November 12, 2017

Hello BCS!






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.  While reflections projects were due Friday, we could still use some help sorting the project on Monday and Tuesday this week.  Please consider volunteering with Diana Patterson to help collect the artwork, and process the entries for judging!  Click to sign up to help out! For questions, contact Diana at We hope to see families come out to our next BCS Movie Night, Queen of Katwe (rated PG), this Thursday at 6:30 PM in the staff development room at BCS. Check out the flyer for all the details.  We look forward to focusing on the theme of empathy and habit of moral identity with which the film aligns.  See you there!


We have finished the first quarter and report cards will be available through PowerSchool tomorrow, Monday, November 13 for grades 5-8 (in all classes/subjects) and sent home via hard copy with our 3/4 students (all classes/subjects except co-curricular where grades occur after quarters 2 and 4) tomorrow as well.  Fall 2017 NWEA reports will come home this week on Monday in 3/4 report card envelopes and will be mailed out on Wednesday for students in grades 5-8.  We also look forward to seeing our families next week at conferences on Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21 from 1-4 PM and 5-8 PM (both days are half days for students with buses running at our 11:30 AM dismissal-no choice hour).


Planning for conferences with your child’s teachers – let’s keep a growth mindset at the forefront of our partnership in supporting our students’ learning.  When you attend parent-teacher conferences next week, consider asking questions that are focused on the learning process and effort in learning, not only on results or “the grade”. Here are a few questions that keep our focus on a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset:

·        Is my child an active participant in class?

·        What are the areas of growth for my child?

·        How does my child react to the mistakes he/she makes academically, socially or behaviorally?

·        How does my child show risk-taking in class?

Our teachers look forward to seeing you at this week’s conferences.


And finally…check this out!  Our BCS community rallied and sent in hundreds of pounds of candy in our Treats for Troops collection drive after Halloween.  Thank you to our Green Team Choice Hour for coordinating the drive and Thank YOU for your support of this great effort in honor of Veteran’s Day.  The troops are going to love it!


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,

Mark Morawski

Twitter: @mark_morawski #BCSLearns

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Character Connections Word of the week: HONESTY

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.

·        “Without adversity a person hardly knows whether they are honest or not.” Henry Fielding

·        Honesty prospers in every condition of life.” Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

·        Honest hearts produce honest actions.” Brigham Young


WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of November 13-November 19

To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email by WEDNESDAY at 5PM

Monday, November 13

·        7-8AM Boys Basketball Practice

·        3:20-5PM Girls Swim Practice, 5:05PM Parent Meeting

Tuesday, November 14

·        7:45AM PTSA Bagel Sales

·        12:45M P7/8 Ambassador Training (600A)

·        3:20-4:10PM Boys Basketball Practice

·        4:10-6PM Play Practice (Cast Only)

·        4:15-5:30PM Girls Swim Practice

·        6:30PM Snow Club Parent Information Meeting (Media Center)

·        7PM Blast Meeting (401)

Wednesday, November 15

·        Book Fair Open

·        7-8AM Boys Basketball Practice

·        3:20-5PM Girls Swim Practice (Time Trials)

Thursday, November 16

·        Book Fair Open

·        3:20-5PM Boys Basketball Practice, 5PM Parent Meeting

·        4:10-6PM Play Practice (Cast Only)

·        4:15-5:30PM Girls Swim Practice

·        6:30PM BCS Movie Night

Friday, November 17

·        Book Fair Open

·        7-8AM Boys Basketball Practice

·        7:30AM MSAN Conference

·        11:05AM 5/6 Ambassador Training (Staff Development)

·        12:45PM IA Visit for 8th Graders (DVW)

·        2:30PM 4th Grade Ambassador Training (3/4 Science Lab)

·        4:15-5:30PM Girls Swim Practice

Saturday, November 18

·        State Forensics Tournament (Okemos High School)

·        9-11 AM Saturday School at Berkshire – Stop on by to get help with homework, studying, etc.

Sunday, November 19



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While reflections projects were due Friday, we could still use some help sorting the project on Monday and Tuesday this week.  Please consider volunteering with Diana Patterson to help collect the artwork, and process the entries for judging!  Click to sign up to help out! For questions, contact Diana at



On Saturday, November 11 the BCS Debate Team competed in their 3rd Debate tournament of the season. 5 pairs competed to help BCS finish in 1st and 2nd place overall! Arya G and Sam B were the tournament champions and Ava M and Luke G were the runner-ups. Individual Speaker awards were also received by: Arya G (1st Place), Ava M (4th Place), and Luke G (5th Place). The team will compete in their State Competition in December!



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.​



BCS will be holding a community Open House on Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 1-3. We average 600 guests at the Open House; so needless to say, it wouldn't be possible without the amazing support of the BCS families. If you are able to volunteer your time, please sign up at  BCS Open House Your help is greatly appreciated!  



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 8th Grade Parents: Make sure to think about ordering an ad for your graduate! Questions? Contact Michelle D'Orazio at



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, 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)



As we head into the holiday season, the Blast Committee is asking for your assistance.  BCS is hosting its annual fundraiser, the BCS Blast on March 18, 2018.  We are in need of auction items. We highly encourage you to think about your network and contacts...particularly those that, without you, we would otherwise have no personal connection.  For example…

·        Do you run your own business from which you can donate items or services?

·        Do your neighbors/friends have their own businesses?

·        Do you have season tickets to a sports event and you don’t plan to use them all?

·        Do you have a vacation home/time share you won’t need to use?

·        Consider donating these or other items to our 2018 Blast Auction.

Below you will find links to the 2018 Solicitation letter and Donation Form. Please contact Jennifer Peterson at with any questions or to pick up a donation. Donation information can also be entered directly at  Thank you for taking the time to consider our request, and know we deeply appreciate your dedication to BCS and our students.


Your Blast & Auction Chairs 

Ryan Abney & Jennifer Peterson

Click the links for the Solicitation letter and the Donation Form!


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!




The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour class change will be Tuesday November 21st by 11:30 AM.  Choice Hour class change request forms will be available in the main office beginning Wednesday November 15th.   Classes with openings will be listed on the back of the Choice Hour class change request form.  Please read the change form very carefully.  Changes are processed on a first come first served basis!!


Students requesting a change must attend their originally assigned classes up to and including Friday November 17th.  ALL Choice Hour changes that are approved will go into effect on Monday November 27th.  You will receive timely notification if your Choice Hour change request is denied.


Choice Hour drop refunds will be processed for classes dropped during the Choice Hour change period which ends at 11:30 AM on Friday November 21st. No refunds will be processed after the Friday November 21st deadline.


No Choice Hour drops, adds and/or changes will be accepted over the phone or via email.  All Choice Hour change requests require a parent’s signature.  Please pick up the proper paperwork at the front desk beginning Wednesday November 15th.


There are still several families that have not turned in their student’s QII selection sheets. We understand that you may have sent a selection sheet and payment to school with your child but we have not received them.


Choice Hour is not optional! Students are required to attend Choice Hour three days per week.  If you are requesting that your child is waived from the Choice Hour program then visit for a waiver form.  Waivers require signature approval from Mr. Morawski or Mr. Hill. Thank you for always supporting the Choice Hour program!



Please call (248-203-4625), send in a note, or email Courtney Bassett at if your child is going to be absent from Choice Hour for any reason!  Students that do not have Choice Hour on any given day need to be picked up by 3:20 PM.  Students that do not have a Choice Hour class and are not picked up by 3:30 PM will be charged a $5.00 fee.




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. For more information, visit the BCS Media Center website at or the official Baldwin Battle of the Books website at  Questions can be emailed to librarian Ann Truesdell at atruesdell@birmingham.k12.mi.usSave the date for the district-wide Baldwin Battle of the Books on Saturday, February 10, 2017!  



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:  (Sign Up Genius). 



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:



Click the link to find out what students can do in the library and what the library provides for you:




View the 3/4 PE Schedule for 2017-18

Frishman, Seley, Maliszewski, and ParWall 3 will be in the GYM.

Butzin, Davis, Harvath, and ParWall 4 will SWIM.




Tryouts:  None

Times: 7:00am to 8:00am 
Meeting Dates: 11/28, 11/30, 12/5, 12/7, 12/12, 12/14, 12/19, 1/4, 1/9.  For more specifics on our boys IM basketball team click IM flyer link.

Registration:  In order to participate, each student must have a current year physical on file in the office and the participate fee must have been paid. If your child is interested in joining either team, please know of the procedural steps they will need to follow to receive an orange clearance slip from the office to be able practice, tryout or play…

·        Students must register on line at

·        Students must turn a sports physical into the office dated on or after 4/15/2017 (any walk in clinic can provide this at a low rate)




This Spanish Choice Hour class will provide support and enrichment for our 7/8 students to get support for the more complicated Spanish I and II concepts such as grammar, vocabulary, and more complex verb tenses as well as providing enrichment learning opportunities such as expansion of culture and history. This class will be taught by Mrs. DeSimone.  This opportunity is open to 7/8 students, though preference will be given to 8th graders in Spanish II in preparation for High School Spanish.  Students can sign up for one or both days of the Tuesday/Wednesday course offering. Since scheduling has already passed, please email Courtney Bassett at if your student would like to enroll in this class. Please include your student’s name, grade, and which day(s) your student would like to take the course. Please submit requests ASAP.




The Baldwin Public Library is in the initial design phase of a proposed expansion and renovation of its Youth Services wing. A community forum about the project will take place on Monday, November 13, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Library. Parents, caregivers, children, residents, and other community members are welcome to attend.

The goals of the project are:

·        To enhance Baldwin’s ability to serve the children of this community 

·        To increase the value that the Library delivers to residents and businesses; and 

·        To strengthen Birmingham’s civic center  

People wishing to comment on the Youth Services expansion and renovation, but unable to attend the community forum on November 13, may send their thoughts to Director Doug Koschik at or call him at 248-554-4681.



We know that our students soar because of our teachers, and you can help BPS teachers bring innovative ideas to life in and out of the classroom! Watch your mailbox for this year’s Birmingham Education Foundation flyer, or make your donation online:



New Ways to Manage Unfriendly Behavior and Bullying

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Groves High School, Birmingham, MI and check out this flyer!

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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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