Principal's Message 9-14-18

Dear East Hills School Community:

We have just finished a great week of learning and continued acclimation to the school year highlighted by our first PTO meeting of the year Wednesday morning and today’s 8th grade field trip to the Oakland County Circuit Court for a Constitution Day engagement.  It was a meaningful week for building relationships and continuing to develop familiarity with the school community. Next week is highlighted by our 4th and 5th Grade Individual Goal Setting Meetings. In the message below, please check out all the exciting upcoming events.

Important Reminder: There is no school Wednesday, September 19!

"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."


Jason Rubel
East Hills Middle School
Bloomfield Hills Schools
(248) 341-6205
Twitter: @EastHills4_8

East Hills Middle School Website
"Enabling learners to become architects of their futures. . ."

First Week of School A/B Schedule:
Mon., Sept. 17 - A Day
Tues., Sept. 18 - B Day
Wed., Sept. 19 - No School
Thurs., Sept. 20 - A Day
Fri.,  Sept. 21 - B Day

The following are upcoming key dates for the school year, and our full calendar for the year can be accessed by clicking HERE:
Fri., Sept. 14 8th Grade Marching Band Performance @ BHHS
Mon., Sept. 17-Fri., Sept. 21 4th & 5th Grade Goal Setting (Excluding Sept. 19)
Wed., Sept. 19 No School
Fri., Sept. 21 PTO Cavalier Connection-Movie Night (7:00-9:00 p.m.)
Wed., Sept. 26 4th Grade Lansing Trip (8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
Wed. Sept. 26 5th Grade Band/Orchestra Curriculum Night @ BHHS (6:30-7:30 p.m.)

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Bowers School Farm Fall Festival

Join in on the fun! Bowers School Farm Fall Festival (in partnership with Preservation Bloomfield) is Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018, from 12 - 6 p.m. with a Magic & Mystery Kids Show from 2-3 p.m. each day! Tons of activities for everyone! Wagon rides, animals, food trucks, cider, face painting, pumpkin picking and decorating, bounce house, strawland, bungee run, inflatable archery, historical activities, live music, and more! $10 per person; 3 and under free. For more information visit or call 248.341.6481. 

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Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Goal Setting Conferences - Week of Sept. 17 (Sign-Up is Online)

In order to make sure your fourth- and fifth-grade child gets off to the right start here at East Hills, during the month of September, our teachers hold Goal Setting Conferences, which are 15-minute individual meetings to discuss the goals and expectations for your child this year. The goal setting conference is a great way to start the year off and allow you to speak directly with your child's teacher. Again this year, we will be using the website Sign Up Genius for sign-up times. Below are step-by-step instructions if you need them to access the site.

Sign Up Genius Instructions

1. Click on the link or copy and paste the link into your URL:

2. Click on "Find a Sign Up". This is near the top of the page.

3. Type in your teacher's e-mail address (Make sure you have spelled the name correctly)

4th Grade
Dana Byrd:

Michelle Parks:

Kevin Shallow:

Pam Walch:

Mahrini Woods:

5th Grade

Amy Kiesel: akiesel@bloomfield.or

Kevin McConnell:

Jen Pratt:

Katie Trescone:

4. You should be directed to an "Active Sign Up" screen.

5. Click on "Goal Setting Conferences" and you will be directed to the sign up screen.

6. Click on the red box that says "Sign Up" and the site should walk you through the rest of the steps. If you have trouble or need to sign up and do not have computer access, please contact your child's teacher directly.

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Save the Date:  Friday Oct 12 - 4th & 5th Grade FUN RUN

Please save the date for the PTO's second annual 4th/5th grade Fun Run on Friday, October 12 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.  This event is designed to be a fundraiser to support our PTO-sponsored programs; such as building our media center resources and elementary literacy library, providing grant funds for staff for additional classroom needs, contributing to our Global Education Team Cavalier Fund for students in need, and assisting with specific projects that directly affect our 4th and 5th grade students in their school community setting.

Own a business?  Support the school by sponsoring the event!  
We can accommodate multiple levels of sponsorships and are grateful for any kind of support.  Please email Erin Watson at with your desired contribution amount and a logo we can use to share with our community in thanks, by Friday Sept 28.  Sponsorship letters with more details and donation receipts are also available upon request.

Don't own a business but would like to help? 
We are also looking for donations of gift cards as incentive prizes for the students.  Prizes make it fun for them and contribute to the overall success of our event!  Please send all prize donations in to the front office marked "Fun Run".

Want more info or have questions? Contact Erin Watson at :)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.  Together, we make our community a great one and enrich the school lives of our children!  A sign up will be coming shortly for those interested in getting involved and volunteering at the run :)

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Popcorn Day Volunteers Needed - Friday, Sept. 28

On Friday, September 28, we will be delivering popcorn compliments of the East Hills PTO. 

Please consider volunteering to pop popcorn or deliver popcorn bags to classrooms. We will arrive at 8:30 AM and the event lasts for 2-3 hours.  Volunteers can sign up via Signup Genius by clicking HERE

Once a month, volunteers sell popcorn for $1 to support our Cavalier Fund, which provides East Hills students access to school learning experiences.  

Cavalier Fund Information

To further our mission for equity and inclusion, the East Hills Global Education Team (GET) is pleased to share information about the Cavalier Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide access for all students to enjoy school activities (e.g., field trips and other specific events and opportunities) as well as other special needs as they arise.  Our intention is to provide families with a chance to give funds to assist our students in a direct and meaningful way. 

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Volley for a Cure 10/11

Come watch the BHHS Black Hawks vs. Detroit Country Day Yellow Jackets play for 2 great causes on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at Country Day High School. Freshman will kickoff the event at 4:30 p.m., followed by JV at 5:30 p.m., and varsity at 6:30 p.m. All profits from t-shirt sales and same-day entrance fees (without a t-shirt) will be donated to charity. T-shirt order deadline is 9/26/18. To order, or for more details visit

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Boys Lacrosse Turkey Ball

Turkey Ball is included in the spring fees for all players that participated in the spring of 2018. The cost is $40 for non-members.

Divisions: 4-6; 7/8; 9+ ( HS)
Dates:  9/30, 10/14, 10/21, 11/18
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: East Hills Middle School

What is Turkey Ball? Mini games-5v5 or 6v6- using short fields and small goals. It is meant to be a fun and competitive opportunity for players to fresh up their skills.


Players that participated in spring 2018 do not need to register, but please email Coach Larry at if you plan on playing.

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Mission Statement

East Hills Middle School Community works together to foster caring partnerships that promote self-esteem and value the dignity and diversity of each individual. Through inquiry, creative expression, and critical thinking we nurture the joy and desire for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship for each learner of our school community.

Save the Date: Registration 2018-2019

  • Wednesday, August 22 – 4th and 5th grades
    8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 23 – 6th/7th/8th grades
    8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.
  • Make-up Day: Friday, August 24
    8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

East Hills is a Nut-Restricted School
Please remember that nuts of all kinds are restricted at East Hills because of students with severe and life-threatening allergies. The restriction is in effect in the entire building and at all times, including the school day, after school, evenings and weekends.

East Hills Middle School became a nut-restricted school in January of 2013. As a result, please carefully read and review all food packaging prior to sending food items to school. For further information on food allergies, consult We appreciate in advance your full cooperation.

Nut Restricted Letter 2018-2019


East Hills Middle School - Front Conference Room A, East Hills Middle School - Media Center Room A, East Hills Middle School - Front Conference Room B, East Hills Middle School - Cavalier Canopy Room
East Hills Middle School - Cafeteria, East Hills Middle School - Gateway Area (across from cafeteria), East Hills Middle School - Hallway

East Hills Calendar 2018-2019
Published 8-21-18




Attendance: 248.341.6210

Jason Rubel, Principal

Angela Konzen, Associate Principal

Carol Weaver, Principal's Secretary

Kristin Bridges, Attendance/Records Secretary

Julia Beattie, IB Teacher Leader/MYP Coordinator

Tom Kalanquin, Counselor
(4th & 8th grades for 2018-2019 school year)

TaMarcus Southward, Counselor
(5th, 6th & 7th grades for 2018-2019 school year)

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Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304


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