January 31, 2016
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
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)
See all the individual results
Way to go team!
The results for the
2016 BCS Geography Bee are in!
Congratulations to all who participated and to our top 6
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
“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
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
We hope to see you there!
BCS is a great place to be!
Check out the pictures from the week on our
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.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated
day in and day out.” – Robert
“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
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
email@example.com by WEDNESDAY at 5PM
Monday, February 1
First Day of Quarter III
New Choice Hours Begin
Swim Practice (Parent meeting 5:05PM)
Grade Girls Volleyball Practice (8th Grade goes until
Tuesday, February 2
7-8AM 7/8 Girls
8AM Tuesday Bagel Sale - $1
3:30-8:20PM BCS Snow Club
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
3:25-5PM 7/8 Girls
Volleyball Practice (Parents/Players/Coaches Meeting 5:05-5:30PM)
6-8PM Winter Band Concert
Thursday, February 4
7-8AM 7/8 Girls
1:15PM PTSA Meeting
Friday, February 5
Last Day to Order a Yearbook
7-8AM 7/8 Girls
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
4PM Choice Hour Change Forms
Saturday, February 6
BEF Unabashed Bash at Somerset Collection
Sunday, February 7
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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
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
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.
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
PLEASE SIGN UP FOR AMAZON SMILE, TARGET REWARDS, & RAISE FUNDS FOR
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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…
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
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
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!
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
Plane Geometry for Engineers and Scientists
Physics for Engineers and Scientists
Follow this link to register:
REGISTER ONLINE TODAY or
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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