January 31, 2016

Hello BCS!

 

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.  By the way, our 3/4 Salmon in the Classroom service learning project is in full swing.  Feel free to check out our Salmon Cam at http://salmoncam.blogspot.com​.

 

Yesterday, our BCS Middle School Science Olympiad Team hosted the 2nd annual Cobra Invitational and competed against 36 schools at BCS. The team did a great job! The Black Team took 2nd place overall & the Gold Team took 24th place overall! Go BCS! Thank you Coaches Brown, Emmi and Jacobs, along with all the parent volunteers, for coordinating an incredible event for all the school.  Also thank you to our sponsors for donating a portion of the food and beverage at yesterday’s tournament:

·         Dibella’s (Telegraph/13 Mile)

·         Little Caesar’s (Maple/Lahser)

·         Starbucks (Maple/Lahser)

See all the individual results here.  Way to go team!

 

The results for the 2016 BCS Geography Bee are in!  Congratulations to all who participated and to our top 6 finishers:

1st Place:  Aiden N

2nd Place: Jack M

3rd Place: Toland C and Trisha C (Tie)

5th Place: Thomas F

A special thank you goes out to parent volunteer, Nicole Corum, who organized the competition and to social studies teacher, Leon Braisted, for moderating both the opening and final rounds. 

 

Report Cards for the second quarter will be available on Friday, February 5.  3/4 report cards will be sent home with students at end of day on Friday and reports for grades 5-8 will be available online through PowerSchool. As you review your child’s report, you may find these tips from ThinkPort a helpful reference for celebrating and goal-setting with your child around his/her progress. 

  • “Above all, talk with your kids about their progress in school on a regular basis. That way, you can get them the help they might need before report cards arrive.
  • If your child comes home with a poor report card, try to keep your cool. Your child may feel very vulnerable and discouraged about how he's done. Letting your disappointment get the better of you will only make things worse.
  • Ask your child why he thinks she's received the grades she has. Remember, it's just as important to find out why your child received good grades as well as why she got bad grades. Talk about where she succeeded, where she ran into problems, and what you can do together in the future.
  • Many schools' report cards provide more than just a simple letter grade. Sometimes they assess different factors that contribute to your child's overall grade, like class participation or completing homework. These can often give you a better understanding of how your child is doing in school.
  • If you still have questions after you've talked with your child or if you are especially concerned, you might consider scheduling a conference with your child's teachers, too.

No matter what, be sure to praise your child. It could be for something as simple as showing good effort, improving in a particular subject, or any of the many other things that contribute to a grade.”

For additional resources check out the articles from Today’s Parent and Family Education.

 

The BCS Diversity Committee continues with our 2015-16 Film Series.  Please join the BCS Diversity Committee for any of the three films left in our series focused on local and global gender issues that affect each of us. All films are for adults only and will be shown in the BCS Media Center from 6:30-8:30 PM with a guided dialogue following each film.  The next film, It’s a Girl, will be shown on Thursday, February 11. For the flyer with all the details and to RSVP, click here or to RSVP directly for this next film, click here!  We hope to see you there!

 

BCS is a great place to be!  Check out the pictures from the week on our Facebook Page.  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: PERSEVERANCE

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.

·         “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

·         “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

·         “Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” – Mary Anne Radmacher

 

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 February 1-7

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

Monday, February 1

·         First Day of Quarter III

·         New Choice Hours Begin

·         3:25-5PM Boys Swim Practice (Parent meeting 5:05PM)

·         3:25-4:10PM 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice (8th Grade goes until 5PM)

Tuesday, February 2

·         6:45-8AM Boys Swim Practice

·         7-8AM 7/8 Girls Volleyball Practice

·         8AM Tuesday Bagel Sale - $1

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

·         7PM 8th Grade Celebration Committee Meeting (Open to all parents, Media Center)

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

Wednesday, February 3

·         DELAYED START (School starts at 9:48, Doors open at 9:30)

·         3:25-5PM Boys Swim Practice

·         3:25-5PM 7/8 Girls Volleyball Practice (Parents/Players/Coaches Meeting 5:05-5:30PM)

·         6-8PM Winter Band Concert (Gym)

Thursday, February 4

·         7-8AM 7/8 Girls Volleyball Practice

·         1:15PM PTSA Meeting

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

Friday, February 5

·         Last Day to Order a Yearbook (see below)

·         7-8AM 7/8 Girls Volleyball Practice

·         9:30AM 3/4 Room Parent Meeting

·         12PM 6/7/8 Science Olympiad Team departs for tournament at Wright State

·         2PM 3/4 Reading to the Super Bowl Party

·         4PM Choice Hour Change Forms Available

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

Saturday, February 6

·         7:30PM BEF Unabashed Bash at Somerset Collection

Sunday, February 7

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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CONGRATS TO THE BCS GIRLS SWIM TEAM – LEAGUE MEET RESULTS

BCS set 3 new school records and finished third as a team. Several girls place in the top 16, and score points. Individual highlights of the meet included Genevieve H. winning the 100 Breast and Megan C. setting school records in the 50 and 100 Free. The 200 Medley relay of Nikki B., Megan C., Genevieve H., and Terri S. also set a new school record on the way to a first place finish. Other top 5 individual finishers included: Hannah D. 200 Free, Genevieve H. 100 IM, Nikki B. 50 Fly & 100 Back, and Terri S. 100 Free.

 

BCS GEOGRAPHY BEE RESULTS

Congrats to all who participated! Below are the results!

1st Place:  Aiden N.

2nd Place: Jack M.

3rd Place: Toland C. and Trisha C. (Tie)

5th Place: Thomas F.

 

CONGRATS TO THE BCS SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM!

On Saturday, January 30th, the Middle School Science Olympiad Team competed against 36 schools at BCS. The team did a great job! The Black Team took 2nd place overall & the Gold Team took 24th place overall! Go BCS!! See the individual results 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.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 - DELAYED START DAY

Our next Delayed Start Day is Wednesday, February 3.  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, 2/2/16.  Registration is $5/child.

 

BCS DIVERSITY COMMITTEE PRESENTS 2015-16 FILM SERIES

The BCS Diversity Committee continues our 2015-16 Film Series with the viewing of It’s a Girl on Thursday, February 11, 6:30-8:30pm in the BCS Media Center.  Please join us as we continue to explore local and global gender issues that affect each of us. For more information about this film and to RSVP click here!

 

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!

 

*BCS BLAST* IS APPROACHING & *CLOSET CLEANOUT* IS HERE!

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!

 

CHOICE HOUR UPDATE

QIII CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION

3rd Quarter Choice Hour classes begin on Monday February 1st.  Choice Hour selections are posted on the Choice Hour board in the main hallway and in each homeroom.

The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour class change is Thursday February 11th by 4:00 PM.  Choice Hour class change request forms will be available in the main office after 4:00 PM on Friday February 5th.   Classes with openings will be listed on the back of the Choice Hour class change request form.  Please read the change form very carefully.  Any questions regarding Choice Hour schedules should be directed to Kathy Juriga at Kjuriga@birmingham.k12.mi.us .

Students requesting a change must attend their originally assigned classes for the first two weeks of the new quarter.  ALL Choice Hour changes that are approved will go into effect on Monday February 22nd.  You will receive timely notification if your Choice Hour change request is denied.

 

Choice Hour drop refunds will be processed for classes dropped during the Choice Hour change period which ends at 4:00 PM on Thursday February 11th.  No refunds will be processed after the Thursday February 11th deadline.

 

No Choice Hour drops, adds and/or changes will be accepted over the phone or via email.  All Choice Hour change requests require a parent’s signature.  Please pick up the proper paperwork at the front desk in the office.

 

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

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! 

 

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.

 

PE UPDATES

3/4 PE UPDATE

Monday, February 1 – Friday, February 12 is Jump Rope for Heart – All classes will be in the GYM

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…

COMMUNITY SURVEY

CECAC, a community school advisory group, is conducting a community survey to help inform the BPS Board of Education. Please take a moment to take the community survey linked here or on our website. You’ll have an opportunity to expand on your answers and help us improve our district work. The survey can be found here. The survey will close on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.

 

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.

 

UNABASHED BASH ONLINE AUCTION OPEN NOW

Can't wait to get in on the fantastic Bash Auction? You don't have to! Take a look today at the Online Auction, and don't forget to keep checking back until February 10th when the auction closes. Happy Bidding! Link for online auction

 

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY OFFERS STEM PROGRAMS

Courses are Saturdays from 9:00 am to noon from February 13 to March 12

Cost is $150 for 5 sessions.

Courses are available for middle and high school students in:

Plane Geometry for Engineers and Scientists

VEX Robotics

Biomedical Engineering

Computer Science

Physics for Engineers and Scientists

Follow this link to register: REGISTER ONLINE TODAY or oakland.edu/SECS/Outreach

E-mail mrdonoghue@oakland.edu for registration information or questions

 

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

Birmingham Community 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.

 

For additional District and Event News, Athletics Community Sports Groups Information click BPS District eNews

 

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