April 9, 2017
I hope you had a wonderful Spring Vacation with your family and you’re as ready as our staff is to finish the final quarter of the school year strong. If you haven’t “liked” Birmingham Covington School on Facebook yet, please do so and check out some pictures from the week and the BCS Case Study from last October’s Edutopia visit spotlighting the innovative teaching and learning at BCS has now gone public. The case study, along with the five accompanying videos, can be found through a link to the article Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School. Also, the case study was featured in the ASCD SmartBrief on Friday morning.
Join us this Wednesday, April 12 for our next Parent Forum at 7PM in the BCS media center. Parents will learn nine ways to bully-proof their children! Kimber Bishop-Yanke, Founder of Kids Empowered, 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 email@example.com. Be sure not to miss this helpful parent forum from our PTSA Wellness Committee.
Don’t forget about the can’t-miss conference, Surviving the Social Jungle on Saturday, April 22 at Seaholm High School. The conference will provide attendees with 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.
Wishing you well,
Twitter: @mark_morawski #BCSLearns
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Character Connections Word of the week: ACCEPTANCE
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.
· “The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
· “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” – George Orwell
· “The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” – Brian Tracy
7/8 Students – 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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Click Talent Show for the flyer!
SPRING m-step (sTATE TESTING)
M-STEP Testing is coming. Testing windows for grade 3-8 are as follows:
· Grades 5 and 8 from 4/10/17 through 5/11/17
o Tested in ELA (English Language Arts), Math, and Social Studies
· Grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 from 5/1/17 through 5/26/27
o Grades 3 and 6 tested in ELA (English Language Arts) and Math
o Grades 4 and 7 tested in ELA (English Language Arts), Math, and Science
· Feel free to view and/or print out the specific 2017 BCS M-STEP Testing Schedule
· MI-ACCESS Alternate Assessments from 4/10/17 through 5/26/17 (through the LRC-Learning Resource Center)
All assessments that are administered through the Michigan State Test of Educational Progress can be found on the State of Michigan Department of Education M-STEP website. If you would like to review what your child will experience with M-STEP testing, you can:
· Watch the mini-tutorials (works best in Chrome) by going to: Tutorials Link (https://goo.gl/4TsTth)
· View sample practice sessions/sample items. M-Step has online test practice items which can be accessed through the Chrome Browser at: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/
a) Select M-STEP on the left side
b) Select "Online Tools Training"
c) Select "Sample Item Sets"
d) Select the grade
e) Select the content area
f) Login with the Username and Password provided on the login screen
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of April 10-April 16
To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email email@example.com by WEDNESDAY at 5PM
Monday, April 10
· Passover begins at Sundown
Tuesday, April 11
· MSTEP (5th & 8th)
Wednesday, April 12
· MSTEP (5th & 8th)
· 3PM BCS Web Team Meeting
Thursday, April 13
· MSTEP (5th & 8th)
· Half-Day – Dismissal at 11:30AM (buses depart at 11:40AM-No Choice Hour)
· Quarter III Ends
· 9:15AM 5/6 Room Parent Meeting (Media Center)
Friday, April 14
· No School
· Good Friday
Saturday, April 15
Sunday, April 16
· Easter Sunday
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
CONGRATS TO THE BCS FORENSICS TEAM
Over Spring Break, the BCS Forensics Team competed in an ONLINE foreniscs tournament – the first of ist kind! The team finished with 21 finalists! Individual results include: Ania U (1st Place), Erika Y (2nd Place), and Karsten P (3rd Place) in Storytelling, Ally W (Top ML Contestant) and Izzie D in Sales, Arya G (1st Place), Ainsley N (2nd Place), and Adam M (3rd Place) in Prose, Jordyn D (1st Place) and Elle L (2nd Place) in Poetry, Jack H (1st Place), Jack S (2nd Place), and Lauren S (3rd Place) in Informative, Perry J (1st Place) and Jack H (2nd Place) in Impromptu, Vivian Y (1st Place) in Extemp, Isabel C & Tess T (Top Middle School Contestant) in Duo, Megan C (Top Middle School Contestant) in DI, Jude S (1st Place), Shin B F (2nd Place), Steven W (3rd Place).
BCS DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAM COMPETES AT STATE
BCS had two of our Destination Imagination teams compete at the state tournament on Saturday.
One of our teams placed first and qualified for the Global Finals tournament on May 23-27 in Knoxville, TN! The first place team was our Improv team of Grace A, Maria M, and Eva H plus 4 team members who could not attend due to spring vacation, but will attend Globals, Batul V, Kennedy S, Lillie S, and Sophia S. Also, our other team at States earned a 10th place finish. This team is Graham B, Evan P, Sophie S, Gabriel M, Henry M, and Nate B, plus Addy K who was unable to attend. Congratulations BCS DI Teams! What a showing!
BCS FEATURED BY EDUTOPIA.ORG
A team from Edutopia’s Schools that Work visited BCS in October 2016 for a case study spotlighting the innovative teaching and learning at BCS. The case study, along with the five accompanying videos, was released on April 6, 2017 and can be found through a link to the article Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School. Also, the case study was featured in the ASCD SmartBrief on April 7, 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
HELP BCS CELEBRATES EARTH WEEK 2017
APRIL 17-APRIL 22 – Join our BCS Green Team in celebration of Earth Day this year for the week leading up to Earth Day (4/22/17). Below is the summary of each day to help us live into one of our 3E’s – Environment from Monday, April 17 through Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day). For a flyer and many more specific check out the BCS Earth Week Flyer!
· All Week 4/17-4/21
o If you pack a lunch, be sure you make it “waste-free” (see flyer for details)
o Help BCS “Adopt and Animal” by bringing in your loose change
o “Turn your Key to be Idle Free” – turn off your engines in the pickup lines
o “Whiteboard Commitments” – students and staff will add their Earth Friendly commitments to the whiteboards in the collaborative spaces.
· Friday, 4/21/17
o 3/4 and 5/6 students will go see the new film “Born in China” to learn about the endangered animals from the film (goes with our adopt-an-animal change drive effort)
o 7/8 students will participate in a presentation on Sustainable Building Practices
· Earth Day, Saturday, 4/22/17 – With your family, check out some of the many local activities taking place to celebrate Earth Day here http://bit.do/EarthD2017 and please feel free to add to our list.
Remember to view the BCS Earth Week Flyer for all the details!
BCS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE SPRING SEASON OF OUR TOURNAMENT CHESS CLUB!
This exciting club has been grooming the talents of our future grand masters all year, but if you’re new to the game have no fear as beginners are always welcome! BCS tournament chess is fun way to stretch your thinking and make some awesome new friends! Classes run every Wednesday after choice hour in digital video west at BCS beginning April 19th. For more information and a form to register click program/registration flyer.
BCS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE WILL BE HOSTING A KIDS CAPOEIRA MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAM THIS SPRING!
Capoeira is a nonviolent form of self-defense that empowers kids to explore their hidden abilities as well as enhance their physical and mental strength. Classes will take place in the BCS cafeteria on Tuesdays after choice hour beginning April 18th. To learn more about this exciting program click video for a visual demonstration. To read more about the program and for a form to register click program/registration information. Space is limited so sign up soon!
MEDIA CENTER UPDATE
THANK YOU TO ALL PARENTS, STUDENTS, AND STAFF WHO SUPPORTED THE BCS MEDIA CENTER SPRING 2017 BOOK FAIR!
With the help of 12 wonderful parent volunteers, we sold nearly $8,300 in materials, which in turned granted us with over $2000 for our Media Center budget PLUS over 70 new books for classroom libraries (through Classroom Wish List fulfillments) and 32 new books for our Media Center (using All for Books donation money). The $2000 in our budget will go towards our school’s BrainPOP subscription, the Battle and Birbery programs, and (of course) more books for the Media Center! All this while promoting a love of books and literature to our students – hooray!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
8TH GRADE NEWS
The 8th Grade Graduation Celebration is right around the corner! Please note the following key dates and times:
· 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony (family reception to follow): Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30 pm
· 8th Grade Celebration Dance: Tuesday, June 13th at 8:00-10:00 pm
· 7/8 Cedar Point Field Trip: Thursday, June 15th
· 8th Grade Graduation Breakfast: Friday, June 16th
8th grade Graduation Information and updates can be found on the BCS web site: http://www.bcsonline.info/Parents/8thGradeCelebration.html
High School Selection: If you have made a change to your child’s high school selection, please notify the school. Your student’s high school of choice will be noted on celebration materials and photos to be hung in the school lobby.
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.
GROVES STUDENT CONGRESS – ATTENTION 8TH GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS
Does your child exhibit leadership qualities? Encourage him/her to apply to the Groves Student Congress (GSC). They will have a strong start to high school and meet classmates of all ages. GSC is a leadership class that plans events including spirit week, charity week and dances (here a brief video of some things we do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNpBJ7jUOoE&authuser=0). Forms are available in the front office and are due Monday, April 17th. Don’t let your student miss out on this amazing opportunity!
COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…
BAAFN APRIL MEETING
April 10, 2017 at 6PM – Groves High School (Staff Planning Room). Please see the BAAFN Meeting Agenda.
BBFA PARENT EDUCATION PROGRAM
“Parent Partnership Skills” - Presented by Terri Cassels Cooper
April 13, 2017, 10:00am - 11:30am, The Doyle/Booth Center: 7275 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301. See the April BBFA Flyer.
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!
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
“WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST, PLEASE. WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST.” - THE GROVES PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY PROUDLY PRESENTS THE LAST LIFEBOAT AS THE 2017 SPRING PLAY.
“What would you do?
If you had to choose between being a hero,
doing the noble thing and never
seeing anyone you loved again . . .
what would you have chosen?”
This play is the story of J. Bruce Ismay, the chairman of The White Star Shipping Line when the RMS Titanic sank in 1912. Ismay made the decision to save himself rather than go down with the ship. Come see this gripping tale on April 20, 21, or 22 at 7:30 pm and April 23 at 2:30 pm. The show will be held in the Groves High School Little Theatre located at 20500 West 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills, 48025. Park in the lot off of 13 Mile Road where the football field is located and avoid all the construction traffic in the other parking lot. Tickets are on sale NOW in the main office of Groves High School on school days from 7:00 am to 3:15 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students K-12. Suggested audience due to subject matter is 6th grade and up. Join the cast of 26 as they tell this dramatic story from several perspectives. If you have any questions, please contact Leisa Passarelli at LPassarelli@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
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 email@example.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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