September 24, 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 look forward to seeing our 7/8 parents at our final Welcome Back Curriculum Night this Thursday, Sept. 28th from 6:00-8:45 PM.  Feel free to click on the letter and schedule from the 7/8 team for all the details!  Also note, this Thursday marks our first district-wide Delayed Start for teacher professional learning.  Classes at BCS will begin at 9:48 AM that morning, doors will open at 9:30 AM, and buses will run 90 minutes later than normally scheduled to accommodate the delayed start.


What an amazing effort of support by the BCS community for the victims of the recent hurricanes!  We are excited to announce the following summary of the items donated sto Disaster Relief at Work (DRAW), who, in turn, will deliver the household cleaning items we donated to those whose homes were hit hard by the hurricanes.

·       3/4: 1034 points, 688 items donated

·       5/6: 710 points, 476 items donated

·       7/8: 390 points, 291 items donated

We are thrilled at the fact that we had over 1,400 items donated to Hurricane victims. Seeing how many in Florida are still dealing with flooding and many students not able to attend their home school because of heavy damage to the schools, we are all so heartened by the amount of kindness that our community has shown over the past two weeks.  I know this impact many families in Florida.  Additionally, our school collected $1,217 in online donations for First Book to help rebuild the school libraries in Houston that are still closed.  What a show of commitment to education from this community!  Personally, I would like to offer a special thank you to our parent leaders of this effort, Jen Giroux, Andee Gorbatoff and Stephanie Showich.  Thank you for your leadership and the 3/4 students will be thanking you for the pizza party they earned for being top donors! J


And finally, be sure to plan ahead so you don’t miss PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – Thanksgiving 2017!  On Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21, BCS and all elementary schools in the district will host parent-teacher conferences. That said, Thanksgiving is also the same week. Unfortunately, teachers will not be able to accommodate rescheduled conferences due to early vacations, so please plan to attend your child’s conference on either Monday or Tuesday during the 1:00-4:00 PM or 5:00-8:00 PM time frames. Specific information about and links to sign up for conferences will be shared on Monday, October 30.


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

Twitter: @mark_morawski #BCSLearns

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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.

·       “To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” – Bono

·       “Tolerance implies a respect for another person, not because [s]he is wrong or even because [s]he is right, but because [s]he is human.” – John Cogley

·       “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

·       “Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.” – Thomas Paine


WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of September 25-October 1

To submit an item for next week’s WAG, email by WEDNESDAY at 5PM

Monday, September 25

·        Get ready for fall school pictures – Picture Day is tomorrow!

·        7-8AM Cross Country Practice

·        6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice

·        4PM Boys Soccer Game – Home vs. Country Day MS

·        6:30PM-7:30PM Integrated Math I Parent Information Session (Education & Administration Building)

Tuesday, September 26

·        Smile… is Fall PICTURE DAY  -all students will get their picture taken today by Kaiser Studio.  You can still preorder pictures online at www.kaiserstudio.comusing the school code: BCS0926, or your child can bring the completed order form and payment envelope to the photographer today.  Additional order forms are available in the school office.

·        7:45AM PTSA Bagel Sales

·        4PM Girls Basketball Game – Home vs. Bloomfield Hills Middle School

·        4PM Cross Country Meet – Home vs. West Hills MS

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

Wednesday, September 27

·        Online ordering for Fall Pictures is still open at using the school code: BCS0926.

·        7-8AM Cross Country Practice

·        6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice

·        3:25-5PM Boys Soccer Practice

·        5:30-6:30PM Forensics Parent Judge Workshop

Thursday, September 28

·        Delayed Start – School begins at 9:48AM

·       Online ordering for Fall Pictures is still open at using the school code: BCS0926.

·        4PM Cross Country Meet – Home vs. Berkshire MS

·        4PM Girls Basketball Game – Away @ Orchard Lake MS

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

·        6PM 7/8 Curriculum Night (Click on the letter and schedule from the 7/8 team for all the details)

Friday, September 29

·        Online ordering for Fall Pictures is still open at using the school code: BCS0926.

·        6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice

·        4:10-6:30PM Forensics Long Practice

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

·        Yom Kippur begins at sundown

Saturday, September 30

·        Yom Kippur ends at sundown

Sunday, October 1



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Smile…..PICTURE DAY at BCS is Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.  Every student will have their picture taken by Kaiser Studio!!  Students were given picture order forms in their academic lab/homeroom class last Monday and were asked to bring them home.


Pictures of your child(ren) may be purchased by either of the following methods (please note all credit card orders must utilize the online ordering process): 

·       Online ordering is available NOW through September 29.  Please go to the website: and click “Order Pictures”.  The BCS school code is BCS0926.  You can choose from 15 different and colorful backgrounds.  Online orders are easy – no form has to be returned to the school!! 

·       Picture order form – Please send the completed picture form and payment with your child on September 26.  Your child will give the order form directly to the photographer.  Order forms should NOT be turned into the office.  The office has extra forms.  

Pictures will arrive at school 2-3 weeks after picture day.  Picture retake day is Thursday, October 26th for students absent on picture day or for students that need to have their picture retaken.  


Additionally, we are still in need of one parent volunteer to help on Tuesday.  Please email Nancy Best if you are interested in volunteering.  Volunteers are on a first come basis and each receives a $20 credit towards a picture packet. 



On Thursday, September 28, school will begin at 9:48am.  Because staff will be participating in professional development that morning, the building will not be open until 9:30am.  Please do not drop your child off before 9:30am.  For those of you who need child care from 8:18-9:48am, please print a delayed start form and turn it in to the office. Registration is $5/child. Registration forms are due by Tuesday, September 26.



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.


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





Thursday, October 12 – 3/4 Coney Bingo Night at 6:30 PM (check out the flyer for all the details)

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



As you may be aware, Mrs. Toth has been due to an unexpected leave she had to take.  She wants to share the following with our BCS community: “Very unexpectedly, I am sorry to say that I will have to take a medical leave for some time. I was in a car accident 3 weeks ago, and since then, I have been suffering from a concussion/post concussion symptoms, which make me unable to focus, concentrate, use technology and do all of the multiple daily functions that are required of me to teach. This makes me so sad and frustrated, but I need to heal. We are unsure of the length of the time of the leave right now, though I hope to be back for the second quarter (end of October).  Thank you in advance for your understanding, patience and there’s that word again…empathy. I want nothing more than to just be better and come back to teach hopefully at the end of October.​”  We wish Nicole well on her recovery, thank Mrs. Abro for filling in this last week, and want to let you know that Spanish teacher Mrs. Carol Dickinson will begin with us today (Monday, 9/18/17) to take on the long term guest teacher roll.  Carol’s passion for middle schoolers and the Spanish language along with her delightful personality will fit wonderfully well in the roll.  Carol will be planning and communicating closely with our other Spanish teachers, Mrs. De Simone and Mr. Leibson, as well as staying in touch with Mrs. Toth as we support this unexpected leave making it a smooth transition for our students and their high levels of learning in Spanish.  Please send your well-wishes to Mrs. Toth for a quick recovery.


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, the media center birthday book club, 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!



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!




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!



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

·        Go to 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 website.  It has the same merchandise at the same prices as the regular Amazon website



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 (  Click on the BCS Spirit Wear flyer for all the details and the order form.



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 if interested!



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 8th Grade Parents: Make sure to think about ordering an ad for your graduate! Questions? Contact Michelle D'Orazio at



Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Birmingham Education and Administration Center (31301 Evergreen Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025)

Birmingham Public Schools is pleased to announce an opportunity for parents and guardians to learn more about the Integrated Math 1 course that replaced Algebra 1 and Advanced 8th Grade Math this fall. An informational meeting highlighting the course content, instructional approach, and assessment will be held next week.  During the first two weeks of the school year, Integrated Math 1 students were engaged in mathematics through hands-on problem-solving activities, discourse, and application of skills. Students consistently interacted with others to construct explanations from evidence, communicate and justify their thinking, and critique the reasoning of others. Teachers facilitated learning for all students by working with students individually, in small groups, and as a whole class. These types of learning experiences will continue throughout the integrated mathematics course sequence.  Those attending this meeting will participate in a learning activity to become more familiar with the instructional approach, as well as the roles played by students and teacher during instruction. A program overview, including course content and assessment, will be presented. In addition, teachers of the program will share their experiences with the course thus far.  We hope that you will join us for this informational meeting as we work together toward your child’s success. Please reach out to us if you have any additional questions.



This is a “better-late-than-never” announcement…With our Choice Hour coordinator, Linda Stone, retiring last spring and Courtney Bassett transitioning into the roll by working with Linda much of last year, please note that we are thrilled to let you know that Courtney is now, officially our Choice Hour Coordinator.


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



·        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. 




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:  (Sign Up Genius). 



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:



Click the link to find out what students can do in the library and what the library provides for you:




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.




5/6 students will have the opportunity to go to Williamsburg and Virginia Beach April 27 – May 1, 2018.  Please click Williamsburg for information regarding this trip. There will be an information meeting on Tuesday, October 10, 6:00pm in the BCS Media Center.  If you think your child might be interested in attending this trip, we encourage you to attend the meeting.  We expect the trip to fill up quickly.




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:


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!




Pack 1002 will have its first meeting Monday, September 25 at 7:00 pm in the Bear's Den at Quarton Elementary.  Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. Cub Scouts helps young men learn values through a variety of learning experiences including camping, hiking, Pinewood Derby, fishing and meetings.  Your son will build friendships and self confidence while learning good social skills.

If you are interested in joining, please plan on attending the SEPTEMBER 25 meeting, or if you have questions, please email Matt Fedor at or Drew Bacheller at for more information! 



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 Oakland Schools is located at 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. Contact with questions. Class limit is 100.  



The Southfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will offer a tutorial program for students in grades K-5. Sessions run on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Alder Elementary School in Southfield. A mandatory parent meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6:00 p.m.also at Alder. There is no cost for the tutorial program. Learn more with the Tutorial Parent Meeting Letter.


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 For more information, contact Dr. Jay Marks, Oakland Schools Diversity and Equity Consultant, at or 248.209.2272.



Click on the Community Education Classes for Students and Parents Flyer to learn more about fall offerings including: Drama Kids, Acting Academy, Empowered Kids, & Bully Proof Through Empowerment. Register at Birmingham Community Education / / 248.203.3800



Learn more about the BPS Spring Break College Tour happening April 2-8, 2018 at an informative parent meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The College Tour will include trips to Howard University, Morgan State University, Johns Hopkins University, Hampton University, Central State University, Georgetown University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Norfolk State University and Wooster College. Cost for the April tour is $725 and includes roundtrip motor coach transportation, five nights of lodging, college and culture tours, National Museum of African American History visit, scholarship information sessions, meals and additional recreational visits. The tour is sponsored by the Birmingham African-American Family Network. The informative parent meeting will take place at the BPS Education and Administration Center, 31301 Evergreen in Beverly Hills. Join the parent meeting by phone at 712.775.7031; Access Code 217-044-663 or email


5:15 p.m. Taco Tailgate, Between 7:00-8:00 Victory Night Game 

Victory Day, hosted by Wylie E. Groves High School, will provide middle school and high school youth with cognitive and physical impairments the opportunity to play football or cheer and have their "moment in the sun” on the football field. Each child will be partnered up with a Football player who will serve as their mentor. Participants will wear a Victory Day t-shirt supplied by the Groves Football team or hold cheer pom-poms and participate in a number of simulating game-day activities, giving each child a moment to shine. The community is invited to cheer on our students during their Victory Night Game, which will take place at the Groves Stadium, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road in Beverly Hills, at halftime of the Charity Powderpuff Football game, between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. A $5 suggested donation is requested to benefit the Spirit Week charity: Disaster Relief At Work. Register a child for the game by emailing is limited. A Taco Tailgate will take place before the game at 5:15 p.m., sponsored by the LINKS club. Cost is $8 and reservations are required.



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 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:  This class is for girls and boys, ages K-5.



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



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 RSVP by calling 248.203.3001 or emailing with your name and number of people attending. View the Angst Movie Flyer.


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