• 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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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: May 13th - May 17th

    Posted by Joanna McKinney on 5/12/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2018-2019
    Monday (5-13)
    Derby Soccer away at Bloomfield Hills Middle@4:00pm
    Derby Tennis is Home vs Berkshire @4:00pm
      
    Tuesday (5-14)
    Derby Track is away at Warner Middle School @4:30pm
    Typing 101 3:15-4:15 P.M.
    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M.
      
    Wednesday (5-15)
    Derby Soccer is Home against East Hills Middle @ 4:00pm
    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 (5-16)
    Derby Tennis is away at West Hills Middle School at 4:00pm
    Improv Comedy Club 3:15-5:15 P.M.
      
    Friday, (5-17)
    JavaScript Club 3:20-4:40 P.M.
    Chess Club 3:20-4:40 P.M.
      
    Mark Your Calendar-
    REMINDER:  DEADLINE – MAY 14
    6TH GRADE FIELD TRIP TO GREENFIELD VILLAGE
    Permission form and $20 is due to your student’s Social Studies Teacher
    No later than Tues. 5/14
      
    Friday, May 24th is a half day of school for all Derby students because of 5th-grade visitation.


    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 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.  
     
    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 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. 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 seats 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
      
    6th Grade Parent-Led Activity
    Derby 6th-graders who are interested in a fun cooking class with their Derby friends are invited to join a cooking class at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant in Troy!
      
    The event is planned for May 13th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm. There will be a dinner buffet as part the class. Parents can sign up for the dinner buffet portion of the evening, and socialize with other parents while the children take the class.
      
    Seating for the class is limited, so please join early to reserve your spot!
    All details on the class location as well as sign-up can be found at the link below:
    https://maggianostroyderbymiddleschoolcookingclass.eventbrite.com
    This event has been organized by Parents of Derby Dragons. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their own children.
     
    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
     
    Reminders From the Front Office:
    If you are planning on excusing your child early during the school day, please send your student with a note in the morning to the main office. They should bring the note to the main office. We will hand your student a pass to leave class at the appropriate time. Parent/ Guardian will need to sign out their student at the main office before leaving the building. 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
      
    Reflections
    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 9:30am - 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
     
    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  
     
    Are you interested in becoming a member of the Groves Varsity Pom Pom Team?
    The Groves Varsity Pom team will be hosting FREE clinics for 7th and 8th Grade girls on the following days:
    Tuesday, May 7th
    Thursday, May 9th
    Tuesday, May 14th
    Thursday, May 16th
    from 5pm-7pm in the Groves weight room
    *dance, pom or cheer experience recommended
    *wear workout clothes and sneakers
    This is great preparation for 8th-grade girls wishing to tryout for the 2019/2020 season, and for 7th graders to get a head start in the process!
    For questions, please contact the boosters: Lora Auten at lola5298@sbcglobal.net
    Jocelyn Margolis at compubetty@aol.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
      
    You're invited to the BEF BBQ!
    Friday, May 17 6-9pm, Franklin, MI
    Join the BEF for a casual night out to support our schools! The BEF BBQ includes a full BBQ dinner from Woodpile BBQ. Presenting sponsor DFCU will be on hand, offering a drawing for a family pass to the Henry Ford! Tickets are $45 each. 21+ Welcome. Purchase your tickets at https://supportbef.ejoinme.org/BEFBBQ
     
    Join LGBTQ+ families and Allies
    Please join us at our Annual BPS Family Pride Social on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm 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.
     
    Job Opportunities
    No nights, no weekends!! Perfect school hours and a super fun work environment! BPS is looking for some awesome people to join our amazing team at Birmingham Public Schools Cafes!! Please call or text Pattie Guck, Director of Dining Birmingham Public Schools (248)228-7172 or email me at pguck@birmingham.k12.mi.us

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: May 6th - May 10th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 5/5/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2018-2019

    Monday (5-6)
    Girls Soccer vs Country Day Middle School at 4:00pm @Derby

    Tuesday (5-7)
    Derby Track vs. Power Middle School at 4:30pm @Seaholm High School
    Typing 101 3:15-4:15 P.M. 
    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (5-8)
    Derby Soccer vs Cranbrook Middle School at 4:00pm @Derby
    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 (5-9)
    Boys’ Tennis vs Cranbrook Middle School at 4:00pm @Birmingham Racquet Club
    Improv Comedy Club 3:15-5:15 P.M.


    Friday, (5-10)
    Boys’ Tennis vs Country Day at 4:00pm @Country Day Middle School
    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.

    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 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.


    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
    It’s time to purchase the ticket for your child to attend! An invitation to Graduation 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. How can I get a reserved seat?
    All volunteers will earn two reserved seats at the ceremony. Volunteers who Chair or Co-Chair a committee will be seated in the front rows of the reserved section.
    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 8th Grade Graduation Committee Chairs

    6th-grade Parent Lead Activity

    Derby 6th-graders who are interested in a fun cooking class with their Derby friends are invited to join a cooking class at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant in Troy!

    The event is planned for May 13th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm. There will be a dinner buffet as part of the class. Parents can sign up for the dinner buffet portion of the evening, and socialize with other parents while the children take the class.

    Seating for the class is limited, so please join early to reserve your spot!
    All details on the class location as well as sign-up can be found at the link below:
    https://maggianostroyderbymiddleschoolcookingclass.eventbrite.com
    This event has been organized by Parents of Derby Dragons. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their own children. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Rolls at ashleyrolls@gmail.com

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

    Spring Testing Schedule

    Testing Update:
    8th-grade students who were absent for PSAT 8 and/or M-STEP testing will begin participating in makeup testing this week.
    6th-grade students will take the ELA M-STEP on the morning of April 29th and the MATH M-STEP on the morning of April 30th.
    7th-grade students will take the ELA M-STEP on the morning of May 6th and the MATH M-STEP on the morning of May 7th.
    Thank you for keeping these dates in mind when making vacation plans, dental/doctor appointments, etc.
    If you would like more information about these assessments, please check the
    quick-links on the Derby homepage.

    Mark Your Calendars: 2019 Spring Assessment Schedule

    Spring is upon us and you know what that means – it’s assessment time in Michigan! Starting in April, your student will begin participating in various district and state-wide mandatory assessments. Please keep the dates below in mind when making vacation plans, dental/doctor appointments, etc.:

     

    Assessment

    Date

    8th-grade NWEA (Reading/Math)                     

    April 11th - May 3rd

    8th-grade M-STEP (Science/Social Studies)

    April 18th (1/2 day – testing in AM)

    6th-grade NWEA (Reading/Math)

    April 11th - May 3rd

    6th-grade M-STEP (ELA)

    April 29th

    6th-grade M-STEP (Math)

    April 30th

    7th-grade NWEA (Reading/Math)

    April 11th - May 3rd

    7th-grade M-STEP (ELA)

    May 6th

    7th-grade M-STEP (Math)

    May 7th

    If you have any questions regarding testing, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Derby’s Testing Coordinator, Michelle Gallacher, at mgallacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    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

    Forensics Team
    Congratulations to our State semi-finalists for Derby!
    Luca DeSanto in Declamation (7th grade)
    Jonas Annear in Original Interpretation (8th grade)
    Joseph "Jojo" Williams in Storytelling (8th grade)


    Reminders From the Front Office:
    If you are planning on excusing your child early during the school day, please send your student with a note in the morning to the main office. They should bring the note to the main office. We will hand your student a pass to leave class at the appropriate time. Parent/ Guardian will need to sign out their student at the main office before leaving the building. 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

    *Reflections
    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 Media Center
    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 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

    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 

    Pom Pom Team - Are you interested in becoming a member of the Groves Varsity Pom Pom Team?
    The Groves Varsity Pom team will be hosting FREE clinics for 7th and 8th Grade girls on the following days:
    Tuesday, May 7th
    Thursday, May 9th
    Tuesday, May 14th
    Thursday, May 16th
    from 5pm-7pm in the Groves weight room
    *dance, pom or cheer experience recommended
    *wear workout clothes and sneakers
    This is great preparation for 8th-grade girls wishing to try out for the 2019/2020 season, and for 7th graders to get a head start in the process!
    For questions, please contact the boosters: Lora Auten at lola5298@sbcglobal.net
    Jocelyn Margolis at compubetty@aol.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

    You're invited to the BEF BBQ!
    Friday, May 17 6-9pm, Franklin, MI
    Join the BEF for a casual night out to support our schools! The BEF BBQ includes a full BBQ dinner from Woodpile BBQ. Presenting sponsor DFCU will be on hand, offering a drawing for a family pass to the Henry Ford! Tickets are $45 each. 21+ Welcome. Purchase your tickets at https://supportbef.ejoinme.org/BEFBBQ

    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.

    Job Opportunities
    No nights, no weekends!! Perfect school hours and a super fun work environment! BPS is looking for some awesome people to join our amazing team at Birmingham Public Schools Cafes!! Please call or text Pattie Guck, Director of Dining Birmingham Public Schools (248)228-7172 or email me at pguck@birmingham.k12.mi.us

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: April 29th - May 3rd

    Posted by Joanna McKinney on 4/28/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2018-2019

    Monday (4-29)

    Soccer Away at Cranbrook 4:00 P.M.


    Tuesday (4-30)

    Tennis match Away at East Hills Middle School 4:00 P.M.

    Track meet against Berkshire at Seaholm High School 4:15 P.M.

    Typing 101 3:15-4:15 P.M. (until 6/4/2019)

    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M.


    Wednesday (5-1)

    Soccer Away at Novi Middle School 4:00 P.M.

    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:15-5:15 P.M. (until 6/5/2019)

    Super Snacks 3:15-5:15 P.M. (until 6/5/2019)

    Competitive Video Gaming 3:15-5:30 P.M. (until 5/29/2019)

    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.


    Thursday (5-2)

    Boys Tennis Home against Anderson Niddle 4:00 P.M.

    Improv Comedy Club 3:15-5:15 P.M.


    Friday, (5-3)

    JavaScript Club 3:20-4:40 P.M.

    Chess Club 3:20-4:40 P.M.

     

    Mark Your Calendars

    8th Grade graduation celebration photos will be taken April 22ND – April 30TH

    Friday, May 3rd Principal’s Update/ PTA Meeting 9:20 a.m.-10:40 a.m.


    8th Grade Cedar Point Field Trip

    The Annual 8th Grade Field Trip to Cedar Point is around the corner on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Students will leave Derby Middle School at 7:00 am on 1 of 5 charter buses and return to Derby at 9:00 pm. Teachers will be chaperoning this event. While at the park, students will be allowed to independently experience the park in groups and will be required to meet up with their assigned chaperone at 1:00pm for a check-in and then again at approximately 6:15 pm when we board the busses. If students find that they need assistance from their chaperones, they will be informed to go to one of 2 locations to have their chaperone contacted and to meet up with them for assistance. Teacher Chaperones will review rules and safety procedures while on the bus heading to Cedar Point and prior to entering the park.

    Students will be given a permission slip during science with more information regarding this field trip. If students need another field trip form, they can pick one up in the main office.

    Beginning the morning of May 1, 8th graders will begin to sign-up for the trip. The cost this year for the trip will be $72.00. Cash or check will be accepted during signup. Students will not be allowed to sign up if they have any outstanding fines in the office, cafeteria fines, media center fines, or NSF checks! Please take care of these BEFORE next Wednesday!

    Days to sign up: Mornings Only - Wednesday, May 1 - Friday, May 3 from 7:40am - 8:15am.

    Checks should be made out to "Derby Middle School."

    What students need to do:

    1. Bring cash or check for $72.00 (Checks made payable to Derby Middle School)

    2. Bring parent-signed permission slip to morning sign up (Will be distributed today in social studies class)

    3. All book, library and miscellaneous fines must be paid in full

    4. Lunch Account must be at a zero or positive balance

    5. EDP must reflect or show 100% completion by the time they leave for Cedar Point on June 14 Explanation of EDP - EDP’s are created in 7th grade and revised annually throughout 12th grade! Each student must have 100% of the Evidence Standards completed each year! EDP Tool – allows you to keep track of all of your career exploration activities. You can bookmark careers, create a personalized high school plan, document your work and activities, and build a customized resume.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Smith.


    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 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. 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.

     
    6th-grade Parent Lead Activity


    Derby 6th-graders who are interested in a fun cooking class with their Derby friends are invited to join a cooking class at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant in Troy!


    The event is planned for May 13th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm. There will be a dinner buffet as part the class. Parents can sign up for dinner buffet portion of the evening, and socialize with other parents while the children take the class.


    Seating for the class is limited, so please join early to reserve your spot!

    All details on the class location as well as sign-up can be found at the link below:

    https://maggianostroyderbymiddleschoolcookingclass.eventbrite.com

    This event has been organized by Parents of Derby Dragons. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their own children.


    Hey Derby – Do you have Talent?

    Consider auditioning for the Derby Talent Show and showcase your talent in front of an 800 person audience! The show will be an ALL-SCHOOL ASSEMBLY STAGE SHOW on May 24 and is open to all musicians, singers, dancers, rappers, actors, comedians, magicians, or anything else you want to showcase!

     

    Choir Message

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


    Spring Testing Schedule

    Testing Update:

    *8th-grade students who were absent for PSAT 8 and/or M-STEP testing will begin participating in makeup testing this week.

    *6th-grade students will take the ELA M-STEP on the morning of April 29th and the MATH M-STEP on the morning of April 30th.

    *7th-grade students will take the ELA M-STEP on the morning of May 6th and the MATH M-STEP on the morning of May 7th.

    Thank you for keeping these dates in mind when making vacation plans, dental/doctor appointments, etc.

    If you would like more information about these assessments, please check the
    quick-links on the Derby homepage.

    Mark Your Calendars: 2019 Spring Assessment Schedule

    Spring is upon us and you know what that means – it’s assessment time in Michigan! Starting in April, your student will begin participating in various district and state-wide mandatory assessments. Please keep the dates below in mind when making vacation plans, dental/doctor appointments, etc.:

    Assessment

    Date

    8th-grade NWEA (Reading/Math)                     

    April 11th - May 3rd

    8th-grade M-STEP (Science/Social Studies)

    April 18th (1/2 day – testing in AM)

    6th-grade NWEA (Reading/Math)

    April 11th - May 3rd

    6th-grade M-STEP (ELA)

    April 29th

    6th-grade M-STEP (Math)

    April 30th

    7th-grade NWEA (Reading/Math)

    April 11th - May 3rd

    7th-grade M-STEP (ELA)

    May 6th

    7th-grade M-STEP (Math)

    May 7th

    If you have any questions regarding testing, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Derby’s Testing Coordinator, Michelle Gallacher, at mgallacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    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


    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 6pm and see below for further details.

    Edited to add for clarity: As part of the decision made last year, the once 6th, 7th and 8th grade awards day will no longer happen as a separate event. Cumulative awards will be blended into the 8th-grade promotion and there will not be a separate 6th and 7th-grade event.


    Save the Date for the Derby 8th Grade Graduation & Celebration:
    June 12, 2019 at 6 pm at Derby
    Ceremony seating is limited to two guests per student due to fire and safety codes. The Celebration is a long-standing Derby tradition for students immediately following the Ceremony with student pickup at 9 pm. $25 per student for the Graduation Celebration. Additional information, including how to pay, will be coming in the next month. You can also join the "Derby 8th Grade Graduation 2019" Facebook page where updated information will be posted. If you would like to volunteer to help at Graduation or the Celebration, you will receive reserved seating. To sign up to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44adaf29a20-derby5 

    8th GRADE GRADUATION CELEBRATION PHOTOS WILL BE TAKEN APRIL 22ND – APRIL 30TH

    As part of the 8th-grade graduation celebration, we will be taking a black and white headshot of your son/daughter. All students will be photographed. These portraits are included in the price of your celebration ticket and will be displayed in the hallway at the 8th-grade Celebration. Following the celebration, you may take the picture home. We will have two parent volunteer photographers at school during A2 to take the pictures. Please have your child camera-ready on the scheduled date below.

    Monday, April 22nd – Mrs. Butchko, Mr. Tuomi

    Tuesday, April 23rd – Mr. Hickmott, Ms. Hicks

    Wednesday, April 24th – Ms. McGrath, Ms. Pavlock, Mr. Perrone, Ms. Pratt, Ms. Priebe

    Thursday, April 25th – Ms. Caldwell, Mr. Chappell, Mr. Auten

    Friday, April 26th – Ms. Bartold, Ms. Barclay

    Monday, April 29th – Mr. Wilson, Ms. Wind

    Tuesday, April 30th – Mr. Thayer, Ms. Jenson, and any make-ups

    ** Any 8th-grade students attending the D.C. meeting on the 25th will have their pictures taken on Tuesday, April 30th.**

    If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Ordona (rachelordona@gmail.com) or Kim LaBarre (kimberlabarre@gmail.com)

    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

     

    Reminders From the Front Office:

    If you are planning on excusing your child early during the school day, please send your student with a note in the morning to the main office. They should bring the note to the main office. We will hand your student a pass to leave class at the appropriate time. Parent/ Guardian will need to sign out their student at the main office before leaving the building. 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


    Messages from Derby PTA

    First Friday Staff Donations

    Calling All Parents! Let’s end the year strong and acknowledge our Derby Staff. During each PTA meeting, we do a drawing for small gifts that have been donated by our Derby Families. Our last PTA meeting is May 3rd and we have 40 well-deserved staff who have yet to get a gift. Help us out and sign up to donate an item or gift card so we can acknowledge 100% of the staff. All you have to do simply drop it off at the office before the PTA meeting on May 3rd.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba5a92c7-derby

    Reflections

    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

     

    Library Boosters Library Boosters' Picks of the Week are: Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes and The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson by Quinn Sosna-Spear


    BEF District-wide Garage Sale

    During the sale, we found a men’s wedding ring in a box of shoes that had been donated, and we’re trying to reunite the owner with their ring. Please contact Alison Hendry at 248-203-3030 if you believe the found ring belongs to you.

    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

    Friends of Different of Learners

    MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS
    WHEN May 2, 2019 7pm
    WHERE Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

    Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, Oh My: Navigating a Holistic Healthy Lifestyle Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Katherine Erlich M.D. about healthy diet and lifestyle. Dr. Erlich will discuss problems with the Standard American Diet, chemical exposure through food, water, skin and air and how this all affects our children mentally and physically. Dr. Erlich will also share what actions we can take to protect our children and ourselves from harmful diet and lifestyle choices. 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

    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

    Pom Pom Team

    Are you interested in becoming a member of the Groves Varsity Pom Pom Team? 
    The Groves Varsity Pom team will be hosting FREE clinics for 7th and 8th Grade girls on the following days:

    Tuesday May 7th
    Thursday May 9th
    Tuesday May 14th
    Thursday May 16th
    from 5pm-7pm in the Groves weight room
    *dance, pom or cheer experience recommended
    *wear workout clothes and sneakers

    This is a great preparation for 8th-grade girls wishing to tryout for the 2019/2020 season, and for 7th graders to get a head start in the process!
    For questions, please contact the boosters: Lora Auten at lola5298@sbcglobal.net
    Jocelyn Margolis at compubetty@aol.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 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 6:30-8:30pm 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.

    Job Opportunities

    No nights, no weekends!! Perfect school hours and a super fun work environment! BPS is looking for some awesome people to join our amazing team at Birmingham Public Schools Cafes!! Please call or text Pattie Guck, Director of Dining Birmingham Public Schools (248)228-7172 or email me at pguck@birmingham.k12.mi.us

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: April 22nd - April 26th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 4/21/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2018-2019

    Monday (4-22)
    Picture Day-All Sports
    Girls Soccer Home against West Hills Middle School at 4:00 P.M.

    Tuesday (4-23)
    Boys Tennis Home against BHMS at 4:00 P.M.
    Track Meet Home at Seaholm HS at 4:30 P.M.
    Forensics 7:00-8:00 A.M.
    Typing 101 3:15-4:15 P.M. (until 6/4/2019)
    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (4-24)
    Girls Soccer Home against Berkshire 4:00 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:15-5:15 P.M. (until 6/5/2019)
    Super Snacks 3:15-5:15 P.M. (until 6/5/2019)
    Competitive Video Gaming 3:15-5:30 P.M. (until 5/29/2019)
    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.


    Thursday (4-25)
    Boys Tennis Home against BCS 4:00 P.M.
    Improv Comedy Club 3:15-4:15 P.M.
    Derby Musical 7:00 P.M.

    Friday, (4-26)
    JavaScript Club 3:20-4:40 P.M.
    Chess Club 3:20-4:40 P.M.
    Derby Musical 7:00 P.M.

    Saturday, (4-27)
    Derby Forensics Tournament @ BH H.S.
    Derby Musical 7:00 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars
    8th Grade graduation celebration photos will be taken April 22ND – April 30TH
    Friday, May 3rd Principal’s Update/ PTA Meeting 9:20 a.m.-10:40 a.m.


    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 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. 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. 

    Hey Derby – Do you have Talent?
    We have had a FLOOD of auditions and we know there are more of you out there that want to audition! Soooo, we will be extending the auditions to Wed April 24th and Thurs April 25th. Auditions are during your lunch and rec in the orchestra room (room 112). Please see Mr. Hickmott or Mr. Costello if you can’t make either day and want to audition still. Hope to see you there!

    Consider auditioning for the Derby Talent Show and showcase your talent in front of an 800 person audience! The show will be an ALL-SCHOOL ASSEMBLY STAGE SHOW on May 24 and is open to all musicians, singers, dancers, rappers, actors, comedians, magicians, or anything else you want to showcase!

    Band and Orchestra Message
    Congratulations! All students in the band and orchestra got either a 1 (superior) or a 2(excellent) at solo and ensemble on Saturday. They did a GREAT job representing Derby!

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

    Spring Testing Schedule
    Testing Update:
    *8th-grade students who were absent for PSAT 8 and/or M-STEP testing will begin participating in makeup testing this week. 
    *6th-grade students will take the ELA M-STEP on the morning of April 29th and the MATH M-STEP on the morning of April 30th.
    *7th-grade students will take the ELA M-STEP on the morning of May 6th and the MATH M-STEP on the morning of May 7th.

    Thank you for keeping these dates in mind when making vacation plans, dental/doctor appointments, etc. If you would like more information about these assessments, please check the
    quick-links on the Derby homepage.

    Mark Your Calendars: 2019 Spring Assessment Schedule
    Spring is upon us and you know what that means – it’s assessment time in Michigan! Starting in April, your student will begin participating in various district and state-wide mandatory assessments. Please keep the dates below in mind when making vacation plans, dental/doctor appointments, etc.:

    Assessment

    Date

    8th-grade NWEA (Reading/Math)                     

    April 11th - May 3rd

    8th-grade M-STEP (Science/Social Studies)

    April 18th (1/2 day – testing in AM)

    6th-grade NWEA (Reading/Math)

    April 11th - May 3rd

    6th-grade M-STEP (ELA)

    April 29th

    6th-grade M-STEP (Math)

    April 30th

    7th-grade NWEA (Reading/Math)

    April 11th - May 3rd

    7th-grade M-STEP (ELA)

    May 6th

    7th-grade M-STEP (Math)

    May 7th


    If you have any questions regarding testing, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Derby’s Testing Coordinator, Michelle Gallacher, at mgallacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    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.

    Edited to add for clarity: As part of the decision made last year, the once 6th, 7th and 8th grade awards day will no longer happen as a separate event. Cumulative awards will be blended into the 8th-grade promotion and there will not be a separate 6th and 7th-grade event.

    Save the Date for the Derby 8th Grade Graduation & Celebration:
    June 12, 2019, at 6 pm at Derby
    Ceremony seating is limited to two guests per student due to fire and safety codes. The Celebration is a long-standing Derby tradition for students immediately following the Ceremony with student pickup at 9 pm. $25 per student for the Graduation Celebration. Additional information, including how to pay, will be coming in the next month. You can also join the "Derby 8th Grade Graduation 2019" Facebook page where updated information will be posted. If you would like to volunteer to help at Graduation or the Celebration, you will receive reserved seating. To sign up to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44adaf29a20-derby5

    8th GRADE GRADUATION CELEBRATION PHOTOS WILL BE TAKEN APRIL 22ND – APRIL 30TH

    As part of the 8th-grade graduation celebration, we will be taking a black and white
    headshot of your son/daughter. All students will be photographed. These portraits are included in the price of your celebration ticket and will be displayed in the hallway at the 8th Grade Celebration. Following the celebration, you may take the picture home.
    We will have two parent volunteer photographers at school during A2 to take the pictures. Please have your child camera-ready on the scheduled date below.

    Monday, April 22nd – Mrs. Butchko, Mr. Tuomi
    Tuesday, April 23rd – Mr. Hickmott, Ms. Hicks
    Wednesday, April 24th – Ms. McGrath, Ms. Pavlock, Mr. Perrone, Ms. Pratt, Ms. Priebe
    Thursday, April 25th – Ms. Caldwell, Mr. Chappell, Mr. Auten
    Friday, April 26th – Ms. Bartold, Ms. Barclay
    Monday, April 29th – Mr. Wilson, Ms. Wind
    Tuesday, April 30th – Mr. Thayer, Ms. Jenson, and any make-ups
    ** Any 8th-grade students attending the D.C. meeting on the 25th will have their pictures taken on Tuesday, April 30th.**
    If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Ordona (rachelordona@gmail.com) or Kim LaBarre (kimberlabarre@gmail.com)

    Reminders From the Front Office:
    If you are planning on excusing your child early during the school day, please send your student with a note in the morning to the main office. They should bring the note to the main office. We will hand your student a pass to leave class at the appropriate time. Parent/ Guardian will need to sign out their student at the main office before leaving the building. 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

    Peter Pan Jr. Online Reserved Tickets are now available for purchase!
    We are very excited to launch Derby’s new online reserved ticket program, Ludus, for this year’s Peter Pan Jr. musical! 
    With Ludus, you will be able to:
    Purchase your tickets online by credit card
    Pick your actual seats for the show
    (There are numbered Gym floor seats and Bleacher seats available)
    All ticket prices are $10.00!
    Go to the following link to purchase your online tickets now: derbymusical.ludus.com
    Please note: We will also have tickets available for purchase during the Derby lunch hours throughout Tech Week (April 22-26) as well as before performance nights!
    If you have any questions, please contact derbymusical@gmail.com

    Messages from Derby PTA
    * First Friday Staff Donations
    Calling All Parents! Let’s end the year strong and acknowledge our Derby Staff. During each PTA meeting, we do a drawing for small gifts that have been donated by our Derby Families. Our last PTA meeting is May 3rd and we have 40 well-deserved staff who have yet to get a gift. Help us out and sign up to donate an item or gift card so we can acknowledge 100% of the staff. All you have to do simply drop it off at the office before the PTA meeting on May 3rd.
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba5a92c7-derby

    *Reflections
    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 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

    Library Boosters' Picks of the Week are: Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Far Away by Lisa Graff

    Library Boosters



    BEF District-wide Garage Sale
    During the sale, we found a men’s wedding ring in a box of shoes that had been donated, and we’re trying to reunite the owner with their ring. Please contact Alison Hendry at 248-203-3030 if you believe the found ring belongs to you. 

    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 

    Friends of Different of Learners
    MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS
    WHEN May 2, 2019 7 pm
    WHERE Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

    Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, Oh My: Navigating a Holistic Healthy Lifestyle

    Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Katherine Erlich M.D. about healthy diet and lifestyle. Dr. Erlich will discuss problems with the Standard American Diet, chemical exposure through food, water, skin and air and how this all affects our children mentally and physically. Dr. Erlich will also share what actions we can take to protect our children and ourselves from harmful diet and lifestyle choices. 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

    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 


    Are you interested in becoming a member of the Groves Varsity Pom Pom Team?

    The Groves Varsity Pom team will be hosting FREE clinics for 7th and 8th Grade girls on the following days:

    Tuesday May 7th
    Thursday May 9th
    Tuesday May 14th
    Thursday May 16th
    from 5pm-7pm in the Groves weight room
    *dance, pom or cheer experience recommended
    *wear workout clothes and sneakers

    This is a great preparation for 8th-grade girls wishing to tryout for the 2019/2020 season, and for 7th graders to get a head start in the process!
    For questions, please contact the boosters: Lora Auten at lola5298@sbcglobal.net
    Jocelyn Margolis at compubetty@aol.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


    “A CONSTELLATION OF PEOPLE”
    The Groves Performing Arts Company is proud to present THEOPHILUS NORTH as Groves High School’s Spring Play!
    Directed by John W. Rutherford and assistant director Duffy Wineman. Student assistant directors are seniors Keturah Heath and Brooklyn Scott, and costume assistance by senior Camille West.
    The Groves Performing Arts Company’s production of Theophilus North will take place on April 25-27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Performances will take place at the Groves High School Little Theatre, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road in Beverly Hills. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Park in the parking lot off of 13 Mile by the football stadium.
    Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Groves Main Office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days. For more information, call 248-203-3530 or email LPassarelli@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Tickets are also available online at: https://grovesperformingartscompany.ludus.com

    Join LGBTQ+ families and Allies
    at our Annual BPS Family Pride Social on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm 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.

    Job Opportunities
    No nights, no weekends!! Perfect school hours and a super fun work environment! BPS is looking for some awesome people to join our amazing team at Birmingham Public Schools Cafes!! Please call or text Pattie Guck, Director of Dining Birmingham Public Schools (248)228-7172 or email me at pguck@birmingham.k12.mi.us

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: April 15th - April 19th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 4/14/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2018-2019

    Monday (4-15)


    Tuesday (4-16)

    Forensics 7:00-8:00 A.M.

    Typing 101 3:15-4:15 P.M. (until 6/4/2019)

    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Track Meet at East Hills 4:00PM


    Wednesday (4-17)

    Girls Soccer Away at BCS 4:00PM

    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:15-5:15 P.M. (until 6/5/2019)

    Super Snacks 3:15-5:15 P.M. (until 6/5/2019)

    Competitive Video Gaming 3:15-5:30 P.M. (until 5/29/2019)

    B2 3:20-4:20 P.M.


    Thursday (4-18)

    Half-Day Dismissal 11:25 No Sports Practices or Clubs


    Friday, (4-19)

    No School


    Mark Your Calendars

    April 18th Half-day Dismissal at 11:25

    April 19th No School


    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 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. Thank you!

    Birthday Policies:

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

    Hey Derby – Do you have Talent?

    Consider auditioning for the Derby Talent Show and showcase your talent in front of an 800 person audience! The show will be an ALL-SCHOOL ASSEMBLY STAGE SHOW on May 24 and is open to all musicians, singers, dancers, rappers, actors, comedians, magicians, or anything else you want to showcase! Auditions are during your lunch and rec on Mon April 15, Tues April 16 and Wed April

    17 in the orchestra room (room 112). Drop in any of the three days. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Costello or Mr. Hickmott. Hope to see you there!

    Good luck to students participating in the Solo and Ensemble this Saturday at Lake Orion Oakview Middle School!


    Choir Message

    Congratulations to our Derby Middle School Choirs on a fantastic MSVMA Festival Performance on Saturday, March 23rd. The sixth grade combined choir as well as the seventh and eighth grade combined choir both received a rating of II “Excellent”. Bravo Derby Choir Dragons!!

    Ms. Zang will be stepping in at Derby as the teacher for 6th- 8th-grade choir for the remainder of the year! Ms. Zang is excited to prepare the choir students for upcoming combined band/orchestra/choir music field trips to Downtown Detroit with 6th Grade, Cedar Point with 7th Grade and Mackinac Island with 8th Grade.

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


    Spring Testing Schedule

    8th grade Spring testing update –

    Your 8th-grade student will be participating in the PSAT 8 (reading and math) assessment on the morning of Tuesday, April 9th and science and social studies M-STEP assessments on the morning of Thursday, April 18th.


    Thank you for keeping these dates in mind when making vacation plans, dental/doctor appointments, etc. If your student is absent on a testing date, they will participate in makeup testing when they return. If you would like more information about these assessments, please check the quick-links on the Derby homepage.

    6th and 7th grade Spring testing update –

    6th-grade students will participate in M-STEP testing on the morning of April 29th and April 30th.

    7th-grade students will participate in M-STEP testing on the morning of May 6th and May 7th.


    Mark Your Calendars: 2019 Spring Assessment Schedule

    Spring is upon us and you know what that means – it’s assessment time in Michigan! Starting in April, your student will begin participating in various district and state-wide mandatory assessments. Please keep the dates below in mind when making vacation plans, dental/doctor appointments, etc.:

    Testing

    If you have any questions regarding testing, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Derby’s Testing Coordinator, Michelle Gallacher, at mgallacher@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    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.


    Reminders From the Front Office:

    If you are planning on excusing your child early during the school day, please send your student with a note in the morning to the main office. They should bring the note to the main office. We will hand your student a pass to leave class at the appropriate time. Parent/ Guardian will need to sign out their student at the main office before leaving the building. 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

    Peter Pan Jr. Online Reserved Tickets are now available for purchase!

    We are very excited to launch Derby’s new online reserved ticket program, Ludus, for this year’s Peter Pan Jr. musical! With Ludus, you will be able to:

    • Purchase your tickets online by credit card
    • Pick your actual seats for the show


    (There are numbered Gym floor seats and Bleacher seats available)

    All ticket prices are $10.00!

    Go to the following link to purchase your online tickets now: derbymusical.ludus.com

    Please note: We will also have tickets available for purchase during the Derby lunch hours throughout Tech Week (April 22-26) as well as before performance nights!

    If you have any questions, please contact derbymusical@gmail.com


    Message from Derby PTA

    First Friday Staff Donations

    Calling All Parents! Let’s end the year strong and acknowledge our Derby Staff. During each PTA meeting, we do a drawing for small gifts that have been donated by our Derby Families. Our last PTA meeting is May 3rd and we have 40 well-deserved staff who have yet to get a gift. Help us out and sign up to donate an item or gift card so we can acknowledge 100% of the staff. All you have to do simply drop it off at the office before the PTA meeting on May 3rd.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba5a92c7-derby

    Save the Date for the Derby 8th Grade Graduation & Celebration:
    June 12, 2019 at 6 pm at Derby
    Ceremony seating is limited to two guests per student due to fire and safety codes. The Celebration is a long-standing Derby tradition for students immediately following the Ceremony with student pickup at 9 pm. $25 per student for the Graduation Celebration. Additional information, including how to pay, will be coming in the next month. You can also join the "Derby 8th Grade Graduation 2019" Facebook page where updated information will be posted. If you would like to volunteer to help at Graduation or the Celebration, you will receive reserved seating. To sign up to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44adaf29a20-derby5

    Library Boosters' Picks of the Week are: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart and We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai

    Library Boosters



    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

     

    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

    Student Safety and Health Presentation on Vaping:

    Think vaping is safe? Don’t be Fooled!

    Where: Birmingham Public School Administration Building Hawthorn/Sycamore Rooms 31201 Evergreen Rd, Beverly Hills, MI

    Please RSVP for this Free Event email—office@birminghamyouthassistance.org or phone 248-203-4300

    Parents and Students, middle school and up, are invited to join BYA and BBCC to GET THE FACTS about vaping.


    “A CONSTELLATION OF PEOPLE”

    The Groves Performing Arts Company is proud to present THEOPHILUS NORTH as Groves High School’s Spring Play!

    Directed by John W. Rutherford and assistant director Duffy Wineman. Student assistant directors are seniors Keturah Heath and Brooklyn Scott, and costume assistance by senior Camille West.

    The Groves Performing Arts Company’s production of Theophilus North will take place on April 25-27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. Performances will take place at the Groves High School Little Theatre, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road in Beverly Hills. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Park in the parking lot off of 13 Mile by the football stadium.

    Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Groves Main Office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days. For more information, call 248/203-3530 or email LPassarelli@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Tickets are also available online at: https://grovesperformingartscompany.ludus.com


    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.

    Job Opportunities

    No nights, no weekends!! Perfect school hours and a super fun work environment! BPS is looking for some awesome people to join our amazing team at Birmingham Public Schools Cafes!! Please call or text Pattie Guck, Director of Dining Birmingham Public Schools (248)228-7172 or email me at pguck@birmingham.k12.mi.us

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