October 22, 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. We look forward to seeing our families this Thursday evening for our annual Ice Cream Social from 6:30-8:00 PM in the cafeteria sponsored by our amazing BCS PTSA.
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.
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.
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 always embracing our BCS Moral Compass!
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.
· “None of us is as smart as all of us.” –
· “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” –
· “Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” –
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of October 23-October 29
To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email firstname.lastname@example.org by WEDNESDAY at 5PM
Monday, October 23
· 7-8AM Cross Country Practice
· 6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice
· 3:20-5PM Boys Soccer Practice
Tuesday, October 24
· 7:45AM PTSA Bagel Sales
· 4PM Girls Basketball Game – Home vs. Warner MS
· 4:30PM Cross Country League Meet
· 4:15-5:30 PM Boys Soccer Practice
· 7PM Masquerade Concert (Seaholm High School)
Wednesday, October 25
· 7-8AM Cross Country Practice
· 6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice
· 12PM 5/6 Team to A Choral Masquerade Concert (Seaholm High School)
· 4PM Boys Soccer Game – Away @ East Hills MS
· 6PM Cook/Lowery Parent Q&A (Room 506)
Thursday, October 26
· 10:50AM Lockdown Drill
· 11AM-12PM Picture Re-Take Day
· 3:20-4:10PM Cross Country Practice
· 4PM Girls Basketball Game – Away @ Berkshire MS
· 4:15-5:30PM Boys Soccer Practice
· 6:30-7:30PM Ice Cream Social (Cafeteria)
Friday, October 27
· 6:45-8AM Girls Basketball Practice
· 4PM Cross Country Meet – Away – North Division Meet
· 4:15-5:30PM Boys Soccer Practice
Saturday, October 28
· Debate Tournament #2 (Groves High School)
· 9-11AM Saturday School at Berkshire (stop on by and get some extra help on homework and studying from NHS high school students on site and available)
Sunday, October 29
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CONGRATS TO THE BCS FORENSICS TEAM
On Saturday, October 21, BCS competed in and hosted their first forensics team of the season. BCS had 34 entries into the tournament and every entry placed, earning an award! BCS took home championships in 11 out of the 15 events! See the individual results here.
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 email@example.com.
*Download the Student Packet
*Details on the BCS Website
HALLOWEEN AT bCS
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!
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!
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!
· 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 at the end of the day on Monday, October 30.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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!
OPTIONAL 7/8 BAND/ORCHESTRA AND SPANISH TRIP TO CHICAGO
7/8 students will have the opportunity to go to Chicago April 27 – 28, 2018. Students will be able to choose either the Spanish exposure trip or the band/orchestra enrichment trip. Please click Chicago for more details. There will be an information meeting on Wednesday, November 1, 6:00pm in the Media Center. Online registration will open on Friday, November 3 at 6:00am.
COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…
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.
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/.
ARGGGG, MATEY!!!! THE PIRATES ARE COMING TO GROVES!
Groves Performing Arts Company proudly presents the absurdly humorous Gilbert & Sullivan musical, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE! The musical takes this much loved classic piece of musical theatre from an operetta to a pop-operetta. The pirates dance in hip hop style, the Pirate King raps, and there is a funky syntho-beat on several songs that will have you dancing in your seat!! And, well, there are PIRATES, so you know it will be a fun show! This show takes place in Groves’ Little Theatre as the renovation in the main auditorium continues. Instead of having 1000 seats available there are just 300 seats available for each performance, so GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY!! Tickets are on sale NOW in the main office at Groves High School on school days between 7:15 am and 3:15 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students (K – 12)
The show will run November 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11 beginning at 7:00 pm, and November 4, 5, and 12 starting at 2:00 pm. The Little Theatre at Groves can be easily accessed from the parking lot that is in front of the football field off of 13 Mile Road. The address for Wylie E. Groves High School is 20500 West 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025. Any questions, please contact Leisa Passarelli at LPassarelli@birmingham.k12.mi.us
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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