• Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: November 11th - November 8th

    Posted by Marla Otterbacher on 11/10/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Dear Derby Families,

    It is hard to believe that we are already into the second quarter of our school year! Our first round of winter sports began this week and our teachers participated in some important professional learning. Information will be coming soon about the next round of after school clubs. We will send a hard copy home with students and I will also attach it to the Weekly News.

    Just a reminder, we do not send printed report cards home. Please be sure to check PowerSchool for your student’s quarter grades. Conferences are Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The attached memo explains the details of conferences for our 6th grade families and anyone new to Derby. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Go Dragons!
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal

    Parent Teacher Conferences Memo link

     


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020
    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Monday (11-11)

    Tuesday (11-12)
    Chess Club 3:20-4:20 P.M. (last session)
    Javascript Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M. (last session)

    Wednesday (11-13)
    November 13th- Half Day for Students Dismissal at 11:25AM
    November 13th- Parent/ Teacher Conferences 1:00PM-4:00PM & 5:00PM-8:00PM

    Thursday (11-14)
    November 14th parent/ Teacher Conferences 4:00PM-7:00PM

    Friday (11-15)
    November 15th MSU vs. U of M Spirit Day- Hat Fundraiser

    Mark Your Calendar-
    November 27th-November 29th Thanksgiving Recess



    BPS families and community members,

    Thank you for your support of the Birmingham Public Schools Operating Millage! On Nov. 5, the BPS Operating Millage was passed by 74 percent, helping to secure funding for our schools over the next 10 years.

    Your overwhelming, positive support will restore the 18 mill non-homestead rate and allow the District to collect over $500,000 in revenues that would have been lost this school year. The successful passage of the Operating Millage will also replace the authorized limit to 21 mills to provide us a cushion against rollbacks in the future. Funds from our Operating Millage account for approximately 43 percent of our general fund dollars and support salaries and day-to-day operations.

    Thank you for your continued support of our students and Birmingham Public Schools. We’re proud to serve a community so focused on educational excellence!

    Learn more at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/millage2019

    Book Fair
    The Derby library will host the Scholastic Book Fair fundraiser the week of Monday, November 11th through Friday the 15th. The book fair will be open before, during, and after school. This year the fair will be in the gym during parent teacher conferences and will offer eWallet, which is a great alternative to sending kids to school with cash. For more information about eWallet, visit the book fair homepage at: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/derbymiddleschool1
    Stop by and see all the new titles. See you at the fair!

    If you would like to volunteer during the book fair, please visit the Sign-Up Genius link at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c49aeab28a0fd0-book1

    GO GREEN…GO BLUE!!!
    MSU vs. U of M School Spirit Day will be Friday, November 15th. Come to school dressed to impress…paint your face, wear your colorful wigs and wear your team gear. What team will shine the most in our halls? The Derby yearbook crew will be out and about taking pictures, be prepared. Students wishing to wear a hat all day on Friday the 15th can do so by making a donation of at least $2 in the lobbies between 7:45 and 8:10a.m.. Students who make a donation will have their hand stamped so teachers know they donated in order to wear a hat for the day. If you don’t want to wear a hat, that is cool…you can still make a donation. All proceeds will be donated to a Derby family in need.

    REMINDER 7TH GRADE PARENTS
    Due by Nov. 12

    * Permission form (filled out and signed)

    * $27 Cash (exact amt. please) or check made out to Derby MS

    * Turn into Language Arts Teacher

    Derby Middle School Thanksgiving Food Drive for Lighthouse November 7-21
    Lighthouse will provide over 1,500 families in Oakland County with groceries to provide a Thanksgiving dinner, and Derby helps them accomplish this goal each year. In your A2 bring in items from the list below. The A2 with the greatest number of food items will win a pizza party. Last year it was Mr. Meyer’s class with 412 items. Who will it be this year?
    On November 21 please bring down your food items with a note stating your A2 class teacher and the number of items collected. There will be students with rolling carts to help transport items. More information will be sent out with the time and place.

    Lighthouse Thanksgiving Food Drive Information

    Please Opt-In - Student Participation Needed

    The Girls Who Code Club has been hard at work thinking up a coding project they feel will make a difference in the Derby student community. They've created functional code that will ask a student to input their personality type to be matched with other students in the school who have that same personality. They believe this will help students find new friends! They’d love for lots of students to participate, but realize they’re asking for a first name, last name, and personality type that would become accessible through their web-based project. If you feel comfortable allowing your student to participate, please have your student(s) visit https://forms.gle/h4kfxMf4Zkn68owP7 to take the online quiz and submit their response(s). Questions? Email ssindelar@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Cafeteria Changes
    Later this week, we will begin working with students to change some of our routines in the cafeteria. Students will be encouraged (even more) to clean-up after themselves at lunch and we will pause for adults to wipe-down tables before students come in from rec. Please help encourage your student to help keep our school clean by throwing his or her lunch trash away. We hope these changes will help make our cafeteria cleaner for everyone.

    Derby Wear Sales - Fall Conferences
    Part of our fundraising for the PTA is done through Derby Wear sales. The money we raise is used for teacher grants directly at Derby. We would like to sell Derby Wear during conferences this year. Please sign up to help run the table. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby1

    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand managing doors and guests, answering phones, making copies and various other tasks would be a great help. Volunteers will not be working with any student sensitive materials. Time slots are noted in the sign up below. If you are only available for a portion of the time allotted, make a note in the comments detailing the time your are able to volunteer. Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby2

    Volunteer Opportunity During Recreation Study Hall in the Library
    Please consider volunteering in our library during recreation study hall hours 11:00am-1:00pm. Volunteers can help by accepting passes from students, reshelving books and monitoring students while in the library. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545ADAB2EA64-derby3

    Join the Derby Music Department on our Donation Drive!
    Contact a director or use the link for donation online! These funds help us be able to provide Derby students with top notch instruments, one on one lesson time, sectionals and new published music!
    Online Link: https://www.supportbef.org/derbymusic.html
    Director emails:
    Band- sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Choir- jhummel@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Orchestra- nkarpinsky@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Attention Parents - Lunches:
    Last year we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and an ant infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, beginning October 4th, we will toss entire lunch bags found in the cafeteria and going forward every other week (no more going through them to clean them out and put them in lost and found). We will make an announcement on Fridays during A2 to remind students to check Lost and Found and lunch bags. Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home everyday and check the Lost & Found for lost items.

    DERBY 2020 YEARBOOK – ORDER TODAY!!!
    COST INCREASE EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 2nd
    It is now time to order your 2019-2020 Derby Yearbook. This year’s yearbook will be hard covered with 128 full color pages. We will celebrate the end of the school year with Yearbook signing celebrations…everyone will want to partake! The Derby Yearbook is award-winning, so order today. The cost of the Yearbook is $40 through September 28th…$45 September 29th through November 1st and $50 November 2nd through January 25th. Yearbooks were NOT SOLD AT REGISTRATION and will NOT be sold after January 25th…order TODAY!!! To obtain an order form please pick one up in the Main Office or email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us to obtain a digital copy.

    Derby Ski and Snowboard Club Information-
    Tis’ the season!!! We are in the initial planning phase for our 2019-2020 Ski and Snowboard Club season. For this season, we have re-vamped the club and have information to share with you:

    The Derby Ski and Snowboard Club Sponsors are: Lyn Kmiec, Michaela (Caela) McGrath, Lee Jensen-Muir, Kim Pavlock and Stacie Tait-Fiori.

    Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club will be at Pine Knob this year.

    There will no longer be pro-rated fees for students playing Derby sports. The fee for the club this year is a flat fee for everyone.

    We will no longer take parent chaperones on the busses. Parents who would like to join us are welcome to drive to Pine Knob and to enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun with us.

    Packets for the club will be distributed during all lunches on: Monday, November 25th and 26th. Registration packets will also be available on the counter in the Main Office starting Monday, November 25th.

    Registration for the club will be from 7:45-8:00a.m. in the Counseling Lobby on: Tuesday, December 3rd, Wednesday, December 4th and Thursday, December 5th. Late registration will not be accepted.

    There will be a Mandatory Ski and Snowboard Club meeting for ALL club participants on Wednesday, December 11th from 7:30-8:00a.m. in the Derby Library.

    The cost for the club will be $235.00. This fee covers 5 lift tickets, 1 student membership card and charter bus transportation.

    The Ski and Snowboard club dates are:

    * Wednesday, January 8th

    * Wednesday, January 15th

    * Wednesday, January 22nd

    * Wednesday, January 29th

    * Wednesday, February 5th

    * Wednesday, February 12th (this is a make-up date if a make-up trip is needed)

    We are looking forward to a great season…should you have any questions about the Derby Ski and Snowboard Club, please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    DISABILITIES AWARENESS PANEL
    The BCS Diversity Committee is proud to offer a panel discussion comprised of students, parents, teachers, and community members in honor of Disabilities Awareness Month on November 13th from 6-8pm in our Library. We will feature people speaking on a wide range of differences. Snacks 6-6:30. Panel 6:30-8pm. Please see the Getting to Know People with Disabilities Panel Flyer for more information.

    Do It for Daniel: A Conversation about Suicide

    The story of Daniel Olson of Ishpeming is one that many people have become familiar with over the past several years. Daniel suffered from anxiety and depression and took his own life in the summer of 2012. Daniel’s family has found a way to turn their tragedy into a powerful tool to help educate others about the reality of depression and suicide. The family has made a documentary about Daniel’s struggles and Jeff Olson, Daniel’s father, has been showing the film and speaking to parents, professionals, and students for over a year. Learn more at www.doitfordaniel.com.

    Birmingham Youth Assistance is pleased to host an evening presentation by Jeff Olson.

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2019 7:00 P.M. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
    BIRMINGHAM GROVES HIGH SCHOOL LITTLE THEATER
    20500 W. 13 MILE ROAD, BEVERLY HILLS, MI
    Please call (248)203-4300 or Email: office@birminghamyouthassistance.org

    This evening presentation is for parents and any adults who care about youth. (High school students accompanied by a parent are welcome.) The family has made a documentary about Daniel’s struggles and Jeff Olson, Daniel’s father, has been showing the film and speaking to parents, professionals, and students for over a year. Learn more at www.doitfordaniel.com

    Message from BBCC
    Our prevention partner, Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC), is conducting a brief survey to gain a better understanding of parental opinions and attitudes regarding underage substance use and mental health issues in our community. This information will help BBCC and your school better support you as a parent.

    This survey is anonymous and will take approximately 9 minutes to complete. If you have a child in 5th - 12th grades, we would appreciate your input.

    Please click on the following link to begin:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BB_Parent

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: November 4th - November 8th

    Posted by Marla Otterbacher on 11/3/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Dear Derby Families,

     

    What a week!  I was thoroughly entertained Wednesday night as our 8th grade Choir and Orchestra students got to play and sing at Seaholm with the high schoolers.  It’s always a joy as an educator (and a parent) to see the progression of our students as they get older.  I was impressed (but not surprised) in the talent of our learners. It was a fun and spirited concert.

     

    Creativity did not disappoint of both our staff and students’ costumes on Thursday.  Even though the weather did not cooperate, I hope you and your family had a fun evening.  I managed to chase my own “Harry Potter” around our neighborhood a couple of times. 

     

    Please be sure to check our school schedule for the next couple of weeks. We have no school on Tuesday and a half day the following week.  Details are below.

     

    Go Dragons,

    Marla Otterbacher

    Principal         


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020

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

    Monday (11-4)

    November 4th- End of First Quarter

     

    Tuesday (11-5)

    No School Today - Records Day

     

    Wednesday (11-6)

    Typing 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.

     

    Thursday (11-7)

    Competitive Video Gaming Club  3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Girls Who Code Club  3:20-4:30 P.M.

     

    Friday (11-8)

     

    Mark Your Calendar-

    November 13th- Half Day for Students Dismissal at 11:25AM

    November 13th- Parent/ Teacher Conferences 1:00PM-4:00PM & 5:00PM-8:00PM

    November 14th parent/ Teacher Conferences 4:00PM-7:00PM

    November 15th MSU vs. U of M Spirit Day- Hat Fundraiser

    November 27th-November 29th Thanksgiving Recess 


    Vote Tuesday, Nov. 5!

    Tuesday, Nov. 5 is Election Day. Birmingham Public Schools will have an Operating Millage proposal on the ballot which seeks voter consideration to restore, replace and extend our homestead and non-homestead millage rates through 2028. This proposal would not increase the tax rates levied on owner-occupied homes. The BPS Operating Millage supports the day-to-day operations of our school district and represents approximately 43 percent of our overall General Fund budget. To learn more about the proposal, visit our website at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/millage2019. Visit www.vote.org to learn where to vote or how to register.

    Book Fair

    The Derby library will host the Scholastic Book Fair fundraiser the week of Monday, November 11th through Friday the 15th. The book fair will be open before, during, and after school. This year the fair will be in the gym during parent teacher conferences and will offer eWallet, which is a great alternative to sending kids to school with cash. For more information about eWallet, visit the book fair homepage at: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/derbymiddleschool1 

    Stop by and see all the new titles. See you at the fair!

    If you would like to volunteer during the book fair, please visit the Sign-Up Genius link at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c49aeab28a0fd0-book1 

     

    National PTA Reflections

    Unleash Your Inner Artist- Reflect on the theme, 

    Look Within

    Create original art in the categories of dance, film, literature, music, photography and visual arts. 

    Enter to win recognition, prizes, and scholarships. 

    Download Rules and Entry Forms at: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/ PTA_Reflections.

    Deadline for the 2019 Reflections Program is Wednesday, November 6th 

    Drop off bin front office Questions? Contact Lisa Nardone lisa.nardone@yahoo.com

     

    Derby Middle School Thanksgiving Food Drive for Lighthouse November 7-21

    Lighthouse will provide over 1,500 families in Oakland County with groceries to provide a Thanksgiving dinner, and Derby helps them accomplish this goal each year. In your A2 bring in items from the list below. The A2 with the greatest number of food items will win a pizza party. Last year it was Mr. Meyer’s class with 412 items. Who will it be this year?

    On November 21 please bring down your food items with a note stating your A2 class teacher and the number of items collected. There will be students with rolling carts to help transport items. More information will be sent out with the time and place.

     

    Cafeteria Changes

    Later this week, we will begin working with students to change some of our routines in the cafeteria.  Students will be encouraged (even more) to clean-up after themselves at lunch and we will pause for adults to wipe-down tables before students come in from rec.  Please help encourage your student to help keep our school clean by throwing his or her lunch trash away. We hope these changes will help make our cafeteria cleaner for everyone.  

     

    Winter 1 Sports Registration 

    Derby winter 1 sports registration is open! Please make sure the front office has a copy of your student's physical dated 4/15/19 or later and that you have registered at the link below. 

    https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=19032&culture=en

    Our winter 1 sports are:

    Girls Swimming (6, 7, and 8)

    Boys Basketball (6, 7, and 8)

    Questions? Please call Heather Guise 248-203-5003 or hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us

     

    Attention all 6th grade boys interested in playing Intramural Basketball

    There will be a short informational meeting on Thursday November 14th during lunch recreation in the cafeteria. You do not need experience to play. Everyone is welcome. Join the team and improve your skills, meet new people and have a great time. 

    7th and 8th grade boys interested in playing Intramural Basketball See Coach Lalko during A2 on Thursday November 14th

    Remember you must have a physical on file dated after April 15, 2019 and be registered online through the Derby website.   

    Coach Lalko

     

    Derby Wear Sales - Fall Conferences 

    Part of our fundraising for the PTA is done through Derby Wear sales.  The money we raise is used for teacher grants directly at Derby. We would like to sell Derby Wear during conferences this year.  Please sign up to help run the table. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby1

     

    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office

    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated!  A hand managing doors and guests, answering phones, making copies and various other tasks would be a great help. Volunteers will not be working with any student sensitive materials. Time slots are noted in the sign up below.  If you are only available for a portion of the time allotted, make a note in the comments detailing the time your are able to volunteer. Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby2

      

    Volunteer Opportunity During Recreation Study Hall in the Library

    Please consider volunteering in our library during recreation study hall hours 11:00am-1:00pm. Volunteers can help by accepting passes from students, reshelving books and monitoring students while in the library. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545ADAB2EA64-derby3

    Career Planning:

    State of Michigan law requires that all students grades 7-12 have an Educational Development Plan.  An EDP is …..

     

    • an opportunity for students to learn about himself or herself, to understand career pathway options, and to begin 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.
    • 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. 

     

    During the next week, Mrs. Westerlund (Derby EDP coordinator) will begin meeting with 8th grade social studies classes to introduce them to our new EDP platform, Xello.  Xello is a self-exploration and planning program that helps our students to achieve their potential in school, career and life. Students can log into Xello through their PowerSchool portal.  With this tool's help, each student is working toward developing an EDP that will help the student identify and make their way toward specific future goals and careers. 

     

    Derby is Collecting Halloween Candy!

    Derby is collecting Halloween candy for our USA Troop. Please bring in donations between

    October 28th -November 4th. Candy must be in individual wrappers. Chocolate is not allowed.

    Bring your candy to the school lobby in the morning and place it in the candy bin.

    Thank you for your support!

     

    Join the Derby Music Department on our Donation Drive! 

    Contact a director or use the link for donation online! These funds help us be able to provide Derby students with top notch instruments, one on one lesson time, sectionals and new published music! 

    Online Link: https://www.supportbef.org/derbymusic.html

    Director emails:

    Band- sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Choir- jhummel@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Orchestra- nkarpinsky@birmingham.k12.mi.us

     

     BEST OF LUCK TO CHESTER IN HIS RETIREMENT 

    Our beloved crossing guard, Chester has retired from his longtime position as Derby’s crossing guard.  Chester has been dedicated to keeping our students safe at the corner of Adams and Derby since December 1995.  He has stood in the rain, snow, sleet, heat, winds, but regardless of the weather, he brought sunshine to those around him.  He will be greatly missed by our Derby community. 

     

    If you would like to send a personal note or acknowledgement, please email  Njohnson@birmingham.k12.mi.us for Chester’s home address.  

     

    Attention Parents:

    Last year we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and an ant infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, beginning October 4th, we will toss entire lunch bags found in the cafeteria and going forward every other week (no more going through them to clean them out and put them in lost and found). We will make an announcement on Fridays during  A2 to remind students to check Lost and Found and lunch bags. Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home everyday and check the Lost & Found for lost items.

     

    DERBY 2020 YEARBOOK – ORDER TODAY!!!

    COST INCREASE EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 2nd

    It is now time to order your 2019-2020 Derby Yearbook.  This year’s yearbook will be hard covered with 128 full color pages.  We will celebrate the end of the school year with Yearbook signing celebrations…everyone will want to partake!  The Derby Yearbook is award-winning, so order today. The cost of the Yearbook is $40 through September 28th…$45 September 29th through November 1st and $50 November 2nd through January 25th.  Yearbooks were NOT SOLD AT REGISTRATION and will NOT be sold after January 25th…order TODAY!!!  To obtain an order form please pick one up in the Main Office or email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us to obtain a digital copy.

     

    Derby Ski and Snowboard Club Information-

    Tis’ the season!!!  We are in the initial planning phase for our 2019-2020 Ski and Snowboard Club season.  For this season, we have re-vamped the club and have information to share with you:

      • The Derby Ski and Snowboard Club Sponsors are: Lyn Kmiec, Michaela (Caela) McGrath, Lee Jensen-Muir, Kim Pavlock and Stacie Tait-Fiori.
      • Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club will be at Pine Knob this year.
      • There will no longer be pro-rated fees for students playing Derby sports.  The fee for the club this year is a flat fee for everyone.
      • We will no longer take parent chaperones on the busses.  Parents who would like to join us are welcome to drive to Pine Knob and to enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun with us.
      • Packets for the club will be distributed during all lunches on: Monday, November 25th and 26th.  Registration packets will also be available on the counter in the Main Office starting Monday, November 25th.
      • Registration for the club will be from 7:45-8:00a.m. in the Counseling Lobby on: Tuesday, December 3rd, Wednesday, December 4th and Thursday, December 5th.  Late registration will not be accepted.

     

    • There will be a Mandatory Ski and Snowboard Club meeting for ALL club participants on Wednesday, December 11th from 7:30-8:00a.m. in the Derby Library.

     

    • The cost for the club will be $235.00.  This fee covers 5 lift tickets, 1 student membership card and charter bus transportation.
    • The Ski and Snowboard club dates are:
      • Wednesday, January 8th
      • Wednesday, January 15th
      • Wednesday, January 22nd
      • Wednesday, January 29th
      • Wednesday, February 5th
      • Wednesday, February 12th (this is a make-up date if a make-up trip is needed)

    We are looking forward to a great season…should you have any questions about the Derby Ski and Snowboard Club, please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.


    Message from Durham Bus Service

    The new school year brings new opportunities to educate our students on school bus safety and school bus evacuations.  The schedule for our three evacuations are as follows:

    Middle School, & BCS

    Tuesday, October 29, 2019

    Tuesday, March 31, 2019

    Tuesday, May 26, 2019

    Elementary & Parochial

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Wednesday, April 1, 2019

    Wednesday, May 27, 2019

     

    Please read attached for more information on school bus safety and bus evacuations.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/13mpPhN928NzGwRGsFpJdayFLlAh_He_3/view?usp=sharing

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zFgqObPRMRl3u680cwQ5a_JLAcM23DVk

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RcjGuG9icbip4mdNNXGbq4W7DXZz42C5

     

    Do It for Daniel: A Conversation about Suicide 

     

    The story of Daniel Olson of Ishpeming is one that many people have become familiar with over the past several years. Daniel suffered from anxiety and depression and took his own life in the summer of 2012. Daniel’s family has found a way to turn their tragedy into a powerful tool to help educate others about the reality of depression and suicide. The family has made a documentary about Daniel’s struggles and Jeff Olson, Daniel’s father, has been showing the film and speaking to parents, professionals, and students for over a year. Learn more at www.doitfordaniel.com . 

     

    Birmingham Youth Assistance is pleased to host an evening presentation by Jeff Olson. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2019 7:00 P.M. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) 

    BIRMINGHAM GROVES HIGH SCHOOL LITTLE THEATER 

    20500 W. 13 MILE ROAD, BEVERLY HILLS, MI 

    Please call (248)203-4300 or Email: office@birminghamyouthassistance.org 

    This evening presentation is for parents and any adults who care about youth. (High school students accompanied by a parent are welcome.) The family has made a documentary about Daniel’s struggles and Jeff Olson, Daniel’s father, has been showing the film and speaking to parents, professionals, and students for over a year. Learn more at www.doitfordaniel.com

     

    Message from BBCC

    Our prevention partner, Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC), is conducting a brief survey to gain a better understanding of parental opinions and attitudes regarding underage substance use and mental health issues in our community. This information will help BBCC and your school better support you as a parent.

     

    This survey is anonymous and will take approximately 9 minutes to complete. If you have a child in 5th - 12th grades, we would appreciate your input.

    Please click on the following link to begin:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BB_Parent

         

    MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FRIENDS 

    WHEN November 7th, 2019 7pm 

    WHERE Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 

    Stress vs. Anxiety: Signs, Symptoms, & Strategies 

    Please join us for a presentation by BPS Kelsey Arsenault, BPS Elementary School Counselor & Gretchen Moran Marsh, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist about stress vs anxiety: signs & symptoms we may see in our kids and strategies we can use to help them cope. 

    More information about Friends, including Executive Members, Building Reps, and Local & National Resources can be found at the website below. WWW.FRIENDSOFDIFFERENTLEARNERS.ORG 

    ALL MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE! BECOME A FRIENDS MEMBER!  Just $10 

    Any additional donations help us to provide high quality speakers at our monthly meetings and support our annual projects such as LINKS and the Disability Awareness Workshop, Valid September-August. Join at a meeting or online and while you’re there… SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY EMAIL

     

    Community Film

    On Wednesday, November 6th in partnership with Friendship Circle of Michigan, Federation will be bringing Kevin Hines to town for a presentation and showing of his award-winning film: Suicide - The Ripple Effect. As background, Kevin is one of the few survivors who tried to take his own life by jumping over the Golden Gate Bridge. He is now a mental health advocate and award-winning author and filmmaker. Kevin’s film focuses on his personal story, the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects that advocacy, inspiration and hope can have. To date, the film has been seen by more than 500,000 people across seven countries.

     

    The event will take place at Detroit Country Day School Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills and begins at 6:30pm. It is part of Federation’s community-wide youth mental health initiative, called We Need to Talk. It began after we finished a community-wide study that revealed very high levels of teen anxiety and depression.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: October 28th - November 1st

    Posted by Marla Otterbacher on 10/27/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Dear Derby Families,

    This week at Derby, the band had their first recital (something new this year) and our Cross Country team finished a very successful season. A highlight of my week was being the guest teacher in Mrs. Hart’s 5th hour class, where some of our 6th graders eagerly taught me to add and subtract fractions. 

    It was such fun to see all the creative costumes Friday night at our Halloween bash. Please see the note below if your student plans on wearing a costume to school on Thursday. I hope everyone has been having fun celebrating this tradition and continues to stay safe!

    Go Dragons!

    Marla Otterbacher Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020
    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Monday (10-28)

    Tuesday (10-29)
    Girls Basketball Away vs. Orchard Lake Middle School 4:15 PM
    Chess Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Javascript Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (10-30)
    Football Away vs. Country Day Middle School 4:30 PM
    Typing Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Thursday (10-31)
    Girls Who Code Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Halloween!

    Friday (11-1)
    PTA Meeting 9:20 in the library

    Mark Your Calendar-
    November 4th- End of First Quarter
    November 5th No School- Records Day 
    November 13th- Half Day for Students Dismissal at 11:25AM
    November 13th- Parent/ Teacher Conferences 1:00PM-4:00PM & 5:00PM-8:00PM
    November 14th parent/ Teacher Conferences 4:00PM-7:00PM


    Reminders about Halloween Costumes
    Costumes are welcome at school on Thursday, October 31st. Please be reminded that Thursday will still be a day of learning for our students. The following will not be permitted: masks, fake weapons or costumes that do not follow the dress code. Please partner with us to ensure your student is able to participate in the fun of dressing up and all educational opportunities going on that day. Thank you! 


    National PTA Reflections
    Unleash Your Inner Artist- Reflect on the theme, 
    “Look Within”
    Create original art in the categories of dance, film, literature, music,
    photography and visual arts. 
    Enter to win recognition, prizes, and scholarships. 
    Download Rules and Entry Forms 
    at: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/ PTA_Reflections.
    Deadline for the 2019 Reflections Program is Wednesday, November 6th 
    Drop off bin front office Questions? Contact Lisa Nardone lisa.nardone@yahoo.com

    Cafeteria Changes
    Later this week, we will begin working with students to change some of our routines in the cafeteria. Students will be encouraged (even more) to clean-up after themselves at lunch and we will pause for adults to wipe-down tables before students come in from rec. Please help encourage your student to help keep our school clean by throwing his or her lunch trash away. We hope these changes will help make our cafeteria cleaner for everyone. 

    Winter 1 Sports Registration 
    Derby winter 1 sports registration is open! Please make sure the front office has a copy of your student's physical dated 4/15/19 or later and that you have registered at the link below. 

    https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=19032&culture=en
    Our winter 1 sports are:
    Girls Swimming (6, 7, and 8)
    Boys Basketball (6, 7, and 8)
    Questions? Please call Heather Guise 248-203-5003 or hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Derby Wear Sales - Fall Conferences 
    Part of our fundraising for the PTA is done through Derby Wear sales. The money we raise is used for teacher grants directly at Derby. We would like to sell Derby Wear during conferences this year. Please sign up to help run the table. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby1

    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand managing doors and guests, answering phones, making copies and various other tasks would be a great help. Volunteers will not be working with any student sensitive materials. Time slots are noted in the sign up below. If you are only available for a portion of the time allotted, make a note in the comments detailing the time your are able to volunteer. Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby2

    Volunteer Opportunity During Recreation Study Hall in the Library
    Please consider volunteering in our library during recreation study hall hours 11:00am-1:00pm. Volunteers can help by accepting passes from students, reshelving books and monitoring students while in the library. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545ADAB2EA64-derby3

    Career Planning:
    State of Michigan law requires that all students grades 7-12 have an Educational Development Plan. An EDP is …..

    *an opportunity for students to learn about himself or herself, to understand career pathway options, and to begin 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.

    *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. 

    During the next week, Mrs. Westerlund (Derby EDP coordinator) will begin meeting with 8th grade social studies classes to introduce them to our new EDP platform, Xello. Xello is a self-exploration and planning program that helps our students to achieve their potential in school, career and life. Students can log into Xello through their PowerSchool portal. With this tool's help, each student is working toward developing an EDP that will help the student identify and make their way toward specific future goals and careers. 

    Derby is Collecting Halloween Candy!
    Derby is collecting Halloween candy for our USA Troop. Please bring in donations between
    October 28th -November 4th. Candy must be in individual wrappers. Chocolate is not allowed.
    Bring your candy to the school lobby in the morning and place it in the candy bin.
    Thank you for your support!

    Join the Derby Music Department on our Donation Drive! 
    Contact a director or use the link for donation online! These funds help us be able to provide Derby students with top notch instruments, one on one lesson time, sectionals and new published music! 
    Online link: https://www.supportbef.org/derbymusic.html
    Director emails:
    Band - sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Choir - jhummel@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Orchestra - nkarpinsky@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    8th Grade Washington D.C. Tip Message from Mr. Halverson

    Washington DC trip dates: Wednesday, May 13 – Friday, May 15, 2020

    Hi 8th Grade Parent,
    This year’s DC trip is going to be a blast - and educational too - for the students. Here's what you need to know:

    We will host an interest meeting for new registrants on October 30th at 6:30pm in the Derby Library.

    Our Trip ID is 173358. Use this to sign up at worldstrides.com/signup or by phone at 800-468-5899.

    Pay only a $99 deposit to sign up. The remaining balance of $1,275 is spread out into smaller amounts and paid monthly prior to the trip.

    Contact WorldStrides for many helpful tools, such as FLAG financial assistance and Gift of Education Fundraising Program, to help you pay for your trip.
    P.S. – If you have already signed up for the trip, thank you. And, if you know of other parents who have yet to sign up, please share this with them!
    All the best-Mr. Halverson chalverson@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    BEST OF LUCK TO CHESTER IN HIS RETIREMENT 
    Our beloved crossing guard, Chester has retired from his longtime position as Derby’s crossing guard.  Chester has been dedicated to keeping our students safe at the corner of Adams and Derby since December 1995.  He has stood in the rain, snow, sleet, heat, winds, but regardless of the weather, he brought sunshine to those around him.  He will be greatly missed by our Derby community. 

    If you would like to send a personal note or acknowledgement, please email Njohnson@birmingham.k12.mi.us for Chester’s home address. 

    Attention Parents:
    Last year we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and an ant infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, beginning October 4th, we will toss entire lunch bags found in the cafeteria and going forward every other week (no more going through them to clean them out and put them in lost and found). We will make an announcement on Fridays during A2 to remind students to check Lost and Found and lunch bags. Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home everyday and check the Lost & Found for lost items.

    Seaholm Open House
    The Seaholm Community Open House will be Monday, October 28th from 5:30-7:00pm. The Open House gives prospective students the opportunity to tour the building with current Seaholm students, meet teachers in each subject area and more! We hope that the Open House will give your student a good sense of the opportunities Seaholm has to offer.

    DERBY 2020 YEARBOOK – ORDER TODAY!!!
    COST INCREASE EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 2nd
    It is now time to order your 2019-2020 Derby Yearbook. This year’s yearbook will be hard covered with 128 full color pages. We will celebrate the end of the school year with Yearbook signing celebrations…everyone will want to partake! The Derby Yearbook is award-winning, so order today. The cost of the Yearbook is $40 through September 28th…$45 September 29th through November 1st and $50 November 2nd through January 25th. Yearbooks were NOT SOLD AT REGISTRATION and will NOT be sold after January 25th…order TODAY!!! To obtain an order form please pick one up in the Main Office or email mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us to obtain a digital copy.

    Derby Ski and Snowboard Club Information-
    Tis’ the season!!! We are in the initial planning phase for our 2019-2020 Ski and Snowboard Club season. For this season, we have re-vamped the club and have information to share with you:

    The Derby Ski and Snowboard Club Sponsors are: Lyn Kmiec, Michaela (Caela) McGrath, Lee Jensen-Muir, Kim Pavlock, and Stacie Tait-Fiori.

    Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club will be at Pine Knob this year.

    There will no longer be pro-rated fees for students playing Derby sports. The fee for the club this year is a flat fee for everyone.

    We will no longer take parent chaperones on the busses. Parents who would like to join us are welcome to drive to Pine Knob and to enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun with us.

    Packets for the club will be distributed during all lunches on: Monday, November 25th and 26th. Registration packets will also be available on the counter in the Main Office starting Monday, November 25th.

    Registration for the club will be from 7:45-8:00a.m. in the Counseling Lobby on: Tuesday, December 3rd, Wednesday, December 4th and Thursday, December 5th. Late registration will not be accepted.

    There will be a Mandatory Ski and Snowboard Club meeting for ALL club participants on Wednesday, December 11th from 7:30-8:00a.m. in the Derby library.

    The cost for the club will be $235.00. This fee covers 5 lift tickets, 1 student membership card and charter bus transportation.

    The Ski and Snowboard club dates are:
    Wednesday, January 8th
    Wednesday, January 15th
    Wednesday, January 22nd
    Wednesday, January 29th
    Wednesday, February 5th
    Wednesday, February 12th (this is a make-up date if a make-up trip is needed)

    We are looking forward to a great season…should you have any questions about the Derby Ski and Snowboard Club, please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.



    Message from Durham Bus Service
    The new school year brings new opportunities to educate our students on school bus safety and school bus evacuations. The schedule for our three evacuations are as follows:

    Middle School, & BCS
    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    Tuesday, March 31, 2019
    Tuesday, May 26, 2019

    Elementary & Parochial
    Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    Wednesday, April 1, 2019
    Wednesday, May 27, 2019

    Please read attached for more information on school bus safety and bus evacuations.
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/13mpPhN928NzGwRGsFpJdayFLlAh_He_3/view?usp=sharing
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zFgqObPRMRl3u680cwQ5a_JLAcM23DVk
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RcjGuG9icbip4mdNNXGbq4W7DXZz42C5


    Message from BBCC
    Our prevention partner, Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC), is conducting a brief survey to gain a better understanding of parental opinions and attitudes regarding underage substance use and mental health issues in our community. This information will help BBCC and your school better support you as a parent.

    This survey is anonymous and will take approximately 9 minutes to complete. If you have a child in 5th - 12th grades, we would appreciate your input.

    Please click on the following link to begin:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BB_Parent


    MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FRIENDS 
    WHEN November 7th, 2019 7pm 
    WHERE Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 
    Stress vs. Anxiety: Signs, Symptoms, & Strategies 
    Please join us for a presentation by BPS Kelsey Arsenault, BPS Elementary School Counselor & Gretchen Moran Marsh, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist about stress vs anxiety: signs & symptoms we may see in our kids and strategies we can use to help them cope. 
    More information about Friends, including Executive Members, Building Reps, and Local & National Resources can be found at the website below. WWW.FRIENDSOFDIFFERENTLEARNERS.ORG 
    ALL MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE! BECOME A FRIENDS MEMBER! Just $10 
    Any additional donations help us to provide high quality speakers at our monthly meetings and support our annual projects such as LINKS and the Disability Awareness Workshop, Valid September-August. Join at a meeting or online and while you’re there… SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY EMAIL

    Community Film
    On Wednesday, November 6th in partnership with Friendship Circle of Michigan, Federation will be bringing Kevin Hines to town for a presentation and showing of his award-winning film: Suicide - The Ripple Effect. As background, Kevin is one of the few survivors who tried to take his own life by jumping over the Golden Gate Bridge. He is now a mental health advocate and award-winning author and filmmaker. Kevin’s film focuses on his personal story, the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects that advocacy, inspiration and hope can have. To date, the film has been seen by more than 500,000 people across seven countries.

    The event will take place at Detroit Country Day School Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills and begins at 6:30pm. It is part of Federation’s community-wide youth mental health initiative, called We Need to Talk. It began after we finished a community-wide study that revealed very high levels of teen anxiety and depression.

    Derby Safety & Security Reminders 
    Student Arrival:
    Derby's doors open at 7:30 a.m. for student drop off. Students are not allowed to be in the building before 7:30 a.m unless they are in an adult supervised activity (practice, club etc…) Once the doors open, students are to be in the main/counseling lobbies, cafeteria or go to the library and wait for the first bell. Food and drinks are to remain in the cafeteria. 

    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 3:30. Students who stay after school in an adult supervised activity, must secure a ride home prior to the activity. All students waiting for rides, will be outside. This is a gentle reminder that students are not allowed in the building without supervision.

    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. 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. The parent/guardian must come in to the Main Office to sign out his/her child.

    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!

    To Report an Absence:
    To notify the school of a student’s absence, a parent or guardian must telephone the 24-hour answering service 248-203-5000 option 2 no later than 8:00 a.m. or by email at derbyattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us on the school day of the absence. Please note that sending a note to your child's teacher does not excuse your child. Always report absence to the attendance phone line or email. 

    Lunch and Items Dropped Off During the School Day:
    When dropping off books, lunches, homework, etc. for your child, we now have a shelf unit located in the vestibule when you walk into the school. Please place your child’s belongings on the appropriate grade shelf with their name. It is your child’s responsibility to check for their item between their classes.

    Cell Phone/ Personal Electronic Devices:
    Cell phones and all other personal electronic devices must be powered off and out of sight from 8:05 am-3:14 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. 

    Lunch bags:
    Last year we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and ant infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, any lunch bags found in the cafeteria along with all its contents be tossed. An announcement will be made during A2 to remind students to check the Lost and Found and pick up lunch bags left in the cafeteria. Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home everyday and check the Lost & Found for lost items. Thank you!

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: October 21st - 25th

    Posted by Marla Otterbacher on 10/20/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Dear Derby Families,

    It was another awesome week to be a Dragon! I would like to thank the 7th grade PAC parents for hosting a successful 6th grade family breakfast. It was the perfect way to start the day with smiles and treats as our learners had breakfast together with friends, family and teachers on Wednesday. 

    I had another proud moment on Thursday when I heard a story from our Cross Country Meet. One of our students uses sign language to communicate. Some of his teammates could be found on the course teaching each other the sign for “applause” and cheering for him as he ran by. This was all unprompted by an adult. The true testament of character is what our students do when we are not around. Way to go, Dragons! You make your community proud!

    I wish everyone a great weekend and an even better week!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020
    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News, email mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Monday (10-21)
    Sewing Club 3:20-4:50 P.M. (last session)

    Tuesday (10-22)
    Girls basketball Home vs. Abbott Middle School 4:00 PM
    Girls Tennis Singles at WHMS and BHMS Away 4:00 PM
    Cross Country Meet Away vs. Cranbrook Middle School 4:00 PM
    Chess Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Javascript Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Science Olympiad Meeting (parents and students) 7:15-8:15 P.M. (Derby Library)

    Wednesday (10-23)
    Football Away vs. Berkshire Middle School (Groves HS) 6:00 PM
    Girls Tennis OPEN DATE (Doubles at WHMS and BHMS) Away 4:00 PM
    Girls’ Basketball Home vs Detroit Country Day 4:00PM
    Typing 101 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Thursday (10-24)
    Girls Tennis OPEN DATE (Tennis Make-Up Date) Away 4:00 PM 
    Girls Who Code Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Competitive Video Gaming Club 3:20-5:35 P.M. 


    Friday (10-25)
    All School Halloween Bash 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

    Mark Your Calendar-
    October 25th All School Halloween Bash 6:00 pm-8:00 pm


    National PTA Reflections
    Unleash Your Inner Artist- Reflect on the theme, “Look Within”
    Create original art in the categories of dance, film, literature, music, photography and visual arts. 
    Enter to win recognition, prizes, and scholarships.

    Download Rules and Entry Forms at: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/ PTA_Reflections.
    Deadline for the 2019 Reflections Program is Wednesday, November 6th 
    Drop off bin front office Questions? Contact Lisa Nardone lisa.nardone@yahoo.com

    -ALL SCHOOL HALLOWEEN BASH-
    Trick or Treat Halloween is upon us and we are ready to celebrate with you. Join your Derby Student Government Leadership Team at the All School Halloween Bash on Friday, October 25th from 6-8pm at Derby. Tickets are $10 at the door. Star Trax Entertainment will be here and the gym will be open for basketball all evening. Participate in costume contests, dance competitions and basketball Lightening contests for gift card prizes. Concessions will be sold for an additional cost. All costumes are welcome. Be here, it will be a night to remember.

    Derby is Hiring!
    We are looking to hire a couple Noon Aides at Derby. The hours are 11 am – 1 pm and pay is between $10-11/hour. Ideally, we need someone Mon – Fri starting as soon as possible. Please consider the job for yourself, a friend, an older child, a retired neighbor….. 
    Please reach out to Heather Guise, hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us, if you are interested.

    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand managing doors and guests, answering phones, making copies and various other tasks would be a great help. Volunteers will not be working with any student sensitive materials. Time slots are noted in the sign up below. If you are only available for a portion of the time allotted, make a note in the comments detailing the time your are able to volunteer. Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby2

    Career Planning:
    State of Michigan law requires that all students grades 7-12 have an Educational Development Plan. An EDP is …..

    *an opportunity for students to learn about himself or herself, to understand career pathway options, and to begin 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.
    *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.

    During the next week, Mrs. Westerlund (Derby EDP coordinator) will begin meeting with 7th grade social studies classes to introduce them to our new EDP platform, Xello. Xello is a self-exploration and planning program that helps our students to achieve their potential in school, career and life. Students can log into Xello at xello.world using heir PowerSchool login information. With this tool's help, each student is working toward developing an EDP that will help the student identify and make their way toward specific future goals and careers. 

    Volunteer Opportunity During Recreation Study Hall in the Derby Library
    Please consider volunteering in our library during recreation study hall hours 11:00am-1:00pm. Volunteers can help by accepting passes from students, reshelving books and monitoring students while in the library. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545ADAB2EA64-derby3

    Join the Derby Music Department on our Donation Drive! 
    Contact a director or use the link for donation online! These funds help us be able to provide Derby students with top notch instruments, one on one lesson time, sectionals and new published music! 
    Online Link: https://www.supportbef.org/derbymusic.html
    Director emails:
    Band- sbarclay@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Choir- jhummel@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    Orchestra- nkarpinsky@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Winter 1 Sports Registration 
    Derby winter 1 sports registration is open! Please make sure the front office has a copy of your student's physical dated 4/15/19 or later and that you have registered at the link below. 
    https://secure.infosnap.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=19032&culture=en

    Our winter 1 sports are:
    Girls Swimming (6, 7, and 8)
    Boys Basketball (6, 7, and 8)
    Questions? Please call Heather Guise 248-203-5003 or hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    8th Grade Washington D.C. Tip Message from Mr. Halverson
    Hi 8th Grade Parent,
    This year’s DC trip is going to be a blast - and educational too- for the students. Here's what you need to know: 
    We will host an interest meeting for new registrants on October 30th at 6:30pm in the Derby Library. 
    Our Trip ID is 173358. Use this to sign up at worldstrides.com/signup or by phone at 800-468-5899. 
    Pay only a $99 deposit to sign up. The remaining balance of $1,275 is spread out into smaller amounts and paid monthly prior to the trip. 
    Contact WorldStrides for many helpful tools, such as FLAG financial assistance and Gift of Education Fundraising Program, to help you pay for your trip.
    P.S. – If you have already signed up for the trip, thank you. And, if you know of other parents who have yet to sign up, please share this with them!

    All the best- Mr. Halverson chalverson@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    BEST OF LUCK TO CHESTER IN HIS RETIREMENT 
    Our beloved crossing guard, Chester has retired from his longtime position as Derby’s crossing guard.  Chester has been dedicated to keeping our students safe at the corner of Adams and Derby since December 1995.  He has stood in the rain, snow, sleet, heat, winds, but regardless of the weather, he brought sunshine to those around him.  He will be greatly missed by our Derby community. 

    If you would like to send a personal note or acknowledgement, please email Njohnson@birmingham.k12.mi.us for Chester’s home address. 

    Attention Parents - Lunch Bags:
    Last year we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and an ant infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, beginning October 4th, we will toss entire lunch bags found in the cafeteria and going forward every other week (no more going through them to clean them out and put them in lost and found). We will make an announcement on Fridays during A2 to remind students to check Lost and Found and lunch bags. Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home everyday and check the Lost & Found for lost items.

    Seaholm Open House
    The Seaholm Community Open House will be Monday, October 28th from 5:30-7:00pm. The Open House gives prospective students the opportunity to tour the building with current Seaholm students, meet teachers in each subject area and more! We hope that the Open House will give your student a good sense of the opportunities Seaholm has to offer.


    Derby Ski and Snowboard Club Information-
    Tis’ the season!!! We are in the initial planning phase for our 2019-2020 Ski and Snowboard Club season. For this season, we have re-vamped the club and have information to share with you:

    *The Derby Ski and Snowboard Club Sponsors are: Lyn Kmiec, Michaela (Caela) McGrath, Lee Jensen-Muir, Kim Pavlock and Stacie Tait-Fiori. 
    *Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club will be at Pine Knob this year. 
    *There will no longer be pro-rated fees for students playing Derby sports. The fee for the club this year is a flat fee for everyone. 
    *We will no longer take parent chaperones on the busses. Parents who would like to join us are welcome to drive to Pine Knob and to enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun with us.
    *Packets for the club will be distributed during all lunches on: Monday, November 25th and 26th. Registration packets will also be available on the counter in the Main Office starting Monday, November 25th.

    Registration for the club will be from 7:45-8:00a.m. in the Counseling Lobby on: Tuesday, December 3rd, Wednesday, December 4th and Thursday, December 5th. Late registration will not be accepted.

    There will be a Mandatory Ski and Snowboard Club meeting for ALL club participants on Wednesday, December 11th from 7:30-8:00 a.m. in the Derby Library.

    The cost for the club will be $235.00. This fee covers 5 lift tickets, 1 student membership card and charter bus transportation.

    The Ski and Snowboard club dates are:

    *Wednesday, January 8th 
    *Wednesday, January 15th 
    *Wednesday, January 22nd 
    *Wednesday, January 29th 
    *Wednesday, February 5th
    *Wednesday, February 12th (this is a make-up date if a make-up trip is needed)
    We are looking forward to a great season…should you have any questions about the Derby Ski and Snowboard Club, please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Attention all 7th and 8th Grade Girls: Do you like Science and/or Math?Do you want to explore what it means to be an Engineer? We have a wonderful opportunity for you!!


    *Day 1: Thursday, October 24th from 3:30 to 5:30 at Seaholm High School
    You will participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities with Mr. Simms and his robotics team, Automation Nation. You will program one robotics system, then operate and drive other systems. You will also use a laser cutter to create a key chain. We will leave Derby at 3:00 on the 24th. 


    *Day 2: Wednesday, October 30th from 5:30 to 7:00 at Seaholm High School 
    You will attend the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Associationcompetition. We will be guided by JaCinda Sumara, Consultant for Career Focused Education at Oakland Schools. Students will need to arrange their own transportation home from Seaholm on October 24th and transportation to and from Seaholm on October 30th. 

    More specific information about drop-off and pick-up will be provided before October 24th. Forms were distributed Friday, October 11th and there additional forms are in the office. Please fill out and return to your math teacher, Mrs. Hart, or Mrs. Westerlund at Derby by Monday, October 21st.
    Email Lisa Hart with any questions Lhart@birmingham.k12.mi.us 
    **We will provide protective glasses at the competition.
    You must wear closed toed shoes.**


    BPS Family Pride 
    BPS Family Pride is made up of LGBTQ+ families and allies who wish to show their families that all you need is love. 
    We have a ton of fun events planned for 2019/2020 and everyone is welcome. Details on these events can be found on our Facebook page @BPSFamilyPride or you can contact Christine Voss at bpsfamilypride@gmail.com

    BPS Family Pride 2019/2020 Events:
    *Nov 16 @ 11:30am in Bloomfield - Philanthropy Project Assembly
    *Dec Moonbeams at Beaumont (date TBD)
    *Jan 4 Social at Lemont’s House (evening event- details TBD)
    *Jan 26 Family Friendly Showdown @ Go Comedy 4pm (purchase tickets directly with Go Comedy)
    *Feb 3 @ 6:30pm meeting at Greenfield- Discuss challenges or biases our kids face in school
    *Mar 6 bowling and ice cream (details TBD)
    *Apr 24 Escape Room (details TBD)
    *May 29 @ 6:30-8pm end of year social on Greenfield playground


    MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FRIENDS 
    WHEN: November 7th, 2019 7pm 
    WHERE: Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 
    Stress vs. Anxiety: Signs, Symptoms, & Strategies 
    Please join us for a presentation by BPS Kelsey Arsenault, BPS Elementary School Counselor & Gretchen Moran Marsh, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist about stress vs anxiety: signs & symptoms we may see in our kids and strategies we can use to help them cope. 
    More information about Friends, including Executive Members, Building Reps, and Local & National Resources can be found at the website below. WWW.FRIENDSOFDIFFERENTLEARNERS.ORG 
    ALL MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE! BECOME A FRIENDS MEMBER! Just $10 
    Any additional donations help us to provide high quality speakers at our monthly meetings and support our annual projects such as LINKS and the Disability Awareness Workshop, Valid September-August. Join at a meeting or online and while you’re there… SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY EMAIL

    Community Film
    On Wednesday, November 6th in partnership with Friendship Circle of Michigan, Federation will be bringing Kevin Hines to town for a presentation and showing of his award-winning film:Suicide - The Ripple Effect. As background, Kevin is one of the few survivors who tried to take his own life by jumping over the Golden Gate Bridge. He is now a mental health advocate and award-winning author and filmmaker. Kevin’s film focuses on his personal story, the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects that advocacy, inspiration and hope can have. To date, the film has been seen by more than 500,000 people across seven countries.

    The event will take place at Detroit Country Day School Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills and begins at 6:30pm. It is part of Federation’s community-wide youth mental health initiative, called We Need to Talk. It began after we finished a community-wide study that revealed very high levels of teen anxiety and depression.

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  • Derby Middle School Week at a Glance: October 14th - October 18th

    Posted by Marla Otterbacher on 10/13/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Dear Derby Families,

    The Dragons had another successful week! Each of our tennis, basketball, football and cross country teams brought home victory this week. Mr. Smith, Mrs. Papp and I also had the privilege of being serenaded by our 8th grade choir in the main office when the class took it’s show on the road! We love when our students share their talents!

    This week, we can’t wait to welcome 6th grade families to breakfast at 7:15 on Wednesday. Thank you to PAC for sponsoring this event.

    We hope everyone enjoys this “it feels like fall” weekend!

    Go Dragons,
    Marla Otterbacher
    Principal


    Derby Middle School Week at a Glance 2019-2020
    To submit an item for next week’s Derby E-News,
    email Martha Papp at mpapp@birmingham.k12.mi.us

    Monday (10-14)
    Sewing Club 3:20-4:50 P.M.

    Tuesday (10-15)
    Girls Tennis Home vs. BHMS 4:00 PM
    Girls Basketball Away vs. Covington 4:00 PM
    Chess Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    JavaScript Coding Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.

    Wednesday (10-16)
    6th Grade Breakfast: 7:15 am-7:50 am The cafeteria is closed for all other students.
    Girls Tennis Away vs. Berkshire 4:00 PM
    Football Home vs. Avondale Middle School 4:30 PM
    Typing Club 3:20-4:20 P.M.
    Fantasy Gaming Unplugged 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Thursday (10-17)
    Girls Basketball Home vs. Berkshire 4:00 PM
    Cross Country Meet Home vs. Bloomfield Hills 4:00 PM
    Girls Who Code 3:20-4:30 P.M.
    Competitive Gaming Club 3:20-5:20 P.M.

    Friday (10-18)

    Mark Your Calendar-
    October 25th All School Halloween Bash 6:00 pm-8:00 pm


    National PTA Reflections
    Unleash Your Inner Artist- Reflect on the theme,
    “Look Within”
    Create original art in the categories of dance, film, literature, music,
    photography and visual arts.
    Enter to win recognition, prizes, and scholarships.
    Download Rules and Entry Forms
    at: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/ PTA_Reflections.
    Deadline for the 2019 Reflections Program is Wednesday, November 6th
    Drop off bin front office Questions? Contact Lisa Nardone lisa.nardone@yahoo.com

    Derby is Hiring!
    We are looking to hire a couple Noon Aides at Derby. The hours are 11 am – 1 pm and pay is between $10-11/hour. Ideally, we need someone Mon – Fri starting as soon as possible. Please consider the job for yourself, a friend, an older child, a retired neighbor…..
    Please reach out to Heather Guise, hguise@birmingham.k12.mi.us, if you are interested.

    Volunteer Opportunity in Derby Main Office
    Your help in our busy front office would be appreciated! A hand managing doors and guests, answering phones, making copies and various other tasks would be a great help. Volunteers will not be working with any student sensitive materials. Time slots are noted in the sign up below. If you are only available for a portion of the time allotted, make a note in the comments detailing the time your are able to volunteer. Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545adab2ea64-derby2

    Volunteer Opportunity during Study Hall in the Library
    Please consider volunteering in our library during recreation study hall hours 11:00am-1:00pm. Volunteers can help by accepting passes from students, reshelving books and monitoring students while in the library. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545ADAB2EA64-derby3

    Attention All 6th Grade Families!!!
    Please join us for the annual welcome breakfast for all 6th graders and their families on Wednesday, October 16th from 7:15-7:50am in the Derby cafeteria. This is a wonderful Derby tradition and a great way to meet your child’s new friends and other 6th grade families. This is an informal event, so please stop in anytime during the breakfast. A continental breakfast of bagels, doughnuts, fruit and drinks will be served. If your family is unable to attend, your 6th grader is welcome to come without a parent. Please RSVP through the following link on sign-up genius by indicating the family name and number of attendees.
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090545AFA823A31-6thgrade
    Thank you!!
    Lisa Kelley

    Attention Parents - Lunch Bags:
    Last year we had lunch bags containing food items left on our cafeteria shelves and as a result, we had a fruit flies and an ant infestation in our cafeteria. In our order to continue to keep our cafeteria safe and clean for our students and staff, beginning October 4th, we will toss entire lunch bags found in the cafeteria and going forward every other week (no more going through them to clean them out and put them in lost and found). We will make an announcement on Fridays during A2 to remind students to check Lost and Found and lunch bags. Please remind your student to take their lunch bag home everyday and check the Lost & Found for lost items.

    Flu Vaccines at Derby
    Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
    3:00 – 5:30 PM
    Derby Cafeteria
    · Vaccinations for 8 years old and up, Quadrivalent available, and high dose for 65+.
    · Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    · Free with most insurances. Please bring your medical card and your prescription card.
    · $ 5 off coupon with the shot.
    The Flu Guide For Parents: http://www.cvs.com/bizcontent/minuteclinic/desktop/flu-pdfs/flu-guide-for-parents.pdf
    *** Flu mist is not offered as deemed to be ineffective***

    Seaholm Open House
    The Seaholm Community Open House will be Monday, October 28th from 5:30-7:00pm. The Open House gives prospective students the opportunity to tour the building with current Seaholm students, meet teachers in each subject area and more! We hope that the Open House will give your student a good sense of the opportunities Seaholm has to offer.

    Parents of current 7th Graders and/or New-To-District Students:
    It is important for all parents/guardians to know that Michigan law requires all students be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases in order to attend school. The immunization status of all 7th grade students as well as all new-to-district students will be assessed by October 15th, 2019 in accordance with Public Act 89.“To prevent your child from being excluded from school, please ensure that your child’s immunizations are up to date. If your child is unvaccinated, an Immunization Waiver Form must be obtained from Oakland County Health Department for any 7th grader or new student, for the current reporting year only”. If you have any questions regarding your children’s immunization status, please reach out to your pediatrician, the Oakland County Health Department or Robin McIntyre, Derby Counseling Office (rmcintyre@birmingham.k12.mi.us).

    Message from Science Olympiad
    Are you creative, inquisitive or interested in Circuits, Solar System or Building? Did you do Science Olympiad in elementary school? Derby Dragons Science Olympiad team is building on last year’s success. We have had a lot of inquiries about the club. Now if the time to act. Please visit the Derby Club webpage,the main office, or Mrs. Westerlund to get a Science Olympiad Registration form, and drop it off along with the $35 fee in the office by Monday, October 14th. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Kathy Westerlund (kwesterlund@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or Kevin O’Brien (kevobr@comcast.net). There is a great deal of information about the program on the website: https://www.soinc.org/

    Derby Ski and Snowboard Club Information-
    Tis’ the season!!! We are in the initial planning phase for our 2019-2020 Ski and Snowboard Club season. For this season, we have re-vamped the club and have information to share with you:

    The Derby Ski and Snowboard Club Sponsors are: Lyn Kmiec, Michaela (Caela) McGrath, Lee Jensen-Muir, Kim Pavlock and Stacie Tait-Fiori.

    Derby’s Ski and Snowboard Club will be at Pine Knob this year.

    There will no longer be pro-rated fees for students playing Derby sports. The fee for the club this year is a flat fee for everyone.

    We will no longer take parent chaperones on the busses. Parents who would like to join us are welcome to drive to Pine Knob and to enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun with us.

    Packets for the club will be distributed during all lunches on: Monday, November 25th and 26th. Registration packets will also be available on the counter in the Main Office starting Monday, November 25th.

    Registration for the club will be from 7:45-8:00a.m. in the Counseling Lobby on: Tuesday, December 3rd, Wednesday, December 4th and Thursday, December 5th. Late registration will not be accepted.
    There will be a Mandatory Ski and Snowboard Club meeting for ALL club participants on Wednesday, December 11th from 7:30-8:00 a.m. in the Derby Library.

    The cost for the club will be $235.00. This fee covers 5 lift tickets, 1 student membership card and charter bus transportation.

    The Ski and Snowboard club dates are:


    Wednesday, January 8th
    Wednesday, January 15th
    Wednesday, January 22nd
    Wednesday, January 29th
    Wednesday, February 5th
    Wednesday, February 12th (this is a make-up date if a make-up trip is needed)


    We are looking forward to a great season…should you have any questions about the Derby Ski and Snowboard Club, please email Caela McGrath at mmcgrath@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    Attention all 7th and 8th Grade GirlsDo you like Science and/or Math?Do you want to explore what it means to be an Engineer?
    We have a wonderful opportunity for you!!

    Day 1: Thursday, October 24th from 3:30 to 5:30 at Seaholm High School
    You will participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities with Mr. Simms and his robotics team, Automation Nation. You will program one robotics system, then operate and drive other systems.You will also use a laser cutter to create a key chain. We will leave Derby at 3:00 on the 24th. 

    Day 2: Wednesday, October 30th from 5:30 to 7:00 at Seaholm High School
    You will attend the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association competition. We will be guided by JaCinda Sumara, Consultant for Career Focused Education at Oakland Schools. Students will need to arrange their own transportation home from Seaholm on October 24th and transportation to and from Seaholm on October 30th.

    More specific information about drop-off and pick-up will be provided before October 24th. Forms were distributed Friday, October 11th and there additional forms are in the office (and attached). Please fill out and return to your math teacher, Mrs. Hart, or Mrs. Westerlund at Derby by Monday, October 21st.
    Email Lisa Hart with any questions Lhart@birmingham.k12.mi.us
    **We will provide protective glasses at the competition.
    You must wear closed toed shoes.**


    Groves Garage Sale
    To benefit Groves PTA and Booster Groups
    Where: Groves High School 20500 West 13 Mile Rd (Just west of Evergreen)
    When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 9am to 4pm Early entry at 8am for $2
    Sunday, October 20, 2019 9am to 1pm 50% Off All Day
    $5 Bag Sale starting at 11am(soft items only)
    DONATE . . . From timeless treasures you don’t have space for to gently worn fashions you don’t have a need for.
    PLEASE NOTE NEW DROP OFF DAYS THIS YEAR!
    Drop Off at the Commons Entrance
    Wednesday, October 16th & Thursday, October 17th 4pm to 9pm
    Donations are Tax Deductible- forms available.
    Clean clothes, toys, books, furniture, sports equipment, bicycles, electronics (no tube-type TVs), small appliances, housewares and more.
    Help Our Community Reduce, ReUse & ReCycle
    If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact:
    Adam Acey - adam_acey@yahoo.com

    BPS Family Pride
    BPS Family Pride is made up of LGBTQ+ families and allies who wish to show their families that all you need is love.
    We have a ton of fun events planned for 2019/2020 and everyone is welcome. Details on these events can be found on our Facebook page @BPSFamilyPride or you can contact Christine Voss at bpsfamilypride@gmail.com

    BPS Family Pride 2019/2020 Events
    Sep 16 @ 6:30pm welcome back on Greenfield playground & launch of our Fall Philanthropy Project
    Oct 13 Cider Mill- Spicers Orchard in Fenton at 11 a.m.
    Nov 16 @ 11:30am in Bloomfield - Philanthropy Project Assembly
    Dec Moonbeams at Beaumont (date TBD)
    Jan 4 Social at Lemont’s House (evening event- details TBD)
    Jan 26 Family Friendly Showdown @ Go Comedy 4pm (purchase tickets directly with Go Comedy)
    Feb 3 @ 6:30pm meeting at Greenfield- Discuss challenges or biases our kids face in school
    Mar 6 bowling and ice cream (details TBD)
    Apr 24 Escape Room (details TBD)
    May 29 @ 6:30-8pm end of year social on Greenfield playground

    Message from BBCC (Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition)
    Our prevention partner, Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC), is conducting a brief survey to gain a better understanding of parental opinions and attitudes regarding underage substance use and mental health issues in our community. This information will help BBCC and your school better support you as a parent.This survey is anonymous and will take approximately 9 minutes to complete. If you have a child 18 years of age or under, we would appreciate your input.
    Please click on the following link to begin:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BB_Parent
    Thank you!
    This survey will provide us with a greater understanding about our parents:
    Top concerns about their child’s well-being
    Areas where they need support
    Preferred methods of receiving information and support
    Concerns and perceptions about substance use
    Concerns and perceptions about youth mental health
    Go to resource(s) for substance use or mental health support for their child


    BPS District Message
    Hello Teaching and Learning Council,
    The Oakland County Commissioners, in partnership with Oakland Schools and Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union, is co-sponsoring an “I Voted!” sticker contest in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and passage of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. This is a super opportunity for all Oakland County 6th-12th grade students to learn about this important period in our history, as well as winning $1,000! The deadline is Friday, October 18, 2019.

    Two winning stickers will be chosen, replicated, and distributed during the upcoming elections at voting precincts: one 6th-8th grader and one 9th-12th grader. There is also a $250 award for each winning students’ teacher for their classroom.

    Attached is a sticker contest flyer. Participants should scroll down online at https://www.oakgov.com/boc/Programs/Pages/Women's-Suffrage-Centennial-Celebration.aspx or OakGov.com/VotesForWomen for “I Voted” sticker contest information, a very important design template, and submission form. For questions, contact Haley Hansen at hansenhm@oakgov.com or 248.858-1092 or Oakland Schools' Fine Arts Consultant, Hedy Blatt, at hedy.blatt@oakland.k12.mi.us.

    Message from BEF- Birmingham Education FoundationThe Birmingham Education Foundation is Looking for an Auction Chair!
    Are you looking for a way to make a big impact? The BEF is looking for an individual, or group of individuals, to lead the BEF Bash Auction Team! We have a group of dedicated volunteers, and all of the information and materials ready, we just need a volunteer (or volunteers) to serve as the lead for our team. If you're interested in learning more or are interested other ways to volunteer with the BEF, contact Alison Hendry by emailing BEF@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

    MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FRIENDS
    WHEN November 7th, 2019 7pm
    WHERE Birmingham Covington School 1525 Covington Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Stress vs. Anxiety: Signs, Symptoms, & Strategies
    Please join us for a presentation by BPS Kelsey Arsenault, BPS Elementary School Counselor & Gretchen Moran Marsh, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist about stress vs anxiety: signs & symptoms we may see in our kids and strategies we can use to help them cope.
    More information about Friends, including Executive Members, Building Reps, and Local & National Resources can be found at the website below. WWW.FRIENDSOFDIFFERENTLEARNERS.ORG
    ALL MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE! BECOME A FRIENDS MEMBER! Just $10
    Any additional donations help us to provide high quality speakers at our monthly meetings and support our annual projects such as LINKS and the Disability Awareness Workshop, Valid September-August. Join at a meeting or online and while you’re there… SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY EMAIL

    Message regarding lunches
    Children need healthy meals to learn. The Birmingham Public Schools Cafes offer healthy meals every school day. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Please fill out a new lunch application each school year before October 15th at www.lunchapp.com

    If you have any questions please call the BPS Cafes office at
    (248)203-3966. If you have already completed the application process for this school year and received an approval, please disregard this message.

    Fundraiser at Derby Football Game
    Derby football-During Wednesday’s game we will be having a fundraiser for Covenant House to help raise awareness and money for homeless youth. If you would like to donate or learn more, please see the table by the front gate and Elizabeth Rauth (#90’s mom).

    Community Film
    On Wednesday, November 6th in partnership with Friendship Circle of Michigan, Federation will be bringing Kevin Hines to town for a presentation and showing of his award-winning film: Suicide - The Ripple Effect. As background, Kevin is one of the few survivors who tried to take his own life by jumping over the Golden Gate Bridge. He is now a mental health advocate and award-winning author and filmmaker. Kevin’s film focuses on his personal story, the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects that advocacy, inspiration and hope can have. To date, the film has been seen by more than 500,000 people across seven countries.

    The event will take place at Detroit Country Day School Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills and begins at 6:30pm. It is part of Federation’s community-wide youth mental health initiative, called We Need to Talk. It began after we finished a community-wide study that revealed very high levels of teen anxiety and depression.

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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.