February 26, 2017

Hello BCS!

 

It was a great Valentine’s week at BCS prior to our mid-winder vacation!  If you haven’t “liked” Birmingham Covington School on Facebook yet, please do so and check out some pictures from the week.  We hope you’re excited to get back to BCS tomorrow.  As a final reminder, the 2017-18 Parent Placement Letter for Input was emailed out earlier this month.  Please read the detailed letter carefully, and provide input via the online form by Tuesday, February 28 at 4:00 PM if you would like.  The link to the online form is included in the letter.

 

The Blast is quickly approaching!  Blast Packets were mailed to homes a week ago with all the Blast details.  As a reminder, BCS Baja Blast Family Patron opportunities are available for at the BCS Baja Blast website.  Do not miss your chance to support the Blast while receiving valet parking, priority check-in, wristband(s), punch card(s), and a 2017 Baja Blast t-shirt.  There are multiple ways to support the Blast -- wristband and punch cards sales can be made online.  Volunteer signups will be distributed March 1, 2017.  For questions, contact Ryan Abney at blastchair@bcsonline.info. Again all purchases can be made for our Bidding for Good Blast website at http://www.biddingforgood.com/blast.

 

Save the date…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.

 

And finally, you may notice me hobbling, hopping or rolling around for the next few months due to a “minor setback” (AKA – torn Achilles) I suffered simply backpedaling during the staff vs. student basketball game the Friday before break.  The staff kept their winning streak alive, and I realized I’m just not that young anymore. But, I’m keeping that youthful and positive attitude alive and am excited to head into March!

 

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.

·         “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Benjamin Franklin

·         It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one's acts.” Mahatma Gandhi

·         No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” Stanislaw Lec

 

AN IMPORTANT REMINDER ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY 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!

 

BCS 5/6 HEALTH EDUCATION

Our BCS 5/6 science teachers will be delivery the Health lessons in the near future and the BCS 5/6 Health Education Letter and permission will be sent home with your 5/6 student today, Monday, February 27.  The letter/permission is available at the link below and needs to be returned by Thursday, March 9. Thank you for your attention to this important learning opportunity.

Click BCS 5/6 Health Education Letter for the letter and permission slip.

 

A CAN’T MISS CONFERENCE – SURVIVING THE SOCIAL JUNGLE

Saturday, April 22, 2017 * Seaholm High School * Birmingham, Michigan

A fresh approach to managing unfriendly peer behavior and preventing bullying, by offering specialized tracks for professional educators, adults and kids. This “three prong” approach targets information that each group needs to make real change in our community in a practical way. Learn more and register at http://survivingthesocialjungle.com/, or call (248) 757-0912.

 

5/6 VALENTINE’S COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT

The 5/6 service project in conjunction with Valentine's Day was a success!  The team delivered the donated items earlier this week to the Detroit VA Medical Center to be used for the VA Homeless Shelter.  They were very appreciative for the donations from the BCS 5th and 6th graders.  The donated included:

·         24 containers of body wash

·         10 toothpastes

·         6 pairs of gloves

·         8 winter hats

·         13 containers of shaving cream

·         60 small mouthwash bottles

·         9 deodorants

·         9 lip balms

·         44 toothbrushes

·         5 bars of soap

·         48 pens

·         216 thank you notes to the veterans from our students

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of February 27-March 5

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

Monday, February 27

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

·         3:20-5PM Boys Swim Practice

Tuesday, February 28

·         4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Home vs. Derby MS

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

Wednesday, March 1

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

·         12:30PM Birbery Quiz Bowl (Media Center)

·         3PM Web Team Meeting

·         3:20-5PM Boys Swim Practice

Thursday, March 2

·         4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Home vs. Derby MS

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

·         6:15PM PTSA Meeting

Friday, March 3

·         4PM Parent Input Form Due to Counselors

·         4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Away @ Derby MS

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

Saturday, March 4

·         Science Olympiad Regional Competition

·         9-11AM Saturday School at Berkshire

Sunday, March 5

 

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CONGRATS TO THE BCS SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM

On Saturday, February 11th BCS Middle School Science Olympiad Teams competed against 44 other schools from around Michigan. The kids worked hard, had fun and did a great job. The Black team came in 7th overall.

The following students placed in the top 10:

1st place

Dynamic Planet – Nick C. & Nick H.

2nd  place

Anatomy & Physiology – Angela & Grace

Invasive Species – Ania & Vivian

Optics – Grace & Ania

Road Scholar – Nick H. & Madeline

3rd  place

Experimental Design – Dhravid, Elise & Zoe

4th  place

Dynamic Planet – Toland & Ellie

Road Scholar – Brady & Toland

6th  place

Bottle Rockets – Nick C. & Vivian

Rocks & Minerals – Nick H. & Nick C.

Towers – Angela & Julia

7th place

Fast Facts – Julia & Vivian

Meteorology – Shin Be & Zoe

10th place

Optics – Brady & Toland

 

KUDOS TO THE BOYS SWIM TEAM

The Boys Swim Team continued their winning ways with a 52-34 victory over BHMS. Event winners included: Hans M, Owen O, Erik H, Nate L, Mitch M, Jonah R, Patrick B,  & Ethan S. Max A, Zane C, Owen G, and Ethan S put the exclamation mark on the meet with a 6th Grade record breaking win in the 400 Free Relay. More importantly, virtually every swimmer improved and dropped time.

 

BCS SPIRIT WEEK IS COMING!

Attention all students: Spirit Week is March 13-17. Check out the Spirit Week Flyer and students can dress up each day to show school spirit!

 

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! http://blogs.birmingham.k12.mi.us/bcscommunitynews/files/2016/12/2017_blast_closet_cleanout-1us8i0u.pdf 

 

MEDIA CENTER UPDATE

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

  

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

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

Reminder to all 6-8th grade students interested in the Birbery Reading Program –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…

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:

·         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 atDBaltz@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

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!

AT BINGHAM FARMS - NEW LOCATION - 13 Mile between Telegraph & Lahser
Saturday, March 11 9AM – 2PM early entry at 8AM for $2

Sunday, March 12 (bag sale 10 to 1)


We need your donations AND your help!

Donate clothing, toys, books, furniture, sports and exercise equipment, bicycles, electronics, small appliances, pet, garden, household items, flat screen tv’s...are all appreciated (tax forms available - all unsold items are donated to local charities and shelters)
Drop off times:
Thursday, March 9 - 4:30 – 8PM
Friday, March 10 - 12:30 – 8PM

Please contact Carol Berg at 248 514-0128 or 
firstattempt@comcast.net if you are available to help during the drop off or sale days no experience necessary, you may make purchases, and you will have fun!

Read the BEF Garage Sale Flyer

 

YOUR TEEN & THE LAW

March 14, 2017, 7:00pm - 8:30pm, The Doyle/Booth Center: 7275 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48301

Presented by Judge Kimberly Small, Detective Mike Romanowski and Attorney Jonathan Abrahams

Parents & Teens: Join our panel for a discussion about legal issues you and your teen need to be aware of including substance use and abuse, MIPs, hosting parties at your home, sexting and more. Our experts will discuss the issues as well as the costs (mental, emotional, social and financial) associated with them and offer suggestions to keep your kids out of trouble as well as answer questions you have concerning your kids and the law. See the Flyer: http://bbfaprevention.org/event-2445453

 

RACE RELATIONS & DIVERSITY TASK FORCE – BOOK SIGNING

Judtice Robert L. Wilkins the is author of Long Road to Hard Truth, The 100-Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Join the author for a talk and book signing on Wednesday, March 15th at 7PM – Free of Charge and open to the Public! Located at the Baldiwn Public Library 300 W. Merril, Birmingham, MI 48009. See the Justice Robert L. Wilkins Book Signing Flyer.

 

BBFA BOOK CLUB - THE GIFT OF FAILURE BY JESSICA LAHEY 

March 15, 2017, 10:00am - 11:30am, Bloomfield Township Public Library 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - In the tradition of Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed and Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, this groundbreaking manifesto focuses on the critical school years when parents must learn to allow their children to experience the disappointment and frustration that occur from life’s inevitable problems so that they can grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults. Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to school at the whim of a phone call to deliver forgotten assignments, who challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children’s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher and writer Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children’s well being, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure—or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems. Overparenting has the potential to ruin a child’s confidence and undermine their education, Lahey reminds us. Teachers don’t just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. They teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint, and foresight—important life skills children carry with them long after they leave the classroom. Providing a path toward solutions, Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most importantly, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures. Hard-hitting yet warm and wise, The Gift of Failure is essential reading for parents, educators, and psychologists nationwide who want to help children succeed. See the flyer: http://bbfaprevention.org/event-2450857

 

BBFA NOTES

"Missed a BBFA parent education program?  Click on the link to access notes from great speakers!" http://bbfaprevention.org/Presentation-Notes

Important information includes being aware of signs of anxiety and depression in our children: http://bbfaprevention.org/resources/Pictures/Anxiety%20and%20Depression%20Program%20Notes%20January%202017.pdf

 

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.

 

A CAN’T MISS CONFERENCE – SURVIVING THE SOCIAL JUNGLE

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 * SEAHOLM HIGH SCHOOL * BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN

A fresh approach to managing unfriendly peer behavior and preventing bullying, by offering specialized tracks for professional educators, adults and kids. This “three prong” approach targets information that each group needs to make real change in our community in a practical way. Learn more and register at http://survivingthesocialjungle.com/, or call (248) 757-0912. http://blogs.birmingham.k12.mi.us/bcscommunitynews/files/2017/02/feb5socialjungle_adultkidtrackflyer_V1_2.4-1-2k26v13.pdf

 

2017 SUMMER ELEMENTARY ACADEMIC REVIEW

The Summer Reading and Math REVIEW programs are designed for students who have completed kindergarten through fth grades and need math and reading skill review and reinforcement. Classes re ect the Birmingham Public School district’s reading and math curriculum and will be taught by BPS staff.  July 24-August 11. Learn more by reading the Academic Review Flyer.

 

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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