Principal's Page

Blackbird and Shay Elementary


October 7 Elementary Picture Day

October 15 No School (Teacher Inservice)

October 20-21 Elementary Parent/Teacher Conference

November 1 No School (Teacher Inservice)

November 24-26 Thanksgiving Break

Dear HSPS School Community:

I hope that everyone's school year is off to a great start! School meal programs nationwide are experiencing many of the same supply chain issues that have impacted restaurants and grocery stores throughout the pandemic. Our school nutrition team is committed to ensuring students continue to have access to healthy meals each school day.

Just as families have to make substitutions on grocery lists, we may have to make some last-minute changes to our menus, based on product availability. We will do our best to communicate menu changes in a timely manner. We may not have the same number of menu choices we would like to offer our students, but we will be sure that all students are nourished and ready to learn.

We hope parents and students will be patient as we sort through these supply chain issues.


Cathy Clarke
Food Service Director

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Lost and Found

Please label all items sent to school such as backpacks, water bottles, coats, etc.
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Picture Day is Thursday, October 7th

School Name: Blackbird Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Thursday, October 7

Picture Day ID: EVT4QZF2W

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Elementary Spirit Themes

Monday - Sports Day - Wear your favorite team Jersey

Tuesday - Crazy Sock Day

Wednesday - Hat Day

Thursday - Crazy Hair Day

Friday - Rams Pride Day - Wear orange/black or Rams Wear

Homecoming Festivites

The Spirit March will take place during the school day on Friday, October 1st (1:00pm) and will give all K-12th grade students in Harbor Springs Public Schools the opportunity to be involved. The parade includes the homecoming court as well as varsity football players!

Students will show their school spirit as they line the route and cheer on the team!


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News from Physical Education & Health

The students have been working hard in PE.

We started off the year at Shay working on a couple recess games and talking about Respect & Sportsmanship. Students are now moving into a foot skills unit using soccer balls. 2nd-4th graders have all had their first Health lesson. Each grade is focusing on the Social Emotional unit from the Michigan Model Curriculum to start the year off. Ask your child about what they learned in Heath for their first lesson.

At Blackbird we are working on moving in personal space. They are using fast walking and other locomotor skills during games to keep others safe while we move about the gym. Students will be moving into a foot skills unit as well in the coming weeks.

Blackbird & Shay Parents, please double check your child's specials schedule. It is really important that they have athletic style shoes for PE. It is very hard for students to move around in dress shoes, boots, and sandals effectively. Also, at Shay our floor was refinished this summer and we would like to keep it nice throughout the school year. Thank you for making sure your child has appropriate shoes for PE.

If you have any questions about PE or Health, please feel free to reach out to me. You can email me at

Have a great weekend!

Kristie Holzschu

No school on October 15-Teacher Inservice

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With the school year underway, we are starting up our robotics programs!

Harbor Springs Robotics offers programs for all grade levels.

  • FIRST Lego League (grades 4-6) and FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-8) are starting now.

  • FIRST Lego League - Explore (grades K-3) and FIRST Robotics Competition (grades 9-12) begin later in the year.

Our robotics programs are not just for kids that like to build. There are opportunities for designers, media specialists, writers, fundraisers, and more! Please see the linked document for a description of each program: Robotics Program Descriptions.pdf

To register for the teams, please fill out the form found here. You will be contacted with more information once after registering.

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