March 19, 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.  We look forward to seeing our BCS families later this afternoon at the Baja Blast from 3-7 PM!  We will even be streaming live the MSU vs. Kansas basketball game in the media center and cafeteria.  We still need some help in some volunteer slots.  Sign up at the following link:

·         3/4 Family Volunteer Sign Up

·         5/6 Family Volunteer Sign Up

·         7/8 Family Volunteer Sign Up (particularly the Prize Room from 5:30-7:00PM)

We will also see you on Wednesday (5-8 PM) or Thursday (1-4 PM & 5-8 PM) at our spring student involved conferences to celebrate and goal set with your child with the purpose of finishing this school year strong.  It’s going to be a great week!

 

A final reminder coming tomorrow night…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.

 

A reminder that the 2017-2018 Elective Information Packets are available online or in the front office.  Please submit the appropriate online form from the link included in the packets below by Friday, March 31.

·         Current 6th & 7th Graders (7th & 8th grade next school year) - The directions, along with course options, are outlined for you. Your child will receive one, year-long, elective.

o    7/8 Elective Information Packet

·         Current 5th Graders (6th grade next school year) - The directions, along with course options, are outlined for you. Your child will receive one, year-long, elective.

o    6th Grade Elective Information Packet

·         Current 4th Graders (5th grade next school year) - Please indicate if your student will be taking band, orchestra or Thinkering Studio next school year. Descriptions are included.

o    5th Grade Elective Information Packet

 

And finally, Fitness expert and BCS parent Jody Trierweiler from "Jody's FitLife" on Comcast and "Live in the D" on WDIV-4 will be leading a Family Fitness Class on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm in the gym.  The class will include exercises such as push-ups, lunges, and jumping that will be both fun and challenging for all ages. Parents and kids are encouraged to come together to get stronger and burn calories while having fun! Grades 3 and up; 8th graders can be dropped off. There will be a $5 donation with light refreshments afterward. To RSVP please contact Daniela Davis at davismd01@gmail.com.

 

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: PROBLEM-SOLVING

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.

·         “Well, if it can be thought, it can be done, a problem can be overcome.” – E.A. Bucchianeri

·         “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” – Albert Einstein

·         “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” – Abraham H. Maslow

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of March 20-March 26

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

Monday, March 20

·         7-8:30PM Michelle Borba Community Event (Seaholm)

·         7-8AM Girls Volleyball Practice

Tuesday, March 21

·         4PM Girls Volleyball Game – Away vs. Orchard Lake MS

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

Wednesday, March 22

·         5-8PM BCS Conferences

Thursday, March 23

·         Half Day – Dismissal at 11:30AM (No Choice Hour on Half Days – Buses leave at 11:40 AM)

·         1-4PM BCS Conferences

·         5-8PM BCS Conferences

Friday, March 24

·         4-5:30PM 7/8 Talent Show Auditions (see details below)

Saturday, March 25

·         9-11AM Saturday School at Berkshire

·         9:30AM-12PM Grade 4/5 Battle of the Books (Seaholm)

Sunday, March 26

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

BE SURE AND VISIT   http://bcsonline.info 

 

FOLLOW US on twitter (@bcs_cobras) and LIKE “Birmingham Covington School” on FACEBOOK

 

7/8: GOT TALENT?

Calling all 7th and 8th Graders  who have a fun, 3 minute act!

What:  A 7/8 student talent show coordinated by former BCS student, Chance Stephenson for his Eagle Scout Project. Giving Back to BCS in a theatrical way!

Auditions: March 24th 4:00-5:30 pm in the BCS Media Center

Show Date: April 21st 6:30-8:00pm in the BCS cafeteria

Sign up online at BCS Talent Show

Any questions? Email chanceofastorm@yahoo.com

 

WELLNESS FAMILY FITNESS NIGHT

Fitness expert Jody Trierweiler from "Jody's FitLife" on Comcast and "Live in the D" on WDIV-4 will be leading a Family Fitness Class on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm in the gym. The class will include exercises such as push-ups, lunges, and jumping that will be both fun and challenging for all ages. Parents and kids are encouraged to come together to get stronger and burn calories while having fun! Grades 3 and up; 8th graders can be dropped off. There will be a $5 donation with light refreshments afterward. To RSVP please contact Daniela Davis at davismd01@gmail.com.

 

2017-2018 ELECTIVE INFORMATION PACKETS

Please submit the appropriate online form from the link included in the packets below by Friday, March 31.

·         Current 6th & 7th Graders (7th & 8th grade next school year) - The directions, along with course options, are outlined for you. Your child will receive one, year-long, elective.

o    7/8 Elective Information Packet

·         Current 5th Graders (6th grade next school year) - The directions, along with course options, are outlined for you. Your child will receive one, year-long, elective. 

o     6th Grade Elective Information Packet

·         Current 4th Graders (5th grade next school year) - Please indicate if your student will be taking band, orchestra or Thinkering Studio next school year. Descriptions are included. 

o     5th Grade Elective Information Packet

 

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

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, 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.

 

JUMPROPE FOR HEART NEWS:

BCS 3/4 students raised over $11,000 for the American Heart Association to aid in their fight against heart disease and stroke. This was a new record! The top fundraisers will be honored at the Pistons game on Thursday, March 30th. In addition, ALL of our students who participated are more than welcome to attend –as each student will receive a complimentary ticket* to the game and shoot a postgame free throw on the Palace Court. All the parents need to do is visit www.pistons.com/jumpropeforheart for more information and to claim the student ticket. For more information, please contact: Nicole Laidlaw 248.375.4065 NLAIDLAW@PALACENET.COM Our Hoops for Heart lunchtime 3 on 3 tournament  for 5th through 8th graders will be the week of 3/27-3/31…stay tuned for more information.

 

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: 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

 

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.

 

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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