April 23, 2017

Hello BCS!

 

We had a wonderfully busy week of learning, competing and celebrating at BCS!  If you haven’t “liked” Birmingham Covington School on Facebook yet, please do so, and check out the awesome pictures and posts from the week.

 

Congratulations are in order to BCS students!  See below and the links for the details: 

·         Several of our 7/8 students showcased their talent at Friday night’s 7/8 Talent Show. 

·         Our BCS Elementary Science Olympiad Team finished 2nd place overall at a team in the district competition.

·         On Saturday, April 22, The BCS 5-8 Forensics Team competed in the Spring State Competition at Bloomfield Hills High School. The team had 31 entries. The team finished with 4 State Champions, 6 finalists, and 11 semi-finalists. Individual results can be read at: State Forensics Results

·         Four BCS students were honored last night at the Henry Ford Museum as winners in the Kroger “I Can Make History” contest.  Congratulations of our BCS honorees:  Daniel Y, Mary W, Sophia S and Jack S. (See later in the WAG for all the details.)

 

The BCS NJHS is holding a “Teens Helping Teens” drive and we are looking for your help! We are collecting items for the Trends for Teens and the Wish Upon a Teen foundations. Trends for Teens is an organization that helps kids in struggling areas of metro Detroit set goals and earn points when they reach their personal and academic goals. Teens can use these earned points to buy clothing and other items. We will be collecting gently used sweatshirts and lightly worn shoes. The Wish Upon A Teen foundation helps kids in hospitals have a more enjoyable stay. They are hosting a prom for kids with cancer and we are collecting things like: nail polish and nail accessories, plastic unused flip flops (1-5 dollars), sample makeup, and hair accessories to put together gift bags for girls attending this prom. We will be holding these drives April 20- May 3rd. The collection bins will be located in front of the office.

 

Help our Destination Imagination Team with their trip to the Global Finals! PLEASE START SAVING ALL OF YOUR CANS AND BOTTLES AND BRING THEM TO BCS THE WEEK OF MAY 8TH.  The BCS Destination Imagination elementary improv team took first place at the recent statewide competition at CMU. They are going on to compete at Global Finals in Tennessee at the end of May.  In order to help raise funds for their trip, please save your empty cans and bottles over the next few weeks and bring them to morning drop off at BCS (7:30-8:15AM) the week of May 8th. Collection bins will be placed outside the circle drives and some volunteers will be there to assist as well.  Thank you for your help with this effort!

 

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: COLLABORATION/TEAMWORK

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.

·         “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Andrew Carnegie

·         “I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.” – Jean-Francois Cope

·         “Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi

 

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 24-April 23

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

Monday, April 24

·         7-8AM Track Practice

·         11-1:30PMAM Spring Pictures taken during lunch periods on the cafeteria stage.  Order online at www.kaiserstudio.com, click ORDER PICTURES, then PREPAY ORDER and enter school code: BCSFD39 or send in completed order form and payment with your child today.

·         4PM Girls Soccer Game – Away @ Cranbrook

Tuesday, April 25

·         11:05AM PTSA Reflections Lunch

·         4:15-5:45PM Girls Soccer Practice

·         4:30PM Track Meet – Away @ Hazel Park Jr HS

Wednesday, April 26

·         7-8AM Track Practice

·         4PM Girls Soccer Game – Away @ Derby MS

·         6-8PM 7/8 Forensics Dinner Theatre

Thursday, April 27

·         Choice Hour Change Forms Due (By 4PM)

·         Delayed Start – School starts at 9:48AM

·         4:15-5:45PM Girls Soccer Practice

·         7PM Fall 2017 Fall 2017 Optional 7/8 Boston Trip Meeting

Friday, April 28

·         7-8AM Track Practice

·         4:15-5:45PM Girls Soccer Practice (Team Pictures)

Saturday, April 29

·         Science Olympiad State Competition (Michigan State University)

·         9-11AM Saturday School at Berkshire

Sunday, April 30

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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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.

 

CONGRATS TO THE BCS FORENSICS TEAM

On Saturday, April 22, The BCS 5-8 Forensics Team competed in the Spring State Competition at Bloomfield Hills High School. The team had 31 entries. The team finished with 4 State Champions, 6 finalists, and 11 semi-finalists. Individual results can be read at: State Forensics Results

 

BCS STUDENTS HONORED AT HENRY FORD MUSEUM

Four BCS students were honored last night at the Henry Ford Museum as winners in the Kroger “I Can Make History” contest.  In honor of Black History Month, this year's contest included four major categories: art, music, poetry, and essay.  Each participating student (grades 4-12) could submit one entry per category, focusing on one of two themes: “Name an African American past or present that you admire and describe how that person impacted or continues to impact history,” or “How do you feel young people today can make an impact on history?”  Congratulations of our BCS honorees:  Daniel Y, Mary W, Sophia S and Jack S.

 

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.

 

SPRING PICTURE FUN DAY IS MONDAY, APRIL 24.

 Pictures will be taken during lunchtime on the cafeteria stage.  Students should wear their spring colors and may bring school appropriate props for their pictures.  Prop ideas include sports balls and equipment, stuffed animals, a favorite toy, flowers, etc.….be creative!  Pictures can be taken in friend or sibling groups, up to four people.   Spring pictures are FUN because there are 15 colorful backgrounds to choose from -sports scenes, outdoor scenes, the locker room, and much more. 

How can you order SPRING PICTURES?

We are also in need of a couple of volunteers during spring pictures.  The time for volunteering is 11:00-1:30.  If you can help during any of this time, please email Nancy Best, NBest@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

THE NEXT DELAYED START IS THURSDAY 4/27/17

On Thursday, April 27 school will begin at 9:48am.  Because staff will be participating in professional development that morning, the building will not be open until 9:30am.  Please do not drop your child off before 9:30am.  For those of you who need child care from 8:18-9:48am, please print a delayed start form and turn it in to the office. Registration is $5/child. Registration forms are due by Tuesday, April 25

 

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.

 

HELP OUR DESTINATION TEAM IN THEIR TRIP TO THE GLOBAL FINALS

PLEASE START SAVING ALL OF YOUR CANS AND BOTTLES AND BRING THEM TO BCS THE WEEK OF MAY 8TH.  The BCS Destination Imagination elementary improv team took first place at the recent statewide competition at CMU. They are going on to compete at Globals in Tennessee at the end of May.  In order to help raise funds for their trip, please save your empty cans and bottles over the next few weeks and bring them to morning drop off at BCS (7:30-8:15AM) the week of May 8th. Collection bins will be placed outside and some volunteers will be there to assist as well.  Thank you for your help with this effort!

 

CHOICE HOUR UPDATE

4TH QUARTER CHOICE HOUR CLASSES BEGAN MONDAY APRIL 17TH

Choice Hour selections are posted on the Choice Hour board in the main hallway and in each homeroom.

 

The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour class change is Thursday April 27th by 4:00 PM.  Choice Hour class change request forms are available in the main office.   Classes with openings will be listed on the back of the Choice Hour class change request form.  Please read the change form very carefully. 

 

Students requesting a change will be expected to attend their originally assigned classes for the first two weeks of the new quarter.  ALL Choice Hour changes that are approved will go into effect on Monday May 1st.  You will receive timely notification if your Choice Hour change request is denied.

 

Choice Hour drop refunds will be processed for classes dropped during the official Choice Hour change period which ends at 4:00 PM on Thursday April 27th.  No refunds will be processed after the Thursday April 27th deadline.

No Choice Hour drops, adds and/or changes will be accepted over the phone or via email.  All Choice Hour change requests require a parent’s signature.  Please pick up the proper paperwork in the office.

Thank you for supporting the Choice Hour program!

 

CHOICE HOUR PLANNING FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Choice Hour planning for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year has begun.   Several parents and community members have already volunteered to teach some very interesting Choice Hour classes next year that highlight their talents and interests.  If you would like to share your time and talents with a small group of students during Choice Hour please contact Courtney Bassett at 248-203-4625 or email her at CBassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us for more information.

·         Attention 3-5 grade Parents: The BCS Destination Imagination Team is expanding.  We are looking for volunteer team managers to oversee and coordinate the elementary school Destination Imagination team because Brenna Adams will be moving on to help our middle school team.   Destination Imagination is a nonprofit, global competitive program. The kids work collaboratively to solve challenges based on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. It's fun, rewarding, and such a great opportunity for the kids. With your help, our team could compete in up to 3 tournaments! Please contact Courtney Bassett at 248-203-4625 or email her at CBassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us if you are interested in helping out.

·         We are also looking for parent volunteers to offer Math Pentathlon choice hour classes for grades 3-5.

 

CHOICE HOUR REMINDERS

Students that do not have Choice Hour on any given day need to be picked up by 3:20 PM.  Students that do not have a Choice Hour class and are not picked up by 3:30 will be charged a $5.00 fee.

 

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, 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.

 

3/4 UPDATES

WE ARE PLEASED TO INVITE ALL INTERESTED 4TH AND 5TH GRADE STUDENTS TO A ROCKET DESIGN LAB

…to support the memorial for friend of BPS, former BPS student and fallen soldier Michael Kashkoush.  Your participation will help pay for the engraving of a memorial stone to be placed below his elementary school’s flag pole (Pembroke Elementary). This awesome event will afford students an opportunity to engage in an explosive engineering endeavor, all while supporting a great cause! Moreover, students will have an opportunity to design, build and launch a colossal water rocket of their very own (YES THEY CAN KEEP IT!)! The program takes place at Pembroke Elementary from 9-11 A.M. on Saturday April 29, 2017. The cost is $25.00. For more information and a form to register, click Rocket Lab! Thank you for your support, we are going to have a blast!

 

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. 

 

WE ARE PLEASED TO INVITE ALL INTERESTED 4TH AND 5TH GRADE STUDENTS TO A ROCKET DESIGN LAB

…to support the memorial for friend of BPS, former BPS student and fallen soldier Michael Kashkoush.  Your participation will help pay for the engraving of a memorial stone to be placed below his elementary school’s flag pole (Pembroke Elementary). This awesome event will afford students an opportunity to engage in an explosive engineering endeavor, all while supporting a great cause! Moreover, students will have an opportunity to design, build and launch a colossal water rocket of their very own (YES THEY CAN KEEP IT!)! The program takes place at Pembroke Elementary from 9-11 A.M. on Saturday April 29, 2017. The cost is $25.00. For more information and a form to register, click Rocket Lab! Thank you for your support, we are going to have a blast!

 

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. 

 

BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY COALITION PRESENTATION FOR 8TH GRADE STUDENTS

On Wednesday, May 10, Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition will be bringing in two young adults to speak to our 8th grade students about addiction and recovery.  Both speakers will be sharing their personal stories.  For more information about this program, please click BBCC Student Program.  This link includes an opt out option should you decide you do not want your child to participate.  Please contact Cindy Balicki, cbalicki@birmingham.k12.mi.us  with questions.

 

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.

 

Attention 8th Grade Boys Soccer Players & Parents!!! 

Interested in playing soccer at Seaholm in the Fall of 2017?

Please register your contact information by clicking on the Player Sign-Up link in the upper banner at www.seaholmboyssoccer.com. Summer camp dates are confirmed and other information will be shared (Captain’s Practices for the summer, Try-out dates, etc.).  Also, there will be a Boys Soccer Program meeting (with Q&A) on Tuesday, June 6, from 7:00-8:00pm in the Seaholm Little Theater. All boys soccer parents are welcome to attend – player attendance is not required

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…

NEED SOME HELP 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: 29

·         May: 6, 13, 20

 

STRESS.  DRUGS.  ANXIETY.  ALCOHOL.

What is Really Happening to Youth in our Community

The Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition will be hosting an event on Tuesday, May 9, 7:00-9:00pm in the BCS Media Center.  Parents will hear from a mother whose child became addicted to drugs at a young age.  They will also hear from a young woman as she shares her personal story of addiction and recovery.  Please consider joining us for this very important event.  For more information, click BBCC Parent Program.

 

JOIN US FOR THE BEF BBQ! 

The Birmingham Education Foudnation invites you to join us at the BEF BBQ on Friday, May 19th from 6-10 PM in downtown Franklin on the lawn of the Kreger House. This new event supporting our schools will feature beverage tastings provided by Griffin Claw and a delicious, smoky BBQ dinner from Woodpile BBQ Shack. Entertainment, raffles and more will round out this fun evening. The BBQ is for those 21+ up only. Tickets available for purchase now at https://supportbef.ejoinme.org/BEFBBQ2017

 

5TH ANNUAL GROVES ORCHESTRA FORTE 5K

On Sunday, May 21st, we will be having our 5th Annual Groves Orchestra Forte 5K Run/Walk in Beverly Park at 9am.  This is the major fundraiser for the Groves Orchestra program and it enables us to subsidize our Orchestra Camp, bring in clinicians (including the DSO), take field trips, and purchase any necessary music and equipment for the orchestras.  The course is USATF certified, it will be professionally timed, and there will be prizes!  Early registration is $30; after April 21, $35. We appreciate your support of the Groves HS Orchestra program!

Please register online at: bit.ly/forte5k

 

CAMP RN 2017

Camp RN is a two week pre-college summer program designed to educate middle school students of the opportunities available through a nursing career. Camp will be held at Oakland University’s main campus in Rochester during the last two weeks of July 2017. This entertaining and educational camp exposes students to various areas, including; anatomy & physiology, chemistry, nutrition, nursing fundamentals, and much more! Camp RN is innovative, inspirational, and sure to create fun memories! Students will be actively engaged in becoming CPR/First Aid certified, anatomy dissections, chemistry experiments, as well as team-building activities. Participants will also tour Oakland University’s campus, utilize our state of the art health assessment laboratory with simulation mannequins, and interact with nurses in a hospital setting (job shadowing). Camp RN is limited to a cohort of 25 students and campers are selected based on a competitive application process. The application can be found at: https://oakland.edu/nursing/RNatOU/ Applications are due on May 30th 2017 and campers will be notified of their application decision in mid to late June.

 

2017 SUMMER ELEMENTARY ACADEMIC REVIEW

The Summer Reading and Math REVIEW programs are designed for students who have completed kindergarten through 5th grades and need math and reading skill review and reinforcement. Classes reflect 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.

 

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