• Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of April 11th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 4/19/2021

    4/11/21

    Dear Derby Families,


    I would like to send my sincere gratitude to Mr. Costello, Mr. Smith, and our entire team of paraprofessionals as we celebrated National Assistant Principals Appreciation Day and National Paraprofessionals Appreciation Day this Tuesday and Wednesday. Our paras are often the “unsung heroes” of our school, going above and beyond each day to help our learners. We greatly appreciate them!
    Please make sure you are up to date on the schedule change this week due to PSAT testing (further details are below). 6th and 7th-grade students will be virtual for a full day of learning on Tuesday while the 8th graders are in person to test. Wednesday will be an in-person day. We appreciate the support and patience as we navigate in-person testing during a complex school year.
    I hope you are having a great weekend and thank you for reading our eNews!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (4-12)

    Tuesday (4-13)
    8th graders in-person for PSAT, 12:00 dismissal
    6-7th graders virtual, full day
    Birbery Book Club, 11:05 AM (Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom)
    Boys Tennis vs. Berkley

    Wednesday (4-14)
    In-person day for everyone!
    Girls Soccer @ West Hills MS
    Fantasy Gaming Online 3:30-5:30 P.M.

    Thursday (4-15)
    Cabaret Auditions (Information below!)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (4-16)
    Javascript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:

    * ½ Day for Middle School and BCS Students- April 23rd, records day

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Face-to-face Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for the day.


    *** Please Read- Note Schedule Changes on April 13th & April 14th ***
    On Tuesday, April 13th, our 8th-grade students will be participating in PSAT 8 testing. This date is mandated by the state and not chosen by Birmingham Public Schools. In order to ensure an optimal testing environment for our 8th-grade students, our 6th and 7th-grade students will not attend school in person on April 13th. Instead, all of our 6th and 7th-grade students will learn virtually on this date.

    On April 13th, our 8th-grade students will report to Derby for PSAT 8 testing. Testing will begin at 8:35am and end at 11:45am. 8th-grade students will be dismissed from school at 12:00pm. A grab-and-go lunch will be available for those that would like it. Our 8th-grade students will not attend school in the afternoon on April 13th. Buses will pick students up in the morning at their regular times and take them home at noon.

    Wednesday, April 14th, will be an in-person school day for all Derby students and not a virtual learning day. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a Derby administrator.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Seaholm Parent Night

    Parents of incoming 9th-grade students: Do you still have questions about the transition to high school? The Seaholm PTA is here to help!

    Please join us for a special PTA Zoom meeting on April 21 from 7-8 PM where Seaholm parents will talk and answer questions about the transition to high school. Our goal is to add a parent’s perspective to the information you’ve already been provided.

    We encourage everyone to submit questions ahead of time to shannon.herbst51@gmail.com. You will also be able to submit questions via the chat function during the meeting. The Zoom link was sent in eNews on 4/11. We look forward to seeing you on April 21st!

    Your Seaholm PTA

    Join Birbery Book Club!

    As we approach the end of the Birbery reading challenge on May 6th, Mrs. Sindelar would like to invite all students who’ve read any of the 24 Birbery books to join us for Birbery book club. What’s your favorite book so far? What characters did you love? Were there any books that surprised you? Join this Tuesday during small group time (at 11:05 am) to discuss anything and everything related to Birbery! This book club will be held in Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom room. Please send her a Schoology message or email if you’re unsure how to attend. For more information about the reading challenge visit the Derby library Birbery 2021 webpage.

    Cash and Coins for Jeff Gordon

    The Derby Student Government Leadership Team is sponsoring a ‘Cash and Coins for Gordon’ fundraiser. Jeff Gordon is a Birmingham Public Schools graduate and the best friend of one of our own, Mr. Halverson. Jeff was diagnosed with ALS in November. This fundraiser will take place in our Derby Math classes Monday, April 12th through Friday, April 23rd. We encourage students who are able to make a donation into the donation box in their Math classroom during this fundraiser. The Math teacher who raises the most money will earn a prize for their class. Students who are virtual CAN participate in this fundraiser by putting a donation into an envelope and writing the name of their Math teacher on the envelope. The envelope can be placed in the ‘Cash and Coins for Gordon’ donation box in the Derby foyer. Donations can be cash, or a check written out to Derby Middle School. His Fight is now Our Fight…thank you in advance for supporting this cause!

    DERBY MUSICAL THEATER CABARET

    In lieu of a musical at Derby this year, we will be having an outdoor spring cabaret performance. We are looking for musical theater solos, duets, and small ensembles. This event is open to all students to audition, but is limited to songs from MUSICAL THEATER performances only. If you are selected to participate, over the next few weeks you will work with coaches on your music selection for the performance. The show will take place at Seaholm High School, where we will perform using an outdoor stage. Auditions will take place VIRTUALLY on Thursday, April 15 for the middle school. You must be able to sing at least 1 minute of the song with track accompaniment that day.

    A few things for auditions:

    1. All songs need to have an instrumental or karaoke track that you will play during your audition. This track SHOULD NOT have any singing on it. (You can find many karaoke tracks on YouTube to sing with!).

    2. All Songs must be school-appropriate. Since this will be an All-Ages Show, we need to make sure that this concert is appropriate for all.

    3. Once you audition with a song, you cannot change songs.

    How to sign up to audition:

    1. You must fill out this Audition Google Form (Sign in to your @bps-schools email) which will lead you to the Sign-Up Genius for a time to audition.

    2. Use the link sent in eNews on 4/7 to attend your audition.

    3. If those times do not work for auditions, please email Mr. Hummel right away and we will try to find a time to accommodate!

    4. After you audition you will receive confirmation and sign a contract for official participation.

    Derby Cabaret Dates:

    Saturday, May 22
    * 10:00 A.M. Sound Check (You must be at the soundcheck to be able to perform)
    * 2:00 P.M. Concert

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Mr. Hummel at JHummel@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Derby Virtual Staff Appreciation 2020/202

    The PTA is in need of approximately 15 more volunteers to be able to have given ALL Derby staff some appreciation this school year. Please take a look at the Virtual Staff Appreciation sign-up below and commit to April or May donations. Thank you for your support!

    Football at Seaholm

    Seaholm Football: Calling all 8th graders interested in playing football at Seaholm. Please join us for an informational ZOOM meeting, April 24th @ 9 am with Coach DeWald. Zoom link sent in eNews on 4/11.

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one-hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents in grades 6-12. Register at http:// www.tinyurl.com/OSCAREERS

    Wednesday, April 14th at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    This week, all Derby 7th and 8th graders received an email from Mrs. Westerlund reminding them of what they should be working on in order to complete their EDPs (Educational Development Plans) on Xello by May 1st. Students should check their @bps-schools.com email accounts for this update.

    Completing these activities in Xello assure that you are completing your EDP as required by Michigan state law. “State law requires local schools to provide an opportunity for students to begin developing an EDP in Grade 7 and requires that every student has an EDP before entering high school. By preparing the initial EDP in middle school, students can better plan their high school curriculum to meet their postschool goals. The EDP is a secondary/postsecondary planning tool to direct the student’s educational plan and career planning activities.” (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/EDP_Fundamentals_ADA2017_570694_7.pdf).

    If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    FRIENDS

    Please see the link sent in eNews for information on the upcoming meeting on April 8th and more!

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    April: 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22


    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    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

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full press release here.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!

    All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Lacrosse registration link
    Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com

    Registration for Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Spring Season is Now Open!

    Come play the fastest growing sport in America! Please visit 2021 Spring — Birmingham Bulldogs link for more information.

    Birmingham Girls Softball - Registration now open!

    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our 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 we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. To register or for more information, please visit our website at www.Birminghamsoftball.com For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    Birmingham Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    Oakland Youth Innovation Lab Opportunity

    Oakland Youth Innovation Lab will ignite a joy of learning for students in grades 6-11! This unique learning experience will be grounded in a strong sense of community and will engage students in deep learning that is meaningful and authentic.

    In the spring, students will meet with teachers for community-building activities and to co-create the Design Lab planned for July.

    In July, the Oakland Youth Innovation Lab community will come together for a two-week intensive learning experience that is relationship-rich and infused with choice, self-direction, relevance, and joy.
    •Students will meet daily in advisory groups where they create a network of support, discuss ways to actualize their passions, and engage in service learning.
    •Students will participate in master classes in a variety of subjects, such as graphic design, robotics, poetry, portrait photography, and journalism which will be co-taught by teachers and experts from the community. Over the course of two weeks, each student will develop and launch a passion project.
    •The two-week Design Lab will culminate in a community exhibition where students share their passion projects with the school and local community.

    In the fall, ongoing mentoring will take place and lead to a community celebration in January 2022.

    This program allows students from Birmingham, Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Clarenceville, Oak Park, Southfield, and Troy to attend. All classes will take place at the host site in Oak Park.

    For more information, please go to the informational flyer. To register, please complete the following application: Birmingham - Oakland Youth Innovation Lab - Student Application - Google Forms

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of April 4th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 4/12/2021

    4/7/21

    DERBY MUSICAL THEATER CABARET

    In lieu of a musical at Derby this year, we will be having an outdoor spring cabaret performance. We are looking for musical theater solos, duets, and small ensembles. This event is open to all students to audition, but is limited to songs from MUSICAL THEATER performances only. If you are selected to participate, over the next few weeks you will work with coaches on your music selection for the performance. The show will take place at Seaholm High School, where we will perform using an outdoor stage. Auditions will take place VIRTUALLY on Thursday, April 15 for the middle school. You must be able to sing at least 1 minute of the song with track accompaniment that day.

    A few things for auditions:

    1. All songs need to have an instrumental or karaoke track that you will play during your audition. This track SHOULD NOT have any singing on it. (You can find many karaoke tracks on YouTube to sing with!).

    2. All Songs must be school appropriate. Since this will be an All-Ages Show, we need to make sure that this concert is appropriate for all.

    3. Once you audition with a song, you cannot change songs.

    How to sign up to audition:

    1. You must fill out this Audition Google Form (Sign into your @bps-schools email) which will lead you to the Sign-Up Genius for a time to audition.

    2. Use the link sent in eNews on 4/7 to attend your audition.

    3. If those times do not work for auditions, please email Mr. Hummel right away and we will try to find a time to accommodate!

    4. After you audition you will receive confirmation and sign a contract for official participation.

    Derby Cabaret Dates:

    Saturday, May 22
    * 10:00 A.M. Sound Check (You must be at the sound check to be able to perform)
    * 2:00 P.M. Concert


    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Mr. Hummel at JHummel@birmingham.k12.mi.us


    4/4/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    We want to welcome you back from what was hopefully a fun, relaxing, and healthy spring break. We return to our regular, in-person schedule at Derby this week. Please read below for updates on Spring Clubs and opportunities in the community for your learner.

    Thank you for reading our weekly update and have a great week.

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (4-5)
    Welcome back from spring recess! Classes resume in-person today!

    Tuesday (4-6)

    Wednesday (4-7)

    Virtual learning today

    Thursday (4-8)

    Track meeting at 4:30 pm in the gym or on Zoom (link sent in email on 4/7)

    Friday (4-9)

    Mark Your Calendars:

    • Please see message below regarding student schedules on April 13th & 14th**
    • ½ Day for Middle School and BCS Students- April 23rd

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Face-to-face Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for the day.


    *** Please Read- Note Schedule Changes on April 13th & April 14th ***
    On Tuesday, April 13th, our 8th-grade students will be participating in PSAT 8 testing. This date is mandated by the state and not chosen by Birmingham Public Schools. In order to ensure an optimal testing environment for our 8th-grade students, our 6th and 7th-grade students will not attend school in person on April 13th. Instead, all of our 6th and 7th-grade students will learn virtually on this date.

    On April 13th, our 8th-grade students will report to Derby for PSAT 8 testing. Testing will begin at 8:35am and end at 11:45am. 8th-grade students will be dismissed from school at 12:00pm. A grab-and-go lunch will be available for those that would like it. Our 8th-grade students will not attend school in the afternoon on April 13th. Buses will pick students up in the morning at their regular times and take them home at noon.

    Wednesday, April 14th, will be an in-person school day for all Derby students and not a virtual learning day. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a Derby administrator.

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Join Birbery Book Club!

    As we approach the end of the Birbery reading challenge on May 6th, Mrs. Sindelar would like to invite all students who’ve read any of the 24 Birbery books to join us for Birbery book club. What’s your favorite book so far? What characters did you love? Were there any books that surprised you? Join us every Wednesday in April during small group time (at 11:05 am) to discuss anything and everything related to Birbery! This book club will be held in Mrs. Sindelar’s Zoom room. Please send her a Schoology message or email if you’re unsure how to attend. For more information about the reading challenge visit the Derby library Birbery 2021 webpage.

    Derby Spring Clubs

    Are you ready to get involved in some after-school activities? If so, check out the following link for the Spring Club offerings. Please fill out the form and send it to Mrs. Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us OR print out the form and return it to the Derby main office ℅ Mrs. Westerlund. Any questions, please reach out to Mrs.Westerlund.

    Derby Track Information

    Practice is Daily: 3:25 - 4:45
    Meet Day & Times: 4:30 - 7ish and on Wed Virtually (May change once final Meet Schedule is organized)

    Remind App for Communication
    • Download the Remind App and join
    * Students: Join @DMSTrackS
    * Parents: Join @DMSTrackP
    • You can text the code to 81010 also to receive text notifications

    Track Uniform and Spirit Wear Forms

    Reminders:
    • Hydrate! Bring extra water!
    • Bring warmup pants and sweatshirts as the first weeks of practice may be chilly.
    • Masks are required when not actively conditioning.

    Derby Virtual Staff Appreciation 2020/202

    The PTA is in need of approximately 15 more volunteers to be able to have given ALL Derby staff some appreciation this school year. Please take a look at the Virtual Staff Appreciation sign-up below and commit to April or May donations. Thank you for your support!

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one-hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents grades 6-12. Register at http://www.tinyurl.com/OSCAREERS

    April 14th at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    All Derby 7th and 8th graders should be working to complete their EDPs (Educational Development Plans) on Xello by May 1st. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be reaching out to students/families to let them know if their student still has work to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    FRIENDS

    Please see the link sent in eNews for information on the upcoming meeting on April 8th and more!

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for the latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
    OCHD Newsletter March 22nd

    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:
    * The student is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is positive with COVID
    * If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy. BPS Health and Wellness Newsletter

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    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

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link in eNews for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students Library Cards

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access Library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to full press release here.

    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 gameplay. If you don’t have a stick, you can purchase one through online registration (choose 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 27th from 10 -11:30 am at The Sports Academy, Chesterfield, MI. Discover Field Hockey registration link

    Registration for Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Spring Season is Now Open!

    Come play the fastest growing sport in America! Please visit 2021 Spring — Birmingham Bulldogs for more information.

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League registration link for additional details.

    Birmingham Girls Softball - Registration now open!

    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our 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 we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. To register or for more information, please visit our website at www.Birminghamsoftball.com For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    Birmingham Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    Oakland Youth Innovation Lab Opportunity

    Oakland Youth Innovation Lab will ignite a joy of learning for students in grades 6-11! This unique learning experience will be grounded in a strong sense of community and will engage students in deep learning that is meaningful and authentic.

    In the spring, students will meet with teachers for community-building activities and to co-create the Design Lab planned for July.

    In July, the Oakland Youth Innovation Lab community will come together for a two-week intensive learning experience that is relationship-rich and infused with choice, self-direction, relevance, and joy.
    •Students will meet daily in advisory groups where they create a network of support, discuss ways to actualize their passions, and engage in service learning.
    •Students will participate in master classes in a variety of subjects, such as graphic design, robotics, poetry, portrait photography, and journalism which will be co-taught by teachers and experts from the community. Over the course of two weeks, each student will develop and launch a passion project.
    •The two-week Design Lab will culminate in a community exhibition where students share their passion projects with the school and local community.

    In the fall, ongoing mentoring will take place and lead to a community celebration in January 2022.

    This program allows students from Birmingham, Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Clarenceville, Oak Park, Southfield, and Troy to attend. All classes will take place at the host site in Oak Park.

    For more information, please go to Informational flyer. To register, please complete the following application: Birmingham - Oakland Youth Innovation Lab - Student Application - Google Forms

    Pathways to College

    Alicja Jahnke is an independent college consultant and co-owner of the ACE College Consultants, LLC. She retired with 38 years of experience as a teacher and school counselor. For the past six years, Alicja has been working as an independent college consultant with both domestic and international students. She holds three Master Degrees: Masters of Music from the University of Michigan, Masters of Arts in Learning Disabilities from Eastern Michigan University and Masters of Arts in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACA) and a professional member of The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). For more information, see the link. Pathways to College Information

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of March 21st

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 3/29/2021

    3/21/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    A big thank you to all of our Dragon families that were able to come to our Parent Teacher Conferences last Wednesday and Thursday. Our hope is you received some helpful insight into your child’s social and academic growth. The feedback surrounding the format of virtual conferences continues to be positive and this may be something we pursue in the future.

    Our transition to our newest learning has been going smoothly. Kudos to our staff and students for helping to keep everyone safe and follow our protocols. We look forward to having our first full week (with a virtual Wednesday).

    Please read below to see a note about a schedule change April 13th and 14th due to PSAT (there was another email last Friday). You will also find news about spring clubs and more!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events

    Monday (3-22)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Tuesday (3-23)
    Girls Who Code 3:45-4:45 (Last session)

    Wednesday (3-24)
    Girls Volleyball White vs. Berkshire AWAY 4:00 PM
    Girls Volleyball Red vs. Berkshire at HOME 4:00 PM
    Derby Fantasy Gaming Club 3:30-5:30 P.M.
    Derby Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    PTA Meeting 7:00 PM (Zoom link sent in email)

    Thursday (3-25)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Friday (3-26)

    Mark Your Calendars:
    * Spring Recess- No School March 29th- April 2nd
    * Classes Resume- April 5th

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00 AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Face-to-face Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for the day.

    Back to In-Person Reminders:

    Picking Up Your Student During the School Day:
    Students who leave Derby for any reason during the school day must sign out in the Main Office. Students must submit a written note from the parent or guardian to the Main Office in the morning before their first class. The student will be given a pass in exchange for the note to leave class at the requested time. The student will present the pass to leave the class to their teacher at the start of class. Please do not email notes. The parent/guardian must come into the Main Office to sign out their child.

    Lunch and Items Dropped Off During the School Day:
    When dropping off books, lunches, homework, etc. for your child, we have shelves located in the inner vestibule right outside of the main office. Please place your child’s belongings on the appropriate grade shelf with their name on it. You may use the sticky notes provided next to the shelves. We will do our best to connect the item to the student, but it is your child’s responsibility to check the shelves in between their classes.

    Student Drop Off & Pick Up:
    Please do not park cars in the front driveway loop as it causes unsafe backups and traffic hazards during drop-off and pick-up times. Please be mindful of your speed and students are to be dropped at the curb only. We do not want them crossing traffic in the drop-off lane. Thank you!

    Student Departure:
    At the end of the school day, students must either head to their adult supervised school activity or outside to be picked up preferably by 3:20. Students who stay after school in an adult-supervised activity must secure a ride home prior to the activity. All students waiting for rides must wait outside. This is a gentle reminder that students are not allowed in the building without supervision.

    Clinic Protocol:
    If your student should fall ill while at school, they will report to the Clinic. We will take their temperature and have them call home from the Clinic. If the student will be going home, s/he will remain in the Clinic until the parent arrives. When the parent arrives at Derby, they will enter the building, come to the main office doors, show ID and then return to their vehicle. We will sign the student out and send them to the car. The student must be picked up immediately per the Agreement to Adhere to BPS Safety Protocols.

    Cell Phone/ Personal Electronic Devices:
    Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices must be powered off and out of sight from 8:35 am-3:15 pm (including during lunch and recreation) unless students are given permission from teachers/ administrators. Students are expected to use the office phone to contact home or parents. Cell phone use is only allowed with teacher/ administrator approval and only for educational purposes. Students are not allowed to record video, audio, or take pictures anytime during the school day unless given permission from a staff member.

    Food/ Birthday Policies:
    For student health and safety, please do not bring birthday treats & foods to share. Locker decorations for birthdays are not permitted. Outside food deliveries are not permitted at any time.

    Materials Pick-Up & Drops Off:
    Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to the vestibule are open 7:30 AM -6:00 PM. Monday - Friday (not during school breaks). This area is used for materials that need to be sent home from teachers to virtual students. It is also used for the return of any materials to the school that your student might have forgotten like library books, teacher novels, laptop pick-up etc. Finally, we have a small red and black box by the door into the office that is for the drop-off of smaller items like checks for yearbook, club registrations, and notes for teachers. Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:
    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Derby Spring Clubs

    Are you ready to get involved in some after-school activities? If so, check out the following link for the Spring Club offerings. Please fill out the form and send it to Mrs. Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us OR print out the form and return it to the Derby main office ℅ Mrs. Westerlund. Any questions, please reach out to Mrs.Westerlund.

    Derby Virtual Staff Appreciation 2020/202

    The PTA is in need of approximately 20 more volunteers to be able to have given ALL Derby staff some appreciation this school year. Please take a look at the sign-up below and commit to March, April, or May donations. Thank you for your support! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby4

    Baldwin Public Library now offers all area students library cards!

    Baldwin Public Library has announced that any student in the Birmingham Public School community will have the same opportunity to access library resources to assist with classroom learning inside and outside of school.

    Previously, students who attend Birmingham Public Schools, but who do not live in the Baldwin Public Library service area needed a card from their home community library, which meant varied access to an assortment of electronic resources. By offering all students a Baldwin Public Library card, the question of whether a student can access a specific resource is eliminated.

    To acquire a BPL card, students and their parent or guardian will need to apply for a card at https://www.baldwinlib.org/get-library-card/ and collect their card from BPL, which is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. Link to the full Baldwin Public Library press release.

    Track Announcement

    Derby Track is a go this year! Derby Track is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade boys and girls. Track is a great sport for everyone to participate in. As Spring nears, it’ll be a great time to get out in the sun and enjoy the outdoors while running with friends. No matter your skill level, track offers many opportunities for you to compete and have fun. Please fill out the following Derby track interest form so Derby can determine interest.  This is not a sign-up or commitment form. Formal sign-up information and practice setup will be sent out later.

    Email Coach Thayer (bthayer@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or Coach Hickmott (rhickmott@birmingham.k12.mi.us) if you have any questions.

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one-hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents grades 6-12. Register at http://www.tinyurl.com/OSCAREERS

    April 14th at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

    Career Readiness Family Expo
    March 23, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

    Help your child become career-ready!
    This year’s “Virtual” Career Readiness Family Expo is an evening event connecting families with industry experts. Participants can engage in career awareness, exploration, and preparation with industry and education professionals through various breakout sessions. Topics will include in-demand careers, post-secondary options, soft skills, and various career readiness strategies, tips, and tools.

    Who should attend the Family Expo?
    All parents/guardians with their students looking for information and guidance on finding a career pathway.
    Register at https://whova.com/web/ocrc_202103/

    EDPS: Career Exploration

    All Derby 7th and 8th graders should be working to complete their EDPs (Educational Development Plans) on Xello by May 1st. Over the next couple of week, I will be reaching out to students/families to let them know if their student still has work to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Westerlund, Derby EDP coordinator at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    FRIENDS

    Please see the link sent in eNews for information on the upcoming meeting on April 8th and more!

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for the latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
    OCHD Newsletter March 22nd

    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:
    * The student is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is positive with COVID
    * If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy. BPS Health and Wellness Newsletter

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students in grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    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

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    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 gameplay. If you don’t have a stick, you can purchase one through online registration (choose 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 27th from 10 -11:30 am at The Sports Academy, Chesterfield, MI. Discover Field Hockey registration link

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!

    All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Please use the Girls Lacrosse registration link to register.
    Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League registration link for additional details.

    Birmingham Girls Softball - Registration now open!

    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our 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 we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. To register or for more information, please visit our website at www.Birminghamsoftball.com For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    The Franklin Baseball & Softball League

    The Franklin Baseball League serves ages 5 to 15. The deadline for registration is April 30, and players registering after this date may be placed on a waitlist. Season Dates are 4/10/21-6/19-21. Please visit the Franklin Baseball and Softball website for more information or to register.

    Birmingham Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    2021 Birmingham Summer Camp

    Summer camps are online now at the Birmingham Community Education link.

    Pathways to College

    Alicja Jahnke is an independent college consultant and co-owner of the ACE College Consultants, LLC. She retired with 38 years of experience as a teacher and school counselor. For the past six years, Alicja has been working as an independent college consultant with both domestic and international students. She holds three Master Degrees: Masters of Music from the University of Michigan, Masters of Arts in Learning Disabilities from Eastern Michigan University and Masters of Arts in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACA) and a professional member of The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). For more information, see the link. Pathways to College Information


     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of March 14th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 3/21/2021 9:00:00 AM

    3/17/21

    Derby Spring sports are right around the corner and registration is now open. Specifically, the Spring Season is made up of Track, Girls Soccer and Boys Tennis. The following are some specific details for all three sports:

    • Registration link:   https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=22727&culture=en
    • Who can participate:
      • Track: boys and girls of all grades (6th, 7th & 8th grades)
      • Tennis: boys of all grades (6th, 7th & 8th grades)
      • Soccer: girls in 7th and 8th grade.  Soccer is a cut sport that keeps roughly 15 players
    • Safety:
    •  Physicals
      •  Participants will have to have a physical on file dated on or after April 15, 2020. If you have trouble getting on your doctor’s schedule, physicals can be procured on a walk-in basis for $25 at Emcura Immediate Care - 4050 W Maple Rd #101, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301.
      •  Physicals may be dropped off at the main office or emailed to Mrs. Guise at hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
      •  If you are unable to obtain a physical that fits within the date parameters, you can fill out a waiver to use an older one from last year, pre-April 15th through the MHSAA.
    • Start Date: Practice/tryouts start April 5th
    • Transportation:  The district is not providing bussing to meets/games. Unfortunately getting to practice, games and meets will fall on individual families
    • Coaches:

    3/14/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    Please read below carefully for the many things going on next week. Highlights include:
    • We have no school Monday and Tuesday as staff prepares for our next phase of learning.
    • Wednesday and Thursday evening our teachers look forward to discussing your favorite people at Parent-Teacher Conferences. (Thank you to our PTA for donating a delicious dinner to our teachers on Wednesday!)
    • Thursday, March 18th is the first day of full face-to-face learning for students who have selected this option.

    I would like to send an extended THANK YOU to all of our families who have worked with us during this uncommon school year. We appreciate you taking the time to read all of our updates and your timely responses to our surveys. We truly value your partnership and are looking forward to seeing the Dragons back in action.

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (3-15)
    Teacher Prep Day- No school for all students

    Tuesday (3-16)
    Teacher Prep Day- No school for all students
    Girls White Volleyball vs. Berkshire at HOME 4:00PM
    Girls Red Volleyball vs. BCS AWAY at 4:00PM

    Wednesday (3-17)
    Parent / Teacher Conferences 4:00PM-7:00PM
    Boys Swim vs Berkshire at HOME 3:45PM

    Thursday (3-18)
    Parent / Teacher Conferences 4:00PM-7:00PM

    Friday (3-19)

    Mark Your Calendars:
    * Spring Recess- No School March 29th- April 2nd
    * Classes Resume- April 5th

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Face-to-face Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for their cohort day.

    Back to In-Person Reminders:

    Picking Up Your Student During the School Day:
    Students who leave Derby for any reason during the school day must sign out in the Main Office. Students must submit a written note from the parent or guardian to the Main Office in the morning before their first class. The student will be given a pass in exchange for the note to leave class at the requested time. The student will present the pass to leave the class to their teacher at the start of class. Please do not email notes. The parent/guardian must come into the Main Office to sign out their child.

    Lunch and Items Dropped Off During the School Day:
    When dropping off books, lunches, homework, etc. for your child, we have shelves located in the inner vestibule right outside of the main office. Please place your child’s belongings on the appropriate grade shelf with their name on it. You may use the sticky notes provided next to the shelves. We will do our best to connect the item to the student, but it is your child’s responsibility to check the shelves in between their classes.

    Student Drop Off & Pick Up:
    Please do not park cars in the front driveway loop as it causes unsafe backups and traffic hazards during drop-off and pick-up times. Please be mindful of your speed and students are to be dropped at the curb only. We do not want them crossing traffic in the drop-off lane. Thank you!

    Student Departure:
    At the end of the school day, students must either head to their adult supervised school activity or outside to be picked up preferably by 3:20. Students who stay after school in an adult-supervised activity must secure a ride home prior to the activity. All students waiting for rides must wait outside. This is a gentle reminder that students are not allowed in the building without supervision.

    Clinic Protocol:
    If your student should fall ill while at school, they will report to the Clinic. We will take their temperature and have them call home from the Clinic. If the student will be going home, s/he will remain in the Clinic until the parent arrives. When the parent arrives at Derby, they will enter the building, come to the main office doors, show ID and then return to their vehicle. We will sign the student out and send them to the car. The student must be picked up immediately per the Agreement to Adhere to BPS Safety Protocols.

    Cell Phone/ Personal Electronic Devices:
    Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices must be powered off and out of sight from 8:35 am-3:15 pm (including during lunch and recreation) unless students are given permission from teachers/ administrators. Students are expected to use the office phone to contact home or parents. Cell phone use is only allowed with teacher/ administrator approval and only for educational purposes. Students are not allowed to record video, audio, or take pictures anytime during the school day unless given permission from a staff member.

    Food/ Birthday Policies:
    For student health and safety, please do not bring birthday treats & foods to share. Locker decorations for birthdays are not permitted. Outside food deliveries are not permitted at any time.

    Materials Pick-Up & Drops Off:
    Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to the vestibule are open 7:30 AM -6:00 PM. Monday - Friday (not during school breaks). This area is used for materials that need to be sent home from teachers to virtual students. It is also used for the return of any materials to the school that your student might have forgotten like library books, teacher novels, laptop pick-up etc. Finally, we have a small red and black box by the door into the office that is for the drop-off of smaller items like checks for yearbook, club registrations, and notes for teachers. Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule:

    Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Derby Virtual Staff Appreciation 2020/202

    The PTA is in need of approximately 20 more volunteers to be able to have given ALL Derby staff some appreciation this school year. Please take a look at the sign-up below and commit to March, April, or May donations. Thank you for your support!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby4

    Track Announcement

    Derby Track is a go this year! Derby Track is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade boys and girls. Track is a great sport for everyone to participate in. As Spring nears, it’ll be a great time to get out in the sun and enjoy the outdoors while running with friends. No matter your skill level, track offers many opportunities for you to compete and have fun. Please fill out the following Derby track interest form so Derby can determine interest.  This is not a sign-up or commitment form. Formal sign-up information and practice setup will be sent out later.

    Email Coach Thayer (bthayer@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or Coach Hickmott (rhickmott@birmingham.k12.mi.us) if you have any questions.

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one-hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents in grades 6-12. Career Exploration Opportunities registration link.

    April 14th at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

    Career Readiness Family Expo

    March 23, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

    Help your child become career-ready!
    This year’s “Virtual” Career Readiness Family Expo is an evening event connecting families with industry experts. Participants can engage in career awareness, exploration, and preparation with industry and education professionals through various breakout sessions. Topics will include in-demand careers, post-secondary options, soft skills, and various career readiness strategies, tips, and tools.
    Who should attend the Family Expo? All parents/guardians with their students looking for information and guidance on finding a career pathway.
    Register for the Career Readiness Family Expo link

    Library Books – Please Return or Renew

    The Derby library currently has 258 lost or overdue books that need to be returned or renewed. Please sign in to ClassLink (teal icon located in the Derby homepage Quick Links) with your regular computer username and password. Click on the orange Destiny app. Once the account loads, click the Checkouts link located on the left. Please renew your library materials, or return them to the main office vestibule shelves. Face-to-face students can return materials to the shelves outside the Derby library doors.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for the latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
    OCHD Newsletter March 8th

    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:
    * The student is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is positive with COVID
    * If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy.

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    March: 13, 20
    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    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

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    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 gameplay. If you don’t have a stick, you can purchase one through online registration (choose 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 27th from 10 -11:30 am at The Sports Academy, Chesterfield, MI. Discover Field Hockey registration link

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!

    All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Please use the Girls Lacrosse registration link to register.
    Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League registration link for additional details.

    Birmingham Girls Softball - Registration now open!

    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our 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 we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. To register or for more information, please visit our website at www.Birminghamsoftball.com For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    The Franklin Baseball & Softball League

    The Franklin Baseball League serves ages 5 to 15. The deadline for registration is April 30, and players registering after this date may be placed on a waitlist. Season Dates are 4/10/21-6/19-21. Please visit the Franklin Baseball and Softball website for more information or to register.

    Birmingham Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    INAUGURAL CLASS OF FEMALE EAGLE SCOUTS

    Boy Scouts of America's Scouts BSA Program for 11-17-year-olds began allowing females to join the traditionally male organization in February of 2019. One of the female troops formed at that time was Troop 1001G sponsored by First Presbyterian in Birmingham. Five females from Troop 1001G have achieved the esteemed rank of Eagle Scout as of February 8, 2021. One of these Eagles is Derby’s very own Margot Nardone!! Great JOB!!! Congratulations Margot!

    Pathways to College

    Alicja Jahnke is an independent college consultant and co-owner of the ACE College Consultants, LLC. She retired with 38 years of experience as a teacher and school counselor. For the past six years, Alicja has been working as an independent college consultant with both domestic and international students. She holds three Master Degrees: Masters of Music from the University of Michigan, Masters of Arts in Learning Disabilities from Eastern Michigan University and Masters of Arts in Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACA) and a professional member of The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). For more information, see the link. Pathways to College Information

    In Case You Missed Our Reminders From Last Wednesday

    • Changes in the calendar- Please note that middle schools will NOT meet on Monday, March 15th and Tuesday, March 16th. This includes meeting virtually. Teachers will be prepping the furniture and room setup for many of our students to return in-person. School will resume virtually on Wednesday, March 17th and our first day of full in-person (with a virtual option) will be Thursday, March 18th. We will NOT be having a virtual week following spring break, April 5-9. School will resume face to face on April 5th.
    • Lockers-Students will be assigned a locker if they choose to use it. Locks will be for sale in our office for $6 for any student that would like to purchase one.
    • Clear to Go- All new to in-person students will be entered into our Clear to Go system and expected to fill it out daily upon entry into the building.
    • Outside-We will be going outside for lunch and rec as much as the weather allows. Please send your student to school dressed to be comfortable outdoors each day.
    • Schedule-Our daily schedule will remain the same. You can find that schedule here. Our in-person students will come face to face on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with a virtual day on Wednesday.
    • Tours-Virtual students who are entering the building for the first time this year may want to tour the building before Thursday. Our CSO, Mrs. Johnson, will be hosting tours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. If your student has been virtual and is interested in a tour, you may sign up here.
    • Transportation-The current bus schedule should remain the same. You can find your student’s bus information on the Durham App or the transportation tab on Power School.
    • Conferences-Conferences are Wednesday (3/17) and Thursday (3/18) from 4:00-7:00. If you have not already signed up for parent-teacher conferences, you may do so here: conferences. Zoom links for conferences will be sent out next week.

    We are including some “return to in-person” reminders for our students who will be in the building for the first time and those that need some refreshers.

     

    All In-Person Learners 

     

    Doors open 

    8:25am 

    In Person Dismissal 

    3:15pm 

    Drop-off (and walker) locations 

      

    Last names A-L Front Loop   

    Last names M-Z: Adams Parking Lot  

    Students remain in cars until 8:25am 

    Bus Drop Off Location 

    Bus Loop – students remain on busses until 8:25am 

    Water Bottle 

    Send a labeled & filled water bottle your child can manage - Straw recommended. 

    Mask 

    Yes, all students must wear a mask (if possible, please send extra masks to school with your student)  

    School Supplies - Students will be assigned a locker if they choose.  If they do not wish to use a locker, they may carry their backpacks.  Students need laptops and headphones every day.   

    Communication will come from your classroom teachers if other supplies are necessary.   

    Complete agreement to follow these protocols   

    This is a one-time agreement to be filled out before entering the building for the first time.  This is different than the Clear to Go which is to be filled out each day.  Students who have already come face-to-face have completed this.   

    Share child’s symptoms and contact with individuals with symptoms on a system called “Clear To Go.” 

    Questionnaire must be answered the evening before or in the morning 

    Lunch and Breakfast 

    Will be provided to all students at no cost from Chartwells, if they would like a school lunch.  (Students will have the choice of two cold lunch options.) 

     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of March 7th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 3/14/2021

    3/10/21

    Dear Derby Families, 

    We know you have many questions surrounding our return to in-person learning options.  Our hope is to streamline the information and put it in one place for you in the email below.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.   

    • Changes in the calendar- Please note that middle schools will NOT meet on Monday, March 15th and Tuesday, March 16th. This includes meeting virtually. Teachers will be prepping the furniture and room setup for many of our students to return in-person.  School will resume virtually on Wednesday, March 17th and our first day of full in-person (with a virtual option) will be Thursday, March 18th. We will NOT be having a virtual week following spring break, April 5-9 as previously communicated. School will resume face to face on April 5th.     
    • Lockers-Students will be assigned a locker if they choose to use it. Locks will be for sale in our office for $6 for any student that would like to purchase one. 
    • Clear to Go- All new to in-person students will be entered into our Clear to Go system and expected to fill it out daily upon entry into the building. 
    • Outside-We will be going outside for lunch and rec as much as the weather allows.  Please send your student to school dressed to be comfortable outdoors each day.   
    • Schedule-Our daily schedule will remain the same. You can find that schedule here.  Our in-person students will come face to face on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with a virtual day on Wednesday.   
    • Tours-Virtual students who are entering the building for the first time this year may want to tour the building before Thursday. Our CSO, Mrs. Johnson, will be hosting tours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. If your student has been virtual and is interested in a tour, you may sign up here.   
    • Transportation-The current bus schedule should remain the same. You can find your student’s bus information on the Durham App or the transportation tab on Power School. 
    • Conferences-Conferences are Wednesday (3/17) and Thursday (3/18) from 4:00-7:00. If you have not already signed up for parent-teacher conferences, you may do so here: conferences. Zoom links for conferences will be sent out next week.   

    We are including some “return to in-person” reminders for our students who will be in the building for the first time and those that need some refreshers.   

    All In-Person Learners 

     

    Doors open 

    8:25am 

    In Person Dismissal 

    3:15pm 

    Drop-off (and walker) locations 

      

    Last names A-L Front Loop   

    Last names M-Z: Adams Parking Lot  

    Students remain in cars until 8:25am 

    Bus Drop Off Location 

    Bus Loop – students remain on busses until 8:25am 

    Water Bottle 

    Send a labeled & filled water bottle your child can manage - Straw recommended. 

    Mask 

    Yes, all students must wear a mask (if possible, please send extra masks to school with your student)  

    School Supplies - Students will be assigned a locker if they choose.  If they do not wish to use a locker, they may carry their backpacks.  Students need laptops and headphones every day.   

    Communication will come from your classroom teachers if other supplies are necessary.   

    Complete agreement to follow these protocols   

    This is a one time agreement to be filled out before entering the building for the first time.  This is different than the Clear to Go which is to be filled out each day.  Students who have already come face-to-face have completed this.   

    Share child’s symptoms and contact with individuals with symptoms on a system called “Clear To Go.” 

    Questionnaire must be answered the evening before or in the morning 

    Lunch and Breakfast 

    Will be provided to all students at no cost from Chartwells, if they would like a school lunch.  (Students will have the choice of two cold lunch options.) 

      

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.  Staff members are on hand to get all students where they need to be.  

    Please let us know if you have any more questions.  

    Go Dragons! 


    3/7/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    Thank you to many of our families who have filled out the selection form for our return to full in-person learning (with a virtual option). If you have not done so already, please take a moment to examine the comparison document and fill out the selection survey.

    Lockers were assigned this week to students during A2. If students do not wish to use a locker, they don’t have to. Backpacks will still be allowed in class. If your child did not get a chance to buy a lock last week during lunch, locks are available for purchase in the office for $6 during all lunches. We will continue to sell them through the transition process to ensure that all students who would like a lock, may buy one.

    More details regarding the return to learn plan will be coming this week from BPS and Derby. We hope you have a great week!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (3-8)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Tuesday (3-9)
    Derby Jazz Band 3:15-4:15 P.M.
    S.H.E. Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    Girls Who Code 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    Cardio and Cocoa 4:00-5:00 P.M.

    Wednesday (3-10)
    Roblox eSports 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Online 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Rainbow Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Boys Swim vs. Cranbrook at HOME 3:45PM
    Girls White Volleyball vs. Berkshire at HOME 4:00PM
    Girls Red Volleyball vs. BCS AWAY at 4:00PM

    Thursday (3-11)
    Cardio and Cocoa 4:00-5:00 P.M.

    Friday (3-12)
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:
    * Parent/ Teacher Conferences-March 17th & March 18th 4:00PM-7:00PM (Links to come!)
    * Spring Recess- No School March 29th- April 2nd
    * Classes Resume- April 5th

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Hybrid Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for their cohort day.

    Reminders:
    As our students are transitioning to a hybrid/virtual learning program, we would like to remind families of some procedures and information on our new learning platforms:

    Dropping off/Picking Up materials at Derby:
    If your student forgets something, we will help him or her get through the day. Class time is at a premium this year and we would like to have minimum disruptions. If a lunch is forgotten, our cafeteria is serving free lunches for everyone! If something is left at home that is imperative (a student needs for his/ her health & safety), there will be a shelf in the inner vestibule (the area right outside of the Main Office) with sticky notes. Clearly label the item with your student’s name and grade and we will get the item to your student. Please refrain from coming to the building to drop off forgotten homework assignments, instruments, laptops, lunches, etc.

    Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to vestibule are open 7:30AM -6:00PM

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule

    * Please see this Derby School Schedule link for class times and bell schedule.
    * PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Track Announcement

    Derby Track is a go this year! Derby Track is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls. Track is a great sport for everyone to participate in. As Spring nears, it’ll be a great time to get out in the sun and enjoy the outdoors while running with friends. No matter your skill level, track offers many opportunities for you to compete and have fun. Please fill out the following Derby track interest form so Derby can determine interest.  This is not a sign-up or commitment form. Formal sign-up information and practice setup will be sent out later.

    Email Coach Thayer (bthayer@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or Coach Hickmott (rhickmott@birmingham.k12.mi.us) if you have any questions.

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents grades 6-12. Career Exploration Opportunities registration link.

    March 10 at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploing Construction: How Technology is Reshaping the Industry

    April 14th at 3:00 P.M.
    Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

    Career Readiness Family Expo

    March 23, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

    Help your child become career-ready!
    This year’s “Virtual” Career Readiness Family Expo is an evening event connecting families with industry experts. Participants can engage in career awareness, exploration, and preparation with industry and education professionals through various breakout sessions. Topics will include in-demand careers, post-secondary options, soft skills, and various career readiness strategies, tips, and tools.
    Who should attend the Family Expo? All parents/guardians with their students looking for information and guidance on finding a career pathway.
    Register for the Career Readiness Family Expo link

    Library Books – Please Return or Renew

    The Derby library currently has 126 overdue books that need to be returned or renewed. Please sign in to ClassLink (teal icon located in the Derby homepage Quick Links) with your regular computer username and password. Click on the orange Destiny app. Once the account loads, click the Checkouts link located on the left. Please renew your library materials, or return them to the main office vestibule shelves. Face-to-face students can return materials to the shelves outside the Derby library doors.

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    Chartwells

    DID YOU KNOW THAT BPS KIDS EAT FREE? Please see this Meals for Hybrid Learning 2021 link for more information. Questions or concerns, call Pattie Guck at (248) 228-7172

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    Please see attached for the latest OCHD Nurse Newsletter
    OCHD Newsletter March 1st

    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:
    * The student is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is positive with COVID
    * If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy.

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    March: 13, 20
    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link sent in eNews. 
    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

    BPS Has Got Talent is Here! Cheer for our Dragons!

    BPS Has Got Talent airing Thursday, March 11, 7:00 PM
    Auction open now! Join in the fun and watch BPS Has Got Talent airing on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 PM. Cheer on Regan and Yoseph as they compete to win a $1,000 grant for our school! The show can be viewed by visiting the BEF’s Auction Page on the 11th, or on the BPS YouTube Channel or Cable Access Channel 17.

    You can get involved with the event now by purchasing a Watch at Home Charcuterie Kit (limited number remain), bidding in the auction, or by helping our school earn funds & bragging right by playing Capture the Flag!

    Please watch Derby's own in the Talent Show! The following Middle School students are finalists:
    Middle School Category
    Winner’s school will receive a $1,000 grant and the winner will receive a $200 visa gift card

    Middle School Students Competing:
    Areeya Penzak, Berkshire
    Aidan Rito, BCS
    Regan Hoomaian, Derby
    Lilly Barnhart, Berkshire
    Dominic Berkemeier, BCS
    Yoseph Thake, Derby
    Good luck to Regan and Yoseph!

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    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 gameplay. If you don’t have a stick, you can purchase one through online registration (choose 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 27th from 10 -11:30 am at The Sports Academy, Chesterfield, MI. Discover Field Hockey registration link

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!

    All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Please use the Girls Lacrosse registration link to register.
    Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League registration link for additional details.

    Birmingham Girls Softball - Registration now open!

    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our 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 we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. To register or for more information, please visit our website at www.Birminghamsoftball.com For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    The Franklin Baseball & Softball League

    The Franklin Baseball League serves ages 5 to 15. The deadline for registration is April 30, and players registering after this date may be placed on a waitlist. Season Dates are 4/10/21-6/19-21. Please visit the Franklin Baseball and Softball website for more information or to register.

    Birmingham Community Education

    Birmingham Community Education just added virtual and in-person Spring programs for all ages! For more information visit the Birmingham Community Education Spring 2021 link.

    Do the Write Thing Challenge

    Interested in writing? Like to join contests? Then, this might be the “WRITE” thing for you/your child.

    The annual Do the Write Thing Challenge is a national essay program that gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of violence on their lives. Through this program, students are invited to communicate in written form what they think should be done to reduce youth violence. Students are also encouraged to make personal commitments to do something about the problem. Two national ambassadors from Michigan will be invited by the National Campaign to Stop Violence to attend the “Do the Write Thing Challenge” recognition week in Washington, D.C. The deadline for schools to participate is March 26, 2021. For more information, visit the Do the Write Thing Detroit website and access the 2021 Michigan Schools Packet.

    INAUGURAL CLASS OF FEMALE EAGLE SCOUTS

    - Boy Scouts of America's Scouts BSA Program for 11-17-year-olds began allowing females to join the traditionally male organization in February of 2019. One of the female troops formed at that time was Troop 1001G sponsored by First Presbyterian in Birmingham. Five females from Troop 1001G have achieved the esteemed rank of Eagle Scout as of February 8, 2021. One of these Eagles is Derby’s very own Margot Nardone!! Great JOB!!! Congratulations Margot!

     


    3/2/21

    Parent/Teacher Conferences Information

    When:  Wednesday, March 17 from 4:00-7:00 pm and Thursday, March 18 from 4:00-7:00 pm

    Where:  VIRTUAL (zoom links to come)

    What to expect this spring at Derby: 

    Individual conference times will be scheduled. Each parent is allotted 5 minutes per teacher. Please enter the following web address into your browser window to schedule your conferences: 

    Link to Conferences

    If you do not have internet access, please contact Heather Guise via phone at 248-203-5003.

    Planning for conferences with your child’s teachers 

    Let’s keep a growth mindset at the forefront of our partnership in supporting students’ learning. Individual conference time is limited, so consider asking questions that are focused on the learning process and effort in learning, not only on results or “the grade.” Here are a few questions that keep our focus on a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset:

    • Is my child an active participant in class?
    • What are the areas of growth for my child?
    • How does my child react to the mistakes he/she makes academically, socially or behaviorally?
    • How does my child show risk-taking in class?

    Several of our staff members will have altered hours due to part-time status or prior obligations. They will be happy to return calls or emails regarding your child’s progress.

    Staff Member

    Wednesday, March 17

    Thursday, March 18

    Mr. Chappell

    4:00 - 5:45 pm

    4:00 - 5:45 pm

    Mr. Karpinsky

    4:00 – 7:00 pm

    Not Available

    Mr. Alexander

    Not Available

    4:00 – 6:00 pm

    Mr. Hummel

    6:00 - 7:00 pm

    6:00 - 7:00 pm

    Mrs. Zang

    Not Available

    5:00 – 7:00 pm

    Middle School report cards are only printed and sent home at the end of the year. With access to Power School, we do NOT send home quarterly report cards. We look forward to seeing you at conferences! 


     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of February 28th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 3/7/2021

    3/3/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    As you know, our Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education voted for a full face-to-face return (with a virtual option) to begin transitioning on March 15th. Please read the following information carefully:

    * Please examine the comparison document. This can help guide your decision on what is best for your family.


    * The selection survey needs to please be completed by Friday, March 5th. This will help guide our preparations in setting up classrooms and getting ready for lunch service.


    * The choice you make on the selection survey represents a commitment through the end of the school year. Should you need to change your learning option, please contact an administrator and we will work with your family.


    If you have any questions regarding our learning platforms, please let us know. We thank you for your continued patience and look forward to having a successful remainder of the school year.

    Go Dragons!

    Marla Otterbacher

    Principal


    3/2/21

    Parent/Teacher Conferences Information

    When:  Wednesday, March 17 from 4:00-7:00 pm and Thursday, March 18 from 4:00-7:00 pm

    Where:  VIRTUAL (zoom links to come)

    What to expect this spring at Derby: 

    Individual conference times will be scheduled. Each parent is allotted 5 minutes per teacher. Please enter the following web address into your browser window to schedule your conferences: 

    Link to Conferences

    If you do not have internet access, please contact Heather Guise via phone at 248-203-5003.

    Planning for conferences with your child’s teachers 

    Let’s keep a growth mindset at the forefront of our partnership in supporting students’ learning. Individual conference time is limited, so consider asking questions that are focused on the learning process and effort in learning, not only on results or “the grade.” Here are a few questions that keep our focus on a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset:

    • Is my child an active participant in class?
    • What are the areas of growth for my child?
    • How does my child react to the mistakes he/she makes academically, socially or behaviorally?
    • How does my child show risk-taking in class?

    Several of our staff members will have altered hours due to part-time status or prior obligations. They will be happy to return calls or emails regarding your child’s progress.

    Staff Member

    Wednesday, March 17

    Thursday, March 18

    Mr. Chappell

    4:00 - 5:45 pm

    4:00 - 5:45 pm

    Mr. Karpinsky

    4:00 – 7:00 pm

    Not Available

    Mr. Alexander

    Not Available

    4:00 – 6:00 pm

    Mr. Hummel

    6:00 - 7:00 pm

    6:00 - 7:00 pm

    Mrs. Zang

    Not Available

    5:00 – 7:00 pm

    Middle School report cards are only printed and sent home at the end of the year. With access to Power School, we do NOT send home quarterly report cards. We look forward to seeing you at conferences! 


    3/1/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    As we welcomed back our students from midwinter break, Derby was busy with learning opportunities! I ended my Friday observing our 8th grade WEB leaders hide LEGO mini-figurines for 6th graders to find in an activity. The best part of Derby is watching the kids be here for one another.

    District planning is underway for our return to full in-person learning (with a virtual option) that is set to begin on Monday, March 15th. Derby and BPS are still finalizing many of the details for our next phase of learning. We will send out an email with daily schedule information, protocols, and a selection option as soon as the information is available. We appreciate your patience and will update you as soon as we can.

    Derby will be assigning lockers to any student who would like one for the March 15th full return. If your student would still like to carry his or her belongings to class, that option is still available. Locks will be sold for students who need them for $6 in the cafeteria during all lunches on Thursday and Friday of this week. If your student has a lock from previous years, please feel free to use it. Questions regarding lockers can be directed to Mr. Costello at FCostello@birmingam.k12.mi.us.

    We hope everyone has a great week!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021


    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (3-1)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Tuesday (3-2)
    Cardio and Cocoa 4:00-5:00 P.M.
    Derby Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    S.H.E. 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    Girls Who Code 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Wednesday (3-3)
    Boys Swim vs. BCS HOME 3:45PM
    Girls Volleyball WHITE vs. BCS HOME 4:00PM
    Girls Volleyball RED vs. Berkshire AWAY 4:00PM
    Roblox eSports Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Online 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Thursday (3-4)

    Friday (3-5)
    Javascript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:
    * Parent/ Teacher Conferences-March 17th & March 18th 4:00PM-7:00PM (Links to come!)
    * Spring Recess- No School March 29th- April 2nd
    * Classes Resume- April 5th

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Hybrid Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for their cohort day.

    Reminders:
    As our students are transitioning to a hybrid/virtual learning program, we would like to remind families of some procedures and information on our new learning platforms:

    Dropping off/Picking Up materials at Derby:
    If your student forgets something, we will help him or her get through the day. Class time is at a premium this year and we would like to have minimum disruptions. If a lunch is forgotten, our cafeteria is serving free lunches for everyone! If something is left at home that is imperative (a student needs for his/ her health & safety), there will be a shelf in the inner vestibule (the area right outside of the Main Office) with sticky notes. Clearly label the item with your student’s name and grade and we will get the item to your student. Please refrain from coming to the building to drop off forgotten homework assignments, instruments, laptops, lunches, etc.

    Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to vestibule are open 7:30AM -6:00PM

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule

    * Please see this Derby School Schedule link for class times and bell schedule.
    * PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    The following Oakland Schools Career Readiness one hour virtual events will focus on learning more about the CONSTRUCTION industry. They are available for students and parents grades 6-12. Registration link for construction career readiness event

    March 3 at 4:00 P.M. Exploring Construction: It’s Not Just Slinging Tools
    March 10 at 3:00 P.M. Exploing Construction: How Technology is Reshaping the Industry
    April 14th at 3:00 P.M. Exploring Construction: A Career for Females, Too!

    Career Readiness Family Expo

    March 23, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

    Help your child become career ready!
    This year’s “Virtual” Career Readiness Family Expo is an evening event connecting families with industry experts. Participants can engage in career awareness, exploration and preparation with industry and education professionals through various breakout sessions. Topics will include in demand careers, post-secondary options, soft skills and various career readiness strategies, tips and tools.

    Who should attend the Family Expo?
    All parents/guardians with their students looking for information and guidance on finding a career pathway.
    Registration for the Career Readiness Family Expo Link

    Library Books – Please Return or Renew

    The Derby library currently has 126 overdue books that need to be returned or renewed. Please sign into ClassLink (teal icon located in the Derby homepage Quick Links) with your regular computer username and password. Click on the orange Destiny app. Once the account loads, click the Checkouts link located on the left. Please renew your library materials, or return them to the main office vestibule shelves. Face-to-face students can return materials to the shelves outside the Derby library doors.

    Tips & Strategies to Keep Your Student Focused & Motivated

    Student Tips for Staying Focused
    Tips for Staying Motivated

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at: mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    Chartwells

    DID YOU KNOW THAT BPS KIDS EAT FREE? Please see this Meals for Hybrid Learning 2021 link for more information. Questions or concerns, call Pattie Guck at (248) 228-7172

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    OCHD Newsletter February 22nd link
    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:
    * The student is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is positive with COVID
    * If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy.


    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy.

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:

    March: 6, 13, 20
    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. ZoomLink sent in eNews. 
    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

    BPS Has Got Talent!

    Join us for our first-ever district-wide 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. Please see the BPS Has Got Talent! flyer for more information.

    BPS Parent Pride

    Support Group for Parents of LBGTQ+ Kids
    Please see the Parent Pride link for more information and scheduled virtual meetings.

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!

    All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Please use the Girls Lacrosse registration link to register.
    Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League registration link for additional details.

    Birmingham Girls Softball - Registration now open!

    Birmingham Girls Softball is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls’ recreational softball league with over 300 players. BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. We are dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being our 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 we require is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. To register or for more information, please visit our website at www.Birminghamsoftball.com For questions, please email Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

    Birmingham Community Education

    VIRTUAL WINTER 2021 CLASSES
    Please see the link for information on Birmingham Community Education Virtual winter classes.

    FRIENDS

    Please see eNews for the monthly FRIENDS flyer
    Please join FRIENDS virtually on Thursday, March 4th at 7PM. 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. 

    Do the Write Thing Challenge

    Interested in writing? Like to join contests? Then, this might be the “WRITE” thing for you/your child.


    The annual Do the Write Thing Challenge is a national essay program that gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of violence on their lives. Through this program, students are invited to communicate in written form what they think should be done to reduce youth violence. Students are also encouraged to make personal commitments to do something about the problem. Two national ambassadors from Michigan will be invited by the National Campaign to Stop Violence to attend the “Do the Write Thing Challenge” recognition week in Washington, D.C. The deadline for schools to participate is March 26, 2021. For more information, visit the Do the Write Thing Detroit website and access the 2021 Michigan Schools Packet.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of February 21st

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 2/28/2021

    2/22/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    We hope you had a safe and enjoyable Winter Break that truly did feel like a Michigan winter! As you know, our BPS Board of Education voted to have a full in-person return of students in grades K-12 beginning March 15th. We will still be offering a virtual option for families to choose from as well. I know there are many questions surrounding our full in-person plan and as soon as we work out the details and logistics, I will be sharing those with the community.

    On Friday we shared with you the sad news of the passing of our beloved paraprofessional, Mrs. Meg Love. Many families have reached out asking what they can do to help. We will be working on a special project to honor and celebrate Mrs. Love and when we know those details, we will pass them on. Thank you for your care and concern as we focus on our students and staff during this time.

    We want to welcome everyone back to school this week and thank you for reading our eNews!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (2-22)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Tuesday (2-23)
    Cardio and Cocoa Club 4:00-5:00 P.M.
    Derby Jazz Band 3:40-4:40 P.M.
    Girls Who Code 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    S.H.E. 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Wednesday (2-24)
    Roblox eSports Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Boys Swimming Home vs. Berkshire (virtual) 4:00
    Girls Red Volleyball Away at BCS 4:00
    Girls White Volleyball Home vs. Berkshire 4:00

    Thursday (2-25)

    Friday (2-26)
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:

    *Classes Resume- February 22nd

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Hybrid Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for their cohort day.

    Reminders:
    As our students are transitioning to a hybrid/virtual learning program, we would like to remind families of some procedures and information on our new learning platforms:

    Dropping off/Picking Up materials at Derby:
    If your student forgets something, we will help him or her get through the day. Class time is at a premium this year and we would like to have minimum disruptions. If a lunch is forgotten, our cafeteria is serving free lunches for everyone! If something is left at home that is imperative (a student needs for his/ her health & safety), there will be a shelf in the inner vestibule (the area right outside of the Main Office) with sticky notes. Clearly label the item with your student’s name and grade and we will get the item to your student. Please refrain from coming to the building to drop off forgotten homework assignments, instruments, laptops, lunches, etc.

    Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to vestibule are open 7:30AM -6:00PM

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule

    * Please see this Derby School Schedule link for class times and bell schedule.
    * PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Library Books – Please Return or Renew

    The Derby library currently has 126 overdue books that need to be returned or renewed. Please sign into ClassLink (teal icon located in the Derby homepage Quick Links) with your regular computer username and password. Click on the orange Destiny app. Once the account loads, click the Checkouts link located on the left. Please renew your library materials, or return them to the main office vestibule shelves. Face-to-face students can return materials to the shelves outside the Derby library doors.

    Tips & Strategies to Keep Your Student Focused & Motivated

    Student Tips for Staying Focused
    Tips for Staying Motivated

    ORDER YOUR 2020-2021 YEARBOOK NOW!

    Order a Derby Yearbook link
    Questions or Concerns? Please email Caela McGrath at: mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Thank you for your order!
    The Derby Yearbook Crew

    Chartwells

    DID YOU KNOW THAT BPS KIDS EAT FREE? Please see this Meals for Hybrid Learning 2021 link for more information. Questions or concerns, call Pattie Guck at (248) 228-7172

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    OCHD Newsletter February 8th link
    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:
    * The student is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is positive with COVID
    * If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy.

    International Travel Guidelines

    The CDC provided new guidance for travelers flying outside of the United States. If you travel outside of the United States, you must:

    *Get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home for seven days after travel.

    *If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.

    Domestic Travel Guidelines

    If your travel is within the United States, the CDC recommends that you consider getting tested when you return and reducing non-essential activities for a full seven days. The CDC also asks that you practice good social habits, stay 6 feet from anyone you did not travel with, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
    Full travel guidance from the CDC informational link

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:
    February: 27
    March: 6, 13, 20
    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. ZoomLink sent in eNews. 
    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

    BPS Has Got Talent!

    Join us for our first-ever district wide 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. Please see the BPS Has Got Talent! flyer for more information.

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Girls Lacrosse Season!

    All 1st-8th grade girls of any skill level welcome. Please see the Girls Lacrosse 2021 registration link.
    Email questions to birminghamgirlslacrosse@gmail.com

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit www.birminghamlittleleague.org for additional details and to register.

    Birmingham Community Education

    VIRTUAL WINTER 2021 CLASSES
    Please see link for information on Birmingham Community Education Virtual winter classes.

    FRIENDS

    Please join FRIENDS virtually on Thursday, March 4th at 7PM. 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. Please see more details in the March flyer sent via eNews.

    Do the Write Thing Challenge

    Interested in writing? Like to join contests? Then, this might be the “WRITE” thing for you/your child.
    The annual Do the Write Thing Challenge is a national essay program that gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of violence on their lives. Through this program, students are invited to communicate in written form what they think should be done to reduce youth violence. Students are also encouraged to make personal commitments to do something about the problem. Two national ambassadors from Michigan will be invited by the National Campaign to Stop Violence to attend the “Do the Write Thing Challenge” recognition week in Washington, D.C. The deadline for schools to participate is March 26, 2021. For more information, visit the Do the Write Thing Detroit website and access the 2021 Michigan Schools Packet.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of February 7th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 2/21/2021

    02/09/21

    Derby Parents/Guardians:

    This week, we continue our Derby Parent Support Group series. Our 4th session will be held Wednesday, February 10th at 7PM via Zoom (see link sent in eNews). If you have not attended a session before, we encourage you to join the Zoom.

    The session will consist of an open forum. Here are some sample topics that have been sent to us:

    1. What will be the impact of Covid on the transition to high school?

    2. How do parents change careers or go back to school at this point in their lives?

    3. What activities can I do with my family during break?

    We look forward to seeing you Wednesday evening. Please email Durand Miller or Elizabeth Wilde if you have any questions or would like to submit an idea for a session (best parenting practice or general parenting concern).

    Thank you, and we will see you Wednesday! 
    Derby Parent Support Team


    02/07/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    I hope you are all staying warm on this blustery weekend. We have a full week ahead at Derby this week. Thank you for reading our eNews and staying in touch with all that is going on. Have a great week!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021


    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    This Week’s Events

    Monday (2-8)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Tuesday (2-9)
    Cardio and Cocoa Club 4:00-5:00 P.M.
    Derby Jazz Band 3:40-4:40 P.M.
    Girls Who Code 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    S.H.E. 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Wednesday (2-10)
    COUNT DAY!
    Roblox eSports Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Boys’ Swim vs. Cranbrook HOME 3:45PM
    Girls Red Volleyball vs. Berkshire HOME 4:00PM
    Girls White Volleyball vs. BCS AWAY 4:00PM

    Thursday (2-11)

    Friday (2-12)
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars
    * Mid-Winter Recess- No School February 15th-February 19th
    * Classes Resume- February 22nd

    Wednesday, February 10th is Count Day!!

    Please ensure that your child attends every class that day. Our school funding depends on it. Thank you for your support!

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Hybrid Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for their cohort day.

    Reminders:
    As our students are transitioning to a hybrid/virtual learning program, we would like to remind families of some procedures and information on our new learning platforms:

    Dropping off/Picking Up materials at Derby:
    If your student forgets something, we will help him or her get through the day. Class time is at a premium this year and we would like to have minimum disruptions. If a lunch is forgotten, our cafeteria is serving free lunches for everyone! If something is left at home that is imperative (a student needs for his/ her health & safety), there will be a shelf in the inner vestibule (the area right outside of the Main Office) with sticky notes. Clearly label the item with your student’s name and grade and we will get the item to your student. Please refrain from coming to the building to drop off forgotten homework assignments, instruments, laptops, lunches, etc.

    Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to vestibule are open 7:30AM -6:00PM

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule

    * Please see this Derby School Schedule link for class times and bell schedule.
    * PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME
    * All Derby students attend virtually on half days.

    Library Books – Please Return or Renew

    The Derby library currently has 196 overdue books that need to be returned or renewed. Please sign into ClassLink (teal icon located in the Derby homepage Quick Links) with your regular computer username and password. Click on the orange Destiny app. Once the account loads, click the Checkouts link located on the left. Please renew your library materials, or return them to the main office vestibule shelves. Face-to-face students can return materials to the shelves outside the Derby library doors.

    Career Exploration Opportunity

    Dream Big, Dream GREEN!
    (Oakland Schools)
    Monday, 2/15/2021
    10:00-11:30 A.M.
    Looking for a fun and educational virtual activity for you and your kids on their day off from school? Would you like for your kids to learn more about careers in LEED, Zero Carbon and Alternative/Renewable Energy? Join us virtually on President’s Day, Monday, February 15, 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Guest speakers and interactive activities will showcase the importance of green buildings that promote the efficient use of water, energy and materials while reducing the negative impact on our health and the environment. Students will also be given optional activities to further their learning after the virtual experience.
    Audience: Recommended for 3rd through 8th grade students.
    Career Exploration registration link 

    Derby Celebrates Black History Month

    During the month of February, our Dragons will be celebrating Black History Month. Our NJHS students will be helping us learn about a plethora of different African Americans who have made a significant impact in various fields throughout history. Our students also created a hallway display in front of our cafeteria that also highlight many notable African Americans. During A2, please look for staff reading and sharing about African Americans who have impacted society. We are proud to live, work, and learn in a community that appreciates diversity.

    Do the Write Thing Challenge

    Interested in writing? Like to join contests? Then, this might be the “WRITE” thing for you/your child. Do the Write Thing Detroit link 

    Birbery Reading Challenge is going on now!

    Like most things this year, The Birbery Reading Program will be a little different than in the past. We are still excited to share great books from the past year with our 6-7-8th graders, but this year we have even more books to choose from -- and less requirements to participate. Our goal is to get your kids reading new titles with no stress… and the possibility of a small reward. Visit the Derby Library Birbery 2021 webpage for more details: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/9875

    Tips & Strategies to Keep Your Student Focused & Motivated

    Student Tips for Staying Focused: Tips for Staying Motivated

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR JUST $50.00
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!


    **Order Your 8th Grade Yearbook Farewell Message Now**
    It is now time for all 8th Grade Families to reserve a special portion of the 2021 yearbook for your son or daughter. This year ten pages of the yearbook have been reserved for loved ones to wish their 8th grader good luck in their future or to record a memory from middle school. If you wish to order an 8th grade message, now is your ONLY time as the 2021 deadlines are quickly passing by.
    To order a message is simple. Please print the attached order form and have it to Derby NO LATER than Friday, February 12, 2021. All orders should be MAILED to Derby Middle School Attention: Caela McGrath 1300 Derby Road, Birmingham, Michigan 48009 along with $25.00 (cash or check payable to Derby Middle School). All 8th grade messages will appear in color in the 2021 yearbook. In the past the 8th grade messages have been very popular and have been loved by our 8th grade students. If you wish to see a sample of a previous 8th grade message, please refer to your child’s past yearbooks.
    Please take the time to wish your son or daughter, brother, sister or grandchild the very best and to congratulate them on finishing middle school. An order form has been emailed to all 8th Grade families. If you did not receive this email, please email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us to obtain a digital copy of the order form.

    Chartwells: DID YOU KNOW THAT BPS KIDS EAT FREE?

    Please see the link Meals for Hybrid Learning 2021 for more information. Questions or concerns, call Pattie Guck at (248) 228-7172

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    OCHD Newsletter
    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:

    *The student is pending a COVID test

    *A household member is pending a COVID test

    *A household member is positive with COVID

    *If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy.

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:
    February: 27
    March: 6, 13, 20
    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. 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

    BPS Has Got Talent!

    Join us for our first-ever district wide 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. Please see the BPS Has Got Talent! flyer for more information.

    FRIENDS

    FRIENDS FEBRUARY MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Please see the eNews flier sent 2/7 for Friends information and Zoom links. 

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit www.birminghamlittleleague.org for additional details and to register.

    Birmingham Community Education

    VIRTUAL WINTER 2021 CLASSES
    Please see link for information on Birmingham Community Education Virtual winter classes. 

    International Travel Guidelines

    The CDC provided new guidance for travelers flying outside of the United States. If you travel outside of the United States, you must:

    *Get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home for seven days after travel.

    *If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.

    Domestic Travel Guidelines

    If your travel is within the United States, the CDC recommends that you consider getting tested when you return and reducing non-essential activities for a full seven days. The CDC also asks that you practice good social habits, stay 6 feet from anyone you did not travel with, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
    Full travel guidance from the CDC informational link

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of January 31st

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 2/8/2021

    02/01/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    It is hard to believe that February is here on Monday! This means it is “scheduling season.” Please make sure to read below and pay attention to forthcoming messages from counselors on due dates of scheduling cards. Our 8th graders are already receiving messages about high school orientation. Please let our counselors know if you or your student have any questions during this process.

    We also want to highlight that students will attend school virtually during the afternoon on Thursday. PM Half Day Schedule All BPS staff will be attending professional development in the morning and we need students to attend in the afternoon due to the elementary cohorts.

    Thank you for reading our eNews and enjoy your weekend.

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal

     

    February 4th Schedule


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021
    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    This Week’s Events

    Monday (2-1)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.

    Tuesday (2-2)
    Girls Who Code 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    Cardio and Cocoa 4:00-5:00 P.M.
    Derby Jazz Band 3:40-4:40 P.M..
    S.H.E. 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Wednesday (2-3)
    Roblox eSports Coding Clue 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Rainbow Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Forensics Team Practice 4:15-5:00 P.M.
    Girls RED Volleyball vs. Girls WHITE HOME 4:00PM
    Boys Swim vs. BCS HOME 4:00PM

    Thursday (2-4)
    ½ Day 11:55 AM-3:15PM All Students are Virtual Today! Link to PM Schedule
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.
    Cardio and Cocoa 4:00-5:00 P.M.

    Friday (2-5)
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    Forensics Team Practice 4:15-5:00 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:

    *Mid-Winter Recess- No School February 15th-February 19th

    *Classes Resume- February 22nd

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Hybrid Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for their cohort day.

    Reminders:
    As our students are transitioning to a hybrid/virtual learning program, we would like to remind families of some procedures and information on our new learning platforms:

    Dropping off/Picking Up materials at Derby:
    If your student forgets something, we will help him or her get through the day. Class time is at a premium this year and we would like to have minimum disruptions. If a lunch is forgotten, our cafeteria is serving free lunches for everyone! If something is left at home that is imperative (a student needs for his/ her health & safety), there will be a shelf in the inner vestibule (the area right outside of the Main Office) with sticky notes. Clearly label the item with your student’s name and grade and we will get the item to your student. Please refrain from coming to the building to drop off forgotten homework assignments, instruments, laptops, lunches, etc.

    Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to vestibule are open 7:30AM -6:00PM

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building. This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule


    * Please see this link Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    * PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME
    * See link for PM Half Day Schedule
    * All Derby students attend virtually on half days.

    Derby Boys’ Swim Team Information & Calendar

    Derby Boys' Swim Team Information

    Derby Boys' Swim Team Calendar

    Calling all 8th Grade Girl Golfers!

    The Seaholm Girls Varsity/JV Golf Team would like to invite you to join us at the driving range to hit balls and meet the girls! All skill levels welcome! Please join us at Carl’s Golfland on Sunday, February 28th at 3pm. All COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed. If you have questions please contact the team manager Christy Simpson at Christy.simpson@comcast.net

    Message from Seaholm High School to Current 8th Grade Students

    Hello Derby Grade Families,

    Seaholm High School looks forward to seeing you at our 8th Grade Orientation on February 2 via Zoom. This virtual program will include an overview of the high school course catalog, daily schedule and other important elements of our Maple world here at the high school. You will have an opportunity to meet key administrators and staff and ask questions. We will be sending you a link to our website prior to the visit so that you can view several informative videos regarding the curriculum and activities we offer so that you are well-prepared to ask those questions. The program will begin at 7:00 PM, but if you would like to learn more about our English/Social Studies/Flex program, please join us at 6:00 PM prior to the general program. At that time, department chairs and Flex staff will present an overview of their programs and answer questions.

    We are excited to have you join the Maple Forest next year! We hope to see you at this important and informative evening.

    Scheduling Information for 6th and 7th Grade


    * 6th grade parents/guardians:

    Mr. Miller and Ms. Kelly visited your students today and spoke with them about selecting classes for next year.
    Please review the attached course description sheet and course selection sheet with your child(ren) and make sure the course selection sheet* is signed and emailed (virtual students) to RMcintyre@birmingham.k12.mi.us or handed in (hybrid students) to their science teacher by Friday, February 5th. *Please have students keep their own copy of this as backup (a phone or computer photo).

    Copies of these documents are also available in the vestibule at the main office entrance which is open from 7am until 7pm Monday-Friday.

    * 7th grade parents/guardians:

    Mr. Miller and Ms. Kelly will visit your students on Monday 2/1 and speak with them about selecting classes for next year.
    Please review the attached course description sheet and course selection sheet with your child(ren) and make sure the course selection sheet* is signed and emailed (virtual students) to RMcintyre@birmingham.k12.mi.us or handed in (hybrid students) to their science teacher by Monday, February 8th. *Please have students keep their own copy of this as well as backup (a phone or computer photo).

    Copies of these documents are also available in the vestibule at the main office entrance which is open from 7am until 7pm Monday-Friday.

    Library Books – Please Return or Renew

    The Derby library currently has 200 overdue books that need to be returned or renewed. Please sign into ClassLink (teal icon located in the Derby homepage Quick Links) with your regular computer username and password. Click on the orange Destiny app. Once the account loads, click the Checkouts link located on the left. Please renew your library materials, or return them to the main office vestibule shelves. Face-to-face students can return materials to the shelves outside the Derby library doors.

    Birbery Reading Challenge is going on now!

    Like most things this year, The Birbery Reading Program will be a little different than in the past. We are still excited to share great books from the past year with our 6-7-8th graders, but this year we have even more books to choose from -- and less requirements to participate. Our goal is to get your kids reading new titles with no stress… and the possibility of a small reward. Visit the Derby Library Birbery 2021 webpage for more details: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/9875

    Tips & Strategies to Keep Your Student Focused & Motivated


    Student Tips for Staying Focused: Tips for Staying Motivated

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR JUST $50.00
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!


    **Order Your 8th Grade Yearbook Farewell Message Now**
    It is now time for all 8th Grade Families to reserve a special portion of the 2021 yearbook for your son or daughter. This year ten pages of the yearbook have been reserved for loved ones to wish their 8th grader good luck in their future or to record a memory from middle school. If you wish to order an 8th grade message, now is your ONLY time as the 2021 deadlines are quickly passing by.
    To order a message is simple. Please print the attached order form and have it to Derby NO LATER than Friday, February 12, 2021. All orders should be MAILED to Derby Middle School Attention: Caela McGrath 1300 Derby Road, Birmingham, Michigan 48009 along with $25.00 (cash or check payable to Derby Middle School). All 8th grade messages will appear in color in the 2021 yearbook. In the past the 8th grade messages have been very popular and have been loved by our 8th grade students. If you wish to see a sample of a previous 8th grade message, please refer to your child’s past yearbooks.
    Please take the time to wish your son or daughter, brother, sister or grandchild the very best and to congratulate them on finishing middle school. An order form has been emailed to all 8th Grade families. If you did not receive this email, please email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us to obtain a digital copy of the order form.

    Chartwells: DID YOU KNOW THAT BPS KIDS EAT FREE?

    Please see the link Meals for Hybrid Learning 2021 for more information. Questions or concerns, call Pattie Guck at (248) 228-7172

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    OCHD Newsletter
    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:

    *The student is pending a COVID test

    *A household member is pending a COVID test

    *A household member is positive with COVID

    *If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy.

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:
    February: 6, 27
    March: 6, 13, 20
    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. 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

    BPS Has Got Talent!

    Join us for our first-ever district wide 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. Please see the BPS Has Got Talent! flyer for more information.

    FRIENDS
    FRIENDS FEBRUARY MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Please join FRIENDS virtually on Thursday, February 4th at 7:30PM for a presentation on Police De-Escalation Strategies by Tameka Citchen-Spruce, a Detroit native and disability justice activist. More details can be found in the meeting flyer sent over the weekend in eNews.

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit www.birminghamlittleleague.org for additional details and to register.

    Birmingham Community Education

    VIRTUAL WINTER 2021 CLASSES
    Please see link for information on Birmingham Community Education Virtual winter classes. 

    International Travel Guidelines

    The CDC provided new guidance for travelers flying outside of the United States. If you travel outside of the United States, you must:

    *Get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home for seven days after travel.

    *If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.

    Domestic Travel Guidelines

    If your travel is within the United States, the CDC recommends that you consider getting tested when you return and reducing non-essential activities for a full seven days. The CDC also asks that you practice good social habits, stay 6 feet from anyone you did not travel with, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
    Full travel guidance from the CDC informational link

    Mental Health Sessions

    On Feb. 3-4, Dr. Gretchen Marsh will be holding sessions centered around mental health and wellness. Dr. Marsh will discuss ways to address anxiety and stress in children during COVID, along with the support of BPS counselors and mental health professionals. Each session will include age-appropriate tips and ways to lift others up during these difficult times. Zoom links to the sessions were sent in the weekend eNews. 

    Early Learning Mental Health During COVID (PreK-5th grade),
    Feb. 3 at 6:30-8 p.m.

    Adolescents and Mental Health During COVID (middle, high and post-secondary)
    Feb. 4 at 6:30-8 p.m.

     


     

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: Week of January 24th

    Posted by Sarah Sindelar on 2/1/2021

    01/23/21

    Dear Derby Families,

    We are enjoying seeing our students’ smiling faces everyday as we continue to transition to our hybrid learning model. We know that there are still details needing attention and opportunities to improve, but overall it has been wonderful to have students in our building again.

    Below you will find information on Winter 2 sports and 8th grade transition information from Seaholm. We thank you for taking the time to read our eNews and staying in touch!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2020-2021

    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    This Week’s Events:

    Monday (1-25)
    Derby Drama Club 3:45-5:15 P.M.
    Volleyball Tryouts

    Tuesday (1-26)
    Cardio and Cocoa Club 4:00-5:00 P.M.
    Derby Jazz Band 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    S.H.E. 3:45-4:45 P.M.
    Girls Who Code 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Wednesday (1-27)
    Roblok Esports 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Role Playing 3:20-5:20 P.M.
    Rainbow Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Yoga Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Thursday (1-28)
    Cardio and Cocoa Club 4:00-5:00 P.M.

    Friday (1-29)
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:45-4:45 P.M.

    Mark Your Calendars:

    *½ Day for all BPS Schools- February 4th

    * COUNT DAY!- February 10th

    * Mid-Winter Recess- No School February 15th-February 19th

    To Report an Absence:

    Parents/Guardians must email the attendance at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us to provide detailed information regarding your students’ absence or tardiness by 8:00AM each day. Absence or tardiness may also be reported to the Derby Attendance 24-hour Derby attendance line at 248-203-5000, option 2 (email preferred).

    Absences or tardies not reported to the Derby attendance office will be recorded as unexcused (please note that sending a note to your child’s teacher does not excuse your child. Always contact the attendance office in the event of a student absence). Please send an accompanying doctor’s note as well (PDF format) if appropriate.

    Hybrid Families - Clear to Go MUST be submitted for your student BEFORE they enter the building for their cohort day.

    Reminders:
    As our students are transitioning to a hybrid/virtual learning program, we would like to remind families of some procedures and information on our new learning platforms:

    Dropping off/Picking Up materials at Derby:
    If your student forgets something, we will help him or her get through the day. Class time is at a premium this year and we would like to have minimum disruptions. If a lunch is forgotten, our cafeteria is serving free lunches for everyone! If something is left at home that is imperative (a student needs for his/ her health & safety), there will be a shelf in the inner vestibule (the area right outside of the Main Office) with sticky notes. Clearly label the item with your student’s name and grade and we will get the item to your student. Please refrain from coming to the building to drop off forgotten homework assignments, instruments, laptops, lunches, etc.

    Our shelves will still be available in the vestibule for virtual students to drop off and pick-up materials. Doors to vestibule are open 7:30AM -6:00PM

    Due to COVID Protocols, parents/guardians may not enter the building.
    This is different than in years past.

    Derby School Schedule

    Please see the Derby School Schedule for class times and bell schedule.
    PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE TO SCHOOL ON TIME

    Birbery Reading Challenge Begins this Week!

    Like most things this year, The Birbery Reading Program will be a little different than in the past. We are still excited to share great books from the past year with our 6-7-8th graders, but this year we have even more books to choose from -- and less requirements to participate. Our goal is to get your kids reading new titles with no stress… and the possibility of a small reward. Visit the Derby Library Birbery 2021 webpage for more details. 

    Derby Boys’ Swim Team Information & Calendar
    Derby Boys' Swim Team Information
    Derby Boys' Swim Team Calendar

    Derby Girls’ Volleyball

    If you are a virtual 7th or 8th grade girl interested in trying out for volleyball, please make arrangements to attend the Cohort A (A-K) or Cohort B (L-Z) according to your Last Name.

    Message from Seaholm High School to Current 8th Grade Students

    Hello Derby Grade Families,

    Seaholm High School looks forward to seeing you at our 8th Grade Orientation on February 2 via Zoom. This virtual program will include an overview of the high school course catalog, daily schedule and other important elements of our Maple world here at the high school. You will have an opportunity to meet key administrators and staff and ask questions. We will be sending you a link to our website prior to the visit so that you can view several informative videos regarding the curriculum and activities we offer so that you are well-prepared to ask those questions. The program will begin at 7:00 PM, but if you would like to learn more about our English/Social Studies/Flex program, please join us at 6:00 PM prior to the general program. At that time, department chairs and Flex staff will present an overview of their programs and answer questions.

    We are excited to have you join the Maple Forest next year! We hope to see you at this important and informative evening.

    Yours,
    Seaholm Admin

    Derby Forensics Team Information

    Do you have the gift of gab? Do you enjoy performing? Do you like giving speeches? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, please consider joining the Derby Forensics Team!
    The Derby Forensics team is ready to kick off their spring season! What is forensics? Forensics is competitive acting and public speaking. While the overall goal is to foster effective and confident communication, there is a competitive element as well. If you are interested in joining the team or learning more, consider attending an informational meeting for parents and students on Wednesday, January 27 from 5-5:30pm on zoom. Join using this Informational Meeting Zoom Link. This meeting will cover team logistics including the schedule and all tournament details. The season runs from February-April with practices on Wednesdays and Fridays. Questions? Contact the Derby Forensics Coach Courtney Bassett at cbassett@bps-schools.com or Derby Club Coordinator Kathy Westerlund at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    NJHS School Supply Drive Service Project

    School Supply Drive Wednesday, January 13th - Friday, January 29th
    NJHS is looking for school supply donations for the children of Nolan Elementary/Middle school in Detroit, Michigan: Pencils, markers, colored pencils, gluesticks, crayons, and erasers. ***New supplies will be best*** There will be a collection in the vestibule inside the Derby main doors for students to drop off materials. Doors to the vestibule are open 7:00AM-6:00PM.

    Congratulations to the following Derby District Reflections Winners!

    The winning student entries have been forwarded to the Michigan Reflections program. Those results will be available in early March, and winners will be contacted directly.
    * Sophia Pineda, "I want to save the world" - Film Production
    * Owen Dobrowitsky, "Orange song" -Music Composition

    Library Books – Please Return or Renew

    The Derby library currently has 202 overdue books that need to be returned or renewed. Please sign into ClassLink (teal icon located in the Derby homepage Quick Links) with your regular computer username and password. Click on the orange Destiny app. Once the account loads, click the Checkouts link located on the left. Please renew your library materials, or return them to the main office vestibule shelves. Face-to-face students can return materials to the shelves outside the Derby library doors.

    EDPs (Education Development Plan)

    Before the December break, 7th and 8th graders had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Westerlund to learn about Xello, our career planning platform.

    What is an EDP?

    • It is an opportunity for students to learn about himself or herself, to understand career pathway options, and to explore postsecondary education and training.
    • It allows students to think about the courses he or she may want to take in middle school and high school based on possible future careers.
    • The EDP is a learning and planning process.
    • A document that students review and update every year.
    • It should identify a student’s possible career pathway and goals for achieving success, as well as the level of educational preparation that will be needed to meet the career goals.
    What to know about EDPs/Xello:

    Students access Xello through their student Powerschool accounts NOT their parents’ Powerschool account.

    7th graders need to complete the following “activities” in Xello by mid-March.

    * About Me: Matchmaker, Personality Style, Mission Complete, and Learning Style

    * Lessons: Learning Styles, Discover Learning Pathways, Biases and Career Choices, and Jobs and Employers.

    8th graders need to complete the following “activities” in Xello by mid-March.

    * About Me: Matchmaker, Personality Style, Mission Complete, and Learning Style (Review/update responses from last year)

    * Lessons: Skills, Exploring Career Matches, Transition to High School, and Self-Advocacy

    Students will have some opportunities during classes to complete these activities; however some of this work should be done outside of the school day as well. If you or your student have any questions, please feel free to reach out to EDP Coordinator, Mrs. Westerlund, at kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Tips & Strategies to Keep Your Student Focused & Motivated


    Student Tips for Staying Focused: Tips for Staying Motivated

    Yearbook

    ~It is that time of the year~ The 2021 yearbook staff is getting started on creating another awesome yearbook!
    YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR JUST $50.00
    Link to purchase a yearbook

    Questions or Concerns? Please contact Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Thank you!

    Derby Yearbook Photo Collection

    **We’ve got spirit! Yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how about you?**
    The Derby Yearbook is collecting photographs of Derby Dragons sporting their Derby attire. Please email any photographs from this school year of your child(ren) wearing Derby attire, or the colors red and white. Photographs can be emailed to: mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.usWe will be collecting through Sunday, January 31st. Take this opportunity to have your child possibly featured in the 2021 Derby Yearbook: Email your pictures in TODAY!

    **Order Your 8th Grade Yearbook Farewell Message Now**
    It is now time for all 8th Grade Families to reserve a special portion of the 2021 yearbook for your son or daughter. This year ten pages of the yearbook have been reserved for loved ones to wish their 8th grader good luck in their future or to record a memory from middle school. If you wish to order an 8th grade message, now is your ONLY time as the 2021 deadlines are quickly passing by.
    To order a message is simple. Please print the attached order form and have it to Derby NO LATER than Friday, February 12, 2021. All orders should be MAILED to Derby Middle School Attention: Caela McGrath 1300 Derby Road, Birmingham, Michigan 48009 along with $25.00 (cash or check payable to Derby Middle School). All 8th grade messages will appear in color in the 2021 yearbook. In the past the 8th grade messages have been very popular and have been loved by our 8th grade students. If you wish to see a sample of a previous 8th grade message, please refer to your child’s past yearbooks.
    Please take the time to wish your son or daughter, brother, sister or grandchild the very best and to congratulate them on finishing middle school. An order form has been emailed to all 8th Grade families. If you did not receive this email, please email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us to obtain a digital copy of the order form.

    Chartwells: DID YOU KNOW THAT BPS KIDS EAT FREE?

    Please see the link Meals for Hybrid Learning 2021 for more information. Questions or concerns, call Pattie Guck at (248) 228-7172

    OCHD School Nurse Newsletter

    OCHD Newsletter
    We urge you to convey to your families the importance of keeping students home if:

    * The student is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is pending a COVID test
    * A household member is positive with COVID
    * If the student is symptomatic

    We are seeing many classmate quarantines occur because of a student attending in person even though they should be staying home (as reasoning mentioned above). Typically, there is a reason that is the driving force in seeking testing. If they are getting tested, all should stay home while results are pending. We encourage a PCR test for accuracy.

    BPS Saturday School

    We are happy to announce that the BPS Saturday School will once again be operating throughout the school year to offer academic support and tutoring for all BPS students grades K – 12. Although we are currently operating virtually as a district, BPS Saturday School takes place every Saturday (excluding holidays and breaks) throughout the school year. Saturday School is normally hosted in the media center at Berkshire Middle School, but we are now operating virtually through Zoom from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. each Saturday on the following dates:
    January: 30
    February: 6, 27
    March: 6, 13, 20
    April: 10, 17, 24
    May: 1, 8, 15, 22
    The BPS Saturday School Coordinators will be working together with Groves’ NHS students as well as Oakland University student teachers to provide tutoring through Zoom and the use of “breakout rooms.” Our coordinators will be able to maneuver back and forth between breakout rooms to be able to monitor and support the tutorials. Zoom link was sent via eNews. Please visit the BPS Saturday School webpage to learn more and we hope to see you in this year’s virtual setting! 

    BPS Has Got Talent!

    Join us for our first-ever district wide 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. Please see the talent show flyer for more information.

    FRIENDS

    Please see eNews for the monthly FRIENDS flyer.

    FRIENDS FEBRUARY MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Please join FRIENDS virtually on Thursday, February 4th at 7:30PM for a presentation on Police De-Escalation Strategies by Tameka Citchen-Spruce, a Detroit native and disability justice activist. More details can be found in the meeting sent via eNews.

    Birmingham Little League

    2021 Registration for Birmingham Little League is OPEN! Please visit the Birmingham Little League webpage for additional details and to register.

    Birmingham Community Education

    VIRTUAL WINTER 2021 CLASSES
    Please see link for information on Birmingham Community Education Virtual winter classes. 


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  • NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION:
    The Board of Education is committed to maintaining a learning/working environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, free from discrimination and harassment. There will be no tolerance for discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, disability or age. The District prohibits harassment and other forms of discrimination whether occurring at school, on District property, in a District vehicle, or at any District related activity or event. The Superintendent will designate compliance officers and develop and implement regulations for the reporting, investigation and resolution of complaints of discrimination or harassment. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Students - Inquiries related to discrimination on the basis of disability should be directed to: Executive Director of Special Education, 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025, 248.203.3000. Direct all other inquiries related to discrimination to: Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025, 248.203.3000.