December 6, 2015
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. Don’t forget that this Wednesday, December 9th, is a Delayed Start and school will begin at 9:48 AM (doors open at 9:30 AM).
We’re looking forward to our annual BCS Open House today, Sunday, from 1-3 PM where our student ambassadors show interested families around our great school and our students, along with our staff, share our innovative programming. What a day it will be!
Also, congratulations go to our December Student Spotlight, Ally S.!! Please click to read all about Ally. 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 January Student Spotlight, please click Student Spotlight, complete the form and submit it by Friday, January 1, 2016.
Finally, with the retirement of our 7/8 language arts teacher Judy Share on December 18, we would like to announce that Michelle D’Orazio will be taking over for Judy for the remainder of the school year. Michelle will be planning with Judy over the next several weeks and officially begin with us on Wednesday, December 15 allowing Judy and her to work together for a few days with the students to support a successful transition. We thank Judy for her years of exemplary service to our BCS community. She is a master teacher and she will be missed. That said, we are excited to welcome Ms. D’Orazio to BCS for the rest of this school year. She comes to us with excellent experience as a language arts teacher. After graduating from Troy High School in 2003, Ms. D'Orazio attended Albion College where she earned her teaching degree, with an English major. She began her teaching career in North Carolina and continued her education earning a master's degree in School Administration from North Carolina State University. After eight years of teaching at the middle school, high school, and community college level, she has returned home to continue her teaching career. In addition to teaching, she coached varsity soccer and, in her spare time, volunteered in the Raleigh community through the Kiwanis organization. A favorite quote of hers is by musician Phil Collins who said, “In learning you will teach, and it teaching you will learn.” As a lifelong learner she enjoys learning from her students and hopes to inspire her students to become confident, lifelong learners themselves. She is excited about joining the BCS team for the remainder of the school year and meeting the 7th and 8th grade families in the coming days. Welcome Michelle, and thank you Judy! We will miss you and wish you well on your retirement.
BCS is a great place to be! We’re looking forward to another great week of learning at BCS!
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PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT AT BCS – BE A LINK!
At BCS we live by our philosophy of valuing the 3E’s – our Education, our Environment, and Each Other. We stress the importance of helping one another at all times. However, there are some students who can benefit from a more structured program of peer buddies, or LINKS during lunch/recess. The LINKS lunch/recess program provides students the opportunity to accompany a peer to lunch and recess. The LINK students act as role models and provide their peer with friendship and support during the social lunch/recess time. Students who participate in LINKS programs grow through their exposure to responsibility, leadership, and the need to communicate effectively. LINKS students gain empathy and the ability to work collaboratively. All LINKS students will participate in conferences with our BCS social worker in order to understand their peer with special needs, to share their experiences, and to problem-solve any concerns that may arise. Participation in the LINKs lunch/recess program is completely voluntary. If you do not want your child to participate as a LINK, OR if you feel that your child would benefit from having LINKs to help them feel more comfortable and/or involved during lunch recess, please let our school social worker, Meg Keydel, by emailing her at MKeydel@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
· “Quit making excuses. Putting it off. Complaining about it. Dreaming about it. Whining about it. Crying about it. Believing you can’t. Worrying if you can. Waiting until you are older. Make a plan & just do it.” – Nike
· “Nothing will ever change while you point the finger of blame. Out of responsibility comes possibility.” – Lisa Villa Prosen
· “There are two primacy choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept responsibility for changing them.” – Denis Waitley
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 December 7-December 13, 2015
To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email email@example.com by WEDNESDAY at 5PM
Monday, December 7
· 8:18-3:18PM 7th Grade Challenge Day
· 8:18-12:45 8th Grade STEAM Student Conference
· 3:20-5:00PM Girls Swim Practice
· 4:15PM 8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice
Tuesday, December 8
· 3:20-4:10PM 7-8 Boys Basketball Practice
· 4:15-5:30PM Girls Swim Practice
· 7:30PM Blast Meeting (Media Center)
Wednesday, December 9
· 9:48AM Delayed Start – Doors open at 9:30AM, Busses run 90 minutes late – Registration Form
· 4:15PM Girls Swim Meet – Home vs Derby MS
· 4:15-5:15PM 7th Grade Boys Basketball Practice
· 7PM Web Team Meeting
Thursday, December 10
· 8AM-2PM Religious Diversity Journey (First Presbyterian Church)
· 4PM Boys Basketball Game – Away @ Derby MS
· 4:15-5:30PM Girls Swim Practice
Friday, December 11
· 7-8AM 7-8 Boys Basketball Practice
· 4:15-5:30PM Girls Swim Practice
Saturday, December 12
Sunday, December 13
ALL BCS NEWS
DELAYED START THIS WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9
Our next Delayed Start Day is Wednesday, December 9. 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 complete the registration form and return it to the BCS office by Tuesday, 12/8/15. Registration is $5/child.
DECEMBER STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Congratulations to our December Student Spotlight, Ally S.!! Please click to read all about Ally. 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 January Student Spotlight, please click Student Spotlight, complete the form and submit it by Friday, January 1, 2016.
BCS PTA REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM RESULTS
Based on the theme “Let Your Imagination Fly,” artwork from 23 students, out of 121 participants, will be moving on to the BPS District Reflections program. See the results here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
BCS BLAST LOOKING FOR PRIZE DONATIONS
This is a unique time to donate prizes for our very own school carnival. A bin will be placed in the office for *new, *unopened, *unused toys, games, books, crafts, gift cards and prizes on January 11. Suggested values to be between $1 to $35 for the Blast Prize Room. Age appropriate would be elementary through teen. Any donations remaining after the Blast will be donated to The Bottomless Toy Chest. Contact Stephanie Co at email@example.com or 248.416.7447 with any donation-related questions or for early contributions. Thanks for your support!
2016 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE – MONDAY, JANUARY 11TH AT 3:25PM AT BCS
Mr. Braisted will moderate the first round of competition for the National Geographic Bee. All BCS 4-8th graders are eligible to participate. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student’s name and grade, to register for the Bee. For more program information and study materials, please click 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.
2ND QUARTER – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
LAST WEEK BEFORE CHANGE
Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will be in the GYM.
Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will SWIM.
CANDYGRAMS ON SALE DECEMBER 7-15
The 7/8 Spirit Committee will be selling Candygrams (only for 7/8 graders and staff to buy and receive) during lunch from December 7-15 for 50 cents each. See the flyer here.
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 email@example.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.
FLEX FASHION SHOW – DECEMBER 11 4:30-7:30PM
We are holding the 3rd annual Flex Fashion Show at Seaholm High School on December 11th at 4:30pm-7:30pm and costs $20. Kids of any age and gender are welcome. If your child or anyone you know is interested please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's name grade. Please send your child with two outfits to "walk the runway" in. The Flex Fashion Show is an annual event held by students to raise money for the Flex program. Flex is a combined language arts and social studies class that needs to fund for themselves. We appreciate any support from the outside community that we can get. Kids will arrive at 4:30pm at Seaholm and will be grouped with experienced high school students. The kids will get their hair and makeup done, they will eat dinner, play games and rehearse to put on a fabulous show for parents and community members to come watch.
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
BLACKTHORN CONCERT AT GROVES
The highly acclaimed and ever-popular Blackthorn will perform on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Groves Little Theater. The group, featuring Belfast native and lead vocalist Richard McMullan, treats audiences to a rich blend of traditional and contemporary Irish music, as well as Blue Grass and American folk songs. McMullan, World Language Department Head and teacher at Groves High School, returns with his group to play at Groves for the 16th year with proceeds benefiting the Senior All Night Party. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase in the Groves High School Main Office (248.203.3500) or by emailing email@example.com. See flyer here.
OPPORTUNITY FOR 4-5 STUDENTS TO SKI FREE WITH MSIA
The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) is proud to present a program that helps kids “get out, have fun, get healthy!” this winter on Michigan ski slopes and trails. MSIA’s “Cold is Cool” program is dedicated to improving the health of Michigan’s children by offering low cost and FREE skiing and snowboarding activities. See more information here.
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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