December 7, 2014

Hello BCS!

 

It was another great week at BCS culminating in our annual Open House today from 1-3 PM! A sincere thank to all of you who supported this awesome event to showcase all that BCS is.  Special thanks to our CSO, Cindy Balicki and event co-chairs Harriet Sherman and Nini Dauer for leading the coordination of this event.  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 including our 3-8 Character Connections teams who connected with each other this week. 

 

Many will remember our efforts last school year to Learn Globally/Serve Locally partnering with the people of Chilipula, Zambia through Project Cope. With our efforts we raised $15,000 to help them purchase the capital to begin building a sustainable economy in the village.  Following is a link to a 10-minute video (shared with the students a Tuesday’s Town Hall celebration) that celebrates our efforts at BCS showing the delivery of the dresses, the lanterns and the tractors to support their economic growth: http://youtu.be/ePSnAVOJMbs. ustainable economy in the village. Following is a 10 minute video (shared with her students at our Townhall meeting on Tuesday) that celebrates our efforts at BCS showing the delivery of the dresses, the lanterns and the tractors to support their economic growth.

 

We need your help!  In BCS’s continuing effort to learn locally/serve locally and learn globally/serve globally, a group of BCS students has met with and is working to provide support for Lighthouse of Oakland County whose mission is “to provide the support and resources that empower individuals to move from crisis to self-sufficiency. To that end, the student team has formed an organization called “Helping the Homeless”.  Their goal is to help the homeless in Oakland County.  When these students found out that a daunting 10,000,000 people were homeless, living in cars and on the street, they realized they needed to help. They formed a partnership with Lighthouse PATH, an empowerment program which offers transitional housing for up to 65 homeless women and children. They were told these women are in dire need of baby supplies: diapers, wipes and formula.  “Helping the Homeless” has decided to help these families by doing a baby supply drive and will be collecting these items in boxes located in the hallway outside the BCS office.  Items will be collected through Friday, December 19.  In addition to the baby supply drive, BCS students would also like to keep children’s hands warm this winter.  There is a collection bin for mittens next to the baby supply boxes.  Thank you in advance for your help!

 

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.

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  TRUSTWORTHINESS

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

 

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

 

Health & Safety

LIVINGSTON COUNTY DAILY PRESS & ARGUS – School officials warn of sexually-explicit 'After School' app:  Officials from at least three Livingston County school districts are warning parents of an app that's turned some of its students into victims of cyberbullying.  Related story:Oakland Press: Clarkston school officials warn parents about questionable iPhone app

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of December 8-12, 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 8

  • 8:18AM-7/8 Band Rehearsal
  • 8:18AM-7/8 Orchestra  Rehearsal
  • 4PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM MEET@ HOME vs BERKSHIRE MS
  • 7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE

Tuesday, December 9

  • 7-8AM -Proud Dads 5/6 Girls Basketball - click PROUD DADS GIRLS BASKETBALL
  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 8:20AM-Grades 4 and 5-Battle Author visit
  • 9:30AM-12PM-Lego Robotics Club Field Trip to FANUC Robotics
  • 3:30PM-SNOW CLUB  -Bus leaves for Pine Knob-Please pick up your student at 8:30PM
  • 4PM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL GAME-@ HOME vs. BERKSHIRE MS
  • 4:10-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE
  • 7PM-BLAST Meeting-Media Center

Wednesday, December 10

Thursday, December 11

  • 1:15-2:15PM-Orchestra Dress Rehearsal
  • 4PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM MEET AWAY vs BERKSHIRE MS
  • 4PM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL GAME-@ HOME vs. WEST HILLS MS
  • 6:30PM-BCS Information Night –for families unable to attend the BCS Open House
  • 7PM-6,7,8TH GRADES Orchestra Concert-call time 6 PM

Friday, December 12

  •  7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 12:45-1:25PM-for 8th Grade students Groves EXCEL program visit- Digital Video West
  • 4:10-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE

Saturday, December 13

  •  9-11AM-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

 

DELAYED START DAY: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014

The NEXT delayed start is Wednesday, December 10, 2014.  School will begin at 9:48am. All staff will be participating in professional development that morning, and 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

 

BABY SUPPLY/MITTEN DRIVE

In BCS’s continuing effort to learn locally, serve locally, learn globally and serve globally, a student team called “Helping the Homeless” formed a partnership with Lighthouse PATH, an empowerment program which offers transitional housing for up to 65 homeless women and children. The team was told these women are in dire need of baby supplies: diapers, wipes and formula.  “Helping the Homeless” is doing a baby supply drive and will be collecting these items in boxes located in the hallway outside the BCS office through Friday, December 19.  In addition to the baby supply drive, BCS students would also like to keep children’s hands warm this winter.  There is a collection bin for mittens next to the baby supply boxes.  Thank you for your support with this initiative!!

 

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 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.

 

PE UPDATES

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8 THROUGH FRIDAY, JANUARY 23:

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 4 will SWIM. .--. Remember to bring a bag for suits, goggles and towels

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 3 will be in the GYM. .-- will be in the GYM. Be sure that your child wears gym shoes

 

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 Calender

           

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.)

 

ATHLETICS UPDATES    

Winter I Athletics are in full swing. Boys Basketball and Girls Swim-Go Cobras!!

 

         INTERESTED IN BASKETBALL? Check out  Seaholm  Boys Basketball  Holiday  Camp For 3-8 Graders-

         Mon Dec 22,Tues Dec 23  click-Basketball Camp for more information

 

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

8TH GRADERS INTERESTED IN FLEX

Students interested in observing the Seaholm Flex, English and social studies programs for next year, should contact Kyle Hall, English Department Chairperson at Seaholm HS (khall@birmingham.k12.mi.us) to schedule a visit on one of the following Wednesdays in January:  7, 14, 21, and 28,  from 8:30 AM to 11:55 AM.  Mrs. Hall will provide more details once you’ve contacted her directly to schedule your visit. 

 

PROUD PARENT ADS FOR YEARBOOK click here   for information

 

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-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 signup. For further information, please see:  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

 

FRANKLIN BASEBALL REGISTRATION

Now open! Join us in celebrating our 60th Anniversary season! Sign up is open for all divisions; from T-ball through Pony (baseball) and Junior through Senior girls’ softball. $35 Early Registration Discount ends soon and teams are beginning to form in the non-draft divisions, so sign-up now to reserve your spot! Go to franklinbaseball.org to register and for more information.

IMPORTANT DATES AND UPCOMING DEADLINES:

January 22nd , 29th and February 5th- Get Ready For Baseball clinics at West Maple Elementary. Registration and more information available at franklinbaseball.org.

February 28th- Player Evaluations (boys drafting leagues) Baseball City in Waterford

March 1st- Player Evaluations (girls drafting leagues) Baseball City in Waterford

March 15-16- Team Assignments and notifications

March 23rd- Practices begin

April 18th- Opening Day!

 

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