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September 15, 2013


Hello BCS!


Our BCS Service Learning Team (SLT), with representatives from each team and department including a student rep, met this week to begin aligning the SLT’s plans for the year with our theme of Learn Globally, Serve Locally.  The purpose of the BCS SLT is to engage the community through student-driven learning and service efforts to make a positive impact.  To that end, the initial effort of the team will include providing opportunities to learn about Chilipula and our partnership with Project COPE Zambia through interdisciplinary learning activities and student-driven projects.  An initial effort by students on one team to-date is the goal of publishing an online book detailing our partnership and goals.(More details and informational video links about our project are included later in this WAG.)


It was a pleasure indeed to welcome our 3/4 grade parents and guardians to the 3/4 Curriculum Night this Thursday past.  We continue to have great learning opportunities ahead and look forward to seeing all of our 5/6 & 7/8 parents and guardians at their upcoming Curriculum Nights.  These nights are a great chance for you to learn about the curriculum, programming and educational schedule for your child(ren) as well as one of the most important steps in partnering with our teachers in your child’s learning this year.  Following are the details:

·         5/6 Curriculum Night will be Thursday, September 19th

o   6:00-6:30 p.m. – PTSA Curriculum Night Meet and Greet and Refreshments in the main hallway

o   6:30-7:00 p.m. – Teacher presentations in classrooms/homerooms

o   7:05-8:00 p.m. – Principals, Co-Curricular Teachers, PTSA & Proud Dads presentations in the media center

·         7/8 Curriculum Night will be Thursday, September 26th

o   6:00-6:30 p.m. – PTSA Curriculum Night Meet and Greet and Refreshments in the main hallway

o   6:30-7:00 p.m. – Principals, Co-Curricular Teachers, PTSA & Proud Dads presentations in the media center

o   7:05-8:45 p.m. – Teacher presentations to parents in classrooms based on your student’s schedule (start in your student’s Academic Lab)

We hope you will find the time in your schedule to join us for your respective Curriculum Night.  They truly are “don’t miss” events!


Here’s to what will be another fantastic week of learning at BCS!


Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski




P.S.  The 6th, 7th& 8th grade Big Ideas Mathematics online textbooks (Home Edition) are ready for students to use.  You child’s math teachers shared how to access the online text with their students this week.  The digital Home Editions mirror the text and also include tutorial videos for extra support and explanation as needed. To access the digital text, go to http://www.bigideasmath.com/students and choose the “Common Core 2014”version, then click “GO”.  Finally, select the text your child uses and off he/she goes. This Dynamic Student Edition does not require registration or a password.  You can also click on the links below to go right to your child’s Math course text:

·         6th grade Math

·         6+ Math (Mrs. Roberts)Book 1 / Book 2

·         Math 7/8 (Mrs. Brown)Book 1 / Book 2

·         7th grade Math (Mrs. Kohrman)

·         8th grade Math (Mrs. Kohrman)

·         Math 7/8(Mrs. Weage)


P.P.S.Vote for BCS at https://givewithtarget.com/- If you have a Facebook account, go to this website and search for BCS by typing “Birmingham Covington School” in the “School Name” section.  Then sign into your Facebook account.  Make sure Birmingham Covington School name appears and click the top “VOTE” button. Then you will see a message “Give With Target will receive the following info: your public profile, friend list and email address. This does not let Give With Target post to Facebook, Your public profile is your name, profile picture, age range, gender, language, country and other public information” you provide. From there, you can even post this vote option to your “friends”. For every person who clicks on the “VOTE” button, Target will grant money to BCS.  For every 25 votes, BCS can earn $50.


– To view previous 2013-14 BCS WAG documents click here!) –


Character Connections Word of the week: RESPECT

Infuse this word into your conversations with your children throughout the week.

·         They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them. – Mahatma Gandhi, Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism

·         Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners. – Laurence Sterne, British Writer

·         It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for law, so much as a respect for right. – Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist, poet and philosopher


WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of September 16-20, 2013

(Disclaimer:  Please check all your calendars and bcsonline.info in case we missed something) 

ØTo submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email mz07bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  by WEDNESDAY 5PM 

Monday, September 16-

·         DUE-7/8  Permission slips for CONSTITUTION DAY PROGRAM field trip to Academic lab teacher



·         3:30-5:30PM-SOCCER PRACTICETeam Pictures at 3:30PM

Tuesday, September 17


·         7PM-Board of Education Meeting-Birmingham Education and Administration Building-31301 Evergreen Road

Wednesday, September 18



·         3:30-5:30PM-SOCCER PRACTICE

Thursday, September 19

·         9:30-10:30AM-Special Education Coffee


·          4:05-5:30PM-SOCCER PRACTICE-

·         6:00-6:30 p.m. – PTSA 5/6 Curriculum Night Meet and Greet and Refreshments in the main hallway

·         6:30-7:00 p.m. – 5/6 Teacher presentations in classrooms/homerooms

·         7:05-8:00 p.m. – Principals, Co-Curricular Teachers& PTSA presentations in the media center

Friday, September 20


·         8AM-7/8 CONSTITUTION DAY Field Trip

·          4:05-5:30PM-SOCCER PRACTICE-Parent Meeting at 6PM on the field

  • 6:30PM-Ice Cream Social-BCS Cafeteria- This is a free event but donations are gladly accepted


BPS FOOD SERVICEShttps://www.sodexoeducation.com/segment%5F0200/district%5F3102/ENM/Entry1/

Twitter: @BPSFoodService    Facebook: BPS Food Service 



If your child needs to leave school during the day they MUST be signed out in the front office. Only a parent/guardian or other person authorized on the EMERGENCY CARD can sign a student out. Please bring your driver’s license or other picture ID because our parent volunteers or office staff will need it to check for proper authorization on the EMERGENCY CARD. Please arrive to the office in sufficient time to allow for verifications and to call your child down from their classroom. Please do not call the office to ask for an advance sign-out or to have your child wait in the office for your arrival. This same procedure applies during the Choice Hour program.  In addition, once the office staff has checked identification and authorization on the EMERGENCY CARD, a pink slip will be issued to you, which needs to be taken to the Choice Hour desk.  The student helpers will assist you by locating and retrieving your child.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.To avoid all this, we’d love to keep your child in school for the full day! J


Traffic Flow Pattern for Cars at Arrival & Dismissal

You’ve heard “pay it forward” – well for traffic flow purposes, let’s all “pull it forward”! As we all get in the swing of the routines of a new school year, arrival and dismissal times are incredibly busy times with car traffic.  Following are some reminders that will help for a safe, efficient and friendly arrival and dismissal experience for all of us.  Please read the following and the link to the full document to keep in your car as a reminder.  In summary, when picking up your child, please pull all the way forward around the circle as far as you can to drop off your child and when you see space in front of you when picking up your child.  Above all, drive SAFELY and remain KIND and PATIENT so we can be models of outstanding citizenship for the sake of our children!


AM DROP-OFF PLANS – Please Pull Up as Far as You Can

For a copy of the complete document click here!

  • Please drop off your children in the drop off/pick-up zones located either in the traffic circle at the front of the school or on the east drive that exits onto Covington Road, nearest the bike racks. Do not use the Tech Services driveway on Covington Road.
  • Please pull up as far as you can in the two designated drop-off and pick-up zones.
  • If you plan on exiting onto Covington Road, you must use the drop-off/pick-up zone that enters from Covington Road.
  • Please do not block the two handicapped parking spaces in the front circle.
  • In order to keep the traffic moving in the drop-off/pick up zones, please make sure you have said all of your goodbyes to your children, before you enter the BCS grounds.
  • After you have dropped off your children, please pull out cautiously, as you will be merging into other traffic leaving BCS.


PM PICK-UP PLANS at 3:15 PM or at 4:05 PM

  • Please have a consistent plan of picking up your children each day.
  • Please pull up as far as you canwhen there is space in front of you as you are waiting.
  • See above “AM DROP-OFF PLANS” section.


More on the BCS Partnership with Project COPE Zambia

The partnership with the village of Chilipula continues to unfold!  Following is the video I shared with students at each of the Town Hall meetings on the first day of school if you would like to review as necessary with your child (Learn Globally).  Also included are links to the full interview with George Sherman (unedited) if you’re interested in more details of the region and project.

·         Project Cope Zambia Town Hall video for students:  http://youtu.be/Xm07t5WAjZA (10 minutes)

·         For the full interview with George Sherman, Project Cope Zambia Co-Chair click on the following links:

o   Part I:  http://youtu.be/aMvHdK4laHU (15 minutes)

o   Part II:  http://youtu.be/ccwDIN_O-rQ (5 minutes)

As I mentioned, more to come on our efforts via our BCS Service Learning Committee, but feel free to continue learning about Zambia (and the village of Chilipula) – Learn Globally – and think with your students who (besides you our parents) we could ask to support our project fundraising goal.  Local businesses for example – Serve Locally!The goal of Project COPE Zambia is to eliminate rural poverty in one generation without going through the carbon economy. This week’s Town Halls included students hearing from George Sherman via the video above, learning about Chilipula, Zambia and their needs.  If you have interest in this project and would like to join our service learning committee, please contact Cindy Balicki ASAP at cb15bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us.


THE FIRST DELAYED START DAY IS TUESDAY,9/24/13Buses will run 90 minutes late.   Child care is available from 8:20 – 9:50AM, please fill out the registration form on www.bcsonline.info include cash or check, made payable to BCS Community Education and return to the school office NO LATER THANFRIDAY, September 20.  The $5 fee per child is non-refundable. Students not registered will not be allowed in the building until 9:30am, all staff will be participating in professional development that morning and there will be no supervision in the hallway.  Please plan your morning accordinglyCHILDREN MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND AMKIDS CLUB


SPECIAL EDUCATION COFFEE -September 19—9:30-10:30AM


You are cordially invited to meet with your child’s Special Education Supervisor and Principal.  Join us for coffee, meet with other parents who have students receiving special education services in our building and ask questions.  This will be a great opportunity for all of us to network within our building community




Calling all 5th-8th grade girls wanting to play tennis this fall.  Proud Dads has organized a twice/week program through the Beverly Hills Club.  Tuesdays at 5:00-6:00 and/or Thursdays at 4:00-5:00.  Starting next week and continuing for 6 weeks.  Cost is $109/day.  Contact the Beverly Hills Club or Kristen Harrison (kharrison2@comcast.net) to register.






For the past two years, we have been able to send a limited number of our 7th and 8th grade students to Oakland County Circuit Courts for the Constitution Day Program.  Mr. Braisted felt this program was important enough to include all of our 7th and 8th graders, so thanks to his efforts, we are now able to take the entire team.  

The Constitution Day Program is scheduled for Friday, September 20.  The buses will need to depart BCS at 8:00am.  For students who walk to school or are driven, we ask that you arrive by 7:45am.  No cell phones are allowed in the courthouse, so please allow enough time to go to the lockers to drop off backpacks, cell phones, etc.

Permission slips have been sent home and are due on Monday, Sept. 16 to the Academic Lab teachers



The 1st Quarter Choice Hour program is well under way.

The change and refund deadline for QI Choice Hour was Friday September 13th!  All approved QI Choice Hour changes go into effect on Monday September 16th

 New homeroom sheets will be posted on the Choice Hour board and in each homeroom.  You may continue to drop choice hour classes at anytimebut will no longer be eligible for a refund.

We are looking for parents to teach the 3rd grade and 4/5 math pentathlon classes during choice hour beginning QII.  Contact Linda Stone if you are interested.

Changing Lives One Little Dress at a Time is a community service choice hour class that is currently being offered to students in grades 6-8.  These students are making simple dresses out of pillow cases to be delivered to churches and orphanages and distributed to needy little girls around the world to help make them feel better about themselves.  Students in this class design, cut, sew and finish these pillow case dresses.  We are in need of pillow cases, thread, colorful buttons, ½” wide elastic, single fold bias tape (to match pillow cases) and rick rack.  Your donations would be greatly appreciated.  Please deliver to the BCS office marked for Linda Stone.

Questions regarding the Choice Hour program should be directed to Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us.  Questions regarding Choice Hour scheduling should be directed to Kathy Juriga at 248-203-4426 or kj04bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us .



CALLING ALL 6th / 7th / 8th GRADERS!


GUYS AND DOLLS JR --Show dates: Jan 29-31, 2014

There are many male/female performing roles and tech crew opportunities in this junior version of the classic Tony Award-winning musical depicting gangsters & gamblers amidst the hustle bustle of 1920's New York City! 


  • Wed Sept 25, 6:30pm - Parent Information Meeting with director and producer 
  • Tue Oct 1, 4:05-6:00pm - Pre-Audition Workshop for students  
  • Mon Oct 7 (choose 1 of 2 sessions), 4:00-5:15pm or 5:15-6:30pm - Cast Auditions
  • Tue Oct 8, 4:30-5:30pm - Tech Crew Interviews

Participation in the play will include Quarter II Tuesday and Thursday Choice Hours required for all cast & tech crew members.

Questions prior to 9/25 parent info mtg, please contact Lynnette Kennedy <bcsguysanddollsjr@gmail.com>.



The BCS Media Center is looking for some volunteers who enjoy being around kids and books!  For more information, email Ann Truesdell at at05bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us


Join Scouting Night Pack 1049

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM, Bingham Farms Elementary

A parent or guardian needs to accompany their child to this meeting.  Questions?Please call

Cubmaster, Bill Lewis (248-356-1742) or Pack Committee Chair, John Mueller (248-723-1907)http://www.pack1049.org



October 3, 2013   7:00 p.m.-Birmingham Covington School (BCS)-1525 Covington Road • Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

“Children with disabilities, including physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory disabilities, as well as children with special health needs, such as epilepsy or food allergies, are at an increased risk of being bullied.  This is something that we want to see addressed in our schools and community. Any number of factors— physical vulnerability, social skill challenges, or intolerant environments—may increase the risk of bullying.  This presentation will share some insights into what we can do as parents, teachers, administrators, and community members to stop bullying.”

Drew Yanke, M.A. TLLP, Adjunct Professor, Psychology Dept., Wayne State University is a psychotherapist working with children and families. His focus is on boyhood issues, which include ADHD, dealing with bullying, building confidence and emotional management. He is a Boys Empowered instructor which you can learn more about at www.kidsempowered.com.

All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone!  For more information contact Kathy Sinclair-Pearson at Kathy@execrecruiters.com or 734-678-6200 or visit our web site at www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org.



Saturday, September 28, from 7:30 a.m. to Noon (sessions start at 9)

Birmingham Education & Administration Center (adjacent to Groves HS)

Free registration at: http://bpsparentcamp2013.eventbrite.com 

ParentCamp is…

v An opportunity for our community to engage in dialogue regarding what is best for our children, and build relationships designed on the premise that “We’re all in this together.”

v Breakout sessions with the focus on harnessing the expertise and experience in the room, and conversations driven by audience participation that are authentic and real, where every voice is heard. 

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Vickie Markavitch, Superintendent, Oakland ISD, addressing her strong beliefs on “why public education is not failing.” 

Also scheduled to present:

Ø  Dr. Dan Nerad, BPS Superintendent

Ø  Steve Scheidt, President, Board of Education

Ø  Cathy Hurley, Principal, Groves

Ø  Dee Barash, Principal, Seaholm

Ø  Paul DeAngelis, Deputy Superintendent

Ø  Roy Bishop, Assistant Principal, Berkshire

Ø  Patricia Chinn, Assistant Principal, BCS

Ø  Robin Moten, Teacher, Seaholm

Ø  Noelle Davis, Assistant Principal, West Maple 

Breakout session topics will include: 

Ø  Strategic planning

Ø  High school curriculum

Ø  Leveraging technology

Ø  The “teen years”

Ø  Enrichment opportunities

Ø  Where to go for answers, and more… 

Stay tuned next week as we will again expand the list of presenters and topics.

And follow us on Twitter @BPSParentCamp13(#BPSparentcamp2013)!



·         Covey 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens Training… open to 9th and 10th grade students, Sunday, October 6, 12:30-5:00 p.m. Registration deadline is Sept 30. For more info: http://tiny.cc/k4y92w

·         “The Truth & Consequences of Marijuana & Youth”featuring Kevin Sabet, internationally-known speaker and drug policy expert  parents, educators, and other community leaders are encouraged to attend Thursday, October 10, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Oakland Intermediate Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, 48328. Cost is $10 which includes a boxed meal. Space is limited and pre-registration is required at http://www.achcmi.org/ . This program is sponsored by Oakland Schools and Oakland County Health Division/Office of Substance Abuse Services.

·         Matching Pledge in Progress… Any financial contribution made to BBCC in September will be matched up to $20k by a local couple. This is a great time to make your $$$ go twice as far to support BBCC’s efforts to keep our kids substance free. Make an on-line donation at www.bbcoalition.org or mail a check to 1221 Bowers #261, Birmingham, MI 48012. Thank you! 

·         Check out our latest News & Opps piece… click here http://tiny.cc/dyz92w

For more info on substance abuse prevention focused on our youth visit www.bbcoalition.org 



Discipline: What Works & What Doesn't

Presented by Dr. Bernie Les on October 8, 2013 at 10am at the Booth/Doyle Center (7275 Wing Lake Road)

Discipline is a tool used by every parent.  The interesting thing about discipline is that when it's used appropriately, it works but when it's used inappropriately, it can make a bad situation worse.  Learn how to use discipline effectively as a strategy to promote self-esteem and confidence and how to draw the line between what works and what doesn't.  This program is free and open to the public.  Go to www.bbfaprevention.org for more information or register online.


Applying to College Today: What Parents Need to Know

Choosing a college can be one of the most exciting times in a student's life - but with so many choices and so many other students applying, how can families stay focused on what matters?  Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D., award-winning college counselor and author shares the keys to success for a family-focused approach to college selections – below workshops take place at Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham and begins at 10am.

October 3, 2013 Session:  For Parents of 9th and 10th grade students (& middle school parents) - What do students in grades 9 & 10 really need to be college ready?  Join a veteran college counselor to talk about the three keys to a successful start to the college selection process.

October 10, 2013 Session:  For Parents of 11th and 12th grade students - Is applying to college really that stressful, or is there a better way to support your child in this important life transition?  Join the author of College is Yours 2.0 to talk about preparing, searching, and applying for college in a way that is exciting, sane, and student-centered.

Go to www.bbfaprevention.org for more information or to register online.  There is a small fee to attend these workshops and space is limited so register today to reserve a spot!