This last week was very exciting as we returned from break to some very interesting weather, reminding us that we live in Michigan and one minute it can be sunny and mild and the next it is snowing. Fortunately at BCS, things were sunnier this last week as we had our first ever tennis match, BCS Team 1 took first place in the Elementary Science Olympiad, the volunteers of the year were selected at the PTSA meeting, and plans began for our mobile packaging unit with Kids Against Hunger, thanks to the amazing funds raised by our students. This week, we look forward to even sunnier weather as we kick off our first bake sale to benefit the 6 million pennies for 6 million lives initiative, hold our annual alumni breakfast, welcome Rachel’s Challenge for our 7/8 students, send the 5/6 for River Rouge testing, and finish the week off with a 7/8 dance. Exciting things are happening at BCS…Let’s keep it up!
Have a G.E.E.K.ed Week,
WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of April 16-20, 2012
Monday, April 16-FOURTH QUARTER –NEW CHOICE HOURS START TODAY
•1:05PM FIRE DRILL-RESCHEDULED-PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE WHEN PICKING UP YOUR CHILD
•6 MILLION PENNIES FOR 6 MILLION LIVES BAKE SALE AT 7/8 LUNCH
•3:15-4:05- 6th-8th Coed Track Practice-Team Picture at3:20-Parent Meeting at 4:05PM in Room 101
•3:30-4:40-BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE
•3:15-4:05 PM –GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE-TEAM PICTURE on the field at 3:20
•4:05-6PM-BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria
•6:30-7:30 p.m. TWITTER 101- Media Center-Presented by the BCS Technology Committee
Tuesday, April 17
•6:45-8AM-6th- 8th CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
•7:15AM BCS ALUMNI BREAKFAST-Media Center
•11 AM-Rachel's Challenge Presentation-see below for Family Presentation Information
•11:50-3:00PM-River Rouge Testing @ Linden Park -Brown/Fitz homerooms,
•3:15-5:30-BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria
•4:15PM-BOYS TENNIS MATCH-@Bloomfield Hills Middle School
•4:05-6:05 PM –GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE
•7PM-Board of Education Meeting-Administration Building
Wednesday, April 18
•6:45-8AM-6th- 8th BOYS TRACK PRACTICE AT BCS
•6:45-8AM-6th-8th GIRLS TRACK PRACTICE –DROP KIDS AT GROVES
•7:30AM BYA Youth In Service breakfast
•11:50-3:00PM-River Rouge Testing @ Linden Park-Cook/Wilkie homerooms
•3:15 PM-NO SCHOOL STORE –inventory day -School Store is moving to Wednesdays starting NEXT WEEK
•3:15PM-Delicious Popcorn sold during Choice Hour-only $ 1
•3:30-4:40-BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE
•4:00 PM –GIRLS SOCCER GAME -HOME vs. West Hills Middle School
•4:05-6PM-BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria
Thursday, April 19
•6:45-8AM-6th- 8th GIRLS TRACK PRACTICE AT BCS
•6:45-8AM-6th-8th BOYS TRACK PRACTICE DROP KIDS AT GROVES
•11:50-3:00PM-River Rouge Testing @ Linden Park- Joseph/Roberts homerooms
•3:15-5:30-BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria
•4:15PM-BOYS TENNIS MATCH-@West Hills Middle School
•4:05-6:05 PM –GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE
•7 PM-Washington, D.C. Parent Information Meeting-Media Center - information below
Friday, April 20
•Report Cards for 5th-8th released
•DUE=7/8 FIELD TRIP PERMISSION SLIPS
•11:50-3:00PM-River Rouge Testing @ Linden Park- Burns/Burdick homerooms
•3:30-4:40-BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE
•3:15 -4:05PM Staff vs Student Volleyball Game
•4:05-6:05 PM –GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE
•6-9PM -7/8 DANCE-“The Night Club”-OPEN GYM 6-7PM-DANCE 7-9PM CAFETERIA-$5 at the door
Hot Entrée menu for the week: (subject to change, if necessary)
- Available everyday: Gourmet Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese Breadsticks
Monday – Pancakes, French Toast, Oatmeal, Turkey Sausage, Hash brown patty, Zesty Beef Burrito
Tuesday – Meatballs and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Small Salad, Spicy Chicken Buffalo Wrap
Wednesday – Baked Chicken Nuggets, Steamed Vegetables, Baked Onion Ring, Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce
Thursday – Cheese Lasagna, Garlic Breadstick, Steamed Corn. Italian Sub on Wheat
Friday – Chicken Sir Fry w/ Mixed Vegetables and Lo Mein Noodles, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
BUS EVACUATION DRILLS
Durham services will be running bus evacuation drills on 4/18 at BCS during AM drop off. This will not make students late for class and is a precautionary measure in case of emergency.
WASHINGTON DC TRIP PARENT MEETING
Attention all current 6th and 7th grade parents interested in having your child travel to Washington DC with BCS for the inauguration next year: the parent meeting for more information on this trip will be held on Thursday, 4/19 at 7 PM in the Media Center. A representative from our tour company will be available to answer questions and give more detailed information regarding cost/financing options, itinerary information, and travel arrangements. Space is limited for this trip, so please be sure to attend this meeting. For more information, please contact Cindy Balicki at email@example.com.
PE UPDATE-4th QUARTER-
Monday April 16-Friday May 11-Harvath and Mali will SWIM-pack appropriate clothing
Butzin,Frishman,Davis,Seley.Parkin,Wallington will be in the GYM-PACK SHOES-NO FLIP FLOPS!
Monday May 14-Friday June 15- Butzin,Frishman,Davis,Seley.Parkin,Wallington will SWIM-pack appropriate clothing
Harvath and Mali will be in the GYM-PACK SHOES-NO FLIP FLOPS!
BCS TECH CAFÉ Twitter 101 Monday, April 16th
Join the BCS Technology Committee from 6:30-8:00 PM in the BCS Media Center for an informal open discussion about social networking topics: How to Twitter 101? Learn how twitter is used as a professional tool, join a twitter chat with Principal Adam Hartley and more! Bring your laptop if you have one. You are welcome to send us a question or topic of interest. email firstname.lastname@example.org
BCS VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR
"The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good." ~Ivan Scheier
Congratulations to our BCS Volunteers of the Year, Ken Gilbert and Lynnette Kennedy, as well as all of our nominees: Ted Brown, David Cryberg, Kyra Grathwohl, Gina Herdegen, Rob Lawrence, Cyrus and Shiva Motlagh, Elizabeth Robbins, Melinda Stone and Dawn Walton. Your contributions, as well as those of so many others, are what make BCS an incredible place to be. The PTSA sincerely thanks each and every volunteer who gives selflessly of their time, talent, and resources on behalf of our school. We are truly fortunate to be a part of such an amazing community!
KIDS AGAINST HUNGER MOBILE PACKAGING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 4/27/12.
The Kids’ Against Hunger Mobile Packaging Unit will be at BCS on Friday, 4/27/12. We are in need of parent volunteers for the day. If you are available for any of the following times, please notify Cindy Balicki at email@example.com.
8:30-9:30am: 10 volunteers to assist in unloading the KAH truck and setting up in the gym
9:15am-11:00: 10 volunteers to assist the students during the packaging. There will be one parent volunteer/station. Training will be provided.
11:30-1:15: 10 volunteers to assist students during the packaging. Training will be provided.
1:15-2:00: 10 for clean up
Parent volunteers are more than welcome to sign up for consecutive volunteer slots. For example, they may sign up to unload and then assist with the packaging, therefore, volunteer from 8:30-11:00am.
Thank you, in advance, for your help. I know this will be a truly meaningful experience for our students
FROM THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE BOOK FAIR Thanks to Everyone for generously supporting the Spring Book Fair!!
We would like to extend our appreciation to the BCS community for their strong support by either volunteering or purchasing a book at our Spring Book Fair. We made a little over $1,900 in cash, $778 in books (distributed to the Media Center, 24 locker gift certificate winners and Volunteer gift certificates) and $335 in Scholastic dollars to be used for purchase of more books and materials for the Media Center. We really do have wonderful families!
We could not have done it without you! Shiva Motlagh, Theresa Valentine – Book Fair Co-Chairs
TO 7/8 PARENTS AND GUARDIANS-DANCE INFORMATION
The last 7/8 dance of the year is coming up next Friday, April 20th, The Nightclub. New for this dance will be an Open Gym time from 6-7 PM, with the DJ spinnin’ tunes, and then the dance in the cafeteria from 7-9 PM.We need chaperones for Open Gym and for the dance. The shifts are listed below – can you please help out? If your child says they’d rather you not chaperone, tell them you can be in one of the “hallway” spots (monitoring the halls to make sure students don’t go anywhere). We also need parents at the door and inside the cafeteria to help with drinks/food. Please email me, Nicole Toth firstname.lastname@example.org, to tell me which shift you can do! You can also volunteer to stay for 2 shifts, or the whole time!
SHIFT 1 – 5:45-7:00 – Entrance/collect $, chaperone Open Gym/hallways
SHIFT 2 – 6:45-8:00 – Chaperone transition from Open Gym to Dance in cafeteria, chaperone dance/hallways
SHIFT 3 – 8:00-9:15 – Chaperone dance/hallways and clean up
Also, please encourage your kids to attend the dance – they always have lots of fun! It is $5 at the door (anytime they show up, whether during Open Gym or just for the dance).
Thank you for your help in advance!Sincerely,Nicole Toth
CHOICE HOUR INFORMATION: for Q IV
4th Quarter Choice Hour classes begin on Monday April 16th. 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 is Friday April 27th by 4:00 PM. Choice Hour class change request forms will be available in the main office after 4:00 PM on Friday April 20th. Classes with openings will be listed on the back of the Choice Hour class change request form. Please read the change form very carefully.
Students requesting a change are expected to 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 April 30th. 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 official Choice Hour change period which ends at 4:00 PM on Friday April 27th. No refunds will be processed after the Friday April 27th 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 in the office.
Thank you for supporting the Choice Hour program!
Choice Hour Planning for 2012-2013 School Year:
Choice Hour planning for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 school year has begun. Several parents have already volunteered to teach some very interesting Choice Hour classes next year that highlight their talents and interests. 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 email@example.com for more information.
Choice Hour Reminders:
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 will be charged a $5.00 fee.
If your student has Choice Hour but will not be attending their Choice Hour class please call the Choice Hour attendance line (248-203-4625) to have them excused at 3:15, email Linda Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up a pink slip in the office to have them released from choice hour.
Choice Hour attendance can be a very time consuming job. The safety of your children is always our priority. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions regarding Choice Hour attendance please feel free to call Linda Stone at 248-203-4625.
SCHOOL STORE NEWS
Beginning Wednesday April 25th the School Store will open on Wednesdays during choice hour and not on Tuesdays. The school store will not be open Wednesday April 18th because of inventory. BCS and the Choice Hour Program want to thank Proud Mom, Dawn Walton for her contributions, and thank BCS teacher and incoming Proud Mom Amy Martin for offering to continue the school store.
ITS TIME FOR BOKS Space is Limited
BOKS is a fun, physical activity program that wakes up your brain and body for school and teaches you healthy habits.
The program runs approximately an hour before the start of school. Each session involves a functional, fun and interactive approach to physical activity and ends with a quick and easy nutrition tip.
Where: Birmingham Covington School
When: Monday and Fridays Starting April 13th at 7:15 am
8 week session ending June 1, 2012
Cost: $35.00 (Write checks payable to BCS) If assistance is needed contact Adam Hartley or Patricia Chinn no one is ever excluded for financial reasons
RACHEL’S CHALLENGE – A STORY OF COURAGE AND HOPE –FAMILY PRESENTATION- Tuesday, April 17, 7pm
Location: Seaholm Auditorium
Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999. She left behind an amazing legacy and a simple challenge to anyone who will accept it: treat others with kindness and compassion and you just may change the world. This program is for parents, students and community members.
6 MILLION PENNIES FOR 6 MILLION LIVES
Every Monday, starting this Monday, April 16th, our “6 Million Pennies for 6 Million Lives” Bake Sale fundraiser begins. Please donate baked goods for our cause to remember those that died in the Holocaust and to help out to raise money for our Kids Against Hunger – 1 out of 7 people go to bed hungry and we would like to help make a change!
When: During 7/8 Lunch
Where: right outside of the cafeteria
How Much: $1 or less (no change will be given and ALL money will go our cause!)
Why: How do we change the world = 1 act of Kindness at a time
THE FLAMINGO FLOCKING FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT THE 8TH GRADE CELEBRATION IS BACK!!!
Check bcsonline.info for more information and form
ELEMENTARY SCIENCE OLYMPIAD 2012- BCS TEAM 1 CAME IN 1ST PLACE OVERALL!!
On Saturday, April 14th, thirty-three 4th and 5th grade students from BCS competed against eighteen teams at West Maple Elementary. The team worked hard and had a fantastic time. The following students brought home awards for their event.
Crime Busters – Laya K. & Angela R.
Tennis Ball Catapult – Henry D., Nate R., & Hannah S.
Water Rockets – Fatimah Z., Kate A., & Marissa M.
Clay Boats – Ashley D. & Camilla B.
Jeopardy – Kate A., Jon G., Marissa M., & Fatimah Z.
Pentathlon – Hannah S., Henry D., Nate R., David L. & Trevor D.
Water Rockets – Katie P., Lauren G., & Bella M.
Circuit Wizardry – Nick C. & Phillip W.
Clay Boats – Nikki B. & Ella F.
Pentathlon – Hadin S., Drew F., Will R., Carson P., & Jack C.
Straw Egg Drop – Preston S. & Ryan Z.
Wildlife Safari – Katie P., Lauren G., & Bella M.
WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE FOR TWO 7/8 BOYS TO MODENA, ITALY.
Looking for two boys,13 or 14, who want to change the world by building global friendships. The opportunity is for two boys to participate in an interchange with young people in Modena, Italy -- the other Motor City, home to Ferrari and Maserati (and balsamic vinegar).This program run by the nonprofit CISV, which stands for Children's International Summer Villages.For more information contact Emilia Askari,BCS Proud Mom. 248-229-2990 or email@example.com
DOWNLINK ACTIVITY WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
Save the date! We are very excited to announce that on May 23, 2012, Birmingham Public Schools will host a downlink with the International Space Station during the school day. This is an incredible honor and we are one of only six organizations selected to participate in this expedition. Please save the date now to participate in our evening family event where you can watch a replay of the downlink from earlier in the day. You and your family will also be able to visit individual stations that highlight microgravity, space station information and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Younger space explorers will also have the opportunity to build a straw rocket. Mark your calendar now for Wednesday, May 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Seaholm High School Gymnasium. This event is free to all BPS community members and there is no need to RSVP. This great event is made possible through the generosity of the Birmingham Education Foundation
STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDFOR MS SOCIETY WALK-APRIL28
The National MS Society is hosting a walkathon at BCS on Saturday, April 28. They are looking for student volunteers to stand at the finish line and welcome the walkers in. Students may show up any time between 9:30am and 1:00pm. They may stay for as little or long as they would like. Students should check in at the volunteer check in table and parents will need to sign a waiver. This is primarily to approve the publication of photos should they be taken during the event.
The Birmingham Education Foundation Brings Author Gary Schmidt to Secondary Schools as its 2011 Author-In-Residence April 23-25, 2012!
MEET AUTHOR GARY SCHMIDT!
BCS 6, 7, and 8th grade Students
Date & Time: Monday Morning April 23, 2012
Parents we will not be purchasing books in advance to sell to students for autographing. Instead we want to support the BEF. Please go the BEF web page (www.supportbef.org) and order Gary Schmidt books via the BEF Amazon link in the upper left hand corner of the page. Have your child bring his/her book to school or to the community program. Each book purchase supports the BEF who funds our Author & Artist in Residency Program each year which links, books children and authors. Learn more about Mr. Schmidt at http://bitgsquad.ning.com/page/bef-author-gary-schmidt. This online Glogster has a Skype interview with Mr. Schmidt, a 3 minute overview of him at home talking about his latest book OKAY For Now, and info about his other honors as well as the reading connection to our district programs .
Gary Schmidt is a National Book Finalist, Newbery Author, and English Professor at Calvin College in Michigan.
BCS 4th & 5th Graders are invited to the Community Program/Reception for 4th-12th graders
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:00-8:00pm
Location: Baldwin Public Library, 300 West Merrill Street, Birmingham, MI 48009
The Role of the Writer for Today’s Young Readers”
The Community Program at the Baldwin Public Library will be a time of stories. Students will get an inside look at how stories do what they do: how they entertain and what they mean. Parents and students are invited to this program and reception. Free raffle tickets will be available at the door for a chance to win an autographed copy of a Schmidt book and a photo with the author. Books will be for sale by Book Beat.
INSTRUMENTAL INFORMATION FOR 4TH GRADE FAMILIES FROM BPS INSTUMENTAL INSTRUCTORS
Dear Fourth Grade Parents,
In the fall of each school year, Birmingham Public Schools offers the opportunity for every fifth grader to participate in beginning band/orchestra class. This is in addition, at the 5th grade level, to their vocal music instruction. We recommend that every 4th grader and a parent plan on joining us on Thursday, April 26th at 7:30pm in the Groves High School Auditorium for a concert presentation on instrumental music. Please mark this date on your calendar. This presentation will give students an opportunity to hear each instrument and gain a better understanding of the various groups of instruments. This performance will be presented by our high school students and the instrumental music staff.
In April and May a representative from Anderson Music Company will be coming to each elementary school to test and fit students towards being involved in the instrumental music program. Each child will have the opportunity to try two - three instruments of their choosing from the strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion. If, for some reason, you do not want your child tested, please send a letter to your child’s classroom teacher. A letter will be sent home naming the instruments that your child tried and the one that was recommended for them with their input.
When students go on to middle school, they continue their music performance education in choir, band, or orchestra. Being part of a performance group is such a rewarding and educational experience. Singing in a choral ensemble or playing in a band or orchestra are all amazing experiences. Performing builds self confidence, leadership skills and also helps to keep students focused and happy. We know that music students represent the top of the academic scale in our schools. We also know music students average higher scores on standardized tests then their peers, go on to college and become the leaders in our society.
We look forward to seeing you on April 26th in the Groves auditorium and offering further details about the Birmingham Instrumental Music program.
SIGN UP FOR SUMMER CAMPS NOW !!!!!!!
Summer Camp Guide is now available on-line at www.communityed.net, Also a booklet is available in the office
Check out the wide variety of youth enrichment and recreation camps!
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 www.communityed.net* 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