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June 15, 2014


Hello BCS!


Thank you for participating in another terrific Move-Up Day (June 9th).  This truly is a wonderful opportunity to help our students and teachers transition to and get excited about next school year.  It even helps to get some of those nerves out.  To view a copy of the presentation that Patricia and I gave to our new 3rd grade parents that morning, click here.  We also want you to know that our 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 BCS Summer Packets are posted on BCSonline. And, now let summer vacation begin….

…and how fast the school year goes!  It’s hard to believe the end of the school year has arrived and with it, the joys of summer!  Enjoy your summer filled with family, fun and friends with each providing wonderful learning experiences and memories for your children.  Those of us at BCS look forward to a variety of plans that include travel, professional learning, graduate classes and some simple rest and relaxation.  For parents, summer vacation can be, at times, fraught with anxiety as the regular daily schedule comes to a grinding halt.  Losing that basic sense of structure to the day can initially seem daunting.  Too quickly however, the summer can become as hectic as the school year, with camps, swimming lessons, sports, and vacations.  Before your child’s summer schedule is full, consider a few alternatives that allow you to spend time having fun together as a family, instead of apart as individuals.  Some of these don’t even require a deposit, registration, reservation or a carpool!  Think back to your own childhood and those memories you hold most dear.  They invariably involve time spent doing things together with those about whom you most care.

  • Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy one of the parks.
  • Read the books outside with your child under a shaded tree.
  • Take a few “mystery trips,” guided only by your child’s sense of adventure. Stay off the highways and let your child decide when and where to turn, what to see, and where to eat.
  • Write and illustrate a book together.
  • Visit the Detroit Zoo, the DIA, Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History or the Detroit Science Center.
  • Take a train ride from Birmingham or Dearborn to the western part of our great state.
  • Get back to the basics – bake a cake from scratch, make fresh lemonade, go berry picking, etc.
  • One rainy morning, have a family breakfast in bed and watch a good movie.
  • Make tents out of blankets on a rainy day.
  • Let your child empty his/her piggy bank, count the change and see what they will buy.
  • Make a time capsule and bury it in your garden.
  • Go through your child’s old toys, winter clothes and books, and donate unused items to a charity.
  • Take a nature walk and let your child take photographs.
  • Sit outside with your child and count the sounds you hear: dogs, cars, ice cream truck, crickets, birds, frogs, children playing, etc.
  • Write a note to your child’s teacher, and thank her/him for a great year!
  • Think of all the other things you can do to spend quality time as a family!

Some of these suggested activities you can experience with your family even align with our 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 Summer Packets.  Also, you can check out Edutopia.org where Keith Ferrell lists his “48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids” with ideas you and your children may find interesting.


I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all of our staff, students, and parents for helping make BCS such an amazingly caring and dedicated community of learners.  A very special thank you to those staff, students, and parents who are leaving us, and best of luck to each of you in the future and may your endeavors continue to be successful ones.  Finally, thank you to our entire BCS community for helping me serve this incredible community in this my first full year.  Though it’s only the first days of summer, I stand ready for a great 2014-15 school year full of learning for all!

BCS – A Great Place to Be!


Wishing you well & Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!

Mark Morawski




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Some Summer Information and Dates


registration now Open for 2014-15 7/8 Trip Opportunities

For trip and registration information for the 2015 service learning trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, please click San Juan. PR.

 For trip and registration information for the 2015 trip to Washington DC, please click Washington ,DC.

 Both of these trips are open to next year's 7th and 8th grade students.  There are a limited number of spots available for both trips, so in order to hold a spot for your student, you will need to register and make the deposit.  Registration is currently open for both trips.  Please contact Cindy Balicki with questions.



During June and August, our BCS office hours will be 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  The office will be open limited hours in July.  To make an appointment, contact Nancy Best at nb01bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us



Lost and found items will be bagged for donation on Friday, June 20th, so feel free to come by this week and check for items.  All items will be placed in the entrance hall.


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



  • STUDENT MEDICATION – All student medication must be picked up by a parent no later than 4PM, JUNE 19 Student medication or forms do NOT carry over into the next school year. ALL medications not picked up will be discarded on Thursday June 19 after 4PM.
  • BOOK FINES – Students may have been issued a FINE NOTICE for a lost textbook or media center books. All outstanding fines MUST be paid before the end of the school year.  Please check with your child or your child’s teacher to determine if they have any outstanding fines.
  • LOST AND FOUND – There is an incredible amount of lost and found items. Please look through the lost and found during this last week of school. You may find an item you didn’t even know was missing. All unclaimed lost and found items will be donated at the end after Thursday, June 19.


Back-to-school registration is august 14 &19, 2014 (10AM-12PM OR 5PM-7PM-four sessions from which to pick). Please mark your calendars with these dates and remember every student MUST be registered before SCHOOL STARTS NEXT YEAR!


3/4 Drop-In Open House

Students on the 3/4 team are welcome to “drop-in” on Thursday, August 28 from 11:30 AM-12:00 PM.  It’s a great time to see your classmates, greet your teachers and check out your classroom and locker.  We hope to see you there!