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. We are excited to welcome Edutopia.org as they begin filming at BCS this week (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) to feature us 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.”  We will be sure to let you know when the finished products are completed!

 

Be sure your child shows their creativity through the PTSA Reflections contest!  The 2016-2017 PTSA Reflections Program has kicked off and projects are 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.

 

We would like to remind you that 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 classroom 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!

 

Another reminder… 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 join us this Thursday for our annual all school Ice Cream Social on October 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the BCS Cafeteria sponsored by our BCS PTSA.  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: COLLABORATION/TEAMWORK

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.

·       “It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin

·       “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

·       “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of October 17-October 23

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

Monday, October 17

   6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice

    7-8AM Cross Country Practice

   12-3PM Warner/Joseph Rouge Field Trip 

    4PM Boys Soccer Game - Away @ Country Day MS

Tuesday, October 18

   8:30AM-12:45PM PSAT Test (8th Grade)

   12-3PM Brown/Marks Rouge Field Trip   

   4PM Girls Basketball Game - Away @ Abbott MS

    4PM Cross Country Meet - Away @ Orchard Lake MS

    4:15-6:30PM Boys Soccer Practice - Pictures @ 4:15PM

   7PM BPS Board Meeting (Education & Administration Building)

Wednesday, October 19

   6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice - Pictures @ 7AM

    6:45-8AM Cross Country Practice - Pictures @ 6:45AM

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

   4PM BCS Parent Survey Closes

Thursday, October 20

    4PM Girls Basketball Game - Away @ Berkshire MS

    4PM Cross Country Meet - Home vs. Cranbrook MS

    4:15-6:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

   6:30PM Ice Cream Social (Cafeteria)

Friday, October 21

    6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice

    7-8AM Cross Country Practice

    4:15-6:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

Saturday, October 22

Sunday, October 23

 

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CONGRATS TO THE BCS DEBATE TEAM

On Saturday, October 8th, the 7/8 BCS Debate Team competed in a tournament at Wayne State University. BCS competed in a combined Middle School and High School Tournament. Vivian Y & Arya G were the champions of the High School Division as well as the 1st and 2nd place speakers for the high school tournament. Ania U and Shin Be F were the champions of the Middle School division. Top 10 Individual Speaker awards were won by Defne L, Shin Be F, Ania U, Ellie C, Jack H, Mia M, Ali C, Hanna D, and Ainsley N.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

3/4 TEAM UPDATES

CALLING ALL 3/4 YOUNG PERFORMERS

The Groves Performing Arts Company is looking for students grades 3, 4, and 5 to be a part of their upcoming production of The Little Mermaid. Read the Little Mermaid Young Performers Flyer for more information.

 

5/6 TEAM UPDATES

CALLING ALL 5TH GRADE YOUNG PERFORMERS

The Groves Performing Arts Company is looking for students grades 3, 4, and 5 to be a part of their upcoming production of The Little Mermaid. Read the Little Mermaid Young Performers Flyer for more information.

 

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.

 

BOO BAGS ARE BACK!

BOO! The Spirit Committee is selling BOO BAGS (small bags of Halloween Candy) during lunch this week and part of next, Oct 17-26 Each bag is $1 to send, and you can buy for multiple 7/8 students and staff. Parents can order them to be delivered to 7/8 students or staff in the office. Fill out the form on the side table, put the $ and form in the envelope provided, and put it in the bucket. The Spirit Committee will deliver Boo Bags throughout by October 28.

 

CALLING 8TH GRADE PARENTS/STUDENTS FOR VOLUNTEER JOB AT BCS

The Tuesday morning bagel sales are the main fundraiser for the 8th Grade Celebration.  We could use some help selling and distributing bagels.  There is a short shift starting at 7:45 a.m. and an even shorter shift that starts at 8:00.  Students, you can receive community service hours and a late pass to class if needed.  Please add your name to the bagel sale sign up genius

 

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

 

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS 2016-17 UPDATE – grades 4 & 5

After many successful years of great Battle of the Books fun and enrichment, Birmingham Public Schools is thrilled to see the Battle” become even better. Starting with this year’s Battle, Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham will take the lead in this great reading odyssey. Battle will now be held after school hours and even more students will be able to participate. 

 

Although Baldwin is located in Birmingham at 300 Merrill, their services are available to all BPS district students.  Baldwin Library will release details about this year’s Battle of the Books in the months to come and the district will help publicize the program through building and district communications.

 

This move will provide our young readers with Battle enthusiasm in a community setting. It is a great partnership between the school district, the Birmingham Education Foundation and Baldwin Public Library. We are sure that our students will continue to benefit from this program, designed to inspire and support our young readers.

 

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.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…

HELP FORM A BPS HISPANIC FAMILIES GROUP

There is interest in organizing a group for Hispanic families for the purpose of continuing cultural traditions, extracurricular activities and a Spanish club for improving fluency.  If you are interested, please contact Marcia Wilkinson at mwilkinson@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Your suggestions for the group’s activities are also welcome and appreciated. 

 

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

 

COFFEE TIME AT THE MUSLIM UNITY CENTER IS BACK

The upcoming program is Thursday October 20 from 7:00-8:00. The topic is Women in Islam. All are welcome, no RSVP needed. This is a casual get together so please encourage your friends to join. See the Coffee Time Flyer for more information.

 

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

The Groves Sale-A-Palooza Garage Sale is next weekend, October 22nd & 23rd.

Groves Sale-A-Palooza needs your help!

We need items to sell at Sale-A-Palooza to make this sale a huge success!

Drop off Dates: (Donate your treasures at the Groves commons and cafeteria area)

Thurs, 10/20 & Fri, 10/21 from 3-9pm

Shop till You Drop: Sat, 10/22 9-4 (Sat, 8am early entry for $2), Sun, 10/23 9-1 (Sun, ½ off sale; $5 Bag Sale starts at 11)

Help spread the word…Share pictures of yourself enjoying this event on your favorite social media tool. Or, like and share the new Sale-A-Palooza Facebook Page to have a chance to win cool prizes!


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.

 

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.

 

BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP FOR GRADES 6-8

November 5th  9:30am – 12:00pm, Cost $40 - Presented by Birmingham Groves Basketball Head Coach Marc West. Players will be put through an extensive skill training session which includes drills that the players can work on at home.  They will then participate in a variety of individual and team competitions in a positive and high energy atmosphere. Register online at Birmingham Community Ed at www.communityed.net or by phone at 248-203-3800. For more info contact Coach West at mwest@birmingham.k12.mi.us or view the Basketball 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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