Week of 1/17/2022
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Birmingham Covington Schools (BCS)
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1/17/22 - Week's Events
*denotes more information provided below
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
- BCS Pride Meeting 4:15-5:00 p.m. in Mr. Emmi's room
- Quarter 3 begins
- Quarter 3 Choice Hour Begins
All School News
Greetings, BCS Families!
Before our long weekend, we want to take a few moments to recognize the incredible Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, whom we celebrate and honor formally on Monday, January 17, our official Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day. Dr. King’s words, wisdom, and actions travel far beyond this extended weekend and into our daily lives in helping to make our world a better, more just place. Dr. King once said, "Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education." Today, we honor Dr. King and celebrate his vision for a better, more just world, one free of racism, discrimination, hatred, and violence.
In his honor, this weekend, we are asking you to do something of service- no act of service is too small. It can be as simple as enacting our word of the month, empathy, which Dr. King so masterfully lived by and understood. Consider spending time giving to others or offering community service for those who need it most. In this way, we continue to live into the promise of Dr. King’s hope. Like Dr. King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Let us rise, reflect, and recommit ourselves to the power of the light and love we each have to actualize Dr. King’s dream.
Yours in BCS solidarity,
Dr. Hakim & Mr. Hill
Unselfie, Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in an All About Me World-Michele Borba
Our word of the month at BCS for January is Empathy and this book by Michele Borba is an excellent resource to learn about how to cultivate empathy in our children. If you do not have the time to read the whole book, linked is a quick break down of each chapter with useful tips. Thank you for supporting our work around character education and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like to become more involved with our character committee.
Please return BCS Open House Yard signs!
BCS Choice Hour
- 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!
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
BCS PTA - Pistons Night!
8th Grade Celebration - Motto Suggestions
8th grade parents/guardians,
It’s crazy to think that this is the last year for our students at BCS and that they will be in high school next year!
On that note, the 8th Grade Celebration committee is already in gear planning for 8th Grade Celebration in June. We need your (and your students) help to gather suggestions for the 8th Grade Class Motto.
Copies of this form are available to the students in the office. Their name and parent/guardian signature must be on it for it to be considered. Please have them turned into the office by Tuesday, January 18th.
Once all of the themes have been submitted, we will narrow them down and have the students vote on January 21st.
The last mottos have been
- Zooming into High School, (2021)
- We are the Champions (2019)
- The Best Streaks of My Life (2018)
-Forever a Cobra (2017)
Thank you! And look for more information in the weeks ahead on how you can help with graduation.
Shannon Anderson & Jen Gregg
PTA Reflections Announcement
We are excited to announce the following BCS student artists who are Birmingham School District winners for the PTA Reflections Art Contest “I Will Change the World By…”. These students’ artwork will now advance to the state level for judging:
Middle School: Grace Y.
Intermediate: Cliff D., Samuel M.
Middle School: Arielle L., Charlisa P.
Intermediate: Simreen P.
Middle School: Ella P., Desmond R.
Middle School: Areeya P., Charlisa P.
Intermediate: Lyra G., Noah R.
Middle School: TJ K., Areeya P.
Middle School: Megan G., Antonio P.
Photography: Joseph R.
Visual Arts: Alana K.
We are excited to have BCS so well represented at the state level of competition! What an accomplishment for all of the artists. Bravo!
Girls Swim Announcement
We finished the season strong with a 2nd place finish at the COMSAC League Swim Meet last night. Brooke T. finished first in the 50 Butterfly. Maya S. won the 100 Backstroke; and Maya, Lauren G, Allie S, and Sadie K. were League Champions in the 400 Free Relay. Sylvia D. joined Maya, Brooke and Lauren G on the 2nd place 200 Medley Relay team. Sadie was 2nd in the 100 Backstroke and teamed with Brooke, Sylvia, and Lauren for a 2nd place finish in the 200 Free Relay. In all 12 different girls brought home ribbons. The 326 points was the most we have scored since the 2014-15 season. Thank you for your support throughout the season, help with timing, programs, live streaming, and your understanding when the difficult choice of no spectators had to be made. We hope to see all the 6th and 7th graders back next year and wish the 8th graders best of luck in high school!
COMSAC Meet Placers:
Maya S: 1st 100 Back, 1st 400 Free Relay, 2nd 200 Medley Relay, 4th 100 Free
Brooke T: 1st 50Fly, 2nd 200 Medley Relay, 2nd 200 Free Relay, 3rd 50 Free
Sadie K: 1st 400 Free Relay, 2nd 200 Free Relay, 2nd 100 Back, 4th 200 Free
Lauren G: 1st 400 Free Relay, 2nd 200 Free Relay, 4th 100 IM, 5th 100 Free
Allie S: 1st 400 Free Relay, 2nd 200 Medley Relay, 6th 50 Fly, 11th 100 IM
Sylvia D: 2nd 200 Medley Relay, 2nd 200 Free Relay, 6th 100 Breast, 9th 50 Free
Aurelia O: 9th 200 Free
Samantha C: 12th 50 Fly, 13th 100 IM
Annalise K: 12th 200 Free, 13th 100 Breast
Samantha C: 12th 100 Back, 14th 200 Free
Samantha K: 14th 100 Free, 16th 200 Free
Claire P: 14th 50 Free
BPS Community News
Birmingham Public Schools Civility Project
BPS Civility Session
Thursday, Jan. 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Birmingham Public Schools is proactively creating opportunities for the community to come together to build civility and find common ground, through a Civility Session, taking place Jan. 20 from 6:30- 8:00 p.m. This 90-minute Civility Session held on Zoom (registration is required), will engage participants in interactive breakout sessions designed to find commonality and build an understanding of one another as a precursor to difficult discussions, specifically partisan politics related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The event is open to the community and free of charge!
Support the BEF Annual Fund
Please support the Birmingham Education Foundation in their Annual Fund Campaign by making a donation TODAY!
The mission of the BEF is to create exceptional education experiences by connecting innovative teachers with community support. Each year the BEF provides teacher grants for activities that directly impact your children.
Visit supportBEF.org to learn more and to donate.
SOS Take Out Tuesdays
Take-Out Tuesdays continues next week! Order carry-out from Griffin Claw Birmingham on January 18th and Griffin Claw will donate 10% back to SOS. Just mention “SOS” when you order. (For online orders, PLEASE BE SURE to mention “SOS” when you pick up your order.)
Schools Offer Support (SOS) is a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer services and financial support to families throughout the Birmingham Public Schools community. During the pandemic, SOS was able to assist families in our community with more than $40,000 in grocery gift cards, monthly food boxes, laptops for graduating seniors, and financial assistance for childcare, medical, and utility bills.
SOS Season of Giving Wrap-up
SOS Season of Giving Wrap-up
SOS is overwhelmed by the generosity of our BPS Community during the Annual Season of Giving. Your kindness helped make the season bright for 24 families from all 13 BPS schools. Members of our community purchased 1800 items from family wish lists and $2800 worth of gift cards. Students, parents, and staff wrapped hundreds of presents. The Beverly Elementary Junior Girl Scout Troop 76432 made Birthday Bags for all 24 families. SOS would like to thank each person in our community and schools that helped make this annual effort a huge success.
Birmingham Girls Softball
Birmingham Girls Softball returns for its 23rd season! BGS is southeast Oakland County’s largest girls recreational softball league with over 300 players. Online registration is now open at www.birminghamsoftball.com. Birmingham Girls Softball is a community-based, non-profit organization providing girls ages 6 to 14 the opportunity to play organized recreational softball. The group is dedicated to teaching young ladies the fundamentals of softball in a safe and fun environment with teamwork and good sportsmanship being their top priorities. BGS is open to all girls interested in playing softball for the first time and those with prior experience looking to build on and develop the skills needed to play the game for years to come. All that BGS requires is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. For questions, please email Jeff Weber at email@example.com.
Maple Motion Dance Clinic
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.
Other Helpful Resources...
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.
- Buzz the front door
- Enter building and sign out student
- Show ID
- Student will be called to office
- Will be released after the office staff calls the teacher
- Student will be sent to the office
- 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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
Jenny Wagner - Last Names L-Z (email@example.com)
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.
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.