Monday, May 17, 2010

Internet Back Up at BCS! WAG Schedule for May 17-21

WEEK AT A GLANCE – MAY 17 – MAY 21, 2010
(Disclaimer: Please check all your calendars and in case we missed something)

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

Monday, May 17
• 3: 20 – 4:05PM – Track Practice during choice hour
• 4:00PM – Girls soccer games vs. East Hills Middle School @ HOME

Tuesday, May 18
• 8-8:20AM – Bagel sale in front of the media center by the 8th grade celebration committee
• 9:30 AM – BBFA Meeting – “Self-Development & Parenting” at the Gary M. Doyle Center
• 3:15-4:00PM – School store is open in the main hallway during choice hour
• 4:05-5:45PM – Girls soccer practice
• 4:10 – 5:15PM – Track Practice
• 7:00PM - BPS Board of Education meeting at the BPS Administration building, 550 West Merrill Street, Birmingham. Watch it live on Comcast channel 17.
• 7:00 – 8:30PM - Technology Café in the Media Center – come learn about Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. or bring up your own technology topic.

Wednesday, May 19
• Popcorn Day – freshly popped popcorn is sold during choice hour for $1 in the main hallway.
• E-Bugle published today!
• 4:00PM – Track meet BCS vs. East Hills Middle School@ Groves High School
• 4:00PM – Girls soccer games vs. Cranbrook Middle School @ HOME
• 5:30-6:30PM – Proud Dads Golf for 3rd – 8th grade- Royal Oak Driving Range at 13 Mile Rd & Coolidge

Thursday, May 20
• BPS Author in Residence Kevin Kammeradd visits 3rd-6th graders at BCS
• 4:05-5:45PM – Girls soccer practice
• 4:10 – 5:15PM – Track Practice

Friday, May 21
• DUE: Choice Hour Selection Sheets for 1st quarter 2010-2011 school year due by 4:00PM
• DUE: RSVP for the 8th grade celebration “BON VOYAGE” to the BCS Office
• Progress reports released
• 10AM-2PM – Mexicantown Field Trip for 7/8 students
• 4:05-5:45PM – Girls soccer practice
• 6:30-8:30PM – 7/8 Hollywood Night 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 or cheese quesadilla, buttered carrots
Tuesday –Bacon cheeseburger, sweet potato fries
Wednesday –Baked popcorn chicken, buttered noodles, green beans
Thursday – Chicken or vegetable egg rolls, brown rice, chicken noodle soup
Friday – Soft taco or nacho & cheese, watermelon

Join the BCS Technology Committee on Tuesday, May 18, 6:30-8:00 PM in the BCS Media Center for an informal open discussion about social networking topics. Please bring your laptop to the meeting, if you have one. You are welcome to send us a question in advance or request information on a topic of interest…just email

Topics we may be discussing are:
• How to Facebook?
• How to use Gmail & Google apps?
• How to Twitter?
• IPad demo. Engage teacher Mat Brown will bring his iPad and discuss potential classroom applications for notepads and mobile devices.

The 2010-2011 Forensics Team auditions will be Friday, June 4th. Students must have taken at least one marking period of the Forensics I choice hour to audition.

Students auditioning may choose to audition in either of the following categories: Prose, Poetry, Storytelling, D.I., Sales, Oratory, and Informative. Sales, Informative, and Oratory must be original pieces written by the students, all other categories may NOT be written by the student. Those auditioning with Sales or Informative may use visual aids.

ALL PIECES MUST BE BETWEEN 3-5 MINUTES AND MUST BE MEMORIZED. Individual preparation and memorization are big components of being on the team and will be a factor in deciding who makes the team.

Students will sign up the week of June 4th outside Mrs. Schultz’s room (Room 407) for an audition time. Audition times will begin at 3:30 (however, times from 3:30-4:00 are reserved for those students who are currently in the Forensics I Choice Hour). Please arrive on time for your audition. Students will wait in Room 407 and be able to practice in there until it is their time to audition, in which case they will then be ushered into the Media Center by a helper. Auditions will be closed, meaning that only the team coach (Liz Schultz) and a guest judge will be watching. The guest judge has no affiliation with BCS, thereby being totally neutral and judging on performance criteria. The guest judge has toured nationally in shows, went to college in New York for performance, and has Forensic experience…he is very qualified. Once students are done with their audition they are to leave BCS…they are done for the evening.

The new members of the team will be posted outside classroom 407 on Mon, June 7th before school begins.

Students may be nervous, but please try to calm their fears as much as possible. There are a limited number of spots on the team, however everyone has a fair chance and I am excited to see all auditions! If you have any questions, please email me (Liz Schultz) at . Thank you.

The 5th & 6th grade bands will perform their spring concert on Wednesday evening, June 6th in the BCS cafeteria. The performance will begin at 7:00pm. The 7th & 8th grade bands will perform their spring concert on Wednesday, June 9 in the BCS cafeteria. The starting time for the 7th & 8th grade band performance is 7:00pm. The 8th grade band members will also be making a guest appearance with the BCS orchestra on Thursday, June 3 at 7:30 pm. Specific details for the 8th grade performance with the orchestra will be sent home with the students this week.

The Seaholm Maple Motion Dance team will be holding tryouts for the 2010-11 school year during the week of May 17th. Prospective team members will be taught a competitive dance routine, work on technique and participate in tryouts. Daily events begin at 5 pm in the Seaholm Dance Room. Please contact Coach Tracy Yamin at for more information.

Can you believe it's already time to be thinking about Move Up Day? On June 10th, the incoming 3rd graders will be visiting BCS and meeting their new teachers and classmates. In order to make this a great experience, the BCS Community Connections Committee is looking for your help. We need eight volunteers to assist with check-in, the scavenger hunt, and dismissal from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 10th. To volunteer, please contact Becky Bachand at or 248.593.8234. Thanks!

Choice Hour selection sheets for 1st Quarter 2010-2011 will be going home the week of May 17th. Choice Hour selections are due no later than Friday May 21st at 4:00PM. We know how difficult it is to plan for September so far in advance, give it your best shot! You can view the choice hour class offerings at . Also, please include proper payment with your Choice Hour selections if you are signing your child up for a 4th and 5th day of Choice Hour.

School schedules and Choice Hour schedules will not be available at registration in August. School schedules and Choice Hour schedules will be distributed in homerooms on the first day of school! Please copy your child’s Choice Hour selection sheet for your records so that you will know which days of the week you have selected for your child to attend Choice Hour!

Important information regarding 1st quarter:
• Competitive Forensic Team auditions (grades 6-8) will be held on Friday June 4th. Additional information regarding the audition can be found online!
• Students interested in applying for the 2010-2011 6-8 Science Olympiad team need to have their applications to Mrs. Brown no later than Friday May 21st. Parent letter and application are included with the selection sheet!
• Students interested in becoming a part of the BCS Now News production team need to fill out an audition form and turn it into Mr. Joseph no later than Friday May 21st. Please read the instructions very carefully!

Choice Hour reminders – please call 248-203-4625 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!

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