The Pez Press

Week of May 9th

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Tomorrow Half Day of School - Dismissal 12:05

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A note from Mr. Pez

West Maple Families,

Our staff would like to thank you for an incredible week, as we celebrated our teachers. A special shout out to Sandi Cosola for organizing our breakfast, lunch, teacher goodie bags, and milk and cookies amongst a host of helpers. In addition, thank you to Kristen and the crew who prepared and delivered gorgeous flower bouquets to us. We are so thankful to have such a loving and supportive community.

Below you will find the new dates for our Jungle Book musical since it had to be postponed. We will have one show each on Tuesday, May 17th and 18th both at 7 pm. We hope you are able to make it! Please see the flyer below if you would like to pre-purchase tickets.

Our Fun Run is coming up next week. Directly below you will find a sign-up to volunteer. More information regarding this event was sent home with your student today.

This week marks the return of our 5th Graders to Camp Copneconic. I am exited to participate in this wonderful experience with them as our time together draws to a close at West Maple.

Finally, we need to vote on what will be done with our playground. Will we put in a new Spiderweb or build a Ninja Warrior course? The decision is up to you and our students. Find the form below to vote.

Have a wonderful week,


Update to the West Maple Playground

The time has come for us to vote on what we will do with our playground. Will we keep the Spiderweb or put in a Ninja Warrior course? It is up for you to decide. All of our students will be voting at school. We would also like community input. Please follow the link below to vote by Thursday, May 12th!
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West Maple Field Day 2021

Dear Parents:

The time has come for our annual West Maple Field Day on Wednesday, June 1st. The Rain Date is set for Friday, June 3rd. Every student, grades K-5 will be participating outdoors for some fun-filled, fitness activities. There will be two sessions (Lunches will be changed to accommodate schedule):

#1) 9:00 – 11:15 = Grades K-2

#2) 1:10 – 3:30 = Grades 3-5

All students should wear athletic shoes and appropriate activewear that they do not mind if gets wet from the water balloon activity to ensure a safe a successful experience. We will have two water stations as well as a popsicle station. Your child is encouraged to bring their water bottle and please make sure their name is on it.

Please make sure your child is wearing the appropriate colored shirt on field day.

Class shirt colors are as followed;

K & 5th Grade = Blue

1st & 4th Grades = Red

2nd & 3rd Grade = White

We need approximately 44 PARENT VOLUNTEERS (24 AM/20 PM) throughout the day to help make sure that the events run smoothly. This is also a great opportunity to see your child enjoying one of the most exciting days of the year. If you would like to volunteer, please use the Sign-Up Genius link at:

For highlights from Field Day follow @WestMaplePE on Twitter

Thank you very much,

Antonio Boggiano

Physical Education Teacher

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Multilingual Identity Bulletin Board

West Maple is a diverse community, including linguistically. We’d like to highlight this diversity through a Multilingual Identity bulletin board. In the past, we’ve created this board with students who are a part of our English Language Development Program (ESL). However, we’d like to expand it this year to celebrate the multilingual identities across our student community.

If your child understands more than one language (this could be as a speaker, listener, reader and/or writer) and would like to be featured on our bulletin board, please complete the attached PDF or click on the Google link to make a copy to edit.

Here are the options for completing and returning this document:

If you have questions, please email Becky Gilbert at

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Parents of students in grades K-8:

At the start of the 2021-22 school year, Birmingham Public Schools embarked on a quest to establish an equitable, comprehensive, and balanced assessment portfolio that is student-centered and provides educators and administrators with actionable data. As part of our pilot program, the Student Learning and Inclusion team is engaging groups of stakeholders to determine which benchmark assessment BPS will use for the 2022-23 school year. Please complete the linked form to register for an upcoming focus session to discuss your experience with assessments in BPS. We value your opinion!

Form Link:

Important Dates

Monday, May 9th- C

  • 9:55 4th & 5th Grade M-Step
  • 4:00 5th Grade Band Concert Rehearsal- Groves High School
  • Hearing Screening

Tuesday, May 10th - D

  • 8:00 - West Maple Sensational Singers
  • 9:00 - PTA Meeting- Media Center
  • 9:00-2:00 5th Grade STEMi Truck Field Trip
  • 3:00 West Maple Reflections Participants Awards
  • 7:00 5th Grade Band Performance- Groves High School

Wednesday, May 11th - A

  • 5th Grade Camp
  • 1/2 Day 12:05 Dismissal

Thursday, May 5th - B

  • 5th Grade Camp

Friday, May 6th-C

  • 5th Grade Camp

  • Monday, May 16th- D

    Future Dates:

    May 18 Fun Run (Rain Date 20th)

    May 24 5th Grade Dance @ Temple Israel

    May 25 Pancake Breakfast

    June 1 Field Day (K-2 AM, 3-5 PM)

    June 4 Parents Night Out

    June 8 End of Year Parties

    June 9 5th Grade Graduation

    June 10 Last Day of School

    Berkshire 5th Grade Visit & Berkshire Bound Sign Up

    We are excited to welcome our future Wildcats! Berkshire is busily preparing for a spring and summer of renovations as our building is completely revamped just in time for our incoming 6th graders. We have a few things planned to help our new Wildcats transition:

    TOURS OF BERKSHIRE - For our incoming 6th graders

    We are excited to welcome our future Wildcats to Berkshire with building tours on Monday, May 16th.

    Tours will be available from 4-7pm. Sign up for the half hour segment that works best. Students can be dropped off at the front office loop, where they will head to the cafeteria for a welcome from our administrators. From there, students will head on a roughly 20 minute tour of our building run by our Berkshire student ambassadors.

    Parents are welcome to attend and may join students on the tour, or may stay and ask questions of our Principals and staff. After the tour, there will be an opportunity for students to ask questions as well. Our Berkshire PTA will have a table to welcome parents, with spirit wear and locks available for purchase. (These will also be available in the fall!)

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! You can reach our Community School Organizer, Pam Lucken, at plucken@birmingham.k12.mi or 248-203-4706.


    Berkshire Bound is our welcome program for 6th graders. This year, we may be moving into the building right before school begins, so we are planning 3 days of a virtual introduction to Berkshire, followed by our traditional Berkshire Bound field day, here in person (outside), on Thursday, August 18th. Families will chose from the morning session (8-11am) or afternoon session (12-3pm) on that day.

    Sign up for your session of Berkshire Bound here:

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    School Lunches

    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 will begin to be sent home every Friday through the communication folder from the teacher. Charges can be viewed at all times through and the office can be contacted if you need assistance with setting up your account.

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    BPS Saturday School at Berkshire 9-11 AM

    The BPS Saturday School is 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:

    Saturday School sessions for the 2021-2022 school year:

    May: 14, 21

    West Maple Spirit Wear Store

    West Maple has their own Spirit Wear Store where you can purchase shirts, hats, sweatpants, masks, etc. Items can be shipped to your home or picked up in-store or at school. Please follow the link to access the store:
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    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.