e3 – Dec. 8, 2017 Dearborn Schools Employee Enews


Here it is! The latest edition of the e3 –“Your Staff Newsletter.”

e3 is a staff newsletter the Communications Office sends to all 2,300 staff members in the Dearborn Public Schools.  You’ll find important news, highlights of school activities, fun photos, and links to helpful resources and flyers about District events and community activities that may interest you, your students or your school community.  We also feature classified ads in e3 your chance to sell “gently used items” you may no longer need.

Just a few items in this issue of YOUR e3 news:

  • Introducing “The First Bell” Dearborn Schools city-wide newsletter
  • High school boundary information blog provides helpful resources
  • Share the history of your family name or a favorite recipe with The Big Read
  • Fun photos of staff working with students and families
  • Local Shopping & Holiday Events
  • Classified ads – you can place one, too!

Click here to check it out!  


 e3 is really about our District staff, so we encourage you to send items of interest to us via e-mail. You can send them directly to e3 Editor Leslie Herrick, herricl@dearbornschools.org or to our general communications email box at communications@dearbornschools.org.

More great stuff from the Communications Office… Visit the Communications blog any time for new info or “subscribe” and you’ll automatically get a notice in your email box every Friday linking you the news and information we’ve posted throughout the week. Sign up at: blog http://communications.dearbornschools.org/

Your Communications team,

 David Mustonen, Director, Communications & Marketing
Leslie Herrick, Communications Specialist & e3 Editor
Sherry Candea, Communications Technician
Erik Tschiggfrey, Cble Supervisor, Video Production
Jacob Farah, Digital Media Technician

Pancakes with Santa, Saturday Dec. 9

All are welcome to a fun family breakfast with Santa! $10 per person.
Fundraiser for instrumental and music programs at Dearborn High School. 

Saturday, December 9 * 9am-12noon
At Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church,
24110 Cherry Hill, Dearborn, 48124
*Take photos with Santa * Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast * Story telling * Entertainment by Dearborn High School & Bryant Middle School Bands*
Proceeds benefit Band Aid Booster Club in support of instrumental music programs at Dearborn High School.


Wednesday, 12/6 Dearborn Library Book & Media Sale

Great gifts, classroom resources, something for yourself… there are lots of great deals on books for all ages and interests, videos, music and more at the Friends of the  Library Dearborn (FOLD) book & media sale:
Wednesday, December 6
Henry Ford Centennial Library

Items for sale will include books, magazines, DVDs, music, vinyl records, videocassettes, and more!

  • Stocking Stuffers
  • Holiday Books
  • Music
  • Large Selection of Disney VHS Tapes
  • Quality Gift Items

The book sale room and hallway will be full of many recently donated or withdrawn books and a variety of media items.  The rotunda area will be overflowing with fiction books and paperbacks for just 25 cents each, nonfiction books for 50 cents each, compact discs for 50 cents each, DVDs for $1 each, and much more!

Please mark your calendar and visit this sale, as you are bound to find items you or your family will enjoy, and you will also be supporting library programs with your purchase.  All proceeds from the FOLD book sales are used to support library programming, so it’s a truly a great cause!

For full Dearborn Library events schedule, see the Events Calendar Page.

All proceeds benefit the Dearborn Public Library.

Dec 6: Book & Media Sale


Three Dearborn High Schools “Battle” to Feed the Hungry

As Thanksgiving week approached this year, Dearborn Public Schools students used their competitive spirit to collect food that will feed hundreds in need this holiday season. In the third annual “Battle Against Hunger,” Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford and Fordson, along with their “feeder” elementary and middle schools, collected 74,300 food items, filling a semi truck, to feed families in need through Gleaners Food Bank.

Edsel Ford High School and all of its feeder schools won the friendly city-wide competition by donating total of 28,691 food items. (Edsel Ford Students and faculty are shown in photo on right.)  Dearborn High and its feeder schools collected 26,338 food items for Gleaners, and Fordson High School’s feeder schools donated 19,271 food items.  

According to Gleaners Community Food Bank, 600,000 people in southeast Michigan don’t know where their next meal will come from.  Now, they will.

The Battle Against Hunger began two years ago as an off-field competition between cross-town rivals Fordson and Dearborn to help feed families in need through Gleaners. This year, both schools wanted Edsel Ford involved, so the Thunderbirds more than simply obliged–they won the top honors for collecting the most food this year!

“This was a battle,” said Edsel Ford junior Zoe Rogula, one of the students who helped organized her school’s participation in the Battle and cheered her classmates on to winning the challenge.

“It was astonishing to see the schools and schools come together for one cause,” said Edsel Ford senior Gadi Bzeih.  “I was crying tears of joy.”

“If everyone can focus on the same thing, look what we can accomplish,” said Dearborn High senior Maya Hamka.  “Snap Chat this week was dominated by Battle Against Hunger posts this week, as opposed to what we’re used to.  What a great thing to be a part of.” (Dearborn High School students with some of the donations they collected for Gleaners are shown on right.)

“It is wonderful to see how our high school students and the students in their feeder schools have used friendly competition to unite the District to support a great cause,” says Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.  “The generous work by our students will have a positive impact in the community. I am extremely proud of our students and the great work that they are doing to support those in need.”

Congratulations to all Dearborn schools for making a difference!

-Thank you to Raad Alawan, Realtor, RE/MAX Team 2000, for inspiring students and contributing to this article.

Below: Battle Against Hunger photos from Fordson High School.


High Schools Compete in Annual Battle Against Hunger

Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford, and Fordson compete through Friday, Nov. 17 to collect the most canned and non-perishable food items and money to help Gleaners Food Bank in the third annual BATTLE AGAINST HUNGER.

The goal is for the District to collect 100,000 cans to feed families in need. 

Donation collection boxes are set up at each high school.  Enter the main entrance and stop in the Office to find the donation location in your favorite high school.

Battle Against Hunger 3


MONDAY, Nov. 20: Annual Empty Bowls Event Helps Those In Need

26th Annual Empty Bowls Event Helps Those In Need
The Dearborn Public Schools Art department is hosting the 26th annual Empty Bowls meal on Monday, Nov. 20, from 4-6:30 p.m. at Park Place Banquet Hall, 23400 Park Street, Dearborn, MI 48124.
For a suggested $5 donation, guests who attend this family-friendly dinner will receive a one-of-a-kind handmade bowl and enjoy a serving of tasty soup and bread. The bowls are made by students in kindergarten through high school who attend Dearborn Public Schools.
Donations will support Gleaners Food Bank and Blessings in a Backpack, local charities that help feed the hungry. Guests can take their bowls home as a reminder of all those who go hungry each day.
A variety of soups will be available, including vegetarian and gluten free, at this simple meal of soup and bread to fight hunger. A tin can raffle also will be held.
No reservations are required, but those who arrive early will get first choice from all of the unique bowls made and donated by students and teachers in the Dearborn Public Schools. 
“This is our 26th annual Empty Bowls dinner.  The art department is very proud of this event and the thousands of dollars we have raised over the years to help those in need,” said Dearborn Public Schools Art Resource Teacher Susan Briggs. “I’d like to thank students who make the bowls and both current and retired Dearborn teachers for all of their help and hard work to make Empty Bowls so successful.”
The annual Empty Bowls charity event is hosted by the Dearborn Public Schools Art Department and Park Place Banquets & Catering with support from Starbucks of west Dearborn, Sattva Yoga Center, Blick, Motawi Tileworks, Rovin Ceramic and Star Bakery of Oak Park.
In the photo, former Art Department Chairs Kate Blair and Wendy Sample with a loaf of bread available for sale Empty Bowls fundraiser.
For more information about the Empty Bowls event, contact Dearborn Public Schools Art Resource Teacher Susan Briggs, at 313-580-0960 or briggss@dearbornschools.org.

6th Annual Robert Cipriano Cross-Country Meet

6th Annual Robert Cipriano Cross-Country Meet 

The sixth annual Robert Cipriano Cross-Country Meet was held Monday, Oct. 23 at Dearborn’s Ford Field Park.  Events began with boys in grades 6th-8th the in a two-mile race followed by the girl’’ two-mile event. Elementary students also participated in a one-mile race.

“It’s exciting to see this event continue to grow and the after school start on a Monday allowed more students to be involved as the event did not interfere with weekend activities,” commented Director of Student Services Abe Mashhour. Mr. Mashhour also oversees the District’s physical education and athletic programs.

Mr. Cipriano was the District’s Director of Business Services for more than 10 years. He also oversaw athletics in the District.  Bob was tragically killed in April, 2012 when two young men broke into his home and attacked him, his wife, and son.  Mr. Cipriano, an avid runner, was working with the Athletic Directors to create a running program for middle and elementary students that would encourage competition, lifelong fitness, and fun.  The Cipriano Memorial Race is a fitting tribute to Bob’s work in Dearborn, his commitment to the children, and his love of running.

The cross country meet is an opportunity for elementary and middle school teams from across the district to engage in some friendly competition while at the same time growing an interest in the sport of cross country and track. The entire community was invited to come out to Ford Field Park to support the student runners and cheer for their favorite school! The top 10 finishers received awards in each category.

“This event is another example of how the District is working to promote habits that create healthy lifestyles for our students and support the community wide Healthy Dearborn program,” commented Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.

Once again, the district teamed up with the Dearborn Track Club and the City of Dearborn to coordinate the event.  Last year, close to 800 students took part and race planners are looking forward to even more students being involved this year.  The event will take place rain or shine.  However, if the weather should be become severe (lightning, thunder, heavy rains and/or winds) cancellation may be necessary. If weather conditions are questionable, students and parents are asked to visit the Dearborn Athletic Blog at http://athletics.dearbornschools.org to check the status of the race.

September 26 e3, YOUR Dearborn Public Schools Employee News

Click for September 26 e3, YOUR Dearborn Public Schools Employee News

Greetings Everyone!

The school year is well underway and so is another year of e3 –“Your Staff Newsletter.”

e3 is a staff newsletter the Communications Office sends to all 2,300 staff members in the Dearborn Public Schools. New this year, e3 is coming to you as a Google document. The format is new, but inside this issue you’ll find the same helpful sorts of information you’ve seen in past issues of e3.

If you are new the District, or you just never clicked on the e3 links we’ve sent in the past, check it out! You’ll find important news, highlights of school activities, fun photos, and links to helpful resources and flyers about District events and community activities that may interest you, your students or your school community. We also feature classified ads in e3, your chance to sell “gently used items” you may no longer need.

More great stuff from the Communications Office… You may notice that links in the e3 sometimes lead to flyers posted in our blog. Check out the blog any time for new info or “subscribe” and you’ll automatically get a notice in your email box every Friday linking you the news and information we’ve posted throughout the week. Sign up at: blog http://communications.dearbornschools.org/

e3 is really about our District staff, so we encourage you to send items of interest to us via e-mail. You can send them directly to e3 Editor Leslie Herrick, herricl@dearbornschools.org or to our general communications email box at communications@dearbornschools.org.

Thanks for reading!

Your Communications team,

David Mustonen, Director, Communications & Marketing
Leslie Herrick, Communications Specialist & e3 Editor
Sherry Candea, Communications Technician
Erik Tschiggfrey, Cable Supervisor, Video Production
and our newest staff member: Jacob Farah, Digital Media Technician

Smoke on the Grill PTA & Goodfellows Fundraiser 9/28/17

Come on out for family fun and picnic treats at the annual Smoke on the Grill fundraiser for the Dearborn Public Schools PTA and the Dearborn Goodfellows.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 4-7pm at Ford Field Park, Large Pavilion

$30/adult; $10/child




SURA Arts Academy for Ages 10-15


SURA Arts Academy Fall Semester 2017 (Ages 10-15)
Tuesdays, Oct. 3 – Dec. 12, 2017
4:30-6:30 p.m. @ AANM

Instructor Gordon Alexander, a seasoned photographer who has taught photography all across Detroit, will lead middle and high school students in a 10 week photography course designed to help students tell stories about their lives, community and culture, centered on this year’s theme of synergy, unity and human interaction. Cameras are provided by AANM. Students’ work will be celebrated in AANM’s annual Student Photography Exhibition. Register now; space is limited to 20 students! All levels of experience welcome.
Fee: $50 AANM Members; $75 general public


Scholarships awarded based on financial need + availability

SURA scholarship application

Registration deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2017