October 19, 2014

Hello BCS!

 

The Top 15 Things Your Middle School Kid Wishes you Knew by Rachel Vail

 

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. 

 

Prepare for a “Pink Out” Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week!  Our dear Karen Fitzgerald (Mrs. Fitz) has taught at BCS since 1997. Her bright and caring spirit has shined upon BCS students as a teacher for close to 20 years and even longer if you count her days here as a student a Covington Middle School!  We want to help Karen and her family in her courageous fight against Stage 4 Breast Cancer.  We have over 500 student families at BCS.  If each BCS family and staff member had just one registered participant in our October 22 “WALK FOR FITZ,” then we could collectively raise close to $15,000! For those families unable to attend on October 22, we ask that you consider making a donation in the amount you are able.  All students need to be under the supervision of a parent/guardian/adult.  Please join our entire BCS community in the very important effort. See below for details and links to register and donate.  Your participation is key - we do need you!

  • 5:00-6:00 PM – Registration in the gym: 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 

Want to help some more

  • bring in some water and Gatorade by clicking here or
  • click here to volunteer for the event.

Lastly, I ask if you can please reach out to any BCS alumni families you may know who would want to participate in or make a donation toward our special BCS “Walk for Fitz” on October 22.  Thank you for coming together to help our dear Mrs. Fitz. WE CAN DO THIS!

 

Halloween Is Approaching…

Halloween is Friday, October 31 which is a half day for students this year.  I’m sure you’re feeling the excitement among your children, particularly our younger ones.  At BCS, we welcome parents and guardians to join in our festivities which will begin with an all-school parade at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 31.  Parents should remain outside to avoid congestion in our hallways (weather permitting, we’ll parade indoors if it’s raining), and the students will proceed outside (east end of building) starting with 3/4 followed by 5/6 and 7/8 students.  The parties will follow the parade immediately back in the students’ homerooms/academic labs around 10:30 a.m.  The parties will conclude at 11:15 a.m. to clean up and prepare for dismissal at 11:30 a.m. (no Choice Hour on half days). Please be sure your child is dressed in an appropriate costume in order to avoid scaring any of our younger students.  We ask that students avoid the following:

  • masks that cover the face (masks restrict vision, can lead to accidents, and often frighten our younger students)
  • blood-like makeup, real or pretend weapons (knives, guns, swords, etc.), evil, scary, or horror characters

Some suggestions for costumes include:  Inventors, Animals, clothing from an historical period, Presidents, Ethnic clothing, Community helpers (police, fireman…), Super heroes, Careers (doctor, teacher, engineer…), Book characters, Sports (football player, snowboarder, marathoner…), Friendly characters, Food. You could even develop a costume that embraces our BCS Theme Learn Globally, Serve Locally!  Remember that children tend to “act” their costumes, so the appropriateness of the costume is important.  Thank you in advance for helping make this day an enjoyable one for our students, but also one where we can continue with a day of learning.  Happy Halloween!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

Join us for our Proud Dads meeting

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.

 

PTSA Reflections Contest

2014 PTSA Reflections Contest has begun 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.

 

New Email System


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!

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG click here.

 

COMMUNITY OF CHARACTER EVENT SEEKS 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:

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.

 

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.

  • "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." -Henry Ford
  • "To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless." -Mike Krzyzewski
  • "Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." -Mattie Stepanek

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of October 20-25, 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 20  -   click PINK  OUT !!

  • The Battle Begins TODAY-  BATTLE of the BOOKS
  • 7-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 4 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER MEET @HOME vs BLOOMFIELD HILLS MS
  • 6:30PM-PROUD DADS ANNUAL MEETING—click-here  for flyer
  • 4PM-6-8 CROSS COUNTRY MEET-HOME (BEVERLY PARK) vs. BLOOMFIELD HILLS MS

Tuesday, October 21   click  PINK  OUT !!

  • 7-8AM- 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE-AT BCS
  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 4PM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL-AWAY vs WEST HILLS  MS
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE
  • 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-Birmingham Education and Administration Building-31301 Evergreen Road

Wednesday, October 22   click    PINK  OUT !!    and   WALK FOR FITZ

  • 7-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 1:20PM-LOCKDOWN DRILL-PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN COMING TO SIGN IN/OUT  YOUR STUDENT
  • 4 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER MEET @HOME vs DETROIT COUNTRY DAY MS
  • WALK FOR FITZ 6:00 PM (5-6PM Registration in the gym)

Thursday, October 23

  • 4PM-7/8 LEAGUE  MEET-TOP 7
  • 4PM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL-HOME vs CRANBROOK  MS
  • 4:10 - 6:10PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE
  •  4:15-6:00 pm -Seussical Jr.  Pre-Audition Workshop for students
  • 7PM-Meet our Board of Education Candidates-Education and Administration Building-see below for details

Friday, October 24

  • 4 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER MEET @ CRANBROOK MS

Saturday, October 25

  •  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

 

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

Quarton Elementary 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

 

CHOICE HOUR SELECTION SHEETS WERE DUE ON  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.

 

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

 

IT’S BEGINNING!!  THE BATTLE IS STARTING- 4th & 5th Grades  

The Battle begins on October 20!. Permission slips must be turned in before students can check out Battle books from the Media Center.  For permission slips click BATTLE of the BOOKS

If you ordered a Battle Book Bundle, the books will arrive sometime during next week and delivered to students’ homerooms.  Battle Book Bundle Pre-orders were due on Oct 8, and sadly we had to turn away many late orders However, due to popular demand, we are offering a second round of Battle Book purchases, to be delivered to your child’s classroom during the second week of November.  You will again be able to order the $85 10-book bundle, or you may purchase individual titles.  Order forms click here will be sent home on Monday, and will be due back on Oct. 29th

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

 

VIRUSES:  Over the last few weeks, there has been a growing concern about the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa, the Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) that has been seen throughout United States, and the upcoming influenza season.  Like many of you, we have been monitoring the outbreaks across the world, and individual cases more locally in the United States, to learn from others’ experiences with viruses such as Ebola and EV-D68.   We share the practices below that are based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The recommendations mirror the information we commonly share with our staff and students and serve as a good reminder for all of us in moving forward. 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as computer keyboards and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
  • Get immunized against influenza, especially if suffering from asthma
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are ill or have flu-like symptoms
  • Get proper rest at home or with a health professional if sick.

 

SEXTING IN THE NEWS: For our parents of our older student or high school students, a recent story in the news about local students “sexting” may have caught your attention.  These types of stories of adolescents are real and require our attention as we nurture the development of our teens.  Our recent Cyper Safety Initiative assembly shared the dangers of sexting with our students as it can be considered a felony for teens.  As such, the local teens, as reported, may be facing felony charges for their poor choice.  Before reading the local news article, read the article Sexting: What Parents Need to Know from KidsHealth.org which include information and tips for parents in supporting a conversation with your adolescent about sexting.  Then, feel free to read and view the story at myfoxdetroit.com.

 

 

HALLOWEEN IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER Please Read TEAL PUMPKIN   and  TREAT SUGGESTIONS

With families passing out Halloween candy, we wanted to spread awareness that many kids with food allergies cannot eat candy or trick-or-treat.  FARE is a national allergy group working to change this so ALL kids can have a happy (safe) Halloween.  You could put candy in two separate bowls: a main bowl and a smaller SEPARATE bowl with only "safe" candies.  (For some kids, it is necessary that the safe treats don't touch other treats—even when wrapped.)  Here is a list of "safe" candies http://www.allergysf.com/safety/candy/nuts/ .  For more information, including a suggested list of non-food treats to pass out, and to download your poster, go to http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project .   The poster or your pumpkin painted teal lets kids with allergies know to ask you for their safe treat when they're trick-or-treating at your house.  Please share this info with other parents!

 

CALLING ALL 6th / 7th / 8th GRADE STUDENTS!  click   SEUSSICAL  for info and show dates

ANNOUNCING THE BCS 2014-2015 THEATRE PRODUCTION:

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

 

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 RulesFilm Production Rules

*Literature Rules * Music Composition Rules * Photography Rules * Visual Arts Rules     

 

ATHLETICS / PE NEWS

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

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

 

THE  3/4  TEAM  NEWS 

4TH AND 5TH GRADE- PREPARE FOR BATTLE OF THE BOOKS click BATTLE of the BOOKS

Reminder for all 4th and 5th graders – Battle of the Books begins Monday!  Permission slips must be turned in before students can check out Battle books from the Media Center.  Click here to order books

 

THE  5/6  TEAM  NEWS 

4TH AND 5TH GRADE PREPARE FOR BATTLE OF THE BOOKS click  BATTLE of the BOOKS

Reminder for all 4th and 5th graders – Battle of the Books begins Monday!  Permission slips must be turned in before students can check out Battle books from the Media Center.  Click here to order books

 

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…………

BIRMINGHAM AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY NETWORK  -Oct. 20   - 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Agenda:  College Application & Scholarship Process, Changes in Food Service in BPS, Saturday School (What’s it all about?  How can it help your child?).  Meeting is open to all BPS parents and staff.

Location:  Groves Staff Planning Room

 

MEET THE BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES - Thursday, October 23 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Please mark your calendars 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. 

 

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 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS-  click   November Friends Flyer

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

 

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.

 

THEY’RE CREEPY AND THEY’RE KOOKY!  MYSTERIOUS AND SPOOKY!  THEY’RE ALL TOGETHER OOKY!  THE ADDAMS FAMILY!               Click   ADDAMS FAMILY FLYER for show times

 That’s right; Groves Performing Arts Company is very pleased to present THE ADDAMS FAMILY – A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY for the fall musical. First Show is Friday Nov. 7,2014

 

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING   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)

 

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.

Interested in MINDFULNESS TRAINING    click  here  for a flyer about a half-day mindfulness retreat sponsored by the Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education. Please visit www.mc4me.org.

 

To review the District’s Non-Discrimination policy, click here