February 7, 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​.  Also, congratulations to our February Student Spotlight, Emma M!  Please click here to read all about Emma! If your child is interested in being the March Student Spotlight, please click Student Spotlight, complete the form and submit it by Friday, February 26.


Our second semester is in full swing!  As we frequently remind our BCS community, once the second half of the year begins, our minds are in two places; supporting our learning efforts for this school year and beginning the planning for next school year.  We are about to begin the BCS scheduling process for the 2016-2017 school year. Please read the Parent Placement Input Letter very carefully, as it is filled with important information.  The letter includes details about the format of our 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 schedules as well as how you can provide input into your child’s placement for the 2016-17 school year.  Click here to access the letter and hard copies are available in the BCS office.


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!


BCS PTSA Wellness team launches first of three upcoming forums! 

Save the date for the launching of our first BCS PTSA Parent Forum, Creating Great Relationships, Monday, February 29 from 6:30-8:00 PM in the media center. What a great way to get together with other BCS parents to learn and practice simple tools, tactics, and a mindset to actively engage in conversation with your child while strengthening your relationship and supporting them to be successful. Coach Bob Shenefelt, author, success coach, and entrepreneur will share and facilitate the tried and true process of iMatter and iMatter for Kids. Leave this opportunity with an established foundation to communicate effectively and create positive relationships.  Click here for the flyer and to RSVP or simply RSVP HERE!


Lastly, remember to save the date for the next Eat & Run sponsored by our Proud Dads.  All proud dads, mom, loved ones be sure to join your student for lunch on Friday, February 26.  Click here for the flyer with all the details.


Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski


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Character Connections Word of the week: PATIENCE

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.

·         “Our patience will achieve more than our force.” – Edmund Burke

·         “Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting.” – Joyce Meyer

·         “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” – Robert H. Schuller



I've been meaning to check in and provide an update to all of you who have been keeping us in your continued thoughts and prayers. Zack had a little setback in early January when he came down with some severe abdominal pain and ended up being diagnosed with appendicitis and needing to have his appendix removed asap! The upside was, that while the surgeon had Zack under anesthesia, he also removed Zack's chest port since he had completed his 5th and final round of chemo. The good doctor even cleaned it up and gave it to Zack in a little jar as a keepsake. And what do you know, it's a rather snazzy shade of purple?!? Near the end of January, Zack had another CT scan to check out his neck, chest, and abdomen to make sure that all that nasty cancer was gone. And, his medical team confirmed what we were hoping...THE CANCER IS GONE!! Can I get an AMEN!?! Hooray! We are so thrilled and amazed that the power of prayer, positive thinking and some serious chemo drugs delivered my sweet boy from stage FOUR B Hodgkin's Lymphoma and restored him to good health!!! We are so thankful to God and all of our friends and family who have been prayer warriors or sent positive thoughts and energy and LOVE and good juju and all kinds of goodness our way. Thank you for holding us up and supporting us through this scary journey that we have walked with Zack. You have our eternal gratitude and know that we try to pay-it-forward each and every day in whatever small ways that we can.  Zack is now back in school full time and is trying to catch up on an academic AND social level with his peers. It's not easy, but most days he has a very positive outlook. His hair is growing back, he's shooting hoops again and he's back to acting in our local youth theater (Stagecrafters- they have a show coming up March 3-6th). AND he just found out that the amazing folks at The Rainbow Connection have granted his wish and the four of us are off to Copenhagen, Denmark next month!!! Very exciting! We are all so very grateful to each of you. We wish you peace and love and hope you can find the joy in each day. Because Life is so very fragile and each day, each moment we have on this earth is such a gift and a blessing. So, go and hug someone and tell them you love them and then take a deep breath and look all around you and say "thank you" for all that is in your life. The good and the bad...each moment has something to teach us and to help us all become who we are meant to be.  Thank you. Merci. Gracias. 


WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of February 8-14

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

Monday, February 8

·         3:25-4:10PM 7/8 Grade Girls Volleyball Practice

·         4:15PM Boys Swim Meet - Home vs. WHMS

Tuesday, February 9

·         Battle of the Books

·         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)

·         7:30PM Blast Meeting (Media Center)

Wednesday, February 10

·         3:25-5PM Boys Swim Practice

·         4PM Girls Volleyball Game - Home vs. BHMS (7th Grade at 4, 8th Grade at 5)

·         6:30PM Web Team Meeting

Thursday, February 11

·         Religious Diversity Journey

·         7-8AM 7/8 Girls Volleyball Practice

·         4PM Last Day to Make Choice Hour Change

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

·         6:30PM Diversity Committee Film Series: "It's A Girl!"

Friday, February 12

·         9:05-11:00 AM – 3-8 Character Connections classes get together this morning for character building and team building

·         2:20PM Valentine's Day Classroom Parties

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

Saturday, February 13 – Sunday, February 21

·         Mid-Winter Break



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



 Hello parents, we are the Bottle Greenhouse team from the HJW class. We are collecting empty 2-liter bottles with the intent of using them to build a greenhouse here at BCS.  With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, we realize there may be lots of soda consumed! Help us out by keeping your empty 2-liter bottles and dropping them off at BCS.  Make sure that you take the wrap off, rinse it out, and write your name on the bottle.  You will be helping us reach our goal of 1,600 bottles!  Happy Super Bowl!



On Saturday, February 6th BCS Middle School Science Olympiad Teams competed against 41 other schools from around the United States. The kids worked hard, had fun and did a great job. The Black team came in 17th overall and the Gold team came in 26th overall. Click here for all the results.



On Saturday, February 6th, the BCS Forensics Team competed against 29 schools (27 high schools and 2 middle schools) at the annual Maple Invitational at Seaholm High School. BCS took first place in the Bronze Division! Arya G took 3rd place in Sales Speaking and Abby N took 7th in Dramatic Interpretation. Hanna D also finished as a semi-finalist and Adam M and Isabella D finished with top individual scores as well!



Congratulations to our February Student Spotlight, Emma M.!!  Please click to read all about Emma!!



The BCS Diversity Committee continues our 2015-16 Film Series with the viewing of Its’ 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!



Save the date for the next Eat & Run sponsored by our Proud Dads.  All proud dads, mom, loved ones be sure to join your student for lunch on Friday, February 26.  Click here for the flyer with all the details.


Hello! My name is Karrington Baisden and I'm a junior at the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills (and a former BCS student). I recently attended an incubator program called Catapult at the Chicago Innovation Exchange of University of Chicago. During my time there, I joined a startup company called Spere with other high school students across the US. The startup is focused on product price comparison of electronics such as Iphones, Ipads, tablets, laptop computers, etc. Spere's goal is to improve the consumer online shopping experience by finding the cheapest price of a product on retail sites such as Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, etc. To improve our product, we believed it was necessary to gain feedback from parents about their online shopping experience through surveys. The survey consists of 5 questions centered on the specifics of online shopping and it takes about 3-4 minutes. It would be greatly appreciated if you could complete this survey and help my team improve Spere! If you have any concerns or questions, contact me at baisden.karrington68@bloomfield.org.  Here is the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCBD9B6.



A survey for parents of students in grades 4, 7 and 11.  Every three years the Character Education Steering Committee requests that 4th, 7th and 11th grade students, parents and teachers, complete our Character Education Survey.  We try to keep the survey as brief as possible, but use this data to help drive our building and district work.  Each spring the survey is given, we collect the data and share this with our Steering Committee as well as our building liaisons to help drive the work we do.  This is also information we share with others throughout the district including district administration, the school board and our community as a whole.  Please help us by completing the survey by March 18th.  Thank you so much.  Here is the link to the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9SYXTV5CharacterEducationSurvey2016.



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!




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 are available in the office now.   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


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.




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



Monday, February 8th

·         Davis & Seley 12:25-1:10

Tuesday, February 9th

·         Parkin/Wallington 3rd Grade 1:15-2:00

Thursday, February 11th

·         Harvath & Maliszewski 12:25-1:10

·         Parkin/Wallington 4th Grade 1:15-2:00

Friday, February 12th

·         Butzin & Frishman 12:25-1:10




We have a great program NEXT TUESDAY, February 9th at 10am! We hope you will join us! Ferocious Love: Mothering Teenage Boys into Manhood, Presented by Ted Braude. This program is presented by Ted Braude and is free and open to the public. There is NO need to pre-register. Click HERE for more information. This program will be held at The Booth/Doyle Center located at 7275 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48301.



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



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.



February 26-March 5th: The story is “family friendly” and surrounds a young man named Will who wants to understand his father better. Edward was a traveling salesman and told his son “Big Fish” stories his entire life.  Did he really meet a witch, a giant and a mermaid? Will is about to have a son of his own and needs to understand his dad in order to understand the kind of father he will be. The stories come to life with gorgeous music, wonderful dancing and  fantastical characters. Tickets are available ONLINE. Click on the link on the Seaholm or BPS webpage or go to showtix4u.com



Diplomas Matter! Options to Help ALL Students Prepare for their Future, including Career Tech Ed (CTE), Personal Curriculum (PC), Online Learning and more.

March 3, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Birmingham Covington School (BCS) Media Center, 1525 Covington Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

The goal of your children’s K-12 education is to best prepare for life after high school whether that is 4-year college, community college or career technical (CTE) opportunities.  Diplomas matter and academic preparedness is essential.  This process starts early and can be individualized to a student’s learning needs, goals and interests all while meeting MI State requirements toward earning a BPS diploma.   Join us for a round table discussion about flexible learning options to ensure your child is college and career ready.  Participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss their concerns about this important topic.  Who should attend?  Families of middle school and high school students who are on track to earn a diploma.  All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone!  For more information contact Amy Damon at 414-617-5758 or amydamon@tidecove.com or visit  www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org or see the flyer here.



No prior scouting experience necessary! This spring is the time to consider joining Boy Scout Troop 1001, sponsored by Birmingham’s First Presbyterian Church on Maple Road in Birmingham. We are one of the oldest Troops in Michigan. For more information click here.


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