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May 11, 2014

 

Hello BCS!

 

Spring is here and with it, we honor our moms on Mother’s Day today. As we honor our mothers today, a came across this fun and heartfelt video that pays tribute to our moms. Click here and enjoy, and THANK YOU moms!

Spring is also a time where we not only begin a variety of celebrations of learning for the year, but also planning for next school year. As part of looking ahead at our efforts as a BCS school community for continuous improvement, we are asking all of our stakeholders (staff, faculty, parents/guardians, and students) to provide us input through surveys. To that end, our leadership team would appreciate greatly if you would take the time to complete our Parent/Guardian Survey by clicking on the following link: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/1974443. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete and will provide us great insight into our communities perceptions of BCS helping inform our school improvement process and plans for the 2014-15 school year and beyond. Thank you in advance for your consideration and honest feedback. And now for some reminders…

Be sure to join us 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!

 

 

 

 

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

Like BCS on Facebook!

 

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

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  OPENNESS  

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

·         We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion. – Max de Pree

·         I always say be humble but be firm. Humility and openness are the key to success without compromising your beliefs. – George Hickenlooper

·         Faith is a state of openness or trust. – Alan Watts

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of May 12-16, 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  THURSDAY 11PM

 

Monday, May 12

·         11:50AM-3PM-5/6 field Trip to Linden Park-Cook/Lowery

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

·         4:15PM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK MEET-AWAY@GROVES  vs. BERKSHIRE MS

·         4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER AWAY @ BERKSHIRE MS

·         6:30-8PM-EXPEDITION 2014:SUSTAINABILITY- AT Groves click SUSTAINABILITY

Tuesday, May 13

·         8AM-2PM-Religious Diversity Journeys-8 Students to thr DIA

·         11:50AM-3PM-5/6 Field Trip to Linden Park-Joberts

·         7/8 Lunch visit from Groves cheer Representatives click  Cheer Tryouts

·         4PM--6-8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH AWAY @ DETROITCOUNTRY DAY MS

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

·         7-8:30PM-Transition to Groves-Groves Little Theater- see below for details

Wednesday, May 14

·         11:50AM-3PM-5/6 Field Trip to Linden Park-Burns/Burdick

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

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

·         4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER @ HOME  vs. EAST HILLS MS

·         POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE   REJECT”- Documentary and Discussion-  click REJECT-the Movie

Thursday, May 15

·         Vision Screening begins

·         9:15AM-FIRE DRILL-PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN SIGNING IN/OUT YOUR CHILD

·         10-11:30am-Reading Party-Davis, Harvath, Mali

·         4PM--6-8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH AWAY @ WEST HILLS MS

·         4:05-6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICETEAM PICTURES @4PM

·         4:30-5:30PM-Choice Hour Presentation for New Families-not for students

Friday, May 16

  • 8:30AM-2:30PM-Waterford Village-Burns/Burdick

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

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

Saturday May 17-SATURDAY SCHOOL and PARENT UNIVERSITY

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

·         Saturday, May 17thPlease join Seaholm Flex teacher Robin Moten for a discussion about “What to Expect from a Nurturing School Environment”.

·         Touch a Truck -   click  TOUCH A TRUCK

 

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.

 

PE UPDATE-QUARTER IV –LAST SWITCH OF THE YEAR!!

MONDAY, MAY 19 THROUGH THURSDAY, JUNE 13:

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and Wallington will SWIM.-don’t forget your swim gear

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Parkin will be in the GYM.-No Flip-flops-gym shoes please

 

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.  

 

CHOICE HOUR PLANNING FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR:

Choice Hour planning for the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school has begun.   Several parents have already volunteered to teach some very interesting Choice Hour classes next year that highlight their talents and interests.  We are looking for someone to teach the 3rd grade and 4th and 5th grade math pentathlon classes.  3rd grade math pentathlon would not begin until QII, 4th and 5th grade should begin QI. 

We will be offering a 3rd grade Destination Imagination choice hour class on Mondays beginning first quarter.  Brenna Adams (BCS parent) will be coaching this class.  Class size will be limited to 7 students.  If you are interested in helping coach this team please contact Brenna Adams at ellenkat27@yahoo.com   Additional parent help means that we can start another team of 7 students.  A parent informational letter and student application will be posted online. 

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 ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us 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 ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  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. 

 

BCS PLANNER PRE-ORDER FORM - DUE BY WEDNESDAY, MAY 21Planner Pre-order Form
BCS values organization as well as the use of technology for such purposes. With the number of digital planner options out there and in the spirit of being “green”, we will no longer be providing paper planners to all students. Students in the 3/4 grade levels will be provided a paper planner to allow us to continue to teach the use of a planner as a tool to organize your work. Students at this level are, of course, allowed to supply their own digital planner if they choose to do so. As a convenience, paper planners are available for purchase for grades 5-8, if you would like to do so, for $5/planner by pre-order (order forms must be submitted to the main office by 5/21/14). Students in grades 3-4 do not need to complete this form unless you would like to order an additional planner. Please determine with your child the best way in which they will organize their daily work load of recording assignments and other education related needs.

 

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… deadline is May 2!

 

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

 

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

FROM OUR DIVERSITY COMMITTEE- Reject: the Film- May 14- click  REJECT-the Movie

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/

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

“AMERICAN PROMISE”(documentary) screening - THURSDAY MAY 15  6PM – MAPLE THEATER-panel discussion to follow
American Promise is a documentary spanning 12 years in the lives of two families and provides a rare look into black middle class life while exploring the common hopes and hurdles of parents navigating their children's educational journey. The film begins in 1999, when filmmakers Joe and Michele turned their cameras on their son and his best friend, as the boys entered kindergarten at the prestigious Dalton School. Over the years, the boys struggle with stereotypes and identity, and ultimately take divergent paths on the road to graduation. Meanwhile, the parents wrestle with doubts and angst over their sons' future, as they juggle their high expectations with the cultural and social obstacles their sons face. Through the intimate experiences of these two families, the documentary reveals complicated truths about parenting, while challenging commonly held assumptions about educational access in the 21st century.
Link to Official Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knFReWtLkgc&feature=youtu.be
Immediately following the screening, we will host a panel of three (3) thought leaders, who will engage in discussion surrounding the important takeaways from the film. Panelists include Jennifer Smith, Educational Advisor, Advocate & Big Sister, Dr. Jay Marks, Consultant for Diversity Education in Oakland County Schools, Patricia Gardener with the Michigan Department of Education.

 

BERKSHIRE MUSICAL PRODUCTION COMPANY PROUDLY PRESENTS “FAME JR.” Show times are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 15th, 16th, and 17th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the Berkshire Middle School gymnasium. Tickets are $10 at the door.

 

FOR OUR YOUNGER FRIENDS-‘TOUCH A TRUCK “ IS BACK   click TOUCH A TRUCK

Saturday, May 17 at Bingham Farms Elementary - from 10-2- Admission is $5 per car

 

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

 

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

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. Any

 

 BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCCCheck out the latest edition of our e-news letter loaded with upcoming programs and events. Click here http://tinyurl.com/nyywje8

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 kmichaud@bbcoalition.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

 

GROVES CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS     START TUESDAY, MAY 27TH    click  Cheer Tryouts

All tryout/clinic dates are listed below:

  • Tuesday, 5/27/14 6-8pm (Learn the Sideline Chant, Quarter Cheer and Skills) 
  • Wednesday, 5/28/14 6-8pm (Cheer material review, Learn Stunt Safety and Basic Stunting Combinations) 
  • Thursday, 5/29/14 Registration Begins at 4pm; Tryouts will start promptly at 5pm until finished (Cheer & Stunt Group Tryout, Final Interviews)

Also, we will be holding a few open gyms for any girls who may want extra help with gaining new skills or brushing up on any old skills before tryouts. Come show off some great skills and have fun learning more!  

Tryouts&clinics are held in Groves High School Upper Wrestling Room.

Open gym dates are below:

TUESDAY 5/20/14 from 6:30-8pm-WEDNESDAY 5/21/14 from 6:30-8pm-THURSDAY 5/22/14 from 6:30-8pm

All Tryout dates are mandatory, if there are any questions, please contact Coach Teona at grovescheer1@gmail.com.

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR SUMMER 2014 STEM CAMPS.

Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science offers camps for upper elementary, middle school and high school students who have, or might have, an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM). The students will be taken through a series of hands-on, student-centered experiences where they will learn a little bit about what each of the engineering fields do, build and test equipment and conduct experiments in the various disciplines that include all of STEM.

Camps take place on OU's campus throughout the summer. An optional lunch is offered to campers. Extended camp hours are also offered. Students can remain at Oakland University until 5:00 p.m.

Offered camps are:

Open Introduction Camps: Engineering Exploration
One-week introduction camps for elementary, middle school, and high schools for students who do or might have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM).
Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 12, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 18, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, July 21 - Friday, August 1, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Focused Camps: Computer Science Exploration Week

May 11, 2014

Hello BCS!

Spring is here and with it, we honor our moms on Mother’s Day today. As we honor our mothers today, a came across this fun and heartfelt video that pays tribute to our moms. Click here and enjoy, and THANK YOU moms!

Spring is also a time where we not only begin a variety of celebrations of learning for the year, but also planning for next school year. As part of looking ahead at our efforts as a BCS school community for continuous improvement, we are asking all of our stakeholders (staff, faculty, parents/guardians, and students) to provide us input through surveys. To that end, our leadership team would appreciate greatly if you would take the time to complete our Parent/Guardian Survey by clicking on the following link: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/1974443. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete and will provide us great insight into our communities perceptions of BCS helping inform our school improvement process and plans for the 2014-15 school year and beyond. Thank you in advance for your consideration and honest feedback. And now for some reminders…

Be sure to join us 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!

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

Like BCS on Facebook!

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

Character Connections Word of the week: OPENNESS

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

· We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion. – Max de Pree

· I always say be humble but be firm. Humility and openness are the key to success without compromising your beliefs. – George Hickenlooper

· Faith is a state of openness or trust. – Alan Watts

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of May 12-16, 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 THURSDAY 11PM

Monday, May 12

· 11:50AM-3PM-5/6 field Trip to Linden Park-Cook/Lowery

· 3:30-5PM-6-8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE

· 4:15PM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK MEET-AWAY@GROVES vs. BERKSHIRE MS

· 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER AWAY @ BERKSHIRE MS

· 6:30-8PM-EXPEDITION 2014:SUSTAINABILITY- AT Groves click SUSTAINABILITY

Tuesday, May 13

· 8AM-2PM-Religious Diversity Journeys-8 Students to thr DIA

· 11:50AM-3PM-5/6 Field Trip to Linden Park-Joberts

· 7/8 Lunch visit from Groves cheer Representatives click Cheer Tryouts

· 4PM--6-8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH AWAY @ DETROITCOUNTRY DAY MS

· 4:05-6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

· 7-8:30PM-Transition to Groves-Groves Little Theater- see below for details

Wednesday, May 14

· 11:50AM-3PM-5/6 Field Trip to Linden Park-Burns/Burdick

· 3:30-5PM-6-8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE

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

· 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER @ HOME vs. EAST HILLS MS

· POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE REJECT”- Documentary and Discussion- click REJECT-the Movie

Thursday, May 15

· Vision Screening begins

· 9:15AM-FIRE DRILL-PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN SIGNING IN/OUT YOUR CHILD

· 10-11:30am-Reading Party-Davis, Harvath, Mali

· 4PM--6-8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH AWAY @ WEST HILLS MS

· 4:05-6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE –TEAM PICTURES @4PM

· 4:30-5:30PM-Choice Hour Presentation for New Families-not for students

Friday, May 16

8:30AM-2:30PM-Waterford Village-Burns/Burdick

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

· 4:05-6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

Saturday May 17-SATURDAY SCHOOL and PARENT UNIVERSITY

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

· Saturday, May 17thPlease join Seaholm Flex teacher Robin Moten for a discussion about “What to Expect from a Nurturing School Environment”.

· Touch a Truck - click TOUCH A TRUCK

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.

PE UPDATE-QUARTER IV –LAST SWITCH OF THE YEAR!!

MONDAY, MAY 19 THROUGH THURSDAY, JUNE 13:

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and Wallington will SWIM.-don’t forget your swim gear

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Parkin will be in the GYM.-No Flip-flops-gym shoes please

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.

CHOICE HOUR PLANNING FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR:

Choice Hour planning for the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school has begun. Several parents have already volunteered to teach some very interesting Choice Hour classes next year that highlight their talents and interests. We are looking for someone to teach the 3rd grade and 4th and 5th grade math pentathlon classes. 3rd grade math pentathlon would not begin until QII, 4th and 5th grade should begin QI.

We will be offering a 3rd grade Destination Imagination choice hour class on Mondays beginning first quarter. Brenna Adams (BCS parent) will be coaching this class. Class size will be limited to 7 students. If you are interested in helping coach this team please contact Brenna Adams at ellenkat27@yahoo.com Additional parent help means that we can start another team of 7 students. A parent informational letter and student application will be posted online.

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 ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us 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 ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us 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.

BCS PLANNER PRE-ORDER FORM - DUE BY WEDNESDAY, MAY 21Planner Pre-order Form
BCS values organization as well as the use of technology for such purposes. With the number of digital planner options out there and in the spirit of being “green”, we will no longer be providing paper planners to all students. Students in the 3/4 grade levels will be provided a paper planner to allow us to continue to teach the use of a planner as a tool to organize your work. Students at this level are, of course, allowed to supply their own digital planner if they choose to do so. As a convenience, paper planners are available for purchase for grades 5-8, if you would like to do so, for $5/planner by pre-order (order forms must be submitted to the main office by 5/21/14). Students in grades 3-4 do not need to complete this form unless you would like to order an additional planner. Please determine with your child the best way in which they will organize their daily work load of recording assignments and other education related needs.

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… deadline is May 2!

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

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

FROM OUR DIVERSITY COMMITTEE- Reject: the Film- May 14- click REJECT-the Movie

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/.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

“AMERICAN PROMISE”(documentary) screening - THURSDAY MAY 15 6PM – MAPLE THEATER-panel discussion to follow
American Promise is a documentary spanning 12 years in the lives of two families and provides a rare look into black middle class life while exploring the common hopes and hurdles of parents navigating their children's educational journey. The film begins in 1999, when filmmakers Joe and Michele turned their cameras on their son and his best friend, as the boys entered kindergarten at the prestigious Dalton School. Over the years, the boys struggle with stereotypes and identity, and ultimately take divergent paths on the road to graduation. Meanwhile, the parents wrestle with doubts and angst over their sons' future, as they juggle their high expectations with the cultural and social obstacles their sons face. Through the intimate experiences of these two families, the documentary reveals complicated truths about parenting, while challenging commonly held assumptions about educational access in the 21st century.
Link to Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knFReWtLkgc&feature=youtu.be
Immediately following the screening, we will host a panel of three (3) thought leaders, who will engage in discussion surrounding the important takeaways from the film. Panelists include Jennifer Smith, Educational Advisor, Advocate & Big Sister, Dr. Jay Marks, Consultant for Diversity Education in Oakland County Schools, Patricia Gardener with the Michigan Department of Education.

BERKSHIRE MUSICAL PRODUCTION COMPANY PROUDLY PRESENTS “FAME JR.” Show times are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 15th, 16th, and 17th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the Berkshire Middle School gymnasium. Tickets are $10 at the door.

FOR OUR YOUNGER FRIENDS-‘TOUCH A TRUCK “ IS BACK click TOUCH A TRUCK

Saturday, May 17 at Bingham Farms Elementary - from 10-2- Admission is $5 per car

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

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

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. Any

BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC Check out the latest edition of our e-news letter loaded with upcoming programs and events. Click here http://tinyurl.com/nyywje8

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 kmichaud@bbcoalition.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

GROVES CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS START TUESDAY, MAY 27TH click Cheer Tryouts

All tryout/clinic dates are listed below:

Tuesday, 5/27/14 6-8pm (Learn the Sideline Chant, Quarter Cheer and Skills)
Wednesday, 5/28/14 6-8pm (Cheer material review, Learn Stunt Safety and Basic Stunting Combinations)
Thursday, 5/29/14 Registration Begins at 4pm; Tryouts will start promptly at 5pm until finished (Cheer & Stunt Group Tryout, Final Interviews)

Also, we will be holding a few open gyms for any girls who may want extra help with gaining new skills or brushing up on any old skills before tryouts. Come show off some great skills and have fun learning more!

Tryouts&clinics are held in Groves High School Upper Wrestling Room.

Open gym dates are below:

TUESDAY 5/20/14 from 6:30-8pm-WEDNESDAY 5/21/14 from 6:30-8pm-THURSDAY 5/22/14 from 6:30-8pm

All Tryout dates are mandatory, if there are any questions, please contact Coach Teona at grovescheer1@gmail.com.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR SUMMER 2014 STEM CAMPS.

Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science offers camps for upper elementary, middle school and high school students who have, or might have, an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM). The students will be taken through a series of hands-on, student-centered experiences where they will learn a little bit about what each of the engineering fields do, build and test equipment and conduct experiments in the various disciplines that include all of STEM.

Camps take place on OU's campus throughout the summer. An optional lunch is offered to campers. Extended camp hours are also offered. Students can remain at Oakland University until 5:00 p.m.

Offered camps are:

Open Introduction Camps: Engineering Exploration
One-week introduction camps for elementary, middle school, and high schools for students who do or might have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM).
Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 12, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 18, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, July 21 - Friday, August 1, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Focused Camps: Computer Science Exploration Week
One-week camps for 3rd - 12th grade students who have an interest in Computer Science. Upon registration, parents select elementary, middle or high school module.


One-week camps for 3rd - 12th grade students who have an interest in Computer Science. Upon registration, parents select elementary, middle or high school module.