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November 3, 2013


Hello BCS!


As we enter the month of November with an extra hour of sleep (though it doesn’t always feel that way), and we have a short week with no school on Tuesday, November 5th, the week proves to be another great one at BCS culminating with our Proud Dads Eat & Run.  The first Proud Dads Eat & Run of the year is this Friday, November 8th during Student Lunches (3/4, 11:45; 5/6, 11:05; 7/8, 12:40).  Stop by and enjoy lunch with your children!  Traditionally at the Eat & Runs, our Proud Dads have offered donations to worthy causes.  However, this Eat & Run, we’re asking our Proud Dads, Moms and Loved Ones who join us at the lunch to put down their wallets, pick up a pen and sign up to donate their time volunteering for one or more of our awesome BCS events.  Serve Locally!

Click here for the Eat & Run Flyer!

Click here to sign up to volunteer or wait and sign up at the Eat & Run!


As your child comes home each day this week, ask him/her about Character Connections (C2).  This is where, at the end of each quarter, we bring small, mixed teams of grade 3-8 students to teach, experience and dialogue around themes of team building and character.  This week students will learn a bit about Zambia and how the number of tribes in the country (over 70) directly impacts how peaceful a nation it is as the country doesn’t have the same intense contempt across tribal communities.  To that end, each of our C2 teams will work this week to learn about this idea and create their own team’s unique “tribal” name, flag, design and description which a representative from the team will share at our school wide Town Hall on Friday at 2:30 PM in the gym. With our unique 3-8 grade structure at BCS, we look forward to providing this great, cross-age experience for our students each quarter.


Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner!  Our teachers look forward seeing you during conference times on Wednesday, November 13th (1-4pm & 5-8pm) and Thursday, November 14th (5-8pm).  At this point our 3/4 & 5/6 parents/guardians should have signed up for an individual conference with your academic teachers through the online sign up that each of them sent out. You’ll be meeting with your teachers in their classrooms.  For our 7/8 parents/guardians, your child’s academic teachers will be in the cafeteria for you to meet with on a drop-in basis without needing to schedule a time in advance.  For 7/8 families you can come by anytime on Wednesday, November 13th from 1-4pm or 5-8pm OR on Thursday, November 14th from 5-8pm.  Our co-curricular teachers for all grades will be available on a drop-in basis during conference hours.  Also, our teachers are in the process of finalizing report cards for the first quarter and on Monday, November 11th report cards will be sent home with our 3/4 students at the end of day and can be viewed on PowerSchool by our grades 5-8 parents/guardians.  Finally, don’t forget, the BCS Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our media center November 11-15 and will be open during conferences as well as other times.  To get a sneak peak of the schedule, check out the details at the Book Fair website and click here to volunteer to help at the fair. We’ll see you there!


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

BCS – A Great Place to Be!


Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski




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


Character Connections Word of the week: POSITIVE ATTITUDE

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

·          “Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” – Paulo Coelho

·         “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

·          “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton


WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of November 4-8, 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, November 4

·         End of First Quarter

Tuesday, November 5

·         NO School for students-Professional Development and Records Day for Teachers

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

Wednesday, November 6

·         2nd Quarter Begins-NEW CHOICE HOUR CLASSES BEGIN TODAY

·         Make-up Bagel Day- see below


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

·         7PM-8th Grade Celebration  Committee Meeting-Media Center

Thursday, November 7

·         Bus Evacuation Drill today- click BUS EVACUATION DRILL


·         7:30AM-Diversity Committee Meeting-Room 504

·         9AM-Rising Stars Performance for 3 /4 team

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

·         7PM-Friends of Different Learners-Friends of Different Learners Flyer

Friday, November 8- PROUD DADS EAT AND RUN-

·         DUE-7TH grade applications for religious diversity journeys deadline click RDJ



o   3/4 ~ 11:45am - 12:25pm

o   5/6 ~ 11:05am - 11:45am so plan accordingly

o   7/8 ~ 12:30pm – 1:10pm

·         4PM-Choice hour change forms available in the office-Due back on Nov 15th by 4PM 

·         7PM SHREK-the musical -SHREK flyer a great family show!

Saturday, November 9

·          9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire-see below for more information

·         9-11 AM-BPS presents session ii of PARENT  UNIVERSITY  click  PARENT UNIVERSITY

·         7PM SHREK-the musical -  and Sunday at 2:30PMSHREK flyer a great family show!

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


Elementary Standard Based Grading Information on BPS Website

Further information on elementary standards based grading (grades 3/4 at BCS) is available on our district website at the following link: http://elementary-report-card.birmingham.k12.mi.us/.  As a reminder, while PowerSchool is available for our 5-8 families at BCS, our BPS elementary school parents (only 3/4 at BCS) will not have access to PowerSchool this year.  To that end, a printed report card for 3/4 will be sent home with students while our 5-8 families will be able to view their child’s grade report through PowerSchool.


Get ready. Be active. Join BOKS.

BOKS is a fun, physical activity program that wakes up your brain and body for school and teaches you healthy habits. The program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays before the start of school. Each session involves a functional, fun and interactive approach to physical activity and ends with a quick and easy nutrition tip. View more details by clicking on the “BOKS_reg_flyer” below and complete the “BOKS_Registration Form” (click below) and turn into the BCS office to register by November 8th.



For Questions Contact:

Sandra Hamady @ sandrahamady@yahoo.com

For more information on BOKS: www.bokskids.org


Have Any Gently Used Board/Card Games to Donate to BCS?

We would like to provide the opportunity for our students to unwind during recess if the upcoming days of inclement weather prohibit us from being outside for recess.  We are currently developing a library of board game options for our entire BCS community. Thus far, we have had donations from PTSA and Friends of Different Learners.  If you happen to have any games that are taking up space, consider providing a new home for them at BCS.  (Examples; Connect 4, Uno, decks of playing cards, Pictionary, simple games without too many pieces that can be misplaced. We would be particularly interested in games from other countries or cultures that can encourage our students Learn Globally.) Thank you in advance for your consideration. These games would also be utilized by our rewarding LINKS program.  We encourage all of our students at BCS to be a LINK.  If you would like your child to be a part of this leadership opportunity, contact our coordinator Meg Keydel at mk03bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us.


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!

Best regards,

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


BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S theme for 2013-2014 “Paving the Way to Inspiration!” -

Please read this important letter from the BEF and Dr. Nerad.  click  BEF Paving the Way to Inspiration


(arrive 5-10 minutes early at the BCS main entrance to sign-in) Join your BCS kid(s) & their friends for lunch & fun. Bring your child’s favorite lunch or purchase from the cafeteria (bring a little extra for a friend). After lunch, spend some special time with your children and their friends- BE A KID AGAIN!  If you won’t be attending, please let your child know. They really look forward to sharing this time with you!



We have had several situations where Apple devices have been misplaced recently.  If you do have an Apple device, please download the free “Find my iPhone” or “Find my iPad” application as it can be very helpful to us and to families to locate the device.  In addition, it is helpful to have a student’s name on the device and the case so that we can determine who it belongs to and return it.



No school on Tuesday, November 5th so no bagels either.  SO – We are making up a bagel day on Wednesday, November 6th from 3 weeks ago when our bagels weren’t delivered.  Stop by and pick up your bagel if you are pre-paid or bring money if you would like to purchase that day. 



Battle is off to a great start! Don’t forget to submit your Battle Permission Form if you have not already done so.  Battlers should place the completed form in their teacher’s folder at the library circulation desk. All Battle materials are readily available to all students at the desk. If your form was tuned in to the office, we have filed it. A Battle Parent page has been established on our BCS Battle Wiki to explain Battle, answer potential questions, and provide updates to the program.  Check-out the parent page link on the left pane of the Battle Wiki.  I have posted info on Battle Quiz taking and the limited retakes using Compass Learning, as well as the Battle. Please see the "How Battle Works" info on the parent page and caution your Battler to pace their reading and taking quizzes carefully. We have plenty of time. I am happy to work with developing readers to help them make a Battle team if they really want to participate at the team level.   Our Battle Choice Hour starts this week and those signed up will have additional reading time.

All for now!

Barbara Clark



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.   Click RDJ  for an application due Friday, November 8. 


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



Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and Wallington will be in the GYM.-MUST WEAR GYM SHOES

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Parkin will SWIM.-SEND SUITS, TOWELS AND GOOGLES



The winter 1 season is now open for registration at www.bpsregister.com.  If your athlete is interested in Girls Swimming or Boys Basketball, please be sure to register online and be sure that s/he has a physical on file dated on or after April 15, 2013.  Please see www.bcsonline.info/athletics.html for schedules and other information.

BOYS BASKETBALLTRYOUTS will take place Nov. 6th-8thfrom 6:45-8am.

Practices will be M, W, F -6:45-8 and T, TH during Choice Hour. Parent meeting will take place on Nov.14th at 4:05PM

GIRLS  6-8 SWIMMING starts on Nov.11th.Practices will be T,TH,F 4:04-5:30PM and M,W from 3:15-5 during Choice Hour Parent meeting will take place on Nov.18th at 5:15PM




The dates are November: 12, 19, 21, 26   and December 3,5,10,12,17,19. From 7-8AM


SNOW CLUB MEETING AND REGISTRATION  click Snow Club   click  Snow Club Application

Monday 11/18, 6:30 pm in the media center.   Sign up is Monday 11/25 - 8:00AM outside the main office.

Dates for 2013-2014 are Dec, 10, 17 Jan. 7,14,21,28 Feb. 4, 11 & 25 (make up)


The Scholastic Book Fair at BCS is almost here!  Our fair will be set up in the media center from Tuesday, November 12th - Friday November 15th.  This is a great opportunity to get books into the hands of our students and encourage reading while raising money for our media center.  We will need many volunteers to help our event run smoothly.  Please consider giving an hour or two or your time to help with set-up, registers or assisting students with their purchase. Sign up at:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090C4EA8A72EAA8-2013  Upper grade students can also volunteer with parent permission. 

You can also shop on-line from November 6th - November 26th at: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/birminghamcovingtonschool  Your on-line purchase still raises money for the media center and your order is shipped FREE to the school to be sent home with your child or picked up from the office.  *** Please e-mail Maureen if your on-line purchase is a gift for your child so that we can leave it in the office to keep it a surprise: mshannon8171@gmail.comLook for more information on the book fair to been sent home with your student and in next week's WAG - remember, we are open during conferences!



2nd Quarter Choice Hour classes begin on Wednesday November 6th.  Choice Hour selections will be distributed to each homeroom on Monday November 4th and posted on the Choice Hour board after school on Monday.

The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour class change will be Friday November 15th by 4:00 PM.  Choice Hour class change request forms will be available in the main office beginning Friday November 8th.   Classes with openings will be listed on the back of the Choice Hour class change request form.  Please read the change form very carefully.  Changes are processed on a first come first served basis!!

Students requesting a change must attend their originally assigned classes up to and including Friday November 15thALL Choice Hour changes that are approved will go into effect on Monday November 18th.  You will receive timely notification if your Choice Hour change request is denied.

Choice Hour drop refunds will be processed for classes dropped during the Choice Hour change period which ends at 4:00 PM on Friday November 15th.  No refunds will be processed after the Friday November 15th deadline.


There are still several families that have not turned in their student’s QII selection sheets. We understand that you may have sent a selection sheet and payment to school with your child but we have not received them.

CHOICE HOUR IS NOT OPTIONAL!  Students are required to attend Choice Hour three days per week.  If you are requesting that your child is waived from the Choice Hour program then visit www.bcsonline.info for a waiver form.  Waivers require signature approval from Mr. Morawski or Mrs. Chinn.

Thanks to the families who have generously donated pillow cases and notions to the Changing Lives One Little Dress at a Time choice hour class.  The girls are ecstatic about all of the new materials.  Changing Lives One Little Dress at a Time is a community service choice hour class that is currently being offered to grades 6-8 students.  These students are making simple dresses out of pillow cases to be delivered 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 more pillow cases, thread, colorful buttons, ½” wide elastic, single fold wide 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.

Thank you for always supporting the Choice Hour program!



Attention 6th grade Parents/Guardians: Parent Advocacy Program Series (The Middle School Years)

As we start the third month of school, you may still have questions about your role in supporting your child through the middle school transition. 

 In partnership with Saturday School and Parent University the Parent Advocacy Program Series: The Middle School Years will present Session II – ‘Balance,’ next Saturday, November 9, from 9:00-10:00am. Parent Advocacy Flyer

Session II will feature a panel discussion with administrators and teachers. They will share tips about supporting your child through the transition of 6th grade, and will answer questions from participants.

Please join us next Saturday for Session II. Looking ahead, the Session III of this series will be held on December 7, and Session IV will be on January 11. More information about the topics will be sent soon



Saturday School is up and running in full force!  We enthusiastically invite ALL students and parents of Birmingham Public Schools to come check out the program this weekend.  Saturday School will run each Saturday of the school year from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., excluding breaks. November: 2, 9, 16, 23,December: 7, 14,

We are asking that each student bring a $2 donation with them, which will be used for snacks and supplies at Saturday School this year.  Yes, snacks will be provided!  Students, please bring homework or classwork that you would like help with.  We will pair you up with a volunteer tutor from Groves/Seaholm NHS, University of Michigan Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University, and more!  We look forward to seeing you at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday at Berkshire Middle School!

Lastly, we are looking for more volunteer tutors, due to our great turnout of dedicated students.  If you are interested, please refer to the contact information below for further details.

For further information, please contact:

David Brooks – db26bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us Rudy Erazo – re02bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us



·         Do you want to a chance to attend the Winter Classic Hockey Games? You can support substance free youth by purchasing raffle tickets with two prize: 1st Prize is a pair of Winter Classic tickets to see the Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day. 2nd Prize is a pair of Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) tickets to see the Consolation Game AND the Championship Game on December 28. GLI teams are from Michigan State, Michigan Tech, Western Michigan, and Michigan. Tickets are $20 each cash or check OR $21 if purchased on-line at www.bbcoalition.org.

·         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 Friday, January 17, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., location: TBD. Contact Kelly at kmichaud@bbcoalition.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 Debbrecht Switalski of the 51st District Court. Location: TBD.



RE-IMAGINGING TEEN BOYS AS MEN-IN-THE-MAKING with Ted Braude.  Join us for a 4-part workshop beginning on November 7th at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham.  Click here for detailed information on each session and to register online - there is a small fee to attend this program and current BBFA members get a 10% discount - space is limited so sign up today!

DADS & SCHOOL: OVERCOMING CHALLENGES TO FATHER INVOLVEMENT IN CHILDREN'S EDUCATION - a panel presentation with Partnership for Dads on November 12, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Doyle/Booth Center (7275 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills).  This program is free and open to the public.  Click here for more information or to register online.

BOUNDARIES FOR PARENTS OF TEENS presented by Julie Fisher and Michelle Miletic on November 19, 2013 at 7:00pm at Bloomfield Hills High School's 9th grade campus (2800 Lahser Road, Bloomfield Hills).  This program is free and open to the public.  Click here for more information or to register online. 

*******THIS WEEKEND******
Midvale Mom2Mom Sale
   Sat Nov. 9th 

Location - Berkshire Middle School, Cafeteria $2 door entry
Come and shop for baby and pre-school children's toys, books, clothes, furniture and equipment.
For info contact Nicole at
ECCMom2Mom@gmail.com or call 248-996-3199
Come and support the Early Childhood Center at this fun event!