May 25, 2014
Project COPE Zambia co-chairs George Sherman and Victor Phiri joined us on Friday at an all-school Town Hall meeting for our check presentation to the project’s efforts “to eradicate poverty in sub-Saharan Africa in one generation.” Our community’s support efforts, from donations both inside and outside BCS, allowed us to present our friends form Project COPE a “giant” check for just over $15,000 to be used to purchase two, 2-wheeled tractors, water pumps, rippers and ploughs which is predicted to result in a 3-4 times increase in agricultural output for the village of Chilipula’s co-op. What a meaningful partnership! In fact, check out the Detroit News article by clicking here as well as our BCS Facebook page for pictures from Friday’s Town Hall and giant check presentation!
Next week will be our last session of Character Connections where your student will be able debrief the year together around our efforts with Project COPE, create a video with their team on Tuesday and then view the video compilation of all the other classes on Friday at 2:45 PM saying goodbye to their Character Connections cross-age peers.
Also next week (May 27-30) our Spring Book Fair takes over our media center with the hope of exciting our students to purchase books for their summer reading. Be sure to come by our media center next week and to our Family Fiesta on Thursday between 4:30 & 7:30 PM where your family and you can shop the fair for books in the media center. Dinner will be available to purchase (budget $4-8 per person) so plan to take a break from the kitchen. Enjoy tacos and hot dogs from the Jacques' Tacos food truck in our main circle and treat yourself to ice cream and other desserts from Treat Dreams. We still need your help to make this event a success! Click on the following links to Volunteer for the Book Fair and/or to Volunteer for the Family Fiesta.
Also continuing this week as part of our theme, serve locally, we’re still collecting new or gently used children's books through 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.
On a final note, the 2014-15 District Calendar was released this week. Additionally, due to changes at the state level, districts can no longer count teacher professional development as part of the school day. Therefore, like other districts, all BPS schools, including BCS, will have adjusted school times for the 2014-15 school year toaccommodate for this change. Following are the specific school start/end time changes for BCS:
· Regular Days 8:18am – 3:20pm (this year was 8:20am-3:15pm)
· Half Days 8:18am – 11:30am
· *Delayed Start 9:48am – 3:20pm
o *Delayed Start Days: Wednesdays on 9/24/14, 12/10/14, 2/4/15 and 4/29/15
· Choice Hour 3:20pm – 4:10pm (this year was 3:15pm-4:05pm)
Click the following link for next year’s district calendar: 2014-15 District Calendar
Here’s to what will be another fantastic week of learning at BCS!
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Character Connections Word of the week: COMMON SENSE
Infuse this word into your conversations with your children as a character education focus.
· The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense. – Thomas A. Edison
· My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense. – Helen Gurley Brown
· Common sense is not so common. – Volataire
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.
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of May 26-30, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by WEDNESDAY 5PM
Monday, May 26 GENTLY USED BOOK DRIVE CONTINUES
· Memorial Day-Have a wonderful holiday
Tuesday, May 27
· DUE-all Media Center books due back today
- 7:15-8AM-7/8 COUNTY TRACK PRACTICE
- 8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center
· 9:20AM-RESCHEDULED--8th Grade Walk-Out Video Filming
· 12:40-1:30 PM - Groves Girls Cross Country meet with interested students in Digital Video West
· 2:15-3:15-Character Connection classes meet
· 4PM-SINGLES TENNIS FINALS (1/2 @WEST HILLS. 3/4 @ DETROIT COUNTRY DAY
· 4:05-6PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE
Wednesday, May 28
· 9AM-8th Grade Celebration Meeting-Staff Development
- 3:20-4:05-CHOICE HOUR TRACK PRACTICE
· 4PM-DOUBLES TENNIS FINALS (1/2 @WEST HILLS. 3/4 @ DETROIT COUNTRY DAY
· 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER HOME vs BERKSHIRE MS
· 7PM-Seaholm Activities Fair- click Activities Fair
· 7PM-5th Grade Band Concert – click 5th Grade Concert
Thursday, May 29
· 10AM-Reading Party-Frishman/Butzin-BASCC
· 2-3:15PM-Combined 7/8 Band Rehearsals-Band Room
· 1PM BUS LEAVES FOR 7/8 COUNTY MEET-CLARKSTON
Friday, May 30
· 2:30-3:15PM-LAST “CHARACTER CONNECTIONS” MEETING of the year
Saturday, May 31
- 9-11AM-SATURDAY SCHOOL@ Berkshire-last opportunity to get some help before the end of the year
Please allow for extra time when coming to pick up your student early on Tuesday and Friday this week. These are our final CHARACTER CONNECTIONS meetings and your student will be with their Multi-Age CC Team, not in their homeroom. This will require a few extra minutes for our wonderful parent volunteers to locate them, please be patient in advance.
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!
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE BCS OFFICE
If your student will not be attending Choice Hour, they MUST be signed out either by phone, email or in the sign out book in the main office, before they leave the building. 248-203-4625 or email@example.com
The LOST and FOUND is very full again. The noon supervisors have been collecting clothes from all over. PLEASE come and take home your belongings
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
BCS BAND SPRING CONCERT INFORMATION
5TH GRADE BAND CONCERT WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 @ 7 PM click 5th Grade Concert
6th,7th,8th GRADE BAND CONCERT-WEDNESDAY,JUNE 4th @ 7PM 6,7,8th Grade Concert
BOOK FAIR 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.)
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.
MEDIA CENTER NEWS -we are preparing for the end of the school year!
1. The last day for checkouts was 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
SAVE THE DATES-REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR
Mark your calendars with these Back-to-School Registration dates in August! Remember, forms are required to be turned in for all students attending BCS in the 2014-2015 school year during one of these registration dates.
· Thursday, August 14, 10-12am & 5-7pm
· Tuesday, August 19, 10-12am & 5-7pm
8TH GRADE CELEBRATION COMMITTEE METING- LAST MEETING
The last 8th Grade Celebration committee meeting is Wednesday May 28 at 9am in the Staff Development
room. Please join us as we wrap up the planning for the Celebration on June 10.
BCS PLANNER PRE-ORDER FORM -WERE 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 were distributed 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.
QI Choice Hour Change:
Cross Country – will meet on Thursdays (not Wednesdays) during choice hour in the fall. Practice will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings before school. More info will follow.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS -WRAP UP 2014 & PLAN 2015 June 5, 2014 7:PM click FRIENDS June
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…………
DON’T MISS IT—BEVERLY HILLS MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND CARNIVAL -click Memorial Day Parade and Carnival
GROVES CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS START TUESDAY, MAY 27TH click Cheer Tryouts
- Tuesday, 5/27 6-8pm (Learn the Sideline Chant, Quarter Cheer and Skills)
- Wednesday, 5/28 6-8pm (Cheer material review, Learn Stunt Safety and Basic Stunting Combinations)
- Thursday, 5/29 Registration at 4pm; Tryouts start at 5pm until finished (Chee/ 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: TUESDAY 5/20 from 6:30-8pm-WEDNESDAY 5/21 from 6:30-8pm-THURSDAY 5/22 from 6:30-8pm
All Tryout dates are mandatory, if there are any questions, please contact Coach Teona at email@example.com.
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. Incoming freshmen through senior year are welcome to try out. 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.
STUDENT LED DIA FUNDRAISER AT SEAHOLM click BAZART at Seaholm
National Art Honor Society students are putting on an art themed fundraiser for the DIA on Friday, June 30th from 5-9pm. It is 5$ in advance or 7$ at the door. Everyone is welcome.
GROVES BOYS FALL TENNIS INFORMATIONAL METING-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, see you there.
FOR OUR MUSICAL FAMILIES -SPECTRUM ORCHESTRA FINAL CONCERT Friday ,June 6,7:30PM
click Spring Spectrum Concert
Spectrum is a community, amateur orchestra that is in its 2nd seasonwith ties to BCS and the BPS Community.
Please join us at out final concert. "
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 248-602-7325
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
ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP click Passing the Ball
At Groves-Just for girls up to 7th Grade-learn from the coaches
FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE OAKLAND UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING AND STEM CAMPS click OU STEM Camp
BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC)
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
Did you know the Birmingham Village Fair benefits more than 15 LOCAL nonprofits and BBCC is one of them?You can have fun while giving back May 29-June 1. For more info: http://tinyurl.com/q8j7que
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 email@example.com or visit www.bbcoalition.org for more info.
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
To the Staff, Students and Parents,
As the result of the many changes in our economy, staffing and budgets over the past few years, the Operations Department is continuing our annual survey of the Custodial, Transportation, Food Service and Maintenance & Grounds departments as well as a new Energy & Sustainability survey. Each survey takes about 5 minutes to fill out and the continued success of these departments depends on your continued support and input. Below you will find a link to the surveys, I know this is an extremely busy time of the year for everyone but your input is valued. We have again made improvements over the last few years which can be directly attributed to these annual survey results and comments!
Maintenance & Grounds: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DTTSDBT
Food Service: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DWF65L6
Energy & Sustainability: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DXG2L7M
Thank you in advance for your participation and please respond by the end of the day on Friday, June 13, 2014.
To review the District’s Non-Discrimination policy, click here