Monday, May 7, 2012

May 7-11, 2012 W.A.G.

Dear BCS,

With just 6 weeks left in the school year, we have been reminding our students, staff, and families to finish strong. I also want to take the time to remind our families to be careful when using the student drop off and pick up zones. Please remember that the circles are for drop off and pick up only. Parking should only take place in one of the parking lots. A good rule of thumb is that if you are there long enough to turn off your engine, then you should probably consider moving to a parking space.

Please also be careful to make sure that you are stopping in the cross walk for all students and adults crossing through the drive to head to and from school. We have had some students and staff nearly injured when trying to make that cross.

In addition, make sure that you are not waiting to pick up your student outside of the designated pick up and drop off zones. There have been some cars waiting outside of the drop off zones in the exit lane to Covington road and this has been creating a back up of cars and even some near accidents as people try to move around these cars to try to exit the circle. We have been advised by the police that they will be monitoring this area and ticketing those cars that are outside of the designated zones. Please be cognizant of these zones to avoid traffic, causing an accident, or possibly receiving a ticket.

Lets finish strong (even in our parking lots!).

Have a GEEKed Week,


WEEK AT A GLANCE – Week of May 7-11, 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, May 7

•6 MILLION PENNIES FOR 6 MILLION LIVES BAKE SALE AT 7/8 LUNCH-leftovers sold during Choice Hour!

•9:30 – 10:30 AM 8th Grade Student Walk-Out Video Shoot in front of the school.

•8:30-10AM8th Grade Farewell Committee Meeting in the Media Center. All 8th grade parents are welcome!

•3:15PM-6th- 8th CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE

•3:30-4:40-BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-


•4:05-6PM-BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria

Tuesday, May 8

•8:30 – 10:00 AM 8th Grade Farewell Committee Meeting in the Media Center. All 8th

•3:15-5:30 PM BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria

•4:05-6:05 PM –GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

•4:15PM-BOYS TENNIS MATCH @ Bloomfield Hills Middle School

•4:15PM-6th- 8th CO-ED TRACK Meet-AWAY@SEAHOLM

Wednesday, May 9

•6:45-8AM-6th- 8th CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE

•11:05 - 11:50 AM Butzin and Frishman-Electric vehicle event-Media Center

•12:55 - 1:40Harvath and Maliszewski Electric vehicle event-Media Center

•3:30-4:40-BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-

•3:15-5:30PM –GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

•4:05-6PM-BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria

•4:30-7PM-Diversity Film Series an outstanding, family-friendly film, Akela and the Bee-Staff Development Room

Thursday, May 10

•6:45-8AM-6th- 8th CO-ED TRACK PRACTICE

•8 AM- 2PM- Religious Diversity Journeys-nine 7th grade students

•11:05 - 11:50 AM-Parkin and Wallington Electric vehicle event-Media Center

•12:55 - 1:40Davis and Seley Electric vehicle event-Media Center

•12:30PM- Lunch with the Principals-Staff Development Rm

•1:15PM-PTSA Clearinghouse Meeting-Staff Development RM

•3:15-5:30 PM BCS PLAY Rehearsal-Cafeteria

•4 PM-BOYS TENNIS MATCH vs. BERKSHIRE @ Birmingham County Club

•4:05-6:05 PM –GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE

•7 PM-Friends of Different Learners-Staff Development Rm

Friday, May 11

•9 AM-3:15PM-7/8 Field Trip-Wright Museum and Mexican town

•1:50 PM FIRE DRILL-Re-Scheduled-Please be aware when coming to sign out your children

• 3:30-4:40-BOYS TENNIS PRACTICE-

•4:05-6:05 PM –GIRLS SOCCER PRACTICE


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

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

Monday – Grilled Beef Hot Dog on Wheat, Baked Potato Rounds, Steamed Vegetables, Italian Sub on Whole Wheat

Tuesday – BBQ Chicken, Mac &Cheese, Baked Beans, Greek Salad w/chicken and pita

Wednesday – Grilled Cheese or Ham and &Cheese, Tomato Soup, Steamed Broccoli, Tuna Salad on Wheat

Thursday – Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry, Rice Noodles, Steamed Snow Peas, Spicy Chicken Wrap

Friday –Bacon Cheeseburger on Whole Wheat, Baked Potato Wedges, Steamed Vegetables, Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad &Wheat Roll


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!


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.


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!

Dear BCS Families -

Tomorrow marks the beginning of BCS Staff Appreciation Week. One of the special treats is a candy bouquet that will be assembled and delivered to all teachers and staff on Tuesday, May 8.

We are asking that each family contribute ONE small bag of their favorite individually-wrapped candy (i.e. kisses, miniature candy bars, etc). Please have your child bring bag of candy to school either tomorrow, Monday 5/7 or Tuesday 5/8. The candy will be collected in the morning by 5/6 parent volunteers.

Please also remind your student that they will not be giving the candies directly to their teacher. Parent volunteers will collect the candies and package them for delivery.

BCS Staff Appreciation Week May 7-11

The week of May 7 -11 is Staff Appreciation Week at BCS! To show the BCS Staff how much we appreciate all that they do, the PTSA Room Parents are planning a week of tributes. Please join the PTSA in recognizing and thanking each of our teachers and staff. These are the people who make BCS such a great place to be!

Tuesday, May 8th: “Sweet Treats for a Sweet Staff” **

A candy bouquet will be assembled by our 5/6 room parents and delivered to all staff members on Tuesday, May 8th.

Wednesday, May 9th: Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Organized by our 7/8 room parents, a catered lunch will be provided to honor our BCS Staff. The luncheon will be served from 11:00 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. in the Staff Lounge behind the Media Center. Please feel free to come and assist our 7/8 parents with this event.

Thursday, May 10th: Plant Day

Our 3/4 Room Parents will be delivering potted plants to the BCS Staff on behalf of the entire BCS community. This special tribute is our lasting "Gift of Thanks" which they can enjoy at school or take home and share with their families!

**Please Note:

All BCS families, 3rd-8th grade, are being asked to contribute ONE small bag of their favorite individually-wrapped candy (i.e. kisses, miniature candy bars, etc). Please have your child bring their bag of candy to school either Monday 5/7 or Tuesday 5/8. The candy will be collected in the morning by 5/6 parent volunteers.

Please remind your student that they will not be giving the candies directly to their teacher. Parent volunteers will collect the candies and package them for delivery.

Do not forget to express your appreciation next week to all BCS Staff!

Your family is encouraged to send notes, emails,or thank our staff in person!

Thank you,The BCS PTSA

The BCS Play "Dear Edwina, Jr." tickets on sale this week - May 8 - 10!

Come see this year's BCS play - Dear Edwina, Jr. There are three shows - Wednesday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m. (tickets are $7), Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18, at 7:00 p.m. (tickets are $10).

Tickets will be on sale in the BCS lobby on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week (May 8, 9, and 10) from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. Cash or check (BCS PTSA) accepted. Get your tickets early!

If you have questions, please contact Amy Tyrrell at 248 202 4635.


As you probably know, for the Systems Unit Project in Engineering Technology, the 3rd-4th grade students design and mass produce a toy electric vehicle that is built on a model assembly line. During this project, all of the 3-4 Engineering Technology classes work together to design and then mass-produce over 230 electric motor powered model vehicles. Advantages and disadvantages of mass production and the use of systems are experienced in this manufacturing setting. This process relates to the Michigan History Social Studies Unit and the Systems Unit theme. The mass production allows for all students to take home a keepsake model that they have produced. This project is funded by our wonderful P.T.S.A.

A School Bus design was chosen as the model for this year’s vehicle. With the four homerooms that I had during the first semester, (Davis, Frishman, Maliszewski and Parkin) the kids drew various models of vehicles to submit ideas for the design that we would build. We looked at the previously built designs over the past years of BCS, and established our design parameters as a group, for example: maximum length, width, height, wheel diameter, motor and battery size. Often their designs reflected their various interests and they were encouraged to come up with meaningful themes. The most popular designs by far, were various types of buses, and a school bus was selected for our model this year.

After the design concept was selected, the first semester classes started the production by making the axles, cutting the body blocks and started drilling the axle holes. The second semester homerooms (Butzin, Harvath, Seley and Wallington) continued with the parts production, built the sub-assemblies and concluded with the final assembly this past week.

All of the 3-4 students will receive their vehicles in special presentation assemblies on Wednesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 10th. The schedule is as follows:

3/4 Eng. Tech. School Bus Project Presentation and Distribution

Wednesday, May 9th: Butzin and Frishman: 11:05 - 11:50

Harvath and Maliszewski: 12:55 - 1:40

Thursday, May 10th: Parkin and Wallington: 11:05 - 11:50

Davis and Seley: 12:55 - 1:40

We are very proud of this unique and enormous undertaking and hope you are able to attend. These two-homeroom, mini-assemblies will take place in the Engineering Tech. Lab (Room #80) at their regularly scheduled class time. Mr. Melton will join us with the first semester homerooms that are currently in Art.

John Prisciandaro -BCS Engineering Technology

FORENSICS TEAM AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held after choice hour from 4:05 until 5:00 in the Media Center on Monday May 14 and Monday May 21 for those students interested but not already in the Forensics 1 Choice Hour. The audition piece is to be no longer than two (2) minutes in length, be in one of the following event categories: prose, poetry, dramatic interpretation or storytelling, and include an introduction to the piece.

Auditions are held first come/first served basis.

Results will be posted outside the Media Center after May 22. If selected for the team, students are required to attend the Forensics 2 Choice Hour the 2012/2013 school year. This is a full-year commitment. The Forensics 2 Choice Hour will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Please email with any questions.


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.

BCS is joining forces with Gleaners Food Bank to battle hunger!

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Time: 9:00-10:30am, 11:00am-12:30pm, or 1:00-2:30pm

Location: 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.

*LOST AND FOUND-The office has some electronic items in our “Valuables” Lost and Found. In addition to 2 sets 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.


The Media Center is preparing for the end of the year, and it’s a big job for us this year – we have to pack up EVERYTHING in order to move EVERYTHING out of the room to get our new carpet this summer! We’re very excited, but we have a TON of packing to do, and it includes the books!

This means…

• Starting today, the checkout limit for students is 2 books at a time. If they have 2 or more out, they won’t be able to check out any more until some come back.

•The last day for checkouts will be Friday, May 18. After this day, we’ll be promoting our growing eBook collection!

•All books are due on Monday, May 21.

•Finally, we will again be holding the Least-Amount-of-Overdues Contest, with homerooms competing against each other by grade level. The homeroom in your grade level with the least amount of materials still out will be treated with a movie of your choice and treats in the Media Center on a day of your choosing during the last couple of weeks of school. The contest will end at the end of the school day on May 21…so encourage all of your students to get in their books before then!

•The Media Center will still be open for computer use past the books’ due date, but note that we will begin placing books in boxes the week after Memorial Day.

BYA's Annual Touch-a-Truck Event!!

Join us for our 5th Annual Touch-a-Truck event at Bingham Farms Elementary School located at 23400 W. 13 Mile Rd. Your children will love climbing on and seeing up close the trucks they've admired from afar! We'll have fire trucks, police cars, cranes, the big rigs, and so much more!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

10:00am – 2:00pm

Admission is a minimum donation of $5 per family.

For more information visit our website:

Whiskers and Waggles Pet Parade

The City of Birmingham is inviting all students to be a part of the grand finale of the Celebrate Birmingham Parade. The theme this year is the Good Ole Days. We are looking for student participants to dress to the theme and/or bring their favorite pet.

Date: Sunday, May 20, 2012

Time: Parade begins at 1:00 PM. Check- in begins at 12:30 PM.

For more information and the registration form, please see the BCS website at Registration forms are due in the BCS office no later than May 15, 2012.

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