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September 29, 2013

 

Hello BCS!

 

We have another exciting update for the enthusiasm we’re garnering around our partnership with Project COPE Zambia.  Be sure to have your children and you check out our Project Cope Zambia wiki (http://projectcope.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/), read what’s there, continue all of our learning, and encourage those outside our community with whom you have relationships to give to our efforts.  There is a PayPal fundraising option on the Wiki thanks to our PTSA. Learn Globally, Serve Locally!  Also, with our visit from the Detroit News this past week, we look forward to sharing with you the impending article they’ll be writing about our project with Zambia.

 

It was been a pleasure indeed to welcome our all of our parents and guardians to our Curriculum Nights the past three Thursdays.  We hope you found this to be 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.  While this was a great opportunity to meet the teachers, and parent/teacher conferences will be coming in November where all parents/guardians will have an opportunity to meet with their teachers individually to discuss their child’s progress, please know that if you need to talk with your child’s teacher now or at any point during the year, feel free to email them to set up a time to talk (either in person or over the phone) about supporting your child’s learning this year.  Please don’t feel you have to wait until conferences (fall or spring) to reach out to our teachers.

 

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

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

P.S.  BPS Implements Standard Based Grading in grades K-5:  As our 3/4 teachers at BCS continue to grow as educators and learners, they are beginning to utilize a Standards Based Grading system that will help them identify student strengths as well as needs, and more importantly help in creating goals and expectations for each of their learners.  Grading students against performance goals will allow us to see whether a student is mastering a standard over time, rather than during a glimpse of their learning experience.  Through this shift, feedback will be given along the way based on their achievement toward a set of standards. Assignments will be scored using “Below Standard”, “Working Toward a Standard”, “Meeting Most of a Standard”, or “Mastering a Standard”.  As a student works along the continuum, it is possible that they might get all the questions on an assignment correct but still receive a score of “Working Toward” or “Meeting Most”.  This is for two reasons.  First, many standards cover skills that cannot be assessed on a single assignment.  Multiplication and Division of numbers to 100 is an example that cannot be assessed at one time.  Second, in order to master a standard, a student will need to demonstrate they can satisfactorily complete the task multiple times.  A single test will no longer demonstrate whether a student understands material, the ability or lack of ability to reproduce similar results will help as we work with each student to reach their goals.  For more information on Standards-Based Grading click on the following link:

Standards Based Grading in Grades 3/4

 

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

 

Character Connections Word of the week: INTEGRITY

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

·         Waste no more time arguing about what a good [person] should be. Be one. – Marcus Aurelius

·         When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? – Eleanor Roosevelt

·         Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. – Oprah Winfrey

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of September 30-October 3, 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 30

·         6:45-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         7AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE

·         4PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER GAME-AWAY @ CRANBROOK MS

·         4:15-5PM-Band Sectional-Trumpets

Tuesday, October 1

·         Bagels for sale –in front of the Media Center- CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

·         4PM-6-8 CROSS COUNTRY HOME MEET- @ BEVERLY PARK

·         4PM-7/8 GIRLS BASKETBALL @ HOME vs. CRANBROOK MS

·         4:05-6:05PM-SOCCER PRACTICE

·         4:05-6:00pm – Guys and Dolls JR Pre-Audition Workshop for 6-8 students  

·         4:15-5PM Band Sectionals- Flutes/Percussion/Oboe –

·         7PM-Board of Education Meeting-BPS Education and Administration Building, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills

Wednesday, October 2

·         6:45-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         7AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE

·         9:15AM-5/6 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center

·         2;45-3:45-Market Day Pick-up-Front Entrance Hall

·         4PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER GAME-AWAY @ EAST HILLS MS

·         4:15-5PM –Band Sectionals- Trombone

·         6PM-Williamsburg Informational Meeting-Media Center

·         6:30PM- VICTORY DAY at GROVESA Special Opportunity For Our DIFFERENT LEARNERS -see below for details

·         7PM-Boston Informational Meeting-Media Center

Thursday, October 3

·         8:45AM-8th Grade Celebration Kick-Off Meeting

·         4PM-6-8 CROSS COUNTRY MEET-AWAY @ CRANBROOK SCHOOL

·         4PM-7/8 GIRLS BASKETBALL @ HOME vs. ORCHARD LAKE MS

·         4:05-6:05PM-SOCCER PRACTICE

·         4:15-5PM –Band Sectionals-Alto Sax

·         6:45PM-Proud Dads Annual Meeting (Click here for more information.)

·         7PM-Friends of Different Learners Meeting-Staff Development

Friday, October 4

·         6:45-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         7AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE

·         9:30AM-3/4 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center

·         4:05-6:05PM-SOCCER PRACTICE

·         4:15-5PM -Band Sectionals-Clarinet

Saturday, October 5

  • 1-5PM-Free International Concert for Families in Shain Park Birmingham-flyer

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Every student in our school has to have their parent or guardian read the first two pages of the "Concussion Awareness Educational Material," complete the third page with the student's name and parent/guardian signature, and return the signed form back to the BCS office where it will be placed in the student's file per direction from the state. Click here to download, read, print page 3, complete and return signed form to the BCS office. Thank you!

 

2013-2014 STUDENT AMBASSADORS

If your child is interested in being a 2013-2014 BCS Student Ambassador, please click 2013-2014 Ambassador Application, complete the form and have your child return it to the office, attention Cindy Balicki.  The Ambassador program is for students in grades 4-8.   

 

TO OUR BCS FAMILIES

As fall has arrived and the weather gets colder, please remember to send in Tissues, Disinfectant Wipes and Hand Sanitizer.  Our teachers want to keep their classrooms as germ free as possible and your donation is greatly appreciated

 

Proud Dads Annual Meeting- October 3rd at 6:45 p.m.

CALLING ALL “DADS” – The one and only meeting of “Proud Dads” will be held on October 3rd at 6:45 p.m. Click here for more information.  We NEED your leadership!  “Many hands make light work”, but more importantly, “many hands make a positive difference in the lives of our children!”

 

PROUD DADS SPORTS INFORMATION-TENNIS IS STARTING!!Click here for flyer

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 $108/for 6 weeks.  Contact the Beverly Hills Club or Kristen Harrison (kharrison2@comcast.net) to registerProud Dads Tennis

 

CALLING ALL 6th / 7th / 8th GRADERS!     ANNOUNCING THE 2013-2014 BCS MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION:

GUYS AND DOLLS JR -- January 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! 

SAVE THESE DATES:

  • TUE OCT 1, 4:05-6:00pm - Pre-Audition Workshop for students  
  • MON OCT 7, 4:00-5:15pm or 5:15-6:30pm - Cast Auditions (choose 1 of 2 sessions)
  • 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 and tech crew members.

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

 

8TH GRADE CELEBRATION-KICK-OFF
You are invited to the 8th Grade Celebration kick-off meeting, Thursday October 3 at 8:45am in the Staff Development room.
Please join us as we begin to plan the party for our children.

5/6 TRIP TO WILLIAMSBURG AND VIRGINIA BEACH

BCS is offering an optional trip to Williamsburg and Virginia Beach for 5th and 6th grade students, April 25-28, 2014.  There will be a parent information meeting on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 6:00pm in the Media Center.  Registration for this trip will open at the completion of the information meeting.  Space is limited to 44 students.  For a brief description of the trip, please click Williamsburg and Virginia Beach Information

 

7/8 TRIP TO BOSTON

BCS is offering an optional trip to Boston for 7th and 8th grade students, May 1-5, 2014.  There will be a parent information meeting on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 7:00pm in the Media Center.  Registration for this trip will open at the completion of the information meeting.  Space is limited to 40 students.  For a brief description of the trip, please click Boston Information.

 

NEWS FROM FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS-PARENTS EMPOWERED: FACING THE BULLIES

Oct 3, 2013   7:00 PM

Friends October Flyer.

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

 

FOR OUR MUSICAL BCS FAMILIES

Here are links to important information for Band and Orchestra

·         ORCHESTRA NEWSclick here for Orchestra News

·         BAND NEWS:  click here for Band News

 

CONEY BINGO IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!

click HERE for Flyer

 

VICTORY DAY at GROVESA Special Opportunity for Our DIFFERENT LEARNERS

We are excited to invite you to Birmingham's very first Victory Day on Wednesday October 2 during the Freshman Football halftime.

Victory Day is an opportunity for middle school and high school Birmingham students with disabilities to have a full game-day experience as a football player or cheerleader. It’s a special day for students with impairments to have their day in the sun while family members, care givers, teachers, and peers cheer them on and witness a dream coming true.

Victory Day was created in 2010 by Aaron Segedi, a football coach and teacher in Trenton, Michigan. The idea behind Victory Day came from his strong belief that building character holds equal importance to teaching his athletes game-winning plays. To see inspiring pictures from past Trenton Victory Days and read more about the event, please visit www.victorydayfootball.com.  

Varsity Coach Brendan Flaherty has been working to bring this event to BPS for over a year and now it's finally here. I hope you will consider attending the game that night to support all students and share in the joy. Let me know if you would like to help out.

The Freshman game will start at 6:30PM and the halftime will probably be somewhere around 7:30PM

 

BCS MEDIA CENTER NEWS – AUDIOBOOKS & EBOOKS AVAILABLE!

Looking to read a book on your electronic device?  Try an eBook from the Media Center!  For more details, visit the Media Center webpage at http://bcsonline.info/Students/Media_Center.html.

 

AUDIOBOOKS are great for struggling readers, long car rides, and those who just like to sit back and listen. Learn more about your audiobook options:

1. Download and checkout a book to your own device with Catalist Digital. For more information and to get started, visit the Catalist Digital Website. Our school username is "bcsstudent" and the password is our school mascot.

2. Check out an iPod from the Media Center with an audiobook loaded onto the device for you. Our iPods are limited and popular; we ask that you sign up on our waiting list. For more assistance or for a complete list of titles available, see the Media Specialists. (Please note that our regular circulation policies to iPods as well. Students who lose or damage a device will be held responsible for the replacement cost. If you do not want your child to check out an iPod, please email the librarians to opt out.)

3. Checkout an audiobook on CD or Playaway. Many titles are available -- browse the shelves or search the Destiny catalog for the best audiobook for you!

For more information, visit the Media Center webpage at http://bcsonline.info/Students/Media_Center.html.  

 

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (4TH AND 5TH GRADE)

The District-Wide Battle Launch is Monday October 28, 2013. The BCS Battle page has been updated so check it out! (http://bcsbattle.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/home

 

MATH CAMPS AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

Do you know a middle school, junior high or high school student who enjoys math?

Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science invites middle school, junior high and high school students to participate in our Saturday Series Math Camps. Held over five Saturdays, these rigorous courses are for the serious student who has demonstrated success in mathematics. Employing a "flipped classroom" teaching approach, the instructor will review the lecture material and discuss its practical relevance for the first 30 minutes, then proceed to engage the students while they solve many sets of practice problems for the remaining time in the class. Student success will be heavily dependent upon their commitment to excellence while in class and their ability to view a 30 minute video (from home, school or library) during the week prior to the Saturday class. The admissions process, which is highly selective, involves consideration of math GPA and teacher recommendations. Students must bring in a recommendation letter, from a teacher, confirming their GPA, on the first day of class.  Courses are available in:

Algebra I for Engineers and Scientists
Algebra II for Engineers and Scientists
Calculus I for Engineers and Scientists
Linear Algebra for Engineers and Scientists
Plane Geometry for Engineers and Scientists
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
Trigonometry for Engineers and Scientists

Workshops take place Saturdays: October 19th, 26th November 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Cost is $100. Additional information, including registration information, can be found here.   For more information contact Dr. Lorenzo Smith, Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, at lsmith8@oakland.edu or visit the SECSOutreach website.

 

CECAC   NEWS

CECAC WILL BE PRESENTING “A SLICE OF LIFE IN OUR COMMUNITY” on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Administration Building.  Please join us as our panelists discuss what’s right with our schools, our city and our neighborhoods.  For more information, click CECAC October Flyer.

 

UPCOMING  BBFA  PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS 

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!

 

BIRMINGHAM  BLOOMFIELD  COMMUNITY  COALITION (BBCC)

·         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/s8cm3w

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

 

GROVES HIGH SCHOOLGARAGE SALE        OCT. 26   Groves Garage Sale
9 am to 3 pm - Early entry at 8 am for $2
Bag sale Sunday, October 27 - 10 am to 1 pm - $5 per bag
Donation drop-off in the cafeteria:
Thursday, October 24, 3pm - 9pm
Friday, October 25, 3pm - 9pm
Please contact Jennifer Roma at
jro@romatech.com, Vickie Edwards at vfse55@comcast.net, or Jill Robnett at jbrobnett@comcast.net if you have any questions.  If you are interested in helping during the drop off or sale days, please contact Jennifer, Vickie, or Jill or go to http://tinyurl.com/Groves-Garage-Sale-Vol-SignUpfor Google sign-up.

 

MIDVALE MOM2MOM SALE - SATURDAY NOV. 9TH 9-12PM.
Location - Berkshire Middle School Cafeteria
Come and shop for pre-school children's toys, books, clothes, furniture and equipment.
To rent a table - please contact Nicole at 
ECCMom2Mom@gmail.com or call 248-996-3199
Come and support the Early Childhood Center at this fun event!