Harlan eNews

March 18, 2022

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Message from Mr. Agius

Harlan Families,

Another great week is in the books. Last week we ended with a wonderful evening event with almost 100 households participating. Thank you to the PTA, Staff and the BPS Digital Media Producers who helped to make the Masked Reader a success! It was so much fun!

This past Thursday, Mr. Kefgen’s class had quite the surprise when the BEF showed up with a great big check and trophy to celebrate Kendall Kadro for winning the Elementary portion of the BPS Stars of Tomorrow. Way to go Kendall!

On Monday, we will start off the week celebrating World Down Syndrome Awareness that by wearing our fun socks to school. Please encourage your child to “Rock their Socks” on Monday to show their support!

Enjoy the weekend!



The Next Week Ahead

  • Monday, March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day - Wear Colorful Socks; Reflection Relay (4th & 5th Science Olympiad) after school 4 - 5 PM; Drama Kids after school class 3:55 – 4:55 PM (last class); Multi-sport (1st - 3rd) class after school 4 - 4:45 PM (last class); Basketball (3rd - 5th) after school 5 - 6:00 PM (last class)

  • Tuesday, March 22 – 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; Zowie Estimation (4th & 5th Grade Science Olympiad) after school 4 - 5:00 PM; Mystery Architecture (4th & 5th Grade Science Olympiad) 4 - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 23 – Half Day, dismissal at 12:05 PM, Parent/Teacher Conferences 1 - 4 PM & 5 - 8 PM (Sign Up Genius Link sent earlier this week); Math Pentathlon before school 8 – 8:45 AM
  • Thursday, March 24 Half Day, dismissal at 12:05 PM, Parent/Teacher Conferences 1 - 4 PM & 5 - 8 PM (Sign Up Genius Link sent earlier this week)
  • Friday, March 25 – 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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Harlan is a Michigan Green School Again

Harlan has received the highest award possible, State of Michigan Evergreen School, for our efforts during 2021-22 school year. Our schoolwide efforts to reduce/reuse/recycle, conserve energy and water, and educate our students about environmental topics have led to this recognition.

The Green Team at Harlan is an integral part of our work to be a Green School. The Green Team consists of a group of 3rd-5th grade students who are committed to helping the environment and informing their peers. The members work hard to promote environmentally friendly practices, such recycling and up-cycling, gardening with native plants and protecting endangered animals.

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 Musical Performance

Harlan 2nd and 3rd graders will have a vocal music performance, "Best Day of My Life"!

On April 26th, at 7:00 PM in the Seaholm Auditorium.

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


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!


Library Connection

Click on the button to see the March Edition

The Library Connection Highlights (updated)

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 will not be open next week, but will reopen after Spring Break.

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 (updated)

We have another session of Afterschool Classes for the Spring, plus 2 new classes have been added to our offerings! Check out the flyer on the Harlan homepage (and also coming home in your child’s backpack) to see the great variety of enrichment classes:

  • Cheer, Dance and Pom, Grades K-5

  • Drama Kids: Storybook Idol (includes performance at end of session) Grades 1-5, but if you are the parent of a kindergartener who is interested in this class, please contact Angie Righter

  • iCode Digital Arts, Grades 2-5
  • Inventions & Contraptions with Nutty Scientists, Grades 1-4
  • Learn to Sew Scrunchies and Beach Bag, Gr. 3-5
  • NEW -- MultiSport (Basketball and Soccer) Grades K-2
  • NEW – Basketball Grades 3-5

To register, visit www.communityed.net and click on Youth Programs and then Afterschool Classes.

2022-23 Harlan Preschool (updated)

Harlan Preschool is a great start to a child’s education! We have space available in our 3-year-old program for 2022-23. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-11:30 AM. PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND FAMILY.

Our 4-year-old program, which meets Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays 8:30-11:30 AM OR 8:30 AM-1:20 PM is full, but a WAITLIST is AVAILABLE.

To learn more about our programs and to access registration information, please visit the Harlan Preschool page: Preschool / Harlan Preschool (birmingham.k12.mi.us) If you have any questions, or if you would like a tour of the preschool and Harlan, please contact Angie Righter, Harlan CSO.

Harlan Kids Club (updated)

Parent-teacher conferences are coming, and that means half days of school! Don’t forget to register/schedule for our upcoming half day Kids Club sessions on Wednesday, March 23 and Thursday, March 24. We have special activities and snacks planned for these days. Please keep in mind that attendance must be scheduled in advance. For registration information, visit https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/494. If you have any questions, please contact Angie Righter, Harlan CSO.

PTA News

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 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

Spring Break Camps

The Community Education department of Birmingham Public Schools is offering Spring Break camps. Please click on the link below to find out more information:


BPS Saturday School

Saturday, March 19th, 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: 19

April: 9, 23, 30

May: 7, 14, 21

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 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.

MEETINGANNOUNCEMENT FROM FRIENDS - Neurological Nexus: Screen Addiction

Thursday, April 7th, 7pm

This is an online event.

WHEN: April 7th, 2022 at 7pm

WHERE: Join Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88620338016

Click on the link below for the flyer with more details.


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.