Welcome to MacGowan School

Dear MacGowan Parents:

WELCOME to a new and exciting year at MacGowan Elementary School.  Our teachers are preparing for a great start to your child’s educational journey for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Wednesday, August 31st – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Packet Pick-up (School Information/Teacher Assignments/Important Forms)
School/Bus Tours
Playground Fun
Cotton Candy/Ice Cream Truck/Face Painting
All students and their families are invited to attend

School Hours:  8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, September 6th

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.   OR   6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 7th
First graders attend (Full Day)
Only Kindergarten students with last names starting with A-L attends (Full Day)
Thursday, September 8th
First graders attend (Full Day)
Only Kindergarten students with last names starting with M-Z attends (Full Day)
Friday, September 9th
Regular School Day – all grades attend

We know that this schedule for the first few days of school requires some flexibility from our kindergarten families, but we believe that introducing the kindergarten children to school procedures in smaller groups allows us the opportunity to get to know our students better and increases the comfort level for our children and parents and makes for a smooth transition into kindergarten.

Kindergarten Registration
Friday, April 29, 2016

MacGowan Elementary School
18255 Kinloch
Redford, MI 48240
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2016
  • Additional registrations will be received at Redford Union Board of Education Office beginning Monday, May 2, 2016 (Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am until 3:00 pm)
  • Registration packets will be available at the Board of Education Office and at MacGowan School beginning Monday, April 9, 2016

What to Bring:

  1. Student's ORIGINAL Birth Certificate
  2. Student's Immunization Record
  3. Parent/Guardian Identification
  4. 3 Proofs of Residency (i.e. Current Lease or Mortgage Statement AND 2 Utility Bills
  • Staff will be available for questions/tours
  • A sign-up sheet will be available for visiting a kindergarten classroom in May

Registration for All Students

Board of Education Administrative Offices (Located at the Keeler School Building) (6 Blocks East of Beech/2 Blocks North of Six Mile) 17715 BRADY, REDFORD 48240 313-242-6000

Mission Statement

The mission of MacGowan Elementary School is to provide purposeful literacy, numeric, sensory motor and relationship building experiences which will enhance the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of young children in order to instill a lifelong love of learning. We recognize the importance of parent involvement in student education and will strive to build a partnership between parents and staff in order to help each child succeed.

New School Hours 8:15 a.m to 3:15 p.m 






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MacGowan School Vision

The vision of the MacGowan community is one where:

  • Students and staff show regard for one another.
  • Students are eager and confident learners.
  • Students have intrinsic motivation to make socially acceptable choices.
  • Students possess the literacy and numeric foundation for future school success.
  • A partnership between home and school exists to maximize student success.

We believe:

  • All children can and should be given every opportunity to learn.
  • Children should be taught using developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Children's individual learning needs should be met through differentiated instruction.
  • A foundation of sensory motor development is necessary for future school success.
  • Learning should be joyful.
  • Children need clear behavioral limits, expectations and predictable routines.
  • Children need a safe learning environment.
  • Children need strong connections with adults that care for them in order to be successful.
  • A home/school connection maximizes a child's educational success. 


Regular school attendance is crucial to the development and education of children. There is a negative impact on the students and community when a student does not attend regularly. As a child learns to read and acquire basic math skills it is important that he/she practices these skills daily. Children begin to learn how to socialize with others, follow directions and solve problems creatively at school. If a child does not attend regularly, is frequently tardy or picked up before dismissal often some of these skills will not develop properly.

If your child is going to be absent or tardy please call the attendance line at 313-242-3810. If you are going to pick your child up early, please send a note to the teacher so that the office does not have to interrupt the classroom to call your child to the office. We ask that any parent picking up their child after 3:10 wait until the end of the day at their child’s assigned door. The last twenty minutes of school are very hectic and it is difficult to accommodate parents arriving after 3:10.  Thank you so much for your cooperation for helping us improve attendance!

Winter Weather Gear

Please make sure that your child is dressed for the cold weather with a winter coat, hat, scarf and mittens.  When there is snow send your child with boots and snow pants so that they can play in the snow during recess.  They really enjoy playing in the snow but those without boots and snow pants are limited to the black top area during recess when there is snow.  We will go outside for recess unless the temperature or wind-chill is below 10 degrees.

Why Children Need to Play Outside  - Even in the Winter Months

Keeping Our Students Healthy


  1. Any child who has a fever of 100 degrees or more should not return to school until 24 hours of normal temperature have passed
  2. Active, heavy coughing with a runny nose and sneezing are symptoms that may need a doctor’s evaluation
  3. Any child who vomits or has diarrhea should not return to school until 24 hours after symptoms have passed

Any child who runs a fever of 100 degrees or more or presents signs of a contagious disease will be sent home from school.  It is the parent’s responsibility to provide transportation and care for the child.  Please keep your emergency phone numbers up to date and provide us with several names and numbers of people who can care for your child if you are unavailable.

MacGowan Elementary
18255 Kinloch
Redford MI 48240

Main Office 313.242.3800
Fax 313.242.3805
Attendance 313.242.3810


Kathleen Robbins
Sherry Wasielewski

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Full Day  8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Half Day 8:15 AM - 11:30 AM


PDF DocumentStudent Code of Conduct

PDF DocumentElementary Handbook

PDF DocumentLetter to Parents