March 26, 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.  What an incredible BCS Blast. It was another great year of fun games, great prizes, delicious food, and incredible community.  Here are the key statistics:

·         We had a total revenue over $52,000!

·         We had 37 Family Patrons!

·         We had 67 incoming (Fall 2017) families attend!

Thank you to our amazing PTSA leadership, BCS staff, all our volunteers, and our Family Patrons.  A special thank you to Ryan Abney and Jennifer Peterson, our incomparable Blast Committee Chairs for a job WELL DONE!

 

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.

 

The BCS Diversity Committee is showing the documentary film “13th on Thursday March 30th at 7pm in the BCS media center. Here is a link to the trailer.  The film discusses the prison industrial complex in the US and the extent to which it is a manifestation of a new kind of slavery.  It is rated TV-MA.  The committee would like to encourage all parents, and any 7/8 students with their parent/guardian to attend this viewing and discussion.  RSVP link: Diversity Film Series – 13th

 

And finally, 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

 

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

 

7/8 Students – Got Talent? there’s still time to sign up!

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:  Were March 24th 4:00-5:30 pm in the BCS Media Center.  If you missed auditions and would still like to participate, contact Chance Stevenson at the below-listed email.

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

Sign up online:  http://bit.ly/2mCL4ZM

Any questions?  Email chanceofastorm@yahoo.com

Click Talent Show for the flyer!

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of March 26-April 1

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

Monday, March 26

·         7PM District PTA Council Meeting hosted by BCS PTSA (Media Center)

Tuesday, March 27

Wednesday, March 28

·         7PM BCS Wellness Boot Camp (Gym)

Thursday, March 29

·         3:25PM Staff vs 8th Grade Volleyball Game

·         7PM Diversity Film Series – “13” in the media center

Friday, March 30

·         Close of Day – Spring Vacation begins, school reconvenes on Monday, April 10

Saturday, March 31

Sunday, April 1

 

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

 

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.

 

BCS DIVERSITY FILM SERIES

The BCS Diversity Committee is showing the documentary film “13th on Thursday March 30th at 7pm in the BCS media center. Here is a link to the trailer.  The film discusses the prison industrial complex in the US and the extent to which it is a manifestation of a new kind of slavery.  It is rated TV-MA.  The committee would like to encourage all parents, and any 7/8 students with their parent/guardian to attend this viewing and discussion.  RSVP link: Diversity Film Series – 13th

 

Bully-Proof Children Through Empowerment

Join us Wednesday, April 12 for our next Parent Forum at 7PM in the BCS media center. Parents learn nine ways to bully-proof their children!  Kimber Bishop-Yanke, Founder or Kids Empowered Parents, will share with parents how to help their kids deal with unfriendly situations with their friends and classmates to shut down situations and prevent bullying.  Participants will learn strategies and the tone of voice to use, the body language and the words to say.  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

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.

 

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:

·         April: 22, 29

·         May: 6, 13, 20

 

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 

 

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 

 

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