February 28, 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 posts from the week on the Birmingham Covington School Facebook page.  Congratulations to our Science Olympiad Team who finished 3rd in the County yesterday earning them an invitation to the State Competition this spring.  Click here for the complete results.  Also, please be sure to join us this week on Thursday, March 3 at 6:30 PM for our next PTSA Clearninghouse meeting where our new Spanish teacher Señora Tiseo will open the meeting sharing how PTSA grant dollars have supported the 3-8 Spanish program at BCS.

 

14 Days until BCS Blasts Through Time!  This week we launched the BCS Blasts Through Time countdown. Be sure to purchase your Family Patron package and make sure you don't miss the event! Family Patron Packages can be found by visiting the following link (https://www.biddingforgood.com/blast) and clicking the Live Event button.  Look for the Blast information packet with your raffle tickets in the mail if you haven’t received it already.  Below are links to each of the five Blast mailer sheets:

2016_Blast_Admin_Letter_Final

2016_Blast_Family_Patron

2016_Blast_Highlights

2016_Blast_Pricing-Games

2016_Blast_Pricing-Cafe

 

At BCS we value each other – and our reserved parking spaces!  This is a friendly reminder regarding our reserved parking spots. It seems that several times per week there someone uses a parking space that is another family’s reserved space. Families “win” those spaces in our Blast Auction each year, so please be respectful by leaving those spaces empty.  As important, the families use these spots as a meeting location for their children at dismissal. I understand it's confusing because these reserved signs do look like the 10 minute parking spots, but please make sure you are not parking in a reserved spot, I would greatly appreciate it.  And, for the sake of our students, please be patient, drive slowly and pull all the way forward in the circles during the busy arrival and dismissal time!

 

Last chance to register….

BCS PTSA Wellness team launches first of three upcoming forums!  Our first BCS PTSA Parent Forum is tomorrow night, 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

mmorawski@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Twitter: @mark_morawski #BCSLearns

WordPress: https://learnleadlove.wordpress.com/

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Character Connections Word of the week: ACCOUNTABILITY

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.

·       “I learned in an extremely hard way that the accountability falls with me.” – Stephen Baldwin

·       “When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.” – David Brin

·       “Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen Covey

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of February 29-March 6

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

Monday, February 29

·        7:15-8AM 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice

·        3:25-5PM Boys Swim Practice

·        4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Away @ Derby MS

·        6:30-8PM Parent Forum – Creating Great Relationships (Media Center)

Tuesday, March 1

·        6:45-8AM Boys Swim Practice

·        7-8AM 7/8 Girls Volleyball Practice

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

Wednesday, March 2

·        4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Away @ Derby MS

·        4PM Boys Swim Meet – Away @ Derby MS

·        6:30PM Web Team Meeting

Thursday, March 3

·        7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

·        9:15AM 5/6 Room Parent Meeting (Media Center)

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

·        6:30PM PTSA Meeting

Friday, March 4

·        9:30AM 3/4 Room Parent Meeting (Media Center)

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

Saturday, March 5

·        9-11 AM Saturday School at Berkshire (catch up and/or get help on your work)

Sunday, March 6

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

CONGRATS TO THE BCS SCIENCE OLYMPAID TEAM!

On Saturday, February 27th, our Middle School Science Olympiad Teams competed against 31 teams from Oakland County. Our Black team placed 3rd in their division earning an invitation to the State Competition at Michigan State University on April 30th.  Congratulations to all of our Olympians! See individual results here.

 

FEBRUARY STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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

 

FUTURE ROAD CLOSURE FYI

The Road Commission of Oakland County (RCOC) will reconstruct Big Beaver between Adams Road and Woodward Avenue. Construction will begin March 1 and continue through the summer. Please plan alternate routes during this time.

 

 “HOVER-BOARDS” PROHIBITED ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES

Effective immediately, and until further notice, so-called “hover-boards” are not allowed anywhere on Birmingham Public Schools’ property. These devices pose an unreasonable risk of fire and injury while they are being charged or are in use. The safety of our students, staff and other members of our school community is our highest priority.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

Note: This ban is consistent with the actions of other schools and universities, as well as the FAA.

 

FEEDBACK REGARDING CHARACTER EDUCATION FOR BPS & BCS

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.

 

UPCOMING ASSESSMENT WINDOWS for NWEA & M-STEP

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)

 

PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE 2016-17 ELECTIVE PACKETS

The Elective Packets for the 2016-17 school year for current 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders are up on the BCS website at http://bcsonline.info and at the below links. Please make sure to move your child up a grade as you complete the form.  Then, review the packet with your child and send the completed form back to the office by Friday, March 11 at 4:00pm.

2016-2017 Elective Information Packets- Please return to the BCS Office by March 11th.

Current 6th & 7th Graders (7th & 8th grade next school year) - The directions, along with course options, are outlined for you. Your child will receive one, year-long, elective.

·       7/8 Elective Information Packet

Current 5th Graders (6th grade next school year) - The directions, along with course options, are outlined for you. Your child will receive one, year-long, elective.

·       6th Grade Elective Information Packet

Current 4th Graders (5th grade next school year) - Please indicate if your student will be taking band, orchestra or Thinkering next school year. Descriptions are included.

·       5th Grade Elective Information Packet

 

From the Office of Specialized Instruction and Student Services:

Information Regarding Section 504 is on website under Families and then resources or by clicking here

 

7/8 NEWS

“DIARY OF ANNE FRANK” FIELD TRIP

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 were given to the students last week, but you may also find it here. Permission slips and payment (cash or checks written to Birmingham Covington School) are due Monday, 2/29 at 4:00pm. Due to payment requirements, LATE PERMISSIONS SLIPS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

 

ATTENTION 8TH GRADE PARENTS: PANORAMOIC PICTURE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 9

The 8th grade panoramic class picture will be taken on Wednesday, March 9 during Academic Lab (1:10-1:50PM). Please try not to schedule appointments for your child during this time.

 

PE UPDATES

3RD QUARTER

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

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will SWIM

 

BAND/ORCHESTRA UPDATES

BLUE LAKE AUDITION DATES

Blue Lake Auditions will take place on March 7, 8, and 9 (with the 14th as an overflow date). Find details on the band and orchestra website here.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…

SEAHOLM HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS: "BIG FISH" THE BROADWAY MUSICAL

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

 

‘FROM THE OFFICE OF SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION AND STUDENT SERVICES’: COLLEGE AND CAREER READY?

College and Career Ready? Diplomas Matter! To be held Thursday, March 3, 2016 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at BCS. The goal of your children’s K-12 education is to be 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 students learning needs, goals, and interest 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. See the flyer here.

 

ATTEND THE PATRICK HENRY AWARDS: THURSDAY, MARCH 10

Patriot Week (co-created by former BCS student Leah Warren) will host the 3rd Annual Patrick Henry Awards. Honorees will include Judge Avern Cohn, The Detroit Free Press, and Vietman Piolt John Todd. The event includes speeches by Leah Warren, Ben Franklin, appetizers, an more! Reserve your tickets today online here. Check out the flyer here.

 

2016 ACADEMIC Summer School

BPS residents register March 1st at 12:01am

 Schedule:

1st Semester: June 21 – July 8

(No school July 4th)

2nd Semester: July 11 – July 27

Register before May 27th & SAVE $25.00!

DOWNLOAD THE SUMMER SCHOOL CALENDAR AND COMPLETE BROCHURE AT WWW.COMMUNITYED.NET

·       Each semester lasts 13 days!

·       It can replace a lower grade in a previously taken class!

·       If you have good grades and good attendance, there is NO FINAL EXAM!

·       It features a variety of class choices.

 

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