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SCHOOL NEWS

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Monday, November 27 - B day
Tuesday, November 28 - A day 
Wednesday, November 29 - B day
Thursday, November 30 - A day
Friday, December 1 - B day

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WINTER BREAK: Monday, December 25 through Friday, January 5. Classes resume on Monday, January 8, with a B day schedule.

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.


INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY INFO MEETING FOR BHMS 8TH GRADE STUDENTS - ADVANCE SIGN-UP REQUIRED

On December 5 during the school day, BHMS will host an International Academy (IA) student only information meeting for BHMS 8th graders who have an interest in attending IA. Students interested in attending the meeting must sign up  in advance with their Academic Extension teacher no later than Friday, December 1. Students who attend will be bringing home useful information about procedures and deadlines for applying to IA. 

Parents of 8th graders, the IA Okma Campus will be holding information sessions for students and parents in January. For specific dates and times for those meetings, as well as much more information about IA, and the lottery admission process, go to the IA Okma Campus Prospective Students site.


ME TO WE CLUB BRACELET SALE AND FUNDRAISER

Are you looking for affordable, fashionable, handmade gifts that not only make a statement, but also make a positive impact? Please consider supporting the 7th and 8th grade BHMS Me to We Club by purchasing Rafiki, Minga, or Imani bracelets starting November 27. Bracelet prices range from $10-$15  The proceeds from in-school sales go toward providing education to young women in Africa, as well as providing vital income to the Maasai women of Kenya who hand-make each bracelet.

Students can order during lunch now through Friday, December 1. All orders placed at school must be prepaid by exact cash or a check payable to BHMS Me to We Club. As an alternative, you can shop online and still support the BHMS Me to We Club campaign through December 22 (make sure to allow sufficient shipping time if purchasing for gifts). When you purchase online, you will be asked to indicate both the "pillar" and country you choose to support with your purchase. We invite you to join the BHMS Me to We club in supporting the pillar of Education for the women of Kenya, but you do have the option of choosing other areas of support.

Ordering online is simple, shipping is free, and payment can be made by via PayPal or credit card. Please consider purchasing a gift that keeps on giving by following these instructions:

1) Click on or cut and paste this link in your brower: https://shop.metowe.com/us/we-are-rafikis

2) Enter the requested information, and indicate that you are purchasing on behalf of a school.

3) Use the BHMS School "We Code' of AABE6D. (If you misplace this code, you can search by school name).

Would you like to learn more about the BHMS Me to We Club? Look us up on Facebook (Bhms Metowe Club), Instagram or Twitter @bhmsmetowe. Feel free to share this information with family and friends.


PHYS ED ROLLER BLADE RENTAL FEES FOR GRADE 6, 7 & 8 DUE BY DECEMBER 18

Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are asked to bring in $10 (exact cash only, or check payable to BHMS) for Physical Education class roller blade equipment rentals. Payments should be given to Mr. DiVito or Mrs. Wenson during gym periods before Friday, December 18.

Beginning on January 8, students in those grades will be participating in an in-house skating program during Physical Education classes. Roller blade skates will be delivered to the school by a company called Skatetime School Programs. Due to insurance purposes, we will be exclusively using Skatetime's roller blades. This skating unit has been implemented because of its emphasis as a "Lifetime Activity." Skating provides a variety of benefits, which include balance, coordination, motor skills, and a top rated cardio-respiratory workout.  Students will also learn basic skating skills such as starting, stopping, forward skating, cornering, and a number of safety tips for being a smart skater.

The fee includes delivery and pick up of the equipment as well as use of the skates for five days of skating during P.E. class. Students will also be required to wear wrist guards and a helmet, which will also be provided. However, students have the option of bringing their own helmets and wrist guards. The helmets and skates will be sanitized daily.  Knee pads will also be provided for those who choose to wear them. Please refer questions to Mr. DiVito. Thank you for your support in this great activity.


5TH GRADE FAMILY NIGHT ON DECEMBER 8

The PTO has a fun get-together planned for BHMS 5th graders, their siblings and their parents/guardians on Friday, December 8, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. There'll be a movie and popcorn in the cafeteria for the kids, and other activities for parents. The cost of admission is just a non-perishable food item, to be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Your family can have a night out while helping other families in need. Please note that this is not a "drop off" student event. Parents/guardians are asked to stay for the fun. For all the other details of this event, please open this flyer. If you still have questions or want to find out how to help with the event, e-mail Renu Zaretsky at renu.zaretsky@gmail.com.


COLD AND FLU SEASON - WHEN TO KEEP OR TAKE YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL

With the cold and flu season in full swing, it is a good time to review procedures with regard to sick children. A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other students and staff. These guidelines are meant to serve the best interests of all the children and staff in our school.

Students who get sick at home
Please keep your child home if he/she has experienced any of these symptoms or ailments in the previous 24 hours:

  1. A fever of 100 degrees or higher (The CDC recommends that students remain home from school until they are fever free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing drugs).
  2. Vomiting
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Strep Throat (Must be on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school).
  5. A bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night.

Students who become at sick at school
Students who become ill during the school day should go to the BHMS clinic. The clinic parent volunteers are there to facilitate a call to a sick student's parent or guardian, so that arrangements can be made to have the student picked as soon as possible. The clinic is not intended to be a place for sick children to remain for any length of time during the school day. If your daytime or emergency phone numbers or contacts change during the year, please notify the office immediately so that your student's emergency card can be updated.


EXTENDED LEAVE / VACATION FORM REQUIRED FOR THREE OR MORE DAYS OUT OF SCHOOL

If your child will be missing three or more days of school, please have them pick up an Extended Leave Form from the BHMS office. The form should be completed at least two weeks in advance of the leave. This form is to be signed by the parent, and then your student will take the form to all teachers - block teachers and "A" and "B" day elective teachers. Once all teachers have signed off on the form, it should be returned to Mrs. Foronato in the office.


PTO NEWS and EVENTS

5TH GRADE FAMILY MEET AND GREET NIGHT: See article above.

PTO MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY NOW ONLINE: The 2017-2018 BHMS PTO online School Directory is now available to PTO members. Returning directory users, click here for the online directory.  Continue to use the same email address and login as you used last year.  Click on "Forgot Password?" if needed. If you're new to the directory this year, you received an email with a temporary password to access the online directory.   If you haven't received that email, please email Sue Brodsky at suebrodsky@comcast.net. If for some reason, you are not in the directory and would like to be, please click here and enter the code LancerDirectory. You can still support the PTO by joining, which will give you access to the online directory.  Please click on this link to join. The system will let you add your own information. Get the mobile app too! Look for myschoolanywhere in the app store.


MUSIC BOOSTERS NEWS

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MUSIC BOOSTERS BAKE SALES: BHMS Music Boosters is in need of bakers and sellers for after school bake sales. Sellers volunteer on Wednesdays from 2:45-3:15 p.m., in the Gateway area. Bakers are asked to bring in two dozen individual pieces, which must be entirely free of nuts or nut products/by products. If purchasing baked goods, please check that they are also from a nut-free facility. Baked goods can be dropped off in the office any time during your scheduled bake sale day. Click here to volunteer to bake or sell on assigned dates. If you have questions, or if you can't make the day on which you volunteered, please contact Patty Shaw.


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

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.


1001 Inventions!

The Muslim Unity Center has partnered with the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) to host 1001 Inventions: Untold Stories From a Golden Age of Innovation through January 7, 2017. All 7th grade students in Bloomfield Hills Schools will have the opportunity to attend a field trip to visit this 250+ hands-on exhibit! During the month of November, MiSci is offering free general admission from 3-8 p.m. with fun for the whole family! Reserve your spot today!


CORRECT ATTENDANCE PHONE LINE

In order to report absences, late arrivals, request early dismissal or a bus pass, or to get a school-related message to your child on a timely basis, you must call the attendance line directly at 248-341-6010.  Calling 248-341-6010 will get you to a recorded line. Messages on that line are checked on a regular basis throughout the school day. Leaving a message on any other line may result in the message not being retrieved or passed on to your student on a timely basis. Please program the 248-341-6010 attendance line phone number on to your phone and use only that line for the above purposes. Thank you.


BHS Robotics
The robotics teams at Bloomfield Hills Schools are off to a successful start! Congratulations to the Conant Aqua Warriors, BHMS Mechanical Monkeys, BHMS No Limits, EHMS GEKOT, and EHMS IntergalacTECH for their many awards and excellent finishes during the weekend of November 11th.

END OF BHMS LANCER UPDATE

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Opportunities for Students Entering High School in 2018-19


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CALENDAR

December 6, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
December 8, 2017
6:15 PM - 8:45 PM
 
December 11, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
December 12, 2017
All day
 
December 13, 2017
All day
 

DISTRICT NEWS

Dedication Ceremony

BHHS Jills Concerts

1001 Inventions!

Save the Date: Multicultural Celebration

BHS Robotics

COMMUNITY NEWS

Dedication Ceremony

Johnson Center Maple Syrup and Honey

From the Bloomfield Township Public Library

Upcoming Programs at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library

Red Oaks & Wint Nature Center Programs

RECREATION NEWS

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