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Every spring, BHS art teachers organize the "Art From the Hills" K-12 District Art Show which showcases the artwork from our talented and hard-working students. Lone Pine students Paul Dandler, Jaxon Falcon, Jake Brown, Grayson Chatfield, Alexa Brand, Preston Rubin, and Hugo Carlson are all featured in the show from Lone Pine Elementary. Instead of a physical art display, this year's "Art From The Hills" is virtual with some 3D pieces on display at the Bloomfield Hills Public Library. The district art show web gallery can be viewed here:

This was an extremely challenging year, but the hard work and dedication of these artists resulted in some beautiful art. Please enjoy their creations in this virtual art display. 

Mallory Molnar
Art Teacher

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The Bloomfield Hills elementary staff is in the process of making plans for the upcoming school year. Over the next several weeks, staff will gather information regarding instructional needs as they relate to the growth and development of our students. This information will help to inform K-5th class placements for the next school year. 

Please remember that while you may continue to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teacher through the end of the year, we ask that you please refrain from questioning our staff regarding your child’s placement for next year.  

What is the timeline of the student placement process?


August: Building teams will meet with building administrators, specialists, and support staff to create class lists. Classroom placements will be finalized the week before school starts. Placements are posted on ParentConnect/MyBloomfield over Labor Day weekend. 

How are students placed in classes?

Students are placed in classes to achieve as much balance as possible. Consideration is given to academic ability, social growth and development, individual needs, and gender. Using this along with any family input and other criteria, all attempts are made to balance classes. Classroom teachers work in collaboration with the specialists, the building principal, and relevant support staff to make placements.

How can families provide input into the placement process?

Families who have special considerations that warrant review by the placement team may put it in writing to the building principal no later than June 14TH. REQUESTS FOR PLACEMENT IN A PARTICULAR TEACHER’S CLASS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED OR CONSIDERED. There are no guarantees regarding class placement. 

Why are placements finalized in late summer?

Events that take place over the summer may make it necessary to add a classroom, change teaching personnel, or revise the makeup of a particular class. 

What if my child is moving up to WHMS?

Current fourth and fifth-grade families are encouraged to take the following survey, PLACEMENT SURVEY. Please know that our team of teachers and admin will all be able to view this data when considering the placement of your child for next year. Additionally, families who have special considerations they wish to share directly with administration, please feel free to email Mr. Gignac or Mrs. Palmeri no later than June 14th. Requests for placement in a particular teacher’s class will not be reviewed or considered. There are no guarantees regarding class placement.

Learn More about BHS Elementary Student Placement Process
Bond Update

Planning and construction surrounding the exciting bond work in Bloomfield Hills Schools is well underway! A major milestone is the commencement of construction: the Groundbreaking Ceremonies! “North Hills Middle School” groundbreaking will be held at the site of former Lahser High School on Wednesday, May 26 at 5 p.m., and the “South Hills Middle School” groundbreaking will be held on Thursday, July 29, at 5 p.m., at Bloomfield Hills Middle School.

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Third Grade Families (both in-person and BV!) are invited to join us on Friday, June 18th at 9:30am to celebrate our 3rd graders moving on to WHMS with our annual Clap Out parade. We ask our families to gather on the lower fields around the soccer field to cheer on the 3rd graders (route will be marked). Please stay off the hill as this area will be reserved for our K-2 students.

Students will receive a free 3rd Grade t-shirt and graduation cap to wear for the Clap Out.

Clap Out is a yearly tradition and right of passage for our 3rd grade students. We would like to honor that tradition, and like in year’s past, we will welcome guests to attend the outdoor Clap Out for our students. No guests will be permitted inside the school.

Effective June 1, 2021, outdoor mask requirements by MDHHS and OCHD will expire. As such, BHS is allowing masking to be optional for our 3rd graders and their guests while outdoors, however, BHS staff will make every effort to ensure that students remain physically distanced while exiting the building to be clapped out and remain with their cohorted class at all times. Students may remove their masks once they reach the outdoors, be clapped out, and then will be required to put their mask back on to re-enter the building.

Following the OCHD/MDHHS recommendations for unvaccinated individuals, BHS recommends that guests who are not vaccinated please consider masking while at Clap Out.

If you want your child to continue wearing a mask when being clapped out, please talk to your child about that family expectation and let your child’s teacher know. We will reiterate our expectations with students about respecting differences on this point ahead of the Clap Out. 

Learn More about Third Grade Clap-Out and T-Shirt Orders
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Please take some time in the last few weeks of school to look for Lone Pine library books in your family's collection. Many books were sent home this year during remote and hybrid learning that have not been returned. Look for the Lone Pine barcode and if you find a book, send it back in with your child. Thank you!

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If your in-person student or BV student has been using a district-owned device (Chromebook or iPad and chargers), they will be collected next week. We will continue deployment of one-on-one devices next fall, but devices will be repaired and updated over the summer months by our IT team before being redistributed in the fall.

In-person students: Send in your child's device and charging cable with them to school on Monday, June 14th. 

BV students: Drop off at BHHS, main entrance (4200 Andover Road) on June 18th between 12-5pm or Saturday, June 19th between 9am-3pm. This will be a curbside drop-off, IT staff will come to your car to collect the device. If you cannot make either of these drop-off times, please call the Lone Pine office or email Mrs. Bilkovic at to schedule a drop-off appointment for the week of June 21st.

Note there is a $300 fine for lost Chromebooks or iPads, a $30 fee for lost Chromebook power cables, and a $20 fee for lost iPad charger cables. If you've lost your device or charging cable, please send or bring a check payable to BHS on your collection day.

Learn More about LP & BV Student Device Collection - UPDATED INFORMATION
2021 Summer Camps

Bloomfield Hills Schools has Summer Camp opportunities for all ages, all abilities, and all interests! New this year, families have the option to select individual days, an entire week, and an option to pay for the entire summer.

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6/12: LP Family Fun Day @ Bowers Farm, 10am-4pm

6/14: In-person student device collection--return Chromebooks and iPads and charging cords to Lone Pine (send in with your child)

6/18: 3rd grade Clap Out, 9:30am (parents may join us on the lower fields, parking will be tight--please walk, bike, or carpool if you can!)

6/18: Last day of school, dismissal 12:20pm

6/18 & 6/19: BV student device collection at BHHS (see news item below)

6/23: Report cards posted on ParentPortal

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Lone Pine families have an open invitation to join our building Global Ed Team (GET). This is a learning group that meets monthly before school (virtually) to grow together in our commitment to being anti-racist. This is a low commitment group, participants are free to come when they can with no long-term obligation. There's no preparation needed before meetings, and no "to-do's" to be responsible for afterward.

Why join GET? We have some rich, thought provoking conversations on issues related to equity and inclusion, diversity, gender issues, ableism, ageism, anti-racist education and parenting, and more. Sometimes we read and discuss an article, or watch a short video and discuss, or examine building or district data to see what it tells us. We debrief what's happening at the district GET, share resources (for children and/or adults), and brainstorm ways we can make Lone Pine a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all students and families. If this sounds like a mission you can get behind, give GET a shot! 

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 8th at 8:15AM. If you'd like to drop in and join us, email Dr. Hillberry at and we'll send you the agenda and meeting link before the next meeting. We hope you'll join us!

Learn More about Join the Lone Pine Global Ed Team (GET)
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 Here you can manage your contact preferences as they pertain to text, email, and phone call notifications.

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