Sunday, January 30, 2011

Guest Writer: Roy Bishop (5-6 Teacher)

January 30, 2011

W.A.G. Guest writer: Roy Bishop (BCS 5/6 Teacher)

Dear BCS Community,

I hope you all had a great weekend and found someway to keep warm. Over the weekend the cold weather made me think about how my experiences as a student and teacher has shaped what I value in life. Right about now, I value Starbucks for their warm coffee as I write this Week at a Glance. But, just like the weather in Michigan changes by the hour, my experiences have also changed over time and so have my values.

On a daily basis the BCS community is creating value through being green, collecting clothes for families in Haiti, and packaging items for families in need. Students and families at BCS don’t complete these types of experiences on accident. It clear that all parties invested want students to value each other, value their environment and value their education. These types of experiences shape the minds and hearts of our students.

The 7th and 8th grade Boy’s Basketball teams traveled to the Palace this week and although the score might now have shown it, they played with poise and character. No one talked to the referees after a call was made, no one left any trash behind the bench and no one tried to sneak into the Pistons locker room to snap a picture of Ben Wallace or Ben Gordon. This just proves that our school culture and pride stems farther than just our school. Everyone’s hard work and dedication to the educational process is recognized in all of their aspirations.

Thank you for modeling these great values for your children. Honestly, our students are like sponges and they pick up most of their values from us.

Educationally Yours,

Roy Bishop Jr.

WEEK AT A GLANCE – January 31 - February 4, 2011
(Disclaimer:  Please check all your calendars and in case we missed something)

To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email  MIDNIGHT THURSDAY
 Monday, January 31
6:45-8:00AM 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
7:30 AM Green Team Meeting
Third Quarter Begins-New Choice Hours Start
Choice Hour Boys Swim Practice
4:15-5:30PM 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
4:15-8:00PM- Alice in Wonderland Rehearsal MANDATORY – FULL CAST - Bring Snack Cafeteria
5:15 PM Boys Swim Team Parent Meeting
 Tuesday, February 1
6:35-8:00 AM Boys Swim Practice
6:45-8:00AM 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
8-8:20AM – Bagel sale in front of the media center by the 8th grade celebration committee
3:15-4:00PM – School store will be closed for inventory
3:15-6:30PM -  Alice in Wonderland Rehearsal MANDATORY – FULL CAST - Bring Snack Cafeteria
3:30-8:30PM SNOW CLUB bus leaves for Pine Knob. Students return to BCS at 8:30PM and need to be picked up
Choice Hour 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
6:30 PM Proud Dads 3rd-6th Co-Ed Basketball
7 PM Board of Education Meeting at the Administration Building
 Wednesday, February 2
6:45-8:00AM 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
Market Day Orders to be Picked Up
POPCORN Day – freshly popped popcorn is sold during choice hour for $1 in the main hallway
Choice Hour Boys Swim Practice
4:15-5:30PM 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
4:15-8:45PM - Alice in Wonderland Rehearsal MANDATORY – FULL CAST - Bring Snack Cafeteria
Thursday, February 3
6:35-8:00 AM Boys Swim Practice
Registration deadline for the 2011 Spring Solo & Ensemble Festival for 7 /8 Band students is today
4:00PM Covington 8th Grade Girls Volleyball vs WHMS @ WHMS
4:00PM Covington 7th Grade Girls Volleyball vs. WHMS @ WHMS
6:30 PM Proud Dads 3rd-8th Co-Ed Baseball
7:00 PM – Friends of Different learners Meeting-Media Center, Disability Awareness Workshop
and Assistive Technology Presentation at 7 PM and 8PM
7:30PM – BCS Presents Alice and Wonderland
Friday, February 4
Trash Free Friday
6:35-8:00 AM Boys Swim Practice
10:00-11::00 3/4 Reading to Waikiki Party
4:00PM Covington 8th Grade Girls Volleyball vs Derby @ Covington
4:00PM Covington 7th Grade Girls Volleyball vs Derby Red @ Covington
Second Quarter Report Cards released
4:15PM Alice in Wonderland - Staff and Students ends at 5:30 (students must have own transportation home)
7:30PM – BCS Presents Alice in Wonderland

Hot EntrĂ©e menu for the week:  (subject to change, if necessary)
Available everyday: Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese Breadsticks
Monday –Sloppy Joe Sandwich, Baked Potato Rounds, Steamed Broccoli, Mexican Pizza
Tuesday –Grilled Turkey or Corned Beef Rueben, Sweet Potato Fries, Steamed Mixed Veggies, Cheese Quesadilla
Wednesday –Penne Pasta with Chicken & Alfredo, Warm Breadstick, Steamed Green Beans, Supreme Pizza
Thursday – Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Steamed Broccoli, Fresh Fruit Cup, Zesty Beef Burrito
Friday –Corn Dogs, Tailgate Chili with Toppings, Crispy French Fries, Meat Lover’s Pizza

Choice Hour Information
3rd Quarter Choice Hour classes begin on Monday January 31st. Choice Hour selections are posted on the Choice Hour board in the main hallway.
The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour class change is Friday February 11th by 4:00 PM. Choice Hour class change request forms will be available in the main office after 4:00 PM on Friday February 4th. Classes with openings will be listed on the back of the Choice Hour class change request form. Please read the change form very carefully.
Students requesting a change must attend their originally assigned classes for the first two weeks of the new quarter. ALL Choice Hour changes that are approved will go into effect on Monday February 14th. You will receive timely notification if your Choice Hour change request is denied.
Choice Hour drop refunds will be processed for classes dropped during the Choice Hour change period which ends at 4:00 PM on Friday February 11th. No refunds will be processed after the Friday February 11th deadline.
No Choice Hour drops, adds and/or changes will be accepted over the phone or via email. All Choice Hour change requests require a parent’s signature. Please pick up the proper paperwork at the front desk in the office.
Thank you for supporting the Choice Hour program!

The Middle School Science Olympiad Invitational is on Saturday, February 5th from 8am-5pm at the International Academy East, 1020 E Square Lake Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

ZON Parent Informational Meeting
Roy McCloud recorded all 37 minutes of the meeting! Thank you Mr. McCloud!
Click on link

There have been some issues of safety with the West Maple shuttle pick up to BCS and students running through the parking lots to get into the bus.  Transportation would like to remind all families using this shuttle to please drop off your child 5 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time and have them wait on the sidewalk to board the bus.  This will hopefully avoid any students running through the parking lot when the bus arrives to pick-up.
BCS BAND PARENTS of 7th & 8th graders: The registration deadline for the 2011 Spring Solo & Ensemble Festival is Thursday, February 3, 2011. This year’s S&E festival will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Lake Orion Scripps Middle School. This is a volunteer activity available to all 7th & 8th grade band students. Participation details have been presented to the band students during their class meeting times.

BCS BAND PARENTS of 7th & 8th graders: The BCS Mid-Winter Band Concert for the 7th & 8th grade bands will take place on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. The concert will be held from 7:00-8:00pm in the BCS cafeteria. Students should arrive at BCS no later than 6:30pm.

Boys Swim and Girls Volleyball season has started.  Games will begin before we know it.  Be sure to preserve these memories through pictures!  Both swim and volleyball pictures will be on Friday, 2/11 at AM practice

The BCS PTSA is looking for volunteers to coordinate a BCS Box Tops effort and to manage our existing Market Day program for the 2011-2012 school year. Without parent participation, we will be unable to support these programs next year. If you (or someone you know) are interested in getting involved and willing to offer your fellow BCS parents a service that generates revenue for our school,  please contact Gina Herdegen or Marnie Lewbel, PTSA Co-Chairs, at Thank you!

Purchase Your “Geeked To Eat” Dining Cards today! 
By purchasing a “Geeked to Eat” Discount Dining Card for only $15 you will not only be supporting our own BCS graduating students but you will also be saving yourself 25% off your total food bill at participating restaurants when used Monday thru Thursday. This is an excellent value. The more often you use your card the more money you will save!
So Get "Geeked to Eat"! Our gracious participating restaurants include Zazio's, Beau Jacks, Salvatore Scallopini (Birmingham), East Side Marios, Phoenicia and Big Rock Chop House.
What a great excuse for Mom not to cook or to treat a teacher or friend to dinner!
These discount cards will be valid from Feb.15, 2011 through March 15, 2011. 
Offer details and Order form are available on the BCS website.
To order put the form in an envelope marked “GEEKED to EAT” and indicate student or postal delivery.
So order a card today, or order some for friends or family.
We will also be selling the cards before and after the Alice in Wonderland production on Thursday Feb.3rd and Friday Feb.4th.
Didn't prepay for your child's bagels at the beginning of the year?  Are you tired of searching for that $1 every Tuesday morning?  Here's your chance to streamline your morning!!!  We're offering a second chance to prepay for your bagels for the rest of the year ($15)!!!
Don't forget that if you prepay, we include FREE cream cheese every week.  Please fill out the bagel form on and return with your check to the BCS Office by Wednesday, February 2nd!  No more remembering $ on Bagel Day - your prepaid bagels begin Feb 8th thru May 31st!!
Proceeds from the bagel sales go to the 8th Grade Celebration Committee to fund the 8th grade graduation celebration!

BCS Students are bringing Alice in Wonderland to the stage with 3 performances THIS WEEK!
Tickets are still available!!!
Special student/staff afternoon performance:
Friday, February 4th at 4:15 in the BCS Cafeteria - tickets $7

Evening Performances:Thursday, February 3rd & Friday February 4th at 7:30pm - tickets $10
Ticket order forms are available on the BCS website (   Payment will be accepted by check (payable to BCS PTSA) or exact cash only.  Just send your ticket form and payment into the BCS office.  Tickets will be waiting for you at the ticket table right before the performance!
Concessions will be available at each performance.
The student performance will end at approximately 5:30pm - Students will need to arrange their own transportation home after the play!!!
Please join Friends of Different Learners for the Disability Awareness Workshop and Assistive Technology Presentation on 2/3/11 from 7:00-9:00 PM at BCS. 
Disability Awareness Workshop: Preview the new Birmingham Public School Disability Awareness Workshop kit! Sample the new adaptive equipment and test out the improved hands on experiences!
Assistive Technology Presentation: Parents/Guardians of Birmingham Public Schools students are invited to a 1-hour AT Presentation featuring 2 new software products!  Participants need to reserve a spot for this presentation.  Please e-mail Diana Moak ( and indicate “AT Presentation” in the subject line and a preference of 7:00 or 8:00 PM.
For more information on either of these presentations, please contact Diana Moak (248-644-7222,

Did you know that cheerleading is an MHSAA sport in the State of Michigan? Last year Seaholm reinstituted the sport of cheerleading
Participants will be separated into age groups and taught various skills that are used in the sport of cheerleading including how to stretch and warm-up, correct arm positioning during cheerleading motions, proper jump technique, beginning tumbling skills, and more! They will have opportunities to view the Competitive Cheerleading Team’s routines which demonstrate gymnastics, stunts, and are full of energy to excite the aspiring cheerleader!  Participants will learn cheers and chants that will fire up the crowd and then have the opportunity to use those skills to help lead the Maples onto victory at their game on February 18th!!! Each age group will perform a special cheer with the Varsity Cheerleaders and will have a section reserved for them in the stands where they will participate in fun activities with the team throughout the game. This clinic will stress the importance of teamwork in cheerleading and show young girls the benefits of having a positive attitude and supportive environment. It is also a great opportunity for 8th grade girls who want to try out for the 2011-2012 high school team! Tryouts are held in the spring for the following school year. A member of the Seaholm Cheerleading Coaching staff will be on-site to provide valuable tips and advice.
Open to girls in grades 2-8, this organization is designed to train and prepare players for competitive high school softball.  The Minors Division consists of players in second and third grade; the Majors Division consists of players in fourth and fifth grade; the Seniors Division consists of players in sixth through eighth grade.  Prior experience is not needed. For more information visit:

 Come and join the 900 or so boys and girls who enjoy one of the best local, recreational baseball and softball leagues in the area. Entering its 56th year the league operates nine divisions, welcoming boys and girls from Kindergarten to 9th grade. Games are played on high quality fields either in or within a few miles of the historic & picturesque Franklin Village. Although the season is short the memories will last a lifetime. Space is limited, Early Registration Deadline is January 16, 2011 Fees: $150 (Tee Ball $105) includes $10 non-refundable registration fee.  Post deadline, $25 late fee. No refunds after March 13

Also WANTED Umpires - if you are 13 or older by the time the season starts the league will train and hire you. Experienced umpires are also welcome.

Contact, Dean Googasian, President 248-514-4180

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