September 6, 2015
As I eagerly await the first day
of school on Tuesday and finish completing our first WAG
(week-at-a-glance) of the year, I find myself growing increasingly
excited to welcome our students and families back to the 2015-2016
school year! When referring to our dynamic school community, you
may hear me regularly use the word “partner”. Generally
defined, partner is a person who takes
part in an undertaking with another or others. We are indeed
partners in supporting the learning and development, together, for
our students. May I be bold enough to assert that the
“undertaking” of student learning and growth is, without doubt,
the most important of partnerships. Each year I am
energized to partner with our faculty, staff, community and you to
further support our BCS vision, mission, values and beliefs
serving our students with our innovative learning community. Our
collaborative culture at BCS sets us apart from others to be sure,
but, more important, this collaborative partnership supports the
success of each of the students we serve.
A new school year allows us
another opportunity to reconnect to our vision and inspire those
students we serve “to lead in the global community through a
passion for learning, innovating, and inquiry & design.” To that
end, let’s embrace together this year’s theme:
At BCS We Value
Aligned with this theme, we will
continue living into our vision through our focus in the areas of
inquiry-based interdisciplinary learning, leveraging technology
purposefully, and building global competencies.
BCS Interdisciplinary Themes (Cycle 1) for 2015-16 (3/4 Systems; 5/6 Independence; 7/8 Individuality)
will help us connect our daily learning across all disciplines.
Project-based learning is a key strategy to support
interdisciplinary learning and build global competencies by
connecting our learning with partners locally here in metropolitan
Detroit or globally with Project COPE (Chilipula) Zambia or
beyond. These are ways we begin to live into our BCS vision
of creating leadership in a global world through inquiry and
design (project/service-based learning) – a sustained, focused,
long-term relationship with communities near and abroad.
Finally, as the weeks unfold, we
will be regularly referencing and infusing
Our Moral Compass and the 3 E’s (education, environment, and
each other) into the building at all levels. Our students working
together as leaders, learners, and collaborators with a positive
attitude, honesty & integrity, respect & kindness, and
responsibility & accountability is a key foundation of BCS.
This type of work and self-discipline will continue to guide our
students on the path to being global citizens who move forward
with both intention and purpose. (Moral Compass
We are ready
indeed for a great year of learning and our faculty and staff is
just about set. Following are the staffing changes to our
Hanna Brogren will be our long-term guest
teacher for Kim Davis (3/4 teacher) through November 30 and our
building guest teacher beginning in December.
Christa Henkel will be our long-term guest
teacher for Ann Truesdell (media specialist) through October 12.
Tori Howe will be a guest teacher working
daily with Rick Joseph stemming from Rick’s Michigan Teacher of
the Year recognition last year and due to his multitude of
additional out-of-district Teacher of the Year duties.
Laura Jamieson will be a student teacher
working with Elizabeth Cook (5/6 Language Arts/Social Studies)
Lilly Williams is our new Custodial Building
Manager (at BCS from 11:00 AM-7:30 PM) replacing Gloria who, as
you may remember, took a new job last spring.
We are adding
these fantastic people to our dynamic BCS community! Please be
sure to extend your heartfelt BCS welcome to them if you have not
yet had the opportunity. Additionally, with the move of our
Moderately Cognitively Impaired (MoCI) classroom to Berkshire
Middle School to align with the students’ feeder pattern, we wish
well both the students and staff in that program and want them to
know that these members of our BCS team will be greatly missed
Traffic update on Covington Road
– With the closure, due to construction, on Covington Road from
Cranbrook to Quarton,
anticipating heavy traffic congestion around our campus during
arrival and dismissal. You may want to
consider having your child(ren) take buses to and from BCS until
the construction is completed. This will help alleviate the
high volume of traffic during these busy times of the day.
If you will be dropping off or picking up your child…
Please be PATIENT and drive with the utmost caution
We anticipate BOTH drop-off loops being available – the one
accessed from Quarton and the one accessed from Covington.
Covington Road will still be closed south of our school, though
you will be able to access the driveway off Covington by entering
Covington Road from Quarton.
Allow for EXTRA time in the mornings and afternoons as traffic
will be heavy. Be patient and consider dropping off your
child earlier than normal in the mornings. Remember,
students can arrive after 7:30 AM and go to the cafeteria until
8:00 AM. The start of the school day is 8:18 AM. Students arriving
after this time need to stop in the office and they are considered
tardy. Please park in designated areas if you wish to walk in or
extend your morning goodbyes.
The first day, in particular will be particularly busy as
we welcome families to a great new year.
If your child will be taking the bus in the mornings, shuttle bus
departure schedules are as follows (all students must be on time;
these buses cannot wait for late students/parents):
From Berkshire Middle School – 7:55 AM
From Derby Middle School – 7:55 AM
From Greenfield Elementary School – 7:55 AM
From West Maple Elementary School – 7:48 AM
From Midvale Center – 7:58 AM
Below are links to
additional information you will find helpful.
Thank you in advance for taking precautions at these busy
times of day for the safety of our students.
Letter from Durham School Services
Daily Schedule (and more)
Covington Road Construction Update from the
Senior Project Manager
BCS is a great place to be, and
2015-16 will be the best year yet. We look forward to seeing
all our parents and guardians at our Back-to-School Curriculum
Nights on 9/10/15 for 3/5, 9/17/15 for 5/6 and on 9/24/15 for 7/8.
These events begin at 6:00 PM with a PTSA reception in the
main hallway outside the media center. Let’s make it a year were
we all continue to
3E’s celebrating what is right with the world
through partnership and collective engagement!
sure to stay connected with BCS-related information:
Connections Word of the week: KINDNESS
Kindness begets kindness.
– Greek Proverb
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore
that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow
creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I
shall not pass this way again. – William Penn
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are
truly endless. – Mother Teresa
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of September
To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email
email@example.com by WEDNESDAY 5PM
Monday, September 7
LABOR DAY – ENJOY THE LAST DAY OF SUMMER!
Tuesday, September 8
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – BEGINS AT 8:18AM
3:20-4:10 CHOICE HOUR –
FIRST 6-8 CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE, MUST HAVE ORANGE SLIPS
Wednesday, September 9
Thursday, September 10
9AM FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS IN STAFF DEVELOPMENT - CLICK
HERE FOR THE
9:15AM 5/6 ROOM PARENT MEETING IN MEDIA CENTER
6-8PM 3/4 CURRICULUM NIGHT STARTING IN MAIN HALLWAY
3:45PM GIRLS BASKETBALL
PARENT MEETING IN ROOM 600A
4:10 PM CROSS
COUNTRY PARENT MEETING IN ROOM 101
Friday, September 11
PATRIOT DAY – moment of recognition during
Sunday, September 13
1-5PM PATRIOT FESTIVAL AT BOWER’S FARM CLICK
ALL BCS NEWS
Food Service-click -WEEKLY MENU
- for updates click
BE SURE AND VISIT
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POWER SCHOOL- IMPORTANT PARENT INFORMATION:
provides the PowerSchool Web Portal for parents of students
at BCS in grades 5-8 to access their child’s schedule,
grades, and attendance via the Internet. You will be
receiving a letter in the mail if you are the parent for 5th
grade, new to BCS for 6th grade or new to our District
at grade 7/8. This letter will be sent out in the mail
shortly, and it will provide you with information to create an
account for yourself, and add your child(ren) to your account.
Only Middle School (5-8 at BCS) and High School parents have
access to their students’ grades with PowerSchool. If
you already have a PowerSchool account, it is sign in as usual.
If you have forgotten your Password or Username please click
“Having trouble signing In?” on the Parent Sign In page. Any
other questions or concerns may be addressed to Sally Battle at
(248) 203-4515 or
VISITOR NOTIFICATION SYSTEM (VNS)
This is a reminder that with our VNS the main access doors to the
building will not open until 7:30 a.m. Only students
with pre-organized before school activities (i.e. cross
country practice) should be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. If you
have a school-related group or event that requires access to BCS
before 7:30 a.m., please prearrange this by calling the BCS
office. Also, if you're entering the building using the VNS
just before another person, wait for the other person to
"check-in" at the same time. This will help avoid you holding the
door open for that person which is respectful, though not
necessarily safe, and does break protocol. Additionally, our
parent volunteers at the desk in our front office are there to
greet you once you enter the school, so please appreciate their
efforts by thanking them for the support they provide.
Thank you in advance for your continued support in helping
navigate the critical balance of both a safe school AND a
welcoming one! Following are the VNS activation times:
Before 7:30 AM – Doors Locked (VNS activated)
7:30 AM – VNS deactivated for student arrival (breakfast begins at 7:40
AM in the cafeteria)
8:25 AM – Doors Locked (VNS activated for school day – 8:18 AM school
3:05 PM – VNS deactivated for student pick up prior to Choice Hour
3:30 PM – VNS activated for Choice Hour
4:05 PM – VNS deactivated for student pick up at end of day
Please be sure to practice safety precautions during the busy
times of student arrival and dismissal at BCS. We do
understand that we all are often busy and in a hurry, but
PLEASE, for the safety of our children,
slow down, be safe, and cautious of the traffic and children
around you. We truly do appreciate each of you following
basic traffic safety guidelines as well as following the arrival
and dismissal procedure in place at school for the safety of our
students and your children. Click
here for complete
arrival and dismissal procedures. Thank you!
construction note…With the construction occurring on Covington Road, please consider
having your child(ren) take the bus to and from school until
construction is completed. This will help with congestion
and traffic flow around BCS during these busy times. If you
will be dropping off in the morning, allow for extra time and,
whether dropping off or picking up, please be PATIENT and KIND in
and around our campus.
THE FIRST DELAYED START DAY IS WEDNESDAY, 9/30/15
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 click
delayed start to print a
registration form. Registration is $5/child. Registration forms
are due by Friday, 9/25/15.
2015-2016 BCS STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
your child would like to be a student ambassador for the 2015-2016
school year, please click
here for the application. Forms are due Friday, October 9.
GO BCS Cobra Crafters!
Once again, the award winning BCS Lego Robotics Cobra Crafters are
gearing up for another season of First Lego League. This an
opportunity for parents to get involved, as our students delve
into the world of design and engineering. Our students will
learn skills of being a project manager. No experience
necessary. Please join us this Friday, 9/11/15, directly
following choice hour until 6pm *with a parent, if possible, to
discover what you can bring to the competitions! There is a whole
lot of fun to be had for ALL students, levels, strengths, and
disabilities. This year the theme is "RECYCLING". For more
information or if you cannot attend Friday, but are still
interested, contact Coach Stephanie Co at 248.416.7447 or
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ATTENDING HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES
For the safety and enjoyment of all spectators, the following
guidelines for all BPS middle school students (grades 6/7/8) in
attendance at Groves or Seaholm home varsity football games must
Students must be accompanied by an adult/guardian.
Students must remain under the supervision of that guardian while at
Students must remain seated with their parent/guardian in the
Students must also have their IDs at all times while in attendance at
Standing, loitering or horseplay under and/or around the bleachers or
any other area is prohibited.
Again, our goal is to make sure that that we create a safe
environment for all students and families. The Groves and
Seaholm administration thank you very much for your support and
COFFEE WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION SUPERVISOR, PRINCIPAL, & FRIENDS OF
September, 23 11AM - You are cordially invited to come meet
with your child’s Special Education Supervisor and Principal.
Join us for coffee, meet with other parents who have
students receiving special education services in our building and
ask questions. This
will be a great opportunity for us all to network within our
building community. View the invitation
YEARBOOK NEWS – ORDER ONE TODAY!
BCS Publications is proud to kick off the sale of the
2014-2015 Birmingham Covington Yearbook. Pre-ordering is the only
way to ensure that your student will receive a yearbook.
Ways to Order:
2015-16 Yearbook Flyer – Early Bird offer ends 9/25
You can go online to the
Purchase at school in June (if copies are available)
Yearbook Ads will now be designed and sold online!
Create and purchase an add by following the instructions
SAVE THE DATE –
Saturday, September 26, 7:30AM-12:00PM at the BPS Education and
Administration Building. More details to come!
TIPS FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH HOMEWORK
here for some neat
strategies for supporting your child with homework. These
are some good reminders as we start off the new school year.
here for the district
head lice letter for families.
MEDIA CENTER NEWS
Welcome back to the 2015-16 school
year! The BCS Media Center is looking for parent volunteers. If
you’re interested in helping us out, please sign up using the
directions below. If you have any questions, please email Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org
up for BCS Media Center Volunteers - here's how it works in 3 easy
this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/Fbzvpm
your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account
up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an
automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If
you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I
can sign you up manually.
CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION:
Quarter Choice Hour program is in place for the first day of
school. There are still a number of students who have not
submitted Choice Hour Selection Sheets. The Choice Hour Change
forms will be available on Friday 9/11 at 4PM. These forms will be
due by Thursday 9/17 at 4PM. There will not be any changes to any
Choice Hour schedules until then. Choice Hour student selections
are posted on the Choice Hour board in the main hallway and in
each homeroom. Questions regarding the Choice Hour program should
be directed to Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or
LStone@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Questions regarding Choice Hour schedules should be directed to
Kathy Juriga at 248-203-4426 or
7/8 Students interest in joining yearbook should indicate this by
submitting a choice hour change form. The Yearbook choice hour
runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students can enroll in ONE OR BOTH
days. Yearbook is great for students who are interested in helping
to make sure BCS memories are forever in print! Questions about
Yearbook can be directed to Yearbook Advisor Courtney Bassett at
changes should follow the above procedures.
INTERESTED IN CUB SCOUTS?
Cub Scout Pack 1032 of the Birmingham First United Methodist Church
invites all 3rd - 5th graders to join our pack. Don't miss out on
fall camping! Come to our Join Scouting Night Monday, September
14, 7-7:30 PM at FUMC, 1589 W. Maple Rd. Birmingham. First meeting
will be Wednesday, September 16, 7-8:30. For more info call or
text Katie Miller 248-200-9055, Kim Bowyer 586-321-8342, or Jim
1st QUARTER – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 –
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and
ParWall 3 will be in the GYM.
Be sure that your child wears gym shoes-NO FLIP FLOPS
Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and
ParWall 4 will SWIM.
Remember to bring a bag for suits, goggles and towels
the first day each class sees us, all classes will be in the gym.
For each class’s 2nd day with us, we will split into
The 3/4 PE
SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:
ATHLETICS UPDATES -for information away events
6 - 8 Grade Athletics Update
In an effort to ensure that student-athletes receive the appropriate
professional attention for head injuries, the Michigan High School
Athletic Association (MHSAA), will begin to provide student
athletes with additional insurance that is intended to pay
accident medical benefits resulting from a suspected concussion
when participating in MHSAA covered activities. Please see
the following links/documents for more details.
Explanation Letter from MHSAA
Instructions on How to File a Claim
Tryouts: There are no tryouts for cross
Start 9/8 (during Choice Hour).
Practices will be help 7-8AM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and
every other Friday, and Tuesday during Choice Hour. Tuesday
practice will not be held if there is a meet.
Tuesday, September 16, 2015 at 7:00AM
Parent Meeting: Thursday, 9/10 at 4:10PM in room 101
7/8 GIRLS BASKETBALL
Begin 9/21. Monday-Friday from 6:45-8:00AM unless there is a game
Thursday, 9/10 at
3:45PM in room 600A
7/8 BOYS SOCCER
Monday & Wednesday from 3:25-5:30PM (Choice Hour replaced by
soccer practice). Tuesday, Thursday
and Friday 4:15-6:10PM (attend regular choice hour).
Practices are held on every non-game day.
Friday, 9/18 at 5:30PM on the Soccer Field (players will have
practice before a brief meeting)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 – 3/4 WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT for Parents
Reception at 6:00 p.m. in the main hallway
Program begins at 6:30 p.m. in your teacher’s classroom
All parents will
go to the media center at 7:05 p.m. to hear from principal Mark
Morawski, the Co-Curricular teachers and our PTSA.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – 5/6 WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT for Parents
Reception at 6:00 p.m. in the main hallway
Program begins at 6:30 p.m. in your teacher’s classroom
All parents will
go to the media center at 7:05 pm to hear from Mark Morawski,
principal, the Co-Curricular teachers and our PTSA.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – 7/8 WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT for Parents
Reception at 6:00 p.m. in the main hallway
Program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the media center to hear from principal
Mark Morawski, the Co-Curricular teachers and our PTSA.
Then, all parents
will go to their child’s academic lab teacher’s classroom at 7:00
p.m. and follow their child’s schedule from “hour to hour” hearing
from each of his/her teachers.
here for more information.
PHILADELPHIA AND NYC PARENT/STUDENT INFORMATION MEETING, 9/16/15
If your child is attending the7/8 Philadelphia and NYC trip in October,
please plan on attending the information meeting on Thursday,
September 16, 6:30pm in the BCS Media Center.
7/8 CONSTITUTION DAY PROGRAM AT THE OAKLAND COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT,
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
Parents/Guardians of 7th and 8th grade students,
to print the
Completed permission slips should be turned into your child’s
Social Studies teacher by Tuesday, 9/15/15.
7:45 AM –
Students Arrive at BCS
8:00 AM – Busses
Leave for Court House
12:30 PM – Busses
Return to BCS
COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………
6TH ANNUAL PATRIOT FESTIVAL – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1-5PM
Bowers School Farm, 1219 E Square Lake Rd,
The Patriot Festival is a patriotic event that celebrates the American
spirit! Featuring hayrides, farm animals and activities, and other
fun activities, the Patriot Festival will include speeches and
presentations from many dignitaries, schools, students,
and others. Patriotic music and food for purchase will also be
For more information:
www.patriotweek.org or view event flyers:
THE LUNG RUN –
5K WALK/RUN -
Septmber 19th at 10AM at Seaholm High School
Created by Seaholm Students, “The Lung Run” It will benefit lung
cancer research through the American Cancer Society. All proceeds
will go directly to the American Cancer Society. Students are
looking for people to sign up, participate, or donate. To sign
up/donate visit our website:
There will be registration on September 16th during Seaholm
curriculum night and pre registration packet pick up on September
17th in front of the Seaholm pool doors.
Directions for signing up:
1. Click the link above to visit our website
2. Click the "join my team" button on the top left of the page to
sign up for the race
3. Create an American Cancer Society Account (Only one runner can
sign up with one email)
4. Fill out all information
5. Get ready to run!
Questions or concerns:
District and Event News,
Athletics Community Sports Groups Information
review the District’s Non-Discrimination policy, click