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April 20, 2014

 

Hello BCS!

 

Spring is here and so is the energy and busyness of the season.  It’s an exciting time of year with a varitable bevy of school activities.  Our PTSA meeting this week on Thursday at 1:15 PM will give you the opportunity to review the 2014-15 budget made possible by the incredible support or our families during this year’s Blastin’ in the B auctions.  Also, the Scholastic Spring Book Fair is coming to BCS from May 27-30 just in time to load up on books for the summer.  Get an advance peek by checking out the Book Fair website for sale hours and volunteer information at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/bpscovington.   Also, during that week, we’ll be hosting a Family Fiesta Night on Thursday, May 29th from 4:30 -7:30 PM, so save the date.   Join the BCS community for an evening of food, fun and even shop the book fair during our special evening hours!  More information will be coming as the fair approaches.


Today, I find myself finalizing my preparation for running the Boston Marathon tomorrow, Monday, and reflecting on last year’s tragedy and the resolve of the human spirit.  There is no doubt that there will be all sorts of emotions accompanying this year’s race, but, as I am reminded of the words of Thomas Grilk, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association lo a day after the bombings, where he reminded us of the strength of humanity, “Boston is strong.  Boston is resilient.  Boston is our home.  The Boston Marathon is a deeply held tradition – an integral part of the fabric and history of our community.  We are committed to continuing that tradition with the running of the 118th Boston Marathon in 2014.”  I feel a sense of pride in having the privilege to run this race yet again.  Like our motto “BCS is a great place to be!” So, too, is our world, our America, a great place to nurture our children.  Let Mahatma Gandhi’s famous words keep us focused on the positive once again, “You must not lose faith in humanity.  Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” I am a proud American, a proud Michigander and a proud Cobra!

 

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.  By the way, if you’d like to track me during the marathon, go to the Boston Marathon website using my bib number:  6688.  There are cell phone options and an app to use for tracking anyone you may want to.

 

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Character Connections Word of the week:  ACCEPTANCE

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

·         “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Gautama Buddha

·         “I think tolerance and acceptance and love is something that feeds every community.”Lady Gaga

·         “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of April 21-26, 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, April 21       START OF QIV-NEW CHOICE HOURS BEGIN TODAY

·         6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE

·         1-6PM-Medication Collection for Williamsburg trip-see Mrs. Zikakis

·         3:15-5:45PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

·         3:30-5PM-6-8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE

Tuesday, April 22-*****SPRING PICTURE DAY*****

  • Order online- www.kaiserstudio.com  click the PREPAY ORDER link- use our school code:  38COVINGTONFD     Online orders are easy – no form has to be returned to the school!!

·         6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE

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

·         3:30-5PM-6-8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE

·         4:05-6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE-TEAM PICTURE TODAY

·         4:10PM-FIESTA LATINA PARENT/STUDENT MEETING-Media Center

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

Wednesday, April 23

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

·         11:05AM-POETRY SLAM-MEDIA CENTER- click POETRY SLAM

·         12:40PMPOETRY SLAM-MEDIA CENTER click POETRY SLAM

·         1:30PM-TORNADO DRILL-PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN SIGNING IN/OUT YOUR STUDENT

·         2:45PM-Student/Staff Meeting For Williamsburg Trip

·         3:30-5PM-6-8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE

·         4:15PM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK MEET-@HOME (GROVES) vs. BLOOMFIELD HILLS MS

·         4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER AWAY  vs. CRANBROOK MS

Thursday, April 24-Take your Child to Work Day

·         Please, Please Notify the office if your child will be absent

·         6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE

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

·         11:05AM-POETRY SLAM-MEDIA CENTER- click POETRY SLAM

·         12:40PMPOETRY SLAM-MEDIA CENTER click POETRY SLAM

·         1:15PM-PTSA Meeting in Staff Development

·         3:30-5PM-6-8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE

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

Friday, April 25

·         4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER @ HOME vs. DETROIT COUNTRY DAY MS

·         8:30PM-5/6 Trip to Williamsburg departs-returning Monday April 28 11PM

Saturday, April 26

·         9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire-Welcome back for learning!

 

CHOICE HOUR

New Choice Hours begin on Monday-Students must attend the first full week before any changes can be made.

 

SPRING PICTURE DAY IS APRIL 22!

Order online beginning NOW.  Go to www.kaiserstudio.com , click the PREPAY ORDER link and use our school code:  38COVINGTONFD  Kaiser Studio accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover.  Online orders are easy – no form has to be returned to the school!!

 

TAKE YOUR CHILD TO WORK DAY IS THURSDAY APRIL 24

 Please, please notify the attendance office-24/7- if your child will not be in school at 8:20am.  A late arrival (tardy) or absence can be emailed to bcsattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us  or call 248.203.4444, press 2.  Thank you very much!!

Upcoming District End Year Assessment Schedule:

Below are the test windows for the end of the year district assessments that students in different grade levels will be taking.  These are the windows in which testing must be administered; though most assessments require 1-2 class sessions.  For specific testing dates check out your teacher’s wiki/blog or contact them directly.

·         April 14-June 6 STAMP – World Language (Spanish) – Grade 8

·         April 21-June 6 NWEA Reading & Math – ALL Grades and courses (language arts/math) K-8

·         April 28-May 16 Writing (Criterion) – Grades 6-8

·         May 1-23 Reading Fountas & Pinnell Reading Benchmark – Grades K-5

·         May 12-June 6 Grades 3/4/5 Math Facts through June 6

·         May 12-30 End-of- Year Algebra – Grades 6 -11

·         May 12-23 Writing Prompt - Grades K-5

 

PE UPDATE-QUARTER IV -MONDAY, APRIL21 THROUGH FRIDAY MAY 16TH:

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Parkin will SWIM. –bring suits, towels and goggles’

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and Wallington will be in the GYM.-bring gym shoes

 

THE POETRY SLAM IS BACK !!  -  click  POETRY SLAM    Students need to sign up by Sunday, April 20th  in the Media Center or online.April is School Library Media Month and National Poetry Month. It is a fun opportunity for kids to express themselves. Poetry Slam wiki-http://clarkwiki.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/    Poetry Slam link and the sign-up link is on the left panel. 

 

DELAYED START DAY:  THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014- The NEXT delayed start is Thursday, May 1, 2014.  School will begin at 9:50am.  Due to the fact that all staff will be participating in professional development that morning, the building will not be open until 9:30am.  Please DO NOT drop your child off before 9:30am.  For those of you who need child care from 8:20-9:50am, please complete the form on bcsonline.info and return it to the office.  The fee is $5 per child

 

SAVE THE DATES!!!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to BCS from May 27-30.  Check the Book Fair website for sale hours and volunteer information: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/bpscovington 

Family Fiesta Night  is Thursday, May 29th from 4:30 -7:30 PM  Join the BCS community for an evening of food, fun and even shop the book fair during our special evening hours! Look for more information next month.

 

NEWS FOM THE SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT  click PAC APPLICATION

To all BPS parents who have children receiving special education support services through an IEP:

The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee is looking for new members for the 2013/2014 school year. You may access a Parent Advisory Committee FAQ form and an application by visiting the PAC's webpage: http://special-education-organizations.birmingham.k12.mi.us/ and click on the "Application" hyperlink  It is recommended you review the FAQ form to obtain important dates and information. 

****Opportunity to meet PAC members on Monday, April 21  from 7:00-8:00 pm and Tuesday morning, April 22th, from 10:00am - 11:00am at Starbucks (Maple and Lahser location). You will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the responsibilities of being a PAC member as well as the ability to obtain additional information regarding the Birmingham PAC.

***Applications are now being accepted………the deadline is April 25th!***

 

FROM THE BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION-Save the date!   May 12- Expedition 2014: Sustainability

Experience the study of sustainability through the eyes of Birmingham Public School students. This family evening will include hands-on-demonstrations, interactive displays, students mentoring students and community businesses and organizations sharing their ideas on sustainability.  

Expedition 2014: Sustainability will bring students face-to-face with current practices related to social, environmental and economical sustainability. Guests will also take a look at the future of sustainability and their role in its development. The community night will serve to entertain and educate all ages.  

Expedition 2014: Sustainability-Monday, May 12, 2014-6:00-8:00 p.m. -Seaholm High School

Call 248.203.3030 for more information, or visit www.supportbef.org.  

 

TRANSITIONING TO GROVES… EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL. May 13 at 7PM-Little Theater

Our target audience is incoming Freshman and their parents.  A panel comprised of Groves students, counselors, parents, teachers, coaches and administration will speak on a myriad of topics including; academic expectations/demands, academic supports,  extracurricular involvement, high school social norms/expectations, transition activities and programs, parenting challenges, where to find support…. and much more!  Students/parents will have an opportunity to ask questions after. Fall  sports practices begin before school begins, it is important that students who want to participate connect with sponsors or coaches… this is an ideal time to begin making those connections

 

Compass Learning now Available on Mobile Devices

Compass Learning Odyssey is pleased to announce that the program is now accessible from virtually any mobile device, including iPad/iOS and AndroidIn order to access Odyssey content from your mobile device:

  1. Go to the App Store for your mobile device and find Puffin Academy by CloudMosa.
  2. Download the Puffin Academy App (not the Puffin Web browser, also by CloudMosa).
  3. Open the Puffin Academy App. 
  4. Find the Compass Learning icon and click it. A simple search for "compass learning" will bring you to Odyssey.
  5. Click the Compass Learning logo, then click the logo again, and you will be redirected to the Odyssey login screen. 
  6. Log in as you normally would and begin using Compass Learning Odyssey.

We hope you enjoy the flexibility of accessing Compass Learning Odyssey from your mobile devices. Please visit their support community for questions and further information regarding this exciting announcement. 

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

THE GROVES PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY (GPAC) invites you to see RADIUM GIRLS, the Groves High School Spring Play. 

“In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.” 

Groves Little Theatre - Thursday, April 24 ,Friday, April 25 , Saturday, April 26 at 7PM Sunday, April 27 at 2 pm

Enter from the stadium side. 

$8 for students, $10 for adults.  

Tickets are available in Groves’ main office during regular school hours. In the event the show is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door 45 min. before the show. Questions? Contact  Leisa Passarelli at LP01bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us-

Enjoy the show!

 

THE GROVES HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA PRESENTS-THE 2ND ANNUAL FORTE 5K
May 18, 2014-Beverly Park in Beverly Hills, MI-Early Registration by May 1: $25 per person includes:
· Student-designed Forte 5K shirt · Certified Race Course · Awards for Top Competitors
Register for the Forte 5k online at
https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/BeverlyHills/GrovesHighSchoolOrchestraforte5k

 

SEAHOLM ACTIVITIES FAIR-SAVE THE DATE-MAY 28TH,2014 click Activities Fair

If you are attending Seaholm-all you need to know about clubs and sports all in one place

** NEWS FLASH**COACH MIXON HOLDING TRI-SCHOOL (BCS-BERKSHIRE-DERBY)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

 

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.

 

GOING TO SEAHOLM? PLANNING ON PARTICIPATING IN BAND?!

***BAND CAMP WILL BE HELD AUGUST 3RD-AUGUST 8TH WITH THE 1ST HOME GAME FRIDAY SEPT 5TH

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.

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

 

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

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS FOR SAFETY TOWN VOLUNTEERS!

We are looking for High School and Middle School teen volunteers to act as instructors at the BPS Safety Town programs in June and July.  Following the completion of the 9 day/2 hour a day program the teen will earn 22.5 hours of community service.  Responsibilities include accompanying a group of four 4-5 year old students throughout the 2 hour period.  Each teen is paired with another teen, under the direction of a Lead teacher.  Sessions held from Jun 16-June 27 and July 8-July 18.  The teen volunteer is expected to attend each day.  The application form is available at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us click on schools and go to BPS Early Childhood Center and then click on Safety Town.

 

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 q

 

FROM THE BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC) 

The 2nd Annual Oliver Smith Memorial Baseball Tournament will take place on Saturday, May 10th, 2014, and be hosted by Bloomfield Hills High School (BHHS). Four teams- Birmingham Groves, Bloomfield Hills High, Cranbrook, and Franklin Road Christian- will play a single game elimination tourney. As part of the event, there will be a large silent auction at BHHS with all proceeds going to The Oliver Smith Foundation (OSF). By partnering together, OSF and the Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC), work to develop and sustain local substance use prevention programs as well as provide help and support to local youth struggling with drugs and their families. Oliver Smith was the 18 year old who passed away in May 2012 of a drug related death.  For more info about the tourney or OSF, please contact Larry Smith at 248.633.6361.  To make a donation for the silent auction please contact Mary Jo Smith at 248.633.6360 to arrange pick-up of the item(s).

 

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

For more info on substance abuse prevention focused on our youth visit www.bbcoalition.org