April 25, 2010
Dear BCS Community,
You have all heard the saying, “things happen for a reason.” We often say this when
something doesn't go right or when we are trying to justify a tough decision we have
made. Whatever the case, “things happen for a reason” is a phrase that is often
associated with an event that we hope turns out to be beneficial in the future. Such an event happened this past week and truly proved to be a valuable lesson. I would like to share with you the short version and hope that you to experience a blackout soon!
4:04 p.m. Receive a call from Nicole (my wife) telling me she cannot open the garage
door, the code was not working.
4:10 p.m. Nicole called me back- she retrieved the key from our neighbor and went into our house to find the power was out!
4:23 p.m. Nicole called me back while on my way to my sonʼs track meet to tell me that
there was an issue with the power breaker outside and that other homes in the
neighborhood were also out. Consumers Power “assures” us that it will be back on by
11:00 p.m and to turn the main electrical breaker off in the house.
10:30 p.m. We arrive home after sonʼs track meet and daughterʼs soccer game to a dark
house. Kids start complaining- “I need to jump on facebook to update pictures”, “ I need to charge my phone for tomorrow”, “How will I dry my jeans for tomorrow?”
10:31 p.m. Nicole and I tell kids to stop complaining.
10:34 p.m.Nicole and I start complaining-”How will I get up early without an alarm?”
“Will there be hot water tomorrow for a shower?”, “I needed to jump online to finish a paper for my class.”
10:36 p.m. Daughter tells me to check the breaker- We go downstairs and flip the
switch- still no power! Daughter sighs and complains!
10:45 p.m. Candles are lit and kids have decided that because we have no power...they
must sleep on our floor. Everyone decides to make one more complaint before trying to
10:51 p.m. Both sons tell me to “please try breakers one more time”- middle son MUST
have his jeans dried before going to school tomorrow! (I am hoping that power is back
on also) -I go downstairs to flip the breaker- still no power!
10:55 p.m. Daughter asks if we remember when the power went out up north during the
bad storm five or six years ago. Middle son says yes and that he remembers the his
younger brother was scared and asked, “Where did my eyes go?” We all start laughing!
10:59 p.m. Youngest son tells the story of when he was two years old he was always
scared of candles because of “a scary scene” in the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty.
Older siblings make fun of him, Nicole and I remind older siblings that they too were
afraid of the dark when they were little- everyone laughs!
11:01 p.m. Daughter tells us there is no way she could live without electricity. “I am NOT a country girl!” Middle son reminds us that we are saving “lots of money” by not having lights on! Youngest son tells another “afraid of the dark” story.
11:13 p.m. I tell everyone that I am going to check the breaker one more time- kids tell me “NO! Don't worry about it- its no big deal- we will figure things out in the morning!”
11:15 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. More stories and more laughter!
I am a strong proponent for technology in schools. I firmly believe that kids should
NOT be made to power down when they walk through our doors. This belief comes
from the understanding that kids are plugged in from the moment they wake up to the
moment they go to bed. Multi-tasking is a word that kids these days eat and breathe.
The “blackout” the other night made me realize that even though kids may not need to
power down...families do!
The BCS staff is truly a family that understands the benefits of embedding technology
into everything we do. We also understand, however, that powering down from time to
time will build stronger and everlasting relationships with our students! May all of us experience a “blackout” soon and remember...”Things happen for a reason!”
WEEK AT A GLANCE – APRIL 26 – APRIL 30, 2010
(Disclaimer: Please check all your calendars and bcsonline.info in case we missed
Monday, April 26
• 7:45-10:30AM – 5th & 6th grade math teachers available for math conferences in
the Media Center on a drop-in basis (scheduled appointments are not
• 9:40-10:55AM – Parkin’s (Zink) class to the Baldwin House in Birmingham
(reading to senior citizens)
• Diversity Committee meeting in Room 505 – All are welcome
• 4:00PM – Track meet BCS vs. Bloomfield Hills MS @ Andover High School
• 4:00PM – Girls soccer game @ Berkshire Middle School - Get directions at
Tuesday, April 27 – SPRING PICTURE DAY
• 8-8:20AM – Bagel sale in front of the media center by the 8th grade celebration
• 8:30-11:30 AM – SPRING PICTURES will be taken on the cafeteria stage – see
comments below to order
• 3:15-4:00PM – School store is open in the main hallway during choice hour
• 3:15-Spring Sports pictures –Track & Field and Girl’s soccer
• 4:05-6:00PM – Girls soccer practice
• 4:10 – 5:15PM – Track Practice
Wednesday, April 28
• 9:40-10:55AM – Butzin & Frishman classes to BASCC in Birmingham (reading to
• Popcorn Day – freshly popped popcorn is sold during choice hour for $1 in the
• 3: 20 – 4:05PM – Track Practice during choice hour
• 4:00PM – Girls soccer games vs. Country Day Middle School @ HOME
• 7:00PM - Forensics Showcase in the Media Center
Thursday, April 29
• Market Day internet orders due by midnight. If you are unable to complete your
order online, please contact Lori Croad at 248-348-4390.
• 4:05-6:00PM – Girls soccer practice
• 4:10 – 5:15PM – Track Practice
Friday, April 30
• 4:00PM – DUE: Choice hour change request for Quarter IV
• Girls Soccer Game @ EHMS (East Hills Middle School).
Saturday, May 1
• 7:30AM- 9:00PM – Science Olympiad - Middle School State Competition-
Michigan State University
Hot Entrée menu for the week: (subject to change, if necessary)
- Available everyday: Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese
Monday –French bread pizza, small garden salad, green beans
Tuesday –Beef enchilada, rice, carrots
Wednesday –Make your own sub, choice of turkey, ham or steak and cheese
Thursday – Nachos with meat and cheese, soup, pie
Friday –Baked chicken rings, mashed potatoes, broccoli
To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email
email@example.com by FRIDAY 7AM
SPRING PICTURE DAY is Tuesday, April 27 – the BCS school code is AA0201.
Picture forms will be sent home with all students on Monday. If your child will be
photographed, they must bring the order form with payment or parents can place
online orders by midnight, April 26th. Extra order forms are available in the office.
REMEMBER to avoid wearing bright shades of green as it interferes with the green
• Check out the various backgrounds on the website, www.schoolpictures.com
and place your order online no later than midnight, April 26, the BCS
school code is AA0201.
RECOGNITION OF BCS BAND STUDENTS
On Saturday, April 17 three BCS band members participated in the M.S.B.O.A. Solo and
Ensemble festival held at Sashabaw Middle School in Clarkston, Michigan. In her first
year of participation 8th grade clarinetist Megan Hoinville received a division II rating
and a red medal for her solo clarinet performance. 8th grade percussionist Sarena
Brown received a division I rating for her snare drum solo. Competing for the first
time, 7th grade band member Addison Horton also received a division I rating for
performing a trombone solo. Congratulations to these young band students for their
MOM’S EAT & RUN - FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010
3/4 ~ 11:00am – 11:40am
5/6 ~ 11:55am – 12:35pm
7/8 ~ 12:45 – 1:25pm
Please arrive 5-10 minutes early at the BCS main entrance to sign-in. Join your BCS
kid(s) & their friends for lunch and fun. Bring your child’s favorite lunch or purchase
from the cafeteria (bring a little extra for a friend)
After lunch, spend some special time with your child on the playground or indoors.
There will be a SPECIAL DRAWING at each lunch period. Mom must be present to win.
If you know in advance you will not be attending, please let your child(ren) know so
they are not disappointed.
DISTRICT SURVEYS – PLEASE COMPLETE (FROM Steve King, Manager of
Contracted Services, BPS)
Below are three links to on-line Customer Service & Satisfaction Surveys for the
District’s Custodial, Food Service & Transportation Departments. The continued
success and improvement of these departments depends on the continuous support
and input of everyone involved. We are conducting surveys so that we may take a look
at what has worked this year and what we can improve upon for the 2010-11 school
Below you will find the survey link for each department. Please take a few minutes to
respond to each survey. The deadline has been extended to the end of the day on
Friday, April 30, 2010.
This year, we have included parents & students; your feedback is essential for our
continued improvement so please be as accurate as possible; if you have children or
attend multiple locations, feel free to submit a survey for each.
TRANSPORTATION SURVEY LINK: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NJT7NTZ
FOOD SERVICE SURVEY LINK: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NCXGTYS
CUSTODIAL SURVEY LINK: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NJP6SS6
The Forensics Competitive Team
The Forensics Competitive Team had their Spring Competition this past Saturday. Even though
it was one of the largest turn-outs and coaches are agreed that it was one of the toughest
years, everyone on the team did a wonderful job. Mrs. Schultz says that everyone on the team
should be congratulated for their hard work and success. The following students placed at the
2nd place trophy in Oratory=Samantha Weed
Plaque in Sales= Caroline Manning
4th place trophy in Sales= Sydney Rosen
6th place trophy in Dramatic Interpretation= Audrey Kennedy
4th place trophy in Duo-= Sarah Camisa and Haley Werthmann
4th place trophy in Multiple= Lily Douma, Judy Kafelghazal, Sally Kafelghazal, Courtney Wilkie
2nd place trophy in Poetry= Caity Dolan
Plaque in Storytelling= Sarena Brown
Plaque in Storytelling= Emma Ellis
The following students received a ranking of one (100 points) in at least one of their rounds:
Sarah Camisa/Haley Werthmann
Lily Douma/Sally Kafelghazal/Judy Kafelghazal/Courtney Wilkie
Game 1 - @ Cranbrook
The 2010 girls soccer team opened their season at Cranbrook with and 8-1 win. In
a great overall team effort, the Covington girls played a disciplined and aggressive
soccer game. Goals were scored by Julia Gwizdz (3), Delaney Ryan (2), Sophia
Dijkman (1), Sara Kmiec (1) and Sara Simonte (1). Assist were reordered by Delaney
Ryan (3), Julia Gwizdz (1), Sara Kmiec (1) Judy Kafelghazal (1), Sara Simonte.
Notable defensive contributions were made by, Sophia Pryor, Katie Weitzel,
Madison Lennox, Judy Kafelghazal, Sara Simonte, Sam Weed and Delaney Ryan.
Alex Contis made six saves in the win (1).
Please note: Game rescheduled on 4-21 is on Friday @ EHMS (East Hills Middle School).