Sunday, March 6, 2011

WAG March 7-11

March 6, 2011

Dear BCS Community,

This week I was involved in a few conversations on the topic of positive deviance. I have written about positive deviance before and I hope all of you have had the opportunity to embrace moments that call for us to deviate from the norm. I was reminded of a time I was in Chicago for the weekend and was stuck on the corner of Michigan and Ohio. There were many people at the corner waiting for the signal to change and give us the green light to cross. After a few minutes, it became clear the signal was broken. It remained red but cars were not turning the corner and people on the adjacent corner were also at a standstill. It was obvious the signal was not working properly, yet no one was moving. I thought about stepping out into the street and begin walking to the other side but I was nervous. What if I was wrong? What if the other people standing next to me and on the other side didn’t agree with my decision? I started to doubt myself and thought that maybe I was being impatient and I should just wait for the sign to change or for someone else to give me permission to cross. Standing there I could hear people complain. “This is going to ruin my day”, “I can’t believe people don’t do their job and make sure the signals are working”, “If I were the mayor…” I decided I had two choices. Stay there and join the others in complaining about the situation or to step into the street and start going where I wanted to go. It was not easy to take that first step but I did. I was surprised at what happened next. After I stepped into the street, everyone else followed. Because we stood there for so long there was a mass of people on both sides of the street. It was amazing to see a flood of people transitioning from having a bad attitude and complaining to smiles and going in the direction they needed to go. I didn’t know these people, and they had no clue who I was, but it was obvious for that short moment in time, they respected and appreciated someone that was a positive deviant. This week take that first step so others will follow!

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


WEEK AT A GLANCE –March 7-11, 2011

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

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Monday, March 7

  • Spring Conference signup sheets are outside your student’s class
  • 6:45-8:00AM 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
  • 4:15-5:30PM 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
  • 6:00PM – BCS Boys Swim vs Cranbrook at Cranbrook

Tuesday, March 8

  • Spring Conference signup sheets are outside your student’s class
  • 6:35-8:00 AM Boys Swim Practice
  • 7:00-8:00AM Proud Dads 6th Grade Girls Volleyball
  • 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
  • 4:00PM Covington 7th Grade Girls Volleyball vs Derby White @ Covington
  • 5:00PM Covington 8th Grade Girls Volleyball vs Derby White @ Covington
  • 7-9:00PM – BLAST Committee Meeting – Media Center

Wednesday, March 9 – ASH WEDNESDAY

  • Spring Conference signup sheets are outside your student’s class
  • 6:45-8:00AM 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
  • 9:30AM BBFA @ the Gary M. Doyle Center, “Learning Styles & Learning Disabilities”
  • POPCORN Day – freshly popped popcorn is sold during choice hour for $1 in the main hallway
  • 4:15-5:30PM 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
  • 5:30PM – BCS Boys Swim vs EHMS at Andover
  • 6:30-8:00PM – Special Education-Coffee with Administration – BPS Administration Bldg.

Thursday, March 10

  • Spring Conference signup sheets are outside your student’s class
  • 6:35-8:00 AM Boys Swim Practice
  • 7:00-8:00AM Proud Dads 6th Grade Girls Volleyball
  • 9:30-11:00AM BBFA Workshop “Say Yes to No” – Gary M. Doyle Center
  • Choice Hour 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice
  • 6:30pm Pizza with the Principal – Media Center
  • 6:30-8:00PM – 3rd thru 8th Grade Proud Dad’s Baseball
  • 7:00PM – PTSA Clearinghouse Meeting – Media Center

Friday, March 11

  • Spring Conference signup sheets are outside your student’s class
  • 6:35-8:00 AM Boys Swim Practice
  • 9:00-1:30PM 3/4 Science Center Field Trip Frishman/Butzin/Davis/Seley
  • 3rd, 5th & 7th Vision Screening
  • 4:00PM Covington 7th Grade Girls Volleyball vs Bloomfield Hills Middle School @ BHMS
  • 5:00PM Covington 8th Grade Girls Volleyball vs Bloomfield Hills Middle School @ BHMS
  • 6:30PM –Most Valuable Male Night – Gym & Cafeteria
  • Trash Free Friday
  • Progress Reports released for 3rd Quarter


Hot Entrée menu for the week: (subject to change, if necessary)

  • Available everyday: Pizza, Hamburger & Cheeseburger, Chicken Sandwiches, Nachos, Beef Soft Shell Tacos, Freshly Made Salads & Sandwiches, Garden Fresh Salad Bar

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 –Make your own Taco Bar, Supreme Pizza

Thursday – Baked Chicken Rings, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Buttered Corn, Zesty Beef Burrito

Friday –Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Steamed Cauliflower, Fresh Fruit Cup, Meat Lover’s Pizza


3/4 SWIM Schedule. Burns, Frishman, Seley, and Wallington will SWIM from Monday, March 7th through Friday, April 15th.

3/4 GYM Schedule. Butzin, Davis, Harvath and Parkin will be in the GYM from Monday, March 7th through Friday, April 15th.


We wanted to inform you of a very slight change to our early pick-up process for Choice Hour. This change began 3/1/11.

We have always required parents to stop in to the office to verify identity and sign out their child before heading to the Choice Hour desk to call their child down early. There is one new addition to this system to try to streamline the process for everyone involved and ensure the safety of our students. We will be adding a "pink sheet" to the process. When you come to the office to sign out your child, you will be given a "pink sheet" which you will then take to the Choice Hour desk to have your child called down for early pick-up.

The students at the Choice Hour desk will no longer release a student without the "pink form" being presented. We appreciate your following this new piece of the system!


Some updates were made to the PowerSchool e-mail system over the last break which will result in parents receiving the selected e-mail notifications (e.g., attendance reports, grade reports, etc.) in a timelier manner. This also resulted in a backlog of e-mails being sent out in large batches. Please be sure to log in to PowerSchool and check your “Parent/Guardian Automatic Email Reports” to be sure that you are only receiving the reports that you would like to receive and on the timeframe that you would like these notifications (e.g., daily). Please feel free to contact the office if you are having difficulties with this process.


The girls volleyball and boys swim seasons are well underway and our Cobras are having a great showing! Our next sports season begins after spring break. Please be sure to check the website for more information as we get closer to the season.


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!

2 hour shifts are available during the following times:

Monday, March 21 - book fair set up - please e-mail Shiva at for the hours

Tuesday, March 22 - student preview times - 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Weds. & Thurs. March 23 & 24 - student preview/public sale - 8:30 am to 8:30 pm

Thursday March 24 - book fair pack up - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm


Conferences will be held on Wednesday, 3/23 and Thursday, 3/24 from 1-4 PM and 5-8 PM both days. Parents of 3-6 grade students should sign up for a conference time on the sheets posted outside of the teachers’ classroom doors. The 5/6 Math teachers will be in the Media Center from 7:45 AM to 10:30 AM on 3/24 if your child has a math teacher who is not a part of their core team. The 7/8 teachers will be available in the cafeteria. We hope to all of you there!




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


Auction Parties! - New for 2011- THERE IS STILL TIME TO DONATE!

Get your friends together and decide what kind of party you would like to host, how much you each want to spend

and how many people can participate.

Design a party theme… see ideas below… and write up the party on an auction donation form.

Auction Parties have a fixed price for each winner, so there is no bidding necessary. All winners will be contacted by the host(s) either by invitation or by phone with further details of the party.

Party Ideas for Adults

Party Ideas for Children

· Ladies Luncheon and Spa Day

· Men’s Texas Hold 'Em

· Parent Golf Outing

· Men’s Night Out (sporting event, rent the BCS gym for basketball or volleyball night, etc.)

· Ladies’ Shop 'Til You Drop @ Birch Run

· Mexican Fiesta or an Italian Feast

· Kids Night Out (Wii bowling, X-Box tournament, etc.)

· Summer Pool Party

· Day at CJ Barrymore’s

· Roller Skating Party at Bonaventure Roller Rink

The idea here is to have fun! Use your imagination! The list is endless!

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Blast prize room by cleaning out their closets, we are getting some great prizes!

Please be on the lookout for the volunteer sign up sheets from your room parents. There are a lot of fun games and activities to sign up for!

Thanks for your continued support,

Karen Best and Ken Gilbert


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.

Covington Technology Celebration (CTC) Thursday, May 19th, 2011.

The Covington Technology Celebration is an opportunity to showcase the work of BCS students in all of the subject areas. Exhibits can reflect work done in class or as a special project. Past and present projects or displays are welcome from competitions, groups or individuals. There is no judging of “entries”, as this is not a traditional Science Fair. We want to see all types of 21st century learning and problem solving.

Get ready for the CTC! More info to come...

Saturday School Workshop: Everyday Math Games

Saturday, March 19th

Berkshire Middle School (Media Center) 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Fourth and fifth grade parents, join us for an Everyday Math Games Workshop. Eboni Perkins, a fourth grade teacher at Pembroke Elementary will walk you through the concepts behind several games that your child plays at school and teach you how to play them at home. Playing these games regularly at home is so beneficial! It will strengthen many of your child’s math skills such as mental calculation, automaticity with facts, and critical thinking.


The Birmingham Education Foundation's annual garage sale will be held Saturday, April 16 at Berkshire Middle School from 9 am to 3 pm, with early entry at 8 am for $1. Proceeds benefit programs throughout the school district.

Donation drop off at Berkshire:

Thursday, April 14 from 4 to 8 pm

Friday, April 15 from 10 am to 7 pm

Donations appreciated:

Clothing, furniture, toys, books, sports and exercise equipment, electronics, small appliance, pet, garden, and household items.

Tax forms available.

Questions or to volunteer please contact Jane Polan at 248 626-2231 or


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


Bloomfield Township is again inviting neighborhood associations, school and community groups and residents to participate in the sixth annual Clean Sweep weekend on April 16th. Attached is the flyer for our event.

The Clean Sweep program is designed to spruce up the right-of-way areas near safety paths, throughout neighborhoods and at the entrances to subdivisions within the Township. The event is a great way to get kids involved in conservation and for students to earn community service hours.

To participate, students are asked to register with the Department of Public Works by filling out the volunteer sign up sheet on the township website <> or by calling (248) 594-2800.

If you have any questions please let me know. Please be advised our office is closed on Fridays.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kimberly Sasser

Bloomfield Township DPW

(248)-594-2800 ph

(248)-594-2810 fax

M-Th 7AM to 5:30PM (Closed Fridays)

A Staycation Means Fun! Spring Recess Camps are being held on April 4 – 8, 2011 at West Maple Elementary School.
There are two different programs to choose from! High Touch High Tech Science Camp (grades K – 5; register each day individually or for all 5 days) or
Alpha Wolf Hoopmania Basketball Camp (grades 2 – 8; 5 day program)
Register on-line at or call 248-203-3800. Please do not respond to this email.
The BPS Community Education Office

In honor of our BCS "Green" practices, DTE Energy and the Detroit Red Wings would like to invite our families to the FIRST EVER "DTE Energy Go Green Night" at Joe Louis Arena! Save $32 per ticket package as you watch the Red Wings take on the St. Louis Blues on March 30th at 7:30 PM. Ticket packages include a Dearborn Hot Dog or Slice of Little Caesar's Pizza and a Pop! There will also be a "Going Green" T-Shirt give-away for the first 5,000 fans. DTE Energy will also have information booths, raffles and prizes, and information during the game on how to be more sustainable! Tickets can only be ordered by clicking Groups of 20 or more will receive an additional discount on ticket prices as well as recognition on the video screen for being "Green". Additional questions can be sent to: Justin Price at (313) 394-7154 or

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