May 8, 2016

Hello BCS!

 

It was another great week at BCS!  Smiles, energy and a passion to learn remained evident.  The BCS staff even brought home the championship in the district staff kickball tournament yesterday.   Please be sure to check out some pictures from the week on the Birmingham Covington School Facebook page. And, of course, Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms!  May it be a wonderfully restful day spent the way you want!

 

The BCS Diversity Committee presents the next film in our 2015-16 Film Series.  Please join the BCS Diversity Committee on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 PM for the final film in our series focused on local and global gender issues that affect each of us. The film is for adults only and will be shown in the BCS Media Center from 6:30-8:30 PM with a guided dialogue following the film.  The next film, Girl Rising, will be shown on Wednesday, May 11 in the media center. Please RSVP directly for the next film, click here!

 

Be sure to attend our final PTSA meeting of the year this Thursday, May 12 at 1:15 PM where a few of our 3/4 teachers will share about a project on which their students are working and we will vote on the proposed 2016-17 PTSA Budget.  You can view the proposed budget at http://bcsonline.info.

 

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: 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.

·       “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

·       “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

·       “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

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 davismd01@gmail.com.

2016 M-STEP – Testing for Grades 4 & 7 begins this week

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: 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

 

BPS SATURDAY 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:  May: 14, 21
Sign up for Saturday School's Remind notifications! Text the message @satschool to 81010 to sign up. For more information:
http://bpssaturday.weebly.com

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of May 9-May 15

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

Monday, May 9

·       12PM Rouge River Field Trip: Howe/Joseph/Warner

·        6:45-8AM Track Practice

·        3:25-5:30PM Girl’s Soccer Practice

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

·       7PM PTA Annual Reflections & Volunteer Celebration

Tuesday, May 10

·        6:45-8AM Track Practice

·        4:00PM Boy’s Tennis Match – Home vs. Derby MS

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

·       5PM Forensics Showcase (5/6 from 5-6:30pm, 7/8 from 7-8:30pm)

Wednesday, May 11

·       Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

·       8AM Bus Safety Drill – Rear Door

·       12PM Rouge River Field Trip: Brown/Marks

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

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

·        4:30PM Track Meet – Away @ East Hills MS

·       6:30PM BCS Diversity Committee Film Series: Girl Rising

Thursday, May 12

·        6:45-8AM Track Practice

·       12PM Rouge River Field Trip: Burdick/Burns

·       1:15PM PTSA Meeting

·        4:00PM Boy’s Tennis Match – Home vs. West Hills MS

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

·       7PM BCS 5th Grade Orchestra Concert

Friday, May 13

·       12PM Rouge River Field Trip: Cook/Lowery

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

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

Saturday, May 14

·       3:30PM Miracle Football Day

Sunday, May 15

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

CONGRATS TO THE SCIENCE OLYMPAID TEAM

On Saturday, April 30th the BCS Middle School Science Olympiad Team competed at Michigan State University against the top 48 teams (out of over 600 Middle and High School teams) from across the state of Michigan. It was an amazing day filled with great success! The team took 9th place overall in the state of Michigan! See individual results here.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NEW FAMILY BREAKFAST AND MOVE-UP DAY

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

 

BOTTLE GREENHOUSE UPDATE

Hello parents of BCS students, by the end of this year our goal is to collect 1600 2L plastic bottles. What we will do with the bottles is make a greenhouse out of them. We can't do this alone so that is why we need your help donating 2L bottles. Our mission is to help the environment, teach kids, and have fun along the way. Make sure that you have your students bring inn 2L plastic bottles. Help us make the world a better place.

Thanks, The Greenhouse Team

 

DONATE USED ITEMS TO THE DAV THROUGH THE COLLECTION BIN AT BCS!

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.

 

MEDIA CENTER UPDATES

SURPRISE!  WE HAVE A LAST MINUTE ASSEMBLY FOR YOU THIS MONDAY

NBC Correspondent, animal advocate, and Covington alumni Jill Rappaport will be at BCS on Monday to talk about her work with rescuing animals, developing compassion for animals and people, and making a life doing something you love. 

Please join us for an assembly in the Media Center Monday 5/9 at:

3/4 – 11-11:45

5/6 – 2:30-3:20

She’ll also be bringing her rescued dachshund, Ruby, who his hypoallergenic!

 

AUTHOR VISIT: ERIC KAHN GALE

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: http://www.supportbef.org/give-today.html.   Mr. Gale will sign books after each presentation.  For more details about the author visit or purchasing books, please email Ann Truesdell at atruesdell@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN THE MEDIA CENTER! 

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! 

 

7/8 TEAM UPDATES

8TH GRADE CELEBRATION

The 8th Grade Celebration Committee is looking for gift card donations to raffle off during the 8th Grade Celebration Dance.  Please consider donating a gift card of $5, $10, etc value to a local establishment - Starbucks, Panara, ice cream, Emagine Theaters, Subway, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Target, etc.  Please put your gift card donations in an envelope labeled “8th Grade Celebration Gift Cards” and drop off at the BCS office.  We’re looking forward to making this an awesome evening for our 8th grade students.  Thank you! 

 

2016-2017 OPTIONAL 7/8 FIELD TRIPS

Next year’s 7/8 students will have the opportunity to participate in two optional field trips.  For information and to register, click on the links below.

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

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

The first bus for the DC trip is full and a wait list has begun for the second bus.  We expect the San Juan trip to fill very soon and then a wait list will be started for that trip, as well. For a summary of both trips, click 2016-2017 Optional 7/8 Trips.

 

GROVES BOYS' SOCCER INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:30-7:30 p.m. In the Commons Area (use west entrance)

The coach will discuss his expectations of the program and activities for the boys this summer including tryouts in August.  Be sure to register for tryouts on the website, grovessoccer.com.  The meeting is for new and returning players and parents.  Questions can be directed to Coach Jonathan Turner at grovessoccercoach@gmail.com.

 

GPAC AUDITIONS: DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID

Will you be attending Groves High School in the Fall 2016?  If so, you are eligible to audition for the Groves Performing Arts Company’s Fall Musical:  DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID!

Auditions will take place on Tuesday, June 14* from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.  There will be a sign up form, audition information and requirements provided on the GPAC Schoolwires page in the next few weeks.  Just keep checking back for information at this link:  http://tinyurl.com/GPACLittleMermaid Please dress appropriately for auditions – no blue jeans or flip flops allowed!  Other dress suggestions will be on the website.

*If you attend BCS we know that you have your 8th grade graduation that night.  We will fit you in to the audition process whenever you can make it work.  Your audition will only take about 30 minutes.  Please just note that you attend BCS and need to make special audition arrangements when you register. Please dress appropriately for auditions – no blue jeans or flip flops allowed!  Other dress suggestions will be on the website. Any questions, please email Leisa Passarelli at LPassarelli@birmingham.k12.mi.us

 

PE UPDATES

MONDAY, APRIL 19 THROUGH FIRDAY, MAY 13:

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

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

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTON AND STUDENT SERVICES:

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: http://birmingham.schoolwires.net/Page/2260. If you have questions or require additional information, please call Socha Brown at (248) 203-3014.

 

2015-16 FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS APPRECIATION AWARDS, MAY 12, 2016, 7:00PM

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

 

MIRACLE FOOTBALL SIGN UP

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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mvWNlTb_yZWtsBrGGXrqj1naF1R-auPfOdlImn9FhkM/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

 

GROVES ORCHESTRA FORTE 5K

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!

 

STEM SUMMER CAMPS OFFERED AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

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

 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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