Week 5/16/2022

.... It's a GREAT place to be!

Birmingham Covington Schools (BCS)

BCS inspires students to lead in the global community through a passion for learning, innovating, inquiry and design.

Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

5/16/22 - Week's Events

*denotes more information provided below

Monday, 5/16

Tuesday, 5/17

  • BCS Pride Meeting 4:15-5:00 p.m. in Mr. Emmi's Room

Wednesday, 5/18

Thursday, 5/19

Friday, 5/20

  • BCS Volunteer Breakfast, 8:00-9:30 AM in Media Center

Upcoming Dates:

  • Memorial Day, Monday May 30th, No School

All School News

Greetings, BCS Families!

We hope to see everyone on Sunday for the BCS Blast and Road Rally event! All of our volunteers have been incredible in creating what is bound to be a wonderful event. A special thank you to our PTA Chairs for the countless hours they have spent making this a special event for our community.

For all the information regarding the event, please visit the following 2022 BCS Blast Site. The online auction information is also available on the site and will continue through May 18.

As a reminder, here are the events planned for Sunday, May 15:

  • 2:30-5 PM: Road Rally through GooseChase App
  • 5 PM-7 PM: Tailgate in BCS Parking Lot- Inflatables, Raffle, Food, Cake Walk. Wristbands for the tailgate and raffle tickets can also be purchased at the Check-In Table.

If you are available to help volunteer, please consider signing up. We appreciate any time you are willing to contribute!

Looking forward to a wonderful event!

Yours in BCS solidarity,

Dr. Hakim & Mr. Hill

BCS Happenings

Food Delivery to Students

This is a reminder that food delivery such as door dash, grub hub, and uber eats are not permitted at BCS. Deliveries of this kind will be turned away as this is safety concern for our school.

Graphic Design Help Needed

Our students have submitted their designs for our new BCS Touchstone and we have selected our top 3 favorites. We are looking for somebody with graphic design experience who would be willing to help our students take the designs to the next level . Using your expertise we would like to develop professional looking graphics for our touchstone for the whole community to vote on our favorite. Hopefully we can learn about the design process along the way. If you are interested in helping our Character Ed Team with this work please email PRoberts@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

BCS Volunteer Breakfast

You are invited to a special breakfast in your honor

on May 20 from 8-9:30 a.m.

in the BCS Media Center

The BCS staff is excited to have this opportunity to thank our parents and guardians for the incredible support provided to BCS all year long. We are so excited that we are making you breakfast!! There is no doubt that your partnership with us has positively influenced the climate and culture that makes BCS a great place to be!!

In whatever way you have helped and supported the students or staff at BCS, we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts . We truly hope you are able to join in this celebration and to eat some yummy breakfast. It will be fun to see which staff members are whipping up hot waffles that day!!

Please drop in anytime between 8-9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 20 in the Media Center. Dr. Hakim will make special remarks at 9:00 a.m. – you won’t want to miss that.

Come and bring another BCS parent or guardian with you.


The BCS Staff

Garden Donations

The students and teachers in two Choice Hour classes this quarter are planning a clean-up and replanting of the Global Garden next to the BCS playground. Our goal is to have a garden for flowers, vegetables, and herbs to attract pollinators - honey bees and butterflies.

We welcome your donations of flower, herb or vegetable seeds and live plants that you may be dividing this spring. There is a plastic bin in the BCS lobby with a sign for your donations. Most of the garden is full sun, but there is one area of partial shade.

Students will be working in the garden every Wednesday and Friday, weather permitting. Interested parents/guardians are welcome to join us. Thank you.

Questions - mleduc@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Media Center Volunteers

BCS students visit the Media Center at least once a week for a library lesson about literacy, research skills, or Digital Citizenship, followed by time to check out materials. Be sure to ask your child what they’ve learned in the library each week!

Volunteering in the Media Center

We are always looking for volunteers in the Media Center! Please see the schedule below to find out when your child visits the Media Center:

3/4 Team

Bates/McNulty - Monday AM

Parkin/Wallington - Monday PM

Frishman/Butzin - Tuesday PM

Mali/Coletti - Friday AM

5/6 Team

*5/6 students visit with their ELA class; 6th grade ELA in AM, 5th grade ELA in PM

Cook/Lowery - Wednesday

Arbaugh/Brown - Tuesday

Joesph/Warner - Tuesday

Burns/Burdick - Wednesday

7/8 Team

*7/8 students visit with their ELA class

C-1, C-3, C-5 - Wednesday

C-2, C-4, C-6 - Thursday

Please click the following link to sign up if you are interested!

Family Focus Groups - Assessment Pilot

At the start of the 2021-22 school year, Birmingham Public Schools embarked on a quest to establish an equitable, comprehensive, and balanced assessment portfolio that is student-centered and provides educators and administrators with actionable data. As part of our pilot program, the Student Learning and Inclusion team is engaging groups of stakeholders to determine which benchmark assessment BPS will use for the 2022-23 school year. Please complete the linked form to register for an upcoming focus session to discuss your experience with assessments in BPS. We value your opinion!

Form Link: https://forms.gle/VLfwhrz4e5BAgByv5

Thank you for your consideration. Have a great weekend!

Please return BCS Open House Yard signs!

If you graciously borrowed a lawn sign to help advertise our open house, please return it to the BCS office so that we can edit it an use it next year! Thank you!

BCS Pride

Attention all students! Want to be part of a fun club dedicated to making B C S a safe space for everyone?

Join BCS Pride! We meet every Tuesday 4:15-5pm in Room 600B. Email Mr. Joe for more information: rjoseph@bps-schools.com

PTA Update

Disability Awareness Workshop - Volunteers Needed

BCS Parents,

The Disability Awareness Workshop will be presented to all BCS 5/6 grade students on Thursday, May 26th and Friday, May 27th. This program is a hands-on; activity based workshop whose main emphasis is to help student’s understand how difficult and complex daily living can be for individuals with disabilities. The program includes activities centered on an empathetic understanding of physical, speech, hearing, vision and learning impairments. The students participate in a wheelchair obstacle course wear glasses that give them momentary vision impairments, experience speaking with an electric larynx and experience several reading disabilities. The goal is for the students to learn through this hands-on experience that people should be resected no matter how they may look, act, walk or talk.

We welcome ALL parent volunteers, please consider volunteering for a full day or half day assignment. To make this workshop a success we need a minimum of 18 volunteers per day.

SIGN UP TODAY https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C49A9AD2FA5F58-disability

Questions, please feel free to contact DAW parent coordinator, Amy Slosar at 248-506-0060 or email amyslosar@gmail.com.

BPS Community News

Seaholm Activities Fair for rising Freshman

We hope you can join us for our Seaholm Activities Fair on June 1st, 5:30-7:00PM in the Seaholm Gym. If you have questions, please contact Suzanne O’Leary, soleary@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

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Seaholm Boys Soccer

Seaholm Boys Soccer Head Coach Greg Perkins and Seaholm players will be at BCS on Thursday, May 19 during lunch for any 8th grade boys who are interested in playing soccer in the Fall at Seaholm. Pizza will be served!

  • Summer Captains Practices start the week of June 13th (no practice July 4 week)
  • Soccer Camp will be held at CMU from July 15 to 18th
  • Tryouts will be the week of August 8th

Please make sure to go to the website

https://seaholmboyssoccer.com/teams/?u=SEAHOLMBOYSSOCCER&s=soccer for additional information and updates and to register!

Birmingham Unified Hockey - Summer Training Camp

Registration is now LIVE for the Birmingham Unified Hockey Summer Training Camp.

You can register at this link – https://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/default.asp?u=MCK1196&s=hockey&p=registration

Camp is for all returning players, current high school players who are interested and incoming freshman who are interested.

For new players, we are also hosting a Zoom intro meeting on May 10th at 8pm with our varsity head coach, Zack Warson. Zack has a long history of coaching success at all levels, including college and AAA. He is excited about the future of our program and to meet all potential players. You can reach him directly at: (810) 287-7877 or zack.warson@gmail.com. If interested in the Zoom meeting, please email jimwalsh582@gmail.com and he can provide the Zoom link.

TWO additional Birmingham Unified Hockey registration forms are now LIVE

To register click on: https://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/default.asp?u=MCK1196&s=hockey&p=registration&formID=92344

o Orchard Lake Summer League for JV and Varsity: Begins the week of June 13th

  • Schedule has yet to be announced
  • Begins the week of June 13th
  • Total of eight games for JV and eight games for Varsity
  • No games the week of July 4th
  • Games held during the evening on Monday – Thursday

o Summer Workouts with Steve Alley:

  • Thursdays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Groves weight room.
  • June 16, 30; July 14, 21, 28; Aug. 4, 11, 18

o Summer Skates with Coach Zack (or other BU Coaches):

  • Wednesdays 4pm - 5:20 pm at Birmingham Ice Arena; June 15, 29; July 13, 20, 27; Aug. 3, 10, 17

Summer Volleyball Camps

Sign your child up for one of the many volleyball camps run by Seaholm Varsity Coach and Berkshire Middle School teacher, Heather Gambone during the month of July. Heather and Jason Gambone are entering into their 17th year as coaches at Seaholm High School, and their 19th year of coaching National level club volleyball. Students Grades 1st-10th can train with the coaching staff and high school players from both Seaholm and Groves! Camps will be held at Seaholm and Groves High School. Questions can be sent to Heather at: Seaholmvball@gmail.com

For more information and to sign up, see this form:


Girls Seaholm Swim & Dive Announcement

Attention all 8th grade girls interested in becoming part of the Girls' Seaholm Swim & Dive Team next year. We want to encourage you to visit our booth at the Seaholm activities fair currently scheduled for 6/1/22. You will have a chance to meet some of your future teammates and learn more about this awesome team. If you are unable to attend the activities fair and want to learn more don't hesitate to reach out to:

Swim Team Reps

Kara Gifford - kara.f.gifford@gmail.com

Amy Murray - ctmurrays@gmail.com

Dive Team Rep

Jessica Ballard - jessicapottballard@yahoo.com

(Note: no prior diving experience necessary)

Be sure to submit your contact information via the activities fair sign-up sheet or through the above contacts, to ensure you receive early communications. We kick things off in July with team events, and practice begins in August. Looking forward to meeting all of you!

MiSelf in Books

The Birmingham Public Schools Library Media Department is pleased to invite our community on a journey into the world of story. We hope to share with our community some of the diverse content in our libraries and how it impacts the way we walk in this world. We are inviting you to listen to a read-aloud and participate in a discussion of a selection of books chosen from the MISelf in Books list. This event occurs weekly on Thursdays 7-7:30pm, excepting school scheduled holidays.

For more information and to register for this event, visit https://www.smore.com/skn6a.

Announcements from Chartwells

BCS is going cashless:

With Send Money to School, families can add money to their children's meal accounts from home or work. You can eliminate the risk of lost checks, lost cash or playground thievery. Conveniently deposit money, check balances, see what your children are eating, and more. SendMoneyToSchool.com even allows you to transfer funds, set parental controls such as spending limits, pay fees, pay fines, and buy school merchandise quickly and easily. With your help, we can make the BCS lunch line a smooth, fast and sanitary process.

If students would like to continue to make a cash payments, the student can find Mr. Allen in the cafeteria during breakfast.

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Other Helpful Resources...

Student Medication

If the BCS Clinic needs to house medication for your student, please drop it off in the Front Office. Be sure you have an updated Permission to Administer form and Action Plan. These forms need to have a physician's signature. Contact Joni Say Gan at JSaygan@birmingham.k12.mi.us with any questions.

Early Dismissal Procedures

Please review these procedures to help keep your students and school safe.


  1. Buzz the front door
  2. Enter building and sign out student
  3. Show ID
  4. Student will be called to office


  1. Will be released after the office staff calls the teacher
  2. Student will be sent to the office
  3. Student will be released to the parent


No Early Dismissal after 3:00 p.m

Counseling Corner

We are here to help support your child academically, socially and emotionally during this time. If you would like to request a counseling appointment for your son or daughter, just email his or her counselor using the contact information below. Your counselor will then respond in order to set up an appointment.

Please keep us updated if we can be of any help at this time.

Your BCS Counselors,

Karen Kohler - Last Names A-K (kkohler@birmingham.k12.mi.us) and

Jenny Wagner - Last Names L-Z (jwagner2@birmingham.k12.mi.us)

Schoology Help

If students are having trouble logging in to Schoology or if they found that upon entering, there were no classes, please contact the Help Desk at HelpDesk@birmingham.k12.mi.us or at (248) 203-3123.

Schoology Parent Introduction:

You should have received more information about Schoology, our learning management system. Please review the attached district resources for additional Schoology information.

Note: Your child's teachers will provide class-specific guidance to students/families as they begin to integrate Schoology's features in their courses.

Parent & Student Schoology Reference Page

Check out the Student Schoology Reference page! This document will provide students and parents with instructions on setting up their Schoology account, navigating Schoology, and performing everyday tasks in courses. This reference sheet may provide helpful resources for you to use to help your students become proficient with Schoology.

Emotional Health & Wellness Resources

Please see the following site for great resources from BPS regarding emotional health and wellness. BPS EMOTIONAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

Cobra Crew

On Thursdays during 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8 lunch-recesses, we will be hosting Cobra Crew, an opportunity for peer engagement through games and conversation for any interested students.

A limited number of passes will be available each Thursday for those who would like to join. The purpose of Cobra Crew is to promote kindness, empathy and community at BCS.

If you are interested in opting your child out of this opportunity, please email your child’s counselor.