March 6, 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.  As a reminder, the Presidential Primary is being held at schools throughout the district on Tuesday from 7AM-8PM.  At BCS, voting will take place in the staff development room at Tech Services and voters will enter the doors at Tech Services.  Keep in mind that the parking lot may be a bit more crowded at arrival than a typical morning.  Also, the BCS Blasts Through Time 2016 is one week away and will only be as good as we all make it! We need your participation!  We need your help for our largest fundraiser of the year - VOLUNTEER and DONATE! Please click on the link corresponding with your child’s grade and sign up and see below for auction details:

7 Days until BCS Blasts Through Time!  BCS Blast Through Time Online Auction opened this week and ends Friday, March 11, 2016. Don't miss items include:  

·         Pie in the face (watch a sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVSj1WUZ7Zk),

·         Women's tennis open,

·         MSU tickets,

·         Ride along with an Indy car driver,

·         Orange Theory group session,

·         Ivivva private shopping,

·         Covet MedSpa,

·         BCS parking spots, and much more! 

Visit the site using the following link, https://www.biddingforgood.com/blast

 

Our BCS Blast Spirit Week is this week! Please remind students to dress up for Spirit Week to get excited for the BCS Blasts Through time!  Below are the specifics the BCS Spirit Committee has coordinated for this year.

·         Monday (3/7/16) – Pajama Day

·         Tuesday (3/8/16) – Sports/College Team Day

·         Wednesday (3/9/16) – Grade Color Day

o   3rd-Yellow

o   4th-Red

o   5th-Green

o   6th-Blue

o   7th-White

o   8th-Black

·         Thursday (3/10/16) – Disney Day

·         Friday (3/11/16) – Blast Back to the 80s Day

 

Thank you to those of you who attended our BCS PTSA Parent Forum, Creating Great Relationships, this past Monday.  Save the date for the next PTSA Parent Forum (in partnership with the BBFA) on Thursday, March 31 from 6:30-8:00 PM in the BCS Media Center.  Dr. Bernie Les will be leading the session “Discipline:  What Works and What Doesn’t.”  Click here for the flyer with all the details and to RSVP!

 

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.

·         “If [people] can learn to be less defensive, more open to others, and more accepting of accountability, they will adapt well to the new global economy.” – John Gerzema

·         “True love does not only encompass the things that make you feel good, it also holds you to a standard of accountability.” – Monica Johnson

·         “One person's embarrassment is another person's accountability.” – Tom Price

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of March 7-March 13

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

BCS BLAST SPIRIT WEEK

Monday, March 7 – Spirit Week “Pajama Day”

·         7:30-8AM 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice

·         5:30PM (5PM Warm-Up) Boys Swim Meet – Away @ Bloomfield Hills HS

·         4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Home vs. East Hills MS

Tuesday, March 8 – Spirit Week “Sports/College Team Day”

·         6:45-8AM Boys Swim Practice

·         7-8AM 7/8 Girls Volleyball Practice

·         7:30PM Blast Meeting (Media Center)

Wednesday, March 9 – Spirit Week “Grade Color Day”

·         Grade Color Day - 3rd (Yellow), 4th (Red), 5th (Green), 6th (Blue), 7th (White), 8th (Black)

·         Butzin Field Trip to Nature Center

·         8:10-8:15AM Bus Safety Drill (happens as students arrive on the bus to school_

·         4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Home vs. Derby MS

·         4PM Boys Swim Meet – Home vs. Berkshire MS

Thursday, March 10 – Spirit Week “Disney Day”

·         Harvath, Mali, Seley, Davis Field trip to the Detroit Historical Museum

·         Frishman Field Trip to Nature Center

·         Religious Diversity Journey (Sri Venkateswara Hindy Temple, Novi)

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

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

·         6-9PM 3rd Annual Patrick Henry Awards (more information below)

Friday, March 11 – Spirit Week “Blast Back to the 80s Day”

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

Saturday, March 12

·         9-11AM Saturday School at Berkshire (drop in to get some homework/study help)

Sunday, March 13

·         3-7PM BCS BLASTS THROUGH TIME

·         Choice Hour Forms due MONDAY, MARCH 14

 

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BCS BLAST SPIRIT WEEK KICKS OFF ON MONDAY

To get excited for the BLAST, this week is SPIRIT WEEK! Students and staff are encouraged to dress up for each day below to show their BCS Spirit! (All clothing must be school appropriate) This is sponsored by the 7/8 Spirit Committee:

·         Monday, March 7 - Pajama Day

·         Tuesday, March 8 - Sports/College Team Day

·         Wednesday, March 9 - Grade Color Day: 3rd – Yellow, 4th – Red, 5th – Green, 6th – Blue, 7th – White, 8th – Black, Staff - Pink

·         Thursday, March 10 - Disney Day

·         Friday, March 11 - Blast Back to the 80’s Day

 

MARCH STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Congratulations to our February Student Spotlight, Jake S.!!  Please click to read all about JAKE !!

 

ROAD CLOSURE FYI - UPDATE

The Road Commission of Oakland County (RCOC) will reconstruct Big Beaver between Adams Road and Woodward Avenue. Please read an updated press release on this closure here.

 

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

 

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)

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT PTSA PARENT FORUM THURSDAY, MARCH 31 6:30-8:00 PM

In partnership with the BBFA, the PTSA offers the next Parent Forum event in the BCS Media Center on March 31.  Dr. Bernie Les will be leading the session “Discipline:  What Works and What Doesn’t.”  Click here for the flyer with all the details and to RSVP!

 

CHOICE HOUR INFO

4th Quarter 2015-2016 Choice Hour selection sheets will be going home the week of March 7th, 2016.    Selections can be viewed online at www.bcsonline.info .  QIV Choice Hour begins Monday April 18th and ends Friday June 17th.  Choice Hour selections are due back no later than Monday March 14th at 4:00PM.  Students who do not turn in a selection sheet will not be placed in any Choice Hour classes.  Students who do not turn in a selection sheet with payment by the deadline will not be allowed to make a change in their schedule. 

 

Also, please include proper payment if you are signing your child up for a 4th and/or 5th day of Choice Hour.   Do not include payment for classes with materials fees or pay to play fees.  A separate billing will be made once students have been placed in their Choice Hour classes.

 

Important information regarding 4th quarter:

·         Elementary School Science Olympiad and Destination Imagination will not be offered.

·         The Forensics Team will meet on Fridays only this quarter.

·         Middle School Science Olympiad will only be offered on Tuesday/Wednesday.

·         Ripple Effect will be offered on Fridays instead of Tuesdays.

Athletics:

·         6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls interested in participating in the BCS track team program are encouraged to sign up for the Thursday track team Choice Hour class.  Must have an orange slip to participate.

·         7-8 Girls’ Soccer team is scheduled on Monday/Wednesday.  Team will be in place prior to the start of QIV Choice Hour.

·         7-8 Boys’ Tennis team is scheduled on Tuesday/Thursday.  Team will be in place prior to the start of QIV Choice Hour.

New offerings:

·         Intro to Forensics will be offered on Mondays for students in grades 4-7.  Students must be enrolled in this class in order to audition for the 2016-2017 BCS Forensics team.

·         Bee Keepers is back on Tuesdays.  Must complete and submit an application to be considered for this class.

·         Water Polo will be offered on Wednesdays for grades 5-8.

·         Band classes will be offered Monday through Thursday – see online selections for details.

·         Cheer/Dance team will be offered on Tuesdays for students in grades 6-8.

·         Exploratory French will be offered again on Wednesdays.

 

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

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.

 

YOUR ARE WHAT YOU SEE SESSIONS FOR 7/8 STUDENTS

On Monday, March 14 during 7/8 Integrated Learning Design (ILD at 8:18 AM), the girls (in the media center) and the boys (in academic labs combined by two classes) will have a session around the notion of “You Are What You See” as it relates differently to boys and girls.  For the girls, a Seaholm Senior Flex student, with support from staff, will deliver a presentation to the girls on the media portrayal of females.  The boys will have a session in small groups, each led by one of our 7/8 teachers, around how our culture may limit the way boys may think about what it’s like to be a man.  On Thursday, March 10 at 6:30 PM in the media center, we would like to invite 7/8 parents/guardians to join us for a preview of what we’ll be sharing with the 7/8 students.  To RSVP, please click here.  Also, below are links to the details for each session:

·         You Are What You See – Session for 7/8 girls click here

·         Your Are What You See – Session for 7/8 boys click here

While we hope all our students participate in their presentation/conversation, if you would like to opt your child out of the boy or girl session, please let me know by email Mark Morawski, principal (mmorawski@birmingham.k12.mi.us). 

 

8TH GRADE SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL INFORMATION NIGHT FOR PARENTS

Seaholm HS would like to welcome 8th grade parents to an evening event to share information regarding the social/emotional transition for students to the high school community.  At this meeting, Seaholm principal Rachel Guinn, along with the 9th grade assistant principal, athletic director, crisis counselor and community service coordinator will all be there to talk about the non academic world of high school.  Please join us on Tuesday, March 8 from 7:00 PM—8:00 PM in Seaholm’s Media Center.  If you have any questions, please direct them to Kyle Hall, 9th Grade Assistant Principal at 248 203-3734 or khall@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

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…

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

 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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