Message from the Principal
I hope all of you are enjoying the final days of the summer break and look forward to another amazing school year. I am honored to serve as your principal and grateful to be a part of a school culture that empowers students to connect learning to their world, attends to the social, emotional and physical well-being of all, and prioritizes the learning of our people. Our staff is committed to creating the best learning experience for your student.
We are excited to have you as a part of our Baker Family. Your partnership is essential to our school program. I encourage you to become involved in at least one of several opportunities for parent engagement (PTO, ALL IN parent volunteer, Watch D.O.G.S., Athletics, and Character Education). Please keep an eye out for communication about these activities in subsequent Baker Blasts. I wish you all a wonderful school year and look forward to seeing our returning and new Bobcats.
Monday, August 12th - 15th
- Adventure Island: Monday through Wednesday 9 am - 12 pm
- Adventure Island: Thursday 8 am - 10 am
Thursday, August 15th: Schedule Pick Up
- 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 6th Grade students
- 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 7th grade students
- 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 8th grade students
Tuesday, August 27th
- First day of school - 11:54 am Dismissal
Friday, August 30th
Monday, September 2nd
Tuesday, September 3rd
- New Family Orientation Day - 7 pm
Tuesday, September 10th
Friday, September 13th
- Fall Sports Pay to Participate Deadline
Wednesday, October 2nd
PTO Color Run
Save the Date! PTO Color Run - Wednesday, October 2nd
The PTO Color Run is Baker's biggest event of the year and will take place after school on Wednesday, October 2nd. This is a 2 mile race or 1.5 mile walk fundraising event that is fun for the whole family. Students, teachers, staff, family, friends, and neighbors are all invited to participate. Spread the word! Lots of prizes will be given out! All participants receive a white t-shirt and color packet. The race will end with a Blast of Color!
Schedule Pick Up/Registration
Thursday, August 15th
Parents please know that we do not mail a registration packet home. All registration information and forms are included in this edition of the Baker Blast and the Baker website. If you are unable to attend, please contact our secretary, Joan Pangrcic at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an individual time to drop off paperwork and pick up your child’s schedule.
Students that cannot attend Registration Day will have an opportunity to have their school/ID picture taken on our picture make-up day September 10th. If you cannot come at your designated grade’s time, you may come during a different time frame; however, you may have a little longer wait.
To avoid long lines, we are requesting that students/parents fill out all applicable forms in advance of registration and come to registration at the times listed below. If you have children in two or more grades you only need to come once. We will be able to accommodate them at one time.
• 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 6th Grade students
• 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 7th grade students.
• 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 8th grade students.
6th Grade Students Attending Adventure Island
Registration paperwork from Adventure Island Students will be collected during the week and they will receive their schedules before Adventure Island ends. Their pictures will be taken at Registration.
Student fines that were not paid from previous school years are collected at registration. This includes Media Center fines. If your student has unpaid fines, we can accept cash, or a check made payable to Baker Middle School at registration.
As a part of the schedule pickup/registration process, we will have 3 photography stations set up in the gymnasium. All students will take a picture and receive a school ID. These pictures will be used in our yearbook and Powerschool data base. If you are unable to attend registration, there is a picture make-up day September 10th.
Please be advised that pre-printed order envelopes will not be mailed or distributed. All of your ordering information is included in this Blast and on the Baker website. Every family has two options for ordering pictures. You may print the order form included in this Blast and return it with cash or a check payment on picture day, or you may order online using a credit card.
All credit card payments must be processed through the Kaiser secure website https://preorder.kaiserstudio.com/. The School ID Code for Baker is BAKER2019 (not case sensitive).
After you enter the password you will be able to complete the student information, place your order and make payment. The option to pre-order will continue to be available for three business days after Picture Day.
Baker Middle School is happy to offer the opportunity for your child to receive an Athletic Physical for the 2019-2020 school year. This opportunity will be during schedule pick up on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 from 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00 at Baker Middle School. The Athletic Physicals will be given by TROY FAMILY PRACTICE P.L.L.C.
7th & 8th graders planning to participate in any interscholastic sport this year, will need a current sports physical on file before they can participate. Any student planning to participate in Cross Country or Wrestling, 6th-8th grade, will also need to have a sports physical on file before participating.
- The cost of the Athletic Physicals will be $25 for each student.
- Payment options are cash or a check payable to: TROY FAMILY PRACTICE P.L.L.C.
- You can pre-register your child for an Athletic Physical until Wednesday, August 14th 2019.
- To register click on the link above or go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4fadaf22a1f85-athletic
Oakland County Health Department: www.cdc.gov/vaccines
All children entering 7th grade and all children ages 11-18 years of age who are changing school districts must have on file a signed Consent form for Disclosure of Immunization Information and the following vaccinations:
- One dose of meningococcal (MCV4 or MPSV4) vaccine
- One dose of tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine
- Two doses of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or have history of chickenpox disease
- Four doses of Polio
- Two doses of MMR
- Three doses of Hepatitis B
Non-medical waivers will need to be obtained from the Oakland County Health Department to exempt your student from this requirement. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, requires written parental consent for your child’s immunization information to be shared with the health department. For additional information, please reference the forms section at the end of the Baker Blast.
Bus assignments will be sent to you via school messenger the week of August 19th.
Online Emergency Cards
Please be sure to check your email. Every family will be receiving an email from our district with information on how to complete their online emergency card. The email will detail how to reach the website, how to log in, and then complete the emergency card.
Please be sure to provide up to date contact information including work numbers and cell phone numbers to reach you throughout the day. In addition, please be sure to provide full names and details for any other family members or adults that may be granted permission to also pick up your child from school.
A station will be set up in the office if you are unable to update your online emergency information at home. Please stop in the office and ask for assistance.
First Day of School - August 27th
The first day of school with be a half day. Students will attend all of their classes that day. Please note that the time frame for the half-day is 8:19 a.m. - 11:54 p.m.
School Supply Lists
School supply lists for teachers are located on the Baker website. Since schedules are not picked up until Registration Day, it can make back to school shopping a little more challenging. If you come across a good sale, you can never go wrong with buying pencils, colored pencils, paper or spiral notebooks, highlighters, sticky notes, and glue sticks. Those tend to be the standard items students need for most classes.
You might start talking with your child about how they would like to organize their school work. At Baker, backpacks are expected to be used to transport items to and from school and are then kept in the student's locker. Because of space and safety reasons, we do not allow backpacks in the lunch room or the classroom.
Most parent communications will be included in the Baker Blast. These are sent out weekly using School Messenger and Twitter. If you were subscribed to School Messenger last year (either at Baker or your child’s elementary school), then you are all set for this school year and don’t need to do anything. If you need to sign up for School Messenger, please contact the main office for more information.
Adventure Island Information
Adventure Island is a four-day adventure for incoming 6th grade students to discover the skills necessary to become success in the middle school. Through activities, games and teamwork, participants will be engaged in learning how to use valuable life lessons. Lessons and skills such as organization, time management and collaboration will all be explored. If you are interested in having your student participate, please fill out the form located in the forms section below.
- Dates: August 12th - August 15th
- Time: Monday through Wednesday 9 am - 12 pm, Thursday 8 am - 10 am
- Fee: $75 - includes a T-Shirt
Student Athletes/Clubs/Intramurals - Interscholastic sports (competing against other schools) are open to 7th and 8th graders. These student athletes must have a physical and present a completed athletic physical card signed by a doctor by the first day of practice. Athletic physical cards are available in any middle school or high school main office, as well as on our websites. Please schedule a physical with your physician or schedule one at Baker on registration day. 6th graders can participate in intramural sports which only require parents to sign a permission slip.
Pay to Participate - To participate in a 7th & 8th grade interscholastic sport(s), a $75 fee per sport (no charge “after” the second sport) is required prior to participating (annual household max for MS & HS athletics is $600). To participate in a club(s) and/or 6th grade intramural sport(s), a one-time fee of $50 is required prior to participating (annual household max for MS & HS clubs/intramurals is $100). Payments for athletics, intramural and club participation are made on Payschools.