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    May 22, 2020

    Harlan Husky Families,

    I hope that you all had a chance to enjoy some of the beautiful weather this past week.  I thought it was difficult to stay focused at school when it was so beautiful out, but it has become a bit more challenging to do so at home.  Luckily, my “office” is in my basement so I do not have a constant reminder of the beauty of a Michigan spring day.  The work still gets done!

    This week we had two teachers recognized by media organizations.  NPR interviewed Mr. Kefgen about caring for classroom pets during the pandemic.  The full article and interview can be heard at the link below.


    Also recognized this week by the radio station, 94.7 WCSX, was Mrs. Smith.  Mrs. Smith was honored as Teacher of the Week!!  Visit the link below (As of writing this, it had not been posted on the site yet, but please check it out.)


    Please be aware that there will be no assignments or morning announcements posted to the Google Classrooms on Monday due to the observance of Memorial Day.

    I hope that you all enjoy an extended weekend!




    Our Harlan Counselor, Kelsey Arsenault


    Counselor Meeting Request Form


    Stay Connected with Harlan on Social Media

    Twitter: @HarlanElem

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HarlanPTA/

    In addition, stay connected with the district and community during this closure, by using the hashtag #BPSConnectED. 





    Next week will be Field Day Week. HOORAY for Field Day! All of the elementary physical education teachers in Birmingham are going to be explaining three different field day activities through YouTube for a total of 27 activities. Complete as many stations as you can, and maximize the fun in each station by trying it our way or changing it up however you’d like. Be Safe and Have Fun, It’s going to be a BLAST!



    The auction committee has been hard at work to determine what the auction might look like and when it might be. Due to the continued pandemic, we will be postponing all versions of the auction until the fall. At that time, the committee will determine whether it makes sense to proceed with an online event in the Fall or continue postponement until Spring of 2021. We have taken into consideration that some items will not be recoverable, but we want to do what is best for our community and ensure the items you bid on are valid and those businesses open and able to participate as planned.  We thank everyone for their commitment to Harlan through donations, ticket purchases and volunteer work to make this important event a success. 


    If you would like your tickets to be refunded, please email harlanauction@gmail.com and we will begin processing your refund in early June. Depending on when and how you paid for your tickets, you will receive a check by mail, refund to your credit card or your original check returned to you.  All un-refunded tickets will be credited toward admission for a Fall or Spring event. Any difference in pricing will be refunded/communicated at that time.


    If you have donated a party, trip, tickets, or other event, we will contact you closer to the fall to determine if this will still be a possibility or if you would like to change dates or terms for a future date. If you were a sponsor, you will be contacted individually. 

    Any other questions can be directed to harlanauction@gmail.com.  Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate through this process.

    The Harlan Auction Committee



    A slide show has been placed in the 4th grade students Google Classroom.  Please feel free to take a look at the information within the slide show



    This FREE and virtual initiative is an accumulated marathon. From now until June 5th, we invite you to walk, run, or bike (2 biking miles = 1 marathon mile) a TOTAL of 26.2 miles. That may sound like a lot, but it is only walking 1 mile, 4 or 5 days a week! Please remember to exercise safely using social distancing.  The Harlan Husky Marathon Materials has resources for this endeavor such as: 1) A WINDOW SIGN showing you are participating as well as husky pictures to tape up as you work towards your 26.2 miles goal. 2) A runner's journal to reflect on your walk/run/ biking. Please email Mrs. Keller with any questions at lkeller@birmingham.k12.mi.us.  We look forward to hearing about your family's progress in the Harlan Husky Marathon!



    Please check out the attached document for news and updates from our UA teachers.



    BPS Community Education is in the process of issuing refunds for afterschool classes. Refunds will be partial (remaining sessions) for those classes that were in session at the time of school closing on March 13th and will be in full for those classes that had not yet started. Refunds will be processed to the card you used when you made payment for the class.  



    An email was sent from BPS SchoolCareWorks on April 3rd notifying families that refunds would be processed and to expect an email on April 13th with a timeline.   



    Looking to invite some guest readers into your home?  The high school students at Groves and Seaholm have created stories online.  Check them out for someone different reading a story!

    Groves Story Time

    Seaholm Story Time 




    *No meals will be distributed on Monday, May 25th.  Pick up meals on Friday, May 22nd for 5 days of food.  Service will return on Wednesday, May 27th back to normal scheduling. 

    Free breakfast and lunch are available for pick up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Each child will get multiple days of meals. This is happening to help everyone stay safe and stay home.

    Pick up locations:

    Groves High School 10 a.m. – noon

    Derby Middle School 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

    Huntley Square Apartments 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

    West Maple Elementary 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.


    * Children do not need to be enrolled at Birmingham Public Schools, all children welcome.

    * Children do NOT need to be with the parent to pick up their meals.  



    All BPS facilities are closed to the public. This includes fields and playgrounds. Following the directive from Governor Whitmer and local municipalities’ directives, no members of the public should congregate on BPS sites.

    As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in our county and state, it is vital that we continue social distancing and healthy hygiene practices. See the reminder below and visit our website for more information at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/COVID19.




    The Board of Education is committed to maintaining a learning/working environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, free from discrimination and harassment. There will be no tolerance for discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, disability or age. The District prohibits harassment and other forms of discrimination whether occurring at school, on District property, in a District vehicle, or at any District related activity or event. The Superintendent will designate compliance officers and develop and implement regulations for the reporting, investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination or harassment. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Students - Inquiries related to discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to: Executive Director of Special Education, 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025, 248.203.3000. Direct all other inquiries related to discrimination to: Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025, 248.203.3000.