Harlan eNews

April 8, 2022

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Message from Mr. Agius

Harlan Families,

It was nice to be back with the kids this week. I loved being able to chat with many of them about the fun events that took place over Spring Break. From vacations to staycations and birthday parties to family movie nights, I enjoy hearing the kids talk about it with so much excitement.

Speaking of Spring, it is that time of the year when the temperature is up and down and that means that the coats come off and on while the kids are at recess. Please take a moment to write your child’s name on their jackets as they are often times left outside once they are taken off. I hate to see our lost and found fill up so quickly. If their names are on their jacket, the jacket can be returned and is often done so that same day it is found.

Finally, we ended our week with a multi-school Zoom session with author Dennis Mathew who is also a skilled singer-songwriter and Elementary School Speech Pathologist. We were captivated by is guitar playing, singing and the reading of his personal books.

Good Luck to all of our 4th and 5th Grade Science Olympians as well as our 2nd and 3rd grade Math Pentathletes as they compete this Saturday. Go get ‘em Huskies!

Enjoy the weekend!



The Next Week

  • Monday, April 11 (D - Day) - Drama Kids Storybook Idol class after school (1st - 5th Grade) 3:55 - 4:55; 5th Grade MStep Testing 9 AM to 12:30 PM

  • Tuesday, April 12 (A - Day) – Robotics (2nd Grade) before school 7:45 – 8:45 AM; Robotics (1st Grade) after school 4 – 5:00 PM; 5th Grade MStep Testing 9 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Wednesday, April 13 (B - Day) – Math Pentathlon before school 8 – 8:45 AM; Robotics (3rd) after school 4 - 5 PM; Cheer/Dance/Pom class after school 3:50 - 4:50 PM; Learn to Sew Scrunchies (3rd - 5th Grade) class after school 3:50 PM to 5:20 PM
  • Thursday, April 14 (C - Day) – Glee Club after school 3:50 - 4:30 PM; Robotics (1st - 3rd) after school 4 - 5 PM; 5th Grade MStep Testing 9 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Friday, April 15 – No School

April is Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month where we’re celebrating Autistic voices! Throughout the month of April and beyond, we will be sharing a variety of educational resources and information from and about the Autistic community. When you walk around Harlan, you will see story walks about Autism and inclusion. As we work together to learn more, we want to move beyond awareness for the month of April to acceptance and inclusion all year round! Below are links of resources and videos to learn more about the Autisitc community. There is also a link to an Autism Acceptance Bitmoji Classroom that has a wealth of resources, information, and read alouds! Please take a few moments to share these resources with your family and celebrate Autistic voices!

This school year Harlan became a Unified Champion School through the Special Olympics. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is a program for schools Pre-K through university that intentionally promotes meaningful social inclusion by bringing together students with and without disabilities to create accepting school environments, utilizing three interconnected components: Special Olympics Unified Sports, inclusive youth leadership, and whole school engagement. This month our Harlan Huskies will be taking a respect and kindness pledge. At the end of April, all students will have the opportunity to sign our Harlan Unified Champion Schools banner and take the respect and kindness pledge. April is Harlan’s kickoff to continuing to create a more inclusive and accessible community for all learners.

-Harlan’s ASD Team


Autism Acceptance Bitmoji Classroom

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Autism Acceptance 2022- The Neuro Bears Video

Gleaners Canned Food Drive

5th graders Annabel Cusmano, Taylor Simon and Hayley Sadeghi have organized a canned food drive to support Gleaners Community Food Bank. The drive will take place from April 11-29, and collection boxes will be located in the Harlan vestibule and throughout the school.

Gleaners’ greatest need right now is for non-perishable protein items such as canned tuna, canned salmon, canned chicken, and peanut butter, as these items are needed most and are most expensive for Gleaners to buy. Please consider donating one or more of these items. We are also collecting:

· Canned fruit and canned vegetables

· Canned beans

· Healthy cereal

· Oatmeal

Art Newsletter

See what is happening in Art for March and April.

Harlan Art Show

Wednesday, April 27th, 6-7:30pm

3595 North Adams Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Where: Harlan First Floor Hallways

What You'll See: Artwork from all Grade Levels (K-5)

Ice Cream Presented by Harlan Community Education

Hope to see you there!

Spanish Newsletter

Check out what has been happening in Spanish for 2nd – 5th grades.

Save the Date - Vocal Musical Performance

Harlan 2nd and 3rd graders will have a vocal music performance, "Best Day of My Life"!

On April 26th, at 7:00 PM in the Seaholm Auditorium.

Visit the following website so that your child can practice from home!


Save the Date - Vocal Music Performance

Harlan 4th and 5th graders will have a vocal music performance, "On the Radio"!

On Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM in the Seaholm Auditorium.

Visit the following website so that your child can practice from home!


Library Connection

Click on the button to see the April Edition

The Library Connection Highlights (updated)

School Library Month

Help us celebrate School Library Month! Ask your child to draw a picture, make a video or write me a letter about all the ways they love the library. Submissions will be put together into a collage to showcase in the school.

School Store

The School Store will be open on D Days.

Are you looking for ways to help the school, but you can't donate time during the day? Consider clicking on the link below to purchase items for our school store. Thank you in advance!


Last Chance for Spring Afterschool Classes

These classes begin soon and still have space available. Visit www.communityed.net to register today!

  • Drama Kids: Storybook Idol (includes performance at end of session) Grades 1-5, but if you are the parent of a kindergartener who is interested in this class, please contact Angie Righter at 248-203-3284

  • iCode Digital Arts, Grades 2-5
  • Inventions & Contraptions with Nutty Scientists, Grades 1-4
  • Basketball, Grades 3-5

PTA News

Welcome back from Spring Break Huskies! We hope everyone had an enjoyable week off as we inch closer to the end of the school year. Did you know we have just over 40 days left until summer break? Our PTA has been hard at work planning plenty of events and ways to keep our community connected as we celebrate this time together! Good luck to our 4th and 5th graders who are participating in the Science Olympiad competition this weekend! Good luck to our 2nd and 3rd graders competing in Math Pentathlon this weekend! Go Huskies!
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Roblox vs. Minecraft - iCode Fun

Friday, April 8th, 6pm

2914 West Maple Road

Troy, MI

Tonight is our next iCode event that gives parents a night off as kids work on coding and gaming fun! Pre-registration is required. This event is limited to 30 kids so make sure to grab your spot now if you haven't already done so. The event is located at iCode, 2914 W. Maple, Troy from 6-8pm.

It's Yearbook Time - Due April 15th

We are excited to have a new yearbook partner this year. Families will now be able to design their own two free personal pages to be printed in your student's yearbook. If you already purchased a yearbook, an account has already been setup for you. Log in using your email and the passcode attached. Haven't ordered yet? You can do that now by following the details on the link. Make this yearbook personal and more special for your Husky at no additional cost!


Harlan Husky Wear Pop Up Shop - Now through April 18th

Our Harlan Spirit Wear Shop is back for a limited time. Order your shirts, hats or other apparel to show your Husky Spirit! Orders Due April 18th to be ready by mid-May. https://harlanspring22.itemorder.com/shop/sale/

Spring Spirit Week - April 18th through April 22nd

The Harlan Green Team has chosen the themes for our Spring Spirit Week that will be held the week leading up to Earth Day on April 22nd. This year, Harlan was named a Michigan Green School in the Evergreen (top) category!

Click on this link for details:


Hummus Goodness - Orders Due April 19th

Hummus Goodness is owned by a previous Harlan family and they are partnering with the PTA to bring their amazing hummus to our Husky Community! Two dollars of every order will come back to Harlan. All orders will be delivered to classrooms on April 22nd. Choose from classic, beet, balsamic, taco or spicy.

Click here for the order form and more details:


Walk to School/Get Fit Day - Friday April 22nd

Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day and our last Walk to School/Get Fit Day of this school year! Let's save some gas and walk, ride, scoot or bike to school! The Green Team will be there as students arrive for some Earth Day fun! Don't forget to wear green!

K - 3rd Robotics Event

Monday, May 16th, 7pm

3595 North Adams Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Harlan is excited to host the K-3rd Grade Expo this year on Monday May 16th at 7pm. This is the event where all teams show off their robots. More details to come.

Harlan's 1st Annual Color Run - May 21st

On Saturday, May 21st, Harlan will host our first Color Run! This will be the event you don't want to miss so put it on your calendar today. Our pledge website will launch on Friday, April 22nd to kick off our official start. All information will come home at this time. This will be an event for the entire community. We will have activities for kids and adults from 11am to 2pm including the color run event, a DJ, food trucks, tattoos, bounce houses, obstacle courses, classes for kids from community powerhouses and much more! This event will replace the auction that sustains all Harlan events, teacher grants and enrichment programs so your support is crucial. Go Huskies!

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, we have opportunities starting at $100 for any business owner. Email harlanhuskiespta@gmail.com for more info.

Committee Positions Open for 2022 - 2023

Do you have free time next year to help lead one of our amazing committees? Some committees are only a few hours at a time for the entire year. We need you! Please see sign-up below for more information or reach out to harlanhuskiespta@gmail.com.


PTA Calendar

  • April 8 - Family Fun: iCode Event
  • April 9 - Science Olympiad
  • April 18 - 22 - Spring Spirit Week
  • April 19 - Hummus Orders Due
  • April 22 - Walk to School/Get Fit Day
  • May 16 - K-3 Robotics Event at 7:00 PM
  • May 21 - Harlan's 1st Annual Color Run

District News

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Groves Forte 5K

Sunday, May 22nd, 9am

18801 Beverly Road

Beverly Hills, MI

Please join us for our 9th Annual Groves Orchestra Forte 5k! It will be at Beverly Park on May 22nd at 9am. All proceeds will benefit the Groves HS Orchestra Program by subsidizing our orchestra camp in the fall. It will also ensure that all orchestra students will be able to attend the camp, regardless of financial situation. Please register via the flyer link.

Flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R5im0Vt5Ci1fjPr0aFtdlwH0dDJQc_u1/view?usp=sharing

Chartwells is Hiring (repeat)

Are you looking for flexible work hours while your kids are at school? Chartwells is now hiring! If you are interested, please click here to find out more information.

BPS Saturday School

Saturday, April 23rd, 9-11am

This is an online event.

The BPS Saturday School is back again this year and running virtually throughout the 2021-2022 school year. The BPS Saturday School provides free tutoring for BPS students grades K – 12 who need help in any grade level and in any academic area. Our BPS staff that serve as coordinators and their National Honor Society volunteer tutors are looking forward to working with students in need of tutoring on Saturdays from 9 am – 11 am each week (see official dates below). All K-12 BPS students are welcome to receive this free tutoring opportunity for ALL subject areas.

How to Join Saturday School

To join Saturday School, please click on the following Zoom link:

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2047672482?pwd=T3pVU1REUXZTN09NM1MvSSsrVTJiZz09

Saturday School sessions for the 2021-2022 school year:

April: 23, 30

May: 7, 14, 21

School Lunches (repeat)

In case there is confusion on how the free lunch works this school year, here is the breakdown of what it includes and when a charge is made to a student account:

One complete lunch includes milk, entrée, and fruit/vegetable. There is no charge as long as all of those items are taken.

If a student has a second entrée, the student’s account will be charged $1.50. If a students want an individual serving of only one item, here is the breakdown of charges for it:

Milk - $0.50

Fruit - $0.50

Vegetables - $0.50

Juice - $0.50

Water - $0.50

Invoices for negative balance are sent home every Friday through the communication folder from the teacher. Charges can be viewed at all times through www.sendmoneytoschool.com and the office can be contacted if you need assistance with setting up your account.

Allergy Alert (repeat)

BPS takes all food allergies seriously, however, with the nationwide food supply chain issues it is not guaranteed that the menu items listed will be served that day. Unfortunately this means that fast changes does not allow for Chartwells to change to food items that may or may not contain allergens including peanuts and tree nuts. If you have any questions, please contact Pattie Guck at pguck@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Board of Education is committed to maintaining a learning/working environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, free from discrimination and harassment. There will be no tolerance for discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, disability or age. The District prohibits harassment and other forms of discrimination whether occurring at school, on District property, in a District vehicle, or at any District related activity or event. The Superintendent will designate compliance officers and develop and implement regulations for the reporting, investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination or harassment. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Students - Inquiries related to discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to: Executive Director of Special Education, 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025, 248.203.3000. Direct all other inquiries related to discrimination to: Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025, 248.203.3000.