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December 8, 2013

 

Hello BCS!

 

First of all, thank you to our parents and student ambassadors for your support of our annual BCS Open House today!  Your attendance, planning, and/or communication of this important event are greatly appreciated.  Special thanks to those of you who were able to find time in your Sunday schedule to be here with us to showcase the great learning experience that is BCS!  It is not easy to find the time on weekends away from families, so thank you for carving that time out today for your school family. The smiles and looks of awe on the faces of our visiting families were perfect evidence of the feelings you helped them experience about our special school.

 

A few December activities are upon us which we’d like you to consider supporting! Serve locally and globally!

  • The students of the Fitz/Brown team have been doing a variety of activities including “PINK” Fridays to support Mrs. Fitz during her Breast Cancer fight. They have designed a t-shirt that they would like to wear to show their support.  While this is coming from the Fitz/Brown team, we wanted to share this with all families in case your child would like to order one.  Click here for the order form.
  • Peanut Butter student-led collection drive for Open Hands Food Pantry – Send a jar of peanut butter in and place it in the collection bin outside the main office.
  • Calling all Box Tops! All proceeds from Box Tops collected during the month of December will be donated to our partner village in Africa in Chilupula, Zambia through Project COPE Zambia. Clipped Box Tops can be turned in to the office and are worth 10 cents. Start clipping and saving!
  • Have your child send candy grams this holiday season coordinated by our 7/8 Spirit Committee.  Proceeds from these sales will go to Project COPE as well.  See below for further details.  To print your own Candy Gram, click here.

 

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

BCS – A Great Place to Be!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

@bcs_cobras

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Sunday is the last Day of participation!

Jersey Mike’s Subs new Birmingham location (33757 Woodward Avenue) has selected to partner with our BCS PTSA to kick off the opening of their newest location.  This Wednesday (12/4) through Sunday (12/8), visit the Woodward sub shop, make a $1 donation to BCS, and get a sub using the voucher that will be distributed to each student this week.  Questions, contact Teresa Rea at reateresa@gmail.com.

 

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Donations Needed to Enhance STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Mathematics) Integration

We're looking to continue building our STEAM skills integration within our Engage & Thinkering Studio programs.  To that end, if you have any extra of the following gently-used tools/items in your "toolbox", please consider donating them to BCS dropping them off in the main office:

  • Portable Tool Cabinet
  • Small bench vise
  • Plywood squares 2'x2'x1/2"
  • Wet/Dry vacuum
  • Electric Hand Drill
  • "Dremel" Kit
  • Claw hammer
  • Rubber Mallet
  • SAE and Metric Wrench set
  • SAE and Metric Hex set
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Square nose pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Tape measure
  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Staple gun
  • Safety goggles
  • Soldering Kit
  • Pencil soldering iron
  • Wire stripper
  • Voltmeter
  • Table magnifying glass

 

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

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  RESPECT

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

  • The soul gives unity to what it looks at with love. – Thomas Carlyle, Essayist/Satirist/Historian
  • With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. – Keshavan Nair, Author/Speaker
  • Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. – Chief Seattle, Leader of The Suquamish And Duwamish Native American Tribes

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of December 9 - 13, 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, December 9

  • ·         4:00PM-7TH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL HOME vs. WEST HILLS MS, 8TH GRADE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING
  • ·         4:15PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM MEET HOME vs. BLOOMFIELD HILL MS

Tuesday, December 10

  • ·         7-8AM-Proud Dads Basketball
  • ·         9AM-3/4 Rouge Factory Field Trip-Parkin/Wallington and Davis/Seley
  • ·         2:15-3pm-Orchestra Practice-Cafeteria
  • ·         3:15-4:05PM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM PRACTICE
  • ·         3:15PM-Play Practice-Cafeteria
  • ·         4:05-5:30PM -6-8 GIRLS SWIM TEAM PRACTICE
  • ·         7:00PM  BCS Blast Committee Meeting in Media Center
  • ·         7-9PM Winter Orchestra concert – Cafeteria
  • ·         3:30PM-Snow Club bus leaves for Pine Knob-Please pick up your students by 8:20

Wednesday, December 11

  • ·         6:45-8AM-7TH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM PRACTICE
  • ·         3:15-5PM 6-8 GIRLS SWIM TEAM PRACTICE
  • ·         4:15-5:30PM-8TH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM PRACTICE with Guest Coach

Thursday, December 12

  • ·         9:50AM DELAYED START- DOORS OPEN AT 9:30, BUSSES RUN 90 MINUTES LATE -  Delayed Start Registration
  • ·         4PM-7TH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL AWAY @ FERNDALE, 8TH GRADE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING
  • ·         4:05-5:30PM -6-8 GIRLS SWIM TEAM PRACTICE
  • ·         7-8PM- BCS information session for prospective students-Media Center

Friday, December 13

  • ·         6:45-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM PRACTICE
  • ·         9AM-3/4 Rouge Factory Field Trip-Parkin/Wallington and Davis/Seley
  • ·         4:15PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM MEET HOME vs. DERBY WHITE

Saturday, December 14

  • 9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire

DELAYED START DAY:  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2013

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

 

PE UPDATES

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH THROUGH FRIDAY, JANUARY 24:

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and Wallington will SWIM, please remember suit, towel and goggles.

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Parkin will be in the GYM, please have your child wear appropriate footwear.

 

LOST AND FOUND

Please stop by the lost and found to see if any of your child’s items are missing and could be collected and taken home.

Also, an iPhone 4S in a black case has gone missing from a 3/4 classroom.  If your child may have found this item, please have them let the office know.

 

NEWS FROM THE BCS COUNSELING OFFICE

For parents of students on the 3/4 Team, 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.

8TH GRADE PARENTS:

Please look for a letter in the mail regarding your child’s high school scheduling appointment.  Also included in the letter is a form that needs to be completed and returned to BCS indicating which high school your child will be attending.  There will also be some dates for high school transition events. 

 

YES!  7/8 PARENTS-THEY’RE BACK! IT’S TIME FOR CANDYGRAMS!!!!    Click Candy Gram Flyer

Show someone your “sweet” side – buy them a Holiday CANDYGRAM ! The 7/8 Spirit Committee will be selling CANDYGRAMS – ONLY for 7/8 graders and teachers to receive from Tuesday, Dec 3rd -Friday, Dec 13th. They cost 50¢ each (includes note, candy and delivery). You can purchase them in the front office.

Spirit Committee members will be delivering the CANDYGRAMS to each Academic Lab on Wednesday, December 18th. HAVE A SWEET HOLIDAY! To print your own Candy Gram, click here

 

CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION

3rd Quarter Choice Hour plans are well underway.  QIII selections will be posted at online beginning Monday December 16th.  Scheduling has not been completed.  I am hoping to finalize the 3rd quarter choice hour program by Wednesday December 19 or Thursday December 20 and will send home student selection sheets as soon as possible after that.  Choice Hour selections will be due back no later than Friday January 11th at 4:00PM.   Stay tuned…

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

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!!

 

A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO SEE ANNIE, JR.

Village Youth Theatre is presenting "Annie Jr." December 12-15. The show is sold out for all performances, but VYT is opening up the final dress rehearsal to the public on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30pm. Doors open at 5:45; tickets and seating are available on a first come, first serve basis. There is no charge for these dress rehearsal tickets, but donations are gladly accepted. A portion of the donations will be given to the Detroit Humane Society in honor of Annie's dog, Sandy. Join some of our BCS students who are performing on stage in this family classic! The playhouse is located at 34660 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham.

 

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

 

SATURDAY SCHOOL AND PARENT UNIVERSITY

Our Saturday School attendance was at an all-time high November 23rd!  It sure is great to see such a large number of dedicated BPS students each week.  We are enthusiastically inviting any and ALL volunteer tutors to show up and help our students this Saturday.  Parents are invited, community members are invited, NHS students are invited; you name it! Please contact David Brooks (db26bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or Rudy Erazo (re02bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us) for more information, or just show up to the media center at Berkshire Middle School from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Saturday School will be in session: December 14, January: 11, 18, 25 February: 1, 8 March: 1, 8, 15, 22, April: 19, 26

May: 3, 10, 17, 31

We are looking forward to seeing all of our hard working students and volunteers this Saturday, December 7th  

 

SATURDAY SCHOOL TUTORS NEEDED!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be part of a dynamic, growing program.  The BPS Saturday School is in need of tutors to work with students in grades K-12

 

THESE ARE NOT YOUR GRANDPARENTS’ FLASHCARDS:  A BETTER WAY TO HELP YOUR CHILD FINALLY MEMORIZE BASIC MATH FACTS—Sat., Dec. 14th

Does your child automatically recall basic math facts or is he/she counting or computing basic facts while solving more complex math problems?  Join us on Saturday, December 14th in the Berkshire Cafeteria 9:00-10:00 a.m. to learn a better way to use those old abandoned flashcards to build your child’s math automaticity.  Open to parents from all grade levels.  Parent University is part of BPS Saturday School. We engage the topics that help you guide your child to achieve.

 

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 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.  Registration deadline is December 10, 2013. For details visit our web site at www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org and select the Camp and Resource Fair tab.  

 

THE UNABASHED BASH IS COMING-SAVE THE DATE- THEME-LOCAL ROOTS, GLOBAL REACH

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

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 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.