February 28, 2016
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.
here for the
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:
At BCS we value each other – and our reserved
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
BCS PTSA Wellness team launches
first of three upcoming forums!
Our first BCS PTSA Parent Forum is
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.
here for the flyer and to RSVP or simply
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 BCS!
Twitter: @mark_morawski #BCSLearns
Like BCS 20 Year
Character Connections Word of the
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
“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
firstname.lastname@example.org by WEDNESDAY at 5PM
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
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
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
9:30AM 3/4 Room Parent Meeting (Media Center)
4:15-5:30PM Boys Swim Practice
9-11 AM Saturday School at Berkshire (catch up and/or get help on
ALL BCS NEWS
Chartwells- BPS Food Service-click
- for updates click
CONGRATS TO THE
BCS SCIENCE OLYMPAID TEAM!
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
Congratulations to our February Student Spotlight, Emma M.!!
Please click to read all about
ROAD CLOSURE FYI
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.
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
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:
be used in Google Chrome and use the username
and password included on the screen)
PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN THE 2016-17
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,
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,
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
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
ANNE FRANK” FIELD TRIP
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
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.
Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will be in the GYM
Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will SWIM
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
COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…
SEAHOLM HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS: "BIG FISH" THE BROADWAY
26-March 5th: The story is
friendly” and surrounds a young man named Will who wants to
understand his father better. Edward was a traveling salesman and
told his son
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’:
AND CAREER READY?
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
ATTEND THE PATRICK
HENRY AWARDS: THURSDAY, MARCH 10
(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
ACADEMIC Summer School
residents register March 1st at 12:01am
Semester: June 21 – July 8
school July 4th)
Semester: July 11 – July 27
before May 27th & SAVE $25.00!
THE SUMMER SCHOOL CALENDAR AND COMPLETE BROCHURE AT
semester lasts 13 days!
replace a lower grade in a previously taken class!
have good grades and good attendance, there is NO FINAL EXAM!
features a variety of class choices.
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