• Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of May 9th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 5/17/2021

    5/11/21

    Asian American Experiences in BPS

    Do you know any people who are Asian? Would you like to learn more about our community? Please join the Covington Diversity Committee from 7-8:30pm on Wednesday May 12 for a panel discussion with Covington School students, alumni and teachers. They will discuss the reality of being Asian American in Birmingham Public Schools and what we can do to build a more equitable community. See the eNews for the Zoom link. 

    Please contact Rick Joseph with any questions: rjoseph@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    We hope to see you Wednesday at 7pm


    5/7/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    A HUGE thank you to our community for the amazing generosity of the gift card donations during staff appreciation week. Our team at Derby has felt the love and support. The PTA provided a delicious lunch and breakfast this week and staff are feeling grateful. Thank you!

    Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Dragon Moms! Thank you for all of the support you give our learners and our school community. We hope you have a wonderful weekend with your children.

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (5-10)

    Tuesday (5-11)
    Boys Tennis vs. East Hills MS AWAY 4:00PM

    Wednesday (5-12)
    ½ Day for all BPS students (Students attend virtually in the PM-see below for schedule)
    Girls Soccer vs. East Hills MS AWAY 4:00PM
    Track Meet vs. berkshire HOME 4:00PM
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:30-5:30 P.M.

    Thursday (5-13)
    Boys Tennis vs. West Hills MS AWAY 4:00PM
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (5-14)
    Javascript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:
    *  Derby Summer Book orders due --- May 14

    * Memorial Day- No School Monday May 31st
    * Last Day of School- June 11th

    Wednesday, May 12th is a virtual 1/2 day (PM START)
    PERIOD 1: 11:55-12:24
    PERIOD 2: 12:29-12:58
    PERIOD 3: 1:03-1:33
    PERIOD 4: 1:38-2:07
    PERIOD 5: 2:12-2:41
    PERIOD 6: 2:46-3:15

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building.
    This is different than in years past.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    The Broadcast A2 is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 School Year!

    Are you interested in reading the afternoon announcements Live? If you have the skills and comfort level in speaking to the entire school on camera live daily, this A2 may be a great fit for you. Apply using the link below. You can also view past live streams to get an idea of what we’ve done in the past. Email Mr. Hickmott rhickmott@birmingham.k12.mi.us with questions.

    Mr. Hickmott and the counselors will review this application and reach out to you if you are accepted. Due to the limited class size, not all that apply may get in. We will review your application and notify you.

    APPLICATION LINK REQUIRED
    https://tinyurl.com/BroadcastA2Application

    AUDITION TAPE REQUIRED
    Show off your skills using FlipGrid! Download the Flipgrid App and join the group “derbynews” Sign in using your BPS Google account and record a short 3 minute video about yourself. Be as creative as you want!
    You can also do it on your computer using this link: https://flipgrid.com/derbynews

    DEADLINE: Application Link and Flipgrid will close on June 1, 2021.

    View Past Daily News Shows -> Click link and scroll to the “Past Live Streams” section to view daily news and broadcasts from last year. 

    Promotion Ceremony & Celebration for the 8th Grade Class of 2021

    Please see link below for details!
    CLASS OF 2021 CEREMONY & CELEBRATION

    Assistant Principal Update

    Assistant Principal Carman Smith is currently on a leave of absence for personal reasons. During this time, we are asking that students and family respect his privacy. While we are unsure of the duration at this time, we anticipate the leave to extend through to the end of the school year. In his absence, both Mrs. Otterbacher and Mr. Costello will help carry forward the good work being done with our students at Derby and within the entire Derby community.

    Going to Seaholm in the Fall?

    Come to the Seaholm Activities Fair on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, to find out about all the extracurricular activities available to students. 50+ tables of clubs, sports and interest groups! Representatives from each group will be there; ready to help you decide what YOU want to do! For more info, contact Melissa DeGroat @ mdegroat@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Seaholm Gymnasium
    Last Names A – L 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    Last Names M – Z 7:00pm – 8:00pm

    Derby Dragon Summer Reading Book Orders

    This summer we will continue our annual grade level reads, Since we know that many students prefer their own physical copy of a book, we have organized an OPTIONAL pre-order opportunity for each of these titles. ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, MAY 14. end of the school year. Summer Reading Order Form. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Derby Student Government – 6th and 7th Graders Apply NOW

    The Derby Student Government Leadership Team is now accepting new members. Students in 6th and 7th Grade can apply to join Derby’s Student Government Leadership Team at this time. Student’s who are in Student Government will meet with the Student Government Leadership Team daily in A2 (the Student Government has their own A2 class). The Derby Student Government plans numerous events during the school year. We are in need of good leaders, students who like to do for the good, students who like to have fun! Students who wish to apply for Student Government can fill out an application and return it to Mrs. Caela McGrath by dropping it off in her classroom (Room 109), or by placing the application into Mrs. McGrath’s mailbox in Derby’s main office. Applications will be passed out during lunch, and are available in the main office. Application packets are also available in the Derby foyer for any virtual students who’d like to apply. Any questions can be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. We cannot wait to bring new leaders on board!!!

    BPS Summer Bridge Program

    BPS is excited to announce summer learning opportunities, including the district’s Summer Bridge Program for students currently enrolled in Grades K-8. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program and other resources and opportunities for summer learning, please be sure to visit the BPS Summer Learning Opportunities 2021 website.

    2021 Derby Yearbook TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO ORDER

    The 2020-2021 Derby Middle School Yearbook is finished and in production with the publishing company. Students who wish to receive a yearbook at the end of the year can order a book at www.yearbooksforever.com. The window for ordering the yearbook will be CLOSING SOON. Order today and ensure your Derby Dragon will receive this year’s award winning yearbook. This Covid school year yearbook will be a memory for years to come. Order today!

    Yearbook related questions can be emailed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    Here are the current statistics on 7th and 8th grade EDP completion.

    7th grade:

    72% have completed the EDP requirements on Xello (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)
    20% are working toward completing these requirements
    8% haven’t started their EDP requirements on Xello

    8th grade:

    28% have completed the EDP requirements on Xello (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)
    52% are working toward completing these requirements
    20% haven’t started their EDP requirements on Xello
    * 8th graders who haven’t started their EDPs will begin spending lunch
    recreation next week working with Mrs. Westerlund to complete this required
    activity:)*

    Completing these activities in Xello assure that you are completing your EDP as required by Michigan state law. “State law requires local schools to provide an opportunity for students to begin developing an EDP in Grade 7 and requires that every student has an EDP before entering high school. By preparing the initial EDP in middle school, students can better plan their high school curriculum to meet their post school goals. The EDP is a secondary/postsecondary planning tool to direct the student’s educational plan and career planning activities.” (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EDP_Fundamentals_ADA2017_570694_7.pdf).

    If you/your child are unsure if his/hers has been completed, please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator, kwesterlund@birminghamk.12.mi.us with any questions/concerns.

    FRIENDS

    Please see the flyer sent in eNews for more details and Zoom link information. 

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for latest May 3rd OCHD Nurse Newsletter

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    May: 15, 22


    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full press release here.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids Please see the link sent in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    Summer Volleyball Camps!

    This summer join Heather Gambone, Berkshire teacher and Seaholm Varsity volleyball coach for camps that offer players (boys and girls) of all ability levels the opportunity to 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.
    Sign up for summer volleyball camp link.

    Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive

    Calling all 8th grade girls interested in Seaholm Women’s Swim & Dive. Register for swim and dive to join a community that is fun and has won the State Championship 2 years in a row. 

    Important upcoming dates:
    * May 28; Seaholm activities night 6-8pm captains will be available to answer questions
    * July 10; fundraising car wash at KFC on Lincoln & Adams
    * July 11; team bonfire 8-10pm
    * August 11; 1st day of practice (in the morning with bottle drive afterwards)
    * August 13-15; team getaway at camp Michindoh
    All new and existing swimmers and divers are welcome! Go Maples!

    BU Hockey

    We are very excited to let you know that we have set the 2021 summer calendar for BU Hockey! Please note that this is for all incoming students as well as for existing students. All are welcome! For new players, we are also hosting a Zoom intro meeting on May 4th at 8pm with our varsity head coach, Zack Warson. Zack has a long history of coaching success at all levels, including college and AAA. He is excited about the future of our program and to meet all potential players. You can also reach him directly at: (810) 287-7877 or zack.warson@gmail.com. Below are the key dates (if interested in the Zoom meeting, please email steve.carrel@trpfund.com and he can provide the Zoom link):

    SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that dates and times could change

    May 4th at 8pm — Zoom meeting with Head Coach

    * June 14th – June 17th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning) – 3pm JV; 4pm Varsity

    * June 14th – July 30th — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity) at Orchard Lake

    * July and August — Optional Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice); all players are encouraged to train on their own as well

    * August 23rd – August 25th — Invite only training camp (primarily Varsity players)

    Free Public Speaking/ Debate Event(s) in May

    Do you like talking? Debating? Politics? Learning more about the world around you? Learn debate basics through 4 free online workshops! Please see the The Freemont Debate Academy & Seaholm High School link for more information.

    Parenting Sessions

    Please join us for a virtual 6-week, 12 session parent-based treatment group for child and adolescent anxiety and OCD. Please see the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions Treatment Group link for more details.

    BPS is Hiring

    The Birmingham Public Schools is seeking Paraprofessionals to support students in the special education department. We have several positions that are available for immediate occupancy. Special Education Paraprofessionals provide support to students who need modified instruction or assistance, as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    Depending on the student’s need, a paraprofessional might
    * modify or adapt instruction for student(s) with disabilities
    * work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills introduced by the teacher
    * provide one-on-one assistance to student(s) with disabilities
    * guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work with students as set up and assigned by the teacher
    * assist students with self-care tasks (as necessary)
    * assist in record-keeping

    Paraprofessionals in Michigan must have a high school diploma. BPS Paraprofessionals are eligible for individual health insurance after 90 days of employment and eligible for 2-person or family coverage after 6 months of employment. Interested individuals should apply to the Open Non-Certified Position/Special Education Paraprofessional link or they may email Laura Mahler at lmahler@birmingham.k12.mi.us or they may call our department office at 248-203-3014.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of May 2nd

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 5/9/2021

    5/2/21

    Dear Derby Families,
    Kudos to our NJHS students for planning Derby Character Week for our staff and students. They modeled activities showing “empathy” in honor of our beloved paraprofessional Meg Love, encouraged students to write positive messages on all of our windows, wrote thank you notes to our hardworking cafeteria staff, and ended the week with family style bingo in A2. Big thanks to the future leaders of our community (with the help of Mrs. Kmiec), they did a fantastic job!
    We hope everyone has a great weekend!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (5-3)
    Girls Soccer vs. Cranbrook AWAY 4:00PM

    Tuesday (5-4)
    Boys’ Tennis match vs. Covington HOME 4:00PM

    Wednesday (5-5)
    Last Birbery Book Club 11:05am (Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom)
    Track meet HOME vs. Royal Oak MS 4:00PM
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:30-5:30 P.M.

    Thursday (5-6)
    Boys’ Tennis match vs. BHMS AWAY 4:00PM
    Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (5-7)
    Javascript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

     

     

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building.
    This is different than in years past.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    8th Grade Celebration Photographs

    It is now time for the Derby Middle School Class of 2021 to have their 8th Grade Celebration photograph taken. Students who attend school in-person will have their photograph taken while they are at school. Students who are fully virtual, or students who will not be learning in-person before May 7th should sign-up using the Sign-Up Genius Link below to come into Derby to have their photograph taken. Students who do NOT have a photograph taken will NOT have their photograph on display at Derby’s 8th Grade Celebration in June. Sign-Up Genius link for virtual students.

    Questions should be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Thank you so much!
    The Derby 8th Grade Celebration Committee

    8th Grade Celebration Photographs
    Derby’s 8th Grade in-person students will have their photograph taken for the 8th Grade Celebration during A2 on the dates posted below. Please ensure your 8th Grader knows what day they will be photographed so they are prepared. Any questions can be directed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Thursday, April 29th

    Tuesday, May 4th

    Wednesday, May 5th

    Thursday, May 6th

    Friday, May 7th

    A2 – Auten

    A2 – Thayer

    A2 – McGrath

    A2 - Pavlock

    A2 – Perrone

    A2 – Green

    A2 – Wind

    ASD – Pratt/Priebe/Sumpter

    Virtual Students

    *via Sign-Up Genius

    A2 – Hicks

    A2 – Chappell

    A2 – Liggett

    Virtual Students

    *via Sign-Up Genius

    A2 – Caldwell

    A2 – Barclay

    A2 – Lalko

    A2 – Hickmott

    Thank you!

    Last Call: Join Birbery Book Club!

    As we approach the end of the Birbery reading challenge on May 6th, Mrs. Sindelar would like to invite all students who’ve read any of the 24 Birbery books to join us for Birbery book club. What’s your favorite book so far? What characters did you love? Were there any books that surprised you? Join this Wednesday during small group time (at 11:05 am) for the final time to discuss anything and everything related to Birbery! This book club will be held in Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom room. Please send her a Schoology message or email if you’re unsure how to attend. For more information about the reading challenge visit the Derby library Birbery 2021 webpage.

    Derby Dragon Summer Reading Book Orders

    This summer we will continue our annual grade level reads, Since we know that many students prefer their own physical copy of a book, we have organized an OPTIONAL pre-order opportunity for each of these titles. ALL ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, MAY 14. end of the school year. Summer Reading Order Form. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Derby Student Government – 6th and 7th Graders Apply NOW

    The Derby Student Government Leadership Team is now accepting new members. Students in 6th and 7th Grade can apply to join Derby’s Student Government Leadership Team at this time. Student’s who are in Student Government will meet with the Student Government Leadership Team daily in A2 (the Student Government has their own A2 class). The Derby Student Government plans numerous events during the school year. We are in need of good leaders, students who like to do for the good, students who like to have fun! Students who wish to apply for Student Government can fill out an application and return it to Mrs. Caela McGrath by dropping it off in her classroom (Room 109), or by placing the application into Mrs. McGrath’s mailbox in Derby’s main office. Applications will be passed out during lunch, and are available in the main office. Application packets are also available in the Derby foyer for any virtual students who’d like to apply. Any questions can be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us. We cannot wait to bring new leaders on board!!!

    BPS Summer Bridge Program

    BPS is excited to announce summer learning opportunities, including the district’s Summer Bridge Program for students currently enrolled in Grades K-8. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program and other resources and opportunities for summer learning, please be sure to visit the BPS Summer Learning Opportunities 2021 website.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    2021 Derby Yearbook TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO ORDER.

    The 2020-2021 Derby Middle School Yearbook is finished and in production with the publishing company. Students who wish to receive a yearbook at the end of the year can order a book at www.yearbooksforever.com. The window for ordering the yearbook will be CLOSING SOON. Order today and ensure your Derby Dragon will receive this year’s award winning yearbook. This Covid school year yearbook will be a memory for years to come. Order today!

    Yearbook related questions can be emailed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    Here are the current statistics on 7th and 8th grade EDP completion.

    7th grade:

    72% have completed the EDP requirements on Xello (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)
    20% are working toward completing these requirements
    8% haven’t started their EDP requirements on Xello

    8th grade:

    25% have completed the EDP requirements on Xello (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)
    53% are working toward completing these requirements
    22% haven’t started their EDP requirements on Xello
    * 8th graders who haven’t started their EDPs will begin spending lunch
    recreation next week working with Mrs. Westerlund to complete this required
    activity:)*

    If you/your child are unsure if his/hers has been completed, please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator, kwesterlund@birminghamk.12.mi.us with any questions/concerns.

    Completing these activities in Xello assure that you are completing your EDP as required by Michigan state law. “State law requires local schools to provide an opportunity for students to begin developing an EDP in Grade 7 and requires that every student has an EDP before entering high school. By preparing the initial EDP in middle school, students can better plan their high school curriculum to meet their post school goals. The EDP is a secondary/postsecondary planning tool to direct the student’s educational plan and career planning activities.” (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EDP_Fundamentals_ADA2017_570694_7.pdf).

    FRIENDS

    Join us on Thursday, May 6th at 7pm where we will hear from Stephanie Cork of Brainspring on Literacy: A Parent's Guide. Our speaker will address how you know when your child may need more support and what you can do. BPS's literacy team will also be in attendance to answer questions specific to our district's tools and literacy education. Please see the flyer sent in eNews for more details and Zoom link information. 

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for latest April 26 OCHD Nurse Newsletter

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    May: 8, 15, 22


    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full press release here.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids Please see the link sent in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.


    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    BU Hockey

    We are very excited to let you know that we have set the 2021 summer calendar for BU Hockey! Please note that this is for all incoming students as well as for existing students. All are welcome! For new players, we are also hosting a Zoom intro meeting on May 4th at 8pm with our varsity head coach, Zack Warson. Zack has a long history of coaching success at all levels, including college and AAA. He is excited about the future of our program and to meet all potential players. You can also reach him directly at: (810) 287-7877 or zack.warson@gmail.com. Below are the key dates (if interested in the Zoom meeting, please email steve.carrel@trpfund.com and he can provide the Zoom link):

    SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that dates and times could change

    May 4th at 8pm — Zoom meeting with Head Coach

    * June 14th – June 17th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning) – 3pm JV; 4pm Varsity

    * June 14th – July 30th — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity) at Orchard Lake

    * July and August — Optional Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice); all players are encouraged to train on their own as well

    * August 23rd – August 25th — Invite only training camp (primarily Varsity players)

    LEND A HAND

    Please join State Representative and BPS graduate, Mari Manoogian, to help collect gently used clothing, toys, and unopened hygiene products for the 100 unaccompanied migrant children (ages 2-17) that are now in Albion with the non-profit organization, Starr Commonwealth. Let’s help make their stay in Michigan as comfortable as possible while they await reunification / placement. All items must be collected by May 5th. Collection bins will be inside the main lobby front doors (unlocked). Thank Derby for your compassion & generosity! Please see this Lend a Hand link for more information.

    Free Public Speaking/ Debate Event(s) in May

    Do you like talking? Debating? Politics? Learning more about the world around you? Learn debate basics through 4 free online workshops! Please see the The Freemont Debate Academy & Seaholm High School link for more information.

    Parenting Sessions

    Please join us for a virtual 6-week, 12 session parent-based treatment group for child and adolescent anxiety and OCD. Please see the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions Treatment Group link for more details.

    Birmingham Youth Assistance

    Can you help us recognize middle school and high school Birmingham Public Schools students who made an effort to help others in some way during the pandemic? Birmingham Youth Assistance is hoping to honor students in grades 6-12 who have made a difference, large or small, in their community or neighborhood during the pandemic. Nominations, due by May 5, 2021, may be made by someone who benefited from the student’s community service; students also will fill out a brief form. All students who submit complete applications will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. One outstanding high school and middle school student will receive $500 and $100, respectively. For more information or to request nomination forms, please send an email to BirminghamYouthAssistance21@gmail.com.

    BPS is Hiring

    The Birmingham Public Schools is seeking Paraprofessionals to support students in the special education department. We have several positions that are available for immediate occupancy. Special Education Paraprofessionals provide support to students who need modified instruction or assistance, as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    Depending on the student’s need, a paraprofessional might
    * modify or adapt instruction for student(s) with disabilities
    * work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills introduced by the teacher
    * provide one-on-one assistance to student(s) with disabilities
    * guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work with students as set up and assigned by the teacher
    * assist students with self-care tasks (as necessary)
    * assist in record-keeping

    Paraprofessionals in Michigan must have a high school diploma. BPS Paraprofessionals are eligible for individual health insurance after 90 days of employment and eligible for 2-person or family coverage after 6 months of employment. Interested individuals should apply to the Open Non-Certified Position/Special Education Paraprofessional link or they may email Laura Mahler at lmahler@birmingham.k12.mi.us or they may call our department office at 248-203-3014.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of April 25th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 5/3/2021

    4/26/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    The Dragons were busy this week with all three of our sports teams competing (soccer, tennis, and track), the 8th-grade science sunflower competition well underway, and Mrs. Hart’s class learning from a Robotics industry expert. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the second edition of our DMS Newspaper, ask your student to see a copy. Special thanks to our generous PTA for sponsoring the newspaper and ensuring that every student receives a printed copy.

    Please read below for information on 8th-grade photographs and our upcoming Character Week sponsored by our National Junior Honor Society.

    We hope you have a great weekend!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (4-26)
    Soccer game home vs. Cranbrook

    Tuesday (4-27)

    Wednesday (4-28)
    Birbery Book Club 11:05am (Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom)
    Track Meet vs. Ferndale HOME at 4:00PM
    Boys Tennis A Team Match AWAY vs. Berkeley 4:00PM
    Fantasy Gaming 3:30-5:30 P.M.

    Thursday (4-29)
    Boys Tennis A Team Match HOME vs. East Hills 4:00PM
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (4-30)
    Virtual ½ Day AM
    JavaScript Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars
    * ½ Day for all BPS students-May 12th
    * Memorial Day- No School Monday May 31st

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building.
    This is different than in years past.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    8th Grade Celebration Photographs

    It is now time for the Derby Middle School Class of 2021 to have their 8th Grade Celebration photograph taken. Students who attend school in-person will have their photograph taken while they are at school. Students who are fully virtual, or students who will not be learning in-person before May 7th should sign-up using the Sign-Up Genius Link below to come into Derby to have their photograph taken. Students who do NOT have a photograph taken will NOT have their photograph on display at Derby’s 8th Grade Celebration in June. Sign-Up Genius link for virtual students.

    Questions should be directed to Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Thank you so much!
    The Derby 8th Grade Celebration Committee

    8th Grade Celebration Photographs
    Derby’s 8th Grade in-person students will have their photograph taken for the 8th Grade Celebration during A2 on the dates posted below. Please ensure your 8th Grader knows what day they will be photographed so they are prepared. Any questions can be directed to mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Thursday, April 29th

    Tuesday, May 4th

    Wednesday, May 5th

    Thursday, May 6th

    Friday, May 7th

    A2 – Auten

    A2 – Thayer

    A2 – McGrath

    A2 - Pavlock

    A2 – Perrone

    A2 – Green

    A2 – Wind

    ASD – Pratt/Priebe/Sumpter

    Virtual Students

    *via Sign-Up Genius

    A2 – Hicks

    A2 – Chappell

    A2 – Liggett

    Virtual Students

    *via Sign-Up Genius

    A2 – Caldwell

    A2 – Barclay

    A2 – Lalko

    A2 – Hickmott

    Thank you!

    BPS Summer Bridge Program

    BPS is excited to announce summer learning opportunities, including the district’s Summer Bridge Program for students currently enrolled in Grades K-8. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program and other resources and opportunities for summer learning, please be sure to visit the BPS Summer Learning Opportunities 2021 website.

    Join Birbery Book Club!

    As we approach the end of the Birbery reading challenge on May 6th, Mrs. Sindelar would like to invite all students who’ve read any of the 24 Birbery books to join us for Birbery book club. What’s your favorite book so far? What characters did you love? Were there any books that surprised you? Join this Wednesday during small group time (at 11:05 am) to discuss anything and everything related to Birbery! This book club will be held in Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom room. Please send her a Schoology message or email if you’re unsure how to attend. For more information about the reading challenge visit the Derby library Birbery 2021 webpage.

    Message from Derby PTA

    Our Derby Teachers have done such great work throughout this challenging school year. Let's recognize each of them with a little something during Staff Appreciation Week!

    Please sign-up at the Thank you Derby Teachers! link to donate one (or more) $5 gift card to be given to every teacher next week.

    You or your student can drop the gift card(s) off at the Front Office all week (April 26-30) and then your generous surprises will be presented to the Staff at the PTA-sponsored Luncheon on May 4th. Thank you!

    The NJHS Character Week Committee

    Empathy: We are honoring the amazing Mrs. Love. Ribbons will be given out at lunch time. They are blue and gold. We will also have a fundraiser going on at lunch “Treats” for sale. All proceeds will go to GIGI’s Playhouse, Mrs. Love’s charity of choice. This will take place all week. Perseverance and Bravery: There is a puzzle to be solve. Look for puzzle pieces around the school. What is the message? If you find a piece, a prize is attached. It’s for you. Thank you for your support and participation,
    The NJHS Character Week Committee

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    This week, all Derby 7th and 8th graders who still need to finish their EDP received an email from Mrs. Westerlund reminding them of what they should be working on in order to complete their EDPs (Educational Development Plans) on Xello by May 1st. Students should check their @bps-schools.com email accounts for this update.

    Completing these activities in Xello assure that you are completing your EDP as required by Michigan state law. “State law requires local schools to provide an opportunity for students to begin developing an EDP in Grade 7 and requires that every student has an EDP before entering high school. By preparing the initial EDP in middle school, students can better plan their high school curriculum to meet their post school goals. The EDP is a secondary/postsecondary planning tool to direct the student’s educational plan and career planning activities.” (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EDP_Fundamentals_ADA2017_570694_7.pdf).

    Please reach out to Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator, kwesterlund@birminghamk.12.mi.us with any questions/concerns.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us Thank you for your order! The Derby Yearbook Crew.

    The Derby Website Has a New Look

    The Derby website has undergone a recent facelift. The content and information has limitedly changed, but the look and location of the content has been revised. This new design aligns with the revisions made to the BPS website. Check out our redesigned Derby site

    FRIENDS

    Join us on Thursday, May 6th at 7pm where we will hear from Stephanie Cork of Brainspring on Literacy: A Parent's Guide. Our speaker will address how you know when your child may need more support and what you can do. BPS's literacy team will also be in attendance to answer questions specific to our district's tools and literacy education. Please see the flyer sent in eNews on 4/23 for more details and Zoom links. 

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
    April 19th OCHD Newsletter

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    May: 1, 8, 15, 22


    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full press release here.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    BU Hockey

    We are very excited to let you know that we have set the 2021 summer calendar for BU Hockey! Please note that this is for all incoming students as well as for existing students. All are welcome! For new players, we are also hosting a Zoom intro meeting on May 4th at 8pm with our varsity head coach, Zack Warson. Zack has a long history of coaching success at all levels, including college and AAA. He is excited about the future of our program and to meet all potential players. You can also reach him directly at: (810) 287-7877 or zack.warson@gmail.com. Below are the key dates (if interested in the Zoom meeting, please email steve.carrel@trpfund.com and he can provide the Zoom link):

    SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that dates and times could change

    * May 4th at 8pm — Zoom meeting with Head Coach

    * June 14th – June 17th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning) – 3pm JV; 4pm Varsity

    * June 14th – July 30th — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity) at Orchard Lake

    * July and August — Optional Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice); all players are encouraged to train on their own as well

    * August 23rd – August 25th — Invite only training camp (primarily Varsity players)

    LEND A HAND

    Please join State Representative and BPS graduate, Mari Manoogian, to help collect gently used clothing, toys, and unopened hygiene products for the 100 unaccompanied migrant children (ages 2-17) that are now in Albion with the non-profit organization, Starr Commonwealth. Let’s help make their stay in Michigan as comfortable as possible while they await reunification / placement. All items must be collected by May 5th. Collection bins will be inside the main lobby front doors (unlocked). Thank Derby for your compassion & generosity! Please see this Lend a Hand link for more information.

    Free Public Speaking/ Debate Event(s) in May

    Do you like talking? Debating? Politics? Learning more about the world around you? Learn debate basics through 4 free online workshops! Please see the The Freemont Debate Academy & Seaholm High School link for more information.

    Parenting Sessions

    Please join us for a virtual 6-week, 12 session parent-based treatment group for child and adolescent anxiety and OCD. Please see the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions Treatment Group link for more details.

    Birmingham Youth Assistance

    Can you help us recognize middle school and high school Birmingham Public Schools students who made an effort to help others in some way during the pandemic? Birmingham Youth Assistance is hoping to honor students in grades 6-12 who have made a difference, large or small, in their community or neighborhood during the pandemic. Nominations, due by May 5, 2021, may be made by someone who benefited from the student’s community service; students also will fill out a brief form. All students who submit complete applications will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. One outstanding high school and middle school student will receive $500 and $100, respectively. For more information or to request nomination forms, please send an email to BirminghamYouthAssistance21@gmail.com.

    BPS is Hiring

    The Birmingham Public Schools is seeking Paraprofessionals to support students in the special education department. We have several positions that are available for immediate occupancy. Special Education Paraprofessionals provide support to students who need modified instruction or assistance, as described in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

    Depending on the student’s need, a paraprofessional might
    * modify or adapt instruction for student(s) with disabilities
    * work with individual students or small groups of students to reinforce learning of material or skills introduced by the teacher
    * provide one-on-one assistance to student(s) with disabilities
    * guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work with students as set up and assigned by the teacher
    * assist students with self-care tasks (as necessary)
    * assist in record-keeping

    Paraprofessionals in Michigan must have a high school diploma. BPS Paraprofessionals are eligible for individual health insurance after 90 days of employment and eligible for 2-person or family coverage after 6 months of employment. Interested individuals should apply to the Open Non-Certified Position/Special Education Paraprofessional link or they may email Laura Mahler at lmahler@birmingham.k12.mi.us or they may call our department office at 248-203-3014.


     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of April 18th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 4/26/2021

    4/19/21

    Derby Track Meet Change

    Derby’s Track Meet vs Hazel Park will be on Thursday, April 22 at Seaholm Track.  This change is due to inclement weather forecasted for Wednesday.  Students are to meet at Seaholm by 4PM with the meet starting by 4:30.  Bring uniforms (to be passed out Mon) and water.

    Meets typically run from 4:30 to 7, but being virtual, it may end earlier.  If you can’t make it, please contact Coach Thayer (bthayer@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or Coach Hickmott (rhickmott@birmingham.k12.mi.us).  

    Parents:  If you signed up to help out on Wed, but can’t make it, please let Coach Gonzales know (jgonzales@birmingham.k12.mi.us).  Volunteer to help run the meet and get a front-row seat of the action!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094ba9a62aa4fd0-derby1 


    4/18/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    Bravo to our 8th graders as they completed their first PSAT this week. Thank you for your patience as we navigated schedule changes to help make this a successful testing environment for our students. 8th-grade students will begin the M-Step in science and social studies classes this week.

    Please see below for information on a BPS summer learning opportunity and mark your calendar for a ½ day on Friday. We hope you have a great weekend and thank you for reading our eNews.

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (4-19)

    Tuesday (4-20)
    Tennis A-team match AWAY vs. Cranbrook 4:00PM

    Wednesday (4-21)
    Track meet vs. Hazel Park HOME at 4:00PM
    Birbery Book Club 11:05am (Mrs. Sindelar's Zoom)
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:30-5:30 P.M.
    EDP Drop In Support (for 7th and 8th grade students) 11:05 - 11:45 A.M.
    **Join Mrs. Westerlund’s Zoom with any EDP questions

    Thursday (4-22)
    Tennis A-Team match HOME vs. Berkshire 4:00PM
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (4-23)
    Virtual ½ Day
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:

    * ½ Day for Middle School and BCS Students- April 23rd- Records Day

    *Half Day AM Schedule for Friday (4/23) 

    8:35 – 8:59 am Period 1
    9:04 – 9:28 am Period 2
    9:33 – 9:57 am Period 3
    10:02 – 10:26 am Period 4
    10:31 – 10:55 am Period 5
    11:00 – 11:25 am Period 6 (No A2)

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building.
    This is different than in years past.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    BPS Summer Bridge Program

    BPS is excited to announce summer learning opportunities, including the district’s Summer Bridge Program for students currently enrolled in Grades K-8. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program and other resources and opportunities for summer learning, please be sure to visit the BPS Summer Learning Opportunities 2021 website.

    Seaholm Parent Night

    Parents of incoming 9th-grade students: Do you still have questions about the transition to high school? The Seaholm PTA is here to help!

    Please join us for a special PTA Zoom meeting on April 21 from 7-8 PM where Seaholm parents will talk and answer questions about the transition to high school. Our goal is to add a parent’s perspective to the information you’ve already been provided.

    We encourage everyone to submit questions ahead of time to shannon.herbst51@gmail.com. You will also be able to submit questions via the chat function during the meeting. The Zoom link was sent in eNews on 4/18. We look forward to seeing you on April 21st!

    Your Seaholm PTA

    Join Birbery Book Club!

    As we approach the end of the Birbery reading challenge on May 6th, Mrs. Sindelar would like to invite all students who’ve read any of the 24 Birbery books to join us for Birbery book club. What’s your favorite book so far? What characters did you love? Were there any books that surprised you? Join this Wednesday during small group time (at 11:05 am) to discuss anything and everything related to Birbery! This book club will be held in Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom room. Please send her a Schoology message or email if you’re unsure how to attend. For more information about the reading challenge visit the Derby library Birbery 2021 webpage.

    Cash and Coins for Jeff Gordon

    The Derby Student Government Leadership Team is sponsoring a ‘Cash and Coins for Gordon’ fundraiser. Jeff Gordon is a Birmingham Public Schools graduate and the best friend of one of our own, Mr. Halverson. Jeff was diagnosed with ALS in November. This fundraiser will take place in our Derby Math classes Monday, April 12th through Friday, April 23rd. We encourage students who are able to make a donation into the donation box in their Math classroom during this fundraiser. The Math teacher who raises the most money will earn a prize for their class. Students who are virtual CAN participate in this fundraiser by putting a donation into an envelope and writing the name of their Math teacher on the envelope. The envelope can be placed in the ‘Cash and Coins for Gordon’ donation box in the Derby foyer. Donations can be cash, or a check written out to Derby Middle School. His Fight is now Our Fight. Thank you in advance for supporting this cause!

    Derby Virtual Staff Appreciation 2020/202

    The PTA is in need of approximately 15 more volunteers to be able to have given ALL Derby staff some appreciation this school year. Please take a look at the Virtual Staff Appreciation sign-up below and commit to April or May donations. Thank you for your support!

    Football at Seaholm

    Seaholm Football: Calling all 8th graders interested in playing football at Seaholm. Please join us for an informational ZOOM meeting, April 24th @ 9 am with Coach DeWald. Zoom link sent in eNews on 4/18.

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    Last week, all Derby 7th and 8th graders received an email from Mrs. Westerlund reminding them of what they should be working on in order to complete their EDPs (Educational Development Plans) on Xello by May 1st. Students should check their @bps-schools.com email accounts for this update.

    Completing these activities in Xello assure that you are completing your EDP as required by Michigan state law. “State law requires local schools to provide an opportunity for students to begin developing an EDP in Grade 7 and requires that every student has an EDP before entering high school. By preparing the initial EDP in middle school, students can better plan their high school curriculum to meet their postschool goals. The EDP is a secondary/postsecondary planning tool to direct the student’s educational plan and career planning activities.” (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EDP_Fundamentals_ADA2017_570694_7.pdf).

    Mrs. Westerlund will be holding a Drop-In Help Session on Wednesday, 4/21 from 11:05-11:45 A.M. for any 7th and 8th graders. Zoom link sent in eNews 4/18.

    If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us Thank you for your order! The Derby Yearbook Crew.

    Website Update

    This week we will be changing the format of our website. While the content and information will be limitedly changing, the look and location of the content will be different. We are looking forward to the new design!

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter from April 5th

    FRIENDS

    Please see the link sent in eNews for information on the upcoming meetings and more!

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    April: 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22


    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full press release here.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    Birmingham Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    BU Hockey

    We are very excited to let you know that we have set the 2021 summer calendar for BU Hockey! Please note that this is for all incoming students as well as for existing students. All are welcome! For new players, we are also hosting a Zoom intro meeting on May 4th at 8pm with our varsity head coach, Zack Warson. Zack has a long history of coaching success at all levels, including college and AAA. He is excited about the future of our program and to meet all potential players. You can also reach him directly at: (810) 287-7877 or zack.warson@gmail.com. Below are the key dates (if interested in the Zoom meeting, please email steve.carrel@trpfund.com and he can provide the Zoom link):

    SAVE THE DATE
    Please note that dates and times could change

    * May 4th at 8pm — Zoom meeting with Head Coach

    * June 14th – June 17th — BU Spring Camp for ALL prospective players (new and returning) – 3pm JV; 4pm Varsity

    * June 14th – July 30th — BU Summer League (Varsity & Junior Varsity) at Orchard Lake

    * July and August — Optional Summer Training (off-ice & on-ice); all players are encouraged to train on their own as well

    * August 23rd – August 25th — Invite only training camp (primarily Varsity players)

    Seaholm Dance Team

    Did you miss our first informational session? No need to stress, we have another one soon! Don’t forget to fill out the form to be sent the link for our upcoming Seaholm Dance Zoom meeting!

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of April 11th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 4/19/2021

    4/11/21

    Dear Derby Families,


    I would like to send my sincere gratitude to Mr. Costello, Mr. Smith, and our entire team of paraprofessionals as we celebrated National Assistant Principals Appreciation Day and National Paraprofessionals Appreciation Day this Tuesday and Wednesday. Our paras are often the “unsung heroes” of our school, going above and beyond each day to help our learners. We greatly appreciate them!
    Please make sure you are up to date on the schedule change this week due to PSAT testing (further details are below). 6th and 7th-grade students will be virtual for a full day of learning on Tuesday while the 8th graders are in person to test. Wednesday will be an in-person day. We appreciate the support and patience as we navigate in-person testing during a complex school year.
    I hope you are having a great weekend and thank you for reading our eNews!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (4-12)

    Tuesday (4-13)
    8th graders in-person for PSAT, 12:00 dismissal
    6-7th graders virtual, full day
    Birbery Book Club, 11:05 AM (Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom)
    Boys Tennis vs. Berkley

    Wednesday (4-14)
    In-person day for everyone!
    Girls Soccer @ West Hills MS
    Fantasy Gaming Online 3:30-5:30 P.M.

    Thursday (4-15)
    Cabaret Auditions (Information below!)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (4-16)
    Javascript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:

    * ½ Day for Middle School and BCS Students- April 23rd, records day

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Face-to-face Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for the day.


    *** Please Read- Note Schedule Changes on April 13th & April 14th ***
    On Tuesday, April 13th, our 8th-grade students will be participating in PSAT 8 testing. This date is mandated by the state and not chosen by Birmingham Public Schools. In order to ensure an optimal testing environment for our 8th-grade students, our 6th and 7th-grade students will not attend school in person on April 13th. Instead, all of our 6th and 7th-grade students will learn virtually on this date.

    On April 13th, our 8th-grade students will report to Derby for PSAT 8 testing. Testing will begin at 8:35am and end at 11:45am. 8th-grade students will be dismissed from school at 12:00pm. A grab-and-go lunch will be available for those that would like it. Our 8th-grade students will not attend school in the afternoon on April 13th. Buses will pick students up in the morning at their regular times and take them home at noon.

    Wednesday, April 14th, will be an in-person school day for all Derby students and not a virtual learning day. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a Derby administrator.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Seaholm Parent Night

    Parents of incoming 9th-grade students: Do you still have questions about the transition to high school? The Seaholm PTA is here to help!

    Please join us for a special PTA Zoom meeting on April 21 from 7-8 PM where Seaholm parents will talk and answer questions about the transition to high school. Our goal is to add a parent’s perspective to the information you’ve already been provided.

    We encourage everyone to submit questions ahead of time to shannon.herbst51@gmail.com. You will also be able to submit questions via the chat function during the meeting. The Zoom link was sent in eNews on 4/11. We look forward to seeing you on April 21st!

    Your Seaholm PTA

    Join Birbery Book Club!

    As we approach the end of the Birbery reading challenge on May 6th, Mrs. Sindelar would like to invite all students who’ve read any of the 24 Birbery books to join us for Birbery book club. What’s your favorite book so far? What characters did you love? Were there any books that surprised you? Join this Tuesday during small group time (at 11:05 am) to discuss anything and everything related to Birbery! This book club will be held in Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom room. Please send her a Schoology message or email if you’re unsure how to attend. For more information about the reading challenge visit the Derby library Birbery 2021 webpage.

    Cash and Coins for Jeff Gordon

    The Derby Student Government Leadership Team is sponsoring a ‘Cash and Coins for Gordon’ fundraiser. Jeff Gordon is a Birmingham Public Schools graduate and the best friend of one of our own, Mr. Halverson. Jeff was diagnosed with ALS in November. This fundraiser will take place in our Derby Math classes Monday, April 12th through Friday, April 23rd. We encourage students who are able to make a donation into the donation box in their Math classroom during this fundraiser. The Math teacher who raises the most money will earn a prize for their class. Students who are virtual CAN participate in this fundraiser by putting a donation into an envelope and writing the name of their Math teacher on the envelope. The envelope can be placed in the ‘Cash and Coins for Gordon’ donation box in the Derby foyer. Donations can be cash, or a check written out to Derby Middle School. His Fight is now Our Fight…thank you in advance for supporting this cause!

    DERBY MUSICAL THEATER CABARET

    In lieu of a musical at Derby this year, we will be having an outdoor spring cabaret performance. We are looking for musical theater solos, duets, and small ensembles. This event is open to all students to audition, but is limited to songs from MUSICAL THEATER performances only. If you are selected to participate, over the next few weeks you will work with coaches on your music selection for the performance. The show will take place at Seaholm High School, where we will perform using an outdoor stage. Auditions will take place VIRTUALLY on Thursday, April 15 for the middle school. You must be able to sing at least 1 minute of the song with track accompaniment that day.

    A few things for auditions:

    1. All songs need to have an instrumental or karaoke track that you will play during your audition. This track SHOULD NOT have any singing on it. (You can find many karaoke tracks on YouTube to sing with!).

    2. All Songs must be school-appropriate. Since this will be an All-Ages Show, we need to make sure that this concert is appropriate for all.

    3. Once you audition with a song, you cannot change songs.

    How to sign up to audition:

    1. You must fill out this Audition Google Form (Sign in to your @bps-schools email) which will lead you to the Sign-Up Genius for a time to audition.

    2. Use the link sent in eNews on 4/7 to attend your audition.

    3. If those times do not work for auditions, please email Mr. Hummel right away and we will try to find a time to accommodate!

    4. After you audition you will receive confirmation and sign a contract for official participation.

    Derby Cabaret Dates:

    Saturday, May 22
    * 10:00 A.M. Sound Check (You must be at the soundcheck to be able to perform)
    * 2:00 P.M. Concert

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Mr. Hummel at JHummel@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Derby Virtual Staff Appreciation 2020/202

    The PTA is in need of approximately 15 more volunteers to be able to have given ALL Derby staff some appreciation this school year. Please take a look at the Virtual Staff Appreciation sign-up below and commit to April or May donations. Thank you for your support!

    Football at Seaholm

    Seaholm Football: Calling all 8th graders interested in playing football at Seaholm. Please join us for an informational ZOOM meeting, April 24th @ 9 am with Coach DeWald. Zoom link sent in eNews on 4/11.

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one-hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents in grades 6-12. Register at http:// www.tinyurl.com/OSCAREERS

    Wednesday, April 14th at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    This week, all Derby 7th and 8th graders received an email from Mrs. Westerlund reminding them of what they should be working on in order to complete their EDPs (Educational Development Plans) on Xello by May 1st. Students should check their @bps-schools.com email accounts for this update.

    Completing these activities in Xello assure that you are completing your EDP as required by Michigan state law. “State law requires local schools to provide an opportunity for students to begin developing an EDP in Grade 7 and requires that every student has an EDP before entering high school. By preparing the initial EDP in middle school, students can better plan their high school curriculum to meet their postschool goals. The EDP is a secondary/postsecondary planning tool to direct the student’s educational plan and career planning activities.” (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EDP_Fundamentals_ADA2017_570694_7.pdf).

    If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    FRIENDS

    Please see the link sent in eNews for information on the upcoming meeting on April 8th and more!

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    April: 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22


    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full press release here.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!

    All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Lacrosse registration link
    Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com

    Registration for Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Spring Season is Now Open!

    Come play the fastest growing sport in America! Please visit 2021 Spring — Birmingham Bulldogs link for more information.

    Birmingham Girls Softball - Registration now open!

    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our 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 we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. To register or for more information, please visit our website at www.Birminghamsoftball.com For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    Birmingham Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    Oakland Youth Innovation Lab Opportunity

    Oakland Youth Innovation Lab will ignite a joy of learning for students in grades 6-11! This unique learning experience will be grounded in a strong sense of community and will engage students in deep learning that is meaningful and authentic.

    In the spring, students will meet with teachers for community-building activities and to co-create the Design Lab planned for July.

    In July, the Oakland Youth Innovation Lab community will come together for a two-week intensive learning experience that is relationship-rich and infused with choice, self-direction, relevance, and joy.
    •Students will meet daily in advisory groups where they create a network of support, discuss ways to actualize their passions, and engage in service learning.
    •Students will participate in master classes in a variety of subjects, such as graphic design, robotics, poetry, portrait photography, and journalism which will be co-taught by teachers and experts from the community. Over the course of two weeks, each student will develop and launch a passion project.
    •The two-week Design Lab will culminate in a community exhibition where students share their passion projects with the school and local community.

    In the fall, ongoing mentoring will take place and lead to a community celebration in January 2022.

    This program allows students from Birmingham, Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Clarenceville, Oak Park, Southfield, and Troy to attend. All classes will take place at the host site in Oak Park.

    For more information, please go to the informational flyer. To register, please complete the following application: Birmingham - Oakland Youth Innovation Lab - Student Application - Google Forms

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of April 4th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 4/12/2021

    4/7/21

    DERBY MUSICAL THEATER CABARET

    In lieu of a musical at Derby this year, we will be having an outdoor spring cabaret performance. We are looking for musical theater solos, duets, and small ensembles. This event is open to all students to audition, but is limited to songs from MUSICAL THEATER performances only. If you are selected to participate, over the next few weeks you will work with coaches on your music selection for the performance. The show will take place at Seaholm High School, where we will perform using an outdoor stage. Auditions will take place VIRTUALLY on Thursday, April 15 for the middle school. You must be able to sing at least 1 minute of the song with track accompaniment that day.

    A few things for auditions:

    1. All songs need to have an instrumental or karaoke track that you will play during your audition. This track SHOULD NOT have any singing on it. (You can find many karaoke tracks on YouTube to sing with!).

    2. All Songs must be school appropriate. Since this will be an All-Ages Show, we need to make sure that this concert is appropriate for all.

    3. Once you audition with a song, you cannot change songs.

    How to sign up to audition:

    1. You must fill out this Audition Google Form (Sign into your @bps-schools email) which will lead you to the Sign-Up Genius for a time to audition.

    2. Use the link sent in eNews on 4/7 to attend your audition.

    3. If those times do not work for auditions, please email Mr. Hummel right away and we will try to find a time to accommodate!

    4. After you audition you will receive confirmation and sign a contract for official participation.

    Derby Cabaret Dates:

    Saturday, May 22
    * 10:00 A.M. Sound Check (You must be at the sound check to be able to perform)
    * 2:00 P.M. Concert


    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Mr. Hummel at JHummel@birmingham.k12.mi.us


    4/4/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    We want to welcome you back from what was hopefully a fun, relaxing, and healthy spring break. We return to our regular, in-person schedule at Derby this week. Please read below for updates on Spring Clubs and opportunities in the community for your learner.

    Thank you for reading our weekly update and have a great week.

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (4-5)
    Welcome back from spring recess! Classes resume in-person today!

    Tuesday (4-6)

    Wednesday (4-7)

    Virtual learning today

    Thursday (4-8)

    Track meeting at 4:30 pm in the gym or on Zoom (link sent in email on 4/7)

    Friday (4-9)

    Mark Your Calendars:

    • Please see message below regarding student schedules on April 13th & 14th**
    • ½ Day for Middle School and BCS Students- April 23rd

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Face-to-face Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for the day.


    *** Please Read- Note Schedule Changes on April 13th & April 14th ***
    On Tuesday, April 13th, our 8th-grade students will be participating in PSAT 8 testing. This date is mandated by the state and not chosen by Birmingham Public Schools. In order to ensure an optimal testing environment for our 8th-grade students, our 6th and 7th-grade students will not attend school in person on April 13th. Instead, all of our 6th and 7th-grade students will learn virtually on this date.

    On April 13th, our 8th-grade students will report to Derby for PSAT 8 testing. Testing will begin at 8:35am and end at 11:45am. 8th-grade students will be dismissed from school at 12:00pm. A grab-and-go lunch will be available for those that would like it. Our 8th-grade students will not attend school in the afternoon on April 13th. Buses will pick students up in the morning at their regular times and take them home at noon.

    Wednesday, April 14th, will be an in-person school day for all Derby students and not a virtual learning day. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a Derby administrator.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Join Birbery Book Club!

    As we approach the end of the Birbery reading challenge on May 6th, Mrs. Sindelar would like to invite all students who’ve read any of the 24 Birbery books to join us for Birbery book club. What’s your favorite book so far? What characters did you love? Were there any books that surprised you? Join us every Wednesday in April during small group time (at 11:05 am) to discuss anything and everything related to Birbery! This book club will be held in Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom room. Please send her a Schoology message or email if you’re unsure how to attend. For more information about the reading challenge visit the Derby library Birbery 2021 webpage.

    Derby Spring Clubs

    Are you ready to get involved in some after-school activities? If so, check out the following link for the Spring Club offerings. Please fill out the form and send it to Mrs. Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us OR print out the form and return it to the Derby main office ℅ Mrs. Westerlund. Any questions, please reach out to Mrs.Westerlund.

    Derby Track Information

    Practice is Daily: 3:25 - 4:45
    Meet Day & Times: 4:30 - 7ish and on Wed Virtually (May change once final Meet Schedule is organized)

    Remind App for Communication
    • Download the Remind App and join
    * Students: Join @DMSTrackS
    * Parents: Join @DMSTrackP
    • You can text the code to 81010 also to receive text notifications

    Track Uniform and Spirit Wear Forms

    Reminders:
    • Hydrate! Bring extra water!
    • Bring warmup pants and sweatshirts as the first weeks of practice may be chilly.
    • Masks are required when not actively conditioning.

    Derby Virtual Staff Appreciation 2020/202

    The PTA is in need of approximately 15 more volunteers to be able to have given ALL Derby staff some appreciation this school year. Please take a look at the Virtual Staff Appreciation sign-up below and commit to April or May donations. Thank you for your support!

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one-hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents grades 6-12. Register at http://www.tinyurl.com/OSCAREERS

    April 14th at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    All Derby 7th and 8th graders should be working to complete their EDPs (Educational Development Plans) on Xello by May 1st. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be reaching out to students/families to let them know if their student still has work to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    FRIENDS

    Please see the link sent in eNews for information on the upcoming meeting on April 8th and more!

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for the latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
    OCHD Newsletter March 22nd

    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:
    * The student is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is positive with COVID
    * If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy. BPS Health and Wellness Newsletter

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to full press release here.

    Field Hockey League Opportunity 3rd - 8th graders!

    Come and learn how to play field hockey! No experience necessary! League is open for 3rd - 8th graders, boys and girls. Players will receive basic skill instruction and gameplay. If you don’t have a stick, you can purchase one through online registration (choose the session indicated "With Starter Equipment”). League will run April 10 - May 15 at Oakland Yard Athletics. Register online at https://www.oaklandyard.com/lg_fieldhockey.asp.

    Discover Field Hockey - One Day 90 Minute Clinic

    Open to boys and girls ages 5 - 17, March 27th from 10 -11:30 am at The Sports Academy, Chesterfield, MI. Discover Field Hockey registration link

    Registration for Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Spring Season is Now Open!

    Come play the fastest growing sport in America! Please visit 2021 Spring — Birmingham Bulldogs for more information.

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League registration link for additional details.

    Birmingham Girls Softball - Registration now open!

    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our 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 we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. To register or for more information, please visit our website at www.Birminghamsoftball.com For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    Birmingham Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    Oakland Youth Innovation Lab Opportunity

    Oakland Youth Innovation Lab will ignite a joy of learning for students in grades 6-11! This unique learning experience will be grounded in a strong sense of community and will engage students in deep learning that is meaningful and authentic.

    In the spring, students will meet with teachers for community-building activities and to co-create the Design Lab planned for July.

    In July, the Oakland Youth Innovation Lab community will come together for a two-week intensive learning experience that is relationship-rich and infused with choice, self-direction, relevance, and joy.
    •Students will meet daily in advisory groups where they create a network of support, discuss ways to actualize their passions, and engage in service learning.
    •Students will participate in master classes in a variety of subjects, such as graphic design, robotics, poetry, portrait photography, and journalism which will be co-taught by teachers and experts from the community. Over the course of two weeks, each student will develop and launch a passion project.
    •The two-week Design Lab will culminate in a community exhibition where students share their passion projects with the school and local community.

    In the fall, ongoing mentoring will take place and lead to a community celebration in January 2022.

    This program allows students from Birmingham, Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Clarenceville, Oak Park, Southfield, and Troy to attend. All classes will take place at the host site in Oak Park.

    For more information, please go to Informational flyer. To register, please complete the following application: Birmingham - Oakland Youth Innovation Lab - Student Application - Google Forms

    Pathways to College

    Alicja Jahnke is an independent college consultant and co-owner of the ACE College Consultants, LLC. She retired with 38 years of experience as a teacher and school counselor. For the past six years, Alicja has been working as an independent college consultant with both domestic and international students. She holds three Master Degrees: Masters of Music from the University of Michigan, Masters of Arts in Learning Disabilities from Eastern Michigan University and Masters of Arts in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACA) and a professional member of The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). For more information, see the link. Pathways to College Information

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of March 21st

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 3/29/2021

    3/21/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    A big thank you to all of our Dragon families that were able to come to our Parent Teacher Conferences last Wednesday and Thursday. Our hope is you received some helpful insight into your child’s social and academic growth. The feedback surrounding the format of virtual conferences continues to be positive and this may be something we pursue in the future.

    Our transition to our newest learning has been going smoothly. Kudos to our staff and students for helping to keep everyone safe and follow our protocols. We look forward to having our first full week (with a virtual Wednesday).

    Please read below to see a note about a schedule change April 13th and 14th due to PSAT (there was another email last Friday). You will also find news about spring clubs and more!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

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

    This Week’s Events

    Monday (3-22)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Tuesday (3-23)
    Girls Who Code 3:45-4:45 (Last session)

    Wednesday (3-24)
    Girls Volleyball White vs. Berkshire AWAY 4:00 PM
    Girls Volleyball Red vs. Berkshire at HOME 4:00 PM
    Derby Fantasy Gaming Club 3:30-5:30 P.M.
    Derby Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    PTA Meeting 7:00 PM (Zoom link sent in email)

    Thursday (3-25)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (3-26)

    Mark Your Calendars:
    * Spring Recess- No School March 29th- April 2nd
    * Classes Resume- April 5th

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Face-to-face Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for the day.

    Back to In-Person Reminders:

    Picking Up Your Student During the School Day:
    Students who leave Derby for any reason during the school day must sign out in the Main Office. Students must submit a written note from the parent or guardian to the Main Office in the morning before their first class. The student will be given a pass in exchange for the note to leave class at the requested time. The student will present the pass to leave the class to their teacher at the start of class. Please do not email notes. The parent/guardian must come into the Main Office to sign out their child.

    Lunch and Items Dropped Off During the School Day:
    When dropping off books, lunches, homework, etc. for your child, we have shelves located in the inner vestibule right outside of the main office. Please place your child’s belongings on the appropriate grade shelf with their name on it. You may use the sticky notes provided next to the shelves. We will do our best to connect the item to the student, but it is your child’s responsibility to check the shelves in between their classes.

    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!

    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 3:20. Students who stay after school in an adult-supervised activity must secure a ride home prior to the activity. All students waiting for rides must wait outside. This is a gentle reminder that students are not allowed in the building without supervision.

    Clinic Protocol:
    If your student should fall ill while at school, they will report to the Clinic. We will take their temperature and have them call home from the Clinic. If the student will be going home, s/he will remain in the Clinic until the parent arrives. When the parent arrives at Derby, they will enter the building, come to the main office doors, show ID and then return to their vehicle. We will sign the student out and send them to the car. The student must be picked up immediately per the Agreement to Adhere to BPS Safety Protocols.

    Cell Phone/ Personal Electronic Devices:
    Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices must be powered off and out of sight from 8:35 am-3:15 pm (including during lunch and recreation) unless students are given permission from teachers/ administrators. Students are expected to use the office phone to contact home or parents. Cell phone use is only allowed with teacher/ administrator approval and only for educational purposes. Students are not allowed to record video, audio, or take pictures anytime during the school day unless given permission from a staff member.

    Food/ Birthday Policies:
    For student health and safety, please do not bring birthday treats & foods to share. Locker decorations for birthdays are not permitted. Outside food deliveries are not permitted at any time.

    Materials Pick-Up & Drops Off:
    Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to the vestibule are open 7:30 AM -6:00 PM. Monday - Friday (not during school breaks). This area is used for materials that need to be sent home from teachers to virtual students. It is also used for the return of any materials to the school that your student might have forgotten like library books, teacher novels, laptop pick-up etc. Finally, we have a small red and black box by the door into the office that is for the drop-off of smaller items like checks for yearbook, club registrations, and notes for teachers. Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Derby Spring Clubs

    Are you ready to get involved in some after-school activities? If so, check out the following link for the Spring Club offerings. Please fill out the form and send it to Mrs. Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us OR print out the form and return it to the Derby main office ℅ Mrs. Westerlund. Any questions, please reach out to Mrs.Westerlund.

    Derby Virtual Staff Appreciation 2020/202

    The PTA is in need of approximately 20 more volunteers to be able to have given ALL Derby staff some appreciation this school year. Please take a look at the sign-up below and commit to March, April, or May donations. Thank you for your support! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby4

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students library cards!

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full Baldwin Public Library press release.

    Track Announcement

    Derby Track is a go this year! Derby Track is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade boys and girls. Track is a great sport for everyone to participate in. As Spring nears, it’ll be a great time to get out in the sun and enjoy the outdoors while running with friends. No matter your skill level, track offers many opportunities for you to compete and have fun. Please fill out the following Derby track interest form so Derby can determine interest.  This is not a sign-up or commitment form. Formal sign-up information and practice setup will be sent out later.

    Email Coach Thayer (bthayer@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or Coach Hickmott (rhickmott@birmingham.k12.mi.us) if you have any questions.

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one-hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents grades 6-12. Register at http://www.tinyurl.com/OSCAREERS

    April 14th at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

    Career Readiness Family Expo
    March 23, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

    Help your child become career-ready!
    This year’s “Virtual” Career Readiness Family Expo is an evening event connecting families with industry experts. Participants can engage in career awareness, exploration, and preparation with industry and education professionals through various breakout sessions. Topics will include in-demand careers, post-secondary options, soft skills, and various career readiness strategies, tips, and tools.

    Who should attend the Family Expo?
    All parents/guardians with their students looking for information and guidance on finding a career pathway.
    Register at https://whova.com/web/ocrc_202103/

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    All Derby 7th and 8th graders should be working to complete their EDPs (Educational Development Plans) on Xello by May 1st. Over the next couple of week, I will be reaching out to students/families to let them know if their student still has work to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    FRIENDS

    Please see the link sent in eNews for information on the upcoming meeting on April 8th and more!

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for the latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
    OCHD Newsletter March 22nd

    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:
    * The student is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is positive with COVID
    * If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy. BPS Health and Wellness Newsletter

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    Field Hockey League Opportunity 3rd - 8th graders!

    Come and learn how to play field hockey! No experience necessary! League is open for 3rd - 8th graders, boys and girls. Players will receive basic skill instruction and gameplay. If you don’t have a stick, you can purchase one through online registration (choose the session indicated "With Starter Equipment”). League will run April 10 - May 15 at Oakland Yard Athletics. Register online at https://www.oaklandyard.com/lg_fieldhockey.asp.

    Discover Field Hockey - One Day 90 Minute Clinic

    Open to boys and girls ages 5 - 17, March 27th from 10 -11:30 am at The Sports Academy, Chesterfield, MI. Discover Field Hockey registration link

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!

    All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Please use the Girls Lacrosse registration link to register.
    Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League registration link for additional details.

    Birmingham Girls Softball - Registration now open!

    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our 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 we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. To register or for more information, please visit our website at www.Birminghamsoftball.com For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    The Franklin Baseball & Softball League

    The Franklin Baseball League serves ages 5 to 15. The deadline for registration is April 30, and players registering after this date may be placed on a waitlist. Season Dates are 4/10/21-6/19-21. Please visit the Franklin Baseball and Softball website for more information or to register.

    Birmingham Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    Pathways to College

    Alicja Jahnke is an independent college consultant and co-owner of the ACE College Consultants, LLC. She retired with 38 years of experience as a teacher and school counselor. For the past six years, Alicja has been working as an independent college consultant with both domestic and international students. She holds three Master Degrees: Masters of Music from the University of Michigan, Masters of Arts in Learning Disabilities from Eastern Michigan University and Masters of Arts in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACA) and a professional member of The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). For more information, see the link. Pathways to College Information


     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of March 14th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 3/21/2021 9:00:00 AM

    3/17/21

    Derby Spring sports are right around the corner and registration is now open. Specifically, the Spring Season is made up of Track, Girls Soccer and Boys Tennis. The following are some specific details for all three sports:

    • Registration link:   https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=22727&culture=en
    • Who can participate:
      • Track: boys and girls of all grades (6th, 7th & 8th grades)
      • Tennis: boys of all grades (6th, 7th & 8th grades)
      • Soccer: girls in 7th and 8th grade.  Soccer is a cut sport that keeps roughly 15 players
    • Safety:
    •  Physicals
      •  Participants will have to have a physical on file dated on or after April 15, 2020. If you have trouble getting on your doctor’s schedule, physicals can be procured on a walk-in basis for $25 at Emcura Immediate Care - 4050 W Maple Rd #101, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301.
      •  Physicals may be dropped off at the main office or emailed to Mrs. Guise at hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
      •  If you are unable to obtain a physical that fits within the date parameters, you can fill out a waiver to use an older one from last year, pre-April 15th through the MHSAA.
    • Start Date: Practice/tryouts start April 5th
    • Transportation:  The district is not providing bussing to meets/games. Unfortunately getting to practice, games and meets will fall on individual families
    • Coaches:

    3/14/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    Please read below carefully for the many things going on next week. Highlights include:
    • We have no school Monday and Tuesday as staff prepares for our next phase of learning.
    • Wednesday and Thursday evening our teachers look forward to discussing your favorite people at Parent-Teacher Conferences. (Thank you to our PTA for donating a delicious dinner to our teachers on Wednesday!)
    • Thursday, March 18th is the first day of full face-to-face learning for students who have selected this option.

    I would like to send an extended THANK YOU to all of our families who have worked with us during this uncommon school year. We appreciate you taking the time to read all of our updates and your timely responses to our surveys. We truly value your partnership and are looking forward to seeing the Dragons back in action.

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (3-15)
    Teacher Prep Day- No school for all students

    Tuesday (3-16)
    Teacher Prep Day- No school for all students
    Girls White Volleyball vs. Berkshire at HOME 4:00PM
    Girls Red Volleyball vs. BCS AWAY at 4:00PM

    Wednesday (3-17)
    Parent / Teacher Conferences 4:00PM-7:00PM
    Boys Swim vs Berkshire at HOME 3:45PM

    Thursday (3-18)
    Parent / Teacher Conferences 4:00PM-7:00PM

    Friday (3-19)

    Mark Your Calendars:
    * Spring Recess- No School March 29th- April 2nd
    * Classes Resume- April 5th

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Face-to-face Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for their cohort day.

    Back to In-Person Reminders:

    Picking Up Your Student During the School Day:
    Students who leave Derby for any reason during the school day must sign out in the Main Office. Students must submit a written note from the parent or guardian to the Main Office in the morning before their first class. The student will be given a pass in exchange for the note to leave class at the requested time. The student will present the pass to leave the class to their teacher at the start of class. Please do not email notes. The parent/guardian must come into the Main Office to sign out their child.

    Lunch and Items Dropped Off During the School Day:
    When dropping off books, lunches, homework, etc. for your child, we have shelves located in the inner vestibule right outside of the main office. Please place your child’s belongings on the appropriate grade shelf with their name on it. You may use the sticky notes provided next to the shelves. We will do our best to connect the item to the student, but it is your child’s responsibility to check the shelves in between their classes.

    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!

    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 3:20. Students who stay after school in an adult-supervised activity must secure a ride home prior to the activity. All students waiting for rides must wait outside. This is a gentle reminder that students are not allowed in the building without supervision.

    Clinic Protocol:
    If your student should fall ill while at school, they will report to the Clinic. We will take their temperature and have them call home from the Clinic. If the student will be going home, s/he will remain in the Clinic until the parent arrives. When the parent arrives at Derby, they will enter the building, come to the main office doors, show ID and then return to their vehicle. We will sign the student out and send them to the car. The student must be picked up immediately per the Agreement to Adhere to BPS Safety Protocols.

    Cell Phone/ Personal Electronic Devices:
    Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices must be powered off and out of sight from 8:35 am-3:15 pm (including during lunch and recreation) unless students are given permission from teachers/ administrators. Students are expected to use the office phone to contact home or parents. Cell phone use is only allowed with teacher/ administrator approval and only for educational purposes. Students are not allowed to record video, audio, or take pictures anytime during the school day unless given permission from a staff member.

    Food/ Birthday Policies:
    For student health and safety, please do not bring birthday treats & foods to share. Locker decorations for birthdays are not permitted. Outside food deliveries are not permitted at any time.

    Materials Pick-Up & Drops Off:
    Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to the vestibule are open 7:30 AM -6:00 PM. Monday - Friday (not during school breaks). This area is used for materials that need to be sent home from teachers to virtual students. It is also used for the return of any materials to the school that your student might have forgotten like library books, teacher novels, laptop pick-up etc. Finally, we have a small red and black box by the door into the office that is for the drop-off of smaller items like checks for yearbook, club registrations, and notes for teachers. Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:

    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Derby Virtual Staff Appreciation 2020/202

    The PTA is in need of approximately 20 more volunteers to be able to have given ALL Derby staff some appreciation this school year. Please take a look at the sign-up below and commit to March, April, or May donations. Thank you for your support!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby4

    Track Announcement

    Derby Track is a go this year! Derby Track is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade boys and girls. Track is a great sport for everyone to participate in. As Spring nears, it’ll be a great time to get out in the sun and enjoy the outdoors while running with friends. No matter your skill level, track offers many opportunities for you to compete and have fun. Please fill out the following Derby track interest form so Derby can determine interest.  This is not a sign-up or commitment form. Formal sign-up information and practice setup will be sent out later.

    Email Coach Thayer (bthayer@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or Coach Hickmott (rhickmott@birmingham.k12.mi.us) if you have any questions.

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one-hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents in grades 6-12. Career Exploration Opportunities registration link.

    April 14th at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

    Career Readiness Family Expo

    March 23, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

    Help your child become career-ready!
    This year’s “Virtual” Career Readiness Family Expo is an evening event connecting families with industry experts. Participants can engage in career awareness, exploration, and preparation with industry and education professionals through various breakout sessions. Topics will include in-demand careers, post-secondary options, soft skills, and various career readiness strategies, tips, and tools.
    Who should attend the Family Expo? All parents/guardians with their students looking for information and guidance on finding a career pathway.
    Register for the Career Readiness Family Expo link

    Library Books – Please Return or Renew

    The Derby library currently has 258 lost or overdue books that need to be returned or renewed. Please sign in to ClassLink (teal icon located in the Derby homepage Quick Links) with your regular computer username and password. Click on the orange Destiny app. Once the account loads, click the Checkouts link located on the left. Please renew your library materials, or return them to the main office vestibule shelves. Face-to-face students can return materials to the shelves outside the Derby library doors.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for the latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
    OCHD Newsletter March 8th

    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:
    * The student is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is positive with COVID
    * If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy.

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    March: 13, 20
    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    Field Hockey League Opportunity 3rd - 8th graders!

    Come and learn how to play field hockey! No experience necessary! League is open for 3rd - 8th graders, boys and girls. Players will receive basic skill instruction and gameplay. If you don’t have a stick, you can purchase one through online registration (choose the session indicated "With Starter Equipment”). League will run April 10 - May 15 at Oakland Yard Athletics. Register online at https://www.oaklandyard.com/lg_fieldhockey.asp.

    Discover Field Hockey - One Day 90 Minute Clinic

    Open to boys and girls ages 5 - 17, March 27th from 10 -11:30 am at The Sports Academy, Chesterfield, MI. Discover Field Hockey registration link

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!

    All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Please use the Girls Lacrosse registration link to register.
    Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League registration link for additional details.

    Birmingham Girls Softball - Registration now open!

    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our 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 we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. To register or for more information, please visit our website at www.Birminghamsoftball.com For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    The Franklin Baseball & Softball League

    The Franklin Baseball League serves ages 5 to 15. The deadline for registration is April 30, and players registering after this date may be placed on a waitlist. Season Dates are 4/10/21-6/19-21. Please visit the Franklin Baseball and Softball website for more information or to register.

    Birmingham Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    INAUGURAL CLASS OF FEMALE EAGLE SCOUTS

    Boy Scouts of America's Scouts BSA Program for 11-17-year-olds began allowing females to join the traditionally male organization in February of 2019. One of the female troops formed at that time was Troop 1001G sponsored by First Presbyterian in Birmingham. Five females from Troop 1001G have achieved the esteemed rank of Eagle Scout as of February 8, 2021. One of these Eagles is Derby’s very own Margot Nardone!! Great JOB!!! Congratulations Margot!

    Pathways to College

    Alicja Jahnke is an independent college consultant and co-owner of the ACE College Consultants, LLC. She retired with 38 years of experience as a teacher and school counselor. For the past six years, Alicja has been working as an independent college consultant with both domestic and international students. She holds three Master Degrees: Masters of Music from the University of Michigan, Masters of Arts in Learning Disabilities from Eastern Michigan University and Masters of Arts in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACA) and a professional member of The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). For more information, see the link. Pathways to College Information

    In Case You Missed Our Reminders From Last Wednesday

    • Changes in the calendar- Please note that middle schools will NOT meet on Monday, March 15th and Tuesday, March 16th. This includes meeting virtually. Teachers will be prepping the furniture and room setup for many of our students to return in-person. School will resume virtually on Wednesday, March 17th and our first day of full in-person (with a virtual option) will be Thursday, March 18th. We will NOT be having a virtual week following spring break, April 5-9. School will resume face to face on April 5th.
    • Lockers-Students will be assigned a locker if they choose to use it. Locks will be for sale in our office for $6 for any student that would like to purchase one.
    • Clear to Go- All new to in-person students will be entered into our Clear to Go system and expected to fill it out daily upon entry into the building.
    • Outside-We will be going outside for lunch and rec as much as the weather allows. Please send your student to school dressed to be comfortable outdoors each day.
    • Schedule-Our daily schedule will remain the same. You can find that schedule here. Our in-person students will come face to face on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with a virtual day on Wednesday.
    • Tours-Virtual students who are entering the building for the first time this year may want to tour the building before Thursday. Our CSO, Mrs. Johnson, will be hosting tours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. If your student has been virtual and is interested in a tour, you may sign up here.
    • Transportation-The current bus schedule should remain the same. You can find your student’s bus information on the Durham App or the transportation tab on Power School.
    • Conferences-Conferences are Wednesday (3/17) and Thursday (3/18) from 4:00-7:00. If you have not already signed up for parent-teacher conferences, you may do so here: conferences. Zoom links for conferences will be sent out next week.

    We are including some “return to in-person” reminders for our students who will be in the building for the first time and those that need some refreshers.

     

    All In-Person Learners 

     

    Doors open 

    8:25am 

    In Person Dismissal 

    3:15pm 

    Drop-off (and walker) locations 

      

    Last names A-L Front Loop   

    Last names M-Z: Adams Parking Lot  

    Students remain in cars until 8:25am 

    Bus Drop Off Location 

    Bus Loop – students remain on busses until 8:25am 

    Water Bottle 

    Send a labeled & filled water bottle your child can manage - Straw recommended. 

    Mask 

    Yes, all students must wear a mask (if possible, please send extra masks to school with your student)  

    School Supplies - Students will be assigned a locker if they choose.  If they do not wish to use a locker, they may carry their backpacks.  Students need laptops and headphones every day.   

    Communication will come from your classroom teachers if other supplies are necessary.   

    Complete agreement to follow these protocols   

    This is a one-time agreement to be filled out before entering the building for the first time.  This is different than the Clear to Go which is to be filled out each day.  Students who have already come face-to-face have completed this.   

    Share child’s symptoms and contact with individuals with symptoms on a system called “Clear To Go.” 

    Questionnaire must be answered the evening before or in the morning 

    Lunch and Breakfast 

    Will be provided to all students at no cost from Chartwells, if they would like a school lunch.  (Students will have the choice of two cold lunch options.) 

     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of March 7th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 3/14/2021

    3/10/21

    Dear Derby Families, 

    We know you have many questions surrounding our return to in-person learning options.  Our hope is to streamline the information and put it in one place for you in the email below.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.   

    • Changes in the calendar- Please note that middle schools will NOT meet on Monday, March 15th and Tuesday, March 16th. This includes meeting virtually. Teachers will be prepping the furniture and room setup for many of our students to return in-person.  School will resume virtually on Wednesday, March 17th and our first day of full in-person (with a virtual option) will be Thursday, March 18th. We will NOT be having a virtual week following spring break, April 5-9 as previously communicated. School will resume face to face on April 5th.     
    • Lockers-Students will be assigned a locker if they choose to use it. Locks will be for sale in our office for $6 for any student that would like to purchase one. 
    • Clear to Go- All new to in-person students will be entered into our Clear to Go system and expected to fill it out daily upon entry into the building. 
    • Outside-We will be going outside for lunch and rec as much as the weather allows.  Please send your student to school dressed to be comfortable outdoors each day.   
    • Schedule-Our daily schedule will remain the same. You can find that schedule here.  Our in-person students will come face to face on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with a virtual day on Wednesday.   
    • Tours-Virtual students who are entering the building for the first time this year may want to tour the building before Thursday. Our CSO, Mrs. Johnson, will be hosting tours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. If your student has been virtual and is interested in a tour, you may sign up here.   
    • Transportation-The current bus schedule should remain the same. You can find your student’s bus information on the Durham App or the transportation tab on Power School. 
    • Conferences-Conferences are Wednesday (3/17) and Thursday (3/18) from 4:00-7:00. If you have not already signed up for parent-teacher conferences, you may do so here: conferences. Zoom links for conferences will be sent out next week.   

    We are including some “return to in-person” reminders for our students who will be in the building for the first time and those that need some refreshers.   

    All In-Person Learners 

     

    Doors open 

    8:25am 

    In Person Dismissal 

    3:15pm 

    Drop-off (and walker) locations 

      

    Last names A-L Front Loop   

    Last names M-Z: Adams Parking Lot  

    Students remain in cars until 8:25am 

    Bus Drop Off Location 

    Bus Loop – students remain on busses until 8:25am 

    Water Bottle 

    Send a labeled & filled water bottle your child can manage - Straw recommended. 

    Mask 

    Yes, all students must wear a mask (if possible, please send extra masks to school with your student)  

    School Supplies - Students will be assigned a locker if they choose.  If they do not wish to use a locker, they may carry their backpacks.  Students need laptops and headphones every day.   

    Communication will come from your classroom teachers if other supplies are necessary.   

    Complete agreement to follow these protocols   

    This is a one time agreement to be filled out before entering the building for the first time.  This is different than the Clear to Go which is to be filled out each day.  Students who have already come face-to-face have completed this.   

    Share child’s symptoms and contact with individuals with symptoms on a system called “Clear To Go.” 

    Questionnaire must be answered the evening before or in the morning 

    Lunch and Breakfast 

    Will be provided to all students at no cost from Chartwells, if they would like a school lunch.  (Students will have the choice of two cold lunch options.) 

      

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.  Staff members are on hand to get all students where they need to be.  

    Please let us know if you have any more questions.  

    Go Dragons! 


    3/7/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    Thank you to many of our families who have filled out the selection form for our return to full in-person learning (with a virtual option). If you have not done so already, please take a moment to examine the comparison document and fill out the selection survey.

    Lockers were assigned this week to students during A2. If students do not wish to use a locker, they don’t have to. Backpacks will still be allowed in class. If your child did not get a chance to buy a lock last week during lunch, locks are available for purchase in the office for $6 during all lunches. We will continue to sell them through the transition process to ensure that all students who would like a lock, may buy one.

    More details regarding the return to learn plan will be coming this week from BPS and Derby. We hope you have a great week!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

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

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (3-8)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Tuesday (3-9)
    Derby Jazz Band 3:15-4:15 P.M.
    S.H.E. Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    Girls Who Code 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    Cardio and Cocoa 4:00-5:00 P.M.

    Wednesday (3-10)
    Roblox eSports 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Online 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Rainbow Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Boys Swim vs. Cranbrook at HOME 3:45PM
    Girls White Volleyball vs. Berkshire at HOME 4:00PM
    Girls Red Volleyball vs. BCS AWAY at 4:00PM

    Thursday (3-11)
    Cardio and Cocoa 4:00-5:00 P.M.

    Friday (3-12)
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:
    * Parent/ Teacher Conferences-March 17th & March 18th 4:00PM-7:00PM (Links to come!)
    * Spring Recess- No School March 29th- April 2nd
    * Classes Resume- April 5th

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Hybrid Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for their cohort day.

    Reminders:
    As our students are transitioning to a hybrid/virtual learning program, we would like to remind families of some procedures and information on our new learning platforms:

    Dropping off/Picking Up materials at Derby:
    If your student forgets something, we will help him or her get through the day. Class time is at a premium this year and we would like to have minimum disruptions. If a lunch is forgotten, our cafeteria is serving free lunches for everyone! If something is left at home that is imperative (a student needs for his/ her health & safety), there will be a shelf in the inner vestibule (the area right outside of the Main Office) with sticky notes. Clearly label the item with your student’s name and grade and we will get the item to your student. Please refrain from coming to the building to drop off forgotten homework assignments, instruments, laptops, lunches, etc.

    Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to vestibule are open 7:30AM -6:00PM

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule

    * Please see this Derby School Schedule link for class times and bell schedule.
    * PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Track Announcement

    Derby Track is a go this year! Derby Track is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls. Track is a great sport for everyone to participate in. As Spring nears, it’ll be a great time to get out in the sun and enjoy the outdoors while running with friends. No matter your skill level, track offers many opportunities for you to compete and have fun. Please fill out the following Derby track interest form so Derby can determine interest.  This is not a sign-up or commitment form. Formal sign-up information and practice setup will be sent out later.

    Email Coach Thayer (bthayer@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or Coach Hickmott (rhickmott@birmingham.k12.mi.us) if you have any questions.

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents grades 6-12. Career Exploration Opportunities registration link.

    March 10 at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploing Construction: How Technology is Reshaping the Industry

    April 14th at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

    Career Readiness Family Expo

    March 23, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

    Help your child become career-ready!
    This year’s “Virtual” Career Readiness Family Expo is an evening event connecting families with industry experts. Participants can engage in career awareness, exploration, and preparation with industry and education professionals through various breakout sessions. Topics will include in-demand careers, post-secondary options, soft skills, and various career readiness strategies, tips, and tools.
    Who should attend the Family Expo? All parents/guardians with their students looking for information and guidance on finding a career pathway.
    Register for the Career Readiness Family Expo link

    Library Books – Please Return or Renew

    The Derby library currently has 126 overdue books that need to be returned or renewed. Please sign in to ClassLink (teal icon located in the Derby homepage Quick Links) with your regular computer username and password. Click on the orange Destiny app. Once the account loads, click the Checkouts link located on the left. Please renew your library materials, or return them to the main office vestibule shelves. Face-to-face students can return materials to the shelves outside the Derby library doors.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    Chartwells

    DID YOU KNOW THAT BPS KIDS EAT FREE? Please see this Meals for Hybrid Learning 2021 link for more information. Questions or concerns, call Pattie Guck at (248) 228-7172

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for the latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
    OCHD Newsletter March 1st

    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:
    * The student is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is positive with COVID
    * If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy.

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    March: 13, 20
    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/839

    BPS Has Got Talent is Here! Cheer for our Dragons!

    BPS Has Got Talent airing Thursday, March 11, 7:00 PM
    Auction open now! Join in the fun and watch BPS Has Got Talent airing on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 PM. Cheer on Regan and Yoseph as they compete to win a $1,000 grant for our school! The show can be viewed by visiting the BEF’s Auction Page on the 11th, or on the BPS YouTube Channel or Cable Access Channel 17.

    You can get involved with the event now by purchasing a Watch at Home Charcuterie Kit (limited number remain), bidding in the auction, or by helping our school earn funds & bragging right by playing Capture the Flag!

    Please watch Derby's own in the Talent Show! The following Middle School students are finalists:
    Middle School Category
    Winner’s school will receive a $1,000 grant and the winner will receive a $200 visa gift card

    Middle School Students Competing:
    Areeya Penzak, Berkshire
    Aidan Rito, BCS
    Regan Hoomaian, Derby
    Lilly Barnhart, Berkshire
    Dominic Berkemeier, BCS
    Yoseph Thake, Derby
    Good luck to Regan and Yoseph!

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    Field Hockey League Opportunity 3rd - 8th graders!

    Come and learn how to play field hockey! No experience necessary! League is open for 3rd - 8th graders, boys and girls. Players will receive basic skill instruction and gameplay. If you don’t have a stick, you can purchase one through online registration (choose the session indicated "With Starter Equipment”). League will run April 10 - May 15 at Oakland Yard Athletics. Register online at https://www.oaklandyard.com/lg_fieldhockey.asp.

    Discover Field Hockey - One Day 90 Minute Clinic

    Open to boys and girls ages 5 - 17, March 27th from 10 -11:30 am at The Sports Academy, Chesterfield, MI. Discover Field Hockey registration link

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!

    All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Please use the Girls Lacrosse registration link to register.
    Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League registration link for additional details.

    Birmingham Girls Softball - Registration now open!

    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our 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 we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. To register or for more information, please visit our website at www.Birminghamsoftball.com For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    The Franklin Baseball & Softball League

    The Franklin Baseball League serves ages 5 to 15. The deadline for registration is April 30, and players registering after this date may be placed on a waitlist. Season Dates are 4/10/21-6/19-21. Please visit the Franklin Baseball and Softball website for more information or to register.

    Birmingham Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    Do the Write Thing Challenge

    Interested in writing? Like to join contests? Then, this might be the “WRITE” thing for you/your child.

    The annual Do the Write Thing Challenge is a national essay program that gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of violence on their lives. Through this program, students are invited to communicate in written form what they think should be done to reduce youth violence. Students are also encouraged to make personal commitments to do something about the problem. Two national ambassadors from Michigan will be invited by the National Campaign to Stop Violence to attend the “Do the Write Thing Challenge” recognition week in Washington, D.C. The deadline for schools to participate is March 26, 2021. For more information, visit the Do the Write Thing Detroit website and access the 2021 Michigan Schools Packet.

    INAUGURAL CLASS OF FEMALE EAGLE SCOUTS

    - Boy Scouts of America's Scouts BSA Program for 11-17-year-olds began allowing females to join the traditionally male organization in February of 2019. One of the female troops formed at that time was Troop 1001G sponsored by First Presbyterian in Birmingham. Five females from Troop 1001G have achieved the esteemed rank of Eagle Scout as of February 8, 2021. One of these Eagles is Derby’s very own Margot Nardone!! Great JOB!!! Congratulations Margot!

     


    3/2/21

    Parent/Teacher Conferences Information

    When:  Wednesday, March 17 from 4:00-7:00 pm and Thursday, March 18 from 4:00-7:00 pm

    Where:  VIRTUAL (zoom links to come)

    What to expect this spring at Derby: 

    Individual conference times will be scheduled. Each parent is allotted 5 minutes per teacher. Please enter the following web address into your browser window to schedule your conferences: 

    Link to Conferences

    If you do not have internet access, please contact Heather Guise via phone at 248-203-5003.

    Planning for conferences with your child’s teachers 

    Let’s keep a growth mindset at the forefront of our partnership in supporting students’ learning. Individual conference time is limited, so consider asking questions that are focused on the learning process and effort in learning, not only on results or “the grade.” Here are a few questions that keep our focus on a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset:

    • Is my child an active participant in class?
    • What are the areas of growth for my child?
    • How does my child react to the mistakes he/she makes academically, socially or behaviorally?
    • How does my child show risk-taking in class?

    Several of our staff members will have altered hours due to part-time status or prior obligations. They will be happy to return calls or emails regarding your child’s progress.

    Staff Member

    Wednesday, March 17

    Thursday, March 18

    Mr. Chappell

    4:00 - 5:45 pm

    4:00 - 5:45 pm

    Mr. Karpinsky

    4:00 – 7:00 pm

    Not Available

    Mr. Alexander

    Not Available

    4:00 – 6:00 pm

    Mr. Hummel

    6:00 - 7:00 pm

    6:00 - 7:00 pm

    Mrs. Zang

    Not Available

    5:00 – 7:00 pm

    Middle School report cards are only printed and sent home at the end of the year. With access to Power School, we do NOT send home quarterly report cards. We look forward to seeing you at conferences! 


     

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