April 30, 2017

Hello BCS!

 

With spring in full swing, great learning experiences remain in full swing as well!  If you haven’t “liked” Birmingham Covington School on Facebook yet, please do so and check out some pictures from the week. The grade 5 & 8 M-STEP testing is complete, and the grades 3/4/6/7 M-STEP begins this week.  See more details later in this WAG and feel free to check out the 2017 BCS M-STEP Testing Schedule for specific grade level testing time.  Also, our amazing BCS PTSA is recognizing staff this week during Staff Appreciation Week in the following way:

·         Monday:  Staff Lounge will be stocked with your favorite snack foods and drinks thanks to all your donations from last week

·         Tuesday:  Students dress in RED to show they love the BCS Staff

·         Wednesday:  Staff Luncheon – today or any day this week, consider sending an email or even a handwritten note to your child’s teacher(s) from you and/or your child

·         Thursday: Bagel and Coffee Cart delivered to your door

·         Friday:  Students "Dress like a Teacher or Staff Member Day"

Thank you PTSA, and thank you all for celebrating our staff in this way!

 

Yesterday, Saturday, April 29, the BCS Middle School Science Olympiad Team competed at Michigan State University against the top 60 teams (out of over 600 Middle and High School teams) from across the state of Michigan. It was an amazing day filled with great success!  The team took 10th place overall in the state of Michigan!  Be sure to check out all the results and finishes.  Way to go BCS! 

 

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.

·         “None of us is as smart as all of us.” Ken Blanchard

·         “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller

·         “Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” Patrick Lencioni

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of May 1-May 7

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

***Staff Appreciation Week***

Monday, May 1

·         Staff Appreciation Week - Stock the Staff Lounge with your donations of snack foods/drinks

·         7-8AM Track Practice

·         4PM Girls Soccer Game – Home vs. Bloomfield Hills MS

·         4:30-5:30PM Track Practice

Tuesday, May 2

·         Staff Appreciation Week - Students dress in RED to show they love the BCS Staff.  Parents and Students please send notes and emails of appreciation to staff

·         4PM Boys Tennis Match – Away vs. Country Day MS @ Country Day HS

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

·         3:20-4:10PM Track Practice

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

Wednesday, May 3

·         Staff Appreciation Week - Staff Luncheon

·         7-8AM Track Practice

·         3:25-5PM Girls Soccer Practice

·         4:30-5:30PM Track Practice

Thursday, May 4

·         Staff Appreciation Week – Bagel & Coffee Cart for the Staff

·         4PM Boys Tennis Match – Away vs. Norup MS @ Anderson MS

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

·         4:30PM Track Meet – Home vs. Clarenceville Middle School

·         7PM Friends of Different Learners Meeting

Friday, May 5

·         Staff Appreciation Week – Students “Dress Like A Teacher or Staff Member Day”

·         7-8AM Track Practice

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

·         6-8PM 5/6 Forensics Dinner Theatre

Saturday, May 6

·         9-11AM Saturday School at Berkshire

Sunday, May 7

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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2017 BCS PTSA Volunteer of the Year

Diana Patterson  Over the past 6 years, Diana has volunteered in seemingly EVERY area at BCS including: Being a Room Parent, Room Parent Coordinator, BEF Representative, and chairing the 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony Committee. Diana has volunteered every year in the BCS Office, Media Center, Book Fairs, BLAST (and ran the BLAST Boutique), Move Up Day, Open House, and Wacky Recess. She has been a Battle of the Books team coach and table captain, Science Olympiad Coach, and helped at our 20 Year Celebration. In addition, Diana is singlehandedly credited for bringing “Reflections” back to BCS, and spends countless hours promoting and organizing the program. Diana brings a notable level of class and sophistication to all of her endeavors. We are fortunate that this woman has chosen to focus so much of her time and energy contributing to our BCS/BPS community.

 

AREA ROAD WORK/CLOSURES UPDATES

Evergreen Road - 11 Mile to 13 Mile - road closed - ongoing - completion date – November

Lahser Road - Maple to Long Lake - Preservation overlay 5/1 - 5/11 these are estimated timeframes

Lahser Road - 12 - 13 Mile - Preservation overlay 4/28 - 5/5 - these are estimated timeframes

 

THE YEARBOOK NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Have you taken pictures of BCS events/sports/students this year? Consider submitting pictures for this year’s yearbook by emailing them to Courtney Bassett at cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us. Thank you for your consideration!

 

IT’S STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK! 

Please take time to send (and have your child send) a quick email or handwritten note to your child’s teacher and other BCS staff members to thank them for all they do. In addition to your notes, the 7/8 parents are sponsoring a catered Staff Luncheon on Wednesday, May 3rd, to show our appreciation for all their hard work!

 

School Store Returns-With a Twist!

We are happy to announce that the school store will reopen next Wednesday May 3rd and will be open from 7:45am – 8:18am outside the Media Center.  It is going to be slightly different however. As we enter the fourth quarter at BCS we all want to finish strong. There is so much going on and we want to make sure that we still value each other. Our school store, named Covington Care Cubes will provide you with an opportunity to value the people around you. Do you know somebody with a birthday? Somebody who needs to be appreciated? Somebody who just needs to be cheered up? Come on down to the Covington Care Cubes on Wednesday, choose a gift box and fill it with gifts. You can write a message to the person you are buying for and we will deliver it for you!

If you want details about prices and products visit this webpage http://thinkinggreen.wikis.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Covington+Care+Cubes

If you bring your box back to the store to fill with gifts for someone else you get a 20% discount.

Show you care and cube a cobra!!

 

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.

 

Oakland County Health Department re: the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why"  

The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why”, based on a popular novel of the same name, was released on March 31 and has been much talked about, particularly among school-aged youth. The fictional story is a cautionary tale of a young girl’s suicide, and covers other sensitive subject matters as the series progresses such as sexual abuse, rape, substance abuse, mental health, and bullying.   Due to the popularity and the subject matter of the series, The Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force is providing the information below to assist parents in conversations with their children about these very serious and sensitive topics. It is suggested that:

In response to the series, many national and local organizations have created resources to assist parents, teachers, and other gatekeepers in talking to youth about suicide as it relates to the situational drama that unfolds in the TV series and in general. The following resources are suggested:

Encourage your child to understand the "13 Reasons WHY NOT" (below) created by Task Force member agency, Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities.

 

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!

 

BCS NJHS “TEENS HELPING TEENS” DRIVE 

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. See the BCS NJHS Flyer.

 

NEW FAMILY BREAKFAST AND ALUMNI BREAKFAST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Community Connections Committee will be hosting the New Family Breakfast on Tuesday, May 16, 7:45-8:30am for our new 3/4 students and their parents.  They will also be hosting the Alumni Breakfast on Thursday, May 18, 7:15-8:15am for our graduating seniors.  We need volunteers for both events.  If you are available for one or both of the events, please sign up at Breakfast Volunteer.  Thank you, in advance, for your help!

 

YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW! – DEADLINE TO PURCHASE IS MAY 14!

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.

 

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 5/5/17

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

 

MEDIA CENTER UPDATE

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 3-5th 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.

 

5/6 UPDATES

OPTIONAL 7/8 TRIP TO BOSTON, OCTOBER 2017

We are offering an optional trip to Boston, October 6-8, 2017 for next year’s 7th and 8th grade students.  For information regarding this trip, click Boston Information Registration is now open and spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Click Boston Registration Information for registration instructions.  Spots on the trip will not be secured until the registration is complete and the deposit is made. 

 

7/8 UPDATES

OPTIONAL 7/8 TRIP TO BOSTON, OCTOBER 2017

We are offering an optional trip to Boston, October 6-8, 2017 for next year’s 7th and 8th grade students.  For information regarding this trip, click Boston Information Registration is now open and spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Click Boston Registration Information for registration instructions.  Spots on the trip will not be secured until the registration is complete and the deposit is made. 

 

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:

·         May: 6, 13, 20

 

BERKSHIRE MIDDLE SCHOOL PRESENTS PETER PAN, JR.

Join us as a cast of over 70 students takes you on a magical journey to Neverland in the  musical Peter Pan, Jr.  Showtimes are May 4, 5 and 6 at 7:00 pm with a matinee performance on May 7 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and performances will take place in the Berkshire Middle School Gymnasium located at 21707 W. 14 Mile Road, Beverly Hills. 

 

ATTENTION ALL 5TH GRADE BOYS, THE WORLD OF BOY SCOUTS AWAITS. 

No prior scouting experience necessary! This spring is the time to consider joining Boy Scout Troop 1001, sponsored by Birmingham’s First Presbyterian Church on Maple Road in Birmingham.  We are one of the oldest Troops in Michigan.  This year is our 101st anniversary! See the Troop 1001 Flyer.

 

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! **TICKETS ON SALE NOW**

The Birmingham Education Foundation invites you to join us at the BEF BBQ, presented with support from DFCU Financial. The BBQ will be  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

 

COME SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE SEAHOLM WOMEN’S FUTBOL TEAM!

Rescheduled to Thursday, May 11th @ Seaholm High School

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! ***

 

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.

 

From the Office of Specialized Instruction & Student Services: Parents please see this months newsletter.

 

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