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SCHOOL NEWS

NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Monday, October 23 - B day
Tuesday, October 24 - A day
Wednesday, October 25 - B day
Thursday, October 26 - A day
Friday, October 27 - B day - Student Fall Festival from 5 - 7 p.m. See article below for details and ticket information!

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October 31 - 1/2 day; dismissal at 11:35. See item below for costume guidelines.

November 14 - Picture retakes. Forms will be available on November 6 in the office and on the BHMS website.

The CLUB CALENDAR is now on the main page of the BHMS website. Please bookmark the link as a reference for your student's club meeting dates, start times and end times. 

For more dates, check out the A/B  DAY SCHEDULE AND EVENTS CALENDAR and the BHMS DAILY BELL SCHEDULE (includes lunch periods) on the BHMS Website.


INTERNET SAFETY PRESENTATIONS ON OCTOBER 30

The Michigan Attorney General's office will be conducting presentations on student safety featuring the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI) and the student safety hotline, OK2SAY. The presentation will be given for Bloomfield Hills Middle School students in grades 5 through 8 on Monday, October 30. Please open this letter for more details on the content of the presentation for the grade levels. At the bottom of the letter is an opt-out form. Return the opt-out form to Mr. Flevaris' mailbox in the main office by October 27, if you DO NOT want your child to attend the presentation.


CAN YOU VOLUNTEER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Bloomfield Hills School District Make a Difference Day is on Saturday, October 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This year we are excited to partner with Cass Community Social Services for our Make a Difference Day project! This Detroit-based agency works across the city in areas of concentrated poverty providing programs for food, health services, housing, financial education, and job programs. The project will provide a meaningful opportunity for kids to have a very hands on component to community service. The location be 11745 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48206

After you've finished reading below about how to volunteer for Make a Difference Day, please take a minute to watch this fun and informative video made by BHMS students. The video explains the Cass Community Social Services "Tiny House Project". 

Here are ways to get involved: 

•   Volunteer: Students of all ages from our district will come together to provide help to the organization including food prep, yard work, making mud mats for resale etc.   Please sign up by clicking here  to attend the event. Bus transportation will be provided for $5 from BHMS. Space is limited so please indicate on the sign up if you would like to ride the bus or will have separate transportation.  You may pay for the bus the day of the event, or on the PTO website E-store.  Please also sign the attached permission slip and turn in at the bus, or drop it in the PTO mailbox no later than noon on October 27.

•   Monetary Donations: Anyone who wishes to make a monetary donation, please make your check payable to Cass Community Social Services and bring to school and put in the PTO mailbox or click here for the PTO E-store,

Contact Suzanne Vaupel for more information at suzanne@svaupel.com or 316-209-5304. Thank you for supporting such a great ANNUAL NATIONAL DAY of Making a Difference in our community. 


STUDENT FALL FESTIVAL ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

BHMS students are invited to the Fall Festival at BHMS on Friday, October 27, from 5 until 7 p.m. There will be a DJ,  sports, crafts, bingo, Kahoot and a costume contest (although costumes are optional). Admission is $5 per student, which includes all of the above plus cider and donuts. Students may purchase pizza slices, baked goods/snacks and water for $1 per item during the event. All students who pre-purchase tickets will be entered into a fun raffle. Tickets can be pre-purchased online , or students may purchase during lunch hours on October 25 and 26. Please send exact cash if your student will purchase a ticket during lunch hours. This event is for BHMS students only. No siblings or outside guests.

ALSO, please note that students must go home after school, sports, forensics, or clubs, and return at the 5 p.m. start time. They may not remain in the building unless they are pre-registered for Kidz Zone. 

GROWN-UPS, YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! Can you spare a few hours to volunteer at the event, or make a donation? If so, please click here to sign up. Questions about this event can be e-mailed to Stacy Fox.


COSTUME GUIDELINES FOR OCTOBER 31

BHMS students may wear costumes to school on Tuesday, October 31. As a reminder, this is a half day of school and all students will be dismissed at 11:35 a.m.

Costume guidelines are as follows:

  •  No masks, hoods, sports helmets or other concealing head wear. We need to see the faces of all students and adults in the building.
  •  No gory, bloody costumes or costumes that depict violence.
  •  No props, including but not limited to light sabers, replica swords, guns or knives, etc. 
  •  No clothing depicting or promoting drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, profanity or double meanings.
  • To avoid the perception of ridicule, costumes should not impersonate adults or other students in the building or religious or cultural figures

Regular dress code rules apply:

  •  Tops must extend to the shoulder and cover the entire midriff.
  •  Bottoms, as a general rule, must be at least fingertip level or longer when arms and hands are straight down to the side, and must sit high enough on the hips or waist to cover undergarments.

If there is a question about a costume, please have your child see Mr. Fitzgerald, Associate Principal, in advance. The School Administration will be the final authority regarding the appropriateness of costumes.


REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 8TH GRADE WASHINGTON, DC TRIP

Registration for the annual 8th grade field trip to Washington, DC, is now open. The trip runs from Wednesday, April 25, through the morning of Saturday, April 28. Bloomfield Hills Middle School has partnered with Corporate Travel to provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to learn more about the history of our incredible nation. Participating students will walk the fields of Gettysburg, track ghosts through the streets of Alexandria, pay homage to our nations heroes in Arlington, explore the Smithsonian museums, along with visiting all of our greatest monuments, landmarks, and government institutions. If you missed out on information from the parent meeting, please review this DC TRIP PRESENTATION for details about the trip, including the cost and registration instructions. Seating is limited, so please register your child as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this amazing experience! Questions about this trip should be e-mailed to Mr. Neuwirth or Mr. Baker, the BHMS Building Coordinators for the trip.


BUY YOUR PIE BEFORE OCTOBER 29

​The BHMS Forensics Boosters will be holding their annual online Achatz Pies and More Fundraiser from Friday, October 13, through noon on Sunday, October 29. Of course, you can purchase delicious Achatz Handmade frozen, easy to bake pies made from all natural ingredients, but there is so much more to choose from!

  • A frozen soup kit, with two kinds of soup and rolls would make a warm and wonderful meal for family or friends.
  • Need a hostess gift? How about some delicious Achatz Michigan 4-Berry Jam or Salsa?
  • Like to make your own pie filling but struggle with crust? No problem when you order a 2-pack of Achatz frozen pie crusts. 
  • And who wouldn't love a gift certificate for a delicious Achatz Pot Pie or Dessert Pie as a gift?

When you make a purchase through the fundraiser, you are supporting Michigan farmers, other local businesses and, of course, the award winning Bloomfield Hills Middle School Forensics Team.

All orders must be submitted online by Sunday, October 29, at noon. Items will be ready for pickup at BHMS on Friday, November 10, at 3:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Deb Zupancic at Zupancic.deb@gmail.com

Click Here to place your online order. It's as easy as . . . pie!


MUSIC BOOSTERS NEWS

HELP KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING - JOIN MUSIC BOOSTERS! Music Boosters welcomes all families of students in the band, orchestra, choir, and musical drama to participate in our annual membership drive.  Music Boosters was not part of the online registration process, so here is a Music Boosters Membership Form to make it easy for you to join. Your membership dues help fund a percussion ensemble instructor for all grades, instrumental clinicians/piano accompanist for all grades, instrument luggage tags for 5th graders, 6th grade Domination Tour buses, 7th grade music field trips, 8th grade musical drama costumes and professional choreographer, 8th grade Chicago shirts and graduation medals, and so much more!

BHMS BOOSTERS BAKE SALES: Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far! The bake sales are going well, but we could use some sellers from2:45-3:15 every Wednesday. There are also open slots for bakers beginning on November 7th. Click here to volunteer to bake or sell. Any questions or you can't make it? Please email Patty Shaw.


HOW WILL YOU KNOW WHEN SPORTS ARE CANCELLED?

WHEN GAMES (COMPETITIONS) ARE CANCELLED: Game (competition) cancellations will be communicated to parents through the same e-mail program through which you are receiving this Lancer Update. The e-mail will be sent from the BHS Middle School Athletic Director, Avis Najor, with details of the cancellations. In the case of inclement weather, the decision to cancel sports competitions is generally made around 2:00 p.m. The school is notified at the same time that the e-mail goes out to families. If in doubt, please check for an e-mail from Mr. Najor (avnajor@bloomfield.org). 

WHEN PRACTICES ARE CANCELLED: Individual team coaches are responsible for advising teams members if they are cancelling practice.


YEARBOOK PHOTOS NEEDED

You can now upload pictures for consideration for use in the yearbook! Mrs. Iacobelli, our Yearbook Coordinator, is using an app/website this year to help streamline the process. Click Here to access the site. When registering, make sure to choose Bloomfield Hills Middle School as your home school. Pictures of sporting events and extracurricular activities are especially welcome.


PLEASE SEND IN YOUR BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

The first of two yearly Box Tops for Education redemption dates is coming up soon. There is a Box Tops collection bin in the main office. Please send in any you've been collecting. REMEMBER . . . each Box Top is worth ten cents to BHMS -- but worth nothing if you toss them in your waste basket. The math is simply amazing. If each of our 750 students brought in 10 box tops each month, for the nine months of the school year, BHMS would earn $6,750 to use toward programs or purchases not covered under the budget.

Thanks for supporting BHMS in small ways that can have big results. For more information about products that contain Box Tops, click HERE.


SHOP AT KROGER AND SUPPORT BHMS

You can support BHMS when you do your regular shopping at Kroger by designating Bloomfield Hills Middle School as your Plus Card Community Rewards program recipient. The Kroger website provides instructions for setting up a new account, or for designating Bloomfield Hills Middle School (Organization Code 28755) to your existing account.

Once you've designated BHMS as your organization, each time you shop at Kroger and use your Plus Card, BHMS earns reward points, which translate into checks paid to BHMS quarterly. That's all there is to it!


PLEASE DO NOT BRING ITEMS CONTAINING NUTS OR NUT PRODUCTS INTO ANY AREA OF THE BUILDING

Please remember that BHMS IS AN ENTIRELY NUT-RESTRICTED BUILDING, 24-HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. There are students in the building who are highly allergic to peanuts and all kinds of tree nuts, and their well-being is of concern.

Students should not bring lunch or snacks containing nuts or nut products. Additionally, while your donations and gifts are very much appreciated, we ask that you make sure anything given to the office, to teachers or classrooms, for bake sales, end-of-sports or club parties or any other occasion are free of all nuts and nut products. Thank you so much for your consideration.


END OF BHMS LANCER UPDATE

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Full Steam Ahead: Season Two

The Bionic Black Hawks are pleased to announce the first episode of their new season of "Full Steam Ahead", available here: https://youtu.be/J6dhc6OiHjo


Join us for DAERR
Please consider joining us for the first DAERR meeting of the school year on October 24, 2017, at the Booth Center (7273 Wing Lake Road) at 6:30 p.m. in rooms A/B/C.

2017 BHS Ski Swap
Join us at the BHS Ski Swap in the Bloomfield Hills Middle School Field House on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. A huge savings on hundreds of new and slightly used skis, boots, snowboards, apparel and accessories will be available for all ages. For additional information please email bloomfieldskiswap@gmail.com or contact Susan Richardson at 248-980-8087 or Wendy van Duijvenboode 248-308-6126.

NO DOGS ON GROUNDS DURING SCHOOL OR AT AFTER SCHOOL EVENTS - INCLUDING SPORTS PRACTICES OR GAMES

As a reminder, for the safety of our students, staff, and visitors, dogs are not allowed on school grounds between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. when school is in session OR at any time that school events - including sports practices and games - are taking place. 


CALENDAR

October 20, 2017
All day
 
October 21, 2017
All day
 
October 27, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
October 31, 2017
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
 
November 2, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 

DISTRICT NEWS

Full Steam Ahead: Season Two

Volunteer Days at the Nature Center

Bloomfield Hills Robotics Upcoming Events

Happy 50th West Hills!

Bloomfield Players Auditions: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

COMMUNITY NEWS

2017 Prep for Success Symposium

2017 BHS Ski Swap

Thank You Master Gardeners!

Upcoming Programs at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library

News from the West Bloomfield Township Public Library

RECREATION NEWS

Bloomfield Players Auditions: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

2017 BHS Ski Swap

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