Week of 10/25/2021

.... 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.

10/25/21 - Week's Events

*denotes more information provided below

Monday, 10/25

  • Proud Dad's Club Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 10/26
  • Picture Retakes 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • BCS Pride Meeting 4:15-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 10/27

Thursday, 10/28

Friday, 10/29

  • Half Day in a.m. for students
  • Halloween Parade at 10:15 a.m.

Upcoming Dates:

  • No School on Tuesday, November 2
  • 2nd Quarter Begins Wednesday, November 3
  • 2nd Quarter Choice Hour begins Wednesday, November 3

All School News

Greetings, BCS Families!

We are nearing the end of Quarter 1 with Monday, November 1 as the official end of the first marking period. As a reminder, Grades 5-8 Report Cards will be released on November 8, 2021; Grades 3-4 will be released on November 15, 2021. A separate letter for 3-4 families will be sent with instructions to access grades and information about standards-based grading reflected in 3-4 report cards like our other elementary schools in the district.

Either way, it is a good time to pause and help students reflect on their learning thus far this year, both in terms of their academic and social-emotional learning. With insights from the cognitive sciences, we know when students externalize and articulate what they know, their learning deepens, and so, we encourage you to dialogue regularly with students about their learning. This skill will help encourage meta-cognition and reflection, which also contribute to deeper, more impactful learning.

The resource posted below provides some helpful sample questions you may use or modify to facilitate the conversation at home related to students' learning. We hope you find this useful.

We wish everyone a fantastic weekend!

Yours in BCS solidarity,

Dr. Hakim & Mr. Hill

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Boo Candy Grams - Sale ends on Monday!

The 8th Grade Graduation Committee is sponsoring a Boo Candy Gram fundraiser!! Your challenge is to not only reach out to your best buddies but to brighten someone else’s day with a Boo! Boo Gram collection ends on Monday, October 25th.

Boo Candy Grams are $1 each (cash only please)!

Boo Candy Grams will be distributed to students on Friday, 10/29!

Thank you for supporting the 8th Grade Graduation!!

Boo Gram Order Form

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Picture Retake Day is Tuesday!

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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.

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

BCS PTA Art Reflections Contest

Calling all BCS artists!! It’s time for the annual PTA Reflections Art Contest! This year’s theme is “I Will Change the World by…”

Reflections is an annual, nationwide student art competition sponsored by the National PTA. Students should reflect on the theme and create original art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts, and special artist. Enter to win recognition, prizes, and scholarships! Deadline for BCS submissions is Thursday, November 11, 2021.

Submission guidelines, rules, and entry forms are available on the BCS PTA Reflections Homepage.


Watch this video and learn more about the BCS PTA Reflections Art Contest!

BCS PTA Reflections 21-22 - Video.mp4

Trunk or Treat - Sponsored by Groves Student Congress

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Trunk or Treat for students PreK-5 will take place on Thursday, October 28th at Groves High School off of Evergreen Road. Enter and park from 13 Mile and walk over to the Evergreen parking lot side. All participants must sign up before attending. You may choose to come during one of the following slots: 5:45 to 6:30 PM, or 6:45 to 7:30 PM. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and can come dressed up in Halloween costumes! When signing up, indicate parent/guardian name and how many kids you will be bringing in your comment. Thank you!


PTA Newsflash - Halloween Party Call for Help!

Media Center Notes - Book Fair and Battle of the Books!

  • Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

    A Follett Book Fair is coming to BCS during conferences! We are in need of volunteers to help set up, support students during previews, work the register, and take down the fair. Sign up to help out here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094EA4A823A02-bcsbook1

  • 4th and 5th Grade BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

    Battle of the Books is a program sponsored by Baldwin Public Library and supported by BPS Media Specialists to encourage and foster students’ enjoyment of reading. Fourth and fifth grade students form teams with an adult coach, read from a selected list of six books, and then participate in a district-wide contest where they will compete with other teams by answering questions based on the books. Titles for this year will be announced at the Battle Kick-Off held for 4th and 5th graders at BCS on Monday, December 6. Watch for more information coming soon! In the meantime, maybe you want to order a Battle Book Bundle…?

    BATTLE BOOK BUNDLES: If you would like to order copies of the Battle books to be delivered to your student after the kick-off assembly on December 6, please complete and return the Battle Book Bundle Order Form to Mrs. Truesdell in the BCS Media Center.


Seaholm Open House

Seaholm Open House
Monday, Nov. 1, 5-7 p.m.
2436 W. Lincoln
Birmingham, MI 48009

Join Seaholm staff and students for the 2021 Seaholm Open House! The open house is a great opportunity to visit the building and learn about the wonderful things that Seaholm has to offer our students and families. National Honor Society students will be providing tours of the building and classrooms where Department Chairs will be available to share information and answer questions. Please contact Suzanne O’Leary, soleary@birmingham.k12.mi.us, Community Service Organizer, with any questions. More information about Seaholm can be found at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Seaholm.

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Groves Open House

Groves Open House
Thursday, Nov. 4, 5-7 p.m.
20500 W. 13 Mile Road
Beverly Hills, MI 48025

Join Groves staff and students for the 2021 Groves Open House! Learn what makes the school special and how students are supported for success. National Honor Society students will guide you in a private tour of the building and give you the opportunity to talk with Department Leads and family engagement groups. Please contact Liz Sak in the Groves Community Service Office with any questions at esak@birmingham.k12.mi.us. More information about Groves can be found at www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Groves.

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.


  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

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