January 18, 2015

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 with some of our 7/8 students on a service learning trip in Puerto Rico.

 

Tomorrow, Monday, we will be celebrating and honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As an entire BPS district staff, we will be spending the morning hearing a keynote address by Dr. John B. Diamond who will be speaking about the racial inequalities that still exist in suburban school districts and what we can do to positively impact this issue. This will be followed by a series of various workshop opportunities that focus on diversity and community service in which the staff will be able to participate, and then back to BCS to debrief our learning and engage each other in deep thinking and positive action.

 

Congratulations to Coaches Brown & Johansson and the entire Girls Swim Team for finishing up their perfect season with a League Championship last Monday evening!  Check out BCS Facebook for pictures and here’s the video of the extra swim the girls gave their coaches after the trophy acceptance.

 

Remember to save the dates of 2/6/15-2/8/15 to visit Brooklyn Pizza’s Troy location to Support the Wish upon a Teen fundraiser, and here is another student led group displaying their service and social entrepreneurship…

 

Towels for Terriers…Donate towels for the Michigan Humane Society! The Humane Society urgently needs used towels. It doesn't matter what size or color.  The towels will be used by dogs and cats at the shelter so that they don't have to sleep on the cold, hard concrete floor.  The collection bin will be located inside the front entrance. The collection drive will go through Friday, January 23.  The towels will be collected, folded, sorted and delivered to the Humane Society by our BCS student led team.  Thank you in advance for your support!  Click here for the flyer.

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG click here.

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  PERSEVERANCE

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

  • “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”John Quincy Adams
  • “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”Julie Andrews
  • “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”Samuel Johnson

 

SUPPORT A CHILD’S HOSPITAL ROOM MAKEOVER

Save the date/weekend:  Friday, February 6 - Sunday, February 8 to support our Wish Upon a Teen fundraiser and help makeover children's hospital rooms at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.  Come into Brooklyn Pizza's Troy location (3141 Crooks Road, Troy, MI 48084) any time that weekend, purchase pizza and 15% of the proceeds will go to this effort.  Click here for the flyer, and find out more about this service learning opportunity by viewing the 1-minute video. (To ensure the 15% donation, bring in the flyer or let Brooklyn Pizza know you’re part of the BPS community.) 

 

TOWELS FOR TERRIERS

We have a student-led group asking you to donate new towels (new or used) for the Michigan Humane Society! The Humane Society urgently needs used towels. It doesn't matter what size or color.  The towels will be used by dogs and cats at the shelter so that they don't have to sleep on the cold, hard concrete floor.  The collection bin will be located inside the front entrance. The collection drive will go through Friday, January 23.  The towels will be collected, folded, sorted and delivered to the Humane Society by our BCS student led team.  Thank you in advance for your support!  Click here for the flyer.

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of January 19-23, 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

 

Monday, January 19

  • Martin Luther King  Day Observation -Professional Development for all Staff – No school for students

Tuesday, January 20

  • Athletic information must be submitted to participate in Winter II Sports
  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 3:30 Snow Club bus leaves for Pine Knob, returns at 8:20
  • 5:30-7PM-Proud Dads Baseball begins-   Proud Dads Baseball    Parent Approval Form
  • 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-EAC adjacent to Groves

Wednesday, January 21

  • 6:45-8AM-7th and 8TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS-MUST HAVE ORANGE SLIP
  • 1:15PM- Seaholm Counselors Presentation for 8th Graders-Media Center
  • 3:20-5:30-BOYS 6-8 SWIM PRACTICE-MUST HAVE ORANGE SLIP-MEET IN ROOM 70

Thursday, January 22

  • 6:45-8AM-8TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS-MUST HAVE ORANGE SLIP
  • 6:30-7:30PM 7/8 Washington D.C.Trip Meeting for Students/Parent/Guardians-Media Center
  • 4:10-5:30PM-BOYS 6-8 SWIM PRACTICE-MUST HAVE ORANGE SLIP
  • 4:15-5:15PM-7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS

Friday, January 23

  • 6:45-8AM-7th and 8TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS- MUST HAVE ORANGE SLIP
  • 1/2 Day of school-11:30 Dismissal
  • End of 2nd Quarter-Records Day

Saturday, January 24

  •  9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire-see below
  • BCS is hosting the Science Olympiad Competition -26 schools will be participating

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

OVERDUE-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. 

 

COFFEE AND CHAT WITH SUPERINTENDENT DANIEL NERAD-  Jan. 27 9:00 – 10:30
Join us for an informal morning of coffee and chat with the superintendent.  This is the perfect opportunity to get to visit with Dr. Nerad, ask your questions, offer your suggestions, and network with other parents.  Location:  BPS Education and Administration Building, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills. 

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY BEE COMING TO BCS:  All 4-8 Graders at BCS are able to participate in the National Geography Bee Contest at BCS on Monday, January 26 at 3:30 PM.  Mr. Braisted will once again moderate this exciting event.  To sign up and receive Geography Bee information, please send your child’s name, grade, and parent e-mail to Nicole Corum at nikkifu@aol.com by January 22.  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/

 

IT'S SHOWTIME!  GET YOUR TICKETS DURING CHOICE HOUR!!!!BCS presents SEUSSICAL JR. Show dates: January 28, 29 & 30. -CLICK HERE for more information. Questions?  Email bcs.seussicaljr@gmail.com

 

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

BE A SUPER HERO FOR OUR STUDENTS 

Our school has benefited from many Birmingham Education Foundation grants over the years. These grants, generated by our teachers, allow us to enrich the already great education our students are  receiving. Please consider supporting our schools by attending the Unabashed Bash-Be a Super Hero for our Students, on February 7, 2015 from 6:00-11:45 p.m. at the Townsend. This very important fundraiser will impact grants that are just waiting to be awarded. The evening is also a fun celebration of our schools. To learn more about the grants we have received or to learn more about this important event, please visit www.supportbef.org

 

ATTENTION ALL BCS FAMILIES, IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!- THE BLAST NEEDS YOU TO CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS!!
We are currently looking for any unopened games, gadgets, toys or trinkets that you would like to get rid of for our BCS Blast prize room.  Maybe you have a stash of never opened toys or "just in case" gifts or gift cards taking up way too much space in your closet.  What a great way to do some house cleaning!  Kids will be able to "purchase" these items in the prize room with the tickets they win at the BCS Blast. 

Bring your items to the “Closet Cleanout” bin placed just inside the office starting this Tuesday, January 20th and we will collect and distribute them to the BCS Blast prize roomUnused items will be delivered to The Bottomless Toy Chest children's charity. Questions please contact Stephanie Co at either248-416-7447  Stephaniejoy213@gmail.com

The 2015 Blast committee thanks you!

 

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.

 

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.

 

BATTLE BOOK CLUBS!  Friday, January 23 – Final day to take Battle tests for ribbon and medal qualifications!

Parents – please make sure to check your email for team information.  Students are expected to meet with their team outside of school hours to prepare for Battle.  Additional information was emailed to parents last week.  Please contact Ann Truesdell at atruesdell@birmingham.k12.mi.us if you did not receive this information.

4th grade lunch in the Media Center

5th grade lunch in the Media Center

Tues., Jan.20

Jinx

Tues., Jan.20

Flutter

Thur., Jan. 22

Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library

 Wed., Jan. 21

 Sugar

 Thur., Jan. 22

 Rithmatist

 

QIII CHOICE HOUR BEGINS MONDAY JANUARY 26TH.  CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION - 3RD QUARTER 2014 – 2015

The deadline for turning in QIII Choice Hour selections was Tuesday January 6th.  You can still turn in a selection sheet but you must include 4-5 choices per day since many classes are already full.  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 did not turn in a selection sheet with payment by the deadline will not be allowed to make a change in their schedule. 

New Thursday choice hour 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.

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!

 

PE UPDATES-- END OF THE QUARTER IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 23:

3RD  QUARTER-MONDAY, JANUARY 26 THROUGH FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27:

Freshman, 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 

VOLLEYBALL TRYOUT INFORMATION  AND SCHEDULE

7th Grade:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 6:45-8 A.M..

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 4:15-5:30 P.M.

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 6:45-8 A.M.

8th Grade:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 6:45-8 A.M.

Thursday, January 23, 2015 - - 6:45-8 A.M.

Friday, January 24th, 2015 - - 6:45-8 A.M.

Must attend all three dates

Must have Orange slip to try out

Players will be given an envelope before the end of the school day on Friday, January 24 with their status on the team.

CONGRATULATIONS LADY COBRAS   The undefeated Girls 7/8 Swim Team won their first League Championship since 2007! They set 4 new school records. Claire R. set a new record in the 50 Free. She was also League Champion in the 100 Free.  Claire joined Genevieve H., Rachel C. and Maggie M. in the record breaking 200 Medley Relay. Nikki B., Rachel, Genevieve, and Kelsey M. teamed up to break the 200 Free Record. To wrap up the meet, the quartet of Nikki, Claire, Maggie, and Kelsey put an exclamation point on the victory with a thrilling, record setting, comeback victory in the 400 Free Relay.  Congratulations girls on an excellent season!

The 6th grade team was also very successful, finishing with a 4-2 mark. Megan C. broke the 6th grade school records in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 100 IM, and 50 Butterfly. The 50 Fly record was older than she is! Congratulations!

 

THE  3/4  TEAM  NEWS 

Battlers-Don’t forget to come to the Media Center for lunch this week

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS  -- Did You Know…

Giant Squid is available as an eBook 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 

Battlers-Don’t forget to cometo the Media Center for lunch this week

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS  -- Did You Know…

Giant Squid is available as an eBook 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. 

 

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 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…………

SEEKING 7TH OR 8TH GRADERS FOR EXCHANGE PROGRAM WITH AUSTRIA

If you're going to be 13 or 14 next summer, and you like to learn about new cultures, consider joining an exchange program that will pair six young people from the Detroit area with six young people of the same age/gender from Graz, Austria. The program, called Interchange, is run by CISV, a nonprofit that promotes peace through global friendships. Our youth, accompanied by an adult leader, will travel to Austria for one month during summer 2015 and host their Austrian partners for a month in summer 2016. Cost is lower than what you'd pay for a camp in northern Michigan. Many BCS alums have enjoyed CISV Interchanges, including Leila Owens (BCS class of 2014) and Bryce Owens (BCS class of 2011). Learn more at a Jan 23-24 minicamp at Birmingham Unitarian Church or click here: https://cisvdetroit.wordpress.com/travel-opportunities/interchange/

 

BLACKTHORN TO PERFORM AT GROVES’ FUNDRAISER FOR CLASS OF 2015 ALL-NIGHT PARTY click Blackthorn

Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m., to see the highly acclaimed and ever-popular Blackthorn at the Groves High School Little Theater, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills, MI.

HEY KIDS! THE Birmingham Youth Assistance  34th Annual KIDS Dog Show Feb. 8  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Don’t miss this great way to spend an afternoon.  Students will “show” their dogs and these canine pals are eligible for prizes.  Prizes include best costume, best behaved, best treat catcher, most personality, best trick, waggiest tail and best looking.  Of course, there is always the 2015 Best in Show award!  Call BYA at 248-203-4300 for rules and registration information or visit www.birminghamyouthassistance.org  Don’t miss this great event!  Location:  Berkshire Middle School, 21707 West 14 Mile, Beverly Hills.

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS-CAMP AND RESOURCE FAIR + MICRO BUSINESSESFriends January Flyer

Thurs., Jan. 22, 2015 6:30-9PM 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.

 

PLAAFP* WORKSHOP: BUILDING BLOCKS FOR THE BEST IEP EVER!   click     Friends February Flyer       

(*Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance)

February 5, 2015    7:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker:  Jill Mazur Skornicka, Oakland County Regional Parent Mentor for Michigan Alliance for Families, Michigan Alliance- PTI

 

SATURDAY SCHOOL IS THE PLACE TO BE-JOIN US AT BERKSHIRE MS

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.

 

FROM THE BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC)
How to Navigate Your Way Through Today’s Teen Challenges: Sexting, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Troubled Learners,
Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Seaholm Wagner Auditorium, Birmingham featuring a panel of experts. Parents, grandparents, guardians, high school teens, and other community members who want to be in the know and a part of the solution are encouraged to attend. RSVP by January 26th to: 248.203.4615 or lmkenzie@bbcoalition.org. Supported by BBCC, BYA, BEF, Seaholm FLEX, and Patroitweek.org.


Find out what our teens have to say about stress and anxiety
: visit BBCC’s Q&A section at: http://www.bbcoalition.org/birmingham_bloomfield_community_coalition_blog.htm 
Learn some facts about depression in teens. Click on this link:
http://tinyurl.com/k8lnkes

 

BIRMINGHAM GIRLS LACROSSE INFO NIGHT-Jan. 29-PM

Attention 5th and 6th grade girls! Have a blast at New Players Info Night on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Quarton Elementary School cafeteria. All 5th and 6th graders   interested in joining the Birmingham Girls Lacrosse team must attend with a parent. Try throwing with a lacrosse stick, meet the coaches, enter a prize drawing and learn more about the fastest-growing sport in the country! No experience necessary! BGL is the feeder program for the Birmingham Unified High School Girls Lacrosse team. Questions? Contact Jill Hockman at jillwh@sbcglobal.net

 

 FRANKLIN BASEBALL REGISTRATION  Early bird Registration ends soon!!  click    Franklin Baseball Information

2015 Franklin Baseball dates     or for more information go to

 

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

 

BEVERLY HILLS LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION  
Online registration is now open for the Beverly Hills Little League 2015 season, our 65th year. Processing and credit card fees will be waived for early registration. The cost for Minors Softball (Girls Grades 1-3)Co-ed T-Ball (Boys/Girls Ages 4-6) and Youth Baseball (Boys Ages 7-8) is $100 and $120 for Minors Baseball (Boys Ages 9-10) and Majors Baseball (Boys Ages 11-12). Every registered player in the BHLL will receive a jersey, pants, hat and socks that are theirs to keep at the end of the season. Again this year, free clinics for registered players begin in January. Visit the website and register now at 
www.beverlyhillslittleleague.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