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December 15, 2013


Hello BCS!


BCS students and Engage teachers were knee deep in coding this week.  Every student fully participated in the “Hour of Code” this week sponsored by code.org.  Check out the site and see if your critical thinking and problem solving skills measure up – two important skills used in coding.  To kick off the week, Congressman Bentivolio visited Monday to see our students in action and tour our great school.  Suffice to say, he was dually impressed!  Check out our post on the BCS Facebook page with further details of the congressman’s visit to BCS!


We continue in the last week of a few important December activities which we’d like you to consider supporting! Serve locally and globally!

  • ·         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.


Finally, as the calendar year draws to an end, please consider, if you haven’t already, giving to the Birmingham Educational Foundation Annual Fund Campaign.  The simplest way to support innovative educational programs made possible by the BEF is to click hereThank you for your consideration!


As the nation recognized the first anniversary of Newtown yesterday, let’s take this opportunity to spread care and joy this holiday season to our families, our friends, and all the individuals in this caring BCS community.  Here’s to what will be another fantastic week of learning at BCS!

BCS – A Great Place to Be!


Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski




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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

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


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.

  • ·         Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. – Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert Comic Strip
  • ·         There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philosopher/Poet/Author/Essayist
  • ·         In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. – Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American to Serve On the US Supreme Court


WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of December 16-20, 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 16- GET YOUR CANDYGRAMS

  • ·         CHOICE  HOUR  SELECTIONS ONLINE @ bcsonline.info

Tuesday, December 17- LAST DAY FOR CANDYGRAMS

  • 8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center
  • 12:55-1:55-5th Grade Band Performance-Gym
  • ·         3:15PM-BCS Play Practice
  • ·         4:05-5:30PM -6-8 GIRLS SWIMTEAM PRACTICE
  • ·         7:00PM –Board of Education meeting-B’ham Education and Admin Center (adjacent to Groves)
  • ·         3:30PM Snow Club bus leaves for Pine Knob, returns at 8:20

Wednesday, December 18

  • ·         4:15-5:30PM-8TH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM PRACTICE with Guest Coach
  • ·         6:30-7PM-Forensics Meet and Greet with the new Coach -Media Center
  • ·         7-8PM-Forensics Showcase-Media Center

Thursday, December 19

  • ·         7:30AM-Diversity Committee Meeting
  • ·         4:05-5:30PM -6-8 GIRLS SWIM TEAM PRACTICE

Friday, December 20

  • ·         6:45-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM PRACTICE
  • ·         Classroom Celebrations
  • ·         4:05-5:30PM -6-8 GIRLS SWIM TEAM PRACTICE
  • ·         Winter Break Begins at the end of the day-BCS wishes all our families an enjoyable break and a Happy New Year – School reconvenes on Monday, January 6, 2014



The BCS Forensics Team competed yesterday (Saturday) at Central Michigan University against 30 Michigan middle school students in 5 events. Chance S. placed as a semi-finalist in the Prose category and came home with a plaque.  Congratulations Chance and all our Forensics students who braved the weather to compete!



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.


Registration week for new BCS students for the 2014-2015 school year is January 6-10,  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7.  Register at the BPS Education and Administration Center at 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills. A lottery will be held on January 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the BCS Cafeteria. 



We have four more weeks before students qualify for a Battle Team. Students should be at book three or four by now, as they must read six books and pass the Compass Learning quiz by Jan. 10th to make a Battle Team. We have been circulating two Battle books over the weekend if a student is almost done with one by Friday and wants to take another home. If your child needs audio, please have them see me. We have a list going and it is first come/first served. We don’t want any audio or Battle books left in the library over the vacation. See important Battle dates below. We would also like to get all of the pictures of students wearing a Battle Shield and Sword when they read six books and pass the Compass Learning quiz. Please have your child see me or if they don’t score at least 60% so I can review the book with them. IMPORTANT BATTLE DATES:

  • Qualify for Battle Team - Friday, January 10, 2014 (end of week 11)
  • Qualify for Gold - Friday, January 31, 2014 (end of wk 14)
  • BCS Battle Social - Thursday, January 23, 2014 (4:00 p.m.)
  • Battle Day - Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

If I don’t see you before break, have a great vacation.

All for now – Mrs. Clark

P.S. I am posting these notes on the Parent page of our Battle Wiki.



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.



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.



Thank you to everyone who helped make the BCS Scholastic Book Fair a success last month! We couldn't have done it without your volunteer time, book purchases, word-of-mouth promotions or support - thank you so much!

  • Total fall fair sales (excluding on-line sales and all tax) were $10,607.20
  • The cash profit for the Media Center is $2509.43 for programs and an additional $560.00 in Scholastic Dollars
  • 38 books were purchased for the media center using the All for Books donations at the registers ($256.32) and some Scholastic Dollars
  • 73 items were purchased for the classrooms by BCS families

Mark your calendar for our spring book fair which will be May 27-30th to get our students ready for their summer reading!



The end of the school year is still nearly six months off, but the deadline for Proud Parent ads is quickly approaching! January 12th is the last day to order a Proud Parent advertisement for the 2013-2014 yearbook.  Ads are $125 for full page, $70 for a half page, $40 for a quarter page, and $25 for an eighth page ad. Go to www.jostens.com to reserve and pay for the space.  Yearbook staff will contact purchasers in early January for photos (submitted via flash drive, Dropbox, or CD) and the text to accompany the ad.


Yearbooks are a great way to help your student remember the year. It makes a great holiday gift!

The deadline for ordering a yearbook at the best rate is approaching.  Go to www.jostens.com to pre-order your child's 2013-2014 yearbook.  Personalization is only available through the end of January.  After this, yearbook prices increase and no personalized yearbooks can be ordered.  Yearbooks are $40 with personalization starting at only $5.00.  Order using credit or debit online at www.jostens.com or use the order form on bcsonline.info.



The QIII Choice Hour course selections are online.  Choice Hour selection sheets will be distributed to each homeroom on Monday December 16th.  Selections can be viewed online at www.bsconline.info .  If your child does not bring a selection sheet home you can print one from the BCS website.  Choice Hour selections are due back no later than Tuesday January 7th at 4:00PM.  We will not schedule students into classes if payment in full is not included with the choice hour selection sheet.  Please include proper payment if you are signing your child up for a 4th and/or 5th day of Choice Hour.   Do not include payment for classes with materials fees or pay to play fees.  A separate billing will be made once students have been placed in their Choice Hour classes.

Students who do not turn in a selection sheet will not be placed in any Choice Hour classes.  Students who do not turn in a selection sheet with payment by the deadline will not be allowed to make a change in their schedule.

Important information regarding 3rd quarter:

Mrs. Juriga will be scheduling QIII choice hour over the winter break.  She needs your help!  Please, please make it a priority to get your QIII selection sheet into the office before we leave for the holiday break on Friday December 20th so that she can schedule as many students as possible before we return in January.

We are excited to announce that we will be offering a 3-4 Watercolor Basics class on Fridays and a 5-8 Watercolor Basics class on Tuesdays.

Ms. Butler, new BCS Forensics team coach, is inviting any 6-8 student interested in joining the Forensics team to sign up for the Wednesday/Friday Forensics II Choice Hour classes.  You must be willing to make the 2 day commitment.

Math support is being offered by Mr. Kernan to all grade levels.  3-4 is scheduled on Mondays, 5-6 is scheduled on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 7-8 is scheduled on Tuesdays.

The 3-4 RoboTech class is being offered to new students!! 

6th, 7th and 8th grade boys interested in participating in the BCS swim team program are encouraged to sign up for the Monday/Wednesday swim team Choice Hour class.

Choice Hour reminders – please call (248-203-4625), send in a note, or email Linda Stone at ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  if your child is going to be absent from Choice Hour for any reason!  Students that do not have Choice Hour on any given day need to be picked up by 3:20 PM.  Students that do not have a Choice Hour class and are not picked up by 3:30 PM will be charged a $5.00 fee.

Thank you for always supporting the Choice Hour program!



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.  If interested, contact, David Brooks (db26bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or Rudy Erazo (re02bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us).  Saturday School meets at Berkshire from 9am – 11am.  The remaining dates for Saturday School are:January:11, 18, 25; February:1,8;March:1, 8, 15, 22;April:19, 26;May: 3, 10, 17, 31


NEWS FROM FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS- January 9, 2014 click  Friends January Flyer   

Building the Handbook Your Child Wasn’t Born With

9:00 a.m.  (NOTICE:  MORNING MEETING)-Birmingham Covington School (BCS)

Building the instruction manual that your child arrived without. Estate planning attorney and past Friends president, Diana Moak, will help you to create a Letter of Intent to guide your child's guardian in the event that you are no longer able to care for your child due to death or disability. You will also have a chance to chat with other Friends members at this informal meeting.



The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) for Special Education will be presenting two of four initiatives at the next open PAC meeting on December 17th. The topics are: SE Survey Communications Improvement Report and Preschool Early Education Program (PEEP). The remaining two initiatives, Strategic Plan and Math will be presented at the January 21 and February 25 meetings. Please join the PAC for the recommendations. The meeting will be held in the Birmingham Education and Administration Center, 31301 Evergreen Road, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.


Many of you will be looking for great shopping deals online at this time of the year.  Please remember to do your Amazon shopping through the portal (it’s a badge on the right side)on the BEF website www.supportBEF.org  A donation will be made back to our schools for all purchases made when entering the Amazon website in this way We receive a donation for every purchase you make!  Also this is a great time of the year to honor a special teacher or coach. A lovely card acknowledging your gift will be sent to the lucky recipient. Learn more at http://www.supportbef.org/ways_to_give.html


IF YOU NEED SOME MORE GIFT IDEAS, CHECK THIS OUT-Looking for Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas? 

Buy a bag of locally, freshly roasted Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company coffee, and support the 8th grade future Groves Marching Band members on their march to London. The Groves Marching band has had the honor of being invited to march in the 2015 London New Year’s Day Parade. Band students are selling whole or ground coffee at $15 per bag to raise money for the trip. 48% of the proceeds go directly to help pay for the students’ trip, so it is a great way to support our marching band. Just ask an 8th grade band student or call or text Jane Konoya at (248)497-2706.


FRANKLIN BASEBALL click Franklin Baseball Information

Play Ball!  Don't miss out! Franklin Baseball League offers community based baseball, softball, tee-ball, tournament, travel teams and coach, umpire and pre-tee ball clinics.  Register early and get a $35 discount.  Community based, FBL is building on a 60 tradition of excellence.  visitwww.franklinbaseball.org  


DON’T MISS THIS!!  See Blackthorn and support the Groves Senior All Night Party-January 18, 2014

For information about this fabulous evening    click here



  • ·         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.