Sunday, February 12, 2012

Feb 13-17, 2012 W.A.G.

February 12, 2012
Dear BCS Community,
The 11th annual Unabashed Bash, hosted by the Birmingham Education Foundation, was held at the Townsend Hotel last night. BCS was represented well by both parents and former parents. It was a great time for a great cause!  A supporting community makes all the difference in the world as we witness each year here at BCS.  Our own annual fundraiser, the Blast, is right around the corner.  Thank you in advance for getting the word out and for making the 2012 Blast a successful event!  This year’s iBlast is on Sunday, March 18th.  You can sign up for our facebook page and be the first to receive updates about the Blast and other information regarding BCS.
Have a great week,
February is Black History Month:
BCS is recognizing Black History Month through various lessons/activities/projects within the classroom and across grade levels.  One example to share is how Mr. Mixon and Mr. Braisted are having their students create biography cards in their science and social studies classes.  They have teamed up to create decks of cards for our 3/4 students so they may learn about the many innovators and leaders recognized throughout history.   
“On this Date”
February 11, 1977-Clifford Alexander Jr becomes the first Black Secretary of the Army.
1961-Dr. Robert Clifton Weaver was sworn in as an Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency. To date, no other Black man held a higher ranking federal position.
February 10, 1927 - Birthday of Leontyne Price, world lyric soprano and the first Black man to sing opera on television.
1966 -Andrew Brimmer ~ is appointed the first Black person to serve on the Federal Reserve Board.
2008-President Barack Obama won his 2nd Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album (Audacity of Hope).
February 9, 1971 - Leroy "Satchel" Paige inducted to Baseball Hall of Fame
1965 Martin Luther King ~ (civil rights activist) meets with President Lyndon Johnson to discuss Black voting rights. 
1995 Dr. Benard A. Harris, Jr ~ becomes the first African American Astronaut to walk in space. He was the Payload Commander on the STS-63 mission, which went from February 2nd - 11th.
February 8, 1986 - Figure skater Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the Women's Singles of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship competition, was a pre-med student at Stanford University.
1944-Harry S. McAlpin becomes the first Black reporter allowed to a White House press conference.
February 7, 1926 - Carter G. Woodson creates Negro History Week. In 1976 it became Black History Month.
February 1, 1865 - John Sweat Rock (1825-1866), a noted Boston lawyer, became the first African-American to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. 
February 2, 1839 - Inventor Edmond Berger patented the Spark Plug.
1897 - A.L. Cralle invented the Ice Cream Scooper and patents Ice Cream Mold
1915 -Biologist Ernest E. Just receives the Spingarn medal for his pioneering in cell division and fertilization
WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of February 13-17, 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, February 13
  • 6:30-8 AM-8th Grade VOLLYBALL PRACTICE 
  • 4:15-5:30 PM-7 th Grade VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
Tuesday, February 14
  • 6:35-8 AM- 6,7,8TH Grade BOYS SWIM TEAM PRACTICE
  • Valentine’s Day classroom Celebrations
  • 7 pm Blast Committee Meeting- Media Center
Wednesday, February 15
  • 6:30-8 AM-8th Grade VOLLYBALL PRACTICE 
  • Delicious Popcorn sold during Choice Hour-only $ 1
  • 4:15-5:30 PM-7 th Grade VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE
  • 4:30-7PM-BCS Divrsity Film Series
  • 7PM-Blast Committee Meeting-Media Center
Thursday, February 16
  • 6:35-8 AM- 6,7,8TH Grade BOYS SWIM TEAM PRACTICE
  • 11:50 AM- Junior Great Books 
  • 7:45 AM-Proud Dads(Moms) Cosmic Breakfast-Cafeteria-see below
  • 6:30 PM- Technology Committee Meeting- Media Center
Friday, February 17
  • 6:35-8 AM- 6,7,8TH Grade BOYS SWIM TEAM PRACTICE
  • Proud Dad’s Eat and Run
Hot EntrĂ©e 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, Mexican Pizza
Tuesday –Spaghetti/Meat Sauce/Garlic Bread Stick, Steamed Broccoli, Deluxe Nachos, Valentine’s Day Brownie   
Wednesday – General Tso’s Chicken, Brown Rice, Peas and Carrots, Supreme Pizza
Thursday – Homestyle Turkey w/ gravy, Steamed green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Enchiladas
Friday –BBQ Chicken, Whole wheat Roll, Fresh Coleslaw, Chicken Fajita Pizza 
Messages to Students From Home     
We are asking parent cooperation in minimizing the number of messages to be delivered to students during the school day.  We recognize, of course, that there are situations where you must get a message to your child.
IN THE EVENT YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY REQUIRING A MESSAGE TO YOUR CHILD, PLEASE DIAL 248-203-4426 for the school receptionist or 248-203-4474 for the parent volunteer at the reception desk.  Please be patient and do not leave a message in voice mail but rather call back until you reach a person.  We will deliver emergency messages to students if they are received before 2:45 pm.  We appreciate the message called in as soon as possible.
Please be sure your child is aware of unusual transportation or pickup arrangements BEFORE leaving for school in the morning.  A successful strategy used by parents is to write transportation arrangements or other important information in your child’s planner.
Our very busy office staff thanks you!!
Please ensure that your student has and USES a lock on their GYM locker and that all valuables are secured there. Some students have lost valuable items. Locking them is the best protection for everyone
A black and red duffle bag with a student’s name in it. It was in the locker room with a swim suit and the swim suit has been found but the bag is still missing.
A black North Face jacket with a cell phone in the pocket. It was in the cafeteria.
The office has many pairs of glasses. If you are missing any please come and look.A casio watch was turned in also.
Also please check the lost and found near the cafeteria for lunch boxes and clothing items.
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 and
iBLAST is coming-- Sunday, March 18th, 3:30pm - 7:30pm.
We will be having an iBlast! meeting on Tuesday, February 14th, at 7:00pm in the Media Center. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. We are still hoping to find 2 parents that might be interested in co-chairing the Blast for 2013. 
The Blast is the biggest event of the year at BCS. We still need your help with donations to make the Blast successful. Some of the more popular donations include:
Local Sports Team Tickets: Wings, Pistons, Tigers, Lions, U of M and MSU
Local Arts & Entertainment: Fox Theater, Fisher Theater, Birmingham Village Players, DTE Energy Music Theater, Meadow Brook Music Theater
Vacation Rentals: Northern Michigan, Florida, Arizona, etc...
Donation forms are on the Blast page of the BCS website under PTSA or contact Melinda Stone at
We also have 4 exciting raffle prizes this year including a HDTV package, Camera package, iPad and iTouch package and Netbook package.
The Blast is a little over a month away, so mark your calenders for Sunday, March 18th, 3:30pm - 7:30pm. The silent auction preview will be held on Friday, March 16th from 3:30pm - 5:00pm in the Media Center.
Attention all BCS families, the Blast needs you to 
     The Blast Prize Room Committee is currently looking for any
unopened games, gadgets, toys or trinkets that you would like to get rid of for our BCS Blast prize room.  Maybe you have a stash of never opened toys or "just in case" gifts or gift cards taking up way too much space in your closet.  What a great way to do some house cleaning!  Kids will be able to "purchase" these items in the prize room with the tickets they win at the BCS Blast. 
     Please bring your items to the “Closet Clean Out” bin placed just inside the office starting this Monday, February 6th and we will collect and distribute them to the BCS Blast prize room.  Anything we do not use will be delivered to a local children's charity.    
  The 2012 Blast Prize Room Committee thanks you!
3rd Quarter Choice Hour classes started on Monday January 30th.  Choice Hour selections are posted on the Choice Hour board in the main hallway and in each homeroom.  
The deadline for requesting a Choice Hour class change was Friday February 10thALL Choice Hour changes that were approved will go into effect on Monday February 13th.  Any questions regarding Choice Hour schedules should be directed to Jennifer Brown.
Choice Hour drop refunds will be processed for classes dropped during the Choice Hour change period which ended on Friday February 10th.  No refunds will be processed after the Friday February 10th deadline.  
Additional Choice hour information
The Tuesday School Store will continue to include a bake sale of home baked goods to benefit the 8th grade celebration.  All baked goods will be $1.  These baked goods are made by 8th graders during a Monday Cookie Baking choice hour class and will be sold every Tuesday at the school store.
Choice Hour reminders:
Planning for QIV Choice Hour has started.  If you would like to share your time and talents with a small group of students during Choice Hour please contact Linda Stone at 248-203-4625 or email her at for more information.  
Thank you for always supporting the Choice Hour program!
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.
Dear BCS Parents/Guardians,
The annual BCS Diversity Film Series is back for another exciting season. We are excited to offer films and discussion to all BPS staff, parents, and community members on the following dates: February 15, March 7, April 11 and May 9 from 4:30-7pm in the Professional Development Room at BCS.
The first film we are featuring is called ANYONE AND EVERYONE, a 2007 documentary that runs 57 minutes.
Film Description:
Connected by having a son or daughter who is gay, parents across the country discuss their experiences in the documentary Anyone and Everyone. In it, filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz, depicts families from all walks of life. Individuals from such diverse backgrounds as Japanese, Bolivian, and Cherokee, as well as from various religious denominations such as Mormon, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Hindu, and Southern Baptist, share intimate accounts of how their children revealed their sexual orientation and discuss their responses.
The parents also talk about struggling with the pain of their sons and daughters dealing with not being accepted by relatives or friends, and being ostracized by religious congregations.
Here is the link to the film’s website.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Rick Joseph5/6 NBCT Covington School
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 
If you are planning on participating with the Seaholm band program during your high school years we invite you to go to for current band information. Please note two important dates:
***Band camp will be held July 29th thru August 3rd
***Band trip will be to Hawaii February break 2013, see the link on the opening page of our web site for trip details and costs. Current students are committing deposits this month but incoming students will have the opportunity to participate during late sign up September 2012. You may also commit to the trip today, just send your deposit and form to Director, Tim Cibor, at Seaholm.
We look forward to your participation in the band program and encourage you to join us in enhancing your student's high school experience! Please contact us if you have any questions, would like more information or are interested in volunteering. 
Janet Ames, Band Booster President, 248-703-1138
Beth O'Rourke, Incoming Booster President
Battle Update Week of Feb 13, 2012
Attention Battlers…. Important announcements 
Parents, please remind Battlers to attend book clubs. (4th & 5TH Grade Schedules attached)
T-shirt Order Reminder (Order form attached)
Attention Battlers! …Don’t forget to send in your T-shirt orders
As seen at the Rush, BCS Battle of the Books T-Shirts are available by pre-order only -- see attached form. Orders were due at the BCS office with payment by Friday February 10 4pm. Checks should be made payable to BCS PTSA and turned in to the Basket in the office. Tees are $9. T-shirt questions should be directed to Sarah Schuster (
BCS Proud Dads (& Moms) COSMIC Breakfast is Wednesday, February 15. 
Join us as we Skype with New York Times best-selling author Frank Cottrell Boyce from England! This Battle event will run from 7:45 - 8:20 am in the BCS Cafeteria. 
To reserve your spot you will need to RVSP by Friday, February 10 to the cafeteria email: -- Simply put YES in the subject line with the number attending the breakfast - no message is necessary. You will pay $6 at the door which covers both parent & child. Breakfast includes: Juice, Coffee, Pancake Wrap, Muffin, and Assorted Fruit. 
Want to ask Mr. Boyce, author of Cosmic, a question about his book while we Skype at breakfast? Email your questions ahead of time to Questions considered must be received by Tuesday morning. Bring a copy of Cosmic that morning and share your favorite sections at the breakfast table. This Proud Dads COSMIC Breakfast is going to be out of this world! 
Feb 15, 2012 Gold Medal Qualifying Day (This is the last day to qualify for the gold medal. Students must turn in AR tests for all ten books by end of day to get a gold medal).
Friday, March 2, 2012 District-Wide Battle Day, BCS Media Center.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 6:30 pm
Battle After-Glow Reception for the Winning Battle Team
Winning Teams will be presented to the Board of Education!
Battle of The Books TShirt Order Form ORDER FORM AND PAYMENT DUE FRIDAY, FEB. 10TH (2/10/12)
(turn into basket in the office)
Student’s Name__________________________________________________
Size Adult S_____ Adult M____ Adult L_____ Adult XL____
$9 Cash_______ Check______ (payable to BCS PTSA)
If you have questions regarding the Battle T‐Shirt
Please Contact‐‐‐Sarah Schuster at
Battle of the Books Book Club Schedules

Remaining 4th Grade Book Clubs 11:50-12:30
Bring your completed "Book Club Ticket," your Battle book, and your lunch.

Book Title
Book Club Location
Week of Feb 13-17th

Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari
Room 105-Harvath
Mon 2/13/2012
The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin
Media Center
Tues 2/14/2012
Operation Redwood by Terrell S. French
Room 201-Davis
Wed 2/15/2012
Diamond Willow by Helen Frost
Media Center -Rowe
Thurs 2/16/2012
Where the Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin
Media Center
Thurs 2/16/2012
Stumptown Kid by Carol Gorman and Ron J. Findley
Friday 2/17/2012
Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner
Media Center-Clark
Friday 2/17/2012

Remaining 5th Grade Book Clubs 11:00-11:40
Bring your completed "Book Club Ticket," your Battle book, and your lunch.

Battle Book Clubs
Time 11:00-11:40
Week of Feb 13-17th

Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari
Media Ctr
Tuesday 2/13/2012
The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin
Room 507-Burns
Tuesday 2/14/2012
Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner
Room 508-Cook
Tues Feb 14, 2012
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Media Center-Hartley
Wed 2/15/12
When You Reach Me By Rebecca Stead 
Media Center-Clark
Wed 2/15/12
Where the Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin
Media Center-Kennedy
Thurs 2/16/12
Stumptown Kid by Carol Gorman and Ron J. Findley
Media Center-Mrs. Wagner
Fri 2/17/2012
The Mostly True Adventures of
Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick 
Room 504-Joseph
Fri 2/17/2012
The Birmingham African American Family Network is hosting our 1st annual Black History Program on Monday February 27, 2012 from 6pm-8pm. Please see attached flier and distributed it to other Birmingham families.
· Attention Parents of Teens… To better serve our community, we need to know your attitudes and opinions about youth alcohol use. Please complete a brief, 23 question survey found at We are working with 13 other Oakland County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions on this initiative. Your participation is anonymous and very much appreciated. Thank you! 
· BBCC is Biggby Coffee’s Non-profit of the Month… Please bring this form to either their Downtown Birmingham OR Bloomfield Hills locations ANYTIME during the month of February 2012 and a $1.00 donation will be made to BBCC for each 16 oz. bag of coffee you purchase! Also, on February 15 from 4-6 p.m. Derby Middle School Principal, Debbie Hubbell, will be our Guest Barista and $1 from every beverage or bag of coffee sold will go to BBCC. For more info 
For more info on substance abuse prevention focused on our youth visit 
Shop & Support the Coalition
Check out our latest e-newsletter: December2011 Message from Youth Action Board Teens
Now you can shop online through the Coalition's special link at and a percentage of your purchase will go to support the Coalition & Substance Free Youth in Our Community!
Our Mission: To raise awareness and mobilize the entire community to prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, with a primary focus on our youth!
Generosity from parents, businesses and over 500 BPS staff members has allowed the Birmingham Education Foundation to reach their goal of $70,000 for the 2011-12 Annual Fund Campaign, now they hope to reach their stretch goal of $80,000 or $10 per student by the end of the school year. Over $97,000 has been granted to our schools this year, but there are many grants waiting approval. If you haven't given to the campaign it is not too late, please join us in supporting our schools by visiting 
Are you going to Groves next year? Would you like to be on the cheer team? Then be sure to contact Mrs. Wright-Reamey for more information (313-721-4082).

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