Hello BCS!

 

It was another great week at BCS!  Smiles, energy and a passion to learn remained evident. Please be sure to check out the pictures from the week on the Birmingham Covington School Facebook page.  Congratulations to our January Student Spotlight, Eloise W! Please click here to read all about Eloise.  If your child is interested in being the February Student Spotlight, please click Student Spotlight, complete the form and submit it by Friday, January 29, 2016.

 

Please consider donating an auction item to our BCS Blast!  As you know, we are hosting our annual fundraiser, the BCS Blast on Sunday, March 13, 2016 and we are in need of auction items. Please check in with your networks and contacts to help add a personal connection to this year’s blast.  For example…Do you run your own business or do your neighbors/friends have their own businesses from which an item or service could be donated?  Do you have season tickets to a favorite team or venue and you don’t plan to use them all?  Do you have a vacation home/time share you won’t need to use?  Let’s get creative and donate items for our Blast Auction.  Please read the Blast 2016 Solicitation letter and Donation Form for more information and contact Jennifer Peterson at jpeterson@imaginefirst.com with any questions.  Donation information can also be entered directly at our Blast Auction site at https://www.biddingforgood.com/blast.  Thank you for taking the time to consider this important request and know how much I appreciate your dedication to BCS and our amazing students.

 

Congratulations to the Birmingham Public School District participants from BCS moving on to the State of Michigan PTA Reflections Program.  Once again, BCS had a strong showing with six, 1st or tied for 1st place entries!  Included below are the winners and their category/division and ranking per division:

·         Trisha C, Music/Intermediate, 2nd place

·         Ian P, Music/Intermediate, 4th place

·         Jacob P, Music/Middle School

·         Sienna A, Dance/Intermediate, 4th place

·         Ava M, Film/Intermediate, tie for 1st place

·         Michael N, Film/Intermediate, 4th place

·         Gabe H, Film/Middle School

·         Vivian Y, Literature/Middle School, 2nd place

·         Gillian G, Literature/Middle School, 1st place

·         Archan S, Literature/Intermediate, tie for 1st place

·         Ozzy B, Photography/Intermediate, tie for 1st place

·         Quentin G, Photography/Middle School, 2nd place

·         Krishnan M, Photography/Middle School, 1st place

·         Sarah S, Visual Arts/Intermediate, tie for 2nd place

·         James H, Visual Arts/Middle School, tie for 1st place

BCS students shine once again!

 

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: CARING

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.

·         “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

·         “Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” – Anthony J. D'Angelo

·         “Caring - about people, about things, about life - is an act of maturity.” – Tracy McMillan

 

BCS Box Tops - Help Prepare for Submission – Click here to sign up to help!

A great way to help raise money for our BCS students on your own schedule!  Only takes a few hours of your time at home; whenever it’s convenient for you.  We need your help preparing the Box Tops that we collect schoolwide to submit for cash. Simply trim and then tape the Box Tops to a preprinted form, or group, in batches of 50.  Box Tops will be distributed in early to mid February and need to be prepared and ready to send in late February.  Thanks so much for your help and support! Please contact LisaLYoung2@gmail.com with questions.

Click the link below to sign up to help…

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4aafac23a02-bcsbox

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of January 18-24

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

Monday, January 18

·         NO SCHOOL – MLK, JR. DAY

·         1-3PM BPS School Wide Community Service (Berkshire MS, see below)

Tuesday, January 19

·         8AM Tuesday Bagel Sale - $1

·         3:30-8:20PM BCS Snow Club (Pine Knob)

·         4PM Boys Basketball Game – Away @ Hazel Park Junior High

·         4:15-5:30PM Girls Swim Practice - 7/8 Only!

·         8:00PM BPS Board Meeting (Education & Administration Building)

Wednesday, January 20

·         7-8AM 7/8 Boys Basketball Practice

·         5:00PM Girls Swim League Meet @ Seaholm (7/8 Only, 4:00PM Warm-Up)

·         7-9:15PM Groves 8th Grade Parent Night (Groves Auditorium, see below for details)

Thursday, January 21

·         8-8:30AM Aladdin Jr. Tickets on Sale! (main hallway, see show details below)

·         4PM Boys Basketball Game – Away @ Derby MS

Friday, January 22

·         3-4:15PM Aladdin Jr. Tickets on Sale! (main hallway, see show details below)

·         6:30-8PM 5/6 Dance (Cafeteria)

Saturday, January 23

Sunday, January 24

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

CONGRATS TO THE BCS SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM!

On Saturday, January 9th, the Middle School Science Olympiad Team competed against 21 schools in Valparaiso, Indiana. The team did a great job! The Black Team took 5th place overall & the Gold Team took 13th place overall! Go BCS! See individual student results here.

 

JANUARY STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Congratulations to our January Student Spotlight, Eloise W.!! Please click here to read all about Eloise. If your child is interested in being the February Student Spotlight, please click Student Spotlight, complete the form and submit it by Friday, January 29, 2016.

 

DISTRICT WIDE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

BCS students have been collecting items for DRAW over that past two weeks, Disaster Relief at Work.  This is just a reminder that families are encouraged to help assemble the disaster relief buckets tomorrow, Monday, January 18 from 1:00-3:00pm at Berkshire Middle School. Sign up to be part of this wonderful service project at http://www.bit.ly/bpsdraw.  Thank you for bringing in towels, wash cloths, nail clippers and tooth brushes these last few weeks to support this important effort!

 

IT'S SHOWTIME! BCS PRESENTS ALADDIN JR. SHOW DATES: JANUARY 27, 28 & 29. 

Tickets will be on sale this week Thursday from 8-8:30am and Friday from 3-4:15pm in the main hallway! More information can be found here.

SHOW DATES:

·         Wednesday, January 27, 4:30PM (Student tickets are BUY ONE GET ONE FREE)

·         Thursday, January 28, 7PM

·         Friday, January 29, 7PM

All shows are in the BCS Cafeteria!

Questions?  Email bcs.aladdinjr@gmail.com.

 

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

 

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.

 

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR AMAZON SMILE, TARGET REWARDS, & RAISE FUNDS FOR BCS!!!!!

BCS is fortunate to be participating in two community rewards programs this year. Please help us by participating in these programs. There is no cost to you. It only takes a few minutes to sign up. Happy Shopping!

AMAZON SMILE: CONTRIBUTES 0.5% OF TOTAL PURCHASES 

·         Go to smile.amazon.com and register Birmingham Covington 3-8 PTSA in Bloomfield, MI as your charity on your Amazon account

·         Whenever you shop Amazon, go to the smile.amazon.com website.  It has the same merchandise at the same prices as the regular Amazon website

TARGET: CONTRIBUTES 1% OF TOTAL PURCHASES 

·         Those who have a Target Debit/Credit card or those wishing to obtain one are eligible to receive contributions to Birmingham Covington School

·         Target Cards can be registered https://www-secure.target.com/redcard/tcoe/home

·         Birmingham Covington School will need to be designated as your school of choice.

·         You can also register over the phone at 800-316-6142.

·         Use your card like normal - it’s that easy!

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION 

Please remember to collect and submit your Box Tops for Education to the box marked with the Box Tops logo in the office on the credenza.  This program is a great way for us to raise funds for BCS.  Each one is worth 10 cents when our school redeems them.  We collect throughout the school year, but the spring submission deadline is a few weeks away, so please send them in!!!

 

*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 is in the office for *new, *unopened, *unused toys, games, books, crafts, gift cards and prizes. 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!

 

5/6 NEWS

5/6 DANCE IS THIS FRIDAY!

Mark your 5/6 child's social calendar... the 5/6 Dance Party is Friday, January 22 from 6:30 to 8:00.  Star Trax is the DJ and they always keep the children entertained! This is a fun and social night for all 5/6 students that is sponsored by the PTSA.  There is no charge for this event.  Parents are welcome to stay but it is not necessary.

 

7/8 NEWS

YEARBOOK RECOGNITION AD DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31

The deadline to recognize your student with a message in the 2016 yearbook is quickly approaching!  We have partnered with Jostens to make it easy for you to create a custom ad to recognize your student.  The deadline to complete and purchase your recognition ad is January 31.  Please click on the link below to upload photos, add your personal message and purchase your recognition ad.  Please contact ADD YOUR CONTACT INFO HERE if you have any questions.  Again-the deadline to complete and purchase your recognition ad is January 31. Click here to create your parent ad.

 

8TH GRADE CELEBRATION MEETING – OPEN TO ALL 8TH GRADE PARENTS

The 8th Grade Celebration Committee will be holding a Kick-off meeting on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Media Center.  If you are interested in helping out with the 8th Grade Graduation ceremony and dance, please join us! 

 

8TH GRADE FAMILIES WHO WILL BE ATTENDING GROVES IN 2016

Please plan to attend the 8th Grade Parent Night at Groves High School on Wednesday, January 20th from 7:00 to 9:15 pm in the Groves Auditorium. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about the high school scheduling process and the courses available for freshman. Department Heads from each subject area will explain freshman class offerings and give an overview of four year academic plans. Please review the 9th grade course catalogue and bring it with you for reference.  8th grade students will meet high school counselors prior to this meeting and receive scheduling information. Excel 9 is a cross disciplinary team taught Social Studies/English class offered in 9th grade.  A presentation and question and answer session will be held beginning at 6:15 for parents interested in knowing more about this program.

 

ATTENTION 7/8 HOCKEY PLAYERS

The Birmingham Unified Kings announce Middle School Week with 2 great events: All prospective players currently in grades 7 & 8 are invited to practice with the BU JV team on Tuesday, January 19, 3:40 pm at the Troy Sports Center. All levels of players are welcome, from House to AAA.  On Saturday, Jan 23, come to the BU double-header as the JV team plays Grosse Pointe South at 6:40 and the Varsity team battles Royal Oak at 8:30, both at the Birmingham Ice Arena. All students are admitted free and there will be fun events and giveaways for all middle schoolers. Go to www.buvarsity.com for more details.

 

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.

 

ATHLETIC UPDATES

3RD QUARTER SPORTS UPDATE

As a reminder, students must have an orange slip (indicating that all payment and paperwork is in order) before they will be allowed to practice.

Girls Volleyball:

Winter 2 season tryouts begin Monday, January 25, 2016

8th Grade tryouts (Coach Mrs. Thompson):

·         Monday, Jan. 25 from 7-8AM

·         Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 7-8AM

·         Thursday, Jan. 28 from 7-8AM – Team Announcement

·         Friday, Jan. 29 from 7-8AM

7rh Grade tryouts (Coach Mr. Braisted):

·         Mon, Jan. 25 from 4:15-5:30PM

·         Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 7-8AM

·         Wednesday, January 17 from 7-8AM – Team Announcement

·         Friday, Jan. 29 from 7-8AM

7th grade players will be given an envelope before the end of the school day on Wednesday, January 27 with their status on the team. 8th grade players will be given an envelope before the end of the school day on Thursday, January 28 with their status on the team.

Boys Swimming:

Tryouts: none, season starts 1/25/2016, 3:20 to 5:00pm

Practice: Monday/Wednesday 3:25pm - 5:00 pm (Choice Hour), Tuesday from 6:45am - 8am, and Thursday/Friday 4:15pm - 5:30pm

Upcoming events:

·         Mo. 1/25 Practice 3:25-5:00pm (4:15-5:00 for those staying in their Q2 Choice hours).

·         Tu. 1/26 Practice 6:45am-8am

·         We. 1/27 Practice 3:25-5:00 (4:15-5:00 for those staying in their Q2 Choice hours)

·         Th. 1/28 Practice 4:15-5:30pm

·         Fr. 1/29 Half day, no practice

 

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…

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.

 

BPS OFFERS TALK ON CHILD AN ADOLESCENT DEPRESSION FOR PARENTS

On January 28 from 6:30-8PM BPS will host special guest speaker Jenna Neinhuis of the University of Michigan Depression Center for an event titled “Beyond Grades: Child and Adolescent Depression.” The event will take place at the Education & Administration Building.

 

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.

 

TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE UNABASHED BASH!

The Birmingham Education Foundation invites you to join us at the 15th Annual Unabashed Bash, held at The Somerset Collection - South. The theme this year is Passport to Learning, and the evening will feature a strolling dinner, student entertainment, dinner, dancing, and live & silent auctions. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit our website. See flyer here.

 

MID-WINTER RECESS CAMPS – FEBRUARY 15-19, 2016

Birmingham Comminity Education offers a series of day camps throughout Mid-Winter Break for grades K-5 at Berkshire Middle School. See the 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.

 

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