September 28, 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 new pictures from the past week’s learning that we post each week.  We are thrilled to welcome back Andrea Leach who, once again, has offered to serve the Brown/Fitz team during Karen Fitzgerald’s leave.  Andrea filled in during Karen’s leave so admirably and competently last year.  Andrea’s familiarity with BCS, great relationships with Tammy Brown and the entire 5/6 team, and her qualifications in Language Arts and Social Studies will fit perfectly for the students and the team in Mrs. Fitz’s absence.  We welcome Andrea back to our BCS team once again.  As our dear teacher, Karen Fitzgerald, continues her next battle against Breast Cancer, many of us are wondering how we might help support her though this next fight.   Following are 3 options if you are looking for ways to support Ms. Fitz with her battle…

  • The meal train – this is a place where families can sign up to provide her family with a dinner:  https://mealtrain.com/krm8d.
  • An online fundraiser to help raise money to support Karen's medical bills:  https://www.youcaring.com/karensfight.
  • FitzPower T-shirts – we have a new order form and plan to place the order on October 2nd.  Click here for the order form and return with payment to BCS.  Order due by October 1st.

 

Another repeat reminder from last week’s WAG…we have started transitioning to a new eNews system starting with last 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 verified.  If you no longer have a student at BCS, but would like to continue receiving information about special events and other news via email, 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!  Here’s to another great week!

 

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: INTEGRITY

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

  • “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein
  •  “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of September 29-October 4, 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 29-School Pictures distributed in homerooms today

  • Look for picture packets in backpacks today!
  • 7-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 7-8AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE-AT BCS
  • 4 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER MEET-AWAY @ DETROIT COUNTRY DAY MS

Tuesday, September 30

  • 4PM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL-@ HOME vs. EAST HILLS MS
  • 4PM-6-8 CROSS COUNTRY MEET-HOME (BEVERLY PARK) vs. EAST HILLS MS
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE

Wednesday, October 1 - Count Day

  • 6:30PM-Proud Dads Annual Meeting
  • 7-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 7-8AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE
  • 4PM-6-8 CROSS COUNTRY MEET-AWAY @CRANBROOK MS-vs. WEST HILLS --THERE IS  A BUS
  • 4 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER MEET-HOME vs. DETROIT COUNTRY DAY MS

Thursday, October 2

  • 7:45-8:15AM-BCS DIVERSITY COMMITTEE meet in 504
  • 9:15AM-5/6 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • 4PM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL-AWAY vs CRANBROOK MS
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE
  • 7PM-Friends of Different Learners-October FODL

Friday, October 3

  • 9:30AM 3/4 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • 3PM-LOCKDOWN DRILL-PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN COMING TO SIGN OUT YOUR CHILD
  • 4 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER MEET-AWAY @ CRANBROOK MS
  • Yom Kippur begins at sundown

Saturday, October 4

  • 9-11-Saturday School at Berkshire-see below for details

 

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

 

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- ICE CREAM SOCIAL IS COMING

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

 

LEGO ROBOTICS “BCS COBRA CRAFTERS!”  INFORMATION

WANT TO DO THE MOST AMAZING THING? 

Want to build with the simple LEGO's we know, and make it into something that doctors, teachers, builders or anyone would use all the time? Then join LEGO Robotics, where we design robots, present ideas that are futuristic, and learn to work with a team. This year the theme is "EDUCATION".  So come on in and learn more Friday October 3rd after choice hours to the science lab to learn more!  GO BCS COBRA CRAFTERS…..

 

SUPPORT MS. FITZ

As our dear teacher Karen Fitzgerald begins her next battle against Breast Cancer, many of us are wondering how we might help support her though this next fight.   Following are 3 options if you are looking for ways to support Ms. Fitz with her battle…

  • The meal train – this is a place where families can sign up to provide her family with a dinner:  https://mealtrain.com/krm8d.
  • An online fundraiser to help raise money to support Karen's medical bills:  https://www.youcaring.com/karensfight.
  • FitzPower T-shirts – we have a new order form and plan to place the order on October 2nd.  Click here for the order form and return with payment to BCS.  Order due by October 1st.

 

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!

 

FROM PROUD DADS-SAVE THE DATE(S)

Monday, October 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 is the PROUD DAD'S annual meeting at the Renshaw Lounge in Clawson

Friday, November 7 is the first PROUD DAD’S “EAT AND RUN” (Come and enjoy lunch with your child)

 

MEDIA CENTER INFORMATION

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

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

This fall, Michigan launched OK2SAY, a new program that enables students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities involving students or school employees. OK2SAY’s focus is on early intervention and prevention, acting as an early warning system to thwart school tragedies before they occur.  Program Overview:  Students (and others) will be able to submit tips 24/7 by telephone, text, email, mobile application, and via a web-based form on the OK2SAY website at www.mi.gov/ok2say (website became operational September 2, 2014). Tips can be filed on a wide range of issues, including: planned school attacks, weapons at school, assault, bullying/cyberbullying, threats, gang activity, and more. Upon receipt of a tip, specially trained OK2SAY operators will address the immediate need and, as necessary, forward the information to the appropriate responding agency or organization. Most tips are expected to go to schools and local law enforcement agencies, but in some instances, tips may go to local Community Mental Health agencies and/or the Michigan Department of Human Services.  Operators will be trained to recognize, and appropriately address mental illness and emotional disturbance. Tips suggesting a psychiatric emergency will be forwarded to the local community mental health psychiatric crisis line.  There is a button on the BPS website home page that connects users with the service.

 

ATHLETICS / PE NEWS

 

2ND MARKING PERIOD-MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 THROUGH FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 4 will be in the GYM- Be sure that your child wears gym shoes-NO FLIP FLOPS

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 3 will SWIM- Remember to bring a bag for suits, goggles and towels

 

THE  3/4  TEAM  NEWS 

SAVE THE DATE-3/4 Coney Bingo Night is Thursday October 9th-MORE TO COME

 

THE  5/6  TEAM  NEWS 

Rouge River testing information and permission slip click ROUGE

 

THE  7/8  TEAM  NEWS

7/8 OPTIONAL TRIP INFORMATION

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

 

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

 

 “ANNIE” THE MUSICAL

Sept. 26-Oct. 4 Use the code GROVES to buy special priced tickets. Have you always wanted to see ANNIE but never made it? Here is an opportunity to support Groves Performing Arts Company.Join other district families for an opportunity to see Annie at the Fisher Theatre.  This is a fund raiser for the Groves Performing Arts Company. Click here to purchase discounted tickets http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/65546/1982741?brand=nederlanderdetroit

 

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD CONCERT-  Oct. 4     1 – 4 p.m.

Bring your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon concert of lively international dance and music.  Children of the World will feature child performers and popular local groups.  The public is invited to wear traditional ethnic clothing/items.  Audience participation with group dancing and sing-a-longs will be encouraged.  Attendees may bring lawn chairs and blankets.  Location:  Shain Park, Birmingham

 

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.

 

SATURDAY SCHOOL IS BACK-GET READY FOR LEARNING! 

Saturday School is back in session.at Berkshire Middle School from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and is welcome to all BPS K-12 students. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please show up to Berkshire on Saturday and we will get you set up with a student who needs your assistance. If you have any questions or concerns, please email: David Brooks - db26bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  Rudy Erazo - re02bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  Don't forget to sign up for Saturday School's Remind notifications! Text the message @satschool to (989)-312-3673 to sign up.   For further information, please see:  bpssaturday.weebly.com 

ARE YOU A MAPLE OR A FALCON-READ ON

VICTORY DAY at GROVESA Special Opportunity For Our DIFFERENT LEARNERS-Wed., October 8, 2014

BPS Victory Day is an opportunity for Birmingham students, who are ages 10 to 18 and have disabilities, to have a full game-day experience as a football player or cheerleader a MAPLE or a FALCON. It's a special day for students with impairments to have their day in the sun while family members, care givers, teachers, and peers cheer them on and witness a dream coming true.

For more information and registration to participate contact: Brendan Flaherty (248) 882-5577

Or E-Mail Kelly Jean Passage  kp07bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us.  Birmingham's first Victory Day, last year, gained our district local and national attention through sports media coverage and the announcement that our event qualified as one of 2014's "Promising Practices" from the Character Education Partnership council. Victory Day was created in 2010 by Aaron Segedi, a football coach and teacher in Trenton, Michigan. The idea behind Victory Day came from his strong belief that building character holds equal importance to teaching his athletes game-winning plays. To see inspiring pictures from past Trenton Victory Days and read more about the event, please visit www.victorydayfootball.com. To see some coverage and pictures from Birmingham's event last year, visit http://studentandathlete.com/front_page_100313.htm then click on the front page picture to read the whole story and see more photos.

 

APPLY BEFORE SEPT 30 AND GET 6 MONTHS FREE!  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

ACCESS TO KHAN ACADEMY – WORLD CLASS ONLINE TUTORING
Comcast has launched the program and is now accepting applications. For more information, see the Comcast website:
http://internetessentials.com/