Week of 10/4/2021

.... 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.


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

10/4/21 - Week's Events

*denotes more information provided below


Monday, 10/4


Tuesday, 10/5
  • BCS Pride Meeting 4:15-5:00 p.m.


Wednesday, 10/6


Thursday, 10/7

  • Literacy Night 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Friday, 10/8


Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday, 10/9 Birmingham Physical Education 5th Grade Run

All School News

Greetings, BCS Families!

Happy October!


With many important reminders below, we will keep our update short and sweet. We wish everyone a wonderful weekend!


Yours in BCS solidarity,

Dr. Hakim & Mr. Hill

Count Day is October 6th

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6 is COUNT DAY: Please ensure that your child attends every class and does not arrive late or leave early as our school funding depends on it. Thank you for your support!

Next Level Literacy Night

BCS Reading Rally

Does your child read daily? Or, do they run from books like the plague? Regardless of what they think about reading, there’s something for everyone at the BCS Reading Rally!

All BCS students and their families are welcome at the BCS Reading Rally on Thursday October 7 from 6:30-8pm in the BCS Library.

We will have different stations set up where everyone can:

  • learn more about what our BCS Library has to offer from Mrs. Truesdell
  • meet librarians from the Baldwin and Bloomfield libraries to see what they provide
  • chat with a bookseller from the Bookbeat bookstore,
  • talk to experts about tips and tricks to help readers who have dyslexia and ADD or ADHD
  • explore the excitement and accessibility of ebooks and audiobooks
  • consider how to start book clubs with friends and family, and
  • check out the wonderful world of word games.

The BCS Reading Rally will be a fun family-friendly event for all that could be a game-changer for your child’s reading habit.


We hope to see you at the BCS Reading Rally this Thursday October 7 at 6:30pm in the BCS Library!

Birmingham Physical Education 5th Grade Run!

The Birmingham Physical Education Department with support from Chartwells Dining Service and the Birmingham Education Foundation is proud to present The 5th Grade Run on Saturday, October 9th.

PTA Newsflash

  • We are still looking for one more Room Parent for Joseph/Warner classrooms. Please let Kathleen Meyers know if you can help.


  • PTA Membership Thermometer is hanging near the front door. We have jumped up! 69% of our families have joined the PTA. Lets try to reach 100%!!


  • The next PTA Clearinghouse Meeting is Thursday October 7th at 1:15pm via Zoom. All parents are welcome to join us! Our guest speakers will be our wonderful BCS Counselors, Jennifer Wagner and Karen Kohler.

Strides for SOS Success!

Schools Offer Support would like to thank each and every participant and volunteer and all of the family and corporate sponsors for making the Second Annual Strides for SOS 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run a huge success! With the help of this amazing community, the event raised nearly $19,000 for SOS!

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BEF Homecoming Tailgate Events

Come cheer on your favorite football team at the BEF Tailgate Events in celebration of their homecoming games:


Friday, October 1st - Outside the entrance to Falcon Field, Groves HS 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Friday, October 8th - Inside the entrance to Maple Field, Seaholm HS 6 pm - 7:30 pm


Free cider & donuts from Franklin Cider Mill along with giveaways from our sponsors DTE Energy (Groves) and Dean Sellers Ford (Seaholm).

*Birmingham Education Foundation provides funding for teacher grants to support enrichment programs and activities to BPS students.

Proud Dads

We are pleased to announce our first (of the year) and most prized Proud Dads Night! So set the alarm and mark your calendar to be at the Dow Monday, October 25th @ 7 PM. At this meeting, we'll succinctly share the opportunities to get involved in our school and improve kids' lives. We've got all kinds of offerings planned this school year, some big, some small, but all of them, with your support, will put a smile on a kid's face! Moreover, following the meeting, we can enjoy a great Monday Night Football game and a toast to a beautiful new school year!

Side note, dads, this is also an excellent opportunity to make some connections/friends with fathers across our district.

See you, folks, soon.

Be well,

David Wilner, Nirav Doshi & Jason Hill

Proud BCS Dads

Media Center Notes

  • FAQs: When does your class come down for checkout? What can you do in the library? What does the library curriculum cover? Get the basics on the BCS Library 2021-22 offerings here.


  • 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.

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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Friends of Different Learners: Meeting Announcement

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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

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BCS Choice Hour

Important Reminders

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


Choice Hour Schedules

Schedules are available online listed by Student ID number HERE.


Updated class lists will also be given to the teachers weekly while we process choice hour changes. 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 few weeks!


Choice Hour Changes

The change period for Quarter I is over. Changes will be published on the public schedule no later than Monday September 13.


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

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.


Parents

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


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


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 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