May 17, 2015
It was another great week at BCS! Smiles, energy and a passion to learn continued. Many announcements follow, so thank you in advance for reading.
Congratulations once again to BCS’s own Rick Joseph who was selected as Michigan’s Teacher of the Year! Check out the press release and the article from the Detroit Free Press. 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.
Congratulations to BCS Volunteer of the Year, Alicia Acey! Alicia has done an outstanding job of coordinating BCS Spirit Wear, bringing our sales to a whole new level. She also has actively involved herself in the coordination of a number of other activities including acting as 3/4 Room Parent Co-Chair, organizing 3/4 Coney Bingo, coordinating the volunteers at the Blast, establishing a sales choice hour, and the list could go on! If something needs to be done, Alicia is always willing to take it on and do so with a positive attitude! Congratulations, Alicia – well deserved!
Save the date: Tuesday, June 2 at 3:30 PM – Join us in the BCS media center for a memorial dedication and “ground breaking” of the “Fitz Hive” (reading corner being dedicated in honor of Karen Fitzgerald)! Students attending Choice Hour on this day will have the option to attend the memorial as well. If you or your child has a book that is special to you (just too good that you have to share) in honor of Karen Fitzgerald, bring the book to the memorial to donate to the future "Fitz Hive" (reading corner). We'll continue to collect books for the Fitz Hive after the memorial and into next school year. Please write a message inside the front cover about why this book is so meaningful to you that you have to share to OR how it connects to your memory of Mrs. Fitz.
- This book reminds me of Mrs. Fitz...
- I am inspired me to share it because....
If you think this may be an emotional experience for your child, please feel free to join him/her at the memorial to support them afterward. Following are the details of the ceremony:
- 3:30 PM - Program begins in the media center
- Welcome from Mark Morawski, 5min
- A Narrative of Mrs. Fitz read by Rick Joseph and students
- Share the memorial, concepts and books
- 4:10 PM - Students dismissed end of day/refreshments with family
- 4:30 PM – End
Hope you can join us on June 2!
As you know, our amazing art teacher, Jerry Melton has decided to retire after over 45 years of teaching. As Jerry enters this next phase of his life, we regret that we will not be able to host an open house with him as his main goal currently is to focus on his health. However, as shared previously, Jerry is regularly checking the Facebook page created for him by his family, so please be sure to post any recognition and/or appreciation that you and/or your child would like. Feel free to also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a card to Jerry, care of BCS, and we’ll be sure to get your cards to him. You can click on the following link to access the Facebook page and post your appreciation as often as you’d like!
Mr. Melton’s Art Appreciation Facebook page
Birmingham Public Schools new show, called ShowCase 2015, highlights our 3/4 salmon service learning project through this 8-minute video. Check it out the Harvath/Mali/Davis/Seley students complete a successful salmon release! Check out the news coverage from C& G newspapers by clicking here.
This week is an exciting week! 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.
BCS has received another 2014-2015 BEF Grant…We just learned this week that The Birmingham Education Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded the Garden Club from the Cook/Lowery team a $650 grant for their Garden Project. Thank you BEF for supporting our service learning at BCS!
Looking forward to another great week of learning at BCS!
Wishing you well,
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.
- “I find that when you open the door toward openness and transparency, a lot of people will follow you through.” – Kirsten Gillibrand
- “I always say be humble but be firm. Humility and openness are the key to success without compromising your beliefs.” – George Hickenlooper
- “There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness.” – Frank Ocean
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 (continues for grades 3 & 6)
Grade 3 testing schedule has been moved up one week. Click here for the revised schedule.
The State of Michigan’s new assessment program, M-Step testing windows began on April 14. Also, below is some helpful information and details re: the assessment.
- State Testing calendar and BCS Testing Schedule (3/4 and 5/6 only one of the 2 teacher teams 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.
- 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
- A mouse and headphones will be provided for each computer. Students may use their own headphones if they’d prefer.
Birmingham African American Family Network Meeting
Monday, May 19 from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Groves Staff Planning Room. Click here for the flyer!
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of May 18-24, 2015
BCS would like to congratulate Meli Zikakis on her new job at Community Ed! We wish her the best! Courtney Bassett will the editor of the WAG
To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email email@example.com by WEDNESDAY 5PM
BLUE WEEK TO SUPPORT TREVOR SULLIVAN See BPS eNEWS here for more info.
Monday, May 18
- 3:30-5PM-7/8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK APARTMENT COURTS
- 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER GAME AWAY @ DCD MS
- 4:10-5:00PM-STRIDES for Boys LAST PRACTICE, NOTICE EARLY END TIME
- 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run
- 4:30PM 6-8 CO-ED TRACK MEET AWAY @ GROVES vs. BERKSHIRE MS
Tuesday, May 19
- 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
- 8AM-BAGEL SALE–get yours for $1, including cream cheese
- NO PM SOCCER PRACTICE – VIDEO DURING LUNCH
- 4PM-7/8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH vs. BERKSHIRE @ BIRMINGHAM COUNTRY CLUB
- 4:30-6:30PM DISTRICT STUDENT ART SHOW @ BPS EDUCATION & ADMIN BUILDING (GROVES)
- TEAM TREVOR FUNDRAISER AT KALAMATA GRILL. Click here.
Wednesday, May 20
- 3:30-5PM-7/8 BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-SOMERSET PARK APARTMENT COURTS
- 4PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER GAME vs. BERKSHIRE MS @ HOME
- 4:10-5:20PM-Girls on the Run
- 4:30PM 6-8 CO-ED TRACK MEET @ HOME (GROVES) vs. WEST HILLS MS
- 4:30-5:30PM CHOICE HOUR MEETING NEW FAMILIES IN THE MEDIA CENTER
Thursday, May 21
- 6:45-8AM-6-8 CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
- 4PM-7/8 BOYS TENNIS MATCH vs. ANDERSON MS @SOMERSET PARK APARTMENTS COURTS
- 4:15-6:15PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE
Friday, May 22
- 4:15-6:15PM-7/8 GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE
Saturday, May 23
- 9-11AM-Saturday School at Berkshire-Come get your learning on!
- ORANGETHEORY FITNESS TEAM TREVOR FUNDRAISER – Free Classes for members and guests
ALL BCS NEWS
Chartwells- BPS Food Service-click -WEEKLY MENU - for updates click NEWSLETTER or BREAKFAST MESSAGE
CONGRATS TO MICHIGAN TEACHER OF THE YEAR RICK JOSEPH
BCS is proud to congratulate our very own Rick Joseph who was named 2015-16 Michigan Teacher of the Year. Rick is very well deserving of this distinction and represents one of so many excellent teachers in our district. Rick is the first teacher named State Teacher of the Year from our district. We are very proud! For the official press release, click here.
KUDOS TO BCS FORENSICS TEAM
The BCS Forensics Team traveled to Mackinac Island to compete in a Spring State Tournament. Megan C was named Tournament Champion in Imaginary Sales. She took perfect scores in her final round against all high school students, making her the tournament’s youngest winner. BCS Semi-finalists included Kate A, Charisse M, Dominic M, Carson P, and Abby N in Mini Multiple and Vivian Y in Triathlon.
BPS STUDENT ART SHOW – COME SUPPORT BCS STUDENTS – Tuesday, May 19 4:30-6:30PM
BPS Education & Admin Building – 3101 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills
BCS Student Art will be on display. BCS Participants are Sophie D, Reagan M, Lexy S, Katie K, Rea S, Isabella R, Allie A, Kennedy S. For more information, click here.
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.
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.
FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS JUNE MEETING – JUNE 4, 7PM @ BCS
Have input on speakers, programming, events, projects, and goals for the 2015-16 school year! Every voice brings added perspective and benefit for different learners. All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone! For more information contact Denise Moore firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-990-8282 or go to our web site www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org or click here.
YEARBOOK NEWS – PREORDERS ARE NOW COMPLETE
Yearbook preorders are now complete. No further orders or reservations will be taken. An extremely limited number may be available to purchase on Monday, June 8th beginning at 8:00AM in front of the Media Center. Price is $45.
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 email@example.com
CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION:
1st Quarter 2015-2016 Choice Hour selection sheets will be going home the week of May 18th. Choice Hour selections are due no later than Friday May 29th at 4:00PM. We know how difficult it is to plan for September so far in advance, give it your best shot! You can view the choice hour class offerings at www.bcsonline.info!!
Also, please include proper payment with your Choice Hour selections if you are signing your child up for a 4th and 5th day of Choice Hour. No payment means no placement.
Important information regarding 1st quarter:
- Students interested in applying for the 2015-2016 6-8 Science Olympiad team need to have their applications to Mrs. Brown no later than Friday May 29th. Parent letter and application are included with the selection sheet and posted online!
- Students interested in applying for the 2015-2016 6-8 Robotics Team (Beta Autonomous Design Team) need to have their applications to Mr. Whitmer no later than Friday May 29th. Parent letter and application are included with the selection sheet and posted online!
- 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students interested in applying for the 2015-2016 Destination Imagination team need to have their applications to the office no later than Friday May 27th. Parent letter and application are included with the selection sheet and posted online! If you are interested in helping coach this team please contact Brenna Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Course Offerings:
- Our Robotics program is expanding to include grades 3-8: BCS is tweaking its robotics team for 2015-2016. We are looking for a variety of team members: designers, makers, coders, artists, crafters, photographers, leaders, problem-finders, problem-solvers, mathematicians, etc. ALL are needed for a successful team. The team will be selected to create a diverse group in terms of abilities/interests, ages, gender, experience, etc. The team will meet twice a week during choice hour with optional extra meetings off and on throughout the year. 6th, 7th and 8th graders can apply for a spot on the BCS Robotics Team (Beta Autonomous Design Team) coached by Mr. Whitmer. This class will be held on Monday/Wednesday and students are expected to attend both days. We will be adding a third beginning QII. This class is a year-long commitment. 4th and 5th graders can enroll in WeDO Lego Robotics with Mr. Brown – this is a Tuesday/Thursday class offered QI. QII offering will be WeDo Lego/Scratch, QIII offering will be NXT and QIV will be Robotics Independent Study. All classes will be lottery based with no waiting lists since each class will only be offered one quarter. 3rd, 4th and 5th graders can enroll in Scratch offered by Mrs. Heckman on Wednesday.
- We are expanding our Destination Imagination team to include 4th and 5th graders.
- Additional offerings: 3-5 Toontastic, 3-4 K’NEX, 3-4 iMatter for Kids, 3-8 Beginning Cursive, 3-5 Zen Tangle, 3-5 Sizzling Art Science, 6-8 School Enterprise 101, 5-8 iMovie, 6-8 Intro to Philosophy, 6-8 Stress Ed (Mindfulness), 5-8 iPhoto, and 7-8 Kids Can Cook.
Choice Hour reminders – please call 248-203-4625 or send in a note if your child is going to be absent from Choice Hour for any reason! Students that do not have Choice Hour on any given day need to be picked up by 3:20 PM. Students that do not have a Choice Hour class and are not picked up by 3:30 PM will be charged a $5.00 fee.
Thank you for always supporting the Choice Hour program!
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
PE UPDATES -4th QUARTER - 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.
LAST WEEK FOR STRIDE
The last STRIDE practice is on Monday, May 18th. It will be ending at 5:00PM.
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
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
A LETTER FROM MRS. ELIASSEN TO 5TH GRADE BAND PARENTS
Get the cameras ready. Your child will be featured in a song performed only by his/her section.
Sharing our music with our families in Concert form, is the most exciting event for musicians. The 5th Grade Band invites you and your extended families to their Spring Concert Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
Here are some need to know items:
Families whose last name begins with A through R, please consider bringing a finger dessert or fruit (in a disposable container) to the concert for our Afterglow. Please, no items that need to be cut.
Families whose last name begins with S through Z, please bring individual ice tea, pop, juice boxes or 8 oz. water bottles to the concert for our Afterglow. No liter containers please, as we are going to try to get by without pouring plastic cups.
Please drop them off on the reception tables in the cafeteria on your way into the Gym. We need volunteers to set/organize the food on the tables as they are being dropped off. We need volunteers to help clean the food area at the end of the evening. VOLUNTEERS, PLEASE EMAIL ME. THANK YOU
Black or Dark slacks or skirt
Black or Dark socks and shoes (no tennis shoes please)
White dress shirt or polo
Call time All performers should report to the band room.
Wind players 6:45
BARITONE AND FRENCH HORN PLAYERS SHOULD BRING THE SCHOOL OWNED INSTRUMENT FROM HOME. LEAVE IT IN THE BAND ROOM FOLLOWING THE PERFORMANCE (end of the year inventory must be done before I can redistribute the instruments for the summer….) EVERY INDIVDUAL COUNTS…. SO PRACTICE YOUR HEART OUT IF YOU HAVNEN’T ALREADY. See you on the 27th, Ms. E
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 email@example.com.
COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………
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