Defer Dragon's Burning News

January 4, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Defer Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break with their families. There will be many exciting events happening at Defer in 2019!


Dr. Rheaume

Defer Upcoming Events

January 8- PTO meeting in the Library 7:00 pm

January 15 - Middle School Information Night 6:30 pm

January 17 - Young Fives/Kindergarten Information Night 6:30 pm

January 21-MLK Day- No School

District Upcoming Events

Do you know a student who might be interested in our Upcoming Info Nights? Invite them! Perhaps you know someone with a student attending a private or parochial school, or a family considering relocating to the area? Encourage them to attend a GPPSS Info Night and learn more about our amazing public schools.

  • High School Info Night - 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 1/9/19 (parents of current 8th graders attending high school in the fall) attend your neighborhood high school
  • Middle School Info Night - 6:30 p.m., Tuesday 1/15/19 (parents of current 5th graders attending middle school in the fall) attend your neighborhood middle school
  • Kindergarten and Young Fives Info Night - 6:30 p.m., Thursday 1/17/19 (parents of current preschoolers attending kindergarten or Young Fives in the fall) attend your neighborhood elementary school
  • Multi-Age Info Night - 6:30 p.m., Tuesday 1/15/19 (parents interested in learning more about our district's Multi-Age program housed at Trombly Elementary, in the Trombly library, 820 Beaconsfield, Grosse Pointe Park

Safety Reminder

Please remind your children they are to cross streets at the safety cross points, and always at the lights with crossing guards when crossing Kercheval Avenue and Nottingham Street. We do not want to have any accidents this year, and we have noticed some children trying to cross at unsafe crossing points. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Lunchtime Enrichment

Lunchtime Enrichment begins next week. The children are really looking forward to what's in store. Class confirmation letters will be sent home, and teachers will receive a list of their students participating in the classes offered. Please feel free to contact the office with any questions.

A big thank you to our PTO, teachers and parents volunteering time and talent to make these amazing classes available. Without your help, these next couple weeks would not be possible. Thank you!

Cold and Flu Season

We are officially in the midst of cold and flu season. What is the easiest things we can do to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy? Simply washing our hands with soap and water. It helps reduce the spread of disease and allergens. All it takes is a bit of soap and rubbing hands together under running water for at least 20 seconds removing oil, dirt, and harmful surface germs. Hand sanitizers do not remove dirt in which germs hide, and only address a few easy-to-kill germs.

For more information on the importance of hand washing with non-antibacterial soap, please see the links below:

Office News

Cold Weather Reminder

Defer students go outdoors for recess two times each day throughout the school year, unless it's raining hard or the windchill is below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Please be sure that your child leaves for school dressed properly for the weather. It might also be helpful to keep an extra set of clothes in your child's locker in case clothes get wet during recess fun.

Please dress your child with a hat and gloves and a winter coat and snowpants when the weather is cold. We also ask that you write your child's name on his or her gloves, hats, boots, coat and snowpants. Our Lost and Found is filling up quickly!

In the event your child has a cold, and is healthy enough to attend school, they will participate in recess- playing outside with their peers twice a day. Exceptions will only be made with a doctor's note stating they are healthy enough to attend school, with reason and number of days they are required not to participate in recess play. Thank you for your understanding concerning this matter.


Please remember to use our 24 hour attendance line at 313-432-4001 to report your child's absence. Thank you.


Our dismissal bell rings at 3:38. Please make sure your child knows his/hers after school plans in the morning when you drop off. The only after school care available is Kids Club. Check out Defer's website for more information. If you need to change pick up plans, please call the office before 3:20 pm to make sure your child receives the message before the end of the school day.

Defer Diversity Parent Group

District Diversity Meetings (GPPUD)Upcoming Meetings: Thursday, January 31st 6:30 pm at Defer


Share Your Culture! We want to hear more about your family’s cultural background and traditions. New in 2019 we will be creating a bulletin board that will be changed monthly. We are looking for families to decorate the board to help us learn more about diverse cultures and families. Bulletin boards could include family photos, traditional customs, recipes, suggested reading and any additional information you would like to share. Please email Sarah or Heather for more information and to let us know you are interested in participating!

Please contact Dr. Rheaume or one of our parent organizers Susan Sutorka at or Janice Fox at for more information about our Diversity Parent Group.

Leader in Me

The Leader in Me- Family Learning team is interested in how we can better support families with information and activities to incorporate Leader in Me habits at home. We would appreciate your response to this quick survey. Thank you!

The Leader in Me School/Home Communication Survey

7 Habits of Happy Kids

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