May 15, 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 the school year unbelievably is in its waning months, we wanted to let you know of two of our staff members who will be retiring at the end of this year after years of amazing service to our BCS students and families.  Having helped plan and implement BCS in its first year in 1995, Tamra Nast is retiring this June.  Additionally, after working as a social worker for BPS for 18 years, the last several here at BCS, Meg Keydel is retiring at the end of this school year.  Click here to read about each of their illustrious careers as educators and difference-makers.  We will miss you Tamra and Meg!


The busy month of May is upon us!  Take a look below for a few upcoming events…


All our BCS parent volunteers, please join us this Friday, May 20 from 8:00-9:30 AM for the BCS Parent Appreciation Breakfast in the media center.  Bid farewell to all our outgoing 8th grade volunteer parents, congratulate our volunteer of the year Harriet Sherman, and wish well Meg Keydel, Tamra Nast and Judy Share on their retirements. Click here for more details!


Our BCS Proud Dads are sponsoring Video Game Night this Friday, May 20 at 6:00 PM.  The Proud Dads will have an awesome arcade set up throughout the school and are looking forward to an exciting night of gaming!  Click HERE for volunteer information and a form to register!  Also, consider loaning BCS your child’s game console and controllers for the night’s festivities! Click HERE for details on how to lend your gaming system for the evening.


Also, 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 save your spots and for questions, contact Daniela Davis at!

Finally, Wacky Recess is Wednesday, June 12 and is an incredibly fun day to volunteer at BCS.  Click here to sign up and help out enjoying a day of fun with the kids!


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: FLEXIBILITY

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.

·       “Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” – Albert Camus

·       “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” – Albert Einstein

·       “Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life.” – Alvin Toffler


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

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



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.  May 21 is the last session for this school year. Sign up for Saturday School's Remind notifications! Text the message @satschool to 81010 to sign up. For more information:


WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of May 16-May 22

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

Monday, May 16

·        6:45-8AM Track Practice

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

Tuesday, May 17

·        6:45-8AM Track Practice

·        7:45-8:30AM New Family Breakfast (for new 3/4 students, Media Center)

·        9:15AM 7/8 Mexicantown Field Trip

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

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

Wednesday, May 18

·        6:45-8AM Track Practice

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

Thursday, May 19

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

·        5PM Track Meet – Home vs. Country Day MS

·        7PM BCS Bees Presentation (Baldwin Public Library)

Friday, May 20

·        8AM Parent Appreciation Breakfast (Media Center)

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

·        6PM BCS Game Night (Cafeteria)

Saturday, May 21

·        9-11AM Last Day of Saturday School for the school year (Berkshire)

Sunday, May 22



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


2016 Wayne-Oakland County Science Olympiad Results

On Saturday, May 14th, our BCS Elementary School Science Olympiad Teams competed against 61 teams from Wayne & Oakland County in the first WOSO county competition. Our Black team placed 7th overall in the 5th grade division. Congratulations to all of our Olympians!  Click here for the complete results.



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



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.

If you can put this in the WAG it would be very much appreciated. We are so thankful for your help. Thanks, The Greenhouse Team



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.



The BCS staff is so excited to have this opportunity to thank our parents and guardians for the incredible support provided to BCS all year long.  There is no doubt that your partnership with us has positively influenced the climate, culture and learning that makes BCS a great place to be!!

In whatever way you have helped and supported our students or staff at BCS, we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. We truly hope you are able to join in this celebration and breakfast.  It is sure to be fun to see which staff members will be whipping up hot Belgian waffles that day!!



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




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 16: Name one of Mexico’s volcanic peaks.  Databases are at:



Author Eric Kahn Gale will be at BCS on Wednesday, May 18!  The BEF is sponsoring this visit from Mr. Gale, author of The Bully Book and The Zoo at the Edge of the World.  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




The videotaping for the 8th Grade Walk-Out is planned for this Thursday, May 19 from 1:10-1:40 PM (rain date will be Wednesday, May 25 at 1:10 PM). For those of you who are unfamiliar with this BCS tradition, all 8th grade students are videoed exiting from the front doors of BCS with their classmates. Then, the video is shown at the 8th grade celebration (6/14/16) and the 7/8 Breakfast on the last day of school.

Please take some time to discuss the following with your 8th grade child prior to the taping:

Adherence to BCS Dress Code is required! Please take a moment to review the dress code (pp.9-10) with your child. Please help your child to remember:

·        All skin and undergarments between your shirt and pants/shorts/skirt must be covered completely.

·        Apparel advertising controlled substances (including drugs and alcohol) or displaying sexual innuendo or a violent theme are NOT permitted.

·        Shorts/skirts must be below your fingertips when arms are extended toward the floor, flat to the sides of the body.

·        Tank tops must have straps at least 2 fingers in width and must not expose undergarments or excessive skin. Strapless garments are NOT permitted.

Students may "walk-out" in groups of 2 to 6 friends. "Choosing” friends can sometimes create stress for a child. Please talk to your child about coming up with a plan that doesn't exclude other classmates. For example, if a group of 8 friends are inseparable, suggest they split into smaller groups of 4. Remember, the walk-out is intended to be fun and lasts less than a minute per group.  Thank you for supporting this fun experience for our 8th graders.



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! 



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

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

This trip is full and a wait list has been started.

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

The first bus is full and a wait list has begun for the second bus.  If an additional 5 students register for the DC trip, we will be able to open the second bus to all students on the wait list.



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,  The meeting is for new and returning players and parents.  Questions can be directed to Coach Jonathan Turner at



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: 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





Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will SWIM.

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will be in the GYM.




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



Camp RN is a two-week pre-college summer program designed to educate middle school students of the opportunities available through a nursing career. This inspiring and innovative, entertaining and educational camp exposes students to biology, chemistry and the mechanics of the nursing profession. The students will be actively engaged in nursing forensics, biology, math, and chemistry workshops, while learning nursing fundamentals including CPR and First Aid. Participants also tour Oakland University, interact with nurses in a hospital setting (job shadowing), and utilize our new physical assessment laboratory to learn about the human body.

If you think this is something that would interest the students in your district, please feel free to add this camp to the email/mailing list. If you have any further questions, you can contact the Director-Patrina Carper at (248)364-8766 or at See the flyer here.



The GenCyber program at Oakland University is a comprehensive and activity-based summer camp program that delivers substantive cybersecurity training to upper elementary (4th, 5th and 6th grades), middle school, and high school students in Detroit Urban Area (Macomb county, Oakland county and Wayne county).

DEADLINE: June 15, 2016

·        Grades 4-6 (exiting), week 1 (July 11 until July 15).

·        Grades 4-6 (exiting), week 2 (July 18 until July 22).

·        Grades 7-9 (exiting), week 1 (July 25 until July 29).

·        Grades 7-9 (exiting), week 2 (August 01 until August 05).

·        Grades 10-12 (exiting), week 1 (August 08 until August 12).

·        Grades 10-12 (exiting), week 2 (August 15 until August 19).

See the flyer here.


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.



Attention Hockey Players!  The Birmingham Unified Hockey Team is holding its annual BU Future Kings Summer Camp for players entering grade 6-8 in the Fall, 2016.  The camp is June 20-23, 1:30 - 3:30 at the Troy Sports Center.  If you are interested, please visit for more details.  See you on the ice!


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