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November 24, 2013


Hello BCS!


With the flag at half mast, teachers and students at BCS spent some time Friday past sharing about and memorializing John Fitzgerald Kennedy and the 50th anniversary of his assassination. BCS art teacher, Jerry Melton, who lived in Dallas at the time, shared an artifact with some of us: the "Final Edition" of the Dallas Times Herald from Friday, November 22, 1963.  Check out our BCS Facebook page for the post with Mr. Melton holding the newspaper.  In a most famous quote by JFK where he says, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” and with Thanksgiving arriving, let us remind ourselves and our children in line with JFK’s quote, “Ask not what your family can do for you, ask what you can do for your family!”  Additionally, I for one will continue to ask myself, “not what BCS can do for me, but what I CAN DO for BCS.”


As Thanksgiving arrives this week, let me be among the first to wish you a wonderfully restful Thanksgiving recess with your family and friends!  And, in the spirit of giving thanks, Thank You for partnering with us in supporting the learning of our students at BCS.


Here’s to what will be another fantastic week (albeit a short one) of learning at BCS!

BCS – A Great Place to Be!


Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski




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P.S. Please be reminded that we have two FULL days of school this week on Monday and Tuesday.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving recess Wednesday through Sunday, and we look forward to hitting the ground learning back at BCS on Monday, December 2nd.


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Character Connections Word of the week:  RESPONSIBILITY

Infuse this word into your conversations/lessons with students as a character education focus.

  • ·         Responsibility finds a way. Irresponsibility makes excuses. – Gene Bedley
  • ·         One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license. – P.J. O'Rourke
  • ·         Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work. – William Arthur Ward


WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of November 25-30, 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 25

  • ·         8AM-Snow Club applications accepted in the lobby -  click - Snow Club ApplicationSnow club Physical
  • ·         6:45-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • ·         10:45-8th Grade to Seaholm-bring a bag lunch
  • ·         11:05-5/6 Student Ambassador Training
  • ·         11:45-3/4 Student Ambassador Training
  • ·         3:15-5PM--6-8 GIRLS SWIM PRACTICE

Tuesday, November 26

  • 8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center
  • ·         11:20AM-8th Grade visit to Groves-students bring a bag lunch
  • ·         3:15-4:05--7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • ·         3:30 -5:30PM-BYA (Birmingham Youth Assistance) presentation click  Literacy program
  • ·         4:05-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE

Wednesday, November 27

  • ·         No School

Thursday, November 28

  • ·         Happy Thanksgiving-Enjoy this time with your friends and Family

Friday, November 29

  • ·         Thanksgiving Recess

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


SNOW CLUB SIGN UP is Monday, November 25th

We wanted to remind BCS families that Snow Club sign up is this Monday at 8:00 AM in the main hallway outside the office.  If interested, be sure to sign up your child(ren) on Monday morning. Snow Club Application Physical form 

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



The BCS Open House is Sunday, December 8, 1:00:3:00pm.  There are three different volunteer opportunities for this event:

  • 1.       Folder Stuffing:  Monday, December 2, 8:30-9:30am, Media Center

We will be stuffing the folders we hand out to all our Open House guests.)

  • 2.       School Clean-up:  Friday, December 6. 1:00-3:00pm

We will be arming ourselves with rolls of tape and will roam the halls of BCS in search of art work/projects on the walls that need a little tape reinforcement.  We will also make sure display cabinets and shelves are neat and tidy. 

  • 3.       Open House:  Sunday, December 8, 1:00-3:00pm

Please sign up on the signup genius by clicking here

Please contact Harriet Sherman at hsherm@yahoo.com if you are able to help at any of the above. 


21st Century Skills Survey for 7/8 Students at BCS 

(The following information and links has been mailed home as well.)

Birmingham Public Schools is participating in a study with Wayne State University that looks at 21st Century skills and how those impact students (what it looks like, how the skills are related to one another, the academic performance of students in 21s t Century learning environments, etc.). A part of that study involves asking our middle school and high school students (7/8 at BCS) to take a 30-minute survey related to these skills. Results from this student survey will allow BPS and BCS to celebrate accomplishments and goal set for continuous improvement as it relates to supporting 21s t century skill development for our students (critical thinking & problem solving, creativity & innovation, communication & collaboration, etc.). For more detailed information along with a form you can fill out should you not want your child to participate, click here. If you do not want your child to

participate, please return the form by Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Our 7th and 8th graders will be taking the survey in their Engage class with Mr. Brown or Mr. McCloud on Friday, December 6th.

Thank you in advance for your support of this student survey.

(Once again, click here for more information.)



For parents of students on the 3/4 students, as a reminder, PowerSchool is not available for our BPS elementary families(3/4 families at BCS), though is available for our students and their parents/guardians in 5/6 and 7/8.



The NEXT delayed start is Thursday, December 12, 2013.  School will begin at 9:50am.  Due to the fact that all staff will be participating in professional development that morning, the building will not be open until 9:30am.  Please DO NOT drop your child off before 9:30am.  For those of you who need child care from 8:20-9:50am, please complete the form and return it to the office.  The fee is $5 per child. Click   Delayed Start Registration



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  lf02bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us



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.



click  Family Order FormRetailers List

Do you buy gift cards for the holidays? Are there stores you shop at frequently?
Please consider purchasing your gift cards from the Middle School Science Olympiad Team. The team earns a percentage of each card purchased. All money raised is used for travel expenses to our competitions.
The team will get bonus rebates for any orders turned in by Tuesday, November 26th.
ALL Orders are due Tuesday, December 3rd.
All checks must be made out to BCS and are due at the time of the order.
Orders should be turned in ATTENTION to Tammy Brown.
Gift cards should arrive late the week of December 9th or early the week of December 16th.


7/8 Orchestra Concert is on December 10 at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria

7/8 Band concert is on February 5 at 7:00 PM in the gym

There will be some upcoming practices listed on the calendar.



Growing With Your Preschool Child Through Literacy- Nov. 26- click Literacy program
Sponsored by Birmingham Youth Assistance.  Light dinner and childcare available for children 2 and a half years and older.  Must pre-register by Nov. 22.  Call 248-203-5805 or contact
lt03bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us.  Location:  Bingham Farms Elementary, 23400 W. 13 Mile. 

RedRaiser for Birmingham Youth Assistance Dec. 2 5:30-7:30PM  click RedRaiser
Location Rojo Mexican Bistro, 250 E. Merrill, Birmingham.  Food and fun for a great cause!  Special performance by singer-songwriter Steve Acho.  Tickets $25 per person.  For tickets, call 248-203-4300.

Presenting Breakfast With Santa Dec. 7

Birmingham Youth Assistance and The Community House are proud to co-sponsor their annual Holiday Breakfast at The Community House in Birmingham on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Two seatings are available: 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $19 per person. Call The Community House program department today to reserve your seats at (248) 644-5832. For any questions please call BYA at (248) 642-4882 or click Santa Breakfast.



What a great turnout last week at Saturday School! News reporter, Kevin Dietz, did a great job motivating students to always work hard and strive to be better each and every day.  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. December: 7, 14, January: 11, 18, 25,February: 1,8 ,March: 1, 8, 15, 22 ,April: 19, 26, May: 3, 10, 17, 31

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).


This year our Special Education department will be offering a combined parent information night this year for parents of students with IEPs moving from middle schools to high school.  It will be held in the Groves Staff Planning Room on December 9th, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  We are offering a combined opportunity this year since both high schools are having their curriculum nights on this same date. If you have a student transitioning from middle to high school in the upcoming school year, please mark your calendars and try to attend as there will be information shared that is specific to students with IEPs and may be very beneficial for you as a parent.  More information to come!!


THE P.L.A.Y. PROJECT: An Evidence-Based Developmental Intervention For Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder  December 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.



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


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



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 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 bashdonations@gmail.com to offer a donation or to volunteer to help with this important fundraiser for our district.



  • ·         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.