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March 23, 2014

 

Hello BCS!

 

An update on our Project COPE Zambia efforts – With the recent anonymous donation from a BCS parent, a surprise donation from WE Day on Friday, and the efforts of our students, we have REACHED our $12,000 goal and can now have Project COPE purchase the tractors, plough, ripper, and water pump for our partner village in Chilipula, Zambia.  This capital will provide the village the opportunity to increase their crop production up to four times.  Thanks you to our BCS community for their efforts in learning and serving locally and globally! Check on the Fox2 news report from this past Friday on our project.

 

We just wanted to remind and encourage you to attend our Tech Café this Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 PM in the BCS Staff Development sponsored by our BCS Tech Committee.  This will be a “Hands-On” demonstration, so bring all your family devices and get some great training on how to help keep your child safe online with parent controls, etc. Our Technology Committee made up of parent volunteers, teachers and the PTSA is sponsoring this event.  Click the following link for the flyer:  TECH CAFE.

 

Reach for your patience and kindness – Arrival and dismissal at BCS, in fact every school, is a busy time of day, much like rush hour in a big city.  We have had more than a few incidences where some of us have found it difficult to find our patience and kindness these past few weeks.  Please remember that modeling patience and kindness among us adults for our children is a great gift we’re giving to our children, and, as a school community, something we need to expect of each other.  And, more important, the safety of our children requires our high level of patience and kindness at these times.  To help keep a collaborative approach (us working together) at arrival and dismissal, the following points will help all of us work together:

·         Please pull all the way forward in the circle drives when dropping off or picking up your child(ren).  Feel free to use the circle drive off of Quarton Road as it may be less crowded.

·         If you find yourself in a rush in the morning, feel free to drop your child(ren) off just before 8:00 AM when traffic is much lighter.

·         Drop students off at the curbs and always avoid double parking or dropping off in the middle of our circle drives.

·         Proceed s...l…o…w…l…y through the circle when arriving and exiting.

·         If you need to come into the school, please park is designated spot in the parking lot (never in the circle drive).

·         And lastly, HIDE your phone out of site to avoid texts and calls while approaching or exiting BCS J

I understand that we can feel frantically rushed from time to time, though those are the best opportunities to model positive, life-long, life-skills like patience, calmness and kindness for our precious children.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your important efforts in this regard.

 

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.  Fall 2013 MEAP reports for students in grades 3-8 were sent to be mailed out on Friday, so parents should be receiving those report this coming week.

 

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

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  PROBLEM SOLVING

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

·         The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk. –  Dalai Lama

·         If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. – Abraham Maslow

·         It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. – John Steinbeck

 

WE NEED YOU on May 9th...Make Your Student Proud...

The BCS Proud Dads is planning to host a Career day on Friday, May 9th from 12:30-3:15 PM to expose students to a variety of future career path opportunities as well as express the importance, value and need of all honorable work.  Please complete this form by Thursday, April 3rd.  We need Dads, Moms, Guardians, and other significant adult loved ones to participate to make this Career Day a reality for our students.  Please complete and submit the following survey by April 3rdhttp://goo.gl/OXfYrd.  We thank you in advance for helping us make this happen!

Questions: contact Proud Dads Mike Richardson mtr17is@yahoo.com or David Wilner dwwilner@gmail.com.

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of March 24-28, 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, March 24

·         Quarter IV Choice Hour Sheets are Posted Online-Due March 31

·         Hoops for Heart during 5/6 and 7/8 lunches

Tuesday, March 25

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

·         Hoops for Heart during 5/6 and 7/8 lunches

·         6:30PM-Tech Café- click  TECH CAFE

Wednesday, March 26

·         9AM- 8th Grade Celebration Meeting-Media Center

·         9:15- TORNADO DRILL-PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN SIGNING IN/OUT YOUR STUDENT

·         Hoops for Heart during 5/6 and 7/8 lunches

Thursday, March 27

·         Disability Awareness Workshop for 5/6 Team

·         7:30AM-Diversity Committee Meeting-Rm 504

·         8:30AM-2:30PM-Joberts Field Trip to Lansing

·         Hoops for Heart during 5/6 and 7/8 lunches

Friday, March 28

·         Disability Awareness Workshop for 5/6 Team

·         Hoops for Heart during 5/6 and 7/8 lunches

Saturday, March 29

·         9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire

 

DON’T MISS IT-TECH CAFE -THIS TUESDAY!! –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 goggles’

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Parkin will be in the GYM.-bring gym shoes

UPDATE ON JUMPROPE/HOOPS FOR HEART

As we wrap up our  3/4  JumpRope for Heart event, we want to thank those who participated or donated in support of the American Heart Association.  Not to be left out, the  5/6 and 7/8 students will have the opportunity to participate in a 3 on 3 Hoops for Heart tournament during their lunch periods this week (March 24-28). In order to play, all participants must return the parental permission slip and the collection envelope (or on-line donation report).

Chris Manchester & Bill Johansson

Jump & Hoops for Heart Coordinators

 

ATHLETICS UPDATES

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.

 

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 stephaniejoy213@gmail.com

 

 CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION

4th Quarter 2013-2014 Choice Hour selection sheets will be going home this week. Selections can be viewed online at www.bsconline.info .  QIV Choice Hour begins Monday April 21st and ends Thursday June 12th.  Choice Hour selections are due back no later than Monday March 31st at 4:00PMStudents who do not turn in a selection sheet will not be placed in any Choice Hour classes.  Students who do not turn in a selection sheet with payment by the deadline will not be allowed to make a change in their schedule. 

 

Also, please include proper payment if you are signing your child up for a 4th and/or 5th day of Choice Hour.   Do not include payment for classes with materials fees or pay to play fees.  A separate billing will be made once students have been placed in their Choice Hour classes.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING 4TH QUARTER:

6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls interested in participating in the BCS track team program are encouraged to sign up for the Wednesday track team Choice Hour.  Must have an orange slip to participate.

7-8 Girls’ Soccer team is scheduled on Monday/Wednesday.  Team will be in place prior to the start of QIV Choice Hour.

The Forensics Team will meet on Monday/Wednesday/Friday this quarter.

Middle School Science Olympiad will only be offered on Tuesday/Thursday.

Elementary School Science Olympiad, 3rd Grade Math Pentathlon and WordMasters will not be offered QIV.

NEW OFFERINGS:

  • Leadership Team application form will be offered to all 6th graders and 7th graders who are not already a part of this program.  This class meets on Monday/Thursday.
  • Ms. Eliassen will be offering a 4th grade beginning band class on Mondays.
  • Ms. Spencer will offer a Reading Comprehension class on Mondays to 5-6 students.
  • Ripple Effect Newsletter will meet on Tuesdays and is open to 5th – 8th grade students.
  • Bee Keepers is back on Tuesdays.
  • Intro to Forensics will be offered on Tuesdays to students in grades 4-7.  Must be in this class to audition for the 2014-2015 Forensics team.
  • Mrs. Maliszewski and Mr. Kernan will be offering a Math Enrichment class to 3-4 students on Wednesdays.
  • Water Polo will be offered on Thursdays for grades 5-8.
  • Girls’ Field Hockey is back on Fridays for girls in grades 4-8.

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!

 

NEWS FROM FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS  

Dear BCS Families-The Friends Appreciation Awards are coming soon. It’s time to turn in your nomination for your favorite individual. Appreciation Awards is a wonderful time to honor our staff for all of their hard work or times they went above and beyond for our students.  Click  Appreciation Awards Nomination

UNDERSTANDING THE SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT & COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS APRIL 3, 2014

Open to all BPS Families –this impacts all students     click FRIENDS APRIL FLYER

 

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!

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

WHAT ARE YOUR KIDS DOING DURING SPRING BREAK???-CHECK OUT THESE CAMPS APRIL RECESS CAMP

Spring Recess Camps at Covington School - Register for 1 to 4 days of fun! call 248-203-3800 

FROM BPS COMMUNITY EDUCATION.-REGISTRATION FOR BPS ACADEMIC SUMMER SCHOOL IS NOW    OPEN! 

8TH GRADERS TAKE SOME REQUIRED ELECTIVES!!!!!

Space is limited and many classes will fill quickly.  Register now, during the early registration period, and save money! 

Register on-line 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

 

** 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 click Dinner Dance Invitation

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.

If you are planning on participating with the Seaholm band program during your high school years we invite you to go to www.seaholmbands.com for current band information.

***Band camp will be held August 3rd-August 8th with the 1st HOME game Friday Sept 5th

We look forward to your participation in the band program and encourage you to join us in enhancing your student's high school experience! Please contact us if you have any questions, would like more information or are interested in volunteering. Booster President Beth O'Rourke, beorourke@gmail.com 248-602-7325

 

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! 

 

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 ryedogg2351@hotmail.com

 

GROVES POM PON TRYOUTS     STARTS MARCH 31

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