Sunday, October 9, 2011

Oct 10-14, 2011 W.A.G.

***Scroll down below the W.A.G. to see the Fall colors!
or go to the BCS facebook page to see the short slide show.
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October 9, 2011
Dear BCS Families,
The weather may be trying to fool us (it was a beautiful weekend!) but we know change is coming!  Michigan is amazing this time of year!  I know two people that have recently moved here from Florida and both have told me on a number of occasions their short time in Michigan has been highlighted by making a trip to northern Michigan.  Change is never easy and is many times not as beautiful as the change in colors within our great state!  We all handle change differently and everyone, no matter what we do or who we are, experiences change.   How we approach change decides whether we will make it a positive or negative process.  Our attitude determines if change will make us better or will hold us back.  Like the change of seasons in Michigan, the school experience is often full of changes that can ultimately seem as though they repeat themselves, such as schedules, routines, change of grade levels, the progression of courses. The trick is to approach change, both predictable and unpredictable, with a positive attitude, embracing every opportunity to grow!  For the next few weeks, enjoy the colors, the great Michigan weather, and the time to prepare for the change that is inevitable.  Yes, cold weather and snow is coming, but our attitude will determine how we continue to move forward!
To see a few pictures of the change taking place, go to
Have a Great Week,

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WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of October 10-14, 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
See Mr Hartley’s Friday 10/7/11 email regarding the schedule 
Monday, October 10
  • Quarter II Choice Hour Booklets Posted Online
  • 6:45 -8 AM Girls Basketball Practice
  • 9:30 AM-FIRE DRILL please be aware when picking up your children
  • 12PM-2:45 Wilkie/Cook Rouge Field Trip
  • 4:00 PM Cross Country Meet-@Orchard Lake Middle School. Check for directions to the school
  • 4:05-6PM-7-8 Boys Soccer Practice
Tuesday, October 11
  • 7-8 AM Cross Country Practice
  • 8AM BAGELS ARE BACK-Bagels can be purchased each week for $1.25 (cream cheese .25 cents)in front of the Media Center
  • 4PM Boys Soccer HOME v. Cranbrook Middle School
  • 4:00PM Girls basketball game @ Clarenceville Middle School, 8th grade game starts after 7th grade game is finished.  Check for directions to the school 
  • 7 PM Blast Committee Meeting-Media Center
Wednesday, October 12
  • 6:45 -8 AM Girls Basketball Practice
  • Popcorn sold during Choice Hour $ 1
  • 4:00 PM Cross Country Meet-North Division Meet-@Bloomfield Hills Middle School. Check for directions to the school
  • 4:05-6PM-7-8 Boys Soccer Practice
  • 7PM BCS Web Team Meeting-Media Center
Thursday, October 13
  • 12:30 PM Lunch with the Principal
  • 1:15 PM BCS Annual Meeting
  • 1:15 PM PTSA Clearinghouse Meeting-Staff Development
  • 4PM Boys Soccer HOME v. East Hills Middle School
  • 4:00PM Girls basketball game v.Ferndale Middle School. 
  • 4:00 PM Cross Country Meet-@East Hills Middle School. Check for directions to the school
  • 7:00 PM Friends of Different Learners-Staff Development-see description below
Friday, October 14
  • 6:45 -8 AM Girls Basketball Practice
  • 4:05-6PM-7-8 Boys Soccer Practice
  • 6:30-8 PM 3/4 Coney Bingo Night-$6.00 per person payable at the door
Saturday, October 15
  • 6 PM Proud Dads Tennis-Birmingham Racquet Club
Hot EntrĂ©e 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 Carrots, BBQ Chicken Pizza
Tuesday – Chicken or Cheeseburger Sliderson Wheat Bun, Crispy Potato Wedges, Cole Slaw, Nacho Supreme
Wednesday – Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry, Rice Noodles, Steamed Snow Pea Pods, Hawaiian Pizza 
Thursday – Our Own Flakey Chicken Potpie, Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Gravy, Steamed Broccoli, Chicken Enchilada
Friday – Egg and Bacon Croissant Sandwich, Potatoes O’ Brian, Steamed Corn, Cicken Fajita Pizza

MEAP Testing is coming up October 11th-19th this year with make-up testing October 20th-28th.  Please be sure to schedule appointments for your child outside of this window if possible.
We are currently making the switch from to for all of our teacher websites. Please go to and reset your teacher bookmarks from that page as they will no longer be correct with the DigitalBCS
The LINKS program is looking to acquire a Wii game system and age appropriate video games to use with the 5/6 grade students during lunch time in the game room.  If you have a Wii system, Wii accessories (nunchucks, remote controls, etc.) or any Wii games that you are looking to donate to a good cause, please drop them off in the office for Mr. Bodle!  We are also happy to accept any handheld gaming devices (PSP, DS, etc.) that you are look to donate to the game room!
Student Identification cards were handed out this last week.  These cards are linked to your child’s lunch and media center accounts.  Please encourage your child to keep this card handy so that they can check out books and purchase their lunch in a speedy fashion.
We are hoping to start a boys tennis team for the 2012 spring season!  If you a 7th or 8th grade boy interested in playing on the team, please email Mrs. Chinn at pc02bps@birmingham.k12.mi.usso that we can determine the level of interest!

Choice Hour Announcements
QII Choice Hour sign up will begin on Monday October 10th.    QII begins Monday November 7th, 2011 and ends Friday January 27th, 2012!  Visit to view class offerings.  Each student will receive a selection sheet or you can print one from the BCS website.Selections are due by 4:00 PM Friday October 14th.  Each student will receive a BCS Now News application.  4thand 5th graders will receive an application and informational parent letter regarding 4-5 Science Olympiad.  Please read the instructions very carefully and return with your selection sheet by the deadline.
New QII Choice Hour Class Offerings
3-4 Pop Explorations on Mondays and Fridays, 3-6 WordMasters  on Mondays, 4-8 Geography Bee on Tuesdays, 3-4 and 5-6 Video Editing, 5-8 Spanish Support, and Orchestra.
QII Sports Teams
6-8 Girls Swimming Choice Hour class will be on Monday and Wednesday – please select these classes if you intend to swim for the BCS girls’ swim team.  See Mr.Johansson if you have questions.
7-8 Boys’ Basketball will be on Tuesday and Thursday – team selections will take place after try-outs.  See Coaches Bishop and Mixon if you have questions.
Don’t understand the Choice Hour process, call Jennifer Brown at 203-4426 for scheduling and Linda Stone at 203-4625 for class content, attendance policies, choice hour absences, or if you are interested in teaching a Choice Hour class.
Thank you for your continued support of the Choice Hour program.
TUESDAY MORNING BAGELS-Presented by the 8th Grade Celebration Committee
Hip Hip Hooray Tuesday Morning Bagel Sales Are On Their Way. The PTSA 8th grade Celebration Committee starts selling bagels  this 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 $37.50.( includes cream cheese)  To prepay, please download a form at 
 School Pictures Information:  If you ordered pictures before or on picture day, they should have been given to your child . If you ordered after picture day, they will come back with the “RETAKES” sometime later in November.  Picture retake day is October 26.  If you are not satisfied with your child’s photograph, the original picture packet needs to be returned to the photographer onRETAKE day.   If you think you ordered pictures but did not receive them, please call the picture company, at 1-734-677-3400 or 1-800-482-0321.
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.
Friends of Different Learners October Meeting
Is Your Child’s Education Plan Individual? IEP 101
October 13, 2011   7:00 p.m.  Birmingham Covington School (BCS)  1525 Covington Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI  48301
Jennifer Greening, author of Opening Doors, Opening Lives: Creating awareness of advocacy, inclusion and education for our children with special needs, will offer strategies for creating a great Individual Education Plan (IEP) for your child.   Ms. Greening is a teacher and Response to Intervention (RTI) specialist in a local district, and is the mother of a different learner.  She was named the 2010 Person of the Year by ARC, and presented in August at the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education conference.  Ms. Greening's book will be available for purchase at the meeting.  Visit her website for more information:  For further information regarding  this meeting contact Diana Moak 248-644-7222
BOX TOPS   BOX TOPS   BOX TOPS---Clip and bring to the office
There is a new promotion for box tops. Check out the website.  Ford has now partnered with box tops and is offering free eboxtops for watching videos, requesting brochures, and even buying a car.Teresa Rea –Box Tops Coordinator

BCS BLAST MEETING- Co-Chairs Karen Best and Ken Gilbert
The BCS Blast committee will be having our second meeting on Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00PM in the media center. The BCS Blast is the biggest fund raiser of the year for our school. The BCS Blast is a fun filled afternoon and early evening of carnival games, bouncy inflatables, delicious food, prizes for the kids, cake walk, raffle and silent auction. If you're new to BCS, this is an event you won't want to miss.
The Blast has several committees and we invite all who would like to attend our meeting to join us. We have several openings that need to be filled for this year's event, including Blast Co-Chairs for next year. This is a great opportunity to meet and work with other BCS parents while helping our school raise much needed funds. Please get involved and join us on Tuesday, October 11th.
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
It's Here-3/4 Coney Bingo Night !!!!!
Friday, October 14
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Price is $6.00 per person –Payable at the door
Includes coney, chips, drink and dessert (and of course Bingo and Prizes)!
No family will ever be excluded for financial reasons.
Please contact Adam Hartley if you need assistance at

Coming Soon...
5/6 Game Night

Friday, October 21
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Price is $6.00 per person –Payable at the door
Includes coney, chips, drink and dessert (and games and prizes)!
No family will ever be excluded for financial reasons.
Please contact Adam Hartley if you need assistance at
Geography Bee is coming to BCS
BCS is going to hold a Geography Bee this year.  Students in grades 4-8 are eligible to participate.  The school-wide bee will be held on Tuesday, January 10th.  The winner of the school bee will take a written test to qualify for the National Geographic State Bee.  
Mr. Braisted has agreed to teach a Choice Hour class during 2nd Quarter for students in grades 4-8 who wish to learn more about Geography and prepare for the Bee together.  However, anyone in grades 4-8 can sign up for the Bee - students do not need to be in the Geography Choice Hour in order to participate in the Bee. 
The National Geographic Society runs the National Bee and provides the materials for the school bee.  The website National Geographic Bee - National Geographic has a wealth of information and activities for students interested in the bee.  There is also a very fun GeoBee Challenge app available for iPad, iPod touch, and other mobile devices that students can use to quiz themselves
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
Scholarships are offered for this camp.Please contact Adam Hartley if you need assistance
 Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition (BBCC)

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·         Substances in the News… A trend being used by youth to conceal alcohol is known as "Drunk Gummies" or "Boozy Bears." Youth are using Vodka, because of its mild odor, and making it taste better by soaking gummy bears or other candy in it. These candies easily absorb a large amount of the liquid. Read more at:
For more info on substance abuse prevention visit  

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.
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:

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