November 16, 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 experiences and learning that we post each week. 

 

As we approach parent/teacher conferences this week on Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00-4:00 PM and 5:00-8:00 PM, we look forward to seeing you (dismissal each day for students is 11:30 AM when our buses run as there is no Choice Hour on half days).  Be sure to stop by the media center to check out the Scholastic Book Fair before or after your conference.  Also, as you look to frame the purpose of parent/teacher conferences with your child, please feel free to check out the article by Rachel Vail The Top 15 Things Your Middle School Kid Wishes you Knew.  Remember, our purpose of connecting together as adults is to support student learning (socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively).  They need our support of their whole self and the above article may be a good reminder to us as we support our 3rd-8th grade students.

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG click here.

 

BCS PTSA DIRECTORY DISTIBUTION

The BCS Directory has been completed thank to the awesome efforts of our parent volunteers in charge of the directory.  We will distribute the directories to the students tomorrow in their academic labs/homerooms (3-6) and ILD (7/8) for students to bring home tomorrow.

 

Q1 REPORT CARDS & FALL PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES…

Report Cards were released last Monday, November 10.  Grade 3/4 cards were sent home with students and grades 5-8 cards will be available online via PowerSchool.   For grades 3/4, core classes (ELA, math, science, social studies) received standard-based scores for the content assessed during the first quarter.  Co-curricular classes (Eng. Tech., PE, Spanish, and Visual Arts) are only scored at the semester, and Engage is a digital portfolio based assessment that you can view online via your child’s teacher (Mrs. Heckman or Mr. Whitmer).  Also on this day, individual NWEA MAP reports for each student were sent home with students.   Parent/Teacher conferences will be this 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.  Click here to volunteer!  For an important 3/4 district message to parents and standards based grading details, click the following links:

BPS Message re: Elementary Power School Parent Portal District Pilot

BPS Elementary (3/4 at BCS) Standards-based Grading Information

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  HONESTY

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

  • “Without adversity a person hardly knows whether they are honest or not.” – Henry Fielding
  • “To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.” – John Ruskin
  • “Honesty prospers in every condition of life.” – Friedrich Schiller

 

JOIN TEAM FITZ IN THE 3-DAY

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”.

 

SUPPORT THE BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION (BEF)

The week of October 27th 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!

 

Join the BCS Web Team

The BCS Web Team is always looking for new volunteer support on our team.  Assistance could come in various technical levels.  If any of the below areas interest you, please contact parent leader Loran Brooks at loran@loranbrooks.com for questions and/or if interested in helping on the team.

  1. Content editor and quality assurance -- review the site for content, clarity, ease of use, and general “from a parent” perspective.
  2. Update of non-HTML content -- we have quite a bit of “stuff” that can be updated without need to edit the actual HTML of the site.
    • Google Docs -- the Google calendar and staff directory (Kathy is handling this quite well now)
    • The Email Forwarder List from the GoDaddy web server. This takes all the PTSA positions and forwards all the generic bcsonline.info emails to the correct personal emails. This is worth a good quality check.
  1. Website Apprentice -- We have typically provided a copy of Dreamweaver to web team members. Apprenticing means starting out on the simple pages and getting to know the structure and how to edit the site.
  2. Website Editors -- Getting to know the structure of the site and how to edit and maintain the navigation system

 

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!

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of November 17-21, 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 17 - Book Fair Preview begins today at 8:30AM

  • 7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 11:45AM-4th Grade Student Ambassador Training for Open House
  • 3:20-5PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE-DURING CHOICE HOUR-PARENT MEETING @5:05PM

Tuesday, November 18

  • DUE-8th Grade Permission Slips for High School visits –to Academic Lab- Permission Slip
  • 7-8AM -Proud Dads 5/6 Girls Basketball -STARTS TODAY  click PROUD DADS GIRLS BASKETBALL
  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 4PM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL GAME @HOME vs. DERBY
  • 4-7PM-BURNS /BURDICK CONFERENCES  IN PLACE OF THURSDAY NIGHT
  • 4:10-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE
  • 4:15-6PM -Seussical,Jr- Special Audition for 3-5 grade- BCS cafeteria CLICK HERE   see below for details
  • 7PM-Board of Education Meeting

Wednesday, November 19- CONFERENCES-HALF DAY FOR STUDENTS

  • 7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 11:30AM-Half Day-BUSSES RUN ON THEIR REGULAR ROUTES
  • Conferences-1-4 and 5-8PM- CLICK   HERE  for the full conference schedule

Thursday, November 20 -CONFERENCES-HALF DAY FOR STUDENTS

  • Bus Evacuation Drill today- for more information –click  BUS EVACUATION DRILL
  • 7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 11:30AM-Half Day-BUSSES RUN ON THEIR REGULAR ROUTES
  • 12-1:30PM - Learn to Draw offered today - click HERE.
  • Conferences-1-4 and 5-8PM- click   here for the full conference schedule

Friday, November 21

  • 11:05AM-5/6 Student Ambassador Training
  • 12:45PM-7/8 Student Ambassador Training
  • 4PM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL GAME @HOME vs. EAST HILLS M S
  • 4:10-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE

Saturday, November 22

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

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

Chartwells- BPS Food Service-click -WEEKLY MENU  - for updates click NEWSLETTER  or BREAKFAST MESSAGE

 

CARTOON WORKSHOP DURING CONFERENCES:  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 12:00-1:30PM

For more information about the workshop and how to registered, please click HERE.  

 

PROUD DADS SPORTS  INFORMATION- 5/6 Girls Basketball starts on Tuesday 11/18

 5/6 GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL    click   PROUD DADS GIRLS BASKETBALL

 (Dates--Subject to change—November 18, 24 --December 2,4,9,11,16,18

 

DO YOU LOVE SINGING ? - TAKE PART IN THE BCS MUSICAL, SEUSSICAL JR.

Opportunity for students grades 3-5 to audition for the chorus as "Citizens of Whoville" -- Tuesday November 18, 4:15-6:00PM. For audition permission form, CLICK HERE -- For more information to audition, click HERE. 

 

FALL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE- NOV. 19 & 20    click   HERE  for the full conference schedule

BCS OPEN HOUSE, DECEMBER 7   FROM 1PM TO 3PM - Sunday, December 7, 2014-1:00 - 3:00 PM
For more information regarding the enrollment timeline, please click HERE.   Birmingham Covington School Virtual Tour. Click here to take a virtual tour of BCS

 

BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S theme for 2014-2015 Where Can Inspiration Take Our Children?”

Please read this important letter from the BEF and Dr. Nerad.  click  BEF Where Can Inspiration Take Our Children            

FALL SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR The Scholastic Book Fair at BCS is here! Please don’t forget to send in money with your student to purchase a new book or shop as a family after school or during conferences.  Our Book Fair hours are:

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!)

OPEN DURING THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CONFERENCES -COME CHECK IT OUT- TREAT YOUR GOOD STUDENT TO A NEW BOOK

We are also looking for a few more volunteers for this week too so please help out if you have any time by clicking here

The On-line Book Fair is also available until December 1st; click here to access the on-line book fair.  There are many more titles to choose from on-line and you can shop at your convenience.  Items ordered on-line will be shipped to the school after December 1st

 

2014-2015 BCS SNOW CLUB

 Please make checks payable to "BCS" when you turn in your application on 11/25/14. 

BCS Snow Club will again be at Pine Knob on Tuesdays this winter. Students will leave by bus at 3:30pm and return to the BCS parking lot at 8:30pm.

Applications will be accepted beginning at 8:00am on Tuesday, November 25 only. Click here for more information.  Please note:  Bring in your application and payment at 8:00 AM on 11/25/14 - please do not turn in applications before then.  Applications turned in early will be returned to you.

 

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

 

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.)

 

PE 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

 

ATHLETICS UPDATES

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

Practices will be M, W, F -6:45-8 and T,Th during Choice Hour. Schedule: click  BOYS BASKETBALL Games will be at 4:00pm for 7th graders. Eighth grade games follow.

GIRLS  6-8 SWIMMING

Practices will beT,TH,F 4:10-5:30PM and M,W during Choice Hour until 5PM click GIRLS SWIMMING

Parent Meeeting-11/17 @5:05

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 

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS  -- Did You Know…

Giant Squid is available as an eBook, with a feature that reads the book aloud to the student. 

It can be accessed at GIANT SQUID  Then click “Show All” to find the Giant Squid book

Site username: wbb02427  -  Site password: follett

4TH AND 5TH GRADE- The BATTLE is on! click Battle Page

 

DO YOU LOVE SINGING ? - TAKE PART IN THE BCS MUSICAL, SEUSSICAL JR.

Opportunity for students grades 3-5 to audition for the chorus as "Citizens of Whoville" -- Tuesday November 18, 4:15-6:00PM. For audition permission form, CLICK HERE -- For more information to audition, click HERE. 

 

THE  5/6  TEAM  NEWS 

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS  -- Did You Know…

Giant Squid is available as an eBook, with a feature that reads the book aloud to the student. 

It can be accessed at: GIANT SQUID   Then click “Show All” to find the Giant Squid book

Site username: wbb02427   -  Site password: follett

4TH AND 5TH GRADE- The BATTLE is on! click Battle Page

 

DO YOU LOVE SINGING ? - TAKE PART IN THE BCS MUSICAL, SEUSSICAL JR.

Opportunity for students grades 3-5 to audition for the chorus as "Citizens of Whoville" -- Tuesday November 18, 4:15-6:00PM. For audition permission form, CLICK HERE -- For more information to audition, click HERE.

 

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

Mrs Eliassen's wiki  Practice logs, Assessment schedules , private teacher options , 2014-15 Band calendar .

From Mrs Gillespie     2014-2015 Orchestra Calendar

 

THE  7/8  TEAM  NEWS

EIGHTH GRADE NEWS- HIGH SCHOOL VISITS –PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR for families scheduling vacations

Monday, Nov. 24th  Groves High School from 11:30-2:20           Permission Slip

Tuesday, Nov. 25th Seaholm High School from 11:00-2:50

 

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

Mrs Eliassen's wiki  Practice logs, Assessment schedules , private teacher options , 2014-15 Band calendar .

From Mrs Gillespie     2014-2015 Orchestra Calendar

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

SATURDAY SCHOOL IS THE PLACE TO BE ON SATURDAYS-GET  READY FOR LEARNING! 

Saturday School is 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  Friends December Flyer

Life After High School:Transitioning Students with Disabilities

December 4, 2014 7:00 p.m.

 

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

 

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