January 1, 2017



Hello BCS!


Happy New Year! The last week of school of 2016 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. 


It is a Happy New Year!  There’s no doubt that in today’s fast paced society the stress in our lives can mount.  In thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, an article from Fast Company entitled 6 Simple Habits to Keep You Consistently Happy Every Day by Joel Gascoigne details this author’s perspective on how to keep our lives happy, and may promote your thinking about potential resolutions (better yet, solutions) to make for 2017…

1.     Wake up early – “to do some great work and be super focused”

2.     Exercise daily – to “feel fantastic and can more easily take on other challenges”

3.     Have a habit of disengagement – “this prompts reflection and relaxation”

4.     Regularly help others – “helping others can significantly increase our happiness”

5.     Learn new skills – the power of novelty and our brains

6.     Have multiple ways to “win” each day – set daily goals (including physical) and achieve them

As we head in to a New Year, 2017, may your days be filled with joyous activity, reflection, helping others, new learning and “winning”.  Resolutions OR solutions worth considering indeed!


BCS is a great place to be!  We look forward to another great week of learning.  It is a busy week for us this week with 2017-18 BCS lottery registration going on and be sure to join us for our next PTSA meeting this Thursday, January 5 at 1:15 PM.


Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski


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.


P.P.S. The deadline to purchase 8th grade recognition ads was December 31st, but has now been extended to February 1, 2017! There will NOT be another extension. Yearbook recognition ads can ONLY be designed and purchased online (purchase and design happens at the same time). Click on the ad purchase and design link today! Questions? Email Mrs. Bassett at cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us


Character Connections Word of the week: CARING

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.

·       “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

·       “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

·       “Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.” Margaret Mead


WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of January 2-January 8

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

Monday, January 2

·       No School

Tuesday, January 3

·       7:30AM-4:30PM BCS Lottery Registration @ EAC

·       3:20-6PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Rehearsal (4:10-6PM CREW ONLY)

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 4

·       7-8AM Boys Basketball Practice

·       7:30AM-4:30PM BCS Lottery Registration @ EAC

·       3:20-5PM Girls Swim Practice

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

Thursday, January 5

·       7-8AM IM Basketball

·       7:30AM-4:30PM BCS Lottery Registration @ EAC

·       1:15PM PTSA Meeting

·       3:20-6PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Rehearsal (4:10-6PM All Cast AND Crew)

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

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

Friday, January 6

·       7-8 Boys Basketball Practice

·       7:30AM-4:30PM BCS Lottery Registration @ EAC

·       4:10-6PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Rehearsal (All Crew & Ali C, Ava H., Ava M., Defne, Jack, Jordan S., Jordan M., Youssef, Lauren, Mena, Leah )

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

Saturday, January 7

·       9-11AM BPS Saturday School at Berkshire

Sunday, January 8



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The deadline to purchase 8th grade recognition ads was December 31st, but has now been extended to February 1, 2017! There will NOT be another extension. Yearbook recognition ads can ONLY be designed and purchased online (purchase and design happens at the same time). Click on the ad purchase and design link today! Questions? Email Mrs. Bassett at cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us



Thank you BCS families for your generosity this holiday season! With your help we collected over 80 sponges, almost 400 pairs of disposable gloves, as well as several bottles of dish soap, laundry detergent, hand sanitizer, pet odor eliminator, Clorox wipes, and air fresheners, along with clothes pins, towels, and trash bags. All to support a great organization, DRAW! In addition, we collected over 2400 individual bags of Mott’s fruit snacks for Variety Detroit, Variety Feeds Kids. WOW the BCS community is amazing!  Thank you for your support!



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



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.



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.



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



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.



With the cold winter temperatures, our school buses can sometimes be a little temperamental. However there is a new Bus Tracker App that Durham Transportaion has for Google and Apple. It will track your child's bus. All you need to log on is your student's ID number, which you use for such things as Powerschool and for Hot Lunch accounts. Google Play Link  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nec.bustracker&hl=en  Apple Store Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/durham-bus-tracker/id835119406?mt=8 New for our district families this school year, we are introducing the Durham Bus Tracker© app. This program online or an easy download at the Apple Store or Google Play will allow parents to know the location of the school bus on their students’ bus route.  This will help families be out and ready for the bus and provide them with the bus location / ETA when we have weather challenges through the winter. The Durham Bus Tracker© app is available ONLY to district parents & students who login to the system with current BPS student information.  The information presented is not available to the general public.  If you have any questions about the app, please contact Transportation at 248-203-3940.




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)




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




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.



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.



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



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.



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



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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