DuVall Elementary School

Week of April 1-5

Dear DuVall Families,

I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Spring Break and that you enjoy your Easter Holiday today. Many wishes for a continued Happy Ramadan.

We will begin M-Step testing on April 16th. Parents are encouraged to write a note of motivation to their child. You can drop them in the office or come in and write the note using the note cards we have. Every student will also receive a note from a staff member. Please complete your notes by Monday, April 15. We also have notes that parents of all grades can write to their children anytime during the year.

DuVall’s Got Talent Auditions Do you love to sing? Play an instrument? Dance? Tell jokes? Act? Come audition for our DuVall Talent Show! All acts must be under three minutes. Students must provide their own music (email to Ms. Rafferty rafferb@dearbornschools.org). Audition: Friday, April 12th 4:15-6:00 Rehearsal: Friday, April April 19th 4:15pm Performance: Friday, April 26th at 6:00pm Sign up through this link: Talent Show Audition Registration

This week’s notes:

  • Monday will be Red Wings Day. I was asked by a student to have a day dedicated to the Wings. They play the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday evening. Students are asked to wear Red Wings or Red and white.
  • Friday is Opening Day in Detroit for the Tigers. Students are asked to wear Tigers or blue and orange.
  • April 8th is the eclipse. We have purchased glasses for everyone to go outside and view the eclipse. The district is requiring a permission slip. This will go home Tuesday. Without one students may not go outside while we watch the eclipse.
  • Students can still purchase Ambassador coupon books by coming to the office. The cost is $7.00 or 2 for $10.00. Coupons include $1.00 off at the school store, free popcorn, extra recess, no homework, bring a stuffy to school, and more! Money raised goes toward our Ga-Ga Ball Pit.
  • Our Change Challenge is April 2-5. A note explaining how it works will be sent home. Money raised will be split between Zaman International and our Ga-Ga Ball Pit funding. We are also competing against Geer Park to see who can raise the most.
  • We have currently raised $1,236.00 towards the Ga-Ga Ball Pit. We are still still deciding on the exact one that would work best for us but it will run around $2,500.
  • At the end of the week everything in our Lost and Found will be donated. Please stop by this week and take a look to see if your child has anything in there. There are boots, coats, sweatshirts, lunchboxes, water bottles, and more.

Important Notes that need to be Repeated:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 our 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 or 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 continue selling coupon books. If your child would like to purchase one they should come to the office. 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. Coupons can be used immediately.
  • I hope you had 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:

  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
DateThis Week’s ScheduleLunch First ChoiceLunch Second ChoiceWatch D.O.G.S.
MondayRed Wings Day: Wear red and white (student requested day)
4:00 Safety Meeting
Bosco SticksSunbutter & Jelly
TuesdayChange Challenge begins
Instrumental Class – 5th Grade
9:10 Parent Education Meeting (Topic: M-Step)
2:25 Early Release
French Toast SticksStrawberry ParfaitBob & Grace Ryan
WednesdayParaprofessional Appreciation Day
8:00 Music Club
8:00 Green Club, room 105
Field Trip to the Science Center (2nd, 3rd Grades)
City Wide Art Show begins, opening reception 4:30-7:00
Mac & CheeseCrispy Chicken Wrap 
ThursdaySchool Librarian Day
8:00 Chess Club
Plant Sale – after school 
PizzaSunbutter & JellyMatt Schulte
FridayOpening Day: Wear Tigers, blue or orange 
Last day for Change Challenge
7:45 Running Club
Popcorn Day
First Grade Healthy Living
Plant Sale – after school 
Spaghetti & MeatballsTurkey & Cheese Croissant

Upcoming Dates: 

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