Week of 9/5/2022

.... 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, and inquiry & design.

9/5/22 - Week's Events

*denotes more information provided below


Monday, 9/5

  • No School, Labor Day Recess


Tuesday, 9/6


Wednesday, 9/7


Thursday, 9/8

  • PTA Clearinghouse Meeting (All Parents Welcome to Join Via Zoom), 1:15 PM, Zoom Link
  • Grades 5/6 Curriculum Night: 6-8 p.m.


Friday, 9/9


Upcoming Dates:

  • Deadline for BCS Spirit Wear Orders, Thursday, September 15. Link to BCS Spirit Wear.
  • Grades 3/4 Curriculum Night: Thursday, September 15, 6-8 p.m.
  • Grades 7/8 Curriculum Night: Thursday, September 22, 6-8:45 p.m.
  • Picture Day: Thursday, September 22.

All School News

Greetings BCS Families!

We want to thank all of our students, staff, and families for a wonderful first week back at BCS! It was a true pleasure for our entire team to see, feel, and be part of the excitement for the 22-23 school year!


Linked below are some of the documents we shared last week but wanted to include them again for your review now that school has officially started.



Please review new information below from the BCS PTA. We value your insight and collaboration as we work to continue and provide the best educational experiences for our students.


We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable extended Labor Day weekend!


Yours in BCS Solidarity,

Dr. Hakim & Mr. Hill

BCS Connect with Us!

Looking for the correct BCS contact to answer your question? Please reference our linked resource: BCS_Connect_With_Us.

BCS PTA Updates


  • Thank you to everyone who has already supported BCS through your donations to the PTA. This year we are trying to support $54,000 worth of Curriculum Enrichment. It is through these passion projects of the staff that makes BCS a great place to be! If you haven’t updated your information in Membership Toolkit, please do so we may have an up-to-date directory. You can join the PTA and make a direct donation all through Membership Toolkit: http://bcspta.membershiptoolkit.com/



  • BCS and the PTA wouldn’t be able to provide these programs without your help. There are various ways you can help, please fill out the Volunteer Form. https://forms.gle/UCzw5Bmn8wexatnk9


BCS PTA Parent Survey - Please complete!

  • The PTA committee is hoping to make improvements to our monthly meetings. We need your help to determine what would be the best direction to move forward with our meetings. Please fill out this PTA survey so we can better support the BCS community.
  • Click survey embedded below.

BPS & BCS Finalized Calendar for 2022-2023 School Year

BPS has released the final calendar for the 2022-23 school year. Please be aware that there has been a change in the previously announced start date for winter break. Winter break will now begin on December 22nd, not the 23rd. The calendar has been completed and posted on our district's website. The full BPS calendar can be viewed here.


On our BCS website, you will find the linked BCS 22-23 School Calendar organized by month. There are links for importing this calendar to your devices. If you notice an event missing or not included, please e-mail Joni Saygan, our building secretary, at JSaygan@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

New (Some Familiar) BCS Staff, Names, and Roles!


We are excited to welcome some new and familiar faces, names, and roles at BCS this year! Please join us in welcoming these wonderful staff members:


  • Mrs. Shannon Torres, 7/8 Spanish
  • Ms. Rebecca Goldberg, 5/6 ELA/Social Studies
  • Mrs. Terri Grantling, Office Assistant
  • Mrs. Lynne Rivera, Building Guest Teacher
  • Mrs. Victoria Engel, Building Guest Teacher
  • Mrs. Pauline Roberts, Administrative Intern (& Instructional Specialist)
  • Mrs. Carol Carnley, Speech Pathologist (Long-Term for Monica Boudreau)
  • Mrs. Michelle Kniesteadt, 3/4 Teacher, formerly Ms. McNulty

1:1 Laptop Technology Update

We are thrilled to announce that all students will have computer devices at BCS as our district officially becomes a 1:1 district!


For 3-4 students, students will receive Google Chromebooks as they have the past few years. Chromebooks will be distributed to incoming third graders during the first or second week of school.


All 5-8 students will receive a laptop during the first week of school. For all you need to know about 5-8 laptops, please review the linked 5-8 BCS 1:1 Laptop Information & Forms


Parents must review, print, and sign the linked agreement before receiving a laptop.

BCS Picture Day - 9/22/22

Picture day is Thursday, September 22, 2022. Orders can be placed online now at kaiserstudio.com with code 22BCS23. See LINKED flyer.

Bus Route Information

Bus route information has been updated since Wednesday afternoon and is available to those with PowerSchool access. Bus route information will be located on the left side and will include a bus icon. PowerSchool parent portal

Safety & Security - School Resource Officer, Kelly McGraw

As you are aware, our district and school has been working comprehensively to address the safety and security of all members of our school community. During the first few weeks, you may see additional police presence at BCS as an added precaution; please do not be alarmed.



BCS works in partnership with the Bloomfield Township Police Department given our location in Bloomfield Hills. For the 2022-2023 school year, BCS has been assigned Officer Kelly McGraw, as our School Resource Officer. Her contact information is included for your reference: Office Phone: (248) 433-7772. E-mail: kmcgraw@bloomfieldtwp.org.

Chartwells Lunch/Breakfast Information & Menus

As a reminder, lunches will not be free as was provided during the last two years. For information about lunch, including access to weekly menus provided at BCS during breakfast and lunch, please review the linked information: BPS Chartwells Breakfast/Lunch Information.
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No Cell Phones/Smart Watches During School Day

As we did last year, we are asking that all cellular phone devices and smart watches connected to cellular devices be kept in their lockers during all times of the school day, including choice hour, unless given specific permission from their classroom teacher for purposes of an individual project or instructional activity.


Students will have access to their school-issued 1:1 device- either a Chromebook or Dell Laptop. This is the appropriate tool for all classroom related technology.


We believe this to be the safest and most productive approach we can use to keep students safe and keep them focused on their instructional and educational goals.

BCS PTA & Call for Volunteers

Thank you to our 22-23 PTA Co-Chairs Wendy McDowall & Shelley Olsen for serving BCS in this capacity! We value and appreciate our parents partnering with us. Without all of you, we would not be the BCS we are today! For those that have already been here helping during our Back-to-School Days, THANK YOU! We value and appreciate any time you are willing to provide and hope you will use the form below to indicate how you may be able to help volunteer with us this year!


Sincerely,

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 30
  • Choice Hour runs daily from 3:20-4:10pm
  • Busses come AFTER Choice Hour


Choice Hour Schedules

Schedules will be given in student homerooms by Tuesday, August 30. 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 and adds accepted through Tuesday, September 6. Forms are available online.


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

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

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 refer to our district's technology website for the appropriate contacts: https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/6258


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