May 3, 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.  Just a quick calendar adjustment to bring to you attention….The May BCS PTSA meeting has been changed to this coming Thursday, May 7 at 1:15 PM (in Digital Video West room).  The original date was Thursday, May 13.  Please plan to attend at we’ll present the 2015-16 Budget for discussion and present the 2015-16 Officer nominations for approval.

 

Just a reminder to vote daily for Birmingham Covington School as we have a chance to win $5000 to invest in our learning community.  Follow these steps to vote for BCS daily (through May 13):

  • Go to the following link: http://www.independentbank.com/investing 
  • Click on “VIEW ENTRIES”
  • In the search box type “Birmingham Covington School” then enter
  • Click on our school
  • Click on “Vote” and remember to vote daily

 

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.

 

And finally, be sure to get out and vote on Tuesday, May 5 as there are two important items on the ballot that require our registered voters’ attention including the Birmingham Public Schools Bond Proposal

 

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:  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

 

Birmingham Public Schools Diversity Issues Forum

Please plan to attend…

On May 6 from 6:30-8PM at the Education and Administration Center (31301 Evergreen Road (East Side of Groves High School)Click here for more details.

 

M-Step State Assessments Continues This Week for Grades 4 & 7

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 May 4-8, 2015

To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email mz07bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  by WEDNESDAY 5PM 

 

Monday, May 4         **** MOM’S EAT AND RUN ON FRIDAY****

  • Staff Appreciation Week
  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 8:18AM-7/8 Band Rehearsal during ILD
  • 3:30-5PM-7/8BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK  APARTMENT COURTS
  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER GAME  @ HOME vs. EAST HILLS MS
  • 4:10-5:20PM-STRIDES for Boys
  • 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run

Tuesday, May 5 -IMPORTANT: DON’T FORGET TO VOTE TODAY

  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 7:45AM-New Family Breakfast-Media Center
  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 8-8:15AM-7/8 Cedar Point Field Trip Sign-Up –cafeteria hall
  • 8:45-11:45AM-Salmon Release Field Trip-Mali/Harvath and Seley/ Davis
  • 12-3PM-Rouge River Field Trip to Linden Park-Cook/Lowery
  • 3:30-5PM-7/8BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK  APARTMENT COURTS
  • 4:15-6:15PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE
  • 7PM-Board of Education Meeting-Education and Administration Center -adjacent to Groves HS

Wednesday, May 6

  • 8-8:15AM-7/8 Cedar Point Field Trip Sign-Up –cafeteria hall
  • 12-3PM-Rouge River Field Trip to Linden Park-Burdick/Burns
  • 3:30-5PM-7/8BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK  APARTMENT COURTS
  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER GAME  @ HOME vs. DERBY MS
  • 4:10-5:20PM-STRIDES for Boys
  • 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run
  • 4:30PM 6-8 CO-ED TRACK MEET @ HOME (GROVES) vs. CRANBROOK/EAST HILLS MS
  • 6:30-8:30PM COMMUNITY FORUM ON DIVERSITY-BPS EDUCATION AND ADMINISTRATION CENTER-click here

Thursday, May 7

  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 8AM-Diversity Champion Honor Roll Breakfast-Community House
  • 8-8:15AM-7/8 Cedar Point Field Trip Sign-Up –cafeteria hall
  • 9:15AM-5/6 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • 1:15PM-PTSA Meeting-Digital Video West-RE-SCHEDULED
  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER GAME AWAY @ BERKSHIRE MS
  • 4PM-7/8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH vs. DCDS MS @SOMERSET PARK APARTMENTS COURTS
  • Friends of Different Learners Appreciation Awards-Groves HS Auditorium

Friday, May 8

  • DUE-PLANNER ORDERS-MUST BE PRE-ORDERED FOR FALL- Note-will not be available for purchase at registration
  • 8-8:15AM-7/8 Cedar Point Field Trip Sign-Up –cafeteria hall
  • 8:30-10:30AM-5/6 Field Trip To Earth Day Movie –Monkey Kingdom
  • PROUD MOM’S EAT & RUN -  click  Moms eat and Run
  • 3/4 ~ 11:45am - 12:25pm
  • 5/6 ~ 11:05am - 11:45am
  • 7/8 ~ 12:45pm - 1:25pm
  • 12-3PM-Rouge River Field Trip to Linden Park-Joberts
  • 3:30-5PM-7/8  BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK  APARTMENT COURTS
  • 4:15-6:15PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE 

Saturday, May 9

  •  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

 

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.

 

COMMUNITY FORUM ON DIVERSITY -Wednesday, May 6 from 6:30 to 8PM click here

This forum creates an important opportunity for us to hold a conversation about diversity issues within our school district and broader community. Having had the opportunity to reflect on recent events occurring in places like Ferguson, Baltimore and with our neighbors in Bloomfield Hills gives us cause to begin this type of dialogue and conversation now. Please join us at Wednesday’s forum which will be moderated by Jay Marks of Oakland Schools. Together we can help our school district and the communities we serve be places where all our children and adults feel the greatest sense of belonging and safety. As a school district, we work to model these values and now feel it is important to convene our citizens for a broader conversation.

 

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.

BCS HAS BEEN NOMINATED

Independent Bank’s Investing with You campaign has been a huge success with more than 1,200 nominations of local schools. They have more than 450 local schools nominated for the four $5,000 prizes! Voting began on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM and will continue until Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 5:00 PM. To vote, you must be at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of Michigan. Each qualified voter will be able to vote up to once per day during the voting period.  Please check IndependentBank.com for the link to vote and review the Official Rules for instructions on qualified voting.  Thank you so much for your participation in the contest!

 

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.

 

MOVE-UP DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Move-up Day is a wonderful opportunity for our new students to begin feeling a part of BCS.  The Move-up Day Committee helps with the activities for the incoming 3rd and 4th grade students and also assists with a parent information session.  Move-up Day is scheduled for Monday, June 8, 2015 from 9:00-10:30am. If you are willing to help at this event, please sign up at Move Up Day Volunteers.

 

BLUE WEEK FOR TEAM TREVOR - May 18-23   click Team Trevor

There is an exciting week coming up. The Cook/Lowery students have planned activities to make up a Blue Week to support Team Trevor. They will be selling blue merchandise and trying to wear blue for the week of May 18-23. There are also some activities outside of school. This will be highly publicized as the week approaches.

 

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 INFORMATIONChoice Hour Planning for 2015-2016 School Year:

Choice Hour planning for the first quarter of the 2015-2016 school has begun.   Several parents have already volunteered to teach some very interesting Choice Hour classes next year that highlight their talents and interests.  We are looking for someone to teach the 3rd grade and 4th and 5th grade math pentathlon classes.  3rd grade math pentathlon would not begin until QII, 4th and 5th grade should begin QI. 

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.

If you would like to share your time and talents with a small group of students during Choice Hour or know someone else that is interested and qualified please contact Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or email her at ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us for more information.

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 3:20, 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. 

 

A REQUEST FROM THE BOTTLE GREENHOUSE GROUP

We are a group from the Joberts team. We want to build a greenhouse made out of 2 liter bottles. The purpose of this is because we want to help reduce the amount of people who are suffering from hunger in Birmingham. Our goal is to collect 1,600 bottles this year to build a bottle greenhouse. After we build the bottle greenhouse, we will plant fruits and vegetables and we will send the fruit and vegetables to Gleaners (a food bank for people facing hunger).

We need all the help we can get to build a bottle greenhouse. Teachers,could you please show your kids this video which explains the project.Please tell your kids the class that collects the most plastic bottles will win an ice cream or movie party. Students need to bring in 2 liter bottles with all the wrapping removed. Please tell your students to write their name, class, and grade on the bottle with a permanent marker. The collection bin will be outside the front office. Thank you so much for helping us get the word out. This is exciting! Thanks,The Bottle Greenhouse Group

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac1L3iU9Hoo

 

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

 

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

 

Are You Interested in Playing Men's Soccer for the Fall 2015 Season at Seaholm?  

Captain’s Practices, Weight Room Time and Summer Camp at CMU are underway or in process of being scheduled. 

If you or your parents are not on the team e-mail distribution, please contact SeaholmBoysSoccer@gmail.com for more detailed information.

 

THE  3/4  TEAM  NEWS 

BCS HAVE YOU CHECKED ON OUR 3/4 TEAM SALMON IN THE 3/4 SCIENCE LAB?  They’ve grown! They are leaving!                          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 Calandar

 

THE  7/8  TEAM  NEWS

CEDAR POINT- SIGN-UPS START THIS WEEK

The sign-up will occur in front of the cafeteria from 8:00-8:15A.M. on Tuesday, May 5th;

Wednesday, May 6th; Thursday, May 7th; and Friday, May 8th.

 

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…………

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.

 

ANNUAL TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT-DON’T MISS IT    click   Trucks     Saturday May 16th 2015     

 

2015 ELEMENTARY ACADEMIC SUMMER SCHOOL-at Groves High School    click  Academic Review

Math & Reading Review (Grades K-5) -July 20–August 7 --Monday – Friday 9:00am-12:00pm

Each class is taught by a BPS district teacher and covers the math and reading curriculum set for that specific grade level by Birmingham Public Schools.

This program is designed for students who could benefit from review and reinforcement of math and reading skills. 

Please register by June 1, 2015 so that our summer staff can communicate with your child’s current teacher on how to best meet your student’s individual needs. -  cost $385.00

Exiting 5th graders who like a challenge may enroll in advanced math and/or reading at Seaholm High School

(June 16-July 2).

Register by May 29, 2015 to receive discounted tuition on these classes!

To register or find more information on these offerings, please visit www.communityed.net  or call (248) 203-3800.

 

YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION COMMUNITY FORUM- THURSDAY, MAY 7-3 -7:00 pm  click   Community Forum

In honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Oakland County’s Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force is hosting the 3rd Annual Youth Suicide Prevention Community Forum Thursday, May 7 from 3:00-7:00 pm at the Resource & Crisis Center, located at 1200 N Telegraph Rd, Building 32 E, Pontiac MI 48341.
Oakland County invites parents, youth, teachers, clinicians, coaches, social workers, and other professionals who work with youth to learn about suicide prevention resources in our community.
Attendees can browse tables with community resources and hear presentations on mental health & stigma, the Common Ground Resource & Crisis Center, Mental Health First Aid, and a 5:00 performance from the SaYes Theatre Troupe, a prevention-based theater program comprised of trained peer mentors ages 15-25.
Please visit
http://bit.ly/1cQsPd1 to RSVP. For more information, contact Lauren Bizyk at bizykl@oakgov.com or 248-858-7171.

Attendees may arrive at any time during the open-house-style event. Please use the Conference Center entrance on Hospital Drive, on the Oakland County Campus.

 

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