March 15, 2015

Hello BCS!

 

It was another great week at BCS!  Smiles, energy and a passion to learn continued – quite a bit of Blast Spirit shone through as well with our annual Spirit Week.  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.

 

The Worldwide Blast is TODAY!

 

Our Worldwide Blast chairperson, Deanna Brown, and her team of awesome volunteers have organized an incredible event for our school community.  I’m looking forward to seeing you today between 3:30 and 7:30 PM for our Blast.  Thank you Deanna for your leadership, and thank you to Wendy Beard, our Auction Coordinator for her efforts to put together an amazing auction this year!  Remember, the Class Baskets, along with any items from the online auction without bids, will continue to be available for bids live at the Blast today in the media center.  Looking forward to a BLAST!

 

Lastly, it is with a great deal of excitement (for her) and an equal dose of depression (for us) that I would like to congratulate Meli Zikakis who has been hired as the new office assistant in the BPS Community Education Department located within Seaholm High School.  Meli’s commitment to BCS over the past 16 years as a parent and staff member has been an incredible support to the BCS community.  She will be missed (though I have a hunch we’ll see her around still), and I want to personally thank her for bringing her talents, commitment, and dedication to the staff and students of our great school.  While she’ll still be around during Choice Hour and have her hand in the WAG for the foreseeable future, her last afternoon was this past Friday, March 13.  All the best, Meli!

 

We are excited to see you at the Blast today from 3:30-7:30 PM.  Looking forward to the Worldwide Blast!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mmorawski@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG click here.

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  COURAGE

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

  • “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Trust the still, small voice that says, ‘this might work and I’ll try it.’”Diane Mariechild
  • “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”Bertrand Russell

 

Mark Down the Dates for Upcoming BCS Student Assessments
As we look to the months ahead, the assessment schedule pace picks up. Please be aware of the following windows of assessments that are scheduled to begin in March.

  • NWEA – District Level Math and Reading Assessment Window (March 2 – March 31)
  • M-Step is the new statewide assessment that is replacing MEAP.  More details about this assessment and scheduling will be forthcoming.  In the meantime, please be aware of the following dates. The State Assessment Window (April 13 – May 30) is as follows:
    • Grades 5 and 8 April 13 – May 1
    • Grades 4 and 7 April 27 – May 15
    • Grades 3 and 6 May 18 – June 5
    • Mi-Access Alternate Assessments April 13 – May 30
  • Sample Classroom Activities and Performance Tasks (grades 3-8)http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-22709_70117_70118---,00.html
  • Following is the Testing calendar: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Spring_2015_Testing_Schedule_Update_464310_7.pdf.   
  • Also, the following link has great information (p. 4-5 testing times and sequence):  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Assessment_Transition_FINAL_11-13-14_473989_7.pdf
  • Testing Subject Summary (specific classroom schedule forthcoming):
    • Grades 3-8 take math and language arts (writing embedded)
      • Three parts to each test (90-minute online test, 30-minute classroom activity, and 120-minute online performance task).  The classroom activity will be given specifically by the LA and Math teachers in their classrooms.
    • Grades 4 & 7 take science (2 parts, 50-minutes each)
    • Grades 5 & 8 take social studies (2 parts, 50-minutes each)
    • 3/4 teachers who teach math will do the 4th grade test and 3rd math will do the 3rd grade testing (it is up to teachers if they want to trade off)
    • 5/6 is given by content area teachers
    • 7/8 will have all core teachers involved (including all Spanish teachers at least for a session of 8th grade social studies).

 

BCS BOOK FAIR

The Book Fair is also still in need of volunteers!  If you can give an hour or two of your time, please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090C4EA8A72EAA8-spring2/22182300.

The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be at BCS from Tuesday – Friday this week!  Our hours are:

  • Tuesday 8:30am – 2:30pm
  • Wednesday 8:30am –  8pm
  • Thursday 8:30am – 8pm (closed for lunch 12-1pm)
  • Friday 8:30am – 1:30pm

Our Online Book Fair is also running until March 23 at: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/bpscovington.  Shop online and your orders will be delivered to the school within about one week.  All proceeds from the fair go to our library and support purchases of books, materials, databases, and more.  The Book Fair benefits all BCS staff and students!

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of March 16-20, 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 

 

Sunday, March 15 is the BLAST from 3:30-7:30 PM

 

Monday, March 16

  • Thank you BLAST Committee and Volunteers for another Awesome Blast!
  • 7-8AM-Proud Dads 5/6 Volleyball clinic-continuing until March 16
  • 4PM-7/8 GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL MEET AWAY @ ORCHARD LAKE MS
  • 4:10-5:20PM-STRIDES for Boys
  • 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run

Tuesday, March 17

  • 7-8AM-5/6 Proud Dads “March Madness” boys basketball clinic  click March Madness
  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 4PM-7/8 GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL MEET  HOME  vs. ABBOTT MS
  • 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-B’Ham Education and Administration Center(adjacent to Groves)

Wednesday, March 18

  • Full day for Students
  • DUE- 8TH GRADE PHOTOS FOR CELEBRATION VIDEO  FOR DETAILS SEE BELOW OR CLICK  8TH GRADE VIDEO
  • 7-8AM-5/6 Proud Dads “March Madness” boys basketball clinic  click March Madness
  • 12:45-1:15PM-8th Grade Boys interested in Seaholm Soccer meet in DVW for lunch /meet the team
  • 1:15PM –8th Grade Panoramic Picture today-don’t miss it ordering information              Panoramic Picture
  • 3:20-5PM-7/8TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 4:10-5:20PM-STRIDES for Boys
  • 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run
  • 5-8PM-Conferences- Remember to visit the Lost &Found-click   HERE  for conference  schedules
  • 7PM- THE ANNUAL SEAHOLM SOS TALENT & ART SHOW-Seaholm Auditorium -$5 at the door

Thursday, March 19

  • 6:45-8AM-8TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 1/2 day for students-11:20AM dismissal- BUSSES FOLLOW  REGULAR  ROUTES
  • 1-4,5-8PM Conferences-Remember to visit the Lost &Found- click   HERE  for conference  schedules

Friday, March 20

  • 3PM-TORNADO DRILL-PARENTS/ GUARDIAN PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN SIGNING OUT YOUR STUDENT
  • 4PM-7/8 GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL MEET  HOME  vs. DERBY MS

Saturday, March 21 

  • 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

 

OVERDUE-IMPORTANT ELECTIVE INFORMATION FOR 2015-2016 -- It's time to review and select your elective options for next year. Visit www.bcsonline.info and look under the “What’s New” section on the homepage for the necessary information and forms.

 

BOND INFORMATION NIGHT FOR BCS AT BERKSHIRE with Dr. Nerad

Please join me on Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Berkshire Middle School to discuss the school district’s  2015 bond proposal and how it affects our students and our community. This important ballot question will be on the May 5, 2015 ballot.

Your Board of Education and administration have spent years preparing for this bond proposal through strong fiscal stewardship and a dedication to our students. The results of those efforts are a bond proposal that keeps our current millage rate at 3.9 mills while providing our district with $66 million in needed funding for instruction spaces, safety and security improvements, building and site work and technology upgrades.  There will be no increase to the district’s debt millage with this bond proposal. The March 26 event is hosted by the PTA’s at Berkshire, Derby MS and BCS. Berkshire is located at 21707 W. 14 mile Road in Beverly Hills.I look forward to meeting with you and answering your questions.

Sincerely, Daniel Nerad-Superintendent

 

SPRING CONFERENCES –THIS WEEK

Spring Conferences will be held on Wednesday, 3/18/15 from 5-8 PM and Thursday, 3/19/15 from 1-4 PM and 5-8 PM (Thursday is a half day for students with dismissal at 11:30 AM). For a list of all teachers and times click HEREAs spring conferences are student involved, we know our students are eager to share their learning celebrations and goals with you.  That said, please never hesitate to contact your child’s teachers should you need to talk with them at any time during the school year.

 

SUPER STEM SATURDAU FOR GRADES 4/5 STUDENTS
The last of the SUPER STEM SATURDAY sessions begins on Saturday, March 21st.  Seats are still available for students in grades 4 and 5.  Click
here!

 

SUPER STEM SATURDAU FOR GRADES 6/7 STUDENTS

Sessions begin on Saturday, March 21st for students in grade 6 and 7.  Seats are still available for students, and we hope to fill the room.  Click here for the flyer with all the registration details!

 

STUDENT ARTWORK ON DISPLAY AT THE EDUCATION AND ADMINISTRATION BUILDING   

Click Art Exhibit

If you are there for a Board meeting or any other time in the month of March – check out our awesome BCS students!!

 

MARCH IS FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS MONTH

Food allergy is a growing public health issue that impacts almost every school across the United States. Nearly 6 million children in the U.S. – which equates to 1 in 13, or roughly 2 in every classroom – have a food allergy.  Studies indicate that 16-18% of school-age children who have food allergies have had a reaction in school. In addition, in approximately 25% of the reactions that occur at school, the student had not yet been diagnosed with food allergy.  Help your child BE A PAL (protect a life) TO A FRIEND WITH A FOOD ALLERGY! Click here for details or at the following link:  http://www.foodallergy.org/document.doc?id=118.

 

CONGRATULATIONS MR BRAISTED -WELL DONE Mr. B !!

BCS Teacher Leon Braisted enters Golf Coaches Hall of Fame

Birmingham Seaholm longtime varsity boys and girls golf coach Leon Braisted III will be inducted into the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Braisted is one of four coaches in the MIGCA's 2015 induction class. Per an article in the March 8 Birmingham Eccentric:  “Braisted started coaching the boys and girls teams at Seaholm in 1998 and has enjoyed remarkable success. He's led the Maples teams to a combined 264-61 dual meet record and has won 58 invitational tournament titles, with 36 runner-up finishes. His teams have won 13 conference titles, 12 MHSAA regional championships and have qualified for 17 state tournaments. Braisted finished his 17th season as Seaholm's girls head coach last fall, when he led the Maples to their second consecutive Division 2 state championship. It marked the team's fourth state title since 2006. The Maples also have finished second four times since 2004.  Last fall, Seaholm won the Highest Honors tournament, the Twin Lakes Academy tournament and captured its third straight OAA Red Division championship. The Maples went on to win their 12th regional title in 13 years before going on to defend their state crown. For those achievements, Braisted was named 2014 girls state Coach of the Year.  Braisted is a BCS teacher.  Congratulations to Leon Braisted III.

 

CONGRATULATIONS  TO MRS JACOBS AND THE YEARBOOK STAFF- 

Mrs. Jacobs and her yearbook staff have been honored by Jostens, the yearbook publishers. Read the Press Release here. Our yearbook is being featured in their annual “Look Book.” Way to go! Click  Jostensfor the press release.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVANCED MATH SUMMER SCHOOL CLASS OFFERED AT SEAHOLM

Looking to reinforce those math skills? For more information on this fun Summer School math class click here.

 

THE SPRING SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS HERE-DON’T FORGET TO SHOP

The Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be at BCS from Tuesday – Friday this week!  Our hours are:

Tuesday 8:30am – 2:30pm

Wednesday 8:30am – 8pm

Thursday 8:30am – 8pm (closed for lunch 12-1pm)

Friday 8:30am – 1:30pm

Our Online Book Fair is also running until March 23 at: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/bpscovington.  Shop online and your orders will be delivered to the school within about one week.

The Book Fair is also still in need of volunteers!  If you can give an hour or two of your time, please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090C4EA8A72EAA8-spring2/22182300

All proceeds from the fair go to our library and support purchases of books, materials, databases, and more.  The Book Fair benefits all BCS staff and students!

 

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

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 book clubs to qualify for a chance to be on the committee.

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

 

ATHLETICS UPDATES 

Spring athletics registration is in full swing.  Please visit http://www.bcsonline.info/athletics.html to register for Co-Ed 6/7/8 Grade Track or Girls 7/8 Grade Soccer. Boys 7/8 Tennis forms are here  A physical must be on file dated after 4/15/14.  Students must have registration completed including the physical and payment prior to try-outs/practice beginning.

 

SERVE IT UP 6TH, 7TH AND 8TH GRADE BOYS INTERESTED IN PLAYING TENNIS FOR BCS THIS SPRING!

Sign up has begun! Please see Mrs. Kohrman (room 502) for a registration packet or click here to upload it right now! Registration must be completed and submitted to Kathy Juriga before March 20th to join the team.  The tennis season will begin on April 6th (after Spring Break).  Practices will be Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:00PM at Somerset Apartments.  Players must have their tennis registration forms, payment, concussion awareness form, and a current physical on file in order to play.  The cost to play is $125.00.  If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Kohrman (lk06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us).

 

PE UPDATES 4th QUARTER -MONDAY, MARCH 16 THROUGH THURSDAY, APRIL 17TH:

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

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

 

THE  3/4  TEAM  NEWS 

4TH Grade Families interested in Band/Orchestra- elective sheet  click  5th Grade Elective Information Packet

 

THE  5/6  TEAM  NEWS 

5TH GRADE ELECTIVE PACKET  CLICK 6TH GRADE ELECTIVE INFORMATION PACKET

 

6TH GRADE ELECTIVE PACKET  CLICK 7/8 ELECTIVE INFORMATION PACKET

 

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

***ATTENTION 8TH GRADE BOYS INTERESTED IN HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER***

If you are interested at all in playing High School soccer at Seaholm this Fall, there will be an informational Pizza Lunch on Wednesday, March 18th from 12:45-1:25pm in Digital Video.

Players from next year’s High School team will talk to you about the upcoming summer schedule, including summer camp, and general expectations of the program.

If you have any questions before of after the event, please contact: seaholmboyssoccer@gmail.com

 

7TH GRADE ELECTIVE PACKET   CLICK  7/8 ELECTIVE INFORMATION PACKET

 

8TH GRADE FAMILIES-IMPORTANT CELEBRATION  VIDEO INFORMATION-PLEASE  READ   click  8TH GRADE VIDEO

The video creator has requested that all photographs be submitted no later than WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

 

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- 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. Click here

 

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

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

  • Earn High School Credit in Personal Fitness, Computer Technology, or Pre-Algebra
  • Choose an Academic Enrichment Program such as Transition to High School English, Transition to High School Mathematics, or 8th Grade Mathematics Review

Visit www.communityed.net for descriptions or to obtain more information or call (248) 203-3800 for assistance.

 

INTERESTED IN CADDYING THIS SUMMER??

Bloomfield Hills Country Club has Caddy opportunities for boys and girls 13 and up.

Go to bloomfieldhillscc.org or click here and here

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

THE ANNUAL SOS TALENT & ART SHOW -  It's back and better than ever!!!

Weds. March 18th at 7pm - Seaholm Auditorium - Tickets are $5 at the door

*Seaholm Offers Support (SOS) is a service organization which supports members of the Seaholm High School community. SOS provides volunteer services and limited financial support to people in need.  Parents and students work together with the goal of building a stronger community through acts of kindness.  SOS has been able to fund and support a vast array of community needs and our talent show is our biggest fundraiser of the year.*

 

NEWS FROM FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS  -  April 16, 2015-7PM  click  FODL April

“What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet? Natural and Alternative Remedies”

Guest Speakers:Dr. Dimpi Patel, ND, Troy Naturopathic and Kathy Sinclair Pearson, parent

 

INFORMATION  ABOUT THE SPECIAL EDUCATION PAC

Please come join the Birmingham Special Education Parent Advisory Council (PAC) to hear a special presentation on Strategic Plan Goal 1 & Goal 3 on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 9:30-11:30am at the BPS Administration Building. 
Goal 1: All BPS learners will continually excel in a learning environment that is engaging, global and free of achievement gaps.
Goal 3: All BPS learners will demonstrate empathy. As ethical leaders, they will embrace opportunities that positively impact the world. 
The presentation will focus on 'Developing plans for family engagement and collaboration' and much more. 
This is a great opportunity to see what the Special Education PAC contributes to the District.
Consider becoming a member,  PAC meet and greet coffee dates: at Starbucks- Lasher and Maple

April 14, 2015, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. April 15, 2015, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Interviews start in May for the 2015-2016 school year.

 

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

Click   BPS District eNews

 

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