November 15, 2015

Hello BCS!

 

It was another great week at BCS!  Smiles, energy and a passion to learn remained evident. Please be sure to check out some pictures from the week on the Birmingham Covington School Facebook page.  Also, check out our November Student Spotlight online, or all the entries on the board in the hallway across from the media center.

 

Parent/Teacher conferences will be Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19 from 1-4 PM and 5-8 PM.  The conference letter with sign up and times were reconfirmed this in an email to families on Friday.  Our teachers look forward to meeting with you, sharing your child’s learning to-date, and discussing the progress during the first quarter.  As we prepare for connecting you next week, the Harvard Family Research Project (October 2010) outlines key elements that we, as educators aspire to include in our conversations with our families, and we hope you will join us in aspiring to live into these principles, which align nicely with our Moral Compass:

·         Best intentions assumed

·         Emphasis on learning

·         Home–school collaboration

·         Examples and evidence

·         Active listening

·         Respect for all

·         Dedication to follow-up

Also, remember the Book Fair is open in the media center during conferences, so be sure to stock up on those books, which make perfect gifts for the upcoming holiday season!  Be sure to sign-up to volunteer by clicking here.

 

Road Construction Update:  The contractor informed us late Friday that their schedule has slipped another day due to Friday’s rain.  The road paving previously scheduled for Saturday (northbound and southbound lanes on Covington), ha started today, Sunday.  The previously scheduled Sunday work (side street approaches) will now be completed tomorrow, Monday.  The entrance off Covington will be open for your use on Monday, however, work may be possibly occurring right at the Quarton intersection in the morning, and the side-street approaches throughout the day.  So please instruct the parents to be cautious as they drive through the area as there will be trucks and equipment moving around.  Also, no parking will be allowed on Covington due to the expected truck traffic.

 

We look forward to seeing you this week as we head closer to the Thanksgiving recess.  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: HONESTY

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.

·         “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”Thomas Jefferson

·         “Confidence... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. “Without them it cannot live.”Franklin D. Roosevelt

·         “No legacy is so rich as honesty.”William Shakespeare

 

BCS 20 YEAR CELEBRATION – ONLY 2 WEEKS AWAY

Saturday, November 28 from 3-6 PM (click here for the flyer)

Click here to volunteer at the event.

Kids and families from every year are planning to attend this BCS reunion and we want any and all former and current BCS families to celebrate with us! Here are some of the highlights:

·         BCS’s first Principal Dale Truding will be on hand along with current and past principals to greet students, staff and families.

·         A current student has designed a “must have” commemorative T-shirt. And what BCS party would be complete without ice cream?!

·         A team of staff is working on a giant timeline that will depict BCS’s 20 Years, and is also collecting BCS artifacts for display.

·         You won’t want to miss the debut of "BCS through the Years” courtesy of our BCS film production class.

·         The end of the UM/OSU game, which begins at NOON, will be streamed live on the big screen in the media center starting at 3:00 PM.

Spread the word and share this information and the flyer with others....Saturday November 28th 3-6pm @BCS!  LIKE BCS 20 Year Celebration on Facebook and check out some amazing pictures through the years! Click here to volunteer at the event.

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of November 16-November 2, 2015

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

Monday, November 16

·         7-8AM BOYS 7-8 BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         11:45AM-12:25PM 3/4 Ambassador Training (3/4 Science Lab)

·         1-2:30PM BOOK FAIR (Media Center)

·         3:20-5:00PM GIRLS 6-8 SWIM PRACTICE (INCLUDING CHOICE HOUR)

·         5:05PM GIRLS SWIM PARENT MEETING – BLOOMFIELD SPORTS SHOP WILL BE SELLING TEAM GEAR

Tuesday, November 17

·         7-8AM BOYS 7-8 BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         9AM-3PM BOOK FAIR (Media Center)

·         3:20-4:10PM BOYS 7-8 BASKETBALL PRACTICE (DURING CHOICE HOUR)

·         4:15-5:30PM GIRLS 6-8 SWIM PRACTICE

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

Wednesday, November 18

·         HALF DAY (DISMISSAL AT 11:30 - BUSES RUN ON REGULAR ROUTES, NO CHOICE HOUR)

·         7-8AM BOYS 7-8 BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         8AM BCS Snow Club Sign Up (Main Hallway)

·         9AM-8PM BOOK FAIR (Media Center)

·         1-4PM and 5-8PM CONFERENCES – SEE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

Thursday, November 19

·         HALF DAY (DISMISSAL AT 11:30 - BUSES RUN ON REGULAR ROUTES, NO CHOICE HOUR)

·         7-8AM BOYS 7-8 BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         9AM-8PM BOOK FAIR (Media Center)

·         1-4PM and 5-8PM CONFERENCES - SEE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

Friday, November 20

·         7-8AM BOYS 7-8 BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         12:45-1:25PM 7/8 Ambassador Training (600A)

·         4:15-5:30PM GIRLS 6-8 SWIM PRACTICE

Saturday, November 21

·         9-11AM Saturday School (Berkshire) – more information listed below

Sunday, November 22

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

SNOW CLUB INFORMATION

Snow Club application forms are available in the office or at bcsonline.info.  If your child is interested in skiing or snowboarding this winter with BCS please complete the required forms.  Mark your calendar with the application turn-in date - November 18 at 8:00am.  Application turn-in is first come, first served so you may want to arrive early.

 

BCS FUN EVENING OF FAMILY YOGA

Try yoga for the first time or add to your practice!  Come and experience the fun and relaxing art of yoga with your classmates and a parent at the new Born Yoga in Birmingham.  NOVEMBER 15 SESSION IS FULL but there are still openings for grades 6-8 on Sunday, Nov. 22, each 5 - 6:30 pm, so reserve soon! No fee.  Offered by the PTSA through the Wellness initiative.  To sign up or for more information, contact Daniela Davis at davismd01@gmail.comStudents must be accompanied by a parent.  Because of studio space, each event is limited to the first 30 people.

 

BCS DIVERSITY COMMITTEE PRESENTS 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 Mask You Live In, will be shown on Tuesday, December 1. For the flyer with all the details and to RSVP, click here!

 

BCS OPEN HOUSE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

BCS is hosting its annual Open House on Sunday, December 6, 2015, 1:00-3:00pm.  We average 600 guests, so needless to say, it wouldn’t be possible without the amazing support of the BCS families.  If you are willing to volunteer your time, please sign up at Open House Volunteers.

 

NOVEMBER STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Congratulations to our November Student Spotlight, Paloma E.!! Please click to read all about Paloma. 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 December Student Spotlight, please click Student Spotlight, complete the form and submit it by Friday, November 27.

 

CONGRATS TO THE BCS DEBATE TEAM

On Saturday, November 14, the BCS Debate Team competed in the Groves Falcon Invitational. BCS Debaters included Jordyn D, Mahlah M, Shin Be F, Vivian Y, Arya G, and Ania U. The team competed against both middle school and high students and did a great job! Here were the results:

Middle School 1st Place Team: Arya G and Ania U

1st Place Individual Speaker: Ania U

3rd Place Individual Speaker: Vivian Y

6th Place Individual Speaker: Arya G

7th Place Individual Speaker: Shin Be F

Congrats to the whole team!

 

GET YOUR PHOTOS IN THE YEARBOOK

Help the BCS Yearbook staff by contributing YOUR PHOTOS from BCS events to the yearbook! Students, parents, and staff can upload photos from various BCS events (sports, dances, academics, field trips, parties, etc) to the Jostens ReplayIt App (available in the App Store). This app is easy to download on your phone and uploads pictures to a secure website that can only be accessed by the BCS yearbook staff. More info here.

 

MEDIA CENTER NEWS

Scholastic Book Fair in the Media Center

Open for business next week and during conferences!  Cash, check and credit cards are all accepted.

Monday, November 16th from 1 PM – 2:30 PM

Tuesday, November 17th from 9 AM – 3 PM

Wednesday, November 18th from 9 AM – 8 PM

Thursday, November 19th from 9 AM – 8 PM

Online Fair 11/13/15 – 12/1/15:  http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/bpscovington

The money raised from the Book Fair funds the purchases of new library books, BrainPop and other database subscriptions, as well as library programs, including Battle of the Books and Birbery.  Thank you for your support!

 

PE UPDATES

2nd QUARTER – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will be in the GYM.

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will SWIM.

 

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

See the Athletics Registration page for registration and participation details and forms.

 

3/4 NEWS

3/4 CONFERENCES

See the full conferences schedule here.

 

5/6 NEWS

5/6 CONFERENCES

See the full conferences schedule here.

 

5/6 DISABILITY AWARENESS WORKSHOP ON JANUARY 27TH AND 28TH

Please consider volunteering at this worthwhile hands-on disability workshop for all 5th and 6th grader. Sign up here

 

7/8 NEWS

7/8 CONFERENCES

See the full conferences schedule here.

 

VISITS TO SEAHOLM AND GROVES

The permission slip was handed out to students regarding the upcoming visits to Seaholm and Groves High Schools on November 23rd and 24th.  Students will need to bring a sack lunch on these two days.  Click here for another copy of the permission slip. The permission slip must be returned to their Academic Lab Teacher by Tuesday, November 17th.

 

HIGH SCHOOL TRANSITION MEETING FOR STUDENTS WITH IEPS – 8TH GRADE PARENTS ONLY

 Please join Special Education Supervisor, Rebecca Anders, for an informational meeting on what to expect as your child makes the transition to high school. Information on credit requirements, scheduling, and social opportunities will be discussed. This is an opportunity for you to get your questions answered and become more informed as you and your child prepare for this exciting next step in their educational career.

Seaholm High School – Wednesday, Dec. 2nd from 5-6 p.m. – Media Center

Groves High School – Thursday, Dec. 3rd from 5-6 p.m. – Staff Planning Room

 

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 8th GRADE CELEBRATION

The 8th Grade Celebration committee is looking for volunteers interested in helping with the 8th grade graduation ceremony and dance.  If you’re interested in serving on a committee, please email Julie Karmanos at juliekarmanos@gmail.com.  It would be great to have a few 7th grade parents participate who are interested in taking the lead next year.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………          

BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION (BBCC)

Learn what YAB teens have to say to PARENTS on talking to your teens about drugs and alcohol: visit BBCC’s Q&A section at: http://tinyurl.com/onmcpo7 

BBCC is featured in Crain’s Detroit Giving Guide 2015… Check out the article here… http://tinyurl.com/prp2tnm

Teen Talent Palooza & FUNdraiser… Friday, January 15, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the “new” Bloomfield Hills High School. Wanted: high school teens with a talent to perform AND families to attend. Something for everyone this evening. For more info visit www.bbcoalition.org 

For more info on substance abuse prevention focused on our youth visit www.bbcoalition.org 

 

SUPPORT FOR A BEVERLY ELEMENTARY 4TH GRADE STUDENT

A fourth grade student at Beverly Elementary lost her father as a result of a traffic accident on November 7, 2015. Brooke Bowers is F. Kevan Bowers’ only child and ensuring that she has an opportunity to attend college is very important to the Bowers Family. If you would like to offer support, please do so in one of the following ways.

Brooke Bowers – Go Fund Me Account

Brooke Bowers Educational Trust: Please make checks payable to: Brooke Bowers. Checks can be dropped off in the Beverly Main Office. They will be collected and given to the family.

Thank you for all of your support of Brooke and her family during this difficult time. Her family truly appreciates all of your kind gestures and concern.

 

8,000 REASONS TO GIVE – SUPPORT THE BEF ANNUAL FUND TODAY!

When you think of the more than 8,000 BPS students, whose face do you see?

A donation to the Birmingham Education Foundation’s Annual Fund supports all of our students through our teacher grants program, which last year awarded more than $128,000 back to teachers – and this year we’d like to be able to give even more! So, what’s your reason for giving to the BEF? Make a difference for our students today.  Click here to donate online! See flyer here.

 

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