• Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: June 10th - June 14th

    Posted by Joanna McKinney on 6/9/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2018-2019
    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Monday (6-10)

    Tuesday (6-11)

    Wednesday (6-12)
    8th Grade Graduation Ceremony in the Derby Gym

    Thursday (6-13)
    8th Grade CEDAR POINT TRIP - 2019
    The transportation will be by charter bus, which will leave from the Derby bus loop promptly at 7:00 am on Thursday, June 13th. The bus will leave the amusement park at 6:30 pm and return to Derby at approximately 9:00 pm.
    NOTE: STUDENTS NEED TO PRE-ARRANGE THEIR RIDES HOME. PARENTS ARE TO BE AT THE SCHOOL AT 9:00 PM.
    There will be supervision on the bus ride to and from the park. However, due to the nature of the activity, there will be minimal supervision at the amusement park.

    Friday, (6-14)
    Last day of school- Half Day dismissal at 11:25 a.m. Have a great summer!

    Mark Your Calendar-
    Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 – First day of school
    (Half Day, AM only Dismissal at 11:25 a.m.)


    END OF YEAR MEDICATION PICK UP PROCEDURE
    Monday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 12 – OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS and non-emergency medications can be picked up during regular school hours.
    Friday, June 14 – EMERGENCY/PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS can be picked up (last day of school). Please note: emergency/prescription medications are sent on the June 13 field trip.

    Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20 –
    Medication pick-up resumes, 8:00-4:00. If not picked up during these times, all over-the-counter medication will be disposed of.

    All prescription medication MUST be picked up by a parent/guardian. Medication does not carry forward to the next school year. Please contact Robin Mcintyre, rmcintyre@birmingham.k12.mi.us, with questions.

    ONLINE STUDENT VERIFICATION FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR
    The BPS online Returning Student Verification Process (RSVP) for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year opens on Monday, May 20th! The RSVP forms replace the paper forms previously sent home for each new school year and allow parent/guardians to provide the most up to date parent/guardian contact, emergency contacts, agreements and health information. The RSVP needs to be completed for each child currently enrolled at a BPS school. The RSVP window will be from May 20 to June 7, 2019. A separate letter was sent USPS to each family with instructions on accessing and completing the process. Please contact Robin McIntyre, rmcintyre@birmingham.k12.mi.us, if you have questions.

    Library Books: Parents, please check the email associated with your PowerSchool account to see if your student has any outstanding library issues. Fines can be paid in the library with cash, or check payable to Derby Middle School. As of Friday afternoon, we have 196 6th graders, 171 7th graders, and 50 8th graders who need to clear their library accounts.

    Registrtion


    School Pictures and Student ID Card Kaiser Studio will be the photography company that we will be partnering with for the 2019-20 school year. School pictures will be taken at registration and a Student ID Card will be printed immediately. You may order pictures on the day of registration or you may pre-order picture packets using a credit card prior to the day of registration by visiting the Kaiser Studio website. Once you are on the Kasier Studio website, click on "Order Pictures" and then on "Prepay Order" The login password is DERBY2019. From there you will complete the student information, place your order, and make a payment. To view order choices prior to visiting the website or attending registration, please click on the following links: Derby Order Flyer and Derby Order Form.

    Registration Forms Please download and complete registration forms below and bring them to registration. These forms are also available in the office if you wish to pick them up. It is also important that your child is up to date on their immunizations.
    Birmingham Public Schools Enrollment Form (Only for students who are newly enrolling into Birmingham Public Schools)
    Emergency Information Form 2018-2019
    Health Form
    Technology Acceptable Use Policy/Form (Only needs to be completed by 6th graders and students new to Birmingham Public Schools)
    Do Not Photograph Form & Permission TO Photograph Form (The Do Not Photograph Form Only needs to be filled out if you wish for your child to not be photographed during the 2019-2020 school year for media purposes.)
    Concussion Acknowledgement Form
    Birmingham Educational Foundation Information/Donation Form

    Destination Derby

    Calling all incoming 6th Graders and Parents

    Wednesday, August 21st
    8:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or 9:45-4:00 p.m.
    Your specific time will be emailed in August.
    A PIZZA LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED

    Students: Join us for an orientation day to get to know Derby, teachers and classmates. You will also take part in: Walking in the Shoes of Dragons; Building Empathy through Diversity and Inclusion.

    Parents New to Derby: You are invited for one hour to hear about all the things 6th grade and to learn about informational technology resources.

    Parents new to Derby may attend the first hour of your child’s session (9:00-10:00 or 10:05-11:05).

    Reminder: Schedules are to picked at registration the morning of August 20th and brought to Destination Derby. Please also bring a pencil and your Derby Planner (optional- other planners may be used).


    Advanced Math Placement Testing

    Advanced Math Placement tests will be administered in August for students who would like to enter the advanced math program at the middle school level. Students who were not recommended for advanced math for 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who would like to be considered for placement in advanced math will need to take the Advanced Math Placement test. The test consists of an online NWEA assessment and a set of constructed response questions for which students write out their responses.

    Testing dates:
    Berkshire – August 7, August 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Derby – August 8, August 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Note: This placement test is not for students already in advanced math who wish to continue in the advanced math sequence.

    Parents interested in having their student take the placement test should contact Debbie Prudhomme in the Teaching and Learning Department by phone at 248.203.3018 or by e-mail atdprudhomme@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Please respond by July 9 with the following information:

    · Student Name
    · Parent Name
    · Student grade level in 2019-2020
    · Math test to be taken – Adv. Math 6th, Adv. Math 7th, Adv. Math 8th
    · Date of test
    · Parent phone number
    · Parent e-mail address

    Derby Advanced Math Testing Dates:
    August 8th: 9am-11am and August 15th: 9am-11am
    Derby New Student Testing: August 20th: 12pm-2pm
    New Student Lunch (included before the test): 11am-12pm


    DISTRICT 2019-20 CALENDAR UPDATE
    Find our finalized calendars at: www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/calendars.
    2019-20 Break Schedule
    Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 – First day of school (Half Day, AM only)
    Sept. 26 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    Nov. 27-29 – Thanksgiving Recess
    Dec. 23-Jan. 1 – Winter Recess
    Jan. 20 – No School (MLK Day)
    Feb. 14 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    Feb. 17-21 – Midwinter Recess
    April 6-10 – Spring Recess
    April 24 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    May 25 – No School (Memorial Day)
    Friday, June 12 – Last day of school

    RUN LIKE A GAZELLE FREE RUNNING CAMP - 4-week mini fun run camp for middle school and high school students. Led by Gazelle Sports staff followed by a group run lead by the Seaholm Harrier XC high school athletes. Great way to get ready to run the Harrier 5k on Saturday, August 5. Mondays @ 6:30 pm-7:30 pm July 10, 17, 24, 31 Birmingham Seaholm High School Learning clinics include: • Dynamic Stretching • Good Form for Running • Strength for Runners • Getting Race Ready
    Sign up for run camp at RunSignUp.com/Race/MI/Birmingham/RunLikeaGazelle Questions? Terri Mccardell - 734-358-4110 terrimccardell@gmail.com

    Camp RN@OU
    Camp RN is a two-week pre-college summer program designed to educate middle school students of the opportunities available through a nursing career. The camp will be held at Oakland University’s main campus in Rochester during the last two weeks of July 2019. This entertaining and educational camp exposes students to various areas, including; anatomy & physiology, chemistry, nutrition, nursing fundamentals, and much more! Camp RN is innovative, inspirational, and sure to create fun memories!
    Students will be actively engaged in becoming CPR/First Aid certified, anatomy dissections, chemistry experiments, as well as team-building activities. Participants will also tour Oakland University’s campus, utilize our state of the art health assessment laboratory with simulation mannequins, and interact with nurses in a hospital setting (job shadowing).
    Camp RN is limited to a cohort of 25 students and campers are selected based on a competitive application process. The application can be found attached to this email or at: https://www.oakland.edu/nursing/continuing-education/RNatOU/ Applications are due on June 10th, 2018 and campers will be notified of their application decision in mid to late June.
    If you have any further questions, please contact the Director-- Patrina Carper at (248) 364-8766 or at carper@oakland.edu.

    SUMMER CAMP Girls Skills and Drills Camp
    Grades 2-8 Seaholm's Head Coach Chris Manchester and his staff bring knowledge, passion and fun-filled instruction when teaching young players how to be the best they can be. Improve your game and join us this summer for some basketball fun! The Camp will feature fundamental instruction in ball handling, shooting form, footwork, and passing with an emphasis on communication and teamwork. Girls will be divided by grade/age and participate in contests and a tournament where awards will be given. Our Varsity and JV Girls Team members will serve as coaching counselors. Camp Dates: Monday June 24 - Thursday June 27 Camp Times: incoming 2d - 4th grades, 10am - 12:30pm incoming 5th-8th grades, 1-3:30pm Cost per player: $120 includes camp T-shirt *LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED Deadline: Thursday, June 20 Questions: Coach Manchester cmanchester@birmingham.k12.mi.us Payment: Checks payable to Seaholm Girls Basketball Booster Mail to: Sara Bell 31805 Evergreen Road Beverly Hills MI 48025 Registration at www.seaholmgirlsbasketball.com Sign Up Now – Camp is limited to 70 Players!

    Seaholm Girls Cross Country:
    The Seaholm Girls Cross Country Team is one of the best teams at Seaholm. It is a great fall sport for any 8th-grade girls who want to be involved at Seaholm. Whether you are an experienced runner or a beginning one, there is a place for you on the team. Check out our video and stop by our table at the Activities Fair on 5/29 from 5-6:30 at Seaholm. We also have an informational meeting for girls interested on 6/5 @ 4 pm in the Seaholm cafeteria. We hope to meet you soon!
    Cross Country Promo video: https://youtu.be/rD53s-k8CpQ

    Seaholm Cheerleading Tryouts!!
    When: June 3rd, June 4th, and June 5th
    Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Seaholm Fitness Center
    Parent Meeting: June 6th @ 6:00 p.m.
    Coach Katie Martin: 248-804-1940 kaitlynmartin041@gmail.com

    BU Hockey- SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that times and locations are being finalized and will be confirmed ASAP
    June 17th - June 20th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning)
    June 24th - August 1st — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity)
    July 8th - August 22nd — BU Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice)

    STEM Camp
    Oakland Schools is hosting Stem Camp again this summer for middle schools students. Birmingham is able to send 3 students for free. Additional scholarships have been available in the past. If you feel that you would like to extend the opportunity to additional families demonstrating economic need, please contact us.
    STEM Summer Camp 2019 Flyer
    www.OaklandSTEM.com

    Summer Volleyball Opportunity!
    Heather Gambone (Berkshire teacher and Seaholm Varsity Coach) is offering camps to boys and girls entering grades 5th-10th of all ability levels this July! Participants will learn and improve their skills and have a lot of fun! All camps will take place at Seaholm High School. Any questions can be directed to Heather at seaholmvball@gmail.com. *Grade in Fall 2019
    Sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/btIuvArnNXJphZNy1

    Birmingham Girls Softball Registration
    Birmingham Girls Softball returns for its 20th season! BGS is southeast Oakland County’s largest girl’s recreational softball league with over 300 players. Online registration is now open at www.birminghamsoftball.com. Birmingham Girls Softball is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. The group is dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being their top priorities. BGS is open to all girls interested in playing softball for the first time and those with prior experience looking to build on and develop the skills needed to play the game for years to come. All that BGS requires is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jeffw@birminghamsoftball.com. Early registration closes February 28, 2019.

    Seaholm Football Seaholm Football is fired up for the 2019 season and has set dates for pre-season camps and conditioning. Interested players should mark these dates in family calendars - all events are attended by all players - incoming freshmen included! More information will follow, but keep these key dates in mind as you plan your summer:
    PARENT MEETING @ Seaholm Gym Saturday, April 13th 9 am
    Week of Champions @ Seaholm June 3-7 One hour before school each day
    Big Five Camp @ Seaholm June 24-26
    MHSAA Dead Week (No Practices) July 1-5
    Veer Camp in Montrose, MI - July 29-31 DATE CHANGE
    Maple Week Off (No Practices)- August 5-9
    Hillsdale Camp @ Hillsdale College - August 11-14
    Questions? Call or text Katy Knoer at 312-543-4343

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: June 3rd - June 7th

    Posted by Joanna McKinney on 6/2/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2018-2019

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Monday (6-3)
    Choir Concert @ Seaholm 7:00 P.M.

    Tuesday (6-4)
    Typing 101 3:15-4:15 P.M.
    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    JNHS Ceremony Rehearsal 2:40 P.M. (gym)
    Band Concert @ Seaholm 7:00 P.M.

    Wednesday (6-5)
    JNHS Ceremony 8:00 A.M. (gym)
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:15-5:15 P.M.
    Super Snacks 3:15-5:15 P.M.
    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Orchestra Concert @ Seaholm 7:00 P.M.

    Thursday (6-6)
    6th graders to Greenfield Village
    Improv Comedy Club 3:15-5:15 P.M.
    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Friday, (6-7)
    Field Day!
    JavaScript Club 3:20-4:40 P.M.
    Chess Club 3:20-4:40 P.M.
    Library books are due today

    Mark Your Calendar-
    Monday, June 3rd--Derby Choir will have their final performance on, in the Seaholm Auditorium at 7pm.
    Derby’s Annual Field Day will take place on Friday, June 7th
    Wednesday, June 12th 6:00 pm--8th Grade Graduation Ceremony in the Derby gym

    Get connected into the happenings of Derby by…
    Receiving and reading Mrs. McKinney’s Derby Weekly Update email.
    Signing up for Mrs. McKinney’s Remind text messages by texting the message @derbyms to 81010 from your mobile device.
    Visiting the Derby Middle School webpage (http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Derby).
    Following us on Twitter (@Derbyms) and FaceBook.

    END OF YEAR MEDICATION PICK UP PROCEDURE
    Monday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 12 – OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS and non-emergency medications can be picked up during regular school hours.
    Friday, June 14 – EMERGENCY/PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS can be picked up (last day of school). Please note: emergency/prescription medications are sent on the June 13 field trip.

    Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20 –
    Medication pick-up resumes, 8:00-4:00. If not picked up during these times, all over-the-counter medication will be disposed of.

    All prescription medication MUST be picked up by a parent/guardian. Medication does not carry forward to the next school year. Please contact Robin Mcintyre, rmcintyre@birmingham.k12.mi.us, with questions.

    ONLINE STUDENT VERIFICATION FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR
    The BPS online Returning Student Verification Process (RSVP) for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year opens on Monday, May 20th! The RSVP forms replace the paper forms previously sent home for each new school year and allow parent/guardians to provide the most up to date parent/guardian contact, emergency contacts, agreements, and health information. The RSVP needs to be completed for each child currently enrolled at a BPS school. The RSVP window will be from May 20 to June 7, 2019. A separate letter was sent USPS to each family with instructions on accessing and completing the process. Please contact Robin McIntyre, rmcintyre@birmingham.k12.mi.us, if you have questions.

    Library Books: We are aiming to get all library books returned and outstanding fines paid by Friday, June 7th. Parents, please check the email associated with your PowerSchool account to see if your student has any outstanding library issues. Fines can be paid in the library with cash, or check payable to Derby Middle School.

    Derby Safety & Security Rules - Spring Reminders

    Student Arrival:
    Derby's doors open at 7:30 a.m. for student drop off. Students are not allowed to be in the building before 7:30 a.m unless they are in an adult supervised activity (study session, practice, club etc…) Once the doors open, students are to be in the main/counseling lobbies, cafeteria or go to the library and wait for the first bell. Food and drinks are to remain in the cafeteria.

    Student Departure:
    At the end of the school day, students must either head to their adult supervised school activity or outside to be picked up preferably by 3:30. Students who stay after in an adult supervised activity must secure a ride home prior to the activity. All students waiting for rides, will be outside. This is a gentle reminder that students are not allowed in the building without supervision.

    Student Drop Off & Pick Up:
    Please do not park cars in the front driveway loop as it causes unsafe backups and traffic hazards during drop off and pick-up times. Please be mindful of your speed and students are to be dropped at the curb only. We do not want them crossing traffic in the drop-off lane. Drop off traffic – Please pull up all the way to the flagpole to help alleviate backed-up traffic. Thank you!

    Birthday Policies:
    For student health and safety, please do not bring birthday treats & foods to share.

    Lunch bags:
    Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home every day. Earlier in the school year, we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and ants infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, any lunch bags found in the cafeteria will be emptied of all contents and put in the lost and found area.
    Outside Food Order Deliveries:
    No outside food orders deliveries for students are permitted at any time during or after school.

    Student Lockers:
    For safety reasons, parents are not permitted to go to their students lockers during school hours.

    Procedure for Picking Up During the School Day:
    If you are planning on excusing your child during the school day, please send your student with a note in the morning to the main office and we will hand your student a pass to leave class at the requested time. A parent/ guardian will need come into the Main Office to sign out their student. Students may sign themselves back in upon returning.
    This is the procedure for leaving during the day and will help expedite the students leaving early and reduce interruptions in the classroom. Thank you for your cooperation!

    Office Help
    Your help in our busy front office would be very much appreciated! Time slots are noted on the sign up below. Thank you!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4DAAAC23A20-office1

    6th Grade Parent-Led Activity
    Derby 6th Graders are invited to splash, win prizes and play at Troy Aquatic Center on Friday, June 7th 5:30 pm -7:30 pm at 3425 Civic Center Drive in Troy. There will be a $5 charge per person to enter the facility. We have a Derby family in need so, please consider bringing a grocery gift card. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact Amy Slosar at 248-506-0060 or Carolyn Bania Anderson at 313-505-5254
    *This event has been organized by 6th grade, Parents of Dragons. Each parent is responsible for the supervision of their own children.*

    Derby 8th Grade Graduation & Celebration 2019

    It’s time to purchase the ticket for your child to attend! Thank you to the 200+ that have already purchased tickets!
    Frequently Asked Questions-updated
    1. How do I sign up my student?
    You can pay online (preferred) or by cash/check.
    Online: Go to: https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/ Click the blue Login button and login using the email that you submitted to the Derby directory. If you cannot remember your password, you can select Forgot my password and a new link will be sent to you. Click on Our Store on the blue banner at the top of the page. Select the 8th Grade Graduation Celebration. Select your student’s name and Quantity: 1 (only pay for your student) and Add to Cart. Click on the red Your Cart button.
    Cash/Check: If you pay by cash/check (payable to Derby PTA), return it to the Derby office in an envelope marked with your child’s name and 8th Grade Graduation Celebration.
    2. Do parents need to purchase tickets for themselves?
    No. All Derby Graduates can invite two guests to Graduation. Ceremony seating is limited to two guests per student due to fire and safety codes. For financial assistance, please email Derby principal Joanna McKinney. You only need to buy one ticket for your student to attend the Celebration after the Graduation Ceremony.
    3. What time is the Graduation? And the Celebration?
    The Graduation ceremony is June 12th at 6 pm in the gym. The Celebration, a great Derby tradition, is immediately following the graduation ceremony at Derby. It is for students. Parents do not stay for the Celebration. Students are picked up at the end of the Celebration at 9 pm.
    4. What is the Celebration?
    It is a fun party for the entire 8th-grade class to celebrate their graduation together. It is a long-standing Derby tradition and one of the last times the entire class will all be together. There is a photo booth, DJ, food and desserts, decorations, small prizes (beach balls, inflatable toys etc.), basketball games in the gym and all children leave at the end of the night with an 8 x 10 matted personal black and white graduation portrait.
    5. How should my child dress?
    Girls usually wear dresses similar to what they would wear to a wedding or a religious ceremony like their confirmation or Bat Mitzvah. Most boys wear a shirt and a tie. Some add a blazer and others wear a polo shirt.
    6. How can I get a reserved seat?
    All volunteers will have their two graduation seats moved into the reserved section at the ceremony. Committee Co-chairs will be seated in the front rows of the reserved section. Committee volunteers will be next, followed by food donation volunteers. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44adaf29a20-derby5
    7. Will we received printed tickets?
    No. We have a list of everyone who has purchased tickets.

    To stay up to date on Graduation information, join the “Derby 8th Grade Graduation 2019” Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/286016758751511/

    Field Day 2019…Calling Out for Volunteers!!!
    A day of fun is coming…Derby’s Annual Field Day will take place on Friday, June 7th this year. Each grade level will participate in Derby’s Field Day activities for an hour and a half this year in Derby’s back yard. Students can engage in many, many fun activities. Our Derby Dragons can play on a 70’ Inflatable Obstacle Course, Inflatable Human Hamster Balls, and can play a game of Inflatable Hungry Hippo. Students can play carnival games and team up to play Tug-O-War with their friends. Along with this fun – students can dunk their favorite teachers and Derby Administrators in the Dunk Tank and can enjoy snacking on Sno-Cones, Cotton Candy, and Popcorn. If that isn’t enough fun – students can also participate in a fun game of Kickball.
    In order to make this day possible for our students - - - we need SEVERAL volunteers!!! We are looking for help. Without you, this day will not be possible. If you can volunteer to help make Derby’s Field Day a success this year – please click on the Sign Up Genius link below (sorted by grade level) - - - when signing up on Sign Up Genius, please provide your name, and add your student’s name and grade level in the comments area.
    If you have any questions regarding Field Day, please email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
    The Derby 2018 Field Day time slots are:
    7th Grade Field Day 9:00-10:30am
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4BAFAE2DA7FC1-7thgrade4
    6th Grade Field Day 10:40-12:10pm
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4BAFAE2DA7FC1-6thgrade4
    8th Grade Field Day 1:15-2:45pm
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4BAFAE2DA7FC1-8thgrade4


    DISTRICT 2019-20 CALENDAR UPDATE

    Find our finalized calendars at: www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/calendars.
    2019-20 Break Schedule
    Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 – First day of school (Half Day, AM only)
    Sept. 26 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    Nov. 27-29 – Thanksgiving Recess
    Dec. 23-Jan. 1 – Winter Recess
    Jan. 20 – No School (MLK Day)
    Feb. 14 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    Feb. 17-21 – Midwinter Recess
    April 6-10 – Spring Recess
    April 24 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    May 25 – No School (Memorial Day)
    Friday, June 12 – Last day of school

    MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS
    WHEN June 6, 2019 7 pm
    WHERE Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
    Wrap up 2018-19 & Plan 2019-20 Please join us for a brief review of what we have accomplished this past year. Then help us to plan next year’s meeting schedule. Do you have an idea for a meeting topic that will impact BPS families? Do you know a guest speaker who would like to visit BPS for an evening? Come and share your ideas and be prepared to make it happen! More information about Friends, including Executive Members, Building Reps, and Local & National Resources can be found at the website below. WWW.FRIENDSOFDIFFERENTLEARNERS.ORG ALL MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE! BECOME A FRIENDS MEMBER Just $10 Any additional donations help us to provide high-quality speakers at our monthly meetings and support our annual projects like LINKS, the Disability Awareness Workshop, and the Camp & Resource Fair + Micro Businesses Valid September-August Join at a meeting or online and while you’re there… SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY EMAIL

    Camp RN@OU
    Camp RN is a two-week pre-college summer program designed to educate middle school students of the opportunities available through a nursing career. The camp will be held at Oakland University’s main campus in Rochester during the last two weeks of July 2019. This entertaining and educational camp exposes students to various areas, including; anatomy & physiology, chemistry, nutrition, nursing fundamentals, and much more! Camp RN is innovative, inspirational, and sure to create fun memories!
    Students will be actively engaged in becoming CPR/First Aid certified, anatomy dissections, chemistry experiments, as well as team-building activities. Participants will also tour Oakland University’s campus, utilize our state of the art health assessment laboratory with simulation mannequins, and interact with nurses in a hospital setting (job shadowing).
    Camp RN is limited to a cohort of 25 students and campers are selected based on a competitive application process. The application can be found attached to this email or at: https://www.oakland.edu/nursing/continuing-education/RNatOU/ Applications are due on June 10th 2018 and campers will be notified of their application decision in mid to late June.
    If you have any further questions, please contact the Director-- Patrina Carper at (248) 364-8766 or at carper@oakland.edu.

    SUMMER CAMP Girls Skills and Drills Camp
    Grades 2-8 Seaholm's Head Coach Chris Manchester and his staff bring knowledge, passion, and fun-filled instruction when teaching young players how to be the best they can be. Improve your game and join us this summer for some basketball fun! The Camp will feature fundamental instruction in ball handling, shooting form, footwork, and passing with an emphasis on communication and teamwork. Girls will be divided by grade/age and participate in contests and a tournament where awards will be given. Our Varsity and JV Girls Team members will serve as coaching counselors. Camp Dates: Monday June 24 - Thursday June 27 Camp Times: incoming 2d - 4th grades, 10am - 12:30pm incoming 5th-8th grades, 1-3:30pm Cost per player: $120 includes camp T-shirt *LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED Deadline: Thursday, June 20 Questions: Coach Manchester cmanchester@birmingham.k12.mi.us Payment: Checks payable to Seaholm Girls Basketball Booster Mail to: Sara Bell 31805 Evergreen Road Beverly Hills MI 48025 Registration at www.seaholmgirlsbasketball.com Sign Up Now – Camp is limited to 70 Players!

    Seaholm Girls Cross Country:
    The Seaholm Girls Cross Country Team is one of the best teams at Seaholm. It is a great fall sport for any 8th-grade girls who want to be involved at Seaholm. Whether you are an experienced runner or a beginning one, there is a place for you on the team. Check out our video and stop by our table at the Activities Fair on 5/29 from 5-6:30 at Seaholm. We also have an informational meeting for girls interested on 6/5 @ 4 pm in the Seaholm cafeteria. We hope to meet you soon!
    Cross Country Promo video: https://youtu.be/rD53s-k8CpQ

    Seaholm Cheerleading Tryouts!!
    When: June 3rd, June 4th, and June 5th
    Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Seaholm Fitness Center
    Parent Meeting: June 6th @ 6:00 p.m.
    Coach Katie Martin: 248-804-1940 kaitlynmartin041@gmail.com

    BU Hockey- SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that times and locations are being finalized and will be confirmed ASAP
    June 17th - June 20th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning)
    June 24th - August 1st — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity)
    July 8th - August 22nd — BU Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice)

    STEM Camp
    Oakland Schools is hosting Stem Camp again this summer for middle schools students. Birmingham is able to send 3 students for free. Additional scholarships have been available in the past. If you feel that you would like to extend the opportunity to additional families demonstrating economic need, please contact us.
    STEM Summer Camp 2019 Flyer
    www.OaklandSTEM.com

    Summer Volleyball Opportunity!
    Heather Gambone (Berkshire teacher and Seaholm Varsity Coach) is offering camps to boys and girls entering grades 5th-10th of all ability levels this July! Participants will learn and improve their skills and have a lot of fun! All camps will take place at Seaholm High School. Any questions can be directed to Heather at seaholmvball@gmail.com. *Grade in Fall 2019
    Sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/btIuvArnNXJphZNy1

    Birmingham Girls Softball Registration
    Birmingham Girls Softball returns for its 20th season! BGS is southeast Oakland County’s largest girl’s recreational softball league with over 300 players. Online registration is now open at www.birminghamsoftball.com. Birmingham Girls Softball is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. The group is dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being their top priorities. BGS is open to all girls interested in playing softball for the first time and those with prior experience looking to build on and develop the skills needed to play the game for years to come. All that BGS requires is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jeffw@birminghamsoftball.com. Early registration closes February 28, 2019.

    Seaholm Football Seaholm Football is fired up for the 2019 season and has set dates for pre-season camps and conditioning. Interested players should mark these dates in family calendars - all events are attended by all players - incoming freshmen included! More information will follow, but keep these key dates in mind as you plan your summer:
    PARENT MEETING @ Seaholm Gym Saturday, April 13th 9am
    Week of Champions @ Seaholm June 3-7 One hour before school each day
    Big Five Camp @ Seaholm June 24-26
    MHSAA Dead Week (No Practices) July 1-5
    Veer Camp in Montrose, MI - July 29-31 DATE CHANGE
    Maple Week Off (No Practices)- August 5-9
    Hillsdale Camp @ Hillsdale College - August 11-14
    Questions? Call or text Katy Knoer at 312-543-4343
     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: May 28th - May 31st

    Posted by Joanna McKinney on 5/28/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2018-2019
    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Monday (5-27)
    No School- Memorial Day

    Tuesday (5-28)
    Typing 101 3:15-4:15 P.M.
    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (5-29)
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:15-5:15 P.M.
    Super Snacks 3:15-5:15 P.M.
    Competitive Video Gaming 3:15-5:30 P.M.
    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Thursday (5-30)
    Improv Comedy Club 3:15-5:15 P.M.
    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Oakland County Track Meet
    Time: Field Events 1:45pm, Preliminary Sprints (55H, 70, 100, 200) and 4x800 relays 2:15pm, Finals 4:30pm
    Location: Clarkston High School, Clarkston, MI
    Cost: $5 admission at gate
    Food: Concessions available for purchase
    Website for more info: http://www.ocmstrackmeet.com/

    Friday, (5-31)
    JavaScript Club 3:20-4:40 P.M.
    Chess Club 3:20-4:40 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendar-
    Monday, June 3rd--Derby Choir will have their final performance on, in the Seaholm Auditorium at 7 pm.
    Wednesday, June 12th 6 pm--8th Grade Graduation Ceremony in the Derby gym


    Get connected into the happenings of Derby by...
    * Receiving and reading Mrs. McKinney’s Derby Weekly Update email.
    * Signing up for Mrs. McKinney’s Remind text messages by texting the message @derbyms to 81010 from your mobile device.
    * Visiting the Derby Middle School webpage (http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Derby).
    Following us on Twitter (@Derbyms) and Facebook.

    Derby Community Message - Principal Search Update

    Derby families,

    We wanted to provide our families with an update on the search process to fill the Principal position at Derby. While the committees performed admirably in their roles to select the next principal of Derby, the District will be reposting the position.

    Next week, Mrs. Joanna McKinney will be recommended to the Board of Education to serve as Principal at Bingham Farms Elementary School beginning Aug. 1. She has provided strong leadership since accepting the position at Derby as Interim Principal this past January, and the District is committed to ensuring the good work happening at Derby continues. Following the re-posting of the Derby Principal position, screening and interviews will take place with a goal of a recommended candidate presented to the Board of Education on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Mrs.McKinney is dedicated to a successful leadership transition at Derby over the coming weeks and months ahead, and we want to thank her for her continued leadership within the Derby community.

    Sincerely,
    Dean
    T. Niforos, SPHR
    Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

    Derby Safety & Security Rules - Spring Reminders

    Student Arrival:
    Derby's doors open at 7:30 a.m. for student drop off. Students are not allowed to be in the building before 7:30 a.m unless they are in an adult supervised activity (study session, practice, club, etc…) Once the doors open, students are to be in the main/counseling lobbies, cafeteria or go to the library and wait for the first bell. Food and drinks are to remain in the cafeteria.

    Student Departure:
    At the end of the school day, students must either head to their adult supervised school activity or outside to be picked up preferably by 3:30. Students who stay after in an adult supervised activity must secure a ride home prior to the activity. All students waiting for rides, will be outside. This is a gentle reminder that students are not allowed in the building without supervision.

    Student Drop Off & Pick Up:
    Please do not park cars in the front driveway loop as it causes unsafe backups and traffic hazards during drop off and pick up times. Please be mindful of your speed and students are to be dropped at the curb only. We do not want them crossing traffic in the drop-off lane. Drop off traffic – Please pull up all the way to the flagpole to help alleviate backed-up traffic. Thank you!

    Birthday Policies:
    For student health and safety, please do not bring birthday treats & foods to share.

    Lunch bags:
    Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home every day. Earlier in the school year, we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and ants infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, any lunch bags found in the cafeteria will be emptied of all contents and put in the lost and found area.

    Outside Food Order Deliveries:
    No outside food orders deliveries for students are permitted at any time during or after school.

    Student Lockers:
    For safety reasons, parents are not permitted to go to their students lockers during school hours.

    Procedure for Picking Up During the School Day:
    If you are planning on excusing your child during the school day, please send your student with a note in the morning to the main office and we will hand your student a pass to leave class at the requested time. A parent/ guardian will need come into the Main Office to sign out their student. Students may sign themselves back in upon returning.
    This is the procedure for leaving during the day and will help expedite the students leaving early and reduce interruptions in the classroom. Thank you for your cooperation!

    Office Help
    Your help in our busy front office would be very much appreciated! Time slots are noted on the sign up below. Thank you!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4DAAAC23A20-office1

    6th-Grade Parent-Led Activity
    Derby 6th Graders are invited to splash, win prizes and play at Troy Aquatic Center on Friday, June 7th 5:30 pm -7:30 pm at 3425 Civic Center Drive in Troy. There will be a $6 charge per person to enter the facility. We have a Derby family in need so, please consider bringing a grocery gift card. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact Amy Slosar at 248-506-0060 or Carolyn Bania Anderson at 313-505-5254
    *This event has been organized by 6th grade, Parents of Dragons. Each parent is responsible for the supervision of their own children.*

    Derby 8th Grade Graduation & Celebration 2019 It’s time to purchase the ticket for your child to attend! Thank you to the 200+ that have already purchased tickets!
    Frequently Asked Questions-updated

    1. How do I sign up my student?
    You can pay online (preferred) or by cash/check.
    Online: Go to: https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/ Click the blue Login button and login using the email that you submitted to the Derby directory. If you cannot remember your password, you can select Forgot my password and a new link will be sent to you. Click on Our Store on the blue banner at the top of the page. Select 8th Grade Graduation Celebration. Select your student’s name and Quantity: 1 (only pay for your student) and Add to Cart. Click on the red Your Cart button.
    Cash/Check: If you pay by cash/check (payable to Derby PTA), return it to the Derby office in an envelope marked with your child’s name and 8th Grade Graduation Celebration.

    2. Do parents need to purchase tickets for themselves?
    No. All Derby Graduates can invite two guests to Graduation. Ceremony seating is limited to two guests per student due to fire and safety codes. For financial assistance, please email Derby principal Joanna McKinney. You only need to buy one ticket for your student to attend the Celebration after the Graduation Ceremony.

    3. What time is the Graduation? And the Celebration?
    The Graduation ceremony is June 12th at 6 pm in the gym. The Celebration, a great Derby tradition, is immediately following the graduation ceremony at Derby. It is for students. Parents do not stay for the Celebration. Students are picked up at the end of the Celebration at 9 pm.

    4. What is the Celebration?
    It is a fun party for the entire 8th-grade class to celebrate their graduation together. It is a long-standing Derby tradition and one of the last times the entire class will all be together. There is a photo booth, DJ, food and desserts, decorations, small prizes (beach balls, inflatable toys etc.), basketball games in the gym and all children leave at the end of the night with an 8 x 10 matted personal black and white graduation portrait.

    5. How should my child dress?
    Girls usually wear dresses similar to what they would wear to a wedding or a religious ceremony like their confirmation or Bat Mitzvah. Most boys wear a shirt and a tie. Some add a blazer and others wear a polo shirt.

    6. How can I get a reserved seat?
    All volunteers will have their two graduation seats moved into the reserved section at the ceremony. Committee Co-chairs will be seated in the front rows of the reserved section. Committee volunteers will be next, followed by food donation volunteers. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44adaf29a20-derby5

    7. Will we received printed tickets?
    No. We have a list of everyone who has purchased tickets.

    To stay up to date on Graduation information, join the “Derby 8th Grade Graduation 2019” Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/286016758751511/

    Choir Message
    Derby Choir will have their final performance on Monday June 3rd, in the Seaholm Auditorium at 7 pm.

    M-STEP Testing Window during Ramadan
    Diversity in Birmingham Public Schools is truly an asset and the recognition of various holy days is critical in fostering an understanding, appreciation, and respect for the religious beliefs of all students and families. Through Principle 4 of our character education framework of creating a caring community, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and to honor student voice, we would like to offer 6th and 7th-grade students who fast the option to take the M-STEP exam before the start of Ramadan.
    The M-STEP testing window for grades 6 and 7 is on April 29 – May 31, 2019. Testing during the first week of the window will accommodate students that choose to take the exam at the beginning of the test window before they begin to fast. The M-STEP testing windows for other grade levels do not conflict with Ramadan.
    If you would like for your 6th or 7th-grade child to take the exam at the beginning of the test window, please send an email to their principal at the appropriate middle school.

    Mr. Clinkscale, Berkshire Principal
    jclinkscale@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Mr. Morawski, BCS Principal
    mmorawski@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Mrs. McKinney, Derby Interim Principal
    jmckinney@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Field Day 2019…Calling Out for Volunteers!!!
    A day of fun is coming…Derby’s Annual Field Day will take place on Friday, June 7th this year. Each grade level will participate in Derby’s Field Day activities for an hour and a half this year in Derby’s back yard. Students can engage in many, many fun activities. Our Derby Dragons can play on a 70’ Inflatable Obstacle Course, Inflatable Human Hamster Balls, and can play a game of Inflatable Hungry Hippo. Students can play carnival games and team up to play Tug-O-War with their friends. Along with this fun – students can dunk their favorite teachers and Derby Administrators in the Dunk Tank, and can enjoy snacking on Sno-Cones, Cotton Candy, and Popcorn. If that isn’t enough fun – students can also participate in a fun game of Kickball.
    In order to make this day possible for our students - - - we need SEVERAL volunteers!!! We are looking for help. Without you, this day will not be possible. If you can volunteer to help make Derby’s Field Day a success this year – please click on the Sign Up Genius link below (sorted by grade level) - - - when signing up on Sign Up Genius, please provide your name, and add your student’s name and grade level in the comments area.
    If you have any questions regarding Field Day, please email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
    The Derby 2018 Field Day time slots are:
    7th Grade Field Day 9:00-10:30am
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4BAFAE2DA7FC1-7thgrade4
    6th Grade Field Day 10:40-12:10pm
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4BAFAE2DA7FC1-6thgrade4
    8th Grade Field Day 1:15-2:45pm
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4BAFAE2DA7FC1-8thgrade4


    DISTRICT 2019-20 CALENDAR UPDATE

    Find our finalized calendars at: www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/calendars.

    2019-20 Break Schedule
    Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 – First day of school (Half Day, AM only)
    Sept. 26 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    Nov. 27-29 – Thanksgiving Recess
    Dec. 23-Jan. 1 – Winter Recess
    Jan. 20 – No School (MLK Day)
    Feb. 14 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    Feb. 17-21 – Midwinter Recess
    April 6-10 – Spring Recess
    April 24 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    May 25 – No School (Memorial Day)
    Friday, June 12 – Last day of school

    Going to Seaholm in the fall?
    Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 5:00pm - 6:30pm Seaholm Gymnasium
    Come to the Seaholm Activities Fair on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, to find out about all the extracurricular activities available to students—54 tables of clubs, sports and interest groups! Representatives from each group will be there; ready to help you decide what YOU want to do! For more info, contact Melissa DeGroat at mdegroat@birmingham.k12.mi.us


    Seaholm NHS Tutoring Sessions Available
    When:
    Tuesday, May 28th
    Thursday, May 30th
    Where: Seaholm High School Library
    All ages are welcomed. 3rd Tri Finals Tutoring. Snacks are included!
    For more information, please contact Anna Osbourne at 248-977-0028; Cole Wohifiel at 248-703-1404 or Ms. Davis at pdavis@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Character Education, Diversity & Equity Events
    Exploring Islam and Judaism: An Interfaith Panel Discussion
    Thursday, May 30, 2019, 6:30-7:45 pm BCS Library. Come join us for a family and community event that is open to all. Panelists include students, educators and parents from Birmingham Public Schools, Imam Steve Mustapha Elturk and Rabbi Jason Miller. Come and participate in a conversation about their faith and its implications in our local and larger community. Refreshments will be served.

    Annual BPS Family Pride Social
    Join LGBTQ+ families and allies at our Annual BPS Family Pride Social on Friday, May 31, 2019, from 6:30-8:30 pm on the Greenfield Playground. Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new people so feel free to stop by. You may want to bring a lawn chair or two. For more information about the BPS Family Pride group feel free to check out their Facebook page @BPS Family Pride.

    MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS
    WHEN June 6, 2019, 7 pm 
    WHERE Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
    Wrap up 2018-19 & Plan 2019-20 Please join us for a brief review of what we have accomplished this past year. Then help us to plan next year’s meeting schedule. Do you have an idea for a meeting topic that will impact BPS families? Do you know a guest speaker who would like to visit BPS for an evening? Come and share your ideas and be prepared to make it happen! More information about Friends, including Executive Members, Building Reps, and Local & National Resources can be found at the website below. WWW.FRIENDSOFDIFFERENTLEARNERS.ORG ALL MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE! BECOME A FRIENDS MEMBER Just $10 Any additional donations help us to provide high-quality speakers at our monthly meetings and support our annual projects like LINKS, the Disability Awareness Workshop, and the Camp & Resource Fair + Micro Businesses Valid September-August Join at a meeting or online and while you’re there… SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY EMAIL

    Message from Birmingham Public Schools: PAC Applications
    2019/2020 PAC -Accepting Applications:
    The Specialized Instruction & Student Services Parent Advisory Council is now accepting applications for interested new members. The committee meets monthly, during the day (typically 9:30am - 11:30am) with SISS Administration to collaborate on existing SISS programs and advise on new programs and services. The PAC is one of the resources that make our district so strong and is a great resource for our families. Please visit the PAC page on the district website for more information and application: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/2260 The deadline for accepting applications is Friday, May 31st, 2019. All applicants must have a student with an IEP attending a district school in the 2019/2020 school year. If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Rachel Farabee PAC Chair 2018/2019 (810)348-0573

    SUMMER CAMP Girls Skills and Drills Camp
    Grades 2-8 Seaholm's Head Coach Chris Manchester and his staff bring knowledge, passion, and fun-filled instruction when teaching young players how to be the best they can be. Improve your game and join us this summer for some basketball fun! The Camp will feature fundamental instruction in ball handling, shooting form, footwork, and passing with an emphasis on communication and teamwork. Girls will be divided by grade/age and participate in contests and a tournament where awards will be given. Our Varsity and JV Girls Team members will serve as coaching counselors. Camp Dates: Monday June 24 - Thursday June 27 Camp Times: incoming 2d - 4th grades, 10am - 12:30pm incoming 5th-8thgrades, 1-3:30pm Cost per player: $120 includes camp T-shirt *LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED Deadline: Thursday, June 20 Questions: Coach Manchester cmanchester@birmingham.k12.mi.us Payment: Checks payable to Seaholm Girls Basketball Booster Mail to: Sara Bell 31805 Evergreen Road Beverly Hills MI 48025 Registration at www.seaholmgirlsbasketball.com Sign Up Now – Camp is limited to 70 Players!

    Seaholm Girls Cross Country:
    The Seaholm Girls Cross Country Team is one of the best teams at Seaholm. It is a great fall sport for any 8th-grade girls who want to be involved at Seaholm. Whether you are an experienced runner or a beginning one, there is a place for you on the team. Check out our video and stop by our table at the Activities Fair on 5/29 from 5-6:30 at Seaholm. We also have an informational meeting for girls interested on 6/5 @ 4 pm in the Seaholm cafeteria. We hope to meet you soon!
    Cross Country Promo video: https://youtu.be/rD53s-k8CpQ

    Seaholm Cheerleading Tryouts!!
    When: June 3rd, June 4th, and June 5th
    Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Seaholm Fitness Center
    Parent Meeting: June 6th @ 6:00 p.m.
    Coach Katie Martin: 248-804-1940 kaitlynmartin041@gmail.com

    BU Hockey- SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that times and locations are being finalized and will be confirmed ASAP
    June 17th - June 20th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning)
    June 24th - August 1st — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity)
    July 8th - August 22nd — BU Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice)

    STEM Camp
    Oakland Schools is hosting Stem Camp again this summer for middle schools students. Birmingham is able to send 3 students for free. Additional scholarships have been available in the past. If you feel that you would like to extend the opportunity to additional families demonstrating economic need, please contact us.
    STEM Summer Camp 2019 Flyer
    www.OaklandSTEM.com

    Summer Volleyball Opportunity!
    Heather Gambone (Berkshire teacher and Seaholm Varsity Coach) is offering camps to boys and girls entering grades 5th-10th of all ability levels this July! Participants will learn and improve their skills and have a lot of fun! All camps will take place at Seaholm High School. Any questions can be directed to Heather at seaholmvball@gmail.com. *Grade in Fall 2019
    Sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/btIuvArnNXJphZNy1

    Seaholm Boys Soccer NEW and RETURNING Players:
    Please join us for Parent and Player Information Night on Wednesday, March, 20th at 6:00 PM in the Seaholm’s Little Theater.
    NEW families encouraged to attend and returning families also welcome. This will be an informal gathering with Boosters and Coaches to discuss the upcoming season.
    All NEW and RETURNING players need to register for the upcoming 2019 season. Please register your player on Seaholm’s Soccer website: seaholmboyssoccer.com under “2019 Player Registration”. Once registered, you’ll be put on an email distribution list for all soccer program communications including camp and upcoming events.
    Questions? Email seaholmboyssoccer@gmail.com.
    Go Mapes!

    Birmingham Girls Softball Registration
    Birmingham Girls Softball returns for its 20th season! BGS is southeast Oakland County’s largest girl’s recreational softball league with over 300 players. Online registration is now open at www.birminghamsoftball.com. Birmingham Girls Softball is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. The group is dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being their top priorities. BGS is open to all girls interested in playing softball for the first time and those with prior experience looking to build on and develop the skills needed to play the game for years to come. All that BGS requires is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jeffw@birminghamsoftball.com. Early registration closes February 28, 2019.

    Seaholm Football Seaholm Football is fired up for the 2019 season and has set dates for pre-season camps and conditioning. Interested players should mark these dates in family calendars - all events are attended by all players - incoming freshmen included! More information will follow, but keep these key dates in mind as you plan your summer:
    PARENT MEETING @ Seaholm Gym Saturday, April 13th 9 am
    Week of Champions @ Seaholm June 3-7 One hour before school each day
    Big Five Camp @ Seaholm June 24-26
    MHSAA Dead Week (No Practices) July 1-5
    Veer Camp in Montrose, MI - July 29-31 DATE CHANGE
    Maple Week Off (No Practices)- August 5-9
    Hillsdale Camp @ Hillsdale College - August 11-14
    Questions? Call or text Katy Knoer at 312-543-4343

    Join LGBTQ+ families and Allies
    Please join us at our Annual BPS Family Pride Social on Friday, May 31, 2019, from 6:30-8: 30 pm on the Greenfield Playground. Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new people so feel free to stop by. You may want to bring a lawn chair or two. For more information about the BPS Family Pride group feel free to check out their facebook page @BPS Family Pride.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: May 20th - May 24th

    Posted by Joanna McKinney on 5/19/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2018-2019
    Monday (5-20)
    Girls Soccer against Bloomfield Hills Middle School Away at 4:00 P.M.
    Boys Tennis (Singles at WHMS & BHS) Away 4:00 P.M.

    Tuesday (5-21)
    Boys Tennis (Doubles at WHMS & BHMS) Away 4:00 P.M.
    Typing 101 3:15-4:15 P.M.
    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (5-22)
    Girls Soccer against Novi Middle School Home 4:00 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:15-5:15 P.M.
    Super Snacks 3:15-5:15 P.M.
    Competitive Video Gaming 3:15-5:30 P.M.
    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Thursday (5-23)
    Improv Comedy Club 3:15-5:15 P.M.
    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Friday, (5-24) ½ Day of School
    FIFTH GRADE TRANSITION DAY
    JavaScript Club 3:20-4:40 P.M.
    Chess Club 3:20-4:40 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendar-
    Friday, May 24th is a half day of school for all Derby students because of 5th-grade visitation. Dismissal is 11:25 A.M.
    Monday, May 27th -No School for Memorial Day. Classes resume Tuesday, May 28th.


    Get connected into the happenings of Derby by…
    *Receiving and reading Mrs. McKinney’s Derby Weekly Update email.
    *Signing up for Mrs. McKinney’s Remind text messages by texting the message @derbyms to 81010 from your mobile device.
    *Visiting the Derby Middle School webpage (http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Derby).
    *Following us on Twitter (@Derbyms) and Facebook.

    Derby Community Message - Principal Search Update

    Derby families,

    We wanted to provide our families with an update on the search process to fill the Principal position at Derby. While the committees performed admirably in their roles to select the next principal of Derby, the District will be reposting the position.

    Next week, Mrs. Joanna McKinney will be recommended to the Board of Education to serve as Principal at Bingham Farms Elementary School beginning Aug. 1. She has provided strong leadership since accepting the position at Derby as Interim Principal this past January, and the District is committed to ensuring the good work happening at Derby continues. Following the reposting of the Derby Principal position, screening and interviews will take place with a goal of a recommended candidate presented to the Board of Education on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

    Mrs. McKinney is dedicated to a successful leadership transition at Derby over the coming weeks and months ahead, and we want to thank her for her continued leadership within the Derby community.

    Sincerely,
    Dean T. Niforos, SPHR
    Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources


    Exploring Islam and Judaism: An Interfaith Panel Discussion

    May 30 6:30-7:45pm BCS Library. Come join us for a family and community event that is open to all. Panelists include students, educators, and parents from Birmingham Public Schools, Imam Steve Mustapha Elturk and Rabbi Jason Miller. Come and participate in a conversation about their faith and its implications in our local and larger community. Refreshments will be served.

    Derby Safety & Security Rules - Spring Reminders
    Student Arrival:
    Derby's doors open at 7:30 a.m. for student drop off. Students are not allowed to be in the building before 7:30 a.m unless they are in an adult supervised activity (study session, practice, club etc…) Once the doors open, students are to be in the main/counseling lobbies, cafeteria or go to the library and wait for the first bell. Food and drinks are to remain in the cafeteria.

    Student Departure:
    At the end of the school day, students must either head to their adult supervised school activity or outside to be picked up preferably by 3:30. Students who stay after in an adult supervised activity must secure a ride home prior to the activity. All students waiting for rides, will be outside. This is a gentle reminder that students are not allowed in the building without supervision.

    Student Drop Off & Pick Up:
    Please do not park cars in the front driveway loop as it causes unsafe backups and traffic hazards during drop off and pick up times. Please be mindful of your speed and students are to be dropped at the curb only. We do not want them crossing traffic in the drop-off lane. Drop off traffic – Please pull up all the way to the flagpole to help alleviate backed-up traffic. Thank you!

    Birthday Policies:
    For student health and safety, please do not bring birthday treats & foods to share.
    Lunch bags:
    Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home everyday. Earlier in the school year we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as result, we had a fruit flies and ants infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, any lunch bags found in the cafeteria will be emptied of all contents and put in the lost and found area.

    Outside Food Order Deliveries:
    No outside food orders deliveries for students are permitted at any time during or after school.
    Student Lockers:
    For safety reasons, parents are not permitted to go to their students' lockers during school hours.

    Procedure for Picking Up During the School Day:

    If you are planning on excusing your child during the school day, please send your student with a note in the morning to the main office and we will hand your student a pass to leave class at the requested time. A parent/ guardian will need to come into the Main Office to sign out their student. Students may sign themselves back in upon returning.
    This is the procedure for leaving during the day and will help expedite the students leaving early and reduce interruptions in the classroom. Thank you for your cooperation!


    Office Help
    Your help in our busy front office would be very much appreciated! Time slots are noted on the sign up below. Thank you!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4DAAAC23A20-office1

    Spring Promotion & Awards:
    As determined last year, this school year we will be blending the 8th-grade promotion with the formerly called awards day into one event. We are looking forward to honoring our 8th graders for their achievements in the classroom as well as their celebration of completing middle school. Please save June 12th at 6 pm and see below for further details.
    Help needed!
    We are looking for 2 people (from 6th or 7th-grade families) who can help at Derby 8th Grade Graduation. The pizza for the Celebration will be delivered while the Graduation Ceremony is going on 6/12. You would need to stay in the main hallway to accept the pizza deliveries and dessert drop-offs from 6 pm until the graduation ceremony is over. You would not need to stay for the Celebration after the Ceremony. The Derby 8th-grade families would really appreciate your help so that they can stay in the gym to watch their children’s graduation. If you are considering helping at your child’s Graduation, this would give you a sneak peek of the evening. To sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44adaf29a20-derby5

    Derby 8th-Grade Graduation & Celebration 2019
    Derby 8th Grade Graduation & Celebration 2019
    It’s time to purchase the ticket for your child to attend! An invitation to the Graduation & Celebration should have come home from school with your child this week.
    Frequently Asked Questions
    1. Do parents need to purchase tickets for themselves?
    No. The $25 is for the students only. All Derby Graduates can invite two guests to Graduation. Ceremony seating is limited to two guests per student due to fire and safety codes. For financial assistance, please email Derby principal Joanna McKinney. You only need to buy one ticket for your student to attend the Celebration after the Graduation Ceremony.
    2. How do I sign my student up to attend the Celebration?
    Buy one ticket for your student. Log into your MySchoolAnywhere account using the email that you submitted to the Derby directory. (Myschoolanywhere.com) Click on Our Store on the blue banner at the top of the page. Select 8th-grade Graduation Celebration. Select your student’s name and Quantity: 1 (only pay for your student) and Add to Cart. Click on the red Your Cart button. You can pay online (preferred) or by cash/check. If you pay by cash/check, please print the invoice and return it to the Derby office in an envelope with payment marked 8th Grade Graduation Celebration. If you cannot remember your password, you can select Forgot my password and a new link will be sent to you.
    3. What time is the Graduation? And the Celebration?
    The Graduation ceremony will be on June 12 at 6 pm in the gym. All students may invite two guests (max) to graduation. The Celebration, a great Derby tradition, is immediately following the graduation ceremony at Derby. It is for students. Students are picked up at the end of the Celebration at 9 pm.
    4. How should my child dress?
    Girls usually wear dresses similar to what they would wear to a wedding or a religious ceremony like their confirmation or Bat Mitzvah. Most boys wear a shirt and a tie. Some add a blazer and others wear a polo shirt.
    5. What is the Celebration?
    It is a fun party for the entire 8th-grade class to celebrate their graduation together. It is a long-standing Derby tradition and one of the last times the entire class will all be together. There is a photo booth, DJ, food and desserts, decorations, small prizes (beach balls, inflatable toys etc.), basketball games in the gym and all children leave at the end of the night with an 8 x 10 matted personal black and white graduation portrait. Parents do not stay for the Celebration. Pick up is at 9 pm.
    6. How can I get a reserved seat?
    All volunteers will have their two-seat graduation moved into the reserved section at the ceremony. Volunteers who Chair or Co-Chair a committee will be seated in the front rows of the reserved section. Committee volunteers will be next, followed by food donation volunteers. To sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44adaf29a20-derby5
    7. Will we received printed tickets?
    No. We have a list of everyone who has purchased tickets.
    To stay up to date on Graduation information, join the “Derby 8th Grade Graduation 2019” Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/286016758751511/
    Any questions, please email Jeni Beckeman jbeckeman28@gmail.com or Carolyn Leo carolynleo@yahoo.com

    Choir Message
    Derby Choir will have their final performance on Monday, June 3rd, in the Seaholm Auditorium at 7 pm.

    M-STEP Testing Window during Ramadan
    Diversity in Birmingham Public Schools is truly an asset and the recognition of various holy days is critical in fostering an understanding, appreciation, and respect for the religious beliefs of all students and families. Through Principle 4 of our character education framework of creating a caring community, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and to honor student voice, we would like to offer 6th and 7th-grade students who fast the option to take the M-STEP exam before the start of Ramadan.
    The M-STEP testing window for grades 6 and 7 is on April 29 – May 31, 2019. Testing during the first week of the window will accommodate students that choose to take the exam at the beginning of the test window before they begin to fast. The M-STEP testing windows for other grade levels do not conflict with Ramadan.

    If you would like for your 6th or 7th-grade child to take the exam at the beginning of the test window, please send an email to their principal at the appropriate middle school.

    Mr. Clinkscale, Berkshire Principal
    jclinkscale@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Mr. Morawski, BCS Principal
    mmorawski@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Mrs. McKinney, Derby Interim Principal
    jmckinney@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Field Day 2019…Calling Out for Volunteers!!!
    A day of fun is coming…Derby’s Annual Field Day will take place on Friday, June 7th this year. Each grade level will participate in Derby’s Field Day activities for an hour and a half this year in Derby’s back yard. Students can engage in many, many fun activities. Our Derby Dragons can play on a 70’ Inflatable Obstacle Course, Inflatable Human Hamster Balls, and can play a game of Inflatable Hungry Hippo. Students can play carnival games and team up to play Tug-O-War with their friends. Along with this fun – students can dunk their favorite teachers and Derby Administrators in the Dunk Tank, and can enjoy snacking on Sno-Cones, Cotton Candy, and Popcorn. If that isn’t enough fun – students can also participate in a fun game of Kickball.
    In order to make this day possible for our students - - - we need SEVERAL volunteers!!! We are looking for help. Without you, this day will not be possible. If you can volunteer to help make Derby’s Field Day a success this year – please click on the Sign Up Genius link below (sorted by grade level) - - - when signing up on Sign Up Genius, please provide your name, and add your student’s name and grade level in the comments area.
    If you have any questions regarding Field Day, please email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
    The Derby 2018 Field Day time slots are:
    7th Grade Field Day 9:00-10:30 am
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4BAFAE2DA7FC1-7thgrade4
    6th Grade Field Day 10:40-12:10 pm
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4BAFAE2DA7FC1-6thgrade4
    8th Grade Field Day 1:15-2:45 pm
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4BAFAE2DA7FC1-8thgrade4

    Reflections
    Derby Middle School Reflections State Award Winner
    Theme: Hero’s Around Me
    Congratulations to Mark Nardone for winning a Reflection Award of Excellence for his video Trash Fishing. You can watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/10bhKd_Ozrk


    Derby PTA is in need of a board member to run the Reflections Program. Each year, students in Pre-K through Grade 12 are invited to create and submit original works of art in the areas of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. The Reflections program offers all BPS students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Reflect on the theme. Create an original work. Be recognized! We are looking for a parent to sign up to run the 2019-2020 DMS reflections program. If you are interested please email Natasha Sinagoga at Natasha.sinagoga@nccmedia.com


    DISTRICT 2019-20 CALENDAR UPDATE
    While the district works to finalize the Birmingham Public Schools 2019-20 school year calendar, we would like to share with you our start and end dates along with scheduled breaks for the upcoming school year. We will share the calendar in full once it has been finalized and approved. Find our calendars at: www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/calendars.

    2019-20 Break Schedule

    Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 – First day of school (Half Day, AM only)
    Sept. 26 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    Nov. 27-29 – Thanksgiving Recess
    Dec. 23-Jan. 1 – Winter Recess
    Jan. 20 – No School (MLK Day)
    Feb. 14 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    Feb. 17-21 – Midwinter Recess
    April 6-10 – Spring Recess
    April 24 – All Schools half day (AM only)
    May 25 – No School (Memorial Day)
    Friday, June 12 – Last day of school

    Seaholm NHS Tutoring Sessions Available
    When:
    Monday, May 6th
    Tuesday, May 7th
    Tuesday, May 28th
    Thursday, May 30th
    Where: Seaholm High School Library
    All ages are welcomed. 3rd Tri Finals Tutoring. Snacks are included!
    For more information, please contact Anna Osbourne at 248-977-0028; Cole Wohifiel at 248-703-1404 or Ms. Davis at pdavis@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Message from Birmingham Public Schools: PAC Applications
    2019/2020 PAC -Accepting Applications:
    The Specialized Instruction & Student Services Parent Advisory Council is now accepting applications for interested new members. The committee meets monthly, during the day (typically 9:30 am - 11:30 am) with SISS Administration to collaborate on existing SISS programs and advise on new programs and services. The PAC is one of the resources that makes our district so strong and is a great resource for our families. Please visit the PAC page on the district website for more information and application: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/2260 The deadline for accepting applications is Friday, May 31st, 2019. All applicants must have a student with an IEP attending a district school in the 2019/2020 school year. If you have questions or require additional information, please contact: Rachel Farabee PAC Chair 2018/2019 (810)348-0573

    BU Hockey- SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that times and locations are being finalized and will be confirmed ASAP
    June 17th - June 20th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning)
    June 24th - August 1st — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity)
    July 8th - August 22nd — BU Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice)

    STEM Camp
    Oakland Schools is hosting Stem Camp again this summer for middle schools students. Birmingham is able to send 3 students for free. Additional scholarships have been available in the past. If you feel that you would like to extend the opportunity to additional families demonstrating economic need, please contact us.
    STEM Summer Camp 2019 Flyer
    www.OaklandSTEM.com

    Summer Volleyball Opportunity!
    Heather Gambone (Berkshire teacher and Seaholm Varsity Coach) is offering camps to boys and girls entering grades 5th-10th of all ability levels this July! Participants will learn and improve their skills and have a lot of fun! All camps will take place at Seaholm High School. Any questions can be directed to Heather at seaholmvball@gmail.com. *Grade in Fall 2019
    Sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/btIuvArnNXJphZNy1

    Seaholm Boys Soccer NEW and RETURNING Players:
    Please join us for Parent and Player Information Night on Wednesday, March, 20th at 6:00 PM in the Seaholm Little Theater.
    NEW families encouraged to attend and returning families also welcome. This will be an informal gathering with Boosters and Coaches to discuss the upcoming season.
    All NEW and RETURNING players need to register for the upcoming 2019 season. Please register your player on Seaholm’s Soccer website: seaholmboyssoccer.com under “2019 Player Registration”. Once registered, you’ll be put on an email distribution list for all soccer program communications including camp and upcoming events.
    Questions? Email seaholmboyssoccer@gmail.com.
    Go Mapes!

    Birmingham Girls Softball Registration
    Birmingham Girls Softball returns for its 20th season! BGS is southeast Oakland County’s largest girl’s recreational softball league with over 300 players. Online registration is now open at www.birminghamsoftball.com. Birmingham Girls Softball is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. The group is dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being their top priorities. BGS is open to all girls interested in playing softball for the first time and those with prior experience looking to build on and develop the skills needed to play the game for years to come. All that BGS requires is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jeffw@birminghamsoftball.com. Early registration closes February 28, 2019.


    Seaholm Football is fired up for the 2019 season and has set dates for pre-season camps and conditioning. Interested players should mark these dates in family calendars - all events are attended by all players - incoming freshmen included! More information will follow, but keep these key dates in mind as you plan your summer:
    PARENT MEETING @ Seaholm Gym Saturday, April 13th 9am
    Week of Champions @ Seaholm June 3-7 One hour before school each day
    Big Five Camp @ Seaholm June 24-26
    MHSAA Dead Week (No Practices) July 1-5
    Veer Camp in Montrose, MI - July 29-31 DATE CHANGE
    Maple Week Off (No Practices)- August 5-9
    Hillsdale Camp @ Hillsdale College - August 11-14
    Questions? Call or text Katy Knoer at 312-543-4343


    Join LGBTQ+ families and Allies
    Please join us at our Annual BPS Family Pride Social on Friday, May 31, 2019, from 6:30-8:30 pm on the Greenfield Playground. Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new people so feel free to stop by. You may want to bring a lawn chair or two. For more information about the BPS Family Pride group feel free to check out their facebook page @BPS Family Pride.

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