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January 19, 2014


Hello BCS!


With the departure of our counseling secretary Mary Baughman and after a rigorous search process, we would like to welcome Sally Battle as the newest member to our BCS office team.  Sally is returning to BCS after 4 years on the office team at Berkshire Middle School.  With her 9 years as an office assistant at BCS in addition to her years at Berkshire, Sally brings with her a wealth of secretarial experience. As a former BCS parents, Sally is married to David and has three grown children. Matt, is a C-17 pilot in the US Air Force, as he is stationed in Washington.  Emily, lives locally and was recently engaged. Justin (BCS alumni) lives and works in California, and after this last snow storm, may never come back to Michigan. Sally enjoys her family which includes two granddaughters.  She also enjoys NASCAR, cooking, long walks, short runs, BCS, a good laugh, and her favorite vacation spot is Punta Cana.  Jason Clinkscale, the principal at Berkshire, and I are working together to determine the timing of Sally's transition over to our team by the end of this month.  Please join me in welcoming Sally back to BCS!


This week January 21-24, our 3-8 Character Connections (C2) classes meet once again bringing our students at different ages together in support of leadership and character development.  In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday and aligned with our focus learning globally through Project Cope Zambia, the theme of “African Influences” will be the focus of the learning in C2 this week.  Each of the four sessions will have a different activity.  One session, Barbara Clark will share African Folk Tales in the media center.  On Wednesday at 2:15 PM in the gym, Guy Louis from Chautauqua Express will perform his History of African American Music program to us.  We will share the book, The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, and also a few short videos aligned to our theme of African Influences.


Finally, The Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF) has awarded a technology grant to BCS teachers Mat Brown and J.P. Prisciandaro to augment our S.T.E.M. efforts at BCS with the grant of a 3D printer.  We are so thankful to have the BEF as a partner in education. Through funding made possible through BEF grants, we are able to enrich our students’ learning. Please read more about the great support to our schools the BEF provides at www.supportbef.org.  Thank you BEF!


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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 The Blast needs you to CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS!!

We are currently looking for any unopened games, gadgets, toys or trinkets that you would like to get rid of for our BCS Blast prize room.  Maybe you have a stash of never opened toys or "just in case" gifts or gift cards taking up way too much space in your closet.  What a great way to do some house cleaning!  Kids will be able to "purchase" these items in the prize room with the tickets they win at the BCS Blast.  Please bring your items to the “Closet Cleanout” bin placed just inside the office starting this Tuesday, January 21st and we will collect and distribute them to the BCS Blast prize room.  Anything we do not use will be delivered to The Bottomless Toy Chest local children's charity.  If you have any further questions please contact Kristi Grubb at either 248-259-7916 or xcpa2000@yahoo.com.  The 2014 Blast committee thanks you!


We’re Collecting Your Old Electronics!
Our BCS Thinking Green Team would like to remind you that they are collecting your old electronic devices in a box outside the main office so they can properly recycle them.  This collection supports our sustainability efforts and proceeds from the collection will go toward support our
Project Cope Zambia partnership.  Click here for the flyer and more detailed information for the team is collecting. 


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

Wet/Dry vacuum

Electric Hand Drill

"Dremel" Kit

Claw hammer

Rubber Mallet

SAE and Metric Wrench set

SAE and Metric Hex set

Utility knife

Tape measure

Hot glue gun & glue

Staple gun

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:  PERSEVERANCE

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

    1. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. – Dale Carnegie
    1. You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction. – George Horace Lorimer
    1. Genius is divine perseverance. Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness but perseverance all can have. – Woodrow Wilson


WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of January 20-24, 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 20

    1. No School for students-Martin Luther King Day -Professional Development activities for all Staff

Tuesday, January 21

    1. Hearing Screening
    1. 8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center
    1. 3:30PM-Snow Club bus leaves for Pine Knob-pick up at 8:20PM
    1. 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-B’Ham Education and administration Center(adjacent to Groves)

Wednesday, January 22

  • Tickets for BCS musical "Guys & Dolls Jr." go on sale 8:00 am outside Media Center (see below for details)
    1. Hearing Screening
    1. 2:15PM-School-wide Assembly

Thursday, January 23

    1. Hearing Screening
    1. 3:15-4:05PM-Student vs. Staff Co-ed Basketball  game
    1. 7-9PM-Friends of Different Learners Camp and Resource Fair-Groves H.S.

Friday, January 24

    1. End of 2nd Quarter-Records Day
    1. 11:15AM-BCS Play Practice
    1. Half Day for students-dismissal at 11:20AM
    1. 6:30PM-5/6 Dance Party- click  5/6 Dance Party

Saturday, January 24

    1. 9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire-see below



Please allow for extra time when coming to pick up your student early. This is CHARACTER CONNECTIONS week and your student will be with their CC Team, not in their homeroom. This will require a few extra minutes for our wonderful parent volunteers to locate them, please be patient in advance.



We are starting to see a few cases of flu in our buildings.  As you know, influenza is a contagious illness that can quickly spread.  Please remind your child to practice good hand washing etiquette and to cover all coughs.  If your child develops the flu, please advise the school office when you report their absence.  For more information on the flu, please read the Oakland County Health Department’s Fact Sheet on Influenza.



WED JAN 29 - 4:30 PM

THU JAN 30 - 7:00 PM

FRI JAN 31 - 7:00 PM

Let us entertain you with one of the most popular musicals of all time! You won't want to miss our spectacular production of  


Come see our 50-member BCS Cast & Crew perform in this junior version of the classic, Tony Award-winning romantic comedy depicting gangsters and gamblers amidst the hustle bustle of 1950's NYC!  

  • Tickets for all 3 shows go on sale Wed Jan 22. Tickets can be purchased during morning drop off (8:00 - 8:45 am) and afternoon pick up (3:00 - 4:15 pm) outside the Media Center. 
  • Students $10 / Adults $12.

**NOTE: Special student show Wed Jan 29 at 4:30pm with BOGO discount: Buy One Get One Free tickets! (applies to advance purchase for Wed Jan 29 show only)** 



This Friday, January 24-6:30-8:30 PM--BCS Cafeteria

Come learn the latest moves and line dances with your friends!!

There is no charge for this event; Sponsored by the BCS PTSA

 Please RSVP to: **rsvpbcs.56game@bcsparent.com


 Volunteer Sign-Ups: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094AABAB23A02-56dance

Parents welcome at drop off and pick up for light appetizers and coffee.



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.


PE  UPDATES  - End of the quarter is Friday, January 24:

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and Wallington will SWIM.

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Parkin will be in the GYM.

3rd  Quarter

Monday, January 27 through Friday, February 28:

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and Wallington will be in the GYM.

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Parkin will SWIM.



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.



7th Grade:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 4:15-5:30 P.M.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 4:15-5:30 P.M.

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 6:45-7:55 A.M.

8th Grade:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 6:35-7:55 A.M.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 6:35-7:55 A.M.

Friday, January 24th, 2014 - 6:35-7:55 A.M.

Players will be given an envelope before the end of the school day on Friday, January 24 with their status on the team.



Our BCS Thinking Green Team would like to remind you that they are collecting your old electronic devices in a box outside the main office so they can properly recycle them.  This collection support our sustainability efforts and proceeds from the collection will go toward supports our Project Cope Zambia partnership.  Click here for the flyer and more detailed information for the team is collecting. 


CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION-3RD QUARTER 2013 – 2014 -The deadline for turning in QIII Choice Hour selections was Friday January 10th.  If we have not heard from you regarding your child’s enrollment in the choice hour program, then you should have received a choice hour enrollment email reminder with an attachment listing classes that still have openings.  Your options will be limited since most students have already been placed in their classes.  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 did not turn in a selection sheet with payment by the deadline will not be allowed to make a change in their schedule. 

QIII Choice Hour begins Monday January 27th.  New choice hour schedules for students will be distributed to homerooms in the afternoon on Thursday January 23rd and posted on the choice hour board after choice hour that day.

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!



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.


Surprise your child with their own special page in the yearbook.  You have until Sunday 1/19 to place your order at www.jostens.com.  You only have to buy the page now, they will contact you later for pictures and 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) atkh01bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us



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.organd select the Camp and Resource Fair tab.

We could us more volunteers if your time pemits.  Please sign up at the following link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4DAAAC2CA46-friends


FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS   click Friends of Different Learners February flyer


FEBRUARY  6, 2014 -7:00 P.M. Birmingham Covington School (BCS)

Paul DeAngelis, Deputy Superintendent for Educational Services of Birmingham Public Schools, will discuss the district policy on inclusion in sports and extracurricular activities.  A panel of coaches, teachers and parents will share experiences and insights.  Learn how your different learner can successfully participate in the many sports and extracurricular activities Birmingham Public Schools has to offer.  Share your experiences, stories and advice! For more information contact Kathy Sinclair-Pearson at Kathy@execrecruiters.com or 734-678-6200 or visit our web site at www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org


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.



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



    1. 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.  
    1. 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
    1. 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 


FEBRUARY BREAK CAMP   click February Break Camp

Mid-Winter Break is just around the corner-February 17-21. What will your kids be doing? Check out this great activities going on at Berkshire –sponsored by Community Education.


Online registration is now open for the Beverly Hills Little League 2014 season. Processing and credit card fees will be waived for early registration. The cost for Minors Softball (Girls Grades 1-3), Co-ed T-Ball (Boys/Girls Ages 4-6) and Youth Baseball (Boys Ages 7-8) is $100 and $120 for Minors Baseball (Boys Ages 9-10) and Majors Baseball (Boys Ages 11-12). Every registered player in the BHLL will receive a jersey, hat, socks and pants that are theirs to keep at the end of the season. Visit the website and register now at


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.  Visit http://www.franklinbaseball.org.