The EL Department hosted another New Parent Meeting on Monday, May 14, 2018 to continue supporting our district vision of establishing a partnership with parents and addressing their families’ needs through school and community outreach.
The purpose of the meeting was to invite representatives from several community outreach organizations to share resources and support with a focus on Things to Do with Kids this Summer. The information provided included:
Hype – Camps and Program offerings, Fadia Farhat
Hype Athletics Community supports the development of diverse athletic participation and competition, educational tutoring and literacy development, and social awareness including mentoring, counseling, life skills training and substance abuse education and prevention. The facility includes a swimming pool, basketball courts, and a female-only gym. Flyers were given to parents that describe the variety of programs offered at the two Hype locations. In addition, information about the SMART bus system that can provide transportation to and from each location was discussed.
Henry Ford Centennial Library – Library Card Applications and Resources, Daniel Sczomak and Kristen Bussell
The library representatives discussed free resources available and what is needed to obtain a free library card at the three libraries in Dearborn. Parents were given applications to complete and return to the library. Daniel and Kristen discussed the free programs and resources the library offers for all ages including;
- Summer reading programs
- Collections of books in Arabic and English
- Monday and Thursday evenings ESL Conversation Circles for adults
- Audio CDs for loans
- Books that help prepare for the citizenship test
- Magazine and newspapers in Arabic
- Website Resources
Dearborn Parks and Recreation – Camps and parks with recreational playground programs, Erica Lyght
The City of Dearborn has seven community parks that offer vast recreational opportunities like organized sports, scheduled picnics and gatherings, and community playscapes. The summer programs are taught by counselors who are certified teachers and certified college students. Erica shared flyers and the website, https://dearbornfordcenter.com/, that list the various summer programs including; outdoor activities, arts academy, outdoor aquatic programs and a variety of sports programs. She also explained the membership options that are available.
Dearborn Police – Community Safety and National Night, Corporal Daniel Bartok
Corporal Bartok encouraged parents to be engaged within the community. He discussed how police officers in the community are there to ensure students are safe in schools, that they are highly visible during significant community events, and to create an open dialogue with the community and their children regarding seeking help when needed.
The Annual National night is being held on Tuesday, August 27, 2018 from 5-8 pm. This free event will feature fun activities like a bounce house for kids, a dunk tank, music, police equipment on display and a chance for residents to see various police and fire vehicles up close. The purpose of National Night Out is to send a message to criminals that “neighborhoods are organized, working with police and are fighting back against crime.” Increasing awareness of crime prevention programs is another key element of the program.
Summer STAND – Students Taking a New Direction, Hassan Ozeir
Dearborn will hold their annual summer STAND program. Supervised fun,
transportation, and lunch will be provided at NO CHARGE. Students are selected on a first come, first serve basis and fosters leadership skills, participation in community service, includes character building activities while having fun this summer. The students will enjoy structured arts and crafts activities and then donate products to charities, team sports and activities, and performances such as art and talent shows. Hassan shared with parents the details such as;
- Register on online and/or call number on website
- Applications are turned in to Student Services office by May 31, 2018
- Program runs 9-3 p.m., June 26 – August 2nd
- Upcoming 3rd grade – 8th grade are eligible to attend
Colorin Colorado! Resources – Summer Reading Tips
We provided Summer Reading Tips for parents translated in Arabic. These one-page parent tips offer easy ways for parents to help kids become successful readers.