September 13, 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 some pictures from our first week.  We were thrilled this week to see our 3/4 parents and guardians at Curriculum Night last Thursday, and we look forward to seeing our 5/6 parents at this Thursday’s Curriculum Night (9/17/14) with the following agenda:

·         6:00 PM – PTSA Reception, information and spirit wear for purchase in the main hallway.  Come mingle with your new 5/6 community.

·         6:30 PM – Parents/guardians will go to their child’s teaching team’s classrooms for the teachers’ presentations.

·         7:05-8:00 PM – All parents will go to the media center to meet with the principals, the math teachers, the Co-Curricular teachers and our PTSA co-chairs.

 

Also, we wanted to remind you that Picture Day is this Wednesday, September 16.  Kaiser Studio photography will be at BCS to take our pictures and you can Preorder online with code 07COVINGTON.  Say cheese!

 

Lastly, I hope to see you at ParentCamp!  Save the date – Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to Noon at the Birmingham Education and Administration Center, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills, MI 48025.  See further details and the link to free registration later in this issue of the WAG.

 

BCS is a great place to be!  We’re looking forward to our second great week of learning together at BCS!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski #BCSLearns

@BCS_Cobras

@BCS_Turns_20

 

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

 

Character Connections Word of the week: KINDNESS

·         “We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.” – Charlie Chaplin

·         “Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.” – Kevin Heath

·         “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” – Jean Jacques Rousseau

 

Traffic update on Covington RoadThank you for your continued kindess, respect and patience during arrival and dismissal.  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

·         BOTH drop-off loops are 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 (do not park in the back bus loop).

·         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 – 7:48 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

 

COUNSELOR’S CORNER

Here are some tips to help your child with the transition to BCS if they are new:

  • Have your child name positive things first before focusing on negative ones.
  • Talk with your child about the transition.  Normalize their feelings and concerns.  Then, make a plan to help with the concerns.
  • Role-play making friends.  Make sure you always include a negative reaction so your child knows what to do if someone has one.
  • Some students need scripts as they are making new friends.  Help them with the words.

·         Invite students from class/team over to your house or meet students at an event to spend time together outside of school.

·         Our schedule at BCS is very full.  We often hear students fatigue easily at home in the evening.  For a little while, you may need to have your child go to bed a little earlier.

·         Have your child keep a journal of his/her feelings both positive and negative.

·         Some students may grieve the losses from their former school as so many things are new this year.  Students think they will never see people at their school again.

o   They could see last year’s teacher in the hallway at their former school.  At an appropriate time, stop and visit the teacher.

o   Have play dates with students at BCS who came from your other school along with friends from the former school.

o   Keep Cub Scout or Girl Scout troops from former school.

o   See your friends from former school on athletic teams.

·         Be a parent volunteer to help your child be more comfortable knowing you are nearby.

·         Please remember your child takes his/her cues from your reactions to situations.  You are your child’s stability!  Avoid over-react to your child’s emotions.  They may not remember what it was like when they began kindergarten and were a bit nervous or anxious in their new school.  This is so foreign to them.  They need support and knowing they are OK and will continue to be OK.

·         Help your child to name the safe people they know at BCS if they need anything.

·         We have a team of people ready to help support you and your child (teachers, counselors, administrators, etc.).

·         Know Karen Sivwright and Tamra Nast, our BCS Counselors are available to help in any way if your child needs anything.

For more information and to contact us, check out our Counseling page at BCSonline.

 

Two weeks until BBParentCamp 2015!

Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to Noon at the Birmingham Education and Administration Center, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills, MI 48025. Free registration at: http://tiny.cc/4q8r2x. ParentCamp is…

  • An opportunity for parents, teachers and administrators to engage in dialogue regarding what is best for our children.
  • A face-to-face, relationship building, networking opportunity designed on the premise that “We’re all in this together.”
  • Breakout sessions with facilitators sitting with the group to lead the topic dialogue, with the focus on harnessing the expertise and experience in the room.
  • Conversations, driven by audience participation, that  are authentic and real, where every voice is heard.

Stay tuned as we will release an expanded list of presenters…

Click here for more info on ParentCamp.

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of September 14-20, 2015

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

Monday, September 14

·         6:45AM 7/8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         7-8AM CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE

·         3:25-5:30PM 7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE (CHOICE HOUR REPLACED BY PRACTICE)

Tuesday, September 15

·         7/8 Constitution Day Permission Slips Due CONSTITUTION DAY

·         6:45AM GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         3:20-4:10PM CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE (CHOICE HOUR REPLACED BY PRACTICE)

·         4:15-5:30PM 7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE (ATTEND REGULAR CHOICE HOUR)

Wednesday, September 16

·         FALL PICTURE DAY – Kaiser Studio photography (Picture Day: Wednesday 9/16/2015) (Preorder online with code 07COVINGTON)

·         6:45AM GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         7-8AM CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE

·         3:25-5:30PM 7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE (CHOICE HOUR REPLACED BY PRACTICE)

·         6:30PM Philly/NYC Informational Parent Meeting in Media Center

Thursday, September 17 CONSTITUTION DAY

·         6:45AM GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         7-8AM CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE

·         4:15-5:30PM 7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE (ATTEND REGULAR CHOICE HOUR)

  • 6-8PM 5/6 Curriculum Night (starting in main hallway)

Friday, September 18

·         7-8AM CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE

·         3/4 Room Parent Meeting in Media Center

·         7/8 Constitution Day Program

·         4:15-5:30PM 7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE (ATTEND REGULAR CHOICE HOUR)

·         5:30PM BOYS SOCCER PARENT MEETING ON THE SOCCER FIELD (PLAYERS WILL HAVE PRACTICE BEFORE A BRIEF MEETING)

Saturday, September 19

Sunday, September 20

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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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

 

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.

 

COMMUNICATION

The District encourages open communication with our families, community, staff and students. On the district website you will find two communication tools that may be of use to you in the 2015-16 school year. As always, we continue to welcome email, phone and in-person communication with you, but we hope these programs provide additional convenience.

 

LET’S TALK

Between work commitments and family priorities, we know how busy life gets. BPS now offers Let’s Talk!, an always-available outlet for opinions, comments and questions.

Available from any computer or mobile device, Let’s Talk! is a simple way for the District and our school to continually monitor the pulse of the community and address the issues that matter most.  Click the Let’s Talk! button on the district website, www.birmingham.k12.mi.us, or go directly to: http://tinyurl.com/LetsTalkBPS. There are categories for each school as well as district-level departments for you to select from. Submissions are automatically routed to the appropriate staff member for follow up. Participate anonymously or include contact information to receive a personal response.

 

OK2SAY

Linked on the District website you’ll find OK2SAY, a program designed to empower Michigan students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs and law enforcement to share and respond to student safety threats. The goal of OK2SAY is to stop harmful behavior before it occurs by encouraging students to report threatening behavior to caring adult authorities who can help. Featuring a comprehensive communication system that facilitates tip submissions through telephone, text, website, email and multimedia technologies, OK2SAY enables Michigan residents to confidentially report student safety threats to trained program operators, who forward tips on to local law enforcement agencies, school officials, or community mental health service programs for a timely response.  You can find OK2Say on the district website or by clicking here: http://www.michigan.gov/ok2say

 

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.

 

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

The date has been changed from September 23 11AM.  The new date is Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 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.

 

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.

 

OAKLAND COUNTY HEALTH DIVISION IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION

Click here for a letter from Oakland County regarding immunization policies and information.

 

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 well under way.  Choice Hour student selections are posted on the Choice Hour board in the main hallway and in each homeroom.   The Choice Hour change form is available in the office and online – classes with openings are listed on the form.  Most classes are full – options are very limited.  Change forms are due back to the office no later than 4:00 PM Thursday September 17.  Change requests will not be accepted via email or over the phone. The change and refund deadline for QI Choice Hour is Thursday September 17th!  All approved QI Choice Hour changes will go into effect on Monday September 21st.  

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 scheduling 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.

 

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.

 

7/8 GIRLS BASKETBALL

·   Practices: Begin 9/14 Monday-Friday from 6:45-8:00AM unless there is a game scheduled.

·   Pictures: TBD

·   Parent Meeting: TBD

 

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 

3/4 ROOM PARENT MEETING

Friday, September 18 at 9:30AM in the Media Center

 

THE  5/6  TEAM  NEWS 

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

PTSA 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.

 

THE  7/8  TEAM  NEWS

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

PTSA 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. 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…………          

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

 

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.

 

GROVES MARCHING BAND INVITATIONAL – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 6PM

This event is a time-honored tradition and one you will not want to miss!  Perfect for the whole family and kids under 10 enter for free! Come see seven highly acclaimed local high school marching bands take the field and perform their Half Time shows: Berkley, Walled Lake Northern and Walled Lake Western, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Seaholm and Groves. There will be dinner and snack selections at the Groves concession stand, and a 50/50 as well. It is the perfect way to spend a late September evening during football season. Grab a cup of hot chocolate, see friends, support some great local musical traditions, and see your favorite band perform! Click here for the flyer.

 

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