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January 12, 2014

 

Hello BCS!

 

Well, the winter cold weather is upon us and the temperatures will continue to vary greatly as is typical with our Michigan winters.  There are some of our students who would wear shorts and t-shirts year around to be sure.  Could you please remind your children, particularly the older ones who still want to dress as if it’s summer to (at least) bring hats and gloves to school In fact, if they’re not listening to you, tell them that Mr. Morawski and Mrs. Chinn really need them to – as yet another way to keep them safe. They may never know when they’ll need them.  Always be prepared!

 

New this year for the BCS Lottery held this Wednesday, January 15th at 6:00 PM in the BCS media center – Parents/Guardians of students who are accepted during Wednesday’s lottery will receive a phone call by Monday, January 20, 2014.  Parents/Guardians of students who are placed on the wait list will be notified by first class mail.  These letters will be mailed by January 17, 2014.  A number will be assigned to each student on the wait list.  Parents will be able to track this number on the wait list that will be posted on the district website and at http://www.bcsonline.info.

 

Finally, our BCS annual Spelling Bee was held on Friday.  Thank you to Cindy Balicki for coordinating and to Susan Hill and Anne Cron who were our judges.  I thought being a principal provided a level of stress until I had to be the “Pronouncer” at our Spelling Bee.  Talk about stress!  I just hope my pronunciation mishaps didn’t cause any undo slipups on the participant’s part.  Congratulations to our champion, Laya, and our runner up, Tejal, and to all our students who showed the effort and courage to compete! Also, our Science Olympiad Team competed in a regional tournament in Ohio on Saturday.  The students did great. We competed against 60 teams from 12 different states. Our Black team came in 19th overall and the Gold team came in 33rd.  Thanks to Mrs. Brown for leading the team!  Check out our BCS Facebook page for details of the Bee and our winners and for other posts that celebrate BCS! 

 

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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P.S.  Our BCS Thinking Green Team would like to remind you that they’re collecting your old electronic devices in a box outside the main office so they can properly recycle them.  Click here for more detailed information for what they’ll take. 

 

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

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:  CARING

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

·         I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance. – Pablo Casals (Cellist, Conductor)

·         Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness. – Harold Kushner (Rabbi, Author)

·         Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. – Theodor Seuss Geisel (Writer, Cartoonist, Animator)

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of January 13-17, 2014

(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, January 13

·         8AM-5PM-Lottery Registration at the Administration Building-ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY ADDED

·         6:45-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM PRACTICE

  • 9:30-10:20AM-Blue Lake Auditions
  • 4PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM @HOME vs. DERBY RED (rescheduled)

Tuesday, January 14

·         8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center

  • 9:30-10:20AM-Blue Lake Auditions

·         4:00PM-7TH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL GAME @ WEST HILLS, 8TH GRADE GAME IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING

·         7PM BCS Blast Committee Meeting in Media Center

·         3:30PM Snow Club bus leaves for Pine Knob, returns at 8:20

·         7PM-8th Grade Scheduling Presentation at Seaholm-PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY

Wednesday, January 15

·         6:45-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM PRACTICE

·         8AM-Religious Diversity JourneysField Trip-8 7th Grade students-Temple Israel-

  • 9:30-10:20AM-Blue Lake Auditions

·         1:25-2:05PM-Seaholm Counselor visit for 8th graders

·         3:15PMBCS Play Practice

·         4PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM LEAGUE MEET-DERBY @ GROVES

·         6PM-BCS LOTTERY-Cafeteria

Thursday, January 16

·         7:30-Diversity Committee Meeting

·         1:25-2:05PM-Groves Counselor visit for 8th Graders

·         4PM-7TH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL HOME vs FERNDALE, 8TH GRADE GAME IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING

Friday, January 17

·         NO 7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM PRACTICE

·          9:30AM- 3/4 Room Parent meeting – Media Center

Saturday, January 18

·         9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire-see below

·         10AM-12:30PM-Special Screening of the film-AMERICAN PROMISE- click AMERICAN  PROMISE

 

REMINDER FROM THE OFFICE REGARDING ELECTRONIC DEVICES

If your student received a device for the holidays, please make sure this is something that you want brought to school. 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.

 

2014 WINTER II ATHLETICS UPDATES

Registration for Winter II sports will be up and running soon!  If your athlete is interested in Boys Swim or Girls Volleyball, please be sure to watch the WAG to know when registration opens up and check the BCS athletics website for registration information. The season begins for both 1/22/14. Make sure that you have a current (after 4/15/2013) physical turned in if you have not participated in sports this school year. Stay tuned for Volleyball Try-out information and practice schedules for both.

 

With the feedback from last spring, we are looking to have our own tennis team again this Spring and need to determine what our numbers will look like for registration.  If your son is interested in playing tennis, please email Mrs. Chinn pc02bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us as we need to be sure we have enough students to support having a team.

 

CALLING ALL BCS MUSICIANS-BLUE LAKE AUDITION INFORMATION

Auditions for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp will be held: January 13,14, 15 from 9:30-10:20AM See Mrs. Eliassen or Mrs. Gillespie for a permission slip.

 

EIGHTH GRADE PARENT SCHEDULING NIGHT AT SEAHOLM

On Tuesday, January 14th at 7PM in the auditorium, Seaholm High School will host an important scheduling meeting for the PARENTS only of all 8th graders planning to attend Seaholm in the fall.  You will be given your child's scheduling materials, a brief overview of the courses we offer and the opportunity to spend time with your child's counselor.  The same information will be presented to your child at a different time so we ask that they not attend.  Parents interested in the FLEX program should plan to attend an informational session at 6:30PM in the auditorium.  We will meet with each student individually to complete the scheduling process in February.  Please plan to attend this very important night!

 

8TH GRADE INFORMATION

The Seaholm English and social studies departments invite 8th graders interested in learning more about their programs to spend a portion of the day observing classes, including Flex, World History and American Literature.  The dates available this year will be Wednesdays and Fridays in January, specifically January 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 31.  The observations will take place between the hours of 10:45 and 2:45 (periods 3—5).  The visit will not include lunch, so please be sure to have students eat prior to the visit.  To reserve a visit, please contact Kyle Hall(English Department Chairperson) at kh01bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

 

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS UPDATES

BATTLE QUALIFYING DATE IS EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15, 2014 FOR THE THREE SNOW DAYS WE HAVE MISSED. KEEP READING!

IMPORTANT BATTLE DATES:

  • Qualify for Battle Team - Wednesday, January 15, 2014 (middle of week 12)
  • 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

ATTENTION BIRBERY PARTICIPANTS

The deadline for 6-8th grade students to qualify for the Birbery Awards and Committee is fast approaching!  The deadline to take qualifying tests is 3:15pm on Thursday, January 16.  To qualify for the Birbery/Newbery Awards Ceremony at BCS on 1/27 (ice cream party), students must pass at least 4 tests.  To qualify for a chance to be on the Committee on 1/23 (transfer to Baldwin Library via limousine), students must pass all 8 tests.  Good luck Birbery readers!

 

YEARBOOK INFORMATION

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.

 DID YOU KNOW?? 

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

 

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.  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

AMERICAN PROMISE SCREENING Hosted by The BPS Achievement Gap and Diversity Committee

JAN. 18 10AM-12:30PM Location:  Groves Little Theater.

Don't miss this screening of the award winning film American Promise.  The documentary follows the school careers of two African American students at a prestigious New York private school.  American Promise examines such complicated topics as race, class and opportunity.   http://www.americanpromise.org/ A moderated discussion with the filmmakers following the film  For more information, click . AMERICAN  PROMISE

 

DON’T MISS THIS!!  See Blackthorn and support the Groves Senior All Night Party-January 18, 2014For information about this fabulous evening    click here

 

GROVES BASKETBALL BLAST

The Groves Boys Basketball team is hosting their annual Basketball Blast, Saturday January 18, 2014 from 12-3pm. The "Blast" is a basketball clinic for both boys and girls grades 3 - 8.  The three hour clinic is run by our Groves coaches, Varsity, JV, and Freshmen players.  All skill levels are welcome.  $40 preregistered/$50 at the door.   Registration forms are in the front office or you can contact:  Tricia VanFaussien at: tvanfaussien@gmail.com

 

12TH ANNUAL CAMP AND RESOURCE FAIR        JAN. 23

The fair will take place on January 23, 2014 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Groves High School.  This Fair is 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.  For detailed information please visit www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org and select the Camp and Resource Fair tab.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE “UNABASHED BASH”-From the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF)

Please put a date in your new 2014 calendar. The 13th Annual Unabashed Bash is scheduled for February 8, 2014. Tickets are now available online at www.supportbef.org. This important fundraiser is a great celebration of all of our schools, and supports over $150,000 in grants that enrich the lives of our students. Please plan on attending this important event. For more information call 248-203-3030

 

SUPPORT GROVES BAND!--Buy a bag of locally, freshly roasted Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company coffee, and support the Groves Marching Band on their march to London. The Groves Marching band has been invited to march in the 2015 London New Year’s Day Parade. Groves Band Students, and Berkshire and BCS 8th Grade Band students, are selling whole bean or ground coffee at $15 per bag to raise money for next year’s 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 a band student or call or text Jane Konoya at (248)497-2706.

 

FROM THE BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC) 

·         Are you ready to ROCK? YAB’s Winter Teen Battle of the Bands will take place on Friday, January 17, 7-10:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Downtown Birmingham. Popular high school bands will perform and the winning band is determined by audience votes. For more info visit www.bbcoalition.org.  

·         Community Summit on Emerging Drug Trends, Friday, January 24, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Birmingham featuring drug and alcohol recognition expert Ken Krygel. All community members who want to be in the know and a part of the solution to keep our kids safe and substance free are encouraged to attend.  More info coming soon.  There is no cost to attend. RSVP by January 20th to: cmastroianni@bbcoalition.org

·         Learn what our teens have to say about trends in substance use and what parents need to know: visit BBCC’s Q&A section at: http://www.bbcoalition.org/birmingham_bloomfield_community_coalition_blog.htm?         HIGH SCHOOL TEENS: Become a YAB Member! Make a Difference, Be a Leader, Have Fun & Earn Community Service Credit! The Youth Action Board (YAB) is a group of dynamic and diverse high school students who meet regularly to talk about important, relevant teen issues and to plan substance-free events for their peers in the community. For more information contact our Youth Program Coordinator, Kelly Michaud at kmichaud@bbcoalition.org and/or click on http://tiny.cc/j7td9w

For more info on substance abuse prevention focused on our youth visit www.bbcoalition.org