October 5, 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 have posted.  With our awesome art teacher, Jerry Melton out on leave, I wanted to let you know that Rebecca Parker will be joining us as Mr. Melton’s long-term guest art teacher.  We are thrilled that Rebecca is joining our team in this long-term capacity as her passion for and experience with art is great match for our one-of-a-kind art program at BCS.  Rebecca received her teaching certificate in 2003 and is certified in Art, Science, and Elementary Education. Rebecca’s passion is art education, and while she taught 2nd grade in the first year of her career, she has been teaching elementary or middle school art since 2004.  Rebecca completed her Master of Science in Administration at Central Michigan University in 2006. Her undergraduate work was done at Eastern Michigan and Wayne State universities.  Prior to teaching, Rebecca was a member of the Metro Detroit non-profit community as a special event professional and volunteer for several organizations. In her other position as an incentive and business meeting planner, she loves to travel the world only further informing art experiences.  These previous careers have added tremendous value to her teaching acumen by providing her with a diverse and broad perspective.  She recently completed the re-design of multiple rooms of her Ferndale home that she shares with her husband Phil, their chocolate lab Sophie, and two beautiful calico cats, Bella and Riley.  We welcome Rebecca to BCS.

 

And now some “Save the dates...

Are you proud of your BCS son or daughter?  Save the date, Monday, October 20 at 6:30 PM for the one and only Proud Dads Annual Meeting.  Click here for the flyer!

 

Save the Date!  Our BCS Service Learning Team is planning a “Walk for Fitz” fundraiser, in honor of our 5/6 teacher Mrs. Fitzgerald's battle against cancer, for Wednesday, October 22 at 6:00 PM.  All proceeds from the event will go toward short and long-term non-covered medical treatment and needs for our dear Ms. Fitz as she battles, once again, stage 4 breast cancer.  More details to come, though plan to bring your family out offer your support on 10/22/14:

  • 5:30 PM – Registration
  • 6:00 PM – Walk Begins
  • 6:30 PM – Dinner in Cafeteria and Gym
  • 7:30 PM – End of event

 

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

 

P.S.  Announcing the BCS 2014-15 Theater Production for all 6th/7th/8th grade students (part of Q2 Choice Hour)!  SEUSSICAL JR. Show dates: Jan 28-30, 2015 and the Parent Information Meeting is this Tuesday, Oct 7, 7:00PM - click SUESSICAL

 

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.

  • “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” -Albert Einstein
  • “Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” - Spencer Johnson
  • “It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of October 6-11, 2014

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

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

Monday, October 6

  • 7-8AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE-AT BCS
  • 7-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI) program- click -here

**8:30AM-5/6     **9:35AM-3/4    **10:40AM-7/8

  • 11:50-2:45PM-FITZ/BROWN TEAM -River Rouge Testing
  • 4 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER MEET-HOME vs. EAST HILLS MS

Tuesday, October 7

  • 11-1:25PM-PICTURE RE-TAKE DAY- ON THE STAGE DURING YOUR STUDENTS LUNCH PERIOD
  • 11:50-2:45PM-COOK/LOWERY TEAM-River Rouge Testing
  • 4PM-7/8 CROSS COUNTRY MEET-AWAY- NORTH MEET @ BLOOMFIELD HILLS  MS (TOP 7)
  • 4PM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL-AWAY vs BERKSHIRE MS
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE
  • 7PM-Parent information meeting for BCS Musical-Media Center-click SUESSICAL
  • 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-Birmingham Education and Administration Building-31301 Evergreen Road

Wednesday, October 8

  • 7-8AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE-AT BCS
  • 7-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 11:50-2:45PM-BURNS/BURDICK TEAM-River Rouge Testing
  • 4 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER MEET-AWAY @ CRANBROOK MS
  • Victory Day at Groves- see below for details

Thursday, October 9

  • 9:30AM-FIRE DRILL-PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN SIGNING IN/OUT YOUR STUDENT
  • 1:15PM-PTSA MEETING in staff development (meet our new AP, Mr. Hill)
  • 4PM-6-8 CROSS COUNTRY MEET-AWAY (BEVERLY PARK) vs. BERKSHIRE MS
  • 3:20-4:19PM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE
  • 6:30PM-3/4 CONEY  BINGO - click  here

Friday, October 10

  • 11:50-2:45PM-JOBERTS TEAM-River Rouge Testing
  • 4PM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL-@ HOME vs. WEST HILLS MS
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE

Saturday, October 11

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

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

 

BPS FOOD SERVICE

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

 

CALLING ALL 6th / 7th / 8th GRADE STUDENTS!

ANNOUNCING THE BCS 2014-2015 THEATRE PRODUCTION:

SEUSSICAL JR. Show dates: Jan 28-30, 2015

Parent Information Meeting: Tues Oct 7, 7:00 pm click SUESSICAL

 

PICTURE RETAKES – Volunteers needed also

If you are not satisfied with your child’s photograph, picture retake day is Tuesday, Oct 7.  Retakes will be taken during lunchtime on the cafeteria stage.  Please send the original picture packet into school with your child, to give to the photographer .  Retake picture packets will arrive at BCS by Halloween. 

Two volunteers are needed to help on RETAKE day from 11:00am-1:30pm.  Please email nb01bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us if you are able to help.  Did you know that Kaiser Studio has a customer service line dedicated just for parents?  You can reach them at 248-619-9119, ext. 100 or cs1@kaiserstudio.com.

 

AN IMPORTANT LIFE SKILL – BE ON TIME

We wanted to remind you that students need to be in class on time (8:18 AM sharp)! All lessons begin at the start of the class and tardiness not only impacts the individual student’s education, but also can disrupt the educational process of his/her classmates. We want students to take the responsibility to be in class on time and ready to learn at the start of each school day, 8:18 AM. We want to remind our parents that students who are found to be tardy to class on an excessive basis (e.g., more than 4 times per class, per quarter), will be given the opportunity to make up the missed time either during their lunch/recess period or after the school day. Should a student continue a pattern of tardiness, we may invite parents in for a conference to help us problem solve around the issue building a plan for success.

 

MISSING SCHOOL DUE TO FAMILY VACATIONS (from the student handbook)

What do I do if my family plans a trip when school is in session?

“Family trips during academic time are not encouraged, though they are considered excusable absences.  It is the student's/family's responsibility to take initiative to arrange with the teacher(s) for make-up work. This should occur at least one week prior to the trip and a timetable for completing the work should be made with the teacher(s). Students are required to make up the missed work on their own time. Teachers are not responsible to give personal instruction on the work missed, but are willing to answer questions if you do not understand the material.” – Please know, our BCS teachers will attempt to put together work in advance of the trip, though it is not always possible to predict, plan and copy the necessary work in advance.  Teachers will certainly provide the rest of the work upon the student’s return.

 

SUCCESS CENTER AT BCS

Success Center at BCS is a place that students can go, supervised by a teacher, to complete any work that they, or a teacher, want to complete.  It’s a great place for completing any missed or late assignments.  Following is the Success Center schedule for your information.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday*

Thursday

Friday

3/4

Art Room

Art Room

 

Room 101

Art Room

5/6

Room 90

 

Room 90 & Open Art Room

Room 103

 

7/8

Room 601

Room 70

Room 503

 

Room 70

 

CHOICE HOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS  -QII  CHOICE HOUR SIGN UP BEGINS ON MONDAY OCT 6th

Go to http://bcsonline.info

Click here  for detailed information about new offerings and classes.

If you do not understand the Choice Hour process, call Kathy Juriga at 203-4426 regarding scheduling and Linda Stone at 203-4625 regarding class content, attendance policies, choice hour absences, or if you are interested in teaching a Choice Hour class.  Thank you for your continued support of the Choice Hour program.

 

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

 

THE MICHIGAN CYBER SAFETY INITIATIVE (CSI) COMES TO BCS ONCE AGAIN!

The Michigan Attorney General’s office will be conducting presentations on student safety featuring the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI) and the student safety hotline, OK2SAY. The three different presentations (3/4 at 9:35, 5/6 at 8:30, and 7/8 at 10:40) will be given to BCS students on Monday, October 6, 2014.  For a detailed letter about the programs and an opt-out form, please click here.

 

BCS - ARE YOU PROUD OF YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS?

Proud Dads, join us for our ONE and ONLY BCS Proud Dad’s Annual meeting on Monday, October 20 at 6:30 PM at the Renshaw Lounge in Clawson.  Click here for the flyer with all the details!  We need you there.

Thank you in advance for your attendance!

Also,  mark your calendar, Friday, November 7 is the 1st PROUD DAD'S  “ EAT AND RUN”

Your Proud Dad Leaders,  Nate Black, Mike Richardson and David Wilner

 

MEDIA CENTER INFORMATION

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

 

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!

 

ATHLETICS / PE NEWS

MONDAY, OCTOBER 6  THROUGH FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31:

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 4 will SWIM. - Remember to bring a bag for suits, goggles and towels

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 3 will be in the GYM. Be sure that your child wears gym shoes-NO FLIP FLOPS

 

THE  3/4  TEAM  NEWS 

3/4 CONEY BINGO NIGHT THIS WEEK Click here for the flyer!

Calling all Jacks and Jills, don’t miss out on meeting Mr. Hill, AND an evening of Fun, Food, and Bingo!  ALL 3-4 FAMILIES INVITED.  Prizes for Everyone!  Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 6:30-8:00pm in the BCS Cafeteria.  Please email RSVP to: bcsconeybingo@gmail.com. We are also in need of volunteers. Please go to the following link and sign-up to help:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4baaa828a64-34coney.  Click here for the flyer with more details.

 

4th and 5th grade- Prepare for Battle of the Books

The Battle begins on October 20!  If you’d like to pre-order all 10 books AND support our BCS media center, please click here to find out how.

 

THE  5/6  TEAM  NEWS 

Rouge River testing information and Mandatory Permission slip click ROUGE

 

4th and 5th grade Prepare for Battle of the Books

The Battle begins on October 20!  If you’d like to pre-order all 10 books AND support our BCS media center, please click here to find out how.

 

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…………

 

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 

GROVES HIGH SCHOOL GARAGE SALE –SAT, OCT 18,2014  click GARAGE SALE

 

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

 

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.

 

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 participte  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.

 

MEET THE BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, October 23 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. for the League of Women Voters Candidates’ forum.  You will have an opportunity to meet our Board of Education candidates and hear their thoughts on important school issues.  There are three openings in this election.  Even if you are not a BPS district voter, you may find it interesting to hear from the candidates.

The forum/panel will be held at the BPS Education and Administration Building.  Thanks. 

 

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/