Sunday, January 29, 2012

Jan 30-Feb 3, 2012

January 29, 2012
Dear BCS Parents,
This week marks our first week of new family meetings with our incoming parents.  The 2012-2013 lottery was held with a large number of families entering their children for an opportunity to enroll at BCS.  If you recall, the new family meetings are important for us to collect information on our incoming 3rd grade students and their families.  Questions focused on academics, personality, and other important information are asked while detailed notes are taken to assure we get a good first impression of our new learners.  One question we always ask is, “Why did you choose BCS?”  This question is important on many levels as we strive to get better at educating our learners each and every year.  One reason we ask the question is to gain the perspective of our customers.  Our customers are our students, and the most important people in our customers lives are their parents.  Asking the parents the question, “Why BCS?”, helps us build an environment where voices are heard and teamwork is a priority.  For the next two months, we will ask this question to close to 108 families and hear a variety of answers.  I would like to ask our present parent community the same question to help frame our purpose and mission here at BCS.  Please take this short survey and thank you for your continued support!
Have a G.E.E.K.ed week,
WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of January 30-February 3, 2012
(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, January 30-Start of 3rd Quarter
  • 6:30-8 AM-8th Grade VOLLYBALL PRACTICE 
  • 3:15-5 PM-6,7,8TH Grade BOYS SWIM TEAM PRACTICE
  • 4:15-5:30 PM-7 th Grade VOLLEYBALL TRYOURS
Tuesday, January 31
  • 6:35-8 AM- 6,7,8TH Grade BOYS SWIM TEAM PRACTICE
  • 8 AM BAGELS for Sale- for $1.25 (cream cheese .25 cents)in front of the Media Center
  • 3:15-5:30 PM- Choice Hour 7th/8th GIRLS VOLLYBALL PRACTICE
Wednesday, February 1
  • 6:30-8 AM-8th Grade VOLLYBALL PRACTICE                      
  • 8 AM-5/6 Room parent meeting-Media Center
  • Delicious Popcorn sold during Choice Hour-only $ 1
  • 2:45-3:45 PM- Market Day Pick up
  • 4:15-5:30 PM-7th Grade GIRLS VOLLYBALL PRACTICE
  • 6:30 PM Webmasters Meeting-Media Center
Thursday, February2- 9:50 AM-DELAYED START DAY-morning kids club pre-registration only
  • 10 AM-1 PM-3/4  DSO Field Trip-bring a bag lunch
  • 3:15-5:30 PM- Choice Hour 7th/8th GIRLS VOLLYBALL PRACTICE
  • 4:05 PM- 8th Grade Parent/Player/Coaches meeting-
  • 5:30-5:45 PM 7th Grade Parent/Player/Coaches meeting-Gym
  • 7 PM- Friends of Different Learners-Media Center-Impact of Executive Function Deficits & AD/HD
Friday, February 3
  • Report Cards released for 5-8th Grades
  • 6:30-8 AM-8th Grade VOLLYBALL PRACTICE   
  • 3 / 4 Super bowl Reading Party-Gym
Hot Entrée menu for the week:  (subject to change, if necessary)
-          Available everyday: Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese Breadsticks
Monday – Sloppy Joe on Wheat Bun, Seasoned Baked Fries, Steamed Carrots, Mexican Pizza
Tuesday – Chicken Gyro, Greek Salad, Fresh Fruit cup, Deluxe Nachos
Wednesday – Taco Bar Chicken or Beef, Steamed Corn, Chicken or Veggie Caesar Wrap, Pasta Salad
Thursday – Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Tomato Soup, Sauteed Green Beans, Beef Enchilada
Friday – Baked Ravioli Meat or Marinara, Garlic Breadstick, Steamed Broccoli, Chicken Fajita 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. 
3 / 4 PE REMINDERS FOR QUARTER III- Please remember to send appropriate clothing with your children
Monday 1/30-Fri 3/2 –Harvath and Mali will SWIM
Butzin, Frishman, Davis, Seley, Parkin, Wallington will be in the GYM
Monday 3/12-Friday 4/13- Butzin, Frishman, Davis, Seley, Parkin, Wallington will SWIM
Harvath and Mali will be in the GYM
Please keep Mrs. Nast and her family in your thoughts and prayers:
Mrs. Nast was out last week due to the passing of her father-in-law, James Nast.  If you have left messages for Mrs. Nast, she will be returning to BCS tomorrow.
Lost Coat:
XLarge, red, Lands End Expedition 4 in 1 Parka was lost last week at BCS.  Please return the coat to the office if found or report any information regarding the coat to the office staff.  Thank you for your help in this matter.
The Future City Team, advised by Mrs. Maliszewski, is presenting their city, Catarracta Lux, on Monday in Novi.  The team worked for two quarters to create a virtual city using Sim City 4.  They also wrote an essay describing the components of the city and then built a physical model of the city.  Good luck to the following BCS students:
Andrew A.,  Thomas B.,Nate C., Aidan C., Meaghan F., Jack G., Alice P., Tucker P., Karlie S., Nathan S., 
Madeline W., Rhys W., Brenden D., Ryan L., 
BCS Science Olympiad
BCS competed against 40 teams from 5 different states (Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, and Tennessee ) and the kids did great! Overall we came in 7th place!!!!!
Individual medals and ribbons were earned by several students.
2nd place - Optics - Bogdan M. & Noah S.
3rd place - Microbe Mission - Aaron L. & Leila O.
3rd place - Dynamic Planet - James R. & Don R.
3rd place - Awesome Aquifers - James R. & Jacob A.
4th place - Road Scholar - Adam S. & Don R.
4th place - Meteorology - Adam A. & Indy A.
5th place - Anatomy - Noah S. & Nadia H.
6th place - Experimental Design - Bogdan M., Michael K., & Varsha K.
7th place - Mousetrap Vehicle - James R. & Nick C.
The students were excellent ambassadors of BCS and we received several compliments about their thoughtfulness.
 Congratulations to all BCS students Grades 3-5 who participated in the 1st Challenge!  
The following students placed top at their grade level:
3rd Grade - Anna C. (Butzin) placed 1st; Marlena B. (Wallington) and Charlotte R. (Frishman) tied for 2nd; Daniel X. (Davis) placed 3rd.
4th Grade - Angela R. (Wallington) placed 1st; Jacob F. (Maliszewski) placed 2nd; Phillip W. (Maliszewski) placed 3rd.
5th Grade - Camille W. (Fitzgerald) placed 1st; Mae K. (Roberts) placed 2nd; Azaria J. (Roberts) placed 3rd.
3/4 Field Trip to the DSO
The 3/4 Team will be attending a DSO performance at Orchestra Hall on 2/2/12. 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.
SMALL  APPLIANCES   GATHERING  DUST ??-Mr. Brown is offering a 7-8 Design Discovery class on Tuesdays
 This hands-on class will allow students to take apart household items ( CD players, camcorders, cameras, computer printers, cell phones, small kitchen appliances, clocks) to learn more about how they are designed and manufactured.  If you have small electronic equipment gathering dust please send these items to school – att:Mr. Brown!  We CAN’T accept large electronics (microwaves, computer monitors, TVs, vacuum) Thanks for your help!!
Do your kids love their Wednesday afternoon popcorn? If so, the BCS PTSA needs your help! The popcorn team needs a new leader for the 2012-2013 school year. Our current chair will be leaving BCS when her 8th grader graduates. Please contact Annette Blitstein at 248-647-5279 or for more information. It's very simple and fun.   PTSA Budget Committee
The BCS PTSA is currently forming a Budget Committee to review both staff and committee budget requests for next school year. This committee will meet several times in March (dates and times to be announced) to finalize the 2012-2013 PTSA Clearinghouse budget. Interested parties should contact Gina Herdegen or Brier Neel at and
3rd Quarter Choice Hour classes begin on Monday January 30th.  Choice Hour selections are posted on the Choice Hour board in the main hallway.  
The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour class change is Friday February 10th by 4:00 PM.  Choice Hour class change request forms will be available in the main office after 4:00 PM on Friday February 3rd.   Classes with openings will be listed on the back of the Choice Hour class change request form.  Please read the change form very carefully.  Any questions regarding Choice Hour schedules should be directed to Jennifer Brown.
Students requesting a change must 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 February 13th.  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 Choice Hour change period which ends at 4:00 PM on Friday February 10th.  No refunds will be processed after the Friday February 10th 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 at the front desk in the office.
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!

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. 
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. 
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.
Birmingham Community Education Presents
February Recess Camp at Berkshire Middle School High Touch High Tech Science Made Fun Program Or Coach G Sports Shorts Camp Choose 1 to 5 days of February fun!
Register at> or call 248-203-3800
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 ( 
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.
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 5
th 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

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