The Pez Press

Week of January 16th

I Have A Dream - WM Honors Choir (1.17.22)

A Note from Mr. Pez

West Maple Families,

I hope this message finds you well and having enjoyed an extended weekend with our celebration and remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior yesterday. Our teachers have been hard at work with our students to share his legacy last week and this, to provide students with an understanding of the immense impact he had on our nation. I was able to attend the Pistons game on Sunday, with many West Maple families, and it was their MLK tribute game. It was wonderful to see the integration of his life and legacy throughout the game with both the halftime show and many video messages dedicated to him. Hopefully you were able to watch our choirs tribute above and take a peek below at some of the many activities happening around the building.

Kids Heart Challenge Assemblies TODAY!- Ask your child about our assembly and how they can become a Heart Hero!

i-Ready Testing- Mid-Year testing began today for some grade levels and will continue throughout this week. Please refer to the letters sent from your teachers last week and included below for more information.

West Maple Night with the Detroit Pistons: A shout out to Mr. Bodle for planning! Even though the results weren't what we hope for it was a fun afternoon with our West Maple Families. I was able to sneak a picture of one of our friends on the big screen, seen next to my comments.

Kindergarten Round- Up: Please spread the word to your neighbors that our Kindergarten Round-Up will occur on February 7th. Send them the link below to sign up if interested.

Have a wonderful week,


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Cold Weather Reminder

With the exception of days that are brutally cold or wet, we will be outside every day. Please make sure you have your child prepared with everything needed for cold weather.

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Kids Heart Challenge is HERE!

West Maple Families, Kids Heart Challenge™ has officially kicked off!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. Sign up by downloading the Kids Heart Challenge app or visiting our school’s link below.
  2. Help your child to select a personal challenge: Be Kind or Move More.
  3. Become a Heart Hero by completing Finn’s Mission.

Why not have some extra fun with the family and have your own kickoff party at home?! Watch the official Kick Off Video AND our Online Envelope will show you all the thank you gifts your kiddos can earn.

Together, as a school community, we are helping kids like Finn

Finn's Story


Download the Kids Heart Challenge App!




Thank you so much for supporting our school and the American Heart Association!

Interested in learning more about advocating for the AHA? Join You’re the Cure

Attention 4th and 5th grade parents!

Battle of the Books has been launched! Battle of the Books is a reading program sponsored by the Baldwin Public Library that is designed to encourage reading. All students are encouraged to read the books, even if they do not wish to be a part of a team. The Bingham library and Baldwin Library have audiobooks and ebooks when available.

You can find more information about the Battle on Baldwin's website.. Team registration opens Monday February 20, 2023 Adults will need to register teams made of 2-8 members between February 20th and March 12th. The Battle will be March 18, 2023.

Baldwin is offering Battle Book Talks. These are optional programs that help kids practice answering trivia questions quickly. The Battle Book Talks are held virtually Mondays at 4:30pm and registration is required.

Here is the schedule for the Battle Book Talks:

January 9th: The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

January 25: Accidental Trouble Magnet

February 6th: Twins

February 13th: A Wish in the Dark

February: 27th: Jinxed

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West Maple Spirit Wear Store

Check out our new West Maple Spirit Wear Store. Free Shipping on all orders until September 19th

Noon Aides Needed

We are critically low in the amount of noon aides we currently have to start this school year. Our lunches run from 11:10-1:30 this year. If you or someone you know may be interested, please send an email to, our secretary, Virginia Roberts We would love to hire 5 days a week but are also open to only a few days.

Virtual Lost and Found is back!

Items found are updated weekly on the West Maple website home page under the Lost and Found link. Please label your child’s items. Items with names get delivered directly to your child’s locker.

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Important Dates

Sunday, January 15th- West Maple Night at Little Caesars with the Pistons

Monday, January 16th- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School

Tuesday, January 17th- Honors Choir 8:00-8:45 in Mrs. Richardson's Room

Tuesday, January 17th- PTA Meeting @ 7 PM in Media Center

Thursday, January 19th- Peacemakers 8-8:45 AM

Tuesday, January 24th- Honors Choir 8:00-8:45 in Mrs. Richardson's Room

Friday, January 27th- West Maple Spirit Day- Super Hero Themed

January 30th-Feb. 4th- Wacky Waldo's Raffle

January 31st-5th Grade Fine Arts Night 6:45-8 PM


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BBSC Soccer Registration

It is time to sign up for soccer again! If you child is grades PreK-8, BBSC Spring '23 registration is open now through early March.

Find registration link and info on the site @

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Spring is coming! Registration is now open for Birmingham Girls Softball

at BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our top priorities. BGS is open to all girls interested in playing softball for the first time and those with prior experience looking to build on and develop the skills needed to play the game for years to come. All that we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. Please see our website for important dates and League contact information. Questions? Please contact Jeff Weber at

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BPS Saturday School

In partnership with the Birmingham African American Family Network, BPS Saturday School is back and in person within the newly renovated media center at Berkshire Middle School. BPS Saturday School Coordinators work together with NHS students from Groves and Seaholm, as well as student teachers from Oakland University, to provide tutoring to any K-12 BPS student who needs help in any grade level, and in any academic area.

Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. There is no sign up, but we do ask for a $3 donation to help us provide snacks for the students.

Each session begins with a motivational speaker and/or a welcoming activity led by the Saturday School coordinators. From 9:15-10:55, students are paired with tutors. At 10:55, we bring the group back together to discuss what students learned that day. This year’s sessions begin on October 15th, and can be found on the Saturday School website.

For more information about BPS Saturday School, please contact Jason Clinkscale at or Michael Babcock