DuVall Elementary School

Week of March 18-22

Dear DuVall Families,

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated to our Community dinner last Friday. Everyone had a wonderful time, especially our students. Many thanks to our PTA for providing healthy snacks for our staff during conferences last week.

Our book fair is this week. Here is a link to a letter about using online fo payment so your child doesn’t have to bring cash to school: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BJSiJQxMJYAv_AJb0duoaT2LIn6eseht/view?usp=sharing Thank you Joyce Dunlap for all of the years of managing our book fair. Joyce’s youngest moves to middle school next year so she will be stepping down from this position.

As you know we have been focusing on behavior. I have made more phone calls home this week and want to express my appreciation to all of you that are supporting us and helping us reteach your child our behavior expectations.

Vocal music is part of our curriculum and our students receive grades for this class. All students are expected to participate in their music class, even during Ramadan. If you prefer your child does not participate during this time of year you must provide a written note. If you do send in a note your child will be able to stay in the office during music class. If your child becomes a behavior problem while in the office you will need to supervise him/her during this 45 minute time each week. Please let me know if you have any questions.

This week’s notes:

  • We have switched the March is Reading Calendar slightly. Monday will now be Multiple Sclerosis Awareness month. We have staff and family members with MS and many who have been affected through their own friends and family. Please wear orange on Monday to show your support for those struggling with this disease. Friday will now be red, white, and blue day.
  • Spring break is March 23-March 31. We return to school on April 1st.
  • Parents, I need your help. Someone is clogging the boys toilet with paper towel and toilet paper in the hallway bathroom which is causing flooding in our basement and sometimes overflowing in the bathroom. We do not know who is doing this but it is probably someone whose classroom is on the first floor. Since kindergarten has restrooms in their class it probably isn’t a kindergartener. If you have a son in a first floor room please talk to him. We are discussing expectations and vandalism at school as well.
  • We will have a Clean-Up Parade on May 22 in the afternoon. These are no longer held in the street. Our students will walk around the block on the sidewalk like we do for Halloween.
  • Our Lost & Found is filled to the top. Please stop by and take a look if your child is missing anything.
  • Just a reminder, if you are not receiving text messages, please call the office and let them know so they can fix this issue. 313-827-2750
  • Our Holiday Shop letter was sent home last week with more detailed information. We need volunteers and would love if parents could help their own child’s class when they shop. This should only take about 30 minutes. Here are link to donate bags and to volunteer. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084DACAE28A7F8C61-45727403-holiday https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2I2PKN5CM0RZG?ref_=wl_share
  • Our Change Challenge will be April 2-5. This fundraiser will benefit Zaman International and DuVall’s Ga-Ga Ball Pit. See the flier for more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aoOHTzdigvz5C02mLfUu1YYYFyap-yin/view?usp=sharing
  • Once again we have been given the Evergreen status as a Green School. Thank you Mrs. Hughes, Ms. Stupar, Ms. Mendez, and our Green Club.
  • We have some very active Fifth Grade parents. As they move to middle school with their children they leave positions open within our PTA. We need a Membership Chairperson. This position requires you to type information into a document, primarily during the first month of school. Usually this person will work at the PTA table during Open House. There is time for this parent to visit the rooms his/her child(ren) will be in as well. We also need an Assembly Chair. This position requires the booking of assemblies for ur students. We receive lots of emails with assembly possibilities so you do not need to start from scratch. If you are interested in either of these positions please let me know and talk to Jaclyn Noles, who is usually on the playground before and after school.
  • Our Ice Cream Social will be here before you know it! We are requesting donations to help cut our costs and create more profits. Please click on this Sign-Up Genius link to donate items. If you have items that will not expire before May 31 we are happy to store them so you can drop them off anytime. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084DACAE28A7F8C61-47224485-icecream
  • Dearborn Baseball is in its 42nd year of our partnership with the City of Dearborn to provide Baseball and Fastpitch (softball) to the youth of the City of Dearborn. This is for boys and girls of all ages 5-17. If you have any questions, please call Mark J Dawdy at 313-304-1564. Dearborn Baseball Flier Fastpitch Softball Flier
  • Ambassadors will be selling coupon books before school this week. The profits will go towards the Ga-Ga Ball Pit. There are ten coupons for things like a free popcorn, $1.00 off at the school store, wear PJs day, no homework, etc. The cost is $7.00 or $10.00 for two.We will begin selling them on Tuesday before school.
  • Spring Break (No School) is March 23-March 31. I hope you have a restful break and your children come back on April 1st ready to focus and learn. Thank you for all of your support with our upcoming testing and all of the events we have at DuVall.

Important notes that are repeated:

  • Thank you to the parents who have been able to attend our parent education meetings. Our next meeting is April 2 at 9:10 and the topic is M-Step. This is primarily for 3rd through 5th grade parents.
  • Students, 3rd-5th, will be required to use headphones for M-Step. We provide headphones, however, if your child wants to use their own please make sure they are in working order and are at school school before testing begins.
  • Developmental Preschool and Kids Club will be held at DuVall next year. For more pricing and other details, see the Kids Club flier or the Developmental Preschool flier. Fall 2024 enrollment for preschool opens March 11 to returning families.  On March 25 new preschool students and all Kids Club students can begin registering for next year. To register, visit the Early Childhood online registration.
  • For parents interested in summer childcare, registration for  the district’s Summer Adventure Club opens March 18 for returning families and April 1 for new families. That program will run from June 17 to Aug. 16 at Henry Ford Elementary School, 16140 Driscoll Ave., Dearborn. Child care is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The program includes fun weekly activities, field trips, indoor and outdoor activities, STEM activities and swimming. District employees get a 20 percent discount, and there is a 10 percent discount for siblings. Watch for more information about Summer Adventure Club coming to the online registration.
  • Edsel Ford’s Theater Department will present its spring musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! on April 11, 12, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. each night.  Tickets are available online.  General admission is $12 and students and seniors 65 or older are $10 each. At least two DuVall alumni are in this show.
  • Grades 1-8, Basketball Camp during spring break. Click here for more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iEtStnxyq7L2K7YS26Z41vYenMcgZSnd/view
  • Nankin Mills in Westland(Wayne County Parks) is offering two programs during spring break, Reptile Encounter March 26, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM and Easter Bunnies March 27, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM. Both are $5.00 per person. Registration: https://wayneco.recpro-iframe.com/CourseActivities.aspx?id=30 Click on Nankin Mills at the very bottom of this page to register.
  • We have many students that have pieces in this year’s art show. Congratulations to Nico SalgadoGonzalez, Evelyn Pinon, Antonia Ross, Fatima Bazzi, Kelsey Smith, Isla Dowhan, Tia Yassine, Jordan Batha, Malak AlSaaedy, Tuck Dowgiallo, Minerva Jedele, Leenah AlBahiya, and Eleanora Deller. The opening of the show where students will be recognized will be April 3rd, 4:30-&;00 at the Padzieski Gallery in the Ford & Community Performing Arts Center on Michigan Ave. All are invited. Click here for the flier:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-jfaDvefXBVpvYOFKb9Si3q-rj_trD2O/view?usp=sharing and https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D8Qm28QDTK-8q5p8CSg3-VfYh8PAfmiC/view?usp=sharing
  • Parent University will be held this year on three Fridays: March 8, April 26 and May 17. The free, one-hour sessions are open to parents or other caregivers and their children ages 6 months to preschool. The classes will be offered at four locations on each of the Fridays. Cotter Early Childhood Center, Henry Ford Elementary and River Oaks Elementary will hold sessions from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.  Salina Elementary will host its sessions from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Each event will offer every child a free snack, craft, and book. Staff will sing, play and engage in educational activities that help young children build the skills they need to become strong students. Parents are asked to reserve their child’s spot so staff can bring enough materials for all the children.  Register for free Parent University with this link, email kubitzv@dearbornschools.org, or call the Parent University registration number at 313-827-6172 (please leave a voicemail). Each session will have its own theme.  March 8 is birthday party. April 26 is spring celebration, and May 17 is field day.
  • We are in need of Ice Cream Social donations. Anyone that is willing to donate a gift card or items, it would be greatly appreciated. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need as much help as possible. If you own a business or work Please see the attached letter to take to businesses to help explain our need. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lhmifUQIbGIO-UctLrqcUyYNAxLB9e39/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=104780840291113704430&rtpof=true&sd=true
  • 2024 Martian Marathon – 12:00 pm ~ April 13, 2024 @ Ford Field, Dearborn Group Registration Instructions: LINK: https://runningfitevents.redpodium.com/2024-martian-invasion-of-races Select “I am here to register as a group participant” TEAM NAME: DuVall – Blue Wave 12:00 TEAM PASSWORD:  PENGUINS24 Continue on with registration. You must select team name and enter password. The cost is $26.
  • We are still in need of noon hour supervisors. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please contact the office.
  • To purchase a yearbook, go to: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/order/Lookupjob?jobnumber=14536124 The cost is $13.00.

Happy Easter

Ramadan Mubarek

Happy Spring Break!

Mary Timpf

DateThis Week’s ScheduleLunch First ChoiceLunch Second ChoiceWatch D.O.G.S.
MondayBook Fair Week begins
MS Awareness: wear orange
8:00 Art Club
9:20-11:30 4th & 5th Grade trip to see Ada Twist, Scientist
Cheese QuesadillaSunbutter & Jelly
TuesdaySports Hat Day
Instrumental Class – 5th Grade
8:00 Math Club
Scrambled Eggs & PancakesRed, White & Blue Parfait
WednesdayJersey Day
8:00 Music Club
8:00 Green Club, room 105
3:20 Ambassadors
4:00 Penguin Players, Room 204
NachosSouthwest Veggie WrapDena Saad: afternoon only (Fouad Hazimi)
ThursdaySports Day: dress like an athlete from your favorite sport
8:00 Chess Club
School Store
PizzaTurkey & Cheese Croissant
FridayShow your pride for our country, wear red, white, blue
7:45 Running Club
Popcorn Day
First Grade Healthy Living
Literacy Day
Fish SticksChicken Salad

Upcoming Dates: 

March 25-29, No school – Spring Break 

April 2: Parent Education Meeting M-Step 

April 2-5: Change Challenge

April 9-10: No school

April 15:  Kindergarten Roundup 6:00

April 17: PTA Meeting 6:30, Media Center and Zoom

April 19: Father / Son Game Night

April 25: Book Bingo

April 30: Parent Education Meeting, How to help my child at home