Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Windspire Coming to BCS!

On December 15, 2009 the Birmingham School Board was asked to approve a donation of a Windspire wind turbine to BCS. The school board is receptive to the donation and will be asked to officially approve the project at the January board meeting. Many people have worked hard over the course of the past year to bring the turbine to BCS. It is now close to becoming a reality!

The Windspire wind turbine is a low-cost, low-noise, attractive wind power appliance for use in urban, suburban, rural and remote locations. Manufactured in the U.S. by Mariah Power, Windspire turbines are propeller-free, vertical-axis designs that feature patented technology that maximizes energy conversion from wind into electric power, regardless of changing wind speed and direction. The Windspire portfolio includes a 1.2 kW version (coming to BCS), a special High Wind version and a 230V European Grid version. The Windspire has been featured in Fortune, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, and on “20/20”, CNN and NPR. For more information, visit
http://www.mariahpower.com/

Why is it coming to BCS?
Mariah Power has donated the windspire to BCS. The company
was looking to donate a turbine to an educational organization and
John Carlos, a BCS parent, mentioned that his daughter’s school may
be interested. Neil Campbell, BPS Executive Director of Operations, and
Mr. Carlos worked with local contractors to have most of the material
and work donated. The cost to the district has been minimal.

Where is the Windspire going?
The Windspire will be placed in the bus turnaround on the west side of
the building. The location was decided on two factors. One, the district
mandated that all city ordinances be followed and two, the Windspire
needs to be in an area free of wind barriers to work properly. These two
factors place the Windspire in the back parking lot. This will not disrupt
games such as basketball, four square or other activities that our students play during recess. While they will have to play around the structure, there is still plenty of room for them to continue their recess activities.

How is the power generated from the Windspire and where will the power go?
The Windspire wind turbine generates power when wind blows against its vertical airfoils causing them to spin. This power is then converted to AC electricity. While the technology behind the Windspire is complex, the basic premise is simple: the stronger the wind the more power it will generate. The power will be directly feeding the electrical grid in the BCS engineer technology lab and will also power tools in the lab to help with small projects and experiments.

BCS- Preparing our Leaders for the Future
Our staff and students will use the Windspire to learn about wind power and how we can use it to promote clean energy. The Windspire comes with a wireless monitor that will allow the students to see the exact amount of power it is producing. The students will be learning from the Windspire and will be participating in activities and projects that will prepare them for the future. The BCS Green Committee comprised of students, staff, and parents, will be clean energy ambassadors as they continue to promote environmental friendly choices.

See the Windspire work! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNudnI5tzf8

Wind Energy Information
http://www.kidwind.org/

http://www.miamisci.org/hurricane/windscale.html

http://www.awea.org/

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Why Let Students Blog?

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WAG Dec 14-18

Tomorrow will mark the beginning of the last week of 2009 here at BCS. The next WAG you will receive will be dated 2010! Time flies when you are having fun! I hope all of you can reflect on the year and see the positive outcomes of working together as a school community and supporting one another through tough times here in Michigan. There is an old Chinese proverb that states, “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” Now is the time to help others. Many of us have read the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today, by Carol McCloud. This book shows kids (and adults) how to be happy by making others happy. Being a Bucket Filler means we make an effort to give compliments, be polite, and help others when they need help. BCS is full of Bucket Fillers! Our Spirit Committee, with the help from Sue Reepmeyer and Angela Geisler, has put together a food drive to help families have food on their table for the holidays. They have shown that with a little effort, an open mind, and the determination to fill others’ buckets, making people happy is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves!

The food drive will end Thursday, December 17th. BCS is encouraging our own families to consider picking up food for their friends or family members that may be in need this holiday season. You may pick up food items at BCS between 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on December 17th at BCS. All food items at the end of the school day on Friday, December 18th, will be taken to the Food Pantry in Birmingham.

Please consider these other local agencies during the holiday months. Open Hands Food Pantry at 26998 Woodward, Royal Oak 48067. Pontiac Baldwin Center (https://owa.birmingham.k12.mi.us/OWA/redir.aspx?C=695e972bee9d48ea8c436dd3cfc50163&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.baldwincenter.org) and Lighthouse (https://owa.birmingham.k12.mi.us/OWA/redir.aspx?C=695e972bee9d48ea8c436dd3cfc50163&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.lighthouseoakland.org).

Enjoy the snow, cold weather and good times!

Adam


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~Dr. Seuss
Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. ~Author Unknown

WEEK AT A GLANCE – DECEMBER 14 – DECEMBER 18, 2009
(Disclaimer: Please check all your calendars and bcsonline.info in case we missed something)

Monday, December 14
7-8AM – Proud Dads 6th grade boys basketball
FOOD DRIVE COLLECTION – Bins are in entrance hall
8:30 – 11AM –Field Trip - Mrs. Harvath’s class goes to the Environmental Center. Please ensure children are dressed for the weather – jackets/coats, rain gear, hats & boots may all be needed.
9AM-1:15PM –3/4 field trip to Ford Rouge Factory for Parkin, Wallington, Butzin & Frishman homerooms- students need to bring a bag lunch with all disposable containers
9:15AM – 3/4 Room Parents Meeting
3:15 – 5:00PM –Girls swim practice
4:00PM – Boys basketball game @ home vs. Berkshire MS – 7th grade game at 4PM, 8th grade game immediately follows.
4:15 – 6:00PM – OKLAHOMA! practice-full cast
7:00PM-Orchestra Holiday Concert – a winter musicial “present”ation in the cafeteria

Tuesday, December 15
6:35 – 8:00AM –Girls swim practice
6:45-8AM – Boys basketball teams practice
7:30-8:00AM - BCS Diversity Committee meeting in Room 505 – All are welcome
FOOD DRIVE COLLECTION – Bins are in entrance hall
8-8:20AM – Bagel sale in front of the media center by the 8th grade celebration committee
8:30 – 11AM –Field Trip - Mrs. Parkin’s class goes to the Environmental Center. Please ensure children are dressed for the weather – jackets/coats, rain gear, hats & boots may all be needed.
3:15-4:00PM – School store is open in the main hallway during choice hour
3:30PM – SNOW CLUB bus leaves for Pine Knob. Students return to BCS at 8:30PM and need to be picked up.
4:15 – 7:00PM – OKLAHOMA! practice-full cast
6:30 – 8:30PM – Technology Café – Media Center. Tonight topics are Internet Safety and Powershool demonstration. Advance questions can be emailed to tech@bcsparent.com. Bring a laptop if you have one.
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 16
7-8AM – Proud Dads 6th grade boys basketball
Last day for Candygram sales for 7/8 students
8:30 – 11AM –Field Trip - Mr. Seley’s class goes to the Environmental Center. Please ensure children are dressed for the weather – jackets/coats, rain gear, hats & boots may all be needed.
Popcorn Day – freshly popped popcorn is sold during choice hour for $1 in the main hallway.
E-Bugle published today!
4:00PM – Boys basketball game @ home vs. Royal Oak MS – 7th grade game at 4PM, 8th grade game immediately follows.
4:15PM –Girls swim meet vs. Berkshire Silver @ Berkshire
7 – 10PM –Forensics Showcase in the Media Center. Come and see the performances of the Forensics Team. Pieces were just performed over the weekend at the Tournament.

Thursday, December 17
6:35 – 8:00AM –Girls swim practice
6:45-8AM – Boys basketball teams practice
8:30 – 11AM –Field Trip - Mr. Wallington’s class goes to the Environmental Center. Please ensure children are dressed for the weather – jackets/coats, rain gear, hats & boots may all be needed.
4-6PM – BCS families can pick up a bag of donated food for families in need – front office

Friday, December 18 - Trash –Free Friday – see comments below
6:35 – 8:00AM –Girls swim practice
6:45-8AM – Boys basketball teams practice
DUE: CHOICE Hour Selections for Quarter III
DUE: 8th grade pictures (one baby/toddler pic & one current pic) for Farewell Celebration DVD
Progress reports released
Thursday, December 31, 2009
· 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 –Baked chicken nuggets, buttered noodles, and steam broccoli
Tuesday –Chicken Fajitas with toppings, Brown rice and green beans
Wednesday –Cook choice
Thursday – Bar-B-Q Pull Pork on wheat bun, roasted potatoes, peas and carrots
Friday –Ham and cheese bagel melt, au gratin potatoes, corn and chicken noodle soup

Ø To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email nb01bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us by FRIDAY 7AM

3rd and 4th Grade Parents
Starting Monday, December 14 through Friday, January 29: The following classrooms will be attending Swim as their Physical Education: Butzin, Harvath, Seley and Wallington. Please be sure to send in a swimsuit and towel with your child.


ORCHESTRA CONCERT FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Monday, December the 14th the BCS Music Department proudly presents a winter musical ‘present’ation! The show starts at 7:00 pm in the BCS cafeteria, and will feature our 6th, 7th and 8th grade orchestras as well as our famous “BCS Fiddlers” and a big surprise finale! Come early for a good seat, stay late for punch and treats. See you there!


BCS SPONSORS A COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE
Between now and December 16, BCS is sponsoring a food drive to benefit our local community because we are aware that individuals and families in our own neighborhoods, affected by the abrupt loss of employment or other resources, sometimes find it difficult to provide healthy and sufficient meals for family members.
As you grocery shop between now and Wednesday, December 16, please consider purchasing one or more of the following items to bring to school:

Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Potatoes (boxed or canned), Macaroni and Cheese, Boxed or Canned Pasta Meals, Jellos & Puddings, Juice, Spaghetti Sauce, Soups, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Cereal, Cake Mixes, Toilet Paper and Paper Towels.

Collection bins are located in the entrance hallway. On December 16, Spirit Committee students will bag the items for pickup. On Thursday, December 17, BCS families who see an immediate need within their own families, neighborhood or circle of friends are encouraged to come to the office between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. to take home a bag or bags of groceries. Groceries not picked up will be taken to a local food pantry on December 18. Thank you in advance helping BCS make a difference in our community.


2010 BCS BLAST MARCH 21ST 3:30-7:30 PM
The 2010 Blast team is already hard at work planning the biggest party of the year! We are so excited for another great auction and carnival. This year and we will be traveling down memory lane with all your favorite songs, candies and movies from the past! Please visit the BCS website (http://www.bcsonline.info/) if you are interested in donating anything to the auction or know any business that would like to be involved. Thanks for all your support. Karen Best and Ken Gilbert, 2010 Blast Co-Chairs.


REDUCING TRASH AT BCS-TRASH FREE FRIDAYS
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!!


7/8 PARENTS – CANDYGRAMS
Show someone your “sweet” side –buy them a Holiday CANDYGRAM. The 7/8 Spirit Committee will be selling CANDYGRAMS – ONLY for 7/8 graders and teachers to receive from Thurs, Dec. 3rd - Wed, Dec. 16th. The cost is only 50¢ each (includes note, candy and delivery ). To buy your Candygrams, visit the counter in the front office and follow the steps below:
• Fill out each note on the blank Candygrams
• Place $.50 and Candygram(s) in sealed envelope
• Place in bucket
Spirit Committee members will be delivering the CANDYGRAMS to each homeroom on Friday, December 18th.
HAVE A SWEET HOLIDAY!


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 http://www.supportbef.org/ 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!

The BCS Forensics team
The Forensics team had a wonderful time at the MIFA Fall/Winter Tournament. The whole team did a wonderful job and we are proud of all their hard work. The following students placed at the competition:Sam Weed- Honorable Mention plaque for ImpromptuBrad Freeman- 2nd place trophy for SalesSydney Rosen- Honorable Mention plaque for SalesAudrey Kennedy- 2nd place trophy for Dramatic InterpretationAudrey Belf- 6th place trophy for Dramatic InterpretationLily Douma, Haley Werthmann, Courtney Wilkie, Stephen Brown, Caity Dolan, Judy Kalfelghazal, and Sarah Camisa WITH PERFECT SCORES- 1st place trophy for MulitpleEmma Ellis- 2nd place trophy for PoetryNatalie Nepa- Honorable Mention plaque for ProseSarena Brown- 4th place trophy for StorytellingSally Kalfelghazal- 6th place trophy for StorytellingThe Forensics team will have a showcase for all to come see on Wed, Dec. 16th at 7pm in the Media Center.
Thank you to all of the families that helped and great job Mrs. Schultz!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

BCS Gives Back

Please read the letter below from Sue Reepmeyer and consider joining the BCS staff and student Spirit Committee in helping others this holiday season!

Dear BCS Families,

Between now and December 16, BCS is sponsoring a food drive to benefit our local community because we are aware that individuals and families in our own neighborhoods, affected by the abrupt loss of employment or other resources, sometimes find it difficult to provide healthy and sufficient meals for family members.

As you grocery shop between now and Wednesday, December 16, please consider purchasing one or more of the following items to bring to school:

Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Potatoes(boxed or canned), Macaroni and Cheese, Boxed or Canned Pasta Meals, Jellos & Puddings, Juice, Spaghetti Sauce, Soups, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Cereal, Cake Mixes, Toilet Paper and Paper Towels.

Please add your donation to the collection bins in the BCS front hall near the office. After December 16, our Spirit Committee students will bag the items for pickup.

On Thursday, December 17, BCS families who see an immediate need within their own families, neighborhood or circle of friends are encouraged to come to the office between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. to take home a bag or bags of groceries.

Groceries not picked up will be taken to a local food pantry on December 18.

Thank you in advance helping BCS make a difference in our community.


Sue Reepmeyer
Community School Organizer
Birmingham Covington School
sr02bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us
248-203-4449

Sunday, December 6, 2009

WAG (from Hal)

12/6/09

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the many get-well wishes, my recovery is going well even though I am on a faster track than the one my doctor has planned!

As we approach the holiday break, this time of the year is traditionally known as a time for family gatherings, religious celebrations and last minute shopping. Unfortunately, during this holiday season many people are facing challenges that impact each of those areas. This economic climate has brought many new difficulties, struggles and a search for new opportunities to Michigan. A friend of mine sent me an article that addresses the impact of the current fiscal environment on our country’s children. This article provides some good strategies for helping families though this difficult time. I have included a copy of the article below:


Helping Children And Teens Deal With Stress In An Uncertain Time
Science Daily


As families across the country face losses of nest eggs, homes or jobs, their young children and teens need emotional support. Child psychologist Michele C. Thorne, Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical psychology at the Indiana University School of Medicine and clinical director of the Consult Liaison Service at Riley Hospital for Children, says that parents should recognize that even newborn babies pick up on the emotional tones of adult stress. She says children of any age, including teens, need to be reassured that they are safe and will be cared for no matter how the family is faring.

Children, especially those prone to anxiety, will jump to conclusions and worry. Dr. Thorne says that if upheaval is occurring or is feared, it is better for children and teens to be prepared. "Parents need to talk with their children and teens because they need time to adjust to changes. But parents also should censor what they say and shouldn't burden their children with adult worries and concerns," she said.

That's because children aren't ready to be saddled with adult burdens. The frontal lobe, the part of the brain that handles planning, attention, concentration, and reasoning isn't fully developed until late adolescence or early adulthood. Or as Dr. Thorne puts it, the main onboard computer which directs how an individual makes decisions isn't fully programmed in children and teens.

She recommends weekly family meetings, especially when a family is going through a difficult time. For example, parents might say that Dad will be home more often because he isn't working and that he will need to use the computer because it helps him locate job leads or keep up with financial markets.

"It's best to talk with your children about what is going on and to explain the family's strategies for dealing with it," she said.

While parents want their children to know that they can ask questions or offer suggestions she counsels against involving children in decisions such as whether to move or how to handle situations outside their spheres of influence.

"You don't want to make your child or teen think you don't appreciate their advice so it's best not to solicit their opinions on things which they are unqualified to make a decision," she said.

As media headlines carry daily updates on the global economic crisis and broadcast news of possible recession, children and teens may be facing an information overload even if not directly affected. Dr. Thorne suggests that parents investigate what is being presented in their children's classrooms for guidance on discussions at home.

If a child appears to be having trouble coping with stress or appears anxious, parents should consult with the child's pediatrician or community mental health services or school counselor. Parents should also make sure they have their own emotional supports in place, which will provide them with the ability to best help their children.

Adam and I along with the entire BCS staff wish each of you a very safe and restful holiday break!


Hal



WEEK AT A GLANCE – DECEMBER 7 – DECEMBER 11, 2009
(Disclaimer: Please check all your calendars and bcsonline.info in case we missed something)

Monday, December 7
· 7-8AM – Proud Dads 6th grade boys basketball
· 9AM-1:15PM –3/4 field trip to Ford Rouge Factory for Davis, Seley, Burns & Harvath homerooms- students need to bring a bag lunch with all disposable containers
· 4:00PM – Boys basketball game @ home vs. East Hills MS – 7th grade game at 4PM, 8th grade game immediately follows.
· 4:15PM –Girls swim meet vs. Cranbrook @ home
· 4:15 – 6:00PM – OKLAHOMA! practice-full cast

Tuesday, December 8
· 6:35 – 8:00AM –Girls swim practice
· 6:45-8AM – Boys basketball teams practice
· 8-8:20AM – Bagel sale in front of the media center by the 8th grade celebration committee
· 8:30 – 11AM –Field Trip - Mrs. Burns’ class goes to the Environmental Center. Please ensure children are dressed for the weather – jackets/coats, rain gear, hats & boots may all be needed.
· 9:30 AM – BBFA Meeting – “My Little Girl is Growing Up” at the Gary M. Doyle Center
· 3:15-4:00PM – School store is open in the main hallway during choice hour
· 3:30PM – SNOW CLUB bus leaves for Pine Knob. Students return to BCS at 8:30PM and need to be picked up.
· 4PM – DEADLINE – PTSA Reflections entries are due today
· 4:15 – 6:00PM – OKLAHOMA! practice-leads only
· 7 PM – BLAST Committee meeting – Media Center
· 7 PM - BBFA Meeting – “Raising Strong & Confident Daughters” at the Gary M. Doyle Center

Wednesday, December 9
· 7-8AM – Proud Dads 6th grade boys basketball
· Students receive a CHOICE HOUR SELECTION sheet from homeroom teachers today.
· 8:30 – 11AM –Field Trip - Mrs. Butzin’s class goes to the Environmental Center. Please ensure children are dressed for the weather – jackets/coats, rain gear, hats & boots may all be needed.
· Popcorn Day – freshly popped popcorn is sold during choice hour for $1 in the main hallway.
· 4:00PM – Boys basketball game @ West Hills MS – 7th grade game at 4PM, 8th grade game immediately follows. Maps to away games can be found on highschoolsports.net .
· 4:15PM –Girls swim meet vs. Derby 2 @ Derby

Thursday, December 10
· 6:35 – 8:00AM –Girls swim practice
· 6:45-8AM – Boys basketball teams practice
· 8:30 – 11AM –Field Trip - Mrs. Davis’ class goes to the Environmental Center. Please ensure children are dressed for the weather – jackets/coats, rain gear, hats & boots may all be needed.
· 12:30PM – Lunch with the Principal in Staff Development II (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 II-All are invited to learn about the operations of the PTSA at BCS. Bring a friend or meet new friends.
· 4:15 – 6:00PM – OKLAHOMA! practice-full cast

Friday, December 11 - Trash –Free Friday – see comments below
· 6:35 – 8:00AM –Girls swim practice
· 6:45-8AM – Boys basketball teams practice
· DUE: Form due to counseling office for your child’s enrollment at BCS in ‘10-‘11 school year
· 8:30 – 11AM –Field Trip - Mrs. Frishman’s class goes to the Environmental Center. Please ensure children are dressed for the weather – jackets/coats, rain gear, hats & boots may all be needed.
· Deadline: Articles for E-Bugle due today kyraeg@wowway.com
· 2:45-4PM-Market Day pick-up in the entrance hall.
· 4:30 – 6:00PM – Rehearsal for Orchestra Holiday Concert

Hot Entrée menu for the week: (subject to change, if necessary)
- Available everyday: Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese Breadsticks
Monday –Steak and cheese sub, baked potato, wedges, and green beans
Tuesday –Spaghetti, garlic bread, and peas
Wednesday –Calzones pepperoni and cheese and corn
Thursday – Chicken or vegetable egg rolls, rice, fresh fruit and yogurt with whole grain muffin
Friday –Grilled Cheese and tomato soup

Ø To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email nb01bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us by FRIDAY 7AM


QIII Choice Hour Information-REALLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!!!
Dear Parents: Quarterly Choice Hour booklets will no longer be distributed to students at BCS. You can visit www.bcsonline.info to view the QIII Choice Hour selections.

Students will receive a Choice Hour selection sheet from their homeroom teachers on Wednesday December 9th. 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 December 18th.

Students will also receive a BCS Now News audition form (this class is offered Monday through Friday but students can select the day that works best for them.) This form is due back to BCS by 4:00 PM on Friday December 18th. The audition form is available online!

Academic course additions:
3-4 Math Facts Games – offered on Wednesdays by Mrs. Davis
5-6 Math Help – offered on Mondays by Mrs. Maliszewski and Fridays by Mr. Bishop
7-8 Math Challenge – offered on Wednesdays and Fridays by Mrs. Macksood
Also:
3-5 Beginner Swimming class - offered by Mr. Johansson on Tuesdays, this class is by invitation only. Please speak to Mr. Johansson if you are interested.

All Choice Hour scheduling questions should be directed to Donna Feldmaier 248-203-4522 or df02bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us and all other questions regarding the Choice Hour program should be directed to Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or ls06bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

REDUCING TRASH AT BCS-TRASH FREE FRIDAYS
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 an
y waste!!


7/8 PARENTS – CANDYGRAMS
Show someone your “sweet” side –buy them a Holiday CANDYGRAM. The 7/8 Spirit Committee will be selling CANDYGRAMS – ONLY for 7/8 graders and teachers to receive from Thurs, Dec. 3rd - Wed, Dec. 16th. The cost is only 50¢ each (includes note, candy and delivery ). To buy your Candygrams, visit the counter in the front office and follow the steps below:
• Fill out each note on the blank Candygrams
• Place $.50 and Candygram(s) in sealed envelope
• Place in bucket
Spirit Committee members will be delivering the CANDYGRAMS to each homeroom on Friday, December 18th.
HAVE A SWEET HOLIDAY!


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 www.supportbef.org 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!


BIG FUN/COOL PRIZES!!
Reflections Contest Entries now being accepted!
When you turn in your Reflections entry on Monday or Tuesday, be sure to stop by the Reflections table and get a brownie and prize. You will also be entered into a drawing for a $25 Michael's Gift Card. This Wednesday is the last day to turn in your artwork!! For rules and entry forms, go the BCS Website and click on Reflections. Pay special attention to the entry rules, particularly dimension requirements. Questions? Please contact Rita Brown at ritabrown001@comcast.net


DISABILITY AWARENESS WORKSHOP
In alternating years, Covington hosts a disability awareness workshop to raise awareness in our students of the challenges faced by people with disabilities. This year the workshop will take place over two days, on January 12 and 13. We are looking for volunteers to work either the morning or afternoon shift of either day. While 5th and 6th grade students will be participating in the workshop, we would welcome volunteers who have children in any grade. If you are interested in helping, please contact Diana Moak at 248-594-7245 or DPMoak@aol.com.


COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Birmingham Community Education presents
Winter Recess - December 21 -23 and 28- 31. Camp will be held at the Birmingham YMCA, 400 East Lincoln Street, Birmingham. Register through Community Education at www.communityed.net or 248-203-3800

Schools Out Day Camp – arts & crafts and sports
Program Hours 7am – 6pm
For ages 3 - 11 years
December 21-23 (3 Days), $135
December 28-31 (4 Days), $170

Sports Camp
Program Hours 7am – 6pm
Sports all day...every way.
For ages 4-7
December 21-23 (3 Days), $145
December 28-31 (4 Days), $180

Register on-line at www.communityed.net or call 248-203-3800




BBFA News and Information Update - December 1, 2009
Visit us online at www.bbfaprevention.org !

December Parent Education Programs
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at the Gary M. Doyle Center.
Presented by Carol Lapidos, MSW
9:30am - My Little Girl is Growing Up (for parents of preschool and elementary school aged daughters)
7:00pm - Raising Strong & Confident Daughters (for parents of tween and teenage daughters)
Please join us for these informative programs!
They are free of charge and open to the public.
Click on the link below for more information on this program:
http://www.bbfaprevention.org/images/December_2009_Joint_Flyer.pdf


The Red Wings Support BBFA!
Build a Better Family by spending some time together at a Red Wings game
and help support BBFA at the same time!
Tickets are only $37 each and for that you get:
1 Red Wings ticket (choose from the Red Wings vs. the Phoenix Coyotes on January 26th or the Red Wings vs. the Calgary Flames on March 9th), 1 general admission College hockey ticket for a game at Joe Louis Arena (see the Red Wings link at the right for all your choices - Great Lakes Invitational, U of M vs. MSU game, CCHA Championship games are available to choose from), a food voucher for a hot dog or slice of pizza and a small soda, plus you get a complimentary hockey puck.
The Red Wings will donate $5 from each ticket sold to BBFA! What a great way to enjoy your family and support BBFA!!!
Click the link below for more information:
http://www.bbfaprevention.org/images/Pucks_Into_Bucks_BBFA_Flyer.pdf
To purchase hockey tickets visit:
January 26, 2010 vs. Coyotes
https://www.formspring.com/forms/?750835-S1whlNKunt
March 9, 2010 vs. Flames
https://www.formspring.com/forms/?750849-S1whlNKunt

Parenting Teens Workshop
Join BBFA for a workshop on parenting teens in the 21st century. The program has 4 sessions - sign up for one (each session is $20) or all 4 ($70 for all 4)! Programs will be held at the Gary M. Doyle Center (7275 Wing Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills) from 10:00am - 11:30am.
January 7 - Anxiety & Depression (Toni Kaplan, Ph.D.)
January 14 - Communicating with Teens (Bernie Les, Ph.D.)
January 21 - Peer Issues (Bernie Les, Ph.D.)
January 28 - Social Life of Teens (Julie Fisher, M.Ed.)
For more information, click on the link below:
http://www.bbfaprevention.org/parentingteensworkshop.html
To register online, click on the link below:
https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d2/default.aspx?wid=30264

Kroger Rewards Program to Benefit BBFA!
Click on the link below to register your Kroger Plus Card for BBFA - every time you shop at Kroger, Kroger will donate a percentage of what you spend to BBFA!
http://www.bbfaprevention.org/krogerrewards.html

Franklin Athletic Club Helps BBFA!
Sign your kids up for sports programs, preschool, school's out and snow day programs at Franklin Athletic Club and Franklin will donate a portion of your class fee back to BBFA! Click on the link below for details and don't forget to mention BBFA when you register!
http://www.bbfaprevention.org/franklinathleticclub.html

Questions???
info@bbfaprevention.org
248.341.6340

Thanks for your support of BBFA!!!