Dear Bingham Families,
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve the beauty.” – Maya Angelou
As I reflect on this past week and yet another system shift, I continue to offer such gratitude to our entire school community as we manage the changes with such high character and resiliency. And despite challenges, beauty continues to emerge as I watch people connect. Our 2020 Parent Teacher Conferences were widely successful in our new format. I heard parents offering words of gratitude and encouragement to staff members during conferences. I heard teachers offering words of gratitude and encouragement to parents as partners. And, I see students following that lead. We truly are better together. Our intentional partnership will continue to lead our students this school year towards new learning in not only academic content, but lessons rich for life.
Please read on for a few updates about the upcoming short week including a place to get some cool Bingham Swag in time for the holidays. It is my sincerest wish after our two day school week that your family is able to take the six days to invest in some rest.
Have a wonderful week!
Media Center Update
Online Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair is online and running for 2 weeks.
Scholastic Book Fair time!
Discover new books online with your kids.
Every purchase supports our school.
Thank you for supporting the library and reading!
Book checkout will still be happening while we are learning virtually. Please put books on hold like you have been. Books will be in the material distribution bags on Thursdays. Please have the holds in by Wednesday mornings. When you have finished reading the book return it on a distribution day in the labeled bin.
Hybrid Students -
Clear to Go Window
Clear to Go Remind
We cannot thank you enough for your support to follow all guidelines and protocols to keep our students and staff safe. Just a quick reminder regarding the Clear to Go procedures and protocols. Please follow the Clear to Go guidelines below to allow for the most efficient entry for your student into school each day.
Clear to Go must be completed each day for every staff and student entering the building. We need about 35 minutes to process the information and identify individuals who have not submitted a successful Clear to Go check. Your child’s Clear to Go can be submitted 18 hours before the start of the school day. If your child’s symptoms change after submitting a Clear to Go entry, you can resubmit a new entry at any time (you do not need to wait for the last entry to expire). Please use the following the timeline for each cohort below:
In person Cohort
3:05 P.M. the day before
7:20 P.M. the day before
A Message From Our Counselor
Does your child want to participate in virtual Lunch Bunch with Mrs. Landfair? Lunch Bunch gives students an opportunity to share, connect, and learn in a smaller group setting. Meetings will be held via Zoom and start the first week of Novemeber for 20-25 minutes during lunch time. If you would like your child to participate, please fill out THIS FORM.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com
If you have questions or concerns.
November 18th & 19th
HALF DAYS FOR STUDENTS
November 18th, AM Cohorts attend
Conferences: 1:00 - 4:00, 5:00 - 6:00
November 19th, PM Cohorts attend
Conferences: 9:00 - 12:00 pm, 5:00 - 8:00
All School Meals Are Free
Please check out THIS LINK to learn more!
Upcoming Half Day Updates
This Tuesday, we will have our first half-day of school while in our new platform of Hybrid and BVA. The dismissal time for hybrid will be 11:30 A.M., and our A.M. Cohort will attend in the morning and will not have afternoon lessons. Our P.M. Cohort will have their hybrid virtual lessons in the A.M., and will not attend in the P.M. Our Virtual Students day will end at 11:30 as well.
As we continue through the year, this schedule will adjust, so each cohort has equal time at school. Therefore, staff will alter their Professional Development time to A.M. or P.M. A look ahead to the next few ½ days.
December 9, 2020- P.M. Cohort attends in the P.M./A.M. cohort participates in their hybrid virtual schedule in the P.M.- Neither cohort has lessons in the A.M.
February 4, 2021- P.M. Cohort attends in the P.M./A.M. cohort participates in their hybrid virtual schedule in the P.M.- Neither cohort has lessons in the A.M.
2020/21 School Supplies
for Virtual Learning
Next Virtual PTA Meeting
November 10th, 7:00 pm
Membership Toolkit is where you can update your student's teachers, order spirit wear, pay your yearly PTA dues and class party funds. Please visit our Bingham Farms PTA Membership page and make sure you're getting the most out of your Team Bingham experience.
Click THIS LINK to check out the PTA membership website.
Community Education News
Kids Club will be closing Novemeber 24th
until further notice. Please see this letter from
the district regarding more information.
Questions? Please contact Cindy Blakely, Community School Organizer
248.203.3382 , firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT PTA MEETING
Meetings will be held online.
Membership toolkit it your one-stop to update your information, including your student's teachers, order spirit wear, pay your yearly PTA dues and class party funds all in 1 place. Please visit our Bingham Farms PTA Membership site to make sure you're getting the most out of your Team Bingham experience!
Click HERE to visit our Membership site.
PTA Current Board Members
President: Cyrena Keating
President-Elect: Sara Grezlik
Past President: Nicole Olds
Co-Treasurer: Meghan Kruslemsky
Co-Treasurer: Kelli Bennett
Secretary: Cecilia Lazar
Membership: Heidi Smith
Bingham Farms Elementary is a wonderfully diverse school with a cozy, family atmosphere. In recent years, our total enrollment averages 300 with class sizes averaging 20 students!
We pride ourselves on helping our students develop academically, socially, and emotionally. Bingham takes character education seriously, and we strive to "Be our Bingham Best" all day every day! The Bingham Best touchstones reflect the core values of our school:
RESPECT, KINDNESS, RESPONSIBILITY, and HONESTY.
These traits of good character are displayed around the school on pillars, in classrooms, and on our Bingham eagle posters. Most importantly, they are displayed regularly by the students in our school.
Many of these lessons culminate when the upper-elementary students serve as buddies to younger grades. The older students read to the younger ones, help them with team-building activities, and more. Bingham also recently introduced the Eagle’s Nest program to build on our family atmosphere. Students meet in K-5 nest groups where they create mascots and get to know other teachers. The Eagle’s Nests meet for some assemblies, meetings, and other enrichment activities. Students get to know more people from other grades, allowing for friendships and mentorships to develop across the building!
Curriculum & Enrichment
Our highly qualified staff is committed to helping each student discover their highest potential. We provide students with intellectually challenging instruction in math, literacy, science, and social studies, all with integrated technological and collaborative teaching methods. This core curriculum is complemented by extraordinary art, music, physical education, Spanish, and media classes. Along with the rich curriculum, we offer myriad enrichment opportunities both on and off site like Math Pentathlon, Battle of the Books, Science Olympiad, the fifth grade camp trip, a third grade field trip to the Capitol in Lansing, and more! You will often see our parking lot full as we host numeracy, literacy, and diversity nights during the year.
If you are a prospective Bingham family, please visit Prospective Families on the Birmingham Public Schools website for more details and to learn more about our enrolling process. Tours will resume once restrictions allow us to safely do so. At that time, arrange for tours by contacting Community School Organizer, Cindy Blakely, at (248) 203-3382, or via email by clicking HERE