required the district to collect student information.  With the restart of school, though, Dearborn Public Schools was switching back to the School Lunch Program, which normally requires each meal to be linked to a certain student.  The distribution program will likely change again when the district moves back to in-school learning.

The district has been distributing more than 60,000 meals a week and has handed out more than 1.25 million meals since the shut down in March.

“We know many of our families rely on these free school meals, and we are glad to be able continue to serve our students in this way,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.

Drive-through book bag giveaway: Sat, Sept 5

Event Date: Sat, 09/05/2020 – 2:00pm

Location: HFC main campus

Back to School bookbag graphics

To our Dearborn-area community:

If your students need school supplies to start the school year, join us on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for our Back to School Book Bag Giveaway.

  • FREE backpacks
  • School supplies
  • PPE (face masks and hand sanitizer)

Details for Saturday

Arrive on campus through the North entrance on Evergreen. Follow the campus drive to the circle drive at Building L near the South entrance. Remain in your car to receive up to two (2) book bags for your students. Leave campus through the same route you arrived, the North entrance.

Thank you, event sponsors!

Henry Ford College Support Staff Association Henry Ford College Foundation HCE South

Contact information

Leslie Windless
lwindless@hfcc.edu
313-695-7054

Dearborn to continue free weekly meal pickup, but student information will be required

Free weekly meal distributions will continue after school starts
online this month and will expand to more school locations.
However, the program will have some changes, including requiring
proof that the recipients are Dearborn Public School students.
Thursday, Sept. 3, will be the first day for the new school-year
program. Parents or other adults still will be able to pick up a
week’s worth of lunch and breakfast items for students. The adult,
though, will need to provide the name, school, and student ID or
student number for each student receiving a meal pack.

Parents are encouraged to pre-order meal pickup through
the Nutrislice website or app. This will allow them to enter the
student information once for the year. The software will remember
the information the next time the adult goes to pre-order. (Here are
directions for ordering online.) If they don’t pre-order online, the
adult will have to provide the information at pickup. The meals will
continue to be free to Dearborn Public School students. After the
first week, weekly meal packs will be distributed on Fridays, starting
with Friday, Sept. 11.

Meals will be available for pickup from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each
week at Bryant Middle School, Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford
High School, Fordson High School, Henry Ford Elementary, the
Dearborn Heights Campus (Howe/STEM/Berry Center), Lowrey
School, Maples Elementary, McCollough-Unis, McDonald
Elementary, Miller Elementary, Salina Intermediate, Smith Middle
School, Stout Middle School and Woodworth Middle School.
At most locations, adults will be able to stay in their vehicles and
pull up to have food loaded in their car. Families that pre-order will
be able to use a special designated line. Student meals can be
collected from any building, even if the child attends a different
school

Dearborn Public Schools began offering free food distribution in
March just days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered schools to
close to slow the spread of COVID-19. Food distribution was
initially funded under emergency provisions of the School Lunch
Program. Food distribution continued over the summer through a
separate federal summer nutrition program, which will end in
Dearborn with the distribution on Aug. 27. Neither of those
programs required the district to collect student information. With
the restart of school, though, Dearborn Public Schools now is
required to link each meal to a district student in order to be
reimbursed through the National School Lunch Program. Each meal
pack will contain a breakfast and a lunch for each day of school that
week. Most packs will have 10 meals (five each of breakfast and
lunch), but some weeks may be smaller due to days off school.
The district has been distributing more than 60,000 meals a week and
has handed out more than 1.25 million meals since the shut down in
March.

“We are glad Dearborn Public Schools is able to continue to
distribute free nutritional meals to our students,” said Jeff Murphy,
director of food services. “We know this service is important to
many of the families who participate.”

Dearborn starting with half days, later school days

With Dearborn Schools starting all online, the district is tweaking its calendar and school day schedules. The first week of school will be four half days to give teachers time for additional professional development, especially for our new online teaching tools.  Because of that change, the district is eliminating the late start days in September, October and December.

Secondly, while students are learning online, the school day hours will be shifted a little later to better serve our students. 
For more details, read more in our First Bell article.

Please see calendar for full information.

Dearborn Virtual Program Information

Greetings Parents,  

The District understands there are parents who want their children in a 100% virtual learning program no matter what phase the State is in or how other students in the District are attending school.  For the parents who want a 100% on-line option for the entire school year, the school district has created the Dearborn Virtual Learning Program for students K-12.  Parents selecting this option are opting their children into the program for a one-year commitment. 

In order to meet staffing, transportation, and several other components of our new school environment, it is vitally important to know how many students will join the Virtual Program. Parents seeking more information and/or are interested in opting their child(ren) into this program are highly encouraged to visit our school on Wednesday, August 12 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

School administrators will be on hand (social distancing, limited numbers, and masks will be enforced) on Date and Time to meet with parents. If you have children at different grade levels and buildings, you do not need to attend meetings at multiple schools.  Opt-in forms will be available and parents can opt-in all their children at one location. Here is a link to the complete schedule of schools and meetings.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SdFISdKk-c1Lbkz7Vj5irylxEkqJOKZy2J3HJGvJ_tI/edit#heading=h.e1437s49s5yw.

If you are not comfortable meeting in a safe environment at the school or are unable to attend on one of the scheduled days, please call or email the school so we may discuss this option and begin the opt-in process for your children.

We understand there are many questions, concerns, and uncertainties as we approach the start of the school year.  Our Back to School Reopen Committee has spent many hours considering all of the health, safety, logistical, and educational concerns before making their recommendations. Our Board spent many hours reviewing those recommendations including a six hour Study Session to hear from the various sub-committees and stakeholders.  We are now ready to move forward, together, to ensure what will be an interesting, but great, start to the 2020-21 school year. 

Have a great day, 

Mrs. Waddell

Dearborn Virtual Program Info

Greetings Parents,  

The District understands there are parents who want their children in a 100% virtual learning program no matter what phase the State is in or how other students in the District are attending school.  For the parents who want a 100% on-line option for the entire school year, the school district has created the Dearborn Virtual Learning Program for students K-12.  Parents selecting this option are opting their children into the program for a one-year commitment. 

In order to meet staffing, transportation, and several other components of our new school environment, it is vitally important to know how many students will join the Virtual Program. Parents seeking more information and/or are interested in opting their child(ren) into this program are highly encouraged to visit our school on Wednesday, August 12 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

School administrators will be on hand (social distancing, limited numbers, and masks will be enforced) on Date and Time to meet with parents. If you have children at different grade levels and buildings, you do not need to attend meetings at multiple schools.  Opt-in forms will be available and parents can opt-in all their children at one location. Here is a link to the complete schedule of schools and meetings.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SdFISdKk-c1Lbkz7Vj5irylxEkqJOKZy2J3HJGvJ_tI/edit#heading=h.e1437s49s5yw.

If you are not comfortable meeting in a safe environment at the school or are unable to attend on one of the scheduled days, please call or email the school so we may discuss this option and begin the opt-in process for your children.

We understand there are many questions, concerns, and uncertainties as we approach the start of the school year.  Our Back to School Reopen Committee has spent many hours considering all of the health, safety, logistical, and educational concerns before making their recommendations. Our Board spent many hours reviewing those recommendations including a six hour Study Session to hear from the various sub-committees and stakeholders.  We are now ready to move forward, together, to ensure what will be an interesting, but great, start to the 2020-21 school year. 

Have a great day, 

Mrs. Waddell

One Last TikTok

We are going to miss you all, especially our 5th graders moving on to middle school…

We hope everyone has a safe and healthy summer!

Census Reminder

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

For a better future of our city, schools, and students , please click on the link now and fill out the census. It only takes a few minutes from your time to make a difference.

Complete the Census application here: 

Thank you.

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