Sunday, October 2, 2011

Oct 3-7 W.A.G.

Dear BCS,

Well, it is hard to believe it is already October and we are thinking about things like MEAP testing and Fall Conferences.  Even the stores have their holiday decorations in the aisles already! As most of you know, my husband and I welcomed a baby boy into our family in late July. Because things do not always go as planned, I had to miss the first day of school.  Adam and the kids put together a fantastic first day of school video for me, but no video can match the energy that fills the hallways on that first day. Although I was enjoying every minute with my son, I was really lamenting the loss this year as I knew that I could never get back that excitement.  I was very surprised to find when I returned that the energy was still there, and then some! BCS is truly an amazing place and the excitement that fills the halls on that first day seems to hang on even when the weather turns and the school year is in full swing.  Take some time this week to sit down share with each other 3 or 4 great things from this last month of school (including the first day) and be sure to capture that energy as we head into the next week!

Have a GEEKed Week,

WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of October 3-7, 2011
(Disclaimer:  Please check all your calendars and in case we missed something)

Ø To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email  by  THURSDAY 11PM

Monday, October 3
·       6:45 -8 AM Girls Basketball Practice
·       12-2:45 PM Burns/Burdick Rouge Field Trip
·       4:00 PM Cross Country Meet-@Cranbrook Middle school. Check for directions to the school. 
·       4:05-6PM-7-8 Boys Soccer Practice
Tuesday, October 4
·       7-8 AM Cross Country Practice
·       12-2:35 PM Brown/Fitzgerald Rouge Field Trip
·       4PM Boys Soccer HOME v. West Hills Middle School
·      4:00PM Girls basketball game @ East Hills Middle School, 8th grade game starts after 7th grade game is finished.  Check for directions to the school
·      7 PM Board of Education Meeting-Administration Building
Wednesday, October 5
·       6:45 -8 AM Girls Basketball Practice
·       7-8 AM Cross Country Practice
·      9:15-10:15 5/6 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
·      Choice Hour-Fresh Popcorn for Sale-bring  $1
·       4:05-6PM-7-8 Boys Soccer Practice
Thursday, October 6
·       6:45 -8 AM Girls Basketball Practice
·       12-2:45 PM Joberts(Joseph/Roberts) Rouge Field Trip
·       4:00 PM Boys Soccer @ Bloomfield Hills Middle School. Check for directions to the school
·       4:00 PM Cross Country Meet-@East Hills Middle school. Check for directions to the school. 
Friday, October 7
·      No School-Professional Development for Teachers
·       TENTATIVE-4:00 PM Cross Country-Oakland County  Meet-@Kensington Metro Park-Possum Hollow. Check for directions.. 

Saturday, October 8
·     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 – Sloppy Joes, Baked Potatoe Rounds, Steamed Brocoli, Mexican Pizza
Tuesday – Grilled Turkey or Corned Beef Reuben,Baked Sweet Potato Fries,Steamed Mixed VegetableChesr Quesadilla
Wednesday – Make your own Taco Bar!, Supreme Pizza
Thursday – Baked Mac and Cheese,Steamed Cauliflower,Wheat Roll,Zesty Beef Burrito
Friday – NO SCHOOL
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 
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 
It's Right around the Corner...
3/4 Coney Bingo Night
Friday, October 14
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Price is $6.00
Includes coney, chips, drink and dessert (and of course Bingo and Prizes)!

Coming Soon...
5/6 Game Night

Friday, October 21
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Price is $6.00
Includes coney, chips, drink and dessert (and games and prizes)!
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!

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.

Student Identification cards are being handed out to students on Monday.  These cards are linked to your child’s lunch and media center accounts.  We do have several new staff members in our lunch room this year, so it is very helpful for them to have students bring their ID cards!  Please encourage your child to keep this card handy so that they can check out books and purchase their lunch in a speedy fashion.

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 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 atwww.bcsonline.infoThe 8th Grade Celebration Committee 

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. -Parent Survey -Student Survey -Teacher Survey

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.

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
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

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!

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.

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:

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