Kindergarten Round up is March 26th!

Kindergarten Round-up at William Ford is on Tuesday, March 26th at 9:00. Parents who have a child who will turn five by September 1, 2019 please plan to attend.  If your child turns five by December 1, 2019 your child is also eligible for Dearborn’s Young 5’s Kindergarten.

Plan to attend Kindergarten Round-up!

More information about Young 5’s Kindergarten can be read at this link:  Click Here!

Sciencepalooza at William Ford

What a great way to spend a Wednesday night!  Student, parents & teachers truly had a blast at William Ford on Wednesday for our Science Night…Sciencepalooza!  Thanks to Mrs. Hossein for organizing and to students from Fordson and STEM Middle School for your help in making Wednesday a big success!

 

 

March is Reading Month Kickoff – House Style!

William Ford kicked off March is Reading Month (and science, social studies, math, etc.) this morning with a House Assembly.  Again, what an event!  A big part of today’s celebration was celebrating different cultures.  Many teachers and many students were dressed in cultural clothing.

Our official Culture Night at William Ford is scheduled for March 25th from 3:45-5:15…don’t miss it!

 

 

March Events at William Ford

See below some of the special events this month at William Ford!  For more information, check out the school newsletter or contact the office!

Wednesday, March 6:  House Assembly – Wear you “House” colors!      Kickoff for an Exciting March!

Wednesday, March 13:  Late Start

Wednesday, March 13:  Science Night, 4:30-6:00

Wednesday, March 20:  Falcon Friends are in the House! Wear your  “House” colors!

Wednesday, March 20:  Parent Workshop, 2:45-3:30.  Learn about how to use Technology safely with your children!

Thursday, March 21:  Bingo for Books, 5:00-6:30.  EVERYONE Wins!

Culture Night at William Ford, 3:45-5:30.  Don’t Miss this Night!

Wednesday, March 20:  Parent Workshop, 8:45-9:30.  Learn about how to use Technology safely with your children!

SAVE THE DATE:  Clean-up Parade!  May 22nd @ 1:30

 

Social Media Challenges

Dear Parents,

Technology, the internet, and social media have become a big part of all of our lives. From the moment we wake in the morning to the time we go to sleep, we can be overwhelmed with technology.  That’s why I wanted to take a moment to share with you information about a social media trend that regrettably seems to be reaching elementary age children.

Over the past several years, a common trend on social media or through text messaging is to pose a “challenge” to the viewer of the video or reader of the text message.  Perhaps you may recall the “ice bucket” challenge that was popular a few years back and helped to raise funds for ALS or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Most of the time, these “challenges” are done with the best intentions.

Unfortunately, there are those who choose to create and post “challenges” that can be dangerous and physically harmful.  There have been news stories about the dangerous “challenges” that ask the viewer to consume certain products such as large amounts of cinnamon or even as outrageous as washing machine detergent. I have recently been told there is another one of these “challenge” videos going around that ask the viewer to perform acts of violence to others or to themselves. This is very distressing, especially to know that children as young as elementary age are being exposed to this type of disturbing behavior.

I’m sharing this information with you today not to alarm, panic, or spread of any rumors.  Rather, I share this with you to communicate information that may be helpful to you as parents. I would also like to pass along a few simple tips that all parents can use when helping children safely navigate the internet and social media.

Basic guidelines for parental supervision:

  • Spend time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behavior.

  • Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch and monitor its use, not in individual bedrooms. Monitor any time spent on smartphones or tablets.

  • Bookmark kids’ favorite sites for easy access.

  • Check your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.

  • Find out what, if any, online protection is offered by your child’s school, after-school center,  friends’ homes, or any place where kids could use a computer without your supervision.

  • Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange

We know our students are safe at home and we pride ourselves on creating a safe environment for your children when they are here at school.  By working together we can ensure that our school will always be a safe place for learning.

Sincerely,

David Higgins, Principal, William Ford  Elementary School

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