January 3, 2016

Hello BCS!

 

Happy New Year!  I hope you and your families had a wonderful vacation finding time with each other creating new and meaningful memories from your experiences.  We at BCS are eager to return and jump right back in to creating new and meaningful memories from our learning experiences at BCS.  Please be sure to like Birmingham Covington School Facebook page and check out the pictures posted weekly from different activities occurring in and around our great school.

 

With the New Year providing me an opportunity to reflect on the past and think about the future, I find myself returning to our BCS Moral Compass – specifically the skill of Positive Attitude.  "The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy," says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, "is born from gratitude." How do we get there according the Steindl-Rast?  By slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.  Furthermore, in his video "How to Be Happy-Secrets to Happiness," Brendon Buchard, personal development trainer, explains how research proves that peace, acceptance and gratitude for the past and complete engagement in the present bring about personal happiness.  These are great reminders for me to be grateful helping me living into that first skill on our BCS Moral Compass – Positive Attitude!  I am grateful to work with such an amazing BCS learning community and find myself incredibly excited for 2016 at BCS. 

 

This week marks our BCS Lottery Enrollment Week where interested families can register their students for the 2006-17 lottery.  Registration this week takes place at the Birmingham Education and Administration Center adjacent to Groves High School.  The lottery will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the BCS cafeteria.

 

Finally, please join us for our next PTSA Clearinghouse meeting this Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 1:15 PM in the 3/4 Science Lab (104A).  Kicking off the meeting will be teacher Mandy Harvath and Erica Maliszewski sharing the salmon project.  Please plan to join us!

 

BCS is a great place to be!  We’re looking forward to a great first week of learning for 2016 at BCS!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mm31bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us

@mark_morawski #BCSLearns

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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.

·         “Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” ― Stephen R. Covey

·         “Trust starts with truth and ends with truth.” ― Santosh Kalwar

·         “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” ― Abraham Lincoln

 

DISTRICT WIDE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

The BCS National Junior Honor Society is helping to coordinate a district wide community service project for Disaster Relief at Work, or DRAW.  DRAW is an organization created to help victims of natural disasters.  To do this, they collect supplies and donate them to these families.  They meet the needs of the victims of natural disasters across the United States as quickly and efficiently as possible, by showing up, bringing buckets filled with necessary supplies, and working hand in hand with the survivors. They’ve helped clean up after storms in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jean Lafitte, Louisiana, Moore, Oklahoma, and even here in Oakland County during the summer of 2014.  This organization is completely dependent on the contributions of thousands of people, including us!  BCS will be donating towels, wash cloths, nail clippers and tooth brushes to DRAW to help provide relief for these people.  Hopefully, these donations will bring these survivors one step closer to living a normal life.  Collection will take place January 4-15, 2016. Collection bins will be located outside the front office. After collections take place, BPS families will be encouraged to help assemble the disaster relief buckets on January 18, 1:00-3:00pm at Berkshire Middle School. Sign up to be part of this wonderful service project and earn community service hours, just follow the Signup Genius:  http://www.bit.ly/bpsdraw.  Thank you, and don't forget to bring in towels, wash cloths, nail clippers and tooth brushes!

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of January 4-10

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

Lottery Registration Week at Education & Administration Building Only

Monday, January 4

·         7-8AM 7th Grade Boys Basketball Practice

·         8AM-5PM BCS Lottery Registration @ Education & Administration Building MORE INFO

·         3:20-5PM Girls Swim Practice

·         4:15PM 8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice

Tuesday, January 5

·         Quarter III Choice Hour Selection Sheets Due by 4PM in the Office

·         8AM-6PM BCS Lottery Registration @ Education & Administration Building MORE INFO

·         4PM Boys Basketball Game – Away @ Cranbrook MS

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

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

Wednesday, January 6

·         8AM-5PM BCS Lottery Registration @ Education & Administration Building MORE INFO

·         4PM Boys Basketball Game – Home vs. Country Day MS

·         3:20-5PM Girls Swim Practice

Thursday, January 7

·         8AM-5PM BCS Lottery Registration @ Education & Administration Building MORE INFO

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

·         1:15 PTSA Meeting

·         3:20PM 7/8 Boys Basketball Practice

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

Friday, January 8

·         7-8AM 7/8 Boys Basketball Practice

·         8AM-5PM BCS Lottery Registration @ Education & Administration Building MORE INFO

·         9:30AM 3/4 Room Parent Meeting (Media Center)

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

Saturday, January 9

Sunday, January 10

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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REGISTRATION FOR BCS ENROLLMENT LOTTERY FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

Registration week for new BCS students for the 2015-2016 school year is January 4-8, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5.  Register for the lottery at the BPS Education and Administration Center at 31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills. The lottery will be held on January 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the BCS Cafeteria. MORE INFO

 

*BCS BLAST* IS APPROACHING & *CLOSET CLEANOUT* IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!

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

 

EMOTIONALLY LITERATE CHILDREN & LEARNERS!  CALLING ALL PARENTS! 

Thursday, Jan. 28th, 6-8 pm at Oakland Schools - Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, is coming back to Oakland Schools, and this time he’s putting on a two-hour program in the evening for all parents.  This is not warm-and-fuzzy, touchy-feely stuff.  It’s sensible and grounded in research. And, it’s free. Registration link.

 

BCS YEARBOOKS & PARENT ADS ARE ON SALE NOW!

As a reminder, the only way to ensure your student gets a yearbook is to preorder one! Now through February 5, a BCS yearbook is $40. Purchase one online here. Ad space for proud parents is available in the BCS yearbook as well! Purchase and design your ad directly from Jostens using a credit or debit card. The deadline to place a personal ad in the 2015-16 yearbook is January 31, 2016.

 

BPS Mobile App is now available through Google Play and iTunes

Find the app here by searching BirminghamPS or by clicking the following links:

iTunes

Google Play

Mobile Web App

 

FROM THE OFFICE FOR SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION AND STUDENT SERVICES

The SISS Department welcomes the following new staff members:

Shelly Payne – SISS Secretary

Whitney Cuson – Berkshire Psych

Carla Floyd-Shelton – ASD Teacher – Adult Transition Center (Annex)

Chris Kubert – Groves CI Para

Heather Buschmann – Quarton LRC

Timothy Lea Trea - Midvale Para

Friends of Different Learners – Camp & Resource Fair + Micro Businesses

Groves Commons – Jan 28th

 6:30 – 9 p.m.

The holiday season and New Years’ is a time to reflect upon our family, friendships, and more. This is also a time to consider our “why” or our purpose for “when you know your WHY…your WHAT has more impact.” This month we ask that each person take a step back to think about and consider the trials and tribulations of children receiving special education and the impact on their families. Click here for an impactful article that was recently shared with us.

From, Katie, Lanissa, Rebecca, and Robyn

 

CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION

The QIII Choice Hour course selections were posted online Friday December 11.  Choice Hour selection sheets were distributed to each homeroom teacher on Monday December 14th.  Selections can be viewed online at www.bcsonline.info. If your child did 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 4:10 PM. Please include proper payment if you are signing your child up for a 4th and/or 5th day of Choice Hour.    We will not schedule students into classes if payment in full is not included with the choice hour selection sheet.  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:

·         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 will not be placed into this class until after tryouts and after they have received an orange “participation” slip.

Choice Hour reminders – please call (248-203-4625), send in a note, or email Linda Stone at ls06bps@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!

 

7/8 NEWS

ATTENTION 8TH GRADE BOY SOCCER PLAYERS

If your son is interested in playing soccer at Seaholm High School next Fall (2016), please send your contact information toSeaholmBoysSoccer@gmail.com to be added to the soccer distribution list. In the coming months, we will have information about pre-season Captains practices, summer soccer camp and other details about the Seaholm Boys Soccer program. In addition, in January, we will host pizza lunches at Derby and BCS to let the 8th graders meet some of the varsity players for a Q&A session.

 

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.

 

PE UPDATES

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

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

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

 

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 

 

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 GRADES 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.

 

COFFEE TIME WITH YOUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS

The Muslim Unity Center in Bloomfield Hills is inviting you, their friends and neighbors, to join them every third Thursday for a coffee and chat. This is an opportunity to socialize and learn more about one another on a personal level. Coffees will be held at the Unity Café at 1830 W. Square Lake Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48322 from 6-7pm every third Thursday of the month (next meeting is January 21). See the flyer here.

 

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