March 22, 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 and learning that we post each week.

 

The Worldwide Blast Summary!

What a Blast it was!  Thank you to each of you who stepped up to volunteer orchestrating one of the best Blasts ever.  Thank you to each of you who supported the Blast this year either with your regular and frequent bids during the online auction or your presence at the Blast last Sunday.  With your support in so many ways, our students had a great time, and we raised over $50,000 dollars for our PTSA which will directly support the enhanced programs and resources that BCS is known positively impacting our students and their learning experiences.  Additionally, we had 62 new families for next year join us.  Thank you to Deanna Brown for chairing this huge even and to Wendy Beard for chairing the auction.  Deanna and I would like to thank our BCS office for all they did to support the Blast.  We’d also like to extend a special thank you to Sharon Morris’s business, Sharon the Fun, which donated the large globe balloons, and she borrowed the country flags from Parade Company and literally did all the decoration.  Additionally, thank you to Bloomfield Sports who donated the Blast logo t-shirts.   Quite frankly it is the collaborative engagement of the entire BCS community that makes BCS A Great Place to Be!  From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! 

 

Lastly, as we’ve outlined in the last few WAGs, the new state assessment called M-Step for grade 3-8 at BCS is coming between April 13 and May June 5.  While the testing windows are listed later in the WAG in the “Upcoming BCS Student Assessments” section, we have finished drafting a specific schedule for testing to allow our families to get a sense of the days and times your child’s particular subject-area testing will occur, and to allow you to work around any conflicts so that students can be present on their testing days.  Click here for the BCS M-Step Schedule and check out the other details of the assessment including practice tests outlined later in this WAG.

 

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.

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  PROBLEM SOLVING

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

  • “Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.” Bernice Johnson Reagon
  • “The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”Theodore Rubin
  • “Thinking is the place where intelligent actions begin. We pause long enough to look more carefully at a situation, to see more of its character, to think about why it's happening, to notice how it's affecting us and others.”Margaret J. Wheatley

 

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 DIVERSITY COMMITTEE HOST VIEWING OF FILM “BULLY”

BCS is committed to making our school a place where all students feel welcomed, safe and celebrated.  As part of our ongoing effort to increase positive relationships among students and create a culture of inclusion and kindness, the BCS Diversity Committee would like to invite you to a screening of the movie Bully with discussion to follow. This event follows the current viewing and discussion of the film by our BCS 7/8 students. This event presents an opportunity to view the film (with your child if you’d like – note the PG13 movie summary below), share your thoughts, and engage in an ongoing conversation both in school and at home. Our hope is to open all our eyes to the bullying that can occur in schools and continue to build on our strong, respectful community at BCS.

Bully the Movie: A Community Experience

Tuesday March 31

6:30pm – 9:00pm

BCS Media Center

RSVP

The running time of the movie is 98 minutes, with discussion to follow. The discussion will feature a panel of 7/8 students, teachers, and administrators from BCS. Please click here to RSVP to this unique event. Light refreshments will be served.

Bully Movie Summary (PG13):

From Common Sense Media:  “Parents need to know that Bully is a no-holds-barred documentary that intimately portrays bullying victims' daily lives. While it's often heartbreaking and deals with tough issues like suicide, the movie addresses an incredibly important, timely topic -- bullying -- in a frank, relatable way that's age appropriate for teens and relevant for middle schoolers if an adult is present to guide discussion. [In this PG13 version] Bully's strong language…but none of the swearing is gratuitous. Like it or not, it's a realistic portrayal of what every middle schooler and older hears every day. This gives the film veracity and credibility with kids, and it will justifiably shock parents.  Bully's most challenging material isn't just the language, but the suicides. Seeing grieving parents and friends could potentially be upsetting to teens and preteens, so they should definitely watch with adults. Bully also addresses the concepts of cutting, physical abuse, and more, but in a way that presents the consequences as well as the behavior itself. Victims' parents are generally portrayed as supportive and loving, while school administrators come off in a much less positive light. Ultimately, Bully encourages kids to stand up to bullies, not stand by, and reinforces the fact that everyone can make a difference when it comes to this essential issue.”

For more information on Bully and to watch trailers/clips and read reviews, please click BULLY.

Please let us know if you’ll be joining us by submitting the form at the following link:

Bully RSVP

Thank you for your consideration!

-The BCS Diversity Committee

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of March 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, March 23

  • Quarter IV Choice Hour Sheets are Posted Online-Due March 30
  • 3:30PM-6-8 BOYS SWIM TEAM PARTY
  • 4:10-5:20PM-STRIDES for Boys
  • 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run

Tuesday, March 24

  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 5:30-7PM-BATTER UP! 3-5 Proud Dads Baseball

Wednesday, March 25

  • 4:10-5:20PM-STRIDES for Boys
  • 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run

4:15pm-

Thursday, March 26

  • 7PM-2015 Bond Proposal Discussion with Dr. Nerad and the Board of Education-Berkshire MS

Friday, March 27

  • DUE-8TH GRADE PANORAMIC PICTURE ORDER FORMS- Panoramic Picture
  • 2:15PM-TORNADO DRILL-PARENTS/GUARDIANS PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN SIGNINGIN/OUT YOUR STUDENT
  • 3:20PM-STAFFvs.STUDENT VOLLEYBALL GAME

Saturday, March 28 

  • Forensics Tournament-Wish our Forensicators well!
  • 9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire-come get your learning on! 
  • Join us for SUPER STEM SATURDAYS-you can still register

 

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 bcsonline.info for information and forms.

 

Dear BCS Families,

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

 

STEM LEARNING OPPORTUNITY 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 SATURDAY 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!

 

MARK  YOUR CALENDARS  FOR MARCH 31 – BEYOND GRADES:  FINDING BALANCE IN THE FAMILY
Be sure and mark your calendar for March 31 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. as we present another Beyond Grades program.  This program will be Beyond Grades:  finding Balance in the Family.  Our speaker will be Julie Fisher of Birmingham Bloomfield Families in Action. Julie will share with you information about family meetings and rules, competitive parenting, setting boundaries and finding balance in the family.  We will follow the program with a question and answer period.  Please join us for this important session.  Location;  Seaholm High School Little Theater.

 

4th QUARTER CHOICE HOUR  INFORMATION

4th Quarter 2014-2015 Choice Hour selection sheets will be going home the week of March 23rd, 2015.    Selections can be viewed online at www.bsconline.info .  QIV Choice Hour begins Monday April 20th and ends Friday June 12th.  Choice Hour selections are due back no later than Monday March 30th at 4:00PM.  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. 

Also, 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.

Important information regarding 4th quarter:

  • Elementary School Science Olympiad, 3rd Gr. Destination Imagination and WordMasters will not be offered QIV.
  • The Forensics Team will meet on Monday/Friday this quarter.
  • Middle School Science Olympiad will only be offered on Tuesday/Thursday.

Athletics:

  • 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls interested in participating in the BCS track team program are encouraged to sign up for the Wednesday track team Choice Hour class.  Must have an orange slip to participate.
  • 7-8 Girls’ Soccer is scheduled on Mon./Wed.  Team will be in place prior to the start of QIV Choice Hour.

New offerings:

  • Beginning Cursive will be offered on Wednesdays to students in grades 3-8.
  • Become a Better Babysitter class will be offered on Thursdays to students in grades 6-8.  On Thursday May 28th there will be an optional pay-to-participate session from 3:25-5:25 during which participants can receive First Aid and CPR certification from a nurse and American Heart Association trained instructor.  Fee of $30 to be paid directly to the certification nurse.
  • Leadership Team application form will be available to all 6th graders and 7th graders who are not already a part of this program.  This class meets on Monday/Thursday.
  • Bee Keepers is back on Tuesdays.
  • Water Polo will be offered on Thursdays for grades 5-8.
  • Girls’ Field Hockey is back on Fridays for girls in grades 4-8.
  • Kids Can Cook class will be offered on Tuesdays to 7-8 students by BCS parent Debra Meier.  Space is limited!

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!

 

2015-2016 7/8 OPTIONAL FIELD TRIPS

Next year, our 7/8 students will have the opportunity to attend two optional field trips.  Please click TRIP INFO for more information regarding these trips.  There will be an information meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 6:30pm in the Media Center.  Please plan on attending, as registration for both trips will open at the end of the meeting. 

 

IMPORTANT  ANNOUNCEMENTs FROM THE BEF

Spring cleaning begins today! We are looking for students and community members willing to help volunteer at this important fundraiser for our schools. Please contact Barb Chegash at bchegash@gmail.com if you can spare a few hours. The Birmingham Education Foundation Garage Sale is April 16-19 at Berkshire Middle School. Drop off Thursday from 3:00-9:00 pm; Friday-all day, Sale-April 18, 8:00-2:00 pm and bag sale, April 19, 10:00-1:00 pm.

 

SAVE THE DATE: EXPEDITION 2015: “DESIGNING A BETTER WORLD”

Birmingham Community Evening- Earth Day @ Groves High School
April 22, 2015 -  6:00P.M.—8:00P.M.

This event will appeal to community members of all ages!  Save the Date for a family activity.  Each school will have the opportunity to showcase their Expedition 2015 work from the year—service learning projects, artwork, science activities, etc…

 

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

 

THE SPRING SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS ONLINE

If you missed your chance during conferences, you can still shop through.3/23/15

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.

 

BIRBERY 2015 BOOKCLUB SCHEDULE-**All bookclubs 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 bookclubs to qualify for a chance to be on the committee.

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

 

BCS HAVE YOU CHECKED ON OUR 3/4  TEAM SALMON IN THE 3/4  SCIENCE LAB ? They are growing!

Salmon in the Classroom -- Thanks to the generosity of the BCS PTSA and Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills, we are able to help the Great Lakes by raising salmon. To view the blog click here: BCS Salmon Blog. To watch the salmon live, click here: BCS SalmonCam.

 

KUDOS  BCS

STUDENT ARTWORK 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!!

 

CONGRATULATIONS  TO MRS JACOBS AND THE YEARBOOK STAFF- 

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

 

ATHLETICS UPDATES 

Spring athletics registration is in full swing.  Please visit http://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 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. 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

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.

 

 8th Grade Families-dot forget to order your Panoramic Picture by Friday 3/27/15   Panoramic Picture

 

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…………

 

WHAT ARE YOUR KIDS DOING DURING SPRING BREAK???-CHECK OUT THESE CAMPS  APRIL RECESS CAMP

Spring Recess Camps at Covington School - Register for 1 to 4 days of fun! call 248-203-3800 

 

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

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