May 28, 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, as well as the journey of our BCS Destination Imaginations team finishing 50th at the Global Finals in Knoxville, TN. As we all look to enjoy our Memorial Day holiday tomorrow, let us take pause to remember those who have lost their lives in America’s quest for freedom.  To that end, I share a quote by Welsh First World War military chaplain William Harvard, “The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.” Have a great Memorial Day!  We have a busy week ahead…

 

Join us for our final BCS Movie Night: Remember the Titans!  The BCS Diversity Committee would like to invite you to a showing of the film Remember the Titans this Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. Discussion will follow viewing. Watch the trailer here and see later in this WAG for more details on the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPhu9XsRl4M.   We hope to see you there!

 

Come by and check our first ever BCS Make Share Faire this Friday, June 2 from 1:30-3:15 PM throughout the hallways of BCS where a variety of students will share their “design and build” projects from this year. Check out the flyer for more details!

 

Join us for our last Evening of Yoga at Karma Yoga on Sunday, June 4 at 7 PM sponsored by our BCS PTSA Wellness Committee! 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 do 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!

 

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.

·         “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali

·         “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.” – Dr. Seuss

·         “Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.” – Donatella Versace

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of May 29-June 4

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

Monday, May 29

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

·         Memorial Day – No School Monday

·         7-8AM Track Practice

Tuesday, May 30

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

·         4:30PM Track Meet – Away @ Country Day MS

Wednesday, May 31

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

·         4:15-6PM Forensics Audition Workshop (Media Center)

·         6:30PM BCS Movie Night: Remember the Titans

Thursday, June 1

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

Friday, June 2

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

·         1:30PM Make Share Faire

·         4:30-5:30PM Forensics Team Banquet

Saturday, June 3

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

·         Science Olympiad Wayne Oakland County Competition

Sunday, June 4

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

 

ALL  BCS NEWS

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

 

BE SURE AND VISIT   http://bcsonline.info 

 

FOLLOW US on twitter (@bcs_cobras) and LIKE “Birmingham Covington School” on FACEBOOK

 

BCS FORENSICS AUDITIONS

Current BCS Forensics Students and students who have taken the “Intro to Forensics” choice hour are eligible to audition for the 2017-18 Forensics Team. An audition workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 31 from 4:15-6pm. Auditions will be at various times on Wednesday June 7 and Friday June 9. Learn more information by clicking on BCS Forensics Audition Information.

 

BCS Movie Night: Remember the Titans

The BCS Diversity Committee would like to invite parents, students and teachers to a showing of the film Remember the Titans this Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. Discussion will follow viewing. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPhu9XsRl4M. Teachers can get PD credit hours through THE Learning Center.

A summary of the film is below: Suburban Virginia schools have been segregated for generations. One Black and one White high school are closed and the students sent to T.C. Williams High School under federal mandate to integrate. The year is seen through the eyes of the football team where the man hired to coach the Black school is made head coach over the highly successful white coach. Based on the actual events of 1971, the team becomes the unifying symbol for the community as the boys and the adults learn to depend on and trust each other.

Common Sense Media suggests that the film is appropriate for children ages 10+ and shares that: Parents need to know that Remember the Titans tells the inspirational true story about the struggles and victories of a newly-integrated high school football team in 1971 Alexandria, Virginia. As such, the film reflects the divisive nature of the times -- the film begins with a near-riot scene between African-Americans and whites on the street separated by the police as bottles and windows break. The racial tensions of the town -- segregation in restaurants, racial slurs, fist fights in the high school -- are shown to highlight the backdrop in which the Titans must learn to get along and play together as a team. The movie includes racist comments and situations and some locker room insults. A major character is critically injured in a car accident. When the boys refer to a long-haired teammate as a "fruitcake," he responds by kissing one of them on the mouth. There are some scuffles and threats of more serious violence. Ultimately, Remember the Titans is a deeply moving film about the courage of individuals and the power of sports to transcend perceived and ingrained differences.

 

BCS MAKE SHARE FAIRE

Come by and check our first ever BCS Make Share Faire this Friday, June 2 from 1:30-3:15 PM throughout the hallways of BCS where a variety of students will share their “design and build” projects from this year. Check out the flyer for more details!

 

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).

 

MOVE UP DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Move-up Day is scheduled for Monday, June 12, 9:00-10:30am. This is a great opportunity to help our new students transition to BCS.  This event wouldn’t be possible without the help of current BCS parents.  If you are willing to volunteer your time, sign up by clicking Move-up Day.  Thank you so much for your help. We realize it's a very busy time of the year but, with your help, we can make this a very special morning for our new students and families. 

 

WACKY RECESS IS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14TH

Dear BCS Parents and Guardians,

All BCS students will have a special WACKY RECESS on Wednesday, June 14th!  

For 3/4 and 5/6 students, this will entail fun team-building events and games that involve a lot of water and other messy items! Please make sure that your child packs a school appropriate 1-piece bathing suit, a towel and extra dry clothes.

For 7/8 students, for the first time, they will be having a tournament style activity.  The specific activity is being planned by the student leadership team and Mr. Johansson.  Please make sure that your 7/8 student has appropriate sneakers and comfortable clothing for a running type of activity.

For students in all grades, a free “Wacky Hot Dog Lunch” (with chips, watermelon and juice) will be served to the students by the BCS Proud Dads, compliments of the BCS PTSA.  The PTSA will also be sponsoring a Kona Icee Truck again this year, allowing one Icee per student.  This will be the only school provided lunch on this day.  Your child may pack a lunch if he or she prefers.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to make this day possible!! Please donate an hour or so of your time. Opportunities are listed on a Sign-Up Genius:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d45ada72baa8-wacky2

3/4 Schedule:

10:10-10:25 Prep for Wacky Recess

10:25-11:45 WACKY RECESS

11:45-12:25 LUNCH 

5/6 Schedule:

11:05-11:40 LUNCH

11:45-12:00- Prep for Wacky Recess

12:00-1:20 WACKY RECESS

7/8 Schedule:

12:25-1:05 LUNCH

1:10-1:25 Prep for Tournament/Activity

1:30-2:50 Tournament/Activity

Thank you,

Meredith Carrel, Dana Marcus and April Hornyak and BCS Proud Dads Club

 

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT NEEDS YOUR INPUT

As the result of the many changes in our economy, staffing and budgets over the past few years, the Operations Department is continuing our annual survey of the Custodial, Transportation, Food Service and Maintenance & Grounds departments.   Each survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and the continued success of these departments depends on your continued support and input.  Below you will find a link to the surveys.  While this is an extremely busy time of the year for everyone, your input is valued.  Each year we have made improvements over previous years, which can be directly attributed to these annual survey results and comments.  Thank you in advance for your time:

·         Maintenance & Grounds:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6PSPJP

·         Custodial:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6NBVZTY

·         Transportation:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6P2WCLG

·         Food Service:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6PLJJQH

Thank you in advance for your participation and please respond by the end of the day on Friday, June 16, 2017.

 

SUMMER CONSTRUCTION AT BCS

New Roof Top Units (RTUs) for HVAC are being installed this summer during the month of July.  With that, cooling and air flow will be impacted and the school will be closed for the month of July.  Here are some details:

·         Wednesday, June 28 – begin shut off of current RTUs (no AC in school)

·         Friday, June 30 – RTUs delivered to BCS

·         Monday, July 3 – begin removal, prep and setting of new RTUs (no AC in school)

·         Monday, July 17 – building open to staff if needed (no AC throughout the month of July)

·         Friday, August 4 – Estimated completion day

·         Monday, August 7 – Estimated building reopened to activity (this is an estimate; we will keep you posted on the progress of when the school can be open to the public/parents/students)

 

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 WERE DISTRIBUTED THE WEEK OF MAY 22ND. 

Choice Hour selections are due in the office no later than Monday June 5th at 4:00PM.  We know how difficult it is to plan for September so far in advance, give it your best shot!  You can view the choice hour class offerings at www.bcsonline.info!!

Also, please include proper payment with your Choice Hour selections if you are signing your child up for a 4th and 5th day of Choice Hour.  No payment means no placement.

 

Important information regarding 1st quarter:

Students interested in applying for the following teams: 2017-2018 6-8 Science Olympiad team, 3-8 Destination Imagination teams (parents interested in helping coach these teams should contact Brenna Adams at ellenkat27@yahoo.com), 6-8 Robotics team, 6-8 Debate team, 6-8 Bee Keepers and 7-8 Leadership team, need to have their applications turned into the office no later than Monday June 5th.  Parent letters and applications are included with the selection sheet and posted online!

 

4th and 5th graders can enroll in WeDO Lego Robotics with Mr. Brown – this is a Tuesday/Thursday class offered QI QII offering will be WeDo Lego/Scratch, QIII offering will be NXT Basics and QIV will be NXT Advanced – all of these classes will be 2 day classes offered on Tuesday/Thursday.    All classes will be lottery based with no waiting lists since each class will only be offered one quarter. 

 

We are expanding our Destination Imagination team to include a middle school team.

Additional offerings:  3-8 Japanese Culture, Yearbook is open to all grades with limited space for students in grades 3-6, 3-8 Think Healthy, 4-5 Math Pentathlon, 5-6 Innovated Inventors, 5-8 Cake Decorating, 6-8 Volleyball Tech and 8th Grade NJHS. 

QI Sports Team Offerings: Monday/Wednesday – 7-8 Boys’ Soccer, Tuesday/Thursday – 7-8 Girls’ Basketball, Tuesday/Thursday – 6-8 Cross Country

Choice Hour reminders – please call 248-203-4625 or send in a note if your child is going to be absent from Choice Hour for any reason!  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 PM will be charged a $5.00 fee. 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 ALL 8TH GRADE GIRLS INTERESTED IN SEAHOLM GOLF!!

Please plan to join us for a parent and player girls golf meeting on Tuesday, June 6th at 7pm in the Seaholm media center to discuss the upcoming fall season.   We will be sharing information on summer practices, tryouts, team dues, social events, apparel, parent volunteer opportunities and other important information.  Hope to see you there!

 

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…

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. 

 

SEAHOLM GIRLS BASKETBALL FUNDRAISING CAMP 2017

Seaholm Head Coach/Teacher and Pierce Mom, January Hladki, and her staff, with a combined coaching experience of 20+ years, bring knowledge, passion and effective instruction when teaching young players how to be the best they can be.  Improve your game and join us in June!  No experience needed. Girls Entering 3rd - 9th grade will learn fundamental instruction in ball handling, shooting form, footwork, passing with an emphasis on communication and teamwork.  Girls will be divided by grade/age and participate in contests and a tournament where awards will be given.  The 2017 OAA Blue Champion Varsity and JV Girls will serve as coaching counselors. New offer: Anyone that brings a new friend to camp will receive their choice free lunch all week or a Seaholm item from our Maple Tree Store!  Make sure you tell us who your friend is and what your choice is for your gift!

When: Monday, June 26 to Thursday June 29. 10am to 3pm 

Where: Seaholm Gym 

Cost: $240- includes a tech camp shirt and car magnet 

(Please bring a bag lunch or $5 for pizza/fruit/water each day) 

Visit our website for flyer and details: http://seaholmgirlsbball.wixsite.com/maples

Questions: Email Coach January Hladki at jhladki@birmingham.k12.mi.us

 

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 

 

Review the District's Non-Discrimination Policy

 

Ask questions, submit comments or share stories anytime, anywhere through Let’s Talk!