October 1, 2017
What a great week at BCS! The energy and passion for learning among our community continues to be prevalent daily as September comes to a close. Check out a few of the pictures from the week, and if you haven’t “liked” Birmingham Covington School on Facebook yet, please do so to check out some of the pictures.
We completed our final “Welcome Back Curriculum Night” last Thursday with our 7/8 families. Now, we enter October where we will continue to focus on empathy as our theme. Why empathy? I shared two quotes with families at our Curriculum Nights that sum up, for me, THE WHY. The first is that empathy can be learned, nurtured and further developed in each of us, though it takes courage to display it. Hence the quote I shared from Maya Angelou: “I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.” And second is the quote I shared from Stephen Covey: “When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.” Empathy matters and as we learn to improve our reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, critical thinking, problem finding, problem solving, etc., we also must learn to improve our social emotional intelligence. With that, October is the month where we will focus on the first of Dr. Michelle Borba’s Habits of Empathy. The first habit is that “Empathetic People Can Recognize Feelings,” where teachers will help their students grow in their emotional literacy with this empathetic habit so they become even more emotionally literate in recognizing and understanding the feelings and needs of others in their body language, voice tone and/or facial expressions. While we will be integrating this into our conversations with students this month in homerooms, academic labs and core and co-curricular activities, feel free to “test” your skill at this habit of recognizing emotions by taking this 10-minute online test. Feel free to join your children in improving this habit referencing our Habits of Empathy flyer and also discussing emotions and where some of your daily emotions (or theirs) fit on the Mood Meter. Find out more on by clicking on how the Mood Meter works and its uses. To close, have some fun meeting the emotions with this clip from the movie Inside Out and join us at BCS Movie Night featuring Inside Out on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 PM (more details later in this WAG). Enjoy!
And finally, as another important reminder…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 Monday or Tuesday during the 1:00-4:00 PM or 5:00-8:00 PM time frames. Specific information 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,
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Character Connections Word of the week: INTEGRITY
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.
· “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
· “Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.” – Samuel Johnson
· “A person is not given integrity. It results from the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times.” – unknown
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of October 2-October 8
To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email email@example.com by WEDNESDAY at 5PM
Monday, October 2
· 7-8AM Cross Country Practice
· 6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice
· 11:45AM-2:45PM Field Trip – Cook/Lowery to Linden Park
· 4PM Boys Soccer Game – Home vs. East Hills MS
Tuesday, October 3
· 7:45AM PTSA Bagel Sales
· 11:45AM-2:45PM Field Trip – Joseph/Warner to Linden Park
· 4PM Girls Basketball Game – Home vs. Abbott MS
· 4PM Cross Country Meet – Away vs. Derby MS
· 4:10-6PM Debate Long Practice
· 4:15-5:30 PM Boys Soccer Practice
· 7PM BPS Board Meeting (Education & Administration Building)
Wednesday, October 4
· Student Count Day (as this is district and statewide student count day, be sure to email/call in your child’s absence if he/she will miss school today)
· 7-8AM Cross Country Practice
· 11:45AM-2:45PM Field Trip – Brown/Arbaugh to Linden Park
· 6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice
· 4PM Boys Soccer Game – Away @ West Hills MS
Thursday, October 5
· 9:30AM Fire Drill
· 1:15PM PTSA Meeting (Digital Video West)
· 3:20-4:10PM Cross Country Practice
· 4PM Girls Basketball Game – Away @ Derby MS
· 4:15-5:30PM Boys Soccer Practice
· 7PM Friends of Different Learners Meeting (Media Center)
Friday, October 6
· 7/8 Boston Trip (departs BCS at 4AM)
· 6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice
· 11:45AM-2:45PM Field Trip – Burdick/Burns to Linden Park
· 4PM Cross Country Meet
· 4:15-5:30PM Boys Soccer Practice
Saturday, October 7
· 7/8 Boston Trip
· 8AM-5PM Debate Tournament @ Wayne State University
Sunday, October 8
· 7/8 Boston Trip (returns to BCS approximately 11PM)
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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.
2017-18 PTA REFLECTIONS ART AWARD PROGRAM
Reflect on the theme, WITHIN REACH, and create original art in the categories of dance, film production, literature, music, photography and visual arts. Enter to win recognition, prizes, and scholarships. The top 2 BCS entries from each category will go on to the BPS District Program and possibly State and/or National recognition. Participants will be recognized/awarded at the BCS Reflections Pizza Lunch. Check out the Student Packet for more information. Submit entries in the Media Center through Friday, November 10th. To volunteer or for questions, contact Diana Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Download the Student Packet
*Details on the BCS Website
ANNOUNCING THE 2017-18 BCS THEATER PRODUCTION: “ONCE UPON A MATTRESS”
If you thought you knew the story of ‘The Princess and The Pea,’ you may be in for a walloping surprise! Chances are, you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again!
Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to audition! All information will be available online and in the office on Tuesday, October 3rd (including audition packets). Auditions for cast AND crew are on Monday, October 16th from 4:10-7:00pm with callbacks on Wednesday, October 18th. Students must turn in an audition permission slip form (located in the office) and pay the pay-to-participate fee PRIOR to auditions (deadline is Monday, October 9th). The Play Production runs during Quarter II with show dates of January 24-26, 2018. Choice Hour is Tuesday/Thursday with additional rehearsals after school. More details can be found at www.covingtonproductions.com! (starting 10/3/17) Questions? Email Mrs. Bassett at email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATES FOR THE PROUD DADS EAT & RUN EVENTS
Proud dads, moms, grandparents or other loved ones, be sure to save these dates so you can stop by during your student’s lunch time to eat with them and enjoy recess together (11:05-11:45 is 5/6; 11:45-12:25 is 3/4; 12:45-1:25 is 7/8). Come be a kid again!
Also, save the date for the BCS Proud Dads Annual meeting on Monday, October 16, 7:00 PM at Duggan’s, 31501 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, MI 48073. The meeting will begin at 7PM with introductions, plans for the year, BCS event details, and volunteer opportunities. Come and meet other BCS “Proud Dads” and stay after the meeting to watch some Monday Night Football and enjoy each other’s company.
SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS
Thursday, October 12 – 3/4 Coney Bingo Night at 6:30 PM (check out the flyer for all the details)
Thursday, October 19 – BCS Movie Night, Inside Out (Check out the flyer)
Thursday, October 26 – BCS Ice Cream Social at 6:30 PM (for all BCS families)
BCS MOVIE NIGHTS
This year with our theme of empathy and our community read, Save Me a Seat, our BCS Diversity Committee will be hosting monthly Movie Nights on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 PM in the BCS media center based on our theme. Parents and students, feel free to dress comfortably (PJs allowed) and bring a blanket or sleeping bag for extra comfort. October’s Movie Night is set (see below) and more details and movie titles for the other months will be forthcoming. Be sure to save the dates for this fun, monthly, family event!
· October 19 – Inside Out (Check out the flyer)
· November 16
· December 21
· January 18
· February 15
· March 15
· April 19
· May 17
Students and Parents/Guardians, please plan to join us!
INTERMITTANT NETWORK OUTAGES
Over the last few weeks, our district and BCS has experienced some intermittent network outages where email, phone, internet, blog updates have been inaccessible for parts of a day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused in response times, phone connections, blog updates, etc. Thank you for your understanding.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
CHOICE HOUR UPDATE
2ND QUARTER 2017-18 CHOICE HOUR SELECTION SHEETS WILL BE GOING HOME THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 2
Choice Hour selections are due no later than Monday October 9 at 4:00PM. The selection sheets and booklets are also available online at the BCS Choice Hour Page.
We will not schedule students into classes if payment in full is not included with the choice hour selection sheet. Please include proper payment if you are signing your child up for a 4th and/or 5th day of Choice Hour. Do not include payment for classes with materials fees or pay to play fees. A separate billing will be made once students have been placed in their Choice Hour classes. Students who do not turn in a selection sheet will not be placed in any Choice Hour classes. Students who do not turn in a selection sheet with payment by the deadline will not be allowed to make a change in their schedule.
Important information regarding 2nd quarter:
· Elementary Students interested in applying for the 2017-18 4-5 Science Olympiad team need to have their applications to Mrs. Brown no later than Monday, October 9. Parent letter and application are included with the selection sheet and posted online!
· Winter I Sports Program –Boys’ Basketball (Tuesday/Thursday) and 6-8 Girls’ Swimming (Monday/Wednesday)
· Some New Offerings:
o Creative Time (3-4) - Bring your imagination and enjoy time to draw, build, and create. We will play with materials like blocks, post-its, craft sticks, and more!
o Japanese Culture (3-4) - What makes Japanese food different than what you eat? What makes it the same? Can you hold chopsticks? What’s on the menu at McDonald’s in Japan? If you go to a Japanese restaurant around here, what are the choices? Sushi or Sashimi? Maki or Temaki? Yakisoba or Yakitori? Learn all of this…and try some Japanese food!
o Kids’ Fitness (3-5) - Join Kids’ Fitness if you are motivated and excited about fitness. There will be various forms of fitness including running and yoga. This class requires athletic shoes and clothing.
o Build a Greenpower USA Electric Vehicle (5-6) - BCS is excited to offer an experience constructing and testing an all electric vehicle. It is a single passenger “go-kart”. Teams of students will be involved in constructing, wiring, driving and testing the vehicle to get the best performance out of it in terms of distance it will travel.
o Sketch Note & Sketch Journaling (5-8) - Want to add something more exciting and fun to the notes you take in class? Like to journal but don’t love to write? Like to draw but can’t think of ideas to doodle? Learn banners, flourishes, icons, and decorative lettering to make note taking and journaling fun!
o Introduction to Raid Prototyping (6-8) - This class will utilize the BCS Design Lab (“Makerspace”) to allow students to learn how to execute their own prototypes. Products created will be chosen by the students but could include objects such as snowboards, skateboards, etc.
REPORTING A CHOICE HOUR ABSENCE
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.
MEDIA CENTER UPDATE
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS BEGINS SOON!
Students who wish to own copies of the Battle books may purchase a Battle Book Bundle to bring home with them following the announcement of the titles. The price of the Battle Book Bundle is $45.00, which includes 6% MI sales tax as well as a bundle discount. This is a fundraiser that will benefit your child's Media Center -- it is not a requirement to participate. Please use the Battle Book Bundle flyer to submit your order by Wednesday, October 11.
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.
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.
3/4 CONEY BINGO NIGHT
Thursday, October 12, 6:30-8PM in the BCS Cafeteria. Come on out for an evening of food, bingo, prizes, and a fun game of “Get to Know Your Principals!” All 3/4 families are invited! Read the Coney Bingo Flyer for all details!
OPTIONAL 5/6 TRIP TO WILLIAMSBURG AND VIRGINIA BEACH
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.
COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…
COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS
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 / www.community.net / 248.203.3800
COLLEGE TOUR PARENT MEETING - TUESDAY, OCT. 3, 2017, 6-8PM
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 email@example.com.
VICTORY DAY - WEDNESDAY, OCT. 4, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Space 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. EmailSRogers@birmingham.k12.mi.us.
FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEANERS OCTOBER MEETING
DEADLINE EXTENDED! SEAHOLM MAPLE MOTION DANCE CLINIC
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 email@example.com with your name and number of people attending. View the Angst Movie Flyer.
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