Look At Our Door Decorations For March Is Reading Month!

Dear Whitmore,

Check out our door decorations for March is Reading Month!  Each classroom decorated the front of their classroom door as one of their class’s favorite books that has a character portrayed as a hero.  Each one included one or more of the 7 Habits.  They all look GREAT, way to GO!!!!  

Parent University Winter Session, Tomorrow March 22

Dear Whitmore Families,

This is just a reminder that Parent University will be tomorrow, March 22nd at 9:00am and runs each Friday until March 29th.  Below is the schedule of dates and the topics to be covered. In addition to GSRP staff the following community resources will be presenting on specific topics:

Speech & Language– Kellyann Rodriguez, Social Worker and Samah Saidi, Speech Pathologist from Dearborn Public Schools

Social/Emotional–Shannon Mathison from Ages and Stages (ASQ)

Gross Motor—        LAHC

Dental—                 Nancy Werner from Covenant Community Care

3-22 Literacy Screen Time/speech Social Emotional Gross Dental Science
3-29 Screen Time/speech Literacy Gross Motor Social Emotional Science Dental


AMAZING, Our Pennies for Pasta [Patients] hit $2100 Online Today!!

Dear Whitmore Families,
Amazing! Don’t forget the “I’m helping cure cancer” logo blood drop symbols can be signed by any student donating at least $1 to their class. We have windows left to fill with red! We’ll be collecting donation boxes from classrooms Friday morning. Please bring in any donations by then if you have not already donated. The race is still tight.  Looks like Mrs. Pung and Mrs. Coleman are in the ONLINE lead to win, who will it be……we will have to wait and see.  We have not yet counted any money that was donated from the collection boxes so we will be adding that to the online donation total to determine the WINNER of the Pennies For Pasta [Patients] Fundraiser challenge. 

Pennies for Pasta [Patients]

Wishtree Chapters 14-19

Dear Whitmore,

Check out our Kindergarten teachers Mrs. Pung and Mrs. Coleman reading chapters 15-19 of the book Wishtree.

Lunch Menu Change for Monday March 25th

Dear Whitmore,

This coming Monday, March 25th we will NOT be having Nacho Lit Bites.  We will be having French Bread Pizza instead.  Sorry for any problems this may cause you in advance.  Thank you.  Have a great day.   Lois & Kim

When To Keep Your Child Home From School

When To Keep Your Child Home From School

English and Arabic Forms Below:

When To Keep Your Child Home From School Arabic Updated

When To Keep Your Child Home From School (English)

Keep child home until they have no new sores for 24 hours AND all sores are dried and crusted. During an outbreak of chickenpox, children who are NOT vaccinated for chickenpox (Varicella) and have been in close contact with someone sick with the infection will not be allowed at school for 21 days after they were last exposed to chickenpox, even if they are not sick.

Keep child home with two loose or watery stools within 24 hours, even if there are no other signs of illness. Keep child home until no diarrhea for 24 hours.

Keep child home with temperature 100.5 degrees or higher. Keep child home until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicine such as Motrin and Tylenol.

Flu-like symptoms
Sudden onset of fever, chills, muscle aches; may also have vomiting and diarrhea. Keep child home until symptom-free for 24 hours.

Head lice
Keep child home until treatment is completed and all live lice are gone.

Keep child home until treatment has been started. Lesions must be covered while in school.

Keep child home if sore is draining, and cannot be covered with a clean, dry bandage. Keep child home if they cannot keep from picking at sore.

Keep child home until seen by a doctor and treated if needed. The school may request a doctor’s note to return to school.

Strep throat
Keep child home until 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotics have been started.

Pink eye
Keep child home until seen by a doctor and until 24 hours after first dose of medicine, if prescribed.

Keep child home until seen by a doctor and until treatment has been started. Area must remain covered at school until completely healed.

Keep child home until treatment is completed.

Keep child home until no vomiting for 24 hours.

Abdominal Pain
Keep child home with abdominal pain that continues for more than 2 hours or intermittent pain with a fever or other symptoms.

Reference: Managing Communicable Diseases in Schools, MDHSS, Version 2.0 (May 2016).
(Revised: 02/18)

When To Keep Your Child Home From School Arabic Updated

When To Keep Your Child Home From School (English) (1)

Wishtree Chapters 9-13

Dear Whitmore,

Check out our Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Pung and Mrs. Coleman reading chapters 9-12 of the book Wishtree!  Hope to see you all on Family Night to complete our Wishtree activity on March 28th!

Leadership Day Success!!

Dear Whitmore,
A BIG THANK YOU for making this a very special and successful day, we hoped you enjoyed visiting for our Leadership Day!  Here are some photos of our LEADERS in action!

Why is Young 5s Kindergarten Good for Kids?

Dear Whitmore,

Children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1st to enroll in kindergarten. Previously, children could be enrolled in kindergarten if they turned 5 years old by December 1st. While this change of a few months may seem small, it can mean a big difference during these early years when children are rapidly growing and developing.  Young 5s Kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn in an enriching and academically challenging environment that nurtures their growth. Research shows that children who attend kindergarten readiness programs like Young 5 Kindergarten are more likely to do well in school and attend college.  Many parents who have recognized the benefits of Young 5s Kindergarten have been enrolling their children in similar programs, public and private, for years. This Young 5s Kindergarten will help all of our kids get the best possible start, with curriculum that is designed just for them.

Introduction: Young 5s Kindergarten

Entering kindergarten is an exciting time for children! This new chapter sets the tone for your child’s future. But kindergarten standards and curriculum have changed over the years, and many of the skills children were once taught in first grade are now expected in kindergarten. This is one reason why states, including Michigan, have a clear September 1st cutoff date for enrollment. Educators and researchers know that these few months make a huge difference in what a child is ready to learn. The good news is that Young 5s Kindergarten sets children up for the opportunity to learn in a hands-on, interactive way that supports their development while still maintaining the rigor and high standards of success.  Young 5s Kindergarten is now being offered for children whose birthdays fall between June 15th and December 1st or who need the time and opportunity to continue building their skills and abilities. Their time in Young 5s Kindergarten will help them to succeed in kindergarten, become leaders in the classroom and confidently navigate the school day routine.

What is Young 5s Kindergarten?

Young 5s Kindergarten is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten. It gives young learners a head start and provides them with an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic and social needs.

What Happens in a Young 5s Kindergarten Classroom?

In Young 5s Kindergarten, teachers help children develop through thematic, hands-on approach. They expose children to reading and math in an exciting, interactive way by using educational games to teach children about words and sentences and help them understand mathematical concepts like counting and patterns.
✴ Classroom: Young 5s Kindergarteners have their own classroom
with their own teacher in a smaller class setting.
✴ Length of school day: They attend a full day of school.
✴ Shared activities: They participate in all kindergarten activities,
such as music, art and gym throughout the year.
✴ Curriculum and learning: They learn important new academic and
social skills that build on previous learning that will help them
adjust to the elementary school environment.
✴ Learning environment: Research shows that children must first
have a strong base in language. Children will build a strong
language base by rhyming, patterning, playing with words, listening
to stories, etc. Young 5s Kindergarten students are saturated with
these concepts in a fun yet challenging way.

Who Attends Young 5s Kindergarten?

Young 5s Kindergarten is for children whose birthday occurs between June 15th and December 1st and/or for those children who need the time and opportunity to develop their abilities and skills.

For further detail please clink on the following Young 5s Kindergarten Link:


Young 5s

Valet Service Now Offered

Whitmore Families, we are going to try something new…

Starting on Monday, March 18th the drop-off line in the front parking lot will be offering a new service to those families of Y5s-5th grade wishing to drop their children off safely for the school day. Similar to a valet service, we will have both staff and safety leaders availible to escort your child from your vehicle in the drop-off lane to their designated class line in the back of the school. We are hoping this service will help families begin their busy day more efficiantly and alleviate some of the parking lot concerns.

Starting at 8:25 a.m., staff members will be present at the entrance to the parking lot to maintain a constant traffic flow in the drop-off lane. Vehicles will then be able to pull up to the west sidewalk entrance of the school to let their student(s) out of the vehicle. There will also be a staff member present to assisst students out of the cars. Upon exiting, children will be escorted by staff and student safety leaders.

We are also working on creating an effective and efficient pick-up procedure as well. More information to come home with students next week.

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