November 23, 2014

Hello BCS!

 

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.  Also, BCS was in the new source called Oakland County One-Fifteen for the student visit to our nation’s capitol to share their service learning journey with educators from around the nation.  Click here to check out the article.

 

Whether we like it or not, we were hit with an early winter this year, and, with it, the slowdown of traffic in and around our school during the busy times of arrival and dismissal.  This time of the year is a great time to remind our families who drop off and pick up their children of our Traffic Safety Procedures.  When dropping off or picking up in either of our circle drives, please pull ALL the way forward to allow for the flow of traffic to move most efficiently.  Also, have your children be ready to exit the car immediately which speeds up the process.  All that said, above all, please drive PATIENTLY and calmly for the sake of our children!

 

In this season of Thanksgiving, I’d like to remind you of our efforts last school year in raising funds for Project COPE Zambia to help their mission of “eradicating poverty in sub-Saharan Africa in one generation.”  As you may recall, our efforts allowed Project COPE to purchase two 2-wheeled tractors, ripper, plough and a water pump which will result in their ability to nearly quadruple their annual economy.  We received a 50 minute video “documentary” from project co-chair George Sherman that is a full length look into the impact that all the work we did as a community for the people of Chilipula, Zambia.  The students will be viewing highlights of the video and the project in general when our 3-8 Character Connections classes meet on Tuesday, December 2nd in the afternoon.  As the Thanksgiving holiday nears, we are thankful how our community at BCS Learns and Serves both locally and globally this past year.  Click here to view the video documentary from George Sherman.  Also, keep posted for a few “serve locally” opportunities that BCS student-led teams are coordinating for this holiday season as well as into early 2015.

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG click here.

 

BCS PTSA December Meeting Added

Please plan to join us at a December meeting just added – Thursday, December 18th at 1:15 PM in the BCS Staff Development Room.

 

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:  RESPONSIBILITY

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 think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” – Maya Angelou
  •  “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.” – Jim Rohn
  • “It is always our own self that we find at the end of the journey. The sooner we face that self, the better.”Ella Maillart

 

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

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of November 24-November 28, 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 24

  • 10:30AM-LOCKDOWN DRILL-PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN COMING TO SIGN IN/ OUT YOUR STUDENT
  • 11:30-2:20-  8th Grade visit to  Groves High School- Students will need to bring a sack lunch
  • 4PM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL GAME-AWAY @ WEST HILLS MS
  • 3:20-5PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE-DURING CHOICE HOUR
  • 6PM-Important Presentation on Keeping our Teens Safe-Academy of the Sacred Heart –click  here

Tuesday, November 25

  • 7-8AM -Proud Dads 5/6 Girls Basketball - click PROUD DADS GIRLS BASKETBALL
  • 8AM-Snow Club applications accepted in the lobby -  click - Snow Club Application   Snow club Physical
  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 9:30AM-Author Visit: Frishman/Butzin/Parkin/Wallington
  • 10:30AM-Author visit Harvath/Mali/Davis/Seley
  • 11:00-2:50 8th Grade visit to  Seaholm High School students will need to bring a sack lunch
  • 4:10-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE

Wednesday, November 26

  • No School

Thursday, November 27

  • Happy Thanksgiving-Enjoy this time with your Friends and Family

Friday, November 28

  • Thanksgiving Recess

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

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 informationDecember 9&16 January 6,13,20,27 February 3,10,&17(makeup)

 

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BCS OPEN HOUSE

The BCS Open House is Sunday, Dec. 7, 1:00:3:00pm.  There are three different volunteer opportunities for this event:

1.       Folder StuffingTuesday, December 2, 8:30-9:30am, Media Center

We will be stuffing the folders we hand out to all our Open House guests.

2.       School Clean-up:  Friday, Dec. 5. 2:00-3:15pm-We will be arming ourselves with rolls of tape and will roam the halls of BCS in search of art work/projects on the walls that need a little tape reinforcement.  We will also make sure display cabinets and shelves are neat and tidy. 

3.       Open House:  Sunday, December 7, 1:00-3:00pm

Please sign up on the signup genius by clicking BCS Open House Volunteers.

Please contact Harriet Sherman at hsherm@yahoo.com if you are able to help at any of the above. 

 

DELAYED START DAY:  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014

The NEXT delayed start is Wednesday, December 10, 2014.  School will begin at 9:48am.  Due to the fact that all staff will be participating in professional development that morning, the building will not be open until 9:30am.  Please DO NOT drop your child off before 9:30am.  For those of you who need child care from 8:18-9:48am, please complete the form and return it to the office.  The fee is $5 per child. Click   Delayed Start Registration

 

PROUD DADS SPORTS  INFORMATION- 5/6 Girls Basketball started  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

 

BARNES and NOBLE BOOK FAIR and EVENT –Dec. 2 and 3

Shop for the holidays and support BPS and Covington at this Special Event Information and Vouchers   here

Note: voucher not needed, but you do need to mention that you are buying for the BPS fundraiser when purchasing. 

 

BCS YEARBOOK INFORMATION

Now is the time to order your Birmingham Covington School yearbook at the low price of $40. 

To order online, please visit www.jostensyearbooks.com by FEBRUARY 1ST 2015.  Installment payments may be made online.

Last year's book was a sell-out, so order early!

 

PROUD PARENT ADS FOR YEARBOOK click here   for information

Parents, it is time to place your order for an ad in the 2014-2015 BCS Yearbook.  Ads start as low as $25.  To place the ad, pay online at www.jostens.com.  Once the order is placed, submit photo(s) and text to Jeanne Jacobs.

 

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           

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.)

 

MEDIA CENTER INFORMATION

Follow the link to the Media Center page for all the passwords your child(dren) may need to  click MEDIA CENTER

 

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

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

 

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

 

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 Calender

 

THE  7/8  TEAM  NEWS

PROUD PARENT ADS FOR YEARBOOK click here   for information

 

STUDENTS AND FAMILIES INTERESTED IN THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY. There will be an informational meeting on December 4 at 12:30-1:10PM in Digital Video Wet. This meeting is for PARENTS/GUARDIANS ONLY

 

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 Calender

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

Monday, November 24 Jeff Edwards click  here

"Uncovering Youth Depression Blind Spots"

School Presentation (parents are welcome), Grades 7-12:  2:00-3:00 p.m. in the auditorium

Evening Presentation (for parents, educators and students grades 7-12):  6:00 p.m. in the auditorium

As this is a very important topic, the evening presentation is open to the public.  Please encourage adults in your surrounding communities to join us as we create a community of meaning and hope for our young people.

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS   click  Friends December Flyer December 4, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Life After High School:Transitioning Students with Disabilities

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS-CAMP AND RESOURCE FAIR + MICRO BUSINESSES—Friends January Flyer

Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:30—9:00 p.m.Groves High School Commons

The 13th annual Camp and Resource Fair is an information event servicing families seeking camps, therapies, educational, recreational, and healthcare services and products that support children with special needs in both self-contained and inclusive environments as well as summer and year round programs. Meet with representatives and take home information from organizations throughout the tri-county area:

 

A COMMUNITY THEATRE EVENT
The Community House Ballet Ensemble presents "The Nutcracker Story" - A child friendly classic tale presented by over 40 youth dancers and guests from Southeast Michigan (including 3 students from BCS).  Shows at 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM on Sunday, December 7th and Sunday, December 14th.  For more information, go to tchserves.org or call 248-644-5832.  Click
here for the flyer.

 

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