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September 14, 2014

 

Hello BCS!

 

It was another great week at BCS!  Smiles, energy and a passion to learn continued.  If you haven’t “liked” Birmingham Covington School on Facebook yet, please do so to check out some pictures from the 5/6 camp experience.  We were thrilled this week to see our 3/4 parents and guardians at Curriculum Night, and we look forward to seeing our 7/8 parents at this Thursday’s 7/8 Curriculum Night (9/18/14) with the following agenda:

  • 6:00 PM – PTSA Reception, information, volunteer sign ups and spirit wear in the main hallway
  • 6:30 PM – All parents will go to the media center to meet with Mark Morawski, principal, the Co-Curricular teachers and our PTSA.
  • 7:05-8:45 PM – Teacher presentations begin in Academic Lab classes.  Click here for a detailed invitation and schedule for 7/8 Curriculum Night on 9/18/14 at 6:00 PM. (Be sure your student completes their schedule for you so you know the classrooms visit during the night’s schedule)

 

We also wanted to share some sobering news we received on Thursday from our dear colleague Karen Fitzgerald.  Ms. Fitz shared that a recent biopsy (9/2/14) has shown that her cancer has returned and her doctors have recommended immediate treatment.  Karen will be out for the treatment in the short term, and will update us as to her progress as she receives her treatment.  Her positive attitude and strong spirit has her planning to be back as soon as possible. In the meantime, Jeanne Jacobs was a great support to the Brown/Fitz students at outdoor camp and will remain as the ELA/Social Studies teacher on that team until we finalize a long-term guest teacher if needed.  Let us collectively send our positive thoughts, well-wishes and prayers her way.  She is a fighter with a positive spirit and we’ll look forward to seeing her soon.  Additionally, Jerry Melton, per the direction of his ophthalmologist, is taking a semester-long leave through Friday, January 23, 2015.  While disappointed he has to take a leave, he has left his art program in great order for our guest teacher whom we will secure shortly and his choice hour classes in the competent hands as well.  He looks forward to his return in January.  We wish Jerry well on his recovery!

 

Let’s make it another great week of learning and supporting each other in the most positive of ways.  Because of our people, BCS is a Great Place to Be!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

P.S.  Be sure to stay connected with BCS-related information two different ways:

 

Character Connections Word of the week: RESPECT

Infuse this word into your conversations/lessons with your family as a character education focus.  There will be a new word every two weeks.

  • One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” – Bryant H. McGill
  • “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.” – Clint Eastwood
  • “When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Lao Tzu

 

Counselor’s Corner

Here are some tips to help your child with the transition to BCS if they are new:

  • Have your child name positive things first before focusing on negative ones.
  • Talk with your child about the transition.  Normalize their feelings and concerns.  Then, make a plan to help with the concerns.
  • Role-play making friends.  Make sure you always include a negative reaction so your child knows what to do if someone has one.
  • Some students need scripts as they are making new friends.  Help them with the words.
  • Invite students from class/team over to your house or meet students at an event to spend time together outside of school.
  • Our schedule at BCS is very full.  We often hear students fatigue easily at home in the evening.  For a little while, you may need to have your child go to bed a little earlier.
  • Have your child keep a journal of his/her feelings both positive and negative.
  • Some students may grieve the losses from their former school as so many things are new this year.  Students think they will never see people at their school again.
    • They could see last year’s teacher in the hallway at their former school.  At an appropriate time, stop and visit the teacher.
    • Have play dates with students at BCS who came from your other school along with friends from the former school.
    • Keep Cub Scout or Girl Scout troops from former school.
    • See your friends from former school on athletic teams.
  • Be a parent volunteer to help your child be more comfortable knowing you are nearby.
  • Do not over-react to your child’s emotions.  They may not remember what it was like when they began kindergarten and were a bit nervous or anxious in their new school.  This is so foreign to them.  They need support and knowing they are OK and will continue to be OK.
  • Help your child to name the safe people they know at BCS if they need anything.
  • We have a team of people ready to help support you and your child (teachers, counselors, administrators, etc.).
  • Know Karen Sivwright and Tamra Nast, our BCS Counselors are available to help in any way if your child needs anything.

For more information to contact us, check out our Counseling page at BCSonline.

 

Mark your calendars ParentCamp is back!

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:30 a.m. to Noon at the BPS Education & Administration Center (adjacent to Groves). Workshops, networking and dialogue for parents/guardians of students in all grade levels! Click here for free register to this conference sponsored by the Birmingham Education Foundation!

 

Health & Safety

Oakland County Health Division shared information regarding Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).  Click on the following links for “What You Need to Know” from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and following is the Oakland County Health Division fact sheet.

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of September 15-20, 2014

(Disclaimer:  Please check all your calendars and bcsonline.info in case we missed something) 

ØTo submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email mz07bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  by WEDNESDAY 5PM 

Monday, September 15

  • 7-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 7-8AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE-TEAM PICTURES AT 7AM
  • 3 PM-FIRE DRILL –PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE TIME WHEN COMING TO SIGN OUT YOUR STUDENT
  • 3:25 to 5:30 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE
  • 7-8:30PM-BIRMINGHAM AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY NETWORK –( BAAFN)–Kick  Off Meeting-see below for details

Tuesday, September 16

  • 4PM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL GAME-AWAY vs. DERBY
  • 4PM-6-8 CROSS COUNTRY MEET-AWAY@ DERBY
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE
  • 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-Birmingham Education and Administration Building-31301 Evergreen Road

Wednesday, September 17

  • 7-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 7-8AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE
  • 11AM-I12PM-Special Education Building Coffee-  CLICK  HERE
  • 3:25 to 5:30 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER - PARENT MEETING- 5:30 PM ON THE FIELD. PLAYERS PRACTICE BEFORE

Thursday, September 18

  • 6:45-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE-TEAM PICTURES AT 7AM
  • 3:25-4:10PM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE- TEAM PICTURES-@ 4:15 PM
  • 7/8 Welcome Back to School Night
    • PTSA Reception at 6:00 p.m. in the main hallway
    • Program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the media center to hear from Principal Mark Morawski, the Co-Curricular teachers and our PTSA.
    • Then, all parents will go to their child’s academic lab teacher’s classroom at 7:00 p.m. and follow their child’s schedule from hour to hour hearing from each of his/her teachers.

Click here for a detailed invitation and schedule for 7/8 Curriculum Night

Friday, September 19

  • 7/8 Constitution Day Program at the Oakland County Circuit Court   PERMISSION SLIP
  • 7:45 AM – Students Arrive at BCS
  • 8:00 AM – Busses Leave for Court House
  • 12:30 PM – Busses Return to BCS
  • 4PM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL-@ HOME vs. BLOOMFIELD HILLS MS
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE

Saturday, September 20

 

VISIT   http://bcsonline.info -- FOLLOW US on twitter (@bcs_cobras) and LIKE “Birmingham Covington School” on FACEBOOK

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

Here is a link to Chartwells- the new BPS Food Service -BPS FOOD SERVICE INFORMATION

 

THE FIRST DELAYED START DAY IS Wednesday, 9/24/14      DELAYED START

Please visit bcsonline.info to print a registration form for the first delayed start day. Registration is $5/child. Registration forms are due by Friday, 9/19/14. CHILDREN MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND  AM  KIDS CLUB

 

BCS STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM    2014-2015  click HERE. If your child would like to be a student ambassador for the 2014-2015 school year, please click HERE.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION  BUILDING  COFFEE   click   INVITATION

Hosted by Friends of Different Learners in collaboration with Birmingham Public Schools. You are cordially invited to come meet with your child’s Special Education Supervisor and Principal.  Join us for coffee, meet with other parents who have students receiving special education services in our building and ask questions. 

 

CHOICE HOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS

The 1st Quarter Choice Hour program is well under way.

The change and refund deadline for QI Choice Hour was Thursday September 11th!  All approved QI Choice Hour changes go into effect on Monday September 15th

 New homeroom sheets will be posted on the Choice Hour board and in each homeroom.  You may continue to drop choice hour classes at any time but will no longer be eligible for a refund.

Questions regarding the Choice Hour program should be directed to Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us.  Questions regarding Choice Hour scheduling should be directed to Kathy Juriga at 248-203-4426 or kj04bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us .

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE CHOICE HOUR PROGRAM!

 

ATHLETICS / PE NEWS

PE INFORMATION-1st Marking Period-Tuesday, September 2 through Friday, October 3:

Frishman, Seley, Mali and Park/Wall 4 will be in the GYM. Be sure that your child wears gym shoes-NO FLIP FLOPS

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Park/Wall 3 will SWIM. Remember to bring a bag for suits and towels

 

BCS ATHLETICS NEWS AND INFORMATION

6-8 CO ED CROSS COUNTRY

TEAM PICTURES- 9/15/14 at 7:00 AM

7-8 BOYS SOCCER-

TEAM PICTURES-9/18/14 @ 4:15 PM

Parent Meeting-Wednesday 9/17 at 5:30 PM on the Soccer Field.

7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL

TEAM PICTURES 9/18/14 @ 7 AM

 

THE  3/4  TEAM  NEWS 

 

THE  5/6  TEAM  NEWS 

FOR 5/6 Orchestra students-the first day for 5th GRADE ORCHESTRA  students, to bring their instruments is on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH   due to camp schedule changes- Thanks -from Mrs. Gillespie

 

THE  7/8  TEAM  NEWS

7/8 Optional Trip Information Meeting

For those of you who were unable to attend the 7/8 optional trip information meeting in the spring, we will be holding another meeting on Tuesday, September 23, 6:30-7:30pm in the Media Center.  For more information on the trips to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Washington DC, please visit www.bcsonline.info

 

Thursday, September 18 – 7/8 Welcome Back to School Night

  • PTSA Reception at 6:00 p.m. in the main hallway
  • Program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the media center to hear from Principal Mark Morawski, the Co-Curricular teachers and our PTSA.
  • Then, all parents will go to their child’s academic lab teacher’s classroom at 7:00 p.m. and follow their child’s schedule from hour to hour hearing from each of his/her teachers.

Click here for a detailed invitation and schedule for 7/8 Curriculum Night on 9/18/14 at 6:00 PM

 

Friday, Sept 19-7/8 Constitution Day Program at the Oakland County Circuit Court 

click PERMISSION SLIP

  • 7:45 AM – Students Arrive at BCS
  • 8:00 AM – Busses Leave for Court House
  • 12:30 PM – Busses Return to BCS

 

BPS COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

BIRMINGHAM AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY NETWORK –( BAAFN )–Kick  Off Meeting

Birmingham African American Family Network will host their kick off meeting and a social on Monday, September 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Room G1 at Groves High School. 

The meeting will be an opportunity to welcome new parents to the district, network with other BPS parents, learn about BAAFN and get involved.  Please RSVP to http://baafnsocial.eventbrite.com

 

FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY FOR S.T.E.M. CAMP ON SATURDAYS   CLICK S.T.E.M. CAMP

Enrollment is now open for metropolitan-Detroit students who are in grades 4-12 to participate in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programming on Saturdays from October 11 through November 15, 2014. DAPCEP is a nonprofit that partners with Michigan universities, STEM corporations, community organizations, and K-12 school systems to expose, motivate, and prepare students for futures in STEM careers. On Saturdays this fall, we will offer 35 courses at 14 locations in southeast Michigan. Courses range in topics from renewable energy engineering to video game design to calculus, ACT preparation and more.

 

SEAHOLM  ANNUAL CHEERLEADING  CLINIC    click  CHEER CLINIC

The Birmingham Seaholm High School Cheerleading Team is hosting their annual 2014 Sideline Cheer Clinic! Participants will work with the High School Cheerleaders to learn chants, motions, jumps, gymnastics, flexibility, stunting and teamwork! The event is Saturday, Sept. 20th in the Birmingham Seaholm High School Fitness Center from 12 PM—3 PM. Participants are invited to Cheer at a half of the Seaholm Varsity Football Game on Thursday, Oct. 2nd! Register at seaholmcheer.weebly.com by Friday, Sept. 5th. The cost is $50 (Includes T-Shirt & Poms). If you register after Sept. 5th, the cost is $55 with no Guarantee of camp items. Questions? Email MelissaNacy@TitleSource.com.

 

NEWS FROM FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS   October 2, 2014 7PM   click  October FODL

Let Me Introduce You To My Different Learner: Setting the Scene for a Successful Year

 

ParentCamp 2014 -Learn with us on Saturday, September 20PARENT  CAMP  2014

Saturday, September 20, from 7:30 a.m. to Noon-Birmingham Education & Administration Center (adjacent to Groves)

Free registration at: http://bpsparentcamp2014.eventbrite.com 

ParentCamp is…

  • An opportunity for parents, teachers and administrators to engage in dialogue regarding what is best for our children.
  • A face-to-face, relationship building, networking opportunity designed on the premise that “We’re all in this together.”
  • Breakout sessions with facilitators sitting with the group to lead the topic dialogue, with the focus on harnessing the expertise and experience in the room.
  • Conversations, driven by audience participation, that are authentic and real, where every voice is heard.

Follow us on Twitter @BPSParentCamp14 (#BPSparentcamp2014). 

 

NOTE TO BCS/BPS FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Comcast has introduced a program called Comcast Internet Essentials.  This offer is for any BPS students receiving free lunches (not reduced lunches) through the National School Lunch Program.  In an effort to bridge the “Digital Divide” it provides:
Home Internet Access for $9.95 per month
A Low Cost Computer for $149.00
Free Internet Training – Online, Print

Comcast has launched the program and is now accepting applications. For more information, see the Comcast website:
http://internetessentials.com/