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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 8.27.2019
Andrew Anderson
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Barrington Middle School 

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 8.27.2019

Mid Summer Update (Special Edition)

The BMS Learning Community is Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Succeed! 

Upcoming Events: 

(Note: Please review the dates as dates are subject to change due to a number of factors from one newsletter to the next).

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019: Lime Cluster Locker Day from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. 

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2019: Razz Cluster Locker Day from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. 

  • Thursday, August 29, 2019: Yellow Cluster Locker Day from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. 

  • Friday, August 30, 2019: Incoming 7th/8th Grade Building Tour from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. 

  • Friday, August 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm:  Orientation for families new to the district (those that have just moved here or are re-entering the school system from out-of-district); location - new BMS Student Union

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019: First Day of School for Students. Students need to be in their designated meeting location (to be announced) by 8:40 am. 

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019: BMS Open House from 6:30 pm - 8:12 pm. 

Please visit our website to see all upcoming calendar events: https://www.barringtonschools.org/o/middle-school

BMS New Information: 

Locker Night(s) for Incoming 6th Grade Students/Families: 

Due to our incoming 6th graders not receiving a proper introduction to our new learning community, this year, we have revamped our Locker Day experience for our incoming 6th graders. Students and families will be able to come to BMS on their designated days to drop off their signed Chromebook agreement, explore the building, open their locker, meet their teachers, as well as have a bring-your-own picnic dinner in the student union. We hope you can make this very exciting night. This is not a drop off event. (note: 6th graders will receive their devices the first day of school). 

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019: Lime Cluster Locker Night from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. 

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2019: Razz Cluster Locker Night from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. 

  • Thursday, August 29, 2019: Yellow Cluster Locker Night from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. 

7th/8th Grade Building Tour: 

 On Friday, August 30, 2019, we will also open the building for our incoming 7th and 8th graders to explore the building from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Please drop by any time between 9:00am and 12:00pm.   This is not a drop off event. 

BMS Daily Announcements: 

To help expedite communication, this year we will be logging our morning announcements electronically. Families will be able to regularly check our morning announcements at the link below: 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jwaOwOZT5EgdBudGLs0_p0jomJmd6-ee1ifxFR2ySKo/edit?usp=sharing

BMS New Building Information and Procedures (Family): 

As we transition to our new building, our procedures and operational logistics will continue to evolve. Linked below is a helpful folder for families to reference. 

BMS New Building Information and Procedures (Family)

Family: Arrival Procedures/Protocols

Family: Operational Procedures 

Bus and Transportation: 

This year, bus routes were included on your child’s aspen account. If you have any questions about your child’s designated bus our route, please access the following website: e new handbook and bus stop change request form can be found on our new website transportation page: https://www.barringtonschools.org/o/barrington-schools/page/transportation--429

Bus schedules are also available online at Barrington Bus Schedules

First Week Drop Off Procedures: 

On Friday, August 30, 2019, I will be confirming with our construction team the dropoff procedures for the first week of school. Our parking lot/driveway is currently being prepped. On Friday, I will have a better sense of procedures coming onto and leaving campus for cars, pedestrians, and bikers. Thank you for your patience.  

BMS Schedule: 

This year, our BMS Schedule has received some updates and enhancements to maximize teaching and learning opportunities. Please see a link to our school’s schedule below: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SmzitSW62J0rdMtr-kAOxZJVbkeHiIHMiLbjXzXPjuM/edit?usp=sharing

Note: The first week of school we will not be blocking. 

Home-School-Communication: 

I am a big fan of social media. I think it is an excellent tool to connect and showcase the great things that are happening throughout our learning community! I ask that if you have a specific question about BMS procedures to please email/call me directly instead of asking on social media to parent pages. I will respond to you in a timely manner and include your question/response in upcoming home-school-communications. With our move to the new school, our operational procedures are bound to evolve and what may have been the correct answer in the past will not be the correct answer today. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

Club/Advisor Opportunities: 

BMS is seeking to fill our Robotics Coach and Science Olympiad coaching position. Please see the schoolspring link below for more information. In addition, please feel free to pass this link to your friends and colleagues.