May 29, 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. Tomorrow is Memorial Day!  Let’s be sure to extend our deepest appreciation in memory of those men and women who have died in service to our great country – the heroes among us! Also, congratulations to our May Student Spotlight, Carley H.!! Please click to read all about Carley!!. If your child is interested in being the June Student Spotlight, please click Student Spotlight, complete the form and submit it by tomorrow, Monday, May 30, 2016.

 

As the result of the many changes in our economy, staffing and budgets over the past few years, our BPS Operations Department is continuing their annual survey of the Custodial, Transportation, Food Service and Maintenance & Grounds departments.  Each survey takes about 5 minutes to complete, and the continued success of these departments depends on your continued support and input.  Below you will find links to the surveys, we realize this is an extremely busy time of the year for everyone, but your input is valued.  Each year we have made improvements over previous years, which can be directly attributed to these annual survey results and comments.

·         Maintenance & Grounds:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9ZD95SW

·         Custodial:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9ZXTRFC

·         Transportation:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9B6YKMB

·         Food Service:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9ZQSMKQ

Thank you in advance for your participation and please respond by the end of the day on Friday, June 10, 2016.

 

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: CREATIVITY

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.

·         “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” – Leo Burnett

·         “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

·         “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of May 30-June 5

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

Monday, May 30

·         Memorial Day - No School!

Tuesday, May 31

·         Choice Hour Forms Due

Wednesday, June 1

·         7PM 6-8 Grade Orchestra Concert

Thursday, June 2

·         12:25PM Davis/Seley Assembly - R2-D2 Robot

·         1:15PM Butzin/Frishman Assembly - R2-D2 Robot

Friday, June 3

·         9:30AM 3/4 Room Parent Meeting (Media Center)

·         12:25PM Parkin/Wallington Assembly - R2-D2 Robot

·         1:15PM Harvath/Mali Assembly - R2-D2 Robot

Saturday, June 4

Sunday, June 5

 

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.

 

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! Research question for the week: What prize is given each year to people who make human life better?  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.

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.  Weve 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. 

    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.  Well 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.

 

OPTIONAL 7/8 FIELD TRIPS for 2016-17

Next year’s 7/8 students will have the opportunity to participate in two optional field trips: For a summary of both trips, click 2016-2017 Optional 7/8 Trips.

·         San Juan, Puerto Rico (Spanish exposure and community service) – January 11-16, 2017 - The San Juan, Puerto Rico trip is currently full.  A wait list has been started.

·         Washington DC/Inauguration (Social studies enrichment) January 18-22, 2017 - The second bus has been opened to the wait listed students. Deposits are required to secure a spot on the trip and are due by June 3.

 

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:  DISNEYS 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

 

3/4 TEAM UPDATES

3/4 END OF THE YEAR PARTY

At BCS, the 3rd and 4th graders have the WHOLE school to themselves as they celebrate the end of the year on Thursday, June 16th!  We will need a few volunteers per class depending on the activity. BCS - 3/4 End of the Year Party... Please plan to come 10 minutes before and please feel free to stay for multiple time slots!!  

Here is a breakdown of what is happening (not in this specific order): 

·         Pool Time

·         Treasure Hunt 

·         Games

·         Lunch

·         Mad Science Assembly - no volunteers needed

 

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

GET 2016-17 SPORTS PHYSICALS NOW!

Sports physicals for the school year 2016-17 will be given on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at SEAHOLM HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM from 3:30-5:30pm.  The cost is $25.00.  Athletes should take a parent signed copy of our preparticipation  physical form with them to the event along with a check payable to Meadowbrook Urgent Care.  These physicals will be valid for the entire next school year and offer a good value to our athletes. 

 

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…

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS - WRAP UP 2016 & PLAN 2017!

June 2, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Birmingham Covington School (BCS)

Have input on speakers, programming, events, projects, and goals for the 2016-17 school year!  Every voice brings added perspective and benefit for different learners. All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone! For more information contact Amy Damon at 414-617-5758 or amydamon@tidecove.com, see the flyer here, or go to our web site www.friendsofdifferentlearners.org

 

SUMMER DAY CAMPS FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL KIDS

Birmingham Community Ed presents Kids Empowered Leader in Training - To REGISTER online www.communityed.net or call 248-248-3800 Questions about Kids Empowered call 248-757-0912 or www.kidsempowered.com. See more information including course offerings here.

 

A SUMMER CAMP MORE THAN 419 MILLION YEARS IN THE MAKING

This summer, the molecular diagnostics lab at Ferris State University’s Grand Rapids campus is inviting middle and high school students to spend a week investigating the very foundation of life on Earth. Using the same cutting-edge technology found in top clinical laboratories, students will complete a series of fun and fascinating genetics experiments, from isolating the DNA of plants to testing themselves for the genes that make cilantro taste like soap. Led by science-obsessed genetic researcher and Ferris faculty member, Dr. Jacqueline Peacock, campers will leave with a sense of wonder and maybe a new career in mind. Camp runs June 20 – 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit Ferris.edu/summercamps or call (800) 562-9130 for more information. Interested students should also explore our Game Design and Software Engineering Camps.

 

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.

 

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