December 18, 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 are excited to bring Michigan’s Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI) to our students this Wednesday in our continuing efforts to support our students in keeping themselves safe and making good decisions with their online and offline safety valuing the 3Es – Education, Environment and Each Other.

 

Only two days left! 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 ends this 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.

·       “For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.” – Bo Bennett

·       “Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” – Stephen Covey

·       “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein

 

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.

 

Birmingham Education Foundation Annual Fund

Your Donation Gets Big Ideas Off The Ground

Each year, the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF) grants tens of thousands of dollars to our teachers to make their great ideas, both big and small, possible.  The BEF is only able to do this because of support from our community and families like yours. As 2016 comes to a close, we hope you’ll consider making a tax deductible gift to the BEF to support BPS students and schools! You can give online today at https://goo.gl/zebLIK.

 

BEF Unabashed Bash Seeking Auction Items

February 11, 2017 at The Townsend Hotel

The “Bash” is an annual tradition, bringing community members, parents and educators together for an evening of fun and supporting our schools. The Birmingham Education Foundation is currently looking for items for the auction portion of the Bash, including services, experiences or unique items. Perhaps you have a business looking to get exposure as a supporter of our schools? Maybe you have tickets to a game, concert, or event that you know you cannot use, or a timeshare that you know you can’t get to this year? Donations to the Bash are tax deductible, and will be recognized as part of our event. To learn more, please visit the Bash website at http://www.supportbef.org/unabashed-bash.html or contact Executive Director, Alison Hendry at bef@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of December 19-December 25

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

Monday, December 19

·       Only 2 Days Left! BCS Holiday Community Service Drive - DRAW & Variety Detroit through Tuesday, December 20

·       7-8AM 8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice

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

·       3:20-5PM Girls Swim Practice

Tuesday, December 20

·       7-8AM IM Basketball

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 21

·       11:50 AM-12:50 PM – 5/6 Cyber Safety Initiative in the media center

·       1:10-2:10 PM – 7/8 Cyber Safety Initiative in the media center

·       2:20 AM-3:20 PM – 3/4 Cyber Safety Initiative in the media center

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

·       4:15PM (Warm-Up 3:45PM) Girls Swim Meet - Home vs. West Hills MS

Thursday, December 22

·       Locker Clean Out today

·       7-8AM IM Basketball

·       2:20-3:20PM Classroom Parties in Academic Labs (cleanup at 3:05-please recycle)

·       3:20-4:10PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Rehearsal (choice hour only!)

·       3:20-4:10PM Boys Basketball Practice

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

Friday, December 23

·       No School, First Day of Winter Recess

Saturday, December 24

·       No Saturday School – Resumes on Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sunday, December 25

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

Chartwells- BPS Food Service-click -WEEKLY MENU  - for updates click NEWSLETTER or BREAKFAST MESSAGE

 

BE SURE AND VISIT   http://bcsonline.info 

 

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CONGRATS TO BCS SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM

Northview Invitational Results 2016 - On Saturday, December 10th BCS Middle School Science Olympiad Teams competed against 21 other schools from Michigan & Ohio. The kids worked hard, had fun and did a great job. The Black team came in 8th overall and the Gold team came in 13th overall. See individual science olympiad results.

 

BCS WILL OFFER ANOTHER CHESS CLUB

BCS is pleased to announce that we will be hosting another round of our competitive chess club this New Year! Whether you are returning BCS chess star or just interested in learning the game, our competitive program is the perfect place for you to flex your mental muscle and make some great new friends!  Our winter program starts January 11th 2017 and will meet @ BCS on Wednesdays after choice our. For more information see the Covington Chess Flyer. We look forward to seeing your strategy skills in action!

 

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

 

BCS BLAST CLOSET CLEANOUT

Closet Cleanout is here…Let’s make this the Best BCS Blast Prize Room Ever!  Please bring any unused toys or gift cards to the bin in the BCS office. Click on the Blast Closet Cleanout flyer to save this reminder.

 

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

 

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

 

CHOICE HOUR UPDATE

3RD QUARTER 2016-2017 CHOICE HOUR SELECTION SHEETS WILL BE GOING HOME THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 19TH

Selections can be viewed online at www.bsconline.info .  QIII Choice Hour begins Monday January 30th, 2017 and ends Thursday April 13th.  Choice Hour selections are due back no later than Tuesday January 3rd at 4:00PM.  Students who do not turn in a selection sheet will not be placed in any Choice Hour classes.  Students who do not turn in a selection sheet with payment by the deadline will not be allowed to make a change in their schedule. 

Also, please include proper payment if you are signing your child up for a 4th and/or 5th day of Choice Hour.   Do not include payment for classes with materials fees or pay to play fees.  A separate billing will be made once students have been placed in their Choice Hour classes.

Important information regarding 3rd quarter:

·        Be sure to list continuing classes as a first choice – Destination Imagination, Science Olympiad, Forensics, BETA Autonomous Design, Leadership and MATH Counts.

·        Band classes will not be offered during the QIII choice hour program but will return QIV.

Athletics:

·        6th, 7th and 8th grade boys interested in joining the BCS swim team on Mondays and Wednesday and 7th and 8th grade girls interested in playing for the BCS volleyball teams on Tuesdays and Thursdays must have an orange slip to participate.

New offerings:

·        Intro to Forensics will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays for students in grades 4-7.  Students must be enrolled in this class in order to audition for the 2017-2018 BCS Forensics/Debate team.

·        Mr. Johansson is offering a beginner’s swim class for all grade levels.  This class is by invitation only.  Please feel free to contact Mr. Johansson with any questions regarding this class.

·        Girl’s self defense is being offered for girls in grades 6-8 on Friday.

·        Several theatre classes are being offered by Suzi Regan – BCS mom.  Check out Page to Stage (Tuesday/Thursday grades 5-8) and Theater Games (Wednesday – grades 3-4.)

Choice Hour reminders – please call (248-203-4625), send in a note, or email Linda Stone at ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us  if your child is going to be absent from Choice Hour for any reason!  Students that do not have Choice Hour on any given day need to be picked up by 3:20 PM.  Students that do not have a Choice Hour class and are not picked up by 3:30 PM will be charged a $5.00 fee. Thank you for always supporting the Choice Hour program!

 

MEDIA CENTER UPDATE

ATTENTION 4TH AND 5TH GRADERS!

Battle of the Books has begun!  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 6TH-8TH GRADERS!

The Birbery Awards reading has begun!  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…

BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION ANNUAL FUND

Birmingham Education Foundation Annual Fund

Your Donation Gets Big Ideas Off The Ground

Each year, the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF) grants tens of thousands of dollars to our teachers to make their great ideas, both big and small, possible.  The BEF is only able to do this because of support from our community and families like yours. As 2016 comes to a close, we hope you’ll consider making a tax deductible gift to the BEF to support BPS students and schools! You can give online today at https://goo.gl/zebLIK

 

BEF UNABASHED BASH SEEKING AUCTION ITEMS

February 11, 2017 at The Townsend Hotel

The Bash” is an annual tradition, bringing community members, parents and educators together for an evening of fun and supporting our schools. The Birmingham Education Foundation is currently looking for items for the auction portion of the Bash, including services, experiences or unique items. Perhaps you have a business looking to get exposure as a supporter of our schools? Maybe you have tickets to a game, concert, or event that you know you cannot use, or a timeshare that you know you can’t get to this year? Donations to the Bash are tax deductible, and will be recognized as part of our event. To learn more, please visit the Bash website at http://www.supportbef.org/unabashed-bash.html or contact Executive Director, Alison Hendry at bef@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

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:

·        January: 7, 21, 28

·        February: 4, 11

·        March: 4, 11, 18, 25

·        April: 22, 29

·        May: 6, 13, 20 

 

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 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.

 

For additional District and Event News, Athletics Community Sports Groups Information click BPS District eNews 

 

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