February 5, 2017

Hello BCS!

 

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, and it was another super 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.  Remember that we have a Delayed Start this Tuesday (school begins a 9:48 AM / doors open at 9:30 AM), so our Bagels this week will be served tomorrow, Monday. Please be sure to join the Birmingham Education Foundation and me at the Townsend Hotel on Saturday, February 11 for an evening in celebration of our schools. Mr. Hill and I will be there for sure!  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.  Want to volunteer?  Check out the details just below this letter.  It’ll be a great night!

 

Congratulations to our Geography Bee finalists and winners.  Finalists in alphabetical order include: Anderson C, Matthew D, Thomas F, Max K, Jack M, Chris R, and Arman S.  Our top three finishers are as follows:

·         3rd Place:  Evan M

·         2nd Place:  Jack M

·         1st Place:  Toland C

Toland will move on to the state level competition for the National Geography Bee.  Congratulations to all and thank you to Leon Braisted for moderating the Bee and to Nicole Corum for coordinating the event for our students.

 

Save the date for another BCS Wellness event – 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!

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.

 

BEF’s Unabashed Bash Could Use Some Volunteers

The BEF is looking for a few volunteers for Bash! Bash is on Sat., Feb., 11 this year. Volunteers are needed from 5:30pm until the end of the night at 12:00am. A wonderful Italian buffet dinner will be provided for all volunteers, and volunteers are invited to bid in the auction if they'd like! Volunteers will assist with check in, check out, selling raffle tickets, and assisting with the live and silent auctions. The event software is all new this year, and very easy to use. Volunteer trainings will be held on Wed., Feb. 8 at 7pmand Thurs., Feb 9 at noon. If you're interested or would like more information, please contact Alison Hendry in the BEF office. Her email is bef@birmingham.k12.mi.us and phone is 248-203-3030

 

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.

·         “Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.” – Phillips Brooks

·         “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

·         “Patience is a virtue, and I'm learning patience. It's a tough lesson.” – Elon Musk

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of February 6-February 12

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

Monday, February 6

·         BAGEL MONDAY (Due to Delayed Start on Tuesday)

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

·         4:10-5:30PM “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Cast & Crew Party

·         5:30PM Boys Swim Meet – Away vs. West Hills MS @ Bloomfield Hills HS

Tuesday, February 7

·         9:48AM Delayed Start

·         3:20-4:10 Girls Volleyball Practice

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

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

·         7PM BCS Blast Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 8

·         Count Day

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice, Picture Day

·         3:20-5PM Boys Swim Practice, Picture Day

·         4-5AM Girls Volleyball Practice, Parent Meeting @ 5PM

·         7PM 6/7/8 Band Concert

Thursday, February 9

·         Choice Hour Change Forms Due

·         8:30AM Religious Diversity Journey (Gurdwara Sahib Singh Sabha)

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

·         3:20-4:10 Girls Volleyball Game – Away @ Bloomfield Hills MS

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

·         7PM 6/7/8 Orchestra Concert

Friday, February 10

·         9:30AM 3/4 Room Parent Meeting (Media Center)

·         2PM 3/4 Reading to Waikiki

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

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

·         5:30PM 7/8 Cinemesta: PJ Taco Movie Fiesta

Saturday, February 11

·         Science Olympiad Great Lakes Invitational

·         9-11 AM Saturday School at Berkshire

Sunday, February 12

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

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CONGRATS TO THE BCS FORENSICS TEAM

The BCS Forensics Team competed in their first Forensics Tournament of the year on Saturday, February 4th at Seaholm High School. BCS had 30 entries and competed in the High School & Middle School division. The team finished with 5 semi-final placements in the high school division, 7 finalists in the middle school division, and 7 top middle schooler recognitions. Individual results included: Semi-Finalists: Megan C & Paris A in DI, Adam M in Prose, andAllyson W & Izzie D in Sales, Finalists: Perry J (3rd Place) & Jack H (1st Place)in Impromptu, Trisha C (4th Place) & Vivian Y (1st place) in Extemp, Sullivan P (3rd Place), and Steven W (4th Place), & Shin B F (2nd Place) in Declamation, Top Middle School Recognition: Megan C in DI, Ania U in Storytelling, Adam M in Prose, Mia L in Poetry, Olivia C, Mia M, Youssef K, Stefan I, Elizabeth S, Amina J, & Jayne B in Multiple, Tess T & Isabel C in Duo, and Allyson W in Sales.

 

DELAYED START ON TUESDAY MEANS BAGELS ON MONDAY

BCS NEXT WEEK ONLY -  plan on enjoying your bagels Monday morning February 6th  instead of Tuesday morning.

 

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!. 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!

 

*BCS BLAST* IS APPROACHING & *CLOSET CLEANOUT* IS HERE!

This is a unique time to donate prizes for our very own school carnival and give back to our own community.  A bin is in the office for *new, *unopened, *unused toys, games, video games, books, crafts, gift cards/certificates...Think outside the "closet" (Please no clothes, stuffed animals or goody bag trinkets) Suggested values to be between $1 to $35 for the Blast Prize Room.  Age appropriate would be elementary through teen.  Any donations remaining after the Blast will be donated to The Bottomless Toy Chest. Check out the flyer!

Contact Stephanie Co at tylerandgavinsmom@gmail.com or 248.416.7447 with any questions.  Thanks in advance for your support!    

 

5/6 UPDATES

VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION

In addition to enjoying treats and exchanging valentines, 5/6 students will be writing notes of encouragement and gratitude and collecting items to donate for the homeless veterans at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit.  This coming week and through Valentine's Day, we will be collecting toiletries (liquid body wash, shaving cream, and travel size mouthwash), new hats, and new gloves.   Items can be dropped off in the labeled box in your student's classroom. 

 

7/8 UPDATES

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!

 

OPEN HOUSE : BIRMINGHAM UNIFIED FIGURE SKATING TEAM

ATTENTION all future GROVES, SEAHOLM and IA students: If you are an 8th grader interested in figure skating in high school, the Birmingham Varsity Skating team is holding and open house. Come skate with them, meet the team and learn how to get involved next year.   Booster Parents will be in attendance to answer any questions.  Figure skaters of all experience levels are welcome and pizza will be served!! Please RSVP to keriguevara@gmail.com to let us know if you can make it!

Thursday, February 9, 2017 from  3:30– 4:15 p.m.

Birmingham Ice Arena - 2300 E. Lincoln Street, Birmingham, MI 48009

 

MEDIA CENTER UPDATE

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

Reminder to all 4th and 5th graders interested in Battle of the Books – the deadline to register your teams is coming up on Monday, February 13!  Interested participants should register in person at Baldwin Library or at http://www.baldwinlib.org/battle.

Battle Book Clubs are starting soon!  Book clubs are held at BCS during lunch.  All students who read the book are invited to attend.  Dates, books, and meeting locations are listed below: 

4th Grade Lunch:

Date

Book

Location

Thursday, March 2

Unusual Chickens

Media Center

Monday, March 6

Mal & Chad

Media Center

Thursday, March 9

Space Case

Media Center

Monday, March 13

Masterminds

Media Center

Thursday, March 16

Greenglass House

Media Center

Friday, March 17

One Crazy Summer

Mali/Harvath, Room 105

 

5th Grade Lunch:

Date

Book

Location

Tuesday, February 28

Unusual Chickens

Media Center

Tuesday, March 7

Space Case

Media Center

Wednesday, March 8

One Crazy Summer

Media Center

Monday, March 13

Masterminds

Media Center

Wednesday, March 15

Greenglass House

Media Center

Friday, March 17

Mal & Chad

Mr. Joseph, Room 504

 

BIRBERY

Birbery Reading Program book clubs continue this 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.

 

Reminder to all 6-8th grade students interested in the Birbery Reading Program – you have only THREE more weeks to submit your book reviews!  All requirements for participation must be met by Monday, February 27.  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, 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…

MACARONI KID BIRMINGHAM-TROY AN ONLINE PARENT RESOURCE SITE…

is rallying the community to show Birmingham schools and teachers some love this month with the Gold Daisy School Award.  From February 1st through February 26th parents, teachers, staff, friends, and family will be able to express their appreciation for the wonderful teachers and staff that care for and educate their children. Through their commitment to serve the community,Macaroni Kids have teamed up with local businesses to hold the Gold Daisy School Award voting and luncheon to reward teachers and staff at one lucky school in the Birmingham area.  Parents, teachers, staff, and others will be able to show their school pride and vote for their school this month. Macaroni Kid not only collects votes, but also personal messages that show teachers and staff how appreciated they are by the community.  All schools will receive the positive messages left by those that love your school, teachers, and staff!  The winning school will receive a catered lunch, dessert, and gifts, and they will be awarded the Gold Daisy School Award. The contest is live now and ends on Sunday, February 26th.  The more school spirit within the competition, the better your chances, so encourage your teachers, staff, and parents to vote for your school at http://bit.ly/BhamGoldDaisy

 

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: 11

·         March: 4, 11, 18, 25

·         April: 22, 29

·         May: 6, 13, 20

 

USING EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS TO CLOSE THE HOMEWORK CIRCLE – IMPLEMENTATION SUPPORT FOR PARENTS

Oakland Schools is sponsoring a parent webinar on Executive Functioning presented by Sarah Ward, CCC-SLP on February 9, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.  There is no cost.  Parents just need an internet connection. For many students, including students with weak executive function skills, homework is a challenge.  Parents and students alike can get frustrated while trying to complete homework.  In this webinar, parents will review simple techniques to help students organize and process information for assignments.  This webinar will focus on the Get-Do-Done strategy and have opportunities to submit questions. This session is designed for parents of students in 3rd through 8th grades.

For more detailed informationhttps://www.smore.com/51k8n .

For a direct link to registration: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=144946&cc=COEE&oc=10

For more information, contact Susan Koceski,susan.koceski@oakland.k12.mi.us  or 248.209.2536

 

BPS SUPER STEM SATURDAYS ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

Our mission is to expose, engage, and excite BPS students about Science Technology Engineering, and Math (STEM) - and don't forget Art!  The Super STEM Saturdays Enrichment Program is designed to inspire students to become tomorrow’s STEM innovators. This program offers interactive hands-on engineering/science lessons, activities, and opportunities to hear from guest speakers in STEM and medical related fields.  In addition to STEM related themes, there will be a focus on team building, problem solving, questioning, character building, and communication.  
Space is limited - sign up soon.  Full STEAM Ahead !
Go to  
http://bpsregister.com/  Clubs and organizations.

For questions or comments, please contact Doug Baltz atDBaltz@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

BASH TICKET SALE DEADLINE EXTENDED! LAST DAY TO PURCHASE TICKETS IS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

The Bash has become a wonderful annual tradition. It’s a great way to join with community in support of our schools! Held at The Townsend Hotel, the event is a great evening out, featuring dinner, dancing and auctions.  Funds raised go towards the Birmingham Education Foundation’s teacher grants program, which benefits every student in our district! This year, we will enjoy performances by the Seaholm String Quartet, the Groves Jazz Band, and the Groves Show Choir! We invite you to join us on Saturday, February 11 at 6:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online athttps://supportbef.ejoinme.org/Bash2017 or by calling the BEF office at 248-203-3030.

 

BASH ONLINE AUCTION PREVIEW OPEN NOW!

As part of the Bash, the BEF is holding an online auction for all to participate in. Items up for bid include Parking Passes for the High Schools, discounts to summer camps, tickets to local museums, gift certificates to spas, salons, restaurants, and so much more. The auction can be previewed online here: https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?auctionId=272778497 Bidding will begin on Saturday, February 4 at 9 am, and will run through 9am on February 15. New items will be added throughout the sale, so take a look, and Happy Bidding!!

 

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.

 

BEF GARAGE SALE IS COMING!

Planning to do some Post-Christmas, Pre-Spring cleaning? Save your items, and donate them to the BEF Garage Sale! The donations will be collected at Bingham Farms Elementary School on March 9-10th. All donations made are tax deductible and everything will be accepted – electronics, home goods, clothing, books, toys, baby items, furniture and more! Proceeds from the sale go to benefit the Birmingham Education Foundation and our teacher grants program!

 

SPRING SPORTS ARE COMING SOON! 

Sign-ups and information nights are starting to take place for these great community sports teams.  For up to date information, please go to the district home page and click on enews under the Quick Links heading. You will then see a Non-district Sports heading in the left column.  This will take you to the information about spring sports.  You can also click on this link to go directly to that page.  http://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/6364

 

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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