February 21, 2016

Hello BCS!


The week before mid-winter break 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.  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 next Eat & Run sponsored by our Proud Dads is this Friday, February 26.  All proud dads, mom, loved ones be sure to join your student for lunch.  Click here for the flyer with all the details.


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.


BCS PTSA Wellness team launches first of three upcoming forums!  Our first BCS PTSA Parent Forum is fast-approaching, 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!


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


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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.

·         “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams

·         “Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.” – Heraclitus

·         “Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.” – Saint Francis de Sales


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 22

·         7:15AM 7th Grade Volleyball Practice

·         4PM Girls Volleyball Game - Home vs. WHMS

·         5:30PM Boys Swim Meet - Away vs. BHMS (@ Bloomfield HS, bus at 4:30pm)

Tuesday, February 23

·         6:45-8AM Boys Swim Practice

·         7-8AM 7/8 Girls Volleyball Practice

·         3:30PM BCS Snow Club Makeup Date

Wednesday, February 24

·         4PM Girls Volleyball Game - Home vs. Cranbrook MS

·         5:30PM Boys Swim Meet - Away @ Cranbrook MS

Thursday, February 25

·         7-8AM 7/8 Girls Volleyball Practice

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

Friday, February 26

·         Proud Dad’s Eat & Run

o   3/4 - 11:45-12:25PM

o   5/6 - 11:05-11:45AM

o   7/8 - 12:45-1:25PM

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

Saturday, February 27

·         9-11 AM – Saturday School at Berkshire

Sunday, February 28



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



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



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.



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.



Mar 1-31 Grades 3-8 NWEA Math & Reading (End-of-Year Testing Window)

Apr 11-29 Grades 5 & 8 M-STEP testing window ELA, Math & SS

Apr 25-May 13 Grades 4 & 7 M-STEP testing window ELA, Math & Science

May 9-27 Grades 3 & 6 M-STEP testing window ELA, Math

If you would like to check out the M-STEP, practice Tests/Sample Item Sets for M-STEP can be found at: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/ott1 (must be used in Google Chrome and use the username and password included on the screen).



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.



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!


7/8 NEWS


The 7/8 students will be traveling to the Jewish Ensemble Theater on Friday, March 4 to see the play “Diary of Anne Frank”. Permission slips are being given to the students on Monday, 2/22, but you may also find it here. Permission slips and payment (cash or checks written to Birmingham Covington School) are due Monday, 2/29. Due to payment requirements, LATE PERMISSIONS SLIPS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.



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.




Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will be in the GYM

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will SWIM




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.


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