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Academic Preparation Tips for Kindergarten

"What's your name?" It's important that your child knows their first and last name. It's even better if they know how to write it! For tips on how to help your child learn their name, visit www.bloomfield.org/kindergarten

Questions? Join us for our Kindergarten Info Session on Monday, February 11, 2019, from 7 - 8 p.m. in Bloomfield Hills High School Auditorium. You can also text KDG to 248.230.2879 and our Kindergarten experts will respond!

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New Update for School Lunch Program

As of January 25th, Bloomfield Hills Schools will use Community Pass only for all lunch program payments.  When logging into My Bloomfield and signing in to view a specific student, lunch balances and a transaction history will still be available.  However, payments will only be accepted through Community Pass.  

We understand that a lot of parents have appreciated the ability to make payments online, view transactions, and see account balances.  All of this will still be possible - the only change is that payments will no longer be accepted in the same location as you find balance information.  This is due to a rising cost environment in credit card processing fees that the district has historically not asked families to incur, but has rather paid on families' behalf.  The switch to 100% payment processing through Community Pass will allow us to retain the functionality of online payments, yet save money from the district's general fund.

This transition should be fairly seamless, but we recognize you may have some questions.  Please allow five minutes after processing a payment to contact us with any questions so we can digitally see the transaction on our end and better support your request.  In addition, please note that you may process payments for multiple items in the same shopping cart within Community Pass.  So, if you'd like to purchase lunch credits at West Hills along with Saturday swim lessons, please feel free to complete one checkout process for the entire family.

If you haven't already, please make sure you have your login information for Community Pass. If you have forgotten your login or password, please go to https://register.communitypass.net/reg/login.cfm?cuBOB%2F%2FX0p4trnasCJNBkrfRqBNbAcM1ugTdgJwcwr%2BLxIFL2ZCtvf%2Fw to view instructions on how to retrieve that information.  Instructions will be sent directly to the email that is listed as the primary email for your student's account. If you have issues with this process, please contact the Recreation Department at 248.341.6425.

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Special Educators Spotlight: Nicole Travis

Since 1st grade Nicole Travis wanted to be a teacher, "I loved my teacher and wanted to be just like them," expressed Nicole. In college Nicole learned how to couple a love of psychology and teaching to pursue a degree in Special Education. Nicole has been a special education teacher in Bloomfield Hills Schools for 18 years (16 years at the high school and the past 2 years in the Resource Room at Conant Elementary)!

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Bloomfield Hills PAC Representatives

Each intermediate school district in Michigan is required to appoint a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), composed of representatives from each of its constituent districts. The representatives "shall consist only of parents of students with disabilities." The PAC is looking to expand! For more information contact Angela Grondz (248.202.7178 / agrondz@wesco.com) or Heather Rosenberg (248.862.2292 / heatherprosenberg@gmail.com).

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Students Who Utilize BHS Transportation - New GPS App Available Now

The Bloomfield Hills Schools Transportation department is pleased to introduce SafeStop, an app for your smartphone or tablet that offers real time school bus updates.  It provides an estimated time of arrival and up to the minute alerts from the transportation department when necessary. For 30 minutes before and after the scheduled pick-up & drop-off times, the bus locator will be displayed on a map.  We are hopeful you will find this tool useful, and are excited to share it with our families.

Please follow the directions listed on the Transportation web page to get connected: https://www.bloomfield.org/transportation

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Bloomfield Winter Park

Please join us for the opening of the Bloomfield Winter Park on the property of the Bowers School Farm Activity Building! Beginning Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 12 - 8 p.m. there will be activities and programs planned each day the Winter Park is open, along with concession items available for purchase. If the winter weather is favorable, sledding and ice skating will be available (bring your own sled & ice skates). Admission is $5 per person and children 2 and under free. For more details and the full schedule visit www.bloomfield.org/winterpark
 

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District Four Honors Band

Bloomfield Hills High School students traveled to Clarkston High School to participate in the District Four High School Honors Band January 11-12. Students from around metro Detroit were selected to represent their schools at this event. Students arrived for a 3 hour rehearsal on Friday, and then rehearsed all day Saturday for a concert on Saturday night. Bravo!

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January Self-Defense Workshop

The Bloomfield Township Police Department will be hosting an Empowering Self-Defense Workshop for Women class on Sunday, January 27, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Dave Payne Public Works Building. The class is free of charge and open to women ages 14 years and up. If you are interested, please register by contacting Sgt. Bryan Pizzuti at BPizzuti@bloomfieldtwp.org or 248.568.6313.

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New Babies . . . Are Ewe Ready?

It is lambing season here at the farm!  Our first lambs were born on January 14, at 4:40 PM - a set of twins (boy and girl)!  Once they are settled and nursing well, they will move out to our new pasture, created through your generous support. It will be the perfect place for the Mamas to connect with their young in a natural environment.  We are eagerly anticipating their arrival and look forward to seeing all the new babies!  

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Infinite Opportunities:  Students in Bloomfield Hills Schools are supported in an environment that promotes personal learning, critical thinking, and creativity.  Learners are connected to the world outside the classroom and engage in meaningful work that drives passion, risk-taking, and a deep sense of student ownership.  Click to learn more!

Just some of the many achievements:  128 clubs and co-curricular activities, marching band earned 1st division rating and all “perfect sheets” at the MSBOA Festival, Hawkeye News won the NSPA Pacemaker award, BIFF 88.1 FM named Michigan Radio Station of the Year, 64 different languages spoken by students, 1.9 million Goggle docs shared for instructional collaboration, Dr. Rob Glass awarded Michigan Superintendent of the Year, preschool-12th grade international baccalaureate and Harvard’s Visible Thinking partnerships, 4 students earned perfect ACT scores in 24 months, largest K-12 outdoor classroom in Oakland County at the Johnson Nature Center, farm-based science / learning in partnership with MSU at the 96 acre Bowers School Farm, largest Robotics programs in Michigan, nearly 80% of teaching staff have masters and doctoral degrees, all teachers have a degree in the subject they teach, #1 school district in Michigan according to Niche, varsity football completed an undefeated season, 6 students won National Scholastic Gold Key Art Awards, 460 students took 870 AP exams, Model UN won 16 awards at the OU Conference, Transportation earned 24th consecutive perfect state inspection, students in class of 2016 accepted to Duke, Harvard, Purdue and Yale.

Student Quotes: “As an IB Diploma student I have created strong, lasting relationships with my teachers and peers, which has helped further my education.  Another one of my favorite things about Bloomfield Hills Schools is the diversity because you can experience various perspectives in class.” says Michelle (Ting Ting) Chang.  “The FTC Robotics Team is fun and challenging.  It was neat to build a robot from scraps of metal and build the circuits; I was the driver in competitions!” says Celeste Meisel.  “I love math!  I am enrolled in AP Statistics and I really enjoy Calculus.  My Student Leadership class inspired me to become a small business owner; I manage a parking lot striping company called Motor City Striping.”says Nicholas Bellinson.