October 8, 2017
With a group of 7/8 students learning in the Boston area and our debated team in their first competition of the year, what a great week it was at BCS! 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 look forward to seeing families at BCS this week on Tuesday for our 5/6 Williamsburg Trip information session at 6:00 PM, on Wednesday for the BCS Coffee with Friends of Different Learners at 11:00 AM, and on Thursday for our 3/4 Coney Bingo Night at 6:30 PM.
While we had a great week at BCS, the start of this week marked one of the gravest and most tragic incidents in our country’s recent history. The horrific event that occurred in Las Vegas was gut-wrenching to be sure and fueled our empathy to those who were affected. On behalf of the entire BCS staff, our thoughts go out to anyone who was involved in or affect by this tragedy. As a reminder, we do not discuss such events at the 3/4 level due to the age of those students and leave that decision to each family's discretion. At the 5/6 and 7/8 levels, we will manage this topic in our usual professional and caring manner. We realize that issues like these can naturally come up in classes and questions may be asked. Our teachers are well-equipped to handle any questions and concerns. Finally, along with other buildings across the nation, we have been flying our flag at half staff for the entire week in honor of the victims. Again, our deepest sympathy goes out to anyone in our community and across the country, particularly those in Las Vegas, who has been impacted by this horrible tragedy. It is heartening to note, in the wake of this tragedy, the tremendous outpouring of support by the overwhelmingly good people in this world who have reached out to support the victims. With that allow me to share some positive results from our efforts in support of the hurricane victims. Greg Martin of DRAW shares the following thank you to our community:
Just over six weeks ago, we found out that Hurricane Harvey was going to hit land in southeast TX, soon to dump more than 50" of rain on the Houston area. Less than two weeks later, Cat 5 Hurricane Irma was tracking to cut through the center of Florida, leaving millions without power and hundreds of thousands without a livable home going forward. In that six weeks, you were one of more than 2000 people who reached out, volunteered, donated, or collected supplies for DRAW's efforts. Because of you:
· DRAW was able to give away more than $250k worth of supplies, including a couple thousand of our own buckets (cleaning, bathroom, and valuables salvaging).
· DRAW was able to, over the course of 5 weeks, assist more than 300 homeowners, between Houston and Jacksonville, with flood muck outs, debris removal, tree and brush cleanup, and preventing of long-term mold issues
So I wanted to say thanks. There are countless stories from the last six weeks of people's lives being changed in tremendous ways. (If we're ever at a meal together, I'll share a few of them). Those stories don't become reality without you.
America is a great place to be and BCS is a great place to be! We’re looking forward to another great week of learning together at BCS where we lean in and lead with EMPATHY!
Wishing you well,
Twitter: @mark_morawski #BCSLearns
Check out my blog: https://learnleadlove.wordpress.com/
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.
· “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
· “Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right and stick to it.” –
· “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of October 9-October 15
To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email firstname.lastname@example.org by WEDNESDAY at 5PM
Monday, October 9
· QUARTER II CHOICE HOUR FORMS DUE BY 4PM
· 7-8AM Cross Country Practice
· 6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice
· 4PM Boys Soccer Game – Away @ Novi MS
· 6PM BAAFN Meeting (Groves Staff Planning)
Tuesday, October 10
· 7:45AM PTSA Bagel Sales
· 4PM Girls Basketball Game – Home vs. West Hills MS
· 4PM Cross Country Meet – Home vs. Bloomfield Hills MS
· 4:15-5:30 PM Boys Soccer Practice
· 6PM 5/6 Williamsburg Informational Meeting (Media Center)
Wednesday, October 11
· Count Day
· 7-8AM Cross Country Practice
· 11AM BCS Friends of Different Learners Building Coffee (Digital Video West)
· 11:45AM-2:45PM Field Trip – Brown/Arbaugh to Linden Park
· 6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice
· 4PM Boys Soccer Game – Home vs. Bloomfield Hills MS
Thursday, October 12
· 9:15AM Fire Drill
· 9:15AM 3/4 Room Parent Meeting (Media Center)
· 4PM Cross Country Meet – Home vs. East Hills MS
· 4PM Girls Basketball Game – Away @ Cranbrook MS
· 4:15-5:30PM Boys Soccer Practice
· 6:30PM 3/4 Coney Bingo (Cafeteria)
Friday, October 13
· 6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice
· 9:15AM 5/6 Room Parent Meeting (Media Center)
· 4PM Boys Soccer Game – Home vs. Cranbrook MS
Saturday, October 14
· 9-11AM Saturday School at Berkshire
Sunday, October 15
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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 at 6:30 PM, Inside Out (Check out the flyer)
Thursday, October 26 – BCS Ice Cream Social at 6:30 PM (for all BCS families)
CONGRATS TO THE BCS DEBATE TEAM
On Saturday, October 7, the BCS Debate Team competed in their first tournament of the season, the Wayne State Invitational. 11 BCS students competed to earn BCS the Tournament Championship! Arya G and Julia R represented BCS in the final round and won with a unanimous judge vote. BCS also earned 5 of the 10 Individual Speaking awards: Erika Y – 6th, Arya G – 7th, Julia R – 8th, Elizabeth S – 9th, and Luke G – 10th.
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. 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.
BCS PROUD DADS ANNUAL MEETING
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. Check out the flyer for all the details!
FEEDBACK ON THE SUMMER PACKETS
At BCS we are always seeking to improve the educational experience we provide to our students. We appreciate and value your thoughts and ideas and invite you to reflect on the 2017 Summer Packet in order to help us with our process of continual improvement. If you have children at different grade levels, you can complete the survey multiple times. Thank you in advance for taking the time to give us your feedback of how to improve the summer packet experience for our students. Click the following link to complete the brief survey: https://goo.gl/forms/wvhhceU9b0vKnnCG3.
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: empathy habit recognizing emotions)
· November 16 – The Blind Side PG-13 (Check out the flyer: empathy habit having a moral identity)
· December 21 – Nightmare Before Christmas PG (empathy habit understanding the needs of others)
· January 18 – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial PG (empathy habit having a moral imagination)
· February 15 – Trolls PG (empathy habit keeping your cool)
· March 15 – The BFG PG (empathy habit practicing kindness)
· April 19 – Freaky Friday PG (empathy habit thinking “us” not “them”)
· May 17 – Zootopia PG (empathy habit is sticking your neck out)
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.
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
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 (email@example.com). Click on the BCS Spirit Wear flyer for all the details and the order form.
DONATE USED ITEMS TO THE DAV THROUGH THE COLLECTION BIN AT BCS!
We continue to team with the Disabled American Veterans and are collecting clothes, shoes, toys and small house appliances. There is a collection bin in the northeast corner of the BCS parking lot. All items donated will go to disabled American Veterans. BCS receives $50 for every full bin and the money we raise will continue to support the village of Chilupula in Zambia, Africa. When you are cleaning through closets and drawers, please consider donating the items to the Disabled American Veterans via the collection bin in the BCS parking lot.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
CHOICE HOUR UPDATE
QII CHOICE HOUR SHEETS ARE DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 9
QII choice hour selection sheets were distributed to each homeroom on the week of October 2 and QII choice hour selections were posted late Friday September 29th. The selection sheets and booklets are also available online at the BCS Choice Hour Page. Each student should receive a selection sheet to bring home or you can print one from the BCS website. QII Choice Hour selections are due no later than 4:00 PM Monday October 9th. QII begins Wednesday November 8th, 2017 and ends Friday January 26th, 2018. 4th and 5th graders will receive an application and informational parent letter regarding 4-5 Science Olympiad participation. Please read the instructions very carefully and return with your selection sheet by the deadline. This class will be held on Wednesdays.
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.
QII SPORTS TEAMS
6-8 Girls’ Swimming Choice Hour class will be held on Monday and Wednesday – please select these classes if you intend to swim for the BCS girls’ swim team. You must have an “orange slip” to participate. See Coaches Johansson or Brown if you have questions.
7-8 Boys’ Basketball will be on Tuesday and Thursday – team selections will take place after try-outs. You must have an “orange slip” to participate. See Coaches Braisted and Bodle if you have questions.
If you do not understand the Choice Hour process, call Kathy Juriga at 203-4426 regarding scheduling and Courtney Bassett at 203-4625 regarding class content, attendance policies, choice hour absences, or if you are interested in teaching a Choice Hour class. Thank you for your continued support of the Choice Hour program.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org
· 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.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 THROUGH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 :
*First week of change*
View the 3/4 PE Schedule for 2017-18
Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will SWIM. Remember to bring a bag for suits and towels.
Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will be in the GYM. Be sure your child wears appropriate shoes – NO FLIP FLOPS!
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
BIRMINGHAM AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY NETWORK MEETING 10/9/2017
The meeting will take place at Groves High School in the Staff Planning room from 6-8PM. Read the BAAFN Meeting Agenda.
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.
DISTRICT WIDE KIDS CLUB NOVEMBER 7
Skyhawks and Community Ed will offer a day long kids club opportunity on Tuesday, November 7. See the District Wide Kids Club Flyer for more information.
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