June 18, 2017

Hello BCS!


Happy Father’s Day! It was fantastic final week of school at BCS!  As you head into summer, please be sure to check out some pictures from the week on the Birmingham Covington School Facebook page.  Today, it’s never more important to value our education, environment and each other.  I, personally, deeply value our BCS community and would like to thank you for your engagement and partnership this year most recently participating in another terrific Move-Up Day last Monday.  This truly is a wonderful opportunity to help our students and teachers transition to, and get excited about, next school year.  It even helps to get some of those nerves out!  To view a copy of the presentation that we gave to our new 3rd grade parents that morning, click Move Up Day. Also, for our incoming families below are “general schedules”.  Following are links to those general schedules:

·         3/4 Schedule

·         5/6 Schedule

·         7/8 Schedule

·         3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 Co-Curricular Schedule

We also want you to know that our 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 BCS Summer Packets are posted on BCSonline.


A final reminder about BCS’s Community Read!  Y our youngest child currently in grades 3-7 at BCS should have come home a few weeks ago 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, now let summer vacation begin…and how fast the school year goes!  It’s hard to believe the end of the school year has arrived and with it, the joys of summer!  Enjoy your summer filled with family, fun and friends with each providing wonderful learning experiences and memories for your children.  We hope the experiential learning activities that are part of the Summer Packets may even add to the enjoyable learning!  Those of us at BCS look forward to a variety of plans that include travel, professional learning, graduate classes and some simple rest and relaxation.  For parents, summer vacation can be, at times, fraught with anxiety as the regular daily schedule comes to a grinding halt.  Losing that basic sense of structure to the day can initially seem daunting.  Too quickly however, the summer can become as hectic as the school year, with camps, swimming lessons, sports, and vacations.  Before your child’s summer schedule is full, consider a few alternatives that allow you to spend time having fun together as a family, instead of apart as individuals.  Some of these don’t even require a deposit, registration, reservation or a carpool!  Think back to your own childhood and those memories you hold most dear.  They invariably involve time spent doing things together with those about whom you most care.

Enjoy this priceless time of year with your family!


And finally, I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all of our staff, students, and parents for helping make BCS such an amazingly caring and dedicated community of learners.  A very special thank you to those staff, students, and parents who are leaving us, and best of luck to each of you in the future and may your endeavors continue to be successful ones.  Feel free to check out my blog post this week My Hope for our Departing 8th Graders? Continue Creating!  In the post I included a recap of the words I shared with the 8th graders at their ceremony last Tuesday evening as they move on to high school.


Thank you to our entire BCS community for helping me serve this incredible community.  Though it’s only the first days of summer, I stand ready for a great 2017-18 school year full of learning for all!


Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski


Twitter: @mark_morawski #BCSLearns

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



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WEEK AT A GLANCE – First Week of Summer – June 19, 2017

Last WAG until next school year!

To submit an item for the “WAG, email cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us



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·         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.

·         1st Day of School 2017-18 School Year – Tuesday, September 5, 2017 (full day of school, 8:18 AM-3:20 PM and Choice Hour 3:25-4:10 PM).  Check out the Birmingham Public Schools 2017-18 Calendar or the BCSonline Calendar.



There are a LIMITED number of additional yearbooks available for purchase. Yearbooks are $45. Cash or check made payable to “BCS” is accepted. Yearbooks can be purchased from the main office. Questions? Contact Courtney Bassett at cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us



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.  

 *(5/6 Grade level, there are some organization options that are not all offered on the website.  Please compare it to the supply list posted online - sorry for the confusion.  Even if you order online, you may need to purchase some items on your own.  We were unable to fix the issue this year, but will hopefully have it fixed for next year.)


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 TO YOUR HOME a week before school starts.  


ORDER NOW before time runs out! Check out the flyer and Happy Summer!  



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 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)



BCS Parents/Guardians,

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


2017-18 BCS Back-to-School Curriculum Nights

·         5/6 – Thursday, September 7, 2017

o   PTSA Reception at 6:00 PM in the main hallway

o   Program begins at 6:30 PM in classrooms

o   Welcome from Mark/Jason, Co-Curricular teachers and PTSA at 7:05 PM

·         3/4 – Thursday, September 14, 2017

o   PTSA Reception at 6:00 PM in the main hallway

o   Program begins at 6:30 PM in classrooms

o   Welcome from Mark/Jason, Co-Curricular teachers and PTSA at 7:05 PM

·         7/8 – Thursday, September 28, 2017

o   PTSA Reception at 6:00 PM in the main hallway

o   Welcome from Mark/Jason, Co-Curricular teachers and PTSA at 6:30 PM

o   Classroom Schedule as follows:

§  7:05 – 7:15 PM:  Academic Lab/ILD (Goal Setting Sign-ups)

§  7:20 – 7:30 PM:  C-1 (first hour)

§  7:35 – 7:45 PM:  C-2 (second hour)

§  7:50 – 8:00 PM:  C-3 (third hour)

§  8:05 – 8:15 PM:  C-4 (fourth hour)

§  8:20 – 8:30 PM:  C-5 (fifth hour)

§  8:35 – 8:45 PM:  C-6 (sixth hour)



Almost all of our library books are back home on their shelves for the summer, but our digital books can circulate any time!  Try these resources for summer reading and learning:

·         Destiny Discover -- eBooks and audiobooks on your device.  Go to https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/5038/ or download the Destiny Discover app, then login using your district username and birthday password (no leading zeros).  

·          TumbleBooks  animated eBooks at http://tumblebooklibrary.com, using username “birmingham” and password “books”.

·         MyON – eBooks on your device , using your district username and birthday password (no leading zeros).

·         The many resources of the Michigan eLibrary – check out the best resources for kids here: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/cms/lib/MI01908619/Centricity/Domain/1157/2017SummerResourcesLettertoTeachersParents.pdf




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. 




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. 



This past school year, Team 2960, the combined robotics team for Seaholm and Groves  had an amazing season.  Winning the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Season, and making it the Semi Finals in our division during FIRST Robotics in St. Louis.  If you are interested in being a part of Automation Nation, please feel free to email Mrs. Everitt at reveritt@birmingham.k12.mi.us or Mr. Simms at bsimms@birmigham.k12.mi.us to get on our contact list.  We will be hosting summer meetings, get togethers, and engineering camps for new and interested students, as well as current members! 



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 



This Nationally based training is coming to BBCC current and prospective Youth Action Board students only.  It is recognized for its 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 It's easy for students to get involved in the YAB.  Interested students need to complete the application and email to Carol Mastroianni of the Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition at cmastroianni@bbcoalition.org.  If students 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.



Enjoy a quick informational clinic led by Gazelle Sports staff followed by group run lead by the Seaholm Harrier XC high school athletes. Great way to get ready to run the Harrier 5k on Saturday, August 5. More information can be found on the Gazelle Camp Flyer.


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