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Dear Bingham Families,
We had a good first week welcoming our students back to school. We enjoyed hearing how the students spent some off time. I also recognize that this week brought unprecedented events outside of school in terms of witnessing actions at the U.S. Capitol. We continue to offer students a safe space to process their feelings. Our staff is trained in being able to monitor emotional distress a student may feel as they come to class while also facilitating reflection opportunities that kids may need as they bring their thoughts and concerns into our classrooms.
As we turn our focus to bringing hybrid students back on Monday, please refer to the enews sent earlier in the week as well as classroom communication sent to help prepare your children for the transition.
Finally, as we look ahead to the upcoming Peace Week outlined last week, please turn to our social media and enews to watch our announcements as we bring activities to our students to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. On Monday, the students will listen to a children’s book “The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander to set the stage for the week. We invite you to relisten to the story together with your child at home. Stay tuned for further details of how to get involved and save the evening of Tuesday, January 19th for a community event.
Have a wonderful week!
MLK Jr. Peace Week
Week of January 11th
We have a long-standing tradition of celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year we'll be honoring Dr. King with an "MLK Peace Week." First, there will be supplies sent home on Thursday, January 7, Deployment Day, for all students (virtual and hybrid). There will be an introduction on Monday, January 11 on the Morning Announcements with classroom activities. On Wednesday, January 13, during the morning announcements, another classroom activity, as well as a possible Family Project will be explained. Finally, on Friday, January 15, also during the morning announcements, the last of the weeklong information will be shared. *Please plan on joining the Bingham Family for a new community building activity on Tuesday, January 19 for a 6:00pm Zoom, followed by a "Silent Motor March" in the Bingham Farms parking lot. More details to follow.
Hybrid Students -
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Clear to Go Remind
We cannot thank you enough for your support to follow all guidelines and protocols to keep our students and staff safe. Just a quick reminder regarding the Clear to Go procedures and protocols. Please follow the Clear to Go guidelines below to allow for the most efficient entry for your student into school each day.
Clear to Go must be completed each day for every staff and student entering the building. We need about 35 minutes to process the information and identify individuals who have not submitted a successful Clear to Go check. Your child’s Clear to Go can be submitted 18 hours before the start of the school day. If your child’s symptoms change after submitting a Clear to Go entry, you can resubmit a new entry at any time (you do not need to wait for the last entry to expire). Please use the following the timeline for each cohort below:
In person Cohort
3:05 P.M. the day before
7:20 P.M. the day before
Kindergarten Round Up
We are looking for our future Eagles! The time has come when we begin our preparations for the 2021-2022 school year by reaching out to find our future Kindergarten Eagles. Our Virtual Kindergarten Orientation is set for 7pm on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. If you have an incoming Kindergartener please CLICK HERE to learn more.
Chromebook Distribution took place Thursday, December 10th. We are asking for all students to take a district issued chromebook because this laptop has the assessment apps needed for future assessments, will be the technology utilized in the hybrid schedule and the helpdesk support will be wrapped around this device. Click HERE to find a short document to help you get up and running with the new device if you have not already done so.
Here are 2 video that may be helpful:
Chromebooks may also require update once at home,
please follow THESE INSTRUCTIONS to be sure your device is updated.
If you were unable to pick up the new Chromebook for your child(ren), please Vanessa O'Connor to make arrangements to do so. Before she is able to release a Chromebook to you, the Elementary Chromebook User Agreement Form HERE will need to be completed for each child. You will not receive a Chromebook until this form is completed for each child in the home.
Media Center Update
Battle Book Talks with Baldwin Librarians
Help your team prepare for Battle of the Books by joining virtual trivia sessions. Librarians will ask a multitude of questions about the books so you can test your knowledge! These are completely optional. Registration is required, and a Zoom link will be emailed the day of the program.
Jan 13th, 7:00 - The Lost Property Office
Jan 19th, 4:30 - The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
Jan 28th, 7:00 - Planet Earth Is Blue
Feb 2nd, 4:30 - Monster Mayhem
Feb 8th, 7:00 - The Last Last Day of Summer
Feb 24th, 4:30- The Doughnut Fix
A Message From Our Counselor
Small Group Sign Up
Attention 4th and 5th grade families. I will be starting a small group called Coping with Covid. The group will be focused on wellness during this difficult and strange time. We will be learning coping techniques based on cognitive-behavior therapy and mindfulness! If you would like your student to be considered for the group, please fill out THIS FORM.
Does your child want to participate in virtual Lunch Bunch with Mrs. Landfair? Lunch Bunch gives students an opportunity to share, connect, and learn in a smaller group setting. Meetings will be held via Zoom and start the first week of Novemeber for 20-25 minutes during lunch time. If you would like your child to participate, please fill out THIS FORM.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions or concerns.
All School Meals Are Free
Please check out THIS LINK to learn more!
Upcoming Half Day Updates
This Tuesday, we will have our first half-day of school while in our new platform of Hybrid and BVA. The dismissal time for hybrid will be 11:30 A.M., and our A.M. Cohort will attend in the morning and will not have afternoon lessons. Our P.M. Cohort will have their hybrid virtual lessons in the A.M., and will not attend in the P.M. Our Virtual Students day will end at 11:30 as well.
As we continue through the year, this schedule will adjust, so each cohort has equal time at school. Therefore, staff will alter their Professional Development time to A.M. or P.M. A look ahead to the next few ½ days.
February 4, 2021- P.M. Cohort attends in the P.M./A.M. cohort participates in their hybrid virtual schedule in the P.M.- Neither cohort has lessons in the A.M.
2020/21 School Supplies
for Virtual Learning
Next Virtual PTA Meeting
January 12th, 7:00 pm
Membership Toolkit is where you can update your student's teachers, order spirit wear, pay your yearly PTA dues and class party funds. Please visit our Bingham Farms PTA Membership page and make sure you're getting the most out of your Team Bingham experience.
Click THIS LINK to check out the PTA membership website.
Community Education News
Registration for children currently enrolled at any BPS Elementary Preschool Program (and any younger siblings) begins at 9:00 a.m, January 19, 2021 and runs through 11:59 p.m., January 29, 2021.
Priority will be given to current BPS Preschool Families.
Registrations are accepted in the order received.
Kids Club will be closed until further notice.
Please see this letter from
the district regarding more information.
Questions? Please contact Cindy Blakely, Community School Organizer
248.203.3382 , email@example.com
NEXT PTA MEETING
Meetings will be held online.
Membership toolkit it your one-stop to update your information, including your student's teachers, order spirit wear, pay your yearly PTA dues and class party funds all in 1 place. Please visit our Bingham Farms PTA Membership site to make sure you're getting the most out of your Team Bingham experience!
Click HERE to visit our Membership site.
PTA Current Board Members
President: Cyrena Keating
President-Elect: Sara Grezlik
Past President: Nicole Olds
Co-Treasurer: Meghan Kruslemsky
Co-Treasurer: Kelli Bennett
Secretary: Cecilia Lazar
Membership: Heidi Smith
Bingham Farms Elementary is a wonderfully diverse school with a cozy, family atmosphere. In recent years, our total enrollment averages 300 with class sizes averaging 20 students!
We pride ourselves on helping our students develop academically, socially, and emotionally. Bingham takes character education seriously, and we strive to "Be our Bingham Best" all day every day! The Bingham Best touchstones reflect the core values of our school:
RESPECT, KINDNESS, RESPONSIBILITY, and HONESTY.
These traits of good character are displayed around the school on pillars, in classrooms, and on our Bingham eagle posters. Most importantly, they are displayed regularly by the students in our school.
Many of these lessons culminate when the upper-elementary students serve as buddies to younger grades. The older students read to the younger ones, help them with team-building activities, and more. Bingham also recently introduced the Eagle’s Nest program to build on our family atmosphere. Students meet in K-5 nest groups where they create mascots and get to know other teachers. The Eagle’s Nests meet for some assemblies, meetings, and other enrichment activities. Students get to know more people from other grades, allowing for friendships and mentorships to develop across the building!
Curriculum & Enrichment
Our highly qualified staff is committed to helping each student discover their highest potential. We provide students with intellectually challenging instruction in math, literacy, science, and social studies, all with integrated technological and collaborative teaching methods. This core curriculum is complemented by extraordinary art, music, physical education, Spanish, and media classes. Along with the rich curriculum, we offer myriad enrichment opportunities both on and off site like Math Pentathlon, Battle of the Books, Science Olympiad, the fifth grade camp trip, a third grade field trip to the Capitol in Lansing, and more! You will often see our parking lot full as we host numeracy, literacy, and diversity nights during the year.
If you are a prospective Bingham family, please visit Prospective Families on the Birmingham Public Schools website for more details and to learn more about our enrolling process. Tours will resume once restrictions allow us to safely do so. At that time, arrange for tours by contacting Community School Organizer, Cindy Blakely, at (248) 203-3382, or via email by clicking HERE