Sunday, October 11, 2009

WAG Oct 12-16, 2009

October 11, 2009

Dear BCS Parents,

I hope your weekend has been enjoyable and restful! While Michigan State pulled off another victory, it looks like it may be a long year for us Michigan fans! We’ll see how the Lions do today against the world champion Pittsburgh Steelers. For you Chips, it looks like your team is the real deal!

This summer I was given a book to read that can be inspirational to all of us. I am Potential, Eight Lessons on Living, Loving and Reaching Your Dreams is written by Patrick Henry Hughes. Patrick Henry was born with a rare genetic disorder. His arms could not straighten, his legs would never allow him to walk, and he was born with no eyes. The eight lessons Patrick points out can motivate every one of us, no matter what we do in life and no matter what challenges have been placed before us. As I read over a few chapters this weekend I was compelled to share these lessons with you and ask that we all reflect on what we can learn from such a brave individual.

The state of Michigan is in horrible shape right now and every school district will feel pressure if they haven’t already. This pressure has already been placed on us in one form or another as many of us have had friends and family members lose their jobs. It should be our mission to persevere through these tough times and build a brighter future for the students at BCS! The eight lessons provide a road map for us to follow so we can turn whatever challenge that lies ahead into an opportunity.

1. When life gives you lemons, accept them and be grateful.
2. Do all you can to change what you can.
3. Pursue your passion as if your life depends on it.
4. Be the you your mother would be proud of.
5. The best personal heroes can be found close to home.
6. Set the course, then burn the map.
7. Love, given freely, multiplies and returns.
8. Live each day like the last day of summer vacation.

BCS… We are Potential!

Have a great week


“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.” -Liane Cordes

(Disclaimer: Please check all your calendars and in case we missed something)

Monday, October 12
Choice hour booklets for 2nd quarter are available at
6:45AM – 7th & 8th grade girls basketball practice
8:30-11:45AM – Roberts/Joseph homerooms on field trip to Rouge River – long pants, warm jacket and waders or appropriate footwear are needed.
9:30AM – 3/4 Room Parents Meeting
4 PM – Boys Soccer Game @ Cranbrook.
6-7PM – Proud Dads Co-ed Tennis at Pine Lake Country Club, indoor courts

Tuesday, October 13
7-8AM – Proud Dads 5th & 6th grade girls basketball
8-8:20AM – Bagel sale in front of the media center by the 8th grade celebration committee
8-8:30AM – Pick up Sally Foster orders on the cafeteria stage
9:30 AM – BBFA Meeting - “Sibling Rivalry” at the Gary M. Doyle Center
3-4:15PM – Pick up Sally Foster orders on the cafeteria stage
3:15-4:00PM – School store is open in the main hallway during choice hour
4 PM – 7th grade girls basketball game vs. Anderson at home; 8th grade immediately following
4:05 – 5:35PM – Boys soccer practice
6:30PM – BCS Technology Committee Meeting-Room 70
7PM – BLAST Committee Meeting – media center
7 PM - BBFA Meeting – “Power Struggles” at the Gary M. Doyle Center

Wednesday, October 14
6:45AM – 7th & 8th grade girls basketball practice
8-8:30AM – Pick up Sally Foster orders on the cafeteria stage
8:30-11:45AM – Cook/Bishop homerooms on field trip to Rouge River – long pants, warm jacket and waders or appropriate footwear are needed.
3-4:15PM – Pick up Sally Foster orders on the cafeteria stage
4 PM – Boys soccer game @ Detroit Country Day.
Popcorn Day – freshly popped popcorn is sold during choice hour for $1 in the main hallway.

Thursday, October 15
7-8AM – Proud Dads 5th & 6th grade girls basketball
12:30PM – Lunch with the Principal in Staff Development I (located down 600 Hall). Bring your lunch for this informal time with the principal to ask questions and learn his perspectives.
1:15PM – PTSA Clearinghouse Meeting in Staff Development I-All are invited to learn about the activities and operations of the PTSA at BCS. Bring a friend or meet new friends.
· 4 PM – 7th grade girls basketball game vs. East Hills Middle School at home; 8th grade immediately following.
4:05 – 5:35PM – Boys soccer practice
5-6:30PM – Proud Dads Co-ed Flag Football for 3rd – 8th graders

Friday, October 16
6:45AM – 7th & 8th grade girls basketball practice
8:30-11:45AM – Fitzgerald/Maliszewski homerooms on field trip to Rouge River – long pants, warm jacket and waders or appropriate footwear are needed.
· DEADLINE: Choice hour selections sheets are due by 4PM today.
· Deadline: Articles for E-Bugle due today
4:05 – 5:35PM – Boys soccer practice
6:30 – 8:30PM – 7/8 Nightclub Dance - $5 admission payable at the door
Hot Entrée menu for the week: (subject to change, if necessary)
- Available everyday: Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese Breadsticks
Monday –Chicken Fajitas w/toppings, steamed rice w/steamed carrots
Tuesday –Baked Chicken Strips w/rice blend & steamed carrots
Wednesday – Calzones, pepperoni & Cheese w/green beans
Thursday –Chicken or vegetable egg rolls w/brown rice or fresh fruit w/yogurt & whole grain muffin
Friday –Vegetable pasta primavera or Greek salad w/diced chicken

OPEN HOUSE VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDThe BCS Community Connections Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming BCS Open House taking place on Sunday, November 15th. We are looking for volunteers to help with many tasks including stuffing packets, hanging signs the Friday before the event, as well as working at the Open House itself. Please contact Becky Bachand at or 248.593.8234 if you can help. Thanks in advance for your support of this very important school event.

In order to allow parents that have children in both 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade sign up for parent teacher conference times that are close together, the 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grade teams will be positing the signup sheets outside their doors on the same date. This will occur on October 26th at 3:15 p.m.

The BCS Technology Committee monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday October 13 at 6:30. The Technology Committee is the "Think Tank" of parents and staff working together to promote technology at school. New members are needed. Committee chairs are Pam Graham, Ross Kaplan and Jon Rivard. Send an email to and you'll contact all 3 of us!

Quarterly Choice Hour booklets will no longer be distributed to students at BCS. You can visit to view the QII Choice Hour selections.

On Monday, October 12th, all students will receive:
A Choice Hour selection sheet from their homeroom teachers. Please visit the website to make your selections and return the signed form with payment, if applicable, to BCS by 4:00 PM on Friday October 16th. 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 class materials fees. A separate billing will be made once students have been placed in their Choice Hour classes.
A BCS Now News audition form. This class is offered Monday through Friday but students can select the day that works best for them.

-4th and 5th grade students will receive a Science Olympiad parent information letter and student application form (this class is being offered on Wednesday). Students interested in applying for the 2009-2010 4-5 Science Olympiad team need to have their applications to Mrs. Brown no later than Friday October 16th at 4:00PM.

- 7th and 8th graders will receive a yearbook application form. This class is being offered on Monday and Thursday. There are still openings for 7/8 students on the 2009-2010 yearbook staff! Applications are due no later than Friday October 16th at 4:00PM.

-6th, 7th and 8th grade girls interested in participating in the BCS swim team program are encouraged to sign up for the Monday/Wednesday swim team Choice Hour class.

Please read everything carefully. All forms are due to BCS by 4:00 PM on Friday October 16th. All forms can also be viewed online!

Choice Hour scheduling questions should be directed to Donna Feldmaier 248-203-4522 or and all other questions regarding the Choice Hour program should be directed to Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or .

Choice Hour reminders – If you are unable to come into the building to sign your child out of Choice Hour that day, you have several options. Please call (248-203-4625), send an email to or send in a note 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.

Thank you for always supporting the Choice Hour program!

BCS Community Ed, in collaboration with the Oakland Visiting Nurses Association, is sponsoring a seasonal flu clinic in our cafeteria on Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. Flu shots are $25, Flu mist for healthy people between 2 and 49 years is $30 and Pneumonia shots are $50. No appointments needed.

You are cordially invited to meet with Mr. Hartley and Wendy Albanese – Special Education Supervisor. Join us for coffee, meet with other parents who have students receiving special education services in our building and ask questions. This will be a great opportunity for us all to network within our building community! The coffee is hosted by BCS in collaboration with Friends of Different Learners. (November 10, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009, Pierce Gymnasium, 7:00 to 8:30 PM

This meeting is in preparation for the information that your child/children will be learning on internet safety during safety week. This is an important meeting for you to attend as you help guide your child in the correct path for internet safety. It will help to make you more aware of what to do, where to go for help and to get your questions answered by experts regarding internet safety.

The format will include a 30 to 45 minute presentation by Trooper Robert Tomassi from the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit followed by a Q & A session. We are also in the process of confirming two additional speakers for the evening’s presentation.

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