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March 30, 2014

 

Hello BCS!

 

Can you believe that our Detroit Tigers Opening Day is tomorrow afternoon? Whether the winter feel has left or not, baseball has arrived and thoughts of spring are in the air.  Feel free to have your children don their tiger gear!  Additionally, later this afternoon, UM and MSU will each play hoping to win and earn a spot in the final four.  In another competition yesterday, at an annual spring student event, our BCS elementary (grades 4 & 5) Science Olympiad competed in our BPS district competition at West Maple Elementary.  West Maple was abuzz with budding scientists, problem solvers and critical thinkers.  Once again, our students demonstrated great efforts and skills during the competition.  Both of our BCS teams placed with Team 2 placing 5th and Team 1 placing 2nd overall in the team competition.  Special thanks to Coaches Brown and Maliszewski for providing the support to help our students showcase their scientific talents!

 

On another note, we just wanted to encourage you to consider participating in a neat event being planned!  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.  We need Dads, Moms, Guardians, and other significant adult loved ones to participate in order to make this Career Day a reality for our students.  Please complete and submit the following survey by this Thursday, April 3rdhttp://goo.gl/OXfYrd.  We thank you in advance for helping us make this happen!

 

Finally, we want to remind you that Quarter IV Choice Hour forms are due tomorrow, Monday, March 31 at 4:00 PM.  Choice Hour Selection Sheets are now available online. Please click here for additional Selection Sheets and Course Descriptions. Selection Sheets are due back in the office by 4:00 PM tomorrow, Monday, March 31.  Please turn in the forms to the office as soon as possible.

 

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, March 21, so parents/guardians should be receiving those any day if you haven't already.

 

– 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.

·         We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them. – Albert Einstein

·         If you choose to not deal with an issue, then you give up your right of control over the issue and it will select the path of least resistance. – Susan Del Gatto

·         To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask? – Jim Rohn

 

REACH FOR YOUR PATIENCE & 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

We 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 for your important efforts in this regard!

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of March 31-April 4, 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 31 - CHOICE HOUR SELECTIONS DUE TODAY by 4PM

·         4:05- 6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER TRYOUTS

Tuesday, April 1

  • 8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center
  • 3:30-5PM-BOYS 6-8 TENNIS MUST HAVE ORANGE SLIP TO PRACTICE

·         4:05- 6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER TRYOUTS

·         7PM-Board of Education Meeting-B’Ham Education and administration Center(adjacent to Groves)

Wednesday, April 2

·         8:30-9:15AM-Author visit-Kate Messner

·         9:15AM-5/6 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center

·         12:40PM-Groves Student Congress visiting 7/8 lunch and Media Center Presentation

  • 3:30-5PM-BOYS 6-8 TENNIS MUST HAVE ORANGE SLIP TO PRACTICE

·         4:05- 6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER TRYOUTS

Thursday, April 3

·         7:30AM-Service Learning Committee Meeting

  • 3:30-5PM-BOYS 6-8 TENNIS MUST HAVE ORANGE SLIP TO PRACTICE-PARENT MEETING TO FOLLOW

·         4:05- 6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER TRYOUTS

·         7PM-Friends of Different Learners Meeting-Staff Development-FRIENDS APRIL FLYER

Friday, April 4

·         9:10AM-TORNADO DRILL-PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN SIGNING IN/OUT YOUR STUDENT

·         9:30AM3/4 Room Parents Meeting-Media Center

  • 3:30-5PM-BOYS 6-8 TENNIS MUST HAVE ORANGE SLIP TO PRACTICE

·         4:05- 6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER TRYOUTS

·         Spring Recess begins at the end of the day - Enjoy the warm(er) weather and come back Refreshed!!-from the BCS office

Saturday, April 5

·         Remember, Saturday School will not be in session again until April 26th due to breaks and holidays.  We look forward to seeing you all in April!!!!

 

NEWS FROM OUR FORENSICS TEAM-Go Cobra Forensicators!!!

The Forensics team competed in their first spring tournament this past weekend and placed 1st among ALL middle schools that competed! BCS had 17 students compete and all were finalists, each taking home a trophy!  The team will compete in the State Competition on April 26th at Wayne State University. For a complete list of the participants, their categories and how they placed click   FORENSICS RESULTS

 

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

 

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

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

 

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!

 

BCS ATHLETICS INFORMATION-Our season starts 3/31/14 and all student athletes need to be registered with a physical on file dated on or after 4/15/13 prior to the season start.  This spring we have CO-ED TRACK, GIRLS SOCCER, and BOYS TENNIS available.  Registration information for TRACK AND SOCCER can be found on the BCS Athletics website: http://bcsonline.info/Athletics/Registration.html.  Tennis registration form can be picked up in the main office and the concussion awareness form can be found on the athletics registration site: http://bcsonline.info/Athletics/Registration.html.  We are looking forward to an amazing spring season!
TRACK FOR 6-8 BOYS and GIRLS – Practices will begin after Spring Break on Mon,April 14 -7-8AM.

Make sure you are signed up for TRACK Choice Hour as well.

NEWS FLASH-BCS Boys Spring Tennis is ready to go!  We currently have 13 boys registered but are still in need of more. 
Practices will begin on Tuesday, 4/1/14 and will be Tuesday-Friday of this week from 3:30-5:00 PM.  Practices take place at Cranbrook Swim Club on Evergreen, south of 13 Mile. 
We will have a parent meeting on Thursday, 4/3/14 at 5:00 PM, following practice. 
A calendar of matches and practices will be provided at the parent meeting.  We will also be looking to have 3-4 team parents that can help with organizing weekly communications, possible car pools for transportation, and team snacks for matches. Transportation is not provided for tennis. Registration paperwork (tennis form, physical, and concussion awareness form) and payment should be turned in to the office by the end of the day Monday, 3/31/14 in order to give time to process your paperwork and provide your athlete an orange participation slip.


** 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

 

CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION

4th Quarter 2013-2014 Choice Hour selection sheets are due Monday, March 31 at 4:00PM. Selections can be viewed online at www.bsconline.info .  QIV Choice Hour begins Monday April 21st and ends Thursday June 12th.   Students 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 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. Application form is online.
  • 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!

 

DOES YOUR CHILD SHOW LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL? -Groves Student Congress to visit BCS

If so, encourage him or her to attend a brief presentation by Groves Student Congress members during lunch on Wednesday, April 2nd.  At this time, GSC members will pass out applications and explain what student government is at Groves.  Applications will also be available in the main office beginning Tuesday, April 1st.  Completed applications are due Wednesday, April 16th.  Check out the following link for a sneak peek into GSC  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCuS1uo3h-M!

 

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. 

 

INTERESTED IN SOCCER? GOING TO SEAHOLM?

Are You Interested in Playing Men's Soccer for the Fall 2014 Season at Seaholm?  If you or your parents are not on the team e-mail distribution, please contact Coach Ian Whitelaw for more information about camps and training over the summer at ianwcpg@gmail.com.

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

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

Sponsored by Friends of Different Learners -click FRIENDS APRIL FLYER

This program is free and open to all BPS families.  Dr. Joseph Hoffman, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction of BPS will tell you what it is and answer all your questions about this new method of testing.  The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

BASEBALL: MOTOR CITY PRIDE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CAMP APRIL 5TH (GRADES 2ND - 8TH)

Help your young player get a head start and a boost of confidence heading into baseball season!  Motor City Pride Baseball Club and director Mark Sackett (Birm. Groves Junior Varsity Coach) is holding a Player Development Camp on Saturday April 5th from 10:00am - 1:00pm at the Evolution Sportsplex Dome in Auburn Hills.  Registration cost is $75.00.  Please click the following link to access and download the registration form: http://sites.google.com/site/motorcitypridebaseballcamp   Players will be grouped together by age. Motor City Pride Baseball Club is a Birmingham based non-profit organization. Any questions please send an inquiry to: mcpbaseballcamp@gmail.com

 

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