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
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,
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
for more information and contact Jennifer Peterson at
email@example.com with any questions.
Donation information can also be entered directly at our
Blast Auction site at
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
Michael N, Film/Intermediate, 4th place
Gabe H, Film/Middle School
Vivian Y, Literature/Middle School, 2nd
Gillian G, Literature/Middle School, 1st
Archan S, Literature/Intermediate, tie for 1st
Ozzy B, Photography/Intermediate, tie for 1st
Quentin G, Photography/Middle School, 2nd
Krishnan M, Photography/Middle School, 1st
Sarah S, Visual Arts/Intermediate, tie for 2nd
James H, Visual Arts/Middle School, tie for 1st
BCS students shine once again!
BCS is a great place to be!
We’re looking forward to another great week of learning at
Wishing you well,
BCS on Facebook!
Like BCS 20 Year Celebration on
Character Connections Word of the week:
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
– Tracy McMillan
BCS Box Tops - Help Prepare for Submission
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
Click the link below to sign up to help…
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of
To submit an item
for next week’s “WAG”, email
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
4PM Boys Basketball
Game – Away @ Hazel Park Junior High
Girls Swim Practice - 7/8 Only!
8:00PM BPS Board Meeting
(Education & Administration Building)
Wednesday, January 20
7-8AM 7/8 Boys
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
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
JANUARY STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Congratulations to our January
Student Spotlight, Eloise W.!! Please click
to read all about Eloise. If your child is interested in being the
February Student Spotlight, please click
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
Wednesday, January 27, 4:30PM (Student tickets are BUY ONE GET ONE
Thursday, January 28, 7PM
Friday, January 29, 7PM
All shows are in the BCS
5/6 DISABILITY AWARENESS WORKSHOP ON JANUARY 27TH
Please consider volunteering
at this worthwhile hands-on disability workshop for all 5th and
6th grader. Sign up
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
Ad space for proud parents is available in the BCS yearbook as
well! Purchase and design your ad directly from
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
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
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
Covington School will need to be designated as your school of
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
email@example.com or 248.416.7447 with any donation-related
questions or for early contributions. Thanks for your
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Winter 2 season tryouts begin
Monday, January 25, 2016
8th Grade tryouts (Coach Mrs.
Monday, Jan. 25 from 7-8AM
Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 7-8AM
Thursday, Jan. 28 from 7-8AM –
Friday, Jan. 29 from 7-8AM
7rh Grade tryouts (Coach Mr.
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.
Tryouts: none, season starts
1/25/2016, 3:20 to 5:00pm
3:25pm - 5:00 pm (Choice Hour), Tuesday from 6:45am - 8am, and
Thursday/Friday 4:15pm - 5:30pm
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
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
BPS OFFERS TALK ON CHILD AN ADOLESCENT DEPRESSION
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
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
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
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