Harlan eNews

May 27, 2022

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Message from Mr. Agius

Harlan Families,

This past Saturday, we had our first Color Run at Harlan hosted by our PTA. I would like to thank Jen Hill, Kendra Adelson, and all of the parents who volunteered to make this event possible. It was a wonderful event that brought our community together for some family fun. In the end, the PTA was able to raise over $34,000!

While I could go on with accolades and points of pride here at Harlan, my thoughts continuously return to the tragedy that took place in Uvalde, Texas. This unthinkable act still weighs heavy on my heart as we make decisions on a daily basis to keep our students and staff safe both physically and emotionally. I continue to think about every parent and loved one enduring the painful repetition of these unnecessary mass shootings in our society. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you are in need of any strategies or suggestions on how to talk about these events in your home. Below are some resources that you may find helpful.

  • Our BPS Mental Health and Wellness website, created by our counselors, social workers, and psychologists. This site shares resources that may be helpful to staff, students, and families
  • The National Association of School Psychologists has provided tips for parents to discuss violence with their children, which can be found here.

In addition, I wanted to remind/ask everyone who may be coming up to the building for any purpose to always carry their ID and share the reason for entering the building. I have asked our office staff to make sure we are aware of every person entering the building and the event that we do not recognize someone, we will ask to check ID.

I appreciate everyone’s kind words and support during this time. I hope you all enjoy some family time this weekend.



The Next Week

  • Monday, May 30 - No School

  • Tuesday, May 31 (B - Day)
  • Wednesday, June 1 (C - Day) – Field Day 3 - 5th (1:40 - 3:00 PM)
  • Thursday, June 2 (D - Day) - Fifth Grade Camp
  • Friday, June 3 (A - Day) - Fifth Grade Camp

Harlan Elementary School 1st Grade Performance - Recorded May 17, 2022

Click on the link to access the performance:


Click on the following link to access the program and list of performers:


Song 1: Three Little Birds Originally written and performed by Bob Marley Notes by Mrs. Smith’s Class

The song Three Little Birds is about happiness and kindness. When birds sing it makes us smile. When we smile it makes others happy. When we’re kind it makes others want to be kind as well. Smile when you can, and be kind always!

Song 2: I Wish You More Story by Amy Kraus Rosenthal; Music by Emily Arrow Notes by Mr. Kefgen’s Class

When you’re sad we wish for you to be happy again. That’s what this story and song are all about! When we help and take care of each other it makes the world a better place. “I wish you more umbrella than rain!”

Library Connection

Click on the button to see the May Edition

The Library Connection Highlights (updated)

Library Books Due

All library books and items are due on 5/27/2022. Please bring all items before or on this date.

School Store - Updated

The School Store will be open one last time on 6/2/2022 for an End of Year Sale.

Bagel Sales

The last day to purchase a bagel is 5/31/2022 and the last bagel delivery will be 6/3/2022.

Art Newsletter

Harlan Art Newsletter for May/June

Spanish Newsletter

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

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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:


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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

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.


District News

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2022 BPS Assessment Pilot Focus Group for Families

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: https://forms.gle/VLfwhrz4e5BAgByv5

K-8 Mathematics Resources Recommended for Pilot

The K-8 Mathematics Curriculum Design Team is excited to share that they have come to consensus around two excellent resources for math instruction to recommend for pilot in the fall! The team is seeking approval to pilot Learn Zillion's Illustrative Mathematics K-8 and i-Ready Classroom Mathematics K-8 in the fall of 2022. These recommendations were shared with the board on Tuesday evening, and the board will vote at their regular board meeting on May 24th. If the board approves this recommendation, information about piloting will be shared soon after. Please visit the K-8 Math Review site for more information. Additionally, if you are interested in reviewing these materials, you can email Stacey Summerhill at ssummerhill@birmingham.k12.mi.us to set up an appointment.

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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:


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.