Sunday, April 29, 2012

April 30- May 4, 2012 W.A.G.

April 29, 2012
Dear BCS Families,
More examples of finishing strong at BCS!
Friday marked our “Fight Against Hunger” event that helped package 22,464 meals!!!  It was amazing!!  We should all be proud to be part of this event and be proud of what our students accomplished!  Among other organizations, the packaged meals will go to Gleaners, Baldwin Center and Forgotten Harvest.  Thank you to the families that helped with this.
Our Science Olympiad Team completed an amazing year by almost making it to Nationals!  Their goal was to exceed all expectations and they did that.  Thank you to Mrs Brown, Mrs. Jacobs, and Mr. Emmi for their efforts- Great job team!  We are improving each year and the national competition is not out of our reach!
May 4th BCS will stand4change (see W.A.G. below)
Students and staff will stand with others across the nation on Friday and pledge:
“Today as a BCS student, I Stand for Change to treat others respectfully by supporting others and pledging to help create a better learning environment, free of fear, humiliation, and disrespect. Today, I am taking a stand with all other BCS students to create a positive educational experience for all students!”
Thank you to BCS parent Lisa Fisher and our character eduction committee for taking the lead on this event.
Our PTSA continues to work diligently to provide funding and support for our curricular and social programs at BCS.  BCS is a great place to be because of the PTSA!  The 2012-13 budget is being planned and will be ready soon.  Thank you parents!
BCS parent Christy Gates has taken the lead in organizing and cleaning up our lost and found.  Thank you Christy!  As many of you know, this was long overdue and will help families when looking for lost items.
Finally, our teaching staff continues to educate the whole child here at BCS.  Our interdisciplinary approach, our creativity and focus on autonomy in learning, and our continued focus in building character will always be on the forefront.  Finishing strong means to be energized and engaged-for students and staff!
I had the pleasure to speak at the Governor’s Summit in East Lansing last Monday due to our status as a “Beat the Odds” school.  During my presentation, I showed a variety of projects/student work/examples of learning our staff and students have completed or are completing right now.  The educators in the session were blown away at what BCS learners and staff are doing to make learning relevant and rigorous.  Thank you for your support and leadership in fostering such a positive and safe environment to teach and learn!
Have a great week,
WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of April 30- May 4
To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email  by  THURSDAY 11PM 
Monday, April 30
  • 1:50 PM-FIRE DRILL-please be aware when coming to pick up your child
  • 4:05-6PM-BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria
  • 4:15PM-6th- 8th CO-ED TRACK Meet-HOME@GROVES
  • 4:00 PM –GIRLS SOCCER GAME –AWAY Bloomfield Hills Middle School
Tuesday, May 1
  • DELAYED START DAY-CLASSES BEGIN AT 9:50 AM-your child must be registered for kids club to be in the building early
  • NO CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE due to delayed start
  • NO BAGELS TODAY-Bagels will be back soon
  • DUE-Registration for 7/8 Washington D.C. Inaugural Trip
  • 3:15-5:30 PM BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria
  • 4:15PM-BOYS TENNIS MATCH @ Derby Middle School(match at Birmingham Racquet Club courts)
  • 7PM-Board if Education Meeting-Administration Building
Wednesday, May 2
  • 9-10AM-5/6 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • 3:15PM-Delicious Popcorn sold during Choice Hour-only $ 1
  • 3:15 PM-SCHOOL STORE OPEN –-School Store has moved to Wednesdays in Mrs Martins room-rm 303
  • 4:00 PM –GIRLS SOCCER GAME –AWAY@ Derby Middle School
  • 4:05-6PM-BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria
  • 4:15PM-6th- 8th CO-ED TRACK Meet-HOME@GROVES
Thursday, May 3
  • 6:45-8AM-6th- 8th CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 3:15-5:30 PM BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria
  • 4:15PM-BOYS TENNIS MATCH @ Cranbrook Middle School550 Lone Pine Road, next to ice arena)
Friday, May 4
  • 6:45-8AM-6th- 8th CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 12PM-STAND 4 CHANGE-join BCS on this important day-see below for more information
Hot Entrée menu for the week:  (subject to change, if necessary)
-          Available everyday: Gourmet Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese Breadsticks
Monday – Whole Grain Spaghetti and Meatballs, Steamed Broccoli, Garlic Breadstick, Chicken Enchilada
Tuesday –Baked Chicken Tenders, Mashed Potatoes and Gravey, Steamed Corn, Antipasto Salad 
Wednesday – Grilled Turkey Ruben,Au Gratin Potatoes,California Blend,Chicken Salad Sandwich on Wheat
Thursday – Baked Mac & Cheese, Whole Wheat Roll, Steamed Broccoli, Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap
Friday –Chicken Fajitas with Grilled Peppers/Onions,Spanish Rice,Refried Beans,Zesty Taco Salad 
DELAYED START INFORMATION-Our next delayed start is Tuesday,May 1.  All schools start time delayed 90 minutes. REGISTRATION FORM is at  Due date is Friday,April27 Transportation will be running 90 minutes later than the normal pick up time. If your child is normally picked up by the bus at 7:50 a.m. they will be picked up at 9:20. Pickup locations are the same.  
On Friday May 4, 2012 at 12PM, BCS will participate in the first annual "Stand 4 Change" Day! This is a NATIONWIDE event bringing thousands of students in schools across the United States together to take a literal stand against bullying. We will all stand together, at the same time, for 5 minutes, showing our united support against bullying. In doing so, BCS will show its commitment to the three Es: Each Other, Environment and Education. Our students will take a stand to support Each other, pledging to help create a better learning Environment, free of fear, humiliation and disrespect, which in turn allows for a positive Educational experience. Plus, if we all participate, we can help set the record as the largest group of people standing for a single cause at one time! Please plan to participate and show that you will no longer tolerate bullying in our schools and in our community.
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!
LOST AND FOUND-The office has some electronic items in our “Valuables” Lost and Found.In addition to 2 sers of valuable car keys we have an iPod Classic and an iPod Touch, a Bluetooth, various charging cables, some Headphones, and some Flip phones.Please see a staff member to view these items and hopefully a lost item can make its way home.
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 for more information.  As always, thank you for supporting the Choice Hour program.
6 MILLION PENNIES FOR 6 MILLION LIVES-Every Monday, our “6 Million Pennies for 6 Million Lives” Bake Sale fundraiser 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 and afterschool if there are leftovers (EVERY MONDAY!)
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
 Saturday, May 19, 2012  9:00-10:30am,11:00am-12:30pm,or 1:00-2:30pmLocation: 120 E. Columbia Avenue, Pontiac MI
All BCS families are being offered the opportunity to help package food for those in need. Each session can accommodate 40 people. If you would like to volunteer your time and give back to others, please sign up at . Please make sure you include the total number from your family who will be attending. Sessions will be closed once the maximum number of 40 is met. 
Check for more information and form
The 5th & 6th grade bands will perform their spring concert on Wednesday evening, May 30st  in the BCS cafeteria. The performance will begin at 7:00pm. The 7th & 8th grade bands will perform their spring concert on Wednesday, June 6th in the BCS cafeteria. The starting time for the 7th & 8th grade band performance is 7:00pm. 
We have organized a Washington D.C. Inaugural Trip for next year’s 7th and 8th grade students.  Please note, the deadline for registration is this Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Go to for more information. We need the registration and $62 deposit  by that date in order to lock in the airfare. There is a very limited number of spots remaining and registration is ond on a first come first served basis. A wait list will be started after the May 1 cutoff date. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.Cindy
Science Olympiad State Competition Results
On Saturday, April 28th the BCS Middle School Science Olympiad Team competed against the top 48 teams from across the state of Michigan at Michigan State University. It was an amazing day filled with great success!
1st place
Dynamic Planet – Don R. & James R.
Forestry – Jacob D. & Bogdan M.
2nd place
Disease Detectives – Indy A. & Bogdan M.
Road Scholar – Don R. & Adam S.
3rd place
Anatomy – Nadia H. & Noah S.
Microbe Mission – Aaron L. & Leila O.
Mission Possible – Jacob D., Nadia H. & Leila O.
4th place
Compute This – Ben F. & Aaron L.
5th place
Awesome Aquifer – Jacob A. & James R.
6th place
Green Generation – Nick C. & Jacob D.
7th place
Experimental Design – Michael K., Varsha K. & James R.
Rocks & Minerals – Aaron L. & Adam S.
9th place
Meteorology – Michael K. & Adam S.
10th place
Write It – Do It – Bogdan M. & Noah S.
11th place
Bottle Rockets – Jacob D. & Michael K.
Food Science – Nick C. & Varsha K.
Keep the Heat – Varsha K. & Noah S.
13th place
Storm the Castle – Jacob A. & Bogdan M.
The team took 5th place overall in the state of Michigan!!!
Way to go BCS!
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
From the Birmingham Education Foundation
Birmingham Public School students will have the unique opportunity to speak directly with flight engineer, Joe Acaba, on the International Space Station, May 23. The Birmingham Education Foundation is holding a fundraiser next Thursday, May 3, 2012, Toast de Mayo, at TOAST Birmingham. Proceeds raised at this fiesta, featuring a strolling dinner with a Latin American theme, will directly benefit this once in a lifetime NASA downlink. The NASA district-wide event will include guest speakers, science activities, and a STEM Career Fair all underwritten by the BEF. Please purchase your ticket today at to support innovation and excellence in Birmingham Public Schools.
Also don’t forget to make all your AMAZON purchases through the BEF LINK
Expedition 2012 May 23 6-8pm
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. Save the date now to participate in our evening family event where you can watch a replay of the downlink. You and your family will 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 have the opportunity to build a straw rocket. 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. Location: Seaholm gym
The Birmingham Education Foundation and Toast Restaurant 
are pleased to invite you to a Toast de Mayo Fiesta
on May 3rd to celebrate and support Birmingham Public Schools. Enjoy Latin beverages and a 
strolling dinner from their award winning chief, live Mariachi music, and a unique silent auction, 
all in the company of good friends as the warm weather allows for open doors, while music 
and laughter spill out to the streets.
With events like the Toast de Mayo fundraiser, the BEF is able to provide support and 
enrichment opportunities to all Birmingham students. It could be a trip to the DSO, or the interactive 
white boards placed in many classrooms, maybe the literacy libraries in the first grade classrooms or the 
exciting NASA International Space Station event coming May 23rd, all of which are funded from 
the BEF with your generous donations. 
Please visit the BEF web site for a list of all the grants awarded throughout the district 
and purchase tickets to the Toast de Mayo Fiesta to benefit 
Birmingham Public Schools. Last year’s pricing is held through this Friday.
Summer Camp Guide is now available on-line at,  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*  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

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