Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sept 26-30 W.A.G.

September 25, 2011
Dear BCS Families,
I hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful weekend!  We need to take advantage of the weather since we know what is around the corner!
I spent this weekend up north with my two sons helping my father bring in the dock, put away the boats, rearrange the furniture, and prepare for a long winter.  This particular weekend is not a weekend we look forward to!  
I quickly found myself out of breath, sore, and losing steam much sooner than usual.  I suddenly realized...I am getting old!  
I remember a time I could move furniture, take the dock out myself, and play a football game with my kids without needing a break.  This weekend reminded me time is not on my side!   
Following the day of physical activity, I picked up a book sitting on the kitchen counter titled, Lists to Live By.  Flipping through the pages, one list jumped out at me, Four Tips For Staying Young.  I know its all relative, I know we all go through the aging process, and I know, at times, our brains tell us we are 18 but our bodies remind us we are not!  The list helped me realize I needed to quit feeling sorry for myself and focus on the positive things about the day. I hope the list helps you do the same.  
Have a great week!

Four Tips For Staying Young
1. Your mind is not old, keep developing it.
2. Your humor is not over, keep enjoying it.
3. Your strength is not gone, keep using it.
4. Your opportunities have not vanished, keep pursing them.

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of September 26-30, 2011
(Disclaimer:  Please check all your calendars and in case we missed something) 
? To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email  by  THURSDAY 11PM 
Monday, September 26
  • 6:45 -8 AM Girls Basketball Practice
  • 7-8 AM Cross Country Practice
  • 8:30-10:30 AM 8th Grade Celebration Committee Meeting- Media Center
  • 4:00 PM Boys Soccer @ Cranbrook Middle School. Check for directions to the school
  • 4:05-6 PM First Lego Robotics Club Meeting - Media Center
  • Online Math -IXL - Subscription renewal form and payment due to Office by 4 PM(SEE BELOW FOR FORM)
  • 6:30-9 PM Proud Dads Flag Raising and Annual Meeting-Cafeteria
Tuesday, September 27
  • 4:00 PM Cross Country Meet-HOME v. Abbot Middle School (all home meets are at Beverly Park)
  • 4:00 PM Boys Soccer @ East Hills Middle School. Check for directions to the school
  • 4:00PM Girls basketball game @ Orchard Lake Middle School, 8th grade game starts after 7th grade game is finished.  Check for directions to the school. 
Wednesday, September 28
  • 7-8 AM Cross Country Practice
  • 2:45-3:45 PM Market Day Pick-up-Front Hall
  • Fresh Popcorn Sold during Choice Hour
  • 4:00PM Girls basketball game Derby Middle School, 8th grade game starts after 7th grade game is finished.  Check for directions to the school. 
  • 4:05-6PM-7-8 Boys Soccer Practice
  • Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown
Thursday, September 29
  • 6:45 -8 AM Girls Basketball Practice
  • 2:50 PM FIRE DRILL-Parents please be aware when picking up your child
  • 3:15-4:05 Cross Country Practice
  • 3:15-5:15 7-8 Boys Soccer Practice
Friday, September 30
  • 6:45 -8 AM Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:05-6PM-7-8 Boys Soccer Practice
  • Rosh Hashanah ends
Saturday ,October 1
  • MULCH DAY-9 AM-2PM see below for more information
  • 6 PM Proud Dads Tennis-Birmingham Raquet Club
Hot Entrée menu for the week:  (subject to change, if necessary)
-          Available everyday: Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese Breadsticks
Monday – Popcorn Chicken Bowl, Mashed Potatoes ,Steamed Corn, BBQ Chicken Pizza
Tuesday – Grilled Cheese or Grilled Ham and Cheese, Cup of Chicken Noodle Soup, Caesar Salad, Nacho Supreme
Wednesday – Hot Turkey or Philly Sub, Pasta Salad, Steamed Carrots, Hawaiian Pizza
Thursday –Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Meat or Marinara Sauce,Steamed Green Beans,Chicken Enchilada 
Friday –Egg,Ham and Cheese Biscuit,Baked Home Fries,Fresh Fruit Cup,Chicken Fajita Pizza
3/4 SWIM & GYM SCHEDULE for 1st Marking Period
Harvath and Maliszewski homerooms will be in SWIM CLASS until Thursday, Oct 6th students should be prepared with swimsuits and towels.
Butzin, Frishman, Davis, Seley, Parkin, and Wallington will be in GYM CLASS until Thursday, Oct 6th – students should be prepared with gym shoes 
The PROUD DADS one and only meeting for the school year is on Monday, Sept 26, 2011.  The doors open at 6:30PM and the flag raising ceremony starts at 6:45PM.  "This meeting is key to perpetuating our collective momentum as fathers interested in providing the best overall experience for our children.  PLEASE JOIN US! 
Yearbooks AND Proud Parent ads can be ordered online this year. Go to for more information. Online price of only $35 for a yearbook ends November 18, 2011. Deadline for Proud Parent ads is January 22, 2012

Hip Hip Hooray Tuesday Morning Bagel Sales Are On Their Way. The PTSA 8th grade Celebration Committee will begin selling bagels on Tuesday, October 11th.   Bagels can be purchased each week for $1.25 (cream cheese .25 cents) or can be pre-purchased for the year for $35.(which includes cream cheese)  To pre-purchase, please download a form at www.bcsonline.infoThe 8th Grade Celebration Committee 

News from the Green Committee
Now that school is back in session the Green Committee would like to invite you all to participate in out Green Committee .Our purpose is to brainstorm ways to help our students become better environmental stewards.Last year we had great success with parent suggestions like the lunch time gardening club and bottle cap mural. If you would like to particpate please contact Pauline Roberts at

Choice Hour Information
We are no longer accepting choice hour changes but you can drop your child from a choice hour class at any time during the quarter.  Drop forms are available in the office or at
There are several procedures that you can follow if your child is unable to attend choice hour.
  • You can call 248-203-4625 to leave a message.
  • You can send a note to the office with your child.
  • You can email Linda Stone at
  • You can stop by the office to sign them out.  If you will be picking up your child during the choice hour period, please come into the building to sign them out.  You will be asked to present identification, issued a pink slip and then you will be directed to the Choice Hour desk where the 7th and 8th grade Choice Hour assistants will be happy to locate your child for you.  
Students that do not have Choice Hour need to be picked up by 3:20 PM. If they are not in a Choice Hour class and are not picked up by 3:30 PM you will be charged a $5.00 fee.
If your child does not have a Choice Hour class on any given day but needs to stay  please contact Linda Stone so that proper arrangements can be made.  There is a $5.00 fee for this service!
Questions regarding the Choice Hour program should be directed to Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or  Questions regarding Choice Hour scheduling should be directed to Jennifer Brown at 248-203-4426 or

BCS Proud Dads Tennis Lessons-Openings STILL available
Lessons are again offered at the Birmingham Racquet Club
Saturday classes will run at 6pm from September 24 to November 12
The cost is $96-
These classes are for beginning and intermediate players grades 3-6
 Students will be registered when they return form(on , payment and waiver 

Summer is officially on the wane and it’s time for a bit of Summer is officially on the wane and it’s time for a bit of gardening at BCS. We pride ourselves on being the school where parents give more than almost anywhere else. Sometimes that involves putting on work gloves and getting wood chips in our shoes. Don't look now, but it’s one of those times once again.We need volunteers (at least 20!) to come out at 9:00am on Saturday, October 1 with rakes, brooms and wheelbarrows to spread mulch on our two gardens. With a decent turnout (did I mention that at least 20 would be good?), we should be done by noon. Just in time to watch your favorite team play football.Please reply to Mike Anderson with your intentions to come out and help at  Please don't leave it to the other guy to do all the heavy lifting. Let's show up, share the load and get it done for BCS. Look forward to seeing you there.
Does your child use an Apple iPod, iPad, or Macbook for school?  If so, it would be beneficial to your child to set up their school email account in the Apple’s mail client.  Here’s what to do:
1.        Go to “Settings”
2.       Select “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”
3.       Select “Add Account”
4.       Select “Microsoft Exchange”
5.       For “Email,” enter the student’s full email.  This is their username  (For example,
6.       Leave the “Domain” field blank
7.       For “Username,” enter the student’s full email address once again –  
8.       For “Password,” enter the student’s password.
9.       The “Description” will automatically be something like “Exchange,” but you can change this to something that may help your child identify it better, such as “BPS School Email.”
10.   Click “Next.”
11.   Another window similar to the previous one will appear, and it will also ask for “Server.”  Enter the following:
12.   Click next.  After verification, be sure to click SAVE! 

Clip Box Tops and earn cash for BCS!
Each Box Top coupon is worth 10 cents.
Just clip and turn in to the office.  It's EASY!
Start clipping today

REMEMBER -October 7 and November 4 are "NO SCHOOL" Days for Elementary and BCS students!
Register your children for District-wide Kids Club for Grades K-5 at Bingham Farms Elementary.
 Visit Birmingham Community Education’s website at and Go to "Courses," and then under YOUTH PROGRAMS choose "Recess Programs" for more information 

Food Service Reaches Out to the Community… During these challenging economic times we want to continue our commitment to the nutritional lunch meal that each student receives at Birmingham Public Schools. If a student or family lunch account becomes behind we will continue to provide students with a meal of milk, cheese and fruit – meeting all of the nutritive guidelines for dairy, protein and fruit / vegetable. Our goal is not to minimize what we are offering but to give the student foods with nutrition value for a limited time while we work with their parents to bring their accounts up to date or pack a lunch for them if necessary. We offer several alternatives for families to pay for meals at Birmingham Public Schools. Online pre-payment through is an excellent alternative and is now available without a surcharge. Through an account at the mymealtime site you can also receive an email notification when your students’ account is low. 
If you would like to investigate the federal programs for providing student meals for free or at a reduced cost, the forms are available at any school office and as well at the site. 
If you have any questions about the foodservices program at Birmingham Public Schools, please contact our foodservice department at 248-203-3966 or 203-3965.
This summer we were fortunate to have the PTSA fund IXL, an online math program that allowed BCS students to practice their math skills at their individual levels and at their own pace.   IXL is an interactive, online program that provides students with practice problems from every content standard in grades K – 8 and Algebra.   IXL generates up to 37 different reports that students, parents and teachers can use to see grade-level proficiency, trouble spots, and progress toward meeting state and common core standards.
 We have had great feedback from parents and students who actively used the program this summer.  Teachers are also excited about the reinforcement and enrichment opportunities it provides for their students.
The summer license will expire next week and we would like to continue to provide access to all BCS students during the 2011-2012 school year.  A year subscription for a personal student account normally costs $99, but If we continue the same subscription, the price is substantially reduced to $5 per student.  
 To make this happen, we are asking each family for a $5 donation per student to help support the renewal of our license. (That is $5.00 for a $99.00 subscription!)
Please fill out the form and send it to the office by Monday, September 26th in an envelope labeled IXL. Payment can be by cash or check (made payable to BCS.)
 If you have any questions about the IXL program please contact Tammy Brown at
Sincerely, BCS Math Teachers 
Child (ren)’s Name (s): ___________________________________________________________
                                                                         (PLEASE PRINT )

Childr(en)’s Homeroom Teacher(s): ________________________________________________
                                                                                                             (PLEASE PRINT )

Check one:      _____ $5 Cash       _____ $5 Check made out to BCS
Nancy Lieberman BASKETBALL CAMP- Co-sponsored with Birmingham Community Education
To enhance kids skills, competitiveness, confidence, self-esteem, decision making, and basic basketball fundamentals 
WHEN: October 29, 2011 
TIME: 9:00am-12:00 noon 
WHERE: Seaholm High School 
2436 West Lincoln Street 
Birmingham, Mi 48009 
WHO: Boys and Girls ages 5-17 
PRICE: $45.00 per camper. $30.00 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your child’s spot in camp. Includes camp T-shirt and signed Nancy Lieberman poster. 
Camp is conducted by NANCY LIEBERMAN Basketball Hall of Famer, 2X Olympian, former Head Coach/GM for the Detroit Shock, NBA Development League Head Coach for the Dallas Mavericks Affiliate team (Texas Legends) in Frisco, TX 
Things to remember: 
Please arrive 20 minutes early, bring your own basketball, and don’t forget your smile!! 
For more information, call (972) 473-2121, visit, or fax to 972-473-2139

Comcast has introduced a program called Comcast Internet Essentials. This offer is for any BPS students receiving free lunches (not reduced lunches) through the National School Lunch Program. In an effort to bridge the “Digital Divide” it provides:
Home Internet Access for $9.95 per month
An Optional Netbook Computer for $149.00
Free Internet Training – Online, Print
Comcast has launched the program and is now accepting applications.For more information, see the Comcast website:

Our 7/8 Engage group would like to ask for help in the success of our project, We have three surveys that we have created for students, teachers and parents.

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