March 29, 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.

 

We have some exciting staffing news…

 

I am excited to announce that JP Prisciandaro finalized this past week that he will be returning from his leave on Monday, April 13 after spring vacation.  JP and Jeanne will work together Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of that week to provide a smooth transition for the students as the quarter comes to a close.  I’d like to extend my deep appreciation for Jeanne stepping in so competently to support this unique program in JP’s absence, and I am thrilled to welcome JP back to BCS!

 

Additionally, with a vacancy left in 5/6 Language Arts/Social Studies after the passing of our friend and colleague Karen Fitzgerald, I am thrilled to announce, after a significant search, that Andrea Leach has clearly risen to the top for our search team and has been hired permanently as a faculty member at BCS continuing in the position she has served so competently over the past year and a half.  Andrea’s familiarity with BCS, great relationships with Tammy Brown, the entire 5/6 team, student, families and staff at BCS, and her qualifications in Language Arts and Social Studies are a perfect match for the students, the team and for BCS.  We welcome Andrea to our BCS team on a permanent basis where she will be a great service to our community for years to come!  Click here for a letter of introduction from Andres to the BCS community!

 

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 (newly revised) 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 newly revised BCS M-Step Schedule.

 

And finally, our BCS student-created business, Zinc Alike (jewelry company), came in 3rd place in the 2014-15 Global Enterprise Challenge.  This is a fantastic achievement out of approximately the 250 teams that took part from around the world.

 

Looking forward to another great week of learning at BCS!  I hope you can join us for a film viewing of Bully followed by discussion (click here to RSVP or read below for more details).

 

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.

  • “It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.”  Albert Einstein
  • “If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”  Abraham Maslow
  • “There's no use talking about the problem unless you talk about the solution.”  Betty Williams

 

BCS DIVERSITY COMMITTEE HOSTS 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 viewing and discussion of the film by our BCS 7/8 students in recent weeks. This event presents an opportunity to view the film (with your child if you 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

 

Mark Down the Dates for Upcoming BCS Student Assessments

The State of Michigan’s new assessment program, M-Step testing windows begin on April 14 and you can note the specific BCS testing schedule below.  Also, below is some helpful information and details re: the assessment.

  • M-STEP and MI-Access Updated Practice Test (must access via Google Chrome):  Also included, sample item sets by grade level and calculator practice.  (Note:  text-to-speech is still not available on the practice tests.  It will be available for preview before the test windows open.) https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi. All school computers with Windows 7 will have Google Chrome.
  • Sample Classroom Activities and Performance Tasks (grades 3-8)
  • State Testing calendar and BCS Testing Schedule
  • Additional information (p. 4-5 testing times and sequence)
  • 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 in the testing
    • A mouse and headphones will be provided for each computer.  Students may use their own headphones if they’d prefer.

 

A BIG THANK YOU

The BCS Art Program would like to thank the management and staff of Home Depot on Southfield Road for making a generous donation of wood to our school.  The wood will be used for the fish plaques that the 3rd and 4th graders are creating in art.  Show them your support by frequenting their store! –Mrs. Parker

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of March 30- April 3, 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 30

  • DUE- Choice Hour Selection Sheets by 4PM
  • 4:10-5:20PM-STRIDES for Boys
  • 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run

Tuesday, March 31

  • 6:30 – 9:00PM-- Bully the Movie: A Community Experience  - BCS Media Center    -RSVP

Wednesday, April 1

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

Thursday, April 2

  • Due 7/8 Field Trip Permission Slips tp Academic Lab Teachers-7th Grade or 8th Grade
  • 9:15AM-5/6 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • 10AM-3/4 Team Field Trip to Great Lakes Crossing Aquarium
  • 7PM- Friends of Different Learners meeting-Staff Development
  • Spring Recess begins at the end of the day-

Enjoy the warm(er) weather and come back Refreshed!!-from the BCS office

Friday, April 3

  • Good Friday
  • Passover begins at Sundown

Saturday, April 4

  • Remember, Saturday School will not be in session again until April 25th due to breaks and holidays.  We look forward to seeing you all in April ready to get your learning on!

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

PTA REFLECTIONS PROGRAM NEWS

Congratulations to BCS 4th grade student Leo B!  His Literature entry in the Michigan PTA Reflection Program placed 3rd in the Intermediate Division (grades 3-5) for the state.  Also, all BCS Reflections participants are invited to a recognition event on April 24th during lunch.   Pizza will be served, and awards will be given out.  Details will be provided to the Home Room teachers prior to the event.  Please contact Diana Patterson (d4patter4@sbcglobal.net) with questions, or if you would like to volunteer to help with the recognition lunch.

 

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.

 

HENRY FORD MUSEUM AND IMAX

The 7th and 8th grade students will be going on a field trip to Henry Ford Museum and the IMAX Theater.  Please click 7th Grade or 8th Grade for the permission slip.  The permission slip and money are due back to the academic lab teachers by Thursday, April 2.  Tickets have to be purchased well in advance, so late permission slips will not be accepted. 

 

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 

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…

 

4th QUARTER CHOICE HOUR  INFORMATION

4th Quarter 2014-2015 Choice Hour selection sheets went 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!

 

MEDIA CENTER AND SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Thank you for your support at the spring BCS Scholastic Book Fair!  We are pleased to announce a cash profit of over $2000 for our Media Center, plus an additional $1500 that we can use to spend on Scholastic books.  Parent generosity also provided our teachers with gifts of over 25 books donated to classroom libraries.  The profits from this book fair will be used to furnish a new study/groupwork/reading corner for the Media Center as well as approximately one hundred new titles for the library collection. 

 

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

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

 

KUDOS  BCS

CONGRATULATIONS  TO  OUR  GEOGRAPHY  BEE SEMI-FINALIST  click for   photo

Kyle V. did very well in the bee. He missed 2 questions through 8 rounds of very difficult questioning.  Only the perfect 8's went on to the final questions.BCS and his family are very proud of him getting to the finals at Western Michigan University.  Only 101 students out of a thousand made it that far.  Congratulations, Kyle!

 

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 yearbook staff 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

 

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

 

UPDATE ON JUMPROPE/HOOPS FOR HEART   click here  for flyer

 After wrapping up another successful Jumprope for Heart event for our 3/4 students,we are once again offering a Hoops for Heart event for our 5/6 and 7/8 students. This opportunity to serve locally raises funds for the American Heart Association. We’re joining the fight against our nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers — cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

During the week of March 30-April 2 during 5/6 & 7/8 lunch, we will offer a 3 vs. 3 tournament. This event not only helps students learn about the benefits of regular physical activity and heart health, but also raises funds to support vital heart and stroke research as well as educational programs

Chris Manchester & Bill Johansson--Jump & Hoops for Heart Coordinators

 

ATHLETICS UPDATES 

Spring athletics registration is in full swing.  Our season starts 3/30/15 and all student athletes need to be registered with a physical on file dated on or after 4/15/14 prior to the season start.  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  Students must have registration completed including the physical and payment prior to try-outs/practice beginning.

 

TRACK FOR 6-8  BOYS and GIRLS – Practices will begin after Spring Break on Mon, April 13 -7-8AM.

Make sure you are signed up for TRACK Choice Hour as well.

 

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)

 

THE  3/4  TEAM  NEWS 

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

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.

 

THE  5/6  TEAM  NEWS 

5TH GRADE ELECTIVE PACKET - CLICK 5TH GRADE ELECTIVE INFORMATION PACKET

6TH GRADE ELECTIVE PACKET - CLICK 6TH GRADE 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

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-don’t forget orders for your Panoramic Picture were due 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

 

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.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

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.

 

Upland Hills School presents-“An Evening with Dr. Shefali Tsabary”   click here

May 8, 2015

 

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