February 12, 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.  Our 7/8 students saw the film on Friday, and now, the BCS Diversity Film Series invites you to a group screening of Hidden Figures tomorrow, Monday, February 13 at the Troy MJR cinema.  Join us for a magnificent movie and some creative conversation following the film. Show starts at 7:15 PM. We hope to see you there! For more information and a links to the ticket office and a RSVP form please click on the Hidden Figures Flyer.  Also, as a reminder, the 2017-18 Parent Placement Letter for Input was emailed to you earlier this week.  Please read the detailed letter carefully, and provide input via the online form (link included in the letter) if you would like.

 

A few other important dates to save…

 

Join us for another BCS Family Yoga Night! Enjoy an evening of yoga before break this 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!

Join us for our next BCS Proud Dad’s Eat & Run this Friday, February 17, 2017.

·         11:05am - 11:45am ~ 5/6

·         11:45am - 12:25pm ~ 3/4

·         12:45pm - 1:25pm ~ 7/8

Dads, Moms and other loved ones – join your BCS kid(s) & their friends for lunch & fun (arrive 5-10 minutes early at the BCS main entrance to sign-in).  Bring your child’s favorite lunch or purchase from the cafeteria (bring a little extra for a friend).  After lunch, spend some special time with your children and their friends - BE A KID AGAIN! Check out the Eat & Run Flyer!

 

Be sure to attend an evening with Dr. Michele Borba Dr. Borba will return to the district to help families and community members continue the journey into Empathy for an evening presentation on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Seaholm High School Auditorium.  Dr. Borba will focus on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. Her work helps strengthen character and resilience, builds stronger families and reduces peer cruelty. The session will help participants learn practical, research-based skills that will provide you with the tools needed to support our children. This event is free to the public and sponsored by BPS, Birmingham Youth Assistance, School Community Partnership and Baldwin Public Library.

 

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: ACCOUNTABILITY

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.

·         “When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines the kind of [people] we are.” Ceasar Chavez

·         “Accountability breeds response-ability.” Stephen R. Covey

·         “At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves - our success is a result of what we do.” Catherine Pulsifer

 

AN IMPORTANT REMINDER ALIGNED WITH OUR WORD OF THE WEEK J

Please let this serve as a reminder to our BCS parents not to park in the BCS Auction winner parking spots unless they are actually BCS Auction parking spot winners.  We continue to have several occasions, particularly at busy times like arrival, dismissal and fun evening events where these families’ parking spots are taken.  While they would be the first to share that they bid on these spaces to donate and show their support of BCS; they also would like the spot to be available when they arrive.  Thank you in advance for your understanding!

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of February 13-February 19

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

Monday, February 13

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

·         4PM Boys Swim Meet – Home vs. Bloomfield Hills MS

·         7:15PM BCS Diversity Film Series – Hidden Figures (MJR Troy) Click Hidden Figures Flyer

Tuesday, February 14

·         Valentine’s Day

·         2:20PM Classroom Parties

·         4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Away @ West Hills MS

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

Wednesday, February 15

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

·         4:15PM Boys Swim Meet – Home vs. Cranbook MS

Thursday, February 16

·         4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Away @ Cranbrook MS

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

·         7PM Wellness Class – Yoga Night

Friday, February 17

·         Proud Dad’s Eat & Run

o   11:05-11:45AM 5/6

o   11:45AM-12:25PM 3/4

o   12:45-1:25PM 7/8

Saturday, February 18

·         Winter Recess (school reconvenes on Monday, February 27, 2017)

Sunday, February 19

·         Winter Recess (school reconvenes on Monday, February 27, 2017)

 

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KUDOS TO THE BOYS SWIM TEAM

The swim team started the season off well with a big (131-24) win against a combined West and East Hills team. Event winners included: Mitch M (3), Owen O, Patrick B (3), Erik H (4), Ethan S (2), Hans M (2), Zane C (2), Richard P, and Owen G. The highlight of the meet was Ethan S breaking the 6th grade record in the 200 Free.

 

BCS DIVERSITY FILM SERIES – HIDDEN FIGURES

The BCS Diversity Film Series invites you to a group screening of Hidden Figures on Monday, February 13 at the Troy MJR cinema.  Join us for a magnificent movie and some creative conversation following the film. Show starts at 7:15PM. We hope to see you there! For more information and a links to the ticket office and a RSVP form please click on - Hidden Figures Flyer.    

 

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!

 

JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT BCS PROUD DADS EAT & RUN

Our next BCS Proud Dad’s Eat & Run is Friday, February 17, 2017

·         11:05am - 11:45am ~ 5/6

·         11:45am - 12:25pm ~ 3/4

·         12:45pm - 1:25pm ~ 7/8

Dads, Moms and other loved ones, join your BCS kid(s) & their friends for lunch & fun (arrive 5-10 minutes early at the BCS main entrance to sign-in).  Bring your child’s favorite lunch or purchase from the cafeteria (bring a little extra for a friend).  After lunch, spend some special time with your children and their friends - BE A KID AGAIN! Check out the Eat & Run Flyer!

 

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! Contact Mrs. Bassett with yearbook questions at cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

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

 

5/6 UPDATES

VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION

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.  We will be collecting toiletries (liquid body wash, shaving cream, and travel size mouthwash), new hats, and new gloves through Valentine's Day.   Items can be dropped off in the labeled boxes at the end of the 500 and 600 hallways.

 

MEDIA CENTER UPDATE

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

 

LAST CHANCE!! 

The deadline to register students on Battle of the Books teams is Monday, February 13.  Teams must be comprised of 3-6 students with at least one parent coach.  Coaches should register teams at Baldwin Library, in person or online.  For more information, visit http://www.baldwinlib.org/battle 

 

MORE BATTLE NEWS

BCS Battle Book Clubs will begin after February break.  The book clubs take place during lunch.  Students should bring their lunches to the designated location and get ready to talk about the book of the day!

 

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

 

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 (grades 6/7/8) book clubs continue this year.  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.

 

THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING

The Scholastic Fall Book Fair will be here during conferences March 21-24!  We are in need of volunteers to make this exciting event possible.  Please sign up at http://tinyurl.com/BCSSpringBookFair2017 if you can spare an hour or two of your time.  Thank you!

 

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…

FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT TEAM FINSILVER

Charlie F and RJ C are raising money to help support the Lindsey & Brett Finsilver HIPEC (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy) Program at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. This treatment was crucial in extending the life of Charlie’s mother, Lindsey Finsilver, whom sadly recently lost her battle with Appendix Cancer. Lindsey and the Finsilver family have been passionate to bring this innovative and lifesaving cancer treatment to Michigan, and this dream has now become a reality. HIPEC will transform the future of cancer care in our region.  Sunday, 2/12 4-8PM at Brooklyn Pizza in Birmingham. See the Team Finsilver Flyer here.

 

MACARONI KID BIRMINGHAM-TROY AN ONLINE PARENT RESOURCE SITE…

Macaroni Kids 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

 

JEWISH FEDERATION’S OPENING THE DOORS SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM…

is proud to announce a community program featuring, Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M. ACAC, “Grit, Perseverance and Frustration Tolerance:  How ADHD and Executive Functioning Impacts Learning and Behavior”.  Ms. Goldrich is an ADHD Coach, Teacher Trainer, Parenting Specialist, Mental Health Counselor and Author.  The program will take place on Sunday, February 26, at 1:30 p.m., Adat Shalom Synagogue, 29901 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, 48334.  This program is open to the public for free if you register in advance.  Advanced registration is strongly advised. Registration the day of the event will begin at 12:30 p.m.  The fee, the day of the event will be $5.00. There is an additional $10.00 fee for Social Work credits. Cindy’s workshop will provide specific strategies, tips and tools to help teachers, parents and mental health professionals help children with ADHD and Executive Functioning Challenges develop their ability to maintain their focus, manage their frustration, maximize their learning and persevere to achieve their goals.

 

NEED SOME HELP 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:

·         March: 4, 11, 18, 25

·         April: 22, 29

·         May: 6, 13, 20

 

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 at DBaltz@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

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!!

 

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

 

SEAHOLM HIGH SCHOOL PROUDLY PRESENTS: “DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.”

Shows are at 7:30pm this Friday (17) and Saturday (18). Tickets are available on the Seaholm website, at www.showtix4u.com or at the door. Come see Belle; Mrs Potts, the teacup; Lumiere, the candleabre; Cogsworth, the clock; the BEAST and all of the other amazing “enchanted” objects. This is one of the most vocally talented casts Birmingham has ever had.  Dress in costume or come as you are. See the Broadway musical  before the movie comes out!

 

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.

 

FUNDRAISING NIGHT FOR THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a non-profit organization that raises money to help fund cancer research and works towards finding a cure for blood cancer. Please come support this great organization by eating at Panera Bread on March 1, 2017 from 4-8pm. Thank you for your kindness and support. See the Fundraising Night Flyer.

 

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 

 

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