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BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 9.9.2019
Andrew Anderson
Monday, September 09, 2019

Barrington Middle School 

BMS Connected Learning Newsletter 9.8.2019

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).

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

  • Monday, September 30, 2019: No School Rosh Hashanah

  • Monday, October 7, 2019: BMS Picture Day 

  • Monday, October 7, 2019: BMS PTO Meeting from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the BMS Student Union

  • Monday, October 14, 2019: No School Columbus Day 

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019: Family Book Night from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (more information below)

  • Friday, October 17, 2019: Torry Maldonado Author Visit to BMS

  • Friday, October 25, 2019: Sport’s Night from 7:00pm - 9:00pm (for BMS Students Only)  

Please visit our website to see all upcoming calendar events:

Please see the link for our daily announcements:

BMS Spotlight on Learning: 

This week we would like to shine our BMS Spotlight on our amazing parent volunteers for setting up our media center. They did a phenomenal job unpacking hundreds of boxes and shelving nearly 17,000 books in just under a weeks time. Thank you  Lauri Bazerman, Cindy Pierce, Celeste Bremer, Michelle Lefort, Jodi Multer, Laura Kramer, Zureen Khairuddin, Jody Dunn, Carolyn Gray, Peggy Reid, Robin Shapiro, Maura Spector, Megan Breiding, Maria Wah-Fitta, and Lisa Mento.

BMS New Information: 

A Special Thanks to Mrs. Bulk: 

I wanted to take this time to wish Mrs. Bulk the best of luck in her next step in her educational journey. I know she will make an amazing principal. I can’t thank Mrs. Bulk enough for her hard work, patience, and humor. I honestly looked forward to coming to work everyday, knowing that she would be by my side to support and lead the vision of the district and school, as well as share in a number of laughs. Mrs. Bulk truly understood the middle school aged child. She believed in the importance of teachable moments, relationship building with faculty/staff/students/parents and accountability. Thank you Mrs. Bulk for being an amazing educational leader to our BMS Learning Community. We wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors! 

BMS Welcomes our New Faculty/Staff: 

Please join me in welcoming our new faculty/staff members to BMS: 

Eric Altieri - TV Studio

Dawn August - Humanities; Aqua Cluster

Stephanie Bannon - ELA; Red Cluster 

Allison Correira - Science; Purple Cluster

Julie Gladding - Math Specialist

Lianna Hart - Spanish

Maureen Kelsey - Reading Specialist

Kylie McPherson -  Math; Yellow Cluster

Stephanie Nary - School Counselor 

Melanie Roy: Media Specialist 

Mary Ellen Tillotson - Psychologist

Dave Wyrostek - SRO

Chromebook Insurance: 

It is highly recommended that families purchase chromebook insurance. Please see the below link to purchase chromebook insurance for your child’s device.

Mrs. Melanie Roy’s Library Blog: 

Please take a look at Mrs. Roy’s Library Blog. Mrs. Roy will be regularly updating her blog and making it available to faculty/staff, students, and families. Thank you for sharing Mrs. Roy!

Family Book Night: 

Our first Family Book Night of the year is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Over the next month, students and parents are invited to read the book Tight  by Torry Maldonado. You can secure your copy through the public library or bookstore. Torry Maldonado will also be visiting BMS on Friday, October 17, 2019. 


The BMS STAT Team is looking to recruit student members from each cluster. If your child is savvy with technology, likes to help others, and is responsible and dependable, BMS STAT Team is the team for you. BMS STAT Team members will be trained on how to use classroom technology, touch screen TV’s, audio/visual equipment, as well as help students/teachers troubleshoot technology glitches. In order for students to be selected to the team, they will first need to complete the following BMS STAT Team application by Friday, September 20, 2019: 

BMS STAT Team Application

Join the Health & Wellness Committee:

BMS is seeking one parent to represent BMS as a member of the Barrington district Health and Wellness Committee.  The first meeting for the committee is October 2nd at 8:00 am. The committee will be meeting November, January, March, and June.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the application through this link:

BMS After-School Enrichment:

Basketball Enrichment       

3:20 pm - 4:20 pm

Mondays 9/16, 9/23,  10/7, 10/21, 10,/28   

Tuesday 9/10,  9/17, 9/24

Register on My Schoolbucks

 New Volunteer Orientation and BCI Information:

Please see the links below for information about volunteering in the Barrington School District.  We love our volunteers!

How to Get a BCI

New Volunteer Orientation Schedule

 Letter from Rhode Island Commissioner of Education

A welcome letter from the RI Commissioner of Education, Angelica Infante-Green

RI Commissioner of Education Letter - English

RI Commissioner of Education Letter - Spanish

News from PTO: 

PTO BMS Directory: 

Please sign up for the PTO BMS Directory- instructions and link below:-


BMS PTO Membership: 

Please consider joining the BMS PTO visit


Next Meeting: 

PTO General Meeting- October 7th at 7pm

BMS Old Information:


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. 

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: 

BMS Daily Announcements 

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:

Bus schedules are also available online at Barrington Bus Schedules

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 

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.