Principal's Message 3-16-18

Dear East Hills School Community:

We have had a full week highlighted by our K-8 Eastover/East Hills Science Fair. It was a great night - it was so much fun talking to students about their projects and interests. What amazing scientists we have! Thank you to Libby Welch, Kelly Newell, and so many community members and staff for their organization and support of our students. It was an impressive event and great way to engage both of our school communities. We are always very appreciative of all of the staff, family, and community support we receive.

Also on Tuesday this past week, the Bloomfield Hills High School counselors met with eighth-grade students and families to help students make their course selections for next school year. If you were unable to meet with your student's counselor and have questions, please reach out to the Bloomfield Hills High School Counseling Office at (248) 341-5630.

As we continue to think about next school year, next week features our own Incoming 4th Grade Parent Orientation on Thursday, March 22 (7:00 p.m).  See the article below for all the details. We look forward to having current third grade families in the building next week!

Don't forget to consider joining the district at the upcoming BHS Foundation event - The Magic of BHS (Saturday, March 24) at Wabeek Country Club. Please see all the broadcast articles below for more details. We are certainly moving full swing into the busyness of spring!

"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 Website
"Enabling learners to become architects of their futures. . ."

A/B Schedule for the Week:
Mon., March 19 - A Day
Tues., March 20 - B Day
Wed., March 21 - A Day
Thurs., March 22 - B Day
Fri., March 23 - A Day

The following are upcoming key dates for the school year, and our full calendar for the year can be accessed on our website:
Thurs., March 22 Incoming 4th Grade Orientation (7:00 p.m.)
Wed., March 28 6th Grade Choir Concert (7:00 p.m.)
Thurs., March 29 End of 3rd Quarter 6th/7th/8th Grade
Thurs., March 29 1/2 Day of School (11:35 a.m. Dismissal)
Fri., March 30-Fri. April 6 No School
Mon., April 9 Classes Resume

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Strengthening Families Program

Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC) is offering a free skill and relationship building program to families of 10-14 year olds for seven weeks on Mondays, April 16 - June 4, 2018, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Bloomfield Hills High School.

Strengthening Families Program is an evidence-based parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum that: 

• Prevents teen substance abuse and other behavior problems 
• Strengthens parent/youth communication skills 
• Increases academic success in youth 
• Prevents violence and aggressive behavior at home and at school

Youth need skills to help them resist the peer pressure that leads to risky behaviors. Research shows that protective parenting improves family relationships and decreases the level of family conflict, contributing to lower levels of substance use. In just seven sessions you and your child could learn how to build stronger communication and respect for each other.

Both dinner and daycare will be provided. To register contact Carol at or call 248.203.4615.

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Incoming 4th Grade Orientation at East Hills - Thursday, March 22 (7:00 PM)

The faculty at East Hills is looking forward to welcoming current fourth-grade students to our school next fall. To provide you with information about East Hills, you are invited to attend the Incoming Fourth-Grade Parent Orientation Night on Thursday, March 22, beginning at 7:00 PM in the East Hills cafeteria.

This meeting is geared toward parents/guardians. There will not be any formal childcare provided, but there will be areas (Gateway Spaces and Media Center) for family members to take children if they need to be in spaces away from the presentations. Fourth-grade students will have their own visitation to East Hills on Friday, May 25, during the school day.  Click HERE for a letter from Mr. Rubel with more info

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Literacy Spirit Week - Week of March 26

Our Literacy Spirit Week is the culmination of March is Reading Month. During our Cav Time (Friday, March 2), we kicked off our focus on literacy by having students bring in their favorite books and sharing a hashtag or headline about their book.  Check out some pictures of students sharing their books and hashtags/headlines - these are displayed on screens throughout the building. Throughout this month, students have been voting on their favorite titles in two March Madness Book Brackets (4-5 Elementary and 6-8 Middle School).  The winning match up takes place the week of March 19. As we head into the final days of March, we would like to celebrate our literacy efforts with a spirit week - the Literacy Spirit Week. It's a week of education, important conversation, and fun!

Listed Below are the Dress-Up Days
Monday, March 26:  In Honor of Dr. Seuss - Wear a Hat Day
Tuesday, March 27:  "Read a Shirt" Day (Words on a Shirt - Consider Wearing #TeamGlenn T-Shirt)
Wednesday, March 28: Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day
Thursday, March 29: Pajama Day (Read-a-Thon Day) - Please no slippers!

Costumes for any of the dress-up days must adhere to the following guidelines:
-Costumes should be INNOCENT and FUN.
-Masks, hoods or other concealing headwear are not allowed for safety purposes. We need to be able to identify all students and adults in the building.
-Non-concealing head wear: cowboy hats, visors, baseball caps, tiaras, and other similar headwear that allows students faces to be seen may be worn.
-Dress code rules apply with respect to length of shorts and skirts, tank tops, undergarments showing, drug and alcohol innuendo, profanity or double meanings are not allowed.
-To avoid the perception of ridicule, costumes should not be of adults or other students in our building.
-To avoid any perception of offensiveness, costumes should not be of religious figures.
-Costumes should not be gory or 'bloody."
-PROPS SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL - This includes lightsabers, any replica swords, guns or knives, wands, etc. With nearly 600 middle level students, props become hitting devices or prime targets for students to grab or argue over.

Thank you for your help with making Literacy Spirit Week a fun celebration for East Hills!

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The Rainforest is Coming to EHMS!

Snakes, monkeys, kinkajous, parrots, macaws, amazons and cockatoos from around the world are all coming to Bloomfield Hills! Please join us Monday, March 26, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the East Hills Middle School gym. 

Eastover PTO will be hosting an appearance of Understanding Wildlife's "LIVE ON STAGE...THE RAINFOREST". This wildly entertaining program will be fun for your entire family! Flying macaws, talking amazons, and very mischievous monkeys will keep you laughing all night long.

From Understanding Wildlife: "Unless you have specifically seen our program we can guarantee you have NEVER seen an educational, entertaining show like this before." 

Admission is $5 per person (children under the age of 3 are admitted free.) This small fee helps fund Understanding Wildlife so they can continue to bring their show to schools. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please visit to learn more about this non-profit organization!

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All School Family Bowling Night - Friday, April 6 (6:00-8:00 PM)

Like to bowl?  Can you break 100?  Want to have some fun with friends over spring break?  Let's do it!

Please join us for a fun night bowling at Classic Lanes in Auburn Hills on Friday April 6th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  $9 per person includes two hours of bowling and shoes.  Simply sign up HERE and pay at the door.  Please note, this is NOT a drop off event - an adult MUST be present for students to play.  Food is available for purchase at the venue.  See you there!

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Neal Pullukat Move Forward to State Level Competition as East Hills Geo Bee Winner

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. This year, Neal Pullukat of the 7th grade will represent East Hills at the state level competition on April 6th at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. This is a uniquely special honor as Neal is the first Cavalier in recent memory to make the state level championship. We wish him luck and are proud that Neal is representing East Hills!

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5th Grade Musical Audition Information & Dates

Auditions for Speaking Parts/Solo-Character Roles for the fifth-grade musical Aladdin will be held during the 5th grade students' general music class time the week of March 12-16, 2018:

-Monday, March 12th (B day) = Mrs. Kiesel's class 9:10-10:00am
-Tuesday, March 13th (A day) = Mrs. Parks' class 8:20-9:10am
-Wednesday, March 14th (B day) = Mrs. Trescone's class 10:00-10:50am
-Thursday, March 15th (A day) = Mrs. Pratt's class 8:20-9:10am
-Friday, March 16th (B day) = Mr. McConnell's class 10:00-10:50am

All fifth graders may be a member of the chorus if they choose, and NO AUDITION IS REQUIRED FOR CHORUS MEMBERS.  The chorus members still learn all the main songs and choreography, however, they do not have any vocal solos and they are only required to be at the dress rehearsals.  All music will be taught in the fifth grade general music classes with Mr. Schumacher.  Please fill out and have your child bring the audition form with you on your audition day in general music class.  There is a spot on the form where parents can write down if they would like to help/volunteer in the production.  Also, there's a place where students can write down which part(s) or role(s) they are interested in (ex: Jasmine, stage crew, Iago, Aladdin, Genie, "any role", "non-speaking role", "no solo role", etc.).

Click HERE to access the audition form.

If you are absent on the day of your class audition, you may attend another 5th grade general music class on their audition day to make-up for the absence.  Please email Mr. Schumacher at if you have any questions or if you would like to set up an alternate audition time (due to being out of town, ill, or other conflicting circumstances).

We are so excited for this production!  Thank you all!

Important Rehearsal Dates for Speaking Parts/Solo Character Roles ONLY:

3/20(Tuesday); from 3:15-4:45 p.m.
3/27(Tuesday); from 3:15-4:45 p.m.
4/10(Tuesday); from 3:15-4:45 p.m.
4/24(Tuesday); from 3:15-4:45 p.m.
5/1(Tuesday); from 3:15-4:45 p.m.
5/3(THURSDAY)from 3:15-4:45 p.m.

***Rehearsals will be IN THE DRAMA/CHOIR ROOM #102 (Across from the art room)***

Important DRESS Rehearsals and PERFORMANCE Dates for ALL Fifth-Grade Cast AND Chorus:
Dress Rehearsal (with costumes) for everyone in the show:
-Monday, May 7th from 3:15-5:15 p.m. in the cafeteria

In-School Performance in the East Hills Cafetorium:
-Tuesday, May 8th (time TBA)

Evening Performance in the East Hills Cafetorium:
-Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. (Students arrive at 5:45 p.m.)

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