NEW FAMILY CHECKLIST
Location School Times 8:44 am - 3:50 pm
1829 Pierce Street
Birmingham, MI 48009
248-203-4325-main office number
☐ 1. Make sure you are receiving Pierce emails. This should happen automatically upon registration. They will come via “Do Not Reply.”
☐ 2. Sign up for a lunch account: https://www.sendmoneytoschool.com
Once a student is registered within the Birmingham Public School District, that student will have a meal account. In order to register for that meal account, you will need a student ID. This ID can be obtained by calling the front office (248.203.4325). Then, go to the above link and create an account in order to add money and check balances, etc. Chartwells is the company that provides the food for BPS. You can access the menus through the Pierce website. https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/1254
☐ 3. Sign up for My School Anywhere: https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=PierceElementary5134
This website will allow you to pay your PTA dues and purchase things like the on-line school directory and yearbook. You may also sign up your information for the school directory here.
$30 – Classroom dues (per student). This fee will cover class parties, planners, staff appreciation, etc.
$10 – Membership dues (per family). Supports the mission of the PTA and allows you to vote on issues.
$50 – Direct donation (suggested, per student). This is the annual PTA fundraiser and proceeds go towards programs and to help purchase technology and school equipment.
☐ 4. Sign up for before/after school care: create a SchoolCareWorks account:
To create an account and register for Kids Club, you must first go to https://www.daycareworks.com/reg_birmingham/start_registration.jsp. There is an annual registration fee of $60. Kids Club hours are Monday-Friday 7 am-8:45 am and 3:45 pm-6 pm. Cost is $7.50 for the am session and $9.50 for the pm session. The process can seem a bit cumbersome but stay with it!
☐ 5. Purchase a Pierce Art Calendar (suggested, not required).
Contact Ingrid Haddock at: IHaddock@birmingham.k12.mi.us This calendar features art work from our students and also lists all Pierce events and the daily ABCD schedule. This information (calendar and ABCD schedule) can also be found on the Pierce website. ABCD refers to the Unified Arts Schedule (PE, Art, Music, Spanish, Band, etc.) that are not daily classes. Your child’s teacher will give you the ABCD schedule for his/her class. For example, your child’s classroom might have Art on B days. You will see which are B days on the calendar.
☐ 6. Find out about the bus service.
BPS buses are run through Durham School Services. You can call 248.203.3940 for student routing and general information or visit: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/1537
☐ 7. Sign up for BPS eNews:
This should also happen upon registration. BPS covers all Birmingham schools. There are (2) high schools, (3) middle schools, (8) elementary schools, (1) Early Childhood Center and (1) Alternative School. They will also list Community Ed events.
☐ 8. Create a Sign Up Genius account. https://www.signupgenius.com/
This is a free on-line sign up form. Almost every activity at Pierce utilizes this method to sign up to volunteer, bring things (for parties), etc. You will use this a lot!
☐ 9. Buy school supplies.
There are lists posted by grade on the Pierce website home page under Quick Links. https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/6062
☐ 10. Follow us on Facebook – Stay up to date on what’s happening at Pierce.
☐ 11. Set up the text service ‘Remind’ – this service will text you when school is closed for inclement weather, a bus is late or other immediate information.
Pierce Families text 81010 to @piefam
Pierce Bus text 81010 to @piebus
As a new family if you have any questions big or small feel free to contact Merrilee Reynolds: firstname.lastname@example.org, 248.238.2773.