Sunday, April 8, 2012

BCS W.A.G. Post April 9-13, 2012

April 8, 2012
Dear BCS Families,
Welcome back from break.  I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather on this Easter and Passover holiday.  Coming back from Spring Break is always exciting for a number of reasons.  The weather is usually warmer, summer is around the corner, and the end of the school year is approaching fast.  To me this means only one thing- Finishing the year STRONG!
We will begin campaigning for everyone associated with BCS (administration, office staff, custodians, teachers, students, parents, etc...) to finish strong!  In the spirit of finishing strong, I have included a short video to motivate and remind all of us just how important the next two months are to our learners!
BCS is committed to finishing strong by the following actions (and many more):
Continuing to look at MEAP data and create improvement plans for groups or individuals not proficient in the new cut score era. (MEAP meetings concluded the week before break and teachers will continue to look at data to identify themes/common grade level content expectations needing to be addressed.
Offering a BCS Technology Committee Parent Tech. Cafe on Monday, April 16th from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Media Center (Twitter 101/Principal Twitter Chat)
Continuing to make character education a priority and building goal.  
Continuing to offer opportunities for our leaners to create, analyze, and think.
Working with the PTSA to build a responsible and purposeful PTSA budget for 2012-13.
Working with the district to assure BCS continues to be the greenhouse for education innovation by offering science and technology opportunities for all learners.
Continuing to allow our students to learn outside the four walls of the classroom and connect content with experience.
BCS is G.E.E.K.ed about finishing strong!
Welcome back,
***Disability Workshop Volunteers Neeeded!
Please email Neeli at to sign up.

April 10th
AM- 8:20 -11 AM
Speech and hearing workstation - 2 slots
Walker and step station - 1 slot
Low vision station- 1 slot
PM - 11:15- 2 pm
Walker and step station- 2 slots
Wheel chair station- 2 slots
Speech and hearing Station- 1 slot
Low vision- 1 slot
Accessibility check list- 2 slots
WEEK AT A GLANCE –   Week of April 9-13, 2012
To submit an item for next week’s “WAG”, email  by  THURSDAY 11PM 
Monday, April 9
  • 6:45-8AM-6th,7th,8th CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
Tuesday, April 10
  • 6:45-8AM-6th,7th,8th CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 8 AM BAGELS for Sale- for $1.25 (cream cheese .25 cents)in front of the Media Center
  • 8:30AM-8th Grade Celebration Committee Meeting-Media Center
  • 8:30AM-3PM- 5/6 Disability Awareness Workshop
  • 3:15 PM-SCHOOL STORE -BAKE SALE FOR 8TH Grade CELEBRATION-School Store is moving to Wednesday next Quarter starting next week!
  • 4:05-6PM-BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria
Wednesday, April 11-**SPRING PICTURE DAY**see below for details
  • 6:45-8AM-6th,7th,8th CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 8:30AM-2PM-Religious Diversity Journeys-nine 7th grade students
  • 8:30AM-3PM- 5/6 Disability Awareness Workshop
  • 9-10AM-5/6 Room Parent Meeting-Media Center
  • 3:15PM-Delicious Popcorn sold during Choice Hour-only $ 1
  • 4:05-6PM-BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria
  • 4:30-7PM-Diversity Film Series-ALL ARE WELCOME-The Wedding Banquet-Staff Development Room
  • 7PM-Web Team Meeting-Media Center
Thursday, April 12
  • 6:45-8AM-6th,7th,8th CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE
  • 8:45AM-FIRE DRILL-Parents Please be aware when dropping off or picking up your children
  • 11:50 AM- Junior Great Books 
  • 4:05-6PM-BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria
  • 12:30PM-Lunch with the Principals-Staff Development
  • 1:15PM-PTSA Clearinghouse Meeting-Staff Development room
  • 7PM-Friends of Different LearnersMeeting-Staff Development
Friday, April 13
  • 6:30-8:30-Square Dance hosted by Mr. Seley’s class-$10 Admission for Parent and child couple-=please contact Mr Hartley for Nan’s Kids assistance if needed no one is ever excluded for financial reasons
Saturday,April 14
  • 8 AM-Elementary Science Olympiad-West Maple Elementary
Hot Entrée menu for the week:  (subject to change, if necessary)
-          Available everyday: Gourmet Salad Bar, Hamburgers, Chicken Patties, Pizza & Cheese Breadsticks
Monday – Baked Chicken Drumstick, AuGratin Potatoes, Whole Grain Roll,Meatball Sub
Tuesday –Italian Chicken Parmesan, Garlic Breadstick,  
Wednesday – Baked Mac and Cheese, California Blend,Whole Grain Roll, Meat Lovers Pizza
Thursday – Chicken/Beef Taco Bar, Corn and Peppers, Refried Beans, Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap
Friday – please call 248-203-3968 for Friday’s menu
SPRING PICTURE DAY is Wednesday, April 11 – the BCS school code is AA0201.
Picture forms will be sent home with all students on Monday.  Only students who have a paid order on or before PICTURE DAY will be photographed. If your child will be photographed, they must bring the order form with payment or parents can place online orders by midnight, April 10th.  Extra order forms are available in the office.  REMEMBER to avoid wearing bright shades of green as it interferes with the green screen technology.  
  • Check out the various backgrounds on the website,  and place your order online no later than midnight, April 10, the BCS school code is AA0201.
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!
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 BOYS BLACK NORTHFACE FLEECE(not Denali)is in the office
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.
Nominations are now being accepted for BCS Volunteer of the Year. Please submit your nomination(s) to the PTSA Co-Chairs at along with a short description as to why you believe that individual should be recognized.  Nominations may include any parent or staff member whom you think has put forth exceptional effort on behalf of the BCS community. A winner will be selected at the April 12th PTSA meeting. 
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
Contact: Sandra   For more information on BOKS: 
The BCS masterpieces are on display until the end of school. If you would still like to be apart of the show, please drop off your artwork to Mr. Melton. This does not need to be a painting we would like to see drawings, collage and fiber pieces too. Perhaps you are just too busy to do a painting now you can keep the canvas and work on next year’s PTA Reflections Contest. The 2012/2013 theme is "The Magic of the Moment". If you have a canvas from the raffle and decided that painting is not for you please bring it back to Mr. Melton.  
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!!
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.
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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