Birmingham Public Schools

English as a Second Language Program (ESL) Family Newsletter

Spring is here!!

While the weather gets nicer we can enjoy more outdoor activities! Michigan has 4 full seasons and there are reasons to love each one. This spring we are thankful for all of our students and their families choosing Birmingham Public Schools AND for the rising temperatures.


Don't forget to RSVP to our Family Field Trip to the MOTOWN museum and dinner by May 7th.

June 6th MOTOWN Spring Family Field Trip

Join us for our Family Field Trip and explore the Motown Museum in Detroit and dinner at Traffic Jam and Snug. This little museum located in Detroit is PACKED with the music of Barry Gordy and the hundreds of artists that worked for and with him. WE ALL LOVE MOTOWN MUSIC!


Museum Tickets: (order now and pay Jen on June 6th)

Adults $13 per person

Kids (5-17) $8 per person

4 and Under FREE


Families will meet at the Museum for the tour NO LATER than 5:15pm, dinner immediately following at the historic Traffic Jam and Snug restaurant.

Motown Family Field Trip - You must RSVP by May 10th

Thursday, June 6th, 5:15pm

2648 West Grand Boulevard

Detroit, MI

RSVP here for museum and dinner. I will collect fees at the museum for the tickets. Dinner is pay on your own.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

How can I help my child continue to learn English over the summer?

Summer can be a needed break giving kids and families a chance to explore their world and reconnect after a busy school year. It can also be long and kids can forget what they've learned without practice. To help your child to keep up their English language skills, here are some ideas:


DO THIS!! Arrange many play dates with American friends. These can be very simple and casual times for the kids to reconnect and adults, too. Ask your child if there is a child from school they would like to play with. Reach out to this parent, even if you do not know them. Be direct. Invite them to your home or you could meet at a park with a picnic lunch. Sometimes American parents will want to stay with their child until they get to know you or sometimes they see it as a chance to go food shopping without kids! Make sure to exchange cell phone numbers.


Sign your child up for an activity they are passionate about. Do they love animals? Try the Detroit Zoo Day camp. https://detroitzoo.org/education/kids-and-families/camps/


Go to the library. https://www.baldwinlib.org


Spend some time on Duolingo https://en.duolingo.com


Ask your child's classroom teacher for login information for classroom online learning opportunities at their learning level. Teachers use different ones; Raz Kids, MyOn, Compass Learning, etc.

You live in a beautiful state. Michigan has wonderful lakes, parks, campsites, bike trails and resorts. Explore your Great Lakes state.

ESL Birmingham on What's App

Email your cellphone number to me at jhilzinger@birmingham.k12.mi.us and I will invite you to our chat group! Ask questions, find resources, connect with ESL teachers and other families all through the summer.