September 17, 2017

Hello BCS!

 

It was another great week at BCS!  It is so heartening to feel the energy and passion among our community. Check out a few of the pictures from the week.  If you haven’t “liked” Birmingham Covington School on Facebook yet, please do so to check out some pictures from our first week.  We were thrilled this week to see our 3/4 and 5/6 parents and guardians at the Welcome Back Curriculum Nights the past two last Thursdays, and we look forward to seeing our 7/8 parents in two weeks at our final Curriculum Night on Thursday, Sept. 28th with the following agenda:

·        6:00 PM – PTSA Reception, information and spirit wear for purchase in the main hallway.  Come mingle with your new 3/4 community.

·        6:30 PM – Parents/guardians will go to their child’s classroom for the teachers’ presentations.

·        7:05-8:00 PM – All parents will go to the media center to meet with the principals, the Co-Curricular teachers and our PTSA co-chairs.

Also, we have one 8th grade opening as we have exhausted our waitlist, so if you know of a family of an 8th grader looking to join the “top middle school in the state” please have them contact our front office. J

 

Many of you may have seen the “Hand in Hand” hurricane relief effort on network TV Wednesday sponsored by Comic Relief, Inc.  It was heartening indeed, and while we cannot compete with that level of celebrity, BCS has put together a hurricane relief effort with two options to show our support AND, an added incentive with a friendly competition between teams...We are asking for your support in one of two ways (or both) for our neighbors down south in Florida Texas.  What’s the prize for all who participate?  It’s the intrinsic reward of feeling great that you helped out these victims in a powerfully important way!  What the prize for the winning “TEAM” (3/4 or 5/6 or 7/8) who brings in the most items for the DRAW supply drive?  A pizza party!  Check out the flyer with all the details.

1.     FIRST BOOK –ESSENTIALS FOR KIDS: In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, First Books—in conjunction with local Texas literacy groups—created the Hurricane Harvey relief campaign.  To that end, BCS has created a donations page for those who are interested in giving a financial donation on behalf of our community: https://support.firstbook.org/bcs4houstonClick on the BCS hurricane relief flyer for all the details.

2.     FILL A BUCKET FOR DRAW: “DRAW (Disaster Relief At Work, Inc.) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 dedicated to providing relief services to communities that have been hit by natural disasters. BCS is helping to put together cleaning buckets to help those in need by collecting supplies, especially those who are victims of flooding. Click on the BCS hurricane relief flyer for all the details on items we are collecting.  Donations may be dropped off outside the BCS office from Wednesday, September 13 through Friday, September 22If you would like to donate to DRAW online visit: http://drawbuckets.org/donate/.

The BCS community thanks you in advance for your support of these needed efforts for our neighbors down South.  For questions, contact our BCS Community School Organizer, Cindy Balicki at cbalicki@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

Finally, in an effort to be sure we communicate well with you, and you stay connected and informed about all things BCS, be sure to stay connected with BCS-related information via the following resources:

 

BCS is a great place to be!  We’re looking forward to another great week of learning together at BCS where lead with EMPATHY!

 

Wishing you well,

Mark Morawski

mmorawski@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Twitter: @mark_morawski #BCSLearns

Check out my blog: https://learnleadlove.wordpress.com/

 

Character Connections Word of the week: RESPECT

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.

·       “Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all.” Ray Davis

·       One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” Bryant H. McGill

·       Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.” Laurence Sterne

 

2017-18 BCS Welcome Back Curriculum Night

·        7/8 – Thursday, September 28

o   Click on the letter and schedule from the 7/8 team for all the details!

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 in the media center

o   Classroom Schedule as follows:

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

§  7:20 – 7:30 PM:  1st Hour

§  7:35 – 7:45 PM:  2nd Hour

§  7:50 – 8:00 PM:  3rd Hour

§  8:05 – 8:15 PM:  4th Hour

§  8:20 – 8:30 PM:  5th Hour

§  8:35 – 8:45 PM:  6th Hour

 

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of September 18-September 24

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

Monday, September 18

·        Fall Pictures: Order forms sent home with students today.  Online ordering for Fall Pictures is still open at www.kaiserstudio.com using the school code: BCS0926.    

·       7-8AM Cross Country Practice

·       6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice

·       3PM Fire Drill

·       4PM Boys Soccer Game – Away @ Bloomfield Hills Middle School

·       6:30PM-8:30PM PTSA Management Meeting

Tuesday, September 19

·       7:45AM First Day of PTSA Bagel Sales

·       4PM Girls Basketball Game – Home vs. Berkshire Middle School (7th Grade @ 4, 8th Grade @ 5)

·       4PM Cross Country Meet – Away vs. Orchard Lake Middle School

·       4:15-5:30 PM Boys Soccer Practice

·       6-7PM Debate Team Parent Judge Workshop

·       7PM BPS Board Meeting (Education & Administration Building)

Wednesday, September 20

·       7-8AM Cross Country Practice

·       6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice

·       3:25-5PM Boys Soccer Practice

·       Rosh Hashanah Begins at Sundown

Thursday, September 21

·       3:20-4:10PM Girls Basketball Practice

·       3:20-4:10PM Cross Country Practice

·       4:15-5:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

Friday, September 22

·       6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice

·       4:15-5:30PM Boys Soccer Practice

·       Rosh Hashanah Ends at Sundown

Saturday, September 23

Sunday, September 24

 

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FALL PICTURES

Picture Day is Tuesday, September 26.  All students will get their picture taken by our school photographers, Kaiser Studio.  Pictures may be pre-ordered online at www.kaiserstudio.com using the school code: BCS0926, or your child can bring the completed order form and payment envelope to the photographer on picture day. Two parent volunteers are needed to assist beginning at 8:30a.m. in the Media Center.  Volunteers receive a $20 credit towards pictures purchased.  To volunteer, email nbest@birmingham.k12.mi.us .

 

2017-2018 BCS STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

BCS Ambassadors play an important role in welcoming visitors to our school and introducing them to all BCS has to offer.  If your child (grade 4-8) would like to be a student ambassador for the 2017-2018 school year, please complete the application and return it to the BCS office by Friday, October 6.

 

BCS 3-8 CHESS CLUB IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!

We are pleased to let you know that our award winning chess club will reconvene this fall on September 27thEncourage your child to flex their mental muscle, make new friends and compete in a safe and fun arena. Players of all talent levels are encouraged to join in the excitement. For a flyer with practice information, costs and how to sign up click BCS 2017 Chess Club. It’s your move; spots will fill up fast so sign up today!

 

BCS HAS PUT TOGETHER A HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT

with two options to show our support.  We are asking for your support in one of two ways (or both) for our neighbors down south in Florida Texas.  What’s the prize for all who participate?  It’s the intrinsic reward of feeling great that you helped out these victims in a powerfully important way!  What the prize for the winning “TEAM” (3/4 or 5/6 or 7/8)?  A pizza party!  Check out the flyer with all the details.

 

FIRST BOOK –ESSENTIALS FOR KIDS: 

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, First Books—in conjunction with local Texas literacy groups—created the Hurricane Harvey relief campaign.  To that end, BCS has created a donations page for those who are interested in giving a financial donation on behalf of our community: https://support.firstbook.org/bcs4houston Click on the BCS hurricane relief flyer for all the details.

 

FILL A BUCKET FOR DRAW: 

“DRAW (Disaster Relief At Work, Inc.) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 dedicated to providing relief services to communities that have been hit by natural disasters. BCS is helping to put together cleaning buckets to help those in need by collecting supplies, especially those who are victims of flooding. Click on the BCS hurricane relief flyer for all the details on items we are collecting.  Donations may be dropped off outside the BCS office from Wednesday, September 13 through Friday, September 22 If you would like to donate to DRAW online visit: http://drawbuckets.org/donate/.

 

The BCS community thanks you in advance for your support of these needed efforts for our neighbors down South.  For questions, contact our BCS Community School Organizer, Cindy Balicki at cbalicki@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

FUNDRAISING FOR BCS

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION 

Please collect and submit your Box Tops for Education to the box marked with the Box Tops logo in the office on the credenza.  This program is a great way to raise funds for BCS.  Each one is worth 10 cents when our school redeems them.  We collect throughout the school year. Last year we earned close to $600!  The fall submission deadline is a few weeks away, so please send in whatever you have saved to date.  Thanks so much!

 

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR AMAZON SMILE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR BCS!  

There is no cost to you.  It only takes a few minutes to sign up.  Happy Shopping!!  

·        Go to smile.amazon.com and register Birmingham Covington 3-8 PTSA in Bloomfield Hills, MI as your charity on your Amazon account

·        Whenever you shop Amazon, go to the smile.amazon.com website.  It has the same merchandise at the same prices as the regular Amazon website

 

BCS SPIRIT WEAR

New BCS Spirit Wear is available to order. Check out the fabulous new designs and return the order form and payment to the front office by November 1st! Make checks payable to Bloomfield Sports Shop. If you have any questions contact Alicia Acey (draacey@yahoo.com).  Click on the BCS Spirit Wear flyer for all the details and the order form.

 

BCS SCHOOL PLAY – HELP NEEDED

The BCS School Play is for grades 6-8 and runs during the second quarter (November 7 – January 26). The Play is looking for an interested parent or community member to take on an advisory role this year! Responsibilities would include producing, organizing, and promotion assistance. Please contact Courtney Bassett at cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us if interested!

 

YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW

Purchase your 2017-18 BCS Yearbook Now! For a limited time, the purchase price of the BCS Yearbook has been reduced $10 to just $35, with a free icon!  More information on ordering your yearbook may be found on the Jostens Yearbook Flyer. Purchase your yearbook online by following this link to JostensYearbooks.com. 8th Grade Parents: Make sure to think about ordering an ad for your graduate! Questions? Contact Michelle D'Orazio at mdorazio@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

 

Birthday Celebrations (no food based treats)

No need to buy those fancy cupcakes!

We want to continue to celebrate and recognize birthdays of our students as we know they are important events for children of all ages.  In an effort to recognize our students’ birthdays in a healthier and more lasting way, we are asking parents/guardians not to send in food treats as part of your child’s birthday celebration at school. Therefore, in the spirit of general health with celebration, if a family wants to recognize their child’s birthday at school, they can bring a non-food based treat that can be used and shared by everyone in the classroom that day and throughout the year.  Some examples of these birthday gifts for the classroom include: a favorite book for the classroom library, board games, fun pencils, erasers, decks of cards, bookmarks, stencils/rulers, rubber bracelets, pencil toppers or other classroom gift. Each teacher will continue to celebrate and recognize the students birthdays in the classroom as we have always done in the past.   We appreciate your support!

 

SAVE THE DATES FOR THE PROUDS EAT & RUNS

 

SAVE THE DATES FOR TWO UPCOMING PTSA EVENT

Thursday, October 12 – 3/4 Coney Bingo Night at 6:30 PM (for 3/4 families)

Thursday, October 26 – BCS Ice Cream Social at 6:30 PM (all  BCS families)

 

NWEA TESTING

Our fall NWEA-MAP computer-based testing window will continue through October 5th. All BCS students will be taking the NWEA test is both reading and math sometime during this window in the classroom with their math and language arts teachers. Students will take the test during their Language Arts and Math Classes. MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child takes on a computer. That means that the test becomes more difficult the more questions your child answers correctly. When your child incorrectly answers a question, the test becomes easier. Therefore, the student takes a test specifically created for his or her learning level. In addition, the tests are aligned with the Common Core State Standards that are part of the Birmingham Public Schools curriculum. MAP testing is one way teachers and parents can monitor student growth over time. 

 

CHOICE HOUR UPDATE

Students Who Don't Have Choice Hour Must be Picked-up by 3:30 p.m.

 

REPORTING A CHOICE HOUR ABSENCE

·        Call 248-203-4625 to leave a message

·        You can send a note to the office with your child

·        Send an email to Courtney Bassett

·        You can stop in the office to sign them out

If your child does not have a Choice Hour class on any given day but needs to stay please contact Courtney Bassett so that proper arrangements can be made. There is a $5.00 fee for this service!

If you will be picking up your child during the choice hour period, please come into the building to sign them out in the front office. You will be given a pink sheet to take to the Choice Hour desk where the 7th and 8th grade Choice Hour assistants will be happy to locate your child. Students will not be released without the pink form. 

 

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/bcsmcvolunteers  (Sign Up Genius). 

 

JOIN THE BCS BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB! 

The new BCS Birthday Book club is another food-free way in which you can celebrate your child’s birthday and help our library collection continue to grow. Participation in the program involves a $15.00 donation per book (per child).  The book will become part of the BCS library collection, complete with a bookplate featuring your child’s photo, name, and birthday.  Check out this form for more details: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/cms/lib/MI01908619/Centricity/Domain/1157/BCS%20Birthday%20Book%20Club.pdf

 

THE BCS LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER WELCOMES ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS! 

Click the link to find out what students can do in the library and what the library provides for you: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/cms/lib/MI01908619/Centricity/Domain/1157/bcsmc%20welcome%20letter%20for%20website.pdf.

 

PE UPDATES

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 THROUGH FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6:

View the 3/4 PE Schedule for 2017-18

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will be in the GYM. Be sure your child wears appropriate shoes – NO FLIP FLOPS!

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will SWIM. Remember to bring a bag for suits and towels.

 

8TH GRADE UPDATES

8TH GRADE PARENTS - WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Did you know that the largest fundraiser for our 8th grade graduation/celebration is the weekly Tuesday bagel sales at BCS?

 

We already have close to 300 students who have pre-ordered bagels for the school year, but now we need your help to make this run smoothly!  It is a pretty easy job - just be at school from 7:45am to 8:45am on Tuesday mornings that you choose.  You will help:

·        set up the bagel sales area in front of the media center

·        confirm students are on the list of pre-sales

·        hand out bagels

·        sell bagels to any walk ups

·        clean up and turn in any collected money

Please sign up using this sign up genius:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f45aead2aa57-tuesday

 

We are putting each date on this sign up genius so you can sign up for for as little as one day or as many that fit your schedule.  Please note that we do NOT sell bagel on delayed starts.  This program starts Tuesday, September 19th.  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated!  Thank you so much!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…

CELEBRATE THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AT THE BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S OKTOBERFEST!

Parents – get a group of friends together and join the Birmingham Education Foundation on Friday, September 22 from 6-10 pm for an Oktoberfest celebration, sponsored by Chemical Bank. Tickets are $65 each and include beverages from Griffin Claw and dinner from Woodpile BBQ Shack. You won’t want to miss this fun evening supporting our schools. Visit https://supportbef.ejoinme.org/Oktoberfest to get your tickets today! (21+ Only Please) View the Oktoberfest Flyer.

 

VOLUNTEER WITH THE BIRMINGHAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION!

The Birmingham Education Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with two upcoming events: The Unabashed Bash Auction and the Spring Garage Sale. If you’re interested in learning more about these events and getting involved with us, please contact Alison Hendry at bef@birmingham.k12.mi.us or 248-203-3030.

 

GROVES MARCHING BAND INVITATIONAL

Saturday September 23 at 4 pm at the Groves Stadium - 8 bands participating: Troy, Seaholm, Centerline, Walled Lake Western, Walled Lake Northern, Bloomfield Hills, Warren Woods Tower and Groves. Tickets are $5 at the door and concessions will be available

 

RESILIENCE: MOVIE SCREENING

Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Oakland Schools will host the 2017 Oakland County Attendance Conference featuring a screening of the movie "Resilience" beginning at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for the movie screening, which is geared toward teachers, administrators and staff. The movie explores cutting edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the effects of childhood trauma. A facilitated discussion will follow the documentary with Helena N. Kelly, MA, LMSW, the Program Manager of Trauma Assessment Services for Easterseals. Register for the event at http://preview.tinyurl.com/ResilienceOakland. Oakland Schools is located at 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. Contact Stephanie.Barlow@oakland.k12.mi.us with questions. Class limit is 100.  

 

13TH FILM SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION 
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Oakland Schools African American Male Task Force will host a launch event on Tuesday, Sept. 26. A screening of the film "13th" will be shown, followed by a panel discussion focused on stopping the school-to-prison pipeline. Panel members include a police officer, school representatives, an ACLU Attorney and a member of the ADL. The event will be held at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. 
To register, visit www.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Dr. Jay Marks, Oakland Schools Diversity and Equity Consultant, at jay.marks@oakland.k12.mi.us or 248.209.2272.

 

FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEANERS OCTOBER MEETING

October 5, 2017, 7PM @ BCS

Please join us for a presentation of the Third Grade Reading Bill and how the bill’s requirements will be implemented in the Birmingham Public School District. The Bill will be presented by the Teaching and Learning Department’s Dr. Deborah-Lee Gollnitz, Coordinator for Assessment and Program Evaluation for BPS. Read the FODL October Meeting Flyer.

 

SEAHOLM MAPLE MOTION DANCE CLINIC - SAVE THE DATE!

Seaholm Maple Motion Dance Clinic is Thursday, October 5th. Don't miss out on an afternoon of non-stop dancing and fun! Registration deadline is September 21st.  A registration form will be coming home with students in the near future, or see the Dance Clinic Registration Form here and sign up NOW!  You can also visit our website: http://seaholmmaplemotiondance.weebly.com/dance-clinics.html This class is for girls and boys, ages K-5.

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR SOSLIVE

On Saturday, October 7, the Michigan Secretary of State’s office comes to life with SOSLive, an interactive and free family expo at Waterford Mott High School from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

Hosted by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, this first-of-its-kind event features a line-up of immersive activities, interactive games and hands-on experiences for all ages, including a full range of driver simulators. Experience firsthand the impact of impaired driving, distracted driving, rollovers, and crash simulations. Or hop behind the wheel of driving simulators for big trucks and cars. You can even ride a motorcycle simulator. A free hot dog lunch will be provided to anyone who donates five unexpired, nonperishable food items to Gleaners Community Food Bank.

But that’s not all! A full-service Secretary of State Office will also be on site that Saturday for attendees to complete any SOS transaction. Mark your calendar for SOSLive on Saturday, October 7. Check out the SOSLive Flyer. Waterford Mott High School is located at 1151 Scott Lake Road in Waterford Township. For more information, visit Michigan.gov/soslive.

 

ANGST SCREENING AND PANEL 

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m. , Seaholm High School – Auditorium 2436 W. Lincoln in Birmingham 

BPS, Collegewise Detroit and Gretchen Moran Marsh, Ph.D., PLLC invite the community to a viewing of the documentary “Angst,” moderated by Gretchen Moran Marsh, Ph.D.  Angst is a 2017 documentary that examines anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. It features relatable interviews with children and young adults who suffer or have suffered from anxiety, and includes a cameo by Michael Phelps. A Panel discussion will follow the screening, offering time for questions. Learn more about the film at  http://angstmovie.com. RSVP by calling 248.203.3001 or emailing mbaughman@birmingham.k12.mi.us with your name and number of people attending. View the Angst Movie Flyer.

 

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