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Principal Message: May 8, 2021

It only seems fitting to begin this week's message with a warm wish of thanks and praise to all of our West Hills community mothers/caretakers.  Whether it is raising your own child(ren) or making an influential impact on another individual, the kind, caring and loving way in which each of you fosters and models valuable character traits has an immense impact on our school and society.

Looking ahead, it is hard to believe we are beginning to solidify details on many of our end-of-the-year events.  I encourage you to look through the key dates section below.

This Thursday, as Ramadan ends, we observe Eid al-Fitr on Thursday, May 13 with a day off of school.

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Cinco de Mayo

Spanish classrooms across the district celebrated Cinco de Mayo in unique and at varying levels by teaching students popular Mexican recipes, displaying traditional holiday clothing, discovering interesting trivia, studying famous artists, and appreciating the beautiful Mexican culture.  

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Student-AthleteCOVID-19Testing

Students aged 13 -19 (those that turn 13 during the season are included) who wish to participate in school sponsored athletics must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.

Middle School Testing Schedule:

Saturday May 8 and May 15:

  • East Hills: 8:30 a.m.
  • West Hills: 8:45 a.m.
  • BHMS: 9:00 a.m.

High School Testing Schedule for Monday May 17, 2021:

  • International Academy Student Athletes - 7:00 a.m.
  • Group 1 (Baseball - Full Program, Softball Full Program, Boys and Girls Lacrosse - Full Program): 7:30 a.m.
  • Group 2 (Track and Field, Girls Tennis - Full Program, Boys Golf - Full Program, Girls Soccer - Full Program): 8:15 a.m.

High School Testing Schedule for Monday May 24, 2021:

  • International Academy Student Athletes - 7:00 a.m.
  • Group 2 (Track and Field, Girls Tennis - Full Program, Boys Golf - Full Program, Girls Soccer - Full Program):  7:30 a.m.
  • Group 1 (Baseball - Full Program, Softball Full Program, Boys and Girls Lacrosse - Full Program): 8:15 a.m.

*The following weeks we will rotate the weeks previous last group to be the first group.  IA will always be the first group each week. 

UPDATED INFORMATION: As of 5/6/21:Any student who is fully vaccinated and is not experiencing symptoms after being identified as a close contact will not be required to quarantine. Any student who has a documented prior illness of Covid-19 within the last 3 months and is not experiencing symptoms after being identified as a close contact, will not be required to quarantine. 

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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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GradesK-6Math

Grade-Up Math Placement testing will occur from Monday, May 17 through Friday, May 28 (grade-level specific date(s) will fall during that window), with decisions and family notification occurring in June. If you want your child to be considered for Grade-Up Math placement, please contact your child's classroom teacher/guidance counselor by Monday, May 10. For more information about our math placement, data considerations, and placement notification, please click here and click on the math link.

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M-STEP Testing Information

M-Step testing began the week of April 26th for 5th and 8th-grade students.  8th-grade has completed their testing and 5th-grade will be finishing this upcoming week.  Please take note of the State testing windows for each grade level. We plan to administer the M-Step for 4th, 6th, and 7th-grade the last two weeks of May.  Bloomfield Virtual students in 4th and 5th grade will receive separate guidance from Mrs. Teal.  Remote students in grades 6th-8th were previously surveyed about attending in-person testing and will receive communication about testing sessions. 

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IB Learner Profile Focus for April (Balanced) and SEL

This April, we are focused on “the importance of BALANCING different aspects of our lives ~
intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others.” ~IBO 

Learner Profile Trait Focus for April: Balanced

As an IB Learner, I am Balanced. I work to stay organized, use my time wisely, and be healthy. With this learner profile attribute, I show commitment towards my learning and show self-discipline and responsibility. 

I understand the importance of balancing different aspects of my life-intellectual, physical, and emotional to achieve well-being for myself and others. I recognize my interdependence with other people and with the world in which I live. 

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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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