December 13, 2015

Hello BCS!

 

It was another great week of learning and leading at BCS!  Beginning with our annual Open House last Sunday and ending with our Debate Team winning at the state tournament yesterday, what a week it was!  Please be sure to check out some pictures from the week on the Birmingham Covington School Facebook page.

 

As we round out the calendar year and enter our winter vacation at the end of the day Friday, let’s take this opportunity to spread care and joy this holiday season to our families, our friends, and all the individuals in this incredible BCS community.  Here’s to what will be a fantastic 2016!

 

Finally, as the calendar year draws to an end, please consider, if you haven’t already, giving to the Birmingham Educational Foundation Annual Fund Campaign.  Another simple way to support innovative educational programs made possible by the BEF for our BPS students is to click here.  Thank you for your consideration!

 

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: TRUSTWORTHY

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.

·         “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” ― Ernest Hemingway

·         “To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” ― George MacDonald

·         “I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

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!

 

PLEASE DONATE TO OUR BEF BASKET from the BCS PTSA

Each BPS school has been asked to create a basket for the Birmingham Education Foundation auction.  Our BCS theme this year is A COOK’S CORNER.  We are looking to create a beautiful basket filled with all the cooking essentials to make the home cook feel like a gourmet chef.  Please consider contributing to the basket by choosing an item from our Sign up Genius, your favorite kitchen item or perhaps contribute in the form of a monetary contribution.  Items can be delivered to the front office until December 11th.  Do donate an item, click on the following link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4baaa828a64-acooks and/or click here to view/print the flyer.

 

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.

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – WEEK of December 14-December 20

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

 

Monday, December 14

·         7-8AM 7th Grade Boys Basketball Practice

·         4:15PM Girls Swim Meet – Home vs. Derby MS

·         4:15PM 8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice

·         6-7:30PM Birmingham African American Parent Network Parent Meeting (Education and Administration Building)

Tuesday, December 15

·9:15AM-1:30PM Ford Rouge Factory Tour (Male, Harvath, Seley, Davis)

·         2:20-3:00PM 5/6 Band Performance for 3/4

·         4PM Boys Basketball Game – Home vs. Berkshire MS

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

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

Wednesday, December 16

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

·         5:30PM Girls Swim Meet – Away vs. West Hills MS @ Lahser (No bus! Girls on deck at 5PM)

Thursday, December 17

·         Locker Cleanout Day!

o   1:20PM 7/8 (During Academic Lab)

o   2:10PM 3/4

o   3:00PM 5/6 (During Academic Lab)

·         4:00PM Boys Basketball Game – Away @ Norup MS

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

Friday, December 18

·         LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE WINTER BREAK!

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

·         9:15AM-1:30PM Ford Rouge Factory Tour (Frishman, Butzin, Wallington, Parkin)

·         2:20-3:30PM Holiday Parties

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

Saturday, December 19

Sunday, December 20

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

CONGRATS TO THE BCS DEBATE TEAM

On Saturday, December 11th the BCS Debate Team competed at the MIFA Novice Debate State Tournament in the Middle Level Public Forum Division! At their largest and most competitive tournament thus far, BCS finished with the both the Champion and Runner-Up teams! Congratulations to the whole team!

The results were:

·         Champion – Vivian Y & Shin Be F

·         Runner-Up – Ania U & Arya G

Individual Speaker Awards:

·         1st Place – Vivian Y

·         2nd Place – Shin Be F

·         6th Place – Ania U

·         7th Place – Arya G & Isabella R

·         12th Place – Mahlah M

 

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.

 

PLEASE DONATE TO OUR BEF BASKET from the BCS PTSA

Each BPS school has been asked to create a basket for the Birmingham Education Foundation auction.  Our BCS theme this year is A COOK’S CORNER.  We are looking to create a beautiful basket filled with all the cooking essentials to make the home cook feel like a gourmet chef.  Please consider contributing to the basket by choosing an item from our Sign up Genius, your favorite kitchen item or perhaps contribute in the form of a monetary contribution.  Items can be delivered to the front office until December 11th.  Do donate an item, click on the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4baaa828a64-acooks and/or click here to view/print the flyer.

 

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 tylerandgavinsmom@gmail.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 nikkifu@aol.com 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

 

CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION

The QIII Choice Hour course selections were posted online Friday December 11.  Choice Hour selection sheets will be distributed to each homeroom teacher on Monday December 14th.  Selections can be viewed online at http://bsconline.info . If your child does not bring a selection sheet home you can print one from the BCS website.  Choice Hour selections are due back no later than Tuesday January 5th at 4:10PM.   We will not schedule students into classes if payment in full is not included with the choice hour selection sheet.   Please include proper payment if you are signing your child up for a 4th and/or 5th day of Choice Hour.   Do not include payment for classes with materials fees or pay to play fees.  A separate billing will be made once students have been placed in their Choice Hour classes.

 

Students who do not turn in a selection sheet will not be placed in any Choice Hour classes.  Students who do not turn in a selection sheet with payment by the deadline will not be allowed to make a change in their schedule. 

 

Important information regarding 3rd quarter:

Mrs. Juriga will not be scheduling QIII choice hour over the winter break.  She needs your help!  Please, please make it a priority to get your QIII selection sheet into the office before we leave for the holiday break on Friday December 18th so that she can schedule as many students as possible before we return in January.

·         No band classes will be offered QIII because Mr. Jackson is not available.  He will return QIV.

·         Beginning French will be offered on Wednesday for students in grades 4-8.  Ms. Dorre teaches French at Seaholm High school.

·         6th, 7th and 8th grade boys interested in participating in the BCS swim team program are encouraged to sign up for the Monday/Wednesday swim team Choice Hour class.  Students will not be placed into this class until they have received an orange “participation” slip.

·         7th and 8th grade girls interested in participating in the BCS volleyball program are encouraged to sign up for the Monday/Wednesday volleyball team Choice Hour class. Students will not be placed into this class until they have received an orange “participation” slip.

Choice Hour reminders – please call (248-203-4625), send in a note, or email Linda Stone at LStone@birmingham.k12.mi.us if your child is going to be absent from Choice Hour for any reason!  Students that do not have Choice Hour on any given day need to be picked up by 3:20 PM.  Students that do not have a Choice Hour class and are not picked up by 3:30 PM will be charged a $5.00 fee. Thank you for always supporting the Choice Hour program!

 

PE UPDATES

2ND QUARTER -MONDAY, DECEMBER 14 THROUGH FRIDAY, JANUARY 29

FIRST WEEK OF CHANGE

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will SWIM.

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will be in the GYM.

 

7/8 NEWS

7/8 CANDYGRAMS SALE

The Spirit Committee is selling Candy Grams to spread holiday cheer. They each cost $.50. Students can purchase them for 7/8 students and any staff members only during lunch now until next Tuesday, Dec. 15. They will be delivered on Friday, Dec. 18 during the Holiday Party in Academic Lab. If you would like to purchase any Candy Grams as a parent, please come to the office. Candy Gram sheets will be there, along with envelopes. Please place the filled out Candy Grams (you must know the recipient’s Academic Lab teacher) and $.50 per Candy Gram in ONE envelope all together, and place it in the designated bucket on the table. (Please remember these are for 7/8 students and any staff members only). If you have any questions, please email Spirit Committee advisor, Nicole Toth, at ntoth@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

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…

FRIENDS OF THE ROUGE FALL 2015 REPORT

Please take a minute to read the newsletter from the Friends of the Rouge identifying activities that students, staff and parents can participate in. Read it here.

 

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 blackthorntickets@gmail.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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