Week of 8/30/2021

.... 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.

8/30/21 - Week's Events

*denotes more information provided below


Monday, 8/30

  • Half Day, Classes begin at 8:18 a.m. Student dismissal at 11:30 a.m.


Tuesday, 8/31
  • Choice Hour Begins


Wednesday, 9/1


Thursday, 9/2


Friday, 9/3

  • No School - Labor Day


Upcoming Dates:

  • Labor Day, No School: Monday, September 6
  • Grades 5/6 Curriculum Night: Thursday, September 9, 6-8 p.m.
  • Grades 3/4 Curriculum Night: Monday, September 13, 6-8 p.m.
  • Grades 7/8 Curriculum Night: Thursday, September 23, 6-8:45 p.m.

All School News

Greetings, BCS Families!

It has been a busy week with all of our staff back working to get ready for the first day of school, Monday, August 30, 2021. Across BCS, the excitement for the year is palpable!


For those families who attended our webinar, thank you for joining us. If you were unable to attend, feel free to review the video recording of the webinar here: BCS Welcome Back Webinar, 8/27.


During the webinar, we referenced some helpful guides you may review to help get you ready for the year. These guides are linked below:


We thank you for your partnership in launching what will be a fantastic year! Go Cobras!


Yours in BCS solidarity,

Dr. Hakim & Mr. Hill

Parent/Guardian Schoology Access

Parent/Guardian Schoology Access (this is separate from PowerSchool access which is the site parents should continue to use to check student grades). Schoology is where assignments are housed. Here are directions to create your parent account - https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/11350

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.

BCS Choice Hour

Important Reminders

  • Choice Hour begins Tuesday August 31
  • Choice Hour runs daily from 3:20-4:10pm
  • Busses come AFTER Choice Hour


Choice Hour Schedules

Schedules will be available online listed by Student ID number by the end of the day 8/27. You can find the link to the schedules under the Choice Hour page of the website. Schedules will also be linked in the Weekly WAG and given to students on the first day of school. Homeroom teachers post a copy of their class’ schedule. The master schedule is also posted on the Choice Hour Board in the main hall. Our teachers do a great job of acclimating our students to Choice Hour the first week!


Choice Hour Changes

Drops, adds, and changes will be accepted during the change window only.

  • Tuesday, September 7 – Change/Drop/Add Form Opens at 4pm
  • Friday, September 10 – Change/Drop/Add Form Closes at 11:59pm
  • Monday, September 13 – Changes take effect

No changes can be made after September 13. Drops will not be offered refunds/credit after this day.


Still need to sign up for Choice Hour?

The Late Choice Hour sign up form is available on the website. Late enrollment is being made on a rolling basis.


Reporting a Choice Hour Absence

Email BCSChoicehour@birmingham.k12.mi.us or leave a message at 248.203.4625


Questions? Contact Courtney Bassett at BCSChoicehour@birmingham.k12.mi.us

Birthday Book Club

Celebrate your child’s birthday in a special way and help our library collection continue to grow! If you choose to participate in the program, your child will be invited to select a new book from our Birthday Book Club cart on or near your child’s birthday (summer birthdays will celebrated during the month of their half birthday). Inside the book we will place a bookplate with your child’s name, photo, and birthday.


If you are interested in joining, complete the Birthday Book Club registration form and return it along with the $15 (per child) donation to the BCS Library. Make checks payable to BCS.

Early Dismissal Procedures

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


Parents

  1. Buzz the front door
  2. Show identification to the camera
  3. Enter building and sign out student on blue sheet on clipboard
  4. Wait in vestibule for student


Students

  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 through the vestibule door


STUDENT IS NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE CLASS UNTIL PARENT IS HERE. STUDENTS MUST BE SIGNED OUT IN THE OFFICE. STUDENTS CANNOT EXIT THROUGH ANY OTHER DOOR.


No Early Dismissal after 3:00 p.m

BCS Spirit Wear

New Covington Spirit Wear is now available to order! Shop the awesome new designs by heading to the online store. All Spirit Wear proceeds go directly to your BCS PTA. All orders are due by September 20th. If you have any questions contact Hollie Murray at holliemmurray@gmail.com. Show your BCS spirit! We’ll notify you when you items are available for pickup at Bloomfield Sports Shop at 3594 W Maple Rd, Bloomfield Hills. If you prefer delivery to your home, the site allows for a flat delivery charge.

Schools Offer Support Helps BPS Families

SOS (Schools Offer Support) is helping families across the district. Pick up a week's worth of meals every Wednesday from 11-1 at Groves High School. SOS also provides food boxes the first Wednesday of every month to families with an extra need for food. If you need additional support, we can help with that too. For more information or to request support please contact Courtney Bassett at cbassett@birmingham.k12.mi.us or visit schoolsoffersupport.org and hit the Request Support button.

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Other Helpful Resource Links...

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