November 29, 2015

Hello BCS!

 

I hope you have had a great Thanksgiving recess with your families and we look forward to an exciting week ahead.  Those of us who were able to attend the BCS 20 Year Celebration yesterday had a great time connecting with BCS friends of the past with over 200 people in attendance.  What a reunion it was – indicative of why BCS is a great place to be!  Check out the pictures on the BCS 20 Year Celebration Facebook page along with the video “BCS through the Years”.

 

Please join the BCS Diversity Committee on Tuesday night for the next film in our series this year.  The Mask You Live In will be shown this Tuesday, December 1 in the BCS Media Center from 6:30-8:30 PM with a guided dialogue following the film. For the flyer with all the details and to RSVP, click here!

 

Also, BCS is hosting our 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.  Our Student Ambassadors, staff and I look forward to hosting another incredible Open House for our community! 

 

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

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@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: RESPONSIBILITY

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.

·         “‘I must do something’ always solves more problems than ‘Something must be done.’” – Author Unknown

·         “If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.” – Les Brown

·         “Though I am not always responsible for what happens to me, I am responsible for how I handle what happens to me.” – Zig Ziglar

 

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 30-December 6, 2015

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

Monday, November 30

·         7-8AM 7th Grade Boys Basketball Practice

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

·         3:20-5:00PM Girls Swim Practice

·         4:15PM 8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, December 1

·         8:40AM 6th Grade Birbery Kickoff Assembly (Media Center)

·         4PM Boys Basketball Game - Away @ Berkshire MS

·         4:15-5:30PM Girls Swim Practice

·         6:30-8:30PM Diversity Committee Film Series – “The Mask You Live In” (Media Center)

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

Wednesday, December 2

·         7-8AM 7th & 8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice

·         6PM Girls Swim Meet – Away @ Cranbrook MS (Arrive at 5:15PM)

Thursday, December 3

·         9:15AM 5/6 Room Parent Meeting (Media Center)

·         11:05-11:45AM 5/6 Ambassador Training (5/6 Science Lab)

·         4PM Boys Basketball Game - Home vs Cranbrook MS

·         4:15PM Girls Swimming Pictures

·         4:15-5:30PM Girls Swim Practice

Friday, December 4

·         7-8AM 7th & 8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice

·         9:30-10:30AM 3/4 Room Parent Meeting

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

·         4:15-5:30PM Girls Swim Practice

·         6PM Forensics 5/6 Dinner Theatre (click here for more information)

Saturday, December 5

Sunday, December 6

·         1-3PM BCS Open House

 

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INCLEMENT WEATHER

The snowfall this past weekend provides an opportunity to remind parents about procedures for inclement weather. In the event of inclement weather, the district will notify families using phone and email notification tools. In addition to the district notification, please be sure that you have updated all of your information in PowerSchool to ensure your receipt of these very important messages.  If you need to update any information in PowerSchool email Kathy Barnas at kbarnas@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

OUTDOOR RECESS DURING WINTER

Our school procedures are to go outside if the weather is at least 15 F including accounting for the wind chill.  That means our students need to be prepared to go outside.  In order to utilize our entire playground, students must have proper attire including boots, coat, hat and gloves/mittens, and consider snow pants for our younger students. Without proper attire, students may have to stay in the cafeteria (or other available indoor option that day- Success Center, Art Room, Media Center) or on the blacktop area only.

 

BCS DIVERSITY COMMITTEE PRESENTS 2015-16 FILM SERIES

Next Up: The Mask You Live In. 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 next 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.

 

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!

 

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 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.

 

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

 

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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