March 12, 2017

Hello BCS!

 

It was another great week at BCS and enjoy that extra hour of sunshine today with “spring forward”!  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 is the BCS Baja Blast (the online auction is live), and this week is the BCS Baja Blast Spirit week as follows:

·         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)

Be sure to remind your child to join in the fun! AND… Students who participate in dressing up during Spirit Week will get a FREE upgrade TICKET from his/her academic lab/homeroom teacher to use on a prize at the Blast in the Prize Room!  Check out the Flyer! A ticket will upgrade a prize from the prize room!

 

The BCS Baja Blast Online Auction opened this past Wednesday and ends Friday, March 17.  Don't miss items include:  Disney tickets, reserved parking spots, “Principal Morawski's Ride”, and first in the lunch-line. Visit the site using the following link:  https://www.biddingforgood.com/blast. Bid early! Bid often!

 

Coming one week from tomorrow…An evening with Dr. Michele BorbaDr. 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.

·         “We don't develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” – Barbara De Angelis

·         “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

·         “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

 

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.

 

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

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

Monday, March 13

·         Baja Blast Spirit Week – Pajama Day

·         Choice Hour Selection Sheets Due by 4PM

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

·         3:20-5:30PM Boys Swim Practice

·         6PM BAAFN meeting in Groves Staff Planning

Tuesday, March 14

·         Baja Blast Spirit Week – Age Change Day

·         8:30AM Religious Diversity Journey (Sri Venkateswara Temple)

·         4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Home vs. Bloomfield Hills HS

·         4:15PM Boys Swim League Meet

·         7PM BCS Blast Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 15

·         Baja Blast Spirit Week – Grade Color Day (see below for details)

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

·         2PM Leadership Team’s We Connect Wednesday-3/4 Talent Show

Thursday, March 16

·         Baja Blast Spirit Week – Fashion Disaster Day

·         4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Home vs. West Hills MS

Friday, March 17

·         Baja Blast Spirit Week – Baja Beach Day

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

Saturday, March 18

·         9-11AM Saturday School at Berkshire

Sunday, March 19

·         3-7PM BCS Blast

 

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CONGRATS TO THE BCS FORENSICS TEAM

On Saturday, March 11th, our Forensics Team competed at the MSCI Festival. The team brought 26 entries and took 16 to finals. Individual results included: Declmation – Jude S (2nd) & Shin Be F. (3rd), DI – Ava M (1st), Extemp – Trisha C (5th), Impromptu – Perry J (1st), Informative – Ethan K (3rd), Jack H (5th), Multiple – Olivia C, Mia M, Youssef K, Stefan I, Elizabeth S, Jayne B (3rd), Poetry – Jordyn D (5th), Zoeya J (6th), Prose – Hanna D (5th), Ainsley N (6th), Sales – Izzie D (2nd), Elise L (5th), Storytelling – Ania U (1st), Erika Y (4th). Congratulations to all!!

 

CONGRATS TO THE BCS DESTINATION TEAM

Congratulations to our BCS Destination Imagination team who competed in the regional finals yesterday at Waterford Mott High School! Two of our three teams punched tickets to the state finals later this spring. Our Improv team placed 3rd qualifying for state, our Tech team placed 4th qualifying for state, and our Fine Arts team placed 5th. Congratulations to all the students, and thank you Coach Adams for your leadership!

 

KUDOS TO THE BOYS SWIM TEAM

The swim team continued their unbeaten streak and raised our record to 4-0. They had 10 different event winners: Patrick B (2), Tate C (3), Eric H (2), Mitch M, Hans M (2), Zane C, Nate L, Owen O, Jonah R, Ethan S. They were able to build an insurmountable lead with 1-2 finishes in the 50 Free (Howell & Branch) and the 200 Free Relay. In addition to  the team accolades, John A, Ty K, Erik H, James H were among those individuals who swam their best and dropped significant time.

 

BCS SPIRIT WEEK IS HERE!

·         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)

Be sure to remind your child to join in the fun! AND…Students who participate in dressing up during Spirit Week will get a FREE upgrade TICKET from his/her teacher to use on a prize at the Blast in the Prize Room! Check out the 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.

 

MEDIA CENTER UPDATE

BIRBERY WINNERS

Congratulations to the winners of the Birbery Quiz Bowl, who went on to become our Birbery Committee members: Kevyn R., Sam B., Gillian G., Sarah S., and Adam F.!

 

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

REVISED – 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

 

BIRBERY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Birbery Committee met Friday and made their selections for the best children’s book of 2017.  The Committee chose The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle as the best book of the year.  They also chose two honor books – All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook and Secret Keepers.  The Birbery books are now available in the Media Center for all grade levels to enjoy!

 

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 .   

·         Choice Hour selections are due back no later than Monday March 13th at 4:00PM.  

·         QIV Choice Hour begins Monday, April 17th and ends Friday, June 16th.

·         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.

Link to Choice Hour Packets.

 

PE UPDATES

MONDAY, MARCH 13 - THURSDAY, APRIL 13

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will SWIM.

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will be in the GYM.

For the complete year schedule, click BCS 3/4 PE Schedule.

 

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: 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

 

BAAFN MEETING
Monday, March 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Groves High School - Staff Planning room, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025
Join the Birmingham African American Family Network for their monthly meeting. Visit 
http://baafn.org/ for more information about the BAAFN. 

 

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

 

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON - MANAGING FRUSTRATION

(Boys and Girls in Grades 2 - 5) Boys workshop is March 23 and the Girls Workshop is March 22

Kids will have fun learning how to manage their frustrations. Kids will learn 5 strategies for managing frustration, anger and being annoyed. They will learn techniques to calm their body. Kids will learn ways to manage emotions & have social skills to respond appropriately to social & family situations. Emotional regulation is our ability to manage our emotions in how we respond to situations. It is one of the most important predictors of success. If we do not have the tools in our tool box our emotional response may cause us to overreact in a negative way that impacts our self-esteem & enflames a situation. Note: There is also an Parent/ Child option offered at a discounted rate. Parents will learn how they can help their kids manage their anger and frustrations and build their emotional intelligence. For more information and to register, go to www.communityed.net. 

 

GIRL SCOUT NIGHT OUT

Friday, March 24, 2017 • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Each level of scouting has their own workshop on how to set friendship boundaries and how to be assertive in sticky situations, how to handle problems and work through conflict.

For more information and to register, go to www.communityed.net.

 

SEAHOLM BANDS 18TH ANNUAL BAND DINNER DANCE AND AUCTION

The Birmingham Seaholm High School Bands is hosting its 18th annual dinner, dance and silent auction fundraiser on Friday, March 24th at the Auburn Hill Marriott at Centerpoint, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. in Pontiac, Michigan.  The event raises money to benefit the band programs at Seaholm High School.  Do not miss this wonderful evening of great music, dancing, and fun auction items!

Tickets for the event cost $37 per person and simply covers the cost of dinner. Tickets for the event can be purchased at: https://seaholmbands.ejoinme.org/2017DinnerDance. The deadline to purchase tickets online is Friday, March 17

What: Seaholm Bands 18th Annual Dinner, Dance & Auction

Where: Auburn Hills Marriott at Centerpoint – Pontiac, Mich.

When: Friday, March 24, 2016, 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Contact: Courteney Gettel, Phone: 248-739-9971, Email: dinnerdance@seaholmbands.com

 

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

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS MEETING ON JOB & LIFE SKILLS FOR EMPLOYMENT

April 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Birmingham Covington School (BCS), Media Center 1525 Covington Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 

Please join us for a panel presentation summarizing some of the community services available for job and life skills training related to transition planning, and/or eventual employment for your different learner. Panel presenters include: Caroline Gorman, Program Coordinator for OUCARES (Oakland University Center for Autism Outreach); Carin Lloyd, Counselor from MRS (Michigan Rehabilitation Services): and Cindy Burdi, Employment Developer from MORC (Macomb-Oakland Regional Center) Vocational Services. Q & A will follow the presentations in which parents can ask the speakers, along with Barbara Dean the Transition Coordinator for BPS, direct questions regarding pre-employment skills training. All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone! 

 

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.

 

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