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October 6, 2013

 

As our global learning in Zambia continues and after a recent student Skype session with Project Cope Zambia co-chair Viktor Phiri in Zambia, we received an email from Victor’s co-chair, George Sherman, stating how our students and school community are already making a difference. In his email to us he states:

“Moments after I heard from you, I got Victor's email. Amazing that people halfway around the world can communicate like that. When we were in Chilupula the old Chief said he did not believe we would actually help. He said the history of the village is that people come and make promises and never return. I told him I was making no promises, but we would work with them to make it happen! And now a bunch of kids in Michigan [are coming] through. I can only imagine what the villagers are thinking! –George”

Let’s continue to show our support of our project through our Project Cope Facebook page – a challenge is set to any students, parents and teachers to get 12,000 likes before 12/12!  Let’s start all the “Likes”!  Also, we would like all our families to collect and turn in Frito Lay Chip packets and Juice pouches?  We can earn money from these items that would otherwise end up in the trash.  It’s a great non burdensome way to raise funds for Project Cope.  There will be bins outside our office in the main hall to place these recyclable items.

 

On another important note, starting this week (Tuesday), all Michigan students in grades 3 through 9 will be tested as part of the Michigan Educational Assessment System under state and federal mandates.  All students will participate in the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP), MEAP-Access, or MI-Access (Michigan’s Alternate Assessment Program).  MEAP-Access was developed as an alternate assessment for MEAP based on modified academic achievement standards in grades 3-8 for students receiving grade-level instruction who have a current IEP.  MI-Access was developed as an alternate assessment program for students with significant disabilities and when IEP teams determine that MEAP or MEAP-Access, even with accommodations, is not appropriate.MEAP-Access and MI-Access assessments fulfill the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  At BCS, Third through eighth grade students will be assessed in the areas of Reading and Mathematics.  Additionally, fourth and seventh grade students will be assessed in Writing.  Finally, fifth and eighth grade students will be assessed in Science, and sixth grade students will be assessed in Social Studies.  Students will be assessed on the previous year’s curriculum.  These assessments are different than traditional multiple-choice type tests. The tests require students to read long reading selections, apply knowledge to real world problems, answer questions in their own words, communicate concepts through writing, listen and reflect, and be able to compare and contrast a topic in Writing. All students will be assessed during a testing window from October 8 through October 25, 2013.

Click here for the specific BCS MEAP Testing Schedule.

We ask for your help and cooperation in making the testing sessions successful.  Please make sure that your child:

·         is in school on their testing days.  If they are ill, however, additional days throughout the testing period are designated as “make-up” testing days for students who were ill (fever or flu-like symptoms).

·         arrives to school on time (before 8:20 a.m.)

·         gets plenty of sleep the night before the tests

·         has protein-packed breakfast on the morning of the test, and

·         is encouraged to give his/her best effort.

All students are required by the State of Michigan to be tested and participation will be used as a factor for the State accreditation and the federal requirements for the “No Child Left Behind” legislation. 

 

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

 

– 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.

·         It's not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity. – Francis Bacon, Sr.

·         Integrity has no need of rules. – Albert Camus

·         Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. – W. Clement Stone

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of October 7-11, 2013

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

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

Monday, October 7

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

·         7AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE

·         1:20 FIRE DRILL-PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN COMING TO SIGN OUT YOUR CHILD

·         4PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER GAME-HOME vs DETROIT CONTRY DAY

  • 4:15-5PM –Band Sectionals- Clarinets
  • 4:30PM-Web Team Meeting-see details below
  • 4:00-5:15PM - Cast Auditions for BCS Musical(choose 1 of 2 sessions)
  • 5:15-6:30PM - Cast Auditions for BCS Musical(choose 1 of 2 sessions)

Tuesday, October 8-MEAP TESTING WINDOW BEGINS TODAY- THROUGH OCT.25TH

·         8 AM BAGELS Sale- $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

·         7:15AM- 6 GRADE ONLY CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE-

·         4PM-7/8 MEET at CONANT

·         4PM-7/8 GIRLS BASKETBALL AWAY @ CRANBROOK MS

·         4:30-5:30pm - Tech Crew Interviewsfor BCS Musical

·         7PM-Blast Committee Meeting-Media Center

Wednesday, October 9-PICTURE RE-TAKE DAY

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

·         7:15AM- 7/8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE-MANDATORY-no 6th grade

  • Lunchtime - PICTURE RETAKES taken on the Cafeteria Stage-see instructions below

·         4PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER GAME-HOME vs BLOOMFIELD HILLS MS

Thursday, October 10

·         7:30AM-Diversity committee meeting –Mr. Joseph’s room

·         12:45-Lunch with the Principal-Staff Development

·         1:15PM-PTSA Meeting -Staff Development

·         4PM-6-8 CROSS COUNTRY MEET-AWAY @ EAST HILLS MS

·         4PM-7/8 GIRLS BASKETBALL AWAY @ EAST HILLS MS

Friday, October 11

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

·         8:30AM-Linden Park Field Trip-Burns/Burdick

·         12PM--Linden Park Field Trip-Joberts

·         6:30-8PM--3/4 CONEY BINGO is here-don’t miss it!!  click HERE for Flyer

 

Hot Entrée menu for the weekLunchMenu-Twitter: @BPSFoodService    Facebook: BPS Food Service 

 

PICTURE RETAKES – Volunteers needed also

If you are not satisfied with your child’s photograph, picture retake day is Wednesday, Oct 9.  Retakes will be taken during lunchtime on the cafeteria stage.  Please send the original picture packet into school with your child, to give to the photographer .  Retake picture packets will arrive at BCS by Halloween. 

 

Two volunteers are needed to help on RETAKE day from 11:00am-1:30pm.  Please email nb01bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us if you are able to help. 

 

Did you know that Kaiser Studio has a customer service line dedicated just for parents?  You can reach them at 248-619-9119, ext 100 or cs1@kaiserstudio.com

 

PE INFORMATION-MONDAY, OCTOBER 7  THROUGH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1:

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and Wallington will SWIM. –Please make sure your child has a towel and goggles

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Parkin will be in the GYM.-please make sure your child has gym shoes-NO FLIP FLOPS

 

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

 

WILLIAMSBURG/BOSTON/CHICAGO TRIP UPDATES (from our CSO Cindy Balicki)

5/6 Williamsburg:  This trip is open to 44 students and 46 have registered as of 10/6/13.  If an additional 42 students register, a second bus will be opened.  For trip and registration information, click Williamsburg.

7/8 Boston:  This trip is open to 40 students and 60 have registered as of 10/6/13.  If an additional 20 students register, a second bus will be opened.  For trip and registration information, click Boston.

7/8 Chicago:  This trip is open to 35 students and there is still some space available as of 10/6/13.  Registration deadline is Friday, October 18.  For trip and registration information, click Chicago.

 

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. The deadline for this form is October 18th  

 

FOR OUR BCS PARENTS:  AN OPEN INVITATION TO JOIN OUR WEB TEAM

Are you a Geek? (And proud of it!) Are you interested in Web Design? Would you like to join an awesome group…the BCS Web Team… as we work on improving and enhancing bcsonline.info -our Parent-built Web site?Many of the parent members have “graduated” and we are looking to recruit new Geeks or even “wannabes” with just an interest and a curiosity into what goes into this. We will teach you! No special training involved. Check us out this Monday, October 7 at 4:30PM.

 

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

 

DISTRICT WIDE KIDS’ CLUB OFFERED ON NOVEMBER 5, 2013

For more information click for Kids Club Flyer

 

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:

MON OCT 7, 4:00-5:15pm or 5:15-6:30pm - Cast Auditions (choose 1 of 2 sessions)

If students do not have a Monday choice hour and wish to stay after school to attend Cast Auditions, then they should listen to afternoon announcements to know where they should go in between to wait. Students should attend the audition tryout they signed up for (either Session 1, 4:05-5:30pm or Session 2, 5:15-7:00pm). Signup sheets are posted outside cafeteria and will be available to students until 3:15pm tomorrow (Monday 10/7). Students who are signed up for Session 2 are welcome to come to the cafeteria at 4:05 and quietly sit and do homework, read, or work on their monologue until their audition time. Students will need to bring a completed audition/permission form to their session (available in school office). All students should bring a snack/water and wear comfortable clothing and appropriate dance shoes or sneakers. 

TUE OCT 8, 4:30-5:30pm - Tech Crew Interviews

If students do not have a Tuesday choice hour and wish to stay after school to attend Tech Crew Interviews from 4:30-5:30pm, then they should listen to afternoon announcements to know where they should go in between to wait. Signup sheets for Tech Crew are posted outside cafeteria and will be available to students until 3:15pm tomorrow (Monday 10/7). Students will need to bring a completed permission form to their interview (available in school office). Students are welcome to bring a snack and water to the 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

 

CHOICE HOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS

QII Choice Hour sign up begins on Monday October 7th.    QII choice hour selection sheets were distributed to each homeroom on Friday October 4th and QII choice hour selections were posted late Friday October 4th.  Visit www.bcsonline.info to view class offerings.  Each student should receive a selection sheet to bring home or you can print one from the BCS website.  QII Choice Hour selections are due no later than 4:00 PM Monday October 14th.  QII begins Tuesday November 5th, 2013 and ends Friday January 24th, 2014! 

 

4th and 5th graders will receive an application and informational parent letter regarding 4-5 Science Olympiad participation.  Please read the instructions very carefully and return with your selection sheet by the deadline.  This class will be held on Wednesday.

 

New QII Choice Hour Class Offerings:

There are many new offerings for QII like 4-5 Battle of the Books “Prepare for Battle”  on Tuesday, 3-4 Compass Learning Exploration on Wednesday, 3-8 Cobra International Club on Wednesday, 3-4 & 5-6 Math and Writing Support classes, 3rd Grade Math Pentathlon on Friday, 5-8 MATHCOUNTS on Wednesday,  and 5-8 Band classes just to name a few.

 

QII Sports Teams

6-8 Girls’ Swimming Choice Hour class will be on Monday and Wednesday – please select these classes if you intend to swim for the BCS girls’ swim team.  You must have an “orange slip” to participate.  See Coaches Johansson or Brown if you have questions.

7-8 Boys’ Basketball will be on Tuesday and Thursday – team selections will take place after try-outs.  You must have an “orange slip” to participate.  See Coaches Braisted and Bodle if you have questions.

 

Changing Lives One Little Dress at a Timeis a community service choice hour class that is currently being offered to 6-8 students.  These students are making simple dresses out of pillow cases to be distributed to the girls in Zambia in support of Project Cope.  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, extra-wide double 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.

 

If you do not understand the Choice Hour process, call Kathy Juriga at 203-4426 regarding scheduling and Linda Stone at 203-4625 regarding class content, attendance policies, choice hour absences, or if you are interested in teaching a Choice Hour class.

Thank you for your continued support of the Choice Hour program.

 

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.

 

UPCOMING BBFA PROGRAMS& WORKSHOPS 

Discipline: What Works & What Doesn't by Dr. Bernie Les- October 8, 10am at the Booth/Doyle Center 7275 Wing Lake

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 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!

 

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.

 

Birmingham African American Family Network Meeting
All are welcome to BAAFN meetings.  Please join us at the Monday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. meeting to be held at Groves High School in the Staff Planning Room.  Also visit the website at  http://baafn.org/for more information.

 

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!

BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC) 

“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.

Part-time Job Opening for an Office Administrator…click here for more details or visit www.bbcoalition.org

Blood Drive & Mini Health Expo, Friday, October 4, 2:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Walgreens in Birmingham on Woodward.To schedule an appointment... call 248.593.8450 OR
visit
www.redcrossblood.org enter sponsor code: walgreens13

Attention Parents: Your Input Needed… we are conducting a short survey to gather important information regarding parental opinions and attitudes regarding underage substance use and mental health issues in our local communities. This is an anonymous survey and your response is greatly appreciated! Please click this link to access the survey: http://tiny.cc/3uyc4w 

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