Please remember the first full week of school for kindergarteners are half days. Please be sure your weekly plan, including your assessment date, is given to your kindergarten teacher. In addition, remember to have your child wear their labels with daily arrangements on it so we can ensure your child is where they need to be.
Arrival and Dismissal Plans
Please be mindful during your morning and afternoon pick up routines. The first week of school many parents park their cars and walk their children into school and pick up directly at the end of the day. There will be many walk ups and car drop offs happening at the same time. Parents, please use the crosswalk. Drivers, please drive very slow. Staff will be ready to receive your children promptly at 8:35 when the school doors open and will be ready to hand off students in the afternoon after the final bell.
For bus riders, you should have received information this past week. Please call transportation at 248.203.3940 should you need assistance with bus assignments. Staff will be ready to receive your children by the bus loop when they arrive at school. We will also work steadily at the end of the day to make sure every child is on the bus. Please expect delays on bus time arrivals as we work through the new routines with children.
$500 Grant Opportunity
Did someone say our school could win a $500 grant??? Can you help our school win?!! This is a competition between the elementary schools and I may be a bit competitive!
To kick off the school year, The Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF) has placed a “shoe-fie” photo spot on the sidewalk in front of our school. During the first week of school, visit the spot, snap a “shoe-fie” of your student, and share it publicly on social media using the hashtag #BEFBackToSchool.
The elementary school with the most public posts posted between 8am Sept 3rd and 5pm on Friday, Sept. 6 will win a $500 grant for their school!
To find the spot, look for the gray yard sign with the blue shoes, and then look down. Just snap a fun picture of your student—alone or in a group—with the sticker, and share it publicly on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Every post gives us the chance to win!
The BEF supports BPS all year by awarding teachers grants to enhance and enrich education in our schools. To learn more, or give a gift to support the Foundation, visit their website: www.SupportBEF.org.
From the PTA
All Bingham Farms Elementary families will need to register and create a new account on the updated membership website. If your family’s information is not up to date, it may be omitted or incorrect in this year’s school directory and you may miss important communications from our PTA. It is very quick and easy to use, please take a few minutes to register if you have not already.
Our new website is: https://binghamfarmselem.membershiptoolkit.com
The newly updated site also allows you to:
Once you have registered, you may also choose to download the Membership Toolkit application on your phone. This will allow you directory access from the convenience of your phone.
From the District
Learn why BPS is a great place to work, learn and grow! BPS staff members are positively impacting our world and young learners each and every day! https://youtu.be/UFpc2kQdefg
I wanted to recap for you a few important notes about the coming school year from our Superintendent, Mr. Mark Dziatczak. If you missed his Welcome Back letter on Aug. 29, please take a moment to note some key areas the District will focus on this year.
o Last year, the District ended the 2014-18 Strategic Plan. As we turn our sights to the future, we will be seeking community feedback on the direction of BPS. Our students have achieved great things and continue to astound us as they enter the workforce and positively impact our world. We know that with the support of our community we can create a direction for our District that will raise our students’ achievements to new and exciting heights. Look for details on our Strategic Planning process on our website at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/strategicplan2020.
o Our Board of Education is looking ahead to 2030, and has asked that we begin a facility needs survey to ensure the safest, strongest learning environments for our students. As a District, we’ll work to prioritize needs and share more information on a Capital Improvements Plan later this fall.
o On Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 voters will be asked to consider a ballot proposal to restore, replace and extend the BPS Operating Millage. The proposal will ask voters to restore the state-expected, 18 mill levy on non-homestead (commercial) property for this school year, replace the current non-homestead millage authorization to 21 mills, while allowing the District to levy no more than the 18 mills allowed by our state on non-homestead (commercial) properties. The proposal also asks residents to extend the homestead rate through 2028 without a tax increase to homeowners, eliminating the need for an Operating Millage proposal in 2021. Learn more at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/millage2019.
o Last year, BPS reduced expenditures in the 2019-2020 budget by nearly $4 million. This year, we will continue our work to align our spending with our revenues with a commitment to keep cuts as far from the classroom as possible. Learn more about our work on the 2019-20 budget at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/budget.
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BPS Family Pride 2018-19 School Year
Four years ago Greenfield's LGBTQ parents wished to bring families from around the district together for informational meetings and social gathering on a monthly basis. We want to continue to gather ways to be more inclusive of our district's diverse families. Below are a list of monthly meetings and social events that BPS Family Pride has organized. Everyone is welcome and we have activities for students who attend as well.
2018-19 Meetings – Greenfield Media Center
Monday, Nov. 26th – 6:30-7:30 p.m. – guest Speaker – BPS Teacher - Rick Joseph – BPS Teacher
Monday, March 4th – 6:30-7:30 p.m. – guest speakers – BPS counselors- Sherree Wilson & Nicole Festian
Monday, May 13th – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. - Review mission statement
2018-19 Social Events
Monday, Dec. 10th – 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Bowling at Hartfield Lane’s in Berkley
Tuesday, Jan. 29th – 6:00 p.m. – Skate World of Troy
District end of Year Picnic – Friday, May 31st 6:30-8:00 p.m. – playground at Greenfield
Thank you to Christine Voss, BPS parent for creating a Facebook page for our group – please visit at BPS Family Pride. There is additional information on the page as well.