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February 9, 2014


Hello BCS!


The BCS Blast is coming Sunday, March 16!  Did you know – thanks to our amazing BCS community, thousands of dollars is raised annually at our Blast which contribute to much of the programming, activities, materials and equipment you and your students experience in and around our great school.  It is YOUR financial support of the blast through a direct gift and bidding on auction items (online this year) along with your volunteerism that make the Blast a reality and all this directly enhance the learning experiences of our amazing students.  So, what exactly does the money raised from the Blast support?  Your contributions to the BCS PTSA through the Blast allow our children to explore new ideas and new worlds through innovative technology and programs that funding from our state does not cover.  We depend on generous financial support for everything we do.  Just some of the enriching technology and programs that you have come to expect from BCS, which the BCS PTSA Blast funds have provided or supported over the past several years include:

·         Technology: iPads, MacBook airs, iPods, digital cameras, Moodle hosting, tech cafes, flip cameras, web hosting, Covington technology celebration, software.

·         Classroom Support: books for classroom libraries, RAZ kids, Time for Kids, Spelling City, science kits, Storyworks magazine, novels for 7/8 language arts, quia, engineering technology consumables, Spanish videos & music, art supplies, sheet music, board games.

·         Curriculum Enrichment:  Science Olympiad, Lego Robotics, Battle of the Books, Forensics, Wordmasters, Engineers in Algebra, Math Counts, Birbery, Art Alive, junior great books, theatre production, Future Cities, National Geographic Bee, Spelling Bee.

·         Social Events:  coney bingo, 5/6 game night, ice cream social, new family events, 7/8 dances, dads’ & moms’ eat-and-runs.

Please plan to join us at our next PTSA Clearinghouse meeting this coming Thursday, February 13, at 1:15 PM in the BCS Staff Development room to hear more about our upcoming Blast and how you can support our efforts.  Below is a timeline of important Blast events…

Blastin' in the B! Timeline

February 28 - Blastin’ in the B! Online auction opens at 6PM and runs through March 14! Click on www.biddingforgood.com/blast to check out all the great items. Win some wonderful items and support your child’s education. The online auction is available to ANYONE, send this link to family and friends.  All can bid and win! Go NOW to www.biddingforgood.com/blast to bid on an item, become a family patron, order your discounted wristbands and punch cards, fill out auction donation forms or give a direct donation.

March 11 - Last day to pre-order your discounted Blastin’ in the B! wristbands and punch cards or become a family patron.

March 14 -Blastin’ in the B!  Online auction closes at 6PM! Put your winning bid on a great item and pick it up when you come to the Blast on Sunday, March 16.

March 16 - Blastin’ in the B! 3:30-7:30PM - Come join the fun and support your child’s education!  There will be a raffle, live auction of class baskets, carnival games and inflatable’s, 7/8 party room, great food, a cake walk, and a prize room for the kids. Funds raised from the Blast are what make BCS “A Great Place to Be!”  

·         Purchase Tickets – Available Now

·         Purchase Wristbands – Available Now

·         Become a Family Patron (all levels) – Available Now

·         Sponsorship Opportunities – Available Now (submit this form to become a sponsor)

·         Donating Auction Items due Feb 24 (or show your financial support through a direct donation)

·         Participate in the Auction online Feb 28-March 14

·         Raffle Tickets will be sent out March 1

Blast – Sunday, March 16, 3:00-7:30 PM

For all of the above items visit www.biddingforgood.com/blast

For more details on our upcoming Blast, click here!

For questions contact Wendy Beard and Deanna Brown


Thank you in advance for all your support during this year’s Blast events!


A final reminder that this is the last week for our returnable bottle & can drive.  The flyer was sent home with students a few weeks ago.  The can drive involves 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. Plus, if the students reach their collection goal, Mr. Morawski and Mrs. Chinn have a challenge to live up to – ask your children about it!

To help with taking back the cans/bottles click on the following link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084CA4A62BA4F49-canand


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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P.S.  Hey Red Wings fans AND Reading Fans in grades K-5, check out Red Wings for Reading for what may be a neat opportunity for which you can consider registering your child.


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!



Teachers, including co-curricular teachers (Art, Eng. Tech., P.E., Spanish) sent Standards-Based Report Cards for home this week for our 3/4 families.  As a reminder, our switch to standards based report cards is new this year.  While measuring performance against standards is not a new process, this method for reporting student progress is a growing practice among schools across the state and nation.  With Standards Based Grading, parents, students and teachers have a clear understanding of expectations.  Rather than seeing a percentage or letter grade, student achievement will be recorded as Below, Working Toward, Meeting Most, or Mastering Standards.  We view students as working toward mastery with the goal of them achieving mastery by the end of the unit, course or year whichever would come first.  It is important to note that mastery is defined as repeated achievement on a specific standard over time.  The detail of each standard describes the performance that is evidence of mastery.  During the fall of the 2013-2104 school year, we have been working with our elementary teachers to help them become more familiar with the PowerSchool interface and associated PowerTeacher Gradebook as well as scaffolding their shift to Standards Based Grading.  We understand this is a year-long process, a work in progress for our teachers and administrators, and it is important that our parents and community are patient with us as we develop expertise and capacity at all buildings.  While the report card lists the “parent” standards in each subject area, feel free to review the sub-standards for each “parent” standard for more specific detail on what skills are included within the standards.  For more information, PowerPoint presentation and video check out the Elementary Report Card section of the BPS website by clicking hereAs always, if you ever have questions regarding your child’s progress in any content area, please contact his/her teachers.



The tickets sent home are vouchers and need to be “redeemed” online into actual tickets.

The Pistons are welcoming Birmingham Public Schools students, staff and families as the team faces off against the San Antonio Spurs tomorrow, 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 were sent home 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.


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


Character Connections Word of the week:  PATIENCE

Infuse this word into your conversations with your children as a character education focus.

·         Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

·         We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. – Helen Keller

·         Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself. – Saint Francis de Sales


WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of February 10-14, 2014

(Disclaimer:  Please check all your calendars and bcsonline.info in case we missed something) 

Ø To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email mz07bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  by  WEDNESDAY 5PM



Monday, February 10                 


·         3:45PM- 6-8 BOYS SWIM MEET @ HOME vs. EAST HILLS MS

Tuesday, February 11



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

·         4:05-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE

·         Tech Committee Meeting-Staff Development

·         7PM-BLAST Committee Meeting-Media Center

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

Wednesday, February 12


·         8AM-Religious Diversity Journeys Field Trip-8 7th Graders-St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church


·         3:15-5PM-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE

Thursday, February 13



·         7:30AM-Diversity Committee Meeting-Rm 506

·         1:15PM-PTSA Meeting

·         4:05-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE

Friday, February 14

·         2:15PM-Classroom Parties

·          4:05-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE

·         Mid-Winter Break begins at the end of the day. Enjoy a safe and Happy Break



A grey coat with blue trim (size 10-12) was taken from the band room on Wednesday after the concert.  It had an iPhone in the pocket.  If you have any information or possibly took it home, please return it to the main office.



Please capitalize on all the Super Bowl parties this weekend and collect returnable bottles and cans from friends and neighbors.  All you have to do is bring them to school next week and parent volunteers will do the rest!  All money collected will get us closer to our $12,000 goal.  Returnable bottles and cans will be collected until Friday, February 14.



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. 


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.


CALLING ALL 8TH GRADE PARENTS AND GUARDIANS! -- Photos are due by February14, 2014
It's time to submit a baby photo (up to age 2) AND a current photo of your 8th grader for the Farewell Video shown at the 8th Grade Celebration. Please e-mail your photos to Gina Herdegen at

Photos are due by February14, 2014......It is imperative that photos are received on time in order for your child to be included in the video.

Digital/scanned images are preferred. Please be sure to reference your child's full name plus the words "Then and Now Photos" in the subject line of your e-mail. If you are unable to upload your images, you may drop off your photos in the turn-in basket in the BCS office. Please be sure to include your child's name on the back of the photos so that they can be returned to you. 



The Midvale Early Childhood Center has a volunteer opportunity to all students who have exited 5th grade at the end of this school year. The Safety Town summer program for students entering Kindergarten and First Grade next school is in need of many student volunteers. Students will receive community service credits at the end of the program. Please fill out the attached form and return to the Early Childhood Center http://tinyurl.com/k68jarz


CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION--3RD QUARTER 2013 - 2014 -QIII Choice Hour began Monday January 27thStudents who did not turn in a selection sheet were not 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 are 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 – 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



The Unabashed Bash online auction will remain open through February 16! Check it out at:   http://www.biddingforgood.com/supportBEF

Another great way to support our schools! There are many unique items for you and your family.  A Boyne Mountain Package; VIP tickets to school shows; High School Parking Passes, Sports packages; Spa Packages; Restaurants, Unique Art and much more! Stop by often as new items are being added daily!

You can still support the BEF and get a get a fabulous writer’s gift basket for your child.

The Middle School Author in Residency Basket from the Library Media Department is open for bid online for this year’s BASH support until Feb 16, 2014. This year’s Middle school Author in Residence is Tony a Bolden. She will be doing a series of workshops and presentation with middle school students at each of our middle schools.  Her specialty is non-fiction and her research strategies are too good to miss.  See brief description below and full details on the attached flyer.  Just click the  BEF online bid link and make your bid.  Search by author name.


Middle School Students- Tonya Bolden Author Basket  see flyer  here

This basket will inspire every middle school writer. It's a basket full of autographed books by Tonya Bolden. Tonya will is one of the BPS's Authors in Residence from March 3-5, 2014.  Her Diary of the Wimpy Document presentation shows why it is “watershed document” introducing eye-opening material for middle school students. In addition her Writing Biography session will show students how to move from head knowledge to heart knowledge to produce a work that is alive and dynamic. The books included in this basket are Searching for Sarah Rector, M.L.K.: The Journey of a King, George Washington Carver, Maritcha: A Nineteenth Century American Girl, Emancipation Proclamation and 12 Days in New York. Be the winning bidder and your child will get the special treat of lunch “on us” with Tonya and a photographic shoot with her. Also included is an assortment of reading and writing tools and gadgets. Meet her at a BPS Community program on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7pm  at the Baldwin Library. Thank-you BEF.

The Elementary Author in Residency Basket from the Library Media Department is open for bid online for this year’s BASH support until Feb 16, 2014. This year’s Elementary Author in Residence is Battle Author, Kate Messner.  She will be doing presentations at each of our elementary schools.  In addition her community program will target teachers and her book “Revision” right after school on Monday., April 28, 2014 at 4:30 at the Baldwin Library. See brief description below and full details on the attached flyer.  Just click the BEF online bid link and make your bid.   Search by author name.


Elementary  Students—Kate Messner Author Basket

Inspire your child to write more with this Kate Messner s basket of autographed books including Sugar and Ice, Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish, Hide and Seek, Over and Under the Snow, The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z and Eye of the Storm. Kate Messner is one of the BEF Authors in Residence (March 31-April 2, 2014 at Beverly, Greenfield, Pembroke, Harlan, BCS and Bingham; April 28 -30, 2014 at Pierce, West Maple and Quarton). Her Are We There Yet?  Program will give students a firsthand look at the writing process. Be the winning bidder and your child will get the special treat of lunch “on us “with Kate and a photographic shoot with her. Also included in the basket is an assortment of reading and writing tools and gadgets. Author Kate Messner , a former National Board Certified middle school ELA teacher, will share her own revision process as well as strategies, activities, and technology tips to make students excited about revision with our staff  for her  community program-  Walking the Walk: How Teacher-Writers Encourage Student Revision at the Baldwin Public Library, Monday, April 28, 2014 at 4:30.Thank-you BEF.



Tarzan, the Stage Musical based on the Disney film is coming to Seaholm! Music and Lyrics are by Phil Collins. Sponsors are needed for our playbill. If you would like to purchase an ad, please go to Seaholm Departments/ Music Education webpage to download a form.Tickets will be sold at the Seaholm pool entrance during the school day. Call 248 203-3792 for additional information.

Show dates are:

Friday, February 28th   7:30pm

Saturday,  March 1st     7:30pm

Sunday, March 2nd      2pm matinee

Friday, March 7th         7:30pm

Saturday, March 8th    7:30pm

Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and seniors.


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 www.franklinbaseball.org