April 16, 2017

Hello BCS!

 

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. Be sure to join us this Thursday, 4/20/17, at 1:15 PM for our next PTSA meeting.

 

Help BCS celebrate Earth Week 2017 beginning tomorrow, APRIL 17 through 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 an 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!

 

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.

 

And finally, you will be seeing pinwheels in front of BCS starting this week.  This pinwheel “garden” is planted to promote community hope and action for April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Our schools and homes are nurturing and safe places for our children, though we do know that this is not the case for each and every child.  Please take a moment to reflect on the needs of those children affected when you drive by our pinwheel garden.  Your positive and loving relationship with your child is such a vital part of their character, their development and their future.

 

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: 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 antiquity and general acceptance of an opinion is not assurance of its truth.” – Pierre Bayle

·         “Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.” – Jessica Lange

·         “Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.” – Eckhart Tolle

 

ALERT: TEENS ARE GETTING HOOKED ON NETFLIX DRAMA “13 REASONS WHY”

Parents of teens may already be aware, but we wanted to alert our parents of teenagers about the new Netflix drama series by which more and more teens are intrigued call 13 Reasons Why.  According to Common Sense Media in reviewing the series (for ages 16+), “Parents need to know that 13 Reasons Why is an intense, dark Netflix drama based on the popular young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and is definitely not a light watch or for younger kids. The disturbing story explores a troubled teen's motivations for committing suicide, opening after the fatal event, with all appearances by deceased Hannah in the reflections of a boy who harbored a secret crush on her. Messages about treating people with respect and not taking others for granted are prominent, but the fact that Hannah blames others for her suicide is problematic and may send the wrong messages to some sensitive teens. The series doesn't shy away from mature issues, as Hannah's suicide is shown in great detail, as is more than one graphic rape scene involving a teenager. There's teen drinking, voyeurism…and lots of swearing…While this challenging story could help parents start conversations with teens about issues like bullying, isolation, and depression, the way the series addresses these issues is complex and may be confusing for impressionable viewers.”

A few more reviews:

·         “13 Reasons Why” Is Not the Force for Mental Health Awareness People Say It Is

·         I’m a Middle School English Teacher and I Have a Problem With “13 Reasons Why”

·         13 Reasons Why Made Some Major Changes from the Book

 

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 17-April 23

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

Monday, April 17

·         Passover

·         Quarter IV Begins (New Choice Hours Begin)

·         MSTEP (5th & 8th)

Tuesday, April 18

·         Passover

·         MSTEP (5th & 8th)

·         7-8AM 5/6 Intramural Boys Basketball

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

Wednesday, April 19

·         MSTEP (5th & 8th)

·         1PM County Wide Tornado Drill (BCS will be practicing a tornado and fire drill today)

Thursday, April 20

·         MSTEP (5th & 8th)

·         1:15 PM PTSA meeting

·         4PM Choice Hour Change Forms Available

Friday, April 21

·         Grades 5-8 Grade Reports Release via PowerSchool

·         MSTEP (5th & 8th)

·         7-8AM 5/6 Intramural Boys Basketball

·         8:30AM Religious Diversity Journey (Holocaust Memorial Center)

·         9:15-11:45AM 3/4 Trip to film Born in China

·         11:45AM-2:15PM 5/6 Trip to film Born in China

·         2:25-3:20 PM – 7/8 Earth Week Presentation in the cafetria-Sustainable Building Practices

·         7PM BCS Talent Show (Cafeteria)

Saturday, April 22

·         Forensics State Tournament (Bloomfield Hills High School)

·         Elementary Science Olympiad Competition (West Maple)

·         9-11AM Saturday School at Berkshire

Sunday, April 23

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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DON’T MISS THE BCS TALENT SHOW

When: Friday April 21 7:00pm

Location:  BCS Cafeteria

Come see BCS 7th and 8th graders perform a variety of talented acts! Free Admission.

 

Community/parent forum Responding to Hate and Bias

How can we respond to hate and bias? Birmingham Public Schools and the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force invite you to a community/family panel.  Please join us on April 20 at 7:00 PM.  Check out the flyer with all the details.  Location:  BPS Education & Administration Building, 30301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025

 

REFLECTIONS CELEBRATION PIZZA LUNCH

All students that participated in the PTA Reflections Art Program are invited to attend a free pizza lunch on Tuesday, April 25th, in the 3/4 Science Lab during their regularly scheduled lunch time.  We will be recognizing all participants, BCS, and BPS District winners.  State and National (yet to be announced) winners are recognized at separate events.

Volunteers are needed to help for the lunch.  105 students in grades 3-8 will be recognized for their participation and achievement in this program.  Please click on the link to sign up. 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090544acac23a46-bcsreflections

Contact Diana Patterson with questions, d4patter4@sbcglobal.net.

 

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 cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

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

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

Monday, April 17 through Friday, May 12:

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 UPDATES

OPTIONAL 7/8 TRIP TO BOSTON, OCTOBER 2017

Next year’s 7/8 students will have the opportunity to travel to Boston October 6-8, 2017.  For information regarding this trip, click Boston Information.  There will be an information meeting on Thursday, April 27, 7:00pm in the Media Center.  Registration for the trip will open at the meeting.  We expect the trip to fill quickly, so if your child might be interested in going on the trip, we encourage you to attend the meeting.  Registration information will be emailed to all families after the information meeting. 

 

7/8 UPDATES

OPTIONAL 7/8 TRIP TO BOSTON, OCTOBER 2017

Next year’s 7/8 students will have the opportunity to travel to Boston October 6-8, 2017.  For information regarding this trip, click Boston Information.  There will be an information meeting on Thursday, April 27, 7:00pm in the Media Center.  Registration for the trip will open at the meeting.  We expect the trip to fill quickly, so if your child might be interested in going on the trip, we encourage you to attend the meeting.  Registration information will be emailed to all families after the information meeting. 

 

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

 

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…

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

 

COMMUNITY/PARENT FORUM RESPONDING TO HATE AND BIAS

How can we respond to hate and bias? Birmingham Public Schools and the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force invite you to a community/family panel.  Please join us on April 20 at 7:00 PM.  Check out the flyer with all the details.  Location:  BPS Education & Administration Building, 30301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025

 

COME SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR YOUR FAVORITE WOMEN’S FUTBOL TEAM!

Seaholm Maples vs. Groves Falcons

Thursday, April 20th @ Seaholm High School

·         JV: 5:30 pm 

·         Varsity: 7:00 pm 

·         Freshman:  Seaholm vs Rochester High School 3:45 pm

Birmingham Education Fund (BEF) Tailgate and Festivities beginning at approximately 6:00 pm

·         Free hot dogs, chips, water, Motor City FC ticket raffle & more fun!!!

·         Please register at www.seaholmfutbol.com

·         Thanks to our sponsors: The Varsity Shop & Motor City Women’s Football Club

*** Kids wearing a soccer jersey will get in for free! ***

 

“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 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 month’s newsletter.

 

For additional District and Event News, Athletics Community Sports Groups Information click BPS District eNews 

 

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