October 2, 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 and check out some pictures from the week.

 

We have a busy week ahead!  Please be sure to join us for our first PTSA meeting of the year on Thursday, October 6 at 1:15 PM at BCS in Digital Video West where we have invited board candidates to briefly greet us, we’ll review the 2016-17 PTSA Budget, PTSA plans for the year, and school/district/state M-STEP scores from last spring.  Also, this Thursday, is our annual 3/4 Coney Bingo Night from 6:30-8:00 PM in the BCS cafeteria.

 

Also, be sure to come and Get to know your Board of Education candidates!  There are seven people running for four open seats on the November 8 ballot.  Please join them on October 5 at 7:00 PM for the League of Women Voters Oakland candidates’ forum.  It will be immediately followed by a dessert reception sponsored by the School Community Partnership.  The forum will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates while the reception will be a chance to meet the candidates in a less formal setting.  Both events are to be held at the BPS Education and Administration Building at 31301 Evergreen, adjacent to Groves High School.

 

And finally, we appreciate and value your thoughts and ideas and want to provide you one final opportunity, if you haven’t already, 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.

 

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/

 

P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for important text reminders by texting @bcsf to the number 81010 or click here to sign up.

 

Character Connections Word of the week: INTEGRITY

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.

·       “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

·       “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” – Confucius

·       “The greatness of a [person] is not in how much wealth [they] acquires, but in [their] integrity and…ability to affect those around [them] positively.” – Bob Marley

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of October 3-October

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

Monday, October 3

    7-8AM Cross Country Practice

    3:25-5:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

   4:15-5:30PM 8th Girls Basketball Practice

Tuesday, October 4

   Quarter II Choice Hour Booklets available online   

   3:20-4:10PM 6/7/8 Girls Basketball Practice

    3:40-4:10PM Cross Country Practice

    4:15-6:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

   7PM BPS Board Meeting (Education & Administration Building)

Wednesday, October 5 

    6:45-8AM 6/7 Girls Basketball Practice

    7-8AM Cross Country Practice

    4PM Boys Soccer Game - Away @ Cranbrook MS

   4PM Girls Basketball Game - Away @ Cranbrook MS

Thursday, October 6

   1:15PM PTSA Meeting

    4PM Cross Country Meet - Away @ Abbott MS

    4PM Girls Basketball Game - Away @ East Hills MS

    4:15-6:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

   4:15-6PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr” Audition Workshop (Cafeteria)

   6-6:30PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr” Audition Parent Meeting (Media Center)

   6:30PM 3/4 Coney Bingo (Cafeteria)

   7PM Friends of Different Learners Meeting

Friday, October 7

   6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice

    7-8AM Cross Country Practice

   4PM Ambassador Forms Due

    4:15-6:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

Saturday, October 8

Sunday, October 9

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

BE SURE AND VISIT   http://bcsonline.info 

 

FOLLOW US on twitter (@bcs_cobras) and LIKE Birmingham Covington School” on FACEBOOK

2015-2016 BCS PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS MY SON PINOCCHIO JR.

Pinocchio as you’ve never heard it! Disney’s hilarious take on the tale of Pinocchio - join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the toyshop to discover the meaning of family. Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to audition! A student pre-audition workshop will be Thursday, October 6th from 4:10-6:00PM in the Cafeteria with a parent Q&A following from 6-6:30PM in the Media Center. Auditions for cast and crew are on Tuesday, October 11th from 4:10-6:30pm with callbacks on Tuesday, October 12th. Students must turn in an audition permission slip form and pay the pay-to-participate fee PRIOR to auditions (deadline is Monday, October 10th). The Play Production runs during Quarter II with show dates of January 25-27, 2017. More details can be found at www.covingtonproductions.com! Questions? Email Mrs. Bassett at theatrebcs@gmail.com.

 

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!

 

YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW!

Purchase your 2016-17 BCS Yearbook! In order to make the yearbook purchasing process easier, we are suggesting that orders be placed online! Purchase your yearbook online by following this link. Paper order forms are also available in the office. Click here to see a flyer about the current yearbook offer. Yearbook questions? Contact Mrs. Bassett at cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

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.

 

Edutopia.org Filming at BCS – 10/18/16 THROUGH 10/20/16

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 (10/18/16-10/20/16) 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!

 

SCHOOL START TIMES SURVEY

The Birmingham Public Schools Strategic Plan identified the need to study the start and end times of our schools. To assist with this effort, we are asking you to please complete the brief survey at the link below, which should take less than five minutes. Your participation will help us make sure that parent preferences and opinions are given all due consideration as we explore this important topic. This survey will be open until Oct. 7, 2016. https://oaklandk12mi.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dmphnKmkya1zxA1

 

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.

 

BCS ICE CREAM SOCIAL - JOIN US!

Save the date for the annual Ice Cream Social! October 20, 6:30-8pm, Cafeteria.  Sign up to help out by checking out the Sign Up Genius! PROUD DADS, we need scoopers!

 

BCS PROUD DADS ANNUAL MEETING – JOIN US!

BCS - ARE YOU PROUD OF YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS? Proud Dads, join us for our ONE and ONLY BCS Proud Dad’s Annual meeting on Monday, October 24 at 7:00-7:45 PM at Dick O’Dows. Click here for the flyer with all the details!  We need you there. Plus, enjoy some Monday Night Football with other dads after the meeting. Thank you in advance for your attendance! Your Proud Dad Leaders, Nate Black, Mike Richardson & David Wilner (prouddadsbcs@gmail.com)

 

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.

 

7/8 TEAM UPDATES

8TH GRADE PSAT 8/9 AT BCS

Information for BCS 8th Grade Parents…

What is the PSAT 8/9?

The PSAT 8/9 is an assessment given to eighth- and ninth-graders that is closely aligned to the PSAT/NMSQTand PSAT10. It consists of questions in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and in Math.

What are the benefits of taking the PSAT 8/9 assessment?

It helps establish a baseline for students as they enter high school and begin preparing for college and career readiness. It also provides students with better access to data and personalized study through the online College Board and Khan Academy® resources.

When will my student take the PSAT 8/9 assessment?

BCS students will complete the Preadministration portion on Thursday, October 13th from 1:10-2:10.  They will take the assessment on Tuesday, October 18th from 8:30-12:00. Makeup testing for absent students will occur on Tuesday, October 25th from 9:00-12:30. These are the only dates 8th graders may take the assessment. Due to the timed nature of the test, students arriving to school late will not be able to take the assessment so please ensure your student arrives to school on time that day.

How should my student prepare?

The best preparation is to deeply engage in classroom learning and practice skills over time. On test day, your student should answer all the questions to the best of his or her ability. It will also help if he or she gets plenty of sleep the night before test day.

What should my student bring on test day?

We will provide students with No. 2 pencils and a calculator. Students may choose to bring a nut free snack to have during one of the 5 minute breaks in between tests.

How long will the assessment take and how many questions are there?

Actual testing time is 2 hours and 25 minutes. There are 42 Reading questions, 40 Writing and Language questions, and 38 Math questions. Some students will take a fifth section that takes an additional 20 minutes.

What should my student do if he or she doesn’t know an answer?

Your student may encounter some difficult questions that he or she does not know how to answer. Advise your student that if this happens, not to get discouraged but to answer every question to the best of his or her ability.

A message for parents

The PSAT 8/9 assessment will help your student prepare for the future. By taking the PSAT 8/9, your student will learn which skills he or she needs to work on for continued success through high school and college. In addition, the PSAT 8/9 will identify areas where your student excels and may want to consider taking higher-level courses, as well as areas he or she should focus on to improve academically. Please note that PSAT 8/9 scores are not sent to colleges.

How does my student receive PSAT 8/9 scores?

Your student will receive a paper score report at school with a unique code giving him or her access to a robust online score report. The scores reported will grow to include every test your student takes that is part of the SAT Suite of Assessments (see collegeboard.org/sat-suite for more information).

The online experience is designed to help you and your student understand the scores better and to use the feedback to build new skills based on a detailed breakdown of your student’s performance.

 

DON’T MISS THE FIRST 7/8 DANCE OF THE YEAR

“7/8 Blackout” Dance is Friday, November 4, 6-8PM in the Cafeteria. See the flyer here.

 

YEARBOOK ADS ARE ON SALE NOW

Yearbook recognition ads can be designed and purchased online. Click here to purchase and design your ad today! See a flyer here. Deadline to purchase an ad is December 31, 2016. Questions? Email Mrs. Bassett at cbassett@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

 

AUTHOR VISIT AT BCS!

Author and illustrator Patricia Polacco will be visiting BCS on Wednesday, October 12! All 3/4 and 5/6 students will attend one of her presentations that morning.  If you are interested in purchasing one of Ms. Polacco’s books, please consider using this link to buy books using Amazon Smile:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/38-3214599. If you have not already selected a charity, you will be asked to do so. Please search for Birmingham Public Schools Charitable Foundation”. As the organization putting on the event, the BEF would be very grateful to receive the support of our parents as they purchase Ms. Polacco’s books. After you’ve selected your charity, proceed with your purchase as you normally would! 

 

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.

 

CHOICE HOUR UPDATES

QII Choice Hour sign up begins on Monday October 3rd. QII choice hour selection sheets will be distributed to each homeroom on Monday October 3rd and QII choice hour selections were posted late Friday September 30th. Visit www.bcsonline.info to view class offerings.  Each student should receive a selection sheet to bring home or you can print one from the BCS website. QII Choice Hour selections are due no later than 4:00 PM Monday October 10th. QII begins Wednesday November 9th, 2016 and ends Friday January 27th, 2017! 4th and 5th graders will receive an application and informational parent letter regarding 4-5 Science Olympiad participation.  Please read the instructions very carefully and return with your selection sheet by the deadline. This class will be held on Wednesdays.

 

2015-2016 BCS PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS MY SON PINOCCHIO JR.

This class will meet on Tuesday/Thursday during choice hour for students in grades 6-8.

Pinocchio as you’ve never heard it! Disney’s hilarious take on the tale of Pinocchio - join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the toyshop to discover the meaning of family. Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to audition! A student pre-audition workshop will be Thursday, October 6th from 4:10-6:00PM in the Cafeteria with a parent Q&A following from 6-6:30PM in the Media Center. Auditions for cast and crew are on Tuesday, October 11th from 4:10-6:30pm with callbacks on Tuesday, October 12th. Students must turn in an audition permission slip form and pay the pay-to-participate fee PRIOR to auditions (deadline is Monday, October 10th). The Play Production runs during Quarter II with show dates of January 25-27, 2017. More details can be found at www.covingtonproductions.com! Questions? Email Mrs. Bassett at theatrebcs@gmail.com.

 

QII Sports Teams

6-8 Girls’ Swimming Choice Hour class will be held on Monday and Wednesday – please select these classes if you intend to swim for the BCS girls’ swim team.  You must have an orange slip” to participate.  See Coaches Johansson or Brown if you have questions.

7-8 Boys’ Basketball will be on Tuesday and Thursday – team selections will take place after try-outs.  You must have an orange slip” to participate.  See Coaches Braisted and Bodle if you have questions.

 

If you do not understand the Choice Hour process, call Kathy Juriga at 203-4426 regarding scheduling and Linda Stone at 203-4625 regarding class content, attendance policies, choice hour absences, or if you are interested in teaching a Choice Hour class.

 

Thank you for your continued support of the Choice Hour program.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…

GET TO KNOW YOUR BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES!

There are seven people running for four open seats on the November 8 ballot. Please join them on October 5 at 7:00 p.m. for the League of Women Voters Oakland candidates forum. It will be immediately followed by a dessert reception sponsored by the School Community Partnership. The forum will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates while the reception will be a chance to meet the candidates in a less formal setting. Both events are to be held at the BPS Education and Administration Building at 31301 Evergreen, adjacent to Groves High School. 

 

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.

 

THE BEF PRESENTS PATRICIA POLACCO & RICK JOSEPH

Monday, October 10, 7pm at the Seaholm High School Auditorium. Dr. Polacco is an award winning author and illustrator of books including The Junkyard Wonders, The Keeping Quilt and Thank You, Mr. Falker. On October 10, Dr. Polacco will sit down for a conversation with Mr. Rick Joseph, BCS teacher and 2015-16 Michigan Teacher of the Year. The two will discuss her incredible life experiences and how they have inspired her work, her motivations, the challenges she’s faced and how she’s cover come them, advice for parents and kids today, and more. This will be an extension of the presentations she will be giving to elementary students from October 10-14. All are invited. Admission is free, though the suggested donation is $10.

 

GOT CLUTTER? NEED A PLACE TO PUT IT? GROVES GARAGE SALE IS THE PERFECT PLACE! SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 & 23

The PTSA’s only fundraiser of the year needs your items! The Garage Sales volunteers will use your items to raise funds for the PTSA’s multitude of programs. This PTSA event provides the Groves community, sponsored booster clubs, and organizations to obtain funding for our classrooms and students.  Through this team effort, we show support for each other.

WHO: The PTSA and Groves Booster Clubs and Student Organizations

WHAT: All School Garage Sale

WHERE: Groves commons and cafeteria area

DROP OFF DAYS: Thursday and Friday October 15 and 16 from 3-9pm

SHOP: Sat, Oct 22 9am-4pm AND Sun, Oct 23 9am-1pm

Help us spread the word… Like & Share our Facebook Page and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win cool prizes. Questions? Contact: Carol Berg 2016 Garage Sale Chair firstattempt@comcast.net

 

MC4ME PRESENTS: FOR PARENTS, MINDFUL CHILD, MINDFUL PARENT

“Reducing Stress in Our Youth and Ourselves” featuring best-selling author and founder of the Inner Kid Mindfulness Awareness Program Susan Kaiser Greenland. Based on her soon-to-be-released book, Mindful Games, renowned author and teacher of mindfulness Susan Kaiser Greenland will discuss key mindfulness practices to reduce stress in our children and families and help cultivate the essential life skills of attention (A), emotional balance (B) and compassion (C). Thursday October 27: Groves High School, Little Theater, 20500 W 13 Mile Rd, Beverly Hills, 7:00-8:30 pm. Register at www.mc4me.org. See the flyer here.

 

MOM2MOM SALE! - DON’T MISS OUT!

Sponsored by the Birmingham Early Childhood Center Mom2Mom Sale

Location - Berkshire Middle School Cafeteria

Saturday Nov. 12th 9-12pm (8:30am Early bird)

To rent a table - please contact Claire at ECCMom2Mom@gmail.com or call 248-722-4277

Shop for baby and pre-school children's toys, books, clothes, furniture and equipment.

 

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY FALL STEM CAMPS

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. Register 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

 

Ask questions, submit comments or share stories anytime, anywhere through Let’s Talk!