May 22, 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.  So much happened last week and it continues this week!  Check out all the pictures!

 

Space is still available to enjoy the many benefits 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. Not sure about RSVPing? Drop-Ins are welcome!

Finally, Wacky Recess is Wednesday, June 15 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

mmorawski@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Twitter: @mark_morawski #BCSLearns

WordPress: https://learnleadlove.wordpress.com/

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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.

·         “The boldness of asking deep questions may require unforeseen flexibility if we are to accept the answers.” – Brian Greene

·         “Even under the most difficult circumstances you can have creative flexibility.” – Anne M. Mulcahy

·         “Be clear about your goal but be flexible about the process of achieving it.” – Brian Tracy

 

Last Week: 2016 M-STEP – Makeup Testing for Grades 4 & 7 continues this week

·         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

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of May 23-May 29

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

Monday, May 23

·         Choice Hour Forms Available

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

Tuesday, May 24

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

·         7PM An Evening of Yoga (see below for more details)

Wednesday, May 25

·         4PM Girl's Soccer Game - Away @ Derby MS

·         7PM 5th Grade Band Concert

Thursday, May 26

Friday, May 27

Saturday, May 28

Sunday, May 29

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

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. We are so thankful for your help. 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.

 

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.

 

CHOICE HOUR UPDATES

1st Quarter 2016-2017 Choice Hour selection sheets will be going home the week of May 23rd.  Choice Hour selections are due no later than Tuesday May 31st at 4:00PM. We know how difficult it is to plan for September so far in advance, give it your best shot!  You can view the choice hour class offerings at www.bcsonline.info!!

 

Also, please include proper payment with your Choice Hour selections if you are signing your child up for a 4th and 5th day of Choice Hour. No payment means no placement.

 

Important information regarding 1st quarter:

·         Students interested in applying for the 2016-2017 6-8 Science Olympiad team need to have their applications to Mrs. Brown no later than Tuesday May 31st.  Parent letter and application are included with the selection sheet and posted online!

·         Students interested in applying for the 2016-2017 6-8 Robotics team need to have their student interest sheet to Mr. Whitmer no later than Tuesday May 31st.  Parent letter and interest sheet are included with the selection sheet and posted online!

·         3rd, 4th and 5th grade students interested in applying for the 2016-2017 Destination Imagination team need to have their applications to the office no later than Tuesday May 31st.  Parent letter and application are included with the selection sheet and posted online!  If you are interested in helping coach this team please contact Brenna Adams at ellenkat27@yahoo.com. 

·         7-8 students interested in joining the leadership team need to have their applications to the office no later than Tuesday May 31st.  Application is included with the selection sheet and posted online!

·         Students in grades 6-8 who are interested in joining the Bee Keepers need to have their applications to the office no later than Tuesday May 31st.  Application is included with the selection sheet and posted online!

·         4th and 5th graders can enroll in WeDO Lego Robotics with Mr. Brown – this is a Tuesday/Thursday class offered QI.  QII offering will be WeDo Lego/Scratch, QIII offering will be NXT and QIV will be NXT Advanced.  All classes will be lottery based with no waiting lists since each class will only be offered one quarter. 

·         Fall Sports program – 7-8 Boys’ Soccer (Monday/Wednesday), 7-8 Girls’ Basketball (Tuesday/Thursday) and 6-8 cross country (Tuesday)

Choice Hour reminders – please call 248-203-4625 or send in a note 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!

 

MEDIA CENTER UPDATES

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! 

 

RESEARCH RAFFLE

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! 

Databases are at: http://www.bcsonline.info/Students/Media_Center_Research.html

 

3/4 TEAM UPDATES

THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE, MASS PRODUCTION PROJECT IS DONE!

Read an update on the Mass Production Assembly Line Project from Mr. Prisciandaro here: http://blogs.birmingham.k12.mi.us/bcscommunitynews/files/2016/05/R2-D2-PRESENTATION-AND-DISTRIBUTION.doc-1aau0rn.pdf

3/4 Eng. Tech. R2-D2 Robot Project Presentation and Distribution

·         Thursday, June 2nd:

o   Davis and Seley: 12:25 - 1:10

o   Butzin and Frishman: 1:15 - 2:00

·         Friday, June 3rd: 

o   Parkin and Wallington: 12:25 - 1:10

o   Harvath and Maliszewski: 1:15 - 2:00

 

7/8 TEAM UPDATES

CALLING ALL 7/8 PARENTS

We need your help to make the 8th Grade Celebration on TUESDAY, JUNE 14th a successful evening for our graduating students. Please help us by volunteering your time.  7th Grade Parents who would like to help in next year’s event, we need you to volunteer in your area of interest - the ceremony, dance and/or reception.  We’ve worked very hard to make sure our volunteers have specific tasks and will be done in the time allotted.  Thank you in advance for your participation in making this a memorable evening for our 8th graders! The link to the SUG:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080445a8ad28aa8-8thgrade

 

8TH GRADE CELEBRATION

The 8th Grade Celebration committee working hard to make a memorable evening for our graduating students and their families. 

·         In an effort to reduce costs and be green we’ve opted to send beautifully crafted Evites.  Evites are currently being sent to all 8th grade families.  If you do not receive yours by FRIDAY, MAY 27th, please email jerne29@icloud.com  asap. When RSVP’ing for the event, please include your student as well as all families members attending (parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.) in your number.

·         We need more gift card donations.  Please consider donating a gift card or two ($5, $10, etc value from places your student likes to frequent) to the Celebration Dance.  We’ll be raffling these gift cards off to the students throughout the evening.  Please place your gift card donations in an envelope labeled “8th Grade Celebration” and place in the office basket.

·         Dessert donations are also needed for the dance.  Look for the Sign Up Genius that will be sent out this week soliciting volunteers to help in this effort.

 

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 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 2 students register for the DC trip, we will be able to open the second bus to all students on the wait list.

Go to http://bcsonline.info/ to find details and for links to register.

 

GPAC AUDITIONS: DISNEYS 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, MAY 16 THROUGH THURSDAY, JUNE 17:

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

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

 

ATHLETIC UPDATES

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.  Students who will be entering 9th grade in the fall who, are interested in trying out for the high school unified hockey team, can attend the BU Summer camp from 9:00 - 1:30, June 20-23, 2016, also at the Troy Sports Center.  Camps are conducted by the BU Varsity and JV Coaching staff. If you are interested, please visit www.buvarsity.com for more details. See you on the ice!

 

GROVES BOYS TENNIS INFORMATION MEETING.   

If you are interested in playing tennis for Groves in the Fall of 2016 please plan to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, June 7 at 7pm at Groves in room G-1.  The meeting is for both incoming and current parents and players and will address information about practices, tryouts and the 2016 season.  If you have questions please contact Kelley Martin at KLM2000@comcast.net.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…

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

 

ATTEND CAMP RN AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY JULY 18-29

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 carper@oakland.edu. See the flyer here.

 

FREE SUMMER CAMP FOR CYBER SECURITY AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

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

 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.

 

ATTENTION HOCKEY PLAYERS!  

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 www.buvarsity.com for more details.  See you on the ice!

 

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