Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Want to show off what your student organization, PTA or sports team is doing this school year? Post your accomplishments on Patch!
For many students in Birmingham, the day has come. Tuesday is the first day of school for the students at Birmingham Public Schools and the Roeper School (those attending Holy Name School and Our Shepherd Lutheran School started last week). We know there are great stories happening to Birmingham students every day, and while Birmingham Patch will be following what's happening at schools all year long, we can always use your help. Lucky for you: it's really easy. Not sure where to start? For all those parents, teachers and students, here's five easy ways you can share your school year on Patch: Have a photo? Want to share with your neighbors? Upload it to our Pics & Clips gallery! So whether you attend Berkshire or Roeper, Holy Name or …
Southeastern Michigan's cadre of twenty-something Patch editors sat down this week to offer the only advice we're qualified to offer.
Today's the first day of school for Birmingham-area students, and parents, you may be stuck for words of wisdom to offer your children. As always, Patch exists to make your life ridiculously easy. Read on to see what these five local editors in a community near you had to say from recent experience and if one or more of these short essays resonates with your family, feel free to share them. Anyone who tells you high school will be the best time of your life is lying. It's only the pre-game to life. Your friendships will change, relationships will start and end, tests will be aced and failed, but even a year after you graduate, every moment that seemed earth-shattering will be a memory. That's not to say what happens in high school doesn't …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Baldwin librarians recommend books by Mo Willems and Audrey Vernick.
- BACK TO SCHOOL
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Going back to school means hitting the books, so how about you help them get prepared? Youth libriarians from Baldwin Public Library shared their picks for books to help get your kids ready for the classroom. Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Aubrey Vernick From author Vernick and illustrator Daniel Jennewein comes this hilarious and heartwarming look at first-day-of-school jitters. Rubia and the Three Osos by Susan Middleton Elya This is the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold in a musical combination of English and Spanish, illustrated with great humor and heart by a Caldecott-winning artist, and featuring a surprise ending that is downright fabuloso. Just right for bilingual families, new Spanish speakers and anyone …
Registration at all Birmingham Public Schools and surrounding private schools began this week. Here's what you need to know.
The countdown continues for Birmingham Public Schools students as they prepare to head back to the classroom. The first step: registration for the 2012-13 school year. School officials ask that parents arrive at registration with all the appropriate forms filled out, including: emergency information forms, technology acceptable-use forms, health care plans and permission to administer medicine. All forms, including forms for new students, can be found on the district's website. At registration, parents can also pick up their back-to-school packets, find out which class their child is in and meet the teachers and staff. Some schools have already begun the registration proess. Haven't made it in yet? Here's the remainder of the registration …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
You have to do it every year and it's usually more expensive than you expect. Here's how to make back-to-school shopping easier.
School starts for Birmingham students in less than a month, which means one thing: back to school shopping. According to the National Retailers Foundation, families of K-12 students will spend an average of $688 on supplies this year, with 85 percent saying the struggling economy continues to dictate how they shop. So, with a lot of cash to be spent, here's our top five tips for shopping smart this fall while getting your kids everything they need for hitting the books. Make sure to check early to see if your child's school has posted school supply lists for the 2012-13 school year. Birmingham Public Schools doesn't aggregate supply lists for the district, so district officials recommend checking with your child's specific school. (Visit …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
We asked two Birmingham principals for tips on helping students transition from one building to the next.
Whether your child is in first grade and going to school all day for the first time, or a high school freshman about to walk the halls of Groves High School, the first day of school for students new to a building can be tough. That's why we asked two Birmingham principals for tips on how to make that transition easier for students and parents. Deana Lancaster is entering her second year as principal at Seaholm High School, while Jamii Hitchcock is principal at Beverly Elementary. Students do better in school, make better choices and develop healthier relationships when they're involved in their school, Lancaster and Hitchcock said. Whether that's joining the lacrosse squad, the robotics team or Model UN, there's something for everyone at …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Want to schedule a dentist appointment or plan a family vacation around spring break next year? Get out your calendar because we have the dates you've been looking for.
Starting Sept. 4, school is back in session for the students in the Birmingham Public School District. It's never too early to begin planning, so here are the dates you need to know for the 2011-12 school year.
Going back to school can be confusing. Here's the most important information you need to know right now.
School starts Sept. 4 for Birmingham students, and there's a lot that parents, teachers and students need to do before the first bell rings. First, you'll need a calendar of important dates for the 2012-13 school year. Luckily, we've got you covered there. Now, here's the other important information you need to know sooner rather than later. ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BIRMINGHAM COVINGTON SCHOOL MIDDLE SCHOOLS HIGH SCHOOLS At the beginning of each school year, parents and guardians must submit either a certificate showing that their child has received required immunizations, or they must submit one of the waiver forms listed below. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that preteens and adolescents may need …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Huntington Backpack Index says parents will pay as much as 6 percent more for supplies for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade this year.
Back-to-school costs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade are expected to increase by as much as 6 percent this year, according to the 2012 Huntington Backpack Index released Wednesday by Huntington Bank. The annual survey cited small hikes in the cost of common supplies, as well as significant instrument rental fee increases, as factors in the added burden on family budgets. The findings include the following: The index is based on school supply lists collected in the six states where Huntington Bank operates — Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky — and the cost of those supplies at major online retailers such as Staples and OfficeMax. A substantial increase in typical musical instrument rental fees…