Sunday, January 22, 2012

Jan 23-27 WAG

January 22, 2012

Dear BCS Community,

I hope all of you enjoyed your weekend! There are many people that are responsible for BCS being a great place to be and sometimes we forget to say thank you! Our custodians, lunchroom supervisors, and kitchen staff are an important part of our team here at BCS. If you walk in our building early in the morning, the halls and classrooms are always clean and ready for our learners. During the day, our custodians are always on call and take pride in the hard work they do. Lunchtime during the school day can be hectic if there are not organized and caring people leading the way. Our kitchen staff and supervisors continue to do a great job providing time for our students to eat and enjoy each others’ company. I expect another great week at BCS due in part to our custodians, our kitchen staff, and our lunchroom supervisors. THANK YOU!

Have a great week,


WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of January 23-27, 2012

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

Monday, January 23



· 4 PM-Deadline for Wordmasters participation application-see below

Tuesday, January 24

· 8 AM BAGELS for Sale- for $1.25 (cream cheese .25 cents)in front of the Media Center




Wednesday, January 25

· 6:45-8 AM 8th Grade Volleyball Tryouts-ALL PAPER WORK MUST BE SUBMITTED TO TRY OUT

· 9:30-11:30 AM-DAVIS/SELEY to Bloomfield Hills Nature Center

· 12:30-2:30 PM-PARKIN/WALLINGTON to Bloomfield Hills Nature Center

· Delicious Popcorn sold during Choice Hour-only $ 1


· 4:15-5:45 PM 7th Grade Volleyball Tryouts-ALL PAPER WORK MUST BE SUBMITTED TO TRY OUT

Thursday, January 26


· 6:45-8 AM 8th Grade Volleyball Tryouts-ALL PAPER WORK MUST BE SUBMITTED TO TRY OUT

· 9:30-11:30 AM-HARVATH/MALI to Bloomfield Hills Nature Center

· 12:30-2:30 PM-FRISHMAN/BUTZIN to Bloomfield Hills Nature Center

· 4:15-5:45 PM 7th Grade Volleyball Tryouts-ALL PAPER WORK MUST BE SUBMITTED TO TRY OUT

· Market Day Internet orders due



· 6:45-8 AM 8th Grade Volleyball Tryouts-ALL PAPER WORK MUST BE SUBMITTED TO TRY OUT

· 7- 8 AM 7th Grade Volleyball Tryouts-ALL PAPER WORK MUST BE SUBMITTED TO TRY OUT

· DUE-7/8 BAND- registration for 2012 Spring Solo & Ensemble Festival

· DEADLINE-LAST Battle Qualifying Day (by end of day)-Students need to have read 6 books and passed 6 AR Tests)

· DEADLINE to preorder discounted yearbooks-go to or brochure rack in main hall

· 4 PM-BCS 2011-2012 Wait list expires

· 4 PM-DEADLINE for acceptance of Lottery enrollment

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

- Available everyday: Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese Breadsticks

Monday – Egg,Ham and Cheese Biscuit, Potatoes O’Brian, Fresh Fruit cup,

Tuesday – Whole Wheat Penne Chicken Alfredo, Steamed Broccoli, Garlic Breadstick, Cheese Quesadilla

Wednesday – Grilled Turkey/Corned Beef Rueben on Whole Wheat, California Blend, Hawaiian Pizza

Thursday – Chicken Pot Pie, Whole Wheat roll, Steamed Peas, Zesty Beef Burrito

Friday –Grilled Cheese on Whole Wheat, Tomato Soup, Steamed Green Beans, Meat Lovers Pizza


Delayed Start Day: Thursday, 2/2/12

Our next late start day is Thursday, 2/2/12. School will begin at 9:50am. For those families needing child care from 8:20 – 9:50am, BCS Community Education is offering morning Kids’ Club. Please complete the registration form and return it to the BCS office no later than Monday, 1/30/12. The fee for this program is $5/student.

The entire BCS staff will be involved in professional development from 8:20 – 9:50am, so there will be no adult supervision in the school prior to the scheduled start time. No child will be allowed in the school unless he/she is registered for the morning Kids’ Club program.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to contact Cindy Balicki at or 248-203-4448.


Yearbooks AND Proud Parent ads can be ordered online this year. For more information go to Deadline for Proud Parent ads is January 22, 2012


Winter 2 athletics season registration is open! Please visit the BCS athletics page to register your athlete for either Girls Volleyball (7th/8th grade) or Boys Swim (6th/7th/8th grade).SWIM PRACTICE BEGINS THURS. 1/26/2012-please remember your student can not participate in tryouts until all paper work is submitted.

Attention 8th graders attending Seaholm

If you are interested in visiting the FLEX program at Seaholm please email Kyle Hall at to reserve a space. Available dates are January 10, 17, 19, 24, and 26.

3/4 Field Trip to the DSO

On Thursday, 2/2/12, our 3/4 students will be attending a performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall. This experience will greatly benefit our students musically and culturally. The performance tickets are being paid for by the Birmingham Education Foundation. Please join us in thanking the BEF for their generosity and continued support of BCS.

WordMasters Challenge

For all grades 3-8 will be held during student lunch periods on Tuesday, January 24. A sign-up sheet for students to participate in their grade-level Challenge is located at the front desk in the Media Center. Deadline to sign up is Monday, January 23 by 4pm. Word lists for grades 3-6 are available on our BCS WordMasters blog or by hard copy in the front office. Word lists for grades 7 & 8 are available by hard copy through 7/8 Language Arts teachers. Email any questions regarding WordMasters to . All BCS students are welcome to participate in this fun word analogy challenge!

Choice Hour Information--3rd Quarter 2011 - 2012

The deadline for turning in QIII Choice Hour selections was Monday January 9th. If we have not heard from you regarding your child’s enrollment in the choice hour program, then you will be receiving a choice hour enrollment email reminder with an attachment that lists classes that still have openings. Your options will be limited since most students have already been placed in their classes. Please include proper payment if you are signing your child up for a 4th and/or 5th day of Choice Hour. Do not include payment for classes with materials fees or pay to play fees. A separate billing will be made once students have been placed in their Choice Hour classes.

Students who do not turn in a selection sheet will not be placed in any Choice Hour classes. A signed waiver is required to opt out of the Choice Hour program. Students who did not turn in a selection sheet with payment by the deadline will not be allowed to make a change in their schedule.

QIII Choice Hour begins Monday January 30 – classes will be distributed to homerooms on Wednesday January 25th and posted on the choice hour board after choice hour on Thursday January 26th.

Important request for a QIII choice hour class:

Mr. Brown is offering a 7-8 Design Discovery class on Tuesdays. This hands-on class will allow students to take apart household items like CD players, camcorders, cameras, computer printers, cell phones, small kitchen appliances, clocks, etc. to learn more about how they are designed and manufactured. If you have small electronic equipment gathering dust please send these items to school attention Mr. Brown! We will not accept large electronics like microwaves, computer monitors, TVs, vacuum cleaners, etc. Thanks for your help!!

Choice Hour reminders – please call (248-203-4625), send in a note, or email Linda Stone at if your child is going to be absent from Choice Hour. for any reason! 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 PM will be charged a $5.00 fee.

Thank you for always supporting the Choice Hour program!


If you are interested in making an online donation to help our kids reach their goal of $5600, enabling them to package 20,000 meals for the hungry, please visit and follow the link to the BCS Hunger Fundraiser. Thank you for your support


This is a survey made by the Brown/Fitz team. We are trying to save the honeybees. We need as much data as possible if you could please complete the survey. Thank you in advance!


Parents of 7th & 8th graders: The BCS Mid-Winter Band Concert for will take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. The concert will be held from 7:00-8:00pm in the BCS cafeteria. Students should arrive at BCS no later than 6:30pm.

7th & 8th Grade Band Parents: The registration deadline for the 2012 Spring Solo & Ensemble Festival is Friday, January 27, 2012. This year’s S&E festival will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Lake Orion Oakview Middle School,. This is a volunteer activity available to all 7th & 8th grade band students. Participation details have been presented to the band students during their class meeting times.

FOR ALLBCS Band Parents: Private lessons for band instruments are now available at Groves High School! Please visit the Groves Band website for more information. This is a fantastic opportunity for our young musicians.

8th Grade Farewell Video

Parents, please don't delay in submitting a "then" and "now" photo for your graduating 8th grader. The photo deadline has been extended to February 24th, 2012.

Please refer to the e-mail sent by the BCS PTSA on January19th that includes updated site and log in information as well as directions on how to upload your photos (if you have already loaded your photos, no further action is necessary on your part).

Digital/scanned images are preferred, however, if you are unable to upload your images, you may drop off your photos in the turn-in basket in the BCS office. Please be sure to include your name on the back of the photos so that they can be returned to you. Or, alternately, you may also e-mail your photos to Rob Lawrence, fellow BCS parent and 8th grade celebration committee member, at and he will upload your images for you.

Battle News and Dates

Mark your calendars for the BCS Battle Dates below

Regarding Battle Team s---Buddy list will start after break for students who have already read six books. Pair of buddies will put on teams together, three if possible .depending on number of students participating and books read. Teams will be formed the week after January 27, 2012, qualifying day. Battle teams will consist of 4th and 5th graders.

January & February Battle Book Clubs during 4th and 5th grade lunch (dates TBD)

If you want a personal copy of Cosmic, you can order from Amazon, via the BEF Amazon website link and help our Foundation (

January 27, 2012 Battle Qualifying day by end of day to make a Battle Team (Students need to have read 6 books and passed 6 AR Tests)

Feb 7, 2012 Battle Rush at BCS Cafeteria (right after choice hour—we will start promptly at 4:30-5:30. Students meet their teammates; choose team name, motto, and design of a Team Crest for Battle Day in March. Will need parent volunteers and donations of drink and ready to eat snack with little clean-up. A Parent volunteer is needed for each team and a photographer to take pictures of team crest. Watch for separate email.

February 8, 2012- Battle program at Baldwin 6:30 pm.-Learn to Finger Talk like Goldie and

Toadspit from the Battle book Museum of Thieves

Feb 15, 2012 Gold Medal Qualifying Day (must turn in AR tests for all ten books by end of day to get a gold medal)

March 2, 2012 District-Wide Battle Day.

BYA Annual Kids’ Dog Show Feb. 12 1-3pm

Birmingham Youth Assistance and Birmingham Public Schools present the 31st Annual Kids' Dog Show. Location: Berkshire Gym. Registration is $7 per dog. For complete rules and registration, please visit the BYA website at

Franklin Baseball, Softball & Tee-ball League Registration ongoing

Early registration through Jan. 20. $160 for baseball and softball and $115 for tee ball. Umpires also wanted. For information go to

Girls Lacrosse Information Night Jan. 31

Attention all 5th Grade Girls: Birmingham Girls Lacrosse, the feeder program for the Birmingham Unified High School Girls Lacrosse Program, will hold an informational registration meeting on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Quarton Media Center. All 5th grade girls (and their parents) who are interested in playing spring lacrosse with Birmingham Girls Lacrosse must attend. No experience necessary! Be a part of the fastest growing sport in the country! Come and find out how lacrosse can be right for you!! If you have any questions, please contact: Coach Sara Sevec at 248-540-0903 ( or Jill Hockman at 248-540-7055 ( Directions: Quarton Elementary School is located at 771 Chesterfield Road in Birmingham, at the corner of Oak and Chesterfield


The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) wants to give Michigan kids an opportunity to get out, have fun and get healthy this winter. MSIA has established a state-wide program which provides every fourth grader in Michigan the opportunity to ski for free. Fourth graders can obtain a “Cold is Cool” Ski & Ride Passport that gives them up to three free lift tickets or trail passes at 20 participating ski areas. In order for fourth graders to use the free lift or trail pass coupons, a paying adult must accompany them.

Although the skiing is free, MSIA charges a $15 printing and shipping fee for each passport ordered. For more information and a list of participating ski resorts, please visit:

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