November 30, 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. 

 

Some time ago, I came across this story from an unknown author having slightly different iterations across the World Wide Web.  I find myself revisiting this story from time to time, particularly this time of year when gratitude tends to get clouded among all of us by commercialism and gift-giving. It tells the story where a teacher asks her students to list the Seven Wonders of the World.  Though there were some disagreements, the following “wonders” received the most votes:

  1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
  2. Taj Mahal
  3. Grand Canyon
  4. Panama Canal
  5. Empire State Building
  6. St. Peter’s Basilica
  7. China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noticed that one student had not finished her paper yet.  So, she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.  The girl replied, “Yes, a little.  I couldn’t quite make up my mind; there were so many.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”

The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are:

  1. to see
  2. to hear
  3. to touch
  4. to taste
  5. to feel
  6. to laugh
  7. and to love.”

The room became so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.  This child offered a important perspective.  The things we overlook as simple and ordinary, and that we most often take for granted, are truly extraordinary!  This is a great reminder that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought with money.  They are our senses!  They are in fact how we treat ourselves, each other and this world – the 3 Es of BCS: Each Other, our Environment, and our Education!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving recess with those people most important in your lives as we look forward to embracing December and the incredible month of learning it will be.  BCS – A Great Place to Be!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG, click here.

 

TRAFFIC SAFETY

Please be sure to re-familiarize yourself with our Traffic Safety Procedures. I also wanted to let you know that several parents are stopping on Covington Road during morning arrival and allowing their kids to get out on the East side lane crossing the street instead of waiting in the drop off line and entering the school circle drive.  Having your children dropped off and cross on Covington is a very dangerous situation for our students.  Please use either circle drive (the one off of Quarton or Covington), proceed patiently in the car line and drop off students on the school sidewalk areas.  A quick tip:  Drop off around 8:00 AM when the traffic is much lighter if you’re in a hurry each morning.

 

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.

  • “All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.” – Wayne Dyer
  • “The reason people blame things on the previous generation is that there's only one other choice.” – Doug Larson
  • “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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 December 1-5, 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, December 1

  • 7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 11:45AM-4th Grade Ambassador Traing-3/4 Science Lab
  • 3:20-5PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE-DURING CHOICE HOUR

Tuesday, December 2

  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 1:30PM-Character Connections Meetings- allow extra time if picking up your student early
  • 2:30PM-Whole School Town Hall-Gym- allow extra time if picking up your student early
  • 4PM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL GAME-AWAY @ CRANBROOK MS
  • 4:10-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE
  • 7PM-Forensics Showcase-Media Center
  • 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-Education and Administration building-  adjacent to Groves HS

Wednesday, December 3

  • 7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 4PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM MEET@ HOME vs. WEST HILLS MS

Thursday, December 4

  • 8AM-2PM-Religious Diversity Journeys Field Trip to Kirk in the Hills-7 students
  • 9:15AM-5/6 Room Parents Meeting-Media Center
  • 12:30-1:10PM in Digital Video West. This meeting is FOR 8TH GRADE STUDENTS ONLY
  • 4PM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL GAME-AWAY @ FERNDALE MS
  • 4:10-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE
  • 7 PM-Friends of Different Learners meeting-Staff Development- Friends December Flyer

Friday, December 5

  • 7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 9:30AM 3/4  Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • 11:05 5/6 Ambassador Training-Rm 600C
  • 12:45PM-7/8 Ambassador Training-Rm 600A
  • 4:10-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE

Saturday, December 6

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

Sunday, December 7

  • 1-3:00PM BCS OPEN HOUSE

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

ATTENTION PARENTS REGARDING STUDENT PICK-UP on TUESDAY   Dec 2

Please allow for extra time when coming to pick up your student early. This is CHARACTER CONNECTIONS week and your student will be with their 3-8 CC Team, not in their homeroom. This will require a few extra minutes for our wonderful parent volunteers to locate them, please be patient in advance.

 

FALL SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR-Did you miss your chance to order?? The BCS Scholastic Book Fair- On-line Book Fair is 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

 

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

 

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

 

BCS OPEN HOUSE, DECEMBER 7   FROM 1PM TO 3PM

Sunday, December 7, 2014-1:00 - 3:00 PM - Information regarding the enrollment timeline, please click HERE.   Virtual Tour - Click here to take a virtual tour of BCS.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BCS OPEN HOUSE-.  There are three different volunteer opportunities for this event:

  • Folder Stuffing:  Tuesday, December 2, 8:30-9:30am, Media Center - We will be stuffing the folders we hand out to all our Open House guests.
  • 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.
  • 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

 

BCS YEARBOOK INFORMATION

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

To order online, 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.

 

BAND and ORCHESTRA NEWS Upcoming practices are listed on the calendar.

6/7/8 Orchestra Concert is on December 11,2014

6/7/8 Band concert is on February 4, 2015

 

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

           

MEDIA CENTER INFORMATION

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

 

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, DECEMBER 9TH THROUGH FRIDAY, JANUARY 24:

Frishman, Seley, Mali, and Wallington will SWIM.--. Remember to bring a bag for suits, goggles and towels

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and Parkin will be in the GYM.-- will be in the GYM. Be sure that your child wears gym shoes.

 

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 Calendar

 

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 8TH GRADE STUDENTS ONLY

 

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…………

BPS PARENT FORUM ON MENTAL HEALTH

In our fast-paced culture, it can often be difficult to recognize the signs of stress and anxiety in our children.  It is important that we all work together to promote positive mental health for everyone.  Our community is not immune to tragedy.  Every time a young person is hurting, we are hurting.  We cannot stay in the shadows about mental health, relational aggression, poor self-esteem and the many other difficult issues our children face.  Please reserve the following date for our forum on youth mental health:  Monday, December 15-  6:30 to 8 p.m.- BPS Education and Administration Building-adjacent to Groves HS.  Please RSVP to 248-203-3001. Let’s work together to help our young people as they face the challenges of today’s society.  (Please note that this forum is for parents/guardians only and is not intended for students.

 

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:

 

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:  http://bpssaturday.weebly.com

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