The Pez Press
Week of January 10th
A Note from Mr.Pez
West Maple Families,
It was wonderful to hear the halls buzzing with the sound of student voices as we returned to school. I was privileged to help cover indoor recesses during lunches last week as I got to hear all the stories from break and reengage with students across all grade levels. Whether it was being in a kindergarten classroom and answering questions about my favorite color, if I had a dog, etc. to playing basketball with 3rd grade friends in the gym, or talking to our 5th graders about the adventures over break, it was rewarding experience. I am thankful each and every day for the time I am able to spend with our kids and staff at West Maple.
This week our students will have a half day dismissal on Friday at 12:05 p.m. Our K-5 teachers and LRC classroom teachers will be participating in professional learning around mathematics instruction. All other staff will be working with their departments on specific work for the afternoon.
We will conduct our second ALICE Drill this week. The West Maple Staff is aware of the exact date and time this will occur but I will not publish this in my newsletter. After the drill takes place I will be sending an email to the community to alert everyone and share what we have practiced. In addition, our staff will be reviewing the ALICE protocols we have discussed previously using our kid presentations.
On Monday, staff and students will not be in session to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. West Maple staff and students will be celebrating with activities this week or the following week of January 17th.
Thanks for all you do,
Kids Heart Challenge
Kids Heart Challenge™ is on the move!
West Maple Families- Last week during PE we officially kicked off Kids Heart Challenge! We are off to a great start! Every student is encouraged to register by clicking HERE and taking on a heart healthy pledge!
Help your student complete Finn’s Mission
In doing so, you and your family will learn Hands Only CPR, warning signs of a stroke, and earn your very own Finn’s Lifesaver keyring.
Did you know that since 2019 the American Heart Association has donated more than 500 CPR in Schools Kits to schools right here in Michigan thanks to your fundraising efforts?
Click here to get started today! or download the Kids Heart Challenge app!
Dr. Gretchen Marsh presents Mental Health: Breaking the Stigma and Finding Solutions
Join BPS on zoom Jan. 13 as Dr. Marsh, a clinical psychologist specializing in assessing and treating anxiety and depression-related disorders in children, teens, and adults, addresses ending the stigma around mental health. Dr. Marsh’s presentation will include the exponential spike in anxiety and depression-related disorders in children and adults and how the pandemic has increased that rate by twofold. During this presentation, she will educate the audience on how anxiety impacts how we feel, how we think, and how we behave. Participants will learn about:
- The continuum of anxiety and how this constant stressor (COVID-19) can result in symptoms of anxiety and depression;
- How anxiety impacts us and those around us;
- Specific actions to decrease and eliminate anxiety & depression;
- Tips and tricks for individuals, teams, and families; and
- When, where, and how to get help.
Join us via Zoom on Jan. 13 by following the link (this Zoom will allow up to 1,000 participants): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85347329751?pwd=VmNVVFc1eGVyMmQ4cWorOEtrbVJNQT09
Meeting ID: 853 4732 9751
Tuesday, January 11th- Honors Choir 8-8:45 AM
Friday, January 14th- 1/2 Day with 12:05 PM Dismissal
Monday, January 17th- MLK Day- No School
Tuesday, January 18th- Honors Choir 8-8:45 AM
Monday, January 24th- Thursday, January 27th- Wacky Waldo's Raffle
Tuesday, January 25th- Honors Choir 8-8:45 AM
Tuesday, January 25th- PTA Meeting @ 7:00 PM via Zoom
Tuesday, February 2nd- Honors Choir 8-8:45 AM
Wednesday, February 9th- PTA Bingo Night via zoom (details to follow)
West Maple Ski Club
West Maple Ski Club is ready to start registration for the 2022 season! As a reminder, it is open to kids 7+ and we meet at Pine Knob every Monday evening in January and February. Kids (and parents, if they choose) can ski or snowboard at a discounted ski club rate.
In order to share registration information we are looking to compile a distribution list of all interested families. Please take a moment to fill out the following form in order to be included in upcoming correspondence. https://forms.gle/R8f5McbEHZz7jPQ48
We hope to see you on the slopes!
Brian and Hillary Orlowski
COVID Protocols Reminder
Please report all COVID exposures and COVID positive tests to Mrs. Maria Reilly (firstname.lastname@example.org or 248.203.5101) and Jason Pesamoska(email@example.com). It is important for us to have this information ASAP to be able to act accordingly.
Please see below for important COVID Protocols:
Your child should not come to school if:
- Someone in your home is awaiting testing results for COVID.
- Someone in your home is COVID positive.
- Your child has been exposed to someone awaiting testing results for COVID.
- Your child has been exposed to someone who is COVID positive.
- Your child is awaiting testing results for COVID*.
- Your child is COVID positive.
*PCR test results for the student must be shared with the school.
Students experiencing ONE or more of the following symptoms unrelated to a known pre-existing condition (e.g. asthma, allergies) should consult their pediatrician for guidance. Please provide a note from the pediatrician if they are not recommending testing or quarantine.
- New cough
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
Students experiencing TWO or more of the following symptoms unrelated to a known pre-existing condition (e.g. asthma, allergies) should consult their pediatrician for guidance. Please provide a note from the pediatrician if they are not recommending testing or quarantine.
- Fever* (100.4 degrees or higher) – required to be symptom free for 24 hours, without fever reducing medication, to return to school.
- Chills (rigors)
- Muscle aches (myalgias)
- Sore throat
- Diarrhea* (2x in 24 hours) – required to be symptom free for 24 hours to return to school.
- Nausea or vomiting* (2x in 24 hours) – required to be symptom free for 24 hours to return the school.
- Congestion or runny nose
*For general wellness, students who are experiencing fever, diarrhea and/or vomiting must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to schools.
Student with a Positive COVID test:
Students who test positive for COVID will be required to quarantine for 10 days and return on the 11th day. Day zero is the onset of symptoms. If asymptomatic, day zero is the day they tested which resulted in a positive result.
Students who are exposed will have three options:
- Students who are exposed to someone COVID positive will be required to quarantine for 10 days and return on the 11th day. Day zero is the last day the student was exposed to a positive COVID person.
- Students who are exposed to someone COVID positive can have a PCR test done on Day 5 as long as they remain asymptomatic. They will be allowed to return to school with that negative PCR test on Day 8. The results must be shared with the school before the child returns. Day zero is the last day the student was exposed to a positive COVID person.
- Students who are exposed to someone COVID positive at school will have the option for daily testing at the EAC with appointments needing to be made the preceding day by noon. The results are shared with the school so the student can attend school that day. Day zero is the last day the student was exposed to a positive COVID person.
If your child is fully vaccinated and two weeks out from their second vaccination, they will be exempt from a quarantine, unless they are experiencing symptoms or have a positive COVID test.
When students are quarantined due a positive COVID test or exposure we will provide work from their teachers as well as a zoom link for the students to continue connecting with their classrooms during the time missed.
As always if you have any questions regarding this please contact any member of our office team.
West Maple Spirit Wear Store
BPS Saturday School at Berkshire Returns 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: 22, 29
February: 5, 12, 19
March: 5, 12, 19
April: 9, 23, 30
May: 7, 14, 21
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.