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October 13, 2013

 

Hello BCS!

 

Halloween is approaching quickly, and I’m sure you’re beginning to feel the excitement among your children, particularly our younger ones.  At BCS, we welcome parents and guardians to join in our festivities which will begin with an all-school parade at 1:45 p.m. followed by the homeroom/academic lab classroom parties.  The parties will conclude just after 3:00 p.m. to prepare for the end of the day and/or for Choice Hour. Please be sure your child is dressed in an appropriate costume in order to avoid scaring any of our younger students.  We ask that students avoid the following: 

·         masks that cover the face (masks restrict vision, can lead to accidents, and often frighten younger students)

·         blood-like makeup, real or pretend weapons (knives, guns, swords, etc.), evil, scary, or horror characters

Some suggestions for costumes include:  Inventors, Animals, clothing from an historical period, Presidents, Ethnic clothing, Community helpers (police, fireman…), Super heroes, Careers (doctor, teacher, engineer…), Book characters, Sports (football player, snowboarder, marathoner…), Friendly characters, Food. You could even develop a costume that embrace our BCS Theme Learn Globally, Serve Locally!  Remember that children tend to “act” their costumes, so the appropriateness of the costume is important.  Thank you in advance for helping make this day an enjoyable one for our students, but also one where we can continue with a day of learning.  Happy Halloween!

 

"LIKE" BCS Project Cope Zambia!  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.

 

Our MEAP testing continues this week.  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.

Testing will finish up this week and make-up testing will continue through Friday, October 25th.

 

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.  As a way to connect with and support safety in our schools, the Bloomfield Township Police will be visiting schools in their area, including BCS, several times per week.  This is simply a school visit to show a presence in our community.  We wanted to let you know this in case students are sharing that “they saw the police at school today.”

 

K-8 Mathematics Overview for Parents/Guardians   Oct. 22

If you missed the presentation in September, here is another opportunity for you to learn more about the new math program and pilot materials. District administrators and textbook publishers will be available to provide more information and answer questions.

6:00-8:00pm – Materials Open Exhibit                                      
6:30-7:30pm – Math Expressions (elementary focus)                

6:30-7:30pm – Big Ideas Breakout (middle school focus)          

Location:  Birmingham Education and Administration Building, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills

 

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

 

Character Connections Word of the week: ACCOUNTABILITY

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

·         Accountability breeds response-ability. – Stephen R. Covey

·         At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves - our success is a result of what we do. – Catherine Pulsifer

·         There is only one real failure in life that is possible, and that is, not to be true to the best one knows. – Farrar

 

Join Mr. Morawski and represent BCS in the Seaholm Parade!

Show your BCS spirit!
Wear BCS Spirit Wear OR colors (yellow and black)

Sign up to join Mr. Morawski at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090D4AA8AC22A20-parade/10903199

Seaholm High School will be celebrating its 90th Field Day.  As part of this notable anniversary, they are planning a community event:  Seaholm 90th Field Day Parade and Homecoming Pep Rally - Thursday evening, October 17th at  6pm.  To celebrate Seaholm’s rich Field Day tradition, they are hosting an all Seaholm Parade, including current students, future students (currently in middle and elementary school) and former students - Seaholm Alums.   As a feeder school, some of our BCS students are FUTURE Seaholm students and they would like to invite BCS to join in the celebration by marching in the Parade.  Parade line-up will begin 5:15pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham at 1669 Maple Rd.  The Parade will start at 6pm by marching south on Pleasant St; west on Lincoln St; into the Seaholm Auditorium parking lot and proceed into Maple Field where we will have an old fashion Pep Rally.  Each Group marching will be announced as they enter the football field and will march into the stands to be seated for the Pep Rally.  We anticipate the entire evening to be concluded by 7:30pm.  It would be great if you and your family would join Mr. Morawski in representing this community-wide event! 

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of October 14-18, 2013

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

 

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

 

Monday, October 14- MEAP TESTING WINDOW - THROUGH OCT.25TH

·         DUE-QUARTER II CHOICE HOUR SELECTION SHEETS BY 4PM TODAY

·         BATTLE OF THE BOOKS COUNTDOWN BEGINS TODAY

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

·         7AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE

·         12-3PM-5/6 Field Trip to Linden Park-Cook/Lowery

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

Tuesday, October 15

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

·         4PM-6-8 CROSS COUNTRY MEET-AWAY @ HAZEL PARK

·         4:05-6PM-SOCCER PRACTICE

·         7PM-Board of Education Meeting-Birmingham Education and Administration center, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills (adjacent to Groves)

Wednesday, October 16

·         7:15AM- 6 TH Grade only CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE

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

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

Thursday, October 17

·         12-3PM-5/6 Field Trip to Linden Park-Brown/Fitz

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

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

·         4:05-6PM-SOCCER PRACTICE

·         6PM-SEAHOLM PARADE-see below for details-Parade Flyer

 Friday, October 18

·         DUE-STUDENT AMBASSADOR FORMS

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

·          7:30AM- 7/8 ONLY-CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE

  • 4:05-6PM-SOCCER PRACTICE
  • 6PM-BEF TAILGATE AT MAPLE FIELD-see below for details

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

 

WILLIAMSBURG/BOSTON/CHICAGO TRIP UPDATES (from our CSO Cindy Balicki)
5/6 Williamsburg: This trip is open to 44 students and 51 have registered as of 10/13/13. If an additional 37 students register, a second bus will be opened. Registration deadline for the Williamsburg trip is Wednesday, October 23.  For trip and registration information, click Williamsburg
7/8 Boston: This trip is open to 40 students and 74 have registered as of 10/13/13. If an additional 6 students register, a second bus will be opened. Registration deadline for the Boston trip is Wednesday, October 23.  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 10/13/13. The registration deadline has been extended to Friday, October 25. If we are unable to open the Boston trip to those on the wait list, the extended deadline will give the wait list students an opportunity to register for the Chicago trip.  This trip could fill, though, so please don't wait to register if you know your student would like to go to Chicago.  For trip and registration information, click Chicago

 

DISTRICT WIDE KIDS’ CLUB OFFERED ON NOVEMBER 5, 2013-For more information click for Kids Club Flyer

 

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

The long awaited Battle Countdown begins on Monday, October 14, 2013. Battle launches in 2 weeks. Go to the BCS Battle Wiki to download our Battle Information and Permission Slip. The slip must be signed and returned for 4th and 5th grade students to participate. Battle Launch is Monday October 28, 3013.

 

SEAHOLM 90TH FIELD DAY PARADE AND HOMECOMING PEP RALLY THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 17TH  6PM

 Celebrate Seaholm’s rich Field Day tradition by enjoying a Parade that will begin at 6pm.  The Parade will start at the First Presbyterian Church at 1669 W. Maple Rd and  travel south on Pleasant St, west on Lincoln St and conclude at Seaholm’s Maple Field (at approximately 6:45pm) with  an old fashion Homecoming Pep Rally. 

 

FROM THE BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION -Friday, October 18th

The Birmingham Education Foundation is hosting a Family Fun Tailgate before the Seaholm/Groves football game on October 18.  Enjoy FREE hotdogs, beverages and grab a special gift to cheer on your team! Our exclusive Tailgate Sponsor is Dean Sellers Ford.  Find our tailgate tent just inside the Seaholm Football Stadium gates from 6:00 p.m. until game time. Both Seaholm and Groves’ Marching Bands will be part of the festivities.   All are welcome.  www.supportBEF.org

 

2013-2014 STUDENT AMBASSADORS

If your child is interested in being a 2013-2014 BCS Student Ambassador, please click 2013-2014 Ambassador Form, 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 18thSPECIAL NOTE:  If your child has been an ambassador in the past, s/he will still need to complete the form and return it to the office.

 

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.

 

K-8 MATHEMATICS OVERVIEW FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS   OCT. 22
If you missed the presentation in September, here is another opportunity for you to learn more about the new math curriculum and pilot materials. District administrators and textbook publishers will be available to provide more information and answer questions.
Materials Open Exhibit                                       6-8pm
Math Expressions (elementary focus)                 6:30-7:30pm

Big Ideas Breakout (middle school focus)           6:30-7:30pm

Location:  Birmingham Education and Administration Building, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills

 

UPCOMING SPIRIT COMMITTEE EVENT  7/8 Game Crazy event!

We need volunteers to chaperone for our upcoming 7/8 Game Crazy event! It will take place on Friday, Oct. 25 from 6-8:30 PM. Please email Nicole Toth (nt06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us) if you can volunteer for one or both of the following shifts (both 1.5 hours):

Shift 1 – 5:45-7:15 (set-up/chaperone)  Shift 2 – 7:15-8:45 (chaperone/clean-up)

Please also encourage your 7/8 student to attend this fun event! It was a big success last spring and kids loved the Velcro Wall and Wacky Trikes Tournament (with iTunes gift card prizes!) We also added a huge bounce house and we will have an open gym and cards/board games available to enjoy. Snacks and drinks will also be served!

Only $5 at the door. Thank you!  The 7/8 Spirit Committee

 

YEARBOOKS! YEARBOOKS! YEARBOOKS!  

your yearbook will never cost less!   just $35 (Reg. $45)
Order by 10/25/2013 at
www.jostensyearbooks.com/            

 

FOR OUR MUSICAL BCS FAMILIES

Here are links to important information for Band and Orchestra

ORCHESTRA NEWS:  click here for Orchestra News

 

BAND NEWS

Our Band students have been given an awesome opportunity to receive professional tutoring on their instruments through an after school music lesson program.  The teachers come to BCS and deliver lessons at a reduced price.  BCS is piloting this music lesson program through the Birmingham Community Education Department.    

For more information, jump on Ms. Eliassen’s wiki at http://encore13.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/home or click here directly to find out about our new music lesson program.

 

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!

 

CHOICE HOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS

QII Choice Hour sign up began 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 Time is 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

 

GROVES PRESENTS SHREK- THE MUSICAL   NOV. 1-10

Once upon a Time, in the Kingdom of Far Far Away – lived an Ogre in a Swamp and lots of Fairytale Creatures!   There is even a beautiful Princess and an amazing Dragon, along with a very short King! SHREK Flyer

 

MATH CAMPS AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY –Starting this Saturday, October 19

 Math Camp Information

 

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 BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC) 

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

 

GROVES HIGH SCHOOL GARAGE 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-SignUp

 

STRATEGIES TO GROW A HEALTHY BRAIN -November 7, 2013- 7:00 p.m. Friends Flyer

 Guest Speakers:

  • Katherine Erlich, M.D.,  Board Certified Pediatrician at Healing the Whole Child and author of Super Nutrition for Babies: The Right Way to Feed Your Baby for Optimal Health
  • Anastasia Banicki-Hoffman, M.D.,  Board Certified in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry combines nutrition and medicine with a focus on finding and treating the root cause of psychiatric conditions.
  • Tina Deeds, Nutritionist
  • Kathy Sinclair-Pearson, Mom

Practical strategies for planning, shopping and preparing healthy meals will be presented.  Preparing your family and home both physically and emotionally for life style changes will be addressed.  Attendees will leave with tips on what to do, what to avoid, where to shop, essential items to stock, what to pack for lunch, and recipes will be shared.

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