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    Greetings Berkshire Families,

    Thank you to our PTA and the Berkshire families that joined us for our last meeting on Wednesday (1/12). During our meeting, we were able to talk about many things relating to Berkshire that ranged from an update on our current battle against COVID-19 to our work toward obtaining Berkshire’s therapy dog (BTW… The winning name that our students selected for our therapy dog is Snickers!). To learn more about the Berkshire PTA or to join, please click on the following link: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/821

    As you may have read in BPS’s latest eNews communication, there has been an update to our COVID quarantine and isolation protocols. You can find a copy of the message from Dr. Roberson at the bottom of this email. In short, you will note that the quarantine and isolation time has now moved from 10 days to five days. Therefore, this would apply to any student or staff that is currently quarantining or isolating from earlier this week or the previous week and would now allow for a return back to Berkshire on Tuesday (1/18). Again, please read the full message for all of the details.

    Have a great weekend and thanks for reading the following Berkshire Family Update!

    Jason Clinkscale
    Principal
    Berkshire Middle School

    Upcoming Dates
    Monday 1/17
    No School – MLK Day

    Tuesday 1/18
    Boys Basketball (Black) vs. East Hills 4:30pm
    Boys Basketball (Silver) @ Derby 4pm

    Wednesday 1/19
    Green Club 3:15-4:30pm
    Forensics 3:30pm, room 217
    Snow Club

    Thursday 1/20
    Forensics 3:30pm, room 217
    Boys Basketball (Black) @ Derby 4pm
    Boys Basketball (Silver) @ Hazel Park 4:30pm

    Friday 1/21
    Fun Friday = Wacky Tacky Day (mismatch, backwards clothing, craziness, etc.)

    Saturday 1/22
    Saturday School

    8th Grade Parents! See the following 9th Grade Scheduling Information
    https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/11378

    9th Grade Scheduling Timeline
    1.    A parent letter regarding 9th Grade Scheduling will be sent home with the 8th graders on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
    2.    9th grade Recommendation Forms                 will be completed by teachers on Wednesday, January 19, 2022    (students will bring the form to class)
    3.    Groves’ Counselors will meet with the 8th graders during Language Arts to distribute scheduling forms on Friday, January 21, 2022
    4.    Groves’ Virtual Parent Meeting will be held on       Monday, January 24, 2022 at 6:00 PM Zoom Link for 8th Grade Parent Night -https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82179854949
    5.    All scheduling documents must be returned to the 8th grade Language Arts teachers by Monday, January 31, 2022

    Groves 8th Grade Parent Night
    Groves High School 8th Grade Virtual Parent Night
    Monday, January 24, 2022
    6-8 p.m.
    For more information, see the following link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1980oz-WFxzfU_dvQV-NTr3NmZ_yMdaoaiysmtMKzcJ4/edit?usp=sharing

    Notes from the Office:
    What to Do When Picking Your Student Up From School
    •    Come to the main office doors, ring the doorbell and you will be buzzed in.
    •    Have proper identification with you to sign your student out.
    •    You do not need to call or email ahead.
    •    We are unable to have your student in the office prior to your arrival.
    •    If someone other than a designated emergency contact is picking up your student, please call the office with the person’s name.

    Calling in Late or Absent Student
    Please remember to call the attendance line when your student will be late to school or absent. The number is 248-203-4700 prompt #2

    Buses
    Wondering where the bus is? Is it late? Please call transportation directly at 248-203-3940

    2021-22 Yearbook Order
    The 2021-22 yearbook staff is working hard to create a book full of memories to capture the events of this school year! Please CLICK HERE to purchase a book.  Yearbooks are now on sale for $38 (plus $1.25 service fee). Prices will increase in February. Berkshire is working with Walsworth Publishing Company this year to create our book, and all sales will made online through their platform.

    If you have taken any pictures during sporting events or other special events, we’d love to use them in the yearbook! The Yearbook Snap app will allow you to upload photos that our yearbook staff can use (the access code to upload photos is Berkshire).
    If you have any questions or concerns, the Yearbook Advisor, Chelsea Gacki, can be reached at cgacki@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    COVID Procedures Update
    Dear Families,
    On Tuesday, Jan. 18, BPS will be adjusting our quarantine/isolation timelines beginning to align with MDHHS, OCHD CDC standards. Additional changes are recommended to Contact Tracing and our Test to Stay Program. Please read about the changes being adopted by BPS below.
    Quarantine/Isolation
    On Monday, MDHHS released a statement adopting the CDC procedures for schools. On Tuesday, Jan. 11, Oakland County Health Division adopted the changes for schools in our county. Read the full release from MDHHS here. This does not apply to preschool students and only to the K-12+ community. Preschool continues to adhere to the previous practice, as noted by OCHD.
    Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18, BPS will start utilizing the following quarantine/isolation timelines:
    •    Individuals with a positive COVID test should remain isolated for five (5) days or until symptoms are decreased, and they are fever-free without the support of medication.
    •    Individuals considered a close contact with a positive COVID case and UNVACCINATED are recommended to quarantine for five days. For the next five (5) days, those individuals must wear masks around others*. Students and staff exposed at school may qualify to participate in the Test to Stay Program and will be notified by their principal/supervisor during the contact tracing process.
    •    Vaccinated individuals are not recommended to quarantine when considered a close contact of a positive COVID case.
    •    Individuals who have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days and can provide documentation of their positive viral test are not recommended to quarantine as long as they are fully recovered and do not have symptoms.
    •    Anyone that began quarantine/isolation and was not in a BPS facility beginning Jan. 13 or earlier may return on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
    * All individuals, regardless of quarantine or isolation, are required to wear a mask in BPS facilities. Those with a mask exemption will need to quarantine or isolate for ten (10) days.
    * Definition of a vaccinated individual: People ages 18 or older who have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters. Students under 18, two weeks out from either two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of Johnson and Johnson, are considered to be fully vaccinated. If appropriate to your family, please plan to get your vaccination or booster for all eligible family members.
    Contact Tracing
    BPS will continue contact tracing procedures as the increase in cases continues in our county. This will allow families to understand risks better and make decisions that are best for their families. In addition, quarantines will only be recommended for unvaccinated close contacts, aligning with OCHD guidance.
    Students who ride the bus will be alerted with broad communications indicating the presence of a positive COVID on the route. In addition, we ask families to monitor for symptoms following the exposure.
    As always, anyone with symptoms should remain home. Please do not come to school or send your child to school when ill.
    Changes to the Test to Stay Program
    Our Test to Stay Program is recommended for asymptomatic unvaccinated students and staff. Beginning Thursday, Jan. 20, tests will take place every two days for six consecutive days, with up to three tests. A building principal/supervisor will indicate this option when it is possible for a student or staff, and our District Nurse or health liaison will call to schedule the appointments. Testing takes place at the BPS Education and Administration Center at 31301 Evergreen in Beverly Hills, MI. For questions, contact Kathleen VanWagoner at kvanwagoner@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
    We appreciate the continued support of the community to work together, adhere to protocols and keep our students in a safe, healthy in-person environment.
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Embekka Roberson, Superintendent

    Berkshire Intramural Volleyball 2022
    For 6th grade girls. 4 Days/Week, Monday-Thursday,  for 6 weeks:  January 31-March 17, 7-8am. Cost is $60. Must have Physical and Parental Permission turned in (Done online under Activities/Clubs (then click Sports Information Tab)). No Practice the week of Mid-Winter Break (2/21-2/25). Practices will be held inside the Berkshire Gym. Late registration will be accepted until cap is reached.

    Berkshire Wrestling Sign-Up Meeting
    Who: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade athletes
    When: Wednesday January 19, 2022; 3:15-3:30
    Where: Cafeteria
    First practice is on Monday, January 24th, 2022.  Be there!!!

    TESTING NEWS:
    •    The Winter NWEA Math and ELA test will occur, out of your child’s specific class, sometime during the week of January 10th or the week of January 17th. The schedule for each test will be determined by your child’s math and ELA teacher.  This test has been scheduled by the district and will be used to secure data regarding your child’s progress in math and ELA. 
    •    On Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 fifty randomly selected 8th graders will participate in the NAEP.  The NAEP is a national test and is used to gather data about what student know and can do in various subjects. Students selected will either test in math or reading. If your child is chosen for the test, information will be sent home, Monday, January 10th. 

    Birbery Reading Program Kickoff
    The Birbery Reading Program is a district-wide reading incentive, designed by Birmingham Secondary Librarians, for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. It is a "Mock Newbery" program. The real Newbery is an award given each year in January for the best book written by an American author. The book is chosen from hundreds of books published in the previous year, and the winner is chosen by a panel of professionals in the field of literature.  In Birmingham, the librarians from Berkshire, BCS and Derby have similarly gone through many books to pick a top ten selection of books from 2021 by American authors. The Kickoff for this program will begin Tuesday, January 18th with the 7th graders during ELA classes, followed by interested 8th graders and any other classes that are interested, on Wednesday, January 19th, and finally, 6th grade Kick off on Friday, January 21st during ELA classes. Check out will begin Friday with 6th grade in school and availability of the books will also include Baldwin Public Library at that time for all students.

    Join the Berkshire Newspaper
    Send your student to ARC (room 124a) during rec on Wednesday or Friday to learn more about joining our fledgling newspaper’s staff. We have positions available to fill all interests. Thanks to 6th grader Isabella for her enthusiastic leadership!



    Groves Freshman Sophomore Shows This Weekend!
    January 13 and 14th, in the Little Theater. Shows start at 7pm. No preordering of tickets required.

    GVP Youth Pompon Clinic
    Learn a fun routine and perform with Groves Varsity Pom! Practices are Wed. and Thurs., Feb 9th and 10th from 5-6:30pm, with the performance during halftime of the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Game on February 11th (be there at 6pm). Registration is $30. If interested, please fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3SO4Ob2lU7ebiQml03CR3fMxaPjKIkPbq6V6c5PW79VVwDA/viewform

    Birmingham Youth Assistance (BYA) Nominations
    Birmingham Youth Assistance seeks to honor any student in grades 6 through 12 who lives or is educated within the geographic boundaries of the Birmingham Public School district and has demonstrated a strong commitment to community service during the past twelve months. Students nominated for this program will be honored at a reception, receive commendations from national, state, and local government officials, and possibly receive a financial award. Visit https://www.birminghamyouthassistance.org/youth-in-service for more details. All submissions must be received by Thursday, February 17. Students are responsible for following up with the nominator and ensuring that both forms are submitted by the deadline.

    Birmingham Girls Softball – Registration Now Open!
    Birmingham Girls Softball returns for its 23rd season! BGS is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. Online registration is now open at www.birminghamsoftball.com. Birmingham Girls Softball is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. The group is dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being their top priorities. BGS is open to all girls interested in playing softball for the first time and those with prior experience looking to build on and develop the skills needed to play the game for years to come. All that BGS requires is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    Seaholm Maple Motion Dance Clinic
    The Maple Motion Dance Team will hold a Dance Clinic on Thursday, February 17th, 2022.  Join the dancers for an afternoon to learn a dance routine and perform in between the JV and Varsity Women’s Basketball games.  Cost is $50 and is open to boys and girls in K-8th grades.  Cost includes dance instruction and performance, dinner, snacks, T-Shirt, gifts and non-stop fun!  Drop off is 4:00pm at the Seaholm High School main entrance, 2436 W. Lincoln in Birmingham.  The performance will take place at approximately 6:30pm in the Seaholm gym.  Deadline to register is February 3rd.  Visit:http://seaholmmaplemotiondance.weebly.com/dance-clinics.html for a registration form or email: MAMODanceClinic@gmail.com with questions.

    Support SOS with Take-Out Tuesdays at Griffin Claw
    Order carry-out from Griffin Claw Birmingham January 18 and Griffin Claw will donate 10% back to SOS. Just mention “SOS” when you order. (For online orders, PLEASE BE SURE to mention “SOS” when you pick up your order.)

    Support Birmingham Education Foundation’s Annual Fund
    As schools in all districts are called upon to do more with less, the BEF supports great learning experiences that may otherwise be unattainable. By funding these supplemental projects and activities, we provide the "extras'' that help to give each and every Birmingham Public School student that additional edge - and in many cases, make possible special activities that will be a source of inspiration for years to come. By contributing to the BEF, you will give the gift of learning - a truly priceless gift that lasts a lifetime. Learn more and donate today: https://www.supportbef.org/make-a-gift.html

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