May 10, 2015

Hello BCS!

 

It was another great week at BCS!  Smiles, energy and a passion to learn continued.  My sincere thanks to our PTSA for coordinating a fantastic staff appreciation week and to Lynnette Kennedy of chairing the effort.  A heartfelt thank you to all the parents who helped make the week so great at BCS by serving delicious food and donating desserts, snacks and drinks for our lounge! Check out the sampling of your “sweet” generosity by clicking here. Many thanks also to local restaurants Kalamata Greek Grill and Jersey Mike's Subs on Woodward and to Farmhouse Coffee in Franklin -- each partnered with our PTSA to provide delicious lunches and morning coffee all last week. On behalf of all our BCS staff, I would like to let you know how much we appreciate your kindness Thank you!

 

Just a reminder to vote daily till Wednesday 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

 

Save the dates…There is an exciting week coming up. The Cook/Lowery students have planned activities to make up a Blue Week to support Team Trevor (a Berkshire 8th grader in need or a heart transplant). 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. Click Team Trevor and read later in this edition of the WAG for more details.

 

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:  OPENNESS

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

  • “The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.” – Niels Bohr
  • “We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.” – Max de Pree
  • “The good ol' American front porch seems to stand for positivity and openness; a platform from which to welcome or wave farewell; a place where things of significance could happen.” – Dan Stevens

 

JOIN TEAM FITZ IN THE 3-DAY

To continue our Serve Locally efforts, let’s keep our support of Karen Fitzgerald going by joining the BCS community “Team Fitz” in the Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk Summer 2015.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Cook or Susie Englehart.  To sign up for the 3-Day on August 7-9, 2015 in the Detroit area, click here, then click on “Register and Join a Team”.  The team name is “Team Fitz” and the password to join is “teamfitz”.

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

MAY IS FOOD ALLERGY ACTION MONTH!

For more information go to www.foodallergy.org

FOOD ALLERGY FACTS

  • 15 million Americans have a food allergy, a serious medical condition.
  • People can be allergic to any food, but there are 8 foods that cause the most reactions:  Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish shellfish
  • Reactions can range from a mild response to anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially deadly reaction.  Every 3 minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the ER.
  • The number of people who have the disease is growing increasing 50% among children between 1997 and 2011.
  • There is no cure for food allergy, but scientists are working to find treatments to prevent life-threatening reactions.
  • YOU can help make the world a safer place for those with food allergies!  Get involved at www.foodallergy.org

 

M-Step State Assessments (begins for grade 3 & 6 and continues this week for grades 4 and 7)

Grade 3 testing schedule has been moved up one week. Revised schedule!

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 11-15, 2015

BCS would like to congratulate Meli Zikakis on her new job at Community Ed! We wish her the best!

Courtney Bassett will be the editor of the WAG.

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

 

Monday, May 11      

  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  •  12-3PM-5/6 Rouge River Field Trip to Linden Park-Brown/Leach Team
  • 3:30-5PM-7/8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK APARTMENT COURTS
  • 4:15-6:15PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE
  • 4:10-5:20PM-STRIDES for Boys
  • 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run
  • Orchestra Dress Rehearsal – Grade 5

Tuesday, May 12

  • PARAPROFESSIONAL APPRECIATION DAY
  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
  • 10:45AM-2PM – Circuit Court Field Trip – Joberts Team
  • 4PM-7/8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH vs. EAST HILLS MS @SOMERSET PARK APARTMENTS COURTS
  • 4:15-6:15PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE
  • Orchestra Dress Rehearsal – Grade 5

Wednesday, May 13

  • 3:30-5PM-7/8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK APARTMENT COURTS
  • 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER GAME AWAY @ BERKSHIRE 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 MS
  • DUE-5PM last day to nominate BCS click IndependentBank.com

Thursday, May 14

  • 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 11:30AM-1:45PM STATE SUPERINTENDENT FLANAGAN SCHOOL VISIT TO BCS
  • 4PM-7/8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH vs. CRANBROOK MS @SOMERSET PARK APARTMENTS COURTS
  • 4:15-6:15PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE
  • 7-8PM 5TH GRADE ORCHESTRA CONCERT-Please Check Mrs Gillespie’s Wiki for more details

Friday, May 15

  • DUE-Final day to sign up for 7/8 Optional trips-Philadephia/NYC Or Chicago.
  • 11:45AM Band Rehearsal – 5th Grade
  • 2:30PM FIRE DRILL-PARENTS/GUARDIANS PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN SIGNING YOUR STUDENT IN/OUT           
  • 4:15-6:15PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE 
  • 7-9PM 7/8 Spirit Committee Dance

Saturday, May 16

  •  9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire-Come get your learning on!
  • ANNUAL TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT-DON’T MISS IT    click  Trucks     Saturday May 16th 20

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

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!

 

STATE SUPERINTENDENT FLANAGAN TO VISIT BCS – Thursday, May 14th

Supt. Flanagan visits one school in the state of Michigan each month, and, because BCS is one of the top 5% of schools in the state (Reward School) along with our innovative structure and approach to teaching and learning, his team has selected BCS to visit this month. 

 

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.

 

KUDOS BCS BANDS AN ORCHESTRAS

The Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association hosted their annual Solo and Ensemble Festival last Saturday, April 18th, 2015.  The festival was held at Oakview Middle School in Lake Orion, and students from all over southeastern Michigan traveled to compete in this competition.  This year, BCS Orchestra   students entered a total of 6 solos and 1 trio ensemble.  The band students entered 2 solos and 2 duet events.  At the festival, students perform in front of a highly qualified judge and they are given a rating between 1 and 5.  1’s and 2’s being superior and excellent ratings.  The areas in which they are rated are tone, intonation, rhythm, technique, interpretation and overall performance.  This year, the BCS students received superior and excellent ratings  in every event entered.   Congratulations are in order for the following students for their hard work and dedication to the program and their individual talent on their instruments: 

BCS Orchestra Students:

Ashley D.   violin solo   I

Paul F. cello solo   I

Adam B.  violin solo   l   , piano   l

Molly K.  violin solo l

Madeline   B.   violin solo   l

Molly K.   violin   Trio   l

Angela R.   violin Trio   l

Madeline   B.   violin Trio    l

BCS Band Students:

Marc B.   French Horn solo   I  

Katherine H.    Piano   I 

Katherine H./Holly T.   Flute Duet        II

Holly T./Charisse M.   Flute duet   II

These students prepared themselves in a manner to be commended.  They represented Birmingham Public Schools with high honors, and should be extremely proud of their performances!  Congratulations again for your outstanding performances, and your dedication and commitment to your music education.

Congratulations to all, Lynne Gillespie & Marianne Eliassen- Director of Bands and Orchestras- BCS

 

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.

ORANGETHEORY FITNESS TEAM TREVOR FUNDRAISER – May 23 click Trevor Fundraiser

Join Orangetheory Fitness on Saturday May 23rd to help raise money for Trevor and his family. All Classes will be free on that day for members and guests. There will snacks and beverages provided by Unique Caterers & Event Planners. Register by calling 248-712-4548.

 

MEDIA CENTER NEWS

-The last day of book checkout will be Friday, May 22nd.

-All books are due on Tuesday, May 26! 3/4 and 5/6 homerooms with no overdues or fines as of Thursday, May 28, will be treated to a movie party in the Media Center sometime during the last two weeks of school.

-Baldwin Library Summer Reading Visits are as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 4, 8:30 - 9:10 – Davis/Seley/Wallington/Parkin
  • Wednesday, June 4, 9:20 - 10 – Frishman/Butzin/Mali/Harvath

-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

 

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

LAST CHANGE OF THE YEAR! May 18 through Thursday, June 12:

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-NO FLIP FLOPS

 

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 

3/4 SEMESTER 1 ART STUDENTS

The amazing Fish Plaques from art are in the media center. Please make arrangements to pick them up as soon as possible!

 

THE  5/6  TEAM  NEWS 

5/6 REFLECTIONS LUNCHEON

Diana Patterson coordinated and hosted the recent recognition luncheons for Reflections for our students a week ago.  Parent volunteer Mark Peret was on site to take pictures of the 5/6 luncheon on Monday, April 27.  Click here to view the pictures of the 5/6 student participants!

 

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

 

SPRING CONCERT REMINDER FOR 5TH GRADE ORCHESTRA STUDENTS:

Where:  BCS Café

When:  Thursday Evening May 14, 2015

               Call:  Students arrive at 6pm for warm-up and tuning.

               Performance time:  7pm for audience. 

What to Bring:  Instrument and Music, and a goodie for the afterglow (ask your child for the afterglow information sheet to know what to bring.  NO NUTS PLEASE.  (Ask your child for the information sheets given out in class, or refer to your email for more details.)

Dress Code:  Each child should look nice.  Please no tennis shoes, jeans or exercise pants.   Skirts or dress pants for girls (especially girls whom are cellists), nice pants and dress shirts for boys (ties optional).

Get ready for an amazing night of great music and fantastic talent!!

 

THE  7/8  TEAM  NEWS

8TH GRADE CELEBRATION 

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…………

COMMUNITY GARDEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – May 13, after school

Wednesday, May 13, the Birmingham Education Association (BEA) and Seaholm Offers Support (SOS) are sponsoring a community garden project for Birmingham NEXT(formerly BASCC).  This is an outstanding opportunity to give back to a community. If interested, head to NEXT (2121 Midvale) at the culmination of the school day and join the fun.  Students and families are welcome as community service hours are available. 

 

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.

 

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.  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