February 1, 2015

Hello BCS!

 

Just announced…School closed Monday due to Inclement Weather!

 

As we approach 48 hours since we learned of Karen Fitzgerald’s passing, there’s no doubt we are each continuing to find our emotions shifting in variety and intensity.  We will miss Fitz!   We will look forward to this week of learning and supporting the E – Each Other – as we at BCS join together remembering the legacy Fitz leaves here at BCS – A Great Place to Be!  On Tuesday, we have put in place a support plan to serve our students, parents and staff who may need some extra support.  BCS support staff and counselor, along with a variety of district support staff and counselors, will be available to students and staff throughout Tuesday should anyone need a compassionate ear.  With the news of Karen’s passing, for some of us Tuesday will be a most difficult day, while others of us, may be less affected emotionally.  Rest assured, the majority of Tuesday’s schedule will be typical, but if any of our staff or students need a bit more TLC, we will have that support at the ready!  Below is the outline for the next few days:

 

Monday, February 2

  • No School due to inclement weather

Tuesday, February 3

  • BCS PINK OUT (or Fitz Wear or White) in honor of FITZ
  • 8:00-9:30 AM – Parents can gather  in Staff Development to connect if needed (hosted by BCS PTSA)
  • 8:25 AM – Mr. Morawski makes announcement and asks for a moment of silence
  • 8:18 AM – Revised Schedule for first “hour”
    • 3/4 – Regular start (advanced math students stay in homerooms) teachers will be ready to support any students should the need arise
    • 5/6 – Academic Labs (27s or 54s your choice) Teachers will have a discussion with their students about Mrs. Fitz’s passing and support one another in first hour.
      • Regular schedule rest of day (staff available for students who need support individually or small group)
    • 7/8 – ILD (Band/Orchestra rehearsal cancelled) Teachers will have a discussion with their students about Mrs. Fitz’s passing and support one another in first hour.
      • Regular schedule rest of day (staff available for students who need support individually or small group)

 

We’re beginning to hear of visitation and funeral arrangements, though the dates/times won’t be confirmed until Tuesday from what we hear.  We will let you know the details once they are confirmed.

 

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Nancy Best, Kathy Grewe, Meg Keydel, Tamra Nast and Karen Sivwright as well as Dan Nerad and Paul DeAngelis (our superintendent and deputy superintendent) for collaborating with me this weekend to help create our support plan.  And, thanks to each of YOU, for supporting each other in this time of sorrow.  Indeed we will mourn this loss and join together in our sorrow, grief and eventual celebration of this great woman.

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG click here.

 

A few other reminders…

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 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.)

 

And finally, I’m planning on attending the Unabashed Bash - Be A Super Hero for our Students – this Saturday, February 7, 2015 and I hope you will join me. BCS has benefited from several Birmingham Education Foundation grants not only this year, but over the years. These grants, generated by our teachers and parents, allow us to enrich the already great education our students receive. 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.

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  PATIENCE

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, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. – Napoleon Hill
  • Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting. – Joyce Meyer
  • Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself. – Saint Francis de Sales

 

REQUEST FOR HELP-BCS STUDENT INVESTMENT TEAM

We are the 5/6 Student Investment Team at BCS working with our teacher, Mr. Joseph. We are seeking help from, and would appreciate the support of parents and family members who have experience with the financial industry. We are interested in teaching our peers about stocks, banking, financial planning and budgeting wisely. These are all important skills for kids to learn now and carry into adulthood.  Please email John N (grade 5 at BCS) at investingwisely123@gmail.com if you would either be willing to come and speak to us during the school day or host us at your place of work to teach us about personal finance. We appreciate your help!

 

SUPPORT THE BEF UNABASHED BASH

The Birmingham Education Foundation’s Unabashed Bash online auction opened on Sunday, January 25 and runs through February 8, 2015.  This is another great way to support our schools! There are many unique items for you and your family to bid on while supporting our schools: VIP Tickets to school shows, High School Parking Passes, Summer Camps including Camp Tanuga, Restaurants, Unique Art, Troy Gymnastics Birthday Party, Safety Town Registration, and so much more!  You can get a preview starting today at www.biddingforgood.com/supportBEF. Every penny raised goes to support Birmingham Public Schools. Bookmark our auction because between January 25th and February 8th new items will be added frequently.  AND, please share this auction with others that care about our schools!

 

BCS COBRA INVITATIONAL

Last Saturday, January 24, The Science Olympiad Team competed against 22 other teams from around Michigan & Ohio at the 1st annual BCS Cobra Invitational.  They did a fantastic job! The students earned 1-3rd place medals and 4th – 6th place ribbons for their event. 

1st Place

Disease Detectives – Laya & Tejal

Entomology – Ania & Vivian

Write It Do It – Angela & Madeline

2nd Place

Bio-Process Lab – Ben & Hadi

Dynamic Planet – Ben & Nick H.

Road Scholar – Angela & Madeline

Wheeled Vehicle – Kate A.B. & Phillip

3rd Place

Air Trajectory – Madeline & Ania

Bottle Rockets – Kate A.B. & Vivian

Experimental Design – Laya, Nate & Tejal

4th Place

Anatomy – Angela & Hadi

Elastic Launch Glider – Ben & Nick H.

5th Place

Crave the Wave – Ben & Ania

Picture This – Aiden, Laith & Nate

6th Place

Bridge Building – Angela & Nate

Green Generation – Phillip & Vivian

7th Place

Robo Cross – Hadi & Sean

Simple Machines – Aiden & Laith

Solar System – Laya & Tejal

8th Place

Air Trajectory – Callum & Niyathi

Bottle Rockets – David & Daniel X.

Experimental Design – Dhravid, Xavier & Zoe

Meteorology – Phillip & Tejal

9th Place

Bio-Process Lab – Hadin & Daniel X

Picture This – Toland, Xavier & Zoe

Robo Cross – Alex & Hadin

Wheeled Vehicle – Daniel D. & Daniel X.

10th Place

Entomology – Daniel D. & Zoe

The teams placed 2nd & 16th Overall. Great Job BCS!

 

HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE

As you may know, there has been one confirmed case of measles in Oakland County.  There has also been an increase in the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in Michigan. You may have questions about measles and pertussis.  Your best source for answers to your questions is your family physician.  He or she is familiar with your child and can address your concerns with your child’s individual needs in mind.  Below are links to fact sheets about measles and pertussis that you may find helpful.  At this time, we do not have any confirmed cases of either disease.  We will be monitoring the situation closely and will advise you as new information becomes available.  Thank you.  -Marcia F. Wilkinson (mwilkinson@birmingham.k12.mi.us / 248-203-3026)

Measles Fact Sheet

Pertussis Fact Sheet

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of February 2-6, 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, February 2

  • School Closed Due to Inclement Weather

Tuesday, February 3

  • BCS PINK OUT (or Fitz Wear or White) in honor of FITZ
  • 6:45-8AM-8TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 7-8AM-7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 8:00-9:30 AM – Parents can gather  in Staff Development to connect if needed (hosted by BCS PTSA)
  • 8:18AM-7/8 in regular ILD, 5/6 go to Academic Lab and 3/4 to homerooms
  • 8:25 AM – Announcement from Mr. Morawski and moment of silence
  • 3:30PM-Snow Club leaves for Pine Knob-
  • 4:15-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM  TEAM PRACTICE-
  • 7PM-Board of Education Meeting at the EAC, adjacent to Groves

Wednesday, February 4

  • 9:48AM-DELAYED START must be pre-registered for Kids Club-Delayed Start Registration
  • 1:30PM-7/8 Band/Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 2:30PM-All School Band/Orchestra  Assembly
  • 4PM-7/8 GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL MEET AWAY @ BLOOMFIELD HILLS MS
  • 4PM -6-8 BOYS SWIM  MEET @ HOME vs. BLOOMFIELD HILLS MS
  • 7PM-6/7/8 Band Concert-Gym-click here for detailed information

Thursday, February 5

  • 6:45-8AM-8TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 7-8AM-7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 9:15AM-5/6 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • DUE-4PM-Choice Hour Change Forms
  • 4:15-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM  TEAM PRACTICE-
  • 7PM-Friends of Different Learners -Friends February Flyer     

Friday, February 6- BATTLE DAY HAS ARRIVED

  • 6:45-8AM-8TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 7-8AM-7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 9:30AM-3/4 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • 4:15-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM  TEAM PRACTICE-

Saturday, February 7

  • 9-11AM-Saturdary School at Berkshire-come get your learning on!
  • BPS “Wish Upon A Teen “ Fundraiser  Wish Upon a Teen
  • 7PM-BEF Unabashed Bash-Be a Super Hero for our Kids- still time to get tickets- www.supportbef.org

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

FROM PROUD DADS: The new date for the Proud Dads Eat & Run will be Friday, February 27th.details to come.

 

DELAYED START DAY:  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2015

The NEXT delayed start is Wednesday, February 4, 2015.  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

 

BCS PTSA NATIONAL GEOGRAPIC GEOGRAPHY BEE

Congratulations to all of the participants!  They did an amazing job!  Thank you also to our BCS teacher, Leon Braisted for moderating the event.  The top 10 participants (in numerical order of the Bee) who will advance to the next round are:  Jake S., Arman S., Jackson B., Kyle V., Jude S., Toland C., Sam K., Jack M., Evan M., Christopher R. 

The final BCS Geo Bee round will be rescheduled due to the snow day.  The winner will be eligible to take a test to qualify for the State Geography Bee.  Please direct any questions to Nicole Corum at nikkifu@aol.com

 

BCS IS SEEKING A NOON ASSISTANT

BCS is looking for noon staff to assist students in the lunchroom and at recess.  The hours would be Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. beginning Monday, February 23, 2015   If you are interested or would like more information, please contact our main office (248-203-4426), or contact Mr. Hill by email at jhillbps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

 

JEANS FOR TEANS

Make a difference in the life of a homeless teen by dropping of your unwanted gently used denim to the collection container located outside the main office of BCS.  Collection will take place until Thursday February 15th.

 

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.

 

BCS PROUD DADS 5/6 GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Serve it up for your daughters and encourage them to join other 5th and 6th grade girls for some volleyball!!! Cost is $25.00 for six clinics. Register by January 29th by completing the registration form and the parent approval form

 

BIRBERY BOOKCLUBS ARE STARTING

 Attention 6th-8th grade students:  The first Birbery bookclub will be held Monday, February 2, during your recess period in the Media Center.  Early that morning, the Newbery Award winner and honor books for 2015 will be announced.  We will watch the recorded webcast of the announcement and learn what’s been chosen, then discuss!  Remember – you need to attend at least two bookclubs to qualify for a chance to be on the committee.  Hope to see you there!

 

WINTER BAND CONCERT-6th,7th,8th Grades-February 4, 2015-7PM

Detailed information here or visit Mrs Eliassen's wiki

ORCHESTRA PARENTS AND FRIENDS

The Orchestra will be performing in an ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY on February 4th, 2015.  Come see the combined performance with the Orchestra and Band at 2:30 pm.  7th/8th grade Orchestra will have a combined rehearsal on Feb. 2nd during I.L.D. which is the first period of the day.  The Orchestra played their fantastic winter concert in December, so if you missed it, this will be a great excerpt of what you missed, including some new “Katy Perry” tunes.  Come join the fun….Hope to see you on Feb. 4th!!!

 

BEF UNABASHED BASH -ONLINE AUCTION IS OPEN AND RUNS THROUGH FEBRUARY 8, 2015.  Another great way to support our schools! There are many unique items for you and your family to bid on while supporting our schools. VIP Tickets to school shows, High School Parking Passes, Summer Camps including Camp Tanuga, Restaurants, Unique Art, Troy Gymnastics Birthday Party, Safety Town Registration and so much more. You can get a preview starting today at www.biddingforgood.com/supportBEF.  Every penny raised goes to support Birmingham Public Schools. Bookmark the auction--between January 25th and February 8th new items will be added frequently.  Please also share this auction with others that care about our schools!

BE A SUPER HERO FOR OUR STUDENTS -Tickets are on sale for the BEF Unabashed Bash. It’s the biggest event fundraiser of the year, and 100% of the proceeds will go back to classrooms in the way of teacher grants. The funds raised at the Bash will determine how much is available to grant throughout the rest of the school year. Please consider attending the event. For details and to purchase tickets, go to www.supportbef.org.  The event is wonderful celebration of our schools and a really fun night.

 

CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION 3RD QUARTER 2014 - 3rd Quarter 2014 – 2015  Change Form

QIII Choice Hour began Monday January 26thStudents who did not turn in a selection sheet were not 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. 

Choice Hour change forms are available for pick-up in the office beginning Friday January 30th, 2015 or here. The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour class change is Thursday February 5th by 4:00 PM.  ALL Choice Hour changes that are approved will go into effect on Monday February 9th.  Choice Hour drop refunds/credits will be processed for classes dropped during the Choice Hour change period which ends at 4:00 PM on Thursday February 5th.  No refunds will be processed for changes approved after the Thursday February 5th deadline.  Students can drop out of a choice hour class at any time during the quarter.

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.

 

CALLING ALL RUNNERS IN GRADES 3/4/5

BCS is proud to host the Girls on the Run and Strides running programs this spring for our students in grades 3, 4 and 5.  The program begins March 9 through May 18 running on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:10-5:20 PM at BCS.  For more details and to complete the registration form click the following links:

Girls on the Run (for our 3/4/5 girls)

Strides (for our 3/4/5 boys)

All completed forms and payment are due to the BCS main office by Friday, March 27.

 

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

 

ATHLETICS UPDATES 

Winter II Sports have started-go to bcsonline.info/athletics.html for more information and maps to away games

 

PE UPDATES  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

 

THE  3/4  TEAM  NEWS 

HEARING SCREENING

BCS 4th grade students will have their hearing tested by a technician from Oakland County Health Division on Feb. 26 and 27.  If you have hearing concerns for your student who is NOT in 4th grade and would like him/her tested, please fill out the permission form and return it to the BCS Office by Friday, Feb. 13.   

 

THE  5/6  TEAM  NEWS 

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

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…………

Support a child’s hospital room makeover Feb. 6-8

Next weekend:  Friday, February 6 - Sunday, February 8 to support Wish Upon a Teen fundraiser and help makeover children's hospital rooms at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.  BCS 6th graders Ania and Mia are leading this effort!  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 Birmingham Public Schools community.) 

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS!   click     Friends February Flyer       February 5, 2015    7:00 p.m.

PLAAFP* WORKSHOP: BUILDING BLOCKS FOR THE BEST IEP EVER

(*Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance)

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

 

COME TO A COOKIE DECORATING PARTY  click Valentine Cookie  for more information

A Valentine cookie decorating and day of fun on Friday, February 6th, from 4:30-6:30PM. Open to elementary and middle school students this is a fundraiser, put on by Flex Students for the Seaholm Flex Program, an honors English and Social Studies interdisciplinary program.

 

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.  

 

HEY KIDS! THE Birmingham Youth Assistance  34th Annual KIDS Dog Show

Feb. 8 from 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!  Berkshire Middle School,

 

BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC)

7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens (Student Athlete Training), Saturday, February 7, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Bloomfield Hills High School Media Center. Teens need to be nominated by their administrator to attend. Open to all public and private high schools in the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills area. Only 25 spaces available. For more info contact Kaitlyn at kkrizanic@bbcoalition.orgFor more info on substance abuse prevention focused on our youth visit www.bbcoalition.org

 

SEAHOLM PRESENTS MARY POPPINS    click Mary Poppins
Feb. 27, 28, March 1, 6, 7 See school website for times
Enjoy this great production of the Disney and Cameron MacIntosh adaptation of this popular musical.  Tickets are sold online on the Seaholm and District websites.  Location:  Seaholm auditorium.

 

MID-WINTER BREAK CAMP click  here

You have to work but the kids have a break?  Join us at Winter Recess Camp for Science Fun or Sports Fun

 

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/

 

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

2015 Franklin Baseball dates     or for more information go to www.franklinbaseball.org

 

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

 

 

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