September 6, 2015

Hello BCS!

 

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 the 3E’s!

 

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.  Additionally, our 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 poster and description)

 

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 team to-date: 

·         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) through December.

·         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 indeed.

 

Traffic update on Covington Road – With the closure, due to construction, on Covington Road from Cranbrook to Quarton, we are 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):

1.      From Berkshire Middle School – 7:55 AM

2.      From Derby Middle School – 7:55 AM

3.      From Greenfield Elementary School – 7:55 AM

4.      From West Maple Elementary School – 7:48 AM

5.      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.

Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures

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 Value the 3E’s celebrating what is right with the world through partnership and collective engagement!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski

@BCS_Cobras

@BCS_Turns_20

 

P.S.  Be sure to stay connected with BCS-related information:

 

Character 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 7-13, 2015

To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us  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 FLYER
  • 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 morning announcements

Sunday, September 13

·         1-5PM PATRIOT FESTIVAL AT BOWER’S FARM CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

 

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

 

BE SURE AND VISIT   http://bcsonline.info 

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POWER SCHOOL- IMPORTANT PARENT INFORMATION:

BPS 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 sbattle@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

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 begins/tardy chime)

·   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

 

TRAFFIC SAFETY REMINDER

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!

Special 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

If 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 stephaniejoy213@gmail.com.

 

POLICY REGARDING 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 be followed:

·   Students must be accompanied by an adult/guardian.  

·   Students must remain under the supervision of that guardian while at the    stadium.

·   Students must remain seated with their parent/guardian in the bleachers.

·   Students must also have their IDs at all times while in attendance at the stadium.

·   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 cooperation.

 

COFFEE WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION SUPERVISOR, PRINCIPAL, & FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS

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 here.

 

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 Jostens website

        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 here.

 

SAVE THE DATE – “PARENT CAMP”

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

Click here for some neat strategies for supporting your child with homework.  These are some good reminders as we start off the new school year.

HEAD LICE INFORMATION

Click 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 at05bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Please sign up for BCS Media Center Volunteers - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

   1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/Fbzvpm

   2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 

   3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: 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:

The 1st 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 KJuriga@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

YEARBOOK STUDENTS NEEDED

Any 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 cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Schedule 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 Minewiser 248-346-1522.

 

 

PE UPDATES

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

For 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 swim/gym.

 

The 3/4 PE SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9:30-10:15

 

 

 

 

Davis/Seley

12:30-1:15

Davis/Seley

Harvath/Mali

Butzin/Frishman

Harvath/Mali

Butzin/Frishman

1:20-2:05

ParWall 4

ParWall 3

 

ParWall 4

ParWall 3

 

 

ATHLETICS UPDATES  -for information away events and maps-visit http://bcsonline.info/athletics.html

 

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.

Coverage Explanation Letter from MHSAA

Letter with Instructions on How to File a Claim

 

6-8 CROSS COUNTRY

·   Tryouts: There are no tryouts for cross country.

·   Practices: 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.

·   Pictures: Tuesday, September 16, 2015 at 7:00AM

·   Parent Meeting: Thursday, 9/10 at 4:10PM in room 101

 

7/8 GIRLS BASKETBALL

·   Tryouts: 9/14-9/17 at 6:45AM

·   Practices: Begin 9/21. Monday-Friday from 6:45-8:00AM unless there is a game scheduled.

·   Pictures: TBD

·   Parent Meeting: Thursday, 9/10 at 3:45PM in room 600A

 

7/8 BOYS SOCCER

·   Tryouts: If necessary.

·   Practices: 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.

·   Pictures: TBD

·   Parent Meeting: Friday, 9/18 at 5:30PM on the Soccer Field (players will have practice before a brief meeting)

 

THE  3/4  TEAM  NEWS 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 – 3/4 WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT for Parents

PTSA Reception at 6:00 p.m. in the main hallwayProgram begins at 6:30 p.m. in your teacher’s classroomAll 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.

 

THE  5/6  TEAM  NEWS 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – 5/6 WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT for Parents

PTSA Reception at 6:00 p.m. in the main hallwayProgram begins at 6:30 p.m. in your teacher’s classroomAll parents will go to the media center at 7:05 pm to hear from Mark Morawski, principal, the Co-Curricular teachers and our PTSA.

 

THE  7/8  TEAM  NEWS

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – 7/8 WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT for Parents

PTSA Reception at 6:00 p.m. in the main hallwayProgram 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. Click 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, please click CONSTITUTION DAY to print the permission slip.  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, Bloomfield Hills MI 48304

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 featured.

For more information: www.patriotweek.org or view event flyers: flyer 1, flyer 2

 

THE LUNG RUN – 5K WALK/RUN - Sunday, 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: http://www.main.acsevents.org/goto/lungrun

 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: thelungrun@yahoo.com

 

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