June 11, 2017

Hello BCS!


The last week of school is upon us!  If you haven’t “liked” Birmingham Covington School on Facebook yet, please do so and check out some pictures from last week.  What a week of fun and celebration we have in store this week, with Move Up day, tomorrow, Monday, from 9:00-10:30 AM, 8th grade recognition ceremony on party on Tuesday evening, Wacky Recess on Wednesday, 5/6 and 7/8 trips and 3/4 party on Thursday, and the last day of school on Friday with dismissal at 11:30 AM.  Whew!  What a week it will be!


For parents/guardians new to the 5/6 or 7/8 teams, join us for Move Up Night for Parents – a brief presentation in the media center with an overview of the schedule and tips from teachers for students transitioning into their new grade level team:

·         6:00 PM – 5/6 Move Up Night for Parents

·         6:30 PM – 7/8 Move Up Night for Parents


Introducing BCS’s first summer Community Read!  Last week, your youngest child currently in grades 3-7 at BCS should have come home with an envelope (9”x12”) containing a letter, a book, and a bookmark.  Thanks to the BCS PTSA and the Birmingham Education Foundation, we are providing one copy of the book, Save Me a Seat, to each BCS family as a shared reading experience this summer. This envelope contains items that students will be using as a part of their Summer Packet.  All students attending BCS next year, together with their family, are expected to read this book over the summer.  BCS faculty and staff will be reading the book as well!  This book is only one part of the Summer Packet.  The lessons for the complete Summer Packet will be posted at http://bcsonline.info/Students/Summer.html on or after June 16.   Please ask your child about the envelope and remind them to bring it home.  Feel free to contact Ann Truesdell at atruesdell@birmingham.k12.mi.us if your child does not bring it home by next week.  We are so thrilled that our entire BCS community will be engaged together in this Community Read this summer as the themes in the book will be revisited as we launch an exciting 2017-18 year of learning.  Enjoy the book with your family!


And finally, with this last week of school and in looking forward to next school year, I would like to refer you to Dr. Nerad’s letter that he shared with our Birmingham Public Schools community last Thursday, and assure you that I, with Dr. Nerad, remain committed to educate our children and staff about how we can deal with differences, because they do exist, in right kind of ways. I am committed to our continued journey to implement culturally relevant teaching practices. I am committed to hiring a more diverse work force. I am committed to eliminating gaps in performance for some of our groups of students.”  I am committed to, in short, continuing to enhance the amazing intercultural community we have at BCS.  Let me end with a powerfully oft-used quote from Dalai Lama…

“I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life.”

May this final week at BCS, bring joy and celebration among each of us as we continue to rely on the beautiful differences we have!


Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski


Twitter: @mark_morawski #BCSLearns

WordPress: https://learnleadlove.wordpress.com/


P.S. If you’re interested in a quick reference to next school year’s calendar click BPS 2017-2018 School Year.



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Character Connections Word of the week: GRATITUDE

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.

·         “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” – Karl Barth

·         “Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

·         “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” – Zig Ziglar


WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of June 12-June 18

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

Monday, June 12

·         9-10:30AM Move-Up Day

·         6PM 5/6 & 7/8 Move-Up Day for Parents

Tuesday, June 13

·         6:30PM 8th Grade Celebration in the gym

·         8:00-10:00 PM 8th Grade Celebration Dance in the cafeteria

Wednesday, June 14

·         WACKY RECESS (see schedule detailed in the WAG)

Thursday, June 15

·         3/4 End of Year Party

·         5/6 Trip to Imagination Station (Toledo)

·         7/8 Trip to Cedar Point

Friday, June 16


·         HALF DAY – DISMISSAL AT 11:30AM

·         9:00 AM 7/8 Breakfast in the cafeteria (help those in need over the summer by bringing a food donation for Lighthouse of Oakland-see details on the Lighthouse of Oakland Flyer)

·         12PM 3/4 Family Party & Movie (Booth Park and Theater)

Saturday, June 17

Sunday, June 18

·         Father’s Day



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BCS Parents/Guardians,

With only a few more weeks of school left, we would like to acknowledge that the year would not be as successful without your help:  chaperoning field trips, bringing in donations, coordinating parties, helping to restock books in the library, opening the door for visitors, scooping ice cream, sending out emails keeping time at swim meets, and the list goes on and on!  We all have limited time, and we all make time for our children!  And because of this, the BCS family is appreciative to ALL of you who volunteer at the school!  Thank you so much!  

Looking forward, PTSA is looking to fill committee chair positions for the 2017/2018 school year!  If you think you may be interested in an area or want some more information on any of the positions, please email ptsachair@bcsonline.info.   We are always looking for new people, ideas, and suggestions to help make BCS a great place to be!  

BCS PTSA Co-Chairs

Alicia Acey, Alifya Vohra & Shannon Byrne



·         STUDENT MEDICATION - All student medication must be picked up by a parent no later than 4PM, JUNE 22.  Student medication or forms do NOT carry over into the next school year.  ALL medications not picked up will be discarded on June 23.

·         LOST AND FOUND – There is an incredible amount of lost and found items, mostly clothing.  Items are spread out on tables in the main hallway.  Lost and Found will be available through June 22.  All items not picked up will be placed into the DAV donation bin in our parking lot on June 23.

·         SAVE THE DATE – Back-to-school registration is August 10 & 15, 2017, 10-12 am & 5-7 PM - Please mark your calendars with these dates and remember, every student must be registered on one of these two dates for next school year!  We will notify you in early August when the forms are ready for completion.

·         SUMMER PACKETS – All students have summer learning experiences to complete!  You can find the Summer Packets and school supply list posted on www.bcsonline.info very soon.  They will be on the homepage and also under the STUDENTS tab, Summer Packets. 

·         REPORT CARDS – End of the year report cards will be mailed home on June 23. Thank you.



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:

·         Monday, June 19 – This week a few HVAC units will be shut down and a few more each day from during this week.

·         Monday, June 26 – No AC in school throughout entire building

·         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)



Pre-ordered yearbooks will be passed out to students on Monday, June 12th. There will be a LIMITED number of additional yearbooks available for purchase. Yearbooks will be on sale Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (if necessary) AFTER school from 4:10-4:30pm in front of the Media Center. Yearbooks will be sold on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. No yearbooks can be “set aside” or pre-ordered at this point. Yearbooks are $45. Cash or check made payable to “BCS” is accepted. Questions? Contact Courtney Bassett at cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us


SPORTS PHYSICALS FOR 2017-2018: JUNE 13, 3:30PM – 5:00PM

After school on June 13th, Meadowbrook Urgent Care will be conducting sports physicals at Seaholm High School for a discounted price of $25.00.   This opportunity is open to any student who plans to attend Seaholm or Groves next year, but younger siblings are welcome as well. An updated yearly physical is required for participation in ANY school sport.  This physical will allow you to play now through June 2018. Parents, we ask that you fully complete the front of the health pre-participation physical form (and bring it with you) and review this with your child prior to their physical examination. 



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:


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



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.



Please visit the website below:


School Code:  11067

See directions below and click on the flyer for all the details including a chance to win a prize. Click on the grade level your child will be going into in September.  All the supplies needed will be listed.  Any item with a check mark next to it can be deleted from your order if preferred.  Simply uncheck that item, and it will be removed.  Note:  not all items are removable. After you add your customized kit it to the cart, you can click “continue shopping” (left side on the bottom of your order) or simply check out. Once your order is completed, enjoy the rest of the summer and your box will be delivered a week before school starts. ORDER NOW before time runs out! Check out the flyer and Happy Summer!  *if you have any questions, please contact Alifya Vohra at alifya@gmail.com



SPORTS PHYSICALS FOR 2017-2018: JUNE 13, 3:30PM – 5:00PM

After school on June 13th, Meadowbrook Urgent Care will be conducting sports physicals at Seaholm High School for a discounted price of $25.00.   This opportunity is open to any student who plans to attend Seaholm or Groves next year, but younger siblings are welcome as well. An updated yearly physical is required for participation in ANY school sport.  This physical will allow you to play now through June 2018. Parents, we ask that you fully complete the front of the health pre-participation physical form (and bring it with you) and review this with your child prior to their physical examination. 




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

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



A chance to get together and meet other parents and kids!  Siblings are welcome.  

When:  Last day of school, Friday June, 16 at noon or as soon as you get to Booth Park (school is dismissed at 11:30).
Where:  Meet at Booth Park in Birmingham after school 

·         Lunch:  $5 for pizza and drink or bring your own food and drink to the park

·         If you would like Pizza and Drink send $5.00 cash in an envelope marked with your child's name and 3/4 Booth Park Party and place it in the bin in the main office

-Enjoy each other’s company, play and eat lunch together!

THEN, for those that are interested, we will all walk up the street to the Birmingham 8 Theatre where the movie "Cars 3" opens the day before.  

Movie Time:  2:00   $9.00 plus $1.50 fee 

·         Buy your tickets as soon as possible at:https://www.movietickets.com/purchase/perf_id/925221318/movieid/219671/exid/upe/language/0

·         Movie is first come / first serve as it will probably sell-out, since the film opens the day before.

Questions please call Kimber at 248-840-9858.  If you can RSVP so we can get a headcount that would be great at kimber@kidsempowered.com.  




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. 




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: 


Donate:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4baead2ea13-8thgrade3



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. 7th End of Year Celebration donations needed:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4baead2ea13-donations



Please help feed those in need over the summer by bringing a food donation for Lighthouse of Oakland to the 7/8 Breakfast on Friday, June 16. See details on the Lighthouse of Oakland Flyer.



Will you be a student at Groves High School in the Fall 2017?  Do you sing, act, and/or dance?  Then you are eligible to audition for the Groves Fall 2017 Musical:  THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE!  


Auditions will be held from 3 pm to 6 pm Wednesday, June 14 in the choir room at Groves.  If you are not familiar with the school, it would be safest to come in through the front doors off of 13 Mile to avoid most of the construction.  Everyone should be present as close to 3:00 as possible.


You can find music and more details here:  https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/3661  Remember:  you MUST be an enrolled student at Groves in the Fall to be eligible to audition.  Suggestions for audition attire are dress slacks and shirts for boys, skirts or dress pants or dress for girls.  You must wear shoes, however,  NO SANDALS OR FLIP FLOPS – these are dangerous.  If you plan on auditioning for dance, you can bring dance shoes and practice wear to change into.  


You must fill out a form to audition – you will find it in the website address above.  Note to our Middle School Actors and Parents:  We know that Wednesday is the night of “graduation” from middle school – just note that on the audition form and we will be sure to have you out in plenty of time.  


Questions about auditions or Groves Performing Arts Company?  Please email Leisa Passarelli at LPassarelli@birmingham.k12.mi.us



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. 



SUMMER LEARNING: online, tutorial-based, adaptive learning service

Here is a link to the registration page for a free summer learning trial of Aileron Learning – if you’d like to try it, you will receive a free subscription to the online, tutorial-based, adaptive learning service in core subject areas from now until August 15th.  They will ask for some feedback at the end of the trial.



At Seaholm High School - Mathematics classes offered to students exiting Grades 5 – 8. Register based on grade exiting in June 2017.

June 20 – July 7 (no class July 4). Hours:  7:45am – 9:45am and/or 10am – 12pm. View  classes offered and to register at www.communityed.net, 248-203-3800



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.



BCS Coach Courtney Bassett and Berkshire/Groves Coach Hayley McKinney will be running a Forensics & Debate Camp for BPS students this summer. This camp is open to current forensics students but also those just interested in the activities and looking for a fun, creative way to spend their summer. Registration is open now. For more information, email Mrs. Bassett at bcsforensics@gmail.com 



Once again the students of the YAB are planning a fabulous kick-off to the summer with their annual Teen Summer Concert.  On Friday, June 16th this concert kicks off the concert in the park series in beautiful Shain Park in Downtown Birmingham.  Showcasing the talents of our school and community teens!  Attached is a flyer with more details.  Talented teens are encouraged to consider performing AND invited to come out and celebrate the end of school, the start of summer at this safe, fun and healthy event for teens and the entire community.... Come out and celebrate our teens!  Contact kmichaud@bbcoalition.org for more information on the event, how to be considered to perform or to donate in anyway!



This Nationally based training is coming to BBCC current and prospective Youth Action Board students only.  It is recognized for it's youth focus, strategic framework, and leadership development.  The training is provided by CADCA (Community Anti-drug Coalitions of America) - a National Coalition working with our leaders and communities across the country to build drug-free communities.  CADCA is the nation’s leading drug abuse prevention organization that represents over 5,000 community coalitions across the U.S. and over 100 coalitions in twenty countries on five continents.  Like the BBCC, CADCA believes that to create population-level change, we must engage all sectors of a community; especially youth! Their National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI) empowers over 1,200 youth yearly across the U.S. and abroad to fight drug use and other problems plaguing their communities. They inspire groups of passionate 13-18-year old's, who are eager to analyze and influence their communities in a positive way, and develop them how to create social change! These “social scientists” are affecting change today!  More information about this training can be found here: http://www.cadca.org/nyli


This training is being offered to current and prospective Youth Action Board students.  For your students, please consider those students in graduating 8th grade, that have leadership qualities or potential, and recommend that they take the training.  I have attached an information sheet and registration form.  It's easy for students to get involved in the YAB.  They need to complete the form and then send to me directly.  If they can attend a meeting in June prior to the training that would be great as well.



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 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.



Registration starts Feb 1 for one week summer camps. See more information on the STEM Summer Camp Flyer.


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