Defer Dragon's Burning News

June 13, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

I'm proud of all the accomplishments of our students this year! They are ready for their new academic adventures! To those of you that are leaving Defer for new places, we wish you the best.

I look forward to seeing many of you on the first day of school in the fall on Tuesday, September 3rd!

Have a great summer!

Dr. Rheaume

Defer Upcoming Events

June 14 - Last day of school!

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony 9:30-10:30 am; 1/2 DAY, dismissal 11:36 am

School Supply Lists 2019 - 2020

Would you like to get a jump on your Back to School Shopping for the Fall? Please click on the appropriate Defer 2018-2019 Supply LIst for your child.

Kindergarten School Supply List

Young 5"s School Supply List

1st -5th Grade School Supply List

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2019 - 2020 Defer Robotics Team

We are looking forward to another great Robotics Team this next school year! Please see the link below for information about our 2019-2020 Defer Robotics Team if you think your child would be interested. Thank you!

Defer Robotics Team

Summer Learning Opportunties

To help students maintain their learning from the school year, summer is a great opportunity to practice reading, writing, and math skills each day. Just 20 minutes of reading each day can make a difference in student reading skills and prevent summer slide. The summer goal should be to maintain skills learned throughout the school year with daily practice.

GPPSS Summer learning opportunities:

Please see the link below if you think your child would be interested in participating in Camp Invention this upcoming summer. It is sure to be load of fun - inspiring teamwork, with focus on STEM and other design activities. Open to children entering 1st - 6th grade in the fall.

Camp Invention

Grosse Pointe Library Summer Reading Program:


1-3 p.m. at the Central Library Branch

Safety/Service 2018-2019

In May, Defer Safety/Service enjoyed their final fun night of the year. It was a beautiful day to go to Windmill Pointe Park. We enjoyed hot dogs, fruit, snacks, drinks and desserts. Thank you to those parents who so generously donated snacks, desserts and drove to the park. Everyone enjoyed good fun, food and friends. Thank you to Joe Srebernak who grilled for us.

I hope you noticed all the awesome 4th graders who volunteered to take over for the 5th graders who went to camp. They wore bright orange belts and I am so proud of all of them. To volunteer for a job full of responsibility, is commendable.

To all Safety/Service members who are finishing your time at Defer, you should be proud because you made Defer a better, safer place. May you enjoy success in your future endeavors and remember to represent your alma mater, Defer Elementary in the best way.

Safety/Service Member of the Month-May

Safety: Kayla McFarland

Service: Jacob Meier

Safety/Service Member of the Month-June

Safety: Neva Combs

Service: Emilia Koper

Isabella Starks

If you see a Safety/Service member doing a good job, please tell them – their time is running out.

Helen Srebernak

Safety/Service Coordinator

Blue Ribbon Committee

Please visit the Blue Ribbon Link ( for current facts.

PTO News

NEXT SCHOOL YEAR--Order supplies online by June 30

Parents may begin ordering school supplies for the 2019/20 school year now. Online ordering is available with 1st Day School Supplies and the items are delivered directly to your child's classroom during the summer. 1st Day School Supplies provides brand-name supplies that were selected by Defer teachers. The deadline to order is June 30. Order here:

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Leader in Me

Welcome to the May and June edition of our Leader in Me newsletter! Published by the Defer Family Learning Team.

Take time this summer to practice the habits as a family. For a brief overview of the habits, see the link below.

Overview of Leader in Me Habits

7 Habits of Happy Kids

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Grosse Pointe Public Schools

Our Vision: One GP → where everyone learns, every day

Our Mission: Promote Innovation → Maximize Potential → Embrace Community