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March 2, 2014

 

Hello BCS!

 

I am certainly growing more excited each week!  We are only 2 weeks away from our biggest and most fun fundraiser at BCS….Blastin’ in the B!  Sunday, March 16th marks the day, and 3:30-7:30 PM marks the time.  New this year:  We would like to remind you that the Auction is ALL online and is up and running having opened at 6pm this past Friday!  The site is live and all items are available for viewing and bidding.  A few items will be available as “Buy It Now” like our ever popular Reserved Parking spots and are available to buy NOW.  There are a variety of great items, so check them out!  In short:

  • Tickets, wristbands and punch cards available online NOW!
  • Become a Family Patron and enjoy the Blast with great benefits!
  • Learn more and buy online NOW!
  • Cakewalk boxes are in the office ready for pick up.  Come grab yours so you can fill it with great baked goods and return by Friday March 14th!
  • Raffle tickets coming your way early next week.  Who wouldn’t want to win a 3D-TV, Xbox One or Wii U?  Please check your mail for a special Blast envelope!
  • Remember the auction is now open and will stay open for viewing and bidding until March 14 at 6PM.

All you need to know is on the Blast website listed below.  Please take a minute to check it out at www.biddingforgood.com/blastWant to volunteer?  Have a donation? Have questions?  Please contact Wendy Beard wendy@halstedgallery.com or Deanna Brown deannadbrown@comcast.netFor more details on our upcoming Blast, click here!

 

Also, congratulations to the BCS Science Olympiad Team, along with Coaches Brown and Jacobs, who competed yesterday in a regional competition.  The students did a great job with our two teams placing 5th and 3rd overall earning them an invitation to the state competition.

 

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.  Input is due this Friday, March 7 by 4:00 PM.

 

– 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.

    • I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times. – Everett Dirksen
    • Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation. – Mahatma Gandhi
    • Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. – Virginia Satir

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of March 3-8, 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, March 3

  • 3:45PM- 6-8 BOYS SWIM MEET AWAY @ BERKSHIRE MS
  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL  AWAY @ EAST HILLS MS

Tuesday, March 4

  • 6:35-8AM-8th GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 6:45-7:55-7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center
  • 1:30PM-LOCKDOWN DRILL –PARENTS PEASE BE AWARE WHEN SIGNING YOUR CHILD IN/OUT
  • 4:05-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE
    • 4:15-5;30PM-alternate time for 7th grade volleyball practice
    • 7PM-BCS BLAST committee meeting
    • 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-B’Ham Education and administration Center(adjacent to Groves)

Wednesday, March 5

    • Ash Wednesday
    • 8AM-2PM-Religious Diversity Journeys-8 7th Grade students-Islamic Center
    • 9:15AM-5/6 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • 3:15-4PM-7/8 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 3:45PM- 6-8 BOYS SWIM MEET @ HOME vs. DERBY MS

Thursday, March 6

  • 6:35-8AM-8th GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 6:45-7:55-7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 9:15AM-1:30PM-3/4 Field Trip to Detroit Historical Museum-Parkin/Wallington-Davis/Seley
  • 4:05-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE

Friday, March 7

    • FULL DAY OF SCHOOL FOR BCS
  • 9:15AM-1:30PM-3/4 Field Trip to Detroit Historical Museum-Butzin/Frishman-Harvath/Mali
    • 3 /4 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  •  4PM-7/8 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL @ HOME vs ABBOTT MS
  • 4:05-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE
  • 6:30-8:30 PM: 5/6 Dance Party with Star Trax
  • 7PM-TARZAN: The Musical-Seaholm Auditorium-see below for details

Saturday March 8

  • 9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire-  see below
  • 7PM-TARZAN: The Musical-Seaholm Auditorium-see below for details
  • SPRING AHEAD!!-Change your clocks tonight

 

DUE-IMPORTANT ELECTIVE INFORMATION FOR 4TH GRADE PARENTS

Please click here to review elective options for 2014-2015 5th grade students. Electives include Band, Orchestra and Thinkering Studio. Please make the choice with your student and return the form tomorrow.  Thank you!

 

SAVE THE DATE- OUR NEXT TECH CAFÉ IS COMING UP –MARCH 25, 2014      click    TECH CAFE

This will be a “Hands-On” demonstration- so bring all your family devices and get some great training on how to be safe. Our Technology Committee made up of parent volunteers, teachers and the PTSA is sponsoring this event.

 

TONYA BOLDEN VISIT SPONSORED BY THE BEF   MARCH 3, 2014  click  TONYA BOLDEN

On next Monday, March 3, 2014 at 7pm at the Baldwin Public Library. Her focus is non-fiction and she is well worth an hour of your family time. Tonya is an award winning  author (Coretta Scott King Award) among others)and has written over 20 books for young people.

 

PE UPDATE -Monday, March 3- Friday, March 14 Jumprope for Heart – all classes will be in the GYM

3/4 Parents please keep an eye out for  “Jumprope for Heart”  information. Permission slips and collection envelopes for those who choose to solicit pledges for the American Heart Association will be sent home with the students on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week. All 3/4  PE classes will be in the gym for the next 2 weeks. The actual event(s) will be held during PE classes March 12-14, please join us!

 

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

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

 

SPRING CONFERENCES MARCH 19 and 20, 2014 click  Spring Conference Iinformation

Additional information regarding teacher availability and sign up procedures.

 

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. 

 

ANNOUNCHING THE  BLUE LAKE   SCHOLARSHIP  RECIPIENTS

Congratulations to all Band and Orchestra Students who received a Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Scholarship.  The following students prepared an audition, and performed for a representative of Blue Lake.  The  students now have the opportunity to participate in a 2 week session at Blue Lake during the summer of 2014.  Nice job to all musicians whom  went through the audition process….Congrats!  BLUE LAKE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

 

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!

 

7/8 FAMILIES-VERY IMPORTANT BLAST INFORMATION

The Blast is quickly approaching! As is tradition in the 7/8, we will once again be providing a Seaholm-themed and Groves-themed basket for the silent auction (think hoodie sweatshirts, t-shirts, caps, etc).  

We are asking each family for a small cash donation of $2.00 - $5.00 per student to fund the items purchased for the baskets. Any unspent monies will be donated directly to the 8th grade celebration fund. Please send your monetary donation in by Friday, March 7th.  Please put cash or check (made payable to “Cash”) in an envelope marked “7/8 Blast Basket Donation” and place it in the drop off bin in the front office. 

Any questions - Please contact Gina Herdegen at  royalherd@comcast.net or Theresa Valentine at theresa.valentine@comcast.net.
Thank you for your continued support! 

Birmingham Covington School PTSA

 

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…………

 

** 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

 

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/

 

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, 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"

 

THE BEF ANNUAL GARGE SALE IS HERE!!  Click  BEF GARAGE SALE

The Birmingham Education Foundation's annual garage sale will be held Saturday, March 15 (8 am to 2 pm) and Sunday, March 16 (10 am to 1 pm bag sale) at GROVES High School.

All proceeds go to the Foundation and support programs throughout the school district. 

Close to $10,000 a year is raised – THANKS TO YOU. 

It is the donations of the Birmingham school families, and their help at the drop off days and sale, that make it such a success.

 

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. 

 

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS , SPRING BREAK and  A SUPER FUN RECESS CAMP

Pistons Academy and Science Fun- check it out!  click  APRIL RECESS CAMP

 

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

 

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.