Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Alert!! Senate to Slash Dearborn Public Schools $7,600,000

Alert!! Senate to Slash Dearborn Public Schools $7,600,000


We just received extremely disconcerting news that we thought we had averted by your initiative earlier this year. The State Senate is now not only considering cutting $100 per pupil of State Aid for all districts, but also cutting Dearborn Public Schools another $5,800,000 in category 31A at risk monies. This total would add up to $7,600,000 in additional cuts on top of our present cuts of $11,000,000 for a total of $18,600,000 before next school year. We are the only district to receive such a disproportional amount in state aid cuts. Also, we are already contributing approximately $15,000,000 of our tax dollars back to the state. Our plea has always been to cut all districts the same throughout the State of Michigan.

At this time you do not need to contact our Dearborn state senators and representatives. They are already fighting for us. Please though do not hesitate to call the Governor’s office, other senators and representatives that you may know from other areas, and any other contacts that would be of some influence on this situation. We just found out about this bill, but the vote is taking place tomorrow in the Senate. After the Senate the bill would go to the House.

Call Governor Granholm at 517-373-3400 and /or fax her at 517-335-6863.

Thank you again for your support,

Brian Whiston

Ron Gutkowski
Assistant Superintendent

Monday, October 20, 2008

Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner - November 21st

Just a reminder that Boy Scout Troop 1111 is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Friday 11/21.

Location: Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church---just west of the corner of Cherry Hill and Telegraph

Time: 5 pm to 7:30 pm

Cost: Adults $7.00; Children (under 12) $5.00; Family Special $20.00; Seniors $6.00 (not sure if this is an AARP senior of an over 62 senior)

Hope to see you there to enjoy a meal with your friends and neighbors---no cooking, no cleaning pots and pans, no sweeping!

Christine Berryman

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Haigh Cub Scout Pack Meeting - Fall Kick-off!

The first Haigh Cub Scout Pack Meeting is Monday, September 22 at 7:00pm at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church.

If you know of any boys interested in scouting, please encourage them to attend this first Pack meeting. New scouts should come to the meeting at 6:30pm for a brief informational meeting. All current scouts should arrive at 7pm for our regular meeting. Word of mouth seems to be a very effective method of recruiting!

We'll give out summer awards, introduce new scouts, kick off the new year of scouting events, kick off popcorn sales and have some fun too - "Superball Olympics".

Everyone should try to bring a new potential scout so we can share in the fun!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

2008-2009 Dearborn Public Schools Calendar Available

The calendar for the 2008-2009 school year has just been updated and is available at

In addition, the schedule is available for Open Houses, Parent Teacher Conferences and Card Markings at

Monday, June 30, 2008

Combat Kids’ Summer Learning Loss with Fun, Creative Library Programs

LANSING, Mich./ - With Michigan schools now out for the summer, the Library of Michigan today reminded parents and caregivers that libraries across the state offer a variety of fun and engaging summer programs that can help prevent children from losing valuable educational gains made during the school year.

"We encourage families to take advantage of the exciting educational programs, most of them at little or no cost, right at their public library," said State Librarian Nancy Robertson. "Getting children involved in reading and other learning opportunities during summer break can have a major impact on school success, and with the wide range of programs available - from reading programs to arts and crafts, storytellers to science programs, games and contests to family fun nights - there’s something for everyone, even parents."

All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. Numerous studies show that summer learning opportunities improve academic outcomes for youth and lead to higher graduation rates and better preparation for college. Summer programs have also been shown to positively affect children’s self-esteem, confidence and motivation. For more information on summer learning loss, please visit the Center for Summer Learning Web site at

The Library of Michigan participates in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), which this year has a theme of “Catch the Reading Bug” for children and “Metamorphosis @ Your Library” for teens. The program’s 46 state members provide high-quality, low-cost summer reading program materials for children. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funds many of the programs through the Library Services and Technology Act. To learn more about CSLP, please visit:

Summer Learning Tips

To minimize children’s summer learning loss, IMLS recently offered these tips for parents:

·Visit your local library and sign up your children for the summer reading program.
·Read to and with your children. Be an example to them by doing some reading yourself.
·Use the library to explore your child’s interests. Ask the librarian how to find books, Web sites and other resources to nurture your child’s curiosity.
·Check out free programs and day camps at your local library or museum.
·Plan low-cost, educational field trips to local parks, zoos and museums.

For more information on family literacy, please visit the National Center for Family Literacy Web site at Many of the materials are in English and Spanish.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit

The Library of Michigan is part of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries (HAL). Dedicated to enriching quality of life and strengthening the economy by providing access to information, preserving and promoting Michigan’s heritage and fostering cultural creativity, the department also includes the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Historical Center. For more information, visit

Monday, June 9, 2008

Dearborn Public Libraries - Summer Reading Program

Remember that the Dearborn Public Libraries' Summer Reading Program runs from June 23rd through August 1st at all four Dearborn libraries. It is for Children Birth - 12 years old.

'Catch the Reading Bug' is the theme of this year's Children's Summer Reading Program. Have fun this summer reading books, listening to stories, making crafts, and attending special programs.

They are also sponsoring a Teen and Adult Summer Reading Program - 'Transform Yourself - Read'.

The library summer hours are:

Henry Ford Centennial Library
Monday - Thursday: 9:30-8:30
Friday: 9:30-5:30
Saturday, Sunday: Closed

Branch Libraries (Bryant, Esper, Snow)
Monday: 12:30-8:30
Tuesday: 12:30-8:30
Wednesday: 10:30-5:30
Thursday: 12:30-5:30
Friday: 12:30-5:30
Saturday, Sunday: Closed

For further information, go to

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Middle School Info for 5th Grade Parents

The Bryant web site is located at If you are interested in receiving the newsletter via email, contact Wendy Balaka at

The O.L. Smith web site is located at The Daily Bulletin is linked to this web page. Scroll down; it's about halfway down in the left column. It's a web-based newsletter instead of an email.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Cub Scout Car Wash

The Haigh Cub Scouts are sponsoring a car wash this Saturday, June 7th at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church parking lot from 9:30-11:30. The church is located on the corner of Telegraph & Cherry Hill. Come to get your car washed and support a great cause.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Instrumental Music is Important!

The Haigh PTA believes that instrumental music is an extremely important part of the 5th grade curriculum at Haigh School. This program gives everyone the opportunity to experience a musical instrument in their formative, elementary years. For some, this will be their only musical opportunity. For others, instrumental music will become a major focus of their educational careers as they move through their middle and high school years. Our children should not be denied this wonderful and educational experience!

Parents can make a difference! Please contact your Dearborn School Board members before the final budget is approved for the 2008-2009 school year and let them know that "Instrumental Music is too important to lose!". OR

Sharon Dulmage 561-6569
Joseph Guide 278-2702
Aimee Blackburn 563-7964
Darrell Donelson 792-1098
Pamela Adams 278-3938
Mary Petlichkoff 582-9478
James Schoolmaster 982-1674

Friday, May 23, 2008

Dearborn Public Libraries - Museum Adventure Pass

Looking for a fun and educational experience for the family? Visit anyDearborn Public Library this summer and check out a museum - for free! TheMuseum Adventure Pass, presented by Macy's, is a partnership between 162metro area libraries and 25 local arts and cultural organizations. Just useyour Dearborn library card to receive 2 or 4 free admissions depending onlocation. For further information and to see a list of all the museums participating, go to

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Haigh Spring Concert and Relay For Life - Broacast Schedule

Here's the schedule for WDPS – Channel 19 -- for the Haigh Spring Concert, the Honors Choir Spring Concert, and Haigh Relay for Life broadcast times.

Tuesday, May 20th
2pm - Honors Choir Spring Concert
3pm - Haigh Spring Concert

Wednesday, May 21st
9am - Haigh Spring Concert

Thursday, May 22nd
11am - Honors Choir Spring Concert
3pm - Haigh Relay for Life
9pm - Haigh Spring Concert

Saturday, May 24th
11am - Honors Choir Spring Concert
3pm - Haigh Relay for Life

Sunday, May 25th
11am - Honors Choir Spring Concert
3pm - Haigh Relay for Life

Monday, May 26th
11am - Honors Choir Spring Concert
3pm - Haigh Relay for Life

Tuesday, May 27th
1pm - Haigh Relay for Life
2pm - Haigh Spring Concert

Wednesday, May 28th
9am - Haigh Spring Concert
10am - Haigh Relay for Life

Thursday, May 29th
1pm - Haigh Spring Concert
2pm - Haigh Relay for Life

Monday, June 2nd
3pm - Haigh Relay for Life

Thursday, June 5th
6pm - Haigh Relay for Life

The schedule may be subject to change as some of the programming has not been edited yet and could be pushed back in the event of an unforeseen problem. All programs that were taped after May 16th will be on the next schedule that will be sent on June 6th.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Dearborn Public Schools - Instrumental Music Update

From the DHS Band Boosters -- Here is a link to a Petition to save instrumental music in Dearborn. Please sign it, it only takes a minute.

From Christina Viscomi -- The document below was forwarded to her by a friend and teacher in the DPS. It outlines a proposal to keep (although reduced) a form of the elementary instrumental program for next year that wouldn't cost the district any additional money.

Instrumental Music Instruction Option for 2008/09

With the budget crises throughout the State of Michigan, I understand that Dearborn has to look at how to operate with a balanced budget, yet still be able to offer a well rounded education for our students. One of the budget cuts that is being considered is the elimination of 5th grade instrumental music, totally eliminating the elementary instrumental experience from the elementary school. I would like to recommend a change in the way that 5th grade music is configured, allowing for instrumental music to still be an experience that our students would receive.

Music Instruction Option for Fifth Grade Students:
For schools that have the inventory to accommodate all fifth grade students to play an instrument at the same time, students would attend general music for one period a week all year long and have instrumental music for one period a week , all year long. There are some different options as to how the instrumental class would run, depending on the individual school and the inventory at that school. The following are some instructional options:

Scheduling 5th grade Music

In schools that have an even number of fifth grade classes:
Two classes would be scheduled for music at the same time in different rooms. Students in both classes would be divided into band or string students, trying to keep the numbers as balanced as possible. The orchestra students would attend instrumental music one class period a week and general music the other class period a week. When the string students are attending general music, the band students would be meeting with the instrumental teacher.

In schools with a 4/5 split and one fifth grade:
For this example, let’s state that the numbers for the 4/5 split are ten 4th gd. and ten 5th grade. The fifth gd. class consists of 28 students. I am suggesting that the 4/5 split and fifth grade class be scheduled for general music and instrumental music at the same time, just as if they were two 5th grade classes. The configuration would be the following:
The 38 fifth gd. students would be divided into two groups, band and string students, trying to keep the numbers balanced between the two groups. The schedule for the fifth grade students would be the same as the above scenario. The only difference is that the ten 4th gd. students would attend general music all year long.

In schools with an odd number of 5th grade classes
When a school has five 5th grade classes, the schedule would look like the following:
5A and 5B would be scheduled at the same time between instrumental music and general music. Students would divide into band and string students and follow the schedule for the first scenario above.
5C and 5 D would be scheduled at the same time between instrumental music and general music. Students would divide into band and string students and follow the schedule for the first scenario above.
Class 5E would be divided in half between band and strings students. The band students would attend instrumental music once a week and general music the other music period in the week. String students would attend instrumental music when band students are attending general music.

--Students would still be receiving an instrumental music experience, making there decision to continue in instrumental music more informative for middle school.
--Two fifth grade classes would be scheduled for prep at the same time, allowing for built in collaboration between those teachers.
--General music teachers would still be seeing the students in fifth grade.
--Current instrument inventory should accommodate this plan.
--This configuration could utilize the cadet program to a greater extent. This program uses HS students to provide private lessons for the elementary school students. This program is in place at all three high schools, with the feeder elementary schools taking lessons from the school that they feed into.

By attending general music only once a week, students are missing one semester of general music.

Dearborn Chamber of Commerce Names Teacher of the Year - Dale Donelson

Dearborn Chamber of Commerce President, Jennifer Giering, welcomed more than 300 people to the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center for the annual Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony and Reception held on May 14. Dr. John Artis, Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools, spoke of the impact that teachers have on their students, not just during the school day, but for their entire lives. The Chamber's Education Committee, chaired by Patti Jones, had the tough job of selecting three winners from a field of more than 240 nominated teachers. The winning teachers for 2008 are:

Dale Donelson, Haigh Elementary School
Ryan Cook, Lowrey Middle School
Eleanor Shepherd, Berry Career Center

Mr. Donelson started his career in Dearborn at Howard Elementary in 1989. He worked at several schools in the district before coming to Haigh in 2005. The fifth grade teachers' ability to challenge students while keeping learning interesting were key points in the nomination letter written by student Karl LehmKuhl. Karl's nomination letter included the following comment:

"I have always felt that my teacher is fair and divides his attention equally between students. He is always happy to see his class every morning. He greets us with a warm hello and makes me happy to be in his class."

In 1996 Ryan Cook started teaching at Lowrey School. He thought that Lowrey would be a good place to start his teaching career and then eventually move to a school closer to his home. Eleven years later Ryan is still at Lowrey and wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The middle school science teacher told the audience how much he appreciates the support he receives from parents, staff, and administrators at Lowrey. Ryan's nominating essay from Zeinab Hassan credits him for her potential future success:

"Next year when I go to high school, I am confident that I will be outstanding in science. He didn't just teach me, he inspired, encouraged and helped me be a better person. I am positive that later in life I will be successful because of the methods taught by Mr. Cook".

Eleanor Shepherd arrived in Dearborn in 1989 and began teaching in the Culinary Arts program originally located at Fordson High School. In 2005 the program, and Ms. Shepherd, moved to the newly constructed Berry Career Center. Student Lauren Stevenson nominated Ms. Shepherd and made these comments in her nomination:

"She motivated me everyday with her passion for what she does and the bright smile on her face. She shows her dedication to her job by coming to work even when she is meant to be on bed rest. She shows us that you can do anything you want if you never give up".

Teachers selected receive a $1,000 cash prize, a plaque commemorating their achievement, and are now part of a select group of Dearborn Teachers who have been recognized by the community for their dedication and passion for teaching.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

New Dearborn Public School Superintendent

Board Selects Candidate for Superintendent

By a vote of 7-0 the Dearborn Board of Education approved a resolution to appoint Mr. Brian Whiston to serve as Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools. The offer is contingent upon acceptance of a mutually agreeable employment contract subject to Board approval. He succeeds Dr. John Artis.

Mr. Whiston is currently serving in his 11th year as Director, Government & Community Services, Oakland County Intermediate School District. He has also served 17 years as a board of education trustee, is the President-Elect of the Michigan PTSA and has lobbied many times on education issues in Lansing and Washington, D.C.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Dearborn Public School Toolbar

Do you want to stay informed? Would you like the most important links and district news at your fingertips? How about just an organized list of school websites in your browser?

Get the DPS Toolbar!

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need the new Dearborn Public Schools Toolbar! The toolbar installs in your browser and is very similar to Google and Yahoo toolbars in that it is loaded with district news, Board Meeting videos, PTSA news, school closing information and much more! You will be able to QUICKLY navigate all the various areas of the district and school websites! The DPS Toolbar puts our website information right at your fingertips.

Please see the district homepage for more details and a link to install the Dearborn Public Schools Internet Toolbar:

Check Out These Features:

--DPS Hot Links - District Departments, School Websites, Contact Info, Calendars, Maps, Guidelines and Policies, Lunch Menus, and more!
--District News Feeds - Get the latest district news, school news, and Board Meeting Videos.
--School Closings - Get the latest school closing information right in your browser without having to go to the district website!
--Custom Search - The toolbar is designed to offer a Dearborn Schools Website search as well as support for eBay, stocks, News, images, dictionary, encyclopedia, and more.

Your security and privacy is important. The DPS Toolbar does not collect any information that can identify you and will not install any spyware/adware.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Planting Day Schedule - Friday, May 9th

This schedule indicates the teacher's name, the time the children will be planting, and where to meet:

Mr. Donelson / Mrs. Lahooti
4th grade door

Mrs. Stage / Mrs. Mroczka
9:30 - 10:00
kindergarten door

Mrs. Belczak / Mrs. Serazio
Main door

Mrs. Eggleston / Mrs. Smith
10:30 - 11:00
Main door

Mrs. Joachim / Mrs. Donelson
11:00 - 11:30
2nd grade door (back garden)

Mrs. LaCaprara / Mrs. Ottenbreit
11:30 - 12:00
Main door

Break 12:00 - 12:30

Mrs. Carr / Mrs. Young
12:30 - 1:00
2nd grade door (back garden)

Mrs. Mazza / Mrs. Nantau
1:00 - 1:30
Kindergarten door

Mrs. Goodenow
1:30 - 2:00
Main door

Mrs. Bundas / Mrs. Stage
2:00 - 2:30
3rd grade door

Monday, May 5, 2008

5th Grade Events

American Revolution "Wax Museum" - Presented by all 5th grade students
Thursday, May 22
Tea and refreshments will be served in the cafeteria upon the completion of the wax museum.

Pool Party & Picnic at Levagood Park
Friday, June 6
11:00am-3:00pm (Rain or shine)
Parents are welcome, however siblings will not be able to attend.

Ice Cream Social
Monday, June 9
2:30 pm

Honors Ceremony & Reception
Tuesday, June 10
9:00 am / Gymnasium
Students and their family members will enjoy a reception following the ceremony.

4th Grade Events

4th Grade Picnic
Wednesday, June 4th

3rd Grade Events

3rd Grade Picnic
Friday, June 6th

2nd Grade Events

Field Trip to The Henry Ford-Ford Rouge Tour
Monday, June 9th
9:30 am - 2:00 pm

2nd Grade Picnic
Thursday, June 5th
10:00 am
Levagood Park

1st Grade Events

1st Grade Picnic
Wednesdy, June 4

Kindergarten Events

Kindergarten students eat lunch in the Haigh Cafeteria
Tuesday, June 3rd

Friday, May 2, 2008

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 5th-9th

To honor our wonderful Haigh staff, the PTA recommends that during Teacher Appreciation Week each student bring in one or more of the following items to show their teacher how much they are appreciated:

--A thank you note, a drawing, or a poem
--A real or artificial flower, a picture of a flower, a drawing of a flower, or an item with a flower on it. Be creative!
--A school supply to replenish the classroom supply (pencils, pens, dry erase markers, glue sticks, etc.)

If you or your child's class as a whole would like to go above and beyond this list, please feel free to do so.

The PTA will be honoring all Haigh Staff by hosting an Italian Feast on Wednesday, May 7th.

Thank you for helping to make this week a success by showing our staff how much they are appreciated!

Haigh Planting Day - May 9, 2008

The Haigh PTA is excited to announce its Planting Day on Friday, May 9th. Please participate in the beautification of our school by donating annuals or perennials on May 9th. A school planting schedule will be sent home and parent volunteers are requested to help with the planting.

Special Request: If you are dividing some of your hostas or other perennials, please bring them to school anytime and we'll be happy to plant them on school grounds.

We also need parents to help with the flower bed clean-up. Due to the Teacher Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday, and no parking day, we will now meet up on Monday, Tuesday and if not done, Wednesday. Please show up Monday morning at the main door if you would like to help out.

Please contact Saba Khan at 563-8497 if you are interested in volunteering or have any questions.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Vocal and Instrumental Music Program - Dearborn Public Schools

Due to budget deficits, Dearborn School District has decided to cut down "Vocal and Instrumental Music Program" from our elementary schools. Music is an outlet for many children. Also, music sharpens their minds and keeps them focused. I believe that we should speak up to save this very valuable program. Please visit the following web page and request the board NOT to cut this program.

Saba Khan and many other parents

Monday, April 21, 2008

Haigh Mini Relay for Life 2008 - April 25th

The Haigh Mini Relay for Life is set for Friday, April 25th. There are many exciting experiences planned for the students throughout the entire month of April to support the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Cutest Baby Contest - The three winners of the Cutest Baby Contest will wear a bib, baby bonnet, and pacifier on the day of the Haigh Relay for Life.

Tie-Dye T-shirts - We would like all of the students to wear a purple tie-dyed t-shirt on the day of the Haigh Relay for Life. Please send in a white t-shirt and we'll do the dyeing with the students. Remember to put your child's name on the tag. If you are able, please send in an extra t-shirt or two so that all our students can feel included. Your assistance with this project is greatly appreciated.

Classroom Activities - Your child's teacher will be providing the students with many educational opportunities through the month to support "Tobacco Free", "Sun Safety", "Physical Fitness", and "Nutrition".

Haigh Mini Relay for Life - April 25th at 9:00 a.m. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. Please contact your child's teacher if you are able to volunteer that day.

Please contact Mrs. DiMaria anytime during the school day if you have any questions (827-6216).

Relay For Life Committee
Mrs. DiMaria
Mrs. Ottenbreit
Mrs. Serazio

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Haigh Teacher Blogs

Did you realize that the Dearborn Public School teachers can create a blog to communicate with students and parents? The main blog web page can be found at

The Haigh blogs are linked on this page -- Both Mrs. Ventura and Mr. Kalasz have created blogs, and I'll be spotlighting them here:

Mrs. Ventura / Vocal Music -
Mrs. Ventura has included of a breakdown of what each grade is doing during their vocal music class. You can even listen to class performances by each of the 4th grade classes: Mrs. Lahooti's class performs "Journey" and Mr. Donelson's class performs "Peace Rounds". There is also information about the 4th and 5th Grade Select Chorus and Tyler's composition for the Reflections program.

Mr. Kalasz / Instrumental Music -
Mr. Kalasz has included information and guidelines for both the 5th Grade Band Class and the 5th Grade String Class.

Be sure and check out both of these wonderful teacher blogs. And remember that you can leave comments for the teachers by just clicking the "Comments" button. This is a wonderful way for our teachers to keep us informed on what's going on in our children's school.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Monday, March 3, 2008

March is Reading Month - "Book to the Future"

Sunday, March 2 - ASTEROID
Monday, March 3 - Spaceships on TV? Read the TV Guide.
Tuesday, March 4 - Read under the covers
Wednesday, March 5 - Make dinner and read a recipe
Thursday, March 6 - What do the planets have in store? Read your horoscope.
Friday, March 7 - READ A SHIRT DAY - wear a shirt with words.
Saturday, March 8 - COMET

Sunday, March 9 - JETPACK
Monday, March 10 - Make a spaceship bookmark
Tuesday, March 11 - How far to the moon? Find out online or in a book.
Wednesday, March 12 - Write down all the words that rhyme with space.
Thursday, March 13 - Write a space poem
Saturday, March 15 - SPACEWALK

Sunday, March 16 - SPACE STATION
Monday, March 17 - Read a comic on vacation
Tuesday, March 18 - Read a comic on vacation
Wednesday, March 19 - Read a comic on vacation
Thursday, March 20 - Read a comic on vacation
Friday, March 21 - Read a comic on vacation
Saturday, March 22 - METEOR

Sunday, March 23 - ASTRONAUT
Monday, March 24 - What's in your favorite cereal?
Tuesday, March 25 - Plan a trip to Jupiter and make a list of what you're taking
Wednesday, March 26 - Where is it? Read a map.
Thursday, March 27 - Look up SPACE in the yellow pages
Friday, March 28 - Wear clothes that don't match!
Saturday, March 29 - SUPERNOVA

Sunday, March 30 - BLUE STAR
Monday, March 31 - Draw a map of your neighbhorhood and change the street names to space names
Tuesday, April 1 - Write a spaceship story to read to your friends
Wednesday, April 2 - Read about an astronaut
Thursday, April 3 - Make someone a space birthday card
Friday, April 4 - Crazy hair or hat day

Cub Scout Annual Pinewood Derby

Haigh's Cub Scout Pack 1111 is having its annual Pinewood Derby Racing Event Friday, March 7th at 5:30pm. There will be pizza/pop for purchase and the event will be held in the Haigh Gymnasium. All are welcome to come cheer on their favorite pinewood derby cars and find out more about the exciting world of Cub Scouts.

Cable Channel Schedule for Haigh Concerts

WDPS Schedule – Channel 19

Monday, March 3rd
11:00am - Honors Choir 2008 Winter Concert

Tuesday, March 4th
2:00pm - Honors Choir 2008 Winter Concert
8:00pm - Haigh Vocal Concert (Feb. 2008)

Wednesday, March 5th
9:00am - Haigh Vocal Concert (Feb. 2008)
7:00pm - Honors Choir 2008 Winter Concert

Thursday, March 6th
9:00am - Honors Choir Winter Concert (Mar. 2007)
10:00am - Honors Choir 2008 Winter Concert
6:00pm - Haigh Vocal Concert (Feb. 2008)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Important Parking Information

Due to the new city ordinance regarding Public Service Days, all vehicles must be removed from Dearborn streets between 7am and 4pm on these specific service days. The Haigh PTA would like to help alleviate this stressful change by posting the dates that affect our school.

On the dates that follow, there will be No Parking around Haigh School or in this neighborhood:

Wednesday, February 20
Wednesday, March 5
Wednesday, March 19
Wednesday, April 9
Wednesday, April 23
Wednesday, May 7
Wednesday, May 21
Wednesday, June 4

On these dates, it will be a drop-off process ONLY in the front of the school. This will help you avoid being ticketed by the Dearborn Police.

Kindly use the Levagood parking lot on the dates listed above for any parking needs. DO NOT use the staff parking lot for drop-off, pick-up or parking.

If more information regarding this city ordinance is needed, please contact the Dearborn Department of Works at 943-2085 or

Monday, February 4, 2008

Family Fun Night Update

Mark your calendars, because Family Fun Night is scheduled for Friday, April 4th. The theme this year is "2008: A Space Odyssey". Doors will open at 5:30 pm for food, and the games begin at 6:00 pm.

There will be Family Fun Night Volunteer Work Dates between now and then. They are scheduled for February 28, March 6, March 13, and March 27. Times may vary, but will likely be from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Haigh Cafeteria.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Haigh Gym Nights

The Haigh Gym Nights are back! The children will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of team and individual sports including: basketball, soccer, kickball, freeze tag, and more.

Here's the schedule:

Friday, January 4, 2008
6:00-7:00 pm - Kindergarten
7:15-8:30 pm - 3rd grade

Friday, January 11, 2008
6:00-7:00 pm - 1st grade
7:15-8:30 pm - 4th grade

Friday, February 1, 2008
6:00-7:00 pm - 2nd grade
7:15-8:30 pm - 5th grade

Parents are required to dress their child appropriately for indoor, gym activities. In order to protect the gymnasium floor, all children must wear gym shoes. Parents must also sign a permission note for each child upon arrival and sign out the child upon departure.

Extra hands are always helpful! Parents to help "coach" and a parent to monitor the sign-in table would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions about Gym Night activities, or would like to volunteer for your child's grade, please contact Patrick Berryman, 563-2406.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Change in Winter Break Schedule!

This is from the Dearborn Schools web site -

Winter Break Will Start On December 19

Originally scheduled to start on December 20, 2007 the Dearborn Public Schools will now start the Winter Break on December 19, 2007.

On Monday, December 10, 2007 district administration learned that the start of Eid Al-Adha (holiday of sacrifice) would be on December 19, 2007. Due to expected low attendance, the district will change the start of the Winter Break to December 19, 2007. State funding of schools is tied to attendance, therefore the decision to start the Winter Break one day early will avoid any potential loss in revenue, maintain the integrity of instructional time, and meet the needs of the community. All schools will close at the end of the day on December 18, 2007 and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2008.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Haigh Brownie Troop - Taking Cookie Orders

The Haigh Brownie Troop will be taking orders for Girl Scout Cookies beginning on Monday, December 10th. The price remains at $3.50, and the usual favorites are for sale. The sugar free cookie this year is chocolate chip. And the new cookie for the year is Lemon Chalet Creme.

Cookies will arrive around mid-February, so that gives us plenty of time to eat our Christmas cookies and work-out for the first six weeks of the new year.

Please see Christine Berryman for further information, or to place your order.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Support the Dearborn public Schools Education Foundation and Do Your Christmas Shopping!

This information was sent by the Dearborn Public Schools webmaster:

Make Your Holiday Shopping Easy and Support Dearborn Schools!

Order directly from Lynn, call (586-264-4246 ext 116) or go to the website (WWW.ADXLONLINE.COM ). Be sure to use the Dearborn Public Schools Education Foundation's name so our schools receive credit. The Foundation profits from each and every sale. All the Foundation money goes back to our schools through Teacher grants. These make great gifts or just treat yourself.

English Gardens 2008 Flower of the Month Club in Ann Arbor, Clinton Twp., Dearborn, Eastpointe, Royal Oak and West Bloomfield- Join our Flower of the Month Club and enjoy Fresh Cut Bouquets or Potted Plants every month for 12 months for only $30.

Ray Hunter 2008 Flower of the Month Club in Southgate, Woodhaven, and Flat Rock- Join our Flower of the Month Club and enjoy Fresh Cut Bouquets or Potted Plants every month for 12 months for only $25

Hooters in Taylor, Sterling Heights - Be our special guest and enjoy our Famous wings and more for only $25

GP Cole Salon in Wyandotte - Pamper yourself or a loved one with hundreds of dollars of Salon Services for only $50

Hair Designs North in Dearborn Heights - Pamper yourself or a loved one with hundreds of dollars of Salon Services for only $50

Meals in Minutes in Dearborn Heights - Meals in Minutes is the easiest, most convenient way to put a nutritious, home-cooked dinner on the table for your family. No shopping, no chopping, no mess! We offer walk-in sessions, private parties, catering, girl/boy scout sessions and more. Let us help you this holiday season with our pre-assembled entrees, side dishes and desserts. For more details visit . Special Package deal Call for details $40

Reddeman Farms Golf Club in Chelsea - Enjoy 1 year of Golfing at our beautiful course for only $30

Guys and Dolls Salon in Lansing - Pamper yourself or a loved one with hundreds of dollars of Salon Services for only $50

Studio Styling Salon in St. Clair Shores - Pamper yourself or a loved one with hundreds of dollars of Salon Services for only $50

On Fire Salon in Clinton Twp. - Pamper yourself or a loved one with hundreds of dollars of Salon Services for only $50

The Hair Saloon in Sterling Heights - Pamper yourself or a loved one with hundreds of dollars of Salon Services for only $50

Louisa Galego Total Salon & Spa in Shelby Twp. - Pamper yourself or a loved one with hundreds of dollars of Salon Services for only $50

Andrew Marke Salon in Macomb Twp. - Pamper yourself or a loved one with hundreds of dollars of Salon Services for only $50

Generations Salon in Troy - Pamper yourself or a loved one with hundreds of dollars of Salon Services for only $50

The Beauty Lounge in West Bloomfield - Pamper yourself or a loved one with hundreds of dollars of Salon Services for only $50

Rejuveniation Medical Spa in Farmington Hills ---- Coming Soon---- Call to be placed on waiting list

Detroit Talent Studio in Royal Oak ------- Coming Soon----- Call to be placed on waiting list

Curves in Clarkston - Enjoy a Free 3 Month Membership and More for only $30

Radiance Medical Spa in Rochester - Enjoy different Facials, Specialized Treatments for your skin type, Swedish Massage and much more for only $65

Glitz Salon in Rochester, Lake Orion, Orion and Clarkston - Pamper yourself or a loved one with hundreds of dollars of Salon Services for only $50

Enhanced Image Medical Spa in Clarkston - Enjoy different Facials, Specialized Treatments and much more for only $65

Sunroom Tanning in Clarkston - Enjoy 3 months of consecutive tanning for only $20

Miracles in Washington Twp.- Pamper yourself or a loved one with hundreds of dollars of Salon Services for only $50

Golden Hawk Golf Club in Casco Twp.---- Coming Soon 2008 Package---- Call to be placed on waiting list.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Webkinz Raffle

The 5th Grade is sposoring a WEBKINZ raffle. Tickets are $.25 each or 5/$1.00 and will go on sale during lunchtime beginning Tuesday, December 11th.

Four prizes will be awarded:
1st Prize - Bigkinz Reindeer
2nd Prize - Littlekinz Saint Bernard
3rd Prize - Monkey Charm
4th Prize - Pack of Webkinz Cards

The drawing will be on Friday afternoon, December 14th.

Monday, November 26, 2007

2007 PTA Giving Tree Campaign

This year the Haigh School PTA has chosen the Starfish Family Services Organization to support. This special organization strengthens families in need so they can create brighter futures for their children. They are located right here in Inkster, Michigan.

Starfish Wish List Items:
**Non-perishable food items: canned fruit or veggies, soups, box mixes, etc.
**Disposable diapers/pullups: any size
**Baby wipes
**School supplies: pencils, pens, notebooks, etc.
**Personal items: shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wash, soap, deodorant, etc.

If you are interested in making a monetary donation, please visit the website for more details at

All donations will be placed under our Giving Trees located next to the Media center and in the office hallway beginning Monday, November 26th.

Thank you.