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January 26, 2014

 

Hello BCS!

 

With the closing of school on Friday, we just want to remind you to remind your children that the first day of the next semester (start of Quarter 3) will be tomorrow, Monday.  The first day of the next Choice Hour will occur on Monday as well (classes are posted on the Choice Hour Board).  Also, a reminder that report cards will be released on Friday, January 31.  Grades 3/4 will have a printed copy sent home with students at the end of the day, and parents will be able to view grades 5-8 report cards on PowerSchool.

 

On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day, the faculty and staff of BPS came together at Seaholm’s auditorium to hear the keynote from Dr. Pedro Noguera.  In his address, he shares key principles and practices to promote the achievement for all students.  Principles such as equity, student guidance, parent partnerships, and teaching the way students learn are a few of the key concepts with Dr. Noguera’s address.  Indeed we had a great day of learning honoring the values of Dr. King on his holiday, and the morning keynote provided an inspiring “kickoff” for the day.  If you’re interested in watching the address, you can access it at the following link:

 MLK Day Keynote Address by Pedro Noguera

 

Our BCS Service Learning Committee has organized a returnable bottle & can drive.  The flyer was sent home with students last week, and the can drive will be going on from Monday, January 27 through Friday, February 14 when February break begins.  Plus, the Super Bowl is great timing for collecting cans for our drive!  Starting Monday cans will be collected in bins near the office and returned for cash by our awesome parent volunteers.  The can drive will involve a friendly competition with a partner school in California to see who can raise the most money with their returnables.  All proceeds will go to benefit Project COPE!  Click here for more details about the drive.

 

Finally, our annual BCS Theater Production runs this week.  Please plan to attend any and all performances and bring your family and friends.  Following are the show times:

WED JAN 29 - 4:30 PM

THUR 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 "GUYS & DOLLS JR."  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 are on sale now 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).  Also, a specially-priced 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).  I hope to see you there!

 

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 Engage program is in need of some extra 30 pin iPhone/iPod/iPad connectors (should have come with any device generation before the iPhone 5). Click here to view an image of the connector.  If you have any extras you can spare, please drop off in the office to Mr. Morawski’s attention.  Thank you!

 

Attention all BCS families, it’s that time again!  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!

 

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:

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 with your children as a character education focus.

  • ·         Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It's hard to stay on top. – Paul Coffey, NHL star
  • ·         History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. – B.C. Forbes
  • ·         No is a word on your path to Yes. Don't give up too soon. Not even if well-meaning parents, relatives, friends, and colleagues tell you to get a real job. Your dreams are your real job. – Joyce Spizer, Author

 

Bring in 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.

 

JOIN BCS FAMILIES AS THE PISTONS WELCOME BPS FAMILIES TO A GAME

The Pistons are welcoming Birmingham Public Schools students, staff and families as the team faces off against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Each BPS student will receive a voucher for a free ticket to the game, with the ability to purchase up to 6 additional tickets with their voucher for only $10 each. Tickets will be sent home in backpacks on Wednesday, January 29th. Each student is allowed ONE free ticket voucher.  During the game, BPS will be honoring employees, volunteers and other support staff across the district as “Game Changers.”  BCS will be recognizing our office assistant and parent volunteer Kathy Juriga for her years of support to the students at BCS as a parent volunteer and now our front office assistant. We hope you’ll come out and join us as we cheer on the Pistons and recognize Kathy. Following is a document to help you navigate the ticket redemption process, as well as a list of FAQs. If you have additional questions, contact Anne Cron at ac14bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us or call her at 248.203.3066.

BPS Pistons Ticket Redemption Guide

Pistons BPS Game Night FAQs

As a note, this is not a BPS chaperoned activity. BPS is linking you to the Pistons organization to allow you to take advantage of the ticket offerings and join with fellow BPS families to cheer on the Pistons on Monday, Feb. 10.

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of January 27-January 31, 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 27     ************CAN DRIVE BEGINS THIS WEEK************

  • ·         3rd Quarter begins-NEW CHOICE HOURS BEGIN
  • ·         3:15-4:05PM- 7TH and 8th GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS(ADDED)
  • ·         3:15-5:00- 6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE-5:00 PARENT MEETING
  • ·         4-8PM-BCS Play Dress Rehearsal

Tuesday, January 28

  • ·         6:45-7:55-7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • ·         6:35-8AM-8th GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • ·         3:30pm-Snow club bus leaves for Pine Knob, returns at 8:20PM
  • ·         4:05-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE
  • ·         4-8PM-BCS Play Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, January 29

  • ·         9:00am- 8th grade celebration planning meeting in the media center
  • ·         3:15-4:05PM-7th and 8th GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL CLINIC-Parent meeting 5:05
  • ·         3-3:15pm- 7/8 Band Rehearsal
  • ·         3:15-5:00-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE
  • ·         4:30PM-Guys and Dolls, Jr. student performance

Thursday, January 30

  • ·         6:35-8AM-8th GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • ·         7:30AM-Diversity Committee Meeting-Rm 506
  • ·         3-3;15pm- 7/8 Band Rehearsal
  • ·         4:05-5:306-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE
  • ·         7PM-BCS Play –GUYS AND DOLLS, Jr.

Friday, January 31-GOLD QUALIFYING DAY FOR BATTLE

  • ·         6:45-7:55-7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • ·         6:35-8AM-8th GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • ·         4:05-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE
  • ·         7PM-BCS Play –GUYS AND DOLLS, Jr.

Saturday, February 1

  • ·         9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire

 

PE  UPDATES  - 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.

 

ATHLETIC NEWS- 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. Tennis Team will only be available for 6-8 graders.

 

INFORMATION FROM OUR COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT- We are starting to see a few cases of flu in our buildings. 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, visit the Oakland County Health Department at http://www.oakgov.com/health/Documents/Facts%20Sheets/FS_INFLUENZA.pdf.

 

BCS PLAY RUNS THIS WEEK -- TICKETS GOING FAST!!! 

WED JAN 29 - 4:30 PM

THUR 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  

"GUYS & DOLLS JR."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 on sale 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)** 

 

DELAYED START DAY:  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014

The NEXT delayed start is Thursday, February 6, 2014.  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

 

It's not too late to order your student's 2014 Birmingham Covington School yearbook!

This is your last chance to reserve your personalized copy of the yearbook at the discounted base price of $40.  Orders must be received by February 7, 2014.  To place your order online, please visit www.jostensyearbooks.com, click on “Buy Your Yearbook” and type in “Birmingham Covington School.”  Or, visit our school's website at http://www.bcsonline.info/Parents/Yearbooks.html to print out an order form.  Complete the form, attach your check payable to Birmingham Covington School, and return to the Main Office by 4:00pm February 7, 2014.  After February 7, a limited number of yearbooks will be available for $45.  Don't miss this opportunity to preorder at the discounted price to ensure that your student gets a yearbook.

 

BAND NEWS

There are 2 special practices this week in preparation for the upcoming Band concert on February 5 at 7PMfor 6,7,8 Bands

BAND CONCERT- FEB. 5 –IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Call time starting at 6:15 for percussion, 6:30 for 7/8 and 6:45 for 6th.All students must wear Black and White and dressy shoes, no sneakers. The performance will last approximately 45 min. and assistance in stacking chairs at the conclusion will be greatly appreciated. Look forward to a beautiful performance

 

CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION-3rd Quarter 2013 - 2014

QIII Choice Hour begins Monday January 27thStudents 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. 

Choice Hour change forms will be available for pick-up in the office beginning Friday January 31st, 2014. The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour class change is Friday February 7th by 4:00 PM.  ALL Choice Hour changes that are approved will go into effect on Monday February 10th.  Choice Hour drop refunds will be processed for classes dropped during the Choice Hour change period which ends at 4:00 PM on Friday February 7th.  No refunds will be processed for changes approved after the Friday February 7th deadline.  Students can drop out of a choice hour class at any time during the quarter.

Choice Hour reminders –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.

 

NEWS FROM OUR THINKING GREEN COMMITTEE

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. 

 

CAN DRIVE FOR PROJECT COPE  click CAN DRIVE

Starting Monday cans will be collected in bins near the office and recycled by parent volunteers.  The can drive will revolve around a competition with a school in California to see who can raise the most money up to February break.  All proceeds will go to benefit Project COPE! 

Please encourage your students to take part in the awesome fundraising opportunity

 

INFORMATION FOR 8TH GRADERS PLANNING ON ATTENDING SEAHOLM-only 2 visit dates remaining

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

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS   click  Friends of Different Learners February flyer

YOU CAN’T SAY, “YOU CAN’T PLAY”: INVOLVING DIFFERENT LEARNERS IN SPORTS & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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

 

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: 25; February:1,8;March:1, 8, 15, 22;April:19, 26;May: 3, 10, 17, 31

 

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.

 

BIRMINGHAM YOUTH ASSISTANCE ANNUAL KIDS’ DOG SHOW FEB. 2
Don’t miss the annual Dog Show! From 1-3pm at Berkshire Middle School. Cost of registration is $10 per dog. Dogs may win in two of these categories: best costume, best behaved, best treat catcher, most personality, best trick, waggiest tail and best looking. Celebrity guest judge will be Shannon Murphy from Mojo in the Morning. For rules and registration call BYA at 248-203-4300 or visit www.birminghamyouthassistance.org.

 

FROM THE BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Grab some friends and join us on Saturday, February 8, 2014 as we celebrate our schools and raise funds that enrich student learning in our district. The Unabashed Bash is a great celebration of everything BPS. The evening includes a live and silent auction, and some of the best student entertainment. It is a great opportunity for our community to come together and support our schools. Please find more information on this important event at www.supportbef.org or the home page of Birmingham Public Schools. We are looking for a few volunteers to help with the final touches for this special evening. Please contact Laura Couger at 248-303-3030 if you have time to volunteer. The BEF was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Oakland County Office of Arts, Culture, & Film. The award will be used for an education/outreach project with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. This funding supports in-school residency activities with Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings at Seaholm and Groves High School in the spring. Activities will include continuous in-school visits with master classes, sectionals, and clinics; combined performances with students and the professional artists; and a special performance by select Birmingham students to perform on a DCWS subscription concert. Thank you to the MCACA and Oakland County for supporting our schools!   This Friday, all sophomores from Groves and Seaholm will be spending the day on Lawrence Technological University's campus. The day will allow our students to explore new fields of study presented by seasoned college professors at LTU’s state of the art facilities. Students have been able to pre-register for break-out sessions that interest them in a number of STEM curriculums ranging from Architecture and Engineering to Game Design and Art. Together LTU and the BEF have worked to ensure this is a meaningful experience for our students.

 

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) 

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.

 

BEVERLY HILLS LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION
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 www.beverlyhillslittleleague.org.

 

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