21st Century District Initiative

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April 14 9-11amSaturday SchoolOpen to all BPS students to help improve overall achievement. $2 suggested donation for snacks and materials. Location: Berkshire

April 14 & 15
BEF Annual Garage Sale
The Birmingham Education Foundation's annual garage sale will be held Saturday, April 14 (8 am to 3 pm) and Sunday, April 15 (10 am to 2 pm) at Berkshire/ Drop off is: Friday, April 13 until 7 pm. Questions or to volunteer please contact Jane Polan at 248 626-2231 or J5Polan@aol.com
April 17 7pmRachel’s Challenge Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999. She left behind an amazing legacy and a simple challenge to anyone who will accept it: treat others with kindness and compassion and you just may change the world. This program is for parents, students and community members. No Charge. Location: Seaholm Auditorium.
April 17 6:30-8pmBike Helmet Fitting/Sale Beverly Community Education is sponsoring a bike helmet fitting and sale. Trained staff from Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Trauma Related Injury Prevention program will be there to fit bike helmets. If your child (or you) needs a new helmet, they will be available at deeply discounted prices. Location: Beverly gym
April 18 9am -10:30amCoffee and Chat with Dave LarsonZuma Coffee, 207 So. Old Woodward, Birmingham

April 19 9amSocial Networking – Listen, Learn and DoCECAC invites you to a special presentation with best practices and hands-on help and advice to get your organization in the social networking marketplace. RSVP to mm02bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us Location: Baldwin Library

April 19 7pmShowing of Atomic MomThe Mothers' Networking Center formerly the Birmingham/Bloomfield Mothers' Center, a non-profit organization, is sponsoring a showing of Atomic Mom on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7 pm at the Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills.
District Information for April 13, 2012

eNews with Dave Larson: http://tinyurl.com/8xfl266

April 18 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Coffee and Chat with Dave LarsonZuma Coffee, 207 So. Old Woodward, Birmingham

Superintendent Search SurveyClick here http://tinyurl.com/88yepcm to take the survey about the characteristics the Board of Education will be seeking in our next superintendent. Survey deadline is April 28.

Superintendent Search Focus Groups April 23 If you would like to participate in a superintendent search focus group to determine the characteristics the Board of Education will be seeking in the next superintendent, please contact Marcia Wilkinson at mw01bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us to schedule.

From BPS Community EducationCommunity Education Offers Adult Swim at Derby
Adult & Teen (16+) Swim – Stroke Refinement – 6:30 – 7:15 pm - $43*Additional time for practice after class
Adult & Teen (16+) Swim – Adult Non-Swimmer – 7:15 – 8:00 pm - $40
Fridays, April 13, 20, 27 and May 4
Register on-line at www.communityed.net or call 248-203-3800

Get Ready…It’s Almost Here…SUMMER!
Summer Camp Guide of over 85 youth enrichment and recreation camps is available on-line at www.communityed.net . Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT prior to MAY 1 for Camp Super Summer And Camp T-6-8!

Special Education Parent Advisory Committee It is that time of year again that we begin seeking candidates who are interested in serving on the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC is a committee of 12 elected parent volunteers who work closely with Birmingham Special Education staff in an advisory capacity. If you are a parent of a student with an IEP or know of a parent who may be interested in serving a three year term, please complete the application which is accessible by visiting the following link: H:\PAC\Application Form PAC 2011, fillableREV-1.doc . Applications from interested parties are due by the April 27th, so if you are interested, please submit your application at your earliest convenience. You may also access information regarding the PAC on our FAQ document by clicking on this link: H:\PAC\PAC FAQ 2012 jan member update.doc . Additional information regarding the PAC may be found on our Special Education webpage under the PAC tab.

From the Birmingham Education FoundationPlease remember to stop by Berkshire this weekend and support the BEF garage sale. Supporting Arts, Academics, Athletics and Technology in our district!
Come celebrate a classic Latin American themed fiesta to benefit Birmingham Public Schools, May 3, 2012 at Toast Birmingham, 7:00-11:00 p.m. Enjoy an elegant Cinco de Mayo gathering featuring the new Toast spring menu, including a strolling dinner with a Latin American theme. Limited to the first 150 guests. Tickets are $90.00 p.p.discounted to $80 per person until April 27 2012. Purchase tickets online at BEF Website www.supportBEF.org Proceeds will benefit all 13 BPS schools.

School/Student/Staff Recognition and Information

Congratulations to the following Bingham Farms students who won honors at the recent Math Pentathlon games.
Hall of Fame and Gold– Monica Inda. This means that she won all games and her name will be placed on the Math Pentathlon site for one year.
Gold – Jack Handzel won 4 games, tied one
Silver – Abigail Werthman won 4 games
Bronze- Andrew Inda and Scott Rolf – overall total score of 12 out of 15.
Honorable. Mention - Matthew Inda, Sam Sundberg, and Sadamichi Konoya – overall score of 11 out of 15.

Kudos to the Groves Evergreen Singers who placed at the State Solo/Ensemble Festival sponsored by the Michigan School Vocal Music Association recently held. Earning a Divison I (the highest possible):
Hannah Lahti, Rachel Shattuck and Audrey Landgraff. Earning a Division Two rating was Ellen Searle.

Groves orchestra students took honors in the recent Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association competition. Seven students were selected to participate in the Michigan Youth Arts orchestra made up of the top student musicians in the state. Congratulations to Maxime Lawton, Jasmine Acharya, Lucy Bolerjack, Aaron Yost, Lukas Nicola, Dan Edwards and Hannah Voigt.

Danielle Sommerville, 7th grade at Berkshire, is performing in Titanic, the Musical at Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theater in Royal Oak. The performances run April 13-15, 19-22, 26-29, May 4-6, 2012. Stagecrafters is located at 415 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067. Call the Baldwin Theater, (248) 541-6430. Order tickets online stagecrafters.org. Best wishes, Danielle!

Congratulations to Naomi Tashiro, a junior at Seaholm, who was the 3rd place winner in the Japanese Language Speech Contest this year, which is held annually by the Consulate of Japan in Detroit.

Hats off to David Bender, a Seaholm senior who has been named a semifinalist in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. David is one of 550 national semifinalists selected from more than 3,300 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities.

Sports/Team/League Information

Franklin Baseball, Softball & Tee-ball League Registration ongoing$160 for baseball and softball and $115 for tee ball. Umpires also wanted. For information go to franklinbaseball@comcast.net

Birmingham Area Youth Soccer League spring registration ongoing
The Birmingham Area Youth Soccer League (BAYSL) is accepting registrations for the Spring 2012 season. This is a community-based recreational youth soccer league. The league offers teams for Pre-K - 5th grade and parent and tot program for 18 mos. to 3 years. The Parent/Tot program focuses on pre-soccer skills. All practices and games are on Saturdays at Our Shepherd Lutheran School on Lincoln. Season starts April 21 and ends June 16. Please visit www.baysl.net or call 248 840-3230 for more information. League is administered by John and Sarah Jackson.

Birmingham Hockey Association Fall Registration – Ages 5-14 yrs.Registration Instructions:http://www.birminghamhockey.net/files/bha_2012_instructional_letter.pdf
Registration Form:http://www.birminghamhockey.net/files/bha_membership2012.pdf

Get Ready for the Patriots! Register now!Cheerleaders – 5-14 Years, Register before May 1 - $175 and after May 1st - $225
Football Players 7-8 Years Old – Max. Weight – 110 lbs., Register before May 1st - $249, After May 1st - $2999-10 Years Old – Max. Weight – 130 lbs., Register before May 1st - $299, After May 1st $34911-12 Years Old – Max. Weight – 160 lbs., Register before May 1st - $375, After May 1st - $425
13-14 Years Old – Max. Weight – 190 lbs., Register before May 1st - $375, After May 1st - $425
To register, download forms from www.birminghampatriots.org and follow instructions. For questions, please e-mail admin@birminghampatriots.org

Plan Ahead and Mark Your Calendar

Birmingham African American Family Network Meeting April 23
Upcoming meeting on April 23 from 7pm to 8:30 p.m. Special guest speaker will be Patricia Chunn, Director of the Oakland County African American Family Network. Location: Groves Staff Planning Room.

BBFA Presents Dealing with Daughters April 24 10am
This program will help parents understand and communicate with their pre-teen and teenage daughters. Issues addressed will include peer pressure, mean girl and clique issues, trust and communication with parents and more. Presented by Alina Stevenson, Psy.D., Girls Empowered.
No fee or pre-registration needed. Location: Doyle Center, 7275 Wing Lake Rd., Bloomfield Hills.

Arabian Nights April 26-29
The Groves Performing Arts Company proudly presents its spring play, Arabian Nights written by Groves Theatre Teacher and Director, Mr. John W. Rutherford. The play will be performed in the Groves Little Theatre. This show will be enjoyed by children of all ages as well as adults. Tickets are available now in the main office of Groves High School during school hours. Ticket prices are $8 for students and $10 for adults. Show dates and times are:
Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 pm
Friday, April 27 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 pm.

Register today at www.communityed.net

Shades of Pink Foundation: A Walk at the Zoo April 28
BPS Families! Don’t miss the “Shades of Pink Foundation: A Walk at the Zoo”. The 5th annual event will raise money to provide temporary financial assistance to women who are experiencing financial distress at the time of a breast cancer diagnosis. Early registration fee includes a day at the zoo, commemorative T-shirt and pin, and breakfast snacks. Adults (18 and up) are $35, children 6-17 are $25 and children 5 and under are free. Late registration (after April 15); add $5 and t-shirt is not guaranteed. The gates open at 7 am, the opening ceremony takes place at 8:30 am and the walk begins at 9 am.
Walkers can register individually or in teams and can ask friends and family to sponsor them as well. Walkers can choose a mapped-out one, three or six-mile route. Pre-register at shadesofpinkfoundation.org.

Project Healthy Living May 2 10am-2pm
BASCC is hosting Project Healthy Living, in sponsorship with WXYZ on Wednesday, May 2 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Free and low cost Health Screenings to persons 18 & older.
For additional information on services offered, go to Project Healthy Living’s website at www.Projecthealthyliving.net or call the hotline 313-531-9108. BASCC is located at 2121 Midvale Street, Birmingham 248-203-5270.

Adult Volunteers Needed May 2
BASCC is hosting Project Healthy Living on Wednesday, May 2. Volunteers are needed to help with this one day event from 9 am-Noon or Noon to 3 pm. Please call Jeanne Nance at BASCC if you’re available to help at 248-203-5270 or jnance@bascc.org. Thank you!

Berkshire Proud Dads 5K Race May 5
Ready for a great run on a scenic 5K course? Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Berkshire 5K on Saturday, May 5th at 8am, starting and finishing in the front of Berkshire Middle School. Anyone can sign up and it's only $15 before April 1st. Complete information and a link to the online registration site can be found on the Dads Club site: http://berkshiremiddleschool.webs.com/5k.htm

Looking for a musical challenge? May 12 & Aug. 25
The Metropolitan Youth Symphony is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a high level of musicianship for its students. It is one of the premier youth orchestras in the State of Michigan and is located at North Farmington High School. MYS is now taking audition applications for the 2012/13 school year. Auditions will be on Saturday May 12th and August 25th at St Aidan's Community Center located in Livonia. If your student has shown a strong dedication to music and is looking for a challenge, MYS offers a incredible experience. Please contact Carol Poirier for questions and auditions at 248/788.9373 or carol.m.poirier@gmail.com. More information is also available on the MYS website at www.Detroit MYS.org

!gnite Information Programs – Parent Tech Classes May 17 6;30-8pmWhether you currently have a child in an !gnite classroom or have questions for the future, this session will provide some information and hands-on experience with the technology used in the !gnite classrooms. The session will focus on the use of the Wiki and Moodle for classroom activities, along with the introduction of various tools students may see in !gnite. Each session is open to current !gnite and prospective !gnite parents across the district. You must RSVP since space is limited. Session is 6:30pm to 8pm and free child care is available. Register now:
May 17 6;30-8pm Quarton Elementary
RSVP to mm02bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us or call 248-203-3025.

Expedition 2012 May 23 6-8pm
Save the date! We are very excited to announce that on May 23, 2012, Birmingham Public Schools will host a downlink with the International Space Station during the school day. This is an incredible honor and we are one of only six organizations selected to participate in this expedition. Please save the date now to participate in our evening family event where you can watch a replay of the downlink from earlier in the day. You and your family will also be able to visit individual stations that highlight microgravity, space station information and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Younger space explorers will also have the opportunity to build a straw rocket. Mark your calendar now for Wednesday, May 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Seaholm High School Gymnasium. This event is free to all BPS community members and there is no need to RSVP. This great event is made possible through the generosity of the Birmingham Education Foundation.

Birmingham Historical Museum & Park presents Fire Dept. History now thru’ June 9Learn more about the people, technology and events that shaped the Birmingham Fire Department, now in its 100th year. Hours Wed.-Sat., 1-4pm Adults $5; seniors & students, $3, children 5 & under, free. Location: 556 W. Maple

K-1 Summer Camp 3 sessionsChoose from June 19-29, July 9-27 or July 30-Aug. 24. This camp is for BPS students who have finished kindergarten or first grade. Enjoy swimming and outdoor activities. Space is limited. Location: BPS Early Childhood Center, 2121 Midvale, Birmingham. Before and after camp child care available. For information, call Teri at 248-203-5803. You can also go to www.birmingham.k12.mi.us, choose “Schools” on the top, click on BPS Early Childhood Center, click on “registration” and then click on “K-1” camp.

For more information about eNews, please contact Marcia Wilkinson at **mw01bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us**

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