Harlan eNews

May 13, 2022

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Message from Mr. Agius

Harlan Families,

What a beautiful week we had at Harlan! I don’t think that we could have asked for a better week in May. We were able to cap off this beautiful week with a our 4th graders visiting the DIA and our 5th graders having an opportunity to experience Oakland Schools STEMi Mobile Innovation Station. I was not able to go with the 5th graders to STEMi today as I was with our 4th graders at the DIA. However, I was able to experience it earlier in the week. Both the DIA and STEMi are wonderful and inspiring places for our kids to experience. Art and S.T.E.M. are both a crucial to a well-rounded education!

I would like to wish our 4th and 5th grade Math Pentathletes the best of luck as they compete this Saturday at the last competition for the season. Go get ‘em Huskies!

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Salmon Release event on Saturday!

Enjoy the weekend!



The Next Week

  • Monday, May 16 (D - Day) - 2nd Grade Birmingham Walking Tour Field Trip, Drama Kids Storybook Idol class after school (1st - 5th Grade) 3:55 - 4:55; Multisport class after school (K - 2nd; Basketball (3rd - 5th Grade); Nutty Scientists class after school (1st - 4th) 3:50 - 4:50 PM; K - 3rd Grade Robotics Expo - 6:00 PM at Harlan; 5th grade band rehearsal at Seaholm @ 4:00pm

  • Tuesday, May 17 (A - Day) – 5th Grade Band Concert at Seaholm @ 7pm
  • Wednesday, May 18 (B - Day) – PTA Meeting @ 7:00pm
  • Thursday, May 19 (C - Day)
  • Friday, May 20 (D - Day)– Half Day for Kindergarten - Day Begins at 12:15pm
  • Saturday, May 21 - Harlan Color Run!
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Harlan's 1st Annual Color Run - May 21st

This is it! The event we've all been waiting for! On Saturday, May 21st, Harlan will host our 1st Color Run at Harlan Elementary! This will be the event you don't want to miss so make sure it's on your calendar today! Our pledge website will launch on Friday, April 22nd to kickoff our official start. All information will come home at that time. What we can share is this will be an entire community event. We will have activities for kids and adults of all ages from 11am-2:00pm including the color run main event with a DJ on hand for plenty of music and fun along with food trucks, tattoos, bounce houses, obstacle courses, classes for kids from community powerhouses and much more! We are excited to see our entire Husky Community enjoy a day of fun. This event will replace our auction that sustains all Harlan events, teacher grants and enrichment programs, so your support is crucial! Go Huskies!

Click here to register for the Color Run event:


Click on the following link for details on the event.


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).

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!

Student Information for Next School Year

The end of the school year is quickly approaching! While continuing to celebrate all of the great things happening at Harlan this year, it is also time for us to start planning ahead for next year. In May, the staff at Harlan will begin the important process of compiling individual student data in preparation for optimum 2022-2023 class placement for each and every Harlan student. As your child’s primary educators, we take this responsibility very seriously. The final design and makeup of each classroom involves many hours of careful review and thoughtful discussions between your child’s current teacher, building specialists and myself. When making placements, we consider many factors to create the design of each classroom. Such factors include:

  • Balance of academic performances
  • Balance of behaviors (social/emotional)
  • Balance of gender (male/female)
  • Balance of cultures
  • Balance of students’ needs

Our goal is to ensure that every Harlan student is placed in a positive learning environment where he/she will function to the best of his/her abilities during the 2022-2023 school year.

If you would like to provide us with any specific information in terms of learning style, environment and/or your child’s personality you feel would be important for us to take into consideration, I invite you to do so in writing, by letter or by email, no later than May 13th.

This information may include academic, social, and/or behavioral aspects. Please do not request an individual teacher or include names of students other than your own. If individual teachers or students are listed, your request will not be considered during placement. Be assured that with or without information from parents, staff will review each student’s needs individually and select the best learning environment for your child as the teachers are all well informed and in the best position to make this decision as to where students are placed for next year. Please send all letters or emails to Mrs. Swaneck in the office at kswaneck@birmingham.k12.mi.us as she will compile this information. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

PTA News

K - 3rd Robotics Event

Monday, May 16th, 6pm

3595 North Adams Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Harlan is excited to host the K-3rd Grade Expo this year on Monday May 16th at 7pm. This is the event where all teams show off their robots. If you would like to volunteer to help judge, please reach out to Meghan Jones at mgkrn@hotmail.com.

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 16 - K-3 Robotics Event at 6:00 PM
  • May 21 - Harlan's 1st Annual Color Run

District News

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+

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.

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

Saturday, May 14th, 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: 14, 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.