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     Welcome 5th GradersBerkshire Bound


    YB Sales


    SOS


    Help Support NJHS!

    CBA


     Week at a Glance:


    Monday (2/22)class
    Cohort A
     ​- in-person​
    Cohort B​- Virtual​


    Tuesday (2/23)class Cohort Bin-person​
    Cohort A ​- Virtual​


    Wednesday (2/24)zoom Virtual Day: ​ All Students


     🎮Game Day! 
    Zoom Link


    sports

    V-Ball Silver @ BCS (4 pm)
    V-Ball Black vs Derby (4 pm)
    Boys Swimming vs. Derby (4:15 pm)


    Thursday (2/25)class
    Cohort A ​- in-person​
    Cohort B- Virtual​

    "Thrilling Thursday"


    Friday (2/26)class Cohort B - in-person​
    Cohort A​ - Virtual​

     

    Saturday (2/27)
    zoom
    Saturday School​ (9 – 11 am) 
    Zoom Link:​Saturday School 


    VARC

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     IMPORTANT INFORMATION UPDATE!

    Greetings Berkshire Families:
    Birmingham Public Schools is dedicated to providing students with a learning environment that meets the needs of families.
    Carefully review the BPS Comparison document provided by the district, which outlines the instructional delivery options for families before making your March Instruction selection in this form.

    BPS Middle School Comparison Document

    This form (link below) is being used to determine which students will attend Birmingham Public Schools in Full-Day In-Person and which students will attend in Virtual Live-streaming. Families that select In-Person will have the flexibility to move back to virtual status at any point in the school year. However, we are asking that families that select Virtual to understand that their students must remain in that status through the end of the third card marking period (4/23/21). If space allows prior to that date, Virtual students may be able to move to In-Person.

    Please complete a separate form for each of your students attending grades 6-8. Include your preferred email address in order to receive a confirmation email that includes a copy of your form selections.

    *Selections are due no later than Friday, March 5.*

    Selection Form Link

    Thank you,
    Jason Clinkscale
    Principal
    Berkshire Middle School


    After coming back from our midwinter break, Berkshire seemed to be busy with learning and activities throughout the week. It was also nice to be able to host
    our annual 5
    th Grade Parent Night this past Wednesday to discuss all of the things that makes Berkshire such a special place. Although it was a virtual meeting this year, we still have the presentation and information posted on our Berkshire website for anyone who was unable to join us.

    I also need to share some very sad news with our Berkshire families. Unfortunately, Mrs. Jessica Allen’s (6th Grade Science) husband Chris Allen suddenly passed away on Thursday morning of last week from a pulmonary embolism. As we all can imagine, this is a very challenging time for Mrs. Allen
    and her family. As a Berkshire family and community, we will certainly do everything in our power to support Mrs. Allen and her young daughter during
    this trying time. A gofundme page has been established for anyone that wishes
    to contribute a donation
    (
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-chris-allen?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_
    campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
    ).
    Regarding Mrs. Allen’s classes during her time out of the building, her teaching partner Mr. Scott Bruyneel will be taking over the science instruction with the assistance of Mrs. Yearby who serves as one of our Berkshire building subs. I am so very thankful in advance for all of the outpouring of support, thoughts and prayers for Mrs. Allen and her family.

    As we look to the upcoming school week, I understand that we all would like to know more details about our upcoming return to full in-person learning (with a virtual option) that will begin on Monday (3/15). Our school and the district have been hard at work finalizing many of the details and protocols that will be in place for this next transition. The current plan is for BPS to send out an email this week to all families that will request for parents to select their preference as it relates to their children being fully in-person or remaining fully virtual. This email could possibly go out as early as Tuesday (3/2). Obviously, for planning purposes, we will need families to complete the selection process as soon as possible. We will be sharing more information such as exactly what the daily schedule will look like for middle school and other important details when we send out the selection email. Thank you for your continued patience!

    Have a great week!
    Jason Clinkscale
    Principal
    Berkshire Middle School

    Student Pickup Procedures
    Have a valid driver license available or ID. You will be asked to present your identification upon arrival. Please ring the doorbell on the pole located outside the main office doors. Make sure the person picking your student up is registered on your emergency contact list at school. Your ID will be checked and your student will be called down for dismissal. When applicable please send in or email a doctor’s note to hdacey@birmingham.k12.mi.us. This will excuse your student’s absence.

    BPS Parent Pride Support Group
    Your child may be out or not. Either way, this is a great place to meet other parents, ask questions, learn how to be an ally and give and receive support.
    Virtual Meetings @ 7:00 pm
    March 2nd, March 23rd, April 27th & may 25th
    Please email Angela Lemont for the Zoom link or with any questions: anelalemont@gmail.com

    Noon Aides Needed
    One of our challenges, as we continue to welcome students back for in-person learning, is ensuring that we have enough adult supervision to assist with lunch and recreation periods. Therefore, we are in serious need of hiring noon aides who would be available to work from 11 am – 1 pm each day. Applicants who wish to be considered for these positions must apply online through the Oakland Consortium at https://ats4.searchsoft.net/ats/app_login?COMPANY_ID=JA000529, or contact assistant principal Michael Babcock (mbabcock@birmingham.k12.mi.us).

    Healthy Practices for a Safe Return
    We continue to work with the Oakland County Health Department, our Health and Wellness Coordinator and medical experts to update and follow our COVID-19 safety protocols. To learn more about actions to take in a variety of scenarios, view our Exposure Flowchart and COVID Scenarios Flowchart.

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!  
    All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome.  Please use the following link to register: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/254035 
    Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com

    SOS Food Boxes and Gift Cards Update
    Meijers generously donated $1500 worth of gift cards to BPS and the administration kindly gave them to SOS so we could distribute them to families in need!
    Reminder: SOS Food Boxes will be available for pickup on March 3rd 11-1pm at Groves next to the distribution of meals by Chartwell (pool doors).

    ChildcareReimbursement
    Did you know SOS is reimbursing community members in need for 50% of the cost of childcare up to $300?
    SOS would like to lessen the financial burden for families who have incurred extra/unexpected child care expenses as a result of managing the COVID learning environment. If you would like to be considered for support of this nature, please click on the "Request Support" button atschoolsoffersupport.org and fill out the "Request for SOS Childcare Reimbursement" form.
    Visit the SOS webiste for details and to apply for reimbursement. Schoolsoffersupport.org

    Band Aid Drive!
    The Berkshire NJHS students are excited to announce their partnership with the Groves Interact Club!  They will be collecting fun character Band Aids for Beaumont Children’s Hospital.  It will be greatly appreciated if your family would be able to help with donations.  Band Aids will be accepted until March 1st.   They can be dropped off in the box outside the front office. 

    VARC Update
    With the move to our hybrid schedule, our Virtual Academic Resource Center will continue to be offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, during lunch and rec.  You can access VARC through this VARC Zoom Link

    This is a great first stop for academic support! Encourage your child to sign in and touch base with our Berkshire staff. We are so happy to support our Berkshire students!
    VARC updated times:
    Monday – 11:21 am-12:58 pm
    Wednesday – 11:05-12:40 pm
    Friday – 11:21am-12:58 pm

    Announcing BPS Has Got Talent - Call for Submissions
    Join the Birmingham Education Foundation for our first-ever districtwide virtual talent show!
    Students and staff of BPS are invited to submit a video showing off their talents! A panel of judges will review the entries and on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 PM, the final show will air! Everyone will have the chance to vote for their favorite videos, and the winner will be awarded not only a prize for themselves but also a grant for their school. There will also be awards for Judges Choice and Most Original. See the attached flyer for additional details, or visit SupportBEF.org/talent. Keep up with the latest about the event on our Facebook Event Page

    Friends of Different Learners Update
    Please join FRIENDS virtually on Thursday, March 4th at 7 PM. Speakers, Minoti Rajput, and Mehul Mistry will explain the importance of Special Needs planning strategies and will address questions for both planning and key components of the ABLE and Secure Acts. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88932252866

    Attention Swimmers
    Dear Berkshire and BCS families,
    Are you interested in the Groves Girls Emerald Tide Swim and Dive Team?! If so, we would love to hear from you! We just finished our season (2 months later than expected) and are excited to build on what this group accomplished this year. After a third coach in three years, we now have a consistency within our program and a vision to become a contender year in and year out. We are looking for girls of all ability levels to come and join us this coming fall season and in future season! We offer a competitive, rewarding, and fun atmosphere where our girls compete at a high level, and have seen immense success at the league, county, and state level. We return
    8 all-state swimmers and divers, and a strong core of county level swimmers who are looking to compete for a trophy at the MHSAA Division 2 State Championships this coming season. If you are someone who wants to be challenged, work hard, have fun, and become a part of the Emerald Tide family, we want to hear from you! Please reach out to our coach Danny Torriglia (DLTorriglia@gmail.com), or one of our captains, Karen Austin (karenaustin04@gmail.com), Ellie Deighan (diving - elliedeighan7@gmail.com), or Kalli Gaggos (kallig32@gmail.com). We look forward to hearing from you soon!
    Roll Tide,
    Coach Danny Torriglia

    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 game play.  If you don’t have a stick, you can purchase one through online registration (chose 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 27 10 -11:30 am at The Sports Academy, Chesterfield, MI.  Register online.   https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Field-Hockey/EVENTS/2021/March/27/Discover-
    Field-Hockey---Chesterfield

Daily Schedule

  • Daily Schedule

VL Parent Tips

  • Berkshire families,

    As we continue with virtual learning and now prepare for in-person learning opportunities as well, we have come to recognize the need for parents to have some guidance on how to best support their children at home.  With everything going on these days and the relative stressors that are out there, we understand that time, patience and an understanding of how to help your student can be tough to come by.  As a result, we put together a list of ideas that will help any student be more successful not only during virtual learning, but throughout their education.  We hope that you can find some things here that can add to your parenting “toolbox.”   

     

    Attendance - Ideas to help:

    Is your student showing up?

    • Check Power School attendance daily. 
    • Contact Ms Borovsky in the front office if you need help with getting onto Power School: Wborovsky@birmingham.k12.mi.us Phone: 248-203-4811.
    • Check a couple times during the school day to “catch” them in the act is best.
    • Need Help getting Power School notifications? 
      PS

    What to stress to your student:

    • Being present in C3 is as important as their class.  C3 disseminates a variety of information.
    • The importance of being in class on time. Classes are 45 minutes long and many teachers start class ASAP, crucial information and direction is expressed the first 10 minutes of class. 
    • Try to keep your day as “normal” as possible.  Follow a routine. Get up, shower, eat breakfast and be ready to go.  Consistency is the key to success. 
    • Print off a SCHEDULE so students can have it by their work area.  This way they know what time classes start each day.
      This is our current Live/Virtual schedule:
      Live/Virtual

     

    Nightly have your student walk you through Schoology 

    • What are the assignments?
    • What has been completed?
    • What is left to do?
    • Download the Schoology App using your student’s username and password. (See Directions below)
    • Show me your work!  Have your student share their work with you so you can see their progress.
    • Check in with their teachers to help your student be accountable for their learning.

    As they meet expectations, you can gradually ease up on nightly check-ins and move towards every few days or once a week. Give and take goes a long way with middle schoolers.

     

    Develop a calendar and a schedule for your student based off what you see in Schoology

    • Record upcoming assessments and assignments.
    • Schedule out work time per assignments/assessments - Not just the due dates.
    • Update it every night and hold students accountable for the deadlines you set.
    • Plan rewards for small and large successes: Middle schoolers collectively are very extrinsically motivated.
    • Figure out what motivates them and set up a detailed system where the rewards are obtainable and happen within a short time frame (ex.  small weekly reward). Start small or maybe focus on one class at a time if the student is really struggling. BE CONSISTENT. 

     

    Checking Grades:

    • Check Power School as well. Different teachers rely more on PS than Schoology – Reach out to teachers to see which one is best.
    • Check frequently to see your child’s grades and if they are turning assignments in, on time, and complete.
      *You can click the letter grade (or “i” if there is no grade yet for that class) to see all of the assignments for that class.

     

    Go over zoom etiquette and your expectations

    What are your expectations for their participation in class?

    Questions to ask/consider:

    • Is their camera on?
    • Is their camera and microphone in good working condition? 
      (We are seeing many kids with tech issues, especially with their cameras and microphones).
    • Does their camera show their face or just their forehead?
    • How is their teacher supposed to know if they are engaged or what they are doing?
    • Does their camera show their workspace for applicable classes?
    • Are they sitting at a desk or table instead of lying or sitting in bed?

     

    SLANT

    SLANT is the best way to get ready to be engaged in class:

    Sit up

    Lean forward

    Ask questions

    Note Take

     

    Technology Issues

    If you have any issues with technology:

    • Check the Q&A at the bottom of this page
    • Contact Mrs. Garbutt with any issues you might have with technology- most issues can be resolved with a phone call or email
    • Request a District laptop- (limited supply)
      • Please submit an email with your request for a laptop to lgarbutt@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
      • She will send you a form to fill out.
      • Once she recieves the form back from you, then the laptop will be processed.
      • You will be contacted when the laptop is ready

    *If you are requesting an exchange due to a faulty laptop, please follow the same procedure stated above.

    Contact Berkshire's Tech Support:

    Ms. Garbutt: Lgarbutt@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Office #: 248-203-4735

     

    School Supplies

    Make sure school supplies they will need for each class is on their desk or work space: books, binders, pencils, pens (blue, black, red), paper, highlighters, etc. Once you establish your expectations with your student, check-in with their teachers to hold them accountable.

     

    Encourage your students to:

    • Reach out to their teacher through e-mail and/or Schoology. Teachers are human.  They understand not feeling good, needing extra time, forgetting to ask a crucial question. Communicating with teachers makes it easier to understand your student’s needs.
    • Students should be encouraged to advocate for themselves and their issues.  Every student has the capability of composing an email or staying after class to ask questions or explain missing work.  Teachers want to help their students and are willing to work with them. Students learn valuable communication skills when advocating for themselves.

     

    Get Academic Help:

    VARC:

    (Virtual Academic Resource Center) is a great place to get extra help with an assignment, reading comprehension, studying for an upcoming test, or reviewing a math concept.

    We find that once a student comes to VARC once, they are happy to return – so encourage your middle schooler to stop by! We love giving one-on-one support to our wildcats.

    Monday, Wednesday and Friday during lunch and rec (Mondays and Fridays (11:21-12:58pm), Wednesday (11:05-12:40pm). Simply have your child join with this VARC zoom link.

    We encourage you to fill out this VARC form. It gives us contact information for you and your child, so that we can follow up and make sure we’ve met their needs.

     

    Saturday School:

    Time: 9 – 11 am.

    Dates: December: 19 - January: 9, 22, 30 - February: 6, 27 -March: 6, 13, 20 - April: 10, 17, 24 - May: 1, 8, 15, 22.

    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

    Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2047672482?pwd=T3pVU1REUXZTN09NM1MvSSsrVTJiZz09

    Teacher “Office Hours”

    Every teacher is open for one on one help from 11-11:40 am Monday, Tuesday & Thursday every week.

     

     

    Reach out for Social/Emotional Help:

    Counselors:

    Last Names A-L = Ms. Hardeman: 248-203-4714

    Rhardeman@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Last Name M-Z = Ms. Battle: 248-203-4711

    Abattle@birmingham.k12.mi.us

     

    Daily check-in question stems – Instead of asking “How was school?” try these questions to gain more information about how your child is doing in school.

    What was the best part about your school day?

    What was the hardest thing you had to do today?

    Did any of your classmates do anything funny?

    Tell me about what you read in class.

    Do you think math [or any subject] is too easy or too hard?

    What did you do for lunch?

    Did you join any clubs?

    Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?

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  • Virtual Learning Frequently asked questions:

    ***NOTE: (Both the Schoology and ClassLink App  can only be used with student accounts at this time)

    Schoology

    Q. Can I download the schoology App on my phone or tablet?

    A. Yes you can-

    • Find the App in your app Store and  download it to your device
    • Open the App

    • Schoology App
    • In the search bar type in Birmingham Public Schools- Beverly Hills MI (Searching for Berkshire does not work because the Schoology account is associated with Birmingham Public Schools)
    • Select it - This should take you to the logon Window
    • Put in your computer credentials to login to Schoology
    • You should now be connected to your Schoology App!

    ClassLink

    Q. Can I download the Classlink App on my phone or tablet?

    A. Yes you can-

    • Find the App in your app Store and  download it to your device
    • Open the App
    • Click Allow to find your School District
    • Select Michigan Birmingham Public SD
    • Use your logon credentials to login to ClassLink
    • You should now be connected to your ClassLink App!

     

    zoom  

    Q. I am trying to login to Zoom but it says my account is invalid or I get an error message...

    A. This usually happens if you get disconnected from Zoom- It may show you still as logged in but your account is no longer connected.

         Try this:

    • Go to Zoom.us
    • Click Sign In (if you are signed in - sign out)
    • Don't sign in at the first login Screen, but scroll down until you see Sign in with Google
    • Follow the onscreen prompts
    • Once logged in verify you are using a Birmingham Account:
      • Click your picture or icon in the top right corner of your screen
      • It should have you logged in with your Google account and it should say licensed above that.
      • If it has Basic instead of Licensed, please contact Mrs. Garbutt immediately!
      • lgarbutt@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    When I go to Schoology, I can't find my school-

    If you are going to Schoology.com you have to find your District (Not School) before logging on. An easier way is to go to ClassLink and then open Schoology from there. You are encouraged to always use ClassLink for all your school needs.  ClassLink is the quickest, easiest way to navigate through Virtual Learning.

    In the event that ClassLink is unavailable please go directly to SchoologySchoology

    QI can't log in-

    A.  To best assist you with this problem, we need to know what you can't log in to. Possibly you are using the wrong account information for a site that you need to login to. Remember, if you are using ClassLink, your username and password information are collected and stored in ClassLink so You don't have to log on every time you need it. 

     

    Here are places you would need credentials:

     Computer Logon

    Computer logon -(district devices only) 
    This is your username and password (Birmingham Account)

     ClassLink

     ClassLink logon - This is your username and password (Birmingham Account)


     Office 365

    Office 365 logon-Use your Birmingham Account.  Make sure to set up in ClassLink

     Outlook

    Outlook Email - Use your (Birmingham Account) @birmingham.k12.mi.us credentials. Make sure to set up in ClassLink.

     Powerschool

    Powerschool - Use your Birmingham username and your password  given to you from the district. Send an email to wborovsky@birmingham.k12.mi.us if you need it reset.

     Gmail

    Gmail - Use your @bps-schools.com  credentials.  Email Mrs. Garbutt at lgarbutt@birmingham.k12.mi.us if  you need your password reset. Make sure to set up in ClassLink.

     Google Drive

    Google Drive - Use your @bps-schools.com  credentials. Email Mrs. Garbutt at lgarbutt@birmingham.k12.mi.us if you need your password reset Make sure to set up in ClassLink.

     


    Q
    I log on to Schoology, but I can’t upload my assignments from Google Drive-

    A.  There are three reasons this may happen:

    Reason one: - The Schoology Extension did not load properly. Reinstall if you are having issues.

    Reason two: - You did not use ClassLink to access Schoology. Close the browser, then reopen it and navigate to ClassLink to open Schoology.

    Reason three- You did not connect your Google Resource Drive in Schoology. Make sure to download the Google Resource app while in Schoology and then put in your Google credentials to connect them to your assignments.The next time you use Google Resource, it will automatically log you on as long as you have logged on through ClassLink.

    How do I use my Google Drive in Schoology?
    1. Click Resources at the top of your home page.
    2. Select Apps on the left.
    3. Click Install Apps under My Resources Apps.
    4. Select Google Drive in the pop-up menu.
    5. Click Install to add the app to your resource apps.
    6. To connect the app to your Google account, click Connect.

    Submitting Google Drive Resources to an Assignment

    If your teacher has assigned a Google Drive Assignment to you, you can use the Google Drive Assignments App to submit your assignment.

    1. Open the assignment from Course Materials.
    2. Click Submit Assignment.
    3. Within the Upload window, select Resources.
    4. Click Apps, and then Google Drive.
    5. Search for your document using the search bar.
    6. Check the box to the left of the item you wish to upload to the assignment.
    7. Select Import > Import File.
    8. The Google Drive item will be submitted directly to the Assignment for your instructor's review.
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Contact Us

  • Administration    

    Principal
    Jason Clinkscale
    248-203-4704
    email
    Assistant Principal
    Julie LaBurn
    Grade 6th Grade /7th Grade A-L
    248-203-4747
    email
    Assistant Principal
    Michael Babcock
    248-203-4746
    8th Grade /7th Grade M-Z
    email

    Main Office Staff

    Principal’s Secretary
    P. VanFaussien
    248-203-4703
    Main Office Receptionist
    W. Borovsky
    248-203-4702
    Clinic/Attendance Secretary
    H. Dacey
    248-203-4718
    Attendance Reporting
    248-203-4700 ~ (Option # 2) 

    Counseling Office

    A. Battle
    248-203-4711
    Last Names M-Z:
    R. Hardeman
    248-203-4714
    Last Names A-L:

    Department Contacts

    Cafeteria Manager
    248-203-4721
    Transportation
    248-203-3940

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