October 15, 2017
What a great week at BCS! The energy and passion for learning among our community continues to be prevalent daily. 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. Jason and I are looking forward to seeing all our “proud dads” at the BCS Proud Dads annual meeting tomorrow, 10/16/17, at 7:00 PM at Duggan’s (31501 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073). Stay afterward if your schedule permits to enjoy Monday Night Football and each other’s company.
With fall in full swing, we thought it would be a good time to seek your feedback on the BCS summer learning packets. 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.
Be sure your child shows their creativity through the PTSA Reflections program! The 2017-2018 Program has kicked off and projects are due Friday, November 10. This year’s theme is “Within Reach.” Write a story, draw or take a picture, make a movie, make music, perform a dance. Click the Student Packet for all the details, entry form, and rules. All artwork, can be placed in the Reflections box in the Media Center.
We would like to remind you that BCS will celebrate Halloween on Tuesday, October 31 which is a half day for BCS students (11:30 AM dismissal-no choice hour). At BCS, we welcome parents and guardians to join in our festivities which will begin with our annual all-school parade at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 31. Parents should remain outside to avoid congestion in our hallways (weather permitting, we’ll parade indoors if it’s raining), and the students will proceed outside on the sidewalk at the east end of building, circling around the front of the school, then the walkway in front of the pool to the west end of the school by the bus loop. The parade will begin with the 3/4 students followed by 5/6 and 7/8 students. The classroom parties will immediately follow the parade back in the students’ homerooms/academic labs around 10:20 AM. The parties will conclude at 11:15 AM to clean up and prepare for dismissal at 11:30 a.m. (no Choice Hour on half days). Please be sure your child is dressed in an appropriate costume for school in order to avoid scaring any of our younger students.
We ask that students avoid the following:
Some suggestions for costumes include: Inventors, Animals, clothing from an historical period, Presidents, Ethnic clothing, Community helpers (police, fire fighter…), Super heroes, Careers (doctor, teacher, engineer…), Book characters, Sports (football player, snowboarder, marathoner…), Friendly characters, Food. You could even develop a costume that embraces our BCS Theme Empathy! Remember that children tend to “act” their costumes, so the appropriateness of the costume is important. Thank you in advance for helping make this day an enjoyable one for our students. Happy Halloween!
BCS is a great place to be! We’re looking forward to another great week of learning together at BCS where lean in and lead with EMPATHY!
Wishing you well,
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Character Connections Word of the week: COLLABORATION/TEAMWORK
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.
· “I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.” –
· “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –
· “Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” –
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of October 16-October 22
To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email email@example.com by WEDNESDAY at 5PM
Monday, October 16
· 7-8AM Cross Country Practice
· 6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice
· 4PM Boys Soccer Game – Away @ CranbrookMS
· 4:30-6:30PM BCS Play Auditions (Cafeteria)
· 7PM Proud Dad’s Annual Meeting (Duggan’s on Woodward)
Tuesday, October 17
· 7:45AM PTSA Bagel Sales
· 4PM Girls Basketball Game – Home vs. Country Day MS
· 4PM Cross Country Meet – Home vs. Royal Oak MS
· 4:10-6PM Debate Long Practice (Media Center)
· 4:15-5:30 PM Boys Soccer Practice
· 6-7PM BCS Play Parent Meeting (Media Center)
· 7PM BPS Board Meeting (Education & Administration Building)
Wednesday, October 18
· 7-8AM Cross Country Practice
· 6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice
· 4PM Boys Soccer Game – Home vs. Novi MS
· 4:30-6:30PM BCS Play Callbacks (Cafeteria)
Thursday, October 19
· 7:15AM NJHS Induction Ceremony (Gym)
· 3:20-4:10PM Cross Country Practice
· 4PM Girls Basketball Game – Away @ East Hills MS
· 4:15-5:30PM Boys Soccer Practice
· 6:30PM BCS Movie Night featuring Insider Out (Media Center)
Friday, October 20
· 6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice
· 4PM Cross Country Meet – Away – North Division Meet
· 4:15-5:30PM Boys Soccer Practice
Saturday, October 21
· Fall Forensics Tournament #1 (BCS)
· 9-11AM Saturday School at Berkshire Middle School
Sunday, October 22
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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!
SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS
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)
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)
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. 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! Questions? Email Mrs. Bassett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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.
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.
CONSIDER HAVING A NUT FREE OPTION AT YOUR HOUSE FOR HALLOWEEN
Thanks to Pierce’s Allergy Awareness Committee for these Allergy Tips during the Halloween season…
Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions that may prohibit kids from enjoying candy. Last year, almost 18,000 households from all 50 states participated. Here are "get started" guides to help you create a safer, happier Halloween in your community!
1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available.
3. Display a free printable sign or premium poster from FARE to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin.
NUT FREE CANDY LIST includes items such as: Dum Dum Lollipops, Dots, Double Bubble, Bo & Ty Sweets, Charms Blow Pops, Good & Plenty, Haribo Gummis, Jolly Rancher Hard Candy, Junior Mints, Laffy Taffy, Lifesaver Gummies, Mike and Ikes, Now and Laters, Peeps, Pez, Red Vines, Runts, Skittles, Smarties, Sour Patch Kids, Starburst Candy, Swedish, Fish, Sweet Tarts, Tootsie Pops & Tootsie Rolls, Twizzlers, Wonka’s Nerds & Nerds Rope, Surf Sweets, York Peppermint Patties
*Remember to double check the ingredients each and every time as recipes and manufacturing practices change periodically. There are many other allergies besides peanuts and tree nuts so NON-FOOD treats are best!
NON-FOOD HALLOWEEN TREATS include options such as: Stickers, Pencils, Erasers, Bubbles, Tattoos, Spider rings
For more safe candy and snack options visit https://snacksafely.com/2017/09/safe-snack-guide-halloween-2017-edition/.
CHOICE HOUR UPDATE
QII CHOICE HOUR SHEETS WERE 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. 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.
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 email@example.com
· 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
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 :
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and number of people attending. View the Angst Movie Flyer.
GROVES GARAGE SALE
Thursday-Friday, Oct. 19-20 (Drop off) Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 21-22 (Sale)
The Groves High School PTSA is seeking donations of items for their annual Garage Sale event, which raises funds for classrooms and students at the school. Donations can be dropped off at the school from 3:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19-20. The sale will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22 at the high school, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road in Beverly Hills. Sale hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22. For questions about drop off or the sale, email Carol at email@example.com.
FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT LEARNERS NOVEMBER MEETING
November 2, 2017 – 7PM @ BCS
Please join us for a presentation by Toby Beach LMSW, a therapist specializing in anxiety, where concerned parents will learn to identify childhood anxiety, understand its roots and learn how a child can be helped, both at home and at school. See the FODL November Meeting Flyer.
QUARTON 90TH ANNIVERSARY COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1-3PM
Are you a former Quarton staff member or a Quarton alumnus or alumnae? Quarton Elementary School will celebrate their 90th anniversary with a Community Open House on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The school is currently seeking former staff members as well as any alumni to share their history and join them for the Open House event. See the Quarton 90th Anniversary Flyer for details or visit www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Quarton90
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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