June 5, 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 you know, Michelle D’Orazio has been our long-term guest teacher artfully teaching 7/8 language arts partnering with Mary Cruz since Judy Share’s retirement January 1, 2016.  I am excited to announce that, after our committee’s search and review of near 200 applicants, we have selected Michelle as our newest teacher at BCS continuing in her role as 7/8 language arts teacher on a permanent basis.  She not only comes to us after proving her talents as an educator in this long-term capacity, but also with eight excellent years of experience as a language arts teacher.  After graduating from Troy High School in 2003, Ms. D'Orazio attended Albion College where she earned her teaching degree, with an English major. She began her teaching career in North Carolina and continued her education earning a master's degree in School Administration from North Carolina State University. After eight years of teaching at the middle school, high school, and community college level, she has returned home and looks forward to continuing her teaching career at BCS. In addition to teaching, she has coached varsity soccer and, in her spare time, volunteered in the Raleigh community through the Kiwanis organization. A favorite quote of hers is by musician Phil Collins who said, “In learning you will teach, and it teaching you will learn.” As a lifelong learner she enjoys learning from her students and hopes to inspire her students to become confident, lifelong learners themselves. She is excited about joining the BCS team permanently, and I know staff, students and parents are as well.  Congratulations, Michelle!

 

As a reminder, 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.

·       “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.” – Dr. Seuss

·       “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

·       “Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.” – Donatella Versace

 

SUMMER CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE

Tuesday, July 5 – Construction Begins with no access to building through July with limited access to the building beginning August 1.  We will keep you posted as to the status at the beginning of August as registration approaches. 

·       New Lockers: tentative completion of install, end of July

·       Remodeled Front Entry: tentative completion of project, August 18

·       Added Cement pad outside main entrance completed by August 18

BCS Registration for families will be Thursday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 16 from 10AM-12PM and 5-7PM.  Registration will take place in the cafeteria (enter building at pool doors nearest to girl’s locker room).  Access to entire building may be limited or not possible based on construction progress.

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of June 6-June 12

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

Monday, June 6

Tuesday, June 7

·        Ramadan Begins

·        5/6 2016-17 Camp Forms & Payment Due (Forms can be downloaded from the BCS homepage)

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

Wednesday, June 8

·        7PM 6-8 Spring Band Concert

Thursday, June 9

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

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

Friday, June 10

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

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

Saturday, June 11

Sunday, June 12

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

BACK TO SCHOOL REGISTRATION

Mark your calendars with these Back-to-School Registration dates in August!  Remember, forms are required to be turned in for all students attending BCS in the 2016-2017 school year during one of these registration dates. 

·        Thursday, August 11, 10-12am & 5-7pm

·        Tuesday, August 16, 10-12am & 5-7pm

 

MEDICATION PICK-UP

All student medications on file at school must be pick-up by a parent or guardian before the last day of school.  Over-the-counter medications and non-emergency medications can be picked up beginning June 6 during regular school hours.  Emergency medications can be picked up on the last day of school or through Wednesday, June 22.  Hours for medication pick-up on June 20-22 are 9 am - 5pm.  All medications not picked-up by June 22 will be discarded.  Please contact Nancy Best (248-203-4522) with questions regarding medication pick-up.

 

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

 

THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE, MASS PRODUCTION PROJECT – DELAYED ONE WEEK (THIS WEEK!)

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 9th:

o   Davis and Seley: 12:25 - 1:10

o   Butzin and Frishman: 1:15 - 2:00

·        Friday, June 10th: 

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 years 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.  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.

 

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

 

CHOICE HOUR UPDATES

CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION

1st Quarter 2016-2017 Choice Hour selection sheets went home the week of May 23rd.  Choice Hour selections were due on Tuesday May 31st at 4:00PM. You can view the choice hour class offerings at www.bcsonline.info if you have not turned a selection sheet in yet.

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.

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

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 is the title of Gordie Howe’s autobiography?  Databases are at: http://www.bcsonline.info/Students/Media_Center_Research.html

 

ALL BOOKS ARE NOW DUE!

All BCS library materials are now due back to the Media Center.  Please remind your child to r

turn any and all items checked out.  Lost items may be paid for with cash or check made out to

BCS.  All fines should be paid PRIOR to class field trips/parties/Cedar Point.  If you have any

questions about what your child has checked out, please email Ann Truesdell at

atruesdell@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

BIRMINGHAM COVINGTON GIRLS SOCCER TRAINING SESSION

Join the Birmingham Groves Girls Soccer Staff for a training session @ BCS soccer field on Tuesday June 7th, at 3:30 PM

·        Open to ALL BCS girl soccer players in 6th thru 8th grade – middle school and travel level.

·        Meet the Groves Junior Varsity coaches: Robert Zientara & Mark Hanna

·        75 minute training session  - skill instruction, small sided games, & scrimmage.

·        Bring a ball, shin guards, soccer shoes, and water!

Sign in with coaches @ the BCS soccer field. Contact Becky Brady for more information @ mrbrady5@comcast.net. See the flyer here.

 

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.

 

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!

 

CALLING ALL GROVES BOYS SOCCER PLAYERS--INCOMING AND RETURNING PLAYERS!!!

To make sure you're in the loop for receiving timely information about summer activities including tryout information in August, go to the website www.grovessoccer.com or Sign up for tryouts for Groves Boys Soccer by clicking here, complete the form; and you're done.  The website has a lot of important information for players, so check it out!  A few current players have visited the middle schools to meet 8th grade soccer players and to discuss the program with them during lunch periods, but it is still imperative that the boys/parents sign up on the website.  Please direct any questions to Coach Jonathan Turner at grovessoccercoach@gmail.com.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…

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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