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BCS is a dynamic and collaborative learning community. We cultivate an engaging environment that embraces all students and empowers them to pose questions, integrate resources, synthesize, evaluate and apply their knowledge to positively influence our diverse and ever-changing world.

January 8, 2017

Hello BCS!


It was a great week first week of 2017 at BCS!  Smiles, energy and a passion to learn returned.  If you haven’t “liked” Birmingham Covington School on Facebook yet, please do so and check out some pictures from the week.  Just a reminder that tomorrow, Monday, January 9 is the last day to register for the 2017-18 BCS Lottery at the EAC from 7:30 AM-4:30 PM with the Public Lottery on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:00 PM at the BPS Education and Administration Center.  Spread the word!


Congratulations to the BCS students whose artwork will advance to the state level for this year’s PTSA Reflections Program. The judges were very impressed with the passion, commitment and creativity in incorporating the What Is Your Story? theme.  Our students have embodied the true spirit of this program by honing in on their personal artistic expression and presenting amazing work!  12 of the 13 BPS schools will represent our district at the state level.  BCS is sending 19 entries—more than double any other school!  Check out the link BCS Reflections Results.


Please remember that  on Monday, January 16, there is no school due to the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, though our district, with BCS support, is sponsoring an MLK Day Service Project Opportunity.  Although BPS schools will be closed, Berkshire Middle School will be open for the District-wide DRAW Community Service event on MLK Day, Monday, January 16 from 10AM-12PM. While BCS collected items at the end of December, BPS is still working to fill buckets for DRAW. Learn how you can help - either with supplies ahead of time or at the event on MLK Day.   

·         Check out the brief promotional video: https://youtu.be/zTsQbD0sGug

·         Bring some extra supplies to donate: http://drawbuckets.org/donate/fill-bucket/cleaning-bucket/

·         Sign up to attend the service event at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4cafa62da4fa7-mlkday1


Finally, The BCS PTSA & BBFA are co-sponsoring an important parent form on “Allowing Your Child to Face Adversity” presented by Julie Fisher on Tuesday, January 24 from 6:30-8:00 PM.  It’s hard to allow your child to fail at anything but allowing your child to fail often leads to them learning how to succeed. Parents will learn how failure and success are linked and how that link affects academic and future success.  Be sure to attend this FREE event in the BCS media center.  Click on the flyer with all the details.


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


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.


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.

·         “Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” – Anthony J. D'Angelo

·         “Friendly people are caring people, eager to provide encouragement and support when needed most.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter

·         “A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” – Denis Waitley


WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of January 9-January 15

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

Monday, January 9

·         7-8AM 8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice

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

·         3:20-5PM Girls Swim Practice

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

·         4:10-6PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Rehearsal (Pinocchio, Geppetto, Ringleader, Roustabouts, Delinquents, Blue Fairy, Fairies in Training)

·         4:20-5PM IM Basketball - Team 1 vs. Team 3

·         5:10-5:50PM IM Basketball - Team 2 vs. Team 4

Tuesday, January 10

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

·         4PM Boys Basketball Game - Home vs. Orchard Lake MS

·         5:30PM Girls Swim Meet - Away vs East Hills MS @ Bloomfield Hills HS (No Bus, meet @ East Hills 4:45PM)

·         7PM BCS Blast Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 11

·         7/8 Trip to New Orleans

·         7-8AM Boys Basketball Practice

·         4PM Girls Swim Meet - Home vs. Berkshire MS

·         4:10-6PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Rehearsal (Geppetto, Pinocchio, Blue Fairy, Fairies in Training, Stromboli, Marionettes)

·         6PM BCS Lottery (Education & Administration Building)

Thursday, January 12

·         7/8 Trip to New Orleans

·         7-8AM IM Basketball

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

·         1:15PM PTSA Meeting

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

·         4PM Boys Basketball Game - Home vs. Cranbrook MS

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

·         7PM Friends of Different Learners Meeting

Friday, January 13

·         7/8 Trip to New Orleans

·         8:30AM BCS Spelling Bee

·         9:30AM 3/4 Room Parent Meeting

·         4:10-6PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Rehearsal (ALL CAST & CREW)

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

Saturday, January 14

·         7/8 Trip to New Orleans

Sunday, January 15

·         7/8 Trip to New Orleans (returns Monday, 1/16/17 at 3PM)



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Congratulations to the BCS students whose artwork will advance to the state level for this years Reflections Program. The judges were very impressed with the passion, commitment and creativity in incorporating the What Is Your Story? theme.  Our students have embodied the true spirit of this program by honing in on their personal artistic expression and presenting amazing work! 12 of the 13 BPS schools will represent our district at the state level.  BCS is sending 19 entriesmore than double any other school! See Reflections Individual Winners here.



On MLK Day, 1/16/17, at Berkshire Middle School, BPS families will be working together to fill buckets for DRAW. To learn more about the organization and how you may help, click DRAW. Looking to donate supplies? Click Cleaning Bucket to see a list of items needed for this service project.  Donations may be dropped off at BCS prior to Friday, 1/13/17 or brought to the event. Interested in attending the service event? Click MLK Service Project to sign up for a volunteer slot.



The BCS PTSA & BBFA are co-sponsoring this parent form on Allowing Your Child to Face Adversity” presented by Julie Fisher on Tuesday, January 24 from 6:30-8:00 PM.  It’s hard to allow your child to fail at anything but allowing your child to fail often leads to them learning how to succeed. Parents will learn how failure and success are linked and how that link affects academic and future success.  Be sure to attend this FREE event in the BCS media center.  Click on the flyer with all the details.



Tickets will be on sale NEXT WEEK - look for more ticket sale details!


·         Wednesday, January 27, 4:30PM (Student tickets are BUY ONE GET ONE FREE)

·         Thursday, January 28, 7PM

·         Friday, January 29, 7PM

All shows are in the BCS Cafeteria!

Questions?  Email theatrebcs@gmail.com



Monday, January 30th, 2016

BCS students in grades 4-8 are eligible to compete in a school-wide Geography Bee on Monday, January 30th at 3:30 p.m. in the BCS Staff Development Room.  BCS teacher Leon Braisted will moderate the event. 

·         The first round of competition will end at approximately 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.  The final ten contestants will stay afterward to compete for the championship.

·         Students competing must be prepared to stay past dismissal time and arrange fortransportation home.   School busses will have already left BCS.

·         There is no fee for this competition.

·         To sign up, please RSVP on this SignUp Genius Link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F4BAEAD2EA13-2017

·         Study resources and rules can be found at the following National Geographic web site link:  http://nationalgeographic.org/bee/study

Please direct any questions to parent Nicole Corum at nikkifu@aol.com



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



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.



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




Groves 8th Grade Parent Curriculum Night

When:  Wednesday, January 18

Where:  Groves Auditorium

Time:  6:30 pm-9:00 pm

·         Learn about the scheduling process and timelines from Groves Counseling Department.

·         Learn about the curriculum offerings at Groves High School from Groves Department Heads.

·         Learn about spring and summer transition activities.

If your student is interested in the EXCEL program, an integrated social studies/English program,  please plan to attend a information session at 5:45 pm in Auditorium A.



3rd Quarter 2016-2017 Choice Hour selection sheets were distributed to homerooms the week of December 19th, 2016.    Selections can be viewed online at www.bsconline.info .  Choice Hour selections were due back 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.  QIII Choice Hour begins Monday January 30th, 2017 and ends Thursday April 13th. 


If you have not registered for QIII Choice Hour please do so ASAP.  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.


·         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!




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.




This very special and fun class introduces kids to etiquette and manners appropriate for today. Kids learn some cooking, as well as proper table and plate setting and more!

Week 1: Make an appetizer , proper seating and table etiquettes

Week 2: Make soup and table setting

Week 3: Make salad and napkin folding

Week 4: Make a one-pot entrée and proper conversation etiquettes

Week 5:Make dessert and manners at the dinner table

Week 6: Formal Valentine’s Dinner with Parent

Register NOW at www.communityed.net as this class begins Tuesday, January 10 from 5-6:30 p.m.



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: 21, 28

·         February: 4, 11

·         March: 4, 11, 18, 25

·         April: 22, 29

·         May: 6, 13, 20



We are very  excited  to welcome Yonatan Nir, Award Winning Filmmaker and Director/Producer of our sneak preview movie, My Hero Brother”, to be screened on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, at 27375 Bell Road  in Southfield, Michigan as we celebrate National Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month.  My Hero Brother”,  selected at the Jerusalem Film Festival, is a heartwarming and inspiring story of young people with Down syndrome traveling the Himalayas with their brothers and sisters, as they overcome challenges.  Registration and Resource Fair will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the Movie Screening and speaker at 7:00 p.m.  A dessert reception will follow the event.  Advanced registration (www.jewishdetroit.org/jdaim) is $5.00 Admission will be $10.00 the day of the event.



Volunteers from Birmingham Schools are coming together to host a Spaghetti Dinner and Auction to be held Tuesday, January 24th from 4:30-7:30pm at Derby Middle School. As you know, there is a BCS Parent Forum this same night at 6:30, so if attend the forum and can’t make the Spaghetti Dinner, you can donate at the following link: https://www.crowdrise.com/ellacainstrong 


You and your family can plan to attend this important event being held to raise money to help pay for cancer treatments, and other expenses for Ella Blonsky.  Ella is a 6th grader at Derby who was diagnosed back in the fall with Synomial Sarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue cancer.  She is currently entering her 4th round of chemo and will be undergoing proton radiation treatments.  These specialized treatments will be taking place at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  The associated, uncovered expenses are great, including necessary travel and lodgings for her family.  Tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction will be sold in the BCS, Derby and Harlan offices starting, Monday, January 9th.  Tickets for can be purchased for $10 (children 4-10 years of age can be purchased for $5).  Cash or checks written to Derby Middle School will be accepted.
Join the Meal Train for Ella Blonsky's Family:
 A sign up to provide home cooked meals daily to the family has been established at this link.  Ella's siblings, including Harlan 4th graders, Ava and Zack, remain here at home, and the comfort of a home cooked meal is an easy and welcomed form of support.  Please click on this to select an available date: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/md0kek/journal/.

For questions, contact BCS parent Kimber Bishop Yanke at girlsempowered@aol.com.



Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Groves High School – Auditorium

20500 W. 13 Mile Road

Beverly Hills, MI 48025

Join Wish Upon a Teen and Birmingham Public Schools to meet author Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis. Roig-DeBellis, the Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher who in December of 2014 saved the lives of fifteen first graders during the shooting siege. Author of the book Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life’s Darkest Hours” and founder and executive Director of Classes 4 Classes, Inc., focuses on helping K-8 children combat bullying and learn compassion, caring, kindness and empathy. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Purchase tickets online at https://choosinghope.eventbrite.com All proceeds go directly to Wish Upon a Teen.



The Seaholm Maple Motion Winter Dance Clinic is scheduled for Thursday, January 26. Girls and Boys, ages K -12, are invited to join us for an afternoon of non-stop dancing and fun! Look for a registration form coming home soon with your child or find one on our website: http://seaholmmaplemotiondance.weebly.com/dance-clinics.html. Go MaMo!



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.



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.



When: 2/11/17
Location: Seaholm High School Gym
Open To: All BPS students age 13-18
Questions: (248) 551-5707 or jennifer.shea@beaumont.org

This program will fill to capacity.  You are encouraged to register right away.

Every year, students die from sudden cardiac arrest due to abnormal heart structure or abnormal rhythms. To help detect young people who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, Beaumont offers free heart checks to high school students that include:

·         medical history evaluation

·         blood pressure check

·         physical examination

·         electrocardiogram, or ECG

·         echocardiogram, quick look

This type of cardiac screening is generally not included in the routine physical required before participating in school sports. The Student Heart Check is designed for students ages 13 to 18.  Younger children are not typically screened because structural abnormalities including abnormal heart muscle thickening, which is the most common cause of sudden death in the United States, do not become apparent until later in adolescence.

Here are some helpful links.

·         Letter to BPS Parents from Beaumont: Beaumont Letter - pdf

·         Informational Flyer: Flyer - pdf

·         YouTube Video about the program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu86iAgeN2A


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