January 29, 2017

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. On Friday, February 3, Report Cards for Quarter 2 will be sent home with grade 3/4 students and available online via PowerSchool for students in grades 5-8.  Also, the new Choice Hour classes for Quarter 3 begin tomorrow, Monday, and be sure to attend our next PTSA Clearinghouse meeting on Thursday, 2/2/17, at 1:15 PM.  Our 7/8 Engage teacher, Roy McCloud, will kick off the meeting by sharing how PTSA dollars support the Engage robotics unit.

 

Save the date for another BCS Family Yoga Night! Enjoy an evening of yoga before break on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria with family members and your classmates! Returning local instructor Ms. Molly will lead a relaxing hour of warm ups and poses for the novice and experienced alike. Mats are provided for the first 12 people who register. All BCS families and staff are invited; please no students under 3rd grade. For questions or to sign up, please contact Daniela Davis at davismd01@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you!

Finally, you're invited to join the Birmingham Education Foundation at the Townsend Hotel on Saturday, February 11 for an evening in celebration of our schools. The 16th Annual Unabashed Bash will feature dinner, dancing, auctions and fun, all to raise money for our schools! Tickets are $175 each and can be purchased on the BEF website, or by calling the BEF office at 248-203-3030. We hope you can join your fellow BCS parents and staff in support of the BEF!  Also, there is still time for you or your business to support our schools through the Bash. For more information about making a donation to the auction or becoming a sponsor for the event, please contact Executive Director, Alison Hendry by calling 248-203-3030 or emailing her at bef@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

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: PATIENCE

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.

·         “Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting.” – Joyce Meyer

·         “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” – Robert H. Schuller

·         “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of January 30-February 5

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

Monday, January 30

·         Quarter III Begins

·         New Choice Hours Begin

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

·         3:20-5PM Boys Swim Practice, Parent Meeting @ 5:05PM

·         3:30PM Geography Bee (Staff Development)

Tuesday, January 31

·         8:30AM Religious Diversity Journey (Tawheed Center)

·         3:20-4:10 Girls Volleyball Practice

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

Wednesday, February 1

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

·         3:20-5PM Boys Swim Practice

Thursday, February 2

·         Harvath/Mali to Nature Center

·         Seley/Davis to Nature Center

·         1:15PM PTSA Meeting

·         3:20-4:10 Girls Volleyball Practice

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

Friday, February 3

·         Frishman/Butzin to Nature Center

·         Parkin/Wallington to Nature Center

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

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

Saturday, February 4

·         Forensics Tournament (Seaholm High School)

·         9-11AM Saturday School at Berkshire

Sunday, February 5

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

BE SURE AND VISIT   http://bcsonline.info 

 

FOLLOW US on twitter (@bcs_cobras) and LIKE “Birmingham Covington School” on FACEBOOK

 

Wright State University Results 2017

On Saturday, January 28th BCS Middle School Science Olympiad Teams competed against 60 other schools from around the United States. The kids worked hard, had fun and did a great job. The Black team came in 20th overall.

The following students placed in the top 20

1st place

Road Scholar – Toland & Brady

7th place

Anatomy & Physiology – Angela & Grace

Reach for the Stars – Jack & Niyathi

9th place

Road Scholar – Madeline & Angela

10th place

Towers – Angela & Julia

11th place

Experimanetal Design – Dhravid, Elise & Zoe

Write It Do It – Madeline & Angela

13th place

Invasive Species – Ania & Vivian

14th place

Optics – Ania & Grace

15th place

Optics – Toland & Brady

18th place

Meteorology – Shin Be & Zoe

21st place

Crime Busters – Julia & Vivian

22nd  place

Disease Detectives – Madeline & Kishan

Dynamic Planet – Nick C. & Zoe

Fast Facts – Julia & Vivian

Microbe Mission – Kishan & Jake

 

BCS GEOGRAPHY BEE IS COMING!

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

 

YEARBOOK 8TH GRADE RECOGNITION ADS DEADLINE THIS WEEK – WEDNESDAY

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

 

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. The price goes up after February 10! Contact Mrs. Bassett with yearbook questions at cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us.


BCS FAMILY YOGA NIGHT
Enjoy an evening of yoga before break on Thursday, February 16 at 7PM in the cafeteria with family members and your classmates! Returning local instructor Ms. Molly will lead a relaxing hour of warm ups and poses for the novice and experienced alike. Mats are provided for the first 12 people who register. All BCS families and staff are invited; please no students under 3rd grade. For questions or to sign up, please contact Daniela Davis at 
davismd01@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you!

 

7/8 UPDATES

GRADE 8-12 MATH CURRICULUM APPROVAL

From Marcia Wilkinson, Director of Communications and Family Engagment

Our board of education has approved some important adjustments to our math curriculum through the introduction of integrated mathematics.  This change will affect students currently enrolled in 7th grade Advanced Math, 8th grade College Prep Math, and high school Pre-Algebra at this time. Integrated math is a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum designed to meet the needs of all students that is wide-spread internationally and is growing in practice on the national level. Quite simply, integrated math refers to the organization of the mathematics being learned.  When algebra and geometry are taught as separate courses, students often fail to understand the connections between the two disciplines.  Integrated mathematics programs reshuffle the concepts of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 to present mathematics in a coherent manner, with greater opportunities to investigate problem solving, probability, statistics, trigonometry, and data analysis in meaningful ways.   Additionally, students are provided with multiple opportunities to learn concepts over time, thereby allowing additional exposure to make connections, achieve content mastery, and apply concepts. For more information about the integrated mathematics program, please see the FAQs posted on the district home page at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us   Information will also be available at the 8th grade parent meetings held at each high school .  Additional opportunities to learn more will take place on:

·         January 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Groves Little Theater

·         January 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the Seaholm Little Theater

·         February 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Berkshire Cafeteria

·         February 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Derby Media Center

·         January 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the BPS Education and Administration Building located at 31301 Evergreen, adjacent to Groves High School. 

Thank you for your interest and your ongoing support of our students.

 

7/8 FIELD TRIPS

Please see the links below for the permission slips to 7/8 field trips.

Beauty and the Beast Permission Thursday, Feb. 9

Hidden Figures Permission  Friday, Feb. 10

 

7/8 CINEMESTA PAJAMA MOVIE FIESTA

Save the date for night of tacos and a movie! February 10, 5-8PM. See the 7/8 Spirit Committee Movie Fiesta Flyer for more details!

 

MEDIA CENTER UPDATE

BIRBERY UPDATE

Birbery Reading Program book clubs continue this week with Pax and Wild Robot during both 5/6 and 7/8 lunches on Tuesday, January 31.  Students should bring their lunch to the Media Center and come ready to talk about the books.  Reminder – students must attend two of the five book clubs to be eligible for participation in the Quiz Bowl.

 

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, JANUARY 30 - FRIDAY, MARCH 10

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.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…

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:

·         February: 4, 11

·         March: 4, 11, 18, 25

·         April: 22, 29

·         May: 6, 13, 20

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS FEBRUARY MEETING

Cyber World: The Power and the Peril with author and speaker Kevin Roberts

Kevin is a recovering video game addict, expert on internet addiction and ADHD. He is the author of Cyber Junkie and a dynamic speaker who uses his own experiences and educational knowledge to help transform lives and change others behaviors. Parents and children are encouraged to attend. All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone

February 2, 2017

7PM BCS Media Center

See the February FODL Flyer

 

JOIN THE BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION AT THE UNABASHED BASH

February 11, 2017

You're invited to join the Birmingham Education Foundation at the Townsend Hotel for an evening in celebration of our schools. The 16th Annual Unabashed Bash will feature dinner, dancing, auctions and fun, all to raise money for our schools! Tickets are $175 each and can be purchased by clicking at the link below, or by calling the BEF office at 248-203-3030. We hope you can join us!

https://supportbef.ejoinme.org/Bash2017

The BEF is still accepting sponsorships and auction items for the event. If you or your business is interested in supporting our schools through the Bash, please contact Executive Director, Alison Hendry by calling 248-203-3030 or emailing her at bef@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

BEAUMONT FREE STUDENT HEART CHECK

When: 2/11/17
Location: Seaholm High School Gym
Open To: All BPS students age 13-18
Registration: 
www.Beaumont.org/student-heart-check
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

 

BIRMINGHAM STUDENTS INVITED TO SKATE WITH THE BIRMINGHAM UNIFIED JV HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY TEAM

The Birmingham Unified Hockey program is opening a practice to current 7th through 10th grade BPS students. The BU JV Kings will run through some of their typical drills and JV Head Coach Grant Ehlert will be available for questions. Several members of the BU Booster Board will also be on hand to answer questions about the overall program.  If you think you might be interested in playing hockey in high school, we invite you to come out and take a look at our program. Players from all experience levels, from house to AAA, are welcome.  Please register for this FREE event so we can gauge how many people we will have on the ice and so we can size our pizza order. There is no fee to skate, and the pizza is our treat!

Troy Ice Sports Center - 1819 East Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48083

Monday, February 13, 2017, 3:40 - 4:50 pm, pizza and parents information session to follow in the upstairs conference room.

Full hockey equipment is required. To register, go to www.buvarsity.com and click on the registration tab. Please contact Mike Zainea with any questions   MAZainea@comcast.net

 

COMMUNITY EDUCATION: MID WINTER RECESS CAMPS

See the Mid Winter Recess Community Ed Camps Flyer for details about camps held at Berkshire Middle School for grades K-5 February 20-24, 2017.

 

SPRING IS COMING! BIRMINGHAM GIRLS SOFTBALL RETURNS FOR ITS 18TH SEASON

Last year, 28 teams consisting of over 300 players helped BGS make it our most successful season ever!  Online registration is now open at www.birminghamsoftball.com.  BGS is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball.  BGS is open to all girls interested in playing softball for the first time and those with prior experience looking to build on and develop skills needed to play the game for years to come.  All that is required is a positive attitude!  Please see our website for important dates and League contact information.  For League sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jeff Weber at jweb666@me.com.

 

OAKLAND SCHOOLS TECHNICAL CAMPUS TO OFFER SUMMER STEM CAMPS

Registration starts Feb 1 for one week summer camps. See more information on the STEM Summer Camp 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 

 

Review the District's Non-Discrimination Policy

 

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