September 21, 2014

Hello BCS!

 

Welcome to the new BCS eNews, Connect5!  You received this message because your email address is correct in our PowerSchool database.  Please remember to contact the BCS office and update your contact information whenever changes take place (phone numbers, emails, addresses, etc.).

 

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 this week’s learning.  We were thrilled this week to see our 7/8 parents and guardians at our final Curriculum Night of the year.  We thank you for attending and helping us set up a great year of learning for our students.  Additionally, some of our BCS 3/4 students’ Back-to-School thoughts and artwork were featured in the “Yak Corner” of last week’s Detroit Free Press.  Click here to view it.  

 

And now, for an important BCS communication enhancement…BCS will be transitioning to a new eNews system starting with this week’s WAG.  The new system uses email addresses contained in our PowerSchool database.  During the transition, current BCS parents/guardians should receive duplicate email messages, one from the former eNews system (this version of the WAG) and one from the new system (check for that message).  We will denote on the email which system the email is coming from.  If you do not receive another email noted from our new system “Connect5”, please contact Sally Battle, our counseling secretary, by email at sbattle@birmingham.k12.mi.us with your correct email address so that your email information in PowerSchool can be updated.  If you no longer have a student at BCS, but would like to continue receiving information about special events and other news, please update your contact information here: http://goo.gl/DNNIwe.  By the way, the new Connect5 system also allows us to communicate to parents via text messages and phone calls as another means of communication, so look for the occasional text and listen for the occasional phone call with important news from BCS!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

WE NEED SOME HELP – Map Repainting!

There is a map of the United States near the playground that is in desperate need of repainting. We are looking for a few volunteers to help repaint the BCS map. Artistic ability not required! The date is Monday, September 29th at 1:30pm. If the weather doesn’t cooperate on that day, we’ll select a day later that week.  If you are interested please contact parent volunteer, Dawn Jensen at dwj444@gmail.com.  Thank you in advance for your consideration!

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG click here.

 

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.

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of September 22-27, 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 5PM

 

Monday, September 22

  • 7-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 7-8AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE
  • 4 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER MEET-AWAY @ WEST HILLS MS
  • 6:30PM-Forenensics Parent Meeting-Media Center

Tuesday, September 23

  • 9:15AM-FIRE DRILL –PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE TIME WHEN COMING TO SIGN OUT YOUR STUDENT
  • 4PM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL-@ HOME vs. ABBOTT MS
  • 4PM-6-8 CROSS COUNTRY MEET-AWAY@ ABBOTT MS
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE
  • 6:30PM-7/8 TRIP Parent information Meeting-Meeting Center-6:30-7:00 San Juan-7:00-7:30 Washington

Wednesday, September 24-DELAYED START TODAY click    DELAYED START for form

  • 9:48AM-School begins with a 90 minute delay
  • 3:25 to 5:30 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER
  • 6PM-Rosh Hashanah begins at Sundown

Thursday, September 25

  • 3:25-4:10PM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE-

Friday, September 26

  •  7-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY MEET-CHECK WITH THE COACHES
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE-
  • 6PM-Rosh Hashanah ends at Sundown

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

Here is a link to Chartwells- the new BPS Food Service-click -WEEKLY MENU

Read the Chartwells  newsletter  for updates to the food program- NEWSLETTER

 

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

School will begin at 9:48am.  Due to the fact that all staff will be participating in professional development that morning, the building will not be open until 9:28am.  Please DO NOT drop your child off before 9:28am.  For those of you who need child care from 8:18-9:48am, please complete the  DELAYED START  form  and return it to the office.  The fee is $5 per child. CHILDREN MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND  AM  KIDS CLUB

 

BCS 2014-15 YEARBOOKS

This is the final week for the Back to School special with the yearbook. Order by 9/26/14 with personalization and get up to four free icons. The yearbook is also still at its lowest price of the year (only $35). Parents can order online at www.jostens.com or by printing out the order form, filling it out, and attaching payment (payable to BCS) by Friday.

 

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

 

SAVE THE DATE- FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014

Our Annual Ice Cream Social is coming up--- click   ICE CREAM SOCIAL

 

LINKS AT BCS – PEER TO PEER SUPPORT

At BCS we want all students to feel comfortable and included, and we stress the importance of helping one another to all of our students. We feel that all students are peer buddies, or LINKs, and able to help one another. However, there are some students who benefit from a more structured program of LINKs during lunch/recess. We present these voluntary opportunities to students and then work to set up positive experiences for everyone. If you do not want your child to participate in our formal LINKs program as a peer buddy, please let our social worker, Meg Keydel, know via email at mk03bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us.   BCS is a Great Place to Be!

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

As we move smoothly into a great school year, we need to focus on some important health issues.  With cold and flu season arriving soon, it is important that students remember their good health habits – washing hands frequently, covering their cough, etc.  Many of you have heard of the Enterovirus D68 that has affected a number of children in Michigan. Although EV-D68 can be a mild and self-limiting illness, it can also cause respiratory issues.    According to the Oakland County Health Department:  Unlike the majority of the enteroviruses that cause a variety of symptoms, EV-D68 has been associated almost exclusively with respiratory disease and causes mild to severe respiratory illness.  Cases are now being reported in Oakland County.  Per our usual protocol for illness, should your child develop a fever, you will be immediately contacted and asked to pick up your student.  For more information about the EV-D68 virus, go to the Parents/Students tab on the website home page and scroll down to Health & Wellness information.  An informational sheet from the Oakland County Department of Health is posted.   If you have any questions, please contact our school office.  Oakland County Health Division has 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.  This virus seems to be affecting children with asthma to a much more serious degree while those students without asthma showing symptoms of a bad cold.

 

MEDIA CENTER INFORMATION

Follow the link to the Media Center page for all the passwords your child(dren) may need to  click MEDIA CENTER

 

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

 

THE  7/8  TEAM  NEWS

7/8 Optional Trip Information Meeting

We are offering two optional trips for our 7th and 8th grade students.  The first trip is to San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 14-19, 2015.  The second trip is to Washington, DC, March 6-8, 2015.  SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR BOTH TRIPS.  Register today by clicking San Juan or Washington.  If you were unable to attend the meeting in the spring or would like additional information about these trips, there will be an information meeting on Tuesday, September 23, 6:30pm in the Media Center. 

 

ATTENDING HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS

For the Safety and enjoyment of all spectators, the following guidelines for middle school students (grades 6-8) in attendance at Seaholm or Groves home varsity football games must be followed:

  • Students must be accompanied by an adult/ guardian. 
  • Students must remain under the supervision of that guardian while at the stadium.
  • Students must remain seated with their parent/guardian in the bleachers.
  • Students must also have their IDs at all times while in attendance at the stadium. 
  • Standing, loitering or horseplay under and/or around the bleachers or any other area is prohibited.

Again, our goal is to make sure that that we create a safe environment for all students and families.  Thank you very much for your support and cooperation.

 

BPS COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

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

 

MAPLE MOTION DANCE TEAM GIRLS’ DANCE CLINIC-Thursday, October 9, 2014

Join the Maple Motion dancers for an afternoon of non-stop dancing and fun!  Learn a dance routine and perform with your age group on the field between the Freshmen and JV Football games   Maple Motion Dance Team Girls' Dance Clinic details

 

INTERESTED IN HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER?  READ MORE…

The Seaholm Mens Soccer season is almost halfway complete.  If you are interested in trying out for the team next year and/or want to see any of the three teams in action before Summer Captains (2015) practices begin, please visit for an updated schedule:https://sites.google.com/site/seaholmmenssoccer/home

  • It may be a little early to be thinking about High School soccer, but as a Fall sport, this is the best chance to see the Maple teams in action before Tryouts next summer.  If you have any questions, please contact Dave Krivan (dkrivan@iacgroup.com), Seaholm Boys Soccer Boosters, and he will direct you to the correct coach or answer.
  • There will be other opportunities to meet the players and Captains at next Spring’s Activities night and Pizza Luncheons to be held at the Middle Schools.

 Thank you-Seaholm Soccer Coaching Staff and Boosters

 

FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY FOR S.T.E.M. CAMP ON SATURDAYS   CLICK S.T.E.M. CAMP     STILL TIME TO SIGN UP

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.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) INFORMATION
Meetings are held in the Education and Administration Center, 31301 Evergreen Road, from 9:30-11:30 (unless otherwise noted).  All meetings are open to any parent of BPS students.2014-2015 MEETING DATES
September 16
January 20
October 21
February 10 (6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.)
November 11
(6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.)
March 17
December 16
April 21
May 19
(New Member Interviews)