Week of 11/22/2021

.... 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.

11/22/21 - Week's Events

*denotes more information provided below


Monday, 11/22


Tuesday, 11/23
  • BCS Pride Meeting 4:15-5:00 p.m. in Mr. Emmi's room


Wednesday, 11/24

  • No School - Thanksgiving Recess


Thursday, 11/25

  • No School - Happy Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Recess


Friday, 11/26

  • No School - Thanksgiving Recess


Upcoming Dates:

  • BCS Open House: Sunday, December 5, 1-3 p.m.
  • Professional Development: Wednesday, December 8, Half Day in A.M. for Students

All School News

Greetings, BCS Families!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want to express our sincerest gratitude to our BCS parents! Thank you so much for the abundance of treats, coffee pods, and snacks you donated for Parent-Teacher Conferences. In addition, we are so thankful for the delicious meal for all staff coordinated by our BCS PTA on Wednesday evening. We truly value your partnership and support in helping us provide the best educational experience for all students. Please know your collaboration is invaluable in helping us remain such a great place to be!


We wish everyone a relaxing, safe, and wonderful Thanksgiving!


Yours in BCS solidarity,

Dr. Hakim & Mr. Hill

PTA Clearinghouse

Save the Date: BCS Pistons Night! Sunday, January 30

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The BCS PTA is thankful for our wonderfully generous families! This week we were able to bring in Chipotle for the staff on Wednesday, and stock up the lounge again, all because of you!
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Thank you to all who donated BCS Spirit Wear. We are still collecting Spirit Wear Donations in the front office vestibule.
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BCS Open House

The BCS Open House is Sunday, December 5th from 1-3 p.m. BCS Lottery registration will be open December 5th - January 7th. The BCS Lottery for the 2022-2023 school year will take place on Wednesday, January 12th. Go Cobras!

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.

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

SOS Annual Season of Giving

Schools Offer Support is working to make this season special for 21 BPS families and you can help. Local families from our schools have put together wish lists. You can shop for these items from the SignUpGenius through Friday, December 17th. SOS will deliver the gifts to the families on December 21st. Get all the details in the SignUpGenius link. Thank you so much for supporting families and students in our BPS community!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044eaeab2ba31-schools1

Schools Offers Support (SOS) serves members of our community through outreach efforts, financial support, and volunteer activities. SOS is committed to helping those in need and teaching students that community matters

Visit schoolsoffersupport.org to learn more and to sign up for updates.

Follow SOS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schoolsoffersupport/

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Friends of Different Learners - December Announcement

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Seaholm vs. Groves Girls Basketball Night at LCA

On Sunday, December 19th the Seaholm and Groves Girls Basketball team will meet on the court at Little Caesars Arena. They will play after the Pistons game, start time approx. 8:45pm. After the Pistons game is over, all fans can move closer to the court to watch the high school game. Even though it's a school night, we hope to see some BCS families support Mr. Manchester and Mr. Mixon, coaches of the Seaholm team, and some of our BCS alumni!
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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.


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