October 26, 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.).

 

“Walk for Fitz” fundraiser raised over $30,000 to support the battle against breast cancer that Karen Fitzgerald is up against.  The event was overwhelming and truly showed why BCS IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE!  The event would not have been possible without the tireless support of so many people and the over 600 of you who attended.  Please allow me to extend my heartfelt thanks to the BCS parents, BCS staff, BCS PTSA, BCS Proud Dads, the Birmingham Education Association, Chartwells, Bloomfield Sports, Bloomfield Village Police & Fire, Bloomfield Township Fire Department, Birmingham Parks & Recreation, and New Balance of Farmington Hills and Troy.  It was a community effort indeed!  If you haven’t had the opportunity already, please check out Birmingham Covington School on Facebook to see pictures from the event.  And finally, here is a link to an 18 minute video that helps capture the beauty of our Walk for Fitz and our dear Karen Fitzgerald:  http://youtu.be/w__ykve8s0I (may not play on mobile device).

 

Let’s make it another great week…

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG click here.

 

Halloween is this Friday…

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!

 

Q1 REPORT CARDS & FALL PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES are coming…

Report Cards will be released on Monday, November 10.  Grade 3/4 cards will be sent home with students and grades 5-8 cards will be available online via PowerSchool.  Parent/Teacher conferences will be Wednesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 20 from 1-4 PM and 5-8 PM.  3/4 and 5/6 digital sign-ups and the 7/8 conference letter will be available on Monday, November 3.  Remember the Book Fair is open in the media center during conferences.  Sign-up to volunteer at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090C4EA8A72EAA8-scholastic.

 

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.

 

Scholastic Book Fair Comes to BCS

Our BCS Scholastic Book Fair runs from November 17-20, 2014 with set-up on November 14th.  This is a great time to volunteer!  Please give an hour or two of your time to help out at the book fair.  Click here to sign up!  If you can give a different amount of time, please sign up for the time closest to when you can help out and note what time you can give in the comments section.  Money raised through the book fair goes toward books and programs from our Media Center.  Please help spread the word - it takes many hands to make a successful book fair!  Sign up today and feel free to contact Ann Truesdell or Maureen Shannon with questions.

 

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!

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  POSITIVITY

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

  • “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius
  • “It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.” – George Eliot
  • “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

 

Health & Safety

Click the following link for a message from our District’s School Community Relations Department: BPS Health Information Update from 10/20/14

 

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.

 

Gallop Poll for Grades 6-12

Our district has elected to participate in the Gallup Student Poll.  This poll measures the hope, engagement, and wellbeing of America’s students, key factors that drive grades, achievement scores, retention, and future employment.  The Gallup Student Poll will provide crucial insight to help facilitate new conversations and solutions for student success in school and life.  The poll is a 20 question, ten minute, Web-based survey administered to grades 6 through 12.  No instructional time will be used for the student’s participation as students can complete the survey on their own.  Each student in grades 6-12 will receive an email to their district email account on Thursday 10/23/14, with a brief description of the Poll and how it will help the district to measure success in one aspect of our Strategic Plan, specifically in regard to engagement.  In the email, they will also get a link to the poll/survey.  The poll closes at the end of the month (Friday, 10/31/14) and Gallup has made it available Tuesday through Friday only.  The survey is anonymous and no specific student information is available to us.  We will inform the students of the poll.  If you do not want your child to participate in the survey, please inform him/her not to take it.  Should you be interested in reviewing the survey, visit the Gallup Student Poll website at www.gallupstudentpoll.com. If you have any questions, please contact me. 

Thank you!

-Mark Morawski

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of October 27-October 31, 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 27

  • 7-8AM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 4:15-5:30OM or 5:30-7:00 pm - Cast Auditions
  • 4 PM-7/8 BOYS SOCCER MEET AWAY vs. DETROIT COUNTRY DAY MS
  • 7:15-8:00 pm - Tech Crew Interviews

Tuesday, October 28

  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 4PM-7-8 GIRLS BASKETBALL-HOME vs BERKSHIRE MS
  • 6:15PM CALL TIME-7PM-Masquarade Concert-Full Costume Orchestra/Choir Concert-Seaholm

Wednesday, October 29

  • Just another fabulous day at BCS

Thursday, October 30

  • 730-8:30AM-Diversity Committee Meeting-Room 504
  • 3:25 -4:10PM- 6-8 COED CROSS COUNTRY- TEAM CELEBRATION DURING CHOICE HOUR

Friday, October 31 -HALLOWEEN!!!

  • 10AM-HALLOWEEN PARADE
  • 11:30AM- 1/2  DAY DISMISSAL-Busses run on their regular schedule

Saturday, November 1

  • 9-11-Saturday School at Berkshire-see below for details
  • 2AM-FALL BACK! - CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS TONIGHT! The annual time changes are also an excellent time to change the batteries in your home smoke detectors! Enjoy that extra hour of sleep.

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

Chartwells- BPS Food Service-click -WEEKLY MENU   -- for updates click NEWSLETTER

 

COME TO THE MASQUERADE CONCERT with  8TH GRADE ORCHESTRA OCTOBER 28TH –Seaholm HS-

A fun Choir and Orchestra Concert where the audience and musicians dress up!

 

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

 

PROUD DADS “EAT and RUN” IS COMING!!!     Click Proud Dad’s Eat & Run

Friday, November 7 as the first Eat and Run of the year

 

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     

 

BCS BOOKFAIR IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!   Volunteers Needed:
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to BCS from November 17-20 (with set-up on 11/14) and we need your help!  Please give an hour or two of your time to help make this year's fall book fair a success! Sign-up to volunteer at: 
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090C4EA8A72EAA8-scholastic 

Look for more information on book fair coming home in November or check us out online at: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/bpscovington

 

JOIN LEGO ROBOTICS AT BCS

Once again, the award winning BCS Lego  Robotics "Cobra Crafters" are gearing up for another wonderful season of FLL Lego League. This an opportunity to delve into the world of design and engineering, as you learn skills of being a project manager. Please join us Fridays, after Choice Hour, from 4:10-6:00 (unless otherwise communicated) to discover what you can bring to the competitions! There is a lot of fun to be had for ALL students, levels, strengths, disabilities, and ages welcome. We will learn about the overall theme, unique each year. This year the theme is "EDUCATION".  See you in 600c this Friday! Bring your curiosities and creativity! GO BCS Cobra Crafters!  If you have interest or any questions, kindly contact Coach Stephanie Co stephaniejoy213@gmail.com or call/text (248) 416-7447 for more information. Parent volunteers are welcome

 

PE/ ATHLETICS UPDATES

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

 

WINTER I SPORTS UPDATES

The Winter 1 Sports Season is now open for registration at www.bpsregister.com.  If your athlete is interested in Girls Swimming or Boys Basketball, please register online and make sure that a physical dated on or after April 15, 2014 is on file.  Please see www.bcsonline.info/athletics.html  for schedules, maps to meets and other information about BCS athletic programs. 2014-2015 schedules are available via links to Schedule Star.

 

THE  3/4  TEAM  NEWS 

4TH AND 5TH GRADE- The BATTLE has started click BATTLE of the BOOKS

Permission slips must be turned in before students can check out Battle books from the Media Center.  Click here  for another opportunity to order books.

 

THE  5/6  TEAM  NEWS 

4TH AND 5TH GRADE- The BATTLE has started click BATTLE of the BOOKS

Permission slips must be turned in before students can check out Battle books from the Media Center.  Click here  fr another opportunity 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 28TH : MASQUERADE CONCERT FOR 8TH GRADE ORCHESTRA ONLY.  @ SEAHOLM HIGH SCHOOL Dress Rehearsal 12:30-3PM-PERFORMANCE TIME:  7:00 PM  CALL TIME: 6:15PM

 

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…………

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  7PM

 

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

 

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.

 

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)

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

 

COMMUNITY OPEN SWIM AT GROVES, SUNDAYS, 1 -3PM

Dates October 26; November 9, 16, 23; December 7, 14

All ages welcome; lap lanes available; children under 10 must have adult in the water with them.

Pre-purchased entry cards are required. 

Register at www.communityed.net or call 248-203-3800

 

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.

 

NOTE TO BCS/BPS FAMILY AND FRIENDS- HAVE YOU HEARD OF KHAN ACADEMY?

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/

 

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