October 9, 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 – there are some great ones this week!

 

Please note:  the Patricia Polacco event scheduled for tomorrow, Monday, October 10 at 7pm sponsored by the BEF is cancelled, as well as her visits to various schools this week. The events will be rescheduled, and we will let you know once a new visit schedule is planned.

 

In an effort to improve system practices, we are conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/4624603. Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Please complete this survey by Wednesday, October 19 at 4:00 PM.  Thank you in advance for your feedback.

 

Finally, be sure to save the date for our annual all school Ice Cream Social on October 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the BCS Cafeteria.  Sign up to help out by checking out the Sign Up Genius. And, PROUD DADS, we need scoopers!  We’re looking forward to a great night!

 

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.

·       You are in integrity when the life you are living on the outside matches who you are on the inside.” – Alan Cohen

·       “Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity.” – Samuel Richardson

·       “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey

 

Mrs. Cook Dances with the Stars!

In a little over a month on November 19, our very own 5/6 teacher, Elizabeth Cook, is taking on an enormous challenge. She will be a contestant in South Oakland Shelter's Dancing with the Detroit Stars. If you know Elizabeth, you know she LOVES to dance, and what a way to show this love through her support of this great cause. Check out more information about this unique event through South Oakland Shelter.

 

BCS Halloween Parade & Parties

BCS will celebrate Halloween on Monday, October 31 which is a half day for students (11:30 AM dismissal-no choice hour).  At BCS, we welcome parents and guardians to join in our festivities which will begin with our annual all-school parade at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 31.  Parents should remain outside to avoid congestion in our hallways (weather permitting, we’ll parade indoors if it’s raining), and the students will proceed outside (east end of building) starting with 3/4 followed by 5/6 and 7/8 students.  The parties will follow the parade immediately back in the students’ homerooms/academic labs around 10:30 AM.  The parties will conclude at 11:15 AM to clean up and prepare for dismissal at 11:30 a.m. (no Choice Hour on half days). Please be sure your child is dressed in an appropriate costume in order to avoid scaring any of our younger students. 

We ask that students avoid the following:

Some suggestions for costumes include:  Inventors, Animals, clothing from an historical period, Presidents, Ethnic clothing, Community helpers (police, fire fighter…), Super heroes, Careers (doctor, teacher, engineer…), Book characters, Sports (football player, snowboarder, marathoner…), Friendly characters, Food. You could even develop a costume that embraces our BCS Theme At BCS We Value the 3E’s – Education, Environment, Each Other!  Remember that children tend to “act” their costumes, so the appropriateness of the costume is important.  Thank you in advance for helping make this day an enjoyable one for our students.  Happy Halloween!

 

CLOWNS IN THE MEDIA

There has been some talk among our students, albeit only a little, about the recent clown reports in the news.  Please be reassured that our BTPD has reassured us that they will keep us posted regarding this issue should it be necessary.  As always, please be sure to contact the police department immediately and directly should you notice any unusual or unsafe activity in your neighborhood.  Also, please let me take this opportunity to share that during this year's Halloween Festivities, clown costumes of ANY kind are prohibited. In addition, please review the general safety guidelines when talking with your child about safety involving strangers of any kind.   These guidelines are from the National Prevention Council. 

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of October 10-October 16

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

Monday, October 10

   Quarter II Choice Hour Forms Due by 4PM

    7-8AM Cross Country Practice

   12-3PM Burdick/Burns Rouge Field Trip 

    4PM Boys Soccer Game - Away @ West Hills MS

   4PM Girls Basketball Game - Away @ Derby MS

   5:30PM Destination Imagination Parent Meeting (600C)

Tuesday, October 11

   12-3PM Brown/Marks Rouge Field Trip   

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

    4PM Cross Country Meet - Away @ Bloomfield Hills MS

    4:15-6:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

   4:15-6:30PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Auditions/Tech Interviews (Cafeteria)

   Yom Kippur Begins at Sundown

Wednesday, October 12

   Edutopia Permission Slips Due

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

    7-8AM Cross Country Practice

    3:25-5:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

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

Thursday, October 13

    7-8AM Cross Country Practice

   9:15AM 5/6 Room Parent Mtg (Media Center)

    4PM Girls Basketball Game - Home vs. Berkshire MS

    4:15-6:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

   6:30PM BPS Millage Information Meeting (Education & Administration Center)

Friday, October 14

    6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice

    7-8AM Cross Country Practice

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

   12-3PM Cook/Lowery Rouge Field Trip

    4:15-6:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

Saturday, October 15

Sunday, October 16

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION 

Please collect and submit your Box Tops for Education to the box marked with the Box Tops logo in the office on the credenza.  This program is a great way to raise funds for BCS.  Each one is worth 10 cents when our school redeems them.  We collect throughout the school year, but the fall submission deadline is a few weeks away, so please send in whatever you have saved to date.

 

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR AMAZON SMILE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR BCS!  

There is no cost to you.  It only takes a few minutes to sign up.  Happy Shopping!!  

   Go to smile.amazon.com and register Birmingham Covington School in Bloomfield Hills, MI as your charity on your Amazon account

   Whenever you shop Amazon, go to the smile.amazon.com website.  It has the same merchandise at the same prices as the regular Amazon website

 

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! 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 on our Chess Registration Form!

 

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!. Paper order forms are also available in the office. Contact Mrs. Bassett with yearbook questions at cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

FILMING AT BCS – PERMISSION NEEDED

Edutopia will be spotlighting BCS in their series, Schools that Work.  They will be visiting 10/18/16-10/20/16 with their production crew to capture footage for their series highlighting what we do at BCS.  Parent permission is required in order to use footage that includes your child.  Click Edutopia Letter for details regarding the filming and to sign the online permission form.  If you prefer to print off a hard copy and send it in to the office, click Edutopia Permission.  Permission is due by Wednesday, October 12.  Thank you for your attention to this exciting opportunity to highlight our innovative school!

 

BCS NEEDS YOUR FEEDBACK

In an effort to improve system practices, we are conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/4624603. Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Please complete this survey by Wednesday, October 19 at 4:00 PM.  Thank you in advance for your feedback.

 

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 Ice Cream Social 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. Read the Proud Dads Flyer for 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)

 

STUDENTS – SHOW YOUR CREATIVITY THROUGH THE PTSA REFLECTIONS CONTEST

2016-2017 PTSA Reflections Program Kicks off this week with projects due Friday, November 11.  This year’s theme is What Is Your Story?  Write a story, draw or take a picture, make a movie, make music, perform dance.  Click the PTSA Reflections Link for all the details, entry form, and rules.  All artwork, including Summer Packet entries, can be placed in the Reflections box in the Media Center.

 

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/NMSQT and PSAT 10. 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 7/8 Dance Flyer.

 

YEARBOOK ADS ARE ON SALE NOW

Yearbook recognition ads can be designed and purchased online. Click on the ad purchase and design link today! 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

 

PE UPDATES

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 through FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will SWIM

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will be in the GYM

For the complete year schedule, click BCS 3/4 PE Schedule.

 

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 youve never heard it! Disneys 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…

NEED SOME HOME ON HOMEWORK OR A PROJECT?

Come to BPS Saturday School at Berkshire Middle School from 9-11 AM.  Students can get help on their work from a NHS high school student and it’s free!  For more information, click BPS Saturday School. Also, sign up for reminders and/or closings for BPS Saturday School: text the message @satschool to 81010.  Saturday School sessions for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows:

·        October: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

·        November: 5, 12, 19

·        December: 3, 10, 17

·        January: 7, 21, 28

·        February: 4, 11

·        March: 4, 11, 18, 25

·        April: 22, 29

·        May: 6, 13, 20

 

BUILDING BETTER FAMILIES THROUGH ACTION (BBFA)

Find information on upcoming free parent education programs:

“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 on the BBFA Website.

 

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


SEAHOLM TENNIS CLINIC

Please join Casey Cullen and the Seaholm Girls Varsity Tennis Team for a Fundraiser Tennis Clinic - October 22nd (rain date Oct 23rd) at the Seaholm tennis courts.

K-2nd graders 1:30pm-2:30pm  $20.00

3rd-5th graders 3:00pm-5:00pm $40.00

*Please wear tennis shoes and bring a racquet and water bottle

To sign up please email Juliemorganroth@me.com and send check made out to Seaholm Girls Tennis Boosters - 2411 Hampton Lane, Troy, MI 48084. Questions: 248-318-9998

 

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 Mindfulness Flyer.

 

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 for stem camps online.

 

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