Norup Principal Weekly Newsletter

March 12, 2023

Dear Norup families:

Our 5th graders went to camp last week and did a marvelous job there; the vast majority exceeding our expectations for their conduct and behavior. It sounds like they had a great experience and really the reduced length of time seems very appropriate and beneficial for the overall experience.

Friday's cancellation wiped out three events. The 6th grade field trip will now happen after spring break. We will also work on a date/time for BHS counselors to potentially come over and meet with 8th grade students about scheduling, and the volleyball vs. staff game may or may not happen with the very crowded calendar coming up.

Over the weekend, I attended Off to the Races on Saturday and went out with some friends for dinner at Howe's Bayou in Ferndale, a favorite of mine from when I used to live in Ferndale. Otherwise it was a very low key restful weekend with a lot of sleep. Another Arsenal win from both the mens and womens teams was the true highlight!

This week is highlighted by parent teacher conferences. If you have not signed up yet, you have until Wednesday at 5 PM before signups close. You can find the link to do so in the Important Links and Flyers section. Zoom/Google Meet links will be sent out Wednesday night before conferences.

Have a great week everyone!


Monday March 13

3:30 PM Homework Club - media center

4:30 PM Wrestling @ Power

Tuesday March 14

4:30 PM Girls Volleyball home v. Hazel Park

7:00 PM Incoming 9th grade parent night at Berkley HS auditorium

Wednesday March 15

Homework Club canceled

4:00 PM Volleyball home vs. Anderson

4:30 PM Wrestling v. STEAM

5:00 PM Boys swim COMSAC meet @ Cranbrook

5:00 PM Parent Teacher Conferences Signups closed - Zoom links will send out shortly after

Thursday March 16

No Students - Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

Sessions scheduled for 8-11:30, 12:30-3, and 5:30-8

4:30 PM Volleyball @ Ferndale MS

Friday March 17

3:00 PM Elementary Hawks Honor Weekly Raffle

Saturday March 18

9 AM COMSAC Wrestling Tournament @ Royal Oak MS

Future Dates to be aware of:

  • 3/20-3/24 - Scholastic Book Fair

  • 3/21 - March Miracle 3 on 3 Preliminaries

  • 3/22 - March Miracle Co-Ed Lightning and 3 Point Shooting Competition

Elementary Music Performance

  • 3/24 - 3 on 3 Championship

  • 3/27-3/31 - Spring Break

  • 4/10 - M-Step Testing Window Opens

  • 4/12 - PSAT (6th and 7th graders released at 11 AM, full day for elementary)


2023-24 Middle School Scheduling Forms and Presentations


Hawks Help - attention all parents

Hawks Help is a parent run, 100% volunteer organization focused on helping Norup families who are in crisis. Our mission is to recognize that in the Norup community we have families who have generous resources and people who need help. When we are notified of a situation within the school community that is hindering a student’s ability to learn and flourish, we work to match the identified needs with caring and compassionate volunteers and donors.

We are currently looking for parents and students who want to be involved in fundraising, volunteering, donating and/or helping to grow our organization. Please email us at to be included on our email distribution list. You can also make donations via venmo to @Chris-Gross-18. Please note that 100% of money that is donated goes towards helping Norup families.

Berkley HS football and Berkley Steelers - attention all

The Berkley Steelers Youth Football & Cheer program will begin their registration on April 15th for students who are age 5-13. Registration can be found on their website at

Questions can be directed to Andrew Hadfield (Football) at or Michelle Rowlett (Cheer) at

The Berkley Bears Football Program is looking for interested individuals going into the 9th grade next year to contact Coach Sean Shields at

They are starting up the spring training program to include weight lifting, and team workouts very soon. Please contact him to get involved as camps will run from April to August, with the season starting in August. They may also get more info at


Elementary Music Performance - attention Kindergarten-4th grade families

Hello, elementary families!

You may have noticed that the school calendar this semester has an extra special event on it - for the first time in recent years, we will be putting on a formal elementary music spring program!

Norup Elementary K-4 Music Program
Wednesday, March 22nd
Berkley High School auditorium
6:00 p.m.

All classes of the K-4th grades will be taking part. The K-2 will be performing first at 6:00, then after a brief intermission the 3-4 will be going on at about 6:35.

South Oakland County Soccer registration - attention all

As you may be aware, I am a massive soccer fan. If you are interested in having your son or daughter join our fantastic local club, SOCS (South Oakland County Soccer), please check out the flyer in this newsletter or go to This is an excellent club that all ages of Norup can participate in.

Lacrosse - attention 1st through 8th grade parents

Woodward Bears Lacrosse is offering free training dates on March 4, 11, 18, grades 1-4 from 8-9 AM, and grades 5-8 from 9-10 AM at Berkley Community Center, Drop-in.

Spring lacrosse begins on March 20th and ends on June 4th. The kids will participate in 16+ games and they will become highly skilled lacrosse players at the end of the season. The season cost is $199 for grades 1-4 and $349 for grades 5-8.

The team store will be open shortly! They do have team equipment available, payment plans, and scholarships. They want everyone to play! Registration, scheduling, field locations, and communication is through TeamSnap:

Girls LAX, Grades 5/6, 7/8 $399:

Boys LAX, Grades 5/6, 7/8 $349:

Boys LAX, Grades 1/2, 3/4 $199:

March Miracles - attention 3rd - 8th grade parents

March Miracles, one of our most popular pre-pandemic events, will be back in full swing this year. March Miracles is a basketball based fundraiser created by Mr. Whinham which raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Jack's Place for Autism. Flyers for participation can be found in the important links and flyers.

Girls on the Run - Attention 3rd,4th, 5th grade parents

We will be bringing Girls on the Run back to Norup for 3rd-5th grade students. GOTR is a program through YMCA which provides in person training as well as a season curriculum to all volunteer coaches. The Spring 2023 season is 10 weeks long. Practices are twice per week for 75 minutes. Practice starts the week of March 13, 2023 and runs through the week of May 22, 2023 (including 1 week for spring break). The 5K Celebration is Sunday, May 21 at Lake St. Clair Metropark. Each practice is led by a team of volunteer coaches. We have one parent interested in helping but are looking for more.