Tuesday, March 23, 2010

WAG March 22-26

March 21, 2010

Dear BCS Families,

The Blast has just wrapped up and I am still in awe of how many people were here supporting BCS! It was great to see many of you having fun with your family and friends! My family was very impressed with a fundraiser of this magnitude! They were appreciative of the friendly introductions and the kind BCS families that welcomed them!
The Blast was a success for many reasons. One main reason for such a great event is the group of people that have been working behind the scenes for months! Karen Best and Ken Gilbert have headed a team of dedicated people that worked extremely hard to make sure we had great fun and the PTSA made a great amount of money. They were not alone in their efforts as a number of parents, students, and companies gave money, time, and products to make this year’s Blast a success. Please take the time to thank this committee when you have a chance- we are truly grateful and fortunate for their dedication to BCS!
Blast to the Future was a fitting theme for this year. A great deal of time has been spent by the BCS staff to move forward into the future. It is imperative that we continue looking into the future as we plan curriculum, improve our delivery systems, and meet the needs of our students. BCS has historically been a step ahead in embracing the changes that the future brings in the world of education. We will continue to be the trailblazers that are confident knowing that with the support we saw today, there is nothing that can stand in our way!
Thank you for the turnout and please know that your time and dedication does not go unnoticed.

Have a great week!

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

Community Conversations on Budget – Part II
Be a part of these follow up sessions regarding the Budget Development Plan for the 2010-2011 school year. Attend to hear more about the recommendations made to the Board. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the fiscal challenges BPS faces and the strategies being proposed to address the $16 million dollar problem facing us over the next two years. There are two sessions available.
March 23 7pm Berkshire Middle School
March 25 7pm Derby Middle School

Monday, March 22
• 6:45-8:00AM –8th grade Girls Volleyball practice
• 7 – 8:00 AM–7th grade Girls Volleyball practice

Tuesday, March 23
• 7-8AM – Proud Dads Volleyball for 6th Grade Girls
• 8-8:20AM – Bagel sale in front of the media center by the 8th grade celebration committee
• 9:30 AM BBFA Meeting – “Empowering Kids” at the Gary M. Doyle Center
• 3:15-4:00PM – School store is open in the main hallway during choice hour
• 4:00PM –Girl’s Volleyball game @ Hazel Park Junior High School. 7th grade game begins at 4:00PM and 8th grade game immediately follows.
• 6:30-8:00PM – Proud Dad’s CO-ED Basketball – 3rd-6th grades
• 7 PM – BBFA Meeting – “Teen Dating & Dating Abuse” at the Gary M. Doyle Center
• Deadline: Articles for E-Bugle due today kyraeg@wowway.com

Wednesday, March 24
• Popcorn Day – freshly popped popcorn is sold during choice hour for $1 in the main hallway.

Thursday, March 25
• 7-8AM – Proud Dads Volleyball for 6th Grade Girls
• Market Day internet orders due by midnight. If you are unable to complete your order online, please contact Lori Croad at 248-348-4390.
• E-Bugle published today!
• 3:20-4:05PM ––Girls Volleyball end of the season party during choice hour.
• 6:30-8:00PM – Proud Dad’s CO-ED Basketball – 3rd-6th grades

Friday, March 26
• 6:30-8:30PM – Spring Fling Dance for 7th & 8th graders-BCS Cafeteria, $5 payable at the door

Saturday, March 27
• 8:00AM – 2:00PM - Elementary Science Olympiad Competition – West Maple Elementary School

Hot Entrée menu for the week: (subject to change, if necessary)
- Available everyday: Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese Breadsticks
Monday –Slider Day –Choice of Beef, Chicken or Mahi Mahi
Tuesday –Cream Chicken with Mixed Vegetables over Biscuit
Wednesday –Create your own Large Salad-choice of Popcorn Chicken or Julienne Turkey
Thursday – Cook Choice of entree
Friday –Create your own Stuffed Baked Potato with assorted veg. and cheese toppings

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

 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, March 15 through Thursday, April 15: the following classrooms: Butzin, Harvath, Seley and Wallington, will be attending Swim as their PE. Please be sure to send in a swimsuit and towel with your child.

SPRING SPORTS – Track & Field
Track & Field practice will begin soon for 6th, 7th & 8th grades. Students who want to participate must have all athletic paperwork submitted before they can practice (this includes a physical, necessary forms and payment). If the student has already competed in interscholastic sports this school year, only the athletic form and fee payment are necessary. Please remember that athletic fees must be paid for each sport.

Athletic paperwork can be picked up in the front office or downloaded from www.bcsonline.info and can be turned in starting NOW. Once the paperwork is reviewed by a BCS staff member, the student will be issued a slip of eligibility (referred to as the “orange slip”). This eligibility slip must be presented to the coach at the first practice attended. Students may watch practices until the eligibility slip is presented to the coach. The office encourages paperwork to be submitted early so students are set to go when practice starts.

The BCS Community Connections Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the New Family Ice Cream Social taking place on Friday, April 16. We are looking for volunteers to greet and help scoop ice cream from 11 - 12:30. Please contact Becky Bachand at dbachand@comcast.net or 248.593.8234 if you can help. Thanks!

Data is showing that the 3-4 students are throwing away 3 times or more the trash than the other grade levels!

We are in need of a few parents in the cafeteria on Friday to observe and help the children decide what they should throw away.

If you are able to show up for 30 minutes this Friday (from 11:00 - 11:30) or a few Fridays in the next few weeks, please let contact Pauline Roberts at pr05bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us and let her know.

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.

Did you know that over 400 books are currently lost or overdue from the BCS Media Center? We’re willing to bet that many of them are in lockers, book bags, cubbies, and even on home bookshelves. To get them back onto our shelves and make them available for student use, we are happy to announce Library Amnesty Day! On Thursday, April 1st, the last day before spring break, look through your lockers, bags, cubbies, classrooms, or anywhere else library books like to hide. Bring them back to the media center for no-questions-asked, fine-free returns. That’s right! We’ll waive your fines. Plus, while you are in, you might want to check out some great reading material to keep you busy during the week of break. Not sure if you have any overdue books? Stop by the media center to check your account status, or watch your school email account for an overdue notice. The media center will be open at lunch and after school until 4:00pm for your book returning convenience. Any questions can be directed to Miss Samet, rs12bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

It’s time to do your SPRING cleaning and donate unwanted items to the Birmingham Education Foundation Garage Sale. Remember that the BEF supports education programs at all schools throughout the district. Donations appreciated: Clothing, furniture, toys, books, sports and exercise equipment, electronics, small appliances, pet, garden, and household items…

The garage sale is at @ Berkshire Middle School on Saturday, April 17, 9 am to 3 pm.
Early entry at 8 am for $1, Half price sale at noon, Bag Sale at 1:30.

Drop off you items on Thursday, April 15, 4 to 8 pm or Friday, April 16, 10 am to 7 pm, tax forms available.
Questions or to volunteer please contact Jane Polan, 248 626-2231, J5Polan@aol.com

The city of Birmingham is hosting a Passport Fair on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 10:00 until 2:00 p.m. to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. Location is the city of Birmingham clerk’s office. Please use Pierce street entrance. For additional information, please contact the Birmingham clerk’s office at 248-530-1880 or log on to www.bhamgov.org/passports.

Football Opportunity at Seaholm
8th graders who are interested in playing football at Seaholm for the Fall 2010 season are invited to attend the Seaholm Football Kick Off Meeting on Sunday, March 28 at 1:00 pm in the Seaholm Cafeteria. For more information, send an email to seaholmFB2010@aol.com or call Booster President Craig Frye at 248.790.0049.

5th/6th Grade
Thursday, March 25th:
8:30-9:45- 5th grade girls
9:50-11:05 6th grade Girls

5/6th grade girls will attend a workshop to work on the following:

• How to deal with relational aggression, bullying, and mean-spirited behavior
• What it means to be an empowered girl
• What confidence and true self-esteem are & why you want them
• Tools and strategies to help kids deal with meanness & sticky situations
• Why ignoring someone when they are mean creates kids who are doormats
• Why people are bystanders
• How to stand up for one’s self and others
*the do's and don'ts of friendship and peer relationships

We welcome parents to come and hear the workshop. Girls’ Empowered will also be speaking two other times that week about the same topics. One is for the 23rd for BBFA and the other is in Novi. See www.girlsempowered.com for more information.
Please see the handout for more information.

Spring Book Fair Volunteers Needed!!

If you love books and have 2 hours to spare, please contact Shiva Motlagh (shivamotlagh@comcast.net) to volunteer for the upcoming Spring Book Fair!

If you have a upper class high school student who needs community service hours, we would welcome their help too!
2 hour shifts are available during the following times:
Monday, April 19th - book fair set up- 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday, April 20th - student preview times - 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Weds & Thurs April 21 & 22 - student preview/public sale - 8:30 am to 8:30 pm
Thursday April 22nd - book fair pack up - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Helping at the Fair is lots of fun and 25% of the proceeds go directly to the Media Center to buy books, ipods, materials, and furnishings!!

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