March 16, 2014
Our annual Blast is just a few short hours away today, Sunday from 3:30-7:30 PM with this year’s theme Blastin’ in the B! I’m thrilled to be back from Barcelona in time to enjoy this fun-filled family event! We do hope your schedule does allow for you to attend to enjoy the indoor games, prizes, 7/8 Blast room (new this year), and, of course, the always exciting basket raffles. Plus, word has it that there may be a college basketball game of some importance on this afternoon at 3:30 PM. Rest assured we’ll be streaming the game to allow those interested to check in on it throughout the afternoon. We’ll see you at the Blast!
Also this week are our spring conferences set up to have at least part of the conference where your student shares their learning, progress and goals for the remaining part of the year. We look forward to seeing you either Wednesday or Thursday. With conferences this week on both Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 PM and 5-8 PM, there are half days for students on those days with an 11:20 AM dismissal. For more conference details, click here. We look forward to seeing you at conferences.
As I mentioned, I’m back from Barcelona and what a learning opportunity the Global Education Forum was, both rich and humbling! While in Barcelona, I had the absolute privilege to tour La Sagrada Família during the week bringing my Detroit, MI roots to Barcelona, Spain (as evidenced by the old English D on the shirt I was wearing). Antoni Gaudí said, about this unique structure, “The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is made by the people and is mirrored in them.” My biggest take-away from the audio-guided tour was the amazing vision that Gaudí had for the creation of this church. His vision was for its construction to span generations, and for multiple generations to have hands in continuing the vision and its construction with “their own eyes.” Today the hope is that the construction will be completed in the next 2 decades meaning the construction of La Sagrada Família will have spanned some 8 generations. While learning with other principals and heads of school from literally around the world, innovative teaching and learning was the focus, and the concept of collaborative individualism that we talked about connected perfectly for me with Gaudí’s La Sagrada Família. Collaborative individualism stresses the need for individuals to work together towards a common vision and mission. But it also stresses individuals’ freedom from groups, organizations and social institutions. Over generations, this is what is occurring with La Sagrada Família. As an educator and a parent, it reminds me why we find great pleasure in serving our students and our children; with profound care as educators and love as parents we can have a positive impact on the generations of students and children we serve for years to come through our collaborative individualism within schools and families. We truly never know the level of our impact on those around us, though it’s each day with the experiences and interactions we provide for our students and our children, that impact is made and felt. I do believe this is what makes BCS a great place to be!
Here’s to what will be another fantastic week of learning at BCS! I’ll see you at the Blast.
BCS – A Great Place to Be!
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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.
· Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. – Maya Angelou
· Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Winston Churchill
· I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. – Nelson Mandela
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of March 19-23
(Disclaimer: Please check all your calendars and bcsonline.info in case we missed something)
To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email email@example.com by WEDNESDAY 5PM
Monday, March 17-St. Patrick’s Day
· Thank you BLAST Committee and Volunteers for another Awesome Blast! Tuesday, March 18
- 8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center
· 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-B’Ham Education and administration Center(adjacent to Groves)
Wednesday, March 19
· HALF DAY-11:20 DISMISSAL-BUSSES FOLLOW REGULAR ROUTES
· 1-4,5-8PM Conferences-Remember to Visit the Lost & Found
Thursday, March 20
· HALF DAY-11:20 DISMISSAL-BUSSES FOLLOW REGULAR ROUTES
· 1-4,5-8PM Conferences-Remember to Visit the Lost &Found
Friday, March 21
· 3:15-4:05PM- Annual STAFF vs. STUDENT VOLLEYBALL GAME-come root for your team
Saturday, March 22
· 9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire
- 9-10AM Darin Wilcox, Groves Assistant Principal, will conduct a workshop on Generational Difference in Learning. Open to parents from all grade levels.
SPRING CONFERENCES – MARCH 19 and 20, 2014 click Spring Conference Information
Additional information regarding teacher availability and sign up procedures.
TECH CAFE - NEXT TUESDAY!! - 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.
PE UPDATE-Monday, March 17 through Thursday, April 18th:
Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and Wallington will SWIM. –bring suits, towels and googles
Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Parkin will be in the GYM.-bring gym shoes
Spring athletics registration is in full swing. Please visit www.bcsonilne.info/athletics to register for Co-Ed 6/7/8 grade Track or Girls 7/8 Grade Soccer. A physical must be in file dated after 4/15/13. Students must have registration completed including the physical and payment prior to try-outs/practice beginning.
Unfortunately we will not be able to offer a boys tennis team this spring due to lack of interest. As tennis is a club sport, we have to have at least 20 students to be able to run the program and we were not able to gather that level of interest this spring. Please encourage your boys to continue their interest and we will look to have a team next Spring if we are able.
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!
OVERDUE-IMPORTANT ELECTIVE INFORMATION FOR 2014-2015 -- It's time to review and select your elective options for next year.-visit bcsonline.info for information and forms.
DISABILITY AWARENESS WORKSHOPVOLUNTEERS NEEDED! March 27 and 28
This workshop will be presented to all 5/6 students Please consider volunteering to help with the workshop. We need about 15 volunteers. It is a fun and meaningful experience for volunteers as well as the students. Please contact Stephanie Co for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS FROM FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS click FRIENDS APRIL FLYER
Understanding the Smarter Balanced Assessment & Common Core State Standards
Open to all BPS Families –this impacts all students.
COMMUNITY INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………
*SOS ( SEAHOLM OFFERS SUPPORT) 5TH ANNUAL TALENT AND ART SHOW –MARCH 19- 7PM
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!*
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
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
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
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: 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 (email@example.com) or Rudy Erazo (firstname.lastname@example.org). Saturday School meets at Berkshire from 9am – 11am.
GROVES SOFTBALL CLINIC FOR 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS MARCH 29
Groves Softball is offering its 2nd annual softball clinic for all 7-8th graders on Saturday, March 29th in the Groves Gym. Pitchers and catchers will be from 9-10 with, all players from 10-2. Please register by Tuesday, March 25th. Cost is $20 day of event. Pizza lunch provided. Clinic will be hosted by Head Softball Coach Ryan Minarek and the varsity team. To register, contact Coach Minarek at email@example.com
GROVES POM PON TRYOUTS STARTS MARCH 31
The tryout dates are below:
Monday, 3/31/14 from 6-8pm (Learn Routine and Skills) Tuesday, 4/1/14 from 6-7pm and a Mandatory Parent Meeting from 7-8:30pm Wednesday, 4/2/14 from 6-8pm (Skill Tryout) Thursday, 4/3/14 from 5-9:30pm (Routine Tryout)
Plus pen gyms for girls to come to before tryouts if they would like to get some extra help. Its free and a ton of fun!
The remaining clinic dates are below:
Monday 3/17/14 from 6-7:30pm
Wednesday 3/19/14 from 6-7:30pm
Wednesday 3/26/14 from 6-7:30pm
BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC)
Parents: Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 1, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for CHOICES Youth Dialogue Day 2014. This all area high schools, student-driven event will feature the Honorable Judge Diane D’Agostini, from 48th District Court, who will bring live court cases to demonstrate the real-life consequences which come from decisions to use alcohol and/or drugs. Attendees will also hear from Mary Kucharek, Birmingham area attorney and parent, and Ben Emerling, a former Andover High School student who is attending college in the area, is in recovery and sponsors other young people in recovery. There is no charge to attend this event, although donations will be accepted. Flyer: http://tinyurl.com/mhc5ez4 Parent letter: http://tinyurl.com/ks3mpyp or visit www.bbcoalition.org.
Learn what our teens have to say about spring break and house parties and what parents need to know: visit BBCC’s Q&A section at: http://www.bbcoalition.org/birmingham_bloomfield_community_coalition_blog.htm