June 1, 2014
Move-Up day is approaching and our families will be receiving the Move-Up Day along with class placement information in the mail this week. We look forward to this truly exciting day as it provides a wonderful transition experience for all our students. Please note on Move-Up Day, our 8th graders will enjoy a special assembly in the gym with the energetic professional Frisbee duo, The Flying Aces! Move-Up day for all new 3-8 grade students will be on Monday, June 9 from 9:00-10:30 AM. Students will meet their new teachers and classmates. Our new parents are welcome to stay in the Media Center for presentations by Patricia and me beginning at 9:15 AM. We, along with our support staff, will discuss topics of interest for new families.
Additionally, please note our returning Move-Up Night for Parents. On Monday, June 9, parents of 5th graders and new 6th graders can join us in the Media Center from 6:00-6:30 PM where representatives from the 5/6 team will discuss how the daily schedule for your student for next school year and share some tips for success. Parents of 7th graders and new 8th graders will meet immediately following from 6:30pm-7pm to learn more about the transition to 7th grade next school year. Please plan on joining us for these informational meetings.
Extended window: If you haven’t already, please 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, June 6.
Here’s to what will be another fantastic week of learning at BCS!
BCS – A Great Place to Be!
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– To view previous 2013-14 BCS WAG documents click here!) –
Character Connections Word of the week: COMMON SENSE
Infuse this word into your conversations with your children as a character education focus.
· Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
· Philosophy is common sense with big words. – James Madison
· Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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.
2014-2014 District Calendar
On a final note, the 2014-15 District Calendar was released this week. Additionally, all BPS schools, including BCS, will have adjusted school times for the 2014-15 school year, below is a summary of the 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
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of June 2-6 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, June 2- Last Days for Gently Used Book Drive
· Another great day at BCS
Tuesday, June 3-Last Days for Gently Used Book Drive
- 8 AM BAGELS - $1.25(cream cheese .25 cents) in front of Media Center
- 7PM-Board of Ed Meeting
Wednesday, June 4-END OF BOOK DRIVE
· 9:15AM-5/6Room Parent Meeting-Cafeteria
· Baldwin Library to visit-
- 8:55-9:25 – 6th grade
- 11:15-11:45 – Frishman/Butzin/Seley/Davis
- 11:55-12:25 – 5th grade
- 12:35-12:55 – Harvath/Mali/Parkin/Wallington
- 3:15PMN-BOYS vs. GIRLS SOCCER GAME
· 7PM -6th,7th,8th GRADE BAND CONCERT- 6,7,8th Grade Concert
Thursday, June 5
· 7:30AM-Diversity Committee Meeting –Room 504
· 7PM-Friends of Different Learners –Last Meeting- click FRIENDS June flyer
· 7PM-Spring Orchestra Concert
Friday, June 6
· 3/4Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
· 6PM-End of Year Party -Grades 6-8-see below for details
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
MOVE-UP DAY FOR ALL NEW 3-8 GRADE STUDENTS JUNE 9, FROM 9AM-10:30AM: Students come and meet your new teachers and classmates. Parents - you are welcome to stay in the Media Center for presentations by the principals beginning at 9:15am. They will discuss topics of interest for new families.
MOVE UP NIGHT FOR PARENTS, JUNE 9TH
Parents of 5th graders and new 6th graders will meet in the Media Center, 6pm-6:30pm. Representatives from the 5/6 team will discuss the daily schedule for your student for next school year. Parents of 7th graders and new 8th graders will meet immediately following from 6:30pm-7pm to learn more about the transition to 7th grade next school year. Please plan on joining us for these informational meetings.
WACKY RECESS IS HERE!!!!! It's that time of the year again....It's Wacky Recess! Please plan on participating in the fun on Wednesday June 11- Bring your sunscreen, a bathing suit and a change of clothes --- game on!
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 Code on 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
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.
END OF YEAR PARTY FOR 6,7,8TH GRADES
Dear Parents-The Spirit Committee is hosting a End of the Year Party for Middle School students (6th, 7th and 8th), sponsored by the PTSA, on Friday, June 6th from 6-8 PM. The event includes an Open Gym, Ice Cream, Candy Hunt, Music, ITunes Gift Card Raffle, Snacks & Drinks. The price is $3.00 if students pay early (includes 2 raffle tickets)and $5.00 at the door (includes 1 raffle ticket). Students can buy tickets at all lunches Mon., June 2nd – Fri., June 6th. Students may purchase more raffle tickets at the party, 2 for $1.00, and these extra proceeds will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
We also need many parents to help chaperone the event. If you are able to come for either or both shifts below, please email advisor Nicole Toth to let her know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Shift 1: 5:45-7:00- Shift 2: 7:00-8:15
YEARBOOKS ARE IN!!!!
Distribution of pre-ordered yearbooks is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 6, 2014. Yearbooks will be delivered to academic lab/homeroom classrooms and distributed to students who pre-ordered prior to 5/31/14.
Sales of the remaining yearbooks (there is a limited number of these available) will begin at 7:50 on Monday morning, June 9, 2014. Sales will take place in front of the Media Center. The cost of a yearbook is $45. Yearbooks may be paid for in cash or a check, made payable to Birmingham Covington School. Sale hours will be 7:50-8:20 on both Monday and Tuesday (if there are any copies left after Monday). In addition, yearbooks may be purchased from the front office throughout the day.
All questions regarding the yearbook should be directed to Jeanne Jacobs (email@example.com
BCS MEDIA CENTER GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS
BAD NEWS: All books are now due back to the Media Center! Please remind your child to return any books that s/he still has out. If you believe your materials have been lost, we ask you to pay for the missing book so that we may buy new copies of the title. Students with overdues received an email listing the materials out on Friday.
GOOD NEWS: BCS students can read all summer long with our eBook collection! Visit the Media Center website at http://bcsonline.info/Academics/Media_Center.html to get the details.
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
ELEMENTARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM (GRADES K-4) THE BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Look for your reading contract in backpacks next week!
The best predictor of summer reading loss or summer reading gain is whether or not students read during the summer. In order to prevent summer reading loss, the Birmingham Education Foundation and The Jeffares Group are sponsoring a district –wide summer reading challenge, Bee A Reader!, for all BPS students entering grades K-5. Students who want to join in the fun need to commit to reading 800 minutes this summer. Students who meet this reading challenge goal will participate in a special celebration this fall at their school! To learn more about this program, and to encourage your student to Bee A Reader visit: http://bee-a-reader.birmingham.k12.mi.us. The Jeffares group has partnered with Birmingham Public Schools to support our district-wide summer reading program and you can too! For each house bought or sold THE JEFFARES GROUP will donate a portion of commissions, matched 1:1 by Max Broock to develop summer reading programs in the district. To learn more visit: http://www.thejeffaresgroup.com
We are happy to announce that Meadowbrook Urgent Care will again be conducting physicals for the upcoming school year at a discounted price of $ 25.00 This is a great bargain for our athletes, checks can be made out to Meadowbrook Urgent Care P.C. Groves High School will be 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.
Seaholm High School will be on THURSDAY June 10 th , after school .stating at 3:30 with Seniors and ending with Freshman at 5:30PM.
Parents, we ask that you fully complete the front of the health questionnaire and review this with your child prior to their physical examination. (http://www.seaholmsports.com/docs/physical_form_for_athletics.pdf)
The MHSAA Rule is that the physical needs to be dated after April 15, 2013 to be valid for next school year.
COMMUNITY INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………
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 our final concert.
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, see you there.
GOING TO GROVES-/-INTERESTED IN PERFORMING ARTS/ See you on June 10! Break a leg!
Are you going to be a student at Groves High School next school year? Are you interested in being part of the Fall Musical, THE ADDAMS FAMILY?! The time to audition is NOW!
The Groves Performing Arts Company is ready for Auditions on Tuesday, June 10 from 3:00 to 6:00 in the Choir Room at Groves High School. Audition attire includes hair pulled off the face and closed toe shoes for all participants, dress or skirt and blouse for the ladies, and dress pants, dress shirt or collared shirt for the gentlemen. Absolutely no flip flops, slippery sandals, blue jeans, or T-shirts!!!! Read the directions for dancewear – you can bring dance shoes.
All information for Auditions, including how to prepare and what songs to sing, for THE ADDAMS FAMILY can be found at this link:
You must register to audition at this link:
Follow the directions to register.
If you have any questions, please email Leisa Passarelli at LP01bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us
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.
INTERESTED IN SEAHOLM WOMEN’S GOLF ?? Uniform Sizing: June 5 in Doug Baltz’s Physics Classroom 3:45 at Seaholm ($85 deposit)Tryouts: August 13-15. In order to get you and your daughter on the email distribution list or for questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org< span=""><>> and email@example.com< span=""><>
BOYS/GIRLS INTERESTED IN WATERPOLO??
Water Polo Skills Clinic is being offered by the Seaholm Boys Water Polo Team on June 4, 4p-6p in the Seaholm Natatorium. The FREE clinic is designed to introduce the sport of Water Polo to all current 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys. The intent is to provide basic skills and understanding of the game of Water Polo. The program will include the fun and dynamic aspects of the sport. Don’t miss this opportunity to play alongside the Seaholm Varsity Water Polo Team in this fast paced team sport. Interested athletes should have moderate swimming skills. Attendees need to bring a swimsuit and towel. For information and to register, please contact Roxanne Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org or text or call, 714-213-5333.
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
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
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.
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.
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