December 11, 2016

Hello BCS!

 

 

 

The snow has arrived painting our area white on this Sunday, and our students may be thinking “snow day” as forecasts project a dumping of snow for sure.  Be sure that you’re signed up for important text reminders by texting @bcsf to the number 81010 or click here to sign up.  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. Our students will be meeting with their 3-8 Character Connection teams this Friday, and we are asking everyone to wear RED, WHITE, and/or BLUE on Friday as gather in the gym at the end of the day honoring Pearl Harbor Day (12/7/16) and Veteran’s Day (11/11/16).

 

As a reminder, our National Junior Honor Society students, with help from two 5/6 students (Zach and Abe), are leading 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.

 

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: TRUSTWORTHY

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.

·       “We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone--but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.”Walter Anderson

·       “Self-trust is the first secret of success.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

·       “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”Ernest Hemingway

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of December 12-December 18

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

Monday, December 12

·       7-8AM 8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice

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

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

Tuesday, December 13

·       Battle of the Books Begins

·       7-8AM IM Basketball

·       8:30AM Religious Diversity Journey (Hope United Methodist Church)

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

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

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

·       6-7PM Family Yoga Night

·       7PM BCS Blast Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 14

·       7-8AM Boys Basketball Practice

·       3:20-5PM Girls Swim Practice

·       6PM BCS Debate Showcase (Media Center)

Thursday, December 15

·       7-8AM IM Basketball

·       3:20-6PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Rehearsal (4:10-6PM All Cast, no crew)

·       4:00PM Boys Basketball Game - Home vs. Country Day MS

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

·       7PM BCS Band/Orchestra Trip to Cleveland Info Session (Band Room)

Friday, December 16

·       Wear Red, White, & Blue Day (in honor of Veterans & Pearl Harbor Day)

·       7-8 Boys Basketball Practice

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

Saturday, December 17

Sunday, December 18

 

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BCS DEBATE TEAM WINS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!

The BCS 7/8 Debate Team won their second championship on Saturday, December 10 at the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association Middle Level Public Forum Debate Championship held at Dexter High School. Arya G & Vivian Y went undefeated (6-0) and won the championship round against Saline MS in a 3-0 decision. Arya G was named the tournament’s top speaker, Vivian Y the 2nd place speaker, and Megan C the 10th place speaker. The state team competitors, all contributing to the state championship also included Shin Be F, Ania U, Isabella R, Defne L, Mia L, Jordyn D, Sullivan P, Jack S, Adam M, Jude S, Leah W, Richard P, Elle L, and Elise L.

 

PTSA ANNUAL AUDIT RESULTS IN GOOD NEWS!

The annual BCS PTSA Clearinghouse annual audit resulted in significant unspent funds that will allow the PTSA to consider funding projects that did not get funded through this year’s budget.  The Executive committee has met as a result of the audit and would like to propose to spend the unspent funds in the following manner:

·        $28,500 for the BCS Makerspace

·        $10,000 for Projector and Screen stage projection in the gymnasium

·        $2,600 for updated BCS sign, lighting and lettering

Members present Alicia Acey, Alifya Vohra, Shannon Byrne, Shelli Adams, Sheryl Shenefelt, Mark Morawski and Georgene Moran. Proposed by Alicia and seconded by Shannon.  This will be posted and shared with parents/families at BCS for 30 days and will be voted on at the next PTSA meeting Jan 5, 2017. For questions contact Alicia Acey, Shannon Byrne or Alifya Vohra.

 

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!

 

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!

 

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.

 

BCS BLAST DONATION INFORMATION

As we head into the holiday season, the Blast Committee is asking for your assistance.  BCS is hosting its annual fundraiser, the BCS Blast on March 19, 2017.  We are in need of auction items. We highly encourage you to think about your network and contacts...particularly those that, without you, we would otherwise have no personal connection.  For example…

·        Do you run your own business from which you can donate items or services?

·        Do your neighbors/friends have their own businesses?

·        Do you have season tickets to a sports event and you don’t plan to use them all?

·        Do you have a vacation home/time share you won’t need to use?

·        Consider donating these or other items to our 2017 Blast Auction.

Below you will find links to the Blast 2017 Solicitation letter and Donation Form. Please contact Jennifer Peterson at jpeterson@educatingtogether.org with any questions or to pick up a donation. Donation information can also be entered directly at https://www.biddingforgood.com/blast.  We would like to end this letter by thanking you. Thank you for taking the time to consider our request, and know we deeply appreciate your dedication to BCS and our students.  Your Blast & Auction Chairs, 
Ryan Abney & Jennifer Peterson, thank for your support!

 Blast Solicitation Letter:  http://blogs.birmingham.k12.mi.us/bcscommunitynews/files/2016/11/2017.BCS_.Blast_Solicitation_Letter-17m6uql.pdf

Blast Donation Form:  http://blogs.birmingham.k12.mi.us/bcscommunitynews/files/2016/11/2017.BCS_.BlastDonationForm-1p8dv16.pdf

 

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.

Birmingham Covington School - Thursday, January 5th, 6-6:45PM (Media Center)

 

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

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.

 

ATTENTION 4/5 GRADERS-BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

Battle of the Books begins on Tuesday this week!  If your child is planning to participate, please fill out this short questionnaire:  https://goo.gl/forms/2gHHlpNtOemlb7h33.  This is not the official registration, but rather just a way to keep BCS informed on which students are participating.  It will also help us form a directory of students seeking teammates.  For more information about the Battle of the Books, visit Baldwin Library’s Battle page at: http://www.baldwinlib.org/battle.

 

ATTENTION 6-8 GRADERS

The Birbery Awards reading program kicks off on Thursday this week!  For more information, please visit http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/4309.  

 

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, DeCEMBER 12 THROUGH FRIDAY, JANUARY 13:

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…

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.

 

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 

 

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.

 

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!

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS: LIFE PLANNING FOR YOUR CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND THE ABLE ACT

When: January 5, 2017 at 7:00PM

Where: (BCS) Birmingham Covington School 

Topic:  Planning for a family member with special needs requires knowledge of ever changing public resources, Medicaid, estate planning laws and proper financial planning. ABLE account is now available in Michigan. Should you consider it? 

Please join us for an important educational presentation on planning for your family member with special needs. Speakers Minoti Rajput and Mehul Mistry will also explain importance planning strategies and the key components of the ABLE Act.

See the Friends of Different Learners January Flyer.

 

PRETTY BROWN GIRL PROGRAM

This program and curriculum promotes positive self-esteem and confidence for girls of color in grades 4 – 12.  The program starts in late January on Saturdays at Berkshire Middle School from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 A.M.  The program will be facilitated by a BPS teacher.  Pretty Brown girls guides girls through a self-discovery journey.  The cost is $125 for a ten week session.  To determine interest, we are asking that you email mwilkinson@birmingham.k12.mi.us

 

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 Dweck.  In 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.

 

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