October 30, 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. Be sure to stop by BCS this Thursday for our next PTSA meeting (6:15 PM) and Friday for the first Proud Dads Eat and Run of the year.  Proud Moms, Dads, Aunts, Loved Ones, join your BCS kid(s) & their friends for lunch and fun on Friday, November 4, 2016 (3/4 at 11:45am; 5/6 at 11:05am and 7/8 at 12:45pm).  Spirit Wear will be on sale as well during the Eat & Run.  Check out the catalog and fill out the order form in advance if you’d like.

 

Do you anticipate having a little extra Halloween Candy?  If so, please consider donating it to the BCS Treats for Troops program. We will be collecting candy and treats from Monday October 31st to Friday November 4th. There will be red tubs in the main office where you can drop off you goodies and if you wish to write a note of encouragement to the troops you may deliver it there as well. Let’s give our brave men and women who fight to keep us safe a little piece of home this Halloween!  Please note that all candy must be individually wrapped in its original packaging. Also please note that all donations should be delivered to the main office immediately to avoid allergen contamination in specific classrooms at BCS. For more info please follow the Treats for Troops links: http://bit.do/treats4troops or http://treatsforthetroops.us/.  Happy Halloween from the BCS Service Learning Team!

 

We would like to remind you that BCS will celebrate Halloween tomorrow, 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!

 

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.

 

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: POSITIVITY

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.

·       “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” – Anthony J. D'Angelo

·       “Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?” – Dennis and Wendy Mannering

·       “If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.” – Oscar Wilde

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of October 31-November 6

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

Monday, October 31

·       Halloween!

·       Half Day - Dismissal at 11:30 AM (Buses run regularly, no choice hour on half days)

·       10AM Halloween Parade & Parties

Tuesday, November 1

·       7PM BPS Board Meeting (Education & Administration Building)

Wednesday, November 2

·       6:45-8AM 6/7/8 Boys Basketball Tryouts

Thursday, November 3

·       6:45-8AM 6/7/8 Boys Basketball Tryouts

·       6:15PM PTSA Meeting

Friday, November 4

·       6:45-8AM 6/7/8 Boys Basketball Tryouts

·       Proud Dad’s Eat & Run

o   5/6 - 11:05-11:45AM

o   3/4 - 11:45AM-12:25PM

o   7/8 - 12:45-1:25PM

·       6-8PM 7/8 Dance (Cafeteria)

Saturday, November 5

Sunday, November 6

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES

There are four seats opening on our Board of Education that community members will be voting on at the November 8 election.  You can read about the candidates as well as view the Candidate Forum at the following link: http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/domain/1732.

 

TREATS FOR TROOPS

Do you anticipate having a little extra Halloween Candy?  If so, please consider donating it to the BCS Treats for Troops program. The BCS Service Learning Team will be collecting candy and treats from Monday October 31st to Friday November 4th. There will be red tubs in the main office where you can drop off you goodies and if you wish to write a note of encouragement to the troops you may deliver it there as well. Let’s give our brave men and women who fight to keep us safe a little piece of home this Halloween! Please note that all candy must be individually wrapped in its original packaging. Also please note that all donations should be delivered to the main office immediately to avoid allergen contamination in specific classrooms at BCS. For more info please follow the Treats for Troops links below.

http://bit.do/treats4troops

http://treatsforthetroops.us/

 

PROUD DADS EAT & RUN – JOIN US

Be sure to stop by BCS this Friday, November 4, for the first Proud Dads Eat and Run of the year.  Proud Moms, Dads, Aunts, Loved Ones, join your BCS kid(s) & their friends for lunch and fun on Friday, November 4, 2016.  Click on the flyer for all the details!

·        11:05-11:45 – 5/6

·        11:45-12:25 – 3/4

·        12:45-1:25 – 7/8

 

BCS EVENING OF FAMILY YOGA

Try yoga for the first time or add to your practice!  Come and experience the fun and relaxing art of yoga with your classmates and family on Friday, November 18 in the BCS gym.  Taught by local yoga instructor Michael Rice, this unique class begins at 6 p.m. and takes you through a journey.  Fee only $5 per person.  Offered by the PTSA through the Wellness initiative.  To sign up or for more information, contact Daniela Davis at davismd01@gmail.com.  Students must be accompanied by a parent; 8th graders may be dropped off.  Bring your mats!

 

ORDER BCS SPIRIT WEAR TODAY!

The new BCS Spirit Wear is available to order! There are great new items including hats, jackets, hoodies, PJs and sweat pants! Check out the catalog, fill out the order form and return it to the front office by November18th. If you have any questions please contact Alicia Acey (draacey@yahoo.com). The forms are linked below as well:

·        Spirit Wear Catalog

·        Spirit Wear Order Form

 

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, Search for “Birmingham Covington 3-8 PTSA” to select BCS 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.

 

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

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

THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING!

The Scholastic Fall Book Fair will be here during conferences November 14-18! We are in need of volunteers to make this exciting event possible. Please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904094EA4A823A02-book if you can spare an hour or two of your time. 

 

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

*LAST WEEK BEFORE CHANGE*

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.

 

ATHLETICS UPDATES

6TH, 7TH, & 8TH GRADE WINTER I ATHLETICS

It is time to get registered for the Boys Basketball teams and the Girls Swim Team. Please make sure that the office has a current year physical, dated on or after April 15, 2016. Registration is open at bpsregister.com. Tryouts for the Boys Basketball team will be from 6:45am – 8:00am, Wednesday, Nov. 2 – Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. There are no tryouts for the Swim Team. Swim Team practice begin Monday, Nov. 7 from 3:20pm – 5:00pm. More information for both sports can be found online at http://www.bcsonline.info/athletics.html

 

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: 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. See the BBFA November Program Flyer.

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS NOVEMBER MEETING

Friends of Different Learners Meeting on Best Practices for Inclusion - November 3, 2016 7:00 p.m. at Birmingham Covington School (BCS), Media Center 1525 Covington Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 

Best practices for inclusion will share the experience of going through the public school system from a parent of a child with Down’s Syndrome. Cynthia Hutchinson, author, founder of the Band of Angels, public speaker, and advocate for individuals with different learning needs, goes in depth into her first hand experience facilitating inclusive opportunities for her son from pre-school to vocation. Her wealth of knowledge around how to promote inclusive opportunities, along with her take-aways from her positive and negative experiences, gives insight into what effective inclusion could and should look like. This will be followed by a Q & A in which parents can ask Cynthia direct questions or share experiences. 

See the Friends of Different Learners November Flyer.

 

"DOWN HERE ALL THE FISH IS HAPPY!" 

The Groves Performing Arts Company invites you to come under the sea” to see DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID!! The GPAC production is rooted in an idea of fantasy and bringing the classic animated film to life, right on the Groves stage.  Colorful costumes, rousing choreography and fantastic lighting are all combined to bring you into the world under the sea!

Show dates, times and special events are planned for each of the performances:

·        Friday, November 4  @ 7:00 p.m. - ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreter performance

·        Saturday, November 5  @ 7:00 p.m. - Alumni Night and retirement tribute for Mrs. Cindy Braun

·        Sunday, November 6  @ 2:30 p.m. - Meet & Greet the characters in the lobby after the performance

·        Friday, November 11  @ 7:00 p.m. - Future Performers night

·        (Intermission performance featuring grades 3, 4, 5 elementary school students)

·        Saturday, November 12  @ 7:00 p.m. - Meet & Greet the characters in the lobby after the performance

·        Sunday, November 13  @ 2:30 p.m. - ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreter performance

The performance is in the beautiful Groves High School Main Auditorium, at 20500 West 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills, MI.  Come in the entrance off of Evergreen Road. Tickets are on sale NOW in the main office at Groves High School on school days from 7:00 am to 3:15 pm.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. If you have any questions, please email Leisa Passarelli at LPassarelli@birmingham.k12.mi.us

 

UPCOMING BPS PROGRAMS

GIRLS NIGHT OUT (Grades K - 5): Inside Out

Managing emotions & having social skills to respond appropriately to social & family situations. Emotional regulation is our ability to manage our emotions in how we respond to situations. It is one of the most important predictors of success. If we do not have the tools in our tool box our emotional response may cause us to overreact in a negative way that impacts our self-esteem & confidence & in the future lead to depression & negative self-worth. Sometimes when we react emotionally we enflame a situation We will use the movie Inside Out to teach girls healthy ways to deal with feelings. We will celebrate the things that give us joy. Girls will learn how to manage their emotions whether it is dealing with an unfriendly friend, a Queen Bee, a sibling, family issues or facing a fear they have. Developing our emotional regulation builds confidence in ourselves, helps us respond appropriately to social situations & problems, increases our emotional intelligence & helps us with friendships. Girls will have fun doing Inside Out themed crafts, poster activities & being physically active. $3 Materials fee is included in the registration fee.

# 9241

Seaholm High School, Room C104

Date: 11/4/2016

Fri 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

BpS Resident/non-Resident: $30 / $35

 

G.N.O. (Leaders in Training - Girls Ages 12 - 16): Inside Out

Leaders in Training (Teen girls ages 12 - 16 years old) will help with the evening and get the benefit of the lesson too! See above class description. Materials fee of $3.00 is included in the registration fee.

# 9240

Seaholm High School, Room C104

Date: 11/4/2016

Fri 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

BpS Resident/non-Resident: $30 / $35

 

BOYS NITE OUT: LEGOS

(Boys 2nd-5th grade)

Boys will have fun creating and participating in some friendly competitions with legos while learning social skills. Social skills are skills that help us create and maintain relationships! There are over 100 social skills. Kids will work on the following social

skills during this boy’s nite out. *It’s not fair! Dealing with kids who change the rules or break the rules. Or maybe that’s me! You are so annoying”. Dealing with kids who annoy you. Or maybe you annoy others. *She/He did it first. Choosing your own reaction not based on someone else’s action including our siblings. Listening, following directions & participating in conversations Registration fee includes a $3 materials fee.

# 9238

Seaholm High School, Room C103

Date: 11/4/2016

Fri 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

BpS Resident/non-Resident: $35 / $40

 

BOYS NITE OUT: LEGOS (Teen Boys Ages 12-16 years old) - Leaders in Training Program

For Teen Boys (12 - 16 years old) - LEADERS IN TRAINING Teens will help with the evening and get the benefit of the lessons to! See above class description. Registration fee includes a $3 materials fee.

# 9239

Seaholm High School, Room C103

Date: 11/4/2016

Fri 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

BpS Resident/non-Resident: $35 / $40

 

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.

 

DISTRICT-WIDE KIDS CLUB DAY - TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8

The Skyhawk’s Sports Academy will provide a fun and safe learning environment for all athletic abilities by offering a full day of classic American sports and games. Child care available from 9am-3pm. See the Election Day Kids Club Flyer for registration information.

 

UNDERSTANDING INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAMS - NOV 9, 9AM-12PM

This workshop will help you better understand the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for children and youth who receive special education services.

When you better understand the IEP process, and how to participate, you will have a better chance of your child getting the services they need to be successful in school. See more information and registration details on the Michigan Alliance for Families 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.

 

FOR ALL MIDDLE SCHOOLERS - DEC. 16TH “THE UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER”

Berkshire from 6 – 8 pm. Students have to show ID. The cost is $7. This is a fundraiser to raise scholarship funds for Underrepresented students. ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME!!!!

 

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