Greetings Berkshire Families:
I would like to thank our PTA board, Berkshire staff, and other parents that joined us last Wednesday (9/14) in the Berkshire Media Center during our Berkshire PTA meeting. In addition to supporting teaching and learning, our students, and our Berkshire staff with readily available grants, the PTA works hard at collaborating to keep families actively engaged in helping to continue to improve our wonderful educational community. To learn more about the Berkshire PTA and to join, please visit their website (https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/821).
In addition, we are also working at reengaging our Berkshire Proud Dads Club for the 2022-2023 school year. The Proud Dads Club needs a core group of dads that would like to serve on our leadership committee to help plan the year and lead various initiatives/events. As it has been said, many hands make light work. Therefore, if you are interested in serving on our Berkshire Proud Dads Club Leadership Committee, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Have a wonderful week and thank you for reading this week's Berkshire Family Update!
Berkshire Middle School
Girls Tennis @ Country Day 4pm
Cross Country vs. Derby 4pm
Girls Basketball @ East Hills 4:30pm
Read it and Reap with Mrs. Sweeney, 7:40am room 217
Green Club 3:15-4:15pm, meet in hallway outside cafeteria
Girls Tennis vs. Derby 4pm
Girls Basketball @ Anderson 4:30pm
AM Bagel Sales - $1
Club Fair at lunch/rec
Flu Shot Clinic pm
Club Fair – Friday, September 23rd
Join a club! Information about our current Berkshire clubs will be out during lunch and rec on Friday, September 23rd. Don’t see the club you’d like to join? Start your own! Forms for starting your own club will also be out (to do this, you need 10 interested students and an adult sponsor, but we can help with this!)
Berkshire’s Annual Ice Cream Social, September 28th
Come on up to our annual Ice Cream Social to socialize, have some ice cream, and dance along to the tunes put up by our own DJ Tim Stanley. The whole family is welcome! It’s always a great time. Our Ice Cream Social will be held on Wednesday, September 28th, from 6:30-8pm in the cafeteria.
We can always use volunteers to help pass out ice cream and/or popcorn, and to be hallway monitors. Sign up yourself or your high schooler who could use some service hours!
NJHS Update – Attention parents/guardians of 8th grade students:
National Junior Honor Society email invitations were sent home on Friday (9/16), to the students who met the requirements to become a member of the Berkshire Middle School Chapter of NJHS. Emails were sent to their BPS Gmail accounts.
Becoming a member is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a middle school student. Our chapter of NJHS has worked hard to bring the accomplishments of outstanding students to the attention of parents, teachers, peers, and the community. Our chapter strives to give practical meaning to the Society’s standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. No student is inducted simply because of a high academic average. The National Junior Honor Society strives to recognize the total student—one who excels in all of these areas. The standard used for an invitation into NJHS is a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher as well as maintaining Berkshire’s code of conduct.
Who is eligible?
- 8th graders who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.70 or higher during their 6th and 7th grade school years.
- Students with no disciplinary infractions during their 6th - 7th grade years.
- Students who uphold the character traits outlined in the Berkshire PRIDE mission statement (Positive Attitude, Respect, Integrity, Dependability, Empathy).
As NJHS inductees you are upheld to these membership requirements:
- Uphold great Scholarship (cumulative 3.7 GPA or higher), Character, Leadership, Service, and Citizenship according to our bylaws.
- Attend all mandatory meetings which will take place during C3 at least twice a month.
- Complete at least two hours of community service each marking period (eight hours total for the 2022-2023 school year.)
- Take on leadership roles when needed.
- Be an active and willing participant by participating in various school activities (ex. school spirit days).
Students who qualified must fill out the Google Form (sent to their BPS school Gmail). This form includes a request for an essay explaining what your child has to offer the Berkshire Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society and why they want to become a member. All submissions are due FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd by 3:15pm. No late submissions will be accepted.
**After the Google Forms are reviewed, the new members of Berkshire’s 2022-2023 National Junior Honor Society will be announced on Friday, September 30th via BPS Gmail.**
Please email Mrs. Sara Tucker, NJHS Adviser: email@example.com
Back to School Organization/Homework Help
Does your child need a few minutes of help getting organized, or a few minutes of homework help? Sign up for a time in the morning or afternoon with Mrs. Lucken
Upcoming Community Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for ways to stay involved with Berkshire, to get your own kids involved in Berkshire service projects, or to find service opportunities for your Groves student? See this community service page, which will be updated with signups, and new dates as they are set.
Reporting absences – New this year!
Please email your student’s absence or tardy information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your student’s name, day or dates of the absence and the reason for your absence. You may attach medical information to this email as a PDF or send it in with your student. Allow 24 hours for attendance to be updated.
Signing your child in and out of school
It is not necessary to escort your child in the building in the morning when running late for school or coming in late from an appointment. However, the parent/guardian must email email@example.com notifying staff of absence/tardy and the reason.
When signing your student OUT for an appointment or leaving for the day, YOU do need to physically enter the building. Please have appropriate identification available and make sure that the person picking your student up is authorized on your emergency list. YOU may also call the office and give permission for someone NOT on your list to pick up your student. As always, identification is needed. *Students will not be called down from class ahead of time when being picked up from school.
Community Flu Vaccine Clinic
Every year we bring Walgreens to Berkshire for our annual flu vaccine clinic for staff. We have open spots for the community as well. This year’s clinic will be held on Friday, September 23rd. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4CAFA62DA4FA7-20224. Bring your insurance card!
Read it and Reap Club
Could your student use a little more time learning how to decode words, building their vocabulary, or spending time in a fun, supportive environment on Wednesday mornings? Mrs. Sweeney’s Read it and Reap Club could be for them! Join her in room 217 at 7:40am to play word games beginning this Wednesday, September 21st. For more info email Esweeney@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
Green Club happens nearly every Wednesday after school until 4:15pm. When the weather is nice, we head outside and work in the garden. During the cold and wet months, we stay inside, recycle, and work on projects to make our school more environmentally friendly. For any questions, contact Mrs. Lucken: firstname.lastname@example.org. This Wednesday we will be outside in the garden and on the trails. Tell your child to meet in the hallway next to the cafeteria at the tall tables.
BPS Parent Pride
The first BPS Parent Pride Meeting will be held Tuesday, September 20th @ 7:00 pm in the BCS Media Center. Guest Speaker Justin Bettcher (he/him), the Community Engagement Manager at Affirmations in Ferndale, will be present with information/support/resources and to answer parent questions. Justin knows firsthand from his work at Affirmations what LGBTQ+ kids and teens need from their parents, their families and their school to thrive. Parents who want to be added to our email list can contact email@example.com
The mission of the Peacemakers Club is to make Berkshire a peaceful and supportive environment through the practice of using our voice and presence as healing agents. Our student leaders will learn and practice empathetic listening skills as well as upstander approaches and assist as peer mediators in restorative circles. Peacemakers will meet with Mrs. Kacin biweekly by grade level during their lunch/rec. Start dates will be 7th grade – 9/26, 6th grade – 9/28, 8th grade – 9/30.
Forensics is starting September 28th
Join Berkshire Forensics coach/Groves teacher Ms. Sarah Scurti after school on Wednesdays, beginning September 28th. Students will meet in room 217 after school until 4:30pm. In the winter, after the Groves musical is over, practices will be held on Wednesday and Thursday. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Berkshire PTA Board would like to thank Franklin Cider Mill for their generous donation of cider and donuts at yesterday's PTA meeting, and would like to thank all who attended! Our next meeting will be on October 12th, at 7pm in the media center.
Support the BEF
Each year, the BEF typically grants upwards of $100,000 towards projects that enrich and enhance education for all BPS students. If every family in our district gave just $35, we would start the year with more than $175,000 to grant, allowing teachers to provide innovative experiences and opportunities that go above and beyond for our kids. Please visit https://www.supportbef.org/make-a-gift.html and make your donation today.
Fall 2022 Birmingham NFL SNAP Flag Football League
Preschool-8th Grade Divisions. Recreational, Non-Contact Flag Football. 1 day a week (Saturday or Sunday, depending on what the coach chooses), 2 hours! Note: this is different from Berkshire’s Flag Football program, but it does not conflict as it is held on the weekend! Register here.
Last week we started our Student Laptop -Roll Out! We were able to hand out laptops to over 5oo students! The students who did not pick one up, did not have their AUP form. Those students, please make sure (even if you filled out the Google form) your parents sign the form below and bring it to Mrs. Garbutt in the Media Center.
Students can then come to the Media Center with the form to pick up their laptop either on Wednesday, September 7th or on Friday, September 9th before school (7:30am), or during REC. Please read below for more information.
- First- read through the following information from the BPS Technology Department:
BPS Technology Expectations
- Optional- Laptop Insurance (Click eFunds )
- Second- Print the signature page, then sign (both parents and students).
Technology Acceptable Use Agreement Form.
Students should return the form to Mrs. Garbutt in the Media Center to pick-Up their laptop before school (7:30am), or during REC.
* STUDENTS MAY NOT USE computers or bring their own devices until this agreement is signed and returned to Mrs. Garbutt in the Media Center.
All students must return a signed Acceptable Use Agreement to receive a laptop or to use their own devices in school.
- First- read through the following information from the BPS Technology Department:
Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 - First Day of school 1/2 Day
September 2-5 - Labor Day Recess
November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Recess
December 23-January 2 - Winter Break
January 16 - No School, MLK, Jr. Day
February 18-February 26 - Midwinter Break
March 25-April 2 - Spring Break
April 7 - No School, Good Friday
May 29 - No School, Memorial Day
June 9 - Last Day of School