September 18, 2016

Hello BCS!

 

 

It was another great week at BCS!  Smiles, energy and a passion to learn continued.  If you haven’t “liked” Birmingham Covington School on Facebook yet, please do so to check out some pictures from the week.  We had a great few days during 5/6 camp (thank you chaperones and teachers) and we were thrilled to see our 3/4 parents and guardians at Curriculum Night last Thursday.  We look forward to seeing our 7/8 families at this Thursday’s Curriculum Night (9/22/14) with the following agenda:

o   Click here for the letter and schedule from the 7/8 team.

o   6:00 PM PTSA Reception in the main hallway

o   6:30 PM Welcome from Mark/Jason, Co-Curricular teachers and PTSA

o   Classroom Schedule as follows (be sure to have your student let you know which class they have each hour, so you’ll know where to go):

§  7:05 – 7:15 PM:  Academic Lab/ILD (Goal Setting Sign-ups)

§  7:20 – 7:30 PM:  C-1 class

§  7:35 – 7:45 PM:  C-2 class

§  7:50 – 8:00 PM:  C-3 class

§  8:05 – 8:15 PM:  C-4 class

§  8:20 – 8:30 PM:  C-5 class

§  8:35 – 8:45 PM:  C-6 class

 

At BCS we are always seeking to improve the educational experience we provide to our students. We appreciate and value your thoughts and ideas and invite you to reflect on the 2016 Summer Packet in order to help us with our process of continual improvement. If you have children at different grade levels, you can complete the survey multiple times. Thank you in advance for taking the time to give us your feedback of how to improve the summer packet experience for our students.  Click the following link to complete the brief survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/B00DYa6Iy7SGnXGz1.

 

Also, join us this week for our Special Education Building Coffee at BCS hosted by Friends of Different Learners in collaboration with Birmingham Public Schools on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM in the BCS Staff Development Room. Click here for the flyer with all the details!

 

Finally, in an effort to be sure we communicate with you well, and you stay connected and informed about all things BCS, be sure to stay connected with BCS-related information via the following resources:

 

BCS is a great place to be!  We’re looking forward to our second great week of learning together at BCS!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mmorawski@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Twitter: @mark_morawski #BCSLearns

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

 

Character Connections Word of the week: RESPECT

Infuse this word into your conversations and share these quotes with your children as a character education focus.  There will be a new word every two weeks.

·       “There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

·       “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” – Bryant H. McGill

·       “When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Lao Tzu

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of September 19-25

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

Monday, September 19

    7-8AM Cross Country Practice

   11:30AM Edutopia Scout Visit

   3:00PM Fire Drill

    4PM Boys Soccer Game - Away @ East Hills MS

Tuesday, September 20

   8:00 AM First Day of PTSA Bagel Sales

    4:15-6:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

    4PM Cross Country Meet - Home vs. Berkshire MS

   7:00PM BPS Board Meeting (Education & Administration Building)

Wednesday, September 21

    8:00 AM Edutopia Scout Visit

    11:00 Friends of Different Learners Coffee (Staff Development)

    7-8AM Cross Country Practice

    4PM Boys Soccer Game - Home vs. West Hills MS

Thursday, September 22

    4PM Cross Country Meet - Home vs. West Hills MS

    4:15-6:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

   6-7PM 7/8 Curriculum Night

Friday, September 23

    7-8AM Cross Country Practice

    4:15-6:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

Saturday, September 24

Sunday, September 25

 

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ATTENTION THOSE INTERESTED IN CHESS

BCS is pleased to announce that we will be offering a 3-5 and 6-8 competitive chess program beginning at the end of the September! For more information on this excellent opportunity as well as a form to register please click HERE!

 

Edutopia.org Filming at BCS

We have some exciting news to announce as we prepare for another great year of learning at BCS.  Last school year, we were contacted and interviewed by Edutopia.org with their interest in featuring BCS in their Schools that Work series; their “flagship series [that] highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn.”  After extensive interviews, we learned that, in fact, Edutopia will be spotlighting BCS in their series.  They will be visiting this fall (dates TBD) with their production crew to capture footage for their series highlighting what we do at BCS.  To that end, Edutopia is seeking parent permission in case they choose to use footage that includes your child.  Click here for the letter from Edutopia with further details regarding permission.  Please read the letter which provides directions on granting permission through an online form, as well as what to do if you decide not to grant permission. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our CSO, Cindy Balicki (cbalicki@birmingham.k12.mi.us) or principal, Mark Morawski (mmorawski@birmingham.k12.mi.us).  Thank you for your attention to this exciting opportunity to highlight our innovative school!

 

EMPTY TISSUE & PAPER TOWEL ROLLS NEEDED

Mr. McCloud is in need of empty tissue and paper towel rolls for a roller coaster design project.

We will need about 500.  Please send/bring them into the school office.  Attention: Roy McCloud.

 

NOTE FROM THE ART ROOM

Hello BCS families! I am so excited to start the school year and have art with your students. I’ve got lots of great art in mind for this year, one which will need some 2 liter clear plastic bottles. If you have any, feel free to send them my way. Also if you are new to BCS or haven’t heard I like to use the website Artsonia to keep a running portfolio of my students art work. It is not required that families sign up to participate but if it is something you are interested in please let me know, I will be happy to add you. It is a wonderful way for me to share with families what is happening in art and at the same time share with grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends that would be excited to see your child’s art work. Every year the students are bumped up to the next grade level and they have an amazing portfolio of digitally saved art work they can look back on.

Thanks so much,

Mrs. Husband

 

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7 SAFETY RECALL

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone is being recalled due to “the risk of explosions and fires.”  Please be advised, we asking our community, if they have this phone, to follow the recall directions and refrain from bringing these phones into any Birmingham Public School.  Click here for an article regarding the recall.

 

INTERNET/COMPUTER ACCESS

As the school year begins, we would like to share with parents the internet options available for qualifying families. Learning can occur Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace,” but to continue learning in the home, high speed reliable broadband is crucial. When students do not have internet access at home, the gap widens in terms of what students can do. Equitable access to the internet is essential to maximize lifetime learning and success. Families can access www.everyoneon.org to learn what internet options are available in their communities, including mobile hotspots. The website also lists information on discounted computers for qualified families as well as local technology training opportunities.

 

2016-2017 OPTIONAL 7/8 FIELD TRIPS

This 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 but a wait list has been started.  Click the link above and follow the directions to be placed on the wait list.

Washington DC/Inauguration (Social studies enrichment) – January 18-22, 2017 – Four spots have open for the DC trip.  Click the link above and follow the directions to register.

Deposits are required to secure a spot on the trip and are due at the time of registration.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION COFFEE AT BCS

Hosted by Friends of Different Learners in collaboration with Birmingham Public Schools

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Place: BCS Staff Development Room

Click here for the flyer!

 

THE FIRST DELAYED START DAY IS TUESDAY, 9/27/16    

School will begin at 9:48am.  Due to the fact that all staff will be participating in professional development that morning, the building will not be open until 9:30am.  Please do not drop your child off before 9:30am.  For those of you who need child care from 8:18-9:48am, please click delayed start to print a registration form. Registration is $5/child. Registration forms are due by Friday, 9/23/16.

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS - MEETING ON OCTOBER 6 AT 7PM AT BCS

Please join us for a meeting on Dyslexia and Reluctant Readers. We will be screening The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” directed by James Redford followed by a panel discussion about children who may be struggling with learning to read. You will meet families who are navigating the education system with dyslexia and learn about some warning signs and other factors that may be impeding reading success. You will come away with some next step suggestions if you think your student may be a reluctant reader. There will be time for questions and a chance to renew past acquaintances and meet new Friends. See the flyer here.

 

2016-2017 BCS STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

BCS Ambassadors play an important role in welcoming visitors to our school and introducing them to all BCS has to offer.  If your child (grade 4-8) would like to be a student ambassador for the 2016-2017 school year, please click here for the application.  Forms are due Friday, October 9.

 

3/4 TEAM UPDATES

3/4 CONEY BINGO - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6th IN THE CAFETERIA

A great evening of food, bingo, prizes and friends! Also with a game of ‘Get to Know Your Principals!” Details and volunteer sign up available here.

 

CHOICE HOUR UPDATES

The 1st Quarter Choice Hour program is well under way.

The change and refund deadline for QI Choice Hour was Thursday September 15th!  All approved QI Choice Hour changes go into effect on Monday September 19th.   New homeroom sheets will be posted on the Choice Hour board and in each homeroom sometime during the day on Monday September 21.  You may continue to drop choice hour classes at anytime but will no longer be eligible for a refund.

Planning for QII Choice Hour has begun. Contact Linda Stone if you are interested in teaching a choice hour class.  QII begins Wednesday November 9, 2016 and ends Friday January 27, 2017.

 

Questions regarding the Choice Hour program should be directed to Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or LStone@birmingham.k12.mi.us.  Questions regarding Choice Hour scheduling should be directed to Kathy Juriga at 248-203-4426 or KJuriga@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

MEDIA CENTER UPDATE

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The BCS Library Media Center is looking for parent volunteers.  We need your help with: assisting students at library centers, checking in and checking out books, helping students locate materials, shelving & organizing, and processing new books.  No experience necessary – training provided! 

Sign up to help at: http://tinyurl.com/bcslibraryvolunteer (Sign Up Genius)

Questions?  Email the librarian, Ann Truesdell, at atruesdell@birmingham.k12.mi.us

 

PE UPDATES

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 THROUGH FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will be in the GYM. Be sure that your child wears appropriate shoes-NO FLIP FLOPS

  Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will SWIM. Remember to bring a bag for suits and towels

For the complete year schedule, click here.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7 SAFETY RECALL

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone is being recalled due to the risk of explosions and fires.”  Please be advised, we asking our community, if they have this phone, to follow the recall directions and refrain from bringing these phones into any Birmingham Public School.  Click here for an article regarding the recall.

 

BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE FORuM

There will be a candidate forum for the BPS school board, hosted by Next on Monday, September 19 at 6pm at Birmingham Next at 2121 Midvale. See the flyer here.

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION & STUDENT SERVICES:

Announcing the first workshop titled “Understanding the Individualized Education Program: Wednesday, September 21st, 9:30am-3:30pm at Walled Lake Church of Christ. See the flyer for more information here.

 

BUILDING BETTER FAMILIES THROUGH ACTION (BBFA)

Find information on upcoming free parent education programs:

“Encouraging Kids to Set Goals & Take Responsibility for Their Actions"

When: October 6, 2016, 10:00am - 11:30am

Location: The Doyle/Booth Center: 7275 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

“Technology & Kids: A Practical Guide to Parenting in the Digital Age"

When: November 3, 2016, 10:00am - 11:30am

Location: The Doyle/Booth Center: 7275 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

For more information, click here.

 

VICTORY DAY 2016 IS SEPTEMBER 29TH AT 6PM

Victory Day, hosted by Wylie E. Groves High School, will provide middle school and high school youth with cognitive and physical impairments the opportunity to play football or cheer and have their "moment in the sun” on the football field.  Each child will be partnered up with a Groves High School or a Seaholm football player or cheerleader who will serve as their mentor for the day.  Participants will wear a Victory Day t-shirt supplied by the Groves Football team or hold cheer pom-poms and participate in a number of simulating game-day activities, giving each child a moment to shine. For more information see the flyer here.

 

For additional District and Event News, Athletics Community Sports Groups Information click BPS District eNews 

 

To review the District’s Non-Discrimination policy, click here

 

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