November 17, 2013
Thank you to our families for joining us this week for our parent/teacher conferences. Our faculty appreciates the opportunity to meet with parents/guardians to celebrate student learning to-date, as well as goal set and plan for continued progress toward each student’s learning. While our next opportunity for formal conferences is in March, please continue to keep in touch with your child’s teachers as we work together to make this year a great year of learning for all.
We learned this week share some bittersweet news that I’d like to share with you. Our counseling & enrollment secretary, Mary Baughman, was offered and has accepted a position in the registrar office at Seaholm High School. She’s moving from helping, in part, with the 8th grade transition process here at BCS to the senior transition to college at Seaholm. There is no doubt that she will be sorely missed here at her home for many years, BCS, but will be an incredible addition to the Seaholm team. Mary’s position has been posted and we’ll begin the screening and interviewing process late next week and into the week of Thanksgiving with the hope of finding our new BCS team member by early December. Please join me in congratulating Mary and wishing her well in this new endeavor.
Finally, we learned this week that we have been selected by Microsoft as one of 80 outstanding Mentor Schools from around the world! Our application, video and other documents clearly showed our school’s passion for and efforts toward innovative teaching and learning. It was also clear to the external review group of educators that we are dedicated to improving student learning and mentoring other schools. We should feel immense pride toward this achievement as our application was judged by an external group of education experts among a group of extremely qualified schools. Click here for the full list of Mentor Schools winners. The Microsoft Mentor School Program is an exclusive one-year program created to recognize innovative schools globally who are using technology to transform education. Mentor Schools will have access to technology, specialized professional development and will receive an all-expense paid trip to the next Microsoft in Education Global Forum. This is, at first, a tremendous recognition to our BCS community, though, most importantly, will prove to be a tremendous yearlong learning experience for us.
Here’s to what will be another fantastic week of learning at BCS!
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P.S. We are looking at an option to merge our ability to communicate with our parents more efficiently and with more options (email, phone, text). To that end, if any parents/guardians have had changes to home phone, cell phones or emails since the start of the school year, please be sure you email those changes to Mary Baughman at email@example.com.
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Neat Volunteer Opportunities
· PTSA Technology Committee Chair: Partner with teacher/admin. Team to coordinate technology learning opportunities for parents (Tech Café) for the year. Our first planning meeting is Tuesday, November 19 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Contact Patricia Chinn for more information or if interested.
· PTSA Curriculum Enrichment Chair: Liaison between the chairperson of the different PTSA enrichment programs and the PTSA Executive Board. Great way to get to know the neat enrichment opportunities at BCS. Contact Elizabeth Robbins for more details.
– To view previous 2013-14 BCS WAG documents click here!) –
Character Connections Word of the week: Honesty
Infuse this word into your conversations/lessons with students as a character education focus.
· The Truth needs no rehearsal. – Barbara Kingsolver
· No legacy is so rich as Honesty. – William Shakespeare
· When in doubt, tell the Truth. – Mark Twain
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of November 18-23, 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 email@example.com by WEDNESDAY 5PM
Monday, November 18
· New or changed Choice Hours go in to effect today
· 6:45-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
· 11:05AM -5/6 Student Ambassador Training
· 11:45AM-3/4 Student Ambassador Training
· 3:15-5PM--6-8 GIRLS SWIM PRACTICE-PARENT MEETING AT 5:15PM
Tuesday, November 19
· 7-8AM -Proud Dads 5/6 Girls Basketball click PROUD DADS GIRLS BASKETBALL
· 4PM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL GAME @HOME vs. BERKSHIRE
· 4:05-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM PRACTICE
· 5:30PM-Technology Committee Meeting-Media Center
· 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-Birmingham Education and Administration Center, (adjacent to Groves)
Wednesday, November 20
· DUE-8th Grade Permission Slips for High School Visits-return to Academic Lab teachers
· 6:45-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
· 3:15-5PM--6-8 GIRLS SWIM PRACTICE
Thursday, November 21
· 7-8AM -Proud Dads 5/6 Girls Basketball
· 7:30am-Diversity Committee Meeting – Room 504
· 3:05PM-LOCKDOWN DRILL-PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN COMING TO SIGN OUT YOUR CHILDREN
· 4PM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL GAME
· 4:05-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM PRACTICE
Friday, November 22
· 6:45-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
· 12:40PM-7/8 Student Ambassador Training4:05-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM PRACTICE
· 7PM- Spectrum Orchestra-Seaholm Wagner Auditorium-see below for details
Saturday, November 23
· 9-11AM- Saturday School at Berkshire
· 9-10AM-PARENT UNIVERSITY presents -COMPUTER GAMES, TECHNOLOGY & MORE
Hot Entrée menu for the week: LunchMenu-Twitter: @BPSFoodService Facebook: BPS Food Service
EIGHTH GRADE NEWS- HIGH SCHOOL VISITS –PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR for families scheduling vacations
Monday, November 25th Seaholm High School from 11:30-2:30
Tuesday, November 26th Groves High School from 12:00-2:00
There will be a permission slip sent out-please watch for it.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
A sincere that your to all of you who visited our Book Fair this past week. Your purchases were truly win-win. You put books in our students’ and teachers’ hands AND you help raise money that will go directly to purchases for our media center. Didn’t get a chance to shop yet – You can still shop on-line until November 26th at: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/birminghamcovingtonschool. A final thank you to ALL our volunteers who made our Book Fair possible and to Maureen Shannon and Stephanie Co for leading the effort!
REMINDER FROM THE OFFICE REGARDING ELECTRONIC DEVICES
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.
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
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)
BCS’S LEGO ROBOTICS TEAM
BCS's "Crazy Cobra Crafters" Lego Robotics Team competed in First Lego League ThunderQuest qualifying event. While there were 27 teams, they won first place for "Inspiration" in the Core Values category and were one of 8 teams qualifying to move on to State level competition on Dec 7th. Go Cobras! Leo A, Sam B, Tyler C, Adam F, Paul F, Dane H, Laya K, Tejal M, Jacob P, Storm S, Chance S, Jack W, and Daniel X.
FOR OUR MUSICAL FAMILIES
Spectrum Orchestra Concert, 7:30PM, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013-Seaholm Auditorium
Spectrum is a community, amateur orchestra (pay to play) that is in its 2nd season. Members include Larissa M.,BCS 8th grade, her mom Ms. Zirka Kalynych, Mrs. Lynn Gillespie, BCS Orchestra Director, Mrs. Linda Wichers, Seaholm teacher and Science Chair, and too many more to name.
Copeland- Fanfare for the Common Man, Holst- "Jupiter" from The Planets
Brahms-Serenade #1, Stravinsky- "Berceuse and Finale" from The Firebird Suite
Mozart's Symphony #38 "Prague"
Tickets $10 adult, $5 student available at the door.
SATURDAY SCHOOL at BERSHIRE MIDDLE SCHOOL--Attention: BPS Parents and Students
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 and 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) or Mr. Erazo (re02bps).
PARENT PROGRAM ON COMPUTER GAMES, TECHNOLOGY & MORE NOV. 23
Coming to Parent University on Saturday, November 23rd, a specially requested topic: Computers, Gaming and Technology: When Should You Be Concerned? with guest speaker Jerry Price of the Michigan Family Institute. 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Berkshire Cafeteria. Parent University is a part of BPS Saturday School and is open to all BPS parents. We engage the topics you ask for to help you guide your children to achieve.
AUDITIONS FOR SEAHOLM MUSICAL “TARZAN” NOV. 25
Seaholm High School is holding auditions for a “Young Tarzan” for our upcoming production of “Tarzan” the Broadway Musical based on the Disney Film. The music and lyrics were written by Phil Collins.
Young boys, elementary to early middle school age, may audition for the role. The part involves singing, dancing and acting. The auditions are November 25th at Seaholm. For more information, contact Laurie Frick, 248 203-3792 firstname.lastname@example.org
THE P.L.A.Y. PROJECT: An Evidence-Based Developmental Intervention For Young Children With Autism Spectrum DisorderDecember 5, 2013 7:00 p.m. Click Friends of Different Learners
This presentation will include an introduction and overview of The P.L.A.Y. (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) Project model, followed by an explanation of how P.L.A.Y. can positively influence a child's social and emotional development, leading to increased independence with peer relationships and improved functioning in the classroom.
Guest Speaker: Ashley L C Case, MS, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist and the Training Director at The P.L.A.Y. Project. Presented by Friends of Different Learners. All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone! For more information contact Kathy Sinclair-Pearson atKathy@execrecruiters.com or 734-678-6200 or visit our web site at www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org.
FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS IS SEEKING VENDORS FOR ITS CAMP AND RESOURCE FAIR
January 23, 2014-7:00—9:00 p.m. Groves High School.
Friends of Different Learners is pleased to sponsor the 12thannual Camp and Resource Fair, an information vehicle servicing families seeking camps, therapies, recreational activities, healthcare services, and educational services that support children with special needs in both self-contained and inclusion environments as well as summer and year round programs. We welcome all vendors with products or services benefiting families of different learners. Last year, about 50 organizations participated in the fair and we are proud to have drawn over 150 families from the tri-county area. The registration fee of $25.00 includes a table with power if needed, a listing in the Camp and Resource Fair Program, a two year listing on our website, and a light dinner. Advertising space may be purchased in the Camp and Resource Fair Program for an additional fee. Without doubt, this is your best platform for advertising your program or service! If You Cannot Attend You Still Have 2 Opportunities to Showcase Your Organization by providing materials for display on our Information Table or by advertising in the Camp and Resource Fair Program. For detailed information visit our web site at www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org and select the Camp and Resource Fair tab. Registration deadline is December 10, 2013
BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC)
· 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 prizes: 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 email@example.com 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.
FROM BBFA – BIRMIMGHAM BLOOMFIELD FAMILIES IN ACTION
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. Clickhere 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!
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.
CECAC PRESENTS “INSPIRATIONS FROM HUEL PERKINS”
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Time: 8:30am continental breakfast, 9:00am speaker
Location: Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
Free to the public-For more information, click December CECAC flyer
STUDENT TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY-On Saturday Nov. 23, CISV, an educational travel nonprofit that's more than half a century old, will host information meetings about their low-cost travel programs for people 11 to adult. Many BPS students have enjoyed these programs and now are involved in recruiting more participants! CISV is looking for youth interested in building their inter-cultural understanding. The nonprofit also seeks adult leaders who can take a month for a most-expenses paid trip to another country with a small "delegation" of Detroit-area kids. Please drop by our Sat. Nov 16 minicamp from 1-4 p.m. at Birmingham Unitarian Church at Lone Pine and Woodward in Bloomfield Hills; an informational meeting on Sun. Nov 17 from 3-5 p.m. at the Driker home, 13316 Ludlow, Huntington Woods; or an informational meeting on Sat. Nov 23 at Greenhills School, 850 Greenhills Dr., Ann Arbor. See the attached flyers for more information, and visit our website athttp://detroit.cisvusa.org/
FROM BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION (BEF)
This school year the Birmingham Education Foundation hopes to award over $150,000 to our schools to enrich learning for all students. Check out this video submitted by Mr. Lalko and Mr. Liggett at Derby. It shows their students using VEX robots built by them, and funded by the BEF http://youtu.be/pnlgPBSRqes Exciting projects like this are happening all over our district thanks to grants awarded from the BEF. We are in week 3 of our Annual Fund Campaign, have you given yet? Together we are Paving the Way to Inspiration!Give today at www.supportbef.org
THE UNABASHED BASH IS COMING-MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The Birmingham Education Foundation's BASH will be held February 8, 2014. We are looking for donations for our live, silent and online auctions. Do you or your business have a vacation home, restaurant gift cards, event tickets or other interesting items you could donate? We are also on the hunt for people interesting in helping follow up with some of our past donors. We make the job easy by giving you all the information you need, and it is a great way to get involved. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to offer a donation or to volunteer to help with this important fundraiser for our district.