Sunday, February 6, 2011

WAG: Super Bowl Sunday

February 6, 2011

Dear BCS Community,

I am sending this out early in anticipation of a great super bowl game tonight! This past week BCS had a few super bowls of our own as we celebrated our students’ successes! What made these events so wonderful is they showcased our STUDENTS’ ability to work together and share responsibilities to achieve a goal. Like the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, in order to perform at such a high level, everyone must do their part. From the owners to the medical staff to the trainers, everyone is important to the organization. When it is game time, however, it is the players that must follow through and execute the game plan.
It was game time this week as BCS competed in Future Cities, Science Olympiad, and performed this years’ school musical, Alice In Wonderland. All of the preparation the students have been involved with over the past few months finally paid off! BCS students did an amazing job in all three events and showed that they are truly hall of fame material!!
It was a great effort by everyone involved from the teachers to the parents. As building principal, I would like to thank you for giving our students an opportunity to put their game face on and execute the game plan that everyone worked hard to put into place. No matter what the outcome of tonight’s game, I know that the many super bowls our students continue to perform in will always have positive results!

Have a G.E.E.K.ed week,


See the new G.E.E.K.ed parent activity at

WEEK AT A GLANCE –February 5-11, 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, February 7 – Healthy Snacks Food Drive
6:45-8:00AM 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
4:15-5:30PM 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
Quarter 2 Report Cards released at the end of the day
EXPLORE test results for 8th Graders released at the end of the day
5:00PM Boys Swimming Warm Up @ Andover
5:30PM Boys Swimming Covington v WHMS @ Andover
Tuesday, February 8 – Healthy Snacks Food Drive
6:35-8:00 AM Boys Swim Practice
8-8:20AM – Bagel sale in front of the media center by the 8th grade celebration committee
9:30AM BBFA @ the Gary M. Doyle Center, “Relationship Building for Families”
3:15-4:00PM – School store is open in the main hallway during choice hour
3:30-8:30PM SNOW CLUB bus leaves for Pine Knob. Students return to BCS at 8:30PM and need to be picked up
4:00PM Covington 7th Grade Girls Volleyball vs Berkshire Silver @ Covington
5:00PM Covington 8th Grade Girls Volleyball vs Berkshire Silver @ Covington
6:30-8:00PM 3rd-6th Grade Proud Dad’s Co-Ed Basketball
7:00-9:00PM BLAST Committee Meeting – Media Center
Wednesday, February 9 – Healthy Snacks Food Drive
6:45-8:00AM 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
POPCORN Day – freshly popped popcorn is sold during choice hour for $1 in the main hallway
3:15-5:30PM - Boys swim team practice
4:15-5:30PM 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
7:00PM 7/8 Band & Orchestra Concert - Cafeteria
Thursday, February 10 – Healthy Snacks Food Drive
6:35-8:00 AM Boys Swim Practice
9:30AM-BBFA Workshop - Teen Dating
12:30PM Lunch with the Principals – Staff Development 1
1:15PM PTSA Clearinghouse Meeting-Staff Development 1
4:00PM Covington 7th Grade Girls Volleyball vs Cranbrook/Kingswood @ Cranbrook
5:00PM Covington 8th Grade Girls Volleyball vs Cranbrook @ Cranbrook
6:30-8:00PM – 3rd-8th Grade Proud Dad’s Co-Ed Baseball
Friday, February 11 – Healthy Snacks Food Drive
6:35-8:00 AM Boys Swim Practice and pictures
6:45-8:00AM 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice and pictures
7:00-8:00AM 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice and pictures
9:00-1:30 3/4 Science Center Field Trip -Wallington/Parkin/Harvath/Burns
Lockdown Drill
Trash Free Friday


Hot Entrée menu for the week: (subject to change, if necessary)
Available everyday: Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese Breadsticks
Monday –Baked Pasta Marinara, Fresh Baked Garlic Roll, Steamed Green Beans and Cauliflower, Mexican Pizza
Tuesday –Submarine Sandwich, Crispy Potato Wedges, Cole Slaw, Nacho Supreme
Wednesday –Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry, Rice Noodles, Steamed Snow Pea Pods, Hawaiian Pizza
Thursday – Flakey Chicken Pot Pie, Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Gravy, Steamed Broccoli, Beef Enchilada
Friday –Chicken Gyro, Rice Pilaf, Vegetable medley, Chicken Fajita Pizza

Choice Hour Information
3rd Quarter Choice Hour classes began 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 3/4 Team just celebrated our shared love of reading at our Read to Waikiki Party, and together we now give from our hearts in our “SURF’S UP FOR HEALTHY SNACKS” FOOD DRIVE. Our community service learning food drive, which continues our school-wide efforts to fight hunger locally, is now underway and will run through Valentine’s Day. This food drive will benefit Detroit City Mission as they strive to improve the lives of our inner city youth. Please donate items from the City Mission Wish List by Monday, February 14th. A list of items went home with each child last week and can also be found on the BCS website: (click on Parent Resources tab and scroll down to BCS and Beyond). Collection boxes are located in the 3/4 alcove in the main hallway. Our goal is 1,500 healthy snack items, so please donate as many items as you are able!

On Monday, January 31st, BCS competed in the Michigan Regional Future City Competition for the first time. The team won the Electro-Technology Award, sponsored by IEEE, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Congratulations, students, on a very respectable first competition!
The following students participated in the program:
Daniel A., Mitchell A., Andrew A., Jacob B., David B., Alexis C. , Katalina C., Brendan D. ,James G., Alexis J.,
Grace K., Tucker P., Karlie S., Brianna W.

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

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

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.
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.

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!

BCS offers Sally Foster products as a service to our families. You can place online orders at BCS earns 40% of the sales on all gift-wrap, unique gift items, bath & body products, Harry London® gourmet chocolates and Sally’s Home Bakery. To place an order, go to Input the BCS account # 43930 so our school receives a share of the profit. Free Shipping to your home on orders over $60.00! Order online all year long. Please tell your friends and family members! They can place their own online orders, and BCS will get credit for their purchases, if they enter our BCS account number.

Attention all BCS families, the BLAST PRIZE ROOM needs you to CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS!!
We are currently looking for any unopened games and gadgets, toys or trinkets that you would like to get rid of for our Blast Prize room. Maybe you have a stash of never opened toys or "just in case" gifts or gift cards taking up way too much space in your closet. What a great way to do some house cleaning! Kids will be able to "purchase" these items in the Prize room with the tickets they win at the Blast.
Just bring it to the big box outside the office starting this Monday Feb 7 and we will collect and distribute to the Blast prize room. Anything we do not use will be delivered to a local children's charity. The Blast carnival committee thanks 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!

The 30th Annual Kids’ Dog Show Sunday, February 13, 2011 1:00p.m.—3:00p.m.
Berkshire Middle School Gym 21707 West 14 Mile Rd. Beverly Hills, MI.
Cost of registration is $7.00 per dog
Your Dog May Win In One of These Categories: Best Behaved, Smallest, Best Trick, Largest, Best Costume, Best Looking and Most Personality. Go to for rules and registration!

Birmingham Girls Softball registration is NOW for grades 2-8. Applications are due February 14th, and evaluations begin March 6th, and March 13th. Also, we NEED COACHES!! For more information on email: or visit our website at

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.

Please read: ALL PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE A FREE T-SHIRT AND HAIR ACCESSORY! Grades 3-5 will perform between the 1st and 2nd quarter and Grades 6-8 will perform between the 3rd and 4th quarter of the February 18th Home Basketball Game at Seaholm High School.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm; 3 sessions starting February 15, 2011, ending February 18, 2011

Tuition: $60.00

Instructors: Coach Szura, Coach Jessica, and the Seaholm High School Cheerleaders

Location: Seaholm High School

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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