Category: 2018-2019


Birthday Treats & Celebrations

We know that students love to celebrate birthdays at school, as it is a memorable time to share with teachers and friends. In an effort to abide by our existing birthday treat policy and to maximize student instructional time, we are asking all families to follow these simple guidelines when planning for your child’s birthday celebration at school. The Whitmore staff feels strongly that by following these guidelines, we will be promoting a healthier lifestyle and maximizing student learning!

  • Bring in non-food items for classmates such as pencils, erasers, bookmarks, etc.
  • Volunteer in your child’s class and capture the moment with a class “birthday” photo.
  • Make a donation to your child’s class in honor of your child’s birthday.
  • Provide non-food item goodie bags for classmates which can be distributed and taken home at the end of the day.
  • Donate an educational game or book for your child’s classroom.
  • Or contact your child’s teacher with other non-food/drink ideas

Students are not allowed to bring in food/drink items for birthday celebrations at school. 

The purpose of this policy is to assure a school environment that promotes and protects students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

Other rationale for restricting treats at school includes:

  • Expense
  • Equity
  • Allergies

Please know that we are not trying to take the fun out of birthdays. Classroom teachers will continue to recognize children on their special day in special ways. Thank you in advance for your support of this policy and for helping promote healthy practices at Whitmore-Bolles!

School Announcements & Information

If you haven’t already done so, please join the 2019-2020 Whitmore-Bolles Announcements class for important school announcements and information. To join and receive future texts, you will need to text @e9h9kb to 81010

After September 3, 2019 this will be the only class we will use for school announcements. Our previous class Whitmore-Bolles Elementary School, will no longer be in use.

Please contact the school if you have any questions or need help joining Remind.

Welcome Back packets are being mailed today, August 21st!

Our Welcome Back packets are on their way to the Post Office. You should receive your packet Thursday or Friday at the address you registered with. The packet contains important information for the first day of school, including a letter from your child’s teacher and information on where they will line up Monday morning.

On Monday, your child will be bringing home even more information in a first day packet. Please check their backpacks as there will be forms that need returned to your teacher!

Our office still has many things to accomplish to get ready for opening day. Due to the large quantity of work to be done, we will not be able to give out teacher assignments over the phone or by email to parents. We recognize that this information is very important to you, but all families will have to wait to receive the mailing for that news. Thanks in advance for your patience.

Supply lists were published by grade level on August 2nd. Scroll down to view the lists.

Enjoy the last few days of summer break!

Summer Office Hours

Please bring in your Kindergarten & Young 5s registration paperwork this week!

Happy first week of summer break! The office is open for the remainder of this week from 8am-4pm. Our last day for the year is Friday, June 21.

If you need to complete registration paperwork for your incoming Kindergarten or Young 5s student, please stop in as early this week as possible with your paperwork. After Friday, all registrations will take place at Student Services, Room 5, Administrative Services Center, 18700 Audette.

The office will re-open on Monday, August 12 from 8am-4pm. We’ll be closed on Wednesday, August 14 for an inservice and Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2 for Labor Day weekend, but otherwise will be open daily.

Our first order of business when we return in August is to finalize class lists get the welcome letters out that let you know who your student’s teacher will be and other important information. We will not be able to give you that information other than through the letter home, so thanks in advance for your patience!

Have a great summer!

Have a RESTFUL and SAFE Summer Vacation!

Dear Whitmore,

We did it, SUMMER is here!!  Thank you all for such a wonderful 2018-2019 school year!  Let’s make 2019-2020 even better!!  We hope you have a restful and safe summer vacation. It is now time to celebrate all your hard work by Sharpening your Saw!!  We will miss our 5th graders and wish them the best in middle school and we look forward to welcoming our new kindergarten students!  See you on August 26th for the FIRST day of school!

VACATION TIME!

Time for the BEACH!

Check Out the Go Green Team Planting Flowers!

Check out the Go Green Team planting flowers into planter boxes. Donations from ACE and Dearborn Farm Market were used to fill planter boxes that Mr. Driscoll made from palate wood.

 

Parent Response to Lockdowns

Dear Whitmore Community,

Dearborn Public Schools considers your child’s safety one of our top concerns. That includes training them how to respond to potential emergencies in the buildings from fire drills to lockdowns. This sheet is meant to help you, as parents, understand your role in keeping children safe during an emergency at school.

Before an event – Talk to your child:

Ask them about the school’s procedures. Remind them if something occurs they need to stay calm and follow directions from the teachers or other adults in charge at the school.
These people have been trained to deal with these situations. Remind your child that during an emergency, they should only use their phone if the teacher says it is okay. If they go on social media or connect with friends, caution them not to spread inaccurate information. False information could unnecessarily increase the anxiety of others involved and might mislead authorities about what is actually happening in the school.  Stress to them the importance of their online behavior— including not bullying or making threats—and encourage them to tell an adult if they see something that concerns them.

During an event – Stay put, stay calm and wait to hear:

Do NOT call or text your child. This could alert an intruder to their location and distract them from following directions from trained adults on the scene. If they reach out to you,
try to respond calmly and keep them from panicking.

Do NOT go to the school. In a true emergency, you will be putting yourself in harm’s way and interfering with the police response. For your safety, and that of your child, stay away from the building until the lockdown ends. During an emergency, you will not be allowed in the building and your child will not be allowed to leave with you until the lockdown is over.

Avoid calling the school. School staff likely will be unable to answer the phones as they focus on the safety of students and themselves. Information will be posted on the school website once the lockdown is over. We will work to provide this information as quickly as possible, but sometimes we need time to gather all the details to present accurate information.

Terms to know:

Lockdown means the school is securing all doors and students are being required to stay in their classrooms. Access to the building may be extremely limited.

Soft lockdown is when the building doors are secured, but students are allowed to move as usual throughout the building. This is usually done as a precaution due to issues outside the building such as a crime reported in the area.

District, City, and Community Partners to Conduct Emergency Readiness Exercise

Dear Whitmore Community,

District, city, and community partners to conduct emergency readiness exercise June 19th.

 – Police, EMS, local hospitals, and school personnel will take part in June 19, 2019 practice at O.L. Smith Middle School

Dearborn Public Schools along with several city and community organizations this month will again stage an emergency readiness exercise after school dismisses for the summer.

The June 19 drill will be held at O.L. Smith Middle School, 23851 Yale St., Dearborn.  Residents in the area and those traveling near the school will notice police, fire and other emergency personnel on scene as part of this important exercise.  The drill is expected to run from about 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Dearborn Schools has worked with Dearborn Police and Dearborn Fire officials for years on table top drills for how to respond to school emergencies.  The June drill is a chance for those agencies and other community organizations to better practice how they would respond in an emergency.

“For the past several years we have worked with police and fire officials at the City of Dearborn to conduct table top exercises at several of our schools. This live exercise is the natural progression of our emergency preparedness training and will help our schools and first responders better prepare for an actual emergency situation,” said event organizer and Dearborn Public Schools Director of Safety and Security Dr. Don Ball.

Like last year, the drill will be based on a threat being made on social media and then a gunman coming and forcing his way into the school.

In addition to district staff, Dearborn Police and Dearborn Fire, including EMS, will participate in the exercise.  Beaumont Hospital will use the event to review its procedures for reunifying families.  Henry Ford Hospital Fairlane will participate and receive “casualties” to their emergency room.

“The number of organizations taking part in this exercise demonstrates the advantages to building strong community partnerships in our city.  We especially appreciate Mayor O’Reilly’s leadership and his continued focus on keeping Dearborn, and our schools, a safe place for all,” said Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.

Over the years, Dearborn Public Schools has actively worked to improve school safety and create a safe school environment.  The district’s schools all have locked doors where visitors must request entry during the school day.  In several buildings, the office has been moved near the main door so staff can better control and assess who is entering the building.  All buildings have emergency plans which are updated regularly. The district also has worked to improve school environments through long standing anti-bullying policies and programs.

A major piece to the Dearborn Public Schools safety plan is the strong partnership with the Dearborn Police Department.  With direction from Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr., Police Chief Ronald Haddad has established a robust community policing system.  Patrol officers routinely visit all Dearborn schools.  For 2017-2018, officers made 4,612 school park-and-walk visits as part of their daily patrols.  These routine visits allow officers to build strong relationships with the staff and students in the school and go a long way to preventing problems before they occur.

In addition, seven School Resource Officers (SRO’s) are assigned to schools in Dearborn. These highly trained officers spend their days in the schools and become part of the building culture.  Working with the school’s administration, the SRO’s are highly effective in helping to identify and investigate possible threats to school safety before they reach a critical level.

“Our district has been very proactive over the years and will continue to build upon our strong partnership with the city to ensure a safe school environment for students and staff,” added Superintendent Maleyko.

Running Club Changes for the Last Week of School!

Dear Whitmore,

Running Club Changes for the Last Week of School. There will be no running club on Tuesday, June 11th.  

On Wednesday, June 12th, we will have our celebration.  All members will receive a popsicle and small prize. All members that return their completed running club goal sheet will receive an additional prize.  The celebration will run from 3:45-4:10. All students must be picked up by 4:10. Thank you!

Way to GO Whitmore Runners!

Baked Goods NEEDED for the Spaghetti Fundraiser on June 10th!

Dear Whitmore,

We are in need of baked goods donations for the bake sale we are holding for the Spaghetti Dinner on June 10th.  Baked goods can be dropped off at Whitmore-Bolles on Monday from 8am – 4pm or at Park Place after 2:30pm.  We have a Sign-Up Genius so that we can have an idea of how many treats are coming, so please sign-up.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054DACA92CAAF49-bake

Tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner are still available in the office. Please purchase by Friday if possible. Tickets can also be purchased at the door Monday night, but we ask that you RSVP to the office by Friday so we have a decent count for Park Place.

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