May 7, 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. Thank you to all our parents and our PTSA who honored our staff this week during Staff Appreciation Week.  The treats provided each day were so appreciated as were the kind words shared throughout the week.

 

Moms, Grandmothers, Aunts, Dads or other loved ones, join your BCS kid(s) & their friends for lunch & fun Our next Eat & Run sponsored by our Proud Dads will be “honoring our Mothers” on Friday, May 12.   Below are the times for each team:

Bring your child’s favorite lunch or purchase from the cafeteria (bring a little extra for a friend) After lunch, spend some special time with your children and their friends during recess and BE A KID AGAIN...and tour the Artwork in the main hallway!  Check out the Eat & Run Flyer with all the details.

 

Starting tomorrow morning…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 THIS WEEK.  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) this week, May 8-12. Collection bins will be placed outside the circle drives and some volunteers will be there to assist as well.  If you would like for someone to pick up your cans/bottles from your residence, please contact Alifya at alifya@gmail.com to schedule a pick up.  Thank you for your help with this effort!

 

And as a final reminder, the grade 5 & 8 M-STEP testing is complete, and the grades 3/4/6/7 M-STEP continues this week.  See more details later in this WAG and feel free to check out the 2017 BCS M-STEP Testing Schedulefor specific grade level testing time.

 

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: FLEXIBILITY

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.

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of May 8-May 14

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

Monday, May 8

Tuesday, May 9

Wednesday, May 10

Thursday, May 11

Friday, May 12

Saturday, May 13

Sunday, May 14

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

Chartwells- BPS Food Service-click -WEEKLY MENU  - for updates click NEWSLETTER or BREAKFAST MESSAGE

 

BE SURE AND VISIT   http://bcsonline.info 

 

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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

 

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 THIS WEEK.  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) this week, May 8-12. Collection bins will be placed outside the circle drives and some volunteers will be there to assist as well.  If you would like for someone to pick up your cans/bottles from your residence, please contact Alifya at alifya@gmail.com to schedule a pick up.  Thank you for your help with this effort!

 

BCS PROUD DADS EAT & RUN FRIDAY, MAY 12 – HONORING OUR MOMS

Moms, Grandmothers, Aunts, Dads or other loved ones, join your BCS kid(s) & their friends for lunch & fun Our next Eat & Run sponsored by our Proud Dads will be “honoring our Mothers” on Friday, May 12.   Below are the times for each team:

Bring your child’s favorite lunch or purchase from the cafeteria (bring a little extra for a friend).  After lunch, spend some special time with your children and their friends during recess and BE A KID AGAIN...and tour the Artwork in the main hallway!  Check out the Eat & Run Flyer with all the details.

 

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!

 

SPRING M-STEP (STATE TESTING)

M-STEP Testing is upon us!  Testing windows for grade 3-8 are as follows:

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:

  1. Select M-STEP on the left side

  2. Select "Online Tools Training"

  3. Select "Sample Item Sets"

  4. Select the grade

  5. Select the content area

  6. Login with the Username and Password provided on the login screen

 

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 webpagehttp://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.

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE ART ROOM – MRS. HUSBAND

The district Art Show will be held on Tuesday, May 16th from 4:40-6:00 PM.  Be sure to stop by at the EAC (attached to Groves) to check out the artwork.   Also, the BCS art show will be held the evening of June 8th along with the orchestra concert.  It will be in an open house format between 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM. Ten pieces of art work were chosen to represent BCS in the district show and everyone that has taken art this year should have at least one piece displayed in the BCS show.  Thank you for your support of our art program.  -Amanda Husband (ahusband@birmingham.k12.mi.us)

 

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.

 

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.

 

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:

 Graduation Information and updates can be found on the BCS web site: http://www.bcsonline.info/Parents/8thGradeCelebration.html

Please volunteer for help make this event a success: 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4baead2ea13-8thgrade2

 

7TH GRADE PARENTS 

7th grade parent/guardian volunteers are needed to help with the 8th grade celebration reception and dance so that the 8th grade parent/guardians can enjoy the celebration with their graduates.  Please consider donating time to make this a special evening for our 8th grade families (next year the 7th grade parents will return the favor)!http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4baead2ea13-8thgrade2

 

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.

 

SEAHOLM ACTIVITIES FAIR 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm in the Seaholm Gymnasium

Going to Seaholm in the fall? Come to the Seaholm Activities Fair to find out about all the extracurricular activities available to students—60 tables of clubs, sports and interest groups! Representatives from each group will be there; ready to help you decide what YOU want to do! For more info, contact Melissa DeGroat @ mdegroat@birmingham.k12.mi.us

 

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:

 

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.

 

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

 

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