February 22, 2015

Hello BCS!

 

I hope everyone had an enjoyable mid-winter break connecting with family and friends.  We look forward to another great week at BCS!  Smiles, energy and a passion to learn will continue.  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.

 

Our Service Learning Team is embarking on collecting ideas for memorializing Karen Fitzgerald in BCS lore.  Our hope is this will help channel some positive and celebratory energy and also uncover some great ideas.  So, to that end, if you have any ideas for memorializing Karen Fitzgerald add yours by clicking here.

 

Calling all BCS parents and friends!  The BCS “Worldwide Blast” is quickly approaching (Sunday, March 15) and we are in need of auction items in preparation for the online auction going live at the end of this week.  Have some tickets you can’t use?  Own a business you would like to promote?  The auction is online and available nationwide so exposure is wonderful.   Please donate to the Blast auction!  The auction goes live online February 28.   You may donate directly here www.biddingforgood.com/blast or contact Wendy Beard at wendy@halstedgallery.com.

 

Also, please join us for the Proud Dads Eat & Run this Friday, February 27 at 11:05 AM for grades 5/6, 11:45 AM for grades 3/4 and 12:45 PM for grades 7/8.  Proud Dad, Mom, Love Ones, come out and enjoy lunch with your student and their friends.  Click here for the flier with all the details.

 

And finally, as you know, Pauline Roberts was hired as our new Instructional Specialist (IS) earlier this year with our former IS, John Kernan, being hired as an elementary principal in another district.  I am excited to introduce you to Mercedes Miller, the teacher who will replace Pauline for the balance of this year.  Ms. Miller is thrilled to be involved with such an engaged and motivated BCS community.  She is especially attracted to our dedication to service learning opportunities and projects that connect concepts to students’ lives outside of school.  An innovator and highly motivated herself along with her passion for and knowledge in math and science,  Ms. Miller is a fantastic fit for our innovative learning environment that is always striving to do more for the students and their learning.  Her background and experience with diverse student populations, extensive use of technology and experience collaborating with teachers to develop the very best learning experiences for students makes her a great fit with our school.  Please welcome Mercedes Miller to BCS as she begins to work with Pauline and the 5/6 team this week.

 

Looking forward to another great week of learning at BCS!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mmorawski@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG click here.

 

OUR BCS BLAST NEEDS YOUR HELP

Calling all BCS parents and friends!

Blast is quickly approaching and we are in desperate need of auction items.  Have some tickets you can’t use?  Own a business you would like to promote?  The auction is online and available nationwide so exposure is wonderful.   Please donate to the Blast auction!  The auction goes live online February 28.   You may donate directly here www.biddingforgood.com/blast or contact Wendy Beard at wendy@halstedgallery.com.

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  FLEXIBILITY

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

  •  “You must always be able to predict what's next and then have the flexibility to evolve.” – Marc Benioff
  • “The ability to recognize opportunities and move in new - and sometimes unexpected - directions will benefit you no matter your interests or aspirations.” – Drew Gilpin Faust
  • “The boldness of asking deep questions may require unforeseen flexibility if we are to accept the answers.” – Brian Greene

 

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD – Wright State University Results 2015

On Saturday, February 7th BCS Middle School Science Olympiad Teams competed against 48 other schools from around the United States. The kids worked hard, had fun and did a great job. The Black team came in 17th overall.  Click here to see the results of the students who placed in the top 20.

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of February 23-27, 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 23

  • 3:20-5PM-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE
  • 4PM-7/8 GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL MEET @HOME  vs. DERBY MS

Tuesday, February 24

  • 6:45-8AM-8TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 3:30PM-Snow Club Scheduled Make Up Date-Stay tuned for notification from Proud Dads
  • 4PM -6-8 BOYS SWIM  MEET @ HOME vs. WEST HILLS MS
  • 4:15-5:30PM-7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE

Wednesday, February 25

  • 6:45-8AM-8TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 3:20-5PM-6-8 BOYS SWIM PRACTICE-TEAM PICTURE AT 3:20PM
  • 4PM-7/8 GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL MEET AWAY  vs. DERBY MS

Thursday, February 26

  • 4th Grade Hearing Screening
  • 6:45-8AM-8TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 11AM-2:30PM-7/8 Field Trip to Seaholm Musical “Mary Poppins
  • 4:15-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM  TEAM PRACTICE
  • 4:15-5:30PM-7TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE

Friday, February 27

  • 4th Grade Hearing Screening
  • 6:45-8AM-8TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • PROUD DADS EAT AND RUN- click Eat and Run Flyer
    • 3/4 ~ 11:45am - 12:25pm
    • 5/6 ~ 11:05am - 11:45am
    • 7/8 ~ 12:45pm – 1:25pm
  • 1:30-3:20PM-Character Connections (C2) class-C2 rooms and Gym
  • 4:15-5:30-6-8 BOYS SWIM  TEAM PRACTICE
  • 4PM-7/8 GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL MEET AWAY  vs. BERKSHIRE MS
  • 6-8PM-NEON DANCE for grades 7/8– Sponsored by the7/8 Spirit Committee-$3 AT THE DOOR

Saturday, February 28

  • 9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire-come get your learning on!

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

ATTENTION  PARENTS REGARDING  STUDENT  PICK-UP  on Friday,  Februart 27, 2015

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 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.

 

JOIN US AT THE PROUD DADS EAT & RUN- Proud Dad, Mom, Love Ones!

Please join us for the Proud Dads Eat & Run on Friday, February 27 at 11:05 AM for grades 5/6, 11:45 AM for grades 3/4 and 12:45 PM for grades 7/8.  Proud Dad, Mom, Love Ones, come out and enjoy lunch with your student and their friends.  Click here for the flier with all the details.

 

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. 

 

2015-15 PARENT LETTER FOR INPUT ON PLACEMENT

Our second semester is in full swing! As we frequently remind our BCS community, once the second half of the year begins, our minds are in two places; supporting our learning efforts for this school year and beginning the planning for next school year. We are about to begin the BCS scheduling process for the 2015-2016 school year. Please read this important letter (attachment linked below) very carefully, as it is filled with important information. Click here for the complete letter or at the below link as input is due back by Friday, February 27.  A hard copy of the letter was sent home on February 11.

 

CONGRATULATIONS BCS

BCS is thrilled to announce that Jessie W. has won 1st place, Ashley D. 2nd place, and Jacqueline G. has won 3rd place in the America and Me Essay contest from Farm Bureau Insurance Company on behalf of BCS this year! The essay topic for this year is “My Personal Michigan Hero.” Jessie’s entry will now advance to the state competition, from which the top ten entries in the state will be chosen as state winners.  These winners will be chosen and announced in April.

When you see them, please congratulate Jessie, Ashely, and Jacqueline!

 

KOHL’S CARES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM-nominate a young volunteer    click   Kohl's Nomination

Nominations accepted until March 13,2015

 

BCS NEEDS YOUR BOTTLES

The BCS Super Stem Saturday team would appreciate your donation of any empty 2 liter bottles you may have.  Each 2 liter bottle you donate will be rehabilitated into a spectacular water rocket by one of our district 4th or 5th graders.  Donations can be made directly to Mr. Hill in the front office.  Our 2 liter collection ends Monday March 2nd.   

 

OUR BCS BLAST NEEDS YOUR HELP - Calling all BCS parents and friends!

Blast is quickly approaching and we are in desperate need of auction items.  Have some tickets you can’t use?  Own a business you would like to promote?  The auction is online and available nationwide so exposure is wonderful.   Please donate to the Blast auction!  The auction goes live online February 28.   You may donate directly here www.biddingforgood.com/blast or contact Wendy Beard at wendy@halstedgallery.com.

 

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 room. Unused items will be delivered to The Bottomless Toy Chest children's charity. Questions please contact Stephanie Co at either248-416-7447 or
Stephaniejoy213@gmail.com.

 

ANNOUNCING  UPCOMING  BPS  PROGRAMING FOR HEALTH and WELLBEING

Please join us for the first in a series of panel discussions called Beyond Grades:  Helping Your Child Find Balance on March 4, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Seaholm Little Theater.  Panelists include BPS counselors and social workers.  Topics covered include:  common stressors at all grade levels, how to recognize when you are placing stress on your child, when does stress become unhealthy and more.  Other areas include test anxiety, knowing when it’s general stress or anxiety and how to know when it’s depression.  You’ll also learn what services are available in your local schools.  Don’t miss this powerful panel discussion.  There will also be time for audience members to ask questions.  We hope you’ll join us for this important districtwide program focusing on your student’s wellbeing.  For additional information contact Marcia Wilkinson at 248-203-3026 or mwilkinson@birmingham.k12.mi.us

 

BIRBERY 2015 BOOKCLUB SCHEDULE-**All book clubs are during 5/6 and 7/8 recess in the Media Center**

Newbery Award Winners Past & Present:

Crossover, Graveyard Book, Number the Stars

Thursday, February 26

Upside Down In the Middle of Nowhere

Monday, March 2

Ghost Stories: Night Gardener, Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, Graveyard Book

Wednesday, March 4

Boundless

Monday, March 9

Novels in Verse: Crossover, Brown Girl Dreaming

Monday, March 23

Mark of the Dragonfly

Thursday, March 26

Photography Contest: Half a Chance

Monday, March 30

Remember: You need to participate in at least two bookclubs to qualify for a chance to be on the committee.

Questions?  Ask Mrs. Truesdell – atruesdell@birmingham.k12.mi.us

 

ATHLETICS UPDATES 

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

 

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, February 27.

 

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

JUMPROPE FOR HEART BEGINS ON MONDAY, MARCH 12–FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015 –ALL CLASSES MEET IN THE GYM

 

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

 

5/6 HEALTH EDUCATION

The Birmingham Board of Education has established a program of instruction in health education.  The overall goal is for students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be healthy and to prevent disease.  Parents are encouraged to be informed and involved in the health education of their children.  According to the Revised School Code, you have the right to review the materials and curriculum content to be used in teaching reproductive health and communicable disease prevention which includes HIV/AIDS information.  The local board of education, in compliance with the statute, has made the materials and curriculum guides available for your review in the media center Monday, February 9 – Friday, February 13, 2015.  In addition, you have the right to observe instruction in your student’s classroom.  If you wish to do so, please call Mrs. Tamra Nast, (248) 203-4434, or email Mrs. Tammy Brown, TBrown@birmingham.k12.mi.us, to make arrangements for your observation.  Classes will be taught February 24th, 26th and 27th. The Revised School Code also allows you to excuse your student, without penalty, from participation in classes which focus on reproductive health, serious communicable diseases and/or HIV/AIDS information.  The statute allows you to excuse your student upon written notification to the school.  You have the option to exempt your student for this school year. Please check the appropriate box on the attached permission form and return it to your child’s science teacher by Friday, February 13, 2015. Click here for the form.

 

THE  7/8  TEAM  NEWS

7/8 TRIP TO SEE MARY POPPINS

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the 7th and 8th grade students will be attending the performance of “Mary Poppins” at Seaholm High School.  They will be traveling by school bus, leaving at 11:00am and returning by 2:45pm.  They will need to bring a sack lunch to eat in the classroom prior to leaving for Seaholm.  Permission slips were given to the students on 2/9/15.  Please complete the permission slip, indicating if your child will be attending the musical, will be at home or will be at school.  Permission slips should be returned to the academic lab teachers prior to leaving for break this Friday.   There is no cost to this field trip.

 

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

 

INTERESTED IN NURSING-CHECK THIS OUT- details here

 The Oakland University School of Nursing is pleased to announce CAMP RN@OU. Camp RN@OU is a two week (July 20th - July 31st) pre-college summer program designed to educate upcoming 7th, 8th and 9th graders of the opportunities available through a career in nursing.

 

ATTENTION 8TH GRADERS! Mark your calendars! Register early, some classes may fill quickly

Registration for BPS Academic Summer School begins on March 2nd. 

Courses Available 

Earn High School Credit in Personal Fitness, Computer Technology, or Pre-Algebra

-OR-

Choose an Academic Enrichment Program such as Transition to High School English, Transition to High School Mathematics, or 8th Grade Mathematics Review

-OR-

Select a combination of classes that best meets your needs! 

Visit www.communityed.net to obtain more information including dates, times, pricing and detailed course descriptions. Please call (248) 203-3800 for assistance.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS- March 5, 2015 7 PM- BIRMINGHAM COVINGTON SCHOOL

“How to Help your Different Learner Speak Up and Self Advocate”  FODL MARCH FLYER

 

For additional District, Event News, Athletics and Community Sports Groups Information

Click   BPS District eNews

 

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