Principal's Page

Blackbird and Shay Elementary

Dates to Remember:

January 24 Half Day of School

February 14 Half Day of School

March 11-12 Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences

Counselor Corner

Great article on the importance of bedtime routines.

The "Relational Work" of Children's Bedtime Routines

Ram Wellness program

Introducing the Ram Wellness Program!

This school-based behavioral health program is operated by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan in collaboration with Harbor Springs Public Schools. With parental/guardian permission, one of the two licensed clinical social workers offers individual, group, and family therapy located right in our schools.

Topics/Areas of Treatment Include: Anxiety; Depression; Anger management; Relationship/social skills issues; Grief/loss; Family stressors; Parenting support strategies; Managing behavior and emotions; and Developing healthy coping strategies.

Amy Beck M.S.W. (Ms. Amy) will be working with our elementary school students and families.

More from Ms. Amy:

Thank you all for such a warm welcome! I moved to Harbor Springs from the Detroit area after working as a Social Worker at the Detroit Medical Center/Karmanos Cancer Hospital counseling adults and kids with serious illnesses. I graduated from Purdue University and came back to Michigan for graduate school at Eastern Michigan University. I love to travel and truly believe that northern Michigan and Italy are two of the most beautiful places on the planet.

I look forward to working with all of you.


Amy Beck, MA, LMSW

For more information visit our website:

Your school counselor, Joelle Drader, can also assist you in accessing this program.


Ms. Amy Beck
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Cold and Flu Season is now upon us....

Please keep your children home if they are sick. If your child has a cough, or has had a fever or vomited within the PAST 24 HOURS, they should not come to school! Thank you for helping to keep our kids healthy.

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Coming Soon in PE

Happy New Year! What a great start to the school year we have had. Students have been working hard and accomplishing so many things. Before break students in 3rd grade went skiing at Boyne Highlands. This program is possible because of Boyne's generosity to our students. Thanks so much to all the chaperones, teachers, and Boyne Employees that made this trip possible.

Some of you have received e-mails from Spirit IHT. Students have had a chance to wear Heart Rate Monitors during PE class that help them keep track of their effort and heart rate zone they are working in. Soon you will start receiving e-mails on a regular basis that summarizes their work in PE for that day. I look for students to work at or above the heart rate zone that I have set for that day/activity. If your child had PE and you don't receive an e-mail by January 31st with a summary, please contact me so that we can check to see if your e-mail address is entered correctly into the system. You can contact me by e-mail or leave a voicemail at 524-4531 and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Have a great start to 2020 and get outside and enjoy all that northern Michigan has to offer.

NEW! All K-12 students can get in FREE to all sporting events. Come out and support our RAMS!

Our annual Hoops for Troops basketball game to support our veterans will be next Friday.

Students are encouraged to wear camouflage to school on Friday
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School Closings, Weather Updates and Emergency News

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It’s time to start thinking about Camp Daggett’s 11th Annual Father/Son Weekend. This year’s event will be Friday to Sunday, February 7-9, 2020. The price will be, $200 / Father & Son plus $50 for each additional son. Besides having a great time together, you both will receive a long sleeve sweatshirt. Be sure to let me know your shirt size when you call in to register. The son needs to be 7-14 years old but the father, grandfather, stepfather, or big brother can be any age.

The food will be great (wild game theme) and we will be keeping you busy with a variety of activities (see attached flyer).

Fathers & Sons, if you want to spend some quality time together and have lots of fun, please contact Ed Leverenz at Camp Daggett to register (231) 347-9742 ext. 112. Space is limited and registration is on a first come first serve basis.

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