Harlan eNews

March 4, 2022

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Message from Mr. Agius

Harlan Families,

What a great week at Harlan!! We had so much learning and fun going on that the typical elementary school buzz was a bit louder than normal. Our 3rd and 5th grade students went on field trips to the Nature Center and Bowers Farm. Our 5th graders were visited by the Derby Counselors to get them excited about middle school!

Finally, our 4th and 5th graders were able to participate in a half day Disability Awareness Workshop. This is an extremely valuable workshop for our students to gain a better understanding of the different types of disabilities along with the systems that should be in place to help make every day living a bit easier for individuals with a disability. A huge thank you goes out to Jessica Jones, Nicole Sadeghi, Eve Ratliff and all our parent volunteers for making this a possibility. It is a big undertaking.

I would also like to give a shout out to students Avery and Peyton Jones for making it to the State Competition for the Annual PTA Reflections contest. Avery took 3rd place for her submission in Film Production and Peyton took 3rd place for her submission in Photography. Great job, girls!

I hope you all enjoy the weekend!



The Next Week Ahead

  • Saturday, March 5 - Battle of the Books at 11:00 AM via Zoom; Derby and Seaholm Band Concert at 1 PM in Seaholm Gym

  • Monday, March 7 - Reflection Relay (4th & 5th Science Olympiad) 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 8 – Robotics (2nd Grade) before school 7:45 – 8:45 AM; Robotics (1st Grade) after school 4 – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 9 – Math Pentathlon before school 8 – 8:45 AM; Cheer/Dance/Pom after school 3:50 - 4:50 PM; Precision Ping Pong (4th & 5th Grade Science Olympiad) 4 – 5:15 PM; Wildlife Safari (4th & 5th Science Olympiad) 4 – 5:00 PM; Grasp-a-Graph (4th & 5th Science Olympiad) 4:30 - 5:30 PM; Robotics (3rd Grade) after school 4 – 5:00 PM; Code Ninjas (4th & 5th Science Olympiad) 7 – 8:00 PM; PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 10 – Glee Club before school 8 - 8:40 AM; Robotics (1st - 3rd) after school 4 - 5:00 PM
  • Friday, March 11 – Robotics (K) before school 7:45 - 8:45 AM; Half Day, dismissal at 12:05 PM; PTA Masked Reader Event 7 PM via Zoom
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BPS Stars of Tomorrow

Thursday, March 10th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Register to watch "BPS Stars of Tomorrow" virtual talent show and vote for your favorite talents! The talent competition will be broadcast Thursday, March 10th at 7 pm. Watch at Home Charcuterie Kits from Beyond Juice are available for purchase as part of our VIP registration. Visit this link for FREE REGISTRATION and to reserve your kit today: https://supportbef.ejoinme.org/SOT. Be entered into a drawing for Birmingham restaurant gift cards just by registering! Value $275.

The silent Auction is NOW 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.

You’re invited to come see the combined Derby and Seaholm Band Concert this Saturday, March 5th

For the first time ever, the bands at Seaholm and Derby will have a combined band concert in the Seaholm Gym. Concert begins at 1pm and will feature many exceptional student musicians that once attended your elementary school! We would love to see you there!

Art Newsletter

See what is happening in Art for March and April.

Spanish Newsletter

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

The Library Connection

Book Fair

The library is still in need of volunteers to help support our book fair! Please consider donating some time during the school day to help kids shop and cash out.


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 this week: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/11469

Bagel Sales

If your child would still like to buy bagels and they do not have a pass, they can purchase each week by turning into their teachers $1 on Tuesdays and writing the following on an envelope:


Teacher's name

Flavor of bagel - cinnamon sugar, salt, plain, or parmesan

Battle of the Books for 4th and 5th Graders - Battle Day! March 5th at 11:00 a.m.

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:


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

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

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.


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

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

2022 Girls Lacrosse Season

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 5th, 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: 5, 12, 19

April: 9, 23, 30

May: 7, 14, 21

GSRP Openings for this School Year (repeat)

Immediate openings are available in the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), located at Bingham Farms. GSRP is a grant-funded, full-day, free preschool program for children who were 4 years old by December 1, 2021. Families interested in applying can reach out to Laura Tinsley at 248-203-5805, LTinsley@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

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.