Harlan eNews

May 6, 2022

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Message from Mr. Agius

Harlan Families,

We had quite the busy week at Harlan. We had a Vocal Music concert, Orchestra concert, field trips, plant sale and Staff Appreciation Week. I really do love the energy of an elementary school. I would link to thank Ms. Amanda Sobolewski and all of our parent volunteers for organizing the plant sale. The kids really enjoy having the opportunity to shop at it.

I would also like to thank Ms. Andrea Papadopoulos, Ms. Laynie Bryant, and all of the community members for donating goods and their time to make our Staff Appreciation Week so special. I truly believe that we have an amazing staff here at Harlan. I feel fortunate to work at a school with such a dedicated and student-centered group of individuals.

Wishing “Good Luck” to all of our kindergarten and 1st grade math pentathletes as they compete in the Math Pentathlon competition this weekend.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there! I hope you enjoy your day!



The Next Week

  • Monday, May 9 (C - Day) - 4th Grade Math M-Step 9:30 - 11:30 AM; Drama Kids Storybook Idol class after school (1st - 5th Grade) 3:55 - 4:55; Multisport class after school (K - 2nd) Postponed this week until 5/23; Basketball (3rd - 5th Grade) Postponed this week until 5/23; Nutty Scientists class after school (1st - 4th) 3:50 - 4:50 PM

  • Tuesday, May 10 (D - Day) 4th Grade Math MStep Testing 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Wednesday, May 11 (A - Day) – Math Pentathlon before school 8 – 8:45 AM; Half Day, dismissal at 12:05 PM
  • Thursday, May 12 (B - Day)
  • Friday, May 13 (C - Day)– 4th Grade DIA/Spanish Field Trip 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM; 5th Grade Stemi Field Trip in the AM

Basketball & Multisport Class Date Change

The basketball class and multisport class scheduled for Monday, May 9 has been cancelled and rescheduled for May 23. We will see you for the next class on May 16. If you have any questions, please contact BPS Community Ed at 248-203-3800.

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The Harlan Community has been asked to assist with the District Art Fair. Please click on the link below to volunteer for the event.


Mr. Fackler is also looking for a few volunteer's to help with Harlan's Famous Chalk Artworks station at the BPS Art Fair on May 7th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Click the link to see how you can help.


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

This is it! The event we've all been waiting for! On Saturday, May 21st, Harlan will host our 1st Color Run at Harlan Elementary! This will be the event you don't want to miss so make sure it's on your calendar today! Our pledge website will launch on Friday, April 22nd to kickoff our official start. All information will come home at that time. What we can share is this will be an entire community event. We will have activities for kids and adults of all ages from 11am-2:00pm including the color run main event with a DJ on hand for plenty of music and fun along with food trucks, tattoos, bounce houses, obstacle courses, classes for kids from community powerhouses and much more! We are excited to see our entire Husky Community enjoy a day of fun. This event will replace our auction that sustains all Harlan events, teacher grants and enrichment programs, so your support is crucial! Go Huskies!

Click here to register for the Color Run event:


Click on the following link for details on the event.


Art Newsletter

Harlan Art Newsletter for May/June

Half Day Kids Club

Half Day Kids Club will be offered on Wednesday, May 11 from dismissal (12:05 pm) until 6 pm. Space is limited, so no drop ins or unscheduled visits will be allowed. Click on this link https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/494 for information regarding registration and scheduling for Kids Club.

Library Connection

Click on the button to see the May Edition

The Library Connection Highlights (updated)

Book Check Out

The last day for library check out is 5/20/2022 and all items are due by 5/27/2022.

School Store - Updated

The School Store will be open for only two more shopping days: 5/26 and 6/2.

Bagel Sales

The last bagel day will be 6/3/2022.

Spanish Newsletter

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

2022-23 Kindergarten Welcome Kits

2022-23 Kindergarten Welcome Kits

Celebrate your Kindergartner or incoming Husky in style with a 2022 Welcome Kit! Each $25 kit includes:

· A fun yard sign

· A t-shirt that reflects your respective high school (Groves or Seaholm)

· A packet of information to help you get to know your new school.

Purchase your kit here:


World Wildlife Fund - Polar Bear Adoption

Congratulations--Harlan Elementary made a World Wildlife Fund adoption possible! This gift helps WWF protect species around the world and the wild places that where they live. We hope you feel wonderful knowing that you inspired someone to make a difference for our planet! View your Personalized Adoption Certificate.

Visit the WWF website to learn more about the conservation work that this gift supports. Working together, we can protect the future of nature for generations to come.
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Class of 2022 Alumni Breakfast

We will be celebrating our Harlan alumni who are graduating high school seniors on Monday, June 6 at 8 am. Continental breakfast items will be served, plus we will open the 2014-15 time capsule. We look forward to seeing our former Huskies for a fun visit and sendoff to future adventures!

PTA News

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. If you would like to volunteer to help judge, please reach out to Meghan Jones at mgkrn@hotmail.com.

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

  • May 16 - K-3 Robotics Event at 7:00 PM
  • May 21 - Harlan's 1st Annual Color Run

District News

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Shop for our Schools in Downtown Birmingham - Wednesday, May 11th and Thursday, May 12th

    • Participating Businesses:
      • Area Rug Co. - 202 E. Maple

        Craig Ryan
        - 147 Pierce St.

        Dick O'Dows - 160 W. Maple

        EGG NEW YORK Children's Cothing Boutique - 244 E. Maple

        Evereve - 138 S. Old Woodward Ave. *15% Donation

        The French Lady - 768 N. Old Woodward Ave.

        ​Hazel's - 1 Peabody St.

        The Italian Dish - 288 E. Maple

        Johnny Was - 115 S. Old Woodward Ave.

        Steele Angel - 150 W. Maple

        Stem & Stone - 122 W. Maple

        Suhm-Thing - 138 W. Maple

        Sundance Shoes - 235 S. Old Woodward Ave.

        The Italian Dish - 288 E. Maple

        Untied on Woodward - 223 S. Old Woodward Ave.

      For more details visit: https://www.supportbef.org/events.html.

    • Be sure to mention Birmingham Schools and 20% will be donated to the Birmingham Education Foundation.
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Michigan Lion Dance Team Performance

The Michigan Lion Dance team is going to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the friends and family in our communities at Bloomfield Township on Saturday, May 7th, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Michigan Lion Dance Team is a dedicated group of middle and high school students from the metro Detroit area who promote Taiwanese cultural diversity by performing eye-catching lion dance and a variety of community services as well. They have been invited to perform in many cities' culture fairs. They have performed at DIA to celebrate the Lunar New year in 2018 & 2019.

This year is the first time that the Michigan Lion Dance team celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Bloomfield Township Public Library because three members of the team are actually from the Bloomfield area. Jeremy Lien is a 10th grader who goes to International Academy in Bloomfield. Christopher Chiang is a freshman at Cranbrook High School and his twin sister goes to Bloomfield Hills High School. These young people would like to share their Taiwanese heritage culture with their community, family, and friends. Therefore, Ms. Teresa Lien, the parent coordinator of the Michigan Lion Dance Team brought these young people’s proposals to the BTPL. Ms. Jen Taggart, the department head of Youth Service of BTPL, and librarian Ms. Patricia Ballard accepted the proposal immediately. Ms. Jen Taggart said, “We will be promoting Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with an interactive display in the Youth Room, and the Michigan Lion Dance Team’s program sounds fantastic.”

The event on May 7th will include a presentation about the origin of the Lion Dance, origami lions, hands-on Lion Dance costumes, and procession experiences which will be held in the community room on the 1st floor. The grand finale is the live drum duet, and lion dance performance will be held in the front of the Youth Service Room.

The event is free and all are welcome!

Summer Volleyball Camps

Sign your child up for one of the many volleyball camps run by Seaholm Varsity Coach and Berkshire Middle School teacher, Heather Gambone during the month of July. Heather and Jason Gambone are entering into their 17th year as coaches at Seaholm High School, and their 19th year of coaching National level club volleyball. Students Grades 1st-10th can train with the coaching staff and high school players from both Seaholm and Groves! Camps will be held at Seaholm and Groves High School.

Questions can be sent to Heather at Seaholmvball@gmail.com.

For more information and to sign up, see this form:


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, May 7th, 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:

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.