Week of 11/8/2021

.... 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.

11/1/21 - Week's Events

*denotes more information provided below

Sunday, 11/7

  • Daylight Savings - set clocks back!

Monday, 11/8

  • Choice Hour Change form Available*

Tuesday, 11/9

Wednesday, 11/10

Thursday, 11/11

  • Veterans Day
  • Choice Hour Change form Due by 4pm*

Friday, 11/12

Upcoming Dates:

  • Parent Teacher Conferences, November 17 and 18
  • Thanksgiving Break, November 24, 25, and 26

All School News

Greetings, BCS Families!

Parent Homework Assignment from Dr. Hakim & Mr. Hill

Due Date: Complete by Monday, December 20, 2021

The Assignment: What are we supposed to do?

With your BCS student(s), we are asking you to set aside a minimum of 5 minutes each weekday for 4-weeks and use the discussion prompts and/or activities in the resource linked here:

  • Parent/Student Four-Week Social-Emotional Learning Calendar - This resource is structured around the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning's (CASEL) five essential social-emotional skill areas: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making.
  • Feel free to modify the questions or activities in a way that makes the most sense for you and your family but keep them related to the 5 essential social-emotional learning skills listed above. Even if it feels awkward at first, we encourage you to keep trying, making adjustments as you see fit. Feel free to blame it on the AP and Principal giving you the assignment if you face any resistance.

The Purpose- Why should we consider doing this?

  • As we continue to respond to the impact of the pandemic on students' learning, we are noticing an increased need for social-emotional learning and skill-building. The research on social-emotional learning is clear: Social-emotional learning has a direct positive correlation on students' academic, behavioral, and life outcomes. Reinforcing these skills at home as we work to develop them at school is essential for successful social-emotional learning growth and sustainability.

The Goals - What are we hoping to accomplish by doing this?

  • Increased dialogue at home around social-emotional learning and the 5 research-based social emotional skills we are all working to provide for our BCS students
  • More consistency, reinforcement, and partnership in developing social-emotional learning skills at home and school.
  • Improved academic, behavioral, and life outcomes for students

The Product - What do we have to submit?

  • A simple reflection Google Form will be sent where we will ask for feedback from parents/students about the impact of the assignment on developing social-emotional learning, suggestions for improvement, and ideas about next steps.

For those joining us in completing this homework assignment, we look forward to engaging in this collective learning experience alongside you. Thank you for your consideration and (hopefully) participation.

Yours in BCS solidarity,

Dr. Hakim & Mr. Hill

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 Drop/Add/Change form will be available online starting Monday, November 8. It will close on Thursday, November 11 at 4pm. Changes will be made on a rolling basis and families will be notified by email if a change is made and when the new start date is.
  • There are no adds or changes accepted after 11/4. Any drops made after 11/4 will not be refunded.

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

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

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.

Media Center Notes - Book Fair coming soon!

Book Fair Details: This year, we are offering both in-person shopping and a virtual eFair! Our in-person fair will be in the Media Center from Tuesday, November 16 through Thursday, November 18 during the entire school day, plus the morning of Friday, November 19.
  • We need volunteers!! Sign up to help set up, work the register, or take the fair down here.
  • Our eFair is open NOW until Friday, November 19. Visit the eFair here!
    • All books purchased through the eFair will be shipped to the school.
  • Your child will be invited to make a “wish list” during the week of November 15...stay tuned to see what books your child would love to own!
  • All purchases benefit our school library media center and proceeds will be used for the purchase of new library books.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

Library Cards from Baldwin Public Library

A Baldwin Library card is the ultimate passport to wonderful works of literature, music, movies and more. It also allows you to enjoy our digital media, like our growing selection of eBooks, online music and magazines, and premium research resources.. If you’re a resident, a property owner, a K-12 student, or are employed in our service area of Birmingham, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms or the ... www.baldwinlib.org

Parents: Did you know that your child qualifies for a free Baldwin Library card? Please use this link to get your child his/her own card. This will allow us to connect all students to a vast library of ebooks and audio books.

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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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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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