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March 9, 2014

 

Hello BCS!

 

We all “sprung forward” and set those clocks one hour ahead this morning, though it doesn’t look much like spring. As you may recall back in late fall we learned that Microsoft Partners in Learning recognized BCS as a Mentor School for innovative teaching and learning.  Because of this, they have brought me (along with three other faculty members) to their Global Forum.  We have arrived in Barcelona this weekend, and are looking forward to an amazingly enriching learning experience this week connecting with master educators from around the world.  Learn Globally!  We look forward to bringing back our learning to support the ongoing, innovative improvement efforts of what we continue to expect from each other at BCS.  As I’ll be out of the country this week, should you need immediate assistance with an administrative matter, please feel free to contact our awesome assistant principal Patricia Chinn.

 

The BCS Blastin’ in the B auction is in full swing!  Remember, it’s an all-online auction this year, so get all your bids in by Friday, March 14th at 6:00 PM. All you need to know is on the Blast auction website.  Want to volunteer?  Have a donation? Want to check out the items and make some bids?  Please check it out the auction website at www.biddingforgood.com/blastHave questions?  Please contact Wendy Beard wendy@halstedgallery.com or Deanna Brown deannadbrown@comcast.net

 

Finally, we are thrilled to welcome this week special visitors to BCS.  Project COPE Zambia co-chair George Sherman and his wife Val Gallina will be visiting students, staff and parents at BCS this Thursday, March 13 to help us continue our learning globally about Chilupula, Zambia and celebrate our efforts locally for the financial support toward which we’re striving.  Following is their schedule, so feel free to attend any or all of their presentations:

  • 11:00-11:45 AM – 3/4 Town Hall meeting in the media center
  • 2:15-3:00 PM – 5/6 Town Hall meeting in the media center
  • 1:25-2:05 PM – 7/8 Town Hall meeting in the media center
  • 6:45-7:15 – Pizza with Patricia and the PTSA before the PTSA general meeting in the staff development room.  General meeting begins at 7:15 PM. 

George and Val have shared that they have “a surprise” for us, though we have no clue what that could be.  Join in the presentations and find out with us!

 

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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Character Connections Word of the week:  COURAGE

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

  • ·         It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends. – Dumbledore, Harry Potter
  • ·         Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. – Ambrose Redmoon
  • ·         Courage is not living without fear.  Courage is being scared to death and doing the right thing anyway. – Chae Richardson

 

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

(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

 

************SPIRIT WEEK********** 

Monday, March 10-PAJAMA DAY

  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL  AWAY @ BLOOMFIELD HILLS MS

Tuesday, March 11-SPORTS/COLLEGE TEAM DAY

  • 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
  • ·         4:15-5;30PM-alternate time for 7th grade volleyball practice
  • ·         7PM –BLAST Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 12-TWIN DAY

  • 3:15-4PM-7/8 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE

Thursday, March 13-CRAZY (hair/clothes) DAY

  • 3/4 – 11:00-11:45-Project Cope Town Hall with Project Cope founders
  • 5/6 – 2:15-3:00 Project Cope Town Hall with Project Cope founders
  • 7/8 – 1:25-2:05 Project Cope Town Hall with Project Cope founders
  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL @HOME vs. WEST HILLS  MS
  • ·         645PM-PTSA Meeting7:30PM

Friday, March 14-PINK- OUT DAY

  • ·         DUE by 4PM-Elective Packets for Grades 5,6,7
  • ·         Parents vs. Daughters Volleyball Game-a BCS Tradition
  • ·         7:30PM-Spectrum Orchestra Performance-Seaholm Auditorium- click  Spectrum Orchestra

Saturday, March 15

  • ·         9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire
  • 9-10AM-PARENT UNIVERSITY PRESENTION-Berkshire- all grade levels School and Boys:  Playing to Their Strengths--With Seaholm Social Studies teacher Bob Carleton
  • ·         9-2PM-Groves Garage Sale

Sunday, March 16

  • BLAST-3:30-7:30PM
  • 10-1PM-Groves Garage Sale-Bag Sale

 

OVERDUE-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 by Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:00pm.

 

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.

 

SCIENCE  OLYMPIAD  RESULTS   click  Science Olympiad Results

Our students earned medals & ribbons in 37 out of the 46 we participated in. That is fantastic!!!

 

ATHLETICS UPDATE  BCS 6/7/8 Grade Tennis Update

In order to be able to have a team this year, we are still in need of about 10 players for the boys 6/7/8 grade tennis team this spring.  If you are interested in playing tennis this Spring, please contact Mrs. Chinn pc02bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us ASAP!

 

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!

 

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

Additional information regarding teacher availability and sign up procedures.

 

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

 

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!

 

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

 

DETROIT OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS BRUNDIBAR-FEATURING OUR VERY OWN ANNA C. MARCH 16    2:30PM
Don’t miss this great opportunity to see the story of a brother and sister who join forces with a sparrow, cat, and dog to outwit the evil organ grinder, Brundibar! You’ll also hear the voices of three BPS students:  Lily P., Grace H. and Anna C. This opera was originally performed 55 times by children of a concentration camp.  Holocaust survivor Ela Stein Weissberger will attend each performance and share with audiences her remarkable story.  Come hear how art and music inspired her hope for survival.  Tickets are $30 adults, $15 children.  For tickets call 313-237-SING or MIchiganopera.org

Location:  Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway Street, Detroit. 

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM MICHIGAN VIRTUAL SCHOOL

The first virtual Open House   for the Michigan Virtual School is Thursday March 20    Click   Michigan Virtual School

There are 2 sessions. Click on the link for more information

 

** 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

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.

 

*SOS  ( SEAHOLM OFFERS SUPPORT) 5TH ANNUAL TALENT AND ART SHOW

will be held on Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00pm in the auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door. Come out and support our talented students and staff!*

 

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

 

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

 

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