October 18, 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 the week.  We look forward to seeing you this Thursday night for the annual BCS Ice Cream Social from 6:30-8:00 PM in our cafeteria.  Be sure to come on by and enjoy each other and some ice cream!

 

We would like to thank the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF) and its Board of Trustees who have awarded our BCS 3/4 teachers (Butzin/Frishman/Parkin/Wallington) $627.50 to support their innovative “Farm on Wheels” service learning project that they will be implementing this school year.

 

Finally, with that bittersweet feeling, I would like to share news regarding two of our dynamic BCS teachers…

 

First, it is with sadness, but excitement for her, that we would like to let you know that Angela Geisler (BCS Spanish teacher and coach) has accepted a new position in the Birmingham Public Schools as facilitator in elementary school counseling serving four of our elementary schools.  Angela will transition to her new role as soon as we can complete our search process for a Spanish teacher to fill Angela’s big shoes.  We indeed will miss Angela dearly and we thank her for her 11 years of outstanding service to our BCS community.  We wish her well in her new role as an educator.  Please join me in congratulating Angela on this new and exciting opportunity.  The search process for a new BCS Spanish teacher will begin immediately and we will keep you updated on the process. Please be sure to read Angela’s heartfelt farewell letter later in this WAG.

 

Also, with similar bittersweet emotion, we announce the retirement of Judy Share (7/8 LA teacher) after nearly 13 years of extraordinary service to the BCS community.  Though her last day at BCS is a few months away, we wanted to let you know that her last day will be Friday, December 17.  You may know that Judy came to BCS after a first career as an attorney and after returning to school to get her teaching certificate in 2000.  She completed her student teaching in 2002 at Groves High School.  When she finished at Groves, BCS’s first principal, Dale Truding, asked Judy if she wanted to work as a long term guest teacher for Mary Cruz at BCS when Mary was on maternity leave with her youngest child who is now almost 13 years old.  Following that Judy was offered a permanent 7/8 Language Arts position as Mary’s teaching partner at BCS and has taught 7/8 LA here ever since.  Judy has raised her two children in the Birmingham Public Schools, who went through elementary, middle and high school in our school district.  BPS and BCS is in her heart and always will be!   We will begin the search process for a long-term guest teacher who will transition with Judy in December and finish the year with us upon Judy’s retirement on December 17.  We will keep you posted on that teacher selection process.  Please join me in congratulating Judy Share on her retirement!

 

We hope to see you Thursday from 6:30-8:00 PM for our BCS Ice Cream Social!

 

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

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski #BCSLearns

@BCS_Cobras

@BCS_Turns_20

 

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Character Connections Word of the week: COLLABORATION/TEAMWORK

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

·         "None of us is as smart as all of us." – Ken Blanchard

·         "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

·         "Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." – Vince Lombardi

 

A FAREWELL FROM ANGELA GEISLER

Dear BCS Families:

As I sit in glory of acceptance of my new journey in life, I also sit in sorrow.  As I look back to the 11 years of teaching at BCS, I first think of all your amazing children whom you shared and to your outstanding dedication, time, and support you have shown me.  As your child's teacher, coach, and role model I am grateful to all of you.  The parent support that I have received throughout the years at BCS has been unforgettable.  Behind every good teacher is a good parent!  I can never thank you enough for your kind words, your sweet notes, your smiles, your gifts, and your trust.  As a mom of 3, all of you have shown me how to be a great partner and supporter to their teachers as well.  You have set the bar high, and I will never forget all the special moments I have had with so many of you. Most of all, if I had the opportunity of being in your child's life, I hope I left a positive footprint as they have left so many with me.  So please wish me good luck as I begin my new journey in the district as one of the new facilitators in elementary school counseling.  I assure you that I will not leave without feeling confident your children are in a great class with an amazing teacher. I hope I run into many of you again. 

Sincerely,

Senora Geisler

 

BCS Monthly Student Spotlight

Congratulations to our October Student Spotlight, Avery A!!  Please click to read all about Avery.  To learn more about the rest of the students who submitted entries for the Student Spotlight, please see the display board across from the BCS Media Center.  If your child is interested in being the November Student Spotlight, please click Student Spotlight, complete the form and submit it by Friday, October 23. Students who submitted previously may submit again using the same information by selecting the appropriate box on the Student Spotlight form.

 

UPDATED BCS CALENDAR – HALF DAY FOR STUDENTS ON 10/30/15

On the district calendar, Friday, October 30, 2015 should have read, “Elementary and BCS Students attend AM Only, Professional Development (PM)”.  A revised calendar is available here.  Please make note that Friday, October 30 is a half day for students at BCS with dismissal at 11:30 AM.  Please note:  The Halloween Parade will be at 10:00 AM and the parties will be from 10:30-11:30 AM (begin cleanup at 10:15.  More details will be forthcoming as the date draws near).

 

BCS Halloween Parade & Parties

BCS will celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 30 which is a half day for students this year.  At BCS, we welcome parents and guardians to join in our festivities which will begin with an all-school parade at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 30.  Parents should remain outside to avoid congestion in our hallways (weather permitting, we’ll parade indoors if it’s raining), and the students will proceed outside (east end of building) starting with 3/4 followed by 5/6 and 7/8 students.  The parties will follow the parade immediately back in the students’ homerooms/academic labs around 10:30 a.m.  The parties will conclude at 11:15 a.m. to clean up and prepare for dismissal at 11:30 a.m. (no Choice Hour on half days). Please be sure your child is dressed in an appropriate costume in order to avoid scaring any of our younger students.  We ask that students avoid the following:

  • masks that cover the face (masks restrict vision, can lead to accidents, and often frighten our younger students)
  • blood-like makeup, real or pretend weapons (knives, guns, swords, etc.), evil, scary, or horror characters

Some suggestions for costumes include:  Inventors, Animals, clothing from an historical period, Presidents, Ethnic clothing, Community helpers (police, fireman…), Super heroes, Careers (doctor, teacher, engineer…), Book characters, Sports (football player, snowboarder, marathoner…), Friendly characters, Food. You could even develop a costume that embraces our BCS Theme At BCS We Value the 3E’s – Education, Environment, Each Other!  Remember that children tend to “act” their costumes, so the appropriateness of the costume is important.  Thank you in advance for helping make this day an enjoyable one for our students, but also one where we can continue with a day of learning.  Happy Halloween!

 

BCS Students!  Explore the Arts!  Enter the PTA National Reflections Art Program!

Reflect on the theme, “Let Your Imagination Fly.”  Create an original work in one of the following categories – Due Friday, November 13.

·         Dance Choreography

·         Film Production

·         Literature

·         Music Composition

·         Photography

·         Visual Arts

The top 2 entries from each category will go on to the BPS District Program and possibly State and/or National recognition.  Participants will be recognized/awarded at the BCS Reflections Luncheon.  Click here for Rules and Entry Form, or pick up hard copies in the BCS Media Center.  View previous winners at Video Showcase of 2015 National Outstanding Winners.  To help volunteer or for Questions contact Diana Patterson at d4patter4@sbcglobal.net.

*Rules and Entry Form Links go to http://www.bcsonline.info/PTSA/Reflections.html

 

BCS DIVERSITY COMMITTEE FILM SERIES

The BCS Diversity Committee presents our 2015-16 Film Series.  Please join the BCS Diversity Committee for any OR all of the five films focused on local and global gender issues that affect each of us. All films will be shown in the BCS Media Center from 6:30-8:30 PM with a guided dialogue following each film.  The first film, Miss Representation, will be shown on Thursday, October 29. For the flyer with all the details and to RSVP, click here!

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of October 19-October 25, 2015

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

Monday, October 19

·         4PM CROSS COUNTRY MEET - AWAY @ ORCHARD LAKE MS (7/8 ONLY, NO 6)

·         7-8AM 7/8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         3:25-5:30PM 7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE

Tuesday, October 20

·         4PM GIRLS BASKETBALL GAME – HOME VS. ABBOT MS (7th GRADE AT 4PM, 8th GRADE AT APPROX. 5PM)

·         4PM CROSS COUNTRY MEET - AWAY @ WEST HILLS MS (ALL RUNNERS)

·         4:15-6:10PM 7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE

·         4:15-6PM BCS Theatre Pre-Audition Workshop for Aladdin Jr. (6/7/8 Only)

·         4:30-5:45PM Girls on the Run

·         7PM BPS Board Meeting (Education and Administration Building)

Wednesday, October 21

·         7:15-8AM CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE

·         7-8AM 7/8 GIRLS BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         8:10AM Bus Safety Drill (only for students who ride the bus in the AM)

·         4PM 7/8 BOYS SOCCER GAME  - HOME VS. WEST HILLS MS

·         7PM BCS Web Team Meeting

Thursday, October 22

·         4PM GIRLS BASKETBALL GAME - AWAY @ BERKSHIRE MS (7th GRADE AT 4PM, 8th GRADE AT APPROX. 5PM)

·         4PM 7/8 BOYS SOCCER GAME  - AWAY @ CRANBROOK MS

·         4:30-5:45PM Girls on the Run

·         6:30-8PM BCS Ice Cream Social

Friday, October 23

·         7:15-8AM CROSS COUNTRY PRACTICE

·         BCS Theatre and Pay-to-participate fee due in the office by 4pm

·         4:15-6:10PM 7/8 BOYS SOCCER PRACTICE

Saturday, October 24

Sunday, October 25

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

2015-2016 BCS PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS ALADDIN, JR.

Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to audition! A student pre-audition workshop will be Tuesday, October 20th from 4:15-6:00pm. Auditions are on Monday, October 26th with callbacks and tech interviews on Tuesday, October 27th. Students must turn in an audition permission slip form and pay the pay-to-participate fee PRIOR to auditions (deadline is Friday, October 23rd).

More details can be found at www.covingtonproductions.com! Questions? Email bcs.aladdinjr@gmail.com

 

PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING ON OCT. 20 AT 9:30AM

The meeting will be in the Hawthorn Room at the BPS Administration Building.  All meetings are open to the public.  There will be time at the end for public comment. If you are interested in learning more about Special Education in Birmingham Public Schools or would like to help as an ad-hoc member, please come.  You may also contact Stephanie Co (248) 416.7447 or stephaniejoy213@gmail.com for with any special education related questions you may have, including resources.

 

BCS DIVERSITY COMMITTEE FILM SERIES

The BCS Diversity Committee presents our 2015-16 Film Series.  Please join the BCS Diversity Committee for any OR all of the five films focused on local and global gender issues that affect each of us. All films will be shown in the BCS Media Center from 6:30-8:30 PM with a guided dialogue following each film.  The first film, Miss Representation, will be shown on Thursday, October 29. For the flyer with all the details and to RSVP, click here!

 

OPTIONAL 5/6 TRIP TO WILLIAMSBURG AND VIRGINIA BEACH (CURRENTLY FULL, WAIT LIST AVAILABLE)

The 5/6 trip to Williamsburg and Virginia Beach is full but a wait list has been started.  If you would like your student to be placed on the wait list, click here for information regarding the trip and registration.  You will not have to pay a deposit to be placed on the wait list.  REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30. 

 

OPTIONAL 7/8 TRIP TO CHICAGO FOR “FIESTA LATINA”

7/8 students will have the opportunity to travel to Chicago April 22-23, 2016 for the Fiesta International.  Please click here trip information and registration instructions.  Deadline for registration for this voluntary trip is October 30.  Contact Cindy Balicki (cbalicki@birmingham.k12.mi.us) with questions.

 

SATURDAY SCHOOL IS BACK AGAIN FOR THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR!

Please consider joining us Saturdays for a day filled with learning opportunities! Saturday School takes place at Berkshire Middle School from 9:00-11:00 am and welcomes all BPS K-12 students. Therefore, if your child needs tutoring in any subject area, Saturday School is a great place to get any necessary help.  In addition, if you are interested in becoming a tutor, please show up to Berkshire on Saturday and we will get you set up with a student who needs your assistance. If you have any questions or concerns, please email: David Brooks - db26bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us or Roy Bishop, Jr. - rb08bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Don't forget to sign up for Saturday School's Remind notifications! Text the message @satschool to 81010 to sign up.

 

FRIENDSHIP - IS THERE AN APP FOR THAT? FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS MTG – NOV 5, 7PM (MEDIA CENTER)

Developing and maintaining a peer group and friendships may seem out of reach. Our panel will address ways to build and maintain positive peer interactions across the span of childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone. For more information contact Amy Damon at 414-617-5758 or amydamon@tidecove.com or visit our web site at www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org. Find the flyer here.

 

BCS STUDENTS!  EXPLORE THE ARTS!  ENTER THE PTA NATIONAL REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM!

Reflect on the theme, “Let Your Imagination Fly.”  Create an original work in one of the following categories – Due Friday, November 13. Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, or Visual Arts. The top 2 entries from each category will go on to the BPS District Program and possibly State and/or National recognition.  Participants will be recognized/awarded at the BCS Reflections Luncheon.  Click here for Rules and Entry Form, or pick up hard copies in the BCS Media Center.  View previous winners at Video Showcase of 2015 National Outstanding Winners.  To help volunteer or for Questions contact Diana Patterson at d4patter4@sbcglobal.net.

*Rules and Entry Form Links go to http://www.bcsonline.info/PTSA/Reflections.html

 

SAVE THE DATE – BCS TURNS 20 CELEBRATION – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2015 3-6PM

Help spread the word and save the date for the BCS Turns 20 Celebration. This event is open to all present and former BCS staff, students, and families! Click here for the flyer.

 

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.

 

CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION

QII Choice Hour selection sheets were due Monday October 12thThere are still many students that have not turned in their selections.  Please take care of this as soon as possible, your course options are limited.  QII begins Wednesday November 4th, 2015 and ends Friday January 29th, 2016! 

Please include proper payment if you are signing your child up for a 4th and/or 5th day of Choice Hour.   Students will not be placed in classes without payment.  Do not include payment for classes with materials fees.  A separate billing will be made once students have been placed in their Choice Hour classes.

QII Sports Teams: 6-8 Girls Swimming Choice Hour class will be on Monday and Wednesday – please select these classes if you intend to swim for the BCS girls’ swim team.  See Coach Johansson if you have any questions.  Students need an “orange” slip to participate. 7-8 Boys’ Basketball will be on Tuesday and Thursday – team selections will take place after try-outs.  See Coaches Braisted and Bodle if you have questions.  Students need an “orange” slip to participate.

If you do not understand the Choice Hour process, call Kathy Juriga at 203-4426 regarding scheduling and Linda Stone at 203-4625 regarding class content, attendance policies, choice hour absences, or if you are interested in teaching a Choice Hour class. Thank you for your continued support of the Choice Hour program.

 

PE UPDATES

1st QUARTER – MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will SWIM. Remember to bring a bag for suits, goggles and towels.

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will be in the GYM. Be sure that your child wears gym shoes-NO FLIP FLOPS

 

ATHLETICS UPDATES 

The Winter (and Winter 1) registration for grades 6/7/8 interscholastic athletics is up and running at bpsregister.com

For information away events and maps-visit http://bcsonline.info/athletics.html

 

THE  5/6  TEAM  NEWS

OPTIONAL 5/6 TRIP TO WILLIAMSBURG AND VIRGINIA BEACH

5/6 students will have the opportunity to go to Williamsburg and Virginia Beach April 29 – May 3, 2016.  Please click here for information regarding this trip. There will be an information meeting on Monday, October 12, 6:30pm in the BCS Media Center. If you think your child might be interested in attending this trip, we encourage you to attend the meeting.  Registration will begin after the meeting on Oct. 12.  We expect the trip to fill up quickly.

 

THE  7/8  TEAM  NEWS

BOO! THE SPIRIT COMMITTEE IS SELLING & THEN WILL DELIVER BOO BAGS DURING LUNCH THIS WEEK, OCT 19-23. (Boo bags are small bags of Halloween candy) Each bag is $1 to send, and you can buy for multiple 7/8 students and staff, but can only send one bag for the same person. Parents can order them to be delivered to 7/8 students or staff in the office. Fill out the form on the side table, put the $ and form in the envelope provided, and put it in the bucket. The Spirit Committee will deliver Boo Bags throughout the following week, Oct 26-30.

 

7/8 HALLOWEEN DANCE ON THURSDAY, OCT 29 FROM 6-8 PM.

The Spirit Committee (with support from the PTSA) is hosting a dance. The cost is $3 at the door and the location is the cafeteria. Costumes are encouraged! There will be gift card prizes for the Most Creative, Scariest, Funniest and Best Overall. (Costumes do need to be school appropriate). DJ and Dancing, snacks and drinks…it’s gonna be a great time, so please encourage your kids to come! We also greatly need CHAPERONES to help at the dance. If you ask your child and they prefer you don’t chaperone, let me know and I can put you in the hallway!! We cannot have the dance without chaperones. Please email Nicole Toth (ntoth@birmingham.k12.mi.us) if you can volunteer for one or both of the shifts below. Thank you in advance - Happy Halloween!

Shift 1: 5:45-7:00 (set-up and monitor)

Shift 2: 7:00-8:15 (monitor and clean-up)

 

OPTIONAL 7/8 TRIP TO CHICAGO FOR “FIESTA LATINA”

7/8 students will have the opportunity to travel to Chicago April 22-23, 2016 for the Fiesta International.  Please click here trip information and registration instructions.  Deadline for registration for this voluntary trip is October 30.  Contact Cindy Balicki (cbalicki@birmingham.k12.mi.us) with questions.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………          

 

BIRMINGHAM AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY NETWORK MEETING

October 19th, 6-7:30PM, Groves High School, Staff Planning Room 

 Join parents, students and supporters as we discuss how to support the achievement of African American students in the BPS district. Learn about District activities and educational initiatives to support students including Saturday School and an upcoming Diversity Town Hall discussion. Learn from students how parents can support them as they work to achieve academic success and positive emotional development.  All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP your attendance at: AAFNBirmingham@gmail.com. Find the flyer here.

 

YOUTH CHEER CLINIC HOSTED BY GROVES CHEER TEAM

The Falcons Cheer Team will be hosting a youth cheer clinic on October 19th and 21st from 4-6PM at Groves High School. Participating students will have the opportunity to cheer during a quarter of the Friday, October 23rd home Groves Football game. Participants will also receive a t-shirt and bow. Registration is $35 before 10/9 and $40 after 10/9. Registration form can be found here. Questions? Contact Coach Rose Paterson at rosepaterson@gmail.com.

 

YOUTH CHEER CLINIC HOSTED BY SEAHOLM CHEER TEAM

The Birmingham Seaholm Cheer Team is hosting our Annual Youth Cheer Clinic on October 24th from 9 AM – 12 PM in the Seaholm High School Fitness Center. Participants will receive a t-shirt, bow & poms and will perform at the Birmingham Cheer Night on October 28th at 7 PM in the Seaholm Gym with the Seaholm, Groves, Patriots & Wayne State Cheerleaders. Participants will learn chants, motions, jumps, gymnastics, flexibility, stunting, teamwork and a routine for Cheer Night! Cost is $50. Register at seaholmcheer.weebly.com by October 9th! Click here for the flyer.

 

BIRMINGHAM EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER MOM2MOM SALE - DON'T MISS OUT!

Shop for baby and pre-school children's toys, books, clothes, furniture and equipment. Come and support the Birmingham Early Childhood Center at this fun event! It will be located Berkshire Middle School Cafeteria on Saturday Nov. 7th 9-12pm (8:30am Early bird). To rent a table, please contact Nicole at ECCMom2Mom@gmail.com or call 248-996-3199.

 

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