Wednesday, April 28, 2010

BCS...Evergreen Status!

BCS was awarded Evergreen status by the state of Michigan today! I was joined by two BCS students at the 3rd annual award ceremony held at the Oakland Intermediate School District.
Great job to staff, parents, and especially students for their work in making sure we are green! Dylan and Emma represented BCS for their work in Trash Free Fridays and Recycling Program- Great job Dylan and Emma!


Sunday, April 25, 2010

WAG April 26-30

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!”


(Disclaimer: Please check all your calendars and 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
senior citizens)
• Popcorn Day – freshly popped popcorn is sold during choice hour for $1 in the
main hallway.
• 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 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
screen technology.
• Check out the various backgrounds on the website,
and place your order online no later than midnight, April 26, the BCS
school code is AA0201.
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
fine efforts!
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.
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.
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:
Audrey Kennedy
Sarah Camisa/Haley Werthmann
Lily Douma/Sally Kafelghazal/Judy Kafelghazal/Courtney Wilkie
Caity Dolan
Haley West
Samantha Weed
Sydney Rosen
Emma Ellis
Soccer News
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).

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

BCS Celebrates!

Today, BCS celebrated our contribution to the future! Why do we call this a contribution? The new Windspire, donated to us by Mariah Power (now known as Windspire), allows our students to experiment, invent, and create projects that directly relates to clean energy! We are proud of what we have accomplished but know that we have a long way to go! We are eager to continue our quest as pioneers in the 21st century!

The BCS community was represented well today and made a loud statement…the future is here!

Thank you to the following people for their role in bringing the Windspire to BCS!

John Carlos- BCS Proud Dad, Founder of Greeninig, BCS Windspire project leader

Greening – Jennifer Griffin, Paul Ozment

Neil Campbell- Former Executive Director of Maintenance for BPS

John Prisciandaro- BCS Engineering Technology Teacher

The BCS Staff and Students!

BCS Proud Dads – Dave Kiehle, Ross Kaplan

Susan Davis and Marnie Lewbel- PTSA Co-Chairs

Hal Heard and Bill Pugh 2008-2009 BCS Co-Principals

BPS Board of Education – Geri Rinschler, Rob Lawrence

BPS Superintendent –Dr. David Larson

Director of Energy and Labor Development – Skip Pruss

IBEW – Joe Abdou, Ryan Webb, Jennifer Mefford

Centerline Electric – Clyde Jones

Bloomfield Township Supervisor – Dave Payne

TMP Architects – John Milliaco

Electrical Industry Training Center – Anthony Glugla

Brennan Electric – Mike Brennan

Oakland County Commisioner – Jim Nash

City of Birmingham Mayor – Rackie Hoff

Monday, April 19, 2010

WAG April 19-23 (From Hal)

Dear BCS Families,

Growing up in the 21st Century has given today's youth a myriad of positive
learning opportunities. One of the most beneficial tools has been the ability to access information by just clicking a mouse. Our 3 E's(valuing education, environment, and each other) play a significant role in maintaining our culture and climate, especially the "E" of "valuing each other".

"Valuing each other" is an important character trait that we must encourage students to display through their words and actions. One avenue where students can display their mastery of this trait is through their use of the internet. While the internet may be used beneficially to access information via the web, it may also open the door to harmful social interaction as well. One of the main negative concerns is "Cyber Bullying". The following articles outline information that we can use to develop a culture which values and supports each other while addressing an increasing problem for today's youth.

The What, Where, and what to do of Cyber Bullying?

What is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber bullying is defined as threats or other offensive behavior sent online to a victim or sent or posted online about the victim for others to see. (Wolak, Mitchell, Finkelhor et al., 2006).

• It can take the form of a message on email or IM or a social networking site from someone who is threatening to hurt you or beat you up.
• It might be rumors posted on your profile or spread online for others to see.
• It might be the deletion of you on a friend's "buddy list" to make you feel left out.
• It could be a profile made by someone pretending to be you.
• Or, someone hacking into your profile and writing comments pretending they're from you.

In general, cyber bullying is bullying or harassing that happens online.

Where does Cyber Bullying occur?

Including instant messaging, social networking sites, email, and chat
rooms. The most commonplace bullying occurs online is over instant
messenger, but it also can occur via other new technologies such as
text messaging and personal digital assistants (PDAs).

What to do about Cyber Bullying?

If you are being cyber bullied, there are things you can do to stop it:

• Ignore the person. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is to ignore the person and go on about your business.
• Log-off if the harassment is bothering you.
• Block or delete the person. If it is happening on Instant Messaging or some other place online that requires a 'buddy list', you can block certain users based upon their username, or delete them if they are in your buddy list. You can also block emails that are being received from specific email addresses.
• Change your information. If someone has hacked into your profile, change your password. If someone repeatedly sends you messages (like,' add me to your buddy list' over and over), consider changing your username or email address.
• If there is a profile that was created about you without you knowing, contact the company who runs the site to have the profile or language taken off.
• If you are upset about what is being said, talk to someone you trust. Don't feel like you're alone.

When to talk to adults

There may be times that students are able to take care of the cyber bullying on their own. Sometimes, it gets out of hand though, and it's helpful to talk to an adult about what is going on. If student ever feels scared or overwhelmed, maybe even trapped, it's definitely time to talk to an adult.

If students don't feel comfortable speaking with a parent, seek out other adults or authorities like a teacher, coach, school counselor.

In closing, BCS continues to believe that as a school family we can leverage information, our relationship, and the 3 E's to empower our students to greater heights. As always, it continues to be a great joy working with the best students, staff and parents that make up the BCS family!

Hal and Adam

Monday, April 19- First Day of the fourth quarter
Vision screening for students in grades 3, 5,& 7
3: 20 – 4:05PM – Track Practice during choice hour
3:20-4:45PM – Girls soccer practice

Tuesday, April 20
8-8:20AM – Bagel sale in front of the media center by the 8th grade celebration committee
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
6:30PM – Technology Committee Meeting
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, April 21
HALF DAY OF SCHOOL – Dismissal at 11:20AM. Busses are provided at the early dismissal time.
1-4 & 5-8 PM Student Led Conferences
1-8:00PM Book Fair in the Media Center
E-Bugle Published today!
4:00PM – Girls soccer games vs. East Hills Middle School @ HOME

Thursday, April 22
HALF DAY OF SCHOOL – Dismissal at 11:20AM. Busses are provided at the early dismissal time.
8:35AM – 5/6 Field Trip to the Palladium for OCEANS movie
1-4 & 5-8 PM Student Led Conferences
1-8:00PM Book Fair in the Media Center

Friday, April 23
Report cards released
3:45PM – Girls soccer game @ Cranbrook Middle School - Get directions at
4:00PM – Track meet BCS vs. Berkshire @ Groves High School

Friday, April 16, 2010

BCS Students support City Mission

Bassel Salka and Xavier McCormick led an assembly yesterday that included them handing City Mission a check for $264.00 that BCS raised! Bassel and Xavier have been volunteering at City Mission and helped run a basketball camp there this past summer. Their community service project was chosen by the BCS community to be the school wide project this year. Students brought in games, school materials and other items for the students at City Mission. The money will help purchase lap tops for the school. Nicole Rikens, the executive director of City Mission, is seen here thanking the BCS students for their help. City Mission was represented at the assembly by the principal, executive director, and five students!
If you are interested in helping City Mission School please visit their website at
BCS is very proud of Bassel and Xavier!

7th Grade Student Honored by the Birmingham Youth Assistance Commitee

Emily Weiss, 7th grade student at BCS,was honored yesterday for her community service outreach! For her community service outside of school Emily has donated part of her bat mitzvah money to Haiti to help the children and adults in need.

She worked at her Temple’s Purim Carnival for 10 hours on Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, 2010 which she said was a blast! There Emily helped little kids and saw the excitement in their eyes once they won a real fish to take home and care for. Although it was a lot of work and required much effort, Emily says she felt very proud after seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces when they had left the carnival.

Emily went with her Temple Youth Group to a Lawson trip which consisted of 18 hours of community service. They went to a garden to help grow food for the hungry and also went to the Ronald McDonald house which provides a place to live for families whose children are hospitalized because they are very sick.

Congratulations to Emily and her family!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lessons From Geese (click link below to see video)

Lessons From Geese

Welcome Back! April12-16 WAG

April 11, 2010

Dear BCS Families,

I am outside on a beautiful Sunday afternoon writing this week’s WAG…The key here is that I am actually sitting in the sun (it’s been a long winter!) I hope all of you were able to enjoy a trip to a warm state or enjoy the time with your family and friends if you stayed around Michigan. Spring is here and with the warm weather we are seeing more and more birds each day! This time of year we often see geese flying above us returning to their northern homes. Seeing geese this week, I was reminded of an activity I often use with teachers that talks about leadership and teamwork. You may have read about the lessons we can learn from geese already. There are many versions of power points and slide shows on the internet and various websites that promote these lessons- Whether you are aware of the lessons, or this is the first time reading them, we can all take something away that will push us to be better at what we do!

Welcome back and enjoy the spring weather!

Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Lesson: By sharing a common direction and sense of community, BCS can get where we are going quicker and easier because we are traveling on the thrust of one another.

Fact 2: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
Lesson: By staying in formation with those headed where we want BCS to go, we will be more willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

Fact 3: When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.
Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, the BCS community is interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents and resources.

Fact 4: The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We need to make sure honking is only for encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement the production is much greater.

Fact 5: When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.
Lesson: The BCS community needs to continue to stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

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

This is the last week of the third quarter – new choice hours DO NOT start this week. New choice hour classes will begin next Monday on April 19, the beginning of quarter four.

Monday, April 12
• Collection of items for schoolwide community service project – see specifics below
• 7/8 students & parents - Bid on Ms. Snyder’s Pizza party (see below) by noon on Wednesday
• 8:30-11:00AM – Vision screening for 3rd , 5th & 7th grades -conducted By Oakland County Health Dept
• 9:15AM – 3/4 Room Parents Meeting
• 3:20-4:45PM – Girls soccer practice
• 4:10 – 5:15PM – Track Practice

Tuesday, April 13
• Collection of items for schoolwide community service project – see specifics below
• 7/8 students & parents - Bid on Ms. Snyder’s Pizza party (see below) by noon on Wednesday
• 7:15-8:15AM – BCS ALUMNI breakfast in the media center – for high school seniors who attended BCS.
• 8-8:20AM – Bagel sale in front of the media center by the 8th grade celebration committee
• 8:30-11:00AM – Vision screening for 3rd , 5th & 7th grades -conducted By Oakland County Health Dept
• 11am-12:30 pm - As part of the Genocides and Holocaust Unit and the reading of The Diary of Anne Frank, Holocaust survivors will speak in the Media Center to 7/8 students and staff.
• 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

Wednesday, April 14
• Collection of items for schoolwide community service project – see specifics below
• 8:30-11:00AM – Vision screening for 3rd , 5th & 7th grades -conducted By Oakland County Health Dept
• NOON – Deadline to bid on Ms. Snyder’s pizza party for 7/8 students & parents
• Popcorn Day – freshly popped popcorn is sold during choice hour for $1 in the main hallway.
• 3:20-4:45PM – Girls soccer practice
• 4:10 – 5:15PM – Track Practice

Thursday, April 15 - LAST DAY OF THE 3RD QUARTER
• Collection of items for schoolwide community service project – see specifics below
• HAT DAY to benefit City Mission – students who wear a hat to school today bring $1 to donate to the City Mission laptop fundraiser. Bring the $1 to homeroom/first class today for collection.
• 8AM-2PM – Religious Diversity Journey to Bharatiya Temple for 8 students in 7/8 grade level
• 8:30-11:00AM – Vision screening for 3rd , 5th & 7th grades -conducted By Oakland County Health Dept
• 12:30PM – Lunch with the Principal in Staff Development I (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 I-All are invited to learn about the operations of the PTSA at BCS. Bring a friend or meet new friends.
• 2:30-3:00 – Schoolwide assembly on City Mission community service project
• 4:05-5:45PM – Girls soccer practice
• 4:10 – 5:15PM – Track Practice
• 7 PM – Friends of Different Learners Meeting – “Law Enforcement and Behavioral Safeguards” in the BCS Media Center
• 4-8PM Drop off garage sale items at Berkshire Middle School. Proceeds to Birmingham Education Foundation

Friday, April 16
• No School – Professional Development/Records Day
• 10AM-7PM - Drop off garage sale items at Berkshire Middle School. Proceeds to Birmingham Education Foundation
• 11-12:30AM – New Families Ice Cream Social in the cafeteria
• Deadline: Articles for E-Bugle due today

Hot Entrée menu for the week: (subject to change, if necessary)
- Available everyday: Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese Breadsticks
Monday –Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, corn
Tuesday –Grilled cheese, tomato soup, mixed vegetables
Wednesday –Spaghetti, breadstick, green beans
Thursday – Bacon cheeseburger, diced potatoes, California blend vegetables
Friday – No School

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

SCHOOLWIDE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT - Collection of Items for City Mission
Each grade level is collecting school-related items to donate to City Mission through Thursday, April 15th. Drop off items in the blue bins located in the popcorn cubby off of the main hallway at BCS.
• Grades 3-4: Indoor Recess Items (easy crafts, board games, books, educational DVD’s)
• Grades 5-6: School Supplies (red, yellow, and green folders; small personal white boards; white board markers; erasers; educational software
• Grades 7-8: Outdoor Recess Items (balls of all kinds, jump ropes – individual and long – sidewalk chalk, etc)

Two Fundraisers for Two Laptops for City Mission
• For Grades 3-8 Hat Day: All students are invited to participate in Hat Day on Thursday, April 15th. Wear a sports hat, a wacky hat, any hat to support City Mission. We are asking that each student donate a $1 to help raise funds to purchase the goal of two laptops for City Mission. Donations will be collected in homeroom/first class of the morning on Hat Day.

• 7-8 Grade Blind Auction: We had an item that was inadvertently left out of the Blast, and the teacher (Mrs. Snyder) has graciously agreed to donate the item to help raise funds for the two laptops that BCS hopes to purchase for City Mission. The minimum starting bid for this item is $20.00. Bidding will start Monday, April 12th – Wednesday, 12/noon, April 14th. Parents/Adults only email your bid to In the subject line, type BID. A description of the item is as follows:
For Grades 7/8 students . . . How would you like to enjoy a relaxing Wednesday afternoon off with three of your friends? On a mutually-agreed upon Wednesday, Profe Snyder will invite you and three of your friends in for lunch and a movie. You will enjoy plenty of pizza, pop and classic movie treats (and ice cream, perhaps?) while relaxing in the “comfy” chairs borrowed from the Media Center. No need to head back to class after lunch, spend the rest of the afternoon watching your movie of choice and enjoying time with your friends in Profe’s room.

Final Assembly, Thursday, April 15 @ 2:30
• A final assembly to wrap up the schoolwide community service project will take on Thursday, April 15th from 2:30 – 3:00. Representatives from City Mission will be at this all-school assembly and will be presented with the collected items and a check for the two laptops.

If you love books and have 2 hours to spare, please contact Shiva Motlagh ( to volunteer for the upcoming Spring Book Fair! If you have an upper class high school student who needs community service hours, we would welcome their help too! 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!!

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

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 or 248.593.8234 if you can help. Thanks!

SPRING PICTURE DAY is Tuesday, April 27 – the BCS school code is AA0201.
All BCS students are invited to take a SPRING PICTURE on picture day. SPRING PICTURES are different from fall pictures because there are sixteen AWESOME AND FUN green screen backgrounds to choose from. It is a terrific chance to show off your child’s personality. School appropriate props are also welcome! Please avoid wearing bright shades of green as it interferes with the green screen technology. Only students who have ordered online or who have a completed order form in hand will be photographed. Extra forms are available in the office.

Check out the various backgrounds on the website, and place your order online by midnight, April 26, the BCS school code is AA0201.

We are looking for 2-3 parent volunteers to help with picture day in the morning from 8:15 – 11:30AM . Please email Nancy Best at if you are interested. A $20 credit towards your picture packet will be provided to volunteers.

Please reserve Thursday, June 10 for the 8th Grade Farewell Celebration! The program will run from 6:30 - 8pm with a dessert reception from 8 - 8:30pm. The 8th grade dance will follow from 8:30 to 10pm (the dance is for 8th grade students only). Invitations, with additional information, will be mailed to the families of 8th graders at a later date.

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,

BPS mom, Jan Wade, is organizing the Strides of Hope walk with her physician, Dr. Pamela Benitez, to take place at the Detroit Zoo on Saturday, April 17th. This event is sponsored by the Shades of Pink Foundation which provides temporary financial assistance to women who are experiencing financial distress as a result of breast cancer. Whether it is helping with a mortgage payment, the grocery bills, or an insurance premium, the Shades of Pink Foundation is committed to easing the financial burden of a breast cancer diagnosis.

Registration and Vendors open at 7:30am. The Opening Ceremony is at 8:30am and the 1 or 3 Mile Walk begins at 9:00am. Your registration includes the whole day at the zoo. Adults: $30 (or $50 with T-shirt), Children 12 and under: $7. Please visit to register.

Warm weather is here and so are the summer clothes!
Please remember that we share the same expectations as both Seaholm and Groves when it comes to dress code. In the spirit of being consistent and preparing our students for the high school, we will be reminding them of our expectations of dressing appropriately. Thank you for helping us maintain the integrity and respect that BCS has always known!
Two dress code violations that continuously are brought to my attention by our staff here at BCS are shorts and yoga pants. Shorts should be as long as your child’s fingertips when their arms are at their side and yoga pants should only be worn when a long shirt or sweater is worn also. Hats are not allowed to be worn within the school building except for special occasions such as hat day. Thank you again for your support and help in this matter!

6th and 7th Grade Parents

The teachers at BCS would like to offer your children the opportunity to go on an exciting foreign adventure during winter break 2011. The focus of the trip would be taking part in an environmental service project but the children would also experience cultural and language immersion, character building exercises and learn leadership skills. The estimated cost for this trip would be around two thousand dollars. Please check out this website and if you would be interested in having your child take part in a trip like this please let us know. Before we take this any further, it is important for us to know if there would be any interest. You may email Pauline Roberts at
Thank you!

Remember Trash Free Fridays!!!!