Sunday, November 29, 2009

WAG Nov 30-Dec 4

November 29, 2009

Dear BCS Parents,

I hope all of you were able to enjoy your family and friends over the break. I am looking forward to getting back to business on Monday morning and working hard to continue our push forward to deliver a quality and meaningful education.
During the break, I was able to read more on the character education initiatives that BCS has set forth and study the key points of our mission to integrate character education into everything we do. BCS has always been a model school for character education and it is important that we continue our charge to be the example of how character education is delivered in our nation’s schools. The staple of our BCS character education initiatives are the eleven principles. These principles are essential in our responsibility to educate our students in a safe and caring environment. I thought it would be valuable to share these with you so we can all reflect on what it means to be a true school of character!

Enjoy the week!


me2WE: This I believe

1. Promotes core ethical values
2. Defines “character” comprehensively
3. Uses a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach
4. Creates a caring school community
5. Provides students with opportunities for moral action
6. Includes academic achievement for all learners
7. Strives to develop students self-motivation
8. Includes all staff
9. Fosters shared moral leadership
10. Engages family and community as partners
11. Assesses character and continuities improvement

Past articles on BCS and the 11 principles:

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

Monday, November 30
3:15 – 4:30PM – Boys basketball teams practice
3:15 – 5:00PM –Girls swim practice
PM- 8th graders take the ACT EXPLORE test

Tuesday, December 1
DUE – Proud Dads 6th grade boys basketball registration form. Forms went home with 6th grade boys on Tues, Nov. 24 and can be downloaded from .
7:30-8:00AM - BCS Diversity Committee meeting in Room 505 – All are welcome
8-8:20AM – Bagel sale in front of the media center by the 8th grade celebration committee
AM- 8th graders complete taking the ACT EXPLORE test
3:15-4:00PM – School store is open in the main hallway during choice hour
4:00PM – Boys basketball game @ Bloomfield Hills MS – 7th grade game at 4PM, 8th grade game immediately follows. Maps to away games can be found on
4:15PM –Girls swim meet vs. Derby 1 @ Derby
7:00PM - BPS Board of Education meeting at the BPS Administration building, 550 West Merrill Street, Birmingham. Watch it live on Comcast channel 17.

Wednesday, December 2
7-8AM – Proud Dads 6th grade boys basketball
9:15AM – 5/6 Room Parent Meeting – Media Center
Popcorn Day – freshly popped popcorn is sold during choice hour for $1 in the main hallway.
3:15 – 4:30PM – Sports team pictures taken first – athletes should bring their uniforms. Order forms were handed out at practice. Boys basketball teams practice after pictures.
3:15 – 5:00PM –Sports team pictures taken first – athletes should bring their team swimsuits. Order forms were handed out at practice. Girls swim practice following pictures.

Thursday, December 3
6:35 – 8:00AM –Girls swim practice
7-8AM – Proud Dads 6th grade boys basketball
4:00PM – Boys basketball game @ home vs. Derby MS – 7th grade game at 4PM, 8th grade game immediately follows.
7 PM – Friends of Different Learners Meeting – “Parent Networking/Holiday Bazaar” in the BCS Media Center

Friday, December 4- Trash –Free Friday – see comments below
6:35 – 8:00AM –Girls swim practice
6:45-8AM – Boys basketball teams practice
Trash –Free Friday – see comments below
Market Day internet orders due by midnight. If you are unable to complete your order online, please contact Lori Croad at 248-348-4390.

Hot Entrée menu for the week: (subject to change, if necessary)
- Available everyday: Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese Breadsticks
Monday – Cheese lasagna roll up, green beans, and wheat roll.
Tuesday –Baked chicken, rings, buttered noodles and broccoli.
Wednesday –All beef hot dog or chili dog, tater tots, carrots, and soup.
Thursday – Chicken or cheese quesadilla, brown rice, and corn
Friday –Turkey corn dog, au gratin potatoes, mix veggies, and soup

Ø To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email by FRIDAY 7AM

The Joseph/Roberts (“Joberts”) fifth graders are entering the Siemens We Can Change the World challenge this year. For their project, they are trying to reduce the amount of trash we generate at BCS, focusing particularly on the cafeteria. They would like to initiate “Trash Free Fridays” at BCS and they are asking for your help. Each Friday they will be collecting data after lunch about the amount of trash we generate in the cafeteria. They would like the students to think about packing a Trash free lunch and have put together the following tips:

· Use a lunch box or reusable sack.
· Pack a cloth napkin and reusable utensils.
· Put food in reusable food and drink containers.
· If you must use a disposable plastic bag, wash it out and keep reusing it.
· Purchase your snacks in bulk size and repack into individual reusable containers.
· Pack fresh fruit since it doesn't require any additional packaging.

Disposable lunches can create between 4–8 ounces of garbage every day.

That can add up to as much as 100 pounds per year! With your help, the Joberts kids believe that we truly can become agents of change!!

If you buy lunch, please buy only what you believe you can eat and try not to have any waste!!

Attention Kroger Shoppers!
Did you know that the shopping you already do can help support the Birmingham Education Foundation through the Kroger Community Rewards program? Simply register your Kroger shopper's card with the BEF number and the BEF will receive funds every time you shop! Go to the BEF website at for easy instructions. The BEF is one of the ways that we can channel funds directly to our schools, and this program doesn't cost us anything extra! Thanks for your support!

There are still 4 seats left on the bus for this year’s SNOW CLUB!! Mom's and Dad's - we are obviously very close to sold out status so don’t delay…turn your forms in TODAY. Please check out the Snow Club flyer and Sports Waiver forms on our BCS Website. Please turn in your forms to the main office.

Groves High School is hosting a volleyball clinic for grades 5-8 on Saturday, December 5 from 12:00–3:30PM. The cost is $35 and includes a T-shirt and light snack. Registration form is attached. Please send registration and check (made out to Groves Volleyball Boosters) to: Groves Volleyball Boosters,32055 Bellvine Tr., Beverly Hills, MI 48025. Inquiries: please contact Sarah Gijsbers at 248-703-7802, or

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