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Culture

As a reminder, we are featuring different world regions at BV each month by asking students to send in short videos about what their culture means to them.  

  • Videos Collected in November/Shown in Dec: The United States and Canada
  • Videos Collected in December/Shown in Jan: Central America
  • Videos Collected in January/Shown in Feb: Middle East and North Africa
  • Videos Collected in February/Shown in Mar: Africa
  • Videos Collected in March/Shown in Apr: Asia
  • Videos Collected in April/Shown in May: South America and The Carribean
  • Videos Collected in May/Shown in June: Europe
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This week featured book

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca (read aloud here)

When young Temple was diagnosed with Autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that. Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe!

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Message from Principal Teal

Hello BV Families,

I hope you have been able to enjoy some sunshine and the first glimpses of spring this week (you'll notice I am choosing to ignore the snowflakes that fell yesterday). I've been particularly excited to hear the spring and summer birds as they return from their winter vacations. 

This week, I'd like to highlight some resources we've been pulling together for you. If you're anything like me, you may lose track of resources that get buried in your emails. So, we now have a landing page on the Bloomfield Virtual webpage where you can go for some of our favorite resources. You''ll find some general resources, as well as some terrific links around literacy. There is a new Learning Coach FAQ that was compiled by our BV staff  under the "Support for Home Learning Coaches" plus sign and there are suggested book titles for all ages and reading levels under the "General Literacy Support" plus sign.  If there are other resources you would like us to consider adding, please let me know!

I also want to direct you to two announcements below about tutoring support available to your kiddos at no cost. One is instructions for requesting tutoring from a BHHS National Honor Society Student, and the other is to have your child attend the Learning Lab Wednesdays after school. See below for more details.

In the spirit of March is Reading Month, we are going to be starting a Little Free Library bookcase at the Booth supply pick-up area. This will be a spot where you can leave a book you are no longer using at home and/or take a book for your kiddos to enjoy at home. If you have a few K-5 books that you would like to donate, we will be accepting those on our picture days. Bring your books to the Booth Center during your photo time! If you are not having an in-person photo taken, feel free to drop them off into one of the donation boxes that will be available March 19-20 at Booth. 

Look for my Monday broadcast where I will share next week's BV bedtime stories from our staff!

Be well, and happy reading,

Jen

pronouns: she/her (why pronouns matter)

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BV Picture Day

 

In-Person Option: Click here to sign your child up for an in-person photo at the Booth Center (7273 Wing Lake Rd 48301) on March 19th or 20th. If your child will miss part of the school day for pictures, please let their teacher know. 

TO ORDER PICTURES, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Yearbook Photos If you do not have your child take their school picture in person on March 19-20 and want their picture to be included in the yearbook, please do one of the following (in-person pictures taken at home buildings will not be sent for use in the BV yearbook):

  • Use your smartphone and download the Shutterfly app (owned by Lifetouch) to access Lifetouch’s Snaps @Home feature. You will be asked to purchase a picture package. Then simply snap a quick pic, customize your image with a standard school picture background, order your picture package, and then EMAIL it to your grade-level representative (see below) to be included in the yearbook. Please include the student's name, grade, and classroom teacher in the subject line.
  • Use your smartphone and snap a quick picture and then EMAIL it to your grade-level representative (see below) to be included in the yearbook. Please note it will need to be sent as a .jpg file and include the student's name, grade, and classroom teacher in the subject line.

If you have any candid pictures from this year (including field trips, the juggler, spirit week, special class activities, etc.), please send them to the appropriate grade-level contact below with information about the student, grade-level, classroom, and event. Example: Shayna Smith, BV 5th Grade, Mrs. Ostheimer, Nature Center Field Trip.

5th grade: AmandaPullukat 

bv5thyearbook@gmail.com

4th grade: Lara Kapalla-Bondi & Linda Chan 

 bv4thyearbook@gmail.com

3rd grade: Vanessa Gaunt 

 bv3rdyearbook@gmail.com

2nd grade: Jennifer Myers  

bv2yearbook@gmail.com

1st grade: Michelle Harman  

bv1styearbook@gmail.com

Kdg: Christine Shay Tang 

BVkdgYearbook@gmail.com

 

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Free Tutoring for BV Students

Are you interested in having a National Honor Society (NHS) student from the high school volunteer to tutor your child (no cost)? Fill out the form here! Please leave a comment in the last section that lets us know a little more about the student and what you are hoping for in terms of tutoring experience (once or recurring). Once you fill out the form, the BHHS NHS organization will do their best to match the student with a volunteer high school tutor that would be the best fit. Then the tutor will reach out to the parent to set up date(s) and time(s) for the student to meet either in-person or via zoom based on request. 

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Free Library

We are going to be starting a Free Lending Library bookcase at the Booth supply pick-up area. This will be a spot where you can leave a book you are no longer using at home and/or take a book for your kiddos to enjoy at home. If you have K-5 books that you would like to donate, we will be accepting those on our picture days. Bring your books to the Booth Center during your photo time! If you are not having an in-person photo taken, feel free to drop them off into one of the donation boxes that will be available March 19-20.   

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BHSMulticulturalCelebration

Want to learn about a culture, or share your own with others?  We welcome all students and their families to participate in the 2021 BHS Multicultural Celebration!  The event will be held on Thursday May 27 from 5:30-8pm at the Bloomfield Hills High School's outdoor courtyard.  Please know that virtual exhibits are OK!  If your student would like to participate but cannot do so in-person, technology and volunteers will be in place to display any student exhibit work.  Think, slideshows, pictures, etc!  For anyone interested in this option or for any questions, please contact the school committee rep, Erin Watson, at erinwatsonsemail@gmail.com

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Bloomfield Virtual 3rd Graders Visit With Bats on Virtual Field Trip

Virtual field trips are a valuable and powerful tool that many classrooms are using across Bloomfield Hills Schools, in a wide variety of grade levels. Bloomfield Virtual Principal Jen Teal notes, “Especially since the pandemic began, many organizations have adapted to offering their programs online. It is remarkable how these experiences help students feel connected, not only to their school community but also to our local and global communities. We love that Zoom allows our BV students to travel the world right from their seats!”

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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 pertain 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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