January 24, 2022
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
January 26 - Kindergarten Round Up
February 2 - 1/2 day for students
February 16 - PTA Meeting @ 7:00 pm
Lunch Menu Change
Wednesday – Pepperoni Pizza Calzone
We would like to congratulate the winners of Reflections who have gone onto the state level. They are:
· Emilia H. in Literature, Titled: Nature’s Version of Changing The World
· Henry W. in Visual Arts, Titled: Volunteering in my Community
· Harper R. in Music Composition, Titled: Differences
Good luck everyone and fantastic job!
Battle of the Books for 4th and 5th Graders
- Team Registration opens February 7-25 at https://www.baldwinlib.org/battle-of-the-books/
- NEW!!! Q&A Informational Meeting about the virtual format, rules for Battle, what to expect on Battle day, ways to practice, tips for coaching, etc. All coaches, potential coaches, parents and students are encouraged to attend. Zoom link will be sent via email the day of the meeting. February 3rd at 7:00 PM.
- Battle Book Talks and Informational Meetings - Help your team prepare for Battle of the Books by joining our virtual trivia sessions. Librarians will ask a multitude of questions about the books so you can test your knowledge! These are completely optional. Zoom link will be emailed the day of the program. Click the links below for further details.
- Witches of Brooklyn: Wednesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m.
- The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez: Tuesday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m.
- Glitch: Monday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m.
- A Wolf Called Wander: Wednesday, February 16 at 4:30 p.m.
- Last day for registration is 2/25/22.
- Battle Day! March 5th at 11:00 a.m.
2nd - 5th Grade: Save the Date for our Concert Watch Party!!
Our concert recordings were a huge success last Wednesday and we're ready to share the concerts with our community. Please join us for a Zoom watch party to experience the performances together. A Zoom link will be sent to you next week for you to join us.
Zoom Watch Party: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
2nd-3rd Grade Concert Time: 6:30 PM
4th - 5th Grade Concert Time: 7:15 PM
See you on Zoom for some fantastic performances!
~ Mrs. McDonald
Kindergarten Round Up
An informational meeting will be held for parents only, on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 6:30 pm, in the Pembroke Gymnasium.
Tours will begin at 6:30 and the overview will begin at 7:00 pm
You will have an opportunity to meet the staff, tour the building and kindergarten classrooms and get an overview of our kindergarten program.
Preschool registration opened today for current BPS Preschool Families. Preschool registration will open to BPS resident not currently enrolled in the program on January 24th. Click here to learn more information about our preschool registration and offerings.
Dr. Gretchen Marsh, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, provided a session last week to the BPS community called Mental Health: Breaking the Stigma and Finding Solutions. The session provided tips and resources to support mental health in students and adults. I wanted to pass along this post presentation summary sheet that has some great information on how to cultivate positive mental health. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.
Coping Skill of the Week
Try this winter breathing technique!
Please fill out this Counseling Referral Form if your student wants to set up a meeting to talk with me. Once I receive your referral, I will coordinate with the teacher to set up a meeting with your kiddo. You may also fill out the same referral form if you would like to meet with me directly.
FRIENDS of Different Learners
Join us virtually on February 3rd at 7PM where academic coach, school advocate, and parent trainer Brenda Mann MA ED will be discussing ADHD, Executive Function, and Homework. More details in the meeting flyer attached.
BEF Talent Show
Calling all singers, dancers, musicians & special talents! Students and staff of BPS are invited to submit a video showing off their talents to the BEF for their upcoming “BPS Stars of Tomorrow” event which will be broadcast on Thursday, March 10th at 7 pm. Winners will be awarded a $200.00 Visa gift card for themselves as well as a $1000.00 grant for their school. For more information click here.
Birmingham Youth Assistance (BYA) Nominations
Birmingham Youth Assistance seeks to honor any student in grades 6 through 12 who lives or is educated within the geographic boundaries of the Birmingham Public School district and has demonstrated a strong commitment to community service during the past twelve months. Students nominated for this program will be honored at a reception, receive commendations from national, state, and local government officials, and possibly receive a financial award. Visit https://www.birminghamyouthassistance.org/youth-in-service for more details. All submissions must be received by Thursday, February 17. Students are responsible for following up with the nominator and ensuring that both forms are submitted by the deadline.
ATTENTION FUTURE SEAHOLM MAPLE MOTION DANCERS!
The Maple Motion Dance Team will hold a Dance Clinic on Thursday, February 17th, 2022. Join the dancers for an afternoon to learn a dance routine and perform in between the JV and Varsity Women’s Basketball games. Cost is $50 and is open to boys and girls in K-8th grades. Cost includes dance instruction and performance, dinner, snacks, T-Shirt, gifts and non-stop fun! Drop off is 4:00pm at the Seaholm High School main entrance, 2436 W. Lincoln in Birmingham. The performance will take place at approximately 6:30pm in the Seaholm gym. Deadline to register is February 3rd. Visit:http://seaholmmaplemotiondance.weebly.com/dance-clinics.html for a registration form or email: MAMODanceClinic@gmail.com with questions.
Birmingham Girls Softball – Registration Now Open!
Birmingham Girls Softball returns for its 23rd season! BGS is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls recreational softball league with over 300 players. Online registration is now open at www.birminghamsoftball.com. Birmingham Girls Softball is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. The group is dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball.
in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being their top priorities. BGS is open to all girls interested in playing softball for the first time and those with prior experience looking to build on and develop the skills needed to play the game for years to come. All that BGS requires is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. For questions, please email Jeff Weber at email@example.com.
Birmingham Education Foundation
Please support the Birmingham Education Foundation in their Annual Fund Campaign by donating TODAY!
The mission of the BEF is to create exceptional education experiences by connecting innovative teachers with community support. Each year the BEF provides teacher grants for activities that directly impact your children. Visit supportBEF.org to learn more and to donate.
Openings in the GSRP preschool program!
The BPS Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), a preschool program, located at Bingham Farms, has available openings for children who are 4 years old. GSRP is a state-funded, grant program that is FREE for families who qualify. For more information, please contact Laura Tinsley, 248-203-5805, LTinsley@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
BPS Saturday School: 9 – 11 am
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:
Saturday School sessions for the 2021-2022 school year:
January: 8, 22, 29
February: 5, 12, 19
March: 5, 12, 19
April: 9, 23, 30
May: 7, 14, 21
Cold is Cool
Did you know 4th and 5th grade students can ski for free in Michigan? Visit https://www.goskimichigan.com/cold-is-cool/ for complete details about the program.