Harlan eNews

March 11, 2022

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Message from Mr. Agius

Harlan Families,

I hope that you all had a wonderful week and were able to enjoy some of the sunshine. Luckily, our kids were able to enjoy some outdoor recess. Please continue to send your kids in with their boots. While we do close down sections of our playground that are muddy, kids being kids, they always manage to find a muddy area. A change of shoes or boots will help to keep their favorite shoes nice and clean.

Last Saturday, many of our 4th and 5th graders participated in Battle of the Books. This year, one of Harlan’s very own teams, Dragon Readers, took 1st Place! The Dragon Readers team consists of Jack Bobel, Nathan Haffey, Dylan Kurzawa, Noah Oh, Camron Sadeghi, and Adam Sesi! Great job Dragon Readers and all 4th and 5th graders who participated in the Battle of the Books! Keep on reading!

Last night, during BPS Stars of Tomorrow, 1st grader, Kendall Kadro, also made Harlan proud with her amazing ice skating performance. If you were not able to tune in, please check out this link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnrAy8kAxuE to see all of the wonderful performances. Kendall’s performance begins at the 53:49 mark. Great job, Kendall!

I hope to see all of you at this evening’s Masked Reader event on Zoom. Our kids have been watching all of the Masked Reader videos and trying to guess who is who! Join the Zoom tonight (link below) to see who is behind each mask and for many other fun surprises!

Enjoy the weekend!



The Next Week Ahead

  • Monday, March 14 - Green Team Meeting before school 8 - 8:45 AM; Reflection Relay (4th & 5th Science Olympiad) after school 4 - 5 PM; Drama Kids after school class 3:55 – 4:55 PM; Drawing with YR after school 3:50 – 4:50 PM

  • Tuesday, March 15 – Robotics (2nd Grade) before school 7:45 – 8:45 AM; Water Rockets (4th & 5th Grade Science Olympiad) before school 7:45 - 8:45 AM; Robotics (1st Grade) after school 4 – 5:00 PM; Barge Building (4th & 5th Grade Science Olympiad) after school 4 - 5:00 PM; Zowie Estimation (4th & 5th Grade Science Olympiad) after school 4 - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 16 – No Cook Night - City BBQ benefitting Harlan PTA; Math Pentathlon before school 8 – 8:45 AM; Charged Up (4th & 5th Grade Science Olympiad) before school 8 - 8:45 AM; Cheer/Dance/Pom after school 3:50 - 4:50 PM; Precision Ping Pong (4th & 5th Grade Science Olympiad) after school 4 – 5:15 PM; Wildlife Safari (4th & 5th Science Olympiad) after school 4 – 5:00 PM; Mystery Architecture (4th & 5th Grade Science Olympiad) after school 4 - 5:00 PM; Robotics (3rd Grade) after school 4 – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 17 Last Day to Submit Leprechaun Traps for PTA Contest (see details below); Glee Club after school 3:50 - 4:30 PM; Robotics (1st - 3rd) after school 4 - 5:00 PM
  • Friday, March 18 – Robotics (K) before school 7:45 - 8:45 AM; Crash Car Eggspert (4th & 5th Grade Science Olympiad) after school 4 - 5:00 PM; Weather or Not (4th & 5th Grade Science Olympiad) after school 4 - 5:00 PM; Robotics (1st) after school 4 - 5:00 PM
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Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine

Our Harlan Huskies, along with many BPS schools, are collecting humanitarian aid items for the Ukrainian people. This collection will be held through Friday, March 18th. There are two ways to donate. One is through the direct donation of tangible items from the list below. Donations can be dropped off and placed in the box on the table outside of the office.

Priority items of need are as follows (for children and adults):

· Warm/fleece clothing

· Thermal undergarments / Socks

· Hiking boots

· Quilts/thermal blankets

· Sleeping bags / Bedding

· Yoga Mats

· Tents

· Work gloves

· Flashlights

· First aid kits

· Bandage materials

· Surgical gloves

· Alcohol wipes

Here is the link to the Amazon wish list. These items will be sent directly to the family who reached out to us and delivered to DNIPRO.


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The Masked Reader LIVE Event

Friday, March 11th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Last year's most popular Zoom event is back! We had over 600 people join us for the big reveal of our Harlan Masked Readers! Which staff members will be under those masks this year? Do you think you'll follow the clues to guess each one? Mark your calendars and stay tuned as we release book recordings leading up to the event. The live event ends with a fun book give-away from the PTA! Click on the link to see the fun pictures of our Harlan Masked Readers.


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 698 957 5045

Passcode: Harlan

Art Newsletter

See what is happening in Art for March and April.

Save the Date - Harlan Art Show

Date: April 27th

Time: 6 - 7:30 PM

Where: Harlan First Floor Hallways

Hope to see you there!

Spanish Newsletter

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

Save the Date - Vocal Music Performance

Harlan 4th and 5th graders will have a vocal music performance, "On the Radio"!

On Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM in the Seaholm Auditorium.

Visit the following website so that your child can practice from home!


World Down Syndrome Day - March 21st

Every year, on March 21st, people all around the world come together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day by wearing brightly colored, mismatched socks. Together everyone can create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down Syndrome in our community and around the world. March 21 (3-21) is symbolic because people with Down Syndrome have 3 copies of their 21st chromosome. Socks were chosen because the karyotype of DS chromosomes actually looks like mismatched socks!
Library Connection

Click on the button to see the March Edition

The Library Connection Highlights (updated)

Book Fair

Book Fair is open during school hours until March 16th. Book Fair closes on March 16th at 12:30 PM.

Would you like to set up an e-wallet for the book fair so your child doesn't have to worry about bringing cash to and from school? Check out this link on how to create an e-wallet.


Would you like to support your child's classroom? Attached is a list of teachers who have an e-wallet for donations for classroom books. You may fund any amount you would like and then the teacher can shop at the fair for books for your child's classroom.


March is Reading Month (MIRM)

Here is the MIRM calendar of events that went home in their backpacks last week: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/11469

Bagel Sales - Update

Last week's Bagel sale was a great success and we're ready for another week of delicious bagels! Reminder, Bagel Sale collection for those that didn't purchase a pass will be on Tuesdays. Feel free to send in $1 in an envelope with your child's name on it and what their bagel selection is on Tuesday (Plain, Salt, Cinnamon Sugar or Parmesan) to their teacher. Please note there are no extra bagels on Fridays and therefore do not offer day of sales.

MISelf in Books

Please join your BPS Librarians on Thursday evenings at 7:00 via zoom to listen to a bedtime story. Register at https://www.smore.com/skn6a-miself-in-books?ref=email

Are you looking for ways to help the library, but you can't donate time during the day? Consider clicking here to purchase items for our school store. Thank you in advance!

Are you looking for old information about the library? Find all the past newsletters here:


School Store

The School Store is open on D Days from 9 - 9:45 AM through the end of the year. Items available are school supplies (ex. pens, pencils, erasers, etc.) and some fun extras (ex. posters, books, fidgets, etc.).

Are you looking for ways to help the school, but you can't donate time during the day? Consider clicking on the link below to purchase items for our school store. Thank you in advance!


Spring After School Classes

Harlan is offering more enrichment classes for Spring 2022! We have offerings for sewing, drama, dance, science and computer coding. View the attached flyer with class descriptions and registration information or visit www.communityed.net.

Harlan Kids Club (updated)

Schedule now for half day Kids Club that will be held on 3/23 and 3/24 from 12:05 – 6:00 pm. Students must be registered and attendance must be scheduled in advance. There are no drop-ins or unscheduled visits on half day afternoons. For more information, visit https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/494.

PTA News

No Cook Night: City BBQ - Wednesday, March 16th

Eat at City BBQ and 20% goes back to Harlan!

City BBQ

700 W. Big Beaver Road - Troy

Use Code: FundA

Leprechaun Trap Contest - March 17th

Design your best leprechaun trap by Thursday, March 17th. Post a photo or video on the Harlan PTA Facebook page. The trap with the most likes will win our grand prize and have their photo in the yearbook with the trap selected.

PTA Volunteer of the Year - Submissions Due March 31st

It's time to nominate our PTA Volunteer of the Year for 2021 - 2022. Did someone stand out as a leader? Did they go above and beyond to make the year special for our Huskies? Take this quick survey to show some love for the volunteer you'd like to nominate.


It's Yearbook Time - Due April 15th

We are excited to have a new yearbook partner this year. Families will now be able to design their own two free personal pages to be printed in your student's yearbook. If you already purchased a yearbook, an account has already been setup for you. Log in using your email and the passcode attached. Haven't ordered yet? You can do that now by following the details on the link. Make this yearbook personal and more special for your Husky at no additional cost!


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

This year is all about community and staying connected. We are excited to host our 1st Color Run! All grades will be able to participate and this will be the event you'll want to attend. Proceeds from this event will sustain our grants, enrichment programs and Harlan PTA events for two years.

PTA Calendar

  • March 11 - Family Fun: Masked Reader at 7 PM
  • March 23 & 24 - 1/2 Day & Parent Teacher Conferences
  • March 28 - April 1 - Spring Break
  • April 8 - Family Fun: iCode Event
  • April 9 - Science Olympiad

District News

BEF Silent Auction

The silent Auction is STILL OPEN! Go to: https://birmedu2022.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse to view our amazing auction packages including: Comprehensive orthodontics packages, a collection of premium wines from our Trustees, baskets from our wonderful PTA's, $500 gift certificates to Somerset Collection, reserved student parking spots at Groves and Seaholm, iPad mini and gift certificates to area restaurants.

2022 Girls Lacrosse Season (repeat)

Registration is now open for the 2022 Girls Lacrosse Season! All 1st-8th grade girls with any skill level are welcome.

Please use the following link to register: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/300785.

Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com.

Birmingham Volleyball Club (repeat)

Seaholm Varsity Coach/Berkshire Teacher Heather Gambone and Groves Varsity Coach/BCS Teacher Madison Close are offering Sunday Volleyball Camps for students in 1st – 6th grades. Camps will run from 1pm-3pm at Seaholm High School. Session 1 will begin on March 6th and run until April 24th. There will be no camp March 27th or April 17th. Please visit our website for sign up information Birmingham Volleyball Club Website or email Heather and Madison at bhamvballclub@gmail.com.

Birmingham Bulldogs Junior Lacrosse (repeat)

Registration is open to all boys grades 1st through 8th, including those that have never played lacrosse. You can register through the following link - https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/298197. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact info@birminghambulldogs.org or visit www.birminghambulldogs.org for more information.

BPS Saturday School

Saturday, March 12th, 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:

March: 12, 19

April: 9, 23, 30

May: 7, 14, 21

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.

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.