December 4, 2016

Hello BCS!

 

 

It was another great week at BCS!  If you haven’t “liked” Birmingham Covington School on Facebook yet, please do so and check out some pictures from the week. We look forward to seeing our Student Ambassadors and many of you at our BCS Open House today inviting the community to tour our great school. As a reminder, this week is our next Delayed Start on Tuesday, December 6 with school starting at 9:48 AM.  Doors open to students at 9:30 AM.  Also, bagel sales will be moved to tomorrow, Monday, due to the Delayed Start on Tuesday.  And now, check out the awesome events coming this week led by our students!

 

On Thursday (and one Friday) we held town hall meetings for 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 students where our National Junior Honor Society students, with help from two 5/6 students (Zach and Abe), introducing our BCS Holiday Drive to support Variety Detroit and Disaster Relief at Work (DRAW).  We are collecting Motts fruit snacks (for Variety Detroit) AND household items (for DRAW) from Monday December 5 through Tuesday, December 20.  Click on the Variety Detroit/DRAW flyer to take to the store and shop and see below for all the details…

 

In the words of our students, “Variety Feeds Detroit is an organization that provides children with food to last weekends or breaks. Some children rely on the school for food, and this organization makes sure that students don’t go hungry on days that they don’t have the school food to eat. You can help give these children food by donating Mott’s fruit snacks (small 0.8oz size package). Variety Feeds Detroit will then assemble backpacks full of our fruit snacks, and other items from different schools. These backpacks will then be given to children who need that food, whether it is for a break, a weekend, or something else.  Drop off your Mott’s Fruit Snacks (0.8oz size) in the bins by the front office.”

 

DRAW is a disaster relief organization that helped with events such as hurricane Sandy and they need your help. DRAW is trying to collect many items to help families affected by disasters. You can help these families by bringing in:

·       Scouring pads/sponges/scrub brushes,

·       cleaning towels,

·       liquid laundry detergent (25 or 50 oz),

·       household liquid cleaner (added to water, not spray bottle),

·       dish soap,

·       clothes line/clothes pins,

·       dust masks,

·       disposable waterproof gloves,

·       work gloves with leather palms,

·       heavy duty trash bags (33-45 gallons),

·       insect repellent spray,

·       air freshener (aerosol or pump), and

·       hand sanitizer

Drop off these items in the bins by the front office.”  Once again, our collection drive begins Monday, December 5 and ends Tuesday, December 20.  Our students thank you in advance for your support of their drive.

 

Finally, our BCS 7/8 Leadership Team would like to let you know that they will be leading “We Connect Wednesday” for our 3/4 Students in the gym on Wednesday, December 7 from 2:00-3:20 PM.  The purpose of “We Connect Wednesday,” created by our 7/8 Leadership Team, is for our 7/8 student leaders to facilitate teambuilding and relationship building among our 3/4 students in an enjoyable, high energy, activity-based manner.  There is no doubt our 7/8 students positive leadership will be on display for our 3/4 students. 

 

BCS is a great place to be!  We look forward to another great week of learning.

 

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: RESPONSIBILITY

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.

·       “One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

·       “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” – George Bernard Shaw

·       “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” – Denis Waitley

 

OUR PRINCIPALS ATTENDING A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CONFERENCE

We wanted to let you know that Mr. Morawski and Mr. Hill will be out on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week at the MEMSPA Conference – Leading Together.  While they will be available by email, in their absence, the following teachers will be “Principals” for the day and act as “administrator in charge.”  Please contact these individuals if you need administrative support, and you can certainly contact our counselors, Karen Sivwright and Jenny Wagner.  Thank you!

·        Wednesday:  Ross Burdick

·        Thursday: Bill Johansson

·        Friday: Morris Wallington

 

REFLECTIONS 2016/2017 RESULTS

Based on the theme “What is Your Story?” artwork from the following 24 students, out of 105 participants, will be moving on to the BPS District PTA Reflections program:

Intermediate                   

·        Music   Brennan K.

·        Music   Trisha C.              

·        Literature   Corrine A.

·        Literature   Chiara M.     

·        Visual Arts   Ema I.

·        Visual Arts   Induvari H. 

·        Film   Isobela K.

·        Film   Viraj N.    

·        Phototgraphy   Cecilia H.

·        Phototgraphy   Ian P.     

·        Dance   Giulia P.

·        Dance   Abigail M.

Special Artist                    

·        Literature   James C.

Middle School                  

·        Photography   Krishnan M.

·        Photography   Owen G. 

·        Music   Jacob P.

·        Dance   Sara P.

·        Dance   Lira B.   

·        Literature   Julia F.

·        Literature   Marlena B.  

·        Visual Arts   Caroline M.

·        Visual Arts   Daniel X.     

·        Film   Rocco M.

·        Film   Michael N.

Also, a big thank you to our judges! They take this very seriously and put a lot of effort in to making their decisions.

·        Literature: Stephanie Miller, Head of Youth Services, Baldwin Public Library

·        Visual Arts: Susan Owens, Youth Programs Director, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and Annie VanGelderen, Executive Director, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

·        Photography: Ally Cohen, Owner, Frameable Faces Photography

·        Film Production: Dan Parente, Videographer, Birmingham Public Schools

·        Music:  Joshua Bartolomeo, Instructor at Axis Music, and member of the jazz trio “The Quick Trio”

·        Dance:  Shannon Davis, Instructor, Studio A Center for Performing Arts

A special THANK YOU to our BCS PTSA Reflections Chair, Diana Patterson for coordinating this worthwhile program showcasing our students’ creativity!

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of December 5-December 11

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

Monday, December 5

·       7-8AM 8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice

·       7:30AM Bagel Sales (Monday instead of Tuesday this week)

·       4:10-5:30PM 7th Grade Boys Basketball Practice

·       3:20-5PM Girls Swim Practice

Tuesday, December 6

·       9:48AM Delayed Start (Busses run 30 minutes later)

·       3:20-4:10PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Rehearsal

·       4:00PM Boys Basketball Game - Away @ Bloomfield Hills MS

·       4:15PM (Warm-Up 3:45PM) Girls Swim Meet - Away @ Derby MS

·       6PM BPS Community Partnership Meeting honoring outgoing Board members (Education & Administration Building)

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

Wednesday, December 7

·       7-8AM Boys Basketball Practice

·       8AM BCS Snow Club Registration

·       3:20-5PM Girls Swim Practice

Thursday, December 8

·       7-8AM IM Basketball

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

·       3:20-6PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Rehearsal (4:10-6PM Blue Fairy, Fairies, Pinocchio, Stromboli, Marionettes Only)

·       4:00PM Boys Basketball Game - Away @ Orchard Lake MS

·       4:15-5:30PM Girls Swim Practice

·       6:30PM BCS Lottery Info Session (Media Center)

Friday, December 9

·       7-8 Boys Basketball Practice

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

·       4:15-5:30PM Girls Swim Practice

Saturday, December 10

·       State Debate Tournament (Dexter High School)

·       9-11 AM Saturday School at Berkshire

Sunday, December 11

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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DELAYED START ON TUESDAY MEANS BAGELS ON MONDAY

BCS NEXT WEEK ONLY -  plan on enjoying your bagels Monday morning December 5th instead of Tuesday morning.

 

PURCHASE YOU HOLIDAY CARDS – 50% DONATION GIVEN TO CHARITY OF YOUR CHOOSING

We like to help out, give and serve at BCS – it’s a deeply rooted value we have.  To that end, check out this neat opportunity for you and your children to custom design and purchase your Holiday Cards this year with $.75 of each of the $1.50 cards going to a charity of your choosing – that’s 50%!  Whether it’s the cause of clean water, poverty & disease alleviation or hunger that you would like to support, go to Cards for Good to design and purchase your cards while giving to a great cause right in our area!  Think about it – purchase 100 cards beautifully custom designed by you for $150.00, and $75.00 will go directly to the select local charity you choose.  Check out all the details, select a charity and get designing at https://www.cardsforgood.com/.  Give to Flint Kids, Forgotten Harvest, Humble Designs and others and design and purchase your Holiday Cards at the same time!  Now that’s a win-win!

 

BCS SNOW CLUB

If you are interested in your child participate in the BCS Snow Club skiing at Pine Knob this season, review and complete the necessary forms notes below:

Pine Knob Rental Agreement

Snow Club Application Procedure Flyer

Snow Club Application/Permission

 

CYBER SAFETY PROGRAM COMES TO BCS

Each year at BCS, the Michigan Attorney General’s office will be conducting presentations on student safety featuring the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI) and the student safety hotline, OK2SAY.  The presentation will be given to BCS students on Wednesday, December 21, 2016.  Please open the document, Michigan CSI, for more information regarding this program.  If you do not want your child to participate, please return the bottom portion of the document to the BCS office by Friday, December 16. We are looking forward to bringing this safety program to our students.

 

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS NEWS - FOR PARENTS OF 4TH & 5TH GRADE STUDENTS

Prepare for Battle!  The program officially begins on Tuesday, December 13.  On this day, the 2017 Battle titles will be announced to 4th and 5th grade students at an assembly, and the books will be posted online at http://www.baldwinlib.org/battle.  Registration for the program will also begin on this day. For full information regarding this year’s battle, click on 2016-17 Battle Information. More information can be found at http://www.baldwinlib.org/battle , or you are welcome to email BCS Media Specialist Ann Truesdell at atruesdell@birmingham.k12.mi.us with any questions you have.

 

ONE MORE BCS EVENING OF FAMILY YOGA

Did you miss the last BCS Yoga Night on Friday, Nov. 18? Don’t fret – we have another one coming.  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 Tuesday, December 13 in the BCS gym from 6-7 p.m.  Taught by local yoga instructor Michael Rice, this unique class begins at 6 p.m. and takes you through a journey.  Fee is 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!

 

BEF AUCTION BASKET 

Each BPS school has been asked to create a basket for the Birmingham Education Foundation auction.  Our school's theme is A COOK’S CORNER.  We are looking to create a beautiful basket filled with all the cooking essentials to make the home cook feel like a gourmet chef.  Please consider contributing to the basket by choosing an item from our Sign up Genius, your favorite kitchen item or perhaps contribute in the form of a monetary contribution.  Items can be delivered to the front office until December 21st. We really appreciate your help!

A COOKS CORNER- BCS Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF) Auction Basket

 

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.

 

7/8 TEAM UPDATES

PARENT MTG FOR STUDENTS WITH IEPS TRANSITIONING TO HIGH SCHOOL

Please join Special Education Supervisor, Rebecca Anders, for an informational meeting on what to expect as your child makes the transition to high school. Information on credit requirements, scheduling, and social opportunities will be discussed. This is an opportunity for you to get your questions answered and become more informed as you and your child prepare for this exciting next step in their educational career.

Seaholm High School - Wednesday, December 7, 5:45PM (Room A101)

Groves High School - Wednesday, January 18, Time & Room TBD

 

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, NOVEMBER 7 THROUGH FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9:

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will be in the GYM.

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will SWIM.

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

 

ATHLETIC UPDATES

CONGRATS TO THE BCS GIRLS SWIM TEAM

The Cobras won their first home meet of the year by a score of 49-37. The 9 different event winners included: Nora F (2), Lauren D (2), Bella V (2), J (2), Megan C (3), Mairin M, Lira B, Hannah D and Ellie D. Hailey T and Sarah M dropped significant time.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…

WATCH YOUR MAILBOXES - IT’S BEF ANNUAL FUND TIME!

Your donation gets big ideas off the ground

Parents, each year the Birmingham Education Foundation grants tens of thousands back to our schools in support of programs and initiatives that are outside of the district budget. This includes things at our school like this year’s trip to the DSO for the 3rd and 4th grade, a tower garden for the Frishman/Butzin and Wallington/Parkin teams, and visits by award winning authors. The BEF can only do these things with your help! You can use the form arriving at your house soon, or give online at their website – www.supportBEF.org And thanks in advance!

 

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:

·        December: 3, 10, 17

·        January: 7, 21, 28

·        February: 4, 11

·        March: 4, 11, 18, 25

·        April: 22, 29

·        May: 6, 13, 20

 

COMMUNITY SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP RECEPTION

December 6, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The School Community Partnership is hosting a reception for outgoing Board of Education members:  Geri Rinschler, Michael Fenberg, Robert Lawrence and Chris Conti.  Please stop by for light refreshments and a chance to wish these great public school advocates best wishes.    Location:  BPS Education and Administration Building, Evergreen Room, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills.   

 

BIRMINGHAM AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY NETWORK HOLIDAY MIXER

Monday, December 12, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Birmingham African American Family Network is hosting a Holiday Mixer at the BPS Education and Administration Building, Hawthorn Room, 31301 Evergreen, Beverly Hills.  This is a great way to meet other families and learn more about the Network.  All are welcome.

 

GREENFIELD ELEMENTARY HOLIDAY SALE

Greenfield Elementary School is hosting a Holiday Sale on Thursday, December 8 from 5-8 p.m.  The school is located at 31200 Fairfax Ave., Beverly Hills.  Artisans/vendors include jewelry makers, wood works, Discovery Toys, LuLaRoe Apparel, Stella & Dot, fresh wreaths, bird feeders and many more.   Admission is $2 per adult/children 17 and under are free.

 

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

Join the fun at the Ugly Sweater Party!  Meet other BPS middle school students at this great event.  It’s December 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Berkshire Middle School Gym.  The cost is $7. 00 per student.  All students must show their school ID to attend.  The ugliest sweater will win a gift card.  This great event is hosted by the BPS African American Family Networking Group.  All proceeds from this event will benefit AAPN Minority Scholarship Foundations.  Don’t miss the fun!

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BUY A SEAHOLM WINTER SCARF?

With the holidays and the cold weather soon upon us, please consider supporting the Seaholm Boys Soccer Team by buying a Seaholm winter scarf!  Scarves are $20 each and proceeds go to the Seaholm Boys Soccer program (cash or check made out to Seaholm Boys Soccer Boosters).  If you are interested, please contact Leslie Voigt at leslie.voigt@me.com.

 

BBFA BOOK CLUB

Join BBFA for a book club with a focus on parenting. Our first book will be: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol DweckIn this brilliant book, Dweck shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we approach our goals. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are far less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and mentorship. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.Thursday, January 26, 2017, 10:00am – 11:30am, Bloomfield Township Public Library (1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township) Facilitator: Michelle Miletic, LMSW. RSVP or Questions: Email: info@bbfaprevention.org, Phone: (248) 419-2380. There is no charge to attend the discussion. See the BBFA Book Club Flyer.

 

From the Office of Specialized Instruction & Student Services: Parents please see this months newsletter.

 

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