June 12, 2016
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. The 3/4 students completed their mass production project this week in Engineering Technology. Click here to check out the video documentary of the incredible production! Also, check out the details later in this WAG on the 2015-16 BCS Yearbook distribution and sale of the extras.
Life can take us on interesting journeys with the twists and turns it can throw our way. With that said, it is bittersweet that I share with you today that Lydia Tiseo who joined our team last October just learned that she will be relocating with her husband up to the UP (Marquette, MI) where he secured a new job. Lydia’s husband grew up in Houghton and the two of them look forward to joining their family there. She is sad to leave as she absolutely loves the BCS staff, students and families who have made her feel so welcomed, though she’s excited for this new journey up North with her husband. Let’s be sure to wish well the new Yooper, eh! I’ll be working with our human resources department to begin the search process ASAP for Lydia’s replacement joining our Spanish team.
Our annual BCS Move up Day is tomorrow, Monday, June 13 from 9:00-10:30 AM. This is an opportunity, unique to BCS, that we provide to help support a successful transition for our students as they “move up” to the next grade. Our new 3rd graders for next year join us as well, and their parents/guardians join us in the media center for a presentation around the 3/4 experience at BCS. Our current 8th graders will be treated to an amazing Frisbee show in the gym performed the Flying Aces. Additionally, we are providing a Move Up Night for Parents on this same day, Monday, June 13, in the media center for incoming 5th and 8th grade parents/guardians (or new parents joining us in grades 6 or 8. Following are the details for Move Up Night for Parents:
· Entering 5th grade at 6:00-6:30 PM (share the differences between the 5/6 experience and the 3/4 experience)
· Entering 7th grade at 6:30-7:00 PM (share the differences between the 7/8 experience and the 5/6 experience)
· Below are links to the general daily schedules for next school year:
We are indeed looking forward to an exciting day of move up activities.
And finally, please make note of the following special events that are upcoming as we wrap up our final two weeks of the year…
· 8th grade Ceremony and Celebration – Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 PM
· Wacky Recess – 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!
· Thursday, June 16 – 3/4 party at BCS, 5/6 to Skateworld and Thunderbird Lanes, and 7/8 to Cedar Point
· Last Day of School – Friday, June 12, half day dismissal at 11:30 AM (no choice hour)
BCS is a great place to be! Check out the pictures from the week on our Facebook Page. We’re looking forward to a celebratory last week at BCS!
Wishing you well,
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Character Connections Word of the week: GRATITUDE
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.
· “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
· “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri Frederic Amiel
· “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer
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.
· Drainage Work on the outside west end of building (rooms 80 &90): June 20-30
· 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 13-June 19
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Monday, June 13
· 9-10:30AM Move Up Day
Tuesday, June 14
· 6:30PM 8th Grade Ceremony & Dance
Wednesday, June 15
· 7:30AM Yearbooks on sale in the main hallway
· Locker Cleanout Day
o 3/4 – 2:05-2:50PM
o 5/6 – 1:25-2PM
o 7/8 – 11:15-12:25PM
· Wacky Recess
o 3/4 – 10:25-11:45AM
o 5/6 – 12-1:20PM
o 7/8 - 1:30-2:50PM
Thursday, June 16
· 6:30AM – 8PM 7/8 to Cedar Point
· 8:30AM – 3:15PM 5/6 to Skate World/Thunderbird Lanes
· 10AM-2:30PM 3/4 Class Parties
Friday, June 17
· Last Day of School – Half Day – Dismissal at 11:30am
Saturday, June 18
Sunday, June 19
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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
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.
YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION & SALES
The 2016-17 Yearbooks will be distributed to students on Tuesday, June 12 during the school day. There will be a limited number of yearbooks available for purchase. They will be on sale starting on Wednesday morning at 7:30am in the main hallway until they sell out. If additional yearbooks remain, they will be on sale Friday morning as well at 7:30am.
THE 8TH GRADE CELEBRATION COMMITTEE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THAT SUPPORTED BAGEL SALES THIS YEAR
Our weekly bagels sales have now concluded but we’ll be back next fall. Next year you will have the ability to pre-order your bagels for the school year during the registration process. All profits from bagel sales support our 8th grade celebration and class gift. Hope you all have a wonderful summer!
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!!
7/8 TEAM UPDATES
FROM THE ENGLISH 9 TEAM/HONORS ENGLISH 9 TEAM TEACHERS AT SEAHOLM
8th graders: If you’re attending Seaholm for 9th grade, and enrolled in English 9 Team/Honors English 9 Team, you have a summer assignment to complete. You’ll be watching the film Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, and reading a book of your choice. Additionally, you’ll be writing about each one. Please download the attached assignment or visit the Seaholm English Department website, which can be accessed here, for the details you need to complete it. We look forward to meeting you in the fall! If you have questions, please email Mitch Nobis, Seaholm English Department chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
8TH GRADERS COMING TO GROVES!
It’s summer reading time! Please check out the Groves’ English Homepage for the books your child needs to read before September: http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/359. Also, consider having your student start a summer book club for kids. Here is a great website on how to start one: http://westmichiganwoman.com/blog/item/1515-summer-book-clubs-for-kids-best-mom-trick-ever. Please contact Karen Reed-Nordwall with any questions. Kr09bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us
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
MEDIA CENTER UPDATES
ALL BOOKS ARE NOW DUE!
All BCS library materials are now due back to the Media Center. Please remind your child to return 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 email@example.com.
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 get the library organized before the end of the year. 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 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…
SUMMER IN FRANKLIN
Click HERE to see a flyer that highlights summer activities in Franklin!
SUMMER DEBATE/FORENSICS/PERFORMANCE DAY CAMP FOR GRADES 5-10
Announcing a day camp opportunity for any students interested in Forensics and/or Debate! This camp is designed to for students of all skill levels. The camp will combine summer activities with speech and performance in order to boost confidence, gain performing experience, and learn event-specific skills and strategy. The camp is open to students grades 6-10. Students do not need to currently be on a forensics or debate camp in order to participate!
Week One - Debate - June 20-24, 9am-3pm
Week Two - Forensics - June 27-July 1, 9am-3pm
You can view the camp brochure HERE and find the registration form HERE.
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 email@example.com. 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
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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