May 21, 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. Also, our “Salmon in the Classroom” effort made the news!  Check out the article Birmingham Covington students take part in DNR fish release program. What great service learning efforts! 

 

Following is a note from our fabulous art teacher, Mrs. Husband, and why she has been out for the past week.  We wish her well…

Hello BCS Families and Staff,

I wanted to send out a quick note explaining that I may not be back to BCS for the remainder of this year. Unfortunately my doctors have put me on a medical leave due to some pregnancy complications. I do however want to say how amazing and wonderful the BCS staff has been in helping make sure all the students have a wonderful art experience while I am not there. The BCS art show, with the help of Jesse Heckman, Pauline Roberts, and Stephanie Johnson (my long term guest teacher) will still take place, and I will do whatever I can to help from home. Please know that I value everyone of my students and it is not easy for me to not finish out the year with them. I appreciate all of their hard work and will miss saying goodbye to my 8th graders.

Thank you sincerely for your understanding,

Amanda Husband

 

We’re looking forward to another great week of learning!

 

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: CREATIVITY

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.

·         “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” – Leo Burnett

·         “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

·         “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of May 22-May 28

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

Monday, May 22

·         Fall 2017 Quarter 1 Choice Hour Available Online  - Selection Sheets Due Monday, June 5

·         7-8AM Track Practice

·         3:20-5PM Girls Soccer Practice

Tuesday, May 23

·         Fall 2017 Quarter 1 Choice Hour Available Online  - Selection Sheets Due Monday, June 5

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

·         4:30PM Track Meet – Home vs. East Hills MS

Wednesday, May 24

·         Fall 2017 Quarter 1 Choice Hour Available Online  - Selection Sheets Due Monday, June 5

·         7-8AM Track Practice

·         4PM Girls Soccer Game – Away @ Derby MS

·         4:30-5:30PM New Family Choice Hour Information Meeting (Media Center)

·         7PM 5th Grade Band Concert

Thursday, May 25

·         Fall 2017 Quarter 1 Choice Hour Available Online  - Selection Sheets Due Monday, June 5

·         7-8AM Track Practice

Friday, May 26

·         Fall 2017 Quarter 1 Choice Hour Available Online  - Selection Sheets Due Monday, June 5

·         9:30AM 5/6 Field Trip to Rumpelstiltskin (Seaholm)

Saturday, May 27

·         Memorial Day Weekend – No School Monday

Sunday, May 28

·         Memorial Day Weekend – No School Monday

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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BCS FORENSICS SHINES ON MACKINAC ISLAND

The BCS Forensics Team traveled to Mackinac Island on Friday, May 19 for the 2017 MSCI Spring Conference. Nine BCS students competed in a high school tournament in various forensics and debate events. The team placed 6th in their division. Other weekend highlights included: The selection of Ania U by the MSCI Board of Directors to perform her Spring State Championship selection at the annual Evening of Champions hosted in the Grand Hotel Ballroom to an audience of a few hundred people, Megan C finishing in 3rd place overall in the category “Declamation of Millenials,” and first year BCS Coach Aleksandra Luchin winning “MSCI Middle Level Coach of the Year.” Congrats to the whole team and coaching staff on a great weekend!

 

FAMILY YOGA EVENT – SUNDAY JUNE 4th

Join us for our last Evening of Yoga at Karma Yoga on Sunday, June 4 at 7 pm! The phenomenal Nancy McCaochan will be leading a relaxing hour to help you wind down from the weekend and rejuvenate you for the upcoming week. There will be no charge for this event!  Please bring your yoga mats (we have a limited number to lend) and some money for Stroh's ice cream afterward!  R.S.V.P. to Daniela Davis at davismd01@gmail.com. ***If demand is high, a second evening may be offered on Sunday, June 11. Karma Yoga is located at 3683 W. Maple (at Lahser). We hope to see you there!

 

FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS

In honor of National Food Allergy Awareness week last week, check out a short educational video at the following link. Watch “Food Allergy (2017)” on Vimeo:  https://vimeo.com/206662895?ref=em-v-share.

 

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.

·         Know where you are going and the safest way to get there.

·         Always tell an adult where you are going and what time you’ll be back.  Whenever possible, travel with a friend or group of friends.

·         If you think you are being followed, go to the nearest store or public place.  If there isn’t a store or public area nearby, keep moving and don’t be afraid to yell for help or make other noise to draw attention to the situation.

·         Always take care and pay attention to your surrounding when walking or biking. 

·         Avoid isolated areas and do not wear headphones or text while walking

·         If a stranger grabs you, do everything in your power to break free.  Scream “stranger” as loud as you can and run to the nearest public place or residence of a trusted neighbor.

·         Never get in strangers’ vehicle under any circumstances. Do not think that if you cooperate and get in the vehicle that they will let you go. 

·         Always have a secret code word that only you and your parents know in the event that a friend or acquaintance of the family says your mom or dad said to give you a ride.

·         Be aware if a stranger asks for your help.  If you are approached by a stranger to help find their dog, do not help and run to the nearest safe location.

·         Try to remember what the suspect(s) look like and the vehicle they drove.   However, the first priority is to get away and get to a safe place. 

·         Report anything suspicious to the police and as quickly as possible and provide as much detail as you can.

 

BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION HONORS THEIR TEACHER OF THE YEAR NOMIMEES…

…and BCS’s own, learning resource teacher, Bill Bodle is honored through a nomination!  Congratulations Mr. Bodle on this well-deserved recognition.

 

STUDENT NEEDS SUPPORT ON “PC FIXING PROJECT”

I am a student in 7/8 working on a PC rebuilding project for the “make” unit. The make unit is a unit in 7/8 Engage. This unit is where you get to choose a project to learn about a subject of choice. This year I have chosen rebuilding a PC. I am very low on parts and missing a few parts to get my first PC running. So I thought the community could help me with this project. I am looking for broken or unused computers (mainly desktops) for my project. If you could donate them to my project it could help me in so many ways. The drop off spot will be the front office and we will be doing the PC Donation Project from May 17 to June 14. If you could get the PC’s you are donating in fast as possible it could help a lot because I'm on a time limit right now. The faster you get the computer in, the more time I will have to open it up and check what parts are broken, gone or compatible. This project means a lot to me and my future education of computers. Please consider donating.  I’m going to need all the help I can get. -Karl Krusel

 

CHOICE HOUR UPDATE

1ST QUARTER 2017-2018 CHOICE HOUR SELECTION SHEETS WILL BE GOING HOME THE WEEK OF MAY 22ND, 2017.

Selections can be viewed online at www.bcsonline.info . Choice Hour selections are due back no later than Monday June 5th at 4:00PM.  Students who do not turn in a selection sheet will not be placed in any Choice Hour classes.  Students who do not turn in a selection sheet with payment by the deadline will not be allowed to make a change in their schedule. Also, please include proper payment if you are signing your child up for a 4th and/or 5th day of Choice Hour.   Do not include payment for classes with materials fees or pay to play fees.  A separate billing will be made once students have been placed in their Choice Hour classes. Thank you for always supporting the Choice Hour program!

 

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

 

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

 

BIRMINGHAM UNIFIED GYMNASTICS TEAM 

All incoming high school freshman girls are invited to join the Birmingham Unified Gymnastics Team (BUG).  The team is comprised of gymnasts from Seaholm, Groves and International Academy.  Gymnastics is a winter sport so practices run from November to March.  All skill levels are welcome to join the team.  No gymnastics experience is required.  For advanced gymnasts, girls can compete at all levels.  If your daughter might be interested in joining the team, it is recommended that you check out the team website www.bhamgymnastics.com and contact the team's Booster Mom, Robyn Whitelaw, to get on the email list (robynwhitelaw01@gmail.com or call 248-787-1190).  It's important that club gymnasts discuss the team with their club before signing up for another season.  There can be issues with overlapping teams.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION 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.

 

5TH ANNUAL YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION COMMUNITY DISCUSSION “PREVENTING SUICIDE THROUGH MEANS RESTRICTION”

The Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force will host “Preventing Suicide through Means Restriction” on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.” The event will be held at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard is the keynote speaker and will discuss strategies including safe storage of firearms and medications. Community members and professionals interested in suicide prevention are encouraged to attend. The discussion will also include a presentation by OK2SAY, a program designed to empower Michigan students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, and law enforcement to respond to student safety threats. Additionally, a panel comprised of experts from law enforcement, clinical mental health, and schools will further discuss means restriction. Registration is open and encouraged at www.oakgov.com/health.

 

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! 

 

APPLY TODAY FOR OAKLAND UNIVERSITY’S GENCYCBER CAMP

The GenCyber camp at Oakland University is a comprehensive and activity-based summer camp program that delivers substantive cybersecurity training to upper elementary, middle school, and high school students in Detroit Urban Area (Macomb County, Oakland County and Wayne County). This FREE camp does not require any prior cybersecurity and computer knowledge or experience, or prior GenCyber camp participation. The camp divides students into three categories according to their grades (exiting) for total of three weeks (one week offered for each applicant). This summer camp program has a lot of activities that will benefit the students' personal life, economy, and society of the Detroit Urban Area and the United States. 

·         Seats remain for middle and high school students- APPLY TODAY

·         Students must apply for consideration. To learn more about this FREE program, including application information, please visit gencyber-ou.org.

·         Deadline to apply is June 12, 2017 or until spots are filled. 

 

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

I am pleased to announce that pending Board approval, Stacey Theophelis has been selected as the Supervisor, Specialized Instruction & Student Services to fill one of the open positions.   She will begin transitioning into this new role immediately, while still handling some of the responsibilities of her former position with her current team members.   We will be filling her previous position in the coming weeks. Stacey has been an employee of the Birmingham Public Schools for the past 16 years, working in various roles and levels throughout the district.   She brings a wide variety of experiences, with particular expertise in Speech & Language Pathology, Project Find and Early Childhood education. Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Stacey on her new role! - Kathleen Shirk, Executive Director, Department of Specialized Instruction & Student Services

 

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

 

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