April 26, 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.  By the way, don’t forgot about the Delayed Start this Wednesday, April 29 as BCS will begin it’s day at 9:48 AM (doors open at 9:30 AM).  Teachers will be engaged in collaborative learning that morning.

 

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.

 

We would like to remind you that the “Mom’s Eat & Run” sponsored by our BCS Proud Dads is Friday, May 8 during student lunches.  Moms, Dads, Loved Ones, come out and bring your child his/her favorite lunch.  You can even bring extras for others at the table.  Click here for the flyer!  We’ll also be accepting voluntary donations for “Team Fitz” who is the BCS team walking in the Susan G. Korman 3-Day in August.  All donations of $5 or more will receive a commemorative button for their donation to the team.

 

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.

 

NOTICE – ROAD CLOSURE

Quarton rOAD TO BE CLOSED FROM Cranbrook to woodward beginning

APRIL 29 FOR Widening and resurfacing

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) has approved the closure of Quarton Road between Cranbrook and Woodward Avenue in the communities of Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham to through traffic beginning Wednesday, April 29.  Residential access will be maintained within the closure throughout the project.    The detour for the closure will be Woodward Avenue to Lone Pine Road to Lahser back to Quarton and vice versa.  During the project, the Chesterfield and Quarton Road intersection will be realigned and widened.   The $611,000 project is funded through the Roads Risk and Reserve Fund provided by the state, Tri-Party Program, and local funding.     The City of Birmingham will oversee the project and Florence Cement is the contractor.   The road is anticipated to re-open to traffic sometime around the end of July.

Contact: Craig Bryson, Public Information Officer, (248) 645-2000, ext. 2302 (e-mail: cbryson@rcoc.org)

Visit RCOC online at www.rcocweb.org  Follow RCOC on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oaklandroads

Become a fan of the Road Commission for Oakland County on Facebook

 

Character Connections Word of the week:  COLLABORATION/TEAMWORK

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

  • “None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard
  • “Coming together is beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford
  • “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

 

M-Step State Assessments Begin This Week for Grades 4 & 7 (finishes up fro 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 Testing 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 27-May 1, 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 27

  • 11AM-5/6  Reflection Participants Luncheon-3/4 Science Lab
  • 4PM-7/8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH vs. BLOOMFIELD HILLS MS @SOMERSET PARK APARTMENTS COURTS
  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER GAME AWAY @ DERBY MS
  • 4:30PM 6-8 CO-ED TRACK MEET @ HOME( GROVES) vs. BLOOMFIELD HILLS MS
  • 4:10-5:20PM-STRIDES for Boys
  • 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run

Tuesday, April 28

  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 3:30-5PM-7/8BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK  APARTMENT COURTS
  • 3:30PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER TEAM PICTURES
  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER GAME  @ HOME vs. BLOOMFIELD HILLS MS
  • 6:30 to 8PM- BPS PRESENTS THIRD IN OUR PARENTING SERIES-KEEPING THE BALANCEsee below

Wednesday, April 29-*****DELAYED START TODAY****

  • 9:48AM-Delayed Start-DELAYED START FORM
  • 3:20-4:10PM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 3:30-5PM-7/8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK  APARTMENT COURTS
  • 4:30PM-7/8 BOYS TENNIS TEAM PICTURES
  • 4:10-5:20PM-STRIDES for Boys
  • 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run

Thursday, April 30

  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE-TEAM PICTURE
  • 1:55PM-FIRE DRILL-parents/guardians please be aware when coming to sign in/out your student
  • 3:30-5PM-7/8BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK  APARTMENT COURTS
  • DUE-4PM-CHOICE HOUR CHANGE REQUEST FORMS
  • 4:15-6:15PMPM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

Friday, May 1

  • 9:15-9:45AM-8th Grade Town Hall Meeting with George Sherman from Project Cope
  • 9:30AM-3/4 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • 9:50-10:20-AM-7th Grade Town Hall Meeting with George Sherman from Project Cope
  • 10AM-3PM-8th Grade Field Trip to Henry Ford Museum
  • 10:30-11AM-3/4 Team Town Hall Meeting with George Sherman from Project Cope
  • 1-1:30PM-5/6 Team Town Hall Meeting with George Sherman from Project Cope
  • 3:30-5PM-7/8BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK  APARTMENT COURTS
  • 4:15-6:15PMPM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

Saturday, May 2

  •  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

 

DELAYED START DAY: WEDNESDAY APRIL 29, 2015   - Classes will begin at 9:48am on Wednesday, April 29, 1.5 hours later than normal. Buses will also run 1.5 hours later than normal. 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 8:18am-9:48am, please complete the DELAYED START FORM and return it to the office. The fee is $5 per child.

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

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

 

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.

 

MOMS EAT AND RUN  --donations accepted to support TEAM FITZ – click  Moms eat and Run

Moms (and other loved ones) EAT and RUN is coming up on Friday, May 8th 2015

5/6 ~ 11:05am - 11:45am   3/4 ~ 11:45am - 12:25pm 7/8 ~ 12:45pm - 1:25pm

(Arrive 5-10 minutes early at the BCS main entrance to sign-in)

Proud Moms, Dads and Loved Ones... Join your BCS kid(s) & their friends for lunch & fun. Bring your child’s favorite lunch or purchase from the cafeteria (bring a little extra for a friend)

 

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 - Clearinghouse.

 

2015-2016 OPTIONAL 7/8 TRIPS –closes May 15

Two optional trips are being offered to next year’s 7/8 students.  The first trip is to Philadelphia/NYC, October 7-11, 2015.  This trip is currently full and a waitlist has been started.  Once the waitlist reaches 30, the trip will be opened to those students on the waitlist.  For more information about the trip and how to register, click Philadephia/NYC.  The second trip is to Chicago for the Fiesta International, April 22-23, 2016.  Registration is open and space is limited.  For more information about the trip and how to register, click Chicago.

 

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

 

CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION:

4th Quarter Choice Hour classes began 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 are available in the main office.Classes with openings will be listed on the back of the Choice Hour class change request form. Click here for 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 have 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 3-5th 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

 

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 -Closes May 15.

Two optional trips are being offered to next year’s 7/8 students.  The first trip is to Philadelphia/NYC, October 7-11, 2015.  This trip is currently full and a waitlist has been started.  Once the waitlist reaches 30, the trip will be opened to those students on the waitlist.  For more information about the trip and how to register, click Philadephia/NYC.  The second trip is to Chicago for the Fiesta International, April 22-23, 2016.  Registration is open and space is limited.  For more information about the trip and how to register, click Chicago.

 

8TH GRADE CELEBRATION 

1) "THEN & NOW" PHOTOS: contact parent Kristen McNally <mmcnally248@comcast.net>There are still a few families we are waiting for -- please, please take care of this. 8TH GRADE VIDEO 

2) "BCS MEMORIES" PHOTOS NEEDED -- due by Monday, May 4. Please look back for any group photos from 3-8 grade. BCS activities include 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 (i.e. Snow Club, Theatre Production) -- look for photos of anything associated with kids' 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 also be large group shots. We want to feature 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> OR YOU MAY LOAD PHOTOS ON A CD OR DVD OR MEMORY STICK AND DROP OFF IN SCHOOL OFFICE, ATTENTION SHIVA MOTLAGH. 

For questions regarding 8th grade memory photos, please contact parent Shiva Motlagh at <bcsmemories2015@gmail.com>. Please send lots of photos anytime NOW through Monday, May 4. 

3) SAVE THE DATES:

Monday June 8 - Student rehearsal for graduation ceremony (2pm)

Tuesday June 9 - GRADUATION CEREMONY / DESSERT RECEPTION / FAREWELL DANCE (6:30pm - students arrive 6pm)

Thursday June 11 - Cedar Point trip

Friday June 12 - Farewell breakfast - last day of school (1/2 DAY)! AND All BCS 8th grade students invited to evening 8th grade celebration party... details to follow... save the date!

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

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………

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.

 

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.

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS APPRECIATION AWARDS   click   Appreciation Awards

Honoring those who See, Hear & Support the I in IEP

May 7, 2015 ,7:00 p.m.Groves High School Main Auditorium, 20500 West Thirteen Mile Rd., Beverly Hills, MI  48025

 

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.

 

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