October 29, 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. Be sure to stop by BCS this week!
· Tuesday is our annual Halloween Parade at 10 AM, and you can check out all the costumes (staff fun with idioms and see below for more details).
· Thursday is our next PTSA meeting at 6:15 PM in the staff development room.
· Friday is our first Proud Dads Eat and Run of the year. Proud Moms, Dads, Aunts, Loved Ones, join your BCS kid(s) & their friends for lunch and fun this Friday, November 3, 2017 (3/4 at 11:45am; 5/6 at 11:05am and 7/8 at 12:45pm).
· The final day for placing Spirit Wear orders for the fabulous NEW items is this Wednesday, November 1, and don’t forget…
· Daylight Savings Time Ends on Sunday, November 5th so be sure to set your clocks back one hour!
A final reminder that BCS will celebrate Halloween this 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!
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.
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 always embracing our BCS Moral Compass!
Wishing you well,
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Character Connections Word of the week: POSITIVITY
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.
· “Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” – William James
· “Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.” – Harvey Mackay
· “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of October 30-November 5
To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email email@example.com by WEDNESDAY at 5PM
Monday, October 30
· 4PM Girls Basketball Game – Away vs. Bloomfield Hills MS
· 4PM Boys Soccer Game – Home vs. West Hills MS
· 4:30PM Cross Country League Meet (Limited Runners, Re-Scheduled Date, @ Cranbrook)
Tuesday, October 31
· Half Day – Happy Halloween! Dismissal at 11:30am (No Choice Hour on Half Days)
· 7:45AM PTSA Bagel Sales
· 10-11:30AM Halloween Parade & Classroom Parties
Wednesday, November 1
· 8AM – 3PM Religious Diversity Journey – Adat Shalom Synagogue
· 3:20-4:10PM Boys Soccer Practice
· 6PM Chicago Spanish/Band/Orchestra Trip Informational Meeting (Media Center)
Thursday, November 2
· 3:20-4:10PM Cross Country Practice
· 3:20-4:10PM Girls Basketball Practice
· 6:15PM PTSA Meeting (Staff Development)
Friday, November 3
· Proud Dad’s Eat & Run
o 11:05-11:45 – 5/6
o 11:45-12:25 – 3/4
o 12:45 PM – 7/8
· 4:10-6PM Forensics Long Practice
Saturday, November 4
· 9-11AM Saturday School at Berkshire
Sunday, November 5
• Daylight Savings Time Ends – Set Clocks Back
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CONGRATS TO THE BCS DEBATE TEAM
On Saturday, October 28, BCS competed their second debate tournament of the season. BCS finished in 2nd place overall and took home 8 of the top 10 speaker awards! Quarterfinalists included Jack H and Perry J. Semi-Finalists included Arya G, Julia R, Alaina W, and Nolan P. Finalists and runner-ups were Elizabeth S and Chloe P. Individual Speaker awards were given to: Elizabeth S (1st Place), Chloe P (2nd Place), Ava M (4th Place), Alaina W (5th Place), Arya G (6th Place), Julia R (7th Place), Erika Y (8th Place), Nolan P (10th Place). Go cobras!
LAST CHANCE FOR BCS SPIRIT WEAR
The final day for placing Spirit Wear orders for the fabulous NEW items is November 1st. If you are planning to come to school for Halloween, it is a perfect time to turn in your order forms! Please make checks payable to Bloomfield Sports Shop. If you have any questions contact Alicia Acey (firstname.lastname@example.org). Be sure to check out the order form!
PROUD DADS EAT & RUN – JOIN US
Be sure to stop by BCS on Friday, November 3, for the first BCS Proud Dads Eat & Run of the year. Proud Moms, Dads, Aunts, Loved Ones, join your BCS kid(s) & their friends for lunch and fun on Friday, November 3, 2017. Click on the flyer for all the details!
· 11:05-11:45 – 5/6
· 11:45-12:25 – 3/4
· 12:45 PM – 7/8
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
BCS Proud Dads Snow Club 2017 – 2018
Our BCS Proud Dads are gearing up for this year’s snow club for 3rdthrough 8th graders. We will pass out application packets after the Parent Information meeting on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 PM in the BCS media center. Applications will also be available in the main office starting Nov. 15th or on the BCS website. We will begin to accept applications on Tuesday, November 28th at 8:00 a.m. at the table located outside the main office. Click on the information letter with all the relevant details if you’re interested in signing up your child for this year’s club.
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. Also, the Book Fair is open during conferences and is looking for volunteers, so click on the Sign Up Link to offer your support.
Specific information and links to sign up for conferences will be shared at the end of the day tomorrow, Monday, October 30.
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. Check out the list below and be sure to save the dates for this fun, monthly, family event!
· November 16 – Queen of Katwe (title change), PG (Check out the flyer: empathy habit having a moral identity) – Note Room Change: BCS Staff Development Room
· 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)
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.
MEDIA CENTER UPDATE
SAVE THE DATE FOR BPS/BALDWIN BIRBERY READING PROGRAM!
The Birbery Reading Program is a program brought to you by the BPS middle schools and Baldwin Public Library for all BPS 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. It is a “Mock Newbery” program that is aimed at promoting newly released, high quality literature (possible Newbery Award contenders) to our students while fostering their love of reading. Students read from a selected list of 10 books, attend book clubs, and then participate in a building-level Quiz Bowl style trivia game to see which students will advance onto the Birbery Committee at Baldwin Library. Titles for this year will be announced at BCS on Monday, November 6 (for 6th graders) and Wednesday, November 8th (for 7/8 students). Books will be available for checkout at BCS and Baldwin Library on Friday, November 10th. For more information, visit the BCS Media Center Birbery website at https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/4309.
SAVE THE DATE FOR BALDWIN BATTLE OF THE BOOKS!
Battle of the Books is a program sponsored by Baldwin Public Library and supported by BPS Media Specialists to encourage and foster students’ enjoyment of reading. Fourth and fifth grade students, read from a selected list of six books, form teams with an adult coach, and then participate in a district-wide contest where they will compete with other teams by answering questions based on the books. Titles for this year will be announced at the Battle Kick-Off held for 4th and 5th graders at BCS on Friday, November 3, 2017. Save the date for the district-wide Baldwin Battle of the Books on Saturday, February 10, 2017! For more information, visit the BCS Media Center website at https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/4308 or the official Baldwin Battle of the Books website at http://www.baldwinlib.org/battle.
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!
SEAHOLM OPEN HOUSE
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, 5:00-7:30 p.m. , 2436 W. Lincoln, Birmingham, MI 48009
Visit Seaholm High School for their annual Open House. Explore the school with guided tours from students and staff. Get your questions answered and learn why Seaholm consistently ranks among the best high schools in the state. Are you a community member interested in learning more about Seaholm and Birmingham Public Schools? We encourage you to stop by and learn more about the school as well! Can’t make it? Contact Seaholm today to set up a private tour by emailing PDavis@birmingham.k12.mi.us or calling 248.203.3725.
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.
GROVES HIGH SCHOOL ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
All are invited to attend the School-wide Open House at Groves High School. As a National School of Character, Groves inspires students to find and pursue their passion as well as set high expectations for academic achievement. Students will be on hand to help potential students, parents and community members see Groves and its programs through walking tours. Faculty members, administrators and parent volunteers are available to answer questions.
Groves Open House, Monday, November 6, 2017, 5:00-7:30 p.m., Enter at the Pool Doors (NW corner of building)
COMMUNITY NEWS AND INFORMATION FOLLOWS…
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/.
OAKLAND COUNTY’S ANNUAL COMMUNITY RESOURCE DAY EVENT
November 1st, 10 am-1 pm. This year the event is being held at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. This event is for anyone seeking services, not just those that are homeless. There will be a food pantry on site as well as a clothing closet. See the Resource Day Event Flyer for more details.
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.
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.
SURVIVING THE SOCIAL JUNGLE CONFERENCE
New Ways to Manage Unfriendly Behavior and Bullying
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Groves High School, Birmingham, MI
http://survivingthesocialjungle.com/ and check out this flyer!
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Surviving-the-Social-Jungle-1889951411227123/
Professional Track: 9:00-2:15 Lunch included, (SCECH Credits available through Oakland Schools)
Adult and Kid Track: 9:00-12:15 (3rd-5th and Middle School) w/ a Special Station for Girl Scouts
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