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May 18, 2014

 

Hello BCS!

 

Our students in grades 3/4 are heading into the home stretch of their mass production unit in their Engineering Technology class facilitated by Mr. Prisciandaro. After months of brainstorming, planning and design, students are now knee-deep in the creation and mass production of a 3-wheeled vehicle modeled after those of our friends’ in Zambia, Africa.  Check out pictures of Mr. P modeling next steps and of Mr. Morawski helping out on the drill press.  It won’t be long until the 200+ vehicles are complete!

 

Learn Globally, Serve Locally!  As part of our theme serve locally, beginning tomorrow, we will be collecting new or gently used children's books until Tuesday, June 3 in the BCS lobby.  All the books collected will be donated to Edison Elementary in Madison Heights.  Edison’s water pipes burst this past winter and they lost all of their K-3 classroom libraries and about half of the books in the main library that services the entire school (grades K-5).  In partnering with them, they are looking forward to moving back into their building this fall and are so grateful that we have offered to help them rebuild their libraries.  Please bring your children's book donations (gently used or new) to the area to the right of the main office starting beginning tomorrow through June 3. 

Please reminder to complete our parent survey as part of looking ahead at our efforts as a BCS school community for continuous improvement.  Our leadership team would appreciate greatly if you would take the time to complete the 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 community’s 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 providing your honest feedback by Friday, May 30.

 

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. Choice Hour selections for the 1st quarter of the 2014-15 school year are now posted on line and are due no later than Tuesday May 27th at 4:00PM. We know how difficult it is to plan for September so far in advance, though give it your best shot!  You can view the choice hour class offerings at www.bcsonline.info.

 

– 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.

·         In all my public and private acts as your president, I expect to follow my instincts of openness and candor with full confidence that honesty is always the best policy in the end. – Gerald R. Ford

·         Compassionate action emerges from the sense of openness, connectedness, and discernment you have created. – Joan Halifax

·         There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness. – Frank Ocean

 

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. 

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of May 19-23, 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 AT 5PM

 

Monday, May 19--        ***** GENTLY USED BOOK DRIVE BEGINS THIS WEEK*****

·         OVERDUE - Cedar Point Permission Form - Due by Friday, May 9

·         Vision Screening

  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE

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

·         4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER AWAY @ DETROIT COUNTRY DAY MS

Tuesday, May 20

·         Vision Screening

  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center

·         1:30PM-8th Grade Walk-Out Video Filming

·         4PM--6-8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH AWAY  @ CRANBROOK (@ HIGH SCHOOLCOURTS)

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

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

Wednesday, May 21

·         Vision Screening

·         DUE:  Planner pre-order form, 2013-14 school year    Planner Pre-order Form

·         12:40-1:20-Seaholm Cheer visit during 7/8 lunch

·         2-3:15PM-Combined 7/8 Rehearsals-Band Room

·         4 PM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK MEET-CITY MEET@GROVES

·         4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER AWAY @ DERBYMS

Thursday, May 22

·         Vision Screening-last day

·         9:15AM-FIREDRILL (POSTPONED FROM LAST WEEK) PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN SIGNING IN/OUT YOUR STUDENT

·         10-11:30AM-Reading Party-Wallington-Woodard Hills

·         1:25-2:05-Groves Big Brother/Big Sister Presentation-Media Center

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

·         5th Grade Orchestra Concert 7PM-Cafeteria

Friday, May 23-George Sherman of Project Cope visiting today

·         Last day to check out books from the Media Center-see below for details

  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 7:15-8AM-7/8 ONLY CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE

·         8:30-10:30AM-7/8 Court in school

·         :40-11AM-3-8 Town Hall meeting with George Sherman of Project Cope

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

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

Saturday, May 24

·         No Saturday School- Join us next week at Berkshire

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
The Scholastic Book Fair is almost here (May 27th -30th) and we need your help!  Please give an hour or two of your time to help make this year's spring fair a success!  Sign-up to help at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090C4EA8A72EAA8-spring

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!

Jacques' Tacos will be selling food and Treat Dreams will be selling desserts. (budget about $4-8/person. An upcoming email will have all the details.)

 

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

 

DRESS CODE REMINDER-SPRING IS FINALLY HERE!!!!--As the weather gets warmer and shorts, skirts, and tank tops come out, please take a moment to review the dress code with your child click  Student Planner Dress Codeon page 10  of the student handbook.  Please help your child to remember that shorts/skirts must be below the child’s fingertips and tank tops must have wide enough straps so that undergarments cannot be seen.  If a student is not wearing the appropriate clothing to meet dress code, a call will be placed to a parent to have an appropriate item of clothing brought up for the student to change into.  Thank you for helping!

 

CHILDRENS BOOK DRIVE TO SUPPORT A LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-Learn Globally, Serve Locally!  As part of our theme serve locally and our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair, we will be collecting new or gently used children's books from May 19-June 3 in the BCS lobby.  All the books collected will be donated to Edison Elementary in Madison Heights.  Edison’s water pipes burst this past winter and they lost all of their K-3 classroom libraries and many books in the main library that services the entire school (grades K-5).  In partnering with them, they are looking forward to moving back into their building this fall and are so grateful that our BCS community has offered to help them rebuild their libraries.  Please bring your children's book donations (gently used or new) to the area to the right of the main office beginning this Monday, May 19. 

 

BCS PLANNER PRE-ORDER FORM - DUE BY WEDNESDAY, MAY 21      Planner 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.

 

CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION-1st Quarter 2014-2015 Choice Hour selection sheets will be going home the week of May 19th.  Choice Hour selections are due no later than Tuesday May 27th at 4:00PM. We know how difficult it is to plan for September so far in advance, give it your best shot!  You can view the choice hour class offerings at www.bcsonline.info!!

Also, please include proper payment with your Choice Hour selections if you are signing your child up for a 4th and 5th day of Choice Hour.  NO PAYMENT MEANS NO PLACEMENT.

Important information regarding 1st quarter:

Students interested in applying for the 2014-2015 6-8 Science Olympiad team need to have their applications to Mrs. Brown no later than Tuesday May 27th.  Parent letter and application are included with the selection sheet and posted online!

3rd grade students interested in applying for the 2014-2015 Destination Imagination team need to have their applications to the office no later than Tuesday May 27th.  Parent letter and application are included with the selection sheet and posted online!  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. 

7-8 students interested in applying to be a part of the leadership team need to have their applications and references to Mrs. Stone no later than Tuesday May 27th. The leadership application is included with the selection sheet and posted online!

New Course Offerings:

Academic – 6-8 MATHCOUNTS, 3-5 WordMasters, 3-4 & 5-6 Writing Support and 5-6 Reading Comprehension

Fine Arts offerings:  5-8 Flute Choir, 3-8 Watercolor, 4-6 Introductory French

Sports offerings:  4-8Girls’ Field Hockey, 6-8 Cheer/Dance team,

Choice Hour reminders – please call 248-203-4625 or send in a note 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!

 

MEDIA CENTER NEWS -we are preparing for the end of the school year! 

1.       The last day for checkouts will be Friday, May 23.  After this day, we’ll be promoting our growing eBook collection!

2.       All books are due on Tuesday, May 27

3.       We will again be holding the Least-Amount-of-Overdues Contest, with homerooms competing against each other by grade level.  The homeroom in your grade level with the least amount of materials still out will be treated with a movie of your choice and treats in the Media Center on a day of your choosing during the last couple of weeks of school.  The contest will end at the end of the school day on May29…so encourage all of your students to get in their books before then! 

Don’t forget about the BOOK FAIR MAY 27-30

 

5TH GRADE BAND CONCERT   WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 @ 7:00    P.M. 

Dear 5th Grade Band Parents - please mark your calendars for the concert.

 Get the cameras ready.  Your child will be featured in a song performed only by his/her section. The class is playing full sheet music for the first time. 

Each person’s performance affects the others.  Students are welcome to invite their extended families.  We will have plenty of room in the gym.  

We will also have an afterglow following the concert.  If families whose last name begins with A through R, please consider bringing a finger dessert or fruit (in a disposable container) to the concert for our Afterglow. Please, no items that need to be cut.

Families whose last name begins with S through Y, please bring individual ice tea, pop, juice boxes or 8oz. water bottles to the concert for our Afterglow. No liter containers please, as we are going to try to get by without pouring plastic cups. 

Please drop them off at the reception tables in the back of the Gymnasium on your way in. We could use more parent volunteers to help set up and/or clean up following the afterglow.   Please reply to tammy_p@rocketmail.com  with a confirmation email and mention what you plan to bring in the subject line.  

 Thank you for your help in making this a special evening for our performers. 

Sincerely, and musically yours,  Ms. Eliassen

 

ATHLETIC NEWS

We are happy to announce that Groves High School will be offering Athletic Physicals again this year.  These will be held at Groves High School in the Gym on WEDNESDAY JUNE 4TH, beginning at 3:00 pm and ending at 5:30 pm.  This will be on a first come first serve basis.  The physical form can be found at BPSregister.com or you can stop into the athletic office and pick one up.  The cost for the physical will be 25 dollars and checks can be made out to Meadowbrook Urgent Care P.C.  This is a great bargain for our athletes.  The MHSAA Rule is that the physical needs to be dated after April 15, 2013 to be valid for next school year.

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS -WRAP UP 2014 & PLAN 2015  June 5, 2014  7:00 p.m. CLICK

Have input on speakers, programming, events and projects for the 2014-15 school year!  Every voice brings added perspective and benefit for different learners.  Board Elections for the proposed slate listed below.  All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone!  For more information contact Kathy Sinclair-Pearson at Kathy@execrecruiters.com or 734-678-6200 or visit our web site at:  www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org 

 

2014—15 BOARD ELECTIONS PROPOSED SLATE:

Co-Presidents:    Denise Moore & Amy Damon Vice President:   Ann Adams  Treasurer:   Chris Salerno

Corresponding Secretary:  Ema Kim  Recording Secretary:   Molly Israel  Past President:    Kathy Sinclair Pearson

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

BIRMINGHAM AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY NETWORK MEETING
On May 19th, 7PM at Groves High School (Staff Planning Room) the Birmingham African American Family Network (BAAFN) will host its final meeting for the 2013-204 school year. During the meeting, we will discuss the proposed strategy and calendar events for 2014-2015 school year. The strategy and calendar were based on lessons learned from the 2013-2014 and feedback from the parent survey recently distributed. All BPS Parents and Administrators are welcomed to attend

 

DON’T MISS THE ANNUAL BEVERLY HILLS   MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND CARNIVAL

click  Memorial Day Parade and Carnival

 

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.

 

GROVES BOYS FALL TENNIS INFORMATIONAL MEETING - SAVE THE DATE:  6/4 @ 7PM 

There will be a meeting held on Wednesday, June 4 at 7pm in room G-1 for all interested JV and Varsity players for our Fall 2014 season.  If you plan on playing, or are considering playing, please find time to attend.  Both the JV Coach and Varsity Coach will be in attendance.  Expectations and important dates will be discussed.  Looking forward to seeing you there. 

 

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

 

SEAHOLM CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS

Seaholm Cheerleading Team Tryouts are being held June 4th, June 5th and June 6th from 6 – 8 PM in the Seaholm Fitness Center. The team is also hosting to Open Gyms for anyone interested in learning more about cheerleading on May 20th and May 29th from 6 – 8 PM in the Seaholm Fitness Center. Questions? Contact the coach at MelissaNacy@TitleSource.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

 

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.

An Evening with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Monday, June 16, 7:00 p.m. at the Berman Theater. Live performance and interview with Gary Graff. For tickets:  http://tinyurl.com/q6fang2 or more info www.bbcoalition.org   Check out the latest edition of our e-news letter loaded with upcoming programs and events.  Click here http://tinyurl.com/nyywje8
For more info on substance abuse prevention focused on our youth visit www.bbcoalition.org 

 

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.

 

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.
Monday, June 30 - Thursday, July 3, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, July 28 - Friday, August 1, 8 a.m. -  3 p.m.
Focused Camps: Conventional and Alternative Energy
One-week camps for 3rd - 12th grade students who have an interest in Conventional and Alternative Energy. Upon registration, parents select elementary, middle or high school module.
Monday, June 16 - Friday, June 20, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, July 21 - Friday, July 25, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Focused Camps: Industrial Engineering and Robotics
One-week camps for 3rd - 12th grade students who have an interest in Industrial Engineering and Robotics. Upon registration, parents select elementary, middle or high school module.
Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, August 4 - Friday, August 8, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Focused Camps: Electrical and Computer Engineering
One-week camps for 3rd - 12th grade students who have an interest in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Upon registration, parents select elementary, middle or high school module.
Monday, July 14 - Friday, July 18, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, August 11 - Friday, August 15, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

REGISTER TODAY HERE.

For more information call (248) 370-2217 or e-mail: SECSOutreach@oakland.edu.

 

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