Harlan eNews

May 20, 2022

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Message from Mr. Agius

Harlan Families,

Another busy and fun week is in the books. Our 2nd graders toured Downtown Birmingham, some 5th graders delighted our families with a concert, and our 4th graders had the chance to tryout different instruments to see if they might have interest in band or orchestra next year. We capped off the week by welcoming many of our future Husky Kindergarteners to their visitation today at Harlan. It’s fun to see the future of Harlan smiling and playing away with our teachers.

Tomorrow is our Color Run. After looking at four different weather apps, none of which agreed as to when the rain is coming, we have decided to keep it on as planned. The main focus of this event is the color run and we can run in the rain, but we will be keeping a close eye on the severity of the weather in the morning. Please remember to bring towels. Check-in begins at 10:30am and the run will begin at 11:00. If you are interested, you can do early check-in this afternoon from 3:00 – 6:00pm in the back of the Harlan parking lot.

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow.

Enjoy the weekend!



The Next Week

  • Monday, May 23 (A - Day) - Drama Kids Storybook Idol class after school (1st - 5th Grade) 3:55 - 4:55; Multisport class after school (K - 2nd) after school 4 - 4:45 PM; Basketball (3rd - 5th Grade) after school 5 - 6:00 PM; Nutty Scientists class after school (1st - 4th) 3:50 - 4:50 PM

  • Tuesday, May 24 (B - Day)
  • Wednesday, May 25 (C - Day) – Field Day: K - 2nd (9:20 - 10:40 AM) 3 - 5th (1:40 - 3:00 PM); Cheer/Dance/Pom (K - 5th) after school class 3:50 - 4:50 PM; Learn To Sew Beach Bag (3rd - 5th Grade) after school 3:50 - 5:20 PM; PTA Meeting @ 7:00pm via Zoom
  • Thursday, May 26 (D - Day) - Popcorn Day; 1st Grade Field Trip to Detroit Zoo 9 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Friday, May 27 (A - Day)–
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Harlan's 1st Annual Color Run - Details Updated

SHIRT/CHALK PICK-UP - Friday, May 20th - 3:00pm-6:00pm

Due to the number of runners, we are asking ALL participants to check-in tomorrow, Friday, May 20th. Shirts, chalk packets, tickets for apron ladies and earned incentives will be available for pick-up at the back of the Harlan parking lot from 3-6 PM (rain or shine).

Please plan to park your vehicle so we don't interfere with the end of the school day pick up.

We will not have enough volunteers to check-in participants prior to the event on Saturday so please make arrangements for pickup on Friday.

**T-shirts orders had to be placed 10 days ago so if you did not complete the google survey or sign up in FundHub before last week, we may not have an event shirt for you. If you have submitted your registration this week without notification, (especially parents who were late add-ons), we tried our best to get extra shirts as estimates. There are over 80 participants we were unaware of therefore we will notify you on Friday as you arrive. In the event this occurs, a plain white shirt can be worn. Chalk packets and tickets for apron ladies will be available for pick-up on Friday for ALL participants.

  1. Arrival: Please arrive no later than 10:30 AM. If you have not picked up chalk packets or checked in Friday, we will do our best so arrive earlier to ensure volunteers are able to participate and watch the event. Mr. Schaepkens will start warming the kids up at 10:45 AM. The chalk will be thrown at once at 11:00 AM to start the child race.
  2. Bring Cash: Food trucks and some items are cash only.
  3. Weather: We are monitoring the weather closely and currently are planning for the event to go forward as planned, including if there is light rain in the forecast. If times or date changes, this will be communicated via email/texts as soon as possible.
  4. Parking: The Color Run will take up the entirety of the Harlan Parking lot - therefore, no parking will be available onsite. Please consider walking to the event, or parking offsite of Harlan. More details to come on Friday for parking suggestions.
  5. Pizza Parties! All classrooms who meet their overall percentage goal will be awarded with a pizza party! There are several classes who have already met this goal - congratulations! Go Huskies!
  6. Auction Items: If you were unable to bid on items for the Harlan auction this week, sign-up sheets with items will be displayed during the Color Run and available online after the event for 3 hours only. **If you are interested in bidding on a chalk station throughout the run where you can squirt extra chalk on the kids, please make sure you bid before tomorrow at 3:00pm.
  7. Class Shirts: Please have your child wear their class shirts tomorrow for spirit day! We want to see each grade's color as we gear up for the event.

Thank you for your support of Harlan Elementary and the Color Run! It's going to be a great event!

Harlan Elementary School 1st Grade Performance - Recorded May 17, 2022

Click on the link to access the performance:


Click on the following link to access the program and list of performers:


Song 1: Three Little Birds Originally written and performed by Bob Marley Notes by Mrs. Smith’s Class

The song Three Little Birds is about happiness and kindness. When birds sing it makes us smile. When we smile it makes others happy. When we’re kind it makes others want to be kind as well. Smile when you can, and be kind always!

Song 2: I Wish You More Story by Amy Kraus Rosenthal; Music by Emily Arrow Notes by Mr. Kefgen’s Class

When you’re sad we wish for you to be happy again. That’s what this story and song are all about! When we help and take care of each other it makes the world a better place. “I wish you more umbrella than rain!”

Art Newsletter

Harlan Art Newsletter for May/June

Library Connection

Click on the button to see the May Edition

The Library Connection Highlights (updated)

Book Check Out

The last day for library check out is 5/20/2022 and all items are due by 5/27/2022.

School Store - Updated

The School Store will be open for only two more shopping days: 5/26 and 6/2.

Bagel Sales

The last bagel day will be 6/3/2022.

Jimmy John's Field Tickets

If your child participated in the March is Reading Month calendar of activities and earned a free Jimmy Johns baseball ticket for June 26th, please make sure that you redeem your ticket as soon as possible so they don't sell out. Our school will be recognized on this day. The scoreboard will display our school name and our whole school will be recognized for all the hard work this past March. Also, immediately following the game, the students are able to run the bases.

Spanish Newsletter

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

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2022-23 Kindergarten Welcome Kits

2022-23 Kindergarten Welcome Kits

Celebrate your Kindergartner or incoming Husky in style with a 2022 Welcome Kit! Each $25 kit includes:

· A fun yard sign

· A t-shirt that reflects your respective high school (Groves or Seaholm)

· A packet of information to help you get to know your new school.

Purchase your kit here:


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Class of 2022 Alumni Breakfast

We will be celebrating our Harlan alumni who are graduating high school seniors on Monday, June 6 at 8 am. Continental breakfast items will be served, plus we will open the 2014-15 time capsule. We look forward to seeing our former Huskies for a fun visit and sendoff to future adventures!

PTA News

Committee Positions Open for 2022 - 2023

Do you have free time next year to help lead one of our amazing committees? Some committees are only a few hours at a time for the entire year. We need you! Please see sign-up below for more information or reach out to harlanhuskiespta@gmail.com.


PTA Calendar

  • May 21 - Harlan's 1st Annual Color Run
  • May 26 - Popcorn Day

District News

2022 BPS Assessment Pilot Focus Group for Families

Parents of students in grades K-8:
At the start of the 2021-22 school year, Birmingham Public Schools embarked on a quest to establish an equitable, comprehensive, and balanced assessment portfolio that is student-centered and provides educators and administrators with actionable data. As part of our pilot program, the Student Learning and Inclusion team is engaging groups of stakeholders to determine which benchmark assessment BPS will use for the 2022-23 school year. Please complete the linked form to register for an upcoming focus session to discuss your experience with assessments in BPS. We value your opinion!

Form Link: https://forms.gle/VLfwhrz4e5BAgByv5

K-8 Mathematics Resources Recommended for Pilot

The K-8 Mathematics Curriculum Design Team is excited to share that they have come to consensus around two excellent resources for math instruction to recommend for pilot in the fall! The team is seeking approval to pilot Learn Zillion's Illustrative Mathematics K-8 and i-Ready Classroom Mathematics K-8 in the fall of 2022. These recommendations were shared with the board on Tuesday evening, and the board will vote at their regular board meeting on May 24th. If the board approves this recommendation, information about piloting will be shared soon after. Please visit the K-8 Math Review site for more information. Additionally, if you are interested in reviewing these materials, you can email Stacey Summerhill at ssummerhill@birmingham.k12.mi.us to set up an appointment.

“The Power of Pride: A Panel Discussion on Being LGBTQIA+”

Tuesday, May 24th, 6:30-8pm

This is an online event.

Featuring students, educators and parents from Berkshire, Derby, Groves, Seaholm and BCS

Tuesday May 24 from 6:30-8pm

BCS Library or on Zoom Webinar (Passcode: h3m632)


This event will provide panelists with the opportunity to share their experiences and thoughts on issues relating to people in the LGBTQIA+ community in BPS and beyond. Free and open to people of all ages. Moderated by the BCS Diversity Committee.

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Summer Volleyball Camps

Sign your child up for one of the many volleyball camps run by Seaholm Varsity Coach and Berkshire Middle School teacher, Heather Gambone during the month of July. Heather and Jason Gambone are entering into their 17th year as coaches at Seaholm High School, and their 19th year of coaching National level club volleyball. Students Grades 1st-10th can train with the coaching staff and high school players from both Seaholm and Groves! Camps will be held at Seaholm and Groves High School.

Questions can be sent to Heather at Seaholmvball@gmail.com.

For more information and to sign up, see this form:


Groves Forte 5K

Sunday, May 22nd, 9am

18801 Beverly Road

Beverly Hills, MI

Please join us for our 9th Annual Groves Orchestra Forte 5k! It will be at Beverly Park on May 22nd at 9am. All proceeds will benefit the Groves HS Orchestra Program by subsidizing our orchestra camp in the fall. It will also ensure that all orchestra students will be able to attend the camp, regardless of financial situation. Please register via the flyer link.

Flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R5im0Vt5Ci1fjPr0aFtdlwH0dDJQc_u1/view?usp=sharing

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.

BPS Saturday School - Last Session!

Saturday, May 21st, 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:

May: 21

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.