April 27, 2014
As I join a group of 40+ 5/6 students touring Colonial Williamsburg this weekend experiencing the stories of the men and women of the 18th-century city along with the challenges they faced, we truly are “helping our future learn from the past.” We have some exciting news to announce in this week’s WAG to be sure…
First, several of our girls from Girl Scout Troup #70637 are collecting needed clothing items for the South Oakland Shelter. See below for more details or click on the flyer!
Second, we would like to congratulate Brooke S for placing first in the BPS District Reflections Program. Her first place entry was a literature piece in the intermediate (grades 3rd-5th) division. Congratulations Brooke!
Also, save the date – Monday, May 12 from 6-8 PM at Seaholm High School for Expedition 2014: SUSTAINABILITY sponsored by the Birmingham Education Foundation and hosted by our BPS students and teachers. View the video which includes some of our very own BCS leaders!
And another reminder that 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.
Finally with great enthusiasm, the PTSA Membership has voted and selected Gina Herdegen as BCS Volunteer of the Year. Gina has worked endless hours with a positive attitude supporting our students and school at BCS. She is one of the 7/8 Room Parent Coordinators, Co-Chair of the 8th grade Celebration and a past PTSA Co-chair from 2010-2012. Gina is one of the first parents who sees a need in an area and steps up to fill the volunteer position herself or by recruiting other parents to make BCS the best school it can be. Gina has handled the many diverse groups of volunteers with grace and kindness and sets a great example of how one person can change the school in a positive direction. As she “graduates” out of BCS this June, we will surely miss her influence on the great programs she has helped run at BCS.
Here’s to what will be another fantastic week of learning at BCS!
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P.S. Many of our BCS staff are being recognized at this Thursday's Friends of Different Learners Awards at 7PM in the Groves Auditorium
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Character Connections Word of the week: RESOURCEFULNESS
Infuse this word into your conversations with your children as a character education focus.
· While no one is expected to leap tall buildings in a single bound, our aspiring heroes will be tested on their courage, integrity, self-sacrifice, compassion and resourcefulness - the stuff of all true superheroes. – Stan Lee
· Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow - after you have done your best to achieve success today. – Maxwell Maltz
· As artists, I think that one of the good qualities we have is that we're imaginative. We're resourceful. We like challenges. – Meredith Monk
Help the Homeless in Oakland County
Several of our BCS 3rd grade students in Brownie Troop 70637 are working in our community to help end homelessness. They are working with South Oakland Shelter to collect new and gently used items for those in need. Click on the flyer for details of what to donate. A collection bin is located outside the front office to place your donated clothing. Thank you for your consideration!
The PTSA Clearinghouse will vote on the 2014-2015 Proposed Executive Board and the 2014-2015 Proposed Budget at the May meeting on Thursday, May 8 starting at 1:15 p.m. (Lunch with the Principal begins at 12:45 that day). All PTSA members are invited to the meeting and are eligible to vote. Thank you!
PTSA 2014-2015 Proposed Executive Board Slate
The PTSA Nominating Committee for 2014-2015 has nominated the following people to the executive board.
· Karen Best - 2nd Year Co-Chair
· Georgene Moran - 1st Year Co-Chair
· Kim Wiggins - Recording Secretary
· Ginny Zeffiro - Corresponding Secretary
· Gary Chapnick - Income Treasurer
· Martha Wilker - Expense Treasurer
PTSA 2014-2015 Proposed Budget
The PTSA Budget Committee for 2014-2015 proposed the following budget at the April PTSA Clearinghouse Meeting. Please review the proposed budget (located at http://bcsonline.info) and contact the PTSA Chairs if you have any questions.
PTSA 2013-2014 Volunteer of the Year
The PTSA Membership has voted and selected Gina Herdegen as BCS Volunteer of the Year. Gina has worked endless hours with a positive attitude supporting our students and school at BCS. She is one of the 7/8 Room Parent Coordinators, Co-Chair of the 8th grade Celebration and a past PTSA Co-chair from 2010-2012. Gina is one of the first parents who sees a need in an area and steps up to fill the volunteer position herself or by recruiting other parents to make BCS the best school it can be. Gina has handled the many diverse groups of volunteers with grace and kindness and sets a great example of how one person can change the school in a positive direction. As she “graduates” out of BCS this June, we will surely miss her influence on the great programs she has helped run at BCS.
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 Android. In order to access Odyssey content from your mobile device:
- Go to the App Store for your mobile device and find Puffin Academy by CloudMosa.
- Download the Puffin Academy App (not the Puffin Web browser, also by CloudMosa).
- Open the Puffin Academy App.
- Find the Compass Learning icon and click it. A simple search for "compass learning" will bring you to Odyssey.
- Click the Compass Learning logo, then click the logo again, and you will be redirected to the Odyssey login screen.
- 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.
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
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of April 28- May 3, 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 email@example.com by WEDNESDAY 5PM
Monday, April 28
· Medication Collection for Boston trip-see Mrs. Best
· 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
· 12:30PM-FLEX visit-7/8 lunch-outsidethe cafe
· 3:30-5PM-6-8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-PICTURES
· 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER @ HOME vs. ORCHARD LAKE MS
Tuesday, April 29
· Medication Collection for Boston trip-until 6PM-see Mrs. Best
· 7:15AM-Alumni Breakfast-Media Center
· 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
- 8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center
· 11:45AM-3/4 POETRY SLAM- click POETRY SLAM
· 1:25PM-BOSTON meeting for students-Media Center
· 3:30-5PM-6-8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH AWAY vs. CRANBROOK MS
· 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER @ HOME vs. BLOOMFIELD HILLS MS
· 4:306PM-District Student Art Show at the E.A.C.
Wednesday, April 30
· 11:45AM-3/4 POETRY SLAM- click POETRY SLAM
· 12:40PM-Maple Motion visit to 7/8 lunch
· 2:15PM-FIRE DRILL-PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN SIGNING IN/OUT YOUR CHILD
· 3:15-5:45PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE
· 3:30-5PM-6-8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH AWAY vs. BERKSHIRE MS 9@Birmingham Racquet Club)
· 4:30PM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK MEET-@HOME (GROVES) vs. CRANBROOK/ANDERSON MS
Thursday, May 1-DELAYED START TODAY-go to bcsonline.info to register
· 6AM-FIESTA LATINA trip departs-returning Friday at 11PM
· 9:50AM start time-students not allowed in the building until 9:30AM
· 4:05-6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE
· 3:30-5PM-6-8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE
· 7PM-Friends of Different Learners Appreciation Awards-Groves Auditorium (NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR AT GROVES)
· 8:30pm 7/8 trip to Boston Departs-returning 8AM Monday
Friday, May 2
· 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
· 9:30AM-3/4 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
· 4:05-6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE
Saturday May 3
· 9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire-Welcome back for learning!
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
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
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.
THE POETRY SLAM IS BACK !! - click POETRY SLAM Students need to sign up in the Media Center or online. 5/6 students participated this week, 3/4 & 7/8 students will participate this week. 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
CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION:
4th Quarter Choice Hour classes began Monday April 21st. Choice Hour selections are posted on the Choice Hour board in the main hallway and in each homeroom.
The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour class change is Friday May 2nd by 4:00 PM. Choice Hour class change request forms are available in the main office. Classes with openings will be listed on the back of the Choice Hour class change request form. Please read the change form very carefully.
Students requesting a change will be expected to attend their originally assigned classes for the first two weeks of the new quarter. ALL Choice Hour changes that are approved will go into effect on Monday May 5th. You will receive timely notification if your Choice Hour change request is denied.
Choice Hour drop refunds will be processed for classes dropped during the official Choice Hour change period which ends at 4:00 PM on Friday May 2nd. No refunds will be processed after the Friday May 2nd deadline.
No Choice Hour drops, adds and/or changes will be accepted over the phone or via email. All Choice Hour change requests require a parent’s signature. Please pick up the proper paperwork in the office.
Thank you for supporting the Choice Hour program!
Choice Hour Planning for 2014-2015 School Year:
Choice Hour planning for the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school have begun. Several parents have already volunteered to teach some very interesting Choice Hour classes next year that highlight their talents and interests. If you would like to share your time and talents with a small group of students during Choice Hour please contact Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CHOICE HOUR REMINDERS:
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 will be charged a $5.00 fee.
If your student has Choice Hour but will not be attending their Choice Hour class please call the Choice Hour attendance line (248-203-4625) to have them excused at 3:15, email Linda Stone at email@example.com or pick up a pink slip in the office to have them released from choice hour. Choice Hour attendance can be a very time consuming job. The safety of your children is always our priority. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions regarding Choice Hour attendance please call Linda Stone at 248-203-4625.
SPECIAL EDUCATION SUPPORT SERVICES PARENT/GUARDIAN NOTICE
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 2014/2015 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 Wednesday, April 30 from 7:00-8:00 pm 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 May 2!
DISTRICT ART SHOW AT E.A.C – come see Student Art
Next Tuesday, April 29, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., we will be hosting our district Art Show here at the Administration Building. Please join us in saluting our talented students and dedicated, creative teachers. There will be refreshments and music in the building lobby and it promises to be a great event. I hope you can join us!
FROM THE BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION click -SUSTAINABILITY
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. CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO- http://youtu.be/pazfu41IQKg
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.
Do you work with a group or business that focuses on Sustainability? You may be a great fit for Expedition 2014: Sustainability. We expect over 600 district students and families to attend our special community night from 6:00-8:00 p.m., May 12. We would like to showcase local sustainability practices to the community and our students. If you would like to participate you can find an application at: http://expedition-2014.birmingham.k12.mi.us
Expedition 2014: Sustainability-Monday, May 12, 2014-6:00-8:00 p.m. -Seaholm High School
Call 248.203.3030 for more information, contact Laura Couger 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
FROM OUR DIVERSITY COMMITTEE- Reject: the Film- May 14-FOR OUR OLDER STUDENTS
Our BCS Diversity committee encourages you to attend the following event on Wednesday, May 14, 7PM at the Groves Little Theater. It’s worth the time (and may be worth considering for our older students. Check out the trailer at: http://rejectfilm.com/official-trailer/.
Reject examines the serious impact of social rejection. This film and the following panel discussion are intended for parents and professionals who work with young people. Panelists include Peter Brauer, co-producer of the film, Kimber Bishop-Yanke, founder, Girls and Boys Empowered, Mark Morawski, BCS principal, Celeste Nowacki, Derby principal and Jason Clinkscale, Berkshire principal. Time: 7:00 p.m. Groves High School, Little Theater.
COMMUNITY INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com 248-602-7325
FROM BPS COMMUNITY EDUCATION
Academic Summer School for Grades 6-8 click Academic Summer School
Brush up in Math and English and hit the ground running to better grades in the Fall-
For more information and to see all the offerings - click Brochure
8TH GRADERS –REGISTER AND GET YOUR REQUIRMENTS OUT OF THE WAY-www.communityed.net
SUMMER IS COMING-WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS?
Summer Fun! Summer Camp Guide is available at www.communityed.net
Half Day or Full Day Camp Options available with Kids Club at Groves HS
Check out the exciting variety of camps offered!
Register on line at www.community.net or call 248-203-3800
Academic Summer Programs available for High School, Middle School and Elementary School students.
Register on line at www.communityed.net or call 248-203-3800
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.
FROM BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC)
Wanted Talented High School Bands for the BBCC Youth Action Board Battle of the Bands to be held on Friday, June 13 in Shain Park. The winning band will get to play a set with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers! Contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bbcoalition.org for more info.
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).
For more info on substance abuse prevention focused on our youth visit www.bbcoalition.org