October 20, 2013
A few weeks ago, a reporter and photographer from the Detroit News visited BCS after hearing about our partnership with Project Cope Zambia and the way we work to connect with the remote village of Chilupula via Skype. In line with our theme, Learn Globally, Serve Locally, students on the Joberts team led a Skype session with Victor Phiri in Zambiato continue their learning about the people and the region. You can read the full article about their experience by clickinghere.
We need our community’s help! Our student-led BCS Spirit Committee has put together a "Change for Chilupula Challenge" (C3) for the week of October 28 – November 1. We are asking our community to give from their heart knowing WHY they should contribute to our Project Cope Zambia effort – Learn Globally – which will help us Serve Locally! Click on the following link for the flyer detailing the effort: Change for Chilupula Challenge. Also, to learn more details on WHY this effort matters, check out the BCS Project Cope wiki. Let this be our next step to helping triple, even quadruple, Chilupula’s economy by raising funds toward the purchase of two, 2-wheeled tractors, wagons, ploughs, rippers, and a water pump for irrigation.
“LIKE” BCS Project Cope! 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? This week, we’d like to add to our collection drive anyused, old and/or broken consumer electronics! (See below for more details.) 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.
Finally, the BCS Scholastic Book Fair is coming November 11-15. To get a sneak peak of the schedule, check out the details at the Book Fair website. We’ll see you there!
Here’s to what will be another fantastic week of learning at BCS!
Wishing you well,
– To view previous 2013-14 BCS WAG documents click here!) –
K-8 Mathematics Overview for Parents/Guardians
· Materials Open Exhibit from 6-8pm
· Math Expressions (elementary focus) from 6:30-7:30pm
· Big Ideas Breakout (middle school focus) from 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Birmingham Education and Administration Building, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills
CHOICE HOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS
QII CHOICE HOUR SELECTION SHEETS WERE DUE MONDAY OCTOBER 14TH.
There are still many students that have not turned in their selections. Please take care of this as soon as possible, your course options are limited. QII begins Tuesday November 5th, 2013 and ends Friday January 24th, 2014! Please include proper payment if you are signing your child up for a 4th and/or 5th day of Choice Hour. Students will not be placed in classes without payment. Do not include payment for classes with materials fees. A separate billing will be made once students have been placed in their Choice Hour classes.
Recycling Initiatives for Project Cope Zambia
The BCS Thinking Green Team, to help out Project Cope, is conducting several recycling initiatives. There’s nothing to buy, we are simply asking you to protect the environment by donating your used Frito Lay Chip packets and Capri-Sun pouches. Starting next week we are also collecting used, old and/or broken consumer electronics. Your used item(s) may be tax deductible (see below form) and will be recycled in accordance with EPA regulations. 100% of the proceeds from our recycling initiatives will help fund Project Cope.
We are willing to collect the following items:
· Cell Phones
· Digital Cameras
· Laptop Computers
· Digital Video Cameras
· Electronic Book Readers
· MP3 Players
· Handheld Game Systems
· GPS Devices
· Capri-Sun pouches
· Frito Lay brand Chip packets
Please drop off any items you would like to recycle in the receptacles outside the main office. The Thinking Green team will also be outside on Thursday evenings 3:15- 4:00 if you want to drop of electronics. We greatly appreciate your support!
Thinking Green team
Tax Deductible Donation Acknowledgement
Parent or Guardian’s Initials
Thank you for your donation. We cannot make any determination as to the value of the specific item(s) you have donated to us. Generally speaking, older items will not warrant a tax deduction (but still can be recycled). You should consult your tax advisor regarding value determination for tax purposes. The IRS requires the following information for tax deductions of $250 or less. Please fill in the information indicated below and retain this for your tax records.
(Insert organization name here) Donation Organization _______ $__________ # of Items Value of Donation ____________ _______________________ Donation Date Description of item(s) ______________ _____________________ Donor’s Name Donor’s Address
Halloween Is Just around the Corner
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!
Character Connections Word of the week: ACCOUNTABILITY
Infuse this word into your conversations with your children throughout the week.
· Remember that you are unique. If that has not been fulfilled, then something wonderful has been lost. – Martha Graham
· My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment. – Oprah Winfrey
· You don't choose the day you enter the world and you don't chose the day you leave. It's what you do in between that makes all the difference. – Anita Septimus
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of October 21-25, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by WEDNESDAY 5PM
Monday, October 21
· 4PM-7/8 GIRLS BASKETBALL@HOME vs ABBOTT MS
· 4PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER GAME @ HOME vs. CRANBROOK MS
· 7PM-Birmingham African American Family Network Meeting(BAAFN)-Groves Staff Planning room
Tuesday, October 22
· 8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center CLICK HERE FOR FLYER
· 7AM- -TOP 7 RUNNERS GIRLS AND BOYS-CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE
· 4PM-7/8 GIRLS BASKETBALL AWAY @ DERBY MS
· 4PM-RESCHEDULED-6-8 CROSS COUNTRY MEET-HOME@ BEVERLY PARK vs. DERBY
· 4:05-6PM-SOCCER PRACTICE
· 6-8PM-Mathematics Overview For Parents/Guardians at the Administration Building-see below for details
Wednesday, October 23
· DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR 5/6 WILLIAMSBURG TRIP- click Williamsburg
· 6:45-8AM-7/8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
· 7AM- -TOP 7 RUNNERS GIRLS AND BOYS-CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE
· 4PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER GAME @ HOME vs. EAST HILLS MS
Thursday, October 24
· 7:30AM-Diversity committee meeting –Mr. Joseph’s room
· 12:40-1PM Religious Diversity Journeys Information Meeting for 7th Grade Students- see below for details
· 4PM- CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE MEET-TOP 7 RUNNERS -@ CRANBROOK MS-
· 4:05-6PM-SOCCER PRACTICE
Friday, October 25
· DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR 7/8 FIESTA LATINA IN CHICAGO- click Chicago
· DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR 7/8 trip to Boston- click Boston
· DUE-Applications for Religious Diversity Journeys-click RDJ
· Order your YEARBOOK by today for a $10 discount-www.jostensyearbooks.com/
· 6:45-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
Saturday, October 26
Hot Entrée menu for the week: Lunch Menu-Twitter: @BPSFoodService Facebook: BPS Food Service
DISTRICT WIDE KIDS’ CLUB OFFERED ON NOVEMBER 5, 2013
For more information click for Kids Club Flyer
CONFERENCES ARE NOVEMBER 13 and 14
Learn to Draw Cartoons Workshop will be offered during the half day on Wednesday, November 13. For more information, click LEARN TO DRAW
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (4TH AND 5TH GRADE)-. 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.
All 4th and 5th Grade parents…………
7-Day Battle Countdown Begins Monday, October 21, 2013.
All 4th and 5th graders who want a challenge are invited to participate in the 2013-14 Battle of the Books! Participation info and a 10 minute video from last year are on our Battle Wiki. (http://bcsbattle.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/)
Monday, October 21st begins the unwordling of Battle Titles to see which students can unscramble titles before the actual launch. Go to our Battle wiki to get wordle clues and a practice Wordle. This year’s Wordles will be uploaded on Sunday to our Battle Wiki. The Battle permission slip must be completed, signed by both parent and student, and returned to the Media Center before students can participate in Battle.First choice of Battle Book check-out is reserved for those students who permission slips are returned by Battle Launch Day, OCTOBER 28, 2013. Successful Wordlers will be recognized on Battle Launch Day! Material below is a click away on our Battle Wiki Page. WE ARE IN NEED OF PARENT VOLUNTEERS, PLEASE SIGNUP TO HELP IN SOME CAPACITY.
A. Permission Slip -Sign (parent& student) and return your Battle Permission Slip to the media center
B. Battle Wordles- Review the Battle Wordle Clues and the practice Wordle to help you get started. Un-wordle the Battle Titles!
C. Battle Wordle Submission Form-Submit your un-wordled Battle Titles by 6p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2013. You have seven days to unscramble the Battle Titles.
LET THE PRE-BATTLE CHALLENGE BEGIN
Barbara Jones Clark, Department Head & BCS Media Specialist
BIRMINGHAM AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY NETWORK MEETING
WILLIAMSBURG/BOSTON/CHICAGO TRIP UPDATES (from our CSO Cindy Balicki)
7/8 Chicago: This trip is open to 35 students and there is still some space available. The registration deadline has been extended to Friday, October 25. For trip and registration information, click Chicago.
7/8 Boston: This trip is full and a wait list has been started. To register for the wait list, click Boston. Registration deadline is October 23.
PE UPDATES-2nd Marking Period-Monday, November 4 through Friday, December 6:
Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and Wallington will be in the GYM.-MUST WEAR GYM SHOES
Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Parkin will SWIM.-SEND TOWEL AND GOGGLES
UPCOMING SPIRIT COMMITTEE EVENT 7/8 Game Crazy event!-WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!
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 (email@example.com) 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/boardgames available to enjoy. Snacks and drinks will also be served!
Only $5 at the door.Thank you! The 7/8 Spirit Committee
RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY PROGRAM FOR 7TH GRADE STUDENTS
Within the Religious Diversity Journeys program, Eight BCS seventh grade students will participate in six school-day field trips (one trip per month, December-May) that focus on the differences and similarities among the major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and also Jainism, Humanism and Native American beliefs. Students are provided the unique opportunity to ask questions, tour houses of worship and share a meal with those of different faith traditions. The purpose of this program is to promote greater understanding, awareness and knowledge concerning the many religions prevalent in the Metro Detroit area and to prepare students for life in our increasingly diverse society. There will be an information meeting, presented by last year’s RDJ students, on Thursday, October 24, at 12:40pm in the Media Center, for any interested 7th grade students. Applications will be handed out, but you make also click RDJ. Applications are due Friday, November 1.
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
SHREK-The Musical- 7/8 FIELD TRIP
Our 7/8 students will be traveling to Groves on Friday, Nov. 1 for the performance of Shrek. This trip is free to all 7/8 students. Permission slips have been given to the students, but you may also click Shrek Permission Slip. Permission slips are due back to the Academic Lab teacher by Monday, October 28.
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. Clickhere directly to find out about our new music lesson program.
CHOICE HOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS
QII CHOICE HOUR SELECTION SHEETS WERE DUE MONDAY OCTOBER 14TH.
There are still many students that have not turned in their selections. Please take care of this as soon as possible, your course options are limited. QII begins Tuesday November 5th, 2013 and ends Friday January 24th, 2014!
Please include proper payment if you are signing your child up for a 4th and/or 5th day of Choice Hour. Students will not be placed in classes without payment. Do not include payment for classes with materials fees. A separate billing will be made once students have been placed in their Choice Hour classes.
Changing Lives One Little Dress at a Timeis a community service choice hour class that is currently being offered to 7-8 students. These students are making simple dresses out of pillow cases to be delivered 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, 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.
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. See Coach Johansson if you have any questions. Students need an “orange” slip to participate.
7-8 Boys’ Basketball will be on Tuesday and Thursday – team selections will take place after try-outs. See Coaches Braisted and Bodle if you have questions. Students need an “orange” slip to participate.
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.
FRIENDS of DIFFERENT LEARNERS NEWS
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STRATEGIES TO GROW A HEALTHY BRAIN –Nov. 7, 2013- 7PM.
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.
FOR FORMER/CURRENT HARLAN FAMILIES -- RUTHERFORD RETREAT DEDICATION-Sat 11-2-13-11AM
We will dedicate the outdoor classroom to our beloved teacher, Chad Rutherford, who passed away this summer. Fondly named the Rutherford Retreat, we are dedicating this structure to Mr. Rutherford’s “out-of-the-box” teaching style. We have invited his family to share in this moment and we extend this invitation to anyone whose life he touched.
BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC)
· Attention Parents of 11-19 year olds: your input is needed… We are conducting a short survey to gather important information regarding parental opinions and attitudes of 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
· Wanted Talented High School Bands, Singers & Musicians for the BBCC Youth Action Board Battle of the Bands to be held on Fri., Jan. 17, 7- 10PM, Contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to audition.
· Save the Date! Friday, January 24, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. BBCC will be holding a Community Summit on Marijuana, Heroin and Molly featuring Judge Jodi DebbrechtSwitalski of the 51st District Court. Location: TBD.