Category: 2020-2021


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.

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.)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvxmDt5dq7A5lvUXIvs_ihdvf3Eb6eS2CTkSJGWzNTg/edit?usp=sharing

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.

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

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!
www.DearbornSoccerClub.comwww.MichiganJaguarsFC.com/Dearborn

Mo Hijazi
Dearborn Jaguars Boys Director of Coaching
coachmohijazi@gmail.com
313-471-4916

Trevor King
Dearborn Jaguars Girls Director of Coaching
tkingdsc88@yahoo.com
248-767-3688

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

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),

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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.

TikTok Tuesday

We wouldn’t have wanted to walk this tightrope over the past few months with anyone else but all of you! Thank you for all of your support and hard work during this unprecedented time…

Please stay tuned for a special TikTok this Thursday to celebrate our soon to be 6th grade students!

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