November 2, 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 packed full of learning and celebration including the Orchestra Masquerade, 3/4 Mix-Up lunch, students in DC, Halloween and a Proud Dads/students Gaga pit install.  Check it out! 

 

This week marked the kick-off of our Birmingham Education Foundation’s Annual Fund Campaign. This year, the theme is “Where can inspiration take our children?”  The BEF’s generous grants to schools in our district truly help make Birmingham Public Schools unique.  Plus, the BEF’s support of BCS specifically, has enhanced our students’ experience at our great school awarding us 2 of the 3 grants for which we submitted last year.  When considering your charitable giving options as the year comes to a close, we hope you choose a donation to BEF.  To find out more about the mission and purpose of BEF click here or go ahead and make an online donation now.  Thank you for your consideration!

 

Also, to continue our Serve Locally efforts, let’s keep our support of Karen Fitzgerald going by joining the BCS community “Team Fitz” in the Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk Summer 2015.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Cook or Susie Englehart.  To sign up for the 3-Day on August 7-9, 2015 in the Detroit area, click here, then click on “Register and Join a Team”.  The team name is “Team Fitz” and the password to join is “teamfitz”.

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG click here.

 

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.   Also on this day, we will be sending home individual NWEA MAP reports for each student.   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.

  • “When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” -Shannon L. Alder
  • “Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not to your liking, change your liking.” -Rick Steves
  • “Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily.” -Tia Walker

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of November 3-7, 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, November 3

  • 3/4 and 5/6 digital conference sign-ups and the 7/8 conference letter available today
  • END OF FIRST QUARTER
  • 8:18AM-7/8 Band Rehearsal

Tuesday, November 4

  • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS-RECORDS DAY FOR TEACHERS
  • Remember to vote and make your voice heard-there are 5 open Bd of Ed seats
  • 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-Birmingham Education and Administration center,  (adjacent to Groves)

Wednesday, November 5

  • 2nd Quarter Begins-NEW CHOICE HOUR CLASSES BEGIN TODAY
  • 7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS

Thursday, November 6

  • 7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS
  • 8AM-2PM-Religious Diversity Journeys Field Trip-7 Students-Adat Shalom
  • 9:15AM-5/6 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • 6:30-8:30PM-PTSA Meeting-Staff Development
  • 7PM-Friends Of Different Learners-November Friends Flyer

Friday, November 7- PROUD DADS EAT AND RUN-Proud Dad’s Eat & Run

  • 7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS
  • 3/4 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • PROUD DADS EAT AND RUN
    • 3/4 ~ 11:45am - 12:25pm
    • 5/6 ~ 11:05am - 11:45am
    • 7/8 ~ 12:45pm – 1:20pm
  • 7PM-ADDAMS FAMILY THE MUSICAL-  ADDAMS FAMILY FLYER

 Saturday, November 8

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

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

PROUD DADS “EAT and RUN” IS COMING!!!   Friday, Nov. 7 Click Proud Dad’s Eat & Run MOMS/DADS DON’T MISS IT!

 (Arrive 5-10 minutes early at the BCS main entrance to sign-in) Join your BCS kid(s) & their friends for lunch & fun. Bring your child’s favorite lunch or purchase from the cafeteria (bring a little extra for a friend)

After lunch, spend some special time with your children and their friends- BE A KID AGAIN! 

If you won’t be attending, please let your child know. They really look forward to sharing this time with you!

 

STUDENTS!  EXPLORE THE ARTS!  ENTER THE PTA NATIONAL REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM! Due Friday, November 14.

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

**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

 

2ND QUARTER CHOICE HOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS

2nd Quarter Choice Hour classes begin on Wednesday November 5th.  Choice Hour selections will be distributed to each homeroom and posted on the Choice Hour board in the morning on Wednesday November 5th.

The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour class change will be Thursday November 13th by 4:00 PM.  Choice Hour class change request forms will be available in the main office beginning Friday November 7th.   Classes with openings will be listed on the back of the Choice Hour class change request form.  Please read the change form very carefully.  Changes are processed on a first come first served basis!!

Students requesting a change must attend their originally assigned classes up to and including Friday November 14thALL Choice Hour changes that are approved will go into effect on Monday November 17th.  You will receive timely notification if your Choice Hour change request is denied.

Choice Hour drop refunds will be processed for classes dropped during the Choice Hour change period which ends at 4:00 PM on Friday November 15th.  No refunds will be processed after the Friday November 15th deadline.

No Choice Hour drops, adds and/or changes will be accepted over the phone or via email.  All Choice Hour change requests require a parent’s signature.  Please pick up the proper paperwork at the front desk beginning Friday November 8th.

There are still several families that have not turned in their student’s QII selection sheets. We understand that you may have sent a selection sheet and payment to school with your child but we have not received them.

Choice Hour is not optional!  Students are required to attend Choice Hour three days per week.  If you are requesting that your child is waived from the Choice Hour program then visit www.bcsonline.info for a waiver form.  Waivers require signature approval from Mr. Morawski or Mr. Hill.  Thank you for always supporting the Choice Hour program!

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Scholastic Book Fair is almost here (November 17-20) and we need your help!  Please give an hour or two of your time to help make this year's spring fair a success!  Sign-up to volunteer at: 
here ocontact Maureen Shannon at mshannon8171@gmail.com if the link is having trouble again.  

FALL BOOK FAIR HOURS:

Monday, November 17 - 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM----Tuesday, November 18 - 8:30 AM -4:30 PM
Wednesday, November 19 - 8:30 AM - 8 PM---Thursday, November 20 - 8:30 AM - 8 PM  

Friday, November 21 - 8:30 -9 AM (for last minute purchases only!)

WE ARE OPEN DURING THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CONFERENCES SO COME CHECK IT OUT AND TREAT YOUR GOOD STUDENT TO A NEW BOOK!

 

IPODS FROM THE MEDIA CENTER

Did you know that your child can check out an iPod from the Media Center?  These iPods are for the purpose of listening to an audiobook.  We have a large selection of audiobooks available for this purpose – including five of the Battle books!  For more details, visit http://www.bcsonline.info/Students/Media_Center_Digital_Books.html.  (Please note that our regular circulation policies to iPods as well.  Students who lose or damage a device will be held responsible for the replacement cost.  If you do not want your child to check out an iPod, please email Ann Truesdell at at05bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us to opt out.)

 

VOLUNTEER IN THE BCS MEDIA CENTER

The BCS Media Center still has many openings for parent volunteers through January.  If you’re interested in helping us out, please sign up on Volunteer Spot:
   1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: 
http://vols.pt/Fbzvpm
   2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 
   3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. 
If you have any questions, please email Ann Truesdell at 
at05bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us.  Thank you!

 

JOIN LEGO ROBOTICS AT BCS --- Parent volunteers are welcome

Once again, the award winning BCS Lego Robotics "Cobra Crafters" are gearing up for another wonderful season of FLL Lego League. This 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.

 

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

 

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

BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS will take place, Wed, Nov 5 - Friday, Nov 7, 2014 @ 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM (all three days).

Practices will be M, W, F -6:45-8 and T, Th during Choice Hour. Parent meeting will take place on Nov.11th at 4:05PM

Schedule: Click here to view the updated team schedule via ScheduleStar

Games will be at 4:00pm for 7th graders. Eighth grade games follow.

GIRLS  6-8 SWIMMING starts on Nov.10th. Practices will be T,TH,F 4:10-5:30PM and M,W during Choice Hour 

 

INTERESTED IN GIRLS ICE HOCKEY??-GIRLS ICE HOCKEY TEAM FORMING FOR 8-12 GRADES

Click here for more information about this community team.

 

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

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…………

 

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.

 

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.

 

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)

 

DO YOU HAVE AN 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