Attendance, Late Arrivals, Early Pick Ups

Attendance is taken at the start of each day as well as the start of the afternoon.


To make sure your child arrived safely, we will call you if you have not notified us. To determine if the absence will be excused, you will be asked to provide a reason for your child’s absence.

The following list of circumstances are the only recognized excuses for school absence: Personal illness, Death in the family, Religious holiday.

By Law, absenteeism (also known as truancy) on a regular basis can be subjected to a legal action such as a court appearance and fine. Chronic absenteeism due to illness must be documented by your family physician and communicated to the office.

At Whitmore-Bolles, if your child has excessive absences you will be notified first by your child’s teacher, then by a phone call, and next by a letter from the office. If the absences continue, our District Attendance Liaison will notify you also by letter. You will then need to attend a conference with the Principal and the District Attendance Liaison.  Together, we will develop an ATTENDANCE AGREEMENT.

Prompt arrival at school is also expected of all students.  Any child who arrives after 8:35AM (late bell) will be recorded as late.  Please bring your child to to the office to sign them in and for a late pass to class. We ask that parents do not pick up their student(s) after 3:10 pm unless it is an emergency.

Chronic late arrivals or early pick ups also fall under the same guidelines as truancy, and can be subject to the same penalties.

Please be sure to have your children to school on time and make your best effort to keep them in school for the entire day. Otherwise they loose out on valuable learning!


You can count on me and I will count on you!

Dear Whitmore-Bolles Parents,

As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, I thought it might be helpful to again share my thoughts on how we can forge a positive relationship, focused on the success of your student.  In that spirit, I offer the following statements:

Count on me…

  • To exhibit a caring attitude and positive regard for all our students.
  • To visibly demonstrate my belief that every single student can learn .
  • To listen carefully, and investigate any concerns fully.
  • To be available for appointments scheduled through the office.

I’ll count on you…

  • To realize my focus as the building leader is to make decisions that are in the best interest of all students.
  • To support my daily priority of observing learning in classrooms. Please understand that this may mean I may not be immediately available in the office when you stop in.
  • To understand I will be unable to disclose information about other students to you.
  • To be an active partner in your child’s education.

As you and I work together to support your student’s experience this year, I invite your questions or comments about our guiding principles and our school.

I look forward to another successful year!

Leading for Life

Exceeding Potential

Acquiring Greatness

Dreaming Big

Mrs. Kristin Waddell Principal

Parent University 2017-18


Dearborn Public Schools is again offering Parent University at Whitmore-Bolles and other locations. Parent University is a series of interactive classes for parents and children from birth to age four. The first session begins October 6, 2017.

Please see the flyer links below for more information.

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Summer Reading Challenge

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Please turn in your Summer Reading Passports to the classroom teacher by Friday, September 15th.

Those that have completed the challenge will receive special recognition and a tasty treat!

Open House is Thursday!

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Please join us this Thursday for Open House!

There will be informational parent meetings at the following times:

Young 5s/Kindergarten/3rd grade/Ms. Diaz/Ms. Schuit/Ms. Shaw’s classrooms starting at 6:00 pm
1st/4th grade/Mr. Driscoll/Ms. Chapman/Ms. Riehl’s/Ms. Walter’s classrooms starting at 6:20 pm
2nd/5th grade starting at 6:40 pm

If you cannot make the meeting, families are still welcome to  visit classrooms anytime from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

There will also be Scout and PTA tables for families to get involved!

Hope to see you there!


Birthday 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!

Whitmore Art Blog

Please follow Mr. Cares’s blog for updates on art happenings at Whitmore-Bolles.

First day packet was mailed this week, should be received Friday or Saturday

We mailed opening day packets home for every student this week. The packets include information about your child’s teacher and where to line up Tuesday morning. You should be receiving them in your mail Friday or Saturday.

The building and office will close at 1:30 Friday, September 1, 2017. We ask that you please, please not call the office today to ask who your child’s teacher is.

The volume of work we have left to accomplish to be ready for your students on Tuesday morning is huge and we very much want their first day experience to be as wonderful as possible.

Thank you so much for your understanding.


NOTICE: School Safety Zone Enforcement

Download the Signed School Zone Safety letter  to see fines and other traffic violations police will be enforcing.

Ensuring the safety of all students is a paramount objective of both the Dearborn Public Schools and the Dearborn Police Department. An area of common complaints and concern is traffic related issues in school zones during student drop off and pick up. Motorists often create unsafe conditions for students by blocking roadways, speeding, and improper parking. As in previous years, the Dearborn Police Department will be conducting directed traffic enforcement in the school zones.  Please be careful and obey all traffic laws.  This includes double parking, blocking driveways, failure to completely stop at a stop sign, failure to yield to a bus or pedestrians, disobey a school crossing guard, and other traffic infractions.

Please keep in mind:

  • The bus stop is for buses only
  • Walk children to school when possible
  • Drop off/pick up children a short distance away from school when possible.  This alleviates traffic congestion around our schools
  • Once your child is out of the car and safely on the sidewalk vacate the area to make room for other parents to drop off their children.
  • Be mindful of school staff and crossing guards.  They are there for your child’s safety.
  • Be a “Good Neighbor” by being mindful of residents who live near school zones.

Download the Signed School Zone Safety letter  to see fines and other traffic violations police will be enforcing.

Popsicles in the Park

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Join your Whitmore-Bolles PTA and friends at the new Whitmore-Bolles Spash Pad today, Monday (August 21st) starting at 6:30pm.

Where: Whitmore-Bolles Splash Pad (at the Tables just outside of the Splash Pad)

When: Monday August 21st starting at 6:30pm.

Come on down and and chill out with some friends and make some new ones!

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