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Pest Concern

September 14, 2018

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The Berkley Public School’s Integrated Pest Management contractor EnviroSafe, Inc. and our staff have been working to eliminate a pest concern (yellow jackets) at your child's school. Given the nature and location of this pest they felt it was warranted to apply a pesticide to try to resolve this concern.

A controlled pesticide application, using a product approved by the EPA, was applied. The application was done by technicians who are State Licensed and trained in the use of pesticides. The application was deemed an emergency, and that is why notification is being given after the application. The treatment is described below:

School: Norup
Date of application: September 14, 2018
Area treated: Courtyard, dumpsters
Description of treatment: Alpine dust. This was applied in areas that are not accessible to the students.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the District's Operation’s Office at 837-8049. If you would like more information on pesticides you may call the National Pesticide Information Center at (800) 858-7378 or the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (800) 292-3939. Information may also be found on the web at

Jon Barth Operations Department Berkley Public Schools

1704 Porter St | Wyoming, MI 49519 |tel 800.226.0418 | fax 616.364.1891 |


Read by Grade Three Law

Read by Grade Three Law - What you need to know

In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed the Read by Grade Three in an effort to ensure that students exit 3rd grade reading at or above grade level.  The law will impact the 2017/2018 transitional kindergarten (TK), kindergarten, and 1st grade students by the time they are in 3rd grade. In accordance with this law, we will continue to conduct reading assessments with TK – 3rd grade students. These assessments will identify students who need intensive reading instruction and intervention and will also provide useful information to help teachers tailor instruction to meet individual student needs.

Visit the District's Curriculum page to see a letter from Scott Francis, Director of Curriculum, Technology, Assessment and Grants, DIBELS, NWEA and PELI facts for parents, a Parent Guide to Public Act 306 and the District's Read at Home Plan for Student Success.

5th Grade Camp Information

You can now make 5th grade camp payments online!


  1. Log into Family Access
  2. If you have more than one child, be sure to click on your 5th grade student
  3. Click on the Fee Management tab
  4. Click on Add a Fee (You only have to do this one time, once the fee is added to your child’s account, you only need click on Make a Payment)
  5. Select (Angell, Burton, Rogers, Norup, Pattengill) Camp
  6. Click on the Back Button in the top right corner
  7. The Camp Fee will now be listed in your Fees
  8. Select Make a Payment
  9. You will be directed out of Family Access to the RevTrak site to make your payment
  10. Select Purchase Fees
  11. Add the amount of the camp payment you wish to pay in the bottom right corner.
  12. Select the button Add Selected to Cart next to your 5th grade student’s name
  13. Follow the instructions on the site to complete the payment.

Attendance & Tardiness Procedures

Attendance Procedures

School attendance is the responsibility of students and parents. Punctual and regular attendance is necessary for students to do well in school. If an absence is necessary, parents should call the school before 8:15 am, (248.837.8330) giving the reason for a student’s absence. Please note that this is a 24 hour absence line. Please speak slowly and clearly. The Berkley School district participates in an automated attendance system that will begin calling all students who are absent without notice at 9:00 a.m. All calls sent to the attendance line (248-837-8330) prior to 8:15 am will not receive a phone call from this system.

Make-up work is the student’s responsibility. Students have the number of days equal to the number of days absent to make up work when the absence is excused. If a student is absent for an extended period (at least 3 days) and able to do school work, parents may request homework through the school office. Please allow 24 hours for teachers to gather assignments.

Pre-Excused Absences:
Should it be necessary for students to be absent for family vacations or travel, a pre-excused absence should be obtained by submitting a written request one week prior to the absence. Whenever possible, work should be completed in advance of the trip.

Morning Bell Schedule

Students should arrive to school by 8:05 am when the entry bell rings. A warning bell will ring at 8:10, and instruction will begin promptly at 8:15 am when the final morning bell rings.

Please refer to the attached building map for the appropriate morning door entrance for your student.


School instruction begins at 8:15 am. A little late is too late! Tardiness not only limits your child’s learning but is also disruptive to others. Late students who arrive between 8:15 to 8:30 am will be directed to their classroom and will not need an office pass. They will still be marked tardy, however, and will miss important instructional time. Students arriving after 8:30 am must be signed in by a parent/guardian in the main office and receive a tardy slip before they are admitted to class as attendance will have been processed by that time. Middle school tardiness during the day will be handled by the classroom teacher.

Box Tops for Education & Labels for Education

Norup International School participates in Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education.  By saving and turning in Box Tops For Education and labels from certain brand name foods, you can help Norup's PTA raise money for our students.  Simply cut out your Box Tops coupons and labels and turn them into the container placed just inside Norup's main entrance.  Your child may also turn them in to his or her teacher/classroom envelop.  See the links on this page for additional information.  Thank you for your support!

External LinkLabels for Education
PDF DocumentBox Tops for Education
PDF DocumentBox Top Flyer
PDF DocumentBox Tops Rules
PDF DocumentBox Tops 50 Contest Sheet
PDF DocumentBox Tops 10 Contest Sheet
PDF DocumentBox Tops Bonus Collection Sheet
PDF DocumentBox Tops Product List

Building Entry for Parents/Visitors

For the safety of our students, building doors remain locked throughout the school day. All parents and other visitors must enter the building through the main door, sign in at the office, and receive a visitor’s pass to enter the building. This policy must be followed at all times, including student entry and dismissal times (drop-off and pick-up).

Dress Code

Norup International Dress Code

NIS encourages students to dress in a manner which will allow the most individual freedom and comfort while still maintaining a businesslike atmosphere in which to work and learn. The following dress code regulations are for school and school related activities (including school dances):

  1. Shorts and skirts must be appropriate in length and provide the appropriate cover while standing or sitting for both boys and girls.
  2. No bare midriffs or bare backs for both boys and girls.  
  3. Cleavage or undergarments should not be exposed for both boys and girls.
  4. Leggings, yoga pants and other form fitting pants are acceptable provided that the material is not see through.  This applies to both boys and girls.
  5. No hats or bandanas; head apparel worn for medical or religious purposes are allowed.
  6. Clothing advertising or mentioning controlled substances (including drugs and alcohol), or containing inappropriate language is prohibited.
  7. For safety reasons, appropriate shoes should be worn on the playground and during physical education classes. For the playground, shoes must have closed toes and heels. PE classes require clean tennis shoes with a non-marking sole.

Drop-Off & Building Entry Information

Please take time to review the following drop-off information and safety procedures.

Kindergarten-First Grade

Enter though the northeast doors on Gardner.
Students should be dropped off along the east side of Gardner or cross with the crossing guards. For everyone’s safety, do not allow students to cross the street without being at a crossing guard station. Children should wait in line with their classmates. Teachers will meet their students outside when the bell rings.

Second, Third and Fourth Grade

Enter through the parking lot doors off of Tyler (northwest side of the building.)
Students should be dropped off at the Tyler Street drop off circle. Please remember that this is a no parking zone. To keep the flow of traffic moving, please pull forward as far as possible to drop off students. Drop-off is at the turn-around only. (The back parking lot area. Behind the building is reserved for staff only; and, for the safety of the children, there is no drive through or drop off allowed in that area.) Students should wait in line with their classmates. Teachers will meet their students outside when the bell rings.

Sixth & Seventh Grade

Enter through the Main Entrance on Manhattan Street.
For the safety of students and improved traffic flow, we encourage parents to drop off students a block from the school so that they may cross at the corner with the crossing guards.

Fifth & Eighth Grade

Enter through the southeast door on Gardner (nearest Manhattan Street.)

  • It is suggested that you car pool and identify drop off and pick up locations that are at least a half block from the school.
  • When at all possible, walk to the school with your child or have them walk with a group of friends.
  • Obey all traffic markings, signage and speed limits.
  • School building doors will open at 8:05 am. Please do not drop of your child too early as they will not be allowed to the enter before that time. Students should be at the school by 8:10 am when the bell rings.
  • School building doors close at 3:35 pm. Students are expected to leave the school grounds when dismissed at 3:20 pm. Please make sure that you make arrangements for your child after school. Staff is not available to supervise students after school, with the exception of students enrolled in Latchkey and other after school activities or sports.

Early Dismissal Procedures

In order to limit the disruption of instructional time, Norup International has implemented a procedure for students who need to be dismissed early or who need to leave school in the middle of the day. This will prevent phone calls to classrooms, which are highly disruptive to the learning process.

In the event that your child needs to leave school early on a given day, please notify the office that morning, by 8:30 a.m. You may notify us by using a "Student Pass for Early Dismissal", or by simply writing a note. Phone calls to the main line or attendance line are also acceptable. Please be sure to include your child's name, the teacher's name, the reason for the early dismissal, and the time at which your child should be in the office. This way, the student will simply be dismissed from class at the appropriate time, without a disruptive phone call being made to the teacher.

Thank you for your cooperation and support with our efforts to preserve instructional time.

PDF DocumentStudent Pass for Early Dismissal

Fun Run Information & Forms

The Norup PTA is excited to announce that the annual Norup International Fun Run will take place at 1:30 pm on Friday October 19, 2018. Click on the documents below for printable forms you will need for the Fun Run.  Please be sure to fill out the applicable forms and send them to school by the dates listed on the documents.  For questions regarding the Fun Run, please contact Marie Dereniewski.

Donate to the Norup Fun Run!

External LinkDonate to Norup Fun Run

Norup Fun Run T-Shirt Order Form

There is no cost for Fun Run T-Shirts. Please follow the link below and be sure to scroll to the bottom of the form to fill out all information.

Google FormsNorup Fun Run T-Shirt Order Form

Mobile Dentist

Norup International School is partners with Smile Programs Mobile Dentists, providing in-school dental services to our students, because we know how important good oral health is to our children’s overall health. The Mobile Dentist will visit once in the fall and then again in the spring, six months later.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic and infectious disease among children. Poor oral health causes other problems in children, such as diminished growth in toddlers, poor nutrition due to difficulty eating, and an increase in bacteria in the blood and respiratory systems.

The Mobile Dentist will set up a mini-dental office in our building and can provide dental examinations, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants (if needed). Where exams reveal decay, the dentist, with parental consent, will provide fillings, pulpotomies, stainless steel crowns, and simple extractions where clinically indicated. Restorative care is available only where insurance coverage applies.

External LinkIf you would like your child to see the dentist right here at school, you can sign up online. Search for Norup International using our zip code: 48237

If you prefer, paper application are also available. Simply fill out the Mobile Dentist permission slip and return it to school.

If you have any questions about the program, contact Samantha Ellis by email, or by phone at (248) 837-8340.


Elementary students will be assigned lockers by their classroom teachers the first week of school. Middle school students will be assigned a locker on packet pick-up day (indicated on
students’ schedules.) Most students will share a locker with another student from the same grade and gender, depending on the size of the locker. Students in grades 6-8 should also bring a combination lock to school for their gym lockers. Students are advised to purchase only high quality locks (we suggest Master or American brand locks).

Lunch Information

Lunch Procedures:

It is school district policy that middle school and elementary students, district wide, remain in school and on campus for the lunch hour.  Students eat lunch in the gymnasium and remain on campus throughout the lunch period, unless they are signed-out in the office by a parent or guardian.

Lunch Prices: $2.80 for PYP and $3.05 for MYP (Milk a la carte is 60 cents)


Breakfast is served from 7:30 until 8:05. The cost is $1.50.


PDF DocumentJune Breakfast Menu
PDF DocumentJune PYP Lunch Menu
PDF DocumentJune MYP Lunch Menu
PDF Document"Smart Snacks" - USDA Standards for Food Served in Schools
PDF DocumentDaily Lunch Schedule
External LinkBSD Food Service information

Picture Day & Ordering

MYP (Middle School) Picture Day:  August 29th
PYP (Elementary) Picture Day & MYP Retakes:  September 5th
Picture Retake Day: October 12th

This year Kaiser Studio is offering two (2) options for ordering school pictures. Option one is pick up a form in the office to send into school on picture day to pay by cash or check. Option two is to pre-order and pre-pay online using a credit card. Once on the website, click on the "Prepay Order" tab and then click on "Prepay Order."

Use the School ID Code NORUPYB. The option to pre-order will be available for two business days after Picture Day.

External LinkOrder Your Picture Packet Online

*The online prepay code will not be available until July 31, 2018 to place orders.

Safety Procedures

Evacuation Procedures

In the event that there is a utility emergency (e.g. gas leak, hazardous materials)
that requires evacuation of the building, secretarial staff will send a mass email to families, advising them of the emergency and directing them where to go
to pick up their students.

Any parents/guardians who do not respond to the email will be called.

Following regular safety procedures, students will only be released to authorized adults.

Lockdown Drills


A lockdown is when a situation exists inside the building, threatening the safety of students and staff and requires staying in the classroom. (The district may call a lockdown for everyone, however, even when the situation is at another building.)

Shelter In Place

Shelter in place is when a threatening situation has occurred outside of the building or area. The exterior is secured but movement (minimal) is allowed inside the building.
For the safety of Norup’s students and staff, our internal Lockdown procedures are kept confidential and not posted on our website. If you have questions or concerns regarding our procedures, please contact Mr. Yowchuang or Mrs. Sochacki.

Tornado Watch/Warning District Policy


In the event that a tornado WATCH is declared during the hours school is in session, classes will be conducted as usual.  Principals will be notified by the superintendent’s office.  Students will be dismissed at the end of the school day as usual.

If a tornado WATCH or WARNING shall be in effect at 3:00 p.m., all after-school activities will be canceled, including athletic events, adult education activities and parent meetings.

Any exceptions to the foregoing would be subject to the decision of the superintendent.

In the event of a tornado WARNING, children will be held in school until an all clear is given by the proper authorities.  All staff members will stay on duty to care for the children until the all clear is given and students are dismissed.

Schools of Choice

The Berkley Board of Education has approved Schools of Choice slots for the 2017-18 school year. Learn more details about the number of slots, grades and timelines on the Schools of Choice website.

Student Health & Medication

Find medication forms and learn more about staying healthy on the Student Health & Medication section on the District's Parent page.

Illness Dismissal

If students become ill during the school day, they should report to the office where the office staff will contact a parent or guardian. No medication such as aspirin can be given to a student by the office staff without completion of a “Permission to Dispense Medication” form.

PDF DocumentPrescription Medication Form
PDF DocumentNon-Prescription Medication Form


Parents are encouraged to volunteer in classrooms, chaperone field trips, and be a volunteer driver. In order to volunteer, all parents volunteering in the classroom or during school sponsored functions or field trips must complete the Volunteer Release Form prior to any activities.  Parents driving or chaperoning a field trip must have the Volunteer Driver Form and Chaperone Responsibility Form completed in addition to the Volunteer Release Form.  All forms can be found on the District Volunteer/Chaperone page.