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									        Parent Handbook
               2011-2012



William Ford Elementary School
              14749 Alber
       Dearborn, Michigan 48126
             (313)827-6400

  www.dearborn.k12.mi.us/schools/willi
                      TABLE OF CONTENTS
William Ford
       Mission Statement ……………………………………………………………………… 3
       Vision Statement ………………………………………………………………………… 3
       Goals …………………………………………………………………………………………… 4
       Core Values ………………………………………………………………………………….4
       Student Pledge …………………………………………………………………………….4
Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
       Student Arrival and Dismissal …………………………………………………….5-6
       Traffic Safety ……………………………………………………………………………...6
Attendance Policies and Procedures
       Absences and Tardies …………………………………………………………………7
       Excused/Unexcused Absences ……………………………………………………8
       Early Departures …………………………………………………………………………8
Communication
       Emergency Sheets ……………………………………………………………………….9
       Visitors ………………………………………………………………………………………..9
       Contacting Your Child’s Teacher ………………………………………………..9
       Parent-Teacher Conferences ……………………………………………………..9
       Report Cards ……………………………………………………………………………….10
       Newsletters ………………………………………………………………………………….10
       Permission Slips ………………………………………………………………………….10
       Calling Home ……………………………………………………………………………….10
       School Closings …………………………………………………………………………..10
Policies and Procedures
       Locked Doors ……………………………………………………………………………..11
       Accident or Illness ……………………………………………………………………..11
       Birthdays/Classroom Parties ……………………………………………………..11
       Cell Phones ………………………………………………………………………………….11
       Emergency Drills ………………………………………………………………………..12
       Dress Code ………………………………………………………………………………….12
       Medication …………………………………………………………………………………..12
       Lost and Found …………………………………………………………………………..12
Curriculum and Instruction
       Dearborn Public Schools curriculum overview ………………………….13
       School/Parent Compact ……………………………………………………………..13
Meals
       Free/Reduced meals …………………………………………………………………..14
       Breakfast and Lunch …………………………………………………………………..14
Behavior and Discipline
       Dearborn Public School Student Code of Conduct …………………….15
       Violations and Reprimands …………………………………………………………15
Organizations ………………………………………………………………………………………..16
PTA ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..17


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                       MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of William Ford Elementary School, in partnership
with families and the community, is to educate and inspire all
students to reach their highest academic potential within a safe,
stimulating environment and to prepare them to become
responsible productive citizens in the 21st century.

We believe that all William Ford graduates must be:
     Effective readers, writers and communicators
     Technologically literate
     Respectful of the environment
     Value humanity and diversity
     Be able to apply knowledge of the world

We believe the attainment of the vision requires:
   Informed, responsible, involved parents and community members
    who are accountable
   The use of best practices to improve all content areas
   Professional learning communities
   Students support interventions
   A healthy learning environment that meets the needs of all students

We believe the attainment of this vision can be accelerated by:
   Students and teachers who develop and maintain understandings and
    routinely challenge themselves as learners
   By staff members who have high expectations for student learning


                        VISION STATEMENT

It is the vision of William Ford Elementary School that all students will
graduate prepared to become responsible, employable, well-adjusted
citizens who are involved in the community.
                                     -3-
                            GOALS

 All students will improve in their ability to read and
  comprehend informational text across the curriculum.
 All students will show growth in problem solving by
  interpreting data and effectively drawing conclusions across the
  curriculum.
 All students will show increased growth in their ability to
  analyze data and construct new knowledge across the
  curriculum.




      William Ford staff and students proudly follow the
            Dearborn Public School Core Values:
                           Honesty
                           Integrity
                       Responsibility
                  Respect for self and others
                         Citizenship
                          Courtesy




                 William Ford Student Pledge:

     I promise to be trustworthy and an active listener too.
I will do my personal best and give no putdowns to any of you.

                               -4-
        DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES

Student Arrival:


Outdoor Line-up:                           Indoor Line-up due to
                                           inclement weather:
Safety of our students is a top
priority. Parents, visitors and            In the event of inclement weather,
students are expected to obey all          the children will be instructed to
traffic laws at all times.                 line up inside the building. The
                                           District guideline for cold weather
Students should arrive by 8:30             is a temperature of 14 degrees
a.m. when the first bell will ring         Fahrenheit or a wind chill of 0
and the doors will open for                degrees. William Ford will allow
admittance. They should line up            children indoors at a temperature
outside the building at the                of 15 degrees including wind chill.
following locations:
      Kindergarten: Enters through         Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2: Line
door #12, Ford Rd. and Ternes              up outside their classroom doors.

      Grades 1 and 2: Enter                      Grade 3 and Grade 4: Line
through the front door, #1, by the         up in the gymnasium
flag pole at Alber Street.
                                                  Grade 5: Line up in the short
      Grades 3, 4, and 5: Line up          hallway on the east side (parking
on the yellow lines near the
                                           lot) of the building.
parking lot, door #2, and enter
through the parking lot door.




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Dismissal:
Children are dismissed at 3:35             Traffic Safety:
p.m. for regular school days and at
11:45 a.m. for half days of school.        The safety of our students is a
The children will exit at the              primary concern for all of us.
following locations:                       William Ford expects everyone to
                                           follow these guidelines:
       Grades 1 and 4: Exit through
the main doors, #1, by the flag                 Do not park in the drop off
pole at Alber Street.                            zones.
       Kindergarten and Grade 3:                Do not park where the
Exit through the Ford Road and                   orange cones are placed.
Ternes door, #12.                               Do not let your child cross in
       Grades 2 and 5: Exit through              the middle of the street.
the staff parking lot doors, #2.                Do not blow the horn in non-
                                                 emergency situations.
All children must be dismissed from             Do encourage your child to
their assigned door. If siblings are             use the crosswalk.
meeting one another, they must                  Do follow the directions of
have a designated meeting area                   our Safety Patrol Squad.
outside the school.                             Do set a good example for
                                                 your child by following the
                                                 rules.
                                                Do pick a meeting point for
                                                 your child where he/she will
                                                 be picked up after school.
Returning to the                                Do practice our district’s
                                                 Core Values: Honesty,
Classroom After                                  Respect for self & others,
                                                 Responsibility, Courtesy and
Dismissal:                                       Citizenship.
                                                Do follow the yellow arrows
For safety and security reasons,                 when entering and exiting
students are not permitted to                    the parking lot
return to the classroom after
dismissal to pick up forgotten items
without a parent or guardian.

Parents and students must check in
at the office to obtain permission
prior to returning to the classroom.




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  ATTENDANCE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Studies have shown that children who attend school regularly tend to do
better in almost every subject. In addition, the state requires that every
child receive 370 “minutes of instruction” each day, totaling 1,098 hours
per year. Every minute of school does count.



Absences:                                  Tardies (being late):
If your child is going to be absent        William Ford documents all
from school, we request that               absences and tardies. Students
parents notify the office by 9:00          are considered tardy if they not in
a.m.                                       the classroom when the second
                                           bell rings at 8:40 a.m. Students
You can either call the office at          arriving to school after 8:40 a.m.
827-6400 or leave a message on             must check in with the attendance
the attendance line, available 24          staff person in the lobby.
hours a day, at 827-6401.
                                           We will follow these rules regarding
If a phone call is not received, the       attendance:
attendance secretary will have to
contact the parent or guardian for           - Parents will be contacted
verification of the child’s absence.
                                                by a staff member
We must know that your child is                 regarding excessive
safe and with an adult.
                                                tardiness
                                             - 3 tardies in one semester
We ask that parents please try,
                                                is considered to be
whenever possible, to schedule
                                                excessive
appointments after school hours.
                                             - Chronic tardies/absences will
Time missed due to appointments
                                                result in steps from simple
will affect your child’s attendance
                                                warnings at William Ford to
record.
                                                contact by the Dearborn
                                                Public School truancy officer
If your child does have a medical               and, ultimately, the Wayne
appointment during the school day,              County Courts.
a note from the doctor or dentist is
requested when your child returns
to school.
Any illness lasting more than 2
days will require a note from the
doctor.




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Excused Absences:                                 Unexcused Absences:

 Acceptable reasons for being                     Vacations and appointments are
 absent:                                          considered unexcused absences,
                                                  as they are not acceptable reasons
         If your child has a temperature         for missing school.
          of 100 degrees or above, keep
          him/her at home until back to
          normal
         If your child has diarrhea or is
          vomiting
         If your child has a rash that is
          indefinable
                                                 Early Departures:
 You must call the office before
 9:00 a.m. if your child will be                  Any student leaving before the end
 absent that day. Please call each                of the school day must be signed
 day your child will not be attending             out through the main office.
 unless the school is aware of an
 extended illness and the date your               Students will be released only to
 child is expected to return.                     persons listed on the official
                                                  emergency card on file in the
 Religious observances are                        school office.
 considered excused absences and
 are not counted against your                     Leaving early from school disrupts
 child’s attendance record if:                    learning for your child and the
                                                  entire classroom and will be
          You contact the school office          documented on your child’s
           and inform them of the                 attendance record.
           reason prior to the absence
          The observance is recognized           Please try to make any
           by the District and faith              appointments after school hours.
           community




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                      COMMUNICATION:
Emergency Sheets:                          Contacting Your Child’s
                                           Teacher:
You will be asked to fill out an
emergency sheet for each child.
The sheets should be filled out            If you would like to schedule a
completely.                                meeting in addition to the
                                           scheduled conference dates, please
Students will only be released             send a note with your child or call
to persons listed on the                   the office for assistance in setting
emergency sheet. If someone                up an appointment.
not listed on the sheet has to pick
up your child, you must call ahead         Please remember that office staff
and inform the office.                     cannot interrupt instruction in the
                                           classroom but will contact the
It is very important that all phone        teacher at an appropriate time and
numbers, addresses and contact             promptly return your call.
numbers be kept up to date at all
times.                                     Parent/Teacher cooperation is a
                                           vital part of your child’s education.


Visitors:                                  Parent – Teacher
To insure the safety of our                Conferences:
students:
   - All parents and visitors must         Parent/Teacher conferences are
      check in at the office to            held twice a year and are an
      receive a visitor’s pass.            excellent opportunity for you to
   - Arrangements should be                discuss your child’s progress with
      made in advance for visiting         his/her teacher.
      classrooms.
   - Persons who have not signed           We strongly encourage you to
      in and wearing a visitor’s tag       communicate with your child’s
      will be stopped and asked to         teacher, throughout the year, if
      go to the office.                    you have any concerns.
   - In no case should a parent
      go directly to a classroom
      without proper authorization




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Report Cards:
Report cards are sent home at the
                                            School Closing:
end of each quarter. Please review
it with your child and help him/her
make achievement goals.



Newsletters:                                School closings due to severe
                                            weather will be announced on:
Each month you will receive a
                                                  local radio and television
newsletter filled with news and                    stations
information about what is coming                  the Dearborn Public School
up at William Ford, the Dearborn                   cable channels, channel 19
Public Schools and in the                          on Comcast and channel 15
community.                                         on WOW
                                                  www.dearbornschools.org
We encourage every parent to                      call the emergency hotline
review the newsletter when it is                   827-3008
brought home. It is an important
link between the school and home.

                                            Calling Home:
Permission Slips:
                                            The school staff will call home for
Any activity or field trip away from        emergencies, illness or discipline.
the building will require a signed          Students are not permitted to use
permission slip from a parent or            the telephones without permission
guardian.                                   from their classroom teacher.

Field trips are considered to be an         Forgotten books, lunch or lunch
important part of the school                money, homework or other items
program and are planned to                  are not reasons to call home unless
support the curriculum. All parents         specifically requested by the
are encouraged to allow their child         teacher.
to participate.
                                            Students must know the
                                            arrangements for getting home
                                            prior to coming to school. Office
                                            staff cannot interrupt instruction
                                            time to relay this information.



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            POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
Locked Doors:                               Birthday celebrations
For the safety of our students all
                                            /classroom parties:
exterior doors remain locked
during the school day with the              Holiday parties/celebrations are
exception of the main doors at the          limited to the last ½ hour of the
front of the building.                      day to reduce the interference of
                                            instruction time. Celebrations are
All parents and visitors must enter         at the discretion of the classroom
through these doors and receive a           teacher.
Visitor’s pass before going
anywhere in the building.                   For birthdays we have the
                                            “Birthday Wishes” program.
                                            Instead of sending cupcakes, etc.
                                            for birthdays, parents can send in
Accident or Illness:                        $3.00 and have their child’s picture
                                            displayed on the monitors
If a child becomes ill or is injured        throughout the school for the
at school, the staff will attempt to        entire month.
contact the parent or guardian and
supervise the child until he/she is         The program has been very
picked up.                                  successful. The students enjoy
                                            seeing themselves and their friends
Staff members cannot administer             on the monitors, are able to
medication of any kind.                     celebrate their birthday with the
                                            whole school, and no instruction
In case of an emergency we will             time is lost.
call 911 Emergency Services.

It is most important that the school
have current, working phone                 Cell Phones:
numbers at all times to insure that
contact can be made. Any change             In accordance with the Dearborn
in home or cell phone number                Public Schools Bylaws & Policies which
should be reported to the school            states “elementary (P-5) school
office immediately.                         students are not permitted to carry
                                            cell phones at any time while at school
                                            or coming to and from school”,
                                            students are not allowed to have a
                                            cell phone during the school day.

                                            All phones will be confiscated and kept
                                            until a parent or guardian comes in to
                                            claim them.
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Dress Code:                                  Medication:
                                             School personnel are only
Students are expected to come to
                                             permitted to give medication to
school dressed appropriately.
                                             students if:
   -   Tank tops, mesh clothing,
                                                -   it is prescribed by a licensed
       muscle shirts and hats (worn
                                                    physician (no over the
       indoors) are prohibited.
                                                    counter medications) and
   -   Shorts and skirts must be of
                                                -   a medication form,
       a modest length or longer.
                                                    completed by both the parent
   -   Athletic shoes are preferred
                                                    and doctor requesting and
       as they are safer on the
                                                    authorizing school personnel
       playground and required for
                                                    to administer the
       physical education.
                                                    prescription, is on file in the
   -   Shoes with wheels or cleats
                                                    office and
       of any kind are strictly
                                                -   the medication is in the
       prohibited
                                                    prescription bottle with the
                                                    child’s name on it, along with
Children will line up outside the
                                                    the appropriate dosage
building and go outside for recess
                                                    instructions
throughout the entire year so we
ask that children always dress for
                                             All medication will be kept in the
the weather.
                                             office.


Emergency Drills:
Throughout the year we practice a
wide variety of emergency drills.

The students are instructed in fire
safety, tornado awareness, crisis            Lost and Found:
drills and evacuation procedures.
                                             Lost articles are turned in to the
All staff, students and visitors
                                             office and placed in the Lost and
participate in these drills to insure
                                             Found boxes located near the boys’
the safety of everyone.
                                             restroom in the lobby.

                                             Parents/guardians are welcome to
                                             search for their children’s missing
                                             items. Items not claimed by the
                                             end of each semester will be
                                             donated to charity.

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                   Curriculum and Instruction:
William Ford students are
taught in accordance with the
Dearborn Public School
                                            School – Parent Compact:
Curriculum.
                                           Because we believe that high
Each child receives instruction in:        student performance and improved
                                           student achievement is a
      Literacy /Language Arts             responsibility shared by school
      Mathematics                         staff, parents and students, we
      Science                             have developed the school/parent
      Social Studies                      compact.
      Physical Education
      Art                                 The compact is a contract, signed
      Vocal Music                         by school administrators, teachers,
                                           parents and students outlining
Alsoavailable:                             each person’s part in providing the
    Bilingual Services                    best possible learning environment
    Media Center                          for each student.
    Computer Lab
    Instrumental Music – for 5th          Parents are encouraged to go over
     graders choosing to                   the compact with their child and
     participate                           make the commitment together to
    Reading Intervention – for            strive for achievement.
     students that are struggling
    Tutoring – designed to help
     students in reading, writing
     and/or mathematics
    Summer School

For Special needs:
    Social worker
    Speech therapist
    Learning Disabilities Teacher
      Consultant




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                                     Meals:
Parents may apply for Free or Reduced meals. Applications will be sent
home during the first week of school or can be picked up in the office at
any time.
Free and Reduced lunch status is re-determined every year, so a new
application must be filed for each school year. Applications should be
returned immediately to the school.



Breakfast:                                   Lunch:
Breakfast is served in the cafeteria         Students may bring a bag lunch or
every morning from                           purchase one from the cafeteria.
8:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.                        Children should not bring glass
                                             containers due to safety and
All students who are eligible for the        cleaning concerns.
free/reduced lunch program are
also entitled to a free/reduced              In an effort to promote healthy
breakfast.                                   eating habits, we ask that
                                             parents not bring “fast food”
   -   full pay breakfast is $1.25           (McDonald’s, Burger King, etc.)
   -   reduced price is $.30                 for lunch. These are not
                                             allowed in the cafeteria.


                                             Menus are sent home with each
                                             child.

                                               -   full pay lunch is $2.50
                                               -   reduced price is $.40
                                               -   milk is $.50

                                             *The office staff cannot interrupt
                                              classrooms regarding lunches.

                                             *Any lunch being dropped off is to
                                              be clearly marked with your
                                              child’s name and teacher and
                                              placed on the table outside the
                                              cafeteria.




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                BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE
The Dearborn Public School’s Student Code of Conduct states “Students are expected to
incorporate the core values of Honesty, Integrity, Respect for Self and Others, Responsibility,
Courtesy, and Citizenship into their daily lives, in and outside of school. The Dearborn Public
Schools expects that student behavior will enhance the educational setting rather than diminish
it.”

Disruptive or inappropriate                         Level 1 violations include, but are not
classroom behavior is usually                       limited to:
handled by the classroom teacher.                       Defacement of property
Reprimands may vary depending                           Disruptive/Unruly conduct
                                                        Cheating
on the action, from sitting out
                                                        Sexual Harassment
recess, writing an apology or
explanation to after school or                      Level 1 reprimands include, but are not
before school detention.                            limited to:
                                                        Meeting with administrator
Continued or more severe behavior                       Before or After school detention
will be handled by an                                   Restitution
administrator. Appropriate                              Suspension (in or out of school)
reprimands will be given in
accordance with the infraction.                     Level 2 violations include, but are not
                                                    limited to:
Fighting and/or bullying pose a                         Destruction of property
threat to student safety. In most                       Fighting
cases, out-of-school suspension                         Harassment/Bullying
                                                        Theft
may be imposed, even for a first
                                                        Truancy
offense. The length of suspension
will depend upon the severity or                    Level 2 reprimands include, but are not
repetition.                                         limited to:
                                                        Suspension
Administrators will follow the                          Contacting the Police Youth
guidelines set forth in the                                Officer
“Dearborn Public School
Elementary Student Code of                          Level 3 violations include, but are not
Conduct”. A copy is available for                   limited to:
review in the school office.                            Harassment/Bullying
                                                        Physical Assault
                                                        Theft
                                                        Weapons possession/use

                                                    Level 3 reprimands include, but are not
                                                    limited to:
                                                         Suspension
                                                         Expulsion
                                                         Police intervention

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                       ORGANIZATIONS:

Safety Patrol:                               Chess Club:
                                             Open to all 4th and 5th graders.
Safety patrol students are on duty           Club members learn how to play
15 minutes before and after school           and enjoy chess. Good
to assist students with crossing the         sportsmanship is emphasized.
streets. Safety Patrol students are          Matches are played against other
posted at the corner of Ternes and           Elementary schools in the District.
Alber and at the corner of Orchard
and Alber.
                                             I.G.N.I.T.E:
ALL students and parents are
expected to follow directions given
by safety patrol students. 4th and           Inspiring the Gifted and Nurturing
5th grade students are eligible to be        Individuals Through Enrichment
selected to become a safety patrol
student.                                     The primary goal of the IGNITE
                                             program is to provide for the
                                             educational development of
                                             talented and gifted students
Service Squad:                               through a highly personalized
                                             approach to learning.
Service squad students are on duty
every morning monitoring the line
up of students. Service squad
students are also responsible for            Academic Enrichment-
monitoring classrooms during
indoor lunch recess.
                                             Newspaper Club:

ALL students should follow                   4th and 5th grade students work
directions given by service squad            together to produce our
students. 4th and 5th grade                  newspaper, The William Ford
students are eligible to be selected         Express.
to become a service squad
member.                                      Volunteers:
                                             William Ford Elementary is always
                                             in need of volunteers to help with
                                             school activities and programs,
                                             field trips, in the classroom,
                                             fundraisers, etc. If you are able to
                                             volunteer, please let your child’s
                                             teacher know. Your participation is
                                             always welcome!
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Parent Teacher
Association:
William Ford is fortunate to have
an active PTA. Involved parents
                                             2011-12 Executive Board:
are an important part of a child’s
education.                                   President – Linda Bazzi
                                             Vice-President –Kelly Sleiman
Meetings are held once a month at            Secretary – Nahed Alaouieh
9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria and               Treasurer – Haifa Mouselmany
occasionally in the evening at 6:00          Fundraising Coordinator: Sanaa
p.m., with prior notice. All parents                                 Beydoun
are encouraged to join, meet other
parents and share ideas and
information. The membership fee
is $10.00 per family.

PTA activities include hosting a Fall
potluck dinner for the families of
William Ford, a book fair for the
students, Bingo for Books,
volunteering for school activities
and various fundraising for school
needs.




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