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District-Wide Family Connections Gathering

Calling All Newly-Enrolled BHS Families: Family Connections is a parent-volunteer led group designed to support families newly enrolled in Bloomfield Hills Schools! Our first Zoom gathering is coming up on Thursday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. Any new family for any school - including Bloomfield Virtual - is welcome! Come with your questions about the schools or area, and parent/guardian volunteers are here to help. Meet other new families from across all the schools! If you're interested, check out the flyer and register here.

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Important Upcoming Dates
  • Nov 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • Nov 24: Half Day for Students and Staff (specials WILL meet as usual)
  • Nov 25-27: No School (Thanksgiving Break)
  • Dec 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • Dec 8: Bodhi
  • Dec 10: Human Rights Day
  • Dec 10-18: Hanukkah
  • Dec 19-Jan 3: NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)
  • Dec 25: Christmas
  • Dec 26-Jan 1: Kwanzaa
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Ada's Violin

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Ada's Violin (read aloud)

 

Ada Ríos grew up in Cateura, a small town in Paraguay built on a landfill. She dreamed of playing the violin, but with little money for anything but the bare essentials, it was never an option...until a music teacher named Favio Chávez arrived. He wanted to give the children of Cateura something special, so he made them instruments out of materials found in the trash. It was a crazy idea, but one that would leave Ada—and her town—forever changed. 

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Message from Principal Teal

Good Afternoon Bloomfield Virtual Families,

First, please remember that ALL K-8 families must register for 2nd semester by November 25th (please note that your August registration is not sufficient for registering for 2nd semester, even if you selected BV for the whole year). If you have any questions about the process linked above, please email studentservices@bloomfield.org

Thank you so much for those who were able to attend conferences with our teachers this week. This is an important connection point between families and teachers, and we are GRATEFUL for the time to discuss your children's progress!

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance that honors the memory of those transgender people whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. You may notice that my email signature includes my gender pronouns (she/her). A great way to build understanding and create space for people to share their pronouns is to share your own--in conversation, email signature, and/or on social media. If you are interested in learning more about why pronouns matter, please click here. 

Don't forget that we are collecting 1-minute videos from YOU to highlight voices of BV students and families and the cultural group(s) with which they identify. If you identify with one or more cultural groups located in North America, we invite your student to record a 30 second-1 minute video, talking about what their heritage means to them. Ideas of topics could include celebrations, traditions, customs, family history, family hardships, family relationship norms, etc.  Please send your videos to me at jteal@bloomfield.org by this Sunday. 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and some time to step away from your screens next week,

Jen (she/her)

 

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Mask Reminders

As a reminder, please be sure your child’s mask follows the Bloomfield Hills Schools mask guidelines. Face masks can be either reusable or disposable. They should fit tightly over your entire nose and mouth. Masks must have school-appropriate graphics. Masks should NOT have valves. Masks with valves are not permitted in Bloomfield Hills Schools. Students and staff are welcome to wear face shields brought from home, but they are not required. They may be worn in addition to a face mask. Neck gaiters and bandannas are not sufficient face coverings. They may be worn in addition to a face mask. Neck gaiters must have school-appropriate graphics.

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District and School Communications

Families are automatically signed up to receive communication from their child's school, teachers, and Bloomfield Hills Schools through Remind and My Bloomfield. Instructions for updating this information are available at www.bloomfield.org/notifications. Here you can manage your contact preferences as they pertains to text, email, and phone call notifications.

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Need Tech Support? 

Email: BHSTech@bloomfield.org
Phone: 248.900.2470

Bloomfield Hills Schools remains committed to providing the rigorous education our students and families expect from Bloomfield Hills Schools, while also ensuring families have the ability to choose the right learning setting for their family. This decision will be a personal one for each family based on everyone’s unique circumstances and we are confident that regardless of the setting, your child will thrive.

Bloomfield Virtual provides an equitable, caring, and safe learning environment where students are encouraged to be intellectually curious and academically ambitious. Leveraging the power of technology and community,  Bloomfield Virtual learning promotes student agency for all learners to achieve their highest aspirations.
  • Students in the elementary grades (K-5) will need adult or older sibling support for initial virtual navigation and continual time management support.

  • Expectations will mirror our in-person teaching and learning expectations.

  • BHS teachers will create lessons and activities that engage the student in the virtual school environment utilizing innovative practices that differ from in-class instruction and the Continuous Learning Plan 2.0.

  • Bloomfield Hills Schools will provide a device (iPad for K-1, Chromebook for 2-5) to every student upon enrollment and completion of the Technology Agreement. 

  • Students enrolled in Bloomfield Virtual will still have access to participate in extracurricular activities that happen outside of the classroom day including sports, clubs, and student organizations.

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