October 12, 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. 

 

Save the dates… 

  • BCS Ice Cream Social, Friday, October 17 at 6-8 PM in the cafeteria for all BCS families!
  • 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!  Also, mark Friday, November 7 as the first Proud Dad’s Eat & Run of the year.
  • Our BCS Service Learning Team has planned a “Walk for Fitz” fundraiser 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 Karen Fitzgerald as she battles, once again, stage 4 breast cancer.  Please plan to bring your family out to offer your support on 10/22/14.  If you can’t make it, please consider a donation.  Below are all the details!
    • 5:00-6:00 PM – Click Registration flyer for all the details OR go directly to BCSonline to donate/pay for registration, then complete the online registration form here)
    • 6:00 PM – Walk Begins
    • 6:30 PM – Dinner in Cafeteria
    • 7:30 PM – End of event
    • Each paid registration includes an event-day t-shirt.  However, if you’d also like to purchase a Special Edition shirt, click here (orders due Wed, 10/15/14)
  • 2014 PTSA Reflections Contest Kicks off this week with projects due Friday, November 14.  This year’s theme is “The world would be a better place if…”  Write a story, take a picture, make a movie, make music, perform dance.  Click here for all the details, entry form, and rules.

 


One last repeat reminder…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

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG click here.

 

COMMUNITY OF CHARACTER EVENTS SEEK SUPPORT

iMatter for Kids vision is to become a recognized global brand, organization, and community that promotes simple tools and practices that extend to young kids, teenagers, and young adults emphasizing responsibility, creativity, and accountability.  Following our two upcoming events looking for your support:

Community Walk for Character on October 19

Please support the greater Birmingham kids and community by either registering for our walk and setting up your own team OR by donating to our team by clicking here

Sip and Support on November 11

Join us for a wine tasting at Joe's Bistro in Birmingham – click here for the details and to register.

For questions, please contact Bob Shenefelt at Bob@reallycoolsolutions.com.

 

BCS Students!  Explore the Arts!  Enter the PTA National Reflections Art Program!

Reflect on the theme, “The world would be a better place if…”  Create an original work in one of the following categories – Due Friday, November 14.

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

The top 2 entries from each category will go on to the BPS District Program.  And possibly State and/or National recognition.  Participants will be recognized/awarded at the BCS Reflections Luncheon.  Click here for Rules, and click here for the Entry Form, or pick up hard copies in the BCS Media Center.  View previous winners at Reflections: A Gallery of 2013-2014 Student Art

To help volunteer or for Questions?  Contact Diana Patterson at d4patter4@sbcglobal.net.

Rules for Participation

General Rules for Entry

Special Artist Division Rules

Dance Choreography Rules

Film Production Rules

Literature Rules

Music Composition Rules

Photography Rules

Visual Arts Rules

 

Character Connections Word of the week: COLLABORATION/TEAMWORK

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

  • “I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.” – Jean-Francois Cope
  • “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

“Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of October 13-18, 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, October 13-DUE CHOICE HOUR -  click-  here

  • 7-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 8:25AM-3-6 Grades- “Bee a Reader “Assembly-Gym
  • 4 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER MEET @HOME vs. CRANBROOK MS

Tuesday, October 14

  • 7-8AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE-AT BCS
  • 8AM-bagel sales have begun –get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 4PM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL-AWAY vs ORCHARD LAKE  MS
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE
  • 7PM-BLAST COMMITTEE Meeting-Media Center

Wednesday, October 15

  • 7-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 7-8AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE-AT BCS
  • 9:30-9:50AM-3/4-TOWN HALL MEETING- the WHY for “Walk for Fitz” fundraiser:
  • 11:50-2:45PM-BURNS/BURDICK TEAM-River Rouge Testing
  • 1:15-1:45PM-7/8- TOWN HALL MEETING- the WHY for “Walk for Fitz” fundraiser:
  • 2:55-3:20PM-5/6- TOWN HALL MEETING- the WHY for “Walk for Fitz” fundraiser:
  • 4 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER MEET @HOME vs. WEST HILLS  MS

Thursday, October 16

  • 4PM-6-8 CROSS COUNTRY MEET-AWAY @ ORCHARD LAKE MS
  • 4PM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL-AWAY vs BLOOMFIELD HILLS  MS
  • 4 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER MEET @HOME vs. CRANBROOK MS

Friday, October 17

  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE
  • 6PM-Ice Cream Social-  ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Saturday, October 18

  •  9-11-Saturday School at Berkshire-see below for details
  • GROVES HIGH SCHOOL GARAGE SALE –SAT, OCT 18,2014  click GARAGE SALE

 

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

 

CHOICE HOUR SELECTION SHEETS ARE DUE MON 10/13      go to bcsonline.info for forms and 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.

 

HEALTH & SAFETY- A MESSAGE FROM  OUR  SUPERINTENDENT

With our school year well under way, I want to remind you of some important school safety information.  As you know, our school parking lots and surrounding streets are very busy before and after school each day.  At the high school level, this also includes the open lunch period.  Please remember to stay alert for our pedestrians, along with other drivers.   Walkers and drivers can both become easily distracted during these busy times of day.  Please closely follow signage along with any instructions from  your building principal about arrival and dismissal.  By working together we can make our streets and parking lots safe for everyone.  Thank you. -Daniel Nerad, Superintendent

 

SAVE THE DATE- FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014-  ICE CREAM SOCIAL IS COMING

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

 

IT’S BEGINNING!!  THE BATTLE IS COMING- 4th & 5th Grades   BATTLE of the BOOKS

Students will be introduced to the Battle program next week during their checkout times, and the books will be unveiled on Monday, October 20.  Permission slips are due on Friday, October 17.  Students should have their permission slips in PRIOR to checking out the books on October 20. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

IT’S A DAY OFF FOR THE KIDS BUT NOT FOR YOU…DISTRICT WIDE KIDS CLUB – NOVEMBER 4

Quarton Elementary School, 7:30am – 5:30pm -2 Programs to Choose From: SNAP Giggle Shout OR SNAP Sports. Register at www.communityed.net or call 248-203-3800

 

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

 

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

ANNOUNCING THE BCS 2014-2015 THEATRE PRODUCTION:

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

click  SEUSSICAL  for more information and show dates

 

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 Friday, November 7 as the first Proud Dad’s Eat & Run of the year.

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

 

BCS STUDENTS!  EXPLORE THE ARTS!  ENTER THE PTA NATIONAL REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM!

Reflect on the theme, “The world would be a better place if…”  Create an original work in one of the following categories – Due Friday, November 14.

*Dance Choreography*Film Production*Literature*Music Composition*Photography*Visual Arts

The top 2 entries from each category will go on to the BPS District Program.  And possibly State and/or National recognition.  Participants will be recognized/awarded at the BCS Reflections Luncheon.  Click links below for specific  Rules, and click here for the Entry Form, or pick up hard copies in the BCS Media Center.  View previous winners at Reflections: A Gallery of 2013-2014 Student Art

To help volunteer or for Questions?  Contact Diana Patterson at d4patter4@sbcglobal.net.

Rules for Participation

*General Rules for Entry *Special Artist Division Rules * Dance Choreography Rules * Film Production Rules * Literature Rules * Music Composition Rules * Photography Rules * Visual Arts Rules

 

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 

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 

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.

 

BAND and ORCHESTRA  INFORMATION  for 5th,6th ,7th,8th grades

From Mrs Eliassen A way to help the Band Parents to stay connected.  Click    Mrs Eliassen's wiki 

You will find PDF files for practice logs, Assessment schedules for the Quarter, private teacher options and the Band calendar for the 2014-15 school year.

From Mrs Gillespie has posted a calendar for all orchestra students and families

2014-2015 Orchestra Calender

 

THE  7/8  TEAM  NEWS

 

OCTOBER 27TH : MASQUERADE CONCERT FOR 8TH GRADE ORCHESTRA ONLY.  @ SEAHOLM HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE TIME:  7:00 PM  CALL TIME: TBA.

 

BAND  and ORCHESTRA  INFORMATION  for 5th,6th ,7th,8th grades

From Mrs Eliassen A way to help the Band Parents to stay connected.  Click    Mrs Eliassen's wiki 

You will find PDF files for practice logs, Assessment schedules for the Quarter, private teacher options and the Band calendar for the 2014-15 school year.

From Mrs Gillespie has posted a calendar for all orchestra students and families

2014-2015 Orchestra Calender

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

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

 

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 

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.

 

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. 

 

MIDVALE ECC MOM2MOM SALE - DON'T MISS OUT !!!
Location - Berkshire Middle School Cafeteria on Saturday Nov. 8th 9-12pm.
To rent a table - please contact Nicole at
ECCMom2Mom@gmail.com or call 248-996-3199
Come and support the Birmingham Early Childhood Center at this fun event!
Shop for pre-school children's toys, books, clothes, furniture and equipment.

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS-  click   November Friends Flyer

What’s Your Communication Plan between Home and School? November 6, 2014  7PM

 

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING   Oct. 18   or   Nov. 8   8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Have you ever encountered a young person who seems out of sorts?  Would you know what to do?  Choose from two different dates for this important workshop where a special Youth Mental Health First Aid training will be held.  Taught by certified instructors, you will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance abuse disorders and psychosis in our youth.  You will also learn what to do until appropriate professionals and other help can begin.  To register, contact Leanne at lmckenzie@bbcoalition.org or call 248-203-4615.  The class is limited to 30 participants and there is no cost to attend.  Lunch will be provided.   For more information go to http://tinyurl.com/o14gnao  Location:  BPS Education and Administration Building (31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills)