May 1, 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.   The 5/6 students in Colonial Williamsburg are having an amazing learning experience and look forward to arriving back in town early Tuesday morning.


Current grades 6 & 7 families, join us this Tuesday (5/2/16) in the media center for an information meeting and registration information for our 2016-2017 Voluntary Trips for grades 7/8.  The trip to Puerto Rico will begin at 6:30 PM and the trip to the Inauguration in Washington DC will begin at 7:00 PM.  Read later in this WAG for more details.


This 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.


Also, save the date for an evening of yoga!  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

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

Twitter: @mark_morawski #BCSLearns


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Character Connections Word of the week: COLLABORATION/TEAMWORK

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.

·       “We talk a lot about hope, helping, and teamwork. Our whole message is that we are more powerful together.” – Victoria Osteen

·       “As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler

·       “Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek



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:  May: 7, 14, 21
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WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of May 2-May 8

To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email by WEDNESDAY at 5PM


Monday, May 2

·        BCS STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK: Stock the Staff Lounge with donations

·        7/8 Mexicantown Field Trip Permission Slips Due

·        6:45-8AM Track Practice

·        4PM Girl’s Soccer Game – Home vs. Bloomfield Hills MS

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

Tuesday, May 3

·        BCS STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK: Students dress in RED. Parents & Students send notes and emails of appreciation.

·        6:45-8AM Track Practice

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

·        3:30-4:30PM Boy’s Tennis Practice (Sommerset Courts)

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

Wednesday, May 4

·        BCS STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK: Staff Luncheon catered by Honey Tree

·        6:45-8AM Track Practice

·        4PM Girl’s Soccer Game – Home vs. East Hills MS

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

·        6:30PM Information Meeting for Optional 7/8 Trips (Media Center)

Thursday, May 5

·        BCS STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK: Bagel and Coffee Cart for the staff

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

·        4:00PM Boy’s Tennis Match – Away @ Bloomfield Hills MS

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

·        4:30PM Track Meet – Away @ Clarenceville MS

Friday, May 6

·        BCS STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK: Students “Dress like a Teacher of Staff Member Day”

·        9:30AM 3/4 Room Parent Meeting

·        Mom’s Eat & Run

0.      5/6 Lunch 11:15-11:55am

1.      3/4 Lunch 11:45am-12:25pm

2.      7/8 Lunch 12:25-1:05pm

·        12PM Rouge River Field Trip: Cook/Lowery

·        12:30PM CAREER DAY (see details below)

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

Saturday, May 7

·        9-11AM Saturday School at Berkshire

Sunday, May 8

·        Mother’s Day!



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On April 16, eight BCS instrumental music students performed at MSBOA District IV Solo & Ensemble Festival.  Students were adjudicated by professional judges using a five-category score sheet.  Ratings were assigned to each performance as follows:  a “I” = excellent, a “II” = good, a “III” = fair, a “IV” = poor, and a “V” = inadequate.  Individual results included:

·        Molly K (8th) performed a solo and earned a “I”.

·        Rachel D (8th) performed a solo and earned a “I”.

·        Adam B (8th) performed a solo and earned a “I”.

·        Jacob P (7th) performed a solo and earned a “I”.

·        Amanda S (7th) and Shin-be Felsner (7th) performed a duet and earned a “I”.

·        Sara P (7th) and Grace Tavi (7th) performed a duet and earned a “I”.

That’s the third year in-a-row that BCS students have earned ALL “excellent” ratings.  Congratulations to these kids for great performances resulting from hours and hours of persistence and hard work.



Please help the PTSA appreciate our phenomenal BCS staff!

Monday:  Stock the Staff Lounge with your donations of snack foods and drinks

Tuesday:  Students dress in RED to show they love the BCS Staff.  Parents and Students send notes and emails of appreciation to staff.

Wednesday:  Staff Luncheon catered by Honey Tree

Thursday:  Bagel and Coffee Cart for the staff

Friday:  Students "Dress like a Teacher or Staff Member Day"


The PTSA Staff Appreciation Committee is asking for families to contribute a snack or beverage item to stock the staff lounge.  We have divided suggested items by last name for variety sake (see below), but please donate any item you would like - individually wrapped please!  All snack/beverage items can be dropped off on the cart outside the office anytime this week or next week.   Thanks so much!

Last names beginning with:

·        A-G - Protein, granola, or cereal bars - Some of the Staffs Favorites are: Kind, Nutrigrain, Gluten free, Lara, Quest, Cliff, Nature Valley, Kelloggs, Fig, Kashi, Trader Joe’s brand (oat, honey, chocolate chip, berry, vanilla almond)

·        H-M -  Snack crackers and/or cookies - Some of the Staff’s Favorites are: Chips (BBQ flavor, plain baked, pringles, ranch doritos, salt n vinegar, sun chips, cheetos), Pretzels, Trail mix, Popcorn (skinny pop, white chedder, boom chicka, caramel corn, smart food), Cookies (oatmeal raisin, chewy chocolate chip), rice crackers, nuts (pistachios in shells, almonds, cashews, peanuts), twin bars, ritz mini sandwich crackers.  

·        N-P - Mini candy bars and/or miniature candies - Some of the Staff’s Favorites are: Dark chocolate, reese peanut butter cups, reese pieces, M&M’s (all variities), butter fingers, jolly ranchers, snickers, milk duds, take 5, dove chocolates, mints (peppermint patties), mike and ikes, chocolate covered pretzels, hershey’s plain chocolate, caramel hard candies

·        Q-T - Cans and/or individual bottles of regular and/or diet cokes - Some of the Staff’s Favorites are: coke (regular, diet, cherry, vanilla), squirt (regular/diet), ice tea (sweet, green tea, etc), pepsi (regular/diet), Izze’s, dr. pepper (regular/ diet), 

·        U-Z - Cans and/or individual bottles of other beverages - Some of the Staff’s Favorites are: vitamin water, La Croix, propel, G2 gatorade, starbucks frappaucino, sobe, bottled water (smart, target, sparkling, trader joes alkaline) 


2016 M-STEP – Testing for Grades 3 & 6 continues this week

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

Apr 25-May 13 Grades 3 & 6 M-STEP testing window ELA, Math & Science

May 9-27 Grades 4 & 7 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: (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.



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. 


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.



Each spring, BCS hosts two events in order to help our new students transition smoothly to BCS.  The first event is the New Family Breakfast, May 17, 2016, 7:45am – 8:30am.  This is a great opportunity for the new families to socialize with each other and meet the 3/4 staff and the principals. The second event is Move-up Day, June 13, 9:00am-10:30am.  Move-Up Day is a wonderful opportunity for our new students to begin feeling part of BCS.   If you are willing to volunteer at one or both of these events, please sign up using the links below.

New Family Breakfast Volunteers

Move-up Day Volunteers



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



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.  We are looking for someone to teach the 3rd grade and 4th and 5th grade math pentathlon classes.  The 4th and 5th grade math pentathlon class should begin first quarter, but 3rd grade math pentathlon would not have to begin until second quarter.  

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 to hear more.

If you would like to share your time and talents with a small group of students during Choice Hour or know someone else that is interested and qualified please contact Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or email her at for more information.

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 you can call the Choice Hour attendance line (248-203-4625) to have them excused at 3:20, email Linda Stone at  or come into 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. 




The BEF is sponsoring a visit from Eric Kahn Gale, author of The Bully Book and The Zoo at the Edge of the World.  Mr. Gale will be at BCS on Wednesday, May 18.  All 5/6 students will attend a presentation and Q&A session about The Bully Book, which LA teachers are currently reading aloud to students in class.  7/8 students who read at least one of his titles will also be invited to a special presentation during their Academic Lab time on that day.  Many copies of his book are available in the Media Center for checkout.  If you would like to purchase any of his books, please consider shopping using Amazon Smile to support the BEF:   Mr. Gale will sign books after each presentation.  For more details about the author visit or purchasing books, please email Ann Truesdell at



If you have any time at all in your day to spare, we welcome your help in our school library.  We especially need help shelving books and doing small projects to keep the library organized.  Even 15 minutes makes an impact!  Pop in any time – no sign up needed for quick shelving help! 



Students in all grades are invited to enter in the Research Raffle!  A new research question will be posted each week in the Media Center.  Use one of our databases to find the answer and submit your ticket for a chance to win.  Students may select from a variety of prizes, including new books and posters from our recent book fair.  One winner will be drawn each week! 

Research question for week of May 2: List 2 ways that the dwarf planet Pluto is different from the other planets in our solar system.  Databases are at:




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

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




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.



The 7/8 team would like to provide your children with the opportunity to experience the Latin culture of Mexicantown and tour the campus of Wayne State University, both in Detroit. The trip will take place Tuesday, May 17th. The cost of $19 covers transportation and a buffet lunch at Los Galanes restaurant. We will leave BCS at 9:15 A.M. and will return at 3:15 P.M. Students received a permission slip in Academic Lab today. The money and permission slips must be turned in by this coming Monday, May 2. Please note also that students MAY want to bring extra money the day of the trip so they can purchase souvenirs or treats from the Mexicantown shops. Also remember that NO CHILD will ever be excluded for financial reasons. Nan's Kids, a fund in memory of Dale Truding's mom, is available for this purpose. Please contact Mark Morawski if you would like assistance. All information is kept confidential. Find the permission slip here.




The Parent Advisory Council is now accepting applications for interested new members. The deadline for accepting applications is Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The application is available on the district website. Please use the following link to access the application: If you have questions or require additional information, please call Socha Brown at (248) 203-3014.



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 or visit



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 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 or e-mail


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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