Sunday, April 17, 2011

WAG April 18-22

April 17, 2011

Dear BCS Families,

Spring is here…then gone…then here again!!

Learning is essential in all of our lives, no matter what age, where we live, or what we do for a living. Learning can take place anytime and anywhere. Please click on the link below to see how BCS families spent their spring break learning something new!

See slide show here

This week is a short week due to Good Friday and the Easter weekend. Please enjoy the week and the weekend. Remember report cards are not sent home this marking period. Please check power school for updated grades.

I would like to thank the BCS staff for their part in hosting the Chinese Quiz Bowl at BCS yesterday. Wayne State University was very impressed with our facility and hospitality!

Xie’ Xie’



WEEK AT A GLANCE – April 18-22, 2011

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

Ø To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email MIDNIGHT THURSDAY

Monday, April 18

· FOURTH QUARTER BEGINS – NEW CHOICE HOURS-Please take the time to read Important information regarding Choice Hour further down

· 6:45-8:00AM – 6th – 8th Boys and Girls Track Practice

· 9:30AM BBFA @ the Gary M. Doyle Center, “Strengthening Families/World Café”

· 3:15-5:00PM – 7th-8th Grade Girls Soccer Practice.

· Passover begins at sundown and ends 4/26

Tuesday, April 19

· 6:45-8:00AM – 6th – 8th Boys and Girls Track Practice

· 8-8:20AM – Bagel sale in front of the media center by the 8th grade celebration committee

· 4:05-6:00PM – 7th-8th Grade Girls Soccer Practice.

· 7:00PM BBFA @ the Gary M. Doyle Center, “Transitioning from Elementary School to Middle School

Wednesday, April 20

· POPCORN Day – freshly popped popcorn is sold during choice hour for $1 in the main hallway

· 8:30 - 11:00/11:30 - Brown/Burdick Rouge water testing –please make sure your child is dressed appropriately-change of clothes and rubber boots suggested

· 3:15-5:00PM – 7th-8th Grade Girls Soccer Practice. TEAM apparel order due

· Choice Hour – 6th – 8th Boys and Girls Track Practice

· 6:30PM Technology Committee Meeting – Media Center

· 7:00PM BBFA @ the Gary M. Doyle Center, Transitioning from High School to College”

Thursday, April 21

· 8:30 - 11:00/11:30 - Fitgerald/Maliszewski Rouge water testing –please make sure your child is dressed appropriately-change of clothes and rubber boots suggested

· Choice Hour - The staff vs. student basketball game

· 4:05-6:00PM – 7th-8th Grade Girls Soccer Practice.

· 4:15PM 6th – 8th Boys and Girls Track @ Groves EHMS v Covington

Friday, April 22- No School


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

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

Monday–Popcorn Chicken Bowl, Steamed Corn, BBQ Chicken Pizza

Tuesday–Texas Grilled Cheese/Grilled Ham & Cheese, Chicken Noodle Soup, Caesar Salad, Nacho Supreme

Wednesday–Hot Turkey or Philly Sub, Pasta Salad, Buttered Carrots, Hawaiian Pizza

Thursday –Whole Wheat Spaghetti w/Meat or Marinara Sauce, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Green Beans, Chicken Enchilada


April is Earth Month and to symbolize our commitment to global conservation efforts we would like to adopt a species through the World Wildlife Fund. Students in the Thinking Green Choice Hour have been researching endangered species this year, inspired by our visit from Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni in October. They have created a webpage on our Thinking Green Wiki and invite you to be a part of the decision on what species to adopt. Please visit their webpage as a family, read about their research and take the survey at the bottom of the page to help us make our decision. Voting closes on April 30th.

We are ready to start the next phase of our bottle cap mural and are looking for paint donations. If you have any cans of left over latex paint that you would like to donate please send them into school , there will be a collection bin next to our recycle bins in the main entrance.

To celebrate Earth month we would like to remind you to try packing a Trash Free lunch for your children , and engage in conversations about how this helps the planet. When entering the building over the next few weeks take a minute to read the poster on the disabled Access button to learn how we can save energy. Please continue to send in Frito lay chip packets and Capri Sun juice packets as the money we raise from this recycling helps us to further our Green efforts.

Thank you for your continued support and Happy Earth Month!



As the weather gets warmer, we ask that our parents please help us to remind our students of what clothing items are appropriate to wear to school per the dress code. If you need to review the dress code, please check the student planner “Clothing Guidelines” section on page 11.


3/4 SWIM Schedule. Butzin, Davis, Harvath and Parking will SWIM from Monday, April 18th through Friday, May 20th.

3/4 GYM Schedule. Burns, Frishman, Seley and Wallington will be in the GYM from Monday, April 18th through Friday, May 20th.


Get ready 8th grade boys and girls basketball teams…The annual “staff v. students basketball game” will be held on Thursday 4/21/11 during Choice Hour!

Track and Soccer team pictures were held this past week. If your athlete did not turn in his or her order form for pictures, please either mail it to the address on the envelope for Visual Sports Network or bring in into the office to Mrs. Chinn.


Practices for the girls’ soccer team will be held during Choice Hour on Mondays / Wednesdays (on non-game days) and after Choice Hour on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday beginning at 4:05 PM. As a member of the BCS Girls’ Soccer Team, your student needs to be enrolled in 5 Choice Hour classes or you may opt to pick your student up from school promptly at 3:20 PM and bring them back to school for practice on the days that they will not be attending Choice Hour


Please join the BCS family in congratulating the following students from the JoBerts Team on their award winning entries to the 43rd Michigan Student Film & Video Festival sponsored by DAFT:

Griffin L & Ian H – Excellence Award for their submission of Scrabble The Movie

Chance S – Honor Award for his submission of Attack of the EPTTDTW

Josh C – Honor Award for his submission of Dancin' Gummy Bears


The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee is looking for new members for the 2011/2012 school year. You may access a Parent Advisory Committee FAQ form and an application by visiting the BPS webpage=> Departments=>Special Education=>PAC (tab).

***Applications are now being accepted………the deadline is April 25th!***


Once again we would like to extend our appreciation to the BCS community for their strong support of our Spring Book Fair. We made a little over $1,900 in cash, $300 in books and $900 in catalog credit for the Media Center. We really do have wonderful families!

We would especially like to thank the many parent volunteers who worked throughout the Fair. We could not have done it without you!!

Shiva Motlagh, Theresa Valentine – Book Fair Chairs


We are collecting for a Used Book Sale to be held on May 4th, 5th and 6th. Proceeds to benefit the 8th grade celebration!

Spring cleaning on your mind?? Clean out your used books to make way for some new!

Donations of the following are welcome:

· books (any age – even for adults)

· DVDs,· video games, · No VHS tapes please

April 11 thru May 4th-Please drop your donations off in the bin in front of the BCS Office

Thanks so much for your donations!


The BCS Webmasters Committee invites all interested parents to their next meeting on Thursday, April 14 at 7pm. No experience is necessary to join, just an interest in contributing to our website Please join us on Thursday at 7pm in the Media Center.


The school store will close at the end of 3rd Quarter and will re-open 2nd Quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. Thank you for your patronage! Thank you also to Dawn Walton and her team of students for all of their hard work. If you would like to assist with managing the store during choice hour next year, please contact Gina Herdegen at or Dawn Walton at


4th Quarter Choice Hour classes begin on Monday April 18th. Choice Hour selections are posted on the Choice Hour board in the main hallway and in each homeroom.

The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour change is Friday April 29th by 4:00 PM. Choice Hour class change request forms will be available in the main office after 4:00 PM on Wednesday April 20th. 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 are expected to 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 May 2nd. 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 official Choice Hour change period which ends at 4:00 PM on Friday April 29th. No refunds will be processed after the Friday April 29th 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 in the office.


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 will be charged a $5.00 fee.

If your student has Choice Hour but will not be attending their Choice Hour class please call the Choice Hour attendance line (248-203-4625) to have them excused at 3:15, email Linda Stone at or pick up a pink slip in the office to have them released from choice hour.

Choice Hour attendance can be a very time consuming job. The safety of your children is always our priority. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions regarding Choice Hour attendance please feel free to call

Linda Stone at 248-203-4625.


Choice Hour planning for the first quarter of the 2011-2012 school year has begun. Several parents have already volunteered to teach some very interesting Choice Hour classes next year that highlight their talents and interests. If you would like to share your time and talents with a small group of students during Choice Hour please contact Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or email her at for more information.

Thank you for supporting the Choice Hour program!


Co-sponsored by Birmingham Youth Assistance and The Community House. Explore today’s hottest topic – Bullying –on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., at The Community House in Birmingham. Find out what parents of children of all ages can do about the problems of bullying and cyber-bullying. What do parents need to know in order to be helpful to their children-whether they are bullies, getting bullied, or bystanders? Hear the latest research and clinic findings from experts in the field of bullying prevention as presented by Leslie Rae Johnsen, MA, LLP, Clinical Director, Director of Adolescent Services, and Malissa Wood, MA, LLP, LPC, Director of Children’s Services, from Perspectives in Troy. The Community House is located at 380 S. Bates in downtown Birmingham. Advance registration is required as space is limited. Registration is $10 per person and can be done by going to or calling 248-644-5832. Parking is available nearby in the parking structures; the first two hours are free.


Sunday, May 1 - Dr. David Larson and his wife are the Grand Marshalls and supported by Birmingham Public Schools and Bloomfield Hills Schools. For


Mark your calendar for our next Pancake Breakfast, April 23, 2011 9:00 am - 11:00 am, just before Saturday weight lifting. Questions about Seaholm Football? Email Coach Deane at or call Craig Frye at (248) 790-0049
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How Lansing’s decisions affect the education of our students and the community in which we live.

· Legislative Forum on Monday, April 25th at 7:00pm at Seaholm High School.

· The Legislative Forum on April 25th is a critical step in our community’s efforts to convince our representatives in Lansing to address the funding issues facing public education, in general, and the Birmingham Public Schools, specifically.

· We are hoping for a large turnout so that our representatives in Lansing can hear from us.

· It is critical that our families have an opportunity to ask questions and hear how our representatives in Lansing are addressing and resolving this crisis.

· The current proposal has a $900 million transfer to higher education from the school State Aid Fund. This means a loss of $470 per pupil for public schools.

· Our district has been proactive and already reduced expenses by $28 million since 2002. We cannot continue with this trend without negatively affecting programs and instructional services.

· Our goal is for our representatives to be in front of a ‘full house’ in the Seaholm auditorium, so help us spread the word to other parents and community members.

· We hope that you will be at the Legislative Forum on Monday, April 25th for this important opportunity to ask questions and hear from our representatives.

My Green School Art ContestU.S. Green Building Council – Detroit Regional Chapter, Green School Committee announces: My Green School Art Contest to help promote the Green School Lunchbox program, where we are inviting students to help demonstrate a green school through art work.
Who can enter
: Any child in a Michigan School, Grades K-5.

Semi-Finalists: 3 semi-finalists from each grade, K-5, will be invited to a luncheon sponsored by ecoSTORE USA for a final judging and awarded a participation certificate.

Top Finalists: First place winners from each grade will be honored at the Green Living Festival Charity Preview, Thursday, May 12, 2011. Artwork displayed at the Green Living Festival, Rochester, MI, May 13-15, 2011. Artwork displayed at the ecoSTORE USA headquarters, Auburn Hills, MI. Will receive Goobyn lunchbox and bobble water bottle.

Judged by:Margaret Matta, AIA LEED AP BD+C, Chair of USGBV-DRC Green Schools Committee, Daniel Cascardo, prominent local artist, and Brenda Pescia, retired elementary art teacher.

Contest Guidelines:

  • Artwork: Create a picture to show what makes your school green, or how your school could be green. Use paper or card stock, up to size 12 x 18. Any medium can be used: paint, crayons, pencil, collage, photos, stencils, etc. We encourage the use of recycled paper. Please no glitter or copyright trademark images. For judging purposed, do not include the student’s name or use the name of the school in the artwork. Do not include matting or framing with submission.
  • Judging Criteria: Concept: does it communicate the theme or message? Creativity: is the art original or unique? Quality: is there effective use of materials?
  • Deadline & Submission: Submissions by email or mail. Online submissions are due Earth Day, April 22, 2011, 3:00 p.m. EDT, email or a photo of artwork to: or mail us Mail entry postmarked by Aprl 20, 2011 to: My Green School Art Contest – USGBC-DRC, 26913 Northwestern Highway, Ste. 200, Southfield, MI 48033. All artwork submission must be accompanied by the provided application.
  • Final Judging: The top 18 submitted entries will be asked to mail the original artwork for final judging. Judge’s decisions are final.
  • Questions?Contact Connie Lilley at 248-830-0476 or
  • Suggested Resources:,, Green School In A Lunchbox info:

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