April 24, 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.  Please remember that this Wednesday, April 27, is our final Delayed Start of the year.  School will begin for students at 9:48 AM (doors open at 9:30 AM).


Our BCS PTSA Budget Management Committee proposed the 2016-17 budget at their April 14 meeting.  You can review the budget at http://bcsonline.info or by clicking here.  Next year’s budget will be voted on at the May 12 meeting.  Also, at the last meeting, Harriett Sherman was voted our BCS PTSA Volunteer of the Year.  Read all about Harriet’s amazing volunteer efforts later in this WAG.


And finally, Friday, May 6 is the next (and final) Eat & Run of the year – sponsored by our Proud Dads! Proud Moms, Dads, Aunts, Loved Ones, join your BCS kid(s) & their friends for lunch and fun – please note the updated times:

·       5/6 Lunch 11:15-11:55am (adjusted due to trip to Seaholm to see the UM Glee Club from 9:30-11:00am)

·       3/4 Lunch 11:45am-12:25pm

·       7/8 Lunch 12:25-1:05pm (adjusted due to Career Day in the afternoon)

See the flyer with more Eat & Run details here.  Be sure to tour the main hallways to view our BCS Gallery of Art – it is a treat for the eyes!  Thank you to Mrs. Husbands for spearheading the amazing display.  Also, Friday, May 6 is our semi-annual BCS Career Day sponsored by Proud Dads.  The 3/4 Career Day will be from 12:30-1:15 PM, the 5/6 will be from 1:05-2:05 PM, and the 7/8 will be from 1:10-3:20 PM.


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: ACCEPTANCE

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.

·       “My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” – Michael J. Fox

·       “I think tolerance and acceptance and love is something that feeds every community.” – Lady Gaga

·       “Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.” – Jessica Lange



Harriet Sherman has been an integral part of the BCS community for the past 9 years. She is a dedicated volunteer, always available to lend a hand wherever needed. Harriet has been a volunteer in the BCS office and has volunteered at the Blast EVERY year. She has also served as a room parent and been part of the 8thGrade Celebration Committee. Harriet is really “known” for her leadership on the Community Connections Committee. She has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically coordinating a variety of community-related school-wide activities such as; the BCS Open House, Alumni Breakfast, New Family Breakfast, Move-Up Day, and who can forget...Registration!  If Harriet sees a need she jumps in and offers to help and ends up doing so many other things that don’t have a title! Harriet brings a wonderful energy and spirit to everything she does. She provides so much leadership, guidance and strength in such a small package! We have truly been honored to have such an amazing and giving parent to support our children and our school.



BPS Saturday School program, sponsored by our African American Family Network, is a great resource for ALL K-12 BPS students who would like to receive additional academic support in any subject of their choice.
Future Saturday School dates:  April: 30 /May: 7, 14, 21
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WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of April 25-May 1

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

Monday, April 25

·        6:45-8AM Track Practice

·        4PM Girl’s Soccer Game – Away @ Cranbrook MS

·        4:30-5:30PM First Boy’s Tennis Practice (Sommerset Courts) – Team Pictures!

Tuesday, April 26

·        6:45-8AM Track Practice

·        4:15-6:10PM Girl’s Soccer Practice

·        4PM Boys Tennis Match – Away @ East Hills Middle School

Wednesday, April 27

·       Delayed Start – School starts at 9:48AM – Doors Open @ 9:30AM – more details below

·       10AM Salmon Release (Riverside Park, BCS Students will arrive at 10:15AM)

·        6:45-8AM Track Practice

·        4PM Girl’s Soccer Game – Away @ Derby Middle School

·        4:30-5:30PM Boy’s Tennis Practice (Sommerset Courts)

Thursday, April 28

·       “Take Your Child to Work Day”

·       4PM Choice Hour Change Forms DUE

·        4:00PM Boy’s Tennis Match – Away vs. Country Day MS @ Country Day HS

·        4:15-6:10PM Girl’s Soccer Practice

·        5PM Track Meet – Home vs Cranbrook MS @ Groves High School

Friday, April 29

·       5/6 Trip to Williamsburg (departs in the evening)

·        4:15-6:10PM Girl’s Soccer Practice – Team Pictures!

Saturday, April 30

·       5/6 Trip to Williamsburg

·       9-11 AM Saturday School at Berkshire (get some help with homework or studying – free)

Sunday, May 1

·       5/6 Trip to Williamsburg (returns at about 5AM)



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The BCS Forensics Team competed in their Spring State Tournament on Saturday, April 23rd at White Pine Middle School! BCS had 24 entries and finished with 2 State Champions, 8 State Finalists, and 8 State Semi-Finalists!

State Finalists included:

·        Megan C – 1st Place in Informative Speaking

·        Abby N – 1st Place in Prose Interpretation

·        Isabella R – 2nd Place in Storytelling 6

·        Mia L – 2nd Place in Poetry Interpretation

·        Ainsley N – 2nd Place in Dramatic Interpretation

·        Jack H & Perry J – 2nd Place in Duo Interpretation 6

·        Arya G – 3rd Place in Informative Speaking

·        Ali Chapnick – 3rd Place in Prose Speaking

·        Richard Pifer – 5th Place in Sales Speaking

·        Youssef K & Stefan I – 5th Place in Duo Interpretation 6

State Semi-Finalists included: Vivian Y in Oratory, Jordan Snyder in Sales, Ellie Cook in Dramatic Interpretation, Ania U & Olivia C in Duo, Jordyn D in Poetry, Mahlah M & Gracie S in Duo 6, and Zoeya J & Emma M in Duo 6.



Congratulations to our April Student Spotlight, Ian H.!!  Please click to read all about IAN!!


2016 M-STEP – Testing for Grades 3 & 6 begins this week (Tuesday only)

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). 

·        Kid narrated video tutorials are available by clicking here. (Works best with Chrome.)

·        Click here for the BCS grade-specific M-STEP schedule to help you avoid any outside-of-school scheduling conflicts. 

·        2016 M-STEP Parent Letter

·        M-STEP: What is it? What it means and What it Offers

·        PTA Parent Guide to Assessments & Accountability in Michigan



We continue to team with the Disabled American Veterans and are collecting clothes, shoes, toys and small house appliances.  There is a collection bin in the northeast corner of the BCS parking lot.  All items donated will go to disabled American Veterans. BCS receives $50 for every full bin and the money we raise will continue to support the village of Chilupula in Zambia, Africa.  When you are cleaning through closets and drawers, please consider donating the items to the Disabled American Veterans via the collection bin in the BCS parking lot.  Donation receipts are available in the BCS office.



School will begin at 9:48am.  Due to the fact that all staff will be participating in professional development that morning, the building will not be open until 9:30am.  Please DO NOT drop your child off before 9:30am.  For those of you who need child care from 8:18-9:48am, please complete the registration form and return it to the BCS office by Monday, 4/25.  Registration is $5/child.



Next year’s 7/8 students will have the opportunity to participate in two optional field trips:

·        San Juan, Puerto Rico (Spanish exposure and community service) – January 11-16, 2017

·        Washington DC/Inauguration (Social Studies enrichment) – January 18-22, 2017

Information Meeting:  Wednesday, May 4, 2016, BCS Media Center

·        San Juan – 6:30pm

·        Washington DC – 7:00pm

Registration for both trips will open at the time of the meeting and will be first come, first served.  We anticipate both trips to fill up quickly, so if you think your child might be interested in either of the 2017 trips, we strongly encourage you to attend the meeting.  For a summary of both trips, click 2016-2017 Optional 7/8 Trips.  Registration information will be emailed to all 6/7 families at end of day May 4. 


UPDATED – MAY 6TH IS THE MOM’S EAT AND RUN – sponsored by Proud Dads!

Join your BCS kid(s) & their friends for lunch and fun.

·        5/6 Lunch 11:15-11:55am

·        3/4 Lunch 11:45am-12:25pm

·        7/8 Lunch 12:25-1:05pm

See the flyer with more details here.



BCS families are invited for our last yoga event of the school year, Tuesday, May 24 from 7:00-8:15 PM in the gym. Bring your child (and a friend) and take a study break to come have a fun and relaxing time with fellow classmates, friends and parents. If it’s your first time or you’re an experienced yogi, this class is for you! Molly Herzoff, a fun and spirited local yoga instructor of 17 years, will be facilitating. Fee is $5 per person, siblings ages 8+ are welcome. Our 8th graders can be dropped off. Bring your own mat. To RSVP and for questions, contact Daniela Davis at davismd01@gmail.com.



·        4th Quarter Choice Hour classes began Monday April 18th.  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 April 28th by 4:00 PM.  Choice Hour class change request forms are available in the main office.   Classes with openings will be listed on the back of the Choice Hour class change request form.  Please read the change form very carefully. 

·        Students requesting a change will be expected to 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 May 2nd.  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 official Choice Hour change period which ends at 4:00 PM on Thursday April 28th.  No refunds will be processed after the Thursday April 28th 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 in the office.

Thank you for supporting the Choice Hour program!


Choice Hour Planning for 2016-2017 School Year:

Choice Hour planning for the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year has begun.   Several parents have already volunteered to teach some very interesting Choice Hour classes next year that highlight their talents and interests.  If you would like to share your time and talents with a small group of students during Choice Hour please contact Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or email her at ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us for more information.


Attention 3-5th grade Parents: The BCS Destination Imagination Team is expanding, and we need your help! Destination Imagination is a nonprofit, global competitive program. The kids work collaboratively to solve challenges based on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We're looking for volunteer team managers. It's fun, rewarding, and such a great opportunity for the kids. With your help, our team could compete in up to 3 tournaments! Please contact Brenna Adams bcsditeam@gmail.com to hear more.


We are also looking for parent volunteers to offer Math Pentathlon choice hour classes for grades 3-5. Email Linda Stone at ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us if interested in leading.


Choice Hour Reminders:

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 will be charged a $5.00 fee.


If your student has Choice Hour but will not be attending their Choice Hour class please call the Choice Hour attendance line (248-203-4625) to have them excused at 3:15, email Linda Stone at ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  or pick up a pink slip in the office to have them released from choice hour.  Choice Hour attendance can be a very time consuming job.  The safety of your children is always our priority.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions regarding Choice Hour attendance please call Linda Stone at 248-203-4625. 




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

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will SWIM.




You are invited to attend the Groves Girls Varsity game on Friday April 29th, at 6:00pm

 Join us at 5:30pm:

• Meet the Varsity coach, Paul Thomas, and the players

• Be on the field for warm-ups with the team

• Serve as a ball girl

• Sit in reserved seating

• Play games on the field during halftime

• Enter into raffles for prizes

• Stay for a post-game meet-and-greet with coach and players

Wear a soccer jersey for free admission. Sign in at the event table just inside the gates. Contact Becky Brady for more information @ mrbrady5@comcast.net. See the flyer here.




Release day is a huge celebration for the Harvath/Mali/Davis/Seley teams!  We currently have less than 100 living salmon from our original 200 eggs; a survival rate of under 50%.  This is typical, but a dramatic difference from our over 90% survival rate from last year.  Release day will be a special culminating experience, and we hope you are able to join us.  Please note, this is a Late Start Day, and school starts at 9:48 a.m.  We will be leaving soon after school begins.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 27th, 10:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. 

WHERE: Riverside Park (near Squirrel Road and Auburn Road)

All parents are invited to join us.  Meet us at BCS at 10:00 and follow the buses in your car, or meet us at Riverside Park.




This is a reminder that we will be hosting the 8th Grade Parent/Student Transition to Groves High School on Monday, May 2nd  beginning at 6:30pm. Students will have the opportunity to meet with fall coaches beginning at 6:30pm in the Commons. The program for students at parents will take place at 7pm in the Little Theatre.




Live Well: Join thought leaders around the region for this exciting morning specifically designed for the Boomer Generation. The event is Saturday, April 30 at 7:30am at Groves High School. See the flyers for more details here.



Explore and learn at this student-driven event.  Don’t miss it!  Music, presentations and more!

Groves High School, May 3, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Free to public



Groves High School Main Auditorium, 20500 West Thirteen Mile Rd., Beverly Hills, MI  48025 

Staff and Community members of BPS, chosen by members of Friends of Different Learners, are being honored with an Appreciation Award for 2016. This award recognizes individuals affiliated with Birmingham Public Schools who go the extra mile to maximize the potential of BPS students with different abilities. Please join us for a dessert reception in their honor. 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



Come join the football coaches and players of Seaholm and Groves High Schools for a fun day to learn basic football skills!!!!!

Where? Seaholm High School

When? May 15th 3:30pm-5pm

Who? Students with special needs -  ages 7 and up

What to bring? Sneakers and a bottle of water (camper t-shirts will be provided)

Sign up at:




On Sunday, May 22nd we will be having our 4th annual Forte 5K Run/Walk in Beverly Park at 9am.  This is the major fundraiser for the Groves Orchestra program and enables us to subsidize Orchestra Camp, bring in clinicians (including the DSO), take field trips, and purchase any necessary music and equipment for the orchestras.

When: May 22, 2015 at 9:00 am

Where: Beverly Park  

Why: To support the Groves Orchestra Program!

REGISTRATION: Please register at www.bit.ly/forte5k. Make sure to enter you t-shirt size!



Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science offers camps for upper elementary, middle and high school students who have, or might have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM). Students will be taken through a series of hands-on, student-centered experiences where they will learn a little bit about what each of the engineering fields do, build and test equipment and conduct experiments in the various disciplines that include all of STEM.

Camps are offered 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, throughout the summer, on the campus of Oakland University (Note: All camps offered during the week of July 5-8 will take place from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday). Lunch is provided to students. Extended camp hours are also offered. Students can remain at Oakland University until 5:00 p.m.

REGISTER TODAY. For more information visit oakland.edu/SECS/outreach or e-mail SECSOutreach@oakland.edu


2016 ACADEMIC Summer School


1st Semester: June 21 – July 8

(No school July 4th)

2nd Semester: July 11 – July 27

Register before May 27th & SAVE $25.00!


·        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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