March 5, 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.  Just a reminder that next Sunday, March 12 Daylight Savings Time begins, so be sure to move your clocks forward Saturday night or Sunday morning.  AND NOW…

The BCS Blast is quickly approaching!  Friday, we launched the Baja Blast countdown. Purchase your Family Patron package, wristbands, and punch cards to make sure you don't miss the event!  Family Patron Packages, wristbands, and punch cards can be purchased by visiting the following link https://www.biddingforgood.com/blast and clicking the Live Event button. 

 

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.

 

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: COURAGE

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.

·       “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” – Dumbledore, Harry Potter

·       “Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.” – Maggie Kuhn

·       “Courage is not living without fear.  Courage is being scared to death and doing the right thing anyway.” – Chae Richardson

 

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.

 

Baja Blast Spirit Week, March 13-17

·        Monday – Pajama Day

·        Tuesday – Age Change Day (dress like any age, except your own! Baby, elderly, middle age, etc.)

·        Wednesday – Grade Color Day

o   3rd – Yellow

o   4th – Red

o   5th – Green

o   6th – Blue

o   7th – White

o   8th – Black

o   Staff - Pink

·        Thursday – Fashion Disaster Day (wear fashion no-nos and anything that clashes)

·        Friday – Baja Beach Day (wear your tropical beach clothes)

 

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

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

Monday, March 6

·       Quarter IV Choice Hour Available

·       7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

·       12:45PM Birbery Quiz Bowl (Rescheduled Date - Media Center)

·       4:15PM Boys Swim Meet – Away @ Berkshire MS

Tuesday, March 7

·       4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Away @ Berkshire MS

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

·       7 BPS Board Meeting (Education & Administration Building)

Wednesday, March 8

·       7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

·       12:25PM Groves Boys Soccer Program info session for interested 8th Graders (DVW)

·       1:10PM 8TH Grade Panoramatic Photo

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

Thursday, March 9

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

·       3:20-4:10PM Girls Volleyball Practice

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

Friday, March 10

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

·       4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Home vs. Country Day MS

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

Saturday, March 11

·       Forensics Tournament #2 (Novi)

·       Destination Imagination Tournament (Waterford Mott)

·       9-11AM BPS Saturday School (Berkshire)

Sunday, March 12

·        2:00AM Daylight Savings Time begins, move clocks one hour forward

 

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 SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM

On Saturday, March 4th, our Middle School Science Olympiad Teams competed against 37 teams from Oakland County. Our Black t& Gold teams placed 5th  in their division earning an invitation to the State Competition at Michigan State University on April 29th.  Congratulations to all of our Olympians!! See all individual results by clicking on Science Olympiad Results!

 

BCS DESTINATION IMAGINATION TOURNAMENT

The DI tournament is March 11 in Waterford at Waterford Mott High School. We have 3 teams of elementary BCS students (7 per team).

·        Our Improv group will perform at 10:40 am in the LGI room.

·        Our Tech team will perform at 2:00 in the North Gym.

·        And our Fine Arts team will perform at 3:18 in the PAC (auditorium).

Feel free to drop on  by and cheer them on.  Go Cobras!

 

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

REVISED – See below for Battle Book Club Schedule 

 

4th Grade

Date

Book

Location

Monday, March 6

Mal & Chad

Media Center

Thursday, March 9

Space Case

Media Center

Monday, March 13

Masterminds

Media Center

Tuesday, March 14

Unusual Chickens

Media Center

Wednesday, March 15

Greenglass House

Media Center

Friday, March 17

One Crazy Summer

Mali/Harvath, Room 105

 

5th Grade

Date

Book

Location

Tuesday, March 7

Space Case

Media Center

Wednesday, March 8

One Crazy Summer

Media Center

Monday, March 13

Masterminds

Media Center

Tuesday, March 14

Unusual Chickens

Media Center

Wednesday, March 15

Greenglass House

Media Center

Friday, March 17

Mal & Chad

Mr. Joseph, Room 504

 

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

 

CHOICE HOUR UPDATES

4th Quarter 2016-2017 Choice Hour selection sheets will be going home the week of March 6th, 2017.    Selections can be viewed online at www.bsconline.info .  QIV Choice Hour begins Monday April 17th and ends Friday June 16th.  Choice Hour selections are due back no later than Monday March 13th 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. 

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 4th quarter:

·        Yearbook, Elementary School Science Olympiad and Destination Imagination will not be offered.

·        The Forensics Team will meet on Mondays and Fridays this quarter.

·        Middle School Science Olympiad will only be offered on Wednesday/Thursday.

Athletics:

·        6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls interested in participating in the BCS track team program are encouraged to sign up for the Tuesday track team Choice Hour class.  Must have an orange slip to participate.

·        7-8 Girls’ Soccer team is scheduled on Monday/Wednesday.  Team will be in place prior to the start of QIV Choice Hour.

·        6-8 Boys’ Tennis team is scheduled on Tuesday/Thursday.  Team will be in place prior to the start of QIV Choice Hour.

New offerings:

·        Bee Keepers is back on Tuesdays.  Must complete and submit an application to be considered for this class.

·        Water Polo will be offered on Thursdays for grades 5-8.

·        Band classes will be offered Monday through Thursday – see online selections for details.

·        Jr. Master Gardening will focus on Insects and Diseases that can ruin your gardens.

·        Lots of outdoor sports classes for all grade levels.

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!

 

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.

 

5/6 UPDATAES

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.

 

7/8 UPDATES

8TH GRADE CELEBRATION VIDEO

Each year, a video is prepared for the BCS 8th Grade Graduating Class to be shown at the graduation ceremony in June.  The video includes "Then and Now" pictures of each graduating student. For your child to be included in the video, one photograph as a baby/toddler and one recent picture is needed. Please read more details on how to submit your photos at the 8th Grade Video Link.

 

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: 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.

 

BLOOMFIELD HILLS COUNTRY CLUB 2017 CADDY PROGRAM

This is a program of excellence which has been supported throughout the years by the youth of our community. Training for this caddy program is held during the months of April & May, and is available to males and females 13 years or older. Participants receive daily cash compensation and golfing privileges. Best of all, caddies will have the opportunity to receive college scholarships and awards!

·        Registration begins Saturday, March 11th, 2017 10:00am–2pm - Bloomfield Hills Country Club, Golf Service Managers Office, 350 West Long Lake Road, (Between Woodward and Lahser Roads)

·        Contact Paul Bertin or Mike Erickson @ (248)646-2626 for more information.  Or, visit the website to download an application at http://bloomfieldhillscc.org

 

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

 

PARENT EVENT: "LITERACY & YOUR CHILD'S SUCCESS" - MARCH 14 @ 6:30 PM

This is a friendly reminder regarding the Oakland County parent event scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th at 6:30 pm titled, Literacy and Your Childs Success. This is a FREE informational and hands on event that will be held at Oakland Schools conference center in Waterford, and is open to all parents. Learn new strategies to support your childs literacy (reading, writing and thinking). This event will have a Pre-K to 5th grade focus.

Please see the link below for additional information and registration:

http://tinyurl.com/literacy31417

 

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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