November 22, 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.    What a week of learning at BCS!  It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this week, though I, for one, have GRATITUDE on my mind. BCS is a great place to be! Thank you to our faculty and parents for partnering together around our students’ growth and development duringparent/teacher conferences this week Thank you to everyone who visited our Scholastic Book Fair this past week!  Your generous donations and purchases bring money back to the BCS Media Center, which in turn we use to fund the purchases of library books, BrainPop and other database subscriptions, as well as library programs such as Battle of the Books and Birbery.  A huge thank to our volunteers and Mrs. Truesdell, who put in many hours of setup, selling, and cleaning up.  Your support is greatly appreciated!  If you are still interested in making purchases, our online book fair is still open until Tuesday, December 1.  Order books online for the holidays by clicking here!  And check out what’s next up – a community celebration!

 

The BCS 20 YEAR CELEBRATION is ONLY 6 DAYS AWAY!  Be sure to join us on Saturday, November 28 from 3-6 PM (click here for the flyer and 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.

·         Formal remarks will begin at 4:30 PM and 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 beginning at 3:00 PM in the media center.

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

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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SEWING MACHINE FOR THINKERING STUDIO

We are looking for the donation of a used sewing machine that’s in good condition for our Thinkering Studio program.  If you have a sewing machine you’d be willing to donate, please contact Jordy Whitmer at jwhitmer@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Thank you for your consideration!

 

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.

·         “There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness.” – Frank Ocean

·         “When you do something with a lot of honesty, appetite and commitment, the input reflects in the output.” – A. R. Rahman

·         “Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life - all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.” – Zig Ziglar

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 second 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!

 

8th Grade BBCC SURVEY

The Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition is planning its sixth bi-annual drug and alcohol survey amongst 8th-12th grade students attending Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills Public Schools. Click here for the letter from our BPS Director of Communications and Family Engagement.  The survey will, once again, include many of the questions used in the Michigan Alcohol and Other Drugs School Survey. Questions will also be included to reflect the trends seen in the last two years in the following areas:  community norms and perceptions of substance use; economic and cultural conditions; marijuana legalization; and key influences on students' decision to use/not use drugs or alcohol.  These surveys enable the Coalition to capture an accurate and timely representation of what is happening with our students, identify potential substance use behaviors and beliefs, as well as track the progress of substance abuse prevention efforts.  STUDENT ANSWERS ARE ANONYMOUS AND NAMES ARE NOT USED.

The survey will be administered to BCS 8th graders on Monday, December 7.  If you would like to view the survey, you can stop by the BCS office to review it.  If you DO NOT want your student to participate, please complete the bottom portion of the letter and return it to the school office by Friday, December 4.  Thank you!

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of November 23-November 29, 2015

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

Monday, November 23

·         6:45AM BOYS BASKETBALL PICTURES

·         7-8AM BOYS 7th & 8th GRADE BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         11AM-2:50PM 8TH GRADERS VISIT SEAHOLM (STUDENTS MUST BRING A LUNCH)

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

·         4:15PM BOYS 8th GRADE BASKETBALL PRACTICE

·         4:15PM (3:45 WARM-UP) GIRLS SWIM MEET - HOME vs BLOOMFIELD HILLS MS

Tuesday, November 24

·         11AM-2:50PM 8TH GRADERS VISIT GROVES (STUDENTS MUST BRING A LUNCH)

·         4:00PM BOYS BASKETBALL GAME – HOME vs DERBY MS

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

Wednesday, November 25 NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 26 NO SCHOOL

·         HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Friday, November 27 NO SCHOOL

Saturday, November 28

·         3-6PM BCS TURNS 20 – A COMMUNITY REUNION – SEE FLYER HERE

Sunday, November 29

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

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 FORENSICS TEAM

On Saturday, November 21st BCS HOSTED AND COMPETED in the Fall State Forensics Tournament. The team had 26 entries and finished with 5 State Champions, 14 Finalists, and 7 Semi-Finalists!

Congrats to the State Champions:

Shin Be F in Impromptu

Stefan I in Declamation 6

Ania U in Informative

Isabella R in Informative

Paris A in Dramatic Interpretation

Finalists included: Yousef K, Perry J, Hanna D, Jude S, Megan C, Arya G, Richard P, Abby N, Vivian Y, Mia L, Jack H, Ethan H, Ellie C, Allyson W, Ainsley N, Mia M, Laurent SM, Adam M, Gracie S, Zoeya J, and Jordan S

Semi Finalists included: Emma M, Sam B, Elle L, Olivia C, Mahlah M, Ali C, and Isabella D

 

VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH TUESDAY BAGEL SALES

The 8th grade celebration committee is also looking for volunteers to help with bagels sales on Tuesday mornings (7:50-8:30) when needed.  Please email Julie Karmanos at juliekarmanos@gmail.com if interested in helping. Your name will be put on a list and we'll contact you when help is needed. Proceeds for bagels goes towards the 8th grade celebration. Thank you!

 

MEDIA CENTER NEWS

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS NEWS:

Interactive eBook Available for Little Rock Girl 1957

eBook + audiobook in one!

Unlimited access – we can all use it at the same time!

To access:

1.       http://bcsonline.info/Students/Media_Center.html

2.      Click on Destiny Library Catalog

3.      Follow links to get to Birmingham Covington’s catalog

4.      Search for the title “Little Rock Girl”

5.      See the record with the pointing hand

6.      Click on the “Open” button next to that record

7.      Login with your school username and birthday password

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.

 

7/8 NEWS

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 atjuliekarmanos@gmail.com.   It would be great to have a few 7th grade parents participate who are interested in taking the lead next year.

 

High School Transition Meeting for Parents of 8th grade students with IEPs 

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. – Room A101 

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

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…………          

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, PART 2.  A SCHOOL-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP ON RACIAL EQUITY FOR ALL STUDENTS

Mark your calendars for December 7, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for this follow up to the spring event where students, parents and administrators came together for a candid conversation about diversity and inclusion in our district. Special guests will be Dr. Jay Marks and Dr. Patricia Chunn of Oakland Schools.   Location:  BPS Administration Building, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills.    In partnership with the Birmingham African American Family Network. 

 

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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