April 19, 2015

Hello BCS!

 

Spring is in the air and along with it the warmer weather which allows us to help our students remember our BCS Clothing Guidelines.  Please remind your children of these guidelines by reviewing that section noted below with them.  No need to argue with your child that what they’re wearing isn’t appropriated, just show them the guidelines.  Better yet, post it on your refrigerator! J

 

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.

 

This Friday we will be recognizing the participants in this year’s PTSA Reflections contest.  Volunteers are needed to help at the Reflections Art Program Recognition Lunch on Friday, April 24th during each lunch period.  90 students in grades 3-8 will be recognized for their participation and achievement in this National program.  Please click on the following link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090544acac23a46-bcsreflections. Thank you!

 

Please give us your feedback!  In an effort to improve system practices, this is the time of year that we like to conduct a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/4186804.  Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention in completing this survey by Friday, May 8.

 

And finally, some bittersweet news!  Few BPS staff members can say they've been with our district for decades, but Jerry Melton, our art teacher at BCS, has a tenure that spans nearly five. After a year in Dallas, Jerry began his BPS career in 1967.  He has taught in 18 different buildings, eight of which are no longer in the district.  With some mixed emotion, we at BCS would like to announce that Jerry Melton has decided to retire at the end of this school year after 45 blissful years of teaching art.  In his retirement Jerry will further enjoy his lakefront home with his wife and seven grandchildren in addition to having more time to spend on his photography. His old racing photos date back to 1962, and he has appeared in several international books and magazines for car collectors and restores.  As he steps into this next phase of his life, he looks forward to finishing digitizing his airplane photos that date as far back as 1959 posting them on his website to share worldwide. Teaching has always brought a smile to Jerry’s face, and the highlight of his daily learning experiences with students has always been when he sees students’ faces light up with a look of “WOW” when they create a work of art that they never thought they could.  There is no doubt that Jerry’s passion and talent will be missed at BCS and each of us wishes him well in his retirement.  As we begin to honor Jerry’s years of service, his family has put together Mr. Melton’s Art Appreciation Facebook pagePlease feel free to visit the page to “post” your appreciation.

 

Looking forward to another great week of learning at BCS!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mmorawski@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

 

P.S.  The M-Step testing schedule for 5th and 8th grades continues next week and we’ve slightly revised the overall schedule.  Click here for the revised schedule 3-8. 

 

For previous issues of the BCS WAG click here.

 

An important reminder…BCS CLOTHING GUIDELINES – aka Dress Code

We like to encourage BCS students to dress in a manner that allows for the most individual comfort and freedom, while still maintaining the proper atmosphere in which to learn. Adults are models for students, and we encourage all staff, families, and visitors to follow these guidelines as well. Students are expected to follow these guidelines:

  • Wear no clothing that is considered a distraction in the classroom.
  • Apparel advertising controlled substances (including drugs and alcohol) or displaying sexual innuendo or a violent theme are NOT permitted.
  • All skin and undergarments between your shirt and pants/shorts/skirt must be covered completely at all times.
  • Shorts/skirts must be below your fingertips when arms are extended toward the floor, flat to the sides of the body.
  • Tank tops must have straps at least 2 fingers in width and must not expose undergarments or excessive skin. Strapless garments are NOT permitted.
  • Writing across the “seat” of the pants or shorts is not permitted.

If any BCS Staff member thinks that an item of clothing is inappropriate, you will be asked to call your parents/guardians to bring a change of clothes or will be provided an alternative item to wear. Students that repeatedly have difficulty following these clothing guidelines will be given a consequence which may include a parent/guardian conference or removal from class/school.

What if I don’t really know if something is inappropriate to wear to school?

  • Check the guidelines carefully.
  • If you have doubts about a piece of clothing, don't wear it.
  • BCS staff members have the final decision as to the appropriateness of any apparel.

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  ACCEPTANCE

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

  • “Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, bring you an inner peace and tranquility - instead of anger and resentment.” – Anonymous
  • “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” – Brendan Francis
  • “Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” – Henry Miller

 

M-Step State Assessments Begin This Week for Grades 5 & 8

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 SLIGHTLY REVISEDTesting Schedule (3/4 and 5/6 only one of the 2 teacher team is listed as that person on the team will do all the testing for the grade/team of 54 students)
  • 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.

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of April 20-24, 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, April 20- Quarter IV Starts Today   NEW CHOICE HOURS BEGIN

  • M-Step Testing continues this week for grades 5 & 8
  • 8:18AM-7/8 Combined ILD BAND Rehearsal
  • 3:30-5:00PM-7/8BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK  APARTMENT COURTS
  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER MATCH @ HOME vs. DETROIT COUNTRY DAY  MS
  • 4:10-5:20PM-STRIDES for Boys
  • 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run
  • 4:30PM6-8 CO-ED TRACK MEET @HOME (GROVES) vs. EAST HILLS MS & DERBY

Tuesday, April 21

  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 9:15AM- LOCKDOWN DRILL-Parents/guardians please be aware when coming to sign in/out your student
  • 3:30-5:00PM-7/8BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK  APARTMENT COURTS
  • 7/8 GIRLS SOCCER  -VIDEO REVIEW AT LUNCH - NO-PRACTICE
  • 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-Education and Administration Center adjacent to Groves HS

Wednesday, April 22

  • 7:15AM Annual Senior Alumni Breakfast-Media Center
  • 9;15-11:45AM-3/4 Team Field Trip-Monkey Kingdom Movie-AMC Star John R
  • 3:20-4:10PM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 3:30-5:00PM-7/8BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK  APARTMENT COURTS
  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER MATCH AWAY @ CRANBROOK  MS
  • 4:10-5:20PM-STRIDES for Boys
  • 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run
  • 6-8PM-EXPEDITION 2015: “DESIGNING A BETTER WORLD-Sponsored by BEF at Groves

Thursday, April 23- Take your child to Work Day-

Please, notify BCS office if your child will be late or not attending school call 248.203.4444, press 2. 

  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE-TEAM PICTURE
  • 8AM-2:30PM-Religious Diversity Journeys Field Trip to DIA-7  7th Grade Students
  • 4PM-7/8BOYS TENNIS MATCH vs. DERBY @ BIRMINGHAM RAQUET CLUB
  • 4:15-6:15PMPM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

Friday, April 24

  • Report Card Release to PowerSchool-5-8th Grades
  • 9:20-2PM-Joberts Team Field Trip to Detroit Opera House
  • 11AM-Reflections Recognition Lunch-3/4 Science Lab
  • 3:30-5:00PM-7/8BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK  APARTMENT COURTS
  • 4:15-6:15PMPM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

Saturday, April 25

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

Sunday, April 26

  • WALK FOR AUTISM-Somerset collection- see below for details

 

ALL BCS NEWS

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

 

BCS BOND 2015 IMPACT -- On May 5, 2015, voters in the Birmingham Public School District will be asked to consider a bond proposal to improve school facilities, enhance building security for the safety of the students and staff, and provide up-to-date technology for students to remain globally competitive. Click here for BCS specific Bond 2015 Impact flyer. For more District information, click here.

 

CHOICE HOUR NOTICE

New Choice Hours begin on Monday-Students must attend the first full week before any changes can be made.

 

BCS Students Honored at “I Can Make History” Celebration

BCS student winners participated in the “I Can Make History” Celebration last night (4/18/15) at the Henry Ford museum. This contest occurs every year in honor of Black History Month and is open to students throughout the state of Michigan. There were four winners from BCS to include:

  • Jacob P 6th grade Music original recording 2nd place
  • Jack S 6th grade Music original recording 1st place
  • Ainsley N 5th grade Music original recording 2nd place
  • Michael M 5th grade Essays 1st place

We are so proud of our students’ efforts!  Click here for the photos!

 

PRE-ORDER YOUR BCS 2015-2016 PLANNER - BCS values organization as well as the use of technology for such purposes. Please pre-order you 2015-2016 Planner by May 8th. Each planner is $5. Cash or checks made payable to BCS PTSA - Clearninghouse.

 

TAKE YOUR CHILD TO WORK DAY IS THURSDAY APRIL 23

 Please notify the attendance office-24/7- if your child will not be in school at 8:20am.  A late arrival (tardy) or absence can be emailed to bcsattendance@birmingham.k12.mi.us  or call 248.203.4444, press 2.  Thank you very much!!

 

DELAYED START DAY: WEDNESDAY APRIL 29, 2015 the next delayed start is Wednesday, April 29, 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 on bcsonline.info and return it to the office. The fee is $5 per child.

 

BCS HONORS OUR REFLECTIONS CONTEST PARTICIPANTS

Volunteers are needed to help at the Reflections Art Program Recognition Lunch on Friday, April 24th during each lunch period.  90 students in grades 3-8 will be recognized for their participation and achievement in this National program.  Please click on the link below to sign up http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090544acac23a46-bcsreflections.

 

MEDIA CENTER NEWS-Volunteers are needed in the Media Center!  The Media Center needs help shelving and organizing through the end of the school year.  If you’re interested in helping us out, please sign up using our Volunteer Spot calendar at http://vols.pt/Fbzvpm.  If you have any questions, please email Ann at at05bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

2015-2016 OPTIONAL 7/8 TRIPS

Registration for the Philadelphia/NYC and Chicago Fiesta International trips are now open.  Space is limited for both trips. For more information, click Philadephia/NYC and/or Chicago.

 

BPS PRESENTS THIRD IN OUR PARENTING SERIES-KEEPING THE BALANCE --April 28 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Please join us for our third in a series of presentations dealing with family issues.  Keeping the Balance When Schools Out will be held in the Seaholm Little Theater.  The session features BPS district experts and an audience question and answer session.  The program is free and you do not need to RSVP for it.  Keeping the Balance When Schools Out will focus on summer challenges and those that face families as students try their hand at a first job, stay home alone, or even prepare for life away at college.  We hope that you can attend this informative session

 

SHOW YOUR FALCON SPIRIT! 

Someday you'll be a Groves Falcon, and you can show your Falcon Spirit today with a limited edition Future Falcon t-shirt! Each shirt is $15 and proceeds will benefit the Groves Marching Band which is raising money for new uniforms. Orders forms, due to school by April 24th, are attached for you convenience.  If you have any questions, please email Sherri Levitt at sclevitt@yahoo.com.

 

CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION:

4th Quarter Choice Hour classes begin Monday April 20th.  Choice Hour selections are posted on the Choice Hour board in the main hallway and in each homeroom.

The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour class change is Thursday April 30th by 4:00 PM.  Choice Hour class change request forms will be available in the main office beginning Friday April 24th.   Classes with openings will be listed on the back of the Choice Hour class change request form.  Please read the change form very carefully. 

Students requesting a change will be expected to attend their originally assigned classes for the first two weeks of the new quarter.  ALL Choice Hour changes that are approved will go into effect on Monday May 4th.  You will receive timely notification if your Choice Hour change request is denied.

Choice Hour drop refunds will be processed for classes dropped during the official Choice Hour change period which ends at 4:00 PM on Thursday April 30th.  No refunds will be processed after the Thursday April 30th deadline.

No Choice Hour drops, adds and/or changes will be accepted over the phone or via email.  All Choice Hour change requests require a parent’s signature.  Please pick up the proper paperwork in the office.

Thank you for supporting the Choice Hour program!

CHOICE HOUR PLANNING FOR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR:

Choice Hour planning for the first quarter of the 2015-2016 school year has begun.   Several parents have already volunteered to teach some very interesting Choice Hour classes next year that highlight their talents and interests.  If you would like to share your time and talents with a small group of students during Choice Hour please contact Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or email her at ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us for more information.

Attention 3-5 grade Parents:

The BCS Destination Imagination Team is expanding, and we need your help! Destination Imagination is a nonprofit, global competitive program. The kids work collaboratively to solve challenges based on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We're looking for volunteer team managers. It's fun, rewarding, and such a great opportunity for the kids. With your help, our team could compete in up to 3 tournaments! Please contact Brenna Adams bcsditeam@gmail.com to hear more.

We are also looking for parent volunteers to offer Math Pentathlon choice hour classes for grades 3-5.

Choice Hour Reminders:

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 will be charged a $5.00 fee.

If your student has Choice Hour but will not be attending their Choice Hour class please call the Choice Hour attendance line (248-203-4625) to have them excused at 3:15, email Linda Stone at ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  or pick up a pink slip in the office to have them released from choice hour.  Choice Hour attendance can be a very time consuming job.  The safety of your children is always our priority.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions regarding Choice Hour attendance please call Linda Stone at 248-203-4625. 

 

PE UPDATES -4th QUARTER -MONDAY, APRIL 20 THROUGH FRIDAY, MAY 15:

Frishman, 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

 

 JUMP ROPE FOR HEART & HOOPS FOR HEART EVENT A HUGE SUCCESS!

265 BCS students slam dunked heart disease and stroke by participating in Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart.  The students raised more than $9,900 for the American Heart Association. These donations help fund research to fight heart disease and stroke and also support the American Heart Association’s public and professional education programs.  Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America, and stroke is the third leading cause of death.

Thank You BCS!

Mr. Manchester & Mr. Johansson

 

AUTISM SOCIETY OAKLAND COUNTY LOOKING FOR SUPPORT
April is Autism Awareness Month and on Sunday, April 26, 2015 we welcome you to take part in our
Walk 4 Autism inside the Somerset Collection in Troy. We need your help to continue to support programs and services assisting those on the autism journey throughout our community.  Though the path and destination may be different, each person with autism deserves to realize their full potential.  Click here to register online! #walk4autismoakland.

 

ATHLETICS UPDATES

For information away events and maps-visit http://bcsonline.info/athletics.html

 

THE 3/4 TEAM NEWS 

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 

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

2015-2016 OPTIONAL 7/8 TRIPS

Registration for the Philadelphia/NYC and Chicago Fiesta International trips are now open.  Space is limited for both trips. For more information, click Philadephia/NYC and/or Chicago.

 

8TH GRADE FAMILIES-IMPORTANT CELEBRATION INFORMATION-PLEASE READ  

 1) By now, everyone should have turned in "then" and "now" pictures of your 8th grade child for the farewell celebration. If not, please contact parent Kristen McNally <mmcnally248@comcast.net> to submit these photos ASAP! There are still a few families we are waiting for -- please, please take care of this. 8TH GRADE VIDEO 

2) There are two different videos created for the graduation. The first is "then & now" (referenced above). The second video we make for the kids is "BCS Memories" -- We ask now for all 8th grade families to browse through their digital files on their phones, hard drives, memory cards, etc., for any pictures of the 8th graders doing a BCS activity anytime between 3rd through 8th grade. These activities can be anything from classroom holiday parties or activities, 3/4 grade Super Bowl or Waikiki reading parties, Wacky Recess, last days of school, field trips, 5/6 camp or Rouge River trips, Science Olympiad, sports, any choice hour activities or clubs... anything associated with their BCS experience in the last 6 years (on- or off-site of the school). Photos need to contain at least 2 current BCS 8th grade students (no individual shots) and can be large group shots, also. We want to feature all of our 8th graders, but if there happen to be a couple BCS kids from the grade above or below in the picture, this is okay. (Please note: Photos that include students from other schools will not be used, so please do not send.) 

**Send all memory photos digitally as attachments in large file .jpg format to bcsmemories2015@gmail.com If you have any questions regarding your memory photos, please contact parent Shiva Motlagh at bcsmemories2015@gmail.com. Please start sending lots of photos anytime NOW through Monday, May 4. 

3) FYI, our 8th graders voted on what they would like their graduation theme to be. The result: "Anything Is Possible" with New York City themed decorations/invitations/t-shirt, etc. 

4) There will be an 8th Grade Celebration Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30pm when we return from spring break. 

SAVE THE DATE: 8TH GRADE GRADUATION IS TUESDAY JUNE 9. 

Questions? Please contact Lynnette Kennedy Ltkennedy38@gmail.com. or Karen Bierley kmbierley@gmail.com.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

 

NEWS FROM THE BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION-BBCC

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA Trainings for adults assisting youth.
May 16, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Taught by certified instructors, you will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance abuse disorders and psychosis in youth ages 12-18.  You will also learn what to do until appropriate professionals and other help can begin.  To register, contact Leanne at lmckenzie@bbcoalition.org or call 248-203-4615.  We need 20-30 participants to hold this training. There is no cost to attend.   For more information visit www.bbcoalition.org for more info. All trainings held at BPS Education and Administration Building, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills.

Parents: Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for CHOICES Youth Dialogue Day 2015. This all area high schools, student-driven event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham and feature the Honorable Judge Diane D’Agostini, from 48th District Court, who will bring live court cases to demonstrate the real-life consequences which come from decisions to use alcohol and/or drugs. Attendees will also hear a young man who is in recovery and from our community, speak about his journey. Students, parents and other interested community members are encouraged to attend. There is no charge to attend this event, although donations will be accepted. Visit www.bbcoalition.org for more info.

 

INTERESTED IN CHEERLEADING    click CHEER

Birmingham Community Education Presents…Middle School Cheerleading-Program Dates: August 24 – October 31

Register at www.communityed.net or call (248) 203-3800.Space is Limited!  Register early!

Registration is NOW OPEN to current 7th grade students!

Beginning May 1, registration will open to current 6th graders.

Beginning June 1, registration will open to current 5th graders.

Registration Closes - July 1, 2015 

*For the best experience, Covington students should register for the squad that is affiliated most closely with their future high school.  Students that plan to attend Seaholm should register for the Derby Squad and students that plan to attend Groves should register for the Berkshire Squad.

 

Birmingham Special Education Parent Advisory Council (PAC) New Members Wanted!!!

Please come join the Birmingham Special Education Parent Advisory Council (PAC) to hear a special presentation on Strategic Plan Goal 1 & Goal 4 on Tuesday, April 21, 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 4: BPS will design and implement a dynamic educational organization that creates unlimited opportunities for student learners.
 

 

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