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February 23, 2014

 

Hello BCS!

 

I hope each of our BCS families had a wonderful mid-winter break!  Whether you traveled to a warmer place to seek some solace from winter or you continued to embrace this great Michigan winter that keeps giving, I’m sure our students enjoyed the rest and relaxation.  As February comes to a close, and we find ourselves recognizing, honoring and living into the values of our positive African American influences during February (African American History Month), I found a familiar face, a young boy with whom you may be familiar.  He sums up perhaps the most important reminder to us as we model the values of some of our most influential African Americans – the boy, in past videos, has implored, BE AWESOME TO EACH OTHER!  In this video, he sends a message “to a person on their first day here.”  In his own way, he advocates to us that:

  • Laughing is the best
  • Some days your kit will fly high, some days it will get stuck in a tree
  • There are plenty of reasons to dance you just have to look for them
  • Give people high fives
  • Treat everybody like it’s their birthday
  • The biggest mess up is not forgiving other people’s mess up
  • Take brain pictures because amazing things will happen everyday
  • It’s not about what you do, it’s about who you are
  • Even if hate has a blow horn, love is louder
  • I’m really glad you’re here
  • You’re awake. You’re awesome.  Live like it.

Click the following link to view video:  Kid President's Letter To A Person On Their First Day Here

Let’s be awesome to each other as we head into spring and embrace learning as our most important work!

 

Another reminder about our BCS Blast, the online auction opens this Friday!  Following is some important information…

Blastin' in the B! (Click here for all the latest BLAST details!)

The countdown gets closer.  We are only 3 weeks away from the biggest fundraiser at BCS…Blastin’ in the B!

Here is what you need to know NOW:

-NEW Special until March 1, become a sponsor and have a room named after your company, family or get a group of friends and name after all of you.  Special rate of $1,000!

-NEW 7/8 party Room at the Blast.  A great time awaits kids in the 7th and 8th grades!  Music, food and games just for the 7/8 that they are sure to love.  Wristbands are $10 for entry to the 7/8 room and available online.

-NOW Family Patron tickets at all levels available NOW online.  There are 3 levels and packages contain wristbands, valet parking and t-shirts.   Get everything you need in one easy package.

-NOW It is not too late to donate to the auction.  Sporting event tickets are a great item to donate! 

Go to www.biddingforgood.com/blast today!

Want to volunteer?  Have a donation? Questions?  

Please contact Wendy Beard wendy@halstedgallery.con or Deanna Brown deannadbrown@comcast.net.

 

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.  On Tuesday, 2/11/4, the 2014-15 Parent Placement letter was sent via eNews regarding parent input in placing students for next school year.  Click here to view the important contents of that letter.

 

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

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  FLEXIBILITY

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

  • ·         Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sell-out. – Paul Kagame
  • ·         Be infinitely flexible and constantly amazed. – Jason Kravitz
  • ·         Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. – Tom Robbins

 

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!”  

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

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of February 24 -  March 2, 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, February 24

  • 3:15-5PM-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE
  • 3:15-5PM-7/8 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 7-8PM-Presentation by Race Relations Task Force-Community House - click  Community House

Tuesday, February 25

  • 8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center
  • 3:30pm-Snow club bus leaves for Pine Knob, returns at 8:20PM-MAKE UP DAY
  • 3:45PM- 6-8 BOYS SWIM MEET AWAY @ CRANBROOK MS
  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL @ HOME vs DERBY WHITE

Wednesday, February 26

  • 9AM-8th Grade Celebration Committee Meeting-Media Center
  • 1:30PM-8th Grade Panoramic Photo scheduled-Gym
  • 3:15-5PM-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE
  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL @ HOME vs DERBY RED
  • 7PM-Blast Committee Meeting-Media Center

Thursday, February 27

  • 6:35-8AM-8th GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 6:45-7:55-7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 7:30AM-Diversity Committee Meeting-Room 506
  • 12:40PM-7/8 lunch-Meet Seaholm soccer in ISW to talk and have lunch
  • 3:45PM- 6-8 BOYS SWIM MEET @ HOME vs. WEST HILLS MS
  • 6-8PM-Williamsburg/Boston Trips Meeting-Media Center

Friday, February 28

  • 6:35-8AM-8th GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 6:45-7:55-7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL @ HOME vs BERKSHIRE
  • 4:05-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE
  • 7PM-TARZAN: The Musical-Seaholm Auditorium-see below for details

Saturday, March 1

  • 9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire-  see below
  • 7PM-TARZAN: The Musical-Seaholm Auditorium-see below for details 

BATTLE FINAL UPDATE AND THANK YOU

The Library Media Staff extends our heartfelt thanks to our parent community and all of our 4th and 5th grade Battlers.  The 2013-2014 Battle of the Books was a huge success.  Special thanks are extended to teachers and custodial staff, our Battle Lunch Chair Mrs. Regan and her committee, Lynette Kennedy for her assistance is putting together our Battle Arch, all of our Parent table coaches for the Battle Social and Battle Day, book club leaders, and Battle photographers.  We have a certificate and pencil for every student who participated in Battle.   We are almost finished with group pictures of students who participated and didn’t make a Battle Team.  Parents, please check with the Battler in your house so we can get their class picture if we didn’t get it before break. We want everyone included in our Battle Video as part of our March is reading month highlights. Every student who read at least one Battle book receives a participation certificate and pencil. Reading is sooooo important!  Please tune in to the March Board meeting as “The Scary Squirrels”, our 1st Place winning Battle Team will be representing BCS at the televised Board meeting on March 4th at 7pm. See

BCS Battle stats:

Of the 209 4th and 5th graders enrolled at BCS, 179 students participated in Battle (86%) of our 4th and 5th grade population.

  • ·         115 of the 179 who participated read 6-10 books above and beyond their regular curriculum and made a Battle Team (64%)
  • ·         43 of the 115 Team Battlers, read all ten Battle Books ( 37%)

The favorite Battle Book at BCS and the district-wide was Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Congratulations BCS Battlers!

 

LOST AND FOUND

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.

 

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. 

 

5/6 DANCE PARTY UPDATE:  IT’S ON AGAIN!!

Friday March 7, 6:30-8:30 PM:
5/6 Dance Party with Star Trax

 

CALLING ALL 8TH GRADE PARENTS AND GUARDIANS! Photos WERE  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. .It is imperative that photos are received 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. Please e-mail your photos to Gina Herdegen at royalherd@comcast.net.

 

RECYCLE FOR PROJECT COPE   click here RECYCLE BIN PROJECT COPE

The district has agreed to pilot a fundraising program at BCS.  We have a green collection bin in the northeast corner of the pool parking lot.  We will be collecting clothes, shoes, toys and small house appliances.  BCS will receive $50 for every full bin and all items will go to the Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization located in Westland and Clinton Township.  All money raised will go towards our Project Cope initiative.  Please open the flyer and share it with family and friends.  Every shirt or stuffed animal donated will get us that much closer to $12,000!

 

INVITATION TO 8TH GRADE BAND FAMILIES – March 28,2014 6:30PM

The Seaholm Band invites you to attend their Annual Dinner Dance and meet other Band Families in a fun music-filled evening for more information click Dinner Dance Invitation

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION FOLLOWS…

 

The  Race Relations And Diversity Task Force & The Theater Company Of University of Detroit Mercy Present:

As a part of Black History Month come see a historical presentation for the whole family- click Community House

Jordan Anderson Writes A Letter “  Monday Feb 24, 7-8PM- The Community House- FREE Admission  

 

TARZAN, THE STAGE MUSICAL AT SEAHOLM     FEB. 28-MARCH 8

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.

Friday, Feb 28th   7:30pm-Saturday, March 1st 7:30pm-Sunday, March 2nd  2pm matinee

Friday, Mar 7th    7:30pm-Saturday, March 8th  7:30pm -Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and seniors.

 

FOR OUR MUSICAL FAMILIES   Spectrum Orchestra Concert- click   Spectrum Orchestra– for more information

7:30PM, Friday, March 14, 2014-Seaholm Auditorium -Spectrum is a community, amateur orchestra (pay to play) that is in its 2nd season. Members include Larissa M.,BCS 8th grade, her mom Ms. Zirka Kalynych, Mrs. Lynn Gillespie, BCS Orchestra Director, Mrs. Linda Wichers, Seaholm teacher and Science Chair,  and too  many more to name.         

Program: Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, Copland's Lincoln Portrait, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #2 "Little Russian"

 

** NEWS FLASH**COACH MIXON HOLDING TRI-SCHOOL BASKETBALL TRAINING AT BCS” !!

Come practice & improve your skills. Open to serious players who are motivated to work hard for the AAU and High school seasons. Waiver must be signed before you play.Thursdays from 7-8:30PM     click  Tri-School Basketball

 

FROM BPS COMMUNITY EDUCATION-2014 ACADEMIC SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION STARTING 

All classes meet Monday through Friday, 7:30am-12:30pm at Seaholm High School.

1st Semester -June 17 – July 2-Final Exams*: July 3

2nd Semester-July 7 – July 22- Final Exams*: July 23

 

REGISTRATION FOR BPS DISTRICT RESIDENTS BEGINS MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014! The brochures for Academic Summer School (high school and middle school) are now available on the homepage of www.communityed.net.  And available in main offices and counseling offices of secondary schools.

Register for Birmingham Community Education Winter / Spring Classes NOW

Browse the complete offerings at www.communityed.net 

 

SUMMER IS COMING

Summer will be here before you know it!  Registration for Summer Camps begins March 1st.  Look for the Summer Fun Guide in your mailboxes in mid March or catch a sneak peak at www.communityed.net

 

CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP*    click  FODL March Flyer

March 6, 2014 -7PM-BCS

Dr. Daniel Nerad, Superintendent of Birmingham Public Schools, will be discussing the Achievement Gap in education that exists for students receiving special education services and how the district intends to close that gap.  For more information contact Kathy Sinclair-Pearson at Kathy@execrecruiters.com or 734-678-6200 or visit our web site at www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org. 

*The "achievement gap" in education refers to the disparity in academic performance between groups of students. The achievement gap shows up in grades, standardized-test scores, course selection, dropout rates, and college-completion rates, among other success measures. It is most often used to describe the troubling performance gaps between African-American and Hispanic students, at the lower end of the performance scale, and their non-Hispanic white peers, and the similar academic disparity between students from low-income families and those who are better off. In the past decade, though, scholars and policymakers have begun to focus increasing attention on other achievement gaps, such as those based on sex, English-language proficiency and learning disabilities.

http://www.edweek.org/ew/issues/achievement-gap/

 

PURCHASE FROM AMAZON AND SUPPORT BEF!

If you shop at Amazon, simply one extra click can generate support for the Birmingham Education Foundation! Amazon will direct its own donation to the BEF at no added cost to you. All you need to do is go the BEF Website - http://www.supportbef.org/ and access Amazon through the button shown on the right side of the page.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT SAFETY  TOWN  -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

 

BERKSHIRE SATURDAY SCHOOL

We enthusiastically invite ALL students and parents of Birmingham Public Schools to come check out the program this weekend. Saturday School will run each Saturday of the school year from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., excluding breaks.

March: 1, 8, 15, 22,April: 19, 26,May: 3, 10, 17, 31-We are asking that each student bring a $2 donation with them, which will be used for snacks and supplies at Saturday School this year. Yes, snacks will be provided!

Students, please bring homework or classwork that you would like help with. Please come prepared with enough work for two hours.  Our tutors are here to help you! 

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. 

 

BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC) 

Attention Parents of 11-19 year olds: your input is neededWe 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  

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

 

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.  visit www.franklinbaseball.org.