January 4, 2015

Hello BCS!

 

The last week before vacation 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.

 

Happy New Year to each of you!  There’s no doubt that in today’s fast paced society the stress in our lives can mount.  In thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, an article from Fast Company entitled 6 Simple Habits to Keep You Consistently Happy Every Day by Joel Gascoigne details this author’s perspective on how to keep our lives happy, and may promote your thinking about potential resolutions to make for 2015…

  • Wake up early – “to do some great work and be super focused”
  • Exercise daily – to “feel fantastic and can more easily take on other challenges”
  • Have a habit of disengagement – “this prompts reflection and relaxation”
  • Regularly help others – “helping others can significantly increase our happiness”
  • Learn new skills – the power of novelty and our brains
  • Have multiple ways to “win” each day – set daily goals (including physical) and achieve them

As we head in to a New Year, 2015, may your days be filled with joyous activity, reflection, helping others, new learning and “winning.”  Resolutions worth considering indeed!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG click here.

 

IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE REPORTING CHANGES

BPS has made some adjustments to our attendance policy (and daily attendance recording) in response to new Department of Education mandates. These changes should not affect the average absence.   However, there will be impact on those who frequently miss school and have nonexempt absences.  To see the new policy (Board Policy 5200) that will go to the Board of Education for approval in January, please review the information and changes by clicking here.  Additionally, find a newly required “Extended Absence Form” here.   Should you have any questions about the policy, please contact Mark Morawski or Jason Hill.  Thank you.

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  CARING

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

  • “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”Leo Buscaglia
  • “Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.”Margaret Mead
  •  “A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.”Denis Waitley

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of January 5-9, 2015

(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

 

 ********LOTTERY REGISTRATION WEEK at Administration Building ONLY********

Monday, January 5

  • 8AM-5PM-Lottery Registration at the Administration Building
  • 8:18AM-Combined 7/8 Band Rehearsal
  • 7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 3:20-5PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE

Tuesday, January 6- DUE-CHOICE HOUR SELECTION SHEETS

  • 8AM-6PM-Lottery Registration at the Administration Building-  (Note 1 hour later today)
  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 3:30 Snow Club bus leaves for Pine Knob, returns at 8:20
  • 4:10-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE
  • 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-Education and Administration Building adjacent to Groves H S

Wednesday, January 7

  • 8AM-5PM-Lottery Registration at the Administration Building
  • 7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 4PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM MEET HOME vs. DERBY MS

Thursday, January 8

  • 8AM-5PM-Lottery Registration at the Administration Building
  • 9AM-Friends of Different  Learners-MORNING MEETING
  • 1:15pm-PTSAMeeting-Staff Development
  • 4PM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL GAME-HOME vs. CRANBROOK MS
  • 4:10-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE

Friday, January 9

  • 8AM-5PM-Lottery Registration at the Admin.  Building-- LAST OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER FOR BCS LOTTERY
  • BATTLE OF THE BOOKS TEAM QUALIFYING DAY
  • 7-8AM-7/8 BOYS BASKETBALL PRACTICE
  • 8:30-11AM-5-8 BCS Spelling Bee-Media Center
  • 9:30Am-3/4 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • 4:10-5:30PM-6-8 GIRLS SWIM  PRACTICE

Saturday, January 10

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

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

REGISTRATION FOR BCS ENROLLMENT LOTTERY for 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR 
Registration week for new BCS students for the 2015-2016 school year is January 5-9,  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6.  Register for the lottery at the BPS Education and Administration Center at 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills. The lottery will be held on January 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the BCS Cafeteria. 

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

Flu Season is Upon Us…

We are starting to see cases of Influenza A.  It is important that we continue to work with our children about good hygiene including proper hand washing and cough protocol.  If you have additional questions about the flu and your child’s health, please consult your family physician.  Following is a link to the fact sheet from the Oakland County Health Department:  http://www.oakgov.com/health/Documents/Facts%20Sheets/fs_influenza.pdf.  Thank you.

 

Learn some facts about teen depression visit: http://www.bbcoalition.org/PDFs/depression%20handout_morethansad.pdf

 

Allergy Awareness…

Since food allergies affect so many kids today in the US and at BCS, please share these helpful tips with you children as we continue to live into the 3 E’s at BCS: Education, Environment & Each Other.

  • Know that food allergies are very serious, and even life threatening.
  • Never share your food with friends who have food allergies.
  • Wash hands after eating which cleans off any allergens from the food you ate.
  • Help all of your friends and classmates have fun together so no one ever feels left out.
  • If a friend who has food allergies gets sick, go get help from an adult right away.

You can learn more about food allergies at www.foodallergy.org/kids. (Modified from the Pierce PAL Committee)

 

CALLING ALL BCS MUSICIANS-BLUE LAKE AUDITION INFORMATION

Auditions for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp will be held: January 12, 13, 14 during class periods. See Mrs. Eliassen or Mrs. Gillespie for a permission slip.

 

BATTER UP! PROUD DADS BASEBALL IS IN THE LINEUP!  Click Proud Dads Baseball

The BCS Baseball clinic will be on Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 7pm in the gym starting January 13th, 2015. Checks/registration forms are due by Jan 12 to fill up the first 30 slots.    

 

REMINDER FROM THE BCS OFFICE REGARDING ELECTRONIC DEVICES

If your student received a device for the holidays, please make sure this is something that you want brought to school. We have had several situations where Apple devices have been misplaced.  If you do have an Apple device, please download the free “Find my iPhone” or “Find my iPad” application as it can be very helpful to us and to families to locate the device.  In addition, it is helpful to have a student’s name on the device and the case so that we can determine who it belongs to and return it.

 

2014 WINTER II ATHLETICS INFORMATION

Interested in Winter II Sports-7/8 Girls Volleyball and 6-8 Boys Swimming?

The season begins for both 1/22/14.Make sure that you have a current (after 4/15/2013) physical turned in if you have not participated in sports this school year. Stay tuned for Volleyball Try-out information and practice schedules for both.

 

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.

 

CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION

The QIII Choice Hour course selections are posted online.  Choice Hour selection sheets were distributed to each homeroom teacher on Friday December 13th.  Selections can be viewed online at www.bsconline.info .  If your child does not bring a selection sheet home you can print one from the BCS website.  Choice Hour selections are due back no later than Tuesday January 6th at 4:00PM.   We will not schedule students into classes if payment in full is not included with the choice hour selection sheet.   Please include proper payment if you are signing your child up for a 4th and/or 5th day of Choice Hour.   Do not include payment for classes with materials fees or pay to play fees.  A separate billing will be made once students have been placed in their Choice Hour classes.

Students who do not turn in a selection sheet will not be placed in any Choice Hour classes.  Students who do not turn in a selection sheet with payment by the deadline will not be allowed to make a change in their schedule. 

 

Important information regarding 3rd quarter:

     Mrs. Juriga will be scheduling QIII choice hour over the winter break.  She needs your help!  Please, please make it a priority to get your QIII selection sheet into the office before we leave for the holiday break on Friday December 19th so that she can schedule as many students as possible before we return in January.

 

New Thursday CH Community Service opportunity for students in grades 5-8. A team of BCS students has formed a partnership with Lighthouse PATH, an empowerment program which offers transitional housing for up to 65 homeless women and children. In support of this service learning project with Lighthouse and their initiatives to help homeless women and their children, this class will make tied fleece blankets for infants, toddlers, teens and adults.  Fleece will be provided for these blankets however please feel free to donate fleece for this project.  Fleece requirements:  Toddler/crib size – 1.5 yards of two different pieces of fleece to be tied together, child size – 1.75 yards of two different pieces of fleece to be tied together, teen/adult size – 2.0 yards of two different pieces of fleece to be tied together.  Joann fabrics http://www.joann.com/ offers a huge assortment of colorful fleeces often at 50% off and discount coupons that can be used toward fabric purchases.

7-8 Spirit Committee will be offered on Tuesdays.  This group of students plans and organizes fun events for all grade levels.

The 3-4 RoboTech class is being offered to new students!! 

6th, 7th and 8th grade boys interested in participating in the BCS swim team program are encouraged to sign up for the Monday/Wednesday swim team Choice Hour class.  Students will not be placed into this class until they have received an orange “participation” slip.

 

7th and 8th grade girls interested in participating in the BCS volleyball program are encouraged to sign up for the Monday/Wednesday volleyball team Choice Hour class. Students will not be placed into this class until they have received an orange “participation” slip.

Choice Hour reminders – please call (248-203-4625), send in a note, or email Linda Stone at ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  if your child is going to be absent from Choice Hour for any reason!  Students that do not have Choice Hour on any given day need to be picked up by 3:20 PM.  Students that do not have a Choice Hour class and are not picked up by 3:30 PM will be charged a $5.00 fee.

Thank you for always supporting the Choice Hour program!

 

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY CO-SPONSERED BY BEF - click here for more information

Register today for a free Girls Only STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) event. This event will help foster and cultivate interest in STEAM related fields for our girls. Block Kids is made available by the National Association of Women in Construction-Detroit Chapter, along with Birmingham Public Schools and the Birmingham Education Foundation.  There are 60 slots available for 4th & 5th Grade girls.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.  You can register online http://tinyurl.com/llx49b4 or with the attached registration form. This is a first come, first serve opportunity.

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE UNABASHED BASH, February, 7, 2015. It's that time of year again for the Birmingham Education Foundation's BASH donation drive.   WE NEED YOUR HELP to make our auction successful. Vacation homes, restaurant gift cards, sports ticket and unique experiences all work well in our auction. Please contact bashdonations@gmail.com or call 248-203-3030 to offer a tax-deductible donation.

 

BATTLE BOOK CLUBS HAVE BEGUN!  All students who have read the book are invited to attend.  Attending book clubs helps students better understand the books and become experts on each title.  Students should bring their lunch to the back of the Media Center, where a variety of teachers and parents will be hosting the different book clubs.  Students should go to the Media Center and sign up to get the materials needed prior to the book club.Next week’s schedule is:

4th grade lunch in the Media Center

5th grade lunch in the Media Center

Mon., Jan. 5

Rump

Thu., Dec. 18

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Tue., Dec. 16

Three Times Lucky

 

 

Wed., Dec. 17

Flutter

 

 

 

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

 

ATHLETICS UPDATES    

2015  WINTER II ATHLETICS INFORMATION

Interested in Winter II Sports-7/8 Girls Volleyball and 6-8 Boys Swimming?

The season begins for both 1/22/14.Make sure that you have a current (after 4/15/2014) physical turned in if you have not participated in sports this school year. Stay tuned for Volleyball Try-out information and practice schedules for both.

 

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- turn in your High School Selection Sheet to the turn-in basket on the counter in the main office. This has to be turned in before we can start your High School Scheduling.  To date, we have very few turned in. 

 

INVITATION TO 8TH GRADE FAMILIES WHO WILL BE ATTENDING SEAHOLM IN 2015

You are invited to attend a very important presentation about the curriculum at Seaholm.  Please join us for the 8th Grade Curriculum Night on January 13 at 7:00 PM. There will be a presentation preceding the general meeting on FLEX and English/Social Studies options from 6:00 – 6:45 PM.

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. 

 

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 BACK IN BUSINESS-JOIN US AT BERKSHIRE MS21707 W. 14 Mile Rd., Beverly Hills

Come and shakeout the cobwebs! THE place to be on Saturday mornings! For all grade levels, the BPS Saturday School offers tutoring /homework support.  Students should bring their work with them and $2 to cover snacks and materials.  

 

HEY KIDS! THE BYA KIDS DOG SHOW NEEDS A LOGO- Submission deadline is 1/12/15 click here

Birmingham Youth Assistance Dog Show will be 2/8/15

Create an original design’ your artwork could be featured on the t-shirts and promotional materials for the BYA Kids’ Dog Show!

 

FRIENDS of DIFFERENT  LEARNERS- January 8, 2015-9AM  (NOTICE:  MORNING MEETING)

Friends January Flyer

Put Your Oxygen Mask on First! How to Take Care of Yourself so You Can Take Care of your Different Learner 

Guest Speaker: Julie Cadman, President & CEO Healing Complex Kids       

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:

 

FRANKLIN BASEBALL REGISTRATION Now open!  Click    Franklin Baseball Information

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/or more information.

IMPORTANT DATES AND UPCOMING DEADLINES: click www.franklinbaseball.org

January 22nd, 29th and February 5th- Get Ready For Baseball clinics at West Maple Elementary

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!

 

MAPLE MOTION DANCE TEAM GIRLS’ DANCE CLINIC-JAN 29,2015 Click here for registration information: 
Join the fun with the Seaholm Maple Motion team.  For kindergarten through 5th grade, the girls learn a dance routine and perform on the basketball court between the JV and Varsity basketball games.  Cost is $45.  Registration must be received by Jan. 10.  Location:  Seaholm.  Email questions to
MapleMotionDanceclincis@gmail.com

 

BIRMINGHAM  UNIFIED  HOCKEY SUPPORTS THE MATTHEW BITTKER FOUNDATION W/ CHARITY GAME SALES 1/17/15

The Birmingham Unified Hockey system has announced it will support The Matthew Bittker Foundation, a foundation started by the Bittker family to support critically-needed research for neuroblastoma, which claimed their son Matthew in 2007. “The Bittkers are part of the BU family, and our support of the Matthew Bittker Foundation is part of our player’s and our system’s commitment to the community,” said John Graham, president of the BU Booster hockey board.

The BU Varsity Kings will play a charity fundraiser game on Jan. 17, 2015 5:30PM at the Birmingham Ice Arena with T-shirt and apparel sales; proceeds will directly benefit The Matthew Bittker Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity to which donations made are tax-deductible. T-shirts and other apparel will go on sale before the game and can be purchased from BU JV and Varsity players as well as at the game. Free admission with apparel purchase! Then, stick around for the JV Kings game at 8:00PM, admission is free to JV games!

For more information about the event, please go to www.buvarsity.com, and for more information about neuroblastoma and Matthew Bittker, please see http://www.itswhatmatters.org/Save-the-date for an exciting evening of hometown hockey for a great cause on January 17th!

 

NEWS FROM THE BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION

Learn some facts about teen depression, visit: http://www.bbcoalition.org/PDFs/depression%20handout_morethansad.pdf

Wanted: Talented high school bands, musicians or soloists to audition for YAB’s Annual Winter Teen Battle of the Bands.  Auditions being accepted through Dec 31. Click here for more info: http://www.bbcoalition.org/PDFs/battle2.15.Auditions.R.pdf

For more news & information on mental health and substance abuse prevention, visit: www.bbcoalition.org

 

COMMUNITY OPEN SWIM AT GROVES, SUNDAYS, 1 -3PM—resumes after the break

Dates January 11, 18, 25-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- http://internetessentials.com/

ACCESS TO WORLD CLASS ONLINE TUTORING VIA KHAN ACADEMY
For more information, see the Comcast website:
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

 

To review the District’s Non-Discrimination policy, click here