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Greetings Berkshire Families:

On Friday, February 12th, just before our Midwinter Recess, Berkshire celebrated with
our 11th consecutive year of participating in the annual Hoops for Heart basketball event.
Overall, the event was very successful and we had approximately 457 students that
participated to help raise nearly $12,000 for the American Heart Association. The
students and staff had so much fun playing basketball and showing off our Berkshire
pride to help out the greater community. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers and to
our Physical Education teachers (Erin Lincoln, Todd Wriska and Richard Forrest) for
helping to make this event so successful!
Upcoming Events:
Monday (2/22)

Girls VBall (Black) @ Abbott

Girls VBall (Silver) vs Derby White

Tuesday (2/23)

Berkshire Wrestling vs. OLMS

Groves Pre-Festival Concert w/ Berkshire

Wednesday (2/24)

Girls VBall (Black) vs OLMS

Girls VBall (Silver) @ Abbott
Boys Swimming @ BHMS (at the new high school)

Thursday (2/25)

Gym Cats

Friday (2/26)

Boys Swimming vs WHMS

BAAFN Night at the Movies: Race

Saturday (2/27)

Saturday School Math Pentathlon

Sunday (2/28)

BYA Dog Show

BAAFN Night at the Movies (2/27)

Race: Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic
superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts
him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitlers
vision of Aryan supremacy. Race is an enthralling film about courage, determination,
tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one mans fight to become an
Olympic legend.
Saturday, February 27th in the Evening (after 6PM)
Location: Birmingham 8 Theater (211 S. Old Woodward)
Time: The Theater does not publish Show Times until the week of release. Please
RSVP with Eventbrite so we can have an accurate headcount of movie patrons. RSVP
is for head count only; you are not under any obliga4on at this 4me. We will update the
Eventbrite with the Show Time by February 17th. Payment can then be made to reserve
your seat.
Athletics Shout Out
Congratulations to AJ Zako for breaking an 8 year old 50 meter fly record a couple of
weeks ago in the swim meet against East Hills Middle School. Well done, AJ. Keep up
the great work!
Saturday School Update for the week of Feb. 22nd
Please consider joining us this Saturday from 9-11 am in the Berkshire Middle School
Media Center for Saturday School. Our BPS Saturday School program, sponsored by
our African American Family Network, is a great resource for ALL K-12 BPS students
who would like to receive additional academic support in any subject of their choice. We
are honored to have Dr. Nerad as our guest speaker this week. He will be speaking to
our students about the importance of education and leadership.
The entire month of February has been dedicated to helping all students understand the
importance of reflection and making sure they are doing their personal best at all times.
We would love to see you and your child in attendance this Saturday (2.27). Feel free to
contact one of the BPS Saturday School Coordinators below if you have any questions
or concerns:
David Brooks -
Roy Bishop, Jr. -
We look forward to seeing you there! Saturdays are meant to learning!
Future Dates that Saturday School will be in session are below:

February: 27
March: 5, 12, 19
April: 23, 30
May: 7, 14, 21
Don't forget to sign up for Saturday School's Remind notifications! Text the message
@satschool to 81010 to sign up.
For more information, please click on the link below:
Berkshire's Proud Dad's Club: Donations Sought for Pastapalooza dinner on March 3rd.
As in years past, we are planning to have a silent auction as part of this year's
Pastapalooza dinner and we desperately need help in having items of value for this
Our goal is to have several tables with items up for bid and we need our community of
families to contribute these items. Proceeds from this year's event will be used to help
with needed landscaping upgrades for the center courtyard among other school
Gift certificates, gift baskets, sports memorabilia, event tickets or literally anything with a
value of $20 or more (please, no used items) are being sought.
We ask you to let us know what you can do to help make this year's event a big
success! If you can't donate, we do hope you will plan to attend this year's dinner with
your friends and family. It is a fun event, with great food and a good time to interact
with other Berkshire families.
We have a goal of February 25 to have our auction items accounted for which is only a
few days away. You can drop these items off at the office or if you have questions about
what you can do to help , please reach out to one of our Proud Dads listed below.
Chris Kondak (,
Jay Pepper ( or
Rod Sample (
Table Talk: Food for Thought
Dear Families,
Celebrating and honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. this week has served as a
catalyst for many thoughtful discussions with your students focused on our character

trait this month, Diversity. Many C3 classes have engaged in meaningful conversations
regarding diversity and all it entails. We encourage you to ask your student about
these discussions.
Other conversation starters may include:

What does diversity look like at Berkshire?

Do you consider Berkshire to be a diverse community? Why or why not?
We do YOU do at school to honor others diversity?
Discuss the following quote:
When I see you through my eyes I think we are different, but when I see
you through my heart, I know were the same. Doe Zantamata
As always, we appreciate the time you take to share these meaningful
conversations with your family. We welcome your feedback and comments.

Furthermore, as we conclude our mid-winter break, hopefully you all found time to relax,
spend time with your family, and to take a few moments to continue your conversations
reflecting upon DIVERSITY, as it relates to Black History Month. In order to help you
foster some meaningful conversations, we encourage you to use any of the starters
provided below. As always, we appreciate your feedback and comments.
There are many famous, well know African Americans who we can identify
by name and/or by the contribution they have made to better the lives of others.
However there are many others who have made equally as important
contributions but are little known figures in history. See if you can identify the
contributions made by these important men and women.

Edward Bouchet,
Bessie Coleman
Matthew Alexander Henson

Discuss this quote:

We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not
a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias,
race hate, and religious prejudice. ~Carter Woodson, 1926

Family Engineering Night (Oakland Schools)

(see attachment)
Character Education Survey

Every few years, BPSs Character Education Steering Committee requests that 4 th, 7th
and 11th grade students, parents and teachers complete our character education survey.
Therefore, please take a moment to click on the link to complete the character
education Survey by March 18th:
Groves Senior All Night Party Bowling Fundraiser
Calling all past, present and future Groves Falcons & your families and friends! Put on
your bowling shoes and support the 2016 Senior All Night Party by attending a Bowling
Fundraiser on Sunday, February 28th from 1-3pm at Hartfield Lanes (3490 Twelve Mile
Road in Berkley). The cost is $20 per person and includes 2 games, shoes and pizza &
pop. Please see the flyer on the Senior Class Information page of the Groves website
or contact Kathy Westerlund for details at

Franklin Baseball Registration is now open! Sign up is open for all divisions; from Tball through Pony (baseball) and Junior through Senior girls softball. Teams are
beginning to form in the non-draft divisions, so sign-up now to reserve your spot! Go to to register and for more information.
Important Dates and Upcoming Deadlines:
February 27th-Player Evaluations (boys drafting leagues) Red Sox Training Center
in Waterford
February 28th-Player Evaluations (girls drafting leagues) Red Sox Training Center
in Waterford
March 21st -Team Assignments and notifications
March 23rd- Practices begin
April 23rd -Opening Day!
BYA Dog Show (2/28)
Register your dog and child for the 35th Annual Kids' Dog Show on Sunday, February
28, 2016
1:00-3:00pm at Berkshire Middle School. This fun family event is open to the public.
Cost of registration is $10.00 per dog. All registrants receive a fun, dog-friendly goody
bag. All registrants need to be arrive by 12:30pm day of the event.
Click here to download the 2016 Kids' Dog Show registration form
No registrations will be taken at the door. Questions? Call the BYA Office at 248-2034300
2016 Yearbook on Sale!
Its that time of year again..yearbooks go on sale November 1st! Dont miss the
chance to save your memories.

Order your yearbook online for only $35.00

To order go to:
Scroll down to Connect to Pictavo Community
Click Shop your School

Beverly Hills
Berkshire Middle School

Type in:

We Need Your Pictures

Do you take great pictures and attend school events outside of the school day? If so,
why not share your pictures with the yearbook staff. On the Pictavo site you can now
share your special moments. Take a moment and upload any pictures you would like us
to consider for the yearbook.
To Upload Pictures:
Go to
Scroll down to Connect to Pictavo Community
Click Upload Photos
Create an account (if you don't already have one from last year)
Follow the onscreen directions
***This year you can download the mobile App to upload pictures from your mobile
device! Check it out at
Any questions regarding ordering the yearbook please email: or

As always, thanks for taking the time to read our Berkshire Weekly Update. Please feel
free to contact me if you have important information that you would like to see included
in our next Update.
Have a great week!

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