May 14, 2017

Hello BCS!

 

A VERY Happy Mother’s Day to all our BCS moms, and 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. With the exemption of student makeup testing, the M-STEP testing is complete, and I would like to that our counselors, staff, teacher, and, most of all, our students who their awesome efforts with this year’s testing.  Bravo!

 

Our annual Parent Appreciation Breakfast is this Friday! You are invited to a special breakfast in your honor on Friday, May 19 from 8-9:30 a.m. in the BCS Media Center. The BCS staff is excited to have this opportunity to thank our parents and guardians for the incredible support provided to BCS all year long.  We are so excited, so we are making you breakfast!  There is no doubt that your partnership with us has positively influenced the climate, culture and learning that make BCS a great place to be!  In whatever way you have helped and supported the students or staff at BCS, we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.  We truly hope you are able to join in this celebration and to eat some yummy breakfast.  It will be fun to see which staff members are whipping up hot Belgian waffles that day!  Please drop in anytime between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. this Friday in the Media Center.   Our PTSA leaders and I will make special remarks at 9:00 a.m. – you won’t want to miss that.  We’ll be honoring our BCS volunteer of the year too!  Come and bring another BCS parent or guardian with you and enjoy.

 

And finally, our final PTSA meeting is this Thursday, May 18 at 1:15 PM.  Be sure to join us to hear about our “PTSA dollars at Work” with our 3/4 hydroponic gardening, and we will also be voting on the 2017-18 PTSA budget.

 

Let’s make it another great week at BCS!

 

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 15-May 21

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

Monday, May 15

Tuesday, May 16

Wednesday, May 17

Thursday, May 18

Friday, May 19

Saturday, May 20

Sunday, May 21

 

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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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!

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO A SPECIAL BREAKFAST IN YOUR HONOR

May 19 from 8-9:30 a.m. - in the BCS Media Center!

The BCS staff is excited to have this opportunity to thank our parents and guardians for the incredible support provided to BCS all year long.  We are so excited that we are making you breakfast!!  There is no doubt that your partnership with us has positively influenced the climate and culture that makes BCS a great place to be!! In whatever way you have helped and supported the students or staff at BCS, we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. We truly hope you are able to join in this celebration and to eat some yummy breakfast.  It will be fun to see which staff members are whipping up hot Belgian waffles that day!! Please drop in anytime between 8-9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 19 in the Media Center.   Mr. Morawski will make special remarks at 9:00 a.m. – you won’t want to miss that.  We’ll be honoring our BCS volunteer of the year too!! Come and bring another BCS parent or guardian with you.

Sincerely, The BCS Staff

 

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.

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE ART ROOM – MRS. HUSBAND

The district Art Show will be held on Tuesday, May 16th from 4:00-6:00 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)

 

STRATEGIES TO STAY SAFE

As the weather becomes warmer and we all spend more time outdoors, this is a good time to remind your children of important strategies to keep them safe around their community.  Here are some general safety guidelines you can talk about with your child.  These guidelines are from the National Crime Prevention Council.

 

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.

 

THANK YOU!  DI GLOBAL FINAL CAN DRIVE

Thank you to the entire BCS family for your can/bottle donations this week!  We had an overwhelming number of cans/bottles dropped off in support of the team!  We really do appreciate it! *If you have another bag or two sitting around, we would love to schedule a pick up: emailalifya@gmail.com!  

 

CHOICE HOUR UPDATE

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, MAY 15 THROUGH THURSDAY, JUNE 12:

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will SWIM.

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will be in the GYM. 

 

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. 

 

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

 

GROVES BOYS TENNIS FALL 2017 

Welcome new and returning JV and Varsity Players including any 8th graders attending Groves High School in the Fall! Please join Varsity Coach Dave Farmer, Varsity assistant and JV Coach Annie Moore and your Varsity Team Captains for an informational meeting on Wednesday May 31 at 7 p.m. in the Groves High School Cafeteria, 20500 W 13 Mile Rd, Beverly Hills, MI 48025. Topics will include: tryouts for Varsity and Junior Varsity (mid-August), scheduling, financial and time commitment, requirements for physicals and waivers, summer Captains practice and other topics relative to playing on the JV and Varsity Boys Tennis team. Note: All players must attend August tryouts to be considered for the team. In addition, if your child is interested in playing for Groves Boys Tennis in the Fall of 2017, please email grovestennis@gmail.com prior to 5/26 with a parent name, parent email, player name and grade for Fall 2017. We look forward to seeing all boys tennis players on the 31st!  follow @Groves_Tennis on Twitter

 

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.

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO SOME OUTDOOR FUN THIS SUMMER? BOY SCOUT TROOP 1029 INVITES YOU TO LEARN MORE.

All boys ages 11+ are welcome to join Boy Scouts and experience outdoor fun all year round while developing life and leadership skills that will last your whole life. 
Do I need to have been a Cub Scout first? No. You must be between the ages of 11 and 18 to be a Boy Scout, so if you are currently 5th-8th grade, now is a perfect time to join.
Do my parents need to be at every meeting? Our meetings are not led by the adults, but by the older scouts. Active parents do help make the troop successful, but the boys are the real leaders.
How can I learn more? Contact Troop 1029 Scoutmaster, Cayce Sowle at 
csowle71@gmail.com or 248-752-1534 or visit troop1029.org. We meet Monday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm at Our Lady Queen of Martyr’s Catholic Church  in Beverly Hills. Our Summer Camp is at Cole Canoe Base in Alger, Michigan from July 9-15 and they have great first-year scouting programs.

See the Troop 1029 Flyer.

 

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

 

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE & RESOURCE EXPO

Sunday, May 21, 8:15am-12:30pm or 12:30-5pm at Birmingham Covington School

This conference will focus on mental health topics related to children and youth. Breakout sessions on special topics chosen by local mental and physical health professionals will be presented in three age ranges: Birth-5 years, 6-11 years and 12-18 years. The morning session will target parents, caregivers and community and the afternoon session will focus on mental health professionals and educators. 

Social work credits offered by Core Learning, Inc., an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative; (3) SCECH educator credits o ered by the Macomb ISD, Macomb Center for State Continuing Education. See theKadima Flyer.

 

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

 

PLANNING FOR THE 2017-18 YEAR WITH FRIENDS

June 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Birmingham Covington School, 1525 Covington Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI

 Please come join us to plan for the 2017-18 school year. We will be discussing monthly meeting topics and ideas to improve the resources that Friends brings to the Birmingham School Community. Please arrive with your ideas for speakers and meeting topics. We are also looking for interested people to volunteer and participate for the 2017-18 school year. All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone! 

 

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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