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Drive-Thru Food Distribution – Oct 24

Dearborn Public Schools has moved the half day for elementary students originally scheduled for Nov. 6 up to Oct. 30.

Teachers will use the afternoon that day to get grades ready for report cards.  The first marking period ends on Oct. 30 for all grades this year. 

A Google calendar with our most up to date days is always available on the district website on the home page and on our calendar page.  

New Music Teacher to Start Next Week!

Hello My name is Mrs. Bush and I am so excited and honored to be your new music teacher!  We are going to do so many fun things this year and, of course, learn all about music too.  I hope you all have had a great start to the new school year despite all of this year’s challenges.

Let me tell you a little bit about who I am. I have been a music teacher for 15 years and this is my first year teaching for Dearborn Public Schools. I am married with two children, my son is 15 and my daughter is 10. I enjoy spending time with my family, pets, crafting, reading, going up north and DIsney World. I am looking forward to meeting all of you through zoom and hopefully in person soon.  I look forward to starting our Musical journey together.

Open House

welcome

Dear Whitmore-Bolles Learning Community, 

One of the cornerstone events that assists us in launching a school year and maintaining the home to school connection is each school building’s Open House.  Rather than proceed with the typical format for our Open Houses, Dearborn Public Schools is implementing a Virtual Open House Model.  

The Virtual Open House Model will include school & district information only. Teachers have shared many of their practices and routines earlier in the year at parent meetings and orientations.

Please click on this Virtual Open House Link for access and instructions to the presentation.

While we would prefer to host the Open Houses in typical, in-person format, we believe that this format provides an excellent opportunity to provide the essential information and answer any general questions that might exist for the school, while also ensuring the safety of all involved.  

Thank you for the continued understanding and support!  

Kristi Waddell

Food Pantry

No School for Kindergarten Tomorrow

Just a friendly reminder that students in Mrs. Croft’s, Mrs. Cassar’s, and Mrs. Coleman’s Kindergarten classes will not have class tomorrow, Friday, Sept 25, 2020. Teachers will be engaged in professional learning meetings for the day.

Thank you & have a great weekend!

Meal Distribution Survey

We’re looking to get feedback from parents and students on our current meal distribution system.  Ultimately this feedback will help determine the direction of the program for the remainder of our virtual learning phase. 

Please click on the link below for the survey

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.

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