Sunday, March 18, 2012

WAG March19-23, 2012

March 18, 2012

Dear BCS Community,

WOW! What a Blast!! The iBlast has just ended and I have to again say I am amazed! The sun was out but many people decided to spend the better part of the day inside BCS having blast! Thank you to Karen Best and Ken Gilbert for once again heading a list of parents that work hard to make each year’s Blast better than the next. This will be Ken’s final year here at BCS. He will always be remembered as the guy that put the Blast on the map. BCS is lucky to have such a supportive and dedicated parent. Thank you Ken for your leadership. Karen will be working alongside new parents and showing them the ropes for future Blast fundraisers. We are fortunate to have Karen here to assist our new parents. Thank you Karen for your years of dedication and leadership.

The Blast includes an array of silent auction items ranging from sporting event tickets to cottage rentals to gift certificates. Most of our items are donated and we thank the families and businesses that help make our items quality prizes for our bidders. Our raffle drawing is always popular and is always full of amazing prizes. This year the following families won our raffle:

1st place (LCD TV, Xbox) The Stanton Family

2nd Place (ipad, ipod) The Iverson Family

3rd Place (Underwater camera) The Fisher Family

4th Place (Gateway net book) The Erne Family


I know I am speaking for all of the BCS staff when I say thank you to everyone involved in the 2012 Blast.

On a semi-related note, the rumor is true, there is a short list of BCS staff (including me) buzzing and/or dying their hair on the last day of school. BCS students raised over $3000.00 exceeding their goal of $2000.00 for the fight against hunger. We brought in over $1500.00 on Friday to push us over our goal (Thank you to one BCS family giving over $600.00). Thank you BCS families! It will be an inexpensive summer for some of us when it comes to haircuts!!!!!!



Congratulations to the BCS Science Olympiad Team-

Details on the results will be sent via enews on Monday!

WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of March 19-23

(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, March 19


• 6:45AM -8th grade Volleyball practice

• 9:45 AM-1PM-7th Grade Field Trip to Holocaust Memorial Center

• 9:30 AM-Lockdown Drill-Parents please be aware when coming to sign out your child

• 3:15-boys swim team in swim Choice Hour

• 4:15-5:15 PM-Parent/player Volleyball game

• Due-scholarship applications for band-contact Mr Rodgerson

Tuesday, March 20

• 8:45AM-12PM-8th Grade to Holocaust Memorial Center

• Book Fair Preview

• 4 -6PM-BCS Play workshop-Cafeteria

• 4-5PM-BCS Play TECH Crew Meeting-Digital Video West


• 7 PM Board of Education Meeting-Administration Bldg.

Wednesday, March 21 - BOOK FAIR 8-am-8pm

• 11:20 AM student dismissal–bus service to their regular afternoon stop


Thursday, March 22 – BOOK FAIR 8 am-8pm

• 11:20 AM student dismissal –bus service to their regular afternoon stop


• Market Day Internet orders due

Friday, March 23


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

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

Monday – Grilled Turkey/Corned Beef Rueben on Whole Wheat, California Blend, Sweet Potato Fries, Bacon Cheeseburger

Tuesday – Chicken Pot Pie, Whole Wheat roll, Steamed Peas, Nachos Deluxe

Wednesday – Grilled All Beef Hot Dog on Wole Wheat, Baked Potato Wedges, Steamed Vegetables, Pepperoni Calzone

Thursday – Whole Wheat Penne Pasta with Chicken Alfredo, Steamed Broccoli, Garlic breadstick, Cheese Quesadilla

Friday –Baked Potato Bar with Toppings, Homemade Chili, Ateamed Green Beans, Hawaiian Pizza


As the weather gets warmer and shorts, skirts, and tank tops come out, please take a moment to review the dress code with your child ( ) on page 9 of the student handbook. Please help your child to remember that shorts/skirts must be below the child’s fingertips and tank tops must have wide enough straps so that undergarments cannot be seen. If a student is not wearing the appropriate clothing to meet dress code, a call will be placed to a parent to have an appropriate item of clothing brought up for the student to change into. Thank you for helping!

DELAYED START INFORMATION-Our next delayed start is Thursday, 3/29. All schools start time delayed 90 minutes for teachers’ professional development. REGISTRATION FORM is at Due date is Monday, 3/26


Congratulations to the BCS Swim Team! Our Cobras had an amazing season and capped it off with a fantastic win at League Meet this past week!


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

LOST AND FOUND Two sets of car keys-SAAB with a house key attached, CHRYSLER MINI VAN,pink brocade handle found in the gym after the superbowl party.


Girls Soccer (7/8 grade) and Co-Ed Track (6-8 grades) online registration is active. Please go online and register your child for these Spring sports All physical information and online registration must be completed prior to your child being able to participate in a sport. The first day of the spring sports season is March 26th!

This spring we will start a boys tennis club team (6-8th grades)! Registration information is coming soon and will be sent in a separate email to the community as soon as all details are finalized. The season will begin on 3/26/12. Parents will need to provide transportation for this sport. Practices will run from 6:30-7:45 AM daily (except on game days). Matches are scheduled to take place on Tuesday/Thursday with a few Friday matches. A parent informational meeting and date for pictures has not yet been set. Please be sure that your son has an up to date physical on file (dated after April 15, 2011) so that he will be ready to register as soon as we are able to begin the process! Please watch the athletics website for additional details as they become available:


Please watch for the bright green flyer sent home the week of March 5 announcing Neal Levin’s Cartooning Class on half day March 21.

This popular class, for grades 3-8, runs from noon until 1:30 p.m. Cost is $17, including lunchtime supervision. Students bring bag lunches.

See the flyer on Register online only, following instructions on the flyer.


Calling all of those who LIKE to bake cookies, LOVE to eat cookies, or are WILLING to sell cookies!

WHAT: Bake Cookies - OR - Help Sell Them

WHEN: Tues & Wed 3/20-21 - Drop off baked goods in the front office or PTSA room

Wed & Thurs 3/21-22 - Help at the bake sale table between 5-8 p.m. Please consider helping just for an hour!

HOW: E-mail: with the day and time you can help

WHY: Proceeds go to the 8th Grade Graduation Committee



Conferences will be held on Wednesday, 3/21 and Thursday 3/22 from 1-4 PM and 5-8 PM. Due to the nature of some staff being shared between buildings and needing to attend other conferences, some of our staff will be available for a limited time. Please see the chart below for a list of these times.


Mrs. Boudreau 1:00-4:00 & 5:00-8:00 PM N/A

Ms. Bultynck 1:00-3:00 PM 5:00-7:30 PM

Mrs. Geisler 1:00-4:00 PM 1:00-4:00 & 5:00-7:00 PM

Ms. Kron 1:00-4:00 PM N/A

Ms. Little * *

Mr. Manchester 5:00-8:00 PM 5:00-8:00 PM

Mr. Rodgerson 6:00-8:00 PM 1:45-4:00 & 5:00-8:00 PM

*Ms. Little will not be available for orchestra conferences on Wednesday or Thursday. Please contact her to set up an individual conference time on an alternate date/time.


4th Quarter 2011 -2012 Choice Hour selection sheets went home the week of March 12th, 2012. QIV Choice hour begins Monday April 16 and ends Friday June 15. Selections can be viewed online at . Choice Hour selections are due back no later than Monday March 19th at 4:00PM. Students who do not turn in a selection sheet will not be placed in any Choice Hour classes. Students who do not turn in a selection sheet with payment by the deadline will not be allowed to make a change in their schedule.

Also, 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.

Important information regarding 4th quarter:

Information regarding Dear Edwina Junior, BCS Play, is included with the selection sheets going home with 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Additional information can be found online. This is a Tuesday/Thursday class offering

6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls interested in participating in the BCS track team program are encouraged to sign up for the Monday track team Choice Hour class.

Water Polo will be offered on Thursday for grades 5-8 and it will be taught by students from Groves High School who are members of the Groves Water Polo team.

Math Pentathlon classes will not be offered during QIV.

Mr. Hemming, proud dad of BCS, is offering a Fly Fishing class on Mondays to 7th and 8th graders.

Mrs. Levine, proud mom of BCS, is offering a Vinyasa Yoga class on Thursdays to students in grades 5-8.

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!


Many BCS students entered the Art Alive raffle for art canvases. Names entered were drawn last week during grade-level lunch periods, and 100 canvases were distributed to 3-8 graders. Each student who received a canvas has the opportunity to create a painting or multi-media piece of art to be part of the BCS annual Art Alive student show. All BCS students are invited to participate, even if they did not receive a canvas. Students may choose their own theme and medium in which to work. All artwork for the spring show will be on display during conferences. Finished artwork will be collected during morning drop off on March 19 & 20 (8 - 8:30am) outside of school office. Work will be on display through April and returned to students in May. Please email questions to Amy Gamble


After great anticipation the PTSA Reflections Contest State Winners List for the Birmingham Council has finally been announced.Congratulations to the following BCS students!

Dance Choreography

Merrill B. - Differences Combined Equals Friendship-Award of Excellence-*National Level Entrant

Film Production

Don R. - Be Thankful For What You Have in This Diverse Society-Award of Excellence

Musical Composition

Chance S. - Diversity = Strength-Award of Merit

Visual Arts

Aaron K. - We Believe-Award of Merit

2012 BCS PLAY NEWS-FOR 6TH,7TH AND 8TH GRADES- AUDITIONS for Dear Edwina, Jr -March 27th after school

There will be a parent information meeting on March 13 at 6 pm in the media center for parents to meet the director and ask questions. A pre-audition workshop for interested cast members will be on Tuesday, March 20th after school.

Additional information and audition forms can be found on the BCS website on the home page.

The play will include a Q4 Tuesday/Thursday choice hour this year - don't forget to sign up!

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Fream at or 248 631 9449.

SPRING BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!! If you love books and have 2 hours to spare, please go to to sign up to help with the upcoming Spring Book Fair or contact Shiva Motlagh (

If you have an upper class high school student who needs community service hours, we would welcome their help too!

Helping at the Fair is lots of fun and 25% of the proceeds go directly to the Media Center to buy books, audio books, ipods, cameras, subscriptions, materials, and furnishings!!


Spring Recess Camps presented by Community Education

April 2 – 5, Monday – Thursday

High Touch High Tech – Science Made Fun at Covington, 7:30am-5:30pm (Kids Club is available)

Alpha Wolf Basketball Camp at West Maple, 9am -3pm (no Kids Club available)

Zon, Learn Chinese Camp at Covington, 9am-12pm (no Kids Club available)

Register at or call 248-203-3800 for details


Summer Camp Guide is now available on-line at

Check out the wide variety of youth enrichment and recreation camps!


The Birmingham Concert band has just announced that they will again be offering partial scholarships for summer music camps through the Birmingham Concert Band Scholarship Program. Eligible students must be currently enrolled in the BCS band program and plan to attend a summer music camp or school. Scholarship applications are available from Mr. Rodgerson and must be received by the Birmingham Concert Band by March 19.


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,Booster President, 248-703-1138Beth O'Rourke, Incoming President 248-602-7325


Groves football is planning to have an open house/football orientation for incoming freshmen on Sunday, 3/18/12 from 1:00-2:00 PM. The meeting will introduce the staff, talk about Groves HS and the football program, and inform parents about upcoming events and dates. Please join us at Groves on 3/18 at 1:00 PM.


This is a friendly reminder that online registration for ACADEMIC SUMMER SCHOOL HAS BEGUN!! Summer school is a great opportunity to replace undesirable grades, credit recovery, or to earn new credits! Some classes fill quickly and there are discounts for registering early!

Registration opened to BPS residents on Thursday on March 1, 2012 and are accepted online only at* If you need assistance with the registration process, please call Birmingham Community Education at (248) 203-3800.

*Classes will not appear on the website until 12:01 AM on March 1st. If you would like to preview a list of class offerings or get more information, a link to the complete high school brochure is shown below. To paste into your browser

TEENAGERS AND STRESS: Helping our Young People Cope in Today’s World

March 26-30 Groves is designating as Health and Wellness Week. We have planned this parent meeting to help parents recognize and discuss stress with their students. I think we all acknowledge our kids are under a lot of stress.



Sherree Wilson, MA., LLPC, Groves/Seaholm Intervention Counselor


What causes stress in our students? What resources are available in our schools?

Susan Rogers, LCSW, LMSW, Groves School Social Worker

Community support for teens and families.

Shannon Rozell, Henry Ford Behavioral Services/Maplegrove Center

A Day in the Life of Today’s Teens: Why it’s important for parents and teens

to communicate.

Jerome Prince, MA., LMSW, LMFI, Co-Director of Michigan Family Institute

Developing resiliency in teens so they can cope with day-to-day stress in

healthy ways.


Please join Dr. Larson at Starbucks (15 and Lahser) on Wednesday, 3/21 at 9:00 AM for coffee with the superintendent.

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